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Steve Canavan and Richard Winton

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  1. Post update

    That's all from Sportsday for today but you can following the evening's action in other corners of the BBC Sport website.

    The League Cup semi-final second leg between Sheffield United and Tottenham is the subject of a live text commentary and so are today's Africa Cup of Nations matches. Enjoy.

  2. 'I practiced for a month and won $20,000'

    Ping pong

    Andrew Baggaley

    How long would it take you to master a new discipline? It took new ping-pong world champion Andrew Baggaley just four weeks.

    The Englishman tells BBC Sport how he did it...

  3. On this day

    Roger Federer

    In 2007, Roger Federer won his third Australian Open men's singles title by beating Chilean Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 6-4.

  4. Happy birthday

    Jess Ennis

    Blowing out the candles today - but maybe not eating the cake - is Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill (29).

    Also celebrating are golfer Nick Price (58), former Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato (38), Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (37) and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher (37).

  5. Wilson's concerns about future

    Rugby Union

    Ryan Wilson is awaiting a decision on his Glasgow and Scotland future after being convicted of two counts of assault.

    The Glasgow Warriors forward was fined at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Tuesday for assaulting two men, including fellow rugby player Ally Maclay of Glasgow Hawks, in a takeaway shop in October 2013 while dressed as Batman.

    The 25-year-old has been suspended by the Scottish Rugby Union, whose chief executive Mark Dodson said: "There is absolutely no place in the game, on or off the pitch, for the sort of behaviour that has led to criminal proceedings being taken."

  6. Two-match ban for Ronaldo


    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for two matches after being sent-off for kicking Cordoba defender Edimar during Real Madrid's 2-1 win on Saturday.

    The Portuguese forward will miss the visits of Real Sociedad and Sevilla but will be available for the meeting with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on 7 February.

  7. Weekend off for Force India

    Formula 1

    Force India will not take part in the first test session of the new Formula 1 season in Jerez from Sunday.

    The Silverstone-based team had planned to run its 2014 car with some new parts at the four-day test in Spain.

    Explaining the decision, the team tweeted: "The learning opportunities would have been limited so the focus is now on Barcelona."

  8. On this day

    Colin Montgomerie

    In 2009, Colin Montgomerie was appointed captain of the European team for the 2010 Ryder Cup.

  9. BBL seeks advice over licence doubt


    The British Basketball League are seeking legal advice over a statement from the domestic game's governing body which appears to raise doubts over the continuation of their licence.

    Basketball England has set up a licence review committee to "consider all options" before existing contract arrangements are renewed.

    "BBL is disappointed its governing body put this matter into the public domain, because of the inevitable damage to the sport," said a statement from the league.

  10. Who is Dame N'Doye?


    Dame N'Doye

    The 29-year-old Senegalese striker has scored 27 times in 66 appearances for Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow since signing from FC Copenhagen in 2012.

    The rangy forward scored 59 goals in 104 games in Denmark and has found the net eight times in his 24 outings for Senegal.

  11. Hull agree deal for Lokomotiv striker - reports


    BBC Radio Humberside report: We understand Hull City have agreed a deal to sign Lokomotiv Moscow striker Dame N'Doye. No further details at this stage.

  12. Defender Pearce set for Wigan move


    Jason Pearce

    Leeds United defender Jason Pearce is set to join Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

    BBC Radio Leeds understands the 27-year-old is close to agreeing personal terms with the Latics.

  13. Hibs' Booth makes Thistle switch


    Hibernian left-back Callum Booth has joinedPartick Thistle on loan until the end of the season.

  14. Africa Cup of Nations


    Over in another corner of the BBC Sport website, our African Lottery of Nations live text commentary has begun.

    The four teams in Group D - Mali, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Cameroon - have so far all played out 1-1 draws, meaning there is a strong chance that qualification could be decided by the drawing of lots.

  15. I'm here to win trophies - Gabriel


    Gabriel Paulista

    Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista is targeting trophies with Arsenal after completing his £15m move from Villarreal.

    "I am at a top club so that gives me more strength to be able to work and carry on, to be able to conquer much more in my career," the 24-year-old centre-back said.

    "We have a lot to conquer because Arsenal is a very big club, we must always be at the top. I think it is a club that will keep growing throughout the season, and that over the next few years we will be able to win important titles."

  16. 'Don't mess with Six Nations'

    Rugby Union

    Bill Beaumount believes rugby chiefs must not mess with the Six Nations' by staging matches outside Europe.

    World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper has said the game's governing body would back any move to stage Six Nations matches beyond traditional heartlands, with America mentioned as a possibility.

    But Six Nations chairman Beaumont said: "If you've got a successful formula, don't change it. It would be a very, very brave man to say 'I'm going to give up a home game and take it to Chicago'."

  17. Who is Billy McKay?


    Any Wigan Athletic fans wondering about mooted signingBilly McKay? Well, BBC Sport Scotland are here to help with this video of some of the Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker's goals.

  18. Boro must avoid complacency - Adomah


    Albert Adomah

    Albert Adomah says Middlesbrough must avoid overconfidence in Saturday's Championship game at Brentford off the back of the 2-0 FA Cup win at Premier League side Manchester City.

    "Hopefully we can show up with our Championship attitude," Ghana international Adomah told BBC Tees. "That's the main focus, we can't think 'we beat Manchester City so it's going to be a rollover'."

  19. Let them in, then let go


    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence reports: Goalkeeper Arvid Schenk has left Dundee at the end of his contract. He played just one game, the 6-2 defeat by Dundee United on New Year's Day.

  20. Get involved

    Costa charged

    The Times' chief football correspondent Oliver Kay: Right decision to charge Costa with violent conduct. It's all those wrong decisions, when FA and refs turn blind eye, that are the problem.

  21. Costa charged


    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty was at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night and he gave his verdict on Diego Costa's actions.

    "Costa made no attempt to hurdle Can and clearly brought his foot down with force on his ankle. Cue the swift emptying of both benches and a chaotic crowd scene," wrote Phil.

    If Oliver has seen this, then there is no excuse for not showing Costa a straight red card. It should also be noted that neither manager reacted instantly despite that proximity.

  22. Costa charged


    To clarify, Diego Costa has been charged over an incident with Liverpool's Emre Can, rather than Reds' defender Martin Skrtel.

    Costa appeared to stamp on Can's ankle early in the game, but faced no action from referee Michael Oliver.

  23. Bent ideal for Derby - Shotton


    Darren Bent

    Darren Bent's goalscoring instincts are just what was required to help Derby County's Championship promotion bid, according to team-mate Ryan Shotton.

    Substitute Bent scored both goals in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers, taking his tally to three in three appearances.

    "He is exactly what we've needed," defender Shotton told BBC Radio Derby. "He brings a different dimension."

  24. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Costa charged

    The FA has announced that Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged by for violent conduct following an on-field incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

    The player has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.

    Following a review of an incident during the game involving Costa and Liverpool's Martin Skrtel, The FA will not be taking any further action.

  25. Get involved - Costa controversy

    You do know this debate about Diego Costa is meant to be serious don't you...?

    Andrew Neill: The press said in the summer that Costa would be quick to make his mark in England.

    Kevin Hunt: Costa last night was total madness ... .just one step beyond.

    David Thompson: The FA really need to put their foot down about this Costa controversy.

    Ryan Gilbert: Costa puts his heart and sole into every tackle.

    Colin Cross: Lucky for Costa it was the semi's he has not got another leg to play.

    Right, enough, have mercy, we can't take any more...

  26. 'We won't drift away' - Carver


    John Carver says he will not allow Newcastle's season to "drift away" after being appointed head coach until the end of the season.

    Carver has been handed the reins at St James' Park until the end of the season, starting with Saturday's trip to Hull.

    John Carver

    "Everybody on the outside is talking about our season petering away but I am not going to allow that to happen," he told Newcastle's website.

    "Those who are saying that don't know me, don't know the people around me and don't know this group of players."

  27. Storey chooses coach for record bid

    Road Cycling

    Dame Sarah Storey has returned to the coach who helped her to four cycling medals at London 2012 as she prepares for her attempt at the Hour record.

    The 37-year-old 11-time Paralympic champion has asked Chris Furber, formerly head coach of British Cycling's para-cycling squad and now national performance director for para-swimming, to assist her in her effort, which takes place on February 28.

    Dame Sarah Storey

    The women's record of 46.065-kilometres was set in 2003 by Dutch rider Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel.

    Austrian Matthias Brandle holds the men's record of 51.850km, which a number of riders, including Sir Bradley Wiggins, are poised to challenge in 2015.

  28. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Arsenal sign defender


    Gabriel Paulista has joined Arsenal from Villarreal, with striker Joel Campbell going to the Spanish club on loan for the rest of the season, the Premier League side has announced.

  29. Brum reject bid for winger


    Birmingham have rejected a bid of £3.5m from Bournemouth from Demarai Gray.

    The Cherries' fourth offer, which could have risen to £4m with add-ons, has been immediately dismissed by the St Andrew's club, PA Sport reports.

  30. Ryder leaves Glasgow for Northampton

    Rugby union

    Tom Ryder

    Glasgow Warriors lock Tom Ryder has signed for Northampton Saints until the end of the season.

    The 29-year-old, who has two caps for Scotland, began his career in the Leicester Tigers Academy before moving to Saracens in 2006.

    Director of rugby Jim Mallinder said: "We have a number of significant injuries in the second row, and Tom's experience and quality will be useful to have around the club over the next few months."

  31. From Juventus to the Wessex League


    Vincent Pericard was at Juventus 13 years ago, and went on to play in the Premier League with Portsmouth and Stoke City.

    Vincent Pericard

    Last night, the striker came out of retirement to play for Moneyfields FC in the ninth tier of English football.

    BBC Sport's Phil Harlow finds out how Pericard went from the Champions League to the Premier League. The Wessex Premier League, that is.

  32. Six Nations launch

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at the Six Nations launch

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre: Ireland are favourites for the Six Nations because they are the best team.

    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: We were unaware we were favourites until this morning. It's a distraction, to be honest.

    Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw: Vern Cotter [coach] has empowered us to play. We can't play within our shells or we'll keep getting the same results.

  33. Newcastle chase German striker

    Football gossip

    Newcastle have been linked with Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga - but the Bundesliga club say there has been no official offer for the Germany Under-21 international.


    Hamburg sporting director Peter Knabel told Sport Bild about Newcastle's interest, saying: "There have been requests, but no offer."

    The 23-year-old scored four times in 11 appearances for Germany's U21 side and hit 13 goals for Hamburg in 20 league games while on loan from Hertha Berlin in the 2013-14 season.

  34. O'Keefe joins Cardiff


    Crystal Palace midfielder Stuart O'Keefe has joined Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.


    The 23-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Bluebirds, which ends his four and a half year stay with the Eagles.

  35. Get involved - Costa controversy

    More on Chelsea's Diego Costa alleged stamping against Liverpool.

    Philip Swan: My view on the Costa incidents - clearly deliberately trod on opponents, but to call them stamps is hyperbole.

    Jeremy Garland: It may ruin my fantasy team this weekend but who cares! Ban Costa.

    Rich Shimmo: What are the chances of Mr Oliver admitting he missed something in the game? About the same as Jose admitting Costa stamped.

    Jojo Disotto: This Costa nonsense is an utter joke. Comparing him to Suarez is a disgrace, not intentional at all.

    Darryl Messer: The Can stamp was cancelled by the no pen. But then he had the Skrtel stamp, the Gerrard incident. In total a red card

    And, get ready for it...

    Matt Roland: Some would say Costa hasn't got a leg to stand on... Oh wait.

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

  36. 'Have my Superbowl tickets son'


    And while we're talking golf, have you heard the one about Phil Mickelson giving away his Superbowl tickets to a kid halfway through a round?

    It happened in 2008 when Phil had two tickets to the game being played between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants but decided not to go.

    Phil Mickelson

    "He asked his caddie to give them away and on the third tee approached a father and son and asked them if they liked football," report CBS Sports.

    "The caddie reached into Mickelson's bag, pulled out the tickets and asked them if they would like to attend the Super Bowl. They later sent Mickelson a thank you letter."

  37. Woods back and feeling good


    Tiger Woods is aiming to prove he can still be the force he once when the Phoenix Open gets under way on Thursday in Arizona.

    Woods will play for the first time since finishing joint last at the Hero World Challenge in December.

    Tiger Woods

    "My driving has come around and I'm a lot longer than I thought I ever could be again," said Woods. "My speed is way back up, and that's fun. I'm touching numbers that I did 15 years ago, so that's cool."

  38. Bong! Headlines at 4...

    A quick reminder of the stories making the headlines today....

    *Football: Portuguese footballer Luis Figo has become the latest shock candidate for the role of Fifa president.

    *Rugby Union: England's injury problems have deepened with four more players likely to miss the Six Nations opener against Wales.

    *Football: Winger Callum McManaman has joined West Brom from Wigan for £4.75m.

    Novak Djokovic

    *Tennis: Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka will meet in the Australian Open semi-finals after winning their quarter-final matches earlier today.

    *Football: Jose Mourinho has been fined £25,000 by the FA for claiming there is a "campaign" to influence referees' decisions against his Chelsea side.

  39. Villa back in for Sinclair


    Aston Villa are back in the running to sign Manchester City's Scott Sinclair.

    Scott Sinclair

    The club have resumed talks with City over a possible move for the winger, PA Sport reports.

    A loan deal is the most likely outcome for a player who has made just three starts since signing for City from Swansea for £6.2m in 2012.

  40. Mourinho's support for Figo


    Jose Mourinho has issued a statement supporting Luis Figo's bid to oust Sepp Blatter and become president of FIFA.

    Figo Mou

    The Chelsea boss, who was fined £25,000 by the FA earlier today for his referee 'campaign' comments, said: "Luis Figo's candidacy is a great step forward for football. His career over many years grants a better future for FIFA.

    "I believe in his character and determination, as well as his passion for the game. He will be a President focused on football and its general improvement, acting closely with all Federations."

  41. Jarvis weighs up offers

    Football gossip

    Matt Jarvis

    Cardiff City and West Brom are set to try and tempt out-of-favour West Ham midfielder Matt Jarvis, 28, into a move away from Upton Park after just one Premier League start this season, reports the Daily Mail.

  42. More injury woe for England

    Rugby Union

    Just when Stuart Lancaster thought things couldn't get any worse, England's injury problems have deepened with four more players likely to miss the Six Nations opener against Wales.

    Stuart Lancaster

    Lock Geoff Parling and centre Brad Barritt (both knee) are set to be out for "a couple of weeks" but have not yet been ruled out of the second game against Italy.

    Centre Kyle Eastmond (shoulder) and flanker Tom Wood (ankle) are also unable to train and are set to miss the Wales game on 6 February.

    Lancaster, one suspects putting on a brave face, told BBC Radio 5live: "We certainly don't lie awake at night worrying about the injuries we've got and we're confident in the squad we've got."

  43. Campbell a Rangers target

    Football gossip

    Frazier Campbell

    The Mirror: Queens Park Rangers want to sign striker Fraizer Campbell, 27, from Crystal Palace, with midfielder Jordon Mutch possibly moving in the opposite direction to Selhurst Park.

  44. Spending passes $4billion


    Football clubs around the world spent a record $4.1bn (£2.7bn) on international player transfers during 2014, according to Fifa.

    It is the first time spending has risen above $4bn and a 2.1% increase on 2013.

    England was the world's biggest spender, with its clubs paying $1.2bn (£795m) during the year. That was more than a quarter of the total spending worldwide, and also 67% higher than the second biggest spender, Spain, which spent $700m (£460m).

  45. Get involved - Costa controversy

    More views on Chelsea's Diego Costa and whether he should be banned for allegedly stamping on opponents against Liverpool.

    Ian Batten: Three players could have been sent off. It's a contact sport. Praise the ref for letting us see a full-blooded cup tie.

    Paul Collins: Diego Costa has been brilliant this season. This is no witch hunt, just diving and stamping.

    Stephen Evans: Regardless of any retrospective decision on Costa, the result will stand. If he was sent off things may have been different. Pointless.

    And the by now obligatory comedy attempt...

    David Swaden: It might have looked like a close game at the Bridge yesterday, but for Diego Costa it was a walkover.

    We'll give you a six out of 10 Dave.

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

  46. Post update

    Some important fruit news - Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has tweeted: "I've been juicing three times a week since the new year and really do feel healthier."

    He also posted this pic on Instagram.


    Mmm, looks really appetising...

  47. Williams eyes Match Racing 'revenge'


    Southampton-based sailor Ian Williams and his team have "revenge" on their minds for next month's final round of the World Match Racing Tour.

    Williams, aiming for a fifth world title, is up against Taylor Canfield, who edged him out last year.

    "We've had a great rivalry over the last two years - he pipped us last year by five points which is the closest-ever finish," he told BBC South Today.

    "There's some revenge for us. It would be fantastic to get that fifth title."

  48. Shrews sign young frontman


    Sunderland's under-21 striker Mikael Mandron has joined League Two promotion-chasers Shrewsbury Town on loan until the end of the season.

    The frontman had a successful loan spell at Fleetwood last season.

  49. Roma go to the US


    Serie A club AS Roma are looking to discover and develop American talent through a new partnership with seven youth soccer clubs in the United States.

    Roma CEO Italo Zanzi told Reuters news agency that the initiative would include coaching exchanges, allow the American clubs to feature in tournaments in Italy and would be a direct, year-round arrangement.

  50. Post update

    Judy Murray on Twitter: Andy's hitting partner today is teen Aussie Ben Mitchell, whose brother Luke was Romeo Smith in Home and Away. #ausopen

    And for those with a burning desire to know what the soap star's brother looks like in shorts, Judy's even tweeted a picture...

    Be Mitchell
  51. Swans knockback


    Swansea have been told St Etienne target Franck Tabanou is going nowhere.

    Swans boss Garry Monk is keen to sign the versatile former France Under-21 international, who can operate on either the left side of defence or in attack.


    But St Etienne president Bernard Caiazzo said: "Tabanou will not leave this winter. Even if we receive a good offer, he will stay at the club for sure."

  52. Get involved

    More views on Chelsea's Diego Costa and whether he should be banned for allegedly stamping on opponents against Liverpool.

    Toby Jenkins: Every week we see thrown elbows, two-footed challenges and even some slaps which go completely unpunished by the FA and no one bats an eyelid. But as soon as Costa steps on a player's ankle, it's the worst thing since Cantona's kung-fu kick.

    Andy Reynolds: I reckon the first one on Can was intentional, they had a bit of a spat in the first leg. But I think the Skrtel one was accidental. As a Liverpool fan I am gutted to go out of the Cup but feel they were two very good games and showed our definite improvement.

    Dave Simpson: Seen them both and as a none Chelsea fan, I must say one is definitely NOT a stamp and the other is 50/50 - he may or may not have been able to hurdle the player. Only he will know that and you can't ban him on that evidence.

    And yet another pun to finish...

    Jeff Burridge: Costa, taking 'Stampford' Bridge one step too far.

    You guys are on fire today...

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

  53. Lee denied perfect swan song


    Brett Lee was denied a last-ball hat-trick and a fairytale end to his professional cricket career as the Perth Scorchers scrambled a single off the fast bowler to win back-to-back Big Bash League titles in Canberra on Wednesday.

    The Twenty20 final was the 38-year-old former Australia paceman Lee's last match.

    Brett Lee

    He took two wickets from the penultimate two balls but the Scorchers scrambled a run off Lee's last ball, with Sydney captain Moises Henriques fumbling a run-out chance.

    Lee finished his career with 3-25 off four overs as Perth won by four wickets.

  54. U's grab a Hammer


    Colchester United have signed defender Jamie Harney on a free transfer from Premier League club West Ham.

    The 18-year-old, who has made one substitute appearance for the U's since joining on loan in November, has signed a deal until 2016.

  55. Williams give Lynn role

    Formula 1

    Williams have appointed British driver Alex Lynn as their development driver for this season.

    Alex Lynn

    The 21-year-old from Essex was GP3 champion last season and will move up to GP2 this year.

  56. Get involved - Costa controversy

    More views on Chelsea's Diego Costa and whether he should be banned for allegedly stamping on opponents against Liverpool.

    Terry Mahoney: Mourinho takes his 'victim' status to new heights, next he'll claim Costa was acting in self defence.

    Steve Howes: Don't focus on Costa look at the ref. Costa, Skirtel and Henderson should all have gone and as for the pen not awarded ... I despair.

    Matt Ryan: (LFC fan) Stamp on Can was intentional, stamp in Skrtel was lucky. They should have had a penalty, so let's call it evens 1-1.

    Paul Pharoah: Can someone explain the contrast between Giroud headbutting and being sent off and Costa/Skrtel not even being yellow carded?

    And another punter vying for best line of the day award...

    Daniel Smyth: One more stamp by Costa last night and I'm sure he would have got a free coffee.

    Not bad Daniel, not bad.

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

  57. Baggies bag McManaman


    A little more on the news that Callum McManaman has joined West Brom.

    Baggies boss Tony Pulis said: "Callum is a player who can improve our options and I am really looking forward to working with him."

    Callum McManaman

    McManaman himself says he is "made up" to be back in the Premier League.

    "When the chance came I couldn't turn it down," he said. "This is a great move for me and I hope the Albion fans will get to see the best of me.

    "Albion are a great club, with a good tradition. I can't wait to get going."

  58. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    West Brom sign McManaman

    West Brom have completed the signing of Callum McManaman from Wigan for an undisclosed fee.

    The 23-year-old FA Cup winner has signed a three-and-a-half year contract, with a 12-month option, after agreeing personal terms and completing a medical at the club's training ground.

  59. Smith extends Bristol City loan spell


    Bristol City have extended Matt Smith's loan spell from Fulham until 1 March.

    The 25-year-old striker has scored nine times in 12 games since joining the League One side in November and had two headers cleared off the line in Sunday's 1-0 FA Cup defeat by West Ham.

  60. Post update

    Ronald Koeman tweets: Well done @LuisFigo

    The Southampton manager was a team-mate of the Portuguese winger at Barcelona.

  61. Bring on United!


    BBC Cambridgeshire Sport: Big queues outside the Abbey for Old Trafford tickets.

    Could be worse, the weather could be like it is here in Salford - grim.

    Cambridge United

    The FA Cup fourth round replay between Manchester United and Cambridge takes place at Old Trafford on Tuesday, 3 February 3 (kick off 19:45 GMT).

  62. Doncaster sign Watford striker on loan


    Doncaster have signed Watford striker Uche Ikpeazu on loan until the end of the season after the Championship side recalled him from Crewe.

    The 19-year-old agreed a deal to stay with the Railwaymen on Monday, but was recalled the following day to enable the Doncaster move to go ahead.

  63. Hull forward heads north

    BBC Humberside Sport: Hull City frontman Calaum Jahraldo, 21, has joined Scottish Championship side Alloa Athletic on-loan until the end of the season.

  64. Wigan gives Williams a go

    Rugby League

    Wigan coach Shaun Wane will give homegrown youngster George Williams "all the time he needs" to secure the club's famous number six spot.

    George Williams

    The 20-year-old, born and bred in Wigan, will get the chance to fill the boots of Australian playmaker Blake Green, who left the Warriors at the end of last season to return to the NRL with Melbourne.

    "He's not under any pressure from me because I know he can play," Wane said. "Whether it happens in the next 10 or 20 games, I'm not that bothered, I'm willing to keep working with him.

  65. Chelsea's Ramos bid

    Football gossip

    Sergio Ramos

    Chelsea have contacted the agent of Sergio Ramos as they hope to persuade the 28-year-old Real Madrid defender to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer, reports the Daily Express.

  66. Ospreys prop leaves

    BBC Wales Sport: Ospreys prop Nicky Thomas, 20, will join Gloucester at the end of the season.

  67. Get involved - Costa controversy

    More of your views on Chelsea's Diego Costa and whether he should be banned for allegedly stamping on opponents against Liverpool.

    Tony Collins: If Costa had stamped, both players would have been carried off. It is more accurate to say he trod or stepped.

    James Presland: It almost seems like Jose's blaming the anti-Chelsea "campaign" for Costa's action. Both were vicious and should be punished.

    Mehul Mandalia: Chelsea fans are being Liverpool fans of last season. Will defend Costa no matter what he does. As a neutral - clear stamp.

    Andrew Cooper: Mourinho classless, Costa needs banning as stamps are violent conduct. Three match ban for each of the incidents.

    Sadiq Faruk: If it's not Mourinho getting into trouble with the FA, it's one of our players, week in week out. Everyone is on Chelsea's case.

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

  68. Post update

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Wigan Athletic have confirmed Adam Forshaw has completed a move to Championship rivals Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee.

    Forshaw made 17 appearances for Wigan following his move from Brentford on deadline day in September last year.

  69. Newcastle favourites to sign Alli


    MK Dons manager Karl Robinson has confirmed Newcastle United are among a number of clubs to express interest in young midfielder Dele Alli.

    But Robinson expects the England Under-19 international to stay at Stadium MK on loan if a deal is completed.

    MK Dons Newcastle

    "If we were talking about an 18-year-old striker with 12 goals, you'd be talking about millions, and this is a midfielder," said Robinson. "We know there has been communications with clubs. We hope we can do right by Dele and the club as well."

  70. Post update

    Katie Swan

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery in Melbourne: Great win for GB junior Katie Swan in the girls' singles at the Australian Open. She has beaten Chinese number one seed Shilin Xu 6-2 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.

  71. Gatland offers advice to England

    Rugby union

    Much of the talk before the Six Nations opener between Wales and England in Cardiff has been around the visitors' injury problems.

    The Welsh will have almost a full squad to chose from but coach Warren Gatland had some advice for England counterpart Stuart Lancaster.

    "If I was in the England camp, I would be talking about the injuries all the time and trying to go down to Wales as underdogs," he said.

  72. Oliver to make Costa decision


    Referee Michael Oliver will make the decision on whether Diego Costa should be charged with violent conduct over his two apparent stamps during Chelsea's 1-0 win against Liverpool in the Capital One Cup.

    The FA has confirmed it is aware of the controversy at the match and is waiting for Oliver's report.

    Michael Oliver

    Oliver will be asked by the FA whether he or any of the officials saw the incident. If he did not, he will be asked to judge from video replays whether either of the incidents were straight red-card offences.

    If the referee believes either was a red-card offence, the Spain international will be charged with violent conduct and dealt with under the fast-track system.

  73. What's in a name?


    Nou Camp

    Is it Nou Camp or Camp Nou? And how do you pronounce it?

    A quick leaf through the BBC sport style guide suggests the former but Barcelona have offered their own helpful guide...

  74. Drug bans a warning - Greene


    The case of two Welsh athletes banned for failing drugs tests should act as a warning to youngsters, says hurdler Dai Greene.

    Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton received four and six-month bans after "not knowingly" taking supplements containing prohibited substances.

  75. Post update

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    Big day for sports' governing bodies tomorrow. Latest Active People Survey revealed by grassroots funding agency Sport England #legacy

  76. Hammer heading to Italy

    Football gossip


    Daily Telegraph: West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison, 21, will travel to Rome on Wednesday for a medical with Lazio, and will sign a pre-contract agreement to move to Italy in the summer after seeing out the remainder of his Hammers deal.

  77. Get involved - Costa controversy

    Plenty of views coming in on Chelsea's Diego Costa and whether he should be banned for allegedly stamping on opponents against Liverpool.

    Gary Watson: Jose was right. There was no intent, they were not stamps at all. The Liverpool players were trying to get Costa sent off all night, both these incidents were classic examples of players putting a leg in the way of a tackle so as to get Costa booked.

    Lynkoln Desage: Liverpool are trying to conceal a probably more blatant and serious offence when Skrtel cynically and inexplicably elbowed Costa in the face at Anfield in the first leg. Costa is a brute of a striker and relishes such duels so give him a break.

    Jason Jay: If it was Suarez everyone would be calling him all sort of names. Costa deserves a four-match ban without question.

    And a contender for the day's worst pun thus far...

    Stephen Warnica: This might 'Costa' Chelsea.

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

  78. Post update

    John Percy of the Telegraph tweets:Birmingham have today rejected Bournemouth's fourth bid for winger Demarai Gray, worth £3.5m.

  79. England quartet miss Six Nations opener

    Rugby union

    Six Nations launch

    England coach Stuart Lancaster has confirmed that Geoff Parling, Brad Barritt, Kyle Eastmond and Tom Wood will all likely miss the Six Nations opener with Wales next Friday. Some, or all, may be available for the Italy game the following week.

  80. Post update

    Luis Figo tweets: "I'm delighted to announce my candidacy for the FIFA Presidency. Football has given me so much during my life & I want to give something back."

  81. Live FA Cup action


    BBC Sport has announced which FA Cup fifth round games it is showing live.

    Aston Villa v Leicester City is on BBC One on Sunday 15 February (kick off 12:30 GMT), with Preston North End or Sheffield United v Cambridge United or Manchester United the live game on Monday 16 February (19:45 GMT).

    BT Sport will have live coverage of the West Brom v West Ham, Crystal Palace v either Liverpool or Bolton, and Arsenal v Middlesbrough.

    The BBC will also screen the fourth round replay between Bolton and Liverpool on Wednesday 4 February (19:45 GMT).

  82. Boss to get the axe


    Senegal coach Alain Giresse is expected to become the first managerial casualty of the African Nations Cup after his side were eliminated, reports Senegalese news agency APS.

    "The road has ended, my contract is at an end," Giresse said, after a 2-0 loss to Algeria ensured his side missed out on a quarter-final berth.

  83. 'I'm just here so I won't get fined'

    American football

    Marshawn Lynch

    This is magnificent...

    Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch gave the same answer 29 times during a Super Bowl media session, repeatedly saying "I'm just here so I won't get fined", then shouting "finished" when a five-minute timer went off on his phone.

    Watch the video here.

  84. Dundee United consider full-back swap


    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence reports: Keith Watson has now joined Hibernian on loan from Dundee United until the end of the season. United are keen to bring another full-back, Huddersfield Town's Paul Dixon, back to Tannadice.

  85. Post update

    Martyn Ziegler of the Press Associationtweets: In slightly less exciting but nevertheless important news, Scottish FA confirm to me they will nominate Michael van Praag for FIFA president.

  86. Post update

    Rory Smith of the Times tweets: The more people stand for Fifa president, the more certain it is that Blatter wins. Figo and Van Praag are 'Nadering' Prince Ali.

  87. Post update

    Luis Figo graphic
  88. Figo to stand for Fifa presidency


    The Press Association are reporting that Luis Figo has announced he is to stand for the FIFA presidency.

  89. 'Lambert has club's full support'


    Paul Lambert

    Some good news from Aston Villa's Paul Lambert today, with the club's chief executive Tom Fox saying the manager has their full support of the club and 'remains important' to owner Randy Lerner.

    Villa have taken only 12 points from their last 18 Premier League games, but Fox told BBC Sport sacking Lambert mid-season would be like "flipping a coin".

    "When things aren't going well, fans bay for that type of blood," Fox said. "That's not the way that I or the owner are going to make a decision. It's a false narrative."

  90. Post update

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Strong rumours that Luis Figo is about to declare for Fifa presidency. CNN may tell us more in 10 minutes...

  91. Get involved - Costa controversy

    Plenty of views coming in on Chelsea's Diego Costa and whether he should be banned for allegedly stamping on opponents against Liverpool.

    Ken Gorry: There's no defence for the Can stamp. The ball and Can were out of play and he actually had to go off the pitch to do it.

    Ken Wilson: Ridiculous media and Liverpool witch-hunt of Costa. Because it's a Chelsea player all hell lets loose. Get real everyone.

    Jack Cummins: To ban Costa retrospectively assumptions would have to be made. There's only one man who knows if the stamps were accidental.

    Adam Sofroniou: The Costa stamps are deliberate, if it was an accident you would stop and apologise. He's given himself away by playing on.

    Patrick Holland: Have a go at Costa as much as you want, you know you'd love to have him in your team!

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

  92. Fulham move for teenage defender


    Newport County's 16-year-old defender Regan Poole will complete his move to Fulham in the next few days but will be loaned back to the League Two promotion chasers for the rest of the season.

  93. Pacquiao's got Mayweather's number


    Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather exchanged phone numbers at a US basketball game as they met in person for the first time.

    A long-awaited welterweight fight between the two has long been talked about, but a deal has yet to be agreed.

    "He gave his number to me and said we will communicate with each other," Pacquiao said at the Miami Heat game.

    Pacquiao & Mayweather

    The fighters were both sitting courtside as Miami took on Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

    Next they'll be going for pizza and a game of 10-pin bowling together...

  94. Gunners set for more business

    Football gossip

    Arsenal plan to follow up the signing of Gabriel Paulista from Villarreal by adding 20-year-old Italian defender Daniele Rugani from Empoli, according to Talksport.

  95. Cueto calls time on career

    Rugby union

    Mark Cueto

    Former England international Mark Cueto is to retire at the end of the season.

    The Sale Sharks wing, 35, became the all-time leading try scorer in the Premiership in February 2013 and is currently on 87. He played in two World Cups, earning 55 caps, and played in the final Test in the Lions 2005 tour of New Zealand.

    "When I made my debut at Bristol back in 2001, I could hardly have dreamed that I would play for Sale Sharks for 14 seasons, represented my country all over the world and played with and against some of the all time greats," Cueto said.

  96. March hearing for Ashley


    Mike Ashley will face two Scottish FA charges relating to his involvement at Rangers on 2 March.

    The Newcastle owner, whose grip on the Scottish Championship club was strengthened on Tuesday when he loaned them a further £10m, was accused on December 15 of not acting in the best interests of football and of breaching a rule relating to holding power over two clubs.

    A separate hearing into three charges against Rangers will be heard on 16 March.

  97. European papers


    French sports daily L'Equipe focuses on Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann - "Les Magiciens" - and suggests that their fine performances for Juventus and Atletico Madrid this week bode well for the French national team.

  98. Get involved - Costa controversy

    More of your views on Chelsea's Diego Costa and whether he should be banned for allegedly stamping on opponents against Liverpool.

    Marcel: Yes he was looking at the ball but his steps weren't natural. He twice made a shorter step in an attempt to land on there ankles.

    Fiifi Forson: Love or hate him, Costa's got English football raving about old fashioned strikers .He's got all that in his locker.

    Ged Lynam: Costa stamps will result in a ban but why not make it for the final as well as immediate next three games?

    Jay: Given the number of times Costa has lashed/kicked out at opponents, it's surprising he hasn't had a red card card yet.

    Andrew Priestley: Jose Mourinho would be singing a very different tune this morning had a Liverpool player stamped on Diego Costa. Twice.

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

  99. 'The world is so big' - Broad


    Stuart Broad has come up with an unusual apology after a controversial tweet about the UK minimum wage.

    "It was genuinely innocent, sorry to offend anyone if anyone did take offence to it. I was genuinely fascinated by the size of the world," he said.

    Stuart Broad

    The 28-year-old had tweeted: "I've heard if you earn minimum wage in England you're in the top 10% earners in the world. #stay #humble."

    The latest on the story here.

  100. Wednesday's back pages

    The Independent

    A final look at today's back pages. This is the Independent and - guess what? - it's you-know-who making the headlines yet again.

  101. Post update

    Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic has reacted to the news that he will miss the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury.

    The Spain international tweeted: "I will be positive, I'll face it with a smile.. I promise u that I'll come back stronger than ever. Thks for ur love,I really appreciate it."

  102. 'We know how much that pundit loves Chelsea'


    Diego Costa

    Mourinho has now moved on to another perceived slight against his side, with the Chelsea manager accusing an unnamed Sky Sports pundit of having a "campaign" against Diego Costa after suggestions that the striker stamped on Liverpool players during Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final.

    "Maybe you are already influenced by the campaign on the television with the certain pundits saying that Costa has crimes - they must be nuts, the guy who says that," said the Stamford Bridge manager. "It is a great campaign. We know how much that pundit loves Chelsea."

    But who was he talking about? The Mirror have drawn up a list of suspects...

  103. Mourinho fined for referee comments


    Jose Mourinho has been fined £25,000 despite contesting a Football Association charge for claiming there is a "campaign" to influence referees' decisions against his Chelsea side.

    The Portuguese made his comments after his side were denied a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Southampton on 28 December.

    A hearing found that the comments were "improper and brought the game into disrepute" but they ruled that they did not "imply bias on the part of a referee or referees".

  104. Tranmere announce Dugdale signing


    League Two side Tranmere Rovers have signed Crewe defender Adam Dugdale on a six-month contract, with the option of a further year. Dugdale, 27, returns to Rovers after playing five times during a loan spell in 2013-14.

  105. Six Nations launch

    Rugby union

    Wales captain Sam Warburton has also been addressing the audience at the Six Nations launch in London. "Since November, a lot of the Welsh fans' attention turned to the England game," he said of the opening match of the tournament on 6 February.

  106. Wednesday's back pages

    The Guardian

    More Diego Costa on the back of The Guardian, and an update on Owen Farrell's injury.

  107. Survival of the fittest


    How about this for stamina… Hong Kong's Leo Au broke the record for the longest professional squash match when he beat home hopeful Shawn Delierre 11-6 4-11 11-6 7-11 16-14 in an 170-minute epic in the semi-finals of a PSA World Tour event in Canada this week.

    Then the sprightly 24-year-old went on to claim the title in an 85-minute scrap against Malaysian Muhd Asyraf Azan. "I'm physically and mentally exhausted," said Au, stating the obvious somewhat.

    The record had stood since 1983, when Pakistani six-time world champion Jahangir Khan took 166-minutes to get past Gamal Awad in the Chichester Festival.

  108. Australian Open live

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    It's all over. Novak Djokovic has dispensed with Milos Raonic in straight sets, the Canadian looking a little shell-shocked at the end after being whacked off court.

    Djokovic won 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-2 and described his performance as "great". He looks immense and has dropped his serve only once in the entire tournament.

    Stan Wawrinka has the unenviable task of trying to stop him when the pair meet in the semi-final. Andy Murray, of course, takes on Tomas Berdych in the other.

  109. Bernabeu to be renamed - reports

    Real Madrid's Bernabeu

    Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that Real Madrid's iconic stadium is to be renamed as the Abu Dhabi Bernabeu.

  110. Get involved - Costa controversy

    More of your views on Chelsea's Diego Costa and whether he should be banned for allegedly stamping on opponents against Liverpool.

    Tom Adlam: Poor refereeing - Costa should have been sent off. As for Mourinho, he's losing his way with this persecution complex. He may be a great coach, but it's getting harder and harder to respect him.

    Agift Chitedze: Skrtel fouled Costa in the box. Should he receive punishment from the FA?

    Diego Costa

    Adam White: Both looked potentially accidental to me, hard to call.

    Lu Cardarello Ha. Rodgers condemning Costa but defended Suarez. Couldn't write it!

    Killian Danagher: Mourinho says it was accidental but stamping on players 2-3 times isn't accidental. He will cost Chelsea at some stage.

    Keep your thoughts coming at #bbcsportsday or the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  111. Four miss England training

    Rugby union

    The England camp have just issued a medical bulletin but, frankly, it's not hugely exciting.

    Brad Barritt of Saracens and Leicester's Geoff Parling will not train on Wednesday as they continue treatment for medial knee ligament strains and will be joined on the sidelines by Kyle Eastmond of Bath and Northampton's Tom Wood.

  112. Australian Open live

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Seems like Novak Djokovic has an urgent appointment to get to.

    The world number one has raced through the second set 6-4 against Canada's Milos Raonic and is now only six games away from setting up an Australian Open semi-final showdown with Stan Wawrinka.


    You can follow the match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or with our live text commentary.

  113. Inverness striker McKay bound for Wigan


    Billy McKay

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle have accepted a bid from Wigan Athletic for striker Billy McKay.

    The offer is reported to be in the region of £150,000 and the 26-year-old Northern Ireland international, who is out of contract in the summer, will discuss terms with the Championship club on Wednesday.

    "The board agreed to allow Billy to travel to DW Stadium for discussion of personal terms with a view to an immediate transfer," read an Inverness statement.

  114. Defender Berry signs for Cheltenham


    Our first transfer of the day comes from Whaddon Road, as Cheltenham sign defender Durrell Berry on a deal until the end of the season.

    The 22-year-old former Plymouth Argyle man had most recently been playing on non-contract terms with Conference side Torquay United.

  115. World papers

    daily news

    You might have heard that there's been an almighty stooshie going on in the United States a this week about how much air was in 11 American footballs during the meeting between the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots.

    'Deflate-gate' has had particular resonance this week before Sunday's Superbowl and the hysteria has reached new heights with the New York-based Daily News establishing that it takes 40 seconds to make a ball sufficiently softer.

  116. Milan chief exec's radio gaffe


    While we're on the subject of AC Milan and under-pressure coach Filippo Inzaghi, the club's CEO has been left a little red-faced after being tricked into talking about the manager's future during a prank call on Italian radio.

    Adriano Galliani also unwittingly revealed potential transfer targets to the audience of radio station RDS.

    The radio prankster pretended to be Massimo Ferrari, president of rival club Sampdoria, and asked if Inzaghi would be sacked if Milan lost their next game.

    "No, unless there is a massive catastrophe we'll stick with him until the end of the season, then we'll see," said Galliani.

  117. European papers


    Italian sports daily Corriere dello Sport is says the pressure is mounting on Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi but that he remains in his post despite the 1-0 Coppa Italia defeat by Lazio on Tuesday.

  118. Six Nations launch

    Rugby union

    England's Chris Robshaw is currently up on stage alongside the other captains at the Six Nations launch. Here's a taste of his patter...

    "Whether we have injuries or not we are confident in our squad. Every team here wants to win the tournament," the Harlequins flanker revealed.

  119. Bubka to stand against Coe for IAAF job


    Sergey Bubka has confirmed he is to stand against fellow vice president Sebastian Coe

    Sergey Bubka has confirmed he is to stand against fellow vice-president Sebastian Coe in the contest to become president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

    Senegalese Lamine Diack, 80, is stepping down later this year and Lord Coe was thought to be favourite to succeed him but will now face competition from the former pole vault world-record holder.

    Ukrainian Bubka said: "I am seeking the IAAF presidency to give something back to the world of athletics which has given so many opportunities to me throughout my life."

  120. European back pages


    Spanish sports daily Marca previews the Copa del Rey meeting of Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Luis Enrique's side lead 1-0 from last week's first leg.

  121. Australian Open live

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Novak Djokovic has just won a first-set tiebreak against Canada's Milos Raonic as they duel for the right to face Stan Wawrinka in the Australian Open semi-finals.

    You can follow the match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or with our live text commentary.

  122. Fletcher move hits a snag

    Football gossip

    The Sun: Darren Fletcher's bid to leave Manchester United on a free transfer has hit trouble because of a disagreement over the 30-year-old midfielder's pay-off.

  123. Eagles swoop for Zaha

    Football gossip

    Wilfried Zaha

    Crystal Palace are closing in on making Wilfried Zaha's loan move from Manchester United permanent. The deal would see Palace pay up to £6m for the 22-year-old winger, who left Selhurst Park for Old Trafford two years ago, reports The Guardian.