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  1. Transfer news as it happens
  2. Defoe passes medical and agrees personal terms at Sunderland
  3. Arsenal's Arteta & Debuchy out for three months after operations
  4. Southgate signs new one-year deal as England U-21 boss
  5. O'Sullivan breaks two records at The Masters snooker
  6. GET INVOLVED: Is computer gaming really sport?

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By Steve Canavan and Jamie Lillywhite

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Join Eleanor Oldroyd in literally just a minute for tonight's 5 live Sport, which will feature that item we have just been debating on esports, the mysterious world of competitive computer gaming.

There is also a look ahead to the cricket World Cup with former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon, a report from the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and the latest news ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Australia v England


BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

The opening match of that competition sees Australia take on England in Sydney tomorrow (Friday 16 January). You can listen to live commentary on 5 live sports extra from 03:00 GMT.

Tough decision to leave out Hales - Moores


England openers Ian Bell and Moeen Ali

Ian Bell appears to have cemented his place as England's opener for the forthcoming triangular series with Australia and India after his 187 from 145 balls

against the Prime Minister's XI, but coach Peter Moores said it was a difficult to omit powerful Twenty20 opener Alex Hales.

"It was always going to be a tight decision because Alex is a really good player," said Moores.

"We said all along we've got good players so all those decisions are going to be tight and of course you always feel for the guy that misses out.

"We had to pick what we thought was the best opening partnership, Moeen and Belly got that, and the order was picked."

Ronaldo named Portuguese player of the century


We told you earlier about Jose Mourinho being named Portuguese manager of the century at the gala evening to celebrate 100 years of football in Portugal. Not surprisingly the player of the century, like the

Ballon d'Or, went to the Real Madrid superstar
Cristiano Ronaldo.

On the subject of European football, Gary Rose is underway with his

live text on tonight's Copa del Rey proceedings from Spain as holders Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid and Barcelona travel to Elche.

Veteran Sinclair back playing at 43


Age is just a number, and former Chelsea and Leicester defender Frank Sinclair says he is happy to just fully focus on playing again

while he mulls over his next management move.

The 43-year resigned as boss Colwyn Bay last week and is playing for Conference North rivals Brackley Town.

Sinclair, who made his debut in a 1-0 win over Harrogate on Saturday, told BBC Sport: "I was aching a bit on Sunday but I really enjoyed it.

"I have decisions to make and a few offers but am in no rush."

Best of British boosts Burnley - Dyche


Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes traditional British values are helping the club in their battle to avoid relegation.

Aside from third-choice goalkeeper Alex Cisak, Dyche's squad is entirely made up of players from the British Isles and he says: "Good manners is a fundamental of my group. I don't think you'll find many stepping out of line, and if they do they will have to answer to me.

"They are part of the British culture and I think there was a time when that softened in some areas and we lost sight of using that wisely. I think it's still a powerful force."

Remember when Sven..?

On this day in 2006, the News of the World newspaper published details of their 'sting' on Sven-Goran Eriksson.

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The England coach told 'fake sheikh' Mazher Mahmood he would resign if his team won the World Cup and would be interested in managing Aston Villa as part of a hypothetical takeover.

Not Sven's finest hour.

AFCON press round-up


The final segment from our media round-up courtesy of BBC Monitoring, and Ghana's Joy FM website, myjoyonline, reported the arrival of the country's squad in Malabo. news portal carried an article noting that former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan was injured during training, leading to the cancellation of a preparatory match as a precautionary measure.

League investigate Birmingham


The Football League is investigating whether Carson Yeung is still wielding significant influence at Birmingham from his prison cell.

Yeung has been barred as a director of the club and is serving a six-year prison sentence in Hong Kong for money-laundering.

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However, Birmingham's parent company Birmingham International Holdings Limited (BIHL) says it is "very concerned about the concerted efforts" of Yeung and his associates.

The Football League has now contacted Birmingham for clarification about Yeung's involvement.

Liverpool recall Ibe from Derby loan


BBC Sport's Ben Smith with more on a story we brought you earlier about Liverpool recalling teenage winger Jordan Ibe from his loan spell at Derby County with immediate effect.

"The 19-year-old returns to Anfield to bolster Brendan Rodgers' attacking options as his side attempt to push for Champions League qualification.

"Ibe has impressed at the Championship side, scoring five goals in 24 appearances. The youngster signed a season-long loan with Derby with an option to review the deal this month."

Sporting birthdays

We're not buying them a cake - it costs way too much money and times are hard - but we do send all these sportsman our best birthday wishes.

Tim Curtis (cricket) - former England and Worcestershire batsman, born 1960.

Martin Petrov (soccer) - former Wolfsburg, Manchester City, Bolton and Bulgaria winger, born 1979.

Hadji Diouf
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El Hadji Diouf (soccer) - controversial former Liverpool, Bolton and Senegal forward, now with Sabah FA in Malaysia, born 1981.

Jermaine Pennant (soccer) - former Liverpool, Arsenal and Stoke winger, now at Pune City of the Indian Super League, born 1983.

Eric Dier (soccer) - Tottenham and England Under-21 defender, born 1994.

Slater set for early injury return

Rugby Union

Leicester Tigers club captain Ed Slater is on course

to return from a long-term knee injury before the end of the season.

The 26-year-old second-rower damaged ligaments playing for England on last year's tour of New Zealand and was

expected to be out until the summer.

But Slater told

BBC Radio Leicester: "It's going really well. The physios don't like me putting a date on my return because anything could happen. But I like to have a target and I'd like to be back by the end of March."

Wrexham secure Waterfall


Continuing the aqua theme,

BBC Wales Sport say Wrexham have signed centre-back Luke Waterfall from Scunthorpe on a contract until the end of next season.

Ice and easy does it


Luke Shaw
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Manchester United's

Luke Shaw on Twitter: Ice bath after a tough training session preparing for Saturday's game! Let's get back on the winning run.

Is computer gaming sport vote result

You have been voting in large numbers and the overwhelming decision is that the answer is no, computer gaming should not be considered sport. The vote details; 65.16% of you thought no, 30.63% said yes and 4.21% were not sure.

AFCON press round-up


More from our friends at BBC Monitoring. Algeria's Arabic language daily Al-Fadjr carried a report quoting former Egyptian international player Ahmad Hussam Mido as praising the national team, popularly known as the Desert Foxes. The headline read: "Algerian national team is a strong side and I wish it is crowned AFCON champions".

Celtic target winger


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Ronny Deila has revealed that Celtic are trying to sign Gary Mackay-Steven from Dundee United on a pre-contract agreement.

The 24-year-old winger's current deal at Tannadice ends in the summer.

The Hoops boss refused to confirm that United are looking for £250,000 for the player to move to Parkhead in the current transfer window.

'We are in the market' - Wenger


Music to the ears of Arsenal fans - Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will be making singings this month.

"Yes, we are more [in the market now]," he told

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"We have Chambers and we have Bellerin, who is coming on well, and I want to give them a chance as well, but of course we are in the market like many other clubs.

"We work really hard morning until late night to try to get one or two players in."

Flintoff the great Elvis pretender


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Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff may not have had the best time with the ball on his return to action in the Australian Twenty20 Big Bash League, but the former England all-rounder caused something of a sensation with a rendition of Elvis Presley's classic "In the Ghetto" during his team Brisbane Heat's victory over Hobart Hurricanes at The Gabba.

His former England captain

Michael Vaughan tweeted: "T20 is about entertainment... This is brilliant by Flintoff" while the BBL
tweeted a link to the vocal masterclass, adding: "Love your work Freddie. Here it is. Crank up the volume!"

AFCON press round-up


Meanwhile, here is more from BBC Monitoring's round-up of news from the tournament.

According to DR Congo's privately-owned L'Avenir newspaper, a large group of fans will accompany the national team popularly known as The Leopards to Equatorial Guinea. The fans include MPs calling themselves "Friends of The Leopards", journalists, members of the "Let's Go Leopards" group, and a few former Leopards.

L'Avenir described the motley crew of fans as: " explosive cocktail to support The Leopards all the way."

The paper continued: "United as one man, the Congolese fans have only one wish: to see The Leopards go as far as possible and why not win the title".

Call for fans to boycott AFCON Games - reports


AFP are reporting that opposition parties in host nation Equatorial Guinea have called for residents to boycott matches at the Africa Cup of Nations in protest against the human rights situation in the country.

Williams extends Fulham contract


Wales international George Williams has signed an

extension to his contract with Championship club Fulham.

The 19-year-old midfielder will remain at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2018, with his new deal having the option of an extra year.

Williams, who has won five international caps for Wales, made his Fulham debut in August and has featured a total of 15 times this season.

Crolla determined to fight for world title

Anthony Crolla arriving at Euston station

Boxer Anthony Crolla,

targeting a May comeback after fracturing his skull and breaking his ankle in December as he
tried to apprehend burglars in Manchester, is pictured here en route to London for television interviews.

"The boys rallied round me when they heard and that support is massive," he said of his ordeal. "Without doubt I will be back in the ring and I will be gunning for another world title shot and looking to win it for all the people that have helped me since the attack."

Ugwu earns short-term Yeovil deal


Striker Gozie Ugwu has signed for Yeovil Town

until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old joins as a free agent following his release from Scottish side Dunfermline Athletic in December.

Striker 'happy' at Napoli


Gonzalo Higuain's brother and agent insists he has not spoken to Liverpool and claims the striker is happy at Napoli.

The Argentina international, 27, has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield in the winter transfer market.

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But Nicolas Higuain told Italian radio station Crc: "I have not spoken to any club because they have not contacted me and secondly, it would be disrespectful to Napoli.

"We're not thinking about leaving Napoli. He has a contract and he's happy."

Cole doubt for Villa


Joe Cole is doubtful for Aston Villa's home game against Liverpool on Saturday, reports BBC WM's Mike Taylor.

Otherwise Villa boss Paul Lambert has no new injury problems to concern him. Fabian Delph returns to the squad after suspension and new signing Carles Gil is available to make his debut.

AFCON press round-up


Two days before the beginning of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, our friends at BBC Monitoring have been dissecting the online press of some of the participating countries.

South Africa's privately-owned Sowetan newspaper made much of the fact that 23 players from South Africa's domestic league have been selected to play in the tournament, not just for South Africa's Bafana Bafana, but also for the Zambian and Ghanaian teams.

"The [South African] Premier Soccer League will be the best-represented league at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea," the paper commented.

The Sowetan quoted player Thulani Hlatshwayo, who will be playing with the South African national team, as saying: "The good thing about this group of players is that we have respect for all the teams in the tournament but are not scared of them."

Bony 'right deal' for Swansea


Swansea manager Garry Monk says Wilfried Bony's move to Man City, which is worth up to £28m, was the

"right deal" for Swansea.

The fee for Bony, 26, is almost double Swansea's previous record sale of Joe Allen to Liverpool in August 2012.

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"This decision was best for the player and best for the club," said Monk.

"You have to take a lot of things into consideration when these opportunities come up for players and from a club perspective.

"We always do the best for the club and we felt this was the right deal for us."

Ibe expected to return to Liverpool


BBC Radio Derby are reporting the Liverpool forward Jordon Ibe is

set to be recalled from his loan spell at Championship side Derby County after Saturday's East Midlands derby against Nottingham Forest.

The 19-year-old joined on a

season-long loan deal and has scored five goals in 20 Championship games to help the Rams to second place in the table.

But the Reds are understood to be keen to take him back to Anfield.

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Leicester press conference


Another line from the Foxes, Nigel Pearson says he is hopeful of having the paperwork done to allow

record signing Andrej Kramaric to play against Stoke at the weekend.

Sterling in line for Liverpool return


Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in training on Thursday

Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in training at Melwood today ahead of Saturday's trip to Aston Villa. The 20-year-old England international has not played since New Year's Day and has had his own

winter break in Jamaica.

Bristol City complete signing


League One high-flyers Bristol City have completed their second loan signing of the day, bringing in Wigan right-back

James Tavernier on a deal until the end of the season.

Former Newcastle full-back Tavernier, 23, won promotion from the third tier while on loan at Rotherham last season - as did midfielder George Saville, with Brentford, who joined the Robins from Wolves earlier today.

Manager Steve Cotterill is clearly packing his side with players who have been there and got the T-shirt.

Jermain Defoe Sunderland move latest

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

"Altidore definitely part of the deal and talks are ongoing between his camp and the MLS club. He has also had offers from a club in Germany and one in France. His preferred option is Toronto, though and if that goes through it will be a straight swap."

Rotherham sign Derby striker Sammon


Rotherham United have signed Derby County striker Conor Sammon on loan until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international

was on a season-long loan at Ipswich Town but the Portman Road side have allowed the deal to be cut short.

Caldwell confident of Defoe success


As Jermain Defoe's proposed move to Sunderland moves a step closer, his captain at Toronto

has backed his team-mate to be a Premier League success.

Steven Caldwell, who played for Sunderland 81 times earlier in his career said Defoe, 32, was "the type of player who will score goals anywhere, at any level."

He went on to tell

BBC Newcastle: "Keep him on the park, keep him fit and give him opportunities. He knows where the net is and he's proved that.

"He's still very fit, he's a forward that thrives on chances."

Symbolic moment for Murray


Andy Murray's new personal logo

British number one Andy Murray has unveiled a new personal logo, which he will display for the first time at the Australian Open next week.

The design, which combines his initials with the number 77, will feature on Murray's on-court bag and training T-shirts in Melbourne.

However, there is no word that he wishes to be addressed as this symbol, a la madcap musician Prince a few years ago.

Gerrard Liverpool loan deal?

Here's one to get Liverpool fans talking ... the club's chief executive Ian Ayre has left the door open for Steven Gerrard to

return on loan once he moves to Los Angeles Galaxy.

The Reds captain will end his 25-year-long association with his boyhood club this summer when he departs for a new challenge in Major League Soccer.

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"I've said openly to Steven and his representatives, as have Brendan Rodgers and the owners, that we see Steven as part of the family," Ayre told Liverpool radio station City Talk.

"The fact that he's leaving at the end of the season doesn't mean it's the last we'll see of him at Liverpool."

'Thanks for your support'


Everton have taken the unusual step of thanking their fans for their support this season by subsidising their tickets for the Premier League match at Chelsea next month.

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The Toffees will put £10 ($15.25) towards the cost of an adult ticket and five pounds for concessionaries for the match at Stamford Bridge on the evening of 11 February as a way of recognising their loyalty.