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24 February 2012 Last updated at 19:32

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    That's it for Friday's Sportsday Live. Please keep sending us your news, views and comments via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday. Join us again at 0800 GMT on Monday for all the breaking news and build-up to a busy week of sport.

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    RUGBY UNION

    We also have live coverage of this Pro 12 fixture as the Ospreys travel to Ravenhill to face Ulster. Commentary from Jim Neilly with Ryan Constable. (UK only)

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    FOOTBALL

    The Football Association of Wales have released a statement following the reisgnation of Raymond Verheijen: "The FAW accepts the resignation with regret, as Raymond was due to assist the Wales squad this week with the match against Costa Rica, a game being staged in honour of the Wales manager who tragically left us in November of last year. The FAW would like to take the opportunity to thank Raymond for his work over the last 12 months and wishes him well for the future."

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    RUGBY UNION

    You can watch live coverage with Scrum V presenting live coverage of between Munster and CardiffBlues. (UK only)

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    GOLF

    Lee Westwood has won the first hole of his third round game against Nick Watney in the World Match Play in Tuscon, Arizona. The Englishman will become the world number one if he wins the tournament.

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    DIVING

    2004 Olympic silver medallist Peter Waterfield has defended synchronised diving partner Tom Daley after the latest attack from the GB performance director Alexei Evangulov (who compared Tom to Russian Anna Kournikova (who failed to achieve her early potential), which comes a week after he said Tom's media commitments were harming his Olympic medal prospects.

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    FOOTBALL

    Verheijen added: "Very proud to be part of FIFA's most improved team in 2011. Would like to thank the players and fans for an amazing journey."

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    COMING UP ON 5 LIVE

    The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra has teamed up with BBC Radio 5 Live to celebrate iconic sporting themes. Tonight from 1900 GMT Colin Murray is presenting an evening of music and sport in a special edition of Kicking Off.

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    FOOTBALL

    Wales assistant manager Raymond Verheijen: "Earlier today I have informed the FAW I will resign. Have enough of their political & destructive games. Very sad day."

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    COMING UP ON 5 LIVE

    The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra has teamed up with BBC Radio 5 Live to celebrate iconic sporting themes. Tonight from 1900 GMT Colin Murray is presenting an evening of music and sport in a special edition of Kicking Off.

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    GOLF

    Both Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy will be eyeing the world number one spot when they tee off in the WCG Match Play. The duo could both replace Luke Donald in the top spot after he was knocked out of the competition in the first round by Ernie Els. Westwood faces Nick Watney, while McIlroy will take on Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiminez in the last 16.

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    COMING UP ON SPORTSDAY

    You can catch a full preview to your sporting weekend in Friday's Sportsday at 1830 on the BBC News Channel. You can hear from Terry Connor, Ally McCoist, Malky Mackay, Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp and Stuart Pearce, as well as reports on Nathan Cleverly, Tom Daley and the NBA All-Star game.

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    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is awaiting the results of a scan on a foot injury. The 22-year-old suffered the injury during the Europa League clash with Ajax and will be hoping he is fit enough to take his place in the England squad for Wednesday's friendly with Holland.

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    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin, who has been strongly linked with a loan move to Zenit St Petersburg, appears to be paying to tribute to the Gunners fans on Twitter. H: "Rather than a statement please listen carefully to this song xxx" before linking to Whitney Houston's classic hit I will always love you!"

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    WINTER SPORTS

    BBC Sport reporter Ollie Williams: "Women's Skeleton Worlds: GB's Lizzy Yarnold finishes 3rd, Shelley Rudman 4th, Amy Williams 5th. Won by America's Katie Uhlaender."

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    RUGBY UNION

    Saracens have handed new deals to Chris Wyles, Kelly Brown, George Kruis, Jackson Wray, Eoin Sheriff and James Short . The deals are the latest in a long line of announcements by the north London club, with 18 players having now committed their futures to the Premiership champions.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Munster have announced that winger Doug Howlett has agreed a contract extension until the end of the 2012/13 season. The former All Black star has scored 32 tries for the club since making his debut in 2008. "My family and I are happy are very happy here in Munster, it is home to us,'' said Howlett.

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    FOOTBALL

    Rangers have been dealt a second injury blow, with the news that on-loan Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley faces up to a month on the sidelines. The 20-year-old missed last week's defeat at Kilmarnock due to a groin injury, which is more severe than first thought. He joins Kyle Lafferty on the injured list after he was ruled out for a further six weeks.

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    FOOTBALL

    Bolton midfielder Sean Davis has joined Bristol City on a month-long loan deal. The former Fulham man hasn't started a competitive game for Wanderers in two years, after a prolonged knee injury. He has made four reserve appearances since returning to full fitness.

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    FOOTBALL

    Former Republic of Ireland defender Alan Kernaghan has joined the coaching staff at Brentford. He links up with his former Manchester City team-mate Uwe Rosler who took over at Griffin Park in the summer.

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    FOOTBALL

    West Brom have received a fitness boost ahead of Saturday's home clash with Sunderland with captain Chris Brunt back in training after suffering a fractured ankle on New Year's Day. Manager Roy Hodgson believes he could be available for next weekend's match with Chelsea at the Hawthorns.

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    FOOTBALL

    Rangers manager Ally McCoisthas not been asked to select players for redundancy by the club's administrators, Duff and Phelps.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Damon Swanton: "Wolves fans need to get behind TC. Nobody knows the players better than him, someone new will of had to start from scratch! #bbcsportsday"

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    FOOTBALL

    Defender Liam Ridgewell wants West Brom to try and make goalkeeper BenFoster's loan move from Birmingham permanent. He said: "I hope Albion do pursue it. For us to push forward we need some top quality players and Ben is certainly one of those."

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    FOOTBALL

    Mansfield Town have signed defender Exodus Geohaghon on an emergency loan from Darlington until the end of the season.

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    FOOTBALL

    Fulham manager Martin Jol has said it will be several years before Saturday's Premier League opponents Queens Park Rangers share a similar stature.

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    FOOTBALL

    Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill tells BBC Radio Nottingham that it is a big boost to be out of the Championship relegation zone but says he will not get carried away as they prepare to face Birmingham City.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Glenn C. Johnson: "When arsenal beat saints in FA cup, fans looked like they had lost Europe was more important they said. #ungrateful never happy #bbcsportsday"

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    FORMULA 1

    BBC technical analyst Gary Anderson on the final day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona: "This was one of the most confusing pre-season tests I can remember in terms of trying to work out what was going on. The big teams have been keeping their powder dry. They look like they're confident enough to not need to go out there and see what the car can do on a big one-off lap."

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    MOTOR SPORT

    Isle of Man racer Gavin Hunt has says he is "delighted" after signing for the Hebden Bridge-based CN Racing team.

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    FOOTBALL

    Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic has revealed deep divisions within the squad, saying some players used withcraft aimed at their own team-mates.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill tells BBC Radio Leicester that Geordan Murphy is "a world-class player and a lovely bloke" and deserves all the praise he gets for playing 300 games for the club.

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    WINTER SPORTS

    Defending World Cup champion Ivica Kostelic, who is recovering from recent knee surgery, will start training next week as he hopes to return to the competition early next month.

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    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says it would be "criminal" for Arsenal to sit around feeling sorry for themselves ahead of Sunday's north London derby against Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium.

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    FOOTBALL

    West Ham United goalkeeper Marek Stech has joined Leyton Orient on an emergency loan until 24 March.

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    FOOTBALL

    The Crown Prosecution Service confirms there will be no further action after fanzines were confiscated ahead of Luis Suarez's "non-handshake" match at Old Trafford.

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    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has been sent for a scan after sustaining "a knock" against Ajax. Sir Alex Ferguson told United's official website: "He got a knock. We sent him for a scan but we don't think it's serious."

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    Gordon Howard: "Not sure what Arsenal are doing loaning out Arshavin. The squad looks pretty threadbare already... #bbcsportsday"

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    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Oddiri: "Redknapp wants top London spot. Is that the limit of his ambitions? As England man he will b satisfied 2b top of d home nations."

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    GOLF

    The chief executive of England Golf John Petrie has described the decision to take a place in July's US Women's Open away from BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Lauren Taylor as "just plain wrong." The United States Golf Association announced that it made a mistake and that the spot will go to this year's winner of the British women's amateur title rather than last year's champion Taylor.

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    FOOTBALL

    Jonny Evans believes it was a good thing David de Gea could barely speak any English when he arrived at Manchester United because it stopped him being exposed to all that harsh criticism he came in for. Evans said: "It seemed like he was coming into training and nothing was affecting him. He was just getting on with his game but it was because he couldn't read or understand what was going on around him. Overall, that was probably better. Now his presence is building."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Harry Procter: "Young GKs who should be in the Eng reckoning - what about Fraser Forster on loan at Celtic? Outstanding young keeper. #bbcsportsday"

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    GET INVOLVED

    Joe Bennis: "Question for AFC fans. You get rid of wenger, then who replaces him? Especially at this stage of the season. #bbcsportsday"

  44. 1610: 
    EQUESTRIANISM

    Show jumper Tim Stockdale tells BBC Radio Shropshire he is back on track for the Olympics, following a four-month lay-off with a broken neck.

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    BASKETBALL

    The USAwill play a friendly against Great Britain in Manchester on 28 July, with NBA stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant included in the American squad.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Steven Johnson: "A rooney rule is paying lip service to the issue. Bit Like Uefa Financial FP and making clubs have a quota of english players #bbcsportsday"

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    GET INVOLVED

    Luke Houghton: "Why are there so many TC haters. He knows the players inside out let's get behind him in terry we trust !!"

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    GET INVOLVED

    James Ash: "Quite a rash and arrogant comment from Mark Hughes about Fulham. If eighth was 'outstanding' then why did he leave?"

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    Matt Wood: "Chances of my perfect results weekend of an England win and an Arsenal win are.. shall we say... Slim. #bbcsportsday"

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    RUGBY UNION

    France flanker Imanol Harinordoquy anticipates Scotland will provide a much sterner test for the Rugby World Cup finalists than many observers are anticipating. He said: "Maybe the Scots frighten us offensively as the Irish scare us defensively. There are not many teams who are able to do that, hold the ball for four, five minutes. "They move the ball quickly and move around a lot."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Parma007: "This Rooney rule, great idea in theory but won't it just encourage kids to shout at officials and kick people? #bbcsportsday"

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    FOOTBALL

    Mark Hughes insists his record at Fulham was "outstanding" despite falling out with owner Mohamed Al Fayed. Hughes faces Fulham tomorrow and said: "It seems to be quite difficult to leave Fulham and remain on good terms. Eighth in the Premier League for Fulham was an outstanding job."

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    WINTER SPORTS

    Didier Cuche gave his Swiss fans a farewell victory on Friday, winning a World Cup super-G race in his final World Cup meeting in Switzerland before retiring at the age of 37.

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    OLYMPICS

    Joe Thomas has boosted his chances of selection for the Great Britain team for London 2012 with a Welsh record indoor 800m time.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Daniel Humphrey: "Why take a step back selecting Carson and Green? Ruddy has been great at Norwich this year and there's Stockdale at Fulham too."

  56. 1535: 
    FORMULA 1

    The Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi remains at the top of the timing sheets as we enter the final half hour of the last day of the Barcelona pre-season test. Pastor Maldonado's Williams and Paul di Resta's Force India are second and third fastest with Jenson Button in the McLaren fourth ahead of Ferrari's Felipe Massa and Red Bull's Mark Webber. Marussia have been unable to get out of the garage today after damaging part of their car's suspension.

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    FOOTBALL

    PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has hailed the appointment of Terry Connor as Wolves manager and says the players union will step up their campaign for the 'Rooney rule' to be introduced to English football. Taylor said the PFA would push on with their campaign for the Rooney rule - mirroring the system in American football's NFL where clubs must have include at least one minority candidate on a shortlist when appointing a manager.

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    FOOTBALL

    Blackburn have issued a statement to deny they have missed a payment due to Dundee United for striker David Goodwillie. Rovers confirmed they paid the instalment in full on Monday

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    BOXING

    Irish Olympic boxing hopeful Tommy McCarthy is hospitalised after being assaulted during a night out in his native Belfast.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Machado: "Wolves left with egg on their face. Terry Connor might be a fine man but doesn't meet Jez Moxey's 'not a novice' requirement. #bbcsportsday"

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    Matt Chamberlain: "Liverpool win sunday to rub in torres face cos he went Chelsea for trophies but wont win any..money hungry superflop."

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    FOOTBALL

    Rangers have been dealt a blow with the news that Kyle Lafferty could be out for a further six weeks as they prepare to travel to Inverness in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Sunday.

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    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Widnes coach Denis Betts tells BBC Radio Merseyside the Vikings' first season in Super League was always going to be a learning curve, with the team looking for their first win against Leeds on Sunday.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Nathan Debar: "Looking at the Holland squad and yes they have good players, but they have quite a lot of average ones too! #BBCfootball"

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    FOOTBALL

    Scott Brown is a doubt for Celtic's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Motherwell at Parkhead tomorrow due to a groin problem.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Peter Shotton: "Wolves fans can't complain, boo boys got McCarthy out, deal with the consequences! #bbcsportsday"

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    GET INVOLVED

    Adam Craig: "If Torres misses the Euros will he ask to leave Chelsea or be sold? His value will start to drop & he'll want his place back #bbcsportsday"

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    FOOTBALL

    Goalkeeper Michel Vorm says England are wrong to ignore some of his Swansea City team-mates for Wednesday's friendly with The Netherlands. Nathan Dyer, Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham had been touted as possible inclusions in the England squad.

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    FOOTBALL

    Fraizer Campbell has admitted his England call-up has taken him from the worst moment of his life to the best in little more than 18 months. The Sunderland striker's selection marked the latest stage in his comeback from two cruciate ligament injuries in the same knee which at one point left him wondering if he would ever play again. He asid: "I've gone from probably the worst point of my life 18 months ago to probably the best at the moment. It's been a bit of rollercoaster. The last month or so has been brilliant."

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    GET INVOLVED

    We have another big weekend of Six Nations rugby ahead of us, with full coverage across the BBC. England host Wales, with both teams on the back of consecutive wins, and Italy also head to Ireland on Saturday before Scotland face France at Murrayfield on Sunday. Who is going to win? Let us know your thoughts ahead of these key fixtures and tweet us your views at #bbcsportsday.

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    RUGBY UNION

    England captain Chris Robshaw hopes to treat the Twickenham faithful to a "much improved" attacking game against Wales on Saturday.

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    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Warrington coach Tony Smith tells BBC Radio Merseyside he is happy with his side's performances so far this season, ahead of Sunday's Super League match with Hull KR.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Karl Price: "It's no wonder so many managers didn't want the #wwfc job if the fans react like this to TC.Let's support and judge on results #bbcsportsday"

    Viv Powers: Steve Morgan says Wolves have done nothing wrong? Yes they did - they sacked Mick McCarthy!! Chamionship next season #bbcsportsday"

    James Smith: "Hope the Wolves fans get behind Terry Connor against Newcastle on Saturday. What's done is done. Best of luck to him!"

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    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should not be disheartened by his exclusion from the senior England squad for the friendly against Holland. "I believe for any player he must play 100 games and then you talk about him," Wenger said. "When a player has five or six games in the Premier League every time you have ups and downs. He learns his job at the moment. I am a strong believer in Oxlade-Chamberlain and I spent quite good money for him, but he needs time. You are not ready from one day to the next at the top, top level."

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    FOOTBALL

    On-loan striker Robbie Keane refuses to rule out returning to Aston Villa one day as he prepares to depart for LA Galaxy.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Stuart Latarche: "I really hope Arsenal have given up losing for lent #bbcsportsday."

    Tom Sleeman: "Tottenham to beat Arsenal, they'll be too strong with Bale and co. attacking and they just need to keep Van Persie quiet #bbcsportsday."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Josh Hobbs: "Andros Townsend is a mercenary. Not willing to scrap with Leeds and straight off to Birmingham."

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    CYCLING

    Germany-born Philip Hindes has been included in Great Britain's squad for April's Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, British Cycling. Hindes has been included in the men's sprint squad as Britain seek to resolve the dilemma surrounding the team sprint, with Ross Edgar omitted from the team following last weekend's Track World Cup event in London.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Ireland forwards coach Gert Smalwill take no further part in the Six Nations because of an eye condition. Anthony Foley, assistant coach at Munster, has been drafted in to replace the South African for the remainder of the championship.

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    FOOTBALL

    Park Ji-sung has admitted it was a huge honour to be named Manchester United captain last night - but conceded the occasion was spoiled by a home defeat to Ajax. "It was a great honour to be named Manchester United captain," he said. "It is not something I ever thought about doing, but I would have preferred the result to be better."

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    FOOTBALL

    Nigeria's former FIFA member Amos Adamu has lost his appeal against a three-year ban over World Cup bid bribes.

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    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 20, has joined Championship side Birmingham on loan for the rest of the season. Townsend was recently on loan at Leeds.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp claims his top priority is finishing above Arsenal for the first time in 17 years. He is sure Emmanuel Adebayor can cope with his reception at the Emirates as well. Get involved and tweet us your views at #bbcsportsday ahead of this defining north London derby.

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    FOOTBALL

    Samba Diakite, who joined on loan for the rest of the season from Nancy last month, could make his QPR debut when manager Mark Hughes welcomes his former club Fulham to Loftus Road. Djibril Cisse is suspended, while Heidar Helguson (groin), DJ Campbell and Luke Young (both hamstring) are still injured.

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    FOOTBALL

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist admits he was "shocked but not surprised" by revelations that owner Craig Whyte used the Ticketus money to complete his takeover of the club. "Shock because it's obviously not a good situation but I would have to say not a surprise because all the journalists and newspapers were heading in that direction," he said. "That kind of took the surprise element away but it was still a little bit of a shock that was the case."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Adrian Churchman: "Micah Richards was excellent 4 England in '07/08 Strong powerful and can defend. So much better than G.Johnson."

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    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal defenders Laurent Koscielny (knee) and Kieran Gibbs (groin) face fitness tests ahead of Sunday's north London derby with Tottenham. Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Sebastien Squillaci are all sidelined.

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    FOOTBALL

    Rangers' administrators after some doubts were raised over the payment of policing bills. In a statement on the club's official website, joint administrator David Whitehouse said: "We have had a number of constructive and positive meetings with Strathclyde Police and we can assure fans that matches will continue to be played at Ibrox."

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    GOLF

    Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood remain on course to claim the world rankings top spot at the WCG Match Play after reaching the third round in Arizona. Westwood will face Nick Watney while McIlroy faces Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez in the last 16 on Friday night.

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    FOOTBALL

    MK Dons boss Karl Robinson has revealed he will attempt to bring Tottenham wingerDavid Bentley to Stadium MK. The 27-year-old England international has not featured for Spurs since November 2010. "David Bentley is a friend of mine. He needs to play football," Robinson told BBC Look East.

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    GET INVOLVED

    There has been plenty of reaction to the appointment of Terry Connor, as Wolves boss until the end of the season, send us your thoughts #bbcsportsday

    Jonah Fallon: "Bet the Wolves board are kicking themselves now. Always good to have a plan before you initiate your attack."

    Martin Tennant: "Wolves are a big bet to go down, No one wanted to manage them, what a shambles!"

    Nick Smith: "Terry Connor manager until the end of the season?! What a ridiculous decision! Should have kept McCarthy, or at least got Curbs."

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    FOOTBALL

    Former Wolves manager Graham Taylor has called on fans to back new temporary boss Terry Connor. He said the situation was "messy" after several candidates rejected the role following Mick McCarthy's sacking. "A section of supporters will have decided Terry's not the man for the job, but everyone at the club has to pull together," Taylor told BBC Sport.

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    BASKETBALL

    Ben Gordon has confirmed his intention to play for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics. The Detroit Pistons star played for the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games but has now confirmed that he will play for team GB. "I am playing in the summer and I'm really excited about it," he told the Daily Mirror.

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    MOTOR RACING

    Motorsport's governing body, the FIA, has issued a rule clarification on engine mapping in an attempt to close off any possible use of exhausts for aerodynamic effect. Some teams had raised concerns that rivals could get around regulations brought in for the 2012 season that were designed to outlaw the practice.

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    HORSE RACING

    Jockey Richard Hughes is considering an appeal after receiving a long ban that could affect his participation in the early weeks of the British flat racing season. Hughes, who had a suspension for elbowing another rider during a race reduced to a fine last month, has been barred for the 18 remaining days of the season in Mumbai, ending in late April, for what the stewards considered not riding to trainer's instructions.

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    FOOTBALL

    Rangers director Andrew Ellis apologised to beleaguered fans for his part in bringing Craig Whyte to Ibrox - and claims he was also "duped" by the under-fire Gers chairman. He said: "I can only say I'm sorry to the Rangers fans. Bringing Craig to the table was done in good faith and like a lot of other people I feel let down by him."

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    FOOTBALL

    Norwich manager Paul Lambert says his side won't be scared when they face Manchester United at Carrow Road on Sunday. "It's not a game we're going to be frightened by," he said. "We are going to try and win, that's the nature of the game. You try and win."

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    BASKETBALL

    The USA Men's National Team will play exhibition matches against Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Great Britain and Spain when they embark on their 2012 National Team Tour. The men's and women's teams will play against Britain in Manchester on 18 & 19 July and tickets will go on sale on 6 March.

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    FOOTBALL

    Seven Premier League-based players are named in the Holland squad for next week's friendly with England. Tim Krul (Newcastle), Michel Vorm (Swansea), Johnny Heitinga (Everton), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham), Nigel de Jong (Man City), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool) and Robin van Persie (Arsenal) could all feature at Wembley on Wednesday.

  100. 1246: 
    FIGURE SKATING

    European figure skating champion Yevgeny Plushenko said he was feeling fine after undergoing knee surgery in Germany on Thursday. "Everything went well, I feel good," he told the media.

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    FOOTBALL

    Terry Connor added: "I've told the players to take things one game at a time. Let's get through Saturday [against Newcastle] then look to move on to Fulham. The challenge I've got is to keep the side up with 13 games remaining. I've known Mick [McCarthy] for a number of years. We couldn't be more different in our approach to certain things. Mick has his own way and I've got mine."

  102. 1229: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght: "Richard Hughes ban for not riding to trainer's instructions; plans to appeal."

  103. 1223: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wolves' new boss Terry Connor has been speaking to the press following his appointment and has said: "It is an honour and a privilege to be asked to be Wolves manager between now and the end of the season. Myself and the players feel we have unfinished business and want to keep this club in the Premier League."

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    CRICKET

    Ireland secured a two-run win over Kenya and a 3-0 success in the Twenty20 series. Ireland made just 107 for nine from their 20 overs but managed to defend their total.

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    FOOTBALL

    He added: "It has been reported that people have been offered the job but the board have made a decision to back Terry. To all Wolves fans out there, Premier League survival is a must and people should get behind him. He has got a good character and knows the club inside out, but the long and short of it is that it is a results-orientated business."

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    FOOTBALL

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on the events at Wolves former striker David Kelly said: "It has been going on for a few weeks since Mick McCarthy left. I think everyone at the football club will embrace Terry. They have tough games coming up so I just hope Terry can be the man to turn the results into winning results."

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    FOOTBALL

    BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin: "Administrators say they have had various meetings with police and agreement reached to play remaining home games at Ibrox. #Rangers"

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    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City defender Micah Richards has been declared fit for the Premier League visit of Blackburn Rovers, despite needing lengthy treatment during City's Europa League win over Porto. Striker Mario Balotelli also comes back into the reckoning after completing his suspension.

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    FOOTBALL

    Fernando Torres is one of two World Cup winners dropped by Spain for next week's friendly against Venezuala. The Chelsea striker has been left out by Vicente Del Bosque, along with Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez.

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    GET INVOLVED

    James Levy:"#bbcsportsday I cannot thank Wenger for what he's done for the club but all good things have to come to an end at some point. Time 4 change."

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    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says the FA are yet to contact him about the England job.

  112. 1131: 
    MOTOR RACING

    Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi has leapt back ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button on the final day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona. Red Bull's Mark Webber is still well down the timings as the eighth-fastest driver of the day.

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    GET INVOLVED

    The appointment of Terry Connor as Wolves boss until the end of the season has got you all talking, let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday.

    Glenn Humphries: "Come back Mick, never should have been sacked #comebackmick #bbcsportsday"

    Ryan Hemmings: "Will Terry Connor be the next Chris Hughton or the next Steve Kean? #WWFC #bbcsportsday"

    Rob Graham: "The ridiculous situation at Wolves continues, Terry Connor must love having the job no-one else wants! #bbcsportsday"

  114. 1120: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell tells BBC Radio Suffolk that he will not rule out the possibility of relegation until his side are mathematically safe in the Championship. The club currently sit 16th in the table after a run of four straight wins.

  115. 1113: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has paid tribute to on-loan striker Robbie Keane, who is set to make his final appearance for the club on Saturday before returning to LA Galaxy. He said: "His infectious enthusiasm is there for everyone to see. He's been very good and I have enjoyed working with him."

  116. 1109: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has a fully fit squad to choose from for Saturday's visit of Aston Villa. Callum McManaman has recovered from a back problem while midfielder Mohamed Diame is set for his first appearance since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.

  117. 1100: 
    CRICKET

    Sri Lanka beat Australia by three wickets in Hobart in the CB series. They reached the target of 283 with four balls to spare to go top of the tri one-day series.

  118. 1053: 
    FOOTBALL

    Nicklas Bendtner could return to the Sunderland squad for tomorrow's Premier League trip to West Brom after recovering from a facial fracture.

  119. 1049: 
    FOOTBALL

    Blackburn are in talks to sell wantaway defender Christopher Samba to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, BBC Sport understands. The 27-year-old would have to complete the move by 2100 GMT on Friday when the Russian transfer deadline closes.

  120. 1046: 
    CRICKET

    Mark Ramprakash is to captain MCC in the first-class curtain-raiser against Lancashire, the county champions, in Abu Dhabi. Ramprakash says: "I have never played with a pink ball before and I'm looking forward to negotiating this new challenge. Any innovation - such as floodlit cricket using pink balls - which could help increase the popularity of the game is to be welcomed."

  121. 1042: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool forward Craig Bellamy has recovered from his back problem and is set to return to face his hometown club Cardiff in Sunday's Carling Cup final. Centre-back Daniel Agger is set to resume his successful partnership with Martin Skrtel.

  122. 1041: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wolves chairman Steve Morgan explains the appointment of Terry Connor, saying: "Having spoken to a number of people, we have drawn that process to a close and myself and the board are unanimous that Terry is the right man to lead the club for the remainder of the season." Morgan and chief executive Jez Moxey have been at Wolves' Compton training ground to speak to players and staff of their decision.

  123. 1036: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Here are some of your reactions to Terry Connor being appointed at Wolves until the end of the season.

    Stephen Thomas on Twitter: "Terry Connor - the best of the others for Wolves. No one wanted the job - wonder how TC feels knowing he wasn't first choice?"

    James Ash on Twitter: "I bet I'm not the only who thinks the Wolves board shouldn't have sacked McCarthy if they didn't have a replacement lined up."

    Ed Muhlemann on Twitter: "I was fully behind the board's decision to let Mick go but this is now a farce. Needed some experience! Fully behind TC though."

    Charlie Crosdale on Twitter: "Wolves succeed in appointing their 7th choice for the manager's job! Highly regarded coach, but so was Steve Kean."

  124. 1022: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Aviva Premiership club Newcastle have announced the loan signings of Ospreys lock James Goode and Worcester number eight Adam Balding until the end of this season.

  125. 1021: 
    FOOTBALL

    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay will hand late fitness tests to Mark Hudson and Stephen McPhail ahead of their Carling Cup final clash with Liverpool at Wembley. Captain Hudson is battling to overcome a calf problem, while midfielder McPhail has missed the last four games due to the effects of the immune system disorder Sjogren's Syndrome. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is set to overcome an ankle knock and play.

  126. 1016: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So, Wolves fans, what do you make of Terry Connor being appointed until the end of the season? Get involved via #bbcsportsday.

  127. 1015: 
    MOTOR RACING

    From Chief F1 writer Andrew Benson: "McLaren's Jenson Button set the early pace on the final day of the second pre-season test. After two hour's running at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, the 2009 world champion was 0.721 seconds quicker than Kamui Kobayashi's Sauber. The Toro Rosso of rookie Jean-Eric Vergne was third fastest ahead of Paul di Resta's Force India. Ten of the 12 teams are in Spain preparing for the first race of the season in Australia on 18 March."

  128. 1012: 
    FOOTBALL

    Discussing Wolves' new caretaker boss Terry Connor, Joleon Lescott adds: "TC had a lot of respect from the players at the time when I was there and I am sure that will be the same from the lads who are at Wolves now. He was always such a focused and determined person and everything was so well organised that, if he is in charge of Wolves on Saturday, they will certainly be well prepared."

  129. 1011: 
    FOOTBALL

    England defender Joleon Lescott is backing Wolves' caretaker boss Terry Connor to make an impact. Manchester City's Lescott spent six years at Wolves and says: "TC is one of the most influential coaches I have worked with in my career - and that includes everyone I have worked with. I owe him a lot. He's a proper football man, and probably one of the most knowledgeable about the game that there is around and helped to develop people like Matt Jarvis and Michael Kightly."

  130. 1009: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Terry Connor has been named Wolves manager until the end of the season, the club have confirmed.

  131. 1007: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Rangers manager Walter Smith is demanding answers over the hole in the club's finances. Rangers' tax bill is much greater than the \u00a39m that forced the club into administration, BBC Scotland understands. Smith said in the Daily Record: "The administrators must find out and then tell the fans where the money has gone. They are the ones who will be suffering most. And I include all those decent people who work behind the scenes and who fear for their jobs."

  132. 1002: 
    MOTOR RACING

    Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi has moved up to the top of the timings in the final day of pre-season testing at Barcelona, ahead of Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne and McLaren's Jenson Button. Red Bull's Mark Webber is fifth fastest after completing only a handful of laps.

  133. 1000: 
    MOTOR RACING

    Two-time F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel is given Germany's highest honour for sporting achievement. Horst Seehofer, Germany's acting president, praised the 24-year-old Vettel's "strength of character" as he presented the Red Bull driver with the Silver Laurel Leaf.

  134. 0958: 
    CRICKET

    Sri Lanka are in a strong position in their one-day game against Australia. The Sri Lankans, chasing 281, are 202-3 after 36.3 overs.

  135. 0956: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Some of your views on Arsene Wenger's future...

    Graham Halsey on Twitter: "I think it would be a real shame if Wenger lost his job and that's coming from a Spurs fan!"

    Dominic Hampton on Twitter: "Wenger isn't the problem: He tried youth once and made King Henry, tried again and it was homesick Cesc, sulky Adebayor and $amir Na$ri."

    Lee Smith on Twitter: "Wenger is a good manager, but seven years trophyless is too long. They'll fall off like Liverpool did/have if they don't make change.s"

    Nick Thompson on Twitter: "Wenger is a very shrewd man, his achievements for Arsenal as a business have been outstanding but, as a club, underwhelming."

  136. 0938: 
    MOTORCYCLING

    Northern Ireland's Jonathan Rea came from nowhere to post the best time of the first qualifying session at Phillip Island as the World Superbike Championship got under way. He clocked a time of one minute 31.959 seconds on his Honda, making him the only man to go below 1min 32secs in a session otherwise dominated by Ducati riders.

  137. 0936: 
    MOTOR RACING

    With 90 minutes gone of the final day of Formula 1's second pre-season test in Barcelona, Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne has gone fastest after guiding his Toro Rosso round the Barcelona circuit in a time of one minute 23.998 seconds. McLaren's Jenson Button is next in the timings with Force India's Paul di Resta just over a second off Vergne's pace in third.

  138. 0932: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Some support for the Ski Sunday music on #bbcsportsday as we ask you for your favourite sporting jingles.

    Matt Scratchley on Twitter: "Soul Limbo Cricket or Ski Sunday. We instantly associate them with the sport but fantastic in their own right."

    James Healey on Twitter: "For me, it has to be the Ski Sunday theme. What a good little tune that is."

  139. 0919: 
    FOOTBALL

    We've been hearing your views on Arsene Wenger via #bbcsportsday. Here's what Freddie Ljungberg says, looking back on his time playing for the Frenchman: "For me, he just has so much knowledge about the game and gave us the self-confidence to do it at the time. The way we played wasn't as common then. I understand the results are not good enough for Arsenal FC. At the same time, they have done a lot and developed the club, but of course you need to start spending money or do something to get trophies in the cabinet."

  140. 0910: 
    CRICKET

    Mahela Jayawardene is leading Sri Lanka's charge against Australia, currently 79 not out with his side on 143-2 after 24 overs as they chase 281 to win.

  141. 0908: 
    GET INVOLVED

    BBC Philharmonic has been teaming up with Radio 5 live to celebrate iconic sporting themes. Tonight, from 1900 GMT, Colin Murray is presenting an evening of music and sport in a special edition of Kicking Off... Match of the Day? Grandstand? Which is your favourite piece of sporting music? Let us know via #bbcsportsday.

  142. 0905: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    South Africa and Holland have been recognised by the Rugby League European Federation following a board meeting in Leeds.

  143. 0901: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Harry Bennett discussing Arsene Wenger on Twitter: "I think Wenger should go. Not because he can't turn it around - because he believes in this youth policy too much. He won't change."

    Stefanjhull discussing Phil Neville on Twitter: "Forget the U21s - I'd rather have Neville taking the full team through Euro 2012 than Stuart Pearce."

  144. 0853: 
    DIVING

    Tom Daley is denying that he is putting media commitments before his Olympic dream, amid reported criticism in the Daily Mail from coach Alexei Evangulov. British Swimming performance director Evangulov has been quoted saying "it reminds me of the situation in Russia with Anna Kournikova". But Daley says: "I'm doing as much as I can. I'm pushing myself as hard as I can go without my body breaking."

  145. 0845: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea's Juan Mata is ready to face Bolton tomorrow despite suffering a suspected broken finger against Napoli on Tuesday.

  146. 0843: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton's Phil Neville will link up with the England Under-21 coaching staff. Do you think it's a smart move? Is he management material? Send us your views via #bbcsportsday

  147. 0838: 
    MOTOR RACING

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson: "Jenson Button said ahead of Friday's final day of the second pre-season test that McLaren would 'keep pushing'. On the evidence of the last two days, they'll need to. He and team-mate Lewis Hamilton have both been a considerable way off the pace of the Red Bulls when doing race-simulation runs over the last two days."

  148. 0836: 
    OLYMPICS

    Haile Gebrselassie will be aiming to make the Ethiopian team for London 2012 with a strong performance in Sunday's Tokyo Marathon. He says "everyone here is dreaming of taking part".

  149. 0830: 
    GOLF

    Tiger Woods is reflecting on his departure from the Match Play Championship in Tucson. He missed a six-foot birdie putt on the final green to lose to fellow American Nick Watney. Woods says: "I had an opportunity, but something I fought all day was blocking my putts and I blocked that one at 18."

  150. 0819: 
    WINTER SPORTS

    Britain's Shelley Rudman is lying third after the first two runs of the skeleton World Championships in Lake Placid, in the United States. The 2012 World Cup champion is 0.45 seconds off leader Katie Uhlaender. GB's Lizzy Yarnold is in fourth place with the final two runs on Friday afternoon.

  151. 0817: 
    CRICKET

    Peter Forrest's maiden century for Australia helps them set Sri Lanka a victory target of 281 in their Commonwealth Bank Series match. Forrest struck 104 off 138 balls and his partnership of 154 with Michael Clarke ensured the hosts recovered from 27 for two to finish on 280-6 in Hobart.

  152. 0811: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish kicks off a season-defining run of fixtures at Wigan this weekend, warning that his club are not too big to be dragged into trouble, the Birmingham Mail reports.

  153. 0810: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg, who won two titles and three FA Cups with the club, discusses the north London derby with Radio 5 Live, saying: "It is definitely the biggest derby and the most important one for Arsene Wenger for sure." Should Arsene Wenger be given time to turn things around again at the club? Or would defeat against Spurs suggest a need for change? Let us know your views via #bbcsportsday

  154. 0800: 
    TRANSFER GOSSIP

    Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsday live. We start with three stories from our transfer gossip.

    Emmanuel Adebayor, 27, is keen to reach an agreement to stay at Tottenham but the club would have to break their current wage limit in order to sign the striker permanently from Manchester City (London Evening Standard).

    Blackburn defender Chris Samba, 27, has not given up hope of securing a move to big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala before the Russian transfer window closes (Daily Mail).

    Chelsea target Igor Akinfeev, CSKA Moscow's goalkeeper, has ruled out a switch to Stamford Bridge (talkSPORT).

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