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2000 FORMULA 1:
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for all the breaking news and reaction to a busy weekend of sport.
England spinner Graeme Swann
has told BBC Sport he would like to see 50-over one-day international cricket scrapped. "I think one-day cricket will have to give at some point, hopefully for everyone," he said. "I don't think that game should carry on for much longer. For me it's not as enjoyable to play in. I think Test cricket and Twenty20 are the way forward for cricket." Swann also said the recent postponement of the world Test championship was "disturbing" and "short-sighted".
India's Mahesh Bhupathi
and Leander Paes
have beaten top seeds Bob
and Mike Bryan
6-4 6-2 in the men's doubles at the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena. Coming up at 2000 GMT is David Ferrer v Tomas Berdych. Listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.
Women's Olympic boxing prospects Savannah Marshall
and Natasha Jonas
both enjoyed impressive victories to move into the semi-finals of the London International Invitational test event at the Excel Arena. Middleweight Marshall was a 23-11 winner against Australia's Naomi Fischer-Rasmussen, while light-welterweight Jonas defeated American Quanitta Underwood 23-15.
Pakistan have beaten Sri Lanka by five wickets
in their Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi. Captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit an unbeaten 48 off 38 deliveries but it was an overthrow that went for four that helped Pakistan knock off nine in the final over to pass Sri Lanka's 141 all out.
Scotland's Colin Montgomerie
has helped transform
firing ranges into driving ranges
on a trip to Afghanistan to support troops and promote golf in the country. The former European Ryder Cup captain gave golf lessons and donated equipment to troops and Afghan children on a three-day stay in the country. "These kids were born into and grew up in war, it's been very difficult," he said.
QPR manager Neil Warnock
insists the new arrivals in the Premier League have not been lulled into a false sense of security by their pleasing starts to the season. QPR, Swansea and Norwich are all in mid-table and Warnock, who takes his Rangers side to Carrow Road on Saturday, said: "We've all acquitted ourselves well, but we're not daft. We're looking at the bottom three and are hoping to finish above them. We might talk a load of rubbish about Europe when we have a few good results, but apart from the top six, from Aston Villa down, everyone's in it."
1842 RUGBY UNION: Lewis Moody
and Courtney Lawes
have had their fines for breaching Rugby World Cup 2011 commercial rules reduced to £7,500 and £6,500 respectively. The pair were originally fined £10,000 for wearing branded mouth guards in the quarter-final against France.
1836 FORMULA 1:
BBC Sport's Andrew Benson is in Sao Paulo for the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.
He watched McLaren's Lewis Hamilton
beat Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel
by 0.167 seconds to set the pace in
Friday's tight practice session.
British rowing legend Matthew Pinsent
will be presenting Saturday's edition of
World Olympic Dreams
on BBC one from 1300 GMT. It will feature a battling, young judo fighter from Kosovo; a 'blind archer' from South Korea; Iraq's rowing hopeful and a British world champion who is on his way to becoming a household name.
New Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon
has been tipped to take the club back into the top three in the Scottish Premier League, by
his former coach Brian Kerr.
1802 GET INVOLVED:
"@BBCSport so how exactly is Milan closer to his family in Buenos Aires?!? #bbcsportsday"
1754 GOLF: Colin Montgomerie
has been in Afghanistan helping raise moral of the troops by helping transform firing ranges into driving ranges. He also gave golf lessons and donated equipment to troops and Afghan children during his three day trip to Helmand and Kabul.
1712 FOOTBALL: Carlos Tevez
"is happy to move to Italy" according to his agent Kia Joorabchian, who was speaking to the Football Italia website. "I spoke to Carlos and he is happy to move to Italy. We have spoken to Milan and the big Italian clubs are good options. " He then added: "Carlos wants to play in an important club".
1702 GET INVOLVED:
Murtaza Ali Khan on Twitter:
"Anderson being out for 2 months, either a good hope to bring Gotze/Hamsik/Cavani or a bad omen to see Fletcher/Carrick play. #bbcsportsday"
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt on Twitter:
"What can I tell you? Top six drivers in P2 are separated by less than a second. Still waiting for the soft tyre runs from big guns #bbcf1"
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish
added: "We take a very dim view of the incident in which Barry was involved. He has been deservedly punished and we have also taken action internally."
BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter:
"Tipsarevic stuns Djokovic 3-6 6-3 6-3 in 2hr7mins at #FinalShowdown. Nole can only reach semis if Ferrer beats Berdych at 2000GMT #bbctennis #FinalShowdown"
1620 TENNIS: Janko Tipsarevic
has beaten the world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-3 at the ATP World Tour Finals, to keep alive his hopes of qualification for the semi-finals.
The second practice session of the Brazil Grand Prix
is under way.
1559 RUGBY UNION
BBC Sport's John Sinnott on Twitter:
"Blackburn boss Steve Kean says Junior Hoilett 'desperate' to sign new deal-Interesting to see if winger still at Ewood Park come Feb 1 #brfc"
1552 CRICKET: Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan
wins the toss and chooses to bat first
in the Twenty20 International against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi
. Pakistan made two changes from the 11 that won the final one-day international: Younis Khan has been rested while left-arm seamer Junaid Khan is out for six weeks because of an abdominal injury. Left-handed opener Imran Farhat comes in at the top of the order, while seamer Aizaz Cheema takes Junaid's place. Sri Lanka also made two changes, leaving out leg-spinners Seekkuge Prasanna and Jeevan Mendis and bringing in off-spinners Ajantha Mendis and Dilruwan Perera.
BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter:
"Djoko suddenly looks absolutely shattered and Tipsy takes 2nd set 6-3. Will Nole even make it through the decider? #bbctennis #FinalShowdown"
1546 TENNIS: Janko Tipsarevic
levels his match agains fellow Serb and world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 at the ATP World Tour Finals. The qualification scenario is complicated but Djokovic's hopes of reaching the semi-finals would have been boosted greatly by a straight-sets win.
1542 FOOTBALL: AC Milan defender Alessandro Nesta
looks set to be out of action until the new year after doctors confirmed the Italian centre-back pulled a thigh muscle in Wednesday's Champions League defeat against Barcelona.
BBC Sport's Nick Hope on Twitter:
"Today's 31-23 @britishhandball defeat v Austria means they face Slovakia tomorrow in 5th/6th play-off at the Olympic Handball Arena #BBC2012"
1529 FORMULA 1: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone:
says he is "not really" optimistic about the US Grand Prix taking place next year and has set American organisers a Wednesday deadline to guarantee its long-term financial backing. He also says he's "confident" the Bahrain GP will be back on the calendar next season and that it "should have been there this year".
1525 RUGBY UNION: Former England manager Martin Johnson:
"We won 10 out of 13 games. We won the Six Nations championship. [Attack coach] Brian [Smith, who resigned on Thursday] has been criticised but we scored the most tries in two of the three years he was there for the Six Nations. There are facts that are being papered over. There is a good group of players there with a fantastic attitude that want to be successful who are horrified about how they and the team are being portrayed. There is a good core group who will be ultimately stronger for this when they come out of the other side. It is pretty horrible right now."
1522 FOOTBALL: West Brom
have received a treble fitness boost ahead of
Saturday's home Premier League clash with Tottenham.
Head coach Roy Hodgson
expects four-goal leading scorer Shane Long
(leg) and fellow striker Peter Odemwingie
(knee) to be fit. Midfielder Paul Scharner
is also winning his race to face Spurs after a three-week lay-off with a knee setback.
1518 FOOTBALL: Blackburn manager Steve Kean
says his new contract signed this week is a sign of the backing he enjoys from the club's owners. Kean signed a new deal which does not extend the length of his contract but includes a pay rise -
much to the anger of the section of the club's fans
who have been holding protests at matches calling for him to be sacked. "I'm just delighted the owners have backed me and the players are totally behind what we are trying to do," said Kean. "I'm happy now to move on and piece together what we are trying to do."
1513 RUGBY UNION: Former England manager Martin Johnson:
"People were frustrated with the way the team was portrayed during the tournament. Certain actions by players did let the group down and led us to be portrayed as something we weren't and something they aren't but we didn't help that at the time, so of course there were frustrations. How much that affected things on the field, it is difficult to judge. I know it probably effected certain individuals and would have had an effect on the team and eroded a little bit of trust, but as a coaching group we didn't feel it was having a huge effect on us as we went through to the final games."
1508 TENNIS: Novak Djokovic
takes the first set 6-3 against fellow Serb Janko Tipsarevic in their final group game at the ATP World Tour Finals. The qualification scenario is complicated but the world number one's hopes of reaching the semi-finals would be boosted greatly by a straight-sets win.
Follow live coverage here.
1456 CRICKET: Sachin Tendulkar,
who fell six runs short of his 100th international century on Friday, was left out of the squad for the first three contests of the five-match one-day series against West Indies. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni
has been rested, Yuvraj Singh
has declared himself unfit and Virender Sehwag
will take over the captaincy.
1451 RUGBY UNION: Former England manager Martin Johnson:
"Sometimes you let things go by but the way it has been reported is so inaccurate I thought I had to come here (and speak out) for the good, not only of the management group and the players but the whole game. The saddest thing for me is that it doesn't reflect well on the whole game right now. A lot of the players are horrified at how it has come out and how it is being reported."
1447 RUGBY UNION: Former England manager Martin Johnson:
"It [the leak of confidential reports into England's World Cup campaign] was one of the worst things I have experienced in the game. You don't like seeing criticism of people, of yourself, of players. Do not take the extreme opinion written in extreme circumstances as fact. You are frustrated because what is being reported is not anywhere near the truth of it. That is not what happened."
1440 FOOTBALL: Harry Redknapp
Jermain Defoe will not be leaving Tottenham in January
and has backed the striker to force his way in to England's Euro 2012 squad. Defoe has not started Spurs' last five Premier League games and the England hitman revealed today that he is worried about missing out Fabio Capello's Euro 2012 squad. "I wouldn't sell him. He is a fantastic player," Redknapp said. "He is a top player. He has just been unlucky."
1432 BADMINTON: Indonesia's Simon Santoso
notches his second seeded victim in as many days to advance to the semi-finals of the
as he ousted Danish ace Peter Gade in three games on Friday.
1419 WEIGHTLIFTING: Former Soviet weightlifter
Vasily Alekseyev, who won two Olympic and eight world super-heavyweight titles and set 80 world records during his illustrious career, died on Friday following a long illness.
1412 GET INVOLVED:
Muhammad Dinath on Twitter:
"In reply to Joseph L. Carey . Sneijder wouldn't be a long term fix. How about Hazard, Goetze, Lucas (Sao Paulo) #bbcsportsday"
1408 RUGBY UNION:
We have an interview with Martin Johnson
coming to the site at 1430 GMT. It is the first time the former England manager has spoken publicly since details from the leaked RFU reports have been published in the Times.
1402 CRICKET: India
have rested captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and named opener Virender Sehwag as skipper for the five-match one-day series against West Indies starting next week. Sachin Tendulkar, who still needs one more century to complete 100 international hundreds, has been rested for the first three matches
1355 GET INVOLVED:
Dave Bland on Twitter:
"@TomJDoyle I think they'll go for Phil Jones in CM, with Smalling in at RB and Ferdinand & Vidic at the back. #bbcsportsday"
1348 GET INVOLVED:
Joseph L. Carey on Twitter:
"Anderson simply isn't good enough for the success United aim to achieve. A move for Sneijder in January? Surely. #bbcsportsday"
1336 FORMULA 1:
Red Bull's Mark Webber
has set the fastest time in the
first free practice session
for the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.
1327 RUGBY UNION:
England's Mike Tindall
will have to wait until next week to discover the outcome of his appeal against a £25,000 fine for his conduct relating to a night out during the World Cup. As well as being fined for his night out in Queenstown, the 33-year-old was also dropped from the England squad following an RFU investigation.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
has been giving his
thoughts on the use of goal-line technology
in football ahead of the Gunners game against Fulham this weekend. "The earlier the better," he said. "I'm a big fan. I want more [technology]! As much as possible. When you love football you just want to reduce the level of injustice and that for me has nothing to do with the money involved." He says he wants it for penalty calls, offsides but "only at the demand of the central referee."
Britain's 5,000m world champion Mo Farah
pits his predicting skills against BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson
in the latest round of
Premier League predicitions.
Do you agree with their thoughts on the weekend's games?
1300 GET INVOLVED:
Tom Doyle on Twitter:
"Anderson #mufc news is not good with Cleverley also out. Big CM performances needed in December now. Pogba may get his chance? #bbcsportsday"
1249 FORMULA ONE:
F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone says he is confident the
Bahrain Grand Prix will take place in 2012,
despite ongoing concerns about civil unrest in the country. Speaking ahead of the 2011 season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, Ecclestone also says it is "most unlikely" that Austin in Texas will host the inaugural United States Grand Prix in 2012.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp reports that both forward Rafa van der Vaart
and striker Jermain Defoe
are doubts for the trip to the Hawthorns to face West Brom on Saturday. "Rafa's hamstring was sore yesterday and he's struggling. Jermain has been so sharp, I just hope he's fit." Redknapp added.
1219 FOOTBALL: Chris Samba
and Martin Olsson
are both likely to miss Blackburn's visit to Stoke with hamstring injuries. Ryan Nelsen is back in training but not match-fit while David Dunn is suspended.
Sunderland manger Steve Bruce welcomes back Sebastian Larsson
to the squad for Saturday's home clash with Wigan after suspension. Striker Fraizer Campbell
(knee ligaments) is on course to play a game of some form within the next fortnight.
Northern Ireland will start their World Cup 2014 Group F qualifying campaign with an
away trip to Russia on 7 September 2012.
That will be followed by a home match against Luxembourg on 11 September and a trip to Portugal on 16 October.
BBC Sport's Nick Hope Twitter:
"19-16 to Austria 12 mins into second half. For updates on @britishhandball in the closing stages, follow @RuislipEagles & @DanielaSposi#bbcsportsday"
1139 FOOTBALL: Kettering Town
have been placed under a transfer embargo after failing to pay their players' wages in full, BBC Radio Northampton understands.
The restriction came into force on Monday,
meaning three signings completed this week are null and void.
1130 CRICKET: West Indies
were 81 for two in their second innings, a lead of 189 runs, at the close of the fourth day of the third and final test against India
at Wankhede Stadium. India lead the series 2-0.
BBC Sport's Nick Hope on Twitter:
"GB trail 13-10 to Austria after first half. Austrian defence holding firm & this score would see @britishhandball miss out on the semis.#bbcsportsday"
Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli has recovered from a fever ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to Liverpool. The Italian was sick during Tuesday's
Champions League defeat at Napoli
but scored City's goal and played the full 90 minutes.
1111 FOOTBALL: Sir Alex Ferguson
has dismissed the viability of FA plans to
introduce goal-line technology as early as next season.
"You sure about that? People throw ideas out but you've got to pass it through Fifa, and Fifa have always been against it, so have Uefa. You can never stop progress of course but I can't see it happening next year. Of course it's a good idea, everyone realises that but I don't think it'll happen next year."
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini
has refused to discuss the issue of Carlos Tevez
at his weekly press briefing ahead of Sunday's Premier League game with Liverpool. "I do not want to speak about Carlos Tevez," said Mancini. "I will answer no questions about him."
1059 GET INVOLVED:
Arthur Wilson on Twitter:
"Great news for the City of Manchester. It finally looks like Carlos Tevez will be leaving us. #bbcsportsday"
Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan
has been banned from driving for 18 months for motoring offences. The 21-year-old Scotland international, from Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, was also fined #4,500 at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.
Stoke striker Peter Crouch
is an injury doubt for Saturday's Premier League clash with Blackburn at the Britannia Stadium. Crouch has a groin complaint, and will undergo a late fitness test.
1026 RUGBY LEAGUE:
Samoan international Misi Taulapapa
after his move to Hull KR fell through. Taulapapa signed a 12-month contract with Rovers in August but was then told he does not fit into the plans of new coach Craig Sandercock
and has now returned to the Championship club.
1021 CRICKET: Mohammad Ashraful
has been left out of Bangladesh's squad for the limited-overs leg of their upcoming home series against Pakistan. All-rounder Farhad Reza,
has been recalled to the squad. Shuvagata Hom and Suhrawadi Shuvo
are also dropped, while Elias Sunny,
who took seven wickets on Test debut, has been included.
Ferguson also confirmed Wayne Rooney
is fit for Saturday's Premier League match against Newcastle after he missed the Champions League game against Benfica.
1012 FOOTBALL: Sir Alex Ferguson on the January transfer window:
"It is easy to say you are going to buy players but it is not easy to buy them for Manchester United, especially in January," he said. "I do not see anyone who could make us a better team. There are two or three players but they are not available, so there is no point even going there."
1010 FOOTBALL: Sir Alex Ferguson on Anderson's injury:
"He's been sent to Portugal to see a specialist who operated on him before, not good news."
1003 CARLOS TEVEZ LATEST:
Manchester City have re-iterated they won't consider a loan move for Carlos Tevez.
Manchester United midfielder Anderson is out until February with a knee injury, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said.
0948 GET INVOLVED:
John Oliver on Twitter:
"Hopefully City will let Tevez rot, but if they let him go at least his shadow on English football will be gone... #bbcsportsday"
Chief executive Paul Faulkner
should be challenging for a European spot this season. "I think Europe sits there as a goal and this year that would be our goal. That's what we want to try and achieve," said Faulkner. "It's not easy but I believe it's doo-able this year. We've got a lot of ambition."
0927 GET INVOLVED:
Jamie Lyrics on Twitter:
"Can't wait for the TeamGB squad to be announced. Looking for glaring omissions and surprise inclusions. #bbcsportsday"
0919 RUGBY UNION:
announce the signing of American World Cup hooker Chris Biller
on a short-term contract.
The second round of the World Cup
of golf has finished, with Australia (Brendon Green and Richard Jones) and Ireland (Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy) joint top of the
Hibernian appoint Pat Fenlon
0906 GET INVOLVED:
Danny Bargota on Twitter:
"I'm still in shock after witnessing Tendulkar getting out for 94 earlier on today! #bbcsportsday"
Latest score in the third Test between India and West Indies
The home side have been dismissed for 482
in their first innings, still 108 runs behind the tourists. Ravichandran Ashwin made 100 before being last man out for India.
has announced that Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Pat Cummins will be unavailable for selection for the first Test against New Zealand starting at the Gabba on 1 December.
0847 RUGBY UNION:
Former Wales lock Ian Gough
has signed a new two-year deal with
Northampton Town caretaker manager Tim Flowers
has told his side to follow his lead and
become more boring.
"We can't do 'you have a go, we'll have a go' like basketball. So we'll stick to trying to be like me, boring," Flowers told
BBC Radio Northampton.
0834 RUGBY UNION:
Speaking of that story, today's
Times (subscription required)
is continuing with its reporting of the leaked reports on England's disastrous World Cup campaign. They allege that the Rugby Football Union
put pressure on players James Haskell, Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley to pay off a female hotel worker not to sell her story to the papers following suggestions that they made inappropriate comments to her. The three are reported to have refused to follow the RFU's suggestion.
- Those are the leading stories this morning and as always we want your views on them. Is there indeed worse to come for the RFU? Will Sachin ever score that 100th 100? Let us know what you think and get involved with Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag
0822 RUGBY LEAGUE:
The fixture list for the
new Super League season
has been released. Leeds Rhinos will begin the defence of their title with a home game against Hull KR on 3 February, while newcomers Widnes Vikings start with a home match against Wakefield on the same night.
0818 TENNIS: Rafael Nadal
plans to be in
"perfect" condition for the start of 2012
after admitting his passion for tennis dropped towards the end of this year. Nadal was knocked out of the season-end ATP World Tour Finals with defeat by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday, his fourth defeat in 10 matches.
0810 RUGBY UNION:
Former England hooker Brian Moore
believes there is worse to come despite Rob Andrew's claim that English rugby has hit "rock bottom." Moore, who won 64 caps for England, said he felt there would be "a lot of blood-letting to come", adding
"If they [England] don't succeed, someone has to pay the price."
0805 CRICKET:0800 FOOTBALL:
Earlier this morning, Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar
narrowly failed to make what would have been his 100th international century.
The "Little Master" was dismissed for 94
after slicing a Ravi Rampaul delivery to Darren Sammy at second slip in the third and final Test against West Indies in his home city of Mumbai.
Morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. To start with we have three stories from
Friday's gossip column:
Former England captain David Beckham is believed to be on the verge of signing for Paris Saint-Germain after being offered an 18-month contract worth a staggering £11.6m.
Full story: Daily Mail
Manchester City insist that wantaway striker Carlos Tevez will not be allowed to leave the club on the cheap in the January transfer window.
Full story: Evening Standard
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists he is in the dark about French side Lille's desire to make midfielder Joe Cole's stay permanent.
Full story: the Sun