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  1. Rain forces Sri Lanka v England ODI into reserve day
  2. Jenson Button future to be revealed on Thursday
  3. Liverpool out of Champions League after draw with Basel
  4. Ramsey hits wonder strike as Arsenal beat Galatasaray
  5. Manchester City face Roma and Chelsea play Sporting

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Make your Champions League choice

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Right then, I'm right out of footballers wearing Christmas jumpers and silly hats or eating Christmas dinner bread rolls, so time to bring Sportsday to a close but our Champions League coverage is just beginning.

Head to the football section of the BBC Sport website and pick the game you wish to follow. Will it be Manchester City's tricky tie at Roma as they try to progress to the knockout stage, or already qualified Chelsea's home game against Sporting. The choice is yours.

BBC Radio 5 live coverage will also get under way at 19:00 GMT with all the build up, before full match commentary on Roma v Man City at 19:45 GMT.

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Will you be supporting Man City?

Marc Dunn: Of course its better for English football, if the Italians catch up in the coefficents we'd lose a place in the CL.

Adam Richards: Mixed feeling as an Arsenal fan. Glad we might get Basel over Bayern, but sad to see LFC out.

Lomwe Montana: Total United fan. Liverpool's exit left me smiling for years, if City get knocked out tonight would be the perfect Xmas gift

Is it better for English football to have Manchester City progress? Will you be cheering them on regardless of who you support? Let us know


Pope not happy with Port Vale 's pay cut offer

Port Vale striker Tom Pope says he cannot afford to take a pay cut to stay with his boyhood club.

The 29-year-old Potteries-born forward, who has scored 66 goals in 177 appearances since initially joining Vale on loan in 2011, has been offered a new deal by the League One side.

"I want to stay until the end of my career,"

he tells BBC Radio Stoke.

Champions League

Group G

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Premier League leaders Chelsea booked their place in the last 16 with a comfortable 5-0 win at German side Schalke in their penultimate group game.

That means third-placed Schalke must beat Maribor, and hope Sporting Lisbon lose at Chelsea, to progress. If Schalke win and Sporting draw, then the Portuguese side will qualify courtesy of their superior head-to-head record.

Maribor cannot finish in the top two, but would finish third and clinch a Europa League place by beating Schalke.

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Will you be supporting Man City?

Davey Jay: As a United fan, I want City to win so Roma won't need Strootman for champions league. He'd make a nice January signing!

Mansoor Mahar: Chelsea fan here.. I support England; and clubs just use names of the countries but seldom represent. Hope City gets thrashed.

Dave: Getting fed up of people wanting English clubs to fail I would much rather see an English club progress whoever it is.

Is it better for English football to have Manchester City progress? Will you be cheering them on regardless of who you support? Let us know


Time for the office Christmas party...

Have you had your office Christmas party yet? Real Madrid have, supposedly a traditional Christmas meal too...

Christmas meal

...all I am seeing is a lot of bread rolls, though...

Cristiano Ronaldo

...Gareth Bale, there, showing Luka Modric what this Madrid meal is missing. Maybe.

Gareth Bale

Best long-range strike you have seen

Dan Walker

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Tony Yeboah
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"I see BBC Sport are discussing best ever long-range goals. Simple. TONY YEBOAH v Wimbledon or Liverpool #Thronkers"

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Will you be supporting Man City?

Craig Barlow: United fan here. I'm OK if City go through as still smiling ear to ear from Liverpool's exit yesterday!

Hanz Maulwurst: Never thought I would hear myself say this...but #GoCity

Lewis James Brown: As a Tottenham fan, I've learned the hard way that you should hope fellow English clubs fail in the champions league

Is it better for English football to have Manchester City progress? Will you be cheering them on regardless of who you support? Let us know


Roma v Man City (19:45 GMT)

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A tough task ahead for Manchester City tonight in Rome, but a score draw could be enough for them to reach the Champions League knockout stage. We'll have live text commentary from 18:30 GMT, with BBC Radio 5 live build up and commentary from 19:00 GMT.

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Mic Medeska: Sorry Mr Ogden [see 16:41], no chance I'll be cheering on City as a Utd fan. Hope they get thrashed, and good riddance to Liverpool.

Cutting Mic, cutting

Kieswetter set to miss 2015 season

Somerset say wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter is unlikely to be fit for the 2015 campaign because of the eye injury he sustained last season.

Kieswetter sustained the injury while batting against Northamptonshire last summer and has struggled to regain perfect vision.

"It is really disappointing but my eye is not 100% and this of course is critical in maintaining the levels of performance that I expect of myself," says Kieswetter. "I need to make every effort to resolve the matter and have the best specialist help in that regard."

Man Utd duo's festive cheer

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This morning we had Christmas-jumper wearing QPR players singing a bit of Slade, now we have Manchester United's Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera getting into the spirit of things with some questionable Christmas hats...

London Irish morale 'good' - Paice

Rugby Union

London Irish hooker David Paice says the mood at the club is good, despite a run of six consecutive defeats.

The Exiles are second from bottom of the Premiership and face Cardiff Blues this weekend, needing victory to likely guarantee qualification in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

When asked how morale was, Paice told BBC Radio Berkshire: "It's very good. We are confident in our ability and the way we play. We are on the up, we started the season strongly, we had a dip but are back on the way up."

Give Man City your backing?

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"As champions of England, Manchester City deserve the backing of the nation when they face AS Roma in the Stadio Olimpico aiming to secure the result to take the club into the Champions League knock-out stages,"

writes Mark Ogden in the Daily Telegraph.

"For one night only, City should be the country's team because losing two Premier League clubs from the Champions League in the space of 24 hours would suit nobody connected to English football.

"City following Liverpool out of the Champions League would simply be bad for business for the Premier League and a sign that English football is losing touch with La Liga and the Bundesliga when it comes to competing for the major European honours."

Europa League

The Times sports reporter Rory Smith: Bizarre Pochettino press conference at the Ataturk. He's fine, but the brilliantly-bearded translator appears to have gone on strike.

Pochettino wary of Besiktas


Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino knows it will not be easy for his side to secure the result they need at Besiktas on Thursday to qualify top of their Europa League group.

Pochettino's side have already qualified for the last 32, but know a draw in Istanbul will see them finish top of the group and be seeded.

"We expect a tough game," says Pochettino. "They're a good side. We want to finish top of the group. It is important to finish top. It's also a chance for players who haven't played in the last few games to show their quality."

Ponting appointed Mumbai boss

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is appointed head coach of Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians.

The 39-year-old, who retired from international cricket in 2012, previously captained Mumbai in a short spell with the team in 2013 and takes over from John Wright ahead of the new season, which starts in April next year.

"We are delighted to have Ricky back with us and look forward to his contribution based on his experience and expertise," former India spin bowler Anil Kumble, who is part of the Mumbai Owners Group, says.

Champions League

Group F

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Barcelona and Paris St-Germain are already assured of their place in the knockout phase.

The pair meet at Barcelona's Nou Camp in their final match tonight to decide who will finish as group winners. A win or draw will see the French champions finish top, but a home win will see five-time European champions Barca overtake them.

Dutch champions Ajax know they will finish third with a win or draw against Apoel Nicosia at the Amsterdam Arena and qualify for the Europa League. But the Cypriot side will overtake them with a win.

Lightning strikes Peruvian footballer

A Peruvian footballer

was struck by lightning during a cup semi-final, sustaining burns to his legs and causing the match to be abandoned.

Joao Contreras, 21, of Sport Aguila was hit during his side's Copa Peru tie against Union Fuerza Minera. A linesman was also struck at the same time and both are now recovering in hospital.

Podolski praises Gunners

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski on Instagram: Great performance from the whole team yesterday! No rest & focus on premier league now!

Caterham in talks with three interested parties

Formula 1

Caterham's administrator says talks are ongoing with "three interested parties" as they look to get the team on the Formula 1 grid next season,

reports BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto.

The team went into administration in October and made 230 staff redundant.

Joint administrator Henry Shinners tells BBC Sport: "We want to give the team every chance of surviving so we are not setting a deadline."

5 live Sport

Coming up

BBC Radio 5 live

Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch from 19:00 BST comes live from Rome where Manchester City take on Roma in the Champions League.

There is full match commentary with John Murray, joined by former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane. Alistair Bruce-Ball has updates from Chelsea's home match with Sporting Lisbon and there is a round-up of all the other Champions League matches taking place this evening.

Following the live action there is a Football Social section for you to air your views and there is also news of England's latest one-day international in Sri Lanka.

Manchester City v Roma preview

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1-1 draw with Roma in September was the first time the teams had met in European competition. Sergio Aguero (sorry City fans he has not made a dramatic recovery since the last time we told you he was out injured) put City ahead from the penalty spot before veteran Francesco Totti's cool finish earned Roma a point, the 38-year-old becoming the oldest player to score in the Champions League.

In total City have played four European matches in Italy and have yet to record a win, losing two and drawing two.

Champions League

Group E

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With tonight's Champions League games fast approaching, we'll spend the next hour or so looking at the groups involved and who needs what. First up, Manchester City's group - Group E.

Manchester City will progress to the last 16 if they beat Roma in Italy and CSKA Moscow fail to defeat group winners Bayern Munich in Germany. City can still progress if they secure a score draw and CSKA Moscow lose to Bayern. However, if both games end in a draw, then Roma progress.

CSKA Moscow must beat Bayern, and hope Roma do not beat City, to qualify. If CSKA and City both win then the Russians will qualify because of their superior head-to-head record. Any of the bottom three sides could finish in the Europa League.

Europa League preview

Everton v FK Krasnodar (Thursday 20:05 GMT)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been addressing the media ahead of tomorrow's Europa League match with FK Krasnodar.

The Spaniard says John Stones, James McCarthy, Darron Gibson and Steven Naismith are still injured and it is not yet known if they will play against QPR on Monday.

"Tomorrow is a great chance to also see a little bit into the future with some of the youngsters that I am excited to see play," he says, revealing that 22-year-old striker Conor McAleny and former Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz will feature.

Sri Lanka-England rained off for the day


The depressing scene in Pallekele

Play has been abandoned for the day in the fifth one-day international in Pallekele. The teams will come back tomorrow when England will face their original target of 240 in 50 overs at 09:00 GMT.

World Cup most tweeted event

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World Cup

According to Twitter trends, the World Cup

was the biggest Twitter event of the year with 672 million tweets sent about this year's finals in Brazil.

The World Cup also figured on Facebook's list of top trends (for some reason top social media companies seem to discount the last three weeks of the year).

Feats like Robin van Persie's famous header enthralled the social media world and resulted in bizarre spectacles such as BBC Trending's Anne-Marie Tomchak

balancing on a traffic barrier in the middle of London.

World Cup

Jarvis facing six-week absence

Rugby Union

Wales prop Aaron Jarvis is expected to be sidelined for "around six weeks" after suffering a

pectoral muscle injury in the 12-6 victory over South Africa at the Millennium Stadium 11 days ago.

Sri Lanka v England


Daily Mirror's

Dean Wilson in rainy Pallekele, where there is still no prospect of a resumption between Sri Lanka and England: "It is still raining sadly. Every time the groundstaff make a tentative move towards the covers the rain seems to get harder."

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Wednesday who

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Accrington extend Rose loan deal

Accrington Stanley extend the loan spell of West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Jack Rose until 17 January.

The 19-year-old was brought in on a one-month loan deal in November and has gone on to make six appearances for the League Two club.

What's behind door no.10?

Forgot to open door number 10 on your calendar before heading off to work this morning? We can't promise you a chocolatey treat, but we can off you the next best thing because hiding behind our door is...


...well, we won't spoil the surprise but all we will say is it had Big Sam laughing.

Check out the video to find out why.

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Liverpool set for another long wait?

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"Liverpool waited five years to get back into the Champions League - and fell back out of it in a manner that proves they were nowhere near ready to return to a competition that makes up a significant part of the club's history,"

writes the Daily Mirror's Jim Boardman.

"Given the club's awful form in the league so far this term it looks like being a good while before the Reds are worrying about playing in the Champions League again.

"The sight of Liverpool using Gerrard up front, ending with Martin Skrtel up front, was a sight of desperation. Avoidable desperation."

Basel the bogey team?


Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after drawing with Basel, who are proving to be a bit of a thorn in the side of English teams.

As the above Opta graphic shows only Real Madrid and Barcelona have a better points per game record against English teams in the Champions League than Basel.

Touchline ban for Middlesbrough boss

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka

will serve a one-match touchline suspension after admitting an FA charge of improper conduct.

The charge is in relation to his behaviour during stoppage time at the end of the game against Blackburn Rovers on 29 November 2014.

Collins keen on English side

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Celtic's John Collins

would relish a meeting with an English side in the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

But the assistant manager has mixed feelings about whether he would want it in the next round - the last 32. Liverpool dropped down to the Europa League after failing to qualify from their Champions League group.

"There's quite a few English teams in it already, so it would maybe be nice to meet them further down the line," says Collins.

Champions League preview

Chelsea, who have already won Group G in the Champions League,

host Sporting Lisbon tonight, and with the prospect of six games in 18 days, rest John Terry, Eden Hazard and Willian.

What Man City need to progress

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Confused by permutations? Prefer them in graphic form? Well, luckily for you, BBC Radio 5 live have put together the above image to explain what needs to happen for Manchester City to progress tonight.

Commentary on City's game with Roma begins on 5 live at 19:00 GMT.

Smalling blow for Man Utd?

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling will be out for two weeks after injuring his groin in Monday night's win at Southampton,

according to the Daily Mail.

Lizzy Yarnold column

Lizzy Yarnold

"I want to slide faster than I ever have before, be a better athlete and to try and win more gold medals. I am also the one to beat as the returning Olympic champion.

"However, a less than perfect start to this year's pre-season training did put me out of step. It's always nice to experience a "first" - except when it's the first time you fall off the sled."

Lizzy Yarnold won a skeleton gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and races for the first time in the new season in the World Cup at Lake Placid, USA, on Friday. However,

in an exclusive column for BBC Sport, she reveals that not everything has gone to plan in pre-season.