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Celtic sign Ivorian; Murray progresses

Football: Celtic will pay £3 million to Russian club Krasnodar for Ivorian midfielder Kouassi Eboue in what is likely to be the biggest deal by a Scottish club during the January transfer window.

Eboue, 19, has made just18 appearances this season and has been included in the Ivory Coast international squad, although he has yet to make an appearance.


Tennis: Andy Murray extended his winning run in competitive matches to 25 with a straight-sets victory over Jeremy Chardy in the first round of the Qatar Open.

The world number one beat the Frenchman 6-0 7-6 (7-2) and will play Gerald Melzer in the next round.

Murray’s previous best run of consecutive wins was 22, which ended in defeat to Marin Cilic at the Cincinnati Masters in August.


Football: Mike Phelan has been sacked as head coach at Hull City, paying a similar price as Bob Bradley who left Swansea City with the club at the foot of the English Premiership.

Phelan, 54, took over as caretaker manager last year, replacing Steve Bruce. His appointment was made permanent only in October.

Hull expect to make an announcement on Phelan’s successor “in due course”.



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