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Summary

  1. Middlesbrough in talks to sign PSG forward Jese Rodriguez on loan
  2. Middlesbrough's Gaston Ramirez hands in a transfer request
  3. FA Cup fourth round news conferences: Leicester, Tottenham, Middlesbrough
  4. Hull v Man Utd: EFL Cup semi-final second leg 19:45 GMT
  5. Get Involved: Your sporting golden oldies, tweet #bbcsportsday

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By Libby Dawes and Matt Davis

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That's all from us today and then tomorrow is Friday which means it's basically the weekend... 

Thanks for joining us - more of the same news, gossip and social media tomorrow. 

Have a good evening all! 

Barnsley keeper Davies signs new deal

Football

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Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies has signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship side.

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My sister is super awesome but the result is not a given - Venus

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They are relishing the prospect of competing against each other in the 2017 Australian Open final, describing it as "the moment" of their careers. 

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Williams sisters relishing ninth Grand Slam final

Busted Broady

England cricketer Stuart Broad has posted a Throw Back Thursday video on his Instagram page of Radio One DJ and friend of TMS Greg James dancing in a nightclub with what appears to be a small "urn" on his head... 

Stuart Broad: "Randomly found a video of Greg James dancing with The Ashes on his head. Rockstar mate. **Not real Ashes Urn** "

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Greg James: "**actually is the real Urn though" 

Bowls - an old man's game? Try playing for 72 hours...

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Team 72 member, 18-year-old Abby Woodward
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Find out how six UK bowlers (including 18-year-old Abby Woodward from Kettering, pictured) are planning to smash the world record for the longest game of indoor bowls and change a few perceptions about their sport...

You can watch live coverage of the World Indoor Bowls on the BBC website, running until this Sunday, 29 January. Or if you want to get involved yourself, read our Get Inspired guide.

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Tottenham midfielder Victor Wayanmar looks like he has found his calling after he retires. He has the *smile with the eyes* thing down. 

Copa del Rey: Barcelona team news

Football

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Sergio Busquets was sretchered off after being injured against SD Eibar.

Barcelona host Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals this evening, holding a slim 1-0 advantage from the first leg.

But they will be without  Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta and Rafinha at the Nou Camp, while Luis Enrique has decided to leave goalkeeper Ter Stegen out of the team.

Javier Mascherano returns after suspendion, while Jordi Masip has also been called up for one of the two goalkeeping berths along with Jasper Cillessen.

Chelsea fans want homegrown talent - McEachran

Football

Chelsea v Brentford: Chelsea fans want homegrown talent - Josh McEachran,

Josh McEachran, a former highly-rated youngster at Chelsea, believes their fans are desperate to see a young English player come through the ranks.

McEachran will return to Stamford Bridge with Brentford for the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Two Premiership rugby union players test positive for cocaine use

Rugby Union

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

Two Premiership players tested positive for recreational drug use last season, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) has confirmed.

The unnamed players returned samples showing out-of-competition cocaine use.

However, the latest RFU annual anti-doping report revealed there were only four violations for performance-enhancing drugs - all at amateur level.

"It's an extremely low number of positive cases," said RFU anti-doping manager Stephen Watkins.

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Round-the-world in 40 days

Sailing

French skipper Francis Joyon smashed the record for the fastest sail around the world by more than four days when he won the Jules Verne Trophy on Thursday. 

 Joyon and teammates Clement Surtel, Alex Pella, Bernard Stamm, Gwenole Gahinet, and Sebastien Audigane crossed the finish line off the French island of Ouessant just before 09:00 local time, in their 31.5m maxi trimaran Idec Sport. 

They took 40 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes, 30 seconds. 

The previous record was 45 days, 13 hours, 42 minutes, 53 seconds in 2012 by Frenchman Loick Peyron. 

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Boss slept at training ground after loss

Football

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Peterborough United manager Grant McCann slept at the club's training ground after Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat by relegation-threatened Oldham.

Straight after the match, McCann said it was probably his side's "worst performance" since he took over in May.

Posh, eighth in League One, were beaten by a side that only had 13 league goals all season prior to the match.

"I was just thinking about the next day and how to get the players to perform on Saturday," said McCann on Thursday.

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Notts County eye ex-England striker Cole

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Manager Kevin Nolan expects Notts County to come out of their transfer embargo within 72 hours, when he hopes to sign former England, Chelsea and West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

Cole, 33, left Celtic in August and is a free agent after a spell in the USA.

Nolan played with Cole at West Ham and said his ex-team-mate, who won seven England caps, is a "great lad".

"We have had a chat. It would be fantastic if I could bring him over," Nolan told BBC Nottingham Sport.

Chambers ruled out

Football

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Middlesbrough defender Calum Chambers will miss this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round game against Accrington Stanley with a foot injury.

The 22-year-old has a stress fracture to his foot.

Tomlin and Johnson 'laughed' at rumours

Tomlin and Johnson 'laughed' at rumours

Bristol City forward Lee Tomlin tells BBC Points West that he and boss Lee Johnson "laughed" at rumours they had fallen out.

'A massively selfish act'

Athletics

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Usain Bolt has had to hand back one of his Olympic gold medals following relay team-mate Nesta Carter failing a drugs test. 

Marlon Devonish has spoken to BBC Radio 5 live - he was part of the British 4x100m relay team which lost the silver medal at the World Championships in 2003 following Dwain Chambers' failed drugs test. He went on to win Olympic relay gold with Britain at Athens 2004.

Speaking to 5 live, he said: "With relays you work together, you build a relationship, but you never know what goes on behind closed doors and clearly Carter was taking drugs.

"Carter has tarnished the team. It's a massively selfish act and I'm sure Bolt and the rest of the team are bitterly disappointed.

"The relationship between me and Dwain, we get on, we are cool. He apologised to me I and accepted it. Dwain has to live with it for the rest of his life, it was a sincere apology.

"I was devastated when I found out, but you have to move on."

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Charles Eugster is my new hero...

He started competitive age-group rowing at 63, body building at 87 and sprinting at the age of 95.

He has British records for 60m Indoor, 100m outdoor, 200m Outdoor and Long Jump.

He is a two-time World Record holder for his age group in sprinting.

He is a 4-time World Fitness Champion.

He has won a staggering 40 Gold Medals for World Masters Rowing.

His TEDx talk has been downloaded over a half a million times.

He is a 97 year old retired Dental Surgeon now turned author.

Watch his interview by scrolling to 8:40 minutes on this morning's BBC Breakfast on the iPlayer. 

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Wenger to meet FA on Friday

Football

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Arsene Wenger's misconduct charge hearing - for his behaviour in Arsenal's win against Burnley - is set to take place on Friday.

Wenger will appear in person and is likely to learn his fate on the same day, ahead of his side's FA Cup tie at Southampton on Saturday.

Palermo appoint 10th manager in a year

Football

Is Palermo the hardest club to manage in football?

The Serie A club have appointed Diego Lopez as their new coach - their TENTH manager change since January 2016 (if our maths is right).

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There is "still a lot of sexism" within British Cycling

Cycling

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Welsh cyclist Elinor Barker says there is "still a lot of sexism" within British Cycling, but it is not "blatantly obvious".

The 22-year-old's comments come after former Olympic champion Nicole Cooke said it was run "by men for men".

Cooke, 33, made the claim to a Culture, Media and Sport select committee in Westminster on Tuesday.

However, Barker told BBC Radio Wales Sport that there has never been a better time to be a female cyclist.

"Times have changed a little bit since Nicole's time," Barker said.

"I can understand her frustrations but, as much as there is sexism in sport today, there's not been a better time to be a female cyclist.

"I certainly can't complain about the amount of support."

Burnley news conference

Burnley v Bristol City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche has been speaking about the offer they have made for Hull winger Robert Snodgrass. 

"Only to say there's a considerable difference between any kind of fee being agreed and any player joining," said Dyche. "That's the only news at the moment. Hull decided to go public with that. That's the way it goes. It's an ongoing situation. There's no imminent moment that the player is here or going to sign.

"In theory they gave us a chance to speak to the player and take it from there. I get the feeling there's a number of clubs who have been interested.

"The reality is I could be as confident as I want. If the players numbers don't work or he didn't want to come or another bid goes in even higher than our bid which I'm told there's a strong chance that that has happened then that changes everything.

"I think he's a good player. He's amongst many good players who we've been interested in."

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England beat India: 'We were fantastic with the ball' says Ali

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An impressive England bowling display laid the foundation for a comfortable seven-wicket victory over India in the first Twenty20 international.

Expertly varying pace and length, England restricted India to 147-7, off-spinner Moeen Ali's 2-21 the standout.

Sam Billings took 20 from the second over of England's reply, with Eoin Morgan (51) and Joe Root (46 not out) completing the chase in 18.1 overs.

The second of the three T20 matches is in Nagpur on Sunday.

England will look to wrap up the series after putting in their best performance of a tour that saw them heavily beaten in the Tests and squeezed out in the one-day internationals.

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Jamaica may appeal IOC ruling against rest of 4x100m relay team

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Jamaica may appeal against the decision to strip the rest of its Beijing 4x100m relay squad of their gold medals after Nesta Carter's failed drugs test.

Usain Bolt stands to lose one of his nine Olympic golds after a retest of Carter's sample from the 2008 Games was found to contain a banned stimulant.

Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Dwight Thomas also face forfeiting medals.

"We have to decide what the best legal process is," Jamaican Olympic Association chief Mike Fennell said.

"It is a team and we are interested in ensuring they are properly protected and given a fair chance of clearing their names."

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Brentford news conference

Chelsea v Brentford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Dean Smith says Saturday's FA Cup fixture is one the players and fans are relishing. 

"It only took our fans two days to sell out the 6,000 tickets so we know that there is going to be great support there.

"It's as tough a draw as you could get - the current leaders of the land away from home - but it's one that we are excited for as well."  

Smith revealed last week that star striker Scott Hogan has had his "head turned" by speculation surrounding his future with the Championship club but has reiterated the player will be available to play. 

"Scott is available for selection. He has trained all week as he did last week.

"We made it abundantly clear after the game last week that my decision about whether he plays or not will be final.

"We have had offers from different clubs for Scott but all of them haven’t met the valuation. 

"We keep our business strictly private and we will say no to people if we don’t think the value has been met." 

Brentford news conference

Chelsea v Brentford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Brentford manager Dean Smith has spoken to the press ahead of their FA Cup tie at Chelsea on Saturday. 

The Championship side are lying in 15th in the table but Smith says they have been preparing for the game against the Premier League leaders the same way they would against any other opponent. 

"We have analysed them, like we would for any game in the Championship, and it is one that we are looking forward to.

"We know their strength in depth: You only have to see who could play like Willian and Michy Batshuayi who cost £65 million combined.

"We know that it is going to be a tough game but it is one that we are looking forward to."

Brentford news conference

Chelsea v Brentford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Ipswich agree to sign defender Taylor

Football

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Ipswich Town have agreed to sign former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor on a deal until the end of the season.

The 31-year-old spent the first part of the season at MLS side Portland Timbers, having left Newcastle in the summer after 268 appearances.

"He's hungry to get back in and prove to everybody that he can still play, at least at this level," Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy told BBC Suffolk.

Boro reject Leicester bid for Ramirez

Football

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Busy day at Middlesbrough.

Aitor Karanka has said the club rejected a bid from Leicester for attacker Gaston Ramirez, who has handed in a transfer request.

Boro have also bid for Hull winger Robert Snodgrass.

You can tell transfer deadline day is approaching.

Leicester news conference

Derby v Leicester (Fri, 19:55 GMT)

Claudio Ranieri has been speaking about facing Championship side Derby in the East Midlands derby on Friday in the FA Cup.

The Premier League champions are 15th in the table.

He said; "We need to fight against Derby. We want to go through in the FA Cup. It will be a battle tomorrow. 

"We need two or three results to get confidence. I feel good every time. Always, I am positive and I think about tomorrow.

"I know there is always history. A derby is a derby in every country."

Leicester news conference

Derby v Leicester (Fri, 19:55 GMT)

Claudio Ranieri welcomes back Algeria pair Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani after they were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations.

He says Mahrez is available to face Derby, but Slimani has a groin injury.

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Marney out for season

Football

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche has been speaking about midfielder Dean Marney, who has been ruled out for the season with a cruciate knee injury.

It is the same injury on the same leg the 32-year-old suffered in February 2015.

"He is seeing a specialist today," said Dyche. "It's a long period of rehab.

"He will definitely be out for the season, but he has come through it before, he knows the script. It is a blow for him and a blow for us."

Leicester news conference

Derby v Leicester (Fri, 19:55 GMT)

Asked about a move for Middlesbrough's Gaston Ramirez, Claudio Ranieri kept us guessing.

“I don’t confirm anything. You know I don’t speak about speculation. In six days you will know everything”.

Then on reports linking Islam Slimani with a move to the lucrative Chinese Superleague, he added: "It’s speculation. Slimani is not for sale".

Marney out with knee injury

Football

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche confirms that midfielder Dean Marney suffered a cruciate knee injury in the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday and will be ruled out long term.  

Leicester news conference

Derby v Leicester (Fri, 19:55 GMT)

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Claudio Ranieri has been speaking to the media ahead of the East Midlands derby in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday.

He begins by discussing striker Leonardo Ulloa, who has been linked with a move away from the Premier League champions.

The Argentine's agent reportedly called Ranieri "a liar" for breaking a number of promises.

Ranieri said: "Leo is still injured – but now goes back slowly, slowly. I want him as he’s a good player, of course he would like to play more.

"If someone wants Leo they have to pay. For me he’s a good player.

"I spoke with him, he said what  the agent said is his matter, not Leo's matter. I think he will stay here with us.

"The agent said I was a liar – but I don’t want to respond to him. With Leo I always have a fantastic relationship. I understand him.”