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Sportsday Live featured reaction to Blackburn boss Steve Kean's Carling Cup "forfeit", and Steve Bruce leaves Sunderland.

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1835 FOOTBALL: That is it for another busy Sportsday Live. You can share reactions to Steve Bruce's departure on BBC Football's live text commentary. There is also Carling Cup quarter-final commentary on BBC Radio 5 live from Old Trafford of Manchester United v Crystal Palace at 1945 GMT.

1827 GET INVOLVED: Shrochis on Twitter: "have the bookies started taking bets for when Bruce will replace Kean at Blackburn?... #bbcsportsday"

1823 GET INVOLVED: John Ballard on Twitter: "Martin O'Neill for Sunderland? He'd be a decent shout to replace Bruce. I can't think of any other obvious candidates. #bbcsportsday"

Breaking news
1821 FOOTBALL: Sunderland say that assistant manager Eric Black will take charge of first team duties in the interim period.

1818 GET INVOLVED: Matt Johnson on Twitter: "So Brucey is the first Prem manager to go. Saw it coming when Quinn stepped down as chairman #bbcsportsday"

1816 FOOTBALL: Ellis Short added on the club's official website: "Steve (Bruce) has acted with honesty and integrity throughout, which is testament to the character and commitment he has shown during his time at Sunderland. I would like to personally place on record my thanks to him for his significant contribution to our football club over the past two and a half years and everyone here at Sunderland naturally wishes him the very best for the future."

1814 FOOTBALL: Sunderland chairman Ellis Short told the club's official website: "It is my job as chairman to act in the best interests of our football club at all times and I can assure everyone that this is not a decision I have taken lightly."

Breaking news
1809 FOOTBALL: Sunderland chairman Ellis Short described results this season as "simply not good enough." Saturday's home defeat to Wigan left Sunderland 16th in the Premier League, just two points above the relegation zone. Steve Bruce was appointed manager in June 2009.

1807 GET INVOLVED: Dave Philpot on Twitter: "Steve Bruce out before Steve Kean? I know the premier League is unpredictable this year but seriously...?! #bbcsportsday"

Breaking news
1803 FOOTBALL: Sunderland have parted company with manager Steve Bruce.

1759 FOOTBALL: Follow all of tonight's football action through BBC Football's live text commentary. Braga v Birmingham City and Celtic v Atletico Madrid kick off at 1800GMT.

1753 GET INVOLVED: Dave Allerton on Twitter: "Heard at RFU Board Meeting: 'so, what do we need to do to get Nick Mallett?' #bbcsportsday"

1750 FOOTBALL: Former Wales forward John Hartson shares his memories of Gary Speed on ITV4. He said: "I first met Gary Speed when I was 11 years old when I was on trial with Leeds. He heard that there were a few Welsh lads on trial and he came over and said 'hello'. I then made my Wales debut at 19 and he looked after me and made sure that I settled in well. He was a great fella and it's such a sad loss. A waste. It's devastating and I really can't believe it."

1747 FOOTBALL: Former Newcastle player Chris Waddle says Alan Pardew's critics have been silenced by the Magpies' sensational form this season. "He has taken this team into the top four and they have been there all season. It is a marvellous achievement," he said.

1744 GET INVOLVED: Si Hawkes on Twitter: "Wow, so Rob Andrew is like the RFU's version of Sepp Blatter?! He's unsackable. Brilliant. #bbcsportsday"

Breaking news
1738 RUGBY UNION: Ian Metcalfe at RFU news conference: "This has been a wide-ranging exercise. It has been made difficult by the leaking of confidential information and on behalf of the PGB I would like to apologise to all those who contributed in good faith."

Breaking news
1734 RUGBY UNION: Rob Andrew is appointed Profesional Rugby Director, says Professional Game Board chairman Ian Metcalfe at RFU news conference.

Breaking news
1730 RUGBY UNION: The RFU will also appoint a senior team manager to look after non-playing aspects of any future tours.

Breaking news
1726 RUGBY UNION: The RFU to appoint interim head coach for the Six Nations but no one confirmed yet to take the role, says Professional Game Board chairman Ian Metcalfe at RFU news conference. A permanent head coach will be appointed by June 2012.

Breaking news
1720 RUGBY UNION: The RFU apologises for performance at 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. "The standards of performance and discipline were not good enough," said RFU Acting Chief Executive Stephen Brown at RFU news conference.

1715 SPORTS PERSONALITY: The BBC statement on reviewing the shortlisting process for next year's Sports Personality of the Year show adds: "It is too early to say what, if any changes will be made to the process but please rest assured that we will seek the opinions of people both within and outside of the BBC before deciding on the appropriate methodology for 2012."

1710 FOOTBALL: Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane scored in the first half to give the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-0 win over an Indonesian all-star team in the first exhibition game of the MLS champions' Asian tour. David Beckham started for the Galaxy in front of a crowd of about 30,000 spectators in Jakarta.

1704 FOOTBALL: Danny Jordaan, the head of last year's World Cup in South Africa is urging his Brazilian counterparts to stick to strict schedules to make sure the 2014 tournament is ready on time.

1659 SPORTS PERSONALITY: The BBC will review the shortlisting process for next year's Sports Personality of the Year show after no women made it on to the shortlist for this year's event. A BBC statement said: "We stand by the current voting process but have committed to take on board what has happened this year and we will review the shortlisting process for next year's show."

Breaking news
1654 FOOTBALL: West Brom's Zoltan Gera has been ruled out for the season after it was confirmed he has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The 32-year-old Hungarian international suffered the injury in the 3-1 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday.

1648 FOOTBALL: Leeds United will name a new East Stand suite in memory of former player Gary Speed. Speed began his career at Elland Road as a schoolboy, and made his debut as a 19-year-old in 1988.

1643 RUGBY UNION: The start of the Rugby Football Union's news conference has been delayed.

1640 SPORTS PERSONALITY: Swimmer Rebecca Adlington said it was "a shame" no women had been included but accepted the shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award was packed with "incredible" talent. "I think we've done fantastic this year but I think the women will excel next year with the Olympics," she said.

1636 FOOTBALL: Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is optimistic that the club's experiment with Friday night football will be a success after being encouraged by the response of fans who are getting a rare chance to see their team.

1630 RUGBY UNION: The Rugby Football Union's news conference is due to start now. We will bring you all the breaking news.

1627 GET INVOLVED: Chris Wright on Twitter: "AVB needs time. Aging squad, but his signings have looked impressive. With Abramovich's backing, they'll be back up there. #bbcsportsday"

1622 CRICKET: Surrey batsman Tom Maynard signs a one-year contract extension to keep him at the club until the end of the 2014 season. The 22-year-old is part of England's Performance Programme party this winter.

1616 FOOTBALL: Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty could face Dunfermline on Saturday after a scan eased fears over his back injury. A statement on the club's official website states: "If he proves his fitness ahead of the home meeting with the Pars, it is expected he will play some part in the match."

1609 GET INVOLVED: Douglas Nasio on Twitter: "AVB will be sacked early next Wednesday morn after Chelsea get knocked out of the CL by a Soldado brace. #bbcsportsday. I called it first."

GET INVOLVED: Tweet #bbcsportsday with your opinions on all of the stories published here, plus your views on Wednesday's football matches in the Carling Cup and Europa League.

1604 CRICKET: Durham head coach Geoff Cook tells BBC Newcastle that the England and Wales Cricket Board has made positive improvements to the 2012 Twenty20 fixture schedule. "It looks a lot more civilised and organised," he said.

1558 CRICKET: Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel withdraws from the Indian Premier League auction in an attempt to further his claim for a place in the England Test side. "My biggest ambition is to play Test cricket and I need to score a high volume of runs in the Championship to push my case," he said.

1550 SPORTS PERSONALITY: Swimmer Rebecca Adlington said all 10 men in contention for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award deserved their place on the shortlist. Adlington, who won a world championship gold in July, said there was no need to review the voting process despite the absence of women on the list. "I think they're rightly deserved - the guys that are in there," she said. "Hopefully some girls can be in there next year and we can have a good successful year," she told BBC Sport.

1545 CYCLING: Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich will find out in January whether he'll get a lifetime ban from cycling for links to doping. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it expects to rule "in approximately six weeks" on an appeal filed by the International Cycling Union.

1540 FOOTBALL: Jamie Carragher is determined to make his Wembley debut for Liverpool in the Carling Cup final. The Reds took a step closer to winning their first piece of silverware since 2006 when they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to reach the semi-finals. "I've played at Wembley once or twice for England but I've never done it for Liverpool. I'd love to do that," he said. "When we have reached cup finals in the past they have been in Cardiff, so I've never been there with Liverpool."

1531 FOOTBALL: Aidy Boothroyd on becoming Northampton Town's new manager: "It's a big challenge but if it was easy anybody could do it. I'm excited about this challenge, I feel I'm a much better manager than I was six years ago".

1523 GET INVOLVED: Tom Shears on Twitter: "Kean stabilised the club after sacking Big Sam, had to sell Jones and Kalinic and given half the money to reinvest. Needs time #bbcsportsday."

1514 BOXING: Lee McAllister believes his EBU light-welterweight clash with champion Denis Shafikov early next year could be the gateway to a dream fight against Amir Khan. "If I get a shot at Khan next year I will be buzzing. I would love a fight with Khan. I have only have a few years left and whatever I achieve in the next three years, that will be it, my dreams will be finished and I will have to go back to get a normal job like everyone else."

1509 FOOTBALL: Fifa has "no systematic controls against corruption", according to its new chief reformer. Mark Pieth reached the conclusion in a report into how to prevent corruption and conflicts of interests at Fifa. The chair of the independent governance committee announced a number of proposals to tighten up procedures.

1502 RUGBY UNION: The Rugby Football Union are scheduled to hold a news conference at 1630 GMT. We may get news of Martin Johnson's successor as England head coach, with Saxons boss Stuart Lancaster tipped to take temporary charge for the Six Nations along with current assistant coach Graham Rowntree.

1451 GOLF: Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will play in the 2012 Irish Open. The US Open Champion revealed his intention to play in his national open at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Wednesday."For me, the Irish Open has always been, and will continue to be, one of the most important events on the global golf calendar. It's our national open and it's obviously a title that I would love to win at some stage in my career."

1446 RUGBY UNION: The Welsh Rugby Union confirmed today that there will be a minute's silence before the Wales v Australia match at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. A WRU spokesman said: "Gary Speed was a talented sportsman, an excellent ambassador for soccer and a true gentleman."

1439 OLYMPICS: Tokyo became the first of the six cities bidding for the 2020 Olympics to unveil its campaign logo - a garland of cherry blossoms, Japan's most celebrated flower.

1431 GET INVOLVED: Kern Harrington on Twitter: Would be good to see AVB given time, he's trying to overhaul a squad that has been built for a different style of football." #bbcsportsday.

1424 CRICKET: Former Durham and Kent bowler Martin Saggers has been added to the ECB first class full list of umpires for 2012, following the retirement of John Steele at the end of the 2011 season.

1416 CYCLING: Road race world champion and Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish was at Buckingham Palace today to receive his MBE from the Queen. Speaking about his conversation with the Queen, he added: "She said I must have put in a lot of hard work to get where I am. "We were talking about the Olympics and (my event) finishing on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace next year - I told her to give me a cheer when we come past."

1404 GET INVOLVED: Nathan Hughes on Twitter: Steve Kean's comments stink of desperation and are extremely disrespectful to an impressive Cardiff team last night.

1359 GET INVOLVED: Tweet #bbcsportsday with your opinions on all of the stories published here, plus your views on Wednesday's football matches in the Carling Cup and Europa League.

1348 BOXING: Rendall Munroe has told BBC Radio Leicester that he is confident he will have no trouble dropping down a division from super-bantamweight to bantamweight when he returns to the ring in February.

1343 FORMULA ONE: BBC Sport's Sarah Holt on Twitter: "Interesting story from Russian newsagency with Vitaly Petrov's manager saying she is at Renault today to discuss if he will stay in 2012 #f1"

1340 CRICKET: Kent chief executive Jamie Clifford is not concerned that next year's Canterbury Cricket Week falls during the second week of the London Olympics. Clifford told BBC Radio Kent: "The great thing about Canterbury Week is that it is older even than the modern Olympics. We can capitalise on all those people who will come to this part of the world to watch the Olympics."

1334 FOOTBALL: A Blackburn councillor has requested an urgent meeting with the owners of Blackburn Rovers to discuss concerns over the running of the club, reports the Lancashire Telegraph.

1329 RUGBY UNION: The father of France international Imanol Harinordoquy caused a stir during the Top 14 clash between Biarritz and Bayonne when he leapt to his son's defence during a brawl in the Basque derby on Tuesday.

1325 CRICKET: Twelve men accused of digging up a cricket pitch at the first international match held in Indian-administered Kashmir have been acquitted - 28 years later. The men were accused of attacking the pitch during the lunch break of the India-West Indies one-day game in 1983. A court in Srinagar ruled there was a lack of evidence.

1322 GOLF: The R&A has announced changes to the entry criteria for next year's Open Championship. The new criteria includes a change that will see the recipient of the McCormack Medal - presented to the leading player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) at the end of the season - gain automatic qualification. It means Patrick Cantlay, the holder of the McCormack Medal, has been awarded a place at Royal Lytham in 2012.

1318 OLYMPICS: Lord Coe says Manchester United's young players could benefit from being part of a Great Britain football team at the Olympics in London. "A lot of countries use the tournament as a way of giving young players tournament experience," he said.

1314 GET INVOLVED: Ed Short on Twitter: "Spurs will field a weakened team tonight but Harry won't be criticised. Premiership the priority. Kean needs a break."

1310 CRICKET: Marylebone Cricket Club (the MCC) will vote on whether to go ahead with a multi-million-pound redevelopment of Lord's, which it owns, on Wednesday.

1304 FOOTBALL: Andre Villas-Boas believes Champions League oblivion beckons if Chelsea are unable to improve on Tuesday night's feeble defeat to Liverpool in the Carling Cup. "The Champions League is a competition that is life and death and this standard won't be enough," he said. "We will need to up the tempo and play that game with the ultimate desire."

BBC Radio 5 live
1300 FOOTBALL: There will be live commentary from Manchester United's Carling Cup quarter-final clash with Crystal Palace on BBC Radio 5 Live from 1945GMT. Alternatively, follow all of Wednesday's football action via BBC Football's live text commentary.

1255 FOOTBALL: Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie insists the Magpies deserve their place in the top four of the Premier League. He told the Newcastle Chronicle: "We're there on merit. We're a good team and people are starting to realise that now."

1246 FOOTBALL: Everton manager David Moyes has told the Liverpool Echo that 40 points and Premier League safety is the club's first priority this season. "We need to get to 40 points like every other team, and then see where we can go from there," said Moyes. "I have said many times we are going to have a tough season, it's going to be hard for us, but I'm hoping the experience we have got, the players we've got, will come through and show their quality."

1242 GET INVOLVED: Ryan Hanley on Twitter: "Good decision from Steve Kean. Realistically, Prem survival over Cup glory anyday. Ask Birmingham fans. #bbcsportsday"

1240 FOOTBALL: A High Court judge has been asked to show the red card to a football industry debt rule. Lawyers representing HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) say the "football creditors' rule" governed the way football clubs cleared debts and was unfair. The judge heard the rule meant that creditors from the football world were given preferential treatment when clubs got into financial difficulties. Both the Football League and the Premier League dispute HMRC's claims and argue that the rule is fair.

1235 GET INVOLVED: Alex Jones on Twitter: "AVB was asked to change the way we play. Lets give him chance. Not going to happen over night. Clearly talented, needs time. #bbcsportsday"

1232 RUGBY UNION: Wales coach Warren Gatland fears Saturday's Test with Australia could prove to be a "game too far". The match will be Wales' 17th this year - six games more than in the previous three years. Gatland says his players need a rest, but conceded they have to surrender to financial "pressures". "The international game generates the money," Gatland told BBC Wales Sport.

1227 CRICKET: Former Kent and England bowler Martin Saggers has been added to the ECB First Class Full List of Umpires for 2012, following the retirement of John Steele at the end of the 2011 season.

1223 FOOTBALL: Administrator Andrew Andronikou does not believe Portsmouth will be hit by a points deduction after owners Convers Sport Initiatives entered administration on Tuesday. "I can't see how the club can be deducted points. There's no football debts," he told BBC Radio Solent.

1219 GET INVOLVED: Nicky Gladwysh on Twitter, talking about tonight's Carling Cup game between Manchester United and Crystal Palace. "Will Be Good To See Paul Pogba Tonight About Time Aswell ! See What All The Fuss Is About Be Good2See All The Other Youngsters."

Breaking news
1213 FOOTBALL: League Two side Northampton Town have confirmed Aidy Boothroyd as their new manager on a one-year rolling contract. Chairman David Cardoza said: "From our talks it is clear that Aidy knows the problems we have been suffering and he has done his homework on us. He is a good age, he already has plenty of experience from managing in the Premier League and Football League."

1208 FOOTBALL: West Brom have handed a professional contract to 18-year-old defender Donervorn Daniels, keeping him at The Hawthorns until June 2013, reports the Express and Star.

1203 GET INVOLVED: Opta Sports on Twitter: Sergio Agüero has been substituted in all 11 of his Premier League starts for Manchester City. Puffed.

1200 GET INVOLVED: We want to hear your views on Manchester United's game against Crystal Palace tonight, the Europa League matches being played this evening, Steve Kean, Andre Villas-Boas, Andy Flower and any other sporting stories in the news today. Tweet us at #bbcsportsday

1155 FOOTBALL: The Professional Footballers' Association are to extend the circulation of their booklet on handling depression and make it available to all 50,000 ex-professionals in the wake of Gary Speed's death.

1151 GET INVOLVED: John Oliver on Twitter: "The Blackburn fans would not be happy if Kean had fielded a stronger side and key players were now crocked and unavailable... #bbcsportsday"

1142 CRICKET: England head coach Andy Flower says experience has taught him there are no "mysterious answers" to success in cricket, adding "simplicity is the best place to start." The Zimbabwean was named UK Coach of the Year and High-Performance Coach of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards on Tuesday.

1136 GET INVOLVED: Victor Emmanuel on Twitter: "Oxlade-chamberlain was a menace to the experienced city guards, it is time for him to play a big part in 'gunners' trophy pursuit, #bbcsportsday"

1133 FOOTBALL: Former Scotland manager Berti Vogts has extended his contract with Azerbaijan through to the 2014 World Cup.

1125 RUGBY UNION: Jeremy Guscott believes some of the Barbarians players let themselves down in their 60-11 defeat against Australia. In his BBC Sport column, he said: "Some of the Baa-Baas players looked and played as if the whole week leading up to the match against Australia had been one big social event and was not really on their minds. Individuals have to realise it is their reputations on the line."

1120 GET INVOLVED: Paul McNicol on Twitter: "Kean said he forfeited the game yet he picked his 2 biggest summer signings to play. Surely an insult to Dann and goodwillie."

1117 FOOTBALL: Newcastle United have confirmed the arrangements they have put in place ahead of Saturday's Premier League fixture with Chelsea to pay tribute to Gary Speed. Prior to kick-off, a singer will lead thecrowd in a rendition of the famous Welsh hymn, Bread of Heaven, and supporters in the East Stand will hold up black and white cards which will depict the number 11, the shirt number Gary wore whilst at United.

1115 GET INVOLVED: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Rarely seen Fernando Torres so out of sorts as he was v Liverpool last night. Tame, forlorn, treated with contempt in physical challenges."

1110 GET INVOLVED: Laura Curtis on Twitter, talking about Steve Kean's Carling Cup "forfeit": "Think it's an absolute disgrace when he'd previously suggested he wanted to win. #rovers fans should be refunded. #bbcsportsday"

1106 FOOTBALL: Stoke manager Tony Pulis has paid tribute to countryman Gary Speed following the Wales manager's death on Sunday. "There's been a lot of tributes to Gary, and rightly so, he was a smashing person," he said. "First and foremost a great, great footballer. As a family man , I wouldn't know, I didn't know his wife or his two children, but he spoke very fondly of the boys and taking them away to games. It's tragic. The football world has lost not just a good man but a good football man as well.

1102 OLYMPICS: Beckie Herbert says the Great Britain women's hockey squad are in high spirits ahead of the London Olympics. Leicester forward Herbert, from Jersey, is amongst the players heading to California for a Test series against the United States and a warm-weather training camp.

1056 BOXING: Nigel Benn has spoken about the ups and downs in his life during an insightful interview with BBC Sport's Ben Dirs. The former champion has revealed it was not always plain sailing outside of the ring. "I thought I was the best thing since sliced bread but it was a very shallow life," he said. "People were telling me, 'Nigel, you're the best', and I was loving the adulation. I couldn't break that addiction to sex, drugs and rock and roll for love nor money, I was addicted to that for almost all my career. I had everything, but I lost sight of things. You have an affair and you say, 'sorry darlin', here's a new watch; sorry darlin', here's a new mansion'"

1048 GET INVOLVED: Joe Henderson on Twitter: "Another convenient "excuse" from Kean. Something is going to have to change or relegation surely beckons? #bbcsportsday"

1045 RUGBY UNION: Scotland head coach Andy Robinson says he is likely to select Edinburgh's prolific Dutch winger Tim Visser for their 2012 summer tour. The 24-year-old will qualify for Scotland through residency next year and is then set to travel to Australia, Samoa and Fiji with Scotland. Robinson said: "Tim qualifies in June and yes, if fit, he will be considered for the southern hemisphere tour."

1041 FOOTBALL: Stoke defender Matthew Upson does not believe football has a particular problem with mental health issues but accepts it is something that should not be overlooked. He said: "People would assume footballers wouldn't (have depression) because it's such a great job and a great lifestyle. We're very fortunate to do what we do. But that doesn't mean you still can't have your problems, and it's important to remember that."

1038 FOOTBALL: Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has been invited to take a leading role in the 2014 World Cup in his home country, reports Reuters. Brazilian media have reported the former World Player of the Year and World Cup winner has already accepted the invitation.

1035 GET INVOLVED: Sean Hooper on Twitter explains why he thinks England cricket coach Andy Flower is so successful: "Having the continued backing of the ECB and a solid player base, perhaps rugby could take a note from this?"

1032 RUGBY UNION: The Rugby Football Union's management board are meeting on Wednesday to discuss the recommendations made by the critical reviews into England's World Cup debacle. Stuart Lancaster, who currently oversees England Saxons, looks set to be appointed interim head coach - with assistance from Graham Rowntree - for the duration of the RBS 6 Nations.

1027 RUGBY UNION: Gloucester centre Tim Molenaar has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Kingsholm until 2014. The New Zealand-born 30-year-old has made 50 appearances for the club but is yet to play this season because of a shoulder injury.

1020 GET INVOLVED: What is it that makes England cricket coach Andy Flower so successful? Tweet us your views, #bbcsportsday

Breaking news
1019 RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Bradford, Warrington and Salford forward Rob Parker has signed for his hometown club Leigh. The 30-year-old prop or second rower, who came through the ranks at amateur club Leigh East, spent the last two months of the 2011 season on loan from Salford at Castleford.

1015 FOOTBALL: Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has targeted December's fixtures as being key to easing the anxiety at Stamford Bridge after a third defeat in four home matches. "For our Premier League challenge to be alive we need to make the most of the December fixtures," the manager said on the club's official website. "We play most of the top teams and that is our challenge for December."

1011 OLYMPICS: Tokyo's 2020 Olympic bid leaders claim there will be "no mistakes" this time after losing the race to host the 2016 Summer Games as they unveiled a dazzling cherry blossom logo on Wednesday. Bid committee CEO Masato Mizuno said: "It is the idea of 'coming back again'... the Olympic Games coming back to Tokyo and Japan coming back (from the earthquake and tsunami disaster). Along with Mount Fuji, the cherry blossom is instantly recognisable as a symbol of Japan. We learned many lessons last time round and we must be ready this time."

1002 FOOTBALL: Southend United have confirmed that midfielder Jamal Johnson has been suspended for 14 days following his arrest outside a nightclub last month in lford.

0959 FOOTBALL: Manchester City's Samir Nasri and Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong will not face any action over their post-match tunnel row at the Emirates Stadium.The pair clashed verbally after Manchester City's 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Tuesday but the incident has not been reported to the Football Association.

0953 FOOTBALL: Kilmarnock midfielder Danny Buijs could be out until the new year after pulling his hamstring against Rangers. The former Feyenoord player limped off early in Sunday's victory over Rangers and faces his second six-week lay-off of the season with a hamstring problem.

0946 GET INVOLVED: James Connaughton on Twitter: "Nice of Steve Kean to warn the travelling fans he was going to throw the game before they travelled down to Cardiff ."

0940 FOOTBALL: Ukraine's interior ministry has set up a special unit (NFIP) to prevent known football hooligans from attending matches at the 2012 European Championship in the country.

0935 FOOTBALL: Rangers defender Steven Whittaker is optimistic he will be fit for the weekend's match Dunfermline despite coming off with an Achilles knock during last night's friendly defeat by Hamburg. "The physios are pretty optimistic and I think I've just got a kick so hopefully with a couple of days that can settle down and I'll be able to play as normal."

0927 CRICKET: England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive David Collier has praised the work of England team director Andy Flower after he claimed two awards last night at the 2011 UK Coaching Awards. Flower won the prize of UK Coach of the Year and High Performance Coach of the Year at a ceremony in London. "The last 12 months have been momentous ones for the England cricket team and this is in no small part due to Andy's personal drive and determination to bring the best out of his players and ensure that our preparation and performance are second to none."

0920 GET INVOLVED: Richard Hopley on Twitter: "Kean should have stated his intention before the game. I'm sure the fans that made the trip aren't going to be happy."

0916 FOOTBALL: David Beckham leads Los Angeles Galaxy in a friendly against Indonesia today but some seats in the stadium will be empty to prevent a repeat of a stampede last week, organisers say. The stampede at central Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno Stadium by crowds attempting to sneak in for a football final between Indonesia and Malaysia, left two fans dead and a boy in a coma.

0914 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Karen Pickering on Twitter: "No I won't be boycotting SPOTY, there are still lots of amazing athletes' achievements to celebrate, but in the style of Emily Pankhurst let's burn our sports bras and demand a vote for women next year."

0911 FOOTBALL: Former Coventry, Colchester and Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd will be named as Northampton Town manager at lunchtime today, report BBC Radio Northampton. Former Swindon boss Andy King will be his assistant. The Cobblers are currently three points off the relegation zone in League Two. Boothroyd replaces Gary Johnson who was sacked after just eight months in charge.

0906 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Martin Gough on Twitter: "In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, Karen Pickering suggests former winners should nominate the shortlist."

0856 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, who has been suffering from a hamstring injury, is preparing to return to training on Thursday, the club have confirmed.

0852 GOLF: Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal will lead a European team against Asia in next year's Royal Trophy in Brunei, organisers have confirmed. The team match-play competition will be held in honour of Seve Ballesteros who founded the event and died this year following a brain tumour.

0842 GOLF: Former US Open champion Michael Campbell says he has found fresh confidence under new coach Gary Edwin, having come close to quitting golf a year ago. Campbell, who is at home to compete in the New Zealand Open starting on Thursday, said: "I can't imagine not playing golf. I considered giving up and asked myself if I still wanted to win? I slept on it and the answer was yes, I do."

0838 GET INVOLVED: Mike Wallbank on Twitter: "So clubs can't field a weak PL team but clubs can 'forfeit' a cup quarter final? Bizarre if this goes unpunished."

0831 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Kean says Blackburn "forfeited" Carling Cup tie at Cardiff. As they say on Blue Peter, that reason sounds like one he had prepared earlier."

0827 FOOTBALL: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is refusing to rule out a bid for Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka. Redknapp says: "I have always liked him. I think he is a fantastic goalscorer but he is not a player who I have made any enquiries about or mentioned to the chairman. Having said that, I wouldn't stand here and say, 'No. Never', because if I did sign him you would say, 'What a lying git'. It's not a bad shout. He's a good player."

0820 GET INVOLVED: John Hiley on Twitter: "I understand the Blackburn Rovers fans' frustations, especially as it was a game on a Tuesday, but the Swansea game on Saturday is an absolute six-pointer."

0812 CRICKET: Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal is out of the Test series in South Africa because of an ankle injury. It compounds Sri Lanka's problems with pace bowlers as he joins Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara and Dhammika Prasad on the injured list.

0808 FOOTBALL: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is impressed by 18-year-old winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's new-found strength. Discussing Oxlade-Chamberlain's display in the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City, Wenger said: "Chamberlain the whole night looked like he could deliver something special and he has shown already he has moved forward. (I was surprised) by the consistency of his game. You pushed him off the ball too easily two months ago. His strength and endurance is now there and that is important at the top level of course."

0805 CRICKET: Mitchell Johnson will fly out to Melbourne today to see doctors as he faces being ruled out of Australia's tour to the West Indies with a toe injury. Australian team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: "Mitchell will travel to Melbourne this week to be reviewed by specialist doctors and will most likely need surgery, which is expected to keep him out of cricket for four to five months."

0800 GET INVOLVED: There's much to talk about in the aftermath of the Carling Cup quarter-finals. Was Steve Kean right to forfeit Blackburn's game at Cardiff for the sake of the league? Is Andre Villas-Boas's position at Chelsea after their defeat close to untenable? What sort of reception did Samir Nasri deserve in Man City's win at the Emirates Stadium? Let us know your views. #bbcsportsday

0800 FOOTBALL: Morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. To start with, we have three stories from Wednesday's gossip column: Newcastle have been linked with a £1.5m January transfer move for Celtic midfielder and captain Scott Brown, who will be a free agent in the summer (Daily Mirror); Manchester United and Chelsea have been joined in the pursuit of Udinese centre-back Mehdi Benatia by Juventus (talkSPORT); and Blackburn manager Steve Kean is eager to keep his transfer targets a closely-guarded secret after being informed of his January budget by the club's owners (Lancashire Telegraph).

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