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  1. Goodbye

    And on that note, we end another edition of Sportsday. We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 GMT but stay across the BBC Sport website at the weekend for coverage of Premier League football, Test cricket and Masters snooker.

    Until then.

  2. From Olympic finalist to Las Vegas escort

    Suzy Favor Hamilton

    After Suzy Favor Hamilton competed at the Sydney Olympics, it came out that she'd been working as a high-class escort. Yes, you read that correctly.

    Speaking to Sportshour, she explains how mental illness drove her to become a Las Vegas call girl.

    Hear more about her remarkable tale here.

  3. 'Liverpool have nothing to fear'


    Danny Murphy

    MOTD pundit and ex-Liverpool midfielder

    Jurgen Klopp

    Liverpool are running out of games to mount a serious bid for a place in the top four, but Sunday's game against Manchester United would be the perfect time to start the run they need.

    If Jurgen Klopp's side lose at Anfield, it leaves them with a mountain to climb to earn a Champions League spot.

    But if the Reds win it will be fascinating to see what a draw against leaders Arsenal then beating United in the space of four days does for their momentum and confidence.

    Read the rest of the piece here

  4. F1 to discuss refuelling

    Formula 1

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer


    Formula 1 chiefs are to again discuss the potential return of refuelling.

    The idea was proposed then dismissed last year, but could be introduced as early as 2017 if it receives support in Monday's F1 strategy group meeting.

    Key figures in F1 are keen to find ways of making the sport more exciting.

    The strategy group - made up of F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone, FIA president Jean Todt and the six leading teams - will also discuss rule changes for engines and chassis.

    Refuelling was banned at the end of 2009 on cost and safety grounds.

  5. Premier League injury table


    Bournemouth may be outside the relegation zone but they're in the bottom three in our Premier League injury table.

    On the plus side, the Cherries have suffered fewer than half the number of injuries experienced by Manchester City with 23 compared to a league-high 47.

    Yet the severity of them (cruciate knee ligament injuries for Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Callum Wilson) mean their players have missed 175 days more than those in Manuel Pellegrini's squad.

    Without those key casualties, could Bournemouth be higher up the table? Will their recent signings plug the gap and stave off relegation?

    Let us know on #bbcsportsday

  6. Just a few hours left


    As we mentioned earlier, you've only got until midnight to get your application in for the FA People's Cup.

    You don't have to be part of a team already, but you can also join in as a team, in one of 10 categories. 

    Here, for instance, are the 2015 winners of the walking football category - Condor FC -  after a penalty shoot-out in the final...

    Condor FC celebrate winning the walking football final in the 2015 FA People's Cup

    So, if you want to experience that feeling of winning a cup final, you can find out all the details of getting involved here.

  7. Premier League injury table


    How detrimental is European football for the health of your squad?

    Well according to our Premier League injury table it can be a poisoned chalice.

    The six best-performing teams in injury terms - Watford, Leicester, West Brom, Swansea, Norwich and Southampton - are clubs without European commitments.

    It certainly seems to be helping Watford and Leicester in the actual table as well this year.

    So is European football worth it to your team if it increases their injury woes? Let us know on #bbcsportsday.

  8. Sunderland make approach for Ayew


    Andre Ayew

    Sunderland have made an approach for Swansea striker Andre Ayew, according to Sky Sports.

    The 26-year-old had spent the bulk of his career with Marseille, where he made 160 appearances before leaving the south of France last summer. 

    This season he has scored seven goals for the struggling Swans who lie just one place above the relegation zone.

  9. Trott wins World Cup silver

    Track Cycling

    Laura Trott

    Great Britain have won two medals on the opening day of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Hong Kong.

    Laura Trott took silver in the scratch race and Emily Nelson, 19, won her first World Cup medal with bronze in the points event.

    Two more British medals are guaranteed after the men's and women's sprint teams qualified for the gold races.

    The men - featuring Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes and Matt Crampton - will take on Poland in Saturday's final.

  10. Ryan gets England U21 job


    England netball

    England netball have appointed Dan Ryan as head coach of the Under-21 side.

    The Manchester Thunder coach will take up the role immediately but will remain in charge of the Superleague side.

    Australia international Ryan joins in the build up to the World Youth Netball Cup in Botswana next summer.

    “I want to transform the mind-set from focusing on finishing on the podium, to aiming and preparing to be best in the world," said Ryan.

  11. Lawro's predictions



    BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

    Lawro's opponent for the latest round of Premier League fixtures are Creed stars Michael B Jordan & Tony Bellew.

    Everton fan and professional boxer Bellew plays 'Pretty' Ricky Conlan in the film, which sees Sylvester Stallone reprise his role as the former world heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa.

    Balboa is trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson - played by Jordan - the son of his former rival Apollo Creed.

    Read his full predictions here

  12. Birmingham sign Buckley


    Will Buckley

    Birmingham City have signed Sunderland winger Will Buckley on a one-month loan deal.

  13. Premier League injury table


    Watford are top and Newcastle are bottom. 

    Well, not in the actual table but that's the state of play in the Premier League injury table that we've put together and you can take a look at here.

    Newcastle's players have missed a remarkable 1042 days through injury this season but Liverpool don't fare much better in second bottom with 965 days missed.

    Does that justify Jurgen Klopp highlighting his side's injury troubles or is it a result of his style? Will it mean moves for the Reds in the transfer window?

    Let us know on #bbcsportsday

  14. O's president handed ban & £40k fine


    Francesco Becchetti

    Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined £40,000 by the Football Association. 

    An independent regulatory commission decided the 49-year-old was guilty of a charge of violent contact on Friday. 

    He was charged after television pictures appeared to show him kicking O's assistant Andy Hessenthaler after the win over Portsmouth on 26 December. 

    Becchetti, who requested a personal hearing, can appeal the decision. 

    The Italian, who bought the O's in summer 2014, had accepted his actions were improper but strongly denied it was violent conduct. 

  15. 'I'd definitely be playing'


    “I love five-a-side football and it’s pretty much what I grew up on in my youth, playing in a small, tight area," says Arsenal Women's FA Cup winner Kelly Smith.

    What's she talking about? The FA People's Cup - and the deadline for entries is midnight today.

    Kelly Smith with the Women's FA Cup

    "I'd definitely be playing. There’s a category for everyone - youth, adult, walking football - and if you want to have fun and play this wonderful game, then the closing date is midnight on Friday."

    So what are you waiting for? Find out how to get involved here.

  16. 'Football has neglected doping'


    Arsene Wenger

    In the wake of claims that athletics' governing body helped cover up systematic doping in Russia, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been talking about the potential for football to become embroiled in a similar controversy.  

    "We have all to fight against doping," he said. "You and I celebrated super-champions who were maybe only cheats. 

    "In football, I think we have ignored doping for a long time. We have neglected it. Now, I think Uefa and Fifa will tackle it seriously." 

  17. Bolton may get tax hearing delay



    Bolton's winding-up petition hearing scheduled for 18 January may be delayed, says manager Neil Lennon.

    The Championship club are £172.9m in debt and under a transfer embargo until the end of the season for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

    They reportedly need to raise at least £600,000 before Monday, or face going into administration.

    "Speaking to [club advisor] Trevor Birch he seems confident that there are things that can be done," Lennon said.

  18. On this day


    Sergei Bubka

    In 1984, Ukrainian pole-vaulter Sergei Bubka set his first world record with a vault of 5.81m.

  19. Get Involved

    Premier League injury table

    Let us know your thoughts. Tweet #bbcsportsday

  20. Watford 'need first-team players'

    Swansea City v Watford (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport


    Matches appear to be catching up with Watford and their tight ‘first-team’ squad as they prepare for the trip to Swansea.

    Five games in 19 days has resulted in the Hornets picking up just one point in their four Premier League games. Before that where Watford were playing Saturday to Saturday, getting plenty of rest and coach Quique Sanchez Flores was able to do what he does best and work through the week on the training ground, his side won four on the spin. 

    The Premier League manager of the month for December does not have strength in depth. He really only has a hard core of 14 players he trusts to can call upon so "first team" players are required in January.