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By Jamie Lillywhite and Mike Henson

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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.

Fulham ready to do Dembele deal?

Football gossip

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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.

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

Torres 'has eight offers'

Football gossip

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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.

Ramirez to bolster Boro's promotion push?

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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.

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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.

Sturridge rumours are 'paper talk' - Bilic


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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."

Ennis-Hill still has Russia doubts


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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?'"

Toon turn down Berahino bid?

Football gossip

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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.

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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. 

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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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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.

Williams signs new deal


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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. 

▶️ VÍDEO: Iñaki Williams @Williaaams45 ha renovado hasta 2021. Su cláusula de rescisión será de 50 millones de euros

Hamilton on his hols

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Lewis Hamilton. Possibly on the hunt for the loos.

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

Mann-number-one for Sunderland


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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.

Tweet transfer dreams


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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.

Toulon make Premiership play

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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. 

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.

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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?

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.

Vidic to wait before deciding future


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There have been reports about former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic making a possible Premier League return and I have spoken to a colleague of his agent Silvano Martina.

His guidance was that Vidic, 34, is in Belgrade with his family having a short break and that he will not decide what he is going to do until after the transfer window has closed.

After leaving Inter Milan he is a free agent and can sign at any time.

There have been suggestions about him moving to the MLS in America but he has not decided anything on that either.    

Murray on course, on and off court


Andy Murray during his victory over Sam Groth

We told you much earlier about Andy Murray's impressive win over big-serving Aussie Sam Groth at the Australian Open.

You can listen to the Scot's thoughts - not just on that match - but on his attempts to learn more about fatherhood for the impending birth of his first child.  

Farah gets set for Wales run


Mo Farah is expected to compete in the World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff as he prepares to defend his Olympic titles in Rio this summer.

The 32-year-old, who won gold in the 5,000m and 10,000m at London 2012, has made himself available for the British team for the race on 26 March.

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Oldham name Shirtliff as assistant


New Oldham Athletic boss John Sheridan has appointed former team-mate Peter Shirtliff as his assistant manager.

Shirtliff, 54, who played alongside Sheridan at Sheffield Wednesday more than two decades ago, has previously managed Mansfield Town and had a caretaker stint in charge at Bury after joining the Shakers as a number two.

Vidic return to Premier League?

Football gossip

The Sun are reporting that Inter Milan and former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is in talks to join Premier League strugglers Aston Villa.

The 34-year-old is a free agent after leaving Inter Milan.

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Preston in talks over keeper Johnstone


BBC Lancashire Sport

Preston boss Simon Grayson: "We're in dialogue with Manchester United over [on-loan goalkeeper] @samjohnstone50."

Posh sign Norwich defender Toffolo


Peterborough United have signed left-back Harry Toffolo on loan from Norwich City for the rest of the season. 

The 20-year-old, who has made one first-team appearance for the Canaries, played seven times on loan at Rotherham earlier this term.

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

Paul Fairley: Brian Clough's wit, Clough's management style, come to think just Brian Clough.  

Sunderland news conference

Sunderland v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

A fixture shift to report from Sunderland's conference today. And it is a biggie.

The Black Cats trip to Newcastle has been shifted to a 13:30 GMT kick-off on Sunday 20 March.

Amend those diaries now. That is all from Big Sam.

Get Involved - Bionic manager


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

Daryl: Sir Alex Ferguson in any young manager's body, simply so he could do it all again.

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Stoke news conference

Leicester v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Mark Hughes with some thoughts on possible activity during this month's transfer window.

"Sometimes in January it is better to keep your powder dry. There are opportunities if everything falls into place though.  

"If something happens that is fantastic, but if not then we will wait until the summer. The talk on [Burnley defender] Michael Keane isn't true." 

Sunderland news conference

Sunderland v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce wants to bring in another two outfield players by the end of the transfer window, as well as a third-choice goalkeeper to provide back-up to Vito Mannone and Jordan Pickford.

Striker Dame N'Doye and defender Jan Kirchoff have already been brought in to strengthen the squad.

"We've already got two in and we are obviously pushing for two more outfield players if we can," said Allardyce

Stoke news conference

Leicester v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Leicester celebrate

Stoke boss Mark Hughes says second-placed Leicester, who trail leaders Arsenal only on goal difference, "have probably surprised themselves this season. In fairness, it is a continuation of what they did last season.

"They have had the benefit of having two guys up top, Vardy and Mahrez, who are scoring the goals to keep them up towards the top.

"Ranieri has been a top manager for a long time across Europe. He has a group of players who are talented and hasn't changed too much." 

Sunderland news conference

Sunderland v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Now we can finally hear from Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce. He says that the club are not to blame for the collapse of a proposed move for Lorient centre-back Lamine Kone.

The Black Cats have twice tried to complete deals for the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international this month, but have not managed to get the transfer sealed.

"I thought we'd struck a deal but it changed. You could perhaps blame us first time, but not second time," said Allardyce.

Stoke news conference

Leicester v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Stoke are in seventh place, six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, and boss Mark Hughes says: "Five of the next six matches are away from home so this is a big period for us. 

"It will be challenging but we are looking forward to it.

"We are enjoying what we are producing at the moment. We are in decent shape and are collecting a good amount of points."  

Stoke City news conference

Leicester City v Stoke City (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Mark Hughes is up next. As you can see, excitement is building...

Foster to stay with Essex


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Former England wicketkeeper James Foster has signed a new two-year contract with Essex.

The 35-year-old has spent his entire professional career with Essex, making his first-class debut in 2000, and has scored over 12,000 first-class runs at an average of 37.08, in addition to 785 dismissals with the gloves.

Southampton news conference

Manchester United v Southampton, (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is hopeful his side can atone for a 3-2 home defeat against Manchester United in September when the teams meet for the return fixture this weekend. 

Saints are 10th in the Premier League, seven points behind fifth-placed United.

"In two games that we lost to them we were the better team and we had the better chances but in both home games there were big mistakes in playing the ball back to the goalkeeper but we can beat Man Utd. 

"We have to reach a high level and you never know if that happens against them."

Question time

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Earlier we asked you to name the three players other than Brian O'Driscoll to have scored more than 20 tries for Ireland.

The answers are: Tommy Bowe, Denis Hickie and Shane Horgan. 

Tune in again on Friday for another of these. 

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