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Sportsday Live - Wednesday 4 January

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1845: That's it for Wednesday's Sportsday Live. Tom Rostance will be with you for all the live action between Everton vs Bolton and Newcastle vs Manchester United, and Sportsday Live will return at 0800 GMT on Thursday.

1843 RUGBY LEAGUE: Castleford have imposed sanctions on full-back Richard Owen for a breach of club discipline. The Super League club summoned the 21-year-old to an internal disciplinary hearing following a complaint by new coach Ian Millward and say they have agreed appropriate sanctions which will remain confidential.

1839 RUGBY UNION: Former England wing Lesley Vainikolo has left Gloucester to join French second division club La Rochelle with immediate effect.

1837 FOOTBALL: Striker Nikica Jelavic is flattered by reported interest from Liverpool but has stressed his commitment to Rangers. He was quoted as saying in Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija: "Of course it (the link to Liverpool) is impressive to me, but I do not know how much truth there is. That's why I just do not read newspapers, I want to concentrate on Rangers."

1832 FOOTBALL: Leicester confirm that an agreement has been reached for the cancellation of midfielder Gelson Fernandes' season-long loan from Saint Etienne.

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1828 GET INVOLVED: Jay Allen on Twitter: "Have to disagree with Race Goer. A player's bad behaviour stems from bad refereeing decisions and a lack of respect for them. #bbcsportsday"

Breaking news
1825 RUGBY UNION: Scarlets skipper Matthew Rees and Rhodri Jones have been cleared of an alleged dangerous tackle on Ryan Jones in their Boxing Day win over Ospreys.

1820 RUGBY UNION: Worcester Warriors head coach Richard Hill says Miles Benjamin and Marcel Garvey have both been offered new deals but they are yet to respond.

1814 COMING UP: Coming up on Sportsday at 1845 GMT on the BBC News Channel, we'll hear from England's interim rugby coach Stuart Lancaster on his decision to drop Danny Care from the Six Nations, Michael O'Neill speaks about his task of leading Northern Ireland, and hear Bradley Wiggins' thoughts on David Millar's Olympic prospects.

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1808 GET INVOLVED: Race Goer on Twitter: "All this talk about referees below standard, fair play and good refereeing starts with the players conduct on the pitch #bbcsportsday"

1759 FOOTBALL: Brazilian coach Gilson Paulo is to take charge of Equatorial Guinea just over two weeks before they co-host the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

1753 FOOTBALL: Germany winger Marco Reus will join Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund next season from Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Breaking news
1748 TENNIS: Switzerland's Roger Federer beats Slovenian qualifier Grega Zemlja 6-2 6-3 at the Qatar Open.

1746 FOOTBALL: Fulham are just one of many clubs casting an eye over Catania striker Maxi Lopez, according to the player's agent. Catania sporting director Pietro Lo Monaco claims the west Londoners have made a bid for the former Barcelona striker. "An offer has been received from Fulham and we are evaluating it," Lo Monaco told Radio Mana Mana.

1742 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Richard Conway on Twitter: "Now confirmed. Virgin Money sign two-year deal to sponsor Newcastle United shirt. New logo will appear on Newcastle shirts from tonight."

Breaking news
1739 FOOTBALL: Scottish Premier League side Hearts have paid the December wages of their players, the Edinburgh club have confirmed.

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1735 TENNIS: Switzerland's Roger Federer is leading Slovenian qualifier Grega Zemlja 3-2 in the second set at the Qatar Open. Federer won the first set 6-2.

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1728 GET INVOLVED: Stephen Thompson on Twitter: "Jason Roberts needs to get over the Suarez thing and focus on his own club...relegation battle ahead for Blackburn!! #bbcsportsday"

1722 WINTER SPORTS: British bobsleigher Serita Shone says that she is hopeful about qualifying for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

1718 CYCLING: Triple Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins talks to BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan about the thorny issue of whether cyclist David Millar, who was banned for taking performance enhancing drugs, should be allowed to take part in the London Olympics.

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1714 TENNIS: Switzerland's Roger Federer takes a 6-2 first set lead over Slovenian qualifier Grega Zemlja at the Qatar Open. Earlier, Spain's Rafael Nadal beat Germany's Denis Gremelmayr 6-2 6-2.

1709 FORMULA ONE: Formula 1 bosses have changed the rules to prevent drivers 'blocking' a rival who is trying to pass them.

BBC Radio 5 live
1704 COMING UP: Referees' chief Mike Riley will be taking your questions live on BBC Radio 5 live Sport tonight from 2100 GMT.

1700 FOOTBALL: Celtic manager Neil Lennon tells BBC Scotland he is excited at the prospect of a strong squad to help maintain their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

1656 SWIMMING: BBC Sport's Nick Hope reports that former British Championship freestyle silver medallist Katherine Wyld has been forced to retire, following a long-standing hip injury. "I'm incredibly sad about my swimming career being over in this way, especially given all the incredible opportunities to come in 2012, but will be keeping my fingers crossed for all my amazing friends and teammates to do some amazing things this year," Wyld tweeted.

1652 FOOTBALL: Ahead of their FA Cup clash, former Gillingham boss Tony Pulis believes he could have achieved the success he has had at Stoke with the Gills.

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1648 TENNIS: World number three Roger Federer has just started his second round match against Slovenian qualifier Grega Zemlja at the Qatar Open.

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1644 GET INVOLVED: Tom Holdsworth on Twitter: "Care has paid a heavy price, especially with the training camp being so close to his family home. He will tour South Africa though #bbcsportsday."

1639 FOOTBALL: Former Brazil international striker Ronaldo says he has dengue fever. Ronaldo wrote on Twitter that he has been discharged from hospital and is recuperating. He apparently contracted the mosquito-borne disease while holidaying at a north-eastern Brazil beach town.

1635 FOOTBALL: Twente vice-president Aldo van der Laan on former England manager Steve McClaren's possible return as the Dutch club's coach: "Talks are imminent. He is not the clear favourite, but he has a head start. He knows us and we know him."

Breaking news
1631 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport has learnt that Carlos Tevez's agent, Kia Joorabchian, has travelled to Rio de Janeiro for further talks with AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani over a proposed transfer of the striker from Manchester City.

1628 FOOTBALL: Hull have re-signed Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone on-loan until the end of the season. The Italian played 10 games for the Tigers last season.

1625 RUGBY UNION: Ulster expect a tough test against Edinburgh in Friday night's Pro12 game at Murrayfield.

Breaking news
1622 TENNIS: Spain's Rafael Nadal beats Germany's Denis Gremelmayr 6-2 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar Open. Roger Federer plays Slovenian Grega Zemlja in the next match.

1617 CRICKET: Sri Lanka are 149-2 in their first innings in reply to South Africa's 580-4 declared at the close of the second day of the third and final Test at Newlands.

1613 FOOTBALL: Stockport sign striker Danny Rowe from Blue Square Premier rivals Fleetwood on an initial month's loan.

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1610 GET INVOLVED: Adam Webb on Twitter: "Tottenham need to land a big centre back, would love Samba to make the move from Blackburn #bbcsportsday."

1606 FOOTBALL: Sheffield Wednesday striker Clinton Morrison tells BBC Radio Sheffield that he wants to stay at the club to help them win promotion.

1601 FOOTBALL: Carlisle midfielder Jon-Paul McGovern tells BBC Radio Cumbria his winner against Sheffield United was dedicated to injured striker Rory Loy.

1558 FOOTBALL: Ivory Coast cancel their plans to hold their first pre-Africa Cup of Nations training camp in Paris from Saturday.

1556 WINTER SPORTS: British snowboarding number one Zoe Gillings is confident she can achieve a podium finish at the next World Cup in Austria.

1553 GET INVOLVED: Get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1550 OLYMPICS: London 2012 organisers have admitted an error has led to 10,000 too many tickets being sold for synchronised swimming sessions at this summer's Olympics.

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1546 TENNIS: Spain's Rafael Nadal leads Germany's Denis Gremelmayr 6-2 in the second round of the Qatar Open. Roger Federer plays Slovenian Grega Zemlja in the next match.

1542 FOOTBALL: Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata insists manager Andre Villas-Boas is doing "very well" despite the club struggling to keep pace in the title race. Mata told Spanish newspaper Marca: "Villas-Boas is doing things very well and both the players and the club have a lot of confidence in him."

Breaking news
1537 FOOTBALL: QPR midfielder Joey Barton's appeal against his red card for violent conduct in Monday's Premier League match against Norwich has been dismissed, the Football Association has confirmed.

1535 FOOTBALL: Theo Walcott believes Arsenal have emerged stronger following the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri during the summer transfer window. "The manager has brought in some good additions and we are a bit more of a team, we work harder when we haven't got the ball. The next thing the whole team needs to share the goals more. Samir and Cesc used to get quite a lot of them and Robin van Persie has been getting most of them so that's our next step."

1529 AMERICAN FOOTBALL: The BBC will air a weekly NFL highlights show through the play-offs in January as well as showing Super Bowl XLVI in HD on 5 February.

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1523 GET INVOLVED: John Wilson on Twitter: "For once the RFU have got it correct and dropped Care for the Six Nations. One hopes he gets the help he needs to reform." #bbcsportsday.

1513 FOOTBALL: Motherwell have signed Estonian forward Henrik Ojamaa. The 20-year-old had two trial spells at Fir Park after leaving Finnish side Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPS) and impressed manager Stuart McCall sufficiently to earn a deal until the end of the season.

1503 FOOTBALL: Portuguese football legend Eusebio has been re-admitted to hospital for severe neck pain just days after being released from a two-week stay, according to a spokesperson for the hospital.

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1459 GET INVOLVED: Olly Pritchard on Twitter: "Best news if McClaren returns back to Twente? We will get to hear that Dutch accent again! Marvellous." #bbcsportsday.

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1444 GET INVOLVED: Mike Fisher on Twitter: "Has anyone looked at Liverpools next 7 fixtures? Could explain the decision to bite the bullet and take the hit now" #bbcsportsday.

1436 FOOTBALL:Steve McClaren's Dutch agent Rob Jansen reveals the former England manager is in official talks over a return to FC Twente. And Jansen told De Telegraaf today: "FC Twente and I are talking fast. We will see what comes of it."

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1410 GET INVOLVED: Michael Woods on Twitter: "Care left Lancaster with no choice after other issue and the RWC. Huge shame as he is form no.9." #bbcsportsday.

BBC Radio 5 live
1402 FOOTBALL: Also this evening on BBC Radio 5 live, from 2100 GMT, referees boss Mike Riley is in the studio for 'Ask the ref' - send your questions via Twitter to @bbc5live with the hash tag #asktheref

BBC Radio 5 live
1402 FOOTBALL: A reminder about this evening's line-up on BBC Radio 5 live and from 1900 GMT Mark Chapman will be joined by former Sunderland manager Peter Reid, Blackpool striker Kevin Phillips and football journalist Neil Custis to discuss tonight's Premier League matches and look ahead to the FA Cup third round this weekend.

1401 RUGBY UNION: Another union line to bring you and England will be based in Leeds for their Six Nations training camp.

1358 FOOTBALL: Surprising comments from Arsenal's Theo Walcott, who says the Gunners are more of a team without Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. He says: "I'm not saying that Cesc and Samir were individual players, they were great team players, but when you lose two top players everyone needs to come together. The manager has brought in some good additions and we are a bit more of a team, we work harder when we haven't got the ball."

1352 RUGBY UNION: An update on the Manu Tuilagi injury story, and he may still have chance of being fit for England's opening Six Nations match with Scotland on 4 February. He faces a lay-off of around four weeks with a hamstring problem but has not been ruled out of the Murrayfield opener.

1346 FOOTBALL: Another reminder that you can watch brief highlights from the latest Football League matches on the BBC website, including Championship, League One and League Two.

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1345 GET INVOLVED: Jonathan Moloney on Twitter: "Re:1324 J Roberts should worry more about getting into the Rovers starting XI, and less about his "perceived" image of Liverpool." #bbcsportsday.

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1330 CRICKET: It's tea on day two of the deciding Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Cape Town and in reply to the home side's 580-4 declared, which included a Test highest 224 from Jacques Kallis, Sri Lanka are 33 without loss.

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GET INVOLVED Good afternoon and welcome along to Sportsday Live, from MediaCityUK in Salford. Don't forget you can get involved too, tell us what you think about any current sporting issue on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1327 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "Police on duty at the Etihad stadium for Manchester FA Cup derby to wear full riot gear."

1324 FOOTBALL: Blackburn Rovers striker Jason Roberts tells BBC Sport, Liverpool Football Club could damage their reputation if they continue to insist Luis Suarez is not guilty of racist abuse.

1320 FOOTBALL: SPL statement: "An SPL board sub-committee today adjudicated in the dispute between 14 players and Heart of Midlothian FC. The SPL board sub-committee has ordered December wages to be paid by 11 January. Interest on all sums overdue from October, November and December wages must also be paid by 11 January. January salaries must be paid on time on 16 January. The club must also pay the claimants' legal expenses and the SPL's costs of today's hearing. Both sides have the right to appeal the decision to the Scottish FA within seven days."

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1312 GET INVOLVED: BBC Sport's Alastair Eykyn on Twitter: "Leicester Tigers say Manu Tuilagi will miss 4 more weeks thru injury so will be unable to start England's 6Nations campaign" #bbcsportsday.

Breaking news
1302 FOOTBALL : Hearts have today been ordered to pay December's wages as well as interest owed to their players by 11 January, the Scottish Premier League have announced.

1256 FOOTBALL : The Football Association of Wales have announced a Gary Speed memorial international friendly against Costa Rica in Cardiff on 29 February. Speed, who took his own life in November, made the first of his outfield record of 85 Welsh caps in a 1-0 friendly win in Cardiff in 1990. The Welsh FA have confirmed their first friendly since Speed's shock death will be at the Cardiff City Stadium.

1251 CRICKET: South Africa declare on 580-4 against Sri Lanka, on the second day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka at Newlands. AB de Villiers unbeaten on 160.

1241 GYMNASTICS : The British team for the Olympic test event and qualifier at London's O2 Arena on 10-18 January has been announced. The GB men's artistic team of Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas, Daniel Purvis, Daniel Keatings, Ruslan Panteyleymonov, Max Whitlock and reserve Sam Hunter must finish in the top four of the eight teams to get a full quota of places at the Games.

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1226 GET INVOLVED: Benjamin Woolnough on Twitter: "If Danny Care was a prem footballer he'd be playing next week. The form no.9 in England and the punishment doesnt fit the crime " #bbcsportsday.

Breaking news
1220 TENNIS: Britain's Andy Murray, completes a 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-0 second-round victory over Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the Brisbane International. The world number four will now play Marcos Baghdatis in the third round.

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1212 GET INVOLVED: Luke Hodgetts on Twitter: "AB De Villiers with a great 100 today, South Africa look like a much improved batting side." #bbcsportsday.

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1210 TENNIS: Britain's Andy Murray, breaks serve in the deciding set with Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the Brisbane International and is serving for a 3-0 final set lead

1206 FORMULA 1: The Williams team are seeking a new title sponsor after the termination of their agreement with American telecommunications giant AT&T, which was thought to be worth $7m per season.

1203 RUGBY UNION: Ireland captain Paul O'Connell signs a new contract to continue playing at Munster until end of 2013-14 season

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1200 TENNIS: Britain's Andy Murray, levels his match with Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the Brisbane International at one set all after taking the second set tie-break 7-4.

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1159 GET INVOLVED: Fergus Ashby on Twitter: "I worry about latest Arsenal target from Oman Second Division, once we get a big name I'll relax on Wenger's experimental signings." #bbcsportsday.

1155 FOOTBALL: Southampton target Tadanari Lee, the Japan striker who scored the winner in the Asian Cup final last year, is training with the Championship side while waiting for a British work permit that would allow him to leave J-League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

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1152 TENNIS: The second set between Britain's Andy Murray, and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the Brisbane International goes to a tie-break, Muller taking the opening set 6-4.

BBC Radio 5 live
1140 FOOTBALL: Another programme to look out for this evening on BBC Radio 5 live and from 2100 GMT referees boss Mike Riley is in the studio for 'Ask the ref' - send your questions via Twitter to @bbc5live with the hash tag #asktheref

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1127 GET INVOLVED: Viv Powers on Twitter: "Shame about Ben Morgan he would have been great for Wales - bet England don't select him." #bbcsportsday.

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1125 TENNIS: Back on serve at 2-2 in the second set between Britain's Andy Murray, and Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the Brisbane International, Muller taking the opening set 6-4.

1122 FORMULA 1: BBC Sport's Andrew Benson on Twitter: "Kimi Raikkonen is due to have his seat fitting at Lotus this week - plans to test a two-year-old car in Jan remain but no firm dates yet."

1120 CRICKET: County cricket news now and Sussex have announced a restructuring of coaching roles in the professional ranks. Former batsman Carl Hopkinson will become the Second Team Coach for the 2012 season, while Mark Davis will support the first team for the majority of the summer.

1116 FOOTBALL: Tottenham confirm an 81-year-old fan died from a heart attack after last night's narrow 1-0 victory over West Brom at White Hart Lane.

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1112 TENNIS: An encouraging start to the second set for Britain's Andy Murray, having lost the first set to Gilles Muller in the Brisbane International, he breaks back in the opening game of set two.

1111 TENNIS: More tennis for you now, and top seed Sabine Lisicki and third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova overcame rain delays to reach the quarter-finals of the Auckland Classic. Second seed Peng Shuai, fifth seed Julia Goerges, sixth seed Roberta Vinci and eighth seed Monica Niculescu all lost in the day session, while seventh seed and 2010 champion Yanina Wickmayer lost to Italy's Sara Errani.

1105 FOOTBALL: Andrew Andronikou, the former administrator, tells BBC Solent that the club are close to announcing new owners.

1103 CYCLING: British Cycling announce a team of nine men and two women for the third round of the Track World Cup in Beijing from 13-15 January. Performance Director Dave Brailsford said: "Beijing is a great opportunity for the young riders to gain competition experience at elite level, whilst allowing for our Podium athletes to focus on the next round of the World Cup in London, before travelling to Australia for the World Championships."

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1101 TENNIS: Gilles Muller breaks serve in the 10th game to take the first set 6-4 in 40 minutes against Britain's Andy Murray in the Brisbane International.

1059 TENNIS: World number one Caroline Wozniacki beats Tsvetana Pironkova 7-5 4-6 6-2 but cannot prevent Denmark losing 2-1 to Bulgaria in their Group A match at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Western Australia.

1057 FOOTBALL: A reminder for you that you can watch brief highlights from the latest Football League matches on the BBC website, including Championship, League One and League Two.

1047 RUGBY UNION: Another big union line for you and Bristol-born Scarlets number eight Ben Morgan has declared his international allegiance to England in a statement released by the Welsh region.

1044 BADMINTON: Great Britain's Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier beat world champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei 21-19 21-16 in the first round of the mixed doubles at the Korea Open in Seoul.

BBC Radio 5 live
1040 FOOTBALL: A word about this evening's line-up on BBC Radio 5 live and from 1900 GMT Mark Chapman will be joined by former Sunderland manager Peter Reid, Blackpool striker Kevin Phillips and football journalist Neil Custis to discuss this evening's Premier League matches and look ahead to the FA Cup third round this weekend.

1035 RUGBY UNION: A statement from England interim coach Stuart Lancaster regarding the omission of Danny Care for the entire Six Nations campaign: "This is his second arrest in three weeks for alcohol related offences and it is completely unacceptable. We will monitor his progress from this event through Harlequins and we have every confidence in the club to support him in the right way. At such a time that we feel he can be trusted to behave appropriately on and off the field then he will be reconsidered for selection, but this will not be until the conclusion of the Six Nations as a minimum."

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1031 CRICKET: Jacques Kallis departs for a Test-best 224, which signals lunch on day two of the deciding Test against Sri Lanka in Cape Town

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GET INVOLVED Good morning and welcome along to Sportsday Live, from MediaCityUK in Salford. Don't forget you can get involved too, tell us what you think about Danny Care being dropped, or any other current sporting issue, on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1020 GET INVOLVED: Former England international Will Greenwood on Twitter: "Stuart Lancaster had to exclude Danny Care, unfortunately it was non negotiable if he was to be seen to be toughening up team rules."

1014 RUGBY UNION: Danny Care statement: "Harlequins and Stuart Lancaster [England caretaker coach] have been very supportive and I totally accept their sanctions. I do understand the need for England players to be role models in the game and have tried to live up to that at all times, but have made a couple of stupid decisions in the past weeks. I can only hope for the chance in the future to prove those decisions were the exception not the rule. I am devastated because my actions have let so many people down."

1008 RUGBY UNION: Danny Care statement: "I am devastated not to be selected for the Elite Player Squad for the Six Nations as I felt I had been playing near the top of my game with Quins. However I wish the team, and the other number nines who come in to play, the best of luck as playing for your country is the highest honour in the game and I will miss it hugely. It's now up to me to get my head down, keep playing well and learn from my actions."

1004 RUGBY UNION: Danny Care statement on being excluded from England's Six Nations squad after his arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol: "I do accept that I made a very bad decision on the evening in question and need to take the punishment that the courts hand out. I have decided not to contest the charge as I want to bring this to a close swiftly rather than have it hanging over my head for a year or more. I would stress though that at no time did I think I had drunk enough to be over the legal limit, however I should not have got into the car and have to accept the consequences of that action."

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0958 GET INVOLVED: Ian Grey on Twitter: "Why shouldn't LFC defend their player. Lets just move on and look forward to the John Terry case - cultural differences there." #bbcsportsday.

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0953 GET INVOLVED: Peter McCann on Twitter: "The Suarez 'enquiry' was a farce. They decided the outcome before the hearing. FA wanted to look good compared to Blatter." #bbcsportsday.

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0950 GET INVOLVED: Richard on Twitter: "Do liverpool actually have anyone in charge of their PR? Can't remember any team so rapidly losing the respect of so many!" #bbcsportsday.

0949 TENNIS: British number one Elena Baltacha loses to fourth seed Flavia Pennetta in round two of the ASB Classic in Auckland.

Breaking news
0944 TENNIS: Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Brisbane International after injuring her ankle in Wednesday's win over Bojana Jovanovski.

0941 FOOTBALL: Swedish defender Markus Holgersson has agreed to sign with MLS side New York Red Bulls. Holgersson's Swedish club Helsingborgs confirmed the defender was leaving after declining to renew his contract that ended at the end of 2011.

0936 TENNIS: Serena Williams suffered an injury scare ahead of the Australian Open with a heavy fall during victory over Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski in Brisbane. The American, 30, rolled her ankle during a baseline rally when serving for the match and required treatment. She recovered to close out the match 6-2 6-4 but hobbled from the court, and Thursday's quarter-final clash with Daniela Hantuchova remains in doubt.

0925 GET INVOLVED: What do you think of Liverpool's reaction to the Luis Suarez saga? Get involved by tweeting us at #bbcsportsday

0915 TENNIS: Andy Murray takes on world number 54 Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in round two in Brisbane International from 0930 GMT.

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0855 GET INVOLVED: Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "Wow.. What a score from Sydney!!!! 250 for Clarke and a ton for Ponting.... What is happening to India in Test cricket? How were they No1??"

0843 RUGBY UNION: Harlequins and England scrum-half Danny Care will miss the Six Nations after being caught drink-driving on New Year's Eve, reports BBC rugby union commentator Alastair Eykyn. Interim coach Stuart Lancaster will drop him from the Elite Player Squad.

0840 FOOTBALL: Martin O'Neill's Sunderland move into the top half of the Premier League as his impressive start as manager continue with a 4-1 win over Wigan at the DW Stadium. O'Neill says he has been surprised to find a "magnificent" player like James McClean at the club.

0832 FOOTBALL: Tottenham suffered a potential setback despite a 1-0 win over West Brom after midfielder Sandro and defender William Gallas limped off with calf injuries. "Sandro tore a calf - that will be a long one," said Spurs manager Harry Redknapp. "Gallas's looks like a calf too. They'll have scans on Wednesday."

0822 FOOTBALL: Speaking after the 3-0 defeat by Manchester City, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says he won't be looking to buy a replacement for Luis Suarez after the club decided not to appeal against the striker's eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

0815 FOOTBALL: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes midfielder Yaya Toure is irreplaceable. Toure scored City's second goal as he impressed in the 3-0 win over Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday. The 28-year-old is scheduled to join up with the Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations after City's FA Cup tie with Manchester United on Sunday. "I have tried to find another Yaya in my squad but there isn't another Yaya," said Mancini.

0810 CRICKET: Captain Michael Clarke batted through day two to score an unbeaten 251 as Australia took complete control of the second Test against India in Sydney. The hosts began the day on 116-3 and only lost one wicket all day as Clarke added 288 with Ricky Ponting (134). After Ponting fell, Mike Hussey (55 not out) helped Clarke take Australia to 482-4 by the close, a lead of 291.

0800: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live, coming to you from MediaCityUK in Salford. We start with the top three stories from Wednesday's gossip column. Manchester United are ready to go head-to-head with Hamburg for FC Basel teenager Granit Xhaka, as manager Sir Alex Ferguson contemplates alternatives to Wesley Sneijder (Metro). Spurs have not ruled out a move for out-of-favour Real Madrid playmaker Kaka (FootyBunker). Bolton boss Owen Coyle has denied making an approach for Fulham and England forward Bobby Zamora (talkSPORT).

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England drop Care for Six Nations
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Suarez defence 'harms Liverpool'
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Double injury blow for Redknapp
06 Jan 12 |  Tottenham
Wigan 1-4 Sunderland
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