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Sportsday Live - Wednesday, 25 January

• Sportsday Live featuring the latest on Andy Murray's quarter-final win at the Australian Open, the second Test between England and Pakistan, the Harry Redknapp trial and transfer news. Get involved in Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday Follow us on Twitter: @BBCSport

1900: That's it for Wednesday's Sportsday Live. Tom Rostance will be with you for all the Carling Cup semi-final action between Liverpool and Manchester City, and Sportsday Live will return at 0800 GMT on Thursday.

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1851 FOOTBALL: It's now 2-2 between Libya and Zambia in their Africa Cup of Nations match. You can keep fully up to date with events by following the BBC Africa live text commentary on our football page throughout the evening.

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1842 FOOTBALL: Wigan have signed Chile international winger Jean Beausejour from Birmingham on a two-and-a-half year deal.

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1835 FOOTBALL: BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "John Terry's legal team have informed the CPS he'll not be attending Wednesday's court hearing & they'll issue not guilty plea on his behalf"

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1828 GET INVOLVED: Gavin Haddock on Twitter: "If Rangers lose Jelavic, they will be in big trouble. They need to keep him or Celtic will win the league #BBCSportsday"

1822 GET INVOLVED: Get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

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1817 COMING UP: Sportsday coming up at 1845 GMT on the BBC News channel with Olly Foster. The latest from our correspondent at Anfield as Liverpool and Manchester City settle their Carling Cup semi-final, goals from the Africa Cup of Nations, a special report from Abu Dhabi and the Second Test, action from Andy Murray in Melbourne as he reaches the semis of the Australian Open. We'll also sum up day three of the Harry Redknapp tax trial, rugby and basketball too.

1812 RUGBY LEAGUE: Huddersfield's close-season recruit Aaron Murphy has been cleared to start the new season after recovering from a wrist injury. The 23-year-old centre, who joined the Giants from Wakefield on a four-year contract, was forced to miss his new club's pre-season friendlies but is hoping to make the team for the opening Super League game at Wigan on Sunday week.

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1808 FOOTBALL: Manchester City will not appeal against Mario Balotelli's four-match ban. The 21-year-old's suspension will start with the League cup tie at Liverpool later tonight.

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1802 COMING UP LATER THIS WEEK: Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic Australian Open semi-final - Live on BBC Two, the HD Channel, BBC Radio 5 live and Online from 0830 GMT on Friday.

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1802 RUGBY LEAGUE: Widnes have completed their rebuilding for their return to Super League with the capture of Melbourne Storm prop forward Sione "John" Kite. The 24-year-old Kite, a member of Tonga's 2008 World Cup squad, becomes the Vikings' 16th close-season recruit after signing a one-year contract, which is subject to him receiving a visa.

1759 FOOTBALL: New FA director Heather Rabbatt hopes that, as a mixed race woman, her appointment will send out a message of "diversity and inclusion" at the Football Association.

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1753 GET INVOLVED: James Clarke on Twitter: "As a United fan I shouldn't be saying this but I hope the blue half of Manchester gets what is coming to them from Liverpool! #bbcsportsday"

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1748 FOOTBALL: Zambia draw level at 1-1 with Emmanuel Mayuka hitting a superb volley into the bottom corner, after Ahmed Saad Osman had given Libya an early lead. You can keep up to date with events by following the live text commentary on our football page.

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1742 GET INVOLVED: Arjun Kandola on Twitter: "Murray to beat Djokovic... and gain revenge Federer in the Australian Open 2012 Final in 5 sets! #bbcsportsday"

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1735 FOOTBALL: BBC Africa's Stephen Fottrell on Africa Cup of Nations live text: "There is some serious water being kicked up every time a tackle goes in, and the ball is literally stopping dead in some patches, which are pure mud."

1727 RUGBY UNION: Former Manchester United and England defenderGary Neville will deliver a motivational speech to England's rugby squad on Thursday night containing one clear message: Don't waste your opportunity like we did. Neville won 85 caps for his country and played in two World Cups - but he retired with a sense of frustration that England had under-achieved during his era.

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1727 FOOTBALL: Libya have taken a 1-0 lead over Zambia, thanks to a goal from Ahmed Saad Osman in their Africa Cup of Nations clash. You can keep up to date with events by following the live text commentary on our football page.

1722 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton has revealed his hurt at being branded a "cheat" by Wolves fans following the sending-off of midfielder Karl Henry during the weekend derby clash. "It hurts, definitely, when I read the papers on Sunday and Monday. It does hurt a lot, especially when people in the crowd call you a cheat when I was the victim, on the floor getting kicked," Albrighton said.

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1720 CRICKET: Sri Lanka have sacked Australian coach Geoff Marsh and replaced him with South African Graham Ford as part of a major shake-up following the national team's poor run.

1716 GET INVOLVED: Get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

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1710 FOOTBALL: Rangers have reportedly rejected a bid from West Ham for striker Nikica Jelavic. The offer from the Championship leaders failed to meet the Scottish champions' valuation of the Croatian.

1704 PARALYMPICS: The British Paralympic Association has named the first 10 GB table tennis players for the London 2012 Games. The players have all qualified by right through regional championships and world ranking lists.

1702 FOOTBALL: Hibernian have accepted a two-match ban offered to Leigh Griffiths by the Scottish Football Association. The striker was issued with a notice of complaint by the SFA`s compliance officer on Tuesday after television footage appeared to show him making a one-fingered gesture during his side's 3-2 defeat to St Johnstone at the weekend.

1658 FOOTBALL: The Africa Cup of Nations match between Libya v Zambia. has been delayed due to heavy rain - kick-off has been moved to 1715 GMT. You can keep up to date with events by following the live text commentary on our football page.

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1654 GET INVOLVED: Kev Hegarty on Twitter: "LFC cannot sit back and invite City to attack tonight with Silva in the lineup. Push forward and they'll make it to Wembley #bbcsportsday"

1646 GOLF: US Open champion Rory McIlroy is to receive an honorary degree from the University of Ulster. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will also be honoured, with the degrees conferred during summer and winter graduation ceremonies.

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1640 FOOTBALL: West Ham have offered £7m for Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic, BBC Scotland has learned. The English Championship leaders have been in negotiations with the Ibrox club for more than a week.

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1634 FOOTBALL: Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha looks set to have a medical in the next 24 hours ahead of his move to QPR. The 25-year-old has been little more than a fringe player at City and now looks set to link up with former manager Mark Hughes at Loftus Road.

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1628 FOOTBALL: Everton have agreed a fee to sell winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to Spartak Moscow, the Premier League club have announced.

1626 TAX EVASION TRIAL: BBC Sports news correspondent James Pearce on Twitter: "Redknapp/Mandaric jury sent home for the night. Earlier start tomorrow. 0930 with a video link from Monaco."

1623 FOOTBALL: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan remains confident there is enough quality and fight in their squad to get the club out of its current trouble. "It's going to be difficult, very difficult, but it can be done," Whelan told the Wigan Observer.

1619 TAX EVASION TRIAL: BBC Sports news correspondent James Pearce on Twitter: "Under cross examination Rob Beasley said he'd be far more afraid of News of World than police, as NOTW could publish without proof in Courts. Rob Beasley from News of World admitted paying eight thousand pounds to source who first tipped him off about Redknapp's Monaco account."

1614 RUGBY UNION: New England caretaker coach Stuart Lancaster promises to be his own man as he strives to define a new culture in English rugby.

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1600 FOOTBALL: The first Africa Cup of Nations match of the day Libya v Zambia. has been delayed due to heavy rain. You can keep up to date with events by following the live text commentary on our football page.

1550 TENNIS: Judy Murray, who has flown back to Britain from Australia to prepare the Fed Cup team for their tie in Israel, on her son's quarter-final win: "I just woke up and found he had won, with no stress."

1541 FOOTBALL: Kari Arnason is set to quit Aberdeen at the end of the season. The Dons have revealed the midfielder, 29, has rejected an improved offer to remain at Pittodrie.

1533 FOOTBALL: Inter Milan defensive midfielder Thiago Motta has been given permission to move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to his agent, Dario Canovi.

1525 OLYMPICS: Toy companies are trying to cash in on the Olympic boom. If you want to find out more then the read the story on the BBC News site.

1516 RUGBY UNION: Wasps have signed Russia international forwards Vladislav Korshunov and Victor Gresev until the end of the season.

1507 FOOTBALL: Europe's top football clubs collectively lost more than £1.33bn in 2010 and their debts are still rising despite the imminent arrival of sanctions for overspending, according to a Uefa study. Accounts from about 650 clubs reveal 56% lost money in the 2010 financial year. Uefa acknowledged that 13 clubs, including several from England, would have failed its break-even tests on their 2010 accounts. The clubs were not identified.

1457 FOOTBALL: The Football League and Football Association have reached an agreement regarding the scheduling of the 2012/13 Football League play-off finals at Wembley Stadium. The two bodies had been in discussions regarding the re-dating of the matches following confirmation that Wembley would stage the 2013 Uefa Champions League Final on Saturday 25 May 25. As a result, the League One and League Two play-Off finals will move forward 7 days.

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1448 OLYMPICS British Cycling has said that it is pleased with the decision to increase the spectator capacity at Box Hill - one of the best vantage points on the Olympic Road Race route - to 15,000 people. "I am pleased that this, together with the public and media pressure, has now resulted in a much more satisfactory situation for cycling fans than had originally been the case," said British Cycling president Brian Cookson.

1440 TENNIS: Want to watch out how Andy Murray secured his place in the last four of the Australian Open? Then go to the tennis page.

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1431 BOWLS: There is live coverage of the Bowls World Championships on the home page of the website available right now.

1425 FOOTBALL: The Wolverhampton Express & Star reports that West Bromwich Albion hope to make a new bid for Birmingham City defender Liam Ridgewell.

1419 FOOTBALL: Football Association chairman David Bernstein has leapt to the defence of referee Howard Webb following a sustained attack on the official in the wake of Mario Balotelli's violent conduct charge. "We all have a duty to respect our referees. To question their integrity or imply anything other than total impartiality is reckless and unfounded," he said.

1415 CRICKET: England bowler Stuart Broad on Twitter: "Excellent day for us today. Means nothing unless we have an excellent day tomorrow! #lovetestcricket."

1409 TENNIS: Australian Open semi-finalist Kim Clijsters will not compete in Belgium's Fed Cup first-round match with Serbia in Charleroi in February, team captain Ann Devries announced on Wednesday.

1403 TAX EVASION TRIAL: BBC Sports news correspondent James Pearce on Twitter: "Trial is about to resume after lunch break. Jury will continue to hear tape conversation between Redknapp and News of World reporter."

1402 TENNIS: World number one Novak Djokovic reveals he had trouble breathing during his four set win over David Ferrer. After setting up his semi-final clash with Andy Murray he said: "I found it very difficult after a long time to breathe because I felt the whole day my nose was closed a little bit," he said. I just wasn't able to get enough oxygen."

1353 TENNIS: Andy Murray is now the last remaining Brit in the main Australian Open draw after Colin Fleming and his partner American Liezel Huber lost their mixed doubles quarter-final to Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza. The duo lost 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.

1345 CRICKET: Warwickshire's bowling coach Graeme Welch expects seamer Chris Wright to shine after agreeing to continue at Edgbaston this summer. He impressed while on loan with the Bears from Essex last season, claiming 22 wickets in four Championship games.

1337 TAX EVASION TRIAL: BBC Sports news correspondent James Pearce on Twitter: "Mandaric tells reporter that he knows Redknapp well. "People talk, people speak, but I've never found anything wrong with what Harry's done""

1336 TAX EVASION TRIAL: BBC Sports news correspondent James Pearce on Twitter: "During taped conversation reporter told Mandaric that he'd acted honourably. At that stage in dock Redknapp nudged Mandaric and smiled."

1335 TAX EVASION TRIAL: BBC Sports news correspondent James Pearce on Twitter: "Mandaric to reporter: "Why would I give Harry a hundred thousand pounds when he got a million pounds for being promoted?"

1334 TAX EVASION TRIAL: BBC Sports news correspondent James Pearce on Twitter: "Mandaric revealed Redknapp was paid a million pounds for getting Portsmouth promoted to the Premier League."

1326 FOOTBALL: Portsmouth fans want to a financial stake in the stricken club. On Tuesday the Championship club was issued with a winding-up petition by HM Revenue and Customs over unpaid tax, now the trust wants to negotiate for the chance to issue shares to fans.

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1318 GET INVOLVED : Femi Longe on Twitter: "My heart says Murray vs Nadal; my head sees Federer vs Djokovic for the mens' final at the Australian Open. Great dilemma #bbcsportsday"

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1310 CRICKET: Pakistan finish day one of the second test against England 256-7. Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad were the pick of the England bowlers, both taking three wickets, while Monty Panesar took the other on his return to Test cricket. You can follow the Test on our cricket pages.

1302 FOOTBALL: They urge any fans witnessing any form of abuse to report it to a matchday steward or text confidentially on 07557 435421.

1301 FOOTBALL: It continues: "Both Clubs enjoy fantastic support. However, we would remind fans that while we want to hear their passion, it's a fact that hatred and abuse is not what being a fan of QPR or Chelsea is about. The Clubs will work together with the police to ensure that anyone using discriminatory or inflammatory language is identified and that the strongest possible action is taken against them.

1300 FOOTBALL: Chelsea and QPR have issued a joint statement ahead of this weekend's FA Cup fourth round match at Loftus Road. It reads: 'We have discussed the issues surrounding this weekend's FA Cup fourth round tie at Loftus Road and we are both in total agreement that abuse and discrimination has no place in football or society.

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1256 CRICKET: Pakistan are now seven wickets down in Abu Dhabi. Graeme Swann was bought back into the attack and got an instant reward bowling Abdur Rehman for a duck. You can follow live text commentary on our cricket pages.

1253 FOOTBALL: A joint statement will be issued from Chelsea and QPR at 1300.

1242 TENNIS: Roger Federer reveals that he is relishing the prospect of facing Rafael Nadal in Thursday's Australian Open semi-final. He said: "I really wanted to play Rafa because of our epic match in the final here a few years ago."

1233 FOOTBALL: UEFA has revealed that Europe's top-flight clubs reported annual losses totalling £1.3billion in 2010. Their latest club licensing report shows that overall losses from the leading leagues around the continent are up from £1billion euros.

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1225 CRICKET: England take another wicket in Abu Dhabi as Stuart Broad traps Adnan Akmal LBW for nine to leave Pakistan on 216-6. You can follow live text commentary on our cricket pages.

1224 RUGBY UNION: Wales will be without prop Gethin Jenkins for the first five weeks of the Six Nations Championship with a knee injury. Both fly-half Rhys Priestland (knee) and Dan Lydiate (ankle) are also likely to miss the opener against Ireland on Sunday, 5 February.

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1215 TENNIS: Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, Murray reach semis as top 4 seeds for 3rd time at Grand Slam, 2nd quartet to do this (McEnroe, Connors, Lendl, Wilander did it previously)"

1207 FOOTBALL: Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner has revealed that the club will not be appealing Marvin Morgan's red card admitting that the the break might do the striker, who has scored just twice since September, some good.

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1158 CRICKET: England get a breakthrough in Abu Dhabi as Graeme Swann removes Asad Shafiq for 58 to leave Pakistan on 203-5. You can follow live text commentary on our cricket pages.

1153 TAX EVASION TRIAL: BBC Sport's James Pearce on Twitter: "First two witnesses have appeared. Explanation of tax law from HMRC and then we heard from Nigel Layton of Premier League's Quest inquiry. Quest inquiry set up to investigate bungs in football. Nigel Layton told jury that Redknapp had voluntarily shown bank statements to Quest."

1149 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's James Pearce on Twitter: "London 2012 have increased capacity at Box Hill for Olympic road race from 3,500 to 15,000."

1145 RUGBY UNION: Back row forward Tom Wood says he is uncertain when he will be available for selection as he continues to recover from a foot injury. But he has not ruled out playing again in time for England's third Six Nations match against Wales on 25 February.

1140 RUGBY UNION: Stuart Lancaster says he has not yet applied for the permanent role as England head coach but will be putting his name forward.

1133 FOOTBALL: Wigan have said that, contrary to speculation, no official bid has been made to Bristol City for striker Nicky Maynard and there have been no official talks with the player or the club, reports Wigan Today. The news follows Bristol City's comments on Tuesday that discussions between club and player are at "an advanced stage".

1128 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia is to see a specialist today as he seeks to get to the root of a troublesome heel injury. N'Zogbia has missed Villa's last three matches, with his last appearance coming in the 2-0 home defeat to Swansea on 2 January.

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1122 TENNIS: Defending champion Novak Djokovic beats David Ferrer 6-4 7-6 6-1 to set up a semi-final clash with Britain's Andy Murray.

1115 CRICKET: Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke have hit double centuries for Australia in the fourth Test against India in Adelaide as they reached 604-7 before declaring.

1110 BASKETBALL: Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng hopes he won't need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist. The Brit was injured on Saturday against Charlotte and expects to miss at least a few more NBA games after sitting out Monday's win over the New Jersey Nets.

1105 FORMULA 1: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen says "it was great to be driving an F1 car again" and he is feeling "very positive" after two days re-acclimatising to Formula 1 in Valencia. After two years away from the sport, the 2007 world champion ran in a two-year-old car on Pirelli demonstration tyres at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

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1100 TENNIS: Defending champion Novak Djokovic wins the second set 7-6 against David Ferrer of Spain to move one set away from a semi-final with Britain's Andy Murray. Follow live text commentary on our tennis pages.

1056 FOOTBALL: Midfielder Karl Henry has apologised to Wolves boss Mick McCarthy, players and the club's supporters for the "stupid mistake" which led to his sending off against Aston Villa at the weekend. "I was trying to get to the ball and I just kicked out in frustration to try and get away," said Henry. "As soon as I did it, I thought 'what have I done' because you can't react like that on a football pitch."

1052 FOOTBALL: Inter Milan are no longer interested in signing Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez, according to Nerazzurri board member Marco Tronchetti Provera. "Does Tevez still interest us? He no longer does as he is looking to take a different path," said Tronchetti Provera. "Inter have rediscovered their champions and we don't need to have him or anybody else."

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1045 CRICKET: It's tea in the second Test between Pakistan and England in Abu Dhabi. The hosts are 177-4 with Stuart Broad picking up two wickets. You can follow live text commentary on our cricket pages.

1042 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's James Pearce on Twitter: "Prosecution close opening argument by saying that they submit that payments into Rosie47 were taxable and that R and M knew that. A few football fans in court today. One gentleman was politely asked by court clerk to remove his thick woolly hat. We're going to hear from first witness now: HMRC."

1039 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's James Pearce on Twitter: "Prosecution 'Was it credible that it never occurred to Mr Redknapp to mention the existence of this account to his own accountant? Was R's repeated claim he had notified police (during earlier investigation) about Monaco account simply an honest mistake?'"

1036 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's James Pearce on Twitter: "Prosecution ask series of questions: 'Do they really think payments like this from chairman to senior employee not liable to income tax. Is it credible when told of loss of investment money that R simply laughed about it and decided to forget about it all? Was there any good reason why the account in Monaco could not be opened in the name of Harry Redknapp?' (instead of Rosie47)."

1034 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's James Pearce on Twitter: "Prosecution in Redknapp/Mandaric been concluding their opening statement. Prosecution say statements by R and M 'contradictory, inconsistent and lacking in credibility'. Pros say payments to R repeatedly characterised as bonus for success for Portsmouth and should have been taxed."

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1027 FOOTBALL: Chelsea are in talks with Belgian club Genk over the signing of Kevin de Bruyne, 20. If a deal is completed, it is anticipated the midfielder will be loaned back to the Belgian champions for the rest of the season.

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1022 CRICKET: Over in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan have steadied the ship after losing four early wickets and are now 151-4 against England in the second Test. You can follow live text commentary with Sam Sheringham.

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1016 TENNIS: World number one Novak Djokovic is currently one set to the good, and tied at 2-2 in the second set of his Australian Open quarter-final against David Ferrer of Spain. The winner will play Britain's Andy Murray after he dispatched with Japan's Kei Nishikori in straights sets earlier this morning. You can follow live text commentary of Djokovic's progress with Aimee Lewis.

1011 FORMULA 1: BBC Sport's Andrew Benson on Twitter: "Re the rumours of [Vitaly] Petrov becoming Pirelli's official test driver, Pirelli tell me this is "not signed yet but probable". It remains to be seen what effect that has - if any - on his future at Caterham, where he has been expected to replace Jarno Trulli."

1005 FOOTBALL: Chelsea defender David Luiz on Twitter: "Good morning my geezers and friends! Have a nice day! Going to Majorca training ground! Enjoy football! Big hug"

1000 CRICKET: Back in Abu Dhabi, Pakistan are 134-4 against England on the first day of the second Test. There is live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and audio commentary on TMS.

0956 RUGBY LEAGUE: New Hull KR captain Ben Galea is facing up to three months on the sidelines after damaging knee ligaments in his side's friendly at Hull FC on Sunday.

0948 FOOTBALL: Craig Levein is trying to convince Hull winger Cameron Stewart to opt to play for Scotland rather than England. "We have spoken to Cameron," the Scotland boss told the Scottish Sun. "Mick Oliver [Scotland team scout] has done a lot of the work and we're keeping an eye on him.

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0942 RUGBY UNION: England's interim head coach Stuart Lancaster has told BBC Sport he expects to name his captain for the 6 Nations by the start of next week.

0937 TENNIS: Top seed Novak Djokovic is set to take the first set of his Australian Open quarter-final clash against David Ferrer. There is live text commentary, courtesy of Aimee Lewis, here. The winner of the match faces Briton Andy Murray in the semis.

0932 FOOTBALL: The Africa Cup of Nations continues with Libya v Zambia and Equatorial Guinea v Senegal. There will live text commentary on both matches available here.

0927 FOOTBALL: If you like your podcasts then the latest Radio 5 live football podcast is ready for your ears. It includes an interview with Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli's agent.

0923 CRICKET: Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "103 for 4 .. @stuartbroad8 bowling a fine spell.. All 4 wkts have been bowled.. Furniture every where!!!!"

0918 CRICKET: England's Stuart Broad has got another one. This time the pacemen has uprooted the off-stump of Azhar Ali (24). Pakistan are now on 103-4 on the first day of the second Test.

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0912 OLYMPICS: This Olympics story has been widely reported on Wednesday. Apparently, parents whose children were conceived after they had bought tickets for the events currently have to secure an additional ticket for their baby. Locog (organisers of London 2012) said this was because of licensing and health and safety regulations.

0908 TENNIS: BBC's George Riley at the Australian Open on Twitter: "Just spoken to @andy_murray for @bbc5live.Says key to beating @DjokerNole is to "take his legs away". Is that legal? #bbcsportsday #ausopen"

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0904 CRICKET: Pakistan had recovered after losing two wickets, but have just lost another with England's Stuart Broad removing the off-stump of Younus Khan (24). Pakistan are now on 98-3 on the first day of the second Test. You can find live text coverage here, with audio commentary on TMS.

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0858 CRICKET: They have resumed after lunch on the first day of the second Test between England and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan, who cruised to victory in the first Test, are on 97-2, with Azhar Ali and Younus Khan at the crease.

0850 TENNIS: Back to the Australian Open. The line-up for the women's semi-finals sees Maria Sharapova face Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who booked their passages today, with Kim Clijsters v Victoria Azarenka, the other match.

0841 CRICKET: BBC TMS producer Adam Mountford on Twitter: "Currently on TMS... Tiger Woods talks cricket!"

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0838 OLYMPICS: BBC Sport's Ian Singleton has spoken to British hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon. You can read the interview here.

0834 CRICKET: Meanwhile, you may have woken up to the news that England's Chris Tremlett will miss the rest of the Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates because of a back injury. "Gutted to be going home early from the tour but hopefully get the back sorted out quickly. Thanks for all the kind messages," he said on Twitter.

0829 FOOTBALL: Cardiff are already through to the final after beating Crystal Palace on penalties on Tuesday. There is video reaction on the site, including the thoughts of a delighted Cardiff manager Malky Mackay.

0825 FOOTBALL: Staying on football, there is a huge match later with Manchester City hoping to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Liverpool in the second leg of their Carling Cup semi-final tie at Anfield. There will be live text commentary on this website and there is commentary on BBC Radio 5 live. You can watch the highlights on the League Cup Show.

0820 FOOTBALL: Stevenage name Gary Smith as their new manager.

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0815 CRICKET: There has been drama on the first day of the second Test between England and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Monty Panesar, in for the injured Chris Tremlett, and Graeme Swann took wickets to leave Pakistan on 61-2. The score is now 73-2.

0809 TENNIS: First, Andy Murray. The Scot reached his fifth successive Grand Slam semi-final with a 6-3 6-3 6-1 win over Japan's Kei Nishikori. He will now face either Novak Djokovic or David Ferrer - they begin their quarter-final in a few minutes.

0803: It has been and will be a very busy day in the sporting world. We will bring you reaction from Andy Murray's quarter-final win over Kei Nishikori, the second Test between England and Pakistan, the latest transfer news, news from the Harry Redknapp trial and the latest ahead of the crunch Carling Cup semi-final tie between Liverpool and Manchester City.

0800: Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live on Wednesday, 25 January. We open with three stories from today's gossip column.

Sunderland have taken 19-year-old Enoch Balotelli, brother of Manchester City striker Mario, on trial (Daily Mirror). Wolves' 23-year-old winger Adam Hammill has emerged as a shock transfer target for Wigan (the Sun). Liverpool reportedly have made an offer for £15m-rated Udinese and Chile international midfielder Mauricio Isla, 23 (Daily Star).

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