Weekend’s domestic match previews

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Check out the team news for the weekend’s European Champions and Challenge Cup matches.

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Swansea can ‘kick on’ says Cork

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Midfielder Jack Cork says the delay in appointing a new manager has not had any effect on Swansea City’s form.

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England’s May is Six Nations doubt

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7:21 pm

England and Gloucester wing Jonny May requires surgery on a knee injury, meaning he could be absent from the Six Nations.

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Too early to call title race – Deila

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Ronny Deila says only in March will we know if Aberdeen and Hearts can keep pace with Celtic in the Premiership.

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‘No magic’ way to improve Man Utd

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6:18 pm

Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal says he must continue the “same vicious circle” of working out how to improve his team’s form.

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Belles sign Easton and Omarsdottir

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Doncaster Rovers Belles sign Liverpool Ladies duo Katrin Omarsdottir and Becky Easton.

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VIDEO: ‘I have bad periods at all my clubs’

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 5:23 pm

Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal praises the club’s fans for standing behind their team during an eight-match winless streak.

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Villarreal 1-0 Valencia

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 4:57 pm

Valencia boss Gary Neville is still without a win in La Liga as his side lose 1-0 to Villarreal, who go fourth in the table.

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Healy suspended for ‘reckless act’

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Leinster prop Cian Healy is given a two-week ban for a “reckless act of foul play” during their Champions Cup defeat in Toulon.

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Srnicek funeral to be held in Ostrava

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 4:17 pm

The funeral of ex-Newcastle and Czech Republic goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek will be held in Ostrava on Monday, 4 January.

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VIDEO: Highlights: Aberdeen 0-0 Partick Thistle

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 3:56 pm

Aberdeen stretch their unbeaten run to eight while Partick Thistle make it six without defeat in a draw at Pittodrie.

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VIDEO: Highlights: Hamilton 3-4 Inverness CT

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 3:42 pm

Hamilton Academical and Inverness Caledonian Thistle serve up a seven goal thriller at New Douglas Park. (UK only)

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VIDEO: ‘Man City in good position for title’

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says that in this “special season” he thinks the Blues are in a good position for the Premier League title.

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Visser may miss start of Six Nations

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Scotland and Harlequins wing Tim Visser could miss the start of the Six Nations after being sidelined with a hamstring injury.

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Visser set to miss Six Nations start

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 3:26 pm

Scotland and Harlequins wing Tim Visser is ruled out for up to eight weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury.

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Still returns as Dagenham manager

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Dagenham and Redbridge appoint John Still as their manager for a third time after Wayne Burnett’s sacking.

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Preston sign Johnstone from Man Utd

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone returns to Championship side Preston North End on an emergency loan.

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Neilson keen to blood Hearts youth

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 2:26 pm

Robbie Neilson wants to see Hearts’ academy talent making the breakthrough to the first team next year.

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Klopp shrugs off ‘soft German’ jibe

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp plays down Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce calling him a “soft German”.

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Norwich bid for Inter’s Ranocchia

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Norwich bid 10m euros (£7.3m) for Inter Milan’s Italy international central defender Andrea Ranocchia.

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Leinster v Connacht (Fri)

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Leinster coach Leo Cullen makes 11 changes for the Pro12 derby against second-placed Connacht at the RDS on New Year’s Day.

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Saracens v Leicester (Sat)

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Gonzalo Camacho is finally set for his first Leicester start in Saturday’s Premiership fixture at Saracens (15:15 GMT).

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Butland gives £5,000 to GB deaf team

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland donates £5,000 to help Great Britain’s women’s deaf football team attend their World Cup.

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Ospreys v Dragons (Fri)

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Team details and match preview ahead of Ospreys’ Pro12 derby against Newport Gwent Dragons on New Year’s Day.

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Bility fails to overturn expulsion

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Liberia Football Association chairman Musa Bility loses his appeal to Cas over his exclusion from next year’s Fifa presidential election.

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Cardiff Blues v Scarlets (Fri)

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies returns to face Blues, who give a first start of the season to centre Cory Allen.

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1872 Cup match moved to Murrayfield

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:04 pm

The second leg of the 1872 Cup between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh has been switched from Scotstoun to Murrayfield.

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Payet poised to make West Ham return

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 11:57 am

Dimitri Payet is expected to return from ankle trouble for West Ham against Liverpool at Upton Park on Saturday.

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Yeovil Town appoint Way as manager

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 11:53 am

Yeovil Town confirm the appointment of Darren Way as manager following six games in charge as interim boss.

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Lawro’s predictions v Steve Wilson

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 11:48 am

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on BBC Match of the Day commentator Steve Wilson in his Premier League predictions.

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Baxter wary of rejuvenated Linfield

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 11:36 am

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter is wary of the threat posed by a rejuvenated Linfield side in Friday’s Premiership encounter.

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Jagielka close to Everton return

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 11:12 am

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says skipper Phil Jagielka will return from a long-term injury within the next 10 days.

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Thursday’s Scottish gossip

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 10:31 am

Derek McInnes defends his Dons players, Dundee United boss brands his defence “a joke” and Wolves chase Hibs’ Cummings.

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Sheff Utd racist chant claims probed

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 10:28 am

Sheffield United are being investigated by the Football Association over allegations of racist chanting by supporters.

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How Hughton transformed Brighton

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 9:43 am

BBC Sport looks at how Chris Hughton has changed Brighton’s fortunes during his year in charge at the Amex Stadium.

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Who needs what in the transfer window?

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 9:05 am

Can Man Utd solve their problems? Should Leicester spend big? We analyse where Premier League clubs need to strengthen.

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No England or Man Utd plans – Neville

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 8:18 am

Valencia boss Gary Neville says he has no desire to take on the Manchester United or England jobs in the short term.

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Cardiff pitch ‘difficult to play on’

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7:51 am

The pitch at Cardiff City Stadium, Wales’ home ground, is contributing to “sloppy” play, says Bluebirds winger Anthony Pilkington.

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Jones dual contract talks continue

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7:20 am

Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies says talks are ongoing over a new national dual contract for Ospreys’ Alun Wyn Jones.

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Jones dual contract talks continue

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 7:20 am

Welsh Rugby Union chairman Gareth Davies says talks are ongoing over a new national dual contract for Ospreys’ Alun Wyn Jones.

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Football’s alternative awards for 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6:22 am

The best Hokey Cokey, services to hamstring injuries, and most considerate player – it’s BBC Sport’s alternative awards for 2015.

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VIDEO: Highlights: Hearts 3-2 Dundee United

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:01 am

Hearts move three points closer to Celtic and Aberdeen at the top of the table with a win over 10-man Dundee United.

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VIDEO: Highlights: Hearts 3-2 Dundee United

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:01 am

Hearts move three points closer to Celtic and Aberdeen at the top of the table with a win over 10-man Dundee United.

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VIDEO: Highlights: Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:01 am

Motherwell end St Johnstone’s record breaking run of away wins as they climb to eighth in the Premiership.

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VIDEO: Highlights: Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone

Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:01 am

Motherwell end St Johnstone’s record breaking run of away wins as they climb to eighth in the Premiership.

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Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Christian Benteke scores the only goal as Liverpool end 2015 with victory, leaving Sunderland in deep trouble.

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Aberdeen deserve credit – McInnes

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes says his team deserve credit for their performances rather than criticism.

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Paatelainen laments United defending

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:15 pm

Dundee United boss Mixu Paatelainen is left to lament more defensive woes following his side’s 3-2 defeat by Hearts.

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Hiddink cool on Villa Remy interest

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:10 pm

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde is keen to sign Chelsea’s French striker Loic Remy on loan, but Guus Hiddink is unimpressed.

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Falcao suffers thigh injury setback

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao is out until mid-January at the earliest after a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury.

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Motherwell ‘off the pace’ in victory

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Motherwell manager Mark McGhee feels his side were slightly “off the pace” despite overcoming St Johnstone 2-0.

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VIDEO: Winner was lucky – Allardyce

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:57 pm

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says Christian Benteke’s winner for Liverpool was down to a “couple of slices of luck”.

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VIDEO: Liverpool deserved the points – Klopp

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:50 pm

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side’s 1-0 win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light was “maximum deserved”.

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Law proud of CBE after false alarm

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Denis Law is delighted to be made a CBE years after an internet listing mistakenly said he had already been honoured.

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VIDEO: Who’s on the New Year Honours list?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Champion jump jockey AP McCoy is knighted in the New Year Honours list, while ex-footballers Denis Law and Francis Lee are made CBEs.

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Exiles’ Hando to get New Year honour

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm

Newport County honorary president David Hando is awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours List.

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Barcelona 4-0 Real Betis

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:30 pm

Lionel Messi scores on his 500th Barcelona appearance as Luis Enrique’s side finish 2015 on top of the La Liga table.

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Garth Crooks’ team of the week

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm

Who sent Man Utd back up the M6 with a flea in their ear? Who was like Roberto Carlos? Find out in Garth’s team of the week.

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Motherwell 2-0 St Johnstone

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Motherwell move to within a point of the Premiership top six with a dominant victory over St Johnstone at Fir Park.

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Aberdeen 0-0 Partick Thistle

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 9:42 pm

For the second time in five days Aberdeen pass up the chance to top the table as they draw at home to Partick Thistle.

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Heart of Midlothian 3-2 Dundee United

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Hearts consolidate third place in the Scottish Premiership as they edge out bottom side Dundee United.

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Sunderland set to sign defender Kone

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 8:22 pm

Ivory Coast defender Lamine Kone is set to be Sam Allardyce’s first signing as Sunderland manager.

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McCaw receives highest NZ honour

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:51 pm

Former All Black captain Richie McCaw is appointed to the Order of New Zealand – the country’s highest honour.

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Rangers decry ‘inappropriate’ chants

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:26 pm

Rangers vow to identify what they say was a minority of fans who “engaged in inappropriate singing” at Ibrox.

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Barcelona honours ex-Belfast Celtic man

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:13 pm

A Dubliner who played for Belfast Celtic more than 100 years ago is to be honoured on Wednesday night by football giants Barcelona.

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VIDEO: Magpies ‘devastated’ by Srnicek death

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren says the death of ex-Magpies goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has been “absolutely devastating” for the club.

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Solomons expects ‘fired-up’ Warriors

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Edinburgh’s Alan Solomons expects Glasgow Warriors to be “fired-up” for the second leg of the 1872 Cup.

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Solomons expects ‘fired-up’ Warriors

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm

Edinburgh’s Alan Solomons expects Glasgow Warriors to be “fired-up” for the second leg of the 1872 Cup.

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Hughes irked despite thrilling win

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 6:19 pm

John Hughes laments Inverness CT’s second-half showing as they let a two-goal lead slip before rallying to beat Hamilton.

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VIDEO: Naismith decision in ‘couple of weeks’

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he expects a decision to be reached on Steven Naismith’s potential transfer to Norwich City in the “next couple of weeks”.

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Real Madrid 3-1 Real Sociedad

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Cristiano Ronaldo scores two goals as Real Madrid beat Real Sociedad to ease the pressure on manager Rafael Benitez.

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Van Gaal deserves more time – Moyes

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes says the club should stand by under-pressure manager Louis van Gaal.

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Swans know January targets – Curtis

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm

Swansea City caretaker boss Alan Curtis says the club have identified their targets for the January transfer window.

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VIDEO: Could Villa sign Remy in January?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde describes Chelsea’s French striker Loic Remy as a player he hopes to “attract” in January.

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Brighton sign Ridgewell on loan

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Brighton sign defender Liam Ridgewell on a six-week loan deal from Major League Soccer side Portland Timbers.

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‘Stress of job’ caused Ling to quit

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Martin Ling stepped down as Swindon Town manager because of “the stresses of the job”, according to chairman Lee Power.

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Hamilton Academical 3-4 Inverness CT

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Inverness CT prevail against Hamilton Academical in a sensational seven-goal thriller at New Douglas Park.

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No punishment for Ospreys’ Matavesi

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 4:37 pm

Ospreys centre Josh Matavesi will not be punished for a tackle on Gareth Owen during the Boxing Day win at Scarlets.

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Rangers now favourites – Waghorn

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 4:33 pm

Rangers striker Martyn Waghorn believes they are favourites to win the Championship because they are better than Hibs.

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Blades investigate fans’ behaviour

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Sheffield United investigate claims of racist chants and coin throwing by rival fans during the game with Bradford City.

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Townsend eager for Warriors response

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Gregor Townsend wants to see an improvement from his Glasgow side in Saturday’s 1872 Cup clash with Edinburgh.

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Healy citing hearing on Thursday

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Leinster prop Cian Healy will have his citing complaint for an incident against Toulon reheard in London on Thursday.

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Hibs’ Fyvie banned for simulation

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Hibernian midfielder Fraser Fyvie accepts a two-game suspension for feigning a butt from Rangers’ Andy Halliday.

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Ball to miss most of Six Nations

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm

Wales and Scarlets second row Jake Ball is sidelined by a knee injury and will miss most of the Six Nations.

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Saracens bring in Glasgow lock Low

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm

Saracens sign Scotland lock Kieran Low on loan for the rest of the season from Pro12 side Glasgow Warriors.

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Bamford sorry for Palace remarks

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:59 pm

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford apologises for describing his time on loan at Crystal Palace as “terrible”.

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VIDEO: Arsenal will be busy in January – Wenger

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:56 pm

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will be active in the January transfer window and admits his squad is a “bit short” in terms of numbers.

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Munster trio agree new contracts

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Back row pair Dave O’Callaghan and Robin Copeland and young centre Rory Scannell sign fresh deals with Munster.

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Dundee P-P Celtic

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Dundee’s Scottish Premiership match against Celtic has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

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Webb agrees dual contract extension

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:28 am

Ospreys and Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb agrees an extension to his national dual contract.

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Yeandle eyes more Exeter improvement

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:45 am

Exeter Chiefs captain Jack Yeandle says there is still more to come from the second-placed Premiership club.

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Man City sign Chelsea’s Hourihan

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:00 am

Manchester City Women sign Chelsea Ladies former England Under-23 goalkeeper Marie Hourihan.

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VIDEO: Highlights: Ross County 3-2 Kilmarnock

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 9:46 am

Michael Gardyne scores a doubles as Ross County come from behind to beat Kilmarnock (UK only)

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Priestland U-turn delights Davies

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 9:01 am

Wales legend Jonathan Davies is delighted by Rhys Priestland’s decision not to take a break from international rugby.

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Priestland U-turn delights Davies

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 9:01 am

Wales legend Jonathan Davies is delighted by Rhys Priestland’s decision not to take a break from international rugby.

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Wednesday’s gossip column

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:59 am

Manchester City in Isco talks, Manchester United target £33m Anderson, Crystal Palace want Austin and Remy, plus more.

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Rugby star tweets dead refugee photos

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:53 am

Rugby star Sonny Bill Williams is criticised by Unicef for posting graphic images of dead children on Twitter after visiting a Syrian refugee camp.

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Slade targets three Cardiff signings

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:27 am

Cardiff City are hoping to sign at least three players during the January transfer window to revive their play-off hopes.

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Wednesday’s Scottish gossip

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:17 am

Ronny Deila is set to splash the cash in January, while two Scotland forwards are linked with big money moves.

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Who will win the Premier League?

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 12:24 am

As the Premier League reaches its halfway point, BBC Sport examines which side is best equipped to win the title.

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