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  1. 18:17 Hull close to deal for Senegal striker N'Doye
  2. 16:47 Arsenal complete £11.2m deal for Gabriel Paulista
  3. 14:37 West Brom sign McManaman for £4.75m
  4. 13:50 Newcastle favourites to sign Alli
  5. 10:16 Wigan in talks with Inverness striker McKay

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's all from Sportsday for today but you can following the evening's action in other corners of the BBC Sport website.

The League Cup semi-final second leg between Sheffield United and Tottenham is the subject of a

live text commentary and so are today's Africa Cup of Nations
matches. Enjoy.

'I practiced for a month and won $20,000'

Ping pong

Andrew Baggaley
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How long would it take you to master a new discipline? It took new ping-pong world champion Andrew Baggaley just four weeks.

The Englishman

tells BBC Sport how he did it...

On this day

Roger Federer
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In 2007, Roger Federer won his third Australian Open men's singles title by beating Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 6-4.

Happy birthday

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Blowing out the candles today - but maybe not eating the cake - is Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill (29).

Also celebrating are golfer Nick Price (58), former Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato (38), Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (37) and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher (37).

Wilson's concerns about future

Rugby Union

Ryan Wilson is awaiting a decision on his Glasgow and Scotland future after being convicted of

two counts of assault.

The Glasgow Warriors forward was fined at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday for assaulting two men, including fellow rugby player Ally Maclay of Glasgow Hawks, in a takeaway shop in October 2013 while dressed as Batman.

The 25-year-old has been suspended by the Scottish Rugby Union, whose chief executive Mark Dodson said: "There is absolutely no place in the game, on or off the pitch, for the sort of behaviour that has led to criminal proceedings being taken."

Two-match ban for Ronaldo


Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for two matches after being

sent-off for kicking Cordoba defender Edimar during Real Madrid's 2-1 win on Saturday.

The Portuguese forward will miss the visits of Real Sociedad and Sevilla but will be available for the meeting with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on 7 February.

Weekend off for Force India

Formula 1

Force India will not take part in the first test session of the new Formula 1 season in Jerez from Sunday.

The Silverstone-based team had planned to run its 2014 car with some new parts at the four-day test in Spain.

Explaining the decision,

the team tweeted: "The learning opportunities would have been limited so the focus is now on Barcelona."

On this day

Colin Montgomerie
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In 2009, Colin Montgomerie was appointed captain of the European team for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

BBL seeks advice over licence doubt


The British Basketball League are

seeking legal advice over a statement from the domestic game's governing body which appears to raise doubts over the continuation of their licence.

Basketball England has set up a licence review committee to "consider all options" before existing contract arrangements are renewed.

"BBL is disappointed its governing body put this matter into the public domain, because of the inevitable damage to the sport," said a statement from the league.

Who is Dame N'Doye?


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The 29-year-old Senegalese striker has scored 27 times in 66 appearances for Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow since signing from FC Copenhagen in 2012.

The rangy forward scored 59 goals in 104 games in Denmark and has found the net eight times in his 24 outings for Senegal.

Hull agree deal for Lokomotiv striker - reports


BBC Radio Humberside report: We understand Hull City have agreed a deal to sign Lokomotiv Moscow striker Dame N'Doye. No further details at this stage.

Defender Pearce set for Wigan move


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Leeds United defender Jason Pearce is

set to join Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

BBC Radio Leeds understands the 27-year-old is close to agreeing personal terms with the Latics.

Hibs' Booth makes Thistle switch


Hibernian left-back Callum Booth has

joinedPartick Thistle on loan until the end of the season.

Africa Cup of Nations


Over in another corner of the BBC Sport website, our African Lottery of Nations

live text commentary has begun.

The four teams in Group D - Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Cameroon - have so far all played out 1-1 draws, meaning there is a strong chance that qualification could be decided by the drawing of lots.

I'm here to win trophies - Gabriel


Gabriel Paulista

Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista is targeting trophies with Arsenal after

completing his £15m move from Villarreal.

"I am at a top club so that gives me more strength to be able to work and carry on, to be able to conquer much more in my career," the 24-year-old centre-back said.

"We have a lot to conquer because Arsenal is a very big club, we must always be at the top. I think it is a club that will keep growing throughout the season, and that over the next few years we will be able to win important titles."

'Don't mess with Six Nations'

Rugby Union

Bill Beaumount believes rugby chiefs must not mess with the Six Nations' by staging matches outside Europe.

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper has said the game's governing body would back any move to stage Six Nations matches beyond traditional heartlands, with America mentioned as a possibility.

But Six Nations chairman Beaumont said: "If you've got a successful formula, don't change it. It would be a very, very brave man to say 'I'm going to give up a home game and take it to Chicago'."

Who is Billy McKay?


Any Wigan Athletic fans wondering about

mooted signingBilly McKay? Well, BBC Sport Scotland are here to help with
this video of some of the Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker's goals.

Boro must avoid complacency - Adomah


Albert Adomah
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Albert Adomah says Middlesbrough

must avoid overconfidence in Saturday's Championship game at Brentford off the back of the 2-0 FA Cup win at Premier League side Manchester City.

"Hopefully we can show up with our Championship attitude," Ghana international Adomah told

BBC Tees. "That's the main focus, we can't think 'we beat Manchester City so it's going to be a rollover'."

Let them in, then let go


BBC Scotland's Jim Spence reports: Goalkeeper Arvid Schenk

has left Dundee at the end of his contract. He played just one game, the
6-2 defeat by Dundee United on New Year's Day.

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Costa charged

The Times' chief football correspondent Oliver Kay: Right decision to charge Costa with violent conduct. It's all those wrong decisions, when FA and refs turn blind eye, that are the problem.

Costa charged


BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty was at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night and he gave his verdict on Diego Costa's actions.

"Costa made no attempt to hurdle Can and clearly brought his foot down with force on his ankle. Cue the swift emptying of both benches and a chaotic crowd scene,"

wrote Phil.

If Oliver has seen this, then there is no excuse for not showing Costa a straight red card. It should also be noted that neither manager reacted instantly despite that proximity.

Costa charged


To clarify, Diego Costa has been charged over an incident with Liverpool's Emre Can, rather than Reds' defender Martin Skrtel.

Costa appeared to stamp on Can's ankle early in the game, but faced no action from referee Michael Oliver.

Bent ideal for Derby - Shotton


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Darren Bent's goalscoring instincts are just what was required to help Derby County's Championship promotion bid,

according to team-mate Ryan Shotton.

Substitute Bent scored both goals in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers, taking his tally to three in three appearances.

"He is exactly what we've needed," defender Shotton told

BBC Radio Derby. "He brings a different dimension."


Costa charged

The FA has announced that Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged by for violent conduct following an on-field incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

The player has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.

Following a review of an incident during the game involving Costa and Liverpool's Martin Skrtel, The FA will not be taking any further action.

Get involved - Costa controversy

You do know this debate about Diego Costa is meant to be serious don't you...?

Andrew Neill: The press said in the summer that Costa would be quick to make his mark in England.

Kevin Hunt: Costa last night was total madness ... .just one step beyond.

David Thompson: The FA really need to put their foot down about this Costa controversy.

Ryan Gilbert: Costa puts his heart and sole into every tackle.

Colin Cross: Lucky for Costa it was the semi's he has not got another leg to play.

Right, enough, have mercy, we can't take any more...

'We won't drift away' - Carver


John Carver says he will not allow Newcastle's season to "drift away" after being appointed head coach until the end of the season.

Carver has been handed the reins at St James' Park until the end of the season, starting with Saturday's trip to Hull.

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"Everybody on the outside is talking about our season petering away but I am not going to allow that to happen," he told

Newcastle's website.

"Those who are saying that don't know me, don't know the people around me and don't know this group of players."

Storey chooses coach for record bid

Road Cycling

Dame Sarah Storey has returned to the coach who helped her to four cycling medals at London 2012 as she prepares for her attempt at the Hour record.

The 37-year-old 11-time Paralympic champion has asked Chris Furber, formerly head coach of British Cycling's para-cycling squad and now national performance director for para-swimming, to assist her in her effort, which takes place on February 28.

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The women's record of 46.065-kilometres was set in 2003 by Dutch rider Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel.

Austrian Matthias Brandle holds the men's record of 51.850km, which a number of riders, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, are poised to challenge in 2015.


Arsenal sign defender

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Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell going to the Spanish club on loan for the rest of the season, the Premier League side has announced.

Brum reject bid for winger


Birmingham have

rejected a bid of £3.5m from Bournemouth from Demarai Gray.

The Cherries' fourth offer, which could have risen to £4m with add-ons, has been immediately dismissed by the St Andrew's club, PA Sport reports.

Ryder leaves Glasgow for Northampton

Rugby union

Tom Ryder

Glasgow Warriors lock Tom Ryder has

signed for Northampton Saints until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old, who has two caps for Scotland, began his career in the Leicester Tigers Academy before moving to Saracens in 2006.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder said: "We have a number of significant injuries in the second row, and Tom's experience and quality will be useful to have around the club over the next few months."

From Juventus to the Wessex League


Vincent Pericard was at Juventus 13 years ago, and went on to play in the Premier League with Portsmouth and Stoke City.

Vincent Pericard
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Last night, the striker came out of retirement to play for Moneyfields FC in the ninth tier of English football.

BBC Sport's Phil Harlow finds out

how Pericard went from the Champions League to the Premier League. The Wessex Premier League, that is.

Six Nations launch

Ben Dirs

BBC Sport at the Six Nations launch

France coach Philippe Saint-Andre: Ireland are favourites for the Six Nations because they are the best team.

Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: We were unaware we were favourites until this morning. It's a distraction, to be honest.

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw: Vern Cotter [coach] has empowered us to play. We can't play within our shells or we'll keep getting the same results.

Newcastle chase German striker

Football gossip

Newcastle have been linked with Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga - but the Bundesliga club say there has been no official offer for the Germany Under-21 international.

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Hamburg sporting director Peter Knabel told Sport Bild about Newcastle's interest, saying: "There have been requests, but no offer."

The 23-year-old scored four times in 11 appearances for Germany's U21 side and hit 13 goals for Hamburg in 20 league games while on loan from Hertha Berlin in the 2013-14 season.

O'Keefe joins Cardiff


Crystal Palace midfielder Stuart O'Keefe has joined Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.

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The 23-year-old has

signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Bluebirds, which ends his four and a half year stay with the Eagles.

Get involved - Costa controversy

More on Chelsea's Diego Costa alleged stamping against Liverpool.

Philip Swan: My view on the Costa incidents - clearly deliberately trod on opponents, but to call them stamps is hyperbole.

Jeremy Garland: It may ruin my fantasy team this weekend but who cares! Ban Costa.

Rich Shimmo: What are the chances of Mr Oliver admitting he missed something in the game? About the same as Jose admitting Costa stamped.

Jojo Disotto: This Costa nonsense is an utter joke. Comparing him to Suarez is a disgrace, not intentional at all.

Darryl Messer: The Can stamp was cancelled by the no pen. But then he had the Skrtel stamp, the Gerrard incident. In total a red card

And, get ready for it...

Matt Roland: Some would say Costa hasn't got a leg to stand on... Oh wait.

Keep them coming at #bbcsportsday or the BBC Sport Facebook page.

'Have my Superbowl tickets son'


And while we're talking golf, have you heard the one about Phil Mickelson giving away his Superbowl tickets to a kid halfway through a round?

It happened in 2008 when Phil had two tickets to the game being played between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants but decided not to go.

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"He asked his caddie to give them away and on the third tee approached a father and son and asked them if they liked football,"

report CBS Sports.

"The caddie reached into Mickelson's bag, pulled out the tickets and asked them if they would like to attend the Super Bowl. They later sent Mickelson a thank you letter."

Woods back and feeling good


Tiger Woods is aiming to prove he can still be the force he once when the Phoenix Open gets under way on Thursday in Arizona.

Woods will play for the first time since finishing joint last at the Hero World Challenge in December.

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"My driving has come around and I'm a lot longer than I thought I ever could be again," said Woods. "My speed is way back up, and that's fun. I'm touching numbers that I did 15 years ago, so that's cool."

Bong! Headlines at 4...

A quick reminder of the stories making the headlines today....

*Football: Portuguese footballer Luis Figo has become the

latest shock candidate for the role of Fifa president.

*Rugby Union: England's

injury problems have deepened with four more players likely to miss the Six Nations opener against Wales.

*Football: Winger Callum McManaman has

joined West Brom from Wigan for £4.75m.

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*Tennis: Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka will meet in the

Australian Open semi-finals after winning their quarter-final matches earlier today.

*Football: Jose Mourinho has been

fined £25,000 by the FA for claiming there is a "campaign" to influence referees' decisions against his Chelsea side.

Villa back in for Sinclair


Aston Villa are back in the running to sign Manchester City's Scott Sinclair.

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The club have resumed talks with City over a possible move for the winger, PA Sport reports.

A loan deal is the most likely outcome for a player who has made just three starts since

signing for City from Swansea for £6.2m in 2012.

Mourinho's support for Figo


Jose Mourinho has issued a statement supporting Luis Figo's bid to oust Sepp Blatter and become president of FIFA.

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The Chelsea boss, who was fined £25,000 by the FA earlier today for his

referee 'campaign' comments, said: "Luis Figo's candidacy is a great step forward for football. His career over many years grants a better future for FIFA.

"I believe in his character and determination, as well as his passion for the game. He will be a President focused on football and its general improvement, acting closely with all Federations."