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1800: That's all from Sportsday live today. But stay on the website for BBC Sport's David Ornstein bringing you live text commentary on Sports Personality of the Year.

1752 FOOTBALL: Hearts winger Andrew Driver has performed an apparent U-turn over his refusal to play for them under manager Paulo Sergio by insisting he is committed to the Edinburgh club and available for selection. Driver told Hearts News: "It is important for everyone to know that I have a contract with Heart of Midlothian for the next 18 months and will always give 100% for my employer in training and on the field if selected."

1750 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: England bowler Stuart Broad on Twitter: "Just en route to Sports Personality Of The Year Awards. Heard its a cracking night."

1746 FOOTBALL: Liverpool defender Glen Johnson on Twitter: "I will support who i want when i want!!! There are a lot of reasons why I'm standing by Luis Suarez!!!"

1743 FOOTBALL: Former Atletico Madrid midfielder Diego Simeone has said he would be ready to take over as the club's manager after he quit as coach of Argentina's Racing Club. Atletico Madrid sacked former coach Gregorio Manzano today following their King's Cup elimination at the hands of third-tier Albacete.

1737 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "You'll never guess who just won the rehearsal of SPOTY! Sssshhhhhhh."

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1734 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Mike Henson live from #SPOTY at MediaCity UK - on Twitter: "Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson is another prompt arrival, scarf done up tightly against the cold #spoty View picture:"

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1731 FOOTBALL: Discussing Esteban's red card being rescinded after attacking a fan, AZ Alkmaar technical director Earnest Stewart tells BBC Radio 5 Live: "He was attacked by the fan that came on to the field. He was kicked in the back and he threw in a couple of kicks himself. Then he calmed down. It's a crazy situation. It only takes one fool to come on to the pitch."

1725 RUGBY UNION: Wales international Ian Gough has received a three-week ban after he was cited for a dangerous tackle during the Ospreys' Heineken Cup home defeat against Saracens six days ago. Second-row forward Gough was reported by match citing commissioner Peter Brown for the tackle on Saracens' South African hooker Schalk Brits.

1720 FOOTBALL: Queens Park Rangers will soon benefit from a resurgent Adel Taarabt according to manager Neil Warnock - after the Moroccan playmaker was given a "kick in the teeth" by his team-mates. Warnock revealed that, after words of advice from senior QPR players Shaun Derry and Joey Barton, Taarabt rose from the bench to help QPR mount a second-half comeback against Sunderland before they lost 3-2.

1711 FOOTBALL: Celtic manager Neil Lennon has got fans of both Old Firm clubs talking by refusing to rule out a bid for Kris Boyd. Former Rangers striker Boyd has terminated his contract with Turkish club Eskisehirspor and is now a free agent.

1707 FOOTBALL: Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings has lost his fight to avoid a two-match ban following his clash with St Mirren midfielder Jim Goodwin. But a tribunal has rescinded Aberdeen midfielder Peter Pawlett's red card and cleared Dunfermline manager Jim McIntyre and Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels over post-match comments.

1700 GET INVOLVED: Jamie Di Biasio on Twitter: "If the players speak out and defend Kean, the fans may realise they're not helping. Players have been silent. Maybe they agree?"

1657 FOOTBALL: Alkmaar goalkeeper Esteban, sent off for kicking a fan who ran on to the pitch to confront him at Ajax, had his red card rescinded by the Dutch FA (KNVB).

1652 RUGBY UNION: Shontayne Hape accepts his England career has run its course as new interim head coach Stuart Lancaster plans a Six Nations overhaul. Lancaster will name England's 32-man Six Nations squad on 11 January. Hape, 30, says: "It is time to start rebuilding for the next World Cup. It is time for the young guys to step up and take charge and get that experience of playing in big games."

1647 OLYMPICS: Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha has tweeted saying he has been "nominated" for the GB Olympic football team.

1644 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Ironman triathlon world champion Chrissie Wellington says athletes, sponsors, governing bodies and government itself must do more to promote minority and disability sports as well as female role models. Wellington was one of a number of leading female sports stars who failed to make the shortlist for this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

1638 GET INVOLVED: Ashley Hirschberger on Twitter: "Not a Blackburn fan but it's annoying me how all these managers are criticising them. Kean is not the victim here, the fans are"

1629 FOOTBALL: Blackburn fans are harming their own team with their "vicious" attacks on manager Steve Kean, according to Newcastle boss Alan Pardew. Former Reading manager Pardew, who worked with Kean at the Royals, said: "If they want to carry on like they are doing, all they are going to do is harm their own team. I can't see the logic in that. It's a sign of the game. I don't know whether 20, 30 years ago, it would have been quite as vicious to Steve Kean."

1625 FOOTBALL: Manchester City and Manchester City Council confirm that planning approval for City's new training campus has been granted.

1620 RUGBY UNION: Greig Laidlaw is set to continue at fly-half as Edinburgh tackle Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Monday. The Edinburgh captain, who can also play scrum-half, will once again team up with Mike Blair at half-back following a strong display in last Friday's 19-12 Heineken Cup defeat of Cardiff Blues, the sixth win from seven matches at Murrayfield.

1614 FOOTBALL: Ally McCoist has urged Scott Allan to opt for Rangers over a potential move to the Premier League. West Brom have agreed a fee, believed to be in the region of £400,000, with Dundee United for the midfielder, who has also been linked with Celtic. Rangers manager McCoist said: "I've spoken to Scott and I'm really keen for him to come. He's a talented boy, one of the most talented boys in the country at the moment."

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1604 COMING UP TONIGHT: It's the BIGGEST sporting event in the BBC calendar - the Sports Personality of the Year - live from Salford. The BBC Sport website will bring you full live text commentary of the event from 1800 GMT, BBC Radio 5 live will start their coverage from 1900 GMT and BBC One will take you to the heart of all the action at 2000 GMT. The 10 contenders are: Mark Cavendish, Darren Clarke, Alastair Cook, Luke Donald, Mo Farah, Dai Green, Amir Khan, Rory McIlroy, Andrew Strauss and Andy Murray.

1602 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: GB Heptathlon World Championship silver medallist Jessica Ennis on Twitter: "On our way to #SPOTY should be a good night."

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1556 GET INVOLVED: John Glenn on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday Amidst all the anger around Kean, some Rovers fans don't realise that #BRFC will struggle to get an "acceptable" manager."

1551 FOOTBALL: Arsene Wenger is aware Arsenal have a lot of ground to make up before they can be considered as Premier League title contenders. "We are out of the title race as things stand," Wenger said. "It was important to get back on track at Villa, but it is too early to say we are back in the title race.

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1548 RUGBY UNION: Harlequins flanker Will Skinner has been handed a two-week ban after he was sent off during last weekend's Heineken Cup victory over Toulouse. Skinner received a red card from Irish referee Alain Rolland for what European Rugby Cup described as "an act contrary to good sportsmanship."

1545 FOOTBALL: England Women's football manager Hope Powell believes females who participate in sport are "overlooked" and says more needs to be done in the media to promote the role of women in all areas of sport, including football.

1539 FOOTBALL: Cheltenham chairman Paul Baker tells BBC Gloucestershire he is "not disappointed" that their proposed move to the racecourse has fallen through.

1535 RUGBY UNION: Harlequins hooker Joe Gray tells BBC London that the battle against defending champions Saracens on Tuesday will be tough but thrilling.

1532 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish admits winger Marc Albrighton has "climbed a mountain" to recapture last season's form after he scored the 20,000th goal in the Premier League. "I told him the only thing you can keep doing is working hard," McLeish said. "I told him 'You will get your chance and opportunity' and sometimes it changes just like that."

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1528 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Mike Henson live from #SPOTY at MediaCity UK - on Twitter: "The question on everyone's lips #spoty View picture:"

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1521 GET INVOLVED: Safwaan Hafez on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday Amidst all the anger around the rovers fans treatment of Kean, people are forgetting that #BRFC are now 5 points from safety!"

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1520 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Mike Henson will be reporting live from #SPOTY tonight and will give you exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpses from MediaCityUK throughout the day: on Twitter: "The walkway to the stage. Just add some stars and dry ice and we are ready to go... View picture:"

1518 FOOTBALL: Midfielder Gareth Barry is determined to keep Manchester City at the forefront of the Premier League title race. "We have set a fast pace in the Premier League but we are still only two points clear at the top," Barry said. "All the time we are top we know it is in our own hands and we will keep trying to win games."

1515 FORMULA ONE: Red Bull's Adrian Newey and Christian Horner believe they have enough to challenge for the 2012 title and have praised World Champion Sebastian Vettel's dedication.

1508 PARALYMPICS: Great Britain can beat their Beijing medal tally at London 2012, according to ParalympicsGB chief executive Tim Hollingsworth.

1500 TENNIS: Brad Drewett has been named as the ATP's new executive chairman and president. Australian Drewett, a former tour professional, steps up from his role as ATP senior executive after being voted in by the organisation's board of directors for a three-year term.

1454 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa have received a pre-Christmas boost with joint top scorer Darren Bent returning to training ahead of the Boxing Day game against Stoke. Five-goal Bent has missed Villa's last two games, against Liverpool and Arsenal, because of a thigh injury.

1447 FOOTBALL: Kettering assistant manager Scott Barrett has left the club and players and staff will have to make their own arrangements for the trip to Luton on Boxing Day. Manager Mark Stimson told BBC Radio Northampton: "Scott and I have been together a long while and it has been difficult."

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1440 COMING UP TONIGHT: It's the BIGGEST sporting event in the BBC calendar - the Sports Personality of the Year - live from Salford. The BBC Sport website will bring you full live text commentary of the event from 1800 GMT, BBC Radio 5 live will start their coverage from 1900 GMT and BBC One will take you to the heart of all the action at 2000 GMT. The 10 contenders are: Mark Cavendish, Darren Clarke, Alastair Cook, Luke Donald, Mo Farah, Dai Green, Amir Khan, Rory McIlroy, Andrew Strauss and Andy Murray.

1433 CRICKET: Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor tells BBC Radio Nottingham that playing cricket at Trent Bridge is an amazing experience and he cannot wait to get out in the middle for his new county.

1430 FOOTBALL: Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill tells BBC Radio Nottingham he is adamant his side's luck will turn and insists performances have been far better than their results suggest.

1427 FOOTBALL: Barnsley manager Keith Hill tells BBC Radio Sheffield about injured Nile Ranger's return to Newcastle and his optimism about keeping Manchester United' s Danny Drinkwater.

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1423 FOOTBALL: Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has been ruled out of tonight's game against Chelsea with a hamstring injury.

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1422 FOOTBALL: Everton manager David Moyes is "disgusted" at the treatment of Blackburn boss Steve Kean by Rovers fans. The Scotsman says he was at Ewood Park on Tuesday night for the game against Bolton but left at half-time because he was appalled at the abuse coming from the home supporters.

1419 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: GB Olympic gold medallist rower Mark Hunter on Twitter: "Time for a little road trip in the #BMW up to #SPOTY! Looking forward to seeing Sir Steve collect his lifetime achievement award! #totallegend"

1414 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: GB Olympic bronze medallist athlete Kelly Sotherton on Twitter: "Would like to have gone to #SPOTY tonight but have other priorities. Good luck to all the "Guys" up for the gong!"

1409 FOOTBALL: Hertha Berlin appoint Michael Skibbe as the club's new head coach on a contract until the end of the 2013-14 season.

1406 FOOTBALL: Crewe assistant manager Neil Baker tells BBC Radio Stoke that teenage striker Max Clayton could make his first league start on Boxing Day at Bradford.

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1402 FOOTBALL: Tottenham confirm that winger Andros Townsend has signed a new contract with the club until 2016.

1400 FOOTBALL: Celtic manager Neil Lennon reveals that Scott Brown, James Forrest and Adam Matthews have all been lined up as potential Team GB players for next summer's Olympics in London. Lennon said: "We will sit down with them and see what they are thinking. If they want to go I can't stop them."

1355 FOOTBALL: Darlington boss Craig Liddle tells BBC Tees he is hopeful of retaining the majority of his squad despite off the field financial issues.

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1349 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Mike Henson will be reporting live from #SPOTY tonight and will give you exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpses from MediaCityUK throughout the day. Mike Henson on Twitter: "First brush with sporting celebrity at #bbcspoty with still six and a half hours till the show KO. View picture:

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1343 COMING UP TONIGHT: It's the BIGGEST sporting event in the BBC calendar - the Sports Personality of the Year - live from Salford from 2000 GMT on BBC One, with coverage starting on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 GMT. Presenter Jake Humphrey takes us behind the scenes at the MediaCityUK studios, this year's venue for the annual awards programme.

1335 GET INVOLVED: Get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1330 FOOTBALL: The Dutch Football Federation have yet to decide whether the Cup match between Ajax and AZ Alkmaar, that was abandoned after AZ goalkeeper Esteban Alvaradobe dramatically kicked down a fan who had run on to the pitch, should be replayed, resumed, or have Ajax, who were leading 1-0 at the time, declared the winner.

1320 FOOTBALL: The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter on Twitter: "FA missed great opportunity to bring some dressing-room nous to the board. Paul Elliott overlooked in favour of bloke from Ladbrokes. Pity. Rabbatts a shrewd appointment but FA already has Roger Devlin-types (Hilton/Ladbrokes/R&A). FA needs ex-players on board. It needed Elliott."

1307 FOOTBALL: Interesting news coming in from French news agency AFP, who are reporting that Paris St Germain sports director Leonardo has dismissed club manager Antoine Kombouare.

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1302 GET INVOLVED: Good afternoon and welcome to Sportsday Live, coming to you direct from Media City in Salford, where tonight the BBC Sports Personality programme will be held for the first time. There will be full coverage of the big event across all BBC platforms, but in the meantime, don't forget you can share your thoughts on the latest sporting issues and get involved in Sportsday Live via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

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1254 WOMEN IN SPORT: Jockey Hayley Turner: "I think I'm quite lucky as girls go as I find I get more publicity than the lads do. "

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1250 WOMEN IN SPORT: England international Casey Stoney: "I think women in sport who get any coverage is good coverage at the moment. It would be nice to be recognised."

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1248 WOMEN IN SPORT: 1500m runner Hannah England told Five Live: "I think I'm lucky in athletics but I think in general in the media I think journalists are lazy. I think athletics captures people's imaginations but journalist and the media put effort in to get the coverage."

1241 FOOTBALL: The Football Association have appointed Heather Rabbatts and Roger Devlin as two new independent non-executive directors. Rabbatts, aged 56, will become the first female to ever sit on The FA Board. Devlin, aged 54, is a non-executive director and has operated as a senior executive within the corporate sector for globally recognised, large-scale organisations, with expertise in the banking sector, sport, media rights, property and hotels.

1233 GET INVOLVED: Snooker player Judd Trump on Twitter: "judd trump @judd147t 18m Better start getting ready. #spoty tonight #tooexcited.

1225 HOCKEY: Beth Storry has been recalled to Great Britain's squad for next month's Champions Trophy in Argentina. The Beijing Olympian goalkeeper was rested for the recent 5-0 Test series victory over the United States in California. Great Britain face new world number ones Holland, Olympic silver medallists China and Japan in their group.

1220 RUGBY UNION: Gavin Henson will make his Cardiff Blues debut in tomorrow night's RaboDirect Pro12 clash against Newport Gwent Dragons. Henson has been selected at full-back for the game at Cardiff City Stadium. The 29-year-old former Ospreys, Saracens and Toulon back has embarked on a short-term deal with the Blues, although his introduction was delayed while he recovered from injury.

1209 GET INVOLVED: Clare Balding on Twitter: " You want to contribute to conversation on 5 Live about coverage of women's sports, tweet @ShelaghFogarty #womeninsport.

1201 GET INVOLVED: What do you think of the SPOTY nominees this year? Who would you have liked to see nominated? Are Manchester City going to run away with the Premier League title? Thoughts on Tottenham vs #Chelsea tonight? Give us your comments and get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

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1156 GET INVOLVED: Glyn Gainard on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday Gutted #nickymaynard wants out! But future England man mark my words! Quality striker! Good buy for a PL club"

1150 CRICKET: Police have arrested a man who broke into the family home of cricketer Ed Cowan, a day after he was named as a potential opener for Australia in the first test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

1148 FOOTBALL: Southampton captain Dean Hammond tells BBC Radio Solent he would like to get himself on the scoresheet more often, having only scored once all season.

1145 FOOTBALL: Derby manager Nigel Clough tells BBC Radio Derby he needs his strongest team to face Leeds on Boxing Day.

1142 FOOTBALL: Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o says he has no regrets over the strike action which has led to a 15 match international ban for him.

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1140 COMING UP TONIGHT: It's the BIGGEST sporting event in the BBC calendar - the Sports Personality of the Year - live from Salford from 2000 GMT on BBC One, with coverage starting on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 GMT. The 10 contenders are: Mark Cavendish, Darren Clarke, Alastair Cook, Luke Donald, Mo Farah, Dai Green, Amir Khan, Rory McIlroy, Andrew Strauss and Andy Murray.

1136 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: British tennis player Elena Baltacha on Twitter: "Good morning everyone now in Manchester :) #SPOTY tonight...cannot wait!!!!..nice large coffee then start getting ready :) x"

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1131 FOOTBALL: Juan Carlos Garrido has been sacked as head coach of Spanish league strugglers Villarreal following their elimination from the Kings Cup at the hands of second division Mirandes.

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1127 FOOTBALL: Bristol City announce that striker Nicky Maynard has decided against signing a new contract and the club will make him available for sale in January.

1127 FOOTBALL: Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen has apologised after describing black players as "coloured" during Wednesday night's programme.

1122 FOOTBALL: Sports company Umbro are denying reports in several newspapers that Chelsea defender John Terry was replaced by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard on their website. A company spokesman told BBC Sport: "John Terry is not fronting any major campaigns at present and remains a sponsored player. Umbro will wait for the legal process to conclude before commenting further."

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1116 GET INVOLVED: Danny Watts on Twitter: "Tonight is going to be a big night. Spurs vs Chelsea and the Sport Personality Awards. #bbcsportsday"

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1113 GET INVOLVED: Stephen Butterfield on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday SPOTY lifetime award to a true gent and sporting legend..Sir Steve Redgrave"

1111 MOTORSPORT: Lakeside Hammers co-promoter Jon Cook tells BBC Essex he needed to bring in power to the front end of their 2012 line-up.

1108 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Snooker player Shaun Murphy on Twitter: "BBC SPOTY Awards tonight. Very excited. Please also check out 2011 review and latest update on"

1107 FOOTBALL: BBC Scotland reports that Hearts midfielder Ryan Stevenson has informed manager Paulo Sergio that he will not return to the club until he is paid.

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1100 CRICKET: England batsman Kevin Pietersen has extended his contract with Surrey County Cricket Club until the end of his Central Contract with England. Pietersen said: "Surrey is a fantastic club and I have been really impressed with the environment and work ethic in place. Their recent success is well deserved and I look forward to working with them in 2012."

1058 FOOTBALL: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill praises his side's character after Wes Brown's late winner secured a 3-2 win at QPR on Wednesday night.

1053 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: England Women's cricket captain Charlotte Edwards on Twitter: "On my way to Manchester for SPOTY tonight.... Who's gonna win? #Spoty"

1046 FOOTBALL: Henri Michel resigns as coach of Equatorial Guinea for the second time in recent months due to "repeat interference" in his job.

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1041 GET INVOLVED: Alex Johnston on Twitter: "Hope Eusebio recovers quickly...absolute legend #bbcsportsday"

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1038 COMING UP TONIGHT: Excitement beginning to build here in Salford as the red carpet and security barriers begin to get put into place for the arrival of the Sports Personality of the Year contenders tonight. No autograph hunters have arrived thus far but I am sure it won't be too long. We'll have a special live text commentary from the awards ceremony from 1800 GMT here on the BBC Sport website.

1031 FOOTBALL: Darlington captain Ian Miller is leaving the club, reports BBC Tees Sport. The 27-year-old has decided not to stay on after handing his notice in. Miller's decision comes as many of the Quakers' players decide on their futures after a row over wages with chairman Raj Singh.

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1026 FOOTBALL: Doctors say former Portugal and Benfica star Eusebio is likely to stay in a hospital over Christmas after being diagnosed with double pneumonia.

1022 FOOTBALL: Bristol City chairman Colin Sexstone tells BBC Radio Bristol that he hopes January brings closure on Nicky Maynard's on-going contract saga.

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1015 COMING UP TONIGHT: It's the BIGGEST sporting event in the BBC calendar - the Sports Personality of the Year - live from Salford from 2000 GMT on BBC One, with coverage starting on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 GMT. The 10 contenders are: Mark Cavendish, Darren Clarke, Alastair Cook, Luke Donald, Mo Farah, Dai Green, Amir Khan, Rory McIlroy, Andrew Strauss and Andy Murray.

1009 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Rory McILroy on Twitter: "Had a great time in Dublin last night at the Horizon Xmas party... BBC SPOTY tonight, first time going to the live show will be cool!!" #bbcsportsday

0955 GET INVOLVED: Stephen Cook on Twitter: "Sir Steve Redgrave getting lifetime award tonight. Thoroughly deserved. Can rightfully be called a legend." #bbcsportsday

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0944 FOOTBALL: Ajax have apologised for the incident which saw AZ Alkmaar goalkeeper Esteban attacked by a pitch invader on Wednesday. The fan targeted the Costa Rican after running on to the playing area 37 minutes into the KNVB Beker clash at the Amsterdam ArenA. Esteban, responded by kicking the fan to the ground, leading him to be shown a red card by referee Bas Nijhuis. AZ coach Gertjan Verbeek called his players from the field, forcing Nijhuis to abandon the game. Ajax director Jeroen Slop told the club's official website, "This was a terrible incident and we deeply regret it and offer our sincere apologies. The supporter has been handed over to the police."

0935 FOOTBALL: Arsenal's Premier League game against Wolves, scheduled for Boxing Day, has been put back to 27 December due to proposed industrial action on London Underground, the club have announced.

0930 FOOTBALL: Manchester United defender Phil Jones is to have an X-ray after suffering a facial injury in the 5-0 win at Fulham. Jones appeared to take a knock to the face in a challenge with Fulham forward Clint Dempsey early on in the first half at Craven Cottage. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Phil Jones got an elbow to the jaw and we'll send him for an X-ray. It doesn't look good." Ashley Young will also be out for two to three weeks with a knee problem.

0920 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Matthew Pinsent on Twitter: "Delighted for Sir Steve getting a camera tonight at SPOTY. Hopefully his zimmer won't be an issue and people speak LOUDLY. "

0911 FOOTBALL: Neil Warnock insists he will sort out QPR's problems in next month's transfer window. Rangers go into Christmas just two points above the relegation zone after their 3-2 defeat to Sunderland at Loftus Road. He said: "We will be looking to improve the squad in January. I know what I need and I will go and get them."

0900 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Swimmer Rebecca Adlington on Twitter: "Gutted I'm not going to BBC SPOTY tonight but can't due to my training schedule!!! Who does everyone want to win??"

0852 FOOTBALL: Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina on Luis Suarez: "He is not racist. I am 100% he is not racist and he has been accused of racism. We showed our support to Luis. We want him and everyone to know we are right behind our team-mate because he is a lovely guy and he has been crucified by some people and it is not fair. Eight games is not even close to be fair."

0845 FOOTBALL: Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina believes striker Luis Suarez has been "crucified" over his racism charge. The Liverpool players issued a statement backing the player before the game and during their warm-up all wore T-shirts depicting an image of Suarez and his name and number seven. "We are all right behind him, he has our full support, said the Spain international. We made a statement earlier and we said what we thought was the truth. "We were together from the very first minute (of the allegations) and it is the minimum we can do for him."

0836 FOOTBALL: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will appeal against his Football Association punishment for racially abusing Patrice Evra, according to his lawyer. Alejandro Balbi, who is also Suarez's agent, said his player was "convinced" the punishment would be reversed. Suarez was handed an eight-game ban and £40,000 fine after he used "insulting words in reference to Manchester United defender Evra's colour"."It seems to us absolutely out of proportion," Balbi said.

0826 FOOTBALL: Derby County have released defender Chris Riggott by mutual consent. Former Middlesbrough centre-back Riggott, 31, began his career at Derby and returned for a second spell at Pride Park in the summer but did not make a first-team appearance for Nigel Clough's Championship side.

0820 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: BBC Sport's Jake Humphrey on Twitter: "The day begins. Lovely thing about the new BBC home in Salford is it's 5 mins from hotel to Radio 5Live, then 2 mins to @BBCSPOTY studio!"

0815 SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR: Sir Steve Redgrave will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at this evening's BBC Sport Personality of the Year. Coverage on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sport website at 2000 GMT.

0810 FOOTBALL: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says his team need 90 points in order to win the Premier League after his side beat Stoke 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

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0800: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live, coming to you from Media City in Salford. We start with the top three stories from Thursday's gossip column. AC Milan are ready to make a move to take Chelsea striker Fernando Torres on loan after struggling to come up with a financial package good enough to land Manchester City outcast Carlos Tevez (Daily Mirror). Stoke manager Tony Pulis is ready to put more pressure on Blackburn owners Venky's with an £8m bid for star winger Junior Hoilett, 21 (Daily Mirror). Manchester United have identified 19-year-old Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen as their number one transfer target in January. (the Guardian)

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Man City need 90 points - Mancini
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Kean's role 'becoming untenable'
21 Dec 11 |  Blackburn
Mancini hopes Bridge will leave
21 Dec 11 |  Man City


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