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BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter:
"China are miles ahead of anyone in trampoline on this showing but GB beating Canada (for some reason a world trampoline power) is excellent."
BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter:
"Britain's women win team silver at Trampoline World Champs. Not Olympic event but good indicator of GB strength (individual event's Olympic)"
Celtic boss Neil Lennon
admits he will think twice about looking outside of Europe for players in the future following his
dealings with South Korea.
The Hoops have questioned the decision to include Ki Sung-yueng in a World Cup qualifying double-header against the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon despite the fact he was suffering with a virus that required a stay in hospital.
1936 TENNIS: Roger Federer
says he is not feeling the pressure as he seeks to defend his
ATP World Tour Finals
crown and lift a record sixth season-ending title. "It would be amazing to win for the sixth time," he said. "There's always pressure as defending champion but I'm used to it. I've done it so many times."
Pakistan (257-8) have beaten Sri Lanka (236) by 21 runs in the third one day international in Dubai.
A UEFA statement on the fine handed out to Bulgarian Football Union
reads: "The BFS was facing charges of discriminatory behaviour relating to chanting by home supporters during the Group G game in Sofia on 2 September as well as charges relating to the setting-off and throwing of fireworks. An appeal may be lodged against the verdict of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body within three days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision."
1853 GET INVOLVED:
Callum Mulvihill on Twitter:
"#bbcsportsday De Rosario has been a bit special in the MLS this year, probably past the point of making an impact in Europe though!"
The Bulgarian Football Union
have been fined 40,000 euros (£34,000) by Uefa for incidents during the Euro 2012 qualifier against England on 2 September, European football's governing body have announced.
1839 GET INVOLVED:
Alistair Anderson on Twitter:
"#bbcsportsday how is it not bigger news that kean is the worst PL manager ever and yet is unsackable despite 3 wins in his last 25 lge games"
West Indies women's international cricketer Tremayne Smartt
has failed a drugs test and and has been suspended from all cricket and cricket-related activities for a period of five months, the International Cricket Council has announced.
There will be live coverage of the World Trampolining team finals
live from Birmingham at 1900. Coverage on BBC red button (not freeview) and online.
1810 FOOTBALL: Dwayne De Rosario
Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player
for the 2011 season despite playing for three diffferent clubs during the campaign. The 33-year-old Canadian midfielder began the season with Toronto FC, was transfered to the New York Red Bulls after three games and then traded in June to DC United, which failed to qualify for the playoffs.
1758 GET INVOLVED:
David on Twitter:
"£194 million losses vs 6-1 demolition of your rivals away from home. Only one winner for me #mcfc #bbcsportsday"
1739 GET INVOLVED:
Tim Edwards on Twitter:
Andy Morrell continues to do a stunning job at Conf leaders Wrexham since Dean Saunders left for Donny. We're on our way back!"
Burnley have signed Wolves striker Sam Vokes
on loan until January. The 22-year-old is in line to make his Clarets debut against former loan club Leeds when the two sides meet at Turf Moor on Saturday, which you can watch live
on BBC One from 1245 GMT
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
says Brighton manager Gus Poyet
"chosen the wrong time"
to defend compatriot Luis Suarez
Leicestershire announce that Martin van Jaarsveld
has retired from county cricket and will not be joining them for the 2012 season. The former Kent player had signed for the Friends Life t20 champions a few weeks ago but has since admitted he does not want to take up the contract.
1705 COMING UP:
Watch Football Focus
this Saturday at 1200 GMT on BBC One ahead of the live Championship game
, which kicks off at 1245 GMT.
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Newcastle confirm that midfielder Sylvain Marveaux
will undergo surgery to address hip and groin problems in America next week.
1654 FOOTBALL: Ally McCoist
plans to extend Sone Aluko
's trial period with Rangers after revealing he has been impressed by the former Aberdeen winger so far. "Sone has trained with us this week and he showed up very well, as we expected him to. We are going to have a chat with Sone and his agents and possibly keep him here for another four or five days training," McCoist said.
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas
insists he is not concerned about Guus Hiddink
being back on the managerial market, saying: "I have no problem with it." He also shrugged off the prospect of the Dutchman being parachuted in as manager should his own position come under threat.
1639 GET INVOLVED:
John Ballard on Twitter:
"Steve Kean has to resign. He has taken Blackburn backwards, fans don't want him & there's no sign his situation will improve. #bbcsportsday
South African Jbe Kruger
took advantage of a collapse by compatriot George Coetzee
to race clear in the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek. Coetzee, the only member of the world's top 100 taking part, led by four but then dropped five shots in the last three holes of his second round. The 25-year-old is four ahead of England's Seve Benson
, Scot George Murray
and Chilean Felipe Aguilar
Argentina surprise no-one by naming Juan Martin del Potro, David Nalbandian, Juan Monaco, Juan Ignacio Chela
and doubles specialist Eduardo Schwank
as their provisional team for the Davis Cup final against Spain.
1626 COMING UP:
The full interview between BBC Sport editor David Bond
and Fifa president Sepp Blatter
will be on
BBC Radio 5 live
after 1830 GMT.
1618 ICE HOCKEY:
Nottingham Panthers captain Danny Meyers
tells BBC Radio Nottingham
his side's success at the BBC East Midlands Sports Awards was
for the whole of the Elite League.
1615 FOOTBALL: Brian Marwood
, Manchester City's chief football operations officer, says
the club's books are "open" for scrutiny,
and their record £194.9m loss is all part of the club's "strategic vision" for the future.
1610 FOOTBALL: Barnsley
are set to sign Newcastle
striker Nile Ranger
on loan ahead of their Championship match against Doncaster. A statement on the
Tykes' official website
says that a proposed deal will keep Ranger at Oakwell until 14 January.
Goalkeeper Jose Reina
believes Liverpool have not missed striker Fernando Torres
since his £50m move to Chelsea as replacement Luis Suarez
is even better. "Fernando is top class; Luis is as good or even better than Fernando. The club did a good job in signing Luis and hopefully he will be many years with us."
BBC Sport's Dan Walker
is in Lille for this week's
to meet Liverpool's on-loan midfielder Joe Cole
, who reveals a developing taste for frogs' legs. Also featuring in this week's show are Tottenham's Ledley King
, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez
and astrologer Russell Grant
who predicts the weekend's Premier League results.
Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum
has been named as the new Chicago Cubs' manager.
BBC MotoGP presenter Matt Roberts
not surprised to see Suzuki pull out of the competition from next year.
He says: "It has been on the cards for some time now. Hopefully their goal of returning to the grid in 2014 is a realistic one and the impending changes to the sport in the meantime facilitate that. There should be a place for all the major motorcycle factories in MotoGP - it is where they belong."
Cambridge United boss Jez George
tells BBC Radio Cambridgeshire
should be applauded
for making Saturday's visit of Luton a "big" top of the table clash.
Luton boss Gary Brabin
tells BBC Three Counties Radio
his side can "turn around"
the picture at the top of the Blue Square Bet Premier.
1539 GET INVOLVED:
Nathan Spencer on Twitter:
"Looking forward to Match of The Day tomorrow night, should be some great bad attempts at growing a moustache on show! #bbcsportsday
The players have gone off for bad light at the end of day two of the second Test between Australia
and South Africa
at the Wanderers. South Africa are 0-0 after just four balls of their second innings and trail Australia by 30 runs.
British Gymnastics Olympic performance director Tim Jones
admits tough decisions have to be made after the men's trampolining team failed to secure an Olympic place at the World Championships in Birmingham. "We're going to have to go back and think about how we select for that event," Jones said.
Moto2 world champion Stefan Bradl
will move up to MotoGP next season with the LCR Honda team after signing a two-year contract.
Fulham manager Martin Jol
warns his former club Tottenham that forward Mousa Dembele
is not for sale. "Maybe someone told you about Tottenham, I don't know. There is always interest from other clubs but he is still under contract here until the end of the season - not January, the end of the season," Jol said.
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1519 ATHLETICS: Haile Gebrselassie
will run in the Tokyo Marathon in February in a belated attempt to make the Ethiopian team for next year's London Olympics.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini
wants Adam Johnson
to concentrate on becoming an even better player
after handing the winger a new contract. "Adam is a good player for me. I think he can improve a lot, though. After signing a new contract we have time to talk regarding this," Mancini said.
1513 CRICKET: Australia
are all out for 296, a lead of 30 runs on day two of the second Test against South Africa. Phillip Hughes and Shane Watson both made 88.
1505 FOOTBALL: Rangers boss Ally McCoist on the Sepp Blatter race row:
"He was totally wrong. "In the last 20 or 25 years, in terms of racism, I think football has been fantastic, as has society. "We are definitely in a far better place than we were. "We can't put on the brake, we need to keep going, we need to eradicate it totally if we can."
1450 GET INVOLVED:
Max Astaire on Twitter:
"Manchester City. Roughly £200m in loses in the past year. Talk about buying yourselves the championship! #bbcsportsday."
Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini
returns for tomorrow's visit of Wolves after serving a one-match suspension in Everton's previous match at Newcastle. Defender Phil Jagielka
will play in spite of a broken toe.
Norwich City expect to have both midfielder Bradley Johnson
(concussion) and defender Russell Martin
(ankle) available against Arsenal tomorrow.
Andre Villas-Boas was today expecting everyone but Michael Essien to be fit for Chelsea's Premier League game against Liverpool on Sunday. Daniel Sturridge
was set to shake off a knock picked up yesterday that caused him to miss training this morning, while fellow striker Didier Drogba
has recovered from the arm surgery.
1416 GET INVOLVED:
Matthew Fairgrieve on Twitter:
"So disappointing about Cleverley. England's two most promising young midfielders (and Wilshere) injured til the New Year. #bbcsportsday."
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Manchester City's Brian Marwood
tells BBC on record loss: "We've got a huge amount of work ahead of us now to make sure we're sustainable. We still have an awful lot of work to do but I think it's exactly where we said we would be in terms of the initial investment."
1403 BREAKING FOOTBALL: Manchester City
announce record losses for 2010/11 that total £194.5m
1359 FOOTBALL: Martin O'Neill
has offered to help the Irish FA's search for a new
Northern Ireland manager.
O'Neill ruled himself out as a candidate last month but said he would help the IFA's efforts to land a successor to Nigel Worthington "if I could be of any assistance".
1357 CRICKET: Australia
are 233-6 on day two of the second Test against South Africa. Dale Steyn has just bowled Mike Hussey for 20.
"FL are not talking about the 'return' of plastic pitches.They're talking about introducing new synthetic pitches! V different! #bbcsportsday"
Six Caribbean football officials have been banned for periods of between seven days and two years for violating ethics rules, Fifa announce.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
on Gus Poyet's comments regarding Luis Suarez, who has been accused of racially abusing Patrice Evra: "I'm more surprised by Gus Poyet's remarks, that's inappropriate at a time when people throughout the world are condemning racism. I can understand why he wants to support someone from his country but I think he should think more about it. His criticism of Evra is a bit silly"
Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United are likely to activate a clause in Dimitar Berbatov's
contract that will keep the striker at Old Trafford for another year.
"#bbcsportsday Cleverley out til Xmas! That's United's title chances gone. The one player holding that midfield together."
1314 CRICKET: Australia
are 220-4 at tea on day two of the second Test against South Africa. Phillip Hughes and Shane Watson both made 88. Ricky Ponting was out for a third-ball duck.
Blackburn defender Chris Samba
should be fit for Rover's visit to Wigan on Saturday. Scott Dann
and Michel Salgado
are set to return to the Blackburn defence after spells on the sidelines.
1300 FOOTBALL: Ferguson on Luis Suarez race row:
"We've been asked by the FA not to say anything about the Evra situation and we've abided by that. I think Liverpool have been drip feeding a lot of stuff out in the last couple of weeks but at the end of the day the FA will deal with it."
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
on Sepp Blatter's apology: "Sepp Blatter's apologised, that's fine, I think that's appropriate."
1249 RUGBY UNION:
Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes Jim Mallinder
and Ian McGeechan
could be the ideal double act to
replace Martin Johnson as England manager.
He said: "We should go for the best of the guys currently coaching here, say Mallinder, alongside someone of unparalleled experience, say McGeechan.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish
BBC Midlands Today
he's delighted Harry Redknapp
will be back from his heart operation for Monday's game at White Hart Lane and believes Redknapp is "the most capable candidate" to be the next England manager despite his health scare.
Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley
will be out until Christmas with an ankle ligament injury.
1220 FOOTBALL: Adam Johnson
and Pablo Zabaleta
have signed new long-term contracts with Manchester City until 2016 and 2015 respectively,
the club have confirmed.
BBC Sport's James Pearce
"Breaking: - Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt
and Mohammad Amir
will have appeals heard against their sentences on Wednesday 23rd November."
1215 RUGBY UNION:
Ulster centre Paddy Wallace
is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on a damaged tendon in his thumb. Wallace suffered the injury during Ulster's Heineken Cup victory over Clermont Auvergne last Saturday.
1211 HORSE RACING:
The owner of Kauto Star
says the horse could make his final appearance on Saturday in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
Clive Smith has told the BBC
they'll see how Kauto Star performs before deciding if one of the most successful national hunt horses of all-time should continue.
20 time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish
"So we moan about drivers! I've just been knocked off my bike by...... A DEER!!! Tried to get his details but he ran off. Probably uninsured."
1157 RUGBY UNION: Alun Wyn Jones
is out of Wales match against Australia on 3 December. The Ospreys and Wales lock has dislocated a toe in training this week. He will have an operation this weekend. His place in the Ospreys team to face Treviso tomorrow is taken by Ryan Jones.
Norwich manager Paul Lambert
on Sepp Blatter and racism in football, courtesy of BBC Radio Norfolk: "There's no place in the world for racism, let alone football. It's not just football, it can happen anywhere and it's wrong. If Sepp Blatter has backtracked as quickly as he has he must have known he'd made a rickett. You can't say [racist] things like that and expect to walk away with a handshake. That's a bit stupid that. It's a stupid comment."
Shrewsbury have signed England Under-20 defender James Hurst
on a six-week loan from West Bromwich Albion.
Manager Arsene Wenger maintains he has given no thought to trying to bring former striker Thierry Henry
back on a short-term loan deal in January. Henry, 34, is currently training at London Colney to keep up his fitness levels following New York Red Bulls' exit from the Major League Soccer Cup.
1142 GET INVOLVED:
"Blatter didn't "expect" the public to react in the way they did, shows he still doesn't see what was wrong with his comments #bbcsportsday"
1136 CRICKET: Australia
have lost their first wicket against South Africa on day two of the second Test. Phillip Hughes is out for 88. Shane Watson is 79 not out and joined by Usman Khawaja.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has leapt to the defence of South Korea striker Ji Dong-won
after he incurred the wrath of his international manager. Korea coach Cho Kwang-rae criticised the frontman's conditioning and his performance in the World Cup qualifier against the United Arab Emirates on Friday. "If you ask a player to go 11,000 miles, I don't think he is going to be in the best of conditions, we realise that," said Bruce.
The transfer ban imposed by Fifa on Swiss club Sion
has been ruled as valid by a cantonal court in Switzerland. The sport's world governing body imposed an embargo on Sion for two transfer windows for breaching rules in the signing of Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary in 2008. They were also ejected from the Europa League, with Celtic taking their place.
1120 GET INVOLVED:
"Why would Poyet say that? He wasn't there at the match. I understand not proven until guilty but that's a step to far. #bbcsportsday"
Apologies, but there has been a slight delay and the BBC's Sepp Blatter
interview will be shown at 1120 GMT on the BBC news channel. You can also listen to it on 5 live. The whole interview will be available soon after on this website.
1108 FOOTBALL: Portsmouth
have released a statement regarding their involvement with Snoras Bank, who recently went into temporary adminstration. "The bank is part of the wider shareholdings of Vladimir Antonov (Portsmouth owner), but is in a different group of companies that operates entirely separately from our parent company, CSI, and the club," read the Pompey statement. "As such, the circumstances of Snoras Bank have no direct impact on our day-to-day operations, which carry on as normal."
1057 GET INVOLVED:
"JT played v Sweden because regardless of what they're accused of, everyone is innocent until proven guilty #bbcsportsday"
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
today insisted football should adopt a "zero tolerance" approach to all kinds of abuse. "I am against any discrimination. I am for zero tolerance, on the pitch and off the pitch, in the stands, where there is still a lot of work to do in England on that front."
Brighton manager Gus Poyet
has maintained his defence of fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez saying he would go to court to prove the Liverpool striker is not a racist. "I know Luis very well and I will go to court if someone wants to prove he's not racist," he told
"I can assure you and everyone Luis is not a racist. We use different words and it is a different kind of situation. We live in Uruguay with plenty of people who have different colour skin. We all live together and play football together."
1043 CRICKET: Australia
reach lunch on day two of the second Test with South Africa on 169-0. Shane Watson is 76 not out with fellow opener Phillip Hughes unbeaten on 85.
1040 GET INVOLVED:
"Sepp Blatter may have apologised but he has to go - he's 75yrs old - his ideas, opinions & lack of innovation are prehistoric #bbcsportsday"
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini
, when asked if there's any way back now for striker Carlos Tevez, who has again missed training with the club: "No. I don't think so". He also says there's been no direct contact between player and City.
More from Sexwale:
"We should differentiate between racial remarks and remarks when players are fighting for the ball. I think what Mr Blatter was saying, he mixed up those emotions and was trying to say 'look, let's get on with the game'. It was an unfortunate mistake. But he has inadvertently raised the bar in the fight against racism on the pitch."
More from South African government minister Tokyo Sexwale
- who was shown in a picture with Sepp Blatter by Fifa on Wednesday: "If you say a player is not worth his salt, or you are rubbish, you are not fit to be here, you are not worth the money... at the end of the day handshakes as well as the exchanging of jerseys is about these things, even though we don't encourage them. If you use a racial slur it won't go away, you cannot exchange a jersey, you can't mitigate it with a handshake, that's why we call for action to be taken against players."
1028 GET INVOLVED:
"#bbcsportsday Rightly been so much outcry vs Blatter in the UK. But surely letting JT play vs Sweden doesn't say too much about our stance?"
The BBC's Sepp Blatter
interview will be shown at 1105 GMT on the BBC news channel. The whole interview will be available soon after on this website.
1019 GET INVOLVED:
"For a man so respected in the peripherals of world football people calling #Blatterout are living in cloud cuckoo-land #bbcsportsday"
1014 FORMULA 1:
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defender Jamie Carragher
is in contention to return to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday having missed the last two matches with a calf injury.
The aforementioned Tokyo Sexwale
told reporters in a press conference broadcast by Sky Sports News: "We should distinguish racial remarks from things that are said when players are fighting for a ball."
South African government minister Tokyo Sexwale
- who was shown in a picture with Sepp Blatter by Fifa on Wednesday - has defended Blatter in a press conference and reiterated that Fifa is determined to eradicate racism from the game.
David Davies, former acting chief executive of the Football Association does not expect Sepp Blatter
to stand down. He tells the BBC: "It's churlish not to welcome someone saying sorry for the offence they have caused. He basically thinks that resigning would be weakness though and there are not calls from around the world for that to happen."
Australian openers Phil Hughes and Shane Watson have both passed 50 as Australia move onto 116-0 in the second Test.
0950 MOTOGP: Suzuki
team boss Paul Denning
"It's now - very sadly - official. Suzuki is out of MotoGP for 2012/13. I'm sorry for all the guys on the team, our partners, friends and fans."
BBC Sport's Richard Conway
"Tokyo Sexwale says in statement that Sepp Blatter will make apology for his comments on racism today."
0938 FOOTBALL: Sepp Blatter
adds: "I cannot resign. Why should I? When you are faced with a problem you have to face the problem. To leave would be totally unfair and not compatible with my fighting spirit, my character, my energy."
In an exclusive interview, 75-year-old Sepp Blatter
says: "it hurts and I am still hurting." He admitted it was a "serious incident" and that he had used "unfortunate words" which he "deeply regretted."
0935 BREAKING FOOTBALL: Sepp Blatter
has told the BBC he is sorry for causing offence following his controversial statements on racism in football but has refused to resign as president of Fifa.
Australia have made a flying start to their first innings of the second Test in South Africa. Shane Watson has raced to 47 not out as the tourists reach 89-0 in the 19th over.
Arsenal have suffered a blow with the news that defender Kieran Gibbs
will be sidelined for at least a month. Gibbs sustained a stomach injury in training a month ago and he has now undergone a hernia operation following futher tests.
The United States lead the International team 7-5 after day two of the
Presidents Cup in Melbourne
despite a second straight defeat for Tiger Woods.
Woods and Dustin Johnson lost by one hole to Aussie duo Aaron Baddeley and Jason Day but three of the other American pairings won, as the fourballs were split 3-3.
0900 FOOTBALL: Robbie Neilson
is set to make his Dundee United debut in tomorrow's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash against his former club Hearts. Neilson signed until the end of the season this week and could be joined in defence by Sean Dillon, who is fit again following a calf problem.
Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart
could recover from his hamstring injury in time for Monday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa. Van der Vaart is rated 75% fit after suffering the injury while on international duty for Holland against Switzerland.
0830 TENNIS: Andy Murray's
approach remains "too negative" to win a Grand Slam title,
Jamaican sprinter Steve Mullings
has been found guilty of a doping offence that could land him a lifetime ban from athletics. The 28-year-old was found guilty by a three-member Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary panel for using the banned diuretic furosemide.
0818 GET INVOLVED:
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Artificial pitches could make
a shock comeback
if some Football League clubs get their way. Some lower league clubs want to reintroduce them in a bid to cut costs and increase revenue.
0808 FOOTBALL: David Beckham
has also said he has yet to decide where he will play when his LA Galaxy contract expires. He said: "My decision [about whether to move clubs] will come after that, once I get a bit of a rest and see where I am."
0805 FOOTBALL: David Beckham0800 FOOTBALL:
has had his say on the Sepp Blatter controversy overnight.
"I think the comments were appalling."
Three tales from
Friday's gossip column
to start us off today:
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba looks set to be offered a £10m-a-year contract to join Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in January.
Full story: Daily Mail
Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti has hinted the club will make a move for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez in January.
Full story: Daily Mirror
And Paris Saint-Germain defender Sylvain Armand says he "does not really want" former England captain David Beckham to join the Ligue 1 side.
Full story: Daily Mail