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Jamie Lillywhite and Emlyn Begley

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  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for joining us today. Come back at 08:00 GMT for your Friday sporting news, gossip and quotes.

  2. Final Test coverage

    India v England (Fri, 04:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    A reminder that the final Test between India and England begins in Chennai in the very early hours of Friday morning UK time and there will be live commentary on 5 live sports extra from 03:45 GMT. There will also be live text commentary on the BBC website.

  3. Doping ban for Saudi Arabia legend

    Former Saudi Arabia midfielder Mohammed Noor, who won 98 caps, has been given a four-year ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a doping offence.

    The 38-year-old has since retired.

  4. Reed signs new Southampton deal

    Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract.

    The 21-year-old has made 25 appearances for the Saints since coming through the youth team.

    He said: “Obviously I am absolutely over the moon to commit my future to this club. It’s what I’ve been working towards for the last three to four years, so I am really pleased."

    Harrison Reed
  5. MP raises tax-dodging questions


    Manchester United are believed to be among those included within an image rights "tax-dodging" investigation, a Conservative MP has said.

    Speaking in the Commons, Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal, said: "HM Revenue and Customs says it's investigating 43 Premier League players and 12 clubs for image rights tax-dodging, believed to include Manchester United.

    "Would you agree fans are right to be angry that big clubs, including players like England captain Wayne Rooney, stand accused of dirtying the beautiful game with a culture of excessive greed and tax-dodging?" 

    United later issued a statement which read: "The club operates within the rules set by football's governing bodies and HMRC has full visibility of all agreements and payments." 

  6. Watch Real Madrid win/video confusion

    We told you earlier about Real Madrid beating Club America 2-0 in the World Club Cup semi-final, with some late video refereeing confusion. You can now watch the highlights if you are in the UK...

  7. Beckham to change MLS plans?

    David Beckham could try to launch a new Major League Soccer team in Las Vegas, rather than Miami, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

    David Beckham
  8. Olympic Council of Ireland to elect new president

    The Olympic Council of Ireland will elect a new president to succeed Pat Hickey at an extraordinary general meeting on 9 February.

    Hickey stepped aside after being arrested by Rio police during the Olympics in an investigation into illegal ticket sales.

    The 71-year-old is expected home in Ireland on Thursday after being released on bail on medical grounds.

    He has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

    A statement from the OCI said that Hickey would not be a candidate for the president's post, which he has held since 1988.

    Pat Hickey
  9. On this day

    1962: Gary Mason, one-time British heavyweight boxing champion, was born. He won the title in 1989 but was killed in a cycling accident in south London on 6 January 2011.

    Gary Mason
  10. Get Involved - clean but aggressive players


    Kelvin: Puyol, he's a strong aggressive leader and not a hint of malice in his heart. Just watch the video of him stopping Pique for time-wasting

    Joiny Beans: Gerardo Bedoya showed controlled aggression. Never made it into the ref's notebook, especially during his Boca Junior years 

    Tony Arnold: Mark Kinsella 

    Gerardo Bedoya
    Image caption: Gerardo Bedoya (r) was definitely our most hipster suggestion of the day. However his 46 red cards across his career suggest his nomination may not have been serious
  11. Scottish Premiership pair cleared of diving

    Hearts midfielder Jamie Walker and Partick Thistle striker Ade Azeez have both been cleared of diving. 

    The pair had yellow cards for simulation rescinded following a Scottish Football Association judicial panel hearing. 

    Azeez was cautioned after going down when he went past Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon. Walker was booked after a challenge from Rangers' Jason Holt.

    Jamie Walker
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  12. Williams goes through


    Another snooker result for you from the Scottish Open third round and Mark Williams has beaten Stephen Maguire 4-3. The Welshman will play Mark Davis next.

  13. I've got this...


    There have been many tales of a one-man team in sport but Mpumalanga batter Shania-Lee Swart took that to new levels during Cricket South Africa's Under-19s week in Pretoria.

    She was the only player in her team to score a single run against Easterns, but while eight of her colleagues were dismissed for ducks, opener Swart managed 160 on her own - with 18 fours and 12 sixes - to inspire a 42-run victory.

  14. Mackay dismisses damages report


    Back to the SFA's new performance director Malky Mackay, who, according to the Daily Mail, is being pursued, along with Iain Moody and three of the most powerful agents in the game, by former club Cardiff for almost £10m in damages.

    "I was waiting on it. It was something I had spoken to (SFA chief executive) Stewart (Regan) about and something my legal advisers had advised the SFA about on an early basis," Mackay says. 

    "I categorically deny that I have done anything wrong there and there is no shred of evidence against me, but I do respect the legal process.

    "The day before the last three jobs the same person has come out and written a story." 

  15. Post update

    We're still just waiting to hear what Gianfranco Zola has to say about his Birmingham City appointment.

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  16. O'Sullivan into last 16


    Ronnie O'Sullivan seals a 4-2 victory over an out-of-sorts Jimmy White to reach round four of the Scottish Open.

  17. It takes time


    Former Celtic defender John Kennedy, now a coach at the club, has welcomed the appointment of Malky Mackay as the Scottish Football Association's performance director.

    "He is Scottish, he has our game at heart and I think he will do what's best for our game," Kennedy says. 

    "The important thing is that it doesn't keep changing, you don't keep changing personnel and a new idea comes in after three or four years and then another new idea comes in. 

    "It is important then that everyone sticks with that plan and you don't get too disheartened after two years if something is not happening. It takes longer than that. To really build something takes time." 

  18. Zola news conference coming up

    Birmingham's official unveiling of Gianfranco Zola as their new manager is starting soon (about 15:30 GMT) and we will bring you the best of what he says here.