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Summary

  1. Seven Premier League news conferences today
  2. Man Utd top of world revenue list
  3. What film would you take your team to see: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

That's it for Sportsday today. More of the same tomorrow.

Are Coventry City a dying club?

BBC Newsbeat

Jordan Willis of Coventry City
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They have won the FA Cup and once spent 33 consecutive years in the top flight but fans say Coventry City are a "dying club".

Read Newsbeat's piece here.

Does Pulis care about being liked?

Does Pulis care about being liked?

West Brom boss Tony Pulis discusses the difficulties of management with Adrian Chiles, including whether it is important to be liked by his players.

Watch more from Tony Pulis plus interviews with Hull boss Marco Silva and defender Curtis Davies on The Premier League Show, tonight from 19:30 GMT on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and mobile app.

Sunderland players not exactly sharing the goals

Only four Sunderland players have scored in the Premier League this season - the least goalscorers of any team in any of Europe's big five leagues.

Jermain Defoe has notched 12, while Victor Anichebe and Patrick van Aanholt have three each with Fabio Borini netting once.

Jermain Defoe
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McAvoy's predictions

Actor and lifelong Celtic fan James McAvoy predicts this weekend's Premier League results and reveals his favourite players from the Scottish side.

Lawro's Premier League predictions v James McAvoy

Fancy trying women's wheelchair basketball?

Get Inspired

Action from round one of the British Wheelchair Basketball Women's League in November 2016
British Wheelchair Basketball

This weekend, Nottingham Wildcats are hosting the second round of the British Wheelchair Basketball’s Women’s League 2016-17.

It's free to enter, with matches starting from 10:00 GMT on Saturday and 11:00 on Sunday, featuring many of the GB women's team playing for their home clubs.

But don't just be a spectator -  you can also try it out yourself with a taster session, between 12:00 and 13:30 on Saturday.

The session is open to all women or girls aged 10+, whether you're disabled or able-bodied, so why not give it a go?

To find out more about getting into disability sport, read our Get Inspired guide.

Koeman happy for duo to leave

Football

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says winger Gerard Deulofeu and captain Phil Jagielka could be heading for the exit door at Goodison.

"I spoke to Gerry and it's a difficult situation. If he finds a solution to go and to get game-time then it's not a problem but the final decision is by the board of the club and I did not have any call that they have agreed something for Deulofeu."

Regarding Jagielka he added: "It's all about if there is interest for Jag. Of course the last few weeks he did not start. He is important, he is the captain of the team. 

"He is not happy because he is not starting and that's a good signal. What you need to do as a player is fight and make it difficult for the manager."

Gerard Deulofeu and Phil Jagielka
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Rodgers welcomes winter break

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has praised the winter break in Scottish football.

The Hoops, who went to Dubai for two weeks this month, play Albion Rovers on Sunday in their first game of 2017.

"I have obviously worked in England a lot of my days and down there coaches and managers are crying out for a winter break and this is my first experience of it up here and they should be applauded for it," the ex-Reading, Watford and Liverpool boss said.

"Firstly your supporters benefit from it. January is a very tough month, you [fans] get paid late. 

"For supporters to have that little respite, not having to worry about taking family to games, it is important. 

"For players, it is vitally important that they get to press the reset button."

Brendan Rodgers
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'New laws could damage Pacific Island rugby'

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

New tackle laws may have drastic consequences on Pacific Island rugby, according to former Samoa captain Dan Leo. 

World Rugby introduced tougher sanctions on high tackles earlier this month in a bid to improve player safety.

But Leo feels the new regulations may compromise the traditional strengths of players from the Pacific Islands, who are renowned for their physicality.

“My main concern is it will eventually restrict our employment opportunities,” ex-Wasps and London Irish lock Leo told BBC 5 live.

Hear more from Dan Leo on 5 live Rugby on Thursday evening from 20:00 GMT as we ask how high tackles could influence the Six Nations. You'll hear from England head coach Eddie Jones, top referee Wayne Barnes and a host of others as we ask if rugby union will ever be the same again?

Dan Leo
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It’s estimated around 18% of all professional rugby players worldwide are of Fijian, Samoan, or Tongan heritage

The only English-born footballer in China

Football

Changchun Yatai defender Jack Sealy is the only English-born player in the Chinese Super League.

The 29-year-old, who plays for Hong Kong, is speaking live to BBC Radio Bristol on Facebook right now.

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On this day in... 2012

Chris Coleman was appointed as the new Wales manager, succeeding his friend, the late Gary Speed. Coleman led Wales on an incredible run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Wales manager Chris Coleman
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Fleetwood sign Bristol City's Burns

Wes Burns
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League One side Fleetwood Town have re-signed striker Wes Burns for an undisclosed fee on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The 22-year-old was recalled on Monday from his loan spell at Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen, for whom he scored once in 21 appearances.

India seal ODI series win over England

Cricket

No dramatic victory for England in Cuttack. It was a fine effort in their quest for 382 but they have fallen 15 runs short as India take an unassailable 2-0 lead with only Sunday's match in Kolkata remaining. Eoin Morgan was the eighth England wicket to fall, run out at the non-striker's end for 102.

Live from Ghana training

We are live from Ghana training at the African Cup of Nations asking has any team suffered more heartache? Send in your Africa Cup of Nations questions to our reporter Ed Harry.

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Livermore set for West Brom/Fonte is not

Pat Murphy

BBC Midlands football reporter

Midfielder Jake Livermore, 27, is on his way to West Brom for a medical after a £10m fee was agreed with Hull.

The club hope to confirm the deal tomorrow morning and he would then be available for selection for Saturday's match at home to Sunderland.

Meanwhile talks continue between West Brom and Watford over a possible move to the Hawthorns for Odion Ighalo.

On a busy day for West Brom it looks as if they have lost out to West Ham for the Southampton defender Jose Fonte. A fee of about £8m had been agreed but it is understood Fonte preferred a move to London.

Captain Morgan reaches hundred

Cricket

One of the great centuries for England skipper Eoin Morgan, his ninth ODI hundred. It has come from just 80 balls with six fours and five sixes. England need 28 from the final 10 balls. Commentary on 5 live sports extra.

Eoin Morgan
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Captain Hodge takes on-air advice

Cricket

An on-air conversation between Adelaide Strikers captain Brad Hodge and television commentator Mark Howard during a Big Bash game is being investigated by Cricket Australia (CA).

Hodge, wearing a microphone and earpiece so he could speak to commentators in between overs as part of the broadcaster's live coverage, was told by Howard that Ben Laughlin had got Sydney Thunder batsman Shane Watson out twice in eight balls.

Hodge duly brought Laughlin on to bowl and, even though he did not get Watson out, the incident "disappointed" CA.

Nigeria want England U20 striker Lookman

Football

Oluwashina Okeleji

BBC Sport

Everton striker Ademola Lookman
Reuters

Nigeria want to persuade 19-year-old Everton striker Ademola Lookman to play for them rather than England.

He has already played for England Under-19s and U20s but can switch allegiances as he is yet to play for the senior side.

"He has Nigerian parents and we'd need to speak to him first," Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) official Bitrus Bewarang told BBC Sport.

Lookman moved to Everton from Charlton earlier this month in a deal that could eventually cost £11m and scored on his debut in the 4-0 win over Manchester City.

Read more here.

Le Cleac'h wins Vendee Globe

French yachtsman Amel le Cleac'h has won the 2016-17 Vendée Globe race. 

He crossed the line in the last few moments in the last few minutes in a record time. 

Britain's Alex Thomson is due to finish second in the early hours of Friday morning.

Botham grandson to represent Wales

Rugby union

Here's one to make people of a certain age feel even older...

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Van Basten offside plan fails to impress

Football

Returning to Fifa technical director Marco van Basten's proposals to scrap the offside law and West Ham boss Slaven Bilic says: "I can't imagine what football would look like, but my first reaction is it's impossible. Everybody would love to have a rest by the goalkeeper on the post and just tap in the ball. 

"I really don't know, maybe to try it and see it on a pitch or organise a game. If I had to say now, no, but I don't know what it would look like." 

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino also felt the offside rule was part of what helps make the game and said: "I understand that sometimes when you are in some position you need to try to find ideas, but I don't want a machine without offside. 

"My first impression I think is, be careful. Because in football to change the rules is a very difficult thing." 

Spurs concerned by Lamela injury

Football

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted Erik Lamela's hip injury is mystifying. 

The Argentina attacking midfielder, who joined from Roma in 2013, will have a scan on Friday on the injury that has kept him sidelined since October and is yet to be diagnosed. 

Lamela has been working with a physiotherapist at Roma in a bid to remedy the problem, but Pochettino says: "It's still difficult to give a time for him to come back. 

"There are still some problems, and we're not sure of the diagnosis. So we need to wait for the scan. Now we are starting to be concerned about him, because it's nearly three months and we're still in a situation with no movement."

Erik Lamela
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Tense tussle at the Masters

Snooker

It is three frames apiece in the Masters quarter-final between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Neil Robertson at Alexandra Palace. Ronnie is in the balls in frame seven and it is first to six who goes through to the last four. Watch online here.

England retain hope against India

Cricket

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

There are 10 overs left in Cuttack and England need another 113 from those 60 balls to achieve the second-highest successful run chase in ODI history, with skipper Eoin Morgan unbeaten on 63 from 61 balls. Commentary on 5 live sports extra.

Get Involved - which film would you take your team to see?

#bbcsportsday

Dan Jenkinson: Our film would be 'Life of Pi' - Tigers lost at sea with the Allam family at the helm. 

Matt: I would have to take Sunderland to see The great escape.... Although many of the lads probably know it off by heart by now 

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Trainer Wilkins to appeal against losing licence

Boxing

Trainer Liam Wilkins will appeal against his licence being withdrawn for the sparring session in November that left retired fighter Nick Blackwell in a coma for the second time in a year.

Boxer Hasan Karkardi was banned for six months for taking part but will not appeal against his punishment.

Blackwell had retired after suffering a bleed on the skull in March and spending a week in an induced coma.

But he subsequently sparred with Karkadi and was again left in a coma.

The British Boxing Board of Control said Wilkins' conduct was "detrimental to the interests of boxing".

Wilkins and Karkadi were both set to appeal after releasing a joint statement on Thursday, before the latter changed his decision.

Nick Blackwell
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Nick Blackwell was put in an induced coma following his defeat by Chris Eubank Jr (right) in March

Villa close to signing Bury youngster Bedeau

Football

BBC Radio Manchester Sport

Jacob Bedeau
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Aston Villa are close to agreeing a deal to sign teenage defender Jacob Bedeau from League One side Bury.

The fee for the 17-year-old is understood to be around £750,000.

Bedeau moved to the Shakers last summer after he was released from Leyton Orient and has made seven appearances since his debut in November.

Wenger wary of offside plan

Football

Fifa technical director Marco van Basten, the former Netherlands striker, has proposed eight rule changes, the most controversial of which is scrapping offside.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says of the idea: "Offside is what makes the team good together. It is an intelligent rule as well, it is important to keep that in the game. 

"Overall football improves, people say it is too tight and compact but football has always been like that, defence creates a problem for the attack and the attack find a solution." 

Villa set to sign £3.5m Lansbury

Football

BBC Nottingham Sport

Aston Villa are expected to complete the signing of Nottingham Forest captain Henri Lansbury by the end of Friday.

Forest rejected an offer from fierce rivals Derby County for the 26-year-old midfielder earlier in January.

The Rams have retained their interest in the former Arsenal player, for whom they made a bid of about £2.5m.

But Villa are believed to have offered about £3.5m for Lansbury, who is out of contract in the summer.

Henri Lansbury
PA

Vertonghen could return earlier - Pochettino

Football

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino hopes Jan Vertonghen's absence with an ankle injury may be shorter than the two months first feared and says: "We don't want to set the time limit. When your mind is positive it's easier to recover. He doesn't require surgery.

"Jan is ok, he's very positive. We're pushing him a lot. We expect six weeks, less than at first."  

Toffees hopeful over Baines fitness

Crystal Palace v Everton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman with injury news for the weekend visit to south London. "Leighton Baines is struggling with his rib but he should be fit for the weekend. Maarten Stekelenburg is fit to start a game.

"In several positions we have more competition for places now than we did. That has come from the new signings and young players."  

Adebayor hopes for English return

Football

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor hopes to play in the Premier League again.

The 32-year-old is Togo's captain at the Africa Cup of Nations, despite the fact he has not had a club in over six months since leaving Crystal Palace.

“I think people can see I am ready, that I am still a footballer,” he told the Guardian after impressing in a 0-0 draw with Ivory Coast.

"I love England, love the Premier League and want to find a way to get back there,” he said. 

“I want to hit the top level again, that’s for sure. If not, I just want to play football and have fun, so if I get an offer somewhere then I’ll go.”  

Emmanuel Adebayor
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Koeman seeks quality over quantity

Football

News from Goodison Park now and Everton boss Ronald Koeman, who says: "The relationship with (former Leicester head of recruitment) Steve Walsh is good. We talk daily about players and about scouting.

"I hope for more players coming in. We are working hard to make the team stronger. But we are looking for quality, not just numbers."  

Pochettino rules out Vertonghen replacement

Football

Tottenham chief Mauricio Pochettino says he is not going to sign a replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who could be sidelined for two months with ankle trouble. "We have plenty of players that can perform in his place and we are very happy with the squad and the players we have," the Argentine says. 

Spurs have been linked with a move for Southampton's wantaway (sorry to use it again, but it's the most apt term) defender Jose Fonte, though former Saints boss Pochettino added: "It's impossible to stop the rumours."

Jan Vertonghen
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Send your questions to Ennis-Hill and Whitehead

Olympic champion Jess Ennis-Hill and double Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead are live now on our Facebook page taking your questions and attempting to draw their answers as they launch a mascot design competition for the 2017 World Athletics and ParaAthletics Championships to be held in London.

Tune in to discover their drawing skills.

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Roy keeps England hopes alive

Cricket

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England have made a useful start, with Jason Roy 64 not out from 63 deliveries in their 145-2 after 23 overs, but 237 are still needed from the final 27 overs and it would be the second highest successful run chase in ODI history. Commentary continues on 5 live sports extra.

Cheshire Constabulary reveals level of suspected abuse

Football

Cheshire Constabulary has confirmed it has received more than 200 reports from victims and witnesses relating to non-recent abuse in football. 

It added: "Careful analysis of these reports indicates that there are 83 potential victims.

"Early indications are that there are three potential suspects, however, the number of suspects and Cheshire-based football clubs affected will be clarified as accounts are obtained."

Lightning strike delays Singapore Open

Golf

The opening round of the Singapore Open was hit by a lightning storm, which left almost half of the 156 entrants unable to complete round one at the Sentosa Golf Club. 

Play was stopped for two-and-a-half hours and although the golfers briefly returned to the course in a vain effort to finish, play was abandoned for the day when it became too dark to continue the opening event of this year's Asian Tour. 

Adam Scott, the tournament winner in 2005, 2006 and 2010, birdied three of his first six holes but made a triple-bogey eight when he found the water on the seventh. 

He dropped another shot at the eighth but posted back-to-back birdies when play resumed to reach one under after 15 holes. 

Hideto Tanihara and Satoshi Kodaira, both of Japan, and South Korea's Kang Kyung-nam shared the clubhouse lead at six-under. 

The picture reminds me of the old Peter Alliss line: "Oozing charm from every pore, he hurled his putter to the floor."

Adam Scott
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