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Steve Canavan and Mike Whalley

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  1. And finally...

    And with that, I'll bring Sportsday to a close. Just one bizarre story before I go, though, and it relates to tonight's cup tie at White Hart Lane.

    The Daily Mail stumbled across an almighty error in today's Irish Independent, which managed to name a predicted Sheffield United line-up for tonight that included Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, QPR centre-back Rio Ferdinand and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.

    As a sometime sub-editor myself, I know exactly how easy - and embarrassing - that sort of error can be. Sympathies to the Irish Independent's production desk.

    Enjoy the football tonight, whether you're following Tottenham v Sheffield United or Gabon v Congo. We'll be back with Sportsday at 08:00 GMT tomorow. See you then.

  2. Adebayor captains Tottenham

    Tottenham v Sheff Utd (19:45 GMT)

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    Premier League Tottenham and League One Sheffield United go head-to-head in tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final first leg, and we've some breaking team news for you.

    Emmanuel Adebayor - who appeared as a substitute as Spurs beat Sunderland 2-1 in the league on Saturday - starts his first game for his club since 2 November and captains the side. Michel Vorm is in goal. There's a dedicated live text commentary under way on that game on the BBC Sport website - Gary Rose is your host.

  3. Get involved - favourite forward lines

    Well, I turn my back for 10 minutes to look at the rugby union news, and you've all piled in with your favourite forward lines. Thanks for sending these in throughout the day.

    Gareth Thomas: How about Graeme Sharp and Andy Gray as a front two - what an aerial presence they were at Everton!

    Davey R: The 1987-88 Liverpool line of Barnes, Beardsley, Aldridge, Houghton: best attacking line-up I've ever watched.

    Joe Hennon: Sutton, Hartson, Larsson and Moravcic for Celtic. We won't see their equals again anytime soon.

  4. Gatland v Farrell - round two

    Rugby Union

    Andy Farrell

    England coach Andy Farrell - who worked with Gatland on the last British and Irish Lions tour - has responded to those comments today with a touch of bemusement.

    Farrell told BBC Sport: "I'm quite surprised actually. He's thrown all his grenades two-and-a-half weeks out. I don't know what he's going to talk about for the next two weeks.

    "He's just trying to direct stuff off his own team and that's what he always does, and by you asking the question now, he thinks he's won, he's laughing at us all!"

  5. Gatland v Farrell - round one

    Rugby Union

    Waren Gatland

    There is still more than two weeks to go before Wales and England get the Six Nations started, but already the verbal punching has begun.

    Wales coach Warren Gatland hit a few jabs at a press conference on Tuesday, suggesting that England are unsure about their best midfield combination or how they want to play the game, and may not be brave enough to agree to the Millennium Stadium roof being closed because of the heated atmosphere it created when Stuart Lancaster's side fell to a 30-3 defeat in Cardiff two years ago.

    Here's what Gatland said: "I'm interested to see whether they want to keep the roof open or closed because the atmosphere was pretty electric that night. So they may decide to leave the roof open to try to dampen down the atmosphere the crowd can bring.

    "I hope they want to close it and are prepared to accept that challenge, but we'll wait and see. Probably teams will come and kick the leather off [the ball] against us because it's one way to play against us. So we expect England to kick everything."

  6. Edgar joins Huddersfield on loan


    David Edgar

    Birmingham City defender David Edgar has joined Championship rivals Huddersfield Town on loan until the end of the season.

    The 27-year-old has made 19 appearances for Blues this season, but only three of those have come since Gary Rowett took over as manager in October.

  7. Gervinho gets two-match ban


    Ivory Coast forward Gervinhohas been given a two-match ban following his sending off during Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Guinea.

    Gervinho said sorry after striking Naby Keita and will now miss his country's final Group D fixtures.

  8. Get involved - favourite forward lines

    We've been asking for your favourite forward lines today. This does not have to be just a pairing - you can throw in the wide men and playmakers too. Get in touch at #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Paul G Oliver: Cole and Beardsley in Newcastle's first season in Premier League under Keegan. Happy days!

    Chris Smith: Best attack has to be Jamie Cureton and Martin Butler at Reading during the 2000-2001 season.

    Josh Brannan: Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo for Real Madrid - they score amazing goals!

  9. Vince innings 'just the start'


    James Vince's crucial century for the England Lions could be the first step in the Hampshire batsman fulfilling his potential at international level, says his county captain Jimmy Adams.

    The 23-year-old made 152 not out, his first century for England's second-string side, to secure a draw against South Africa A in Bloemfontein.

    "That knock will do him wonders," Vince told BBC Radio Solent. "It will be a huge fillip for him and a platform to go on to bigger things."

  10. Swansea plan to buy stadium - report

    Football gossip

    Liberty Stadium

    Swansea City are preparing an attempt to buy the Liberty Stadium from the local council, according to Wales Online.

    The site reports that the club, who moved into the stadium in 2005, are in a strong financial position to consider the purchase thanks to their Premier League status.

  11. Red-card chaos avoidable - Abbott


    Notts County assistant boss Greg Abbott thinks Kwame Thomas may not have been sent off against Doncaster if referee Richard Clark had realised the striker had already been cautioned.

    Thomas was booked for leaving the pitch too slowly during Tuesday's 0-0 draw. But Clark only realised it was a second yellow when Thomas was in the dugout, having been replaced by Billy Daniels.

    "In hindsight the ref - maybe - would have thought twice if he had known," Abbott told BBC Radio Nottingham. "In defence of the referee, if he had realised it was his second one he would have run over and ushered him off without the card. I have never seen a sending-off like that.

  12. Striker apology for red card


    Ivory Coast's Gervinho has apologised for being sent off in his team's opening game at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Gervinho wrote on Twitter that he wanted to say sorry to his country, his teammates, fans and tournament organisers for his "angry gesture".


    The Roma forward was shown a straight red after hitting a Guinea player in an off-the-ball scuffle early in the second half of the 1-1 draw.

    Gervinho says the reaction was "not like me" and conceded it has "no place on the football field".

  13. Get involved - Favourite forward lines

    We've been asking for your favourite forward lines today. This does not have to be just a pairing - you can throw in the wide men and playmakers too. Get in touch at #bbcsportsday and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Mamadi Sirleaf: Hazard, Sow and Gervinho was a trio for Lille who destroyed defences and scored incredible goals in French League 1 during 2010/2011.

    Mo: Man Utd in 1999 had Yorke, Cole, Beckham, Giggs. Could two strikers ask for any better service along with their telepathic chemistry?

    Ian: Frank Worthington and Alan Gowling.

    One for all you Bolton fans of a certain vintage, that last one.

  14. Saxons call-up 'rewards' Pennell

    Rugby Union

    Chris Pennell

    Worcester Warriors head coach Carl Hogg believes full-back Chris Pennell's inclusion in the England Saxons squad to face Ireland Wolfhounds is fitting reward for his performances this season.

    Pennell won his first England cap in New Zealand last summer and was assured that playing in the Championship following Worcester's relegation would not affect his international future.

    "It's a good opportunity for him to put his hand up again in Saxons colours," said Hogg.

  15. Get involved - mid-season football friendlies

    Greg Nouveau: If you have a large enough squad, then mid-season friendlies can only be a good thing?

  16. Shut-out at the Cup of Nations


    Javier Balboa

    All over in the day's first Africa Cup of Nations Group A game in Bata. And guess what? It's yet another draw. Hosts Equatorial Guinea were held 0-0 by Burkina Faso, in what was the sixth stalemate in nine matches so far at the tournament. The day's second game, between Gabon and Congo, gets under way in Bata at 19:00 GMT.

  17. Kramaric excited by Leicester move


    Andrej Kramaric

    Leicester City's £9m signing Andrej Kramaric has been telling BBC East Midlands Today why he opted to join the Foxes instead of Premiership leaders Chelsea when he left Croatian side HNK Rijeka.

    He describes Jose Mourinho's side as "the biggest team in the Premier League", but believes his first-team opportunities would have been limited at Stamford Bridge.

    "I think I will play much more here and I hope we will stay in the Premier League," the Croatia international striker explains.

  18. Get involved


    Matt Harper: So clubs/players moan about not having a winter break, Man City have a few days off and go play a game in Abu Dhabi. Strange.

    OK, what do you think about this? Are clubs wrong to play mid-season friendlies abroad? Or is a bit of warm-weather training - perhaps with a practice match attached - the right way to keep players ticking over during January?

  19. O'Brien extends Leicestershire deal


    Niall O'Brien

    Leicestershire wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien has signed a new contract which keeps him at Grace Road until the end of the 2016 season.

    The 33-year-old Ireland international joined from Northants for the 2013 season, and has been a consistent performer despite a turbulent time for the club on and off the pitch - with the team not having won a Championship game in two seasons.

    O'Brien said: "It's a new dawn and I am very pleased to be a part of it."

  20. Appeal from Rangers director


    Rangers director Sandy Easdale says police are investigating threats made against him amid the acrimonious battle for control of the club.

    Officers are believed to be monitoring his home after internet posts allegedly urged fans to attack his house in a bid to remove him from the club.

    Sandy Easdale

    Easdale, 47, said he had also received threats by email and letter. Last week, several hundred fans protested outside Ibrox stadium against the current Rangers board.

    In a statement released to the BBC, Easdale said: "I have received several threats that are now in the hands of the authorities and I am confident that Police Scotland will get to the bottom of this."

  21. Stalemate in Bata


    Bakary Kone

    No goals yet in today's first Africa Cup of Nations match between hosts Equatorial Guinea and 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso in Bata. Five of the first eight games at this year's tournament have ended 1-1. Are we on course for another draw here? James Gheerbrant and Andy Cryer have dedicated live text commentary for you on the BBC Sport website.

  22. Man City beat Hamburg


    Manchester City have won their mid-season friendly against Bundesliga strugglers Hamburg 2-0 in Abu Dhabi, and it looked fairly comfortable from what I saw of the second half. Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko scored after the interval for Manuel Pellegrini's side, who return to domestic action when they host Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

  23. Summerhayes takes historic silver

    Winter Sports

    Katie Summerhayes

    Sheffield's Katie Summerhayes has created a piece of history at the Freestyle World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria.

    The 19-year-old is the first British female skier to win a medal in the event's history after earning a silver in the ski slopestyle final behind Germany's Lisa Zimmerman took gold.

    Summerhayes' response on Twitter consisted of three letters and six exclamation marks: "OMG!!!!!!" You can take it that she's very pleased.

  24. Players abandon Women's World Cup legal action


    Leading women footballers have abandoned their legal action over the use of artificial pitches at this year's Women's World Cup in Canada.

    A case claiming sexism against the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and world governing body Fifa has been withdrawn at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

    "The legal action has ended," says United States striker Abby Wambach, who has called for fairer treatment of women's sport.

  25. Irish's Paice given three-week ban

    Rugby Union

    David Paice

    London Irish hooker David Paice has been suspended for three weeks after being sent off for a headbutt in the 43-41 win over Grenoble on Saturday.

    Paice was alleged to have struck Grenoble full-back Julien Caminati with his head, an incident which saw him sent off by referee Dudley Phillips.

    The 31-year-old will be free to return to action on 9 February.

    Paice, who has the right to appeal, pleaded not guilty at a disciplinary hearing in Dublin.

  26. Man City lead Hamburg


    Edin Dzeko

    Manchester City are leading 2-0 against Hamburg in their mid-season friendly in Abu Dhabi. Edin Dzeko has just scored a stylish second goal to add to Stevan Jovetic's opener. There are around 10 minutes left there.

  27. South Africa demolish West Indies


    South Africa have beaten West Indies by nine wickets in the third one-day international in East London. Imran Tahir took 4-24 as the tourists were skittled out for 122, before Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis knocked off most of South Africa's successful reply in under 25 overs. Victory gives South Africa a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

  28. Steinsson takes new Fleetwood role


    Fleetwood Town have appointed former Bolton and Iceland full-back Gretar Steinsson as technical director.


    The 33-year-old has been working in the Netherlands at AZ Alkmaar since ending his playing career in September 2013 because of a knee injury.

    "Gretar will bring a great level of professionalism and shares the same ambitions and aspirations," said chairman Andy Pilley.

  29. Ince fee agreed


    Hull City have announced a compensation package has been agreed with Blackpool for the signing of Tom Ince, without the need for a tribunal.

    Tom Ince

    Steve Bruce's Premier League side will pay up to £2.3m for the 22-year-old, who signed for the club on a two-year deal in the summer.

  30. Fisher reels in the birdies in Doha


    Oliver Fisher in first-round action at the Qatar Masters

    England's Oliver Fisher, the 26-year-old world number 206 from Essex, recorded a first-round 65 to lead the Qatar Masters by a shot.

    Fisher carded eight birdies, including three in a row from the 16th, and one bogey in his seven-under-par round in Doha to lead from Spaniard Rafa Cabrera-Bello, with 11 players a shot further back, including former Open champions Paul Lawrie and Ernie Els.

  31. League Cup semi-final 1st-leg preview

    Tottenham v Sheffield United (19:45 GMT)

    There are 15 players to have represented both teams over the years.

    If you want to try and name them, stop reading now.

    If you can't be bothered joining in what admittedly isn't a very fun quiz, carry on... Joe Walton, John Blair, Jack Chisholm, George Hutchinson, Jim Iley, Martin Peters, Andy Keeley, Simon Webster, Hans Segers, David Tuttle, Roger Nilsen, Michael Brown, Mark Yeates, Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton.

  32. Get involved


    We're asking for your favourite forward lines. This does not need to be merely a pairing, we want the widemen and playmakers too. Keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Jonathan: Pugh, Ritchie, Pitman and Wilson. Highest scoring team in all four leagues - deadly this season.

    Deepak Mistry: Best attack - Benzema, Ronaldo, Bale.

  33. Saints sign Leicester's Gibson

    Rugby Union

    Northampton Saints have signed flanker Jamie Gibson from East Midlands rivals Leicester Tigers for next season.

    The 24-year-old was named in England's squad in the summer of 2012, but is yet to make his international debut.

    "Jamie's shown at London Irish, Leicester and in England representative teams that he has a big future," said Saints boss Jim Mallinder.

  34. Cipriani savours England return

    Rugby Union

    Danny Cipriani on his recall to the England training squad: " I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to join up with the squad next week and look forward to training with them and developing my game.

    Danny Cipriani

    "It's a great chance for me to prove myself and hopefully get a chance to represent my country again. I would like to thank everyone at Sale Sharks for helping me make this happen."

  35. City friendly all square

    Manchester City FC: HALF-TIME: It's 0-0 in Abu Dhabi between City and Hamburg. Few chances but a flurry of activity towards the end of the half.

    The City starting 11, incidentally, is: Caballero, Sagna, Boyata, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernando, Lampard, Milner, Barker, Jovetic, Dzeko.

  36. 'We can catch Mercedes'

    Formula 1

    Williams are hoping the momentum gained from last season will help them push Mercedes to the wire this year.

    After unveiling their new car earlier today, chief technical officer Pat Symonds said: "I hope as a team we are more capable of maintaining the forward momentum to catch Mercedes than the teams behind us are of catching us.

    "It's about the team and every individual that works here moving forward and improving."

    Following the worst campaign in the team's history in 2013, when they scored just five points, Williams conjured an impressive turnaround in 2014, finishing with a vastly-improved 320 points, including nine podium finishes.

  37. Fresh funds for Madrid


    A Chinese conglomerate has bought a 20 per cent stake in Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.

    The Dalian Wanda Group purchased the stake for £34.4m.

    A statement from the club read: "Wanda Group's capital contribution in the club will allow Atletico to significantly shore up its balance sheet, as well as accelerate the growth of its brand globally."

    Diego Simeone

    Atletico, coached by Argentinian Diego Simeone since 2011, won their first La Liga title in 18 years last season and also got to the Champions League final before losing to Real Madrid.

  38. 'Eliminate the errors'


    Hull City's Ahmed Elmohamady says the team must eradicate the mistakes that have been costing them dearly in the Premier League in recent weeks.

    "At Premier League level, you can't afford to be making mistakes but unfortunately they sometimes happen in football," Elmohamady told the Hull website.

    Hull City

    "Every goal can be traced back to a mistake and what we have to do is learn from the mistakes that we've made, improve and keep going."

    Hull are third bottom of the Premier League and have won only two of their last 16 games.

  39. Footie under way in Africa


    The African Cup of Nations bandwagon rolls on. Equatorial Guinea v Burkina Faso has just kicked off. It's 0-0 with seven minutes gone - you can follow live BBC text commentary here.

    There's also a game at 19:00 GMT, Gabon v Congo.

  40. Nice day for a cycle

    Alistair Brownlee

    "Who would have thought ski goggles are the ultimate cycling accessory? Nice to ride in a blizzard once in a while," tweets current Olympic, European and Commonwealth champion Alistair Brownlee.

  41. Winger feigns injury

    Rugby Union

    Toulouse wing Yoann Huget has received a formal warning for feigning injury during his team's European Champions Cup defeat against Bath last Sunday.

    European Professional Club Rugby said the warning was issued by match citing commissioner John Charles.

    France international Huget was seen to perform a blatant dive in an attempt to gain a penalty for foul play during the Pool Four clash, which Bath won 35-18 at Stade Ernest Wallon.

  42. Get involved


    We're asking for your favourite forward lines. This does not need to be merely a pairing, we want the widemen and playmakers too. Keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Chris Schrouder: Newcastle Utd, Shearer and Ferdinand with Beardsley sitting just behind.

    Ged Lynam: At first I thought this is a no brainer - Rush & Dalglish - but then I remembered Barnes, Beardsley and Aldridge.

  43. 'Sledging no worse now' - Anderson


    England bowler James Anderson insists sledging in cricket is no worse in the modern game than in previous years.

    Australia's David Warner clashed with Rohit Sharma last week when he told the India batsman to "speak English".

    The International Cricket Council has warned that on-field spats will not be tolerated at the World Cup next month.

    England v India last summer

    But Anderson said: "I don't think at the moment there is any more sledging than there's been in the history of cricket - it's gone on for years."

  44. City kick off ... on the other side of the world


    Seems a bit odd to be playing yet another game in an already busy season, but Manchester City have just kicked off against Hamburg in a friendly in Abu Dhabi.

    Both clubs are in the United Arab Emirates for a spot of warm weather training.

    City striker Stevan Jovetic tweeted this pic, with the message: 'Game time, and what a great stadium'.

  45. 'Moderately optimistic' over Eto'o


    Sampdoria are optimistic Samuel Eto'o will join them this month, despite the Cameroon forward failing so far to reach an agreement with Everton to leave the club.

    The 33-year-old has reportedly agreed an 18-month contract with Samp and is willing to reduce his wages by 40 per cent in order to return to Italy.

    Samuel Eto'o

    However, the former Barcelona star remains contracted to Everton until June 2016 and the Toffees want to find a replacement for him before any deal is concluded.

    "Our agreement with Eto'o has almost been finalised," said Sampdoria sporting director Carlo Osti. "It might take a day more than expected, but we are moderately optimistic and hope he can arrive as soon as possible."

  46. 'I drank to excess' - Johnson


    American Dustin Johnson denies he has had a drug problem but admits "drinking to excess" is an issue he had to address.

    In July, the 30-year-old said he was taking time out from the game to confront "personal challenges" and as a result missed the Ryder Cup.

    It was reported by that Johnson was serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine.

    "I did not have a problem," he told Sports Illustrated magazine when asked specifically about the drug. "I have issues. But that's not the issue."

    Dustin Johnson

    He added: "Like everyone I'm tested regularly by the Tour and as far as that's concerned ... I haven't failed anything. I would drink and drink to excess. The change I made is I just don't do that any more."

  47. Jolley set for Newport exit

    Football gossip

    BBC Wales: Newport will pay the rest of transfer-listed forward Christian Jolley's contract and allow him to leave for free, says manager Justin Edinburgh.

  48. League Cup semi-final 1st-leg preview

    Tottenham v Sheffield United (19:45 GMT)

    Sheffield United head to White Hart Lane hoping to claim their sixth Premier League scalp in the space of 12 months as they bid to reach the League Cup final for the first time in their history.

    The Blades have enjoyed previous trips to London under Nigel Clough, upsetting the odds away at Fulham, West Ham and Queens Park Rangers.

  49. Mouse in midfield


    It is not only new signings that Manchester United are thinking about this month - they're also preoccupied with rodents.

    According to the Daily Mail, the club is dealing with a mice infestation at Old Trafford.

    The paper says it has seen a hygiene report which reveals the club is 'working with pest control contractors to monitor problems with rodents in the North and South stands'.

    It is certainly true that mice have been spotted on the pitch before, even during games. The one below, for instance - and apologies for those with a mouse phobia - was running around during a Premier League match between the Red Devils and Bolton in 2008. Fortunately he avoided the studs of 22 grown men and lived to tell the tale.

    Mouse Manchester United
  50. West Ham's £2m bid for Scot


    Hamilton full-back Stephen Hendrie has been the subject of an offer in excess of £2m from West Ham, BBC Scotland reveals.

    Hendrie, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is a Scotland Under-21 international who has made more than 100 appearances for Hamilton since breaking into the first team in 2011.

    Hamilton full-back Stephen Hendrie
  51. 11 balls deflated claim

    American Football

    The NFL says it is continuing to investigate New England Patriots amid claims 11 balls were deflated in a win that sent them to the Super Bowl.

    "We're still awaiting findings," said Troy Vincent, an executive with American football's governing body.

    The Patriots beat Indianapolis 45-7 in driving rain and flat balls are said to be easier to catch in wet conditions.

    Tom Brady (12) of the New England Patriots hands the ball off to LeGarrette Blount

    Eleven of the Patriots' 12 allotted game footballs were under-inflated, said a report by ESPN.

  52. Ballboy's spot-kick heroics


    Heard the one about the ball-boy who saved a penalty? You're about to.

    Ballboy penalty save

    A 12-year-old called Stephan White has become something of a cult hero after telling Chinese keeper Wang Dalei which way to dive before he faced a penalty from Saudi Arabia's Naif Hazazi. Dalei saved it, and crucial it was too as China won their AFC Asian Cup group stage match in Brisbane 1-0.

    White, an Aussie, was surrounded by media and even invited to meet the Chinese team after his intervention.

    His mother Suzie has revealed that her son has been selected as ballboy again for tomorrow's quarter-final between Australia and China... but that he has been told he will not be stationed behind either goal in case of another penalty being awarded.

    Watch the video here.

  53. Eagles swooping

    Football gossip

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew hopes to complete two signings after expressing an interest in Bolton midfielder Lee Chung-yong and Hoffenheim striker Anthony Modeste, reports The Times.

  54. 5 live Sport

    19:00 GMT

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch from 19:00 GMT comes live from White Hart Lane for that semi-final between Spurs and Sheffield United, with commentary from Ian Dennis and summaries from former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas.

  55. League Cup semi-final 1st-leg preview

    Tottenham v Sheffield United (19:45 GMT)

    Paul Gascoigne

    Right then. Let's turn our attention to tonight's second Capital One Cup semi-final between Tottenham and Sheffield United.

    The first game between Liverpool and Chelsea was a belter, so let's hope for more of the same. Kick off is 19:45 GMT. Here's the first of a few facts and stats to get you in the mood...

    The great Paul Gascoigne remains the only Spurs player to have scored more than three goals in a League Cup match. The midfield maestro scored four in a 5-0 home win over Hartlepool in September 1990.

  56. 'Let's make Yorkshire the best'

    Road Cycling

    Organisers of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire are convinced the race has the capability to become the number one short tour on the international cycling calendar.

    Tour de France Yorkshire

    The three-day event is a direct legacy of last summer's spectacularly successful Tour de France Grand Depart in the county.

    Bridlington will host the start of the first stage on May 1, while the race - whose route will re-trace some sections of that used for the Tour de France - finishes in Leeds on May 3.

    Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome To Yorkshire, said: "Our aspiration for this is clear, and that is to make it the best race of its kind in the world."

  57. Gunners to swoop again?

    Football gossip

    Arsenal are set to complete a second signing of the day, according to according to Spanish news outlet El Largueroa.

    After bringing in teenage midfielder Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw earlier in the day, it is claimed that Arsene Wenger will also complete the signing of Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista, a 24-year-old Brazilian, in a deal worth £15m.

  58. Goal and a half


    Now here's a sentence you don't see too often - Macclesfield Town have gone viral.

    Or, to be more accurate, striker Waide Fairhurst.

    A video of Fairhurst scoring a cracking goal against Kidderminster racked up more than 120,000 views just an hour or so after being put online, and has made headlines all over the world.

    Macclesfield Town

    Want to see it? Then head to Macc's site here.

  59. 'The last taboo in sport'

    The impact of sportswomen's menstrual cycle on performance is "the last taboo" in sport, says former British tennis number one Annabel Croft.

    Croft told BBC Radio 5 live that women "suffer in silence" on the subject. Her comments came after British number one Heather Watson's Australian Open first-round defeat, in which she admitted to feeling unwell.

    Watson told BBC Sport: "I think it's just one of these things that I have, girl things."

    Heather Watson

    The 22-year-old said she suffered from dizziness, nausea, low energy levels and spells of feeling light-headed as she lost 6-4 6-0 to Bulgaria's world number 52 Tsvetana Pironkova.

  60. 'Miracle' Derby return buoys Barker


    Derby County club captain Shaun Barker has described his return to first-team training after nearly three years out injured as "not far off a miracle".

    Barker dislocated his right kneecap and damaged ligaments against Nottingham Forest in March 2012 but always said the injury would not end his career.

    Shaun Barker

    He trained with the first team on Tuesday and told BBC Radio Derby: "I'm delighted but still unfulfilled.

    "It's only half a job done, but to get to this stage isn't far off a miracle."

  61. Bristol Academy make triple signing


    Wales internationals Hayley Ladd, Nadia Lawrence and Sharla Passariello have signed for Women's Super League side Bristol Academy for the 2015 season.

    Ladd, 21, is a former Arsenal and Coventry City utility player, while forward Lawrence, 25, has signed for the Vixens after a spell in Iceland. Passariello, 23, came through Bristol's youth team but has spent the last four years playing in the USA for South Florida Bulls.

  62. Walking in a Rochdale wonderland


    Ian Cheeseman at Rochdale

    BBC Radio Manchester's Ian Cheeseman discovers a wintry scene at Rochdale's Spotland Stadium, where it was a case of spot the grass.

    "Just been to Rochdale to try help clear the snow, can't do it while falling! Volunteers needed at 9am tomorrow!"

  63. DJ Campbell interview


    More from the BBC's exclusive interview with former Premier League striker DJ Campbell, currently playing for Conference side Maidenhead, who admits he was close to retiring following allegations of match fixing which were dropped last week.

    "What stopped me? My family, my friends," he says. "Me as well - thinking deep. This is what I have been doing I have been for years, this is what gave me the life I live, this is what has made my family happy, this is what made me happy.

    "So to throw it all away for something that I worked so hard for was tough to think of. But I have overcome the decision to retire."

  64. England Lions draw series in South Africa


    England Lions drew their second unofficial Test, and the series, against South Africa A after Hampshire batsman James Vince made a superb unbeaten 152.

    Resuming 61 ahead on 212-4, the tourists reached 402-7 before the teams shook hands on a draw in Bloemfontein.

  65. One more January target for Jackett

    Football gossip

    Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett says that the promotion-chasing Championship club are looking to make one more signing - probably a striker - before the transfer window closes again on 2 February.

    "I wouldn't say we're close, "Jackett told BBC WM. "But we're looking hard and we've talked to several possibilities. If the right player comes up in a forward position, there may be one."

    Jackett was speaking at a Football Forum hosted by BBC WM at Molineux on Tuesday night. Lengthy extracts can be heard this Friday evening on BBC WM on 95.6 FM, DAB and online (19:00 GMT).

  66. Peltier linked with Cardiff switch

    Football gossip

    BBC Wales: Huddersfield defender Lee Peltier is expected to travel to Cardiff in the next 48 hours to discuss a possible move to the Bluebirds.

  67. Del Potro has second wrist operation


    Juan Martin del Potro

    Juan Martin del Potro has undergone surgery on his left wrist for a second time.

    The former US Open champion made his return to the tour earlier this month after surgery last March.

    He wrote on Twitter (with his good hand): "A few hours ago I was in Australia, today at the Mayo Clinic. As recommended by my doctor.."

  68. Mason back with Bluebirds


    BBC Wales: Striker Joe Mason returns to Cardiff after loan deal at Bolton is cancelled by mutual agreement. He will have treatment on hamstring injury.

  69. Reid re-joins Plymouth on loan


    Bristol City midfielder Bobby Reid has re-joined Plymouth Argyle on loan until the end of the season.

    It will be the 21-year-old's third spell on loan at the club after only to

  70. MPs to assess FA files on World Cup bid


    The Football Association's files relating to its 2018 World Cup bid will be handed over to a group of MPs to scrutinise.

    Speaking at a meeting of the campaign group 'New Fifa Now' in Brussels, the former sports minister, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, confirmed that the FA had agreed to hand over a number of specific files to the culture, media and sport select committee.

    Last year, the Sunday Times alleged that England 2018 executives compiled a database of rumours and intelligence - gathered by private companies and, significantly, British embassies.

  71. Wilkin takes over as Saints skipper

    Rugby League

    Thoughts from the new St Helens skipper, Jon Wilkin.

    "To follow on from Paul Wellens and Keiron Cunningham - iconic players - comes with a lot of responsibility and pride," he told the club website.

    "The exciting thing for me was that the pages of history for this club going forward are blank. They are yet to be populated with wins, trophies and images."

  72. Saints name new captain

    Rugby League

    Veteran full-back Paul Wellens, who led St Helens to Grand-Final glory three months ago, has been replaced as captain of the club by his former England team-mate Jon Wilkin.

    Paul Wellens

    The 35-year-old Wellens, who is set to start his 18th season with his home-town team, is expected to adopt a reduced playing role in 2015.

    Wilkin, 31, joined Saints from Hull KR in 2002, but missed last season's Grand Final with a shoulder injury.

  73. Ebola risk 'under control'


    The Ebola risk at the Africa Cup of Nations is "under control", says Equatorial Guinea Football Federation president Andres Jorge Mbombio.

    Police and fans clashed during Zambia's 1-1 draw with DR Congo after Ebola screening delayed entry to the ground in Ebebiyin.

    There were also clashes during Ivory Coast's draw with Guinea and Mali's tie against Cameroon on Tuesday in Malabo.

    Despite the wait to enter stadiums, Mbombio claims the threat is contained.

  74. Palace in for midfielder

    Football gossip

    Daily Mail: Crystal Palace are interested in Sevilla's 28-year-old Cameroon midfielder Stephane Mbia, who is available on a free transfer.

  75. Kieswetter to see specialists


    Craig Kieswetter

    A statement from Somerset on the condition of England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter, who has a career-threatening eye injury.

    Director of cricket Matt Maynard: "He will see an eye specialist in Belgium next week, as well as seeing a specialist in the USA. That will hopefully give some indication as to what will happen going forward."

    "Craig has got a lot of years left as a top player but it is important that he makes sure he gets his vision looked after which is why he is seeing the best eye specialists in the world. Hopefully, that will give us a better understanding of the long term prognosis."

    "As a coach I have had to plan that we won't see him for the summer. If the results from the specialists are positive and he feels that he is ready to resume his career before the end of the season then we would be delighted to have him back."

  76. DJ Campbell interview


    DJ Campbell playing for Conference side Maidenhead

    Former Premier League striker DJ Campbell has told the BBC that he was pushed to the brink of retirement and his family were verbally abused, as he fought to clear his name from allegations of match-fixing.

    In his first interview since the Crown Prosecution Service dropped all charges against him last week, Campbell discussed a 'nightmare' 15 months and revealed that he still harbours ambitions to return to the highest level of the game. "There were a few times when I was thinking 'should I pack it all in?' And I was fairly close to doing that," he said.

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    Leigh: The BBC at Cardiff - Bellamy, Bothroyd, Chopra. Supplied by Burke and Whittingham. We have missed this combination ever since.

    Andy Wilson: Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho in the '02 World Cup. Even the Germans couldn't keep them out!

  78. Snow joke


    Fairly easy to see why Oldham's League One game with Rochdale at Boundary Park was called off last night...

    Boundary Park
  79. Pietersen's golden duck


    Kevin Pietersen is bowled first ball

    We told you earlier about Kevin Pietersen's golden duck today for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League. Here is the moment that the bails gleamed.

  80. Wigan McManaman latest

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    "It's understood Wigan Athletic are expected to reject an improved offer from West Bromwich Albion for winger Callum McManaman.

    "The Championship side turned down an bid in the region of £4m for the 23-year-old over the weekend.

    "McManaman is one of a number of January targets manager Tony Pulis is looking at, and is contracted to Wigan until 2017."

  81. Leeds' new chef


    Leeds owner Massimo Cellinocooked the pre-match meal for the players before Tuesday's 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

    The Italian found out on Monday he has been disqualified from having an input in the day-to-day running of the club until 10 April by the Football League.


    The club are currently considering their legal position before potentially lodging an appeal against the decision.

    "No surprises it was pasta but it wasn't bad," head coach Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds. "It was well cooked and we all gave our opinions of it to him and everyone said they liked it.

    "His new role might be club chef."

  82. Nadal's delight


    It is fair to say that five-set victory at the Australian Open meant a lot to Rafael Nadal. Here's how he celebrated at the end.

    Rafael Nadal
  83. Leeds transfer news

    Phil Hay, Yorkshire Evening Post: Sol Bamba is still likely to be Leeds United's first signing. Hearing that Leeds are also looking at Renan Garcia, ex-Sampdoria midfielder. Garcia's a 28-year-old Brazilian currently playing in Dubai.

  84. Naughton set for Swans move


    Kyle Naughton

    BBC Wales report that Tottenham full-back Kyle Naughton is expected in Swansea today to undergo a medical ahead of his £5m move to the Welsh club.

    The Swans are hopeful of completing the deal for the 26-year-old within the next 24 hours and he could be included in the squad to face Blackburn in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday.

  85. Nadal wins an epic


    No one could ever accuse Rafael Nadal of rolling over and giving in.

    Tennis's ultimate warrior has been to the brink and back in his second round match at the Australian Open against American Tim Smyczek but has finally come through, winning in five sets 6-2 3-6 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 7-5.

    Rafael Nadal

    It was a superb contest, Smyczek pushing Nadal all the way - leading 5-4 in the decider at one point - and making the Spaniard struggle badly at times.

    But Nadal - who applauded his opponent off court - makes it to round three, though he'll need to put his feet up tomorrow after what was a titanic struggle.

  86. Rose in touch at Qatar Masters


    Justin Rose plays to the 18th hole at the Qatar Masters

    World number five Justin Rose is two shots off the clubhouse lead set by Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bella at the Qatar Masters in Doha. Rose carded five birdies in a four-under-par 68.

    Defending champion Sergio Garcia, four-time major winner Ernie Els and world number two Henrik Stenson were among the later starters.

  87. First ball dismissal for Pietersen


    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen was bowled for a golden duck but his Melbourne Stars team still enjoyed a three-wicket win at home to Perth Scorchers in the Australian Big Bash.

  88. Sale pair agree deals

    Rugby Union

    Centre Sam Tuitupou and prop Eifion Lewis-Roberts have both agreed new contracts with Sale Sharks.

    The Aviva Premiership club confirmed two-year deals for both players

  89. Chaos at County


    One slightly bizarre story you may have missed from last night - Notts County striker Kwame Thomas was sent off while being substituted in a goalless draw at Doncaster Rovers.

    Thomas, already on a booking, was being replaced by Billy Daniels in the 87th minute when referee Richard Clark showed him a second yellow for going off too slowly.

    Daniels had to be recalled to the bench and in the subsequent melee, County boss Shaun Derry was sent to the stands for protesting.

    Shaun Derry

    Sounds lively.

  90. Nadal match into fifth set


    Rafael Nadal's Australian Open second round clash with American Tim Smyczek is turning into an epic.

    The score is 6-2 3-6 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 3-3, and things are going with serve in the fifth and deciding set.

    Rafael Nadal

    The American has the crowd with him and Nadal, at times, has looked exhausted. But write the Spaniard off at your peril.

    Live text commentary here.

  91. Diamond jubilant at Cipriani return

    Rugby Union

    Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond tells the BBC of his delight at Danny Cipriani's return to the England training squad: "Delighted for both Danny and Ross (Harrison) on their call ups. Richly deserved and it's great for the club too for players to receive international recognition like this."

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    Andy McKellar: Shearer, Sutton, Ripley and Wilcox for Blackburn. Devastating.

    Magic Johnson: Goater, Huckerby and Wanchope.

  93. Weir to make return in London

    Paralympic sport

    Wheelchair racer David Weir

    Six-time Paralympic gold medallist David Weir heads a six-strong Great Britain and Northern Ireland team for the marathon race at the IPC World Championships.

    The 26.2 mile route will be staged on Sunday, 26 April at the London Marathon in advance of the IPC World Championships in Doha this October.

    Weir is a six-time winner of the London race and finished second to Switzerland's Marcel Hug last year before injury forced him out of the European Championship in Swansea.

    He will be joined by London 2012 marathon silver medallist Shelly Woods as well as Jade Jones, Rob Smith, Derek Rae and Simon Lawson.

  94. Red Bull break-in captured

    Formula 1

    Staying with F1 and CCTV footage has been released showing the moment thieves used a 4x4 to smash through the doors of the Red Bull Racing team and steal 60 trophies.

    Red Bull

    About 20 of the trophies were recovered from a lake near Sandhurst a few days after the 6 December break-in, after being spotted by a member of the public.

  95. Williams FW37

    Formula 1

    The new Williams FW37

    An alternative angle for the new Williams FW37. Is this the machine that will bring the team's first world title since 1997?

  96. Celtic eye Nigeria defender


    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence on Twitter: "FC Ashod left back Juwon Oshaniwa tells me Celtic have contacted his club about him. He Played in all four World Cup games in Brazil for Nigeria."

  97. Teenager Bielik joins Arsenal


    Arsenal confirm they have completed the signing of 17-year-old midfielder Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw for an undisclosed fee.

  98. Oshaniwa keen on Celtic move

    Football gossip

    BBC Scotland: "A move to play for Celtic would be a dream come true for me" - Nigeria's Juwon Oshaniwa.

  99. Returning duo with chance to shine - Lancaster

    Rugby Union

    England coach Stuart Lancaster with his thoughts on the returning Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter to his training squad: "It's a chance for Danny to come in and put a marker down.

    "Nick has not been involved before with me. Billy Vunipola was outstanding at the weekend but we need some specialist number eights and Nick, to be fair, has been outstanding and deserves a chance to see if he can replicate that again at international level.

    "They are both are in the mix - and we'll see how they go. We base a lot of our decisions on the training."

  100. Penrith Cup tie falls victim to the snow


    Penrith FC

    A warning for those fans intending to watch Penrith against Morpeth in the Brooks Mileson League Cup tonight - do not travel, it has been postponed because of snow.

  101. Blackburn stand firm on Gestede

    Football gossip

    Rudy Gestede

    Blackburn will not be pressured into selling top-scorer Rudy Gestede, 26, after they turned down an initial offer from Crystal Palace believed to be £3.5m, reports the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

  102. England training squad

    Rugby Union

    Forwards: Dave Attwood (Bath), Calum Clark (Northampton), Dan Cole (Leicester), Alex Corbisiero (Northampton), Nick Easter (Harlequins), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), James Haskell (Wasps), Graham Kitchener (Leicester), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Geoff Parling (Leicester), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), David Wilson (Bath), Tom Wood (Northampton), Tom Youngs (Leicester)

    Danny Cipriani

    Backs: Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Luther Burrell (Northampton), Danny Care (Harlequins), Danny Cipriani (Sale), Kyle Eastmond (Bath), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Jonny May (Gloucester), Stephen Myler (Northampton), Jack Nowell (Exeter), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Ben Youngs (Leicester)

  103. Cipriani & Easter in England training squad

    Rugby Union

    Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter are named in Stuart Lancaster's England training squad for the opening game of the Six Nations against Wales on 6 February.

  104. More issues in Africa


    BBC World Service's Alex South at Afcon: "I've just spoken to a World Health Organisation worker doing the Ebola screening before Tuesday's Group D matches. She says at around 6pm locally between the first and second game there were isolated incidents of fighting between police and fans.

    "She says she was scared and had to come inside the gates to carry out the checks for Ebola. The police once again used tasers and cattle prods to stop the fighting.

    "It is a recurring theme at this tournament."

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    Josh Brannan: Sturridge, Suarez and Sterling had 61 goals between them in the 2013-2014.


    Charlie Gill: Ronaldo, Rooney and Tevez best attack the Premier League ever had and won the Champions League as well.

  106. Today's back pages


    The Daily Telegraph
    Image caption: The Daily Telegraph's sports supplement

    The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter was at Anfield last night to witness a thrilling 1-1 draw between Liverpool and Chelsea and he writes: "It would neither have flattered Liverpool nor been a misleading scoreline had Chelsea returned south trailing at the halfway stage of this thrilling semi-final.

    "Liverpool were so good in the second half, storming towards the Kop, their movement spiced by the running of the effervescent Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho."

  107. Aldershot sack manager Scott


    Aldershot Town have relieved manager Andy Scott and his assistant Terry Bullivant of first-team duties.

    The Shots have only won one of their past nine league games and are currently six points above the Conference relegation zone.

    Aldershot captain Chris Barker will take caretaker charge until a new manager is appointed.

  108. Bouchard through, Nadal struggle goes on


    Eugenie Bouchard

    Rising star Eugenie Bouchard has demolished Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 6-0, 6-3 to power into the Australian Open third round as she hunts for a maiden Grand Slam title.

    Rafael Nadal meanwhile continues to be locked in a titanic struggle with American Tim Smyczek. It's one set each and 6-5 Smyczek in a third set which has so far lasted 70 minutes.

    Live text commentary here.

  109. Can a manager lose a dressing room?


    In his latest BBC Sport column, Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Matt Bloomfield takes issue with the notion that a manager could ever "lose a dressing room".

    He writes: "I can categorically say that I have never known, or heard, about a situation where a squad of players would deliberately not try their best to win games for a manager.

    "I have never experienced players getting together and saying they need to get a manager out, just because they would have a better chance of success under a new one.

    "How would a player know who the new manager would be? How would they know whether a new manager would want them to be part of his plans?"

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    Humphrey: Paul Mariner, Eric Gates and Alan Brazil for the mighty Ipswich - ably assisted by John Wark.

    Adam: Manchester United '99, Cole and Yorke with Teddy and Ole.

  111. South Africa race on the cards

    Formula 1

    Formula 1's long-awaited return to South Africa has taken a step closer to coming to fruition.

    F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone confirmed last month he was "in the middle of trying to do something in South Africa", with the race last on the calendar in 1993.

    Bernie Ecclestone

    In an interview with PA today, Ecclestone added: "I've been looking to go back to South Africa for a long time, and now we have a good chance.

    "They're getting on with it. We're hoping to be back in 2016, but we will have a look and see. We'll see how we get on."

  112. New Williams car unveiled

    Formula 1


    The new Williams FW37 is unveiled on Twitter. It's the first 2015 Formula 1 car to be revealed.

  113. Xavi wants Prem pair

    Football gossip

    Silva and Cazorla

    Metro: Barcelona midfielder Xavi wants the Spanish giants to sign fellow Spaniards, Man City's David Silva and Santi Cazorla from Arsenal. "There is some great Spanish football talent around," said Xavi. "Who would I sign for Barcelona? [David] Silva and Cazorla."

  114. Today's back pages

    Image caption: Daily Mirror back page

    And in the Daily Mirror there is Theo Walcott on why he thinks the current Arsenal attack could be the best in the club's history.

  115. Sorry about swear words

    Rugby League

    Australia's National Rugby League has apologised after asking players for their favourite swear words in profiles pieces on its official website.

    New Zealand star Shaun Johnson, Newcastle Knights skipper Kurt Gidley and Brisbane Broncos forward Sam Thaiday were among those asked. The profiles have been removed from the NRL website.

    "This question was inappropriate, and the responses should not have been published," read a statement.

    "We accept responsibility and removed the articles yesterday. Signed - Editorial Team."

  116. Milner future unclear

    Football gossip

    James Milner

    The Guardian: England midfielder James Milner, 29, could leave Manchester City and join an Italian or Spanish club as contract talks stall. But either Arsenal or Liverpool remain Milner's most likely destination if he decides to leave the Etihad.

  117. Nadal in almighty scrap


    It's getting interesting in Australia.

    Rafael Nadal has been pegged back by American Tim Smyczek. After racing through the first set in routine fashion 6-2, Nadal lost the second set 6-3 and has just been broken at the start of the third set.