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with a fine if she didn't complete her own poll tax registration on time. nick higham, bbc news. the real madrid star cristiano ronaldo has turned down an offer worth £85 million a year to play in china, according to his agent. the deal would have been a major coup for the emerging chinese super league and would have smashed the world transfer record in the process. joe wilson has the story. china wants football, it wants footballers. earlier this year, bbc sport filmed at one of china's first designated football schools, two hours east of beijing. but the country can't simply wait for its grassroots to grow. in the meantime, there is money. whipped across, and ronaldo‘s met it. according to his agent, cristiano ronaldo turned down £85 million a year, offered by a club in the chinese super league. well, maybe, but the relocation is already happening. here's carlos tevez, once of manchester united and city, saying goodbye to his beloved
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buenos aires, to begin the new year in shanghai, apparently becoming the world's highest—paid footballer. £32 million a season in the csl, it's rumoured. trevor watkins, a sports lawyer who's worked in china, told me these deals will force the world to pay attention. we have a situation where the csl is commanding the way in which the transfer market is moving. they are the ones with the big money, the ones prepared to put it down on the table. they have a slightly different transfer window to european football, and arguably they are distorting, or actually advancing the european market. consider oscar, 25, at his peak, and leaving chelsea tojoin a different shanghai side. so, are chinese clubs now a threat to the premier league? sam allardyce said today he'd rejected a chance to manage in china, but thinks more players will go there. with their population and the fact that the people will go out and watch football at that level, only time will tell whether it's the right thing to do or not.
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but the clubs are not going to turn that money down, and certainly the player isn't. it's possible to build a successful football league with foreign talent in a country where the national team fails. they could ask england fans. china aims to win the world cup. if so, the next generation must be better than the current one. in a recent world cup qualifier, china lost to syria. joe wilson, bbc news. a £5 note engraved with a tiny portrait of jane austen and said to be worth up to £50,000 has been found in a christmas card. the second of four special £5 notes featuring art by specialist micro—engraver graham short turned up on thursday in the scotland borders. the first was found earlier this month in a cafe in south wales. two more remain in general circulation. there's more throughout the evening
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on the bbc news channel, and we'll be back with the late news at 10.50pm. now it's time for the news where you are. hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm lizzie greenwood—hughes. .. andy murray is back on court but loses his first match of the new season to david goffin... bayern munich assistant paul clement is favourite to become the new swansea city manager... and george north gets ready to make his return to rugby after nearly a month off recovering from a head injury. hello and welcome to sportsday. we're starting with tennis and andy murray — has started his new season with a surprise defeat. britain's world number one lost
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to david goffin in the semi—finals of the world tennis championship exhibition event in abu dhabi. rob heath reports. for someone who has achieved so much, andy murray has unfinished business. he appeared in this tournament has extra preparation ahead of the australian open. a grand slam he has never won despite appearing in five finals. david goffin soon ensured that andy murray was putting in the hard yards. nothing separated them in the first set until david gough nosed ahead in the tie—break, the first time he had ever taken the set of the new world number one. andy murray justified number one. andy murrayjustified that status later, cruising into a 4—2 lead but then, david goffin hit rare heights of brilliance. this was a true exhibition and he reeled off four games in a row. andy
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murray had no answer but he would put this down to experience, especially if it means lifting the australian open trophy at the end of january. goffin will play rafael nadal in the final. he won his first match since returning from injury yesterday and carried on that form in the first set against milos raonic. but raonic, a finallist at wimbledon this year, fought back in the second and set up a decider. nadal won that though, and is through to the final as he tries to put an injury—ravaged few months behind him. bayern munich assistant manager paul clement is the leading candidate to become swansea city's new manager. the former derby county manager was interviewed for thejob in october, before bob bradley replaced coach francesco guidolin. ryan giggs and chris coleman have both been ruled out but former birmingham city boss gary rowett remains in contention. swansea, who are second from bottom of the premier league, are hopeful of having bradley's replacement in place before the trip to crystal palace on january the 3rd. the team bottom of the table, hull city, are in action
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against everton tonight at the k—com stadium. tigers‘ manager mike phelan says 2016 has lived up to expectations, being "turbulent and difficult". we are we a re pretty we are pretty open as staff, and honest with the players at the club. they understand that we need to do better, when it comes to winning football matches. i think what they have shown is a great appetite and passion for playing in the premier league, it is difficult but i do not think that for one instance, they have dropped away from the challenge andi have dropped away from the challenge and i think they are already and willing to take it home in the new year. it is a difficult one. they lost we st year. it is a difficult one. they lost west ham away. 1—0. but hull was the better team in that, for five times they hit the post. it means you don't focus on positions
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in the table, it is tough and difficult, we need to be at our best to get a good result. championship leaders brighton and hove albion‘s game against strugglers cardiff city is off tonight. a blanket of fog has descended on the amex stadium over the course of the day forcing the referee to call the game off. there are three other fixtures in the championship with second place newcastle also in action against nottingham forest. when middlesbrough play manchester united tomorrow, it'll be a first return to old trafford for the brazil defender fabio da silva. he and his twin brother — rafael — both played under sir alex ferguson, winning the premier league title three times. and the brothers spoke to our reporter steve crossman about what kind of reception fabio might expect. i try and stop work, and i think about how it's going to be, but there are 1000 things in my head,
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like what it will be like, the reaction... i think it will be nice. i think it might be stranger for you, because you will have to decide who you are going to support, raphael mac? well, i have to support my brother at this time! —— rafael. to be clear, you will be supporting middlesbrough? laughter i will be supporting my brother, i wa nt i will be supporting my brother, i want him to win. i think i will be supporting middlesbrough. . .! and you can see more of that interview on football focus tomorrow at 12 o'clock on bbc 1. george north will return for northampton saints in their premiership match at gloucester on sunday. it will be the welshman‘s first game since suffering a head injury against leicester on december third. that was north's fifth concussion in two years — including two in the match on your screen now between england and wales in february 2015. a review board said north shouldn't have continued to play against leicester but they didn't sanction northampton. england wing anthony watson
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will also be back for his first appearance in three months — after being named on the bench ahead of bath's match with exeter tomorrow. watson broke his jaw in england's training camp in october, but now is on course to return for the six nations. the arrows have been flying at alexandra palace. i'm of course talking about the pdc world darts championship in north london. peter snakebite wright has booked his place in the semi—finals. he saw off the challenge of james the machine wade, winning their quarterfinal by five sets to three. wright averaged almost 105 from each visit to the board. and wright will play gary the flying scotsman anderson in the semis tomorrow. anderson beat dave chizzy chisnall by five sets to three in their quarter—final. australia have completed an unlikely victory over pakistan, to win their three—match test series with a game to play. after four days of bad weather in melbourne, the match appeared to be heading for a draw — but australia bowled out pakistan for 163, to win by an innings and 18 runs,
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mitchell starc taking 4—36. earlier, captain steve smith hit 165 as australia declared their first innings on a massive 624—8. and south africa have gone 1—0 up in their series against sri lanka. chasing a target of 488, sri lanka were all out for 281 at port elizabeth. kagiso rabada and spinner keshev maharaj each took three wickets in a 206 run south african victory. .. stuart broad took an early wicket for his australian big bash side hobart hurricanes but they still lost their match against the brisbane heat by seven wickets. broad removed openerjimmy peirson forjust a single with his first ball of the match as brisbane made a poor start in pursuit of their target of 174. but after that brendan mccullum and chris lynn made light work of the run chase as the heat cruised to victory with 22 balls to spare. that's all from sportsday.
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there'll be more sport here on bbc news throughout the evening. for now, good night. fog causing problems again in the southern half of the uk. in the next 48 hours commute you see this weather front sweeping south, producing cleaner and colder arctic air, it will get rid of fog problems but it has been brighter in places, ca ptu red but it has been brighter in places, captured by weather watchers in northamptonshire, that is not the case for all but in some places it is this dense fog lingering into the evening. it may thicken up later tonight, travel disruption is likely. slow on the roads, keep up—to—date if you are on the move. there will be patches of fog
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elsewhere, and in northern ireland and scotland, that will keep fog at bay, and relatively mild. just two 01’ bay, and relatively mild. just two or three in norwich and london, lower in rural areas. cold and potentially frosty, poor visibility through the morning. dense fog patches in places and if you don't have that, you have cloud. cloudy in the southern half of the uk. cloudy in northern england, bert here, this weather front brings a breeze. in north—western scotland, it is dry. time. this weather front slips southwards —— it is dry for some time. a lot of dry but grey weather, looking brighter in northern england but further south, fog lingering into the afternoon. not as cold but
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this south—westerly breeze affects england and wales. eight, nine or 10 degrees for many of us. this weather front will slip southwards and at midnight, stuck in northern england and parts of wales as well. south and parts of wales as well. south and east of this weather front, it should be fine and dry, not too cold but at midnight, seven or 8 degrees. turning colder behind this weather front, cold enough in scotland. it's a notable arctic breeze. coming in behind this area of rain, it could get stuck across east anglia and the south east. elsewhere, it feels cold in the winter. —— cold in the wind. done so president putin says he will not expel anyone in response to president 0bama ordering 35 russian diplomats out of the us for alleged hacking. russia asked for un security council
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to endorse the ceasefire in syria which came into force last night. a post—mortem examination into the cause of george michael's death has proved "inconclusive" — further tests will now be carried out. drivers are told to take care in fog and freezing conditions, as a coach overturns on the mao in 0xfordshire injuring 17 people. we were here from the award—winning novelistjoanne we were here from the award—winning novelist joanne harris as we were here from the award—winning novelistjoanne harris as she talks about her latest work in
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