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2100 SNOOKER: A break of 75 gives John Higgins a 3-2 lead in his best-of-11 quarter-final against Graeme Dott at the Masters at Alexandra Palace. It's time to close down the doors of Sportsday Live for another day but you can watch the match live on the BBC website. Please join us again tomorrow at 0800 GMT.

2045 FOOTBALL: Following on from the Pepe apology for his stamp on Lionel Messi, described as "shameful" and "embarrassing" in the Spanish press, and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho says: "I haven't seen it, but obviously if it is deliberate he will be punished."

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2042 RUGBY UNION: The half-time score in that Amlin Challenge Cup Pool 5 match is Sale 9-6 Brive.

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2040 RUGBY UNION: A Nick MacLeod penalty puts Sale 9-3 ahead against Brive late in the first-half of their Amlin Challenge Cup Pool 5 match.

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2030 GET INVOLVED: Lee Robson on Twitter: "For what Danny Welbeck is requesting in wages per week, that could save Darlington FC for another 3 weeks. Madness. #bbcsportsday"

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2023 SNOOKER: It's 2-2 at the interval in the best-of-11 quarter-final between John Higgins and Graeme Dott at the Masters at Alexandra Palace. You can watch the match live on the BBC website.


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2022 RUGBY UNION: A score update for you from the Amlin Challenge Cup Pool 5, where Sale and Brive are locked at 3-3 after 20 minutes.

2015 FOOTBALL: Real Madrid's Pepe has apologised to Barcelona star Lionel Messi after stamping on his hand during the team's 2-1 El Clasico defeat last night. "It was unintentional, but I nevertheless want to apologise to him if he was offended because all I do is defend my team and this institution. I give my heart and soul, and the thought of hurting a colleague has never entered my mind," he says.

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2010 GET INVOLVED: Simon Ware on Twitter: "Jerome Valcke demands the sale of alcohol at WC Brazil '14... wonder how he'll get on with Qatar?! #bbcsportsday"

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2006 SNOOKER: John Higgins wins two frames in succession, the second after a curious delay following confusion regarding the score, in which referee Jan Verhaas stopped Graeme Dott mid-break, to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-11 quarter-final at the Masters at Alexandra Palace. You can watch the match live on the BBC website.

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2005 GET INVOLVED: Good evening and welcome along to Sportsday Live, from MediaCityUK in Salford. Don't forget you can get involved too, we will be continuing with the snooker and other updates for a while longer so please send in your thoughts on the latest sporting issues via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1948 FOOTBALL: Warnock: "It would have been difficult to resist because people get on the phone and tweet and it's almost like slowly poisoning somebody from outside the club and no doubt from within the club as well. It's a dangerous precedent. If you let players talk to the chairman but, you know, you can't stop tweeting."


1946 FOOTBALL: Warnock: "My achievements at the club were almost a miracle given what I've had to contend with. Even the owner Tony... I know the influence he'll have had from certain people over the past few weeks."

1943 FOOTBALL: Former Queens Park Rangers boss Neil Warnock has spoken to the BBC about his sacking. It's rather powerful stuff...

1939 FOOTBALL: Team GB coach Stuart Pearce says he is "saddened" by the reluctance of the Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh football associations to embrace Team GB. All three associations have discouraged their players from taking part in the Olympics, fearful of losing their independent status within Fifa.

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1925 SNOOKER: Graeme Dott takes the first frame of his best-of-11 quarter-final with John Higgins on the black at the Masters at Alexandra Palace. You can watch the match live and uninterrupted on the BBC website.

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1910 SNOOKER: We are underway in the second quarter-final at the Masters at Alexandra Palace, which you can watch live and uninterrupted on the BBC website, with Graeme Dott and John Higgins contesting an all-Scottish showdown.

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1904 GET INVOLVED: Lee Smith on Twitter: "Taiwo didn't settle in Milan, I think, but he seemed a real player at Marseille. Coup or gamble?? #bbcsportsday"

1858 FOOTBALL: Israel Jimenez, Marco De la Mora, Javier Cortes and Nestor Calderon, suspended for six months for violating training rules by reportedly entertaining female guests in their rooms during a training camp in Ecuador are returning to Mexico's national team for an international friendly against Venezuela in Houston on 25 January.

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1855 FOOTBALL: We are hearing that new boss Mark Hughes has agreed a deal to bring defender Taye Taiwo to QPR from AC Milan.

1845 FOOTBALL: Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke says of Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup: "there is not a single stadium ready today." He added that beer must be allowed at matches, despite Brazilian law prohibiting beer sales at games, and that Fifa and Brazil need to resolve a long-standing dispute over ticket prices soon.

1837 FOOTBALL: Mohamed Bin Hammam's appeal against his dismissal by the Asian Football Confederation will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday. Bin Hammam is also going to Cas in the spring to challenge his lifetime ban by Fifa.

1835 FOOTBALL: Swedish midfielder Mervan Celik, out of contract after leaving GAIS, has agreed to sign for Rangers, according to his agent. Hasan Cetinkaya, said on www.stv.tv: "We have agreed a deal in principle with Rangers and we have agreed all conditions. It is a three-and-a-half-year contract."

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1825 GET INVOLVED: Dan Thomas on Twitter: "Glad David Beckham has decided on his future. His passion is as strong as ever and he has done wonders for the game in the US. #bbcsportsday"

1820 GOLF: South African Grant Veenstra earned a place at the Open Championship at Royal Lytham from 19-22 July after winning the 36-hole African qualifying event by one shot. The next final qualifying event for the famous Championship is the Asian version in Bangkok on 1-2 March.

1815 FOOTBALL: More from former England captain David Beckham, speaking before a star-struck audience at a Google interview in Los Angeles following his new two-year contract extension at LA Galaxy: "On my next birthday I'll be 37. I still feel young and I will continue to play as long as I can. I love it. I enjoy training, I enjoy games, I enjoy being part of a team. My new contract will take me up to almost 39 and then we will see. I think people expected me to either move away or retire at the end of my old LA deal. "

1810 FOOTBALL: BBC Scotland's Reporting Scotland programme at 1830 GMT will feature an interview with GB Olympic football coach Stuart Pearce, and his hopes of including Scottish players.

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1755 ATHLETICS: More from BBC Sport's Nick Hope on Twitter at the World Youth Olympics in Austria, where the discovery of an unexploded WWII bomb has caused a certain amount of havoc: "Police say the bomb was potentially very dangerous but it has now been removed and the surrounding roads have been re-opened."

1750 WATER POLO: All over in the European Championships and Serbia have beaten Croatia 15-12, in a somewhat predictably bad-tempered match that saw 38 expulsions and the Serbia coach banished to the stands.

1742 MOTORSPORT: Citroen's Sebastien Loeb extended his lead in the season-opening Monte Carlo rally, building an advantage of one minute 37 seconds over Spaniard Dani Sordo in a Mini, with Norwegian Petter Solberg in third place a further three seconds behind. Sebastien Ogier kept up with the leaders in the icy conditions but crashed on the day's final stage and retired.

1740 FOOTBALL: Spurs playmaker Luka Modric insists his team will continue their positive approach in Sunday's crunch Premier League match at leaders manchester City. "I hope we'll do well and maybe win - why not? We will go there in a positive frame of mind and try to win. We do that against every opponent," the Croatian says.

1734 FOOTBALL: Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has spoken to BBC Radio Manchester about quitting Blue Square Premier club Stockport in November. "I was brought in by a consortium that wanted to takeover the club. The takeover didn't go through and I didn't see myself there under the old ownership. Unless the ownership situation had been sorted, I wasn't prepared to stay on. I hope in the future the ownership gets sorted. I understand someone might be coming in with some investment. Hopefully they get back to where they belong, in the Football League," he says.

1730 SNOOKER: Later at 1900 GMT you can watch the second quarter-final at the Masters at Alexandra Palace live and uninterrupted on the BBC website as Graeme Dott and John Higgins contest an all-Scottish showdown.

1722 FOOTBALL: Former England captain David Beckham, speaking at a Google interview in Los Angeles following his new two-year contract extension at LA Galaxy: "I'm going to keep playing for as long as possible and as long as teams keep offering me new contracts, I'll keep playing. I would still be playing this sport if I wasn't be paid for it. Not that I don't want to be paid for it!"

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1720 BOXING: BBC Sport's Richard Conway on Twitter: in pursuit of Michael Welsh, the World Boxing Association's scoring supervisor at the Amir Khan v Lamont Peterson fight last month. "I've contacted Michael Welsh, the WBA rep who Mustafa Ameen claims was ill during Khan/Peterson fight. He declined to comment on the claims. Welsh continuing to direct questions to the WBA. Perhaps we'll learn more at Peterson's WBA appeal against an order to face Khan rematch."

1717 FOOTBALL: Manchester City's Adam Johnson says of his team's push for the Premier League title: "Most of lads are not thinking about it but we are three points clear, so from this position, it would be devastating not to do it."

1715 FOOTBALL: Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has rejected predecessor Carlo Ancelotti's claims that the Blues need to sell Didier Drogba for Fernando Torres to flourish. "It's nothing to do with one being present and the other one not," Villas-Boas says. "It's the same with Barcelona and Real Madrid. You compete with the best within the group."

1710 RUGBY LEAGUE: St Helens legend Tom Van Vollenhoven, the South African winger who scored a club record 392 tries in 408 appearances from 1957-66, will lead out his old team for their first Super League match at their new Langtree Park stadium against Salford on 10 February.

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1705 GET INVOLVED: Rob Griffin on Twitter: in reference to our #olympicthursday feature with Ben Ainslie, "in 3rd year + MSc I often ran after midnight when I finished work + had been at uni all day."

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1702 ATHLETICS: BBC Sport's Nick Hope on Twitter at the World Youth Olympics in Austria: "The #IOC confirm that an unexplored second-world-war bomb was discovered in the centre of Innsbruck this evening. The #IOC postpone tonight's medal presentations in the centre of Innsbruck as a precaution. Bomb disposal squads are on site & working now."

1700 FOOTBALL: St Mirren confirm they have agreed a fee with Hamilton for Dougie Imrie.

1655 ATHLETICS: Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will race over 100 metres at the Golden Gala in Rome on 31 May. The triple gold medallist will headline the third Diamond League meeting of the season ahead of the defence of his titles in London this summer.

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1650 BOXING: A word about this evening on on BBC Radio 5 live and at 2030 GMT there is 'Ali at 70' a 5 live Sport special that features interviews with Bill Clinton, former boxer Larry Holmes and the Reverend Jesse Jackson, one of America's foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. The Reverend says of Ali: "When he risked his Championship for his commitment to peace with passion and integrity with religion, it took on a different dimension. He was a champion inside the ring, with his anti-war stance.....beyond the ring his sense of dignity took him to another level. He is now a figure of another dimension, he has the kind of moral authority in his world today that Nelson Mandela has in his world today. He is a living icon now and those that once booed him now cheer him, he is a global figure for hope and possibility."

1644 GOLF: Finally from the world of golf for now, Rory McIlroy's six-iron to within inches of the 10th hole on the final day of his runaway US Open victory has been voted by fans the European Tour Shot of the Year for 2011. The Northern Irishman polled 30% of the vote, with popular Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez collecting 21% for his 250-yard second shot to the long 17th at Valderrama in the Andalucia Masters. McIlroy also took third place for his holed bunker shot on the final hole of his Hong Kong Open win.

1642 GOLF: The American Curtis Cup team has been finalised already despite the match against Britain and Ireland's leading women amateurs not taking place until 8-10 June. Amy Anderson, Lindy Duncan, Austin Ernst, Tiffany Lua and the wonderfully named Brooke Pancake had already been selected, and Lisa McCloskey, Erica Popson and Emily Tubert complete the line-up. No player in the team is older than 21.

1640 GOLF: Some golf news to round up for you and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts carded a course record 64 to open a four-shot lead after the first round of the Volvo Golf Champions event in South Africa. The 35-man tournament brings together last season's European Tour winners. Former Open champions Padraig Harrington and Louis Oosthuizen were among four players on 69 while former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie carded a 70. Masters champion Charl Schwartzel struggled to a 75 and triple major winner Ernie Els returned a 71.

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1635 GET INVOLVED: Richard Finch on Twitter: "United upset by Welbeck's demands? They started it by paying obscene wages to the likes of Ferdinand, Rooney et al #bbcsportsday"

1630 OLYMPICS: More Olympic news, and Beijing 2008 triple jump gold medallist Nelson Evora confirms he will not compete at London 2012 because of a stress fracture.

1620 FOOTBALL: Oxford striker James Constable is set to enter talks with Swindon Town over a possible move to the County Ground. The U's recently rejected a bid from their arch-rivals for the 27-year-old, but have now accepted a "much improved offer" from the Robins.

1615 OLYMPICS: More Olympic things to look out for. Boxer Natasha Jonas gives the phrase "Olympic family" a new look as she tries to keep the household under control while BBC North West Tonight's Stuart Pollitt and team film her. Jonas hopes to represent Britain when women's boxing makes its Olympic debut at London 2012. #olympicthursday

1610 OLYMPICS: Also this afternoon it is Olympic Thursday. This week's #olympicthursday star attraction, Ben Ainslie regularly ran at 0100 hours after a night out to stay trim. It helped him to three Olympic titles and now he's preparing for a fourth. Will that spur you on to go jogging after last orders this weekend? Get involved with #olympicthursday on Twitter.

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1605 GET INVOLVED: Good afternoon and welcome along to Sportsday Live, from MediaCityUK in Salford. Don't forget you can get involved in Sportsday Live too, send in your thoughts on the latest sporting issues via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1557 FOOTBALL: Former Sunderland chairman Sir Tom Cowie, who spent six years at the helm from 1980, has died at the age of 89.

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1552 RUGBY UNION: Northampton flanker Tom Wood will miss England's opening two Six Nations matches due to a big toe injury which will require him to wear a protective boot for four weeks.

1550 OLYMPICS: Should the British Olympic Association be able to prevent aspiring Olympians competing at London 2012, when a place would otherwise await them? That's what's happened to the GB rhythmic gymnastics team. "It's absolutely crazy, we have a place for them so we should send the best we have to offer," says BlueYakMan. However, dan_pugh says: "I see absolutely no reason for them to expect a place in the competition merely because it is to be held on their home soil." What do you think? Join the #olympicthursday discussion on Ollie Williams' blog and on Twitter about the fate of Britain's rhythmic gymnasts and the broader power of the BOA in selecting the Olympic team.

1542 FOOTBALL: Chelsea have categorically denied attempting to rig October's vote over the future of the Stamford Bridge freehold. A club spokesman said: "As we have previously stated, when approached by people asking how they can help, we responded that they should vote in favour of the motion if they have shares, or buy shares and vote in favour of the motion. We categorically deny any allegations of wrongdoing against the club or anyone connected to the club."

1534 OLYMPICS: Would you be able to go for a run at 1am after a night out? Would the thought even cross your mind? This week's #olympicthursday star attraction, Ben Ainslie, did so routinely at university to stay trim. It helped him to three Olympic titles and now he's preparing for a fourth. Will that spur you on to go jogging after last orders this weekend? Get involved with #olympicthursday on Twitter.

1527 BOXING: Ricky Burns added: "Both of us [Kevin Mitchell] are promoted by Frank Warren so it is an easy fight for us to make. I would say the two of us are the best lightweights in Britain just now so it is a fight that I would really want."

1526 BOXING: Scottish boxer Ricky Burns has targeted Kevin Mitchell for a summertime all-British battle - and he wants it to be in Scotland. The interim WBO lightweight champion will face Namibia's Paulus Moses at the Braehead Arena on 10 March. "Obviously I have to get past Paulus Moses first or that (Mitchell) fight is not going to happen," said Burns. "I know Kevin is fighting in February and as long as the two of us come through then we can sit down and talk about it."

1520 FOOTBALL: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is convinced his side, who are currently bottom of the league, will again beat relegation because defying odds is in their nature. "I think stats are there to be broken. We are the type of football club that keep doing that, season after season. We know exactly what we have got to do. We have got our own targets and that is what we base our success on. In many ways, the more stats against us the better."

1515 FOOTBALL: Blackburn boss Steve Kean has held talks with Christopher Samba and told the unsettled defender he will not be sold. Kean said: "I spoke with him yesterday and he knows he is not for sale. The day before he handed in a transfer request, that has been refused and we won't welcome any more bids and Chris knows the stance of the club. It is never nice when somebody hands in a transfer request but hopefully we can now move on."

1510 OLYMPICS: Briton Hannah England, 1500m world silver medallist, has been spending time with Sir Roger Bannister - the first person to run a sub four-minute mile - as she looks to deal with the mounting pressure on her ahead of the Olympics. See more from Hannah, plus GB hockey coach Jason Lee, canoeist Rachel Cawthorn and diver Pete Waterfield, on the "South Olympic Dreams" show from 1700 GMT on BBC One this Sunday, 22 January. #olympicthursday

1505 WATER POLO: GB's women have a day off after losing to Hungary in the opening fixture at the European Championships in Eindhoven, with Russia their next opponents at 1500 GMT on Friday. "Highlight today promises to be Croatia v Serbia. Yugoslavia once dominated the Olympics," says BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley from poolside on Twitter. #olympicthursday.

1500 SNOOKER: World number five Judd Trump tells BBC Sport: "I've come into the tournament full of confidence [after winning the UK Championship] and think I can win it. I think players are more under pressure when they play me as they want to beat me."

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1455 SNOOKER: UK champion Judd Trump beats Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-2 in the quarter-finals of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

1449 TRIATHLON: British Olympic champion Rebecca Romero, who won track cycling gold in Beijing and rowing silver in Athens, has said she plans to compete in an Ironman triathlon, reports the Sun. Join the discussion on all things Olympic using the hashtag #olympicthursday.

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1442 SNOOKER: Ronnie O'Sullivan pulls a frame back in his Masters quarter-final match against Judd Trump at Alexandra Palace with a 141 break, the highest of the tournament so far. The Rocket now trails by 5-2.

1437 FOOTBALL: Blackburn striker Jason Roberts tells BBC Radio Manchester's 'In the Spotlight' he thinks the views of FIFA president Sepp Blatter on the issue of racism are outdated.

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1431 SNOOKER: Judd Trump wins the fifth frame to take a 5-1 lead in his Masters quarter-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan at Alexandra Palace. You can watch live coverage of the match on BBC Two and online.

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1428 FOOTBALL: Rangers have confirmed John Fleck has joined Blackpool on loan until the end of the season. The attacking midfielder, 20, has made the switch to Bloomfield Road in search of first-team action following limited appearances for the Scottish champions this season.

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1424 GET INVOLVED: Paul O'connor on Twitter: "Hate seeing @ronnieo147 play so poor. Still easily the best player in the world on his day! @judd147t playing fantastic though #bbcsportsday"

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1419 SNOOKER: UK Champion Judd Trump on Twitter: "Still gonna be tough from here, need to keep it tight. He can turn it on anytime... More fireworks to come #MastersSnooker"

1415 OLYMPICS: Sportsnews correspondent Gordon Farquhar reports that Team GB manager Stuart Pearce has not spoken spoken to LA Galaxy about David Beckham's availability for London 2012 yet. He also says selection for the final squad will be based on form and fitness and that nationality will not be an issue."

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1409 COMING UP: If you missed the cricket earlier you can listen again to all the Test match highlights from day three of the first test in Dubai, as well as interviews and round up from Jonathan Agnew and Geoff Boycott from 1400 GMT (half hour broadcast looped).

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1405 SNOOKER: After the mid session break, Ronnie O'Sullivan has begun is come-back taking the fifth frame to bring the score back to 4-1 against Judd Trump in his Masters quarter-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan at Alexandra Palace. You can watch live coverage of the match on BBC Two and online.

1400 FOOTBALL: Kettering Town captain Sol Davis tells BBC Radio Northampton that he has "never seen it this bad" at a football club after it was revealed the players will travel to Wrexham this Saturday despite pay problems and being without caretaker manager Mark Cooper who has decided to put his job 'on hold' until the financial problems are sorted out. The players will have to make their own way their but say they want to remain 'professional'.


1353 BOXING: Paddy Barnes has the Olympic Games in London very much on his mind as he goes into the Irish National Championships. The Belfast boxer is expected to retain his light-flyweight crown in Dublin and then go on to the Olympics qualifying event in Istanbul in April.

1349 BOXING: Audley Harrison is set to make a comeback in April. Harrison, 40, has not entered the ring since his feeble showing against then WBA heavyweight champion David Haye in November 2010 but is now set to face Ali Adams in a fight nominally for the International Masters heavyweight title at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on 14 April.

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1344 COMING UP: 'Ali at 70' a 5 live Sport special tonight at 2030 GMT features John Carlos winner of the bronze Olympic medal for the men's 200m race in 1968, famous for raising his fist in the Black Power salute during the national anthem in protest against racism in the United States - he has this to say about his compatriot.... "Muhammad Ali was a rare individual - he didn't use his athletic abilities to enhance Muhammad Ali, he used his athletic abilities to enhance people, to enhance society, to make it a better society."

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1341 FOOTBALL: Five Brighton footballers and an AFC Bournemouth player have been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman.

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1339 SNOOKER: Judd Trump wins his fourth consecutive frame with the highest break of the tournament, 140, to take a 4-0 lead in his Masters quarter-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan at Alexandra Palace. You can watch live coverage of the match on BBC Two and online.

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1334 COMING UP: Eleanor Oldroyd presents 5 live Sport from 1900 featuring the launch of Sport Relief, with former European 400m champion Iwan Thomas in the studio and Gary Lineker, Miranda Hart and Frank Skinner joining in. From 2030 it's a 5 live sport special, 'Ali at 70' - a look back on the life of the former heavyweight champion.

1332 FOOTBALL: One of Crewe's exciting young players, Nick Powell, has been the subject of much transfer chat of late. The 17-year-old midfielder has been linked with Arsenal and he's been named the Football League's Young Player of the Month. He's been talking to BBC Sport about his eye-catching displays.

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1328 SNOOKER: UK Champion Judd Trump is flying in his Masters quarter-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan taking a 3-0 lead at Alexandra Palace. You can watch live coverage of the match on BBC Two and online.

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1328 SNOOKER: UK Champion Judd Trump is flying in his Masters quarter-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan taking a 3-0 lead at Alexandra Palace. You can watch live coverage of the match on BBC Two and online.

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1327 CRICKET: Pakistan beat England by 10 wickets in the first Test in Dubai.

1324 YOUTH OLYMPICS: Team GB are hoping for their first medal in Innsbruck, Austria this evening. Great Britain's Katherine Gale, the top seed for the newly-created Ice-hockey skills challenge , qualified in second place for tonight's finals, which will begin around 1700 hrs GMT. "I'm ready for it," Gale tells BBC Sport.

1320 FOOTBALL: Barnsley manager Keith Hill tells BBC Radio Sheffield that loanee Danny Drinkwater will be a Premier League player one day as he prepares to join Leicester City from Manchester United.

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1316 SNOOKER: Judd Trump takes the second frame against Ronnie O'Sullivan to take a 2-0 lead in their Masters quarter-final, after O'Sullivan fails to pot an easy black at Alexandra Palace. You can watch live coverage of the match on BBC Two and online.

1312 RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Britain international Kris Radlinski is set to make his second comeback to rugby league. The 35-year-old full-back has been cleared to play for former club Wigan Warriors in Thursday's testimonial for long-serving captain Sean O'Loughlin.

1310 FOOTBALL: Accrington Stanley have released a statement saying they have received no approach from any club for manager John Coleman. The 49-year-old and his assistant Jimmy Bell signed new contracts taking them through to at least 2015 only just over 12 months ago.

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1307 SNOOKER: Judd Trump takes the first frame against Ronnie O'Sullivanin their Masters quarter-final at Alexandra Palace. You can watch live coverage of the match on BBC Two and online.

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1302 CRICKET: England reach 160 all out in their second innings with Pakistan needing just 15 runs to win on the third day of the first Test in Dubai.

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1256 FORMULA 1: Caterham F1 on Twitter: "The first Caterham F1 Team car will be unveiled on the cover of the February issue of F1 Racing magazine, out on 26 January."

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1251 SNOOKER: Four-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump have begun their Masters quarter-final at Alexandra Palace. You can watch live coverage of the match on BBC Two and online.

1246 FORMULA 1: Austin's new Formula 1 track, which is set to host the United States Grand Prix on 18 November, is on course to be completed in the middle of August, according to Autosport, with construction efforts now fully back on course at the venue. Work at the circuit was halted for several weeks while organisers battled to confirm the race's place on the calendar.

1240 OLYMPICS: Team GB are "far stronger" with the inclusion of Scottish athletes as talk of independence grows, says the British Olympic Association (BOA). A referendum on independence could be just two years away in Scotland. But BOA chief executive Andy Hunt said: "We don't have independence yet, so it's speculation, but we have to think what's best for British athletes. We would be far stronger together and there's good evidence of why we will achieve together in the future."

1233 RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Britain international Kris Radlinski is set to make his second comeback to rugby league. The 35-year-old full-back has been cleared to play for former club Wigan in Thursday's testimonial for long-serving captain Sean O'Loughlin.

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1227 ATHLETICS: British heptathlete Louise Hazel on Twitter: "Testing was great this morning personal best over 40m! #boooooom."

1221 FOOTBALL: Kettering Town captain Sol Davis tells BBC Radio Northampton the players will travel to Wrexham this Saturday despite pay problems and being without caretaker manager Mark Cooper who has decided to put his job 'on hold' until the financial problems are sorted out. The players will have to make their own way their but say they want to remain 'professional'.

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1217 TENNIS: Andy Roddick had to retire after three sets of his Australian Open second-round match against Lleyton Hewitt following a heavy fall earlier in the match, so home favourite Hewitt moves on to face Canada's big-serving Milos Raonic in round three. Looking ahead to day five, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki will be in action during the UK night, with Aussie hope Bernard Tomic among the matches to be covered on 5 live and the BBC Sport website on Friday morning.

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1213 WALES PRESS CONFERENCE: Chris Coleman: "Aaron Ramsay is the captain of his country and he cares and he doesn't want to break that and I understand that. I am not in it to rip it apart but I'm my own man and if I think there is something wrong I'm not afraid to change it."

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1211 WALES PRESS CONFERENCE: Chris Coleman: "I've had to work hard personally on my own management - I was forced into management in a way but I've had experience in different countries, but I'm still learning and I'm in it for the long-term and want to get better. When your country asks you to come it's a calling and I'm very proud I'll be leading the charge. I'll give it everything I've got, the way Gary was doing it."

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1209 WALES PRESS CONFERENCE: Chris Coleman: "On one hand, it's probably the proudest moment of my career, to be given opportunity to lead my country, but I'm given that opportunity because of the circumstances which nobody could have foreseen. It's bitter sweet for me."

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1208 WALES PRESS CONFERENCE: Chris Coleman: "We're still all shocked by what happened and we're still grieving and the only way we can put smiles on fans' faces again is to continue to win matches but I'll don't think we'll ever get over the loss of Gary."

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1207 WALES PRESS CONFERENCE: Chris Coleman: "I think for any manager who was going to come in it was going to be difficult because of the situation and it's more difficult for me with my relationship with Gary. I am excited but I am subdued because of the circumstances, it's not going to be easy but it's something I'm prepared for."

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1206 WALES PRESS CONFERENCE: Chris Coleman: ""I made mistakes at Coventry, not half as many mistakes as people around the club."

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1204 WALES PRESS CONFERENCE: Chris Coleman: "On one hand it is the proudest moment of my career but on the other hand, with the circumstances I was very close friends with Gary for 30 years. It is the most difficult press conference I am ever likely to do."

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1200 COMING UP: In the next 10 minutes we'll have all the news from Chris Coleman's press conference in Cardiff, after the former Fulham and Coventry boss was appointed as Wales' new manager.

1156 BOXING: Former super-middleweight boxer Michael Watson wants to take another inspirational step in his recovery by lighting the Olympic flame at next year's London Games..

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1155 FOOTBALL: QPR agree fee with Manchester City for Nedum Onuoha.


1152 BOXING: Scarborough boxer Danny Price tells BBC Radio York he has no regrets about turning professional after being dropped from the Great Britain amateur squad.

1150 OLYMPICS: Sailor Ben Ainslie is the subject of the third of our weekly features profiling leading British Olympians in the build-up to the Games, and to mark Thursday as the regular day for all things London 2012 we will be tagging it #olympicthursday. Send a tweet to tell us what you think of Ainslie's chances of winning a fourth gold medal or any other thoughts you have about the sporting celebration that is getting ever closer. If the Olympics are on your mind, today is the day to get it off your chest.

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1146 FOOTBALL: Blackburn are close to completing a loan deal for Bordeaux striker Anthony Modeste, the Premier League club have confirmed. The 23-year-old is travelling to England to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.

1142 FOOTBALL: Dundee United have ended their interest in Hamilton forward Dougie Imrie. The Tannadice club made a bid of £25,000 for the 28-year-old but the offer was rejected by the Scottish First Division side.

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1137 CRICKET: Two wickets in quick succession as Matt Prior is out lbw for four. England are now 87-7 in their second innings and trail Pakistan by 59 runs.

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1133 CRICKET: There's another wicket in Dubai as Jonathan Trott is out for 49. England are now 87-6 in their second innings and trail Pakistan by 59 runs.

1129 CRICKET: Worcestershire are confident that Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will be available for Friday's FL T20 game against Warwickshire.

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1125 GET INVOLVED: Holly Kelleher on Twitter: "Football wages are ridiculously high, the fact welbeck is holding out for more... shows what football has come to! #allmoney #bbcsportsday"

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1117 TENNIS: Home favourite Lleyton Hewitt takes the second set 6-3 in his second round match against Andy Roddick at the Australian Open to level the tie at one set apiece.

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1113 COMING UP: Eleanor Oldroyd presents 5 live Sport from 1900 featuring the launch of Sport Relief, with former European 400m champion Iwan Thomas in the studio and Gary Lineker, Miranda Hart and Frank Skinner joining in. From 2030 it's a 5 live sport special, 'Ali at 70' - a look back on the life of the former heavyweight champion.

1109 FOOTBALL: Stoke manager Tony Pulis has urged the whole of Wales to give Chris Coleman the support that was afforded to Gary Speed. Coleman is set to take over as Wales boss today, less than two months after Speed's death at the age of 42. "I think he will be given a bit more time, and certainly a lot more grace," Pulis said.

1005 FOOTBALL: Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has confirmed the club's interest in signing Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Carlos Teixeira. The Reds have been linked with the 19-year-old, who impressed against them playing for the Portuguese side in the NextGen series this season. "There might be something about that," Dalglish said.

1059 FOOTBALL: Brighton have completed the short-term signing of Colombia international goalkeeper, David Gonzalez. The 29-year-old left Manchester City earlier this month.

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1055 CRICKET: England are now 75-5 at tea on the third day of the first Test in Dubai. They trail Pakistan by 71 runs. There's ball by ball cricket commentary of the third day of the first test between Pakistan and England from Dubai on Sportsday Live.


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1052 RUGBY UNION: Chris Ashton has signed a long-term contract with Saracens, and the England wing will join the north London club at the start of the 2012-13 season. A spokesman for the Aviva Premiership champions said: "We are obviously especially delighted but, for now, Chris remains a Northampton player. Out of respect for Saints, Saracens will not make any further comment on the matter."

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1049 RUGBY UNION: Chris Ashton on Twitter: "I've decided to join Saracens from next season... until then it's all about Saints."

1043 TENNIS: World number one Novak Djokovic insists that the Olympic Games are as much a target for him as the Grand Slam tournaments in 2012.

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1035 RUGBY UNION: Saracens are on the verge of confirming a long-term contract with England and Northampton Saints winger Chris Ashton, and an announcement could come as early as today, BBC Sport understands.

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1038 CRICKET: There's another wicket in Dubai as Eoin Morgan is caught for 14. England are now 74-5 in their second innings and trail Pakistan by 72 runs.

1035 FOOTBALL: Shanghai Shenhua claim they were in talks to sign striker Didier Drogba just a month after landing his Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka. Shenhua owner Zhu Jun said: "It's like flirting with a girl. Perhaps she will resist you at first, but if you continue to ask her out, it always ends well. Never give up."

1031 FOOTBALL: Bolton manager Owen Coyle has confirmed striker Sebastian Le Toux has joined the club for a week's training. The 28-year-old has made a big impact in Major League Soccer with the Philadelphia Union.

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1026 TENNIS: Andy Roddick takes the first set 6-3 in his second round encounter with Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Live commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra.

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1020 FOOTBALL: Leicester City have agreed a fee with Manchester United to sign England under-19 central midfielder Danny Drinkwater, BBC Radio Leicester understands. The 21-year-old, who has been on loan at Barnsley this season, is expected to discuss terms with the Foxes on Thursday.

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1017 GET INVOLVED: Craig A. Evans on Twitter: "@BBCSport Utd won't give Welbeck £60k, whereas QPR are offering Onuoha £80k a week!? Something not right there! #bbcsportsday"

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1004 WINTER SPORTS: Team GB on Twitter: "Team GB snowboarder Lewis Courtier-Jones through to the slopestyle final at the Winter Youth Olympics in Austria."

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0957 TENNIS: Home favourite Lleyton Hewitt is taking on Andy Roddick in the Australian Open second round with the pair locked at 2-2 in the opening set. Commentary is on BBC 5 live sports extra.

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0951 TENNIS: Britain's Anne Keothavong on Twitter: "Lost an epic doubles match but it was good fun playing with Mona. Stubbed my toe and have lost half my toe nail too. Nice."

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0945 CRICKET: There's another wicket in Dubai as Ian Bell is given out lbw for four. England are now 35-4 in their second innings and trail Pakistan by 111 runs.

0942 CRICKET: Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi was the most expensive of a host of international stars sold at the inaugural auction for the new Bangladesh Premier League on Thursday as he fetched $700,000 (£450,000). English spinner Monty Panesar and former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs failed to attract bids.

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0937 GOLF: World number two Lee Westwood on Twitter: "Just reserved a load of tee times tomorrow for the England cricketers and commentary team!"

0932 SNOOKER: The pick of today's matches at the Masters sees four-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan take on reigning UK champion Judd Trump. That match begins at 1230 GMT at Alexandra Palace and will be live on BBC Two and online.

0926 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport understands that Eric Black will be Blackburn's new assistant head coach to Steve Kean. Black, who worked with Steve Bruce at Sunderland, replaces Paul Clement at Ewood Park.

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0923 CRICKET: Kevin Pietersen is out for a duck to leave England on 25-3 in their second innings of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai. The 31-year-old was at the crease for just 13 mins, facing eight balls.

0921 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish insists he is under no pressure to pick loan signing Robbie Keane despite the striker joining for just a six-week spell. "He is not here for long but it has to be the right time," said McLeish ahead of Saturday's game against Keane's former club Wolves. "We are just assessing him fitness-wise. He will be very eager to play in this one [against Wolves] but he is the kind of lad who wants to be involved whoever the opposition is."

0916 OLYMPICS: Sailor Ben Ainslie is the subject of the third of our weekly features profiling leading British Olympians in the build-up to the Games, and to mark Thursday as the regular day for all things London 2012 we will be tagging it #olympicthursday. Send a tweet to tell us what you think of Ainslie's chances of winning a fourth gold medal or any other thoughts you have about the sporting celebration that is getting ever closer. If the Olympics are on your mind, today is the day to get it off your chest.

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0910 SAILING: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter: "Ben Ainslie's boss says he's 'like a character from The Matrix'. Which other Olympians would you pair up with film stars? #olympicthursday."

0905 TENNIS: Jamie Murray's Australian Open men's doubles campaign is over after the Brit and Paul Hanley were beaten by Julian Knowle and Michael Kohlmann in the first round. Londoner Anne Keothavong and Germany's Mona Barthel also lost on Thursday.

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0900 GET INVOLVED: Simon Wheadon on Twitter: "Welbeck 60k a week? He has been immense...who is better for that much?! #steal #bbcsportsday."

0857 CYCLING: Germany's Andre Greipel claimed victory on the third stage of the Tour Down Under to regain the overall race lead. Yauheni Hutarovich of Belarus was second on today's stage, with Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway third.

0850 HOCKEY: Great Britain's women have begun their preparation for this month's Champions Trophy with a 3-1 victory over South Korea in Argentina. The Champions Trophy is the last major test for Britain ahead of the Olympic Games, at which the hosts have automatic qualification. Can Britain's women strike Olympic gold for the first time? Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #olympicthursday.

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0845 CRICKET: Play has resumed after lunch in the third day of the first Test between England and Pakistan in Dubai. England are currently 16-1, trailing the hosts by 130.

0840 WATER POLO: Great Britain were beaten 19-9 by Hungary in their opening match at the European Water Polo Championships in Eindhoven. Can Britain mount a challenge for a medal at 2012? Join the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #olympicthursday.

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0832 TENNIS: Murray will play France's Michael Llodra in the third round on Saturday. "The next round is tough," said Murray. "He's got a lot of flair so it'll be a good match."

0828 TENNIS: Britain's Andy Murray was pleased with his performance in beating Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the Australian Open second round. "I served well," said the 24-year-old Scot. "I didn't give him too many opportunities on my serve, which was important as he played well in the second and third set."

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0822 FORMULA 1: McLaren driver Jenson Button on Twitter: "Tonight I get 2 celebrate getting older but b4 that I've got 2 pose 4 the camera as I have a photo shoot 4 Hugo Boss here in Berlin."

0817 TENNIS: Earlier on Thursday morning, Novak Djokovic continued his Australian Open defence with a 6-3 6-2 6-1 victory over Colombia's Santiago Giraldo. There were also wins for five-time champion Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

0810 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Dan Roan reports Carlos Tevez's adviser Kia Joorabchian will hold talks with French club PSG's sporting director Leonardo later on Thursday over a possible transfer.

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0806 CRICKET: England have reached 16-1 at lunch on the third day of the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai. The tourists lost captain Andrew Strauss for six as they look to erase a first innings deficit of 146. Alastair Cook (2) is at the crease with Jonathan Trott (8).

0803 FOOTBALL: Here are some of the latest stories from today's gossip column.

Manchester United have been angered by Danny Welbeck's contract demands - with the England striker holding out for a new £60,000-a-week deal (Daily Mail). United and Liverpool are set to miss out on Sao Paulo wonderkid Lucas, 19, as Inter Milan edge closer to a deal (talkSPORT). Manchester City are willing to listen to summer offers for Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong (the Guardian).

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0800 TENNIS: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live on Thursday 19 January. Britain's Andy Murray beats Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 6-1 6-4 6-4 in the second round of the Australian Open.





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