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Summary

  1. Oldham deal for Ched Evans is off
  2. Evans issues apology after U-turn
  3. Mourinho charged by FA with misconduct
  4. Aguero and Dzeko back in training
  5. Nine Premier League manager news conferences
  6. Which actors can play sports stars in films? #whoplayswho

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    With that signing we bring Sportsday to a close. Thank you for your company and if you fancy some live football then we have text coverage of Barcelona v Elche in the Copa del Rey from 20:45 GMT, so keep your eye out for that.

    Sportsday is back, as always, at 08:00 GMT on Friday. Cheerio.

  2. Man Utd sign Valdes

    Football

    Manchester United sign goalkeeper Victor Valdes on an 18-month contract with an option for a further year.

    "It is a real honour to sign for Manchester United," tells manutd.com "I would like to thank Louis van Gaal and the club for allowing me to do my rehabilitation and to train with the team at the Aon Training Complex.

    "From my short time here I can already see this is a very special club. I worked with Louis van Gaal during my time at FC Barcelona and to have the opportunity to work with him here at Manchester United is a dream come true."

  3. Rooney and Duggan recognised for 2014 form

    Football

    Wayne Rooney and Toni Duggan have been voted by the fans as the England players of the year for 2014.

    Rooney, 29, scored eight goals in 13 appearances for England last year and took 27% of the votes, more than second-placed Danny Welbeck and third-placed Raheem Sterling combined. Duggan, 23, scored six goals in 10 games for England.

  4. Rodriguez signs new deal

    Football

    VfL Wolfsburg defender Ricardo Rodriguez, a transfer target for several top European clubs - including a number of Premier League sides - has signed a four-year contract extension that will see him stay at the Bundesliga club until 2019.

  5. Mad Moose heading into retirement

    Horse Racing

    Racehorse Mad Moose is heading into retirement after the British Horseracing Authority ruled he could not be entered for any more races.

    The 11-year-old gelding, a reluctant starter in his recent outings, again refused to race when he returned from a suspension at Cheltenham in November. Mad Moose won seven times during his 42-race career but was initially banned after refusing to compete or being tailed off in four of his previous eight outings.

    After the BHA ruling, his Gloucestershire-based trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies said: "He's been retired anyway, so it's fine."

  6. Not looking good for Evans - Taylor

    Football

    PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says "it's not looking good" for Ched Evans to resume his professional career, adding that there would need to be a big change in the "tide of opinion".

    Oldham decided not to sign convicted rapist Evans on Thursday after days of deliberations.

    "He's in a very difficult situation," says Taylor. "He's been put through the ringer and the minute you show any sympathy for Ched people will say what about the other parties concerned. Nobody's forgetting them. But as far as he's concerned, he's looking to keep himself fit. This Oldham situation has not made things any better for him so it may well now take some time."

  7. Ridgewell joins Wigan

    Football

    Wigan

    Former Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion defender Liam Ridgewell signs for Wigan Athletic from MLS side Portland Timbers on a six-week loan, subject to international clearance.

  8. Who is going to the African Cup of Nations?

    Football

    African Cup of Nations

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is the highest-profile name among the players departing the Premier League this month to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations, but who else will be missing? Check out our comprehensive list to find out.

  9. Bale gets Real backing

    Football

    Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti remains loyal to off-form Gareth Bale despite criticism during the team's poor start to 2015.

    Bale has been accused of being too greedy by Spanish media and those accusations returned after defeats to Valencia and Atletico Madrid in the last week.

    Gareth Bale

    "I am happy with the way that Bale is playing and he was not at fault for the defeat," Ancelotti told reporters after Wednesday's Atletico match. "He scored a goal that was ruled offside but apart from that he was always trying and it was a difficult game for all the players."

  10. Cavendish Olympic dreams appear over

    Cycling

    Mark Cavendish has been forced to admit his dreams of Olympic glory are almost certainly over, writes BBC Sport's Matt Slater.

    After two unsuccessful attempts to win a medal at previous Games, the British star had been hoping to qualify for Great Britain's track cycling team at Rio 2016. But he now realises it will be almost impossible to fulfil his obligations to his road team, Etixx - Quick-Step, and ride enough World Cup track events to qualify for Rio.

    "It's not 100% I'm not doing the Olympics, but it's difficult," the 29-year-old said. "It probably won't happen, if I'm honest, I've got a road job."

  11. 'A viable hypothesis'

    Football

    AC Milan will only make a move for Liverpool midfielder Suso once he becomes a free agent this summer, according to club administrator Adriano Galliani.

    Reports in Italy claim the 21-year-old, whose current deal with the Reds expires in July, has agreed a four-year contract with Milan and could even join the San Siro club this month.

    Suso

    Galliani told his club's official website: "His contract runs out and he is keen to join us. It's a viable hypothesis from July 1 when his contract with Liverpool expires."

    Suso moved to Anfield from Cadiz in 2010 but has made just 14 Premier League appearances for Liverpool since.

  12. Mourinho charged with misconduct

    Football

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged by the Football Association with misconduct in relation to media comments he made following his side's game against Southampton on 28 December last year.

    After the match, Mourinho said: "The media, commentators, other managers are all doing it [putting pressure on referees]."

    In his news conference later, he added: "There is a campaign against Chelsea. I don't know why there is this campaign and I do not care."

    "It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a referee or referees and/or bring the game into disrepute," read a statement from the FA. "He has until 6pm on 13 January 2015 to respond to the charge."

  13. Stanley sign Arsenal keeper Macey

    Football

    League Two side Accrington Stanley have signed Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey on loan for one month.

    The 20-year-old was on the bench for Arsenal's games against West Brom and Southampton in late November and early December, but has yet to make his first-team debut.

  14. Who plays who

    Actors best suited to play famous sports stars

    Sean Dyche

    Bibhash Dash: Bruce Willis plays the current Burnley manager? We could call it "A good day to Dyche hard". *groans internally*.

    A late entry for#whoplayswho.Don't lie Bibhash, you've been thinking about this one all day, haven't you?

  15. Wigan striker departs

    Football

    BBC Radio Manchester: Wigan Athletic have confirmed striker Oriol Riera has joined Spanish side Deportivo de La Coruna on loan until the end of the season.

  16. Ched Evans - Oldham statement

    Football

    The statement from Oldham continued: "As a club we condemn all crime including rape and irrespective of any appeal procedure it was always the case that we were prepared to withstand the barrage of abuse that is evident within the country and on social media.

    "We deplore and condemn the vile and abusive threats, some including death threats, which have been made to our fans, sponsors and staff whilst this process has been in the public domain.

    "Finally, we would like to place on record our gratitude to all who have supported the club during this difficult period, including the club staff, who have retained their focus throughout and in addition to Ched and his team who have acted with professionalism at all times."

  17. Ched Evans - Oldham statement

    Football

    Oldham Athletic have released a statement outlining the reasons behind their decision not to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

    "The whole issue has divided opinion and the club has been put under unbearable pressure as a result," it reads.

    "Proceeding could have placed significant financial pressure on the club and continued to be a divisive influence. As a consequence the deal could not go ahead."

  18. Leicester City news conference

    Football

    Nigel Pearson was the last of nine Premier League managers to face the media today.

    Esteban Cambiasso

    The Leicester boss reveals Esteban Cambiasso will miss Saturday's home game with Aston Villa.

    Danny Drinkwater and Andy King should train tomorrow, while Jeffrey Schlupp will miss the Africa Cup of Nations because of a knee injury.

  19. Blackpool sign Spurs defender

    Football

    Grant Hall has joined Blackpool on loan from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season.

    It means the 23-year-old will again link up again with manager Lee Clark, who signed the defender in June when he was in charge at Birmingham.

    Hall spent last season on loan at Swindon.

  20. Hearts swoop

    Football

    Hearts sign former Netherlands Under-21 international striker Genero Zeefuik on loan until the end of the season.

  21. Who plays who

    Actors best suited to play famous sports stars

    Jurgen Klinsmann

    Kial O'Carroll: It's gotta be Kevin Costner playing Jurgen Klinsmann in some dramatic underdog Oscar bait hasn't it?

  22. Leicester winger on the move

    Football

    Leicester City winger Jack Barmby, 20, has joined Championship outfit Rotherham United on a one-month loan deal.

    Barmby scored five goals in 17 appearances during a loan spell at League Two Hartlepool United last season.

  23. Howe wants to strengthen

    Football

    Eddie Howe

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says he hopes to add one or two players before the end of the January transfer window.

    Howe's side sit top of the Championship and are the highest scorers in the league, but he says that will not stop him strengthening his squad.

    Bournemouth have already extended the loan stay of keeper Artur Boruc.

    "It would be nice come the end of January if we can welcome one, maybe two players who can make a difference," Howe told BBC Radio Solent.

  24. Neil to Norwich

    Football

    The Canaries are about to get a new manager.

    Hamilton vice-chairman Ronnie Macdonald has confirmed that the Scottish club has agreed a compensation deal with Norwich to allow manager Alex Neil to negotiate a contract at Carrow Road.

  25. Wiggins launches own team

    Cycling

    A little more on the news we bought you earlier that Sir Bradley Wiggins is launching his own cycling team.

    Team Wiggins will operate independently of British Cycling, but the governing body has given its backing to the outfit, which aims to provide opportunities for British riders to gain experience and track time together in the build-up to Rio 2016.

    Sir Bradley Wiggins

    The team will feature young British talent including Andy Tennant, Owain Doull, Mark Christian, Jon Dibben, Steven Burke, Daniel Patten, Mike Thompson and Iain Paton.

    The team's calendar of UK track and road events will be unveiled in spring 2015.

  26. Leicester City news conference

    Football

    Nigel Pearson says Leicester "worked hard" to secure the signature of Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric for a club-record fee of £9m.

    "He has represented Croatia at every level and it speaks volumes of the lad that he is prepared to come to us in the situation we are in at the moment," Pearson said.

    "It is really important for us to strengthen."

  27. Crawley pounce

    BBC Wiltshire Sport: Crawley manager Dean Saunders has confirmed they are signing former Swindon Town captain Darren Ward on loan.

  28. Welsh pair wait for results

    Athletics

    Rhys Willians and Gareth Warburton

    Welsh athletes Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton will find out the result of their anti-doping hearings this week.

    The pair failed drug tests before the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    The athletes are due to find out their verdicts in writing from UK Anti-Doping and the length of any possible ban.

    Both athletes would have three weeks to appeal a guilty decision and UK Anti-Doping will not make any statement regarding punishments until any appeal process is over.

  29. Rely on Drogba

    Football

    Didier Drogba
  30. Swansea send striker on loan

    Football

    Swansea City youngster Rory Donnelly has completed a season-long loan deal with League Two club Tranmere Rovers, subject to international clearance.

    The striker, 22, has represented Northern Ireland at Under-21 level.

  31. Reshuffle at Tranmere

    Football

    BBC Merseyside Sport: Tranmere confirm they have released Danny Woodards and Guy Madjo. Abdulai Baggie, Eliot Richards, George Donnelly, James Rowe and Antonie Boland have all been transfer listed. On the flipside, Tranmere have signed midfielder Steve Jennings and striker Rory Donnelly.

  32. Federer wins again ... just

    Tennis

    Roger Federer

    Roger Federer won his 997th match on the ATP Tour, but not before surviving an almighty scare from Australian wildcard John Millman at the Brisbane International.

    Playing his first match of the year, world number two Federer had to come from a set and a break down to overhaul Millman 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in just over two hours.

    Federer was out of sorts throughout the match against a player ranked 151 places below him, making 38 unforced errors - most of them in the opening set-and-a-half.

  33. Challenge Cup draw

    Rugby League

    The full Challenge Cup draw is:

    Loughborough University v Hunslet Warriors; Oulton Raiders v Scarborough Pirates; Normanton Knights v Myton Warriors; Royal Navy v Saddleworth Rangers; East Leeds v Kells; Great Britain Police v Rochdale Mayfield; The Army v Wath Brow; Egremont Rangers v Wigan St Judes; Nottingham Outlaws v Blackbrook; Widnes West Bank v South West London Chargers; Shaw Cross Sharks v York Acorn; Royal Air Force v Siddal; Valley Cougars v Leicester Storm; Hull Dockers v Leigh Miners Rangers; Elland v Leeds Beckett University; Featherstone Lions v Queens; Lock Lane v Sharlston Rovers; Walney Central v Hunslet Parkside; Skirlaugh v Aberdeen Warriors; West Hull v Thatto Heath.

    Ties to be played on the weekend of 31 January-1 February.

  34. Challenge Cup draw

    Rugby League

    The armed forces teams have all secured home ties in the draw for the first round of the 2015 Challenge Cup.

    The draw paired The Army with Cumbrian amateurs Wath Brow, the Royal Navy with Saddleworth Rangers and the RAF with Siddal, of Halifax. The 40 clubs involved in the first round will play down to 10 and will be joined by Kingstone Press League 1 opposition in the third round in March.

    The final will be at Wembley on Saturday 29 August.

  35. Ched Evans latest

    Football

    The Oldham Athletic Supporters' Trust issues a statement as the club confirms a deal for Ched Evans is off: "This is an emotive issue and as such we would ask that all members and fans respect the views of their fellow supporters in the general debate. You certainly have a right to free thought and free speech, but we would ask that you please try to avoid abusive comments and conduct.

    "We would especially ask all fans and others to respect the staff of the club who have unfortunately been subjected to extreme and unnecessary attacks and threats whilst doing no more than their jobs."

  36. Swansea City media conference

    Football

    Wilfried Bony

    More from Garry Monk on Wilfried Bony.

    "(Previous boss) Michael Laudrup, for whatever reason, didn't play him that many times," said Monk.

    "But since he has had a run of games you can see what he can do.

    "He is a great person as well. He is one of our best trainers and one of our best players and his contribution is there for all to see."

  37. Swansea City media conference

    Football

    This won't come as a surprise but Wilfried Bony's future was the main topic of conversation at the Swansea news conference.

    The striker is tipped to join Manchester City for a fee in the region of £30m.

    Boss Garry Monk said: "It is important that if we sell, it matches the valuation Swansea hold.

    "Wilfried has been a top quality player for us. You've seen what he contributes to games and it is his personality as well.

    "It was a risk when he came because he was untried at this level."

  38. Swansea City media conference

    Football

    Swansea City

    Swansea boss Garry Monk has faced the media. His team host West Ham on Saturday.

  39. Ched Evans latest

    Football

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney has not quit but confirmation that the Ched Evans deal IS OFF."

  40. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers also confirms that striker Daniel Sturridge is in the final stages of his recovery from injury and will be back in the country within 24 hours.

  41. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    More from Brendan Rodgers: "We are going to make a push in every competition we are in to bring success. I am looking forward to it. Seven points may seem a lot but it can be whittled away, you just to have to perform consistently."

  42. Aston Villa news conference

    Football

    Villa boss Paul Lambert would not comment on a possible move for Manchester City's Scott Sinclair.

    "He's a good player, I remember him at Swansea, but I'm conscious he's at another club," was all Lambert would say.

    Scott Sinclair

    Lambert did say that owner Randy Lerner would put funds at his disposal for new players, but only a limited amount.

    "There will be new players in this month and none now going out," he said.

  43. Gerrard departure "leaves a void"

    Liverpool news conference

    Brendan Rodgers has been speaking in his pre-match news conference and is quickly pressed on Steven Gerrard and Liverpool's future without him: "Steven is still a top class player, he has been a world class talent for many years and him moving leaves a void on and off the pitch.

    "However, the club has to keep moving forward, we have to look to get the best players we can. History shows that players come here and become great players and it is a big opportunity."

  44. Aston Villa news conference

    Football

    Villa's manager Paul Lambert confirmed that there had been no bids for either Ron Vlaar or Fabian Delph in the January transfer window.

  45. Ipswich sign Hunt

    Football

    Ipswich Town have signed forward Noel Hunt on a deal until the end of June following his release by Leeds.

    The 32-year-old joined Town on loan in November, scoring once in four games, and had his Leeds contract terminated on Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, keeper Dean Gerken has signed a new two-year deal with a 12-month option at Portman Road.

  46. Leicester complete club record signing

    Football

    Leicester City

    Leicester City have signed Croatia striker Andrej Kramaric for what is understood to be a club-record fee.

    The deal, thought to be in excess of £9m, has been agreed subject to a work permit.

    Kramaric played for Dinamo Zagreb between 2009 and 2013, before moving to FC Rijeka.

    The Foxes, who have 14 points from 20 games, paid £8m in July 2014 for former Brighton striker Leonardo Ulloa to set their current record transfer fee.

  47. O'Hara stays at the seaside

    Football

    BBC Radio Lancashire: Blackpool manager Lee Clark says a deal has been agreed to keep Jamie O'Hara at the Championship club until the end of the season. Clarke also reveals the Seasiders are close to signing three new players in time for Saturday's home game against Millwall.

  48. Corney quits Oldham - reports

    Football

    The Oldham Chronicle reports that Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney is believed to have quit the club.

    Earlier, Oldham decided against signing convicted rapist Ched Evans following threats to the club's "staff and their families".

  49. Shaqiri joins Inter

    Football

    Bad news for Stoke as forward Xherdan Shaqiri decides a move to Staffordshire is not for him and is set to join Inter Milan from Bayern Munich.

    Inter confirms terms have been agreed and "just the paperwork to be signed."

    Your loss Xherdan, can't beat a good Staffordshire Oatcake...

  50. Alan Pardew news conference

    Football

    And Alan Pardew does indeed talk about his Newcastle exit: "I think for me personally and professionally it was the right time and the right time for Newcastle. It was my decision. Steve Parish met the clause in my contract and I had a decision to make and for me it was the right decision.

    "Four years under that type of monetary situation and the fact they are trying to push and the history it was difficult for a manager but I left a good club with fantastic professionals and staff and players, who were phenomenal - also the fans. There has been a lot of talk - a lot of it completely off the mark - yes you get criticism from the stands but never once did I sense the criticism outside the ground.

    "I had tremendous support during my time there and I want to thank all the fans. My resilience and character as a manager has grown as a nature of the club."

  51. Aston Villa media conference

    Football

    Ron Vlaar

    Some news coming out of the Villa press conference - skipper Ron Vlaar will be out for four to six weeks with a knee injury.

    Vlaar was forced off during Villa's 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace after sustaining the injury.

  52. Alan Pardew news conference

    Football

    Alan Pardew is giving his first news conference as Crystal Palace boss: "The players need a lift. Hopefully my arrival and a couple of players will do that.

    "Hopefully we can go on a run that gets us at least to safety. Realistically this year one place above relegation would be enough for us to build this club again."

    You would expect he will be asked about his Newcastle departure. We will have updates from the news conference here in Sportsday.

  53. Sturridge nears Liverpool return

    Football

    The Liverpool Echo has spoken to Scott Schrimscher, the personal trainer of Daniel Sturridge and the man overseeing the £12m forward's rehabilitation from injury in America.

    Daniel Sturridge

    He told the Echo: "Daniel has an incredible work ethic and is wonderful to work with. He is a class act and has a bright future ahead."

    Will Brendan Rodgers have an update? His news conference coming up shortly...

    Sturridge has made only three appearances for Liverpool this campaign after successive thigh and calf injuries. It is hoped the frontman will make his return later in the month.

  54. Phil McNulty Q&A

    Football

    More from the BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty, who has been answering your questions on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

    Alan Maddock: Even with the creation of St George's Park, given all of the issues with football in this country today, will England ever have a football team that can seriously mount a challenge in the Euros and the World Cup (say in the next 20 years)?

    Phil: Well, it is something the FA is trying to address, with Greg Dyke's blueprint for grassroots football and also the England DNA philosophy. Twenty years is long time in football so let's not rule it out - although there is no way other countries will stand still and wait for England to catch up.

  55. Dixon retires out of 'respect'

    Rugby League

    Castleford winger Kirk Dixon says his respect for coach Daryl Powell and his team-mates swayed his decision to retire after undergoing neck surgery.

    The 30-year-old, who has been with Tigers since 2006, faced a seven-month absence following the operation.

    Kirk Dixon

    "I didn't want to sit there for seven months picking up a wage, taking up a spot and not contributing," Dixon told BBC Radio Leeds.

    "I've got more respect for the club and the coach and players than that. It is the right decision all round.

  56. Millwall prepare to make move

    Football

    Millwall are preparing to make a bid for Reading full back Shaun Cummings.

    The Reading Chronicle reports that Cummings, 25, has struggled to hold down a regular place in Royals' first-team, and new boss Steve Clarke could let him go for the right price.

  57. Phil McNulty Q&A

    Football

    Steve Murphy: Would making the FA Cup. a Champions League qualifier competition make the top clubs field full-strength teams?

    Phil: I'm sure it would - and I would absolutely love that to happen. Top three in the Premier League and the FA Cup winners into the Champions League sounds absolutely perfect to me. Will it happen? I don't think so. I would certainly get behind anyone who tried to make it happen and I suspect you would see full-strength teams all round.

  58. Phil McNulty Q&A

    More from the BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty, who has been answering your questions on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

    James Stonley: Who was better, Gerrard, Lampard or Scholes?

    Paul Scholes

    Phil: Sorry James - I genuinely cannot separate them as they are (or were in Scholes' case) magnificent players. What I will say it makes you wonder how and England team containing all three of them did not win Euro 2004, the big missed opportunity at a major tournament in my opinion.

  59. Barnsley complete third signing

    Football

    Barnsley bring in their third new face of the day by signing Manchester United midfielder Ben Pearson on a month's loan.

    The 20-year-old has played for England at youth level.

  60. Scunthorpe do business

    Football

    BBC Humberside Sport: Jordan Clarke is currently undergoing a medical with a view to completing a move to Scunthorpe United from Coventry City.

  61. Phil McNulty Q&A

    Football

    The BBC's chief football writer Phil McNulty has been answering your questions everything football-related on the Match of the Day Facebook.

    Here's a selection of the best bits...

    Steven Gerrard

    Paul Ready: Does losing Steven Gerrard, and also the likelihood of missing out on the Champions League next season, make it even harder for Liverpool to attract the players their squad desperately need?

    Phil: I do not think Gerrard leaving will make it harder for Liverpool to attract players but I think missing out on the Champions League would, simply because this is the competition elite players want to play in. I am very surprised Liverpool did not put together a package to keep Gerrard for another 12 months

  62. Newcastle news conference

    Football

    More from Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver, ahead of this weekend's game against Chelsea: "The players have been fantastic with me. The feedback from the players has been excellent so far and I'm happy with that.

    "We've got a good record against Chelsea and we have to use that to our advantage this weekend."

  63. Ched Evans latest

    Football

    Clarifying its own position on the Ched Evans situation, the PFA said: "The PFA's position remains the same, as we have expressed previously, that any club which decides to sign him would receive our support.

    "We fully recognise that this is a delicate and emotive case and entirely respect that there are opposing views."

    Oldham decided against offering the striker a contract earlier on Thursday.

  64. Evans statement in full

    Football

    The full statement from Ched Evans, issued via the Professional Footballers Association

    "I am grateful for the support of the PFA in helping me try to return to football and continue my career.

    Upon legal advice, I was told not to discuss the events in question. This silence has been misinterpreted as arrogance and I would like to state that this could not be further from the truth.

    Ched Evans

    I do remain limited at present by what I can say due to the ongoing referral to the Criminal Cases Review Commission and whilst I continue to maintain my innocence, I wish to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise for the effects that night in Rhyl has had on many people, not least the woman concerned.

    Finally, it has been claimed that those using social media in an abusive and vindictive way towards this woman are supporters of mine. I wish to make it clear that these people are not my supporters and I condemn their actions entirely and will continue to do so."

  65. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Evans issues apology

    Convicted rapist Ched Evans has issued an apology via the Professional Footballers' Association "for the effects that night in Rhyl has had on many people, not least the woman concerned" but maintains his innocence in relation to his conviction for rape.

  66. Aguero and Dzeko back in full training

    Football

    Manchester City

    A boost for Manchester City as strikers Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko return to full training.

    Aguero has missed the last five weeks with a knee injury while Dzeko is building up fitness after a calf strain.

  67. Newcastle news conference

    Football

    Newcastle caretaker boss John Carver is speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's fixture at Chelsea and says goalkeeper Tim Krul could be available for the game.

    Krul has not played since the end of November because of an ankle injury.

    "Tim Krul is taking part in a behind-closed-doors game v Celtic. If he comes through that he will be available for the weekend," says Carver.

  68. Post update

    Darts

    Darts

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright at Lakeside County Club:

    "The three remaining men's quarter-final spots at the BDO World Championships will be filled today, but it's the women's tournament that takes centre stage in Frimley Green this afternoon.

    "Two bright young English talents, 22-year-old Zoe Jones from Redditch and 20-year-old Fallon Sherrock from Milton Keynes, are hoping to reach the Lakeside semi-finals for the first time.

    "Coverage has just got under way on BBC Two and online with the World Youth Championship final."

  69. 5live special

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Something to watch out for ... at 19:30 GMT tonight on Radio 5live, Darren Campbell and Mike Costello present a special show which asks 'Has Doping Made Athletics Unbelievable?'

    They have spoken to those at the heart of the sport about whether they even believe in it anymore.

    Last summer's British running star Jo Pavey, the legendary Kenyan runner Kip Keino and Lord Coe all feature on the show. Sounds well worth tuning in.

  70. Stead back to Bradford

    Football

    Huddersfield Town striker Jon Stead joins Bradford City on loan for the rest of the season.

    The deal will take Stead up to the end of his contract with Championship side Huddersfield.

  71. "Evans episode has divided the town"

    Football

    Jim McMahon, Oldham council leader, says about Ched Evans' proposed move to Oldham Athletic, which is not going ahead: "I've always believed in rehabilitation but felt that both club and player should have allowed Mr Evans' appeal to run its course before agreeing a contract. As it stands Mr Evans has been found guilty in a court of law and has not yet completed his sentence. However, I take no pleasure in this outcome.

    "The whole episode has divided the town and public opinion and there are no winners in all this - not least of all the reputation of our club and town.

    "In recent days we've seen an horrendous 'trial by social media' with intimidation, abuse and harassment on a scale that has cast a terrible shadow. I am urging people on all sides of this debate to please now take stock, show some restraint and calm."

  72. What makes big Mick tick?

    Football

    Mick McCarthy

    "If your family are there and you're getting stick - 'Oi there big nose, you're getting sacked in the morning' - that's tough for them. But they know dad is big enough and daft enough to put up with that."

    What's that? You want to know what makes Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy tick? Well, you are in luck as he gives BBC Radio Suffolk an insight into his career.

  73. Edinburgh keep duo

    Rugby Union

    Edinburgh hand new contracts to to flanker Hamish Watson and lock Ben Toolis.

    Academy graduate Watson, 23, has penned a new two-year deal, while Toolis - another to have come through the club's youth system - has put his name to a 12-month extension.

  74. Andrews poised for MK Dons return

    Football

    Bolton midfielder Keith Andrews is set to return to former club MK Dons on loan after an ill-fated Watford spell.

    The 33-year-old is on a season-long deal at the Hornets, but has not played since mid-November and is not training with the Championship side.

    "We've spoken to Watford and Bolton and unofficially agreed terms with the clubs and Keith," MK Dons boss Karl Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio.

  75. Spock Fabregas

    Actors best suited to play famous sports stars

    Fabregas

    Graham Neale: My dad refers to Cesc Fabregas as 'Spock' due to his resemblance to Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto.

    I'll give you the eyebrows, Graham, not sure about the rest of the look-a-like!

    Can you do better? Tell us which actor you think would be perfect to play a sports star via#whoplayswho

  76. Tubbs signed by Portsmouth

    Football

    Portsmouth complete the signing of striker Matt Tubbs on a two-and-a-half-year deal after he was released by Bournemouth.

    Tubbs had been on loan at AFC Wimbledon but the Cherries recalled the forward.

  77. Burnley sign Keane

    Football

    Burnley complete a permanent deal for Manchester United defender Michael Keane, who has been on loan at the club.

  78. Barnsley sign Lalkovic

    Football

    It is also a busy day for Barnsley, who complete their second signing of the day with the arrival of former Chelsea forward on an 18-month contract, subject to international clearance.

  79. Wasps sign Gloucester's Robson

    Rugby Union

    It's another busy day for Wasps, who have now announced the signing of Gloucester scrum-half Dan Robson from the end of the 2014-15 season.

    The 22-year-old England Saxons player has made 74 appearances for the Cherry and Whites since his debut in 2010.

    And seven players have all agreed new contracts with the Coventry-base club too, including Scotland fly-half Ruaridh Jackson and Italy hooker Carlo Festuccia.

    Winger Josh Bassett, centre Chris Bell, lock James Cannon and props Simon McIntyre and Phil Swainston have also extended their stays with the club.

  80. De Boer to Newcastle?

    Football

    Newcastle United will not rush its decision over appointing Alan Pardew's successor, reports the Chronicle.

    The newspaper adds that Frank De Boer has been strongly linked, but Newcastle are not thought to have had any contact with the Dutchman at this stage.

    Newcastle have a pre-match news conference at 13:00 GMT.

  81. Australia ready for Asian Cup

    Football

    Australia

    Australia had one final training session earlier today ahead of the Asian Cup - a tournament they are hosting - which kicks off tomorrow.

    Australia
  82. Blackburn's debt rises to £79.8m

    Football

    Blackburn Rovers' net debt has risen to £79.8m as they struggle to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.

    The Championship club are currently under a transfer embargo for breaching FFP regulations.

    Under existing rules, clubs were permitted to lose no more than £8m in total last season, but Rovers recorded losses of £42.1m.

  83. Hibs extend loan deal

    Football

    Hibernian confirm they have extended goalkeeper Mark Oxley's loan stint until the end of the season. The 24-year-old Hull City stopper moved to Easter Road in July as part of an initial six-month deal.

  84. Evans deal to Oldham off

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    "Sponsor pressure on Oldham has intensified over the last 24 hours to such an extent that Oldham are pulling out of the deal to sign Ched Evans.

    "Members of staff - including directors - and their families have been threatened."

  85. Championship manager of the month

    Football

    Football League

    Eddie Howe (AFC Bournemouth), Slavisa Jokanovic (Watford), Aitor Karanka (Middlesbrough), Mick McCarthy (Ipswich Town) are up for nomination for the Championship Manager of the Month award for December.

    The winner will be announced on Friday.

  86. Evans deal to Oldham off

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    "Oldham board member tells us deal to sign Ched Evans is OFF due to 'enormous pressure from sponsors and threats to staff and their families.'"

  87. Post update

    Evans deal to Oldham off

    The BBC understands Oldham Athletic have pulled out of a deal to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

  88. Chelsea midfielder Baker joins Owls

    Football

    Sheffield Wednesday have signed Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker on a youth loan deal.

    The 19-year-old, who has made one appearance for the Blues, could spend the rest of the season with the Championship side.

  89. Khan sets promotion goal for Leics

    Cricket

    Leicestershire chief executive Wasim Khan has set the players a promotion target after two successive years without a single Championship victory.

    The former Derbyshire, Sussex and Warwickshire batsman has just taken charge at Grace Road.

    "I'm very ambitious and I've spoken to people about promotion. Why not? Why not go for it and change our mindset?" Khan told BBC Radio Leicester. "We need to start to think like champions and winners."

    The 43-year-old continued: "It may not happen in year one, but what will happen is that we'll massively change from the way we played last year because that clearly wasn't acceptable."

  90. Barnsley sign striker on loan

    Football

    Stoke City striker George Waring has joined Barnsley on a one-month loan.

    The 20-year-old striker spent time with Everton as a youngster and is currently in his second year at the Britannia.

  91. Odegaard set for Madrid

    Football

    Martin Odegaard

    Real Madrid have won the race to sign Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard, according to the Daily Star.

    The paper says the 16-year-old, who has attracted interest from all of Europe's top clubs, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, flew to Madrid on a private jet to sign for the Champions League holders.

  92. Marathon duel in London

    Athletics

    Kipsang

    The world's greatest men's marathon runners will go head-to-head for the first time when they clash at this year's London Marathon on Sunday 26 April, the race organisers announced today.

    Former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang will defend his London Marathon title against fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto, the man who made history last year when he broke Kipsang's record in Berlin to become the first man ever to run 26.2 miles in less than two hours three minutes.

  93. 'Unaware of bid'

    Football

    Birmingham manager Gary Rowett says he is 'unaware of any further bid' from Bournemouth for winger Demarai Gray, report BBC West Midlands.

  94. Balotelli Paris move?

    Football

    Mario Balotelli

    Paris Saint-Germain are weighing up a bid for Liverpool frontman Mario Balotelli, claims the Daily Express.

    "The French giants have trained their sights on making a marquee signing, with Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi's futures at the Parc des Princes shrouded in doubt," reports the paper.

    Balotelli has scored one goal in 17 appearances for Liverpool since joining for £16m in August.

  95. RFU Championship money 'inadequate'

    Rugby Union

    Plymouth Albion's chairman Graham Stirling claims the Championship is unsustainable unless the Rugby Football Union increases its funding to clubs.

    Albion will go into administration next week unless they can find £250,000 to see them through until the summer.

    Championship clubs currently receive £380,000 a year from the RFU.

    "It's really inadequate to fully support a professional side in the second tier," Stirling told BBC Sport.

  96. Who plays who?

    Actors best suited to play famous sports stars

    Roger Federer

    Anthony Creasey: Roger Federer and Quentin Tarantino

    With Sachin Tendulkar set to star in a film about his life, which actors do you think could portray sport stars? Let us know via #whoplayswho

  97. Burton sign defender

    BBC Derby Sport: Burton Albion have signed 27 year old Bosnian Dutch Defender Stefan Maletic from Achilies 29. He has joined until end of the season

  98. Neil heading to Norwich

    Football

    Alex Neil looks set to say his farewells to Hamilton today following talks with Norwich over their managerial vacancy.

    According to the PA newswire, Neil will meet his Accies players this lunchtime when he is expected to announce his departure.

  99. Minute's silence in France

    Football

    A minute's silence will be held at football grounds in France this weekend out of respect for the victims of the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper, the French Football Federation (FFF) has announced.

    Twelve people died in the attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly newspaper that had been threatened before for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed.

  100. Defoe back to Spurs?

    Football

    Tottenham say their former striker Jermain Defoe is training with the club's development squad for the next week "to maintain fitness during MLS close season".

    The Toronto forward has been linked with a return to the Premier League with Liverpool, QPR, Leicester and Hull.

  101. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Wiggins to form own team

    Sir Bradley Wiggins

    Former Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins has launched his own cycling team as part of his preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympics.

    The four-time Olympic champion will try and break the individual world hour record as part of his build-up to Rio with Team Wiggins.

    "Cycling has given me everything," said the 34-year-old.

    "I want to build something to inspire kids and to reach all those people who might be on the fringes of the sport."

  102. Great sporting excuses

    Given Australia captain Steve Smith's explanation for his dropped catch, here are a few other slightly bizarre excuses for sporting problems.

    Manchester United's grey kit - Losing 3-0 at half-time to Southampton at the Dell in 1996, Alex Ferguson ordered his players to change out of their grey strip because they "could not see each other properly". United came out for the second half wearing blue and white but still lost 3-1.

    Shane Warne

    Shane Warne's diet pill - Sent home ahead of the 2003 World Cup after testing positive for a banned diuretic, the legendary leg-spinner put the result down to a diet pill given to him by his mother, who wanted him to look slimmer on television. He was given a one-year ban.

    Lighton Ndefwayl's tight jockstrap - After losing to Musumba Bwayla in a local tournament in 1992, the Zambian tennis player said: "Bwayla is a stupid man and a hopeless player. He beat me because my jockstrap was too tight and that made me lose my concentration."

    Ukraine croak - When Ukraine were hammered 4-0 by Spain in their opening game of the 2006 World Cup, they blamed the noise of the frogs outside the team's hotel. "Because of the frogs croaking we hardly got a wink of sleep," defender Vladislav Vashchuk said.

  103. 'I dropped catch because of camera'

    Cricket

    Australia captain Steve Smith added a new entry to the list of unlikely sporting excuses when he blamed an overhead camera for a dropped catch.

    Steve Smith

    Smith was distracted by Spidercam, a manoeuvrable camera suspended above the pitch by wires, when he dropped India's Lokesh Rahul during the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

    It was a costly drop, with Rahul on 46 at the time and going on to make 110.

    A visibly-annoyed Smith pointed upwards straight away, mouthing the word "wire".

  104. Milner's "experience" good for Liverpool

    Football

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "Liverpool have a genuine and longstanding interest in James Milner but at this stage there are no guarantees that he will swap the Etihad for Anfield.

    "The England midfielder's contract with Manchester City expires this summer and at present talks over a new deal have stalled. Liverpool would look to take advantage of that in July by signing him on a free transfer and in doing so add much-needed experience and character to their midfield in the wake of Steven Gerrard's departure.

    "But for now, nothing is certain and it remains to be seen if fresh news of Liverpool's interest prompts City to offer the player improved terms."

  105. Cardiff grab a Hurricane

    Rugby Union

    Cardiff Blues have signed Samoa centre Rey Lee-Lo from Super Rugby side the Hurricanes.

    Cardiff Blues

    The Blues confirmed that the 28-year-old has agreed a long-term deal.

    His move to Wales, which will take effect after this year's Super Rugby season, will see him reunited with current Blues rugby director and former Hurricanes boss Mark Hammett.

  106. What's gone wrong at Barcelona?

    Football

    Second in the table, into the last 16 of the Champions League - so what's the problem with Barcelona?

    "The opinion of the local press is particularly important and, at the moment, neither Barcelona boss Luis Enrique nor the club's board of directors are popular," writes European football writer Lee Roden.

    "Barcelona has two main daily sports papers that are consumed on a tabloid-like scale and their voice can often sway public opinion. One particularly telling headline this week read: "This club will self-destruct in 3,2,1…"

    "A number of popular radio programmes spend an increasing amount of their time debating the perceived incompetency of Barca both on and off the pitch, too."

  107. Bony's City move still on course

    Football

    The latest on Wilfried Bony's move to Manchester City, courtesy of BBC Sport's Ben Smith.

    "No fee has yet been agreed between the clubs but City are hopeful of tying up a deal for around £27m, some £3m below Swansea's initial asking price.

    Wilfried bony

    Francis Kacou, Bony's agent, has said he expects "things will be sorted in the next few days" but it is understood that talks may continue into next week.

    Bony is now on his way to Abu Dhabi to join up with the Ivory Coast squad before the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, but City are confident his participation will not prevent them from agreeing terms or completing medical tests when the time comes.

    The player is known to be extremely keen to make the move north but until the clubs reach an agreement, he will have to bide his time."

  108. Young staying put

    Rugby Union

    Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has extended his contract until 2019, BBC Wales Sport report.

    "I am very pleased to have extended my contract and am excited about the squad we are building here," he said.

  109. QPR news conference

    Football

    Harry Redknapp bats away suggestions he is interested in signing Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigborsson, saying: "It was a while ago we made an approach for him. There is nothing at the moment."

  110. Cole an England doubt

    Rugby Union

    Some worrying news for England coach Stuart Lancaster.

    Leicester prop Dan Cole is a doubt for England's Six Nations opener against Wales on 6 February.

    Dan Cole

    Cole missed the 17-8 victory over Bath on Sunday with a foot injury and joins team-mate Manu Tuilagi, who has a groin problem, on England's injury list.

    Leicester boss Richard Cockerill said: "They may well be fit for [the start of the Six Nations] but whether they'll be match fit I don't know. We will see."

  111. QPR news conference

    Football

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp is the next manager to face the media this morning and he is chatting about his plans for the January transfer window, which looks unlikely to include any permanent signings.

    "We bought players in the summer so we are looking for loans," he says.

    "When you are signing loans in January you are taking gambles. If you sign Wilfried Bony permanently, you are not taking a gamble, he is a top striker, but he will cost you. When you take on a loan there are always question marks."

  112. Who plays who?

    Actors best suited to play famous sports stars

    Rosberg

    Dale Dowey: Leonardo di Caprio to play Niko Rosberg.

    I've taken the liberty of assuming you mean the fresh-faced Leonardo Di Caprio of the Titanic era, Dale, rather than the bearded modern day version below.

    Got any better? Let us know which actor could portray which sports star via #whoplayswho

    Leonardo Di Caprio
  113. What the papers say

    Gazzetta

    Inter Milan appear to be the firm favourites to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Bayern Munich. The forward was rumoured to be a surprise target for Stoke City, but Italian side Inter are looking the most likely to win the race for his signature.

  114. Perrin off Arsenal's radar

    Football

    Arsenal are no longer interested in signing Loic Perrin,according to L'Equipe.

    The newspaper reports that the Gunners had been keen on the Saint Etienne defender, but have now decided against a move.

  115. Who plays who?

    Actors best suited to play famous sports stars

    Will Smith portrayed boxer Muhammad Ali for a film of the same name
    Image caption: Will Smith portrayed boxer Muhammad Ali for a film of the same name

    If you are going to have a film made about you, it makes sense to play the leading role yourself, right?

    That's exactly what India cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar is going to do for a film being made on his life, but I'm fairly confident that not every sports person possesses the qualities needed to play convincing on-screen roles.

    With that in mind, which actor do you think would be best suited to play a sports star? We've had Will Smith as Muhammad Ali, but who would be the perfect person to act as your leading striker or sportsperson?

    Let us know on Twitter via #whoplayswho

  116. Gerrard loan to a European club?

    Football

    Gerrard

    LA Galaxy president Chris Klein says the possibility of Steven Gerrard being loaned to a European club during the MLS off season is a topic that has never been discussed.

    Liverpool midfielder Gerrard will join LA Galaxy in the summer, and Klein told BBC Radio 5 live: "His focus right now is finishing the season with Liverpool and in the summer he will come and focus on his time with LA Galaxy.

    "One of the things that was important for us to hear from Steven was the decision came down to continuing his career in a very good way and with a club that wanted to continue to win. We are quite confident in the environment we provide for this next step of his career."

  117. Everton news conference

    Football

    Ross Barkley

    Ross Barkley's form has been raised. Roberto Martinez, perhaps not surprisingly, is quick to jump to the defence of his player.

    "The thing I will always admire about Ross is that he will never shy away from wanting to be on the ball. And when he loses it, he wants it back quickly. And that pleases me," said Martinez.

    "I think he is a phenomenal talent but he is still a young man and still learning.

    "Normally the opposition uses two players against him. Ross is the least of my worries."

  118. Everton news conference

    Football

    Roberto Martinez says his team will have to be at "our very best" against Manchester City.

    "Our performance will have to be perfect," he said. "City will always take their opportunities. But the way we performed not long ago at the Etihad, we deserved a lot more than what we got.

    "I feel we are ready to face a team like City at this point.

    "We are playing at home. We have had four really bad results and we need to put that right. It doesn't matter who the opposition is, we have to look at what we can do."

  119. Everton news conference

    Football

    Roberto Martinez on the critics: "I'm sure from the outside there will be people asking questions.

    "But that has made us even stronger and it has made us a little bit more focused about where we are and what we want to achieve.

    "The winning mentality in the group is strong and now it is about getting back to a very simple approach, making sure we perform in a manner which can start a real good run of performances."

  120. Everton news conference

    Football

    Asked if he was concerned about getting dragged into a relegation battle, Roberto Martinez said: "We are looking forward to every game and you could see against West Ham that there is a strength and bravery in the squad.

    "The players wanted to get on the ball and get back into the game and they did that until the very last second.

    "Now we are focused on Manchester City. It will be a glamorous occasion but in the position we are in in the league, we are looking to get some good positive momentum and put a run of results together."

    I'm not sure that answered the question but there you go.

  121. Everton news conference

    Football

    Wearing a blue Everton sweatshirt - that's for the fashion aficionados among you - Martinez has reacted to the comments made by Romelu Lukakau after Everton's last-gasp draw against West Ham.

    Lukakau said the players had asked Martinez if they could play a more direct style of football.

    roberto martinez

    Asked if that was true, Martinez smiled and responded: "I'm always talking with the players an we prepare from game to game.

    "This has come out in a way that makes it seem like it was a one-off meeting and we had never spoken before. It was a normal approach. We need to use players in specific ways in specific games so we can get a better performance."

  122. Everton news conference

    Football

    Roberto Martinez has arrived to face the media, and first up he has some news on who will be available to face Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday.

    "Sylvan Distin is going to be out. But he hasn't got a bad injury, so I don't think he will be out too long," said the Toffees boss.

    "But we have Antolin Alcaraz coming back from suspension and I expect Leighton Baines to be fully fit so, that is two in and one out."

  123. Thursday's back pages

    The Times

    We wrap up our look at the morning papers by having a gander at The Times. They're going on the James Milner story we mentioned earlier, with Liverpool - soon to be without talisman Steven Gerrard - putting the Manchester City man at the top of their wanted list. One to keep an eye on.

  124. Latest transfer gossip

    Football

    A few other transfer stories from today...

    Manchester United have made an offer for Germany central defender Mats Hummels, but Borussia Dortmund say the 26-year-old is not for sale.

    Petr Cech

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, could leave the club at the end of the season and has been linked with a move across London to Arsenal.

    Liverpool and England striker Rickie Lambert has emerged as an early transfer target for new Crystal Palace manager, Alan Pardew.

    All these and much more at the BBC's Gossip column.

  125. Thursday's back pages

    Daily Mirror

    Plenty of variety on today's back pages, the Mirror going with Newcastle's search for a new boss, with Dutchman Frank de Boer apparently the number one target. Oh, and full marks for a nice headline too.

  126. Swindon sign striker

    Football

    Swindon chairman Lee Power has confirmed the League One leaders have signed striker Jermaine Hylton from non-league Redditch United on a free transfer.

    The 21-year-old, who has scored 45 goals in two seasons, has agreed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

    "There were a number of clubs that were interested," Power told BBC Wiltshire.

  127. Thursday's back pages

    The Daily Telegraph

    Convicted rapist Ched Evans may return to football today - Oldham will announce later if they are signing the striker - and according to the Daily Telegraph, "football backs Evans". They report that Premier League managers are supporting the League One club's bid to bring the Welshman back into the game.

  128. Bony deal 'will happen'

    Football

    However, regards Wilfried Bony, the striker's agent says the transfer should be completed in "the next few days".

    The Premier League champions are in advanced talks with Swansea to sign the 26-year-old Ivory Coast striker for a fee expected to be in excess of £30m.

    Bony's agent Francis Kacou said: "I think things will go all right in a few days."

  129. Thursday's back pages

    Wilfried Bony

    A quick round-up of today's back pages, starting with The Sun and its claim that Swansea striker Wilfried Bony will be offered a pay-as-you-play deal by Manchester City - which could put the £30m transfer in jeopardy.

  130. Mystery man revealed

    Just in case you're tearing your hair out about the little teaser we set at 08:21 GMT, the mystery sporting man is ... (insert drum-roll here) ... Andy Murray.

    The British number one put the rather unusual picture on Instagram. He doesn't look very comfortable but, hey, I guess that's one of the sacrifices you make for being a top tennis star.

  131. Forest sign Chelsea defender

    Football

    Some breaking transfer news... Nottingham Forest have signed Chelsea right-back Todd Kane on loan until the end of the season.

    Todd Kane

    The 21-year-old former England Under-19 international had been on loan with League One side Bristol City since November, and was scheduled to stay until 18 January.

    But Kane, who has yet to play a first-team game for the Blues, only started three games while at Ashton Gate.

  132. India fight back Down Under

    Cricket

    It's not all football you know. There has been action overnight in the world of cricket, with India's Virat Kohli becoming the first man to make three Test centuries in his first three innings as captain.

    Virat Kohli

    Lokesh Rahul also made the first ton of his career as India fought back on day three of the fourth Test against Australia at Sydney.

    The Aussies declared on 572 on day two but India produced a brilliant response to reach 342 for five - a deficit of 230 - with Kohli hitting his fourth hundred of the series as the pair put on 141 for the third wicket.

    Scorecard here.

  133. More 5live goodies

    Football

    There's also more from 5 live available to listen to now.

    Want to hear Kevin Phillips talking about what it takes to be a striker? Then head here.

    Or how about Guy Mowbray and Kevin Phillips arguing that while Jordan Henderson is a fine player, he's no Steven Gerrard? That clip you'll find here.

    Enjoy.

  134. 'Kane can be next Shearer'

    Football

    Harry Kane

    A little titbit from BBC Radio 5 live that's well worth listening to.

    Former Spurs striker Clive Allen says Harry Kane should aim to be as good as Newcastle and England legend Alan Shearer. Quite a claim.

    You can hear the clip here.

  135. Rangers bid increased

    Football

    A spot of breaking news ... Robert Sarver has increased his offer to buy Rangers to £20m, which is £2m more than his bid rejected by the club's board on Tuesday.

    The American financier - owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball franchise - has also offered £6.5m in a short-term loan to alleviate the club's cash shortage.

    Rangers said his £18m bid undervalued the club.

  136. Morning headlines

    Just woken, a little bleary-eyed, but keen to know the morning headlines? Your luck is in - here's a round-up of the sporting news from overnight.

    *Oldham Athletic are hoping to complete the signing of convicted rapist Ched Evans.

    *Fernando Torres made a winning return to Atletico Madrid as his side beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Copa del Rey.

    Fernando Torres

    *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.

    *England's Martin Adams, Brian Dawson and Scott Mitchell all sealed quarter-final spots at the BDO World Championships on Wednesday evening.

  137. Spot the sport star

    Now then, a famous British sporting celebrity has posted this selfie from his physio bed this morning. Can you guess who it is? Answer coming shortly...

    Andy Murray
  138. Chelsea targeting Messi

    Football

    Now as deals go, if Chelsea can pull off the signing of Lionel Messi, it would surely rank as one of the greatest ever transfer coups.

    There are plenty of stories flying around about the future of the unsettled Barcelona superstar, with the Daily Star claiming Blues boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to pay a £200m contract release to get his hands on Messi.

    Lionel Messi

    Manchester City are also said to be keeping tabs on the situation.

    Messi in the Premier League? Match of the Day would get record viewing figures.

  139. Milner Liverpool bound?

    Football

    Enough about that though, let's get straight to the latest transfer news - and The Times has a very interesting story on its back page today.

    James Milner

    It reckons Liverpool are in "pole position" to sign Manchester City's James Milner at the end of the season, with Brendan Rodgers identifying the Blues utility man as a replacement for LA Galaxy-bound Steven Gerrard.

  140. The timetable

    There are loads of juicy transfer stories to bring you this morning, but first - because we know you like to plan your day - here's a rundown of which Premier League managers are speaking and when.

    Everton's Roberto Martinez is first to face the media at 09:00 GMT (expect plenty of questions about the future of Manchester City target Ross Barkley), followed by QPR's Harry Redknapp at 09:45.

    There's a news conference at Newcastle at 13:00 - which should be interesting, for obvious post-Alan Pardew reasons - followed by Burnley (13:15), Aston Villa (13:30), Crystal Palace (14:00) and Swansea (14:00).

    Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers is also at 14:00 (will Steven Gerrard be mentioned? Of course he will), before Leicester's Nigel Pearson rounds off the day at 14:15.

    As always, we'll bring you the best of what's said as it happens.

  141. Morning all

    Settle back in your seat with a strong cup of coffee for this is going to be a busy one.

    Not only have we all the latest transfer news and rumours, we have nine - yes, nine - Premier League managers talking to the media ahead of the weekend's action.

    Throw in all the breaking news from the world of sport, plus the best of what's going on in social media, and you'll see that there is nowhere else to spend your day other than right here.

    As we've built it up, we'd better get on with it. Enjoy...