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Summary

  1. All the breaking transfer news as it happens
  2. Messi condemns Barca 'lies'
  3. Southampton target top four
  4. Battle to win Ballon d'Or
  5. Rangers reject £20m takeover bid
  6. England's cricketers win opening tour match
  7. GET INVOLVED: Who will be relegated from the Prem? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's the end of today's Sportsday - but you can tune into Ballon d'Or coverage via our

live text commentary with Jonathan Jurejko. There will be more Sportsday tomorrow. Until then...

Blanc attack on players

Football

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has challenged his players to face up to themselves following the club's 4-2 defeat at Bastia.

Laurent Blanc
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Former Manchester United defender Blanc cited his team's lack of mental strength and criticised his players propensity to give up at "the slightest difficulty".

Despite boasting one of the best strikers in the world in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and with five players costing £40 million or more, PSG has lost two and drawn one of their last three league matches to slip to fourth in the French title race.

Ferguson issues invite to Posh fans

Football

Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has

invited disgruntled fans to a meeting on Thursday to discuss the club's form.

Posh's chairman Darragh MacAnthony issued

an 11-point Twitter tirade against some of his players following
Saturday's loss to Colchester.

"We are going through a really difficult time at the minute," said Ferguson, whose side have won once in 11 League One games. "But it is vital that everyone sticks together during this period."

Anelka told he's too old

Football

Ageism is a terrible thing, as controversial French striker Nicolas Anelka will no doubt agree with today after being refused permission to join an Algerian club on the grounds that he is too old.

The 35-year-old former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid star was on the verge of joining Nasr Athletique d'Hussein-Dey.

Anelka
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But the move was blocked by the Algerian Football Federation with Mahfoud Kerbadj - president of the Algerian professional football league - telling the AFP news agency: "The rules concerning foreign players being allowed to play in the Algerian league are clear.

"Only those aged under 27 and playing on the international level for their countries are allowed to sign up with our clubs."

Ballon d'Or

Football

Sepp Blatter
EPA

The stage is set and Fifa president Sepp Blatter is tonight's master of ceremonies in Zurich. If you want to know who will be named 2014 Ballon d'Or winner, there's

live text commentary under way with Jonathan Jurejko.

What's the perfect breakfast?

Road cycling

Cyclists' breakfast
BBC Sport

Porridge or omelette? Sausages or espresso? What should you eat for breakfast before a long cycle ride? BBC Sport's Matt Slater chats to Team Sky nutritionist Nigel Mitchell to find out the

ideal breakfast for a cyclist before a big ride.

Awards for Scarratt and Wilkinson

Rugby Union

Emily Scarratt
Jordan Mansfield

England Women's centre Emily Scarratt has won the prestigious Rugby Union Writers' Club Pat Marshall Memorial Award as the sport's personality of the year for 2014.

Jonny Wilkinson and Brian O'Driscoll have also been honoured, receiving the RUWC's discretionary Special Award for their services to rugby during distinguished careers.

Red carpet arrivals

Football

Lionel Messi with his wife
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The stars are arriving for Fifa Ballon d'Or award and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi's outfit is quite conservative by previous years' standards. A sparkling ruby purple tux for the finalist, who has arrived with his model wife Antonella Roccuzzo.

Cristiano Ronaldo
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One of the night's other contenders, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, has arrived with his family.

Strange things happen at sea

Sailing

Sir Richard branson with Ben Anslie and Georgie Thompson
BBC Sport

One of Britain's greatest Olympic sailors Ben Ainslie and his new bride Georgie Thompson had to be rescued at sea by Sir Richard Branson after their boat got into trouble.

The boat five-time Olympic gold medallist Ainslie was sailing

encountered serious mechanical problems and so the newlyweds sent out an SOS message.

Answering the call was British entrepreneur Richard Branson and his team of watersports experts on the island of Necker. Branson is now hosting the couple on his island.

Georgie Thompson
BBC Sport

Swansea must adjust to Gomis - Monk

Football

Bafetimbi Gomis
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Swansea City manager Garry Monk says his team will have to

adjust their style to suit striker Bafetimbi Gomis after the departure of Wilfried Bony.

The Ivorian is set to join Manchester City in a move worth up to £28m.

"I've got 100% faith in Bafe and I think you saw from his performance, he was pushing the team and trying to get his goals," said Monk.

"Bony uses his strength to his advantage and is a different type of striker, and I think the more game time for Bafe he gets, the more used the team will get when we're playing him."

Sporting birthdays...

Ottmar Hitzfeld
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Ottmar Hitzfeld (football, 66) - former Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Switzerland coach.

Mauro Silva (football, 47) - former Brazil international midfielder, part of the 1994 World Cup-winning squad.

Robert Prosinecki (football, 46) - former Croatia, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Portsmouth midfielder who won the 1991 European Cup with Red Star Belgrade.

Craig Hignett (football, 45) - former Middlesbrough, Barnsley and Leicester midfielder.

Grzegorz Rasiak (football, 36) - former Poland striker.

Paul-Henri Mathieu (tennis, 33) - French winner of four ATP tour titles.

Widnes snap up Dudson

Widnes Vikings sign Wigan prop forward Gil Dudson on a two-year deal, reports

BBC Radio Merseyside

Trott leads by example

Cricket

Captain Jonathan Trott helped to keep England Lions in the hunt on day two of their unofficial Test against South Africa A at Paarl.

Jonathan Trott
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South Africa-born Trott, back in the reckoning for his adopted country, confirmed his continued well-being after his return last summer from a stress-related illness as the Lions replied to a mammoth 504 for eight declared with 169 for three at stumps.

Trott's share was an unbeaten 57 as he and James Vince (43no) put on an unbroken 102 together.

Hey, big spenders

Football

Chelsea may be top of the Premier League but their wage bill is still some way below their two Manchester rivals, according to latest figures.

The London club's annual accounts have been lodged at Companies House and reveal that Chelsea's wage bill for the 2013/14 season was £190.5m, up 8% from £176m.

United are currently the biggest payers in English football, shelling out £214.8m on salaries, while City's wage bill dropped last season to £205m.

Old friends catching up

Football

Lionel Messi (left) with Thierry Henry
BBC Sport

Friends and former team-mates have been catching up in Zurich as the football world prepares for the Ballon d'Or ceremony.

Barcelona FC tweets: "Messi and Andres Iniesta catch up with old friend Thierry Henry."

Warnock deal on hold

Football

West Yorkshire Sport: Leeds United left-back Stephen Warnock's move to Derby is on hold while his ankle injury is assessed. The deal is still expected to be completed this week.

Roche up for Ballon d'Or award

Football

BBC Sport
BBC Sport

It's not all about Ronaldo, Messi and Neuer at the Ballon d'Or tonight.

Ireland's Stephanie Roche's wonder strike for Peamount United against Wexford Youths has been nominated in the goal of the year category.

Roche's strike is on a three-goal shortlist for the Puskas Award, alongside World Cup efforts from Colombia's James Rodriguez and Netherlands' Robin van Persie.

Watch Stephanie's goal

here.

The goal, which has had almost 3m views on YouTube, has helped Roche earn a professional contract with French club ASPTT Albi.

Football

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney: "Ballon d'Or tonight @Cristiano to win for me. And @Persie_Official to win best goal"

Bath hand new deal to centre Joseph

Rugby Union

England centre Jonathan Joseph has signed a new contract at Bath.

The 23-year-old, who has earned six international caps and was called up as injury cover for Stuart Lancaster's squad for the autumn internationals last year, has scored seven tries in 15 games so far this season.

"JJ is an incredibly talented young player who is on the brink of breaking into the England squad, and deservedly so," Bath head coach Mike Ford said.

Juventus-Balotelli rumours denied

Football

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has denied media reports linking Liverpool's misfiring striker Mario Balotelli with a move to the Turin giants in the winter transfer window.

Mario Balotelli
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Balotelli has scored just two goals since joining Liverpool from AC Milan in a £16m transfer in August and has yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League this season.

Allegri, who coached Balotelli at Milan before taking the helm at Juve, said: "I think this is a made-up story. Balotelli has done very well with me but he belongs to Liverpool and he is not a player that can arrive at Juventus."

Get involved - who's for the drop?

With five points separating the bottom nine sides in an incredibly tight Premier League, we asked who is going to be relegated this season. Your thoughts so far...

James Whale: I thought a couple weeks ago that my team Sunderland would stay up due to there being three worse teams. But I think we've finally had it, so Sunderland, Leicester and QPR.

Martin Smith: Burnley survival will depend on if they can win their next three games, as after that they then play Man United, Chelsea, Swansea, Liverpool, Man City, Southampton, Arsenal and Everton ... most of them away. Not an easy run.

Derek Hansen: QPR - Can't win away from home and concede too easily. Overly reliant on Austin. Burnley - Hope I'm wrong but I fear a great team spirit and Ings wont be quite enough to keep them up. Villa - In freefall, I can't see Lambert turning it around.

Let us know your relegation choice and the reasons why at #bbcsportsday and the BBC Facebook page,

Messi the master

Football

Lionel Messi
Getty Images

Lionel Messi broke the La Liga goalscoring record in 2014 and became the Uefa Champions League's all-time leading goalscorer.

Barcelona team-mate Ivan Rakitic and MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez make the case for Messi to win this year's award.

Watch the BBC's Messi video

here.

Ballon d'Or - the contenders

Ballon d'Or Messi
BBC Sport

From 17:00 GMT, the BBC Sport website will have live text commentary of this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony from Zurich.

Over the course of the day, we'll be taking a look at what the trio have achieved in the last 12 months - here's Lionel Messi's stats.

Messi opens door to Barca exit

Football

Lionel Messi (centre) with Manuel Neuer (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo (right)
Getty Images

The Times football correspondent

Matt Hughes in Zurich: "Messi appears to leave the door open to leaving Barcelona - I'm not sure where I'll be next year," he said. "I've always said I'd like to end my career at Barcelona, but as Cristiano says, only God knows the future."

Rotherham snap up winger

Football

Championship strugglers Rotherham United say they have signed Huddersfield Town winger Danny Ward on a permanent deal subject to Football League clearance, report

BBC West Yorkshire Sport.

Lights out for Jamaica

Netball

Jamaica v England in darkness
England Netball
England's game in Jamaica was plunged into darkness after a power cut

England levelled their three-match international series with Jamaica at 1-1 with a 55-47 win on Sunday.

The match ended with more than a minute left to play after a power cut at the the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston.

The umpires declared the result would stand, with the decider set for Wednesday at 00:30 GMT.

Fans face arson charges

Football

Nine fans face 14 charges, including arson, destruction of property and attempting to cause bodily harm, after plastic stadium seats were set ablaze during a first division match between AEL and APOEL in Cyprus.

Police said a group of APOEL fans lit fire to the seats and a nearby storage room while pelting fire crews with rocks, sticks, firecrackers and ceramic tiles. The match was stopped for 20 minutes until police restored order

'My performance was shocking'

Snooker

After defeat, some sportsmen make excuses, some are a little more straight talking.

I think we can safely put Stuart Bingham into the latter category.

Stuart Bingham
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The 38-year-old from Basildon says he was so bad in his Masters defeat by Marco Fu that he "didn't know" what he was doing at times.

"Marco punished nearly everyone of my mistakes," Bingham told BBC Radio 5 live. "My performance was shocking. I just can't seem to play here. I've got a great following here, so I'm disappointed."

Live action now

Snooker

Judd Trump and Stephen Maguire are locked at two frames apiece at the Masters.

We're not trying to get rid of you, but just a reminder that there's live coverage now on BBC Two if you want to watch.

Nice get all-clear on Ben Arfa

Football

Nice are confident that Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa will be registered as one of their players, despite a last-gasp hiccup with the French federation.

French sports daily L'Equipe reported that the FFF had yet to register the France international because it was wondering whether he has already played for a maximum two clubs this season as per Fifa's regulations.

Hatem Ben Arfa
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Ben Arfa, whose transfer to Nice was announced by the French club this month, was loaned to Hull City until December and it is unclear whether a game he took part in with Newcastle's development side is an official match.

But Nice say the English FA has now confirmed to the French federation that the game was not official.

North End sign keeper

Football

League One promotion challengers Preston North End have signed goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on loan from Manchester United for the remainder of the season, report

BBC Radio Lancashire.

Johnstone, a Preston lad, who was recalled from a spell with Doncaster, said: "If anyone else other than Preston had shown an interest in me, the likelihood would have been I would have stayed at Doncaster, who have been very good to me."

Race against time

Rugby League

Castleford are confident of being able to repair their ageing ground in time for next month's Super League opener against Wakefield, but chief executive Steve Gill says the weekend's storm damage highlights the urgent need for a new stadium.

The Tigers were forced to close one of their stands for Sunday's Andy Lynch testimonial match against Bradford after a retaining wall collapsed during Friday night's storms.

It will remain closed for Castleford's two other pre-season games, against Widnes and York.

Gill said: "We will always spend what we need to make the ground safe but the old girl is creaking and this highlights the need for a new stadium."

Ballon d'Or - the contenders

Football

Manuel Neuer won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, as well as a German league and cup double with Bayern Munich.

Manuel Neuer
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He was also his country's player of the year and conceded just 40 goals in 62 games in 2014.

Southampton keeper Fraser Forster and BBC football commentator Guy Mowbray are among those who feel Neuer should win the Ballon d'Or. Watch the BBC video

here.

Ballon d'Or - the contenders

Football

Ballon d'Or
BBC Sport

From 17:00 GMT, the BBC Sport website will have live text commentary of this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony from Zurich.

Over the course of the day, we'll be taking a look at what the trio have achieved in the last 12 months - and next up is Manuel Neuer.

FA Cup hero goes on trial

Football

Jarrett Rivers
Getty Images

League One side Oldham Athletic have taken Blyth Spartans

winger Jarrett Rivers on trial for a week.

The 21-year-old - who works in his mother's newsagents - scored the winner in the Northern Premier League side's FA Cup win over League Two Hartlepool.

Rivers came through the youth system at Middlesbrough, and joined Blyth from Whitley Bay last summer.

Get involved - who's for the drop

With five points separating the bottom nine sides in an incredibly tight Premier League, we asked who is going to be relegated this season. Your thoughts so far...

Kyle Flynn: Three to go down ... QPR - useless away form. Villa - Can't score ever. Leicester - squad not good enough.

Matt Edwards: QPR, Leicester and one other to be dragged down out of Burnley, Sunderland, Villa, Hull and Palace.

Denise Richards: At least one Team in claret and blue will be relegated.

Gary Timms: Any three of Leicester, QPR, Hull, Sunderland, and, as much as it pains me, Villa. The lack of creativity is frightening.

Arthur Fane: Southampton are definitely going down - they sold all their best players, they have no chance . . . . oh wait!

Let us know your relegation choice and the reasons why at #bbcsportsday and the BBC Facebook page,

Rochdale bring in forward Brandy

Football

Rochdale have signed forward Febian Brandy on a deal until the end of the season,

after his release by Rotherham.

He moved to the Millers last summer but made just one substitute appearance and was loaned out to Crewe.

Federer wins exhibition

Tennis

Roger Federer and Leyton Hewitt
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Roger Federer fought his way to a tough win over old rival Lleyton Hewitt in the Fast4 tennis exhibition in Sydney.

The Swiss world number two continued his unbeaten run into the new season with a 4-3, 2-3, 3-4, 4-0, 4-3 win over the Australian in the short-form contest.

Federer arrived fresh from a four-match winning run in Brisbane, where he took the title in three sets over Milos Raonic on Sunday.

No change to derby start

Football

Next month's Everton v Liverpool derby at Goodison Park will remain a tea-time kick-off despite council objections, the Premier League has ruled.

Liverpool City Council had asked that the Saturday, 7 February fixture, set to begin at 17:30 GMT, start earlier.

The request followed Merseyside Police identifying the weekend game as having a higher risk of disorder because of the late kick-off time.

However, the Premier League has said the time will not be changed.