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Sportsday Live - Monday 9 January

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1930: That's it for Monday's Sportsday Live. Chris Bevan will be with you for all the FA Cup action between Arsenal and Leeds, and Sportsday Live will return at 0800 GMT on Tuesday.

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1925 FOOTBALL: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists he would never have agreed to return as Liverpool manager if he felt the club was not fully committed to the fight against discrimination.

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1922 FOOTBALL: Mark Hughes added: "I'm pleased with how it's gone but nothing's confirmed yet. We all have to discuss a number of things but it [talks] went well today. It's about thinking things over and we'll see what happens in the morning. I'm an ambitious manager and hopefully the next club I'm at can match those ambitions."

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1917 FOOTBALL: Mark Hughes has told reporters outside QPR's Loftus Road that "there's a lot more to discuss and we'll wait until the morning," on whether he will take over following the exit of Neil Warnock on Sunday. "We're still discussing the ideas that the club have and I've got to think very carefully about what's been said today," Hughes said.

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1911 BALLON D'OR: Infostrada on Twitter: "#Messi won Liga, CL, Supercopa, Eur. Super Cup, World Club Cup and scored 55 goals for FC Barcelona in 2011. #ballondor"

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1905 BALLON D'OR: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Messi is Fifa Ballon d'Or 2011 and rightly so, Ronaldo + Xavi have been quality but this guy was on another planet."

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1858 BALLON D'OR: Fifa's Ballon d'Or 2011 awarded to Barcelona and Argentina midfielder Lionel Messi for a third successive year. Only Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten and Michael Platini have won it three times in the history of the award. "I would like to thank everybody involved within the club at Barcelona and also the Argentinian national team, it's a very special trophy for me and I'm going to share this success with Xavi," said Messi.

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1855 BALLON D'OR: The Ballon d'Or will be awarded in the next few minutes and you will know the winner here first on Sportsday Live. The nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Xavi (Spain).

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1852 BALLON D'OR: Fifa's Women's World Player 2011 awarded to Japan midfielder Homare Sawa. After she led Japan to the title at the Fifa Women's World Cup 2011 in Germany.

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1845 BALLON D'OR: A bit of a musical interlude at the Ballon d'Or as Britain's James Blunt serenades the star-studded audience.

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1842 BALLON D'OR: Fifa Puskas award 2011 goes to Brazil's Neymar for his fantastic solo strike during the game between Santos and Flemengo in July.

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1838 BALLON D'OR: Fifa's Fair Play Award 2011 goes to the Japanese Football Association.


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1834 BALLON D'OR: Stay with Sportsday Live for all the latest from the ceremony. The male nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Xavi (Spain), while Marta (Brazil), Homare Sawa (Japan) and Abby Wambach (USA) will contest the women's award.

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1832 BALLON D'OR: Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola on being awarded the Fifa World Men's Football Coach of the Year 2011 : "I would like to share this award with Mr Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson, it's a honour for me to be nominated with you."

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1831 BALLON D'OR: Fifa World Men's Football Coach of the Year 2011 awarded to Barcelona's Pep Guardiola.


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1827 BALLON D'OR: Fifa World Women's Football Coach of the Year 2011 awarded to Japan head coach Norio Sasaki, after he helped guide his country to World Cup glory in July.

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1825 BALLON D'OR: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "The boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been given the FIFA Presidential Award for services to football....well deserved the man is a born #winner"

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1823 BALLON D'OR Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on being awarded the Fifa Presidential Award: "All the players have shared my passion and that's what makes Manchester United such a special club. They've retained the courage to try and play but we try to win and that is more important than anything. Thank you for this great honour."

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1820 BALLON D'OR: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on being awarded the Fifa Presidential Award: "It is a honour to be awarded it in the twilight of my career. The recognition of 25 years at Manchester United, I have been a very, very lucky manager."

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1817 BALLON D'OR: Fifa president Sepp Blatter awards the Fifa Presidential Award to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

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1813 BALLON D'OR: Everton and Netherlands defender John Heitinga on who he thinks should win Fifa's Ballon d'Or on Twitter: "@FIFAcom I think Messi"

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1809 BALLON D'OR: Barcelona legend Johan Cruyff has given his support to nominee Lionel Messi telling Fifa.com: "Messi will be the player to win the most Ballons d'Or in history. He will win five, six, seven. He is incomparable. He's in a different league."

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1806 FOOTBALL: Zurich provides the setting for the first major football event of the year, the Fifa Ballon d'Or 2011. Stay with Sportsday Live for all the latest from the ceremony. The male nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Xavi (Spain), while Marta (Brazil), Homare Sawa (Japan) and Abby Wambach (USA) will contest the women's award.

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1800 FOOTBALL: Opta Sports on Twitter: "1 - Arsenal have only lost one FA Cup home game in the Arsene Wenger era, but that was against Leeds United (0-1 in Feb 1997). Giants."

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1751 GET INVOLVED: Kevin Koibey on Twitter "Fifa ballon d'or awards go to: Lionel Messi, Abby Wambach and Wayne Rooney for the goal. You heard it first here folks!" #bbcsportsday Don't forget you can still vote for your favourite goal.

1741 RUGBY UNION: Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio believes Tom Wood would be the right man to lead England back to glory after their woeful World Cup campaign.

1733 FOOTBALL: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho said that both Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola or Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson deserve to win the FIFA world coach of the year award more than him because he has not won a major championship in 2011.

1724 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Richard Conway on Twitter: "Understanding here is that talks between Mark Hughes and QPR will continue for some time this evening in the hope of reaching a deal."

1715 AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Just eight teams are now in the hunt for the Super Bowl XLVI. Tim Tebow inspired the Denver Broncos to a thrilling win over the Pittsburgh Steelers with the winning touchdown pass in overtime.

1707 FOOTBALL: Tottenham and England international Jermaine Jenas on Twitter: "Who do you think will win the FIFA Ballon d'Or tonight - Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi or Xavi? #ballondor" >>gotta b xavi."

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1700 GET INVOLVED: Ryan Cummings on Twitter. "Dereck Chisora makes me laugh knock him out in the 8th. He couldn't beat Tyson Fury so how did he get this fight anyway...?" #bbcsportsday

1654 FOOTBALL: Rangers have confirmed that shares in the club have been suspended from trading on the stock exchange after they submitted unaudited accounts.

1648 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Richard Conway on Twitter: "Outside Loftus Rd waiting for Mark Hughes to emerge from talks with QPR chief exec @philipb1. Kia Joorabchian, Hughes' agent, also inside."

1640 RUGBY UNION: Ospreys duo Jonathan Thomas and George Stowers could both miss the forthcoming Heineken Cup clashes with Treviso and Biarritz after they were cited. They have been charged for separate alleged dangerous tackles in the Ospreys' 21-20 defeat at Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday night.

1632 FOOTBALL: Chelsea have been handed a major boost after Michael Essien played 75 minutes of their reserve game against West Brom. The midfielder has been out of action since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament at the start of pre-season training.

1624 FOOTBALL: Norwich City have announced that they have cancelled the contract of striker Oli Johnson by mutual consent. The 24-year-old made 23 appearances but just four starts and has scored four times since joining from Stockport in January 2010.

1616 FOOTBALL: Italy have announced they will play the USA in an international friendly in Genoa on 29 February, the same day Fabio Capello's England side take on Holland at Wembley.


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1609 GET INVOLVED: Nick Petrovic on Twitter. "I think Benitez for QPR would be a good shout! #bbcsportsday

1600 FOOTBALL: Arsenal and England international Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "Looking forward to the #ReturnOftheKing tonight....should be a good game as well they gave us a tough time last year! AFC to win 3-1! "

1552 FOOTBALL: Thierry Henry is poised to make his second debut for Arsenal against Leeds in their FA Cup third-round tie at Emirates Stadium. The game kicks off at 1945 GMT and Chris Bevan will be providing live text commentary on the website from around 1845 GMT. BBC Radio 5 live also has live commentary on the match.

1546 RUGBY LEAGUE: Bradford Bulls have confirmed they will play Hull FC at the KC Stadium for Lee Radford's testimonial on Sunday, 29 January. The Bulls will also play a friendly against near neighbours Keighley on 27 January.

1542 FOOTBALL: Nicky Butt has given his backing to his former Manchester United team-mate Paul Scholes, saying the midfielder can "do a job" for the side after coming out of retirement during their 3-2 FA Cup victory against arch rivals Manchester City.

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1535 FOOTBALL: Mark Hughes is at Loftus Road for negotiations with QPR about taking over as manager, BBC Sport understands.

1530 FOOTBALL: The voting for the Fifa goal of the year is reaching its conclusion. Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney and Neymar are in the running and you can cast your vote for the best. (external website).

1520 BOXING: Britain's Dereck Chisora has vowed to knock Vitali Klitschko out in the eighth round to claim the WBC heavyweight crown when they meet in Munich in February. The 28-year-old said: "Number eight is my lucky number and Vitali is going down in the eighth."

1512 FOOTBALL: Politicians have called for an inquiry into racism in football, claiming the Football Association and individual clubs are "dragging their feet" over the issue. Mike Hancock, Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South and a member of the All-Party Football Group, said: "An inquiry will be welcome, but it has to have real teeth. The abuse is completely unacceptable."

1509 FOOTBALL: Mark Hughes has arrived at Loftus Road for talks with QPR over their vacant managerial position, reports Sky Sports News.

1508 FOOTBALL: Speaking ahead of the World Player of the Year award ceremony which will take place later on Monday, Ferguson also described Barcelona as an "extraordinary" side and that he cannot see anyone else winning the Champions League this season.

1505 FOOTBALL: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that Wayne Rooney's call for Vincent Kompany to receive a red card for his challenge on Nani was a natural reaction to a bad tackle but he understood Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini's view.

1458 CRICKET: After being ruled out of England's Test series against Pakistan Tim Bresnan said: "I'm gutted not to have an opportunity to play in the Test series but I knew that looking at my rehabilitation programme it was always going to be touch and go to get me ready for the series. The priority now is to get myself ready for the one day series in February."

1452 CRICKET: England seamer Tim Bresnan may play some part in England's one-day series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates despite being ruled out of the Test series. Captain Andrew Strauss clarified: "He's probably not going to be able to play for two or three weeks. That means he's unable to play any part in the Test series."

1445 FOOTBALL: The draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup is as follows: Rangers v Dundee Utd, Hearts v St Johnstone, Aberdeen v Queen of the South, Inverness CT or Dunfermline v Celtic, St Mirren or Hamilton v Ross County, Ayr Utd v Falkirk, Hearts v St Johnstone, Motherwell v Morton, Hibernian v Dundee or Kilmarnock.

1440 BOXING: Mustafa Ameen, the mystery man at the Amir Khan v Lamont Peterson fight, breaks his silence. He tells the Las Vegas Boxing Examiner: "I've got nothing to hide. I'm not running or ducking or anything. There's a lot of misinformation. I've been called a lot of names, that attacks my credibility"

1434 OLYMPICS: A stadium built for this year's Olympic Games could be relocated after the event to form part of the 2016 Games in Brazil. The 12,000-capacity basketball stadium built in London by Scottish firm Barr Construction could be reused in Rio de Janeiro if plans between organisers go ahead.

1424 FOOTBALL: The Football Association says Manchester City's appeal against Vincent Kompany's red card is claiming wrongful dismissal and will be heard on Tuesday. A result is expected on Tuesday afternoon. For the ban to be overturned, it would have to be proved the referee made an obvious error. If City are unsuccessful, the FA could technically extend the ban to five matches should it deem the appeal had no prospect of success, although that is thought unlikely in this case.

1420 FOOTBALL: The draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup is scheduled to begin at 1430 GMT with Chelsea manager Andres Villas-Boas and Italy's 2006 World Cup winning coach Marcelo Lippi picking the balls out of the bag. BBC Sport's Thomas McGuigan will take you through it.

1413 FOOTBALL: Gary Johnson has returned to Yeovil for his second spell as manager. He replaces Terry Skiverton, who will now work as assistant to the 56-year-old at Huish Park. Johnson has been out of a job since leaving League Two Northampton in November, and was linked to the vacant position at Bristol Rovers.

1410 BOXING: Vitali Klitschko has shrugged off concerns about his age ahead of the defence of his WBC heavyweight title against Britain's Dereck Chisora in Germany on 8 February. At 40, Klitschko is the second-oldest boxer ever to hold a world heavyweight title behind American George Foreman, who was 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer to reclaim the WBA belt in 1994. "I'm 40 but I feel 25. I am in great condition, great form and have great experience," he said.

1355 CRICKET: England captain Andrew Strauss on England paceman Tim Bresnan's injury: "Bresnan tried to bowl today, having had an injection and a good rest," said Strauss. "I think we were all expecting him to be absolutely fine. But it's very painful - and given that, he's probably not going to be able to play for two or three weeks. We're all gutted for him, because it's come from left-field. It's surprised him and us."

1348 FOOTBALL: Striker Robbie Keane trained with Aston Villa on Monday ahead of his expected loan move from Los Angeles Galaxy.

1340 CRICKET: BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell on England paceman Tim Bresnan's injury: "Tim is flying home on Tuesday. I've just spoken to captain Andrew Strauss who said he needs two to three weeks to get fit. He has experienced shooting pain in his elbow since he had an operation in November."

1334 FOOTBALL: Manchester City have today lodged an appeal with the Football Association relating to the red card issued to Vincent Kompany during Sunday's FA Cup tie with Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. The FA have confirmed that a hearing will be held ahead of Wednesday evening's Carling Cup semi-final first leg tie at home to Liverpool.

1327 CRICKET: England paceman Tim Bresnan is ruled out of the tour against Pakistan after failing to recover sufficiently from an elbow injury.

1322 FOOTBALL: Rangers have seen their shares suspended from trading on the stock exchange after submitting unaudited accounts. The club also confirmed in a statement to the PLUS Stock Exchange that they were considering withdrawing their listing on the exchange in the long term.

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1317 FOOTBALL: Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt says Manchester City's Vincent Kompany did not deserve a red card in Sunday's FA Cup clash against Manchester United. Kompany was sent off by referee Chris Foy for a two-footed tackle on Nani. "When I first saw it, I thought it was a great tackle," former United midfielder Butt told BBC Radio 5 live. "I think it's the law that's wrong, not the referee. He [Kompany] clearly got the ball and didn't try to hurt the lad."

1310 OLYMPICS: More than 250 jobs will be created at two London 2012 venues when they are taken over by different companies after the Olympic Games. Greenwich Leisure Limited will operate the Aquatic Centre and Handball Arena. It has also been announced that Balfour Beatty WorkPlace will run the observation tower. The Olympic Park Legacy Company said six of the eight permanent venues had had their future settled.

1303 CRICKET: Sussex batsman Joe Gatting has signed a one-year extension to his contract with the club. The 24-year-old will now remain at Hove until the end of the 2013 season.

1258 RUGBY UNION: BBC Sports correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "2015 Rugby World Cup CEO Paul Vaughan says he wants some tickets for some group games to be less than £10 to encourage full stadia."

1251 ATHLETICS: Jenny Meadows has announced she will compete at the forthcoming indoor meetings in Glasgow and Birmingham. The 30-year-old 800m runner will open her season on 28 January in Glasgow before racing at the National Indoor Arena on 18 February.

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1247 CRICKET: England have beaten an ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI by three wickets in Dubai.

1245 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Pat Murphy reports that Aston Villa are hoping to complete the loan move of striker Robbie Keane from US side LA Galaxy within the next 24 hours. Murphy said: "He has been training with Villa and should sign ahead of the deadline to play against Everton on Saturday."

1240 FOOTBALL: In his latest blog for the BBC Sport website, South American correspondent Tim Vickery looks at why footballers' wages are criticised and how a superstar like Lionel Messi can remain true to his roots.

1230 OLYMPICS: BBC Radio 5 live's sports news and Olympics correspondent Gordon Farquhar on Twitter: "No news yet as to when the Olympic ticket resale process will be back up and running. Locog say Ticketmaster still working on it."

1226 FOOTBALL: Lionel Messi could today become just the fourth footballer to win World Player of the Year award for a third time. A perfect excuse then to point you in the direction of a film, made last year, about his upbringing in Argentina.

1220 FOOTBALL: Stevenage have confirmed that Preston have asked permission to speak to their manager Graham Westley but that their approach "is unwelcome at this critical stage of the season".

1215 OLYMPICS: In his latest blog for the BBC Sport website, BBC Sports Editor David Bond takes a look at the challenges facing the British government in the run-up to London 2012.

1205 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport commentator Jacqui Oatley on Twitter: "Strange goings on at Yeovil. Gary Johnson to be named new manager at 2pm, current boss Terry Skiverton also at press conference. New role."

1155 CRICKET: There's another wicket in Dubai as Ian Bell falls for 39 off 59 balls. England now 206-6 against ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI, needing another 55 runs for victory.

1145 FOOTBALL: QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin, who has played every minute of his team's Premier League campaign, will miss the rest of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

1135 CRICKET: England have lost another wicket with Eoin Morgan going for three. The tourists are 187-5 and need another 74 runs for victory.

1125 CRICKET: England are now 180-4 with Jonathan Trott the man out for 35. Eoin Morgan has now joined Ian Bell at the crease

1110 GYMNASTICS: Gymnast Dan Keatings admits the British men's team are feeling "nerves" as they approach their last chance to qualify a full team for London 2012. GB failed to qualify at the 2011 World Championships so must now finish in the top four at the Olympic test event, which begins in London on Tuesday. "Obviously there are nerves, it's a really important event," said Keatings. "But we're confident, our training has been going well and we're looking forward to getting it done."

1103 FOOTBALL: The draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup will take place at 1430 GMT with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website kicking off at 1400 GMT. World Cup and Champions League-winning manager Marcello Lippi will be conducting the draw alongside Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.

1054 ATHLETICS: GB heptathlete Jessica Ennis on Twitter: "Morning session done. Was definitely as painful if not more than I'd imagined! Another session ticked off though."

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1048 ATHLETICS: South African 400m runner Oscar Pistorius on Twitter: "Did my bit to #makeitcount today. Got to gym 30min early, pumped the cardio to HR of 170bpm and then started my session. BAM! Track at 4pm!"

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1038 CRICKET: England are 167-3 at tea after losing Kevin Pietersen for just one run, six balls after captain Andrew Strauss was out for 78. Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are now at the crease on 34 and 18 respectively.

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1032 FOOTBALL: Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt, FA chief executive Brian Barwick and former Manchester City defender Colin Hendry will be on BBC Radio 5 live at 1210 GMT to discuss City-United, manager Neil Warnock's departure from QPR, FA Cup shocks and Thierry Henry's return to Arsenal.

1026 FOOTBALL: Ipswich Town have signed goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, 22, on loan from Reading, while defender Ivar Ingimarsson has been released. "The club have agreed to pay Ivar's contract up," Ipswich boss Paul Jewell told BBC Radio Suffolk.

1022 TENNIS: Judy Murray's first challenge as Great Britain Fed Cup captain sees her team face the Netherlands, Israel and Portugal in Pool C of Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 which kicks off on 1 February.

1015 CRICKET: England are 133-2, needing a further 127 more to beat an ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI in Dubai on the third and final day of their warm-up match ahead of the Test series against Pakistan. Captain Andrew Strauss was the second man out, for 78.

1007 SNOOKER: The World Open will be held in the Chinese city of Haikou for the next five years, World Snooker has announced. The world ranking tournament will be known as the Haikou World Open and this year's event will run from 27 February to 4 March.

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1003 TENNIS: British youngster Heather Watson on Twitter: "I lost 67(10) 63 67(2) today. Gutted I lost such a close one but I have had 4 good matches this week and definitely feel that I'm ready for Melbourne!!"

1000 OLYMPICS: The cabinet is due to meet at the London 2012 Olympics site to mark 200 days until the start of the Games. Senior ministers and officials will discuss ways to ensure that the Games bring lasting benefits for the UK. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt told BBC Breakfast: "To have got to the situation where six of the eight major facilities now have a proper legacy use is a big milestone and we want to get the other two sorted as well."

0955 CRICKET: Sussex's Luke Wright has smashed 117 off 60 balls for the Melbourne Stars in Australia's domestic Twenty20 competition, which is known as the Big Bash. Wright's knock, which included nine sixes and eight fours, is the highest Big Bash score in Australian history.

0946 TENNIS: The seeds for the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, have been confirmed. No real surprises with defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic top of the men's rankings. Britain's Andy Murray, who was beaten in last year's final, is fourth behind Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer. World number one Caroline Wozniacki tops the women's rankings. The draw takes place at 2300 GMT on Thursday, 12 January (1000 on Friday, 13 January if you are in Australia).

0938 GET INVOLVED: Ted Smith on Twitter: "Warnock is great at getting teams performing well and achieving in the Championship but he's lost as a Premiership manager #bbcsportsday."

0935 CRICKET: England are 76-1, needing a further 185 more, off a minimum of 54 overs, to beat an ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI in Dubai on the third and final day of their warm-up match ahead of the Test series against Pakistan. Opener Alastair Cook is the man out, for 26.

0930 RUGBY LEAGUE: Illness has forced second rower Mike Burnett and centre Tony Martin to miss Hull's pre-season training camp in Tenerife. Burnett, 23, is a doubt for the start of Super League on 5 February after having his appendix removed, while Martin has a flu virus.

0927 GET INVOLVED: Nick Day on Twitter: "Feel sorry for Chris Foy he just followed the rules. Two feet off the ground is a red card if contact is made or not Simples #bbcsportsday."

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0923 FOOTBALL: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on Twitter: "Funny how people think I got Kompany sent off. I'm not ref. I didn't give red card. But it was a clear red card. 2 footed tackle."

0919 FOOTBALL: The last of this weekend's games from the third round of the FA Cup takes place this evening when Arsenal host Leeds at Emirates Stadium. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is hoping his side have learnt from last season when the teams met at same stage in the competition and Premier League Arsenal needed a replay to overcome the Championship side.

0912 OLYMPICS: A cautionary tale from British triathlete legend Simon Lessing ahead of this year's Olympics. Lessing was world number one going into the Sydney 2000 Games but all did not work out as planned.

0908 FOOTBALL: Beard on searching for a new QPR manager: "We are now in the infamous January transfer window and we want to do some business. I can't confirm anything [about who the new manager will be]. We'll be working very hard over the next 48 hours. What we really want is a period of stability."

0904 FOOTBALL: More from QPR chief executive Phillip Beard on the sacking of Neil Warnock: "Neil has done an incredible job for QPR, bringing the club back into the Premier League. We want to remember what he achieved here. But we want to move on. We think the time is right to make the change."

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0902 FOOTBALL: Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "How can there be any debate about the red card yesterday? You leave the ground with a #2footTackle = Red card #fact."

0859 FOOTBALL: QPR chief executive Phillip Beard, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast: "We're working extremely hard to bring in the right person and we hope we will make an announcement sooner rather than later. We hope to have someone in before we play Newcastle on Sunday."

0857 FOOTBALL: Barcelona's Lionel Messi could become only the third player in history to win the Fifa Ballon d'Or trophy three times when the winner is announced at a ceremony in Zurich on Monday. The Argentine heads the three-man shortlist, which includes Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Barca team-mate Xavi.

0852 GET INVOLVED: Did Neil Warnock deserve to be sacked as QPR manager? Was referee Chris Foy correct to send off Manchester City's Vincent Kompany? Are you pleased with the FA Cup fourth round draw? Get involved on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

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0848 CRICKET: BBC Sport cricket commentator Alison Mitchell on Twitter: "Monty [Panesar] is on as sub for [Graeme] Swann who's off with a tight left quad. Keeping him off as a precaution, England say."

0843 OLYMPICS: Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell have been named as Britain's men's 470 team for the 2012 Olympic sailing regatta in Portland and Weymouth. The pair clinched silver at the World Championships in Perth in December to effectively secure their spots.

0838 FOOTBALL: In his latest blog for the BBC Sport website, chief football writer Phil McNulty has suggested the return of Paul Scholes for Manchester United has merely papered over the cracks.

0832 CRICKET: At lunch on the third and final day of their warm-up match for the Test series against Pakistan, England are 33-0, chasing another 228 to beat an ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI. The ICC team declared its second innings on 164-9 to set England a realstic target to chase in Dubai.

0825 FOOTBALL: Docherty also believes Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made a big call in bringing midfielder Paul Scholes out of retirement and into the squad. "Scholes is my all-time favourite player in Britain," said Doherty. "On and off the park he is a credit. It was an amazing surprise [to see him in the squad]. It shows how desperate Sir Alex is but it's a big gamble that came off for him."

0821 FOOTBALL: Former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty agrees with Roberto Mancini that Vincent Kompany did not deserve to be sent off but does not lay any blame at Wayne Rooney's door. Doherty told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast: "It was a diabolical sending off and that was the turning point of the game. The person to blame is the referee. I know it was a two-footed challenge but it wasn't violent or malicious. It was a yellow card at the worst."

0819 FOOTBALL: Roberto Mancini has accused Wayne Rooney of putting pressure on referee Chris Foy to send off Vincent Kompany in Manchester City's 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

0812 FOOTBALL: Bit more from Dowie: "Mark Hughes would be a very safe pair of hands. But you never know what [QPR owner] Tony [Fernandes] has in mind."

0811 FOOTBALL: Former QPR manager and player Iain Dowie has been talking to BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast about Warnock's sacking. "Neil seems to be given very little credit for the job he did last year, which is rather surprising," he said. "Also I don't think the position they're in, in the league, is beyond the kilter."

0808 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson says he is not surprised by Neil Warnock's sacking as QPR manager.

0805 FOOTBALL: Former Wales boss Mark Hughes is the front-runner to become the new QPR manager after Neil Warnock was sacked on Sunday. Hughes, 48, has been without a job since leaving Fulham in June.

0800: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live, coming to you from MediaCityUK in Salford. We start with the top three stories from Monday's gossip column. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has claimed that Demba Ba's release clause in his contract with Newcastle is actually around half the £10m mooted over the weekend, which could be set to spark a transfer frenzy (Daily Mirror). Manchester United are planning a late bid to sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill despite Chelsea agreeing a fee for the England international (Daily Mail). As well as Mark Hughes, Gianfranco Zola is a possibility for the QPR job and would bring Ray Wilkins with him as his assistant (the Sun).



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