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Summary

  1. Oldham deal for Ched Evans is off
  2. Evans issues apology after U-turn
  3. Mourinho charged by FA with misconduct
  4. Aguero and Dzeko back in training
  5. Nine Premier League manager news conferences
  6. Which actors can play sports stars in films? #whoplayswho

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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With that signing we bring Sportsday to a close. Thank you for your company and if you fancy some live football then we have text coverage of Barcelona v Elche in the Copa del Rey from 20:45 GMT, so keep your eye out for that.

Sportsday is back, as always, at 08:00 GMT on Friday. Cheerio.

Man Utd sign Valdes

Football

Manchester United sign goalkeeper Victor Valdes on an 18-month contract with an option for a further year.

"It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United,"

tells manutd.com "I would like to thank Louis van Gaal and the club for allowing me to do my rehabilitation and to train with the team at the Aon Training Complex.

"From my short time here I can already see this is a very special club. I worked with Louis van Gaal during my time at FC Barcelona and to have the opportunity to work with him here at Manchester United is a dream come true."

Rooney and Duggan recognised for 2014 form

Football

Wayne Rooney and Toni Duggan have been voted by the fans as the England players of the year for 2014.

Rooney, 29, scored eight goals in 13 appearances for England last year and took 27% of the votes, more than second-placed Danny Welbeck and third-placed Raheem Sterling combined. Duggan, 23, scored six goals in 10 games for England.

Rodriguez signs new deal

Football

VfL Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez, a transfer target for several top European clubs - including a number of Premier League sides - has signed a four-year contract extension that will see him stay at the Bundesliga club until 2019.

Mad Moose heading into retirement

Horse Racing

Racehorse Mad Moose is heading into retirement after the British Horseracing Authority ruled he could not be entered for any more races.

The 11-year-old gelding, a reluctant starter in his recent outings, again refused to race when he returned from a suspension at Cheltenham in November. Mad Moose won seven times during his 42-race career but was initially banned after refusing to compete or being tailed off in four of his previous eight outings.

After the BHA ruling, his Gloucestershire-based trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies said: "He's been retired anyway, so it's fine."

Not looking good for Evans - Taylor

Football

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says "it's not looking good" for Ched Evans to resume his professional career, adding that there would need to be a big change in the "tide of opinion".

Oldham decided not to sign convicted rapist Evans on Thursday after days of deliberations.

"He's in a very difficult situation," says Taylor. "He's been put through the ringer and the minute you show any sympathy for Ched people will say what about the other parties concerned. Nobody's forgetting them. But as far as he's concerned, he's looking to keep himself fit. This Oldham situation has not made things any better for him so it may well now take some time."

Ridgewell joins Wigan

Football

Wigan
Wigan

Former Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion defender Liam Ridgewell

signs for Wigan Athletic from MLS side Portland Timbers on a six-week loan, subject to international clearance.

Who is going to the African Cup of Nations?

Football

African Cup of Nations
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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is the highest-profile name among the players departing the Premier League this month to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations, but who else will be missing?

Check out our comprehensive list to find out.

Bale gets Real backing

Football

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti remains loyal to off-form Gareth Bale despite criticism during the team's poor start to 2015.

Bale has been accused of being too greedy by Spanish media and those accusations returned after defeats to Valencia and Atletico Madrid in the last week.

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"I am happy with the way that Bale is playing and he was not at fault for the defeat," Ancelotti told reporters after Wednesday's Atletico match. "He scored a goal that was ruled offside but apart from that he was always trying and it was a difficult game for all the players."

Cavendish Olympic dreams appear over

Cycling

Mark Cavendish has been forced to admit his dreams of Olympic glory are almost certainly over, writes BBC Sport's Matt Slater.

After two unsuccessful attempts to win a medal at previous Games, the British star had been hoping to qualify for Great Britain's track cycling team at Rio 2016. But he now realises it will be almost impossible to fulfil his obligations to his road team, Etixx - Quick-Step, and ride enough World Cup track events to qualify for Rio.

"It's not 100% I'm not doing the Olympics, but it's difficult," the 29-year-old said. "It probably won't happen, if I'm honest, I've got a road job."

'A viable hypothesis'

Football

AC Milan will only make a move for Liverpool midfielder Suso once he becomes a free agent this summer, according to club administrator Adriano Galliani.

Reports in Italy claim the 21-year-old, whose current deal with the Reds expires in July, has agreed a four-year contract with Milan and could even join the San Siro club this month.

Suso
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Galliani told his club's official website: "His contract runs out and he is keen to join us. It's a viable hypothesis from July 1 when his contract with Liverpool expires."

Suso moved to Anfield from Cadiz in 2010 but has made just 14 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since.

Mourinho charged with misconduct

Football

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct in relation to media comments he made following his side's game against Southampton on 28 December last year.

After the match, Mourinho said: "The media, commentators, other managers are all doing it [putting pressure on referees]."

In his news conference later, he added: "There is a campaign against Chelsea. I don't know why there is this campaign and I do not care."

"It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a referee or referees and/or bring the game into disrepute," read a statement from the FA. "He has until 6pm on 13 January 2015 to respond to the charge."

Stanley sign Arsenal keeper Macey

Football

League Two side Accrington Stanley

have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey on loan for one month.

The 20-year-old was on the bench for Arsenal's games against West Brom and Southampton in late November and early December, but has yet to make his first-team debut.

Murphy given new loan opportunity

Football

Norwich City midfielder Jacob Murphy

has joined Scunthorpe United on a 28-day loan.

The 19-year-old recently returned to Carrow Road following a loan spell at Blackpool that was cut short after

he posted a photo on social media appearing to mock the club's results.

Who plays who

Actors best suited to play famous sports stars

Sean Dyche
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Bibhash Dash: Bruce Willis plays the current Burnley manager? We could call it "A good day to Dyche hard". *groans internally*.

A late entry for

#whoplayswho.Don't lie Bibhash, you've been thinking about this one all day, haven't you?

Wigan striker departs

Football

BBC Radio Manchester: Wigan Athletic have confirmed striker Oriol Riera has joined Spanish side Deportivo de La Coruna on loan until the end of the season.

Ched Evans - Oldham statement

Football

The statement from Oldham continued: "As a club we condemn all crime including rape and irrespective of any appeal procedure it was always the case that we were prepared to withstand the barrage of abuse that is evident within the country and on social media.

"We deplore and condemn the vile and abusive threats, some including death threats, which have been made to our fans, sponsors and staff whilst this process has been in the public domain.

"Finally, we would like to place on record our gratitude to all who have supported the club during this difficult period, including the club staff, who have retained their focus throughout and in addition to Ched and his team who have acted with professionalism at all times."

Ched Evans - Oldham statement

Football

Oldham Athletic have released a statement outlining the reasons behind their decision not to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

"The whole issue has divided opinion and the club has been put under unbearable pressure as a result," it reads.

"Proceeding could have placed significant financial pressure on the club and continued to be a divisive influence. As a consequence the deal could not go ahead."

Leicester City news conference

Football

Nigel Pearson was the last of nine Premier League managers to face the media today.

Esteban Cambiasso
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The Leicester boss reveals Esteban Cambiasso will miss Saturday's home game with Aston Villa.

Danny Drinkwater and Andy King should train tomorrow, while Jeffrey Schlupp will miss the Africa Cup of Nations because of a knee injury.

Blackpool sign Spurs defender

Football

Grant Hall has

joined Blackpool on loan from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season.

It means the 23-year-old will again link up again with manager Lee Clark, who signed the defender in June when he was in charge at Birmingham.

Hall spent last season on loan at Swindon.

Hearts swoop

Football

Hearts sign former Netherlands Under-21 international striker Genero Zeefuik on loan until the end of the season.

Who plays who

Actors best suited to play famous sports stars

Jurgen Klinsmann
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Kial O'Carroll: It's gotta be Kevin Costner playing Jurgen Klinsmann in some dramatic underdog Oscar bait hasn't it?

Leicester winger on the move

Football

Leicester City winger Jack Barmby, 20, has

joined Championship outfit Rotherham United on a one-month loan deal.

Barmby scored five goals in 17 appearances during a loan spell at League Two Hartlepool United last season.

Howe wants to strengthen

Football

Eddie Howe
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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he

hopes to add one or two players before the end of the January transfer window.

Howe's side sit top of the Championship and are the highest scorers in the league, but he says that will not stop him strengthening his squad.

Bournemouth have already extended the loan stay of keeper Artur Boruc.

"It would be nice come the end of January if we can welcome one, maybe two players who can make a difference," Howe told BBC Radio Solent.

Neil to Norwich

Football

The Canaries are about to get a new manager.

Hamilton vice-chairman Ronnie Macdonald has confirmed that the Scottish club has agreed a compensation deal with Norwich to allow manager Alex Neil to negotiate a contract at Carrow Road.

Wiggins launches own team

Cycling

A little more on the news we bought you earlier that Sir Bradley Wiggins is

launching his own cycling team.

Team Wiggins will operate independently of British Cycling, but the governing body has given its backing to the outfit, which aims to provide opportunities for British riders to gain experience and track time together in the build-up to Rio 2016.

Sir Bradley Wiggins
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The team will feature young British talent including Andy Tennant, Owain Doull, Mark Christian, Jon Dibben, Steven Burke, Daniel Patten, Mike Thompson and Iain Paton.

The team's calendar of UK track and road events will be unveiled in spring 2015.

Leicester City news conference

Football

Nigel Pearson says Leicester "worked hard" to secure the

signature of Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric for a club-record fee of £9m.

"He has represented Croatia at every level and it speaks volumes of the lad that he is prepared to come to us in the situation we are in at the moment," Pearson said.

"It is really important for us to strengthen."

Crawley pounce

BBC Wiltshire Sport: Crawley manager Dean Saunders has confirmed they are signing former Swindon Town captain Darren Ward on loan.

Welsh pair wait for results

Athletics

Rhys Willians and Gareth Warburton
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Welsh athletes Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton will find out the result of their

anti-doping hearings this week.

The pair failed drug tests before the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The athletes are due to find out their verdicts in writing from UK Anti-Doping and the length of any possible ban.

Both athletes would have three weeks to appeal a guilty decision and UK Anti-Doping will not make any statement regarding punishments until any appeal process is over.

Rely on Drogba

Football

Didier Drogba
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Swansea send striker on loan

Football

Swansea City youngster Rory Donnelly has

completed a season-long loan deal with League Two club Tranmere Rovers, subject to international clearance.

The striker, 22, has represented Northern Ireland at Under-21 level.

Reshuffle at Tranmere

Football

BBC Merseyside Sport: Tranmere confirm they have released Danny Woodards and Guy Madjo. Abdulai Baggie, Eliot Richards, George Donnelly, James Rowe and Antonie Boland have all been transfer listed. On the flipside, Tranmere have signed midfielder Steve Jennings and striker Rory Donnelly.

Federer wins again ... just

Tennis

Roger Federer
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Roger Federer won his 997th match on the ATP Tour, but not before surviving an almighty scare from Australian wildcard John Millman at the Brisbane International.

Playing his first match of the year, world number two Federer had to come from a set and a break down to overhaul Millman 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in just over two hours.

Federer was out of sorts throughout the match against a player ranked 151 places below him, making 38 unforced errors - most of them in the opening set-and-a-half.

Challenge Cup draw

Rugby League

The full Challenge Cup draw is:

Loughborough University v Hunslet Warriors; Oulton Raiders v Scarborough Pirates; Normanton Knights v Myton Warriors; Royal Navy v Saddleworth Rangers; East Leeds v Kells; Great Britain Police v Rochdale Mayfield; The Army v Wath Brow; Egremont Rangers v Wigan St Judes; Nottingham Outlaws v Blackbrook; Widnes West Bank v South West London Chargers; Shaw Cross Sharks v York Acorn; Royal Air Force v Siddal; Valley Cougars v Leicester Storm; Hull Dockers v Leigh Miners Rangers; Elland v Leeds Beckett University; Featherstone Lions v Queens; Lock Lane v Sharlston Rovers; Walney Central v Hunslet Parkside; Skirlaugh v Aberdeen Warriors; West Hull v Thatto Heath.

Ties to be played on the weekend of 31 January-1 February.

Challenge Cup draw

Rugby League

The armed forces teams have all secured home ties in the draw for the first round of the 2015 Challenge Cup.

The draw paired The Army with Cumbrian amateurs Wath Brow, the Royal Navy with Saddleworth Rangers and the RAF with Siddal, of Halifax. The 40 clubs involved in the first round will play down to 10 and will be joined by Kingstone Press League 1 opposition in the third round in March.

The final will be at Wembley on Saturday 29 August.

Ched Evans latest

Football

The Oldham Athletic Supporters' Trust issues a statement as the club confirms a deal for Ched Evans is off: "This is an emotive issue and as such we would ask that all members and fans respect the views of their fellow supporters in the general debate. You certainly have a right to free thought and free speech, but we would ask that you please try to avoid abusive comments and conduct.

"We would especially ask all fans and others to respect the staff of the club who have unfortunately been subjected to extreme and unnecessary attacks and threats whilst doing no more than their jobs."

Swansea City media conference

Football

Wilfried Bony
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More from Garry Monk on Wilfried Bony.

"(Previous boss) Michael Laudrup, for whatever reason, didn't play him that many times," said Monk.

"But since he has had a run of games you can see what he can do.

"He is a great person as well. He is one of our best trainers and one of our best players and his contribution is there for all to see."

Swansea City media conference

Football

This won't come as a surprise but Wilfried Bony's future was the main topic of conversation at the Swansea news conference.

The striker is tipped to join Manchester City for a fee in the region of £30m.

Boss Garry Monk said: "It is important that if we sell, it matches the valuation Swansea hold.

"Wilfried has been a top quality player for us. You've seen what he contributes to games and it is his personality as well.

"It was a risk when he came because he was untried at this level."

Swansea City media conference

Football

Swansea City
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Swansea boss Garry Monk has faced the media. His team host West Ham on Saturday.

Ched Evans latest

Football

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

"Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney has not quit but confirmation that the Ched Evans deal IS OFF."