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  1. Kvitova injured by knife-wielding attacker at home
  2. Celtic can go 14 clear tonight by beating Partick Thistle
  3. FA to contest Fifa poppy fine
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By Mike Henson and Emlyn Begley

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That is all from Sportsday tonight.

Keep tuned to BBC Radio Scotland and the BBC Sport website for live radio and text commentary of Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic's meeting with Partick Thistle.

Wagner 'focus is on moving forward at Huddersfield'

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Huddersfield boss David Wagner has now confirmed he is staying with the club after interest from Wolfsburg.

“It is correct that there has been interest from a few Bundesliga clubs. It’s important for me to clarify that my focus is on moving forward at Huddersfield Town. We want to develop what has been a good season so far into a great one."

Chairman Dean Hoyle said: “Huddersfield Town may not be a Bundesliga club or one that plays in European competition, but make no mistake - we are a serious, proud, ambitious club with a rich history. 

"Perhaps this isn’t clear to some of our colleagues in the media in Germany considering the tone of some articles that were published over the last 48 hours. 

“We are not to be toyed with or dismissed out of hand. We have values and always conduct ourselves in the right manner; something that cannot be said for other clubs."

Garrett battles back after spinal injuries

Former Irish motocross champion Wayne Garrett says he will make every possible effort to walk again after suffering serious spinal injuries in a crash at meeting near Athlone last July.

Comber man Garrett, 31, who suffered the injuries while competing at Doon Motocross Park, told BBC Sport Northern Ireland that feeling "a little sensation in one of my legs" is giving him hope that he can walk again. 

"It may happen. It may not. If it doesn't, we'll I'm prepared for the Paralympics maybe," said Garrett, who spent seven weeks in Dublin's Mater Hospital immediately after the accident.

Motocross champion Wayne Garrett aims to walk again after spinal injuries

Torquay taken over by gaming company

National League club Torquay United have been taken over by Swindon-based Gaming International (GI).

The deal ends months of speculation about the future of the Gulls, who were facing financial difficulties.

"There is relief that the club is saved. We were looking at a serous financial situation," outgoing chairman David Phillips told BBC Sport.

The deal is subject to ratification by the National League and supporters have raised concerns about GI.

Barton back in Premier League

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Joey Barton is set to re-sign for Burnley until the end of the season according to the club.

The 34-year-old midfielder's contract with Scottish side Rangers was terminated in November

Barton was banned for six weeks by Rangers following a training ground altercation in September before being signed off with stress.

Barton was named in the Championship team of the year after he helped the Clarets to promotion in 2015-16 and returned to training with the club earlier this month.

League One side emulate Manchester City

Vettel 'needs to be more calm'

Formula 1

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Ferrari say they are "looking around" at their driver options beyond 2017 and want Sebastian Vettel to be "more calm" next season.

The four-time world champion's contract with Ferrari runs out at the end of next season and the German endured a difficult, winless season this year.

President Sergio Marchionne said: "With Vettel it doesn't make sense to talk about renewal now.

"We must first understand if he feels comfortable with us in 2017."

Perils of the job

Carolina Panthers quarterback Kirk Cousins accidentally takes out a Washington Redskins cheerleader who just happens to be in Cousins' flight path. 

The cheerleader was unhurt and got up OK.

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Mbirontono Kolodziejcak Yakeen: Uganda Cranes qualifying into the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1978, when they featured against Ghana in the finals.

Matt Parry: Not a fan of Rosberg, but has to be him throwing one down the inside of "Crazy Max" at Abu Dhabi. Gutsy move with everything at stake.  

Mark Patrick Scoley: Leicester City winning the Premier League, closely followed By Mo Farah At the Olympics.  

North set to start for Saints?

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George North is reportedly ready to make his Northampton comeback against Sale on Friday night.

The Sun's Jonny Fordham says that the 24-year-old Wales international wing, who has not played since suffering a head injury in the defeat by Leicester on 3 December, will feature in the match after getting the all-clear from a specialist.

A final report regarding Northampton's handling of North's head injury and how he was allowed to play on is expected to be published tomorrow.

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Vardy appeal rejected

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Leicester striker Jamie Vardy's appeal against his red card in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Stoke City has been rejected.

The 29-year-old will serve a three-match ban covering fixtures against Everton, West Ham and Middlesbrough.

Lescott ready for new club

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It generally takes a bit of time for the January transfer window to start clicking into gear, mainly due to it being launched at the end of the Christmas holiday period.

But one player who will be available immediately and is keen to continue his career is former England defender Joleon Lescott.

Lescott, 34, left AEK Athens in November after making just four appearances in three months but expects to be fit enough to step into a role immediately.

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City not the best financial option - Jesus

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Departing Palmeiras forward Gabriel Jesus says that it was the chance to work under Pep Guardiola, rather than Manchester City's financial strength, that convinced him to move the Etihad.

“There was a lot of interest in my signature," the 19-year-old told FourFourTwo, "but I don’t want to name any club.

“The decision to join City was taken by me, with my family and my agent - and it wasn’t the best financial offer.

“I can’t deny that working with Guardiola helped with my decision. He’s an excellent manager - one of the best in the world - I need to show that he was right about me."

Jesus, who scored 12 goals in 27 appearances to help Palmeiras to the title, will join City in January in a deal reported to be worth in excess of £27m.

Sporty vlog

Olympic taekwondo silver medallist Lutalo Muhammad vlogs from BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016, featuring 16 sporting heroes, the greatest Olympian ever, and the new Strictly Come Dancing champion. This time nobody cries!

SPOTY 2016: Lutalo Muhammad's brilliant vlog from the red carpet

Kvitova has surgery to save her career

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Petra Kvitova is currently undergoing potentially career-saving surgery for injuries sustained in a knife attack at her apartment this morning.

The 26-year-old was at her property in the eastern Czech town of Prostejov, where she does not spend a lot of time.

It is understood she took a call from a man via an intercom requesting routine access to the apartment, posing as a gas man.

When Kvitova let him in, she is said to have immediately known something was wrong.

It is thought the man did not know she was Petra Kvitova but realised once she opened the door.

A struggle is understood to have ensued in the bathroom and the intruder is said to have held a knife to her throat.

In defending herself, Kvitova suffered severe lacerations to all four fingers on her left hand, her tennis-playing hand.

The intruder is said to have been alarmed by Kvitova’s strength and ran away.

She called the police and has been taken to a surgeon in the north of the country for an operation.

While serious, the full extent of the damage will not be clear until Kvitova emerges from surgery. 

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Griezmann happy at Atletico

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Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has said that he is happy at the club and is not considering a move to the Premier League.

"I’m feeling good at Atletico Madrid. Frankly, I don’t see myself leaving," he told France Football in comments reported by the Manchester Evening News.

"People often talk about England, but I’m here."

However the 25-year-old, who has scored nine goals in 21 games for Atletico this season, said that he wanted to end his career in the United States, saying that playing for David Beckham's proposed franchise in Miami would be "the best".

'Bale and Ramsey are hungry'

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Barnsley striker Tom Bradshaw says every footballer can learn from the examples set by Wales stars Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

Then playing for Walsall, the 24-year-old won his first senior cap for Wales in their defeat by Ukraine in March, giving him the chance to rub shoulders with the duo.

Injury dashed his hopes of joining them at Euro 2016, however.

"They constantly want to improve and get better so that's something every footballer should apply to their game," Bradshaw told BBC Radio Wales.

"You watch them train and you watch them play and you try to pick their brains about how they managed to get to that level.

"A lot of it is natural ability and natural talent, but the thing that strikes me is their hunger; their hunger to want to improve even though Gareth's playing for Real Madrid and he's a massive part of his country's team."

Team Sky 'confident' of no wrongdoing

Team Sky are "confident" no wrongdoing will be found when UK Anti-Doping produces a report into a mystery package given to Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Team boss Sir Dave Brailsford told the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Monday the package contained an over-the-counter decongestant, Fluimucil.

Ukad launched the investigation following a Daily Mail allegation.

"We are continuing to co-operate fully with Ukad and we look forward to their report," a Team Sky statement said.

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Challenge Cup final: Hull FC 12-10 Warrington Wolves

Richard Newlove: Hull FC finally winning the Challenge Cup at Wembley for the first time in their history

Andrew R Miles: Brechin City winning their last game of the season to stay up after winning eight out of their last 10 matches. #WeDidALeicester  

Mason Bah: Guinea Bissau into the African Nations cup for the first time in the history of the tiny West Africa nation.  

Celtic could bring youngsters into mix

Celtic v Partick Thistle (19:45 GMT)

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has indicated he could draft in some of his under-20 squad tonight, with a number of the club's academy players "doing very well" training with the first team.

Their game with Partick Thistle is the first of four games in 12 days before the winter break.

"My job fundamentally coming here was to win trophies, to play attacking football the Celtic way and to bring young players through.

"So we will look to see if there are any young players we can maybe look at over the next few games.

"This is what building a club is about, creating the hope for the youth players otherwise if they don't think they can play, then why should you have an academy?"

Southend sign ex-West Ham winger Hines

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Southend United have signed former West Ham and Dagenham winger Zavon Hines on a contract until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old was able to move outside the transfer window because he was released by the Daggers in May.

He has not played a first-team game since September 2015, having knee surgery twice since then.

Chelsea title chances 'up to 64%'

The number heads at the Euro Club Index have crunched the stats on what the current standing of the top six means for chances of each team winning the title and securing a top four spot.

They reckon that Chelsea have a 64% chance of winning the title, while Manchester United have only a 29% shot of making the Champions League places.

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Thomas Hewitt: Ali Brownlee helping Jonny Brownlee finish the triathlon. Not only that but making him finish ahead of him. Brotherly love!

Matt Yool: Watching Murray beat Del Potro in a classic final at Rio 2016 Both players looked absolutely spent by match point

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DeGale: Joshua v Fury would be the real fight

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James DeGale has revealed the prospect of seeing Anthony Joshua's world heavyweight title fight against Wladimir Klitschko does not "excite" him because of a preference to see him fight "real champ" Tyson Fury. 

Their match-up at Wembley Stadium on 29 April, for Joshua's IBF title and the WBA belt Fury recently vacated, is expected to attract a British post-war record fight crowd of around 90,000. 

"Everyone's making a big deal out of the fight; it's a good fight but Klitschko lost his last fight to Fury, the real champ is Fury," DeGale, who on January 14 in New York fights Badou Jack in an IBF and WBC super-middleweight unification title fight, said.

 "I didn't mean to put the fight down, just I'd rather see Joshua fight the real champ. I expect Joshua to stop Klitschko, and look good in doing it."

Morgan heads to Lyon

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United States striker Alex Morgan will move to reigning European champions Olympique Lyonnaise for six months from January.

The 27-year-old, who has won both the Women's World Cup and Olympic gold with her country, said that she hoped coming to Europe would help her improve as a player.

"Training with these incredible athletes each day, and learning a unique style of play, is exactly what I need, and that it will help me find that next gear," she told the Players Tribune. 

"Importantly, I will also be immersed in a soccer culture that I believe is precisely what I need at this point in my career. It has always been a dream of mine to 'live' soccer and to compete in the Champions League. "

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In 2014 Eoin Morgan replaced Alastair Cook as England's one-day international captain.

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Sale want Ford; defend Solomona signing

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond has confirmed his interest in signing George Ford but says there have been no direct discussions with Bath.

Diamond said Sale were in the market for more big-name signings after the controversial deal over rugby league's Denny Solomona.

The boss said he hoped to open discussions with Bath and Ford in January and added he was confident the issues over Solomona would be resolved.

He defended Sale’s actions over the transfer after Castleford took legal action against the Sharks.

Diamond told BBC North West Tonight: “I’m confident that we made a substantial offer and it was knocked back. For various reasons Denny became available through being fired from Castleford and once he’d been fired we got in touch and signed a contract.”

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John McEnerney: Ireland forming an 8 in memory of Axel Foley to face The Haka & then beating New Zealand for the first time in The Windy City! Super stuff!

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BreakingWagner turns down Wolfsburg job

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Huddersfield boss David Wagner has turned down an offer by Wolfsburg to be their new head coach, BBC Radio Leeds has learned.

He considered the offer made to him by the Bundesliga strugglers in the last 24 hours, but has decided to stay with his Championship club.

Bayern defender has operation

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has had surgery on his shoulder, the German champions have confirmed.

The club have not given any timeframe for his return.

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Giants and Knights swap players

Huddersfield Giants have signed Jake Mamo from Australian side Newcastle Knights, with centre Joe Wardle moving the other way.

The Knights are coached by ex-Giants boss Nathan Brown.

Australian utility back Mamo, 22, is recovering from a broken ankle suffered when he was hit by a motorcycle in Bali but expects to link up with the Giants by the middle of January.

Mamo told BBC Radio Leeds: "I'm excited by the change as I have only ever lived in Australia. I will give it my all.

"Hopefully I will play full-back and that's what I've spoken to (Giants coach) Rick Stone about."

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Sunderland - history makers

Only three players have scored a Premier League goal for Sunderland this season, the fewest of any team in a single season before Christmas (excluding own goals).

Jermain Defoe has eight, and Victor Anichebe and Patrick van Aanholt have three each.

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Leach not considered because of action

Somerset left-arm spinner Jack Leach, 25, was not considered for a call-up to England's tour of India because of concerns about his action.

He took 65 Championship wickets in 2016, more than any other English spinner, but routine tests at England's national performance centre revealed that his action may breach the 15-degree limit for the straightening of the elbow.

"I was stunned when I heard it," ex-England spinner Vic Marks, who is Somerset's chairman of cricket, told Test Match Special. 

"It just hasn't occurred to me that there was any problem at all. He looked to have a classic, orthodox action."

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Clubs are interested in Berahino

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West Brom forward Saido Berahino is attracting interest from clubs in England and overseas, and can sign a pre-contract from next weekend.

Berahino, 23, is back at the club after being sent to a conditioning camp in France to help him lose weight and regain fitness.

He played for West Brom's U-23s against Brighton yesterday, his second reserves game since returning to the club.

Berahino is out of contract at the end of the season.

He could sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club from 1 January that would allow him to leave for nothing. If he joined another English club, his fee would be decided by a tribunal.

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As well as ranking your top 2016 Premier League moments using that last link, we want you to let us know directly your favourite sporting moment of the year.

It doesn't have to be the Premier League. It doesn't even have to be football.

For one member of the Sportsday team, it's obvious the answer is Robbie Brady's winner for the Republic of Ireland against Italy at Euro 2016.

But you may very well have your own ideas...

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Which were your favourite Premier League moment of 2016?

BBC Sport has selected 10 standout moments from this year, with the order of the top 10 revealed on The Premier League Show on Wednesday (BBC Two, 22:30 GMT).

For some - Leicester's title triumph and Jurgen Klopp's impact at Liverpool, for example - there were multiple moments we could have chosen, so we've gone for the one match that particularly defined that team's year.

Rank your favourites from one to 10 and we will reveal our readers' top 10 on Wednesday.

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United eye £54m defensive buy

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Manchester United have been heavily linked with Benfica centre-half Victor Lindelof in this morning's papers, but, according to the Sun, the Red Devils are also after his team-mate - 23-year-old right-back Nelson Semedo.

Semedo has a buy-out clause of £54m.

'Fortunate to be alive'

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Petra Kvitova has said that her injury is "severe" after she was stabbed in the hand during an attack in her home.

In a statement on Facebook, she adds that she is "fortunate to be alive".

"If you know anything about me I am strong and I will fight this," she adds.

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