Sportsday - Wednesday 16 January as it happened

Reaction to Guardiola becoming Bayern coach, transfer news, build-up to FA Cup third-round replays, and more.

16 January 2013 Last updated at 18:58 GMT

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  1. 0700: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. We will bring you all the latest transfer news throughout the day as well as the breaking news from the world of sport. But we begin with what has been happening overnight and bring you the top stories from the BBC Sport website.

  2. 0704: 

    Britain's Heather Watson saves three match points to win a tie-break and level her match with Ksenia Pervak at one set all. You can follow the action on the BBC Sport website.

    Harry Redknapp says Loic Remy has passed a medical and agreed personal terms while a deal for Yann M'Vila is close.

    Pep Guardiola wants to manage in England. He says: "As a player, I couldn't realize my dream to play there. But I hope in the future, I have a challenge to be a coach or a manager there."

  3. 0709: 

    Italian giants AC Milan are interested in signing Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, 24, and full back Davide Santon, 22. (Daily Mirror)

    Fulham are considering a move for out-of-favour Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock, 31. (Daily Mail)

    Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk will consider selling Brazilian playmaker Willian to Chelsea or Tottenham this month but want around £20m for the 24-year-old. (The Independent)

  4. 0711: 

    Australian hope Sam Stosur squanders a 5-2 lead in the final set to lose 6-4 1-6 7-5 to China's Jie Zheng.


    QPR's decision to spend big on Loic Remy and Yann M'Vila has spiced up the battle at the bottom. Do their rivals in fight to avoid the drop now need to splash out? Who should they buy? Tell us via Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  6. 0717: 

    Heather Watson is on a roll now. She has stormed into a 3-0 lead over Ksenia Pervak in the third set. Although, worryingly she has just started limping.

  7. 0719: 

    Want know a little bit more about why QPR are spending big now? Well have a look at BBC Sport's Ben Smith's excellent feature on the goings on at Loftus Road.

  8. 0725: 

    Olympic silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead says Nicole Cooke was wrong to take a parting shot at cycling's drug cheats when she retired on Monday. Cooke said she felt "robbed" by dopers and had come under pressure to take performance-enhancing drugs.

    But Armitstead tells BBC Sport. "To me it's old news and should be left there,"

  9. 0728: 

    Heather Watson is on the verge of beating Ksenia Pervak having taken a 5-1 lead in the third set at the Australian Open

  10. 0724: 

    West Indies recall batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan for the upcoming one day series in Australia, but all-rounder Marlon Samuels has not been named in the 15-man squad.

  11. 0736: 

    Heather Watson pulls off a brilliant victory over Ksenia Pervak. She saves three match points before going on to win 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 and books a place in the third round of the Australian Open.


    QPR's big buys could blow the relegation battle wide open. Do the likes of Wigan, Aston Villa, Sunderland, Southampton and Newcastle need to match their spending? Here's what you think.

    Nene says on Twitter: "Harry is a wonderful coach and he's getting some good players, QPR will survive in #epl again."

    Oreoluwa Mabadeje says on Twitter: "As we've already witnessed so far in Premiership, it is no guarantee of success, Team spirit paramount."

    Tell us your views via Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  13. 0747: 

    Batsman Jesse Ryder is hopeful of a return to the New Zealand side for the home series against England.

    Ryder was dropped for a one-day international match against South Africa last March after breaking team protocol and has not featured for the Black Caps since.

    However, a first-class average of 69.75 for domestic side Willington this season could boost his hopes of a recall, with New Zealand floundering with the bat in their two-Test series against South Africa.

  14. 0752: 

    American legend Roy Jones Jr says he is in talks to fight the Republic of Ireland's former world champion in England in April.

    Jones, 44, is a former four-weight world champion and is widely regarded as the best boxer of the 1990s. Collins, the former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion, last fought in 1997.


    Bobby Hall says on Twitter: "QPR are heading for the championship & administration.If Reading do go down we'll bounce strait back up,could they?"

    Hamza Khan says on Twitter: "Signing of Loic Remy & M'Vila will keep QPR in the premier league, you heard it here first."

  16. 0800: 

    Newcastle will hold talks with captain Fabricio Coloccini on Wednesday in a bid to prevent him leaving in January.


    Peter Nixon says on Twitter: "No one should match QPR's silly spending, it's dangerous for clubs and the game. Small gates-big wages recipe for trouble."

    JD says on Twitter: "The QPR signings are overrated. ANOTHER Hothead, As Taarabt wasnt enough. And an out of form striker? Going Down."

    Sola Babalola says on Twitter: "Is anyone in doubt that Harry will keep QPR up at the end of the season? Watch how he will do it. He's one of the best around!"

  18. 0814: 
    Danny Graham

    More of the morning's transfer gossip for you.

    Swansea's Gateshead-born striker Danny Graham, 27, who is thought to be a target for QPR, Norwich and Reading, is keen to secure a move to Sunderland and is to hold talks with Swans boss Michael Laudrup. (The Sun)

    Everton are monitoring Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, 24, who is rated at £10m and is considered by some to be the new Marouane Fellaini. (The Sun)

  19. 0821: 

    Newcastle may seek to fill the gap left by Demba Ba's move to Chelsea by signing Bafetimbi Gomis, 27, of Lyon for a fee of £8.7m, according to French paper Lyon Capitale.

  20. 0823: 

    Over at the Australian Open, 13th seed Ana Ivanovic has beaten Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Tapei 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.

  21. 0832: 

    There is plenty of transfer gossip with the transfer window now in its 16th day.

    Fulham have told Norway defender John Arne Riise that he is free to leave the club this month, after a fall-out with manager Martin Jol. (The Times)

    Charlton are offering Bolton striker Marvin Sordell a chance to return south, a year after he left Watford. (Daily Mail)


    Si Hawkes says on Twitter: "Have got fingers and toes crossed that Pep Guardiola will come to Arsenal. AFC is the perfect fit for him. He can push us to the top."

  23. 0841: 

    Interesting stuff from Spanish paper Marca.

    They report Barcelona President Sandro Rosell as saying Manchester City have made several failed attempts to headhunt players and executives from the Catalan side.


    Rufus Mousley says on Twitter: "Villa: a new manager. #bbcsportsday."

    Jack O'Meara says on Twitter: "As a villa fan, a season that started with optimism has turned once again into worry and panic. Spend spend spend!"

    Remy-Allan says on Twitter: "For Newcastle, I think Pierre Emerick Aubameyang."

  25. 0852: 
    Josh Drauniniu

    Worcester announce Fijian wing Josh Drauniniu has signed a new contract.

    The 27-year-old has scored 12 tries in 18 games for the Warriors, including a hat-trick in last weekend's Amlin Challenge Cup victory over Italian side Rovigo.

    Head coach Richard Hill says: "Josh came to Warriors as a very raw player with a huge amount of ability and natural talent, particularly in attack,"


    James Stevenson ‏says on Twitter: "Reading need an experienced striker, someone like Darren Bent."

    Andy Robinson says on Twitter: "Villa should look at Celtic winger/midfielder James Forrest #bbcsportsday and Wigan should be looking at Dundee forward Jonny Russell."

  27. 0902:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveGOLF

    New Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has been talking to Radio 5Live this morning about his appointment.

    He says: "I've had over three hundred messages and I haven't gone through all of them yet. It's incredible, my phone hasn't stopped.

    "When I woke up this morning there was 147 new messages. Its really humbling that your peers would feel so highly of you."

  28. 0904:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveGOLF

    New Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley continues on Radio 5Live...

    "The players have always had a big say in who the Ryder Cup captains have been over the last decade or so.

    "I've been very fortunate that I have captained in the Seve Trophy on two occasions and Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy were two of the players I was fortunate enough to captain, so they had experience of me being captain.

    "So that's why they were so vocal and it's a very humbling thing to experience."

  29. 0907:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveGOLF

    Paul McGinley tells Radio 5Live that he was quick to contact rival Colin Montgomerie after being named as Ryder Cup captain.

    He says: "He was the first man I saw and he came up and congratulated me warmly and wished me the very best of luck. He was very gracious to me. "

  30. 0910: 

    Over at the Australian Open, Venus Williams is having little trouble seeing off Alize Cornet. She leads 6-3 2-1 in the second round clash. You can follow the match on the BBC Sport website.


    James Maker says on Twitter: "If John Arne Riise is free to leave Fulham, he would be perfect for #whufc in their search for a left back."

    Tom Ronan says on Twitter: "Villa need to hurry up and secure Sissoko. Sort of player we need right now."

    Tell us who you think the relegation struggler should sign in this window via Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  32. 0915: 

    Colin Montgomerie says he's not bitter about missing out to Paul McGinley in the battle to captain Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup.

    He says: "I wasn't in the picture until a week before Christmas when I heard of others that felt there was an opportunity for me to captain the team at home in Scotland, which would have been a dream come true.

    "It hasn't happened ... I haven't pressed this in any way so I was flattered in many ways to be in that position."

  33. 0924: 
    charles nzogbia

    Charles N'Zogbia tells the Aston Villa website there is enough camaraderie at the club to ensure they avoid relegation.

    He says: "We have a strong atmosphere in the club. Everybody is happy and everybody wants to play.

    "We just haven't been getting the points. I'm confident that the way we play we're going to get wins soon enough. The good results will come soon.

    "We all get on with each other, there are no arguments, we are all working as one together. We are going to start winning."

  34. 0927: 

    Rio Ferdinand has already got his game head on ahead of Manchester United's FA Cup third round replay against West Ham tonight.

    He says on Twitter: "Right, I'm off! Big game vs the Hammers tonight #FAcup , let's get in the next round!!"

  35. 0932: 

    Castleford are confident their pre-season friendly against Featherstone will go ahead after carrying out emergency ground repairs.

    The game was in doubt following an extensive theft of electrical cabling at the ground over the festive period.

    Tigers chief executive Steve Ferres says: "The electricians have done a fantastic job working over the weekend to get us in a position to be able to host the game against Featherstone this Sunday."


    Keep telling us who you think the clubs at the bottom need to buy to make sure they avoid relegation after QPR set up deals to sign Loic Remy and Yann M'Vila.

    Come on Aston Villa, Reading, Wigan, Southampton, Sunderland, and Newcastle fans, get involved on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  37. 0939: 

    Game, set and match - Venus Williams beats Alize Cornet 6-3 6-3 at the Australian Open.

  38. 0944: 
    Tom Rogic

    Celtic are in talks with Australia midfielder Tom Rogic after a fee was agreed with Central Coast Mariners.

    The Australian club confirm: "Central Coast Mariners FC wish to officially advise that terms have been agreed for the transfer of Tomas Rogic to Celtic FC.

    "Rogic will now travel to Glasgow from Spain with the Bhoys, and will discuss personal terms with the Scottish giants over the coming days."


    Alex Alexander says on Twitter: "Southampton NEED 2 centre-backs (Forren?), could do with a keeper, and preferably and midfielder/winger (Coutinho). Dreaming?

    Emery That's Me says on Twitter: "As a Villa fan we need experience in defence, Riise from Fulham as he had a bust up with Jol, he has real quality."

    Jon Dean says on Twitter: "If we [QPR] manage to keep Ryan Nelson till the end of the season than that will be the best bit of business."

  40. 0952: 

    Next up in at the Australian Open is defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic facing Ryan Harrison. Game by game commentary is available on the BBC Sport website.

  41. 0956:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTENNIS
    Heather Watson

    Heather Watson tells BBC 5live: "I do make it hard for myself but a win's a win, no matter how you do it" after beating Ksenia Pervak 4-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-2.

    "It was a very tough one today. I wasn't sure whether I was going to get through it but I did, I kept fighting, the crowd was amazing and kept pushing me on from start to finish, and I've put myself in a position to play another match here."


    Freddie Chetwood says on Twitter: "Reading need a midfielder who can chase the ball for 90 mins not allowing teams to play. Aaron Ramsey on loan would be ideal."

    Frazer T says on Twitter: "I think Villa are doomed."

  43. 1007: 

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic holds a 4-1 lead over Ryan Harrison in their Australian Open second round match. You can follow live text commentary on our tennis pages.

  44. 1012: 

    England and London Irish prop Alex Corbisiero signs for Northampton Saints and will join the club in the summer.

  45. 1016: 

    Alex Corbisiero, 24, made 76 first team appearances for London Irish and has 18 England caps. He said: "There is a great culture and hopefully I can help the team succeed whilst continuing my progression as a player, and I'm sure that Franklin's Gardens will be a good environment for me in that regard."

  46. 1019: 

    Northampton Saints first teamers Alex Waller and Tom Mercey sign new contracts to stay at Franklin's Gardens.

  47. 1025: 

    Spaniard Pedro De la Rosa joins Ferrari in a development role for the 2013 season. The former McLaren test driver, who races for HRT last season, will focus on developing the team's simulator.

  48. 1030: 

    Scotland will play Pakistan in two one-day internationals in Edinburgh in May. The games will be held at Citylets Grange on 17 and 19 May.

  49. 1036: 

    Have you got a burning question for US Open champion and British number one Andy Murray? Well here's your chance to have it answered as the Olympic champion will be doing a Q&A for us later in the week.

    Tweet your questions, however serious or quirky, using the #askmurray hashtag and we'll pick the best ones to ask.

  50. 1042: 

    Novak Djokovic leads Ryan Harrison by two sets to love in their Australian Open second round encounter. You can follow live text commentary of that match on our tennis pages.

  51. 1049: 

    Championship side Crystal Palace complete the signing of Norwich City midfielder Jacob Butterfield on a one-month loan deal.

  52. 1056: 

    BBC Test Match Special summariser Alec Stewart says it's too early to judge England following their defeat to India in the second one-day international.

    "It was good to hear England captain Alastair Cook being so honest in his assessment when he admitted that his team were "outskilled and outplayed" by India in the second one-day international," he said.

    "However, just as I don't like to go overboard in reaction to a victory, I don't see anything to be gained in overreacting to a defeat."

  53. 1102: 

    The UCI Independent Commission looking into doping in cycling will hold a 'truth and reconciliation' public hearing despite the sport's governing body's reluctance.

  54. 1108: 

    A new four-year England elite player squad agreement is completed between the Rugby Football Union, the Rugby Players' Association and Premiership Rugby.

    The arrangement covers England senior, Saxons and Under 20 squads until 30 June 2016, and includes confirmation of squad and match fees and performance bonuses.


    Scott Lyon on Twitter: "Wigan don't need to spend they always find a way of staying up."

    Jo De Haro on Twitter: "Hope Loic Remy works out at QPR. We should have gone for Balotelli. Inflated wages and unstable, the boards favourite type."

    Scott Lackie on Twitter: "Newcastle could do with 2 centre-halves, a central midfielder, a winger and a striker! I'll be worried they don't sign anyone!"

  56. 1124: 

    Novak Djokovic continues his bid for a third straight Australian Open title with a 6-1 6-2 6-3 second round win over American Ryan Harrison.

  57. 1130: 

    Harlequins wing Tom Williams signs a two-year contract extension which will see him stay with the club until at least 2015.

    The Brighton-born player has scored more than 50 tries for the reigning Premiership champions and is an England Sevens international.

    Quins rugby director Conor O'Shea said: "Tom's form over the last 12 months has been outstanding, and we are all really looking forward to him continuing that over the coming years."

  58. 1136: 

    World number one Rory McIlroy applauds Paul McGinley's appointment as Europe's captain for the 2014 Ryder Cup.

    McGinley, 46, the first Irishman to be made a Ryder Cup captain, will lead Europe against Tom Watson's United States at Gleneagles.

    "He is the best captain I have ever played under. I think he is the right choice," said McIlroy. "I said earlier in the week I felt the Ryder Cup captaincy should be an honour and a one-time thing. I still stand by that."

  59. 1142: 

    Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder, who has been linked with Galatasaray, says he will not be rushed into making a decision on his future despite pressure from club president Massimo Moratti.

    "Look, all the players in this market period must decide what to do and where to go by 31 January 31, and I will too," Sneijder told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I'm not in a rush and I won't be rushed.

    "After everything I have done I don't want to feel like this, almost forced to choose in a short time on a major step in my life."

  60. 1148: 

    Former Manchester City midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland agrees with the FA's decision to rescind Vincent Kompany's red card at Arsenal, and admits he is worried that strong tackling is being forced out of the game.

    "Football is a man's game and you should be allowed to have a nibble at each other," Haaland, who was the victim of a dangerous tackle by Roy Keane in 2001, told BBC Radio Manchester's Blue Tuesday programme. "I think it's going in the wrong direction. If you can't do tackles like that [Kompany's] it's going to ruin far too many games."

  61. 1153: 

    Reading are willing to smash their transfer record by meeting in-demand Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas' £8.3m release clause, reports the Reading Evening Post. The 25-year-old has scored eight times in 18 appearances for Celta this season and is also wanted by Valencia and Premier League rivals Swansea.

  62. 1157:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTENNIS

    British number one Andy Murray's Australian Open second round match against Joao Sousa of Portugal will be live on BBC Radio 5 live overnight during Up All Night. The Brit is second match up so likely to be around 0130-0200 GMT.

  63. 1203: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says he would not entertain a bid for defender James Tomkins, who has been linked with Newcastle, reports the Independent. The Hammers only have three fit front-line defenders for tonight's FA Cup third round replay against Manchester United.

  64. 1209: 

    MK Dons say they have turned down an approach from Blackpool to speak to their manager Karl Robinson regarding the vacancy at Bloomfield Road.

  65. 1213: 
    Novak Djokovic

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic on his 6-1 6-2 6-3 victory over Ryan Harrison: "He had nothing to lose and came out and hit some big serves.

    "I managed to get some important breaks at the start of the match and then I was a set up after 20 minutes and had the mental advantage."

  66. 1217:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTENNIS

    Britain's Laura Robson is the last match of the day on the Rod Laver Arena. She plays the 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at around 1000 GMT on Thursday. That will be live on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra as part of "Tennis Breakfast", which is on air from 0600 BST.


    Ankeli Isaac on Twitter: "I think Wigan have a genius in RM and don't need to spend to stay up. He is a magician in relegation battles."

    Ben Kiff on Twitter: "I think Remy is a quality signing for any club good striker of the ball and good knowledge might just keep them up!"

    Chris Smith on Twitter: "Reading FC spending £8 million on Aspas? Needed that kind of investment in the summer, too late now as couldn't even sign Rogic."

  68. 1227: 

    Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo launches his pro career by promising to become Britain's best-ever middleweight.

    The 24-year-old, who won bronze at London 2012, signed with 10-time world champion Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions last month and will make his professional debut in April or May.

    "I want to become Britain's greatest ever middleweight boxer," he said. "I want to be knighted, I want to be Sir Anthony."

  69. 1235: 

    LA Galaxy open talks with Frank Lampard as they step up their attempts to prise him away from Chelsea to Major League Soccer, reports

  70. 1242: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson says 2013 will be "vitally important" to give the national team the chance to compete for the World Cup in Brazil next year.

    "The first thing we have to do is qualify for the World Cup, that's vitally important," he said. "And when we qualify we have to give a good account of ourselves in Brazil and once you are there you have a chance of winning it, who knows?"

  71. 1249: 

    European football body Uefa's website has announced their 2012 team of the year and for the first time, it features no players from the Premier League.

    Football's governing body said a record 5.3m votes had been cast, with eight players named from clubs in Spain's La Liga.

    Team of the year: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Thiago Silva (AC Milan/Paris Saint-Germain), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi Hernández (Barcelona), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

  72. 1255: 

    Colin Montgomerie is offering his support to new Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley after missing out on the post.

    Montgomerie, who led Europe to a 14.5-13.5 victory in Wales three years ago and was a late contender for the job, said: "We will all get behind Paul now and wish him well. I'm not at all disappointed."

  73. 1300: 

    Brentford assistant manager Alan Kernaghan says the League One side cannot wait for their FA Cup fourth round meeting with west London neighbours Chelsea.

    Kernaghan told BBC London 94.9: "It's a chance for us to pit ourselves against the Champions League winners. It is hugely exciting but fraught with a danger and we are looking forward to it desperately."

  74. 1305: 

    Championship side Wolves are considering a move for Norwich striker Simeon Jackson to address their problems in front of goal, reports the Shropshire Star.

    Head of football development and recruitment Kevin Thelwell watched the 25-year-old in action on Saturday in a goalless draw against Newcastle.

    Vying with Grant Holt and Steve Morison for a place, Jackson has scored three goals in 15 appearances, although he has only started six games.

  75. 1308: 

    McLaren driver Jenson Button writes on Twitter: "As you can probably tell from this picture, I'm missing my day job!"

    Jenson Button
  76. 1317: 

    David Beckham is on the verge of making a sensational return to AC Milan, according to media speculation in Italy. Beckham recently ended his long spell with Major League Soccer (MLS) side Los Angeles Galaxy but has not yet announced his next destination.

    Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper carried a report on Wednesday which claimed that bookmakers in England had slashed the odds of Beckham returning to the Rossoneri.

    The report cited no one from the club but speculated that Beckham would be a welcome addition to Massimiliano Allegri's squad, especially for European fixtures.

  77. 1326: 

    Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali insists a dream-team pairing of Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel is not their goal - for the time being.

    Speculation has long surrounded Red Bull driver Vettel and a potential move to Maranello, with suggestions last year the German had already signed a pre-contract agreement to join in 2014.

    "We have always said, and I think the president [Luca di Montezemolo] also declared, a dream team is something extraordinary if it is well managed and if things work well," says Domenicali. "For now, I think this is not our goal."

  78. 1334: 

    Michael Johnson asks to be 'left alone to live the rest of my life' after revealing to the Manchester Evening News the tortured battle with inner demons which has led to him being released by Manchester City.

    The midfielder, once tipped to be an England captain and hailed as 'the new Colin Bell', says he has been undergoing treatment for several years at the Priory Clinic, which specialises in dealing with mental illness, alcoholism and gambling addiction.

    Asked whether he had a message to City fans, Johnson, a product of the club's academy, says: "I am more disappointed than anyone but that's the way it goes."

  79. 1341: 

    Martin Kaymer is set to play full-time on the USPGA Tour this year, saying he feels the time is now right for such a move away from his European base.

    Kaymer feels that swing changes he took on board after rising briefly to the world number one spot early in 2011 are finally paying dividends after much hard work on the range and that, added to his growing maturity, make it the right time to take on the US tour full-time.

    "It is the right time now," he says as he prepares to try and win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship for an unprecedented fourth time. "When I was 23, 24 it was maybe a little bit too early. Now I feel like I would try it out to see how it feels, knowing now what is going to happen in America."

  80. 1350: 

    Former Argentina coach and World Cup-winning skipper Diego Maradona says he will not return to coaching in his homeland owing to frustration at the way club owners deal with hiring and firing.

    "Since that horrible business when they got rid of (Matias) Almeyda on the Wednesday and brought in Ramon Diaz on the Sunday I don't want to work in Argentine football," says Maradona in allusion to River Plate's managerial change at the end of last year.

    "I think it's disgusting that there is such a lack of respect for someone such as Almeyda, a gentleman who would never disrespect anybody. I don't want to go back to that."

  81. 1357: 

    Football Association chairman David Bernstein says the organisation will remain at the heart of the game in years to come despite "occasional frustrations" such as World Cup bid failures.

    Speaking at the launch of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations, he says: "150 years ago a group of people met on this site and they changed the world by producing the first laws of the game. Throughout that extraordinary journey the FA continued to sit at its heart.

    "Despite occasional frustrations we have always and will continue to our play our full part in influencing the development of football in UEFA and FIFA. Even after 150 years there remains a simple beauty to the universality of football - from Wembley to parks football a single unbreakable thread runs through."

  82. 1400: 

    Queens Park Rangers complete the signing of French international striker Loic Remy from Olympique de Marseille for an undisclosed fee.

    The 26-year-old has penned a four-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road, after the R's agreed a club record fee for the player's services.

    "I'm delighted to bring him in - he's a great buy for us," says QPR manager Harry Redknapp. "I didn't think we'd get him to be honest but [club owner] Tony Fernandes worked ever so hard on this. He wouldn't give up on it, and it's great that we now have him here with us."

  83. 1404: 

    New Queens Park Rangers signing Loic Remy says Harry Redknapp played a big part in convincing the striker to sign for the Premier League club.

    Remy - who has made 17 starts for France, scoring four goals - is eligible to make his QPR debut against West Ham United on Saturday, subject to international clearance being received.

    "Harry played a big part in me coming here," he says. "I am confident I can adapt to the Premier League. My main characteristics have taken me to the level I am at today but I am keen to keep improving in the Premier League."


    Matt Stinson on Twitter: "Remy to QPR? Has he been in a relegation battle before with all that pressure on him as a big signing? We'll see."

    Alex Norton on Twitter: "A club record fee?! Oh, Harry. What happened to "I don't want to spend the owners' money?"

    Luke Stovell on Twitter: "So Remy has gone to QPR. Newcastle are really going to struggle to fill Demba Ba's boots in this window now."

  85. 1418: 

    Ireland off-spinner Albert van der Merwe announces his retirement from international cricket.

    The South Africa-born 33-year-old took 40 wickets in 21 international appearances following his debut in June 2010.

  86. 1427: 

    Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek will lead holders Czech Republic in the Davis Cup first-round tie against Switzerland in Geneva on 1-3 February, team captain Jaroslav Navratil says.

    Besides Berdych, the world number six, and 34th-ranked Stepanek, Navratil also named 75th-ranked Lukas Rosol and 289th-ranked 19-year-old Jiri Vesely in the team.

    "The nomination of the first three players was clear," Navratil says, adding that Vesely had "achieved great results last year. We have to use more young players in the years to come."

  87. 1431: 

    Premier League managers Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger congratulate the Football Association on celebrating a landmark 150th year of existence.

    Manchester United manager Ferguson says: "It's an amazing year for football, celebrating 150 years of the Association. It's a fantastic achievement and is a fitting tribute that the Champions League final is at Wembley, so let's hope it's a fitting tribute for 150 years."

    Wenger adds: "I would like to congratulate the FA for reaching 150 years and what they have done for the game. Football is a love affair of my life and England created football. I think the world sometimes forgets that."

  88. 1438: 

    On BBC Radio 5 live sports extra right now, recorded commentary of Perth Scorchers against Melbourne Stars in this morning's Big Bash League semi-final. Listen on the BBC website.

  89. 1447: 

    St Helens stalwart Jon Wilkin believes the arrival of coach Nathan Brown can help the club silence their critics and restore silverware to their trophy cabinet. The 29-year-old England back-row forward has won the World Club Challenge, Challenge Cup and Super League Grand Final in his decade with the club.

    But Saints have been trophyless since 2008, and, having set such high standards up to then, Wilkin admits the club have become victims of their own success.

    "I want to put to bed the last four years as people have questioned whether we are good enough," Wilkin says.

  90. 1455: 

    Birmingham City striker Jake Jervis has left St Andrew's to join struggling Turkish Super League side Elazigspor on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

    The 21-year-old Wolverhampton-born forward has already been out on loan with League One sides this season - at Carlisle, Tranmere and Portsmouth, but he was allowed just two substitute appearances under Blues boss Lee Clark.

    "Jake's got himself a great opportunity playing in the Turkish top flight. We wish him all the best," says Clark.

  91. 1501: 

    New-signing Jimmy Spencer will delay his move to Crawley Town by a week, to save the club from potential embarrassment, reports the Crawley Observer.

    The Huddersfield striker, 21, is currently nursing an injury after 'jarring' his knee before a three-month loan deal was agreed last week. The deal was due to start on Friday but waiting seven days will allow the club to take his loan up until the end of the season.

    Boss Richie Barker says: "We have put it back a week so that it ends on the final day of the season. We would not half have egg on our faces if we find he has a lot of goals and we get to the last day of the season needing something and he's not available."

  92. 1508: 

    Phil Mickelson believes his putting and driving could be better than ever this year as he heads into the Humana Challenge at La Quinta in California.

    The 42-year-old, whose 40 PGA Tour titles include a remarkable 18 in the early season West Coast swing, is in confident mood after working on his game during the winter break.

    He says: "I've made a couple of really big breakthroughs with putting and driving and this could be my best putting and driving year."

  93. 1516: 

    Olympic gold medallist Carl Hester is prepared to step aside from Great Britain's European Championship team this year if it helps nurture the next generation of international dressage riders.

    Hester believes it is key that potential British team members - young talent such as Michael Eilberg and Nikki Crisp - are identified and developed for medal assaults stretching 10 years down the line.

    "I would be available for the Europeans if they want me," Hester says. "But I think it would be great to give some of the other riders a chance of a team placing this year because we might need them for future teams."

  94. 1521: 
    Wilfried Zaha

    Chief executive David Gill says Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha is a player Manchester United are looking at, but suggested no move would be made until the summer.

    Zaha, 20, has been one of Palace's standout players this season and has subsequently attracted interested from the Premier League.

    Gill says: "He's one of the players we're looking at. There's a long way to go...but that would be one for the summer."

  95. 1528: 

    Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson confirms the club have signed Kilmarnock defender Michael Nelson.

    The 32-year-old helped Killie to the Scottish League Cup last season after joining from Scunthorpe and is believed to have cost the Bantams £30,000.

    Parkinson tells BBC Radio Leeds: "I've been concerned about our lack of experience at the back with the big games we have coming up. Michael knows the job, he's a leader and he'll be a good addition for us."

  96. 1534: 

    DJ Campbell is set to leave Queens Park Rangers in the next 48 hours, reports the Fulham Chronicle.

    Rangers boss Harry Redknapp will allow the former Blackpool striker to leave Loftus Road after the signing of Marseille striker Loic Remy.

    Campbell scored 10 goals in 17 games during a prolific loan spell with Ipswich earlier this season.

  97. 1537: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill recalls winger Ahmed Elmohamady from his loan spell at Hull City.

    Elmohamady joined City in September last year and went on to make 23 appearances for the club, scoring once.

  98. 1538: 

    Shane Warne falls foul of Cricket Australia for the second time in as many games following the Melbourne Stars' dramatic Big Bash League semi-final defeat in Perth.

    After what could have been the legendary leg-spinner's final competitive match, Warne was reported by CA after he opted not to name himself as captain on the official team sheet.

    James Faulkner, whose final ball no-ball cost the Stars a place in the final, was instead named skipper in a move that would have prevented Warne receiving a ban for slow over rates. The 43-year-old now faces the prospect of a second suspension.

  99. 1547: 

    German tabloid Bild is reporting that former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has agreed to become the new Bayern Munich coach at the end of the season.

  100. 1552: 

    Olympic bronze medalist Anthony Ogogo sets his sights on becoming a "global superstar" and also earning a knighthood as he prepares to launch his professional career after signing up with Golden Boy Promotions.

    Agogo, 24, has his first professional bout pencilled in for April or May and has already mapped out his long-term goals once his career is under way, eyeing accolades in and out of the ring on his way to becoming a tour de force in the middleweight division.

    "I want to become a global superstar," he says. "I want to be Britain's best ever middleweight boxer. I want to be knighted in the future, I want to be Sir Anthony Ogogo. I want to get my MBE or OBE and I want to become knighted."

  101. 1555: 

    Nottingham Forest sign Kuwait international goalkeeper Khalid Al Rashidi, the Championship club's owner Fawaz Al Hasawi says on Twitter.

    Rashidi, 25, who most recently played for Kuwaiti side al Arabi, had a spell on trial with Forest last summer, but had a work permit application rejected.

    Al Hasawi writes: "A great honour for me to announce that NFFC have been granted a work permit for Khalid Al Rashidi to become the first Kuwaiti to play in England."


    Bayern Munich announce Pep Guardiola will become manager of the Bundesliga side in July on a three-year contract.

    Current Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes will remain in his post until the end of this season.


    Big news today as Bayern Munich confirm Pep Guardiola will become the Bundesliga side's new manager from July.

    The 41-year-old has been out of management since leaving Barcelona 14 months ago and it was widely speculated he was in contention to become Chelsea manager this summer.

    What are your thoughts on Guardiola's decision? Chelsea fans, what happens next? Who should become the manager of the Blues at the end of this season?

    Get involved in the discussion, #bbcpep


    Alan on Twitter: "With Pep out of the agenda, does this increase Benitez's chance of staying? Hope not!! Or the return of the special one."

    Andy McDougal on Twitter: "Bundesliga is the emerging power of European football. No surprise to see Guardiola attracted to Bayern."

  105. 1614: 

    Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, speaking about the appointment of Pep Guardiola as manager from July: "Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful coaches in the world and we are sure that he can make not just Bayern, but all of German football shine."

    Uli Hoeness, Bayern Munich chairman adds: "As an adequate replacement for Heynckes only [someone] of Pep Guardiola's calibre came into question."

  106. 1623: 

    Wigan midfielder James McArthur on Twitter: "Kinda gutted that Pep is going to Bayern was looking forward to seeing what he was going to do in the Premier League."

  107. 1624: 

    The Saudi Arabian football federation says it has fired Frank Rijkaard as coach of the national team following a humiliating exit at the Gulf Cup.

    The sacking comes almost a year after the once-powerful Saudi side failed to advance in 2014 World Cup qualifying. The final straw came when the team was dumped out of the Gulf Cup last week by lowly Kuwait.

  108. 1626: 

    Everton's Phil Neville on Twitter: "Pep Guardiola to be Bayern Munich manager next season. Didn't see that coming was certain he'd end up in the Premiership...German football is strong-good young players fantastic stadiums and Bayern one of the biggest clubs in the world, suppose a good move!"


    Dean Maguire on Twitter: "I think the Bundesliga is the only league in Europe similar to the Premier League. Pep Guardiola will ply his trade there to prepare for United job."

    Muhammad Yousaf on Twitter: "Tough job for Pep to teach Bayern his style of play. Unfortunately for him, their best player doesn't pass!"

    Will Marks on Twitter: "Such a shame Pep is going to Bayern! Fergie get out of your Zimmer frame and give someone else a chance!!"

    What do you think about Pep Guadiola's decision to become by Bayern manager, and what now for Chelsea in the summer? Let us know yout thoughts, #bbcpep

  110. 1637: 

    The Rugby Football Union is confident there will be no pay revolts before the 2015 Rugby World Cup after agreeing a new four-year deal with the England players.

    The England squad disputed their pay levels in the build-up to the 2011 World Cup and that row led to some players threatening to boycott the official send-off dinner, but RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said the starting point for negotiations over a new and improved pay structure was to ensure that situation never happened again.

    Ritchie says: "Clearly the players want to be satisfied there is a reasonable arrangement in place for the Rugby World Cup in 2015. There was a determination on both sides that we would do this positively. We have done the finances and now we can purely concentrate on the rugby."

  111. 1645: 

    Tottenham midfielder Sandro has undergone surgery after suffering a knee injury in Saturday's match at QPR, his club confirms.

    The 23-year-old Brazil international was substituted after 25 minutes at Loftus Road, having gone down clutching his right knee as he reached for the ball.

    "Sandro has undergone knee surgery following the injury that forced his substitution against QPR at the weekend. The midfielder's recovery schedule will be assessed over the next few days," Tottenham confirm in a statement.

  112. 1649: 

    Former Leeds and England defender Norman Hunter is to sell off a collection of football kit and medals won in his celebrated career.

    The 69-year-old Elland Road favourite, who had the nickname 'Bites Yer Legs' due to his tough tackling, was a key man in Don Revie's great Leeds side of the late 1960s and 1970s. His haul of medals includes those he was awarded for Leeds' First Division titles in 1969 and 1974.

    Hunter says: "I have been privileged enough to enjoy a long and successful football career. Over the years I've accumulated many keepsakes and whilst these have been important to me, I am now in a stage in my life where I want someone else to benefit from them."

  113. 1656: 

    Scottish swimmer Hannah Miley reveals she is undecided on whether to compete in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

    Miley, 23, will assess her future after seeking to defend her Commonwealth gold medal in Glasgow 2014.

    "I think having done a home Olympics and then to have a home Commonwealth Games is quite a nice way to round off a career," she says. "I would like to look for Rio but I do need to reassess things after the Commonwealths."

  114. 1705: 

    Millwall confirm that Nathan Tyson is set to sign on loan from Derby County for the remainder of the season.

    Tyson has scored 94 goals in a career totalling 264 starts and 136 sub appearances, finding the net five times for The Rams this season.

  115. 1712: 

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) launches an anti-doping helpline for professional riders in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal, the world governing body says.

    "The free helpline, which will take calls in English and French, is for all athletes in the UCI Registered Testing Pool as well as any professional cyclists taking part in UCI competitions," the UCI says in a statement.

    "An outside organisation has been mandated to handle the process to guarantee strict confidentiality. It guarantees that all calls can also be made anonymously at any time, and any day of the week, which is in line with the recommendation of the Association of Professional Cyclists (CPA)."


    Andy Aylward ‏on Twitter: "Pep, he's not a proven manager! Anyone could manage Barcelona with Messi, Iniesta, Xavi etc...!!"

    Ṗhil Ḷawrence ‏on Twitter: "Bayern are prepared to plan ahead for an orderly succession. How much of Premier League merry-go-round is dictated by knee-jerk decisions? What a coup."

    Dennis Ethan on Twitter: "Guardiola is primed for the Manchester United job after Sir Alex has retired in 3 years time. He didn't see Fergie going out anytime soon."

    The debate is raging over Pep Guardiola's decision to join Bayern Munich. Get in touch via Twitter using the #bbcpep hashtag with your thoughts.

  117. 1724: 

    Top Bulgarian clubs CSKA Sofia and Litex Lovech are discussing a possible merger in an attempt to save costs, says CSKA president Dimitar Borisov.

    "Negotiations with (Litex owner) Grisha Ganchev continue," Borisov tells television station bTV. "Merger of two clubs is not so easy. It's not known whether it will happen now or in the summer but it is likely to happen."

  118. 1732: 

    Former Bayern Munich midfielder Dietmar Hamann on BBC Radio 5 live on Pep Guardiola's appointment for next season.

    "I'm not that surprised," he says. "I think they spoke to him last year and I think he made it clear Bayern were one of the clubs he was interested in. I think it's a major coup for Bayern and the Bundesliga given all the English clubs interested in him."

  119. 1741: 

    More Dietmar Hamann on Pep Guardiola on BBC Radio 5 live.

    "He could take his pick," the former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder says." Bayern Munich is one of the best clubs in the world, if not the best. If you look at everything there, the infrastructure, with the new stadium and training ground, the fact it is a club with a global following. The Bundesliga has grown in strength in recent years, it's a statement it is on the up.

    "If he had chosen Chelsea I'm sure he'd have been given more time than recent managers. But if you look at Bayern, they have reached two Champions League finals in the last three years. They are top of the league now and are going well in the Champions League. He will feel he has a strong chance of winning something with them, they are not at all far behind the very best teams in Europe."

  120. 1745: 

    Mark Williams admits he dragged opponent Matthew Stevens down to his level to claim a 6-4 victory and reach the quarter-finals of the Masters.

    Williams was completely out of sorts as he trailed 4-1 only for Stevens to miss a simple brown to go 5-1 in front before committing numerous basic errors as Williams took five frames in a row to secure an unlikely victory.

    "I didn't play very well at all to be honest, neither did Matthew," Williams tells BBC2. "He missed a sitter of a brown for 5-1 and I don't think I'd have come back from 5-1 to be honest."


    Akorede Kameel Adebayo on Twitter: "We can now put Pep's credentials to test. The whole world is watching what he has to offer Bayern Munich."

    Karma Police 67 ‏on Twitter: "Assumption that Guardiola is just using Bayern as a stepping stone to the Premier League is arrogant and condescending."

    Alex Storey on Twitter: "Of course the big news for the Premier League out of all this is that it paves the way for The Special One to return to Chelsea."

    Has Pep Guardiola made the right decision in joining Bayern Munich? Is the Bundesliga now as big as the Premier League? Let us know your thoughts using the #bbcpep hashtag.

  122. 1800: 

    David Bernstein feels "a little" frustrated at being forced to step down as Football Association chairman but will make a clean break with the organisation when his term ends in July.

    Bernstein has fallen foul of a new rule obliging board members to step down once they reach the age of 70. An attempt to persuade the FA council to allow an extension was blocked in October.

    "I'm a believer in clean breaks, to be honest," says Bernstein, speaking at the launch of the celebrations of the FA's 150th anniversary. "When I left Manchester City, I made a very clean break and I don't want to be spectre at the feast so I doubt it."

  123. 1807: 

    Fabio Borini says his Liverpool career starts now after returning from three months out with a broken foot. The summer signing from Roma made only five appearances in the Premier League for the Reds before sustaining the injury, but is now fit and played the final half an hour of Sunday's 2-1 defeat by Manchester United.

    "When I was stood on the touchline, I felt good", says Borini of Sunday's Old Trafford appearance. "All the memories of the last three months and the things I've been through went from my mind. My Liverpool career is actually starting now, I think."

  124. 1817: 

    Rafael Nadal passes the latest medical tests on his injured knee as the world number four confirms he will return after more than seven months out at the Brazil Open next month.

    "The tests confirm that Rafa's recovery is proceeding favourably," says Spanish tennis federation (RFET) doctor Angel Ruiz-Cotorro. "Medically speaking we are in the final stages and the results were very satisfactory and the return to the circuit is expected to proceed according to plan."

    "Here you see me on a clay court preparing for the tournament in Sao Paulo," says the French Open champion in a message posted on You Tube. "I am very excited about returning to play in Brazil after so many years."


    Mikey Toffolo on Twitter: "For me, Pep going to Bayern was the easy escape from the spotlight. Would have like to see him turn around Arsenal or Chelsea."

    Nathan Klaus Lyne on Twitter: "Exactly what the Bundesliga deserves, a class league where the football is outstanding and everything is run perfectly."

    Yakub Rashid on Twitter: "Let's see what Pep can do. This all leads to the 'battle of the Ferguson successor'. I still think Mourinho is better."

  126. 1839: 

    That's it for Sportsday Live for today. If you want to follow the night's FA Cup action then head to our live football text commentary.

    We will be back at 0700 GMT on Thursday with all the latest transfer news.

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