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  1. Man City report record revenue but annual loss of £23m
  2. Build-up: Arsenal v Southampton; Chelsea v Tottenham; Everton v Hull; Sunderland v Man City
  3. Bianchi did not slow sufficiently to avoid accident - FIA report
  4. Double points system scrapped for next Formula 1 season
  5. Lord Coe outlines plan for future of athletics
  6. GET INVOLVED: When is it acceptable to boo your team?

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And on that warm note of brotherly love, we will call an end to Sportsday today.

A reminder that England

won in cricket, Formula 1 made
changes to next season and issued a report saying Jules Bianchi
did not slow sufficiently in his horror crash last month, and Lord Sebastian Coe outlined a vision for athletics if he becomes the new IAAF president.

All of those details are below and across the website. Tune in to

our live text commentary,
BBC 5 live and Match of the Day tonight for football coverage and above all, be well.

Etherington retires


Matthew Etherington retires and his former Stoke City team-mate Danny Higginbotham jokes he played some part in the career-ending back injury.

Danny Higginbotham
Danny Higginbotham

Child focus on World Championships


Eilidh Child was second in the 400m hurdles at Glasgow 2014
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Eilidh Child is targeting a World Championships medal next year following a hugely successful 2014.

The 27-year-old 400m hurdler won European gold after sealing silver at her home Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"The big focus is the World Championships in Beijing [in August]," she told BBC Scotland. "I finished fifth in Moscow in 2013, so I'd really like to get on that podium. I was top three in all my races this year, so I can build on that."

Etherington retires from football


In a

heartfelt series of tweets, Matthew Etherington retires from football.

The former Peterborough, Tottenham, West Ham and Stoke winger, 33, says an ongoing back problem has ended hopes of finding a new club.

"I have some amazing memories since the day I made my debut at just 15 years old," he tweets.

"Thank you to all the great clubs I have played for and to the supporters. I have made some mistakes along the way but it has made me who I am today. I look at the past with pride and to the future with optimism."

All over in Hambantota


England win.

In a match reduced to 35 overs, Jos Butler and Joe Root smash 103 between them and it is victory by three wickets.

Sri Lanka still lead the seven-match series 2-1.

Follow our live text for reaction.

Read, listen and watch


You can read, listen and watch all of tonight's football in one capacity or another on BBC Sport.

Listen to live updates as

5 live Sport goes around the grounds from 19:00 GMT with Hull City's Robert Snodgrass in studio.

We have a live text commentary of the night's four Premier League games here on the BBC Sport website from 18:30 GMT and of course, there is Match of the Day.

Match of the Day is on: BBC1 - 22:40 GMT; BBC1 Scotland - 23:40 GMT; BBC1 Wales - 23:10 GMT; BBC1 NI - 23:10 GMT.

Sunderland v Manchester City (19:45 GMT)


James Milner



England need less than 19 runs to beat Sri Lanka but have 18 balls to do it.

Nail-biting stuff. Catch it all on our

live text commentary now.

I'd sack you...


Barry Hearn
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Sports promoter Barry Hearn says

"too much self pity" is holding Scottish football back and believes it is "disgraceful" the country's top flight cannot attract a sponsor.

Hearn, who has worked with boxing, snooker and darts, told a Scottish FA convention that "if you worked for me you'd be sacked" for being without sponsorship since May 2013.

Africa Cup of Nations draw live now


Sipopo Conference Centre
BBC Sport

The draw for next year's Africa Cup of Nations is imminent in Equatorial Guinea.

But fear not, you don't have to go to western Africa to experience it, we have a

live text in hand for you on the BBC Sport website.

The tournament was meant to be hosted by Morocco but due to a breakout of the Ebola virus, will now take place in Equatorial Guinea from 17 January.

Zidane supports Henry France recall


Thierry Henry
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Former France midfielder Zinedine Zidane says former team-mate Thierry Henry should bid farewell to the national team by playing in a friendly against Brazil.

Henry has yet to make a decision about his future after leaving MLS team New York Red Bulls.

French newspaper L'Equipe have started a campaign to get the former Arsenal striker to feature for his country for a final time in next year's friendly.

And Zidane has said: "For everything he has brought to French football, it would be a great moment for him."

Hull v Everton (19:45 GMT)


Nikica Jelavic

Farewell Cala


In possibly the most predictable parting since Robbie Williams left Take That, Juan Cala has left Cardiff City.

The Spaniard, 25, recently criticised the club for making him train with academy players and on leaving he has apologised to Bluebirds' owner Vincent Tan for derogatory comments.

Cala was signed from Sevilla in January but made just one Championship appearance this season.

On the Jules Bianchi report...

James Allen

BBC Radio 5 live F1 commentator

"It's a 396-page report put together by some very reputable people and they have gone through this with a fine tooth comb.

"The point is Bianchi did not slow down sufficiently when the yellow flags were up. Of course he hit a vehicle which was removing another car but there were also some issues on the car. Some of the Failsafe measures on the car did not cut out on impact, making it worse than it could have been."

Marussia driver Bianchi, 25, suffered severe head injuries when he crashed at Suzuka in October but is

no longer in an artificial coma and is breathing unaided.

Frecklington extends Rotherham deal


Rotherham midfielder Lee Frecklington signs a new two-year deal.

The 29-year-old

joined the Millers from Peterborough in January 2013 after a successful loan spell and has since helped them to two promotions.

The former Lincoln City man has made 86 league appearances for the New York Stadium side, scoring 16 goals.

Korea and Mexico extend F1 season

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton

The Formula 1 season will provisionally consist of

21 races next season, two more than in Lewis Hamilton's recent successful campaign.

The two additional events will see a return of the Korean Grand Prix - last staged in 2013 - and a new race in Mexico.

Sunderland v Manchester City (19:45 GMT)


So former world champion boxer Ricky Hatton is heading to the north east - but what chance do his beloved Manchester City have of leaving with three points?

Ricky Hatton
Ricky Hatton

Sunderland took a point off league leaders Chelsea on Saturday and have lost just one of their last six Premier League games against Manchester City. Perhaps equally as worrying for Ricky is the fact his team have failed to win on their last five league visits to the Stadium of Light.

Breaking stories...

Formula 1

So the world of Formula 1 looks like it is bringing us two big stories at the same time.

One focusing on

Jules Bianchi, the other on a restructure of the
race calendar for next season.

We will bring you more detail in Sportsday as soon as we get it.

Team Bath name Manu in 2015 squad


Team Bath have

named New Zealand defender Bessie Manu in their squad for the 2015 Superleague season.

The 28-year-old has been signed from ANZ Championship franchise Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and becomes Bath's first overseas player.

"It will be a tough challenge this year as nearly every franchise, like us, is trying to move on and think outside the box," said head coach Jess Thirlby.



When is it acceptable to boo your team? Leicester manager Nigel Pearson argued with a fan for being critical on Tuesday.

Kit Chang Wong: I heckled both China and South Korea Ladies doubles badminton teams at London 2012. Both teams tried to lose for better draw!

Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

Bianchi 'did not slow sufficiently'

Formula 1

Formula 1 driver Jules Bianchi

did not slow down sufficiently to avoid losing control when he crashed at the Japanese GP, an FIA accident report has found.

Marussia driver Bianchi, 25, suffered severe head injuries when he crashed into a recovery vehicle in wet conditions at Suzuka in October.

Chelsea v Tottenham (19:45 GMT)


Chelsea Didier Drogba

Drogba could start against Tottenham as Chelsea's top scorer Diego Costa is suspended.

Burnley make annual loss


Now whoever said "greed is good?"

Gordon Gekko - Wall street

Ah yes, Gordon Gekko.

On the same day Manchester City - Premier League champions - report a financial loss for the year of £23m, Burnley - newly promoted - tell us they too have

made a loss for the financial year.

The Clarets lose £7.6m in the 12 months, the same as they did a year earlier. Much of the figure is made up of bonuses paid on promotion.

Gekko wouldn't have hacked running a football club.

FIA confirms scrapping of double points

Formula 1

Formula 1's governing body the FIA has announced a

provisional 21-race season in 2015 and has confirmed the scrapping of double points at season finale.

Double points were introduced for the final race of 2014 to keep the championship alive for as long as possible but the move was criticised by drivers, teams and fans.

Cook in trouble...twice


Alastair Cook
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Oh dear, double trouble. Alastair Cook is caught behind as England take on Sri Lanka and we at BBC Sport believe the captain could end up being suspended for his side's next match.

Cook is going to be under scrutiny for a slow over rate when England were bowling and he has already been guilty of that offence this year, meaning one more transgression would earn a one-match ban. It is one the ICC will look at.

Of more immediate concern, his dismissal on 34 leaves England 84-1 in pursuit of 242 from around 23 overs.

Follow it all on our

live text commentary.

Dortmund make it a large one


Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund's fans are thirsty for success, but until their team finds its form, beer will have to do.

Dortmund's players poured pints for supporters at the club's Christmas party on Tuesday to apologise for the poor form that has seen them drop to the bottom of the table at the weekend.

First-team stars like Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Nevan Subotic all did their best

Bet Lynch impression.



Our debate on whether it is right to boo your team has prickled many of you. Keep the posts coming to #bbcsportsday and tell us which game made you heckle.

Jack Cummins: It's like no other form of employment. You should be praised and berated in equal measures for your performance.

Paul Hainsworth: Football is entertainment now, not just sport. If you get paid millions you should run yourself into the ground for 90 minutes.

On Tuesday, Leicester boss Nigel Pearson reacted angrily to a critical fan. Was he right to? Is it fair to boo?

Bingham through, Higgins behind


Anthony McGill leads his 'favourite player' John Higgins 4-3 in the last 16 of the UK Championship in York.

McGill said it was "Christmas come early" to be facing an "absolute icon" after beating Nigel Bond in the previous round.

Stuart Bingham, who reached the last four in 2013, put in a flawless display to trounce Ricky Walden 6-0 and reach the quarter-finals.

Watch all the action on the BBC Sport website or on BBC Two now.

10-game ban for ref bottle attack


A Bulgarian player who tried to

hit a referee with a bottle after being sent off has been banned for 10 games by his country's football association.

Lokomotiv Plovdiv defender Diyan Moldovanov, 29, confronted referee Stanislav Stavrov after the final whistle in their 1-1 league draw with Cherno More Varna on Saturday.

The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) also fined the player £3,200 (8,000 levs).

Lions to hit hard


A lion
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British Olympic champion and much-hyped heavyweight Anthony Joshua fights Kevin Johnson on 31 January and the American has some wild views on the fight.

Johnson, 35, has lost six of his 35 fights but has never been stopped, prompting hope Joshua will finally face an opponent who can stand up to his ferocious power.

"I look forward to doing what I do best and that's beating Olympic guys," says Johnson. "It's a young lion versus an old lion. I'm not walking away from my herd."

Joshua, with 10 knockouts from 10 fights, says: "He doesn't get stopped but he gets beat."

Man City losses reduced


Khaldoon Al Mubarak
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Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak says the club have moved

"beyond a period of heavy investment" needed to make them competitive.

The Premier League champions are a step closer to breaking even, posting losses of £23m for the year to 31 May 2014.

That figure includes a £16m fine City paid to Uefa for breaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations.

"The club is where we hoped it would be when we began this transformation six years ago," Al Mubarak said.

Chelsea v Tottenham (19:45 GMT)


Go on sing that hit..."because nothing compares..."

Sinead O'Connor
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The last time Chelsea lost a league game at home against Tottenham, Sinead O'Connor was number one in the charts with Nothing Compares to You.

That, my Top-of-the-Pops friends, was 1990.


meet tonight at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are undefeated in the league this season. It looks ominous for Spurs.

Water babies


Britain will have a fabulous swimming team in 15 years or so (not that it hasn't now, of course). Rebecca Adlington has announced she is pregnant and now former British Olympic swimmer Karen Pickering has given birth to twin girls. The 42-year-old four-times world champion announced the news on Twitter.

Karen Pickering
BBC Sport

Sri Lanka v England - latest


Sri Lanka finish on 242-8 off 35 overs in their third one-day international against England. Alastair Cook's men need 236 from 35 overs to win.

Half-centuries from Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne, along with some wayward bowling from the back-up bowlers, has put the hosts in a dominant position.

Sri Lanka graphic

It's yellow, bottle or no bottle


Barcelona's appeal against Lionel Messi's yellow card for time wasting after he was

hit on the head by a plastic bottle in Sunday's La Liga game at Valencia is been rejected by the Spanish soccer federation.

Lionel Messi
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La Liga's all-time record scorer was struck near the corner flag during Barca celebrations when they netted an injury time winner at the Mestalla.

The referee's match report said Messi "delayed his return to his half of the pitch after the goal was scored with the intention of wasting time".

BHA excited by Autumn Statement

Horse Racing

Did you get a thrill from the

Autumn Statement? The British Horse racing Authority did.

George Osborne
Mr Osborne's statement followed Prime Minister's Questions

It says the Government has delivered

"extremely positive" news for horse racing in this country.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the Government will proceed with a further consultation process on the replacement of the Horserace Betting Levy with a Racing Right early in 2015.

"We have a landmark opportunity to secure a modern, fair and sustainable funding mechanism," says BHA chairman Steve Harman.

The levy is a tax collected from bookmakers and invested back into horse racing.



Have you ever booed your team? If so, when? Is it fair to do so? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

KeanIN: When the Man United players walked off at MK Dons without acknowledging us fans who made a 10 hour round trip to be there.

On Tuesday, Leicester manager

Nigel Pearson had an argument with a critical fan, but someone of you seem to think letting your frustrations out is completely fair.

Michael Horton: The amount people pay to go to a football match these days, they're entitled to make their feelings known.

Tigers have good attitude


Ahmed Elmohamady

BBC Radio Humberside's

Matt Dean has caught up with Ahmed Elmohamady who stressed Hull City's players have no attitude problem, despite their poor run of recent form.

The Tigers have won once since the opening day of the season and

travel to Everton tonight.

You can listen to the interview in full after 19:00 GMT on

BBC Radio Humberside.

Ricciardo ready to be number One

Formula 1

Daniel Ricciardo
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Daniel Ricciardo is confident he will be able to cope with the weight of expectation now on his shoulders at Red Bull following the departure of Sebastian Vettel.

"The weight of expectation won't affect me," Ricciardo said. "But the reality is now I can win. People know I've - shall we say - got the goods.

"So if I'm coming sixth and seventh when they feel the car should be fourth and fifth then that obviously isn't meeting expectations, but it honestly doesn't add any more pressure to me."

Arsenal v Southampton (19:45 GMT)

Football team news

Nathaniel Clyne (second from left) is congratulated after scoring the decisive goal in September's League Cup clash with Arsenal
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Arsenal's Nacho Monreal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are doubtful with knee problems, while Kieran Gibbs is struggling with a ankle injury.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip) and Mikel Arteta (calf) are both still out.

Southampton will be without Morgan Schneiderlin, who injured his thigh in Sunday's defeat to Manchester City.

The midfielder could be replaced by Jack Cork, who has recovered from illness or Harry Reed could also be called upon.