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  1. Leicester give Claudio Ranieri "unwavering support"
  2. VOTE: Are Foxes right to back Italian?
  3. Your funny team names: #bbcsportsday

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By Libby Dawes and Ellie Thomason

All times stated are UK

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 We'll be back for more of the same tomorrow.

See you at 8:00 GMT for Wednesday's rolling news, gossip and debate.

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Your funny team names...

Jerome Knox: At uni, was a member of football team of mainly musicians PSV Beethoven.

David McDougall More Than A Phelan.

Gwiggsy Are you even Scottish if you've never named a team Bayern Bru?   

Remember you can enter your team for the People's Cup

Thanks for all your funny names today. 

Now we have plenty to choose from for the next BBC Sport quiz night.... 


Man charged over bug found in All Blacks meeting room

Rugby Union

A man has been charged in connection with placing a bug in a  New Zealand meeting room ahead of their Bledisloe Cup game against Australia.

The discovery of what was described as a sophisticated listening device was found in a Sydney hotel.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the man had worked for the All Blacks for a long time and was "trusted and well-respected".

Read more here.

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It's all about baby Brady

American Football

Forget Tom Brady. New England Patriots' remarkable Super Bowl victory is all thanks to baby Brady Gaffney.

The Patriots pulled off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history and one fan thinks it's all thanks to the birth of his fourth child.

Atlanta Falcons were winning 28-3, then Sean Gaffney's wife went into labour.

"It was the middle of the third quarter," said Colleen Gaffney. "My husband's like, 'Now! You have to have this baby so they come back. Literally, right after he was born, they came back."

The Patriots went on to win 34-28, and when it came to naming their newest fan, there was only one option for the Gaffneys.

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On this day in ...

2013: Liverpool announced that defender Jamie Carragher would retire from football at the end of the season. 

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My first question... Don't they get dizzy?

Meet 14-year-old indoor skydiver Kyra Poh, who was crowned the "world's fastest flyer" in one of the sport's biggest competitions, the "Wind Games". She tells the BBC's Tessa Wong what it takes to soar to the top.

Riding winds as fast as 230km/h (143mph), Kyra flips and whirls around the arena, a small blur of white spandex in a giant vertical wind tunnel.

This is INSANE...

Get Involved - Are Leicester right to back Ranieri?

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Jack: Leicester supporting their manager... how many times have we seen this and then he gets sacked not long after?

Garry Payten: Wow how ungrateful Leicester fans are. Your attitude towards Claudio Ranieri is what will sour last season.You were zero before him. 

George Wheeler: He won the Premier League with Leicester, literally an impossible achievement. Embarrassing if Leicester fans want him out.

Nick Woodundefined: Owners had to act. Thought he should go but this is next best. With q behind them hope they'll push on in cups & stay up. 

Largo Winch: Leicester performed a miracle last season should be at Leicester for years to come! sure we all know the squad is very average. 

Only Leyton Orient average fewer points than Leicester


Vote results - Are Leicester right to back Ranieri?


Earlier, we asked you if Leicester were right to back manager Claudio Ranieri after giving him a vote of confidence

The results are in.

87% of you said yes, they were right to back him, with just 13% saying no.

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Meet Britain's best ever cross-country skier

Winter Olympics 2018

We personally think he is a bit barmy to put himself through all of this but British cross country skier Andrew Musgrave is hoping to better the 27th place finish he achieved in 2014,  when he takes to the slopes in Pyeongchang. 

Winter Olympic Shorts: Meet Andrew Musgrave - cross country skier

World Ski Championships: Lindsey Vonn slides out of super-G

Winter Sports

World Ski Championships: Lindsey Vonn slides out of super-G
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American Lindsey Vonn failed to complete her first race at the 2017 World Ski Championships as Austria's Nicole Schmidhofer won super-G gold.

Schmidhofer, who had never previously won a World Cup race, navigated the course in one minute and 21.34 seconds.

Vonn, 32, made a perfect start but slid out mid-course, managing to avoid a crash and skiing to the finish zone.

"I lost my pole early on and tried to get it back. It was a tactical error but I gave it everything," Vonn said.

"I went too straight and had no chance of making the next gate. I am not disappointed. I don't know why I am losing the pole. I will duct-tape it to my hand."

Guess who....


OK, OK we will out you out of your misery...

A Question of Sport Teaser

So we know you're itching to check the answer to today's A Question of Sport teaser...

We asked: Since Alistair Cook became England captain, he and which six England batsmen have scored over 2,000 Test runs?

The answer is: Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Joe Root and Jonathan Trott.

Doping coaches should retire - Deputy Russian PM


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Russian coaches who "do not understand how to work without doping" should "retire" says the country's deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko.

Russia was suspended by governing body the IAAF for state-sponsored doping in November 2015, a ban extended on Monday to cover the 2017 World Championships.

Mutko, who was criticised by the IAAF on Monday, accepted "there were many abuses and breaches" but says "colossal work has been done" over the last year.

Russia expects to be back by November.

Some dates for your diary...


The Premier League has announced the 2017-18 season will start on Saturday, 12 August 2017 & end on Sunday, 13 May 2018. 

The Fifa World Cup in Russia then starts less than five weeks later on Thursday, 14 June.

DONE DEAL - From Tyneside to China

Was it really only a week since Transfer Deadline Day in Britain? There's still three weeks left before the window slams shut in China...

Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote, 30, has joined Chinese division 2 side Beijing Enterprises Group FC on a two-year……

FA charge Huddersfield and Leeds... and their managers

The FA has charged both Huddersfield Town and Leeds United, and their managers with improper conduct. David Wagner and Garry Monk clashed on the touchline in the aftermath of Michael Hefele 89th-minute winner, prompting a mass brawl. 

All parties have until 6pm on 10 February to respond to the charges.

Champagne on ice

American Football

It's currently 1C and snowing in Boston, but that doesn't bother these New England Patriots fans.

One million people are expected to line the streets for their Super Bowl victory parade, which is expected to start at 16:00 GMT.

The Patriots fought back from 28-3 down to beat Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, claiming their fifth Super Bowl title.

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Get Involved - Are Leicester right to back Ranieri?


Joseph McGuire Although Ranieri spent big in the summer, would they have won the league if they spent the same amount the summer before? No.

Largo Winch Performed a miracle last season should be at Leicester for years to come! sure we all know the squad is very average.

Adrian Forrest Still in Europe's biggest competition, fairytale isn't over yet!! Claudio to stay.

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Lesson learned. Never bet against Tom Brady


Eugenie Bouchard was so confident Atlanta Falcons would win the Super Bowl, she agreed to go on a date with a fan if they lost.

They were winning 28-3... what could possibly go wrong?

The New England Patriots ended up pulling off the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. That's what.

Fair play to Bouchard, she's staying true to her word.

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Joe Hart may stay abroad


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Joe Hart may not return to the Premier League when his season-long loan at Italian club Torino comes to an end.

Hart is expected to leave Manchester City on a permanent basis next summer and he has already been linked with a move to West Ham.

However, after making 53 appearances in Europe over the past seven seasons, Hart, 29, is keen to play at the highest possible level again.

And, as most of England's top clubs have an established goalkeeper, it could mean Hart will take up an offer to continue his career outside of the Premier League.

Get Involved - Are Leicester right to back Ranieri?


George: Ranieri won them the league. A dream many thought impossible. How disgraceful to even contemplate sacking him.

Peter Smit Gary: In fairness, the Foxes expect relegation battle since returning to the top flight, whilst winning the League was a massive bonus.

Amy Watkins: Everyone was right he'd be awful. They were just a year late...

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Just going to leave this here...


Playing under new England captain 'not an issue' - Cook


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Alastair Cook says playing under another England captain will "not be an issue" following his resignation as skipper on Monday.

The 32-year-old opening batsman led England a record 59 times.

"I hope I can help the next captain with whatever he needs and drive England forward," Cook told BBC Sport.

"I can't see, for me, it being an issue being led by someone else. I hope I can be part of it and I'm really looking forward to the next stage."

Cook 'still hungry' for England runs

Alastair Cook says he wants to remain in the England team despite stepping down as captain and says he's "hungry" to add to his record-breaking run tally.

Warne flatters Cook

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"He's one of those guys you wouldn't mind your daughter marrying."

Words of praise from Shane Warne or a back-handed compliment?

The Aussie leg-spinner has been talking about Alastair Cook after the England skipper decided to step down from the captaincy.

“He's been a wonderful ambassador for the game of cricket,” Warne said in a Facebook Live post.

“He's a wonderful guy.  He's respected and I think he's gone about it with a lot of class. 

“He went through some really tough times a few years ago when a lot of us, me included, thought he wasn't suited to the job. 

“But England backed him and he's done a great job over the last couple of years. He's respected by his teammates and the way he's conducted things on and off the field. 

“I think he's done a wonderful job for England and I wish him all the best.”

Thanks Warney.

Get Involved - Your funny team names


Jonny Schofield Best two I have played for are Ajax trees down and a team from Gorton in Manchester called Flash Gorton.

Richard Todd Pique Blinders, Vanilla Weiss, The Neville Wears Prada, Fiddler on the Huth, 50 shades O'Shea, One flew over Lukaku's Nest.

Scott Shipway Men Behaving Chadli is a personal favourite of mine.. or Teenage Mutant Ninja Skrtles.

Remember you can enter your team for the People's Cup, and suggest your funny team names via #bbcsportsday.

Cook signing off

Outgoing England captain Alistair Cook has been reflecting on his stint as skipper. He stepped down on Monday after a record 59 matches in charge.

Alastair Cook - "It's one of those jobs you don't know what'll get thrown at you. And that's one of the things I've……

Goldson determined to return despite heart problem


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Brighton defender Connor Goldson is determined to return to playing after being diagnosed with a heart issue.

The 24-year-old requires preventative surgery after the problem was discovered in routine cardiac screening by the Championship club.

"Football has always been my life but at 24 this has put my life into perspective," he posted on Twitter.

"I know I'm strong enough to recover and determined to be back on a football pitch where I'm happiest."

Goldson has been ruled out for the rest of the season by the Seagulls, and a precise timescale for his recovery has not been given.

Saints close to signing Caceres


Southampton are close to agreeing a deal to sign former Barcelona and Juventus centre-back Martin Caceres.

The 29-year-old left the Italian champions in the summer, and will complete a move to the south coast once a work permit has been granted.

Caceres will provide cover for Virgil van Dijk, who has been ruled out for two to three months.

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Get Involved - Are Leicester right to back Ranieri?


Gareth Davies: I can't see anything other than Leicester being relegated probably best to find a new manager before it's too late.

Ben Pearson: Of course, he did what many people thought was impossible.

Moeti Matlala: No, he has said it himself that the fairytale is over and his philosophy is not working anymore, rather get someone with new ideas.

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Have your say by using #bbcsportsday and by voting at the right of this page (on desktop), or by clicking the 'Vote' tab if you're using your phone or tablet.  

Salon afternoon...


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Now we all know what shampoo we need to get volume and bounce like Fellaini.... 

(Other shampoo brands are available) 

Get Involved - Are Leicester right to back Ranieri?


Harry Spindler: Looking at Leicester's squad they've spent poorly and are in a fair position, work for summer but right to back Ranieri.

Christy McMorrow: Leicester are 100% right to back Ranieri. If anyone took Villa to the title I could deal with relegation again any day!

Joel Upward: I really like Rainieri, extremely humble and a miracle worker, Leicester fans had it good last year and this is normality now.

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Leicester news conference

FA Cup: Leicester v Derby (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Claudio Ranieri brings us some team news ahead of their FA Cup replay against local rivals Derby County tomorrow. 

"Islam Slimani and Leonardo Ulloa are improving. I hope Slimani will be available for Swansea (on Sunday). Molla Wague played well (for the U23s) but he won't be available for tomorrow. I have to protect some players (against Derby) but also I want to give an opportunity to other players". 

Asked how he is going to beat Derby, Ranieri said, "First of all, clean sheet and second score a goal. Football is easy!"

And with that, Ranieri is off.... 

(Not for good. We don't think.)

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Vote - Are Leicester right to back Ranieri?


Leicester City are 16th in the Premier League table, just one point above the relegation zone and are yet to score a single league goal in 2017.

The Foxes have given Claudio Ranieri the dreaded vote of confidence, but are they right to do so? 

Have your say by voting at the right of this page on desktop, or by clicking the 'Vote' tab if you're using a mobile or tablet.

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(The explicit) Leicester news conference...

FA Cup: Leicester v Derby (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said the Foxes could be relegated if their "embarrassing" Premier League title defence continues earlier this week. 

His boss Claudio Ranieri says he agrees with him. 

"Kasper is one of my leaders and he wants to stimulate everyone.

"The dressing room is fantastic. We try to do our best, but this season everything is wrong.

"The relationship is the same as last season. I speak the same **** English and they understand me!"

What a guy....

"I said to my players, my door is always open. We have a fantastic relationship" he added.

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FA Cup: Leicester v Derby (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Ranieri is also backing his players and says he has every confidence they will fight back. 

"This club, these players came from the bottom of the table to win the title" he says. 

A report in The Mirror todaysaid Ranieri had altered the team's post-match menu "replacing chicken burgers with pasta" as punishment for the bad form, much to the annoyance of the first team players. 

Ranieri has basically said this was nonsense... 

"Never have I seen a chicken burger, only deep fried chicken. It's fantastic. I don't like pasta!"

Is he even Italian? 


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FA Cup: Leicester v Derby (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Claudio Ranieri is speaking to the press in Leicester and has been asked about the statement in which the club have offered their "unwavering support".

"I think [the statement] is for the media. I know the views of the chairman. Maybe he wanted to stop all the speculation. I didn't ask them to do this - I knew what the chairman was thinking" he says. 

Ranieri also defends his ability to lead the team out of the relegation battle and plays down reports he has lost the dressing room. 

"I understand football. You have to do your job and I have to do my job. When you win three matches you are 'God', when you lose three you are not," the Italian adds.

"This is not a crisis. When you aren't winning you lose confidence, it is normal." 

Are Leicester right to back Ranieri?


BaldyEchoes: Absolutely. The players on the other hand.....  

David Ekeleme: LCFC overachieved last season and they are 100% right to back Ranieri. They are within the zone they should be #bbcsportsday

Tony Bickley: @LCFC have backed that means he won't last the month!

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Top of the Kops - Cisse to become DJ


Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has retired to become a DJ.

"I have loved being a footballer. Up until now, the ball was my whole life," said the 35-year-old.

"I'm going to give myself body and soul to my career as a DJ, a producer, and as a pundit, as well as develop my line of clothing."

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