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By Steve Canavan and James Gheerbrant

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That's it for this evening. We'll have live text commentary on that League Cup semi for you to enjoy though - in fact it's up and running already. Click here.

Until tomorrow, goodbye.

Liverpool without Sturridge for League Cup semi


These words might sound depressingly familiar to your ears if you're a Liverpool fan, but Jurgen Klopp's will be without Daniel Sturridge for the League Cup semi-final first leg against Stoke this evening.

Klopp, speaking on Monday, said Sturridge "had some problems" which forced him to miss a training session.

He added: "What Daniel has to do at this moment is hard work to be prepared for the things we make in a football game. He had the last complete pre-season a long time ago."

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Senegalese star interests Premier League clubs


The Guardian are reporting that Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse, 25, is set for a move to the Premier League this month. 

Apparently Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham are among the clubs interested in signing the £15m-rated Senegal international.

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Pittsburgh thanks Buffalo...with sandwiches

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With one round of NFL games remaining, the Pittsburgh Steelers needed a little help from the Buffalo Bills to make the play-offs...and when the Bulls duly delivered with a 22-17 win over the New York Jets, the city of Pittsburgh decided to show its appreciation.

The Mirror reports that the city's sandwich shop Primanti Bros delivered 100 sandwich boxes to Rex Ryan's team.

"Special delivery from the heart of Steelers country. We can't wait to dig in," the Bills tweeted.

Ireland ponder replacing Australia


Ireland are "assessing the implications" of replacing Australia at the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Australia have withdrawn from the 16-team tournament due to concerns over player safety and Ireland have been invited to take their place.

In a statement Cricket Ireland said: "We are assessing the implications of Ireland's participation in the event based on the logistics and security arrangements for the tournament."

"Don't mention Bale's transfer fee... Ronaldo won't like it"


You often hear some extraordinary tales in football, but how about this one? 

Journalist Jonathan Northcroft told 5 live Sport last night that he was asked to asked to not write about the world record £85 million fee when he interviewed Gareth Bale earlier in the season because Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't like to see that someone else cost more than him.

Have a listen for yourself... 

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Somerset "still interested" in Gayle


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Somerset have confirmed they are "still interested" in re-signing batsman Chris Gayle to play in this summer's T20 Blast.

Gayle, who is currently playing in Australia, has been fined for asking a TV reporter out during a live interview.

He played three games for Somerset last summer and the club say he had a hugely positive impact with community work and coaching sessions.

It's been an honour - Benitez


Rafael Benitez has released an official statement in response to his sacking by Real Madrid, describing his time at the club as an "honour".

"As a Madridista, steeped in the traditions and values of this institution, it has been an honour to work for these colours," he said.

"I would like to thank everyone at the Bernabeu who has supported me and made my work easier, and I would like to wish good luck to Zinedine Zidane, my successor."

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Flanker Louw signs new Bath contract

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Bath flanker Francois Louw has signed a new contract at the Premiership club.

The 30-year-old South Africa international signed for Bath in 2011 and will now remain at The Rec until at least 2019.

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Back to Wales


Swansea pair Josh Sheehan and Adam King have returned to the Liberty Stadium following respective loan spells at Yeovil and Crewe.

Sheehan, 20, has been recalled from Yeovil, having scored twice in 16 appearances since joining the Glovers in September.

Former Hearts midfielder King had spent six months at Crewe, scoring five goals in 26 games for the Railwaymen.

City told wonderkid Sane 'not for sale'


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Schalke 04 boss have ruled out selling rising star Leroy Sane, who is been linked with a big-money transfer to Man City.

The Bundesliga club have decided "not to sell Sane", Schalke boss Clemens Toennies said in an interview with German daily Bild.

"The player doesn't want to leave Schalke. If there is interest in Leroy, that confirms our excellent training work," added Toennies.

City are reportedly ready to make a £40.3m bid for the 19-year-old attacking midfielder, who was called up to the German national team for the first time in November against France.

Birdie Song fan ruffles feathers


A football fan who performed the Birdie Song at the side of the pitch during Northern Ireland's game against Latvia has had his wings clipped by a court.

James Burns, from County Antrim admitted unlawfully going onto an area where football spectators are not allowed.

But he contested a bid to impose a five-year match banning order on him.

He was bound over to keep the peace after agreeing to stay away from all home international matches this year.

He was also fined £250, plus a £15 offender levy.

Slater injury blow for England

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Ed Slater's hopes of being involved in England's RBS 6 Nations campaign have been dashed by a knee injury that has ruled him out for up to two months.

The Leicester captain, who can play in the second and back rows, sustained medial ligament damage when making a tackle in the first half of Saturday's Premiership defeat at Saracens.

Rio, Rory and the Ryder Cup


2016 promises to be a golfing year like no other, with the sport making its return to the Summer Olympics after a 112-year absence.

BBC Sport's golf correspondent has been looking ahead to what this year has in store for the sport - with a potential career Grand Slam for Rory McIlroy also on the agenda.

You can read his thoughts here.

Ingram to miss FA Cup tie


Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Ingram will miss the club's FA Cup third round tie with Aston Villa after the club's appeal against his red card against Morecambe was rejected. 

Meanwhile the club have revealed that they have had 

Matt Ingram
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Meanwhile the Wycombe head of media has revealed the press interest in the match. (The press box usually seats 31!)

72 press requests and counting for #WYCvAVL (not including any BT Sport crew/presenters). Plymouth in play-offs was 53. Sardine time.

Coe 'riding out the storm'


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IAAF president Lord Coe has vowed to "ride out the storm" at athletics' beleaguered world governing body.

The organisation is set to be hit with further blows to its credibility when Dick Pound presents the second part of the World Anti-Doping Agency's report on doping.

In an interview with Alastair Campbell for GQ magazine conducted 10 days after the publication of the first part of the report, Coe said: "Now more than ever there is the need and the appetite to make the right changes, and every day I get calls and messages from people in the sport saying, 'Keep going, make the changes,' so I just need to ride out the storm."

Long time to field


Want an idea of how tough it's been for England in the last couple of days? This should give you an idea...


Steph Houghton Q&A


Mackenzie Darrington: Was it harder becoming a professional footballer because you are a girl? 

SH: No, it was the easiest decision I have ever had to make. Previously you had to managed your training with a job or going to university, now you know what you are going to be doing every day. That is what I always wanted to be. 

Robert Jones: How does it feel making Fifa 16? 

SH: Pretty crazy. It is so surreal, my brother and his mates and my little cousin play it and I get messages saying they played me for England. It is cool, but a fantastic step in the right direction and rightly so. It is something so small but within women's football it is massive for us.   

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Steph Houghton Q&A


People on the BBC Sport Twitter feed have been sending in questions for England captain Steph Houghton.... 

Hayley Jordan: Who was your role model when you were growing up?

SH: David Beckham and Kevin Phillips 

Carol Gibson: If you could sign anyone for MCWFC who would that be? 

SH: I would bring Germany's Célia Šašić out of retirement. 

Lewis Scott: What was the most important step you took in your career? 

SH: Moving to Arsenal was the biggest step. I wasn't guaranteed to start every game, it was moving away from home and taking myself out of the comfort zone. Playing with so many fantastic players was a fantastic opportunity. 

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Your thoughts on Guardiola


I think a few of you are getting a bit giddy...

Pep should join Leicester City moreover they're in the top four #bbcsportsday

#bbcsportsday Guardiola to Forest for a real challenge. To emulate the greatest manager of all time!

#bbcsportsday Pep's coming to Leyton Orient. It's obvious, why would he not? #lofc

'I will treat him just as well as Rafael'


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We touched on it earlier but here is the full transcript of what new Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said about Gareth Bale.

“I understand he’s disappointed by the sacking of Benitez because he was an important coach to him. But I will treat him just as well as Rafael treated him," said Zidane.

"He’s an important player in this squad, a fundamental player for the team, he’s phenomenal.

"I can’t tell you anymore than that. I’m going to give him all the love and all the support he needs to play well.”

The talk is that Bale was so unhappy about Benitez's sacking that he was considering leaving the club.

Carneiro case to kick-off


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Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro's constructive dismissal case against the club will have its first tribunal hearing tomorrow.

The preliminary hearing will take place at the London South Employment Tribunal in Croydon, and is expected to be in private before an employment judge.

The hearing will fix the timetable for the case, and deal with witness statements and disclosure of documents - including texts and emails - by each side, as well as any legal procedural disputes that current exist between the two parties.

A date for a full hearing could be fixed for some time in June

Your thoughts on Guardiola


#bbcsportsday As unlikely as it might be, should Pellegrini win the League, Lg Cup, FA Cup and Champs Lg, do they still sack him for Pep?

Don't think Pep's going to get invited to the next Managers Xmas party,he's put a target on all of the top BPL manager's back #bbcsportsday

Six in court over alleged fraud at Rangers


Six men have appeared in court over the alleged fraudulent acquisition of Rangers.

The Glasgow football club's former owner Craig Whyte, 44, and ex-chief executive Charles Green, 62, were among those who attended the High Court in Edinburgh. 

Gary Withey, 51, David Grier, 54, David Whitehouse, 50, and Paul Clark, 51, also appeared for the preliminary hearing.

At the latest hearing, 15 charges were contained in a 28-page indictment.

South African greats congratulate Bavuma


After Temba Bavuma became the first black African batsman to score a Test century for South Africa, he's been congratulated by all and sundry.

Well done SA! Bavuma what a MAN!!! #SAvENG

@OfficialCSA @ECB_cricket @tbavuma10 @Tipo_Morris Magnificent batting from the Proteas. Well done Temba Bavuma on your fantastic 100 today👏

How well do you know Zidane?


Test your knowledge on the new Real Madrid manager with this quiz from CBBC... 

Zinedine Zidane
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Dropped catches cost England


Geoffrey Boycott

Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

If England had caught most of those chances they would have won the match. As a coach, sometimes say nothing.

They're not bad catchers but they've had a bad day at the office - a really bad day. It's madness. You can't understand why; the players don't know why. It's best not to dwell on it. Move on. 

End of play

South Africa v England (Second Test, day four)

England's openers survive a tricky 6 overs to close on 16/0 leading by 18 runs. #bbccricket

England's openers survive a tricky 6 overs to close on 16/0 leading by 18 runs. #bbccricket

Ban stands


Bournemouth's Simon Francis will serve a one-match ban after his red card appeal was rejected by the FA #AFCB

Bournemouth's Simon Francis will serve a one-match ban after his red card appeal was rejected by the FA #AFCB

Team-mates pay respects to Srnicek


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Former team-mates paid their respects to ex-Newcastle and Czech Republic goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek at his funeral in Ostrava on Monday.

Ex-Magpies Steve Howey and Steve Harper attended as did his former international colleagues Ludek Miklosko and Juventus legend Pavel Nedved.

Srnicek died on 29 December aged 47, nine days after suffering cardiac arrest.

A memorial service will be held in Newcastle on Wednesday, 13 January.

Bridcutt extends Leeds loan


Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt has extended his loan at Leeds United until the end of the season.

The 26-year old came to Elland Road in November and has since made eight appearances for Steve Evans’ side.

Attwood undergoes neck surgery

Bath and England forward Dave Attwood will miss the Six Nations after undergoing surgery on a bulging disc in his neck, reports BBC Points West.

The 28-year-old, who has only played four games this season, will be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks.

Dave Attwood

Collins joins Northampton on loan


Northampton Town have signed striker James Collins on loan from Shrewsbury Town until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old Irishman had started Shrewsbury's last 12 games and frequently skippered the team, scoring seven goals for the League One side this season.

Adams to carry on


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I've just had a quick chat with Martin Adams and he was in good spirits, despite losing 3-0 to Jeff Smith in the first round of the BDO World Championships earlier today.

In fact, Adams already has eyes on coming back next year - by which time he will have turned 60.

“The one milestone I want to achieve is my 25th consecutive year here, so I’ve got to be here next year for number 24," said the three-time champion, who made his Lakeside debut in 1994. "I’m looking forward to it already.”

Adams won the BDO title in 2007, 2010 and 2011 but Canadian thrower Smith, a semi-finalist last year, produced a clinical display to end his hopes of a fourth Lakeside crown.

Jeff Smith and Martin Adams
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Your thoughts on Guardiola


#bbcsportsday Id be disappointed if Guardiola joined City..Its the easy option..I though he liked a challenge?And that right now is Chelsea😐

@BBCSport Who says Guardiola is going to the Premier League? #PepForWolves #bbcsportsday

Have you been drinking James?

Sturridge out

Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final, 20:00 GMT)

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Daniel Sturridge will be missing later after suffering a minor setback in training as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

The striker, 26, has been blighted by injuries, making only 19 appearances last season and six this campaign. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has only one fit striker, Christian Benteke, with Divock Origi and Danny Ings also injured.

Stoke's Geoff Cameron is available despite being sent off on Saturday.

The USA defender's red card in the 2-1 defeat by West Brom wasoverturned on appeal, meaning his three-match ban was withdrawn.

Eight goals tonight?

Stoke v Liverpool (League Cup semi-final, 20:00 GMT)

It's Stoke v Liverpool at 20:00 GMT.

We'll preview the game over the next few hours, starting with the stat below ... 

8 - Liverpool won 8-0 away at Stoke in a League Cup tie in Nov 2000 - the only time the Reds have ever scored 8 in an away game. Hateful.

Williams ousted by teen


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Defending champion and top-seeded Venus Williams has lost 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 to Russian teenager Daria Kasatkina in the first round of the ASB Classic.

The 18-year-old Kasatkina, ranked number 75 and the third-youngest player inside the top 100, was handed a wildcard in recognition of her potential and fulfilled that promise with victory.

Mind you, Williams didn't exactly help herself, making a whopping 73 unforced errors during the match.

Question of Sport teaser


(this is including Zidane...)

Today’s #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Since Fabio Capello was sacked in 2007, who are the 7 men that have managed Real Madrid?

Answers in an hour.

Injured Simpson needs 'miracle' to reach Rio

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Great Britain middle distance runner Jemma Simpson says she will need a "miracle" to make the Rio Olympic Games after rupturing a tendon in her foot.

The 31-year-old 800m and 1500m athlete from Cornwall competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2008 Olympics.

"I won't be able to run until at least April and then it's qualifying. It's a big ask," she told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"I'm not confident (of selection for the Olympics). It would be a miracle to do that now because I have to run the qualifying time and be ready for the trials, which is in seven months, and I've got three months off."