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Summary

  1. Build-up to Everton v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)
  2. Brailsford & Sutton face Culture, Media and Sport select committee on doping
  3. Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year for record third time
  4. Leicester are team of the year; Ranieri wins coach award
  5. Where does Murray rank amongst British greats? #bbcsportsday

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By Timothy Abraham and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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England and Scotland poppies

Fifa fines all four home nations for displaying poppies during World Cup qualifiers around Armistice Day.

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Steven Gerrard (left) and Frank Lampard

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

The Football Association has set up a pilot programme to help former England players get into coaching to prevent them heading out of the game.

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Goodnight

That's the end of Sportsday for today. Don't forget, it's Everton v Liverpool tonight. You can listen to that on BBC Radio 5 live, with a live text commentary alongside it on this website.

Beckham Jr's incredible one-handed catch

Watch Odell Beckham Jr's incredible one-handed touchdown catch, which helped the New York Giants to a convincing 17-6 win over the Detroit Lions.

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NFL: Odell Beckham Jr's stunning one-handed touchdown catch

Son wins South Korea attacker of year

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Fans in his homeland have voted Tottenham striker Son Heung-min the top South Korean attacker, Yonhap news agency reports.

The poll, organised by the Korean Football Association gave Son 53.9% of the vote in the attackers category. He also won the vote for best goal of the year for his match-winner against Germany in the Rio Olympics.

Swansea City's Ki Sung-yeung - South Korea's national team captain - won the vote for best midfielder.

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FA to contest poppy fine

The Football Association has confirmed it intends to appeal against the £35,311 Fifa fine for poppy displays in their game with Scotland.

It tweeted: "We note the decision by the Fifa disciplinary committee, which we intend to appeal. As a first step, we have written to Fifa requesting the grounds for the decision."

'It's Southgate, Gareth'

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Watch what happens when England manager Gareth Southgate and more surprised volunteers with a phone call from Sports Personality of the Year.

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'Mane is a big danger'

Everton v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

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Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye has pinpointed Senegal team-mate Sadio Mane as a player the Toffees must stop at Goodison Park tonight.

"Absolutely, he’s one of the main threats, the main dangers,” Gueye told the Liverpool Echo.

“The ease at which he gets forward, his movement, he creates danger, space and chances for other people. 

 “But you could say that about a lot of Liverpool’s team, they’re a big threat."

'Perfect year' for Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo says 2016 was the "perfect year" after his hat-trick helped Real Madrid beat Kashima Antlers 4-2 to win the Club World Cup.

The 31-year-old scored from the spot and twice more in extra time as he added the Fifa title to the Euro 2016 and Champions League crowns.

Ronaldo also collected his fourth Ballon d'Or award in Paris last week.

"We won the Champions League, the Uefa Super Cup and the Club World Cup. I also won the Euros with Portugal. It was a perfect year. I am very happy to end the year in such a way.

"Everyone always expects more from Cristiano, I always give my best and if I can't do it it's because I'm unable.

"People often talk too much, but I'm used to that. I show my quality on the pitch and nothing has gone badly. I have kept my level of performance as high as possible over the last 10 years. I want to keep working and enjoy my football, that is what I love the most."

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Are Arsenal spurning title chance again?

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

So has this last week proved that the early season optimism was only another false dawn for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, or is this simply a stumble?

Arsenal's weakness under pressure, first at a thunderous Goodison Park on Tuesday and again in the face of a Manchester City side that was simply too intense and talented for them to resist, was something that was supposed to have been cured this season.

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Top at Christmas, bottom at Christmas

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Chelsea sit top of the Premier League on Christmas Day. Exactly 50% of the previous teams to do that have won the league. The biggest collapse was Aston Villa in 1998-99, as they went on to finish sixth.

The Blues were league leaders at Christmas for each of their four title victories - 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2014-15.

Meanwhile, Hull City are bottom of the table. Some 21 of the 24 teams (87.5%) to have been in that position have gone down.

Leicester in 2014-15 were one of the three to stay up.

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Hull's slide to the bottom

Fu turns down chance to celebrate at Higgins' house

Kenny Crawford

BBC Sport Scotland at the Emirates Arena

Scottish Open winner Marco Fu declined the chance to celebrate his victory at the home of runner-up John Higgins.

The Hong Kong player took eight frames in a row to win 9-4 after trailing 4-1.

Higgins extended the welcome because Fu apparently had no family or friends at Glasgow's Emirates Arena to see him claim his third ranking title.

"At the start of the day I invited him back to the Higgins household - win or lose - and have a party," Higgins told BBC Scotland.

"But he was driving down to London early morning to get his flight home.

"He's one of the nicest guys on the tour so you can't grudge him this win. It's just a pity he's not got any friends or family here."

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Paralysed player sends legal letter to NRL

Lawyers for paralysed player Alex McKinnon have written to Australia's National Rugby League (NRL) amid a report he is planning a multi-million-dollar lawsuit.

The Daily Telegraph said McKinnon is seeking compensation from the NRL and the player whose tackle injured him.

The NRL confirmed to the BBC it had been contacted by McKinnon's lawyer, but said no claim had been lodged.

The former Newcastle Knights player, 24, must use a wheelchair for life.

He suffered extensive spinal injuries in the spear tackle by Melbourne Storm players in 2014.

The lawsuit reportedly names Storm player Jordan McLean, who was banned for seven matches for the dangerous tackle.

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Birmingham break agreement to interview BAME candidate

Jason Roberts has criticised Birmingham for not interviewing a black, Asian or minority ethnic candidate for the manager's job, despite signing a voluntary code.

Birmingham replaced Gary Rowett with Gianfranco Zola, after being one of 10 EFL clubs in the summer to commit to interviewing at least one BAME candidate for every senior first-team role.

Neighbours Wolves also did not apply the code when they hired Walter Zenga in July.

"It's hugely frustrating but that's the issue with having a voluntary code," said ex-West Brom striker Roberts. 

"There is no obligation. You have to commend the EFL for trying to do something, but the devil is in the detail and these clubs are not following through with it. 

"It's shameful, really. We're good enough to play but we're not represented off the pitch. In years to come we'll say 'how did we put up with it for so long?"' 

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"This isn't about Zola per se - it's about the bigger picture," said Roberts

Stoke's last English PL goal was 18 months ago

Saturday's 2-2 draw with Leicester was Stoke's 55th Premier League game since an English player scored for them - pulling level with Newcastle's run.

Peter Crouch's 86th-minute goal in a 6-1 thumping of Liverpool on 24 May 2015 was the last time an Englishman found the net for the Potters in the league.

Newcastle's 55-game run ended when Steven Taylor scored for them in a 3-0 win over Cardiff in May 2014.

But the record for the longest English goal drought belongs to Arsenal, standing at 97 games until Theo Walcott's brace in a 2-2 draw with Birmingham in February 2008.

The only English outfield players in Stoke's starting XI at the weekend were Ryan Shawcross and Glen Johnson.

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'No sour grapes over Blues exit'

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Former Birmingham boss Gary Rowett has been speaking about his surprise departure from St Andrew's and claims he is not bitter about the manner of his exit.

"I have got no sour grapes about it at all," Rowett told Talksport.

"That is what happens when you buy a football club. You can choose to do whatever you want really. I have got no complaints about that."

'No Wolfsburg approach to Huddersfield'

German newspaper Bild say Wolfsburg will appoint Huddersfield boss David Wagner. But BBC Radio Leeds are not so sure...

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Vardy ban appeal to be heard tomorrow

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Leicester striker Jamie Vardy's appeal against his red card in the game with Stoke will be heard by the Football Association tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the club will be fined £25,000 for having six players booked in Saturday's match.

No retirement plans - Federer

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Roger Federer missed half of 2016 with a knee injury but despite his enforced absence the 35-year-old Swiss claims it has not whet his appetite for retirement.

He told the New York Times: “I did get that taste of retirement. All of the sudden, I could be organised and say: ‘OK, we’re going to be four weeks at home in a row in the same place. Who do you want to go for dinner with, Mirka? Or who shall we catch up with?'

“I think that was really exciting and good for us to have that time. And it felt good, you know? It did feel good, but it (retirement) can totally wait. No problem for me. It can totally wait.”

'We are confident of winning'

Everton v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

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The last time Everton faced Liverpool, back in April, they hardly touched the ball as they were thumped 4-0 and Toffees winger Gerard Deulofeu does not want a repeat of that nightmare.

"I think it is one of the worst games I saw in the last year,” Deulofeu told the Liverpool Echo.

“We can’t play like that this season, we need to improve because that game was very poor for Everton. But we are confident of winning against Liverpool this season."

Hats off to Murray - Federer

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Roger Federer has been speaking to the New York Times about the 2016 tennis year and he's full of praise for Andy Murray's rise to number one in the world.

“Novak Djokovic actually didn’t play too bad in the second half of the season. He won Toronto. He played finals in many other tournaments: U.S. Open, the World Tour Finals," Federer said.

"You would think that that’s going to be enough, but what it required was something extraordinary, and Murray was able to deliver that, and that’s where I take my hat off."

Conlan fined for Olympics fury

Ireland boxer Michael Conlan has been fined 10,000 Swiss francs (£7,863) by amateur boxing's world governing body for his angry reaction to his controversial Rio Olympics defeat.

Conlan made a one-fingered gesture to the judges after he lost to Russia's Vladimir Nikitin and gave a profanity-laced post-fight TV interview.

The fine was expected and Conlan says he will not be paying it.

The 25-year-old from Belfast has turned professional since the Games.

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'Fifa decision is utterly disrespectful'

British Shadow Sports Minister Rosena Allin-Khan said: “Fining the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Football Associations a combined £75,000 for remembering those who have died in war is utterly disrespectful.

“Fifa have been embroiled in a corruption scandal, which has seen tens of millions of pounds in bribes paid out under their watch.

“Rather than fining UK teams for wearing poppies Fifa should be concentrating on getting their own house in order.”

Huddersfield boss to join Wolfsburg?

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Rex Features

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner is set for the Wolfsburg job, according to German newspaper Bild.

Valerien Ismael, the former Crystal Palace player, is the current manager of the Wolves, who are only one point above the bottom three in the Bundesliga.

Wagner, 45, has been in charge of the Terriers for 13 months and has taken them into the Championship play-off places.  

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner say the story "appears to be pure speculation".

Nigeria celebrate winning the Women's Africa Cup of Nations

Oluwashina Okeleji

BBC Sport

Nigeria finally end their protest over not being paid for winning the Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon two weeks ago.

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Kante has some way to go to topple win king

After Chelsea's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, midfielder N'Golo Kante has the highest win percentage of current Premier League players to have 50 or more appearances.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering the fact he won the league in his first season and is top at Christmas in his second, the former Leicester man has won 68.5% of his English top-flight games.

But he only sneaks in at number nine on the all-time Premier League list. Arjen Robben tops the way with a phenomenal 82.1% of wins.

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'It will be a war against Everton'

Everton v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

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Liverpool striker Divock Origi is expecting "a war" against Everton in the Merseyside derby this evening. The Belgium international's last experience of the match was a particularly brutal one. 

Origi, 21, suffered ankle ligament damage following a bad challenge from Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori, who he will come up against at Goodison Park tonight.

"It will be a war,” Origi is quoted as saying in the Guardian. "You want to win this game, you know it will not be easy, it is a derby so it will be special and a very big and important game for us as a club also. We have to prepare it well.”

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Ireland and Scotland chase top-four spot

Ireland and Scotland must secure a top-four place in February's 10-team Women's World Cup Qualifier to make next summer's tournament in England. 

The qualifiers in Colombo, Sri Lanka will have two groups of five with the top three from each going through to the Super Six stage. 

Ireland are in Group A with India, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and Thailand. 

The Scots will take on South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea in Group B.

Crooks' team of the week

Garth Crooks

BBC Sport football expert

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Call me old fashioned, but I simply can't come to terms with central defenders who wear gloves. As a consequence, I have always tended to distrust Nicolas Otamendi.

It is a totally irrational position to hold as his mittens can't possibly determine how well he defends a corner. In any case I may have to revise my stance based on how well he defended against Arsenal in the second half.

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Brailsford faces DCMS panel

Cycling

Fluimucil. Clears mucus, apparently. Not the most exciting reveal ever. Not banned in competition or out.

The package contained decongestant - Brailsford

Cycling

Now to the nitty gritty. What was in that package? Dave Brailsford is asked about an allegation in the Daily Mail about a medical package delivered to Team Sky in France in June 2011.

He has previously refused to comment on the contents of the alleged delivery, said to have been made on the day Bradley Wiggins won the Criterium du Dauphine in France.

Brailsford says it was fluimucil - a decongestant.

We've never abused the system - Brailsford

Cycling

Team Sky chief Sir Dave Brailsford is sat down in front of a Culture, Media and Sport select committee talking on cycling's fight against doping - and Bradley Wiggins' TUEs.

"We have created a very clear policy and clear structure on anti-doping. Members of the team have to operate within those rules. And if they didn't then I'd want to be the first to know," he says.

"We have confidence in the medical team and in the team. With regards Bradley's first TUE it wasn't just the doctor on his own - we took Bradley to an independent consultant. It was a clear recommendation. 

"There's a triple lock for TUEs. The rider, the medic, the independent consultant. Then it goes to Wada to sanction it - or not. It gives you a lot of confidence and I trust that system. 

"It's about use and abuse. And we've never abused the system."

'England face a mental examination'

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport

"Not only do England face an examination of their technique, but their mentality, determination and attitude on the final day of a gruelling tour.  

"Their task on Tuesday should be helped be a surface that remains docile, but India's skilful spinners are likely to extract much greater assistance than England's."

Read Stephan Shemilt's report from day four of Englan's final Test against India in Chennai here.

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Tony Kibble: Isn't every single national flag a religious or political symbol?

Aaron Theaker: £80,000 for remembering those who lost their lives through war. Policy or not, it's still a disgrace to football 

Totum: Just when you thought Fifa couldn't be more pathetic, embarrassing and out of touch, they go and fine teams for poppies 

Sutton unaware of Wiggins' TUEs

Cycling

Sutton has now said he was 'unaware' of Wiggo's TUEs three times, said it was medical issue, no need to get involved, no role in it

British Cycling is clean - Sutton

Cycling

Former British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton says he never asked for details about Bradley Wiggins' TUEs.

"For me to go into detail - I'm not a doctor. My job was outside of that medical team, my job is to train the rider, their job to make sure the riders are fit and healthy within the rules," the Australian tells the Culture, Sport and Media select committee.

"It is a clean team that has strict rules and doctors adhere to the policy - so why would I need to ask? Our record has been unblemished. 

"These athletes have been tested more than anybody else in the world. This team - going from Laura Trott to Jason Queally to the Pendletons and the Hoys - have all done it clean and it has been proved they have done it clean.

"I'm upset that you question the integrity of our team which is the greatest British team ever."

Sutton 'doesn't know what was in package'

Cycling

On to the package... 

Shane Sutton is quizzed about the package delivered to Team Sky at the Criterium du Dauphine in 2011.

After earlier chat about pedals possibly being contained in the package, the former British Cycling technical director admits it was a medical product. 

But the Australian says he does not know what it was.