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1945: That is it for now. Sportsday Live will return on Monday at 0800 GMT.

1944 FOOTBALL: Fabio Capello insists that England will not change their choice of training base in Poland despite the Euro 2012 draw which gave his team three matches in Ukraine. "Absolutely not," said Capello. "We have found a really good place. I am happy with the facilities and we will stay in the same place in Krakow."

1942 RUGBY UNION: In the other Friday night RaboDirect Pro 12 fixture, Edinburgh lead visitors Aironi 7-0 at Murrayfield.

1937 RUGBY UNION: Ulster are currently trailing Scarlets 3-10 at home in their Rabo Direct Pro 12 match at Ravenhill.

1930 CYCLING: The International Cycling Union (UCI) has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the Russian federation's decision to impose a fine and a warning only to Alexandr Kolobnev following a failed a test for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during this year's Tour de France, reports Reuters.

1923 RUGBY UNION: The Council of the Rugby Football Union has approved a far reaching consultation process to try and improve the way the sport's run in England. It follows recent criticisms of the shortcomings in the sport's governance and a review by the law firm, Slaughter and May, who made 150 recommendations for change. The RFU President, Willie Wildash promised that they would now, "reflect humbly on how to run the game, and take real progressive action," to improve things. A consultation process from elite level to grass roots will be led by independent director, Miles Templeman.

1916 FORMULA 1: Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen, who won the world title with Ferrari in 2007, met his Lotus, formerly Renault, team members for the first time on Friday and then stayed on at the factory for the squad's Christmas party.

1908 FOOTBALL: Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni is remaining upbeat after his side was handed a tough draw in Group C for the Euro 2012 finals. The Republic will face reigning champions Spain, Italy and Croatia. "It is a difficult draw but all things are possible in football and I am very confident," said Trapattoni.

1902 BASKETBALL: The National Basketball Association (NBA) have announced that the 2011-12 season will start on Christmas Day with five high-profile games, including a showdown between the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat. The New York Knicks will also host the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden and the Los Angeles Lakers host the Chicago Bulls when the shortened 66-game season finally gets underway after a five-month lockout.

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1855 FOOTBALL: England will take on World Cup runners-up Holland in a friendly at Wembley in February. The match, which was due to be played in August but was postponed due to the riots which were sweeping London at the time, will now take place on 29 February.

1852 SAILING: Great Britain's sailors will get the chance to stake their claim for the remaining Olympic places when the World Sailing Championships begin in Perth on Saturday. Britain has already named sailors in seven of the 10 classes for next summer's Olympic regatta in Weymouth. The competition in Australia is not an official GB selection trial but those in the women's laser radial and men's 470 and 49er will be keen to impress. A team of 51 British sailors will take part across the 10 classes in Perth.

1842 RUGBY UNION: BBC Sport's rugby union expert Jeremy Guscott casts his eye over this weekend's Premiership fixtures, highlighting Leicester v Northampton as the pick of the games. "Tigers are still down in 10th after their slow start to the season with so many big names away at the World Cup, while Northampton have climbed to fourth. But the hosts are on a roll and it's difficult to see them losing momentum."

1835 FOOTBALL: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish says the club will be tested by midfielder Lucas Leiva's absence with a knee injury. Lucas, 24, has been ruled out for the rest of the season after injuring the anterior cruciate ligament in Tuesday's 2-0 Carling Cup win over Chelsea. "It is a huge disappointment for everybody but more importantly for Lucas," said Dalglish.

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1827 FOOTBALL: Former England winger Darren Anderton reacts to England's Euro 2012 draw on BBC Radio 5 live: "France is a tough game - no doubt about it. They played us off the park at Wembley and they've got a lot to prove after the World Cup." Get involved in all the reaction in Tom Rostance's live text commentary.

1820 FORMULA 1: Russian driver Vitaly Petrov says he is keen to stay at Lotus, formerly known as Renault, next season and would love the chance to race alongside 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen. "I want very much to be part of this team," Petrov told the Race of Champions website. "I like the team, the people and my mechanics. They feel like family."

1813 RUGBY UNION: Springbok winger Bryan Habana has paid tribute to Shane Williams ahead of the 34-year-old's final appearance for Wales against Australia on Saturday. "I have huge respect for Shane and it is so sad he is finishing," Habana told the Western Mail. "The way he was dancing around in the World Cup it was like he was 19."

1807 SNOOKER: The UK Championship, snooker's second biggest tournament after the World Championship, returns to the Barbican Centre in York this weekend after a five-year sojourn in Telford and BBC Sport snooker pundit John Parrott has cast his eye over the main contenders. "John Higgins is the complete all-round match-player and probably the best the game has ever seen. It will be very tough to beat him," says Parrott.

1800 FOOTBALL: So, England avoid Spain and the Netherlands in the Euro 2012 draw, but will face France, Sweden and co-hosts Ukraine. The Republic of Ireland face Spain, Croatia and Italy. Get involved in all the reaction in Tom Rostance's live text commentary.

1756 EURO 2012 GROUP D: Ukraine, Sweden, England, France.

1755 EURO 2012 GROUP C: Spain, Croatia, Italy, Republic of Ireland.

1754 EURO 2012 GROUP B: Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Portugal.

1752 EURO 2012 GROUP A: Poland, Greece, Russia, Czech Republic. Follow the draw live in Tom Rostance's text commentary.

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1747 FOOTBALL: Republic of Ireland are drawn in Group C with holders Spain for the 2012 European Championship. Follow the draw live in Tom Rostance's text commentary.

1744 CRICKET: India have beaten the West Indies by 5 wickets with 11 balls of the second one-day international to spare. Virat Kohli made 117 and Rohit Sharma 90 not out.

1741 FORMULA 1: Confirmation of the big Formula 1 news today, Ferrari and Red Bull quitting the Formula One Teams Association (Fota). The two teams were frustrated that Fota has failed to reach an agreement on the sport's Resource Restriction Agreement (RRA) which caps the teams' spending.

1728 FOOTBALL: About 10 minutes until the Euro 2012 draw actually begins in earnest. We will bring you the headlines here in Sportsday Live, but for live updates follow Tom Rostance's text commentary.

1727 GOLF: Former Ryder Cup players Oliver Wilson and Niclas Fasth and triple European Tour winner Nick Dougherty have lost their playing privileges for 2012. All three have finished the year outside the top 115 in the order of merit who gain tour cards.

1718 FOOTBALL: Rangers manager Ally McCoist insists he remains unaffected by headlines about the club's off-field travails. "My job here is to run a football team and hopefully put a winning team on the park."

1714 CRICKET: There's an exciting finish brewing in the second one-dayer between India and the West Indies in Visakhapatnam. India are 237-3, needing another 33 to win from 36 balls.

1708 FOOTBALL: Ashley Young is hoping for a friendly welcome when he returns to Aston Villa on Saturday for the first time since his summer move to Manchester United. Young said: "I'm excited about going back. I have very happy memories of my time there and hopefully I'll get a warm reception. But I'm just concentrating on going there and doing well."

1702 FOOTBALL: The Euro 2012 draw is up and running in Kiev. Watch it live on BBC Two or follow it on the BBC Sport website with Tom Rostance.

1656 RUGBY UNION: Former England hooker Steve Thompson has told the Press Association that Nick Mallett and Wayne Smith are the "outstanding" management team guide England to World Cup glory in 2015.

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1650 GET INVOLVED: Matt Dolphin on Twitter: "SFC fans should be very wary about O'Neill. Without shedloads to spend and potential personality clashes they could struggle."

1648 CYCLING: German trio Rene Enders, Maximilian Levy and Stefan Nimke have broken the world track speed record for three laps (750 metres) during qualifying at the Track Cycling World Cup in Cali, Colombia, AFP reports. Their time of 42.914sec on Thursday beat the previous record of 42.950sec set by Great Britain's Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

1643 CRICKET: India are 180-3 after 36 overs, chasing 270 to beat West Indies in the second one-day international in Visakhapatnam.

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1635 GET INVOLVED: Nathan Thomas on Twitter: "I think the board got Bruce sacked. Sold Bent, loaned out Gyan and replaced with sub standard players like Bendtner."

1630 FOOTBALL: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has described losing midfielder Lucas Leiva to a knee injury for the rest of the season as a big blow to the club. It leaves a hole in central midfield which will take some filling," he said. "It is a huge disappointment for everybody but more importantly for Lucas."

1622 FOOTBALL: Spurs manager Harry Redknapp and midfielder Scott Parker have been named Barclays Manager and Player of the Month for November respectively.

1620 FOOTBALL: Not long to go until the Euro 2012 draw and the live build-up is under way on this website with Tom Rostance as your host.

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1612 CRICKET: Shane Warne on Twitter: "All preparations for 20/20 big bash are going well - will starting ramping it up now with 2 weeks to go till first game at the MCG!!"

1608: India are 140-3 after 28 overs, chasing 270 to beat West Indies in the second one-day international in Visakhapatnam.

Breaking news
1601 FORMULA 1: Red Bull Racing have followed Ferrari in pulling out of FOTA, the association made up of teams competing in Formula One. "Red Bull Racing can confirm it has served notice to withdraw from FOTA," the team said in a statement. "The team will remain committed to finding a solution regarding cost saving in Formula 1."

1555 TENNIS: Spain's Rafael Nadal has beaten Juan Monaco of Argentina, 6-1 6-1 6-2 in the first singles rubber of the Davis Cup final at Seville's Olympic Stadium.

1546 FOOTBALL: Inverness midfielder Aidan Chippendale will miss the trip to Paisley to face St Mirren in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday with a hamstring injury. Defenders Josh Meekings (calf) and David Proctor (ankle) are both doubtful.

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1538 FOOTBALL: Michael Ryan on Twitter: "Wife thinks I'm mad...Going to the pub at 5 to watch football...no....to watch the Euro2012 football group draw! :)#bbcsportsday...IRELAND!"

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1532 FOOTBALL: Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "A team from pot 1 hasn't become European Champions since France won the competition in 1984. #bbcsportsday."

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1523 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Richard Conway on Twitter: "Euro Championship winners will help draw teams today. Peter Scheimchel and Zinedine Zidane have just arrived at venue."

1516 FORMULA 1:Ferrari says it is reluctantly pulling out of FOTA, the association made up of teams competing in Formula One. The Italian team says on its website on Friday that it has informed FOTA president Martin Whitmarsh. The decision is partly over a "stalemate" on some issues at the core of the group's founding.

1510 BOXING: The British Olympic Association has formerly confirmed the first five boxers to be selected for Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Andrew Selby, Luke Campbell, Tom Stalker, Fred Evans and Anthony Joshua had already qualified, while the final Olympic qualifier for men will take place in Istanbul next April.

1506 FOOTBALL: Kilmarnock will be without midfielders Danny Buijs and Liam Kelly for their Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Aberdeen. Buijs has been ruled out for four to six weeks with a hamstring injury, while Kelly is struggling with with a virus.

1500 FOOTBALL: Wolves midfielders Jamie O'Hara and Stephen Hunt will return after missing the defeat at Chelsea through suspension while striker Kevin Doyle (knee) and defender Richard Stearman, who will play with a cast on his broken wrist, are expected to be available. But midfielder Karl Henry will have to serve a one-game ban after incurring his fifth yellow card of the campaign at Stamford Bridge.

1452 FOOTBALL: Premier League leaders Manchester City welcome back Italian striker Mario Balotelli and England midfielder Gareth Barry for the visit of Norwich City on Saturday after suspension.

1441 FOOTBALL: Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has suffered a new injury setback, with a hamstring injury ruling him out of Saturday's match with Wigan. The French international has missed almost the entire season so far after undergoing an ankle operation in the summer and his comeback was then delayed by a muscle injury suffered in training.

1434 FOOTBALL: Rangers are boosted by the news that defender Steven Whittaker has recovered from injury ahead of their Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Dunfermline. Whittaker had suffered an Achilles knock in the midweek friendly against Hamburg but is fit for the clash at Ibrox, along with forward Kyle Lafferty (back spasm) and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (shin gash). Midfielder Gregg Wylde is set to return from suspension.

1426 FOOTBALL: Joe Ledley has ruled himself out of Celtic's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday. The Hoops midfielder, who picked up an ankle knock against Atletico Madrid at Parkhead on Wednesday night, revealed on his Twitter account today that he is still waiting on the results of a scan and will miss the trip to Tayside.

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1418 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Ian Dennis on Twitter: "#NUFC have postponed tribute for Gary Speed tomorrow after a request from Louise Speed cos she wants to be inside SJP when it takes place. "

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1410 GET INVOLVED: Edward Barton on Twitter: "Martin O'Neill will be a great manager for Sunderland. Glad he never got the Liverpool job though. #bbcsportsday."

1402 CRICKET: Northants Cricket has appointed David Smith as the club's new chief executive reports BBC Radio Northampton. The former Leicestershire CEO replaces Mark Tagg who resigned in October. "The club has made real progress both on and off the field over the past few years. I am looking forward to working with the coach David Capel and the Board of Directors to bring future success to the club,'' said Smith.

1355 FORMULA 1: Force India driver Adrian Sutil says he has a couple of options for next season but he is surprised he has not secured a drive already after his strong showing during the 2011 season.

1348 FOOTBALL: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has warned striker Mario Balotelli to expect opponents to test his temperament. "Mario should pay attention and he should be clever," said Mancini. "I can do nothing - only he is on the pitch. He should pay attention and think only about football and not other things."

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1341 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport football pundit Steve Claridge tell's BBC 5 live that Martin O'Neill's move to Sunderland is the right one. "His track record is very good," said Claridge. "He'll be able to work within certain restriction with regards finances and he won't expect the world. He needs to get a goalscorer but he knows that. He has always been linked with Sunderland and he was the obvious candidate if Steve was to go."

1326 CRICKET: Former England captain Paul Collingwood hopes successful domestic stints in Australia and India can help him force his way back into England's limited-overs side. Collingwood, who retired from Tests after the Ashes last winter, last played for his country during the World Cup in March. "I still have the ambition to play one-day and T20 for my country," Collingwood said. "If I have a really good six months you never know what can happen. I'll be out in Australia for six or seven weeks playing against some of the world's best cricketers then playing in the IPL."

1318 RUGBY UNION: Leicester boss Richard Cockerill has moved to allay any injury fears surrounding Tigers' England captaincy candidate Tom Croft. Flanker Croft, who is widely viewed as a front-runner for England leadership duties in next year's 6 Nations, will miss Saturday's Premiership derby against Welford Road visitors Northampton. "Crofty took a bit of a knock at Gloucester last weekend, so we've kept him out," Cockerill said.

1311 SWIMMING: Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington says swimming world records will be broken at the London Olympics and that technologically advanced suits will help. Since the 18-month 'super-suit' period between 2008 and 2009 when nearly 300 global records were set, only US swimmers Ryan Lochte and Missy Franklin have managed to achieve new world record times. However, the launch of Speedo's new FastSkin3 creation suggests the race to find even the smallest possible competitive edge for the London Olympics is well under way.

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1301 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Ian Dennis on Twitter: "Told Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino and not Michel Platini will pay UEFA respects to Gary Speed ahead of the draw"

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1258 CRICKET: West Indies pace bowler Ravi Rampaul has broken the world record for the highest one-day international score by a number 10 batsman, smashing 86 not out from 66 balls (including six sixes) against India in Visakhapatnam as the Windies made 269-9 from their 50 overs. Rampaul, who had never previously scored more than 40 in any international match, added an unbroken 99 with Kemar Roach for the final wicket - the third highest 10th-wicket ODI partnership in the record books.

1253 RUGBY UNION: Australia centre Rob Horne has withdrawn from the Wallabies team to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday due to a hamstring injury. Horne failed to come through a training session at the Ospreys' training base in Swansea and his place in the starting line-up will be taken by Queensland Reds centre Anthony Fainga'a.

1246 FORMULA 1: Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have decided to withdraw from the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) on the back of the ongoing row over the Resource Restriction Agreement, F1's cost-reducing programme, according to Autosport.

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1242 GET INVOLVED: DJ on Twitter: "It'll be great to have Martin O'Neill back! the game has sorely missed him! #bbcsportsday."

1237 CRICKET: Australia 154-3 after second day of first Test, in reply to New Zealand's 295 all out.

1233 OLYMPICS: Asked if he would like to represent Great Britain next summer, Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs tells BBC Sport: "I'd be delighted, anyone would. You can't turn down an opportunity to represent your country in any competition, let alone the greatest stage on the planet. It would be great to be a part of and everyone will be doing their upmost to get selected. If you ask any footballer what they want to do, it's win the World Cup, but as a whole the Olympics is the biggest stage. Although football isn't one of the main sports, it would still be amazing to be a part of."

1226 SPORTS PERSONALITY: Sir Matthew Pinsent tells BBC Sport: "Hopefully after 2012 we'll have a whole crop of successful women who are being appreciated for being successful. We weren't short of success this year but somehow the appreciation wasn't quite there. I think it's something to do with coverage and the way the public consumes sport. If you put sport on the TV or in the newspaper, for some reason women's sport doesn't perform that well. Hopefully after London 2012 that will change, because at the Olympics no-one looks at whether it's a man or woman winning the gold medal. Nobody cares - it's a gold medal. If it's for Britain, we will all be proud about it, which is one of the good things about the Games."


1219 FOOTBALL: Uefa president Michel Platini says he is willing to move European club competitions in order to allow the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be played in the winter. Platini, who also confirmed he voted for Qatar as 2022 hosts, said the World Cup "is the most important thing" and that it would be better to play the tournament when the weather was cooler.

1210 RUGBY UNION: Australia centre Rob Horne has withdrawn from the Wallabies team to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday due to a hamstring injury.

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1202 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's director of London 2012 Roger Mosey on Twitter: #BBC2012 Ceremonies: Huw Edwards. Presenters on BBC Three: Manish Bhasin, Jake Humphrey, Rishi Persad and Sonali Shah.

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1200 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's director of London 2012 Roger Mosey on Twitter: #BBC2012 on BBC One: 1600 Sue Barker. 1900 Gary Lineker. 2235 Gabby Logan. Athletics: John Inverdale. Swimming: Clare Balding.

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1158 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's director of London 2012 Roger Mosey on Twitter: "#BBC2012 on BBC One: 0900 Mishal Husain. 1130 Matt Baker or Clare Balding or Hazel Irvine. 1345 Jake Humphrey or Clare or Hazel."

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1157 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's director of London 2012 Roger Mosey on Twitter: " Pleased to announce #BBC2012 Games presenters. Starting with Olympic Breakfast: Bill Turnbull+Hazel Irvine, Sian Williams+Chris Hollins."

1149 FOOTBALL: Sunderland assistant manager Eric Black will take charge of the Black Cats for Sunday's trip to Wolves.

1143 FOOTBALL: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp says he doesn't think the Football Association should announce England manager Fabio Capello's successor during the season if the candidate is currently in a club job. "It would leave the club he works for in a difficult position," said Redknapp. "It wouldn't be fair to them."

1138 FOOTBALL: Striker Rafael van der Vaart has recovered from a hamstring injury and is available for Tottenham's Premier League game against Bolton on Saturday. Sandro is struggling with a groin problem, but Roman Pavlyuchenko and Giovani Dos Santos have recovered from their respective knee and groin injuries.

1131 BOXING: "Former British and European lightweight champion John Murray admits he is a 'massive underdog', but says his bout with WBA champion Brandon Rios at Madison Square Garden on Saturday is 'what dreams are made of'."

1127 GOLF: Rory McIlroy fell back into a tie for the lead with Alvaro Quiros in the Hong Kong Open after bogeying two of his last three holes in the second round. The US Open champion and Spanish player Quiros both carded a one-under-par 69 to lie a shot clear on seven under.

1121 FOOTBALL: Arsenal will be without midfielders Abou Diaby (hamstring) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) for Saturday's Premier League trip to Wigan. Ryo Miyaichi (ankle) is still out, along with defenders Carl Jenkinson (back) and Bacary Sagna (ankle).

1117 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson on England ahead of the Euro 2012 draw: "I seriously think England's biggest problem next summer will be themselves - they don't do tournaments very well. Their whole approach needs a complete rethink."

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1111 GET INVOLVED: Simon Kimbrell on Twitter: "Feel a bit for Bruce having his 2 main strikers sold, but have any of his replacements been a a success? #moneywasted #bbcsportsday."

1106 CRICKET: Former Leicestershire chief executive David Smith will be named as the new Northants chief executive today reports BBC Radio Northampton. The club has been looking to replace Mark Tagg who left the County Ground at the end of October. Smith is a former Warwickshire batsman.

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1059 FOOTBALL: QPR midfielder Joey Barton declares an end to his feud with Newcastle on Twitter after a plea from Newcastle boss Alan Pardew: "Pardew's a good man and manager, I agree with what he has said. Time to keep my peace."

1052 FOOTBALL: Manchester United will travel to Aston Villa without striker Dimitar Berbatov as the Bulgarian striker is out with an ankle injury. Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio will also miss Saturday's game after limping off in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat by Crystal Palace in their League Cup quarter-final.

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1046 FOOTBALL: QPR on Twitter: "[QPR manager Neil] Warnock: 'I'm concerned with the goals we're conceding. Scoring goals doesn't concern me as much. We need to improve standards.' #QPR."

1040 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson on England ahead of the Euro 2012 draw which starts at 1700 BST: "There's a distinct possibility England will end up in the same group as the Republic of Ireland but I am glad they cannot get Germany because they have introduced more young players and have improved even more since the last World Cup, and they have a set-style too."

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1033 GET INVOLVED: Tim Allen on Twitter: "Steve Bruce unfortunate to get the sack at SAFC but wherever he goes next someone is gonna get a very good manager!"

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1028 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Ian Dennis on Twitter: "Poland will host groups A and C. Warsaw and Wroclaw in group A - a 5 and a half hour car journey. Gdansk + Poznan, group C just the 5hrs. Fans will want to avoid group B. Games played in Kharkiv and Lviv - 17 hour road trip! Draw live on 5 Live just after 530."

1022 HOCKEY: Great Britain's men are preparing take on seven of the best teams in the world at the Champions Trophy in New Zealand, with their first match against Pakistan in the early hours of Saturday morning UK time. "We need to get used to playing the pressure games," says captain Barry Middleton. The BBC Sport website will have highlights of all GB's matches.

1016 FOOTBALL: Wembley will play tribute to the seven members of the current England squad who have passed their 50th England cap, by honouring them with a personalised stone at the stadium. Frank Lampard, John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand and Gareth Barry have all had stones installed in the ground on Wembley Way to mark the milestone in their England careers.

1010 FOOTBALL: Norwich defender Ritchie de Laet is doubtful for Saturday's trip to Premier League leaders Manchester City with a back problem.

1005 FOOTBALL: Sir Alex Ferguson on Martin O'Neill being favourite for the Sunderland manager's job: "He's got a very good track record. The job he did at Villa Park was excellent and he did a great job at Celtic, he won the League Cup at Leicester, so he's got the experience to do well."

1000 FOOTBALL: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has labelled Sunderland's decision to sack Steve Bruce as "a mistake". Wenger told Arsenal player: "I think it is a mistake because the one to question at Sunderland is certainly not Steve Bruce. He has competence, the desire to win and he is the last one I would question on that, unfortunately he went through a bad run and paid the price. I'm pretty sure that he should not have done."

0956 CRICKET: Former British rugby league player Ryan Tandy is facing the threat of a custodial sentence after being found guilty of lying to a New South Wales Crime Commission hearing. Tandy, who had spells in Super League with Hull KR and Widnes and played for Ireland in the last World Cup in 2008, was found guilty of one count of knowingly giving false or misleading evidence and not guilty of two others arising from investigations into match-fixing allegations.

0950 CRICKET: India captain Virender Sehwag elected to field after winning the toss against the West Indies in the second one-day international in Visakhapatnam. India have named an unchanged side to the one that won the opening one-dayer of the five-match series, while the West Indies have replaced spinner Anthony Martin with paceman Ravi Rampaul.

0946 FOOTBALL: Fifa executive committee member Worawi Makudi has met his 1 December deadline to provide information over land and development cash questions. The Thailand FA president is accused of using money for football projects on land that he personally owns, an allegation he denies. He maintains that the legal title for the land was transferred to the Football Association of Thailand (Fat). Fifa had told Makudi that he would face a formal investigation unless he provided proof he did not misuse $860,000 (£535,000) of football development funding. Fifa is now analysing the documents.

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0940 GET INVOLVED: Daniel Yeates on Twitter: "Given what's happened at Sunderland it's the right time for Kean to leave the job and be replaced by Bruce. Change of thinking! #bbcsportsday."

0933 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport understands that Nice striker Yannick Djalo will undergo a trial at Aston Villa. The 25-year-old hasn't appeared for the French side after Fifa refused to ratify his transfer from Sporting Lisbon because he signed after the transfer window closed in August. The Portuguese striker was quoted on his personal Facebook page as saying "Go to Aston Villa" but apparently he will have to impress on a trial before any deal is struck.

0925 FOOTBALL: Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote is out of Saturday's Premier League clash with Chelsea as he attempts to shake off a knee problem. Winger Jonas Gutierrez is suspended after being sent-off at Manchester United last Saturday, but striker Leon Best (groin) has returned to training and is available.

0916 FOOTBALL: Robbie Savage said on BBC Breakfast this morning that he wanted to dedicate his performance on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday to Gary Speed: "I spoke to him on Saturday morning then he did Football Focus. The last time I saw him was at Strictly. Tomorrow night is going to be for Gary. As a footballer you can wear an armband to pay tribute: I can do it in front of 13m people on Saturday night. I am just going to go for it for Gary."

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0911 GET INVOLVED: BBC Sport's George Riley on Twitter: "Congrats to Johnathan Thurston who wins 2011 #rugbyleague golden boot for player of Year,Cameron Smith 2nd. Darren Lockyer 3rd. #bbcsportsday"

0906 FOOTBALL: Striker Danny Graham is a major doubt for Swansea's Premier League trip to Blackburn. The former Watford striker is struggling with the Achilles injury he suffered in last weekend's goalless draw with Aston Villa. Leroy Lita likely to lead the line in his absence.

0900 BOXING: Amir Khan on a possible comeback for David Haye: "David Haye has had a great career and he's got a lot left in his tank. Styles make fights and I think the style against Vitali Klitschko suits David much better. If you're asking me if it is good for David to come back to boxing then I think it is."

0856 BOXING: Amir Khan speaking on BBC Radio 5 live about a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr: "It's a fight that the world wants to see. 2012 is going to be a big year for me and we will get that fight with Floyd Mayweather. To get the fight in Wembley Stadium would be massive. If the fight was made in the UK it would be huge, it would probably be the biggest fight ever in the UK."

0847 FOOTBALL: Damien Duff is a doubt for Fulham's Premier League match with Liverpool on Monday. The Ireland international was forced off in the first half of last night's Europa League 1-0 defeat at FC Twente after the recurrence of a calf injury. Moussa Dembele also limped off but could feature at Craven Cottage.

0839 GOLF: Tiger Woods is three off the lead which is held by KJ Choi after first round of Chevron World Challenge. Woods birdied four of his first five holes and two more on the back nine but three bogeys checked his progress.

0834 CYCING: Paralympic gold medallist Sarah Storey made a successful World Cup debut as Great Britain won team pursuit gold in Cali, Colombia. Storey, Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel clocked three minutes and 31.835 seconds, well ahead of New Zealand's 3:37.072. The United States beat Lithuania to take bronze.

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0828 GET INVOLVED: Have your say on Twitter: "Is Martin O'Neill the right man for Sunderland? Let us know #bbcsportsday.

0820 FOOTBALL: Former Blackburn Rovers midfielder and BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Robbie Savage says it's time for Steve Kean to step down after the Blackburn manager said his side 'forfeited' their Carling Cup defeat to Cardiff. "I don't blame Kean for taking the job, and I don't blame him for taking a pay rise either, although I don't know what he's done to deserve it? It's time for to recognise he can't turn it around and step down, because without an injection of new thinking, Blackburn are going down without a fight."

0813 FOOTBALL: Ahead of Friday's Euro 2012 draw in Kiev, Uefa have announced England fans will be allocated just 5,000 official tickets for the quarter and semi-finals should their team get that far.

0804 FOOTBALL: Martin O'Neill has agreed to succeed Steve Bruce as Sunderland manager, BBC Sport understands. O'Neill, whose last managerial job was at Villa Park, has been regularly tipped for vacant posts at high-profile teams in the last 12 months and is the bookmakers' favourite.

0800 FOOTBALL: Morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. To start with, we have three stories from Friday's gossip column: Arsenal have been told that Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze will not be sold for less than £30m. The Gunners had hoped to tie up a deal for the Germany international for £25m in advance of the transfer window opening. (TalkSport). Aston Villa are closing in on a deal for Nice striker Yannick Djalo. The 25-year-old is available on a free transfer after Fifa refused to ratify his transfer from Sporting Lisbon in August, leaving him unable to play for the French side.

(Guardian). Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel is set to turn down a move to the Premier League - with both Chelsea and Manchester United interested in the 23-year-old - and sign for Valencia. (Footie Online).



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see also
O'Neill appointed Sunderland boss
03 Dec 11 |  Sunderland
Sunderland sack Bruce as manager
01 Dec 11 |  Sunderland
Stoke 1-1 Dynamo Kiev
02 Dec 11 |  Europe
FC Twente 1-0 Fulham
01 Dec 11 |  Europe
England to face France at Euros
03 Dec 11 |  Football
Friday's gossip column
02 Dec 11 |  Gossip


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