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Sportsday Live - Friday 13 January

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2200: That's it for Friday's Sportsday Live. Please keep sending us your news, views and comments via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday. Join us again at 0800 BST on Monday for all the breaking news and build-up to a busy week of sport.

2135 RUGBY UNION: Latest scores from the Heineken Cup: Ospreys 44-17 Treviso, Racing Metro 24-24 Edinburgh, Ulster 41-7 Leicester.

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2127 DARTS: Ted Hankey cruises into the semi-finals of the BDO World Championships at Lakeside after a 5-1 set victory over Martin Atkins at Lakeside.

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2119 FOOTBALL: 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.

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2113 FOOTBALL: Everton striker Louis Saha on Twitter: "After Darron [Gibson] can we have Diouf and Pogba too?!? Just askin. Would be great too. Just sayin."

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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.

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2105 FOOTBALL Barnet manager Lawrie Sanchez tells 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."

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2058 DARTS: 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.

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2058 RUGBY UNION: BBC Radio 5 live's Iain Carter on Twitter: "Awesome first half and can't begrudge Ulster 18 - 7 lead. Cockers needs the team talk of his life"

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2057 FOOTBALL: Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on Twitter: "Fantastic signing in Darron Gibson from Manchester united. He will definitely bring alot of quality to the team."

2051 RUGBY UNION: Half-time scores from the Heineken Cup: Ospreys 25-10 Treviso, Racing Metro 7-14 Edinburgh, Ulster 18-7 Leicester.

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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.

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2036 FOOTBALL Former Sheffield Wednesday manager David Pleat tells 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.

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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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2010 GET INVOLVED: Noel Greaves on Twitter: "Everyone wants Harry Redknapp to be the new England manager, everyone except all of us spurs fans #bbcsportsday #leaveourmanageralone"

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2004 COMING UP: Stay with Sportsday Live for all the latest from the BDO World Championship quarter-finals at the Lakeside and Heineken Cup action from Ulster, Ospreys and Racing Metro 92.

1959 FOOTBALL: AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri has signed a new deal which will keep him at the helm of the Italian champions until 2014.

1953 DARTS: 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.

1945 FORMULA 1: Formula 1 chiefs should do all they can to ensure historic European races are kept on the calendar amid the push to expand the championship around the world, according to Ferrari vice chairman Piero Ferrari, the only surviving son of company founder Enzo.

1938 FOOTBALL: 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.

1927 FOOTBALL: 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.

1919 FOOTBALL: Manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Manchester United face a number of difficult away trips in the second half of the Premier League season, saying "points will be dropped". The Premier League champions have away games against each of the rest of the current top five - Manchester City, Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal.

1900 BOXING: 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.

1855 CYCLING: 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."

1845 RUGBY UNION: 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.

1839 FOOTBALL: 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."

1829 SPORTSDAY: 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.

1828 BOXING: 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."

1818 MOTORSPORT: 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.

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1810 OLYMPICS: 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."

1803 FOOTBALL: 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.

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1754 DARTS: Anastasia Dobromyslova beats Deta Hedman to win BDO Women's World Championship.

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1736 RUGBY UNION: 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.

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1731 GET INVOLVED: Former England captain Andrew Flintoff on Twitter: "Just seen a bit of india v aus, neither would put you off you're breakfast! England will dominate test cricket for years."

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.

1714 FOOTBALL: Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has indicated that Sunderland's James McClean is unlikely to be part of his Euro 2012 squad.

1711 RUGBY UNION: Newport Gwent Dragons are searching for their second chief executive in 18 months as Mike Jenkins has left the Welsh region.

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1709 FOOTBALL: 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.

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1705 FOOTBALL: 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.

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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.

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1650 FOOTBALL: 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."

1643 FOOTBALL: The FA Womens Super League fixtures are out. The new season starts on 17 March with Champions Arsenal taking on Everton.

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1637 GET INVOLVED: Craig Barras on Twitter: "Check Tiote sent off in Ivory Coast friendly today, straight red. Maybe he will get banned and come back to Newcastle #bbcsportsday"

1632 FOOTBALL: Ivory Coast have beaten Tunisia 2-0 in a friendly in Abu Dhabi.

1629 RUGBY UNION: Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath tells BBC Gloucestershire that his side must perform to the highest standard if they are to beat Harlequins on Saturday.

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1618 F1: Former Force India driver Adrian Sutil is to stand trial in Germany over an incident in China which left the owner of another Formula One team injured. The German driver is charged with causing grievous bodily harm in the incident involving Renault F1 executive Eric Lux, who suffered cuts.

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1611 FOOTBALL: 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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1607 GET INVOLVED: Steve Andrade on Twitter: "Looks like Scholes coming out of retirement has had a negative impact on the squad, young midfielders want to leave now! #bbcsportsday"

1602 FOOTBALL: Championship side West Ham have signed American defender George John on a two-month loan deal from FC Dallas.

1559 GOLF: 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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1542 FOOTBALL: 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."

1533 FOOTBALL: 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.

1527 ATHLETICS: 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.


1520 FOOTBALL: 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."

1510 FOOTBALL: 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."

1504 FOOTBALL: 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."

1457 BASKETBALL: 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.

1451 FOOTBALL: 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.

1449 FOOTBALL: 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.

1438 FOOTBALL: 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.

1434 FOOTBALL: 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).

1432 MOTORSPORT: 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."

1426 FOOTBALL: 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.

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1408 FOOTBALL: Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on Twitter: "Looking forward to the game on Sunday. Hopefully we will bounce back after our last game in the league and get 3 points."

1403 FOOTBALL: 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.

1357 FOOTBALL: 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.

1351 FOOTBALL: 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.

1345 FOOTBALL: 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.

1338 SNOOKER: World number 14 Stuart Bingham believes he can shock UK champion Judd Trump in the opening round of the Masters which begins on Sunday. "Judd's a class act, full of confidence after his win in December so it's going to be tough, but if I can play like I know I can then I can beat him," said Bingham.

1330 FOOTBALL: After tying midfielder Glenn Whelan to a new long-term deal, Stoke City manager Tony Pulis tells BBC Radio Stoke that he would like to extend Rory Delap's contract at the club.

1323 FOOTBALL: Stoke City 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.

1314 FOOTBALL: 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.

1309 FOOTBALL: 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 last weekend.

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1306 CRICKET: 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.

1257 FOOTBALL: 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.

1243 FOOTBALL: 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.

1239 FOOTBALL: Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes 37-year-old Paul Scholes can play on for the club for another two years. Neville told FourFourTwo.com: "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."

1229 FOOTBALL: 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."

1219 FOOTBALL: Manchester United have turned down a bid from Newcastle United for Ravel Morrison, Sir Alex Ferguson said today.

1217 FOOTBALL: 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.

1208 FOOTBALL: 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."

1158 ATHLETICS: 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.

1152 SNOOKER: The Masters begins a new chapter in its prestigious history on Sunday when the tournament moves across London to Alexandra Palace, home of the PDC Darts World Championship. BBC Sport analyst Steve Davis, three times a Masters winner, looks ahead to this year's invitational tournament and casts his eye over the eight first-round matches.

1147 FORMULA 1: Brazilian Bruno Senna has emerged as the strong favourite to take the vacant seat at Williams this season. The nephew of the late Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, looks set to beat veteran Rubens Barrichello and German Adrian Sutil to the drive.

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.

1127 FOOTBALL: 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.

1121 TENNIS: 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.

1115 OLYMPICS: The Philippines 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.

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1107 FOOTBALL: Everton have completed the signing of midfielder Darron Gibson from Manchester United on a four-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

1106 FOOTBALL: Barcelona have kept 12 consecutive clean sheets at home in all competitions, according to Infostrada Sports. Pep Guardiola 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.

1102 FOOTBALL: 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.

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1057 CRICKET: Bowler Tim Bresnan, who has been ruled out of England's Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates after suffering swelling while training in Dubai last week, on Twitter: "I wonder what Friday the 13th has in store for everyone. I've been resting for only 2 days now and already climbing the walls!"

1054 FOOTBALL: 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."

1048 FOOTBALL: 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."

1043 FOOTBALL: 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."

1038 FOOTBALL: 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.

1035 FOOTBALL: 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.

1030 CRICKET: 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.

1024 FOOTBALL: 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."

1017 GET INVOLVED: Josh McPapilo Qunlay on Twitter has his say on Spurs manager Harry Redknapp's pride at his team's form: "#bbcsportsday Harry redknapp shouldn't forget Arsenal led the table till march and ended up being 3rd in the league, he seems so proud atm"

1012 FOOTBALL: 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.

1009 FOOTBALL: 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.

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1005 CRICKET: 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.

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0950 CRICKET: 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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0945 GET INVOLVED: Chris Campbell on Twitter has his say on Manchester City's recent form: "Man City are victims of their own wealth. Trying to off load any player on astronomical wages (Tevez) is difficult." #bbcsportsday

0938 BOXING: 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.

0928 FOOTBALL: 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.

0910 TENNIS: Britain's Laura Robson moved to within one win of a place in the main draw at the Australian Open 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.

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0903 CRICKET:England have set a Pakistan Cricket Board XI a victory target of 251 on the final day of their tour match in Dubai.

0851 OLYMPICS: 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.

0842 TENNIS: 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."

0830 GOLF: In the Joburg Open, Jamie Elson and Damien McGrane are tied for the lead at eight under par after the first round.

0820 TENNIS: 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."

0809 CRICKET: At lunch 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.

0800: 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 (The Independent), Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has made his opening move for Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha as the Reds look to seal a £10m deal (Daily Mail), and Rangers have identified Steven Pienaar and Tim Cahill as further potential signings this month (The Times - subscription needed).



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