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Breaking transfer news, Barnsley approach Terry Butcher, Wolves appoint Dean Saunders as manager, plus Ballon d'Or.

7 January 2013 Last updated at 19:38

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  1. 1905: 

    Lionel Messi's Ballon d'Or success brings Monday's Sportsday Live to a close. Our rolling news service will return on Tuesday morning with all the latest football news during the busy January transfer window, plus much more from across the sporting world. In the meantime, our live text commentary of tonight's FA Cup tie between Cheltenham and Everton is up and running with Tom Rostance.

  2. 1859: 

    So, no great surprise as Messi takes the gong ahead of Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo. The 25-year-old enjoyed an incredible 2012 where he scored 91 goals for club and country.

  3. 1857: 

    Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi wins the men's Ballon d'Or for a record fourth successive year.

  4. 1854: 

    USA striker Abby Wambach beats international team-mate Alex Morgan and Brazil's Marta to become the first American player to win the women's Ballon d'Or since Mia Hamm in 2002.

  5. 1852: 
    Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Marta Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Marta await the Women's Player of the Year announcement.
  6. 1848: 

    Ryan Barnes on Twitter: "This is stupid! Goal of the year and not even a mention of Mexes or Ibrahimovic!"

    James Gallagher on Twitter: "Jurgen Klopp unlucky not to be on the coach of the year list."

    Craig Hamilton on Twitter: "La Liga is by far the best league in the world. Who actually thought that England had the best league? apart from the English."

  7. 1845: 

    Colombian legend Carlos Valderrama enters proceedings, sporting his famous curly bouffant, to present the Fifa Puskas Award to Fenerbahce's Miroslav Stoch. Named in honour of Hungarian icon Ferenc Puskas, it is given to the player judged to have scored the best goal of the year. Stoch's hooked effort against Turkish Super Lig rivals Genclerbirligi beats off competition from Santos star Neymar and Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao.

  8. 1840: 

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are named in the FIFA/FIFPro World XI for a record sixth time. John Terry, Xavi and Iker Casillas closely follow with five appearances each.

  9. 1838: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "How is Robin van Persie not in team of the season??"

  10. 1836: 

    Rob McElhinney on Twitter: "Did only Spanish journalists vote? Pirlo and Van Persie?? Plus there are better left and right backs."

    Richard Stevens on Twitter: Can anyone tell me why Guardiola was nominated for coach of the year, no trophies and out of work since May?"

    Tom Dutton on Twitter: "As much as it annoys me that there are no Prem players in the FIFA World XI. I don't think you can argue with the selection."

  11. 1833: 

    Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer is named as the recipient of the Fifa Presidential Award. The award is "bestowed upon a person or institution that has made a superlative contribution to football without seeking to monopolise the limelight", according to the world governing body.

  12. 1830:  
    Gary Lineker, MOTD presenter and 1986 Ballon d'Or runner-up

    "The FIFA World X1 is made up entirely of players from La Liga. Euro champs, WC holders, now World domination for Spanish football."

  13. 1828: 

    Men's coach of the year Vicente Del Bosque: "It is a great privilege to be involved with the Spanish Football Federation, the technical staff and coaches.

    "I would like to remember all of the coaches I had in my time who were part of my education. We are all called upon to protect football and its image."

  14. 1826: 

    Nabeel on Twitter: "The World XI is all La Liga players. What was that about the PL being best in the world?"

    Liam Fitzpatrick on Twitter: "Ridiculous. Marcelo? Dani Alves? Falcao and not Van Persie? What about Pirlo, Mata? Very unjust to players like that."

    Sam O'Sullivan on Twitter: "Have Fifa forgotten there are other leagues beside La Liga?"

  15. 1823: 

    Unsurprisingly, the World Coach of the Year for Men's Football gong goes to Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque. Del Bosque, who led the world champions to the Euro 2012 trophy, beats Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho and ex-Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to the award.

  16. 1820: 

    The next prize to be handed out is the World Coach of the Year for Women's Football. And the winner is Sweden, and former USA, coach Pia Sundhage, whose acceptance speech is rather unusual. She promptly breaks into a song dedicated to USA stars Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach.

  17. 1817: 
    Ronaldo 2014 World Cup mascot Fuleco embraces Brazil legend Ronaldo at the Ballon d'Or ceremony.
  18. 1815: 

    Here's the full Fifa/FIFPro World XI:

    Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas

    Defenders: Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo

    Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta

    Forwards: Lionel Messi, Radomel Falcao, Cristiano Ronaldo

  19. 1814: 

    The Fifa/FIFPro World XI is announced as the players step on to the stage, accompanied by 11 mascots, to collect their awards. As you would expect it is a Spanish-dominated XI, with the world and European champions accounting for more than half of the team. All six play for either Real Madrid or Barcelona, while the rest of the team is made up of players plying their trade in La Liga.

  20. 1809: 

    James Foster on Twitter: "Wambach or Morgan for female player of the year? Seriously?! I think that Christine Sinclair should be in the running."

    Thomas Wright on Twitter: "Has to be Alex Morgan for women's world player of the year. 123rd minute goal v Canada in Olympic semi-final was amazing.

    Craig Andrews on Twitter: "Wambach. Easily good enough to play with the men."

  21. 1803: 

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter praises AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng for displaying courage when he walked off the pitch in protest at racial abuse.

    However, the head of the world governing body says that such gestures were not a long-term solution to the problem.

    "If a player walks off the pitch because he has been racially abused, just as AC Milan player Kevin-Prince Boateng did, it is a strong and courageous signal, a way of saying it has gone too far," said Blatter at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich.

  22. 1759: 

    FIFA World Cup 2014 mascot Fuleco, a colourfully-dressed armadillo, joins ex-Brazil striker Ronaldo on the stage to discuss the country's preparations for the tournament. Then, the star-studded audience are treated to a video montage of some of the past Ballon d'Or winners, which include host Ruud Gullit, Eusebio, Franz Beckenbauer and Zinedine Zidane. Quite a roll call.

  23. 1753: 

    Richard Swain on Twitter: "If Ronaldo stayed at Man Utd and had team built around him like Messi at Barca he would be winning Ballon d'Or every year."

    Raihaan Haq on Twitter: "I really hope Ronaldo wins the Ballon D'or. He's a better rounded player and isn't surrounded by the same class as Messi is."

    Martyn Scott on Twitter: "It's inevitable who's gonna win the Ballon' D'or - Messi. But who's gonna win the Female Player of the Year, Morgan or Wambach?"

    Good question Martyn. Any thoughts? USA pair Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach are joined by Brazil star Marta in the running for the women's prize. Let us know using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  24. 1749: 

    Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio has said he is willing to spend £30,000 of his own money to re-sign their loan players.

    Deals for Tottenham midfielder John Bostock, Norwich striker Chris Martin and Charlton midfielder Danny Hollands expired at the weekend. And chairman Sir William Patey has said Di Canio will not be given extra funds during the January transfer window.

    "I will do everything to keep them, even put my own money in," the Town boss told BBC Wiltshire.

  25. 1745: 

    The Ballon d'Or ceremony is underway in Zurich, with Dutch legend, and former Chelsea boss, Ruud Gullit and Kay Murray hosting the event.

  26. 1734: 

    Legendary Brazil striker Ronaldo, a two-time Ballon d'Or winner, backs his fellow South American Lionel Messi to win the award for a fourth successive year.

    "My favourite is Messi, I think he is going to win again. I believe that he is a step ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo," he told Fifa's official website.

  27. 1731: 

    Damien Matthewman on Twitter: "King Messi for the Ballon d'Or! 90 goals in a year....unbelievable tekkers."

    David Herges on Twitter: "Andrea Pirlo should be Ballon d'Or winner. 33 years, carried an average Italy side into the Euro 2012 final."

    Tim Nicol on Twitter: "Messi will go down as the best ever. Love Ronaldo as a Man Utd fan but what the Argentine does is just magical."

  28. 1727: 
    Lionel Messi A dapper-looking Lionel Messi signs autographs ahead of the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich.
  29. 1725: 

    Wales manager Chris Coleman believes Swansea will not be able to keep hold of 15-goal striker Michu if he maintains his current form.

    "If any player at Swansea is performing like Michu is then the big boys are going to look, and if they want you enough they will pay the money," he said. "As much as Swansea want to keep him, they won't be able to say no to that. They might say he is not for sale, but everyone is for sale at a price."

  30. 1721: 

    Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany on Twitter: "Messi is simply the best. Decision should be unanimous."

    We are less than an hour away from the start of the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich where Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cristiano Ronaldo battle to be named as the planet's best footballer. Do you agree with Kompany's view? Or can Iniesta or Ronaldo prise the award from three-time winner Messi's hands? Let us know using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  31. 1714: 

    Ski Sunday returns for its 35th season and will be on our screens from 13 January at 17:00 GMT on BBC Two and BBC HD.

    It will feature all the action and excitement from the men's and women's World Cup season, as well as interviews with many 2014 Winter Olympic hopefuls. Here's all the details.

  32. 1708: 

    As well as asking for your opinions on the Ballon d'Or, we also want to know who your team should sign during the January transfer window. Here's a selection of your thoughts. Get involved using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

    Luke Williams on Twitter: "Arsenal need someone the likes of David Villa- clinical. Too many balls in the box yesterday that nobody was getting onto."

    Joe Blackmore on Twitter: "Really hope Liverpool sign Sneijder. He's class and he is the playmaker from midfield Liverpool have been missing all season."

    Nick Aubrey on Twitter: "If Chelsea don't want Lampard, I 'm sure Man U wouldn't mind taking on yet another team's best player."

  33. 1659: 

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is treated at a clinic in Abu Dhabi for a cough and a fever as the Ivory Coast prepare for the Africa cup of Nations. His brother Kolo told the club's website: "Yaya had a couple of days off. Apart from that, everything is going very well at the training camp and we are happy to be here."

  34. 1654: 

    Newcastle defender Paul Dummett hopes to return to St Mirren on loan this month - despite making his Magpies debut on Saturday in the FA Cup defeat to Brighton.

    Dummett, 21, spent the first half of the campaign on loan in Scotland playing 19 times for St Mirren.

  35. 1647: 

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi says Argentina can win the 2014 World Cup. "We're on the rise, we have a good dynamic," said the 25-year-old.

  36. 1641: 

    Northamtonshire chief executive David Smith says the club are talking to their former all-rounder and Australia international Mike Hussey about a possible comeback in the Twenty20 competition.

    The 37-year-old, who last played for the county 10 years ago, only retired from internationals on Sunday.

    Smith told BBC Radio Northampton that talks are continuing with Rory Kleinveldt and Australians Jackson Bird and John Hastings.


    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: "Ronaldo has his fans and I include myself amongst them, but the reality is, Messi is in league of his own."


    Who do you think should win the Ballon d'Or winner? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

    Serge McCarthy on Twitter: "Messi has had a much better second half of 2012 so he'll get it but if they base it on last season then it should be Ronaldo."

    Nikhil Chicarito on Twitter: "Ronaldo in 2012 became a big game player for club and country like in april he scored the winner v Barca to secure the title."

    Jaemin Wilds on Twitter: "Messi is compared to Pele and Maradonna,Ronaldo and Iniesta are compared to Messi. Can only be one winner."

  39. 1629: 

    Scunthorpe United sign free agent Akpo Sodje on a deal until the end of the season. The 32-year-old Nigeria striker scored seven goals in 17 games for Preston in the first half of the season.

  40. 1624: 

    Former Manchester United and Netherlands defender Jaap Stam is to join Ajax as a coach in July when his contract with PEC Zwolle expires.

  41. 1619: 

    Juventus director general Beppe Marotta confirms the Serie A club have enquired about the availability of Shanghai Shenhua and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, according to

  42. 1616: 

    World cup referee Howard Webb will take charge of this weekend's clash between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford.


    Olympic 400m medallist Kathryn Merry on Twitter: "My pennies worth......Messi ahead of Ronaldo just for the Ballon d'Or."

  44. 1605: 

    Manchester City midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim is set to rejoin Stromgodset on a six-month loan deal, according to the Daily Mail. The Norway Under-21 international has also attracted interest from Premier League sides Sunderland, West Brom and Swansea.

  45. 1601: 

    Bolton Wanderers striker Michael O'Halloran extends his loan deal with Tranmere Rovers. The 22-year-old will remain with the club for another month. Manager Ronnie Moore told the club's website: "Michael has done well since he has been here so I'm pleased to be able to keep him for another month."


    With just over two hours to go until the Ballon d'Or winner is announced, who do you think should win? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

    Laura Jenks on Twitter: "Ronaldo for me. Been inspirational for club and country."

    Chris Collindridge on Twitter: "Messi can't lose, unbelievable year for him and his team."

    Abdiaziz Abdullah on Twitter: "Iniesta should win it. Best player at Euro 2012 and is the best playmaker in the world."

  47. 1550: 

    Former Barcelona Pep Guardiola says he wants to return to coaching but says he does not know where he will be next. He told a news conference at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich: "I don't have a team to go to but I would like to go back to coaching. I have taken a decision to return to coaching but beyond that no decision has been taken."

  48. 1543: 

    Controversial striker Mario Balotelli is playing for Manchester City under-21 team this afternoon and has scored twice as the Blues lead 4-0 against Blackburn Rovers.

  49. 1536: 

    Great Britain captain Judy Murray names her team for the Fed Cup clash in Israel next month. The four-strong party consists of Laura Robson, Heather Watson, debutant Johanna Konta and Anne Keothavong. Elena Baltacha is injured.

  50. 1522: 

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle chairman Kenny Cameron says they "will be doing everything possible" to keep Terry Butcher, who has given to speak to Barnsley about their vacant manager's position.

    "Given our current position in the SPL and the fact we have a cup semi-final on the horizon, it is inevitable that if any managerial positions come up our management team will no doubt be on the radar," he said.

    "We will be doing everything possible to ensure that Terry remains with the club and finishes what has been an incredible journey to date for us all."

  51. 1516: 

    Uefa will open disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham and Lazio following their Europa League draw in Rome in November.

    Proceedings will be instigated against Lazio for supporters' throwing of missiles and/or fireworks, incidents of a non-sporting nature, late team arrival at the stadium and late handling of the team sheet. Spurs face charges related to crowd disturbances.

    These cases will be discussed by the Uefa Control and Disciplinary Body on January 24.

  52. 1510: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill will not allow goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, 27, to make a loan move despite interest from Hull City and Nottingham Forest, says the Daily Mail.

  53. 1503: 

    Anti-racism campaigners say Fifa president Sepp Blatter needs to turn his words into actions after he insisted points should be deducted for racist abuse. Piara Powar, executive director of the European anti-discrimination organisation Fare, said: " These are people who have the ability to make those things happen but are not delivering this action."


    Alexis Phanopoulos on Twitter: "Can't believe anyone is defending Suarez. Basically saying cheating is OK as long as you get away with it. Despicable."

    Andy Loch on Twitter: "Still not seeing much mention of the fact that Demba Ba against Reading was far worse than Suarez yesterday and meant more."

    Tara Munro on Twitter: "I bet any Mansfield fans who have Suarez in their fantasy team will be changing that after this match."

    Send your thoughts on Luis Suarez's goal against Mansfield via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  55. 1449: 

    Togo claim Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 28, has changed his mind and will represent the country at the Africa Cup of Nations. Head of the Togo Football Federation, Ameyi Gabriel, is reported to have told Radio Algeria International: "We will be together in South Africa. It is very important to have him [Adebayor] there because he is our player and captain of the team."

  56. 1445: 

    Bolton Wanderers' £300,000 bid for Wales striker Craig Davies, 26, is accepted by Barnsley after it met his buyout clause and the club just need to agree personal terms before completing his switch to the Reebok, reports the Bolton News. Barnsley director Don Rowing said: "Craig is talking to Bolton and we expect the deal to be completed early this week if he can agree personal terms with them."

  57. 1440: 

    New Wolves manager Dean Saunders tells a press conference: "It is a massive club with passionate supporters. I remember playing here and not being able to hear my team-mates speak with the noise."

  58. 1435: 

    Barnsley are given permission to speak to Inverness manager Terry Butcher, reports BBC Radio Sheffield. The Tykes are looking for a replacement for Keith Hill, who was sacked in December.

  59. 1430: 

    Everton defender Sylvain Distin, 35, who is out of contract in the summer, is likely to reject the possibility of a move to QPR or Sunderland, reports the Daily Mail.

  60. 1423: 

    Manchester United defender Scott Wootton, 21, is a loan target for Bristol City and Blackburn Rovers, according to the Bristol Evening Post.


    Matt Bubb on Twitter: "I really think Villa need to get signings done now experienced players like Milner and Lescott. Lerner needs to splash the cash."

    Matt Emery on Twitter: "Lampard wants to take a 100K pay cut a week, surely that shows his desire and love for the club? Chelsea making a big mistake!"

    Tim Manson on Twitter: "Who are Crystal Palace kidding valuing Zaha at £20m? Man United can have him. British talent always over priced!"

    Send your thoughts on the January transfer window speculation via Twitter #bbcsportsday

  62. 1413: 

    Coventry City complete the signing of Charlton Athletic striker Leon Clarke, 27, on a two-and-a-half year contract. Sky Blues manager Mark Robins said: "We wanted to bring someone in that can score goals at this level and Leon can do that, as he has proven."

  63. 1408: 

    Saracens backroom staff Paul Gustard, Alex Sanderson, Dan Vickers and Kevin Sorrell all sign new deals to stay with the Premiership club.

  64. 1401: 

    Dougie Freedman backs himself to help Marvin Sordell beat a Twitter "obsession" and rescue his Wanderers career.

    "It has been quite a move for him and he's not quite settled," the manager said of a player Bolton signed from Watford for £3.2m a year ago.

    "There have been small issues off the field with his tweeting, let's not hide, and we're trying to deal with it."

  65. 1355: 

    Leeds United are preparing to make a bid for QPR defender Clint Hill, whose contract at Loftus Road expires at the end of the season, according to Sky Sports.

  66. 1350: 

    Widnes head coach Denis Betts has signed a new contract that will keep him at the Stobart Stadium until the end of the 2014 season.

    Assistant coaches Mick Cassidy and Dave Banks and strength and conditioning boss Clive Brewer have also agreed new two-year contract extensions.


    Ryan Fergul Clifton on Twitter: "We were all shocked with Maradonna's "Hand of God", but it's ok for Suarez? Just highlights the decline in morals in footy."

    Jon Cottle on Twitter: "The Suarez handball is a prime example of playing to the whistle! The officials messed up, not Suarez!"

    Leon on Twitter: "Rodgers saying "we need to enjoy it whilst he is here" sounds remarkably like Suarez could be going elsewhere soon."

    Send your thoughts on Luis Suarez's controversial goal against Mansfield via Twitter #bbcsportsday

  68. 1342: 

    Scarlets and Wales full-back Morgan Stoddart has announced he will retire from rugby following the serious leg double fracture he sustained playing for Wales against England in August 2011.

    "Ever since I've been back on the field I've had significant pain in the leg throughout and that has not improved," said the 28-year-old.

    "Following a series of medical tests and consultations, detailed scans and strength tests, I've been advised that I cannot continue."

  69. 1336: 

    Blackburn Rovers have rejected a bid in the region of £2m from West Ham for Martin Olsson as they look to keep hold of the Swede, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

  70. 1327: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes English football fans should enjoy watching controversial forward Luis Suarez while they can.

    "He has had seven yellow cards this year, but he hasn't warranted all seven," said Rodgers.

    "He is a wonderful professional. I think in this country we need to enjoy it whilst he is here because he is a brilliant talent."

  71. 1322: 

    Leeds United assistant Mick Jones says they are afraid striker Luciano Becchio could leave Elland Road during the current transfer window. The 29-year-old Argentine has scored 19 goals in 29 appearances this season, and Jones is wary his exploits will have drawn attention.

    "My biggest fear is that there could be pressure on us from other clubs for him," Jones said.

    "Look at his form at the moment and he's bound to be hot property. I'd be worried if certain clubs came in for him both here and abroad."


    Neal Beavis on Twitter: "Suraez handball against Mansfield just shows the pressure in modern day football to win something at a club every year."

    Mike Fisher on Twitter: "The referee saw the Suarez handball and didn't give anything. Is harsh on Mansfield but that should be the end of the matter."

    Gavin Reeves on Twitter: "Would the Suarez goal still be being debated had it been an English player?"

  73. 1314: 

    Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid have handed over their bid files to host the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics to the International Olympic Committee.

    IOC members will make a decision on who will host the games by secret ballot in Buenos Aires in September.


    Harry Tompsett on Twitter: "I hate Suarez with a passion but this is ridiculous this sort of thing happens all the time, give the guy a break."

    Jorange on Twitter: "I'm a Utd fan and even I think Suarez made the right choice by scoring! It's strikers instinct to play by the whistle and score."

    Sam Kinnaird on Twitter: "Anyone else but Suraez and it would be forgotten already."

    Send your thoughts on Luis Suarez's goal against Mansfield via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  75. 1258: 

    Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall has committed himself to the club for the next two seasons after agreeing a contract extension.

    The former Ireland international, 45, joined Saracens in 2009 as first team coach, and took over as rugby director when Brendan Venter left the role in January 2011.


    Ollie on Twitter: "If Spurs add Zaha to their ranks as well as signing Holtby they are going to start mounting a serious challenge."

    Giles Kirby on Twitter: "The only way Frank Lampard will get an extension is for him to say that he will go to Arsenal. Abramovich won't allow it."

    Tom Vincent on Twitter: "Lampard treated unfairly? He's on £150k a week. Why should we pay that for a 34 yr old who won't be a regular?"

  77. 1251: 

    Doncaster Rovers chairman John Ryan says the club "have a plan B" following the exit of manager Dean Saunders.

    Welshman Saunders left Rovers, who are second in League One, to take over at Championship club Wolves.

    "In the 15 years I've been chairman here, we have always had a plan B," Ryan told BBC Radio Sheffield.

  78. 1244: 

    Barnsley make an approach to Inverness to speak to manager Terry Butcher about the vacant position at Oakwell.


    Wolves FC: "No messing about from Dean Saunders who spoke to the squad and then straight out on the training ground. Press conference at 2pm."

  80. 1240: 

    Chelsea risk losing January target Taison after the midfielder's club Matalist Kharkiv set a deadline of Wednesday for the deal to be completed for the Brazilian.

  81. 1234: 

    Interim head coach Rob Howley has revealed Wales will not head to Poland for their pre-Six Nations training camp.

    Wales have visited Spala and Gdansk in recent years ahead of major tournaments, making use of the cryotherapy facilities available to aid preparations.

    But on this occasion the squad will instead stay at their National Centre of Excellence in the Vale of Glamorgan, although they will still have access to a cryotherapy chamber.

    "We have gone to Poland before on the last two occasions but it is a different environment now and we have chosen to stay at home," Howley told the Western Mail.


    MWR on Twitter: "It wasn't deliberate, the ref didn't give it. Why is this still being discussed? Is there no real news to report?"

    Charlie Enser on Twitter: "So should every player who pulls a shirt in the box and get away with it admit it? Not going to happen and it's down to the ref."

    Matt Morris on Twitter: "Should it have been a goal? No. Should Suarez have owned up? No. Should the ref have d/allowed it? Absolutely!!"

  83. 1223: 

    Manchester United remain confident of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace despite Tottenham gaining a head start in the race for the England forward, according to the Daily Mail.

    Tottenham are understood to have opened negotiations with Palace, who value Zaha at £20m.

  84. 1218: 

    New Reading signing Daniel Carrico is targeting Saturday's Premier League clash with West Brom as the match in which to make his debut for the Royals.

    The 24-year-old Carrico, who joined from Sporting Lisbon, can play in either defence or midfield and is hopeful of making his Reading bow against the Baggies.

    "I hope I can pull on the Reading shirt in the next game," he told ReadingFC Player. "Like I said before it will be a dream come true. I'll be training hard in the week to prepare for the next game and I hope I can play."

  85. 1207: 

    Salford have been granted a stay of execution as talks were set to get under way to rescue the ailing Super League club.

    A winding-up petition brought before the Manchester District Registry of The High Court Of Justice by former players Luke Patten and Vinnie Anderson and HM Revenue and Customs was adjourned for a second time, this time by a month until 4 February.

    That is three days after the City Reds are due to play their opening match of Super League XVIII against Wigan at the Salford City Stadium.

    It leaves coach Phil Veivers hamstrung in his attempts to bring in new players but will give the cash-struck club more time to find a buyer.

  86. 1200: 

    Shane Warne has accepted a one-match ban and fine after a clash with Marlon Samuels in Australia's Big Bash Twenty20 competition.

    Why not take a look at the angry exchange between the two.

  87. 1154: 

    Prop Franck Montanella has signed a two-year contract extension with London Welsh to keep him with the Aviva Premiership new boys until the summer of 2015.


    Phil Rugman on Twitter: "It's part of the game. Ask Thierry Henri v Ireland!!!"

    Stuart Middlemiss on Twitter: "I'm not a big Suarez fan but I don't think it was a deliberate handball."

    Robert Smith on Twitter: "So when a defender handles in the area and doesn't tell the ref, he is a cheat? Don't think so! Move on people."

    Rob on Twitter: "Intent is not the issue. Suarez gained a clear advantage by using his hand. If that is 'ok' then the rules need looking at."

  89. 1143: 

    Barnsley director Don Rowing admits that Sean O'Driscoll's decision to turn down the manager's position at the club is "a body blow".

    O'Driscoll, who was sacked as boss of Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day, revealed on Sunday that he had "declined the opportunity" to take over at the South Yorkshire club.

    Rowing told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It is a body blow for us. I think he liked what he saw but it was just the wrong time."

  90. 1139: 

    London Irish lock Kieran Low has signed a two-year contract extension with the Exiles.

    London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith predicts a bright future for the England age-grade cap: "Kieran Low is one of the most naturally gifted players I've worked with.

    "He's a big guy with excellent skills and plenty of desire."

  91. 1134: 

    New Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge is optimistic he will show greater sharpness in front of goal as he works his way towards full fitness.

    The striker told the Liverpool Echo: "I haven't had much training. I've only had three sessions with the lads and then a light session on Saturday before the game.

    "I am lacking sharpness in front of goal. I missed a few chances but hopefully once I get my fitness those ones that I missed will go in."


    Nat J Summers on Twitter: "On Suarez, maybe we would not have won the WC in 66 had Hurst questioned whether the ball had crossed the line! That's football!"

    John Marshall on Twitter: "What ever happened to "honesty" in the game. It is ruining the game."

    Preddala on Twitter: "Rodgers got told by 4th official it was handball but ref said not intentional? So what's the issue?"

    Send us your thoughts on the Suarez goal against Mansfield via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  93. 1121: 

    Three-time champion Martin Adams has admitted he might have to make way for a new breed of player.

    Adams was knocked out of the BDO World Darts Championships by Dutch teenager Jimmy Hendriks on Sunday.

    He said: "You've got to take your hat off to young Jimmy. He's a new breed of player and one of the youngsters coming through. It's nice to see that youngsters can hold themselves together.

    "The way he stands back and composes himself is really good, a testament to the way he plays his darts.

    "He is a new breed of player. I'm one of the old school. Maybe my time is over, I don't know."

  94. 1114: 

    Mike Blair on his retirement from international rugby: "I have enjoyed immensely representing my country for more than 10 years and will miss that exhilarating feeling of running out to a capacity crowd with the whole country behind you.

    "The noise when leading the team out for the first time as captain at Murrayfield against England in 2008, when we won 15-9, still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up when I think about it."


    Will Martin on Twitter: "Regardless if it's the refs responsibility, if Suarez knowingly handled it and doesn't admit it, that's cheating in my eyes."

    James Nicholls on Twitter: "Ever seen snooker players admit fouls not seen by the ref? Happens often. Take note, football."

    Josh Buckley on Twitter: "For Fowler at Arsenal, the referee was too stubborn to admit he was wrong. Suarez shouldn't have to do a paid referee's job."

    Let us know what you think about the Suarez goal against Mansfield using the hashtag #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  96. 1103: 

    Phil Jagielka has said he wants to play with Everton until the end of his career. The Merseyside outfit announced last week that Jagielka had signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Goodison Park until 2017.

    "I really enjoy playing here. It wasn't a long discussion to extend my contract - I was delighted to do so," he told the club's official website.

    "I'm proud to be part of this club and especially if we keep going forward the way we are at the moment, maybe there'll be another contract extension in a few years to come."

  97. 1059: 

    Rangers might have to play in the bottom tier of Scottish football again next season if clubs choose a 12-12-18 structure for the game. Scottish Football League chief executive David Longmuir hinted that the Ibrox club would not be fast-tracked into the second tier if agreement over reconstruction is reached in time to implement change for next season.

  98. 1056: 

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis would prefer to see Mario Balotelli partner Edinson Cavani at the San Paolo than consider selling his star striker to Manchester City.

    He told "City are considering letting Balotelli go so they can move for Cavani? I would prefer to see Balotelli playing with Cavani here at Napoli. Teams tend to hold onto their best players in January. You take a big risk making big investments now."

  99. 1051: 

    Malvind Benning has signed a new two-and-a-half year deal at Walsall, reports Express & Star.

  100. 1048: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert's injury troubles are finally easing ahead of tomorrow's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Bradford. Strikers Darren Bent (hamstring) and Gabriel Agbonlahor (thigh) and winger Charles N'Zogbia (knee) all returned to action in Saturday's FA Cup third-round win over Ipswich and reported no setbacks.

    Marc Albrighton suffered a knock to his problematic metatarsal bone in that match while Ashley Westwood (ankle), Ron Vlaar (calf) and Richard Dunne (knee) are still out.


    So as it seems Frank Lampard's time at Chelsea could be coming to an end, do you think the Stamford Bridge club are making the right choice by not offering him a new deal? Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

    William Taylor on Twitter: "Not giving Lampard a contract is Chelsea's loss, he won't be short of offers!"

    Miles Orru on Twitter: "I'm gutted Chelsea are not keeping Lampard. As with a lot of decisions recently, it makes no sense"

    Danny Saunders on Twitter: "As a Chelsea fan I think the club have shown no class and very little respect for a legend Frank Lampard. Sign him up!"

  102. 1038: 

    Morecambe are offering free entry to all supporters for their game against Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday. Boss Jim Bentley has expressed concern with falling attendances at the Globe Arena, admitting a lack of funds have left him unable to add any new players.

    And he hopes the initiative will entice people to future home matches. "It's a chance to get the community behind the team and see if we can generate some atmosphere," Bentley told BBC Radio Lancashire.

  103. 1036: 

    Manchester United winger Robbie Brady is undergoing a medical at Hull City ahead of a permanent move, reports Sky Sports.

  104. 1032: 

    World number ones Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka were named the top seeds for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne. Roger Federer, who has a record 17 grand slam titles in 24 finals, is the second seed ahead of US Open champion Andy Murray and Spain's David Ferrer.

  105. 1024: 

    From BBC Monitoring: The biggest news in the Italian sports press is Juventus's shock defeat home defeat to Sampdoria, a result Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon said gave him "hives", according to Tuttosport.

  106. 1017: 

    Sunderland have agreed a fee with Turkish side Bursaspor for France Under-21 midfielder Alfred N'Diaye, Press Association Sport understands.

  107. 1015: 

    Scotland's most-capped scrum-half Mike Blair is to retire from international rugby. The 31-year-old has had a glittering 10-year international career during which he captained Scotland on 14 occasions.

  108. 1009: 

    Stale Solbakken was reportedly told of his sacking from Wolves by chief executive Jez Moxey during a phone call the manager had made to him about transfers after Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup exit to non-league Luton.

    "I feel so sorry, I have never felt so bad, because I love working here, and because there will be much better times ahead and I will not be part of it," Solbakken told the Express & Star.


    Brendan Rodgers said it was not up to Luis Suarez to admit to handling the ball when he scored Liverpool's second in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Mansfield. Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday. Here are some of your thoughts:

    Pete Sears on Twitter: "I'm neither a LFC nor a Suarez fan but anyone unable to accept yesterdays injustice as part of the game should stick to cricket"

    Ben Goddard on Twitter: "Admitting to a handball is like admitting you were offside, it's not expected of you and it's not your job."

    Mansfield fan Alex Boot on Twitter: "If Stags had scored in that way, i wouldn't have cared...poor from the officials, they cost us the game and a trip to Anfield"

  110. 0954: 

    From BBC Monitoring: Sachin Tendulkar may have retired from the one-day format, but he seems to be still hungry for runs. While India struggled against Pakistan, the master batsman scored a century for Mumbai in a domestic Ranji trophy match.

  111. 0951: 

    BBC Sport pundit Alan Hansen has used his Daily Telegraph column today to defend Liverpool striker Luis Suarez after the Uruguayan handled the ball when he scored Liverpool's second in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Mansfield.

    "It has never happened in the history of the game. It will never happen in my lifetime," writes Hansen on whether Suarez should have admitted the handball.

    "What exactly was Suarez supposed to do? Run to the referee and tell him it hit his hand? His team-mates would go berserk, and his manager would not be too impressed either."


    So as it seems Frank Lampard's time at Chelsea could be coming to an end, do you think the Stamford Bridge club are making the right choice by not offering him a new deal? Where do you think he will end up? Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  113. 0943: 

    Manchester United are losing the race to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha as they face a battle with Tottenham for his signature, according to the Manchester Evening News.

  114. 0939: 

    Injury-plagued all-rounder Shane Watson is set to put his bowling duties on hold and concentrate on his batting when he makes his return to the Australia team, coach Mickey Arthur has revealed.

    The burly 31-year-old has struggled with injuries and missed the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney after sustaining a calf strain during the second Test in Melbourne.

  115. 0934: 

    On the eve of the biggest football match in their history, Cheltenham Town players are reeling after their training ground was burgled.

    The League Two side face Premier League outfit Everton tonight in the FA Cup third round.

    However, thieves struck on Sunday morning at the club's training ground in the Swindon Village area of Cheltenham, stealing wallets, watches and smartphones worth thousands of pounds.

  116. 0930: 

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter says that players should not leave the field of play if they are faced with racism. AC Milan players walked off during a friendly on Thursday after Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng was subjected to racist abuse from fans of fellow Italian side Pro Patria.

  117. 0926: 

    From BBC Monitoring: Real Madrid fans seem to have "raised the white flag" on the season according to Marca, with the news that thousands of tickets for the club's first two home games of the year going unsold. As many as 8,000 seats were empty at the home end in Saturday's 4-3 win over Real Sociedad, the paper said. Poor performances and high prices are said to be keeping the fans away.

  118. 0923: 

    Despite the controversy over Luis Suarez's handball, a special day at Field Mill showed us that the FA Cup still holds its magic, says BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty in his BBC Sport blog.

  119. 0919: 

    Norwich striker Grant Holt gives his view on Luis Suarez's handball on Twitter: "Don't care what you say, I would not tell the ref if I handled it, neither should of Suarez. Ref fault he missed it"

  120. 0917:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveOLYMPICS

    On Thursday at 10:00 GMT, Victoria Derbyshire hosts a special slot on BBC Radio 5 live, six months on from the Olympics to ask what the sporting legacy, if any, has been so far. The host will reveal the results of an exclusive poll and speak to Seb Coe, gold medal winning Olympians and 5 live listeners.

  121. 0912: 

    Australian club Perth Glory have ruled out making a move for Stoke City forward Michael Owen. The former England international has so far failed to make an impact since joining Stoke in the summer and has been widely linked with a switch to the A-League in the January transfer window.


    Brendan Rodgers said it was not up to Luis Suarez to admit to handling the ball when he scored Liverpool's second in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Mansfield. Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday. Here are some of your thoughts:

    Matthew Tinnelly on Twitter: "Yes he should have admitted it. You can see by his finish it wasn't planned but that doesn't make it ok"

    Craig Kavanagh on Twitter: "I've one word for Luis Suarez, Brendan Rodgers and footballers in general... Integrity"

    Damo Clark on Twitter: "One of the first rules you learn in football is to play to the whistle, it's down to the officials to spot it, not Suarez."

  123. 0903: 

    West Ham United have made a bid for Blackburn Rovers defender Martin Olsson, Sky Sports reports.

  124. 0859: 

    Heather Watson has moved to world number 47 in the WTA world rankings and Laura Robson is at number 50. This is the first time since July 1987, when Jo Durie and Sara Gomer occupied the world top 50, that two British women have been this high.

  125. 0855: 

    Wolves have confirmed that Dean Saunders has been appointed as their new manager following Stale Solbakken's dismissal on Saturday.

  126. 0853: 

    Luton Town chairman Nick Owen on facing Norwich in the fourth round of the FA Cup after the non-League side knocked Wolves out of the competition on Saturday:

    "Norwich are a fabulous club and they've done so well over the years and it's great to see them in the Premier League," Owen told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "There are about 90 places between us in the pyramid at the moment, so it's a bit of a challenge for us to say the least, but what a challenge it is."

  127. 0849: 

    BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson has used his Daily Mirror column today to discuss Demba Ba, who moved from Newcastle to Chelsea, and Daniel Sturridge, who swapped Chelsea for Liverpool, as both strikers made scoring starts at their new clubs.

    "Danny Sturridge may have matched Demba Ba by scoring on his debut but, for me, Chelsea have got the better deal," writes Lawrenson.

    "You know what you are getting with him and I think he is a really good player. I'd take him over Sturridge all day long."

  128. 0845: 

    On BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, there is live commentary of the Big Bash Twenty20 game between Brisbane Heat v Sydney Sixers.

  129. 0844: 

    Everton manager David Moyes is unsure about whether or not to loan out midfielder Ross Barkley, 19, again after a successful spell at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season, according to the Liverpool Echo.

  130. 0837: 

    Regarded as the most prestigious individual award in world football, the Fifa Ballon d'Or was created by France Football magazine in 1956 to honour the best European player of the previous calendar year.

    In 2010, it was merged with Fifa's World Player of the Year and the award - voted for by journalists, and national coaches and captains - now recognises the best players in world football.

    BBC Sport profiles Andres Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - the three contenders for the main prize to be awarded in Zurich.

  131. 0832: 

    Tottenham's move for Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby could be brought forward if terms can be agreed on a transfer fee, according to Sky Sports.

    Holtby is set to join Spurs at the end of the season when his contract expires. But that deal could now happen in the January transfer window if Tottenham come up with a fee believed to be £1.6m.

  132. 0828: 

    Frank Lampard will not be offered a new deal at Chelsea according to report in this morning's national papers. BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer writes in his Sun column on the story:

    "I find it absolutely incredible that Chelsea should decide there is no way they will offer Frank Lampard a new contract," Shearer writes.

    "You have to wonder what more he could possibly have done to convince the people in power at the club that he deserves to be kept on for at least one more season."


    Brendan Rodgers said it was not up to Luis Suarez to admit to handling the ball when he scored Liverpool's second in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Mansfield. Stags players protested to the officials after the ball struck the substitute's hand and went in. What do you think of the incident? What do you think of Suarez as a player? Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  134. 0815: 

    BBC Sport has launched a free mobile application for iPhone and iPod touch devices in the UK. Arriving in time for a busy start to 2013, the customisable app provides football transfer news, along with live text coverage of many different sports.

    The app has a live football scores section, plus live Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra streams. Other features, including video highlights, will be introduced soon, as will a version for Android. You can download the app from iTunes here.

  135. 0810: 

    Here are the top three stories from Monday's football gossip page:

    Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to ditch David de Gea, 22, and sign a new goalkeeper in January. (Daily Mirror)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is planning on bringing in two signings in the January transfer window as his side's 2-2 FA Cup draw with Swansea added to the club's fixture congestion. (Daily Express)

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, 34, has accepted his Stamford Bridge career is over after club executives told him and his agent that he will not be offered a new contract when his current deal expires in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

  136. 0807: 

    Former Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll has ruled out the possibility of him taking over the vacant position at Barnsley. O'Driscoll met with Barnsley's directors over the weekend but has decided not to pursue the role. John Sheridan has been confirmed as the new manager of League Two strugglers Plymouth Argyle.

  137. 0804: 

    We start with some of the stories you may have missed. Brendan Rodgers said it was not up to Luis Suarez to admit to handling the ball when he scored Liverpool's second in the 2-1 FA Cup win over Mansfield. Stags players protested to the officials after the ball struck the substitute's hand and went in. When asked whether Suarez should have owned up, the Liverpool manager told ESPN: "It's not Luis's job to do that."

    Wolverhampton Wanderers have agreed terms with Dean Saunders to become their new manager.

    Severe winds forced play to be abandoned for the third straight day at the PGA Tour's season-opening Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

  138. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday on Monday 7 January. We will have all the latest transfer news throughout the day, a look back at the weekend's FA Cup action and ahead to tonight's meeting of Cheltenham Town v Everton.

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