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Summary

  1. Fifa agrees to release Garcia report
  2. No revote on 2018 and 2022 World Cups
  3. Cook dropped as England ODI captain
  4. Premier League team news
  5. GET INVOLVED: What moment in sport inspired you? #mysportinginspiration

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson and Stephan Shemilt

All times stated are UK

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Sportsday Live

That's it from Sportsday Live for Friday and it will resume on Monday at 08:00 GMT.

You can follow the latest on Alastair Cook being dropped as England one-day captain

on the BBC Sport website.

5 live Sport at 19:00 on BBC Radio 5 live looks ahead to the weekend's football action with Mark Chapman joined by Jason Burt and Jason Roberts.

Have a good weekend.

Cook dropped as England captain

Cricket

Alastair Cook, who was appointed to lead the England one-day side in 2011, has averaged only 27.52 in his last 20 one-dayers.

During the recent

5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka, Cook insisted he would not resign, but a selectors' meeting on Friday took the decision for him.

Morgan began his career with Ireland and has played 107 ODIs for England but he is in a similarly poor run of form, averaging only 25.45 in his last 23 matches.

The tri-series begins on 16 January with the World Cup beginning on 14 February.

Premier League team news

West Ham v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble will miss Saturday's game against Leicester because of an Achilles problem but he could return on Boxing Day.

Manager Sam Allardyce has otherwise reported no fresh injury concerns.

David Nugent could return for Leicester after missing last week's defeat by Manchester City with a calf injury.

Full-back Ritchie de Laet should also be available after illness but Kasper Schmeichel and Matthew Upson remain sidelined.

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BreakingCook dropped as England captain

Cricket

Alastair Cook
Reuters

Alastair Cook has been dropped as captain of the England one-day team ahead of next year's World Cup, according to BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

Cook has had a run of poor form and results, and the ECB selectors will confirm on Saturday that Eoin Morgan will lead the side for a tri-series in Australia after Christmas and then the World Cup in February.

Hazard set to sign new deal

Football

Chelsea's Eden Hazard
EPA

Eden Hazard is set to sign a new contract with Chelsea and could go on to become one of the club's greatest players, says manager Jose Mourinho.

The 23-year-old Belgian will reportedly sign a five-year contract worth around £200,000-a-week.

"He will [sign]," said Mourinho. "My club always told me that the situation would finish with a new contract, so I was never worried about that.

"I don't know players who are considered legends in clubs without winning titles, so he has to do that but the potential, I think, everybody knows."

Premier League team news

Tottenham v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor may be involved following compassionate leave, although he was not considered for selection in midweek.

Kyle Naughton's return to the squad on Wednesday means Spurs have no other injury worries.

Burnley full-back Ben Mee has recovered from illness, but Michael Duff remains sidelined with a calf injury.

Forward Sam Vokes is close to a return from a serious knee injury but he is unlikely to be involved this weekend.

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Premier League team news

Southampton v Everton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Southampton's resources will be stretched on Saturday with Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Florin Gardos all suspended against Everton.

Dusan Tadic and Jake Hesketh have joined a long injury list, while Steven Davis and Graziano Pelle are both doubts for the match.

Everton pair Kevin Mirallas and Leon Osman are almost certainly out with ankle injuries.

Darron Gibson (knee) and James McCarthy (hamstring) will have fitness tests.

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Premier League team news

Hull v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Hull have problems in midfield as Tom Huddlestone begins a four-game suspension and Mohamed Diame is once again ruled out with a knee injury.

Michael Dawson is out with a hamstring tear, while loanee Hatem Ben Arfa is not expected to play for Hull again.

Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is available after suspension.

Defender Federico Fernandez is fit to return, and Tom Carroll is also in the squad having been ineligible against parent club Tottenham last week.

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Richards enthused by Newcastle future

Rugby Union

Director of rugby Dean Richards hopes Newcastle Falcons can emulate hisformer club Harlequins in

building a strong home-grown Premiership squad.

Richards helped Mike Brown, Chris Robshaw and Danny Care all thrive and win England honours while at Quins, and now Falcons' own talents Simon Hammersley, Mark Wilson and Chris Harris are showing similar promise.

"I see similarity in the young players coming through and the quality of those players," Richards told BBC Newcastle. "Trying to look forward, hopefully we will be able to keep those players we want to keep and see what the team will look like in two or three years' time. There are a lot of quality players coming through."

BBC Sport advent calendar

American Football

As the countdown to Christmas continues, Day 19 of the

BBC Sport advent calendar looks back at Odell Beckham Jr's stunning one-handed catch for a touchdown for the New York Giants in the NFL.

Team news

Aston Villa v Man Utd (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Aston Villa are missing eight players, with Alan Hutton and Kieran Richardson suspended and the ineligible Tom Cleverley concurrently serving a ban.

Fit-again Fabian Delph will make his first start for 11 weeks, while Ron Vlaar could also return to the side.

Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria could be involved after a hamstring injury but Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out because of illness.

Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Daley Blind are still injured.

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Team news

QPR v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Queens Park Rangers' top scorer Charlie Austin returns to the squad after serving a one-match suspension.

However, manager Harry Redknapp will be without on-loan right-back Mauricio Isla, who has returned to Chile for personal reasons.

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson and striker Georgios Samaras are the only confirmed absentees for the Baggies.

Chris Brunt is back in training after a hamstring injury, while Victor Anichebe could return after a groin problem.

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Premier League team news

Man City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

Manchester City have no fit recognised strikers, with Sergio Aguero (knee), Edin Dzeko (calf) and Stevan Jovetic (hamstring) all out.

Captain Vincent Kompany is another absentee with a recurrence of a hamstring problem.

Crystal Palace forward Marouane Chamakh is out with a similar injury.

Joe Ledley is still nursing a hip injury but defender Adrian Mariappa is available following a recent knee complaint.

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Bath hand new deals to back-rowers

Rugby Union

Back-rowers Matt Garvey, Leroy Houston and Guy Mercer have signed new contracts with Bath.

Garvey, 27, and Houston, 28, both arrived at The Rec at the start of last season - from London Irish and Colomiers respectively.

Mercer, 25, came through the youth ranks at the Premiership club and graduated through the academy during the 2011-2012 season.

Henderson turns professional

Golf

Brooke Henderson
Getty Images

Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson, golf's top-ranked female amateur, has announced her decision to turn professional.

The 17-year-old has won more than 50 tournaments as an amateur, including three professional titles, and claimed the individual crown this year at the Women's World Amateur Team Championship where she led Canada to the silver medal.

In 2014 she also finished second at the U.S. Women's Amateur and tied for 10th at the U.S. Women's Open.

Dalglish gives evidence at Hillsborough inquests

Football

Kenny Dalglish
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Former Liverpool player Kenny Dalglish has been describing the "mayhem" at Hillsborough during the disaster.

"Nobody knew what was going on,"

he told the inquests. "There were stories coming from every angle."

Dalglish was Liverpool's manager on the day of the April 1989 tragedy when his side met Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final.

Ninety-six fans were fatally injured after crushing on the terraces at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium.

Targett signs new Saints contract

Football

Southampton left-back Matt Targett has signed a new five-year contract at St Mary's.

The 19-year-old has broken into the first-team this season, debuting in the League Cup win against Millwall in August.

"Being a Southampton supporter, it means a lot more to be staying at the club because it's where I want to spend my career,"

said Targett.

No patience in football - Wilson

Football

Danny Wilson
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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has said the achievement of reaching 1,000 games in management

will become rarer in future, on the eve of his landmark match.

The 54-year-old will become the 24th manager to reach four figures in Saturday's League One game against Leyton Orient.

"The word patience is long gone," he told

BBC Radio Sheffield. "It's a results and financial driven industry these days, so I don't think it'll happen too often from now on."

Van Gaal suffers interruption

Football

You can watch as Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal's news conference ahead of their game against Aston Villa on Saturday is interrupted by an announcement on the club's public address system.

McKinstry's amazing adventure

Football

Saturday's Football Focus on BBC One on Saturday at 12:10 GMT features

the extraordinary tale of Johnny McKinstry, who became manager of Sierra Leone at the age of just 27.

He led the team into the top 50 in the Fifa world rankings, losing only one of his first six matches but two months ago, the 29-year old Northern Irishman was sacked by email, as the Ebola outbreak gathered momentum.

BHA delay new drugs policy

Horse Racing

The British Horseracing Authority has postponed introducing a new 'zero tolerance' drugs policy a fortnight before it was due to begin.

Announced in June 2014, the new rules mean horses cannot be injected with steroids at any time.

Lengthier bans were also introduced for horses breaking the rules, from six to 14 months.

The BHA says it hopes to implement the new rules in March 2015, following "further consultation with stakeholders".

Lawro's predictions

Football

Ahead of the weekend's Premier League fixtures, BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson

is pitting his wits against singer and Manchester United fan Olly Murs, who has just released his new album 'Never Been Better'.

Adebayor could return for Spurs

Football

Emmanuel Adebayor
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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has striker Emmanuel Adebayor available for Saturday's game against Burnley after

returning from compassionate leave, although the Togo striker is not yet fully fit, so is unlikely to start.

"He's available," Pochettino said. "After, we will see if I pick him or not. I'm happy with Ade and how he's been training. Maybe he's not 100 per cent yet, but he's not far away.

"He's getting better. He needs training, he needs to improve, especially his physical condition, but he's getting better."

Adebayor has not played for Spurs since

criticising the White Hart Lane supporters following last month's loss to Stoke.

Sanogo set for loan move

Football

Yaya Sanogo
EPA

Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo is set to leave the club on loan during the January transfer window.

The 21-year-old France youth international joined as a free agent in 2013 after his contract expired at Auxerre but he has scored only one goal in 19 appearances, eight of them starts.

The 6ft 4in forward is likely to be sent to another Premier League club rather than moving overseas to get more game time and build confidence.

Get involved - #mysportinginspiration

Henry Flynn: mine is the South African Siphiwe Tshabalala for that stunning goal he scored to kick start Africa's first World Cup.

Will Barker: Harmison.. Edgbaston..2005 the final wicket to fall!

Tom Bale: Isiah Thomas' 25 points in the 3rd quarter of game 6 in the 1988 NBA Finals all whilst he was unable to walk.

Story writes off Carlisle loan

Football

Former owner Fred Story has given Carlisle United an early Christmas present by

writing off a £1.1m loan he made to the club.

The loan dated back to his spell as owner from 2004 to 2008, a period which saw them regain their Football League status and win promotion to League One.

They were relegated back to League Two last season and he said: "I hope that it provides the lift needed in all areas to allow the club to push on and get back to where we all want it to be."

Cheltenham hand new deal to teen Kotwica

Football

Zack Kotwica has

signed a new deal at Cheltenham to keep him at the League Two club until the end of next season. The 18-year-old has made 29 appearances for the Robins and scored his first goal for his hometown club to earn them a point against Mansfield last Saturday.

McCoist not drawn on reasons for resigning

Football

Though he has said he will see out his 12-month notice period, Rangers manager Ally McCoist refused give his reasons for stepping down.

"I would keep that private," he said. "I wouldn't comment at all about why I have made that decision but now that I have, I can assure the Rangers supporters - who are the most important people - that I am 100 per cent focused on continuing the job.

"The most important thing is to say that it is business as usual. That is exactly how it has been.

"Have I been considering this for long? Not really. It was a very difficult decision but once I had made it, there was no turning back."

Cup replay decision 'disgusts' Cook

Football

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook has described the

Football Association's decision to order a replay of the FA Cup tie between his side and MK Dons as "disgusting for everyone involved".

The Spireites fielded an ineligible player

in their 1-0 win at Stadium MK and must now replay the second round game on Friday, 2 January.

"If we broke the rules, then we should be chucked out, and if we didn't, then we should be through to face Scunthorpe. Nobody deserves to face a replay," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

No 2022 World Cup re-vote

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been expanding on the decision not to re-run the vote that awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

"It would really need an earthquake, extremely important new elements to go back on this World Cup in Qatar," said Blatter.

"At the current time, there is no reason to go back on our decisions. The two World Cups are in the calendar, the only thing missing is the precise dates for 2022, but these two World Cups will take place."

Hilfenhaus and Philander to play for Notts

Cricket

Nottinghamshire have announced Australia and South Africa internationals Ben Hilfenhaus and Vernon Philander as their

overseas players for 2015.

All-rounder Philander will be available for six Championship and three T20 matches, while Hilfenhaus will arrive on 5 June to replace the South African.

McCoist to see out Rangers notice period

Football

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has revealed he plans to see out the full

12 months of his notice period.

The Ibrox club announced on Monday that McCoist had decided to quit after three-and-a-half years in charge.

The manager refused to reveal the reasons behind his decision to resign from the Championship outfit.

But when asked if he planned to see out the full 12-month notice period set down in his one-year rolling contract, he said: "Yes. Absolutely."

Wasps' Coventry move key to Europe - Young

Rugby Union

Wasps boss Dai Young says their

move to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry gives them the ideal chance to secure a regular place in the European Champions Cup.

A record crowd of 27,000 is expected for their opening game at their new home against London Irish on Sunday.

"It's going to be a great motivational factor for us," director of rugby Young, 47, told

BBC Midlands Today.

"We've fought hard to get back into Europe this year. We want to maintain it and be there season-on-season."

Manchester United news conference

Louis van Gaal on Radamel Falcao's future: "He hasn't played so much.

"You cannot see too much of a player if he doesn't train so much. He has been injured a lot of time. First you have to be fit.

"Now he shows fitness in the training sessions so maybe I shall select him (for Saturday's game at Aston Villa), maybe for the bench or the line-up. Let's wait and see."

South Africa v West Indies

Cricket

It's tea on day three of the first Test between South Africa and West Indies at Centurion Park and the hosts are taking control.

West Indies are 184-6 at the interval in reply to South Africa's 552-5 declared.

Pace bowler Vernon Philander has figures of 4-26 and picked up the wicket of Jermaine Blackwood with the last ball before tea.

Fifa to release Garcia report

Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

Fifa president Sepp Blatter: "It's not the first time we have been in a critical situation. We will fight. But we need your help, you are making public opinion."

Abidal retires

Football

Eric Abidal
AFP

Former France international defender Eric Abidal has announced his retirement.

The 35-year-old former Barcelona star, who returned to playing football after undergoing a liver transplant in 2012 and joined Olympiakos six months ago, told an emotional press conference: "I am open to proposals."

Holding back the tears, he added: "I do not regret my decision. I just want to rest now, enjoy my family and then to think about my future."

His final match could be Saturday's Greek Super League match with Kalloni on the island of Mytilene.

Chelsea media conference - Mourinho on the festive period

Football

Jose Mourinho on the Christmas programme: "It is four matches in a short space of time but everyone is in the same situation. Some have easier fixtures but that is the draw and you can do nothing.

We have three away games against Stoke, Southampton and Spurs and a London derby but we are ready.

There is still a long time to go - not even 50% of league is played. People with less than 10 points difference are in the title race."

Van Gaal angered by Valdes question

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal became irritated in his news conference when asked about former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who has been training with the club.

"It's only talk from you," said Van Gaal. "Not from us, not from Valdes, only the media. I'm not here to inform the media. You have to wait and listen and see.

"If Liverpool are interested, he goes to Liverpool. The media are suggesting and that's a big mistake. That's why I'm always angry because you are inventing stories. There are no stories.

"He is training here. I give him the possibility to do that. We shall see."

Chelsea media conference - injury news

Football

Jose Mourinho adds that French defender Kurt Zouma is fine and available for the Stoke game on Monday after being involved in a heavy collision with keeper Petr Cech in the Capital One Cup game against Derby on Tuesday.

He also expects Didier Drogba recover in time and Thibaut Courtois is also in contention.