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Summary

  1. Paris St-Germain v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)
  2. Mike Brown to miss England Six Nations training
  3. Scotland's Gray out of Six Nations
  4. Manager Warburton to leave Brentford
  5. GET INVOLVED: What is your worst sporting venue? #myworstvenue

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By Mandeep Sanghera and Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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Maybe you'll be following Chelsea's Champions League trip to Paris St-Germain via our

world-famous live text commentary service. Maybe you'll be following the Scottish Cup fifth-round replay between Berwick Rangers and Spartans. Maybe you'll be watching the Welsh Open snooker. Or maybe you'll be following Lucy Beale week in Eastenders.

Whatever your sporting evening involves, we hope you enjoy it. Thank you for all your comments today - we've had two very lively Sportsday debates because of that. We'll be back here from 08:00 GMT tomorrow. Until then.... goodnight.

Get involved: The pigeon debate

Rob: Re the pigeons: Genoa's Luigi Ferraris Stadium houses those lovely pigeons.

Kiren: The stadium with seagulls flying about in is the 'Luigi Ferraris Stadium' in Genoa.

As promised, 100 points to you both. Although we're taking 10 off Kiren for calling them seagulls. Only kidding, Kiren - you can keep all your points.

Get involved: The Wayne Rooney debate

Bill Smith: The Rooney debate and many others show how difficult refereeing is - having to make a decision with one look while running.

You know that Buzzfeed article,

The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm? You know Reasonable Clive, from that article? That's you, Bill Smith, and we salute you.

Muniesa out for four to six weeks

Football

Marc Munieas
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Stoke defender Marc Muniesa

is out for up to six weeks with a torn hamstring.

The 22-year-old suffered the injury during Stoke's 4-1 FA Cup fifth-round defeat by Championship side Blackburn.

"We feared it was a really bad one. He had a scan and they've come back saying it's four to six weeks," assistant boss Mark Bowen told BBC Radio Stoke.

It leaves Stoke short of cover for their next game against Aston Villa with Ryan Shawcross also injured and Robert Huth on loan at Leicester.

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Pigeons
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Ighalos GF: Has to be The Valley. Not only is it rubbish for leg room, there are about 100 dead pigeons trapped above you.

We couldn't find any pictures of dead pigeons. And even if we had, we wouldn't want to share them with you. So here's a photo of some pigeons flying joyfully across a football stadium in Italy. Give yourself 100 points if you can identify the stadium.

Holding backing for Ireland

Cricket

Former West Indies pace bowler Michael Holding believes Ireland should be granted Test status.

His comments come on the back of Ireland beating the West Indies in their opening World Cup group game on Sunday.

"Ireland need to be recognised now," said Holding. "It's about time ... if they continue to linger around the lower regions of world cricket they'll continue to lose good cricketers.

"(Eoin) Morgan left Ireland to play for England because he saw brighter prospects."

Dorrans to join Norwich on loan

Football

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West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans will join Norwich on a month's loan this week.

The 27-year-old Scotland international, who was close to moving to Carrow Road during the transfer window, will complete the temporary switch on Thursday.

He told Norwich's website: "I'm glad to finally get it sorted. I came here on the last day of the transfer window and for whatever reason it didn't work out.

"I've been in discussions ever since then, so although I was frustrated it never got done on the final day, I hope now I can add to a good squad."

Palace pledge to ban coin throwers

Football

Crystal Palace says they will ban indefinitely anyone found guilty of throwing coins at recent home matches.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was struck by a coin when celebrating a goal with team-mates during last week's 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.

United manager John Carver said the Argentinian defender could have been blinded for life, while a similar incident occurred during Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round.

"We have conducted our own investigation into the incidents at our last two home matches, as well as making our CCTV footage available to the police," read a club statement.

"We take a zero tolerance approach to this sort of behaviour and, if the perpetrators are identified, they will be banned indefinitely from the stadium. If they are season-ticket holders, their cards will be made void without a refund."

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Daniel King: I played an Under-18 rugby match at Stechford, in Birmingham. There were two burnt out cars on the pitch, which the home team had to move before kick-off.

'We normally take 50 to games'

Berwick v Spartans (19:45 GMT)

Perhaps the most intriguing game taking place in England tonight . . . is a Scottish Cup fifth-round replay.

Spartans FC, of the Lowland League, are aiming to become the first non-league side to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals for 47 years when they visit League Two Berwick Rangers. If they win, they will face neighbours Hibernian next.

Craig Graham, Spartans' chairman, has told BBC Radio 5 live: "It's more excitement than nerves for us. We don't get to this round of the Scottish Cup very often, so we've got to have fun, enjoy it and get excited by it.

"We've got 11 buses going, so there are over 500 fans going that way, there's a train route from Edinburgh to Berwick that only takes 45 minutes and there are obviously a few car loads as well. So we're hoping to take 1,000 fans. We normally take 50 to games."

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Geoff, via text: Sunday football at The Meads in Hertford. Cows grazing on the land. Rivers at either end of the pitch and no changing rooms. Character building.

Selby through, Ding beaten

Welsh Open

Let's bring you up to date with what's been happening at the Welsh Open snooker in Cardiff so far on day two.

A total of 28 first-round matches have been completed today - with four to go - before a block of 16 second-round matches this evening.

World champion Mark Selby enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win over fellow Englishman Alex Davies, but two-time UK champion - and world number three - Ding Junhui, of China, is out after losing 4-1 to Welshman Lee Walker.John Higgins, Stephen Maguire, Ricky Walden, Graham Dott and Peter Ebdon are all through.

You can watch the evening session from 19:00 GMT by clicking the 'live coverage' tab at the top of this page.

Saints ready for 'great Souths side'

Rugby League

St Helens head coach Keiron Cunningham says he is looking forward Sunday's World Club Series game against

"one of the best" South Sydney Rabbitohs sides.

Saints are competing in the newly-expanded competition for the first time since 2007, when they beat Brisbane.

"They're probably one of the best Souths sides that have ever existed," Cunningham told

BBC Radio Merseyside. "You've got those Burgess boys (George, Tom and Luke), Greg Inglis, great halves, they've got strike out wide - it's going to be good.

"I'm looking forward to seeing that Souths side walk out at Langtree Park; it's going to be a special moment for me as a coach."

The BBC Sport website will be running a live text commentary on all of the World Club Series matches.

'Most dangerous job in sport'

Cricket World Cup

Andy Moles instructs Dawlat Zadran
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Afghanistan will make their World Cup debut against Bangladesh at 03:30 GMT on Wednesday.

BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt writes: Andy Moles has had three previous international coaching jobs, but his brother didn't want him to take the fourth.

The reason? Moles is in charge of Afghanistan and his brother works in counter-terrorism.

"He wasn't very happy," the former Warwickshire batsman told BBC Sport.

"He's still not happy about the time I spend in Kabul because he hears all the dark things that are happening there."

'1-1 would keep Chelsea very happy'

Paris St-Germain v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin gives BBC Radio 5 live his forecast for the Parc des Princes: "I wouldn't be surprised by a 1-1 tonight. That would keep Chelsea very happy, and it wouldn't be the worst result in the world for PSG either, because they will feel that they can score when they get to Stamford Bridge."

'Diego Costa v David Luiz should be top fun'

Paris St-Germain v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

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Diego Costa is set to return in attack for Chelsea tonight after completing a three-match ban - which is likely to mean a contest with Paris St-Germain defender David Luiz, who left Stamford Bridge for the French capital last summer.

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has told BBC Radio 5 live: "Jose Mourinho says he doesn't feel Diego Costa is 100% fit, but I'm looking forward to seeing him against David Luiz. That should be top fun.

"I think David Luiz is a great player, but not necessarily a great centre-half. He has all the attributes to be a top defensive midfielder, but he makes too many mistakes at centre-back. Maybe he hasn't got the mental strength to play there. Let's not forget, though, that he was voted among the top 11 players in the world."

It's about Mourinho - Nevin

Paris St-Germain v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

Jose Mourinho
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Let's start looking ahead to tonight's Champions League action. Chelsea are in France to face Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 tie, and their former winger Pat Nevin has been speaking to Radio 5 live.

Nevin, who played at Stamford Bridge between 1983 and 1988, said: "Paris St-Germain have four or five injury problems, and they may well have to field players who are not fully fit. But tonight's match is all about Jose Mourinho - and whether he wants a defensive-type Chelsea away performance or thinks that this is the chance, and goes out to get an away goal our two to tie things up. Laurent Blanc, on the other hand, has to put out whatever side he can.

"It's amazing how many times the away goal becomes so important, because it changes everyone's tactics for the second leg. You love a 1-1 away from home, but a 0-0 is not so good."

Azinger support for Love

Golf

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Paul Azinger has welcomed reports that Davis Love will captain the United States Ryder Cup team for the second time at Hazeltine in 2016.

The Golf Channel has reported that Love will be appointed next week and given the chance for redemption after being on the wrong end of the 'Miracle at Medinah' in 2012, when his side lost despite leading 10-6 going into the final day's singles.

"If true, I believe that Davis is an excellent choice to lead US Ryder Cup in 2016,"

Azinger told the Golf Channel.

"He's still connected to the players. He was very prepared and thorough in 2012. Davis will bring much needed continuity to the process.

"I had no interest in being the captain in 2016 for many reasons, personal and business. I suggested Davis to the powers that be at the PGA. He's a logical choice if he wants it."

Get involved: My worst sporting venue

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We're asking for your worst sporting venues, after Ronnie O'Sullivan compared Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena - home to snooker's Welsh Open this week - to a "shopping mall" and an "aircraft hangar". You've been terrific on this one all day, and your nominations keep coming...

George Taylor: For my f ever game of school football in year five, the park pitch had six-inch drainage ditches cut through it all the way across.

Amy Wilson: As a wheelchair user, I can think of a few venues for this but #myworstvenue is Selhurst Park.

The Garth Knight: Showed up to play American Football and the practice rugby pitch we'd been given had thistles growing on it.

'Escare being targeted'

Rugby League

Catalans Dragons full-back Morgan Escare
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Catalans Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous says Super League referees are failing to protect his exciting full-back Morgan Escare.

Frayssinous claims the 23-year-old France international, who was the Dragons' leading tryscorer in 2014, is being targeted unfairly by opponents.

"I am angry and frustrated," says Frayssinous. "I'm really worried and concerned about the way Morgan Escare is being treated.

"The opposition started to target him at the end of last season and it is happening this year."

Reaction: Warburton to leave Brentford

Football

Brentford manager Mark Warburton, who will leave the club at the end of the season: "I will be forever grateful to Matthew [Benham] for giving me the opportunity to be manager of this fantastic football club and for what he has done for the club since I have been here.

"It has been an absolute honour and a privilege to do the job and I have had the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of players and staff and have enjoyed the backing of a magnificent set of supporters.

"While I am disappointed that we have been unable to reconcile some key philosophical differences, I'm relieved we now have clarity.

"In my remaining time at the club, we shall move heaven and earth to get the promotion that the players, fans and Matthew deserve and going forward, I wish the club every success in its ongoing adventure."

Reaction: Warburton to leave Brentford

Football

Brentford owner Matthew Benham on manager Mark Warburton's departure, which will happen at the end of the season: "Under Mark's stewardship, Brentford have achieved a high league position and played football which is a joy to watch.

"It is difficult to seek to implement change, particularly when things appear to be going so well, but I am single minded in my resolve that we can leave no stone unturned in our quest for sustainable Premier League Football.

"Innovation, not increased funding, can be the only route to success for clubs such as ours, and I fully accept that innovation is never without risk.

"We are continuing to build a strong base for the future. Everything has been perfectly amicable between all parties and we remain friends."

Warburton to leave Brentford at end of season

Football

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Some more details on the impending managerial changes at Brentford, who are seventh in the Championship.

Manager Mark Warburton, sporting director Frank McParland and assistant manager David Weir will all go after meeting owner Matthew Benham to agree terms for their departures.

Warburton and Weir will continue to work with the team for the rest of the season, but McParland has been put on 'gardening leave'.

The club will appoint a head coach to work with a new sporting director.

"Matthew, a Brentford fan since 1979, who has owned the majority shareholding in the club since June 2012, has decided to make changes in order to ensure the long-term prosperity of the club," a Brentford statement read.

Huntelaar fit to face Real Madrid

Football

Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
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Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is fit to play in the first leg of his side's last-16 Champions League tie at home to holders Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The Dutchman missed training last week due to a virus but was cleared to play in a rematch of last season's 6-1 mauling at the same stage by the Spanish club.

"We simply gave away our last home game against Real (last season). We need to tackle this game better this time," says Huntelaar.

Get involved: The Wayne Rooney debate

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Jon in Woking, via text: Penalty isn't a debate if it's Costa, Suarez, Aguero etc - nobody would be defending it, rather calling it a travesty and asking for a ban. But it's Rooney so it's OK and excusable.

Daniel McLaughlin on Twitter: Any other player dives, hardly any reaction. Rooney dives, the whole world ends. Typical United bashing from the media.

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More tweets on the controversy surrounding Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney's alleged dive during last night's FA Cup fifth-round win at Preston.

Aaron Wright: Someone said if it had happened in the 89th minute of the World Cup final, we wouldn't complain. We have to get to the final, which won't happen.

Steven Atkinson: Not sure the argument that it's OK to cheat of the spoils are worth it holds much sway ethically.

Oluwasola Oloruntobi: Regarding Kevin Kilbane's comment that Rooney dived, there are some two-footed challenge where the referee won't hesitate to show a red - did they all touch the opponent?

Eddie Baxter: Every striker is going to go down in that situation. Wouldn't complain if it was your own team's player involved.

Just following up Eddie's point: A lot of people are tweeting and texting to suggest that there would have been a different reaction (from the media, from fans generally) if Player X of Team Y had been involved in the alleged diving controversy. Or indeed Player A of Team B. And don't get anyone started on Player M of Team Q...

Birmingham in receivership

Football

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Earlier on, the company that owns Birmingham City Football Club went into receivership.

A Football League spokesman says: "The League received notification earlier today regarding the appointment of receivers by Birmingham City's holding company.

"We have requested a meeting with the club and the appointed receivers at the earliest opportunity to discuss the matter."

Varley retires with foot injury

Rugby Union

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Munster and Ireland hooker Damien Varley

has been forced to retire because of a foot injury.

Varley, 31, made only one appearance this season when he came on as a replacement against Leinster.

The hooker, who made 121 appearances for Munster and won three Ireland caps, sustained his foot injury at a training session in July 2013.

Varley battled hard to retain fitness and played for Ireland against Argentina last summer.

No luck in Saints success - chairman

Football

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger says the team's success this season is simply

a result of hard work and belief in the club's overarching philosophy.

"This is not lucky. A lot of sweat and tears were put in by everybody to make it possible," he told BBC South Today.

"The manifesto was very important - it says 'we've been to the edge of the abyss and come back stronger', and at the very end it says 'we are the Saints - it's not just a name, it's who we are'.

"It came out of a staff meeting when everybody was involved we ended up with the Southampton way and the manifesto and everybody really bought in to it."

Ferrari overtaken by... Lego

Formula 1

A Ferrari made of lego
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A curious story from the

Daily Telegraph's finance section with a loose connection to Formula 1: Lego has overtaken Ferrari to become the world's most powerful brand, according to a new survey.

The Danish toy company has been boosted by, among other things, the success of The Lego Movie, while Ferrari has been hampered partly by a lack of F1 success, analyst Brand Finance reports.

"Lego's underlying strength is that it appeals to both sexes, and all ages," said Robert Haigh, a Brand Finance branding expert.

"Ferrari's... really fallen as the F1 team has done badly this year," said Haigh. "They've also ended their cap on the amount of cars they produce, so people don't see it as being so exclusive any more."

And yes, the Ferrari in this picture is made of Lego.

McCoy's likely horse allotted Grand National weight

Horse Racing

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent

Shutthefrontdoor
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AP McCoy's expected mount in his last Grand National, Shutthefrontdoor, has been allotted a weight of 11st 2lbs for the handicap at Aintree on 11 April.

The 19-times champion jump jockey announced earlier this month he will retire by the end of the season.

Shutthefrontdoor, owned by JP McManus and trained by Jonjo O'Neill, is favourite despite not having raced since a win at Carlisle in November.

McCoy will ride his 20th National and won it on Don't Push It in 2010.

Cobblers recruitment role for Foyle

Football

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Northampton Town have appointed former Port Vale and York City manager

Martin Foyle as their new head of recruitment.

The 51-year-old has been out of football since

parting company with Conference club Southport last October.

Get involved: My worst sporting venue

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Neil in Cheshire, via text: A golf course in North Wales (remains nameless), where farmers have grazing rights for their sheep. Sheep dung everywhere - which, on a wet day, became very fluid! Don't lick the ball to clean it!

Alan, via text: Recreation Ground, Bath. Basically a load of scaffolding in a public park. Three-quarters uncovered. £40-plus for a ticket. Portaloos for toilets. Bizarrely, many fans campaign AGAINST building a proper stadium.

Niall Campbell, via text: There's a rugby pitch beside Donegal airport where cows graze when there's no match on.

Death bowling plans

Cricket World Cup

England bowler James Anderson
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England conceded 105 runs off the final 10 overs in their 111-run defeat by Australia in Melbourne in their World Cup opener.

James Anderson failed to take any wickets for England as the side's main strike bowler went for 67 runs in his 10 overs.

"We've been trying to plan different ways of how we are going to bowl at the death," says England batsman Moeen Ali. "It's not easy. I've never bowled at the death.

"I can imagine its very difficult against guys who are set and, with the boundaries being not as big, its going to be tough. But as long as we are improving and we have a plan then we'll be OK. We've got some good death bowlers who can bowl great yorkers and slower balls - its just putting it into the game."

Ali wary of Kiwis

Cricket World Cup

England will be aiming to bounce back from their opening World Cup defeat by Australia when they play New Zealand on Friday.

"They are a very good side," says England batsman Moeen Ali. "It's going to be tough but if we can get a win it would be great for us.

"They've got such power in their side and with the bowling they've got a great spinner in Daniel Vettori, with some good fast bowlers. It looks like they've got the whole package at the minute. For us to win we'll have to play really well."

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Gareth Stephenson, via text: We played one of the first footie matches at Rush Green Road in Clacton. The pitch was a thin layer of top soil on top of landfill. In addition to bits of tin can and other dangerous scraps, late in the first half there were little three or four-inch flames like Bunsen burners coming out of cracks all over one half of the pitch as escaping gas ignited in the sun. We were as surprised as anybody - that it was sunny in Clacton.

Rob in Barnet, via text: I'm intrigued. Which strip (no pun intended) were the opposition wearing against William Bowen's team (see tweet between 14:07 and 14:13) for the line-o to flag the nudist pitch invader offside?

Aldershot's manager search

Football

Aldershot Town's board of directors have confirmed that they will start interviewing candidates for the vacant managerial position at the club.

The club says that current caretaker boss Chris Barker will be on the shortlist.

Interviews for the position of first-team manager will take place next week, commencing Monday, 23 February.

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Martin Bushell: We play on a pitch in an amateur league here in Seoul... a running track takes up the left wing - and a playground with swings and a slide is positioned in the bottom left corner. If it goes in to the play area, it's a corner kick to be from the sandpit.

Andy O'Connor: At Hinstock Cricket Club, the straight boundaries were inside the 30-yard circle, both sides changed and had tea in the only room and the pump action toilet had been stolen from the outhouse!

Chris Pople: Gumley Cricket Club, Leicestershire - a country road runs through the outfield. Cars are supposed to stop while the over is completed but regularly drive through. We nearly lost our third man fielder run over last year.

Just looked that one up on

Google maps, Chris. What an odd pitch!

Pietersen enjoys a bit of golf

Cricket World Cup

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen will be joining the BBC Test Match Special commentary team for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand from the quarter-finals onwards.

However, as England struggle without him, he is enjoying a bit of golf.

He tweeted the below picture with the message: "Hmmm... wind pumping right to left & I've got a hook happening... amazing course, @royalwm #Barbados."

Kevin Pietersen on Twitter
Kevin Pietersen on Twitter