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Summary

  1. Transfer news as it happened
  2. Spurs accept Swansea's bid for Kyle Naughton
  3. Jermain Defoe 'missed' Premier League
  4. Coach Mike Phelan leaves Norwich City
  5. Wladimir Klitschko announces world title defence

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By Steve Canavan

All times stated are UK

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here.

Sportsday will be back in the morning with all the latest football transfer news, plus reaction to Liverpool-Chelsea and build-up to the other semi-final between Tottenham and Sheffield United.

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How Melbourne made Mauresmo

Tennis

Andy Murray is in second-round action at the Australian Open at approximately 02:00 GMT on Wednesday but tennis fans can pass some of the time until then with a cracking read on his coach.

BBC Sport's Mike Henson profiles Amelie Mauresmo by analysing how the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne has played a pivotal role in her career.

Focusing on her run to the 1999 women's singles final as a 19-year-old and eventual triumph in the event seven years later, it shows how Mauresmo is well versed in controversy, animosity and pressure at the Aussie Open.

Read it here.

Cherries hoping to continue promotion push

Football

As well as the League Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Chelsea, there are a couple of Championship fixtures this evening.

Middlesbrough host Cardiff while top-of-the-table Bournemouth travel to Leeds.

A win tonight would see the Cherries open up a four-point gap on the chasing pack.

While the men from the south coast have lost only one league game since September, Leeds have not won any of their last eight matches in all competitions, losing five.

Allenby pulls out of tournament

Golf

Robert Allenby
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Australian Robert Allenby has pulled out of this week's Humana Challenge in California after he

reported being kidnapped, assaulted and robbed.

The four-time PGA Tour winner is recovering following the ordeal, which happened in Hawaii on Friday after he missed the cut at the Sony Open.

Allenby, 43, said is a statement he has withdrawn from this week's event on the advice of his doctor.

"This will enable me to ensure I am fully recovered," he said.

Cipriani & Easter in England training squad

Rugby Union

Danny Cipriani
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Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter are set to be included in the England training squad ahead of the Six Nations opener against Wales.

It's understood Cipriani will be one of four fly-halves named by head coach Stuart Lancaster in the 34-man group, along with George Ford, Owen Farrell and Stephen Myler.

Barring injury, Ford and Farrell will be the two stand-offs involved in Cardiff on 6 February, but both Myler and Cipriani have a chance to impress in next week's camp.

Meanwhile, it's believed the England management will also include the 36-year-old number eight Easter, who won the last of his 47 caps in the 2011 World Cup.

Gerrard returns for Reds

Football

Liverpool make one change from the side which beat Aston Villa on Saturday. Captain Steven Gerrard starts and Fabio Borini drops out.

Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Moreno, Markovic, Coutinho, Sterling.

Two changes for Chelsea

Football

John Mikel Obi
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Keeping to our promises, here's the Chelsea starting XI:

Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

There are just two changes from Saturday's demolition of Swansea as Oscar is replaced by John Mikel Obi and Thibaut Courtois is back in goal, replacing Petr Cech.

Kick-off is at 19:45 GMT.

Chelsea-Liverpool build-up

Football

The first leg of the League Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Anfield is just over an hour away.

You can follow all the build-up ahead of radio commentary, updates, the best photos and social

here.

If you want to stick with Sportsday, we'll bring you the team news shortly.

Kvyat shivers in Lapland

Formula 1

Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat

New Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat, 20, has

headed to the top of Finland to train for the upcoming Formula 1 season: "Nice training camp with guys here in Lapland! Only -25 degrees outside :)"

It's balmy in Britain at the moment compared to that...

Brown & Barclay 'should be in Scotland squad'

Rugby Union

Former captain Kelly Brown and John Barclay are among Scotland's best players and should be in the squad for the Six Nations,

according to former skipper Andy Nicol.

Brown and Barclay have won 107 caps between them but have been left out from Vern Cotter's 32-man pool for the tournament.

"We seem to be promoting players who've come in from New Zealand at the expense of John Barclay and Kelly Brown," said Nicol.

Edinburgh flanker Hugh Blake, who qualifies to play for the national team through his grandparents, has been called into the squad for the first time, in preference to both Brown and Barclay.

Ivory Coast held by Guinea

Football

Guinea's Ibrahim Traore and Mohamed Lamine Traore celebrate
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Group D rivals Ivory Coast and Guinea have drawn 1-1 in the first of today's Africa Cup of Nations fixtures.

A superb Mohamed Yattara left-foot volley gave Guinea a first-half lead and Ivory Coast looked to be in real trouble when former Arsenal striker Gervinho was sent off for slapping an opponent.

However, substitute Seydou Doumbia's equaliser 18 minutes from time ensured the points would be shared.

Mali and Cameroon are the only teams still to play their first match in the tournament and they kick-off at 19:00 GMT. Follow our

live text commentary here.

Palmer gets break

Formula 1

Palmer
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Jolyon Palmer has been handed his Formula 1 break after being appointed Lotus's

reserve driver for the forthcoming season.

Palmer, 24 and son of former F1 driver Jonathan - who made 83 starts between 1983 and 1989 for Williams, RAM, Zakspeed and Tyrrell - won last year's GP2 crown with a record haul of 276 points.

Five Russian athletes banned

Athletics

Sergei Kirdyapkin
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Russia's anti-doping agency has banned five athletes who compete in the walk, including three Olympic champions.

London 2012 men's winner Sergei Kirdyapkin, women's 2008 Olympic gold medallist Olga Kaniskina and 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin have been banned for three years and two months.

Olympic 2008 winner Valeriy Borchin has been banned for eight years and Vladimir Kanaykin for life.

Their cases have been backdated from late 2012. The bans do not affect any Olympic medals, although five world championship gold medals from 2009 and 2011 could be re-awarded.

Defoe not given up on England

Football

More from Jermain Defoe, who hasn't given up on an England recall, despite not featuring for the national team since November 2013.

Defoe, who has won 55 caps, said: "I would like to represent my country again.

"To play for your country, it's based on merit, so if I am scoring goals, I would like to think that I would get an opportunity to do that again."

Defoe relishing pressure

Football

Jermain Defoe
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New Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe says he welcomes the pressure of being brought in to score the goals to keep the club in the Premier League.

Defoe, 32, returned to England last week after an 11-month spell at Major League Soccer side Toronto.

Sunderland are in 16th position, just one point above the relegation zone, and have the second-worst scoring record in the league, with only 19 goals in 22 games.

"It's a good pressure. It's another challenge and I am really looking forward to it." said the former Tottenham player.

Alonso started young

Formula 1

Fernando Alonso Twitter image
Fernando Alonso

Two-time world champion and new McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, 33,

tweets a picture of himself as a young boy behind the wheel of a racing car. Obviously a precocious talent.

Gomis to stay at Swansea

Football gossip

Bafetimbi Gomis
Reuters

The

Guardian says that Swansea are determined to hold on to Bafetimbi Gomis despite serious interest from a number of clubs, including Crystal Palace, and comments from the 29-year-old France striker suggesting he is unsettled at the Liberty Stadium.

Charlton sign Tottenham's Veljkovic

Football

Championship side Charlton Athletic have signed Tottenham Hotspur defender

Milos Veljkovic on loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old

spent time on loan at Middlesbrough earlier in the campaign.

Veljkovic, who can play at centre-back or in central midfield, has made two senior appearances for Spurs since joining from FC Basel in 2011.

Suso criticises Liverpool after Milan move

Football

Suso
AP

Spanish winger Suso has criticised his former club Liverpool for not offering him a satisfactory contract.

The 21-year-old, who left Anfield for AC Milan this month,

told Marca: "My contract was set to expire in June and Liverpool's offers did not satisfy me, neither economically nor in a sporting sense.

"I arrived very much as a boy and I have learned a lot. I have grown, but I have not noticed a lot of trust in me."

Hants back 'English Premier League'

Cricket

Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove has welcomed the move to take a fresh look at a

new 'English Premier League' Twenty20 competition.

A recent meeting brought together the chairmen of the 18 counties to discuss the overall state of the domestic game.

Among the items discussed was a T20 event similar to the Indian Premier League (IPL) or Australia's Big Bash.

"We seem to have missed the boat in terms of the escalation of T20 around the globe," he told

BBC Radio Solent.

Berahino 'moving forward in the right direction'

Football

More from West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace, who spoke about the effects of

Saido Berahino's drink-driving case, which concluded on Friday.

"This unfortunate episode has been unsettling for the club generally and Saido specifically," said Peace.

"What has been pleasing for everyone around the club has been the clear sign that Saido has responded positively to the arrival of Tony Pulis and a new coaching team and is displaying clear signs of showing that where it matters most - on the pitch.

"Tony has certainly been delighted with him and it is heartening for everyone to see a young man moving forward in the right direction again."

No interest in selling Berahino - West Brom chairman

Football

Saido Berahino
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West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace says Saido Berahino is "back on track" and reiterated that the Premier League club wants to keep the striker.

The England Under-21 international was banned from driving for 12 months last Friday after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

"I said in the autumn the club had no interest in selling Saido and that remains the case,"

Peace told the club's official website.

"Unless [manager Tony Pulis] decides otherwise, the view will surely be that he is far too important to us to consider trading. His goals are capable of keeping us in the Premier League and would be hugely difficult to replace."

Better than Invincibles - Bergkamp

Football

Theo Walcott (left) with Santi Cazorla
AP

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has said the Gunners' current forwards are better than the Invincible side which contained Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

Speaking to

Arsenal Player, Walcott said: "When I came, it was Pires and Ljungberg, Bergkamp, Thierry and Reyes - that's some attacking force as well. I think this squad probably does beat it, but we need to prove it first.

"When we go and achieve a little bit more than winning the FA Cup, then I think we can stand up and say this is the best attacking line up we've ever had."

Swansea's Routledge out for four weeks

Football

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge has been

ruled out for four weeks with a calf strain.

Routledge, who has featured in 19 of the club's 22 Premier League fixtures this campaign and scored three times, came off after only 32 minutes of last weekend's 5-0 home defeat by Chelsea.

But there was better news for Swans boss Garry Monk on Tuesday as Ecuador international Jefferson Montero returned to full training for the first time since sustaining a hamstring injury in the 1-0 victory against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

Milner on the move?

Football gossip

James Milner
Getty Images

The

Guardian reports that James Milner and Manchester City are a "long way off" agreeing a new deal.

"Arsenal and Liverpool remain the most likely suitors if Milner chooses to remain in the Premier League when his contract expires in the summer," says the paper.

'The corner's been turned' - Finn

Cricket

Steven Finn says he wants "to look forward, not back" after delivering a

man-of-the-match performance that helped England to victory over India.

The win came almost 12 months to the day of the fast bowler being declared "not selectable" for his country.

Finn's career-best one-day figures of 5-33 against India came at the Gabba in Brisbane - the city he was sent home from after England's last Ashes tour.

Steven Finn
Reuters

"That corner's been turned," said Finn. "All that stuff's in the past now."

Selfie of the day

Maria Sharapova
Twitter

Maria Sharapova is clearly more keen on posing for photos than her hitting partner. "Someone doesn't like #selfies. Oh well," she

tweeted after a practice session the Australian Open.

Semi-final will be amazing - Enrique

Football

Liverpool defender

Jose Enrique has tweeted beforehis team's League Cup semi-final against Chelsea this evening. "Game day today. Let's win this and try to get in the final. Will be amazing," said the Spaniard.

Routledge blow for Swansea

Football

BBC Wales Sport: Swansea City winger Wayne Routledge has been ruled out for four weeks with a calf injury.

Delays at African Cup of Nations

Football

BBC's Alex South in Malobo: "The scene in Malob is that fans are still waiting outside desperate to get in.

"Same problem, different day. Fans waiting up to an hour in 40 degree heat as the Ebola screening process again holds things up. Supporters getting a bit hot and bothered and I've seen one or two arguments already break out but, again, the Police are quick to try and diffuse the situation.

"It's not helping that you have four different sets of travelling fans all descending on the same place at the same time. The tension is building and it has little to do with the football.

Girl named after Liverpool anthem

Football

Liverpool fan YNWA
Liverpool Echo

Here's some news to make the jaw drop. Liverpool fans from Norway have named their daughter after the club's famous anthem,

You'll Never Walk Alone.

Four-year-old YNWA, pronounced Yee-Nwa has, luckily, become a Reds fan and her mum plans to take her daughter to Anfield for YNWA's fifth birthday this May.

Ginola wants combined men and women's World Cups

Football

David Ginola
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Just to put a bit more meat on the bones of the Sportsday entry below, former France international David Ginola wants a combined men's and women's football World Cup to be staged together.

The ex-Tottenham and Newcastle winger is

running for the Fifa presidency.

"Lack of equality in football is a burning issue that Fifa has so far dismally failed to address," the 47-year-old said. "One of the key ways we'll make a difference is by adopting the Olympic model that sees all athletes compete under one banner, in one country, during one timeframe."

Ginola speaks

Football

David Ginola has been talking on Radio 5live's Afternoon Edition and has had some very interesting things to say, especially his women's World Cup pledge.

David Ginola
Getty Images

You can listen to the interview

here.

Afcon action starts now

Football

Today's action at the African Cup of Nations is about to get under way and, as always, we will have every kick, tackle and shirt-pull covered right here on the BBC Sport website.

Ivory Coast v Guinea kicks off in five minutes at 16:00 GMT, with the second match of the day - Mali v Cameroon - starting at 19:00.

Yaya, Kolo Toure and Wilfried Bony are all starting. Full live text coverage

here.

Broken back no barrier

Alpine skiing

Scottish skier Charlie Guest says her aim to be world number one remains despite breaking her back in November.

On Monday, she was named in the British squad for the slalom and giant slalom at February's Alpine World Skiing Championships in Colorado.

Charlie Sweden
Charlie Guest

The 21-year-old had fractured vertebrae in a training accident in Sweden two months ago.

Fan arrested over chairman's car incident

Football

A man has been

arrested over an attack on a car belonging to Nottingham Forest's chairman during a match against Derby County.

The car was vandalised while parked outside the iPro Stadium in Derby at about 14:15 GMT on Saturday.

Derbyshire police said a 19-year-old was arrested on Tuesday morning.

Walsall keep Cain for rest of season

Football

Leicester City midfielder Michael Cain will

stay on loan at League One side Walsall for the rest of the season.

The 20-year-old joined the Saddlers in October and has since made 18 appearances, scoring three goals.

"He's a talented lad with a fantastic attitude and hopefully his progress will continue during the months ahead," Walsall manager Dean Smith

told the club website.

Ireland injury blow

Rugby Union

Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson will miss Ireland's entire Six Nations campaign with a dislocated elbow.

His club confirmed that Jackson requires surgery to repair the damage, and will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.

Wycombe reveal Ainsworth deal details

Football

We told you on Boxing Day that Gareth Ainsworth had signed a new long-term deal as manager of Wycombe Wanderers.

Gareth Ainsworth
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Well, this afternoon the League Two leaders have revealed that the contract the 41-year-old signed was for

five and a half years.

Not quite as long as Alan Pardew's old eight-year contract at Newcastle then, but not bad going nonetheless.

Crackdown on bad behaviour

Cricket

Ah, cricket, that game of gentleman where respect and good sporting behaviour comes first. Well, at least it used to...

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson today announced that the governing body will come down hard on players who 'sledge' or verbally abuse their opponents at the upcoming World Cup.

Several high-profile incidents in recent months - most recently Australian David Warner's on-field row with India's Rohit Sharma (pictured below) - have led former Australia captain Ian Chappell to say he fears it can only be a matter of time before things get so heated a physical clash ensues.

Australia batsman David Warner (left) got into a heated exchange with India batsman Rohit Sharma (right)
Reuters

The ICC, said Richardson, has stressed to umpires the need to stop bad conduct at its source.