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  1. Goodbye

    So, that is everything from what has been a busy day of sport.

    Thank you for your company and we will be back nice and early at 08:00 GMT on Thursday for all the latest transfer news and breaking stories. Have a good night and we will see you again soon.

  2. Saints to sign Munster's Hanrahan

    Rugby Union

    Northampton Saints will sign Munster fly-half JJ Hanrahan at the end of the season on an undisclosed contract.

    The 22-year-old is in the final year of his deal with the Irish province, where he has played 51 games since his debut in September 2012.

    "Like Munster, Northampton is a club that has a proud history, great structures and a passionate local supporter base. I am really looking forward to testing myself in a new environment," he said.

  3. Cricket

    Captain Jonathan Trott hit 79 from 127 balls as England Lions drew their opening tour game against a Gauteng Invitation XI in Soweto, South Africa.

    Jonathan Trott

    It was his first game for an England side since he left the 2013-14 Ashes tour with a "stress-related illness".

    Kent batsman Sam Billings hit 53 before retiring as Trott eventually declared at 176-5 to set Gauteng 441 to win. The Lions' pace attack reduced the hosts to 57-5 but they were 120-8 when a draw was agreed with a storm approaching.

  4. Clubs breaking salary cap - Diamond

    Rugby Union

    Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond believes some Premiership clubs are paying out up to £2m over the salary cap.

    There have been reports that both Saracens and Bath are being investigated for wage-cap breaches.

    "One would suggest that some clubs are spending in excess of £2-£2.5m more than the cap - they'd have to be," Diamond told BBC Radio Manchester.

    "I wouldn't say they're ignoring it. I think they're using creative accountancy to get round it."

  5. Ched Evans latest


    Oldham Athletic owner Simon Corney says there is an "80% chance" that the League One club will sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.


    Speaking to the Jewish Chronicle from New York, Corney said the deal could happen "at any time", but that it "wasn't straightforward" and there were "some legal issues" to overcome first.

    "We believe he has served his time," Corney said.

    Club sponsors have been told to prepare for confirmation of the Evans deal.

  6. Wasps' Varndell wings in to Bristol

    Rugby Union

    Wasps winger Tom Varndell has agreed to join Championship leaders Bristol at the end of the season.

    Capped four times by England, Varndell has made 125 appearances for the Premiership outfit, scoring 350 points.

    Having begun his career at Leicester, he was the joint-top try scorer in the English top-flight in 2013 and has scored six in 11 games this season.

  7. Best videos

    Fancy some entertainment on your way home? Well, here are a selection of the best videos on the BBC Sport site at the moment. Enjoy.

    Football: Our latest FA Cup memory sees Blackpool beat Bolton 4-3 in the 1953 FA Cup final in a game known as the 'Matthews Final' because of the contribution of legendary winger Stanley.

    Darts: Darryl Fitton eliminates number two seed Alan Norris to reach the quarter-finals at the BDO World Darts Championship after a thrilling match at the Lakeside.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Snooker: Steve Davis charts the history of century breaks in snooker, with contributions from Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry and Judd Trump.

    Rugby union: BBC Sport looks into why Saracens players wore impact sensors behind their ears in Saturday's win against London Irish.

    Cricket: Head coach Peter Moores insists England "can beat anybody" at next month's Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

  8. Stoke signing

    Stoke confirm the signing of German international central defender Philipp Wollscheid, 25, on loan with a view to a permanent move to the Britannia Stadium.

    Philipp Wollscheid

    Manager Mark Hughes said: "Philipp is a player we've been aware of and have been tracking for some time and he will add to the competition for places in the centre of our defence.

    "He's got presence, technically he is good, he has played at a high level and he has gone for big money in the past. To get a German international at relatively young age is a good deal for the club."

  9. Get involved - refereeing standards

    Here's what some of you have been saying on the BBC Sport Facebook page on how to improve refereeing standards in the Premier League:

    Callum Frizzell: The only way that refereeing can improve is if Uefa take control of refs in total and move them across Europe, English refs in Spain, Spanish in Italy and so on. This will improve consistency across the continent. Train them all on the standards at once.

    La Liga referee

    Creag Arandle: Get with modern times! Get some new young refs to be on the pitch and send the old-timers up to the stands as TMOs, then everyone can see the correct decision and no more moaning at incorrect officiating!

    Bob Horton: Part of why we love this game so much is its unpredictability, which stems from human error (either by players or officials), if decisions go against you, that's tough, it's what makes the game exciting and frustrating. Things like that even out over time. Retrospective bans for diving need to be introduced, but nothing more.

  10. Bees consider Griffin Park options


    Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin is hopeful the club may be allowed to play matches at Griffin Park if they are promoted to the Premier League.

    The 12,763-capacity stadium, the west London club's home since 1904, does not currently meet top-flight standards.

    "Clearly we are not going to meet all of the Premier League's criteria. We can certainly move towards them," he told BBC London 94.9.

    Every Championship club has to submit plans to the Premier League board before 31 January, detailing how they will meet a series of requirements if they go up.

  11. Today's headlines

    Here are the sport headlines from today so far.

    Football: Convicted rapist Ched Evans has agreed a deal to sign for Oldham Athletic, according to sponsors of the League One club.

    Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been released from a hospital after being admitted last month with a severe urinary tract infection.

    Muhammad Ali

    Cricket: England all-rounder Ben Stokes scored 77 off just 37 balls on his Australia Big Bash debut for Melbourne Renegades.

    Tennis: Andy Murray and Heather Watson suffered mixed doubles defeat as Great Britain lost 2-1 to Poland in the Hopman Cup.

    Darts: Darryl Fitton beat number two seed Alan Norris in a deciding set tie-break to reach the quarter-finals of the BDO World Championships.

    Football: Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has accepted an offer to join Manchester United.

  12. Wasps to sign Leinster's Gopperth

    Rugby Union

    Wasps have signed Leinster fly-half Jimmy Gopperth on a contract which will start before the 2015-16 season.

    The New Zealand-born 31-year-old previously played in the Premiership with Newcastle, with whom he won the league's Golden Boot in 2010 and 2011.

    Wasps have also confirmed that wing Will Helu, 28, will leave in the summer, and that 34-year-old former England international Andy Goode has been offered a coaching role at the club.

  13. Leicester close in on striker


    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "Leicester City are close to finalising the signing of Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric for a club-record fee.

    Andrej Kramaric

    "The deal, thought to be worth in excess of £9m, is set to go through subject to the 23-year-old being granted a work permit. Chelsea were also known to be interested in Kramaric, who has scored 28 goals in 24 appearances for Rijeka and the Croatian national team this season.

    "Leicester are not commenting, but a statement on FC Rijeka's website has confirmed the move is close to completion."

  14. Bony's City move hit stumbling block.


    Swansea striker Wilfried Bony's move to Manchester City has hit a stumbling block because the clubs cannot agree a fee for the Ivorian, reports ESPN.

    They claim Swansea are hoping to get £30 million for the 26-year-old, who was the Premier League's top scorer in the calendar year 2014 with 20 goals, while City are yet to offer that much.

  15. Luton deals for Stockley and Rooney


    Luton Town have signed Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley on a one-month loan and extended midfielder Luke Rooney's contract until the summer.

    Stockley's only games this season came during a spell at the Hatters' League Two rivals Cambridge United.

    The 21-year-old scored twice in four games for the U's, but has not played since September, even though the deal only expired this week.

    Rooney, 24, has three goals in his last four games.

  16. Get involved - Refereeing standards


    A few more of your thoughts from Twitter on how refereeing standards in the Premier League could be improved:

    Rugby union referee

    Nathan Maxwell: They need to take less flak from players. Rugby refs don't take any. One red card and problem is solved.

    Osinuga Doyin: They should be allowed to watch the replay of that incident they couldn't see clearly before making that call.

    Sam J. Frampton: Give the referees technology for factual decisions. Give them a margin of error for opinion decisions. They're human.

  17. Barcelona news conference


    We seem to be winding up at this news conference with the Barcelona president.

    So let's sum that up. Presidential elections will be held in the summer. Manager Luis Enrique remains in charge and Lionel Messi is going nowhere.

    Simple. That's the end of it then... Or is it?

  18. Barcelona news conference


    More from Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

    "These news stories are created to try to damage FC Barcelona. They are written with the intention of creating conflicts where conflict does not exist. Ultimately these are questions that you have to direct to Enrique and Messi. Enrique has made clear that these matters are best kept between the squad.

    "From the contact I have made they are getting on fine and want to win titles. Enrique has a project that he is working on. Of course, we always want to win, but there is no doubting him.

    "All the turmoil around the club will affect the team. That is precisely why we have called an election."

  19. Barcelona news conference


    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

    "Leo Messi this year is not the same as last year. He has more ambition, he seems more enthusiastic, keener to win and that is good news for the club.

    "Our new director of football will be someone from the club, or who has been at the club before. They must have Barca DNA."

  20. Barcelona news conference



    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

    "I accept criticism, I accept facts, I like to talk clear and be direct and transparent. But you all know where these rumours are coming from. You know the people and I am asking for the rival candidates to respect fair play in the presidential campaign. People should focus their efforts toward helping the team. When we get to the campaign then people have the right to be critical."

    "I am in contact with Enrique and Messi, things are working here. Certain things happen amongst the squad, we don't get involved in the personal relationship between them. In the last few days I have been in contact with them to make sure things are going well."

  21. Barcelona news conference


    More from Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

    "The thing that we have opened a disciplinary inquest into Messi? False. That is a false rumour. This is what I am saying, these unnecessary rumours around the club cause bad feeling about the club. I can't come round here every day and deny rumours. Messi has a contract.

    "Remember, just a few months ago we came up with a new agreement. He is here until 2018 he is happy with the club and wants to win more titles. There is nothing to panic about in that regard.

    "At the start of this season I said we are rebuilding a team and Messi is the central figure. The team is built around him, he is our best player, he is under contract and we are counting on his services."

  22. Barcelona news conference


    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

    "I've been in close contact with Enrique and Messi in recent days. I am always close to the first team and to ensure that the conditions are adequate for them to contend for titles.

    "Luis Enrique has a project that he is working on at the moment. He is restructuring the team, he has a job to do and there is no doubt he is the ideal man for this position. I just think it would be good for the team, for the club, for these elections to be called.

    "No. I've not had a meeting with Oscar Garcia. I don't want to confirm or deny things. We are of course looking for a new director of sport."

  23. Barcelona news conference


    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu: "I am a solid defender of Andoni Zubizarreta. The team has been renovated, and we will pass judgement at the end of the season depending on which titles we win. There have been changes in the last few weeks, we have lost confidence. It was the right decision for him to go. It was time for a change.

    "It has affected Luis Enrique as well, he has been working very closely with him. They have discussed transfers, that is the way it should be at the club. It is time to begin a new era now. The director of football has been dismissed, not the first-team manager. We will bring in someone else."

  24. Barcelona news conference


    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu:

    "The most important thing is that we seek success. That is always based on the members being behind the team. I ask you to continue your support.

    "I wanted to see out our mandate until 2017 but I think now that the club needs tranquility. It is good for the club that the members can vote for a project. There has been an astonishing amount of tension over the last few weeks and that is unacceptable for the club."

  25. Barcelona news conference


    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu: "Sorry for the delay! We will call elections at the end of the season. The main reason is because we want to bring down the tension surrounding the club at the moment.

    "The tension has been exaggerated, the club is on good solid ground, we are about to start the new project for the new stadium and in all different sports the teams are in contention for titles."

  26. Lions draw opener


    Jonathan Trott

    Captain Jonathan Trott hit 79 from 127 balls as England Lions drew their opening tour game in South Africa against a Gauteng Invitation XI in Soweto.

    It was his first game for an England side since he left the 2013-14 Ashes tour with a "stress-related illness".

    Kent batsman Sam Billings hit 53 before retiring as Trott eventually declared at 176-5 to set Gauteng 441 to win.

  27. Football

    We are still waiting for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu to address his audience. There are many questions needing to be answered, including what is Lionel Messi's future at the club. We will let you know when he makes an appearance.

  28. Gerrard's move to LA Galaxy confirmed


    LA Galaxy confirm Steven Gerrard will join them in the summer - that was a well-kept secret wasn't it?

    "I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my career in the United States with LA Galaxy," said Gerrard. "The Galaxy are the most successful club in Major League Soccer history and I am looking forward to competing for more championships in the years to come."

  29. Spurs in for Emenike


    The agent of Fenerbahce forward Emmanuel Emenike has said Tottenham are interested in his client, reports the London Evening Standard.

    The Nigeria international has a release clause of £15.7million and his representative Erdem Konyar is reported to have said Spurs have expressed an interest.

  30. Barcelona news conference


    Josep Maria Bartomeu

    Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is set to speak to the media shortly.

    The club have tweeted that his news conference is set to take place.

  31. Post update

    BBC Sport's John Bennett ‏on twitter: Moussa Konate replacing Diafra Sakho in the #Senegal squad. Konate was the star man for the team at the London 2012 Olympics. Now at FC Sion.

  32. Goalkeeper Grant signs Derby deal


    Derby County goalkeeper Lee Grant has signed a new deal which keeps him at the club until the summer of 2017.

    The 31-year-old has made 74 appearances for the Rams since joining from Burnley for his second spell in May 2013 and has become the first-choice number one.

  33. Ambrose signs to stay on at Ipswich


    Darren Ambrose

    Ipswich Town have extended the contract of midfielder Darren Ambrose until the end of the season.

    The 30-year-old started his career at Portman Road and returned on a short-term deal in September.

    He has made six appearances in his current spell, but made his first start on Saturday, scoring in the 1-1 FA Cup draw with Southampton.

  34. Top stories

    A reminder of the top stories on the BBC Sport website.

    Football: A deal has been agreed for convicted rapist Ched Evans to play for Oldham Athletic, the club's sponsors say.

    Football: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join the Los Angeles Galaxy in July, according to the club's coach.

    Football: Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has accepted an offer to join Manchester United.

  35. Massaro aims to be world number one


    Former world and British champion Laura Massaro has set her sights on topping the sport's rankings list for the first time in 2015.

    "I believe in every training session that I can still challenge for the number one spot and win more titles," she told BBC Radio Jersey.

    Massaro, 31, will compete in the Tournament of Champions later this month, to be played in a glass court inside New York's iconic Grand Central Station.

  36. Wigan's Riera seals Deportivo loan move


    Wigan striker Oriol Riera has completed a loan move to Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna until the end of the season.

    Riera, 28, has scored just one goal in 13 appearances since joining from Osasuna on a three-year deal in June.

    He has featured just once as a substitute since new manager Malky Mackay took over.

  37. Hunt departs Leeds


    Noel Hunt

    Noel Hunt has parted company with Leeds United.

    The club have terminated the striker's contract by mutual consent and he is now free to find an alternative club.

    The Republic of Ireland international made 22 appearances for United, but spent the final weeks of 2014 on loan at Ipswich Town where he scored on his debut against Charlton in November.

  38. Get involved

    Text 81111

    Another suggestion on how you think Premier League referees can improve standards:

    Jack in Balham: A few referees this season have given the impression that they enjoy impacting games. Despite the vast amounts of coverage, modern referees need to realise that they are there to facilitate the game and are not in fact the stars of the show. Have a look at any recent footage of Mark Clattenberg giving a penalty. He's delighted to be on camera.

  39. Gerrard tips Henderson for captaincy


    Steven Gerrard believes Jordan Henderson is the perfect choice to succeed him as Liverpool skipper.

    Gerrard tells the Liverpool Echo the 24-year-old midfielder, who was appointed vice-captain in September, has the respect of everyone in the dressing room.

    "I certainly believe Jordan has everything you need to be a great captain," he said.

  40. Valdes agrees United deal


    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Victor Valdes

    "Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has accepted an offer to join Manchester United.

    "There has been no official announcement from the club, but it is thought Valdes has agreed an 18-month contract."

  41. Port Vale sign defender Veseli


    Port Vale have signed defender Freddie Veseli on a contract to the end of the season after he mutually agreed to cancel his deal with Ipswich Town.

    The 22-year-old had been on loan at Vale, where he has played 16 times so far this season, and it was believed his temporary stint would be extended until the end of the campaign.

    But the ex-Manchester City trainee has signed full-time forms at Vale Park.

  42. Fitton progresses at Lakeside


    A quick cross over to the Lakeside Country Club and the BDO World Darts Championships where a cracker of a second round match has just reached its conclusion.

    Darryl Fitton has edged out number two seed and last year's runner-up Alan Norris in an epic encounter 4-3 after winning the deciding set by two clear legs.

    You can follow live coverage on BBC Two or by clicking the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  43. Get involved - Refereeing standards


    A few early suggestions on Twitter on how you think Premier League referees can improve standards:

    David Gale: Referees should be interviewed after decisions of controversy to give their view be able to admit if they have made a mistake.

    Steven Parkhill: Referees should in some cases come out and explain why they came (or didn't) to a decision or have referee reports published.

    Soccer Bob: Younger/fitter referees like Michael Oliver. Refs like Dowd can't keep up with play. Linesmen need to make more decisions as well.

  44. Stoke confirm interest in Shaqiri


    Xherdan Shaqiri

    Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen has confirmed their interest in Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

    Liverpool and Inter Milan are among clubs also reportedly keen to sign the Swiss international, who scored a hat-trick against Honduras during last year's World Cup.

    "There is genuine interest because he is a fantastic player," Bowen told BBC Radio Stoke. "He's definitely on our list, but as you can imagine there is competition for a player of his ability."

  45. Neil talks to Canaries


    Hamilton boss Alex Neil
    Image caption: Hamilton Academical boss Alex Neil has made eight appearances as a player this season

    Hamilton Academical boss Alex Neil is holding talks with Norwich City over the managerial vacancy at Carrow Road.

    The Championship side approached Accies on Tuesday, following the resignation of Neil Adams.

    Neil, 33, has been player-manager at New Douglas Park since April 2013, winning promotion to the Premiership via the play-offs last season.

    Hamilton are third in the Scottish top flight, four points behind leaders Aberdeen.

  46. Get involved - Refereeing standards


    Phil Dowd confronted during Tottenham v Chelsea

    Following on from our earlier vote on your views on Premier League refereeing standards, we want to hear how you think officials can improve.

    Get involved on Twitter via #bbcsportsday text 81111 or leave a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook Page.

  47. Europe's travelling transfer target


    Martin Odegaard

    The name of Martin Odegaard has been on the lips of a fair few clubs across Europe in recent weeks.

    The 16-year-old Norway midfielder has been tipped to sign for a number of sides, including Real Madrid, Liverpool, Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City, all of whom he has visited.

    Norwegian journalist Morten Stokstad, from sports paper VG Sporten, reports Odegaard is at Real Madrid's Valdebebas training ground where he has been told he will train today and tomorrow.

    "This is his second visit in the last two months and it's the third time his father has been here," he told BBC Sport.

    "This is the last tour he'll take before he'll decide which club he will go to and Real Madrid is the club closest to signing him.

    "It's been like an adventure the last nine months since he made his debut in the Norwegian top league at the age of 15."

  48. Ched Evans latest


    Ched Evans leaving home earlier on Wednesday

    Keep up to date with the latest, breaking story on Ched Evans.

    BBC Sport understands Oldham's club sponsors are being told by senior sources at the club that a deal for the 26-year-old striker Ched Evans has been agreed.

    One sponsor, Verlin Rainwater Solutions, has now ended its association with the club as a result.

  49. Final whistle on vote


    It's full time on our vote asking how you think referees have performed this season.

    As you can see at the top of the page, 67.5% of you agree with referees' boss Keith Hackett that officials have performed worse than last season.

  50. Aguero/Costa comparison amuses Bradshaw


    Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw is amused by fans comparing him to Sergio Aguero and Diego Costa over goals-per-games ratio.

    He has 14 from 21 appearances this season, but told BBC WM 95.6: "Stats are nice to look at but it's only halfway through the season."

    Bradshaw will look to add to his tally when the Saddlers face Preston in the first leg of the Northern Area Final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Wednesday evening.

  51. Vlaar to United?


    Manchester United are set to offer £1.5m for Arsenal and Liverpool target Ron Vlaar, reports the Daily Star. The Aston Villa and Netherlands defender is certainly in high demand.

  52. Portsmouth sign defender Robinson


    Portsmouth have completed the signing of former Millwall defender Paul Robinson on an 18-month deal.

    Robinson, 33, came through the Lions' youth ranks and went on to make 362 appearances, scoring the winning goal in the 2010 League One play-off final.

    He has spent the first half of this season on loan at Pompey, making 25 appearances for the club.

    "He had offers from other clubs and I am delighted he has chosen us," manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent.

  53. Post update

    Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale on Twitter: Love a derby day, can't wait to get out on the pitch!!

    Real Madrid travel to Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey last-16 first leg this evening.

  54. Lionel Messi future


    Messi coverage composite

    A snapshot of some of the Spanish media coverage surrounding the future of Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

    Above left, Catalan sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo's front page headline reads: "Key day", with a photo of Messi training with Barcelona coach Luis Enrique watching him in the background.

    Meanwhile, Barcelona-based sports newspaper Sport leads with: "Break-up. Luis Enrique and Messi don't even speak to each other."

  55. Ched Evans latest


    Oldham's club sponsors are being told by senior sources at the club that a deal with Ched Evans has been agreed, and that they should prepare for an announcement confirming his signing on Thursday or Friday, the BBC has learnt.

  56. Smith to stay at Bristol City


    Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill is confident of keeping Fulham loanee Matt Smith at the club, reports the Bristol Evening Post, after he scored four goals in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy 4-2 win at Gillingham.

  57. Barrow signs new Swans deal


    Forward Modou Barrow has committed his long-term future to Swansea City by signing a new four-year contract.

    Barrow's new deal will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until the summer of 2018.

    The 22-year-old Gambian arrived in September 2014 from Swedish second-tier club Ostersunds on a short-term deal.

  58. Oystons attempt to sue supporter


    Blackpool owner Owen Oyston and chairman Karl Oyston have begun legal action against a fan who posted about them on an internet forum.

    The pair are attempting to sue the fan for £150,000 for a number of serious allegations that have appeared online, which they claim to be untrue.

    Karl is currently being investigated by the Football Association for sending abusive texts to a supporter.

    Not like Blackpool to be surrounded by controversy...

  59. Norris and Fitton go head-to-head at Lakeside

    Alan Norris

    Phil Cartwright, BBC Sport at the Lakeside Country Club:

    "It's second-round day at Frimley Green, with five quarter-final places up for grabs in today's two sessions. Up first is a real heavyweight clash between Alan Norris and Darryl Fitton, both vastly experienced players on the Lakeside stage.

    "After knocking out top seed James Wilson on Monday, Swedish supermarket manager Peter Sajwani will look to cause another upset against Robbie Green, who reached the semi-finals last year.

    "Three-time winner Martin Adams and number four seed Scott Mitchell play tonight. Coverage starts at 13:00 GMT on BBC Two and online."

  60. Lionel Messi's future


    Lionel Messi

    Spanish newspaper AS reports Lionel Messi tells Barcelona's board 'it is either Luis Enrique or me'.

    They report: "The Argentinean doesn't share the coach's beliefs on which system suits Barça best and now he has decided to take a stand. Messi has more or less made it known to the board that it's either him or me - you choose."

    Don't forget club president Josep Maria Bartomeu will be speaking at 15:00 GMT. We will bring you what he has to say.

  61. Post update

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    Previous winners Lord Windermere and Bobs Worth are among 35 initial entries for this year's Cheltenham Gold Cup.

    Two-time King George VI Chase winner Silviniaco Conti is the ante-post favourite at around 4/1 for the race on 13 March.

    The first five finishers in last year's contest could all face each other again:

    1 Lord Windermere, 2 On His Own, 3 The Giant Bolster, 4 Silviniaco Conti, 5 Bobs Worth

    Bobs Worth won the Gold Cup in 2013.

  62. Vote

    Former referees' boss Keith Hackett claims officiating standards in the Premier League over Christmas were "bordering on appalling".

    Hackett, 70, has named five current top-flight referees who he claims should be demoted at the end of the season.

    We want to know how you think referees are performing this season compared to last? You can vote at the top of the page.

  63. American dream for Gerrard


    Los Angeles Galaxy coach Bruce Arena confirms Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join the club in July.

    In an interview with the LA Times, he said: "Steven Gerrard arrives in July and by then we will certainly have a plan available," Arena, who has led the club to three Major League Soccer titles in four years, told the newspaper.

    "He's a player of quality. We have a club now with a proven history of success. All those things go hand in hand in making LA Galaxy a very attractive team for players such as Steven Gerrard."

  64. Happy Birthday

    Eden Hazard

    Chelsea and Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard was born on this day in 1991. Many happy returns...

  65. Get involved - sport's turning points


    A few more of your suggestions here from Twitter of sporting turning points:

    Steve Kowalski: May 2003, James Thomas, Swansea v Hull. Hat-trick kept the swans in the league. What a legend

    Tim Cawte: Jesper Gronkjaer's goal against Liverpool in 2004 to ensure #CFC qualified for the Champions League

    Stew Ferris: Ian Botham at Headingley 1981, nuff said.

  66. Lionel Messi future


    Interesting stuff from Luis Enrique there then. The Barcelona boss seemed pretty confident about his future at the club but was remarkably non committal about the recent rumours surrounding his relationship with Lionel Messi.

    We will hear from the Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu at about 15:00 GMT.

  67. Barcelona news conference


    Barcelona boss Luis Enrique:

    "The same way as I am with my children, I don't treat each of my players the same way. That would be an error. I have stayed loyal to my principles."

  68. Barcelona news conference


    Luis Enrique is asked whether he thinks Lionel Messi is still "delighted" to be at Barcelona:

    "I don't want to comment. We know things change and a month is a long time. Things have changed but it is up to you to speak to parties involved. I am as happy as ever here, happier even."

  69. Barcelona news conference


    Barcelona boss Luis Enrique declined to comment on reports that Lionel Messi was upset at starting on the substitutes bench for the defeat by Real Sociedad and that he had a falling out with the player:

    "At the moment it just seems to be negative vibes, nothing positive. I don't think I should be asked to confirm any or deny any of these rumours. It would stir up more problems than it would solve. Things are going to happen during the season and it is up to us to sort it out," Enrique said.

    "Things that happen between the team and the players will always be kept [like] that. My job is not to discuss the rumours, it is to be first team manager."

  70. Barcelona news conference

    Barcelona manager Luis Enrique speaking at a news conference about his relationship with Lionel Messi:

    "I speak to all the players, of course I do. I can't speak individually to every player every day. I have said so many times [so] is there any need to say it again.

    "Lionel Messi is important, he is the greatest player in the world. I have said that enough times, it doesn't make sense repeating myself."

  71. Barcelona news conference


    Barcelona manager Luis Enrique speaking at a news conference:

    "I am always in contact with the president. They have not given me any ultimatum. I am going into the Elche game with the same confidence as ever.

    "I feel motivated and am thinking about the things we can improve. I have the same faith in my players as ever."

  72. Barcelona news conference


    Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is speaking at a news conference now. Stay tuned.

  73. On this day

    Lionel Messi

    On this day in 2013, Lionel Messi became the first man to win four Ballon d'Ors. Is the unthinkable about to happen though with his departure from the club strongly speculated in some quarters? I can't believe it myself, but time will tell.

    Nice suit by the way Leo...

  74. Castleford winger Dixon retires

    Rugby League

    Castleford Tigers winger Kirk Dixon has retired because of a neck injury.

    The 30-year-old scored 12 tries in 19 games in 2014 and passed the 1000-point mark for the club.

    Dixon, who had a brief spell in rugby union with Northampton Saints, started his career with Hull FC before moving on to Castleford in October 2006.

  75. Valdes to Manchester United


    Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports Manchester United are on the verge of completing a deal for ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

    The Spaniard is reported to have been training with Louis van Gaal's side since October as he bids to build up his fitness following a cruciate knee injury and it is claimed Van Gaal has now offered the 32-year-old a deal to stay with the club on a full-time basis, after United completed a thorough medical examination of the player.

  76. Evans & Oldham agree personal terms?


    Sky Sports report convicted rapist Ched Evans has agreed personal terms with Oldham and that a potential deal is in place.

  77. Townsend determined to stay at Spurs


    Tottenham midfielder Andros Townsend

    Andros Townsend insists his long-term future is at Tottenham despite being consistently linked with a move away from White Hart Lane.

    Speaking to the London Evening Standard, the 23-year-old England winger said: "The club want me here and I want to be here, so that's all I can say at the minute.

    "I'm a Spurs boy. I've been at the club since the age of eight so as long as I'm in the team, as I have been over the last few weeks, I'm not looking to go anywhere."

  78. Get involved

    Text 81111

    Jenni in Newtownards on text: THAT Mark Robins goal for Manchester United on 7th January 1990 away to Nottingham Forest that saved Fergie's job. Turning points don't come much bigger than that, who knows where Manchester United would be now if that goal hadn't of been scored!

    A good excuse to watch it again don't you think? Have a look here.

  79. Del Potro in comeback from injury


    Juan Martin del Potro will make his comeback from injury in Sydney next week and has decided to play in the Australian Open.

    The former US Open champion, 26, has not played since February last year because of a left wrist problem that required surgery the following month.

    It is the second time Del Potro has been sidelined for a long spell by a wrist problem, with the Argentine undergoing an operation on his right arm in 2010.

  80. Get involved - sport's turning points

    BBC Sport Facebook

    Sean Paul Wilkinson on Facebook: Istanbul 2005! Six magic minutes followed by 54 minutes of sheer torture!!!

    Tom Cushion: Headingley 1981 & Edgbaston 2005, Botham and Flintoff turning the ashes for England!

    Simon Davies: A Jamie Thomas hat-trick for Swansea City kept us in the Football League against Hull City - 4-2 win.

  81. Suso set for Milan


    The Liverpool Echo reports Spain midfielder Suso's five-year stay at Liverpool is coming to an end and he will join AC Milan on a four-year deal. They report the only question remaining is whether he leaves in January or at the end of the season.

  82. BBC's Formula 1 coverage announced

    Formula 1

    BBC TV's live coverage of the 2015 Formula 1 season gets under way with the Malaysia Grand Prix on 29 March.

    The second race of the season kicks off 10 live TV broadcasts during 2015.

    Other highlights include the British Grand Prix on 5 July, the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa on 23 August, and the final round in Abu Dhabi on 29 November.

    The remaining grands prix will be shown as extended highlights on BBC TV, while all the races will be live on BBC Radio 5 live or 5 live sports extra.

  83. Post update

    Martin Skrtel

    Liverpool defender Jose Enrique on Twitter: From last night Martin Skrtel's birthday party and my girlfriend isn't feeling very well after the party, hahaha.

    Martin Skrtel
  84. Messi to Chelsea


    Lionel Messi

    The Lionel Messi speculation gathers pace.

    The Daily Express reports Chelsea have made contact with Lionel Messi's father over a possible £200m move to Stamford Bridge.

    The Barcelona man can't really leave the Nou Camp can he?

  85. Done deal


    Cardiff City complete the signing of full-back Scott Malone from Millwall.

  86. On this day


    In 1927, The Harlem Globetrotters, one of the world's best-known basketball teams, was founded by Abraham Saperstein of Chicago.

  87. Get involved - sport's turning points


    A few more of your suggestions from Twitter for significant turning points in sport:

    Henry Roberts: Murray's toilet break before the fifth set at the US Open 2012. Came out a changed man, and destroyed Djokovic

    Richard Todd: David Beckham's wonder free-kick in last minute vs Greece to dramatically qualify for the 2002 World Cup and his penalty vs Argentina

    Rob: Man City winning the 1999 Second Division play-off final despite being 2-0 down at 90 minutes. All the way to the top since then!

    Nicky Weaver

    Wembley heroics from Nicky Weaver and co...

  88. Darts

    Lakeside exit for Harms

    Wesley Harms

    Down in deep Surrey and the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, the action continues on the oche later today at the BDO World Darts Championships.

    On Tuesday evening, Glen Durrant joined 2014 runner-up Alan Norris in the second round, but eighth seed Wesley Harms (pictured above) was knocked out.

    The two-time semi-finalist was beaten 3-1 by Canada's Jeff Smith, while fellow Dutchman Rick Hofstra, the 14th seed, lost by the same score to Jim Widmayer of the United States.

    Seventh seed Durrant saw off Karel Sedlacek 3-1 in a high-quality contest.

    The second round action begins this afternoon from 13:00 and you can follow it live on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

  89. Latest gossip


    Do Manchester City even need Wilfried Bony?

    The Manchester Evening News reports striker Sergio Aguero, 26, could make his return from a knee ligament injury against Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

    Good news for the champions, bad news for Chelsea.

  90. TV cup replays announced


    Graziano Pelle challenged by Tommy Smith

    The FA has confirmed two FA Cup third round replays have been selected for live television coverage next week.

    In-form Championship side Ipswich Town's replay against Premier League Southampton will be live on BBC One on Wednesday, 14 January, kick-off 19:55 GMT.

    The two sides drew 1-1 at St Mary's on Sunday.

    West Ham and Everton's replay at Upton Park the night before will be screened live on BT Sport, kick-off 19:45 GMT.

    Romelu Lukaku's injury time equaliser at Goodison Park meant the two sides will have to play again.

  91. Get involved - sport's turning points


    Sam J. Frampton: One of the biggest turning points in modern football has to be the 4-4 draw between Everton and United [in April 2012 in the Premier League]. Momentum was lost...

    Khalid: Porto winning the '04 CL, if they hadn't, there'd be no "special" Mourinho, no Chelsea '05, no Inter treble.

    Ashwin Muralidharan: Man Utd 's comeback in the FA cup semi against Liverpool that spurred them on to the treble in 99.

  92. Post update

    Floyd Mayweather

    "Welcome to my world" tweets world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather.

    Don't we all own a fleet of cars and a private jet?

  93. Rhodes to Real Sociedad?


    The Lancashire Telegraph reports David Moyes is eyeing up Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes as a possible signing for Real Sociedad.

    It is claimed the former Everton manager was at Ewood Park on 28 December to watch Blackburn Rovers face Middlesbrough.

  94. Latest gossip


    The Hull Daily Mail reports Hull City defender Harry Maguire, 21, has set his sights on becoming a Premier League regular in 2015 as he aims to kick-start a frustrating first season at the club.

  95. New Zealand clinch series


    New Zealand complete a fine comeback to beat Sri Lanka by 193 runs and win the two-Test series 2-0.

    Kane Williamson and BJ Watling's Test record sixth-wicket partnership on day four hauled the Kiwis back into the match, having trailed by 135 from the first innings in Wellington.

  96. Britain lose in Hopman Cup


    Hopman Cup

    Andy Murray and Heather Watson suffered mixed doubles defeat as Great Britain lost 2-1 to Poland in the Hopman Cup.

    Watson, 22, lost the opening rubber 6-3 6-1 to Agnieszka Radwanska, but Murray, 27, levelled the tie with a 6-2 6-4 win over Jerzy Janowicz in Perth.

    But the British duo lost the mixed doubles 6-4 6-4 as Group B leaders Poland remained undefeated.

  97. Stokes makes Big Bash impact


    Ben Stokes

    England all-rounder Ben Stokes has made an explosive start to his Big Bash Twenty20 stint in Australia.

    The Durham man - left out of England's World Cup squad - scored 77 off 37 balls for the Melbourne Renegades against the Hobart Hurricanes, including eight fours and five sixes.

    "It's nice to be involved and I've come here to do the best that I can," Stokes said.

    The quick-fire knock got the attention of a couple of pundits on Twitter including Kevin Pietersen and Michael Vaughan.

    Pietersen tweeted: @benstokes38 is a star in the making. He's showing it this eve! Good on him! I cannot for the life of me believe he's not in World Cup.

  98. Get involved - sport's turning points

    BBC Sport Facebook

    Matthew Roach on Facebook: Eddie Howe being appointed as manager at AFCB - when we were well adrift at the bottom of the football league! & 2. Eddie Howe being re-appointed manager of AFCB as we were destined for relegation!

    King'ori Gachara: Dalian Atkinson's injury costing Villa the first Premier League title.

    Sam O'Callaghan: 1999 Champions league against Bayern.

  99. Evans to sign for Oldham?


    The Mail online reports convicted rapist Ched Evans will be handed a two-and-a-half year contract with Oldham Athletic tomorrow despite opposition from sponsors and campaigners.

  100. 'Appalling' refereeing standards


    As if referees don't get enough abuse - now one of their own has had a dig.

    Former referees' boss Keith Hackett claims officiating standards in the Premier League over Christmas were "bordering on appalling".

    Hackett, 70, has named five current top-flight referees who should be removed at the end of the season; Andre Marriner, Mike Jones, Lee Mason, Chris Foy and Lee Probert.

    In addition, he believes successor Mike Riley should step down from his job.

  101. Latest gossip


    Lionel Messi

    Could Lionel Messi really leave Barcelona? Reports are growing that it is a possibility.

    The Independent writes this morning that a move for the Argentine to Manchester City or Chelsea could happen.

    Imagine that, Messi in the Premier League. A look at yesterday's newspapers in Spain suggests it could happen as well.

    Spain newspapers
  102. Post update

    European back pages

    Marca back page

    In Spain, the front page of sports newspaper Marca looks ahead to this evening's Copa del Rey last-16 tie between cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

    The headline La Revancha Interminable - which translates as "The Endless Revenge" - sees Fernando Torres side-by-side with Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Torres is expected to make his Atletico debut in the match after returning for a second spell at the club on loan.

  103. Latest gossip

    European back pages

    Corriere Dello Sport back page

    Taking a look at some sports news on the continent and Italy's Corriere dello Sport reports on a 1-1 draw in the Derby of Italy between top of Serie A Juventus and Inter Milan.

    Carlos Tevez gave Juve an early lead only for Mauro Icardi to equalise for Roberto Mancini's side.

    The result means Juve's lead at the top over Roma was cut to just one point.

    Roma had earlier edged Udinese 1-0 with Davide Astori heading in the only goal of the game. The defender's effort hit the crossbar and was ruled to have fallen inside the line before bouncing out.

  104. Latest gossip


    Mundo Deportivo: David Moyes's Real Sociedad are in advanced talks to sign 22-year-old Arsenal forward Joel Campbell.

    Sun: Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul, 29, is set to quit the club after falling out of favour, with Turkish side Besiktas having made an approach.

    Talksport: Liverpool are yet to approach Lille about a possible recall of 19-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi, according to the French club's president Michel Seydoux.

  105. Latest gossip


    Daily Mirror: Tottenham are being offered West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 21, in exchange for midfielders Andros Townsend, 23, and Aaron Lennon, 27.

    London Evening Standard: Arsenal are still interested in Southampton's £25m-rated France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25.

    Daily Star: Arsenal and Southampton will battle it out for £16m-rated Colombia midfielder Juan Quintero, 21, currently at Porto.



    As you can imagine at this time of the year, the newspapers are jam packed with transfer speculation. Some will be true, some will turn out to be absolute nonsense, but let's take a look at some of the main stories...

  107. Top video content

    We all like something good to watch don't we? Why not visit BBC Sport's FA Cup page where you can watch all sorts of action, including all the goals from the third round.

    Other top videos include...

    Snooker: The rise of snooker's century breaks.

    FA Cup classics: Blackpool 4-3 Bolton in 'Matthews final'.

    Rugby Union: Saracens trial new impact-measuring device.

  108. Henson 'can earn new Bath deal'

    Rugby Union

    Bath have insisted they will give Wales utility back Gavin Henson the chance to earn a new deal at the club.

    The 32-year-old, who has been sidelined by injury since September, is out of contract in the summer, and has been linked with a move to Bristol or Newport Gwent Dragons.

    "We've kept Gav abreast of the situation and our intentions," coach Toby Booth told BBC Radio Bristol. "Once he's back fit he has the chance to stake a claim and be re-contracted. That's how it's been left with him."

  109. Tsonga out of Aussie Open



    Bad news for French tennis fans as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tweets a picture of himself with an arm injury after pulling out of the Australian Open.

  110. Get involved - sport's turning points


    John McEnerney: Scott Gibbs barrelling through the Bok defence & putting 20st Os du Randt on his back in 97! Major turning point for The Lions!

    Andrew Priestley: Ian Poulter's fourball win to make it USA 10-6 Europe with 5 consecutive birdies was the catalyst for the Miracle at Medinah.

    Lawrence Davey: Turning point for #NUFC... when Bobby Robson was sacked!

  111. Get involved - Sport's turning points


    Mark Robins

    Here is a turning point to get you going.

    Twenty five years ago today, a certain Mark Robins potentially saved Alex Ferguson's job at Manchester United with a winner against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.

    Without a victory since mid-November in 1990 and, with United plummeting towards the First Division relegation zone, the word was out that defeat would see Ferguson sacked. Robins scored, United won the cup and the rest is history.

    You can watch that goal again here.

  112. Top stories

    Steve Smith

    You have seen the gossip now a quick round-up of some of the other top stories on the BBC Sport website this morning.

    Cricket: Australia captain Steve Smith scored his fourth century in successive Tests to put his side in control of the fourth Test against India in Sydney.

    Football: Steven Gerrard says he would not be leaving Liverpool if the club had offered him a contract last summer.

    Formula One: The Korean Grand Prix has been dropped from the 2015 calendar, reducing the season to 20 races.

  113. Get involved


    On the subject of Romelu Lukaku's FA Cup equaliser last night, we want to know your suggestions for turning points in sport.

    Toffees boss Roberto Martinez said their late equaliser in last night's third round could prove a "turning point" for the Blues after four straight defeats.

    So what turning points have there been in sport? Tweet #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

  114. Post update

    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku on twitter: Two difficult games coming up now but we will be up for it. Great atmosphere at Goodison again. Thank you.

  115. Latest gossip


    Romelu Lukaku

    Romelu Lukaku looks like he enjoyed that equaliser last night doesn't he? The Daily Telegraph opts to go with a big picture of the Everton striker after he spared West Ham's FA Cup blushes last night.

  116. Latest gossip


    Daily Mirror

    Steven Gerrard is the headline news in the Daily Mirror after he admitted he would have stayed at Anfield had he been offered a new deal in the summer. They also touch on Manchester City's move for Wilfried Bony and a potential swap deal with Tottenham for Saido Berahino.

  117. Latest gossip



    Unsurprisingly, Wilfried Bony's potential move to Manchester City from Swansea City makes a lot of the headlines. The Ivorian is reported to want £200,000 a week, according to the Sun, to tempt him to move. I could see how that would be tempting.

  118. Post update

    First though - and not a minute too soon - let's take a look at the morning headlines.

  119. Post update


    Feeling the January blues? Run out of money after Christmas? Missing Miranda?

    Worry not, we have got a little something to keep you going.

    So get yourself a strong cup of coffee - or a juice for those on detox - and settle down for an action-packed day on BBC Sportsday.

    Be it transfer gossip, done deals, FA Cup reaction or news from elsewhere in the world of sport, we have it covered. Enjoy.