MIDDLESBROUGH'S third-round FA Cup tie with Chelsea at Ayresome Park will be on Sunday 3 January. The tie has been put back 24 hours on police advice as nearby Second Division Hartlepool face Premier League Crystal Palace at home in another third-round tie on the Saturday. A kick-off time has yet to be decided.
ANDY DIBBLE, Manchester City's Welsh international goalkeeper, is to join Portsmouth on loan. A permanent pounds 350,000 transfer will follow if he impresses at Fratton Park.
RONNIE WHELAN, the Liverpool club captain, has undergone a thigh operation and is expected to be out of action for another month. He has been out of action for six weeks, following a knee operation.
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