Sportsday – FA third-round build-up as it happened

FA Cup third-round build-up and memories, latest transfer news, and reaction to Mario Balotelli-Roberto Mancini spat.

4 January 2013 Last updated at 19:03 GMT

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  1. 1859: 

    That's it from the Sportsday team for today but continue to tweet us your FA Cup memories using the hashtag #facupmemories on Twitter. Kicking Off with Colin Murray will start on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00, with Murray and his guests looking ahead to the weekend's FA Cup fixtures.

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    Orientshire on Twitter: "Getting led around the pitch and lobbed out aged 12 v Derby 1975 for chucking a toilet roll on the pitch when we went 1-0 up."

    Jon Elliott on Twitter: "Nicky Southall's goal for the #Gills against Sheffield Wed 5th round 99/2000 season. Best goal I've seen live #Gills won 3-1."

    Guy Roberts on Twitter: "Charlie George goal and celebration in the 71 Cup Final."

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    Here's a reminder of BBC Sport's coverage for this weekend's FA Cup. On Saturday's 5 live Sport, presented by Mark Pougatch, you can hear action from Brighton v Newcastle (12:30 GMT), Macclesfield v Cardiff (15:00) and West Ham v Manchester United (17:15) but there will be commentators across all the key ties.

    On Sunday's 5 live Sport, presented by Ian Payne, there will be commentary of Swansea v Arsenal (13:30) and Mansfield v Liverpool (16:00) while on Monday, 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman will feature Cheltenham v Everton (19:45).

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    Richard Whitehouse on Twitter: "7000 mariners & 3000 harry haddocks at plough lane in 1989."

    Dan Cooper on Twitter: "2006: Radiohead at Blackpool's Empress Ballroom on the Friday, 'the Gerrard final' on the Saturday. Brilliant weekend."

    Andy Lloyd-Williams on Twitter: "Wessex League Lymington & New Milton holding Woking of the Conference 1-1 at Fawcetts Field."

    Tom McGill on Twitter: "Scoring my first FA Cup goal for @ColwynBayFC doesn't matter what round it's every boys dream to score in the cup!!"

    Send us your FA Cup memories using the hashtag #facupmemories on Twitter

  5. 1843: 
    WOMEN'S SLALOM

    American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin earned her second World Cup title on Friday by winning a night slalom by a 1.19-second margin to regain the lead in the discipline standings.

    The 17-year-old Shiffrin built on her first-run lead to finish in a combined time of 2 minutes, 1.73 seconds - living up to her billing as American skiing's next big star following her first career World Cup win in Are, Sweden, last month.

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    SPORTSDAY

    If you want to catch up with the day's sporting news and hear the latest concerning the weekend's FA Cup fixtures then you can watch Sportsday, either on the BBC News channel or on this very website.

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    OHMatthews on Twitter: "Leeds winning at Old Trafford 2 years ago. Great goal by Beckford."

    Jason Gish on Twitter: "Thousands of inflatable fish being waved by Grimsby fans."

    Mark Osmond on Twitter: "Young boy crying after Forest's QF defeat at Ipswich in '81. Still haunted by the words 'only as far as MUHREN'"

    Get involved by sending us your favourite FA Cup memories using the hashtag #facupmemories

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    FOOTBALL

    Stevenage have signed striker Steve Leo Beleck on loan from Watford, where he is already on loan from Udinese, until the end of the season.

    International loans are recognised as regular transfers, meaning the player can be re-loaned as long as the deal stretches between two transfer windows.

    Beleck, 19, joined Watford from Udinese on a season-long deal in July.

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    Ben Eckersley on Twitter: "Teddy coming on for Keano at Wembley and bossing it #MUFC #99."

    Matt Bromnomnomage on Twitter: "Going to the FA Cup final in 2003! Unfortunately we lost against Arsenal, but was a hell of a day!"

    Dan Peat on Twitter: "Old Trafford. January 28th. The 76th minute and Di Canio. Absolute magic #COYI"

    Mark Curwen on Twitter: "Bournemouth replay Tuesday night, so unlucky to lose! Amazing support. Got dropped at work at 7am when we got home!"

    Send us your FA Cup memories using the hashtag #facupmemories on Twitter.

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    FOOTBALL

    AC Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng says he would walk off the field again if subjected to racist abuse.

    Boateng's AC Milan side walked out of a friendly after he was subjected to racist chants by fans of Italian lower division club Pro Patria.

    In an interview with CNN, Boateng, 25, said: "I don't care what game it is, a friendly, Italian league or Champions League match, I would walk off again."

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    Johnno on Twitter: "Drogba's extra time winner vs United in the 1st Cup Final at the new Wembley."

    Gerwyn Stone on Twitter: "The longest bus ride ever after seeing @SwansOfficial getting knocked out against Leicester #Gutted."

    Craig Harrison on Twitter: "A George Ndah inspired Wolves beating Newcastle 3-2 at Molineux, & Bellamy crying like a girl at the end!"

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    Dean Jones on Twitter: "Nathan Blake's 85th minute winner at Anfield in 2000. Best terrace scene ever!"

    Sean O'Connor on Twitter: "Benito Carbone's goal against Leeds 2000. Special times."

    Pratish Philip on Twitter: "Paul Scholes Missing his penalty and Arsenal going onto win 5-4 on penalties. Last trophy ever won tho."

    Send us your FA Cup memories using the hashtag #facupmemories on Twitter.

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    DARTS

    Phil Taylor's clash with Raymond van Barneveld in the PDC World Championship semi-finals has been referred for possible disciplinary action.

    Taylor, 52, who went on to win a 16th world title, reacted angrily as his 45-year-old opponent tried to shake his hand following the 6-4 win.

    The incident will be examined by the Darts Regulation Authority.

    If it decides a player has brought the game into disrepute, a financial penalty is most likely.

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    Joel Dudfield on Twitter: "Villa coming from 2-0 down vs Reading to win 4-2 and go back to Wembley! Carew hat-trick, back when we were good..."

    Paul Brace on Twitter: "Brendan Ormsby heading the winner for 2nd div Leeds v 1st div QPR at Elland Road during our semi run of 87."

    James Elliott on Twitter: "Coming home from Manchester after winning the semi with a air horn using it all the way down the motorway."

    Emily Aston on Twitter: "The Blackburn Rovers v Coventry City game when we beat them 4-1. Best away game ever."

    Keep sending us your favourite FA Cup memories using the hashtag #facupmemories on Twitter.

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    Stoke striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Has to be my 2 goals in the Cup final v Arsenal at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. #greatday."

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    FOOTBALL

    Joe Cole can play for England again if he thrives at West Ham, according to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.

    The 31-year-old midfielder, who has 56 caps but last played for his country in 2010, rejoined the east London club on a free transfer from Liverpool.

    Asked if he could play for England, Allardyce said: "I don't see why not.

    "If he can recapture his old form and plays on a regular basis for us Joe is bound to get a bit of interest from [England boss] Roy Hodgson."

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    Jamie Barnard on Twitter: "Wycombe sign some bloke off Teletext and he pops up with a last minute winner to start Leicester City's decline..."

    Mathew Maine on Twitter: "Djimi Traore own goal Burnley vs Liverpool. Brilliant finish."

    Zoe Davies on Twitter: "Getting pelted in the head with celery at Stamford Bridge after an FA cup win."

    Send your favourite FA Cup memories using the hashtag #facupmemories on Twitter.

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    FOOTBALL

    Perth Glory are in talks with the management of Stoke striker Michael Owen about bringing the former England player to Australia.

    The 33-year-old has made just four appearances as a substitute for the Premier League club this season.

    A Glory spokesman confirmed the club was interested in securing Owen's services, but said negotiations were in their infancy.

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    craig allison on Twitter: "Liverpool's spice boys walking out wearing ridiculous Armani suits. Deserved to lose for that alone never mind King Eric."

    Luke Fabrace on Twitter: "Sulley Muntari slotting the winning penalty past @rioferdy5 between the sticks at Old Trafford."

    Morgan Davies on Twitter: "Dan Goslings phantom goal against Liverpool in 4th round replay. Crowd going mental but millions missing it on tv."

    Paul Franklyn on Twitter: "Klinsmann's winner for #THFC at Anfield in 1995. #LFC fans applauding Spurs off. Staying behind singing for 30mins."

    Keep sending your favourite FA Cup memories using the hashtag #facupmemories on Twitter."

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    Coventry had won the FA Cup two years earlier but that counted for nothing when non-league Sutton United turned them over 2-1 at the Borough Sports Ground for an old fashioned giant-killing.

    What are your favourite FA Cup memories? You can send us your favourite memories via Twitter using that hashtag #facupmemories.

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    FOOTBALL

    Marouane Chamakh hopes a spell at Upton Park can kick start his career following a frustrating spell on the fringes of the Arsenal team.

    Speaking to West Ham's official website, the Morocco forward said: "I want to play and give my best for this team. I can bring my heading, some goals and we will see what else.

    "I didn't have opportunities to play recently, but I did well before and I know I am a very good striker.

    "We played only one striker at Arsenal, so I didn't play a lot, so I hope to do so more with West Ham."

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    Football commentator Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Sitting in the Everton end on January 27th 2001 watching Steve Yates thunder in Tranmere's third goal. Could have been six."

    Luke Joseph on Twitter: "Viera giving Giggsy the ball. The rest is history."

    James Culverhouse on Twitter: "The entire 2005 FA Cup final. Konchesky's cross/shot, an injury free Dean Ashton and Gerrard's last gasp screamer."

    Andy Crosskey on Twitter: "Scoring a injury time winner for Malvern Town. So what if it was in extra preliminary round."

    Keep sending in your favourite FA Cup memories using the hashag #facupmemories on Twitter.

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    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has revealed one of the factors in signing Demba Ba over some of the other strikers the club had considered was his recent pedigree in England.

    The striker is joint third in the Premier League goalscoring table with 13 so far this season and Benitez said: "We were looking for a player who we could play right now because we have one game every three days.

    "So we couldn't be waiting and I think that it's the kind of player in the Premier League who can do well from the first day."

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    Tom Beard on Twitter: "Man city coming to Meadow Lane and Notts held them to a 1-1 draw."

    Jamie-Lee on Twitter: "Man United 0-0 Exeter! When Exeter where non-league, everyone expected a cricket score but they dug in, good on em!"

    Tom Wheatly on Twitter: "Got to be Di Matteo v Boro in the final."

    Sam Derry on Twitter: "Giggs's hairy chest."

    Send us your favourite FA Cup memories using the #facupmemories hashtag on Twitter.

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    FOOTBALL

    Dundee manager Barry Smith is set to remain at the helm after being given the backing of the Dens Park board.

    Reports suggested his future would be discussed by the club`s directors following the midweek defeat at St Johnstone which saw the club head into the winter break nine points adrift of nearest rivals Ross County.

    A statement on the club`s website, following a scheduled board meeting on Friday, read: "Media speculation over the last few days has caused great uncertainty at the club and this has been very unfair to the manager, the fans and to everyone involved at Dundee FC.

    "The manager, the CEO and the board of directors are confident we can still put on a good show in this division and that we can be in the mix to the very end."

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    FOOTBALL

    Striker Demba Ba could make his Chelsea debut in Saturday's FA Cup match against Southampton after completing his move from Newcastle to Stamford Bridge.

    Ba, who joined Chelsea on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee, trained with the club on Friday. Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez said: "He's fine so he has a chance to play."

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    RUGBY UNION

    Former England number eight Dean Ryan has joined Scotland as forwards coach for their Six Nations campaign. Interim Scotland head coach Scott Johnson has also added former Scotland hooker Stevie Scott to his backroom staff as skills coach.

  28. 1653: 
    TENNIS

    Nikolay Davydenko of Russia beat top seed David Ferrer 6-2 6-3 to reach the final of the Qatar Open. He will play Richard Gasquet who beat Daniel Brands.

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    FA CUP MEMORIES

    Foyez Ahmed on Twitter: "Steven Gerrard's 90th minute banger against West Ham in the 2006 final. What a beauty!"

    Joe Haynes on Twitter: "Wembley Stadium. FA Cup Semi Final, April 17th 2011. Bolton Wanderers 0-5 Stoke City. Proudest day as a Stoke fan."

    Santini on Twitter: "Watching City lift the cup in 2011 with tears rolling down my cheeks. Unable to comprehend that we had actually won something."

    Have your say using the #facupmemories hashtag.

  30. 1640: 
    FA CUP THIRD ROUND

    Burton boss Gary Rowett hopes to erase some painful FA Cup memories created by Roy Essandoh when he revisits Leicester in this weekend's FA Cup third round.

    Rowett was part of the Leicester team that lost to Wycombe in March 2001 and will be buoyed by the fact his team beat the Foxes in the Capital One Cup in August.

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    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Leeds and England captain Kevin Sinfield, 32, says it is a "huge, huge honour" to be awarded the Golden Boot as the game's best player.

    Sinfield is only the fourth Englishman to take the honour, awarded annually by Rugby League World magazine, after Ellery Hanley (1988), Garry Schofield (1990) and Andy Farrell (2004).

    Sinfield told the Rhinos website: "It was really nice just to be nominated, so to actually get the award is a bit surreal. I am really humbled by it.

    "You certainly have to pinch yourself. I would never have dreamt of being on a list with such illustrious Englishmen."

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    FA CUP MEMORIES

    Tonight from 1900 BST on BBC Radio 5 live, Colin Murray looks ahead to the FA Cup third round weekend with Pat Nevin, Perry Groves and special guest Dietmar Hamann.

    Before that, we would like to hear your FA Cup memories - like when Hereford's Ronnie Radford blasted home a brilliant long range strike to help knock Newcastle out of the FA Cup in 1972.

    Have your say using the #facupmemories on Twitter.

  33. 1621: 
    GOLF

    Former Open winner Darren Clarke is to play in a city-based golf league in India in a format modelled on the country's Twenty20 cricket league.

    Teams of four players will compete in the inaugural league at a course near Mumbai on 8-10 February, with Angel Cabrera, Michael Campbell and Rich Beem also taking part.

    There will be two day-night rounds of strokeplay, followed by the third and final round of best-ball format, with all rounds comprising 14 holes.

  34. 1616: 
    TENNIS

    Richard Gasquet has advanced to the final of the Qatar Open with a 7-5 7-5 victory over German Daniel Brands. The Frenchman will play either top seed David Ferrer of Spain or unseeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

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    TRANSFER LATEST

    Tottenham say they have reached an agreement with Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby to join the club in July, subject to a medical.

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    BBC Sport's Simon Austin on Twitter: "I've spoken to #Sneijder agent Soren Lerby. Player interested in move to one of top Premier League clubs but 'absolutely not interested' in #QPR."

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    FA CUP THIRD ROUND

    Former West Ham manager Alan Curbishley on the FA Cup. "The competition lost its way for a while because the top five sides didn't treat it with the respect it deserved," he said.

    "But I am glad to see that in recent seasons the top five have looked at it again, put out strong sides and gone out to win it because it is still one of the most prestigious competitions in the world."

  38. 1602: 
    FOOTBALL

    AC Milan club president Silvio Berlusconi backed his players after they walked out of a friendly game against Pro Patria on Thursday, reports Reuters.

    "I really admired the behaviour of my Milan team and the statements made by the players," said Berlusconi. "I can assure you that in any match where incidents of this type occur Milan will leave the field."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Elliot Leaver on Twitter: "Chelsea beating Liverpool 4-2 in 1997 after being 2-0 down at half time. Still magical, even now."

    Ricardo on Twitter: "Wayne Riley scoring late on against Charlton Athletic. Sending Northwich Victoria through 1-0. True underdog story."

    Jay on Twitter: "Crawley Town go to Old Trafford, nearly go home with a draw, beaten only by the cross-bar and a Wes Brown goal."

    What are you FA Cup memories ahead of this weekend's third round? Let us know using the #facupmemories hashtag on Twitter.

  40. 1549: 
    FA CUP THIRD ROUND

    Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole thinks his old club should have the upper hand when they face West Ham in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

    "We have had some ding-dong battles there down the years and unfortunately not always come off best," Cole told BBC Sport.

    "The form Manchester United are in at the moment, don't be too surprised if United get a positive result but West Ham will make it very tough."

  41. 1543: 
    HORSE RACING

    Teaforthree is set to go off favourite for the rescheduled Welsh National at Chepstow on Saturday.

    The race was postponed from 27 December when the course was waterlogged.

    Welsh trainer Rebecca Curtis has booked champion jockey Tony McCoy to ride Teaforthree.

  42. 1539: 
    FA CUP MEMORIES

    Mickey Thomas stunned Arsenal in 1992 by fizzing a free-kick into the top corner as fourth division Wrexham beat the Gunners in one of the FA Cup's biggest shocks.

    And Manchester United's treble season could have gone all so differently if Ryan Giggs had not picked up the ball on the half-way line, dribbled through the Arsenal defence and cracked the ball past David Seaman to set up an extra-time FA Cup semi-final win.

    What's your favourite FA Cup memory? Tweet us using the hashtag #facupmemories and we'll publish the best here.

  43. 1534: 
    SKELETON

    Britain's Lizzy Yarnold narrowly missed out on her third World Cup podium of the season when she finished fourth in the women's skeleton World Cup in Altenberg, Germany.

    Team-mate Shelley Rudman, who won the World Cup race in Winterburg last month, finished in 17th place after suffering a bout of flu.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Gary Richardson on Twitter: "Hiding behind sofa for Bergkamp's penalty in the last semi final reply hoping for a miss before Giggsy wonder goal."

    Kayne on Twitter: "Dan Gosling's 118th minute winner against Liverpool in 2009, proud to say I was there an behind that goal. What a night!"

    Joe Friar on Twitter: "Got to be Jon Macken's goal for Man City in the 4-3 against Spurs in 2004, absolutely incredible come back. Best ever?"

    Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #facupmemories as we build up to this weekend's FA Cup third round fixtures.

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    FA CUP THIRD ROUND

    Ahead of this weekend's FA Cup third round tie between Coventry and Tottenham, BBC Sport speaks to former Coventry legend Steve Ogrizovic who was in goal on the famous day when the Sky Blues beat Spurs to win the cup in 1987.

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    BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Great personal FA Cup memories include Everton 4-4 Liverpool followed by Kenny Dalglish's resignation as Liverpool manager."

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    FA CUP THIRD ROUND

    Striker Demba Ba could make his Chelsea debut in tomorrow's FA Cup third-round tie at Southampton after completing his move from Newcastle.

    John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses will be available before jetting off to Portugal for a pre-African Nations Cup training camp with the Nigeria national team, but John Terry (knee) and Petr Cech (groin) remain out.

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    FA CUP THIRD ROUND

    Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray is seeking an early goal to quell the giant-killing threat of Hastings United in Saturday's FA Cup tie.

    Hastings are six divisions below Boro and have already progressed through six rounds of the competition.

    "Let's hope we can score early and enjoy the day," Mowbray told BBC Tees. "We can't guarantee a result, so we hope when the chances come they get put away and we don't rue missed chances."

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    Stoke forward Michael Owen on Twitter: "FA Cup starts tomorrow. Got some great memories from this competition. Not been handed the easiest of draws. Would love a good Cup run."

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    BBC Radio 5 liveFA CUP THIRD ROUND

    BBC Radio 5 live's first game is Brighton v Newcastle (1230 GMT) on Saturday followed by Macclesfield v Cardiff (1500) and West Ham v Manchester United (1715). There will also be commentators across all the key ties.

    On Sunday's 5 live Sport, there will be commentary of Swansea v Arsenal (1330) and Mansfield v Liverpool (1600) while on Monday, 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman will feature Cheltenham v Everton (1945).

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    BBC Radio 5 liveGET INVOLVED

    BBC Radio 5 live has a packed schedule for this weekend's FA Cup third round ties, starting with a preview show on Friday night and running through to Monday with six live commentaries in between.

    Ahead of this weekend's fixtures, we want to hear your favourite FA Cup memories. Get in touch via Twitter using the #FACupmemories hashtag and we'll publish the best ones here.

  52. 1500: 
    FOOTBALL

    Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox tells BBC East Midlands Today that he will "probably get a clip around the ear for saying this but" Sunday's FA Cup tie with Liverpool "takes priority" over his wedding day on Friday.

  53. 1452: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool defender Jose Enrique is facing six weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. The Spaniard was injured in the victory at QPR on Sunday.

    "It was unfortunate he has done that because he has looked fantastic in the (recent) games," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

  54. 1445: 
    ATHLETICS

    Britain's Lisa Dobriskey will begin what she hopes will be an injury-free 2013 campaign when she competes in Great Edinburgh Cross Country in Holyrood Park.

    The 2009 world silver medallist, 29, had to overcome a stress fracture to her femur and life-threatening blood clots on her lungs which meant she missed out on London 2012.

    "I've had a consistent block of training now and am making progress each day. It's been nice to run freely without the pressure of chasing times or team spots," Dobriskey said.

  55. 1437: 
    CYCLING

    Great Britain's Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny opened their Six Days of Rotterdam campaign with wins.

    The pair, who each took two gold medals at the London Olympics, took the team sprint, keirin and individual sprint titles collectively.

  56. 1431: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed he wants to sign Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore and West Ham's Mohamed Diame this month to help their chances of staying in the Premier League, reports London's Evening Standard.

  57. 1427: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Swinton Lions plan to donate a "substantial percentage" of the gate receipts from Sunday's friendly to troubled Salford City Reds.

    The Super League club are £600,000 in debt and currently the subject of a winding-up petition, with a hearing set to take place on Monday.

  58. 1422: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Northampton have appointed Clermont Auvernge assistant Alex King as their new backs coach for next season.

    The 37-year-old former Wasps and England fly-half has helped the French side top a Heineken Cup pool containing Leinster and Exeter, and to second place in the Top 14.

    King spent five years at Wasps, winning four Premiership titles, two Heineken Cups and three other domestic titles.

  59. 1417: 
    FOOTBALL

    Motherwell have extended Birmingham defender Fraser Kerr's loan deal until the end of the season. The 19-year-old began his career in the team's youth ranks and has made 15 appearances since rejoining the club in the summer.

  60. 1413: 
    TENNIS

    Novak Djokovic beats Tommy Haas 6-2 6-0, while Ana Ivanovic lost only 15 points in defeating Tatjana Malek 6-0 6-1 to help Serbia beat Germany and progress to the final of the Hopman Cup in Perth where they will face Spain.

  61. 1406: 
    FORMULA 1

    Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko says he expects three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel to continue to hold the upper hand over team-mate Mark Webber in 2013, plus more in today's F1 gossip column.

  62. 1359: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh joins West Ham on loan until the end of the season.

    The 28-year-old Moroccan international has struggled to claim a regular place in the Arsenal first team since joining on a free transfer from Bordeaux in 2010, scoring just eight Premier League goals.

  63. 1358: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Watford defender Adam Thompson joins Barnet on loan for one month.

    The 20-year-old, who has played for Wycombe Wanderers on loan this season, is eligible for the next five games for the Bees in League Two.

  64. 1356: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Southend United sign midfielder Marc Laird on an 18-month deal following his release by Leyton Orient.

    The 26-year-old joined the Shrimpers on loan in October and has since featured 15 times, scoring twice.

    "I've really enjoyed my time here at Southend and I'm delighted to have signed a permanent deal," he says.

  65. 1354: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (hamstring) will miss this weekend's FA Cup third-round tie against Watford but controversial forward Mario Balotelli is available after recovering from a virus.

    Manager Roberto Mancini says the 22-year-old could be on the bench but forward Samir Nasri is suspended and Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure and Abdul Razak are on international duty.

    Defenders Aleksandar Kolarov and Maicon (both knee) are not yet ready to return while right-back Micah Richards (knee) and midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) are longer-term casualties.

  66. 1347: 
    FOOTBALL

    New West Ham signing Joe Cole says it was "the hardest thing" to turn down the chance to link up with his former manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers.

    Cole completed his return to West Ham this morning - the club where he made his Premier League debut under Redknapp back in 1999.

    "That was the hardest thing for me," says Cole. "Harry gave me my first chance and I'll be forever indebted to him. It was just a case that I wanted to be close to my family and when West Ham came in it was too much here for me not to say no."

  67. 1340: 
    HORSE RACING

    Champion racehorse and stallion Selkirk has died at the age of 25.

    The Ian Balding trained horse won a string of quality races including the Queen Elizabeth the Second Stakes at Ascot in 1991 before enjoying a successful career at stud when siring the winners of more than 1500 races.

  68. 1331: 
    RUGBY UNION

    The owner of the Kassam Stadium denies there has been any contact with London Welsh to buy the ground which is shared with Oxford United.

    Welsh say they want to base themselves in Oxford permanently and claimed they had been in talks with Firoz Kassam, but Kassam says this is not the case.

    "They have made no approach," he tells BBC Radio Oxford. "We have a rental agreement for the one term, with an option for a second - there have been no discussions about a purchase."

  69. 1329: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Fulham manager Martin Jol confirms the signing of FC Twente's Chris David.

    The 19-year-old midfielder, who has represented Holland at youth levels, has long been linked with the Craven Cottage outfit and has now completed his move.

    "He is an exciting talent but he will need at least six months of a year to adapt, but hopefully he will do it quicker. He is a very, very good talent," says Jol.

  70. 1326: 
    GOLF

    Darren Clarke and Angel Cabrera will be among four major winners teeing off in a city-based golf league in India next month in a format modelled on the country's Twenty20 cricket league.

    Masterminded by Indian golfer Shiv Kapur, the league would also feature former US Open champion Michael Campbell, 2002 PGA Championships winner Rich Beem, multiple European Tour winner David Howell and Asian Tour stalwart Thaworn Wiratchant, organisers say.

  71. 1324: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Honduran international midfielder Roger Espinoza joins Wigan from Sporting Kansas City, signing a two-and-a-half year deal.

    The 26-year-old moves to the Premier League after four years playing in the MLS, playing 113 games for Kansas AND scoring two goals.

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says: "Espinoza is an excellent talent and every time we have seen him play he has shown the desire that as a club we like to see from our players."

  72. 1316: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Ipswich make a double transfer signing with David McGoldrick and Aaron Mclean signing from Nottingham Forest and Hull City respectively.

    Striker McGoldrick, who scored 16 goals in 22 appearances during a loan spell at League One Coventry earlier this season, joins on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal.

    Fellow striker Mclean also joins on loan until the end of the current campaign, having struggled to make an impact at Hull this season.

  73. 1312: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says top-scorer Luis Suarez may have to change position to accommodate new signing Daniel Sturridge.

    Rodgers believes Sturridge's best position is as a central striker and that Suarez can work around him.

    "Luis will play for the common good of the team," says Rogers. "I spoke with Luis on this subject a number of times. When he played at Ajax he played in behind the central striker as a No. 10 in between the lines."

  74. 1305: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sports News correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "Balotelli leaves training having escaped punishment for yesterday's scrap with Mancini. Clearly as popular as ever.."

    Mario Balotelli's car
  75. 1300: 
    CRICKET

    South Africa beat New Zealand by an innings and 27 runs in the first Test at Cape Town. South Africa take a 1-0 lead in then two-match series.

    Dean Brownlie hit 109 for New Zealand, his maiden Test century, but they lost their last six wickets for 45 runs against the second new ball.

  76. 1254: 
    TENNIS

    World number one Novak Djokovic was back to his imposing best as Serbia advance to the Hopman Cup final.

    The Serbian pairing of Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic beat Germany 3-0 to finish their round robin ties unbeaten and earn the right to face the Spanish pairing of Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues in Saturday's mixed teams final.

    It is the third time the Serbian duo have played together at the Hopman Cup and the second time they have reached the final.

  77. 1252: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea's postponed Premier League match with Southampton is provisionally rearranged for 16 January.

    The original fixture was due to be played last month but had to be moved due to the Blues' Club World Cup commitments.

    The game at Stamford Bridge could yet be moved again if tomorrow's FA Cup tie between the sides at St Mary's ends in a draw, with a replay taking precedence over the league game.

  78. 1248: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Ipswich Town are keen on signing Hull City striker Aaron McLean on loan after the striker's move to Millwall was called off, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

    Without a goal since 6 October, McLean has started just one of the last 14 games for Hull and has failed to make the squad for the last two matches.

  79. 1245: 
    HORSE RACING

    Eighteen horses have been declared for the Welsh National at Chepstow on Saturday, headed by favourite Teaforthree.

    Quartz De Thaix, who was around a 14-1 shot, is the most notable absentee, while Alfie Spinner could run at Sandown instead. The race was postponed from 27 December due to a waterlogged track.

  80. 1239: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Monitoring reports: "North Korean star Jong Tae-se, 28, has made an unlikely trip across the border to join South Korea's Suwon Samsung Bluewings, according to Marca and JongAng Daily.

    "Raised in Japan, Jong is North Korea's top scorer with 28 goals in 15 games. The two Koreas are still technically at war as no peace treaty was ever signed to ended the conflict between them in the 1950s."

  81. 1236: 
    FORMULA 1

    Ron Dennis says McLaren could have pushed the boat out to retain Lewis Hamilton - but chose not to.

    Hamilton this week started in earnest a three-year deal with Mercedes who are paying the Briton, who turns 28 on Monday, £15m per season. The surprise switch announced at the end of September brought to an end Hamilton's 14-year association with McLaren.

    Dennis, executive chairman of the McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive, says: "Did we have the ability to create a situation where we could have stayed together? Categorically, yes. Would that have been the right thing to do? We didn't think so."

  82.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Shanmugaraja CK on Twitter: "Won't be too long before Balotelli says one day "I'll give Mancini another chance!!!"

    Rupert V Alexander on Twitter: "Let's not be too hard on Balotelli. Like Sven-Goran Eriksson said this happens with players. We saw this due to the training ground's layout."

    Will Martin on Twitter: "Seems unfair on Balotelli. Pictures look like its Mancini showing all the aggression with Mario just standing taking it."

    What do you think of Mancini's comments on the Balotelli training ground incident? Have your say, #bbcsportsday

  83. 1221: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Clarke Carlisle signs an 18-month deal with League Two Northampton.

    Carlisle had been on loan from York City earlier in the season, but after becoming a free agent, he has signed until 2014.

    "He is the sort of player and the sort of person who inspires and improves others around him and I am delighted he will spending the next 18 months with us," Cobblers boss Aidy Boothroyd tells the Northampton Chronicle.

  84. 1215: 
    TENNIS

    Serena Williams will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the Brisbane International final after top seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew due to injury today.

    Williams was handed an automatic place in the final after the world number one from Belarus reluctantly pulled out of their scheduled semi-final with a toe problem in order to regain fitness for the defence of her Australian Open title.

    That meant the scheduled second semi between Pavlyuchenkova and Lesia Tsurenko was moved to the earlier time slot, with the former winning 4-6 6-1 6-2.

  85. 1212: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Hull City and Preston boss Phil Brown tells BBC South West Sport he is interested in taking on the role of Plymouth Argyle manager.

    Brown, 53, has been out of work since being sacked by Preston in December 2011, having previously led Hull City to the Premier League in 2008.

    "I am interested in the job, along with other vacancies," says Brown. "I'm also interested in talking to the Argyle chairman James Brent about where he would want to take the club."

  86. 1209: 
    FOOTBALL

    Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic are set to bolster Manchester United's defence for their FA Cup trip to West Ham.

    Jones has missed three games with a minor injury while Vidic was rested for the New Year's Day trip to Wigan.

    Wayne Rooney (knee) has been ruled out for a further two weeks while Nani (hamstring) will not be considered despite returning to training this morning.

  87. 1207: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Queens Park Rangers sign defender Tal Ben Haim on a short-term contract until the end of the season.

    The Israeli international defender, who has previously played for Portsmouth, Chelsea and Manchester City, is eligible to make his debut when the West Bromwich Albion come to Loftus Road in the FA Cup third round tomorrow.

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp says: "Tal's a great professional with vast experience and I'm confident he'll be a really useful addition to the squad."

  88. 1204: 
    FOOTBALL

    Demba Ba on his move from Newcastle to Chelsea: "It feels good to be here, I'm very happy and very proud.

    "It was important for me, and for Newcastle, to get my future sorted and now we can move on. Now they have the whole month to buy someone and for me as well, the sooner the better. Now I am here I just need to get settled in.

    "When the club who won the Champions League wants you, the decision is very easy. This club is massive and that's something that helped the decision a lot. It was not a hard one."

  89.  
    BREAKING NEWS

    Chelsea confirm the signing of Demba Ba from Newcastle on a three-and-a-half year deal.

  90. 1157:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    It is a busy weekend of football with the third round of the FA Cup taking centre stage and BBC Radio 5 live will have six commentaries across three days.

    On Saturday's 5 live Sport, presented by Mark Pougatch, you can hear action from Brighton v Newcastle (12:30 GMT), Macclesfield v Cardiff (15:00) and West Ham v Manchester United (17:15) but there will be commentators across all the key ties.

    On Sunday's 5 live Sport, presented by Ian Payne, there will be commentary of Swansea v Arsenal (13:30) and Mansfield v Liverpool (16:00) while on Monday, 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman will feature Cheltenham v Everton (19:45).

  91. 1156: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Doncaster Rovers announce the signing of midfielder Lee Fowler from Fleetwood Town until the end of the season.

    The Welshman, 29, started his career as a trainee at Coventry and has played for Huddersfield and a number of non-league clubs before he joined Fleetwood in January 2012.

    Fowler will be available for selection for Saturday's game with Colchester United subject to Football League clearance.

  92. 1151: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Grimsby Town sign Crawley forward Richard Brodie on loan until the end of the season.

    Brodie, 25, spent the first half of the season on loan at League Two side Morecambe, where he scored six goals in 27 appearances.

    The England C international spent last season on loan at Fleetwood Town and helped them win promotion.

  93. 1148: 
    FOOTBALL

    Crawley boss Richie Barker tells BBC Sussex he will be enlisting the help of director of football Steve Coppell as they prepare for the visit of Reading in the FA Cup.

    Coppell left the Royals in 2009 after five and a half years in charge.

    Barker says: "Steve doesn't talk about anything if you don't ask him. I will be picking his brains as much as I can. He will be able to give me the best piece of information and the best dossier on every player at the club."

  94. 1144: 
    TENNIS

    South Africa beat France 2-1 in the Hopman Cup after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga retired hurt from the decisive mixed doubles rubber.

    Tsonga had earlier beat Kevin Anderson 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3) to level the tie after team-mate Mathilde Johansson had lost 6-4 4-6 4-6 to Chanelle Scheepers.

    But the former Australian Open finalist then appeared to injure his groin in the doubles and indicated he was unable to carry on, with Scheepers and Anderson leading 6-3 1-2 at the time.

  95. 1140: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Arbroath striker Steven Doris is offered an opportunity to impress at Birmingham during a trial spell.

    The 24-year-old forward has been a regular source of goals in the Scottish Football League over recent years and will now get the chance to push for a dream move to England.

    Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin tells the Daily Record: "Birmingham watched him a few times and saw him against Celtic. Now they want a closer look. He's been outstanding for the past few years and I'm surprised more Scottish clubs haven't had a nibble at him. He's good enough to step up and I know he won't let himself down when he goes to Birmingham."

  96.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Amyno2020 on Twitter: "'He is 22 and he can do a mistake' I am 22 and I don't get in trouble as much as he does. Balotelli brings shame on the age."

    Arthur on Twitter: "I say keep Balotelli at City, just to see how more interesting he can make things with Mancini."

    Kas O'Novo on Twitter: "Can you imagine Ferguson being so lenient with a player? Managers should command respect from their players."

    Let us know your thoughts, #bbcsportsday

  97.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Roberto Mancini has played down yesterday's incident in training with Mario Balotelli and says he will give him "another 100 chances" because, at 22, the Manchester City boss believes the striker can change.

    What are your thoughts on Mancini's comments? And what of Balotelli? Can, and should, he change his ways?

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, #bbcsportsday.

  98. 1119: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roberto Mancini says he will give Mario Balotelli "another 100 chances", despite the pair having been involved in a training ground spat yesterday.

    The Manchester City manager says: "I will give him another 100 chances if it is possible I think he can change. I am here for this.

    "I give him another chance, sure, because he is 22 and he can do a mistake."

  99. 1114: 
    TENNIS

    Andy Murray tells the ATP website he was happy with his straight-sets win over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan at the Brisbane International.

    "For the most part it was pretty good quality. He served well for the majority of the first set, and especially well at the beginning the second," says the world number three, who will face Japan's Kei Nishikori in Saturday's semi-final.

    "I didn't really have that many chances on returns, so I needed to serve well today. That helped."

  100. 1104: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert refuses to dismiss making an approach for Manchester City and England defender Joleon Lescott.

    Lescott, a life-long Villa supporter, is out of favour at the Etihad Stadium and has been strongly linked with a move away in the current transfer window.

    "He has been a top player and still is," Lambert says of Lescott. "As I've said before, I will sit with the rest of the staff and see what I can do. But I don't think you can ever dismiss it any level whenever you are talking about a top player."

  101. 1056:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    On BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the moment there is live commentary from the Big Bash League of the game between Perth Scorchers and Sydney Thunder.

  102. 1054: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he is delighted to have secured the signing of French defender Mathieu Debuchy.

    "It's no secret we've been trailing him for some time now and to have reached this point fills me with great excitement and anticipation in respect of what he will be able to offer the team," he said.

    "He is an established top international player and it is a real coup for this Club that we now have him at St. James' Park. Mathieu will add real quality to our team, in terms of his ability, character and experience and I am sure he will quickly become a firm favourite among our fans too."

  103. 1048: 
    FOOTBALL

    Finally from Roberto Mancini on Thursday's incident with Mario Balotelli: "I wanted him to leave the pitch after what he did against another player. For us it's not good. The situation is this."

  104. 1042: 
    FOOTBALL

    When asked if he lost his temper with striker Mario Balotelli at the Manchester City training ground on Thursday, Roberto Mancini said: "No. For two seconds, yes. Three, four seconds later no. He didn't want to leave pitch. No fight, no true. This don't change anything on my thoughts. These are things that can happen."

  105. 1041: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp confirms reports that see Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder linked with a move to the Loftus Road club: "What chance have we got? He was up for world footballer of the year not so long ago! I can't see that one coming off. I was offered him by an agent, but I'll take it with a pinch of salt."

  106. 1038: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Newcastle complete the signing of French international right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Lille for an undisclosed fee.

    The 27-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and will wear the number 26 shirt.

  107. 1036: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini speaking at his weekly press conference about Thursday's training-ground incident with Mario Balotelli: "It wasn't bad things like in the newspapers. We were playing a game [in training] and Mario kicked his team-mate and I said to him to go inside, leave the pitch. He said no, I take his shirt and push him out of pitch. That was it. That is what happened. Nothing special."

  108. 1028: 
    FOOTBALL

    Spurs are set to include defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto and midfielder Scott Parker in their team for Saturday's FA Cup tie against Coventry. Assou-Ekotto has overcome a knee injury and is set to make his first appearance for four months while Parker is in line for his first start of the season after an achilles problem.

  109. 1021: 
    FOOTBALL

    Fulham captain Brede Hangeland tells the London Evening Standard his team are brimming with renewed belief after getting the New Year off to a winning start against West Brom and will hope to continue that against Blackpool in the FA Cup on Saturday.

    "The game proved to ourselves and to everyone else that we can get results against most teams. We've always known the quality is there, it was just a matter of producing it. The West Brom win was a step in the right direction," he says.

  110. 1016: 
    CRICKET

    Dean Brownlie hits his first Test century as New Zealand fight back on the third day of the first Test against South Africa in Cape Town. The 28-year-old passed the mark thanks to a six off the bowling of Robin Peterson. New Zealand are 224-4 in their second innings appproaching the lunch interval but they still trail the home side by 78 runs

  111. 1006: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Pat Murphy at the Aston Villa press conference reports that manager Paul Lambert says he has no plans to sell striker Darren Bent this month.

    "I don't want to sell anybody and it would be daft to sell him to one of our rivals in the lower part of the table," says Lambert, who added that Bent, who resumes training today, will be back in contention once he has recovered from his hamstring injury, and he also plans to rest Christian Benteke soon.

    However, Lambert wouldn't be drawn on speculation linking Villa with Joleon Lescott & Robbie Keane.

  112. 0959: 
    BOXING

    Argentine World Champion middleweight Sergio Martinez has been named the best boxer of 2012 by the World Boxing Council. "Wonder" Martinez regained the title from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in a dramatic bout in September last year.

  113. 0952: 
    FOOTBALL

    After his move from Liverpool back to West Ham was finalised earlier on Friday, you can watch Joe Cole's stunning volley for England against Sweden in the 2006 World Cup on the BBC Sport website.

  114. 0948: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been ruled out of action for another two weeks with a knee injury sustained in training on Christmas Day, and will miss next week's game against Liverpool. "Wayne is still injured," said manager Sir Alex Ferguson. "It is not serious but it is going to take longer than we thought, probably another two weeks. He won't be fit for Liverpool."

  115. 0946: 
    FOOTBALL

    Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has criticised the role of some white coaches in African football just weeks before the Africa Cup of Nations. Frenchman Herve Renard coached Zambia to the 2012 title but Keshi has concerns about some who work on the continent.

    "The white guys are coming to Africa just for the money," he said. "They are not doing anything that we cannot do. I am not racist but that's just the way it is."

  116. 0942:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    On the pitch, it is a big weekend with the third round of the FA Cup taking place. On BBC Radio 5 live on Friday at 19:00 GMT, Kicking Off with Colin Murray will look ahead to the weekend's ties.

  117. 0924: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Joe Cole on his move back to West Ham from Liverpool: "It is a great move for me," he says. "Coming back here brings back all the memories of the pitches I learnt how to play on. This is where I learnt my trade and I'm happy to have another chance to be here. I've always loved West Ham and I hope I can give the club a few memorable seasons.

    "The timing was right for me to come back and I'm happy. I'm back in London and I'm delighted to be here. I want to be here and I want to make an impact."

  118. 0920: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Midfielder Joe Cole completes his free transfer to West Ham. Cole made 42 appearances for Liverpool after joining from Chelsea in July 2010.

  119. 0913: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson tells BBC Sport's Simon Austin that speculation linking him with the Blackburn manager's job is wide of the mark. "They are rumours, they are nothing real," he said. "I haven't been contacted by Blackburn at all so I don't know what they are doing. So it's speculation and rumours. In England the quality, the interest and the atmosphere is the best in the world today. But, please, there is nothing at all behind these rumours."

  120. 0900: 
    FOOTBALL

    Marca reports that Barcelona trio Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song and Adriano Correia have been declared fully fit for their side's match against Espanyol on Sunday. Fabregas has been out of action since November with a torn hamstring, while Song and Adriano picked up injures prior to the last game of 2012.

  121. 0854: 
    TENNIS

    World number one Victoria Azarenka pulls out of her Brisbane International semi-final against Serena Williams with a toe problem. According to reports, the Belarussian had a bad pedicure 10 days ago which has resulted in an ingrowing toenail. However, she will be fit for the Australian Open, which starts on 14 January. Williams will meet the winner of the other semi-final between Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko in Saturday's final.

  122. 0849: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Goal.com say Tottenham have renewed their attempts to sign Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho as they look to bolster their squad. A proposed £22m move for the 26-year-old playmaker collapsed on the final day of the summer transfer window.

  123. 0843: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    The Journal reports that Newcastle could miss out on a centre-back in the January transfer window after manager Alan Pardew admitted a replacement for striker Demba Ba has become the sole focus of his transfer policy.

  124. 0830: 
    CRICKET

    Play is under way on the third day of the first Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Cape Town. New Zealand start the day on 169-4 in their second innings, trailing the home side by 133 runs. You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  125. 0823: 
    FORMULA 1

    The Formula 1 season might have ended but there is plenty of work going on for the new campaign which starts in March in Melbourne. In the first of a new series, BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson looks at how teams develop a new car.

  126. 0818: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is in talks with West Ham about joining the Upton Park club. The Moroccan forward, 28, has struggled to establish himself at the Emirates since moving on a free transfer from Bordeaux in 2010. But West Ham want to give Chamakh a chance to resurrect his career.

  127. 0815: 
    GOSSIP COLUMN

    Among the highlights from Friday's gossip column:

    Aston Villa are considering a move for Manchester City's out-of-favour 30-year-old defender Joleon Lescott, who supported Villa as a boy. (Daily Mirror)

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has warned owner Mike Ashley the club are in danger of relegation from the Premier League if he does not allow him to spend heavily in January. (Daily Telegraph)

    Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish expects forward Wilfried Zaha to stay at Selhurst Park until the summer - but admits a big bid could tempt the Championship club to sell in January. (talkSPORT)

  128. 0810: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Manchester City star Rodney Marsh tells BBC Sport that Mario Balotelli is one of the most unpredictable players in footballing history.

  129. 0809: 
    FOOTBALL

    A reminder that after Thursday's much-publicised training ground incident with Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli and his manager Roberto Mancini, the club will be having their press conference at 10:00 GMT ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie against Watford and the subject will surely be brought up.

  130. 0806: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Leeds and England captain Kevin Sinfield has become only the fourth Englishman to win the prestigious Golden Boot, awarded annually to the game's greatest player by Rugby League World magazine. The 32-year-old beat off competition from Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins, the 2012 Man of Steel, and Australians Cameron Smith, Ben Barba, Cooper Cronk and Nate Myles.

  131. 0804: 
    TENNIS

    Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of the Brisbane Invitational after beating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4 7-6 (7-3). Murray will now face Japan's Kei Nishikori after he defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov.

  132. 0802: 
    OVERNIGHT

    First, some stories you may have missed overnight.

    Australia are 342-6 in reply to Sri Lanka's 294 at close of play on day two of the third Test in Sydney. Mike Hussey was run out for 25 in his last Test match before retiring. Australia are already 2-0 up in the series.

  133. 0800: 

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