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Summary

  1. Monday's transfer news as it happened
  2. Redknapp to remain at QPR
  3. Sampdoria set to sign Everton's Samuel Eto'o
  4. Rodgers: Liverpool's aim is to win a trophy
  5. Mourinho: 'I regret not signing Gerrard'
  6. Stallone to deliver HT message at Everton

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan & Saj Chowdhury and Becky Ashton

All times stated are UK

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  1. Recap: Rodgers, Murray, Redknapp, Nadal and Stallone

    Well, what a finish to Sportsday it's been another busy day dominated by transfer speculation and the first day of the Australian Open.

    If you strayed away from us at any point, here's what you might have missed:

    •Andy Murray getting his Grand Slam season off to a winning start

    •Harry Redknapp being told he's staying at QPR

    •Transfer news with concerning Liverpool, Everton, Celtic and Real Madrid

    •England batsman Jonathan Trott admitting that opening could be the best option for him.

    •All the latest from the Africa Cup of Nations, although the action continues here

    Stick with BBC Sport for Everton versus West Brom in the Premier League.

    And don't forget that the sport doesn't stop tonight with England taking on India in the cricket from 03:00 and the Australian Open continues with Britain's Heather Watson in action.

  2. Referee's to strike

    Football

    The Cyprus Referees' Association has said its members will boycott all domestic cup and league matches for one week in retaliation to a midnight bomb attack at the home of a referee's mother.

    Association chief Michalis Argyrousays they are fed up following the fourth bomb attack of the season, and who can blame them!

  3. Trouble for Okaka

    Football

    Stefano Okaka
    Image caption: Stefano Okaka

    Sampdoria reveal striker Stefano Okaka was sent home from training earlier after a row with coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.

    "Stefano Okaka was dismissed from Gloriano Mugnaini (training ground) for inappropriate behaviour towards the coach," the club said in a statement.

    They added that any disciplinary action would be decided following a meeting between Okaka and club directors.

  4. Dons lose key defender

    Football

    Aberdeen could be without Ash Taylor with the former Tranmere defender set for surgery on a knee injury.

    The 25-year-old has been part of the back four which helped the side keep eight consecutive clean-sheets in the league, before Saturday's 3-3 draw against Dundee.

  5. Leeds respond to Cellino disqualification

    Football

    Leeds United will not "wither away" after owner Massimo Cellino lost his appeal against his disqualification from owning the club, chief operating officer Matt Child says.

    Cellino Leeds

    "The club will go on," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "Fingers crossed, we are a strong club who have strong people working for us and even stronger people in the terraces and around the world.

  6. Trott to open for England?

    Cricket

    Jonathan Trott
    Image caption: Jonathan Trott

    England batsman Jonathan Trott has suggested that returning to the international side as an opener may be the best option for him.

    "Sometimes at number three you can sit there and live every ball and maybe work yourself up too much," he said.

  7. Match fixing 'hell'

    Football

    Stephen Dawson
    Image caption: Stephen Dawson

    Rochdale midfielder Stephen Dawson says he has been to "hell and back" after spot-fixing charges were dropped.

    Dawson was one of 13 players arrested in April but the Crown Prosecution Service has now dismissed the case because of insufficient evidence but Dawson says the experience was "the worst nine months" of his life.

  8. Motherwell sign Pearson

    Football

    Stephen Pearson signs for Motherwell until the end of the season, the Fir Park club have confirmed.

    The 32-year-old returns, 11 years after leaving the club, following a spell in India playing for the Kerala Blasters.

  9. Ancelotti telling 'white lies'

    Football

    Paul Pogba
    Image caption: Paul Pogba

    Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta accuses Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti of telling a "white lie" over their interest in midfielder Paul Pogba.

    "Ancelotti asked me some questions about Pogba,' he told Sky Italia. "He says he's not interested? Well, that's a white lie. I'm sure he has his reasons to say it's not true."

  10. Marussia can be saved

    Formula 1

    Marussia boss John Booth is hopeful the team can put together a rescue deal in time for them to take part in the first race of the new F1 season.

    The team have been in administration since last October and missed the final three races of 2014.

    Marussia

    But Booth said the team were "at a fairly advanced stage with a new investor - a credible investor".

    A planned auction of the team's 2014 cars, which they would need to race in Australia on 15 March, has been halted.

  11. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    David Coles: Deciding that Brazil v Germany wouldn't be very interesting and letting my friends watch the Avengers instead.

    Steve W: Missing @StanCollymore score a superb hat-trick on his Leicester debut. Played for my Sunday league team instead. We lost!

  12. Schurrle to Wolfsburg?

    Football

    Andre Schurrle

    Wolfsburg are stepping up their interest in Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle with a £23m move, the Daily Mail reports.

  13. Corners but no goals

    Football

    A couple of footie stats that might interest you, courtesy of our friends at Opta...

    Man City had 16 corners against Arsenal, the most since they won 19 vs QPR in the title-winning game in 2012.

    No English top-flight season has ever featured four London clubs finishing in the top seven, as there currently are in the Premier League.

  14. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Nick Miller: Not being able to complete my training in the Derby County youth academy due to leaving the city. Could be in 1st team now.

    David Tavernor: Being lost in a favela trying to find somewhere to watch Brazil v Germany semi. I missed the first half

  15. 'Hammers in for Fletcher'

    Football

    Manchester United's Darren Fletcher (left)

    West Ham are preparing a move to sign 30-year-old Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher - but are likely to face competition from West Bromwich Albion, the Daily Mail reports.

  16. Drugs panel findings

    Athletics

    Welsh athletes Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton were "at fault or negligent" in failing to check supplements they took contained banned substances, a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) official report says.

    Rhys Williams, 30, received a suspension of four months and Gareth Warburton, 31, six months after failing drugs tests.

    But the report says the two Welsh athletes, who have served their bans, had not knowingly taken anything containing the prohibited substances.

    Full story here.

  17. Duo recalled for tour

    Cricket

    England have recalled Rebecca Grundy and Laura Marsh for the team's tour of New Zealand next month.

    Warwickshire left-arm spinner Grundy has recovered from a groin injury, while Kent's off-spinning all-rounder Marsh is back after a shoulder problem.

    Charlotte Edwards will captain the 15-player squad for a series including five one-dayers and three Twenty20s.

  18. Ba joy

    Football

    Senegal striker Demba Ba, who was omitted from the Cup of Nations squad: And Senegal wins!!! My man @19Sow for the win. I love you man.

  19. Senegal grab dramatic winner

    Football

    There was a late, late goal in the Africa Cup of Nations Group C game match between heavyweights Ghana and Senegal.

    It's Senegal who snatched a 2-1 victory over Avram Grant's side thanks to Moussa Sow's stoppage time winner.

    Go to our live text for all the fallout.

  20. Fans turned away from Conference game

    Football

    It's not often that Conference games are sell-outs but it's emerged that around 200 Bristol Rovers fans were locked out of the club's match at Woking on Saturday because the away end was over capacity.

    The Chris Lane Terrace at the Kingfield Stadium holds 1,800 fans, but more than 2,000 Pirates supporters made the trip.

    Bristol Rovers fans at Woking

    "You can only have a certain number in the ground otherwise you get in trouble with the licensing authorities," said Woking spokesperson John Moore.

    Rovers were relegated to non-league for the first time in their history last May, but are currently second in the Conference standings.

  21. Anger at Merseyside derby ticket prices

    Football

    Tickets for Everton derby match with Liverpool are selling for more than £2,000 each, according to the Liverpool Echo.

    One seller has put the price of their two places at the Park End of Goodison Park in February as being worth £2,360 each.

    Full story here.

  22. Italian rider banned

    Road cycling

    Italian Diego Ulissi has been handed a backdated nine-month suspension after testing positive for the asthma-inhaler drug salbutamol, his Lampre team said on Monday.

  23. Chinese billionaire 'to buy stake in Atletico'

    Football

    Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin has agreed to buy a 20% stake in La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, Spanish media reported on Monday.

    The deal with Wang, who controls China's Dalian Wanda Group, will be announced in Beijing on Wednesday, according to the reports in sports dailies Marca and As, which estimated the deal to be worth 40m euros (£30.62m).

  24. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Paul Wallace: Not signing up for a Sunday league side when I stopped youth football at 17. My dad said I'd regret it. Didn't believe him.

    Aaron Fletcher: Not taking up a ticket to second leg of CL SF in 2008 at Old Trafford. United v Barca. Missed a Scholesy rocket!

  25. Fleetwood loan Southern to Shrews

    Football

    Shrewsbury Town have signed Fleetwood Town midfielder Keith Southern on loan until the end of the season.

    The 33-year-old Gateshead-born former Everton trainee, who played in the Premier League with Blackpool four seasons ago, was a free agent when he joined the Cod Army in the summer.

  26. Broncos bring in Kubiak

    American Football

    Gary Kubiak has signed a four-year contract to coach the Denver Broncos.

    He replaces John Fox, who was ousted a week ago following Denver's 24-13 playoff loss to Indianapolis.

  27. 'Newcastle still considering manager options'

    Football

    Newcastle United are weighing up their options and could wait until the end of the season to appoint a new head coach, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.

  28. Tough times for Lions

    Cricket

    England Lions have conceded a three-figure first-innings lead after centuries from South Africa A's Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma on a tough second day of four for the tourists in Bloemfontein.

    De Bruyn (161) and Test batsman Bavuma (102) shared a fourth-wicket stand of 210, leaving Jonathan Trott's team - who were all-out for 260 in their first innings - with an uphill task to save the match.

    Last week's Test in Paarl ended in a draw.

  29. Commons set to leave

    Football

    The Daily Express: Contract talks between Celtic and Kris Commons have broken down, with the 31-year-old midfielder set to leave either in January or on a free transfer during the summer.

  30. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Alan Wilkinson: Not quite persuading my dad to give me the £4 they were asking for tickets to ALL England's games in the 66 World Cup. £4!

    Antony Walker: Missed the 1990 World Cup semi England vs Germany to go on a first date.

  31. Eto'o close to Italy switch

    Football

    Everton forward Samuel Eto'o is close to completing a move to Sampdoria, according to the Serie A club's president.

    Samuel Eto'o

    "Everything is good and it only needs the final agreement with Everton. I met Eto'o, he really is a champion," Massimo Ferrero told Rai Sport.

  32. Norwich must 'eradicate fear factor'

    Football

    Norwich City boss Alex Neil has said he must remove the nerves around Carrow Road, after the 3-2 win over Cardiff City.

    The Canaries, who have won six of 13 Championship home games, almost squandered a 3-0 lead against the Bluebirds, but held on to make it two victories from two for new boss Neil.

    "Those worries from earlier in the season creep back in towards the end of the game," he told BBC Radio Norfolk. "We need to eradicate it, we need to get rid of that fear factor."

  33. Mirallas on the move?

    Football

    Everton face battle to keep 27-year-old midfielder Kevin Mirallas after interest from Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid, the Daily Mail reports.

  34. Bradford and Millwall charged

    Football

    Bradford City and Millwall have been charged with failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during their FA Cup tie.

    The charge relates to Wednesday's third-round replay, which City won 4-0.

    In addition, Bantams boss Phil Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin - who were both sent to the stands - have been charged with improper conduct.

    Both clubs and Parkinson and Parkin have until 18:00 GMT on Wednesday, 21 January to respond to the charges.

  35. Senegal unwanted stat

    Football

    Opta: Senegal have now gone 12 games without a clean sheet at the Africa Cup of Nations.

  36. Gyan diagnosed with malaria

    Football

    Captain Asamoah Gyan was left out of Ghana's team for their opening game at the Africa Cup of Nations after being diagnosed with malaria, reports Associated Press.

    Gyan

    The Ghana Football Association said Gyan was diagnosed with a "mild bout'' of malaria over the weekend. The forward spent a night in the hospital in Equatorial Guinea's eastern city of Mongomo but was released to recover at the team base.

    As for the action on the pitch, Ghana are doing well in Gyan's absence - they are 1-0 up after 15 minutes against Senegal.

  37. MacGill to sue

    Cricket

    Stuart McGill

    Former Australian leg-spin bowler Stuart MacGill has begun legal action against Cricket Australia (CA), suing his former employers for more than £1.35m over lost earnings.

    MacGill, 43, filed a writ in the Victorian Supreme Court on Monday, claiming injury payments after his retirement from Test cricket in May 2008.

    According to the writ, CA failed to pay MacGill £866,000 while he was injured and unable to play. He also sued for almost £500,000 in interest.

    "We are aware of the media reports but aren't in a position to comment further," a CA spokesman said.

  38. Fury to get title shot?

    Boxing

    Tyson Fury

    New WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is ready to give Tyson Fury a shot at the world title.

    Wilder became the first American heavyweight champion since 2006 when he beat Canada's Bermane Stiverne on points in Las Vegas on Saturday.

    The 29-year-old Wilder wants to put his newly won title on the line against Fury, before a unification clash with WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko.

    "I would love to fight Tyson Fury," Wilder said. "I think he's doing a good job of what he's doing in boxing. It is going to be a big clash down the road."

  39. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Ruairi Ward: Being on a minibus on the way back from a school trip and subsequently missing the first half of Brazil v Germany....

    David Clarkson: Not continuing swimming at club level #big regret now trying to put it right teaching young swimmers

  40. Hunt happy to wait on Ipswich future

    Football

    Ipswich Town striker Noel Hunt has said a new deal at the end of the season will "take care of itself" if he continues to score goals.

    The 32-year-old was on target twice in Saturday's 3-1 win over Millwall, a result that lifted Town up to second in the Championship.

    "Hopefully every day I can get sharper," he told BBC Radio Suffolk. "I just want to concentrate on the next game. If I keep doing my work, hopefully it will look after itself."

  41. Stallone to entertain Goodison

    Football

    Sylvester Stallone

    Fans attending Everton's match against West Brom at Goodison Park have been asked to stay in their seats at half-time with camera crews in attendance to film the crowd for Sylvester Stallone's new Rocky film, 'Creed'.

    The film will also feature Liverpool boxer Tony Bellew, although he will not be at the match. However, there will be a message from Stallone on the big screen.

    What might he say?

    "Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it."

  42. Blues concern over missing funds

    Football

    The company that owns Birmingham City, Birmingham International Holdings Limited, says it believes that a former employee may have "misappropriated" two and a half million pounds.

    BIHL released a statement within the last hour saying they have reported the matter to the Hong Kong police.

    The statement says that the loss "may have a material impact on the operation and financial situation of the Group", and are also concerned that the matter was apparently missed by auditors.

    Shares in the company were suspended six weeks ago.

  43. Local derby postponed

    Football

    Oldham Athletic

    Oldham Athletic's derby against Rochdale at Boundary Park has been postponed the day before the match because of expected freezing temperatures and snow.

    A new date for the League One fixture at Boundary Park is yet to be announced.

  44. Live Afcon text now

    Football

    The heavyweights in Group C begin their Africa Cup of Nations campaign this afternoon, with Ghana v Senegal followed by Algeria v South Africa and you can follow live text on the BBC Sport website now.

    No BBC Sport live text is worth its salt without your contributions so please tell us if you think any of today's four featured teams will win the tournament and why?

    Tweet #bbcafcon2015 or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  45. Make-or-break time

    Cricket

    Craig Kieswetter could discover this week whether his professional cricket career is likely to be ended by the eye injury he suffered last summer.

    Former England wicketkeeper Kieswetter suffered the damage to his eye socket batting for Somerset against Northamptonshire last summer and tweeted this photo of his injuries.

    Craig Kieswetter

    The 27-year-old has already ruled out any realistic prospect of playing next summer but is seeing a specialist in Belgium this week.

    Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynard said: "The feedback we get from that will be quite instrumental, but potentially it could be career-ending."

  46. Forest chairman car vandals filmed

    Football

    The BBC has obtained footage of two men vandalising a car belonging to Nottingham Forest's chairman after the Reds beat Derby County on Saturday.

    Fawaz Al Hasawi tweeted a photo of his Mercedes-Benz Viano with a tyre slashed and a number plate missing following the Championship match at the iPro Stadium.

    The video, filmed outside the ground, shows two men trying pull a windscreen wiper off the vehicle.

    Derbyshire Police are investigating.

  47. Open-minded Murray

    Tennis

    Andy Murray says he is "quite open minded" about who will join his team as an assistant to Amelie Mauresmo, reports BBC tennis correspondent Russell Fuller, who has been speaking to the Scot at the Australian Open.

    Mauresmo has committed to spending 25 weeks of the year on tour, and Murray is now looking for someone to cover tournaments and training sessions for a further 20 weeks.

    Murray

    Mauresmo has sounded out her former coach Loic Courteau, but Murray says no decision will be taken until after the Australian Open.

    His former assistant coach Dani Vallverdu is now working with the former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych.

  48. Southern to Shrews

    BBC Radio Lancashire: Fleetwood Town midfielder Keith Southern has joined League Two high-flyers Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of the season.

  49. Newcastle: No appointment imminent

    Football

    Newcastle insist they will not panic as they continue their search for a new head coach.

    Caretaker boss John Carver urged the club to make an appointment in the wake of Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Southampton.

    Getty

    But managing director Lee Charnley - who along with chief scout Graham Carr has been handed the responsibility of identifying Pardew's replacement by owner Mike Ashley - will not be rushed as he attempts to get the right man.

    No appointment is imminent, according to the PA sport news agency.

  50. 'We can win the Champions League'

    Football

    "I'd like to see us win the Premier League and then the Champions League. Yes, I know it's unlikely, but not impossible."

    Bold words indeed from West Ham's co-owner David Sullivan in an interview he and David Gold have given to the London Evening Standard to mark five years in charge at Upton Park.

    West Ham's Andy Carroll

    Gold is just as optimistic, saying: said: "I would be disappointed if we don't join the so-called top six within the next five years. We know the fanbase is there and it will grow when we move to the Olympic Stadium."

  51. Gunners target centre-back

    Football

    Villarreal centre-half Gabriel Paulista says his agent is in talks with Arsenal over a possible January transfer, reports The Guardian.

    The 24-year-old Brazilian has become a key member of a Villarreal team that has gone unbeaten since early November,

  52. Lewis has to wait his turn

    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg will be first and world champion Lewis Hamilton second when it comes to testing the new Mercedes Formula One car in southern Spain next month.

    Mercedes said that Rosberg - beaten to the title last year by his British team mate - would be first to drive the F1 W06 hybrid car after it is unveiled on the opening day of pre-season testing in Jerez on Feb. 1.

    Hamilton, chasing a third title this year after winning 11 races in 2014 to Rosberg's five, will drive it on the second and third days.

    Mercedes
  53. Are they on the pitch yet?

    Football

    Now this gives a whole new meaning to a striker sneaking in unnoticed at the back post.

    Norwegian outfit Sandefjord have unveiled a new camouflage-patterned kit that they say will show their fighting spirit when the club return to the Norwegian top-flight this year for the first time since 2010.

    Sandefjord FC

    "It's special. We want to show that we are ready for the battle," marketing manager Frank Lindahl told the local newspaper Sandefjords Blad.

    It will be the club's third-choice kit. They will wear a new blue and red design for home matches, and white for most of their away games.

  54. Duo exit Seasiders

    BBC Radio Lancashire: Two players have left Blackpool FC. Chris Eagles and Tom Kennedy's short-term deals have expired

  55. 'Fergie never forgave me' - Kahn

    Football

    Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn thinks Sir Alex Ferguson has never forgiven him for snubbing the chance to join Manchester United.

    Oliver Kahn

    Kahn told German fans' website Fanbookz that he had a "serious offer" from the Red Devils in 1994, but instead opted to join Bayern Munich, with whom he played 14 seasons before retiring in 2008.

    "Alex Ferguson has never forgotten that," Kahn, 45, said. "He still holds that against me to this day."

  56. Newport bring in flanker

    Rugby Union

    Newport Gwent Dragons have signed flanker Nick Crosswell on a "long-term deal". The New Zealander, 28, will join the region in February, reports BBC Wales Sport.

  57. Row over Capello contract

    Football

    Russia's Football Union boss Nikolai Tolstykh faces the sack after failing to pay the wages of national team manager Fabio Capello, according to news agency AFP.

    Fabio Capello

    The 68-year-old Italian manager - reportedly the world's highest paid coach on a salary of around £5.3m - signed a new contract with the RFU last year, which covers the 2018 World Cup.

    "I haven't been paid according to my contract for months," Capello told the website Sportbox.ru.

  58. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Billy Cox: Friday night January 1988 Mathew St Liverpool. Didn't stop to chat with Michel Platini as I was late for a date.

    Ashley Mulas: Had tickets for United v Man City in community shield 2011 (United fan) overslept missed game :( seen it on tv .

    Tommy Franklin: Getting a Newcastle United season ticket every year.

  59. Blues sign winger

    BBC WM Sport: Birmingham City confirm signing of winger Lloyd Dyer, 32, from Watford until end of the season.

  60. Football

    Liverpool news conference

    Rodgers on the quality of Chelsea:

    "I was at Chelsea when Nemanja Matic came in and he certainly wasn't the player then that he is now. He showed his quality at Benfica and has come back stronger. He is very good. At the top end of the field they have real talent. I love Diego Costa's game. He presses and works and has better feet than people think. Then you've got Hazard and Oscar. So it is a threat. But for us it is about nullifying that threat and bring the qualities of our players into the game.

    "These are the games that excite you and it is an opportunity to win a trophy. If we do that it is an opportunity to bring these players on."

    "Jose Mourinho has proved he is a top class manager over the last decade or so and he has great experience. But once the players cross the line it isn't down to Jose or me, it is down to those on the pitch."

  61. Football

    Liverpool news conference

    Liverpool's Rickie Lambert celebrates

    Rodgers on Rickie Lambert's goal on Saturday against Aston Villa and the celebration:

    "I thought it was brilliant. I know he got booked for it but it was a yellow card worth taking. To score a goal like that as a local boy, the chance to celebrate with your own supporters ... it captured the spirit we have and it was a great moment."

  62. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    Rodgers on the two-legged Capital One Cup semi-final:

    "We have spoken about the fact it is a different type of game. You don't need to open up too much. We want to win, but the tie won't be won or lost in the first game. We know we'll have to deal with pressure at moments in the game but the most important thing is to make sure we are in a good position in the second leg."

  63. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    Origi

    Rodgers on forward Divock Origi, who is on loan for the season at Lille: "He will most likely stay at Lille.

    On Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho telling fans not to mock Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard following his slip in a crucial match against the Blues last season:

    "Jose is talking out of respect for a player who is one of the best this league has ever seen. I reiterate that Steven last year was a big part of the reasons why we challenged for the title. His slip didn't lose it, he was a big part of us nearly winning it. He is a strong character and he'll have no problem dealing with it."

  64. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, speaking ahead of his side's Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Tuesday:

    "Chelsea are in a really strong position. They have a very experienced squad of players who are playing well. They are five points clear but there is still a long way to go.

    "Our objective is still to win a trophy and qualify for the Champions League. A trophy would help build for the future. Chelsea have showed that once you win a trophy you can go on and sustain it. But the first trophy is always the hardest.

    "We know it will be very tough but to win a competition, you have to beat the best teams. We are developing and improving as the season goes on and we are full of confidence."

  65. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    He's here! And Brendan Rodgers begins by explaining the difference between Chelsea this season and last.

    "Chelsea have such an experienced squad of players who have been around the block," he said.

    "They've added to that a world class midfielder in Cesc Fabregas and brought in Diego Costa, who can get you the goals and works his socks off.

    "So it is clear to see the difference those players have made. They are a very strong outfit."

  66. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    twitter

    The stage is set. Just need a manager now. Brendan Rodgers, we are promised, will arrive soon to face the media ahead of Liverpool's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Anfield tomorrow. We'll bring you the best of what he says.

  67. Hamburg punished for Ribery incident

    Football

    Franck Ribery

    Hamburg SV have been fined 55,000 euros (£42,000) for the actions of a pitch invader who attacked Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery with a scarf in a German Cup game as well as a string of other offences by their fans.

  68. Swapping Cheltenham for the USA

    Football

    Cheltenham Town have terminated the contract of Paul Black by mutual consent, with the defender set to move to the United States. The 25-year-old has been restricted to four starts and one substitute appearance for the League Two club and has not played since Paul Buckle became manager in November.

  69. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Joe: Trying to chip my free-kick in the student-teacher match on the last day of sixth form. My dad (a teacher) was in the wall.

    David Wiggins: Leaving the 1985 Oxford vs Ipswich game with Oxford 3-0 down. Step up John Aldridge.........I watched the rest on Ceefax.

  70. Baxter targets home European tie

    Rugby Union

    Exeter head coach Rob Baxter says his side must go "flat out" against Bayonne on Saturday to secure a home quarter-final in the European Challenge Cup.

    The Chiefs have already secured their place in the last eight, beating in Ireland on Sunday.

    "A home quarter-final will be a very big occasion for the club," said Baxter.

  71. Sale hooker Jones to join Bristol

    Rugby Union

    Sale Sharks hooker Marc Jones has agreed to join Championship leaders Bristol in the summer on a two-year contract.

    The 27-year-old former Wales Under-20 international has made 158 appearances for the Sharks since his debut in 2005.

  72. Granada appoint former coach

    Football

    La Liga strugglers Granada bring back former coach Abel Resino to try to rescue them from relegation for a second time. He replaces the sacked Joaquin Caparros.

  73. Sinclair's Cobblers deal terminated

    Football

    Northampton Town have terminated the contract of striker Emile Sinclair, just six months after he signed a two-year deal with the club.

    "He needs to be playing regular football, which he would struggle to do here," Cobblers manager Chris Wilder said.

  74. Casey joins London Irish board

    Rugby Union

    Former London Irish captain Bob Casey will join the Premiership club's board after being named as the Exiles' new operations director.

    Casey made more than 200 appearances for Irish over 10 years before retiring in 2012, and returned as rugby development director in July 2014.

    The 36-year-old will be responsible for rugby and commercial matters.

  75. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Fraser Simpson: Giving up my ticket for Man Utd Vs Ipswich in 1995 as I thought it would be a boring game.

    Allen Green: Having a £122k 23 game accumulator come down to just Juventus vs Lecce, a home win, for Lecce to equalise in the 95th min

  76. Eagles and Kennedy leave Blackpool

    Football

    Chris Eagles and Tom Kennedy have left Championship strugglers Blackpool at the end of their short-term deals.

    Winger Eagles, 29, scored once in seven appearances, while left-back Kennedy, also 29, played five times during his two-month loan from League One club Rochdale.

  77. Kieswetter injury 'could end career'

    Cricket

    Craig Kieswetter's eye injury could be "career ending", Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynard has admitted.

    The 27-year-old England wicketkeeper broke his nose and damaged his eye socket and cheekbone when a ball went through his helmet grille while batting against Northants last July.

    Maynard confirmed Kieswetter will travel to Belgium this week for further assessment with a specialist.

    "We're hoping that after he sees the specialist he'll have a method of getting his eye back to 100%," he told BBC Somerset. "The feedback we get from that will be quite instrumental, but potentially it could be career-ending."

  78. Football

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti: I'll donate my Italia 90 shirt to the Italian football museum as a token of my appreciation.

  79. Leeds owner Cellino fails in appeal

    Football

    Re 12:13

    Leeds United respond to Massimo Cellino losing his appeal against the Football League's decision to disqualify him from owning the club:

    "Mr Cellino would like to thank the fans, sponsors and members of the wider footballing community that have given him overwhelming support, not just since the disqualifying order was issued but since he arrived at the club.

    "We are surprised and disappointed by the verdict, however we are continuing to take legal advice.

    "We will release further statements in due course."

  80. Swedes sign ex-Bluebird

    Football

    Swedish champions Malmo FF sign Norway international forward Jo Inge Berget, who was released from his contract by Championship club Cardiff City last week.

  81. Mercedes latest

    Formula 1

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport chief F1 writer

    Mercedes to launch 2015 car in Jerez on 1 Feb, first day of first pre-season test. @nico_rosberg to drive that day, @LewisHamilton the next

  82. Eagles bid for Gestede

    Football

    Crystal Palace have made a bid for Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede.

    The 26-year-old did not feature in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Wigan and Rovers boss Gary Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire after the game that Gestede had been left out because of an offer for the player, who has scored 12 goals for his side this season.

    Benin international Gestede has scored 25 goals in 52 games since joining Championship club Blackburn from Cardiff, initially on loan, in November 2013.

  83. Chelsea in for teenager

    Football

    Chelsea have completed a deal to sign Serbian teenager Danilo Pantic, Serbian newspaper Vecernje Novosti is reporting.

    The Partizan Belgrade midfielder, 18, is one of Serbia's best young talents and is out of contract in the summer.

  84. Record-breaker Vonn gets a Woods hug

    Alpine skiing

    Lindsey Vonn set a new record for women's alpine skiing World Cup wins with her 63rd victory in the super-g at Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy on Monday.

    Vonn and Woods

    Watched by her boyfriend Tiger Woods, who embraced her at the finish line, Vonn finished 0.85 seconds ahead of Austria's Anna Fenninger, with Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather in third.

  85. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Tom Grainger: Agreeing to turn my back on the TV when Beckham stepped up to take THAT free kick against Greece in 2001

    Euan Broderick: my first game at the new Wembley being the England vs Norway friendly.

  86. Villa chase Sinclair

    Football

    getty

    The Birmingham Mail reports that Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair is still firmly on the Aston Villa radar, with manager Paul Lambert also considering a loan move for a striker.

  87. Saint grateful for club's support

    Football

    Eljero Elia says he is keen to repay Southampton's "trust" in him, starting with his match-winning brace against Newcastle United on Saturday.

    Elia

    "The coach, the chairman, the fans have all given me a chance to show what I can do," the on-loan Werder Bremen man told BBC Radio Solent.

    "I feel the trust and I paid some back with two goals. It means a lot to me - it means everything."

  88. Penalty to browns. No, the other browns!

    Rugby Union

    Cambridge v Dings

    It had started out as Dings Crusaders against Cambridge, but it turned into a mud bath.

    After a deluge of rain in Bristol, Saturday's National League Two South game descended into a melee of 30 mud-caked shirts, to the point where it was difficult to tell which team was which.

    "Both teams were getting away with all sorts of stuff at the breakdown - you could just blend in with the opposition," Cambridge director of rugby Rowland Winter told BBC Sport.

    "I've never seen a game played on a surface that bad."

  89. Cellino loses appeal

    Football

    Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has lost his appeal against the Football League's decision to disqualify him from owning the club.

    The League said Cellino had breached its "fit and proper" ownership test, in its original judgement.

    It took its decision after obtaining documents from an Italian court, which had found Cellino, 58, guilty of tax evasion.

    The Italian is entitled to return to the club and resume control from 10 April.

    Read the latest verdict on the Football League website.

  90. Gomis may leave Swansea

    Football

    News that won't be music to the ears of Swansea fans.

    French international Bafetimbi Gomis has admitted he is considering his future at the club, despite the departure of fellow striker Wilfried Bony.

    Gomis Swansea

    Although Bony's exit to Man City should open the door for him to become first choice, Gomis says he feels let down by the Swans because of a lack of games and is considering his options.

    He told Canal Plus: "I need time to reflect because what was said was not respected.

    "I have been approached by clubs. For the moment I am concentrating on Swansea. Me leaving? It is possible."

  91. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Emma Hill (Taylor): Being stuck in Argentina because of ash clouds & missing the Europa Cup final starring my beloved Fulham. Broke my heart

    Will Allsop: On a school trip listening to the Champions League 2005 final on the radio got sent to bed at 1-0 so the staff could listen to the Archers

  92. Bath coach hails 'fantastic' Joseph

    Rugby Union

    Jonathan Joseph showed his international credentials in Bath's European Champions Cup victory over Toulouse, says coach Toby Booth.

    Joseph scored his side's third try and set up Francois Louw for the fourth, as Bath claimed a 35-18 bonus point win over the four-time European champions.

    He has not played for England since 2013, but Booth said: "It's coming up to an international window, and I'm not sure Jonathan can do any more [to impress].

    "From an international point of view, and a club point of view, you want that consistency. That's what everyone craves."

  93. 'I was giving myself a hard time'

    Cricket

    Jonathan Trott

    England batsman Jonathan Trott has done a revealing interview with Radio 5live's Adrian Chiles.

    Asked what Dr Steve Peters said to him last year which has helped resurrect his career, Trott replied: "I was probably giving myself an incredibly hard time. I had to tone it down a bit and be kinder to myself.

  94. Murray on victory

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    We reported earlier on Andy Murray's first round success overnight at the Australian Open.

    Well, now you can watch and hear the man himself talking about his straight sets win over India's Yuki Bhambri.

    Murray also talks about his coaching team, having been linked with an approach to Amelie Mauresmo's former coach Loic Courteau.

    Video here.

  95. Redknapp is staying - Fernandes

    Football

    Harry Redknapp

    Here is more from chairman Tony Fernandes' statement on Harry Redknapp, released by QPR:

    "There's been a lot of rumours about Harry's position being under threat, so I thought it was time to end all the speculation, so everyone can focus on the challenge ahead.

    "I firmly believe Harry is the best man to get us out of the position we currently find ourselves in.

    "He has great experience and having spoken to him at length over the last week or so, he is determined to turn this around and help us maintain our Premier League status.

    "This is Harry's squad of players, so he is the man to move us forward."

    QPR are 19th in the league and have won only once in the last six league games.

  96. BreakingRedknapp to remain as manager - Fernandes

    Football

    Chairman Tony Fernandes confirms Harry Redknapp will be remain as QPR manager.

  97. Exeter meeting on

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    Today's racing at Exeter goes ahead as planned after the track survived a third inspection. The scheduled fixture at Bangor on Dee is off because parts of the course are frozen.

  98. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Gareth Mills: Turning down #mufc v arsenal tickets when we thrashed them 8-2 due to no one wanting to swap shifts in work

    Abdullah Mulla: Celebrating what I assumed was the title only to find out Aguero scored THAT goal vs QPR.

  99. Say cheese

    Football

    Marseille

    Now there are many ways to celebrate a goal. A simple arm in the air, a swan dive, a slide on the knees, maybe the old top-off-and-wave-it-over-your-head move (though be warned it will earn you a booking).

    But how about this for a celebration by Marseille's Dja Djedje, who grabbed the camera of a photographer last night after his teammate Lemina scored.

    You can check out the photographs he took here.

  100. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Frietman: Germany 1, England 0, then drive to a party, stuck in traffic, no working radio, only to discover the final score was 1-5!

    Matt Williamson: Pre-booking Challenge Cup final tickets as a Cas Tigers fan and ending up in the Leeds Rhinos end!

  101. Champagne worry

    Football

    Fifa presidential candidate Jerome Champagne does not yet have the letters of support he needs from five football associations with the deadline for his nomination to be accepted only 10 days away, the Frenchman said on Monday.

    "I do not yet have all the five letters," he wrote in a statement headed "The Moment of Truth".

    "The feeling exists that the final result of the election is set, and that it would be risky to sign them."

    Fifa vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein and unlikely candidate, former footballer David Ginola, also plan to stand against current president Sepp Blatter.

  102. Rain stops play... in Dubai

    Cricket

    The match between Ireland and Scotland in Dubai has been abandoned because of rain. According to the Climate of Dubai Wikipedia page, it rains, on average, five days a year in the Gulf state.

  103. Hull injury blow

    Football

    James Chester

    As if things weren't tough enough for Hull City at the moment, it's got a little worse today with the news that defender James Chester will be out for eight to 10 weeks with a dislocated shoulder.

    Chester suffered the injury during Sunday's defeat at West Ham when he fell awkwardly in the first half.

    Hull are third-bottom of the Premier League.

  104. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Christian Crowson: Taking my GCSE's instead of going to Munich Champo league final 2012 for Chelsea

    SG8_Galaxy: The day Liverpool sign Mario Balotelli

  105. Liverpool chase teenager

    Football

    Liverpool are favourites to sign Ipswich teenage midfielder Teddy Bishop who has broken into the Championship team this season, making 18 appearances.

    The Daily Mirror reports that any deal is likely to go through in the summer after Ipswich told Liverpool and a host of other Premier League admirers that 18-year-old Bishop isn't going anywhere during the January window.

  106. Monday's back pages

    The Times

    No football on the back of The Times at all, with the paper focusing on the bad news which England rugby union coach Stuart Lancaster has received - second row Courtney Lawes needs surgery on his ankle and will miss "the first few weeks" of the Six Nations.

  107. I almost quit - Murphy

    Snooker

    Hats off to Shaun Murphy this morning, after he became only the 10th man to seal snookers Triple Crown (that's the World Championship, the UK Championship and the Masters, in case you're wondering).

    The 32-year-old thrashed Australian Neil Robertson 10-2 - then revealed he almost hung up his cue a year ago.

    Shaun Murphy

    "This time 12 months ago, I talked about giving up snooker completely," Murphy said.

    Thank goodness he didn't - his winning margin in the final was the biggest since Steve Davis's 9-0 whitewash of Mike Hallett in 1988.

  108. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Mark Hales: Playing football for 30 years so now I can't run and have had endless operations

    Megan Strickland: Not going to the Champions League final in Moscow 2008 to see Man United win when I even had a ticket...

    Liam David: Being sociable during freshers by going to the cinema and subsequently missing the last few hours of the 2012 Ryder Cup

  109. Happy Ramsey

    Football

    Aaron Ramsey

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey: Loved being back on the pitch yesterday... felt like ages since I last played. Great to come away with all 3 points! Enjoy your day!

  110. Seahawks fans leave early - miss comeback

    American Football

    Seattle Seahawks fans

    Talking of #mysportingregret, did anybody leave Sunday's NFL's NFC Championship game between Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers early?

    With the Seahawks trailing 19-7 with five minutes left, some fans opted to leave - you can't blame them.

    Two touchdowns then put them in the lead before a late Packers field goal took the game into overtime.

    A 35-yard touchdown sealed a 28-22 victory for the Seahawks.

  111. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    Fahad Khan: Celebrating the day Chelsea bought Torres

    Pete Garrett: Being uncoordinated and rubbish at pretty much every sport going - at least I can swim & gym though :-)

    Eoghan O'Sullivan: Being in an airplane and missing Green Bay vs Seattle last night

  112. Seed carnage

    Tennis

    Federer may be through in Australia but eight seeded players are out of the women's half of the draw.

    As well as Ana Ivanovic - a defeat we told you about earlier - two-time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki, ninth seed Angelique Kerber, 16th seed Lucie Safarova, Swiss teenage sensation Belinda Bencic, Spain's Carla Suarez-Navarro and Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova have all been beaten in the opening round.

  113. Federer steams through

    Tennis

    Not much of a surprise this but Roger Federer has just completed a routine first round victory at the Australian Open.

    The Swiss master beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4 6-2 7-5 and will next face the winner of Juan Monaco v Simone Bolelli.

    Federer has never lost in the opening round Down Under and is attempting to become only the second man in Australian Open history to win five titles, after Roy Emerson.

    On another note, what is it with the players' shirts this year? Federer and Andy Murray are sporting a lurid green, while Rafael Nadal has gone for electric pink. Someone have a word.

    Roger Federer
  114. Pompey's Holmes open to Northampton stay

    Football

    Northampton Town winger Ricky Holmes says he would like to extend his stay at the League Two club if parent club Portsmouth do not plan on playing him.

    Holmes told BBC Radio Northampton: "It was a long month being on the bench at Portsmouth. It's never really happened to me in my career. If I'm not going to play, I'm happy to stay here because it's been brilliant."

    The 27-year-old loanee scored the winner in the Cobblers' 1-0 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday.

  115. Happy birthday Jenson

    Formula 1

    Jenson Button

    Mercedes AMG F1: Happy Birthday to our old mate Jenson! Some drivers are like a fine wine ;) #BetterWithAge

  116. Baggies bid for McManaman rejected

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    West Brom have had a bid turned down for Wigan winger Callum McManaman. The bid, believed to be in the region of £4m was made over the weekend.

    McManaman's present contract is not due to expire until 2017.

  117. Get involved

    #mysportingregret

    DZLFC: Missing the final moments of THAT City vs QPR match.

    Kenneth Barr: Spraining my ankle with my first kick in a match against Camp Lenape for YMCA Camp Brooklyn.

    Haytham Nasr: Going my first ever time to Wembley and watching Liverpool lose to the Crazy Gang.

    If you have any similar tales then use #mysportingregret or go the the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  118. Ruud Gullit on iPlayer

    Football

    Ruud Gullit

    Saj Chowdhury here. There is a simply brilliant interview with European Championship, European Cup and Ballon d'Or winner Ruud Gullit on BBC iPlayer.

    It's like Parkinson-Ali or Frost-Nixon. Not sure who the guy asking the questions is.

  119. Get involved - biggest regrets

    #mysportingregret

    So, Jose Mourinho says failing to sign Steven Gerrard during his first spell as Chelsea manager is his biggest transfer regret as a manager.

    Which got us thinking - what is your biggest sporting regret?

    Was it missing a last-minute penalty for your Sunday League team or getting bowled out last ball in a big cricket match when you only needed a run to win?

    Let us know your choice at #mysportingregret or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  120. Injury delays Froch clash

    Boxing

    IBF and WBA world super bantamweight champion Carl Froch has injured his elbow in training which will prevent him from potentially fighting Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez in the spring.

    "I'm disappointed to have to let this opportunity go but at this stage in my career I have to make every fight count," said 37-year-old Froch.

    "I will get some treatment and then we will look to make this fight or another big fight in the early summer."

  121. Monday's back pages

    Guardian

    More reaction to Arsenal's win at the Etihad in The Guardian - and Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini's admission that defeat to Chelsea when the sides meet at Stamford Bridge on 31 January is unthinkable.

  122. Get involved

    Andrew Tarpey: It should be £40m + Bale for De Gea, not the other way around. De Gea is worth over 10+ years of peak performance

  123. More Messi magic

    Football

    We're about to write one of the least surprising sentences in football: Lionel Messi has scored a hat-trick.

    The Argentinean scored the 30th treble of his career as Barcelona beat Deportivo La Coruna 4-0.

    Lionel Messi

    Messi shrugged off the continuing speculation about his future amid reports he's had a bust-up with Barca coach Luis Enrique to give another masterclass in finishing.

    The result moves Enrique's side to within a point of leaders Real Madrid.

  124. Monday's back pages

    The Mirror

    As if Manchester City fans weren't despondent enough, The Mirror very kindly reminds them that they are now five points behind leaders Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title.

  125. 'It's not ice-hockey' - Root

    Cricket

    On the back of the Warner-Sharma, New Zealand legend Martin Crowe has suggested a football-style yellow and red card system should be introduced in cricket.

    "Two yellow cards should result in a red card, which should ban any player for six months," former Kiwi captain Crowe wrote in his ESPNCricinfo column.

    Asked about such a thing, England's Joe Root said: "If that is going to sort it out then why not?

    "There have been a few things that have happened over the last six months and that is not good for the game. But I can't really see it going that far to lead to a punch-up... it's not ice hockey."

    That said, this was Root at England training yesterday - knocking seven bells out of Andrew Flintoff...

    Joe Root
  126. On-field row during ODI

    Cricket

    Controversy has erupted after Australia's latest one-day international clash with India.

    Warner Sharma

    Aussie David Warner has had an on-field row with India's Rohit Sharma - Warner confronting the batsman after he took a single to an overthrow.

    "When I went over to say something to him, he sort of said something in their language," said Warner. "I said 'speak English' because, if you're going to say something for me to understand, theoretically I cannot speak Hindi.

    "So I did the polite thing and asked him to speak English. Therefore he did and I can't repeat what he said."

    Full story here.

  127. Swans' defender bid

    Football

    Swansea have put in a £4m bid for Norwich defender Martin Olsson and the Canaries are considering granting the 26-year-old a return to the Premier League.

    The Daily Express claims Olsson is keen to move from the Championship having seen a similar deal blocked in August.

  128. 'No tippy-tappy stuff' - Allardyce

    Football

    It worked fairly well for Spain over a couple of European Championships and a World Cup, but Sam Allardyce has had a pop at tippy-tappy football.

    Revealing he'd ordered his Hammers side to be more direct during their 3-0 win over Hull yesterday, Allardyce said: "Getting the ball into the box quickly with quality is definitely sometimes the best way forward.

    Sam Allardyce

    "All this tippy-tappy stuff - everybody keeps on going about the right way to play football."

    Given West Ham are only four points of the Champions League places, who are we to argue?

  129. Monday's back pages

    The Independent

    Time to begin a round-up of what has made this morning's back pages and there's plenty on Arsenal's win at Manchester City, as you can imagine. Santa Carzola gets the lion's share of the praise in The Independent after his breathless performance.

  130. My Gerrard regret - Mourinho

    Football

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given an intriguing interview, during which he confesses that failing to sign Liverpool's Steven Gerrard remains one of his greatest transfer disappointments.

    Mourinho was close to signing the midfielder in his first spell as Chelsea manager in 2005 before Gerrard chose to stay at Anfield.

    "We did everything to try [to sign him] and it was almost there," said Mourinho. "I was dreaming of Claude Makelele, Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield."

    Maybe that is why Jose refused to give Stevie G the ball back here...

    Mourinho Gerrad

    Liverpool and Chelsea meet in the Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg at Anfield tomorrow.

  131. Nadal though but Ivanovic falls

    Tennis

    OK, remember the teaser we set you earlier? The mystery man was, of course, Rafael Nadal and the third seed answered a few questions about his fitness and form overnight in Australia as he won a one-sided contest against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets.

    Rafael Nadal

    In his first match at a Grand Slam since Wimbledon following injury and illness, the 28-year-old won 6-3 6-2 6-2 i.

    There was a casualty in the women's section though, fifth seed Ana Ivanovic suffering a shock 1-6 6-3 6-2 defeat by Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka.

  132. Rodgers speaks

    Football

    One for Liverpool fans... Brendan Rodgers is the only Premier League manager facing the media today.

    He's giving a news conference at 14:00 GMT - rest assured we will bring you the best of what he says as it happens.

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool face Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg at Anfield on Tuesday.

    The other semi-final takes place on Wednesday, when Tottenham host Nigel Clough's League One giant-killers Sheffield United.

  133. 'All about Chelsea' - Pelegrini

    Football

    For beaten Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini, meanwhile, it's now all about the trip to Chelsea in a fortnight.

    Manuel Pellegrini

    After defeat to Arsenal left his team five points behind the leaders, Pellegrini said: "The game we play at Stamford Bridge is a very important game. We must close the gap to two points.

    "It's very important to win the next game against Chelsea. I hope we are going to recover and play the way we have been playing so far."

  134. Wenger all smiles

    Football

    It may not surprise you to learn that Arsene Wenger was in a good mood this weekend.

    After watching his Arsenal team win 2-0 at Manchester City - a result which silences many of his critics and also gives a massive shot in the arm to Chelsea's title hopes - Wenger says the win answered a lot of doubts.

    Arsenal

    "I am very pleased because our defence have been questioned a lot," said the Frenchman.

    "The target was to put it right, and to win a big game away in the league which we've not done this season."

    The win lifted Arsenal to fifth in the table, a point off the Champions League places.

  135. Who's this chap?

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal

    A quick teaser to get you going this Monday morning. Don't fret - it's an easy one. This pic was taken overnight, name the sportsman?

  136. West Brom target winger

    Football

    West Brom manager Tony Pulis has made a £4m bid for Wigan winger Callum McManaman but the 23-year-old, who is also attracting interest from Bournemouth, is valued at £6m by his current side, reports the Daily Telegraph.

    Callum McManaman

    West Brom are in action tonight at 20:00 GMT when they take on Everton at Goodison Park in the last of the weekend's Premier League matches.

  137. Next up...

    Tennis

    Australia's Marinko Matosevic awaits Andy Murray in the second round, a game that will take place on Wednesday and which you can follow live on the BBC Sport website.

    Matosevic is unlikely to be a pushover - he was ranked a career-high 39 last year and is sure to have plenty of support from a partisan home crowd.

  138. Murray off to a flier

    Tennis

    Andy Murray, wearing a very natty lime green top, has made a solid start Down Under at the first tennis Grand Slam of the year.

    The Scot was on court at 02:00 GMT in Melbourne to take on India's Yuki Bhambri and took two hours 12 minutes to win in straight sets 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

    Andy Murray

    Murray, 27, had a spot of bother in the third set - when he had to recover from 4-1 down - but was otherwise untroubled.

    "I thought it was a good start," said the man in green. "I served very well the whole match and hopefully I'll get a little bit better."

  139. Time to start

    It's Monday, it's 8am, it can mean only thing ... another week of Sportsday has kicked off.

    On a freezing cold day, we are here to warm the cockles of your heart by bringing you all the breaking sporting news as it happens.

    We've got the latest footie, including all the transfer news and gossip, as well as the latest from the Australian Open, which began overnight and is where we start...