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By Steve Canavan and Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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That is it for another edition of Sportsday. Stay across the BBC Sport website for coverage of the League Cup semi-final and other breaking news.

We will be back in the morning, starting with the newspapers and reaction to Wednesday's football.

Until then.

Ballon D'Or winner not leaked


Did you read a story online today allegedly revealing the winner of the 2015 Ballon D'Or? If so, that piece was not true and the victor has not yet been revealed.

Fifa, themselves, took to Twitter to clear up the confusion...

This afternoon, a story 1st posted online in November (false then too) has resurfaced. The winners of the #BallondOr have NOT been leaked.

Still to come...

Everton v Man City (20:00 GMT)

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One semi-final up and running, the other starts later.

Everton host Man City in what, on paper, looks like it will be a juicy attack-fest between two sides who love to play on the front foot.

The game kicks off at 20:00 GMT and we will, naturally, have live text commentary on this very website.

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Redknapp 'too much of a risk'


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Harry Redknapp won't be taking charge of Slovenian side NK Olimpija Ljubljana. President Milan Mandaric, whom he worked under at Portsmouth, believes it would be too much of a risk. 

"We cannot afford the slightest error because there is too much at stake," said Mandaric. "We need someone for whom the Slovenian football environment is not foreign.

"I know that it has recently been written and spoken about the arrival of my good friend and former colleague at Portsmouth, Harry Redknapp. I can assure you that (it will not be him) because we cannot afford too many risks."

O'Dea close to Dundee deal


Former Celtic defender Darren O'Dea is close to joining Dundee.

The Republic of Ireland international has been playing in India with Mumbai City following spells with Blackpool, Leeds United and Ipswich Town.

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O'Dea, 28, is expected to have a medical with a view to joining the Dens Park club until the end of the season.

As well as England, India and Scotland, the defender has also played in Canada and Ukraine and has been capped 20 times at senior level.

GB want Deng to return


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Nick Humby, the new Independent Chair of the British Basketball Federation, says he has started a dialogue with Luol Deng and hopes the NBA star will play for Great Britain again this year.

Watch the interview here

League Cup Focus Forum


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Liverpool edged ahead in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final against Stoke on Tuesday, so how will Merseyside rivals Everton fare against Manchester City tonight?

Dan Walker is joined by Kevin Kilbane and Mark Lawrenson for Focus Forum to preview the match.

Watch the video here

Ronaldo to leave Real?


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The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, despite the appointment of Zinedine Zidane.

It suggests the club are prepared to off-load Ronaldo in an attempt to "create a more team-orientated philosophy at the club".

Robinson names first England squad

Women's Cricket

England women's coach Mark Robinson has named his first squad, keeping faith with the players that lost the 2015 Ashes for the tour of South Africa.

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Kent's Tammy Beaumont is the only player in the 16-player group not to have been part of last summer's 10-6 series defeat to Australia.

Nine of the squad - including captain Charlotte Edwards - will join up with their team-mates a little over a week before the first one-day international because of their Women's Big Bash League (WBBL) duties in Australia.

England will play three ODIs, starting with a meeting in Benoni on 7 February, before three Twenty20 matches against the South African counterparts.

There will be commentary of every game live on the BBC. 

See the squad in full here

Leeds too good to turn down - Ferres

Rugby League

New Leeds Rhinos signing Brett Ferres says he had offers from the NRL, but felt he could not turn down the opportunity to join the treble winners.

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The Super League champions agreed a deal to sign the Huddersfield man for an undisclosed fee.

Ferres, 29, had been placed on the transfer list by the Giants last month after an internal investigation.

Listen to the interview here

Blackpool extend While loan deal


Blackpool have extended the loan of defender Hayden White from Championship side Bolton Wanderers until the end of the season.

White, 20, has made 11 appearances at right-back for the Seasiders after joining on an initial loan in October.

"I've shown a bit of what I'm about and the manager knows that there's more to come," White told the club website. 

"He's a player I'd monitored for some time and I'm delighted he's now staying with us," manager Neil McDonald added.

Football's Craig David?


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Remember Craig David 'classic' Seven Days? Wycombe Wanderers defender Jason McCarthyseems to have his own version of it

On Saturday: McCarthy ended the 2-0 defeat to Morecambe by going in goal after keeper Matt Ingram was sent off. 

On Monday: He extended his loan deal from Southampton by a month. 

On Tuesday: He was nominated for Player of the Month. 

This coming Saturday: He's facing Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup. 

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Then he chilled on Sunday...

Worcester sign Samoan prop

Rugby Union

Worcester Warriors have signed Samoa international prop James Johnston following his release by Wasps.

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Johnston, 29, joined Wasps last summer, but has not been able to fully train or play a first-team game in five months at the club after being injured for Samoa in the build-up to the World Cup.

"The scrum is an area where we've lacked a bit of experience," said Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan.

"He has a wealth of top-class game-time and adds great depth to our front row."

Ireland accept U19 World Cup spot


Ireland have agreed to take Australia's place at the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh after the Aussies pulled out because of security fears.

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said they had made the decision after investigating the safety and security situation in Bangladesh.

The ICC asked the Irish to participate in the 16-team competition after the Australians withdrew on Tuesday.

The tournament takes place from 27 January-14 February.

Ford excited by Toulon challenge

Rugby Union

Bath head coach Mike Ford says playing European Champions Cup holders Toulon does not intimidate his misfiring side.

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Ford's team have endured an inconsistent season, with the weekend loss to Newcastle the latest low point.

However, he says his side can recover to reassert themselves in Europe, having also previously lost to English-rivals Wasps in the group stage.

"The excitement of playing the best team in Europe in a hostile environment is why you play the game," Ford said.

Read the full piece here

Prince Ali: I'm tough enough to lead Fifa


Fifa presidential candidate Prince Ali of Jordan insists that he is tough enough to lead the necessary reform at the heart of football's governing body. 

Speaking to the BBC, Prince Ali insisted "Of course I am tough enough and I come from a background in my own country of working in crisis management, something that we need in Fifa right now."

Read the full piece here

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'We are deeply saddened'


Matthew Hobden's family have spoken for the first time since the 22-year-old Sussex player's death.

Hobden, a promising bowler, died near Inverness on Saturday, 2 January.

In a brief statement released to the media through Police Scotland, his family said: "We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Matthew who had been celebrating the New Year with friends in the Forres area.

"We now ask that we are left alone to deal with the tragic circumstances that have unfolded and are allowed to grieve in private at this difficult time."

Minor surgery for Healy

Rugby Union

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Cian Healy faces a race against time to be fit to start Ireland's Six Nations title defence after undergoing a minor knee operation.

The British and Irish Lions prop opted to go under the knife to coincide with a two-week suspension, and will now fight to be fit for Ireland's Six Nations opener against Wales on 7 February.

Wigan sign non league goalkeeper


Wigan Athletic have signed goalkeeper Dan Lavercombe from Torquay, but will loan him back to the National League side until the end of the season.

Lavercombe, 19, who has featured 11 times for the Gulls this season, joins the Latics on a two-and-a-half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

"Dan has lots of potential. He's impressed us during the time he's been with us," manager Gary Caldwell said. 

"He'll go back to Torquay to play, but he's a real find for the future."

Rio, Ryder Cup & McIlroy milestone?


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It is likely to be a golfing year like no other in living memory. The return of the sport to the Olympics means a crowded schedule and new narrative.

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Furthermore, 2016 is a Ryder Cup year with the United States probably boasting a side emblematic of a new generation less haunted by so many recent defeats.

September's running of the biennial clash between Europe and America is one of the big highlights in what promises to be an enticing year.

Head here for my month-by-month guide

Zidane takes training


Gareth Bale seems to have enjoyed his first training session with Zidane. 

Well, he would say that, wouldn't he? 

Great to train for the first time with the new mister and the team #HalaMadrid

Great to train for the first time with the new mister and the team #HalaMadrid

South African skipper Amla resigns


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England captain Alastair Cook on Hashim Amla's resignation: "You're under pressure as a captain for a lot of the time.

"He'll have his reasons and I wish him all the best - he's a really nice guy.

"I did ask if he planned to have a couple of Tests off, but unfortunately he's still planning on batting against us.

"It's always sad when someone steps down, because to captain your country is a huge honour and a real privilege."

Hillsborough memorial services to end


This year's Hillsborough Memorial Service at Anfield will be the last one, after the Hillsborough Family Support Group unanimously agreed to stop the annual service at the ground. 

Chair of the HFSG, Margaret Aspinall, said: “The 96 will never be forgotten. It is likely that the inquests will be concluded before the anniversary so this final memorial service will provide the families with some closure.

“We would also like to extend our thanks to Liverpool Football Club for their continued support over the past 27 years and for hosting the service each year at Anfield.

“We hope that the public and fans respect the decision of the HFSG and will continue to remember the 96 in their own perhaps more private way.”

Hillsborough memorial service
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O's president 'accepts' kick charge


Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti has admitted part of a Football Association misconduct charge. 

Television pictures appeared to show him aiming a kick at O's assistant boss Andy Hessenthaler after Orient's 3-2 win against Portsmouth on Boxing Day. 

A club statement said Becchetti accepted his actions on the touchline were 'improper conduct.' 

However, it added Becchetti "strongly denied" it was violent conduct and had requested a personal FA hearing.

At the time of the incident, Orient described the exchange between Becchetti and Hessenthaler as being "in very good humour".

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Gallagher returns to Southampton


#saintsfc have recalled Sam Gallagher from his loan spell at MK Dons

Question of Sport teaser


Earlier we asked you the nine other England players (other than Stokes) to have scored a Test double century since 2000.... 

The answers to today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport are Bell, Collingwood, Cook, Key, Pietersen, Root, Thorpe, Trescothick & Trott

Victory for Australia

Murray and Watson v Kyrgios and Gavrilova

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Great entertainment in Perth but it's the Aussies and not the British fans who are cheering loudest at the end of it.

They were 5-2 and then 8-5 ahead in the first to 10 tie-break but Andy Murray and Heather Watson fought back to make it 9-9.

You have to win by two clear points, so on they went ... but not for much longer.

Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova won 11-9 to the delight of the crowd and Murray and Watson trudged off looking thoroughly cheesed off with life.

It was a late finish, just gone midnight in Western Australia.

'Right to stick up for yourself'


Andy Murray - presumably tweeting before he stepped on curt to play the doubles with Heather Watson at the Hopman Cup - has given his support to fellow Brit Naomi Broady.

What a great start to the year for @NaomiBroady 👍 one of the nicest women you will meet! totally right to stick up for yourself today too!

For those who missed it, Broady was involved in a stormy racquet-throwing encounter this morning which you can read all about here.

And for fans of Murray, he and Watson are having a much better time of it in the second set of their Hopman Cup encounter with Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova.

They are a break up at 4-2 in the second set, afetr losing the opener 2-6.

All square

Murray and Watson v Kyrgios and Gavrilova

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They lost the first set, but Andy Murray and Heather Watson gave hit back.

They edged a mighty tense second set it on a tie-break.

There is not third set, which means it's winner-takes-all special tiebreak - first to 10 points - to decide things ... kind of like a penalty shoot-out but without the goalkeeper and with a much smaller ball. Sort of.

The game is being played in good spirits, lots of laughing and smiling from Nick Kyrgios, unlike hie feisty singles encounter with Murray earlier.

No Halfpenny in the Premiership

Rugby Union

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young doesn't think Leigh Halfpenny will play in the Premiership next season despite being linked with the club

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De Villiers to take over as SA captain

Amla resigns

AB de Villiers, who had previously said that he was looking to 'manage his workload', will replace Amla for the rest of the series. 

“I’ve said this before that it is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format. The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream,” said De Villiers.

“At the moment my priority and focus is placed on leading this team to what can be a memorable series win against England. This Test squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain.”

Follow this in more detail with our colleagues on the live cricket page. 

Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers
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BreakingConfirmed - Amla to step down as SA captain


Hashim Amla: "After careful consideration, I will be stepping down as captain with immediate effect"

Follow this in more detail with our colleagues on the live cricket page. 

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Andy Farrell to join Ireland

Rugby Union

Andy Farrell, recently sacked as England defence coach after four years, is to join Ireland after the Six Nations. 

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt said: "It's great to have Andy coming into our coaching team. The quality of his delivery and breadth of his experience as well as the positive impact he had when coaching a number of our senior players during the 2013 Lions tour will add real value for us.” 

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BreakingHashim Amla to step down?


Hashim Amla has resigned as captain of the Proteas.

Blimey. Big news from Test Match Special's South African commentator. 

More to come on this - follow with our cricket team here. 

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Evans appointed

Rugby Union

Cardiff-based Idris Evans has been appointed Wales Rugby League's new national development manager.

Evans, 35, who spent 10 years with Cardiff Demons as a player, coach and chairman, will be responsible for growth in the domestic game. 

Harriman makes loan deal permanent


Wycombe Wanderers have made utility man Michael Harriman's loan spell from QPR permanent. 

The 23-year-old, who is equally capable in defence or midfield, has scored six goals in 25 games since initially joining Wycombe on loan in July and has now signed a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee. 

Harriman's first game since signing the deal will be against Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Saturday. 

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Up against it

Murray and Watson v Kyrgios and Gavrilova

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This is not going to plan.

Andy Murray and Heather Watson, aiming to beat Australia and keep alive Britain's chances in the Hopman Cup, have lost the first set of their doubles encounter against Kyrgios and Gavrilova.

They lost it heavily too, 6-2. It's going with serve early in the second set, the GB pair 2-1 ahead.

We'll keep you posted.

Hard at it

Formula 1

Looks like world champ Lewis Hamilton is working hard ahead of the new season.

Either that or he's just posed for this picture, then gone for a bacon butty and a lie down...

Train HARD! #2016 #wintertraining #thegetright

Train HARD! #2016 #wintertraining #thegetright

Odd one out


An interesting point made by one of our Sportsday readers...

#bbcsportsday ironically the only Brit to lose a Tennis match so far today is Andy Murray. Usually the other way round!

Heather Watson, Naomi Broady and Aljaz Bedene have all played and won .. yet Murray was put to the sword.

A are occurrence to say the least.

Why, it's almost enough to make a grown man want to pull his shirt off in anger...

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BreakingSecond Test drawn


The rain has put paid to any more action in the cricket, and it's been declared a draw in Cape Town. 

Full reaction here on the live text. 

Stokes to be man of the match, surely? 

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