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  1. Premier League injury table
  2. 15 Premier League news conferences
  3. Relegation is a possibility - Hiddink
  4. Sir Alex is 'John Lennon of football' says Klopp
  5. GET INVOLVED Footballers as musicians #bbcsportsday

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By Jack Skelton and Shamoon Hafez

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And on that note, we end another edition of Sportsday. We'll be back on Monday at 08:00 GMT but stay across the BBC Sport website at the weekend for coverage of Premier League football, Test cricket and Masters snooker.

Until then.

bbc coverageFrom Olympic finalist to Las Vegas escort

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After Suzy Favor Hamilton competed at the Sydney Olympics, it came out that she'd been working as a high-class escort. Yes, you read that correctly.

Speaking to Sportshour, she explains how mental illness drove her to become a Las Vegas call girl.

Hear more about her remarkable tale here.

'Liverpool have nothing to fear'


Danny Murphy

MOTD pundit and ex-Liverpool midfielder

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Liverpool are running out of games to mount a serious bid for a place in the top four, but Sunday's game against Manchester United would be the perfect time to start the run they need.

If Jurgen Klopp's side lose at Anfield, it leaves them with a mountain to climb to earn a Champions League spot.

But if the Reds win it will be fascinating to see what a draw against leaders Arsenal then beating United in the space of four days does for their momentum and confidence.

Read the rest of the piece here

F1 to discuss refuelling

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

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Formula 1 chiefs are to again discuss the potential return of refuelling.

The idea was proposed then dismissed last year, but could be introduced as early as 2017 if it receives support in Monday's F1 strategy group meeting.

Key figures in F1 are keen to find ways of making the sport more exciting.

The strategy group - made up of F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone, FIA president Jean Todt and the six leading teams - will also discuss rule changes for engines and chassis.

Refuelling was banned at the end of 2009 on cost and safety grounds.

Premier League injury table


Bournemouth may be outside the relegation zone but they're in the bottom three in our Premier League injury table.

On the plus side, the Cherries have suffered fewer than half the number of injuries experienced by Manchester City with 23 compared to a league-high 47.

Yet the severity of them (cruciate knee ligament injuries for Tyrone Mings, Max Gradel and Callum Wilson) mean their players have missed 175 days more than those in Manuel Pellegrini's squad.

Without those key casualties, could Bournemouth be higher up the table? Will their recent signings plug the gap and stave off relegation?

Let us know on #bbcsportsday

Just a few hours left


As we mentioned earlier, you've only got until midnight to get your application in for the FA People's Cup.

You don't have to be part of a team already, but you can also join in as a team, in one of 10 categories. 

Here, for instance, are the 2015 winners of the walking football category - Condor FC -  after a penalty shoot-out in the final...


So, if you want to experience that feeling of winning a cup final, you can find out all the details of getting involved here.

Premier League injury table


How detrimental is European football for the health of your squad?

Well according to our Premier League injury table it can be a poisoned chalice.

The six best-performing teams in injury terms - Watford, Leicester, West Brom, Swansea, Norwich and Southampton - are clubs without European commitments.

It certainly seems to be helping Watford and Leicester in the actual table as well this year.

So is European football worth it to your team if it increases their injury woes? Let us know on #bbcsportsday.

Sunderland make approach for Ayew



Sunderland have made an approach for Swansea striker Andre Ayew, according to Sky Sports.

The 26-year-old had spent the bulk of his career with Marseille, where he made 160 appearances before leaving the south of France last summer. 

This season he has scored seven goals for the struggling Swans who lie just one place above the relegation zone.

Trott wins World Cup silver

Track Cycling

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Great Britain have won two medals on the opening day of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Hong Kong.

Laura Trott took silver in the scratch race and Emily Nelson, 19, won her first World Cup medal with bronze in the points event.

Two more British medals are guaranteed after the men's and women's sprint teams qualified for the gold races.

The men - featuring Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes and Matt Crampton - will take on Poland in Saturday's final.

Ryan gets England U21 job


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England netball have appointed Dan Ryan as head coach of the Under-21 side.

The Manchester Thunder coach will take up the role immediately but will remain in charge of the Superleague side.

Australia international Ryan joins in the build up to the World Youth Netball Cup in Botswana next summer.

“I want to transform the mind-set from focusing on finishing on the podium, to aiming and preparing to be best in the world," said Ryan.

Lawro's predictions


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BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson is pitting his wits against a different guest each week this season.

Lawro's opponent for the latest round of Premier League fixtures are Creed stars Michael B Jordan & Tony Bellew.

Everton fan and professional boxer Bellew plays 'Pretty' Ricky Conlan in the film, which sees Sylvester Stallone reprise his role as the former world heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa.

Balboa is trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson - played by Jordan - the son of his former rival Apollo Creed.

Read his full predictions here

Birmingham sign Buckley


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Birmingham City have signed Sunderland winger Will Buckley on a one-month loan deal.

Premier League injury table


Watford are top and Newcastle are bottom. 

Well, not in the actual table but that's the state of play in the Premier League injury table that we've put together and you can take a look at here.

Newcastle's players have missed a remarkable 1042 days through injury this season but Liverpool don't fare much better in second bottom with 965 days missed.

Does that justify Jurgen Klopp highlighting his side's injury troubles or is it a result of his style? Will it mean moves for the Reds in the transfer window?

Let us know on #bbcsportsday

O's president handed ban & £40k fine



Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined £40,000 by the Football Association. 

An independent regulatory commission decided the 49-year-old was guilty of a charge of violent contact on Friday. 

He was charged after television pictures appeared to show him kicking O's assistant Andy Hessenthaler after the win over Portsmouth on 26 December. 

Becchetti, who requested a personal hearing, can appeal the decision. 

The Italian, who bought the O's in summer 2014, had accepted his actions were improper but strongly denied it was violent conduct. 

'I'd definitely be playing'


“I love five-a-side football and it’s pretty much what I grew up on in my youth, playing in a small, tight area," says Arsenal Women's FA Cup winner Kelly Smith.

What's she talking about? The FA People's Cup - and the deadline for entries is midnight today.

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"I'd definitely be playing. There’s a category for everyone - youth, adult, walking football - and if you want to have fun and play this wonderful game, then the closing date is midnight on Friday."

So what are you waiting for? Find out how to get involved here.

'Football has neglected doping'


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In the wake of claims that athletics' governing body helped cover up systematic doping in Russia, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been talking about the potential for football to become embroiled in a similar controversy.  

"We have all to fight against doping," he said. "You and I celebrated super-champions who were maybe only cheats. 

"In football, I think we have ignored doping for a long time. We have neglected it. Now, I think Uefa and Fifa will tackle it seriously." 

Bolton may get tax hearing delay


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Bolton's winding-up petition hearing scheduled for 18 January may be delayed, says manager Neil Lennon.

The Championship club are £172.9m in debt and under a transfer embargo until the end of the season for breaching Financial Fair Play rules.

They reportedly need to raise at least £600,000 before Monday, or face going into administration.

"Speaking to [club advisor] Trevor Birch he seems confident that there are things that can be done," Lennon said.

On this day


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In 1984, Ukrainian pole-vaulter Sergei Bubka set his first world record with a vault of 5.81m.

Watford 'need first-team players'

Swansea City v Watford (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

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Matches appear to be catching up with Watford and their tight ‘first-team’ squad as they prepare for the trip to Swansea.

Five games in 19 days has resulted in the Hornets picking up just one point in their four Premier League games. Before that where Watford were playing Saturday to Saturday, getting plenty of rest and coach Quique Sanchez Flores was able to do what he does best and work through the week on the training ground, his side won four on the spin. 

The Premier League manager of the month for December does not have strength in depth. He really only has a hard core of 14 players he trusts to can call upon so "first team" players are required in January. 

Premier League injury table


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Our intrepid graphics team have put together this snazzy table to analyse every injury this season and assess the impact on each Premier League club.

The figures throw up plenty of talking points but let's start with the fact Leicester have had the joint-lowest number of injured players and their players have missed the second-fewest number of days through injury.

Does this help explain why they are challenging for the title? Let us know on #bbcsportsday

Hospice given 19% stake in Inverness


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Here's a lovely tale...

A charity that offers care to people dying from an incurable disease has become a major shareholder in Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Highland Hospice has been gifted a 19% share - worth about 573,000 - in the Scottish Premiership outfit by an anonymous donor and becomes the club's second largest shareholder.

The charity said it would use the shares to raise funds for a £7.5m redevelopment of its centre in Inverness.

BreakingNaughton red card overturned


Swansea City defender Kyle Naughton has had his red card overturned by the Football Association.

Naughton was sent off by referee Graham Scott in the 37th minute of Wednesday night’s Premier League fixture against Sunderland following a challenge on Yann M’Vila.

But the decision was overturned on appeal this afternoon and the defender is now available for Monday night’s fixture against Watford at the Liberty Stadium.     

Get Involved - Football and music


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Thomas M Curtis: Isn't Slaven Bilic already a rockstar?

Indeed, he is. The West Ham boss plays rhythm guitar for Rawbau, a Croatian rock group.  

Pereira could leave on loan


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Manchester United winger Andreas Pereira could leave the club on loan, report the Manchester Evening News.

The 20-year-old has started just two League Cup games this season.

Asked if he could move away from Old Trafford temporarily, Pereira said: “Normally yes so we will see what happens.

“I want to stay here, of course, but you never know. We will see."

Manor sign ex-Ferrari designer

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

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Manor have signed former Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis as chief aerodynamicist.

Tombazis, sacked by Ferrari after nine years following their winless 2014 season, joins the back-of-the-grid team with immediate effect.

It is the latest in a series of changes as Manor try to improve their form.

The team finished last in 2015 but have secured Mercedes engines and recruited Dave Ryan, who spent 30 years at McLaren, as racing director.

We've got the answers


A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier on we asked you who are the eight former finalists in this year's Australian Open men's singles draw?

And there answers are: Marcos Baghdatis, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Stan Wawrinka.

Congratulations to those of you who got all eight.

Trump beats Robertson in classic


What an incredible match, one of the best ever witnessed in the Masters and it's Judd Trump who emerges victorious, making a century in the decider to beat Neil Robertson 6-5.

He will play Barry Hawkins in the semi-final on Saturday.

Cardiff under transfer embargo


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Cardiff City have been placed under a transfer embargo by the Football League following a breach of financial fair play rules.

The Bluebirds become the fourth Championship club currently under a transfer embargo, joining Bolton, Fulham and Nottingham Forest.

It is the second time in six years that Cardiff have had such a sanction imposed upon them.

The embargo will be in place for the rest of the January transfer window.

Man Utd news conference

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

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Manchester United have struggled to find the back of the net this season but scored three times against Newcastle.

Unfortunately for them, they also let in three to gain just a point at St James's Park.

"I was more disappointed than the fans. I noticed that on the street," said manager Louis van Gaal. "I had a lot of support. But I say we lost two points. We have to win points. 

"We have one on Tottenham but it is not enough. You have to win. Of course, the fans have also seen a match they have not seen."

Man Utd news conference

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

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As we said earlier, Louis van Gaal and Jurgen Klopp have faced each other when they were managing in the Bundesliga.

"You can see his hand. That is also very important," said Van Gaal. "You can see a very aggressive and pressing kind of playing the game. He has to learn the rhythm of the  Premier League.

"He knows already the difference between the German and Premier Leagues. He is very capable to be a manager in the Premier League. The fans will love it."

Man Utd news conference

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

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In the last Premier League news conference of the day, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been having his say.

Asked if the game against Liverpool is still the biggest in the league, the Dutchman said: "It is how the fans see it. I feel it also already four times. 

"We have played each other four times - in the USA and the league. You can see it in the faces of the players. 

"Last year [Steven] Gerrard was [sent off] in 30 seconds. That doesn't happen so much. The passion to play these kinds of games is very high."

Man Utd news conference

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sun, 14:05 GMT)

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says midfielder Michael Carrick is out of the Liverpool game, while Bastian Schweinsteiger needs more time to recover from a leg injury.

Defender Phil Jones "could be back soon" but Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia and Marcos Rojo are still unavailable.

Trump and Robertson serving up a thriller


A sensational battle taking place at Alexandra Palace between Judd Trump and Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals of the Masters.

Five century breaks have been compiled by the two players with Robertson making 139 - the highest of the tournament.

Not to be outdone, Trump hit back with a 140 to lead 5-4 and have one hand on the £10,000 highest break prize.

You can watch the match here

Man United news conference

Liverpool v Man United (Sat, 14:05 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

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"You. Fat man."

The last words Louis van Gaal uttered at his post-match press conference in Newcastle on Monday.

How will the Manchester United manager deal with it when he addresses the media, including the man he insulted, at Carrington shortly?

Apology, humour or ignore it completely?

The Rack Pack



Two megastars, one sport, and a fight for victory. 

Snooker's golden period was during the 1980s when Steve Davis was winning World Championships galore and Alex Higgins was providing entertainment.

Steve ‘The Nugget’ Davis - clinical, ruthless, ‘boring’ and Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins - mercurial, explosive, a natural showman.

The BBC's comedy drama transports you back to the glory days of snooker.

Watch the preview of the film here

The Rack Pack is released only on iPlayer on Sunday, 17 January at 9pm

Stoke news conference

Stoke v Arsenal (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

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League leaders Arsenal visit the Britannia Stadium on Sunday where the Gunners don't have the best of records, failing to win their last five games.

"Arsenal have been the side who have performed most consistently this season. We're looking forward to the test," said manager Mark Hughes.

"Arsenal know it'll be difficult. When they come to town the crowd get right behind us. The circumstances of the game excite them."

And we look forward to it too. That's all from Sparky.

You can listen to full coverage of the match on BBC Radio 5 live on Sunday from 16:15 GMT.

Stoke news conference

Stoke v Arsenal (Sun, 16:15 GMT)

Stoke's impressive season has seen them climb close to a European qualification spot, with the front trio of Xherdan Shaqiri, Bojan and Marko Arnautovic performing superbly.

"We've been striving to get up to seventh for a while now so to be in that position is hugely pleasing," said manager Mark Hughes.

"We've changed our targets in terms of what we can achieve this season. Hopefully we can enjoy another progressive season."