1. Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund and Ludogorets v Liverpool in action (19:45 GMT)
  2. Rodgers could have three weeks to save job - Grobbelaar
  3. Andy Murray to retain Amelie Mauresmo as coach in reshuffle
  4. England lose first ODI by 25 runs to Sri Lanka in Colombo
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Liverpool and Arsenal's Champions League ties will kick off in an hour and a quarter with both still needing a positive result to help their progression from the group stages.

Arsenal need a point at home to Borussia Dortmund to guarantee qualification, while Liverpool know the importance of victory in Ludogorets.

You can follow on the live text commentary on BBC Sport from 18:30 BST and also listen live on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT.

Ramsey still playing for Wenger


Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is adamant Arsene Wenger is still the right man to lead the club and believes the Frenchman should not be perturbed by criticism from the club's second-largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov.

Russian billionaire Usmanov has voiced his concerns over Arsenal's worst start to a Premier League season after four wins from 12 matches has left them eighth in the table.

"With what he's (Wenger) done for this club and for us as a group of players, every time we go in we want to work for him and get results for him," Ramsey told Sky Sports News.

"Everybody's in it together, and we know all about our qualities. Last season we had a great year, this season we wanted to build on that and hopefully we still can."

Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund on twitter:Hello London, it's good to be back again!

Looks like Dortmund have arrived at the Emirates ahead of tonight's Champions League tie at Arsenal.

Gillingham sign QPR's Ehmer


League One side Gillingham have signed Queens Park Rangers defender

Max Ehmer on loan until 3 January.

The 22-year-old German centre-back has previously had loan spells at Yeovil Town, Preston, Stevenage and Carlisle United.

Murphy 'can lead Leicester Tigers'

Rugby Union

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill says former captain Geordan Murphy

is being developed to take over his role.

Murphy, 36, retired from playing in 2013 to take up the role of assistant coach at Welford Road.

While former Leicester centre Aaron Mauger starts as head coach next term, Cockerill insists the plan is for Murphy to be in control in the future.

"I've said to Geordan that one day he will have my job," Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester. "He will be running the club and we want that succession plan, whether that is in three years, five years or 10 years, who knows?"

Lapthorne loses opening match

Disability sport

BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson: Britain's Andy Lapthorne has lost his opening round-robin match at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Singles Masters in London.

The US Open quad singles champion was beaten 2-6 6-4 6-4 by world number four Dylan Alcott of Australia.

Nani enjoying Sporting spell


Nani scores against Maribor

Portugal winger Nani is enjoying his loan spell with Sporting Lisbon, the

Manchester Evening News reports.

The 28-year-old - back in Portugal for the season from Manchester United - has now scored six times for the club.

The latest goal came in the Champions League on Tuesday

against Maribor - his fourth of the campaign.

"Things are going well for me at the moment," he told the Uefa website.

"I'm very involved in the matches and that's what I want - to contribute to the success of the team.

Emirates Stadium
Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund on Twitter: Turn on the bright lights: It's #afcbvb tonight!


Sir Lanka win the opening one-day international against England.

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The Daily Mirror reports Luke Shaw is facing a two-week injury lay-off with an ankle injury suffered in Manchester United's win over Arsenal.

Shaw turned his ankle in the first-half of United's 2-1 win and is reported to be sidelined for at least a fortnight with strained ligaments.

Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund on Twitter: As for the bus.... it's ready

It looks like Borussia Dortmund are ready to leave their team hotel ahead of tonight's Champions League tie at Arsenal.

Pearson shoulders the blame


Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson tells the

Leicester Mercury the pressure is on him, not his players.

The Foxes have failed to win in their last seven games and have not scored in their last five fixtures.

"Someone needs to take the responsibility and I am happy to do that, more so when things don't go well," he said.

"I always feel it is beneficial for the players to have the freedom to play. I don't want them to feel any adverse pressure."


England need 42 runs off 30 balls with two wickets remaining to win their first One Day International against Sri Lanka. Follow live text commentary

here now and listen live on BBC Radio 5 live.

Liverpool players haven't performed - Evans


BBC Radio 5 live

Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans spoke to Radio 5 Live earlier about Brendan Rodgers and his side's current form ahead of their crucial tie with Bulgarian champions Ludogorets tonight.

Is Brendan Rodgers job under threat given their current form?

Evans said: "We're in a results industry of course and if you don't get results in football, usually the end comes as a manager. After the success of last season, I think Brendan Rodgers' credibility is really high and obviously this season has been poor by the standards we set last year and somewhere along the line he has to start getting it right. But it's not just about Brendan Rodgers.

"These days, whatever happens in a football club seems to go on to the manager and not the players. The players haven't performed."

Wigan exit unexpected, says Rosler


Former Wigan manager Uwe Rosler says

he enjoyed working for chairman Dave Whelan despite being sacked by him earlier this month after less than a year in charge.

"It was a blow, it was unexpected," the 46-year-old German, who has been replaced by Malky Mackay, told

BBC Radio Manchester.

"He gave me the job and then he took the job from me, but in general he's a football man and I really enjoyed working with him.

"I was hoping to get a little bit more time but that chapter is closed now and I wish them all the best as a club."

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Liverpool on Twitter: It's currently all quiet at the Vasil Levski stadium in Sofia ahead of kick off later this evening.

You imagine it won't be very quiet later as Ludogorets bid to upset Liverpool in the Champions League.

White eases through


Jimmy White

BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the York Barbican: "Jimmy White wasted no time in closing out an impressive 6-2 win over Dave Harold in the first round of the UK Championship in York.

White, who will now face Ding Junhui, said: "The first game was a bit scrappy until 2-2 then I played pretty well in the second half of the match.

"I will have to play very well to beat Ding but on my day I can still beat anybody and those games are why I still play the game. I can still play."


Messi v Ronaldo


Barcelona are certainly making a fuss of their Argentine magician Lionel Messi after he broke the Champions League goal scorers record with a treble last night, as the above picture on their

Twitter feed shows. I guess they should make the most of it as five goals for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo this evening will see him become the outright record holder...

Rochdale sign Blackpool's Cywka


The Football League loan window closes tomorrow, and League One side Rochdale have acted a day early by

bringing in midfielder Tomasz Cywka from Blackpool.

The 26-year-old former Poland Under-21 man has played seven times for the Tangerines this season, and has been reunited with Keith Hill, who was his manager while at Barnsley.


Everton and West Ham United have been charged by The FA following their game on 22 November 2014.

It is alleged that in or around the 40th minute of the fixture, both clubs failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

The clubs have until 6pm on 1 December 2014 to respond to the charge.

In the balance in Colombo


There's 11 overs remaining in Colombo and the opening ODI between Sri Lanka and England is tightly poised.

Chasing 318 to win - England are 241-6 off 39 overs.

They require another 71 runs to win off 66 balls.

Moeen Ali earlier made 119. Follow all

the latest here.

Disability sport

Scotland's Gordon Reid has made a losing start to his men's singles round-robin campaign at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters at the Olympic Park in London.

Reid, the world number three, was beaten 5-7 7-5 7-5 by Belgium's Joachim Gerard, ranked two places below him, in a tight encounter.

Ibra's top XI



Who would be in Zlatan Ibrahimovic's dream team? Yes, Zlatan Ibrahimovic of course.

The Paris St-Germain and Sweden striker has chosen his dream XI on the club's

You tube channel, with himself partnering Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

To be fair to 'Ibra' it isn't a bad side.

Dream team


BBC Sport's Owen Phillips at the York Barbican: "It's not 1985 but snooker fans could be forgiven for thinking they had gone into a bit of a timewarp at the UK Championship at the Barbican in York.

"The 1992 champion Jimmy White received a great reception from the crowd and he responded with a fist pump when introduced for his first-round match against Dave Harold and has just hit a century to go 4-2 up.

"Tony Drago is 4-3 up on two-time ranking event winner Dominic Dale and Steve Davis, who won six World titles in the 1980s, in his action against Ricky Walden this evening."

Milkins reveals vision problem


Robert Milkins revealed he is

struggling with a vision problem following his 6-0 thrashing of Michael Leslie in the UK Championship first round in York.

The world number 16 made three 50-plus breaks, but said: "I've got something in my eye so my long game was a bit blurry. I felt OK in the balls, but couldn't do anything with my long game."

He added: "I don't tend to go to the doctors, just like any other bloke I suppose. I'll see what I've got in the medicine cupboard at home. Hopefully it will be sorted by the weekend."

Hain and Rankin sign long-term Bears deals


Boyd Rankin
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Warwickshire have signed up two of their English-qualified players

on long-term contracts.

Exciting Hong Kong-born, Australia-bred batsman Sam Hain, 19, has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal, while former Ireland international fast bowler Boyd Rankin, 30, who switched to England in 2012, has signed a new three-year contract.

Bears director of cricket Dougie Brown said: "Both Boyd and Sam made important contributions to our success in 2014 and will be key for our push for more silverware in 2015 and beyond.

"Boyd's pace and bounce make him one of the most feared bowlers on the county circuit and, at his best, he is a match for any batsman in the world. Sam took his opportunity in first-class cricket last season and is now one of the most exciting prospects in the country."

Champions League

Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund (19:45)

Shinji Kagawa
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Tottenham team news

Tottenham v Partizan Belgrade (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Mauricio Pochettino
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Tottenham are also in Europa League action on Thursday and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be without a host of key players for the match with Partizan Belgrade, although midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is once again available.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Younes Kaboul and Etienne Capoue missed Sunday's win at Hull and remain sidelined along with Andros Townsend, Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose.

Federico Fazio is suspended for the group match, while Kyle Walker is still a few weeks away despite having returned to first-team training after abdominal surgery. Algeria midfielder Bentaleb is back from an ankle injury, while youngsters Dominic Ball and Harry Winks are in the squad.

Tottenham squad: Lloris, Vorm, McGee, Naughton, Dier, Davies, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Dembele, Winks, Stambouli, Mason, Paulinho, Ceballos, Lamela, Lennon, Eriksen, Kane, Soldado, Ball.

Century for Moeen


Moeen Ali reaches century against Sri Lanka

Moeen Ali has scored his maiden one-day century as England continue their run chase in the first ODI against Sri Lanka.

Moeen reached the landmark off just 72 balls with 10 fours and four sixes.

England are 178-5 from 27 overs as they chase a target of 318 to win.

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Martinez news conference


Everton manager Roberto Martinez is speaking to the media in Germany ahead of Thursday's Europa League tie at Wolfsburg:

"It is great news on Arouna Kone, who came through 45 minutes really well with the U21s last night and will be in the squad tomorrow. Steven Naismith has a soft tissue problem, but we don't think it is serious. He has a 50-50 chance for the weekend.

"We have massive respect for Wolfsburg. We know they are in good form, but the squad is ready for the challenge."

Tina Turner

President of Fifa

Sep Blatter ‏on Twitter: Very best wishes to fellow Swiss citizen Tina Turner on your birthday today. Many happy returns!

Anyone got an image of Sep dancing around to Tina Turner's Simply The Best as he practices his acceptance speech ahead of being reappointed Fifa president? If you hadn't, you have now. It is Tina Turner's 75th birthday today.

Vokes on road to recovery


More good news for Burnley fans after the Clarets enjoyed back-to-back wins to revive hopes of Premier League survival.

The Lancashire Telegraph reports striker Sam Vokes scored in his first appearance in a Burnley shirt for eight months as he made his comeback from the serious knee injury that has ruled him out since March.

The former Bournemouth man was playing for the development side against Carlisle.

Klopp: 'I could manage in England'

Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund (19:45)

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp
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Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp says he

could see himself managing an English club because he can speak the language, but refused to confirm whether he has been approached by a Premier League side.

Speaking ahead of Dortmund's Champions League match at Emirates Stadium later, Klopp wouldn't be drawn on his long-term future despite having previously been

linked with a move to Arsenal.

Coaching changes for Murray


Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

Dani Vallverdu and Amelie Mauresmo
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"Andy Murray has decided to make some changes to his team for 2015.

"Amelie Mauresmo remains as head coach, but her assistant Dani Vallverdu (pictured above left) - who has been with Murray for the past five years - and fitness trainer Jez Green will no longer travel with him.

"Murray said in a statement: 'We sat down at the end of the season and decided that a change would be best for all of us.

"My off season training and Australian Open preparations have already begun and I am very excited for the new year.

"I thank Jez and Dani for all their hard work over the years and wish them the best for the future."

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent


Serious Fraud Office wants anyone with information regarding alleged corruption in the bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to come forward.

The SFO insists it currently lacks the relevant jurisdiction to investigate.

But in a letter to Conservative MP Damian Collins, seen by BBC Sport, the SFO's general counsel Alun Milford admits the organisation is appealing for "whistleblowers" to get in contact.

The development creates the possibility of Fifa facing a UK criminal probe.

Rodgers could have another three weeks - Grobbelaar


The last thing Brendan Rodgers needs is for former Liverpool players to be cranking up the pressure on him, but that is just what the Reds boss has got.

Ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar told BBC World's Seth Bennett: "I think he will have another three weeks. If he doesn't do anything in another three weeks then I think the American's could do something about it.

"It could happen before Christmas. Whether or not it is going to happen I do not know. But I hope that he does get it right."

England pegged back


Sri Lankan cricketer Thisara Perera celebrates after dismissing England cricketer Ian Bell

England have lost a flurry of wickets in Colombo despite being well placed in their pursuit of 318 against Sri Lanka.

England are currently 125-4 after 19 overs, but have lost Ian Bell, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan cheaply.

Moeen Ali is not out on 74.

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live text here.

Vergne to leave Torro Rosso

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

Jean-Eric Vergne
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Jean-Eric Vergne has been dropped by Red Bull junior team Toro Rosso for 2015, the Frenchman has announced.

Vergne, 23, had hoped the team might find a place for him following the promotion of Daniil Kvyat to Red Bull to replace Ferrari-bound Sebastian Vettel.

But he said on

Twitter: "Despite a good season and 22 points, I'll not drive any more for Toro Rosso in 2015."

UK Championship latest


John Higgins
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A quick update on

results from the first round on day two of the UK Championship at the York Barbican:

John Higgins (Sco) 6-2 Lee Walker (Wal)

Xiao Guodong (Chn) 6-1 Ian Glover (Eng)

Matthew Stevens (Wal) 6-2 Allan Taylor (Eng)

Gerard Greene (NI) 6-2 Vinnie Calabrese (Aus)

Ben Woollaston (Eng) 6-4 Michael Wasley (Eng)

Jamie Cope (Eng) 6-2 John Astley (Eng)

Martin Gould (Eng) 6-4 Lee Page (Eng)

Anthony McGill (Sco) 6-4 Michael Georgiou (Eng)