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  1. Football coach Bennell denies sex abuse
  2. Robben extends Bayern deal
  3. FA Cup third-round replay news conferences
  4. Formula 1: Bottas to partner Hamilton at Mercedes
  5. Australian Open: Federer, Murray & Evans into round two
  6. Get Involved: Feeling blue on Blue Monday? #bbcsportsday

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By Michael Emons and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

That is the end of Sportsday for today so thank you as always for joining us and for your comments.

We will be back at 08:00 GMT for all the latest transfer rumours and gossip, breaking news and best of social media so we will see you then.

Look out for more Australian Open coverage


BBC Radio 5 live

Some things to look out for later on tonight / early tomorrow as our coverage of the Australian Open continues.

Former world number one Novak Djokovic and six-time women's champion Serena Williams are both in action on day two.

Next up from down under .. 10pm @bbc5live - 5Live Tennis Midnight @5liveSport Extra - commentary on Johanna Konta v Kirsten Flipkens

Question of Sport teaser


Our Question of Sport teaser was...

Today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Who are the four players to have appeared in 3 or more Australian Open Singles Finals since 2010?

And the answers are...

Answers to today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Li Na & Serena Williams

Get Involved - feeling blue on Blue Monday?

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It is Blue Monday - apparently the most depressing day of the year - so we've been asking if you are depressed or happy about your team?  

I'm actually not feeling too bad. Mainly because both my teams (Fulham & the Pittsburgh Steelers) won this weekend

Matthew, Aldershot

As a Birmingham City fan, I'm feeling all kinds of blue on this Blue Monday. Can somebody tell me why we sacked our manager when we were inches away from the playoff places? We literally haven't won a game since

George Clark (concerned Bluenose)

As an Evertonian, I'm having a right Royal 'Blue Day'....with no sign of any depression! Thanks Lads!! COYB!

Sandra Williams, Liverpool

'You want me to drive the fastest car in F1? Yes, please'

Formula 1

Toto Wolff and Valtteri Bottas

We brought you news of Valtteri Bottas joining Mercedes as team-mate to Lewis Hamilton earlier.

It might not surprise you to learn that Finn Bottas, who moves from Williams, is rather pleased to be driving for the team that has dominated Formula 1 for the past three season.

"It's very exciting times for me," said Bottas, whose best F1 results so far are two second places, at the British and German grands prix in 2014.

"I think it's going to take a while to understand that this is really happening.

"It's definitely another dream come true, to race in another team with such great history - especially in the recent years, which have been so impressive.

"I think with Lewis we are going to be a strong pair together. I really respect him as a driver and a person."

Valtteri Bottas

Flying bat fractures Nevill's jaw


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It's been a rough week for Melbourne Renegades wicketkeeper Peter Nevill who sustained a suspected fractured jaw earlier today when he was hit in the face by a cricket bat during his side's Big Bash win over Adelaide Strikers.

Nevill was looking the other way when he was hit in the 18th over of the Strikers' unsuccessful run chase.

The bat slipped out of Brad Hodge's hands, flew into the air and the handle caught Nevill on the cheekbone as he stood behind the stumps.

The 31-year-old left the Adelaide Oval with a visibly swollen face.

It is the second time in a week Nevill has been forced from the field with a head injury, after he was hit by a fielder's throw against Sydney Sixers.

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Walk this way...

Get Inspired with walking hockey

The rise of walking football - with a five-fold increase in clubs to more than 1,000 in just two years - is now having an impact on other sports.

Check out Bromsgrove Hockey Club and their inspirational head coach Alan Gormley, who has just introduced walking hockey sessions on Monday evenings for 2017.

Read our guide on how to get into hockey, here.

Bromsgrove Hockey Club head coach Alan Gormley introduces new recruits to the first walking hockey session on 9 January
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Bromsgrove Hockey Club head coach Alan Gormley introduces new recruits to the first walking hockey session on 9 January

Panesar to work with Australia


Former England spinner Monty Panesar is to work with the Australia team before their Test series in India.

The 34-year-old has been playing grade cricket for Sydney side Campbelltown.

Panesar toured India on three occasions and took 17 wickets when England won 2-1 in 2012, their first series victory there for 27 years.

The left-armer will advise Australia's batsmen and slow bowlers before they depart for the four-Test series, which begins on 23 February.

Panesar's stint in Australia is part of a bid to return to his best on the field amid mental health problems.

Monty Panesar
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Watch live coverage of the Masters



We are into a deciding frame in the Masters and it is 5-5 between John Higgins and Mark Allen.

Watch all the latest action on BBC Two right now.


'We may see Mourinho-Klopp clashes more often'


Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp
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More analysis on Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Liverpool yesterday.

Aggression on the field, emotion in the stands and a disagreement between the respective managers - yesterday's Premier League draw had all the intensity you would expect from Manchester United against Liverpool. 

Inevitably the managers disagreed, Jose Mourinho insisting they were the only team trying to win the game, and Jurgen Klopp suggesting the home side had resorted to long ball football to fashion an equaliser. 

Neither of these sides may end up champions in May, but their resurgence under their respective bosses suggests this won't be the last clash of the two we see on the touchline. 

The better-looking brother?


Jamie Murray, who will be defending the Australian Open men's doubles title with Bruno Soares, has had an amusing encounter with an Uber driver in Melbourne...

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Jamie and Andy Murray
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Villa loan Cissokho to Olympiakos


Aly Cissokho has made just two appearances for Villa manager Steve Bruce since he took charge in October
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Aston Villa loan defender Aly Cissokho to Greek Super League side Olympiakos for the remainder of the season.

The 29-year-old Frenchman signed for Villa from Valencia for an undisclosed fee on a four-year deal in August 2014 after a season on loan at Liverpool.

He is the third player moved on by manager Steve Bruce in January.

Rudy Gestede was sold to Premier League side Middlesbrough and keeper Pierluigi Gollini has joined Atalanta on loan.

Hooker Cronin likely to miss Six Nations

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Ireland hooker Sean Cronin is expected to miss the Six Nations Championship because of a hamstring injury.

Cronin's club Leinster said on Monday that the 30-year-old had sustained a high-grade tear which could rule him out for 10 weeks.

The injury, sustained in Leinster's recent Pro12 win over Zebre, was initially thought to be a minor strain.

The news is a blow to Ireland as Cronin was the main cover for skipper Rory Best at hooker.

Ireland's first Six Nations match is away to Scotland on Saturday, 4 February.

Sean Cronin

'Securing Champions League Man Utd's priority'


Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Manchester United celebrate their equaliser against Liverpool
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Some analysis on Manchester United's 1-1 draw against Liverpool yesterday.

A draw was the least Manchester United's performance against Liverpool deserved, and for the equaliser to come just six minutes from the end made it feel more like a victory. 

However, the reality is this was an opportunity missed to close the gap on their rivals from Merseyside and Manchester City, and Jose Mourinho's side now find themselves losing ground to the weekend's victors - Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea. 

The gap to the Blues at the top is now 12 points, which would take a Herculean effort and a lot of good fortune to overturn and looks unlikely. Securing Champions League football remains the priority though, and that is within reach.    

West Brom Delph hopes 'dead and buried'

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West Bromwich Albion's hopes of signing Fabian Delph appear dead and buried with Pep Guardiola keen to hang on to the midfielder, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Fabian Delph
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Willstrop finally beats rival Matthew again


It has taken a while, but British number two James Willstrop has finally ended a run of 10 years and 19 defeats against number one Nick Matthew.

Willstrop had not beaten his domestic rival since the 2007 English Open final but won 11-6 7-11 5-11 11-7 11-4 at New York's Grand Central Station.

"It's been tough over the years," said Willstrop. "His game makes it very hard for me."

Matthew said: "He's a class player and we've played some massive matches, so that win was coming some day."

Willstrop, 33, and 36-year-old Matthew have met 35 times down the years, with Matthew now holding a 26-9 overall record.


Robben signs new Bayern deal until 2018


Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben
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Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has signed a contract to extend his stay with the German champions until the summer of 2018.

The former Chelsea player's current deal was due to expire at the end of the season but he is now tied to the club until he is 34.

"In his position Arjen is one of the best players in the world," Bayern Munich's executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

"He's been here for almost eight years and has become a key part of the club."

Neymar the most valuable player in Europe, study finds


Neymar and Lionel Messi
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Do you think Neymar is worth more than Lionel Messi?

The Brazilian striker is the most valuable player in Europe - worth about £216m - according to a new study which values 10 players at more than 100m euros.

Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi is valued by academics at £149m while the only England players in the top 10 are Tottenham duo Harry Kane (£122m) and Dele Alli (£96m).

Paul Pogba, who joined Manchester United for a record £89m in the summer, is valued at £136.4m.

The study has been carried out by a team of academics from the CIES Football Observatory, using a transfer value algorithm.

They have calculated the value using criteria that includes player performance and characteristics, such as age and length of contract.

Read more here.

Sports hall collapses

Watch some incredible footage as a sports hall roof collapsed on Saturday evening during a floorball game in the Czech Republic city of Ceska Trebova.

Two people were hurt escaping the collapsing building.

Sports hall roof collapses during match in Czech Republic

Get Involved - feeling blue on Blue Monday?


It is Blue Monday - apparently the most depressing day of the year - so are you depressed or happy about your team?  

Ryan Carreyett: 10 defeats in 11. A heartbreaking defeat at the weekend to Cardiff. Dropping at an alarming rate. The Bristol City life.

George Sanders: As a Rotherham fan the whole season has been blue, the recent win over Norwich has cheered up everyone, however.

David Melton: Looking at the top of the Premier League table today is depressing, But nothing a Chelsea dip in form wouldn't cure.

Tweet us using #bbcsportsday or write on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

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Bristol City led 2-1 with 12 minutes to go and lost 3-2 at home against Cardiff

Watch live coverage of the Masters now



We have some live snooker for you on BBC Two right now as John Higgins currently holds a 3-2 lead against Mark Allen at the Masters.

Select the link to watch the coverage.

John Higgins

'Felipe is a great asset for us'

Formula 1

Some quotes from Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams on Valtteri Bottas joining Mercedes and Felipe Massa coming out of retirement to drive for Williams in 2017.

"With Valtteri having a unique opportunity to join the constructors' champions, we have been working hard to ensure that an agreement could be made with Mercedes," said Williams.

"Felipe has always been a much-loved member of the Williams family, and having the opportunity to work with him again is something we all look forward to.

"He was always going to race somewhere in 2017, as he has not lost that competitive spirit, and it was important that we had a strong replacement in order for us to let Valtteri go.

"Felipe rejoining us provides stability, experience and talent to help lead us forward. He is a great asset for us."

Massa and Williams
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Felipe Massa and Claire Williams

'The right thing to do'

Formula 1

Some quotes from Felipe Massa, who will be back racing for Williams, despite announcing his retirement at the end of last season.

Massa, 35, said he was "extremely motivated to be coming back" and that former team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who has moved to Mercedes, had been given a "great opportunity".

"Given the turn of events over the winter, I wish Valtteri all the best at Mercedes," said Massa.

"In turn, when I was offered the chance to help Williams with their 2017 F1 campaign, it felt like the right thing to do."

Felipe Massa
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Shortest retirement ever?

Formula 1

He retired at the end of the season, but Felipe Massa will now be back racing for Williams after former team-mate Valtteri Bottas has gone to replace Nico Rosberg at Mercedes.

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BreakingBottas to partner Hamilton at Mercedes

Formula 1

Valtteri Bottas succeeds Nico Rosberg as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate at Mercedes, with Felipe Massa returning to Williams.

Valtteri Bottas
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Chelsea's Costa 'trains alone'


Chelsea striker Diego Costa
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Chelsea striker Diego Costa was back in Chelsea kit today but trained alone, the Daily Mirror reports.

They have pictures of what they describe as a "forlorn" Costa going about his business alone at the Cobham training ground.

The rest of the first-team squad were given the day off after Saturday's 3-0 win at Leicester.

Costa had a dispute with a Chelsea coach over his fitness last week.

Evans signs new Chesterfield deal


Ched Evans
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Chesterfield striker Ched Evans has signed a 12-month contract extension with the League One club.

The 28-year-old joined the Spireites on a one-year deal in June and has scored seven goals in 24 appearances.

In October, Evans was found not guilty, following a retrial, of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in 2011.

He was initially found guilty in 2012 and served two-and-a-half years of a five-year prison sentence, but his conviction was quashed in April 2016.

No extra pressure as world number one - Murray


In an exclusive BBC Sport column, world number one Andy Murray has been talking about the Australian Open after he beat Illya Marchenko in the opening round earlier today.

"The first round of a Grand Slam is always tricky, but I am glad to get through it," said Murray

"My first-round match against Illya Marchenko, the world number 95, was OK but it was hard going. It was tough conditions. The on-court temperature was in the high 30s, which wasn't easy.

"I didn't feel any extra pressure playing my first Grand Slam as the world number one. I felt nervous beforehand, but I get that before all Slams."

Read the full column here, and you can also watch an interview with him here.

Australian Open: Andy Murray battles 'aggressive' Marchenko and the heat

'West Brom bid £10m for Livermore'

Latest gossip

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has made a £10m bid for Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore after missing out on Morgan Schneiderlin, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Hull City's Jake Livermore
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Packers beat Cowboys in final seconds


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Green Bay Packers beat Dallas Cowboys with late field goal

The Green Bay Packers kicked a 51-yard field goal with three seconds left to beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-31 and move to within one game of the Super Bowl.

The Cowboys had rallied from 21-3 down at half-time in Dallas to level the scores before Mason Crosby drilled a retaken effort through the posts.

Green Bay now face the Atlanta Falcons next weekend, with the Pittsburgh Steelers playing New England.

The Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16 in Sunday's late game.

Read more about Sunday's play-off games here while you can catch up with Saturday's matches here.

Federer through in four sets

Australian Open

He was given a serious test in the first two sets but Roger Federer has come through his first-round match at the Australian Open.

The four-time champion, 35, overcame Austria's Jurgen Melzer 7-5 3-6 6-2 6-2 in Melbourne in his first competitive match in six months after injuring his knee.

Fellow Swiss and world number four Stan Wawrinka needed five sets to beat Slovakia's Martin Klizan 4-6 6-4 7-5 4-6 6-4.

Japan's Kei Nishikori, ranked fifth, is through after another five-set scare, beating Russia's Andrey Kuznetsov 5-7 6-1 6-4 6-7 (6-8) 6-2.

Earlier, there were straight-set wins for British world number one Andy Murray and Dan Evans, which you can read about here.

Roger Federer

'Love a rematch'


James DeGale, who suffered damage to his ear and teeth during the contest (his gumshield was knocked out during the eighth round) has posted this picture on Twitter vowing to "still move forward".

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'The brutal reality of professional boxing'


Mike Costello

Radio 5 live boxing correspondent

To spend time in James DeGale's dressing-room after the fight was to be reminded of the brutal, even savage, reality of professional boxing at the highest level. His face was so different to the one he took into the ring, disfigured and discoloured to the extent that such a gripping, compelling contest has to be regarded as a career-shortening experience.

He turns 31 next month and still has the IBF belt to use as a potent bargaining tool in negotiating the final phase of a career that, with and without a vest, has spanned two decades.

But had he claimed a second world title - and with it the recognition as the number one super-middleweight on the planet - the hand he played would have been much stronger. George Groves and Callum Smith will be given chances to become world champions themselves in the coming months and victory for one or both would set up the possibility of a series of showdowns to match the Benn, Eubank and Watson years we still talk about today.

"I'm a prizefighter," DeGale told me in Brooklyn, emphasising the importance of securing his future financially. But as Joe Bugner once said, earning big money is only as important as retaining the faculties to be able to spend it. DeGale must take wise counsel from here on because when it comes to health, wealth and reputation, too few fighters leave the sport with all three intact.

DeGale draw denies him Smith fight


James DeGale's failure to beat Sweden's Badou Jack at the weekend has cost him an all-British world title fight with Callum Smith, potentially at Liverpool's Anfield stadium.

Smith had been scheduled to fight the winner as he is the mandatory challenger for the WBC super-middleweight title, which Jack retained after a majority draw with DeGale in New York on Sunday morning.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "James DeGale wanted to fight Callum Smith and vice-versa. But it doesn't matter now." 

DeGale, who kept hold of his IBF title, is also looking for another fight with Jack but will have to wait for that.

So where next for DeGale? BBC Radio 5 live's boxing commentator Mike Costello gives his thoughts.

James DeGale and Badou Jack
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Mercedes future to be sorted soon?

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Lewis Hamilton has posted a picture on Twitter of him out and about in London.

Roaming my favourite city in the world last night! 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 #London #LondonEye

Roaming my favourite city in the world last night! 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 #London #LondonEye

Who will be Lewis Hamilton's team-mate next season?

Well, Pascal Wehrlein, one of the men linked with replacing Nico Rosberg, has joined Sauber earlier today.

Our Formula 1 chief writer Andrew Benson expects Valtteri Bottas to be the man for Mercedes.

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Is this Allardyce's toughest test?

FA Cup third-round replay, Crystal Palace v Bolton (Tues, 20:00 GMT)

More from Sam Allardyce on Crystal Palace's problems: 

"Defensively we are conceding too many goals.

"That's an area of my expertise. I have started working with them in that area but it hasn't worked yet."

Finally, Allardyce is asked if attempting to keep a free-falling Palace in the Premier League is his toughest test as a manager:

"If at the end of the season I haven't kept them up, then it will be my toughest test."

Sam Allardyce

Palace have 'lost their identity'

FA Cup third-round replay, Crystal Palace v Bolton (Tues, 20:00 GMT)

Allardyce was asked about what was wrong with Palace, who are in 17th position in the Premier League and only one point above bottom club Hull.

"When I was at West Ham and Crystal came and thrashed us it was all about how good they were using the little possession they had," he said.

"The team has lost what it's used to be. The identity has changed."

On potential transfer targets, he adds: "I think we've exhausted this country and we'll be looking to Europe now."

Although "we appear to have an agreement with Arsenal [for Carl Jenkinson]".  

Sam Allardyce
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Everton game affects Allardyce's FA Cup selection

FA Cup third-round replay, Crystal Palace v Bolton (Tues, 20:00 GMT)

Sam Allardyce explained further his logic for intending to rest some of his regular first-teamers in Tuesday's FA cup replay against Bolton:

"I can select the same team against Bolton and win and give us 15% less chance against Everton [in the Premier League on Saturday].

"Everton don't play this week at all. If you want to give yourself the best chance against Everton, you have to change the team tomorrow night."

Crystal Palace news conference

FA Cup third-round replay, Crystal Palace v Bolton (Tues, 20:00 GMT)

Sam Allardyce and Phil Parkinson

It's been an uninspiring start for Sam Allardyce as Crystal Palace manager with three defeats and two draws since taking over.

Tomorrow brings an FA Cup replay third-round replay against Bolton and you probably won't be surprised to learn he is planning to change his side for the match at Selhurst Park.

He said: "It's a very good opportunity for squad players to play. Those saying 'get me in the team gaffer and I'll show you what I can do.'  

"We've got several players who can't play through injury, two at African Cup of Nations and we'll still be fielding an experienced side."  

Norwich stand by boss Neil


Pat Murphy

BBC Midlands football reporter

Despite nine defeats in the last 13 Championship matches, Norwich City are standing by their manager, Alex Neil.

I understand there are no plans to sack the manager who guided them to the Premier League in May, 2015. The belief at the club is that Neil will turn it round and that there's a need for stability in the dressing-room.

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