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Summary

  1. Jonah Lomu: The Man Who Changed Rugby at 21:00 GMT on Radio 5 live
  2. Send us your memories of Lomu: use #bbcsportsday
  3. Fifa reject Blatter and Platini's appeals against 90-day provisional bans
  4. Nadal beats Murray 6-4 6-1 in London

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By Jack Skelton and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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'A giant of world rugby'

Jonah Lomu (1975-2015)

Chris Jones

BBC rugby reporter

No-one transcended the sport of rugby union quite like Jonah Lomu. Bursting onto the scene of the 1995 World Cup, Lomu was a force of nature, the player of the tournament by some distance. His blend of pace, power and size never before seen.

Despite his health problems, he had been working in the UK during the recent Rugby World Cup, which makes his death all the more shocking.

Quite simply, Lomu was a giant of world rugby. The man who changed the game forever.

Jonah Lomu
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Goodbye

That's almost it from Sportsday. Thanks for sticking with us. On a sad day for sport, allow us to leave you with our rugby reporter Chris Jones's tribute to Jonah Lomu...

Inverness suspend Lopez

Football

Inverness Caledonian Thistle have suspended striker Dani Lopez after an "incident" in an under-20s game.

The 30-year-old Spaniard was sent off after scoring the only goal of the game against St Johnstone's development side.

The club said in a statement it has launched a "full investigation" and will make no comment until that was concluded.

More countries in WADA's sights?

Athletics

More countries other than Russia are expected to be named non-compliant by @wada_ama I understand Kenya is NOT one of them

Prince Ali 'would support' Russia and Qatar World Cups

Football

Fifa presidential candidate Prince Ali has told the BBC that he would support the 2018 and 2022 World Cups taking place in Russia and Qatar - with some provisos.

"I think that every country in the world has the right to host the World Cup," he said. "However we have to guarantee that major issues such as human rights and labour laws are implemented."

The Jordanian prince also promised to "unlock the doors and open the windows" if elected Fifa president.

Vikings forward Galea retires

Rugby League

Danny Galea
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Widnes Vikings forward Danny Galea has announced his retirement from rugby league with immediate effect.

The 32-year-old Australian joined the club from Canterbury Bulldogs in August 2013 and scored seven tries in 51 Vikings appearances.

"This decision is definitely one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," he told the Widnes club website.

Rockets fire McHale

Basketball

The Houston Rockets have fired coach Kevin McHale, just months after they reached last season's NBA Western Conference final.

The Rockets have made a poor start to this season, with a record of 4-7, including defeats in their last four games.

Assistant JB Bickerstaff will take over on an interim basis.

Kevin McHale
AP

Finn and Wood to miss SA series?

Cricket

England bowlers Steven Finn and Mark Wood could be missing when the touring party for the Test series against South Africa is announced tomorrow, according to the Mirror.

The paper suggests that the duo will be absent through injury, opening the door for Liam Plunkett, Chris Woakes or Mark Footitt to take the third seamer's spot.

However, all-rounder Ben Stokes will reportedly be fit to play despite sustaining a nasty-looking shoulder injury in the Test series against Pakistan.

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'Terribly sad'

Jonah Lomu dies aged 40

RIP Jonah Lomu. Terribly sad to die so young. The first & one of only a handful of rugby players to become a true global sports star.

Cole closing in on Celtic debut

Football

Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole says he's delighted at the prospect of making his debut for Scottish club Celtic.

Cole signed for the Scottish champions last month as a free agent until 2017.

32-year-old Cole told the club's Celtic View: "I can use my experience to help those guys and try to implement that into my game when I'm playing for Celtic."

Murray criticises 'disrespectful' ITF

Tennis

Andy Murray has criticised the International Tennis Federation for their handling of Aljaz Bedene's Great Britain eligibility appeal.

The British number two previously represented his native Slovenia in the Davis Cup but applied for clearance to play for Britain - only to be told before the Davis Cup final that his hearing had been postponed.

Murray told the BBC: "The fact that he had to go all the way over to Prague just to be told that they hadn't made a decision, I think, is a bit disrespectful towards him.

"I can understand from his side why you would be very frustrated with that."

Cleverley poised for Everton return

Football

Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley is set to make a return to first-team action against former club Aston Villa on Saturday.

The midfielder has been out since suffering an ankle injury in August.

Toffees manager Roberto Martinez told the club's website: "Tom is fully fit now. He is not far away from being available for the squad."

Tom Cleverley
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Chelsea out of Champions League

Football

Chelsea Ladies are out of the Champions League after falling to a 4-1 aggregate defeat to VfL Wolfsburg Ladies in the last 16.

The Blues lost 2-0 in the second leg in Germany after a stunning 30-yard strike from Vanessa Bernauer and an own goal by Claire Rafferty.

Cookson 'confident' in Russian cycling

Cycling

International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson says he has confidence in Russian cycling, despite the doping scandal that led to the suspension of the country's athletics federation.

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Brian Cookson became UCI president in 2013

"I have always had concerns about all nations and all teams in our sport," said Cookson.

"It would be foolish of me to say I didn't have any concerns about any particular geography, any particular country, any particular branch of our sport.

"But I'm confident that the people running the Russian Cycling Federation are trying to do the right thing and I'm sure that if there were any problems there, they would not want to cover them up at all."

Lomu was inspirational - Guscott

Rugby Union

Former England centre Jeremy Guscott has been speaking to Radio 5 live about his memories of Jonah Lomu.

Guscott, who came up against Lomu in the 1995 World Cup semi-final, said: "Jonah was inspirational. He was a wonderful man. He was the most exciting rugby player I've ever seen in my life and he brought so many people to the game. He was adored by so many. 

"I have this memory of him doing a swerve and scoring tries, and a lot of those were against England, but they are still wonderful, lovely memories."

Jonah Lomu 1975 - 2015

Rugby Union

A picture that will forever hang proud in my office. #RIPJonah @JONAHTALILOMU my friend. A great @AllBlacks

A picture that will forever hang proud in my office. #RIPJonah @JONAHTALILOMU my friend. A great @AllBlacks

Haskins ready for Vegas showdown

Lee Haskins
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Bristol's Lee Haskins says he has done all the preparation possible ahead of his Las Vegas debut against Randy Caballero.

The 32-year-old will challenge IBF bantamweight world champion Caballero at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Saturday.

"I have done a lot of fitness, a lot of cardio, a lot of weight-making and everything is on track. It's been great to be out here training with a bit of sun beaming down on me," he said.

'Too late' for Zlatan in England

Football

He's won titles in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France but Zlatan Ibrahimovic appears to have ruled out a late career switch to the Premier League.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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"I think it is too late to come to England. I am very happy in PSG, I have my last six months and let us see what happens afterwards," he said after his double took Sweden to Euro 2016 at the expense of Denmark.

"But I do not know where I will finish my career. Let us wait and see."  

Herrmann in Euro 2016 fitness gamble

Football

Germany and Borussia Monchengladbach winger Patrick Herrmann has decided against having a knee operation in order to preserve his chances of playing at Euro 2016.

Herrmann, who has two caps, tore his cruciate ligament in September.

"The decision has been taken to dispense with an operation," said Herrmann. "So I will now continue on my rehabilitation work for my comeback."

Patrick Herrmann
AP

Court back and sides?

Tennis

Just four games into Andy Murray's 6-4 6-1 defeat to Rafa Nadal, he got out some scissors and gave himself an impromptu haircut. You can watch the bizarre footage below. 

He only won three games after that. Comparisons with Samson are already being made... 

Andy Murray trims his own hair during a break in play against Rafael Nadal

Your memories of Jonah Lomu

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Len Davies: I met Lomu twice. 1st in South Africa playing super rugby and later in Bangkok when he did a coaching clinic for kids. A gent.

Andy Hamilton: "Better people make better All Blacks." A motto lived by the Kiwis, none more than Jonah! Inspiration on and off the pitch!

George Davidson: Jonah Lomu felt like the Decathlete that got away!! Big, strong, balance at speed.

Send us your memories of Lomu using the hashtag #bbcsportsday on twitter.

Jonah Lomu
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HT: Wolfsburg 1 Chelsea 0

Football

Chelsea Ladies have it all to do in Germany, needing to score three goals in 45 minutes against VfL Wolfsburg Ladies to stay in the Champions League.

The Blues trail 1-0 at the break after a sublime 30-yard volley from Swiss international Vanessa Bernauer.

The Germans lead the last 16 tie 3-1 on aggregate having secured a 2-1 victory in the first leg in England.

Nadal wins

Murray 4-6 1-6 Nadal

Oh dear. Murray fell apart in the second set, with Nadal easing to victory. 

It's Nadal's first win over Djokovic, Federer or Murray since Roland Garros 2014.

Reaction to follow on BBC Two, on 5 live Sports Extra, or here online

Rafa Nadal
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Blatter 'disappointed' by appeal rejection

Football

Sepp Blatter
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Suspended Fifa presidentSepp Blattersays he is "disappointed" by the decision from the governing body's appeal committee toreject his appeal against his 90-day ban.

The Swiss and Uefa boss Platini were both suspended while Fifa investigated a £1.35m payment made to Platini in 2011 for work he did as Blatter's adviser.  

A statement from Blatter's lawyer Richard Cullen said that "evidence of any improper motivation or purpose" for that agreement was "noticeably absent" from the appeal committee's decision.

He added: "President Blatter will continue his appeals and looks forward to the opportunity to be heard, including through the presentation of evidence and argument of counsel, and thereby demonstrate he has engaged in no misconduct."

"Tintin quiff, runaway train speed, wrecking-ball power"

Jonah Lomu 1975 - 2015

BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce has penned his tribute to Jonah Lomu.

"Seventeen rugby players have scored more international tries. A far greater number have already won far more international caps. None will be remembered like Lomu because none transformed their sport and the world around them as this shy kid from the hard yards of suburban south Auckland once did."

Jonah Lomu
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*Murray 4-6 0-3 Nadal

Tennis

Oh dear. Things have fallen apart a bit for Murray since our last update. Nadal takes the first set, and is already a break up in the second. 

You can watch it on BBC Two, listen on 5 live Sports Extra, or follow it here online

Andy Murray at the World Tour Finals
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'Let Hamilton and Rosberg fight it out'

Formula 1

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton
EPA

The rivalry between Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton shows no sign of cooling down, despite Hamilton having already claimed the title.

Rosberg has now won two consecutive races and BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard is hoping to see another battle between the two at next weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

You can read the thoughts of the former F1 driver here.

Andrew Mehrtens on his former teammate

Jonah Lomu 1975 - 2015

Andrew Mehrtens, who played alongside Lomu in the 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cups, has been speaking to 5 live Sport: 

"He was rugby's first global superstar - people started talking about Jonah Lomu probably at least as much as they were talking about the All Blacks.  

"I remember going for a little McDonald's - everyone would be open mouthed, people would stare at him goggle eyed, I'd be sitting alongside pinching myself, thinking I'm beside Mick Jagger or something!"

Andrew Mehrtens and Jonah Lomu
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"He was a humble polynesian boy from South Auckland who had phenomenal size, strength and pace

"I think it amazed people how humble and quiet he was when they got to see the real Jonah because obviously on the field he was such a force of nature."

You can hear more from Mehrtens, as well as Mike Catt, Francois Pienaar and David Campese at 21:00 GMT on 5 live sport. You'll also be able to download it afterwards as a podcastvia the 5 live website

Answer Time

A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier we asked which 3 teams that played in Euro 2012 have failed to qualify for Euro 2016?

The answers are all previous winners of the tournament: Netherlands (1988) Denmark (1992) and Greece (2004).

How did you get on?

Murray 4-4 Nadal*

Tennis

It's with serve in the first set in London - you can watch Murray v Nadal on BBC Two, listen on 5 live Sports Extra, or follow it here online

Andy Murray
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'He revolutionised the game'

Jonah Lomu dies aged 40

Former All Black team-mate Justin Marshall has paid tribute to Jonah Lomu's legacy, explaining what it was like to play alongside and against the legendary winger.

Jonah Lomu and Justin Marshall
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Jonah Lomu and Justin Marshall faced each other when Cardiff Blues played Leeds Tykes in the Heineken Cup in 2006

"It came as a shock because he was doing so well, the last time I saw him he had a smile on his face and we’d seen him so regularly at the recent World Cup," Marshall told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"Many players will testify to experiencing his blistering pace and power first hand and even though he was a team-mate of mine with the All Blacks I had to put up with that playing against him in provincial rugby.

"He was a freak of nature at that time – having that on the end of your chain instead of in the forward pack revolutionised the game."

Singing together

England 2-0 France

England
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You can watch the moment Wembley united to sing the French national anthem, La Marseillaise, right here.

Verbal sparring

Boxing

Frampton Quigg
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Carl Framptonhas tauntedScott Quiggbefore their world title unification fight, saying it will be "Bury versus everywhere else".

Bury-born Quigg, WBA super-bantamweight champion, will fight IBF champion Frampton in Manchester on 27 February.

But Belfast's Frampton believes he will have more support, despite the fight taking place near Quigg's home town.

"I'm a bigger draw. I'm confident I'll have the lion's share of fans on the night," said the 28-year-old.

Watch highlights from the press conference here.

Bournemouth news conference

Swansea v Bournemouth (Sat 15:00 GMT)

Howe: "Joshua [King] was excellent for us against Newcastle. I think he has a huge future with us - the best is yet to come" #afcb #SWABOU

Howe: "There's no use in sitting back and saying we have been unlucky. We have to go out and keep performing." #afcb #SWABOU

Howe: "If we keep doing that we will win games. The percentages tell you that. So now's not the time to panic." #afcb #SWABOU

Amla takes 'few positives' from draw

Cricket

South Africa captain Hashim Amla has admitted that there are "not a lot of positives" for his side to take after a below-par performance in the drawn second Test against India.

The Proteas were bowled out for 214 and allowed India to reach 80-0, before four days of rain let them off the hook. 

They remain 1-0 down in the four-match series, and Amla says he doesn't know if injured paceman Dale Steyn will be fit again for the third Test in Nagpur.

"I haven't touched base with the physio yet," he said. "In the coming days, we will probably have a better idea."

Hashim Amla
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Bournemouth news conference

Swansea v Bournemouth (Sat 15:00 GMT)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe addresses the media ahead of Saturday's game against Swansea.

Howe: "I say it every week, they are all key games. Going to @SwansOfficial will be a big test for us." #afcb #SWABOU

Howe: "I have long been an admirer of their philosophy - I think their rise certainly mirrors ours." #afcb #SWABOU

Howe: "There's still a long way to go and I have full faith in our ability to turn it around." #afcb #SWABOU

Scott criticises Rio 2016 plans

Golf

Australian golfer Adam Scott has suggested he will skip Rio 2016 after criticising plans for the sport's return to the Olympic Games.

Adam Scott
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“Looking at the schedule some time off looks quite good actually," said the 2013 Masters winner.

“I'm not really sure how just having another golf tournament is going to enhance the game or grow the game more than any other tournament anywhere just because it's the Olympics.

“Certainly, with the field criteria, it doesn't necessarily get the strongest field in the game, either."

Beckham named sexiest man alive

Football

David Beckham is having a good Wednesday - he's been named the Sexiest Man Alive by American magazine People.

The former Manchester United and England midfielder described the accolade as "the best moment of my career".

Modestly, he added: "I never feel that I'm an attractive, sexy person." Oh David, come off it...

David Beckham
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Keinhorst extends Leeds contract

Leeds Rhinos second-row Jimmy Keinhorst has signed a new three-year contract with the Super League champions.

The 25-year-old made 17 appearances for the Rhinos last season as they completed the treble.

Ready for Murray v Nadal?

Tennis

Andy Murray is about to play his second group match of the ATP Tour finals, against Rafael Nadal.

The live text on that one is already up and running - you can follow it here.