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  1. See you tomorrow...

    Steven Gerrard

    And on that light note, we will call it a day for Sportsday.

    A live text on the night's FA Cup action starts at 18:30 GMT and we will be back here to review it at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday.

    For more developments on January transfers, keep checking the BBC Sport website and app, while there is commentary of Everton v West Ham on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT.

    Thanks for all your interaction today and farewell for now.



    After so many of you tweeted about Adebayo Akinfenwa last night, today we have been asking you who is your footballing cult hero? The response has been huge, so thank you.

    Ian Ashbee

    Andy Bradley: Ian Ashbee - captained throughout all 4 divisions. Billy Whitehurst - hardman and I was his postman!

    Tom Parsons: Has to be Kanu in his prime. Made the hard look easy and the easy look impossible.

  3. A long time coming

    Everton v West Ham (Kick-off 19:45 GMT)

    West Ham celebrate
  4. Nadal suffers shock defeat


    Rafa Nadal

    World number three Rafael Nadal made the worst possible start to the new season as he lost to Germany's Michael Berrer in round one of the Qatar Open.

    The Spaniard could not build on a strong start and Berrer, ranked 127th, powered through to win 1-6 6-3 6-4.



    Send us your thoughts on today's deals? We are on #bbcsportsday.

    Gareth M-J: If Torres was £50m a few years ago when we wasn't prolific the Swans should hold out for nearer £50m for Bony.

    Manchester City will have to pay £30m to sign the Ivorian we understand and they are in talks to get their man.

  6. Charlton sign goalkeeper Dmitrovic

    Charlton have signed goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic from Hungarian side Ujpest FC for an undisclosed fee.

    The 22-year-old, who is a Serbia Under-21 international, has joined the Addicks on an 18-month deal.

    Meanwhile, keeper Nick Pope, also 22, has left The Valley for a loan spell with League Two side Bury, which will run to the end of the season.

  7. Hillsborough Memorial temporarily moved

    Hillsborough Memorial

    Liverpool will place the Hillsborough Memorial at Anfield into safe storage this week as construction work gets underway on the expansion of the Main Stand.

    The club hosted a short service on Tuesday to mark its relocation and to unveil a specially commissioned Temporary Memorial which is located at the entrance of the Centenary Stand.

    The Eternal Flame from the Memorial has been transferred to Liverpool Cathedral where it will reside during this temporary period.



    Andy Morrison

    Today we have been asking who is your all-time footballing cult hero? Let us know at #myculthero.

    Gareth Marshall: Andy Morrison. Dragged City up from the third tier kicking & screaming. Hard as nails.

    Liam Riley: Own goal specialist Frank Sinclair, his one from the half way line against Boro still makes me laugh when I see it.

    Krystian Jones: Jay-Jay Okocha & Matt Le Tissier for me. Entertainers. Played like they could do anything they wanted.

  9. Norris 'found groove' to win opener


    Alan Norris was a relieved man after coming through an exciting first-round match against Swedish qualifier Daniel Larsson at the BDO World Championships.

    The 2014 runner-up trailed 1-0 and 2-1 before fighting back to win in a deciding set at Lakeside.

    "I know Daniel very well and I feel a little disappointed for him," Yeovil-born Norris told BBC Sport. "Obviously I'm happy to get through. I didn't perform in the first set but I found the groove in the end."

  10. FA Cup preview

    Scunthorpe v Chesterfield (19:45 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    There is one more match in the FA Cup third round tonight as Scunthorpe, managed by former Cup winner Mark Robins, face Chesterfield at Glanford Park. The Iron are in round three for the first time since 2011 but are unbeaten since October. Chesterfield, who reached the semi-finals in 1997, have lost only one of their last 10.

    Updates on this one alongside commentary of Everton v West Ham on BBC Radio 5 live.

  11. No Bony release clause

    BBC Radio Wales reporter Dafydd Pritchard has the inside track on Manchester City's move for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.

    Wilfried Bony

    He says: "Bony's future has been under scrutiny for months, with Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool among the clubs believed to be interested in the Ivorian.

    "He signed a one-year contract extension in November and, although that couldn't ward off interest from Manchester City, it did get rid of the £20m release clause in the striker's previous deal.

    "Swansea can now demand £30m or more for the 25-year-old, not that a fee of that size will put off a club of City's financial power.

    "As Bony is currently with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, he may well have already played his final game for the Swans."

  12. FA Cup preview

    Everton v West Ham (Kick-off 19:45 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    A reminder about tonight's live FA Cup match on 5 live between Everton and West Ham, with Mark Pougatch presenting live from Goodison Park.

    The Toffees have won only one of their last nine matches but the Hammers have failed to beat them in the last 14 meetings between the sides. John Murray is your commentator tonight, with summaries from former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane.



    Andy Horncastle: Gerrard to US, conference level, a waste right now. Look at what Beckham and Lampard did since. He could do a job in Italy.

    Tweet us your views on Gerrard's move, Bony's possible Man City transfer and Mark Schwarzer finding a new club at the age of 42.

    We are waiting on #bbcsportsday.

  14. A quick catch up

    So we've had a busy hour or two on Sportsday, if you're just joining us a recap on what has happened:

  15. Foxes sign new stopper

    Mark Schwarzer

    Leicester City confirm the signing of Mark Schwarzer from Chelsea until the summer of 2016.

    The goalkeeper, now at the ripe-old-age of 42, played 12 games for Chelsea last season after joining from Fulham.

  16. Will £30m do it?

    Garry Monk
  17. A big cheque needed for Bony

    More on Manchester City's talks with Swansea City for Wilfried Bony. Remember the Ivory Coast international is heading to the African Cup of Nations but the Swans want a pretty fee if he is to leave South Wales.

    BBC Wales

    Reports circulated this morning on Bony's request to Swansea to let him talk to Champions League clubs should they make an offer for his services.

  18. Wood impresses for England Lions


    Durham seamer Mark Wood took 4-29 for the England Lions on day two of the opening match of their South Africa tour in Soweto. The Lions were all out for 443 and then dismissed a Gauteng Invitational XI for 179.

    In their second innings the Lions struggled to 43-3, a lead of 307, first innings centurion Sam Robson lbw for one, but skipper Jonathan Trott finished unbeaten on 10 with one day's play remaining.

  19. Posh exits

    BBC Cambridge Sport tweet: Peterborough duo Tom Conlon and Michael Richens have agreed permanent deals with Stevenage.

  20. Bedene targets Davis Cup for Great Britain


    Aljaz Bedene is hoping to be granted British citizenship this week - and has his sights set on representing his adopted country in Davis Cup in March.

    It emerged last year that the 25-year-old Slovenian, who has lived in Britain since 2008, was intending to switch nationalities.

    "My solicitor is taking care of it and it should be in the next couple of days," he said.

  21. Leicester closes in on Kramaric deal - reports

    Andrej Kramaric in action for Croatia

    The Press Association reports that Croatia international forward Andrej Kramaric, 23, is at Leicester putting the finishing touches to a move to the Foxes after travelling to the city with the club's assistant sporting director Ivan Mance.

  22. Value for money?

    So Manchester City have started talks with Swansea City over a move for Wilfried Bony. Will they get their money's worth?

    Wilfried Bony
  23. Scottish duo face SFA charges

    St Johnstone forward James McFadden and Hibernian striker Jason Cummings have both been issued with notices of complaint by the Scottish FA's compliance officer for alleged offensive gestures.

    McFadden appeared to react to goading visiting fans after being sent off last weekend and has been offered a fixed two-match ban, while Cummings has been offered a one-match ban.

    Both clubs have until Wednesday afternoon to respond to the charges.



    West Ham's Billy Bonds

    Who is your all-time footballing cult hero? Let us know at #myculthero

    Sir Fran Walsingham: Billy Bonds of West Ham. Gave everything for club and was shunned by country. I'm a Spurs supporter but he was inspiring.

    Stuart Collyer: Rodney Jack at Torquay! The man was a magician and even more so an incredibly nice guy from St Vincent.

    Aaron Campbell: Easily Dirk Kuyt, the man always performed when it matter, scored some extremely important goals for Liverpool.

  25. Johnson leaves Palace

    Crystal Palace confirm that striker Andrew Johnson, 33, has left the club following the completion of his short-term contract. He made only one substitute appearance in the League Cup defeat against Newcastle in September since returning to the club that month.

  26. Serie A results on Tuesday

    Gianfranco Zola suffered a 5-0 defeat in his first game in charge of Cagliari this afternoon. They were mauled at Palermo while AC Milan were humbled at home, losing 2-1 to Sassuolo. That result leaves Milan seventh in the table.

    Roma moved joint-top with a 1-0 win over Udinese but Juventus can move three points clear tonight if they beat Inter Milan at home.

    Elsewhere in Serie A today: Chievo 0-0 Torino, Empoli 0-0 Hellas Verona, Genoa 2-2 Atalanta, Parma 1-0 Fiorentina.

  27. Andy Carroll's birthday wish

    BBC Radio 5 live

    West Ham striker Andy Carroll turns 26 today as his team face Everton tonight in the FA Cup at Goodison, live on BBC Radio 5 live, and he tweets: "Thanks for all the birthday messages. A win tonight will make my day!!"

  28. Boro's Williams ruptures Achilles


    Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams will have surgery after scans confirmed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon in

    It was his first start since sustaining a similar injury

    The injury has been described as "extremely rare" with Boro saying the 26-year-old Australia international has "damaged another part of the tendon," not related to the previous problem.

  29. Bony talks take place with Man City

    The first big deal of the January transfer window could be upon us and BBC Wales Sport are all over it.

    BBC Wales Sport

    More on this story as we get it in the coming minutes.



    Emma & Dave: Gerrard once again showed his class last night - still LFC's best midfielder by far. Good luck to him at LA Galaxy.

    Jack Hawkins: Pretty sad to see Stevie G leave Liverpool. One of those who should have retired with his club.

    Is LA Galaxy the right destination for Steven Gerrard? He is close to agreeing an 18-month deal. Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

  31. Leaving with plenty to show

    Liverpool celebrate
  32. Gerrard to earn £6m in US

    Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard

    More now on Steven Gerrard's move to LA Galaxy.

    The 34-year-old, who netted twice in the FA Cup third round on Tuesday, will earn £6m over the 18-months of his contract.

    The 2015 MLS season runs from March through to October with the full fixtures list announced on Wednesday. Gerrard could of course meet ex-England team-mate Frank Lampard in the competition when he eventually joins New York City.

  33. Norwich face boss search 'struggle'


    Norwich City will not find it easy to recruit a top manager under their current structure, according to former striker Iwan Roberts.

    Neil Adams, who quit on Monday, was working as part of a four-man football executive board at the Carrow Road club.

    "If they won't let that next manager have free reign where he can do what he pleases, they will struggle to get a top-class manager at the club," said former Wales international Roberts, who is third on Norwich's all-time scorers list with 97.

    "There is this footballing board that overlooks everything - transfers, footballing matters. That's the manager's job, let him get on with it," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

  34. Challenge Cup gets new sponsor

    Rugby League

    The Rugby Football League announce bookmakers Ladbrokes will succeed Tetley's as the new sponsors of the Challenge Cup.

    The new deal is for three years and thought to be worth in excess of £1m a season.

    Forty amateur clubs, including representatives of the armed forces and the police, will go into the hat for the first-round draw at Wembley on Thursday, with clubs from higher leagues entering at later dates. This year's Wembley final takes place on 29 August.

  35. Djokovic through in Qatar


    Novak Djokovic acknowledges the crowd after his win

    Top seed Novak Djokovic beat fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-2 6-1 in the opening round of the Qatar Open.

  36. Joint statement on Evans imminent

    Some news on the future of Ched Evans could be imminent.

    Oldham and the Professional Footballers' Association are preparing a joint statement over the future of the convicted rapist, according to Press Association Sport.

    We will bring you more on that as we get it.



    Julian Dicks

    Who is your all-time footballing cult hero? Let us know at #myculthero

    Dave Hill: Ian "sticks" Ormondroyd at Villa. Not gifted but was the epitome of "Mr 110%".

    Nick Poninski: Graham Branch. Played in four different positions over eight years for Burnley. Graham Di Branchio!

    Richard Todd: Got to be the Terminator and Hammers legend Julian Dicks. Accomplished left-back, scored some sensational goals and thunderous pens.

  38. Games on the go in Italy - Zola frustration

    There is a full fixture list in Itay's Serie A today and several games are underway.

    Gianfranco Zola has taken charge of his first game since being named Cagliari boss and it is a dismal day for the diminutive Italian, they trail 3-0 after an hour at Palermo.

    Gianfranco Zola

    AC Milan are drawing 1-1 with Sassuolo at the San Siro, Parma lead Fiorentina 1-0, while Atalanta are 2-1 up at Genoa.

    We will bring you the full results shortly and later today champions and league leaders Juventus host Inter Milan, Napoli visit Cesena. Updates on those games will be in our FA Cup live text commentary from 18:30 GMT.



    Lee Parkinson: Great move for Steven Gerrard I wish him luck in his new adventure, they may have trouble understanding him though.

    Wayne Andrews MD TT: It's a soft option for Steven Gerrard - LA Galaxy? Why not try Serie A, as Ashley Cole did? Now that would be a challenge.

    Has Steven Gerrard made the right call in agreeing to join LA Galaxy? Send your thoughts to #bbcsportsday.

  40. A star for the Galaxy

    Steven Gerrard


    So what do you think of that?

    Steven Gerrard will pull on the LA Galaxy jersey this summer, football will become 'soccer' for the Liverpudlian and Liverpool Football Club will no longer have 'Captain Fantastic' to pull them from times of trouble.

    Send your thoughts to #bbcsportsday.

  42. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Gerrard to join LA Galaxy

    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is on the brink of finalising an 18-month deal to join Los Angeles Galaxy. An announcement is expected this week.

    The 34-year-old will sign a contract worth around £4m per year, making him one of the highest earners in the MLS. He will be available to play once his contract with Liverpool expires at the end of June.

    Gerrard will join up with former Liverpool teammate Robbie Keane in LA. While MLS has a salary cap structure, each club has three 'Designated Player' places which they can use to sign star players.

    Keane is one such player as was Landon Donovan, who has now left the Galaxy having retired, and vacated a place the Gerrard will fill.

  43. Jezki wants more of Fly

    Horse Racing

    Jezki remains on course for another clash with great rival Hurricane Fly in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle back at Leopardstown on 25 January.


    Fly outpointed Jessica Harrington's stable star in a pulsating climax to the Ryanair Hurdle over the festive period, making the score between the pair four wins to two in favour of Hurricane Fly.

    Harrington says: "Everything is good. He's come out of the race at Christmas well and we're happy with him. "He got closer to Hurricane Fly than he ever has before at Leopardstown, so we'll take him on again at the end of the month."

  44. FA welcome presidential contest

    Football Association chairman Greg Dyke welcomes Prince Ali of Jordan's decision to run for Fifa presidency.

    Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, 39, will stand as a candidate at Fifa's presidential election on 29 May, where Sepp Blatter, 78, will seek a fifth term of office.

    Dyke says: "Personally I welcome Prince Ali's decision to stand for the FIFA Presidency. It is very important that there is a credible candidate standing against Mr Blatter and Prince Ali is certainly that."

  45. 'You're just a fat Eddie Murphy'


    So why are we pestering you for your cult hero?

    Eddie Murphy

    Take a look at this piece, it's on a man dubbed a 'fat Eddie Murphy' by rival supporters, Adebayo Akinfenwa.

    The AFC Wimbledon man is also religious and can bench press 28 stone. Yes, you read correctly, 28 stone.

  46. Get involved


    John Beresford

    Who is your cult hero? We want to know on #myculthero.

    FramBeerFest15: John Beresford - constantly 20 yards out of position defensively but great fun to watch going forward.

    EFC Fans Anonymous: Tony Hibbert. He's part of the furniture at Everton. Plus screaming "SHOOT" when he has the ball doesn't get old.

    Stuart Stephens: Gary Brabin was the original Hull City beast "he used to be a bouncer!"

  47. Howe 'to manage top-flight Cherries'

    Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn says sought-after manager Eddie Howe is heading for the Premier League - but it will be with the Cherries and not another club.

    Howe, 37, has been linked with several top-flight clubs over the past month, including Newcastle United.

    Bournemouth are currently one point clear at the top of the Championship.

    "He is back with us and I have no doubt Eddie Howe will manage a Premier League side and it will be AFC Bournemouth," Mostyn told BBC South Today.

  48. David Bernstein on Prince Ali's challenge

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former FA chairman David Bernstein has been talking to BBC Radio 5 live about Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and the Jordanian Prince's challenge against incumbent Sepp Blatter for the leadership of world football's governing body.

    Bernstein says: "I know him fairly well from my time at the FA. He will provide a strong challenge to Sepp Blatter and if he got the position he would do it very well.

    "Fifa needs a major shake-up and it has lost its credibility. It certainly needs a change and this guy could do it.

    "Blatter isn't a fool and he is a very shrewd operator and he gets a lot of support. He isn't popular in Europe but in other parts of the world where FIFA does a lot of good things he has a lot of support.

  49. Zarate savours QPR loan move

    Mauro Zarate

    QPR's new loan signing Mauro Zarate takes to Twitter to celebrate his move to Loftus Road for the remainder of the season..

    "A new challenge in my career. Thanks to everyone for their messages of support!!"

  50. Best's Derby loan could end early

    Derby County striker Leon Best may end his season-long loan deal early and return to Blackburn Rovers in January.

    The 28-year-old joined in August but has only started three matches, and is likely to fall further down the pecking order following Darren Bent's arrival.

    "We will have to have a look at the situation," head coach Steve McClaren told BBC Radio Derby. "He has not had many chances and has not really taken them when he's had them, but his attitude has been great."

  51. Butler joins Doncaster from Blades

    Doncaster have signed Sheffield United defender Andy Butler for an undisclosed fee on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

    The Doncaster-born 31-year-old joined Rovers on loan from the Blades in October and since made 13 appearances for Paul Dickov's side.

  52. Yarnold back in World Cup action


    Britain's Lizzy Yarnold

    Olympic Champion, Lizzy Yarnold, returns for the opening World Cup of 2015 which is taking place in Altenberg, Germany, this week.

    Yarnold rejoins the squad of Laura Deas, Rose McGrandle, Dominic Parsons and Ed Smith, after she was ruled out of the second world cup race of the season before Christmas which took place in Calgary, Canada.

  53. Get involved


    Who is your all-time footballing cult hero? Let us know at #myculthero

    Theo de Turckheim: Definitely Jose Luis Chilavert a man who scored goals and was one hell of a keeper! Made an unpopular position incredibly cool!

    Andrew Neill: Nobby Solano. How many have the quick feet like Nobby and the gall to play the trumpet down the phone to their manager at 3am?

    Tom Pigden: Emmanuel Eboue, a player who truly encapsulated the phrase 'Anything could happen'.

  54. Luke Shaw injury update

    Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw

    Luke Shaw went off with an ankle problem at half-time in Sunday's FA Cup third-round win at League One Yeovil but The Daily Telegraph believes he will be fit to face former club Southampton on Sunday.

    He was taken off at Huish Park as a precaution and is not believed to have suffered any new ligament damage.

  55. FIA introduce new minimum age for 2016

    Drivers who wish to race in Formula 1 must be at least 18 years old and satisfy a new points system, under new rules to be introduced in 2016.

    To gain a super licence, drivers must earn a fixed number of qualifying points from racing in junior series in a three-year period.

    They must cover at least 300km in an F1 car and hold a valid driving licence.

    Max Verstappen, 17, who will make his F1 debut this year, would be ineligible to make his debut under the rules.

  56. New surface at Selhurst?

    Shasha Khan

    The Selhurst Park was criticised by Neil Warnock shortly before his departure as Crystal Palace boss. Whether new manager Alan Pardew demanded a new surface in the terms of his contract I don't know but there are signs of new turf next to the stadium, in a picture tweet, re-tweeted by Palace winger Yannick Bolassie.

  57. Pope makes Bury switch

    BBC Radio Manchester report that Bury have signed goalkeeper Nick Pope on loan until the end of the season from Championship side Charlton Athletic.

  58. Defoe back in the UK

    Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe, linked with a host of Premier League clubs, is back in the country and tweeted earlier: "Just touched down in the UK from south of France, was training with my fitness guy feeling stronger than ever! #Ready"

  59. Man Utd suffer Strootman blow?

    Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman

    Manchester United have been linked with a move for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman but the Italian club's manager Rudi Garcia does not appear ready to let the midfielder go, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    The 24-year-old returned from a serious knee injury towards the end of last year and Garcia hopes he can have a major impact for his team in the remainder of the campaign.

    "With Kevin, we obviously knew he had such a bad injury that it would take him time to get back to 100%," said Garcia.

    "He'll basically only have half a season, but fortunately we play less games in the first half of the campaign.

    "The more he trains, the more he is improving. For Kevin, the break was important, even in a mental sense to get back to training with a freshness. Gradually, we'll see whether he is 100%, but he is getting back to it in training."

  60. Platini backs Prince Ali

    UEFA President Michel Platini with his thoughts on Fifa vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter for the leadership of world football's governing body.

    "I know Prince Ali well. He has all the credibility required to hold high office. We now await his proposals and his programme for the future of football."

  61. Murray plans Pardew talks

    Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray is back at the club after a loan stint at Reading and is now planning to hold talks with manager Alan Pardew about his future.

    "With the new gaffer, we need to speak and I am sure we will. He has been busy up until now and I am sure we will this week," the 31-year-old told the Evening Standard.

  62. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Berahino charged

    West Brom's highly-rated England U-21 international striker Saido Berahino has been charged with drink driving.

    The 21-year-old was arrested by Cheshire Police after being stopped near junction 20 of the southbound M6 in the early hours of 22 October.

    He will appear before North Cheshire magistrates in Runcorn on 19 January.

  63. Arsenal linked with Bielik

    Arsenal have an interest in Legia Warsaw teenage midfielder Krystian Bielik, reports Press Association Sport.

    The 17-year-old was in London before Christmas, and talked of his admiration for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

    Speaking in an interview on Polish website,, he said: "I believe in him, because I know that he is not afraid to play the youngsters.

    "Remember in the last game against Galatasaray in the Champions League, in which he put three 17-year-olds onto the pitch in the second half."

  64. Get involved


    Who is your all-time footballing cult hero? Let us know at #myculthero

    natbags220: Gianfranco Zola. Little man with a big heart and genius footballing skills.

    Charlie Peters: Sandro. He suffered from several injury-ruined seasons at Tottenham, but he loved the fans, and they loved him back.

    Pricey13: Vladimir Smicer.... The only guy to seem genuinely shocked when he scored.

  65. Cardiff eye Millwall's Malone

    BBC Wales reports that Cardiff City are moving closer to signing left-back Scott Malone as the Millwall left-back undergoes a medical with the Bluebirds on Tuesday.

  66. World Darts on the BBC


    A supermarket manager from Stockholm stole the show at Lakeside yesterday. Peter Sajwani knocked out number one seed James Wilson and then analysed his surprise win by talking about gorillas playing golf.

    Wilson's early exit leaves second seed Alan "Chuck" Norris as the highest-ranked player left in the men's draw. Can Yeovil-born Norris, World Championship runner-up in 2014, avoid a similar fate to the "Jammie Dodger"?

    Watch live coverage of Norris's first-round match with Daniel Larsson on BBC Two and online at 13:00 GMT.

  67. Shaqiri to discuss move - reports

    The Daily Mail report that Bayern Munich forward Xherdan Shaqiri and his brother Erdin will be in Munich on Wednesday to hold crunch talks about a move to either Inter Milan or Liverpool.

    Bayern Munich forward Xherdan Shaqiri
  68. Bradford have 'huge incentive' for FA Cup replay

    Bradford v Chelsea

    Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson says the potential FA Cup fourth-round trip to Chelsea has given his side "a huge incentive" to win their third-round replay with Millwall.

    The Bantams drew 3-3 at the New Den in the initial tie on Saturday and the winners of the replay will travel to the current Premier League leaders in the next round.

    "It's a fantastic draw for us and makes the Millwall game a really big one," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

    "We gave a good account of ourselves down there and we have got to have belief in ourselves. The game on Saturday will have given our players some confidence and we have to take that into the replay."

  69. Rules changed over Turkey's foreign players

    The Turkish Football Federation has removed limits on the number of foreign players allowed in its teams, with 14 domestic and 14 foreign players now permitted in 28-man squads, paving the way for clubs to field 11 foreign players in matches.

    Previously a maximum of six were allowed to play at any one time.

  70. QPR sign Zarate


    Mauro Zarate

    Queens Park Rangers have signed West Ham United forward Mauro Zarate on loan until the end of the season.

    The 27-year-old could make his debut for the club against Burnley on Saturday.

    "I first saw him when he was on loan at Birmingham quite a few years back and I actually tried to take him to Portsmouth back then," says QPR boss Harry Redknapp.

    "He's a more-than capable player, he's already shown that, and hopefully he can come in here and do well for us."

  71. Money-spinner for Cambridge United?


    Cambridge united FA Cup reaction

    We showed you earlier the reaction from Cambridge United upon hearing the FA Cup fourth round draw, now boss Richard Money has described the moment his side were drawn to face Manchester United in the FA Cup as "surreal".

    The U's, the lowest-ranked side left in the competition, will host the 11-times FA Cup winners and 20-times champions in the fourth round later in January.

    "It's the game you dream about," Money told BBC Look East.

    "You never really think it's going to happen, and when it's pulled out, it's just surreal. It's a strange feeling."

  72. Gomis going?


    Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis

    Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has become frustrated at his lack of playing time with the Liberty Stadium club and, according to the Daily Mirror, wants to move on.

    Crystal Palace and Newcastle are interested in the France forward, who has a £7m buy-out clause in his contract.

  73. Sharapova wins opening match


    Maria Sharapova during her opening victory at the Brisbane International

    World number two Maria Sharapova, 27, in her first appearance of the season, brushed aside Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-0 6-1 at the Brisbane International.

    And concluding our tennis round-up, at the Auckland Classic there were victories for top seed Caroline Wozniacki and former world number one Venus Williams.

  74. Get involved


    Burly AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has caused something of a sensation with his full-blooded displays, and "The Beast" was on target again in front of the BBC cameras in the 2-1 defeat against Liverpool. (UK users can watch some intricate footwork from the big man on the website now)

    He is a very much a cult hero at the club, so this morning we would like to know who is/was yours and why? Please let us know at #myculthero and on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    James Gregg: John 'the beard' Brayford. Came on loan to Sheffield United scored to send us to Wembley and sat with fans at wknd at Loftus Rd!

    Wade Wilson: John O'Shea. Played in every position at least once for United, scored a late winner at Anfield and he nutmegged Figo.

    Scott Ufton: For Nottingham Forest it has to be Jason Lee for his haircut & ability.

  75. Is Sanogo bound for France?


    Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo

    French club Bordeaux believe they are close to agreeing a deal to take Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on loan.

    Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen for the France Under-21 forward to get some first-team experience, but had suggested he would prefer that to be at another English top-flight club.

    Bordeaux president, Jean-Louis Triaud said on Soir de Foot radio: "We are working on the arrival of Sanogo. He wants to come to us, it's a certainty."

  76. Ched Evans update


    Oldham shirt sponsor - CM solicitors - says it will support the League One club whatever decision they make regarding signing convicted rapist Ched Evans.

    The club says talks regarding the possible signing remain ongoing but more than 30,000 people have signed an online petition urging them not to sign the Wales international striker.

    "As secondary shirt sponsors, we are obviously aware of on-going speculation concerning the possible engagement of Ched Evans by Oldham Athletic," read a CM solicitors statement.

    "Whilst there are many difficult considerations with regards to the matter, we believe that this is solely a matter for the club and we are confident that they will make the right decision in all of the circumstances.

    "Whatever the outcome we are and will remain proud sponsors of the club going forward."

  77. Serena mystified by defeat


    Serena Williams feels the pain during her Hopman Cup defeat against Eugenie Bouchard

    Following her 6-2 6-1 defeat against Eugenie Bouchard at the Hopman Cup team event in Perth, world number one Serena Williams says: "I don't know what's wrong with me. I'm so tired. It's weird. I can't get my body to move.

    "I feel like I've got no energy. It's a little frustrating because I know I can play two thousand times better."

  78. We will make the public excited - Moores

    More from England coach Peter Moores, who says his players need to make the public excited about watching the national team play in one-day internationals.

    England, who have won just four of their last 15 ODIs, fly to Australia today for a tri-series ahead with the Australians and India of their World Cup campaign next month, and Moores said: "We will play in a way that will make the public excited about watching England."

  79. Baggies confirm backroom appointments

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis has brought in Paul Jewell and David Kemp as his joint-assistant head coaches.

    "I don't know what I've done to suffer Kempy again but I suppose I will have to put up with him!" joked Pulis.

    "But the truth is that we have a working relationship which I value very highly - he knows what I want without even having to ask these days.

    "Jewely is someone I have known for a long time. We got to know each other on coaching courses as well as in opposition - he has massive experience and when I thought about what I wanted for this post, he fitted the bill perfectly."

    The club are also in talks to appoint a new goalkeeping coach, which they hope to announce later this week.

  80. Dion Dublin interview

    Former Cambridge and Manchester United Dion Dublin has been speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire this morning about his old clubs being drawn together in round four of the FA Cup.

    "Manchester United fans will expect to get through and rightly so, but stranger things have happened at the Abbey. I've been part of sides that have beaten some big teams there, so the Cambridge boys have a chance.

    "Man Utd have enough fans, enough money and enough trophies in the cabinet so I'm supporting the super U's - although I realised I'm in America when the game takes place!

    "Hopefully Cambridge United can get a draw. They've just got to enjoy this game go into the game with respect but with no fear and try to make history, but they need to remain focused and get some winning momentum in the league ahead of that tie."

  81. South Africa's Petersen quits Test cricket


    Meanwhile, South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen has announced his retirement from international cricket at the age of 34, having scored 2,093 runs at an average of 34 in his 36 Tests since his debut in 2010.

    "I intend playing County and Franchise cricket for the next three years and also concentrating on my Foundation and my cricket school," said Petersen, who also played 21 one-day internationals, in which he scored 504 runs and took seven wickets.

  82. South Africa secure number one Test ranking


    South Africa batsmen Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla celebrate their win over West Indies

    South Africa retained the iconic Test Championship mace and with it a cash award of $500,000 following their 2-0 series win over the West Indies in Cape Town on Tuesday.

    The victory margin means irrespective of how both the fourth Test between Australia and India, and the second Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, pan out, South Africa cannot be removed from the top Test pedestal at the 1 April annual cut-off date.

  83. O's sign Wright after Millwall exit

    Leyton Orient have signed midfielder Josh Wright after his contract with Millwall was cancelled by the Championship club.

    The 25-year-old, the brother of reality TV personality Mark Wright, has already made 12 loan appearances for the O's this term and has now agreed a deal to the end of the season.

  84. Allardyce hints at illegal Reid move


    West ham defender Winston Reid

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has suggested rival clubs may have broken transfer rules by enticing defender Winston Reid to join them.

    Reid's contract expires at the end of June and Allardyce says it is "highly unlikely" he will extend his stay.

    With under six months of his contract remaining, Reid, 26, is only allowed to speak to foreign clubs but Allardyce believes a deal may have been done, despite the player only being allowed to speak to interested parties since 31 December.

    "You hear rumours. But can we prove it?" said Allardyce.

    "If you can prove that clubs have broken the rules, then they are in serious trouble aren't they? But you can't prove it these days. You hear rumours, this, that and the other.

    "It might have nothing to do with the two clubs directly, it could be between two agents, so how can you relate that to the football clubs? You can't, so it can all get done that way."

  85. Russell appointed GB Ice Hockey coach

    Pete Russell has been named the new coach of Great Britain men's senior team. The 40-year-old led the under-20's to the gold medal in December and takes over from Doug Christiansen who resigned last June after 11 months in charge.

  86. Liverpool bound Hammers

    Everton v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    West Ham players board a plane to travel to Liverpool for a game at Everton

    West Ham have tweeted a picture of their players catching a flight to Liverpool for tonight's FA Cup third round game at Everton, which is live in 5 live Sport from 19:00 GMT.

  87. £172m for Messi in market value guide

    Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi

    The Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory has compiled a list of the current market value of the world's leading players.

    The Daily Mail have done their sums based on the statistics and report that Barcelona star Lionel Messi would cost a whopping £172m should he be signed this month, £68m more than his Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The top 10 features six Premier League players - Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea, Sergio Aguero of Manchester City, Raheem Sterling of Liverpool and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal.

  88. Bouchard stuns Serena in Perth


    Serena Williams

    World number one Serena Williams was beaten 6-2 6-1 by Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard at the Hopman Cup, the round robin mixed team event in Perth.

    Bouchard, 19, had lost her two previous meetings with the 33-year-old 18-times grand slam singles champion.

  89. A Question of Sport

    Here's is today's teaser, and it is a football question. Since 2000, which eight teams have been crowned the champions of Ligue 1 in France? Answers for you this afternoon.

  90. Brown-Finnis retires

    Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis

    Everton and England Ladies goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis has announced her retirement from football.

    Since joining Everton in 2003, Brown-Finnis helped the Blues to lift the FA Women's Cup and finish runners-up in the women's top-flight five times.

    "It is something that I have been considering over the past 18 months or so and it is simply down to the amount of pain I suffer with my knee and back over the course of a season," she explained.

  91. Get involved


    Burly AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has caused something of a sensation with his full-blooded displays, and "The Beast" was on target again in front of the BBC cameras in the 2-1 defeat against Liverpool. (UK users can watch some intricate footwork from the big man on the website now)

    He is a very much a cult hero at the club, so this morning we would like to know who is/was yours and why? Please let us know at #myculthero and on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Ben Cobley: The combination of goalscoring and eating can't be beaten, so it has to be Micky Quinn.

    James Martin: Andriy Voronin, because his sheer inability to do anything good always made me laugh even when Liverpool were losing.

    Toby Chapman: David Speedie. Ewood Park legend. Away fans hated him. Scored hat-trick to guarantee play-offs which led to Premier League.

  92. FA Cup

    Everton v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez is coming under increasing pressure with his side having lost their last four matches. The Toffees host West Ham in their FA Cup third round tie tonight and the Spaniard has urged fans to keep the faith.

    "The message to the fans is very clear - we are all together and when we face adversity we need to react in the proper way," he says.

    "We showed so far that we have a very talented group and going through negative dynamics is just a part of finding the right formula to fulfil our potential.

    "It is time to help each other, help the players enjoy their football and we will get the reward from it because the talent and quality is there."

  93. Beijing bid for Winter Olympics

    Winter Sports

    Beijing have handed over their official bid to stage the 2022 Winter Olympics to the International Olympic Committee.

  94. South Africa beat West Indies


    Dean Elgar reaches fifty

    South Africa have beaten West Indies by eight wickets on the final day of the third and final Test in Cape Town and win the series 2-0.

    They resumed on 9-1 this morning in search of 124 for victory and lost only Faf du Plessis, with opener Dean Elgar [pictured reaching this third Test half century] unbeaten on 60 and skipper Hashim Amla 38 not out.

    The teams play three Twenty20 internationals and a five-match one-day series this month.

  95. Plaque unveiled in memory of Hughes


    Phillip Hughes plaque

    Australia centurion David Warner admitted he was highly emotional during the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where Phillip Hughes was struck by a ball in November that claimed his life two days later.

    A plaque dedicated to Hughes was unveiled at the ground and Warner, who was fielding when Hughes was hit, kissed the pitch when he reached 63, the score Hughes was on when the tragedy occurred.

    "I had a tear in my eye this morning when I walked out to warm up and I saw Greg up in the stands and Megs (Hughes' father and sister) and it's fantastic for them to be here," Warner said.

    "The hurt and the pain that they've gone through and how much it would have hurt them to come back today - it's courageous for them to be here. I had a minute when I came back off before we went onto the field of play and I had my head in a towel and I had to dig deep."

  96. European back pages

    Mancini v Tevez

    Corriere dello Sport

    Corriere dello Sport's main picture is dominated by Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini and Juventus striker Carlos Tevez. The pair famously fell out when they were at Manchester City.

    Mancini said Tevez refused to come on as a substitute when City were 2-0 down at Bayern Munich in September 2011 and they will come face-to-face again when their teams meet in a Serie A game tonight. Sparks may fly.

  97. Priestland to join Bath

    Rugby Union

    Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland will join Bath from Scarlets at the end of this season.

    The 27-year-old will compete for a first-team place at Bath with England number 10 George Ford.

    "My entire rugby career has been spent in Wales and, although I've enjoyed that time enormously, I need a new challenge," said Priestland.

  98. India World Cup squad


    Staying with cricket and India have announced their 15-man World Cup squad:

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny.

  99. Peter Moores press conference


    On Eoin Morgan as captain: "It will be exciting, he will bring a lot to the team, a very straightforward captain which will be a good thing for us, with a strong desire to go out there to go out and show how well he can play and how well we can play as a team. It was a brave decision to change it but it felt like the right one."

  100. Peter Moores press conference


    On replacing Alastair Cook as captain: "Unfortunate for Alastair that he missed out but I feel very confident we have identified the best 15 players. It was a tough one on Alastair, he had every opportunity to try and get on the plane and he committed totally to that and to the team. All that work won't be lost, we've got a very good set of players, it's time for us to move on.

    "Alastair has a lot of Test cricket to play and it will be beneficial for him to have that break but he will be disappointed not to go to the World Cup. It's a good time for him to prepare for Test cricket while we are focusing on the World Cup."

  101. Get involved


    There's only one Adebayo Akinfenwa, there's no doubt about that. But who is YOUR cult hero? Let us know at #myculthero

    Andrew Priestley: Mid-1990s PL football was a great time for cult heroes. Think of Vinnie Jones, Julian Dicks, Faustino Asprilla and Eric Cantona.

    Isaac Qureshi: Wes Brown at Man Utd. Always willing to put that big tackle in, to the rapturous applause of the crowd. Brilliant.

  102. European back pages

    Barcelona are crumbling


    Spanish sports daily Marca's front page is dominated by a picture of Barcelona star Lionel Messi and the club's manager Luis Enrique with the headline 'Barcelona are crumbling'.

    The paper claims there is growing tension between the pair, with Messi being linked in the English press to a move to the Premier League after he followed the top-flight's joint leaders and some of their players on Instagram.

  103. Jones concern for Six Nations

    Rugby Union

    Wales prop Rhodri Jones could miss this season's Six Nations Championship due to injury. His club team Scarlets have confirmed the 23-year-old suffered a dislocated shoulder during last Saturday's victory over the Ospreys.

    Jones will see a specialist this week, with Wales and England contesting the first match of this year's competition in Cardiff on 6 February.

  104. Footballers suffer in extreme Perth heat

    Extreme heat in Western Australia led to unhappy players vomiting and suffering excessive weight loss during a top of the table A-League clash.

    Perth Glory's 2-1 home loss to Adelaide United had been delayed by 30 minutes to a 1730 local time kick-off but was still played out in 39 degrees Celsius (102 Fahrenheit) temperatures, which dropped by only four degrees at the end of the game, on the hottest January day in Perth for 20 years.

  105. Get involved


    Burly AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa has caused something of a sensation with his full-blooded displays, and "The Beast" was on target again in front of the BBC cameras in the 2-1 defeat against Liverpool. (UK users can watch some intricate footwork from the big man on the website now)

    He is a very much a cult hero at the club, so this morning we would like to know who is/was yours and why? Please let us know at #myculthero and on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  106. Sports Direct silent over Evans

    Sports Direct are declining to comment on the Northumbria police and crime commissioner, Vera Baird, asking Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley to drop his firm's sponsorship of Oldham Athletic if they sign Ched Evans.

  107. Get involved

    Some of your thoughts on whether Liverpool are right to let Steven Gerrard leave.

    UnSimpleSimon: Not Reds' fault. Stevie G felt slighted at having less playing time, which was the right move as he sometimes looked stale.

    Peter Faragher: Until Stevie G signs with another club there is always a chance he'll change his mind. Remember the Chelsea move in 2006?

  108. UK back pages

    Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski embraces his loan move to Inter

    The Guardian also have video of an interview with Inter boss Roberto Mancini after Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski completed a loan move to the Italian club for the remainder of the season.

  109. UK back pages

    Daily Star

    Not an error from the Daily Star, but a helpful reminder about how many goals Steven Gerrard scored last night. I prefer the headline below regarding the future of Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, currently on loan at Real Madrid, who is set to be sold.

    The 26-year-old Mexico international is surely a good acquisition for many a Premier League club? Let us know your thoughts and whether Liverpool were right to let Gerrard leave this summer. #bbcsportsday

  110. UK back pages

    The Independent

    The Independent features an interview with England bowler Stuart Broad, who says of the decision to remove captain Alastair Cook from the one-day team: "He came under so much pressure it made him tighten his game and possibly made the team tighten their game, too.

    "Cooky's form has been under question for a year or so and it just got to a tipping point."

  111. UK back pages

    Daily Mirror

    An unusual story from the Daily Mirror, who report that Arsenal have fined goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny £20,000 for smoking in the showers following the New Year's Day defeat at Southampton.

    The Mirror's John Cross adds that Arsenal have denied other claims - aired by former midfielder John Jensen on Danish TV - that Szczesny has been punished after a dressing room row and won't play for the club again.

  112. FA Cup highlights

    You can also watch the moment the Cambridge manager Richard Money and chairman Dave Doggett discovered they would be playing Manchester United at home in the next round of the FA Cup.

  113. FA Cup highlights

    You can watch highlights of that Liverpool victory at AFC Wimbedon, plus some impressive skills from the cult hero at the Dons, the burly 16-stone striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.

    UK users only can watch highlights (and there were not many by all accounts) of Burnley's draw against Tottenham at Turf Moor.

  114. Phil McNulty blog

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty had an eventful trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium, formerly Kingsmeadow, to watch Steven Gerrard score twice as Liverpool beat AFC Wimbledon last night. Phil had to scale a ladder to reach a makeshift overflow press box and you can read all about his exploits on the BBC website now.

  115. Gossip Column

    There is plenty of other transfer speculation, football news and social media in today's BBC Sport Gossip Column.

  116. Bony considers January move - reports

    The transfer window is ajar and the Daily Telegraph report that Wilfried Bony has told Swansea that he would be interested in moving to a Champions League club this month, with Premier League champions Manchester City thought to be monitoring the Ivory Coast striker.

  117. Warner hits century as Australia dominate

    Australia opener David Warner celebrates his century

    On the opening day of the fourth and final Test in Sydney, Australia, who lead India 2-0, compiled 348-2, with opener David Warner making 101, his third century of the series.

  118. New Zealand duo set new Test record


    BJ Watling and Kane Williamson

    Plenty of Test cricket taking place in sunnier climes, and Kane Williamson (242 not out) and BJ Watling (142 not out) have set a new Test record for the sixth-wicket with an unbroken partnership of 365 on the penultimate day of the second and final Test with Sri Lanka in Wellington.

    Sri Lanka, who lost the first Test by eight wickets, were set 390 and closed on 45-1. Watling was also involved in the previous record with Brendon McCullum on 14 February last year, and a plaque commemorating that stand of 352 had only just been completed at the picturesque Basin Reserve ground. Looking on the bright side for the signwriters, there is only one name to change I suppose.

  119. FA Cup fourth round draw

    There were some intriguing ties drawn out in last night's FA Cup fourth round draw live on the BBC, League Two Cambridge at home to Manchester United, Brighton against Arsenal and a potential derby between Chelsea and Millwall.

  120. FA Cup review

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight it's the turn of two more FA Cup winners as Everton host West Ham at Goodison Park, a match you can hear live on BBC Radio 5 live, the programme starting at 19:00 GMT.

  121. Post update

    Hello and welcome along to another Sportsday. Steven Gerrard was the hero again for Liverpool last night, with two goals as they beat AFC Wimbledon on a tricky surface at Kingsmeadow. With Frank Lampard still impressing for Manchester City at the age of the 36, were Liverpool right to dispense with their 34-year-old talisman? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.