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Summary

  1. Ashton to miss Six Nations after 10-week ban
  2. India collapse as Australia win dramatic fourth ODI
  3. Full-back Sam Byram moves from Leeds United to West Ham
  4. Two FA Cup matches tonight - Leicester v Tottenham, Liverpool v Exeter
  5. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez and Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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Changes expected for Foxes and Spurs

FA Cup

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri (left) and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino
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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is expected to make changes for Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay at home to Tottenham.

New signing Demarai Gray is in line for a home debut, Matty James could make his return from injury, while fringe players Ritchie de Laet, Andy King and Leonardo Ulloa are all in the frame.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is also considering rotating his squad.

"We have players in a condition where it's a big risk to play," he said. "Always we assess the players and maybe we take a decision to rest some players.

"It is a good challenge as they play with a different team in the FA Cup, 10 players different from in the Premier League. We have a good chance to go to the next round and the FA Cup is important for us."

You can watch this match live on BBC One from 19:30, listen to it on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or follow updates on the BBC Sport website.

Liverpool v Exeter (FA Cup 3rd replay)

Football

Exeter have 'nothing to lose'

Football

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (right) and Exeter boss Paul Tisdale
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is expected to rotate his squad for Wednesday's FA Cup third-round replay at home to League Two Exeter City.

The German plans to name a similar side to that which drew 2-2 in the first meeting, although defender Jon Flanagan could return after over 18 months out.

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says his side have "nothing to lose".

"There will be 6,000 Exeter City supporters going so we've all got to enjoy it," he told the club's website. 

"We've rotated the squad a little and got plenty of players playing, and now we can look forward to this one."

You can listen to live commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live, while there will also be updates on the BBC Sport website.

Colchester bring in Shorey

Transfers latest

Former Reading and Portsmouth full-back Nicky Shorey has joined Colchester United for the rest of the season.

The 34-year-old, who won two England caps, most recently played for Indian club FC Pune City, who are managed by David Platt.

Francis pens new Bournemouth deal

Football

Bournemouth defender Simon Francis has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal at the club, which will run until the summer of 2019. 

Francis, 30, has played in every match for the Cherries this season in their first ever campaign in the top flight. 

The former Southend United right-back has been captaining Eddie Howe's side in the absence of the injured Tommy Elphick. 

"It was an easy decision for me because I am really settled. It means a lot to me personally," said Francis. 

Celtic chase Croatian midfielder

Football

Croatian midfielder Ljuban Crepulja is in Glasgow for talks with Celtic, according to his club's website.

The Scottish champions appear to be closing in on the 22-year-old as Ronny Deila's second January capture, following this week's addition of centre half Erik Sviatchenko .

Former Croatia youth international Crepulja has been with top-flight outfitSlaven Belupo  since July 2013.

The defensive midfielder has made over 70 appearances for them.

Huddersfield sign free-agent Matmour

Transfers latest

Karim Matmour
Huddersfield Town FC

Huddersfield Town have signed Algeria international Karim Matmour on a contract to the end of the season, with an option for a further 12 months.

The 30-year-old, who played against England at the 2010 World Cup, was a free agent after leaving Kuwaiti club Al-Arabi.

"It is not normal that we would be able to get a player of his quality with no transfer fee," head coach David Wagner told the club website.

Warwickshire record profit

Cricket

Warwickshire have reported a record operating profit for 2015.

Edgbaston's return to England's home Test match schedule helped the county turn in a profit of £2.266m.

In chief executive Colin Povey's final year in charge at Edgbaston, it surpassed the previous best record operating profit of £1.15m in 2009.

The county suffered a loss of £668,000 in their County Championship-winning year of 2012, but have now returned a profit in three straight years.

Best chosen as new Ireland captain

Rugby Union

Rory Best
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Rory Best has been chosen as the new Ireland captain by coach Joe Schmidt.

Best, 33, succeeds Paul O'Connell, who led Ireland to back-to-back Six Nations titles before retiring from international duty after the World Cup.

Schmidt's 35-man squad for the Six Nations games against Wales and France includes four uncapped players.

Munster captain CJ Stander, Connacht lock Ultan Dillane, Ulster centre Stuart McCloskey and Leinster flanker Josh van der Flier are all included.

Football League 'regret' Leeds-Boro change

Football

Elland Road
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The Football League says it "regrets" the late scheduling change of the televised Championship fixture between Leeds United and Middlesbrough.

Fans have expressed anger at the game being put back from Saturday 13 February to Monday 15 on social media.

Leeds took legal action last month to prevent fixture changes after trying to ban TV cameras from Elland Road.

A Football League statement said the legal challenge from Leeds had delayed the fixture announcement.

Read the full piece here

Garde critical of Grealish

Football

If Jack Grealish was hoping to impress Aston Villa boss Remi Garde last night as he returned to the starting line-up in the FA Cup third replay against Wycombe, let's just says he didn't.

Premier League basement outfit Villa scored their opener two minutes after the 20-year-old midfielder came off as they edged through against the League Two side.

"You saw the game," said Garde. "Jack started and it was his first for quite a long time now, but I haven't seen exactly what I wanted to see from him.

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish
Reuters

"I know he has played in the part of the game when we were not good collectively, when we were disappointing for the first hour or so. But then we started to play more collectively and simple.

"But it's not only about Jack; I was not happy with the way the team played the first hour. We were the Premier League team but for too long I did not see that."

McIlroy hoping to get his eye in

Golf

World number three Rory McIlroy expects his short game and putting to be better this year after undergoing laser eye surgery during his two-month break from competitive golf. 

The Northern Irishman hasn't played competitively since winning the World Tour Championship in November in Dubai, clinching the Race to Dubai.

Rory McIlory
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Hello Rory? Hello? This way...

Speaking ahead of his first tournament of 2016 at the Abu Dhabi Championship, McIlroy said: "It is definitely made things just that little bit sharper, maybe within 50 meters or so. 

"I feel like I've always been a decent green reader, but maybe not quite as good as I could be. So that was one of the reasons why I took this step.''

Kramaric leaves Leicester

Football

BREAKING: Andrej Kramarić has joined Hoffenheim on loan until the end of the season - bit.ly/1n9RjTm

BREAKING: Andrej Kramarić has joined Hoffenheim on loan until the end of the season - bit.ly/1n9RjTm

Benson retires from umpiring

Cricket

Mark Benson has had to step down from umpiring because of a back injury and the 57-year-old will be replaced on the England and Wales Cricket Board's first-class list by Billy Taylor.

Benson, who has been a first-class umpire since 1997, was a member of the International Cricket Council's elite panel and stood in 27 Tests and 91 limited-overs international matches, including the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 final between India and Pakistan in Johannesburg. 

Former Sussex and Hampshire seamer Taylor will take over this season having been on the ECB's reserve list for the past five years. 

Overton out of Lions series

Cricket

Somerset fast bowler Jamie Overton is heading back home after a foot injury ruled him out of the England Lions series against Pakistan A.

The 21-year-old suffered soft tissue damage during Saturday's second warm-up match against the United Arab Emirates.

Jamie Overton
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Earlier in the game Overton struck an unbeaten half-century, but was then only able to bowl four overs.

"It is a real shame that Jamie will not take part in this series," said Lions head coach Andy Flower.

"He was starting to really hit his straps on this section of the tour."

Player feared death in gun attack

Football

Nigeria
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A footballer says he thought he was going to die when his team's bus was attacked by armed robbers in Nigeria.

Ifeanyi Anaemena was travelling with Nigerian Premier League champions Enyimba to a pre-season tournament when the attack happened.

"I almost gave up, I thought I was going to be shot," the defender, 23, told BBC World Service's Sport Today.

Players and officials were robbed of their valuables, including phones, passports and cash.

Big Sam wants 'big-game mentality'

Football

Sam Allardyce
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Sunderland face relegation rivals Bournemouth on Saturday in a game which could be crucial to the top flight survival chances of both teams.

The Black Cats, who are second-from-bottom of the Premier League, are six points behind the Cherries, who are 15th.

"Our big-game mentality will come into play again when we face Bournemouth; it was like that against Aston Villa and Swansea City so we hope we can keep that mentality going," Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce told the club's website.

"When we've needed that result we've pulled it off and we certainly need that next week against a team that is in and around us. We need to make sure we've caught up points on Bournemouth by the end of next Saturday."

Groth to harness 'rowdy' crowd

Tennis

Sam Groth
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Big-serving Australian Sam Groth anticipates the backing of a "rowdy" Melbourne crowd as he prepares to face Andy Murray in the second round of the Australian Open.

Groth, who has the fastest serve in world tennis, tackles Murray in the early hours of Thursday morning.

"I'm hoping his wife goes into labour in the next 24 hours and he ducks back home!" Groth told BBC Scotland.

"I'll be ready to go, I've got nothing to lose and the crowd behind me."

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Teenage kicks

Remember those teenagers that were tipped to be big stars? Some achieved success, others didn't. Send us your comments on who deserves a mention.

Ola-oni Temitope: Chris Eagles, Federico Macheda, Ravel Morrison, Dean Ashton and Jonathan Woodgate never fulfilled their potential.

Pete: No one mentioned Anderson? Golden Ball at FIFA U17, 2005, looked a superstar to be, and then never made it off the fringes.

AJPS: Dean Ashton & Gabby Agbonlahor 4 caps between them, both touted at the time as "The answer to who partners Rooney".

Gabriel Agbonlahor
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Gabriel Agbonlahor has not scored a goal for Aston Villa since March 2015

Gary Lineker derby

FA Cup

Two of BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker's former clubs will meet tonight in the FA Cup when Leicester City host Tottenham at the King Power stadium.

The match will be live on BBC One from 19:30 GMT and Lineker is already in situ...

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Mind the Premier League gap

Football

Guus Hiddink returned for his second stint as interim Chelsea manager after taking over from Jose Mourinho last December and he says the top flight has got tougher since his first spell at the club in 2009. 

"Generally, I think the intensity in the league is higher and nowadays you see there are many clubs who can compete on a high level, due to the fact they also have more possibilities to sign players," Hiddink told the club's website. 

Guus Hiddink
Reuters

"Nowadays, you see teams halfway or over halfway up the league, which in the past you would normally not expect to be there, like Crystal Palace, Watford and Leicester.

"These were teams normally nearer the bottom or the second tier, but they are doing very well. Because they have made good signings, everyone now is capable of beating everyone else and you can see that in the results."

Liverpool sign Netherlands skipper

Women's Football

Mandy van den Berg
Liverpool FC

Liverpool Ladies have signed Netherlands captain Mandy van den Berg from Norwegian side Lillestrom SK.

The 25-year-old defender captained the Dutch team at the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, where they reached the last 16 stage of the competition.

"Once I heard of Liverpool Ladies' interest there was only one place I wanted to move to," she said.

"It is a massive club with real ambitions for the 2016 season and I cannot wait to get started."

Varndell keen on Rio Sevens

Olympics 2016

Tom Varndell
Rex Features

Bristol and former England wing Tom Varndell is keen to play for Great Britain when rugby sevens makes its Olympics debut in Rio.

Head coach Simon Amor has said he is looking for 15-a-side players to reinforce his squad, but time is against them integrating in time.

"I would love a shot at the Olympics, Varndell told BBC Radio Bristol. "The Olympics is a once in a lifetime opportunity and Rio is not a bad place to go to either."

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Teenage kicks

We have been asking for those teenagers that were touted as superstars and delivered. In contrast, we have also been asking for those players that failed to live up to their billing.

Here are some more of your comments.

Max Baggins-Craig: Nick Powell, absolute gem at Crewe Alexandra, but Moyes & van Gaal un-interested & dented his confidence.

Olakunle: Hope I can mention Tom Ince and Jack Butland in the same line. So contrasting.

Simon C: John Bostock! Bright spark at Palace before disappearing at Spurs and then released!

Nick Powell
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Nick Powell cost Manchester United £4m in 2012. He has never started a Premier League game for them and this has been his only United goal

Ayew staying at Swansea

Football

Talking about Swansea, the club do not intend to sell top scorer Andre Ayew and will sign another striker this month, according to coach Alan Curtis.

Only bottom side Aston Villa have scored fewer goals than Swansea this season and Curtis has assured fans that new players are imminent.

"We don't want to lose anyone and are trying to bring people in," he said.

Sunderland are understood to have had a bid of £14m rejected for Ayew, who joined the Swans for free in June 2015.

Andre Ayew
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Swansea appoint Ambrosetti

Football

Former Chelsea midfielder Gabriele Ambrosetti has joined Swansea's coaching team. 

The 42-year-old played under newly-appointed Swans head coach Francesco Guidolin during Vicenza's 1997 Italian Cup success. Ambrosetti will work under Guidolin and Alan Curtis.

"Francesco was my coach so I know how he works and his style, and he also knows how I work," said Ambrosetti.

"We kept in touch all the time, and as soon as he asked me about going to Swansea with him I quickly said yes."

Chelsea close in on Pato

Football

Alexandre Pato
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Chelsea have stepped up talks as a deal to sign the 26-year-old forward from Corinithians moves closer, according to the Guardian.

The former AC Milan player could arrive on loan with a view to a move in the summer or a permanent deal and his arrival could mean Radamel Falcao cutting short his season-long loan move at Stamford Bridge and returning to Monaco.

England joins Chelsea Ladies

Women's Football

Bethany England
The FA

Women's Super League champions Chelsea Ladies have signed forward Bethany England from Doncaster Belles.

The England Under-23 international scored 14 goals last season as Doncaster finished second in WSL 2 and were promoted back to the top flight.

England, 21, said: "I feel I am at the stage in my career to test myself at a higher level.

"There is no doubt that will happen at Chelsea, not just during games but in every training session."

Promotion challenge for new Wednesday man

Football

Sheffield Wednesday's latest signing Joe Bennett has said he wants to help the club challenge for promotion.

The Aston Villa left-back, 25, signed a season-long loan deal with the Owls after a loan spell at Bournemouth.

Joe Bennett
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Bennett believes that he has a lot to offer Wednesday, who have won their last three consecutive league games.

"I like to get forward and be creative, and I think I can add something to that part of their game," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

'Life ban for match fixers'

Tennis

Great Britain's Colin Fleming says tennis players guilty of match-fixing should face life bans.

Colin Fleming
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Evidence of suspected match-fixing in elite tennis was revealed this week by a BBC and BuzzFeed News investigation.

"Future players will see the headlines and see it's not an option at all," doubles representative Fleming told BBC Scotland on Wednesday.

"I think if anyone is found to be doing it, that should be them. They shouldn't be playing again."

Thomas 'open minded' about future

Road Cycling

Geraint Thomas
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Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas says he is open-minded about his future career plans.

Thomas, 29, is in the final months of his current Team Sky deal, having joined the British-based team when they were formed in 2010.

Team boss Sir Dave Brailsford has previously hinted Thomas could be given the chance to be a Grand Tour leader.

"Obviously I want the opportunities to try and win those big races, and I'm confident I'll get them," Thomas said.

Get Involved #bbcsportsday

Teenage kicks

We are after your suggestions on those teenage players that became huge stars. And those that drifted away from the top level and did not fulfil their potential.

Glen de la Cour: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers. Great promise, left Saints too early, careers stalling horribly.

Alphanum.Eric: Danny Cadamarteri, explosive start to his Everton career at 19, not forgetting that goal vs Liverpool followed by the downward spiral.

James Astley: Both Balotelli and Ravel Morrison had the ability to be great but overshadowed by off-field antics.

Tweet us using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

Danny Cadamarteri
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'January prices inflated'

Football

Fernando Torres for £50m, Andy Carroll for £35m.

MK Dons boss Karl Robinson wants to strengthen his squad but will not pay "inflated January prices".

Karl Robinson
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The Dons beat Northampton 3-0 in Tuesday's FA Cup third-round replay to set up a fourth-round tie at Chelsea.

"I'm really going to enjoy the opportunity of delving into the transfer market," said Robinson.

"But it's got to be right - I think players are moving for ridiculous money I don't think some of them are actually worth, but January inflates prices."

Sale in 'no rush' for new signings

Rugby Union

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond says the club will not rush into making signings and insists they will bring in "quality" talent.

Diamond, 47, says some internationals could join Sale at the AJ Bell Stadium in time for next season.

Steve Diamond
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"We're in talks with four or five international players to join us," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We're well on the way to bringing some real experienced quality players to the club next year."

Pulis 'respect' for FA Cup

Football

West Brom beat Bristol City in their third round FA Cup replay on Tuesday to set up a home meeting with Peterborough and Baggies boss Tony Pulis has his sights set on getting to Wembley again.

"I've been brought up in the 60s and 70s when the FA Cup was very special," said Pulis, who took former club Stoke to the final in 2011. "I still think it's the greatest cup competition in the world. 

West Brom manager Tony Pulis
AP

"I've been very fortunate to take another club to Wembley and I'd love to take Albion to Wembley.

"But if we're not right Peterborough could come to our place and beat us - that's why the FA Cup is so special. So you've got to make sure you respect every game and every team you play against. We'll certainly do that with Peterborough."

Boss hails Eastleigh's 'incredible' FA Cup run

Football

Eastleigh manager Chris Todd has hailed the "incredible journey" his players have taken the club on in the FA Cup. 

National League Eastleigh, who were the last remaining non-league side in the draw, lost 3-2 to Championship Bolton in a third-round replay on Tuesday. 

Chris Todd
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The Spitfires' record run included a win against League One Crewe in the first round of the competition.

"I said to the players at the start of this competition that one thing we wanted to try and do was make a memory. They have definitely done that," he told BBC Radio Solent.

Answer time

A Question of Sport Teaser

Today's Question of Sport teaser was:

Who are the five men David Haye has fought since beating Nikolai Valuev to win the WBA Heavyweight title?

The answers are: John Ruiz, Audley Harrison, Wladimir Klitschko, Dereck Chisora, Mark de Mori.