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  2. Bradford Bulls liquidated
  3. Alan Smith in temporary charge at Notts County
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By Amy Lofthouse and Phil Dawkes

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That's all from us for today. But never fear for Sportsday will be back tomorrow to bring you all the sports news, gossip and debate as it happens.

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Ivory Coast given AFCON financial boost


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Defending champions Ivory Coast have been given extra financial support for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The Ivorian government has approved a near €6 million euros (£5.1m) budget for the team's campaign in Gabon.

It is an increase of €600,000 euros (£507,000) from the last finals in Equatorial Guinea two years ago.

Ivory Coast kick off their tournament against Togo on 16 January, before facing DR Congo and Morocco in the group stage.


Man City could be Guardiola's last job


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hinted that his current role could be his last job.

Speaking to NBC following Monday's 2-1 win over Burnley, Guardiola said the "process of my goodbye has already started".

"I will be at Manchester for the next three seasons, maybe more," he said.

"I will not be on the bench until I am 60 or 65 years old."

Pep Guardiola: Man City boss hints this could be his last job

Barton back


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Joey Barton is back in action. The midfielder played 90 minutes as Burnley's development squad beat Fleetwood Town 1-0 today. 

The 34-year-old, who has agreed a contract with the Clarets until the end of the season, has the threat of a ban hanging over him after being charged with misconduct by the FA.

'Scorpion pun alert!'

Bournemouth v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

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Bournemouth host Arsenal tonight. Here is Match of the Day commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball's preview of the game...

"Scorpion pun alert! The football world continues to marvel at Olivier Giroud's remarkable goal, but will there be a sting in the tail for Arsenal on the south coast?

"Bournemouth are having an excellent season. At the half-way stage they were 10 points clear of the relegation zone after their 3-0 win at Swansea, they'd won as many home games as Manchester City and Manchester United and were actually a little unlucky to lose 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium at the end of November.

"But if Arsenal harbour serious hopes of hauling in Chelsea, then they need to win this game and probably their next three league games before facing Antonio Conte's side on 4 February."

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Richard Todd: England win 6 Nations, England win Ashes, Arsenal Champs League, McIlroy The Open, Hamilton F1 Champ, Kent Div 2 Champs.

Philander reaches 150


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South Africa are well on top against Sri Lanka in the second Test between the sides at Cape Town. Having scored 392 in their own first innings, Proteas have just dismissed the tourists for 110.

Seamer Vernon Philander has passed a personal milestone, reaching 150 Test wickets in the process of taking 4-27. He has taken those in just 39 Tests and is now eighth on the overall wicket-takers list for SA.

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Scotland 'have players coming through ranks'


Dundee manager and former Scotland midfielder Paul Hartley insists the national team have players coming through that can boost their results. 

Scotland have players coming through, insists Paul Hartley

New Bradford side would begin new season on minus twelve points

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Some more on the news that Bradford Bulls have been liquidated.

The RLF has met to determine "how the future of professional Rugby League in Bradford can move forward in 2017."

"The Board were most mindful of the planning already undertaken by all other clubs in the competition structure, the season tickets already purchased and the players and staff who will now be seeking employment in and around the sport in 2017," a statement said.

"Accordingly the Board has agreed that the wider interests of the sport is best satisfied if it offers a place in the Kingstone Press Championship to any new club in Bradford and that such a club start the 2017 season on minus twelve points." 


Bedene reaches second round of Chennai Open


British number four Aljaz Bedene reached the second round of the Chennai Open with a 6-3 6-3 win over Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

The 27-year-old needed just one hour and 15 minutes to beat the unseeded Spaniard.

Bedene, who reached round three of the French Open last year, hit seven aces against the former world number 23.

He will now face Slovakia's Martin Klizan, ranked 66 places above Bedene in the world rankings at 35.


Stoke v Watford


Stoke haven't won in five games, Watford have one win from their last seven. They meet tonight at the Britannia Stadium.

Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic is available after serving a three-match suspension.

Ramadan Sobhi and Wilfried Bony are likely to miss out because of the Africa Cup of Nations, while Jonathan Walters is doubtful with a knee injury.

Juan Zuniga and Nordin Amrabat have joined Watford's lengthy injury list after suffering ankle and leg injuries respectively on Sunday.

However, Hornets defender Miguel Britos returns after a one-match ban.

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What makes a sport a sport?

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So, what makes a sport a sport? Is it athletic prowess? Supreme skill? Does sitting in a car or riding on a horse count? The latest BBC iWonder guide attempts to settle this very debate.

If you like darts, you may want to have a read, which you can do by clicking here.

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Ross McKenzie: Northern Ireland to make the play offs for Russia 2018. I'd even say they could make it there if the draw is kind!  

Paralympian forced to wet herself on train journey

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Paralympics GB star forced to wet herself on train journey

Paralympic athlete and disabilities campaigner Anne Wafula Strike MBE was forced to wet herself on a CrossCountry train because it didn't have a working disabled toilet.

Despite her embarrassment, she has decided to go public in the hope it will bring change for disabled people.

The wheelchair racer, 47, represented Kenya - the country of her birth - at the Athens 2004 Paralympics, but has since switched nationalities.

'The league is open'

Tottenham v Chelsea (Weds, 20:00 GMT)

Antonio Conte on the Premier League: "This type of game gives you motivation. Now I think every team want to stop our run, not just Tottenham. If you see the table, we have only five points more than second place from Liverpool and seven points from Manchester City. The league is open. This is only the first game of the second part of the season.

"This league is very tough. In every game you can lose points. It is important to stay focused in every game, whether you play Tottenham or another game."


Crystal Palace v Swansea


Sam Allardyce goes in search of his first win as Crystal Palace boss tonight when they host bottom club Swansea in a full-on relegation six-pointer.

Crystal Palace will have Damien Delaney available again after he missed the loss to Arsenal due to suspension.

Wilfried Zaha has been given special dispensation to play before going to the Africa Cup of Nations with Ivory Coast.

Swansea's Wayne Routledge will be checked after he missed the defeat to Bournemouth due to a mouth abscess.

Fernando Llorente is also a doubt after picking up a knock, but Jefferson Montero is definitely absent.

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'Only through work can you improve'


Antonio Conte on visiting White Hart Lane as Chelsea manager: "I have never played at White Hart Lane but I was at Tottenham v Fiorentina two years ago. It was a good atmosphere.

"The most important thing is to improve your formation and your ideas, your tactical systems. Only through work can you improve. It is important to continue to work. We have space to improve with our system and I hope to continue this way."

'We are talking about finding the right players'


Antonio Conte on the make up of his squad: "I like to have my players in good form and then to make the best choice for the game. It is a good problem. Now, we have Pedro, Willian, Hazard and Costa in good form and in good shape. 

"I have to decide the starting XI but I think you win the game in 90 minutes and it is important to have all my players available and in good form.

"There are some positions that, if we are able to find the right solution, it is important to take that solution. This championship is long. Also, I know the difficulty of the market and finding the right player. But we are talking about this."


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David Cole: Chelsea to win the league, Utd to finish above City Referee's to keep ruining the league with their ego's and self importance

John Louis: Sunderland to survive on goal difference - because their troubling rival concedes 6 goals in the last day.

'Tottenham are better than last season'

Tottenham v Chelsea (Weds, 20:00 GMT)

Antonio Conte on fifth-placed Tottenham: "Against Tottenham [previously] was a tough game. I watched it again. In the first half they played well and put us under a lot of pressure. 

"In the second half we played very well but Tottenham showed great form. For me, Tottenham are better than last season. They have a good manager who is working very well. It is right to compliment Pochettino."

'Costa wanted to fight for the club'

Tottenham v Chelsea (Weds, 20:00 GMT)

Antonio Conte on Diego Costa: "When Diego decided to stay, he said he wanted to fight for this club and for his shirt. I wasn't concerned. He is showing great patience in the right way, in every moment of the game. 

"We are happy for this. He is completely focused on the game.

On transfer speculation: "I answer always in the same way- that I don't like to speak about players that are playing with other teams. It is about respect for the players and the clubs." 

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Messi and Suarez visit children's hospital


Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have been spreading some seasonal goodwill and made the day of some young fans in a Barcelona children's hospital.

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'To win 13 games in a row is not easy'

Tottenham v Chelsea (Weds, 20:00 GMT)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on his side's record-equaling run: "It is a great achievement for us. To win 13 games in a row is not easy. We are pleased for this. Tomorrow, we know that we have a tough game against Tottenham. It is a good team. For this reason we need to continue our run!"

Sagna must explain Instagram post


Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna must explain his "10 against 12" Instagram post made after his side's 2-1 win over Burnley on Monday.

City were reduced to 10-men from the 32nd minute after referee Lee Mason sent off midfielder Fernandinho.

Sagna has deleted the post but the Football Association has contacted the full-back to ask for his observations.

He has until 17:00 GMT on Friday to respond.

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West Ham to appeal Feghouli red card


West Ham are appealing against the red card shown to Sofiane Feghouli during Monday's defeat by Manchester United.

The midfielder was sent off by referee Mike Dean for a challenge on Red Devils defender Phil Jones 15 minutes into a match the Hammers lost 2-0.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said Jones "made a meal" of the tackle from the Algeria international.

Feghouli is the fifth player to be dismissed by Dean in the Premier League this season.


Conte press conference

Tottenham v Chelsea (Weds, 20:00 GMT)

We'll be bringing you the best stuff from Antonio Conte's presser, as the Chelsea boss speaks to the media ahead of tomorrow's Premier League game against Tottenham.

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 West Ham are appealing against the red card shown to Sofiane Feghouli during Monday's defeat by Manchester United. 

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Davey: Chelsea will exceed their previous record of 95 points. They only have to repeat the first half of the season

Chris Deez: Sorry David Payne but haven't you seen the plight of CCFC in recent years? My predilection is we go extinct within one year

Club v country for Matip and Nyom?


There could be a club v country row brewing, involving Cameroon, Liverpool's Joel Matip and Allan Nyom of West Brom.

Both players have been named in Cameroon's 35-man provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Matip and Nyom are two of seven squad members who have said they do not want to go to the tournament, but Cameroon team manager Alphonse Tchapmi says he expects them both to arrive at their training camp in the city of Yaounde tonight.

“We have three players who are due to arrive (Tuesday evening), notably Allan Nyom and Joel Matip. The third player is Eric Maxim Choupo Moting," he said.

Cameroon’s coach Hugo Broos said last month that "the federation reserves the right to take action against the players in accordance with Fifa regulations."

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Bournemouth v Arsenal


There are three Premier League games this evening, the first of which kicks off at 19:45 GMT at the Vitality Stadium where Bournemouth host Arsenal.

Striker Benik Afobe will be available for the home side after opting not to play for DR Congo at this month's Africa Cup of Nations.

However, on-loan Jack Wilshere is ineligible against his parent club and Marc Pugh remains an injury doubt.

Arsenal could be without midfielder Mesut Ozil, who missed the win over Crystal Palace through illness.

Mohamed Elneny is at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs could miss out through injury.

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On this day...


In 2012, Liverpool confirmed they would not appeal against the eight-match ban handed to Luis Suarez for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

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Luton's McGeehan breaks leg - then gets booked


Luton midfielder Cameron McGeehan broke his leg during Monday's 1-0 loss to Portsmouth - and was then booked for pounding the floor in pain or frustration afterwards.

McGeehan was injured in the 16th minute of the League Two match and was shown a yellow card while being stretchered off the pitch.

Pompey fans reportedly sang "you're going home in an ambulance" to the 21-year-old, who has scored 11 goals in 28 matches for League Two side Luton this term.  

Portsmouth chose not to respond directly to Jones' comments, but a spokesman said everyone at the club sends their best wishes to McGeehan for a full and speedy recovery.

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NFL action

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Take a bow Dez Bryant. The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver made an incredible one-handed touchdown catch during their 42-21 win over the Detroit Lions, which you can watch below...

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Bryant makes amazing one-handed catch

While we're at it, check out our NFL plays of the week, including a 95-yard punt return from the Kansas City Chiefs' Tyreek Hill during their 37-27 win over the San Diego Chargers.

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NFL: Tyreek Hill's 95-yard touchdown and other plays of the week

How to find free activities in your area

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Rowers getting involved in a free taster session with Trafford Rowing Club

There are lots of excuses not to get fitter or try something new. You do not have the time or money. But if you are serious about getting out there and don't know where to start, we might have just the tips for you.

There are many free sports, activities and taster sessions for you to try.

Maybe you want to try something completely different for the New Year?

Let Get Inspired show you the ways one rowing club used to attract newcomers, and how they can work for you too.

Garth's team of the week


Paul Pogba

Garth has opted for a diamond midfield setup for his team of the week. The quartet of Paul Pogba, Willian, Matt Phillips and Dele Alli certainly have some goals in them. To check out the rest of his side, click here. You can also select your own side.


Happy birthday to...

Gavin Hastings (rugby union) - the former Scotland captain, born 1962, is 55.

Michael Schumacher (motor racing) - retired seven-time Formula One world champion, currently recovering following a skiing accident, born 1969, is 48.

Lee Bowyer (football) - former Leeds, Newcastle and West Ham midfielder, born 1977, is 40.

Eli Manning (american football) - New York Giants quarterback, born 1981, is 36.

Kohei Uchimura (gymnastics) - gold-medal winning Japanese artistic gymnast, born 1989, is 28.

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Smith in temporary charge at Notts County


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Notts County will be hoping that all that time working under the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and David O'Leary has paid off for Alan Smith. They have put the ex-England, Leeds and Manchester United striker Alan Smith in temporary charge for Saturday's match at Morecambe, reports BBC Nottingham.

The Magpies sacked manager John Sheridan on Monday, after a run of nine successive defeats left them one point above the League Two relegation zone.

Smith, 36, has been a player-coach at Notts since joining in May 2014.

'Your beard is bad for golf'


Andrew Johnston, who recorded his first European Tour win last year with victory at the Spanish Open, is the owner of one spectacular beard.

However he's been told by some that his beard is "bad" for the sport - have a listen below.

European golf champion Andrew Johnston says his beard wasn't favourably received

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Archie: Arsenal to be just about to sign Neymar but then Wenger realises that he's too good for arsenal and he actually costs money.

David Melton: Chelsea's starting XI gets sold to China, making for an exciting EPL which Liverpool win on goals scored from Arsenal.