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By Steve Canavan

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Nighty night

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That's all from us. The headlines today:..

Former Ireland and Lions captain Paul O'Connell has been forced to retire from rugby with immediate effect.

Liverpool must stop taking fans "for granted", says former boss Roy Evans as the ticket row rumbles on.  

The first Champions League of Darts will be broadcast live across the BBC in what is being billed as an "exciting new era" for the sport. 

And finally, that traditional fluffy story to finish... Tennis star Andy Murray's wife Kim Sears has given birth to a girl.

And with that, we'll say tarrah. Sportsday is back at 09:00 GMT on Wednesday, see you then.

Logan's battle with dyslexia

Rugby Union

Former Scottish International rugby player Kenny Logan has told BBC Radio 5 live about how he left school with "zero qualifications" because of his dyslexia.

He described the "humiliation" he felt which led him to "leave school and never go back" after struggling to write his name and address during an English exam.

Speaking to 5 live's Nicky Campbell, Logan also said "the world fell out" of him when his wife Gabby found out he couldn't read in the early stages of their relationship.

"I asked her, 'do you still want to go out with me?' and she said, 'why would I not?'"

More here.

The former Scottish international rugby player speaks of his life with dyslexia.

Sunderland packing their bags


Sunderland Echo


Newcastle airport

Sunderland will prepare for their relegation battle by flying to the Middle East for some sun on their backs.

They will train in Dubai next week, and manager Sam Allardyce told the Sunderland Echo: “Yes, we’re going away for a training break in the sunshine and hopefully we’ll get another improvement in our physical output.

“Historically, that’s always been the case with every team I’ve had.

“Newcastle was the only exception, because I got sacked before we went out there!”

Man versus plane


So I raced The Red Arrows!!! Absolutely surreal experience. Tuesday 16th February 8pm on 'It's Not Rocket Science'🏃💨

So I raced The Red Arrows!!! Absolutely surreal experience. Tuesday 16th February 8pm on 'It's Not Rocket Science'🏃💨

Game on

West Ham v Liverpool (FA Cup fourth round replay, 19:45 GMT)

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  • West Ham are yet to beat Liverpool in seven FA Cup meetings (D3 L4), with the most recent encounter prior to the 0-0 draw at Anfield coming in the 2006 final, when the Reds won on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
  • However, the Hammers have won three of their last five meetings with Liverpool, including two league victories this season - a 3-0 win at Anfield back in August and a 2-0 victory at home in January.
  • Liverpool are yet to score in three matches in all competitions against West Ham this season (270 minutes), while the Hammers are looking to keep a fourth clean sheet against the Reds for the first time in a single campaign.

Live text commentary here on the BBC Sport website from 16:30 GMT.

Smith named Australia's T20 captain


Steve Smith

Steve Smith has replaced Aaron Finch as Australia's captain for the World Twenty20, which starts next month.

Opening batsman Finch, who remains in the 15-man squad for the tournament in India, was named T20 captain in 2014 but only led the side six times.

Test and one-day skipper Smith, 26, now leads Australia in all three formats.

Full squad: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill (wkt), Andrew Tye, Shane Watson, Adam Zampa.

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Smith named Australia's T20 captain

Test and one-day skipper Steve Smith replaces Aaron Finch as Australia's captain for the World Twenty20 in India.

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'Back in the race'

West Ham v Liverpool (FA Cup fourth round replay, 19:45 GMT)

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Liverpool gaffer Jurgen Klopp returns to the dugout after surgery to remove his appendix.

"I feel good and I am back in the race," he said. "I figured if I feel bad I should stay at home but I feel good and I am thankful for our doctor, because he said we should go to hospital - I was not too sure.

"The surgeon was great, a season ticket holder who told me we both didn't want to see the game.

"I had the best nurses and everything was OK. I feel really good so that is the only reason why I am here. If I'm not fit then I cannot help here and I would be at home."

'We need a complete game'

West Ham v Liverpool (FA Cup fourth round replay, 19:45 GMT)

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Not long to go till tonight's big game, a replay, of course, after a 0-0 draw between the sides in the first match. Let's have a look at what the managers have said in the build-up.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic: "We've played Liverpool many times this season, twice recently with different line-ups.

"We played their strongest team and then a team with five or six regular starters, so we are well prepared for whatever team they come with.

"They are a big club. They've had ups and downs this season but make no mistake, whenever a team is facing them, you have to have a complete game."

Kalou considers Ivory Coast future


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Salomon Kalou helped Ivory Coast win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations

Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou is weighing up whether to stop playing international football.

The former Chelsea player has 81 caps and 29 goals for his country but hinted he could be about to end his nine-year career with the Elephants.

He told BBC Sport: "I won the Africa Cup of Nations and played in two World Cups. But you have to think about if it is the right moment to stop.

"I turn 30 this year and I will start having to think about resting my body."

Salomon Kalou

Kalou considers Ivory Coast future

Ivory Coast forward Salomon Kalou tells BBC Sport he is thinking about whether it is the 'right moment' to stop playing internationals.

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Ramires proving popular


Thanks to all the Jiangsu Suning fans for the fantastic reception! Obrigado pela recepção, torcedores do Jiangsu!

Thanks to all the Jiangsu Suning fans for the fantastic reception! Obrigado pela recepção, torcedores do Jiangsu!

Ramires left Chelsea to join Chinese side Jiangsu Suning in a £25m move last month.

Tykes 'won't rush for new boss'

League One

Barnsley chief executive Ben Mansford says the club are in no hurry to replace former head coach Lee Johnson, who left to take charge at Bristol City, after winning their last seven league games.

Paul Heckingbottom and Tommy Wright are currently in joint charge of the first team and Mansford told BBC Radio Sheffield: "If Paul and Tommy can continue this run they give themselves every opportunity to knock on our doors and see if they can secure it permanently." 

Willett success shows future is bright


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"After the season of his life in 2015, Danny Willett maintained momentum with his stellar victory at last week's Dubai Desert Classic.

It was a success that suggests even greater honours lie in prospect for the Englishman. All wins are good, but this was special.

With the stunning strides taken by 21-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick - another Yorkshireman - and the continued progress of Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood, the future of English golf looks increasingly bright." 

Read this article by BBC Sport's golf correspondent Iain Carter on why the future of English golf is shining so brightly.

Pochettino linked with United job


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Maybe Jose Mourinho isn't a shoo-in for the Man United job after all (assuming, that is, the Reds part company with Lous van Gaal at the end of the season, as the rumours suggest).

According to today's Sun, United have spoken to representatives of Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino, 43, about succeeding Van Gaal.

Against all odds

A Leicester City fan stands to earn £25,000 if his team win the Premier League title after placing a £5 pre-season bet on the Foxes at 5,000-1. 


So, to celebrate this, BBC Sport looks at some other things with the same odds.

Click here to watch the video.

Duo added to training squad

Rugby Union

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England have added Matt Kvesic and Josh Beaumont to their 27-man training squad for Sunday's Six Nations match against Italy in Rome.

Travelling reserves Elliot Daly and Maro Itoje also join the 23 selected for England's 15-9 opening win against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Back rows Kvesic and Beaumont were included in Eddie Jones' first 33-man squad but were cut for Saturday's game.

Kvesic is the only of the four additions to have been capped before.

Balotelli to return to Anfield?


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Italian website Calciomercato says Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will return to Anfield as AC Milan do not want to sign him permanently when his loan expires at the end of the season.

'Only a final will save our season'



Chelsea must reach the final of the Champions League or the FA Cup to save their season, says goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea face Paris St-Germain on 16 February before their fifth-round FA Cup tie with Manchester City.

"We play against two great sides and we have to try to win those games," said the Blues number one.

"The only way to save our season is to reach the final in one or both of them."

Major clubs want automatic CL entry


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Europe's biggest clubs are working with Uefa to review the format of the continent's elite competition.

European Club Association chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has suggested the top clubs should get direct entry into the lucrative Champions League.

The process is expected to last no longer than nine months.

China, the new footballing power


Watch this video of Premier League managers giving their opinion on whether China's transfer spending is the start of a new footballing superpower.


Fullarton style similar to Sirrel

League Two

New Notts County boss Jamie Fullarton has a similar approach to the club's greatest-ever manager Jimmy Sirrel, according to former striker Les Bradd.

Sirrel led the club to three promotions and Bradd told BBC Radio Nottingham: "Jimmy taught all the players he had in the group what was required. You weren't on the pitch to play football; you were going out there to do a job and in each role you had a job to do. 

"I think Jamie is preaching that from what I hear from one or two of the players.

Jimmy Sirrel

'No pressure' says Vardy


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Jamie Vardy has refused to put any title pressure on Leicester ahead of their trip to rivals Arsenal.

The Foxes' 18-goal top scorer said: "We're just enjoying it aren't we? We're just enjoying the ride.

"If you start thinking about it too much it's going to affect you, it's as simple as that.

"We'll just continue to do exactly the same thing we've done all season."

Heading to Kansas


Desiree Scott
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Notts County's Canadian midfielder Desiree Scott has left the Women's Super League club to rejoin Kansas City.

Desiree Scott

Scott leaves Notts County Ladies

Notts County's Canadian midfielder Desiree Scott leaves the Women's Super League club to rejoin Kansas City.

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Wassall 'a safe pair of hands' for Derby

Derby sack head coach Clement

Darren Wassall
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More from Derby chairman Mel Morris, who says Darren Wassall "understands the culture and philosophy" of the club.

Academy director Wassall, 47, has taken control of the first team for the remainder of the season.

Morris told BBC East Midlands Today: "He is probably the best motivator with have in the club. Right now he is a really good, safe pair of hands to stabilise the ship and get us back on track while we begin the search to see what we do for a long-term appointment."

'We just haven't made enough progress'

Derby sack head coach Clement

Paul Clement
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Derby County chairman Mel Morris has been speaking to BBC East Midlands Today about the Championship club's decision to sack head coach Paul Clement on Monday.

The Rams are fifth in the table, five points behind leaders Hull City.

Morris said: "When Paul was hired we spelt out the plan. That was to take the squad that we have had for two seasons, who had almost got us there, to add depth and strength to it and then to look at player improvement and team improvement.

"We just haven't made enough progress - it's as simple as that.

"It (winning promotion to the Premier League) was never really a target this season. I said that in the fans' forum, reiterated it again in November. Paul was told on day one that was not the target."

Let's make up


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Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has held clear the air talks with David Luiz over the Brazil international's refusal to come off against Marseille.

Blanc was visibly upset after the Luiz refused to leave the field after being substituted, suggesting drily that "he (Luiz) had done well to stay on the pitch because he was really good in the final 10  minutes".

Player and coach have since met to discuss the incident, Blanc saying: "Yesterday we had a very good and very long discussion, it was imperative in order to continue to have good relations,

"I'm quite satisfied with what he had to say at this meeting. It was important for him, for me, and for the team."

Two officials suspended


Two tennis officials have been banned for corruption offences and four more are currently suspended, it has been revealed.

Kirill Parfenov of Kazakhstan was banned for life in February 2015, after making contact with another official on social media in a bid to manipulate match scoring.

Denis Pitner of Croatia was suspended for a year last August after passing on fitness details of a player to a coach and accessing a betting account from which tennis bets were placed.

The story, which was revealed by the Guardian, follows BBC and BuzzFeed allegations about match-fixing at the top level of the sport that overshadowed the start of the Australian Open last month.

If. A big if?


Newcastle United

This is how the Newcastle Chronicle reported on the rebranded Premier League. They don't sound too confident, do they?

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Mark Cosgrove: I disagree with Sir Shomes, boycotting games in the Premier League will mean football tourists buy extra tickets. Leaving early is a better protest.

Oliver in charge of League Cup final


Fans of Liverpool and Manchester City, this one's for you...

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Still work to do


Swansea City coach Alan Curtis says the team still need to "kick on" to avoid relegation from the Premier League, despite an improved recent run.

Saturday's 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace gave 16th-placed Swansea an eighth point from four games since naming Francesco Guidolin as head coach.

"We're confident, but there's still a lot of work to do," Curtis said.

England set to change things

Rugby Union

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England coach Eddie Jones has suggested England will be much-changed for Sunday's Six Nations match with Italy.

"We're likely to pick a different 23 than we picked against Scotland and it may feature some of the younger players," Jones tells BBC Radio 5 live,

"I'm pleased with the players we've got but I might change the batting order in some respects."

On the back row, he added: "I think it suited us against Scotland but whether that's the right back row against Italy is another story."

'Giving me the eye'

Formula 1

Jenson Button seems to be enjoying a spot of downtime in San Francisco.

The McLaren driver has been on Instagram to post this shot by the Golden Gate Bridge, with the caption: 'Check this little fella out giving me the eye!'

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'Legend of rugby'

Rugby Union

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England's James Haskell has been talking to BBC Radio 5 live about Irish great Paul O'Connell, who announced his retirement from rugby earlier.

"Paul is one of the biggest legends of rugby, especially in my playing career and in my lifetime," said Haskell.

"I’m very disappointed I never got the opportunity to play with him. His captaincy and how articulate he was and the way he played was something I always respected as an opponent.

"I’m sure when he sits back and has a Guinness he will reflect and know he had an unbelievable career and had the respect of all the rugby fraternity."

Tune in to the FA Cup


Don't forget it's West Ham v Liverpool in their FA Cup fourth-round replay tonight. Follow Radio 5 live, BBC Radio London and live text commentary from 18:30 GMT.

Charlton look into Meire 'resignation'

Katrien Meire

Charlton Athletic are investigating after a document supposedly confirming the resignation of chief executive Katrien Meire was sent to Companies House.

The document, purportedly bearing the signature of Meire, 31, showed her employment as having been terminated on 5 December, but a statement on the Charlton website said: "This document is false."

No stopping Root

South Africa v England (ODI)

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Joe Root is unstoppable.

England are 236-4 from 40 overs in the third ODI - needing victory to wrap up the five-match series - and Joe Root is leading the way in some style.

The Yorkshire batsman is 121 not out and knocking the South African attack all over the place.

Alex Hales gave him good support earlier, reaching 65.

Ben Stokes is currently at the wicket with Root, on 10 not out.

Live text commentary here.