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Sportsday Live - Friday 20 January

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2000: That's it for Friday's Sportsday Live. You can keep watching all the live snooker action on BBC Two or on the BBC Sport website. Please keep sending us your news, views and comments via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday. Join us again at 0800 BST on Monday for all the breaking news and build-up to a busy week of sport.

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1957 SNOOKER: After nearly 30 minutes, frame two is won by Shaun Murphy who levels the match at 1-1 after Mark Selby had taken the first in their quarter-final match at Alexandra Palace. You can watch the match live on BBC Two or on the BBC Sport website.

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1954 RUGBY UNION: The team news is in for the Heineken Cup clash between Connaught and Harlequins: Connacht: Duffy, Vainikolo, Tonetti, McSharry, O'Halloran, N. O'Connor, O'Donohoe, Wilkinson, Flavin, Loughney, Swift, McCarthy, Muldoon, Ofisa, Naoupu. Harlequins: Brown, Monye, Hopper, Turner-Hall, S. Smith, Evans, Care, Marler, Brooker, Johnston, Vallejos, Robson, Fa'asavalu, Robshaw, Easter.

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1951 GET INVOLVED: Matty Flatman on Twitter: "No respect between players and managers anymore sad times for football #bbcsportsday"

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1947 RUGBY UNION: The team news is in for the Heineken Cup clash between Gloucester and Toulouse: Gloucester: May, Sharples, Tindall, Fuimaono-Sapolu, Simpson-Daniel, Burns, R. Lawson, Wood, S. Lawson, Harden, Hamilton, Brown, Strokosch, Qera, Narraway. Toulouse: Poitrenaud, Matanavou, Fritz, Jauzion, Medard, Beauxis, Burgess, Steenkamp, Servat, Johnston, Maestri, Albacete, Nyanga, Dustautoir, Picamoles.

1942 FOOTBALL: Equatorial Guinea midfielder Juvenal, who will captain the side against Libya on Saturday following an injury to regular skipper Rodolfo Bodipo, is looking forward to the co-hosts' historic Nations Cup debut against Libya.

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1939 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley on Twitter in Eindhoven: "Orange crushed. Holland 8-9 Hungary. Second one-goal defeat for Olympic champions in Euros. GB next on Sunday. #ekwaterpolo #bbcsportsday"

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1934 SNOOKER: Mark Selby takes the first frame in his quarter-final match against Shaun Murphy at Alexandra Palace. You can watch the match live on BBC Two or on the BBC Sport website.

1931 FOOTBALL: French champions Lille have signed Costa Rica under-20 striker John Jairo Ruiz on a four and a half year deal, the Ligue 1 team said on Friday. The 18-year-old Ruiz, who scored three goals at the under-20 World Cup in Colombia last year, joins from Costa Rica club Deportivo Saprissa.

1927 RUGBY UNION: Ulster play their 100th European fixture when they take on the might of Clermont Auverge in their final Pool Four match in this season's Heineken Cup.

1921 RUGBY UNION: You can read the previews and all the team news ahead of the Heineken Cup matches between Gloucester vs Toulouse and Connacht vs Harlequins on the BBC Sport website

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1914 RUGBY UNION: You can listen to all the Heineken Cup action between Gloucester and Toulouse on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

1909 FOOTBALL: Rangers have held informal talks with West Ham over top goalscorer Nikica Jelavic, Press Association Sport understands. Ally McCoist confirmed earlier today that no formal offer has been received for the Croatian striker, who has netted 17 goals for the Scottish champions this season.

1905 FOOTBALL: Politicians have urged the media not to call Newcastle's stadium the Sports Direct Arena. The motion, passed at a meeting of the full Newcastle City Council, also committed city officers to write to media organisations asking for their support. The letter said: "The motion requests that the city council write to the media and asks that they continue to use the name of St James' Park in all reporting and refuse to use the name Sports Direct Arena."

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1858 FOOTBALL: Los Angeles Galaxy admit Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard is on their radar as a potential signing. Major League Soccer teams can have three 'Designated Players' (DPs), whose wages they can pay in excess of salary-cap restrictions. Galaxy chief executive Tim Leiweke - who is the president of owners AEG - told Sky Sports News: "I am a fan of Frank's. I think he is a great player. When I think of Chelsea, I think of Frank Lampard. You should ask him (about joining). It took us two years to get David here the first time. We are working on the next DP."

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1853 OLYMPICS: Kenya's Emmanuel Mutai is to defend his London Marathon title on 22 April - 16 weeks before the Olympic men's marathon.

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1848 CRICKET: England one-day internationals Jade Dernbach, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel and Chris Woakes have been called up to the Lions squad for the upcoming limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka A. England Lions squad to tour Sri Lanka: James Taylor (Nottinghamshire, captain), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Scott Borthwick (Durham), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jack Brooks (Northamptonshire), Nathan Buck (Leicestershire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

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1844 GET INVOLVED: Mattercus on Twitter: "Barton is only playing in the top flight because no other club would touch him and Warnock took a chance on him. Out of order. #bbcsportsday"

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1837 GET INVOLVED: Phil Jago on Twitter: "@BBCSport Olympic football, 3 players allowed over 23. Beckham, Giggs, Scholes? #bbcsportsday #justsayin"

1831 FOOTBALL: The Football League tonight branded Chelsea boss Andres Villas-Boas' call for the top clubs to be allowed to field reserve sides in the Championship as "offensive". Chief operating officer Andy Williamson said: "The suggestion that Football League clubs should become feeder clubs to a select handful of elite clubs is frankly offensive to the hundreds of thousands of people that watch competitive professional football in our competition every weekend."

1825 COMING UP: You can watch a full preview to the sporting weekend ahead on Friday Sportsday at 1830 GMT on the BBC News Channel. Join Amanda Davies for a packed half hour of all the day's news including an exclusive interview from Amir Khan, a full preview of the Premier League and Heineken Cup weekend action, and a look ahead to the start of the African Cup of Nations. We also hear fall-out from England's Test defeat from Andy Flower and Michael Vaughan, and a review of the day's play at the Australian Open.

1818 FOOTBALL: Chelsea striker Didier Drogba insists he wants to stay with the club for the remainder of the season at least. The 33-year-old has been linked with ambitious Chinese team Shanghai Shenhua in the January transfer window and told France Football on Friday that he wanted to "start having more fun again, more sensations, more enthusiasm on the pitch." When asked if that meant leaving Chelsea, Drogba added: "not before June, in any case."

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1815 HORSE RACING: BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "#Whip rules: after 'productive' meeting with jockeys/trainers, BHA to consider 'need for greater use of discretion by Stewards.' after 'constructive' talks Professional Jockeys Association still believe 'penalties...should be more proportionate...unhappy about the deduction of prize-money.'

1806 FOOTBALL: Eric Black, the former Aberdeen striker who has been caretaker manager at Birmingham and Sunderland, has joined Blackburn as Steve Kean's assistant.

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1757 GET INVOLVED: Will Caruana on Twitter: "Will Joey Barton think he's smug 2mro when he gets booed by 20k people for criticising the most popular man we've had for years #bbcsportsday"

1755 FOOTBALL: West Brom boss Roy Hodgson dismisses reports linking Peter Odemwingie with Fulham. "He is not a player we want to sell and the story is a bit of a waste of breath to be honest," Hodgson says.

1745 GOLF: News now of the second day at the Volvo Golf Champions event in South Africa. The 35-man field at Fancourt features last season's European Tour winners plus active golfers who are under 50 and have at least 10 career victories. Ryder Cup skipper Jose Maria Olazabal of course falls into the latter category and he is faring well at the halfway stage. The 45-year-old came close to winning a car but his tee shot at the par-three 17th lipped out. Without a win for seven years, the Spaniard lies fourth in the tournament. South African Branden Grace leads by four at 12 under from Thomas Aiken (70) and Briton Lee Slattery (65). Overnight leader Nicolas Colsaerts followed his course-record 64 in the opening round with a disappointing 76.

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1735 RUGBY UNION: There is live sporting action tonight, however, and it will be on BBC 5 live sports extra from 1955 GMT as Gloucester take on Toulouse in the Heineken Cup. And don't forget to keep with the same channel for continued coverage of the Australian Open tennis from 0600 GMT on Saturday.

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1730 FOOTBALL: No major football tonight of course but tune in to BBC Radio 5 live at 1900 GMT for Kicking Off with Colin Murray, who is joined tonight by Perry Groves and Pat Nevin, to look ahead to all the weekend's Premier League action. Commentaries tomorrow will be from the lunchtime kick-off between Norwich and Chelsea at 1245 GMT and QPR against Wigan from 1500 GMT.

1729 FOOTBALL: West Brom defender Gonzalo Jara has been fined £3,500, disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £100 in costs after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified and driving without insurance in Brighton last year, during his loan period with the Seagulls.

1727 MOTORSPORT: Sebastien Loeb has strengthened his grip at the top of the leaderboard following the third day of the Monte Carlo rally. Loeb was not as successful as previous days, finishing sixth on stage 11 and second on stages 12 and 13, but he still increased his lead over second-placed Dani Sordo in a Mini to two minutes, 12 seconds.

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1715 GET INVOLVED: Phil Jago on Twitter hoping for a Manchester United reunion perhaps: "@BBCSport Olympic football, 3 players allowed over 23. Beckham, Giggs, Scholes? #bbcsportsday"

1710 CRICKET: So that England Lions squad to tour Sri Lanka is: James Taylor (Nottinghamshire, captain), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Scott Borthwick (Durham), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jack Brooks (Northamptonshire), Nathan Buck (Leicestershire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

1705 CRICKET: Cricket news now and the England selectors have named a revised Lions squad to tour Sri Lanka for a five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka A beginning next Friday. Jade Dernbach, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel and Chris Woakes have been included in a tour party featuring 11 other members of the Lions squad beaten 3-2 in a recent series in Bangladesh.

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1702 GET INVOLVED: Good evening and welcome to Sportsday Live coming to you from MediaCityUK in Salford. Don't forget you can be part of things too. Send us your thoughts on the latest sporting issues, via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

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1700 OLYMPICS: England womens football striker Kelly Smith tells BBC Sport that after a 16-year international career, three European Championships and two World Cups, she has a new target in her sights - Olympic gold.

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1648 OLYMPICS: Team GB mens football manager Stuart Pearce says he is saddened by the reluctance of the Scottish football association to embrace a Great Britain Olympic football team.

1640 FOOTBALL: Josh McEachran has revealed how Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard helped convince him to make his season-long loan move to Premier League rivals Swansea. "I spoke to Frank a few times before I came down here," said McEachran. "And he told me I would love it. He said it is a really nice place with great fans."

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1637 GET INVOLVED: QPR captain Joey Barton on Twitter: "Lost his job and the guy is blaming everyone but himself! Embarrassing, time to look in the mirror mate. Last thing we need right. Big week"

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1632 GET INVOLVED: QPR captain Joey Barton on Twitter: "If I talked about Neil, he'd do well to get another job. Twitter cost him his job???? I can think of a million other things! #shutitwarnock"

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1626 GET INVOLVED: Andrew Bishop on Twitter: "@BBCSport NFL doesn't understand British fans.We already support teams,we don't want to switch to the rams or buccaneers. #bbcsportsday"

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1620 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley on Twitter in Eindhoven: "Full-time in Eindhoven : Russia 15 Great Britain 10 at European WaterPolo Championships. Creditable against reigning champs #bbcsportsday" Updates in Sportsday Live.

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1615 RUGBY UNION: Ireland have appointed Michael Kearney as their new team manager. Kearney succeeds Paul McNaughton, who stepped down after last year's World Cup, after filling the same role with Ireland Under-20s since 2009.

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1613 SNOOKER: Australia's Neil Robertson says he is relieved that he has secured a place in the Masters semi-finals in a repeat of the UK semi-final against Judd Trump: "I had a good century and potted some good balls under pressure. You expect one decent chance and at 5-3 it came - so I was very fortunate."

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1608 SNOOKER: Australia's Neil Robertson beats Wales' Mark Williams 6-4 to reach the semi-finals against Judd Trump at the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

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1604 FOOTBALL: Swansea City have released striker Craig Beattie and midfielder Tom Butler. Neither has played for the Swans in the Premier League and according to the club they have left by "mutual consent".

1600 FOOTBALL: Fulham manager Martin Jol insists money is available to bring in new faces during the January transfer window. "If we come up with the right players, he [chairman Mohamed Al Fayed] will try and to be helpful. He will back us. If we come up with a good player, he will sign it off. If it is too expensive, we will have second thoughts about it," Jol said.

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1557 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley on Twitter in Eindhoven: "Russia 10 GB 7 after three quarters at WaterPolo Euros. Snell/Clayton/Gibson-Byrne in a much-improved performance #bbcsportsday #ekwaterpolo" Updates in Sportsday Live.

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1555 FOOTBALL: Rangers have confirmed the signing of Swedish midfielder Mervan Celik on a three-and-a-half year deal.

1552 FOOTBALL: Luton boss Gary Brabin tells BBC Three Counties Radio he has not considered the potential ramifications on the Blue Square Premier promotion race if Darlington and Kettering drop out of the league.

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1549 SNOOKER: The fight-back is on for Wales' Mark Williams as he claws back from being 3-1 down to being one frame behind leader Australia's Neil Robertson at 5-4 in their quarter-final at the Masters in London.

1543 FOOTBALL: Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says he has not written off the club's chances of winning the Premier League this season: "You can't write them [Arsenal] or Chelsea off, although obviously us, City and Spurs are the favourites. It's great for the league there's so many teams that can win it, it's better for the Premier League," Rooney told BBC Manchester.

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1538 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley on Twitter in Eindhoven: "Russia 9 Great Britain 4 at half-time in WaterPolo Euros. Fran Leighton/Vicky Hawkins with the goals #bbcsportsday #ekwaterpolo." Updates in Sportsday Live.

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1530 RUGBY LEAGUE: Super League will be sponsored by nationwide logistics company Stobart in 2012, the Rugby Football League have announced.

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1532 SNOOKER: Australia's Neil Robertson takes a 5-3 lead over Wales' Mark Williams in their quarter-final at the Masters in London.

1530 FOOTBALL: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is not surprised by how well Tottenham have recovered from their bad start to the season meaning they are now genuine title contenders.

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1527 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley on Twitter in Eindhoven: "Russia 6 Great Britain 2 after one quarter at WaterPolo Europeans. GB led twice through Angie Winstanley-Smith/Fran Leighton #bbcsportsday" Updates in Sportsday Live.

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1520 RUGBY LEAGUE: Widnes have made former Wigan and Hull full-back Cameron Phelps their 15th signing ahead of their return to Super League. The 26-year-old Australian, who made 19 appearances for Hull last season, has signed a two-year contract with the Vikings subject to him receiving the necessary visa.

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1516 OLYMPICS: Each UK region will broadcast its own Olympic Dreams programme on Sunday, and there are plenty of snippets available to view now on our Olympics page, including a behind-the-scenes look at Jessica Ennis in training and diver Peter Waterfield on life alongside Tom Daley.

1513 FOOTBALL: Thierry Henry (calf) faces a fitness test ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash against Manchester United at Emirates Stadium. Defender Thomas Vermaelen (calf) is a major doubt, while midfielder Mikel Arteta (calf) is not fit.

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1509 SNOOKER: Australia's Neil Robertson takes a 4-2 lead over Wales' Mark Williams in their quarter-final at the Masters in London.

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1505 RUGBY LEAGUE: Wakefield have agreed to release half-back Gareth Moore from the final year of his contract after he opted to take up a job outside the game. The Scotland international joined the Wildcats on a two-year deal from Batley last April and made five Super League appearances.

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1458 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley on Twitter in Eindhoven: "GB Women being presented to the crowd before their WaterPolo Euro match v Russia." Updates in Sportsday Live.

1456 FOOTBALL: Everton manager David Moyes has revealed his attempts to get a Toffees 'B' team into the Conference were scuppered by red tape. "Four or five years ago I would have liked to have put an Everton reserve team into the Conference because it would have been better football for them," he said. "But we would have had to have gone into Division Nine of the North-West Outer Counties or whatever you want to call it and it would have taken 10 or 11 years to get through. I would have been happy just to be in the Conference - no promotion, not involved in cups or anything."

1450 FOOTBALL: Fleetwood have confirmed they will play in Saturday's Blue Square Premier game against cash-strapped Darlington after disimissing speculation that they had complained about the manner in which the Quakers had put together their team. Darlington, who are in administration, had all their players sacked by the administrator this week. Fleetwood insist they have only spoken with league officials to confirm the game is going ahead.

1447 FOOTBALL: Stoke manager Tony Pulis has said he will not be able to relax this season until his side reaches 40 points in the Premier League. City are currently eighth, having secured 30 points with 17 games remaining, but Pulis said: "That 40-point barrier is everything, and I mean everything. We have to get Premier League status for next season again."

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1442 FOOTBALL: Opta Sports on Twitter: "Northampton have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in League Two. Cobblers."

1437 FOOTBALL: Brazil legend Pele, who won the World Cup in 1958, 62 and 70 has dismissed Argentina prodigy Lionel Messi as a potential threat to his legacy as arguable the world's greatest ever player. "He is a great player. When he'll have scored 1,283 goals and won three World Cups, we'll talk about it again," Pele told French newspaper Le Monde.

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1432 FOOTBALL: West Brom on Twitter: "Roy Hodgson has rubbished reports linking [striker Peter] Odemwingie with a move to Fulham & said, 'he's not a player we're looking to sell'."

1427 ATHLETICS: Emmanuel Mutai will defend his London Marathon title against fellow Kenyan and world record holder Patrick Makau on 22 April. Mutai, who smashed the London course record in 2011, will be up against double world champion Abel Kirui, three-time London champion Martin Lel, last year's World Championship runner-up Vincent Kipruto and Frankfurt champion Wilson Kipsang. Eight days after the race, Kenya will select the three athletes who will compete at London 2012.

1419 RUGBY UNION: Glasgow Warriors lock Tom Ryder has been added to the Scotland squad for the opening two games of the Six Nations. The 26-year-old has been called up after Fraser McKenzie injured his arm in Challenge Cup action for Sale Sharks against Brive on Thursday night.

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1414 FOOTBALL: West Brom on Twitter: "Roy Hodgson confirms Albion had bid for Liam Ridgewell rejected by Blues earlier in the week and Baggies boss is now happy to move on."

1409 SNOOKER: Australia's Neil Robertson takes a 3-1 lead over Wales' Mark Williams into the mid-session interval of their quarter-final at the Masters in London.

1406 GET INVOLVED: N Alexander on Twitter: "An eventual London Rams franchise will depend on the support they get over the next couple of years, All in for the Rams! #bbcsportsday"

1400 FORMULA 1: The struggling HRT team have admitted their preparations have suffered a "critical delay" but insist they will be ready for the start of the 2012 season on 18 March in Melbourne, Australia.

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1352 AMERICAN FOOTBALL: The St Louis Rams will play one of their regular season home games in the UK in each of the next three years, starting with a game against New England Patriots on 28 October at Wembley.

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1345 GET INVOLVED: William Fell on Twitter: "Beckham has to be GB captain. No two ways about it. Great ambassador on and off the pitch #London2012 #bbcsportsday"

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1337 SNOOKER: Mark Williams brings it back to 1-1 against Neil Robertson in their quarter-final at Alexandra Palace.

1334 FOOTBALL: Bolton skipper Kevin Davies does not know whether he has a future at the Reebok Stadium. "I have no idea what my future will be," he told the Bolton Evening News. "There has been nothing offered here as yet. I understand the position we are in and there are a few players out of contract. In the next few weeks and months I am sure the club will make a decision on those players," Davies said.

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1325 SNOOKER: Neil Robertson takes a 1-0 lead over Mark Williams in the quarter-finals from Alexandra Palace.


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1323 FOOTBALL: Rangers manager Ally McCoist is hopeful of a quick conclusion to the signing of Mervan Celik. The Swedish midfielder, 21, is undergoing a medical with the Scottish champions today. McCoist said: "We are well into it at the moment. Mervan is just seeing the doctor and physio and undergoing a medical."

1321 FOOTBALL: Football Association of Wales president Phil Pritchard believes Chris Coleman's passion for his country makes him the right man to succeed Gary Speed. "I have to say as a Welshman, passion comes through - the passion Chris has got to carry us forward, not only on behalf of the Welsh public and fans but particularly with the thoughts of Gary in the background," Pritchard said.

1316 FOOTBALL: Darlington left-back Aaron Brown has re-joined the club in time for their match against Fleetwood, after it had appeared he had played his last game after all the players and management were sacked earlier this week.

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1301 SNOOKER: Watch live coverage of the Masters from Alexandra Palace in north London where Mark Williams and Neil Robertson have just begun their quarter-final.

1255 GYMNASTICS: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter: "Rhythmicgate: British Gymnastics will issue new statement later (largely as media keep asking for one). Am not expecting position to change."

1252 TENNIS: A bit of Friday lunchtime fun for you as world number two Rafael Nadal struggles to understand the Yorkshire brogue of BBC Sport's George Riley in his post-match press conference at the Australian Open.

1247 WINTER SPORTS: Tributes have been paid to Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke, 29, who died on Thursday after suffering irreversible brain damage in a training accident.

1241 FOOTBALL: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists his side's 8-2 defeat at Manchester United earlier this season will have no bearing on their game at the Emirates Stadium this weekend. The Frenchman said: "I believe every game is a new life. The result in August has nothing to do with this game. It is over."

1234 FOOTBALL: Real Madrid take on Athletic Bilbao this weekend in the Spanish La Liga. Real have won 15 of their first 18 league matches this season. The only time the club won 16 of the first 19 was in 1960/61, when they went on to win the seventh of their 31 league titles.

1230 TABLE TENNIS: BBC Sport's Jess Creighton on Twitter: British player @ABaggaley is in last 16 of Hungarian Open. A Brit hasn't got that far in a Pro World Tour event since @pdrinkhall in 2008."

1228 RUGBY UNION: The chief executive of rugby union's world governing body is to leave his post at the end of this month. Mike Miller has been CEO of the International Rugby Board for 10 years.

1225 FOOTBALL: Darlington have confirmed they have a team for their Blue Square Bet Premier match against Fleetwood Town on Saturday, with Sunderland loaning them their England U19 goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who is from the area.

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1222 GET INVOLVED: Ed Hewings on Twitter: "The courts aren't helping Kettering Town, fining them an extra £3,000 on top of what they owe. They need help, not hinderance. #bbcsportsday"

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1216 GET INVOLVED: Will Spencer on Twitter: "Amir Khan wasn't cheated, the young public aren't being influenced by the decision. However they all now know how to lose badly #bbcsportsday"

1209 FOOTBALL: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has insisted Newcastle did not snatch Senegal striker Papiss Demba Cisse from under their noses. He said: "News was filtering through here that he had turned us down. I'm afraid we hadn't made any enquires for the player at all. Good as he is, we hadn't done so."

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1207 RUGBY UNION England and Saracens-bound wing Chris Ashton has been left out of the Northampton team for tomorrow's Heineken Cup clash against Munster in Milton Keynes. Ashton, who started Saints' Pool One victory over the Scarlets last weekend, does not even make the bench.

1204 FOOTBALL: QPR will welcome back Joey Barton for the Premier League encounter with Wigan. Captain Barton has missed the past three matches through suspension after an altercation with Bradley Johnson against Norwich.

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1200 TENNIS: Australian Bernard Tomic beats Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 4-6 7-6 7-6 2-6 6-3 to reach the last 16 of the Australian Open.

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1149 FOOTBALL: Tom Cleverley is in line to make his Manchester United comeback from a foot injury in next month's Premier League encounter with Liverpool on 11 February. "I am hopeful in 10 days' time he will be playing football on the training side of it anyway. That is the plan unless there is any recurrence of the injury," manager Sir Alex Ferguson said.

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1144 GET INVOLVED: Tim Crutchley on Twitter: "Sour grapes from the Khan camp. He threw the fight away by pushing after being warned, humble pie needed. #bbcsportsday"

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1141 GET INVOLVED: Andy James on Twitter: "I think Ryan Giggs should be team GB captain. Still playin at top level. Still making things happen. #bbcsportsday"

1137 FOOTBALL: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini hopes the Carlos Tevez saga will end "very quickly" as a return to the Etihad Stadium is "impossible". Mancini said: "I hope this will finish very quickly. I don't know the latest. I think he has talked with PSG and Inter, but not Milan. I hope for him everything can finish very quickly."

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1134 FOOTBALL: Leeds United sign midfielder Fabian Delph from Aston Villa on loan until 25 February.


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1131 BOXING: Amir Khan on whether he sees Lamont Peterson as the true champion: "No, not really. I dont think he beat me fair and square. If he thinks he's the true champion he'd fight me again and beat me fair and square. But I really felt I was robbed in that fight and I should have won. If he doesn't want the fight then we move on."

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1127 BOXING: Amir Khan on whether the sport of boxing has been damaged: "It [the integrity of boxing] has been damaged a little bit, especially for a lot of young fighters from England whowant to go to America. If they get cheated the way I got cheated then they're going to think twice about going to America. So it has been damaged that way but we just want justice. We want fair fights."

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1124 BOXING: BBC Sport's Richard Conway has spoken exclusively to British boxer Amir Khan: "Within a week we should find out if [Lamont Peterson] is going to take the fight or not. I wouldn't want to fight for the IBF [title] after what happened. Lamont Peterson can keep the IBF. I just want to fight for the WBA, which I think is a bigger title."

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1121 HOCKEY: Great Britain hockey player Helen Richardson - following victory over the world champions in Cordoba - on Twitter: "Well I enjoyed that! Beat Argentina 2-0 with a professional team performance. Still got gains to be made which is encouraging."

1117 FOOTBALL: Darlington interim boss Craig Liddle tells BBC Look North he is frantically putting together a squad for Saturday's game at Fleetwood following the club's reprieve from liquidation.

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1109 FOOTBALL: Blue Square Premier side Kettering have pleaded guilty to failing to pay their football creditors, as detailed in the charge from 25 November. They have been fined £3000 and been ordered to pay the fine before Tuesday 28 February. If all their football creditors have not been settled in full by this date then three points will also be deducted.

1103 FOOTBALL: Wolves winger Adam Hammill has emerged as a shock January transfer target for Wigan Athletic, claims the Wigan Evening Post.

1101 GOLF: English amateur Charlotte Ellis has won her card for the 2012 season of the Ladies' European Tour with a top-10 finish at the final qualifying school at the La Manga Club in Spain.

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1100 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport journalist John Sinnott on Twitter: "Liverpool "could not sign" Ghana Under-20 international Mumuni Abubakar, says his agent #bbcfootball #bbcsportsday #lfc"

1056 FOOTBALL: New loan signing Anthony Modeste could make his debut for Blackburn if he receives international clearance in time for Saturday's visit to Everton. The 23-year-old striker, who has moved from Bordeaux, could feature as Ayegbeni Yakubu begins a three-match suspension.

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1052 FOOTBALL: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been speaking ahead of his side's clash with Arsenal on Sunday: "Arsenal have recovered well [from the 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford earlier in the season]. They've had a really good spell, qualified for the next stage of the Champions League, so there's not a lot wrong there. I've never used revenge as part of my motivation. It rankles sure, but you have to forget it (in the 8-2) and I'm sure Arsene did that, as I would've done."

1050 FOOTBALL: Colchester United boss John Ward tells BBC Essex that despite having managed Jennison Myrie-Williams in the past, he is not trying to sign the Stevenage winger.

1046 RUGBY UNION: Bristol head coach Liam Middleton tells BBC Radio Bristol he is expecting to bring in more new signings before the end of the regular season.

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1039 F1: Toro Rosso confirm that they will be ready to take part in the first Formula One pre-season test in Jerez next month.

1039 FOOTBALL: Loan signing Josh McEachran is set to go straight into the Swansea squad for tomorrow's Premier League trip to Sunderland. The teenage Chelsea midfielder arrived in south Wales on Monday and could be handed an immediate chance to impress.

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1032 TENNIS: Argentina's David Nalbandian has been fined $8,000 (£5,173) for throwing water at an Australian Open staff member following his controversial second round loss to John Isner. The 30-year-old Nalbandian was fined for unsportsmanlike behaviour following the match.

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1029 ATHLETICS: British sprinter Bernice Wilson has had a four-year suspension upheld by an independent National Anti-Doping Panel following a positive drugs test last June, UK Anti-Doping has confirmed.

1027 FOOTBALL: David Beckham insists retirement is far from his thoughts after revealing he turned down offers from Premier League clubs to stay with the Los Angeles Galaxy. "It had been talked about by other people but it always is when you get to this stage in your career. I've not even started thinking about retirement yet," Beckham said.

1024 FOOTBALL: Midfielder Jay Spearing is Liverpool's only injury doubt for Saturday's Premier League match at Bolton. The 23-year-old missed last week's goalless draw with Stoke with a hamstring injury and will be assessed before the evening kick-off at the Reebok Stadium.

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1021 WINTER SPORTS: BBC Sport assistant editor Anna Thompson on Twitter: "Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold wins her first World Cup skeleton race in St Moritz after race stands after one run, @ShelleyRudman second"

1017 FOOTBALL: Dougie Imrie has finalised his move to St Mirren from First Division Hamilton. The 28-year-old forward passed a medical on Thursday and signed this morning for a fee believed to be £35,000.

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1015 OLYMPICS: BBC football and Olympic waterpolo commentator Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Great Britain's women continue their Olympics build-up at the Water Polo Euros against Russia today. Updates at #bbcsportsday from 1500 GMT"

1010 FOOTBALL: Leeds United are today expected to confirm the loan signing of Fabian Delph, the Yorkshire Post understands.

1006 RUGBY LEAGUE: Former Wigan and Hull FC full-back Cameron Phelps is to join Super League new-boys Widnes on a two-year deal, reports the Wigan Evening Post.

1004 FOOTBALL: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says Phil Jones is fit for this weekend's Premier League game at Arsenal.

1002 OLYMPICS: If you were lucky enough to secure tickets for the London 2012 Games, you may be interested in a feature put together by our news online colleagues, looking at the cheapest way to get to, and around, the capital.

0954 TENNIS: Defending champion Kim Clijsters has eased into round four of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Daniela Hantuchova. Keep abreast of all the latest news from Melbourne with Ben Dirs's live text commentary, or listen to BBC Radio five live sports extra.

0948 FOOTBALL: In BBC Sport's Friday Focus Dan Walker and Garth Crooks look ahead to Saturday's programme which features ex-QPR manager Neil Warnock and Wolves boss Mick McCarthy live in the studio, Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand ahead of the clash at Arsenal and new Wales boss Chris Coleman on the challenge that faces him with the national side.

0942 TENNIS: British number one Andy Murray tells BBC Scotland's David McDaid his next opponent at the Australian Open, Frenchman Michael Llodra, is "mad" but a "nice guy" and describes him as one of the "funniest" players in the locker room.

0937 WINTER SPORTS: BBC Sport's Nick Hope on Twitter: The @TeamGB freestyle ski coach @sharpdog paid tribute to Canadian Sarah Burke who passed away yesterday "I feel honoured to have known her".

0928 GET INVOLVED: Joel Willis on Twitter: "Beckham def for captain of team gb. There's no expectation on a makeshift team so let sentiment play a part in selection!"

0924 FOOTBALL: Newcastle will make a late decision on midfielder Yohan Cabaye ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Fulham. The Frenchman was stretchered off with an ankle injury against QPR last weekend and remains a doubt.

0918 BOXING: If you missed Eleanor Oldroyd's programme on BBC Radio 5 live reflecting on the social and political legacy of former boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali as he turns 70, you can catch up via the five live podcast.

0911 OLYMPICS: Time for a trip down memory lane as some of Britain's veterans from the 1948 Olympics recall London's 'Austerity Games'.

0906 FOOTBALL: The Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Saturday with some of the continent's footballing giants missing from this year's finals. So who are the 16 nations competing to be Africa's champions in the first major tournament for both co-hosts, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea? Check out our quick guide to the teams.

0900 HOCKEY: Great Britain's women have continued their preparations for this month's Champions Trophy with a superb 2-0 victory over world champions Argentina in Cordoba.

0853 SNOOKER: Watch footage of referee Jan Verhaas mistakenly stopping Graeme Dott in the middle of a break at the Masters to adjust the match score, before realising he has made an error and apologising to the Scotsman. Dott then misses his next shot and opponent John Higgins takes advantage to win the frame. Higgins went on to win the quarter-final 6-3.

0847 FOOTBALL: Former QPR manager Neil Warnock has told BBC Sport he lost his job as his reputation was "slowly poisoned" by critics both inside and outside the club. The 63-year-old claimed a "lack of football experience" in the hierarchy left QPR open to "manipulative" people and he was unhappy fans and players were able to talk to owner Tony Fernandes through Twitter.

0842 TENNIS: World number one Caroline Wozniacki stepped up her Australian Open campaign with a commanding 6-2 6-2 victory over Romanian Monica Niculescu to reach the last 16 in Melbourne. Keep abreast of the latest results with Ben Dirs's live text commentary.

0838 GET INVOLVED: Who should captain the British football team at the Olympics? What do you make of England's 10-wicket defeat by Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai? Does the British Horseracing Authority need to make more changes to the whip rule? Get involved in Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

0835 TENNIS: Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Federer df Karlovic for 231st win at Grand Slam - needs 1 to equal record of 232 by Jimmy Connors."

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0833 TENNIS: Spain's Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer of Switzerland have moved into the last 16 of the Australian Open. World number two Nadal beat Slovak qualifier Lukas Lacko 6-2 6-4 6-2. Federer, the world number three, registered a 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 6-3 victory over Ivo Karlovic.

0830 CRICKET: England coach Andy Flower tells BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew that the 10-wicket defeat by Pakistan in the first Test was a "proper reality check and if there any thoughts of complacency they are certainly vanished. We might have been undercooked after people's time off, we weren't on the ball or sharp enough."

0827 FOOTBALL: Wales manager Chris Coleman hopes to persuade Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy to extend his Wales career until the end of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

0822 TENNIS: BBC Sport's Ben Dirs is providing live text commentary of the fifth day of the Australian Open in Melbourne. You can also listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

0815 OLYMPICS: Former England captain David Beckham has revealed his desire to captain the Great Britain football team at the 2012 Olympics in London.

0810 HORSE RACING: The new chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, Paul Bittar, has indicated that the controversial penalty structure for jockeys who break new whip rules could be eased. Speaking to the BBC, Bittar, who only took up his post on Wednesday, said "getting the proportionality of the penalty is the biggest challenge we face". He added that he "won't be shy about making changes". The BHA has already amended the regulations twice since their introduction in October.

0806 CRICKET: Saeed Ajmal has become the world's highest-ranked Test spinner after bowling Pakistan to a 10-wicket victory over England in Dubai on Thursday. The 34-year-old finished the first Test with match figures of 10-97 and jumps nine places to third in the rankings, above England's Graeme Swann, who drops to fourth. James Anderson is second on the list, which is headed by South Africa's Dale Steyn.

0800 FOOTBALL: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live on Friday, 20 January. We open with three stories from today's gossip column.

Dimitar Berbatov's agent insists the Manchester United striker is not going anywhere in this month's transfer window. (Daily Mirror). Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is ready to pick up £43m in wages if his £31m move to French club Paris St Germain goes ahead (the Sun). Bolton are looking to sign Welsh international defender Danny Collins, 31, from Stoke (Daily Mail).




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Beckham wants Olympic captaincy
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Nadal & Federer move into last 16
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Wozniacki & Azarenka win through
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