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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.
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.
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."
Former France defender Manuel Amoros
has been named new coach of Benin, replacing Edme Codjo, who had been in charge since August.
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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"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.
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."
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
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.''
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.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
1528 GET INVOLVED:
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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.
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."
"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
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?"
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.
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.
1402 GET INVOLVED:
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- "GB swimmer Keri-Anne Payne thrilled to lead #olympicthursday style nominations with @PhillipsIdowu RT
"Wow thats an honour!:)" #olympicthursday
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.
: Former England captain Nasser Hussain
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."
: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There will be more from gymnast
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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".
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.
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."
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
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.
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."
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".
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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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.
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.
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