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  1. Transfer news and rumour as it happens
  2. Falcao must prove himself at Man Utd - Van Gaal
  3. Hazard needs more protection - Mourinho
  4. Arsenal agree fee for Legia Warsaw's Krystian Bielik
  5. Catch up with 11 Premier League news conferences

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Almost time for Friday's Sportsday to grind to a halt. Almost.

First, there are a couple of live shows to plug. You can watch snooker's Masters quarter-final between Stephen Maguire and Shaun Murphy on BBC Two and


While on BBC Radio 5 live, you can listen to their weekend preview show which is building up to all the football action.

At 09:00 GMT on Saturday we will begin our build-up to a busy Premier League day, before the Africa Cup of Nations begins at 15:00 GMT. It's a feast. See you then.

Preston v Leyton Orient (19:45 GMT)


Preston North End XI: Johnstone, Wiseman, Buchanan, Clarke, Huntington, Humphrey, Reid, Kilkenny, Brownhill, Gallagher, Beckford.

Orient XI: Woods, Sawyer, Cuthbert, Lisbie, Mooney, Lowry, Clarke, Wright, Pritchard, Dagnall, Lundstram.

Preston v Leyton Orient (19:45 GMT)


An important match is taking place in League One tonight. Fourth-placed Preston are aiming to move closer to the automatic spots by beating a Leyton Orient team who are trying to give themselves breathing space from the relegation zone.

Weekend commentaries


BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

03:00-12:00: Australia v India - tri-series

12:55-15:00: Glasgow v Montpellier - European Rugby Champions Cup

15:10-17:15: Toulouse v Bath Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

17:25-19:30: Ospreys v Northampton Saints - European Rugby Champions Cup

19:55-23:15: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks - NFL NFC Conference Championship match

23:15-02:30: Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots - NFL AFC Conference Championship match

Weekend commentaries


BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

12:45-15:00: Saracens v Munster - European Rugby Champions Cup

15:10-17:15: Toulon v Ulster - European Rugby Champions Cup

19:30-21:45: Harlequins v Wasps - European Rugby Champions Cup

Weekend commentaries

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Out and about over the weekend? Don't worry. Our friends at BBC Radio 5 live sports extra are providing plenty of live coverage for you to listen to as you trudge around the supermarket. Starting tonight...

19:40- 21:45 GMT: Leicester Tigers v Scarlets - European Rugby Champions Cup

Countdown to Australian Open


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Only one British woman will be taking part in the Australian Open singles. And that is Heather Watson.

The 22-year-old British number one, who qualified for the first grand slam event of the year on her way to

reaching the Hobart International final, plays Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova in the first round.

Countdown to Australian Open


Andy Murray is among the tens of hopefuls bidding for glory in the first Grand Slam of 2015. But what about other British interest?

James Ward will join him in the men's singles draw, as could Kyle Edmund and Liam Broady who are

both within one victory of qualifying for the main draw.

The tournament starts in Melbourne on Monday.

Murray among Aussie Open favourites


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Andy Murray is in such good condition that he must be one of the favourites for the Australian Open,

says head of British tennis Leon Smith.

Murray, a beaten finalist three times in Melbourne, has slipped to sixth in the world from a world ranking high of two.

But Smith said: "He is in great shape. He's hitting the ball extremely well. Now he's going to look to move forward and I think he's got as good a chance as anyone to win this tournament."

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Josh Brannan: Jermain Defoe has to make his debut for Sunderland tomorrow - he could be their season's saviour.

Watch Yarnold win gold



Earlier we told you that Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold won her second World Cup race of the season in Germany.

The Winter Olympic gold medallist beat Anja Huber by 0.71 seconds in Konigssee - and

now you can watch it.

Allen reaches Masters last-four


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Mark Allen scrapped to a 6-4 victory over Joe Perry to reach the semi-finals of the Masters in a lacklustre encounter at Alexandra Palace.

Both players struggled in the match, playing to a poor standard but Allen managed to open up a 3-1 lead.

England's Perry made breaks of 50, 68 and 67 to make it 4-4, before Northern Irishman Allen made a break of 55 and then clinched the 10th to progress.

Stephen Maguire faces Shaun Murphy in the evening session at 19:00 GMT, with the winner playing Allen.

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UnSimpleSimon: Re 17:38. David Silva, if he's fit, for Toure. Defoe must play. Surprise factor plus the spirits lift.

Two-match ban for Moyes


Stop fiddling with your Fantasy Football teams for a second! We've got some breaking news.

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Real Sociedad coach David Moyes is given a two-match touchline ban after he was sent to the stands as his side were knocked out of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.

Moyes was banished by referee Carlos Velasco Carballo after gesturing that the official needed glasses.

Then, he started

munching on a crisp from a fan after climbing into the stands to watch the rest of the 2-2 draw against Villarreal.

Tottenham v Sunderland (15:00 GMT)


Harry Kane is among several players set to return to the Tottenham first team after being rested for the FA Cup replay victory over Burnley.

Federico Fazio, Younes Kaboul (both ill) and Vlad Chiriches (back) are all doubtful.

Sunderland's new signing Jermain Defoe will make his debut against his former club pending international clearance.

Liam Bridcutt is suspended after his red card in the 1-0 loss to Liverpool but Steven Fletcher returns.

Swansea v Chelsea (15:00 GMT)



French striker Bafetimbi Gomis will start up front as Swansea adjust to life without departed top scorer Wilfried Bony.

Jonjo Shelvey is banned and Ki Sung-yueng on international duty, but Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jefferson Montero both hope to play after injury.

Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois is available despite nursing a broken thumb yet Petr Cech is likely to remain in goal.

Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta is still sidelined with a groin complaint but will return to training next week.

QPR v Man Utd (15:00 GMT)


QPR defender Armand Traore has been ruled out with a toe injury.

Brazilian midfielder Sandro and Yun Suk-Young remain sidelined with injuries but midfielder Niko Kranjcar has recovered from a thigh complaint.

Manchester United forward Robin van Persie is a doubt with a minor ankle problem that he suffered last weekend.

His possible absence could mean a recall for Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, while defenders Rafael and Marcos Rojo are in contention after recovering from their injuries.

Leicester v Stoke (15:00 GMT)


Leicester have record signing Andrej Kramaric available after he was granted a work permit, but banned midfielder Matty James is definitely out.

Midfielders Dean Hammond (calf) and Esteban Cambiasso (hip) are doubtful but Danny Drinkwater should return after two games out with a groin problem.

Stoke defender Erik Pieters is a doubt with a groin injury but midfielder Steven Nzonzi has overcome a similar complaint.

Forward Victor Moses could also feature, having recovered from a thigh injury.

Burnley v Crystal Palace (15:00 GMT)


Burnley have doubts over defenders Jason Shackell (calf) and Kieran Trippier, who was substituted in the Clarets' midweek FA Cup defeat at Tottenham with a hamstring strain.

Top scorer Danny Ings and Ashley Barnes are expected to be recalled.

Crystal Palace could hand a debut to new loan striker Yaya Sanogo, while fellow forward Marouane Chamakh is back after injury.

Midfielder James McArthur is fit despite suffering a foot injury last weekend, but DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie is on international duty.

Aston Villa v Liverpool (15:00 GMT)


Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is considering giving an immediate start to new midfielder Carles Gil who has signed from Valencia.

Midfielder Fabian Delph returns after suspension but defender Ciaran Clark serves a one-match ban and midfielder Joe Cole has a hamstring strain.

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Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling is back in the squad after being given a week off, while England midfielder Steven Gerrard and Adam Lallana have a chance of being fit.

Gerrard was substituted last weekend with a tight hamstring, and Lallana is in training after a thigh injury.

The weekend ahead


Got some important decisions to make as you head home from the office? No, I'm not talking about your evening meal or plans for the night.

I'm talking about your Fantasy Football selections. How do you replace Africa Cup of Nations-bound Yaya Toure? Can you afford to squeeze in Jermain Defoe? Hmmm.

To hep you, let's run through some early team news ahead of Saturday's games...

The weekend ahead


Aston Villa v Liverpool (15:00)

Burnley v Crystal Palace (15:00)

Leicester v Stoke (15:00)

QPR v Man Utd (15:00)

Swansea v Chelsea (15:00)

Tottenham v Sunderland (15:00)

Check out the rest of the weekend's fixtures, including tonight's Football League matches,

on our comprehensive fixtures page.

Premier League chat


Earlier, we heard from 11 Premier League managers, plus Real Sociedad's David Moyes, ahead of their weekend fixtures. What do you mean you missed them? Pah.

You can scroll back through our earlier entries to find out what they said, and take a longer look at the top three stories....

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says striker Radamel Falcao still needs to justify his place at Old Trafford.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not think Ross Barkley will benefit from representing England at the European Under-21 Championships.

David Moyes is coy on his reported interest in Burnley striker Danny Ings.

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Colin Mathie: Re 17:09. Why would you face the same three teams you've already played in the Six Nations in warm up games?

Derby County sign defender Albentosa


Derby County

complete the signing of centre-back Raul Albentosa from La Liga side Eibar on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Head coach Steve McClaren tells the

club website: "He's shown a real desire to come here and be part of what we are trying to achieve."

Lions chairman backs boss Holloway


Millwall chairman John Berylson

gives manager Ian Holloway his backing following a run of one win in 13 games in all competitions.

The Lions are 22nd in the Championship and were

knocked out of the FA Cup by League One side Bradford this week.

Scotland announce World Cup warm-ups

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Scotland confirm they will face Ireland, Italy and France in a four-match warm-up schedule for the World Cup later this year.

They will play on four consecutive Saturdays from 15 August, starting with a trip to Dublin. A double header against Italy in Turin and Edinburgh follows before completing their preparations in Paris.

"Clearly our priority at the moment is the forthcoming Six Nations, however we are pleased to confirm four matches against top-quality international opposition ahead of the World Cup," says Scotland head coach Vern Cotter.

"The games will allow us to rotate and test a large group of players throughout these preparatory matches in what is the last opportunity for everyone to put their hand up for selection."

Motherwell v Kilmarnock called off


Gusty winds have been blowing across the UK in recent days - and now a Scottish Premiership match has fallen foul of the weather.

Motherwell's top-flight match against Kilmarnock on Saturday has been postponed because of storm damage at Fir Park.

Several aluminium facings have blown off the side of the East Stand and continuing snow and high winds have hampered attempts to fix the problems.

"Sadly, it would be impossible to not only secure the panels that are visibly hanging loose, but also to check all others in the same area in time for kick-off on Saturday," says Motherwell's safety manager, Alan Marshall. "If another fell and hit someone, the consequences would be unthinkable."

Glos nearing head coach appointment


Gloucestershire says they could appoint a head coach to succeed John Bracewell

by the time the director of cricket leaves his post.

The New Zealander, 56,

will leave the county side, who he led to the 2002 Division Two title, on 31 January.

Chief executive Will Brown said interviews will start next week.

"I am really pleased with the response we've had and I am confident that the right person is out there," Brown told

the club website.

Baggies staff shuffle continues


New West Brom boss Tony Pulis continues his shake-up of the backroom team at the Hawthorns.

After Paul Jewell walked out because he wouldn't take a pay cut

to accommodate Gerry Francis, shortly after
Rob Kelly, Keith Downing and Dean Kiely departed, two more senior figures have left Albion.

Head of UK scouting Stuart White and head of European scouting/recruitment Tony Spearing, who been with Albion for a combined 21-year stint, leave by mutual agreement.

Fighting Foxes fined


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Leicester are fined

£20,000 after they scuffled with Aston Villa at the end of their 1-0 win at the King Power on 16 January.

The Foxes had admitted failing to control their players.

Villa have admitted the same charge but are yet to have their case heard.

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UnSimpleSimon: Re. 16:08. I agree with Ian Wright on SWP. 'Arry's been saying some strange things, like fat Taraabt turning out in decent shape.

Injured Tsonga regrets playing in Davis Cup



French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga admits he regrets playing in the Davis Cup final after aggravating an arm injury that ruled him out of the Australian Open.

The world number 12

has been forced to withdraw from the opening Grand Slam of the year, which begins in Melbourne on Monday. He was beaten by Stan Wawrinka in November's Davis Cup final where
France lost to Switzerland.

"I should never have played the Davis Cup final," Tsonga is quoted by AFP as telling Europe 1 radio.

"Knowing all that, obviously I should never have played the final, like I should have not played at all from the month of September to have time to recover from this injury and be fighting fit for the the 2015 season," he said.

Bristol Academy captain joins Yeovil


Bristol Academy captain Corinne Yorston leaves the club to

join Women's Super League Two side Yeovil Town.

The Glovers Ladies' have described the 31-year-old England defender as the "biggest signing" in club history.

Yorston leaves Bristol as the club's longest-serving payer, having spent eight years with the Vixens.

Perry and Allen deadlocked


BBC Sport's Shamoon Hafez: "Joe Perry and Mark Allen are currently level at 3-3 in the quarter-final of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

"It's slow going though, with both players playing to a poor standard, missing chance after chance.

"The winner of this first-to-six match will be relieved to get through, although they are unlikely to trouble the winner of Stephen Maguire and Shaun Murphy (19:00 GMT) in the semi-final."

Milwaukee 1-0 Thierry


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Thierry Henry doesn't seem the biggest fan of the Milwaukee Bucks mascot.

Maybe, as a former New York Red Bull, he was unwilling to fraternise with the enemy as the Bucks took on the Knicks in the NBA game in London last night.

The big moose thing had the last laugh though. New York went down 95-79 - their 16th defeat in a row.

Redknapp not saying Wright things


A father sticking up for his son after criticism from his boss doesn't usually generate much interest.

But when the father is ex-England striker Ian Wright, the son is QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and the boss is Harry Redknapp, then it is a little more exciting.

Earlier, QPR boss Redknapp reckoned that 33-year-old Wright-Phillips did not want to leave QPR on loan

because he would have to take a pay cut.

Enter Ian Wright. "Ridiculous statement about not wanting to go on loan!!! You get paid the same money when you're on loan," tweets the Arsenal legend.

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Arter signs new Cherries contract


Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter

signs a new three-and-a-half year contract with the Championship leaders.

The 25-year-old, who scored five goals in five league matches

in December, has made 28 appearances so far this season.

"I want to play at the highest level. My best chance is doing that here and I would get the most satisfaction achieving it here," he says.

Legend and Menzel on Super Bowl duty

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Idina Menzel, who sang 'Let It Go' for the film Frozen, will perform the American national anthem before the Super Bowl kicks off next month.

John Legend will perform 'America the Beautiful' before the match on 1 February in Glendale, Arizona.

I'm happy at QPR - Austin


Some good news for QPR fans. In-form striker Charlie Austin, named earlier as December's Premier League player of the month, says he is not looking to leave the Loftus Road club.

The 25-year-old's contract runs out at the end of next season and Rangers are keen to tie him down to a longer deal.

"I know some things have been written and said about my contract situation. I've got 18 months left on my contract, I'm in no rush," he says

in an online blog.

"I'm leaving that stuff to my agent and the people at the club, and I'm just thinking about my performances on the pitch.

"The most important thing for you to know is that I'm not thinking about looking elsewhere. I want you all to know I'm happy at QPR."