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1827: That's all from Sportsday live today. But stay on the website for BBC Sport's Tom Rostance bringing you live text commentary on this evening's football fixtures, with Tottenham v West Brom, Wigan v Sunderland and Man City v Liverpool the highlights.

1822 ATHLETICS: Triple-Olympic champion Usain Bolt plans to launch his build-up to defending his 100 and 200m titles at the 2012 London Games with tune-up races in Jamaica next month. An injury slowed the launch of Bolt's 2011 season until May, but previously he had always made test runs in late January or February to break up training.

1813 FOOTBALL: Bristol Rovers hope to name a replacement "as soon as possible" after sacking manager Paul Buckle. Rovers chairman Nick Higgs said: "We are all very disappointed that this appointment has not worked out. Although we are aware we need to find stability at the club, we felt that we could not go any further with the current situation as the threat of relegation was becoming too real."

1804 FOOTBALL: Paul Buckle has been relieved of his duties as Bristol Rovers manager. The League Two strugglers have not won in eight games and lost 2-0 at Barnet on Monday.

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1759 TENNIS: World number two Rafael Nadal beats Philipp Kohlschreiber in his first match of the season at the Qatar Open in Doha. The Spaniard won 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 6-3. Roger Federer is on court now against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko.

1755 SKIING: Austria's Marlies Schild wins women's World Cup slalom in Zagreb. Slovenia's Tina Maze was second and Austria's Michaela Kirchgasser was third.

1748 FOOTBALL: Cologne say Germany forward Lukas Podolski has asked for more time before his contract situation is discussed again. The Bundesliga side said on its website that it held talks with Podolski and his adviser on Tuesday to discuss the 28-year-old's contract, which expires in June 2013. Cologne said talks took place "in a positive and constructive atmosphere" but that neither side would give further details. On Monday, The Guardian reported that Podolski ruled out a January transfer to Arsenal to safeguard his place for Germany at the 2012 European Championships.

1742 FOOTBALL: Inverness halve ticket prices for their rearranged Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against St Johnstone as they apologise for the late postponement.

1734 BOXING: BBC Sport Wales' Steffan Garrero: on Twitter: "People slagging off Nathan Cleverly on Twitter for fighting Karpency - remember how long it took Calzaghe to get the Lacy fight."

1731 FOOTBALL: FC Twente insist Steve McClaren is not certain to return to the club as the successor to sacked head coach Co Adriaanse. "His [McClaren's] appointment is still uncertain, as we will hold discussions in the next few days," chairman Joop Munsterman told a press conference. "We have a list of three candidates, two of whom are Dutch. On the list of applicants is also an alternative for Steve McClaren: Erwin Koeman. Fred Rutten is not on the list."

1725 FOOTBALL: Hull City are unlikely to sign Newcastle United keeper Steve Harper on loan despite interest, report BBC Look North, Hull.

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1723 TENNIS: Philipp Kohlschreiber levels his first-round match against world number two Rafael Nadal at the Qatar Open in Doha. The match is poised at 6-3 6-7 (2-7).

1717 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan: on Twitter: "Just spoken to DJ Campbell who says stories of him going back to Blackpool on loan aren't true. He wants to fight for his place at QPR."

1712 FOOTBALL: Stephen Hughes leaves Motherwell for a second time after his short-term deal expires. The midfielder rejoined his hometown club in November on a six-week pay-as-you-play contract after securing his exit from Norwich.

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1708 TENNIS: Japanese qualifier Yuichi Sugita upsets seventh seed Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-3 6-4 to move into the second round of the Chennai Open.

1705 MOTORSPORT: A French motorcyclist is in critical condition after being found unconscious in remote sand dunes during the Dakar Rally in Argentina. Officials at Teodoro J Schestakow Hospital said Sebastien Coue apparently crashed during the second stage of the rally.

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1700 TENNIS: Belgian wild card David Goffin knocks out compatriot and last year's runner-up Xavier Malisse 4-6 6-2 6-3 in the first round of the Chennai Open.

1653 FOOTBALL: Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama insists he is not looking to leave the club. The 20-year-old has produced some powerful displays in recent weeks following his summer move from Germinal Beerschot in Belgium. The Kenyan said: "Why would I be thinking of leaving? This is my home. I am very happy here, I only came in the summer and I am enjoying my football and my life.

1645 RUGBY LEAGUE: Castleford sign Warrington reserve centre Ryan Shaw on a month's loan. The move will give the 19-year-old England Under-18 international a chance to make his Super League debut.

1638 FOOTBALL: Chelsea captain John Terry insists he is totally behind manager Andre Villas-Boas and has denied reports of dressing room unrest at Stamford Bridge. "I want to make it clear I'm 100% behind the manager," Terry told the London Evening Standard. "There are no problems behind the scenes."

1631 RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Warrington hooker Jon Clarke will lead Widnes Vikings on their return to Super League in 2012. The 32-year-old Clarke, one of the Vikings' 14 new signings, has been chosen by head coach Denis Betts as the club's new captain.

1626 RUGBY UNION: Northampton Saints and England lock Courtney Lawes should be fit for the Six Nations, according to Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder. Mallinder told BBC Radio Northampton the 22-year-old is having a scan on a knee injury sustained against Newcastle Falcons: "I think he'll be out for a few weeks. It's not a serious one but it's really disappointing for him. We need to look after him and hopefully he can come back fit and raring to go."

1623 BOXING: Wales' Nathan Cleverly will make his homecoming title defence against American Tommy Karpency at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday 25 February. An offer from the WBO light-heavyweight champion went to WBA title-holder Beibut Shumenov, but he said he would not be ready in time. Bernard Hopkins, the WBC title-holder, was also sent an offer, but Hopkins has a forthcoming rematch with Chad Dawson. Karpency, 25, has a record of 21 wins from 24 fights with 14 knockouts.

1612 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is hoping left-back Enda Stevens can quickly adjust to the demands of the Barclays Premier League after completing his move from Shamrock Rovers. McLeish said: "He's a young player. There was a wee bit of interest in him and we decided to sign him. It is up to Enda to hit the ground running and do well and leave me thinking 'let's get this guy involved.' We are hoping will get to grips with everything, adapt very quickly to put pressure on guys like Stephen [Warnock]."

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1606 TENNIS: France's Marion Bartoli demolishes Australia's Jarmila Gajdosova without dropping a game at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Western Australia. The ninth-ranked Bartoli, beaten by world number five Li Na in her first singles match on Saturday, beat a misfiring Gajdosova 6-0 6-0 in 52 minutes as France beat the host nation 3-0.

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1558 TENNIS: World number two Rafael Nadal takes the first set 6-3 in his opening match of the season against Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Qatar Open in Doha.

1550 CRICKET: All over for the day in the third and deciding Test against Sri Lanka at Cape Town and South Africa close day one on 347-3, Jacques Kallis unbeaten on 159.

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1548 FOOTBALL: QPR are to appeal against Joey Barton's red card against Norwich.

1547 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport understands that talks will resume next week between AC Milan and Manchester City over the transfer of Carlos Tevez.

1545 FOOTBALL: Rangers confirm that midfielder Thomas Kind Bendiksen will return to Norway to join Tromso on a three-year contract.

1544 FOOTBALL: Barnsley announce that England Under-21 international Jacob Butterfield is out for the season after damaging his left anterior cruciate ligament.

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1538 TENNIS: Rafael Nadal breaks serve and moves 3-1 up in his opening match of the season against Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Qatar Open in Doha.

1536 FOOTBALL: QPR midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "What's this transfer request nonsense? I've never run from a challenge in my life, why would I start now? Absolute nonsensical."

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1528 FOOTBALL: In reply to James Stock, who has tweeted via the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday yes there are three matches tonight, but we have two commentaries. Tottenham v West Brom at White Hart Lane will be on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 1940 GMT, and Manchester City against Liverpool, will be on BBC Radio 5 live from 2000 GMT. You can follow all three matches from the top flight, with Wigan v Sunderland also in action, with Tom Rostance from just before 1900 GMT on the BBC website.

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1524 TENNIS: Rafael Nadal gets his season underway against Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Qatar Open in Doha. Roger Federer is also in action later.

1521 FOOTBALL: Queens Park Rangers must decide today whether or not to appeal against Joey Barton's red card to the Football Association, who could yet take disciplinary action themselves against the club for post-match comments.

1517 RUGBY UNION: Edinburgh stand-offs Harry Leonard, 19, and Gregor Hunter, 20, have agreed two-year contract extensions.

1515 CRICKET: England Test captain Andrew Strauss says of the forthcoming Test series with Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, which you can follow on 5 live sports extra and the BBC website: "Getting to number one in the rankings is nothing, really. It's your name on a piece of paper, that's all it is. There's always a new challenge ahead of you, this one coming up against Pakistan is a very stern challenge, I think, and whenever an England side go to the subcontinent it's a challenge anyway because it requires a different set of skills to win out here."

1511 FOOTBALL: Bolton manager Owen Coyle says Gary Cahill is "absolutely" a part of his plans for tomorrow's trip to Everton. "Gary always has coped with endless speculation, certainly in every transfer window since I've been here, and he is so focused on his football," Coyle says. "We will certainly have a chat, as we always do with our players, and prepare for a tough game for Everton. Gary is part of our squad until such time as that changes."

1508 FOOTBALL: John Arne Riise denies Fulham players deliberately tried to get Arsenal defender Johan Djourou sent off in yesterday's win against the Gunners at Craven Cottage. "That's a tactic but we never go out and get people sent off. That's not fair play and we never do that," the former Liverpool defender insists. "He should have been yellow carded for a tackle before that. I think he had three tackles in quite a short time. It was the right decision."

1506 FOOTBALL: Stoke boss Tony Pulis is full of praise for striker Peter Crouch following his two goals in the 2-1 win over Blackburn yesterday. "He's unplayable at times. If you stick the right quality in to him, he'll score goals. And he's as fit as a flea," Pulis says of the former Tottenham forward.

1504 FOOTBALL: Wolves midfielder Karl Henry insists he is happy to fight for his place at Molineux after being the subject of speculation linking him with a move to QPR.

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1500 FOOTBALL: A reminder that we have two big Premier League matches for you this evening. Tottenham v West Brom at White Hart Lane will be on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 1940 GMT, and if you want to listen to leaders Manchester City against Liverpool, that will be on BBC Radio 5 live from 2000 GMT.

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1459 GET INVOLVED: Hoosain on Twitter: "Sobers over Kallis hands down?"

1455 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Chris McLaughlin on Twitter: "#SFA's compliance officer will look tomorrow at Ryan McGowan's clash with Ivan Sproule in yesterday's #Hibs v #Hearts match #violentconduct?"

1450 TENNIS: France complete a 3-0 victory over Australia, while Spain defeat China 2-1 in the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia.

1443 FOOTBALL: Speaking at a press conference ahead of Wednesday's Premier League trip to Everton, Bolton boss Owen Coyle admits referees have a difficult task but calls for a level of consistency.

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1435 GET INVOLVED: Ben Brodie on Twitter: "Insulting to Kallis to question whether he is the best all-rounder of all time. Easily one of the best batsmen as well."

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1432 CRICKET: South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis becomes only the third player to score 2,000 Test runs at the same venue as he reaches 126 on day one of the third Test against Sri Lanka at Cape Town

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1429 FOOTBALL: Newcastle will make a late check on Gabriel Obertan ahead of Wednesday's Premier League fixture against Manchester United. The midfielder has an infected toe but is expected to make the game.

1422 FOOTBALL: Everton manager David Moyes will be able to call on Landon Donovan for Wednesday's Premier League game with Bolton at Goodison Park. The American re-joined the Toffees on a two-month loan deal from Los Angeles Galaxy in December.

1412 CRICKET: South Africa's third-wicket partnership comes to a close on 205 as Alviro Petersen is caught by Tillakaratne Dilshan off the bowling of Chanaka Welegedera for 109. The home side are 261-3, with Jacques Kallis still there on 119.

1402 FOOTBALL: Darlington chairman Raj Singh on the club going into administration: "I was approached by one consortium this week, represented by two local businessmen, whom I admire for their intentions. In theory their approach is a very sensible one, but they made their short-term position very clear and it doesn't solve the current issues."

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1356 CRICKET: Former West Indies coach Jimmy Adams has been appointed head coach of Kent Cricket.

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1352 GET INVOLVED: Thomas Stripe on Twitter: "Kallis is simply the best Test all-rounder of all time. To bat 3/4 and bowl 1st change for 150 Tests is quite astonishing."

1348 CRICKET: Alviro Petersen posts his second Test century as he and fellow centurion Jacques Kallis continue to punish the Sri Lanka bowling on the opening day of the third Test at Newlands, reaching 250-2.

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1345 FOOTBALL: Darlington have been placed into administration for the third time in nine years. The Blue Square Premier club will be punished with an immediate ten-point deduction.

1330 WINTER SPORTS: Chemmy Alcott's decision to take part in Dancing on Ice is an acceptable risk as she recovers from a serious ankle injury, British Ski and Snowboard chief executive Dave Edwards tells BBC Sport. "Ice dancing will no doubt present a risk to her recovery. But surely no greater than a downhill?"

1325 TENNIS: Andy Murray is hopeful that the minor niggles he felt during his first-round win over Mikhail Kukushkin in Brisbane will not hamper him against Gilles Muller on Wednesday. "My body loosened up a little bit so hopefully I will pull up OK tomorrow," said the Scot.

1320 GET INVOLVED: Is David Beckham right to turn down Paris for LA? Is Jacques Kallis the greatest all-rounder of all-time? Let us know your views by tweeting via the hashtag #BBCSportsday.

1316 CRICKET: Alviro Petersen then takes a swipe at the last ball before tea but does not connect and is left stranded on 99 not out as South Africa reach 236-2.

1309 CRICKET: Jacques Kallis has reached his 41st Test century, his first against Sri Lanka, off 114 balls as as South Africa advanced to 233-2 on the first day of the third Test at Newlands. Alviro Petersen is 95 not out.

1259 FOOTBALL: The January transfer window is fully open and there have already been 26 movers unveiled. The list will continue to grow and you can keep abreast of who moves where by bookmarking our handy page.

1254 FOOTBALL: Steve McClaren is in line for a return to management at his former club FC Twente. The Dutch outfit sacked their manager Co Adriaanse this lunchtime.

1250 RUGBY UNION: Former England and Lions centre Jeremy Guscott is waiting for your questions on events surrounding the sport.

1245 FOOTBALL: Dan Mounser on Twitter: "Could two former Nottm Forest managers be back in work this week? Steve McClaren to Twente and Billy Davies to Preston?"

1236 FOOTBALL: Leeds have signed Danny Pugh from Stoke on a two-and-a-half year contract. The 29-year-old, who originally joined Leeds from Manchester United in 2004, has been on loan at Elland Road from the Potters this season

1231 FOOTBALL: FC Twente have parted company with coach Co Adriaanse. Former England boss Steve McClaren has been linked with a return to the club, which he led to the Dutch title in 2010, as Adriaanse's successor. McClaren has been without a job since leaving Nottingham Forest in October.

1228 ICE DANCING: Olympic ice dance champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have expressed an interest in returning to the sport to help younger British talent flourish.

1222 FOOTBALL: Representatives of John Terry are taking legal advice after an image resembling the England football captain appeared on cigarette packs in India.

1215 CRICKET: Jacques Kallis has scored an unbeaten run-a-ball 74 to help South Africa reach 183-2 midway through the first day's play of the third Test against Sri Lanka. Alviro Petersen is 75 not out and the duo have put on 127 for the third wicket.

1205 FOOTBALL: West Brom skipper Chris Brunt is to undergo a second scan to determine the extent of the ankle problem he suffered during the 1-0 defeat by Everton at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

1155 FOOTBALL: Doncaster Rovers have turned down an undisclosed bid for striker Billy Sharp. Rovers manager Dean Saunders told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We've had an offer that's not met the asking price. I'm hoping he stays but obviously he's got a clause in there and they're circling like vultures."

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1152 FOOTBALL: Former Premier League referee Graham Poll gives his verdict to BBC Radio 5 live on the controversial decisions over the weekend. Poll says referees can be influenced by a player's reputation.

1145 GENERAL SPORT: Tune in to BBC Radio 4 at 1200 GMT for a special programme on sporting participation in this Olympic year, featuring BBC Sport reporter Matt Slater. What's your sport? What exercise are you doing regularly and why? How affordable is it to stay fit?

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1140 FOOTBALL: David Beckham will not join Paris Saint-Germain, Agence France Presse reported, quoting the French club's sporting director Leonardo. "He will not come to PSG," said Leonardo, citing family reasons for Beckham's decision.

1132 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa target Robbie Keane will train with his old side Tottenham until 20 January to build up his fitness.

1130 TENNIS: Andy Murray will play world number 54 Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in round two of the Brisbane International.

1125 RUGBY LEAGUE: Castleford Tigers have called an internal hearing to address disciplinary issues relating to winger Richard Owen. The hearing will take place tomorrow with club officials, the player and his agent. The club said no further comment would be made until the matter is resolved.

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1116 TENNIS: Andy Murray opens his 2012 campaign with a 5-7 6-3 6-2 victory over Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin at the Brisbane International.

1112 ATHLETICS: Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is a major injury doubt for Wednesday's Premier League trip to Everton. Jaaskelainen picked up a thigh problem in the 1-1 draw with Wolves on New Year's Eve and will be replaced by Adam Bogdan in the starting line-up if he fails to recover in time.

1108 ATHLETICS: Hannah England, the World Championships 1500 metres silver medallist, will compete in Glasgow and Birmingham early this year as she builds up to a push at Olympic glory. The 24-year-old will contest the 1500m at the Aviva International match at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall on 28 January and the Aviva Grand Prix at the National Indoor Arena on February 18.

1055 HORSE RACING: Part of the roof of Epsom's Grandstand has been blown off because of the high winds.

1051 CRICKET: South Africa reached 135-2 at lunch after being sent in to bat on the opening day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at Newlands, with Alviro Petersen 54 not out.

1048 TENNIS: Andy Murray wins the second set against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 to level his opening match at the Brisbane International.

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1040 GET INVOLVED: Joe Farley on Twitter: "Villa have been linked with Robbie Keane every transfer window for the last few years. Don't let it happen now he's past it!"

1037 HORSE RACING: This afternoon's meeting at Ayr has been abandoned due to safety concerns.

1032 CRICKET: India coach Duncan Fletcher blamed bad luck for his team's disappointing start to the second Test in Sydney. "The mood in the dressing room has been very, very good," he said. "They're working very hard at nets, they're putting in the effort, they're trying their best. It's just sometimes in cricket we just need a little bit of good fortune."

1025 TENNIS: Murray requires treatment from the trainer for an injured knee and has it rebandaged between sets.

1019 TENNIS: Andy Murray drops the opening set of his 2012 season as Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin takes it 7-5 at the Brisbane International.

1015 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington at Bolton on Twitter: "Bolton unsure how close Cahill's representatives and Chelsea are to reconciling their differences. Coyle: 'We're not party to those talks and if truth be told we don't really know.'"

1006 TENNIS: The Great Britain team for February's Fed Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 tie will consist of Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson and Laura Robson, with Tara Moore travelling as the reserve player. "Our goal is to progress through the group and while we know this will be tough, if we play to our potential, it is achievable," says team captain Judy Murray.

1003 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington at Bolton on Twitter: "No update on Cahill's move to Chelsea. Coyle: "Gary remains a #BWFC player and we continue to prepare for a tough game at Everton."

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1000 FOOTBALL: We have two big Premier League matches coming up for you this evening. Tottenham v West Brom at White Hart Lane will be on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 1940 GMT, and if you want to listen to leaders Manchester City against Liverpool, that will be on BBC Radio 5 live from 2000 GMT.

0951 FOOTBALL: Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, who has been on loan at Swindon since September and was due to return to Selhurst Park later this month, is poised to sign for the League Two side on a permanent basis.

0942 HORSE RACING: BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "Winds chaos at #Ayr: @petescu [Peter Scudamore]reporting horses can't get there because of fallen trees & @donaldmccain says r/c stableyard conditions unsafe. #Ayr: racecourse says: 'The forecast to be easing by lunchtime and to settle down this afternoon.'"

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0937 GET INVOLVED: Kieran on Twitter: "What a surprise to see Wenger complaining when one of his players gets sent off!"

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0931 GET INVOLVED: Jason Smith on Twitter: "If red cards are rescinded then why dont they suspend the refs for the number of games the player would have been out for."

0925 FOOTBALL: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said the referee was naive to send off his defender Johan Djourou during their 2-1 defeat at Fulham. Here is Poll's view of the incident: "The first one is clearly a caution, which I think most people other than Arsene will accept. Djourou then commits another offence, for which he's warned. Very soon after, he makes another foul - probably the second one could have been for persistent infringement, as opposed to a second offence."

0920 FOOTBALL: More from Poll: "Barton, we know his reputation - he gets sent off for what looks like guesswork from the officials. Lampard - an absolutely clear sending off - you can see from his reaction that he knew he should have gone, and [referee] Pete Walton gets sucked in by 'oh, it's Frank, never mind, Frank's immediately apologised, good old Lamps', but there were some horrific tackles in that game which went unpunished."

0918 FOOTBALL: Former Premier League referee Graham Poll has been talking on BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast about the decision to dismiss QPR's Joey Barton and not Chelsea's Frank Lampard during their respective matches on Monday. He said: "You look at Joey Barton, and you look at Frank Lampard, and you start to wonder if previous form comes into the mind of the referee. It shouldn't, but sometimes you're left thinking that way."

0911 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa are interested in signing Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane, 31, on a two-month loan.

0906 FOOTBALL: The Dutch state broadcaster has stated that former England manager Steve McClaren will return to FC Twente, replacing current coach Co Adriaanse. McClaren, who led FC Twente to the league title in 2010, has been jobless since leaving Nottingham Forest in October.

0903 CRICKET: Dhammika Prasad strikes with his first ball of the match to remove South Africa captain Graeme Smith for 16 as Sri Lanka pick up an early wicket in the series-deciding third Test at Cape Town. The hosts are 29-1 in their first innings.

0900 GET INVOLVED: Tim Lewis on Twitter: "A thorough review into prem referees needs to happen. So much inconsistency and error strewn matches. Ruining games."

0856 FOOTBALL: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "@themichaelowen leave it to the human eye, human error throws up debate+more talking points, keeps it interesting too. Evens out over a yr!"

0849 TENNIS: Spain have moved top of Group B at the Hopman Cup after beating China 2-1 in Perth. The number three seeds have already beaten Australia at the eight-team tournament.

0842 FOOTBALL: Manchester United striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Barton sending off looked harsh. More calls for video technology. I'd have to agree. No point only introducing it for ball crossing the line."

0838 CRICKET: James Pattinson took 4-43 as Australia bowled India out for 191 on the opening day of the second Test in Sydney. Sachin Tendulkar's wait for a 100th international century goes on after he was out for 41. Australia recovered from 37-3 to reach 116-3 at close. The home side lead the four-Test series 1-0.

0833 CRICKET: England spinner Graeme Swann says there will be no "bad blood" in the series against Pakistan, which starts in Dubai on 17 January, despite the spot-fixing scandal that marred their last meeting.

0825 GET INVOLVED: Does the Premier League need a winter break? Did QPR captain Joey Barton deserve to be dismissed against Norwich, while Chelsea's Frank Lampard was allowed to stay on against Wolves? Why is Stoke such a hotbed for producing darts talent? Get involved by tweeting us at #bbcsportsday

0822 TRIATHLON: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams has been chatting with Britain's world champion Helen Jenkins as she continues to prepare for the London 2012 Olympics. "I love doing triathlon and I'm aiming for gold at London 2012," she said.

0815 FOOTBALL: Would a winter break in the Premier League make a difference to England's fortunes at World Cup or European Championship tournaments? German football expert Raphael Honigstein has been examining the facts.

0810 CRICKET: Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to field first against South Africa in third Test in Cape Town. The three-match series is tied at 1-1 going into the Cape Town finale.

0806 DARTS: Stoke's Adrian Lewis retained his PDC World Championship title late on Monday evening with a 7-3 victory over Andy Hamilton at Alexandra Palace.

0800: Good morning all and welcome to the first Sportsday Live of 2012. We start with the top three stories from Tuesday's gossip column. Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson has emerged as a shock target for Arsenal, with the 27-year-old believed to be keen on a move to the capital. (Daily Mirror). Aston Villa are interested in making a move for midfielder Steven Pienaar, who has struggled to get games for Tottenham this season (Daily Mail). Manchester City look set to miss out on the signing of midfielder Daniele De Rossi, as the 28-year-old is set to agree a five-year contract extension at Italian side Roma. (talkSPORT).

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