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Summary

  1. 'Corruption was embedded' in IAAF - Wada
  2. 'No one better than Lord Coe to lead IAAF'
  3. Real & Atletico Madrid given transfer bans
  4. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

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By Alan Jewell, Jack Skelton and Mike Minay

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

And this is this.

You can watch live coverage of Barry Hawkins against Mark Allen in the Masters snooker quarter-finals here.

And there will be plenty of reaction to the Wada independent report and the Madrid clubs' transfer bans on the BBC Sport website.

But from us at Sportsday, goodbye.

What did we learn today?

Well that was that.

It was a busy day in the world of athletics as Wada's independent report claimed "corruption was embedded" in the IAAF.

Madrid rivals Real and Atletico are also facing tough questions after their respective transfer bans.

England edged South Africa in a intriguing first day of the third Test in Johannesburg.

Everton to sign Byram?

Football

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Sam Byram
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I've been told tonight that Leeds United have accepted an offer from Everton for right back Sam Byram.

The deal though is not yet finalised I'm told.

Byram is 22 and out of contract and is the most experienced Leeds player at the club with 143 appearances.

He is out of contract in the summer and although offered a contract until 2017 on identical terms to his current deal, believed to be £12k per week, he did not accept it.

Byram is another of the club's academy products and this season has scored three goals playing on the right of midfield.

'My reputation has been damaged' - Radcliffe

Wada independent report

Paula Radcliffe
PA

Paula Radcliffe has also reflected on her own situation after previously saying she was "effectively implicated" in the Sunday Times' allegations of blood doping in athletics.

"I repeatedly wrote requests Wada and to chairman Dick Pound himself, asking them to include an interpretation of my data from Wada experts," she said.

"That would draw a line under the whole issue and show there were errors made.

"I feel my integrity and reputation has been damaged by those actions, I haven’t even had an apology."

'The worst idea of the year'

Football

The Ladyball
Telegraph

Although no one is sure whether this is a PR stunt or a genuine idea the 'Ladyball' has certainly caused a stir in the world of women's football, according to the Telegraph.

The new ball has a 'pink exterior' specifically designed for the 'unique grip of a woman'. 

The BBC's Jacqui Oatley tweeted: "Positive: marketers are waking up to women's football's potential. Negative: they're making an absolute hash of it."

Gabby Logan agrees: "I honestly thought the pink ball was a joke. You couldn't make it up."

Clarke's contenders

Golf

Darren Clarke with the EurAsia Cup
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Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke will put his captaincy skills to the test in this weekend's EurAsia Cup.

"Obviously there's Ryder Cup stuff going on in the back of my mind with possible pairings, but first and foremost, it's about the EurAsia Cup this week," said Clarke.

"The thoughts and everything I'm trying to do is going towards this week.

"If we come back with a few pairings and hopefully if I've learned something from this week come September, then so be it."

'Losing Coe would be athletics' loss'

Wada independent report

Paula Radcliffe

Women's marathon world record holder on BBC TV

Paula Radcliffe
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Women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe has given her support to IAAF president Lord Coe following the release of Wada's independent report into corruption at the governing body.

"To single out Seb that he had an inclination of what was going on - I don’t believe he did," she said.

"I believe he had heard rumours, knew things needed to change, which is why put he put himself on the line and ran for the presidency.

"If we attack and attack, then he might say it is not worth it and it is then athletics’ loss."

'Athletes don't trust the IAAF'

Wada independent report

Jo Pavey

European 10,000m champion on BBC Radio 5 live

As athletes we've all lost confidence in the IAAF and don't trust them to police our sport as far as anti-doping and looking after the interests of clean athletes.

It makes you want to call for something independent where the sport isn't policing itself on anti-doping issues because I think we've lost a lot of faith.

I think it's going to take longer than until Rio to restore faith, there's been action taken against Russia but it goes so much deeper than Russia.

Athletes are going to have to take responsibility for the sport ourselves if we can't be trustworthy in people at the IAAF - it needs new organisation.

Klopp defends keeper Mignolet

Football

Liverpool's Simon Mignolet
epa

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defended goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after his latest uncertain display in the draw with Arsenal at Anfield.

Mignolet was beaten at his near post for Arsenal's first goal while he was caught out for the Gunners' second as Olivier Giroud got a faint touch to an inswinging corner. 

Klopp said: "On the second goal, on a perfect day he can make a save but there were a lot of mistakes before. We have to defend this better."

'A maligned influence'

Wada independent report

Lord Coe
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BBC Sport editor Dan Roan asks Lord Coe if he knew about cover-ups at the IAAF and whether his position as president is tenable.

"What is clear is we didn’t have enough oversight, on the operational delivery of many of these programmes," replied Coe.

"We needed to know more, we didn’t know more, the changes we will make will allow the current council to know more and my successors to know more.

"Our cooperate governance was not good enough, there was too much power, a subsequent maligned influence got into hands of too few people."

Berahino's back

Football

"Hey JT, can you put in a word for me with Guus?"

We jest. Striker Saido Berahino seems happy to be back in the fold at West Brom amid rumours linking him with various Premier League clubs this month.

Great character bouncing back twice from a goal down, now onto Saturday's game #Godisgood ⚽️⚽️

Great character bouncing back twice from a goal down, now onto Saturday's game #Godisgood ⚽️⚽️

A question of culture

Wada independent report

Mike Costello

BBC Radio 5 live athletics commentator

In Britain we get very sensitive about these issues, as they do in Germany and other European countries, lesser so than in the United States.

Jess Ennis finished in fourth place in the 2007 World Championships and the Ukrainian Lyudmyla Blonska who won the silver had already failed a drugs test.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics she tested positive again and was thrown out of the sport but in between she was voted Ukrainian sportswoman of the year.

Imagine Dwain Chambers being voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year, that's what we're talking about - not everyone feels as passionately as we do.

When I travel around I get the sense in athletics that many feel the media are looking for cynicism but without the media none of this would've been unveiled.

Courtois complains

Football

Thibaut Courtois
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It all got a little bit shirty in Chelsea's 2-2 draw with West Brom, with Blues striker Diego Costa back to his pantomime villain 'best'.

But goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended his side's part in the handbags, accusing the Baggies of poor tactics and provoking the hosts.

"It was a tough game with them playing only long balls, second balls,” Courtois told the Evening Standard. “They tried to provoke players and it was a bit frustrating.

Sounds like a job well done by Tony Pulis' team...

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Alan Pardew
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Steve Day: Manager of the Month for December has to be Alan Pardew, although the curse seems to have already kicked in...  

'We're not in denial' - Coe

Wada independent report

Lord Coe
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IAAF president Lord Coe has been speaking to BBC Sport editor Dan Roan about his position in the aftermath of Wada's independent report into corruption at the organisation.

"I don't think we're in denial, [Wada chairman] Dick Pound said that, that is his interpretation," said Coe.

"We have to make sure we redouble our efforts to be very clear with people that we are not in denial.

"We know the seriousness of situation we are in, the whole sport does - they feel it personally, I feel it personally and my responsibility is to absorb the lessons of the past and I also have to shape the future."

Former NFL player found dead in prison

American football

Lawrence Philips
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A former US professional football player whose career was cut short by disciplinary problems has been found dead inside his California prison cell.

Officials believe Lawrence Phillips, 40, killed himself early on Wednesday.

In the 1990s, he was a star player at the University of Nebraska, making him a sought-after rookie in the NFL.

Phillips played for the St Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers until 1999, but was sent to prison after being convicted of assault for driving his car into a group of teenagers and was convicted of assaulting a former girlfriend.

'A case for criminal proceedings'

Wada independent report

BBC Radio 5 Live

Roger Black,the 1996 Olympic 400 metre silver medallist, believes dopers could start facing criminal charges in light of Wada's independent report.

"I think there is a case for criminal proceedings to be brought for doping now," said Black.

"The IAAF has not really had a clear structure in place to tackle these things, people at the top have been corrupt but to go forward you have to change the governance of the sport.

"The governance has to be in a position to really make change and that has not been the case up until now."

Get Involved - Who will win the Premier League?

#bbcsportsday

Simon Wyatt: Got to be Arsenal. They can put away the lower teams reliably. Leicester will get hit by injuries at some point.

Jago: Man City have best players, best squad, best goal scorers and are the best of a bad bunch this year.

Duncan Bown: City will win the league as long as extremely poor refereeing does not cost them any more points.  

Do you mean Manchester City or Leicester City, Duncan? We're guessing not Norwich City though...

Stoke's Shaqiri to miss Arsenal game

Football

Graham McGarry

BBC Radio Stoke

Stoke boss Mark Hughes has revealed Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to miss this weekend's game against Arsenal with a hamstring problem.

The Switzerland international was forced to sit out Tuesday's 3-1 win over Norwich and, although the injury is not serious, he is unlikely to return against the Gunners.

"He may miss out on Sunday's game," the Potters boss told BBC Radio Stoke.

"The likelihood is he will probably need at least 10 days, possibly more, and that's a real shame.”

Xherdan Shaqiri
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Muto to Manchester United?

Football

Yoshinori Muto
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Few things have proven more mysterious than the exact nature of Louis van Gaal's 'philosophy' at Manchester United.

But, if the transfer rumours are to be believed, that philosophy is now 'throw strikers at the problem'.

After Islam Slimani, the next forward to be linked with a move to Old Trafford is Mainz's Japanese star Yoshinori Muto, according to the Mirror.

The 23-year-old is expected to cost any potential suitor around £15.2m (€20m).

'I can't think of a better person than Coe'

Wada independent report

BBC Radio 5 Live

Roger Black, the 1996 Olympic 400m silver medallist, says Lord Coe is the right man for the job but admits he has questions to answer.

"Wada chairman Dick Pound endorsed Seb Coe is a contradiction as the report says anyone involved must have had at least an inkling of what was going on and that must include Coe," said Black.

"We're British so there is a degree of bias here but who else would do this job?

"The sport is in an absolute mess though and it has to be done rigorously and properly to turn it round and it's going to take a long time.

"I can't think of a better person to do the job than Seb Coe though - he's got the respect, the political nous and understanding of the sport."

Forest lose Vaughan red card appeal

Football

David Vaughan
Rex Features

Nottingham Forest's David Vaughan has been suspended for three games after the appeal against the red card shown to the midfielder in Tuesday's draw with Birmingham City was upheld. 

The 32-year-old was sent off in the second half of the Championship game at the City Ground for an apparent high tackle on Clayton Donaldson. 

He will be banned for league games against Bolton, Middlesbrough and QPR.

From fire to frying pan

Football

Scott Sinclair
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Has Jonjo Shelvey's transfer to Newcastle started a trend of moves between relegation-threatened clubs?

Well Swansea are interested in re-signing Scott Sinclair from fellow strugglers Aston Villa, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Sinclair, who has three-and-a-half years left on his deal at Villa, left Swansea to join Manchester City in 2012 after two years at the Liberty Stadium.

Coe's political capital

Wada independent report

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Athletics is still in a grip of a huge crisis and the report shows deep-rooted corruption within the IAAF.

Lord Coe says he is the right man to lead the organisation but given the report said the ruling council, which Coe was a member of, could not have been unaware of doping problems, that is going to be a significant issue for him.

Yet that backing from Wada chairman Dick Pound is crucial because without it Coe would be facing a tougher task to keep his role as IAAF president.

Now he has a bit of political capital to take forward.

'You need the right attitude'

Basketball

Muggsy Bogues
Bogues (centre) was interviewed by Femi and Ben from Dagenham Dragon Under-18s

The NBA's shortest ever player, the 5ft 3in Muggsy Bogues, says attitude is key to making it in professional basketball. 

The 51-year-old is in the UK for Thursday's NBA Global Games match between Orlando Magic and his former team Toronto Raptors. 

"You've got to have the skills. You've got to have a great attitude because if you don't, nobody [will] want to deal with you," he tells Newsbeat.

Get Involved - Real & Atletico get transfer bans

#bbcsportsday

Chris GL Lovell: If football really wants to fix its image it must give out meaningful fines, £249,000 and £622,000 is nothing to these clubs.

Ged Lynam: Real Madrid's bank will be pleased, no need to extend the rumoured €600M overdraft facilities further.

Richard Ramsey: It's not as if Real Madrid really need too many new players anyway.

You can read more about the problems facing the two Madrid clubs here.

Joselu jostling for position

Football

Joselu celebrates scoring against Norwich
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After scoring in Wednesday night's 3-1 victory over Norwich, Stoke striker Joselu has a fan in Potters boss Mark Hughes

"We are really pleased - of late he has been really adding to the team," said Hughes.

"His contribution is quite marked at the moment. He is either creating chances or scoring them.

"I haven't been able to give him too many opportunities, but I just sensed of late he is getting to grips with what is required."

NBA comes to London

Orlando Magic v Toronto Raptors (Thurs, 20:00 GMT)

Orlando Magic
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The Orlando Magic take on the Toronto Raptors at the the O2 Arena in London at 20:00 GMT.

The is the sixth time the NBA has visited London as part of their Global Games expansion series.

Magic centre Nikola Vucevic has urged his side to "take a stand" to maintain their hopes of reaching the play-offs.

And BBC Sport has interviewed NBA commissioner Adam Silver about how his sport learns from the Premier League.

Rooney critics are 'crazy' - Mitrovic

Football

Aleksandar Mitrović
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Mitrovic scores a penalty in Newcastle's 3-3 draw with Man Utd

Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic has proven he's a fully paid-up member of the striker's union after coming to the defence of Wayne Rooney against the Manchester United captain's critics.

"They are crazy,” said Mitrovic. “They are people who don’t watch football.

“If he doesn’t score in a few games, then the team don’t play well and he cannot play well.

“You can see on the pitch the way he plays during the whole game, how easily he plays. I think he can play for 10 years more."

'Athletics should consider life bans'

Wada independent report

Reacting to the Wada independent commission report into doping cover-ups at the IAAF, Roger Black, the 1996 Olympic 400 metre silver medallist, has told BBC News that athletics needs to consider life bans for drug cheats.

He said: "The thing that really angers me is that the corruption is from the very, very top positions.

"As a lover of sport, you don't know what you're watching. We have to get the public's trust back in the sport and the sport has to be much tougher than before.

"We have to consider life bans now. We have to defend clean athletes otherwise the sport doesn't have a future." 

Nothing like a Dame?

Football

Dame N'Doye
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Senegal striker Dame N’Doye joins Sunderland from Turkish side Trabzonspor on loan until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old appeared for Hull City in the Premier League last season after joining in February, only to leave once the Tigers were relegated.

Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce said: “Dame will bring something different to our forward options.

"Having already played in the Premier League he should have no problems in hitting the ground running too, which is very important at this stage of the season”.

Long road back to earn trust - Lord Coe

Wada independent report

IAAF president Lord Coe has spoken to BBC sports editor Dan Roan after a Wada independent commission report said "corruption was embedded" within the organisation.

He said: "We have to make sure we redouble our efforts, to be clear to people we are not in denial.

"My responsibility is to absorb the lessons of the past and to shape the future. The changes I am making will do that. The road back to trust is going to be a long one."

Coe said he was aware of the “seriousness of the situation” and that he “feels it very personally.”

Lord Coe
PA

I want to 'empower' women in racing - Wolff

Motorsport

Susie Wolff
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Susie Wolff says her new initiative to increase the number of women in motorsport is not just about unearthing a female Formula 1 driver.

The 33-year-old Scot, who retired from racing in November, launched 'Dare To Be Different' on Thursday.

The former Williams test driver aims to promote women in motorsport as well as branching out into other areas of life.

You can read the full article here.

BreakingSunderland sign N'Doye on loan

Football

#SAFC have completed a season-long loan move for Senegal international striker Dame N'Doye. #WelcomeDame

#SAFC have completed a season-long loan move for Senegal international striker Dame N'Doye. #WelcomeDame

Women's Cricket Super League teams revealed

Cricket

Charlotte Edwards and Clare Connor
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the six hosts to compete in the inaugural Women’s Cricket Super League this summer.

The six successful sides are: Hampshire, Lancashire, Loughborough University, South West, Surrey and Yorkshire.

All six teams have been awarded hosting rights for four years from 2016-2019 inclusive, with this year's tournament starting on 30 July.

The MCC and Middlesex also submitted a joint bid but were unsuccessful, saying in a statement that they hope to "play an active part in the tournament in the years ahead".

Swansea keen on Naismith

Football

Steven Naismith
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Swansea City are interested in signing Everton striker Steven Naismith, according to interim manager Alan Curtis.

The 29-year-old Scotland international has started only four league matches this season and was set to join Norwich but that deal appears to have stalled.

"I think he's on a list [of transfer targets]," said Curtis. "Like all good players, if we can afford to bring him in, then we will be interested."

Watson knocked out in Hobart

Tennis

Defending champion Heather Watson has been knocked out of the Hobart International by Sweden's Johanna Larsson in the quarter-finals.

She lost 3-6 6-4 6-4 to Larsson, ranked one place below her at 54 in the world.

It was Watson's second match of the day after she earlier wrapped up a three-set win over Romania's Monica Niculescu.

That match had taken three hours and 13 minutes over two days to complete.

Heather Watson
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England hit back against South Africa

South Africa v England, third Test

Day one of the third Test between South Africa and England in Johannesburghas just concluded and there's not much in it with the hosts closing on 267-7.

Ben Stokes and Steve Finn took two wickets apiece as South Africa fell from 117-1 to 225-7.

However, a stubborn unbroken partnership of 42 between Chris Morris and Kagiso Rabada saw them through to the close.

Read our developing report here.

Ben Stokes
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Key points of Wada independent report

Athletics

* It was "completely improper governance" to allow supervision of suspected Russian doping cases to be separately managed by the IAAF president's personal legal counsel. 

* The IAAF council could not have been unaware of the extent of interference with normal functions within the medical and anti-doping department. 

* Recommends a "forensic examination" of the processes behind the awarding of the 2021 World Athletics Championships to Eugene in the United States. 

However, Dick Pound, whose report damned IAAF governance, said he "can't think of anyone better" than Lord Coe to lead it.  

Ronnie rockets on

Mark Selby 3-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan
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Ronnie Sullivan has beaten Mark Selby 6-3 to progress to the semi-finals of the Masters snooker.

The Rocket produced a masterful clearance from 70 points behind in the ninth frame to clinch the tie.

Along the way, O'Sullivan also claimed his 60th Masters century break since 1994.

You can watch our live coverage of the Masters here.