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1900: That's it for Sportsday Live. We will return at 0800 GMT on Thursday. BBC Sport's Phil Dawkes will take you through tonight's Europa League action.

1858 DARTS: Dutchman Raymond van Barneveld says he is aiming to emulate Mark Webster and knock 15-time world champion Phil Taylor out of the PDC World Darts Championship. Taylor, beaten by Webster in the quarter-finals last year, is still favourite for a 16th world title and faces a possible meeting with five-time champion van Barneveld this year if the pair progress to the last eight at Alexandra Palace in London. "You can beat him with a 100 [three-dart] average," said van Barneveld. "You just can't afford to miss your doubles."

1857 HORSE RACING: The British Horse Racing Authority have also announced Maurice "Fred" Sines and James Crickmore were given bans totalling 14 years each. Liam Vasey was banned for five years, David Kendrick four years and Shaun Harris three years. A decision on Nick and Peter Gold's penalties will be made pending further written submissions.

1853 FOOTBALL: Cambridge United defender Rory McAuley could face surgery after injuring his knee at his nephew's birthday party. "It is a freak accident. It is too swollen to be assessed properly at the moment," manager Jez George told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

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1848 FOOTBALL: Stoke are currently leading Besiktas 1-0, courtesy of a Ricardo Fuller goal in their Europa League fixture. Fulham kick off their tie with Odense at Craven Cottage at 2005 GMT. Follow all the action live with BBC Sport's Phil Dawkes.

1842 TENNIS: British number one Elena Baltacha says Judy Murray is a "fantastic" appointment as Great Britain's new Fed Cup captain. Murray was named last week as the replacement for Nigel Sears, who left to coach Serbia's Ana Ivanovic. "I think the decision is absolutely fantastic," Baltacha told BBC Sport. "I think he couldn't have picked a better person for the job. She brings so much experience to it, so much knowledge, and it will just be so nice to have her there."

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1835 HORSE RACING: Jockeys Greg Fairley and Paul Doe have been handed bans of 12 years following a British Horseracing Authority hearing into alleged corruption. Kirsty Milczarek has been banned for two years while Jimmy Quinn gets a six-month ban.

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1830 GET INVOLVED: Peter Devine on Twitter: "Toro Rosso's team line-up shows they are not their own team, but RBR's reserves. Sad to see Alguersuari go."

1824 HORSE RACING: Commenting on the news four jockeys are among 11 people to have been found guilty of corruption by the British Horseracing Authority, the body's director Paul Scotney said: "While it is the names of the jockeys that the racing public will recognise, people should be under no illusions that it is the lesser known names who were the instigators of these serious breaches of the rules. What lies at the heart of this investigation are the actions of two individuals, Maurice Sines and James Crickmore, who, together with their associates, were prepared to corrupt jockeys and to cheat at betting by the misuse of 'inside information'."

1818 MOTOGP: The 2012 MotoGP season will begin a week earlier than originally planned after organisers tweaked the schedule. The first race of the season will now take place at the desert circuit of Losail in Qatar on 8 April 2012.

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1810 FOOTBALL: Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer on Twitter: "Thanks for your well wishes, I'm devastated to be out for 4-6 weeks. After speaking to the specialist, it was very clear I needed a rest."

1804 RUGBY UNION: Sale have signed Leeds hooker Andy Titterell on loan in a deal that sees scrum-half Will Cliff and centre Jordan Davies move the other way.

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1755 FORMULA 1: BBC Sport online F1 editor Andrew Benson on Twitter: "Toro Rosso decision not a huge surprise - Red Bull Sr team did not rate either with Vettel/Webber and TR exist to find potential RB star."

1752 TENNIS: Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek has pulled out of the running to become chief executive of the ATP. Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported 40-year-old Krajicek withdrew his name because he felt he lacked the required support to land the job.

1744 FOOTBALL: Defender Jonas Olsson has revealed he has reservations about extending his West Brom contract despite starting talks over a new deal. "The club wants to extend, but I haven't made my mind up yet," he told Swedish newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad . "My dream is to play for a club that fights for titles."

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1735 GET INVOLVED: Naomi Hall on Twitter: "@AlguersuariJA had an amazing few races this season, really deserved his seat, he's so young and has achieved so much, shocking."

1731 FOOTBALL: English sides Stoke and Fulham are in action in the Europa League tonight. The Potters have travelled to Turkey to take on Besiktas with kick-off at 1800 while Fulham entertain Odense at Craven Cottage from 2005. Live text commentary of all the evening's action is up and running on the BBC Sport website.

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1723 GET INVOLVED: Douglas Cameron on Twitter: "The drivers they replace were good but not spectacular, Force India's driver line up is the one I wait for. #bbcsportsday".

1717 FORMULA 1: Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has defended his decision to entirely replace his driver line-up by introducing roookies Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo for the 2012 season. "Over the past year both Daniel and Jean-Eric have proved their worth and I expect them to make a significant contribution. When Toro Rosso was established in 2005, it was done so with the intention of providing a first step into Formula 1. It is therefore part of the team's culture to change its driver line-up from time to time in order to achieve this goal," said Tost.

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1707 GET INVOLVED: Andrew Webb on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday Toro Rosso's new driver line up is a surprise and dangerous with 2 inexperience drivers. Rather one of them and Buemi."

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1703 HORSE RACING: Daily Telegraph chief sports reporter Paul Kelso on Twitter: "Breaking: 11 people face bans in racing corruption inquiry. Four jockeys guilty of corruption offences. Jockeys and trainers face lengthy bans following race-fixing inquiry."

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1652 FOOTBALL: Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has been ruled out of action for up to six weeks with a spinal injury. The Australian injured his neck during Saturday's Premier League match against Swansea. Fulham have recalled David Stockdale from his loan spell at Ipswich as cover.

1648 FORMULA 1: Toro Rosso will have an all-new driver line-up next season of Australian Daniel Ricciardo and Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne. The decision means the departure of Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi and Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari.

1634 CRICKET: Sussex captain Michael Yardy has signed a two-year contract extension. The 31-year-old England all-rounder will remain with the county until the end of the 2014 season.

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1629 TENNIS: Times tennis correspondent Neil Harman on Twitter: "Ritchie should have been new ATP CEO. We have lost a very good man and we don't have many."

1625 RUGBY UNION: "The opportunity to lead an organisation which I know has so many dedicated, talented people is one I relish. I believe English rugby has a very bright future, culminating in a once in a lifetime home World Cup in 2015," said Ritchie of his new position. Ian Metcalfe, the RFU Board member who led the recruitment process, described Ritchie as "the stand-out candidate with his combination of business acumen, leadership qualities and background in sports administration.

1619 TENNIS: "The decision to leave the All England Club was a difficult one. I have been fortunate to work for a wonderful organisation and am extremely proud of what it has achieved over the past few years," said Ian Ritchie.

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1614 RUGBY UNION: Ian Ritchie is named as the Rugby Football Union's new Chief Executive Officer. He joins from the All England Lawn Tennis Club where he held the same position.

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1610 OLYMPICS: Guardian sports news correspondent Owen Gibson on Twitter: "Home Office permanent sec says there will a written statement to House tomorrow on no of military personnel to guard Games. My guess is 5-6k."

1605 FOOTBALL: Shamrock Rovers have confirmed manager Michael O'Neill will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the month. The 42-year-old, whose final match in charge will be the Europa League clash against Tottenham on Thursday, is understood to be interviewing for the Northern Ireland job this week.

1555 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport understands that despite press speculation linking Carlos Tevez to Tottenham Hotspur today a deal with AC Milan still remains the most likely outcome in the January transfer window. It's understood that Manchester City would be very reluctant to sell Tevez to a Premier League rival.

1548 HORSE RACING: Jockey Kirsty Milczarek has told reporters she has been found guilty by the British Horseracing Authority as part of a long running investigation into race fixing. She says she plans to appeal against the decision. The investigation relates to a number of races in 2009 and Milczarek was one of several jockeys, and two owners, under scrutiny. The investigation centred on horses being backed to lose races on betting exchanges.

1537 FOOTBALL: Chelsea Football Club, on behalf of Ashley Cole, has issued a statement correcting newspaper stories regarding the minutes after Monday's match against Manchester City. The statement reads: "Contrary to reports, Ashley Cole did not say anything to the opposition in the tunnel after Monday's game. Ashley has huge respect for the players and staff at Manchester City, many of whom he knows personally and calls friends".

1528 FOOTBALL: Barnet football club have announced they are to leave Underhill, thier home for 104 years at the end of the season.

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1519 GET INVOLVED: Matt Aish on Twitter: "Ian Rush came back after a bad spell and regained his form, I cant see why Torres couldnt do the same. #bbcsportsday."

1510 FOOTBALL: Football Association of Wales have admitted they knew letters would be sent by The FA at some stage but their position on Team GB football remains the same and no specific action will be taken in regard to the issuing of the letters. An FAW spokesman reiterated their stance that they don't want Welsh players to take part but conceded it was up to the individuals who are contacted to decide what they do. "It's down to the individual players, we won't sanction them if they do decide to play and we won't try and stop them." - FAW spokesman.

1500 FOOTBALL: The Football Association have today begun the disciplinary hearing into claims that Liverpool striker Luis Suarez racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. Suarez has been charged with abusing Evra, and referring to his "ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race" by the FA. The hearing is expected to last for two days with the outcome expected by the end of the week. Both players are due to give evidence to the hearing.

1450 FORMULA 1: Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher could be a candidate to become the next president of Bundesliga football club Cologne. German news agency dapd says Schumacher is one of about 20 names put forward for the position by an adviser to the club. However, Schumacher's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm says "we don't want to comment on these mind games". Cologne is looking for a successor to Wolfgang Overath, who stepped down on 13 November after seven years in the job. Schumacher is a friend of Lukas Podolski, who plays for Cologne.

1440 FORMULA 1: Former Finnish Formula One driver and Le Mans winner JJ Lehto, has been sentenced to two years and four months in jail for a drunken boat accident which killed his friend.

1429 POWERLIFTING: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that the Iraqi powerlifter Rasool Mohsin has been suspended for two years for an anti-doping rule violation during the 2011 IPC Powerlifting Open International Championships in Amman, Jordan.

1419 SAILING: British defending champions Lucy Macgregor, Annie Lush and Kate Macgregor have booked their place in the semi-finals of the women's match racing event at the World Championships in Perth. The trio defeated the Dutch team of Mandy Mulder, Merel Witteveen and Annemiek Bekkering 3-1 in their quarter-final.

1411 TENNIS: World number two Rafael Nadal has signed a three-year deal to participate in the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. The Spaniard, who has played in Halle once before in 2005, joins 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and Frenchman Gael Monfils in the field for the pre-Wimbledon tune-up event.

1403 FOOTBALL: Barcelona are still buzzing from their El Clasico win over Real Madrid as they bid to complete a perfect year by winning the Club World Cup, says midfielder Andres Iniesta. Barcelona went top of La Liga by beating Real Madrid 3-1 last weekend and face Asian champions Al Sadd of Qatar on Thursday. "It has given us a real confidence boost and the spirit in the team is fantastic," said Iniesta. "We won La Liga and the Champions League and we're 100 percent committed to completing the set."

1356 TENNIS: Former French doubles specialist Fabrice Santoro has ruled out becoming his country's Davis Cup team captain in the near future. Santoro, who holds several ATP records but never won a Grand Slam singles tournament, has been touted as a successor to Guy Forget, who will quit the post next year after what will be his 14th campaign in charge. "It's not a position I would be interested in at the moment," Santoro said.

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1349 FOOTBALL: Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas on Twitter ahead of the club's Fifa Club World Cup semi-final with Al Sadd on Thursday: "Tomorrow we play the semi-final of the World cup of clubs. Hopefully we will start with a victory to reach the big final. Good night guys!"

1339 FOOTBALL: Celtic will be without three regular first-team players when they take on Udinese in their crucial Europa League match. Joe Ledley, Glenn Loovens and Adam Matthews did not travel to Italy. Neil Lennon's side must win their final Group I game in order to progress to the knock-out stages.

1331 FOOTBALL: Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has made it clear Steven Fletcher is not for sale despite his recent good form. Fletcher has scored six goals in 10 Premier League matches this season and with the January transfer window looming, McCarthy is wary other teams may try to sign him. "He's a Premier League player scoring goals so he's going to get headlines. Players always do when they're scoring goals," McCarthy told the Express & Star.

1324 BASKETBALL: France, Germany, Italy and Croatia have withdrawn their joint bid to host the 2015 European Basketball Championship citing what they called the European governing body's "lack of professionalism", the French federation have said in a statement.

1318 RUGBY LEAGUE: The Rugby Football League (RFL) have unveiled a four-tier pyramid structure comprising the first fully integrated summer-based season. Super League sits at the top of the pyramid, with the Championships in tier two followed by the Conference divisions and then the regional leagues. More than 80% of all rugby league in the UK will be played between March and November in 2012."

1310 FOOTBALL: Brazil striker Neymar scored the opening goal as he inspired Santos to a 3-1 victory over Japan's Kashiwa Reysol in a Club World Cup semi-final in Toyota.

1305 FOOTBALL: Inverness defender Chris Hogg has been ruled out for the season with a serious knee injury. A scan has revealed the 26-year-old suffered cruciate ligament damage during Saturday's 3-2 defeat by Dundee United.

1300 SPOTY: Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton shows BBC Sport around 'Celebrate Sport', two weeks of sport-related events at MediaCityUK, Salford. 'Celebrate Sport' culminates on Thursday 22 December, when the site becomes host to the BBC Sports Personality of the year awards.

1246 FOOTBALL: Phil Brown's assistant Brian Horton has also left the club with Graham Alexander and David Unsworth being put in temporary charge.

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1239 FOOTBALL: Preston North End manager Phil Brown has left the club, BBC Sport understands.

1235 FORMULA 1: HRT have parted company with team principal Dr Colin Kolles, the team have announced.

1231 FOOTBALL: Scotland boss Craig Levein still believes Darren Fletcher will lead his country's assault on the 2014 World Cup despite being forced to take an extended break from the game. "I am obviously absolutely devastated for Darren because I know how hard he has worked to get back to playing regularly for his club and country," said Levein. "He is one of the most inspirational players I have had the pleasure of working with. I spoke with Sir Alex Ferguson and Darren this week and the most important thing at this stage is for the player to be given time to rest and recuperate. He is a central part of our plans for the World Cup 2014 qualifiers but at this stage his health is paramount."

1223 FOOTBALL: Jonjo Shelvey has his sights firmly set on the Liverpool first team following his successful loan spell with Blackpool. Shelvey scored six goals in 10 appearances for the Seasiders during his stint with the Championship side. "I feel that the time I spent away from the club really helped me come on as a player," Shelvey told www.liverpoolfc.tv. "But it also made me realise just how much I want to be playing in Liverpool's first team. There's a big difference between Championship football and Premier League football, It's so good to be back in and around the squad."

1213 FOOTBALL: The president of the United Arab Emirates Football Association has resigned following the national team's poor form in the Asian Cup and World Cup qualifying. General secretary Yousef Abdullah says Khalfan al-Rumaithi resigned this week. The FA's board was also dissolved after four of its 11 members resigned.

1156 CRICKET: Hampshire's 26-year-old paceman David Balcombe has signed a new three-year deal with the Second Division side, report BBC Radio Solent.

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1150 FOOTBALL: Guillem Balague on Twitter: "Anelka goes. Drogba+Kalou to African Cup, only Lukaku and Torres left for that period. Torres want 2 stay, CFC don't sell/loan. End of."

1144 FOOTBALL: The president of the United Arab Emirates Football Association, Khalfan al-Rumaithi, has resigned following the national team's poor form in World Cup qualifying. The 120th-ranked UAE, whose only World Cup appearance was in 1990, has no chance of advancing from their group after losing all its five matches and being outscored 12-5.

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1120 SKELETON: GB skeleton racer and Olympic silver medallist Shelley Rudman on Twitter: "Not keen on the new race format for WC#3 this Fri/Sat. Top 10 from race on Fri have to race 1 run on Sat In-between bobsleigh races."

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1111 MODERN PENTATHLON: Great Britain pentathlete Samantha Murray on Twitter: "We ran 6km in the snow storm- sods law- it stopped the minute we finished!"

1103 FOOTBALL: German side Wolfsburg are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky and Bayern Munich forward Ivica Olic according to coach Felix Magath.

1055 RUGBY UNION: London Irish have extended scrum half Darren Allinson's contract for a further two seasons.

1048 RUGBY UNION: England scrum-half Danny Care, 24, has been fined an undisclosed amount by Harlequins following his arrest for being drunk and disorderly. Care was arrested at 3am on Saturday in Weybridge after Harlequins' 21-10 Heineken Cup defeat by Toulouse and released without charge. The Rugby Football Union have taken no disciplinary action.

1040 FOOTBALL: Stoke manager Tony Pulis has left all 11 players who started Sunday's 2-1 win over Tottenham at home for the Europa League trip to Besiktas. Stoke top the group and have already qualified for the next stage. Pulis is only taking 15 players to Turkey.

1032 FOOTBALL: Colombia have fired national football team coach Leonel Alvarez after barely four months in charge, reports Associated Press. Alvarez oversaw three World Cup qualifying matches during his tenure: a 2-1 win in Bolivia, a 2-1 loss to Argentina and a 1-1 draw against Venezuela.

1026 FOOTBALL: Swansea are closing in on a deal for Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly after they had an improved bid for the teenager accepted last night. The Northern Ireland Under-21 international has been in prolific form this season and already has three hat-tricks to his name.

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1020 FORMULA 1: BBC Sport's Andrew Benson on Twitter: "Team Lotus have officially changed their name to Caterham F1 today."

1013 BOXING: Carl Froch admits he's wary of American judges in the aftermath of Amir Khan's controversial points defeat at the weekend. Froch fights Andre Ward in Atlantic City in the final of the Super Six - but says he's got a game plan to take away the threat of any 'hometown decision'. "If the rounds are close and it's a close fight, it's definitely going to be a concern. So that's in the game plan, to make sure the rounds aren't close. If it was going to be a close fight, if the rounds were nip and tuck, it could be an issue. But when it's a shut out performance, that eliminates that."

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1002 GET INVOLVED: James Connaughton on Twitter: "I'd have Torres at Blackburn. Just think how many goals he'd score in the Championship next season. #bbcsportsday."

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0955 GET INVOLVED: Stephen Thompson on Twitter: "I'd have Torres back at Liverpool to link with Suarez, like it should have been in January. #bbcsportsday."

0948 CRICKET: Alastair Cook has told Five Live that playing in the United Arab Emirates presents an "unknown challenge" but England remain confident ahead of their Test series with Pakistan next month. England top the Test Rankings but have only ever played One Day cricket in the Emirates. Cook calls it a "very important 2 months."

0940 DRESSAGE: Charlotte Dujardin has won the FEI World Cup grand prix at London Olympia. The 25-year-old, produced a stunning display aboard Valegro to defeat her more established British rivals Laura Bechtolsheimer and Carl Hester.

0929 FOOTBALL: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has told the Sun he believes football should experiment with two referees to help cut out incorrect decisions.

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0920 GET INVOLVED: James Thompson on Twitter: "I'd have Torres at City today... He is still a quality player and will link with Silva brilliantly.#bbcsportsday."

0912 FOOTBALL: Qatar's Al Sadd want Fifa to let them field a team of 16 players when they face European champions Barcelona in Thursday's Club World Cup semi-final in Japan. "I've got a plan," Al Sadd's Uruguayan coach Jorge Fossati joked. "If they agree to my request we are allowed 15 or 16 players on the field, I think we have a chance!"

0900 SWIMMING: Triple Olympic champion Stephanie Rice has had surgery on her right shoulder. The 23-year-old, who won both the 200 metres and 400m individual medley as well as being part of Australia's triumphant 4x200m freestyle relay, underwent an operation to repair a torn tendon in her right shoulder. Rice wrote on her Twitter account: "I have just undergone an arthroscopy on my right shoulder which had a small tear in the tendon. Everything else was a-ok and should be back in the water before Christmas. Surgery went really well. Surprised with how much movement I've already got back in my shoulder."

0851 FOOTBALL: Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure admits he feels "guilty and confused" about having to leave to play in the Africa Cup of Nations next month. Toure is required by the Ivory Coast for the tournament, which starts in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea on 21 January. "Our country needs people like me and Didier Drogba at the moment. There is a war again and it's important we do what we can for our people. It is dangerous and people are afraid. The team, the club and the manager needs me and I do feel a little bit guilty and confused about leaving, City will cope," he added.

0843 FOOTBALL: Stuart Anderson's extra-time penalty booked Salisbury a place in the FA Cup third round for the first time in their history with victory at Grimsby. Salisbury will now play Sheffield United while Dagenham will host Millwall in the third round after beating Walsall on penalties.

0836 FOOTBALL: Oldham booked an FA Cup third-round meeting with Liverpool at Anfield with a 1-0 win at home to Southend last night. Chris Taylor scored the winner for the npower League One side in the 58th minute to settle the second-round replay.

0829 CRICKET: Former Leicestershire batsman Ben Smith has rejoined the county from Worcestershire as their batting coach. Smith played for the Foxes for more than a decade before joining Worcestershire in 2002.

0820 GOLF: England's Luke Donald has been named the PGA Tour's player of the year after finishing the season at the top of the money lists in both America and Europe. The world number one is the first Briton to win the award since it started in 1990.

0811 FOOTBALL: Non-league Fleetwood Town set up a derby match against Blackpool after beating Yeovil 2-0 to reach the FA Cup third round on Tuesday night. Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley said the Blackpool game would be "the game of the decades" for his club. He added: "Genuinely, hand on heart, we would prefer Blackpool at home to Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Liverpool, anybody. "The hysteria this tie will cause for the next few weeks will be absolutely immense."

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0801 FOOTBALL: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. We start with the top three stories from Wednesday's gossip column. Chelsea are ready to cut their losses on out-of-form striker Fernando Torres and will accept an offer of £20m for the Spaniard in January (Daily Mail). Juventus are keen to sell reserve striker Amauri to Tottenham in January. The 31-year-old can leave on a free transfer in the summer (Daily Mirror). AC Milan's Taye Taiwo has emerged as the potential answer to Arsenal's full-back shortage (Metro).




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Four jockeys banned in BHA probe
15 Dec 11 |  Horse Racing
Suarez handed eight-match FA ban
20 Dec 11 |  Liverpool
Ritchie named RFU chief executive
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Toro Rosso name new 2012 line-up
14 Dec 11 |  Formula One
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