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Summary

  1. Sunderland sign free agent defender Lescott
  2. Venus Williams reaches Australian Open semi-finals for first time in 14 years
  3. Stan Wawrinka beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach last four
  4. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Libby Dawes

All times stated are UK

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Thanks you lot. It's been fun today. 

Same again tomorrow?

We will be chatting all things football gossip, referees and bringing you the reaction to Johanna Konta's quarter-final against Serena Williams which will be played at around 02:00 GMT. 

'He'll be watching on his tablet in the loo'

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent

A date with top stallion Kayf Tara may have to wait for the Harry Fry-trained 4-1 shot Desert Queen after the mare led all the way under jockey Noel Fehily to win the £30,000 Charnwood Forest Mares Chase, the feature race of the jumps season at Leicester (2-20). 

"I was talking to the owner [Paddy Jago] beforehand and saying that after today we'll know if we're sending her off to the [breeding] paddocks immediately or keeping running. It seems a pity to disappear too soon, so we'll have to discuss it." 

Jago, whose recent Warwick winner American is being aimed at either the RSA Chase or National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March, was absent at a business meeting in Germany where Fry was confident "he'll be asking for a break and watching on his tablet in the loo".

'Chinese Super League players are mercenaries'

BBC Radio 5 live

Premier League winner Chris Sutton criticises footballers who choose to move to the Chinese Super League.

"If players want to go and play in China, simple, they are mercenaries and I do not get it."

Chris Sutton criticises footballers who choose to move to the Chinese Super League.

Listen to theMonday Night Club podcast here.

Mark Chapman is joined by Chris Sutton, Andy Townsend and Jonathan Northcroft of The Sunday Times.

Live: Alpine skiing World Cup - Men's Slalom

Schladming
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Watch live coverage of the FIS Alpine night slalom in Schladming... GB's "Dangerous" Dave Ryding is bib number one. 

This one is a real spectacle even if you aren't a skiing fan. 

Last Sunday, Dave matched Britain's best ever alpine World Cup result.

His first run will be at 16:45 GMT and you can watch it live here. 

Brazil would take any job at Forest

Football

Brazil would take any job at Forest
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Interim boss Gary Brazil says he would take any role at Nottingham Forest and has not ruled out accepting the manager's job on a longer-term basis.

Brazil succeeded Philippe Montanier following the Frenchman's sacking on 14 January.

The 54-year-old's only game in charge to date saw him oversee the 1-0 victory over Bristol City on Saturday.

"I've been here five years. I love the football club and will do whatever they ask me to do," Brazil said.

British Cycling respond to Cooke claims

Road Cycling

British Cycling respond to Cooke claims
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British Cycling have released a statement in response to Nicole Cooke's comments about the organisation being run "by men for men" and that its attempts to stop doping are "inadequate and ineffective".

The statement reads, "While there is still a way to go, British Cycling is absolutely committed to resolving the historic gender imbalance in our sport. 

"Just this week, we announced equal prize money for the elite road series as part of our ongoing aim of gender parity across all aspects and disciplines of the sport. The Great Britain Cycling Team is also making significant strides." it continues.

"There is always more that can be done and we strive to make continual improvements to ensure that cycling is reaching out to women and girls of all ages and abilities. And, with the media recently moving to increase coverage of women’s sport, we believe these improvements will accelerate."

Veni, vidi, vici.

Thomas Kane

BBC Sport NI

Carl Frampton
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I came, I saw, I conquered.

Recently Carl Frampton joked that when he had Julius Caesar's words tattooed on his chest at 18-years-old, he hadn't achieved much. How times have changed.

As he approaches his 30th birthday, the Belfastman is already a history maker, a role model, and one of the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.

He won almost every individual award in the sport for his performances in 2016. Ring Magazine, ESPN and USA Today were just some of the bodies that named him fighter of the year.

Read more of my fight preview here. 

Racing offered to treble my wages - Monye

BBC Radio 5 live

Former England and Lions international Ugo Monye says he turned down an offer to leave Harlequins and become the highest paid winger in the world, during his playing career.

“I had a few offers to go to France,” said the now retired 33-year-old. “The best and biggest offer I got was from Racing.

“They were offering me three times my Harlequins wages and at the time it would have made me the highest paid winger in the world.” 

Ugo Monye reveals he turned down a big offer to leave Harlequins.

Listen to the Rugby Union Weekly Podcast.

Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend talks to Ugo Monye and Chris Jones after his side won 43-0 at Leicester. 

Fabbrini joins Serie B side on loan

Diego Fabbrini
Rex Features

Birmingham striker Diego Fabbrini has joined Italian Serie B side Spezia Calcio on loan, with a view to a permanent deal.

Read more here.

Serbia fail to remove Kosovo from Uefa

Kosovo will remain in Uefa after the Court of Arbritation for Sport threw out the Serbian FA's appeal.

Serbia does not recognise Kosovo's independence.

But a CAS statement read: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed the appeal filed by the Football Association of Serbia against the Union des Associations Européennes de Football (Uefa). 

"As a consequence, the resolution remains in force and FFK’s [Kosovo] admission as a member association of UEFA is confirmed."

Arsenal's Xhaka interviewed under police caution

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Granit Xhaka
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Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka has been interviewed under caution by police following an allegation he racially abused a British Airways staff member at Heathrow on Monday night.

Xhaka is believed to have been seeing off a friend who had visited him in London. The man is understood to have arrived late for his flight back to Germany and was not allowed to proceed to board.

It is at this point that the racial abuse is alleged to have occurred.

A spokesmen for the Met told BBC: “Police were called at 19:29hrs on Monday, 23 January following an allegation that a member of staff had been racially abused at Heathrow Airport, Terminal Five.

“The allegation was made by a third party.

“Officers attended and spoke with a man in his 20s. He was not arrested. He voluntarily attended a west London police station where he was interviewed under caution. Enquires continue.”

Arsenal have declined to comment other than to say it is a private matter that is now in the hands of the police.

The incident occurred just over 24 hours after Xhaka was sent off during his team’s Premier League game against Burnley.

On this day

Football

2015: League One Bradford produced one of the all-time FA Cup shocks, recovering from going two goals down to win 4-2 at Premier League leaders Chelsea in the fourth round. Then Championship Middlesbrough also produced a shock with a 2-0 win against Manchester City at the Etihad.

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No pressure...

Football

Niall Keown
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Partick Thistle have signed Niall Keown, son of ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown, on loan from Reading.

The central defender has joined the Scottish Premiership club untl the end of the season, subject to international clearance.

Keown, 21, joined Reading's academy in 2011, signing a new three-year contract at the club in 2015.

He has made two appearances for the Royals, and has been capped twice at under-21 level by Republic of Ireland.

Here he is on the with dear old Dad after his testimonial match in 2004: 

Niall Keown
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Barely got through the first 40 seconds...

BBC Three

Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone have released a video of players and fans lip-syncing to Eiffel 65's 1999 Euro-pop hit, Blue. 

"Why?", I hear you cry... 

Apparently it's a bid to get fans to turn out in their colours (blue, in case you were wondering) for their home match against Hamilton Academical on 28 January.

I will buy you a steak bake if you can stand to watch it until the end...

Chris Millar
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London Welsh refused permission to keep playing

London Welsh have been refused permission to continue playing in the Championship by the Rugby Football Union.

The Exiles were granted a temporary licence on 22 December to play their last two league games after going into liquidation last month.

However, the RFU says the Old Deer Park club have not met the conditions required to extend that licence.

RFU chairman Andy Cosslett said Welsh's place in the league was "untenable".

Mitchell Johnson stars as Perth Scorchers reach Big Bash League final

Mitchell Johnson
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Mitchell Johnson took three wickets for just three runs as Perth Scorchers beat Melbourne Stars by seven wickets to reach the Big Bash League final.

Johnson, 35, dismissed openers Rob Quiney and Luke Wright for ducks before having Kevin Pietersen caught for five.

The ex-Australia fast bowler's figures (4-2-3-3) are the most economical completed spell in BBL history.

The Stars posted 136-8 at the Waca but Shaun Marsh's unbeaten 56 took the Scorchers to victory in the 17th over.

QPR's Chery completes move to China

Football

Tjaronn Chery
Rex Features

QPR have sold midfielder Tjaronn Chery to Chinese side Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng for an undisclosed fee.

The 28-year-old Dutchman had been in talks with the Chinese Super League club for several weeks.

Chery scored 14 goals in 66 appearances for Rangers after joining from FC Groningen in the summer of 2015.

"Whilst it's disappointing to lose a player of Tjaronn's ability, I only want players at QPR who want to be here," R's boss Ian Holloway said.

Federer surprised at his own current form

Tennis

Roger Federer
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Seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer says he did not expect to reach the Australian Open semi-finals after a six-month injury lay-off.

The four-time champion in Melbourne is making his competitive return after last playing at Wimbledon in July.

Federer beat Mischa Zverev 6-1 7-5 6-2 to set up Thursday's last-four match against fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

"Feeling as good as I am, playing as good as I am, that's a huge surprise to me," said the 35-year-old.

Aww, cute....

Former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay - the soppy wotsit - has made a little video dedicated to his girlfriend Lori Harvey. Cute...

View more on instagram

Oh sorry, I spelt 'cringe' wrong. 

Nicole Cooke says British Cycling is run 'by men for men'

Road Cycling

Nicole Cooke
Gett

Former Olympic champion Nicole Cooke says British Cycling is run "by men for men" and its attempts to stop doping are "inadequate and ineffective".

Cooke, 33, made the claims in written evidence submitted to a Culture, Media and Sport select committee on Tuesday.

The session was held to discuss issues raised at a hearing involving British Cycling and Team Sky last month.

Cooke said British Cycling shows "discrimination and favouritism" because it is "answerable to itself".

More on this story here. 

Get Involved - If you took over a sport, what would you change?

#bbcsportsday

DG: In football I'd have a heads and volleys cup competition. So many outrageous overhead kick attempts. 

Niall Hughes: If I was in charge of the Quidditch, I would allow one spell master per team. Imagine the scenes!

I think he means Quidditch, not "the" Quidditch.... 

*rolls eyes and tuts* - Muggles, eh?

Football - put the 4th official on the opposite side of the field away from managers #bbcsportsday

Football - put the 4th official on the opposite side of the field away from managers #bbcsportsday

Van Aanholt set for Palace?

Crystal Palace hope to sign Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt, 26, for £9m this week, say the Evening Standard.

Palace had a £7m bid rejected but returned with an improved offer that could reach £12m after add-ons.  

Patrick van Aanholt
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Blades sign Chesterfield winger O'Shea

Jay O'Shea
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Sheffield United have signed Chesterfield winger Jay O'Shea on loan until the end of the season.

Read more here.

Chairman 'positive' over Morecambe future

Tim Padfield

Assistant editor, BBC Radio Lancashire

The chairman of Morecambe Football Club has told BBC Radio Lancashire he is now positive about the future after a meeting last night.

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Peter McGuigan says the meeting involved board members and the club's former co-chairman - Qatari businessman Abdulrahman Al Hashemi. 

Mr McGuigan says the club's board is still trying to resolve serious financial issues since a takeover in September by the Brazilian businessman Diego Lemos. 

Yesterday it emerged that Joseph Cala had ended his interest in taking over the League Two club.

Cricket: Chapple appointment 'best way forward' for Lancashire

Scott Read

BBC North West cricket commentator

Former Lancashire player and current board member Paul Allott says the club cannot be criticised for not having a succession plan in place following the departure of head coach Ashley Giles.

Allott was part of the team that named Glen Chapple as a replacement for Giles last week.

The announcement came three weeks after Chapple was initially named acting head coach, but Allott says it was the "best way forward" to appoint the 42-year-old.

LATEST GOSSIP

Newcastle are in talks with Swansea to sign 24-year-old winger Modou Barrow, according to the Mirror.

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Konta has no weaknesses - Fissette

Tennis

Johanna Konta
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As a hugely successful former coach to Grand Slam winners Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka, Wim Fissette was not short of job offers for the 2017 season.

But after British number one Johanna Konta made her interest clear, the softly spoken 36-year-old Belgian spotted a wonderful opportunity.

"From the outside, she looked like a very ambitious, hard-working player with a very strong body," Fissette recalled on the eve of Konta's Australian Open quarter-final against Serena Williams (02:00 GMT, Wednesday).

Read more here. 

Lowe back at Bury. Again. After leaving Crewe. Again

Ryan Lowe
Empics

Veteran striker Ryan Lowe has left Crewe Alexandra to rejoin League One side Bury in a player-coach role.

It's his third separate spell at Bury. It had been his third time at Crewe. 

Make up your mind, Ryan.

Coulibaly agrees deal with Al Ahly

Souleymane Coulibaly
SNS Group Garry Williamson

Kilmarnock's leading scorer Souleymane Coulibaly has a medical before a potential £800,000 move to Egyptian side Al Ahly.

Read more here.

Who is the record signing for every age?

Ever wondered who the most expensive 17-year-old was of all time? How about the costliest 22-year-old? The highest transfer fee for a 36-year-old? You get the idea.

Well Football365 have worked out the most expensive player of each age between 13 and 38. Aston Villa have two world records, you'll be surprised to know.

Check out the piece here.

Chelsea defender out for season

Baba Rahman will return to Chelsea for treatment after being ruled out for the season with a knee injury.

The 22-year-old left-back, who is on loan at Schalke, needs surgery after being injured while playing for Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations.

He was flown to London for initial examinations and then on to Germany for an operation.

Baba Rahman
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'Ecclestone transformed F1'

BBC Radio 5 live

Bernie Ecclestone has transformed Formula 1 into a global sport, legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker tells BBC Radio 5 live.

Ecclestone has been removed from his position running Formula 1 as US giant Liberty Media completed its $8bn (£6.4bn) takeover of the sport.  

Walker added: "Formula 1 owes him an immeasurable debt. He is a very tough businessman but if he shakes your hand you don't need a contract. He's as good as his word.

"The most important thing under Bernie's rule was the safety aspect. Formula 1 has been absolutely transformed. There was a time when four or five people were being killed every year but Bernie, with the help of Professor Sid Watkins, transformed that situation."

Bernie Ecclestone
Rex Features

'F1 needs a new start'

Formula 1

New Formula 1 chairman Chase Carey believes the sport "needs a fresh start" after Bernie Ecclestone was removed by Liberty Media, the US group which completed its $8bn takeover of the sport on Monday.

F1 needs a fresh start - Chase

Mead joins Arsenal Ladies

Arsenal Ladies have signed England Under-23 striker Beth Mead from fellow Women's Super League club Sunderland on an full-time deal.

The 21-year-old joins the Women's FA Cup holders for the 2017 WSL 1 Spring Series, which begins in April.

Her move comes after Sunderland - who finished seventh in the top flight last season - reverted to part-time status.

Beth Mead
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Sheridan was sacked for abuse of fourth official

Notts County have confirmed that manager John Sheridan was sacked for gross misconduct earlier this month.

He was fired on 2 January after a run of nine successive defeats.

But a transcript of Sheridan's foul-language abuse to officials at a game in December, which led to a five-game touchline ban, was released last week.

Chairman Alan Hardy said: "It was our decision to terminate the contract based on what I read in the referee's report regarding the incident. 

"This is a family-friendly club which aims to be a pillar of the local community.

"In light of the recent disclosure of the referee's report, I thought it appropriate to communicate the exact reasons behind the course of action we took."

John Sheridan
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Ryan Mason making 'excellent progress'

Ryan Mason
Gett

Good news. 

Hull City have said Ryan Mason continues to make excellent progress after sustaining a skull fracture in Sunday’s game against Chelsea. 

"He will continue to be closely monitored by staff at St Mary’s Hospital over the next few days, whilst also remaining in contact with our medical team to assess his progress. 

"There will be no further updates from the club until there are any changes in Ryan’s condition." 

Get Involved - If you took over a sport, what would you change?

#bbcsportsday

Diving
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Jamie 'Bon' Hignett: In football, everyone who dives gets judged like Olympic diving.....style, technique etc.

It's often been suggested Tom Daley should be an additional pundit on MOTD? 

Kunhiak J. Muorwal: If I was in charge of football I would compensate, with money, a player/team against whom a referee had made a wrong decision. 

Yep, because that's what footballers need - more money... 

*sips tea*

Rob: Football - the prohibition of music being played after a goal is scored.

Unless it's Katy Perry - Firework, right? 

Formula 1 can now be run differently says new F1 boss Carey

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Bernie Ecclestone has been removed as Formula 1's boss because the sport "needs a fresh start", says new chairman Chase Carey.

Carey has been put in charge by Liberty Media, the US group which completed its $8bn takeover of the sport on Monday.

The American told BBC Sport he had "tremendous respect" for Ecclestone, but F1 "needs to be run differently than for the last four or five years".

"Bernie is a one-man team. It was not right in today's world," he said.

"The decision-making is not as effective as it needs to be. Clearly it has to be improved."

New annual Grand National trophy

A new trophy is to be designed annually for the Grand National with the 2017 version unveiled on 14 February when the weights for the Aintree race are announced.

Aside from the winning owner, for the first time miniature versions of the trophy will also go to the successful jockey, trainer and groom.

The trophy has been commissioned by Randox Health, the new sponsor of the big race which takes place this year on 8 April.