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  1. LIVE: Euro 2016 news conference
  2. VOTE: Will Chelsea finish in the top four?
  3. Eight Premier League news conferences
  4. Yaya Toure announced African Footballer of the Year

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By Mike Henson and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodnight

That is all for Sportsday for this evening. We will return on Monday at 08:00 GMT. But between now and then there is a feast of sport to enjoy, including this weekend's Premier League action, covered via radio on 5 live and live text commentary on this very site.


European Rugby Champions Cup

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BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

The European Rugby Champions Cup is back this weekend and there are five commentaries on 5 live Sports Extra:


Commentary of Ulster v Toulouse from 19:40 GMT.


Correspondent Ian Robertson will be at Glasgow against Scarlets at 13:00 GMT. The Welsh side are top of the Pro12 having won 8 of their 9 matches this season.

From 15:10 World Cup winning fly half Dan Carter makes his debut for Racing Metro as they take on Northampton. And from 17:10 it is Exeter v Clermont Auvergne.

Ospreys are in the same pool as Exeter (Pool Two). They play Bordeaux-Begles at 17:15.


At 17:00, Wasps v Bath. Chris Jones will commentate for Sports Extra. Sara Orchard will be available for updates on 5 live.

Also on Sunday, English champions Saracens are away at French side Oyonnax. That kicks off at 13:00.

Will Chelsea make the top four?


Earlier we asked you if Chelsea would qualify for the top four. Well, the results to the vote are in and it is a resounding no, to the tune of 79%.

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McCarthy content with Ipswich squad

Mick McCarthy
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Championship manager of the month Mick McCarthy says he is happy with his squad and will not look to add to it in the January transfer window.

They are ninth in the table after taking 10 points out of a possible 12 in November.

"If I can get Ryan Fraser, Teddy Bishop and everybody fit, then let's give the lads who have been brilliant for Ipswich a chance without me bleating on about needing something else," McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk.

Clough to miss Gillingham v Burton


Nigel Clough
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New Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough will not be in charge for Saturday's away match against Gillingham because of long-standing media commitments.

Coaches Gary Crosby and Andy Garner will take over for the game in Kent.

Chairman Ben Robinson said: "I was aware of Nigel's commitments when he was appointed."

'Bayern are favourites against anyone'


Philipp Lahm
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This may raise a few eyebrows in Barcelona. Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm believes his side will be favourites no matter which opposition they face in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"We will be favourites against each opponent. Then we want to advance to the next round," Lahm told TZ.  

Bayern qualified above Arsenal in their pool by winning five out of their six games, with only the Gunners beating them.

Januzaj unsure of United future


It wasn't that long ago that Adnan Januzaj was being hailed as the saviour of Manchester United. Now he is struggling to even get a game on loan at Borussia Dortmund and his Old Trafford future is in doubt.

"I have qualities that I demonstrated in Manchester. But it is difficult at the moment," he has told FourFourTwo magazine.

"I wasn't surprised to get loaned after scoring against Aston Villa. I wanted to go somewhere I can play more often. I am happy in Dortmund, but I need more matches.

"I don't know if I will play for Manchester United next season."

Adnan Januzaj

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You still have about 20 minutes to register your vote for whether Chelsea will finish in the top four of the Premier League...

Assume 70 points get top 4 (Which is still low). Chelsea need 2.4 points a game. Last season they earned 2.28. Top 4 is gone. #bbcsportsday

Draw doesn't worry Hodgson


Roy Hodgson

There is a very real chance (50% to be exact) that England could be put in a group with another of the Home Nations at tomorrow's Euro 2016 draw. Not that this worries boss Roy Hodgson...

"I will take what comes," the England manager said. "I respect all the teams. I respect Wales and the Ireland teams. There is a good chance we will get one of those because three of them are in the same pot together. 

"It is not something that pleases or displeases me. It is just a fact of life and whatever teams we get we will do our best to beat them." 

Euro 2016 news conference


Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino: "Not a lot has been said about football this year and I hope next year we can be talking more about football. This is what the game and Uefa needs."

A fitting way to end the Euro 2016 news conference.

Euro 2016 news conference


One other piece of news, presented by Gianni Infantino at the start of this news conference is an increase in prize money for Euro 2016. The 24 national teams will share a total of €301m compared to the €196m distributed at UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine and the €184m in Austria and Switzerland.

All 24 teams will receive a participating fee of €8m with the most a team can earn in the tournament €27m.

Euro 2016 news conference


Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino on goal-line technology: "This is on the table for some time. We have decided that a decision on the use of technology will be taken at the next executive committee meeting. But there is a positive attitude towards it. It will be for the Euros and the club competitions, the Champions League and Europa League. That provides logistical and operational challenges."

Euro 2016 news conference


Euro 2016 president Jacques Lambert, discussing security at the tournament in light of the recent attacks in Paris: "The security of 2016 is a co-production between the French government, who are in charge of public order, and the organisers, who have the responsibilities of what goes on inside the grounds. 

"Since the 13th November, and the events at the Stade de France, we've taken security on to another level... We've had a lot of contact with the minister of the interior, prefecture of Parisian police. Our main priority is security."

Euro 2016 news conference


Jacques Lambert from the France 2016 organising committee is asked whether he is disappointed Michel Platini isn't present today, after he lost his appeal against his suspension earlier

"Yes", replies Monsieur Lambert. "He's been part of the organisation committee since the start. He may have lost this battle, but he hasn't lost the war."

Euro 2016 news conference


The first questions are inevitably about Uefa president Michel Platini having failed in his bid to have his 90-day provisional ban from football lifted.

Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino: "Uefa is functioning. The executive committee hopes that the process will be swift. It is right that there is a due process. Beyond that we should not participate in speculation."

Euro 2016 news conference


Getting underway in Paris now is a Uefa news conference, discussing all matters Euro 2016. We'll bring you all the key points here on Sportsday Live... 

Haryanto close to Manor deal

Formula 1

He is a way to spend £10m of state money.

The Indonesia government has seemingly guaranteed 15m euros of funding to the Manor F1 team to ensure countryman Rio Haryanto gets a 2016 seat.

The letter was tweeted by Indonesian news agency Juara.

Ini Surat Garansi Menpora untuk Rio Haryanto kepada Tim Manor

Ini Surat Garansi Menpora untuk Rio Haryanto kepada Tim Manor

Denton ready for first Bath start

Rugby Union

New Bath forward David Denton says he is mentally and physically ready to make his first start for the club.

David Denton
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The 25-year-old Scotland international joined from Edinburgh in November and, after two appearances from the bench, he will start against Wasps in the European Champions Cup on Sunday.

"It's been a whirlwind of a month for me. It all happened so quickly," Denton told BBC Radio Bristol.

"I appreciate the time the coaches have given me to get ready. I feel like I'm ready to give it a good shot."


Arsenal 'set to bring in Russia striker'

Aleksandr Kokorin

This one is coming out of leftfield.

Arsenal have agreed terms with Dynamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin ahead of a £4.3m January move according to Russian outlet Izvestia.

The 24-year-old would have been available on a free transfer in the summer apparently as his contract expires in the Russian capital, but Arsene Wenger has decided to stump up some cash to bring in his man early.

Kokorin has scored four goals in eight games in the Russian Premier League this season.

Reaction to Toure's win


BBC World Have Your Say are taking reaction to Yaya Toure topping the poll to become BBC African Footballer of the Year.

Get in contact via their Facebook page.

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No chance of Chelsea making the top 4 they aren't consistent enough this season plus to much ground to make up. #bbcsportsday

Armitstead raring for Rio

Road Cycling

Lizzie Armitstead

Britain's Lizzie Armitstead - who won silver at London 2012 - believes that she is ready to go one better after being crowned world champion in Richmond, Virginia earlier this year.

"This year has been the best of my career and it has been one in which all the experience and hard work has paid off and the made the difference after my previous near-misses," she said. 

"People have been asking me how I would cope with the extra pressure of being a world champion but I see it as a really positive thing - I will go to Rio knowing I have performed on a big stage already, under massive pressure, and become the best in the world."

Cobblers saved


It is news we were expecting but now it is official, Northampton Town's future has been secured after an agreement was signed to stop a hearing that could have seen the club go into administration.

We can confirm that the application for administration has been officially withdrawn. More on shortly

Toure wins BBC AFOTY


.@YayaToure: "I am delighted and very happy. To receive this dedication from the fans is unbelievable." Congratulations, Yaya! #BBCAFOTY

Federer & Hingis to play at Rio 2016


Roger Federer has confirmed that he will team up with Martina Hingis to form a Swiss super team at the Rio 2016 mixed doubles.

“I’m very excited about that because I haven’t played with her I guess in 15 years," he told Sport 360.

“I looked up to her when I was younger, I thought she was the most unbelievable talent. 

"She’s almost my age and she was winning grand slams while I was still at the national tennis centre, trying to make it on the tour and I couldn’t believe how good she was. I’m very excited about that.”

Roger Federer and Martina Hingis
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BreakingBBC African Footballer of the Year


Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is named BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2015.

Yaya Toure

'I'll fight Joshua very soon' - Haye


Former world heavyweight champion David Hayehas vowed that he will meet the division's rising star Anthony Joshua in the ring "very shortly".

Joshua takes on Dillian Whyte - who inflicted an amateur defeat on him earlier in their careers - on Saturday. Haye meanwhile will make his return after three and a half years out of the sport against Italy's Mark di Mori on 16 January.

“Hopefully I get through my fight and he gets through his fights, then without a doubt our paths are going to pass very shortly – a world title, eliminator for a world title,”Haye said.

“If he keeps doing what he’s doing, there’s no doubt we’ll fight at some stage.”

David Haye and Mark di Mori
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BBC African Footballer of the Year

We are very close to finding out the winner of the 2015 BBC African Footballer of the Year.

If you have access to BBC World News, World Service, you can get across our live announcement right now.

Algeria's Yacine Brahimi, the 2014 winner, is on the shortlist along with Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ghanaian Andre Ayew,Senegal's Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast.

Will Chelsea finish in the top four?

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Claudio Ranieri says they can still do it, Jose Mourinho says he 'dreams' of it, but will Chelsea finish in the top four of the Premier League this season? 

Have your say by taking part in the vote above. 

Our full terms and conditions can be found here

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Jaguar to join Formula E

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Jaguar Land Rover are set to enter the Formula E electric racing series in the 2016-17 season according to Reuters.

"We have some really important news coming up that will reinforce the momentum of the championship," Formula E chief executive Alejandro Agag told the news agency.

"While the Spaniard gave no names, an informed source told Reuters separately that Jaguar, owned by India's Tata Motors, were planning to enter in the 2016-17 season," their report continued.

Williams aiming for Aintree double

Horse Racing

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC Sport horse racing correspondent

Trainer Venetia Williams is set to aim wide-margin Cheltenham winner Aachen (1-45) at winning her Herefordshire-based stable a second Aintree Grand National in April. 

Williams is one of only three female trainers (Jenny Pitman and Sue Smith are the others) to have landed the famous prize having won it with 100-1 shot Mon Mome in 2009. 

You can see all of today's racing results here. 


Lafferty set for Serie A return?

Kyle Lafferty at Palermo
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Norwich and Northern Ireland winger Kyle Lafferty could be set for a return to Serie A side Palermo.

The 28-year-old had been linked with Leeds but the Yorkshire Evening Post report that Palermo, where Lafferty spent a successful 2013-14 campaign, want to bring him back to Italy.

I don't know about United return - Januzaj

Adnan Januzaj
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Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj says that he does not know if he will return to Old Trafford from his loan spell with German side Borussia Dortmund.

“I don’t know," the 20-year-old Belgian replied when asked about his future beyond the end of the season.

“I wanted to join somewhere I could play and there were a few things behind that were a problem but I’m happy here. I just need more games to play and then I’ll be fine.”

Januzaj started his first game since October in Dortmund's Europa League defeat to PAOK and was rated a humiliating 1/10 by German newspapers WAZ and Ruhr Nachrichten.

Forest's Freedman harbours play-off hopes


Nottingham Forestmanager Dougie Freedman says the club are on course to come out of their transfer embargo, and believes their results over the next month will determine if they aregood enough to challenge for promotion.

Dougie Freedman
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Forest made a slow start to the season and are 15th in the Championship, but three successive home wins have lifted them to within six points of the top six.

Freedman told BBC Nottingham: "Now you are seeing the club stabilising off the field and a consistency on the field, we are only going to get stronger. Right now we are in a good place." 

Follow live text commentary of Friday's two Championship matches, including Forest's game at Wolves, on the BBC Sport website from 19:30 GMT.

Homelessness big issue for Batth

Danny Batth
Richard Harris, Express & Star

Wolves skipper Danny Batth is to help highlight the problem of homelessness by selling copies of the Big Issue outside the club shop for two hours on Saturday afternoon.

The 25-year-old has time available because their Championship game against Nottingham Forest takes place this evening.

"People wrongly stereotype Big Issue sellers. They think they must have a drug problem or something. The majority are either homeless or struggling in life," he said.

Ellis retires


Andy Ellis, one of England's leading doubles players in the last decade, has announced his retirement from the sport with immediate effect.

Ellis, the 28-year-old from Leeds, left the national training centre in MiltonKeynes to seek fresh opportunities outside of badminton following changes to partners within the world-class performance programme.

"It's the toughest decision I've ever had to make," said Ellis.

GB skaters named

Figure skating

Following last week’s British Figure Skating Championships, the national governing body, National Ice Skating Association, has selected the skaters who will represent Great Britain at the European Figure Skating Championships. They are:

Ladies -Danielle Harrison

(1st reserve - Karly Robertson, 2nd reserve - Nina Povey)

Men -Phillip Harris

(1st reserve - Peter James Hallam, 2nd reserve - Jamie Wright)

Pairs -Amani Fancy/Christopher Boyadji

Ice Dance -Penny Coomes/Nicholas Buckland

(1st reserve - Carter Marie Jones/Richard Sharpe)    

Nicholas Buckland and Penny Combes
National Ice Skating Association

Chelsea news conference


John Southall

BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

Jose Mourinho

"We [press and Jose Mourinho] had a lively exchange over how Leicester's remarkable rise has mirrored Chelsea's decline. After fifteen games last season Chelsea were twenty six points ahead of them. My point being how can such a shift happen. The personnel is pretty much the same so how can Leicester go from the bottom of the Premier League to the top while Chelsea have dropped like a stone, so much so that they could fall into the bottom three this weekend, how is that possible ? You can hear Jose's response on 5 Live tonight from seven with George Riley.

"So after four press conferences in the space of eight days Jose will have to survive without us until Monday when the take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Anyone brave enough to predict which Chelsea will turn up?"

Chelsea news conference


John Southall

BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

Jose Mourinho
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"It was the engaging Jose at Cobham this lunchtime as he spoke to the media for near on an hour. He was fulsome in his praise for Leicester and an old adversary Claudio Ranieri, stressing that if Leicester managed to win the league it would be 'magnificent'. He also admitted he's been forced to change his original view that Leicester couldn't win the title.

"Other highlights included a belief that Chelsea will still finish in the top four despite the current gap of 14 points and he also revealed that he feels embarrassed by the warmth and positive reaction he gets from the Chelsea fans despite the current plight."