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Sportsday Live - Thursday 12 January

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2058 TENNIS: Marcos Baghdatis has produced an inspired display to eliminate top seed Juan Martin Del Potro, to reach the semi-finals of the Sydney International.

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2042 GYMNASTICS: Britain's Louis Smith has won gold in the Gymnastics Artistic Final Pommel Horse, with Max Whitlock taking the silver medal in the Olympic test event at London's O2 Arena. #olympicthursday

2029 TENNIS: David Nalbandian, despite his drop in the world rankings, will be Argentina's leading player in Juan Martin del Potro's absence when the 2011 finalists visit Germany in the first round of the Davis Cup next month.

2018 FOOTBALL: Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has played down any prospect of hijacking Gary Cahill's proposed move to Chelsea but admits he has tried to sign him for two years. "Cahill is a good player, but Michael Dawson is a good player, Ledley King is a good player, William Gallas is a good player, Younes Kaboul has been a top player this season and I've got Sebastien Bassong. It's a difficult one. I've chased him for two years and I do like him. I think he's a top-class centre-half."

2004 FOOTBALL: Former France defender Manuel Amoros has been named new coach of Benin, replacing Edme Codjo, who had been in charge since August.

1958 FOOTBALL: Wales assistant manager Raymond Verheijen hopes the Football Association of Wales does not "turn their back on Gary Speed's legacy" when appointing the next Wales manager.

1950 DARTS: In the women's semi-finals of the BDO Lakeside World Darts Championships Deta Hedman (Eng) has beaten Lorraine Farlam (Eng) 2-1 and Anastasia Dobromyslova (Rus) bt Trina Gulliver (Eng) 2-0.

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1942 GET INVOLVED: Kieran Jones on Twitter: "Will someone please buy Tevez and get him out of the Premier League? I genuinely don't think anyone cares anymore #boring #bbcsportsday"

1933 INDY CAR: The late Dan Wheldon has been honoured by BorgWarner for his win in last year's Indianapolis 500. The two-time Indy 500 winner was killed in a 15-car accident early in the Oct. His widow, Susie, accepted the BorgWarner Championship Drivers' Trophy on Wheldon's behalf in a ceremony Wednesday night in Detroit.

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1925 GET INVOLVED: England bowler Stuart Broad, on the news Chris Gayle has signed for Somerset for Twenty20, via Twitter: "I'm not sure Taunton is big enough for a Trescothick, Gayle and Kieswetter top 3 in T20..."

1918 FOOTBALL: Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on transfers Tottenham assistant manager Kevin Bond said: "It's becoming increasingly difficult to make more signings. You only want to bring them in if you they can improve side. That becomes increasingly difficult when you're at the top. I'm doubtful that Harry will make signings in this transfer window. He certainly won't be bringing people for the sake of it."

1902 CRICKET: Gloucestershire claimed that the rejection of their redevelopment plans, as reported earlier will make it "almost impossible" for the club to remain in Bristol.

1854 YOUTH OLYMPICS: Via @NickHopeBBC in Austria: "16-year-old British freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes has been selected by her team-mates as the Team GB flag-bearer for tomorrow's opening ceremony at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. Chef de mission Sir Clive Woodward described her as an "amazingly driven person, an incredible gymnast and an awesome skier." Summmerhayes will compete in the women's halfpipe event which begins on Saturday."

1845 RUGBY UNION: The IRB has ruled that Steve Shingler is "ineligible" to play for Scotland, following his call-up. The London Irish fly-half represented Wales Under 20 against France Under 20 in 2011 tying him to Wales.

1840 COMING UP: Coming up on Sportsday on the BBC News Channel from 1845 GMT: We have all day's sports news including the row between Steven Gerrard and Roberto Mancini, the latest developments in the Carlos Tevez transfer saga and the Mervyn Westfield cricket story, while we also hear from Monty Panesar on his five-wicket haul for England in Dubai.

1835 FOOTBALL: New Hull City boss Nick Barmby told BBC Look North that his only ambition in management is to make his hometown club a success. Since taking charge of the club on a temporary basis he has led them to five wins and five defeats.

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1828 GET INVOLVED: England bowler Chris Tremlett on Twitter: "Again for the record I was bowling in sunnies today cause I have an eye infection."

1819 FOOTBALL: Middlesbrough have agreed a fee with Coventry City for striker Lukas Jutkiewicz. The 22-year-old striker has scored 18 goals in 69 games. following his move from Everton in July 2010.

1809 FOOTBALL: Brighton boss Gus Poyet believes the club's wage structure has to change if the Seagulls are to be able to keep their star players at the club.

1800 FOOTBALL: Graham Westley is a step nearer becoming Preston North End's new manager, BBC Sport understands. Westley has now agreed a contract with the League One side and it is now a question of the two clubs negotiating a compensation package.

1752 FOOTBALL: Manager Brendan Rodgers says would be happy for the Swansea players shortlisted for Olympic selection to take part in the Games later this year. Wales internationals Joe Allen, Neil Taylor and Ashley Williams, plus on-loan defender Steven Caulker, have all received letters informing them they are candidates for inclusion in Team GB coach Stuart Pearce's squad.

1746 FOOTBALL: Manchester City star Mario Balotelli shocked college students when he parked his luxury Bentley outside their classrooms and strolled in to ask if he could use the toilet, reports the Manchester Evening News. The eccentric Blues star turned up unannounced at the 1,800-pupil Xaverian College in Manchester on Thursday afternoon. Parking his white Bentley in the car park he strolled into the Rusholme college's canteen area to ask pupils where the toilets were.

Breaking news
1737 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport understands that AC Milan have abandoned talks with Manchester City over the proposed transfer of Carlos Tevez. It's understood that the negotiations were hampered by the decision of AC Milan player Alexandre Pato to stay at Milan and not move to Paris Saint Germain. Other unknown factors are also believed to have been involved in the breakdown of talks.

1730 CRICKET: Somerset have signed former West Indies captain Chris Gayle for this year's Friends Life t20 campaign. "I am delighted to be heading to Somerset this summer, they are a great club and hopefully I can make a key contribution to their T20 campaign this year," said Gayle.

1724 CRICKET: The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have delayed ratifying the Morgan Review into the structure of domestic cricket. The review recommended a reduction for each county to 14 County Championship games per season and an increase to 50 overs in domestic one-day cricket. A decision was expected on Thursday, however, the ECB board said "further dialogue" was needed. This process will begin at a meeting on January 23.

1717 FOOTBALL: Middlesbrough hope to complete the signing of Coventry City striker Lukas Jutkiewicz in the next 24 hours, report BBC Tees Sport. The two clubs have agreed a fee for the player, thought to be around £1.5m.

1711 BOXING: Scottish boxer Ricky Burns will defend his interim WBO lightweight world title against Paulus Moses at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on 10 March. The 33-year-old Namibian known as 'The Hitman', has lost once in 29 fights and has won 19 bouts by knockout. "It is a risky fight and I can't afford to take it lightly but I'm glad that I have got it," said Burns. "I have not seen much footage of him but I will have a look at some DVDs and, as ever, I will be training for a hard fight. The public are in for a great night."

1705 FOOTBALL: QPR midfielder Shaun Derry believes new manager Mark Hughes can turn the club's fortunes around. "It's vital that when you make a change, you make it for someone who's going to come in with that type of pedigree," Derry said. "He's got an aura about him - and so have his staff. It's very important that we now get a few days of training in under him, so that he can stamp his mark on us short term, and show what he wants us to do on Sunday. It's a huge game for us."

1657 FOOTBALL: AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato, who has been the subject of speculation over move to Paris St Germain, has insisted he is staying at the Serie A club. "Milan is my home," the Brazilian, who joined the club in 2007 as an 18-year-old. "I don't want to interrupt my career with the black and reds after winning my first two trophies with this shirt. I want to contribute to writing Milan's history and to the future success of this club with happiness and in perfect harmony with the environment.

1650 HORSE RACING: Amateur jockey Robert Cooper, who rode his first winner for 12 years on New Year's Eve, has been handed a 52-day ban by the British Horse Racing Authority after an inquiry found he broke strict whip rules by hitting the successful horse 23 times.

1645 FOOTBALL: Blackburn manager Steve Kean has confirmed the club have rejected two bids for Christopher Samba, 27 and reiterated that the player is not for sale. The Rovers captain has been linked with moves to Tottenham and QPR. "What is definite is that there were two bids from one club which were refused," said Kean. "We put out a club statement which was quite strong, saying that Chris was not for sale and as far as I am concerned, there is a line drawn under it."

1638 SWIMMING: Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe may not have left himself enough time to prepare for London 2012, according to his former coach Tracey Menzies following a string of modest performances since his comeback last year. ''You always felt there was unfinished business, but it was surprising in that you would have thought he would have made it earlier,'' Menzies said. ''If he's done everything in his power to do the right things, then the results will speak for themselves but it's a different swimming world now. Knowing the work that he did to get to that level [at his peak], he has to do that and more.''

1629 FOOTBALL: Everton's FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Fulham has been brought forward a day to Friday, 27 January. Neighbours Liverpool host Manchester United in the televised match on Saturday lunchtime so the Toffees have opted for an 8pm kick-off the night before.

1622 RUGBY UNION: London Wasps have announced the signing of Namibian lock Heinz Koll until the end of this season. Koll, 28, scored a try in Namibia's World Cup pool defeat against Wales and will join his compatriot, flanker Tinus du Plessis, at Adams Park.

1616 FOOTBALL: Brazil will play friendlies against Bosnia, Denmark, the United States, Mexico and Argentina in 2012 as they seek to land the only major trophy they have yet to win - the Olympic title.

1611 FOOTBALL: Fulham manager Martin Jol wants to make Fulham a "very good" Premier League side and bring a trophy to Craven Cottage. "Fulham played in a Europa League final in 2010 and that is not easy to achieve," said Jol. "Our ambition is to be a very good club in the Premier League and hopefully in the next couple of years what I would say nicer things await and maybe we can win something. I feel we have got the talent to build on so we will be a good club."

1606 FOOTBALL: Striker Robbie Keane, who has signed for Aston Villa on a two-month loan deal from LA Galaxy, has tipped his former club Tottenham as genuine title contenders. "Tottenham are genuine contenders," said Keane. "Definitely. If you look at their form over the last 10-12 games they are on a really good run and they haven't lost many. If you look at the squad there compared to United and City, they are certainly up there with the strength in depth they have."

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1559 FOOTBALL: Steven Gerrard has committed his long-term future to Liverpool by signing an extension to his contract, according to the club's official website. The Liverpool captain said: "This is the club I love and is the club I have supported since I was a young boy. I am living the dream as the captain of one of the biggest clubs in the world. To extend that and to hopefully have some more good times in a red shirt is what I want."

1555 FOOTBALL: Swansea have reached an agreement to loan Josh McEachran but the England Under-21 international will not join immediately as Chelsea monitor their midfield injury situation before making a final decision over whether the move can go through. Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers said: "They have one or two injuries so we are just waiting to hear when he will be allowed to come. The important thing is we have found an agreement, which is fantastic."

1545 HORSE RACING: Hundreds of riders, trainers and breeders wearing horse-head masks and blowing trumpets have protested outside parliament in Rome over subsidy cuts they claim are threatening the future of Italian horse racing. Deputy head of the National Trotting Horse Breeders Association Sandro Moscati said: "Horse racing in Italy is in peril, it's dying off, and at least 50,000 people risk losing their jobs."

1541 FOOTBALL: Inter Milan have lost out on the race to sign Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez, according to club president Massimo Moratti. When asked if the Argentine will join AC Milan, Moratti said told the club's official website: "I believe so. That's football."

1536 FOOTBALL: Two Premier League games have been rearranged. Everton's clash with Manchester City at Goodison Park has been brought forward 24 hours to Tuesday, 31 January while Sunderland's match with Norwich City at the Stadium of Light has been put back a day to Wednesday, 1 February.

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1528 GET INVOLVED: Team GB on Twitter: "Meet the team that will be flying the flag for @TeamGB at the @innsbruck2012 @youtholympics #OlympicThursday" [PHOTOS]

1518 OLYMPICS: A computerised scoring system designed for the boxing competition at the London 2012 Olympics will be scrapped after the Games. International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) president Ching-Kuo Wu wants to bring the amateur ranks more in line with professional boxing. It will be replaced by the "10-points must" system used in professional boxing. He said: "When you enter into professional competition it is who is the best boxer, you have many areas to perform."

1508 BOXING: Manny Pacquiao has accepted Floyd Mayweather's challenge for a showdown in May, but barriers remain in the way of a possible super-fight. "I want to fight him. This is the fight the world wants," Pacquiao declared at a news conference in the Philippines with his US promoter Bob Arum.

1456 FOOTBALL: Blackburn have made a bid for Fulham striker Andrew Johnson, but the Cottagers consider the offer is too low, the Press Association reports. Fulham rejected an offer from QPR last week for Johnson, 30, whose contract expires at the end of the season. Asked whether he wants Johnson or fellow striker Bobby Zamora to move on, Fulham manager Martin Jol said: "No, otherwise I will have to play up front. I need my strikers."

1445 OLYMPICS: "I think they're an outstanding group and I'm hoping what we can learn is that at this level we are right up there with other nations in terms of the sports," Sir Clive Woodard tells BBC Sport's Nick Hope ahead of the first Winter Youth Olympic Games, which begin in Austria on Friday. Can Britain challenge in winter sports? Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #olympicthursday.

1434 GYMNASTICS: Bulgaria's Yordan Yovchev will be heading to the London Games in July after becoming the first gymnast to compete at six Olympics. The 38-year-old qualified at a test event in London this week, despite having a muscle injury. "It is terrific for me as a Bulgarian to take part in six Olympic games," he told the Presa newspaper on Thursday. "How many countries can list a similar achievement?"

1428 FOOTBALL: Former Liverpool defender Alan Hansen believes Tottenham have become genuine title contenders. He told the BBC: "They don't have any European distractions and they have the strength in depth they need. If they can keep players like Modric, Adebayor, Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon fit, then they have got a real chance.

1417 RUGBY UNION: Wales and Newport Gwent Dragons forward Lloyd Burns will miss the entire RBS 6 Nations Championship after being ruled out for three months with a neck injury. "Lloyd has been advised to withdraw from rugby for at least three months in order to fully rehab his neck," Dragons rugby director Robert Beale said. Wales kick off their Six Nations campaign against Ireland in Dublin on February 5.

1407 FOOTBALL: Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant is set to take over at Serbian champions and league leaders Partizan Belgrade, according to local media. Daily Vecernje Novosti said Partizan's board would meet by Friday to name Grant as a replacement for Aleksandar Stanojevic, who fell out with club president Dragan Djuric last month. Grant steered Chelsea to the 2008 Champions League final.

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1402 GET INVOLVED: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams - "GB swimmer Keri-Anne Payne thrilled to lead #olympicthursday style nominations with @PhillipsIdowu RT @KeriannePayne: "Wow thats an honour!:)" #olympicthursday

1355 TENNIS: Argentine Juan Martin del Potro complained to the umpire about rowdy crowd behaviour during a 7-6 6-4 loss to Marcos Baghdatis in the quarter-finals of the Sydney International on Thursday. Afterwards, Del-Potro played down his complaint and said: "I don't know where Cyprus is, if it's close to Australia or not but many guys come to here to see his game and follow his tennis. Sometimes someone is cheering for Marcos, someone is cheering for me, but I didn't lose any points because of the crowd." Baghdatis faces Frenchman Julien Benneteau in the semi-finals.

1337 CRICKET: Former England captain Nasser Hussain hopes what has happened to Mervyn Westfield can help in educating other cricketers about the pitfalls of getting involved in spot-fixing. Hussain told Sky Sports: "The moment you get that kind of call you should say no and immediately phone the authorities."

1324 CRICKET: England have finished the second day of play in Dubai with a second-innings score of 82-0 from 22 overs. Andrew Strauss's men declared their first innings on 269 for 9. In reply, Pakistan Cricket Board XI reached 200-9 before declaring, with Monty Panesar having taken 5-57.

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1322 FOOTBALL: Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has said he expects Bolton's Gary Cahill to be a Chelsea player by the end of the week. "Still an ongoing negotiation, not that we don't want it resolved as soon as possible," said Villas-Boas.

1305 FOOTBALL: Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell has explained his comments about female assistant referee Amy Fearn after his side's 2-1 defeat against Birmingham on Wednesday and denied they were made in a sexist way. He told the club's website: "I absolutely refute suggestions that my comments were made in a sexist way. The opening line from a journalist at the start of the press conference was 'I think everyone to a man thought that was a penalty and I responded by saying 'but not to a woman', meaning the official that was on that side and didn't give the decision. I didn't suggest in any way that the official made a mistake because she was a woman. I don't think what I said was sexist and will argue all day long with anyone that says it is."

1300 RUGBY UNION: The Rugby Football Union announce that Sale Sharks executive director of sport Steve Diamond has been charged with two counts of verbally abusing match officials.

1252 CRICKET: Monty Panesar fires a timely reminder to the England selectors ahead of the first Test with Pakistan which starts on Tuesday. The Sussex spinner took 5-57 runs as the Pakistan Cricket Board XI reached 200-9 before declaring.

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1244 FOOTBALL: Speaking on the managerial situation with Wales, Nigel Adderley - BBC football commentator said on Twitter: "It's understood Gary Speed's replacement may not be named until after the Costa Rica game but a one-off appt won't be made." In another tweet he said: "I understand the Football Assoc of Wales consider Chris Coleman a strong candidate but no appointment is imminent."

1240 TENNIS: Jo Wilfried-Tsonga pulls out of the invitational Kooyong Classic in Melbourne, citing exhaustion and the need to rest ahead of the Australian Open. He has already endured two rain delays during his defeats Austria's Jurgen Melzer and Japan's Kei Nishikori.

1232 FOOTBALL: Lewes manager Steve King is suspended by the Ryman Premier Division side pending an internal investigation. A statement on the club's website said the substance of the investigation would remain confidential.

1224 FOOTBALL: Fulham submit a planning application to increase Craven Cottage's capacity to 30,000. The ground has been the club's home since 1896 and in October they ended talk of a move away by revealing plans to overhaul the stadium.

1215 FOOTBALL: The head of the referees' union Alan Leighton criticises Paul Jewell for comments the Ipswich manager made about female assistant referee Amy Fearn. Speaking after his side's 2-1 defeat at Birmingham on Wednesday he said: "To every man, but not a woman [it was a penalty]," when a journalist suggested "everyone to a man thought it was a penalty".

1208 TENNIS: Rafael Nadal has dismissed concerns over his fitness ahead of the Australian Open saying his shoulder is "in perfect condition." The world number two plans to take February off to recover from the ongoing shoulder injury, but will compete at Melbourne Park in search of an 11th Grand Slam title.

1200 OLYMPICS: There will be more from gymnast Louis Smith on BBC Radio 5 live sport with Eleanor Oldroyd from 1900 GMT, as well as an interview with GB boxing hope Anthony Joshua. He tells Mike Costello how trouble with the law once left him thinking his career was over before it had begun - "At one stage I did, I'm not going to lie." Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #olympicthursday.

1153 RUGBY UNION: Former England captain Bill Beaumont tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he has "got something to offer" the Rugby Football Union and is putting his name forward to become its new chairman.

1145 CYCLING: Sir Chris Hoy will take part in his first competition of the Olympic year when he rides in the Revolution event in Manchester at the end of this month. The event on 28 January will be ideal preparation for February's Track World Cup in London, which doubles as the Olympic test event.

1138 FOOTBALL: Stevenage are still waiting to hear whether manager Graham Westley will be leaving the club to become the new manager of Preston North End. Westley has been in talks with the Lilywhites after Boro reluctantly gave him permission. Stevenage say Preston have offered Westley a contract but he is yet to agree terms.

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1130 CRICKET: Speaking on the Westfield trial, Adam Mountford - TMS Producer said on Twitter: "Westfield could face up to seven years in jail after pleading guilty to corruption."

1122 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport has learnt that AC Milan's vice-president, Adriano Galliani, is to travel to the UK today for face-to-face talks with Manchester City officials in the hope of concluding a deal for Carlos Tevez.

1106 FOOTBALL: Blackburn Rovers defender Chris Samba, who has been the subject of recent transfer speculation, has told L'Equipe that he wants to quit Ewood Park, saying: "It's time for a change." He added: "I tried to maintain my level of performance but I sense that it is time for a change. The club doesn't evolve at all. I'm resigned."

1057 CRICKET: Former Essex county cricketer Mervyn Westfield, 23, today admitted a corruption charge linked to a NatWest Pro40 match, at the Old Bailey. He will be sentenced on 10 February.

1048 TENNIS: World number one Caroline Wozniacki is now expected to play at next week's Australian Open. She was initially a doubt after injuring her wrist during her defeat to Agnieszka Radwanska at the Sydney International.

1039 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa's new signing Robbie Keane has spoken of his delight after sealing his loan move back to the Premier League. He said "I'm excited about it and I know I'll really enjoy my time here. It's only for two months but I will do my absolute best in these two months."

1030 BADMINTON: British duo Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork lost 21-13 21-17 to Indonesia's Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Yu Yan Vanessa Yeo in round two of the Malaysian Open. The British pair beat compatriots Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier in round one on Wednesday.

1022 RUGBY UNION: Newcastle Falcons have announced head coach Alan Tait is "taking a break" from rugby, and have brought in Gary Gold as director of rugby for the remainder of the current season. He will be joined at Kingston Park by Mike Ford who will take up the role of defence coach.

1014 CRICKET: Gloucestershire's bid for planning permission to redevelop the county ground at Nevil Road has been turned down at a meeting of Bristol city council planning committee north. Club chief executive Tom Richardson described the vote of six to four against granting planning permission as a "massive disappointment".

1007 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa have confirmed on Twitter the signing of Los Angeles Galaxy striker Robbie Keane on loan.

0955 TENNIS: China's Li Na has reached the final of the Sydney International today with a 1-6 7-5 6-2 victory over Czech world number two Petra Kvitova. The resilient Li dug deep to book a place in the final of an event she won last year. It ended her opponent's hopes of becoming world number one before the Australian Open starts on Monday. In the other semi-final, world number three Victoria Azarenka of Belarus performed a similar escape act to Li in beating Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska 1-6 6-3 6-2 to qualify for Friday's final.

0948 FOOTBALL: Everton are hoping to make Manchester United's Darron Gibson their first signing in the January transfer window, reports BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty. The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder would cost around £2m.

0940 FOOTBALL: Defender Alan Tate has paid tribute to Swansea's medical team after making his return for the reserves from a broken leg. Tate, 29, suffered the injury in a bizarre golf buggy crash in August and was expected to be out for at least six months, but played 45 minutes in yesterday's 1-0 win at Hereford. He said: "The medical team have been brilliant with me and the hard work has obviously paid off because I am back in four months rather than seven or eight."

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0935 GET INVOLVED: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams - "Question for you. Louis Smith prizes his looks but which star in any Olympic sport is the most stylish, do you reckon?" #olympicthursday

0929 OLYMPICS: Gymnast Louis Smith is the subject of the second of our weekly features profiling leading British Olympians in the build-up to the Games, and to mark this as the regular day for all things London 2012 we will be tagging it #olympicthursday. Send a tweet with any thoughts you have about the sporting celebration that is getting ever closer, tune in to 5 live from 1900 GMT for more Olympic discussion and stay across the BBC London Facebook page. If the Olympics are on your mind, today is the day to get it off your chest.

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0920 FOOTBALL: A day after he criticised the Welsh FA over the appointment of a new manager, Aaron Ramsey says on Twitter that he stands by his comments: He said: "Firstly I would like to clarify my point. I used the word disappointed for a reason. We have just lost our manager and leader through a tragedy and not footballing reasons. For that reason I would have thought they would have contacted the players to hear what we thought would be the best way forward to continue our recent success on the pitch, in which we have been building for the world cup qualifiers for the last 11 months with a clear view."

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0910 FOOTBALL: On his official Twitter account, Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand raises doubts about his availability for Saturday's home match against Bolton: "When your stomach is making more moves than a gymnast you know its gonna be a long night...it was a long night I must say! Up all night :-("

0848 GET INVOLVED: Nick Warner has his say on Twitter on last night's Carling Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Man City: "@LFC tactics...throw as many defenders on as possible and defend out that last 20mins! 6-3-1 formation? #bbcsportsday".

0840 TENNIS: At the Auckland Heineken Open, Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber upset second seed Nicolas Almagro in the quarter finals with a straight sets 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory over the Spaniard.

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0830 GET INVOLVED: Get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

0820 TENNIS: At the Australian Open Laura Robson has beaten American Melanie Oudin 6-3 6-4 in the first round of qualifying. The 17-year-old Briton served out the match at the third time of asking. She will play Italy's Anna Floris in round two.

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0807 CRICKET:BBC sports news correspondent Joe Wilson in Dubai reports on the second morning of play with the PCB XI struggling against England's spin in particular. They are 111-7 at lunch. Monty Panesar has had a long bowl and taken three wickets with two for Chris Tremlett, and one each for for Graeme Swann and Graham Onions.

0800: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live on Thursday 12 January. We start, as always, with the top three stories from today's gossip column. Chelsea are ready to pull the plug on the deal to sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill unless he agrees to join them on Thursday (Daily Mirror). Newcastle could be forced to wait to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha due to the Eagles continued involvement in the Carling Cup (Evening Chronicle). And Bayern Munich are set to step up their interest in Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov (Inside Futbol).



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Milan still keen on Tevez signing
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