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tv   Sportsday  BBC News  December 24, 2019 5:30pm-5:46pm GMT

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this is bbc news. the latest headlines. the duke of edinburgh has left hospital in time to spend christmas with the queen at sandringham. the queen will use her christmas day message to say that the past year has been quite bumpy adding that small steps can heal divisions. thousands of volunteer firefighters will spend christmas day battling wildfires that are still ravaging australia. and a warning to parents to keep
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button batteries away from children. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's olly foster. the england all—rounder ben stokes is a doubt for the first test against south africa. his father ged, who is 64, was taken ill yesterday and is in a critical condition in a johannesburg hospital. the four test series starts on boxing day. i just want to throw all our support behind him and his family and just stress the importance of respecting their privacy at this time. but it is really sad news. we are all there for him. you have no idea if he is going to be able to play not on boxing day? no, i don't and it would be wrong to go into that now. it is important that he is there for his family, that comes first. and we will have to wait and see, but most importantly we are all there for ben and the rest of his family.
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he has been unable to practice here today. he stayed at his bedside to wait foran today. he stayed at his bedside to wait for an improvement in his condition but at the moment it remains serious and the england team have their fingers crossed and offering their support. but clearly if he is not able to play on boxing day that has serious ramifications the england team as well. already hit by a bug that has cut a swathe through the bowling attack. if ben stokes is not able to play as well for understandable family reasons than england will go into the match very underprepared. well as jonathan mentioned the situation with ben stokes adding a further headache for england, after what has been a far from ideal preparations for this test. that mystery bug taking another victim overnight... again another concern for england who thought they were through the worst of this bug. generally last
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week england thought they had been a bit of a gap in this development is now overnight and now chris woakes going down is worrying. and it shows that selection completely up in the airfor boxing day. they'rejust unable to name the team until the morning of the match. south africa dating back to the world cup and england, a bit of a shambles there, of behind the scenes the players to not like to get involved in administrative detail but there is unhappiness there as well and changes. they have disbursed i think with graeme smith of the highly respected former captain and of course jack kallis, a fine all—rounder, suddenly all in the south african dressing room and that is bound to give their team a boost. well, lets get more from the south africa camp now, we've heard from the skipper faf du plessis who had a chance encounter with jurgen klopp in cape town last month,
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and he was clearly inspired by the meeting. and then, yeah, i was really impressed by him. like, for someone to be that famous, as a football coach. a great guy. and that's the kind of thing i do believe is what real leadership is about. it's about connecting with people, having great relationships with people. so i became a massive fan. i'm not a huge football fan, i don't support it a lot, but i do support him now. tottenham have banned one of their supporters for throwing a missile at the chelsea keeper kepa arriza balaga during their defeat at home on sunday. the club haven't said how long the ban is for. a chelsea fan has been arrested for committing a racially aggravated offence during the game and tottenham and the police are still trying to identify a supporter who allegedly abused the chelsea defender antonio rudiger. speaking today, the chelsea manager frank lampard has criticised jose mourinho
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for questioning rudiger‘s integrity. the spurs boss felt that rudiger overreacted in an incident that saw son heung—min sent off, the chelsea defender claimed that he was targetted with racial abuse from the stands shortly afterwards. i think with tony in this incident, when he is having to post after the game about something we know is a huge deal, i think to question his integrity in that time is disappointing. because i think pretty universally, certainly what i heard in the commentary and all the post—match reflection was that this incident was a red card. i said it after the game, it wasn't a brutal red card, but it was an instinctive one that warrants a red card. tottenham's appeal against son's
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red card has failed. he'll miss the boxing day match at home to brighton then trips to norwich and southampton. liverpool's alex oxlade—chamberlain has damaged an ankle ligament and will miss their games against leicester and wolves. the england midfielder picked up the injury in qatar during the second half of his sides one—nil win over flamengo in the club world cup final on saturday. you have three ligaments on the outside of the ankle, one of them is damaged. we now have to see how we can fix that. i do not know exactly, but it is years ago when i had a similar injury. it can take a while or can be quick, we have to see. no chance for thursday, no chance for this year. we have to see how quickly it can settle. ole gunnar solskjaer says his manchester united
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side are further behind in their development than he had hoped. they lost 2—nil at bottom side watford on sunday and are at home to newcastle on boxing day. he says the rest of the season will be used to find a team and a squad for next season, but he hopes they can speed up the process by getting more results. 18 months after egtting sacked by west bromwich albion, alan pardew is back in football — he's taken over as head coach of the struggling dutch side den haag. he has signed a deal until the end of the season and will have chris powell as his assistant. powell will combine the role alongside his coaching position with england. den haag are currently second bottom in the dutch league. they're currently on a winter break, pardew‘s first game will be against the bottom side in the division onjanuary 19th. let's have a quick look at some of the day's other headlines. macclesfield have been given the go—ahead to play grimsby on boxing day — their last home match was called off because their ground didn't have a safety certificate. they've also been docked 6 points for not paying wages and failing
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to fulfil another fixture. the juventus striker mario mandzukic is close to signing for qatari side al—duhail. he's been linked with a number of prmier league sides. alexandra bell is considering legal action against uk athletics after being overlooked for funding for the tokyo olympics. she was the top british woman over 800 metres at the world championships but wasn't selected for the world—class programme. australian open organisers have increased the prize money to more than £38m with the biggest gains in the early rounds. first round losers will receive just under 50,000. the winners have had a small increase to 2.1 million. talking about money in sport, solheim cup winner bronte law has said that prize money in women's golf needs to increase if the game is to progress. the british player was a rookie in the european team that beat the usa at gleneagles in september. an increase in prize money is always good.
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it gets us that little bit closer to where the men are. i think we have to grow the game ourselves from our side. we cannot really focus too much of what the men are doing. we can encourage more participation on our side and more buzz around the game with more people watching women's golf and those two go hand in hand. what are your hopes for next year? i wa nt to what are your hopes for next year? i want to be on the olympic team, that would be huge for me to represent tea m would be huge for me to represent team gb in the olympics and i would love to be able to win a golf major and lpga events.
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and finally — diving in football has been an on—going issue for some years now — but for two teams in tanzania, they were left with no choice. players were forced to hit the deck in dar es sallaam when a swarm of bees invaded the pitch — it lasted about 10 minutes, one player had to seek medical attention after being stung. young africans won the match a—nil against iringa. we'll have more for you in sportsday at half past six. now on bbc news, private eye's editor, ian hislopjoins the bbc‘s amol rajan to look back on a fascinating year of front covers, cartoons and satire. hello. ian. come in. good to see you. now, you are everywhere. thank you for having us
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in, thank you so much. how do you come up with a private eye cover like those? well, this was when theresa may, who — do you remember her? she was around at the beginning of the year. um, she used to be prime minister. anyway, she left and we had to think "how can we pay tribute to mrs may?" so i thought "perha ps a blank page will be good" and so we have the theresa may memorial issue — her legacy in full. and a little thing at the bottom, saying "er, thank you". which, again, seems quite cruel, but was quite funny at the time. do you know how each of those — do you ever keep tabs on how each of those sell? yeah. yeah, that was a seller. i'm afraid that was popular! and nigel farage? nigel farage. this is great. he's always good. partly because he always does photo opportunities, so having been accused of having a party full of fruitcakes, he does a photo op eating a fruit cake. i mean, it is fantastic. i mean, he does thejoke for us. borisjohnson‘s private life has
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furnished you with ideas and this time you had a pretty busy one withjennifer arcuri. this was a smut special. there was a proper public interest in the story, public money had gone to this woman who dances around the lap dancing pole, but essentially the joke was that borisjohnson had been caught out. he is saying, i need technology lessons, and she is saying, floppy disk or hard drive. there is a properjoke here, with boris saying to his new girlfriend, i do not lie to women any more, and she says, except the queen. that is not a legal problem. that is the supreme courtjudgment. this is ourjob, reporting. and you sometimes jump on anniversaries, too? yes. this is when boris became prime minister, which many people equate with an event as unlikely as landing on the moon.
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but he did, and there's this brilliant picture of him just going into number 10, so we did it as the loon landing, a souvenir issue — one small step for man and a giant leap in the dark for mankind! and put it in black and white. and in terms of your annual, when you've got a year to get through — you've done many of these annuals, of course — when you've got to curate a year, what you were saying a moment ago is whatjournalism is about, what is your starting point with thinking about how we deal with this? do you just think "let's get the best jokes" or do you think "we really need to reflect the yea r"? i try and get the bestjokes and if we've been dull about a particular subject or have not covered it well, i try and leave it out. i mean, we're exhaustive, but the idea is to be entertaining. you've been personally committed, haven't you, to trying to reverse the decline of the english cartoonist? yes. why have you and private eye kept up with your investment in cartoons? um, because, um, people like them and the mag sells. no, obviously, it's a much more
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elevated reason than that. no, i love cartoons! and i think that one of the things that print can do is reproduce sort of beautiful drawings that are funny. and english cartooning tradition is very old and i think absolutely remarkable. so i basically — i doubled the number of cartoons, and people said, "well, you know, there aren't any young cartoonists. you won't get anyone." it is funny — if you offer money, people become cartoonists! it's amazing. we have got a brilliant raft of young cartoonists. i mean, this is a genuine skill and there are lots of people who do it really well. i mentioned politics, which is what most of your covers are about. now, we seem to be in an age of polarisation, don't we? and genuine differences. why has that happened, do you think? is it the delayed effect of a financial crash? um, i think the referendum was a question about, you know, whether you are essentially happy with the way britain is or not, whether you think it is too unequal, whether you think you have been left


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