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Summary

  1. Man City's Gundogan to have surgery on cruciate injury
  2. Everton's Bolasie out 'for long time'
  3. Build-up to weekend of Premier League action
  4. Get Involved: Show us your sporty Christmas jumpers using #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Andy Donley, Chris Osborne and Kaleigh Watterson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night folks...

    That's it today ladies and gents.

    Hope we've helped you get through Friday.

    Sportsday is now off to the BBC Sport Christmas party, fully prepared to bust out some Alan Pardew dance moves, should it prove necessary.

    See ya!

    Pards
  2. Retiring Hopkins lauded by De la Hoya

    Boxing

    Oscar de la Hoya and Bernard Hopkins

    Bernard Hopkins has been hailed as a "genius" by fellow great Oscar de la Hoya, ahead of the 51-year-old's final bout in Los Angeles on Saturday.

    Former two-weight world champion Hopkins takes on fellow American Joe Smith Jr in his 65th pro contest.

    Hopkins defended his world middleweight title 20 times and is the oldest man to hold a world title, aged 49.

    "We won't see a fighter like Bernard any time soon," De la Hoya, Hopkins' promoter, told BBC Radio 5 live.

    Hopkins, who made his pro debut before the 27-year-old Joe Smith Jr was born, has a record of 55 wins (32 KOs), seven defeats, and two draws. He has never been beaten inside the distance.

    Read more here.

  3. Chinese football is a danger - Conte

    Crystal Palace v Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

    Oscar

    The huge amounts of cash being spent on players by Chinese clubs is a "danger for all teams in the world", according to Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.

    He's warned it could be "difficult" managing players on such high salaries, after midfielder Oscar was linked to a £60m move to Shanghai SIPG which could lead to him earning an eye-watering £400,000-a-week.

    Read more here.

  4. Mignolet gets nod over Karius for derby

    Everton v Liverpool (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

    Simon Mignolet (left) and Loris Karius

    Simon Mignolet will continue in goal for Liverpool during Monday's Merseyside derby, after replacing Loris Karius for the Reds' win over Middlesbrough.

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp saidMignolet is "in brilliant shape" and praised him for a "really good game" against Boro.

    Read more here.

  5. Cricket Australia defends pregnancy policy

    Cricket

    Cricket Australia has defended its policy of asking women players to declare if they are pregnant when they sign a central contract.

    CA's chief executive James Sutherland says the organisation has not broken any anti-discrimination rules and the policy is a "health and safety issue".

    He added: "We are fully aware of our obligations as an employer."

    The England & Wales Cricket Board says it does not have a "notification of pregnancy" rule for women cricketers.

    Read more here.

    James Sutherland
    Image caption: James Sutherland said the policy was to help ensure the safety of "mother and child" on the cricket field
  6. Canaries host Terriers

    Norwich v Huddersfield (19:45 GMT)

    Nelson Oliveira

    There's Championship football on the agenda tonight, as Norwich City host Huddersfield.

    Huddersfield can jump up to third with a win, but the Canaries could replace the visitors in fourth with a victory.

    Read the match preview here.

  7. Italian match finally finishes - three months after it began

    Football

    How's this for a weather delay?

    A Serie A match between Genoa and Fiorentina has finished more than three months after it originally started.

    The game between the two Italian sides originally took place on 11 September but was abandoned after 28 minutes because of a severe hailstorm.

    Fiorentina could not play the remainder of the fixture until this month because of their Europa League commitments - but they probably weren't too happy when it did get finally get rescheduled as Genoa won 1-0.

    Read more here.

    The referee Luca Banti suspends the match between Genoa and Fiorentina in September 2016.
  8. Get Involved - Christmas Jumper Day

    #bbcsportsday

    Two styles of Man City jumpers being showcased here. Very festive!

    Share yours - #bbcsportsday

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  9. Fonte to Man United a non-starter?

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  10. Premier League & Championship team news

    Football

    Preparing your fantasy football team for the weekend? See team news, injury reports and stats for all of the weekend's Premier League and Championship games here.

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola
  11. LATEST GOSSIP: Verratti a Chelsea target

    Verratti

    Chelsea have made Paris St-Germain's Marco Verratti a top target in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail.

    PSG are expected to want more than £30m for the 24-year-old midfielder.

  12. 'If I get punished then it's deserved'

    Rooooooooot

    Joe Root may be a baby-faced assassin - but the England batsman says it's time he grew up a bit.

    Root was adjudged caught behind on review after playing a sweep shot against spinner Ravindra Jadeja on day one of the fifth Test against India.

    He was seen talking to himself as he departed and aimed a kick at the boundary rope on his way off the field.

    "There was frustration there," said Root. "If I get punished then I'm sure it's deserved."

  13. Can Bradley win goal of the month?

    Video content

    Video caption: Sunderland FC: Can Bradley Lowery win Goal of the month?

    Five-year-old Sunderland supporter Bradley Lowery, who has terminal cancer, scored a penalty for his beloved Black Cats in the warm-up against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

    There is a growing social media campaign with players, media and fans calling for it to be the official Premier League goal of the month.

  14. Get Involved - Christmas Jumper Day

    #bbcsportsday

    Yup. It's just the greatest sprint horse of all time wishing us a merry Christmas.

    No biggie.

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  15. Living with euthanasia: Marieke Vervoort's story

    Disability Sport

    Belgian Paralympian Marieke Vervoort won gold and silver medals at London 2012, picking up silver and bronze at Rio 2016.

    The 37-year-old has a degenerative spinal disease, and signed papers for euthanasia, which is legal in Belgium, in 2008.

    Having retired from wheelchair racing after Rio, she now says she wants to enjoy every moment she can, before taking the ultimate decision when her life quality deteriorates.

    Watch the short clip below or listen to the full 5 live Sport Special program here.

    Video content

    Video caption: Paralympian Marieke Vervoort has a degenerative disease and signed papers for euthanasia.
  16. Big thumbs up from Luis

    What's he happiest with?

    The new five-year deal to stay at Barcelona?

    The bumper £167.5m buy-out clause?

    Or his rather snazzy skull and cross bones T-shirt?

    Who knows? But Luis Suarez is definitely happy.

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  17. Rafinha signs new Bayern contract

    Football

    Rafinha

    Bayern Munich right-back Rafinha has signed a one-year contract extension with the Bundesliga champions.

    Read more here.

  18. Get Involved - Christmas Jumper Day

    #bbcsportsday

    A festive Celtic jumper complemented by an extra festive hat. Spot on.

    Share yours with us - #bbcsportsday.

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  19. ‘Progress’ on David Beckham MLS bid

    Football

    Beckham

    David Beckham’s plans to set up a football team in Miami are “making progress” as Major League Soccer has unveiled plans to expand the league to 28 teams.

    The competition will feature 22 teams when the new season begins in March and the Los Angeles Football Club will become the 23rd team in 2018.

    Although they have not confirmed a possible entry date for the former England captain’s franchise, MLS commissioner Don Garber said: “We are very focused on Miami being our 24th team.”

    Beckham has been trying to set up an MLS team since 2013.

  20. Get Involved - Christmas Jumper Day

    #bbcsportsday

    Never too proud to print a correct or an apology, we here at Sportsday Towers regret questioning of the football legitimacy of this fella's Christmas jumper a few moments ago.

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