Sportsday - Monday, 17 December as it happened

Reaction to England's series win, Bradley Wiggins becoming Sports Personality of the Year, and the latest news.

18 December 2012 Last updated at 08:00

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  1. 1845: 

    That is it for Sportsday for today, we will back at 0800 GMT on Sunday. There is live text commentary of Reading against Arsenal in the Premier League with full commentary on BBC Radio 5live from 2000 GMT.

  2. 1839: 

    Lotus re-sign French driver Romain Grosjean for another season. The 26-year-old finished on the podium three three times last season but also featured in several high-profile crashes.

  3. 1834: 

    Marseille midfielder Joey Barton on Twitter: "Wouldn't wanna see a fellow pro banned for a long period but you gotta' love the FA's consistency, haven't you?"

    In May, Barton was banned for 12 matches after being found guilty of two counts of violent conduct.

  4. 1829: 

    Williams part company with chief operations engineer Mark Gillan - one of the men responsible for their turnaround in form this year.

    Gillan says he "wanted to spend more time with his family".

  5. 1824: 

    British driver Max Chilton signs for Marussia next season, says BBC Formula 1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan.

    Jordan says the deal has been signed and the 21-year-old will become the fourth British driver on the grid for 2013, alongside Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta.

  6. 1817: 

    Bangladesh could play a one-day international and a Twenty20 match next month in Pakistan.

    Bangladesh's head of cricket operations Enayet Husain Siraj has told Associated Press that the game would be played in Lahore but still requires a final "security clearance."

  7. 1810: 

    Four-time World Cup overall champion Lindsey Vonn is set to miss the next four European meetings after a fall in the downhill at Val D'Isere at the weekend.

  8. 1803: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist reveals he has bought shares in the Ibrox club.

    "I wanted to do it as a supporter and when I am long gone the shares I have invested in the club will be passed down in my family," he said.

    "It is obviously close to my heart and like a lot of Rangers supporters will do, I did it on behalf of my family, it's not so much for myself, more for my sons than anything else."

  9. 1756:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    On BBC Radio 5 live at 2000 GMT there will be live football commentary on the Premier league clash between Reading and Arsenal from the Madejski Stadium. There is also live text commentary on the BBC website.

  10. 1750: 

    British Equestrian Federation chief executive Andrew Finding says it is "positive" that Sport England will give £493m to grassroots sports between 2013-17, including £6m to equestrianism.

    "This funding announcement is very positive news; we have had a wonderful year and we are determined to make the legacy thrive," he said.

    "We welcome the confidence that the team at Sport England has shown in us as we work to increase the levels of participation in equestrian sport and recreation."

  11. 1743: 

    Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza will join Wigan Athletic when his contract with Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City expires at the end of December.

    The 26-year-old has been granted a work permit and could play in the FA Cup against Bournemouth if he receives international clearance.

  12. 1738: 

    2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year winner Mark Cavendish on Twitter: "Big congratulations to Brad Wiggins for winning #SPOTY last night. I can imagine there's no alcohol left in London this morning!"

  13. 1734: 

    Everton announce on the club website that Marouane Fellaini and the club accept the retrospective charge of violent conduct.

    The 25-year-old Belgium international will be suspended for three games against West Ham, Wigan and Chelsea.

  14. 1730: 

    Glamorgan all-rounder Graham Wagg, 29, signs a contract extension until the end of the 2015 season.

    Promising all-rounder Ruaidhri Smith, 18, is given a development contract for the 2013 season.

  15. 1725: 

    Italy coach Cesare Prandelli believes a return to Italy "could help" controversial Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, who is facing a Premier League tribunal in London.

    Prandelli told Rai Sport: "[City manager Roberto] Mancini is absolutely right, Balotelli must listen to him, I agree with him.

    "Everything depends on Mario, however. Coaches can try to stimulate and negotiate with you but everything must start from him.

    "Returning to Italy could help him. It's important for him to have continuity, the city or the country is not the problem."

  16. 1719: 

    Everton's Marouane Fellaini is charged retrospectively with violent conduct over an incident in Saturday's game against Stoke City, the Football Association announces. He has until 1800 GMT on Tuesday to respond to the charge.

  17. 1712: 

    Zenit St Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti distances the club from a group of supporters who have called for "sexual minorities" and non-Europeans to be excluded from the playing staff.

    The Italian issued an official statement, in which he said: "Tolerance for me is the ability to understand and accept differences.

    "Furthermore, being tolerant means that you fight against any kind of stupidity."

  18. 1705: 

    Zambia's Christopher Katongo wins the 2012 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

    The 30-year-old beat off competition from Demba Ba, Didier Drogba, Younes Belhanda and Yaya Toure to become the first winner from southern Africa in the history of the award.

    He told BBC Sport: "This is a fantastic moment for me. I thank the people who voted for me. It is something I will never forget in my career."

  19. 1700: 

    Drake added: "Whether it is for winning medals or for getting people active, we are proud of our record of delivering value for lottery funding and we take the responsibility very seriously.

    "Whether it is for winning medals or for getting people active, we are proud of our record of delivering value for lottery funding and we take the responsibility very seriously. "

  20. 1655: 

    British Cycling's chief executive Ian Drake has welcomed the news that Sport England has awarded the sports governing body £32 million to grow grassroots cycling over the next four years. "Today's announcement is recognition of the good work done by British Cycling members and volunteers in driving grassroots participation and a challenge for us to do even better in the next four years," he said.

  21. 1645: 

    QPR confirm their Boxing Day match against West Brom will go ahead, despite a Tube strike in London. London Underground drivers are to stage three strikes, the first of which is scheduled for Boxing Day, in a row over Bank Holiday pay.

  22. 1637: 

    Nottingham Forest are close to signing Derry City duo Stephen McLaughlin and Barry McNamee. Winger McLaughlin, 22, and midfielder McNamee, 20, have both impressed during trial spells with the Championship club and McLaughlin has been quoted as saying a deal looks imminent.

    Speaking in the Londonderry Sentinel, McLaughlin said: "It has been a long couple of weeks, not knowing what was going to happen, but hopefully now everything will be sorted out."

  23. 1627: 

    Leeds United manager Neil Warnock is confident his Championship side can cause a shock when they face Chelsea in the League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday. "You never know if it's your last big cup tie really, so it whets the appetite," he said. "I don't think I could have picked a better team to play against. It promises to be fabulous with no pressure on us. Whatever team I select we can just go out and enjoy it."

  24. 1620: 

    Mohamed Bin Hammam, the Fifa executive committee member and AFC president, has resigned from all his positions in football with immediate effect and will never be active in organised football again, Fifa revealed in a statement. Bin Hammam, who is suspended from football, said he was fed up with what he said were "trumped up allegations".

  25. 1613: 

    The ATP opposes the US Open's switch to a Monday final in 2013 and is not satisfied with the prize money increase for the tournament. The US Tennis Association announced that the women's final would be moved to Sunday and the men's championship match to Monday next year.

    In a statement they said: "It is unfortunate the US Open response did not reflect our views on this issue and the ATP and its players will continue to pursue this matter in its discussions with the USTA."

  26. 1604: 

    Bristol Rovers have confirmed the appointment of John Ward as their new manager, until the end of the season. Chairman Nick Higgs said: "Initially, John's contract will be until the end of the current campaign, but it is the intention to extend his contract, with the agreement of both parties at the end of the season.

    "It is vitally important that we bring somebody to manage the club that has Rovers connections and understands the Bristol Rovers values and John is the perfect candidate for this role."

  27. 1554: 

    England bowler Graeme Swann on Twitter: "The end of an amazing tour to a great country. Thanks to all the amazing Indian cricket fans for making the atmosphere so electric #special"

  28. 1546: 

    England batsmen Joe Root will stay out in India as cover for the T20 internationals which take place on Thursday and Saturday.

  29. 1539: 

    Caborn added: "The addition of an extra one million specifically to support boxing clubs is great news for the clubs and a fitting reward for the superb work they do at the grassroots in delivering a huge range of benefits to the people and communities where they operate."

  30. 1530: 

    After receiving a 26% increase in funding Richard Caborn, Chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of England said: "Boxing is one of the few sports that has continually delivered increases in grassroots participation over the last four years and it is great to see that this achievement has been recognised in the new funding announcement.

  31. 1521: 

    Jan Vertonghen believes Tottenham's victory over Swansea proves they can cope without winger Gareth Bale. Spurs moved up to fourth in the Premier League following the 1-0 win on Sunday, which Bale missed with a hamstring injury. "Clint [Dempsey] has replaced Gareth very well, like he has done with all the strikers already," he said.

    "Of course Gareth is a world class player, but we did well without him."

  32. 1513: 

    Bristol Rovers are set to appoint John Ward as their new manager. The 61-year-old was poised to become director of football at Plymouth Argyle, but BBC Points West has learned he will instead rejoin the Pirates for a second spell as boss. Ward was sacked from his position at Colchester United in September and will replace Mark McGhee, who was fired after Saturday's 4-1 loss at York.

  33. 1501: 

    England's first Test series win in India since 1984-85 has helped them consolidate their number two place in the ICC Test Championship table. England now have 118 points just five behind leaders South Africa.

  34. 1452: 

    Boston United name AFC Stamford boss Graham Drury as their new manager. The 41-year-old replaces Jason Lee who was sacked earlier this month after a poor run of results left the Pilgrims in 10th place in Blue Square Bet North.

  35. 1442: 

    There are still lots of tweets about last night's Sports Personality of the Year.

    Olympic champion Alastair Brownlee on Twitter: "Cracking night at SPOTY last night. If there is anything us Brits excel at its patting ourselves on the back when we do well.

    He added: "I think Wiggins was a deserved winner but Mo Farah should have been right up there."

    Katherine Merry, Olympic 400m bronze medallist, on Twitter: "Sitting thinking about last night...Wiggo predicted winner, Jess predicted 2nd..disappointed for Mo as what he did was outstanding in London."

  36. 1433: 

    The winner of the BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be announced in Sport Today at 1650 GMT. African football fans will pick their winner from a shortlist of Yaya Toure, his Ivory Coast team-mate Didier Drogba, Senegal's Demba Ba, Morocco's Younes Belhanda and Zambia skipper Christopher Katongo.

  37. 1424: 

    Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard reveals how his struggle to cope with life after boxing led him into drugs and depression. Speaking to BBC Sport he said: "I found retirement difficult because I didn't want to do anything else and I just didn't know which way to go. There are no books about what to do when you are at that stage in your life or your career."

  38. 1415: 

    Chris Froome, when asked who will be Team Sky's leader at the 2013 Tour de France, tells BBC Sport: "It would be hard for [Bradley Wiggins] not to go in and defend having won it last year. He's going to the Tour with the aim of being the best possible but it's up to the team to decide how we manage that and the team has got a lot of confidence in me going for the yellow jersey.

    "It's always better going in with two-prong attack rather instead of hedging all our bets on just one rider because something can go easily wrong as we have seen before."

    Wiggins broke his collarbone in a crash during the 2011 race.

  39. 1406: 

    Former Brazil striker Ronaldo loses 17 kilograms in just in three months as part of a television reality show. The 36-year-old, who retired in 2011, went through a series of gruelling physical exercises and dietary re-education for the show in a bid to be fit for an annual charity football match on 19 December.


    Patrick Williams on Twitter: "It is a fantastic win in India. Cook has done really well both on the pitch and off it. The Pietersen affair was handled perfectly."

    Jake Waring on Twitter: "I can't understand why people can't just enjoy winning? We won!"

    Adam Winstone on Twitter: "Thoughts on England's cricketers? YAWN. Especially after last nights reminders of some exciting athletes."

    What do you think of England's series win in India? Tweet your thoughts #bbcsportsday

  41. 1345: 

    England international midfielder Jill Scott is among 12 players to commit their futures to Everton Ladies for the 2013 Women's Super League season.

    The 25-year-old had been considering whether to remain with the club after a change of manager and the departures of three key players to Liverpool.

  42. 1337: 

    Sport England's chief executive, Jennie Price, following the announcement of a £493m four-year investment in grassroots sport: "We've learned a lot over the last four years and, with a record 15.5 million people already playing sport once a week, we are on track to deliver. We have worked very hard with the governing bodies of sport to make these decisions."

  43. 1331: 

    Corinthians 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Club World Cup final is a watershed moment for South American club football, says BBC Sport's Tim Vickery.

    He writes: "The consequence was that we had a genuine game, rather than a glorified version of attack against defence. And the signs are that future Club World Cups might throw up contests that are better still.

    "There was the massive and noisy presence of Corinthians fans in the stadium at Yokohama, establishing a benchmark for future Brazilian winners of South America's Copa Libertadores."

    Tim's analysis of the final can be read in full on the BBC Sport website.

  44. 1318: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh on Twitter: "Sports Personality winner Bradley Wiggins on guitar at after-party as band sing Jam and Oasis songs #SPOTY"

    Bradley Wiggins

    Jay on Twitter: "A lot of credit for the win should go to Cook & co instead of attributing the win to a poor Indian side. Brilliant performance."

    Rob on Twitter: "Top performance in all to win in India. Selectors were lucky to get away with the clueless team selection for the first test."

    Nicholas Agg-Manning on Twitter: "Always easy to say defeated team was poor - but that poorness is often down to the relentless pressure applied by the victors."

    Where does this series win in India rank in recent times? Tweet your views #bbcsportsday

  46. 1310: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers concedes young winger Raheem Sterling needs to be rested following his side's 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

    "There is no doubt Raheem is one who does need that breather," Rodgers tells the club website.

    "I've thought about it over the past couple of weeks. In order to do that you need to have that depth to take him out and put somebody else in.

    "That's something I'm thinking about - who to put in. He's a naturally very, very fit boy but he needs that mental rest as well."

  47. 1305: 

    With their win in India, England's cricketers are sending a message to their Australian counterparts ahead of next summer's Ashes series, according to BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

    "Australia visit India early in 2013 and that will be a fascinating contest because we will see how they respond, and also what Australia have got because this will have been a wake-up call for them too," writes Agnew, his full thoughts available to read on the BBC Sport website.

  48. 1300: 

    Bradley Wiggins's desire to defend his Tour de France title next year will give British cycling head coach Dave Brailsford a problem he will "relish".

    Brailsford, who also runs Team Sky, initially planned to make Chris Froome, who finished second behind Wiggins in 2012, team leader for next year's race.

    He told BBC Sport: "I was thrilled that [Wiggins has] got his appetite back. He's hungry and he wants it again.

    "It's a problem I relish and we'll assess it as we get closer."

  49. 1251: 

    Newcastle United cancel their Christmas party "out of respect" to the supporters after the club slumped to 15th in the table.

    "It's out of respect to our fans, and what we've served them this year," manager Alan Pardew tells the Evening Chronicle. "There's no party for us, and the same for the staff. That's how it should be."


    Peanut on Twitter: "An improving England probably needed to meet, and beat, a poor India to regain momentum ahead of the Ashes."

    Simon Garrett on Twitter: "Stop moaning it was a brilliant collective effort in difficult circumstances."

    Sarah C Robinson on Twitter: "We do England down when they do well and blame the weak opposition. We should celebrate how well they played to achieve this."

    What are your views on England's series win over India? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday

  51. 1244: 
    LONDON 2012

    BBC Sport have created a video advent calendar for the Festive season, celebrating the highlights of the past sporting year.

    Day 17 of the advent calendar reveals the moment James Bond met her Majesty the Queen, which can be viewed on the BBC Sport website.

  52. 1240: 

    Italian sport newspaper Tuttosport says "there is an air of divorce between Mario Balotelli and Manchester City" following the striker's decision to take the club to a tribunal.

    Balotelli is fighting City's decision to fine him two weeks' wages for his poor disciplinary record last season.

  53. 1237: 

    England captain Alistair Cook, who was named man of the series after scoring three centuries and 562 runs in the series: "It's a very special day for us, it's been a special tour.

    "The bowlers have been brilliant and our batters have contributed big runs.

    "Everyone in the squad can be very proud, especially after Ahmedabad [which England lost by nine wickets] and that heavy defeat."

  54. 1232: 

    England team director Andy Flower on England's victory: "They have really done themselves proud here and their country proud.

    "To come out here and show that they have learnt things is one of the special things about this victory.

    "They have learnt how to play spin a lot better, [they are] obviously not the finished article but have learnt how to take 20 wickets in these conditions and they have learnt how to be resilient in foreign conditions."


    Matthew Harrison on Twitter: "Not to take too much from a fabulous series victory, but it was a poor India side rather than a brilliant England."

    Vikas on Twitter: "Congrats to Eng on a fabulous victory. Cook, take a bow! Model captain and cricketer...brilliantly led team after a tough 2012."

    Zander Twine on Twitter: "The way the England boys reacted after the 1st Test shows they have real character! All those early mornings worth it!"

    Was it a brilliant England side, or a poor India one? What do you think about England's first series win in India since 1985? Tweet your views in at #bbcsportsday

  56. 1224: 

    Police are working to identify the Manchester City fans who set off flares inside Newcastle's St James' Park during City's 3-1 win over the home side.

    A Northumbria Police statement reads: "A flare was thrown from the section containing Manchester City fans into a section of Newcastle United fans, no one was injured and it was quickly extinguished.

    "A second flare was set off in the section containing Manchester City fans."

  57. 1219: 

    Some figures following Sport England's announcement on their £493m four-year investment in grassroots sport (funding award in 2009-13 in brackets):

    Cycling: £32m (£24.7m)

    Football: £30m (£25.6m)

    Athletics: £22m (£22.4m)

    Cricket: £20m (£35.2m)

    Badminton: £18m (£20.3m)

    Judo: £6.1m (£9.9m)

    Equestrian: £6m (£4.1m)

    Boxing: £5.8m (£4.5m)

  58. 1209: 

    Sport England say the majority of the funding is being targeted at 14-25 year olds, with £83m of the funding being used to support talented athletes get access to better facilities and coaching.

    Swimming, tennis and basketball are among six sports that have only been given one-year awards, with the rest held back depending on agreed participation targets being met.

  59. 1208: 

    Sport England announce a £493m four-year investment in grassroots sport, with 46 sports benefitting.

    Cycling, triathlon and netball are among the sports being rewarded with increased funding from Sport England for boosting participation, with funding increases of over 30%.

    However, both codes of rugby and cricket have their funding reduced after failing to hit their targets.

  60. 1200: 

    Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet says the Championship is an "average" division.

    The Seagulls are eighth in the table, three points off the play-off places, despite only three wins in 15 games.

    Poyet told BBC Sussex: "Without winning games we are there. It shows you how average this division is. Competitive, but average.

    "With the results we have had, we should be 15th or 18th. We are still there because it is average."

  61. 1157: 

    Prime Minister David Cameron on Twitter: "Congrats to Alastair Cook's #EnglandCricket team for 1st series victory in India since 1985 - another fantastic 2012 sporting feat #IndvsEng."

  62. 1155: 

    Here are some of the stories of England's series in India, in numbers:

    Alastair Cook became the first England batsman to make 23 Test centuries when he reached three figures in the third Test in Kolkata. The England captain struck three hundreds and was the leading run-scorer in the series with 562 at an average of 80.28.

    Cheteshwar Pujara began the series with a double hundred in Ahmedabad and followed that up with a century in the first innings in Mumbai. He only went on to score another 56 runs in the next four innings but still finished as India's leading scorer with 438.

    James Anderson found form in the final two Tests and his 12 wickets across the four matches pushed his career total to 288.

  63. 1152: 
    LONDON 2012

    If you are not ready to wave goodbye to 2012 just yet, BBC Three will show Olympics 2012: 50 Greatest Moments this evening at 2030 BST.

    It is a fun, irreverent and uplifting countdown of the 50 greatest moments from the unforgettable London Olympics of 2012, presented by Gabby Logan and Greg James, and featuring contributions from the likes of Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Jimmy Carr, Reggie Yates, Bradley Wiggins, Tom Daley, Mo Farah, Gary Lineker, Cherry Healey, Russell Kane and Mel C.

    We re-live all the great sporting moments, such as 'Super Saturday' when Team GB won three gold medals in 45 glorious minutes, and also look back at some of the lighter moments of the Games, including Her Majesty the Queen's show-stopping role in the opening ceremony and German diver Stephan Feck's painful 'back flop' in the Aquatic Centre.

    But what will come out on top as the greatest moment of London 2012?

  64. 1145: 

    Sir Ian Botham joins in on the tributes to Jimmy Anderson's performance, as well as spin pairing Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann.

    "He's been the seamer that's been there throughout the series but he's had - from the second Test onwards - the two spinners to work with," Botham told Sky Sports. "Between them the combination of those three has been the difference. All three of them out-bowled their opponents."


    Adam Balkham on Twitter: "Unbelievable scenes in India."

    Thomas Bale on Twitter: "Congratulations to England for the series win in India, the fightback was set up by the great Cook innings in Ahmedabad."

    Gopi on Twitter: "The English have won a test series in India against an average India side and now thinking they are the greatest ever."

    What is your reaction to England's series win in India? Who was the man of the series? Tweet all your view in to #bbcsportsday

  66. 1133: 

    India captain Mahendra Dhoni hails Jimmy Anderson's performance after a draw secures England's first series win in India for 27 years.

    "I think we struggled in the batting department but the difference between the two bowling sides was James Anderson," says Dhoni. "He bowled really well. He was someone who was testing the batsman quite often."

  67. 1128: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez accuses Norwich of "targeting" in-form midfielder James McCarthy during their 2-1 defeat at Carrow Road.

    Bradley Johnson was booked for a tackle on McCarthy, which resulted in him having to go off with an ankle injury.

    Martinez told BBC Radio Manchester: "It was an infuriating moment and something you don't want to see.

    "Clearly he was targeted. They got away with it. You don't want to see players injured in such a ruthless manner."

  68. 1123: 

    BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce says BBC Sports Personality of the Year was the eulogy to a perfect year of sport.

    "How could it have been better? 2012 was the year of Super Saturday, of the Miracle at Medinah, of a Weirwolf on the prowl and the fastest moving set of sideburns since Elvis Presley," writes Fordyce.

    You can read all his thoughts on 2012, a remarkable year of sport, on the BBC Sport website.

  69. 1117: 

    Adrian Sutil says his criminal record will not be a barrier to his return to Formula 1 next season.

    The German, linked with a return to his former team Force India, was convicted in February of grievous bodily harm and handed an 18-month suspended sentence.

    "We checked all the countries and there is no problem for me to travel. All my problems last winter are solved," says Sutil.

  70. 1113: 

    Young Sports Personality of the Year Josef Craig says meeting Alan Shearer was the highlight of his evening.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Sports Personality of the Year programme last night, the Newcastle-born swimmer, who became Britain's youngest gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympics, said he spoke to Shearer for half an hour.

    You can watch the video on the BBC website.

  71. 1106: 

    Wales prop Adam Jones says his side are capable of defending their Six Nations title, despite disappointing results over the autumn, including a 14-12 home defeat to Australia.

    "I don't think we've turned into a poor team overnight," says Jones, who missed the autumn internationals through injury. "There's a lot of talent in the squad. If we can get everyone fit, we can give anyone in the Six Nations a run for their money."

  72. 1101: 

    2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year coach of the year Dave Brailsford on Wiggins: "Bradley's season been truly exceptional. He didn't put a foot wrong in the Tour de France. What was important was to keep the same mindset to come out of the Tour and into the Olympics and do the road race for Mark Cavendish and then pick himself up and win the time trial. It was a day when we needed to get some gold medals on the board. It was a truly phenomenal year for him."

  73. 1057: 

    More from 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Bradley Wiggins: "Our sport has had incredible investment at grass roots level and a lot of our talent at this year's Olympics has come from those initiatives.

    "But this year what the sportsmen and women did is the biggest boost for grass roots because it is about inspiration. I was inspired as a 12-year-old by watching Chris Boardman so god knows how many people were inspired this year by watching everyone in London."

  74. 1052: 

    2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Bradley Wiggins told BBC Sport after the event: "Sports Personality is a bit of an institution in our household and always has been. This is for my family as much as anything. I'll let me nan have it for a bit and then I'll take it down my local and put it on the bar because I promised I would."

  75. 1048: 

    Mario Balotelli has taken Manchester City to a Premier League tribunal, which will take place in London on Wednesday.

    Balotelli is fighting City's decision to fine him two weeks' wages because of his poor disciplinary record last season. City started the disciplinary process against Balotelli after he was sent off against Arsenal in April. The striker then appealed to an independent panel of City's board, but the fine was upheld, so he took the case to the Premier League.


    So what did you make of England's 2-1 Test series win over India? Have you been impressed by Alastair Cook's captaincy? Let us know what you think on Twitter via #bbcsportsday

  77. 1043: 

    Olympic heptathlon champion Jess Ennis, who was second in the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year, told BBC Sport: "It's been great to celebrate the whole year and what we've achieved as a country."

    When asked whether she would stick with heptathlon or move into 100m hurdles, Ennis said: "I'm taking it a year at the time and seeing how I'm coping with training and how my body is holding up - I'll make a decision closer to the time.

    "[The hurdles] are a great option to have - my heart is with the heptathlon and I love it but I also love the hurdles and it is great that I'll also hopefully have the opportunity to specialise in the future."

  78. 1040: 

    Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga to nine points last night with a 4-1 win over nearest rivals Atletico Madrid. Reigning champions Real Madrid are 13 points behind the league leaders. In Barcelona's win, Lionel Messi grabbed two more goals to bring his tally for the year to 90 goals.

  79. 1034: 

    Gabby Logan and Greg James present a fun, irreverent and uplifting countdown of the 50 greatest moments from the unforgettable London Olympics of 2012, featuring contributions from the likes of Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis, Jimmy Carr, Reggie Yates, Andy Murray, Tom Daley, Mo Farah, Gary Lineker, Cherry Healey and Mel C. The show starts at 2030 GMT on BBC Three and will be streamed on the BBC Sport website.

  80. 1029:  
    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    "I thought England did a very professional job yesterday and today. Trott's batting was sublime - a peach of an innings. He caressed the ball, just timed it beautifully. He got the most out of this pitch, which was a little slow. But it was never easy. He was in his comfort zone and tucked shots away. He scored 65% of his runs on the leg side and it was a really classy performance."

    You can get all the reaction to England's historic 2-1 Test series win in India on the BBC Sport website's live text commentary page.

  81. 1023:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveSPORTS PERSONALITY

    Lifetime achievement award winner Lord Coe congratulates BBC Sports Personality of the Year Bradley Wiggins on BBC Radio 5 live's Sports Personality of the Year programme last night, and you can watch the video on the BBC website.

  82. 1019: 

    Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp believes Adel Taarabt can be a "top, top player" like Paolo Di Canio.

    The midfielder, 23, scored twice on Saturday against Fulham to earn Rangers their first Premier League win of the season and lift them from bottom spot.

    "He's got ability like not many people you've ever seen in your life," said Redknapp. "He's like Di Canio, who I thought was a fantastic player, one of the all-time greats at West Ham. This boy is the same."

  83. 1013: 

    British Cycling and Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford has revealed the decision on whether Bradley Wiggins will defend his Tour de France title next year has not been made yet.

    "When you're in charge of a team, what you want is people who are motivated, and they're motivated towards big goals and big targets, and that is my job to try and use the coaching staff to make all the decisions to make sure that we can win the race," Brailsford told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "We've certainly got some plans now, and as we move through the season, obviously we'll use evidence and results and objective information rather than subjective information as we move along."

  84. 1009: 

    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez believes his side's poor finishing cost them the Club World Cup as they were beaten 1-0 by Brazilian side Corinthians in Japan.

    Fernando Torres missed three chances, including one from close range in the last five minutes, while Gary Cahill was also denied when well placed.

    "They had one clear chance and they scored and we didn't take our chances. That was the difference," said Benitez. "We had four very good opportunities. Their goalkeeper was man of the match."

  85. 1004:  

    BBC Sports Personality of the Year host on Twitter: "Amazing show last night watched by over 14 million of you."

  86. 1000: 

    More from India, Jonathan Trott (143) and Ian Bell (116no) barely had a moment's anxiety in a stand of 208 before England declared on 352 for four in the final session, with a lead of 356 which rendered an India second innings unnecessary.

    It is almost 28 years since England last won a Test series in India, under David Gower. You can get all the reaction on the BBC Sport website with Mark Mitchener on the live text commentary.

  87. 0957:  
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    "There are handshakes, hugs, embraces and slaps on the back all round in the England dressing room who have worked so hard in this series. What odds were there on us witnessing what we are now in the sunshine. It's quite remarkable. They have done it the hard way, through outstanding leadership on the pitch and off the pitch. England have worked so hard for this, and it's lovely to see these scenes. Suddenly it is reality."

  88. 0956: 

    From BBC Monitoring, Barcelona's Gerard Pique has responded to Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho's recent comment on Lionel Messi's quick return from apparent injury by saying: "It is obvious that Mourinho has not been a player, he does not understand".

    Prior to Real's match with Espanyol, the Portuguese somewhat sarcastically noted that "some players leave on a stretcher and are totally fit two days two days later".

  89. 0951: 

    England have won a Test series in India for the first time since 1985 after today's draw in the final Test in Nagpur sealed a 2-1 victory.

  90. 0950: 

    British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford discusses the success of Chris Froome, Bradley Wiggins and the future of cycling on BBC Radio 5 live's Sports Personality of the Year programme last night, you can watch the video by clicking on this link on the website.

  91. 0942: 

    Charl Schwartzel and Sergio Garcia end the year 14th and 16th in the world respectively after their weekend wins in South Africa and Malaysia. Schwartzel followed an 11-shot victory at the Thailand Championship with a 12-stroke triumph - the third biggest margin in European Tour history - at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

    Garcia shot a closing 61 to take the Johor Iskandar Open by three, a performance which means eight of Europe's Ryder Cup side in Chicago have lifted trophies since that memorable week in September.

  92. 0936: 

    England Rugby 2015, the Organising Committee for Rugby World Cup 2015, has announced the appointment of Bill Beaumont and Paul Deighton to its board.

  93. 0931: 

    From BBC Monitoring, the other big news in the German press is the dismissal of Schalke coach Huub Stevens following a poor domestic run with Under-17 coach Jens Keller taking over as caretaker. Das Bild newspaper sees four likely candidates to take over, Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel, Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh, Mike Buskens of Nuremburg, or Keller himself.

  94. 0927: 

    From BBC monitoring, Germany's own version of Sports Personality of the Year has ended with discus thrower Robert Harting and Biathlete Magdelena Neuner taking the gongs for sportsman and sportswoman of the year respectively.

  95. 0922: 

    Ian Bell is watchful against Jadeja, playing out a maiden and he's still stuck on 89 as England near victory. And if you're heading away from your radio or computer, don't forget the new BBC iPlayer Radio app which will allow you to take TMS with you wherever you go.

  96. 0915: 

    Over the festive period BBC Sport will be bringing you some of the best bits of a tremendous year of sporting action. You can view the schedule on the BBC Sport website so you do not miss any of the action.

  97. 0909: 

    Manchester United defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have praised Robin van Persie after the Dutchman scored his 15th goal of the season in their 3-1 win over Sunderland.

    "Robin has been incredible since he joined. He's a fantastic player," Jones told MUTV."He went straight into the firing line after he arrived and has scored a lot of goals. And he's such a nice lad off the field as well, so it's great to have him here."

    Smalling added: "He's really making the difference."

  98. 0904: 

    Players have emerged for what we expect to be the final 50 minutes of play before England fly off into the sunset. The tourists are on 310-4 in India and are likely to bat for another 50 minutes and then declare. A draw wins the series for England.


    So Bradley Wiggins took the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award last night, but what was his most memorable achievement of the year? Was it the Tour de France win or Olympic gold? Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  100. 0852: 

    In his Sun newspaper column today, BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer writes that his former club Newcastle missed an opportunity in the summer to strengthen their side "having punched above their weight" last season.

    "Mike Ashley needed to put his hand in his pocket and strengthen with two or three players," Shearer writes. "The best time to buy is when you're in a position of strength."

  101. 0847: 

    Bangladesh have agreed to tour Pakistan early next year and become the first team to play international cricket there since gunmen attacked Sri Lanka's team bus in 2009, its cricket board said.

    "We have in principle agreed to tour Pakistan. It's a commitment made by former BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) president Mustafa Kamal. We are keeping his word," Enayet Husain Siraj, the board's head of cricket operations said.

  102. 0842: 

    Looking ahead to later, Arsenal travel to Reading looking to get back on track after their shock Capital One Cup defeat by Bradford last week.

    Manager Arsene Wenger insists there was no shame in losing to League Two opponents, but the result certainly increased the pressure on the Frenchman, whose side have won just three times in 11 league and cup games since beating Reading in the League Cup on 30 October.

    "I can understand that people criticise when the results are not as expected, but it looks like it has become the modern way to think," Wenger said.

  103. 0837: 

    Australia need another eight wickets to seal a win on the final day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart. The tourists face a battle to force a draw as they closed on 65 for two after being set a victory target of 393 on day four, with veteran pair Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene having to keep Australia at bay in the final session.

  104. 0832: 

    Bradley Wiggins says being voted 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year is possibly his greatest triumph. The 32-year-old cyclist claimed Olympic time trial gold in the summer after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

    He secured the BBC award from runner-up Jessica Ennis and Andy Murray in third after a public vote.

    "To be ahead of Jess and Andy, it's probably my greatest sporting achievement," he said. "The other stuff you can control, you can't control people voting for you."

  105. 0826: 

    Jonathan Trott has just been dismissed for England in India for 143 but it will not have any effect on the outcome as the tourists are in total control.


    So Bradley Wiggins took the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award last night, do you think he was the worthy winner? Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  107. 0818: 

    England are 294-3 against India as they close in on a historic win on tour. You can follow BBC's live text commentary with Mark Mitchener on the website.

  108. 0815: 

    Here are the top three stories from today's BBC football transfer gossip page:

    Manchester City hope a tribunal will act quickly to resolve a dispute with striker Mario Balotelli. The Italian has refused to accept a £340,000 club fine for missing 11 of 54 games last year through suspension and City want a decision before January so they can sell the striker. (The Times)

    Barcelona want Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is on loan at Atletico Madrid. Chelsea bought the 20-year-old Belgian for £8m from Genk in 2011 and immediately sent him out on loan to the Spanish side. (the Sun)

    Birmingham manager Lee Clark has said Liverpool and Everton will have to pay more than £6m to buy 19-year-old England goalkeeper Jack Butland. (Daily Mirror)

  109. 0810: 

    More from last night's BBC Sports Personality show as London 2012 chief Lord Coe was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, Martine Wright, who nearly died the day after London was awarded the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, has won the BBC Helen Rollason Award for 2012, Sue and Jim Houghton have won BBC Sport's 2012 Unsung Hero Award and teenage swimmer Josef Craig is the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year after becoming Britain's youngest gold medallist at the 2012 Paralympics.

  110. 0805: 

    Britain's Olympic and Paralympic squads have been named the team of the year at the BBC Sports Personality show after a record medal haul at London 2012. The joint honour followed a memorable sporting summer which set new landmarks and saw the country celebrate a range of stirring triumphs. Also, sprinter Usain Bolt has been named the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year after winning triple Olympic gold for the second successive Games.

  111. 0802: 

    Before we look ahead to what today has in store, let's have a quick rundown of the big stories from overnight. Bradley Wiggins has been voted the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis was runner-up while US Open winner Andy Murray was third.

    Dave Brailsford is also honoured at the BBC's Sports Personality awards for his work with British cycling. The 48-year-old is named 2012 coach of the year after helping guide Team GB riders to eight gold medals for the second successive Olympics.

  112. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday at the start of another week. We will be bringing you all the latest news throughout the day.

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