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Your preferred January signings and build-up to Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final between Leeds and Chelsea.

19 December 2012 Last updated at 19:00

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  1. 1855: 

    That's all from Sportsday for today, but don't forget there is plenty of coverage of tonight's Leeds v Chelsea Capital One Cup tie.

    Our Football Live text service is up and running, and BBC Radio 5 live will begin build-up from Elland Road at 1900 GMT.

  2. 1851: 

    7/7 bomb attack survivor Martine Wright says that sitting volleyball can recover from having its grant reduced from £800,000 to zero.

    Wright, who BBC Sport's Helen Rollason Award on Sunday, says a medal at the 2016 Paralympics is achievable.

  3. 1840: 

    Thomas Kearney on Twitter: "#LFC Along with Sturridge and Ince, I'd like to see Wilfried Bony or a player like Doumbia come in."

    Dom Lane on Twitter: "Swap Balotelli for Pato! Even as a fan of City and Mario, I'm bored of seeing him under-perform and Mancini bail him out."

    Proper Handsome on Twitter: "Lampard to Southampton, you heard it here first!"

  4. 1836: 

    Our live text commentary on tonight's League Cup quarter-final between Leeds and Chelsea is now live.

  5. 1826:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Don't forget you can listen to commentary on the League Cup quarter-final match between Leeds and Chelsea at Elland Road on BBC Radio 5 live tonight. Build-up begins at 1900 GMT with Mark Pougatch, before full match commentary from 1945 GMT.

  6. 1816: 

    Wladimir Klitschko's next opponent looks likely to be Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin.

    Klitschko, 36, is WBA "super champion" and the governing body has enforced a rule meaning Povetkin, their "regular champion", must face the Ukrainian.

    The bout must take place before February 26. Klitschko is the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight champion. His last contest was a 12-round points victory over Poland's Mariusz Wach in November.

  7. 1812: 

    Rafeef El Jumaili on Twitter: "How about anyone that can score a goal when Suarez is having an off day? 'Lacking' isn't even the word at the moment!"

    Will Martin on Twitter: "As a Saints fan, it would be nice to see Gary Hooper head south. Also intrigued to see Lucio on the free transfer list."

    Hamish Milner on Twitter: "Arsenal don't need more options up front just Theo to sign. A few quality defenders to shore us up at the back would help tho!"

  8. 1804: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is confident that Gareth Bale will be available to face Stoke this Saturday after returning to training following a hamstring injury.

    "It's good news," AVB told Spurs' official website. "First, for the player because he wants to be back in the group and he's made a tremendous recovery. He's worked extremely hard."

    Bale has been absent since picking up his injury in the 3-0 win over Fulham on 1 December.

  9. 1758: 

    Queen's Park Rangers striker Bobby Zamora thinks he will be back in action in "four to five weeks".

    Zamora has been sidelined by a hip problem, which needed surgery, for three weeks.

    Initially he was ruled out until February, but Zamora is feeling confident of returning sooner. "I had an operation three weeks ago and am now working on getting fit. My fingers are crossed for a smooth recovery," he told the QPR official website.

  10. 1748: 

    Peter Chambers on Twitter: "Benteke was awesome at Anfield on Saturday. I hope LFC negotiated his transfer while the Villa board were there."

    Hurricane Baines on Twitter: "Spurs need a deep playmaker, Moutinho would do nicely. Pirlo would be perfect. Why not Fellaini too"

    Joel Sparks on Twitter: "I'd love to see Dortmund's Marco Reus at Man Utd. And not just because he tore Man City apart twice!"

  11. 1746: 

    Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is to have surgery on Thursday, followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the next six weeks, the La Liga leaders have announced in a statement.

    Vilanova had surgery to remove a tumour in his saliva glands in November last year, before succeeding Pep Guardiola.

  12. 1736: 

    Amir Khan is looking at returning to the ring in April, following his victory over Carlos Molina in Los Angeles on Saturday.

    The Bolton boxer wants one more fight before a rematch with Danny Garcia, who took Khan's WBA light-welterweight title in July.

    "The next fight is going to be around April time," Khan told PA Sport.

    "That will give me a nice little break. Then I want to be back in the ring again and then trying for the rematch with Danny Garcia."

  13. 1729: 

    AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says that his club have received a bid for striker Alexandre Pato from an unnamed club.

    Who would you like to see arrive at your club in January? Let us know at #bbcsportsday. In the meantime, the BBC Football Gossip column has the latest rumours from around the globe.

  14. 1724: 

    As we get closer to tonight's Leeds v Chelsea League Cup quarter-final at Elland Road, take a look at some memories of when these two clubs clashed in the past.

    Ron Harris and Norman Hunter have been reminiscing about some lively encounters elsewhere on the BBC Sport site, and don't forget you can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live tonight, with build-up from 1900 GMT. Kick off is at 1945 GMT.

  15. 1714: 

    Former Scotland manager Craig Levein has opened legal proceedings against the Scottish Football Association.

    Levein was "relieved of his duties" by the SFA on 5 November following a disappointing start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.

    The SFA has confirmed Levein has now instructed his lawyers to serve a writ on the Association, which had offered to honour the remainder of his contract in full.

  16. 1710: 

    Steve Lambo77 on Twitter: "As a Reading fan I'd like to see - 1 gk, 4 defenders, 4 midfielders and 2 strikers !!!!!!"

    Craig Moore on Twitter: "The only January move for palace should be Messi swapping the blue and red of Barca for Selhurst as back up for Glenn Murray"

    Jake Beech on Twitter: "Anyone with a spare 7m should go for Ba, 27 goals in 51 games for NUFC. Enough said."

    Who would you like your club to splash out on once the January transfer window creaks open? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  17. 1706: 

    A great year for Rory McIlroy continues - the world number one has been voted as the men's Player of the Year by the Golf Writers' Association of America, who gave American Stacy Lewis the women's award.

    McIlroy was named the European Tour Golfer of the Year on Tuesday.

  18. 1654: 

    The Football Association confirms that it will investigate allegations racist abuse was aimed at Macclesfield captain Nat Brown by Barrow supporters during the FA Cup tie between the sides. "It's just unacceptable and it will be looked into," Barrow chairman Brian Keen tells BBC Radio Cumbria.

  19. 1649: 

    Ahmad Takhuri on Twitter: "Re 1610. I'd like to see Ronaldo back at Utd. Too much? Well i'd settle for raiding Dortmund for Lewandowski and Gotze."

    Jake on Twitter: "As a Palace fan, I'd like to see John Guidetti join either on loan or permanent As a back up for Glenn Murray."

    Dan McShane on Twitter: "I'm a Birmingham fan and I'd like us to sign Leroy Lita again. Pretty sure that's a play-off spot at least!"

  20. 1644: 

    Brazilian striker Nene says he has asked Paris St-Germain to release him from the remaining six months of his contract. The 31-year-old has been dropped from the French side's squad for the last three league games after arguing with club officials during the 2-1 Champions League home victory over FC Porto.

  21. 1637: 

    World governing body Fifa awards Niger a 3-0 win in a 2014 World Cup qualifier because Gabon fielded an ineligible player.

    Fifa ruled Charly Moussono was ineligible because he represented Cameroon at the 2006 Beach Soccer World Cup.

  22. 1629: 

    Will Dinsdale on Twitter: "Re Greg Matthews 1610. The January window brought you Vidic, Evra, Larsson, among many others, all who have won you many titles."

    Tom Pattenden on Twitter: "Newcastle need three quality players to challenge for places and provide depth to a bare bones squad. Strong centre half please."

    Mo Slim on Twitter: "Arsenal fan...great news about the renewed contracts but what we need is two words... VICTOR WANYAMA!"

  23. 1624: 

    Olympic swimmer Melanie Nocher announces her retirement from international competition - saying it is time to "move on to other challenges". The backstroke specialist, 24, competed at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and won a bronze medal at the 2011 European Short Course Championships.

  24. 1619:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Don't forget you can listen to commentary on the League Cup quarter-final match between Leeds and Chelsea at Elland Road on BBC Radio 5 live tonight. Build-up begins at 1900 GMT with Mark Pougatch, before full match commentary from 1945 GMT.

  25. 1615: 

    World champion Sebastian Vettel says winning a third consecutive title has not quenched his desire. "I want us to be as successful in 2013 as we have been this year and the previous two years," says the Red Bull driver. "Personally, I have never had to simulate motivation - that is part of my nature."

  26. 1610: 

    Matt Dolphin on Twitter: "Re 1555. Don't care who Aston Villa sign as long as we keep hold of the beast that is Christian Benteke."

    Dumph on Twitter: "Man Utd could do worse than raid Everton for Baines and Fellaini."

    Greg Matthews on Twitter: "As a Man United fan absolutely nobody as January is purely panic buying. The mid-season window should be scrapped."

  27. 1605: 

    Fulham recall goalkeeper David Stockdale from his loan spell at Championship side Hull City. The 27-year-old, who has featured in several England squads, made five appearances for the Tigers, keeping two clean sheets in the process.

  28. 1600: 

    Barcelona midfielder Alex Song says he would welcome a return to Arsenal when the Champions League last-16 draw is made on Thursday. Cameroon international Song, 25, left the north London club for Barcelona in the summer.

    "For me to go back there, where I had seven magnificent years, would be something very special," he says. "If we draw Arsenal I'd be happy to see the fans again and go back to the club, even though if we go there it will be to get the best result possible."

  29. 1555: 

    With the football transfer window reopening in a fortnight, we have been asking who you would like to see your club sign. Get involved by tweeting your thoughts using the #bbcsportsday.

    Liam Milburn on Twitter: "Newcastle need another centre back, striker, full back if Simpson goes and in my opinion, another winger to replace Gutierrez."

    Andrew Williams on Twitter: "I would like to see QPR to go and get Dawson and Parker from Spurs and bring in Anelka too."

  30. 1550: 

    Scott Johnson will be announced as the interim head coach of Scotland later this week, reports BBC Scotland.

    The Australian, 50, is to lead Scotland's Six Nations Championship campaign, which begins against England at Twickenham on 2 February, following the departure of Andy Robinson last month.

  31. 1546: 

    Britain's Olympic silver medal winning pairing of Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell have split. Patience is looking for a new crew in the 470 with Bithell moving up to the 49er class for the 2016 Games.

  32. 1542: 

    Queen's have pulled out of next month's Dr McKenna Cup because of the row over a number of their players representing their counties in the competition.

  33. 1538: 

    Matthew Price on Twitter: "If Liverpool sign Ince, Sturridge and someone to cover for Lucas that should be a fairly decent January."

    David Tyers on Twitter: "Saints need to sign one proven centre-half and a regular quality keeper. Michael Dawson and Craig Gordon please Santa!"

    Apostolos Scrooge on Twitter: "As an Everton fan I'd like a new keeper, central midfielder, centre back, winger and striker.... not much then."

  34. 1534: 

    Celtic assistant manager Johan Mjallby hopes the prospect of a Champions League last-16 tie will see the club's leading players stay with the Scottish Premier League champions. Striker Gary Hooper, forward Georgios Samaras and midfielder Victor Wanyama have been linked with moves away from Glasgow.

    "If we hadn't gone through and done as well as we have I think maybe some of the players who have done exceptionally well for us would maybe be interested to have another challenge," says the Swede.

  35. 1529: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan on Twitter: "Former Zenit coach Raymond Verheijen says he's 'shocked' by fans' calls for white-only players. 'It's time club and federation took action'."

  36. 1524: 

    Mark Ramprakash, who retired midway through the 2012 season, says he is excited by his return to the County Championship Division One side. "Middlesex is the club that gave me the chance to achieve what I have in cricket," he tells the club's official website. "I am delighted to be able to return to work with and help the current and next generation of Middlesex cricketers."

  37. 1520: 

    Middlesex say they are "delighted" to announce Mark Ramprakash has accepted a two-year offer to return to the club as its batting coach. Former England star Ramprakash will oversee the development of the county's batsmen until at least the end of the 2014 domestic season.

  38. 1516: 

    Thomas Patterson on Twitter: "Re 1504. Finally some good news for Arsenal."

    Nathan Bright on Twitter: "Great to see Arsenal back some home grown talent and put faith in the British boys. Well done Arsene."

    Richard Knight on Twitter: "Wilshere, Ox, Gibbs, Ramsey and Jenkinson commit to Arsenal, c'mon Theo your next! Better news that would be than any signing!"

  39. 1513: 

    Wenger adds: "Gibbs, Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey and Wilshere represent a core of the squad and it's an extension for a long period for all of them.

    "I'm a strong believer in stability and I believe when you have a core of British players, it's always easier to keep them together and that's what we'll try to achieve going forward."

  40. 1510: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he plans to build a team around the young British quintet who have agreed new deals at the Emirates Stadium.

    "Jack is certainly the best known, the leader of this group - but the other four players are exceptional footballers, and we're very happy that we could conclude their new deals at the same time," says the Frenchman.

  41. 1504: 

    England midfielder Jack Wilshere is one of five British players to sign new long-term contracts with Arsenal.

    Wilshere's five-year deal will come into force at the end of this season. He is joined in committing to the club by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson.

  42. 1502: 

    Daniel Nespoli on Twitter: "Re 1449. Hope Sheffield Wednesday sign Danny Batth from Wolves. Also need a forward and centre midfielder with good Championship experience."

    Andrew Hutchinson on Twitter: "I don't care if we sign no one as long as Derby do not sell Will Hughes, at least not for less than £10m."

    Lloyd Rice on Twitter: "Brighton should sign someone capable of scoring on a regular basis."

  43. 1458: 

    Bath coach Gary Gold hits out at reports linking London Irish and England centre Jonathan Joseph, 21, with a move to the Premiership club. "Just because it's clear as day that we are looking at an area, I think it's irresponsible to link names to it," says Gold.

  44. 1453: 

    Olympic double scull champion Anna Watkins admits she is tempted by the prospect of becoming Britain's first female single scull gold medallist at Rio 2016.

    Watkins, 29, won gold with Katherine Grainger at London 2012 and both women are undecided over whether to carry on.

  45. 1449: 

    We have been asking who you would like to see your club sign during the January transfer window. Let us know your New Year wishes by using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

    Gooner on Twitter: "Arsenal should sign a goalscorer like Lewandowski, Alexandre Pato or Benzema."

    Oliver Skipper on Twitter: "If Balotelli does leave Manchester City then another Premier League club MUST sign him, if only to ensure our league doesn't lose the comedy genius!"

    George Tickton on Twitter: "Huntelaar and Demba Ba, make it happen Wenger!"

  46. 1444: 

    Castres flanker Ibrahim Diarra is suspended for eight weeks after being found guilty of stamping on Glasgow Warriors prop Moray Low's head during his side's 10-8 Heineken Cup win on Saturday.

    European Rugby Cup bosses say the offence was considered at the high-end entry point suspension of nine weeks but deducted seven days because of Diarra's previously clean disciplinary record. He can appeal the decision.

  47. 1438: 

    England T20 captain Eoin Morgan says he is relishing the chance to extend the feelgood factor following the Test side's historic series victory in India. He leads an inexperienced team against the hosts in Pune tomorrow [13:30 GMT] following regular skipper Stuart Broad's withdrawal through injury.

    "As we've seen in the past when the Test side has done well, it's had a knock-on effect with the other two teams - and certainly we'll be looking to win these two games and take confidence and momentum from the Test side and keep the winning habit up," says Morgan.

  48. 1432: 

    Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair says he is desperate to make his mark when given the chance by manager Roberto Mancini. The 23-year-old has started just two Premier League games for the Blues since his £6.2m move from Swansea in August.

    "Hopefully I can get more game time and get on the pitch a bit more, but at the same time I have to be patient and wait my turn," he tells the club's official website. "I knew it was going to be difficult, it was one of the hardest routes I could have taken, but in order to become a better player, you have to play with the best players."

  49. 1427: 

    Connor Abbott on Twitter: "Re 1315. Would like to see Manchester City sign either De Rossi or Falcao in January. Either would be great signings for the club."

    George Boneheyo on Twitter: "Manchester United need a big centre back and a big midfielder. I couldn't say no to Kevin Strootman and Mats Hummels."

    Rob Boughen on Twitter: "Norwich are doing just great. Lots of good players not getting into the squad. Plenty of cover, don't need anyone in January."

  50. 1422: 

    Former Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli urges teenage winger Raheem Sterling to sign a new contract at the club.

    Negotiations between the England international and Liverpool over his first senior deal have yet to reach an conclusion over wage demands, with other clubs reported to be targeting the 18-year-old.

    Comolli says: "My advice would be sign the contract and stay at Liverpool unless there is something which makes him really uncomfortable. We tried to look after Raheem as much as we could - he was really a long-term project - and I think he should commit."

  51. 1418: 

    Scotland are likely to announce their new head coach before Christmas. Attack coach Scott Johnson and former Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen are the frontrunners to replace Andy Robinson, who left the role last month, on an interim basis.

  52. 1414: 

    Mike Flynn on Twitter: "If Arsenal fans want Henry back, and Chelsea fans want Drogba back, can Spurs have Jurgen Klinsmann back?"

    Matt Jenkins on Twitter: "As a Bristol Rovers fan, I would like to sign a whole new squad."

    Joshua King on Twitter: "Falcao - a latter-day Drogba. Not tall but leads the line with strength and power. Would he fit with new 'Barca in blue' Chelsea?"

  53. 1409: 

    English trio Laura Massaro, Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters reach the quarter-finals of the World Squash Open in Grand Cayman. They join Northern Ireland's Madeline Perry in the last eight following their second-round wins.

  54. 1402: 

    It is not just Premier League fans we want to hear from, but also those of Scottish and Football League clubs. Who would you like your club to sign to help aid their bid for promotion, or fight against relegation?

    Sam Hollis on Twitter: "I hope Luton bring back Keith Keane from Preston, we've been awful since he left. But you're not really asking me, are you?"

    Ross Hill on Twitter: "I think Falcao would look good in the claret and amber of a Motherwell shirt."

    Ant Reeve on Twitter: "Ipswich need to sign DJ Campbell permanently, if not, they should sign Tom Pope from Port Vale."

    Have you say, #bbcsportsday

  55. 1355: 

    Cagliari's Serie A match against defending champion Juventus will be played at Parma due to ongoing work at the Sardinian team's home ground.

    The Italian league says that Friday's game will be at Parma's Stadio Tardini after the local council refused to grant Cagliari a temporary safety certificate.

    The Tardini is more than 780kM from Cagliari's Is Arenas Stadium. Approximately 15,000 tickets have already been sold for what was set to be a sell-out match against the Serie A leader.

  56. 1346: 

    Augsburg sign US defender Michael Parkhurst from Danish side FC Nordsjaelland on a free transfer.

    The Bundesliga club says in a statement that the 28-year-old Parkhurst has agreed to a deal effective from January 2013 until June 2015, irrespective of top-flight football.


    Samuel Smith on Twitter: "Arsenal should sign Falcao just to surprise everyone."

    Alexis Wilson on Twitter: "Thierry Henry - would show the others what passion really is, and let's be honest, even at 35 can't be worse than Gervinho."

    Aaron Harper on Twitter: "Chelsea NEED a goalscorer. Falcao is who everyone wants. I'd like to see Higuain in a blue shirt or we could ask Didier..."

    Who do you want your club to sign in January? Have your say #bbcsportsday

  58. 1330: 

    Former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson will decide his career future in February, saying he will continue playing only if he feels it will benefit his club.

    The 33-year-old, who retired from international rugby after last year's World Cup has helped Toulon to first place in France's Top 14 this season. His contract expires at the end of the season.

    In an interview with sports daily L'Equipe, Wilkinson says: "I'm capable of carrying on, but it's a delicate balance. The question isn't what I would like to do, but what is best for my team."


    The transfer chat is already building up as January approaches, with Liverpool lining up moves for Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge and Blackpool's Tom Ince when the transfer window opens on 1 January.

    Atletico Madrid striker Falcao will be a wanted man, with the striker having scored a remarkable 17 goals in 15 La Liga games. Meanwhile, the likes of Arsenal are likely to spend in the new year to push for a top-four finish, while January spending will be crucial for those clubs fighting relegation from the Premier League.

    Who would you like to see your club sign in January and why? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  60. 1315: 

    Crawley Town confirm former Aldershot Town director Richard Low as their new chief executive.

    Alan Williams announced his decision to stand down as Crawley chief executive last month, but after the appointment of Low, will be standing down with immediate effect rather than the end of season date he originally stated.

  61. 1306: 

    Arsenal's Premier League fixture with West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day is postponed due to proposed industrial action on the London Underground.

    A statement from Arsenal reads: "As a result of Monday's strike ballot and the proposed industrial action on London Underground on Boxing Day, Arsenal's Premier League match against West Ham United at Emirates Stadium, originally planned for Wednesday, 26 December, has been postponed.

    "This decision has been made now, due to the preparation period needed to safely operate Emirates Stadium by all the relevant agencies. The club liaised closely with all the relevant agencies in order to reach this decision."

  62. 1300: 

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire reports that the Coventry City former players association are asking fans to donate money in order to help the family of Peter Ndlovu visit the ex-Sky Blues striker in hospital, after his road accident in Zimbabwe.

    The 39-year-old, who scored 39 league goals for the Sky Blues, is being treated in the capital Harare.

    His brother Adam - along with a female passenger - died when their car crashed near Victoria Falls.

  63. 1252: 

    Jockey Eddie Ahern will face a corruption inquiry after being charged with serious breaches of racing's rules.

    The 35-year-old and five other individuals must attend a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel.

    Racehorse owner Neil Clement, a former West Brom defender, is one of those charged.

  64. 1248: 

    Zenit St Petersburg fans who want non-white and gay players excluded from the Russian team are "living in another century", says Anzhi Makhachkala defender Christopher Samba.

    Landscrona, the Russian champions' largest fans' group, said black players are "forced down Zenit's throat".

    "I'm not surprised. Everybody knows Zenit supporters are no good and racist," says Samba. "They are living in another century. It's a sad day for Russian football."

  65. 1241: 

    The chair of the All-Party Tennis Group describes the £640,000 salary of Lawn Tennis Association chief executive Roger Draper as "unthinkable".

    Details of Draper's salary were published for the first time last week. On Monday, Sport England cut the LTA's funding, criticising its plans for increasing participation.

    "It's unthinkable that someone earning four times more than the Prime Minister has not got ideas for the shake-up of the sport," Baroness Billingham says.

  66. 1236:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Don't forget you can listen to commentary on the League Cup quarter-final match between Leeds and Chelsea at Elland Road on BBC Radio 5 live tonight. Build-up begins at 1900 GMT with Mark Pougatch, before full match commentary from 1945.

  67. 1229: 

    Ukraine's football federation will decide next week whether to hire former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson to run the national team.

    Federation officials have met Eriksson in Kiev, where they laid out the terms of a potential contract.

    "The Executive Committee meeting will take place next week," a federation spokesman says.

  68. 1219: 

    Manchester City say Mario Balotelli has agreed to accept a two-week fine "as a sign of respect for Roberto Mancini, the supporters and the club."

    A statement from the Premier League club says: "Mario Balotelli has chosen to accept a two week fine levied upon him by the club and withdraw his disciplinary appeal, which was due to be heard by a Premier League panel today.

    "Mario remains available for selection for all forthcoming fixtures."


    Lewis Hobson on Twitter: "Leeds v Chelsea really is the game we all wanted..didn't sleep much last night because of how up for this game I am...Elland Road will be rocking."

    Rory McDermott on Twitter: "Aston Villa to win the League Cup, making up for heartbreak of 2010 and the ref not sending Vidic off!!"

    Chinmay Barhale on Twitter: "Would love to see Leeds v Bradford final. Aston Villa are dark house of the season. Paul Lambert has potential for bigger club." Have you say, #bbcsportsday

  70. 1208: 

    Sebastian Vettel never had any doubts over the validity of his 2012 drivers's title, despite the debate that briefly raged regarding his overtake of Jean-Eric Vergne at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

    The Red Bull driver's third consecutive world crown was put in doubt after Ferrari wrote to motor racing's world governing body, the FIA, to seek clarification on Vettel's move on the fourth lap of the race at Interlagos on 25 November. Vettel was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing.

    "To be honest, I never wasted one single thought that an irregularity was involved from my side," Vettel says in an interview with

  71. 1200: 

    Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has reportedly relapsed after having a parotid gland tumour removed last year.

    "The club have not denied it just yet," Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague tells Sky Sports News. "Tito has had a recession on his tumour and it looks like he will have to be treated on that.

    "It is early too to say what will happen next. All press plans were cancelled this morning. We are just waiting to hear from the club what will happen next."

  72. 1156: 

    Togo manager Didier Six pledges to do everything he can to persuade Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor to represent his homeland at next month's African Nations Cup.

    The 28-year-old recently put his international career on hold due to a dispute with the Togolese federation over match bonuses. However, manager Six has not given up hope of persuading Adebayor to change his mind.

    "It's clear that we will need Adebayor but don't forget we qualified without him during one of the play-off matches," he tells Le Buteur. "I am doing everything I can to get him to come back to us."

  73. 1145: 

    The High Court quashes the original accidental death inquest verdicts returned after 96 Liverpool football fans died in the crush at Hillsborough 23 years ago.

    The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge and two other judges in London ordered fresh inquests following an application by the Attorney General Dominic Grieve.


    Leeds and Chelsea renew a fierce rivalry that ignited in the 1970s in the quarter-final of the League Cup tonight - the first time the two sides have met since a Premier League fixture nine years ago.

    With Chelsea having recently returned from the Club World Cup in Japan, Leeds will likely fancy their chances of victory tonight. Can they cause an upset?

    Bradford, Swansea and Aston Villa are already through to the semi-finals. Which team do you think ultimately will be lifting the trophy on 24 February? Let us know your thoughts, #bbcsportsday.

  75. 1135: 

    Liverpool are closing in on the signings of Daniel Sturridge and Thomas Ince having put deals in place with Chelsea and Blackpool respectively.

    England forward Sturridge will cost Liverpool in the region of £12m, while Ince will move back to Anfield for £6m.

    Neither player has finalised personal terms but Liverpool are hopeful both deals will be completed in the first few days of the January transfer window.

  76. 1129: 

    Blackburn manager Henning Berg responds to reports that he "stormed" out of Monday's Christmas party after being asked to wear a wig and dance on stage.

    "On Monday evening, the club arranged its official Christmas Party for all employees and staff. We have many hard-working employees and this was an opportunity for them to relax and enjoy themselves after what has been a difficult year," a statement on Blackburn's website read.

    "After the dinner I was asked to go to the stage, which I was happy to do, believing I would be asked a few questions or maybe judge a competition. Instead I was asked to do things which were not the right things for me to do as the manager, considering our league position and form. I did not want to do it and went back to my table."

  77. 1121: 

    Pakistan limited-overs captain Misbah-ul-Haq says dropped allrounder Shahid Afridi might be reconsidered for the one-day international series against India.

    The selectors picked Afridi for the two Twenty20s against India this month but dropped him for the three one-dayers because he's scored only 182 runs in his last 16 ODIs with only one half century. But Afridi has scored two half centuries in 50-over practice matches in the last three days, including 90 off 64 balls on Wednesday to catch the eyes of his captain.

    Misbah says "if his form remains like this and we needed him, we will definitely consider him." Pakistan leaves for India on 22 December, and the series begins with a Twenty20 at Bangalore on 25 December.

  78. 1114: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has held a meeting with his defenders in a bid to stop the late goals that have blighted their season, centre-back William Gallas reveals.

    Spurs have conceded 10 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this campaign, which is a Premier League high along with bottom side Reading.

    "We've had a meeting with him (Villas-Boas) because we've been conceding late goals and we have to be a little bit more focused, a bit more strong," Gallas tells talkSPORT.

  79. 1109: 

    Midfielder Papa Bouba Diop signs a new one-month contract extension with Championship side Birmingham. The new deal runs until 17 January, 2013.

    "I'm delighted that we have been able to extend Papa's deal into the New Year," says boss Lee Clark.

    "He's a big fella and he attacks the ball with aggression. People think he's just a big lad who intimidates the opposition but he's a very good technician as well."Off the pitch he's great to have around the place and the lads have taken to him really quickly."

  80. 1100: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway reports that Mario Balotelli's tribunal scheduled for today is likely to be cancelled.

  81. 1057: 

    Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt, 23, says he wants to play for Morocco at next month's Africa Cup of Nations, despite QPR manager Harry Redknapp's request for him to skip the tournament to help his club's fight to avoid relegation.

    Taarabt has fallen out of favour with Morocco coach Rachid Taoussi in recent months but hopes to earn a recall for the competition in South Africa in January and February.

    "He (Redknapp) came to see me to ask me not to go but I told him: 'If they call me, I can't refuse, boss'," Taarabt tells the French sports newspaper L'Equipe. "I love my country, I love the Moroccan people and football means a lot to them. I warned him that the only solution was that the coach doesn't call me up."

  82. 1050: 

    Former Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart, who will lead a new police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster, says his "first priority is to meet with as many of the families as possible."

    He continues: "I am aware of the great significance and personal responsibility which comes with leading this criminal investigation. I have held a number of meetings already and have been struck by the families' humility and steadfast determination to see justice delivered for their loved ones.

    "My role is to ensure that we determine exactly what happened in the lead-up to and on the day of the disaster and establish where any culpability lies."

  83. 1037: 

    French newspaper L'Equipe report that Force India are the first Formula 1 team to announce the the launch date for its car for the 2013 season, according to BBC monitoring.

    The event will take place on 1 February at Silverstone.

  84. 1025: 

    A new police investigation into the Hillsborough disaster is announced by the Home Secretary.

    Former Durham Chief Constable Jon Stoddart will lead the new inquiry, which will focus specifically on the 96 deaths of Liverpool fans at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989.

    The move comes after a report from the Hillsborough independent panel laid bare a cover-up which attempted to shift the blame for the tragedy on to its victims.

    Home Secretary Theresa May says: "I am determined to see a swift and thorough response to the findings of the Hillsborough Panel to deliver justice for the 96 football fans who died and the families who have fought so hard on their behalf."

  85. 1023: 

    The Times of India newspaper reports that several Indian players have spoken of the frustration with coach Duncan Fletcher following the Test series defeat to England, according to BBC monitoring.

    The paper said that several players spoke on condition of anonymity of their unhappiness with Fletcher's coaching style.

    A senior official of the board told the paper that Fletcher had proved to be a disappointment, but denied that any official approach had been made by the team.

  86. 1012: 

    London is announced as the host city of the 2017 IPC Athletics World Championships.

    The Championships will be held in July 2017 at the Olympic Stadium, just a month before the same venue plays host to the IAAF World Athletics Championships.

    London will become the first city to host the two Championships side-by-side, recreating the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games athletics competitions.

  87. 1007: 

    Chris Campbell on Twitter: "Wish handball etc could be given money but realistically not enough to go round. Let's stick to what we're good at...for now."

    Tony Gilmour on Twitter: "Before the Olympics, all sports were advised that if you were not successful, funding would be cut. End of story."

  88. 1006: 

    Barrow say they will investigate allegations that Macclesfield captain Nat Brown was racially abused by fans during Tuesday's FA Cup game.

    Speaking after their 1-1 draw in the second round tie at Holker Street, Macclesfield boss Steve King complained that Brown had been called "a monkey". The incident is likely to be included in referee David Webb's report.

    Barrow chairman Brian Keen told BBC Radio Cumbria: "It's just unacceptable and it will be looked into. The results will be known to people once we find out who or what it was. We, at Barrow, won't have it and we will look into it really seriously."

  89. 1002: 

    Serena Williams has withdrawn from an exhibition match against world number one Victoria Azarenka in Thailand later this month after undergoing surgery on her big toes.

    Williams is the WTA player of the year after winning Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and London Olympics.

    She has been replaced by world number seven, Li Na of China for the exhibition on 29 December in Hua Hin.

  90. 0956: 

    Kevin Pietersen will be offered a new England contract, says head coach Andy Flower.

    Pietersen currently has a four-month deal with the England and Wales Cricket Board after he was not initially picked for the tour of India.

    The batsman, 32, was dropped after sending "provocative" text messages to South African players in the summer.

  91. 0943: 

    Take a look at today's advent calendar offering from BBC Sport.

    We remember the inauspicious start to Europe's Ryder Cup singles battle in October as Rory McIlroy has to dash to make his tee time after a mix-up with his alarm clock.

    The world number one went on to win his singles match with Keegan Bradley as Europe staged a remarkable comeback to win by a single point.

  92. 0937: 

    Brazil drop from 13th to an all-time low 18th in the latest FIFA world rankings. The 2014 World Cup hosts have slipped because of playing only non-competitive matches, as well as losing to Argentina last month.

    World and European champions Spain complete a whole year at the top of the rankings.

    England stay sixth, Republic of Ireland are 42nd and Scotland are 72nd. Wales have dropped 16 places to 82nd while Northern Ireland have moved up four places to 96th.

  93. 0933: 

    GB Handball coach Bill Baillie launches a petition after the sport's Olympic funding was cut on Tuesday.

    He wants team sport funding changes for handball, basketball & volleyball.

  94. 0926: 

    AS Sport reports that Barcelona's Eric Abidal has been given the all clear to play by the club's medical experts, according to BBC monitoring.

    Abidal had a liver transplant earlier this year.

  95. 0921: 

    We are asking what you make of UK Sport's decisions on Olympic and Paralympic funding.

    Dave Gibbs on Twitter: "Elite level in handball will remain without funding, people can still aspire to reach that! Is Team GB not prestigious enough?"

    Callan Rowland on Twitter: "Boxing deserved the increase. With the amount of Medals we won in the sport it is needed."

    Keep your views coming in using the hastag #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  96. 0909:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 livePARALYMPICS

    Sitting Volleyball player Martine Wright says that the removal of all funding for the sport will not stop its progress.

    Speaking on 5live, she says: "This is not the last you have heard of sitting volleyball. All we need is a net, a ball and our bottoms. We will go out and find private funding."

    Wright won the Helen Rollason award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday, after losing both her legs in the 7/7 bombings in 2005 and going on to compete in the Paralympics Games in London.

  97. 0900: 

    And in the Sporting Spotlight is the former Leeds, Aston Villa and Al-Ahli manager David O'Leary.

    He gives his views on Leeds' chances of making a return to the Premier League, football management in the Middle East and memories of signing Rio Ferdinand for a British record transfer fee.

  98. 0854: 

    Let me point you towards this week's Q&A with former England centre Jeremy Guscott.

    Topics this week are; the biggest shock of the weekend's Heineken Cup results, what he makes of the way the Heineken Cup pools are put together, whether he shares Brian Moore's frustration over feeding at scrums and where he's had most fun watching matches.

  99. 0842: 

    Leeds United and Chelsea will renew old rivalries when they meet in the Capital One Cup quarter final on Wednesday at Elland Road.

    The two teams were involved in many infamous matches during the 1960s and 1970s.

    The winner of Wednesday's quarter final will join Swansea, Bradford and Aston Villa in the semi-final draw.

  100. 0837: 

    The High Court is being asked to quash the original accidental death inquest verdicts returned after 96 Liverpool football fans died at Hillsborough 23 years ago.

    Some of the families of victims of the 1989 tragedy, who have campaigned to have verdicts overturned, are due to attend the hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London on Wednesday.

    An application on behalf of some relatives was made requesting a videolink to a courtroom in Liverpool.

  101. 0831: 

    Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez says he will shake hands with Leeds manager Neil Warnock before Wednesday's League Cup quarter-final at Elland Road.

    Warnock has suggested he may refuse the pre-match gesture following a dispute between the two dating back to 2007.

    Then Sheffield United boss Warnock felt Benitez's selection of a weakened Liverpool side at Fulham contributed to the Blades' relegation.

  102. 0826: 

    BBC Sport has learnt negotiations between Mario Balotelli and Manchester City took place on Tuesday night over an agreement on their dispute concerning a club fine.

    Negotiations are continuing and this looks highly likely to postpone or cancel Wednesday's planned Premier League hearing.

  103. 0823: 

    Christopher Samba says that Zenit St Petersburg supporters are "a bit racist".

    Zenit fans wrote an open letter on Monday asking the Russian club to exclude non-white and gay players.

    Speaking on 5live Sport Samba, who plays for Anzhi Makhachkala said: "Zenit fans live in a different century. I'm not surprised. I will say, a little shocked. Zenit is well known for it's racist fan base. It's sad because they have slowed down the process of Russian football being a better league."

  104. 0820: 

    So what do you make of Tuesday's Olympic and Paralympic funding decisions? Is it right that sports with less success have lost out? Can sports like handball and basketball still develop without elite funding?

    Send us you views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  105. 0815: 

    Fancy a few snippets of transfer talk to kick-start your day? Here's three stories from today's football gossip column.

    Paris-Saint Germain are targeting Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in a £75m deal - and also want to bring his manager Jose Mourinho to the French capital. [Daily Mail]

    Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is set to snub Tottenham in favour of a move to Liverpool. [the Sun]

    Arsene Wenger has held "peace talks" with Theo Walcott as he attempts to persuade the England forward to stay at Arsenal. [Daily Mirror]

  106. 0810: 

    Reinstated Bradford are out of the FA Cup. They couldn't repeat their League Cup heroics as they lost 4-2 at Brentford in their second round tie. Elsewhere, League Two Rotherham United shocked League One Notts County, Oxford United beat Accrington Stanley and Barrow and Macclesfield will meet again in a replay after drawing 1-1.

    In the Championship, Brighton came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Millwall.

  107. 0807: 

    Double Olympic champion in dressage, Charlotte Dujardin wins the World Cup freestyle event at Olympia.

    The 27-year-old and her London 2012 horse Valegro earned a score of 87.975%

  108. 0804: 

    David Price will attempt to take his next step towards a world heavyweight title challenge when he faces American Tony Thompson in Liverpool next year.

    The 29-year-old Price will defend his British and Commonwealth title on 23 February after winning all four of his fights in 2012 by knockout.

  109. 0802: 

    We will start with a look at the stories from overnight. British handball player, Chris McDermott says he feels "misled and cheated" after UK Sport removed the team's Olympic funding.

    He spoke out after the sport - along with basketball, table tennis and wrestling - lost all central support for elite athletes in the build-up to Rio 2016.

  110. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday Live from the BBC Sports Centre in Salford Quays. We will bring you all the breaking news stories throughout the day.

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