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  1. Goodbye

    Right, that's all we've got for you today.

    Our top stories have been:

    Our live text commentary on the Liverpool-Chelsea League Cup semi-final continues here.

    Sportsday will be back in the morning with all the latest football transfer news, plus reaction to Liverpool-Chelsea and build-up to the other semi-final between Tottenham and Sheffield United.

    See you then.

  2. How Melbourne made Mauresmo


    Andy Murray is in second-round action at the Australian Open at approximately 02:00 GMT on Wednesday but tennis fans can pass some of the time until then with a cracking read on his coach.

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson profiles Amelie Mauresmo by analysing how the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne has played a pivotal role in her career.

    Focusing on her run to the 1999 women's singles final as a 19-year-old and eventual triumph in the event seven years later, it shows how Mauresmo is well versed in controversy, animosity and pressure at the Aussie Open.

    Read it here.

  3. Cherries hoping to continue promotion push


    As well as the League Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Chelsea, there are a couple of Championship fixtures this evening.

    Middlesbrough host Cardiff while top-of-the-table Bournemouth travel to Leeds.

    A win tonight would see the Cherries open up a four-point gap on the chasing pack.

    While the men from the south coast have lost only one league game since September, Leeds have not won any of their last eight matches in all competitions, losing five.

  4. Allenby pulls out of tournament


    Robert Allenby

    Australian Robert Allenby has pulled out of this week's Humana Challenge in California after he reported being kidnapped, assaulted and robbed.

    The four-time PGA Tour winner is recovering following the ordeal, which happened in Hawaii on Friday after he missed the cut at the Sony Open.

    Allenby, 43, said is a statement he has withdrawn from this week's event on the advice of his doctor.

    "This will enable me to ensure I am fully recovered," he said.

  5. Cipriani & Easter in England training squad

    Rugby Union

    Danny Cipriani

    Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter are set to be included in the England training squad ahead of the Six Nations opener against Wales.

    It's understood Cipriani will be one of four fly-halves named by head coach Stuart Lancaster in the 34-man group, along with George Ford, Owen Farrell and Stephen Myler.

    Barring injury, Ford and Farrell will be the two stand-offs involved in Cardiff on 6 February, but both Myler and Cipriani have a chance to impress in next week's camp.

    Meanwhile, it's believed the England management will also include the 36-year-old number eight Easter, who won the last of his 47 caps in the 2011 World Cup.

  6. Gerrard returns for Reds


    Liverpool make one change from the side which beat Aston Villa on Saturday. Captain Steven Gerrard starts and Fabio Borini drops out.

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Lucas, Henderson, Gerrard, Moreno, Markovic, Coutinho, Sterling.

  7. Two changes for Chelsea


    John Mikel Obi

    Keeping to our promises, here's the Chelsea starting XI:

    Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Fabregas, Hazard; Diego Costa.

    There are just two changes from Saturday's demolition of Swansea as Oscar is replaced by John Mikel Obi and Thibaut Courtois is back in goal, replacing Petr Cech.

    Kick-off is at 19:45 GMT.

  8. Chelsea-Liverpool build-up


    The first leg of the League Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool at Anfield is just over an hour away.

    You can follow all the build-up ahead of radio commentary, updates, the best photos and social here.

    If you want to stick with Sportsday, we'll bring you the team news shortly.

  9. Kvyat shivers in Lapland

    Formula 1

    Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat

    New Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat, 20, has headed to the top of Finland to train for the upcoming Formula 1 season: "Nice training camp with guys here in Lapland! Only -25 degrees outside :)"

    It's balmy in Britain at the moment compared to that...

  10. Brown & Barclay 'should be in Scotland squad'

    Rugby Union

    Former captain Kelly Brown and John Barclay are among Scotland's best players and should be in the squad for the Six Nations, according to former skipper Andy Nicol.

    Brown and Barclay have won 107 caps between them but have been left out from Vern Cotter's 32-man pool for the tournament.

    "We seem to be promoting players who've come in from New Zealand at the expense of John Barclay and Kelly Brown," said Nicol.

    Edinburgh flanker Hugh Blake, who qualifies to play for the national team through his grandparents, has been called into the squad for the first time, in preference to both Brown and Barclay.

  11. Ivory Coast held by Guinea


    Guinea's Ibrahim Traore and Mohamed Lamine Traore celebrate

    Group D rivals Ivory Coast and Guinea have drawn 1-1 in the first of today's Africa Cup of Nations fixtures.

    A superb Mohamed Yattara left-foot volley gave Guinea a first-half lead and Ivory Coast looked to be in real trouble when former Arsenal striker Gervinho was sent off for slapping an opponent.

    However, substitute Seydou Doumbia's equaliser 18 minutes from time ensured the points would be shared.

    Mali and Cameroon are the only teams still to play their first match in the tournament and they kick-off at 19:00 GMT. Follow our live text commentary here.

  12. Palmer gets break

    Formula 1


    Jolyon Palmer has been handed his Formula 1 break after being appointed Lotus's reserve driver for the forthcoming season.

    Palmer, 24 and son of former F1 driver Jonathan - who made 83 starts between 1983 and 1989 for Williams, RAM, Zakspeed and Tyrrell - won last year's GP2 crown with a record haul of 276 points.

  13. Five Russian athletes banned


    Sergei Kirdyapkin

    Russia's anti-doping agency has banned five athletes who compete in the walk, including three Olympic champions.

    London 2012 men's winner Sergei Kirdyapkin, women's 2008 Olympic gold medallist Olga Kaniskina and 2011 world champion Sergei Bakulin have been banned for three years and two months.

    Olympic 2008 winner Valeriy Borchin has been banned for eight years and Vladimir Kanaykin for life.

    Their cases have been backdated from late 2012. The bans do not affect any Olympic medals, although five world championship gold medals from 2009 and 2011 could be re-awarded.

  14. Defoe not given up on England


    More from Jermain Defoe, who hasn't given up on an England recall, despite not featuring for the national team since November 2013.

    Defoe, who has won 55 caps, said: "I would like to represent my country again.

    "To play for your country, it's based on merit, so if I am scoring goals, I would like to think that I would get an opportunity to do that again."

  15. Defoe relishing pressure


    Jermain Defoe

    New Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe says he welcomes the pressure of being brought in to score the goals to keep the club in the Premier League.

    Defoe, 32, returned to England last week after an 11-month spell at Major League Soccer side Toronto.

    Sunderland are in 16th position, just one point above the relegation zone, and have the second-worst scoring record in the league, with only 19 goals in 22 games.

    "It's a good pressure. It's another challenge and I am really looking forward to it." said the former Tottenham player.

  16. Alonso started young

    Formula 1

    Fernando Alonso Twitter image

    Two-time world champion and new McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, 33, tweets a picture of himself as a young boy behind the wheel of a racing car. Obviously a precocious talent.

  17. Gomis to stay at Swansea

    Football gossip

    Bafetimbi Gomis

    The Guardian says that Swansea are determined to hold on to Bafetimbi Gomis despite serious interest from a number of clubs, including Crystal Palace, and comments from the 29-year-old France striker suggesting he is unsettled at the Liberty Stadium.

  18. Charlton sign Tottenham's Veljkovic


    Championship side Charlton Athletic have signed Tottenham Hotspur defender Milos Veljkovic on loan until the end of the season.

    The 19-year-old spent time on loan at Middlesbrough earlier in the campaign.

    Veljkovic, who can play at centre-back or in central midfield, has made two senior appearances for Spurs since joining from FC Basel in 2011.

  19. Suso criticises Liverpool after Milan move



    Spanish winger Suso has criticised his former club Liverpool for not offering him a satisfactory contract.

    The 21-year-old, who left Anfield for AC Milan this month, told Marca: "My contract was set to expire in June and Liverpool's offers did not satisfy me, neither economically nor in a sporting sense.

    "I arrived very much as a boy and I have learned a lot. I have grown, but I have not noticed a lot of trust in me."

  20. Hants back 'English Premier League'


    Hampshire chairman Rod Bransgrove has welcomed the move to take a fresh look at a new 'English Premier League' Twenty20 competition.

    A recent meeting brought together the chairmen of the 18 counties to discuss the overall state of the domestic game.

    Among the items discussed was a T20 event similar to the Indian Premier League (IPL) or Australia's Big Bash.

    "We seem to have missed the boat in terms of the escalation of T20 around the globe," he told BBC Radio Solent.

  21. Berahino 'moving forward in the right direction'


    More from West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace, who spoke about the effects of Saido Berahino's drink-driving case, which concluded on Friday.

    "This unfortunate episode has been unsettling for the club generally and Saido specifically," said Peace.

    "What has been pleasing for everyone around the club has been the clear sign that Saido has responded positively to the arrival of Tony Pulis and a new coaching team and is displaying clear signs of showing that where it matters most - on the pitch.

    "Tony has certainly been delighted with him and it is heartening for everyone to see a young man moving forward in the right direction again."

  22. No interest in selling Berahino - West Brom chairman


    Saido Berahino

    West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace says Saido Berahino is "back on track" and reiterated that the Premier League club wants to keep the striker.

    The England Under-21 international was banned from driving for 12 months last Friday after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

    "I said in the autumn the club had no interest in selling Saido and that remains the case," Peace told the club's official website.

    "Unless [manager Tony Pulis] decides otherwise, the view will surely be that he is far too important to us to consider trading. His goals are capable of keeping us in the Premier League and would be hugely difficult to replace."

  23. Better than Invincibles - Bergkamp


    Theo Walcott (left) with Santi Cazorla

    Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has said the Gunners' current forwards are better than the Invincible side which contained Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

    Speaking to Arsenal Player, Walcott said: "When I came, it was Pires and Ljungberg, Bergkamp, Thierry and Reyes - that's some attacking force as well. I think this squad probably does beat it, but we need to prove it first.

    "When we go and achieve a little bit more than winning the FA Cup, then I think we can stand up and say this is the best attacking line up we've ever had."

  24. Swansea's Routledge out for four weeks


    Swansea winger Wayne Routledge has been ruled out for four weeks with a calf strain.

    Routledge, who has featured in 19 of the club's 22 Premier League fixtures this campaign and scored three times, came off after only 32 minutes of last weekend's 5-0 home defeat by Chelsea.

    But there was better news for Swans boss Garry Monk on Tuesday as Ecuador international Jefferson Montero returned to full training for the first time since sustaining a hamstring injury in the 1-0 victory against Aston Villa on Boxing Day.

  25. Milner on the move?

    Football gossip

    James Milner

    The Guardian reports that James Milner and Manchester City are a "long way off" agreeing a new deal.

    "Arsenal and Liverpool remain the most likely suitors if Milner chooses to remain in the Premier League when his contract expires in the summer," says the paper.

  26. 'The corner's been turned' - Finn


    Steven Finn says he wants "to look forward, not back" after delivering a man-of-the-match performance that helped England to victory over India.

    The win came almost 12 months to the day of the fast bowler being declared "not selectable" for his country.

    Finn's career-best one-day figures of 5-33 against India came at the Gabba in Brisbane - the city he was sent home from after England's last Ashes tour.

    Steven Finn

    "That corner's been turned," said Finn. "All that stuff's in the past now."

  27. Selfie of the day

    Maria Sharapova

    Maria Sharapova is clearly more keen on posing for photos than her hitting partner. "Someone doesn't like #selfies. Oh well," she tweeted after a practice session the Australian Open.

  28. Semi-final will be amazing - Enrique


    Liverpool defender Jose Enrique has tweeted beforehis team's League Cup semi-final against Chelsea this evening. "Game day today. Let's win this and try to get in the final. Will be amazing," said the Spaniard.

  29. Routledge blow for Swansea


    BBC Wales Sport: Swansea City winger Wayne Routledge has been ruled out for four weeks with a calf injury.

  30. Delays at African Cup of Nations


    BBC's Alex South in Malobo: "The scene in Malob is that fans are still waiting outside desperate to get in.

    "Same problem, different day. Fans waiting up to an hour in 40 degree heat as the Ebola screening process again holds things up. Supporters getting a bit hot and bothered and I've seen one or two arguments already break out but, again, the Police are quick to try and diffuse the situation.

    "It's not helping that you have four different sets of travelling fans all descending on the same place at the same time. The tension is building and it has little to do with the football.

  31. Girl named after Liverpool anthem


    Liverpool fan YNWA

    Here's some news to make the jaw drop. Liverpool fans from Norway have named their daughter after the club's famous anthem, You'll Never Walk Alone.

    Four-year-old YNWA, pronounced Yee-Nwa has, luckily, become a Reds fan and her mum plans to take her daughter to Anfield for YNWA's fifth birthday this May.

  32. Ginola wants combined men and women's World Cups


    David Ginola

    Just to put a bit more meat on the bones of the Sportsday entry below, former France international David Ginola wants a combined men's and women's football World Cup to be staged together.

    The ex-Tottenham and Newcastle winger is running for the Fifa presidency.

    "Lack of equality in football is a burning issue that Fifa has so far dismally failed to address," the 47-year-old said. "One of the key ways we'll make a difference is by adopting the Olympic model that sees all athletes compete under one banner, in one country, during one timeframe."

  33. Ginola speaks


    David Ginola has been talking on Radio 5live's Afternoon Edition and has had some very interesting things to say, especially his women's World Cup pledge.

    David Ginola

    You can listen to the interview here.

  34. Afcon action starts now


    Today's action at the African Cup of Nations is about to get under way and, as always, we will have every kick, tackle and shirt-pull covered right here on the BBC Sport website.

    Ivory Coast v Guinea kicks off in five minutes at 16:00 GMT, with the second match of the day - Mali v Cameroon - starting at 19:00.

    Yaya, Kolo Toure and Wilfried Bony are all starting. Full live text coverage here.

  35. Broken back no barrier

    Alpine skiing

    Scottish skier Charlie Guest says her aim to be world number one remains despite breaking her back in November.

    On Monday, she was named in the British squad for the slalom and giant slalom at February's Alpine World Skiing Championships in Colorado.

    Charlie Sweden

    The 21-year-old had fractured vertebrae in a training accident in Sweden two months ago.

  36. Fan arrested over chairman's car incident


    A man has been arrested over an attack on a car belonging to Nottingham Forest's chairman during a match against Derby County.

    The car was vandalised while parked outside the iPro Stadium in Derby at about 14:15 GMT on Saturday.

    Derbyshire police said a 19-year-old was arrested on Tuesday morning.

  37. Walsall keep Cain for rest of season


    Leicester City midfielder Michael Cain will stay on loan at League One side Walsall for the rest of the season.

    The 20-year-old joined the Saddlers in October and has since made 18 appearances, scoring three goals.

    "He's a talented lad with a fantastic attitude and hopefully his progress will continue during the months ahead," Walsall manager Dean Smith told the club website.

  38. Ireland injury blow

    Rugby Union

    Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson will miss Ireland's entire Six Nations campaign with a dislocated elbow.

    His club confirmed that Jackson requires surgery to repair the damage, and will be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.

  39. Wycombe reveal Ainsworth deal details


    We told you on Boxing Day that Gareth Ainsworth had signed a new long-term deal as manager of Wycombe Wanderers.

    Gareth Ainsworth

    Well, this afternoon the League Two leaders have revealed that the contract the 41-year-old signed was for five and a half years.

    Not quite as long as Alan Pardew's old eight-year contract at Newcastle then, but not bad going nonetheless.

  40. Crackdown on bad behaviour


    Ah, cricket, that game of gentleman where respect and good sporting behaviour comes first. Well, at least it used to...

    International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson today announced that the governing body will come down hard on players who 'sledge' or verbally abuse their opponents at the upcoming World Cup.

    Several high-profile incidents in recent months - most recently Australian David Warner's on-field row with India's Rohit Sharma (pictured below) - have led former Australia captain Ian Chappell to say he fears it can only be a matter of time before things get so heated a physical clash ensues.

    Australia batsman David Warner (left) got into a heated exchange with India batsman Rohit Sharma (right)

    The ICC, said Richardson, has stressed to umpires the need to stop bad conduct at its source.

  41. Foden blow

    Rugby Union

    Northampton and England full-back Ben Foden has been ruled out for the rest of the season - and probably the World Cup - with a knee injury.

    Ben Foden

    Foden ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left leg against the Ospreys last weekend, and will now have surgery.

  42. 'What a prat' - Lineker

    Gary Lineker on Twitter: Just watched the Kevin Mirallas penalty debacle. What a prat!

  43. Brighton sign the Best


    Blackburn striker Leon Best has joined Brighton on loan for the remainder of the season.

    Leon Best

    The move to the south coast reunites the 28-year-old striker with former Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton, who recently became manager of the Championship club.

  44. Liverpool v Chelsea

    Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg, 19:45 GMT kick off

    While we're on the subject of this game, Liverpool have failed to beat Chelsea in any of their five meetings under Brendan Rodgers but the Reds have been building up momentum after a slow start to the season.

    They are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions, and haven't lost at Anfield since defeat to Chelsea in November.

    And one stat to give Liverpool fans optimism - the Reds have won both of their previous meetings with Chelsea at Anfield in the League Cup.

  45. Liverpool line-up?

    Not too long now until tonight's big game gets under way.

    Rodgers v Mourinho, or Liverpool-Chelsea if you prefer, starts at 19:45 GMT with live coverage on the BBC Sport website.

    BBC Radio Merseyside have just tweeted: Likely @LFC team tonight v Chelsea... Mignolet; Can, Skrtl, Sakho; Markovic, Henderson, Lucas, Moreno; Gerrard, Coutinho; Sterling.

  46. Last of F1's originals

    Robert Manzon, the last surviving driver of Formula One's inaugural season in 1950, has died. He was 97.

    Robert Manzon

    Manzon, a member of the 24 Hours of Le Mans hall of fame, took part in the famed endurance race six times, and drove in 28 F1 races from 1950-56.

  47. Day stays

    Rugby Union

    Bath have announced that lock Dominic Day has renewed his contract with the Aviva Premiership club.

    Day, 29, joined Bath from the Scarlets in 2012 and has been among their most consistent performers this season.

  48. Rowett keeps Blues players grounded


    Birmingham City defender Paul Caddis says their good form is down to manager Gary Rowett keeping them grounded.

    They have risen from 23rd to 11th in the Championship since former Burton boss Rowett took over in October.

    "No win is too big and no loss is too big either. He's very level-headed and he's kept the dressing room like that as well," Caddis told BBC WM 95.6.

  49. Get involved - penalty capers

    We are asking for your thoughts on memorable penalties, following the fuss over Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas taking one at Everton last night instead of Leighton Baines ... and missing.

    Steve Woodnutt: Baines hasn't been in great form, perhaps he didn't want to take it? His set pieces were poor all game especially corners.

    Matthew Whitaker: ‏Can't beat the Pires and Henry incident for penalty comic capers.

    Pires Henry

    Josh Brannan: Just because Mirallas missed a penalty Everton supporters are saying get rid of him. I would gladly have him at Liverpool.

    UnSimpleSimon: A fine of a week's wages for missed penalty by undesignated player might solve the problem.

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  50. York sign striker Sinclair


    League Two strugglers York City have signed striker Emile Sinclair. The 27-year-old was a free agent after having his contract with Northampton terminated by mutual consent on Monday.

  51. Hammer to stay?

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "A lot around on the the future of Winston Reid today but a senior source at West Ham has told me they remain confident of holding on to the highly-rated central defender.

    Winston Reid

    "He has not, I am told, informed the club that he wants to leave and West Ham have been led to believe that Arsenal will only move for the player should they miss out on other targets in January.

    "Worth saying, too, that West Ham do not anticipate any first-choice players leaving the club this month."

  52. Thunder confirm move to Newcastle

    Rugby League

    Championship League One side Gateshead Thunder have rebranded as Newcastle Thunder, returning professional rugby league to the city for the first time since 1938.

    As part of the change, Thunder have applied to Newcastle City Council to make Kingston Park their home ground.

    The switch comes after Newcastle Rugby Limited, owned by Falcons rugby union chairman Semor Kurdi took over the rugby league side in May.

  53. Soldado target

    Football gossip

    Roberto Soldado

    Tottenham's struggling £26m Spanish striker Roberto Soldado, 29, is being chased by German club Bayer Leverkusen, reports The Mirror.

  54. Ex-Crystal Palace director speaks about text scandal


    Iain Moody (centre)

    Ex-Crystal Palace sporting director Iain Moody has spoken for the first time about the text scandal involving himself and Malky Mackay.

    He resigned in 2014 after allegations he shared racist, sexist and homophobic texts with manager Mackay, when they were at Cardiff City from 2011 to 2013.

    "Good people sometimes do bad things," he told Palace fanzine Five Year Plan. "I'm not denying it was me, but that's unrecognisable and it's not a reflection of what I stand for."

  55. Klitschko to fight Jennings in New York


    Wladimir Klitschko fights Kubrat Pulev

    World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has announced his first fight in America for seven years.

    The 38-year-old Ukrainian will defend his IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO belts against unbeaten 30-year-old Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden on 25 April.

    The bout will be Klitschko's first fight since November, when he knocked out Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev.

  56. Defoe predicts plenty of goals


    Jermain Defoe

    More from Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe: "First and foremost I want to be back here playing games and scoring goals. I've missed the Premier League.

    "I'm really looking forward to the challenge and I believe we will create a lot of chances for me and others to score goals.

    "You know when a club really wants you and that is special, and I knew from my first conversation with Gus how much he wanted me."

  57. Defoe playing for 'special' club


    Jermain Defoe

    Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has described Sunderland as a "special club".

    The 32-year-old striker completed his move to Sunderland last week, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal with the club.

    "It's been good and it always helps knowing a few of the players when signing for a new club. The lads have been great," he said.

    "I spoke to Gus on a few occasions and I played with him at Spurs. Even before I met him he was someone I admired as a player.

    "I have always known over the years that it is a special club with special fans. I'm really looking forward to making my home debut."

  58. Refs strike after attacks


    The Cyprus Football Association says it is postponing all matches for one week after referees went on strike following a bomb attack.

    The week-long strike is in response to a bomb attack at the home of a referee's mother.

    "It's a disgrace. It was a big device and it blew off the front door of the house," said Costakis Koutsokoumnis of the Cyprus FA. "If the mother of the referee was not in the right place then we probably would already have a victim."

    It is the third such attack this season. All league and cup games scheduled from Tuesday onwards, from senior to junior level, will be postponed until Monday, 26 January.

  59. Bru extends Ipswich contract


    Mauritius international Kevin Bru has signed a contract extension with Ipswich Town to run until 2018, with an option for a further year.

    The 26-year-old has made 21 appearances for Town, who have lost fellow midfielder Luke Hyam for up to six weeks with a knee injury.

  60. Inter star set for £30m move?

    Football gossip

    The Daily Express reports that Inter Milan are prepared to sell £30m-rated Mauro Icardi this month, with Chelsea and Liverpool said to be interested in the forward.

    Mauro Icardi
  61. Swansea start Naughton talks


    Kyle Naughton in action for Tottenham

    Swansea City are in talks with Kyle Naughton after having a bid accepted for the Tottenham full-back.

    The fee for the former England Under-21 defender is believed to be around £5m.

    The likely arrival of Naughton, 26, could mean the Swans are ready to sell current first choice left-back Neil Taylor, who is interesting two clubs.

  62. Three athletes suspended


    The IAAF says three Russian Olympic champion race-walkers have been provisionally suspended as part of an investigation into doping in Russian athletics.

    The three are Sergei Kirdyapkin, who won gold in the men's 50-kilometer race at the 2012 London Olympics, and Valery Borchin and Olga Kaniskina, who won men's and women's gold in the 20K race at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

  63. Who is Europe's next wonderkid?


    Martin Odegaard

    Who is Europe's next wonderkid? It could be 16-year-old Norwegian Martin Odegaard who is being wooed by Europe's biggest clubs.

    More than 30 clubs have made enquiries, but the Stromsgodset youngster has yet to decide on his destination of choice.

    If you'd like to impress friends and colleagues with your knowledge of Odegaard before he becomes a superstar, read BBC Sport's lowdown on the kid with the world at his feet.

  64. Leiva must stay - Carragher


    Lucas Leiva

    Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said Lucas Leiva is the "driving force" behind his old club's recent resurgence.

    "If you look at the stats, the influence he has made has been noticeable to say the least," says Carragher of the midfielder who has started nine of Liverpool's last 10 league games but has been linked with a move to Italy.

    "The one game that stands out is the Manchester United game, not because of the 3-0 defeat but because it was the one game Lucas didn't play. Brendan Rodgers made a few changes and brought his technical players back into the team.

    "He has had a big effect on the team and he's got to stay there."

  65. Barca's secrets in safe hands


    Victor Valdes

    Victor Valdes is a popular man in the Manchester United dressing room because the squad enjoy bending the goalkeeper's ear about life in Barcelona with Lionel Messi and co.

    The Spaniard, 33, agreed an 18-month deal with the Old Trafford club earlier this month and is set to make his first-team debut against Cambridge in the FA Cup on Friday.

    Defender Chris Smalling said: "We've heard a few stories from him and quite a few people here have asked him questions. Barcelona is another great club and you want to get some insight of what happens abroad as well."

  66. Xavi wants Silva & Cazorla


    Santi Cazorla

    Midfielder Xavi has said he wants Manchester City's David Silva and Arsenal's Santi Cazorla to join him at Barcelona.

    The Spaniard said of his compatriots: "There is some great Spanish football talent around. Who would I sign for Barcelona? [David] Silva and Cazorla."

  67. Inexperienced quartet in Scotland squad

    Rugby Union

    Scotland have selected four players with no senior international experience in their Six Nations squad.


    Scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 21 (pictured), lock Ben Toolis, 22, back-rower Hugh Blake, 24, and Hamish Watson, 24, have been named in the 32-man squad.

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter said: "They have impressed me with their desire to go forward, and reflect the Scottish spirit of attacking and leading, to develop into impressive performers."

  68. Get involved - penalty takers

    We are asking for your thoughts on Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas's controversial penalty at Goodison Park last night.

    Andrew Priestley: What are the chances of Kevin Mirallas being shipped out on loan for the rest of the season and then sold on in the summer?

    Tom Thrall: To all those complaining about Fantasy Football, I had Mirallas AND Baines.

    Noah Lim: Mirallas penalty fully justified. Outfield players need goals for confidence. Give the poor man a break.

    William Kearney: Can we agree not to mention the Trotta penalty miss anymore? It's still too painful

    Of course William. And we definitely won't use the following photograph...


    Painful or not, keep them coming to #bbcsportsday or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  69. Ipswich's Marriott joins Colchester


    Colchester United have signed Ipswich Town striker Jack Marriott on loan until the end of the season.

    The 20-year-old has scored four times in 19 Conference games for Woking this season and had a short spell with Carlisle at the start of the campaign.

    Meanwhile, Ipswich full-back Elliott Hewitt has extended his loan spell at Colchester by a further month.

  70. Froch latest on future


    Carl Froch has said the thought of never fighting again is a "nice" one, a day after pulling out of the fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

    An elbow injury has forced the WBA and IBF super-middleweight out of the March 28 fight in Las Vegas.

    Carl Froch

    Froch, 37, now says he is again "wavering" as to whether he will fight on.

    "It's no secret that I'm nearing the end of my career and I may or may not fight again," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

  71. Swans full-back bid


    Swansea City are in talks with Kyle Naughton after having a bid, thought to be around £5m, accepted for the Tottenham full-back, BBC Wales Sport report.

  72. Phelan to Hull?

    Interesting tweet from BBC Radio Humberside's Matt Dean on a possible link between Mike Phelan's departure from Norwich and Hull City: Mike Phelan links to Hull City assistant job - I'm told he asked to leave and Norwich weren't expecting him to move on. Steve Bruce told me on Friday he had a target in mind. When I asked if he was in work Bruce replied: "Sort of."

  73. NFL star rescues woman from crash

    American Football

    Vince Wilfork rescued a woman injured in a car crash

    He's an American superstar footballer by day, and an superhero who saves damsels in distress by night...

    New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork rescued a woman injured in a car crash, hours after helping his team reach the Super Bowl.

    Earlier, the 33-year-old had played in his side's 45-7 defeat of Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game. But on his way home from the Gillette Stadium with his wife, Wilfork saw a jeep roll over with a woman inside.

    "The only thing I thought about was seeing somebody in there and getting them to safety," he said. ''It was something that we saw and we knew she needed help and we helped.''

    Vince Wilfork
  74. Hollywood star at the rugby

    Rugby League

    Russell Crowe in St Helens? Goes together like bacon and ketchup doesn't it, but it could happen.

    The star of films including Noah and Gladiator has revealed on his Twitter account that he will be supporting NRL champions South Sydney, the club he part-owns, in their clash with Saints at Langtree Park on Sunday, 22 February.

    Russell Crowe

    Crowe tweeted: "Aiming to be at St Helens for the WCC."

    St Helens chief executive Mike Rush said: "We've not heard anything but we'd be delighted to welcome Russell Crowe to our club. It demonstrates what a prestigious fixture it is."

  75. Winger on the move


    Winger Jennison Myrie-Williams, 26, has joined League Two Tranmere on loan from Scunthorpe United for the rest of the season.

  76. Football's hot debate

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC 5 live podcast

    Should Kevin Mirallas have ignored Leighton Baines to take Everton's penalty during their goalless draw with West Brom on Monday night? Listen to BBC Radio 5 live's Football Daily podcast to get the views of fans and pundits.

  77. Go Lleyton!

    Former number one women's tennis player Victoria Azarenka on Twitter: I think Lleyton Hewitt deserves a monument in Melbourne Park for his fighting spirit and effort every time he plays! Impressive #19Ausopens

    Hewitt was in action overnight and beat China's Ze Zhang 6-3 1-6 6-0 6-4.

  78. Injury setback for Forest star


    Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid needs an operation on his groin injury and may not return until March.

    Andy Reid

    The 32-year-old, who has not played since September, was hoping to be back in action in January, is now expected to be out for at least a further four weeks.

    "We have seen four specialists and decided to go down this route and hope he gets back well before the end of the season," Reds manager Stuart Pearce told BBC Radio Nottingham.

  79. Get involved - penalty capers

    We are asking for your thoughts on Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas's controversial penalty at Goodison Park last night.

    Adam Joseph: He's done with Everton, as if it wasn't obvious enough. Clearly the contract issues taking a toll. Bye bye Mirallas.

    Kenneth Barr: Seems to me that there should be more than one designated penalty taker and a priority list to decide who takes a pen if given.

    Simon Barry: Fuming as had Baines first goal. £65!

    Edd Scicluna: For pure drama can't forget Knockaerts's last minute penalty v Watford for a place in the playoffs final. Karma at its finest.

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  80. Greenwood on Tuilagi injury

    Rugby Union

    Former England star Will Greenwood has been talking to Radio 5live about the injury which looks likely to keep Manu Tuilagi out of the Six Nations, a big blow in World Cup year.

    Manu Tuilagi

    "Stuart Lancaster would have had him down as one of the two centres that he'd have gone to the World Cup with, but Jonathan Joseph in the European Cup has been quite brilliant so I suspect he will now get a crack in Tuilagi's thirteen jersey," said Greenwood.

    "The European Champions Cup has been absolutely outstanding and it's given an opportunity for a lot of the English lads to stick their hands up - Luther Burrell, Brad Barritt is back again ... so I don't think out cupboard is as bare as people would like to make it."

  81. Happy anniversary

    Wenger Walcott

    Meanwhile, Sanchez's fellow Arsenal star Theo Walcott has posted this on Instagram, with the words: Nine years ago today' - a reference to the day he signed for the Gunners.

    How young does he look? And Walcott looks pretty young too...

  82. Sandy Sanchez

    Not sure where Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez was this morning but it certainly wasn't north London.

    The Chile international tweeted this pic, with the message: 'Good morning'.

  83. Phelan leaves Norwich


    More on the news that Mike Phelan has departed Carrow Road...

    The 52-year-old was among the favourites to become the club's new manager after Neil Adams quit earlier this month. But the Canaries instead made a surprise appointment by bringing in Alex Neil from Hamilton.

    Mike Phelan

    A statement on Norwich's official website read: "Following an approach by Mike to the club, City can confirm first-team coach Mike Phelan has left the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

    "Mike, a Canary hall of fame member and former captain of Norwich City, leaves with the very best wishes of everyone at the club for the future.

  84. BreakingPhelan leaves Norwich


    Mike Phelan has left his position as Norwich first team coach.

  85. Grands prix to start earlier

    Formula 1

    Formula One's Australian season-opener in Melbourne on March 15 is one of five grands prix that will start an hour earlier this year, under recommendations made after Jules Bianchi's crash in Japan last October.

    Australia's will start at 16:00 local time, while Malaysia is brought forward to 15:00. and China, Japan and Russia will start at 14:00 local.

    "It is proposed that a regulation or guideline be established that the start time of an event shall not be less than four hours before either sunset or dusk, except in the case of night races," a report into the Bianchi accident recommended.

  86. Fletcher farewell?

    Football gossip

    Darren Fletcher

    Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, 30, is being linked with a move to Valencia as he struggles to get playing time under manager Louis van Gaal, Sky Sports is reporting.

  87. Wales go for Anscombe

    Rugby Union

    Gareth Anscombe has been included in the Wales squad for the 2015 Six Nations Championship.

    The uncapped Cardiff Blues fly-half - who has made nine appearances for Blues since arriving from New Zealand and qualifies for Wales through his mother - is joined in Warren Gatland's squad by fellow rookies prop Rob Evans, hooker Kristian Dacey and centre Tyler Morgan.

    Gareth Anscombe

    There is no place for Gloucester fly-half James Hook or veteran tight-head prop Adam Jones.

    "It's great to be able to name such an experienced squad that also boasts some exciting young talent," Gatland said.

  88. Klitschko announces fight


    World heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko is to defend his titles against unbeaten American challenger Bryant Jennings in New York on April 25.

    The Ukrainian, who holds the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO crowns, will try to retain all four belts in Madison Square Garden in his first fight on American soil in seven years.

    Vladimir Klitschko

    "I have a lot of respect for Bryant Jennings and his performances, and I am especially happy to be fighting in New York again," Klitschko said.

    The 38-year-old was last beaten by Lamon Brewster in 2004.

  89. England on song


    We told you earlier how England thrashed India in the tri-series earlier, with Steven Finn, Ian Bell, James Anderson and James Taylor the standout players.

    Steven Finn

    The full match report is available to read here.

  90. Ipswich striker heads out

    BBC Essex Sport: Colchester United sign Ipswich Town striker Jack Marriott on loan until end of season.

  91. Ronaldo relationship off


    Some very sad sporting news is emerging from Madrid today - Cristiano Ronaldo has broken up with his long-time girlfriend,

    Yes, that's right, the Portugal and Real Madrid star and Russian model Irina Shayk are no more.


    "After dating for five years, my relationship with Irina has come to an end," said Ronaldo in a solemnly written statement. "We believed it would be best for both of us to take this step now."

  92. Brentford sign Everton teenager


    Championship club Brentford have signed Everton striker Chris Long in an initial one-month loan deal.

    The 19-year-old, who had a loan spell at MK Dons last season, made his senior debut for the Toffees in the Europa League last month.

    "We are aware of his talent and we are looking forward to seeing how he impacts the team's performance," Bees boss Mark Warburton told the club website.

  93. Paying the penalty

    de Guzman

    Jonathan de Guzman - The Swansea midfielder won and converted a penalty for his side's fourth goal in their 5-0 Capital One Cup final win over Bradford - but not before a lengthy row with team-mate Nathan Dyer. The diminutive winger had already scored twice and could clearly be seen pleading "It's a hat-trick" as he attempted to prise the ball from De Guzman. Dyer was notably subdued in the celebrations after the goal.

  94. Paying the penalty

    Paolo di Canio - When West Ham were awarded a spot-kick while trailing Bradford 4-2 in the Premier League in 2000, the ball was spotted by regular taker Frank Lampard only for Italian Di Canio to pull rank, re-placing the ball himself and tucking the ball away. He then continued the argument with Lampard as the pair returned to the halfway line. Joe Cole then equalised, before Lampard, rather fittingly, scored to earn a remarkable 5-4 win.

    Di Canio
  95. Paying the penalty

    As there's plenty of talk about Kevin Mirallas' missed penalty in Everton's goalless draw with West Brom - after he naughtily refused to let spot-kick regular Leighton Baines take it - we thought we'd take a quick look at some other entertaining disputes from 12 yards...

    Marcello Trotta

    Marcello Trotta - The striker was on loan at Brentford from Fulham when their battle for promotion from League One in 2013 came down to an injury-time penalty against Doncaster. Trotta wrestled the ball away from regular penalty taker Kevin O'Connor, but smashed his shot against the crossbar. Doncaster broke away to score and seal a 1-0 win and promotion ... but, remarkably, Brentford again signed Trotta on loan the following season.

  96. 'My foot doesn't work as it used to'


    A little more from Paula Radcliffe, who has just departed BBC Towers after doing a round of interviews ahead of her last ever marathon run in London in April.

    Paula Radcliffe

    "I can be competitive for me, in terms of being able to put in the training and do the distance." said Radcliffe, 41, when asked about her hopes for the race.

    "But I don't have any illusions that I'll be as competitive as in the past. My foot doesn't work as it used to but I can run pain free."

  97. Swans Gomis bill

    Football gossip

    Daily Telegraph: Swansea will have to pay £8m in signing-on fees to striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 29, if he leaves the club this month. Gomis joined Swansea on a Bosman free transfer in the summer and the Welsh club agreed to pay him an £8 million signing-on fee, payable over his four-year contract.

  98. Get involved - penalty capers

    We are asking for your thoughts on Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas's controversial penalty at Goodison Park last night.

    Simon Kimbrell: When your regular penalty taker has a 14 out of 15 success rate then it doesn't matter who you are, put your ego away and let the guy take it.

    Mark Yeldham: Kasami was fined for the same thing Vs Chelsea in the league cup. Missed and Fulham went out on pens ironically

    Andrew Braid: You'd only describe Mirallas' decision to take the penalty as wrong because he missed. If he scored it would have been right.

    Chris Robertson: I'm livid because I have Baines in my fantasy team!

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  99. Capello future unclear


    Fabio Capello's future as Russia's coach is in doubt after a deadline to pay him seven months of unpaid wages expired.

    Fabio Capello

    The veteran Italian coach last received his wages in June amid financial problems at the Russian Football Union. Russian authorities had set a deadline of 19 January for him to be paid before pursuing possible legal action.

  100. Boco leaves Chesterfield for India


    Here's a move you don't see every day ... Chesterfield midfielder Romuald Boco has left the League One club to join Indian side Bharat FC.

    The 29-year-old Benin international joined the Spireites in the summer on non-contract terms and scored one goal in 19 appearances.

    Romy Boco

    Chief executive Chris Turner told the club website: "I feel Romy has let Paul Cook down as he gave him a chance to play football when nobody wanted him.

    "Contract offers were made to him, but he decided to turn them down."

  101. Baggies at the double

    Football gossip


    The Sun: West Brom are ready to more than double striker Saido Berahino's wage to keep the 21-year-old at the Hawthorns.

  102. Squash, but not as we know it

    Want to enliven your morning a little? Then take a look at this video.

    BBC Sport

    It features Egyptian squash player Kanzy El Defrawy diving across court for four consecutive shots in a desperate bid to win a rally against France's Camille Serme at the Tournament of Champions in New York.

    Her knees must have been a right state afterwards.

  103. Get involved - penalty capers

    So then, we've done quite a bit of work so far, so much in fact our fingers are hurting.

    We could do with a little help, which is where you come in.

    As it seems to be the big talking point today, we want your thoughts on Everton midfielder Kevin Mirallas's penalty and substitution at Goodison Park last night.

    Was the Belgian right to take the pen or should he have left it to Leighton Baines? Everton ended up drawing the game 0-0.

    Let us know at #bbcsportsday or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  104. Brabin joins Everton


    Gary Brabin has left his position as manager of Conference club Southport to take a coaching role at Everton.

    The 44-year-old Toffees fan, who had been in charge of the Sandgrounders since October, will be part of the coaching staff up to under-21 level at Goodison Park.

    Paul Carden, who had been Brabin's assistant, will now take charge of Southport, who lie 20th in the table.

    Meanwhile, Southport's Conference game with Braintree this evening has been postponed because of a frozen pitch.

  105. Milan mocked


    AC Milan have been mocked on social media over reports that they have sold their luxurious team bus to cut costs.

    Italian media reported that the seven-times European champions had sold the vehicle for £114,800 in a bid to save £150,000 a year in costs.

    One Twitter user posted a photo-shopped picture of the Milan players standing by the side of a motorway behind chief executive Adriano Galliani, who was holding a sign which read "Rome".


    Another posted a picture of a tram with the caption "exclusive pictures of AC Milan arriving at San Siro."

  106. Schurrle price haggle

    Football gossip

    Andre Schurrle

    Daily Mail: Bundesliga club Wolfsburg are ready to pay £23m for forward Andre Schurrle, 24, but Chelsea want £30m.

  107. Franks joins Irish

    Rugby Union

    London Irish have announced the signing of New Zealand World Cup winner Ben Franks.

    Prop Franks, 30, has agreed a three-year deal and will join Irish from the Wellington-based Hurricanes.

    He has won 42 caps and was part of New Zealand's 2011 World Cup-winning squad.

  108. Tuesday's back pages


    Brendan Rodgers talks about how his relationship with Jose Mourinho has changed since the pair worked together at Chelsea in the Independent. There's also a pic of Mirallas and Baines arguing over the ball ahead of that penalty at Goodison last night.

  109. Wozniacki's Gerrard regret

    Tennis, and footie too!

    World number eight and self-confessed Liverpool fanatic Caroline Wozniacki has lamented the departure of another number eight - describing Steven Gerrard's impending exit from the Merseyside club as "sad".

    The Liverpool skipper announced earlier in the month that he was moving to Major Soccer League champions Los Angeles Galaxy in the summer.

    Caroline Wozniacki

    "I'm obviously sad. I think Stevie has done so much for the team over the years," Wozniacki told reporters after opening her Australian Open campaign with a 7-6 6-2 victory over American Taylor Townsend.

    "He's a legend. I'm going to have my Stevie G jerseys hanging somewhere. I'll have to make a trip probably to L.A. to watch him again."

    Wozniacki, former girlfriend of Rory McIlroy's, famously warmed up in a Liverpool shirt signed by Gerrard before a match at the 2011 Qatar Open.

  110. Hummels - 'I'm staying'

    Football gossip

    Germany international defender Mats Hummels, 26, has disappointed Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea by saying he wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund, reports the Daily Star.

  111. Tuesday's back pages

    The Times

    The Times talks rugby union and the news that Manu Tuliagi is a doubt for England's Six Nations campaign, his recovery from a groin injury progressing more slowly than expected.

  112. Williams marches on


    Play is still going on Down Under at the Australian Open and one of the big guns has just begun her quest for the title in typically emphatic fashion.

    Serena Williams

    Serena Williams, an 18-time Grand Slam winner, breezed past Alison van Uytvanck 6-0 6-4 in 64 minutes.

    She's into the second round, though despite her standing in the game, Williams hasn't got a great recent record in Australia - she has not been beyond the last eight since 2010.

  113. Toothless Tiger

    One of the more light-hearted stories of the day - well, not for Tiger Woods but certainly for the rest of us - concerns the American superstar golfer and his rather painful brush with a camera.

    Tiger Woods

    The former world number one golfer decided to surprise his girlfriend of two years Lindsey Vonn by turning up to watch her compete in a World Cup alpine skiing event in Italy. But then things took a turn for the worse.

    "During a crush of photographers at the awards' podium, a media member with a shoulder-mounted video camera pushed and surged towards the stage, turned and hit Tiger Woods in the mouth," his agent Mark Steinberg said. "Woods's tooth was knocked out by the incident."

    Ouch. On the upside Vonn won so at least she was smiling.

  114. Rangers - latest developments


    Some breaking news from Glasgow Rangers this morning.

    Just 12 hours after Kenny McDowall tendered his resignation as caretaker manager of Rangers for "personal reasons", the goings-on at boardroom level have taken another twist.


    Sandy Easdale, who is chairman of the club's football board, has strengthened his stake in the club with the purchase of just over one million ordinary shares.

    Easdale's purchase comes against a backdrop of financial turmoil at Ibrox. It's a complicated story to say the least, but you can read the latest here.

  115. Tuesday's back pages

    Daily Express

    Manchester United have slapped a £50m price tag on keeper David De Gea, according to the Daily Express, to try and ward off interest from Real Madrid. And in a goalie-heavy back page, there is also a story suggesting Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will pick Thibaut Courtois ahead of Petr Cech in tonight's League Cup semi against Liverpool.

  116. Victorious Vaughan

    Cheeky little tweet about the cricket from Michael Vaughan: Cheers India. Lovely touch today getting the @ECB_cricket back into fine form....

  117. Palace bid for left-back

    BBC Wales Sport: Crystal Palace make an improved £4.5m bid for Swansea City's Wales left-back Neil Taylor after the Swans rejected an initial £3m offer.

  118. England stroll home


    Well that didn't take long.

    England, in sublime one-day form - and it's not too often we've been able to say that in recent times - have just wrapped up a remarkably straightforward victory over India in the ODI tri-series.

    Chasing India's 153 all out, England reached their target in just 27.3 overs, Ian Bell finishing unbeaten on 88 and James Taylor hitting 56.


  119. Tuesday's back pages

    The Sun

    No surprise that The Sun have gone with the Everton Kevin Mirallas penalty row. As we've already mentioned, the Belgian refused to give the ball to regular taker Leighton Baines during the goalless draw with West Brom ... then promptly missed, and was subbed at half-time.

  120. 'Substitution not related'


    All the focus after the Everton game was on the penalty, not the game.

    Kevin Mirallas was substituted at half-time, but Toffees boss Roberto Martinez insisted it was nothing to do with the spot kick row.

    "Kevin felt his hamstring was getting sensitive. It was a precaution," the Everton boss told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "They are not related. The talking point is because we missed it."

  121. Spot of bother


    No doubting what the big story in football is from overnight ... the give-us-that-ball, not-a-chance-mate-I'm-having-it row from Goodison Park.

    Kevin Mirallas

    Kevin Mirallasinsisted on taking a penalty during Everton's goalless draw with West Brom, despite the fact regular pen taker Leighton Baines was on the pitch.

    Embarrassingly for Mirallas, and very annoyingly for Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, the Belgian dragged it wide.

    Bet it was awkward in the dressing room afterwards.

  122. Radcliffe set for last marathon