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Summary

  1. Real Madrid beat Club America 2-0 to reach Club World Cup final
  2. Six of Premier League's top seven win last night
  3. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Final Test coverage

India v England (Fri, 04:00 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

A reminder that the final Test between India and England begins in Chennai in the very early hours of Friday morning UK time and there will be live commentary on 5 live sports extra from 03:45 GMT. There will also be live text commentary on the BBC website.

Doping ban for Saudi Arabia legend

Former Saudi Arabia midfielder Mohammed Noor, who won 98 caps, has been given a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a doping offence.

The 38-year-old has since retired.

Reed signs new Southampton deal

Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract.

The 21-year-old has made 25 appearances for the Saints since coming through the youth team.

He said: “Obviously I am absolutely over the moon to commit my future to this club. It’s what I’ve been working towards for the last three to four years, so I am really pleased."

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MP raises tax-dodging questions

Football

Manchester United are believed to be among those included within an image rights "tax-dodging" investigation, a Conservative MP has said.

Speaking in the Commons, Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal, said: "HM Revenue and Customs says it's investigating 43 Premier League players and 12 clubs for image rights tax-dodging, believed to include Manchester United.

"Would you agree fans are right to be angry that big clubs, including players like England captain Wayne Rooney, stand accused of dirtying the beautiful game with a culture of excessive greed and tax-dodging?" 

United later issued a statement which read: "The club operates within the rules set by football's governing bodies and HMRC has full visibility of all agreements and payments." 

Watch Real Madrid win/video confusion

We told you earlier about Real Madrid beating Club America 2-0 in the World Club Cup semi-final, with some late video refereeing confusion. You can now watch the highlights if you are in the UK...

Real Madrid through despite Ronaldo goal confusion

Beckham to change MLS plans?

David Beckham could try to launch a new Major League Soccer team in Las Vegas, rather than Miami, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

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Olympic Council of Ireland to elect new president

The Olympic Council of Ireland will elect a new president to succeed Pat Hickey at an extraordinary general meeting on 9 February.

Hickey stepped aside after being arrested by Rio police during the Olympics in an investigation into illegal ticket sales.

The 71-year-old is expected home in Ireland on Thursday after being released on bail on medical grounds.

He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

A statement from the OCI said that Hickey would not be a candidate for the president's post, which he has held since 1988.

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On this day

1962: Gary Mason, one-time British heavyweight boxing champion, was born. He won the title in 1989 but was killed in a cycling accident in south London on 6 January 2011.

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Get Involved - clean but aggressive players

#bbcsportsday

Kelvin: Puyol, he's a strong aggressive leader and not a hint of malice in his heart. Just watch the video of him stopping Pique for time-wasting

Joiny Beans: Gerardo Bedoya showed controlled aggression. Never made it into the ref's notebook, especially during his Boca Junior years 

Tony Arnold: Mark Kinsella 

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Gerardo Bedoya (r) was definitely our most hipster suggestion of the day. However his 46 red cards across his career suggest his nomination may not have been serious

Scottish Premiership pair cleared of diving

Hearts midfielder Jamie Walker and Partick Thistle striker Ade Azeez have both been cleared of diving. 

The pair had yellow cards for simulation rescinded following a Scottish Football Association judicial panel hearing. 

Azeez was cautioned after going down when he went past Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon. Walker was booked after a challenge from Rangers' Jason Holt.

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Williams goes through

Snooker

Another snooker result for you from the Scottish Open third round and Mark Williams has beaten Stephen Maguire 4-3. The Welshman will play Mark Davis next.

I've got this...

Cricket

There have been many tales of a one-man team in sport but Mpumalanga batter Shania-Lee Swart took that to new levels during Cricket South Africa's Under-19s week in Pretoria.

She was the only player in her team to score a single run against Easterns, but while eight of her colleagues were dismissed for ducks, opener Swart managed 160 on her own - with 18 fours and 12 sixes - to inspire a 42-run victory.

'Birmingham are a Premier League club'

Mackay dismisses damages report

Football

Back to the SFA's new performance director Malky Mackay, who, according to the Daily Mail, is being pursued, along with Iain Moody and three of the most powerful agents in the game, by former club Cardiff for almost £10m in damages.

"I was waiting on it. It was something I had spoken to (SFA chief executive) Stewart (Regan) about and something my legal advisers had advised the SFA about on an early basis," Mackay says. 

"I categorically deny that I have done anything wrong there and there is no shred of evidence against me, but I do respect the legal process.

"The day before the last three jobs the same person has come out and written a story." 

We're still just waiting to hear what Gianfranco Zola has to say about his Birmingham City appointment.

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O'Sullivan into last 16

Snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan seals a 4-2 victory over an out-of-sorts Jimmy White to reach round four of the Scottish Open.

It takes time

Football

Former Celtic defender John Kennedy, now a coach at the club, has welcomed the appointment of Malky Mackay as the Scottish Football Association's performance director.

"He is Scottish, he has our game at heart and I think he will do what's best for our game," Kennedy says. 

"The important thing is that it doesn't keep changing, you don't keep changing personnel and a new idea comes in after three or four years and then another new idea comes in. 

"It is important then that everyone sticks with that plan and you don't get too disheartened after two years if something is not happening. It takes longer than that. To really build something takes time." 

Zola news conference coming up

Birmingham's official unveiling of Gianfranco Zola as their new manager is starting soon (about 15:30 GMT) and we will bring you the best of what he says here.

Players perplexed by video referees

Football

VARS could soon become a new acronym in football parlance - video assistant referees. They are being trialled at the Club World Cup in Japan and initial opinions are not favourable.

Off-field VARs monitor the play and alert the referee to "clear mistakes in match-changing situations" such as goals, penalty decisions, red cards and mistaken identity. 

Leagues in 12 countries have confirmed they will participate in a two-year experiment with VARs. 

Yesterday a penalty was awarded to Japanese side Kashima Antlers in their semi-final but today Real Madrid thought they had seen a goal disallowed, only for it to be permitted after a review.

"It's a new system and I don't like it very much. I think it can cause confusion and it wasn't explained to us in much detail," said Real midfielder Luka Modric. "My first impression was it's not a very good system." 

White hanging on

Snooker

It has not been a classic by their high standards but Jimmy White has reduced the deficit against Ronnie O'Sullivan to 3-2 in their best-of-seven Scottish Open third round match.

Ferdinand donates £500,000 to charity

Football

Former England captain Rio Ferdinand and his restaurant have pledged £500,000 of toys and gifts to a children's charity.

The Manchester United star posted on his official Facebook page he and his Rosso Restaurant hoped to "put a smile on local kids' faces this Christmas".

He announced the donation live on air to Cash for Kids, the official charity of Manchester radio station Key 103.

The charity said it was "totally overwhelmed" with the donation.

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Video officials must be clear - Zidane

Football

More on the confusion at the end of Real Madrid's 2-0 Club World Cup semi-final victory over Mexican side Club America.

The use of video replays is being trialled in the Fifa tournament and Cristiano Ronaldo's injury time goal appeared to be ruled offside by Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres before, in consultation with the video official, he eventually gave the goal.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane said: "We have to adapt to what Fifa wants. The situation at the end was a bit messy. 

"If they want to improve things with technology that's great but it has to be clear."

Zinedine Zidane
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O'Sullivan on the brink

Snooker

A scrappy frame but Ronnie O'Sullivan takes it with a 60 and is only one frame from the Scottish Open fourth round at 3-1 up.

Hughes hoping to extend Grant stay

Football

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has called on Derby to reach a "sensible conclusion" over on-loan goalkeeper Lee Grant.

The 33-year-old goalkeeper made a surprise deadline-day loan switch to the Potters, having fallen down the pecking order at Pride Park and was man-of-the-match in 10-man Stoke's 0-0 draw with Southampton last night.

His loan spell comes to an end on 3 January and Hughes said: "We'd like Lee to stay and I think that Lee would love to be a part of the club. At the moment it is a little bit difficult, so we hope it is going to be resolved."

Lee Grant
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Salford granted planning permission

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Ambitious non-league club Salford City have been granted planning permission for a 5,000-capacity redeveloped stadium at Moor Lane.

Two of their co-owners, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville spoke at a planning meeting at Salford Council that lasted over two hours.

The former Manchester United players heard numerous objections, including that they were turning Salford, who play in National League North, into a "commercial monster".

At one point Neville was presented with a black bin bag of rubbish by an objector as an example of the additional rubbish Salford's proposal would create.

Neville tried to allay those fears by promising, if needed, he and the Salford first team would go outside to clear litter after matches.

The meeting finally voted to pass Salford's plans, although they are subject to a number of conditions, particularly with relation to traffic issues.

"The hard work starts here," said Neville afterwards.

Mackay 'the outstanding candidate'

Football

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan explains the choice of Malky Mackay to replace Brian McClair, who stepped down in July this year after 17 months in the role of performance director.

Mackay was the subject of an English FA investigation in 2014 concerning text messages he had sent containing discriminatory language.

The Scot apologised for his actions and stated a desire to return to football.

"From the start of the recruitment process, Malky was an outstanding candidate and by the end of that thorough process he was the outstanding candidate," Regan insisted. 

"His experiences as a player and a manager are complemented by his strategic outlook and commitment to implement many of the exciting proposals the performance working group have discussed in recent months." 

Rocket surges ahead

Snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan rolls in a 114 clearance, the 854th century break of his remarkable career, and takes a 2-1 lead over Jimmy White in round three of the Scottish Open. He is only two frames from victory.

Mackay relishes new SFA role

Football

Some thoughts from former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay following his appointment as the Scottish Football Association's new performance director. 

"I am immensely proud and privileged to become performance director and I am acutely aware of the importance of this role in achieving future success for our talented young players. 

"As someone who was fortunate enough to develop as a young player at Queen's Park and realise my dream of playing for my country at the national stadium, this feels like coming home. 

"I can't wait to work in partnership with our clubs and my colleagues at the Scottish FA to help improve future generations of Scotland players."

Malky Mackay
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Get Involved - clean but aggressive players

#bbcsportsday

Paul Whitty: Alan Shearer without a doubt!

Daniel Allison: Scott Parker.

Mark Pearce: Remi Moses, Man Utd. Would run through walls..and the walls would come off worse. Aggressive but fair. 

All square at Scottish Open

Snooker

Jimmy White, who last won a ranking event in 2004, knocks in a break of 82 to level his match with Ronnie O'Sullivan at 1-1 in round three of the Scottish Open. First to four frames.

Committee discussing final Salford decision

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Further to my previous entry at 13:15...

Gary Neville has addressed the rubbish issue.

The former England international has pledged that, if needed, he would order Salford's first team to go out of the stadium to collect rubbish or he would do it himself.

Committee now discussing their final decision.

No Mercedes announcement until January

F1

AFP say Mercedes will not name Nico Rosberg's replacement until January, amid reports they are chasing Valtteri Bottas from Williams. 

French media have reported that Felipe Massa is in talks with Williams about reversing his decision to retire, which would free up Bottas to switch to Mercedes. 

Rocket v Whirlwind

Snooker

How about this for a match in the third round of the Scottish Open, Ronnie O'Sullivan against Jimmy White. It's best of seven frames so it may not last long but the first frame has been scrappy, though the Rocket has just taken it 76-30.

Five years on

Football

We have our On This Day features but here is one from Tottenham, celebrating the fifth anniversary of hitman Harry Kane's first senior goal for the club.

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Kit change for Southampton

Football

Southampton will wear a new white third kit at Bournemouth on Sunday. They were asked to look at an alternative by the Premier League, who felt their current home and away strips were too similar to Bournemouth’s home shirts.

Southampton
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'We're here to lift the trophy' - Zidane

Football

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was delighted to see his side extend their club record unbeaten run to 36 matches in all competitions with that 2-0 victory over Club America in the Club World Cup in Yokohama.

"Our sole aim was to reach the final, so it's job done," said the Frenchman, whose team will face local favourites Kashima Antlers in Yokohama in Sunday's final. 

"We didn't have a great rhythm in the first half but in the second half we created a lot of chances and Cristiano finally scored so I'm very satisfied.

"It was a long flight to Japan, but for Real Madrid the Club World Cup is an important tournament and we are here to lift the trophy." 

It's just 'not football'

Football

Fair to say Real Madrid's Luka Modric is not a fan of the new technology being trialled at the Club World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo's second goal for Real that sealed a 2-0 win over Mexican outfit Club America was assessed by the video assistants before being allowed.

"It's a new invention but to be honest I don't like it," said man of the match Modric, when asked about video replays. 

"It causes confusion. I hope they don't continue with this system because for me it is not football."

'I don't know' - Ranieri on Ndidi

Stoke City v Leicester City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri would not confirm (or deny) reports the club are set to sign 19-year-old Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Genk for £15m.

“I don't know. Speculation, you know. I don't think about who arrives or goes. My focus is on Stoke.”  

Wilfred Ndidi
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