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14 January 2013 Last updated at 20:00 GMT

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  1. 1959: 

    That's it from Sportsday Live for Monday and it will resume on Tuesday at 07:00 GMT.

  2. 1954: 

    The High Court case over the sale of Portsmouth's Fratton Park ground, which was due to be heard on Tuesday, has been adjourned until the end of the month. The initial hearing was postponed last month to allow further discussions to take place between administrators PKF and former club owner Balram Chainrai's company Portpin.

  3. 1949: 

    US media reports that Lance Armstrong has apologized to the staff at his Livestrong cancer foundation before heading to his interview with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong is due to speak to Winfrey later this evening with the interview to be shown in the early hours of Friday (UK time).

  4. 1943: 

    The Guardian reports that Newcastle target Loic Remy has headed to London where Harry Redknapp is keen to sign him for QPR. The 26-year-old Marseille player had been scheduled to fly to Newcastle for a medical before finalising a deal worth just over £8m.

  5. 1935: 

    Britain's Andy Murray gets his Australian Open campaign underway later this evening (UK time) against Dutchman Robin Haase and you can hear coverage of the match from midnight on BBC Radio 5 live.

  6. 1923:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCYCLING

    On BBC Radio 5 live at 21:00 GMT there will be a Lance Armstrong special ahead of the disgraced cyclist's appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show which will be recorded later this evening and shown in the early hours of Friday (UK time)

  7. 1917: 

    BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce looks at Rory McIlroy's new multi-million pound sponsorship deal and what it means for all of the parties concerned.

  8. 1909: 

    You are continuing to give your views on what the world's top sports stars are paid in the light of Rory McIlroy's new sponsorship deal which sees him become one of the highest paid athletes in the world. Have your say on Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

    Mikeygnfl on Twitter: "Rory like footballers & everyone else earns what they do due to market value. If you don't like it move to a communist country."

    Simon Hancock on Twitter: "The players already have more than they can ever spend. It's the agents trying to bump up the price so their 10% cut goes up!"

    Chris Walker on Twitter: "The money is worth it for Nike if only for the reason of not having their no.1 competitor on McIlroy's kit."

  9. 1900: 

    Action continues from 19:00 GMT at the Masters Snooker at Alexandra Palace with Stephen Maguire up against Graeme Dott in the last 16. You can watch live coverage on the BBC Sport website.

  10. 1855: 

    The England women's football team secures a £4,000 pay increase following successful negotiations with the Football Association. The players are said to be satisfied with the deal, with their central contracts rising from £16,000 to £20,000 a year.

  11. 1849: 

    Racing Metro centre Fabrice Estebanez is cited for allegedly striking Saracens' David Strettle with his arm during Saturday's Heineken Cup Pool One match while Munster outside-half Ronan O'Gara is cited for allegedly kicking Edinburgh's Sean Cox during their Heineken Cup Pool One match on Sunday.

  12. 1843: 

    Former Ryder Cup player Andrew Coltart says he is surprised that Colin Montgomerie has been linked with a second stint as Ryder Cup captain.

    "I'm surprised and pretty shocked that Colin's come back into the equation," said Coltart. "I understand the romance of a Scotsman captaining a Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, but my mind is you should get the best man for the job, and I would pick Paul McGinley."

  13. 1838: 

    Bolton's Bulgarian international forward Martin Petrov signs for Spanish side Espanyol until the end of the season.

    The 33-year-old has been released from his contract at the Reebok Stadium. Espanyol are fifth from bottom of the table, just two points above the relegation places.

  14. 1834:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    A reminder that it is another busy night on 5 live Sport.

    From 1900-2100 on the Monday Night Club, John Barnes joins Steve Claridge and John Motson. Then at 2100 there will be a Lance Armstrong special ahead of his appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show which will be shown in the early hours of Friday (UK time).

    At 2130 there will be a golf special on Tuesday's Ryder Cup captaincy announcement as well as all of the reports on Rory McIlroy's Nike deal while at 2200 there is a look ahead to the Australian Open which resumes later this evening and a look ahead to Andy Murray's opener against Robin Haase which you can hear at midnight on 5 live.

  15. 1828: 

    Sky Sports reports that AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani has again ruled out a move for Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli.

  16. 1823: 

    Liverpool look to have moved ahead of Merseyside rivals Everton in the pursuit of Norway international Vegard Forren after the defender was invited for a trial. The 24-year-old Molde centre-back is expected at the club's training ground on Tuesday.

  17. 1818: 

    Stuart Holden could make his return to the Bolton first team in Tuesday's FA Cup third-round replay against Sunderland.

    The USA international midfielder suffered a serious knee injury against Manchester United in March 2011 and attempted a comeback against Aston Villa in last season's League Cup before suffering a further setback. But he came through a reserve outing against Oldham last week.

  18. 1801: 

    Ryan Jones is a major doubt for Wales' 2013 Six Nations opener against Ireland on 2 February after dislocating a thumb.

    The Ospreys say the versatile back-five forward will not return for between three and four weeks.

    Jones was forced off with the injury during the Ospreys' 15-15 draw with Leicester on Sunday.

  19. 1750: 

    The captaincy of the European team at the 2014 Ryder Cup would appear to be between Colin Montgomerie and Paul McGinley.

    The BBC's golf correspondent Iain Carter has run the rule over the two leading candidates, saying:

    "Rarely has there been such intrigue over who will lead the continent against the United States. The only certainty seems to be that the Abu Dhabi meeting on Tuesday evening will be long and potentially argumentative."

  20. 1742: 

    Fulham manager Martin Jol is tempted to rest some players for Tuesday's FA Cup replay against Blackpool, but is keen to make progress in the competition.

    "I try to play the best team all the time and I feel we need to change the team for Blackpool to give players like (Dimitar) Berbatov, who have played all the matches, a rest.

    "But I have to make a decision on that because I still feel, under the circumstances, it is very important to stay in the FA Cup. It is always nice to have an extra opportunity to stay in this wonderful competition."


    Hugo Rawlinson on Twitter: "No problem with top sports stars earning what they do. Nike will get a healthy return on £60m investment! Fair play to Rory"

    Andrew McCracken on Twitter: "Rory McIlroy will be happy with Nike for that sponsorship! Fair play to the lad, a great ambassador for Northern Ireland!"

    James McLernon on Twitter: "Nike's profits will increase by more than £70 million because of the deal so is it wrong or fair paying Rory so much?"

    Have your say on what the world's top sports stars are paid using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  22. 1726: 

    A Manchester City fan who unfurled a banner protesting against the price of tickets for his side's visit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday was threatened with arrest, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    Away fans were charged £62 for a ticket, prompting Rick Taylor to take in a flag that read "£62! Where will it stop?"

  23. 1720: 

    Sunderland will not be able to select recent signing Alfred N'Diaye in Tuesday's FA Cup replay.

    The midfielder was not registered before the draw with Bolton and therefore is ineligible for the replay.

  24. 1711: 

    Two-time Masters champion John Higgins is into the quarter-finals of the 2013 tournament after a 6-3 victory over Ali Carter at the Alexandra Palace.

    Tonight's game will see Stephen Maguire take on Graeme Dott.


    Tayo on Twitter: "Rory is probably not worth $70m at the moment but they must have thought, let's pay that now or have to pay way more later."

    Big Sie on Twitter: "Nothing wrong with top sports stars earning vast sums. They are global entertainers just like film starts who are paid millions."

    Kevin Maltby on Twitter: "I have a lifetime debt to achieve my dream to be a teacher but a 17 year old gets a contract of 5,000 per week... not fair!"

    Have your say on what top sport stars are paid using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  26. 1659: 

    Colchester United have signed Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker on loan until the end of the season.

    Walker has yet to make a first team appearance for Chelsea, and has previously had spells with Bristol Rovers, Northampton Town and Yeovil.


    The world's number one golfer, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, was today unveiled as Nike's new brand ambassador in a deal that is thought to be worth between £60m and £70m to the 23-year-old over the next five years.

    Is he worth it? What do you feel about the amounts that top sportsman are paid? Have your say using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  28. 1647: 

    British Cycling president Brian Cookson has paid tribute to Nicole Cooke, who announced her retirement earlier today.

    "Nicole has enjoyed unparalleled success during her 13 year career," says Cookson.

    "One of British Cycling's finest moments in recent years was her truly memorable win in the women's Olympic road race in Beijing. There is no doubt that Nicole has been a pioneering force in women's cycling for the past decade.

  29. 1644: 

    Saracens have signed number eight Billy Vunipola from Wasps and tighthead prop James Johnston from Harlequins on long-term contracts from next season.

    Sarries have also announced that 10 of their existing squad, including Vuniploa's brother Mako, have also signed long-term contracts.

  30. 1637: 

    Sunderland have completed the deal for Senegalese defender Kader Mangane, who moves to the Stadium of Light from Saudi club Al Hilal on loan until the end of the season.

    "Kader is a player who will add to the overall strength of our squad and give us options. He will improve competition for places and we are delighted to welcome him to the club," Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has told the club's official website.

  31. 1631: 

    New Huddersfield Giants captain Danny Brough wants his side to keep their focus for the entire Super League season, which starts at the beginning of next month.

    "I'm looking for a nice peak in mid-season and a strong finish, which is something we haven't had over the last few seasons.

    "We've been conditioned to do that so, if we start off slow, there's no panic. Hopefully we can pick up in the middle and take it on into the play-offs at the back end of the season."

  32. 1627: 

    Rotherham United have extended the loan of Huddersfield full-back Liam Ridehalgh until the end of the season.

    Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson has been keeping tabs on the 21-year-old during his seven games so far for Rotherham.

    "We've had Liam watched and he has done well; he's still young and learning,"

  33. 1622: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels that his side do not lack spirit following what he sees as an improved showing in the second half of their defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.

    "Aggression isn't about having a 6ft 3ins player in the middle of the field who is going to drive you forward, aggression is in the mind," says Rodgers. "We have Steven Gerrard, who is one of the best examples of that in this country over the last 10 years. We have that aggression but it is not about what size you are, it is about the fight which is in there.

    "In the second half the ability to fight was much better and we were much more aggressive in our play and attitude and we should have got something."

  34. 1617: 

    Recent Sunderland signing Alfred N'Diaye could make his first start in Tuesday night's FA Cup replay against Bolton Wanderers.

    Other than that, Martin O'Neill is thought unlikely to make too many changes to the side that beat West Ham 3-0 last Saturday.

  35. 1608: 

    World number one Rory McIlroy feels that Colin Montgomerie would have nothing to gain if he did become captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team for the second time.

    Montgomerie is thought to be in the running for the 2014 captaincy along with Paul McGinley, having skippered Europe to victory at Celtic Manor in 2010.

    "I don't think Monty has anything to gain if we go to Gleneagles and lose. He is already a winning Ryder Cup captain," says McIlroy.

  36. 1601: 

    Bradford City defender James Meredith is set for a lengthy absence after being diagnosed with glandular fever.

    Meredith has not played since going off at half-time in the 0-0 draw with Morecambe on New Year's Day.

    "We had his blood tested and he was admitted to hospital over the weekend because it was that serious. Hopefully, he's OK and we get him back sooner rather than later but at the moment it is not looking good," Bantams boss Phil Parkinson told BBC Radio Leeds.

  37. 1557: 

    Germany are hoping to set up a friendly against England in the build-up to the 2014 World Cup, according to their general manager Oliver Bierhoff.

    He says: "I'm delighted that we are going to be facing top nations again in our warm-up matches. France is just the beginning. In August, we are looking to play Brazil, and should we qualify directly for the 2014 World Cup, then we intend to play England and Italy in November."

  38. 1553: 

    More from Nicole Cooke: "I do despair that the sport will ever clean itself up when rewards of stealing are greater than riding clean. If that remains the case, the temptation for those with no morals will always be too great.

    "I have been robbed by drugs cheats, but am fortunate, I am here with more in my basket than the 12 year old dreamed of.

    "But for many people out there who do ride clean; people with morals, many of these people have had to leave the sport with nothing after a lifetime of hard work - some going through horrific financial turmoil.

    "When Lance (Armstrong) "cries" on Oprah later this week and she passes him the tissue, spare a thought for all those genuine people who walked away with no rewards - just shattered dreams. Each one of them is worth a thousand Lances."

  39. 1551: 

    Nicole Cooke has revealed that she was offered drugs during her career in cycling.

    She says: "I have had days where temptation to start onto the slippery slope was brought in front of me. In my Tour de France when I was 19 as the race went on my strength left me.

    "I was invited into a team camper and asked what "medicines" I would like to take to help me and was reminded that the team had certain expectations of me during the race and I was not living up to them with my performance over the last couple of stages.

    "I said I would do my best until I had to drop out of the race, but I was not taking anything."

  40. 1547: 

    West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie and right-back Steven Reid will return from injury for tomorrow's FA Cup third round replay with QPR at the Hawthorns.

    Odemwingie, who is reported to be a January transfer target for QPR, has recovered from a calf problem while Reid is available after a shin complaint.

  41. 1538: 

    Beijing road race Olympic champion Nicole Cooke has announced her retirement from professional cycling.

    Ahead of London 2012 she was involved in a bitter battle with fellow Briton Lizzie Armitstead for the number one status.

    Cooke, 29, had to settle for a supporting role as her rival claimed Olympic silver.

    She returned to action for September's road race World Championships but finished 60th.

  42. 1533: 

    Malcolm Arnold is appointed to the role of Lead Hurdles Coach in the latest coaching appointment by Performance Director Neil Black and Head Coach Peter Eriksson. James Hillier is named as Assistant Coach and the pair will continue to work with their training group, which includes World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene.

    Arnold coached former 110m hurdles world record holder Colin Jackson to three World titles and an Olympic silver medal.

    He says: "I'm delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue the work we have done over recent years. Both James and I are looking forward to new challenges under the leadership of Neil Black and Peter Eriksson and to furthering the excellence of hurdling in both competitors and coaches throughout the UK."

  43. 1530: 

    Bolton winger Martin Petrov, 33, is in talks over a move to Espanyol, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    Petrov has not been a regular starter during his third season with Wanderers and boss Dougie Freedman has cleared the way for him to move to Spain.

    "Martin Petrov is in talks with Espanyol," says Freedman. "We feel as a club and I feel as a coach that it's the right move. Martin obviously wants to play. He's on a fantastic wage at this club and one that I feel that we can (use to) make room for another player. He's done nothing wrong. He's been a good lad and a good servant to the club. I just feel we're going in a different direction."

  44. 1515: 

    Walsall manager Dean Smith dismisses rumours linking 21-year-old Jamie Paterson with Sheffield United, according to the Express and Star.

    Smith says: "I have seen the reports. We've had no contact at all from Sheffield United. It's that time of year and there's rumours going around all the time.

    "I can't really comment because we haven't had anything from Sheffield United. Even so, I can't see why we would want to sell one of our promising young players to a team in our league."

  45. 1512: 

    BBC Northern Ireland's Stephen Watson reports that Rory McIlroy's sponsorship deal with Nike is worth somewhere between £60m and £70m.

  46. 1510: 

    Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic backs his team-mate Jon Walters to recover from his nightmare performance against Chelsea on Saturday when he scored two own goals and missed a penalty.

    Begovic says: "I don't think anybody will worry about Jon Walters. His character and personality won't be affected by anything that happens to him."

    "It was a couple of unfortunate incidents for him. I take the blame for the second goal because I probably should have come for the ball, but seeing him there I decided not to. He is a big enough character to bounce back and I am sure he will probably score a goal on Tuesday (when Stoke face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup)."

  47. 1503:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Coming up on 5 live Sport this evening, there is Monday Night Club at 1900 GMT with John Barnes joining Steve Claridge and John Motson to mull over the weekend's action. From 2100 GMT it is a Lance Armstrong special ahead of his appearance on Oprah Winfrey show in early hours of Friday.

    From 2130 there will be a golf special discussing Tuesday's Ryder Cup captaincy announcement as well as all reports on Rory McIlroy's Nike deal.

    And after that it's tennis with Australian Open chat from 2200 GMT till 2230 and live commentary of Andy Murray in first round action in Melbourne against Robin Haase from midnight.

  48. 1456: 

    Sunderland are on the verge of sealing a deal for Senegalese defender Kader Mangane, according to the Sunderland Echo.

    The 29-year-old arrived in the North East yesterday and will arrive on loan until the end of the season from Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Hilal, with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill says: "He's here and we're hoping to have that completed. It's nearly there. He wants to do it and wants to come and prove himself. We're pleased to have him. He's a biggish lad and pretty competitive. I think he wants to really have a go."

    Mangane will not be eligible for Tuesday's FA Cup third round replay against Bolton, but is likely to be available for Saturday's trip to Wigan.

  49. 1452: 

    World number one Rory McIlroy has signed "a multi-year sponsorship agreement" with Nike.

    The deal is reported to be worth as much as £150m.

  50. 1444: 

    New Walsall keeper Ian McLoughlin could stay for longer than his agreed one-month loan if he continues to play well.

    Following his arrival from MK Dons, the 21-year-old Irishman made a good start for the Saddlers with two key saves in Sunday's 3-1 win at Preston.

    "It was a pleasing debut for him. I hope he can continue that," Walsall boss Dean Smith tells BBC WM.

  51. 1442: 

    If you have missed any of the action from day one of the Australian Open, BBC Sport has a round-up of all the action from Melbourne so far.

  52. 1433: 

    Zambia centre-back Stopilla Sunzu has taken a temporary break from training for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to undergo a pre-transfer medical at Reading, according to his club.

    23-year-old Sunzu plays for TP Mazembe in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the club says on its website that he will spend four days in England and join his Zambia team-mates on Friday.

  53. 1430: 

    Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby says he came through his first match back from injury unscathed after a thigh problem.

    The 26-year-old had not featured for the Gunners since September but played just over an hour against Manchester City on Sunday.

    He tells Arsenal Player. "I feel good physically. Of course I have been out for a long time so I am not at my best, but importantly I did not get any reaction. This is good for the future."

  54. 1420: 

    Nottingham Forest midfielder Simon Gillett signs a new deal at the City Ground, report Sky Sports.

    27-year-old Gillett joined Forest last summer on a free transfer from Doncaster and a number of clubs were thought to be keeping tabs on his situation, after he initially only signed a one-year deal.

    His new contract will keep him at the City Ground until 2014.

  55. 1417: 

    Manchester United striker Frederico Macheda is keen on another spell on loan, according to talkSPORT.

    The 21-year-old Italian had a spell at Sampdoria in 2011, where he failed to score in 14 games as the side were relegated, and a spell at QPR last year where he got injured.

    But he says: "I had very bad luck with the loans but I think it helped me a lot. I think it helped me to gain experience in general. If I go out again on loan, I'm sure I will do well. I have been away two times already and, if it happens again, I'd look forward to getting playing time because maybe I made some mistakes but now I understand, I will take the chances I will have."

  56. 1411: 

    Chelsea target Radamel Falcao hints that he would prefer a move to Paris St Germain, report the Mirror.

    Chelsea have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old Columbian striker who has a £40m release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid.

    But he says: France is a wonderful country. I have been there before and I liked it very much. PSG has a very ambitious project and has invested a lot of money to build an important team. They are going to need some time but they could reach their objective very soon. It's not impossible that PSG and me see each other very soon."

  57. 1403: 

    Sochi organizers present the torch that will carry the Olympic flame on its six-month journey through Russia ahead of next year's Winter Games.

    The torch is displayed in Moscow by two Russian ice dancers; 2002 Olympic silver medalist Ilia Averbukh and 2006 Olympic gold medalist Tatiana Navka.


    Paul Meads on Twitter: "Don't like ticket prices? There's some great non-league football out there. More than happy with my £80 season ticket."

    Leigh Hine on Twitter: "The next generation of football fans will grow up supporting teams they watch on TV. Player wages are killing the game."

    Jamie Telkman on Twitter: "Clubs are a business like any other, if demand outstrips supply then prices will go up. If you want change, stop buying them."

    Have your say on away ticket prices using the #bbcsportticket hashtag.

  59. 1354: 

    On the BBC Sport website at the moment you can watch John Higgins against Ali Carter in the first round of the Masters Snooker Championship from Alexandra Palace.

  60. 1349: 

    Manager Marcus Law is sacked by Blue Square Bet Premier strugglers Tamworth after just 19 months in charge.

    The Lambs, who have won just once in six league games, missed out on a place in the FA Trophy quarter-finals when they lost 2-1 at Gainsborough.

    Law was sacked after a Monday morning meeting with chairman Bob Andrews. His number two Dale Belford has been appointed caretaker manager.

  61. 1346: 

    On this week's MOTD3 Mark Chapman is joined by Alan Hansen and Peter Schmeichel to reflect on the weekend's fixtures and Fifa's controversial team of the year. You can watch it on the BBC Sport website.


    Michael Brandon on Twitter: "City fans complain at £62 for tickets yet their billionaire owner is inflating wages and transfers. No one else can keep up."

    Stuart Ingram on Twitter: "Here in Canada prime seats for a home match to any hockey game can cost $400. I wish I could pay 62 pounds to see top football!!"

    Jack Evans on Twitter: "I went to Montpellier vs PSG earlier this season, the league champions vs the new PSG. Ticket was €15, that's £12."

    Have your say on away ticket prices using the #bbcsportticket hashtag.

  63. 1336: 

    Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa says signing for Paris Saint Germain "would be a childhood dream", report Le Parisien.

    The 25-year-old has been out with a hamstring injury since early December and his club are currently 16th in the Premier League.

    He tells Le Parisien: "After I have saved my club, you never know. Signing for PSG would be a childhood dream. If there is a proposal, I will study it with interest. If there is a proposal. The "if" is important. PSG is a club that lives in my heart. To play would be a nice gift."

  64. 1321: 

    Central defender Kyle McFadzean, 25, is set to sign for Bristol City despite their change in manager, according to the Bristol Evening Post.

    Former boss Derek McInnes revealed the Robins were close to agreeing a deal with Crawley for McFadzean just hours before he was sacked on Saturday.

    Sean O'Driscoll has taken over and he says: "There was already something in place to bring Kyle to the football club and that has not changed. That process had already started before I came in and it is on-going. I would like to get him through the door as quickly as possible."

  65. 1310: 

    Captain Alastair Cook says England must wait until their one-day international series with India ends before judging their progress in the 50-over game.

    England go into Tuesday's match in Kochi with a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after a nine-run win in Rajkot. They are aiming to clinch their first ODI series win in India since 1984-85.

    But captain Cook told BBC Sport: "The guys have improved but we will have a slightly clearer indication of that towards the end of the series."

  66. 1308: 

    British tennis number one Heather Watson says she wants to be in "at least" the world top 30 this year, after going through to the second round of the Australian Open.

    Watson, ranked 50th, came back from a set and a break down to beat Romania's Alexandra Cadantu 2-6 6-3 6-2 in Melbourne.

  67. 1306: 

    Reading midfielder Jay Tabb has been told he can leave the club in the January transfer window.

    Tabb, 28, had been a key member of Reading's side up until the new year making 15 appearances, but has since fallen out of favour.

    "Jay Tabb is a fantastic person and I need to do right by him," McDermott told BBC Radio Berkshire.

  68. 1302: 

    Britain's David Weir, who won four gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, says he will compete in this year's Great North Run.

    "It's the biggest half marathon in the world and to be associated with it is great," said Weir, who has won the event four times.

    "If the wind's blowing the right way, it's a fast race. I still hold the course record, I think, and I'd like to beat it in 2013."

  69. 1257: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez may look to to strengthen his defence in the transfer window if Ivan Ramis's knee injury is as serious as first feared.

    Centre-back Ramis was stretchered off with suspected ligament damage in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Fulham.

    "We've brought two new faces in (Roger Espinoza and Angelo Henrique) and we're trying to get one more. But the results of the scan on Ivan Ramis's knee may change things," Martinez told BBC Radio Manchester.

  70. 1252: 

    Former world number one Roger Federer will skip Switzerland's Davis Cup match against the defending champion Czech Republic next month. The first round comes the week after the end of the Australian Open.

  71. 1247: 
    GLASGOW 2014

    A recruitment drive has begun to find up to 15,000 volunteers to help out at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    People interested in unpaid Games Maker roles behind the scenes have until 28 February to submit applications.

  72. 1240: 

    Cal Crutchlow says he expects the 2013 MotoGP season to be tough but believes he can again challenge at the front. The Tech 3 Yamaha rider, 27, became the first British rider in 12 years to step on the podium last season.

    He told BBC Sport: "I really don't know what equipment our team will get this year. The championship is definitely going to be tougher. But hopefully I can be consistent and get a few podiums. That's the plan."

  73. 1230: 

    Interim Scotland coach Scott Johnson has named 10 uncapped players in a 35-strong squad which will meet in Glasgow next Sunday for a three-day training camp ahead of the Six Nations.


    Euan Lowrie on Twitter: "Paid £48 for Man Utd away on Boxing Day, worth it to see Newcastle take the lead three times even though we still lost."

    Rob Carrick on Twitter: "Do what they did at the Olympics, buy a ticket and get a Travelcard included."

    Jamie on Twitter: "Ticket prices in the Premier League reflect the overpaid nature of football in general. Wage caps and max ticket prices."

    Have your say on away ticket prices using the #bbcsportticket hashtag.

  75. 1222: 

    Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has urged Wesley Sneijder to make a decision on where his future lies by the end of the day.

    The Dutch midfielder has been locked in talks with Galatasaray over a potential move to Istanbul.

    "It would be professional if he would make his decision by the end of the day," Moratti told Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian).

  76. 1217: 

    Bolton boss Dougie Freedman says he wants to add younger players to his squad after confirming winger Martin Petrov is set to leave the club.

    The Bulgaria international, 33, has held talks with Spanish club Espanyol.

    "We've got to face the facts. Martin is in the latter years of his career and earns a lot of money at this club," Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester. "I feel the best thing for the club is to bring in some new, young blood."

  77. 1212: 

    Manchester City say they will appeal against the red card shown to captain Vincent Kompany during the Premier League win over Arsenal on Sunday.

  78. 1208: 

    Heavyweight Dereck Chisora hopes to have his British licence back soon after he was named on the undercard of a bumper show at Wembley Arena on 16 March.

    Chisora, who had his licence revoked after brawling with David Haye last February, will face an unnamed opponent ahead of Ricky Burns's WBO world lightweight title fight against Miguel Vazquez.

  79. 1200: 

    South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen's albatross at the US Masters last April has been named the European Tour Shot of the Year.

    The first two in Masters history at Augusta's par-five second hole came when the holed his 253-yard four-iron.

    "It has to be the most memorable shot of my career so far," Oosthuizen said. "To have an albatross is rare enough, but to have one in the final round at Augusta when you're in contention to win The Masters was very special."


    Bill Bones on Twitter: "The problem with football ticketing prices is not just cost of match ticket but the travel expense. Football specials needed."

    Robin Lapper on Twitter: "Should be a max price ticket set by FA per league. This stops any fears of clubs trying to price away fans out of games."

    Christopher on Twitter: "Any team visiting villa park should be happy with the price they pay. Guaranteed goals and three points = easy day out!"

  81. 1150:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTENNIS

    Live commentary of Andy Murray's Australian Open first round match against the Dutchman Robin Van Haase will be live on BBC Radio 5 live tonight from midnight.

  82. 1147: 

    Ricky Burns will put his WBO world lightweight title on the line in a unification showdown with IBF champion Miguel Vazquez in London on 16 March.

    His manager Alex Morrison said: "This is the one we've wanted. It doesn't come any bigger than a unification title fight and Ricky is ready."

  83. 1142: 

    Pakistan player of the year Mohammad Hafeez wants his cricket board to schedule more Tests for the national team.

    The national team are restricted after rival teams refused to tour the country following a gun attack on the Sri Lanka squad in 2009.

    "I would ask the board to take up this issue and try to schedule more test matches for us because I believe players only develop by playing Test matches," Hafeez said.

  84. 1135: 

    Northants chief executive David Smith says the club made a small profit last season, despite a decrease in turnover. The side made £22,900 after reducing costs by 14%.

    "The previous year included a one-off ground development ECB [England & Wales Cricket Board] payment, a very successful tourist game against India and an Elton John concert," Smith said.

    "That makes comparisons difficult, but costs have been controlled in a summer when we lost 52 hours of home cricket."

  85. 1130: 

    Janko Tipsarevic beats Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 7-5 6-3 to progress to the Australian Open second round.

  86. 1127: 

    Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo insists he wants to complete his contract at Real Madrid - but admits he does not know what the future holds for him beyond that.

    Ronaldo told in an interview conducted last week but published today: "I want to see out my contract at Real Madrid: I'm very clear about that. After that, well, I don't know what'll happen in the future."

  87. 1120: 

    Sunderland are hopeful of wrapping up a deal for Kader Mangane after the Senegalese defender arrived in the North East for talks.

    The Sunderland Echo say the 29-year-old is expected to agree personal terms over a loan switch until the end of the season from Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Hilal.

  88. 1111: 

    Reading hope to clinch the signing of Zambian defender Stoppila Sunzu in the coming days after his club president confirmed he was flying to England for a medical, according to talkSPORT.


    Forever Learning on Twitter: "This is what happens when we sit back and allow player wages to rocket. Even 10 years ago how many were making 100k+?"

    Carwyn Owen on Twitter: "The clubs charge the highest price that fans are willing to pay. Why drop ticket prices when they fill the stadiums anyway?"

    Benny Curtis on Twitter: "Should be a maximum of £35 a ticket for every club in the premiership, away trips are becoming far to expensive."

    Have your say on away ticket prices using the #bbcsportticket on Twitter.

  90. 1104: 

    Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell says he expects to be fit for duty in a fortnight's time after a long injury lay-off.

    "I feel really fit - I've been doing a lot of strengthening work because I've been out so long with my hamstring injuries so it's taken time," said the 21-year-old.

    "It's easily the worst injury set-back of my career because I've been out for more than three months now - but I'm almost there now."

  91. 1056: 

    Japan will stick with their lucky red Spiderman-style pants in their bid to win a third successive World Baseball Classic (WBC) title, according to head coach Koji Yamamoto. Japan face Brazil in their opening game on 2 March in Fukuoka.

  92. 1050: 

    David Broome, 72, who won two Olympic bronze medals and several world and European championship medals during a career that spanned four decades at top level, has been appointed president of the British Showjumping Association.

  93. 1045: 

    Britain's Heather Watson said an injury time-out helped her regroup to stage a remarkable comeback in her Australian Open first round victory over Alexandra Cadantu.

    "It gave me time to eat, get some fuel in me and just get recharged and motivated," she said.

    "At the beginning I definitely wasn't there, I wasn't playing well. I didn't have much energy today, I don't know what it was. I am going to see the doctor after."

  94. 1038: 

    Blackpool have been given permission to speak to Dundee United manager Peter Houston over the vacancy at Bloomfield Road.

  95. 1034: 

    More on Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder from BBC Sport's Ben Smith: "Turkish club Galatasaray have already had a bid accepted for Sneijder but the player has indicated that does not want to join them. Inter had wanted the Holland international to take a pay cut on his current contract, but with the player not willing to accept reduced terms, the Italian club have decided to sell a player who only two years ago was considered among the very best in the world."

  96. 1030: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports: "Liverpool have distanced themselves from reports claiming they have made a bid for Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder. The sums simply don't add up from Liverpool's point of view with the 28-year-old Dutchman earning around £90,000-per-week AFTER tax and Inter looking for an £8m transfer fee."


    Richard Lee Royle on Twitter: "Sometimes I wish I was a Wigan fan. It would be worth it to buy a season ticket just to watch the top 8 play there."

    Mike Head on Twitter: "City fans think £62 was too much, we paid £56 to go to QPR on Saturday. Tiny old fashioned ground and standing room only!"

    Martin Ryley on Twitter: "Everyone talking about the £62 City fans got charged, how about some of the Arsenal fans that paid £126..."

    How much is too much? Have your say on away ticket pricing using the #bbcsportticket hashtag

  98. 1020: 

    Speaking about Geoff Parling's contract extension, Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "He has been an important guy for us over the last four seasons and is now an established international player too."

    Parling, 29, has made 60 appearances for the Tigers, including in the Premiership Final victory in 2010.

  99. 1015: 

    England international Geoff Parling has agreed terms on a new contract to stay with Leicester Tigers beyond the end of this season.

  100. 1010: 

    South Africa have wrapped up a 2-0 series victory over New Zealand with a comprehensive win in the second Test.

    The Proteas took the new ball and reduced New Zealand from 203-5 to 211 all out to seal victory by an innings and 193 runs at Port Elizabeth.

  101. 1001: 

    Bristol City have appointed former Nottingham Forest and Doncaster boss Sean O'Driscoll as their new head coach. Former boss Derek McInnes was dismissed on Saturday following their 4-0 defeat by Leicester.

  102. 0958: 

    Manchester City are keen on signing Derby midfielder Will Hughes, 17, in a £7m deal with assistant manager David Platt making a personal check on the youngster at Brighton on Saturday, according to the Sun.

  103. 0954: 

    Dundee United give Blackpool permission to speak to their manager Peter Houston about the managerial vacancy at Bloomfield Road, according to Sky Sports.

  104. 0949: 

    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior has revealed how his own personal intervention helped bring Kevin Pietersen back into the fold before the 2-1 Test series victory over India at the end of last year.

    Pietersen had been exiled from the England team after allegations about text messages he had sent to members of the South Africa squad. The Sussex player told The Cricketer magazine he called Pietersen from a train to try to solve the problem.

    "We all thought it was fine and rosy and obviously it wasn't," he said. "It was a refreshing, honest conversation. I think he respected me for making the phone call."

  105. 0945: 

    Fourth-seeded David Ferrer defeats Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open. You can follow our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.


    After Arsenal charged Manchester City supporters £62 to watch Sunday's game at the Emirates Stadium, how much is too much for tickets? What does it cost at your club and is it worth it? Let us know your views via Twitter using #bbcsportticket

  107. 0938: 

    Brighton manager Gus Poyet is planning more January business as he prepares to sign 26-year-old Argentine Leonardo Ulloa, according to the Argus.

  108. 0931: 

    Blackburn Rovers owners Venky's have employed a London-based public relations firm to try and improve their image, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

  109. 0921: 

    From BBC Monitoring: Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella says he would be happy to coach Frank Lampard, who is out of contract with Chelsea this summer, according to Tuttosport.

  110. 0913: 

    England coach Anna Mayes explains to BBC Radio 5 live why netball is not an Olympic sport:

    "I think it's because of not being played enough in China and USA unfortunately," she said. "We are doing a lot with the international federation to try and play it more across Europe."

  111. 0908: 

    From BBC Monitoring: Spanish side Villarreal have sacked manager Julio Velazquez, 31, according to AS.


    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has defended the tackle which saw him sent off in the second half of his club's 2-0 victory against Arsenal. Here are some of your thoughts:

    Arsenal fan Ross Martinovic on Twitter: "Vincent Kompany shouldn't have been sent off. He won the ball with one foot, second foot only rises after."

    Chris Pritchard on Twitter: "VK clearly has right leg behind left leg & right foot is touching the floor. One footed and gets ball = no red"

    Adam Coleman on Twitter: "Yes good tackle yes he won the ball, rules say when both feet are off the ground you are not in control and therefore reckless"

    What did you make of the tackle? Should he have been sent off? Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  113. 0858: 

    Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are back at first and second in the world ahead of their 2013 debuts in Abu Dhabi this week.

    Woods has edged ahead of Luke Donald again under the rolling two-year system, but Louis Oosthuizen's move up from sixth to a career-high fourth is easier to explain - he won the Volvo Champions in Durban yesterday.

  114. 0848: 

    Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has reiterated that striker David Villa will not be leaving the Catalan club.

    The Spain striker has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp after finding first-team opportunities limited this season following his recover from a serious leg injury, with Arsenal one of the clubs believed to be interested in the 31-year-old.

    He told reporters: "David is not going to leave. We are very happy with him."

  115. 0841: 

    British number one Heather Watson is through to the Australian Open second round after beating Romania's Alexandra Cadantu 2-6 6-3 6-2. You can follow live text commentary of all the action at Melbourne Park on the BBC Sport website.

  116. 0838: 

    Chelsea target Radamel Falcao, 26, hints he would prefer a move to Paris Saint-Germain ahead of Stamford Bridge when the striker leaves Atletico Madrid for a reported £48m, according to the Sun.

  117. 0834: 

    From BBC Monitoring: Chelsea will make a bid for QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia, if Rangers are successful in signing Yanni M'Vila from French side Stade Rennais, L'Equipe reports.

  118. 0830: 

    British number one Heather Watson is now tied at 1-1 against Alexandra Cadantu at the Australian Open, you can follow live text of all the action at Melbourne Park on the BBC Sport website.


    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has defended the tackle which saw him sent off in the second half of his club's 2-0 victory against Arsenal. Here are some of your thoughts:

    Will Dinsdale on Twitter: "Kompany was off the floor, therefore not in control = Red card. Tackling isn't dead, but recklessness should be."

    Max Horwood on Twitter: "In my eyes there was no malice in VK's challenge. The problem arose when his second leg left the ground."

    Ben Nicholls on Twitter: "Kompany shouldn't have been sent off. It was a strong challenge, he got the ball first, end of"

    What did you make of the tackle? Should he have been sent off? Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  120. 0820: 

    Notts County were not forced to let Lee Hughes go because of their cash problems, insists boss Keith Curle.

    Hughes has joined Port Vale and Curle told the Nottingham Evening Post: "Lee came to see me and told me what Port Vale had offered him and he said it was the right time for him to move because he has the opportunity to play more games and get another year's contract."

  121. 0812: 

    Three footballers are among nine people facing a race-fixing inquiry which starts today.

    Ipswich's Michael Chopra, Doncaster winger James Coppinger, and ex-Manchester United player Mark Wilson are accused of "serious breaches of the rules of horse racing".

    Jockey Andrew Heffernan is also among those charged by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

  122. 0807: 

    BBC Sport pundit Alan Hansen writes in his Daily Telegraph column about Vincent Kompany's red card in Manchester City's 2-0 win over Arsenal.

    "If Manchester City fail to get Vincent Kompany's red card against Arsenal rescinded by the Football Association on Monday morning, it will send out the message that tackling has gone forever," writes Hansen.

    "In my opinion, there is absolutely no doubt that, not only did Kompany win the ball, it was just about the perfect tackle. So I will be flabbergasted and astonished if referee Mike Dean decides to stand by his decision to dismiss the Manchester City captain following Kompany's challenge on Jack Wilshere."

  123. 0758: 

    Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones has emerged as a target for Swansea City's as manager Michael Laudrup looks to strengthen his forward line, according to the South Wales Evening Post.

  124. 0753: 

    At the end of Manchester City's 2-0 victory at Arsenal one of the assistant referees advises City's players to acknowledge the travelling fans who paid £62 for their ticket. You can watch the video on the BBC Sport website.

  125. 0747: 

    Blackburn's Mauro Formica is being offered a return to Argentina by San Lorenzo. The midfielder, 24, has not featured for Rovers since the 4-1 home defeat by Cardiff on 7 December and San Lorenz want him on a six-month loan, according to the Daily Mail.

  126. 0739: 

    British number one Heather Watson is currently in action at the Australian Open. However, she is down a set against Alexandra Cadantu and a break down in the second set. You can follow our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.


    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has defended the tackle which saw him sent off in the second half of his club's 2-0 victory against Arsenal.

    What did you make of the tackle? Should he have been sent off? Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  128. 0727: 

    Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade will return for Australia in the third and fourth ODIs against Sri Lanka.

  129. 0718: 

    Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha caused a stir late on Saturday when he hinted at a move to Manchester United with the tweet "Looks like I'm on my way to the top of the Premier League." The 20-year-old quickly removed the tweet, according to the Sun.

  130. 0713: 

    Here are the top three stories from today's BBC Sport football gossip page.

    Striker Neymar, 20, has denied reports that he has agreed to join Barcelona from Santos as Manchester City and Chelsea both chase his signature. (Daily Mail)

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup is closing in on a £2m deal for Osasuna forward Roland Lamah, 25, and hopes to confirm the signing this week. (Daily Mirror)

    Norwich City are eyeing a move for Celtic striker Gary Hooper, 24, after boss Chris Hughton admitted that he needs more fire-power. (the Guardian)

  131. 0708: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has defended the tackle which saw him sent off in the second half of his club's 2-0 victory against Arsenal.

    Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams are among the big names to have won on day one of the Australian Open.

    World number one Rory McIlroy says the Ryder Cup captaincy should be a "one-time thing" as he again backed Paul McGinley to skipper Europe in 2014.

  132. 0704: 

    Newcastle are confident of completing the signing of France striker Loic Remy in the next 48 hours after agreeing an £8m fee with his club Marseille.

    Boss Sir Alex Ferguson admitted his relief after Manchester United withstood a late Liverpool rally to beat their Premier League rivals 2-1.

    The global governing body for Paralympic sport wants to create a Diamond League-style series of meetings for disabled athletes.

  133. 0700: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday. We'll have all the latest transfer news for you throughout the day but we begin with some of the main stories on the BBC website and some from today's gossip column.

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