Sean O'Brien is on course to feature in the first half of Ireland's RBS 6 Nations defence, head coach Joe Schmidt has said.
Former Portugal international Luis Figo has announced his intention to stand for FIFA president.
Madison Keys is through to her first Grand Slam semi-final thanks to her 6-3 4-6 6-4 win over Venus Williams at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Wexford's Keith Rossiter has announced his decision to retire from inter-county football.
Joe McMahon and Kyle Coney are among six players who are reported to have stepped down from the Tyrone squad following Saturday's Dr McKenna Cup final.
West Brom have completed the signing of Callum McManaman from Wigan for an undisclosed fee.
Paul Lambert is the right man to guide Aston Villa out of their current difficulties, according to club chief executive Tom Fox.
Force India will sit out the opening test of the season in Jerez in order to focus on the remaining two tests in Barcleona.
Jose Mourinho has been fined £25,000 for comments he made following Chelsea's game against Southampton on December 28.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not expect to sign a replacement for Samuel Eto'o before the end of the transfer window.