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  1. Qatar World Cup must be played in winter - Platini
  2. Man City's Lampard could face CSKA
  3. Mourinho 'would not follow' Rodgers approach
  4. Rodgers defends Liverpool team selection
  5. England prop Cole set for Leicester return
  6. GET INVOLVED: Sport's oldest competitors? #bbcsportsday

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By Andy Cryer and Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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Right, that is all from me, but don't worry there is plenty of live sport on BBC Sport tonight.

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Ajax v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)


Lionel Messi

Barcelona lost at Paris St-Germain in this year's Champions League, having been defeated by Atletico Madrid in last year's quarter-final. Surely they can't suffer a third away European loss on the trot can they?

FA Cup on tour


FA Cup

The FA Cup is on a tour of the regions with the BBC and the FA. Pictured with the trophy is seven-year-old Bristol City fan Liam Hawkins.

Being pictured with the trophy and supporting League One table toppers Bristol City? It has been a good season for you Liam.

Kevin meets Bale


Gareth Bale and Kevin Kilbane

Former Republic of Ireland international and Match of the Day pundit met Real Madrid's Gareth Bale this week. See their interview in Saturday's Football Focus.

Manchester City v CSKA (19:45 GMT)


Yaya Toure
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Looks like something has to give tonight then.

It is high time Manchester City ended their Champions League woes if they are to take their place among Europe's elite. Winless from three Group E matches hasn't been the best of starts but victory tonight could be the kick start they need.

FA apprentice scores in Champions League


Breel Embolo

Breel Embolo became one of the youngest scorers in Champions league history last night but this morning he was back at his apprenticeship working as a clerk for the Football Association in Switzerland.

The 17-year-old Basel scored the opener in Basel's 4-0 win over Ludogorets Razgrad.

Florian Raz below, Sports Editor at the TagesWoche newspaper in Basel, told BBC World: "He went to school at 8 o'clock in the morning because he's doing a commercial apprenticeship.

"He works some of the time as a clerk at the office of the Football Association and the odd time he's in school and then he plays football."

A Winter World Cup


Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Football's movers and shakers met in Zurich on Monday to discuss the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

But are we any closer to finding out at what time of year the tournament will be played?

Find out more here.

How are free-kicks scored?


Maths of the Day

The FA Cup has seen some glorious free-kicks over the years - Nottingham Forest captain Stuart Pearce's 1991 stunner against Spurs (pictured above), Chelsea star Didier Drogba's winning dipper in the 2010 final, and Everton legend Kevin Sheedy's incredible twice-in-a-row effort against Ipswich in 1985, to name just a few. Many seem to defy logic, but can maths actually help explain how they were scored?

Find out in BBC's iwonder guide to free-kicks here.

The FA ‏on Twitter: Aston Villa and Tottenham charged following Sunday's Premier League match.

Warnock fined by FA


Looks like Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock will have less 'spends' this week after being fined £9,000 by the FA.

The fine comes following post-match comments about referee Craig Pawson after the 2-1 home Barclays Premier League defeat by Chelsea on 18October 18.

The Eagles boss, 65, had said referee Craig Pawson was "influenced" by Chelsea players in the decision to send off Damien Delaney for a second yellow card.

Warnock denied the charge and had requested a personal hearing, which was held on Wednesday.

Latest gossip


Liverpool are hoping to sign Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in January in a £4m deal from Malaga.

(Liverpool Echo)

Disability sport

Jade Etherington
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Jade Etherington - Britain's most successful woman in Winter Paralympic history - has announced her retirement, along with her guide, Caroline Powell.

The visually-impaired skier and Powell won four medals - three silver and a bronze - at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi earlier this year.

Ajax v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

Champions League

Champions League ‏on Twitter: The famous Amsterdam Arena is ready for @AFCAjax_EN - @FCBarcelona with kick-off edging closer!

Done deal


Former Wolves and Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara joins Championship strugglers Blackpool FC on a short-term deal until 4 January.

Ajax v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)


Barcelona fans

FC Barcelona ‏on Twitter: Barca fans in Amsterdam, showing their support for the team. Three hours to go!

'I'd have thought about retiring if I was Gerrard' - Suarez


Luis Suarez admits he would have considered retiring if he had slipped in the Chelsea game like Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard did.

The Liverpool skipper allowed Demba Ba a free run at goal at Anfield, who scored, and Manchester City beat the Reads to the Premier League title

Suarez, in his autobiography serialised in the

Guardian, wrote: "If I had been in Stevie's shoes, I don't know if I would have been able to carry on playing.

"Emotionally, it must have been very, very hard."

Radford's rattler


Ronnie Radford

Just in case you haven't seen this goal enough, have another look.

I'm sure Hereford fans could watch Ronnie Radford's stunner against Newcastle in 1972 all the time, but, for the Toon Army, I can only apologise.

Here's the latest of our 50 memorable FA Cup goals.

All Blacks game vital - Hill

Rugby Union

England rugby

Former England flanker Richard Hill views Saturday's opener with New Zealand as the pivotal fixture of the QBE Series.

"If I was involved with England I'd be looking at New Zealand because it's the game that will set the tone for November," Hill said.

"It's the game that has the ability to galvanise supporters and provide a huge confidence boost going into a four-match series."

Rowett enthused by Blues improvement


What a difference a few days can make in football. Less than two weeks ago, Birmingham City were licking their wounds from an 8-0 home hammering by Bournemouth, but four points from two games under new manager Gary Rowett has lifted some of the gloom around St Andrew's.

Blues remain in the Championship's bottom three despite last night's

2-1 win over previous leaders Watford, but Rowett has
seen enough from his players to suggest they will soon be heading up the table.

He told BBC WM 95.6: "What's greatly enthused me is that I've seen just a little bit of what I think the team can achieve. They certainly shouldn't be fearful about the rest of the games. We haven't achieved anything at all yet but it's a good start."

Nadal out of hospital after surgery


Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Good news for Rafael Nadal fans. The

world number three is out of hospital, two days after surgery to remove his appendix.

The Spaniard, 28, confirmed on 24 October that he would not play again in 2014 as he required an operation.

The 14-time Grand Slam title winner has played only seven matches since Wimbledon and began taking antibiotics in October to treat appendicitis.

Maribor v Chelsea


Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live

Conor McNamara

"Here's my view at The Ljudski Vrt Stadium in Slovenia where Chelsea play Maribor tonight."

Platini on 2022 Winter World Cup


Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

Speaking during a tour of the Football Association's training base at St George's Park in Staffordshire, Platini said: "As president of Uefa, I have no problem whether it's in November, December, January or February.

"I have no problem. For the competition of the Champions League, we have no problem.

"Your clubs in England, your league (the Premier League) has a problem… but we have to find a compromise. Everybody has to lose something but in the end I think winter will be a good date.

"It will not be in April, it will not be in May or June or July or September. It will be November, December or January."

Platini wants 2022 World Cup to be in winter


Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

Uefa president Michel Platini has told BBC Sport the

2022 Qatar World Cup must be played in winter.

His stance puts him in direct opposition to some of Europe's biggest leagues and clubs, who want the event to be staged in May.

The World Cup is usually held in June and July, but Fifa has been told that Qatar's searing summer temperatures will put players' health at risk.

Platini said: "It'll never be in April, May or June. It will be in winter."

Russell is Derby catalyst - McClaren


Johnny Russell

Manager Steve McClaren says

Johnny Russell is providing the spark for much of Derby County's best attacking play.

The 24-year-old forward has started the last five matches and scored his second goal in that run in

Tuesday's 2-0 win over in-form Huddersfield Town to take Derby up to fourth in the Championship.

McClaren told BBC Radio Derby: "He was fantastic. He has such energy and is the catalyst at the moment. He has done so well since he came into the team.

"It was great to score but it is not just that, it's the work off the ball."

Michel Platini
The FA

The FA: Platini meets England U17s coach John Peacock and @FA director of elite development Dan Ashworth @StGeorgesPark.

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Akinpelu Kayode: Alessandro Costacurta and Paolo Maldini playing till 41 in top flight football. Hard to leave one out so I had to mention both.

Tim Stubbs: Teddy Sheringham Colchester v Peterboro' FA Cup Jan08 Posh, a league below won 3-1 but at 41 he was the best player on the day.

Chris Walsh: Frankie Smith stills turns out twice a weekend for fleckney village cricket club (leics) at the ripe old age of 68.

Who is the oldest person you have watched or played alongside in sport? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

Liverpool fans deserve answers - Platini


Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers needs to explain his team selection against Real Madrid to the fans, Uefa president Michel Platini said on Wednesday.

Rodgers incurred the wrath of some Reds supporters on social media sites when he left Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Mario Balotelli and Philippe Coutinho out of the starting line-up, with an eye on the weekend's Premier League encounter with Chelsea.

Platini said: "First of all he has to explain to his fans why he put this team - not to me, not to you. Are you sure it was not the best team? How can I say that? The coach of Liverpool, if I say something, he'll say, 'Oh, Michel Platini, I put my best team of the moment.' And I would be stupid."

Maribor v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)


John Terry

Chelsea look well on the way to winning their Champions League group once more. Two wins a draw from their first three games leaves them top of the pile. That's how you do it Man City.....

Everton adjusting to European demands - Martinez


Everton manager Roberto Martinez predicts Thursday's Europa League tie against Lille at Goodison Park will be "quite special".

"The two away games so far have been phenomenal experiences, but playing at home under floodlights, facing French opposition for the first time in our history is going to be something quite special," the Spaniard said.

"We really want to grow into this competition and be as strong as we can. But, the first objective is to get through the group.

"Step-by-step, we're enjoying the demands of this season. The Europa League has brought a different challenge to our squad."

Everton's Alcaraz out for 6-12 weeks


Juliette Ferrington

BBC Sport

"Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed defender Antolin Alcaraz dislocated his shoulder during the 0-0 draw against Swansea on Saturday.

"He's expected to be out of action between 6 to 12 weeks.

"Martinez has no other new injury concerns ahead of their Europa League game against Lille tomorrow night."

Barwick to become Conference chairman


Former Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick is to become the

new chairman of the Football Conference at the end of the season.

Barwick, who previously held senior sport posts with the BBC and ITV, will continue in his role as non-executive chairman of the Rugby Football League.

"I look forward to a long and positive relationship with one of football's most enduring competitions," he said.

Barwick will succeed Brian Lee, who has held the position for eight years.

Volvo Ocean Race


Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

The first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race is over and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have claimed the 6,487-nautical-mile opening stage from Alicante to Cape Town after just over 25 days at sea.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Getty Images

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing had been pursued for the past 48 hours by Chinese entry Dongfeng Race Team, who closed to within three miles but could not make up the gap in the South Atlantic chase into Cape Town.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Getty Images

Carroll on the comeback


Andy Carroll
Simon Watts

West Ham striker Andy Carroll played in a

60-minute training match today under the watchful eye of manager Sam Allardyce and his staff.

The £15m signing has not featured for the first team this season following ankle surgery in July.

He was joined in the Hammers side that faced Southend by Joey O'Brien, Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan and Ricardo Vaz Te. All five came through unscathed.

Caroline & Serena - the ice queens


Caroline Wozniacki (left) with Serena Williams

Serena Williams has a hidden talent.

The world's number one female tennis player went skating last night at the Rockefeller ice rink with pal Caroline Wozniacki, and the American impressed with some snazzy pirouettes.

Wozniacki posted a video on

Instagram, saying: "Great times. Serena Williams showing off her pirouettes. I'm just trying to stay on my feet lol."

Villain on the run


Marc Baylis
Aston Villa

So that's where he is hiding... Coronation Street Killer Rob, aka actor Marc Baylis, shows his true colours.


Aston Villa's recent record, maybe he should have kept running.

Maribor v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

Football stat attack

Maribor are the only Slovenian side to have beaten English opponents in Uefa competition - which English club did they beat?

The answer is - Wigan. Maribor beat the Championship side 2-1 at home in last season's Europa League group stage.

Bayer Leverkusen
Bernd Leno

If the above photo tweeted by Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper

Bernd Leno is anything to go by, it looks like the Germans enjoyed last night's Champions League win at Zenit St Petersburg.

Gloucester hand new deal to Moriarty

Rugby Union

Back-row forward Ross Moriarty has signed a new contract with Premiership side Gloucester.

He has been an ever-present for the Cherry and Whites this season and has also represented England at Under-20s level.

"He is still relatively young in rugby terms, but is already contributing hugely to what we are trying to achieve as a team," said director of rugby David Humphreys.

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Andrew Priestley: Who could forget Tom Watson almost winning The Open at the age of 59 in 2009? Gary Player is still playing well at 78 too.

MissIsles: We have a lady playing for @favhockey that turns 60 in December and runs rings around some of us younger players!

Pete Berry: Ron Hill C'wealth & Euro marathon champion still racing at 76. Has run every day for 50 yrs 160,000 miles total.

I live around the corner from Ron Hill Way Pete and, having met him a couple of times, he is indeed a legend...

Who is the oldest person you have watched or played alongside in sport? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

Players plead with fans


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Galatasaray players

pleaded with their fans to behave after their Champions League tie at Borussia Dortmund was twice stopped by firecrackers.

Captain Selcuk Inan and midfielder Felipe Melo remonstrated with supporters who threw flares towards the corner flag in Germany on Tuesday.

Dortmund fans had to protect themselves when explosives flung from the away section landed in the home stands.

Galatasaray, who lost 4-1, were fined £40,000 over flares thrown at Arsenal.