● Novak Djokovic: I have a duty to speak up for my fellow players Djokovic says he finds it tough to be ‘a mere onlooker’ when he has a ‘position of privilege’.
● Taoiseach backs under-fire Education Minister in school reopenings row Micheal Martin rejected calls to personally intervene in the situation during Leaders’ Questions on Wednesday.
● Sokratis Papastathopoulos free to find new club after Arsenal contract cancelled The 32-year-old Greece defender made 69 appearances for the Gunners and won the FA Cup last August.
● Trump leaves White House for final time ahead of Biden inauguration Biden will become the oldest US president in history at a scaled-back ceremony in Washington
● Are Leicester serious Premier League title contenders? The Foxes had 39 points at this stage of the season when they won the title in 2015/16 and have 38 this time round.
● Will the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics go ahead this summer? The Japanese capital was plunged into a state of emergency earlier this month.
● Pfizer vaccine appears to be effective against UK Covid variant A study showed that a lab-made coronavirus carrying all the mutations of the B.1.1.7 variant was neutralised by antibodies.
● Joe Biden inauguration: What to watch for Here is what to watch for at an inauguration unlike any other.
● How Frank Lampard compares to other Chelsea managers under Roman Abramovich Lampard’s points-per-game return is only marginally better than that of Andre Villas-Boas.
● England boss Eddie Jones isolating after assistant tests positive for Covid-19 Jones is not displaying any symptoms.
● Dixons Carphone has 'teething problems' supplying Ireland after Brexit deal The group trades as Currys PC World and Carphone Warehouse in Ireland and the UK
● Joe Biden to take reins of power after Donald Trump leaves Washington The outgoing commander in chief will not be present when his successor takes the oath of office.
● Rory McIlroy backs Tiger Woods to make quick recovery from latest back surgery McIlroy expects the American to be fit for the Masters in April.
● Norma Foley says union 'disingenuous' over school reopening claim Talks with unions over the resumption of classes for children with special education needs collapsed on Tuesday night.
● Trump pardons Lil Wayne but Tiger King's Joe Exotic misses out Trump pardoned more than 140 people, including former aide Steve Bannon and major Republican Party fundraiser Elliott Broidy
● Danny Ings holds off on signing new deal with Southampton Stories about Ings, Lukaku and Odegaard lead Wednesday’s papers.
● Donald Trump pardons former strategist Steve Bannon The pardons and commutations for 143 people, were announced after midnight on Wednesday in the final hours of Trump’s White House term.
● No deliveries of AstraZeneca vaccine before regulatory approval, EU says Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said last weekend that discussions were under way on securing early deliveries of the vaccine
● Lockdown set to extend into February as daily deaths hit record high The current set of restrictions are due to expire on January 31st
● Donald Trump expected to pardon former strategist Steve Bannon Bannon was charged with duping thousands of investors who thought their money would go towards the border wall.
● More coronavirus cases linked to arrivals for Australian Open Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley said the safety of the Victorian community will not be compromised.
● Leicester go top as defeat piles more pressure on Chelsea manager Frank Lampard Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison scored to send Leicester top of the Premier League.
● Newport keeper Tom King scores from goal kick against Cheltenham King, 25, took advantage of the blustery conditions at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.
● Michail Antonio strikes again as Hammers deal blow to West Brom survival bid Sam Allardyce could not take a point from a visit to his former club as Antonio scored his second winner in two games.
● Van Morrison launches legal challenge against live music ban The musician has issued pre-action correspondence to the Stormont Executive challenging the prohibition in Northern Ireland.
● Irish man (29) dies in avalanche at Swiss ski resort The death comes after several days of heavy snowfall across Switzerland
● Man City still without self-isolating Sergio Aguero for Villa clash The Argentine was told to isolate as a close contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
● Pep Guardiola rules out any January transfer window signings for Man City He says City will end the season with the players they have now.
● Ole Gunnar Solskjaer denies Bruno Fernandes is tired and needs a break The United boss does not believe the festive schedule has taken its toll on the Portuguese midfielder.
● House prices increase again despite Covid pandemic The housing market has proved resilient and is likely to end the year in positive territory.
● Cabinet approves plan for pharmacists and GPs to ramp up Covid-19 vaccinations The deal will see vaccinations carried out in GP surgeries, mass vaccination centres and other venues
● Australian Open: Quarantine continues for 72 players confined to hotel rooms Two Covid-19 cases have been deemed viral shedding but three more people associated with the tournament have tested positive