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Sportsday Live - Wednesday 7 December

Sportsday Live featured build up to Wednesday's Champions League matches, news from the UK Championship in York, plus more.

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1830: Coming up in Sportsday at 1845 on the BBC News Channel - live in Basel and Manchester ahead the crucial final Champions League group games, the latest on the FA charge against Luis Suarez and Liverpool and more from snooker player Mark Allen in his continuing row with Barry Hearn.

1830: There is also UK Championship snooker on Red Button and the BBC Sport website from 1900 GMT but until 0800 GMT on Thursday it is goodbye from Sportsday Live. Join Sam Lyon now for his comprehensive coverage of the evening's football action.

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1730 FOOTBALL: Just before we hand over to Sam Lyon for his Champions League live text a reminder about what we have for you later on BBC Radio 5 live, and at 1945 GMT there is commentary of the Champions League match between FC Basel and Manchester United, while from 1940 GMT over on 5 live sports extra you can hear uninterrupted commentary from the Championship match at the KC Stadium where Hull take on Birmingham.

1755 FOOTBALL: Former Ipswich and Leeds midfielder Ian Westlake signs a permanent contract with new MLS side Montreal Impact. The 28-year-old played 13 games for the Canadian side last season after joining on a short-term deal following his release from Wycombe Wanderers.

1829 RUGBY UNION: Wasps promote former centre Rob Hoadley to the role of defence coach.

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1828 GET INVOLVED: Gareth Soye on Twitter: "If you want to talk consistency how about we remember Rooney's 3 game ban for a similar offence. Should Suarez get that? #bbcsportsday."

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1815 GOLF: World number one Luke Donald on Twitter: attempting to clarify earlier remarks that Rory McIlroy was more talented than Tiger Woods: "A few people aren't understanding what I meant. The word talent and Rory to me means a free-flowing swing who makes everything look so easy. TW has always been the best at getting the ball in the hole when it mattered the most. That's not just talent that something else too. Talent can only take you so far, you need the right attitude (mindset) and application to perform at the highest level."

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1812 GET INVOLVED: Sam Shurmer on Twitter: "Love how Suarez gets charged, yet Rooney did the same thing and never did, get some consistency FA #bbcsportsday."

Breaking news
1801 FOOTBALL: Liverpool are also charged by the FA for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion, following the dismissal of Jay Spearing in the same match.

Breaking news
1800 FOOTBALL: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is charged with improper conduct, in relation to an alleged gesture made towards the Fulham fans at the end of Monday's Premier League fixture at Craven Cottage.

1758 FOOTBALL: Barcelona midfielder Xavi tells the club's website that victory over rivals Real Madrid in Saturday's "El Clasico" would represent "a turning point" in the team's season.

1755 FOOTBALL: Fulham's Bryan Ruiz denies reports from a Dutch magazine that he only joined the Cottagers for financial reasons. "As I said on the day I signed, I was attracted by the club's ambition and the opportunity to play under Martin Jol," he insists.

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1750 TENNIS: British number two Anne Keothavong on Twitter: "Waiting for my sister to stop slaving away in the office so we can go and have a fun evening at Stephen Merchant's stand up gig."


1745 RUGBY UNION: New Zealand's World Cup-winning attack coach Wayne Smith confirms he would consider a role in a new-look England management team.

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1740 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Dan Roan on Twitter: in Basel for Manchester United's Champions League match: "Great atmosphere at the St Jakob Stadium in Basel ahead of Utd game. But possibly also the ugliest stadium I've ever seen."

1738 SNOOKER: Also this evening, on both Red Button and the BBC website, you can follow the UK Championship second round, where Marco Fu takes on world number one Mark Selby and Ali Carter plays Mark Allen.

1735 RUGBY UNION: Former Wales international Shane Williams says he will make a decision on whether to accept a contract extension with the Ospreys until the summer of 2014 within "the next couple of weeks".

BBC Radio 5 live
1730 FOOTBALL: Good evening from Sportsday Live in Media City and a reminder about what we have for you later on BBC Radio 5 live, and at 1945 GMT there is commentary of the Champions League match between FC Basel and Manchester United, while from 1940 GMT over on 5 live sports extra you can hear uninterrupted commentary from the Championship match at the KC Stadium where Hull take on Birmingham.

1728 FOOTBALL: The Premier League has asked Uefa to look at third-party ownership of players as the European body prepares to implement financial fair play rules. Some European clubs rely on third-party ownership deals to buy players but such deals are banned in the Premier League.

1728 FOOTBALL: The Premier League has asked Uefa to look at third-party ownership of players as the European body prepares to implement financial fair play rules. Some European clubs rely on third-party ownership deals to buy players but such deals are banned in the Premier League.

1717 TENNIS: Former World No.1 Marat Safin has been voted into the Russian Federal Parliament, the Duma. "My life has been changing for the last two years," he said. "All of a sudden I found myself in a situation where I had to make really serious decisions. It started with one small thing and it grew up to something big. I could go and make commercials left and right and pretend like I am a celebrity, but that is not me. I never did this, I never liked it. I had a few months of thinking 'should I do this or should I not' but now I am pretty sure of what I'm doing and I want to do it."

1700 FOOTBALL: Tony Adams tells BBC Sport's David Ornstein he will not be able to attend the unveiling of his statue at the Emirates Stadium on Friday or Saturday's match against Everton. He hopes to see the statue when he watches Arsenal v QPR on 31 December.

1650 AWARDS: Swimmer Rebecca Adlington and cyclist Mark Cavendish have been voted sportswoman and sportsman of the year for 2011 by the Sports Journalists Association.

1645 FOOTBALL: Neil Lennon watched Fulham central defender Rafik Halliche play 90 minutes in a friendly against Hibernian at Lennoxtown today. The Algeria international, 25, is on trial at Celtic and impressed in the 3-0 win in which Mo Bangura scored a double, with skipper Scott Brown also on target.

1637 FOOTBALL: Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger says he's relishing the prospect of watching the El Clasico clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid on Saturday, describing the two Spanish giants as "the two best teams in the world."

1625 RUGBY UNION: Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder has called Chris Ashton's four-week suspension "harsh" and will consider an appeal. "It's pretty disappointing when your players get suspended," Mallinder told BBC Look East. "We need to review it and we've got 48 hours to decide if we want to appeal."

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1621 GET INVOLVED: David Keel on Twitter: "Why not a statue of Pat Rice at the Emirates? 400 games as a player and 25 years as a coach."

1618 SNOOKER: Shaun Murphy beats Martin Gould 6-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the UK Championship.

BBC Radio 5 live
1600 FOOTBALL: Good afternoon from Sportsday Live and a reminder about what we have for you later on BBC Radio 5 live, and at 1945 GMT there is commentary of the Champions League match between FC Basel and Manchester United, while from 1940 GMT over on 5 live sports extra you can hear uninterrupted commentary from the Championship match at the KC Stadium where Hull take on Birmingham.

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1559 FOOTBALL: Nicolas Anelka is in talks about a move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua. The striker is expected to make a decision on whether to make the transfer by the start of next week. Chelsea would not reveal any details on the transfer fee. Anelka is understood to have been offered a three-year contract.

1552 CRICKET: Sussex CCC have awarded a benefit year to wicketkeeper Matt Prior for 2012. The 29-year-old has been with the club since 2001, playing almost 150 first-class matches and making over 8,500 runs while cementing himself as a staple of the England team. Prior said: "Sussex is a very special place and I am honoured to be awarded a benefit year for 2012."

Live action now
1545 SNOOKER: Ricky Walden has beaten world number two Mark Williams 6-3 in their second-round match at the UK Championship.

1541 FOOTBALL: Didier Drogba says he hopes to give two more years at the highest level after starring for Chelsea against Valencia to keep them in the UEFA Champions League. "I feel happy, I feel good on the pitch, I'm really enjoying myself, my football. "When we're winning like this, I'm really delighted." Drogba refused to elaborate on the prospect of him staying beyond next summer, though. "My future, really, is not very important," he said. "When the time will come, we'll speak about it. But, at the moment, we don't need to."

1537 ATHLETICS: Speaking to the BBC Breakfast team, GB sprinter James Ellington explains why he has turned to auction site eBay to try to raise funding that would allow him to train full-time ahead of the London 2012 Olympics. The 26-year-old missed out on regular sponsorship opportunities because of injury problems. But Ellington is optimistic his new approach will help him raise the £30,000 he needs to finance full-time training as he attempts to secure a place in Team GB for London 2012.

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1530 GET INVOLVED: Darren Hyland on Twitter: "@BBCSport Seaman! I want to see his ponytail immortalised in statue form. #bbcsportsday."

Live action now
1525 SNOOKER: Ricky Walden leads Mark Williams 5-3 in their second-round match at the UK Championship.

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1516 SNOOKER: Shaun Murphy leads Martin Gould 5-3 in their second-round match at the UK Championship.

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1508 GET INVOLVED: Callum Hearn on Twitter: "Surely Arsenal should have a Wenger statue! #bbcsportsday."

1458 FOOTBALL: South Korea's state television network says Cho Kwang-rae has been fired as coach of the national football team. Cho was appointed in July 2010 and led the team to third place at the 2011 Asian Cup but has been under pressure since last month's shock 2-1 defeat in Lebanon in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

1448 MOTOR SPORT: Britain will not stage a round of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship, motor sport's world governing body the FIA has announced. Donington Park, which hosted the British round in the 2011 campaign, has been dropped from the calendar to make way for new races in Argentina, Austria and the United States.

1438 RUGBY UNION: Matthew Rees has challenged himself to regain the Wales captaincy for their 2012 Six Nations campaign. Sam Warburton took over as Wales' World Cup skipper when Rees was ruled out of the tournament with a neck injury. Cardiff Blues flanker Warburton kept the role for Wales' December loss to Australia but Rees is keen to remind Warren Gatland of his leadership skills. "It was something I was disappointed with, losing the captaincy, It's a challenge for myself obviously to get that back". Rees said.

1430 FOOTBALL: Johan Cruyff and his allies at Ajax have gone to court in a bid to block the appointment of Louis van Gaal as the club's new director and two other directors, the latest step in a bitter boardroom battle. Cruyff is one of five members on Ajax's supervisory board that controls the day-to-day running of the club. He wants to revitalize the famous Ajax youth training program and says Van Gaal's appointment doesn't fit into his reform plan.

1421 TENNIS: Roger Federer has confirmed he will play in the Davis Cup for Switzerland in their first round meeting with the United States at Freiburg in February.

1416 RUGBY UNION: There is some positive injury news for some of Bath's other players though, with Francois Louw and Stephen Donald both expected to be available for their Heineken Cup clash with reigning champions Leinster on Sunday.

Breaking news
1412 RUGBY UNION: Bath have told BBC Radio Bristol that former England captain Lewis Moody is going to be out of action for the next 3 months after having surgery on a shoulder injury. The forward isn't expected to play again until March, having made just 13 appearances for the club since his arrival at the Rec in the summer of 2010.

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1407 GET INVOLVED: @scotty_christie on Twitter: "Quick look on the #bbcsportsday site and thought I read that Ricky Martin was playing snooker against Mark Williams. #livinlavidasnooker.

Live action now
1405 SNOOKER: Breaks of 59 and 32 put Mark Williams only one frame behind at 2-3 against Ricky Walden in their second-round match at the UK Championship.

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1349 GET INVOLVED: @liverpoolfan445 on Twitter: "With Alex Frei and Xherdan Shaqiri playing, Manchester United are going to face a tough Swiss side tonight."

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1349 GET INVOLVED: Sean Whewell on Twitter: "Anyone got any special sporting tickets lined up for Christmas? I am off to the MCG to watch Australia v India #bbcsportsday."

1347 RUGBY UNION: Wasps hand a two-year contract extension to England Under-20 international forward Matt Everard, who is now tied to the club until the end of the 2013-14 season.

Live action now
1345 SNOOKER: Another frame for Shaun Murphy who leads Martin Gould 4-0 at the mid-session interval in their second-round match at the UK Championship.

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1333 SNOOKER: Shaun Murphy extends his lead against Martin Gould to 3-0 in the UK Championship.

1330 MOTORSPORT: Britain will not stage a round of the 2012 World Touring Car Championship, world governing body the FIA announces. Donington Park, which hosted the British round in the 2011 campaign, has been dropped from the calendar to make way for new races in Argentina, Austria and the United States.

1330 SNOOKER: Don't forget you can watch live coverage of either match on the BBC website Mark Williams v Ricky Walden or Martin Gould v Shaun Murphy.

Live action now
1327 SNOOKER: World number two Mark Williams makes a break of 73 to reduce his deficit against Ricky Walden to 3-1 at the mid-session interval of their second-round match in the UK Championship.

1312 RUGBY UNION: Harlequins winger Ugo Monye signs a new contract keeping him at the club until 2015.

Live action now
1310 SNOOKER: Ricky Walden makes it 3-0 against Mark Williams after a break of 81, while Shaun Murphy compiles an 86 to take a 2-0 lead against Martin Gould in the UK Championship.

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1307 HORSE RACING: BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "Jockey Andrew Tinkler's return from hand injury delayed; 'complicated' break progressing, but needs more time; sees specialist in 2 weeks."

1305 CYCLING: Sarah Storey will not be included in the Great Britain women's team pursuit squad for the Olympic Games in London next summer.

1302 CRICKET: Bangladesh recall batsman Mohammad Ashraful among four changes in a 15-man squad for a two-Test series against Pakistan, the first of which begins in Chittagong on Friday.

1300 SNOOKER: Ricky Walden takes the opening two frames against Mark Williams, while Shaun Murphy secures a tactical first frame against Martin Gould in the UK Championship.

1250 SNOOKER: Live coverage of the UK Championship is under way - you can either watch Mark Williams v Ricky Walden or Martin Gould v Shaun Murphy live on the BBC Sport website.

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1240 GET INVOLVED: Charles Guenigault on Twitter: "A possible Man City vs. Man United Europa League final. Wonder what the odds are? #bbcsportsday."

1226 RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League newcomers Widnes Vikings have handed academy forward Anthony Mullally a place in their full-time squad on an upgraded 12-month contract. The 20-year-old spent the 2011 season with Brisbane Broncos.

1218 RUGBY UNION: The Twickenham Stoop has been confirmed as the venue for this season's Amlin Challenge Cup final on Friday 18 May.

1210 SNOOKER: World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has said he will seek legal advice following Mark Allen's comments about his running of the sport. "I'm disappointed. And while there's a fabulous tournament going on I'd hoped we could concentrate on that instead of the comments of just one player. I'm also disappointed by the personal attack Mark has made on me with his comments that are slanderous and will be taking separate legal advice on the matter."

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1157 GET INVOLVED: On the subject of the new statues at Arsenal, Mark Humphreys on Twitter: "Presume the Arsenal statue of Tony Adams will be in customary 'arm raised' offside-claiming pose? #bbcsportsday."

1151 FOOTBALL: New Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill adds Hibernian's head of performance Jim Henry to his backroom staff.

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1150 GET INVOLVED: Security Man on Twitter: "There is little interest in Anelka because Le Sulk will always be Le Sulk. #bbcsportsday."

1145 SAILING: At the World Championships in Western Australia, Great Britain's Edward Wright recovers from a black flag disqualification in the first heat of the day which dropped him to 28th, winning his next two heats and, with his worst race result automatically deducted, climbing back to fourth in the overall standings, just two points behind joint leader Rafael Trjujillo of Spain, and France's Jonathan Lobert. In the men's 470, British duo Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell win three successive heats in blue fleet to be joint leaders with Australians Matthew Belcher and Malcolm Page, who also won all three heats in the yellow fleet.

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1130 GET INVOLVED: To the question of who you would like to see unveiled as a statue at Arsenal, Jon Barnes, not that one, on Twitter: "Bergkamp changed the way Arsenal played so I would have included him #bbcsportsday."

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1126 GET INVOLVED: Chris Fletcher on Twitter: "Why isn't there more interest over Anelka? Quality player who would do well at most Premier League clubs. #bbcsportsday."

1120 SNOOKER: A reminder that there is second round action from the UK Championship coming up at 1230 GMT. World number two Mark Williams takes on Ricky Walden and Martin Gould plays world number five Shaun Murphy. You can watch live on the Red Button and the BBC website, more details to follow.

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1111 GET INVOLVED: Jonathan Fletcher on Twitter: "Arsenal vs Leeds on a Monday night? How are away fans expected to go? And the FA wonder why people think the FA Cup is a joke. #bbcsportsday."

1101 FOOTBALL: Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua plan to offer Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka a three-year contract, including a salary reportedly in excess of £6m, when the transfer window reopens.

1058 CRICKET: West Indies batsman Darren Bravo is ruled out of Thursday's penultimate one-day international against India with a hamstring problem. The Windies currently trail 2-1 in the series.

1053 FOOTBALL: More FA Cup third round ties to kick-off at unusual times, Peterborough v Sunderland will be shown on ITV1 at 1530 GMT on Sunday 9 January, while ESPN have two matches on the Saturday, the midlands derby between Birmingham and Wolves which starts at 1230 GMT and Bristol Rovers v Aston Villa, kicking off at 1730 GMT.

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1050 GET INVOLVED: David Heath on Twitter: "What happened to FA Cup 3rd round all starting on Saturday at 3pm? #bbcsportsday."

1043 FOOTBALL: American Lee Hoos, formerly chief executive at Leicester and Southampton is appointed as the new chief executive of Championship side Burnley.

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1040 GET INVOLVED: To the question of who you would like to see unveiled as a statue at Arsenal, Jack Butler quips, mischievously one supposes, on Twitter: "Eboue cruelly overlooked for Arsenal statues... #bbcsportsday."

1035 GOLF: World number one Luke Donald hails Rory McIlroy, currently ranked second, as the most talented golfer he has ever played with. The two men are partnered together in the opening round of the Dubai World Championship on Thursday and Donald says of the Northern Irishman: "He's young and he's got a great future ahead of him and I see him winning lots of tournaments and lots of majors.

1033 FORMULA 1: Formula 1 bosses announce an unchanged 2012 calendar, despite continuing doubts over the races in the USA and Bahrain.

1031 FOOTBALL: The FA Cup third round Manchester derby will be shown live on ITV1 on Sunday, 8 January, kick-off 1300 GMT. The tie between Arsenal and Leeds will be screened live on ESPN on Monday, 9 January, kicking off at 1945 GMT.

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1030 FOOTBALL: An early chance to tell you about what we have for you later on BBC Radio 5 live, and at 1945 GMT there is commentary of the Champions League match between FC Basel and Manchester United, while from 1940 GMT over on 5 live sports extra you can hear uninterrupted commentary from the Championship match at the KC Stadium where Hull take on Birmingham.

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1015 GET INVOLVED: To the question of who you would like to see unveiled as a statue at Arsenal, N Dafi writes on Twitter: "Definitely Henry. All time top goal scorer. An assist every four games. True Arsenal legend. A gooner too. #bbcsportsday."

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1002 GET INVOLVED: Nathan Marsh on Twitter: "Surley Arsenal should have a statue of Charlie George? #bbcsportsday."

0955 FOOTBALL: Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas believes his team's 3-0 win over Valencia gave critics "a slap in the face". The Blues joined Arsenal in the last final 16 with Tuesday's victory at Stamford Bridge. Listen to that interview and post-match reaction with Mark Pougatch, Graham Taylor and journalist Ian McGarry in the 5 live Football Daily Podcast.

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0947 GET INVOLVED: Carl Eatson on Twitter: "Didn't the Arsenal stop to think about a bronze Perry Groves statue? #bbcsportsday."

0940 GOLF: World number one Luke Donald believes Rory Mcllroy is a more talented golfer than 14-times major winner Tiger Woods. "Tiger's work ethic has always been tremendous, and his mindset as well," Donald said on the eve of his Dubai World Championship showdown with the Northern Irishman. "But I think Rory has more pure talent. "I have always said that, of the guys I've played with, Rory has the most talent. I see him winning lots of tournaments and lots of majors."

0932 INDYCAR: Pippa Mann has targeted a quick return from the injuries she suffered in the IndyCar crash that killed Dan Wheldon in October. The 28-year-old is recovering from surgery after severely burning her hand in the 15-car accident in Las Vegas. "The doctors have told me I should aim to be cleared to drive in January," she told BBC Radio Suffolk.

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0925 GET INVOLVED: Gian Harrar on Twitter: "I don't support Arsenal, but what about Seaman and Bergkamp? They were always in my dreamteam. #bbcsportsday."

0920 CRICKET: Bangladesh have recalled former captain Mohammad Ashraful to a 15-man squad for their upcoming two-Test series against Pakistan.

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0914 GET INVOLVED: Colm Dooley on Twitter: "@BBCSport no Liam Brady statue? Shocker #bbcsportsday."

0910 FOOTBALL: Arsenal will unveil statues of Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry to mark the club's 125th anniversary.

0903 TRIATHLON: Four-time world Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington has criticised the lack of women on the shorlist for BBC Sports Personality of the Year. "It might give an alternative role model, a strong female role model and I think the country needs them," she told the Times. "The female role model does not have to be manicured to perfection. Wounds and blood, and sweat and tears are part of the process."

0854 RUGBY UNION: Ireland are scheduled to play the Barbarians on 29 May as a warm-up match before flying out to New Zealand for a three-Test summer tour.

0848 CYCLING: Paralympic champion Sarah Storey's hopes of winning a place on the Olympic team pursuit team for London 2012 appear to be over. On her blog, she claims that selectors for the Olympic team ended their association with her after the recent World Cup event in Colombia. "I collected my bags in Manchester and before heading home was told my performance in Cali was not as good as they were looking for and so this is the end of the journey for me," she said.

0839 GOLF: England's Luke Donald, who could become the first man to top the end-of-season money lists in both Europe and America at this weekend's Dubai World Championships, believes he is close to landing his first major. "I think I'm a different player this year because of all the victories. I feel more confident. Hopefully, I can bring the game to the majors," he said.

0832 HORSE RACING: This afternoon's seven-race fixture at Hexham goes ahead after passing an 0800 inspection. "We've had three millimetres of rain overnight, but we are able to race," said clerk of the course James Armstrong. "The snow is not the problem any more, but people have to be aware that it's going to be very testing ground."

0827 RUGBY UNION: Matthew Rees wants to regain the Wales captaincy for the 2012 Six Nations after Sam Warburton took on the role in his absence at the World Cup. "It is a challenge for myself obviously to get that back...the unfortunate thing for me was I lost it through an injury not because of form - and sometimes it is quite hard to swallow," he said.

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0815 FOOTBALL: The press have responded to Villas-Boas' critcism on Twitter. The Daily Mail's chief football correspondent Matt Lawton said the Portuguese's comments were a "bit OTT but he's entitled to have a go back after two wins like that." "Little AVB will realise keeping his media hating views in check is better than trotting out lots of persecution nonsense," writes the Sun's Steve Brenner. "Personally don't think there is any persecution of #CFC. Just acceptance of how life is for Abramovich's managers. AVB's feistiness welcome," adds the Independent's Rory Smith.

0805 FOOTBALL: Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says his side gave their critics a "slap in the face" by reaching the Champions League knockout phase with victory over Valencia. "My players deserve respect they don't get. We've been chased by different kinds of people and pressures," he said.

0800 FOOTBALL: Morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. To start with, we have three stories from Wednesday's gossip column: Roma will have to go head-to-head with Real Madrid in the race to sign Tottenham and England defender Kyle Walker (talkSPORT). Manchester City have stepped up their pursuit of 17-year-old Dinamo Zagreb and Croatia Under-21s midfielder Mateo Kovacic, dubbed the 'Croatian Lionel Messi'. (the Sun). AC Milan will offer to pay all of Carlos Tevez's £200,000-a-week wages to take the striker on loan from Manchester City in January. (Daily Mirror).


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