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Summary

  1. All the breaking football transfer news
  2. Cellino resigns as Leeds president
  3. FA Cup news conferences
  4. Australian Open: Sharapova and Nadal through
  5. GET INVOLVED: Vote on which FA Cup tie is most likely to cause a shock?

Live Reporting

By Richard Winton and Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Post update

    Cambridge United

    On the subject of Cambridge United v Manchester United, we have a live text commentary under way with Tom Rostance on the BBC Sport website. You can also listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT, or watch with Gary Lineker and the Match of the Day team on BBC One from 19:30 GMT.

    Or, if you'd prefer, you can join our live text commentary on the Africa Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Senegal - in what is proving to be a very unpredictable Group C.

    Whichever you choose, enjoy the rest of your sporting evening. Goodbye from us.

  2. I want a draw - Dion Dublin

    Cambridge v Man Utd (19:55 GMT)

    Dion Dublin played as a striker for Cambridge United and Manchester United in the early 1990s - and while his head predicts an away win tonight, his heart wants a draw.

    He tells the BBC World Service: "I would love Cambridge to get a draw and go back to Old Trafford. Manchester United would win the tie over two games if it went that far, but I just want the club to make a bit of money and I want the fans to get a bit of value out of this incredibly special occasion that's happening at the Abbey."

  3. Drummy leaves Chelsea

    Football

    Reserve team and academy manager Dermot Drummy has left Chelsea after eight years at the club.

    The former Arsenal coach - who led Chelsea to the FA Youth Cup in 2010 and the Under-21 Premier League title last season - is leaving to pursue a career in the senior game.

  4. Smith shows cup focus

    Aston Villa v Bournemouth (Sunday, 15:00 GMT)

    Bournemouth defender Adam Smith says their Championship promotion push will not distract them from their FA Cup fourth-round trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.

    "Things are going well at the minute," he tells the Football Association website. "The lads won't be scared going into this game. We are just looking forward to testing ourselves against another top side.

    "Hopefully we can beat Villa and then go on a bit of a run, like we did in the League Cup. We are looking to go on another good run and we'll see where that takes us."

  5. Hughton wary of Arsenal strength

    Brighton v Arsenal (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

    Chris HUghton

    Or could the shock be at the Amex Stadium on Sunday? Brighton manager Chris Hughton is wary of facing Arsenal in the FA Cup, but insists his players need no extra encouragement for the fourth-round tie.

    "I certainly won't need to motivate the squad, but you still need a game plan that gives you a chance," the 56-year-old former Norwich manager told BBC Sussex.

    "In the last few seasons if they have made changes for any of the cup competitions, they fielded good young players and the age of the team would have gone down dramatically,"

    "Now, any changes that they make are significantly more experienced players. That shows the quality and depth of their squad."

  6. Mourinho 'doesn't do philosophy'

    Chelsea v Bradford City (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Phil Parkinson (left) Jose Mourinho (right)

    Perhaps the big upset will be at Stamford Bridge, where League One side Bradford City will look to turn over Premier League juggernauts Chelsea. A long shot, admittedly, as Bradford boss Phil Parkinson says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's success is down to his willingness to adapt.

    In 15 years, Mourinho has won 16 major trophies in spells with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

    "All the time it's 'philosophy' but no one's so good to say 'we play like this irrespective'. He respects opposition and makes plans to win games - that is why he is so good," said Parkinson.

  7. Where will the FA Cup upsets be?

    #bbcfacup

    Les Dennis

    Earlier, we asked you to vote for the FA Cup fourth-round tie you think is likeliest to produce an upset. The top answer, as Les Dennis used to say on Family Fortunes, was Aston Villa v Bournemouth, with 37%. But some of you aren't quite sure which result would be the upset:

    Adam Koston: Can't see many upsets this weekend. Villa-Bournemouth would be a huge one. Can't see Villa pulling it off, though.

    Benny Walsh: Most likely upset: Villa v Bournemouth. Just to be clear, which winner would constitute an upset?

    Arthur Fane: Only shock is that people think a Bournemouth win at Villa Park would be an 'upset' - only six places below and in excellent form!

  8. Lifestyle choice for Burgess

    Rugby League

    Joe Burgess

    The lure of the Sydney lifestyle is one of the main reasons behind Joe Burgess' decision to reject a new contract with Wigan.

    The 20-year-old will quit Super League at the end of the season to take up a three-year deal with 2013 NRL champions Sydney Roosters, where England coach Steve McNamara is on the backroom staff.

    "It's a sad one for us all," Wigan director Kris Radlinski said. "After many discussions it was clear Joe had made his mind up. I said 'do you want me to put Wigan's best possible offer to you?' He said 'no, I want the Sydney lifestyle and to try the NRL'."

  9. Van Gaal's side must apply quality - Dublin

    Cambridge v Man Utd (19:55 GMT)

    Louis van Gaal

    More from former Cambridge United and Manchester United striker Dion Dublin has been speaking to the BBC World Service as the two clubs prepare to meet each other in the FA Cup fourth round tonight, live on BBC One.

    He thinks that, even though Louis van Gaal's side will face an intimidating atmosphere at the Abbey Stadium, they will be able to cope, saying: "I don't think it'll be uncomfortable. It's down to the individual to respect where they are going to and where those Cambridge players are trying to get to.

    "You've got go there and say: 'In order to beat them, we are going to have to be at the top of our game.' I think Manchester United will have too much quality but it's applying that quality on the day. Cambridge will come out absolutely flying."

  10. Hornets sign Serb defender Savic

    Football

    Vujadin Savic

    Following the signing of Wigan's 2013 FA Cup final match-winner Ben Watson earlier today, Watford have agreed a contract with former Bordeaux defender Vujadin Savic.

    The 24-year-old Serb left the French club last summer, but has been on trial at Vicarage Road and will now stay for the rest of the season.

    Both players could make their debuts against Blackpool on Saturday.

  11. Gyan strikes late for Ghana

    Ghana 1-0 Algeria

    Late, late, late drama at the Africa Cup of Nations in Mongomo. The match was fizzling out, time was just about up. And then.... former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan burst on to a long ball out of defence and slotted in a Ghana winner from a narrow angle.

    That was enough to give victory to Avram Grant's side, who are now one of three teams in Group C on three points. South Africa, the only team in the group with none, face Senegal at 19:00 GMT.

  12. It will be hostile - Dublin

    Cambridge v Man Utd (19:55 GMT)

    Dion Dublin

    League Two Cambridge United host Premier League giants Manchester United as the FA Cup fourth round begins tonight, and the whole match is live on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 19:30 GMT.

    Dion Dublin played for both clubs as a striker in the early 1990s, and has told the BBC World Service that it could be a slog for Louis van Gaal's side this evening.

    "It will be hostile, I hope. and I hope United will have to dig deep into their inner selves and go back to where they started. It's not going to be pretty. The changing rooms aren't big. They will have to bob their head down to go down the corridor that takes them to the changing rooms. Everything is going to be different."

  13. Homer heading for Bath?

    Rugby Union

    Tom Homer is expected to complete a move to Bath after London Irish confirmed the full-back will leave this summer.

    The 24-year-old, who has scored 780 points in 110 appearances for the Exiles, would be a replacement for Gavin Henson, who will join Bristol at the end of the season.

    "We did everything in our power to persuade Tom to stay at the club, however, he feels that his future is elsewhere," said operations director Bob Casey.

  14. Where will the FA Cup upsets happen?

    #bbcfacup

    Rob Tennant: Think Bristol City may cause the upset against West Ham - putting a sneaky £10 on them.

    Jason Tucker: Bournemouth vs Aston Villa has got cup upset written all over it.

    Adam Twaits: Hope United fans eat before they get to the Abbey. Had the worst burger of my life in that away end!

    Adam's an Ebbsfleet fan who, according to his Twitter feed, once cooked a steak for Daniel Bedingfield's dad. That's nothing, Adam. One of today's Sportsday commentators once had his electricity meter read by Edwina Currie's daughter. True story.

    Daniel Bedingfield
  15. Carlisle sign Boro striker Wyke

    Football

    Carlisle United have signed striker Charlie Wyke for an undisclosed fee from Championship side Middlesbrough. The 22-year-old, who has agreed an 18-month contract, scored four goals in 14 games while on loan at Carlisle's League Two rivals Hartlepool United before his loan expired in November.

  16. Africa Cup of Nations latest

    Ghana 0-0 Algeria

    Asamoah Gyan

    The Africa Cup of Nations has been a tournament of draws so far - seven of them in the opening 12 matches. There's another one on the cards in Mongomo, as Ghana and Algeria are locked at 0-0 with an hour gone. It hasn't been a thriller, although there has been the odd imitation of a Saturday night post-club taxi queue, as the photo above demonstrates. James Gheerbrant and Emlyn Begley are keeping their eyes on the action for the BBC Sport website's dedicated live text commentary.

  17. Bradford management admit FA charge

    Football

    Steve Parkin and Phil Parkinson

    Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin have both been fined £1,000 after admitting to a Football Association misconduct charge.

    The pair were charged for an incident during the Bantams' FA Cup third-round replay win over Millwall on 14 January.

    An early foul by Lions skipper Alan Dunne triggered an on-field melee, and saw Parkinson and Parkin both sent off.

  18. Suarez will get goals - Enrique

    Football

    Luis Suarez

    It wasn't that long ago that Luis Suarez was scoring at will for a Liverpool side making a serious push for a first league title since 1990. Brendan Rodgers has missed the striker this season - but Suarez has not exactly been a runaway success at Barcelona.

    Suarez, a £75m signing in July, has scored five goals in 16 matches for Barca since completing a ban in October, but coach Luis Enrique has backed him to find form.

    "No aspect of Luis Suarez's game worries me and I'm sure he's going to score goals," Enrique says.

  19. Reading's Drenthe joins Turkish side

    Football

    Former Real Madrid winger Royston Drenthe has left Reading to join Turkish side Kayseri Erciyesspor.

    The 27-year-old made 24 appearances for the Royals after signing from Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz in 2013.

    Drenthe spent the first half of this season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, making 15 appearances for them.

  20. Where will the FA Cup shocks happen?

    Vote result

    FA Cup shock result

    Thank you for voting. Championship leaders to beat Premier League strugglers? We shall see on Sunday.

  21. Views of Cambridge, part 4

    Cambridge v Man Utd (19:55 GMT)

    Dion Dublin suite

    Ah, this looks a bit tidier.

    BBC Sport's Olly Foster: The Dion Dublin hospitality suite at the Abbey Stadium, all set for the big match.

    And as luck would have it, we'll be hearing from Mr Dublin himself a little later on here on Sportsday. Don't forget, Cambridge United v Manchester United is live on BBC One. with coverage beginning at 19:30 GMT.

  22. Views of Cambridge, part 3

    Cambridge v Man Utd (19:55 GMT)

    Abbey Stadium

    Oh, good grief.

    Dan Walker: I believe this is the 'Urinal Of Dreams'. #LoveIt

  23. Views of Cambridge, part 2

    Cambridge v Man Utd (19:55 GMT)

    Gary Lineker

    ...BBC Match of the the Day host Gary Lineker has been giving his Twitter followers a guided tour of the city.

    Gary Lineker: Parker's Piece in Cambridge, the birthplace of the laws of football back in 1848.

    Commendably educational stuff, Gary. Just make sure you're at the Abbey Stadium in time for the start of BBC One's live coverage, which starts at 19:30 GMT.

  24. Views of Cambridge, part 1

    Cambridge v Man Utd (19:55 GMT)

    Abbey Stadium

    BBC Sport's Dan Walker: Pitch looks tidy. Gary Lineker and Phil Neville, you're in the far corner over there.

    Good to see Dan at the Abbey Stadium in plenty of time. Meanwhile...

  25. Cambridge United v Manchester United

    Live on BBC One at 19:30 GMT

    Ian Darler

    Cambridge United groundsman Ian Darler believes he has spent about £30,000 of his own money on equipment over his 30 years looking after the Abbey Stadium pitch.

    Little wonder he is looking forward to Friday's FA Cup fourth-round visit of Manchester United.

    "My wife thinks I'm absolutely nuts, because we could have done a lot with £30,000," Darler tells BBC Look East. "But as the old song goes: I just get by with a little help from my friends."

  26. Coutts & Freeman join Sheffield Utd

    Football

    Sheffield United have signed midfielder Paul Coutts and defender Kieron Freeman from Derby County.

    Coutts, 26, has joined the Blades for an undisclosed fee after making Derby 67 appearances in two-and-a-half years.

    Freeman, 22, returns to Bramall Lane having played 12 times and moves on a free transfer after having his contract cancelled.

  27. Rio 2016

    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter in Rio

    Rio 2016

    "For the first time in history the emblems and logos for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be three dimensional.

    "Organisers tell me plastic models currently being handed out to school children around Rio so they can have something 'real' to play with and 'remind them the Games are coming'."

    The 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games begin in just over 18 months time in Brazil.

  28. Where will the FA Cup shocks happen?

    #bbcfacup

    Becky Herd: I might be a bit biased, but I'm not sure Stoke can do it on a cold night at Spotland! DALLLLEEEE!!!

    Andrew: Cambridge to get a 1-1 draw and to beat Man Utd at Dld Trafford so Rooney has to wait longer to win the FA Cup.

    Edward Hall: Blackburn could shock Swansea in the early kick off tomorrow...

  29. Listen to the FA Cup fourth round on the BBC

    Football

    If you're unable to watch your team in FA Cup fourth-round action over the weekend, then you can still keep up to date on the BBC Sport website.

    As well as live text commentaries, we've got online radio commentary (available in the UK only) on 15 of the 16 ties.

    The action gets under way this evening (19:55 GMT) with Cambridge taking on Manchester United at the Abbey Stadium.

  30. Post update

    graphic

    A gentle reminder that you can vote on which tie is most likely to produce a shock. You can make your choice on the right-hand side of this page or via the voting tab on your phone or tablet.

  31. On this day

    Louis Saha

    On this day in 2004, Louis Saha signed for Manchester United for £12.83m after threatening to go on strike unless Fulham allowed him to move to Old Trafford.

  32. Olympic gold would Trump world title

    Snooker

    Judd Trump says winning an Olympic gold medal would be a better achievement than triumphing at the World Championship.

    The world governing body of snooker has submitted a bid to have the sport included at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

    "If I could play there once in my lifetime and get the gold medal then I certainly think it would top winning the World Championship," said 25-year-old Trump, who lost in the Crucible final in 2011.

  33. On this day...

    Bob Paisley

    One of the most successful managers in Football League history, Bob Paisley, was born on this day in 1919.

    He spent 40 years with Liverpool, succeeding Bill Shankly as manager in 1974 and leading the Anfield club to six league titles, three European Cups, three League Cups and the UEFA and European Super Cups. He died in 1996.

  34. Where will the FA Cup shocks happen?

    #bbcfacup

    Josh Brannan: Cambridge United to beat Manchester United 2-1 with a 90th-minute goal!

    Phil Woodgate: I'd say Villa beating Bournemouth would be the biggest shock.

    Lee Harding: As a Stoke fan, I am cautious of the potential banana skin at Rochdale.

  35. Leeds sign Palermo defender Bamba

    Football

    Championship strugglers Leeds United have signed Ivory Coast defender Sol Bamba on loan from Italian Serie A side Palermo until the end of the season.

    The 30-year-old has previous experience of British football with Dunfermline, Hibernian and Leicester.

  36. The sound of silence

    Rugby Union

    Quiet please

    A contender for story of the day - and we don't say that lightly - has popped in from Yorkshire.

    Parents, spectators and coaches at all youth rugby matches in the county have been told not to shout, cheer or even clap at games on the next two Sundays in an effort to improve touchline behaviour.

    The 'Silent Sundays' initiative has been backed by the Rugby Football Union, along with Yorkshire Carnegie chairman and former Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan, after some referees reported increasing abuse from the sidelines. A letter announcing the Silent Sundays has been sent out to all clubs - with parents, coaches and volunteers being asked to comply.

  37. Stoke City news conference

    Rochdale v Stoke City (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

    Hughes on speculation about forward Bojan Krkic leaving: "It is a non-story as far as I am concerned. We want to build our team around players like him."

    On striker Peter Odemwingie's future after he returns from injury: "His impact was huge last season so we hope he can do that when he comes back. If he does then there will be talks."

  38. Stoke City news conference

    Rochdale v Stoke City (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

    Manager Mark Hughes has injury doubts over Jon Walters and Ryan Shawcross for the FA Cup fourth round tie, with the latter not training with the rest of the squad during the warm-weather camp in Dubai this week.

    "We got some real good work done," said Hughes of the trip. "We don't have a mid-season break, so the stresses and strains of Christmas can take their toll."

  39. Post update

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    En route to Cambridge for a quintessential FA Cup tie. CUFC v MUFC. Bring on the clichés. @BBCOne from 7.30ish

  40. Where will the FA Cup shocks happen?

    Football

    graphic

    Some tasty fourth round FA Cup ties coming up, starting tonight of course with Cambridge United v Manchester United (BBC 1, 19:30 GMT).

    But which is most likely to produce a shock? You can vote on the right-hand side of this page or via the voting tab on your phone or tablet.

  41. Ghana v Algeria

    Africa Cup of Nations

    Can Algeria become the first team to qualify for the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations? Follow BBC Sport's live text commentary as they face Ghana. The other meeting in the group between South Africa and Senegal follows at 19:00 GMT.

  42. The man who turned down Mourinho

    Chelsea v Bradford City (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Filipe Morais

    Heard the one about the player who once turned down Jose Mourinho? Bradford City winger Filipe Morais rejected a contract offer from the Chelsea boss in search of regular first-team football. Tomorrow, they will face each other in the FA Cup fourth round at Stamford Bridge.

    Morais played in Mourinho's first match as Chelsea manager in 2004, a pre-season friendly at Oxford United. The 29-year-old recalls: "When he first came in, he got me straight in the first team group and got me really involved. He was fantastic with me and it will be nice to see him again and say hello."

    That's just one of several intriguing FA Cup tales ahead of this weekend's fourth-round ties. Gary Rose has collected the best of them together in a piece for the BBC Sport website.

  43. Accies turn down Polish bid

    Football

    Hamilton Academical say they have turned down a bid of £300,000 for right-back Ziggy Gordon from Polish top-flight club Jagiellonia Bialystok.

    They also say two top-flight English clubs have joined West Ham United in making enquiries about 20-year-old left-back Stephen Hendrie.

  44. Ameobi to West Brom?

    Football

    shola ameobi

    The Press Association are reporting that West Brom have agreed terms to sign Shola Ameobi.

    The 33-year-old former Newcastle striker is available on a free transfer, having left Gaziantep in December after just five months in Turkey.

  45. St Johnstone v Aberdeen

    Scottish Premiership

    Aberdeen can return to the summit of the Scottish Premiership this evening should they beat St Johnstone in Perth (kick-off 19:45 GMT).

    Derek McInnes' side had been on a run of eight consecutive wins without conceding a goal before last weekend's 3-3 draw with Dundee.

    Join our pals at BBC Scotland for full radio and text coverage later today.

  46. Lambert rules out Sinclair move

    Aston Villa v Bournemouth (Sunday, 15:00 GMT)

    Scott Sinclair

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says that he will not be signing Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair in the January transfer window.

    Asked if there would be any more players coming in following the arrival of winger Carles Gil from Valencia, Lambert told a news conference: "The way it's looking at the moment, no.

    "It's a mixture of everything really. Anything with Scott, is dead. It's just the way it is at the moment."

  47. Tottenham news conference

    Tottenham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Pochettino on Kyle Naughton moving to Swansea: "His decision was to find a club where there is more opportunity to play. I agreed with his decision."

  48. Tottenham news conference

    Tottenham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Manager Mauricio Pochettino was coy when asked about any transfer movement this month, saying only "you never know in football".

    But he was more forthcoming on the subject of Spurs fans booing Emmanuel Adebayor. "All players need to feel the support from the stands from our supporters," he said.

  49. Gasol brothers make NBA All-Star history

    Basketball

    Paul and Marc Gasol

    Spanish basketball brothers Pau and Marc Gasol have made history as the first European players to be voted by fans to start next month's NBA All-Stars game in New York.

    Pau, who plays for the Chicago Bulls, will play his fifth All-Star game after coming second in the voting for the Eastern Conference side. Marc, of the Memphis Grizzlies, will take part for the second time - but on each previous occasion, both players had been reserves, who are chosen by a ballot of head coaches.

    The Gasols are also the first brothers to both make an NBA All-Stars starting line-up. The match between the Eastern and Western Conference sides takes place on 15 February.

  50. Expect tears at the Abbey

    Cambridge United v Manchester United (Friday, 19:55 GMT)

    Dave Coulson has been supporting Cambridge United since 1974. Tonight, he will watch his son, Josh, turn out for his boyhood team against Manchester United in the FA Cup fourth round.

    The 25-year-old defender has played more than 200 games for the U's, and helped them win the FA Trophy and Conference play-off final last season.

    "It's surreal," Dave told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. "It will be a really proud moment. I normally cry - both Wembley appearances I was in floods of tears."

    You should know the drill by now but we'll remind you anyway... BBC1, 19:30 GMT

  51. Warren leads the way

    Golf

    Marc Warren

    Scotland's Marc Warren is in a four-way tie for the lead heading into the final day of the Qatar Masters.

    Warren shot a five-under-par third-round 67 in Doha to join Branden Grace, Emiliano Grillo and Bernd Wiesberger on 13 under.

    England's Eddie Pepperell is two shots back after shooting a 65.

  52. Post update

    Might we point you towards the highlights tab at the top of this page? Several interesting little titbits in there that may be of interest...

  53. Deas takes skeleton bronze

    Skeleton

    Laura Deas

    Great Britain's Laura Deas wins a bronze medal in the women's skeleton at the fifth Skeleton World Cup event of the season, in St Moritz, Switzerland, with a combined time of two minutes 20.58 seconds, with Austria's Janine Flock taking gold and Canada's Elisabeth Vathje silver.

    Wrexham-based Deas won silver in the skeleton in the season's second World Cup event, in Calgary, Canada, in December.

    British Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold, the overall defending World Cup champion, finishes sixth in 2:20.89, with compatriot Rose McGrandle 11th in 2:21.84.

  54. County block country from Facebook page

    Football

    Notts County have blocked the entire Hungarian nation from the club's Facebook page because of the number of posts about new signing Balint Bajner.

    The 24-year-old former Ipswich striker was signed on Tuesday and the page attracted 1,700 new likes, with many people posting the same message: "No Bajner, no party".

    The club's head of media, Jamie Dixon, said: "It was all taken in good fun but then we did have to appreciate that it was blurring the waters for everyone else on the page. We have set up a Hungarian Magpies page, which is proving quite popular so hopefully that'll take some of the traffic away."

  55. Aston Villa news conference

    Aston Villa v Bournemouth (Sunday, 15:00 GMT)

    Paul Lambert

    Manager Paul Lambert is speaking to the media ahead of Aston Villa's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Bournemouth. We'll bring you the best of his comments shortly...

  56. Pearson frustrated by signings 'stalemate'

    Football

    Manager Nigel Pearson says Leicester City are struggling to finalise deals to bring in new players in the transfer window.

    Only striker Andrej Kramaric and goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer have arrived so far, while deals for Wigan's Shaun Maloney and Japanese forward Shinji Okazaki have failed to materialise.

    "Any potential targets are proving to be difficult. It is very much a case of stalemate," Pearson said. "The temptation in the window is to do business you may not always do, but we will try to do what's right for where we are at the moment."

  57. Post update

    John Higgins

    "Funny trying to watch John play with chopsticks," writes former world snooker champion Neil Robertson as he posts this picture of another former snooker world champions, John Higgins, keeping himself entertained in China.

  58. Protect our own, says Allardyce

    Football

    Sam Allardyce and Arsene Wenger would make unlikely bedfellows, so it is little surprise that the pair disagree over the issue of work permits in football.

    While Arsenal manager Wenger has called for them to be scrapped, his West Ham counterpart is having none of it.

    "I don't agree at all," he said. "That [abolishing the work permit rule] for me, as an Englishman, is a real no-no. Protect your own. We very rarely do it in this country and haven't done it up until now."

  59. McGowan close to Dundee Utd deal

    Football

    Ryan McGowan

    Former Hearts defender Ryan McGowan is expected to sign for Dundee United later on Friday.

    It is understood the 25-year-old, who represented Australia at the 2014 World Cup, is at Tannadice to discuss terms.

    McGowan, who most recently played for Chinese club Shandong Luneng Taishan, is likely to undergo a medical this afternoon.

  60. Who likes short shorts?

    Tennis

    How short do you like your shorts to be? Andy Murray is, apparently, keen on short shorts...

    But how short does he mean? Shorter than those worn by his Scottish compatriots in the 1986 World Cup finals?

    Scotland shorts
  61. World Indoor Bowls

    #lovethebowls

    Live now on BBC Two, the World Indoor Bowls men's quarter-finals. No need to thank me...

  62. Canning confirmed by Hamilton

    Football

    Martin Canning has been confirmed as the new manager of Hamilton Academical.

    The 33-year-old centre-back has presided over three defeats during his stint in interim charge following the departure of Alex Neil to Norwich.

  63. Happy birthday

    Andrei Kanchelskis

    Celebrating his 46th birthday today is Andrei Kanchelskis. Given how quick the former Manchester United, Everton and Rangers winger was, he could probably still flash past the odd Premier League full-back even now.

    Also blowing out candles today are former Czech tennis player Petr Korda (47), Lancashire seam bowler Glen Chapple (41), Bayern Munich and Holland forward Arjen Robben (32) and former Wales and Lions centre Scott Gibbs (44).

  64. Friday Sports Panel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Friday Sports Panel is currently underway on BBC Radio 5 live, with footballer Stephanie Roche, triathlete Alistair Brownlee and Sales Sharks director of rugby Bryan Redpath. Definately worth a listen.

  65. Bresnan to join England Lions tour

    Cricket

    Tim Bresnan

    Tim Bresnan will join the England Lions squad for the later stages of their one-day series against South Africa A.

    Bresnan, who has been playing for Hobart Hurricanes in the Australian Big Bash, will fly home this weekend, and then travel to South Africa before the third unofficial Test, which starts in Potchefstroom next Saturday.

  66. Arsenal target set for Besiktas?

    Football gossip

    Tolgay Arslan

    The Mail are reporting that Arsenal target Tolgay Arslan is close to agreeing terms with Besiktas.

    Arsene Wenger has apparently been watching the 24-year-old Hamburg defensive midfielder, who is available for free in the summer.

  67. Fifa delays election announcement

    Football

    Sepp Blatter

    Fifa has warned it won't be able to confirm who is standing for election against president Sepp Blatter for "some time".

    The deadline for nominations is 29 January, but Fifa electoral committee member Dominico Scala says it will only start assessing candidates then.

    It is likely to be into February before the official candidates are known, he explained - regardless of who announces their candidacy to the public.

  68. Olympic champion tries to save injured deer

    Doris the deer

    A sad story in from Buckinghamshire, via Twitter:

    Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford carried an injured deer about two miles to his home in a bid to save its life.

    The athlete, who lives in Woburn Sands, tweeted that the "poor little thing" had a broken leg and he was waiting for the RSPCA to help.

    He later revealed the muntjac "had to be put to sleep due to her injuries".

  69. FA contact Fifa over Ben Arfa

    Football

    The Football Association have written to Fifa in an attempt to resolve the confusion over Hatem Ben Arfa's move to Nice.

    The French international forward, 27, appeared in several Premier League games for Hull this term, as well as an under-21 match for parent club Newcastle. Playing for a third club this season would be a breach of Fifa's rules.

    However the FA have contacted the governing body to confirm that they "don't consider U21 games as official matches".

  70. Iraq beat Iran in Asian Cup epic - reaction

    Football

    Iraq beat Iran

    In the first Asian Cup quarter-final of the day, Iraq beat Iran 7-6 on penalties in Canberra after a 3-3 draw. They will face South Korea next in Sydney on Monday.

    Pooria Jafereh, of BBC Persian, reports: "Iran and Iraq is never a dull affair. However the Asian Cup quarter-final in Canberra was one match that will last long in the memory of all football fans in the region. This game truly had everything - six goals, nine cautions, a controversial red card and a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

    "Carlos Queiroz, Iran's head coach and former Manchester United number two, said after the game that he thought the red card for defender Mehrdad Pooladi in the 43rd minute changed the complexion of the game.

    "For Iraq, they can start dreaming of winning the trophy for the second time. For Iran, this will be hard to digest. Iranian fans will be hugely disappointed. Not getting to the semi-finals will always be looked upon as a failure for a team who have won the cup three times."

  71. Where will the cup shocks happen?

    #bbcfacup

    GS Webster: Arsenal, having beaten the Premier League champions, to then lose to Brighton. Wouldn't bet against it.

    Jon Evans: The biggest cup shock will be Villa beating Bournemouth! The second biggest will be Villa getting a goal.

    Here's the statistic that everyone is talking about ahead of Sunday's meeting at Villa Park - in all competitions, Bournemouth have scored as many goals in Birmingham this season (eight) as Aston Villa have.

  72. UAE reach Asian Cup semi-finals - reaction

    Football

    United Arab Emirates

    The United Arab Emirates caused an upset by beating holders Japan on penalties in their Asian Cup quarter-final in Sydney earlier.

    Here's some context and analysis from Mohamed El-Sayed, of BBC Arabic, who is at the tournament in Australia:

    "UAE's coach Mehdi Ali has achieved the goal he set for his team before the start of the championship - to reach the semi-finals. This is the first time the UAE have made it this far in 19 years.

    "The Emiratis were not affected by the 19,000 noisy Japanese fans who came to support their team in Sydney. Japan failed in their attempt to defend their title as their most famous stars, Milan's Keisuke Honda and former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa, missed their spot-kicks."

  73. Sky Blues sign Preston keeper Jones

    Football

    Coventry City have signed Preston North End goalkeeper Jamie Jones in a 31-day emergency loan deal, with an option to extend it for a further two months.

    The 25-year-old Liverpudlian is expected to make his Sky Blues debut at Yeovil on Saturday.

  74. Jose Mourinho press conference

    Football

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said during his press conference that captain John Terry will be rested for tomorrow's FA Cup fourth-round tie against Bradford and that Petr Cech will start in goal.

    And asked about the possibility of his side doing the quadruple this season - winning the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup - he responded: "Impossible."

  75. Jose Mourinho press conference

    Football

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: "I don't think momentum is important. When you play big matches against the best opponents, momentum means nothing. The momentum is about the 90 minutes of the game."

  76. Jose Mourinho press conference

    Football

    Mourinho has also played down reports of Mohamed Salah being allowed to leave for Roma, as he prepares for tomorrow's FA Cup fourth-round home tie against Bradford: "Salah is selected for tomorrow. Schurrle is the same. He's selected for tomorrow. I like them, I need them and I trust them. I can only play 11 players. Salah is not playing a lot, Schurrle slightly more, but they have played for us in every competition. I count on them."

  77. Jose Mourinho press conference

    Football

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, asked if he would look to bring someone in if players such as Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle left, says: "Yes."

    But asked if Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado is the man marked to come in, he says: "There are not men marked. I think he fits well in Fiorentina's squad and Colombia's squad, not in Chelsea's squad."

  78. Jose Mourinho press conference

    Football

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on the prospect of Andre Schurrle being allowed to leave in the transfer window: "The principle is that we would like him to stay. The question is not whether he is allowed to go or not. The question is not whether we get a good offer. The question is whether we have a phenomenal offer and for the player to be super-keen to accept a new challenge in his career, because we don't want to sell our players."

  79. Jose Mourinho press conference

    Football

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on potential January transfer activity: "Our desire is to keep the same squad. We are happy with the players and the work we did in the summer to prepare for the season. If possible, we don't want to be involved in the transfer window. If we are, it's because someone pushed us into it with an offer for our players."

  80. Jose Mourinho press conference

    Football

    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is giving a press conference ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup tie against Bradford: "My team tomorrow reflects the fact that if we lose the game, we are out, and if we draw, we have to go to Bradford. We don't want to be out, and we don't want a second match against Bradford."

  81. Where will the cup shocks happen?

    #bbcfacup

    Ben Watson's goal against Manchester City created one of the great FA Cup final upsets - but where will the shocks happen on fourth-round weekend?

    Simon Atkins: Might not be the biggest shock, but Birmingham to beat West Brom. From 23rd to 11th in the Championship under Gary Rowett, and now for a good cup run!

    Keep your cup shock predictions coming, please - and don't forget to give a reason why you think there'll be an upset.

  82. Watford sign Watson

    Football

    Ben Watson

    Watford have signed midfielder Ben Watson from Wigan. The midfielder, whose contract at the DW Stadium was set to expire at the end of the season, is best known for scoring the goal that won the 2013 FA Cup final against Manchester City.

    The 29-year-old is eligible for Watford's Championship match against Blackpool tomorrow.

  83. UAE knock out Asian Cup holders Japan

    Football

    Shinji Kagawa

    There's been another penalty shootout in the day's second Asian Cup quarter-final - and an upset to go with it. The United Arab Emirates are through to the last four, beating defending champions Japan 5-4 on spot-kicks in Sydney after a 1-1 draw.

    The UAE will next face tournament hosts Australia in Newcastle on Tuesday.

  84. Where will the cup shocks happen?

    #bbcfacup

    Jamal Campbell-Ryce

    In round three, Sheffield United won at QPR, Rochdale beat Nottingham Forest, Preston saw off Norwich and Aston Villa scored a goal. But where will the shocks of FA Cup fourth-round weekend take place?

    Can Cambridge beat Manchester United tonight? Will Bradford cause an upset at Stamford Bridge tomorrow? Perhaps League One promotion chasers Bristol City can topple West Ham on Sunday?

    We want your forecast as to where the upsets will happen - and just as importantly, why. Don't just send us a list of fixtures, please.

    Get in touch via #bbcfacup on Twitter, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  85. Luton in talks with former England striker

    Football

    Andy Johnson

    Luton Town manager John Still has said former England striker Andy Johnson is likely to join the League Two side, should he decide to carry on playing.

    The 33-year-old former Everton, Fulham and QPR player left Crystal Palace earlier this month at the end of a short-term deal.

    "He's still in a situation where he's not 100% sure what he wants to do," Still told BBC Three Counties Radio. "By and large, if he plays, he'll play here. I think he just wants to make sure he can be comfortable playing."

  86. Cellino stands down at Leeds

    Football

    Snip

    As trailed a short time ago, Massimo Cellino has resigned from his post as president of Leeds United.

    The Italian businessman lost his appeal against the Football League's decision to disqualify him from owning Leeds earlier this month. BBC Radio Leeds reports that board member Andrew Umbers has become interim chairman.

    In a club statement, the Italian said: "It is with great sadness and frustration that I have to take this step, however I abide by the Football League's decision to temporarily disqualify me from this great football club and will return in April in good health and good spirits.

    "I have done my best for a club and fans that I hold close to my heart and it is now financially much stronger than it has been for a long time. It will continue to thrive and I am sincerely looking forward to returning very soon."

  87. Hamstring concern for Mulumbu

    Football

    West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will have a scan on the hamstring injury that is threatening his further participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.

    The Democratic Republic of Congo captain limped off during Thursday's goalless draw with Cape Verde in Ebibeyin.

    "I felt my hamstring but I hope it is going to be OK. But I really felt pain," he said.

  88. Post update

    Carlton Cole

    "Good Morning! Have a SUPER day!!" tweets West Ham striker Carlton Cole. We'll leave you to write your own punchline...

  89. Nadal through at Australian Open

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal had a tougher time of it in the third set than in the first two, but the Spaniard has beaten unseeded Dudi Sela of Israel 6-1 6-0 7-5 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. The 2009 champion, seeded third, will face South Africa's Kevin Anderson next.

    You can follow all the latest developments in Melbourne via the BBC Sport website's dedicated live text commentary.

  90. Chilton in line for 2016 Indy Car move

    Motorsport

    Max Chilton

    Former Marussia Formula 1 driver Max Chilton is linking up with Carlin as they both consider moving into the Indy Car series for 2016.

    Briton Chilton - left without an F1 berth after Marussia went into administration towards the end of last season - is not expected to drive for Carlin in 2015, but will instead help Dubai-born Ed Jones, who has been signed up for Indy Lights, a competition that develops drivers for the Indy Car series.

    "While I'm still considering my options for 2015, the Indy Car package presents an interesting challenge and by assisting with the development of the Indy Lights team I'm keeping my options open for an Indy Car programme in 2016 based on a strong foundation of knowledge and experience," said Chilton, although presumably not all in one breath.

  91. Newcastle in for Alli?

    Football

    Dele Alli

    MK Dons boss Karl Robinson hinted that there is some substance to Newcastle United's reported interest in midfielder Dele Alli.

    The 18-year-old has 11 goals in League One this season and is expected to go on to big things, having been scouted by Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

    "Obviously there has been a lot of talk about Dele and Newcastle," Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio. "I don't think it's paper talk, I think it's a bit more than that, but it's nothing we've heard about yet."

  92. Nosworthy extends Blackpool stay

    Football

    Blackpool defender Nyron Nosworthy will remain with the Championship's bottom club for the remainder of the season. The 34-year-old's short-term deal was due to expire this month. He has made four appearances so far for the Seasiders.

  93. Australia beat England to reach Tri-Series final

    Cricket

    Steve Smith

    Australia have beaten England by three wickets with a ball to spare in Hobart to reach the ODI Tri-Series final. Captain Steve Smith's century was key for the hosts, before Mitchell Starc hit the winning run in a tense finish. The final is in Perth on Sunday, 1 February - and they could yet face England again, although India may have something to say about that.

    There's plenty of reaction now on the BBC Sport website's dedicated cricket live text commentary.

  94. Tait to stay at Newcastle

    Rugby Union

    Full-back Alex Tait has extended his stay at Newcastle by two years. The 26-year-old full-back follows homegrown talents Will Welch and Tom Catterick in agreeing new terms at Kingston Park.

    "Alex is another of our talented local contingent and as such it is good that he has chosen to remain with us," said rugby director Dean Richards."

  95. Post update

    Peter Crouch

    "Perhaps I shouldn't stand next to jockeys," tweets Stoke City forward Peter Crouch. Think how the jockey feels...

  96. Get involved

    #sportingslang

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal coined the phrase "twitching my ass" to describe the anxieties of his job. But what's your top sporting slang?

    Mehul Mandalia: Brendan Rodgers: (Insert player) is a great "technician."

    Garry Hurd: Ian Dowie's bouncebackability! Legendary.

    Opoku-Appiah Manu: Two words: FERGIE TIME!

  97. Asian Cup latest

    Football

    On the subject of the Asian Cup, Japan have just equalised against United Arab Emirates through Gaku Shibasaki, so it's 1-1 in Sydney with a few minutes to go.

  98. Iraq beat Iran at Asian Cup - reaction

    Football

    Mohamed El-Sayed, of BBC Arabic, is at the Asian Cup in Australia, and gives this reaction to Iraq's thrilling quarter-final win over Iran on penalties in Canberra (see 09:58):

    "Although Iraq won the trophy in 2007, Iraqi football has since failed to capitalise on the momentum generated by that victory, because of the volatile political situation in the country. However, this unexpected win could again breathe life into the stagnant Iraqi football scene.

    "With seven of the nine Arab teams competing knocked out at the group stage, football fans around the entire Arab world are now pinning their high hopes on Iraq and UAE - who are still playing against Japan in the quarter-finals in Sydney."

  99. Ashes defeat still hurts - Peacock

    Rugby League

    Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock is still haunted by Great Britain's 3-0 series loss to Australia in 2003.

    The 37-year-old is one of the most decorated players in rugby league but feels the failure to win the last Ashes series will be a black mark on his record.

    "To be winning every game with five minutes left, it really sticks with me what an opportunity lost that was," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

  100. Post update

    Mo Farah

    Olympic 5,000 and 10,000m champion Mo Farah tweets: "Don't dream of winning train for it....!!! #onemomile #moknows"

  101. Cellino to resign today - report

    Football

    The Yorkshire Evening Post's chief football writer Phil Hay reports that Massimo Cellino will announce his resignation as Leeds United president today following a week of negotiations with the Football League.

    Cellino was formally banned as owner of Leeds by the league on Monday, but has not yet stepped down from the board of directors.

  102. Protest over screening process

    Africa Cup of Nations

    Ivory Coast v Guinea

    BBC World Service's Alex South: "I've been speaking to the French team of the World Health Organisation in Malabo, who've made the decision not to go back to the stadium on Saturday to screen for Ebola, due to fears over their safety.

    "There are two other WHO teams in the city. One from Egypt and one from Equatorial Guinea, who are yet to say whether they will attend the matches and carry on the screening process."

    During the Ivory Coast v Guinea game on Tuesday, WHO staff were forced inside the stadium as fans surged towards the gates to try and get in. Police were called and pushed the supporters back using batons and cattle prods.

  103. Podolski to retire from internationals

    Football

    Germany forward Lukas Podolski has confirmed he intends to retire from international football after Euro 2016.

    The 29-year-old former Arsenal player has won 121 caps since his debut in 2004, and the finals in France would be the Inter Milan player's fourth European Championships.

    "The European Championships will be the last major tournament for me," the 2014 World Cup winner told German newspaper Bild. "I have already achieved my main goal of winning the World Cup. No one can take that away from me."

  104. Nadal on a roll at Australian Open

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal is coasting through his third-round match against unseeded Dudi Sela of Israel at the Australian Open. The 2009 champion, seeded third, has gone 6-1 6-0 up in no time. In the words of the tournament's Twitter feed: "Nadal's playing like he's 100-foot tall."

    There's dedicated live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, which is currently being dominated by debate about the shortness of Nadal's shorts.

  105. World Indoor Championships

    Bowls

    The sporting action is relentless today, with play now under way in the World Indoor Bowls Championships. The men's singles quarter-finals are on the agenda and you can watch every blocker, toucher and heavy on BBC Sport.

  106. Get involved

    #sportingslang

    Graphic

    Louis van Gaal offered his own entry to the lexicon yesterday but what's your favourite sporting phrase?

    Let us know via #sportingslang, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Anyone suggesting "late doors", "handed a boost" or "dealt a blow" gets an automatic four-match ban...

  107. I need a break from Rangers - McDowall

    Football

    Caretaker manager Kenny McDowall has admitted he needs a break from Rangers after resigning following a turbulent four games in charge.

    Ally McCoist's former assistant is intending to work his 12-month notice period but realises his eight-year stay at the club could be ended sooner than that.

    "It wasn't an easy decision but the last four years have been tough," McDowall said. "It was time to step aside. It does take its toll on you. I will have a break probably, but we will see."

  108. UAE lead Japan in Asian Cup

    Football

    Ali Mabkhout

    The last Asian Cup quarter-final is under way in Sydney, and it's the United Arab Emirates who hold a surprise 1-0 half-time lead over Japan thanks to a tidy seventh-minute finish from Ali Mabkhout, who controlled a dropping ball before driving it across the keeper and into the far corner. The winners face hosts Australia in Tuesday's semi-final in Newcastle.

  109. Striker Morgan joins Crawley on loan

    Football

    League One strugglers Crawley Town have signed Woking forward Dean Morgan on loan until the end of the season. Crawley winger Charles Banya, 21, has joined Woking on loan until the end of the season as part of the deal.

  110. Post update

    Rochdale

    The Press Association's Eleanor Crooks tweets: "Things that don't happen at PL press conferences - lady pops in: 'do you mind if i do my ironing?'"

    Eleanor is at Rochdale for a news conference ahead of their meeting with Stoke in the FA Cup fourth-round on Monday.

  111. Get involved

    #sportingslang

    We've been asking for your favourite sporting phrases on the back on Louis van Gaal's "twitching my ass" comments...

    James Fatcat Smith: "I did not see it."

    Alanboo Mohammed: "Specialist in failure."

    Billy Dolton: "Fergie Time"

  112. Post update

    BBC Radio Manchester tweet: "Wigan Athletic confirm Shaun Maloney joining Chicago Fire (undisclosed fee)... Ben Watson in Watford for talks over loan... four clubs interested in signing Callum McManaman - so far one bid of £4 million rejected."

    Scotland winger Maloney was expected to join Leicester earlier this month and had also been linked with a return to Celtic.

  113. West Ham news conference

    Bristol City v West Ham (Sunday, 14:00 GMT)

    Darren Fletcher

    Allardyce on his hopes of signing midfielder Darren Fletcher from Manchester United: "Darren has several clubs interested in him, so it is up to him where he wants to go."

  114. West Ham news conference

    Bristol City v West Ham (Sunday, 14:00 GMT)

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce on the FA Cup: "Several Premier League teams have struggled against lower league opposition. It's all about the attitude of our players. They need to rise to the occasion.

    "I don't have a problem playing my full strength team as we've got a full week until our next league game. We put a lot of energy into the Everton tie, over two games, so we don't want that to be in vain. We want to win on Sunday."

  115. Iraq through to Asian Cup semi-finals

    Football

    Younis Mahmoud

    An extraordinary finish to the Asian Cup quarter-final in Canberra, where Iraq beat Iran 7-6 on penalties after a 3-3 draw. Iraq captain Younis Mahmoud, needing to score to keep his team in the competition at 4-3 down, responded with a chipped effort reminiscent of Antonin Panenka's winning kick for Czechoslovakia against West Germany in the 1976 European Championship final. Mahmoud is currently without a club. Will an opportunity beckon now?

    Iraq will now face South Korea in the semi-finals in Sydney on Monday.

  116. Australia v England

    Cricket

    A quick update on the Tri-Series encounter in Hobart, where Australia are currently 191-4 as they chase 304 to reach the final.

    You can follow their efforts with our live text and radio commentary.

  117. We can trouble Chelsea - Parkinson

    Chelsea v Bradford City (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Bombast or belief? Bradford manager Phil Parkinson insists his League One side will travel to Stamford Bridge for their FA Cup round four tie intent on "causing Chelsea problems".

    "We're certainly not going to go there and sit back for the whole game," said Parkinson, who memorably guided then League Two side City to the 2013 Capital One Cup final with victories over Premier League Wigan, Arsenal and Aston Villa said.

    "If we do that, we're just asking for trouble. hen we've played teams from higher divisions before, we've certainly caused them problems."

  118. Lost in translation?

    Football gossip

    Gazzetta dello Sport

    Any Italian speakers in the house care to explain this one? "London Market" trumpets the front page of Gazzetta dello Sport, reporting on three potential transfer stories - two involving Chelsea and another involving that famous London club Liverpool.

  119. Bournemouth up bid for Gray

    Football

    Championship leaders Bournemouth are understood to have made a third bid in the region of £3m for Birmingham City's teenager Demarai Gray, reports BBC WM.

    The 18-year-old winger, who was awarded the Football League's Young Player of the Month award on Thursday, has scored four times for Blues this season, playing a big role in their rise from 23rd to 11th in the Championship table.

  120. Cavendish drops back in hills

    Road Cycling

    Mark Cavendish is 86th overall in the Tour de San Luis in Argentina after finishing the fourth stage 14 minutes behind leader Dani Diaz.

    The Manxman earned two second-place finishes in the first three stages but predictably dropped off the pace in the mountainous finish to the fourth of the seven stages.

  121. Ice work if you can get it

    Football

    Richard Lee

    All around the country, professional footballers have been pitching up for training. And while we don't want to flood Sportsday with weather related tweets (we're not the Met Office), Brentford goalkeeper Richard Lee is concerned: "Office is looking crispy today... Is it odd that I consider this 'broken hip weather'? Padded GK bottoms needed."

    Brentford visit Norwich in the Championship tomorrow.

  122. Get involved

    #sportingslang

    After Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal spoke of "twitching my ass" to describe the anxieties of his job, we've been asking for your sporting slang.

    Mo: 'Lollipop'. Big Ron Atkinson's use of this word to describe a 'stepover' is frankly baffling.

    Iain Hepburn: Stramash, as famously used by the late great Arthur Montford.

    Seun Aladelo: Wenger - "I almost signed..."

    Harsh, Seun, harsh...

  123. Live coverage

    Skeleton

    Enjoy seeing people racing on ice, face down, at great speed? Watch the fifth round of the Skeleton World Cup...

    The men are on at the moment, with the women - including Britain's Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold - expected on track at 12:00 GMT.

  124. City cutting it fine

    Football

    The Mail are reporting that Manchester City's players will only arrive back home from their training stint in Abu Dhabi at 18:00 GMT - just 21 hours before their FA Cup fourth round meeting with Middlesbrough.

    They add that Manuel Pellegrini's side will train on Friday before boarding the seven-hour flight at 11:00 GMT.

  125. Back pages

    Guardian

    The Guardian have an interesting nugget from Arsene Wenger, who claims he would have signed Angel Di Maria for Arsenal at the age of 17 had the work permit rules in Britain been less strict.

  126. Asian Cup

    Forget any other claims to be the worst's fiercest derby... the Asian Cup meeting between Iraq and Iran is 3-3 with just a couple of minutes remaining in extra time. We'll keep you posted...

  127. Back pages

    Sun

    The Sun are trumpeting "exclusive pictures" of Manchester United's Robin van Persie playing football with son Shaqueel...

  128. Doncaster gets go ahead

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    Today's racing at Doncaster has passed an inspection and goes ahead as planned. Earlier Huntingdon was called off because of frost.

  129. Back pages

    Mail

    Martin Odegaard's slightly bemused-looking fresh face adorns the back page of the Mail after the 16-year-old Norwegian completed his move to Real Madrid. Apparently, when he empties his piggy bank at the end of every month, he'll find a further £40,000 in it.

    Not that Sportsday is at all jealous, you understand. We suspect we might not have made it to 18 had we be earning that kind of money at that age...

  130. Live text commentary

    Australian Open

    Anyone for tennis? Because there's plenty more coming up...

    Maria Sharapova is facing Zarina Diyas, followed by Rafael Nadal's match with Dudi Sela and you can follow the action here with our colleague Aimee Lewis.

  131. Post update

    Dan Walker

    BBC Sport

    Dan Walker

    #FAcup 4th round journey begins. Off 2 @CambridgeUtdFC then @bcfc tomorrow. Might borrow Shearer's coat #East17

    You can watch Cambridge United v Manchester United on BBC1 at 19:30 GMT, then Bristol City v West Ham on Sunday (13:15 GMT). Don't say you weren't warned...

  132. Back pages

    It's safe to say conversations have already been had in the Cambridge United dressing room regarding who wants which Manchester United player's shirt at the end of their FA Cup fourth-round tie on Friday.

    But the Express are reporting that the League Two side's players will have to pay to replace their own shirt should they give it away...

    Express

    Don't forget the game is live on BBC1 from 19:30 GMT. We'll be reminding you at regular intervals...

  133. Australia v England

    Cricket

    Ian Bell

    Little under 500 miles south of Melbourne, England are making a decent fist of their Tri-Series encounter against Australia at the Bellerive Oval.

    Ian Bell became England's top ODI run-scorer with a fine 141, while Joe Root and Moeen Ali contributed 69 and 46 respectively.

    Australia are currently chasing 304 to reach the final and you can follow their efforts with our live text and radio commentary.

  134. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    "I said to my players I was squeezing my ass but it was the wrong expression, I have twitched my ass on the bench because we were out of balance."

    Those were the words of football philosopher Louis van Gaal on Thursday as the Manchester United manager attempted to describe the anxieties of football management. It brought back memories of Sir Alex Ferguson's "squeaky bum time" and got us thinking... what's your favourite sporting phrase?

    Let us know via #sportingslang, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    There's an entirely fictional spotter's badge for the best entry...

  135. Football gossip

    Now on to the football...

    It is a rumour that has rumbled on for a while now, but David De Gea's mooted move from Manchester United to Real Madrid has gathered fresh impetus with Portuguese agent Jorge Mendes refusing to rule out the switch in the Daily Mail.

    United, too, are considering trying to gazump Arsenal in their attempts to sign Villarreal defender Gabriel Paulista, according to the Daily Star, while the Sun reports that Chelsea are working on a deal to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa.

    For more on those titbits and an interesting line involving Manchester City's interest in an England international, have a look at today's gossip column.

  136. Murray's mint

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    Speaking of Murray, he cantered through to a last-16 tie with Grigor Dimitrov after brushing aside Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-1 6-1 7-5.

    The sixth seed hit 39 winners to set up the chance to amend for last summer's Wimbledon defeat by Dimitrov on Sunday.

    The Bulgarian 10th seed, meanwhile, needed five sets to get past Marcos Baghdatis earlier in the day.

  137. Federer loses to Seppi

    Tennis

    Roger Federer

    First, let's put some meat on the bones of the early morning tennis news...

    Four-time Australian Open champion and second seed Federer lost 6-4 7-6 4-6 7-6 (7-5) to 30-year-old Seppi, with the world number 46 recording his first win over the 17-time Grand Slam champion in 11 attempts.

    It's also worth noting that Federer was in Murray's quarter of the draw, meaning they were slated to meet in the last eight.

  138. Post update

    What do you mean you've only just woken up? You've missed all the fun...

    In the last hour or so, Roger Federer has been bounced out of the Australian Open by Andreas Seppi while Andy Murray has sauntered into the last 16 in Melbourne. And, just across the Bass Strait in Hobart, England have posted 303-8 in their Tri-Series encounter with Australia.

    After that early excitement, there is a danger the next 12 hours might feel a little underwhelming but we're in this together now, so let's make the best of the final Sportsday of the week...