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By Emlyn Begley, Steve Canavan and Elizabeth Hudson

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  1. Goodnight

    Thanks for joining us on an epic 14-and-a-half-hour Sportsday. It's only nine and a half hours until it all starts again.

    See you then. Well I won't, I'll be asleep.

  2. Post update

    Discuss the best January signing on the BBC MOTD Facebook page.

    Rian Hoskins: Hard to judge yet but Elia had an eye catching performance against Newcastle so probably him so far in the Premier League.

  3. Text us on 81111

    Muhammad, Birmingham: Liverpool need to sign Asmir Begovic and Gonzalo Higuain. Gettable targets.

  4. Schurrle on his way home?

    Andre Schurrle

    Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle has agreed personal terms with Wolfsburg, according to Sky Sports 'sources'.

    Second-placed Wolfsburg get the Bundesliga back under way after the winter break against leaders and champions Bayern Munich tomorrow.

  5. Post update

    Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman

    Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman will have surgery on his knee.

    The 24-year-old perennial Manchester United target has played six league games since returning in November after the injury which forced him to miss the World Cup.

    "There's a lot of speculation in the media about me and I would like to explain to all the fans what the real problem is," the Netherlands player said on Twitter.

    "In the match v Fiorentina I got a knock on my left knee. It's bruised and therefore I should rest my knee for a couple of weeks.

    "This gives me the opportunity to remove some scar tissue which has bothered me a bit after the last surgery and this will help me further in getting back to my old level.

    "It's nothing serious and I will be back on the pitch as soon as possible."

  6. Celtic lack respect for Rangers - Smith

    Celtic striker John Guidetti

    Ex-Rangers manager Walter Smith is not happy with Celtic striker John Guidetti's hat-trick hopes for Sunday's League Cup semi-final.

    It is the first match between the Glasgow rivals since Rangers' problems three years ago.

    Guidetti, on loan from Manchester City, has not scored since November but "fancied three goals" against Rangers at Hampden.

    Smith told BBC Sport: "Rangers will have a respect for Celtic. I'm not so sure Celtic are showing the same respect, with some of the comments their players are making.

    "A few years ago the games would have been much tighter in terms of how everybody's perception of how the game is going to be. But I don't think you can turn round and disrespect your opponents by saying you're going to score three."

  7. Post update

    Joel Campbell

    I told you an hour ago that Villarreal beat Getafe in the Copa del Rey quarter-final to set up a semi-final clash with Barcelona.

    What I didn't tell you is that Joel Campbell made his Yellow Submarine debut following his loan switch from Arsenal.

    It's the first time Villarreal have ever reached the last four of the Spanish Cup.

  8. Red Devils to go big for centre-back

    Aymeric Laporte

    Manchester United will make "one last big push" to sign either Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, 26, or 20-year-old Athletic Bilbao centre-back Aymeric Laporte, according to ESPN FC.

  9. Dixon seal of approval

    Gabriel Paulista

    Former Arsenal right-back Lee Dixon thinks Gabriel Paulista will be a success at the club.

    The 24-year-old Brazilian (Gabriel not Dixon) cost £11.2m from Villarreal and can play at centre-back of right-back.

    "There is no doubt an experienced player who has been at Villarreal will be an asset in that department," Dixon added.

    "The bits I have seen of him, he certainly has all of the attributes to adapt to the Premier League - he is very aggressive, is brave and relatively quick, so I think he will be a big asset."

  10. Magic of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy

    Matt Smith

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman at Ashton Gate: "Bristol City's seven-year wait for a Wembley trip has come to an end - they've reached the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final for a fifth time.

    "They made it 5-3 on aggregate against Gillingham - 1-1 on the night - but it wasn't as simple as they'd hoped.

    "Despite sitting 23 points behind them in League One, Gillingham looked pushed their opponents to the bitter end - including six minutes of extra time.

    "But it was City's night, and they will now be playing Walsall under the famous arch on 22 March."

  11. Vote results

    Carles Gil

    Your vote results are in...

    Aston Villa's Carles Gil is the best Premier League signing this month, say 18.47% of you.

    Wilfried Bony to Manchester City is second and Arsenal signing Gabriel Paulista is third. Full results are available on the right side of this page on the desktop site and in a tab at the top on mobile devices.

    Kyle Naughton to Swansea was bottom with 2.18% of the vote.

  12. Text us on 81111

    Tom Peters: Gutted to see Crouchy get a new deal at Stoke, would have loved to have seen him up front with Defoe again at Sunderland! Lethal front two!

  13. Seize De Gea

    David De Gea

    Real Madrid are happy to wait 18 months and sign Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea for free, rather than pay £40m for him now - according to the Daily Telegraph.

    The piece says: "But while European champions Real have identified the 24-year-old as the long-term successor to Iker Casillas, manager Carlo Ancelotti is understood to be happy to retain Casillas and second-choice Keylor Navas as his goalkeeping options next season."

    De Gea could talk to Real about a pre-contract this time next year.

  14. Hammers defiant over Sakho

    Diafra Sakho

    West Ham are confident they will not be punished for playing striker Diafra Sakho when he pulled out of the Africa Cup of Nations through injury.

    The 25-year-old pulled out of his country's squad and Senegal were then told he could not fly out to Africa for assessment.

    He played in Sunday's game against Bristol City, scoring the only goal, three days before his country were knocked out of the tournament.

    Fifa rules say a player cannot play for a club if he was meant to be on international duty.

    But Allardyce - who either knows more or less than we do - said: "We've stuck to every rule and regulation in the book. I'm not worried at all that he could be facing a ban whatsoever."

  15. Dundee United want £2.5m for Armstrong

    Stuart Armstrong

    Burnley and Celtic have had offers of over £1m rejected by Dundee United for midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

    Celtic's offer for the uncapped 22-year-old is around £1.5m, with Burnley's believed to be slightly less.

    The Tangerines think he's worth £2.5m.

  16. Put a Cork in it

    Jack Cork
    Image caption: "YES!!! Swansea want to sign me."

    Swansea City have agreed a fee with Southampton for midfielder Jack Cork.

    The 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, although he has been offered a new one, but would be available on the cheap if he decided to leave.

  17. Post update

    Here's some more potential Premier League signings you might have missed today...

  18. Your transfer hopes on #bbcsportsday

    James Rickman: Wycombe need a striker and creative midfielder. Gareth Ainsworth doing wonders with the smallest squad, but need more goals.

  19. New contracts at Stoke

    Glenn Whelan and Peter Crouch

    Stoke City pair Peter Crouch and Glenn Whelan have signed two-year contract extensions with the club.

    Both striker Crouch, 33, and midfielder Whelan, 31, would have been out of contract this summer.

    Crouch is still Stoke's record signing at £10 million. He has scored 37 goals in 140 appearances for Stoke.

    Republic of Ireland international Whelan has played for the club since their Football League days and has scored eight goals in 248 games.

  20. Best transfers so far

    If you're one of the billion people who use Facebook, join the debate on the BBC Match of the Day page.

    Steve Hutchinson: John Brayford to Sheffield United

    Van Ilt Turrell: Gabriel to Arsenal, his speed will do Arsenal good

    Ash Fowkes: Darren Bent for Derby

    King Terry Carter: Adam Forshaw to Boro... two years time that £2.5m valuation will have increased beyond belief.

  21. Morrison shows off new shirt

    Football

    Ravel Morrison

    There is nothing official yet on Ravel Morrison's move from West Ham to Lazio, but the player himself gave us all a big clue earlier today.

    He has posted this picture on Instagram. Looks like the transfer will happen soon.

  22. Following in Gazza's footsteps

    Football

    West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has travelled to Italy with his club's consent in order to sign a pre-contract agreement with Lazio.

    It had been reported that the Hammers had blocked the former Manchester United player, 21, from making the trip.

    Ravel Morrison

    However, it is understood the delay was down to training commitments.

    If Morrison signs, he would become the first Englishman to play for Lazio since Paul Gascoigne's spell with the Italian club from 1992 to 1995.

  23. Villarreal set up Barca clash

    Gerard Moreno

    Villarreal will play Barcelona in the Spanish Cup semi-final after beating Getafe 1-0 for a 2-0 aggregate triumph.

    Forward Gerard Moreno scored the only goal of the second leg.

    Athletic Bilbao and Malaga have just kicked off, as have Sevilla and Espanyol.

  24. Your transfer hopes on #bbcsportsday

    Raphael Varane

    Ryan Williams: I feel after Chelsea sign Juan Cuadrado, we should look at Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba next, two young French stars who would make us more solid.

  25. Destination Milan for Destro

    Mattia Destro

    There's been a second transfer, this one has an Italian flavour.

    AC Milan have signed 23-year-old striker Mattia Destro from Roma. Italian media say it is a loan deal with an option to buy.

    "It's been a wonderful welcome," he said after he was met by chief executive Adriano Galliani and they were escorted off a train station platform by police, who were on hand to keep the gathering crowd, which included fans, photographers and cameramen, at bay.

  26. Your transfer hopes on 81111

    Marc: As a Blackpool supporter we have signed 49 players already this season, I think 11 more quality signings would make a massive difference to our season.

  27. Kayal moves to Seagulls

    Beram Kayal

    Big news readers. There's been a transfer. A confirmed transfer.

    Brighton have signed Israeli midfielder Beram Kayal from Celtic following a work permit hearing.

    The 26-year-old made 131 appearances for the Scottish champions but moves down to England for an undisclosed fee.

  28. Robins on the verge of Wemb-glee

    It's Bristol City 1-1 Gillingham at half-time in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy area final second leg.

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman is at Ashton Gate: "The 5-3 aggregate advantage may suggest Bristol City have got this in the bag, but it's all a bit nervy here for the hosts.

    "They took the lead on the night through another Matt Smith header - his seventh goal in three games against Gillingham.

    "But Jermaine McGlashan levelled the score at half-time, restoring the Gills' glimmer of hope, and They finished the half in the ascendancy.

    "They couldn't 'do a Bradford' and turn around an unlikely scoreline, could they?"

  29. Your transfer hopes on #bbcsportsday

    Marc Andre Ter-Stegen

    Callum Jones: Liverpool need to go out and try and get Marc Andre Ter-Stegen on loan as he is not getting playing time at Barcelona.

    Sam Uddin: I believe Arsenal should sign Edinson Cavani and a strong holding midfielder like William Carvalho.

  30. Snowy in Stoke

    Football

    Port Vale snow

    BBC Radio Stoke's Lee Blakeman posted this picture earlier of a weather-stricken Vale Park on Twitter.

    Judging by this it is probably a good thing Vale are away at Barnsley this weekend.

  31. Upson close to comeback - Pearson

    Football

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has revealed Matt Upson's injury nightmare is over and he is ready to make his Foxes return.

    The defender is yet to play for Pearson after suffering a foot injury immediately after joining the club from Brighton in the summer and although he may still sit out Saturday's Premier League trip to Manchester United but Pearson expects him to make his bow imminently.

    "Upson is more or less available now which is very positive for us, he's got a lot of experience," he said.

    "Hopefully once Matt gets on the pitch he can do what he set out to do. It's been frustrating for the lad too. I'm delighted I have someone of his ability and experience becoming available for an important stage of the season."

  32. Have your say on the MOTD Facebook page

    You can tell us who your club need to buy on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page.

    Suraj Belmont: Bony for sure. Winds are getting colder in Manchester, so they need someone to warm the bench all day long.

    Jacob Stokes: Biggest signing I'd say Bony, but the best signing would have to be Carles Gil

    Gary Brown: Who ever gets Scott Sinclair on the cheap. Deserves to play rather than making up the register.

    Dane Catterill: Well I think that Fernando Torres is. BEING SERIOUS

  33. Have your say on #bbcsportsday

    Eljero Elia

    Chris Lane: Best January transfer? Eljero Elia surely, already had an impact for Saints!

    The Southampton loan signing from Werder Bremen has scored two goals in three games so far. The fact his move was confirmed in December is the only recent he isn't on our shortlist.

  34. £24m Cuadrado to Chelsea?

    Juan Cuadrado

    Chelsea need another tricky winger-forward type, I hear literally none of you say.

    - they've met Fiorentina's £24m buyout clause for Colombia World Cup star Juan Cuadrado, 26,

    Mohamed Salah, one of their many attacking midfielders, will move to the Serie A club on loan for the rest of the season, with Chelsea paying all his wages.

  35. Costa contests conduct charge

    Emre Can and Diego Costa

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa will find out tomorrow if he can play on Saturday in the biggest game of the season so far - against title rivals Manchester City.

    Costa is contesting the violent conduct charge he faces over an alleged stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can on Tuesday.

    The FA will review the evidence, and the matter will be resolved on Friday.

  36. Your transfer hopes on 81111

    Francis Coquelin

    Charlie: Do Arsenal really need to sign anyone? With Francis Coquelin proving he's not just a bench warmer and a new centre-back with a good record.

    George in Abingdon: Fulham have to sign a centre-back to stop the leakiness at the back... About 45 goals conceded... In the Championship

    Katy from Edinburgh: Mats Hummels would be a dream signing for United, hopefully combining well with Marcos Rojo and making Champions League this season a serious possibility, without another defender fourth is unrealistic

  37. Tottenham's McEvoy to join Colchester

    Football

    Kenneth McEvoy

    Colchester United are set to sign Tottenham midfielder Kenneth McEvoy on loan until the end of the season.

    The 20-year-old Gareth Bale-lookalike has yet to make his Spurs debut, but played eight times during a loan spell with Peterborough United this season, scoring once.

    "Spurs have agreed everything, it's about getting the paperwork through," U's boss Tony Humes told BBC Essex.

  38. Your transfer hopes on #bbcsportsday

    Jamel Mcfarlane: As a Man Utd fan, we should buy Hummels, Laporte, Clyne to sort out the defence. We need Strootman, Depay and Dybala.

    Just the six...

  39. Pogba on the move?

    Paul Pogba

    Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will leave the club within the next two years, probably for a world-record fee, according to his agent.

    The 21-year-old France player, who joined Juve from Manchester United in 2012, has scored eight goals in 26 club appearances this season.

    Agent Mino Raiola told Gazzetta dello Sport: "If it does not happen this year, it will be next year. Paul is the only major star who is available at the end of the season.

    "If someone wants him, the market situation could see him go for more than 100m euros."

    Why did Pogba leave United for a reported £800,000 compensation after refusing a new deal?

    The midfielder revealed in 2014: "Paul Scholes had retired, Darren Fletcher was injured. There was no-one left to play in midfield.

    "There was Rafael in midfield and I was disgusted."

  40. Text us your transfer hopes on 81111

    Mats Hummels

    Vince Chang, Cardiff: As an Arsenal fan, I believe that with Paulista we have just about enough to get top four, but I would love to get Morgan Schneiderlin now to push on till the end and Mats Hummels and a world class striker in the summer.

  41. Celtic v Rangers good for game

    Football

    Celtic and Rangers managers

    A return of Glasgow derbies between Rangers and Celtic will benefit Scottish football, according to the Ibrox club's caretaker manager.

    Kenny McDowall - who is serving 12 months' notice - was speaking ahead of Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final at Hampden Park.

    It will be the first meeting between the sides for more than three years since Rangers' problems.

    "I think Scottish football needs this fixture," he told BBC Scotland. "Hopefully it will help Scotland get back to better things in the future."

    You can listen to a special on Rangers' situation at 20:30 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live.

  42. Have your say on #bbcsportsday

    Aham Ebogu: Surprised nobody seems to have called for Boubacar Diarra's sack!

    Mali football association president Diarra is the man who eliminated his country from the Africa Cup of Nations after drawing unlucky number three in lots.

  43. VOTE: Who is the signing of the month?

    Carles Gil

    Who do you think has been the best January signing? Well have your say - we've picked 10 to choose from which you can find at the top of this page on a mobile device and on the right-hand side on our desktop site.

    We will reveal the winner at 21:30 GMT. Terms and conditions are here if you're into that kind of thing.

  44. Eto'o enters 'crisis' league

    Samuel Eto'o

    Samuel Eto'o can't wait to get going at Sampdoria. Maybe. He certainly hasn't painted that picture.

    The Cameroon legend, who played under Jose Mourinho at Inter Milan, has joined the Genoa club from Everton this week.

    "There is so much difference to when I last came to Italy," the 33-year-old said.

    "When I last came to Italy it was the moment that so many players were leaving, champions such as Kaka, Andriy Shevchenko, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

    "It's a crisis moment, there aren't the financial resources, but football is still about what happens on the pitch and in the stadium. At the end of the day I hope I can help Sampdoria win."

  45. Post update

    Ashton Gate

    There's live football on tonight too and it's huge if you're into the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman sets the scene: "Was there ever a more glamorous Thursday night game than Bristol City v Gillingham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area final? I think not.

    "Both sets of fans here at a freezing cold Ashton Gate know what might await them at full-time: Wembley… and perhaps a bit of frostbite.

    "High-flying Bristol City have a nice 4-2 lead over the Gills from the first leg, but have the hosts had enough time to recover from their FA Cup antics on Sunday against West Ham?

    "Whatever happens tonight it will be an all-League One affair at the national stadium in March, with Walsall awaiting them in the final. "

  46. Post update

    Shola Ameobi

    Only two Premier League signings so far today and both of them have been by Pards at Palace.

    Midfielder Jordon Mutch moved across London from QPR and striker Shola Ameobi's unmemorable spell with Turkish second tier side Gaziantep is now well and truly over.

    The 33-year-old forward scored 53 league goals during his 1,000-year spell with Newcastle.

  47. Post update

    Transfers page

    If you've missed any signings today, here's our comprehensive list from the transfers page which you can find here.

    Hands up who predicted a Kozakken Boys - Burton transfer.

  48. Who do your club need to sign? #bbcsportsday

    Let us know who your club need to sign this month. Do Arsenal need to sign Sergio Busquets? Could Swansea do with Shane Long? Or do Cambridge need Dion Dublin back?

    Hit us up using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or text us on 81111 (UK only, and please let us know your name).

  49. Huth on the move?

    Robert Huth

    Leicester are interested in signing Stoke defender Robert Huth on loan, according to Press Association Sport.

    The former Chelsea emergency striker, now 30, has made just four appearances this season and has struggled with a recent knee injury.

    Tangentially, PA played Football Manager for hours this week - all in the name of research - to find out who scouts selected as key targets for each team.

    Huth was a top target for West Ham by this theory, while Leicester should be moving for Watford's Gabriele Angella, West Ham's James Collins or Crystal Palace's Damien Delaney.

    Read more from PA's Football Manager experiment here.

  50. You've lot to be kidding me

    Men draw balls out of bowl

    So let's start with the most bizarre football story of the day.

    Guinea reached the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals because one man drew a number three out of a bowl, while another man drew the number two.

    Guinea and Mali ended Group D exactly joint on everything, having drawn all their games 1-1. So it went down to lots.

    But instead of getting it over and done with in yesterday's post-match news conference it was delayed until this afternoon in a hotel in Equatorial Guinea.

    Mali's football association president Boubacar Diarra went first and pulled out the ball that placed them third in the group.

    With Diarra in tears, Amara Dabo, financial director of the Guinea sports ministry, then became the unlikeliest of football heroes by drawing the ball that confirmed his side in second place.

    Read more about that here.

  51. Post update

    With only two business days left until the transfer deadline, we are going to keep Sportsday Live going all night long (or until 22:00 GMT anyway).

    So what can you expect in this bonus three hours of Sportsday?

    • We will discuss any football stories you might have missed today.
    • We will bring you up to date on any confirmed signings or rumours tonight.
    • You can have your say on who you want your club to buy.
    • And you can vote on the best Premier League signing so far this month (more on that soon).
  52. Snow stops Mercedes testing

    Formula 1

    The 2014 Mercedes car

    Blizzard conditions brought a premature end to Mercedes' maiden outing of this year's new challenger for the Formula One world titles.

    The reigning constructors' champions kickstarted their campaign with a promotional day of track time - allowed under FIA regulations - at Silverstone.

    The car, known as the F1 W06 Hybrid, took to the Northamptonshire circuit just after 1pm with Nico Rosberg at the wheel nefore he handed over to team-mate and current drivers' champion Lewis Hamilton.

    The duo completed a total of 18 laps, just over 47 kilometres, before heavy snow brought filming to a halt. The car will make its full debut on Sunday in the first pre-season test in Jerez.

  53. England aim for final place

    Cricket

    Eoin Morgan

    Captain Eoin Morgan hopes England can reach the final of the one-day tri-series to aid their preparations for the upcoming World Cup.

    The winners of Friday's game with India in Perth will go forward to meet hosts Australia at the same venue on Sunday.

    Morgan told BBC Sport: "I don't think it's added pressure. If we win and go through to the final it will give us momentum and confidence going into the World Cup. I think that's key within itself. We'll focus on tomorrow's game and hopefully produce our best."

    England have lost both of their games against Australia in the tournament but beat India by nine wickets in their first meeting on 20 January.

  54. Sturridge apprehensive over Liverpool return

    Football

    Daniel Sturridge

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he is "anxious and excited" as he prepares to return from five months out injured.

    The 25-year-old, who could return against West Ham on Saturday, also told BBC Radio 5 live that the mental side of his game has improved during his layoff with calf and thigh injuries.

    "I'm just focusing on training hard and whenever the staff feel is the right time for me to get back involved I will be," he said

    "I'm just looking forward to getting back involved - that's the main thing for me. I'm feeling great. I can't wait to get back playing again. It's been very frustrating but it's all a learning curve."

  55. Ginola still in Fifa presidential race

    Football

    It now appears that David Ginola has not withdrawn from the race to become Fifa president.

    Although the former French midfielder's website reiterates that the crowdfunding page is now closed and all donations will be returned to those that have pledged, it simply adds that "the campaign for change goes on".

  56. FA nominates Prince Ali of Jordan for Fifa presidency

    Football

    The Football Association has formally nominated Prince Ali of Jordan as a candidate to stand against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.

    The decision was rubber-stamped at an FA board meeting - but board members also welcomed the decision by Dutch FA president Michael van Praag to run for the presidency.

    FA chairman Greg Dyke said after the meeting: "The board discussed the upcoming Fifa presidency election and the welcome proliferation of candidates in the race.

    "We will now await Fifa's final confirmation of the candidates and look forward to assessing the manifestos of all who are entered into the election on 29 May. We have said for a long time that a new approach is essential within Fifa. I welcome the chance for a considered debate in the weeks ahead before we decide where the FA casts its vote."

  57. Wales under pressure - Warburton

    Rugby Union

    Wales captain Sam Warburton

    Captain Sam Warburton says Wales are under pressure to beat England in their Six Nations opener on 6 February.

    Wales also host Ireland and face trips to Scotland, France and Italy.

    Warburton, 26, said: "If we lose then we've got three away games and we're one game down already... that's why there is quite a bit of pressure on that game to win."

  58. Clough's faith pays dividends for Adams

    Football

    Che Adams

    New Sheffield United hero Che Adams has told the Daily Mirror that he wants to repay boss Nigel Clough's faith in him.

    The 18-year-old, who joined from non-league Ilkeston Town in November, came off the bench to score twice in the Blades' Capital One Cup semi-final against Tottenham, only for Christian Eriksen to clinch the tie at the death with a late strike.

    "A few clubs were interested in me but Nigel was the reason I came here," said Adams.

    "You can see in Louis Reed [Adams' 17-year-old team-mate] that he's not scared to play young players. I was at Coventry at Under-14s but that's about it. Since then I've been in non-league football until now."

  59. Ginola's Fifa presidency bid at an end

    Football

    David Ginola

    David Ginola's bid to become Fifa president appears to be at an end.

    The former French midfielder's official website has been closed down with a message saying: "A huge thank you for supporting Team Ginola. The crowdfunding page is now closed. All donations will be returned to those that have pledged.

    "The fight is not over. Football still needs to change. I urge you to continue to vocalize your craving for change in football in whatever way you can. Let it be known that no matter how small you think your voice may be alone, if we speak together we will be heard. Whilst FIFA may not be an open democracy for the footballing public, our opinions will be heeded, only if we persist."

  60. Portsmouth sign Fulham's Passley

    Football

    Portsmouth have signed Fulham defender Josh Passley on a one-month youth loan. The 20-year-old has made two starts for Fulham in the FA Cup, and had a seven-game loan spell at Shrewsbury earlier this season.

  61. 'Very good to have Gabriel' - Wenger

    Football

    Arsenal's new Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista has all the qualities needed to be a big hit in the Premier League, according to manager Arsene Wenger.

    The Gunners have signed the 24-year-old from Villarreal in a £15 million deal, with Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell moving in the other direction on loan for the rest of the season.

    Paulista

    Wenger said: "He has good pace, is good in the challenge and is tall, so he can adapt to English football.

    "Maybe it will take some time to adapt completely, but overall it is very good to have him."

  62. Rio unveil torch relay plans

    Olympics

    Organisers of the torch relay for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro say it will visit 250 towns and cities across the country, reaching 90% of its 200m people.

    The Games begin in 18 months' time and the torch relay will cross all 26 states, and is expected to start about 100 days before the games open on 5 August 2016.

    Rio organising committee president Carlos Nuzman says the relay will "give millions the chance to participate".

  63. St Helens game a sell-out

    Rugby League

    St Helens play at Langtree Park

    Super League champions St Helens say their World Club Challenge game against NRL champions South Sydney Rabbitohs on 22 February at Langtree Park is a sell-out.

    The match is the climax to the expanded series in which Warrington and Wigan host St George Illawarra Dragons and Brisbane Broncos respectively.

    Saints chairman Eamonn McManus said: "It's no exaggeration to say that this World Club Final represents the biggest day in the proud history of both the club and the town of St Helens. Although we have won it twice, this the first time we've participated in it on our own turf."

  64. India's Yuvraj to play T20 for MCC

    Cricket

    India batsman Yuvraj Singh has been named as the final member of the MCC's squad for the Emirates T20 tournament in Dubai in March.

    The 33-year-old joins England Test captain Alastair Cook in the squad, which was announced last week.

    The MCC will take part in the T20 tournament with Lancashire, Sussex and Yorkshire in Abu Dhabi on 20 March.

    Yuvraj will not play in the four-day day-night game against county champions Yorkshire, starting on 22 March.

  65. De Vries to extend Forest stay?

    Football

    Dorus de Vries is in talks over a new contract with Nottingham Forest, the Dutch goalkeeper has told BBC Radio Nottingham.

    The 34-year-old's two-year deal expires in the summer, and although he has only played 13 games since joining in 2013, he has started the last four matches for the Championship club.

  66. Hammer raid

    Football gossip

    Bafetimbi Gomis

    The Sun: West Ham have put in an £8m bid for 29-year-old Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis. However, at his news conference today, boss Sam Allardyce appeared to rule out a move for Gomis, saying "we have more than enough frontmen to cope".

  67. Football

    Press Association Sport reports that Chelsea striker Diego Costa is contesting the Football Association charge of violent conduct.

    The 26-year-old was charged with the offence on Wednesday after an alleged stamp during the Capital One Cup semi-final with Liverpool the previous day.

  68. Swans weigh up striker bid

    Football gossip

    Gestede

    Swansea City are considering trying to sign Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede, 26, but so far no club has matched the Championship side's £6 million valuation, according to the Daily Mail.

  69. Ramis departs Wigan

    Football

    Ivan Ramis has become the latest player to leave Championship side Wigan Athletic after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

    Ramis

    The Spanish defender was in the last six months of his deal at the DW Stadium but has been allowed to join Levante.

    Ramis joined Wigan in 2012 but a cruciate knee ligament injury two years ago forced him to miss out on the victorious FA Cup run and subsequent Europa League campaign.

    Ramis made 20 appearances for Wigan this season.

  70. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    No-show Mourinho

    Chelsea have cancelled tomorrow's Jose Mourinho news conference.

    No reason has been given. Could Jose be upset at the £25,000 FA fine he got hit by, or the FA charge for Diego Costa's alleged stamp?

    We'll no doubt find out at some point over the next few days.

    Chelsea face Manchester City on Saturday (kick-off 17:30 GMT).

  71. Get involved - settling it

    After Mali and Guinea had to draw lots to see who went through at the Africa Cup of Nations, we asked you for alternative ways to settle it. Your thoughts so far...

    Chris Dales: The coaching staff should have a sudden-death penalty shoot-out to decide who goes through

    Richard Todd: Mali and Guinea settle who goes through by taking penalties, but run from the halfway line like in ice hockey

    Paul Dove: It should be decided on who had the most corner kicks during the three games so the most attacking team is rewarded.

    MJ: Fair or unfair, it's written into the rules. Every team knows the score beforehand but only when it happens do they complain.

    And our favourite so far...

    Alex Tomlin: Keepy-uppy tennis ball challenge to decide who goes through in Africa Cup of Nations. Fairer and more entertaining.

    Tweet us your suggestions, using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  72. Genoa anger at refereeing decisions

    Football

    Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain

    Genoa fans are being urged to boycott the opening stages of Saturday's Serie A match at home to Fiorentina in protest at recent refereeing decisions against them.

    "We invite you to desert the stands of the stadium in the first 10 minutes. We are no longer willing to put up with these refereeing injustices," said a statement signed by the club's organised supporters groups.

    Genoa were livid after losing 2-1 at Napoli on Monday, saying that neither of Gonzalo Higuain's two goals should have stood, believing he was offside in the lead-up to the first goal and claiming that the penalty he converted for the winner should not have been given.

  73. 'I'll enjoy pressure' - Mitchell

    Darts

    Scott Mitchell says he will enjoy the added pressure brought on by his new status as BDO world champion following his triumph at Lakeside.

    The 44-year-old will compete at the Dutch Open in Assen on Friday.

    Scott Mitchell

    "There is pressure. I've had a target on my back for a couple of years but it's just that it's bigger than it used to be," he told BBC Radio Solent.

    "I think I'll enjoy it. It's a great honour to be world champion. The attention is different but I'm the type of guy that won't let it get to me."

  74. Tigers in for United youngster

    Football gossip

    Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell, 20, could be handed a chance to revive his career by Hull's Steve Bruce, reports The Mirror.

    The Tigers are aiming to sign the player - who is back at Old Trafford after an unsuccessful loan spell at Leicester - until the end of the season.

  75. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    And lastly from Brendan Rodgers, he was asked about his rivalry with Jose Mourinho.

    Rodgers Mourinho

    "There is no needle," said the Liverpool manager. "I think that I said how good my team was afterwards and I obviously made some points I felt were relevant but that is gone.

    "The most important thing for me over the course of the games was the team is returning to the top level of performance.

    "I thought we were outstanding in the games and of course you are disappointed when you don't make the final but we have gained a lot from that competition in the last four months of the season and I hope we can continue to develop."

  76. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    A last few bits to tie up from Brendan Rodgers' chat with the media.

    The Liverpool boss said Raheem Sterling sees his future at Anfield and hopes his contract situation will be sorted soon. Real Madrid is the latest club to reportedly show interest in the England international.

    Raheem Sterling

    "It's all in hand with his representatives and the football club. Raheem is very happy here," said Rodgers.

    "He's a young player who is playing at one of the greatest clubs in the world. He sees his long-term future here. He's very happy with his progress, he's a real sponge for learning. He knows he's in the right place to develop and be looked after. I am sure it will be sorted very soon."

  77. Wiesberger leads in Dubai

    Golf

    Austria's Bernd Weisberger

    Austria's Bernd Wiesberger is the leader at the end of the first round of golf's Dubai Desert Classic.

    Wiesberger, who was one of the day's late starters, managed an eight-under round of 64 and is one stroke ahead of a group of four players - Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, England's Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan and American Peter Uihlein.

    Rory McIlroy is another shot back along with defending champion Stephen Gallacher.

  78. Mclean back at Peterborough on loan

    Football

    Bradford City striker Aaron Mclean has returned to Peterborough United on loan until the end of the season.

    The 31-year-old had spent the last three months on loan at Posh, scoring once in 10 games.

    He left London Road to join Hull five years ago and moved to Bradford in January last year.

  79. Get involved - settling it

    After Mali and Guinea had to draw lots to see who went through at the Africa Cup of Nations, we asked how you for alternative ways to settle it. Your thoughts so far...

    Jake Adler: Each player should take on their opposite number in a game of Rock Paper Scissors. 11 v 11 Someone has to win.

    Kenneth Barr: Play a thirty minute mini match (15 mins each way) a la extra time. Still no result? Then the dreaded penalties.

    Tom Mill: Fight to the death. First side not able to field a team for the quarter-finals, by default, bows out. It's the only fair way.

    Tweet us your suggestions, using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  80. New McLaren unveiled

    Formula 1

    McLaren have unveiled the new car they hope will see them return to competitiveness this season.

    The first car of their new engine partnership with Honda has been built by a restructured design team following changes made after two poor seasons.

    New driver Fernando Alonso, who joins from Ferrari, said 2015 would be "a learning year, but the goal is to win".

    McLaren MP4-30

    Team-mate Jenson Button said there was a "feeling of reignited optimism and positivity" about McLaren.

  81. Guinea win through by drawing lots

    Football

    We told you earlier that Mali and Guinea are drawing lots to decide who will progress to the quarter-finals at the Africa Cup of Nations.

    Well, this rather bizarre method of determining the 'winner' has just taken place ... and Guinea have come up trumps.

    Ivory Coast are already through as group winners.

    The draw went smoother than this one involving Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker earlier this week.

  82. Post update

    Gary Lineker: Thrilled to report that the BBC retains the rights to show Premier League highlights. Long live Match Of The Day.

  83. Owls takeover latest

    Football

    Well, it's all happening. More now on the news that Sheffield Wednesday have been taken over by a Thai consortium led by businessman Dejphon Chansiri.

    Chansiri, whose family owns Thai Union Frozen Group, has acquired a 100% stake in the Championship club.

    Owls chairman Milan Mandaric, who had been in charge since December 2010, confirmed earlier this month the club were in talks with potential investors.

    Dejphon Chansiri and Milan Mandaric

    "I am very excited at the prospect of taking over control from Milan," Chansiri told the club website.

  84. Leicester news conference

    Football

    A last word from Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, who, by the sounds of it, might go all-out attack at Manchester United on Saturday.

    "Against Spurs you could say we played with four strikers. That's about as positive as you can be," he said, referring back to last Saturday's FA Cup win at White Hart Lane.

    Kramaric

    Club record £9m signing Andrej Kramaric made his debut in that match. "He has settled well," said Pearson. "He's got a game which is more than capable of being successful here. That's why we wanted him."

    Pearson also revealed striker Chris Wood will be out injured for three weeks, but Dean Hammond and Matthew Upson are both available.

  85. Post update

    "Brighton boss Chris Hughton tells the BBC that Chris O'Grady will definitely not be leaving the AMEX Stadium in January transfer window."

  86. Post update

    BBC West Yorkshire Sport: Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn... "It's been strange not speaking to Massimo Cellino this week but chairman Andrew Umbers has been very supportive."

  87. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    And, at the risk of making you dizzy, back to Liverpool where Brendan Rodgers has been asked about Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing.

    The pair left Anfield while he was a manager but will return on Saturday as an integral part of West Ham's team.

    Andy Carroll

    "Stuart was one I didn't want to let go. He was coming toward the end of his contract," said Rodgers.

    "After what was a difficult start when we first worked together, in the second part of the season he was one of my regulars. He wasn't someone I wanted to move on.

    "He has gone to West Ham and done very well. He is a gifted player technically. He is a good guy and trains hard every day."

    As for Andy..? "He has great ability around the box, but in terms of how we wanted to play, he might not have been a regular player because of the movement and speed with which we try to work. But that doesn't mean he's a bad player, he is still an outstanding player."

  88. Burnley news conference

    Football

    Blimey, it's all happening. Clarets boss Sean Dyche confirms the club have had a bid for Dundee United's Stuart Armstrong turned down.

  89. BBC renews Premier League TV deal

    A little more on the BBC's new deal, which includes a midweek Match of the Day.

    "The new midweek programme will review and preview the weekend's action with all the latest Premier League news, going behind the scenes at Premier League clubs, and bringing interviews with managers, players and those who have made their mark on the league's illustrious history," said a statement issued by the BBC.

    Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said: "We're delighted. Match of the Day is the most iconic brand in television sport, and we work hard to ensure that it continues to be the destination for millions of viewers each weekend across platforms."

    BBC Director General Tony Hall said: "Sport matters to the public, and the BBC. That's why it's fantastic news that we have kept the Premier League highlights."

  90. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    BBC renews Premier League TV deal

    The BBC has renewed its deal to show Premier League highlights for a further three years, through to and including the 2018/19 season.

    The agreement covers the weekend programming of Match of the Day, its Sunday morning repeat, MOTD2, Football Focus, plus a new midweek magazine show to air 10pm Wednesday nights on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.

  91. Leicester news conference

    Football

    Leicester have a tough game to say the least on Saturday, away at Manchester United.

    But the talk so far has been about transfers and whether Pearson will complete any.

    Nigel Pearson

    The interviewer asks him pretty much the same question at least a dozen times but it's like getting blood out of a stone. We've cobbled together all Pearson's answers to get this much...

    "I don't know if we'll do any business. You get nothing out of me other than you'll find out when and if something happens."

    Wasn't worth the wait really was it?

  92. Leicester news conference

    Football

    Like buses these Premier League managers. None for ages then two pop up at the same time.

    Nigel Pearson is nice and early for his press conference and seems a happy man, no wonder after the Foxes terrific win at Spurs in the FA Cup last time out.

    "I do think we've had a lot of very good performances this year. The players continue to adapt to the Premier League," said the Leicester boss.

    "The players believe we're capable of getting results, no matter how tough they look on paper."

  93. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    Liverpool fans should not get their hopes up about a big transfer before deadline day passes.

    Brendan Rodgers, unless it was his best poker face, looked downbeat when answering a question about whether he was planning any business.

    "Every manager wants more, but you can't pluck players out of the air," he said.

    "I'd like to do one or two things but players who will improve you aren't always available. I always said it was likely we wouldn't do anything and that will probably be the case."

  94. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    What Brendan Rodgers is happy to talk about is his own striker, Daniel Sturridge.

    The frontman, who has not played since injuring himself on international duty with England in September, is back training and close to a return.

    Daniel Sturridge

    "Since he has come back from getting treatment in America he has been very upbeat and focused now working as hard as he can," said Rodgers.

    "In training in the last few days he has been brilliant, back to what we've seen before - dynamic, fast and strong.

    "But we have to be careful because he has been out for a long time. We can't put him under pressure and expect him to be our saving grace as soon as he gets back."

  95. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers has arrived and inevitably it didn't take long for someone to ask him for his thoughts on Diego Costa.

    Rodgers, though, wasn't for saying too much, even though the question was phrased carefully - asking if the Liverpool boss had been interested in signing the striker last summer.

    Diego Costa

    "I don't want to talk too much about Diego Costa," Rodgers said. "We were interested in him because he is outstanding player.

    "All the best players have an edge. You just hope behaviour doesn't overstep the mark. But he is a wonderful player and that's all I need to say about it."

    And that was the end of Diego talk.

  96. Sinclair deal close

    Football

    Pat Murphy, BBC Radio 5 live: Aston Villa expect to confirm this afternoon the loan signing of Scott Sinclair from Manchester City.

    The winger, who barely featured for the City first team over the past two seasons, has passed his medical and the formalities are being finalised. He will sign on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent transfer.

  97. Crouch and Whelan sign new deals

    Football

    Peter Crouch

    Stoke City striker Peter Crouch and midfielder Glenn Whelan have both signed two-year contract extensions, committing them to the club until the summer of 2017.

    Crouch, 33, moved to the Britannia Stadium from Tottenham in the summer of 2011 while Whelan, 31, joined the club in 2008 and has made 18 appearances this season.

  98. Liverpool news conference

    Football

    Daniel Sturridge

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is set to face the media any minute now. Liverpool tweeted this pic earlier of Daniel Sturridge training in the snow.

    Expect Rodgers to talk about the striker's fitness, the fall-out from the League Cup defeat at Chelsea (complete with Diego Costa's alleged stamp), and Saturday's visit of West Ham in the league.

    We'll bring you what he says as it happens.

  99. Mutch moves to Crystal Palace

    Football

    Jordon Mutch

    Midfielder Jordon Mutch has completed his move to Crystal Palace, ending a short, ill-fated stay with QPR.

    Just 25 weeks into a four-year deal at Loftus Road, the 23-year-old has moved on after failing to replicate the form which saw the Rs reportedly pay Cardiff £6m for his services.

    Mutch has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Selhurst Park, where the midfielder becomes the first permanent acquisition of the Alan Pardew era.

  100. Blackpool lose sponsors

    Football

    Finance company Wonga has announced it will not be renewing its sponsorship deal with Championship side Blackpool when it expires at the end of the season.

    The payday lender has been in partnership with the club for five years.

    Blackpool FC

    "The decision comes as Wonga continues to review its marketing activities and brings an end to a successful five-year partnership with the club," the company said in a statement.

    The Seasiders are 12 points from safety at the bottom of the Championship.

  101. Sheffield Wednesday takeover

    Football

    BBC Radio Sheffield sports editor Andy Giddings reports that Sheffield Wednesday have been taken over by a Thai consortium with more details to follow.

  102. Carver keen to make impression

    Football

    Newcastle head coach John Carver

    John Carver, whose appointment as Newcastle head coach until the end of the season was confirmed earlier this week, believes his side can impress before the campaign finishes.

    "We've got 16 games left. Why can't we go on a run? I've seen enough to suggest we can," he said in his news conference before Saturday's game against Hull.

    "We've had a lot more team meetings and video every training session now. I have one or two different ideas, like anyone would."

  103. Mancini keen on Toure reunion

    Football

    Yaya Toure and Roberto Mancini

    Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has expressed an interest in signing Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure this summer.

    Mancini, who managed Toure at City, is a big admirer of the Ivory Coast international and believes the 31-year-old would be a great addition to his squad.

    "Yaya is one of the strongest players in the world," Mancini told Italian newspaper Il Giornale. "He still is.

    "We are building a team. There are players that change the look of a team, and Yaya is one of them. Next year we could try. We need to bring three champions, and we will see that we will then be ready to fight for the title."

  104. GET INVOLVED - #bbcsportsday

    So, neither Mali nor Guinea want to be knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations by the drawing of lots.

    But how SHOULD the organisers settle who goes through to the quarter-finals?

    Tweet us your suggestions, using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  105. Carver gives his pre-match views

    Football

    Newcastle head coach John Carver is facing the media ahead of his side's trip to Hull on Saturday. We'll have the latest from the club shortly.

  106. Pogba's uncertain future

    Football

    Paul Pogba

    Juventus star Paul Pogba's agent says Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid could lead the race to buy the French midfielder, although he may remain in Italy for another season.

    Mino Railoa, who also represents Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mario Balotelli among others, compared Pogba to a painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh.

    "Who knows how much he is worth? It depends how much money you have to spend, and who is buying," Raiola said in an interview with Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport.

    "How long can I keep Paul in Italy? Everyone has a card up their sleeve, it just depends when they want to play it."

  107. Johnson given three-week ban

    Rugby Union

    Wasps back row Ashley Johnson has been suspended for three weeks for a dangerous tackle on Leinster's Dave Kearney.

    The incident occurred during the opening minute of the European Champions Cup game between the sides last Saturday, which finished in a 20-20 draw.

  108. 'Don't draw lots'

    Football

    The Mali and Guinea managers insist the drawing of lots should not be how their Africa Cup of Nations fate is decided.

    A draw on Thursday afternoon at 15:00 GMT will decide which side reaches the quarter-finals after they finished joint second with identical records in Group D.

    "We have to solve the problems of qualification without a drawing of lots," said Mali boss Henri Kasperczak.

    Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer said: "Mali do not deserve to be eliminated in this way, just as we do not."

  109. Murray's winning moment

    Tennis

    Andy Murray is into another Grand Slam final after beating Tomas Berdych in four sets at the Australian Open.

    You can watch the moment the Scot reached his fourth Melbourne final on the BBC Sport website.

  110. Get involved - Non-league gems

    We're asking for the best players to rise from obscurity to make a name for themselves?

    Rachel Grafton: Michael Kightly! Bought for pennies from Grays and shone in the Premier League. He was Wolves best winger for years.

    Michael Kightly

    Jordan Leaver: Charlie Austin grabbed 48 goals in 42 goals for Poole Town in 2009 before Swindon took a chance on him.

    Jordan Brown: Lee Novak hasn't done bad at all. Conference North (Gateshead), to Huddersfield, and now Birmingham.

    Colin: Efan Ekoko went from non-league Sutton Utd to Norwich City about 20 years ago.

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

  111. Swans in talks to sign Cork

    Football

    Swansea City are in talks with Southampton midfielder Jack Cork about a permanent transfer.

    Jack Cork

    Cork, 25, is out of contract at the end of the season and is available for a reduced fee.

    Former Chelsea trainee Cork, who is the son of former Cardiff manager Alan Cork, has made 15 appearances this season.

  112. Burgess to start for Saxons

    Rugby Union

    Sam Burgess

    Sam Burgess will make his international rugby union debut when England Saxons take on Ireland Wolfhounds in Cork on Friday night after being named at inside centre for the game.

    Northampton Saints' Lee Dickson will captain the side.

  113. Millers loan Brindley to Oxford

    Football

    Oxford United have signed Rotherham defender Richard Brindley on a month's loan, with a view to a permanent deal.

    The 21-year-old has played twice in the Championship for Rotherham this season and had a four-game loan spell with League One side Scunthorpe.

  114. Villa linked with striker Ba

    Football

    Aston Villa are being linked with a move for former Newcastle United and Chelsea striker Demba Ba, reports BBC WM 95.6.

    Demba Ba

    Ba, 29, now with Besiktas, has received offers from both Villa and Premier League rivals Hull City, claims the Turkish club's vice-president Ahmet Nur Cebi.

  115. Snow time

    Ander Herrera

    Manchester United's Ander Herrera is enjoying the snow today. He put this pic on Instagram. Disappointingly, he hasn't yet built a snowman which looks like Louis van Gaal, but, hey, the day is young.

  116. Get voting now

    Plenty of transfer talk today, and as the clock ticks down we want to know which of the top five teams needs to do the most business before the end of the January transfer window.

    You can vote on the right-hand side of the page or using the vote tab on your mobile or tablet. Go for it.

  117. Lepoint arrives at Charlton

    Football

    A little more on the news that Charlton have signed midfielder Christophe Lepoint from Belgian side KAA Gent. The 30-year-old is a Belgium international and he has signed a deal with the Addicks until the summer of 2017.

    Charlton, of course, appointed Guy Luzon as manager earlier in the month. Luzon's previous job has been at Belgian Pro League side Standard Liege.

    Charlton are 17th in the Championship, eight points above the drop zone.

  118. Murray into Australian Open final

    Tennis

    You read right - Andy Murray has beaten Tomas Berdych 6-7 (6-8) 6-0 6-3 7-5 to make it to the final in Australia.

    After losing the first set on a tiebreak the Scot was simply brilliant and wrapped up a deserved victory.

    Andy Murray

    "I couldn't repeat what I said after losing that first set," joked Murray, as he spoke on court immediately after victory.

    "Tomas hits the ball hard and at the beginning I was feeling a bit rushed. But from the second set onward I got used to it."

    The final will be live on BBC One on Sunday.

  119. Martinez deal off

    Football gossip

    Daily Express: Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 28, has overlooked a move to Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton for the opportunity to play in Serie A, according to his agent.

  120. Toulon await news after Armitage arrest

    Rugby Union

    Toulon have released a statement following the arrest of Steffon Armitage and team-mate Xavier Chiocchi over allegations of an assault on a man in the city in December.

    Armitage

    Chiocchi was released on Wednesday without charge but Armitage, the European Player of the Year, remained in custody with a police decision due later today.

    The club says it is awaiting the results of the investigation and will take sanctions against the pair if necessary.

  121. Post update

    BBC Radio Kent Sport: Charlton have completed the signing of midfielder Christophe Lepoint from KAA Gent for an undisclosed fee.

  122. Coventry sign Reading striker

    Football

    Coventry City have signed Reading striker Dominic Samuel on an emergency loan deal until 28 April.

    The 20-year-old has played two first-team games for the Royals since coming through their youth system - his most recent as a substitute against Huddersfield in this year's FA Cup.

  123. Hume back from India

    Football

    Iain Hume has returned from a spell in India to rejoin Tranmere Rovers on a six-month contract, subject to international clearance.

    Iain Hume

    The 31-year-old striker had opportunities to join clubs in League One but chose to return to Prenton Park, where he made his name in football - scoring 32 goals in 149 games between 1999 and 2005.

    Hume has recently had a successful spell in the Indian Super League, where he was voted Player of the League after helping Kerala Blasters reach the final.

  124. Strong finish from Westwood as McIlroy slips

    Golf

    Lee Westwood

    Rory McIlroy bogeyed the final hole to miss out on a share of the clubhouse lead as the opening round of the Dubai Desert Classic comes to a close.

    His Ryder Cup team-mate Lee Westwood made long birdie putts on two of his last four holes for a seven-under round of 65 to join Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and fellow Englishman Andy Sullivan in the lead.

    McIlroy is one shot back along with defending champion Stephen Gallacher and Germany's Maximilian Kieffer.

  125. Yeovil extend Arthurworrey deal

    Football

    Yeovil Town have extended defender Stephen Arthurworrey's loan from Fulham until the end of the season.

    The 20-year-old, whose original deal was due to expire on 31 January, has made 16 appearances for the Glovers since arriving in October.

  126. Get involved - non-league gems

    We're asking for the best players to rise from obscurity to make a name for themselves?

    Peter John Cheetham: Gary Birtles - non-league Long Eaton United, to twice European Cup winner with Nottingham Forest, plus other trophies.

    Gary Birtles

    Stan Loftus: Seamus Coleman signed for £30,000 from Sligo Rovers in Ireland.

    Jamie Power: Chris Smalling from Maidstone United to Fulham, to Manchester United.

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

  127. Sangakkara creates history

    Cricket

    Kumar Sangakkara

    Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 113 and then returned to break the world record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in one-day internationals as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 34 runs in the seventh and final match in Wellington.

    It was the 37-year-old's 21st ODI and he then passed Australia's Adam Gilchrist as the most successful wicketkeeper when he caught Corey Anderson off the bowling of Shaminda Eranga before also taking Tim Southee off Thisara Perera.

    It takes his career total to 474 dismissals with 378 catches and 96 stumpings in the 50-over format when he played as a wicketkeeper while Gilchrist achieved 472 dismissals in 287 one-day matches.

    Unfortunately for Sangakkara, and despite his heroics, New Zealand win the one-day series 4-2.

  128. Murray moves ahead

    Tennis

    This is going worryingly well now.

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray is looking like a completely different man to the fella who limped and muttered his way through the opener, losing it on a tiebreak.

    He won the second set 6-0 and has just taken the third as well, 6-3.

    One set from the final, go on, Andy lad. We never doubted you...

  129. Who is Che Adams?

    And while we're talking about the Sheffield United youngster, may we be so bold as to point you in the direction of a rather splendid article from our colleagues at Newsbeat.

    Here's the low-down on the man - or boy to be more accurate - who gave Spurs that almighty fright in the League Cup.

  130. Good but must do better

    Football

    Che Adams has only been on the planet for 18 years and it's a fair guess to say the best evening of his existence so far came at Bramall Lane last night.

    The teenager scored two goals in as many minutes to take Sheffield United to the brink of League Cup glory against Tottenham. In the end it wasn't to be, but what a night for the youngster ... though it didn't spare him some words of advice from his manager.

    Che Adams

    "He has a lot of potential at just 18," said Blades boss Nigel Clough. "But he has to learn not to slide in the corner and celebrate when we need a goal.

    "He has got to go and get the ball out of the back of the net and put it on the centre spot. Little things like that he can improve on."

    Talk about being brought back down to earth...

  131. Get involved - non-league gems

    We're asking for the best players to rise from obscurity to make a name for themselves?

    Here's a suggestion from one of our Bradford City-supporting colleagues...

    James Hanson

    James Hanson, cost £7,500 from non-League Guiseley. Huge work rate and adored by the fans. Scored the goal at Villa Park that took us to the 2013 League Cup final and scored as City won the League Two play-off final later that year. A legend at the club with a chant of "he used to work at the co-op" ringing out after every goal in reference to his work in a local supermarket when playing non-league football.

    That's the kind of thing we're after.

    Keep yours coming to #NonLeagueGems or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  132. Rooney v Tyson

    Wayne Rooney has posted this pic on Instagram, with the message 'TBT (that's throwback Thursday for the non-social media folk among you) When I met Mike Tyson, my favourite boxer of all time."

    Rooney Tyson
  133. Less folk in the pool

    Swimming

    The number of people swimming regularly has dropped as fewer people take part in sporting activities in general, a Sport England survey has found.

    A total of 2.6m people took part in swimming at least once a week for 30 minutes between October 2013 and October 2014 - a drop of 245,000.

    The number of people participating in regular sport is 15.6m, down 125,000, while there are also 121,700 fewer disabled people playing sport regularly, with 1.58m now taking part.

  134. Gunners salute

    Football

    Lee Dixon

    There is a big interview with Lee Dixon on the Arsenal website, to celebrate 27 years since the full-back signed for the club.

    If you want to see more of Lee and that jumper ('80s fashion was great, wasn't it?), then head here.

    It is fair to say that Dixon - who joined the Gunners from Stoke in a £375,000 deal in 1988 - did pretty well at Arsenal, staying there 14 years, making 619 appearances, and helping the club win nine major trophies.

  135. Liverpool chase teenage star

    Football gossip

    Daily Express: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is preparing a £29m bid to beat Paris St-Germain, Real Madrid and Juventus to the signature of 17-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves, known as the 'new Sergio Busquets' at Porto.

  136. Murray levels it

    Tennis

    Forget what we saying about a possible injury ... good news - Andy Murray is back in business, and in some style too.

    It looks like the British number one might have been a bit cheesed off with losing the first set, because he's roared back by taking the second 6-0.

    Andy Murray

    Good lad, that's more like it. Long way to go yet though...

    There is live coverage on BBC Two at the moment, as well as commentary on Radio 5live Sports Extra, and live text commentary by BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis here.

  137. Get involved - Non-league gems

    We're asking for the best players to rise from obscurity to make a name for themselves?

    Lee Longstaff: Ian Wright and Kevin Phillps did alright - from obscurity in the non-league to Premier League top goalscorers

    Will Johnson: Andre Gray. Hinckley - Luton - Brentford within 4 years and now being linked with moved to the Prem

    Vinnie Jones

    Nick Brown: Vincent Jones - from non-league Wealdstone to scoring the only goal in a match against Manchester United in his second game for Wimbledon - then winning the FA Cup the season after

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

  138. West Ham news conference

    Football

    Liverpool might be shattered after their extra-time League Cup efforts against Chelsea on Tuesday, is the gist of the question put to Sam Allardyce.

    "It does give us an opportunity," agrees the Hammers boss.

    "But I think Liverpool are in the best form they've had all season. I expect a very difficult game, but one we look forward to."

    Andy Carroll

    He's asked how much a goal would mean to front-man and former red Andy Carroll. "I'm sure Andy would like to score at Anfield but we don't want him to get over-anxious about going out to prove anything," said Allardyce.

  139. West Ham news conference

    Football

    Darren Fletcher

    Sam Allardyce is asked about the chances of doing a deal for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher.

    He replies: "It is still a possibility. The move isn't dead yet but we'll see."

    Asked if he wants to bring a striker in, Allardyce adds: "With us having Valencia, Sakho, Cole and Carroll we have more than enough frontmen to cope with demand this season."

  140. West Ham news conference

    Football

    Sam Allardyce

    The Hammers play Liverpool on Saturday in the Premier League and first question to boss Sam Allardyce is about injuries.

    "We have a few knocks and bruises and one or two lads who have been on the treatment bench this week, particularly Song, Tomkins and Jenkinson - so we're waiting to see how they are," said the gaffer.

    "Tomkins and Jenkinson are touch and go. Collins is joining in training today so hopefully he'll be ok."

  141. West Ham news conference

    Football

    Big Sam Allardyce - as I believe he's officially called - is in place at Upton Park and ready to answer questions from the media...

  142. Thursday's back pages

    The Mirror

    The Mirror reports on a treble blow for Chelsea, Costa's possible ban, a £25,000 fine for Mourinho, and an injury to midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

  143. Post update

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport chief F1 writer

    "The first launch of a 2015 car is due later on and it's a biggie - the wraps come off the McLaren-Honda the all-star line-up of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will drive.

    "To whet people's appetites, McLaren have produced a little taster video starring their two drivers and based on the Back To The Future movies.

    "It's a little nod to the first - and hugely successful - partnership between McLaren and Honda, back in the, yes, '80s.

    "Alonso seems to be channelling a bit of The Princess Bride's Inigo Montoya in it, and there's a nice Lewis Hamilton joke by Button. Well worth two minutes of your time."

    You can watch it here.

  144. Murray loses first set

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    A big blow in Australia - assuming you're an Andy Murray fan - because the Scot has just lost the opening set against Tomas Berdych 7-6 on a tie-break.

    It was a strange set, Murray appearing to limp and move a little awkwardly from an early stage.

    There has been no trainer on court as yet though.

    A big challenge now for Murray to come back and win. The prize, remember, is huge - a place in the Australian Open final.

    There is live coverage on BBC Two from 08:30 GMT, as well as commentary on Radio 5live Sports Extra, and live text commentary by BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis here.

  145. Everton news conference

    Football

    A final word from Roberto Martinez. Asked about whether he would bring anyone in before the end of deadline day, the Spaniard replied: "It is hard to tell. We are not looking at this window to try and find solutions. We did that work in the summer.

    "I feel the work is to try and get the players back in a confident mood and to remind them, we haven't lost any of the talent we had last season. We have a strong squad.

    "But as a football club we will always try to use the windows in our favour."

    So that leaves us absolutely none-the-wiser then. And with that, he's off.

  146. Everton news conference

    Football

    Asked if there is any truth in rumours that Everton have been offered Dimitar Berbatov, now at Monaco, Martinez put his best poker face on.

    Berbatov

    "I know you love to throw names out but I'll never comment on other players. He is registered with another club so I won't comment," said the boss.

    The interviewer didn't give up, adding 'does the same go for Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall (another rumoured target)?"

    Martinez replied: "Is he registered to another club? Then yes, no comment."

  147. Everton news conference

    Football

    Back to Everton, where Roberto Martinez has been asked if he intends to replace samuel Eto'o after the striker's departure to Sampdoria.

    "Arouna Koné is fully fit and he is ready to give a lot to the team so I feel we don't need anyone to replace Samuel in that position," said the Toffees boss.

    "Ross Barkley and Steven Naismith have been playing in that number 10 roles and I think we are strong in that area."

  148. GET INVOLVED: #NonLeagueGems

    Che Adams

    From non-league Ilkeston to scoring twice in the League Cup semi-final… It's been quite a ride for Che Adams since he signed for Sheffield United in November.

    But who are the best players to have come from obscurity to make a name for themselves?

    Have your say on Twitter using #NonLeagueGems or have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Here's a few to get you started from Facebook.

    Mike Baker: Charlie Austin. Bricklayer to Premier League player via my beloved #STFC. Most natural goalscorer I've ever seen

    Alex Southern: Dwight Gayle, within 2 seasons he went from non-league to premier league

    Ellis Hewins: Jamie Vardy, £1 million non-league player ripped Man Utd to pieces

  149. Everton news conference

    Football

    Roberto Martinez: "The break really helped Kevin Mirallas and James McCarthy - both have a chance of being involved on Saturday."

  150. Everton news conference

    Football

    Asked if he was surprised at the impact Alan Pardew has had, Martinez replied: "I'm not surprised. It happens when you go back to a club that you know inside out.

    Alan Pardew

    "It makes it a lot easier. His players want to show what they can do. You get a couple of results and suddenly the team oozes confidence.

    "The experience of Alan will be a real strength to that side."

  151. Everton news conference

    Football

    Everton travel to a Crystal Palace side rejuvenated under Alan Pardew on Saturday, which is what Roberto Martinez is asked about first.

    "They have scored six goals away from home in their last two games and they are in a very good moment of their season, if not the best," said the Toffees boss.

    "For us they have been a bit of a bogey side. The last three games at Goodison have always had a lot of goals.

    "They bring a lot of threat and pace and are well organised defensively. With a new manager they will be full of confidence and they are a very dangerous team to face."

  152. Everton news conference

    Football

    Roberto Martinez

    The Everton manager Roberto Martinez has arrived to do his media duties, the first of eight Premier League bosses holding news conferences today. We'll bring you the best of what the Spaniard has to say.

  153. Dutchman flying in to Burton

    Football

    Our first transfer of the day comes from League Two promotion hopefuls Burton Albion, who have signed Dutch forward Abdenasser El Khayati on a contract until the end of the season.

    The 25-year-old started his career at PSV Eindhoven and moves to Staffordshire from Kozakken Boys, where he had scored 10 goals in 10 games so far this season.

  154. Thursday's back pages

    Daily Mail

    More about Diego Costa and his possible ban in the Daily Mail - as well as news that rugby union's Steffon Armitage has been questioned at a police station in Toulon over an alleged assault.

  155. Post update

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "Sepp Blatter has formally submitted his own candidacy for the Fifa presidential election ahead of tonight's deadline for nominations."

  156. Ospreys swoop

    Rugby Union

    Ospreys have signed scrum-half Brendon Leonard from Italian side Zebre on a three-year deal from 2015-16.

    The 29-year-old, who played 13 Tests for New Zealand, will provide experienced rivalry and cover for Rhys Webb while the latter is on Wales duty.

  157. Blues white-out

    Man City Twitter

    "The scene this morning as East Manchester is hit by Snowmageddon!" tweet Manchester City.

    The snow is also hurtling down in Salford at BBC Sport's hq ... could be tricky driving home from work this evening.

  158. Thursday's back pages

    The Guardian

    And so to a round-up of the morning papers, starting with The Guardian. Diego Costa is their main story, and the news that the Chelsea man - who, as if you needed telling, has been charged for violent conduct after an alleged stamp - could miss the Blues crucial Premier League clash with Manchester City.

  159. Murray match under way

    Tennis

    The tennis has begun Down Under.

    Andy Murray is taking on Tomas Berdych in beautiful conditions in Melbourne, the prize for the winner a place in the Australian Open final.

    It's going with serve in the early stages, Berdych 2-1 ahead.

    A reminder there is live coverage on BBC Two from 08:30 GMT, as well as commentary on Radio 5live Sports Extra, and live text commentary by BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis here.

  160. Adebayor to leave Spurs?

    Football gossip

    Adebayor

    Daily Telegraph: Paris St-Germain have held talks with Tottenham to sign striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 30, on loan for the rest of the season.

  161. McIlroy off to a flier

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy has made an impressive start at the Dubai Desert Classic, a run of four birdies in six holes moving him into a share of the lead.

    With just one hole of his opening round remaining, McIlroy sits top of the leaderboard alongside Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and England's Andy Sullivan.

    The world number one has finished second in his last three events and, in Dubai, is returning to the scene of his first professional win six years ago, and a place where he has secured four consecutive top-10 finishes.

    To celebrate McIlroy's fine start, here's a very arty photo of him on the course...

    Rory McIlroy
  162. 'Buy a ticket or else'

    Football

    If you are a Manchester United supporter and were thinking of giving the FA Cup replay against Cambridge a miss, then you might want to think again.

    According to today's Daily Mail, the club have warned fans that if they don't buy a ticket for the game, they will have their season tickets suspended.

    Old Trafford

    The club have written to those who have not yet paid out for the televised fourth-round clash with the League Two side and told them if they don't buy a ticket, as stipulated in their season ticket contract, they will not be allowed entry to next month's Premier League home fixture against Sunderland.

    United fans, you have been warned...

  163. It's Russia v America

    Tennis

    And while we're tennis-ing - to invent a new word - there has been women's semi-final action overnight, with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova emerging victorious.

    World number two Sharapova won an all-Russian contest against Ekaterina Makarova 6-3 6-2.

    Meanwhile, Williams, the top seed, converted her ninth match point to beat fellow American Madison Keys 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.

    Sharapova Williams

    Just how confident Sharapova will be going into the final is open to debate - the Russian has a 2-16 record against Williams and has not beaten the American since 2004.

  164. The Wizard of Oz

    Tennis

    Let's switch to tennis for a moment because you might have heard that there's a rather big match about to take place at the Australian Open.

    Andy Murray is taking on Tomas Berdych for a place in the final.

    Andy Murray

    There is live coverage on BBC Two from 08:30 GMT, as well as commentary on Radio 5live Sports Extra, and live text commentary by BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis here.

    There's absolutely no bias within the BBC, so we won't say come on Andy. Definitely not. And if we do, we'll whisper it under our breath.