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  1. Guus Hiddink to become Chelsea interim manager
  2. Hiddink currently in London discussing role
  3. Live: Jurgen Klopp news conference
  4. VOTE: Who should be next permanent Chelsea manager?

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By Stephan Shemilt and Shamoon Hafez

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Sports Personality of the Year

Winners Weekend
BBC Sport

And that is it for another edition of Sportsday. We'll leave you with this...

BBC Sport looks forward to Winners' Weekend on BBC One this Sunday, including the Strictly Come Dancing final, Sports Personality of the Year 2015 and The Apprentice final.

Three winners. Two nights. One Winners' Weekend.

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Watch the Strictly Come Dancing Grand Final from 18:35 GMT on Saturday and then on Sunday, Sports Personality of the Year from 18:50 followed by The Apprentice final at 21:00.

Quiz: Spot the Bauble


Sergio Aguero

Forget balls - at this time of year it's all about the baubles. But can you pick them out successfully?  

Play our festive Spot the Bauble quiz

Sterling not worried by fee


Raheem Sterling says he does not think about the huge fee Manchester City paid to sign him from Liverpool.

Raheem Sterling

The England winger cost City £49m when he moved from Anfield in the summer.

Ahead of City's game at Arsenal on Monday, Sterling also believes his team are favourites to win the Premier League title.

Watch the video here

I didn't want to sack Mourinho - Abramovich


Roman Abramovich addressed the Chelsea players at training today to tell them that he didn't want to sack Mourinho, according to the Daily Mail. 

Apparently he addressed the players in Russian, with his comments translated to the team. 

According to the article, Jose Mourinho was also back at the training ground, and also spoke to the players. He "reminded them of what it took to be winners last season, when they landed the Premier League and the Capital One Cup."  

Roman Abramovich
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McFadden back at Motherwell...again


Former Scotland forward James McFadden has signed for his first club Motherwell for a third time.

McFadden, who has been training at Fir Park for most of the season after his release by St Johnstone, has been given a contract until the end of January.

James McFadden

The 32-year-old told Well's website: "The club has always had a special place in my heart and I've always had a close bond with the supporters.

"I've been training hard, feel fit and I really believe I can help out."

Ex-Costa Rica chief extradited amid Fifa scandal


More Fifa related news...

Eduardo Li - former president of the Costa Rican Football Federation - has been extradited to the US, the Swiss justice ministry says.

He was handed over to the US police in Zurich and then flown to New York.

Eduardo Li
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Mr Li is one of seven officials with Fifa, world football's governing body, who were arrested in Zurich in May, amid a huge corruption investigation.

Separately, Switzerland will extradite former Fifa Vice-President Eugenio Figueredo to his native Uruguay.

Hayatou calls for a reformed Fifa


Football deserves "nothing less" than a rebuilt and fully accountable Fifa, says acting president Issa Hayatou.

World football's governing body has been engulfed by claims of widespread corruption since summer 2015.

Issa Hayatou
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As a result of criminal and internal investigations new reform measures were approved by Fifa in December.

"There may be more challenges, and it will take time for the reforms to take effect. Our resolve to rebuild Fifa for the better remains steadfast," he said.

Read the full piece here

Bowler Steyn fit to face England


South Africa paceman Dale Steyn's chances of being fit for the Test series with England look positive after he passed a thorough fitness test.

Dale Steyn
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The 32-year-old, the number one ranked Test bowler, has been out of action with a groin strain since the first Test against India in early November.

But in Cape Town this week he was able to bowl at high intensity in the nets, run sprints and do fielding drills.

The first of the four-match Test series begins in Durban on 26 December.

Kist causes shock at PDC


Here are the afternoon results from the PDC World Championship. A shock result sees Dutchman Christian Kist beat England's Justin Pipe.

Qiang Sun (Chn) 0-2 Mick McGowan (Ire)*

John Henderson (Sco) 1-3 Darren Webster (Eng)

Justin Pipe (Eng) 0-3 Christian Kist (Ned)

Mark Webster (Wal) 3-0 Mick McGowan (Ire)

Head here for the full schedule

Hockaday is back


Kidderminster Harriers have named former Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday as their new head coach.

David Hockaday
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The 57-year-old takes over from Gary Whild who left the National League club last month.

Hockaday will be in the dugout  for Saturday's game at Macclesfield, with Harriers bottom of the table, without a win, and five points from safety.

"Dave has an enviable reputation as a coach within the game," said Kidderminster chairman Rod Brown.

Para-triathlete rules out Rio complacency

Disability Sport

World Para-triathlon champion Lauren Steadman has ruled out any complacency after 14 months unbeaten.

Lauren Steadman
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The 23-year-old is also British and European champion going into Rio 2016, when Para-triathlon will make its Paralympics debut.

"I didn't ever believe I'd have such an achievement, but everyone trains as equally as hard so I can't sit back and relax," she told BBC Look East.

"I just get it in my head that the rest of the world is chasing me."

Watch the video here

Scots to face Australia

Rugby Union

Scotland have the chance to avenge their last-minute Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat when Australia visit in the autumn Tests in November.


Vern Cotter's men will face the Wallabies for the first time since the 35-34 loss at Twickenham in the first of the traditional three-Test series.

Both that opener on Saturday 12 November and the Test against World Cup semi-finalists Argentina the following Saturday will be at Murrayfield.

Scotland play Georgia one week later.

Varney signs new Ipswich deal


Luke Varney has signed a deal with Ipswich Town until the end of the season, while fellow forward David McGoldrick faces lengthy spell out.

Luke Varney

Varney, 33, has been undergoing rehabilitation with Ipswich since injuring his Achilles in last season's play-off semi-final against Norwich while on loan from Blackburn.

He played 12 games for Ipswich before being released by Rovers in the summer.

Meanwhile, McGoldrick is out for the "long-term" with a hamstring tear.

Goulding returns to Wigan

Rugby League

Wigan Warriors have appointed former centre Darrell Goulding as their youth development coach after his retirement in June.

Goulding, 27, was at Hull KR when he was forced to quit the game on medical advice after suffering a series of concussion injuries.

Darrell Goulding

He came through the academy at the Warriors and won a Super League and Challenge Cup double in 2013.

"This club will always feel like home and I'm glad to be back," he said.

Sri Lanka investigate match fixing


Sri Lankan authorities are investigating an attempt to fix an international cricket match involving the national team and the West Indies.

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said a suspected bookmaker had approached two Sri Lankan players ahead of the match to try to convince them to under-perform and lose the match.

Both players turned down the approach and the authorities were informed, Mr Jayasekara said.

Sri Lanka went on to win the game.

Plough Lane 'a dream' for Dons boss


AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley says it would be "a dream" to lead the club into their new stadium at Plough Lane.

The Dons have planning permission to build a new ground on the site of Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, and hope to complete construction in 2018.

Ardley wants his team to display the spirit shown by fans in re-establishing the club. "They don't expect you to play free-flowing football like Real Madrid, though it's a bonus if you do," he said.

Swansea 'won't rush' naming new boss


Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins says they "will not rush" appointing a new manager, following Garry Monk's departure earlier this month.

Former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa has recently been the leading candidate to take over.

Marcelo Bielsa
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Jenkins travelled to South America, where it is understood he spoke to the 60-year-old about taking charge.

"We have been working tirelessly and diligently to fill the managerial void," said Jenkins via Twitter. 

Why you shouldn't celebrate too early...

American Football

Tampa Bay Buccanneers

What's he doing??

Tampa Bay wide receiver Donteea Dye prematurely celebrates a superb catch against the St Louis Rams - only to realise the ball is still in play.

Watch the video here

England keeper joins Liverpool


Siobhan Chamberlain

Liverpool Ladies have signed England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain for the 2016 Women's Super League season.

She left Arsenal at the end of last term, during which she had a spell on loan at Notts County.

The 32-year-old was a member of the England squad that finished third at the World Cup in Canada.


BBC Radio 5 Live

More from LMA chief executive Richard Bevan: "There are lots of conversations going on but all we know is that Jose Mourinho will no longer be on the Chelsea bench. It is a volatile environment and hard to build a career. It is like going to a permanent tribunal and there is not much sympathy.

"The owners need to look at the expectations of the fans and give managers time. Time is not a commodity afforded to football managers."

Football in the FT?!


BBC Radio 5 Live

LMA chief executive Richard Bevan: "Sir Alex Ferguson got it right saying a manager's role has gone from demanding to convincing. 

"In my eight years at the LMA, I have never seen a sacking on the front page of the Financial Times, everyone wants to know what went on and what has gone on behind the scenes."

Guardiola wins vote

Who should be next permanent Chelsea manager?

Many thanks to everyone who took part in our vote. 

Pep Guardiola won with 21% of the vote.

Diego Simeone was second with 17%. 

Brendan Rodgers was third with 12%. 

You can see the full results above. 

Pep Guardiola
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Veteran Batty signs new Surrey deal


Surrey captain Gareth Batty has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the end of 2017.

The 38-year-old spinner skippered the side to the Division Two title in 2015.

Gareth Batty
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"We've got a very special set of players at the moment and it's a great honour to be able to lead them onto the field," he told the club website.

"Promotion last season was just the start of what we can achieve. I look forward to playing my part in our continued development."

Taylor signs for Sussex


BREAKING NEWS: We are delighted to announce the signing of NZ's @RossLTaylor for the first half of the 2016 campaign

BREAKING NEWS: We are delighted to announce the signing of NZ's @RossLTaylor for the first half of the 2016 campaign

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We Heart Smiles: Chelsea should hire Zidane. Would be a great hire and make Hazard the best player in the world.

Shane Daly: Here's a question, if Jose does get the United job, does he want or can he persuade Ronaldo to come back to Old Trafford?

Pep for Chelsea?


Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says he has made a decision over his future, while Thomas Muller is one of four players to sign new deals.

Guardiola's contract expires in June and he has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola and Thomas Muller
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The Spaniard has told Bayern what he will do and is set to make it public following Saturday's game at Hannover.

Meanwhile, Muller, Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez and Xabi Alonso have all extended their Bayern deals.

Read the full piece here

Carneiro to continue legal case


Katie Gornall

BBC Sport

Chelsea filed their defence before yesterday's midnight deadline ahead of an initial hearing in South London on 6th January. A date for the full tribunal will  be set, and Mourinho and Chelsea hierarchy will be compelled to give evidence in person.

Carniero's claim includes a request for reinstatement, raising the possibility of a return to Stamford Bridge for her. However the club will not be forced to take her back.

Carniero left the club in September when she was demoted after Mourinho criticised her and physio Jon Fearn for going onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard on the opening day of the season.

Carneiro to continue legal case


Katie Gornall

BBC Sport

The former Chelsea doctor Eva Carniero is to continue with legal action against Chelsea and the club's former manager Jose Mourinho.

Carneiro is suing Chelsea for constructive dismissal, breach of contract, and there is a separate but connected legal claim against Mourinho for alleged discrimination.

Eva Carneiro

Yet more breaking news concerning Chelsea and Jose Mourinho is coming right up...

Ascot security increased

Horse Racing

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC Sport horse racing correspondent

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Security measures at Ascot racecourse have been significantly stepped with Saturday’s expected 16,000-strong crowd facing body searches as well as bag checks.

Nick Smith, spokesman for the Royal racecourse, says the changes are “sensible measures” in the light of world events and not a reaction to a specific threat.

“We have actively upped the security and made it more visible.

“Metal detector wands are being employed for the first time plus more search dogs and we’ve doubled the staff doing it which should ensure as little hold-up for customers as possible.”

Liverpool news conference

Watford v Liverpool (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

More of the, let's call it 'exchange', between West Brom boss Tony Pulis and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The German added: "It is no problem for me to say sorry. I have big respect for his work. I wanted to go to the players to be together with them."  

"Sometimes football is like this. Some people have to make decisions. It's not too good that a thing like this ends like this.

"I forgot to shake hands. That's all."  

Police search for ex-Ivory Coast player


German police have confirmed that the family of Steve Gohouri has filed a missing person's report for the former Ivory Coast international.

The 34-year-old attended his German club's Christmas party on Friday before heading to see his family in Paris.

Steve Gohouri
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Six days on, the TSV Steinbach defender has yet to arrive.

"We are taking the case seriously and are aware of the family's concerns," Dusseldorf police spokeperson Susanna Heusgen told BBC Sport.

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On South Eastern: Would Man Utd be happy with Jose as manager? Could it be done in January? 

Who will succeed Mourinho?

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Liverpool news conference

Watford v Liverpool (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis said earlier today "he would like to apologise after his side played three more long passes than Liverpool" in the draw between the 2-2 draw between the teams at Anfield last Sunday. 

Klopp's response to Tony Pulis: "I can easily say sorry for everything I said in the game." #LFC #wba #bbcfootball

Klopp's response to Tony Pulis: "I can easily say sorry for everything I said in the game." #LFC #wba #bbcfootball

What next for Mourinho?


Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Mourinho was right in the frame to succeed Steve McClaren in 2007 but eventually pulled out of contention.

Would the Football Association be tempted to make an approach if Euro 2016 does not go to plan and Roy Hodgson's time is up?

It is an unlikely scenario but if England were seeking a new manager and Mourinho was available, surely the call has to be made? Unlikely - but an interesting thought.

Rating: 4/10

What next for Mourinho?


Mourinho has always stated his intention to sample international coaching later in his career - with all the signs pointing to him eventually taking charge of his home country, Portugal. But what about England?

Jose Mourinho
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As you can see, Jurgen Klopp is addressing the media ahead of Liverpool's game at Watford this weekend. We'll bring you the best of that and continue to look at Jose Mourinho's post-Chelsea options.

Liverpool news conference

Watford v Liverpool (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

All the Premier League managers have had their say about Jose Mourinho's departure from Chelsea, so what does Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp think?

"It is sad situation that such a successful relationship between Jose Mourinho and Chelsea ends like this," said the German. "So I wish Jose all the best and he can use the time a little bit for himself because as I know after a few days, weeks, it's good to have a little bit of rest. 

"I think he has worked over the last few years constantly and that's not easy at this level - I wish him all the best.

What next for Mourinho?

Bayern Munich

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Bayern Munich may soon find themselves having to fill a Pep Guardiola-sized hole at the Allianz Arena, and few managers in football have the pedigree and personality to match the demands and expectations of a club known as 'FC Hollywood'.

Mourinho is one, and his sudden availability may spark interest from Bayern, though this job looks like it has got Carlo Ancelotti's name on it. 

Rating: 5/10