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Great Britain's Amy Smith
has wins her first individual senior medal
with a bronze in the 100m freestyle
at the European Short Course Championships in Szczecin, Poland. Rebecca Turner finished in ninth place in the same final, in a time of 53.88.
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has said that
he is eager to get started
in his role as part of interim head coach Stuart Lancaster's England coaching team. "I'm unbelievably excited and just can't wait to get started. It's a great privilege and I'm very proud to be asked," said the 36-year-old.
Former top-ranked golfer Lorena Ochoa
has given birth to a baby boy named Pedro Conesa Ochoa.
Ochoa, who was the top-ranked female golfer for three years before she retired in 2010, has dismissed the prospect of returning to play full-time on the LPGA tour, but has said she'd like to play one or two tournaments a year.
Scotland's women have beaten Denmark 10-2 to reach the final of the Le Gruyere European Curling Championships in Moscow. In a replay of last year's final they will face Sweden.
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Opta Sports on Twitter:
"35% - Coventry are most dangerous after half-time, scoring the highest % of goals in the 15mins after the break. Hairdryer."
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On Sportsday from 1835 on the News Channel we have all the football news ahead of the weekend, including interviews with Sir Alex Ferguson, Phil Neville, Martin O'Neill, Alan Pardew, Charlie Adam, Jermain Defoe, Carlton Cole and Steve Lomas. We also have the latest on the Donald/McIlroy duel in Dubai and Amir Khan's preparations for Saturday night. All this as well as Torvill and Dean, a Heineken Cup weekend preview and Paul Nicholls who talks about Denman's retirement.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
has called on his Arsenal team not to let the club's 125th anniversary celebrations detract them from delivering a match-winning performance against Everton tomorrow. "History is one thing, performance on the day is another, and that is what is important for us at the moment," he said.
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Michael Owen on Twitter:
"Sad to hear Denman had to be retired today. A massive favourite with many Racing fans, it will be hard to forget 'The Tank'!"
Bolton manager Owen Coyle
is confident his side can take a significant points haul from their remaining games in 2011 and he wants it to start sooner rather than later. "We've got five more games this month and we feel we are capable of taking points in every one of them. But it is fine me sitting here and talking about it - we have to go and deliver," he said.
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Tim Wildey on Twitter:
"After reading Steven Taylor's piece on the BBC website, I feel for him. He always gives 110% .. hope he has a speedy recovery "
Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck
believes the Red Devils cannot afford to dwell on this week's exit from the Champions League and instead must move on. Speaking to
he said: "You have to turn the situation into a positive. We have to move forward and the best way to do that is to learn from it and try and get better as a team."
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England's new rugby union head coach Stuart Lancaster
is refusing to rule anyone out of selection for the forthcoming Six Nations tournament.
He has said "the door is not shut on anyone,"
and that includes the likes of Mike Tindall, Jonny Wilkinson and Danny Cipriani.
This week sees British world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene
pit his wits against Mark Lawrenson
in the Premier League predictions.
The pick of the guesses comes at Stamford Bridge
where Greene is going for a 3-2 win for Chelsea over Manchester City, while Lawrenson is going for a 1-1 draw.
Pace bowler Varun Aaron
has become the second Indian player to be ruled out of their forthcoming test series with Australia, after suffering a "stress reaction in his lower back". The news comes just days after Praveen Kumar was ruled out with a fractured rib.
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Shelley Rudman on Twitter:
"Prepping my sled for tomorrow while the *cough* lovely aroma of farm animals is wafting through the room (farm attached to our chalet)! Lol"
Rangers and Northern Ireland midfielder Steven Davis
has said he can fully understand why players would want to be part of Team GB at next summer's Olympics. "I can see the appeal in terms of players wanting to do that because it's a massive stage to go out and try to perform on," he said but doesn't expect it to be a decision he will have to make.
1601 BOXING: Andre Ward
talking on Sky's Ringside show about his
WBC and WBA super-middleweight unification clash
in Atlantic City on 17 December against Nottingham's Carl Froch: "I think in this fight he will see that I am physically stronger and hit harder than he realises. This isn't my first rodeo!"
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Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter:
"#Cheltenham: day's 'good thing' Darlan just wins finale after tremendous battle with High Storm; winning distance a nose."
The LPGA tournament in Springfield, which has been in existence for 36 years, is cancelled after organisers fail to find a new sponsor.
Neil Robertson leaves the best of 17 frames UK Championship semi-final with Judd Trump tantalisingly poised at 4-4 after a break of 77 in the final frame of the session. The match resumes at 1900 GMT and is played to a finish.
When it does resume you can watch live on the BBC website.
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Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter:
"#Cheltenham: riders Jo Coward & Adrian Heskin banned for 12 days after cross country race 'wrong course' drama; others cleared."
The Republic of Ireland confirm they will be based in Gdynia, Poland at next year's European Championships.
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Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter:
"#Cheltenham: Oscargo goes into record books as @PFNicholls' 150th winner at track (2-55); appropriate on day Denman was retired."
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva
has successful surgery in Brazil on the anterior cruciate ligament injury in his left knee that ended his season.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp
tells rivals Chelsea and Manchester United to forget about trying to sign his prize playmaker Luka Modric in the January transfer window. "We are keeping our best players and if anything we will be adding to the squad not selling," he says. "That's the message from me and the chairman. We won't be weakening this squad. If one or two positions open up where fringe players want to go then we will look at that but we are not going to sell our best players or anyone we want to keep."
Celtic defender Adam Matthews
is very doubtful for Saturday's home match with Hearts after twisting his ankle in training. However, Kelvin Wilson and Thomas Rogne have recovered from their respective Achilles and hamstring injuries and are in contention.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis
believes Harry Redknapp,
whose Tottenham team he faces on Sunday, is the right man to replace Fabio Capello as England coach. "It has to be an English manager this time and you look at everyone out there and his credentials are better than anyone else's," Pulis says. "For me there is only one Englishman who could really do the job and he is at the right time in his career - though Tottenham won't like me saying it."
Andy Webster is a doubt with a calf problem as Hearts
travel to Celtic
on Saturday. Left-back Danny Grainger is out for around six weeks after undergoing groin surgery, with Darren Barr, Kevin Kyle, Gary Glen and Suso Santana also out.
Blackburn manager Steve Kean
would not be drawn on whether Ghana's 31-year-old World Cup skipper Stephen Appiah had impressed in a trial this week. Appiah, a former Juventus and Fenerbahce midfielder, is currently without a club after leaving Italian side Cesena last season and has claimed Blackburn are interested in signing him on a one-year deal if he can get fit. He is currently training with Ghana's top-flight side Hearts of Oak to help improve his fitness.
Blackburn boss Steve Kean
is hopeful his team can spoil Martin O'Neill's first match as Sunderland boss on Sunday. "There is an expectation now Martin has gone in there and the fans will immediately be thinking there's going to be a change in the way they play," he says. "I certainly think there will be an excitement and a buzz about the place but we've just got to go and do our own business."
Michael Yardy will captain Sussex
in the Caribbean Twenty20 tournament, which takes place in Antigua and Barbados in January.
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@Paul_Mc7 on Twitter:
"I hope there perception isn't that EFC are after a Sheik to save us. We're not; we're after anyone with some money to save us!"
Celtic winger James Forrest
has expressed an interest in participating in the Olympics as part of a Great Britain team next summer.
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Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter:
"#Cheltenham: 7 runners took wrong course after 2nd last; Balthazar King fell bringing down A New Story; confusion reigns; over to stewards."
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Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter:
"#Cheltenham: drama in cross country race with fallers & at least some looking to go wrong course; Garde Champetre 1st (again)."
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English number two Kelly Sibley,
who had her funding cut by UK Sport last year, is focused on next year's Olympics after securing private sponsorship from a sports betting firm.
Young Tottenham midfielders Jake Livermore, 22,
and Tom Carroll, 19,
agree new contracts keeping them at the club until 2016.
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@MoMash96 on Twitter:
"Yesterday I said we [Manchester United] need a creative midfielder.. Add a decent defender to the Christmas list!"
Keith Lasley will return after a thigh strain for the Motherwell's league visit to St Johnstone on Saturday.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp
believes the decision by Uefa to reduce Wayne Rooney's ban to two matches could have repercussions for the FA. "You can look at it and say it wasn't that violent, but it doesn't matter. If you cuff someone, you get a three-match ban," he says. "Those are the rules. If you appealed it (domestically), it would be a frivolous appeal and you would probably get four games if you went to the FA. For them to get it from three to two, it opens up a can of worms. There will be clubs appealing against bans and they will want to know why they aren't getting it cut from three to two for similar situations."
Chelsea will be without the suspended David Luiz
for Monday's night's league clash with Manchester City. Full-back Jose Bosingwa has therefore made a timely recovery from the adductor strain that caused him to miss Tuesday's Champions League win against Valencia. Josh McEachran is back in training after an ankle knock, while fellowmidfielder Michael Essien is expected to return from knee surgery early next year.
Rory McIlroy will partner Robert Rock in the penultimate group in tomorrow's third round at the Dubai World Championship.
World number one and favourite for the money list, Luke Donald, tees off 40 minutes earlier, in the company of Jaco Van Zyl of South Africa.
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Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter
#Denman: @PFNicholls: 'A really incredible horse, awesome & to think he came back from a heart problem. He was tough & gave his all.'
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QPR boss Neil Warnock
urges the Football Association to clamp down on abusive fans as vigorously as they pursue players who have reacted to offensive chanting. "Fans can do anything they want but as soon as a player reacts, he gets into trouble. That's the standard I detest," he says.
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David Keel on Twitter:
"'Scotland' compete in the Euro Curling Champs and are happy to be 'Great Britain' at the Winter Olympics. Football take note
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish
believes his side's performances have not earned the results they have merited this season. "They could have won every game they played in apart from Tottenham so I don't see why we have to be disappointed," he said. The Reds' 11-match unbeaten run
came to an end against Fulham on Monday evening.
New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill
has made improving his team's tally of 16 goals in 14 games his priority. "We have to address the goalscoring situation, obviously, and as soon as possible," he said.
"The backroom staff
have been telling me that we have been creating chances in games but have been unable to put them away," he said.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
has defended his young players in the wake of their exit from the Champions League. Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Nani, Ashley Young and David de Gea were all in Ferguson's starting line-up
for Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Basel.
"They had a nasty experience on Wednesday but they have the trust of myself and my coaches. They will not be hounded because of one bad performance," said Ferguson.
Lee Westwood on Twitter:
"3under 69 today. Played ok but not quite firing on all cylinders . Putting lovely on the plus side. Still 36 to go and not out of it yet."Westwood finished the second round of the Dubai World Championship tied 22nd after carding a 69
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy
has finished his second round with a share of third place in the Dubai World Championship, five shots off the lead. Spain's Alvaro Quiros
tops the leaderboard
on 12 under par after carding a 64. World number one Luke Donald
finished on four under, sharing 12th place.
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Champion jockey AP McCoy on Twitter:
"Denman was a "tank" of a racehorse and I'm sure with his owners he'll have a better retirement than most of us which he rightly deserves."
QPR manager Neil Warnock
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's response to the abuse
he received in the Reds' 1-0 defeat by Fulham on Monday night. Warnock said: "The FA should look into the chants by crowds and fine Premier League clubs if they give individual players so much abuse as they have done with Suarez. I'd be tempted to do what Suarez did."
Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie
has apologised for blaming reporters in Liverpool
for the newspaper's coverage of the Hillsborough disaster. "Having just checked with the Sun's news editor at the time, it is clear that the story didn't come from the Liverpool agencies but came from agencies in the Sheffield area," he said.
Spain's Alvaro Quiros,
on nine under,
leads the Dubai World Championships by one shot
from Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy. Paul Lawrie
has slipped back to seven under after a double-bogey six on 12th, while world number one Luke Donald
has finished his second round on four under for the tournament.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
believes that Manchester United's failure to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League is "an accident".
The Red Devils lost 2-1 to Basel
on Wednesday night, which meant they dropped into the Europa League, the second-tier European competition.
Scotland's Paul Lawrie
his lead at the Dubai World Championship cut to a single shot
as he reaches the turn at two under for his second round. The former Open champion is nine under overall with Alvaro Quiros, Rory McIlroy
and Peter Hanson
hard on his heels on eight under. World number one Luke Donald
is already back in the clubhouse on four under.
Chelsea have been unable to prove one of their own fans racially abused striker Daniel Sturridge
during the club's Champions League game at Genk. The Blues launched an investigation into claims Sturridge was called a "monkey" as he came on as a substitute in
1 November's 1-1 draw in Belgium.
Liverpool have concerns in central midfield ahead of tomorrow's league match with QPR at Anfield. Jay Spearing, who was expected to provide the long-term replacement for Lucas Leiva after the Brazilian's season was ended by a cruciate knee ligament, begins a three-match suspension after his red card at Fulham on Monday and captain Steven Gerrard is still recovering from an ankle infection.
The full England squad to tour the United Arab Emirates for a three-match Test series against Pakistan: Andrew Strauss (Middlesex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Steven Davies (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Monty Panesar (Sussex), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Matt Prior (Sussex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
Monty Panesar, Steven Davies and Ravi Bopara are included in a 16-man England Test squad for the matches against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates next year.
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The Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Denman
has been retired after suffering a setback in his preparation for the Lexus Chase.
An update from the Dubai World Championship. where former Open champion Paul Lawrie
leads by three at 10 under, after picking up three shots in the first six holes of his second round. Paul Casey
shares second after picking up seven shots in his first 16 holes, Rory McIlroy
is also seven under for the event - one under for the day - after seven holes, and world number one Luke Donald
is four under after adding a 68 to his opening 72.
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Joe Joe on Twitter:
"Does anyone besides Platini and the Europa League sponsors really believe it's a 'brilliant' competition?"
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson
tells his press conference the Europa League is a "good competition, a strong competition". The Scotsman says his comment that it was a punishment "wasn't a swipe" against it, and that he only meant punishment because, for 20 years, United had only thought about Champions League. On the Europa League he says: "It's a competition you want to win".
Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua expect Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka
to make a decision by Monday over whether to join the Super League outfit.
0935 5 LIVE SPORT:
A word about a couple of podcasts available for download from
BBC Radio 5 live.
For athletics fans, there is everything you ever wanted to know about sport's most intense race, the 100m, as Darren Campbell analyses the anatomy of the event, in
"100 metres in 90 minutes".
Also available for you, Celtic manager Neil Lennon discusses his battles with depression and Michael Vaughan and Clarke Carlisle join Eleanor Oldroyd to debate
"Depression in Sport"
and how it is being tackled.
Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic
is ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, Sir Alex Ferguson confirms at a press conference.
This weekend sees the London 2012 test event take place at the ExCel Centre. Commonwealth bronze medallist Leon Rattigan, who hopes to compete but is struggling with a bicep injury,
has told BBC Sport
he has no concerns with foreign-born wrestlers competing for Great Britain in 2012. "If they're improving the sport and getting results which increase funding for the country, I don't have anything against that personally," he said.
Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz
returns from a three-match suspension for tomorrow's trip to West Brom.
Newcastle have defensive problems ahead of tomorrow's trip to Norwich. Steven Taylor
(Achilles) and Mike Williamson
(broken arm and ankle) are definitely out, while Fabricio Coloccini
(thigh) is very doubtful, meaning 21-year-old Hungarian Tamas Kadar
could make his first appearance of the season.
Manchester City right-back Micah Richards
looks set to miss Monday's league trip to Chelsea with a calf injury. Pablo Zabaleta is now fit and could slot back in, but left-back Aleksandar Kolarov is still out with a groin problem.
Wolves midfielder and former captain Karl Henry
has completed a one-match ban and could return at Manchester United tomorrow. Jody Craddock is rated doubtful with a hamstring injury.
Bolton defender Gary Cahill
is available for the clash with his old club after his red card from the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham was rescinded. David Wheater misses out again as he serves the second game of a four-match ban, while Nigel Reo-Coker, another former Villa player, is a doubt with hamstring trouble.
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan
will make his first Premier League start of the season against Bolton tomorrow in place of Shay Given, who is sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury. Captain Stiliyan Petrov and Stephen Ireland will be in contention to replace on-loan Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who has been ruled out for the season after surgery to his Achilles.
Rory McIlroy pars the opening hole of his second round at the Dubai World Championship. Paul Casey joins him at six under after picking up his sixth stroke of the day.
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Jamie Jones-Buchanan signs a new three-year deal with Super League champions Leeds Rhinos.
0850 SPORT ON 5:
Coming up for you at 1900 GMT
on BBC Radio 5 live,
Colin Murray, Pat Nevin and Perry Groves with an in-depth look ahead to the weekend's sporting action.
0842 HORSE RACING:
Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter
"#Cheltenham: after Mon Parrain defeat, Nov 12 (2.5 miles) trainer @PFNicholls talked re going further; gets it today (1-45); day's big hope."
Demba Ba talks about Newcastle's chances of securing a Champions League spot in an interview with BBC World Service's World Football show.
There is also a tribute to the hard drinking, chain-smoking genius Socrates.
Download the podcast from Friday afternoon.
You can also follow World Football on Twitter @wsworldfootball.
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Phil Skade on Twitter:
"Ouch for Petrov and Senna. Thought at least one would be at Lotus/Renault next year. Where do they go? Force India/Toro Rosso?"
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Iain Carter on Twitter
"If Donald ends up sharing 9th place with one other player and McIlroy wins t'ment, Donald wins the Race to Dubai by £3.55."
The IndyCar Series will not race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway next season. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed in a 15-car accident at the Las Vegas track in the opening laps of October's race. Track owner Bruton Smith tells The Associated Press his company negotiated a deal that will allow IndyCar to buy out its previously announced 2012 race. The series will decide later if it wants to race there in 2013.
Overnight in Australia it has been the first day of the
second Test between Australia and New Zealand in Hobart.
Australia seamer James Pattinson
has taken his second successive five-wicket haul as the Kiwis are all out for 150, the Aussies, who won the first Test by nine wickets, closing on 12-1 in reply.
To Dubai now, where it is round two of the Dubai World Championship. Englishman Paul Casey
has made a superb start, picking up five shots in his first eight holes to move into a share of fourth at five under, three behind overnight leader Peter Hanson. World number one Luke Donald
is one under for the day and the tournament after three birdies and two bogeys in his first nine.
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Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter
with news of how the weather is affecting conditions: "#Cheltenham: rainfall should read just over QUARTER inch (not half); at #Doncaster, tiny bit more rain, and going now GOOD, G/SOFT in places."
Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. To come shortly we have golf from Dubai and Test cricket news from Australia and Bangladesh, but first here are the top three stories from
Friday's gossip column.
Aston Villa are pondering a move for Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie
after losing Jermaine Jenas to injury (Daily Mirror)
. Chelsea and Manchester City are thought to be monitoring Ajax full-back Gregory van der Wiel,
who says he will not sign a new contract at the club. (The Sun)
. Tottenham are planning to snatch Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen
from under the noses of north London rivals Arsenal.(Metro)