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1955 WINTER SPORTS:
Ex-British two-man bob world champion, Nicola Minichiello,
tells BBC Sport
that extensive measures are taken to ensure the safety of athletes following a major training crash involving bobsleighers Serita Shone and Fiona Harrison. Minichiello says "serious accidents are rare", but admits the sport is the Formula 1 of ice so can be dangerous.
France' Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
began his push to ensure a place in the year-ending ATP World Tour finals when Finland's Jarkko Nieminen
was forced to quit their second round Austrian Open clash through illness. Top seed Tsonga, who was 3-6 6-1 3-1 ahead at the time, stands at provisional eighth in the race for the 20-27 November World Tour finals.
1910 FOOTBALL: Villarreal
striker Giuseppe Rossi
will miss the next six months with damaged knee ligaments. The former Manchester United player suffered the injury in Wednesday's 3-0 defeat at Real Madrid.
1902 RUGBY LEAGUE:
BBC Radio Manchester
hosts a Four Nations preview and fans forum programme until 2100 BST.
1818 BADMINTON: Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier
lose 23-21 21-19 to Chinese second seeds Xu Chen and Ma Jin in the second round of the mixed doubles at the Yonex French Open
The International Cycling Union (UCI) announces that the third round of the Track World Cup series will take place a week earlier than previously scheduled in Beijing, from January 13 to 15.
1744 TENNIS: Andy Murray
will join world number one Novak Djokovic and home hero Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour event in Basle next week.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck reveals owner Roman Abramovich
has been informed of the
club's defeat in its bid to buy back Stamford Bridge.
"Roman's disappointed, but he respects that Chelsea Pitch Owners have spoken," Buck said. "It's really a matter of discussing with the rest of the board and discussing with Mr Abramovich what - if any - next steps there should be, can be, will be."
Fourth seed Victoria Azarenka
of Belarus beat China's Li Na 6-2 6-2 in Group A of the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish
launches a staunch defence of Alan Hutton after widespread condemnation of the
full-back's challenge on West Brom striker Shane Long.
He said: "Alan made a tackle, the ball was there to be won. It is something that UEFA are clamping down on and I'm sure in 10 years time you won't see any contact at all in football. It is heading that way."
Blackburn utility player Jason Lowe
new five-year contract
at the club after an impressive start to the Premier League season.
Chelsea FC statement
on their failure to buy back the freehold of Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea FC is naturally disappointed with the result. While we will remain as ambitious as ever, this decision could slow down our progress."
PFA statement on Carlos Tevez: "[PFA chief executive] Gordon Taylor attended the hearing with Carlos Tevez on 21 October and was privy to all the evidence presented to the hearing and Carlos' response. The PFA's opinion, based on all the evidence presented, is that Carlos Tevez never refused to play for the club. This is accepted by the club in that the charge against Carlos made at the hearing was not one of refusing to play. As such the PFA considers that there is no justification for a fine other than up to the prescribed sanction of 2 weeks wages agreed by the FA, the Premier League and PFA. The PFA has informed the Manchester City Football Club accordingly and Carlos will continue to be supported by the PFA in this regard."
Northampton Town manager Gary Johnson has told BBC Look East
that he is "determined to get it right" for the people that are supporting him. "At these times, you get to know which ones are behind you and want you to do well. What you can't do is panic, and you can't make wholesale changes at this point." The Cobblers entertain Rotherham in League Two on Saturday, trying to stop a four match losing run.
- Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke
he will be "here for the long term", speaking at the club's AGM.
The American businessman's full takeover took place in May after acquiring the stakes of Danny Fiszman
and Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith
. "We are glad to be here, are happy with the direction of the club and are here for the long term - we love London," said Kroenke.
- Thousands of fans have filled the streets of Coriano to pay their final respects to MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli
funeral is taking place at the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.
Beside Simoncelli's coffin sat two motorcycles - one that he rode to win the 250cc championship in 2008 and another used this season.
1518: FORMULA 1
- McLaren's Lewis Hamilton
says he is
determined to stay focused on racing
after his split with pop star girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger
. "It's very tough [but] I was still able to focus at the last race and I still have that attitude," said Hamilton.
have been defeated in their bid to buy back the freehold of Stamford Bridge, Chelsea Pitch Owners chairman Richard King announced.
1505: FORMULA 1
- Triple world champion Sir Jackie Stewart
has criticised Lewis Hamilton's
overtaking style, saying that "even a blind man" would not have attempted one of his overtaking manoeuvres on Felipe Massa
in the 2010 Italian Grand Prix, plus more in
Thursday's gossip column.
- A first test century for Azhar Ali
Pakistan to 281 for four
at the close on the second day of the second test and sent them past Sri Lanka's
first innings total of 239.
- Inter Milan
Julio Cesar has been diagnosed
with a groin strain having had to come off at half-time in his team's 1-1 draw at Atalanta on Wednesday night. Tests confirmed the injury, a repeat of a previous problem, and Italian media claim he will now miss Saturday's crunch clash against traditional rivals Juventus
- Anna Watkins
has defended her title as champion of the Thames, winning the
in 20 minutes 55 seconds - a women's record. Lightweight Adam Freeman-Pask
upset GB heavyweight squad-member Tom Solebury
in the men's race - his 19 min 41 sec also a record on a very fast tide. Defending champion and favourite Alan Campbell
- Blackburn's England Under-21 international Jason Lowe
, who plays at either full-back or in central midfield, has signed a new five-year deal with the club which lasts until the summer of 2016, reports PA.
1421: WINTER SPORTS
- The latest on the bobsleigh accident is that brakewoman
Sorita Shone has had spinal surgery
and is described as stable after a crash in Winterberg, Germany. The driver Fiona Harrison suffered a head injury and is under observation in hospital.
- Australia will make a final call on injury doubts Shane Watson
and Shaun Marsh
on Friday, just hours ahead of the deciding one-day international against South Africa at Kingsmead, reports AP. The three-match series is level at 1-1 with Australia looking for their first ODI series win in South Africa in nine years.
1404: FORMULA 1
- Lewis Hamilton
has confirmed that he and singer girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger
have split. "We're friends at least and we can move forward," said the McLaren star. "I've my family who are helping, so I feel pretty good."
BBC Look North looks at the task
facing newly-appointed Lincoln City manager David Holdsworth
with the Imps fourth from bottom in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
Captain Michael Clarke
says Australia will make a final call on injury doubts Shane Watson
and Shaun Marsh
on Friday morning, hours ahead of the deciding one-day international against South Africa
1322 WINTER SPORT:
After the earlier news that two members of the GB bobsleigh team are in hospital after a crash during training in Germany,
it has been revealed that
was driving the sled at the Winterberg track when the accident happened. The name of her brakewoman, who suffered serious injuries, has not been released.
Hampshire's Charlotte Purdue
talks to BBC South Today
about her hopes of competing in the 10,000m at the London 2012 Olympics.
1312 RUGBY UNION:
Welsh star Gavin Henson
has told Press Association Sport that securing the services of Graham Henry would be a good move for the RFU. "Obviously he is now a World Cup-winning coach and I owe him a lot because he gave me my first cap," said Henson. "With Wales, things did not go so well after he had left. Having won the World Cup he has shown that he is a great coach and of course anyone would want to have him working for them."
BBC Sport's James Pearce on Twitter
at the Pakistan spot-fixing trial: "Jury in cricket trial has a break for lunch, so there will be no verdict for at least another hour."
- World champion Sarah Stevenson
has paid tribute to her mother,
who has lost a battle with cancer.
Diana, 63, was diagnosed with the terminal condition in January and passed away surrounded by family at St John's Hospice, Doncaster on Wednesday.
- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
is confident club captain
Robin van Persie will sign a new contract.
"He has 18 months to go and I'm confident he'll sign a new deal. I'm always confident," Wenger told BBC Sport.
- Britain's Laura Robson
loses 6-4 6-4 to Ekaterina Bychkova
Aegon GB Pro-Series
quarter-finals in Barnstaple.
1230: RUGBY UNION
- Toulon's Olivier Missoup
has been given a 120-day ban by France's national rugby league following
a post-match assault
on Montpellier's Remy Martin
, reports AFP. The forward was ordered to pay damages to Martin after being accused of an assault which prompted a brawl between the players and left Martin requiring 10 stitches in his lip.
- London 2012 organisers have unveiled the blue and pink
Olympic Hockey Centre pitch and 16,000-seat outdoor stadium.
International players have been trying out the pitch, 276 days before the first match takes place there. London 2012 will be the first world event to be played on a different coloured synthetic turf to the traditional green.
BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar on Twitter
at the Pakistan spot-fixing trial: "Judge tells jury in Pakistan cricketers trial not to even think about majority verdicts. Being sent out now to consider."
BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter
at the Arsenal AGM in London: "[Chairman Peter] Hill-Wood: "Not considering injection of additional equity Committed to self-sustaining. Will not match vast sums being spent by other clubs."
1119 RUGBY UNION:
Bath full-back Nick Abendanon
tells BBC Radio Bristol
their seven-try victories against Newport and Worcester in the LV= Cup have given them a confidence boost ahead of their return to Premiership action against London Irish.
Ipswich Town striker Michael Chopra
has checked into a rehabilitation clinic to receive treatment for a gambling addiction but manager Paul Jewell
has told BBC Radio Suffolk
that the forward will start Saturday's Championship game against Millwall.
Belgium's Philippe Gilbert
has been awarded the Velo d'Or
award as the best rider of 2011 by France's Velo Magazine. Gilbert, who won the Fleche Brabanconne, Amstel Gold Race, Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege one-day races, beat Tour de France winner Cadel Evans
and world champion Mark Cavendish
in a poll of cycling journalists.
BBC's Gordon Farquhar on Twitter
at the Pakistan spot-fixing trial: "Back in court where judge is concluding his summing up in the Pakistan cricketers case. Jury will be sent out soon. Ish."
- Several of Great Britain's Olympic medal hopefuls
are in action today, racing for the Championship of the Thames in the 171st running of the
event. At 1215 BST, world double sculls champion Anna Watkins
makes a race appearance in a single scull, aiming to defend the title she won last year against squad-mate Beth Rodford
. Then, world bronze medallist Alan Campbell
aims to win a hat-trick of titles in the men's race at 1315 BST, with GB squad member Tom Solesbury
likely to be his biggest rival.
1017: FORMULA 1
- McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton
will have manager Simon Fuller
by his side for only the second time this season for this weekend's Indian Grand Prix, plus more in
Thursday's gossip column.
- BBC Sport's Richard Conway
reports: "QPR deny reports that Paddy Kenny
, Clint Hill
and Shaun Derry
have or will be giving evidence to The Football Association in connection with the Anton Ferdinand-John Terry
incident. They make the point that Derry wasn't even on the pitch at the time of the alleged incident."
- Triple Olympic medallist
Rob Hayles is to retire
after competing at this weekend's national hill-climb championship. Hayles won team pursuit bronze in 2000 and silver in '04, as well as taking Olympic Madison bronze in 2004 and winning the world Madison title in '05, partnered by a young Mark Cavendish
- BBC pit-lane reporter Azi Farni remembers Marco Simoncelli
her latest column.
"A demon rider on the track; exciting, flamboyant, aggressive and daring, but off it quiet and unassuming. There was no entourage, no flashiness and no mind games, just Marco, his dad Paolo and his home comforts. Marco did his talking where it mattered - on the track."
0916: RUGBY UNION
- Will James
has signed a one-year contract extension at Gloucester to keep him at Kingsholm until 2013,
reports BBC Gloucestershire.
James has spent five seasons with the Premiership side and had a year left to run on his current deal.
BBC Sport's James Pearce on Twitter:
"Back to Court for Pakistan cricket trial. This morning judge will finish summing up, and will then ask jury to retire to consider verdicts."
- Brazil's Olympic long jump champion Maurren Maggi
and heptathlete Lucimara da Silva
bounced back from disappointments to win
gold medals at the Pan-American Games.
Maggi, who finished last in the world championships in Daegu, won her third consecutive Pan-Am title. Da Silva, who tested positive for the blood booster EPO in 2009, completed a two-year suspension this year.
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0821: FORMULA 1
- Mark Webber
pays tribute to Marco Simoncelli
latest BBC Sport column.
"It was always good to watch him race. He rode very hard and, off the track, he seemed one of those guys who simply didn't have a bad bone in his body. Those who knew him said he was a super bloke."
- Game six of the World Series, scheduled for the early hours of Wednesday morning, was postponed for 24 hours because of bad weather in St Louis. Texas Rangers
lead St Louis Cardinals
3-2 in the best-of-seven series, with Game six now taking place on Thursday evening (0105 BST on Friday). If the Cardinals win that game to level the series, Game seven will take place on Friday evening (0105 BST on Saturday) with commentary on all games on
BBC 5 live sports extra.
0806: RUBGY LEAGUE
- Hull KR
have signed back row forward Constantine Mika
- BBC will continue to broadcast Wimbledon
until at least 2017
after agreeing a three-year extension to its current deal as host broadcaster and UK rights holder.
- Three tales from
Thursday's gossip column:
Paris Saint-Germain are ready to battle it out with Manchester United and Arsenal for the signature of Lille midfielder Eden Hazard (talkSPORT)
. Serie A giants Roma are believed to be interested in taking Manchester-based duo Rio Ferdinand from United and Carlos Tevez from City on loan (Metro)
. Corinthians are ready to test Manchester City's resolve over the £40m price tag on Tevez with their club president confident of a deal (Daily Mirror)