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Summary

  1. Breaking transfer news as it happens
  2. Hull boss Steve Bruce questions Ched Evans conviction
  3. Taylor apologises for Evans-Hillsborough comments
  4. De Gea, Drogba and Balotelli linked with moves
  5. Eleven Premier League manager news conferences
  6. GET INVOLVED: Tell us your dream signing #myfantasytransfer

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Right, thanks for your company today and now it's goodbye from me and goodbye from him. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. De Boer staying at Ajax

    Football

    Ajax manager Frank De Boer

    Newcastle fans might want Ajax boss Frank De Boer as their new manager but that doesn't seem likely judging by comments from the Dutchman's brother.

    Ronald De Boer, who works closely with his twin as youth coach at Ajax, says: "Of course you read it and you see fans of Newcastle asking Frank to go there but that's up to Frank. He's happy at Ajax and he will finish the season there, for sure.

    "Next year, we'll see. One thing I know for sure, he's very happy at Ajax. He sees a lot of growth in the team and has no need or hurry to go."

  3. Mandzukic for Arsenal?

    Football

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rules out a move for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani and will instead switch his attentions to trying to bring in Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic, reports the Daily Express.

    Atletico Madrid striker Mario Mandzukic

    The signing could be made possible by the Spanish club bringing in Fernando torres and Manchester City opting to make a move for Swansea's Wilfried Bony.

  4. Podolski gets thumbs up from Low

    Football

    Lukas Podolski reveals that Germany boss Joachim Low has given his seal of approval to the forward's loan move to Inter Milan.

    The Arsenal forward has joined the Serie A side for the remainder of the 2014-15 season, and insists his international prospects will benefit as a result of the switch.

    The 29-year-old told the Deutscher Fussball-Bund's official website: "Playing here will see my situation with the Germany national team improve.

    "I spoke about it with Joachim Low ahead of the move and he thinks that it was a good decision."

  5. City admit Lampard mistakes

    Football

    Manchester City have admitted making mistakes in their communication of Frank Lampard's move to the club.

    The former Chelsea midfielder was reported to have joined City on loan until the start of January after penning a deal with Major League Soccer side New York City FC during the summer.

    Frank Lampard

    He's now staying until the end of the season, with the player himself releasing a statement earlier today to try and clear up the situation.

    Quoted in the Guardian, City said: "The statement on the NYCFC website in July saying Lampard's two-year contract took effect from Aug 1, 2014 was a mistake. The initial statement on City's website that it was a loan was also an error.

    "Any contract with NYCFC will now take effect from July 1, 2015."

  6. Curle keeps Carlisle signing secret

    Football

    Carlisle manager Keith Curle says he has made a signing and others are in the pipeline, but will not reveal the identity of any potential arrivals.

    The Cumbrians face Cambridge United on Saturday and Curle is determined to keep them guessing about the possibility of new faces in his line-up.

    "One has already been done," Curle told the club website. "But we're not saying anything about his name, position or parent club until 2pm on Saturday."

  7. United target won't talk

    Football

    Kevin Strootman

    Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has dismisses talk of a transfer to Manchester United, insisting it would be 'disrespectful' to be discussing a move at this time.

    According to the Daily Mail, the 24-year-old - who has been linked with a move to the Reds, said: "If I spoke about other clubs that would be disrespectful, and I don't want to do that."

  8. Pochettino challenges players

    Football

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino

    Tottenham enjoyed a 5-3 win over Chelsea in their last league outing and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino challenges his players to maintain that sort of level when they play Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    "Why not keep that level in all games? We know it is not easy but if we are capable of that performance against Chelsea we need to keep those performances in the future," says the Argentine.

    "We are very happy, the 5-3 against Chelsea means more than just one victory.

    "It is a belief in our skill and in our mentality, but now we need to show again against Crystal Palace the same mentality to show we are strong - if not there is no good thing."

  9. League two match off

    Football

    Accrington Stanley's game with Bury tonight has been called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

    Journalist Dan Jewell has tweeted the below picture with the message: "This is the actual form submitted to the League stating the reason for the postponement."

    Dan Jewell on Twitter
  10. Pellegrini backs officials

    Football

    Referees get plenty of stick but Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has come out in defence of the men in black.

    Former referees' boss Keith Hackett said officiating in the Premier League was "bordering on appalling" over Christmas, but Pellegrini disagrees.

    "No-one can win or lose the title on one refereeing decision," he says.

    "Maybe they can lose one game but in another they can give you a penalty or a foul that is not a foul."

  11. Yarnold returns in style

    Winter Sports

    Lizzy Yarnold

    Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold finished second on her return to racing on the World Cup circuit in Germany.

    The 26-year-old Brit experienced dizziness while winning the season opener in the United States and missed the next event in Canada.

    Yarnold, the overall defending champion, finished 0.04 seconds behind Russia's Maria Orlova, who won a first World Cup race at the Altenberg track.

  12. Armitage ban reduced

    Rugby Union

    Toulon full-back Delon Armitage has had his 12-week ban for using abusive language reduced to eight on appeal.

    The Toulon player, 31, was found guilty of using abusive language towards Leicester fans after the European Rugby Champions Cup match on 7 December.

    A European Club Rugby statement read: "The appeal committee found that the independent disciplinary committee had made an error in how they determined the period of the appropriate sanction for the misconduct and moved to impose a suspension of eight weeks on the player."

  13. Schwarzer lured by first-team chance

    Football

    Mark Schwarzer says the chance to play regularly tempted him to leave his role as back-up to Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech at Chelsea and join Leicester.

    The 42-year-old keeper did not feature for the Blues this term and has signed an 18-month contract with the Foxes.

    "It was the draw of being able to be more involved and hopefully being able to play in the Premier League," Schwarzer told BBC East Midlands Today.

    "It is a new challenge in my career and a very exciting one."

  14. Dortmund setback

    Football

    Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender will be sidelined for four weeks after undergoing surgery on his right knee.

    Bender suffered the injury during training and it is another blow for Dortmund, who are second from bottom of Germany's top flight.

    The Bundesliga is currently in its winter break and Dortmund's next game is against Bayer Leverkusen on 31 January.

  15. Berahino update

    Football

    West Brom striker Saido Berahino

    The future of West Brom striker Saido Berahino has been the subject of plenty of debate with the 21-year-old being linked with Liverpool and Tottenham.

    Baggies boss Tony Pulis only took over at The Hawthorns recently and he says: "For everyone here we'd like to keep him," he said.

    "If you're asking me whether I want to sell him now, not at all because he has been absolutely first class."

    But he adds: "Everyone is available in every shape and form and there's no difference about that."

  16. Wenger on Bielik

    Football

    Arsenal have been linked with a move for Legia Warsaw midfielder Krystian Bielik but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger does not believe any move is imminent.

    "He is a young boy that we follow, yes. We are not very close at the moment," says Wenger.

  17. Cook unhappy with Doyle speculation

    Football

    Chesterfield boss Paul Cook is unhappy with clubs talking publicly about their interest in striker Eoin Doyle.

    The 26-year-old is the top scorer in the Football League with 22 goals from 27 games in all competitions.

    Rotherham United assistant Paul Raynor revealed on Friday that the Millers had held talks about Doyle, who has also been linked with Celtic, Cardiff, Derby and Millwall.

    "At any club today, a player has a price. So if you want to meet a price to buy a player, then go and do it and do it properly and then announce it to the media," Cook told BBC Radio Sheffield.

  18. Get involved - fantasy transfer

    Who is your fantasy signing, we asked. Here's what you're telling us...

    Srikanth: Dream signing? Easy. I'd get Brian Clough! Let him take care of things. Miss the man.

    Colin Peacocke: Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck and James Milner mentioned as 'Fantasy' transfers. Really???

    RedIsaac: Neuer, Hummels, Khedira, Suarez. That would also solve all of LFCs problems.

    Keep them coming at #myfantasytransfer or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  19. Adams breezes into last four

    Darts

    Three-time champion Martin Adams and fourth seed Scott Mitchell are through to the BDO World Championship semi-finals at Lakeside.

    Adams, 58, is into the last four at Lakeside for the 10th time after beating Scotland's Ross Montgomery 5-1.

    "The one thing I'm pleased about today is that I hit some doubles without mucking about," he told BBC Sport.

    Mitchell, 44, hit six ton-plus checkouts in a 5-2 win over fellow Englishman Brian Dawson.

  20. Why I let Podolski go - Wenger

    Football

    Arsene Wenger has revealed why he decided to allow German international Lukas Podolski to leave on loan join Inter Milan on loan for the rest of the season.

    "He didn't get enough opportunities to play - because I knew that, I gave him a chance to go," the Arsenal boss said.

    Lukas Podolski

    "Why? Because we have many players who can play in these positions and at the end of the day only 11 can start.

    "When a player of his quality doesn't get enough games, at some stage too much competition is detrimental to the confidence of the players and their positivity."

  21. Cork offered new deal

    Football

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says the club have offered midfielder Jack Cork a new contract.

    The four-year deal that Cork signed in July 2011 expires in the summer.

    Jack Cork

    Koeman revealed in December he had recommended to the board that 25-year-old Cork should be offered a new deal.

    "The board of the club is talking to him and his agent," Koeman told BBC South Today. "We've offered him a contract."

  22. Hammill switches sides

    Football

    Huddersfield Examiner: Huddersfield Town have confirmed the loan of Adam Hammill to Championship rivals Rotherham United for the rest of the season, with Danny Ward close to completing a move to the Millers as well.

  23. Victory is in vain

    Tennis

    Andy Murray and Heather Watson won their final matches but Great Britain were knocked out of the Hopman Cup.

    The pair beat Casey Dellacqua and Marinko Matosevic 7-5 6-1 to seal a 3-0 win over home side Australia.

    Murray and Watson

    Murray, 27, earlier beat Matosevic 6-3 6-2 while Watson, 22, overcame Dellacqua 6-3 6-4 in Perth.

    Group leaders Poland (Jerzy Janowicz, Agnieszka Radwanska) qualified to meet the United States (John Isner, Serena Williams) in Saturday's final.

  24. Anyone got some wellies?

    Football

    Another photo emerging of the pitch at Accrington Stanley. Their game with Bury tonight has been called off and there's a clue in this pic as to why...

    Twitter
  25. Lonely Young

    Football

    Manchester United have had their injury troubles this season but Ashley Young is currently the club's only sidelined play and he has tweeted: "Bit lonely in the physio room! Where's everyone gone?"

  26. Manchester United news conference

    Football

    Simon Stone, BBC Sport football writer

    Virtually since he joined Manchester United, Louis van Gaal has been battling against injuries.

    Now he has only one - and how he enjoyed telling everyone.

    "I am very happy with your question," he said with a big smile. "Can you believe it?"

    Not that Ashley Young is likely to see the funny side. He could be out for six weeks after pulling a hamstring at Stoke on New Year's Day.

  27. League Two match off

    Football

    The pitch inspection at Accrington Stanley has taken place and it's bad news... the club's League Two game with Bury tonight has been called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

    And judging by this photo the club has tweeted, it's not hard to see why...

    Accrington Stanley
  28. Woods back at 'raucous' event

    Golf

    Former world number one Tiger Woods has confirmed he will start his 2015 season at the Phoenix Open, arguably the most raucous event on the PGA Tour.

    Woods suffered an injury-plagued 2014 which saw him undergo back surgery, fail to qualify for the FedEx Cup play-offs or Ryder Cup, and split from coach Sean Foley.

    Tiger Woods

    After missing the cut in the US PGA Championship in August, the 39-year-old had a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

    "It will be great to return to Phoenix," the 14-time major winner said on his website. "The crowds are amazing and always enthusiastic."

    On his Twitter page, Woods posted a link to his hole-in-one in 1997 on the 16th, a short par three which attracts massive crowds who often boo when players miss the green.

  29. Wolves news conference

    Football

    Wolves have striker Rajiv Van La Parra fit again for Sunday's trip to Blackburn after missing last weekend's 0-0 FA Cup third round draw at Fulham, reports BBC WM's Mike Taylor.

    Fellow front runner Nouha Dicko, who only played as a sub at Craven Cottage because of a bad back, is now fully fit.

    Midfielder Kevin McDonald returns after suspension and defender Kortney Hause, signed up on a new long-term deal on Thursday, is available again after being cup-tied.

  30. Blackpool add two more

    Football

    Blackpool have made their second and third signings of the day, Sunderland's David Ferguson and Connor Oliver. joining forward Saer Sane, who arrived earlier.

    Defender Ferguson and midfielder Oliver, both 20, have been on trial from the Premier League club and have penned 18-month contracts, with the option of another year.

    The Seasiders are nine points from safety at the bottom of the Championship.

  31. Manchester United news conference

    Football

    Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal

    It seems Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal isn't too keen to share his transfer plans with the media. (Not that he should, of course)

    "I do not discuss that with you," says the Dutchman. "You can ask that any way you want. But remember, I bought Victor Valdes in very quickly."

    He does, however, reveal, Ashley Young will be out for four to six weeks with a hamstring injury and that his aim is to "form the best team in the world".

  32. Man Utd news conference

    Football

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says that left-back Luke Shaw, who was substituted in the FA Cup third round win at Yeovil last Sunday, will be fit to face his former club when the Red Devils play Southampton on Sunday.

    Left wing-back Ashley Young is out of the game, while midfielder Daley Blind has returned to training after a lengthy lay-off and defender Marcos Rojo is scheduled to do the same on Saturday.

  33. Don't try this at home

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    Hard to know for certain but we're fairly sure Andy Murray isn't taking part in a modern-day version of It's A Knockout, but is instead in training.

    Standing on what appears to be an oversized beach-ball, holding a tennis racquet, and producing quite a grimace, the Scot posted this photo on Instagram, with the message: "Post match work out... Don't try this at home."

    Rest assured Andy, we won't.

  34. Coventry sign ex-Ipswich man Nouble

    Football

    Coventry City have completed striker Frank Nouble's signing on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

    The 23-year old Londoner, who initially signed in September on loan, had his contract terminated by Championship side Ipswich Town earlier this week.

  35. Curle pulls no punches

    Football

    No one can accuse Carlisle United manager Keith Curle of not being straight-talking.

    Speaking to the club's website about the return of midfielder Alex Marrow to training, Curle said: "The situation is that Alex wants to leave the football club. I also want Alex to leave the football club.

    Keith Curle

    "Fortunately for Alex, while he is here, and doesn't want to be here, he still gets paid. Unfortunately for me while Alex is here, and doesn't want to be here, I've still got to pay him.

    "I've asked Alex to leave and not take the money he's owed. That has been my negotiating strategy. We've obviously hit a stumbling block on that.

    "In the short term the beauty of what we've got with working for a very honourable football club is that we will continue to pay Alex for his services, even though he doesn't want to be here."

    We're just guessing here, but it sounds like the two of them might not be going out for a drink together anytime soon...

  36. Awaiting Van Gaal

    Simon Stone, BBC Sport football writer

    "A trip across rainy Manchester and now I am at Manchester United to hear with Louis van Gaal has to say ahead of Sunday's game against Southampton.

    "The Dutchman should be in a good mood given United are unbeaten in 11 games.

    "They are also basking in the signing of former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes on an 18-month contract.

    "Yet again though, an injury roll call is required."

    Louis van Gaal is due to start his press conference any minute now.

  37. Nine-mile swim for survival

    American Football

    Now here's the sort of story you don't hear every day.

    Former Miami Dolphins running back Rob Konrad had to swim nine miles to shore after falling off his boat while fishing.

    Rob Konrad

    Konrad, 38, swam the equivalent of 290 lengths of an Olympic-size swimming pool after his 36-foot boat, which was on auto pilot, drifted away from him off the South Florida coast.

    The United States Coast Guard reported that friends became concerned when he failed to return for dinner.

    After up to 12 hours in the water, Konrad - who played 82 games for the Dolphins between 1999-2004 - had treatment for hypothermia symptoms.

  38. 'Experienced journalists were surprised'

    Football

    Steve Bruce caused something of a stir today with his comments in support of convicted rapist Ched Evans.

    Here are the thoughts of the man who asked the Hull manager the question, BBC Look North's Simon Clark.

    "As a seasoned football manager who has taken charge of more than 700 games Steve Bruce is always willing to answer questions posed by journalists at his weekly news conference. Normally these are about routine matters such as injuries and potential signings he would like to make.

    Steve Bruce

    "Today though even experienced journalists were surprised at how much detail Bruce went into when I asked him if he was one of the three Premier League managers who had spoken to Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney.

    "Bruce had no hesitation in admitting that he had spoken to Mr Corney about the Ched Evans matter before giving the news conference his take on how he viewed the Evans case.

    "Steve Bruce is not a manager you normally associate with controversy but his comments today have certainly stirred public opinion."

  39. Scotland squad confirmed

    Cricket

    Scotland have announced their final squad for the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia, with uncapped Durham teenager Gavin Main the one to miss out from the 16 players in Dubai for a warm-up series.

    Preston Mommsen was confirmed as captain last month, with Kyle Coetzer in the vice-captain's role.

    Scotland will face New Zealand, England, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Australia in Pool A.

    The tournament runs from 14 February to 29 March 2015.

  40. League Two game in doubt

    Football

    Fans of Accrington Stanley and Bury take note.

    There is a pitch inspection at 5pm to decide if tonight's contest can go ahead.

  41. One more to go

    Football

    Right, that's 10 Premier League managers done and dusted. There's only one more due to face the press today, and it's Louis van Gaal.

    Louis van Gaal

    The Manchester United boss, always entertaining, will be answering questions at 15:30 GMT - we'll have what he says here.

  42. Stoke news conference

    Football

    A final line from Mark Hughes, about Stoke's injury list

    The boss says Marc Muniesa has been struggling with a groin problem but trained today.

    Same goes for Bojan, who is also back in training, while Victor Moses is "back and looking sharp".

    Hughes added: "Whether he is fit enough to start or not, it is something that I will mull over. But credit to Chelsea because the rehab they have given him has been spot on."

  43. Stoke City press conference

    Football

    Mark Hughes is in bullish mood, saying his Stoke team are "in a real good place at the moment".

    "We have had a tremendous festive period and we want to build upon that," he added.

    "It's difficult to say how far we can go. We had a good season last time round and got up to ninth.

    "If we could do that again then we would be delighted. My teams historically grow stronger as the season goes on, whereas many others burn brightly initially and then fade somewhat."

    Confidence, we like it.

  44. Stoke news conference

    Football

    Mark Hughes

    Mark Hughes on Sunday's opponents Arsenal: "Arsene Wenger is very consistent in terms of the style he will play.

    "On occasions away from home he has gone for two sitting midfielders, whereas at home he goes with one and compliments that with more attack-minded options.

    "He has a few key players back too, so we know they will be very strong."

  45. Ex-England international May to retire

    Rugby Union

    London Welsh team captain and former England international Tom May is to retire at the end of the season.

    Centre May, 35, joined Welsh in 2013 and led them to promotion via the Championship play-offs last season.

    He began his professional career at Newcastle Falcons, making his debut in March 1999, and went on to play for Toulon before joining Northampton.

    "It's a tough decision to make because I've been playing for quite a while and it's what I've grown up knowing," said May, who has two England caps.

  46. Stoke news conference

    Football

    Asked if he would look for a replacement for Mame Diouf, who is off to the Africa Cup of Nations, Hughes said: "We understood that Mame wasn't going to be here for a minimum of three weeks.

    Mame Diouf

    "As a consequence of that we will keep our eyes open and if there is something that comes along that we feel will enhance the group then we will look to do something."

  47. Stoke news conference

    Football

    Stoke lost out to Inter Milan in the race to sign Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

    But Hughes said it showed the ambition of his club.

    "We will pursue players who we feel that we can realistically get and Shaqiri was one of those. He slipped by the wayside, but we were firmly in the frame," said the Stoke boss.

    "If you read what his agent said then you will see that we were serious contenders.

    "We can take a lot of comfort from the fact that we can get these players in the room now and have serious conversations with them. Maybe that wasn't the case in the past."

  48. Stoke news conference

    Football

    First up a question for Hughes about new signing Philipp Wollscheid.

    The 25-year-old Germany centre-back has arrived on loan from Bayer Leverkusen, with a view to making a permanent move in the summer.

    "The timing of getting a new central defender wasn't what we anticipated, but we felt it was too big an opportunity not to take," said Hughes.

    "He is a really good player, he is in good shape and he has arrived here in a good frame of mind.

    "Having seen him in training this week he looks impressive. It is a big decision whether to throw him in at the deep end on Sunday, so we will wait and see."

  49. Stoke news conference

    Football

    Stoke City Mark Hughes

    Right, we're all done on the south coast - but there's no rest.

    Next we're at Stoke, where Mark Hughes has just taken his seat to answer questions ahead of the Potters Premier League trip to Arsenal on Sunday.

    Stoke beat Arsenal 3-2 in the reverse fixture and seem to get under the Gunners skin, so could be a tasty game this one.

  50. Southampton news conference

    Football

    A few more nuggets from Ronald Koeman.

    He says about new signing Eljero Elia will be part of the squad which travels to Manchester United on Sunday.

    "He will be part of the squad for this Sunday. The question is whether he's in shape to start the game," said the Saints gaffer.

    "We know he didn't play in a long time, but to get that rhythm you need minutes - and we will give them."

    Koeman also revealed he has given his players three days off this week, because "we lacked a bit of fitness" during the 1-1 FA Cup third round draw against Ipswich.

  51. Fabregas - 'I'm upset at Messi talk'

    Football

    Cesc Fabregas has bristled at suggestions he might be involved in any Chelsea move to sign Lionel Messi.

    Chelsea have been linked with a big-money swoop for the Argentinean following claims that the 27-year-old's relationship with his Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has broken down.

    Cesc Fabregas

    Talking on on Spanish radio, Fabregas said: "I'm upset that they say that I could be mediating for Messi to come to Chelsea. How can I be talking about contracts? I'm only a footballer.

    "He (Messi) will do what makes him happiest. Personally, as his friend, colleague and footballer, if you gave me the chance to play with him again, I would welcome it."

  52. Get involved - #myfantasytransfer

    Who is your fantasy signing, we asked. Here's what you're telling us...

    SG8_Galaxy: I would love to see LFC sign Diego Semieone, Marco Reus and James Milner.

    Mark Leahy: A 32-year-old Tony Adams back to Arsenal. He'd sort out our defensive woes.

    Tim Tack: #myfantasytransfer for Newcastle United would be Jurgen Klopp.

    Keep them coming at #myfantasytransfer or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  53. Southampton news conference

    Football

    Ronald Koeman gives an update on the injury front, revealing Jack Cork is back in training after an ankle injury and England right back Nathaniel Clyne has trained all week.

    Nathaniel Clyne

    "In my opinion, he's ready to play, but the player needs to be comfortable," said the boss.

    Asked about Sadio Mané, Koeman said: "He's working here to become fit to play. He will go next week for a test with Senegal's medical staff."

  54. Southampton news conference

    Football

    Eljero Elia, a 27-year-old winger, is likely to go into the squad for Sunday's game with United, after joining Saints on loan from German side Werder Bremen until the end of the season.

    Asked about the possibility of more business during the January transfer window, Koeman said: "Maybe we will bring in another - maybe - but there's no update."

  55. Southampton news conference

    Football

    Saints have another tough game ahead, at Manchester United on Sunday.

    The Reds won 2-1 at the St Mary's Stadium earlier in the season, thanks to a brace from Robin van Persie - though Southampton were the better team on the night.

    "It wasn't long ago we lost against Man United, and we lost because of our mistakes," said Koeman.

    "We can beat Man United. I believe we can make it very difficult for them."

    However, Koeman warned that United are playing well and improving. "If you analyse them over the last few weeks, you can see that they've grown up," he added.

  56. Southampton news conference

    Football

    Southampton FC

    Ronald Koeman has arrived for his press conference and began by talking about the importance of victory over Arsenal last time out.

    Koeman's men won 2-0. ""I think the victory over Arsenal was important, as was the point against Chelsea," he said.

  57. Back to blue

    Football

    Cardiff owner Vincent Tan gave the go-ahead to switch back to blue during overnight boardroom discussions after a consultation meeting with supporters on Thursday.

    The Malaysia-based businessman has also sanctioned a change of badge to give the Bluebird mascot more prominence.

  58. Back to blue

    Football

    Cardiff confirm they will switch back to playing in their traditional blue kit at home as opposed to the red they have been wearing since June 2012.

  59. Manchester City news conference

    Football

    Manchester City visit struggling Everton on Saturday as they try to extend an unbeaten winning league run of 11 games, including nine wins.

    "We have a tough game against a rival at Everton," says City boss Pellegrini. "Maybe they are not in their best moment but they have a very difficult team, they play very well with good players and a very good manager.

    "If we want to continue in the same way, we must play in the same way if we want to win.

    "We start now the second half of the season. Every game will be a final for all the teams involved in the fight for the title. Not only in the Premier League, it is the same in FA Cup or Champions League. If you don't win, you are out of the cup."

  60. MLS striker joins Blackpool

    Football

    Championship side Blackpool have signed French striker Saer Sene following his release by Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls.

    The 28-year-old, who has previously played for New England Revolution and Bayern Munich's reserve team, has agreed a deal to the end of the season.

    "It's a pleasure for me to be here and bring my best and help the team stay in the league," he told the club website.

  61. Manchester City news conference

    Football

    Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair

    Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic, 21, and winger Scott Sinclair, 25, have been linked with moves away from the club but boss Manuel Pellegrini , as usual, is playing his cards close to his chest.

    "They are working with us, Nastasic and Sinclair, without any problem," he says.

    "They are part of the squad. We will see if there are good offers for them and for the club. If not, they stay here."

  62. Coleman faces inquiry

    Horse Racing

    Jockey Aidan Coleman is to face a British Horseracing Authority inquiry over claims he breached whip rules when winning last month's Welsh National.

    No action was taken on the day against Coleman by stewards at Chepstow Racecourse after he won aboard Emperor's Choice, trained by Venetia Williams.

    Reacting to news that the BHA would hold an inquiry on 16 January, Professional Jockeys' Association chief executive Paul Struthers said: "We are shocked by this decision.

    "We have asked the BHA for a formal explanation as to why this is happening."

  63. Manchester City news conference

    Football

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

    You can always rely on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini to give nothing away. He's been asked about the potential transfer of striker Wilfried Bony from Swansea to City.

    "I will answer this question when I know more about that because I don't talk about rumours," he says. "We are going to replace Alvaro Negredo because it was the decision that we took in the moment we sold him.

    "We decided to see in December if we needed another striker. We need another striker so we are going to find which is the best player to bring in."

    Well, that clears that up then.

  64. Manchester City news conference

    Football

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini reacts to talk of him moving to Barcelona by claiming he is "very happy" in his current role.

    "I have a contract for this year and next year," he adds.

  65. Head coach Betts commits to Widnes

    Rugby League

    Head coach Denis Betts has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him with Widnes Vikings until 2017.

    The ex-Great Britain forward took over in 2010 and has helped the club progress year-on-year since they returned to Super League in 2012.

    Betts, 45, led Widnes to their first-ever Super League play-offs last season, where they lost to Warrington.

    "I am committed to the club and my belief is that we are growing something that's really special," said Betts.

    "Although we've done a great deal of work I feel that we've got so much more to do.

  66. Ancelotti keeping calm

    Football

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti

    Real Madrid had their 22-game winning streak ended by back-to-back defeats in the past week but the club's manager Carlo Ancelotti is remaining his cool and composed self.

    "Criticism is normal because we won 22 games and now it is normal to seek explanations," he says in the build up to his side's game against Espanyol on Saturday.

    "But I do not see a serious problem and I am not worried, because I know the team well and I know the commitment they have.

    "After the (winning) streak and the holidays, we have not been in a good mental conditions, but physically we are in excellent shape.

    "The group is now eager to recover. After the holidays we have dropped but we are keen to win again."

    Good luck Espanyol then!!

  67. Red or blue?

    Football

    Could Cardiff be about to reveal they are switching from red shirts back to wearing their traditional blue? They have called a news conference for 14:00 GMT.

  68. Get involved

    Who is your fantasy signing, we asked. Here's what you're telling us...

    Nathan Maxwell: I would love to see Everton sign back Rooney. Welcomed back with open arms and may actually stick a few much needed goals away.

    Jake Toll: Akinfenwa to United, engage Beast Mode on the Prem.

    Tim Tack: My fantasy transfer for Newcastle United would be Jurgen Klopp.

    Kev: A striker who can score goals for Sunderland.

    Keep them coming at #myfantasytransfer or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  69. Watford sign Mexican full-back

    Football

    Watford have confirmed the signing of Mexico international Miguel Layun on a four-and-a-half year contract.

    The 26-year-old full-back moves to Vicarage Road from Spanish club Granada, who are also owned by the Pozzo family.

    He played in all four of Mexico's games at last year's World Cup in Brazil.

  70. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Newcastle's Papiss Cisse won't be involved when Chelsea host Newcastle on Saturday - the striker is on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Senegal.

    Asked if that was a bonus for the Blues, Steve Holland said: "We've been on the flipside of that situation in the past, with players like Drogba and Mikel.

    Papiss Cisse

    "If you have players from that part of the world, that's the risk you run. I'm quite sure Newcastle will have been aware of that well before now. and will have factored that into their planning.

    "They have a good squad and I'm sure whoever plays in that position at the weekend will be a good player.

    "But for us it's obviously good for us if the club we're playing are without their best players. The same could happen next week with Swansea and Bony, and Manchester City and Yaya Toure."

  71. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    "There has been really good focus from the players this week," says Holland.

    "Everybody trained today and we are in good shape physically. There is a strong determination to win the game against Newcastle. We remember we lost there recently and don't want a repeat."

  72. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    What about those reports linking Lionel Messi with Chelsea?

    "Jose Mourinho has made it quite clear that nobody comes or goes," says Chelsea assistant coach Steve Holland.

    Lionel Messi

    "I recall he said something similar last year but a couple of things happened which meant we had to be reactive. The hope and expectation is that nobody comes or goes."

    In terms of Messi, he adds: "When you look at some of the numbers mentioned around the Messi deal, you would think it is almost impossible for any club working within the Financial Fair Play rules."

  73. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Steve Holland, explaining how big the pressure is: "The pressure is equal. If you look at the league table, 20 matches in, the two teams at the top of the table aren't even separated by goal difference. Their records are identical. So just over the halfway mark, the difference between success and failure is so small.

    "And in a game like Southampton, when clearly a penalty should have been given, it would have been a good situation for us and we might have gone on to win the game.

    "So when managers speak immediately after a match, they are going to be frustrated."

  74. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Jose Mourinho leaves his news conference duties to assistant Steve Holland having been charged by the Football Association for claiming there is a "campaign" to influence referees' decisions against the Blues.

    "He's focused on the game against Newcastle tomorrow," says Holland. "We lost the away game recently and we are very determined to put that right.

    "There is a frustration with all of us, not just Jose, at the accumulation of events. We are all together in this but we all have to move on."

  75. Chelsea news conference

    Football

    Steve Holland has arrived and is facing the media. First question is about Jose Mourinho and where he is, obviously.

  76. Almost time...

    Football

    Two big news conferences coming up shortly, at Chelsea and Manchester City, the clubs locked together at the top of the Premier League.

    pellegrini and mourinho

    Only one manager will be facing the media though, with Jose Mourinho sending in his number two Steve Holland to answer questions - the Chelsea boss apparently upset about his FA charge for suggesting refs have it in for his side.

    Chelsea's conference is due to begin at 12:30 GMT, with City boss Manuel Pellegrini up at 12:45.

  77. Crowds queue for darts quarter-finals

    Darts

    Lakeside queues

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright at Lakeside Country Club:

    "These were the queues outside the Lakeside Country Club around an hour before the scheduled start of play.

    "The first two men's semi-finalists at the BDO World Championships will be confirmed this afternoon. Brian Dawson takes on the number four seed Scott Mitchell, followed by Ross Montgomery v Martin Adams.

    "Montgomery will hope to repeat the outstanding form that saw him knock out Scott Waites last night against Adams, the three-time winner here at Frimley Green. Coverage starts at 13:00 GMT on BBC Two and online."

  78. FC United's posh new home

    BBC Sport football writer Simon Stone

    FC United

    "Maybe the most impressive aspect is the terrace behind one of the goals, which saved the club £150,000.

    "Bought from Northwich Victoria when they hit financial difficulties, the structure was formerly the Dane Bank end of Drill Field.

    "It was taken down and kept in various locations in the Manchester area before being rebuilt again.

    "However, as the markings show, the pieces have not been put together in the right order.

    "Not that anyone will know once the sandblasters have been in."

  79. FC United's posh new home

    BBC Sport football writer Simon Stone

    "I have spent the morning having a guided tour of FC United's new £6.3m home at Broadhurst Park.

    "Although the project has taken longer than envisaged and costs have risen, meaning plans have had to be scaled down, it's opening, possibly in February, is testament to the hard work that has gone in since the Evostick Premier Division club was formed in 2005.

    "Those who have stuck with the club, which emerged following Malcolm Glazer's takeover of Manchester United will be housed in a 4,400 capacity arena, that has adjoining community pitches, impressive match day bar facilities, good changing rooms and even somewhere for female officials."

  80. Robshaw returns to action

    Rugby Union

    Chris Robshaw

    England captain Chris Robshaw has been named in the Harlequins side to face Leicester tomorrow in the Premiership.

    Robshaw has been out of action for five weeks after suffering a shoulder injury against Leinster last month, but has not undergone surgery and is set to lead England in the upcoming Six Nations.

  81. Swans in for Villa full-back?

    Football

    Matt Lowton

    Swansea City are contemplating a bid for Aston Villa's Matt Lowton, says the Daily Mail.

    Garry Monk wants competition for Angel Rangel and Neil Taylor in the full-back positions and Lowton is frustrated with his playing time at Villa Park, says the paper.

    The Mail claims Swansea enquired about Tottenham's Kyle Naughton but baulked at the £5m price tag.

  82. Bradman record broken

    Cricket

    Steve Smith

    Breaking a record set by Australia legend Don Bradman is quite an achievement but that's what the country's current skipper Steve Smith has done in the fourth Test in Sydney.

    Smith hit 71 off 70 balls to pass Bradman's 1947-48 record of 715 for the most runs by an Australian in a series against India.

  83. Hazard in the area

    Football

    Eden Hazard

    For no other reason than we like stats, here's one that caught our eye courtesy of Opta: Eden Hazard has had more touches in the opposition penalty area (150) than any other PL player this season.

  84. GB's women avoid big guns

    Tennis

    Great Britain have avoided a Belarus team headed by Victoria Azarenka in the draw for the group stage of their Fed Cup division.

    Heather Watson

    The team - featuring Heather Watson and captained by Judy Murray - will play Ukraine, Turkey and Liechtenstein in qualifying in Budapest in the first week of February.

    If they top their group, they may then need to beat Belarus in a play-off to qualify for next year's World Group 2.

    The other members of the team are Johanna Konta, Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae. Laura Robson's delayed return to the tour has ruled her out.

  85. Martinez needs to be more like Moyes

    Football

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez

    If you've lost four league games on the trot then one of the last sides you want to be facing is champions Manchester City but that is exactly the scenario facing Everton.

    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage has had his say on how Toffees boss Roberto Martinez can get his Goodison Park side back on track.

    "In a way Martinez actually needs to be more like predecessor David Moyes was, and find a way of grinding out results," says Savage in his BBC Sport column.

    "He needs his team to get their belief back, but the first thing they need to be is hard to beat again."

  86. Sublime Federer breezes to victory

    Tennis

    Roger Federer will challenge Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the final of the Brisbane International after brushing aside home hopeful James Duckworth in 41 minutes.

    Roger Federer

    The Swiss world number two - last year's runner-up at the tournament - hammered Duckworth 6-0 6-1.

    Bulgarian Dimitrov, the fourth seed, reached the semi-finals by ousting Martin Klizan 6-3 6-4.

    The other last-four showdown sees second seed Kei Nishikori tackle Milos Raonic.

  87. Cardiff swoop for striker

    Football

    Cardiff have completed the signing of Rotherham United striker Alex Revell, subject to international clearance.

    Revell, 31, was signed by Russell Slade in 2010 when the Bluebirds boss was manager of Leyton Orient.

    The 6ft 3in forward, who has also played for Wycombe Wanderers and Swindon, has scored four goals in 26 appearances this season.

  88. Get involved - fantasy transfer

    Who is your fantasy signing, we asked. Here's what you're telling us...

    Alasdair Preston: Would have to be the City owners to Blackpool. Or any other owners. Basically the transfer would be the Oyston's leaving.

    Spencer Angus Thomas: Would like Kane and Welbeck (goals and work rate), Tadic and Sigurdsson (assists and play making) for Palace

    The Other Me: Lionel Messi to Real Madrid. They will be unbeatable. I would love to see him play alongside Ronaldo.

    Nice thought but defo can't see that happening.

    Keep them coming at #myfantasytransfer or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  89. 'The Silencer' makes Lakeside noise

    Darts

    Jeff Smith

    Of the eight men left in the BDO World Championships, only Jeff Smith does not hail from Great Britain.

    But the 39-year-old Canadian is hoping to live up to his nickname of "The Silencer" and quieten his remaining rivals for the title and emulate fellow countryman John Part, who won the first of his three world titles in 1994.

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright caught up with Smith following his second-round win over Gary Robson to find out a bit more about a man who spray-paints cars for a living.

  90. Fulham sign 16-year-old

    BBC Wales Sport: Newport manager Justin Edinburgh says they've accepted a bid from Fulham for 16-year-old defender Regan Poole. Expects deal to be done soon.

  91. Bruce backs Ched Evans

    Football

    More from Hull boss Steve Bruce on the Ched Evans situation.

    He said: "It has divided opinion of course and when you look at the case in detail - and I don't think most people have really, because they have just seen Ched Evans as a convicted rapist - when you do look at the case and look at the evidence, then certainly Ched has got a case."

    Full story here.

  92. Bruce backs Ched Evans

    Football

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce has questioned the conviction of rapist Ched Evans and says the footballer should be given a chance to play again.

    Evans was released from prison in October and saw a move to Oldham Athletic collapse this week.

    He was convicted in 2012 and refused leave to appeal, but the Criminal Cases Review Commission is studying his case.

    "I might be upsetting people but there is a question of the rape and how he's been convicted by a jury," said Bruce. "When you look at the evidence, it is there for appeal."

  93. Norwich appoint Alex Neil

    Football

    Norwich City have confirmed the appointment of Alex Neil as their new manager following the resignation of Neil Adams earlier this week.

    Neil, 39, has left Scottish club Hamilton to join the Carrow Road side.

    "It's an exciting challenge at a huge club and one that I'm looking forward to," says Neil.

    Hamilton manager Alex Neil

    "It's a forward-thinking club with a fantastic infrastructure and big ambition, which matches my own ambitions.

    "Of course I'm sad to leave Hamilton, a brilliant club which has been such a huge part of my life for so long. But when an opportunity as exciting as this with a club like Norwich comes your way, you take it."

  94. Arsenal news conference

    Football

    A little more on the 'no smoking please' cafuffle at Arsenal.

    Wojciech Szczesny's father came out in defence of his son, after the accusations of smoking in the dressing room. Szczesny snr pointed the finger at the rest of the Arsenal defence for the goals conceded at Southampton.

    Asked about that during his press conference, Arsene Wenger said: "I don't need to make a big fuss of it. Every club has internal discipline and rules and it does not have to be public.

    "I don't want to talk more about it. I don't listen to the fathers, the mothers or the grandmother or the grandfathers."

    Give Wenger his due, ask a question and he'll always give you an answer.

  95. Arsenal news conference

    Football

    Arsene Wenger insists Wojciech Szczesny remains in contention for a return to the Arsenal side for the weekend visit of Stoke despite allegedly smoking a cigarette in the dressing room following the recent defeat at Southampton.

    "I don't want to talk about that because what happens in our dressing room stays in our dressing room - apart from the fact that it doesn't stay in there," said the Arsenal boss.

    Arsenal

    "Of course [he has apologised]. He is a serious boy who works very hard, he doesn't need all that. He made a mistake, he is not the first one or the last one.

    "You can do what you want at home. You have a freedom. My issue is that the players here are judged on their performances. Ideally, the best way to have as high [a] level as possible is to behave as close to the rules."

  96. Rooney gets England award

    Football

    Wayne Rooney

    England captain Wayne Rooney has had his ups and downs with the national team's fans but all seems to be hunky dory again.

    The Manchester United forward has been voted the men's player of 2014 by England fans, while Toni Duggan has won the women's award.

    "I would also like to thank all the England fans for their support throughout what was a mixed year," said the 29-year-old Rooney.

    "They have stuck by us since the World Cup, we have managed to win every game since and are in the best possible position for European qualification."

  97. Halep wins through

    Tennis

    Top seed Simona Halep sailed into the WTA Shenzhen Open final and will face Timea Bacsinszky, after the Swiss world number 47 upset double Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova.

    Romanian Halep, ranked third in the world and last year's French Open runner-up, disposed of unseeded home player Zheng Saisai in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

  98. Coventry defender to depart

    BBC Humberside Sport: Coventry boss Steven Pressley says he expects defender Jordan Clarke to leave the club today. Clarke will complete his move to Scunthorpe.

  99. Steven Gerrard pearler

    Football

    Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard

    For those of you still wondering how Liverpool will let Steven Gerrard leave at the end of the season, here's a bit more evidence to mystify you a bit more.

    Liverpool have tweeted a video of their captain scoring a left-foot pearler in training and it's from the top drawer.

  100. Hull face competition for Defoe

    Football

    BBC Humberside Sport: Hull boss Steve Bruce feels the club is up against competition "from half the Premier League" for the signature of Jermaine Defoe.

  101. West Ham news conference

    Football

    West Ham striker Diafra Sakho

    There's a tug of war between Senegal and West Ham over Diafra Sakho.

    The striker is out of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament with a back injury but Senegal want to assess the player's injury themselves.

    Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has left it to his assistant Neil McDonald to give an update on the issue at the club's news conference ahead of this weekend's game at Swansea.

    "Sakho got injured against West Brom, there's no way he can fly. He's probably going to miss the Africa Cup of Nations and we're going to miss him too because he's injured," says McDonald.

  102. Get involved - fantasy transfer

    Who is your fantasy signing, we asked. Here's what you're telling us...

    Samit Gugle: Messi, Hazard, Gotze, Gundogan, Hummels, Ramos, Lahm to Man United. Sell RVP, Young, Valencia, Smalling, Evans, Jones, Anderson.

    Spencer Angus Thomas: Would like Kane and Welbeck (goals and work rate), Tadic and Sigurdsson (assists and play making) for Palace.

    Little Jason: I would like to see Spurs sign Roman Abramovich and his cheque book.

    Ross Brading: Anyone... anyone at all to Berwick Rangers.

    Ross, we feel your pain.

    Keep them coming at #myfantasytransfer or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  103. Hillsborough families accept apology

    Football

    More on the news that some of the Hillsborough families have accepted the apology of Gordon Taylor, who compared the tragedy to the Ched Evans rape case.

    Brenda Fox, who lost her son Steven, said: "I accept that apology, no hard feelings to the man at all. I think it was a mistake.

    It was just one of those off the cuff things that people say and they shouldn't say and they regret."

    Barry Devonside, who lost his son Christopher in the disaster, also accepted the apology but was critical of Taylor.

    "He was foolhardy to make comments in relation to Ched Evans and the Hillsborough disaster. There is no connection between the two whatsoever," he said.

    "This isn't the first time Gordon Taylor has been involved in a gaffe. He really needs to connect brain with mouth."

  104. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Hillsborough families accept apology

    Some Hillsborough families arriving at court this morning for the ongoing inquests in Warrington say they accept PFA chief Gordon Taylor's apology.

  105. Friday's back pages

    Daily Star

    Calm down Chelsea fans, this deal has not happened yet - but it does seem to be picking up a bit of steam. The Daily Star claims the Blues will meet Barcelona's £200m buy-out clause for Messi, and offer him a six-year deal.

  106. Bruce - 'I spoke to Oldham'

    Football

    Hull City manager Steve Bruce has confirmed he was one of the three Premier League managers who spoke to Oldham chairman regarding Ched Evans.

  107. Arsenal news conference

    Football

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal host Stoke this weekend and the last time these two met they served up a game-and-a-half. The Potters went 3-0 up before fending off an Arsenal comeback as the game finished 3-2, with the Gunners having Calum Chambers sent off for good measure.

    One thing Stoke won't need for the trip to the Emirates is a gee up as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is fully aware of the threat they can pose. He says: "Stoke are always especially motivated against Arsenal."

  108. Arsenal news conference

    Football

    Arsenal midfielders Mesut Ozil (left) and Aaron Ramsey

    Good news for Arsenal fans. Midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil are back in training after injury.

    Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has also been speaking about Yaya Sanogo. The striker is set to go out on loan and has been linked with Bordeaux.

    But Wenger says: "He will go out on loan. My preference is a Premier League club."

  109. Who can afford Messi?

    Football

    Barcelona star Lionel Messi

    He's a dream signing for any club and for most his capture is just that - a fantasy.

    Four-time world footballer of the year Lionel Messi's future has had some doubt cast over it in the past week but in reality there are only two clubs who might be able to afford to buy him under the new Financial Fair Play rules.

    "With the revenue they generate and cash reserves, only Manchester United and Real Madrid could pay the fee," says Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam University.

    "With salary costs probably even they couldn't stay within FFP."

  110. It's a rich man's world

    Tennis

    The Australian Open has increased its prize money to an historic high of $40 million ... the sort of news which makes me wonder why I never took up the game.

    Men and women singles winners will each get $3.1m (£2.65m in our money) while a first round loser will receive $34,500 (£29,200)

    Andy Murray

    "This is not a decision we have taken without a lot of consideration. But we have an ongoing commitment to the players that we are determined to help improve the pay and conditions of life on the international tennis tour," Tennis Australia said.

    The move means the prize money on offer at the Australian Open - which takes place at Melbourne Park from 19 January to 1 February - has effectively doubled since 2007.

  111. Friday's back pages

    The Mirror

    Watch out Manchester City, if The Mirror's back page is anything to go by. The paper claims Barcelona are planning to raid the Blues for director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Sorian - and then might target boss Manuel Pellegrini too. Blimey, that would be some heist.

  112. Get involved

    We've done all the work so far, so stop being so lazy and help us out will you?

    With the transfer frenzy hotting up, we want to know your fantasy signing.

    If money and pesky little things like contracts and agents fees were no issue, which player or players would you like at your club.

    Is it the obvious suspects like Messi or Ronaldo, or is there a footballer you've long admired that you'd like to pinch from your local rivals?

    Let us know who and why right now at #myfantasytransfer or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  113. Hull City news conference

    Football

    Tigers boss Steve Bruce has spoken about a couple of the club's transfer targets.

    Jermain Defoe

    Bruce has confirmed an interest in Arsenal's Yaya Sanogo and asked about Jermaine Defoe, replied: "There have been talks with agents but that's as far as it's gone."

    Bruce also reiterates that nobody is going out on loan, due to the club's current injury situation.

  114. Hull City news conference

    Football

    Steve Bruce has confirmed that defender James Chester will return to face West Brom.

  115. Hull City news conference

    Football

    Sone Aluko

    Steve Bruce is facing the media and has revealed that striker Sone Aluko suffered a calf injury at Arsenal and is a major doubt for the Tigers' trip to West Brom on Saturday.

  116. Friday's back pages

    The Times

    A round-up of what's appearing on the nation's back pages today, starting with The Times' claim that Arsene Wenger is set to get tough on any of his players that smoke. We'll no doubt hear more on this topic when Wenger faces the media at 09:30 GMT ... we will, of course, bring you the best of what the Arsenal boss says.

  117. Aussies in command

    Cricket

    Steve Smith

    Skipper Steve Smith led the way with another torrent of runs as Australia raced to 251 for six and a lead of 348 over India before rain stopped play at the end of the fourth day of the fourth test overnight on Friday.

    Looking to wrap up the four-match series 3-0, the hosts dismissed India for 475 shortly before tea to take a 97-run first innings lead and then embarked on a fierce assault on the Indian bowlers in a bid to force a result.

    Scorecard here.

  118. Dyke - 'Let's discuss this matter'

    Football

    FA chairman Greg Dyke added: "We have reviewed the Ched Evans case in some detail at the FA and we have examined both the legal requirements and our rules and regulations.

    "I would encourage the game to consider and discuss this matter and the prospect for future guidelines or codes of conduct.

    "The FA will certainly be considering it in line with our own ongoing review of what constitutes public or private communications and behaviour."

  119. Dyke speaks out about Taylor row

    Football

    The comments of PFA chief Gordon Taylor have been dominating events so far today.

    Taylor has apologised for comparing the Hillsborough tragedy to the Ched Evans rape case.

    FA chairman Greg Dyke has now spoken on the issue and said there is "no basis for us to intervene directly in this particular case".

    Dyke added: "That said it is important that we continue to look at the issue of behaviour and attitudes within football, and recognise the unique privileges and responsibilities that come with being a participating member of the national game."

  120. Magath's stake in Rangers

    Football

    Some interesting news this morning ... it has emerged that former Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath - last seen struggling in the dugout at Fulham - has bought around a 1% stake in Rangers Football Club.

    Felix Magath

    He purchased the shares late last year, and has held discussions with one of the groups vying for control of the club, but it is not Robert Sarver.

    Magath is said to have no ambition to succeed Ally McCoist as Rangers manager, but does want to rebuild the club's football infrastructure as technical director.

    Full story here.

  121. Mourinho lies low

    Football

    Jose Mourinho

    One Premier League manager who won't be facing the media today is Jose Mourinho.

    The Chelsea boss has decided to give his press conference a swerve after being charged by the FA over his claims that there is a "campaign" to influence referees' decisions against his side.

    Pity, we'll miss Jose's happy-go-lucky view of the world...

  122. Shock as Djokovic is beaten

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic

    A surprising result in the world of tennis overnight, with world number one Novak Djokovic suffering a rare defeat - beaten by Croatia's Ivo Karlovic 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 in the Qatar Open quarter-finals in Doha.

    In the semi-final, Karlovic will face Spain's David Ferrer, who overcame Germany's Dustin Brown 6-2 6-2.

    Third seed Tomas Berdych from the Czech Republic will face Italy's Andreas Seppi in the other semi.

  123. City defender to depart

    Football

    Matija Nastasic

    Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic, 21, is poised to wrap up his move to German side Schalke over the coming days, according to the Daily Mail.

    This and loads more stories at today's BBC Gossip page.

  124. Gordon Tayor 'Hillsborough' controversy

    Football

    More on the breaking news that Gordon Taylor has apologised for his remarks comparing the case of convicted rapist Ched Evans to the Hillsborough tragedy.

    "The last thing I intended to do was to upset anybody connected to the Hillsborough case," the Professional Footballers' Association chief told BBC Radio Merseyside.

  125. Transfers everywhere

    Football

    The transfer window is not just ajar but flung wide open, with deals going through left, right and centre yesterday.

    Expect more of the same through the course of today - and here are a few of the stories doing the rounds in the morning press.

    *The Sun reports that Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi, 27, is ready to listen to Chelsea or Manchester City if the Premier League clubs offer a staggering £500m package for him to quit the La Liga giants this summer.

    Lionel Messi

    *Liverpool are considering a move for 22-year-old Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, as boss Brendan Rodgers considers replacements for Simon Mignolet, says the Daily Star.

    *The Mirror claims Manchester United are looking at a £35m bid for defender Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund.

  126. Taylor apologises for comments

    Football

    We're hearing now that Gordon Taylor has apologised for his comments comparing the Ched Evans case to the Hillsborough tragedy.

    Taylor has done a number of interviews with various media outlets this morning and has said he is "extremely sorry" for his remarks.

    Follow the story as it happens here.

  127. PFA's Taylor in controversy

    Football

    Gordon Taylor has been in the news after appearing to compare the Ched Evans case with the Hillsborough tragedy.

    After the convicted rapist's move to Oldham collapsed, the Professional Footballers' Association chief executive was asked about Evans's insistence that he is innocent.

    Gordon Taylor

    "He wouldn't have been the first person to be found guilty, maintained their innocence and been proved right. We know what happened with Hillsborough," Taylor told BBC Sport.

    "It's now unravelling and very different to how it was portrayed at the time - indeed by the police at the time."

  128. Plan for the day

    Football

    We mentioned all those Premier League press conferences taking place throughout the day. Just for you, and because we're nice people, here is a rundown of what is happening and when.

    Hull 08:30 GMT, Arsenal 09:00, West Ham 09:30.

    Chelsea 12.30 GMT, Man City 12:45, West Brom 13:00, Tottenham 13:30.

    Louis van Gaal

    Southampton 14:00 GMT, Sunderland 14:00, Stoke 14:30.

    And, finally, at 15:30 GMT, Manchester United boss Mr Louis van Gaal.

  129. Here we go

    Strap yourselves in for what is going to be a heck of a lively Sportsday.

    Not only will we bring you all the latest transfer news and gossip - which includes speculation about the futures of Didier Drogba, David De Gea and Mario Balotelli among others - but 11 Premier League managers are talking to the media ahead of the weekend's football action.

    We'll bring you the best of what they say, plus all the news from the rest of the sporting world. Enjoy.