With Andy Murray sidelined through injury, six British players have gained direct entry into the main singles draws at the Australian Open.
Mark Bowen might well be in for a selection headache after his hybrid Reading side booked an FA Cup fourth-round ticket with a 2-0 win at Blackpool.
Neil Harris cast uncertainty over Neil Etheridge’s Cardiff future by dropping him for the derby draw with Swansea before suggesting one of his goalkeepers will be leaving the club in January.
Boss Stevie Farrell recalled Stranraer giving Rangers a bloody nose at Ibrox but believes the Light Blues will be a different proposition in Friday’s William Hill Scottish Cup tie in Govan.
Sheffield United have been the surprise package this season in the Premier League.
Coco Gauff was sensationally drawn against Venus Williams again in the first round of the Australian Open.
Jim Goodwin believes the William Hill Scottish Cup gives St Mirren the chance to again dream of cup glory.
What the papers say Tottenham are looking at options to cover for the injured Harry Kane. According to The Independent, the likes of AC Milan’s Poland international Krzysztof Piatek, Napoli’s former Spurs striker Fernando Llorente and Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke have been touted as possible signings for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Jose Mourinho said it will take several transfer windows for him to get his Tottenham squad into shape and accepts his big-spending days are behind him.
Mark Wood has stepped up his bid to prove he is the man to provide England with the “X factor” they are looking for in the third Test against South Africa.