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Sportsday Live - Friday 23 December

Sportsday Live featured reaction to Mark Cavendish winning Sports Personality of the year and team news ahead of the festive football programme.

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1600: It's time to close down the doors at Sportsday Live. Many thanks for being with us and a very happy Christmas to you all. Don't forget to join us for a Boxing Day live text, when Tom Rostance and Phil Dawkes will take you through an action-packed programme of festive fixtures.

1557 FOOTBALL: Goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov of Dutch club FC Twente is voted Bulgaria's Player of the Year, beating seven-times winner Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United in a journalists' poll.

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1554 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "Dalglish on his time at Blackburn: "There were some smashing people that were in charge of the club at that particular moment in time and I would have never foreseen the situation they are in."

1550 FOOTBALL: Full-back Neil Taylor appears to be the only major fitness doubt ahead of Swansea's home match against QPR on Tuesday. A scan has revealed there is no ligament damage to the knee he injured in the defeat against Everton in midweek, but he will face a late fitness test. Nathan Dyer could be available after a foot injury kept him out against the Toffees.

1540 CRICKET: A brief cricket line to bring you, and Adam Ball of Kent will captain the England U-19 team on a tour of Bangladesh in January. The 15-man party will play a seven-match series of U-19 one-day internationals against their hosts, the first of which is due to take place in Chittagong on 20 January.

1533 FOOTBALL: Former Argentina midfielder Diego Simeone is the new coach of Atletico Madrid, replacing Gregorio Manzano, who was sacked after Atletico were eliminated from the Copa del Rey by third-tier Albacete.

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1520 GET INVOLVED: Mark Haworth on Twitter: "Fed up of others sticking their noses in now. There wasn't this outrage at Man U, L'pool or Pompey fans when they protested."

1512 FOOTBALL: Under-fire Blackburn boss Steve Kean hopes to have Paul Robinson available for the Boxing Day trip to Liverpool. Robinson has a small tear in his calf muscle but plans to have the injury strapped and play on through the pain. Martin Olsson has not recovered as quickly as had been hoped from hamstring trouble and Ryan Nelsen has had a minor setback in his recuperation following a knee injury.

1506 RUGBY UNION: Tonga international Epi Taione, who won 18 caps for Tonga and six for the Pacific Islanders and played in the 1999 and 2007 World Cups, as well as having club stints in England with Newcastle, Sale and Harlequins, has been forced to retire because of a serious knee injury.

1500 FOOTBALL: Fulham manager Martin Jol insists his side will not lack confidence at Chelsea in the lunchtime Boxing Day west London derby, despite losing 5-0 to Manchester United in midweek, a defeat that leaves them only four points from the relegation zone. "It's a good opportunity to show everyone that we can defend better," he says. "If we don't defend better we'll never win a game against a top side. I don't think we are lacking confidence, it's about teamwork. If you work as a team, we are good and our goal difference has shown that. That's probably been a big plus for us this season. But that is something we destroyed on Wednesday with the five goals. If you play as a team, you don't concede goals and you always get your chances."

1455 SNOOKER: The Players Tour Championship Grand Finals featuring the likes of UK champion Judd Trump, world champion John Higgins and former world number one Ronnie O'Sullivan in a 24-man line-up, will be staged at the Bailey Allen Hall in Galway, from 14-18 March.

1452 FOOTBALL: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish defends the club's decision to support Luis Suarez with t-shirts against Wigan. "I don't think it's ever a disappointment when your team-mates and the people you work for give you their undivided support. For me, that's the least he deserves. He was quite emotional and very grateful. I don't think the players have caused any trouble with the FA either with their statement or the t-shirts, so if we're not in any trouble we'll just leave it at that before we do give ourselves some trouble."

1447 FOOTBALL: After ruling out a bid for Wayne Bridge, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not dismiss the possibility of a "short-term" purchase to replace the injured Kieran Gibbs. "It is of course something we will look at but it depends on how long you have to take them," he says. "I have to see what is available - if I have a good opportunity then why not? They have a big impact on your wages. If you have to sign a player for three or four years and then you have three or four left backs, only one can play, so they are not happy. It can only be a short-term solution for us because we have bought Santos, we have Gibbs, we have Vermaelen who can play there, so we do not need a long-term solution."

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1444 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "Kean says he's spoken extensively to the owners this week about transfer targets: 'It was all received very well.'" "

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1442 GET INVOLVED: Ashley Hirschberger on Twitter: "These managers are condemning the Blackburn fans but none of them have talked about whether or not Kean is doing a good job."

1438 FOOTBALL: Stoke boss Tony Pulis is confident striker Peter Crouch will be focused on the Boxing Day match at home to Aston Villa, despite a traumatic week ain which his house was burgled while he was at hospital undergoing tests after falling ill. "He came in on Monday with headaches and we got it all sorted out. Hopefully, fingers crossed, he will be training today," Pulis says. "I have not spoken to him about the burglary. That is never a good thing and is something that is regrettable. I will have a chat with him and see where he is, but I will be very surprised if he is not up and ready to go for the Villa game on Boxing Night."

1435 FOOTBALL: Controversial striker El-Hadji Diouf has ended speculation about a move to wealthy Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala by agreeing an 18-month contract extension with Doncaster.

1432 ATHLETICS: Lord Coe will the the guest editor of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 on Boxing Day. The London 2012 Olympics chairman will take charge of the programme between 0600 and 0900 GMT.

1430 FOOTBALL: Striker Connor Wickham has been told his knee is not badly injured but the teenager is unlikely to feature for Sunderland against Everton on Boxing Day.

1425 FOOTBALL: Interesting views from former Brazil striker Romario, looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup in the country. He says: "If Brazil keep on playing the football they're playing right now, they risk not getting past the first round."

1422 FOOTBALL: The man involved in the altercation with St Mirren's Goodwin, Steve Jennings, is also banned as Motherwell visit Hearts tomorrow. Long-term injury victim Steven Saunders is the only other absentee for Stuart McCall's side.

1420 FOOTBALL: Jim Goodwin begins a three-match suspension and misses St Mirren's home match with Rangers tomorrow. Hugh Murray could return after recovering from knee surgery, Steven Thomson is back in contention following a calf injury and defender Lee Mair has recovered from a knock.

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1415 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "As usual Kean going nowhere and says he's been buoyed by the support he's received from other managers."

1412 FOOTBALL: David Davis returns from suspension for Inverness against Aberdeen tomorrow. Aaron Doran, Aidan Chippendale, Josh Meekings, David Proctor and Owain Tudur Jones are all expected to remain out.

1410 CRICKET: Worcestershire have opened talks with Australia opener Phil Hughes about him joining the county for the entire 2012 campaign. The left-hander, dropped from the Australia team for the first Test with India on Boxing Day, is already contracted to join the county in early June and stay for the remainder of the season, but he is keen to now move to New Road from April.

1408 FOOTBALL: Leigh Griffiths is available for Hibernian against Dundee United tomorrow after completing a one-match ban, but Isaiah Osbourne remains out with an abductor injury.

1404 FOOTBALL: Johan Djourou could return from groin trouble for Arsenal against Wolves on Tuesday. Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos, Carl Jenkinson and Bacary Sagna are unavailable, meaning Francis Coquelin, Ignasi Miquel or Sebastien Squillaci could make a rare start, Alex Song returns from suspension, but Jack Wilshere, Lukasz Fabianski, Vito Mannone, Abou Diaby and Ryo Miyaichi are out.

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1400 GET INVOLVED: - Good afternoon and welcome along to Sportsday Live, brought to you from the BBC Sport Centre at MediaCityUK. We'll be with you until 1600 GMT today, rounding up all the football team news and maybe even warning you about the motorways to avoid as you plan your journeys. Don't forget you can share your views on the latest sporting issues and get involved in Sportsday Live via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1354 FOOTBALL: Atletico Madrid have hired former Argentina captain Diego Simeone as their new coach to replace the sacked Gregorio Manzano.

1334 FOOTBALL: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez will assess defender Steve Gohouri (flu) and striker Hugo Rodallega, who took a knock against Chelsea last weekend, but played in midweek against Liverpool, before deciding on his squad to travel to Manchester United on Boxing Day.

1323 HORSE RACING: Trainer Nicky Henderson has finished his preparations with defending champion Long Run ahead of Monday's King George VI Chase at Kempton and believes he has the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner spot-on for the occasion. "He jumped five fences this morning, he did his work yesterday and everything has gone totally according to plan," said Henderson.

1321 FOOTBALL: Former skipper Karl Henry admits Wolves, who are just one place above the relegation zone, have underachieved during the first half of the season. "We know it's not acceptable, where we are in the league. We have underachieved, 100%. I don't think anyone is in disagreement about that," he said.

1310 FOOTBALL: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has admitted he made a mistake by letting in Spurs' goal in Thursday's 1-1 draw against Chelsea. Cech missed a chance to cut out Gareth Bale's low cross, allowing Emmanuel Adebayor to prod home. "Unfortunately, when the ball came in, I was a bit late and he tapped it in but it was a great cross, and I think I missed it by an inch," said Cech.

1257 FOOTBALL: Back to the team news and Kilmarnock's Dean Shiels will test his injured ankle ahead of tomorrow's Premier League trip to Celtic. James Fowler returns from suspension but striker William Gros and defender Ryan O'Leary remain on the sidelines.

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1250 GET INVOLVED: Stu Thompson on Twitter: "Can't believe people complaining about cameras at White Hart Lane! They should be applauded 4 trying to prevent abuse!"

1246 ATHLETICS: Six female 400m runners who tested positive for drugs have been handed one-year bans, India's National Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed. The athletes include three members of the relay quartet that helped India win gold at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, namely Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose. The other three runners are Jauna Murmu, Tiana Mary and Priyanka Panwar.

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1244 HORSE RACING: BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "8 to take their chances, headed by Long Run & (of course) Kauto Star, going for record 5th, & Master Minded. #Kempton: 'undercard' oustanding; Vulcanite interesting in 12-50; Bobs Worth v Grands Crus (Feltham, 2-00) & Binocular in Xmas Hdle (2-35)"

1241 FOOTBALL: More team news for you now and Marcos Alonso will miss Bolton's Boxing Day fixture against Newcastle after being ruled out for four to six weeks to undergo surgery to replace a pin in his foot. David Wheater is back in contention, however, after completing a suspension.

1237 FOOTBALL: Scottish champions Rangers have revealed they are "willing to explore the possibility" of introducing a safe-standing section of terracing at Ibrox.

1230 FOOTBALL: Confirmation that former Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O'Neill is the preferred choice to become the new manager of Northern Ireland.

1228 FOOTBALL: However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger denies reports that he has made a bid for Manchester City's out-of-favour left-back Wayne Bridge.

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1227 FOOTBALL: Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs has undergone surgery on his groin and will be out for a month.

1220 FOOTBALL: French news agency AFP are reporting that Algeria have received $500,000 in compensation after Cameroon players led by Samuel Eto'o, subsequently handed a 15-match international ban for his role as ringleader, chose to go on strike and the match against the Algerians on 15 November had to be cancelled.

1215 RUGBY UNION: Ten teams from four different provinces gathered in central Kabul for Afghanistan's first official rugby tournament since the Afghan Rugby Federation won affiliation from the Asian Rugby Football Union last month. Organisers at the sevens event hope the game will one day be as popular as their unique national sport buzkashi, a form of polo played with the carcass of a headless goat.

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1212 GET INVOLVED: Matt Thorpe on Twitter: "Kean gets the fans' anger as he's figurehead, Venkys burying head in sand. Everyone's devastated how they've ruined a proud club."

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1209 SWIMMING: British swimmer Rebecca Adlington, forced to miss Sports Personality through illness, describes her recuperation on Twitter: "Got some anti-biotics from the doctors, now got to rest up!! Hoping I feel better tomorrow!

1202 FOOTBALL: In response to the recent controversies surrounding racism in football, Stoke boss Tony Pulis says: "I think this country is as good as any country in the world for being multi-racial and the way people have mixed in this country has been absolutely fantastic."

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1200 GET INVOLVED: - Good afternoon and welcome along to Sportsday Live, brought to you from the BBC Sport Centre at MediaCityUK. Don't forget you can share your views on the latest sporting issues and get involved in Sportsday Live via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1155 FOOTBALL: Norwich are without suspended Kyle Naughton, who would have been ineligible against his parent club Tottenham in any case, but on-loan Manchester United defender Ritchie de Laet could return after a back injury.

1142 FOOTBALL: QPR will again be without Anton Ferdinand when they travel to Swansea next Tuesday. The 26-year-old defender returned to light training today after a hamstring injury, but manager Neil Warnock does not expect he will return until the game with Norwich on 2 January.

1135 FOOTBALL: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has condemned Blackburn fans for their treatment of boss Steve Kean. Rovers fans continuously barracked Kean during the 2-1 defeat by Bolton on Tuesday and Ferguson said: "I have never seen anything as bad as that. It doesn't say a lot for society. For goodness sake give the lad a break."

1130 RUGBY LEAGUE: New Hull FC head coach Peter Gentle has told BBC Radio Humberside that he will not decide on his captain for the 2012 Super League season until late January and he has about five or six candidates for the role.

1125 SPOTY: BBC Sports Personality of the Year Mark Cavendish tells the BBC he wasn't into sport as a child, and suggests teaming up with Mo Farah and others for a team triathlon.

1120 FOOTBALL: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has defended his players after they were criticised for their public backing of Luis Suarez. The team wore T-shirts ahead of Wednesday's Premier League game against Wigan in support of the striker after he was found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

1108 FOOTBALL: Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre is ready to return to action after recovering fully from a broken ankle sustained against Aberdeen in August.

1058 FOOTBALL: Bolton manager Owen Coyle confirms there has been dialogue between them and Chelsea over Gary Cahill. However, the club adds: "He is a top player and is fully focussed on Bolton."

1047 TENNIS: Sweden's world number 882 Lucas Renard has been suspended for six months and fined $5,000 (£3,186) for a corruption offence.

1037 FOOTBALL: England have dropped two places to eighth in the latest Fifa Women's world rankings. Northern Ireland have risen to 54th - their highest position since world rankings were introduced in 2003.

1030 RUGBY LEAGUE: Leeds loose forward Chris Clarkson has agreed a new five-year contract with the Super League champions.

1025 FOOTBALL: Stoke striker Peter Crouch is expected to be back in contention for Monday's Premier League clash against Aston Villa. Crouch missed the defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday through illness and has also had to deal with a burglary at his home. Glenn Whelan (calf) is again doubtful but his fellow midfielder Matthew Etherington could return after a slight strain and defender Ryan Shawcross is back from suspension.

1020 CRICKET: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq has said his side are unstoppable on current form and can beat England when they meet in next month's series against England in the UAE. Pakistan returned home on Friday after beating Bangladesh in two Twenty20s, three one-day internationals and two Tests meaning they end the year with five Test wins and without losing a series, both in five-day matches and limited overs.

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1014 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "Kenny Dalglish says @luis16suarez very grateful for the support he's received from the #LFC players. "He's been quite emotional. I don't think it is ever a disappointment when the people you work for give you their undivided support."

1012 FOOTBALL: Fulham have no fresh injury concerns heading into the west London derby with Chelsea on Boxing Day. Although Steve Sidwell has returned to training after a hernia operation, he is unlikely to feature against his former club at Stamford Bridge.

1004 CRICKET: And England and Wales Cricket Board Managing Director of England Cricket, Hugh Morris, salutes Andy Flower on winning the Coach of the Year at the Sports Personality of the Year awards: "The awards to the England team and Andy Flower are richly deserved and reflect a tremendous twelve months which has seen the team become the world's number one ranked Test side and win an Ashes series in Australia for the first time since 1986-87. Our congratulations go to all the players and the team management."

1002 CRICKET: England and Wales Cricket Board Chief Executive David Collier on the team award for England at the Sports Personality of the Year awards: "The awards to the England team and Andy Flower are richly deserved and reflect a tremendous twelve months which has seen the team become the world's number one ranked Test side and win an Ashes series in Australia for the first time since 1986-87. Our congratulations go to all the players and the team management."

1000 FOOTBALL: West Brom hope that James Morrison will recover to face Manchester City, following the hamstring injury that forced him to miss the midweek win over Newcastle. Steven Reid (ankle), Youssouf Mulumbu (groin) and Jerome Thomas (ankle) are all doubts.

0955 FOOTBALL: More Boxing Day team news for you now and Yohan Cabaye will return to the Newcastle squad after suspension for the trip to Bolton. Davide Santon and Danny Guthrie are injury doubts, Peter Lovenkrands could be sidelined for up to three weeks by a calf injury and Dan Gosling completes a three-match ban.

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0951 FOOTBALL: More team news now, and we are hearing from Sir Alex Ferguson's press conference that Phil Jones will be fit for Manchester United's Boxing Day match with Wigan at Old Trafford.

0948 FOOTBALL: Wolves have no fresh injury concerns but will check on David Edwards and Jody Craddock before Tuesday's Premier League match at Arsenal, which has been put back 24 hours from its original Boxing Day date because of the tube strike. Edwards has missed two games with a groin injury while Craddock played in a behind closed doors friendly against Crewe in midweek after a three-match absence because of hamstring trouble.

0944 RUGBY LEAGUE: Leeds Rhinos loose forward Chris Clarkson has signed a new five-year deal with the Super League champions. The 21-year-old has made 48 appearances for Leeds since his debut in March 2010.

0939 FOOTBALL: Meanwhile, City's Yaya Toure has been named the Confederation of African Football's Player of the Year.

0936 FOOTBALL: Striker Edin Dzeko is the main concern for Premier League leaders Manchester City ahead of their Boxing Day trip to West Brom. The Bosnian missed Wednesday's win over Stoke after suffering an ankle injury in training, but manager Roberto Mancini hopes both Dzeko and Micah Richards, who has a calf problem, will be fit to face the Baggies.

0933 FOOTBALL: Dundee United have named an unchanged squad for tomorrow's league match with Hibernian. Scott Robertson should be fit despite a bout of illness this week, Danny Swanson (knee) is set to return to training next week, while utility man Scott Severin is still out with a broken leg.

0930 FOOTBALL: Dunfermline goalkeeper Paul Gallacher is out of the match with St Johnstone tomorrow with a shoulder injury, but Paddy Boyle and Craig Easton are available again following injuries.

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0926 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Dan Walker on Twitter: "Best moment of #SPOTY was meeting Roger Speed. Warm, dignified, kind and still devastated by the loss of his son Gary."

0924 FOOTBALL: After drawing at White Hart Lane last night, Chelsea hope that David Luiz will be fit to return from a knee problem for the Boxing Day lunchtime kick-off against Fulham. Branislav Ivanovic limped off injured at Spurs, along with midfielder John Obi Mikel, and both are likely to miss the west London derby. Frank Lampard may be handed a recall as Ramires is suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

0920 FOOTBALL: Injuries are beginning to become a concern for Spurs as they prepare for Tuesday night's visit to Norwich. In addition to Rafael van der Vaart being sidelined with a hamstring problem, Jermain Defoe and Younes Kaboul face tests on similar injuries and Ledley King is unlikely to play, having completed two games in five days. Aaron Lennon (hamstring), Michael Dawson (Achilles) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) are also out, of course.

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0909 FOOTBALL: In his latest blog, BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty says England captain John Terry let his football do the talking as he impressed under fire in Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Thursday evening.

0858 FOOTBALL: Tottenham are fearful midfielder Rafael van der Vaart could be sidelined until the new year with a hamstring injury. The 28-year-old was taken off at half-time in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea and boss Harry Redknapp said "it looks that way" when questioned if the Dutchman would be out until 2012.

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0850 GET INVOLVED:Craig Greaney on Twitter: Sir Matthew Pinsent on Twitter: "Surely Mo Farah or Dai Greene were more deserving of the honours last night, they've had a great year! And United's 19 titles."

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0845 GET INVOLVED: Four-time Olympic rowing gold medallist Sir Matthew Pinsent on Twitter: "Sir Steve last seen 0245 with large glass of red to hand. A great night for him and our sport."

0840 FOOTBALL: A group of Blackburn fans will protest at the club's training ground on Friday - but say that the target is owners Venky's and not manager Steve Kean.

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0833 GET INVOLVED: World cycling champion and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Mark Cavendish on Twitter: "Well I am lost for words. Humbling to receive such support. Congrats to all the other nominees & thank you to everyone who voted #SPOTY"

0829 GET INVOLVED: Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave received the lifetime achievement award at the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year event. England's cricketers won team of the year with their coach Andy Flower picking up coach of the year. Serbia's tennis sensation Novak Djokovic won the overseas award after winning three of the year's four Grand Slams. Teenager Lauren Taylor was named Young Sports Personality of the Year while Scottish athletics coaches Janice Eaglesham and Ian Mirfin won the Unsung Hero award and jockey Bob Champion was given the Helen Rollason award. Do you agree with the winners? Get involved in Sportsday Live via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

0820 FOOTBALL: Arrests for football-related disorder in England and Wales are at a record low, the Home Office has said. Just over 3,000 people were arrested at games involving English and Welsh teams last year, a drop of 9%.

0813 FOOTBALL: Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas lavished praise on captain John Terry after his performance in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Thursday evening at White Hart Lane. The England skipper, who played 24 hours after learning he would be charged with a racially aggravated public order offence after an incident with QPR defender Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road in October, made an injury-time goal-line clearance to ensure the game finished level.

0806 SPOTY: Cycling world champion Mark Cavendish was crowned the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year at the annual awards ceremony on Thursday evening. The Manx sprint specialist received 169,152 votes - which was just under half of all the votes cast.

0800: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live, coming to you from MediaCityUK in Salford. We start with the top three stories from Friday's gossip column. Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill is ready to offer £8m for Fulham's unsettled, 30-year-old striker Bobby Zamora (Daily Mirror). Real Madrid star Kaka is considering his future once again in a move that will reignite interest from Arsenal and Chelsea (talkSPORT). The agent of Anderlecht midfielder Lucas Biglia has confirmed that Arsenal and Manchester United are amongst the sides keen to sign his client (the Guardian).



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Man City need 90 points - Mancini
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John Terry to face racism charge
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21 Dec 11 |  Blackburn
Mancini hopes Bridge will leave
21 Dec 11 |  Man City


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