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Summary

  1. England captain Dylan Hartley 'let country down', says Eddie Jones
  2. Celtic move 14 points clear after 1-0 win over Partick Thistle
  3. Everton hopeful of new deal for striker Romelu Lukaku
  4. Get Involved: Your personal sporting highlight of 2016 #bbcsportsday

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By Matt Davis and Michael Emons

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Aduriz signs new deal

Football

Spain striker Aritz Aduriz has signed a new deal with Athletic Bilbao.

The 35-year-old has committed himself to the La Liga club until 2018 and he has a release clause of 40m euros (£33m).

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BreakingKvitova out for at least six months after knife attack

Tennis

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will be out of action for at least six months after a knife attack at her home.

Kvitova,  26, said she was "fortunate to be alive" following a "burglary" incident on Tuesday when she struggled with an intruder. Surgeons spent almost four hours repairing tendons and nerves on her left hand - her playing hand.

In a statement, Kvitova's manager Katie Spellman said: "Surgeon Radek Kebrle said the operation on Petra's left hand went very well, with no complications. Petra will be on bed rest for 14 days, she will begin slow rehabilitation at around 6-8 weeks post operation. If that rehabilitation process goes well, Petra should be able to grip a racket for the first time (but not play tennis) at three months.

"The best-case scenario is that Petra will be able to return to the tennis court after six months. It is too soon to specify when precisely she can return to competition, but Petra is ready to do everything she can to get back competing at the highest level.

"Petra is happy with how the operation went and is in good spirits."

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Your personal sporting highlights of the year

Some more of your personal sporting highlights of the year

@BBCSport #bbcsportsday Wales beating Belgium in Lille, by far my favourite sporting moment of 2016

@BBCSport #bbcsportsday Wales beating Belgium in Lille, by far my favourite sporting moment of 2016

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France to stop picking 'foreign' players

Rugby Union

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France will stop selecting non-French players who have qualified under the three-year residency rule, national federation boss Bernard Laporte says.

He announced the move after meeting World Rugby president Bill Beaumont.

"I told Bill that we've taken the political decision to stop playing foreign players in the national team," Laporte said.

Foreign-born players who currently play for France will remain eligible but new players will require a French passport.

Lutalo Muhammad's brilliant SPOTY vlog

BBC Sports Personality 2016

Have you seen this yet?

Olympic taekwondo silver medallist Lutalo Muhammad vlogs from BBC Sports Personality 2016, feat. 16 sporting heroes, the greatest Olympian ever, and the new Strictly Come Dancing champion.

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Mourinho denies long term deal

Football

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Jose Mourinho has denied reports he has been offered a new long-term contract by Manchester United.

But Mourinho told Sky Sports: "If one day they bring the contract, I will sign it, I don't even need my advisers, I'll sign because I am loving it."

The ex-Chelsea boss admitted China is "attractive" but added he is "too young" to manage there.

Newcastle shortlisted for 2018 finals

Rugby union

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Newcastle is on a shortlist of potential host cities for both European club rugby union finals in 2018.

The city is bidding to stage the finals of the Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and Challenge Cup qualifying competition.

If successful, Newcastle United's St James' Park would stage the 2018 European Champions Cup final.

European Professional Club Rugby have not disclosed the rival bids and the next stage of the selection process will see EPCR visit candidate cities. A final decision is expected to be made in April 2017.

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Getting to see England's finest cricketers perform at the t20 finals day #bbcsportsday

Getting to see England's finest cricketers perform at the t20 finals day #bbcsportsday

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@BBCSport #bbcsportsday NFL at twickers great day so much fun ! 🏈

@BBCSport #bbcsportsday NFL at twickers great day so much fun ! 🏈

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George North concussion verdict

Rugby Union

What did you make of the George North concussion verdict? BBC rugby reporter Chris Jones is LIVE taking your questions.  

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Rangers v Little Mix

Before Rangers clash with Celtic on New Year's Eve, they have someone else to go head-to-head with... Little Mix.

No we've not started on the Gluwhein early, Rangers fans are taking on the girl band in the battle for Christmas number one.

Rangers fans are bidding to get The Dave Clark Five's 1963 single Glad All Over to the top of the charts. The song was played out during a match last Friday, when fans chanted the track with the chorus changed from: "I'm feeling... glad all over" to "We've got... Joey Garner".   

With just two days to go until the Christmas number one is announced Rangers are winning, with the single sitting top of the charts.

Check out Radio 1's Official Chart show on Friday at 16:00 GMT to find out who ends up top of the tree, sorry charts.

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Mr Armenia

Football

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Manchester United's Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been named Armenian Footballer of the Year for the sixth year in a row.

It is also the seventh time the Armenia captain has won the award.

The 27-year-old earned 245 points out of a possible 250 to claim the award ahead of second-placed Gevorg Ghazaryan of Maritimo and third-placed Marcos Pizelli of Al-Fujeira.

Mkhitaryan has scored two goals in 12 appearances since moving  to United in the summer  

Earlier in the year, his United teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic was named Sweden's top player for a 10th successive year.

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Reaction to George North concussion verdict

You will have seen early (14:10 GMT) that Northampton Saints will not face any sanction despite a concussion panel concluding that winger George North should not have returned to the field after suffering an injury.

Do you agree with the verdict?

BBC Radio 5 live’s rugby reporter Chris Jones will be answering your questions in a live chat on the BBC Sport Facebook page at 16:00 GMT. 

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So you have a chance of meeting some sporting heroes, so what do you wear?

Meeting Carl Frampton at the Euros in June #bbcsportsday

Meeting Carl Frampton at the Euros in June #bbcsportsday

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Juventus in Qatar

Football

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Juventus are in Qatar for Friday's Italian Super Cup against AC Milan and they have been greeted by a few familiar faces in Xavi and Pavel Nedved.

evra and xavi
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Tuilagi focused on Tigers, not England

Rugby union

Manu Tuilagi
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Leicester's Manu Tuilagi hopes he can put his injury problems behind him but has played down the prospect of an England recall.

Tuilagi, 25, has been beset by injuries in the last couple of years and recently returned to action after two months out with a groin problem.

It potentially puts him in contention for a place in England boss Eddie Jones' Six Nations squad.

"I'm just focusing here at Tigers. I want to get some game time," he  told BBC Radio Leicester. "I get a text from Eddie every now and then just seeing how I am. If I play well here then hopefully the rest of it will take care of itself."

Tokyo 2020 looks for budget savings

Olympic Games

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Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have set a budget of 1.8 trillion yen (£12.4bn) but want to make savings.

The first official budget released on Wednesday is below a cap of 2tn yen (£13.8bn), but remains about six times more than the original estimate.

However, Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike said: "I appreciate we have reached a very significant milestone."

At its current budget, Tokyo would be the most expensive Summer Games,surpassing the £8.77bn for London 2012.

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Your personal sporting highlight of the year

We asked for your personal sporting highlights of the year, along with pictures and videos where possible, and you have not disappointed.

Here are some more of your comments. You still have time to get involved yourself. Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or write on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

#bbcsportsday The day we never thought would come. Supporting Wales at a major tournament. #redwall

#bbcsportsday The day we never thought would come. Supporting Wales at a major tournament. #redwall

@BBCSport #bbcsportsday my lad mascot at Euro 2016

@BBCSport #bbcsportsday my lad mascot at Euro 2016

@BBCSport getting to attend Opening Ceremony at Rio2016. #bbcsportsday

@BBCSport getting to attend Opening Ceremony at Rio2016. #bbcsportsday

Coventry appoint Slade

Football

League One strugglers Coventry City have appointed Russell Slade as manager until the end of the season.

The Sky Blues are 23rd in the league and sacked Tony Mowbray in September.

The former Cardiff and Charlton boss takes over with immediate effect and his first match is against Bristol Rovers on Boxing Day.

Ever seen a dog ride a horse?

Olympia Horse Show

Two dogs ride a horse during the final day of the 2016 Olympia Horse Show, as part of equestrian artist Santi Serra's act.

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Olympia Horse Show 2016: Santi Serra's dogs ride horse at final day of Grand Prix

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#bbcsportsday for me cycling in the French alps and conquering The Galibier on my birthday. Awesome day.
#bbcsportsday for me cycling in the French alps and conquering The Galibier on my birthday. Awesome day.

#bbcsportsday for me cycling in the French alps and conquering The Galibier on my birthday. Awesome day.

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Milan's disadvantage

Football

AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani says his side "suffered a serious sporting disadvantage", after their flight to Qatar was cancelled on Tuesday.

The Rossoneri play Juventus in the Italian Super Cup in Doha on Friday, but they were forced to postpone their trip by a day after their charter flight had technical problems.

Juventus arrived on Tuesday and have already had a days training to acclimatise to the conditions.

German top two go head-to-head

Football

Germany's top two teams battle it out for the Christmas number one tonight.

Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig are both level on 36 points. They have won 11 matches, drawn three and lost only one, with Bayern's goal difference of 26 seven better than Leipzig.

Leipzig, founded in 2009 with backing from drinks firm Red Bull, have won four promotions in seven seasons.

The match kicks off at Bayern's Allianz Arena at 19:00 GMT and is sure to be a Christmas cracker.

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Our Get Involved debate is proving popular today and we're loving all your pictures and videos.

This top one from John (BBC Sport app users may need to click on the link to see it) will take some beating.

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Beating Forest twice in one year... #bbcsportsday

Beating Forest twice in one year... #bbcsportsday

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We are on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday and on Facebook if you want to send us your pictures or videos of your personal sporting highlight.

Du Plessis loses appeal

Cricket

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South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has lost his appeal against his ball-tampering conviction.

Du Plessis was found guilty in November after footage appeared to show the 32-year-old licking his finger and shining the ball while eating a sweet in the second Test against Australia.

He was fined 100% of his match fee by the International Cricket Council.

But he will be able to play in South Africa's Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka as he will not face a match ban.

Baggies Xmas dinner

Football

We can't see many greens on that plate.

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BreakingNorth should 'not have returned to field of play'

Rugby Union

Northampton winger George North should not have returned to the field of play, a concussion panel has concluded.

North was injured in the 11th minute of the Premiership game between Leicester Tigers and Northampton on 3 December.

The winger, 24, played on after landing on his head in the defeat.

The Rugby Football Union said Northampton will not face any sanction over the handling of the injury.

Earle banned for eight weeks

Rugby Union

George Earle
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George Earle joined Cardiff Blues from Scarlets for 2016-17

Cardiff Blues lock George Earle has been banned for eight weeks after making contact with the eyes of Bath's Tom Ellis in the European Challenge Cup.

South African Earle made contact with the eye area of Bath flanker Tom Ellis in the second half of the 38-3 loss.

His ban starts with missing their Pro12 home derby with Newport Gwent Dragons on Boxing Day.

Blues head coach Danny Wilson had stated he believed the contact was accidental. Earle pleaded not guilty to the charge, but a disciplinary panel ruled he had committed the offence.

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Northern Ireland's first trip to the Euros. #bbcsportsday

Northern Ireland's first trip to the Euros. #bbcsportsday

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Liverpool prize awaits replay winners

Newport County v Plymouth Argyle (19:45 GMT)

When you are bottom of the EFL, it is not often you have a potential game at Liverpool to look forward to.

Well, that is the situation facing Newport County tonight as they have a home FA Cup second-round replay against League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle.

The winners of that tie will be playing at Anfield in the third round on 8 January.

You can watch an interview with Newport County manager Graham Westley, courtesy of BBC Wales Sport, below. BBC Sport app users may need to click on the link to see the video.

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Newport boss Graham Westley targets Liverpool tie in FA Cup third round

Have Liverpool solved defensive problems?

Football

Watch again this clip from Match of the Day 2 as our panel discuss Liverpool's 1-0 win over Everton and wonder if the Reds have solved their recent defensive problems.

Everton 0-1 Liverpool: Have Reds solved defensive problems?

Hull target Swansea's Montero

Football gossip

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Hull City have been linked with a move for Swansea City's Jefferson Montero.

According to the South Wales Evening Post, the Ecuadorian winger, 27, is wanted to replace Robert Snodgrass.

As you will have seen at 13:01, Snodgrass is being targeted by West Brom and Celtic after he turned down a new Hull contract offer.

For more transfers check out today's gossip column.

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Our chat today has been about your personal sporting highlights of the year. Well, Manchester City and West Ham have got in touch with their efforts as well.

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This was pretty special, @BBCSport... #bbcsportsday #COYI

This was pretty special, @BBCSport... #bbcsportsday #COYI

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Relive Mo's golds

Athletics

In the latest in our Advent Calendar series, watch again as Great Britain's Mo Farah wins his fourth Olympic gold medal to become only the second man in history to retain the 5,000m and 10,000m titles.

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Magnificent Mo completes double double

Ibrahimovic to stay at United

Football gossip

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent says the striker is all but certain to extend his Manchester United stay.

The 35-year-old has scored 16 goals since joining from Paris St-Germain in the summer.

Speaking to Talksport Mino Raiola said: "There is a big chance that there will be a second year.

"We had already included that in the contract so it is not new for us and Manchester United. Both parties are very happy with that.

"It is more a question of time or when rather than if."

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Celtic reject chance to sign Snodgrass

Football gossip

Celtic will turn down a move for Hull's Scotland striker Robert Snodgrass, according to the Daily Record.

Snodgrass is out of contract in the summer and was reportedly willing to take a pay cut to join the Scottish champions.

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Some more of your pictures and videos of your personal sporting highlights of the year. Good work, everyone. Tweet us using #bbcsportsday or write on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

#bbcsportsday - what a screamer from Mo Diame at Wembley in play off final.

#bbcsportsday - what a screamer from Mo Diame at Wembley in play off final.

A team of Cantonas? Well, here are eight of them.

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Or what about getting close to the action at the Grand Prix...

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Foxes chairman criticises ref

Football

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Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has criticised the referee for Jamie Vardy's sending off at Stoke on Saturday and also the Football Association for rejecting the club's appeal yesterday.

In a statement released on the Thai billionaire's Instagram account, he said he was "sorry for the unfair judgement of the referee" and "more sorry that our appeal was rejected".

He continued by saying: "this kind of judgement distorts the charm" of English football and that the incident made him "feel dispirit from football."

Vardy will serve a three match ban following his red card last weekend - meaning he misses the Boxing Day clash with Everton, West Ham on New Year's Eve and the trip to Middlesbrough on 2 January.

'I looked like Rudolph'

American Football

BBC NFL pundits Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora discuss the coldest game they ever played in, with Osi recounting how frostbite made him look like Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.  

NFL: I looked like Rudolph - Osi Umenyiora on frostbite

German player in hospital after shooting

Football

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Dynamo Dresden defender Marc Wachs has received emergency surgery after a shooting that killed a family member.

The 21-year-old German's injuries are not life-threatening, according to the Bundesliga 2 club.

A second family member was also injured and is in hospital after the incident in Wiesbaden, near Frankfurt.

The German club said they was "shocked, stunned and deeply saddened" and would "be wherever our help and support is needed".