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Summary

  1. 1127: Arsenal sign Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw
  2. 1307: Match-fixing allegations pushed me close to retirement - DJ Campbell
  3. 1353: England Lions draw in South Africa
  4. 1629: Cipriani savours England return
  5. 1720: Summerhayes wins historic British skiing silver

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By Steve Canavan and Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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And finally...

And with that, I'll bring Sportsday to a close. Just one bizarre story before I go, though, and it relates to tonight's cup tie at White Hart Lane.

The Daily Mail stumbled across an almighty error

in today's Irish Independent, which managed to name a predicted Sheffield United line-up for tonight that included Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, QPR centre-back Rio Ferdinand and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.

As a sometime sub-editor myself, I know exactly how easy - and embarrassing - that sort of error can be. Sympathies to the Irish Independent's production desk.

Enjoy the football tonight, whether you're following

Tottenham v Sheffield United or
Gabon v Congo. We'll be back with Sportsday at 08:00 GMT tomorow. See you then.

Adebayor captains Tottenham

Tottenham v Sheff Utd (19:45 GMT)

Emmanuel Adebayor
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Premier League Tottenham and League One Sheffield United go head-to-head in tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, and we've some breaking team news for you.

Emmanuel Adebayor - who appeared as a substitute as Spurs beat Sunderland 2-1 in the league on Saturday - starts his first game for his club since 2 November and captains the side. Michel Vorm is in goal.

There's a dedicated live text commentary under way on that game on the BBC Sport website - Gary Rose is your host.

Get involved - favourite forward lines

Well, I turn my back for 10 minutes to look at the rugby union news, and you've all piled in with your favourite forward lines. Thanks for sending these in throughout the day.

Gareth Thomas: How about Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray as a front two - what an aerial presence they were at Everton!

Davey R: The 1987-88 Liverpool line of Barnes, Beardsley, Aldridge, Houghton: best attacking line-up I've ever watched.

Joe Hennon: Sutton, Hartson, Larsson and Moravcic for Celtic. We won't see their equals again anytime soon.

Gatland v Farrell - round two

Rugby Union

Andy Farrell
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England coach Andy Farrell - who worked with Gatland on the last British and Irish Lions tour - has responded to those comments today with a touch of bemusement.

Farrell told BBC Sport: "I'm quite surprised actually. He's thrown all his grenades two-and-a-half weeks out. I don't know what he's going to talk about for the next two weeks.

"He's just trying to direct stuff off his own team and that's what he always does, and by you asking the question now, he thinks he's won, he's laughing at us all!"

Gatland v Farrell - round one

Rugby Union

Waren Gatland
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There is still more than two weeks to go before Wales and England get the Six Nations started, but already the verbal punching has begun.

Wales coach Warren Gatland hit a few jabs at a press conference on Tuesday, suggesting that England are unsure about their best midfield combination or how they want to play the game, and may not be brave enough to agree to the Millennium Stadium roof being closed because of the heated atmosphere it created when Stuart Lancaster's side fell to a 30-3 defeat in Cardiff two years ago.

Here's what Gatland said: "I'm interested to see whether they want to keep the roof open or closed because the atmosphere was pretty electric that night. So they may decide to leave the roof open to try to dampen down the atmosphere the crowd can bring.

"I hope they want to close it and are prepared to accept that challenge, but we'll wait and see. Probably teams will come and kick the leather off [the ball] against us because it's one way to play against us. So we expect England to kick everything."

Edgar joins Huddersfield on loan

Football

David Edgar
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Birmingham City defender David Edgar has joined Championship rivals Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old has made 19 appearances for Blues this season, but only three of those have come since Gary Rowett took over as manager in October.

Gervinho gets two-match ban

Football

Ivory Coast forward Gervinho

has been given a two-match ban following his sending off during Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Guinea.

Gervinho said sorry after striking Naby Keita and will now miss his country's final Group D fixtures.

Get involved - favourite forward lines

We've been asking for your favourite forward lines today. This does not have to be just a pairing - you can throw in the wide men and playmakers too. Get in touch at #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Paul G Oliver: Cole and Beardsley in Newcastle's first season in Premier League under Keegan. Happy days!

Chris Smith: Best attack has to be Jamie Cureton and Martin Butler at Reading during the 2000-2001 season.

Josh Brannan: Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo for Real Madrid - they score amazing goals!

Vince innings 'just the start'

Cricket

James Vince's crucial century for the England Lions could be the first step in the Hampshire batsman fulfilling his potential at international level,

says his county captain Jimmy Adams.

The 23-year-old made 152 not out, his first century for England's second-string side, to secure a draw against South Africa A in Bloemfontein.

"That knock will do him wonders," Vince told BBC Radio Solent. "It will be a huge fillip for him and a platform to go on to bigger things."

Swansea plan to buy stadium - report

Football gossip

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Swansea City are preparing an attempt to buy the Liberty Stadium from the local council,

according to Wales Online.

The site reports that the club, who moved into the stadium in 2005, are in a strong financial position to consider the purchase thanks to their Premier League status.

Red-card chaos avoidable - Abbott

Football

Notts County assistant boss Greg Abbott thinks Kwame Thomas may not have been sent off against Doncaster

if referee Richard Clark had realised the striker had already been cautioned.

Thomas was booked for leaving the pitch too slowly during

Tuesday's 0-0 draw. But Clark only realised it was a second yellow when Thomas was in the dugout, having been replaced by Billy Daniels.

"In hindsight the ref - maybe - would have thought twice if he had known," Abbott told BBC Radio Nottingham. "In defence of the referee, if he had realised it was his second one he would have run over and ushered him off without the card. I have never seen a sending-off like that.

Striker apology for red card

Football

Ivory Coast's Gervinho has apologised for being sent off in his team's opening game at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Gervinho

wrote on Twitter that he wanted to say sorry to his country, his teammates, fans and tournament organisers for his "angry gesture".

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The Roma forward was shown a straight red after hitting a Guinea player in an off-the-ball scuffle early in the second half of the 1-1 draw.

Gervinho says the reaction was "not like me" and conceded it has "no place on the football field".

Get involved - Favourite forward lines

We've been asking for your favourite forward lines today. This does not have to be just a pairing - you can throw in the wide men and playmakers too. Get in touch at #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Mamadi Sirleaf: Hazard, Sow and Gervinho was a trio for Lille who destroyed defences and scored incredible goals in French League 1 during 2010/2011.

Mo: Man Utd in 1999 had Yorke, Cole, Beckham, Giggs. Could two strikers ask for any better service along with their telepathic chemistry?

Ian: Frank Worthington and Alan Gowling.

One for all you Bolton fans of a certain vintage, that last one.

Saxons call-up 'rewards' Pennell

Rugby Union

Chris Pennell
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Worcester Warriors head coach Carl Hogg believes full-back

Chris Pennell's inclusion in the England Saxons squad to face Ireland Wolfhounds is fitting reward for his performances this season.

Pennell won his first England cap in New Zealand last summer and was assured that playing in the Championship following Worcester's relegation would not affect his international future.

"It's a good opportunity for him to put his hand up again in Saxons colours," said Hogg.

Get involved - mid-season football friendlies

Greg Nouveau: If you have a large enough squad, then mid-season friendlies can only be a good thing?

Shut-out at the Cup of Nations

Football

Javier Balboa
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All over in the day's first Africa Cup of Nations Group A game in Bata. And guess what? It's yet another draw. Hosts Equatorial Guinea were held 0-0 by Burkina Faso, in what was the sixth stalemate in nine matches so far at the tournament. The day's second game, between Gabon and Congo, gets under way in Bata at 19:00 GMT.

Kramaric excited by Leicester move

Football

Andrej Kramaric
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Leicester City's £9m signing Andrej Kramaric has been telling BBC East Midlands Today

why he opted to join the Foxes instead of Premiership leaders Chelsea when he left Croatian side HNK Rijeka.

He describes Jose Mourinho's side as "the biggest team in the Premier League", but believes his first-team opportunities would have been limited at Stamford Bridge.

"I think I will play much more here and I hope we will stay in the Premier League," the Croatia international striker explains.

Get involved

#bbcsportsday

Matt Harper: So clubs/players moan about not having a winter break, Man City have a few days off and go play a game in Abu Dhabi. Strange.

OK, what do you think about this? Are clubs wrong to play mid-season friendlies abroad? Or is a bit of warm-weather training - perhaps with a practice match attached - the right way to keep players ticking over during January?

O'Brien extends Leicestershire deal

Cricket

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Leicestershire wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien has signed a new contract which keeps him at Grace Road

until the end of the 2016 season.

The 33-year-old Ireland international joined from Northants for the 2013 season, and has been a consistent performer despite a

turbulent time for the club on and off the pitch - with the team not having won a Championship game in two seasons.

O'Brien said: "It's a new dawn and I am very pleased to be a part of it."

Appeal from Rangers director

Football

Rangers director Sandy Easdale

says police are investigating threats made against him amid the acrimonious battle for control of the club.

Officers are believed to be monitoring his home after internet posts allegedly urged fans to attack his house in a bid to remove him from the club.

Sandy Easdale
SNS

Easdale, 47, said he had also received threats by email and letter. Last week, several hundred fans protested outside Ibrox stadium against the current Rangers board.

In a statement released to the BBC, Easdale said: "I have received several threats that are now in the hands of the authorities and I am confident that Police Scotland will get to the bottom of this."

Stalemate in Bata

Football

Bakary Kone
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No goals yet in today's first Africa Cup of Nations match between hosts Equatorial Guinea and 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso in Bata. Five of the first eight games at this year's tournament have ended 1-1. Are we on course for another draw here? James Gheerbrant and Andy Cryer

have dedicated live text commentary for you on the BBC Sport website.

Man City beat Hamburg

Football

Manchester City have won their mid-season friendly against Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg 2-0 in Abu Dhabi, and it looked fairly comfortable from what I saw of the second half. Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko scored after the interval for Manuel Pellegrini's side, who return to domestic action when they host Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

Summerhayes takes historic silver

Winter Sports

Katie Summerhayes
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Sheffield's Katie Summerhayes has created a piece of history at the Freestyle World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria.

The 19-year-old is the first British female skier to win a medal in the event's history after earning a silver in the ski slopestyle final behind Germany's Lisa Zimmerman took gold.

Summerhayes' response on Twitter consisted of three letters and six exclamation marks: "OMG!!!!!!" You can take it that she's very pleased.

Players abandon Women's World Cup legal action

Football

Leading women footballers

have abandoned their legal action over the use of artificial pitches at this year's Women's World Cup in Canada.

A case claiming sexism against the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and world governing body Fifa has been withdrawn at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

"The legal action has ended," says United States striker Abby Wambach, who has called for fairer treatment of women's sport.

Irish's Paice given three-week ban

Rugby Union

David Paice
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London Irish hooker David Paice

has been suspended for three weeks after being sent off for a headbutt in the 43-41 win over Grenoble on Saturday.

Paice was alleged to have struck Grenoble full-back Julien Caminati with his head, an incident which saw him sent off by referee Dudley Phillips.

The 31-year-old will be free to return to action on 9 February.

Paice, who has the right to appeal, pleaded not guilty at a disciplinary hearing in Dublin.

Man City lead Hamburg

Football

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Manchester City are leading 2-0 against Hamburg in their mid-season friendly in Abu Dhabi. Edin Dzeko has just scored a stylish second goal to add to Stevan Jovetic's opener. There are around 10 minutes left there.

South Africa demolish West Indies

Cricket

South Africa have beaten West Indies by nine wickets in the third one-day international in East London. Imran Tahir took 4-24 as the tourists were skittled out for 122, before Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis knocked off most of South Africa's successful reply in under 25 overs. Victory gives South Africa a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Steinsson takes new Fleetwood role

Football

Fleetwood Town have appointed

former Bolton and Iceland full-back Gretar Steinsson as technical director.

Fleetwood
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The 33-year-old has been working in the Netherlands at AZ Alkmaar since ending his playing career in September 2013 because of a knee injury.

"Gretar will bring a great level of professionalism and shares the same ambitions and aspirations,"

said chairman Andy Pilley.

Ince fee agreed

Football

Hull City have announced a compensation package has been agreed with Blackpool for the signing of Tom Ince, without the need for a tribunal.

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Steve Bruce's Premier League side will pay up to £2.3m for the 22-year-old, who signed for the club on a two-year deal in the summer.

Fisher reels in the birdies in Doha

Golf

Oliver Fisher in first-round action at the Qatar Masters
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England's Oliver Fisher, the 26-year-old world number 206 from Essex, recorded a first-round 65 to lead the Qatar Masters by a shot.

Fisher carded eight birdies, including three in a row from the 16th, and one bogey in his seven-under-par round in Doha to lead from Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello, with 11 players a shot further back, including former Open champions Paul Lawrie and Ernie Els.

League Cup semi-final 1st-leg preview

Tottenham v Sheffield United (19:45 GMT)

There are 15 players to have represented both teams over the years.

If you want to try and name them, stop reading now.

If you can't be bothered joining in what admittedly isn't a very fun quiz, carry on... Joe Walton, John Blair, Jack Chisholm, George Hutchinson, Jim Iley, Martin Peters, Andy Keeley, Simon Webster, Hans Segers, David Tuttle, Roger Nilsen, Michael Brown, Mark Yeates, Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton.

Get involved

#bbcsportsday

We're asking for your favourite forward lines. This does not need to be merely a pairing, we want the widemen and playmakers too. Keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Jonathan: Pugh, Ritchie, Pitman and Wilson. Highest scoring team in all four leagues - deadly this season.

Deepak Mistry: Best attack - Benzema, Ronaldo, Bale.

Saints sign Leicester's Gibson

Rugby Union

Northampton Saints have

signed flanker Jamie Gibson from East Midlands rivals Leicester Tigers for next season.

The 24-year-old was named in England's squad in the summer of 2012, but is yet to make his international debut.

"Jamie's shown at London Irish, Leicester and in England representative teams that he has a big future," said Saints boss Jim Mallinder.

Cipriani savours England return

Rugby Union

Danny Cipriani on his recall to the England training squad: " I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to join up with the squad next week and look forward to training with them and developing my game.

Danny Cipriani
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"It's a great chance for me to prove myself and hopefully get a chance to represent my country again. I would like to thank everyone at Sale Sharks for helping me make this happen."

City friendly all square

Manchester City FC: HALF-TIME: It's 0-0 in Abu Dhabi between City and Hamburg. Few chances but a flurry of activity towards the end of the half.

The City starting 11, incidentally, is: Caballero, Sagna, Boyata, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernando, Lampard, Milner, Barker, Jovetic, Dzeko.

'We can catch Mercedes'

Formula 1

Williams are hoping the

momentum gained from last season will help them push Mercedes to the wire this year.

After unveiling their new car earlier today, chief technical officer Pat Symonds said: "I hope as a team we are more capable of maintaining the forward momentum to catch Mercedes than the teams behind us are of catching us.

"It's about the team and every individual that works here moving forward and improving."

Following the worst campaign in the team's history in 2013, when they scored just five points, Williams conjured an impressive turnaround in 2014, finishing with a vastly-improved 320 points, including nine podium finishes.

Fresh funds for Madrid

Football

A Chinese conglomerate has bought a 20 per cent stake in Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.

The Dalian Wanda Group purchased the stake for £34.4m.

A statement from the club read: "Wanda Group's capital contribution in the club will allow Atletico to significantly shore up its balance sheet, as well as accelerate the growth of its brand globally."

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Atletico, coached by Argentinian Diego Simeone since 2011, won their first La Liga title in 18 years last season and also got to the Champions League final before losing to Real Madrid.

'Eliminate the errors'

Football

Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady says the team must eradicate the mistakes that have been costing them dearly in the Premier League in recent weeks.

"At Premier League level, you can't afford to be making mistakes but unfortunately they sometimes happen in football," Elmohamady told the

Hull website.

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"Every goal can be traced back to a mistake and what we have to do is learn from the mistakes that we've made, improve and keep going."

Hull are third bottom of the Premier League and have won only two of their last 16 games.

Footie under way in Africa

Football

The African Cup of Nations bandwagon rolls on. Equatorial Guinea v Burkina Faso has just kicked off. It's 0-0 with seven minutes gone - you can follow

live BBC text commentary here.

There's also a game at 19:00 GMT, Gabon v Congo.

Nice day for a cycle

Alistair Brownlee
Twitter

"Who would have thought ski goggles are the ultimate cycling accessory? Nice to ride in a blizzard once in a while,"

tweets current Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion Alistair Brownlee.