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2135 RUGBY UNION:
Latest scores from the Heineken Cup
: Ospreys 44-17 Treviso, Racing Metro 24-24 Edinburgh, Ulster 41-7 Leicester.
Ted Hankey cruises into the semi-finals of the BDO World Championships at Lakeside after a 5-1 set victory over Martin Atkins
Bolton defender Gary Cahill
is in London for a medical at Chelsea on Saturday, BBC Sport understands. It is believed personal terms have been agreed ahead of the transfer, reportedly worth £7m.
2109 DARTS: Ted Hankey
is on the verge of winning his quarter-final match against Martin Atkins
as he takes a virtually unassailable 4-0 lead in the BDO World Championships at the Lakeside.
Barnet manager Lawrie Sanchez
BBC Radio 5 live sport
that he is very proud of being the London club's manager: "I'm pleased to be at Barnet, I'm enjoying it here. It's not the glamour of Fulham or Northern Ireland but that doesn't matter. I'm pleased to be here, we have a good chairman and I just enjoy managing. John Coleman has done a fantastic job at Accrington to help guide his side to the verge of the play-offs and we're looking forward to the game."
The match is running away from Martin Atkins
with Ted Hankey
once again extending his lead to go 3-0 up in the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championships at the Lakeside.
2051 RUGBY UNION:
Half-time scores from the Heineken Cup
: Ospreys 25-10 Treviso, Racing Metro 7-14 Edinburgh, Ulster 18-7 Leicester.
2041 DARTS: Ted Hankey
extends his advantage over Martin Atkins
to go 2-0 up in the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championships at the Lakeside.
Former Sheffield Wednesday manager David Pleat
BBC Radio 5 live sport
that he believes Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill
could be a candidate to become the next England manager: "I'm sure he will be considered for it, he's got Brian Clough genes. I don't know what his recipe is but he's got the knack. Everyone plays for a new manager and he's learnt so well but he's a very good leader of people."
2027 RUGBY UNION:
Latest scores from the Heineken Cup
: Ospreys 18-10 Treviso, Racing Metro 0-7 Edinburgh, Ulster 7-0 Leicester.
2023 DARTS: Ted Hankey
takes the first set to go 1-0 up against Martin Atkins
in the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championships at the Lakeside.
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action from Ulster, Ospreys and Racing Metro 92.
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri
has signed a new deal which will keep him at the helm of the Italian champions until 2014.
Dutchman Christian Kist
has beaten England's Alan Norris
5-1 in the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championships at the Lakeside. Kist will meet either Ted Hankey
or Martin Atkins
in the semi-finals.
Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor
is out of the side's fixture with St Johnstone on Saturday. The Ibrox number one, who is struggling with a thigh injury, missed training on Friday and did not travel with the rest of the squad to Perth.
Chelsea duo Didier Drogba
and Salomon Kalou
scored and Cheick Tiote
was sent off as three of Ivory Coast's Premier League players were prominent in a 2-0 friendly win over Tunisia.
British boxer Amir Khan's
team has issued a statement saying the WBA ordered his rematch with Lamont Peterson
due to "multiple irregularities" including "questionable decisions" by referee Joseph Cooper and mystery man Mustafa Ameen's "apparent intrusion into the scoring process". This was contained in a statement from Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions, and not the WBA as we previously reported.
Belgian sprinter Tom Boonen
has said that the London Olympics will give him the chance to prove that at 31 he can win races. "I've studied the Olympic course. It's a good circuit. I am convinced that I can achieve something. The Olympic road event is a real goal," Boonen said. "It will be without doubt one of the most important times of my career because the Games are the most prestigious sporting event. I wasn't in Athens (2004), nor Beijing (2008) and I regret it."
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Fiji have appointed former international Inoke Male
as their new head coach. Male replaces Sam Domoni
, who was sacked following the country's poor display at last year's World Cup.
Wales captain Aaron Ramsey
should keep out of the process to appoint the next Wales manager,
says Stoke boss Tony Pulis. The 21-year-old is unhappy players have not been consulted by the Football Association of Wales as it seeks a successor to Gary Speed. "I know Aaron's come out and had one or two things to say - that always worries me," said Pulis. "I think players are paid to play. His time in management will come further down the line."
Coming up on Friday Sportsday
at 1830 GMT
on the BBC News Channel: All the day's sports news, including Amir Khan
on the WBA ordering a rematch with Lamont Peterson
, Arsene Wenger
on the influence of television on fixture schedules, and a preview of all the weekend's Premier League action. Also on our half-hour look-ahead to the sporting weekend, we preview tonight's Ulster-Leicester
Heineken Cup game, an interview with Ivan Lendl
on coaching Andy Murray
, a Masters snooker preview including Barry Hearn
, Tony O'Shea
tells us about his hopes to be crowned BDO world darts champion on Sunday and there's a feature on Louis Smith's
successful week at the Olympic gymnastics test event.
British boxer Amir Khan on his plans for 2012:
"I have a 10-week training camp so I envisage the Peterson [rematch] to be in April or May," Khan told Sky Sports. "But my ideal opponent is Floyd Mayweather. Hopefully I can fight him before the end of the year."
Spanish motorcyclist Marc Coma
reclaimed the overall lead in the Dakar Rally when he stormed to victory on the 12th stage from Arequipa to Nasca.
BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar on Twitter:
"So effectively, those wanting sell their spare tickets back to LOCOG will be able to do so next week. Buyers will have to wait a bit longer."
Steve Kean's agent Jerome Anderson
has sought legal advice over "abusive messages and threats" which he alleges have been directed at him and his family by some Blackburn fans. Manager Kean, as well as club owners Venky's, have been the target of supporters' protests this season - with attention also turning on Anderson, who was involved in the process which saw the Indian company buy the club.
1754 DARTS: Anastasia Dobromyslova
beats Deta Hedman
to win BDO Women's World Championship.
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Glasgow's Rob Harley
has been cleared to play in their Heineken Cup clash against Leinster. He was the subject of a RaboDirect PRO12 tribunal after picking up his third yellow card of the season against Scarlets on Saturday but a disciplinary committee imposed no suspension after listening to the player's explanation.
1721 BOXING: Amir Khan
hopes his rematch against Lamont Peterson will be in April or May and that his ideal fight after that would be Floyd Mayweather Junior
, he told SkySports News.
1711 RUGBY UNION: Newport Gwent Dragons
are searching for their second chief executive in 18 months as Mike Jenkins
has left the Welsh region.
Huddersfield Town have revealed some of their players were involved in a minor car accident this afternoon. Striker Alan Lee
needed stitches from the club doctor after the car, driven by captain Peter Clarke
, collided with another vehicle as the players left a training session.
BBC Tees reporter Paul Addison on Twitter:
"#Darlo given stay of execution until after the weekend. Statement from administrators: "Talks are continuing to be held between the joint administrator and potential investors over the future of Darlington FC. No further statement will be issued until after the weekend." Earlier this week, joint administrator Harvey Madden said Darlington were
likely to fold by 15 January
if no buyer was found.
1655 FOOTBALL: Saracens
' technical director Brenden Venter
has revealed the club are close to signing England wing Chris Ashton from Northampton. "I think there is a process in having a discussion with him and there must probably be an announcement in the next couple of weeks," Venter said.
Former referee Dermot Gallagher
says defender Glen Johnson
should have been sent off for a two-footed tackle in Liverpool's Carling Cup win over Manchester City. Referee Lee Mason
did not award a free-kick for the challenge, which came four days after City captain Vincent Kompany
was sent off against Manchester United for a similar challenge. Gallagher told BBC Radio 5 live: "I think everybody will accept his is a red card."
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Rangers manager Ally McCoist
has stepped up plans to boost his squad this month by making a bid to sign Swedish midfielder Mervan Celik
and offering a trial to Estonian defender Enar Jaager
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Championship side West Ham have signed American defender George John
two-month loan deal
from FC Dallas.
Englishman Robert Rock
beat the weather to take the lead at the Joburg Open. The 34-year-old from Staffordshire, chasing a second career win, shot a second-round 67 to hit the front just moments before a thunderstorm forced play to be abandoned for the day.
1555 FOOTBALL: Neil Lennon
has banned his players from talking about a possible Celtic treble this season. "I have already said the treble is an almost impossible thing to do so I don't want any talk of that," Lennon said.
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Wigan boss Roberto Martinez
has insisted every two-footed tackle should lead to a red card.
Wigan play Manchester City on Monday,
who will be without the suspended Vincent Kompany after he lost an appeal against a four-match ban for a tackle in the Manchester derby FA Cup defeat. Martinez said: "I do believe that we need to protect the players that we all love and are excited to watch, the only thing you need is consistency and you want to all those challenges being red-carded."
Gary Hooper and Kris Commons are is back in contention for
Celtic's Premier League clash
with Dundee United at Parkhead on Saturday. Striker Hooper has recovered from a groin problem and midfielder Commons is fit again following a thigh injury.
Russia's Olga Zaitseva
won the women's biathlon World Cup 7.5km sprint on Friday in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. She was on target with all her shots at the range and clocked 23min 8.1 seconds, 25.5 seconds ahead of Norwegian Tora Berger (two faults), with Germany's Magdalena Neuner (three faults) a further 9sec behind.
Winger Gary Mackay-Steven
has signed a contract extension with Dundee United
until May 2015. The 21-year-old former Liverpool player joined United last summer after a successful trial. Mackay-Steven said: "I am delighted with my recent form but I also know that I have plenty to learn in the game. I see Tannadice as the ideal place to do that right now."
Norwich right-back George Francomb
says he had no qualms
about joining Hibernian on loan
, despite their lowly league position. He said: "The gaffer (Paul Lambert) rang me up on Tuesday and he said: 'Hibs want you on loan for the rest of the season'. Automatically I knew I wanted to come straight away. It's a massive club in Scotland and I knew the Scottish Premier League would be a great experience for me."
Sir Alex Ferguson has rejected the suggestion that Paul Scholes'
Manchester United return is a step backwards. "There were no negatives as far as I was concerned,"
Ferguson said in a joint interview
with Eurosport and www.yahoo.com. "One or two people have been negative. They're making out it's been a 'regressive step' for Manchester United. He's not going to play every game but in terms of composure and passing ability, is there a better player going around? Definitely not."
Plymouth Raiders coach Gavin Love says all the pressure will be on Newcastle Eagles
in Sunday's BBL Cup final.
Newcastle have lost just one match in the league all season and lead the BBL Championship by four points. Live commentary is on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Newcastle.
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has said he would be interested in Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner
if he became available, reports BBC Sport's Pat Murphy. Reports suggest Gardner is homesick and wants to head back to the Midlands. However, the Black Cats are keen to recoup the £4.7m they gave Birmingham for him in the summer.
Bristol Rovers have made an approach to Burton Albion to talk to manager Paul Peschisolido
about the vacant manager's position at the Memorial Stadium. But BBC Radio Derby understands Peschisolido will be staying with the Brewers.
1446 FOOTBALL: France
will host Germany in a friendly match next year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty. The French football federation says the match will be played on 6 February 2013. No announcement has been made on where it will be held. France are due to play a friendly against Germany in Bremen next month.
Former Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy believes Harry Redknapp
would be ideally suited to replace Fabio Capello as England head coach next summer. He said: "Seriously, it's a wonderful thing to do being an international manager. With the experience and wisdom of someone that has been a top manager for so long, Harry is more than well equipped to do it."
1438 FOOTBALL: Rangers
are boosted by the news that defender Kyle Bartley and midfielder Maurice Edu are both fit for tomorrow's Clydesdale Bank Premier League game at St Johnstone. The pair suffered knocks during last week's William Hill Scottish Cup tie at Arbroath but are available for the trip to Perth.
Inter Milan are ready to reopen talks with Manchester City next week over Carlos Tevez
after rivals AC Milan pulled out of negotiations for the Argentinian striker. Ahead of this weekend's Milan derby, Moratti told the club's website: "We and City know all about Tevez's situation but we have decided to postpone talks until next week as right now my thoughts are on Sunday's game. There has certainly been contact (with City).
British Racing Drivers' Club president Derek Warwick
has confirmed a decision is to be made soon with regard to new investors who will change the face of Silverstone. "As for when a decision will be made, I will be disappointed if it's not made fairly soon."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
has urged the Premier League to show "more fairness" in the scheduling of fixtures. "They have sold their soul to television," he said, "and television is influenced by some clubs to choose the fixtures. Some clubs get advantaged by television. I'm not the only manager who thinks that."
1416 CRICKET: Chris Tremlett
has revealed he is requiring daily treatment on his infected eye and that it is affecting his batting and fielding although not his bowling, says BBC Sport's Joe Wilson reporting from Dubai. Tremlett has also voiced his support for the ECB's corruption amnesty, saying he hopes players come forward.
Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez
will miss three games because of a muscle injury in his left leg. The Spanish champions say Pedro was injured during Thursday's 2-1 Copa del Rey victory at Osasuna.
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy
insists there is no rift with club owner Steve Morgan
but agrees that results during the first half of the campaign are "unacceptable". On Thursday, Morgan suggested he was disappointed with Wolves' current plight, and that McCarthy was under pressure, although he insisted they were not a "hire and fire club." McCarthy said he is comfortable with Morgan's comments but admits Wolves need to improve during the second half of the campaign as they sit one point above the drop zone.
Former striker John Hartson
has announced his interest in taking over as Wales manager, but has ruled out the possibility of working with rival candidate Raymond Verheijen
: QPR captain Joey Barton
has broken his silence on Mark Hughes' appointment as manager
by urging his team-mates to "buy into" the new regime at Loftus Road. "He is a really good man, quite straightforward and expects certain things of his players. If you deliver them then you tend to do well under him," he said.
have ended their interest
in giant Nigerian striker Michael Uchebo
. The 20-year-old, who plays for Dutch club VVV Venlo, had been on trial at the Britannia Stadium. "He came in and technically he looks a good player, but he's not going to be for us," Potters manager Tony Pulis told BBC Radio Stoke.
Manchester City are set to welcome David Silva
back for Monday's trip to Wigan. Silva missed
Tuesday's Carling Cup defeat by Liverpool
with an ankle injury but he is expected to train tomorrow and should be fit.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson
will take a check on a trio of minor knocks before finalising his line-up to face Bolton at Old Trafford tomorrow. Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have taken time to get over problems they sustained in a collision during last Sunday's FA Cup win over Manchester City, while Anderson took a blow in training this week. Ferguson must also decide whether Paul Scholes is fit enough to take a starting berth
after his shock retirement U-turn
England have completed a 100-run victory in their final warm-up game ahead of the Test series against Pakistan after
dismissing a Pakistan Cricket Board XI for 150.
Graham Onions and Monty Panesar both bagged three second-innings wickets.
New signing Darron Gibson
goes straight into Everton's squad for tomorrow's match at Aston Villa. The midfielder was registered in time to be eligible after
his move from Manchester United.
Chelsea today missed the deadline to complete the signing of Gary Cahill
in time for their Premier League game against Sunderland. It is now more than a fortnight since Bolton accepted a £7m bid from Chelsea.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes 37-year-old Paul Scholes
can play on for the club for another two years. Neville told
"According to me Scholes should still be playing football and playing for a good two years. I think it's a great boost for Manchester United that he comes back and plays at this time when the team has suffered so badly with injuries."
Midfielder Darron Gibson
has told evertonfc.tv. that he hopes the move to the club will improve him as a player. "It's a great club with great fans and hopefully I can improve Everton. I think I'm a goalscoring midfielder and hopefully I can get a few goals. I've scored a few long-range shots - I don't think I've scored one inside the box to be honest - and if I score goals it's a bonus for me."
Manchester United have turned down a bid from Newcastle United for Ravel Morrison
, Sir Alex Ferguson said today.
Nigeria international striker Ahmed Musa
has become CSKA Moscow's first signing in this transfer window after joining on a five-year deal. The 19-year-old, who had played for Dutch side VVV-Venlo since 2010, has made 13 appearances for Nigeria's national team, scoring one goal. CSKA face Real Madrid next month in the last 16 of the Champions League.
1213 RUGBY LEAGUE: Wigan
will field all four major close-season signings in Sunday's pre-season friendly at Hull KR, Shaun Wane's first game in charge since his appointment as head coach. Anthony Gelling, Ben Flower, Epalahame Lauaki and Gil Dudson are all included in Wane's 20-strong squad, along with youngsters Joe Mellor, Sam Powell, Tom Spencer and Matthew Russell.
Tottenham have rejected an offer from QPR for midfielder Steven Pienaar
, says the Press Association. It is understood new Rangers boss Mark Hughes made a bid for the South African this morning, but it was rejected.
1203 CRICKET: Toby Roland-Jones
has signed an extension to his contract with Middlesex. The deal means he will be with the club at least until the end of the 2014 domestic cricket season. Middlesex managing director of cricket, Angus Fraser, said: "Toby has come a long way in an extremely short space of time. This time two years ago there was a danger he may have slipped out of the game. He is now one of the most exciting young bowlers in the country."
Olympic sprint champion Linford Christie
has lost a challenge against an order banning him from the roads for 15 months for careless driving. The 100m gold medallist at the 1992 Barcelona Games, who received the sentence in July last year, had been cleared of dangerous driving, which he denied, at a trial at Aylesbury Crown Court in Buckinghamshire. But he was disqualified for 15 months and fined £5,000 for careless driving.
1140 FORMULA 1:
Former Force India driver Adrian Sutil
will stand trial this month on charges of causing bodily harm in relation to a nightclub incident in China last April. The German, who has yet to find a race seat this year but has been linked to Williams, is charged with injuring Eric Lux, chief executive of Lotus, formerly Renault, team owners Genii Capital in a Shanghai nightclub after the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix.
The third series of Late Kick Off
, the Football League magazine show that takes fans inside their local Football League clubs, returns to BBC One
on 16 January
at the regular time of 2305 GMT.
The show will feature the usual top news stories, backroom reports, interviews, discussion and match analysis of England's 71 League clubs.
Belarusian Victoria Azarenka
has ended Li Na's
unbeaten two-year run at the Sydney International with a fighting three-set victory in the final. The third seed claimed her ninth career WTA title with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 victory over the fourth seeded Chinese player in just under two hours.
have said they will field one of their smallest Olympic delegations ever at the London Games with just five athletes set to represent the world's 12th most populous nation.
Everton have completed the signing of midfielder Darron Gibson
from Manchester United on a four-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Barcelona have kept 12 consecutive clean sheets at home in all competitions, according to
has won 99 of his 131 league matches as Barca manager and victory over Real Betis
this weekend will see him join a prestigious club of Barcelona managers, which includes Dutch coaches Johan Cruijff
(179), Frank Rijkaard
(112) and Rinus Michels
(105), to have achieved 100 league wins at the Catalan club.
Former West Ham and Chelsea manager Avram Grant
has been named as the new manager of Partizan Belgrade
after the defending Serbian champions sacked Aleksandra Stanojevic
over a dispute with the club's board.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish
has said the club are looking to agree a deal with Jamie Carragher
, who came through the club's academy, that will see the 34-year-old take up an ambassadorial role for the club when his playing days are over - similar to the deal Steven Gerrard
agreed on Thursday. "We will have the same conversation with Carra to try to keep him at the club as long as we can and involved with the club," said Dalglish. "It is hugely important for the club to keep people who have been as great a servant as those two have in and around the club in some shape or form."
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard
is targeting another contract at Anfield
despite only signing an extension on Thursday.
"I'm hoping to play beyond the length of this contract,"
he told the Liverpool Echo.
"Hopefully over the next few years I'll earn another contract with my performances. If Liverpool don't offer me another contract after this one I don't think I could play for anyone else."
Manchester City assistant manager David Platt
has said he expects David Silva
to be fit for Monday's trip to Wigan. The brilliant Spain midfielder suffered a blow to his ankle in
Sunday's FA Cup defeat to Manchester United
that ruled him out of the midweek Carling Cup reverse to Liverpool. "David did a bit of running yesterday and will do a bit more on Friday," said Platt. "Hopefully he will be back on the training pitch on Saturday."
Stoke manager Tony Pulis
has concerns over a number of players ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield. Defenders Jonathan Woodgate
, Marc Wilson
and Ryan Shotton
are all nursing what Pulis describes as "niggles". Andy Wilkinson
could return at the back having overcome his recent knee injury, while the likes of goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen
, winger Matthew Etherington
and striker Peter Crouch
are set to return after they were rested for
last weekend's FA Cup victory at Gillingham.
BBC Sport's Dan Walker
looks ahead to Saturday's Football Focus
which features Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson
talking about Martin O'Neill ahead of the Black Cats' Premier League clash with Chelsea and new QPR manager Mark Hughes
on the challenge facing him at Loftus Road.
England Lions suffered another top-order collapse as Bangladesh A comfortably beat them by 75 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the seven-match series. The tourists cruised to 48 without loss chasing 218 in Chittagong but never recovered after losing their top five for the addition of just 29 runs.
Catania have rejected an offer from Fulham for striker Maxi Lopez
after it was deemed unacceptable. The Argentina striker has been linked with a move away from Sicily during the January transfer window. "We didn't accept Fulham's offer for Maxi Lopez because the English club wanted to get the player without spending one euro," Catania club administrator Pietro Lo Monaco said. "We will not loan him. Maxi has an important value."
Stoke manager Tony Pulis
has concerns over a number of players ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool at Anfield. Defenders Jonathan Woodgate, Marc Wilson and Ryan Shotton are all nursing what Pulis describes as "niggles" and will be assessed.
Goalkeeper John Ruddy
returns to the Norwich
squad after missing the FA Cup win against Burnley after his partner gave birth to a daughter. Full-back Marc Tierney is back in training after recovering from a groin injury. On-loan Manchester United defender Ritchie De Laet (back) is still out. Centre-forward James Vaughan and defender Elliott Ward (both knee) are still several weeks from returning.
Australia were 149 without loss in their first innings at the close of play on the first day of the third Test against India at the WACA on Friday, with David Warner 104 not out in just his fifth Test match.
Australia's David Warner
has scored the
joint-fourth fastest Test century in history
off just 69 balls against India. He reached three figures in 97 minutes with a huge six
in the third Test in Perth
as Australia replied to India's first innings total of 161. The West Indies' Viv Richards holds the record, scoring a ton in 56 balls aginst England in 1986.
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Frank Warren has won the right to stage George Groves
' British and Commonwealth super middleweight title defence against Kenny Anderson. The two fighters still have unfinished business after their first fight in 2010, when rising star Groves recovered from the only knockdown in his career to stop the Scotsman.
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp
has spoken of his pride
at building a title-chasing team without matching Manchester City's spending. "City are where they are because of Sheikh Mansour and Chelsea thanks to Roman Abramovich," he told The Sun. "Spurs are not third in the Premier League because someone has walked through the door at White Hart Lane and slapped a bundle of money on my desk."
0918 BOXING: Amir Khan
has been granted a rematch with Lamont Peterson by the World Boxing Association, according to his promoter. Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions, told RingTV: "I just received, half an hour ago, a letter from the WBA on their official decision that they are going to order an immediate rematch," Schaefer is reported as saying. "I think that it's the right decision, and I hope that we can get the rematch done." Khan lost both his WBA and IBF titles in a
split decision defeat
in Peterson's Washington DC hometown on December 10.
Britain's Laura Robson
moved to within one win of a place in the main draw at the
today after beating Anna Floris in second-round qualifying. Robson, 17, won 6-3 6-4 and will now meet either Kiki Bertens or Olga Savchuk. James Ward
also beat Ivo Minar 6-3 1-6 6-3. He will take on Igor Sisling next with the winner elevated into the first round proper. Naomi Broady
cannot qualify, having lost 3-6 6-2 6-0 to Alison Riske.
BBC Sport's Olympic Correspondent Gordon Farquhar
understands that LOCOG and Ticketmaster are working hard on solutions and are close to being able to
relaunch the website
so people are able to resell their tickets. London 2012 Games organiser Locog closed the site on 6 January - the day the resale window opened - and said it could not say when the problem would be fixed.
Finnish qualifier Jarkko Nieminen
hopes to arrest a horrendous record in finals when he takes on French journeyman Julien Benneteau for the
Sydney International title
on Saturday. Nieminen, who is drawn against David Nalbandian in the Australian Open next week, hopes to improve his poor run of one win from 11 finals. He said: "I had Federer twice, a few matches in which I basically got destroyed. I was just simply the second best player of the week."
and Damien McGrane
are tied for the lead at eight under par after the first round.
Fourth seed Andy Murray
will play Ryan Harrison of the United States
in the first round of the Australian Open.
He lost the last two Australian Open finals and is desperate to end a drought for British men at majors dating to 1936. "The thing is, when you step onto court in the latter stages of a Grand Slam, I'm not worried what ... any of the (critics) think," he said. "It's not them that makes you nervous. It's the chance to play for part of history is what makes it nerve-racking. That's why it's a difficult thing to deal with."
England lead a Pakistan Cricket Board XI by 250 runs
with a second-innings total of 181-3 from 49.3 overs. The BBC's Joe Wilson in Dubai said Jonathan Trott
played himself into form with increasingly imaginative strokes and Andrew Strauss posted a half-century but concern still remains with Kevin Pietersen after another failure - a mistimed top edge for 3. Ian Bell is 12 not out.
Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live on Friday 13 January. We start, as always, with the top three stories from
today's gossip column.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez
is still hopeful his move to AC Milan can be resurrected
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has made his opening move for Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha as the Reds look to seal a £10m deal
and Rangers have identified Steven Pienaar and Tim Cahill as further potential signings this month
(The Times - subscription needed).