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Sportsday Live - Muhammad Ali at 70 special

Featuring tributes to Muhammad Ali on his 70th birthday, updates on Pakistan v England, reaction from the Australian Open, the latest football transfer news plus more. Get involved in Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday Follow us on Twitter: @BBCSport

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1900: That's it for Tuesday's Sportsday Live. Chris Bevan will be with you for all the FA Cup action Leicester v Nottingham Forest, Millwall v Dagenham & Redbridge, Bolton v Macclesfield and QPR v MK Dons and Sportsday Live will return at 0800 GMT on Wednesday.

1858 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa right-back Eric Lichaj has started on the comeback trail after five months out of action follow hip surgery. The United States international completed 45 minutes for the reserves in this afternoon's 7-1 victory over Wolves at Bodymoor Heath.

Breaking news
1852 FOOTBALL: Hearts have been charged with "failing to behave with the utmost good faith" over the delayed payment of player wages, the Scottish Premier League have confirmed.

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1840 ALI AT 70: British boxer Lennox Lewis on Twitter: "Happy Birthday to the Legends Muhammad Ali, Betty White, James Earle Jones, Vidal Sassoon and Michelle Obama"

1832 COMING UP: Sportsday at 1845 GMT on the BBC News Channel will bring you action from Dubai, as England's cricketers struggled against Pakistan, the latest news on troubled Darlington Football Club, and hear David Haye talking about Muhammad Ali on the great man's 70th birthday.

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1829 ALI AT 70: Basketball legend Earvin 'Magic' Johnson on Twitter: "Happy Birthday to a friend & one of the greatest athletes in history, Muhammad Ali."

1825 DARTS: Three-time BDO world champion Martin Adams has revealed that a neck injury hindered his 2012 title defence, report BBC Radio Three Counties Radio.

1818 FOOTBALL: Gary Cahill has declared his move to Chelsea could only help England's European Championship hopes. "Coming to a club like Chelsea, there are top-class, international players all the way through the squad so there is going to be strong competition and it is not going to be easy. I just hope when I get my chance I take it," Cahill said.

1810 OLYMPICS: A British athlete who tried to pay the costs of his Olympic preparations by selling himself on an online auction site has found a sponsor at last. Sprinter James Ellington thought he had succeeded in covering the travel, accommodation and kit costs for the London Games when he received a 35,000 pound ($53,700) offer on eBay. It turned out to be a hoax but a shaving product manufacturer has stepped in to sponsor the 26-year-old Londoner.

1806 BASEBALL: The American League champion Texas Rangers and reliever Mark Lowe have agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million deal to avoid arbitration.

1758 CYCLING: World road race champion and BBC Sports Personality of the Year Mark Cavendish will begin his 2012 season at the Tour of Qatar, staged between 5-10 February, his Sky team have announced.

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1755 GET INVOLVED: Steve Ashfield on Twitter: "He's quite simply the most recognisable sports star in the world. Muhammad Ali really is 'The Greatest' #bbcsportsday"

1750 EQUESTRIAN: William Fox-Pitt's World Equestrian Games double medal-winning horse Cool Mountain is out of contention for London 2012. Fox-Pitt, 43, has confirmed that Cool Mountain will take the year off after suffering a tendon injury last season, but the British rider still has three horses in contention for the Games.

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1745 HORSE RACING: More from BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "Trainer Paul Nicholls says smart nov hdler Prospect Wells to have throat op after disappointing, Sandown, Jan 7; on course for Chelteham Festival."

1740 OLYMPICS: More from the rythmics gymnastics saga, where the British team have not achieved the Olympic qualifying score, and BBC Sport's Ollie Williams describes his report on the BBC website as the "saddest Olympic story I've worked on."

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1735 HORSE RACING: BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "A 1 & a half times life-sized bust of the late Ginger McCain to be unveiled at Aintree by family on 1st day of Grand National Festival"

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1730 GET INVOLVED: Adam Ross on Twitter: "Cisse and Demba Ba up front. Senegalese destruction #finishing6th #nufc #bbcsportsday"

1720 HOCKEY: Britain will face India, Australia and Germany in an invitational event at the 16,000-seater Riverbank Arena in the Olympic Park from 2-6 May, alongside six other Olympic test events at the park.

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1715 GET INVOLVED: Pav Nahar on Twitter: "70 years old and still probably the biggest sporting icon in the world. 'LEGEND' happy birthday champ #bbcsportsday"

1712 PARALYMPICS: Britain's Sarah Storey has been selected to ride in the team sprint event at next months Para Cycling World Track Championship in Los Angeles. International cycling rules now allow mixed teams in the event and Storey will feature alongside Darren Kenny and Jody Cundy. The selection for the team sprint opens up the chance of her challenging for five Paralympic gold medals in London, to add to the seven she has to date, five of which were in her previous Paralympic Career as a swimmer.

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1710 FOOTBALL: A reminder that later tonight we have two live FA Cup replays for you. At 1945 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live there is commentary from Loftus Road as QPR take on MK Dons, while on BBC 5 live sports extra from 1955 GMT we have Bolton against Macclesfield. And Chris Bevan will be along around 1900 GMT with his live text commentary on the BBC website

1650 CRICKET: We are at the midway point in the third one-day international between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Bloemfontein. Sri Lanka, 2-0 down in the five-match series, have posted 266-9, Upul Tharanga top-scoring with 58.

1649 RUGBY UNION: The Rugby Football Union has employed a City headhunting firm to help it choose the next England head coach, writes BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan. Odgers Berndtson began the recruitment process last week, with the RFU wanting to announce a permanent successor to Martin Johnson by the end of the Six Nations in March.

1647 FOOTBALL: Birmingham have turned down a bid from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion for defender Liam Ridgewell. The 27-year-old, who won the Carling Cup with Birmingham last season, handed in a transfer request at St Andrews after the club were relegated to the Championship.

Breaking news
1645 FOOTBALL: Another game to fall foul of the weather in the lower leagues tonight is the Conference South match between Basingstoke and Salisbury, which is also off because of a frozen pitch.

1640 FOOTBALL: Chelsea are looking to the future with their latest signings, three teenage brothers from Blue Square Bet Premier side Luton Town. To be precise, their new acquisitions are 12-year-old twins Rio and Cole Dasilva, and 13-year-old Jay Dasilva, who have been part of Luton's academy since the age of seven.

1637 OLYMPICS: No luck for the Britain's rhythmic gymnastics team with their appeal. Their score remains lower than that required to go to the Games.

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1635 FOOTBALL: Tonight's Southern League Premier Division match between Stourbridge and Bedford Town is called off because of a frozen pitch.

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1630 GET INVOLVED: James Keen on Twitter: "He floats like a butterfly but stings like a bee, happy 70th birthday to the great Muhammad Ali #bbcsportsday"

1627 OLYMPICS: Just to clarify, the Britain's rhythmic gymnastics team score was 44.950 in the group discipline at the Olympic test event, missing the target of 45.223 set by their own governing body to prove they were good enough for the Games.

1625 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's Olympic news hound Ollie Williams reports from London's O2 Arena that the British rhythmic gymnastics group have missed the target score at the test event, and now may not compete at the London Olympics. The team have launched an appeal rgearding their score.

1620 SPORT: Sport England's chief executive, Jennie Price, admits the organisation's annual survey into participation numbers, which costs between £3m and £4m, needs a major review. "It is a lot of money but it is 1% of our total budget and it is critical that we have a proper way of measuring sports participation and it has to be independent," she says.

1615 FOOTBALL: A Scottish man is charged with racially abusing American midfielder Maurice Edu on Twitter.

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1610 FOOTBALL: And later tonight we have two live FA Cup replays for you. At 1945 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live there is commentary from Loftus Road as QPR take on MK Dons, while on BBC 5 live sports extra from 1955 GMT we have Bolton against Macclesfield.

1605 CRICKET: A reminder that you can hear highlights and interviews from the first day's play in the first Test between Pakistan and England now on BBC 5 live sports extra

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GET INVOLVED Good afternoon and welcome along to Sportsday Live. Don't forget, we'd like your tributes to the great Muhammad Ali on his 70th birthday and any other views on current sporting issues. You can send them via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1600 FOOTBALL: Hungarian striker Tamas Priskin has left Ipswich Town by mutual consent. The player scored nine goals in 35 starts for Town since joining from Watford in 2009.

1556 TENNIS: British number one Elena Baltacha has been reflecting on her disappointing loss to Stephanie Foretz Gacon at the Australian Open and a bad opening day for Britain in her latest BBC column. "We're aware that we all get lumped together when that happens, but tennis doesn't work like that.".

1552 BOXING: Enzo Maccarinelli has been lined up for a British title eliminator later in 2012. He will take on Bob Ajisafe with the winner of the light-heavyweight bout set to take on British Champion Tony Bellew.

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1546 SNOOKER: John Higgins beats Matthew Stevens 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

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1541 FOOTBALL: Blackburn have released a statement insisting Chris Samba is not for sale, despite the player handing in a transfer request on Monday.

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1534 FOOTBALL: Defender David Weir is leaving Rangers this week to continue his playing career in England.

1529 FOOTBALL: Liverpool striker Andy Carroll believes the return of Steven Gerrard can bring the best out of him. "When you're on the same team as him in training, some of the passes he puts through for you and the chances he creates are incredible really. So hopefully I can keep working hard, get a nice run of games, give some good performances and get a few goals," Caroll said.

Breaking news
1525 FOOTBALL: Celtic have announced the signing of defender Jaroslaw Fojut on a pre-contract agreement. The 24-year-old former Poland Under-20 international is set to move to Glasgow this summer on a three-year contract once his spell at Slask Wroclaw comes to an end.

1521 F1: Damon Hill has urged Lewis Hamilton to leave his personal issues at home this season and prove himself to be "mature" and "thoroughly professional". "What I would like to see from him is that he returns to his roots and comes out at the start of this season showing his very best as a mature driver in the way we know he can be," Hill told Press Association Sport.

1517 FOOTBALL: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is convinced a refreshed striker Hugo Rodallega can play a major role in the Latics' survival fight. "At his best, he is a big asset for this club. He is capable of opening things for us. We are really pleased with the level he has shown in the last three games," Martinez said.

1510 FOOTBALL: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy wants his Manchester City counterpart Roberto Mancini to stop waving imaginary cards at officials during matches. McCarthy said: "None of us should do it. It is something I don't like. There is a cultural difference. Roberto is in this country now."

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1501 GET INVOLVED: Luke Stovell on Twitter: "Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba up front possibly! Loving the sound of that! #NUFC #bbcsportsday"

1452 CRICKET: Leicestershire are in talks to sign experienced former Pakistan international batsman Mohammed Yousuf.

Breaking news
1446 CRICKET: Hampshire captain, Jimmy Adams has signed an extension at the club which will keep him at The Rose Bowl until the end of the 2014 season.

Twitter
1443 ALI AT 70: Viv Powers on Twitter: "There will never be anyone like Ali. Why? Because sport today is more about money than achievement. He was truly the greatest #bbcsportsday"

1437 FOOTBALL: Nottingham-born Kieron Freeman has just joined a small group of footballers, who have played for Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Mansfield Town. But what makes his feat so special is that the 19-year-old defender appeared for all three sides in successive weeks.

1433 RUGBY LEAGUE: St Helens winger Francis Meli tells BBC Radio Merseyside the Saints have a lot of depth in their squad going into the 2012 Super League season.

1430 FOOTBALL: Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man are set to meet Gibraltar's FA to discuss a new tournament.

1428 WINTER SPORTS: IOC president Jacques Rogge says the Youth Olympic Games are a "golden opportunity" to develop and educate young kids.

1422 FOOTBALL: Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cisse is in talks with Newcastle, Press Association Sport understands.

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1416 GET INVOLVED: Get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday


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1410 FOOTBALL: Sylvain Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle will start for Wolves after Mick McCarthy opted to rest in-form striker Steven Fletcher for Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay against Birmingham. Injured trio Kevin Foley, Dave Edwards and Roger Johnson all miss out.

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1405 ATHLETICS: A British sprinter who offered himself for sponsorship via an online auction has finally secured a deal to pursue his Olympic dreams. James Ellington resorted to the unconventional method after he missed out on fundraising opportunities because of injury. Ellington went up for auction in December with a £30,000 reserve and King of Shaves has offered him a deal.

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1401 F1: Williams driver Bruno Senna on Twitter: "I'd like to thank everyone for the support and the patience! It's been a great battle but here we are! Can't wait to sit in the car!"

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1357 TENNIS: Five-time champion Serena Williams moves into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-2 win over Austria's Tamira Paszek.

1354 CRICKET: England's Matt Prior: "It's been a tough day. We haven't performed as we'd have wanted to. It's obviously a pretty good batting surface. A mixture of some poor shots and a bit of luck was to blame. Saeed Ajmal has got the variations. Any spin bowlers that spins it both ways is tricky. We've got to find a way of dealing with him a lot better than we did today."

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1347 ALI AT 70: Summer Sanders on Twitter: "Will never forget meeting Muhammad Ali. Shook his hand, kissed his cheek and he pretended he got knocked out. Happy 70th Birthday!"

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1344 FOOTBALL: Man Utd defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Just dispelling the rumours that I'm a doubt for sunday! Trained with the team as normal since the game saturday! Coaches ran us hard 2day!"

Breaking news
1343 FOOTBALL: Hearts fail to pay the wages of their players and a number of staff on time for a fourth successive month, the Scottish Premier League announce.

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1341 CYCLING: Two-time race champion Andre Greipel of Germany took the leader's ochre jersey at the Tour Down Under in a crash-marred start to the season's opening World Tour race. Lotto sprinter Greipel, who won the pre-race criterium on Sunday, won a photo-finish decision from veteran Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi of Lampre.

BBC Radio 5 live
1337 BBC Radio 5 live coverage: If you missed the early start in the cricket there are highlights from day one of the first Test in Dubai, as well as interviews and a round-up from Jonathan Agnew and Geoffrey Boycott at 1400 GMT and 5 live sports extra also has FA Cup third Round replay commentary from 1955 GMT with full commentary on Bolton v Macclesfield.

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1334 ALI AT 70: Willie Kemp on Twitter: "Happy 70th Birthday To The One And Only Muhammad Ali. This World Would Be A Better Place If We Had More Black Men Like You!"

1329 ALI AT 70: Ali opponent George Chuvalo: "Happy Birthday, Muhammad. I hope you have a great 70th. I know you've had a tough time lately but we're all rooting for you, all the guys who fought you, all the guys who know you, all the guys who love you, all the guys who want the best for you. Happy Birthday."

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1324 ALI AT 70: MurrayLedger on Twitter: "Muhammad Ali turns 70 on Tuesday, giving Baby Boomers who grew up with him one more reason to reflect on their own advancing years"

1322 FOOTBALL: Jose Mourinho defends Cristiano Ronaldo's form on the eve of Real Madrid's Copa del Rey quarter-final against Barcelona, describing the Portugal forward's performance against Mallorca as his best since the coach's arrival at the club. Ronaldo came in for criticism after squandering chances in a 3-1 loss to Barcelona last month, but Mourinho says the player's work ethic in the second half of Saturday's 2-1 win was better than "all the goals he's scored, the hat-tricks, the winning goal in the cup final".

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1318 CRICKET: Pakistan are 42-0 at stumps on day one of the first Test in Dubai, England having been dismissed for 192. Spinner Saeed Ajmal took a career-best 7-55 for Pakistan and Matt Prior top-scored for England with 70 not out.

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1311 BOXING: Audley Harrison is to return to the ring in April with a fight against Ali Adams. Harrison last fought in November 2010 when he was soundly beaten by fellow Briton David Haye in a challenge for the WBA heavyweight title. The 40-year-old has since appeared in TV reality show Strictly Come Dancing but is determined to erase the memory of that Haye defeat, starting with a 10-rounder against Adams in Brentwood on 14 April.

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1306 FOOTBALL: Darlington are offered a potential lifeline as former chairman George Houghton enters discussions over a proposed takeover of the stricken club. Administrators Rowlands Accountants were reported to have set a deadline of midday on Tuesday for any interested bidders to submit their final offers. The 128-year-old club entered administration for a third time in 10 years earlier this month, with the subsequent 10-point deduction leaving them just above the Blue Square Bet Premier relegation zone.

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1300 ALI AT 70: An exhibition of Ali-inspired art is taking place at the Generation Pop gallery Manchester, reports BBC Radio 5 live. It is open until next month.

1256 FOOTBALL: Argentine football legend Diego Maradona reassures his fans he feels fine after undergoing treatment for kidney stones. Although he still has stomach pain and a slight fever, he says: "I say to all those who love me, I'm fine."

1252 FORMULA ONE: Bruno Senna, who replaces fellow Brazilian Rubens Barrichello at Williams, says: "I feel very privileged Williams has selected me as one of their race drivers. The team has a great heritage and I hope I can help write a good chapter in their history."

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1243 TENNIS: Lleyton Hewitt beats Germany's Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 7-5 6-4 3-6 7-5 to set up a second-round match against Andy Roddick at the Australian Open. Serena Williams and Tamira Paszek are under way in the final match of day two.

1234 CRICKET: Sri Lanka win the toss and choose to bat first in the third one-day international against South Africa at Bloemfontein. Sri Lanka trail 2-0 in the five-match series.

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1228 FORMULA ONE: Brazilian Bruno Senna will race for Williams this season, following in the footsteps of his late uncle and triple world champion Ayrton who died in one of the Formula One team's cars at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

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1224 ALI AT 70: Barry Travis on Twitter: "Ali's passion was brilliant, his borderline torture of Ernie Terrell for refusing to call him Ali was inspirational."

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1222 GET INVOLVED: Steven Johnson on Twitter: "Take a look at Ali at 70 and then try and defend the sport of boxing. Brainless thuggery dressed as a sport."

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1214 CRICKET: England are bowled out for 192 in their first innings against Pakistan on the opening day of the first Test. Saeed Ajmal takes a career-best 7-55.

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1209 RUGBY UNION: Wasps endure yet another injury setback today as it is announced that winger Tom Varndell is ruled out for up to 12 weeks. Varndell requires surgery on a foot problem and looks likely to miss the rest of the campaign with the club's final regular-season Premiership game staged on 5 May

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1206 ALI AT 70: EllenaPr on Twitter: "Thank you Muhammad Ali for making me start what I love the most now. Happy birthday"

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1200 RUGBY UNION: Sale executive director of sport Steve Diamond's disciplinary hearing into two counts of verbally abusing match officials, scheduled for tonight, has been postponed. Diamond is alleged to have verbally abused referee Wayne Barnes and his assistants Rhys Davies and Gareth Copsey at the end of the 21-19 defeat by London Irish on 8 January.

1156 TENNIS: Former world number one Andy Roddick is convinced professional tennis players have the leverage to push through the changes they want to see in the men's game if they remain united. Speaking about last weekend's meeting of 140 players, at which a mass boycott of the Australian Open was proposed, the American said: "I don't think we should underestimate our leverage in this game, especially if we do have one voice," Roddick said after beating Robin Haase in the first round of the Australian Open.

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1151 FOOTBALL: Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman agrees a one-year extension of his contract until July 2013. Koeman joined the 2002 Uefa Cup winners in July. The Rotterdam club finished in mid-table last season, while this season Feyenoord are fifth in the league, seven points behind leaders AZ Alkmaar.

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1146 BBC Radio 5 live coverage: Mark Pougatch presents 5 live Sport at 1900 GMT from Loftus Road, with full commentary on the FA Cup third round replay between QPR and MK Dons. There will also be updates on the other replays, as Leicester face Nottingham Forest, Millwall play Dagenham & Redbridge and Bolton take on Macclesfield. The other scheduled third round replay, Wrexham v Brighton at the Racecourse, has been postponed because of heavy overnight frost and is expected to be take place on Wednesday evening at 1915 GMT.

Breaking news
1141 FOOTBALL: QPR reach an agreement with Sao Paulo for striker Henrique subject to a work permit, the Press Association understands.

Twitter
1138 ALI AT 70: Lolade Adewuyi on Twitter: "When I read Muhammad Ali's bio 'The Greatest' as a teenager, I knew that the world was not too big for a kid born in Argungu to conquer"

1132 ALI AT 70: Veteran American boxing writer Jerry Izenberg: "Don't try to tell me that Muhammad Ali is 70 years old this morning. No. Not him. Tell me instead the calendar is a liar and a fraud. Tell me that the next time I see him the ravages of that obscenity called Parkinson's disease will have melted away, exiled to some dark attic room like the photograph of Dorian Gray. Remind me about what I knew and what I saw and what I lived in a time warp that still owns a major slice of the backroads of my mind."

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1125 WINTER YOUTH OLYMPICS: "Great Britain's curlers, who were among the favourites for a medal in Innsbruck, have been eliminated at the group stage," reports BBC Sport's Nick Hope. "They defeated Russia 6-3 this morning but after four losses earlier in the week and other results going against them, GB's fait was out of their hands. Their team-leader Brad Askew insists that the athletes will learn from the experience and be better prepared for challenging for places in the senior team, come the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang."

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1122 CRICKET: England are 151-8 on day one of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai after losing Graeme Swann for 34.

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1117 TENNIS: French sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeats Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in four sets to reach the second round of the Australian Open. Former finalist Tsonga beat Istomin 6-4 3-6 6-2 7-5 and will next play Brazilian Ricardo Mello.

1110 ALI AT 70: Ireland's former featherweight world champion Barry McGuigan says Muhammad Ali is "the most impactful athlete the world has seen". "Outside of the ring he helped make history by taking a stand, by saying no to the most powerful nation on earth and giving the disenfranchised African-Americans a voice and hope," McGuigan told the Mirror. "These days athletes bank money. Ali banked history."

1101 FOOTBALL: Thierry Henry apologises for swearing at an Arsenal fan following his side's 3-2 Premier League defeat at Swansea City on Sunday. "After the final whistle of a very tricky game, I insisted the whole team go and applaud the Arsenal supporters," Henry told the Sun. "When I arrived in front of our own fans, I couldn't understand the abuse the team were getting from one of them. I wanted to tell the fan in question that we need their support not abuse. The sentiment was right but in hindsight could have been better expressed."

1056 ALI AT 70: Britain's former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis: "All the other athletes in the world may not admit it, but they wouldn't have the earning power they enjoy today without the things Ali did. He paved the way for the successful careers of other athletes. We wouldn't have been the great symbols in sports if it had not been for him."

1050 RUGBY UNION: Glasgow centre Peter Horne signs a new deal which ties him to the club until May 2015. The 22-year-old is currently a contracted member of the Scotland sevens squad and, like back-row forward James Eddie, will complete his commitments in the abbreviated form of the game before rejoining the Warriors set-up on a full-time basis in the summer.

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1047 CRICKET: England are 139-7 at tea, with Graeme Swann unbeaten on 27 and Matt Prior 37 not out, on day one of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

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1036 CRICKET: England are 128-7 with Graeme Swann unbeaten on 22 and Matt Prior 31 not out against Pakistan in the first Test's opening day. Analysing the England top-order's display, Geoff Boycott tells BBC Radio 5 live: "They were impetuous. They played poor shots."

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1029 ALI AT 70: Olympic gold medallist Mark Hunter on Twitter: "A big happy 70th Birthday to the Greatest boxer, Muhammad Ali. His quotes are things that legends are made from!"

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1026 ALI AT 70: Sarah MacDonald on Twitter: "Ali at 70 - a true sporting legend which is used too widely these days! 17/01 is a birthday for Legends! P.S. It's my birthday."

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1020 TENNIS: Ana Ivanovic reaches the Australian Open second round after a 6-0 6-3 win over Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

1013 FOOTBALL: Aberdeen confirm Russell Anderson has completed his return to Pittodrie after a spell of almost five years away. Defender Anderson, 33, was a free agent after parting company with Derby last month - and has been handed the captain's armband again.

1006 ALI AT 70: Earnie Shavers says modern heavyweights are "not fit to carry Muhammad Ali's gym bag". Shavers lost a 15-round decision to Ali in 1977, although he was a friend before the fight and has remained so in the intervening 35 years. Read Ben Dirs' piece here.

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0957 FOOTBALL: The FA Cup third round replay between Wrexham and Brighton is postponed due to heavy frost. It is hoped the match will be re-arranged for tomorrow at 1915 GMT.

0955 TENNIS: On a bad day for Australia's women in their home Grand Slam, Jarmila Gajdosova hits back at her critics after losing in the first round against Russian Maria Kirilenko. She says: "Whenever I play, everybody questions my game. How would you feel going on the court knowing the first thing they're gonna say is 'ah, you made 40 unforced errors, so that's why you lost'?"

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0951 CRICKET: England lose Stuart Broad for eight, also lbw, making the score 94-7 against Pakistan in the first Test's opening day. Saeed Ajmal has a five-wicket haul now.

0945 ALI AT 70: Our chief sports writer Tom Fordyce thinks Muhammad Ali is still the greatest ever. Read his blog here.

0940 CYCLING: German Andre Greipel wins the opening stage of the Tour Down Under as three riders and a 70-year-old, female spectator are taken to hospital following a crash. Matteo Montaguti (collarbone), Frederic Guesdon (hip) and Juergen Roelandts (neck) were involved in a huge pile-up in the final part of the 149-km stage between Prospect and Clare.

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0935 OLYMPICS: London 2012 will relaunch their Olympic ticket re-sale site this afternoon but the public will not be able to buy the newly available tickets until April, the organising committee announces.

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0925 CRICKET: England lose another wicket as Eoin Morgan is given out lbw for 24, leaving them on 82-6 against Pakistan in the first Test's opening day.

0916 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish says it is "very unlikely" he will let any of his players leave during the current transfer window which ends in a fortnight. Villa's Darren Bent and James Collins have been targets but McLeish says: "Am I wanting to do (transfer) business? I am not pushing. Only if it was an attractive proposition would we do anything so it's very unlikely we would let any of our players go."

0909 ALI AT 70: Watch archive footage of the man they call the Louisville Lip as he shoots from the hip in a selection of some of his most famous pre-fight braggadocio, predictions and quips.

BBC Radio 5 live
0900 ALI AT 70: Joe Bugner, who fought Ali in 1973 and 1975, tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It was a great pleasure to fight him on both occasions. He was more of an athlete than a fighter. He was a highly intelligent athlete, who utilised every inch of the boxing room."

0855 OLYMPICS: David Beckham and Ryan Giggs are among 184 of 191 players contacted by the Football Association who have indicated they wish to be considered for the London 2012 British men's team. BOA communications director Darryl Seibel says: "This is an outstanding response and it confirms what we have believed all along, which is there is widespread interest among players in competing for Team GB at the London 2012 Games."

Twitter
0850 ALI AT 70: Matt Merrick on Twitter: "These days a 'legend' is someone who sits on a bench for 100k a week. Ali is a proper Legend. With a capital L."

0848 ALI AT 70: There's plenty for Muhammad Ali's fans to enjoy on the BBC Sport website this morning. He was out-spoken throughout his career - but you can have a read about what people say about him.

0841 TENNIS: US Open champion Samantha Stosur is shattered by her shock defeat - in front of her home crowd - against Sorana Cirstea at the Australian Open. Stosur, who lost 7-6 6-3, says: "I am extremely disappointed. It's certainly not what I wanted. I think it was one of those matches where I wasn't taking charge and she was playing super aggressive."

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0834 ALI AT 70: Isaac Walker on Twitter: "Ali's fight with Ernie Terrel was the best ever, inspirational. True ambassador for the sport and yet still the best!"

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0834 ALI AT 70: Dan Packer on Twitter: "Muhammad Ali 70th - true inspiration and not only a great boxer but a great personality... true legend."

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0826 CRICKET: Former England captain Michael Vaughan tells BBC Radio 5 live: "England won a good toss, the pitch is good, but spin was the difference. England have looked quite negative. All of a sudden we've had a cluster of wickets and they're in big trouble."

0820 ALI AT 70: Bill Clinton, former US president, has been paying tribute to Muhammad Ali. You can watch a video of Clinton's comments on our site as he says Ali's talent, charisma and strong principals were responsible for raising boxing's popularity across the world.

0815 TENNIS: Andy Murray says he was given a test by Ryan Harrison before triumphing 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the Australian Open first round. The Brit admits: "He is one of the up-and-coming guys and I was expecting a tough match and that's what I got. I started to play better towards the end of the match. I had a few nerves at the start."

Live action now
0809 CRICKET: England are in action, playing the opening day of their series against Pakistan. It's been a tough morning as they are 52-5 at lunch. You can follow the latest developments on the BBC Sport website by reading Mark Mitchener's live text commentary.

0805 ALI AT 70: We'd like to hear your memories of Muhammad Ali so contact us via Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday. Where do you think he ranks in the list of the all-time great sportsmen? Was he indeed The Greatest?

0800: Paris Saint-Germain are believed to have made a £25m bid for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, 27, after City turned down a £21m bid from Inter Milan (Daily Star), Everton are set to give a trial to 30-year-old USA striker Edson Buddle, who plays for German second division side Ingolstadt04 (Liverpool Echo), and Tottenham have placed a £20m pricetag on England striker Jermain Defoe, 29, who had been linked with a £10m bid from Liverpool. (Daily Mirror).

Champagne moment
0800: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live on Tuesday 17 January, the 70th birthday of a global sporting icon - Muhammad Ali. We'll let you know how people are paying tribute to him as the day goes on, but first here are the top three stories from today's gossip column...


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