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  1. Sportsday over and out

    Andy Murray

    That is all from Sportsday for today.

    We will be back tomorrow from 08:00 GMT with all the breaking news, gossip and social media tittle-tattle from around the world of sport.

    See you there.

  2. Fulham ready to do Dembele deal?

    Football gossip

    Moussa Dembele

    The London Evening Standard are reporting that Fulham want Moussa Dembele to return to Craven Cottage on loan for the rest of the season if they sell him to Tottenham this month.

  3. Gold medal with a side of fries


    BBC World Service


    American shot-putter Adam Nelson was awarded a retrospective Olympic gold when the Ukrainian athlete that finished ahead of him at the 2004 Games was banned for doping. But he had to wait nine years to get his hands on the medal.

    When he did receive it, there was no podium, no national anthem playing in the background and no crowd cheering. Instead, Nelson was handed his gold by a US Olympic official while sat at a dining table in the food court of Atlanta airport.

    "I pulled my medal out and he pulled his medal out," recalled Nelson in an interview with the BBC World Service's Ade Adedoyin. "I jokingly said at least I got some fries with this."

    You can listen to Nelson's remarkable story here

  4. Torres 'has eight offers'

    Football gossip

    Fernando Torres

    Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo are reporting Fernando Torres' agent saying that the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker has "eight offers on the table" for next season. The 31-year-old's Atletico Madrid contract expires in the summer.

  5. Ramirez to bolster Boro's promotion push?

    Football gossip

    Gaston Ramirez

    Could this be the signing that seals a lucrative Premier League spot for Championship pace-setters Middlesbrough?

    Italian site Tuttomercatoweb report that Boro are working on a deal for Southampton's Gaston Ramirez, who has fallen well out of favour after signing for the Saints for £12m from Bologna in 2012.

    They face competition though from Bologna themselves and Swansea apparently.

  6. 5 live Sport

    Thu, 19:00 GMT

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Thursday's 5 live Sport with Caroline Barker from 19:00 GMT features the usual comprehensive round-up of all the day's sports news and then from 19:30 there is another edition of Tuffers and Vaughan, looking ahead to Friday's final Test between South Africa and England in Centurion.

    The duo will be joined from our Newcastle studio by former England fast bowler Steve Harmison.

    Then from 20:30 GMT Sonja McLaughlan presents 5 live Rugby which includes a full-length interview with England coach Eddie Jones.

    The programme is rounded up with the latest developments from the Australian Open tennis in Melbourne.

  7. Sturridge rumours are 'paper talk' - Bilic


    Daniel Sturridge

    West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has dismissed speculation that the Hammers may try and sign Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool as "paper talk".

    Sturridge, 26, has scored 44 goals in 73 games for Liverpool but has managed only 21 appearances since August 2014 for the club after a succession of injuries.

    The Brentwood Gazette reported Tuesday that the Hammers were going to test Liverpool's patience with the striker's on-going issues by tabling an £18m bid.

    "I am not talking about who we want - Daniel Sturridge is a big player and a big name - but that is only paper talk," said Bilic.

    But when it was put to Bilic that Sturridge may become available, the West Ham boss replied: "What if? I would take Lionel Messi also, but it is only an 'if' so there is nothing in it."

  8. Ennis-Hill still has Russia doubts


    Jessica Ennis-Hill

    Britain's Jessica Ennis-Hill says she would still have doubts about Russian athletes at the 2016 Olympics even if the country convinces athletics organisations it should be allowed to compete in Rio.

    Russia is banned from athletics after accusations of widespread doping.

    Olympic and world heptathlon champion Ennis-Hill wants "drastic measures" in place if Russia is cleared to compete.

    But she added: "I'd be lying if I said I wouldn't look at Russian athletes and think 'is everything 100% OK?'"

  9. Toon turn down Berahino bid?

    Football gossip

    Saido Berahino

    By the sounds of it, Newcastle United are playing hard-ball as this month comes to an end.

    After reports earlier today that they are refusing to increase any bid for Spurs winger Andros Townsend beyond £10m, the Daily Telegraph add that they are concerned that their interest is being used to flush out other Premier League bids for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

    Newcastle believe that it might take a bid of £24m to secure the 22-year-old - more than they want to pay.

  10. Get Involved - Bionic manager

    Facebook comments

    If you were building a bionic manager, which attritbutes would you take from which boss?

    Stephen Hall: Mick McCarthy, bit of no nonsense Yorkshire common sense

    Andy Wyness: Bobby Robson's enthusiasm.  

    Dan Jones: Brendan Rodgers' great character.

    Charlie Moore: The Tony Pulis laugh. 

    West Brom manager Tony Pulis
  11. Emenike hints at West Ham move

    Football gossip

    It's hardly the Da Vinci Code is it?

    Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike has attempted something a little cryptic on Instagram, posting a still from movie Green Street.

    It's a movie about West Ham hooligans.

    Presumably he is on his way to Upton Park. It has been reported in the last few days that the Hammers want to take the 28-year-old on loan.

    Emenike has spent the first part of the season on loan at Dubai side Al Ain.

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  12. Hales is in a 'good place' - Taylor


    Opener Alex Hales is in a "good place" despite mounting pressure to prove he deserves his Test spot, according to England and Nottinghamshire team-mate James Taylor.

    Hales, 27, has opened the batting on the tour to South Africa, but averages just 20 from six Test innings. He scored 60 in the drawn second Test but has only managed more than 20 on one other occasion. 

    "He obviously hasn't scored as many runs as he wanted," Taylor said. "But I think he is actually in a really good place. I know him well and I know when he is down and when he is on a high.

    The fourth Test in Centurion gets under way on Friday.

  13. Williams signs new deal


    Inaki Williams

    Liverpool and Arsenal were reportedly considering activating Athletic Bilbao striker Inaki Williams £15m release clause a week ago.

    Too slow.

    The 21-year-old - with 10 goals in 23 appearances this season - has today signed a contract extension with the Basque side, raising his release clause to £38m.

    Bilbao may well accept less than that. But probably not as low as £15m. 

  14. Hamilton on his hols

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton. Possibly on the hunt for the loos.

    The first race of the 2016 season is the Australian Grand Prix on 20 March.

  15. Mann-number-one for Sunderland


    Vito Mannone

    BBC Newcastle's Nick Barnes: Vito Mannone is expected to return to the starting line up against Bournemouth on Saturday after Sam Allardyce confirmed the Italian is the first choice Sunderland goalkeeper following the departure of Costel Pantilimon.

    "Vito’s number one. I wanted to put Jordan Pickford in to play against Tottenham because, on the back of his game against Arsenal, I didn't want him to wait too long."

    Allardyce also says he would like to sign a third keeper and is still hoping to bring two more players to the club before the end of the transfer window.

  16. Tweet transfer dreams


    Fans taking photos outside of the Manchester derby

    The instant experts. The club insiders. The pitchside selfie takers, The endless righteous indignation.

    Are Twitter, Facebook and the like strangling football as an escape from the real world?

    Fourfourtwo with an interesting take on why soccer and social media don't mix.

  17. Toulon make Premiership play

    Rugby union

    Steffon Armitage

    Could three-time European champions Toulon really up sticks from France and join the English Premiership?

    According to their outspoken owner Mourad Boudjellal they could.

    "If this is not possible the next season, maybe the one after that," he told l'Equipe.

    "For them [the English], besides a big first, it would be a huge added value. And I'm serious in my approach.”

    Boudjellal has written to the Premiership about his plan. It told the Daily Telegraph that it will give it "due consideration", before potentially approaching the Rugby Football Union and their French counterparts about any move. 

  18. Vokes signs new deal with Clarets


    Burnley's 26-year-old Wales international striker Sam Vokes has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal at Turf Moor.

  19. Get Involved - Bionic manager


    If you were building a bionic manager, which attributes would you take from which boss?

    Donough Ryan: Jose Mourinho's brass neck.

    Tom Jacobs: I know he isn't/wasn't a manager but can we add referee Pierluigi Collina's stare?

  20. Leeds keen to spend Byram money


    Leeds boss Steve Evans tells the club website "a couple of offers in writing" have been made as the Championship side seeks to re-invest following the sale of defender Sam Byram to West Ham for a reported £3.7m.