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Sportsday Live - Monday 16 January

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1900: That's it for Monday's Sportsday Live. Tom Rostance will be with you for all the Premier League action between Wigan and Manchester City, and Sportsday Live will return at 0800 GMT on Tuesday.

1855 FOOTBALL: Gareth Bale insists Tottenham will travel to Manchester City convinced they can land a significant blow in the Premier League title race. "It will be a big game and one we're looking forward to. There is no reason why we can't pull off a result there," he said.

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1851 GET INVOLVED: Femi Longe on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday So Kalou could leave Chelsea for free? AVB has failed to utilise the lad."

1844 FOOTBALL: Chesterfield assistant manager Tommy Wright tells BBC Radio Sheffield that the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final against Oldham is a great opportunity for the club.

1836 FOOTBALL: Top footballers and club managers must act as role models in the fight against racism, David Cameron said as he raised concerns about recent controversies. The Prime Minister issued a blunt statement that racism has "absolutely no place in our society" and would be fought at every level.

1828 BOWLS: World number four Mark Royal has said bowls needs a breakthrough moment akin to the 1985 World Snooker final between Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor if it is to boost its profile, reports BBC Radio Suffolk.

1821 FOOTBALL: Coventry have signed ex-Portsmouth full-back Herman Hreidarsson on a free transfer until the end of the season.

1814 FOOTBALL: Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona will return to coaching Al-Wasl after he was successfully treated for kidney stones at a Dubai hospital.

1807 SNOOKER: Judd Trump believes Ronnie O'Sullivan is "in the right frame of mind" for this week's Masters and will have to be at his very best to oust the four-time champion when they meet on Thursday.

1800 OLYMPICS: The United States have named eight of the players who won gold at the 2008 Olympics in a heavyweight preliminary squad of 20 to defend their crown in London this summer. The roster, made up entirely of NBA players, is headlined by superstars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, who along with Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Deron Williams were part of the team that beat Spain in the 2008 final.

1752 CYCLING: The Court of Arbitration for Sport will finally rule on Alberto Contador's alleged doping during the week of January 31.

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1744 GET INVOLVED: Chris Holmes on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday FA make deal with ITV and Darlington on life support... where is the FA help for the grass roots clubs"

1738 FOOTBALL: Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed the club have rejected "a couple of offers" from Southampton for 23-year-old striker Gary Hooper, one of which is estimated at £4m, and would "continue to do that".

1733 TENNIS: Britain's Laura Robson denied the rainbow hairband she wore in action at the Australian Open in her opening match was part of a Facebook-inspired protest against Margaret Court. Robson said: "I didn't see anything about a protest but I wore it because I believe in equal rights for everyone."

1722 FOOTBALL: Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou scores the only goal as Ivory Coast edge past Libya in Africa Cup of Nations warm-up game.

1716 FOOTBALL: Hearts look set to avoid the prospect of Scottish Premier League disciplinary action and unlimited sanctions by paying their players on schedule for the first time in four months today.

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1711 GET INVOLVED: John Yau on Twitter: "Chris Samba handed in a transfer request... time for Liverpool to step in I think #bbcsportsday"

1706 TENNIS: British number one Elena Baltacha admits she "didn't feel comfortable" on court after losing to the lower-ranked Frenchwoman Stephanie Foretz Gacon 6-2, 6-4 in the first round of the Australian Open.

1700 FOOTBALL: Striker Lauri Dalla Valle has returned to Fulham following the end of his loan spell with Dundee United, the Clydesdale Bank Premier League club have confirmed.

1656 FOOTBALL: Wycombe sign 18-year-old centre-back Louis Laing on a month's loan from Premier League side Sunderland.

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1650 FOOTBALL: Darlington caretaker manager Craig Liddle: "We only had 10 senior players. The worst case , if we can get the game on against Fleetwood at the weekend, is that we'll field a youth team. A potential investor has been speaking to the club today I think so we'll wait and see what happens," Liddle added.

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1645 FOOTBALL: Darlington caretaker manager Craig Liddle has been speaking after both he and all the club's first-team squad were made redundant: "We have been made redundant with immediate effect. We have to walk away but I'll have discussions with the administrator tomorrow as to whether we have a future or whether we don't," Liddle told Sky Sports.

1641 FOOTBALL: Peterborough have handed a four-and-a-half-year contract to 18-year-old midfielder Joe Newell, reports BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

1637 FOOTBALL: Oldham manager Paul Dickov is desperate for his side to play at Wembley in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

1632 FOOTBALL: The Football Association have announced a new two-year deal with ITV for the broadcaster to show England internationals and FA Cup matches. The new agreement will see the channel have first pick of FA Cup games and show England matches in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. All England home and away friendlies during the two-year period will be shown by the broadcaster.

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1625 FOOTBALL: Blackburn captain Chris Samba has handed in a transfer request, his management company have confirmed.

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1619 FOOTBALL: Darlington's caretaker manager Craig Liddle and all the club's first-team squad have been made redundant by the club's administrator.


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1559 GYMNASTICS: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter: "GB rhythmic team score 23.100. Which means they need 22.133 tomorrow to reach the Olympics. That's very doable but still on a knife-edge."

1554 RUGBY LEAGUE: The GMB trade union has condemned an attempt to establish a Super League Players' Association, claiming it would not be able to cater properly for players' interests.

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1543 CYCLING: The Court of Arbitration for Sport will not give a verdict in Alberto Contador's doping case before early next month because of allegations of bias in the arbitration panel, sport's highest court said today. Contador tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France and was cleared by the Spanish federation, only for the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to appeal the decision.

1529 OLYMPICS: British International Olympic Committee member Sir Craig Reedie believes it is likely that the Court of Arbitration for Sport may overturn the British Olympic Association's lifetime ban for doping offenders, which is being challenged. But he adds: "Morally, the BOA hold the high ground and, if you set the Olympics as a slightly special sporting event, many people would agree with that."

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1523 TRIBUTE: Jon McCormack on Twitter: "Selorm was a legend at primary/high school. Outrageous talent for a young lad, and the biggest smile in rugby. So sad."

1520 FOOTBALL: Brazil's Fifa member Ricardo Teixeira is expected to lodge an appeal in the Swiss federal court this week to try to prevent the ISL file being published. The file names Fifa executives who took kickbacks from World Cup television deals from now-defunct marketing firm ISL. In 2010, Teixeira was named by BBC Panorama as having received payments from ISL.

1511 FOOTBALL: Gary Cahill says he was never going to turn down the chance to join Chelsea after finally completing his £7m move from Bolton. The England defender, 26, tells the club's official website: "Chelsea is a massive club, it is a club that looks to win trophies season in, season out and it is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that. Opportunities like this, you can't turn down."

1507 TENNIS: Andy Murray insists there will be no excuses should he fail to break his Grand Slam duck at the Australian Open. The Scot says: "You don't make excuses about any injuries or whatever, bad line calls or anything else that goes on. You win like a man, you lose like a man, and that's it."

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1502 FOOTBALL: Under-pressure Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on Twitter: "Praise and criticism comes hand and hand in all walks of life. But being strong mentally and having a great family makes everything sweet."

1459 FOOTBALL: Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels revealed that of his eight injured players only James Dayton and David Silva have a "rank outside" chance of being fit for their Scottish Cup fourth-round replay against Dundee at Rugby Park tomorrow night after drawing 1-1 in their initial meeting.

1453 FOOTBALL: India is hoping to boost the popularity of football by launching a new league that will feature veteran players like Robert Pires and Fabio Cannavaro, according to Bhaswar Goswami of Celebrity Management Group. A six-team league modelled in part on cricket's successful Indian Premier League is set to begin next month.

1447 CRICKET: England and Pakistan name their 13-man squads for the first Test. England: A Strauss (c), A Cook, J Trott, K Pietersen, I Bell, E Morgan, M Prior (wkt), S Broad, G Swann, C Tremlett, J Anderson, M Panesar, S Finn. Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), T Umar, M Hafeez, A Ali, Y Khan, A Shafiq, A Akmal (wkt), S Ajmal, A Rehman, U Gul, J Khan, A Cheema, W Riaz.

1442 FOOTBALL: Hull City have signed Manchester United's Norwegian striker Joshua King, 20, on loan until the end of the season. He has featured once for the Red Devils' first team and spent the first half of the season on loan with German Bundesliga side Borussia Moenchengladbach. King joins United team-mate Robbie Brady at the KC Stadium.

1436 FOOTBALL: Everton are giving United States striker Edson Buddle a trial this week. The 30-year-old striker is currently at FC Ingolstadt.

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1429 FOOTBALL: Owen Coyle on Bolton Wanderers Twitter: "Gary has always been 100% professional. Everyone at Bolton wishes him the very best for his future career at Chelsea."

1419 FOOTBALL: Striker Gary Hooper, 23, has dampened speculation linking him with a move away from Celtic by reiterating his commitment to the club. Hooper told www.celticfc.net: "I don't want to go anywhere. I'm a Celtic player and very happy here, winning games for Celtic and we're two points clear at the top of the league just now."

1406 RUGBY UNION: Frenchman Jacques Brunel stamped his mark on his new role as Italy coach when he named his first squad ahead of the 2012 Six Nations. Stalwarts out include prop Salvatore Perugini, lock Carlos Del Fava and utility back Mirco Bergamasco whilst uncapped youngsters Alberto De Marchi, Luca Morisi, Angelo Esposito and Giovambattista Venditti are in his 30-man squad. Italy start their Six Nations campaign away to France on 4 February.

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1355 CRICKET: An X-ray on Ian Bell's wrist reveals there is no damage and the England batsman is clear to play in the first Test against Pakistan, which starts in Dubai on Tuesday.

1348 FOOTBALL: Former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin says the Red Devils' vast experience can be the major influence in the destination of this season's Premier League title. "That experience counts an awful lot," said the former Republic of Ireland star. "Sometimes you can drop points and feel that is it. But that point could win you the championship. You can't buy that experience."

1344 RUGBY UNION: Tight-head prop Ed Kalman has been called into Scotland's Six Nations squad in place of injured Glasgow Warriors team-mate Moray Low. Kalman is Glasgow's third-choice tight-head, but performed well in Sunday's 23-16 Heineken Cup loss to defending champions Leinster.

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1341 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Mike Henson on Twitter: "Joey Barton is announced as a regular columnist in the relaunched Big Issue. Another excellent reason to buy."

1337 FOOTBALL: Tottenham refuse to speculate on stories linking Jermain Defoe with a £10m move to Liverpool. The club said their policy was not to talk about speculation but manager Harry Redknapp did tell the press on Friday that he wanted to keep hold of the player.

1333 FOOTBALL: Chris Samba is not for sale, according to his Blackburn boss Steve Kean, who hopes the defender will be available for selection next weekend. Samba, who has been linked with Tottenham, QPR and Paris St Germain, missed Saturday's win over Fulham after calling in sick the previous day. "He's not for sale, it's as simple as that," Kean told the Lancashire Telegraph.

1327 CRICKET: England will win a $175,000 (£114,250) jackpot for topping the Test rankings, which they will do if they win the series against Pakistan or lose by a single match, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announces. The annual award is presented to the side that finishes top of the ICC Test championship table on 1 April. England face Pakistan in a three-match series in the United Arab Emirates from Tuesday.

1320 WINTER OLYMPICS: The head of the organising committee for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics has "no doubts" that all necessary construction work will be finished on time, despite reported delays at more than 70 building projects. Dmitry Chernyshenko said: "We are well on track, 87% of the infrastructure has been done already."

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1306 FOOTBALL: Gary Cahill has joined Chelsea from Bolton, the London club confirm. The England defender, 26, is manager Andre Villas-Boas' first January recruit. Cahill's capture, for a fee the Press Association understands to be around £7m, followed a fortnight of wrangling over the player's personal terms.

1259 TENNIS: World number one Caroline Wozniacki admits she overcame nerves to triumph against Anastasia Rodionova in the Australian Open. Wozniacki says: "I was a bit nervous before the match, but you always just want to get a good start in the first round. I'm pretty happy about the way I played."

1253 FOOTBALL: Francisco Sandaza has not had a pre-contract offer from Rangers, his agent tells BBC Scotland. St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas was quoted over the weekend as saying that the Spanish striker had turned down the offer from the Ibrox club. Agent Clive Jagger claims no serious contract talks have taken place with any clubs.

1252 TRIATHLON: British triathlete and four-time world Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington is taking a break from competition in 2012 to pursue other opportunities. She wants to concentrate on promoting the sport as well as her forthcoming autobiography. Wellington says on her website: "I feel that I wouldn't be able to pursue all of these different goals whilst simultaneously dedicating the energy and time needed to compete in Ironman events and treat them with the respect and complete dedication they deserve."

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1243 FOOTBALL: From 1900 GMT, Mark Chapman presents 5 live Sport from the DW Stadium featuring full commentary on Wigan v Manchester City with Mike Ingham, Alan Green and Blackburn striker Jason Roberts.

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1241 GYMNASTICS: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter: "Rhythmic gym organisers surpass themselves. Know the 'kiss-and-cry' sofa gymnasts sit on after routine? The O2's is hideous. Catsick green."

1239 FOOTBALL: Middlesbrough tell disappointed fans that safety chiefs limited the club's allocation for the FA Cup fourth round trip to Sunderland to just 3,000 tickets. A statement on the club's official website reads: "We were very much aware of the strong demand for this fixture and argued for a significant increase on this figure. Sunderland's safety advisory group cited problems at the Stadium of Light in previous derby matches as the reason for the small figure."

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1232 FOOTBALL: Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live about Thierry Henry's altercation at Swansea, Peter Reid says: "Isn't that the beauty of the game? He gets the winner then four days later, he is getting stick from the fans."

1227 TENNIS: After a spate of poor results for British players at the Australian Open, Laura Robson argues the day is "not a disaster". Defeated Robson says: "It just so happened that we all played on the same day. If some of the girls played tomorrow then we wouldn't be saying that."

1223 CRICKET: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wants to start rebuilding the country's cricketing image and remove the blot of spot-fixing with a good performance in the first Test against world No 1 side England. Misbah says the team can get its "image back only by playing good cricket, by winning" - but they are likely to face Ian Bell and Stuart Broad, who are fit.

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1218 TENNIS: Caroline Wozniacki, searching for her maiden Grand Slam title, is celebrating after defeating local hope Anastasia Rodionova 6-2 6-1 at the Australian Open.

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1215 AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Tune in to 5 live Sports Extra at 1400 GMT for NFL Overtime including highlights of the Divisional play-offs from the weekend.

1207 RUGBY UNION: Chris Paterson, who has retired, will bid farewell to Murrayfield by presenting the match ball at next month's Calcutta Cup showdown between Scotland and England. He said: "I'll be at Murrayfield for the Calcutta Cup game, firstly as a Scotland supporter, and secondly to say thanks."

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1205 CRICKET: Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "My England team for the 1st Test - Strauss, Cook, Trott, KP, Bell, Morgan, Prior, Broad, Swann, Tremlett, Anderson..."

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1158 RUGBY UNION: Harlequins and England scrum-half Danny Care is banned from driving for 16 months and fined £3,100 for drink driving. The 25-year-old has already been omitted from England's Six Nations squad and fined by Quins over the incident in the early hours of 1 January.

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1156 GYMNASTICS: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter: "We've got a list of music selections for each rhythmic gymnastics team. It's brilliant. Azerbaijan are competing to the Con Air soundtrack!"

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1153 FOOTBALL: Everton take American striker Edson Buddle on trial, his agent confirms. Buddle plays for German second division side Ingolstadt and has scored nine goals since his move to Germany. He had previously attracted interest from Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday.

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1148 GYMNASTICS: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter: "Today is Rhythmic Gymnastics Test Event at the O2. First of 2 key qualifying days for GB in group event. Stand by for your one-tweet guide."

1141 FOOTBALL: Hatem Ben Arfa will not change his philosophy even if it means spending more time on the bench at Newcastle United, the French forward says. "[My philosophy] is to play football, a game made up of movement and passes," he said in an interview with French sports daily L'Equipe. "The coach [Alan Pardew] likes long, direct football. 'Send crosses into the box', he often says. But I totally respect his philosophy. I will not clash with him."

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1134 RUGBY UNION: Bayonne and Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips on Twitter: "Another week another new head coach! 3 coaches in 3 months! French rugby is never dull!"

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1131 FOOTBALL: Bolton boss Owen Coyle will make a handful of adjustments to his side for Tuesday's FA Cup third round replay against Macclesfield at the Reebok Stadium. Goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen has still not fully recovered from his thigh problem, so Adam Bogdan will continue in goal, while defender Gary Cahill is likely to have been confirmed as a Chelsea player before the game gets under way.

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1127 CRICKET: England batsman Ian Bell is struck on the left wrist in the nets and is taken for an X-ray on the eve of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai. An England spokesman described the X-ray as "precautionary".

1123 FOOTBALL: Inter Milan table a £20.7m bid for Carlos Tevez, but it is unlikely to meet Manchester City's valuation for the Argentine striker. "Our offer is 25m euros - now it depends on them whether they accept," Inter president Massimo Moratti told BBC Sport after their 1-0 win over AC Milan.

1117 FOOTBALL: Sir Bobby Charlton hails the return of Paul Scholes, saying it has increased the club's chances of retaining the Premiership title. He told United Review: "He's a great player and we're very lucky, because maybe the one thing Sir Alex [Ferguson] had given a bit of thought to was that we needed a creative player in midfield. Suddenly there's a knock on the door and it's Paul Scholes saying he wants to play again. Alex must have thought it was Christmas all over again."

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1114 FOOTBALL: BBC Scotland sport reporter Alasdair Lamont on Twitter: "John Fleck will decide after Rangers training today whether to join Blackpool or Sheff Utd on loan."

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1108 CYCLING: Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is among a number of cyclists that have been called to testify in the trial of seven people linked to the Operation Puerto doping scandal. Spanish media reports say Contador, former Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso and Italy's Michele Scarponi will be questioned by a Madrid court. Madrid's Superior Court is trying seven people on suspicion of providing doping services to cyclists in a 2006 case that implicated more than 50 cyclists in the use of performance-enhancing substances or practices. Contador is still awaiting a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport in his own unrelated doping probe.

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1101 RUGBY UNION: Fiji flanker Akapusi Qera signs a new two-year contract with Gloucester. Qera, 27, is in his fifth season with the club and has proved a success since his move to Kingsholm after the 2007 World Cup. "I love the people here, especially the fans and the crowd," he said.

1057 FOOTBALL: Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell insists he will not rush back from injury after a miserable 17 months on the sidelines. The 24-year-old has been out of action since August 2010 after suffering a second knee injury as he prepared to return to action after an initial lengthy lay-off with cruciate ligament damage. "I'm almost having to hold myself back," said Campbell. "This is one of the worst parts - those final few weeks just seem to drag, but I know I have to take it steady."

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1053 SCHOOL SPORTS: BBC sports editor David Bond on Twitter: "Wonder what school sports lobby make of Michael Gove's call to give Queen a new royal yacht. See via @guardian."

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1048 RUGBY UNION: Worcester Warriors confirm that centre Andy Short is to join Championship side Cornish Pirates on loan. Former England Under-20 international Short, who will be dual registered and therefore able to be called back for league action if required, has made a total of 18 appearances for Warriors and scored two tries.

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1044 TENNIS: Roger Federer's reticence to join other players in voicing complaints about issues affecting the men's game comes under scrutiny again at the Australian Open. Nikolay Davydenko said he did not understand why the 16-time Grand Slam champion was not supporting the push to address a list of player grievances which includes the length of the season and the distribution of prize money. Davydenko's remarks came a day after Rafael Nadal criticised his Swiss rival for sitting back while others speak out and "burn themselves".

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1037 CRICKET: BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew on Twitter: "Delighted to see, having suggested the idea to the ICC a year ago, that a hotline number to Anti Corruption Unit has been posted in media centre."

1028 CRICKET: BBC Sport's Joe Wilson in Dubai: "Stuart Broad is bowling in the middle without any sign of discomfort at the International Cricket Stadium. He was joined in an initial group by Chris Tremlett and James Anderson, although all England's bowlers had a spell bowling next to the wicket for the Test match."

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1020 FOOTBALL: Diego Maradona has had surgery to have kidney stones removed, the Dubai hospital where he is being treated said on Monday. A spokesman for the Canadian Specialist Hospital said in a statement that Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning captain, now coach of United Arab Emirates side Al Wasl, would be discharged within a few hours after a successful operation.

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1013 FOOTBALL: Inter Milan have lodged a bid of 25m euros for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, according to a report in Italy. Inter president Massimo Moratti tells Controcampo: "Our offer is 25m euros. Now it depends on them whether they accept or not."

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1007 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "Owen Coyle says Gary Cahill 'sailed' through his Chelsea medical and thinks the move will be concluded at some point today or tomorrow morning."


1002 TENNIS: Rafael Nadal is struggling with a new injury issue - a tendon problem in his right knee, which troubled him during his 6-4 6-1 6-1 win over Alex Kuznetsov. He became aware of the problem while sitting in a chair in his hotel room and feeling "a crack" in his knee and some "unbelieveable pain".

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0954 TENNIS: Having won the first set 7-5, Roger Federer has just sealed the second 6-2 against Alexandre Kuryavtsev in the Australian Open.

0950 CRICKET: England Test captain Andrew Strauss is "very confident" Stuart Broad will play against Pakistan although ''he does need to have a bowl today''. Strauss also expresses his support for the ECB's corruption amnesty and says he would "encourage players to come forward. Now is not the time to show loyalty to friends, it's the time to do what's right for the game of cricket".

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0939 FOOTBALL: Ravel Morrison on Twitter: "I have never once turned down a contract off Manchester United."

0937 FOOTBALL: Fernando Torres' recent performances have proven his critics wrong, according to his Chelsea team-mate Oriol Romeu. He told the club's official website: "People used to say that if he doesn't score then he is not playing good, but that is not true. He is playing very good in the two last games and that is good news for us."

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0933 CRICKET: Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "Strauss mentions excitement and 'juices flowing'... #loveit"

0924 TENNIS: Britain's first Australia Open loser today, Heather Watson, hails the woman who defeated her - Victoria Azarenka. Watson says: "Vika played great and I can't remember her missing a ball. That's why she is number three in the world. I have gained experience from this and I am not too upset because I tried my best even though I wasn't there today."

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0914 TENNIS: BBC Sport's George Riley at the Australian Open on Twitter: "Five British hopes at the start of the Australian Open today. Four straight sets defeats and a retirement. Keothavong has been very poorly with food poisoning."

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0908 TENNIS: We understand that Brit Anne Keothavong is pulling out of her Australian Open first-round match against Germany's Mona Barthel due to food poisoning. Keothavong lost the first set 6-0.

0906 RUGBY UNION: Tributes are being paid throughout the rugby community to former Sale Sharks player Selorm Kuadey. RPA CEO Damian Hopley says: "We are all shocked to the core by this tragic news about Selorm. He was an outstanding professional and brilliant young man who was so popular and respected by his team mates and peers across the game."

0904 RUGBY UNION: Sale say in a statement: "Sale Sharks are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death last week of former player Selorm Kuadey." Chief executive Mick Hogan adds: "We are devastated to learn about his tragic death and the club is offering our full support to his family, friends and former team mates during this deeply traumatic period."

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0859 DARTS: Bobby George tells BBC Radio 5 Live: "I don't really fear for the BDO. Anyone that does well goes to the PDC and I don't blame them - you can earn a lot of money. But there's always another star that'll come through. Kisty is another one. The PDC can't really survive without the BDO."

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0851 TENNIS: Brit Laura Robson is out of the Australian Open in the first round after losing 6-2 6-0 against Jelena Jankovic.

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0849 FOOTBALL: Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Love how the Arsenal fans don't take it personal when I bully Piers Morgan. I mean nothing against your team, just one of your fair-weather fans!"

0844 TENNIS: Reflecting on his impressive comeback victory against Fernando Verdasco in hot conditions, Bernard Tomic admits: "It's very hard in that position when you're down two sets to love and having three set points in that second set. If it was someone else, I think they would have thrown in the towel. I don't know how I found the energy today."

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0839 TENNIS: Having lost the opening set, Laura Robson is 4-0 down in the second against Jelena Jankovic in their Australian Open match.

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0834 TENNIS: Rafael Nadal beats Alex Kuznetsov 6-4 6-1 6-1 in the opening round of the Australian Open. Ten-time Grand Slam champion Nadal will play German Tommy Haas in the second round.

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0831 OLYMPICS: Discussing Mo Farah, Paula Radcliffe on Twitter: "Another funny "Mo-ism". He just asked me when the Olympics are on?!!"

0827 FOOTBALL: Diego Maradona has been given the all-clear by doctors in Dubai after surgery to remove kidney stones. Maradona has been told he can leave hospital and recuperate at home, having undergone surgery on Sunday after complaining of abdominal pains.

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0824 TENNIS: There are Brits in action at the Australian Open. Laura Robson has lost 6-2 in the opening set of her first round match against Jelena Jankovic and Elena Baltacha has just been beaten 6-2 6-4 by Stephanie Foretz Gacon. You can follow events over there live on the BBC Sport website.

0814 FOOTBALL: Something to pencil in for tonight is watching Late Kick Off, the Football League magazine show that takes fans inside their local clubs, which returns to BBC One. It is a new series which will be on at the regular time of 2305 GMT. You can see a preview here.

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0810 DARTS: PDC chairman Barry Hearn has confirmed on 5live Breakfast that two-time world champion Ted Hankey is switching from the BDO to the PDC, having lost his World Championship semi-final against Christian Kist.

0805 TENNIS: In front of his home crowd, Bernard Tomic is the talk of the Australian Open men's section after a gripping win over Fernando Verdasco, in which he came back from two sets down. In the women's draw, Belgium's Kim Clijsters begins her title defence well with a straight-sets victory over Maria Joao Koehler.

0800: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live on Monday 16 January. We start with the top three stories from today's gossip column. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is ready to test Tottenham with a £10m offer for unsettled striker Jermain Defoe, 29 (Daily Mirror), Paris Saint-Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti has offered Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez a lifeline after Alexandre Pato turned down a £29m move to PSG last week (The Times - subscription needed), and AC Milan have not given up on their pursuit of 27-year-old Tevez, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian. (Tuttosport - in Italian).



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