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20 December 2012

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  1. 1907: 

    That's it for Sportsday for Thursday. It will resume at 0800 on Friday.

  2. 1906: 

    Football Association chairman David Bernstein says a specific sanction for players found guilty of racist abuse is "close" and will be introduced soon.

    The FA board has approved a plan to counter discrimination within football and discussions are being held over a minimum game ban for players.

  3. 1904: 

    American Mikaela Shiffrin wins her first World Cup race after clocking the fastest time in the slalom in the resort of Are in Sweden. Shiffrin, 17, finished 00.29 seconds ahead of Sweden's Frida Hansdotter, who was fastest on the first leg, with World Cup leader Tina Maze of Slovenia in third 00.52secs back.

  4. 1858: 

    The takeover of Leeds United will finally be completed tomorrow by GFH Capital. The first part of the deal was done on 20 November and the 100% sale will be completed by Friday morning. The club have called a press conference at Elland Road for Friday morning.

  5. 1855: 

    Ahead of this weekend's Premier League fixtures, BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson pits his wits against football impressionists Darren Farley and Paul Reid.

  6. 1839: 

    British Basketball League chairman Paul Blake tells BBC Look North that UK Sport's decision to cut funding for the sport is "drastic" and "extremely short-sighted". The sport received £8.5m prior to the 2012 Olympics but a lack of a medal prospect saw all funding withdrawn.

  7. 1836: 

    Fast bowler Tim Southee is ruled out of New Zealand's tour of South Africa due to a thumb injury which is expected to keep him off the field for up to two months.

    Southee, who was the most impressive bowler for New Zealand during their drawn test series in Sri Lanka, suffered the injury while diving in the field during a domestic match.

  8. 1832: 

    Jay on Twitter: "Arsenal should raid Bayern Munich for their top players. This will strengthen their squad & ensure progress in the CL."

    Sean Patrick on Twitter: "Arsenal fans are dreaming... Bayern are 9 points ahead in the German League... Arsenal required a a soft redcard to beat Spurs."

  9. 1828: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott has defended Jimmy Kebe's attack on the club's transfer policy under owner Anton Zingarevich as evidence of his passion for the club.

    Kebe responded to Monday's 5-2 home defeat by Arsenal, a result that leaves them rooted to the foot of the Premier League, by criticising the lack of signings made during the summer.

    But McDermott said on Thursday: "What it shows is that Jimmy Kebe, like every other player here, cares. He really cares, we all care.

    "Jimmy cared last season when he signed a new contract. He wanted the club to get promoted, which we did. Jimmy Kebe loves his football, he loves this club, he loves working for us. He's very much part of what we're trying to do here."

  10. 1817: 

    Warrington forward Tyrone McCarthy has written to the Rugby Football League, putting forward his ideas to make lesser nations more competitive.

    England's Autumn International Series victory was followed by criticism about the standard of opposition they faced.

    "It's not competitive enough," the Ireland international told BBC Radio Merseyside. "That's what people have been striving to get - a competitive game for the England team for when they play New Zealand and Australia. I want Ireland to be a success, but more so, I want the game of rugby league to be a success."

  11. 1813:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    From 2100 on 5 Live tonight, Dan Walker hosts An Evening with Jess Ennis in front of an audience in Sheffield while at 2200 there is a look back at Super Saturday - 4 August through the eyes of Toni Minichello, Alberto Salazar and Dan Pfaff, coaches of Jess Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford.

  12. 1804:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    A reminder that tonight's 5 Live Sport has coverage from the London International Horse Show at Olympia from 1930-2100 GMT, including interviews with actor Martin Clunes, who is head of the British Horse Society, Olympian Mary King and her daughter Emily, London gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin, dressage star Carl Hester, 10-time Paralympic gold medallist Lee Pearson and Will Connell, the British Equestrian performance director. The show also previews the Christmas horse racing schedule with Cornelius Lysaght and jockeys Barry Geraghty and Joe Tizzard.

  13. 1756: 

    Beijing track cycling silver medallist Ross Edgar will take to the road in 2013 after 12 years as a member of the Great Britain track team.

    The 29-year-old won Olympic silver behind fellow Scot Sir Chris Hoy in the keirin at Beijing in 2008, but missed out on selection for London 2012 and he has now signed for IG Sigma Sport.

    He said on his new team's official website: "Road riding was one element of my training, which I particularly enjoyed and I've always thought I could make the transition into road racing.

    "My goals are the Tour Series in the summer followed by the Tour of Britain. I look forward to the new challenge, more opportunities to get a race number on my back and also making a right hand turn at race speeds."

  14. 1752: 

    Former Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate tells BBC Sport he still has plans to go back into management. The 42-year-old spent three years as Boro manager after his playing career ended and admits he lacked experience. But now he has completed his badges, he says he would consider coaching youngsters as a route back in.

  15. 1747: 

    Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher is the latest winner at the London International Horse Show at Olympia. The Briton, who won showjumping team gold in Greenwich earlier this year, triumphs in the Earls Court Olympia Christmas Cracker on Aristo Z. His London 2012 colleagues Scott Brash and Peter Charles are fourth and fifth.

  16. 1741: 

    After the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League earlier today pits Manchester United against Real Madrid, chief football writer Phil McNulty reflects on Cristiano Ronaldo's imminent return to Old Trafford.

  17. 1739: 

    Somerset have appointed Dave Nosworthy as their new director of cricket. The 45-year-old replaces Brian Rose, who stepped down from the role in the summer after seven years.

  18. 1737: 

    Hearts have a signing embargo extended indefinitely for not paying "a number of bonuses and appearance payments due to players". The Edinburgh club had hoped to have their current ban on transfers lifted by the Scottish Premier League next week.

  19. 1733: 

    BBC Sport's Matt Slater on the analysis of the allocation of London 2012 tickets, which has been released by Games organisers Locog: "At least 75% of the 11 million tickets sold for London 2012 went to members of the public. The rest, almost 2.8m tickets, went to sponsors and sporting VIPs. These statistics are included in a 976-page report published Locog.

    "The report reveals how Locog met its target to raise at least £500m of its £2bn budget from ticket sales (it sold £659m's worth), shifted 4.6m tickets for £20 or less, and even managed to flog 278,000 tickets for handball.

    "These numbers, however, are slightly undermined by Locog's admission that a greater proportion of tickets went to the "prawn sandwich brigade" for the hottest sessions. 'Olympic Family' made up 56% of the crowds at the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, 60% of the Ryan Lochte v Michael Phelps clash in the 400m individual medley and 76% of the triathlon grandstand in Hyde Park.

    "But the worst VIP/public split came at track cycling, where only 17,846 tickets (47%) of the total were made available to ordinary punters."

  20. 1728: 

    Sports Minister Hugh Robertson tells BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan that new policy on school sport should be unveiled in the coming weeks.

    "We know there's an issue", he said. "We're hoping to make an announcement in the new year and we aim to get this sorted out."

  21. 1726: 

    Former Celtic player John Hartson on BBC Radio 5 Live about Celtic's Champions League last 16 draw against Italian giants Juventus: "Neil Lennon has got his tactics spot-on so far in the Champions League and Juventus won't fancy going to Scotland. He has set them up defensively away from home and at home they have a good record and will take anybody on. It is a fantastic game for the players to look forward to. There isn't an easy game at this level but these are the games you can tell your kids about. Celtic have lifted Scottish football, which has been a great thing, and it is a special time to be a fan of the club."

  22. 1717: 

    St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas escapes a further ban following a Scottish FA disciplinary tribunal. The Northern Irishman was charged with misconduct after kicking a water bottle in a match with Hibernian in November.

    However, Lomas, currently serving an eight-match ban, has received a "severe censure" for the incident.

  23. 1713: 

    Aberdeen have their claim of wrongful dismissal rejected following goalkeeper Jamie Langfield's red card card against Kilmarnock. The Scottish Football Association's fast-track tribunal upheld the 32-year-old's one-match suspension.

  24. 1708: 

    Ahead of his appearance in tonight's PDC World Championship, you can relive Paul Lim's historic nine-dart finish against Ireland's Jack McKenna in the BDO World Championship in 1990.

    Lim, who was the first man to achieve the feat at the World Championship, faces Mohd Latif Sapup in a preliminary qualifier on Thursday.

  25. 1659: 

    Lukas Podolski is confident Arsenal can knock his old club Bayern Munich out of the Champions League. The Gunners were paired with the Bundesliga leaders in the draw for the last 16.

    He says: "They played in the final in 2010 and last year. It is a big club, but we have the chance to win against Bayern Munich."

  26. 1654: 

    Norwich captain Grant Holt might recover from a hamstring injury in time for Saturday's trip to West Brom.

    Manager Chris Hughton says: "The good news is it is certainly not anywhere near as bad as either it could be or as we feared it might be. But I would have to say Grant is touch and go for the weekend."

    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    Fancy a bit of a change from all the talk of football tonight. Well, Elly Oldroyd has live commentary from the International Horse Show at Olympia from 1930.

  28. 1647: 

    St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas escapes with a "severe censure" from the SFA after his latest disciplinary charge for kicking water bottles.

    An SFA judicial panel did not add to the Northern Irishman's touchline ban after deciding a warning would suffice following his dismissal against Hibernian last month.

  29. 1645: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits Demba Ba's future lies in his own hands.

    The striker has a release-clause in his contract that can be activated in January.

    He says: "It would be disappointing for him to leave in this window but the decision will be his because that clause is there."

  30. 1639: 

    It is all over in the cricket. India have beaten England by five wickets in their first of two Twenty20 clashes.

  31. 1635: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes Gareth Bale's return from injury will help his side cement their position in the top four over the festive period.

    He says: "Players like him can decide a game for you and for us it is a tremendous boost to have him back, no doubt."

  32. 1631: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is being cagey about the length of time skipper Adam Lallana is going to be out with a knee problem.

    The 24-year-old limped off in the 1-0 defeat of Reading on 8 December.

    He says: "We're just going to say he is out for the Sunderland game and you can ask me the next question ahead of the next game."

  33. 1626: 

    Elgin City chairman Graham Tatters is fined£5,000 by the SFA following the Rangers ticket fiasco.

    The Irn-Bru Third Division meeting between the two clubs in November was postponed after Elgin sold too many tickets for the match.


    Lucas Petropoulos on Twitter: "Tough draw for Arsenal but if we beat Bayern & reach last 8, Man U or Madrid will be out, so 2 big guns will already be gone."

  35. 1618: 

    Ireland wing Tommy Bowe is set to miss the entire Six Nations after undergoing surgery on the knee he injured during Ulster's Heineken Cup defeat by Northampton.

    Ulster say in a statement: "Tommy Bowe has undergone successful surgery on his knee and is now expected to be out for approximately four months."

  36. 1612: 

    Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo says he wants to see three-times One world champion Sebastian Vettel race for the Italian team in the future.

    He says: "Vettel is a future potential Ferrari driver. If Alonso was to retire tomorrow, for whatever reason, then I want Vettel."

  37. 1607: 

    Martin Jol knows the danger Liverpool striker Luis Suarez poses to his Fulham side on Saturday. Jol made Suarez skipper when taking over at Ajax in 2009.

    He says: "He is certainly one of the best strikers in Europe, probably in the world."

  38. 1602: 

    Worcester boss Richard Hill expects it will take a "top-notch" effort from his players to keep Premiership newcomers London Welsh at bay tomorrow night.

    Hill says: "They were promoted to the league late on, so to arrive where they are is an outstanding feat, and they already have some big scalps."

  39. 1558: 

    Hoops boss Neil Lennon has happy memories of facing Juventus as a Celtic player in 2001.

    He says: "The 4-3 game was one of the highlights of my career."


    Sophie Gayter on Twitter: "Real vs. Utd. Now THAT is a draw worth missing work for. Of course if my boss is following me, I am of course kidding. :)"

  41. 1553: 

    Over in Pune the cricket is not going well for England with India racing towards their target of 158 runs. Yuvraj has taken 30 off 18 balls to help India to 83-2 after nine overs.

  42. 1549: 

    More from Juliette Ferrington at Liverpool.

    She tweets: "Rodgers: There was never a real issue, it was just a matter of timing. The kid is very focused & devoted to Liverpool."

  43. 1547: 

    Radio 5 Live's Juliette Ferrington tweets from Liverpool's news conference: "Brendan Rodgers hopeful Raheem Sterling's new #LFC contract will be concluded in the next 24 hours."


    Nirvana Sansar on Twitter: "Mouthwatering game between Man United and Real Madrid. Is this make or break for the Special One in his bid for the hot seat at Manchester United,"

  45. 1538: 

    Glasgow Warriors captain Alastair Kellock signs a new three-year contract with the Scotstoun club.

    Lock Kellock says: "Over the next three or four years I have one goal and that's to help this club win silverware. "

  46. 1533: 

    Nigel Clough is adamant Derby are "very dark horses" for a top-six finish in this season's Championship.

    Derby are four points adrift of the play-off places.

    Clough tells the Derby Telegraph: "When you are in that top half, you know you are not going to be far off the play-offs, but we also know life in the Championship can be pretty fragile."

  47. 1527: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists Theo Walcott is not going to be sold in January.

    The England winger is out of contract in the summer.

    He adds: "My gut feeling is that he belongs to this club and that I hope he will do it and sign for us. I always am convinced that he will stay."

  48. 1523: 

    Former Commonwealth Games bronze medallist John Nuttall has been appointed endurance coach in the latest addition to the UK Athletics performance team.

    The 45-year-old is the former coach to 2010 European 10,000 metres silver medallist Chris Thompson and currently coaches European Indoor 3,000m champion Helen Clitheroe.

  49. 1519: 

    Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is pleased jet lag did not force his side out of the Capital One Cup at Leeds last night.

    The Blues won 5-1 despite travelling more than 6,000 miles during their Club World Cup adventure in Japan.

    He says: "We were tired and that is why it was a little scary for us at the beginning. Now we have to look forward."


    Idris Lawal on Twitter: "Can't wait to see C. Ronaldo face his old boss. This will surely be clash of the Titans!"


    Sk rayamajhi on Twitter: "No surprises, if English teams fail to qualify to QF."

    David Thomas on Twitter: "Just cannot see Arsenal with our team at the moment being able to go up against the strength that Bayern Munich have!"

  52. 1509: 

    Time for you petrolheads out there to get excited.

    McLaren are launching their new car for the 2013 Formula One season on January 31. The new car will be driven by Jenson Button and Sergio Perez.

  53. 1505: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist vows to exercise caution in the transfer market after being promised a budget of at least £10m to spend when the club's transfer embargo is lifted in January 2014.

    He said: "Not having had a lot of money to spend before, it's something I would look forward to but I would be very cautious with it."

  54. 1500: 

    England have finished their Twenty20 innings in Pune by racking up 157 for 6 against India.

  55. 1457: 

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is refusing to sweat over his team's failure to claw themselves away from the relegation zone.

    He says: "We've been in this position before, we know exactly what we have to do as a football club. We always react in the right manner and that's what we're going to do."


    Now the Champions League draw is starting to sink in, how do you think the British teams will do?

    Will any of them reach the quarter-finals?

    Tell us your views on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  57. 1448: 

    More bad news from India as England lose two more quick wickets. Samit Patel falls for 24 and Tim Bresnan goes next ball. England are now 139-6.

    Follow all the action on the BBC Sport website.

  58. 1445: 

    As part of the FA's anti-discrimination drive, the regulating body will also strive to make sure at least 10 per cent of referees and level one coaches come from ethnic minority backgrounds.

  59. 1444: 

    Clubs will face sanctions for failing to deal with racism by players, coaches or their fans, under football's new anti-discrimination drive.

    Players and coaches arriving from abroad will also undergo mandatory induction lessons to ensure they are aware of the "British cultural environment".

  60. 1439: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits Europa League opponents Metalist Kharkiv are a mystery to him.

    He said: "The opposition, I know very little about. I can't even comment on that until such time as we do some studying."

  61. 1434: 

    Good news for Spurs fans. Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson are both fit for the clash with Stoke on Saturday.

    Spurs Official Twitter says: "Andre: Bale and Dawson have both made great progression and are available for the weekend."

  62. 1431: 

    New Zealand quick Tim Southee is out of the upcoming Test series against South Africa after suffering a thumb injury.

    The 24-year-old is set to miss up to two months of action after it was confirmed he would need surgery after diving for a ball in domestic cricket this week.

  63. 1426: 

    Over in India there's bad news for England's cricketers. Alex Hales has gone for 56 and skipper Eoin Morgan is also back in the hutch for 5. Yuvraj has got both of them in one over. England are now 102-4.

    Follow the BBC Sport website's coverage to stay up to date.


    Faheem on Twitter: "The end of the world has been postponed, God wants to watch the Manchester United vs Real Madrid game!"

    Mauricio Atehortua on Twitter: "Why are people forgetting that Ajax completely outplayed City twice, not so easy for CFC."

    Adesanya Gabriel on Twitter: "What are the odds on Sterling getting a 'warm' welcome from the Zenit fans???"

  65. 1420: 

    Bad news for Celtic. Midfielder Joe Ledley will miss all four of the club's fixtures over the festive season with a groin injury.

    The Wales international will be rested until the Premier League resumes after a short winter break in January.

    Manager Neil Lennon said: "Joe will not be back until mid-January when the winter break ends. He is having rest to settle the injury down."

    Ledley misses the visit of Ross County on Saturday as well as games against Dundee, Hibernian and Motherwell.


    Christopher Newton on Twitter: "Hoping for another Liverpool v Chelsea European semi final! This time in the Europa League and Rafa in the opposite dugout!"

    David Cunningham on Twitter: "Great draw for Spurs. We have a rich history in this competition and I fancy our chances against some good sides."

    Greg Matthews on Twitter: "Once again Chelsea get the easiest possible route through. Amazes me their luck in all the cup draws."

  67. 1408: 

    While the Champions League draw has taken most of the focus today there is some good news out of Barcelona.

    They have announced Tito Vilanova's operation on his parotid gland had gone "as expected" as the 44-year-old begins a second battle with cancer.

    Vilanova, who also had a tumour removed from his throat in November last year, will now start six weeks of chemotherapy.


    Charlie Smith on Twitter: "LFC likely having to make plenty of long trips to Russia with Dnipro in last-16! Lucky we've got an extensive squad. Oh..."

    Ben Franklin on Twitter: "At least if Liverpool can get past Zenit, then we should also comfortably make the semi-final. The home-leg is vital!"

    Wayne Bradley on Twitter: "Everyone saying Inter milan will be tough!We beat them over 2 legs in Champ league 2 years ago with Bale coming of age."

  69. 1400: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is already weighing up his trickiest selection dilemma ahead of his Champions League last-16 meeting with Real Madrid.

    "Well, it's the tie of the round. It's a great opportunity for our fans to see Cristiano again and also for me to meet up with Jose again - I'll need to order some good wine!" the Scot told


    Alan on Twitter: "Time for a family reunion for Petr Cech. All around good draw for Chelsea!"

    Phillip Lardi on Twitter: "Chelsea the only British team with an easy draw! Can they jam themselves another European trophy?"

    Mike Flynn on Twitter: "There were at least 10 other teams I'd have wanted ahead of Lyon. Undoubted tie of the round though."


    Tottenham Director of Football Administration Darren Eales on Sky Sports News: "It's a tough draw. Lyon doing well in French league, first time in 9 years they haven't been in CL at this stage. Good trip for the fans because it's not too far away. Lloris will be excited about going back to his old team and playing against them. We managed to go unbeaten through the group stages and we want to do well in the competition."

  72. 1354: 

    Chelsea may have been drawn with the team placed third in the Czech league, but they may well come up against an Ajax side who proved too strong for Manchester City at home in the Champions League and who will be bent on a final at the home ground in the last 16.


    Sir Ryan Osborne on Twitter: "Tottenham and Liverpool have very tough draws, Chelsea have been granted an easy passage."

    EndyOne on Twitter: "Ajax or Steaua Bucharest v Sparta Prague or Chelsea......already looking forward to Ajax v Chelsea."

    George Fisher on Twitter: "Hopefully Liverpool and Chelsea can resume their great European battle, later in the competition! They were always classics!!"

  74. 1347: 

    That looks like a tough old road to the quarter-finals for Tottenham who could face Inter Milan in the last 16. Liverpool could be clocking up the air miles with a possible trip to Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk should they overcome Zenit St Petersburg. Will that affect how strong a side Brendan Rodgers chooses for the tournament?


    Sam Harrison on Twitter: "So Liverpool finish 1st in their group and get a harder draw than Newcastle who finished 2nd in theirs...#makesnosense."

    Finn Wade on Twitter: "Happy with the LFC draw. Skrtel visiting old club but the away tie on the other hand looks a toughie for Brendan & co."

    Jason Egan on Twitter: "Last time Spurs met French opposition in a European competition we won the whole damn thing! First ever Uefa Cup 1971. #destiny?"

  76. 1338: 

    Last 16 draw:

    Napoli or Viktoria Plzen v BATE Borisov or Fenerbache

    Leverkusen or Benfica v Dynamo Kiev or Bordeaux

    Anzhi Makhachkala or Hannover v Newcastle or Metalist

    Stuttgart or Genk v Monchengladbach or Lazio

    Tottenham or Lyon v Inter Milan or Cluj

    Levante or Olympiakos v Atletico Madrid or Rubin Kazan

    Basel or Dnipro v Zenit St Petersburg or Liverpool

    Ajax or Steaua Bucharest v Sparta Prague or Chelsea

  77. 1337: 

    The draw for the last 16 will now take place.

  78. 1318: 

    Europa League last-32 draw:

    BATE Borisov v Fenerbache

    Inter Milan v Cluj

    Levante v Olympiakos

    Zenit St Petersburg v Liverpool

    Dynamo Kiev v Bordeaux

    Bayer Leverkusen v Benfica

    Newcastle v Metalist Kharkiv

    Stuttgart v Genk

    Atletico Madrid v Rubin Kazan

    Ajax v Steaua Bucharest

    Basel v Dnipro

    Anzhi Makhachkala v Hannover

    Sparta Prague v Chelsea

    Borussia Monchengladbach v Lazio

    Tottenham v Lyon

    Napoli v Viktoria Plzen

  79. 1316: 

    Time for the draw...


    Former Ajax, Barcelona, AC Milan and Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert at the draw in Nyon: "The Europa League is improving and that's good for international football. Amsterdam Arena (which hosts the final) is a great stadium. We're very happy to have this final in Amsterdam and I'm looking forward to going there."

  81. 1313: 

    Former Ajax, Barcelona, AC Milan and Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert is the former player who has been roped in to help with the draw.

  82. 1310: 

    The matches will be played over two legs with the first games providing a nice Valentine's Day treat for us all on 14 February. If you are not sufficiently discreet in how you keep across the action, you may find that you are on your own for the return legs on 21 February.


    Jeffo on Twitter: "I quite fancy a trip to Transylvania so am hoping the Toon draw Cluj."

    Mike Brown on Twitter: "Liverpool to make the most of a poor season and win the Europa.... Most new managers win a trophy!"

    Dmitry Pastukhov on Twitter: "I'm a Liverpool fan and hope we avoid... relegation."

  84. 1307: 

    There is still plenty of tasty-looking foreign opposition floating about in Uefa's scarlet and green capsules in Nyon though. As seeded teams Liverpool and Chelsea could face the likes of Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. As two of the unseeded teams Newcastle and Tottenham could be paired with teams of the calibre and history of Lyon, Benfica and Fenerbache.

  85. 1301: 

    Teams from the same national association cannot be drawn together in the last 32 of the Europa Leage, meaning the prospect of Chelsea taking on Liverpool or Newcastle facing Tottenham is at least a round away.


    Nathan Gornall on Twitter: "Europa to Champions League is like Championship to Premier League. Less big names, way more competitive. Spurs to avoid Dnipro & Benfica please!"

    Mark Sutton on Twitter: "Would love Benfica! Stadium of light would be great! #COYS"

    Shohidur Rahman on Twitter: "Really annoys me when people say Europa League is a waste of time. Teams from every country except England take it seriously."

  87. 1253: 

    Chelsea may not have planned to have finished their Champions League defence before the knockout stages, but they could now join a very exclusive club should they win the final in Amsterdam on the 15 May. They could be only the fourth club after Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich to win all major European trophies after lifting the Champions League last season and the now-defunct Cup Winners Cup in 1971 and 1998.


    David Smith on Twitter: "I don't care who LFC get, as long as it's not Falcao, oh sorry i mean Atletico Madrid."

    Adam on Twitter: "I hope Chelsea avoid Atletico Madrid and Ajax. Apart from them I don't mind who we get."

    Chris Denton on Twitter: "I'm a Spurs fan and without a doubt the best draw for us today would be "disqualified". The Europa League is a waste of time."

  89. 1246: 

    Chelsea maybe the first Champions League winners to fail to progress to the knockout stages, but they have at least got the consolation of the Europa League to compete for. Metalist Kharkiv, BATE Borisov and Cluj - the opposition may not be as familiar as in the Champions League, but if you saw Atletico Madrid's dismantling of Athletic Bilbao in last year's final you'll know the quality is there.


    So the Champions League draw has provided some thrilling match-ups with Manchester United to face Real Madrid, Arsenal to play Bayern Munich and Celtic drawn against Juventus.

    Now it is over to you Liverpool, Newcastle, Tottenham and Chelsea fans. The draw for the Europa League last 32 starts at 13:00 GMT.

    So who do you want to draw?

    Twitter is the place for your views using the hashtag #bbcsportsday


    Steve Wattam on Twitter: "Utd's defensive frailities will determine the end result, I'm going for two 4-4 draws and a pen shootout."

    Phil Broeders on Twitter: "A good draw as some of the big guns will go out and lesser teams guaranteed a place in the next round."

    Muizz Oyewale on Twitter: "At least the Champions League draw made everyone forget that the world is ending tomorrow."

  92. 1229: 

    Galatasaray may fancy their chances of matching their best run in the competition - to the semi-finals of the 1989 tournament - after drawing a Schalke side who are faltering despite finishing top of Group B. Dutchman Huub Stevens was sacked as coach at the weekend after picking up just two points from a possible 18 in the Bundesliga. Former Stuttgart coach Jens Keller has been promoted from within to succeed him.

  93. 1224: 

    Malaga are making their debut in the competition and, despite losing Santi Cazorla to Arsenal in the summer, went unbeaten in Group C. They, along with last-16 opponents Porto, were the first side to qualify for the knockout stages. The Portuguese champions have been beyond the quarter-finals once since winning the trophy nine years ago.


    Shreshth Batra on Twitter: "Being a united fan, I'm happy we got Madrid. Everyone will write us off now. Some people never learn!"

    Dahood on Twitter: "There couldn't have been a better time to meet Madrid. Ronaldo not happy and team not doing too well in the league!"

    Ahma Mehta on Twitter: "Apart from the obvious stand out ties...Shaktar Dortmund should be a great game!"

  95. 1217: 

    Swedish maverick striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paris St Germain could be the wildcard in the knockout stages. Led by Carlo Ancelotti, they face a winnable looking last-16 tie against a Valencia tie who have lost seven of their first 16 matches in La Liga this season.


    James Johnson on Twitter: "Man Utd V Real Madrid is the biggest football match possible. The two biggest clubs in the world."

    Benjamin Askins on Twitter: "Some very optimistic United fans considering Michael Carrick is about to go up against Xabi Alonso."

    Thomas Patterson on Twitter: "Good news for Arsenal Wilshire and co sign new contract. Bad news Bayern Munich stand in our way in the Champions League."

  97. 1212: 

    Anyone for a bit of Shakhtar Donetsk against Borussia Dortmund? Two of the most impressive teams in qualifying for the last 16 face off with the Ukrainians seeing off Chelsea and Juergen Klopp's slick Dortmund side topping a group that comprised Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax.


    Rizwan Patel on Twitter: "Man UTD vs Real can only be a game of who scores the most, considering how both are defending in the league at the moment."

    Lisa Gregory on Twitter: "Real & United 2 of the greatest clubs ever. My eyes are tingling just at the thought of watching it."

    Ayodeji C. Oyelade on Twitter: "I think arsenal have a good chance of making it to the quarter finals because by then I'm sure the squad will be strengthened."

  99. 1205: 

    Outside the British teams' draw, there are some intriguing match-ups in the first knockout stage of this season's competition. Seven-time champions AC Milan are 14 points off the leaders in Serie A, and will need to raise their game to stifle a Barcelona team that have continued to sparkle in Spain and on the continent.


    Rishil Patel on Twitter: "Jose to get through and then bring @Cristiano and the CL trophy to old Trafford next year."

    Mike Peach on Twitter: "United are a big game team, expect the game of the season against Madrid, Valencia vs Ronaldo game of the right wingers."

    Alex Beard on Twitter: "Anyone who thinks AFC can beat Bayern is naive. Last year's European Runner Up vs a team who couldn't beat Bradford City."

  101. 1200: 

    Parkhead will doubtless be in fine voice when Juventus visit in February. Celtic have a record against the Old Lady to justify the decibels as well. Juve have lost on both their previous visits to east Glasgow including a 4-3 humdinger in 2001 which featured two goals from Chris Sutton.


    Karthik on Twitter: "Not sure why everyone is making us the underdogs. We are 6 points clear at the top and Madrid are 13 points adrift of Barca."

    Simon Marshall on Twitter: "Everyone still believes Madrid are unstoppable. They are miles behind Barcelona and poor in defence. We can dominate!"

    Jack Quinn Stacey on Twitter: "@rioferdy5 @Cristiano Unfortunately Rio, the only thing you'll see of CR7 is his backside as you chase after him."

  103. 1152: 

    Jose Mourinho's dry cleaners will be hoping for a Real Madrid win at Old Trafford when they meet Manchester United in March's second leg. The Portuguese famously slid along the sidelines on his knees to celebrate Porto's equaliser over United in the round of 16 in 2004. Mourinho's record against Manchester United features only two defeats in 14 matches and includes the 3-1 win that crowned his Premier League title victory in 2005 in his debut season in England.


    Ruud Van Nistelrooy on Twitter: "United or Madrid...Who do I want to win? Played my heart out for them both. Proud to have played for both. #impossible #MayTheBestTeamWin."


    Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Oh yes, Madrid!! What a great couple a games that'll be!! @Cristiano see u soon bro!!"


    OptaJoe on Twitter: "Norwich City are the only English side to win an away European match against Bayern Munich (in 12 attempts). Fortress."

  107. 1136: 

    Arsenal have been turned over by Bayern Munich in the Champions League in the clubs' most recent meetings. In 2005, the Gunners slipped to an aggregate defeat, failing to claw back a 3-1 first-leg loss to the Bavarians. While in 2001 they advanced to the quarter-finals in spite of a 1-0 group-stage defeat in Germany.


    Aman Sheth on Twitter: "Celtic to be the only British club to go through. Seems quite possible."

    Paul Boardman on Twitter: "Really didn't care who we drew, You have to play the best if you want to win it. We shouldn't fear Bayern."

    Abdul on Twitter: "Man Utd struggled to keep Reading at bay! Good luck with Madrid!!"


    Emilio Butragueno, former Real Madrid player and director at the club on Sky Sports News: "Fans will be very happy with this tie, Manchester United is not just good a great team but a fantastic organisation. We have a great relationship with them. It will be difficult, a very even tie, they have a strong team and great leadership. Ferguson knows how to get the best out of his team. But we are Real Madrid, we will try to do our best and I think we will rise to the occasion.

    "I'm sure it's going to be a special game for Ronaldo. He's a great professional so I'm sure he's going to do his best to help Real Madrid qualify for the next round but going back there will be special for him.

    "Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have a very good relationship. Jose is a great manager, he is under contract so we are happy with him. He will lead the team to make our fans feel proud of the team, that's the main objective."

  110. 1127: 

    Juventus' 49-match unbeaten run in their domestic league was ended by Inter Milan in November, but the Turin club have still lost only twice in their last 56 games in Serie A. They are currently seven points clear at the top of their league. It might have to be another backs-to-the-wall job if Celtic are to advance to the last eight.

  111. 1120: 

    After advancing with a 3-3 draw against Real in the Bernabeu in 1968, Manchester United, under the guidance of the legendary Sir Matt Busby, beat Benfica 4-1 in the final with Brian Kidd, Bobby Charlton (2) and George Best scoring the goals. The win, the first time an English club had lifted the trophy, came 10 years after the Munich air crash which killed eight of Busby's young team.


    Ciaran Delaney on Twitter: "United to hammer Madrid, Ronaldo to realise where he belongs. Great draw."

    Aidan Conry on Twitter: "United draw Madrid... Well if Celtic can beat Barcelona..."

    Alex Martin on Twitter: "Juve no tougher than Barcelona! a win at parkhead and a draw away and Quarter finals of the Champions League awaits!!"

  113. 1114: 

    Manchester United club secretary John Alexander on Sky Sports News: "Everyone wanted to keep this for later in the competition but, out of several stand-out ties, I think this is the one. If history has anything in our favour our one victory against Real Madrid in this competition was in the season when we won the final at Wembley."


    Alice Ridgeway on Twitter: "United v Madrid, cracking game! Extra bit of persuasion to get Mourinho to Old Trafford when Fergie retires."

    Leslie Odai-Lennon on Twitter: "Real Madrid against Manchester United brings back memories of Beckham, Redondo, Raúl and Ronaldo. Great, great games."

    Sanipe the voice on Twitter: "United vs Madrid is the tie of the round! Juve & Barca easy passage, AFC to beat Bayern, others evenly matched."

  115. 1113: 

    The last time Real Madrid and Manchester met in the Champions League was in April 2003 when Brazilian striker Ronaldo scored a stunning hat-trick to clinch a 6-5 aggregate win at Old Trafford.


    OptaJoe on Twitter: "Jose Mourinho has won six and lost just two of 14 previous games against Manchester United in all competitions. Apprentice."


    Celtic manager Neil Lennon tells Sky Sports News: "In terms of glamour it is great. In terms of qualification it is going to be very tough. But we will take it as it comes and our supporters will be looking forward to this match. Juventus are littered with world-class stars and they have been very consistent over the last 18 months. But coming through the group as impressively as we did, and you never know where you are going to be in a few months time. This club is built on the legends of Jock Stein and the Lisbon Lions, this team is reaching those same heights again. They have belief in themselves and have been playing very well away from home."


    Victor Chatfield on Twitter: "United vs Madrid!! Quality, really happy with that, should be a cracking game! Sure, tough opponents, but we can beat them!"

    Andrew Berry on Twitter: "Don't see any of the British teams getting through after that draw! Great ties though."

    Daniel Mervyn on Twitter: "Celtic missed all the German teams so I'm happy!"

  119. 1051: 

    Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo set on collision course with Manchester United, Neil Lennon's Celtic to take on the Italian champions and Chelsea's conquerors Juventus, while Arsenal face Bundesliga's runaway leaders Bayern Munich. Tough draws all round. What are your thoughts?

  120. 1044: 

    Uefa Champions League last 16 draw:

    Galatasaray v Schalke

    Celtic v Juventus

    Arsenal v Bayern Munich

    Shakhtar Donetsk v Borussia Dortmund

    AC Milan v Barcelona

    Real Madrid v Manchester United

    Valencia v Paris St Germain

    Porto v Malaga

  121. 1044: 

    The teams are now ready to be drawn...

  122. 1043: 

    Former Liverpool and Real Madrid winger Steve McManaman at the draw in Nyon: "To lift this trophy is a special moment. You're playing against the best players in European football so to lift it is the pinnacle of your career.

    "We've been very lucky in the United Kingdom this year to have the Olympics and Paralympics but to take the Champions League back to Wembley is very special for the English people."


    BBC Sport Scotland's Alasdair Lamont in Nyon: "The great and good of European football arriving in Nyon: Platini, Papin, Nedved, Kluivert among others #bbcsportsound"

  124. 1041: 

    Arsene Wenger's Chelsea counterpart Rafael Benitez believes that despite a raft of new names at this stage, the winners will come from a group of traditional powerhouse clubs.

    "Barcelona, Real Madrid, the English teams, Bayern Munich and Juventus are strong teams," said Benitez, winner of the competition with Liverpool in 2005.

    "You can find a surprise in some seasons but because those teams are so strong, I don't see there being any surprises this year."

  125. 1035: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said that he would rather avoid Barcelona in the last 16, while highlighting that his side and the Catalan giants are two of only five teams to return to this stage from last season's competition. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and AC Milan are the others.


    Aidan Conry on Twitter: "As a United fan I'd be happy If we just managed to avoid drawing Madrid. Wouldn't mind Porto, but Celtic would be perfect."

    Timo Burbidge on Twitter: "Please not Dortmund or Barca, please not Dortmund or Barca, please not Dortmund or Barca.....#AFC."

    Daniel Osman on Twitter: "Any team drawn against Man Utd will feel they can progress with plenty of away goals up for grabs with our poor defending!"

  127. 1027: 

    The pot of eight group winners have won 14 European Cups between them. The runners-up have a collective haul of 19 previous titles.

    Nine-time winners Real Madrid are the most illustrious name in the group of runners-ups after being edged out by Borussia Dortmund in Group D. AC Milan, with seven titles to their name, are also amongst the second-placed teams. Celtic, the first British winners in 1967 of course, Porto, Arsenal Shakhtar Donetsk, Valencia and Galatasaray complete the pot.

  128. 1022: 

    With holders Chelsea and champions Manchester City both failing to make their way through the group stages, the strength of English football, which has supplied finalists in eight of the last nine seasons, has been called into question.

    No such fears over in Germany where three of their teams emerged as winners from the group stages. Alongside Bayern Munich, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund in the pot of group winners are Spanish champions Barcelona, competition debutants Malaga, big-spending Paris St Germain, Italian champions Juventus and Manchester United.


    Rob on Twitter: "Chelsea to win the Champions League! Oh, hang on, oops....."

    Jamie Bunce on Twitter: "I'm not too fussed about Chelsea not being in the Champions League, That was so last season!! Bring on the Europa."

    Billy Peat on Twitter: "Arsenal will get Barca again, Ronaldo will return to old Trafford and Celtic will play Bayern, you heard it here first."

  130. 1020: 

    Scott Johnson, Scotland's senior assistant coach, will take on the role of interim head coach for the 2013 RBS 6 Nations Championship and the summer tour of South Africa.

    Scottish Rugby's CEO Mark Dodson says the search for a permanent successor to Andy Robinson is ongoing. Robinson stepped down after Scotland lost their three EMC Tests last month, bringing an end to his three years in the post.

    Dodson said: "Scott has coached with Australia, Wales and the USA and knows what it is to prepare teams to win on the international battleground. He knows our players and coaches well and is determined to hit the ground running with a successful RBS 6 Nations Championship."

  131. 1020: 
    Uefa Hall Uefa has published pictures of Uefa Hall where the draw will take place. The trophy that will be won at Wembley on 25 May is in attendance as is former Liverpool and Real Madrid playmaker Steve McManaman as a Uefa guest.
  132. 1013: 

    No team can be drawn against a team they played in the group stages either. So…

    Manchester United can play: Porto, Milan, Madrid, Shakhtar, Valencia, Celtic

    Arsenal can play: PSG, Málaga, Dortmund, Juventus, Bayern, Barcelona

    Celtic can play: PSG, Schalke, Málaga, Dortmund, Juventus, Bayern, Manchester United

  133. 1008: 

    No two sides from the same nation can be drawn together so the two Premier League representatives Arsenal and Manchester United will be kept apart, but Scottish champions Celtic and United could come together to ensure that at least one British side will progress to the quarter-finals.

  134. 1007: 

    The Champions League draw is a little over 30 minutes away at Uefa's headquarters in the Swiss city of Nyon. General Secretary Gianni Infantino and director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti will pair together the runners-up and the winners from the group stages together for the round of 16.


    Jackooo on Twitter: "Juventus, PSG and Shaktar are massive dark horses. No one will want to draw them. Dortmund to win the tournament."

    Charlie Walters on Twitter: "Celtic to win the Champions League! and I'm not Scottish."

    Harry Deijnen on Twitter: "I support Liverpool and want an easy draw - for me, Basel or Sparta Prague would be nice."

  136. 0953: 

    All-rounder Peter Trego signs a new three-year contract with Somerset.

    The 31-year-old earned the 2012 Most Valuable Player award after his 50 County Championship wickets and 600 runs.

    "Signing this new contract means that I will be playing for Somerset into my mid-30s, which is a huge personal achievement," he said. "Not many players have a career that length so I am very fortunate to get this opportunity with the club that I love playing for."

  137. 0950: 

    Former Wales assistant manager Raymond Verheijen has accused the Football Association of Wales of destroying the "legacy" left by Gary Speed.

    Dutchman Verheijen served under Speed during his 11 months as Wales manager. He then wanted to manage Wales after Speed's death in November 2011 but was overlooked by the FAW.

    "He [Speed] has left a legacy, although the dinosaurs of the Welsh FA, at least on the pitch, have destroyed [it]," claimed Verheijen.

  138. 0945: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Champions League draw.....who we wanting?? Celtic for the British rivalry? Real for the @Cristiano factor? Milan for the history? Love the CL draw day!"

  139. 0944: 

    Russian cyclist Denis Galimzyanov, who won the Paris-Brussels race in 2011, is suspended for two years for doping.

    The country's anti-doping agency say the ban for the Katusha team sprinter will be backdated to 13 April this year. Galimzyanov tested positive for the banned blood booster erythropoetin (EPO) in March and was provosionally suspended by world cycling.

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) governing body in November removed the Katusha team from the sport's top tier WorldTour races, accusing its management of not doing enough on anti-doping. The team will now have to be invited to participate in the sport's biggest races.


    Eli Stone on Twitter: "Coming from a MUFC fan, usually finishing first gives a "safer" passage to the quarters, this year that couldn't be less true."

    Zac Lott on Twitter: "Would love Utd to get Barca later on, they would then learn to defend properly as they would get ripped to shreds."

    Max Rolfe on Twitter: "I want a nice tie for Chelsea against Tottenham in the Europa League, rivalry game, easiest to get to and would be the best atmosphere."

  141. 0936: 

    BBC Sport's advent calendar offering for today is another memorable moment from London 2012.

    But this time it's despair rather than elation as Mark Hunter has to be helped to his feet by Sir Steve Redgrave after he and partner Zac Purchase narrowly missed out on defending their title in the men's lightweight double sculls.

  142. 0932: 

    Hearts raise in excess of £1m from the share issue that concluded on Wednesday, BBC Scotland has learned.

    The club's majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov had put approximately 10% of his stake in the company up for sale.

    The majority of cash raised has come from supporters who have taken part in fundraising activities during the past eight weeks. The club are expected to make a formal announcement with full details of the share sell today.


    The Champions League draw for the round of 16 is now just one hour away. We've been asking who you want to draw and who you want to avoid as well as who you think will win the competition.

    One Wayne on Twitter: "Celtic, Valencia, Porto or Milan for Man Utd...looks they've got a better chance against them."

    YJP on Twitter: "I think Chelsea will get Shaktar and Man City to get Valencia. Oops sorry my bad! You're OUT."

    Agbapulonwu Emmanuel on Twitter: "I will be most delighted to see CR7 return to Old Trafford; Manchester Utd vs Real Madrid."

    Twitter is the place to share your views. Use the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  144. 0924: 

    Nathan Cleverly will defend his WBO light-heavyweight title against Robin Krasniqi on 16 March. No venue has yet been set but Cleverly's promoter, Frank Warren, has won the purse bid to stage the bout.

    Cleverly would prefer it to be in Cardiff but the Welshman, 25, has said he would be willing to face Krasniqi in Germany, where the Serb is based.

    The WBO threatened to strip Cleverly of his belt unless a bout with mandatory challenger Krasniqi, 25, was arranged. Cleverly was due to meet Krasniqi in April 2012, but had to pull out with illness.

  145. 0919: 

    Chelsea interim boss Rafael Benitez says his team are moving in the right direction after they beat Leeds 5-1 in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.

    Benitez has had a difficult start to his reign but was delighted with his side as they came back from a half-time deficit to win at Elland Road.

    "I thought the performance was fantastic, not just the second half but the first half as well," said Benitez. "You can see that in every game the team is a little bit stronger."


    Dan Howard on Twitter: "Champions League trophy is definitely heading to Germany this year. The German teams are just too strong."

    Tommy Teacake on Twitter: "For Celtic I would like Malaga or Schalke. Both offer best chance of progress and great trips."

    Owain Reed on Twitter: "I've a feeling that United vs Real is written in the stars. The return of Ronaldo to his old club and Jose to his future club."

  147. 0910: 

    Athletics Australia rejects claims of racial vilification and discrimination made by 400m runner John Steffensen before the London Olympics.

    Steffensen, born in Australia and of African heritage, claimed racism was behind him not getting a starting berth in the individual 400m at London. The 2006 Commonwealth Games champion also claimed he was the subject of racial slurs by team officials during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

    Athletics Australia says in a statement that the claims "cannot be substantiated either generally or in relation to his non-selection in the individual men's 400m."

    Steffensen must now appear before an independent tribunal next month to answer to breaches of AA's code of conduct and could be suspended.


    Jaiyejeje Midastouch on Twitter: "Man Utd fan here. Drawing Real Madrid with the arrogant Mourinho will make my day. Barca drawing Shaktar should be tasty too."

    Terryfic Otobong on Twitter: "I want Man U vs Real Madrid, Barca v AC Milan, Arsenal v B. Dortmund."

    Nick Young on Twitter: "Well I really hope Spurs get Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League."

    Keeps your thoughts coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  149. 0904: 

    Wales wing Alex Cuthbert signs a new three-year contract with Cardiff Blues.

    Cuthbert, 22, rejected offers from other clubs in committing his future at the Arms Park.

    "I had a lot of decisions to make, but I am glad I've got it sorted and this is the place I want to be to take my rugby career forward," Cuthbert said. "I did have some good offers from other clubs, but I wanted to stay with the Blues."

  150. 0856: 

    Nottinghamshire have signed Australia Test batsman Ed Cowan for the first half of the 2013 county season.

    The 30-year-old is expected to be part of the team for next summer's Ashes series in England, but will be with Notts until the end of June. Cowan will be available for eight CB40 games and seven Championship games.

    "Ed has an excellent record in Test cricket and there was an opportunity to sign him for a decent period," said Notts director of cricket Mick Newell.


    Nathan Collis on Twitter: "I think Liverpool can win the Europa league and hope we get either Inter or Ajax!!! YNWA."

    Callan Rowland on Twitter: "Shaktar Donetsk are a dark horse. Not an easy team to beat and are insane at home. Nobody wants to go there."

    Craig Sullivan on Twitter: "Gonna miss the champions league draw. BadTimes but at least I'll catch it on #bbcsportsday. Thanks bbc as I'm at work till 10pm."

  152. 0846: 

    Stand-in captain Eoin Morgan is backing his inexperienced England Twenty20 side to follow the Test team's lead by beating India on their own turf.

    Morgan will lead England in a two-match series starting in Pune today.

    "We are going in as underdogs which is a great label to have with such a young side," Morgan told BBC Sport. "I personally would back every one of them. In this cauldron that is India it's tough conditions, but it would be great to win these two games."

  153. 0840: 

    Gloucester's former England lock Alex Brown is forced to retire from rugby because of a serious shoulder injury.

    The 33-year-old was hurt during Gloucester's opening Aviva Premiership game of the season against Northampton. After almost three months of rest and rehabilitation, Brown underwent surgery on nerve damage.

    "It is stating the obvious, but I am totally gutted," he told the club's official website.


    Rodgers Omondi on Twitter: "I hope Man Utd avoid Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk in the draw. Celtic would be great!"

    Andrew Webb on Twitter: "Champions League will end up as - Man Utd v Real Madrid, Arsenal v Barcelona and Celtic v Juventus. Barca to win it!"

    Frank Fitzjohn on Twitter: "The unseeded teams look better than the seeded teams for today's Europa League draw."

    The Champions League draw is at 10:30 GMT with the Europa League following it from 13:00 GMT.

    Keep your views coming in using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  155. 0832: 

    Oganisers say early-round losers at January's Australian Open will receive a significant pay rise.

    Responding to player demands for a bigger slice of prize money, Tennis Australia has moved to avoid a potential boycott of the opening Grand Slam of the year.

    The 2013 singles champions at Melbourne Park will each collect 2.43 million Australian dollars (£1.57m), while first-round losers will receive $27,600, representing a 32.7 percent increase from 2012.

  156. 0826: 

    Today's race-meeting at Exeter is off because the course is waterlogged, as is the fixture at Downpatrick in Northern Ireland.

    The meeting at Towcester goes ahead.


    Liverpool, Newcastle, Tottenham and Chelsea will also discover their opponents in the last 32 of the Europa League - and the last 16, should they progress.

    That draw starts at 13:00 GMT.

    Do you think your team can win the Europa League? Who do you want to play?

    Join in the debate using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  158. 0819: 

    Staying with European football and Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will have surgery on a saliva gland today followed by six weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

    Vilanova had a cancerous tumour removed from the gland at the back of his throat in November 2011. The 44-year-old is expected to be in hospital for three to four days, but he "could be able to mix work with his treatment", say Barca.

    Assistant coach Jordi Roura will take charge of the team in the meantime.


    Coming up at 10:30 GMT is the draw for the Champions League round of 16. Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic are in the hat along with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid and German champions Borussia Dortmund.

    Who do you want to draw? Which teams do you want to avoid? Who is going to win the Champions League?

    Twitter is the place to share your views using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  160. 0811: 

    Fancy a look at some snippets of gossip from the papers to get your day going? Here's three rumours from today's gossip column.

    Chelsea are renewing their efforts to sign Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 26, after deciding to sell Daniel Sturridge, 23, to Liverpool. (London's Evening Standard)

    Sturridge's £12m move to Anfield could be in jeopardy following a dispute between Chelsea and the player's advisors over agents' fees. (Daily Mail)

    England striker Andy Carroll, 23, wants to return to Newcastle after being told his Liverpool career is over. The Reds' £35m record signing is on a season-long loan at West Ham but has been told by manager Brendan Rodgers that he can leave in the summer. (Daily Star)

  161. 0809: 

    Amir Khan aims to return to the ring in April and hopes a rematch with Danny Garcia will happen by the end of 2013.

    Khan, 26, made a winning return to the ring against Carlos Molina on Sunday.

    "The next fight is going to be around April time," said Khan, who was stopped in four rounds by Garcia in July. "Then I want to be back in the ring again and then trying for the rematch with Danny Garcia."

  162. 0806: 

    Raheem Sterling reaches an agreement in principle with Liverpool over a new contract.

    The 18-year-old is expected to sign the five-year deal before Christmas.

    Sterling, who is currently on a £2,000-per week youth contract, will see his earnings initially jump to around £30,000 per week.

  163. 0803: 

    Let's start with a look at the stories overnight. Chelsea score five second half goals to beat Leeds 5-1 in the quarter final of the Capital One Cup.

    Goals from Juan Mata, Branislav Ivanovic, Victor Moses, Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres saw Rafa Benitez's side through to the semis.

    Chelsea will now meet Swansea in a two leg semi final and Arsenal's conquerors Bradford will face Aston Villa. The first matches will be played in the week starting 7 January and the second legs a fortnight later.

  164. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to another day of Sportsday Live from the BBC Sports Centre. We will keep you up to date with all the day's breaking news stories and give you the chance to have your say.

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