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Australia beat Windies in 3 days

Australia’s win was their second-largest victory over the West Indies in 114 Tests between the sides
First Test, Hobart, day three
Australia 583-4 dec: Voges 269*, S Marsh 182, Warner 64
West Indies 223 (Bravo 108, Lyon 3-43, Hazlewood 4-45) & 148 (Braithwaite 94, Pattinson 5-27)
Australia win by an innings and 212 runs
Full scorecard

James Pattinson took 5-27 as Australia beat the West Indies by an innings and 212 runs in the first Test in Hobart.

Australia wrapped up the victory in three days after dismissing the tourists for 148 in the second innings.

Playing his first Test for 18 months, the Pattinson ran through the fragile Windies top order to secure his fourth five-wicket haul in Test cricket.

Kraigg Brathwaite was the only visiting batsman to show any resistance at the Bellerive Oval with a patient 94.

Australia take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, and could return to the top of the ICC Test rankings if they complete a 3-0 series win with victories in Melbourne and Sydney.

Australia captain Steve Smith chose to enforce the follow-on after Josh Hazelwood and Peter Siddle took just five overs to take the West Indies’ remaining three first-innings wickets.

There was time for Darren Bravo, 94 not out overnight, to complete his seventh Test century as West Indies posted a first-innings total of 223 in response to Australia’s 583-4 declared.

Smith downplays fitness fears

Australia skipper Smith has “no doubt” he will be fit for the second Test in Melbourne starting on 26 December despite suffering discomfort in his knee and hip at Hobart.

Smith will sit out his Big Bash League side Sydney Sixers’ domestic fixtures against Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes after aggravating an injury in his right knee and straining his right hip.

Usman Khawaja could return to the squad after missing the last two Tests with a hamstring injury, but coach Darren Lehmann wants the Sydney Thunder batsman to prove his fitness in the Big Bash first.

“Usman’s first got to be fit – if he’s not fit he won’t play, there’s no doubt about that,” Lehmann said.

More woes for the West Indies

West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel will return home after suffering an ankle injury in the first Test defeat.

Gabriel could not bat in either innings after suffering a stress-related injury to his left ankle late on the opening day on Thursday.

Could there be a saviour for West Indies cricket?

The West Indies have lost seven of their nine Test matches this year, with a win and a draw against England the only positives for Caribbean cricket in 2015.

Brian Lara hints that he may join the West Indies coaching staff in the future

Amid the loom, Windies legend Brian Lara has suggested that could be tempted by a role on the West Indies coaching team.

Lara, 46, who has been playing festival cricket in Western Australia this week, told former Australia spinner Shane Warne on Twitter that he would be willing to help out coach Phil Simmons and his team.

Lara scored 11,953 Test runs in 131 Tests for the West Indies between 1990 and 2006.

Sports Character profile: Mo Farah

Sports Character 2015 contender: Mo Farah
BBC Sports Character of the Year 2015
Date: Sunday, 20 December. Venue: SSE Arena, Belfast. Time: 18:50-21:00 GMT. Coverage: BBC A single, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport site.
Preview show: BBC Two, Tuesday, 15 December 22:35-23:35 GMT

“He’s like a conductor of an orchestra, they go at his pace, and they are entirely mesmerised” – 1983 Sports Character winner Steve Cram on long-distance runner Mo Farah.

Farah, 32, is the most current contender to be profiled in the run-up to the BBC Sports Character of the Year award on 20 December, as we concentrate on one of the 12 shortlisted nominees every day before the show.

Year in a nutshell

  • 1st man to pull off a ‘triple double’ – triumphing in two athletics events at two World Championships and an Olympics
  • Shrugged off controversy surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar
  • Won third successive 5,000m planet gold medal in Beijing, having currently retained his ten,000m title
  • It completed a magnificent seven – his seventh global track title in a row

What they say – Steve Cram

“He’s had a phenomenal period, one particular which most athletes can only dream about. There had been question marks about 2015, whether or not he could still go to a Planet Championships and do the double, be as very good as he has been, but if something he was much better.

“In Beijing, nobody had a opportunity against him. The only doubt I had in the ten,000m was whether or not he was going to trip up. There is absolutely nothing the other competitors can do.

“Mo has created this aura around himself, to the point exactly where the people he’s competing against are at a large disadvantage right from the very beginning since they genuinely don’t consider they can beat him. He’s like a conductor of an orchestra, they go at his tempo, his pace, and they are totally mesmerised.

“He has created into 1 of the most dedicated athletes I’ve ever seen. He is focused all of the time.”

What you say

Deano: “Can’t see previous any person other than Mo Farah for SPOTY. ten,000m & five,000m gold at the worlds was monumental.”

Grundy: “Now 4 x World Champ, 4 x Euro Champ, 2 x Olympic Champ, 2 x GNR winner, Lisbon half winner and European HM record.”

Matt Davies: “No one comes close to Mo Farah for SPOTY. Became an all-time wonderful this year.”

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Blackburn Rovers 1- Rotherham United

Complete time

Complete Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Rotherham United .

90:00 +5:32 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Rotherham United .

90:00 +three:45

Attempt blocked. Matt Derbyshire (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kirk Broadfoot.

88:05

Hand ball by Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers).

87:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Danny Guthrie replaces Jordan Rhodes.

87:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Brandon Barker replaces Joe Newell.

85:34

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

85:34

Grant Ward (Rotherham United) wins a cost-free kick on the proper wing.

83:54

Offside, Rotherham United. Matt Derbyshire tries a via ball, but Jonson Clarke-Harris is caught offside.

82:58

Foul by Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers).

82:58

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a totally free kick in the defensive half.

81:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Ben Marshall because of an injury.

80:20

Delay more than. They are ready to continue.

79:45

Delay in match Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

77:32

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Markus Olsson.

77:31

Try missed. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) with an try from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Newell with a cross following a corner.

77:00

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Ben Marshall.

74:07

Attempt saved. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the leading centre of the purpose. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

73:39 Booking

Booking Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a negative foul.

73:33

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:33

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United).

71:34

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jonson Clarke-Harris.

71:13

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Camp.

71:11

Try saved. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top proper corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

70:45

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Frecklington.

70:07

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Grant Ward.

68:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Rotherham United. Matt Derbyshire replaces Luke Hyam.

66:08

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

66:08

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Brown replaces Tom Lawrence.

62:21

Try missed. Kirk Broadfoot (Rotherham United) header from the centre of the box misses to the correct. Assisted by Joe Newell with a cross following a set piece situation.

61:49

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

61:49

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a totally free kick on the left wing.

57:58

Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

57:58

Lee Camp (Rotherham United) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

57:31

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

56:36

Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) wins a totally free kick on the left wing.

56:36

Foul by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

55:56

Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) correct footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.

54:57

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Corry Evans tries a by way of ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

52:57

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

52:57

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:58

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a totally free kick in the defensive half.

50:58

Foul by Luke Hyam (Rotherham United).

49:45

Try missed. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lee Frecklington following a corner.

49:19

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

49:16

Attempt blocked. Luke Hyam (Rotherham United) appropriate footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Ward.

48:37

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:37

Foul by Luke Hyam (Rotherham United).

46:46

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free of charge kick on the left wing.

46:46

Foul by Grant Ward (Rotherham United).

45:43

Hazardous play by Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers).

45:43

Danny Collins (Rotherham United) wins a totally free kick on the left wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 1, Rotherham United .

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time Very first Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Rotherham United .

45:00 +:29

Foul by Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers).

45:00 +:29

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

44:03

Try missed. Grant Ward (Rotherham United) appropriate footed shot from outside the box is higher and wide to the right.

43:33

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

43:33

Joe Newell (Rotherham United) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

41:48

Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free of charge kick in the attacking half.

41:48

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

38:24

Try saved. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

38:21

Attempt blocked. Joe Newell (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outdoors the box is blocked. Assisted by Kirk Broadfoot.

37:36

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

37:36

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free of charge kick on the left wing.

32:13

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free of charge kick in the attacking half.

32:13

Foul by Danny Collins (Rotherham United).

31:54

Hand ball by Jonson Clarke-Harris (Rotherham United).

30:28 Aim scored

Goal! Personal Aim by Luke Hyam, Rotherham United. Blackburn Rovers 1, Rotherham United .

29:23

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Danny Collins.

29:20

Try blocked. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outdoors the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.

25:21

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

25:21

Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) wins a totally free kick in the defensive half.

25:14

Attempt missed. Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the appropriate. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

24:45

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Camp.

24:42

Try saved. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom correct corner. Assisted by Tom Lawrence.

20:39

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers).

20:39

Danny Collins (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:01

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

20:01

Grant Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free of charge kick in the attacking half.

19:14

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

19:14

Danny Collins (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:46

Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:46

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Rotherham United).

16:18

Try saved. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) correct footed shot from outdoors the box is saved in the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Craig Conway with a headed pass.

7:04

Attempt blocked. Lee Frecklington (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

7:00

Attempt blocked. Luke Hyam (Rotherham United) left footed shot from long variety on the left is blocked.

six:25

Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

six:25

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

5:39

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Adam Henley.

four:59

Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

4:59

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Rotherham United).

3:53

Try blocked. Luke Hyam (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Ward.

two:46

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Rotherham United).

two:46

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

:00

1st Half begins.

:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Nottingham Forest

Complete time

Full Time Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

90:00 +four:52 Full time

Complete Time Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest 1.

90:00 +four:23 Booking

Booking Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +four:09

Hand ball by Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest).

90:00 +1:02

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Pinillos.

87:36 Booking

Booking Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a negative foul.

87:14

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:14

Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest).

85:42

Foul by Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

85:42

Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:55

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Pinillos.

84:49

Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) proper footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:30

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

83:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Benik Afobe replaces Adam Le Fondre.

82:40

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Scott Golbourne.

80:45

Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a totally free kick on the left wing.

80:45

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

79:33 Purpose scored

Aim! Aim! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest 1. Dexter Blackstock (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from very close range to the prime appropriate corner. Assisted by Henri Lansbury with a cross following a corner.

79:08

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

79:07

Try blocked. Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nélson Oliveira.

78:06

Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

78:06

Foul by Jamie Ward (Nottingham Forest).

77:40

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Ethan Ebanks-Landell.

77:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Dexter Blackstock replaces Ryan Mendes.

76:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jonathan Williams replaces Ben Osborn.

76:08

Attempt saved. Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) correct footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the purpose. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

75:29

Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:29

Foul by Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest).

74:16

Try missed. Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Graham with a cross following a corner.

73:53

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Michael Mancienne.

71:26

Foul by James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

71:26

Daniel Pinillos (Nottingham Forest) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

70:14

Try blocked. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

67:37

Attempt blocked. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward.

66:44

Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:44

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

66:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Jamie Ward replaces Chris O’Grady.

65:45

Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a totally free kick in the defensive half.

65:45

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

60:21

Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

60:21

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

57:05

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

57:05

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a totally free kick in the attacking half.

56:47

Try saved. Jack Price tag (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom correct corner. Assisted by Jordan Graham with a cross.

55:46

Foul by Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

55:46

Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:20 Booking

Booking Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a poor foul.

54:05

James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the appropriate wing.

54:05

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

53:00

Try blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Golbourne with a cross.

52:52

Attempt blocked. Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Graham with a cross.

52:30

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

50:21

Attempt blocked. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outdoors the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

48:29

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Matt Mills.

48:27

Try blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dave Edwards.

45:28

Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:28

Foul by Daniel Pinillos (Nottingham Forest).

45:00

Second Half begins Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest .

45:00 +three:34 Half time

Half Time Initial Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest .

45:00 +2:15

Delay more than. They are prepared to continue.

45:00 +1:ten

Delay in match Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) due to the fact of an injury.

43:38

Try missed. Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Henry with a through ball.

41:45

Try blocked. Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) correct footed shot from outdoors the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott Golbourne.

40:46 Booking

Booking Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card.

40:38

Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:38

Foul by Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest).

39:59

Try missed. Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is as well higher. Assisted by Ryan Mendes.

35:42

Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a cost-free kick on the left wing.

35:42

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest).

35:31

Try blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers) correct footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dave Edwards.

32:12

Attempt missed. Chris O’Grady (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from the left side of the box is also high following a corner.

32:10

Try blocked. Michael Mancienne (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris O’Grady with a headed pass.

31:44

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Kevin McDonald.

30:55 Booking

Booking Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a poor foul.

30:12

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

30:12

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

28:54

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

28:54

Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

28:29

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Eric Lichaj.

27:39

Try missed. Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) proper footed shot from outdoors the box is as well high from a direct free of charge kick.

26:54

Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free of charge kick in the attacking half.

26:54

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

24:33

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

24:33

Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) wins a cost-free kick in the defensive half.

22:50

Attempt blocked. David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Mendes.

20:30

Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free of charge kick in the defensive half.

20:30

Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest).

18:37

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Nélson Oliveira tries a by means of ball, but Chris O’Grady is caught offside.

17:18

Attempt saved. Matt Mills (Nottingham Forest) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Henri Lansbury.

16:54 Booking

Booking Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a poor foul.

16:27

Foul by Jack Price tag (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

16:27

Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest) wins a totally free kick in the attacking half.

14:43 Goal scored

Objective! Purpose! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Nottingham Forest . Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from extremely close variety to the bottom appropriate corner. Assisted by Jordan Graham with a cross following a set piece scenario.

14:18

Jordan Graham (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a totally free kick on the left wing.

14:18

Foul by Ryan Mendes (Nottingham Forest).

11:37

Scott Golbourne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:37

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest).

8:15

Attempt saved. Nélson Oliveira (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the aim. Assisted by Chris O’Grady with a headed pass.

1:27

Attempt missed. Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Mills with a headed pass following a corner.

:57

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Danny Batth.

:00

1st Half begins.

:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Ferrari can beat Mercedes – Allison

Watch BBC F1’s season review, Lewis Hamilton: Generating History on BBC One at 13:00 GMT this Saturday

Ferrari have a “realistic” possibility of mounting a critical title challenge to Mercedes in 2016, according to technical director James Allison.

Sebastian Vettel finished third in this year’s championship, winning 3 races to champion Lewis Hamilton’s 10.

Allison mentioned: “If we do almost everything we intend, we have a realistic chance subsequent year will be a classic year for F1 – and for Ferrari I hope even stronger.

“But saying it is straightforward and doing it is a lot, lot tougher.”

Ferrari completed 1st and third at the Singapore Grand Prix- their ideal outcome of the season

Allison, 47, is the man charged with turning around Ferrari’s fortunes after a dip in kind in current years and a title drought dating back to 2007.

He has led a recovery this year following Ferrari had in 2014 its worst season in two decades, failing to win and taking only two podiums.

This year, Vettel, who replaced Fernando Alonso soon after the former Ferrari group leader moved to McLaren believing they would give him a greater possibility of winning a third world title, has scored 13 podiums, such as his victories in Malaysia, Hungary and Singapore.

Glowing praise for Vettel

Allison, who was speaking in an exclusive interview for the BBC F1 Review show, was glowing in his praise for Vettel, describing his year as “flawless”.

“It really is easiest to talk about it by searching at Bahrain, the weakest race of the year, where he created a single or two errors,” Allison mentioned.

“We never have as excellent a vehicle as the Mercedes, that is clear, and yet we’ve won 3 races. Sebastian has won all 3.

Sebastian Vettel celebrates winning the Hungarian Grand Prix- one of his three race victories

“And the reason that he has won those 3 and place it on the podium as much as he has is that we ask him to sort of work miracles to place his car in a competitive position, since the vehicle is not yet good adequate to be the winning car.

“And he delivers those miracles sort of lap following lap, race following race, weekend after weekend.

“Then, just sometimes, once or twice in a complete year in thousands of laps, you see evidence that there is not a machine there, there’s a human. And that shows the magnificence of the achievement in all the other races.”

Similarities to Schumacher

Allison said Vettel was “an easy guy to perform with” and related his “understanding of the worth of getting in a group” with that of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, with whom Allison worked throughout Ferrari’s dominant era of 2000 to 2004.

Sebastian Vettel aiming for fifth title in 2016

“With drivers, the quantity a single issue you want is that they are rapidly and never make blunders,” Allison said. “And very often the kind of personality that is necessary to be quickly and not to make errors is not necessarily the most sympathetic character to get along with.

“Sebastian is a single of the unusual characters who is quite simple and effortless. Ego-less is wrong, but his ego is kept in check to be element of the group and group. It makes it a) a pleasure and b) it significantly increases the power of the group when the particular person who has to provide on Sunday desires to be component of the group.

“I have worked with two guys who really, truly comprehend the value of getting in a group and a single was Michael and the other is Sebastian.

“That is not to denigrate the others but it is a particular strength in Sebastian and it was a distinct strength in Michael.”

Mixed year for Raikkonen

Allison described the season of Vettel’s group-mate Kimi Raikkonen as “a bit of a curate’s egg”.

Allison described Raikkonen’s drive to second place in Bahrain early in the season as “fantastic”, adding: “There have been a number of other occasions exactly where he has created Sebastian sweat and produced him have to stretch himself to maintain his team-mate at bay.

‘Country boy’ Kimi Raikkonen on Ferrari & nappies

“And other races like Silverstone exactly where Sebastian was utterly candid that he could not reside with Kimi at a variety of sections of the track in the race, he was not as swift.

“But at other times in the year a handful of errors have crept in and he has had some genuine misfortune, where our reliability has dropped the ball for him.

“But what we have noticed by way of the season, and latterly especially, is Kimi actually producing Sebastian perform for his income.

“I am hunting forward to subsequent season due to the fact I know the relationship will keep sturdy in between them and to see the pair of them spurring each and every other on. Kimi is a really knowledgeable and strong driver and I am hunting forward to seeing what he can do subsequent year.”

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Residence nations await Euro 2016 draw

Euro 2016 draw live from Paris

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The Euro 2016 draw requires spot in Paris on Saturday, when the property nations will discover out who they will meet at subsequent summer’s tournament in France.

England are joined in the draw by Wales and Northern Ireland – the former at a major tournament for the very first time in 58 years and the latter at a European Championship for the initial time.

Republic of Ireland will also feature soon after they certified by way of the play-offs.

The tournament starts on ten June.

A new format characteristics 24 teams, an improve from the 16 to have competed in previous editions.

But how does the draw perform? Who will the home nations face? And what will they require to do to attain the knockout stages?

How will the draw operate?

Guide to pots for Euro 2016 draw

Hosts France have currently been placed in Group A

Teams have been divided into 4 pots primarily based on performances in qualifying and tournament play  for Euro 2012, the 2014 Planet Cup and Euro 2016.

Each pot has six teams, though only five will be drawn from Pot 1 as hosts France have currently been placed into Group A.

The top seeds, such as England, are in Pot 1, although the lowest-rated teams based on Uefa’s criteria are in Pot 4 – this includes Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

One particular team is drawn from each and every pot to make up a group of 4, so by the finish of the draw there will be six groups of 4 teams.

Martin O'Neill, Chris Coleman, Roy Hodgson and Michael O'Neil

Martin O’Neill, Chris Coleman, Roy Hodgson and Michael O’Neil will all most likely want to stay away from Italy in pot two

How do you qualify from a group?

Very good news – far more teams progress from the group stages than go out.

As the tournament has expanded to 24 nations for the 1st time, there is now the need to have for a final-16 stage.

Finishing very first or second in a group guarantees progress, but there will also be area for the 4 sides who finish third with the very best points tallies.

That means only eight out of 24 teams will be eliminated at the group stage.

The group no group desires to be in

A significant tournament would not be a significant tournament without one.

As a single group comes from every pot, it is possible planet champions Germany could be joined by Italy, Poland and Wales, the highest-ranked side in Pot 4.

England

The only side with a 100% record in qualifying, England scored 31 objectives, a tally only bettered by Poland’s 33.

The reward is a spot in Pot 1 alongside defending champions Spain, Germany, Portugal and the world’s prime-ranked side,  Belgium.

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That signifies England can not be drawn against any of those nations, or hosts France.

There is a 50% chance they will be drawn with Wales, Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland.

Ideal-case draw: Switzerland, Slovakia, Albania.

Worst-case draw: Italy, Poland, Wales.

Manager Roy Hodgson: “I believe in the players and, provided the possibilities, they can turn out to be a excellent team. But we are young, we are inexperienced – absolutely nothing is going to change that.

“This group of players won’t let any individual down in terms of their attitude and need. If they do fail it may well just be because of inexperience or a lack of high quality.”

Wales

Wales will make their debut at a European Championship finals in what will be their very first look at a major tournament given that the 1958 Planet Cup.

They did reach the European Championship quarter-finals in 1976, but only the semi-finals onwards were regarded as the ‘finals’.

In Gareth Bale they boast the most influential player in qualifying – the Genuine Madrid forward was involved in 82% of their 11 objectives, scoring seven and making two.

Very best-case draw: Portugal, Ukraine, Slovakia.

Worst-case draw: Germany, Italy, Poland.

Manager Chris Coleman: “It appears wonderful but we do not want to be in the exact same group as England. They are a quite, extremely excellent team and with Roy Hodgson in charge they will be a difficult nut for us to crack.”

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland fans had endured 14 unsuccessful qualifying campaigns considering that they last appeared at a key finals – the 1986 Planet Cup.

But they ended that wait – and reached a European Championship for the first time – as they advanced with a game to spare as group winners.

They scored 56% of their targets in qualifying from set-pieces, so will pose a threat to more established international sides at the finals.

Greatest-case draw: Portugal, Ukraine, Slovakia.

Worst-case draw: Germany, Italy, Poland.

Manager Michael O’Neill: “Playing France in the opening game would be a unique expertise.  I suppose you would appear to steer clear of Italy from Pot two and possibly an England game as effectively, just simply because the consideration around that could overshadow every little thing else.”

Republic of Ireland

The Republic beat England in their 1988 European Championship opener but failed to win another game in that tournament and lost all three of their matches at Euro 2012, albeit in a challenging group featuring Spain, Italy and Croatia.

They have plenty of expertise to draw on, boasting the oldest typical squad in qualifying.

Ideal case draw: Portugal, Ukraine, Slovakia.

Worst-case draw: Germany, Italy, Poland.

Manager Martin O’Neill: “We may be quick on a couple of items, but courage and a determination to fight to the finish have been in abundance.

“We do not want to go there just to make up the numbers. We will go there to do the nation proud and place on a excellent efficiency.”

The dark horses?

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Don’t let him shoot…

Robert Lewandowski

Ulster 38- Toulouse

Andrew Trimble’s superb individual attempt place Ulster in firm control at Kingspan Stadium
Ulster (17) 38
Tries: Williams, Trimble, L Marshall, McCloskey, Henry Cons: Jackson four, Humphreys Pens: Jackson
Toulouse ()

Ulster created a outstanding five-try rout of Toulouse in the European Champions Cup game at Kingspan Stadium.

Nick Williams barged over in the 23rd minute and Andrew Trimble then scored a sensational individual try to boost Ulster’s lead to 17- at half-time.

Man of the match Ruan Pienaar set up a Luke Marshall score after the break with the most brilliant of crosskicks.

Stuart McCloskey and Chris Henry added tries as Toulouse failed to score in a European game for the initial time.

Ulster went into the game understanding that a second home defeat in Pool 1 could have properly ended their hopes of generating the knockout stages but this bonus-point win reignites their aspirations soon after this brilliant show.

The sides will meet in the return fixture subsequent Sunday in France.

Far more to adhere to.

TEAMS

Ulster: Louis Ludik Andrew Trimble, Luke Marshall, Stuart McCloskey, Craig Gilroy Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar Kyle McCall, Rory Best, Wiehahn Herbst, Alan O’Connor, Franco Van Der Merwe, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry, Nick Williams

Replacements: Rob Herring, Andy Warwick, Ricky Lutton, Clive Ross, Roger Wilson, Paul Marshall, Ian Humphreys, Rory Scholes.

Toulouse: Clément Poitrenaud Vincent Clerc, Gael Fickou, Toby Flood, Arthur Bonneval Luke McAlister, Sébastien Bézy Vasil Kakovin, Corey Flynn, Census Johnston, Yoann Maestri, Joe Tekori, Yacouba Camara, Thierry Dusautoir, Louis Picamoles

Replacements: Julien Marchand, Cyril Baille, Dorian Aldegheri, Edwin Maka, Gregory Lamboley, Gillian Galan, Jean-Marc Doussain, Alexis Palisson.

Federer to companion Hingis in Rio

Federer says he looked up to Hingis when he was younger

Roger Federer will companion former Wimbledon champion Martina Hingis for Switzerland in the mixed doubles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Federer, 34, and Hingis last played mixed doubles collectively at the Hopman Cup in Australia in 2001.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion stated he is “genuinely excited”.

“I looked up to her when I was younger, I believed she was the most unbelievable talent,” added Federer, who is a year younger than Hingis.

“She’s almost my age and she was winning Grand Slams although I was still at the national tennis centre and I couldn’t think how good she was.”

Hingis, 35, has won five Grand Slam singles titles in her career, such as Wimbledon in 1997 at the age of 16.

She came out of retirement for a second time in 2013 and has given that enjoyed great doubles success, winning five titles in 2015, including the mixed doubles and the women’s doubles at the US Open.

Hingis and Sania Mirza won their second straight Grand Slam title in the US Open women’s doubles

Federer won Olympic gold in the men’s doubles in Beijing in 2008 and silver in the men’s singles in London 4 years later.

“I’ve always stated the Olympics is really critical to me,” added the globe number two.

“Each and every Olympic Games has been a super-amazing knowledge, an eye-opener, a fantastic studying curve for me, seeing other athletes, obtaining inspired and motivated, carrying the flag is such a proud moment in my profession and my life as a particular person, to have accomplished that twice for Switzerland – in Athens and in Beijing – was incredible.”

Exeter v Liverpool live on BBC One particular

Exeter City’s FA Cup third-round tie at house to Liverpool will be broadcast live on BBC One on Friday, eight January.

The League Two club welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League side in a 19:55 GMT kick-off at St James Park.

The all-Premier League tie among Tottenham and Leicester will be shown reside on BBC One particular on Sunday, 10 January at 16:00 GMT.

On the exact same day at 12:00 GMT, BBC Wales will broadcast live coverage of Swansea’s game at Oxford United.

Exeter’s clash with Liverpool will be presented by Gary Lineker and kicks off an in depth weekend of FA Cup coverage on the BBC, which includes Football Focus from 1 of Saturday’s standout fixtures and FA Cup Final Score.

Highlights from all the third-round ties will be shown on Match of the Day and MOTD2.

The draw for the fourth round follows on Monday, 11 January as element of the One Show on BBC One particular.

BT Sport will broadcast Wycombe Wanderers against final year’s beaten finalists Aston Villa on Saturday, 9 January at 12:45 followed by Manchester United hosting Sheffield United at 17:30, with Chelsea against Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe United shown on Sunday, ten January at 14:00.

FA Cup third-round draw in complete

Toure wins BBC African award 2015

Yaya Toure has been voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2015.

The 32-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder becomes only the third player, after Nigerians Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha, to get the honour twice.

Football fans voted for Manchester City’s Toure, who first won in 2013, ahead of Yacine Brahimi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew and Sadio Mane.

“I am really proud. To receive this dedication from the fans is unbelievable,” Toure told BBC Sport.

“Also I want to spend tribute to the other nominees. African football is increasing up, becoming significantly much better and we have great young players coming by way of now.”

Toure described all 5 nominees as “champions”.

He added: “I am delighted and quite satisfied. And as an African player, I want to lead all my younger brothers to be profitable in the future.

“When I was a kid I was usually dreaming of becoming an important player. I have sacrificed a lot.

“I will continue to attempt to win a trophy every single year, I will fight to win a personal trophy.”

Two of the beaten nominees have won the award prior to, Algeria’s Brahimi in 2014 and Ghanaian Ayew in 2011. Gabon’s Aubameyang was on the shortlist for the third year operating, while Senegalese Mane produced it for the initial time.

Toure has been nominated for the award seven instances and his second win guarantees his year ends with a trophy, just as it started when he led Ivory Coast to glory at the Africa Cup of Nations.

He captained the team in Equatorial Guinea and opened the scoring in the semi-final to put his side on course for a 3-1 victory more than Democratic Republic of Congo.

Toure was a important influence as his nation finish a 23-year wait for their second Nations Cup title, overcoming Ghana in a penalty shootout in the final.

It was Toure’s 1st trophy with the national group in his sixth Nations Cup tournament, and possessing lost in two finals – in 2006 and 2012.

There was less achievement for Toure with Manchester City, who failed to defend their English Premier League 2014 title and completed second to Chelsea.

But Toure remains a effective presence in the heart of the midfield and contributed seven ambitions for City in the calendar year.

Vera Kwakofi, Existing Affairs Editor, BBC Africa, mentioned: “Yaya Toure’s leadership for nation and club provides an example for several young footballers aspiring to emulate his profession.

“We are pleased that as the BBC we are right here to celebrate and share in this moment with his fans around the planet.”