Sportsday - Tuesday, 18 December as it happened

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18 December 2012 Last updated at 19:06 GMT

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  1. 1900: 

    It's been an eventful day of sport, with the repercussions of UK Sport's funding announcements for Rio 2016 still sinking in.

    Keep an eye on the BBC Sport website for more reaction. We'll be back with Sportsday from 0800 BST tomorrow. Hope to see you there.

  2. 1858: 
    HORSE RACING

    It's the end of an era at Folkestone racecourse, which closes today after more than 100 years of horse racing.

    Arena Racing Company (ARC) says the course is closing because its"outdated" facilities need updating.

    A spokeswoman for Shepway District Council said: "We are obviously very disappointed that today sees the last race fixture at Folkestone Racecourse.

  3. 1848: 
    HANDBALL

    Great Britain handball captain Ciaran Williams tells BBC Radio Lancashire of his frustration at the Olympic funding cuts.

    "I'm bitterly disappointed. It's a bitter pill to swallow after seven years of sacrifices, not just from the players but from everyone involved in the sport. We've been cut at the knees. This generation of kids we've inspired have nothing to aspire to."

  4. 1840: 
    HANDBALL

    British handball player Chris McDermott has been highly critical of UK Sport's decision to cut the sport's Olympic funding for Rio 2016.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, McDermott said: "I'm absolutely devastated. I'm heartbroken. The whole mantra of the Games was about legacy. If you take away the elite end, what do the young kids have to aspire to?"

  5. 1828: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Plenty of reaction still coming in on UK Sport's funding decisions for the 2016 Olympics. While boxing, athletics and rowing are among the sports to get funding increases, basketball, volleyball and handball are among those losing out, while swimming has had a significant cut.

    Sportsday has all the details on the BBC News Channel from 1830 GMT, and if you live in the UK, you can watch it on this page by refreshing your browser.

  6. 1828: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    UK Sport's decision not to fund sitting volleyball for the 2016 Rio Paralympics has "extinguished" any legacy left by London 2012 and the achievements of 7/7 bombings survivor Martine Wright, according to Volleyball England's Lisa Wainwright.

    Wright, who lost both legs in the 2005 attacks on London, won the Helen Rollason Award for "outstanding achievement in the face of adversity" at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in London on Sunday.

    Wainwright said: "Everyone will have seen the impact sitting volleyball can have on people with the winner of the BBC's Helen Rollason Award - Martine Wright, a survivor of the 7/7 London bombings. When we speak of legacy remember this day, the flame has well and truly been extinguished."

  7. 1820: 
    CRICKET

    India's Vinay Kumar has been ruled out the two-match Twenty20 series against England due to a calf strain. The seam bowler has been replaced in the squad by Abhimanyu Mithun.

  8. 1816: 
    HANDBALL

    British handball player Holly Lam-Moores has taken to Twitter to express her disappointment at UK Sport's decision to remove its Olympic funding for Rio 2016.

    "Devastated, we inspired a generation this summer but now unable to capitalise on that.... a sad, sad day for most GB team sports."

  9. 1810: 
    FOOTBALL

    Owen Coyle believes Celtic's impressive Champions League home record should ensure they have a chance of progressing to the quarter-finals - whoever they are paired with in Thursday's last-16 draw.

    The former Republic of Ireland international watched Celtic beat Barcelona and Spartak Moscow at Parkhead to make the knockout stages.

    Former Bolton manager Coyle, who turned down the chance to be Celtic boss in 2009, said: "The first game that Celtic have will be the home game. Regardless of who they play, I think they are going to be in very good shape going into the second leg of that last 16, and who's to say what they can achieve?"

  10. 1802: 
    SWIMMING

    Foster reckons that the British Olympic swimming team's failure to hit their target of five to seven medals - they won three - could have been an issue of preparation rather than funding.

    "Some of the times our swimmers were getting in March and April would have won at medal at the Olympics.

    "I would have the qualification period set two weeks before the Games, so that the competitors get the times they need and are ready to go and at their peak."

  11. 1758: 
    SWIMMING

    Former British Olympic swimmer Mark Foster tells the BBC News Channel that the sport is in decent shape despite UK Sport's decision to cut its funding for Rio 2016.

    "If we look back at Sydney 2000, we didn't get any medallists, and wev got 10 finalists.

    "In London, we got three medallists and 23 finalists. But we need to turn those fourth and fifth places into medals."

  12. 1752: 
    FOOTBALL

    Southall reckons Everton need their own version of Liverpool captain Steve Gerrard to drive them into the Premier League's top four.

    "I'd like to see them have someone who can take the game by the scruff of the neck and make an impact," he said.

    "Someone like the character of Andrei Kanchelskis but a midfielder who can drive the team forward, maybe make a few tackles - someone like a Steven Gerrard for Everton. They don't seem to have someone who has that drive inside them yet."

  13. 1747: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall, who thinks Everton need more creative guile if they are to qualify for the Champions League.

    "I don't think we have anyone with that vision. (Darron) Gibson is not bad to be fair but he's not there every week.

    "Maybe by next season he would be ideal but he's picked up a few injuries here or there."

  14.  
    GET INVOLVED

    More of your thoughts on UK Sport's funding announcement for the 2016 Olympics. #bbcsportsday

    TMC on Twitter: "Don't understand funding at all. Judo meets target - gets cut. Boxing meets target - gets increase??? Logic?"

    Kerry Russell on Twitter: "For the sports that have lost funding, it's time to work even harder to look for other ways to raise profiles and hope that equals sponsors."

    Richard Wilkinson on Twitter: "Increasing the funding for boxing... Does that get repaid when they turn professional? Money should go to 'amateur' sports."

  15. 1736: 
    FOOTBALL

    Burnley co-chairman Mike Garlick says the Championship club plan to keep 22-goal top scorer Charlie Austin.

    "We have no plans to sell Charlie at the minute," Garlick told Burnley's AGM. "We see him as an integral part of our squad.

    "Last season he had time out with injury, in the first season we bought him he was injured - we want him to play for us this season."

  16. 1730: 
    FOOTBALL

    Huddersfield striker Alan Lee has been handed a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct.

    Lee was involved in a confrontation with Hull defender Alex Bruce at the end of Saturday's Championship match at the KC Stadium. Bruce was sent off by referee Howard Webb as the players left the field following Hull's 2-0 win.

  17. 1724: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall thinks manager David Moyes could sell defender Leighton Baines in order to fund a bid for Champions League football.

    "I don't mind him selling one if he brings two in because that makes sense," Southall said. "If you are going to sacrifice anyone, Leighton Baines may be the one to go."

  18. 1718: 
    SWIMMING

    UK Sport has cut swimming's Olympic funding from £25.14m to £21.4m for 2016 after Britain picked up fewer medals than expected at London 2012.

    Gemma Spofforth, who was fifth in the 100m backstroke at the Olympics this year, tells BBC Radio 5 live: "Funding really is key for us. That funding is going to go to the top athletes, and it's going to be a struggle for up-and-coming athletes.

    "And so those lower down are not going to improve."

  19. 1710: 
    FOOTBALL

    Stoke have issued a statement after midfielder Charlie Adam's father died suddenly yesterday in Dundee at the age of 50. Charlie Adam senior played for St Johnstone and Dundee United.

    "All our thoughts are with Charlie and his family at this difficult time," the statement read. "Out of respect to the family, players and staff at the club will not be making any press comment over the Christmas period."

  20. 1702: 
    FOOTBALL

    Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels is in trouble after accusing match official Andrew Dallas of lying at a Scottish FA disciplinary hearing.

    Shiels escaped further punishment at an original hearing last Thursday after being sent to the stand during a match against St Johnstone last month, when Dallas was fourth official.

    But he faces two new charges over comments made in the media after the hearing. Shiels alleged that Dallas had "fabricated" evidence at the judicial panel hearing and had acted in a "manipulative and devious" manner.

  21. 1658: 
    BOXING

    Anthony Joshua, who won Olympic super-heavyweight gold for Great Britain at London 2012, tells BBC Radio 5 live that those involved in sports that have had funding cut by UK Sport for 2016 should use that as a spur.

    "That should be motivation for them. Wherever there's a problem, there's a resolution. If they want something, they can achieve it."

  22. 1651: 
    GYMNASTICS

    British Gymnastics is celebrating a 34.6% boost in funding for the 2016 Olympics, from £10.77m to £14.5m. Great Britain won four gymnastics medals at London 2012, beating its target of one to two.

    Tim Jones, British Gymnastics' head of performance sport, said: "This award will allow us to build on the platform that London provided to British Gymnastics, and give our athletes and coaches the confidence to know they will be fully supported in the lead into 2016."

  23.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Johnny Calopsita on Twitter: "Removing funding 100% is a mistake - disadvantaged young people have one less opportunity, and it's counterproductive to sport development."

    Freddie Cameron on Twitter: "All the funding is well and good, but performances also matter. Look at teams in football who spent loads yet are not winning."

    Nigel Sander on Twitter: "The successful sports need additional funding to remain successful but a shame basketball, handball and volleyball get nothing."

    What do you think about UK Sport's funding plans for the 2016 Olympics? Boxing, rowing and athletics are among the winners, while basketball, handball and volleyball have lost out. #bbcsportsday

  24. 1641: 
    VOLLEYBALL

    UK Sport has cut volleyball's Olympic funding for 2016 by 88.7%, from £3.53m to £400,000. Only women's beach volleyball benefits from the new arrangements.

    Kenny Barton, British volleyball's performance programme manager, tells the BBC News Channel: "We're delighted that there's something there, but it's really crumbs from the table.

    "To get people to Rio on that money will be a challenge. We're desperately, desperately disappointed."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Matt Everett on Twitter: "Handball has had grassroots funding nearly doubled. Don't despair. We need funding to go to this for the long term!"

    Mike Stephens on Twitter: "£52million on sailing, equestrian and modern pentathlon. Funding for elite sport or funding for elitism?"

    Michael on Twitter: "Britain wants a wider span of success, so why is athletics getting the main bulk of funding whilst niche sports aren't?"

    What are your thoughts on UK Sport's funding announcement for the 2016 Olympics? Let us know via Twitter. #bbcsportsday

  26. 1629: 
    CYCLING

    Cycling's Olympic funding for 2016 has gone up from £26m to £30.6m, an increase of 17.5%.

    British Cycling's chief executive Ian Drake said: "We believe that winning medals is not an end in itself but a means to growing the sport as whole.

    "Today's announcement from UK Sport is recognition of the success of our riders, our coaches and the work we put into identifying new talent."

  27. 1625: 
    BASKETBALL

    British Basketball has criticised the decision by UK Sport to remove all of the sport's Olympic funding for 2016.

    Roger Moreland, British Basketball's performance chairman, said: "We knew the criteria that UK Sport were applying for Rio. But having been funded to the tune of £8.5m in the lead up to the London Olympics because of the sport's medal potential for the future, this is a devastating decision and is a waste of that investment."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Ellis Turmoil on Twitter: "I'm all for rewarding success but is it not counter intuitive to cut some unsuccessful sport budgets 100%? Ruins Rio chances."

    John Hill on Twitter: "I can't believe handball is no longer being funded by UK Sport. Everyone was enjoying it at the Olympics! Disgraceful!"

    Douglas Booker on Twitter: "Volleyball loses its funding apart from the women's beach team! HA HA. Has to have been men in charge of this decision."

    Keep your thoughts coming on the UK Sport 2016 Olympic funding announcement, please. #bbcsportsday

  29. 1617: 
    BOXING

    Boxing is the big winner in the new Olympic funding plans announced by UK Sport, receiving a 44.5% rise from £9.55m to £13.8m.

    Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist Anthony Joshua tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I was in the Olympic team for 17 months before the London Games, and the improvements I made - with the help of the funding - helped me to win my gold medal.

    "I wouldn't have won gold without it."

  30. 1612: 
    ATHLETICS

    British athletics has had its funding increased from £25.15m to £26.8m for 2016, a rise of 6.6%, under the Olympic funding plans announced by UK Sport.

    UK Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "We're very pleased to receive the increased levels of support across both Olympic and Paralympic performance programmes.

    "The investment in athletics reflects the progress made over the last four years and demonstrates confidence in our plans for the next Games cycle."

  31.  
    GET INVOLVED

    UK Sport funding announcement for the 2016 Olympics has got you talking on Twitter. So is the new balance of funding right or not? Let us know your thoughts, please. #bbcsportsday

    Chris Wearmouth on Twitter: "Surely sports only become 'medal prospects' with investment? Plus basketball, handball etc relatively low-cost sports to play."

    Phil Griffin on Twitter: "Seems harsh on some of the sports. The swimmers underachieved but China caught us up. How will cutting funding help us in Rio?"

    David Akosim on Twitter: "Did boxing really need a 44% increase in funding? It's a sport which has historically done reasonably well in the Olympics."

  32. 1600: 
    CRICKET

    Somerset announce Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman will be returning to the county for the latter half of the 2013 season.

    Rehman enjoyed a hugely successful spell with Somerset this year when he claimed 27 wickets at just 14.19 in four LV County Championship matches, including innings figures of nine for 65 against Worcestershire.

    Rehman, 32, is currently serving a 12-week ban handed out by the England and Wales Cricket Board in October after testing positive for cannabis following Somerset's championship game with Nottinghamshire on 8 August.

  33. 1552: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hull City owner Assem Allam says they will look to leave the KC Stadium if the club wins promotion back to the Premier League. The Tigers, who were relegated in 2010, are currently fourth in the Championship table under manager Steve Bruce.

    "I don't see the future of the club being at the KC Stadium. If we get promoted, then there are other plans," Allam tells BBC Radio Humberside. "There is no future for me and the KC Stadium unless it is freehold. If you rent a house, then you don't pay to put an extension on it."

  34. 1548: 
    SWIMMING

    Swimming is the major casualty in UK Sport's funding announcement for the four years leading up to Rio 2016 after it returned just three medals at London 2012.

    With Rebecca Adlington picking up two bronze medals and Michael Jamieson one silver, bosses at British Swimming had braced themselves for a drop in funding.

    David Sparkes, British Swimming CEO, says: "Overall we are satisfied with the outcome. While disappointed with the award for swimming, we recognise we need to rebuild confidence that we can deliver medals at Olympic level consistently before we can demand more investment."

  35. 1540: 
    SAILING

    GB Sailing manager Stephen Park tells BBC South Today he is delighted with the funding figure provided by UK Sport for Olympic and Paralympic sailing.

    UK Sport's 2016 funding programme sees Olympic sailing awarded £24.5m and Paralympic sailing awarded £2.8m.

    "It's a big day for elite sport in Great Britain and fantastic news from a sailing perspective," says Park. "We've had such a fantastic year with more sports winning more medals and I would like to think this award is return for the medals we have won."

  36.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Phil Broeders on Twitter: "How are lesser sports going to develop if funding is diverted to sports which we already excel at? Handball is one example."

    Anthony Percival on Twitter: "Rough deal for Handball. One of the real successes of the 2012 games. The copperbox quickly became a go to venue. Brutal."

    Tom on Twitter: "Rowing receives additional £5m but handball, basketball etc totally cut? Rowing wins loads already though? Confused."

    What are your thoughts on the UK Sport's 2016 Olympics funding programme? Do you agree with the sports that have been given additional funding? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  37. 1520: 
    FOOTBALL

    Rochdale manager John Coleman spent almost five hours on Monday in one-to-one meetings with supporters, after giving them the chance to air their views and frustrations about the club.

    Coleman, who is worried about dwindling attendances at Spotland and his side's poor form, appealed to fans to meet him and discuss their concerns. Dale have lost their last four matches and lie 15th in League Two.

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    Chris McDermott, who was at London 2012 as part of Team GB handball, reacts to the UK Sport 2016 funding announcement on Twitter: "I'm devastated. Absolutely gutted. Gave everything for seven years now we've been chopped. What now? Well I'm going to carry on training and try to continue to improve the level of handball in this country."

  39. 1511: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool's Suso is fined £10,000 by the Football Association for calling team-mate Jose Enrique "gay" on Twitter.

    The 19-year-old has also been warned about his future conduct.

  40. 1509: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal's Boxing Day fixture with West Ham at Emirates Stadium is in doubt, following the announcement that London Underground drivers plan industrial action on that day.

    "Arsenal are currently in discussions with the Premier League, West Ham United, police and relevant authorities over the possible postponement of the Boxing Day fixture at Emirates Stadium," an Arsenal statement on the Premier League club's website confirms.

    "The match is in doubt due to the difficulties of getting 60,000 supporters, plus matchday staff and employees to the stadium safely in the advent of disruption to public transport on a public holiday. The club will make a further announcement as soon as a final decision is made."

  41. 1503: 
    OLYMPICS & PARALYMPICS

    Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport, speaking about the announcement of UK Sport's 2016 Olympic funding programme: "We are investing more public money to support our elite athletes in the four years to Rio 2016 than for our home Games, which shows our desire to keep up the momentum from London 2012."

    Investment in Paralympic sport rises 43% on London 2012, and Robertson adds: "The significant increase for Paralympic sports reflects on the extraordinary success and achievements of our Paralympic athletes this summer."

  42. 1500: 
    FOOTBALL

    Leeds manager Neil Warnock faces a selection dilemma ahead of the Capital One Cup quarter-final with Chelsea.

    On-loan defender Alan Tate is unavailable while fellow loanee Jerome Thomas and captain Lee Peltier are both doubtful.

    Tate is cup-tied having already taken part in the competition with Swansea and he will be replaced by Jason Pearce. Leigh Bromby, Rodolph Austin, Davide Somma and Ramon Nunez all remain sidelined.

  43. 1450: 
    OLYMPICS

    Britain's boxers are the biggest winners in UK Sport'sOlympic 2016 funding programme, but swimming has had a £4m cut to their budget.

    Boxing saw an increase of 44% but handball, basketball, table tennis and wrestling have lost all their support. Overall, 18 sports have seen their money go up, five have had their budget cut by UK Sport.

    UK Sport funding breakdown: athletics £26.8m, sailing £24.5m, swimming £21.4m, canoeing £19.1m, equestrian £17.9m, hockey £15.5m, gymnastics £14.5m, boxing £13.8m, diving £7.5m, modern pentathlon £6.9m, taekwondo £6.9m, judo £6.8m, badminton £5.9m, triathlon £5.5m.

  44. 1443: 
    OLYMPICS & PARALYMPICS

    UK Sport confirm 42 Olympic and Paralympic sports with credible medal potential in 2016 or 2020 will receive funding for the Rio cycle. Basketball, wrestling, handball, table tennis, wheelchair fencing and sitting volleyball lose funding.

  45.  

    BBC Sports Editor David Bond on Twitter: "Rowing biggest winner in Olympic hand outs - over £5m increase. Disability athletics best of the Paralympic sports - up by almost £4m."

  46.  

    British Handball on Twitter: "UK Sport have announced that @britishhandball will receive no funding to help build teams for Rio 2016."

  47. 1430: 
    OLYMPICS & PARALYMPICS

    UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl: "We are going to be investing a record level for funding over the next four years. In this cycle we will invest £347m in Olympic and Paralympic success in 2016. That is an 11% increase in funding."

  48. 1427: 
    OLYMPICS & PARALYMPICS

    UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl: "We want to be the first nation in recent history to be more successful in the Olympics and Paralympics post hosting."

  49.  

    BBC Sports News correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "UK Sport about to reveal winners & losers in elite performance funding for Rio cycle "it isn't about being popular" warns chair Sue Campbell."

  50. 1416: 
    OLYMPICS

    The Olympic funding news conference is under way and desktop users (UK only) can watch it live now at the top of this page. Just hit the refresh button and away you go.

  51. 1413: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is back in training but remains doubtful for tomorrow's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Leeds.

    Sturridge has recovered from his hamstring injury but interim manager Rafael Benitez is unsure if he will be available, while John Obi Mikel, Gary Cahill and Ramires are suspended.

    Benitez has refused to set a comeback date for John Terry's return from a knee injury, while Oriol Romeu has been ruled out for the season following knee surgery.

  52.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Vincent O'Rouke on Twitter: "The funds need to be distributed to where the enthusiasm is, some sports just don't appeal, hence funding would be a waste."

    Martin Paul Lynch on Twitter: "The amount of medals swimming offers in an Olympics means it would be crazy to reduce funding. changes not cuts."

    Babajide on Twitter: "Swimming can get you a long way. 35% of American London 2012 Olympic gold came from the pool."

    Have your say, #bbcsportsday

  53. 1358: 
    FOOTBALL

    The 20 Premier League chairmen agree in principle for clubs to have to break even, despite some opposition at a meeting today.

    However, the exact details of the spending controls has yet to be agreed - specifically around how much wealthy owners can put into the club to cover losses, sources close to the process have disclosed.

    The club chairmen have now asked PL executives to bring back detailed plans on the spending controls for the next meeting on 6 February, and on proposals to cap wage rises for players in the short term.

  54. 1349: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez will shake Neil Warnock's hand before tomorrow's Capital One Cup quarter-final against Leeds.

    Leeds boss Warnock is unsure whether he will complete the pre-match gesture at Elland Road due to a dispute between the two dating back to 2007 when they were respective Sheffield United and Liverpool managers. Benitez was accused by his rival of playing a weakened team that Warnock felt contributed to United's relegation from the Premier League.

    "I'm professional so I will do my job. I'm professional, I will behave," says Benitez.

  55. 1342: 
    GOLF

    World number one Rory McIlroy is named the European Tour golfer of the year.

    McIlroy succeeds Luke Donald as winner of the award, having also replicated the Englishman's previously unprecedented achievement of winning both the Race to Dubai and US PGA Tour money list in the same season.

    "It is a very special honour indeed," says McIlroy. "You only need to look down the list of players who have preceded me as the winner of this award to see precisely why. It is a Who's Who of golf and I'm delighted to now be a part of that in the history books."

  56. 1332: 
    GOLF

    Colin Montgomerie and former European Tour executive director Ken Schofield will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next year.

    Former Ryder Cup captain Montgomerie, who was elected through the international ballot, and Schofield - selected through the lifetime achievement category - will be honoured along with fellow inductees Fred Couples, Willie Park Jnr and Ken Venturi.

  57. 1326: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England women's captain Katy McLean talks to BBC Sport having switched the rugby pitch for the classroom as she returns to her day job as a reception class teacher in Sunderland.

    McLean told BBC North East & Cumbria Sport: "Getting up early was the worst thing, I had spent the last 10 days being told what to wear, what to do, and basically you've just got to follow somebody in the same colour t-shirt.

    "When I got up on the Monday morning I thought - what am I going to wear? I've got to be in charge of 30 kids.

  58.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Nathan on Twitter: "I reckon UK Sport are going to cut the funding to swimming after our dismal performance and give more to the combat sports."

    Adam Winstone on Twitter: "Cutting funding to underperforming teams seems like a sure way to make sure they continue to underperform."

    Have your say using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  59. 1321: 
    FOOTBALL

    Serie A club Napoli have been docked two points, with defenders Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava handed six-month bans for match-fixing.

    Ex-Napoli goalkeeper Matteo Gianello, 36, has been banned for 39 months for admitting an attempt to fix the Italian club's clash with Sampdoria in 2010.

    Cannavaro, 31, and Grava, 35, have been reprimanded for failing to report their knowledge of Gianello's wrongdoing.

    The Italian Football Federation also fined the club £57,000.

  60. 1315: 
    BOXING

    Ireland's Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor will make her competitive return in Dublin in February.

    The 26-year-old boxer from Bray in County Wicklow has opted to remain as an amateur and the bill is being promoted as the Road to Rio.

    Organisers say she will have a top-class international opponent.

    "It felt like Irish fans took over the arena for my fights at the Olympics so it is great people will have a chance to see me on home soil," said Taylor.

  61. 1310: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Ireland skipper Brian O'Driscoll has taken part in his first on-pitch training session with Leinster since having ankle surgery.

    The centre, 33, missed the autumn internationals after picking up the injury playing for his province in the Pro12.

    Ireland coach Declan Kidney is hoping O'Driscoll will be fully fit in time for the Six Nations which starts next February.

  62. 1305: 
    FOOTBALL

    Juventus striker Nicklas Bendtner could be out for up to two months because of a thigh injury.

    The 24-year-old is on a season-long loan at the Serie A club from Arsenal and picked up the problem in a cup match against Cagliari on 12 December.

  63. 1300: 
    ATHLETICS

    Russian race walker Sergei Morozov has received a lifetime ban for a second doping offence after Russia's track and field federation found "abnormal indicators" in his blood.

    Morozov, a former European junior champion and world youth champion, was suspended for two years in 2008 after testing positive for EPO. He returned to competition in 2010.

  64. 1250: 
    FOOTBALL

    England Under-21s will face Italy in the opening match of next summer's European Championship.

    Stuart Pearce's side have been grouped with the Italians, Norway and host nation Israel in the eight-team tournament.

    England will play Italy at Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv on 5 June.

  65.  
    GET INVOLVED

    John Soggy on Twitter: "Surely cutting the budget on sports that didn't do as well would make us even worse at it in Rio 2016."

    Have your say on which sports should get more funding, and which should see a cut for the next Olympic cycle using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  66. 1243: 
    BOXING

    Briton Kell Brook's world title fight against Devon Alexander, which was postponed due to injury, has been given a new date.

    It was originally scheduled to be 19 January in Los Angeles, but will now take place on 23 February at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The fight will be live on BBC Radio 5 Live.

  67. 1235: 
    GET INVOLVED

    UK Sport will reveal the funding for the next Olympic cycle for various sports at around 1400 GMT so we want to know which sports you think deserve more money, and which deserve to be cut based on their performance in London. Tweet us using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  68. 1227: 
    CRICKET

    Head coach Peter Moores has extended his contract with Lancashire, keeping him at Old Trafford until the end of the 2014 season.

    Moores joined Lancashire in 2009, five weeks after leaving his position as head coach of the England team.

  69. 1220: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Salford City Reds chairman John Wilkinson says he has been given assurances by the Rugby Football League that there is genuine interest in saving the club.

  70. 1214: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, 18, is close to signing a new five-year contract with the club early in the new year, according to Goal.com.

  71. 1208: 
    CRICKET

    From BBC monitoring: India's former chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth has called MS Dhoni to be dropped as captain. Srikkanth told the Times of India: "Dhoni's become stale and doesn't know what to do when things go out of the way.

    "He shouldn't be the Test captain anymore. Had I been the chairman of selectors, I would have picked Dhoni as a wicket-keeper batsman but it is time to look beyond him as a Test captain."

  72. 1159: 
    FOOTBALL

    QPR chairman Tony Fernandes admits he would probably have given Mark Hughes more time had he not feared losing out on Harry Redknapp.

    "Harry is a special manager," said Fernandes. "If he wasn't available, I would probably have persevered with Mark, but Harry is a fantastic manager.

    "I've known him for years going back to when he was at West Ham. Harry being available swung it for us."

  73. 1156: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY

    You can watch Bradley Wiggins showing off his guitar skills during an after-party for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show at London's ExCeL Arena.

    The Tour de France winner and seven-time Olympic medallist joined Rick Parfitt Junior's band for a rendition of That's Entertainment by The Jam, aided by an unnamed singing security guard plucked from the crowd because he knew the lyrics.

  74. 1140: 
    CRICKET

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan says the current side's Test series win in India is bigger than the 2010-2011 Ashes series victory in Australia.

    England won in India for the first time since 1985 after they came back from 1-0 down to claim a 2-1 series victory.

    "To beat an Indian side on home soil is huge," Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 live. "To beat that side in Australia was great. England have wanted to do that for many years but this is a bigger cricketing achievement."

  75. 1135: 
    BOXING

    Beijing Olympic champion James DeGale has given up his European super-middleweight crown to focus on his pursuit of a world title.

    DeGale won the belt last year and has since defended it twice. The 26-year-old beat Fulgencio Zuniga last week to land the lightly regarded WBC silver title.

    "It has been an real honour to be EBU champion and it's a shame that I have had to choose between the two championship belts I hold," DeGale said.

    "I feel the best course of action is to defend my WBC belt on route to a world title. The WBC belt will give me a wider choice of world class opponents."

  76. 1130: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool will strengthen their under-manned forward line in the January transfer window, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

    "There is no doubt we will get reinforcements in January and there is no doubt that we will get the backing," said Rodgers. "But it will come down to two things - the availability and affordability of players."

  77.  
    GET INVOLVED

    So as Theo Walcott's contract negotiations rumble on, will Arsenal be able to keep the England international?

    The Hand of God on Twitter: "Theo's electric pace is a scary proposition for any Defender, but coupled with a decent finish, Arsene needs to play him."

    Ayodeji Oyelade on Twitter: "Walcott is a good finisher...fact. Mr Wenger sign him on fast before you make another RVP-like mistake."

    Boylethal on Twitter: "Wenger needs to see that Theo is better when he plays upfront, give Theo what he wants, keep the fans happy."

    Let us know what you think on Twitter via #bbcsportsday

  78. 1125: 
    FOOTBALL

    Stoke defender Rory Delap, who joined the club from Sunderland in 2007, will be on BBC Radio Stoke at 1900 GMT tonight to talk about his career in an hour long special.

  79. 1120: 
    EQUESTRIAN

    Double Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is favourite to win the World Cup freestyle title after setting a new dressage grand prix world record at the London International Horse Show.

  80. 1114: 
    FORMULA 1

    Marussia team principal John Booth: "Max has shown himself to be extremely capable in the car and has very quickly embedded himself within the team, thanks in no small part to the fact that he is a lively and affable character who we've enjoyed having around. Having been integral to our race weekend engineering environment for the past three months already - as well as having undertaken a significant part of our simulator programme - Max has already found his feet."

  81. 1111: 
    FORMULA 1

    Max Chilton, who was the Marussia reserve driver for the final six races said: "It's hard to put into words how I'm feeling. It comes at the end of what has been a fantastic year for me, and those steps - my GP2 pole positions and wins, my performances in the F1 young driver test and in FP1 at Abu Dhabi - have given everyone the confidence in my ability to compete at the highest level of motor sport."

  82. 1107: 
    FORMULA 1

    On Monday, BBC Sport's Eddie Jordan broke the story that Chilton, 21, will become the fourth British driver on next year's grid alongside Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta.

  83. 1104: 
    FORMULA 1

    Britain's Max Chilton will drive for Marussia in 2013, the team have announced.

  84. 1059: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hearts midfielder Scott Robinson has returned to training today after apologising to manager John McGlynn.

    The 20-year-old refused to be named as a substitute for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Aberdeen earlier this month.

    However, Robinson met with senior club officials yesterday to clear the air and, according to the Jambos, the matter is now closed.

  85. 1057: 
    FOOTBALL

    Oxford United have cancelled their annual Christmas parties to concentrate on a hectic festive fixture schedule.

    The U's have four matches before the new year starting with Tuesday's rearranged FA Cup replay against Accrington at the Kassam Stadium.

  86. 1053: 
    HANDBALL

    Later today UK Sport reveals funding for the next Olympic cycle for various sports, here is GB Men's handball head coach Bill Baillie view for his sport on Twitter: "I would accept a minimal cut, and understand the reasons but team sports need the support to lift moral"

  87. 1048: 
    FOOTBALL

    The French League is likely to take retrospective action against Zlatan Ibrahimovich of Paris St-Germain after he appeared to stamp on the head of Lyon's Dejan Lovren when the teams met at the weekend, according to French paper L'Equipe.

  88. 1045: 
    CRICKET

    From BBC Monitoring. Monty Panesar's performance in the recent Test series in India has caused mixed feelings among his family in India. The spinner's grandfather Hari Singh Panesar told Hindustan Times: "I am thrilled with the performance of my grandson. He's been just fantastic. But I am a little sad with India's performance, I didn't expect them to lose this series."

    Meanwhile his cousin Rajanpreet Singh said: "England won the series because he bowled so well. We were thrilled with his performance and I even threw a party to celebrate his success."

  89. 1041: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson promises he will be making "wholesale changes" to his team for their FA Cup second round replay at Brentford tonight.

    The Bantams, initially expelled from the competition for fielding an ineligible player before being reinstated last week, are in the semi-finals of the League Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Area.

    Parkinson told BBC Radio Leeds: "We're going to make wholesale changes to our team and I've let our fans know that. A couple of lads coming back from injury will play and some youth team players could get their debut. The senior players will be rested because this is the last time I can give them any time off."

  90. 1035: 
    FOOTBALL

    Shaun Wright-Phillips is hoping QPR can kick on from their first league win of the season in this weekend's trip to Newcastle. QPR secured their maiden victory at the 17th time of asking on Saturday when they beat Fulham 2-1 at Loftus Road.

    "We've got to try to keep that unbeaten run going and keep picking up points, no matter who we are up against. We need to be as strong and as resilient this weekend as we were on Saturday," Wright-Phillips told the club's official website.

  91. 1026: 
    FOOTBALL

    Juventus striker Nicklas Bendtner has undergone successful surgery on a thigh injury, the Serie A club have confirmed. The on-loan Arsenal forward was treated in London by Arsenal consultant Ernest Schilders after suffering the injury in last week's Coppa Italia meeting with Cagliari.

    A statement on Juve's official website confirmed that the 24-year-old has had the adductor longus tendon in his left thigh reinserted, with his prognosis and rehabilitation schedule to be verified with English doctors over the next few days.

  92. 1021: 
    FOOTBALL

    Lionel Messi has agreed a new contract with Barcelona that will keep him at the Spanish club until 2018. While Carles Puyol and Xavi have extended their deals until 2016.

  93. 1007: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Ham's Jack Collison is looking "onwards and upwards" after last night making his first appearance since the Championship play-off final. The 24-year-old has had to watch the Hammers' fine start to life back in the top flight from the sidelines due to a long-standing knee problem.

    Collison, who last featured for the first team as they overcame Blackpool at Wembley back in May, stepped up his recovery from injury with the West Ham development squad at Norwich yesterday.

  94. 1003:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportPARALYMPICS

    "Renowned Paralympic coach Australian Jenni Banks appointed UK Athletics wheelchair racing coach."

  95. 0959: 
    FOOTBALL

    Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster tells BBC Radio 5 live who the SPL side want to get in Thursday's Champions League last-16 draw: "There are so many big teams in it. People are talking about Man United, but personally I'd like to get Juventus or Bayern Munich. I think we would take anyone we are given, it's nice to be in the draw. We would like to get one of the big teams.

    "We have surprised everyone, we have great belief. There's no reason why we can't compete with whoever we are drawn against it."

  96.  
    GET INVOLVED

    So as Theo Walcott's contract negotiations rumble on, will Arsenal be able to keep the England international? What position do you think is Walcott's best? Here are some of your thoughts:

    Thomas Hulme on Twitter: "Arsenal need to keep Walcott, Wilshere, Jenkinson & Gibbs on long term deals - to show any ambition the club still has!"

    Si Hawkes on Twitter: "I expect to see Theo at Liverpool before the end of January 2013. As long as AFC replace him in Jan, that's absolutely fine."

    Emmanuel Etim on Twitter: "Theo Walcott's best position would be to play himself into the heart of Arsenal fans by being consistent."

    Let us know what you think on Twitter via #bbcsportsday

  97. 0943: 
    SPORTSDAY

    It is almost Christmas, so a timely reminder that BBC Sport have created a video advent calendar for the Festive season, celebrating the highlights of the past sporting year. You can look through every day so far on the website, we are up to 18.

  98. 0936: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool are closing in on a £4m deal to bring Blackpool's Tom Ince back to Anfield, according to the Liverpool Echo.

  99. 0931: 
    FOOTBALL

    Serie A title hopefuls Napoli will be deducted two points after defenders Paolo Cannavaro and Gianluca Grava were handed six-month bans for failing to report match-fixing, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has confirmed.

    Former Azzurri goalkeeper Matteo Gianello has been banned for 39 months for admitting an attempt to fix Napoli's top-flight meeting with Sampdoria in 2010, with Cannavaro and Grava punished for failing to report their knowledge of Gianello's actions and Napoli penalised as the players' employer.

  100. 0926:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveGOLF

    "He obviously gets so inspired by the Ryder Cup and you can see that raw emotion in his face. His eyes almost pop out a few times a day and its good to see and good to be around."

    Luke Donald speaking as part of a special tribute to Ian Poulter to be aired on BBC Radio 5 live at 21:30 GMT tonight.

    You can read a full profile on the Englishman by Iain Carter on the BBC Sport website.

  101. 0920: 
    ATHLETICS

    Want know more about Alberto Salazar, the man who coached Mo Farah to double Olympic gold? If you do, read Mike Costello's fantastic feature with the coach on the BBC Sport website.

  102. 0915: 
    CRICKET

    Australia have named Usman Khawaja and Jackson Bird in their squad for the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka. Michael Clarke has been included in the party, but the Australia skipper is a doubt for the match after injuring his hamstring while batting today as the hosts wrapped up victory in the first Test.

  103. 0911: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United defender Rafael feels he has grown in confidence and maturity at Old Trafford after a breakthrough 2012. The 22-year-old Brazilian has been a regular feature of the United side at right-back throughout the calendar year.

    Rafael told the club's website: "It's been a great year for me. I feel like I have grown up a lot and that I am maturing. My daughter was born this year, which has helped me a lot in that way, and on the pitch I have been able to play a lot of games. So I've had a lot of good moments, not just in football, but in life this year."

  104. 0904: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from Perry Groves on BBC Radio 5 live, this time on Theo Walcott's future: "Arsenal fans are frustrated that that they are seeing their best players leaving every season.

    "Quite a strange strategy. How badly does Arsene Wenger want to keep him? I think it will play out until the end of the season."

  105. 0902: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Arsenal winger Perry Groves on BBC Radio 5 live speaking about the Gunners' 5-2 win over Reading: "It was nice to see some players taking responsibility which did not happen at Bradford. I think they galvanised themselves, took some stinging criticism and rightly so because the Bradford performance was not good enough. Reading also did not stop Arsenal from playing."

  106. 0855: 
    CRICKET

    Match referee Chris Broad has cleared Australian paceman Peter Siddle of ball tampering in the first test at Hobart, saying allegations by the Sri Lankan team management are without substance.

  107. 0851: 
    OLYMPICS

    Later today UK Sport reveals funding for the next Olympic cycle for various sports, here are some athletes' views:

    Shauna Mullin, GB beach volleyball player who competed alongside Zara Dampney at London 2012, on Twitter: "Big decisions coming out today! I hope the minority team sports aren't halted in their development."

    Lynn McCafferty, GB women's handball team in London but has subsequently retired from the national side, on Twitter: "Would love UK sport to recognise and understand the need for funding to develop team sports in Britain!"

  108. 0848: 
    FOOTBALL

    The former footballer Charlie Adam has died. He was 50 years old. Tayside Police said they were called to Grampian Gardens in Dundee at about 18:30 on Monday following the death.

    As a midfielder, Mr Adam played with clubs including Dundee United and Partick Thistle. His son Charlie is a Scotland international and plays for Stoke City.

  109.  
    GET INVOLVED

    So as Theo Walcott's contract negotiations rumble on, will Arsenal be able to keep the England international? What position do you think is Walcott's best? Here are some of your thoughts:

    Charlie Engel on Twitter: "The longer the 'negotiations' go on the more likely it is Theo's mind is elsewhere. Money isn't right and Wenger won't budge."

    Tom McEvoy on Twitter: "Wenger would rather let Walcott go for free. How different would the prem look if the #afc board had held firm with RVP?"

    Stuart Marsh on Twitter: "Walcott's best position? Playing up front for Southampton of course!"

    Let us know what you think on Twitter via #bbcsportsday

  110. 0836: 
    BOXING

    Golden Boy, the boxing promotion company, plans to apply for a licence to promote fights in Great Britain. The company, which promotes Amir Khan, intends to sign up some of the fighters who boxed for the host nation at the London Olympics.

    Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer told The Times: "We want to sign up some of those fighters who represented Britain at the Olympics. It would not necessarily be those who won medals and we want those fighters with the right talent and charisma.

    "The idea will be to showcase them here in the US as well and we would put on four fights a year in the UK with them and four in the US. We would hope to stage our first show in the UK in the second quarter of 2013."

  111. 0831: 
    CYCLING

    Team Sky confirm the signing of 20-year-old British rider Josh Edmondson to a two-year contract. The Yorkshireman said: "I see myself as a climbing specialist but my main aim with Team Sky is to develop my tour riding and get used to competing alongside the best riders in the world."

  112. 0824: 
    CRICKET

    James Anderson and Jonathan Trott have been replaced by Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler in England's one-day squad to face India. Fast bowler Anderson, 30, and batsman Trott, 31, impressed in England's Test series victory and are being rested.

    Joe Root, who was also one of the stand-out players in Nagpur, has been named in the Twenty20 squad. Eoin Morgan will captain England in the absence of the injured Stuart Broad for this week's two T20 games.

  113. 0822: 
    CRICKET

    Australia beat Sri Lanka by 137 runs to win the first Test in Hobart late on the final day on Tuesday. The Australians claimed six wickets in the final session to take a 1-0 lead in the series with two Tests to play in Melbourne and Sydney.

  114.  
    GET INVOLVED

    So as Theo Walcott's contract negotiations rumble on, will Arsenal be able to keep the England international? What position do you think is Walcott's best? Let us know what you think on Twitter via #bbcsportsday

  115. 0814: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Now it is time for a look at the top three stories on the BBC football gossip page:

    Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri wants to be reunited with midfielder Frank Lampard at French second division side Monaco. Lampard, 34, has been told his Blues contract will not be renewed when it expires next summer. (Daily Mail)

    Marouane Fellaini could replace Lampard at Chelsea, who will bid more than £20m for the 25-year-old Everton midfielder next month. (London Evening Standard)

    Senior figures at Manchester City have told manager Roberto Mancini to leave striker Mario Balotelli, 22, out of the team over Christmas as punishment for his behaviour. (Daily Mail)

  116. 0809: 
    OVERNIGHT

    The president of the South African Football Association and four leading officials are suspended after Fifa found "compelling evidence" that friendly internationals were fixed by Far East betting syndicates. Andy Flower praises England's ability to "adapt and overcome" after their Test series victory in India. Record-breaking hurdler Big Buck's and steeplechaser Al Ferof are likely to be out for the season, according to champion trainer Paul Nicholls.

  117. 0804: 
    OVERNIGHT

    First we will start with some of the stories from overnight and earlier this morning. Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal still hope to resolve their contract wrangle with Theo Walcott and persuade the England attacker to sign a new deal. Wenger's comments came after Arsenal beat Reading 5-2.

  118. 0800: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Hello and welcome to another day of Sportsday. We will have all the latest sports news as it happens throughout the day.

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