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Summary

  1. Breaking football news as it happens
  2. Rangers chief executive Llambias dismisses McDowall claim
  3. Bony replaces Jovetic in Man City's Champions League squad
  4. Alexis Sanchez ruled out of north London derby
  5. Phelan becomes assistant boss at Hull
  6. Six Nations news ahead of Friday's opener

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    So we will leave it there for today's Sportsday. Don't forget, we have live text commentary from the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Ghana and Equatorial Guinea here.

    We will be back nice and early at 08:00 GMT on Friday morning for what promises to be a busy day of news conferences and previews before a packed weekend of sport.

    So until tomorrow, we will say bye for now, have a good night and we will see you tomorrow.

  2. Watch the best tries from 2014

    Rugby Union

    The Six Nations starts tomorrow, so what better way to get in the mood than to relieve some of the best moments from the 2014 competition.

    Tries
  3. 'It's no coincidence that we are winning'

    Football

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has praised new signing Jermain Defoe.

    The 32-year-old England striker has scored once and the Black Cats have only lost once in four games since he joined them in January.

    Jermain Defoe

    "He's a wake-up call, we can call it," said Poyet. "It's no coincidence that we are winning with him in the side."

    "I know strikers are always about goals, but the way he moves, the options he gives us when he makes runs, how good he is on the ball - he gives the opportunity to others to take advantage of that as well."

  4. Rodgers targets Liverpool legacy

    Football

    Brendan Rodgers wants to leave a "proud" legacy at Liverpool as he prepares to take charge of the club for the 100th time in the Premier League.

    Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez

    Rodgers, 42, takes charge of his side in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

    "At whatever point I leave here hopefully I'll be leaving something people can be proud of," he said. "We now have to rubber-stamp that by winning some silverware."

  5. 'I admire Wenger, but we're not friends'

    Football

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he respects Arsene Wenger but adds that the two are not "friends" ahead of the North London derby on Saturday.

    The Tottenham manager believes his side have improved since their 1-1 draw at the Emirates in September and that there is a "good feeling" among the squad.

  6. Watch skiing now

    Alpine Skiing

    Skiing

    Good news for skiing fans. You can watch the Men's super G at the Alpine World Ski Championships from Colorado by clicking on the live coverage tab at the top of this page. You're welcome.

  7. Real's Rodriguez faces two-month absence

    Football

    Real Madrid's Colombian striker James Rodriguez will undergo surgery on a fractured foot which could rule him out for two months, the Spanish La Liga leaders have said.

    Rodriguez, 23, suffered the injury during a 2-1 league win over Sevilla on Wednesday.

    "After the tests carried out on James Rodriguez by the Real Madrid medical services, he has been diagnosed with a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot," said a club statement. "The player will undergo surgery in the coming hours."

  8. 'There's no way the board is picking the team'

    Football

    Three of Rangers' loan signings, Gael Bigirimana, Haris Vuckic and Remie Streete

    Despite Rangers manager Kenny McDowall telling a news conference earlier today that all five players signed on loan from Newcastle must be in his starting XI, that might not actually be the case.

    Rangers chief executive Derek Llambias has now issued a statement saying: "The basis of any loan deal is that the players who arrive bolster the side and give the squad more depth. That's exactly what is happening here. There's no way the board is picking the team."

    Midfielders Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic and defenders Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete and Shane Ferguson joined from the English Premier League side on Monday.

  9. Africa Cup of Nations live

    Football

    Ivory Coast are already in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations. But who will they meet on Sunday?

    Fans

    The second semi-final between Ghana and hosts Equatorial Guinea will start at 19:00 GMT. You can follow all of the action with the live commentary on our football page, right now.

  10. News at six

    Missed anything? Not been paying attention? Well, never fear, here are the biggest sports stories of the day.

    England rugby

    Rugby union: England assistant coach Mike Catt says the Millennium Stadium is not an intimidating venue, as they prepare for the Six Nations opener against Wales.

    Tennis: Great Britain have been beaten by Turkey in the Fed Cup qualifying competition in Budapest.

    Cricket: Former Australian star Brett Lee will be Ireland's bowling coach during their pre-World Cup warm-up period in Sydney.

    Football: Striker Wilfried Bony has replaced Stevan Jovetic in Manchester City's squad for the Champions League.

    Formula 1: The remaining assets of the collapsed Caterham team have been put up for sale, apparently ending hopes they could return to Formula 1 this season.

    Golf: Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood share the lead on six-under-par after the first round of the Malaysian Open.

    Graeme McDowell
  11. Mixed emotions

    Swimming

    British Swimming has welcomed the continued funding of its Olympic and Paralympic disciplines.

    But it expressed its disappointment at UK Sport's decision not to target additional funding on the development and preparation of young divers currently pursuing success at Tokyo 2020.

  12. New strict doping rules

    Horse racing

    New "zero tolerance" rules, sparked by a doping scandal involving ex-Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni, will be brought into British racing on 2 March.

    The Sheikh Mohammed-owned stable was investigated in April 2013 after horses trained by Al Zarooni tested positive for anabolic steroids.

    Al Zarooni was banned for eight years, and 15 horses he trained for Godolphin were banned for six months. He had said he was not aware anabolic steroids were banned in British racing.

  13. PFA chief's mental health concerns

    Football

    Players' union chief Gordon Taylor has highlighted the help available to footballers following revelations about Clarke Carlisle's latest battle with depression.

    Clarke Carlisle

    Former Watford and Burnley defender Carlisle has disclosed that the serious injuries he suffered after being hit by a lorry in December were the result of a suicide attempt.

    Taylor said: "Mental welfare and depression can be something that can affect all people in all walks of life but in sport as well.

    "A booklet has gone out to all our members. We have a 24-hour helpline. We have approximately 30 counsellors who are available 24 hours to talk to any of our members, past and present, with such problems."

  14. Best videos

    Tom Wood

    Fancy watching some of our latest video offerings? Of course you do. And here are a few things to enjoy.

    Rugby union: England and Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood talks to BBC Look East about why he is using a Formula 1 simulator in preparation for the Six Nations.

    Football: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says there is no better feeling in the world than scoring a goal, especially in a huge game such as the Merseyside derby.

    Football: Rangers manager Kenny McDowall claims he has been told by the club that the five loan signings made from Newcastle must be in his starting XI if fit.

    Rugby league: BBC Sport's George Riley takes a look at five players expected to make a big impact on the Super League in 2015.

    Ashton Sims
  15. Can St Helens retain their title?

    Rugby League

    Keiron Cunningham

    St Helens will be hoping for more success this year, but will not be able to call upon the talents of club legend Keiron Cunningham anymore. Well, not on the pitch anyway.

    Cunningham, who has a statue outside Langtree Park, has replaced Nathan Brown as head coach and will aiming for his side to become only the fifth team in the Super League era to retain their title.

    Can they do it? This feature on our rugby league pages aims to try to find out.

  16. Who will win this year's Super League?

    Rugby league

    Super League

    So the 2015 Super League season starts tonight, but will St Helens be able to retain their title?

    BBC Sport has spoken to a host of names in the game and a number of local radio commentators to assess the chances of each of the 12 teams.

  17. Wolves goalkeeper Ikeme breaks foot

    Football

    Wolves could be without goalkeeper Carl Ikeme for up to eight weeks following a training ground injury.

    Ikeme, 28, has broken the second metatarsal bone in his left foot after colliding with team-mate James Henry.

    "It will be a loss, because Carl's been a big player for us, but it's also an opportunity for Tomasz Kuszczak. And it's the reason he's here, to cover situations like this," boss Kenny Jackett told BBC WM 95.6.

  18. Widnes v Wigan (20:00 GMT)

    Rugby league

    The 2015 Super League season kicks off tonight with a meeting between Widnes and Wigan, who were beaten by St Helens in last season's Grand Final.

    Ben Flower

    Wigan prop Ben Flower misses the first of 10 league games as part of his six-month ban for punching Lance Hohaia in the opening minutes of that game. New signing Larne Patrick is included.

    Widnes forward Gil Dudson is not available to make his debut against the club he signed from last month but loanee Chris Clarkson is in the squad.

    There will be live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio Merseyside.

  19. Capello 'owed £5.2m'

    Football

    Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov will pay the wages owed to the national team's head coach Fabio Capello, according to Russian media reports.

    Fabio Capello

    The 61-year-old businessman was asked by Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko to provide the Russian Football Union with a subsidised loan worth £3.9m.

    Media reports suggest former England coach Capello and the team's general manager Oreste Cinquini are owed around £5.2m and were last paid in June 2014.

  20. Brett Lee signs for Ireland

    Cricket

    Brett Lee became the latest former Australia cricketer to be handed a World Cup role with another side when it was revealed he would serve as Ireland's bowling coach in the lead-up to the tournament.

    Brett Lee

    Ireland coach Phil Simmons said: "Brett has a wonderful knowledge of fast bowling, and his special insight of Australian pitches will help give our bowlers further confidence ahead of their group matches."

    Mike Hussey was 'signed up' by South Africa earlier in the day as a consultant.

  21. McClaren denies QPR link

    Football

    Steve McClaren has laughed off speculation linking him with the vacant QPR manager's job, reports BBC Radio Derby's Owen Bradley.

    Steve McClaren

    "I answered that a few weeks ago (when he was linked to the Newcastle job) and it is the same answer now. Nothing changes. We laugh it off and move on quick," McClaren said in his weekly press conference today.

    "So let's focus and concentrate on the job in hand which is trying to get Derby County into the Premier League."

  22. Ward bows out

    Tennis

    James Ward put up a heck of a fight in the second round of the Zagreb Indoors ATP tournament in Croatia, but eventually lost in three sets to Andreas Seppi.

    James Ward

    The British number two lost 7-5 6-7 6-3 against Seppi, who hit the headlines at the Australian Open when he knocked out Roger Federer.

  23. No place for Jovetic in City squad

    Football

    Manchester City have left striker Stevan Jovetic out of their Champions League squad to accommodate new £25m signing Wilfried Bony.

    Wilfried Bony

    The arrival of Ivory Coast international Bony from Swansea in January meant City had one more foreign player in their squad than they are permitted to register for European competition.

    Governing body UEFA published City's revised squad for the second half of the season on Thursday and Jovetic's name was not included.

    The decision by manager Manuel Pellegrini to leave out Jovetic means that he will continue to be restricted to just three senior strikers for the remainder of the competition - now Bony, Sergio Aguero and Dzeko.

  24. Ronnie rockets through

    Snooker

    World number three Ronnie O'Sullivan made light work of Mark Davis by winning 5-1 to reach the second round of the German Masters in Berlin.

    'The Rocket' became the highest century-maker in snooker history during the Masters, before suffering a heavy loss to Neil Robertson in the semi-final.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    But he put in a clinical performance in Berlin, compiling breaks of 93, 68 and 62, finishing the match with a superb 117.

    "I constructed some nice breaks and my safety was good," said O'Sullivan. "I am a player that needs matches. I am striking it better so I can be a bit more aggressive."

  25. Ipswich confirm Connolly signing

    Football

    Ipswich Town have signed Shelbourne's Republic of Ireland Under-21 winger Dylan Connolly on an 18-month contract, manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed.

    The 19-year-old, who scored 12 goals in 27 games for Shelbourne, had trials at Ipswich and Bolton in the summer.

  26. 'I'm extremely pleased' - Phelan

    Football

    A little reaction from Mike Phelan at being named Steve Bruce's assistant at Hull.

    "I'm extremely pleased to be at this football club," said Phelan, which is a relief given he's just signed a contract with them.

    "I want to work hard and channel all of my energy into helping the staff, the players and everybody associated with the club.

    "I'm looking forward to working with Steve and hopefully I can bring with me some of the things I have learned over the years to help us improve."

  27. Phelan gets Hull job

    Hull City FC

    Hull City FC: We are delighted to confirm the appointment of Mike Phelan as the club's new assistant manager.

  28. Burnley 'begged' for help

    Football

    Burnley have dismissed a suggestion they emailed agents begging for help identifying players prior to Monday's transfer deadline.

    The Clarets failed to make any additions on deadline day, despite working close to the cut-off point on a number of potential deals.

    Sean Dyche

    It has been reported head of recruitment Lee Darnborough sent an email to agents on Sunday asking if they had any suitable players available.

    The club, managed by Sean Dyche, have not completely denied this occurred but have issued a statement saying they believe the intention behind the email has not been accurately conveyed.

  29. Spike Lee the NBA coach

    Basketball

    Spike Lee is going to be directing to the likes of Kevin Hart, Common, Anthony Anderson and Mo'Ne Davis - but instead of on a movie set, it will be on the basketball court.

    Spike Lee

    The famed filmmaker is to coach the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, which will kick off festivities for the All-Star weekend from 13-15 Feb.

    Lee, a New York Knicks fan, will coach during an event to be held at Madison Square Garden and televised live on ESPN.

  30. Post update

    BBC WM Sport: Birmingham manager Gary Rowett says keeping Demarai Gray at the club and rejecting Bournemouth's £5m bid for him was an 'important thing to do'.

  31. Commons to stay at Celtic

    Football

    Celtic midfielder Kris Commons has signed a new two-year contract.

    Kris Commons

    The club's announcement signals an end to protracted negotiations that for a long time appeared likely to end in failure.

    A club statement read: "Celtic are delighted to announce that Kris Commons has signed a new two-year deal, committing himself to the club until the summer of 2017."

  32. Plymouth complete loan swoop

    Football

    Plymouth Argyle have agreed to sign Charlton's 19-year-old left-back Tareiq Holmes-Dennis on a youth loan until the end of the season. The deal will go through when the loan window re-opens next week.

  33. Post update

    BBC Wales Sport on Twitter: Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards expects England to be "strong up front" and for more kicking during the game because the roof will be open

  34. Say cheese

    Remember we asked earlier for footballers looking miserable when signing for new clubs?

    You've not let us down. Here's Jonjo Shelvey ecstatic at arriving in Swansea.

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Then there's Emmanuel Frimpong struggling to contain his excitement on touching down at Barnsley.

    Barnsley

    Keep them coming at at #bbcfootball

  35. O'Brien returns for Ireland

    Rugby Union

    Ireland have named the team that will face Italy in Rome on the opening weekend of the Six Nations.

    Combative British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O'Brien will play his first Test since November 2013 against Italy.

    Jamie Heaslip misses out injured but Conor Murray returns to partner Ian Keatley at half-back.

  36. Court battle between fan and club owners

    Football

    A lifelong Blackpool FC fan is facing the club's owners - the Oyston family - in the High Court today.

    David Ragozzino, 32, is being sued for up to £150,000 by the club and its directors, Karl and Owen Oyston, after he allegedly posted defamatory information about them online.

    Mr Ragozzino says he will be supported by up to 100 fellow fans at today's hearing in Manchester. "They are just trying to silence the fans again," he told the Blackpool Gazette.

    Blackpool, in the Premier League in 2011, are bottom of the Championship, nine points from safety, and fans have held several protests against the Oystons throughout the course of the season.

  37. Success for GB

    Tennis

    Great Britain have been beaten by Turkey in the Fed Cup qualifying competition in Budapest, but could still top their group if they beat Ukraine tomorrow.

    Heather Watson

    Both Heather Watson and Johanna Konta lost their singles matches, but victory in the doubles for Anna Smith and Jocelyn Rae strengthens Britain's position ahead of their final group match.

  38. Berahino's dressing down

    Football

    Saido Berahino faces being disciplined by West Brom but has not been put up for sale, according to PA Sport.

    Berahino

    The striker is in trouble after giving an unauthorised interview to Sky Sports News where he said he hoped to move "on to bigger things" if he helped the Baggies beat the drop.

    Tottenham and Liverpool were linked with the England Under-21 international but the Baggies did not receive any bids during the transfer window.

  39. Cavendish retains Dubai Tour lead

    Cycling

    Mark Cavendish has retained the leader's jersey at the Dubai Tour after finishing second to Italian Elia Viviani on Thursday's second stage.

    Mark Cavendish

    The 29-year-old from the Isle of Man still holds a two second advantage over Viviani, having won the opening stage.

  40. Post update

    Football Focus wants to hear from you after Aaron Lennon's unhappy signing-on pic at Everton. When have you seen a footballer more miserable? Send us your photos at #bbcfootball

    And in case you didn't see the Lennon pic, here you go. Looks flippin' delighted to be at Goodison Park doesn't he...

    Aaron Lennon
  41. Post update

    Joey Barton as Twitter: "Interesting developments at Glasgow Rangers. As I said on @bbc5live Mike Ashley wants a say in team selection at Newcastle and Rangers. Makes it difficult to hold head coach/manager totally accountable if things don't go to play. This is creeping into the modern game nowadays."

  42. Kilmarnock boss to quit

    Football

    Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston has made a surprise announcement that he will leave his post in the summer.

    The 41-year-old "just made my mind up before I came in" to a press conference ahead of Saturday's game with Hamilton. He said the sale of Robbie Muirhead to Dundee United for £150,000 on Monday was a factor behind his decision.

    "I never found out Robbie was away until five past 12 [on deadline day]. Stuff like that, it is not the way things are done," said Johnston.

  43. Paul Lambert news conference

    Aston Villa v Chelsea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert reflects on a January transfer window, where a bid for Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert proved unsuccessful. Villa have only scored 11 times in 23 Premier League games this season and face leaders Chelsea on Saturday.

    "I don't want to talk about other clubs' players, but I tried to bring in one or two players," says Paul Lambert. "But until someone walks in your door, you're never sure it will happen. We have to get that last third of the game right, as that's where you win games. It's an area in the pitch we have to improve."

  44. Southampton news conference

    QPR v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    'With 15 games to go, where do you hope to end up in the table?' is the final question to Ronald Koeman.

    "If keep all fit that is a key question then we can fight for first six or seven placings and qualify for Europe," the Saints boss said.

    "We have had problems the last few weeks, not in results, but because e don't have the number of players. The last two weeks we've had a bench of only under 21 players.

    "Still, we are fourth. It is amazing what we are doing. But it is difficult to keep that up. Fitness or players is more important than the position in the table."

    And with that, he's off. One press conference to go, over at Aston Villa - and there's news from that coming right up...

  45. Southampton news conference

    QPR v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Harry Redknapp

    Asked if he was surprised to see Harry Redknapp leave QPR, Ronald Koeman replied: "I was surprised. It is strange they have good results at home but 11 defeats in a row away. I like Harry and he's an experienced coach, but that is QPR's problem.

    "The most difficult time is to know the right moment to go. If you still have feeling and spirit with players you can continue, if not it is difficult for the coach."

  46. Southampton news conference

    QPR v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Ronald Koeman is in his usual good form and gives a good response to a question about Tottenham boss Maurico Pochettino's comments on a Spanish radio station that the reason Southampton are doing well is because he left a good team when he departed the south coast club in the summer.

    Spurs

    "Thanks to Mauirico I've got an easy job. It was the reason I came here to have a little holiday," said Koeman, before adding - just so everyone was sure: "I'm joking now."

    Koeman went on to say: "It is feeling more like my side now because we had to make a lot of changes in the team. The way the club is doing, the structure and organisation makes it easier for the manager."

  47. Yorkshire's grand aim

    Road cycling

    Yorkshire hopes to capitalise on its success as Tour de France hosts by staging the UCI Road World Championships.

    The region will already host the Tour de Yorkshire, a three-day annual race, which first takes place in May this year, after hosting a Grand Depart, widely regarded as the best yet, last July.

  48. Southampton news conference

    QPR v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    On the Saints transfer window dealings, Ronald Koeman said: "I was very pleased because I said after last week's game that we expect one player to come in and finally we got Filip Djuricic (pictured) on loan to the end of the season.

    Saints

    "We also kept everybody at the club. There were a lot of rumours that maybe some players would leave.

    "I'm happy with the squad. Nobody was close to going. There were no serious offers. That said I was not afraid to lose one or two in the transfer window.

  49. Alan Pardew news conference

    Leicester v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has been giving his thoughts on the January transfer window. He says: "It helps people in the game that probably do not need helping - football agents in particular. It lands them in great, powerful positions with the players and leaves us financially stuck at times.

    "Maybe there is a system out there that is better, but we still have to have some kind of window. Some teams lose players through injury and there needs to be a period where teams can turn their seasons around with two or three signings."

  50. Southampton news conference

    QPR v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Down to the south coast... and Ronald Koeman starts with some team news.

    Ronald Koeman

    Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin will be available for Saturday's trip to QPR. Toby Alderweireld will not be, but he should be back for the home match against Liverpool the following week.

  51. Leicester news conference

    Leicester v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Nigel Pearson acknowledges that the Foxes have to start picking up more points at home if they are to move off the bottom of the table.

    "Our home form has to improve, no doubt about it," he says. "It has probably gone unnoticed because we've generally played well but we are confident we can change it.

    "Crystal Palace are a good side. Alan Pardew has had a positive return and they have some great attacking options. They are very capable.

    "Where we are in May is most important, but progress in the table would be nice and it is an incentive to know three points can get us out (of the relegation zone altogether)."

  52. Formula 1

    BBC Oxford Sport: The adminstrators of Caterham F1 say auctions of their remaining assets, including the 2014 car, have been scheduled but insist the team remains for sale. Administrators say the asset auctions would be called off if a late sale of the team can be made. The auctions are scheduled for March and April.

  53. Liverpool news conference

    Everton v Liverpool (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Finally, Brendan Rodgers is told that the derby will be his 100th Premier League game in charge at Anfield.

    Without changing facial expression - he isn't the most animated fella in the world - Rodgers says: "I've enjoyed every minute of my time here. To follow in the footsteps of so many tremendous managers is a tremendous honour.

    "At whatever point I leave here hopefully I'll be leaving something people can be proud of.

    "These two and a half years been a great experience and I think the football club has moved forward. We now have to rubber-stamp that by winning some silverware."

    Liverpool fans everywhere will no doubt be nodding in agreement.

  54. Liverpool news conference

    Everton v Liverpool (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Brendan Rodgers says striker Mario Balotelli and defender Dejan Lovren have a chance of being involved against Everton.

    Sturridge

    He also acknowledges that striker Daniel Sturridge is champing at the bit to start and does not rule out throwing him in.

    "Daniel, like every player, wants to play," he said. "He is coming along very well. We'll analyse whether he starts over the next couple of days."

  55. Leicester news conference

    Leicester v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Over to Leicester where Nigel Pearson is speaking.

    First up the issue of the club's business during the transfer window.

    Nigel Pearson

    "We did business early and late targets were unavailable. I didn't want to add for the sake of adding," he said.

    "I am pleased to add the experience of Schwarzer and Huth. Hopefully [striker and club record signing] Andrej Kramaric can fulfil his potential too. Huth has a lot of know-how."

  56. Gus Poyet news conference

    Swansea v Sunderland (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has been telling the media about his side's team news before their game at Swansea on Saturday. Poyet says: "It will be touch and go for Adam Johnson so it is a big decision tomorrow, but we have got a few of them.

    "I think one of them [Jack Rodwell or Connor Wickham] has a chance but the other one doesn't, but we will wait until Friday. It will depend on the other players as well because if Emanuele Giaccherini is all rright then we won't take a risk with one of them."

  57. Liverpool news conference

    (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Steven Gerrard

    Saturday will, unless we are all in for a very big surprise, be Steven Gerrard's last Merseyside derby.

    Asked if Everton fans would be glad to see the back of the Liverpool skipper, Brendan Rodgers replied: "I'm sure they will. He has been incredible for the club and been outstanding in so many derby games. He'll want to win, like he does every time.

    "How will he deal with the emotion of it being his last? Like he has all the others - by being focused on the team getting a result."

    Speaking about the Everton game in general, Rodgers added: "Derby games are very exciting. They are wonderful games to be involved in, full of emotion and they go so fast. The quality of the football is outstanding, which is especially impressive as the players are under intense pressure."

  58. Alan Pardew news conference

    Leicester v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Talking about Saturday's game at Leicester, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says: "They're a tough team and have done some business in January. It's a game where we can put a great distance between us and them but they can bring us in really close if they win so it's a crucial game.

    "Our team is experienced and has got good ability and could potentially finish mid-table. But we all know we have a big battle on our hands. Every game is competitive and we have to make sure we stay up."

  59. Liverpool news conference

    Everton v Liverpool (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Brendan Rodgers is brimming with positivity today, saying "anything is possible" this season.

    "We are in a European competition and in the FA Cup we can get to final ... and we can challenge not just for fourth place but beyond that. Those are the objectives of the forthcoming months," said the Liverpool boss.

    Asked about the pressure he was under earlier in the season, when results weren't as good, Rodgers said: "When you're at one of biggest clubs in world and you're not performing, like we were at the start of season, you are going to come under the spotlight and I accept and expect that. But we are playing very well at the moment."

  60. Liverpool news conference

    Everton v Liverpool (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Brendan Rodgers

    Brendan Rodgers has arrived and begins by talking about how pleased he was with last night's FA Cup win at Bolton.

    "The game showed the spirit and togetherness," he said. "That feeling is back in the changing room and it enables you to win games. We are in a good moment."

  61. Paul Lambert news conference

    Aston Villa v Chelsea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa

    BBC WM Sport, reporting from Aston Villa's news conference: Paul Lambert reaffirms his belief they will not be relegated. Disappointed not to have strengthened on Monday.

  62. Alan Pardew news conference

    Leicester v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is in a happy mood today, as he discusses his side's business in the January transfer window, including the decision to bring winger Wilfried Zaha back on a permanent deal from Manchester United.

    "It was important to secure his future and kick-start his career," says Pardew. "He has fabulous technical ability and he needs to bring that consistency now. When you're fighting in a relegation scrap, as we are, you need everyone pulling together."

  63. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Tottenham v Arsenal (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Arsenal will cope with the absence of forward Alexis Sanchez.

    Pochettino says: "They have so many good players, like Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mesut Ozil so although Alexis is a very good player, Arsenal have players that can replace him."

    Adebayor

    Asked about striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who saw a deadline day move to West Ham collapse, Pochettino replies: "We're happy for him to stay here. He is a very important player and we need to provide him with the tools to improve his game. Like all players, he needs to train in a good way and I have confidence in him."

  64. Rodgers coming shortly

    Football

    Speaking of Liverpool, manager Brendan Rodgers is speaking to the media shortly, at 14:00 GMT.

    We also have news conferences coming up at Spurs, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Southampton and Leicester.

    As ever, we will bring you the best of what is said.

  65. Derby preparations

    Football

    There's no rest for the wicked. Just 12 hours or so after playing the full 90 minutes in the FA Cup win against Bolton, Liverpool's Steven Gerrard was back out on the training ground.

    Mind you, he has got a rather big game to prepare for - Saturday's Merseyside derby with Everton.

    The Reds tweeted this pic of the skipper going through his paces at Melwood.

    Steev Gerrard
  66. Greatest ODI XI - Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka)

    Kumar Sangakkara

    And here is the sixth and final nomination for our wicketkeeper slot in our one-day international all-time XI.

    Kumar Sangakkara: Only Sachin Tendulkar (18,426) and Ricky Ponting (13,704) have scored more one-day international runs than Kumar Sangakkara (13,693). Also, no one has taken more wicketkeeping (474) dismissals than the Sri Lanka legend, who will retire from one-day international cricket after the World Cup.

    ODIs: 397; Runs: 13,693; Average: 40.99; Strike rate: 78.08

    Catches: 397; Stumpings: 96.

    You can vote online at the right-hand side of this page.

  67. Football

    BBC WM Sport: Wolves' Carl Ikeme could be out for six to eight weeks with broken second metatarsal.

  68. Ding beaten in Germany

    Snooker

    Defending champion Ding Junhui loses in the first round of the German Masters after a 5-4 defeat by Ryan Day.

    Ding Junhui

    China's Ding, 27, made breaks of 72 and 74 to go 4-3 in front, but Welshman Day hit back including a match-winning break of 82 to progress.

    Mark Selby, Neil Robertson and Judd Trump all made it safely through into the second round in Berlin.

  69. Post update

    Football

    We told you that Alexis Sanchez (13:14 GMT) will not be fit for Arsenal's derby match at rivals Tottenham on Saturday. This is the impact Sanchez has made at the Gunners this season.

    Alexis Sanchez
  70. Greatest ODI XI - Brendon McCullum (New Zealand)

    Next up in our profiles of those competitors that could be named as wicketkeeper in our all-time one-day international XI ... New Zealand's Brendon McCullum.

    Brendon McCullum

    A brutal striker of the ball, McCullum is one of only two wicketkeepers to score more than 4,000 ODI runs with a strike-rate above 90. One of only six men to captain, keep and open the batting in the same ODI, he has latterly relinquished the gloves in order to focus on captaincy, where he has proved to be an astute and inventive leader.

    ODIs: 240; Runs: 5,480; Average: 30.27; Strike rate: 91.73

    Catches: 253; Stumpings: 15

  71. Hooker joins Welsh

    Rugby Union

    London Welsh have signed Cornish Pirates hooker Rob Elloway until the end of the season.

    Injuries to Nathan Vella, Nathan Taylor and Matthew Dobson have left Welsh with just two fit players in his position.

  72. Big Bash role for Gillespie?

    Cricket

    Yorkshire will allow first-team coach Jason Gillespie to take a job in next winter's Big Bash League in his native Australia alongside his Headingley commitments.

    Jason Gillespie

    The 39-year-old former pace bowler has been linked with the BBL and at least two teams are seeking new coaches for 2015-16.

    "I would be happy to chat to interested parties in the BBL," said Gillespie, who led Yorkshire to the County Championship title last summer.

  73. Arsenal look into Wilshere snaps

    Football

    Arsenal say they are aware of photos of Jack Wilshere posted on social media apparently holding a shisha pipe at a nightclub and take a dim view on players smoking, the Press Association reports.

    Jack Wilshere

    The pictures of Wilshere - currently sidelined with an ankle problem - were posted on Instagram and them Twitter.

    Gunners boss Arsene Wenger spoke out against footballers smoking following revelations goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny lit up in the showers after a 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year's Day. The Poland international has not started a Premier League match since.

  74. Greatest ODI XI - Adam Gilchrist (Australia)

    Cricket

    Next up in our profiles of those competitors that could be named as wicketkeeper in our all-time one-day international XI is Australia's Adam Gilchrist.

    Adam Gilchrist

    Omnipresent at the top of the Australia order during their World Cup successes of 1999, 2003 and 2007 and is the only man to have scored half-centuries in three successive finals. No batsman who has scored more than 8,000 runs as an ODI opener has a better strike-rate than Gilchrist, while his 472 wicketkeeping dismissals is bettered only by Kumar Sangakkara.

    ODIs: 287; Runs: 9,619; Average: 35.89; Strike-rate: 96.94; Catches: 417; Stumpings: 55.

    You can vote now on the right-hand side of this page.

  75. Sanchez to miss North London derby

    Football

    Alexis Sanchez

    Bad news Arsenal fans. Manager Arsene Wenger says that forward Alexis Sanchez will miss their north London derby on Saturday away at Tottenham.

    "The latest is that Alexis is not ready," says Wenger. "He is not far away, the Leicester game is a possibility. He is of course very difficult to keep quiet. He is training but it's light training."

  76. I made it easy - Pochettino

    Football

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that he made it easy for Ronald Koeman to take over at Southampton.

    Pochettino, who led Saints to eighth in the Premier League before taking over at Spurs in the summer, told Catalan radio station RAC1: "It is always easier taking over a winning team which is the case this time with Ronald."

  77. Berahino heading for exit?

    Football

    Berahino

    West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 21, wants to leave the club at the end of the season to "move on to better things", according to the Times (subscription required).

  78. Walsall top scorer Bradshaw out again

    Football

    Walsall's 15-goal top scorer Tom Bradshaw has been sidelined by his second hamstring injury of the season.

    The Johnstone's Paint Trophy finalists will face the next fortnight without Bradshaw, who has already missed seven weeks of action this season with a similar injury.

    But he should be fit for the JPT final against Bristol City on 22 March, for what will be Walsall's first trip to Wembley in their 127-year history.

  79. Greatest ODI XI - Andy Flower (Zimbabwe)

    Cricket

    It is time for the next profile of competitors aiming to pick up the wicketkeeping slot in our all-time one-day international team. This time we look at Andy Flower of Zimbabwe.

    Andy Flower

    Undoubtedly the finest cricketer that Zimbabwe has ever produced, Flower's achievements on the field are often overshadowed by his 'death of democracy' protest at the 2003 World Cup and his time as coach of England.

    Only three men - Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist and MS Dhoni - have scored more runs as an ODI wicketkeeper, a feat made more remarkable as it was done in a team that often struggled.

    ODIs: 213; Runs: 6,786; Average: 35.34; Strike rate: 74.59

    Catches: 141; Stumpings: 32

    You can vote for your choice on the right-hand side of this page now.

  80. Ankle surgery for Somerset's Overton

    Cricket

    Somerset have confirmed all-rounder Craig Overton has undergone surgery on a long-standing ankle problem. The 20-year-old suffered a recurrence of the injury while on England Lions duty in South Africa last month but is expected to be fit for the start of the county season in April.

  81. Tunisia refuse to apologise

    Football

    Tunisia face being banned from the next Africa Cup of Nations after refusing to apologise for accusing the Confederation of African Football (Caf) of cheating.

    They made the allegations after conceding a controversial stoppage-time penalty in a 2-1 defeat by Equatorial Guinea in the quarter-finals.

    The game's referee has been banned for six months for "poor performance".

    Referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn

    Tunisia had until Thursday to say sorry or face a ban from the 2017 edition.

  82. Scotland reveal line-up

    Rugby Union

    Glasgow Warriors duo Finn Russell and Mark Bennett and London Irish back-row Blair Cowan will make their Six Nations debuts when Scotland play France in Paris on Saturday.

    Bennett started the first two autumn Tests in November but was ruled out of the Tonga game by a hamstring injury.

    The only other change from then is tight-head prop Euan Murray stepping in for Geoff Cross, who is on the bench.

    Scotland team to play France: Stuart Hogg; Tommy Seymour, Mark Bennett, Alex Dunbar, Tim Visser; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (capt); Alasdair Dickinson, Ross Ford, Euan Murray, Richie Gray, Jonny Gray, Rob Harley, Blair Cowan, Johnnie Beattie.

  83. Dorrans move may still go ahead

    Football

    Birmingham Mail: After the breakdown of a deadline day move to Norwich, West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans, 27, could join the Canaries on loan before the end of the season.

  84. Old pals' reunion

    Football

    Kevin Davies - who scored 74 goals in 351 appearances for Bolton, before moving to Preston in 2013 - was at the Trotters FA Cup clash against Liverpool. "Nice to catch up with some old mates tonight, including these two - Fabrice Muamba and Daniel Sturridge," he tweeted.

    Kevin Davies

    The trio were team-mates at Bolton. Sturridge scored eight goals in 12 games during a loan spell in 2011. Muamba has made a full recovery after suffering a cardiac arrest during a game against Tottenham Hotspur, though following medical advice, he announced his retirement from professional football in August 2012.

  85. Greatest ODI XI - MS Dhoni (India)

    Next up in our profiles to find our wicketkeeper for the greatest one-day international XI of all time is India's MS Dhoni.

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni

    Delivered the World Cup that hosts India were craving in 2011, not only as captain, but with an unbeaten 91 in the final. An ice-cool temperament has left Dhoni with a habit of taking India to victory from seemingly difficult positions, while a batting average of 52.51 is more than 12 runs better than any other man to claim more than 200 wicketkeeping victims.

    ODIs: 254; Runs: 8,262; Average: 52.29; Strike rate: 88.84

    Catches: 229; Stumpings: 85

    Vote for your wicketkeeper on the right-hand side of this page now.

  86. Januzaj's summer switch

    Football

    Manchester Evening News: Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, who turns 20 today, could be offered in exchange for Paris St-Germain defender Marquinhos, 20, or Everton full-back Seamus Coleman, 26, this summer.

  87. The wages calculator

    Football

    footballer illustration graphic

    Ever wondered how your wages compare with the biggest names in football? Well, wonder no more as you can find out all the details in the wages calculator. (Disclaimer: The results may depress you.)

  88. Veteran Burton signs for Eastleigh

    Football

    Former Derby, Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday striker Deon Burton has signed for Conference side Eastleigh until the end of the season.

    The 38-year-old, who played for Jamaica at the 1998 World Cup, was released by Scunthorpe last month and Eastleigh are the 16th club of his career.

  89. World Cup shockers

    Cricket

    If we may be so bold, we'd like to point you in the direction of a rather fine feature on the BBC Sport website now - 10 shocking moments from the Cricket World Cup.

    Ahead of this year's competition - which kicks off in Australia and New Zealand on 14 February - cricket writer Sam Sheringham takes a look at various events from past tournaments... including England getting floored by a pink-haired Irishman and South Africa's choke of the century.

    Kevin O'Brien
  90. Greatest ODI XI - Mark Boucher (South Africa)

    Cricket

    As mentioned, we are asking you to vote for the wicketkeeper in our all-time one-day international XI. Over the next two hours we will profile all six men. The first one is South Africa's Mark Boucher.

    Mark Boucher

    One of only three men to take more than 400 victims in his career, Boucher was an accomplished wicketkeeper first, and a batsman second. Still he lies fifth in the list of runs made by wicketkeepers, his total of 4,686 impressive because he rarely batted higher than number six. Memorably hit the winning runs in South Africa's chase of 434 to beat Australia.

    ODIs: 295; Runs: 4,686; Average: 28.57; Strike rate: 84.76

    Catches: 403; Stumpings: 22

  91. Van Gaal's methods tough - Evans

    Football

    Manchester United defender Jonny Evans has admitted he and his team-mates have found the Louis van Gaal regime "tough" this season.

    Jonny Evans

    "The lads have taken a lot on board. At times it has been tough and it takes time," Evans told the Manchester Evening News.

    "We've been used to playing a certain way for a number of years then the change happens and he wants us to play a certain way. So it does take time for those things to become second nature. But I think you are starting to see that now."

  92. Johnson 'could have saved Yeovil'

    Football

    Sacked Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has insisted he would have saved them from relegation had he been allowed to keep his job.

    The 59-year-old was dismissed on Tuesday, with the Glovers bottom of League One and four points from safety.

    He told BBC Somerset: "I was ready, able and willing to see this through. There was still time. We'd made a conscious decision that we were going to get out of this."

  93. Greatest ODI XI

    Imran Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Shane Warne
    Image caption: Imran Khan, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Shane Warne

    It's almost here... the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

    And, to mark the competition's opening on the weekend of 14 February, BBC Sport is conducting a vote on the world's greatest one-day international XI. Each day Sportsday live readers will get to vote for the different components which make up the side - opening batsmen, middle-order batsmen, all-rounders, wicketkeepers, pace bowlers and spin bowlers. The contenders have been nominated by the Test Match Special team.

    Voting on each category will take place on each weekday, with two votes on 9 February. The vote result won't be revealed until the Tuffers & Vaughan show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday, 9 February and on the BBC Sport website.

    The third one is live now and we'll profile the contenders during the course of the next 120 minutes. You can vote for one player, with the top one being selected as wicketkeeper. Terms and conditions are here. Happy voting!

    View the full list of contenders here.

  94. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Some more of your comments after Rangers boss Kenny McDowall claims he has been told by the club that the five loan signings made from Newcastle have to play in every game.

    David Anderson: Absolute embarrassment of a football club. Should have their own show at Edinburgh fringe.

    Stephen: Ridiculous situation at Rangers. SFA need to take action. Telling a manager to play loanees? This can't happen.

    Tim Collingwood: Surely many loaned players have similar clauses in their contracts. It's probably just a case of Rangers being open about it.

  95. Premier League begins in Leeds

    Darts

    Premier League Darts

    The 11th year of Premier League Darts begins in Leeds this evening, with Raymond van Barneveld of the Netherlands (bottom, centre) defending the title he won for the first time in 2014.

    The tournament is played every Thursday for 16 weeks, with the 10 competitors all hoping to qualify for the play-offs at The O2 Arena in London on 21 May.

    Among tonight's five fixtures is a repeat of last month's World Championship final between Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson.

  96. Liverpool seal kit deal

    Football

    Liverpool have agreed the biggest kit supplier deal in their history with American sportswear manufacturer New Balance.

    In 2012 Liverpool signed a six-year deal worth £25m a season with Warrior Sports, whose parent company is New Balance.

    Their kits will be made by New Balance from next season onwards in a deal reportedly worth up to £300 million.

  97. Widnes beats China

    Widnes

    Here's something you don't read every day - there's been a world record in Widnes.

    More than 3,400 local residents took part in Wake Up Shake Up - and in doing so became the largest ever group exercising to a fitness video.

    It took place at Widnes Vikings Select Security Stadium, with the players joining in ahead of their Super League opener against Wigan at 20:00 GMT.

    The gathering beat the previous record set in China, when 2,958 took part.

  98. Best videos

    Rio Olympics

    So BBC, what have you got for us to watch today? Funny you should ask that, because here are just some of the video offerings for your enjoyment.

    Olympics: With 18 months to go until the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, will the city be ready?

    Football: Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon says he is "not happy with the referee's performance" during his side's 2-1 loss to Liverpool in their fourth round FA Cup replay.

    Formula 1: BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson rounds up all of the action from Jerez after the fourth and final day of testing in Spain.

    Rugby union: Watch BBC Sport's first Six Nations chain interview with the captains of each nation answering a question and then setting the next one for another skipper.

    Rugby interview
  99. Football

    Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale on Twitter: "Gutted to hear about James Rodriguez's injury. I wish him all the best and a speedy recovery."

    Rodriguez went off with a broken metatarsal as Real Madrid moved four points clear at the top of La Liga with a 2-1 win over Sevilla at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

  100. All kitted out

    Cricket

    England

    Here is the shirt that you will see in the final of the upcoming Cricket World Cup... possibly.

    England unveiled their World Cup kit today, in a series of tweets from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

    Let us hope it brings Eoin Morgan's lads luck.

  101. Ward's Seppi test

    Tennis

    Britain's James Ward is on court against Andreas Seppi in the second round of the Zagreb Indoors ATP tournament in Croatia.

    James Ward

    The 27-year-old, who is ranked 109th in the world, faces an in-form Seppi, the Italian fresh from an Australian Open where he dispensed of Roger Federer in the third round.

    Ward beat Croatia's Antonio Veic in the first round yesterday.

    Live scorecard here.

  102. Looking up

    Football

    Instagram

    Burnley striker Marvin Sordell put this photo on Instagram: "With the legend that is Sol Campbell, making me look very short."

  103. Pollution fear at Olympics

    Sailing

    Organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympics admit they are "concerned" about water pollution in the sailing venue, but

    About 48% of sewage pumped into the Guanabara Bay is untreated, while illegal dumping is a big problem.

  104. 'I am truly happy' - Salah

    Football

    Mohamed Salah believes his loan move to Fiorentina will help jump-start his career after a disappointing spell at Chelsea.

    The Egypt international is beginning a six-month loan deal, and the Serie A club has an option to make Salah's move permanent this summer.

    Salah

    "I am truly happy to be here," Salah told Fiorentina's official television channel. "I really hope this is a step forward in my career.

    "I know that my move to Fiorentina has generated a lot of interest in Egypt and I hope I can do well and help the team succeed."

  105. Foreign newspapers

    Sport - Spain

    Sport

    Some things you may not have expected to see this morning. Lionel Messi dressed up as the Karate Kid, Luis Suarez looking like he should be in a western and Neymar in a Hawaiian shirt.

    Well there they are, on today's front page of Spanish newspaper Sport. The picture is an advert for Qatar Airways, whose name appears on Barcelona's club's shirts.

    But, wait for it, there is a twist. The paper also says Qatar Airways has been offered the chance to be involved in another sponsorship deal that would see Barcelona's home stadium change its name from Camp Nou.

  106. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Rangers have been told they have to play all five of their recent loan signings from Newcastle.

    We have been asking for your reaction to the story. This is what you've told us.

    Gordon Bowie: I can't believe this, no manager should have to be told who has to play, think Kenny McDowall will be gone before his notice.

    Connartiste: As a Rangers fan I find it disgraceful. No coach/manager should be forced to pick one established player let alone five unproven.

    Mark: The Rangers story is ridiculous, surely it compromises the integrity of the league? How the mighty have fallen.

    Keep the comments coming in. How would you feel if it was your club?

  107. 'I banned chips' - Moyes

    Football

    In an interview with FourFourTwo magazine, David Moyes has revealed he banned chips at Manchester United because he had a couple of overweight players during his spell as Red Devils boss.

    David Moyes

    "I did it because a couple of players were overweight and I didn't think chips were good for their diet," said Moyes, now in charge of Real Sociedad in La Liga.

  108. South Africans hire Hussey

    Cricket

    Former Australia Test batsman Mike Hussey has been drafted in by South Africa as a consultant during the World Cup, with the Proteas looking to win the tournament for the first time.

    Mike Hussey

    As well as playing 79 Tests, Hussey, who retired in 2013, is regarded as one of Australia's greatest one-day players, averaging 48.15 from his 185 one-day internationals.

  109. Post update

    BBC Merseyside Sport: Super League champions St Helens set to give full debuts to Atalea Vea and Travis Burns against Catalans Dragons tomorrow at Langtree Park.

  110. Get involved

    Right, you have seen the news from Rangers (10:07 GMT) where they have been told they have to play all five of their loan signings from Newcastle

    So we are asking your feelings on the matter. How would you feel if that was your club?

    Get involved using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport website.

  111. Rangers must play Newcastle loanees

    Football

    Rangers manager Kenny McDowall claims he has been told by the club's hierarchy that he must play the five loan signings made from Newcastle.

    Midfielders Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic, defenders Kevin Mbabu and Remie Streete and left-sided Northern Ireland cap Shane Ferguson joined on Monday.

    McDowall says he has been told by chief executive Derek Llambias and football board chairman Sandy Easdale that the quintet must start every game.

    Rangers play Raith Rovers on Sunday.

  112. Foreign newspapers

    Mundo Deportivo (Spain)

    Mundo Deportivo

    As Billy mentions, it is the birthday of both Neymar (23) and Cristiano Ronaldo (30) and both make it on to the front page of today's Mundo Deportivo newspaper in Spain.

    The paper says Neymar could go on to score more than Ronaldo in his career. Well done to those eagle-eyed spotters who may have also noticed AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa featured on the right-hand side of the page.

    Mundo Deportivo has a feature on the big man, whose build is "similar to a rugby player", the newspaper says.

  113. Happy birthday to you

    Leeds striker Billy Sharp on Twitter: Happy birthday to Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Carlos Tevez and of course myself.

  114. Open to the elements

    Rugby Union

    The Six Nations kicks off on Friday and the first issue has already been settled... the Millennium Stadium won't look like this for the opening game between Wales and England. The roof will be open, not closed.

    Millennium Stadium

    Both teams must agree for it to be closed and while Wales head coach Warren Gatland stated that is his preference, England have declined.

    The weather forecast for Cardiff on Friday night is cold but dry, convincing visiting head coach Stuart Lancaster to have it kept open. The stadium's roof was closed when England lost 30-3 to Wales in 2013.

  115. Thursday's back pages

    The Independent

    Independent

    The Independent has the latest on QPR's search for a new boss, plus a photo of Liverpool's match-winner Philippe Coutinho. There's also a spot of rugby union ahead of Friday's Six Nations opener.

  116. Thursday's back pages

    The Mirror

    More Liverpool FA Cup reaction in the Mirror and a story claiming Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor turned down a £1m a month offer to sign for a club in Qatar.

  117. Everton news conference

    Football

    Finally, Roberto Martinez talks about the plaque that will be unveiled at Goodison Park on Saturday in memory of the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough.

    "It is something we take a lot of pride from - the strong bond between the two teams towards that tragedy," the Toffees boss said.

    "It will be It is a tribute that will stand forever and we will always be there supporting the Hillsborough families support group."

    And that is that from the Everton boss, he's off no doubt for a brew and a lie down in a dark room.

  118. Everton news conference

    Football

    Two days to go until the 224th Merseyside derby. Here's Roberto Martinez's thoughts on the game.

    "The Merseyside derby is one of the most special games in world football," said the Toffees boss.

    Rodgers Martinez

    "The last one was a phenomenal football game with plenty of goals, both teams with an attacking mindset. I expect the same on Saturday.

    "Liverpool and are on a good run and we feel similar in terms of the confidence the win at the weekend gave us, and the fact we are unbeaten in five."

  119. Everton news conferences

    Football

    Everton's big deadline day signing was Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon and it is fair to say Roberto Martinez is happy to get him.

    "Aaron is very focused, ready to train and perform," said Martinez. "When you sign a player in January it is very difficult to find someone who is up to speed with his fitness.

    Aaron Lennon

    "But he is. He's an incredible player, he is fully fit, and ready to make an impact and be involved at the weekend - that is very rare with a January signing.

    "Will he start the derby? We have to be carful and make sure he knows the way the team plays. But I expect him to be in the squad and he has a massive role to play over the next few weeks, when we have a lot of games."

  120. Everton news conference

    Football

    Roberto Martinez on the imminent return of keeper Tim Howard: "Tim is back in training. He feels strong and ready but the medical advice is to give him another week to make sure he is fully healed.

    Tim Howard

    "We won't take any risks. But it is incredible how quickly he has recovered and how well he has done in training."

    Martinez also says Leon Osman is 'making good progress' after his injury.

  121. Everton news conference

    Football

    We promised you Premier League managers and here's the first of six coming up today.

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has arrived to face the media and begins by revealing midfielder James McCarthy will be available to face Liverpool in the big Merseyside derby on Saturday.

    "We expect him to be fully fit now for the rest of the season," says the manager.

  122. Al Hasawi hints at Forest departure

    Football

    Nottingham Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has seemingly put his future at the club in doubt.

    Al Hasawi, who sacked manager Stuart Pearce on Sunday and has been heavily criticised for the way the club have handled their finances, was answering questions from fans on Twitter.

    And when asked if he would ever step down as chairman and just be the owner, he said: "I will soon from everything".

    Al Hasawi, who took over in July 2012, later deleted the message.

  123. Thursday's back pages

    The Sun

    You've got to hand it to The Sun, 'Bold as a Cout' is a pretty good headline. Away from Liverpool's FA Cup win, the main story is about Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, who has, apparently, been spotted holding a shisha pipe at a nightclub.

  124. Everton to unveil Hillsborough plaque

    Football

    Everton have announced that the 96 who died at Hillsborough are to have a plaque unveiled in their memory at Goodison Park, ahead of Saturday's 224th Merseyside derby against Liverpool.

    The permanent tribute had been suggested to the club by supporters and Everton fan Stephen Kelly, whose brother Michael died in the tragedy in April 1989.

  125. Westwood sets the pace

    Golf

    Defending champion Lee Westwood and major winner Graeme McDowell shared the clubhouse lead in Thursday's opening round of the Malaysian Open.

    Lee Westwood

    Westwood, who romped to a seven-shot victory last year, had seven birdies and one bogey to record a six-under-par round of 66. Former U.S. Open champion McDowell also carded seven birdies.

    Among other early finishers, England's Tommy Fleetwood was third after a 67, two strokes ahead of European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.

    Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, who won the season-opening event on the Champions Tour in Hawaii late last month, opened with a 72.

  126. Post update

    BBC Somerset: Gary Johnson says he is very disappointed to be sacked by Yeovil Town at this stage of the season. Johnson: "We brought four players in during the transfer window and haven't been given time to show what we can do with them."

  127. Rodriguez breaks foot in Real win

    Football

    James Rodriguezwent off with a broken metatarsal as Real Madrid moved four points clear at the top of La Liga with victory over Sevilla at the Bernabeu.

    James Rodriguez

    The Colombia midfielder will undergo surgery "in the coming hours", the European champions announced.

    Carlo Ancelotti's side put themselves on course for a fourth successive league victory when James headed home.

    His replacement, Jese Rodriguez, swept in a second before the break. Sevilla's Iago Aspas scored a consolation.

  128. Post update

    BBC Merseyside Sport: Big kick-off in the Super League tonight. Widnes RL look set to give debuts to Manase Manuakofoa and Chris Clarkson in their home game with Wigan.

  129. Post update

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    Today's racing at Huntingdon, like Taunton, has passed an early inspection and goes ahead.

  130. Carlisle reveals suicide bid

    Football

    Former Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle has revealed that when he was hit by a lorry in December, he was attempting to take his own life.

    Clarke Carlisle

    In an interview with the Sun newspaper, Carlisle said he had been left severely depressed by the end of his football career, financial problems and the loss of a television punditry role.

    The 35-year-old left hospital on 30 January, six weeks after being struck in North Yorkshire.

    "This was my lowest point," he said.

  131. Clarke on the comeback trail

    Cricket

    Some cricket news from overnight... Australia captain Michael Clarke has continued his push to prove his fitness ahead of the cricket World Cup by bowling a couple of overs and scoring 34 off 36 balls in a warm-up match against Bangladesh.

    Michael Clarke

    The 33-year-old has until Australia's second match of the tournament - against Bangladesh on 21 Feb - to prove his fitness after surgery on a torn hamstring.

    But despite his impressive comeback, Clarke said: "In my opinion, there's still a gap between where I am now and playing a one-day international for Australia."

  132. Post update

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    Thursday's racing at Taunton is to go ahead as planned after the track passed an early inspection. Officials at Huntingdon are to check at 8-00, but Doncaster is OFF

  133. Cash converter

    Football

    Here's something to kick your day off.

    If you've ever wondered how many minutes it takes Ronaldo or Messi to earn your salary, you can now find out (even if the answer might depress you).

    On the BBC sport website you can compare your earnings to 22 of the world's best footballers with a football wages calculator.

    Have a gander here.

  134. Looking up in the Cup

    Football

    A little stat for you ... Liverpool's victory means they have reached the FA Cup fifth round in successive seasons for the first time since 1995 and 1996.

  135. 'He was rubbish' - Lennon.

    Football

    While Liverpool fans went home happy after last's FA Cup win, there was one man who really, really wasn't.

    Neil Lennon

    "I thought the ref was rubbish," said Bolton boss Neil Lennon. "I thought he spoiled what was a very good game."

    The referee in question, Roger East, awarded Bolton a contentious penalty, but angered Lennon by sending off midfielder Neil Danns with the Trotters 1-0 ahead. Liverpool won it with two late goals.

    Lennon added: "The sending-off changed the game because I thought at 1-0, and with 11 men, we were OK. We were comfortable."

  136. Late drama at Bolton

    Football

    Liverpool left it late last night but eventually found a way past Championship Bolton to move into the FA Cup fifth round.

    Philippe Coutinho sealed victory with a magnificent stoppage time winner (watch it here - it really is a belter).

    Coutinho

    It keeps Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, making his 700th appearance for the club, on course for a Wembley appearance on his 35th birthday on May 30 before he leaves the club for LA Galaxy.

    BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty gives his verdict on the game.

  137. Speaking out

    So eight Premier League bosses will share their wisdom with us today and we will, of course, bring you the best of what they say.

    We're at Goodison Park first - here's the full order of play:

    Everton 09:00 GMT, Tottenham 13:00, Aston Villa 13:30, Sunderland 13:30.

    Liverpool 14:00 GMT, Crystal Palace 14:00, Southampton 14:00, Leicester 14:30.

  138. Here we go

    Another Sportsday begins, with bags to get through - not least eight Premier League managers giving news conferences, including this one...

    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers faces the media at 14:00 GMT, no doubt in chipper mood after the Reds' FA Cup win at Bolton.

    We'll also bring you the latest from managerless QPR, and every breaking story from the sporting world.

    Oh, and we'll also tell you how long it would take Ronaldo to earn your wage ... though, be warned, the answer may depress you. Enjoy.