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  1. Chelsea to appeal against Nemanja Matic's red card against Burnley on Saturday
  2. FA confirms Ashley Barnes faces no punishment for foul on Matic
  3. No favourite in Man City tie - Barca boss Enrique
  4. Fernando Alonso making 'solid recovery' - McLaren
  5. Get involved: #sportingOscars

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By Michael Emons and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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That was steady for a Monday.

Chelsea and Burnley's charged encounter on Saturday gave us plenty to nibble on, Manuel Pellegrini was relaxed ahead of Manchester City's meeting with Barcelona and his opposite number Luis Enrique was pretty chilled too.

Good news on Fernando Alonso. England are brilliant at cricket again (until their next game). Coventry City have no manager.

See you at 08:00 GMT on Tuesday where among other things, the USA will reveal their Ryder Cup captain.

Enjoy a peaceful Monday night.

Vote result

And the Razzie goes to...

Barcelona's never-ending news conference has delayed us in telling you the result of our vote on who deserves a sporting Razzie for the last year.

For those of you wondering, a Razzie is the unwanted award handed out to rubbish films and performers on the same day sought-after Oscars are dished out.

We can reveal your Razzie goes to the England football team (33.1%) for their 2014 World Cup display where they amassed a total of one point from three games. Brazil - thumped 7-1 in the semi-final on home soil, came in second (29.6%).

Thanks for all your votes.

Barcelona news conference


And that is that from camp Barcelona. Talking over, not time for business in the first leg of their last-16 meeting with Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

What can we take from those words? There is a respect for Sergio Aguero. Questions on late-night casino visits by Barca players did not go down well. Rumours of Luis Enrique's job being under threat are uncalled for according to Pique. And there are no favourites tomorrow if you listen to Enrique.

Barcelona news conference


This is turning into a mammoth of a news conference and next on the agenda is Neymar. A question on his form and diving accusations.

"Neymar has improved on his first year," says Enrique. "It's always difficult to adapt but he's a top quality player. His stats are better this year. As for diving, every player has their own profile, some players are lighter and fall over more easily - the spectacular dribbling players can stumble easily, but he's very attractive to watch - a very good player."

Barcelona news conference


Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique, like Gerard Pique gets a bullet of a question about the defender being pictured out at a casino with Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas in the early hours of this morning.

"What did the player say? responds Enrique to a Guardian journalist. "It is part of his private life yeah? Then the question is answered. I talk about football, gossip is no interest to me."

That's that then.

Barcelona news conference


Luis Enrique is asked by BBC Sport about the contribution Luis Suarez has made at Barcelona since his move from Liverpool.

"Very positive considering this is his first season at the club. He is one of the leading players in attack. There are a lot of characteristics with his play which benefit us. A natural goalscorer, he is very good at finding space behind the defence and I am sure he is going to do a lot of good things for us."

Barcelona news conference


Barcelona manager Luis Enrique feels there is no favourite in his sides' last-16 Champions League meeting with Manchester City.

"This is a week where I've hardly had tie to train with the team," says Enrique. "After losing, it's good to have a game three days later and in a stadium like this against one of the other favourites to win the Champions League it's more than enough motivation."

Barcelona news conference


Gerard Pique is asked why Manchester City have struggled to replicate their domestic form in the Champions League in recent seasons and believes luck has played a large part.

"I think they had really bad luck in the draw," he says. "Last year they had to play us and two years ago they had a difficult group stage. They have a lot of quality players, showing they are one the best teams in the world. Maybe not this year but in years to come they will be fighting for this title."

Pique exits the stage, here comes Luis Enrique.

Barcelona news conference


Luis Enrique
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Gerard Pique is asked another loaded question about the future of Luis Enrique.

The acoustics in the room are not great, but it is something along the lines of what impact will this result have on the future of the team and manager?

The former Manchester United player is having none of it and states he does not think anything extra is at stake when they face Manchester City on Tuesday.

Barcelona sit second in La Liga, four points behind Real Madrid.

Barcelona news conference


Gerard Pique fields a question on his private life and is then followed up with a question on confidence in manager Luis Enrique.

Some reports in Spain have stated Barca's players have lost faith in their boss.

"No there's no lack of confidence in the manager we have a great connection with him," says Pique. "When we won 11 games in a row, nobody spoke about him. Don't dig too deep. There are two teams playing in a game of football and one of them wins. The only way is to keep playing and show the team is united."

Barcelona news conference


Gerard Pique
Manchester City

Barcelona will relish the chance to put Saturday's shock 1-0 loss at home to Malaga behind them when they meet Manchester City on Tuesday, according to defender Gerard Pique.

"When you play for a big club and play games every week you don't have time to think about things and just focus on your next game," says Pique. "So it's an advantage to play a game quickly afterwards and put things behind you.

"You never forget losing at the Nou Camp but it will be good to get a good result here, a boos for our confidence.

"When you play for a big club whenever you lose a game there will be doubts. We have just won 11 straight games. We just have to concentrate on our work. Our level is very good at the moment."

Barcelona news conference


Barcelona Gerard Pique is asked if he thinks Tuesday's meeting will be similar to Barcelona's win over City in last year's competition: "I think it will be a similar game. Two teams who like to play the ball. The sending off of Demichelis was important last year because that game could have ended 0-0. But we attacked well, Leo lost his marker and got the goal at the end.

"We will be trying to play a similar game tomorrow. We know they are a very strong forward line and they play the game well so we have to make the most of any spaces they play at the back."

Barcelona news conference

The microphone screeches at Barcelona's news conference and Pique shudders with fright. It's not like Shakira's singing...

Barcelona news conference


Gerard Pique is in place for Barcelona's pre-match news conference ahead of their meeting with Manchester City...

200 up for Edwards


Charlotte Edwards will

captain England for the 200th time when they take on New Zealand in a Twenty20 fixture later tonight.

The 35-year-old took the captaincy in 2005 and has led her country in all forms of the game and she expects to still be in place for the 2017 World Cup.

"To captain England was the ultimate honour. To be on the verge of doing it for the 200th time is unbelievable," says Edwards. "I'm not saying I'm going to retire in 2017, but playing in that World Cup is a huge goal for me."

Juventus v Borussia Dortmund (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)


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The Champions League anticipation is ramping up but any hope the Italian media had of some Borussia Dortmund tactical news ahead of their meeting at Juventus on Tuesday has been squashed.

Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp tells his news conference: "We care a lot about tactics too and our tactic is that we won't give away our tactics the day before the matchday."

£20m for 19-year-old talent


The Boston Red Sox have reportedly signed prized Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada, a switch-hitting infielder coveted by a host of Major League Baseball teams, to a record £20m signing bonus.

The league's officials website,, announced the deal for the 19-year-old Moncada, citing an industry source.

Moncada's deal eclipses the £5,3m bonus record for an international amateur under the current guidelines, which was given in January to pitcher Yoan Lopez by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Barca coming up


A reminder that in around 20 minutes we expect to hear from Barcelona manager Luis Enrique before the small matter of their Champions League meeting with Manchester City on Tuesday.

Lionesses gear up for Cyprus


England Women head coach Mark Sampson names his 23-player squad for the Cyprus Cup.

Chelsea's Claire Rafferty returns in the only change to the squad that faced USA on 13 February.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County)

Defenders: Laura Bassett (Notts County), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)

Forwards: Eni Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns).



In the aftermath of the Oscars, where the cream of the crop are rewarded with glittering trophies, we have run our own awards in Sportsday today.

Our final offering is the Razzie - an award given to the worst in a category. So who was the worst performance of the last 12 months. Tweet #sportingOscars.

Tim Sherwood
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Michael Hincks: Aston Villa. Pick whatever game you like.

Calamity: The US Ryder Cup teams melt down and finger pointing after their defeat to Europe.

Did you know?


Mikhail Youzhny might well look to the sky.

Mikhail Youzhny
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Only two head-to-head winning streaks are longer than Federer's over Youzhny.

Ivan Lendl's 17-match run against Tim Mayotte and Rafa Nadal's recently broken one against Tomas Berdych - 18.

Federer in cruise control


Roger Federer eased to a 16th consecutive victory over Russia's Mikhail Youzhny to begin his quest for a seventh title at the Dubai Championships on Monday.

Roger Federer
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The Swiss world number two looked revitalised during a 6-3 6-1 stroll - his first competitive match since a surprise third round defeat by Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open.

No Moore quit job


Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore is

not considering his future, despite Saturday's defeat by Bury leaving them eight points adrift in League Two.

The 62-year-old took charge in December on the same day that TMH 2014 Limited announced their takeover of the club.

That has since collapsed, and Pools are now two points further from 22nd place than when Moore was appointed boss.

"I've no intention of leaving Hartlepool, I love every minute of my job, it's a big job," he tweeted.

Edwards wants Roberts homecoming

Rugby Union

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards says Jamie Roberts will "hopefully"

return to play in Wales ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

Racing Metro's Roberts is reported to be leaving the French club, opening the prospect of a dual contract in Wales.

Roberts' Racing team-mate Dan Lydiate returned to Wales - with Ospreys - this season, and the duo are expected to be named in coach Warren Gatland's team to face the French at Stade de France on Saturday.

"We want all our players back in Wales, but I haven't spoken to Jamie about it," said Edwards.



A Brazil fan eats his flag
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In the aftermath of the Oscars, where the cream of the crop are rewarded with glittering trophies, we have run our own awards in Sportsday today.

Our final offering is the Razzie - an award given to the worst in a category. So who was the worst performance of the last 12 months. Tweet #sportingOscars.

Isa Zina: Manchester United in the league cup against MK dons were absolutely fantastic!

Dons thumped United 4-0 in the League Cup in August.

Stonewall Sid: Brazil national teams horrific display against Germany wins by a mile.

Who could forget this one? 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final.

No ref action for Atkinson


Martin Atkinson
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Referee Martin Atkinson, who was at the centre of the controversial sending off of Chelsea Nemanja Matic on Saturday, will not take charge of a match this weekend.

Atkinson was in the spotlight for

his decision not to take action against Burnley's Ashley Barnes for a studs-up challenge on Matic, and his subsequent dismissal of the Serb, who bundled Barnes to the ground in the aftermath.

With a reduced Barclays Premier League fixture list, due to the Capital One Cup final between Chelsea and Tottenham, Atkinson is required only for fourth official's duty at Manchester United versus Sunderland on Saturday.

He will be back on the pitch three days later, taking charge of Crystal Palace's trip to Southampton.

O'Brien pleased at Tendulkar's Ireland support


Ireland's Niall O'Brien has welcomed a call from Indian great Sachin Tendulkar for

associate nations to be given more opportunities at international cricket's top level.

Sachin Tendulkar
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Tendulkar wants nations such as Ireland and Afghanistan to be able to play more games against full member countries, while Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene has also criticised cutting teams at the next World Cup to 10 from 14.

"Great to see Sachin getting behind Ireland," O'Brien tweeted.

Tendlukar had said: "To play against them every four years is not enough and we need to look into it and look to encourage them more by making them play international games against the top sides."

Give Diego 10 - Tiago


Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago has urged the club to offer manager Diego Simeone a 10-year contract.

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"We have seen what has been published in the media and we are very pleased," said the former Chelsea midfielder. "The talk is of five years but we would like it to be 10."

Atletico have won the Europa League, the Copa del Rey and their first La Liga title in 18 years since Simeone took charge in 2011.

His current deal ends in 2017 and his side face Bayer Leverkusen in the last-16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Sutton has total confidence


British cycling technical director Shane Sutton has just told BBC Radio 5 live Drive he has

total confidence the nation's cycling fortunes will improve ahead of Rio 2016.

After dominating the sport for years, Great Britain left the Track World Championships on Sunday without a single gold medal for the first time in 14 years.

"Expectation is always going to be high when you've achieved what we have," says Sutton. "That's off the back of the great athletes like the Pendletons and the Hoys. I think at this moment in time the athletes feel they have to perform and be ready, there's a pressure. I am sure we will get it right. I'm confident in the team.

"It's good to see all the other nations stepping up. Competition is healthy and we have to be on top of our game at all times. It is good for the sport, the medals are spread but I'd like to see a lot more coming our way before Rio."

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Russell Crowe

Rugby league: Hollywood star Russell Crowe tells BBC Sport how he

rejected the chance to present an award at this year's Oscars to watch the South Sydney Rabbitohs win the World Club Challenge.

Football: After being fouled by Stockport's Charlie Russell, Worcester City's Shab Khan responds by picking him up and

throwing him to the ground in a wrestling style.

Cricket: All the stats from

England's 119-run victory over Scotland in the Cricket World Cup.

Football: Match of the Day 2 Extra pundit Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester United forward

Robin van Persie is "taking the mickey" and not doing enough for the team.

Cycling: Watch highlights as Australia's

Annette Edmondson wins gold in the omnium with Britain's Laura Trott taking silver at the Track World Championships in Paris.


Halifax v Eastleigh off


FC Halifax's The Shay ground
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FC Halifax's home Conference game against Eastleigh on Tuesday evening

has been postponed.

Judging from the picture of Yorkshire club's stadium above, it doesn't take much deduction to work out it is because of a waterlogged pitch.

Football in danger - Bright


Former Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright is seemingly dismayed at the news Ashley Barnes has escaped Football Association punishment.

Mark Bright
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The FA have stated Burnley's Barnes will face no action for the

tackle which provoked Chelsea's Nemanja Matic into pushing him on Saturday.

Matic was sent off but Chelsea have announced

they will appeal the red card which would see him miss Sunday's League Cup final meeting with Tottenham.

Toon going nowhere - Keegan


Former Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan says the club are "going nowhere".

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A 5-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday left the Toon Army 11th in the table and afterwards, Keegan, working as a television pundit, spoke of his confusion with the club's direction.

"It hurts me to say it but Newcastle are a club going nowhere,"

Keegan told BeinSports. "John Carver is valuable to have around the place but he won't be manager next season."

Carver has been put in temporary charge

until the end of the season.

Cunningham praises clinical Souths

Rugby League

Keiron Cunningham

praised the ruthlessness of South Sydney Rabbitohs after they beat St Helens by a record margin in
the World Club Challenge.

The Saints head coach watched on as his team were overpowered by the National Rugby League champions 39-0.

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The Australian side ran in seven tries with Saints unable to score a point.

"They're a great side, they took every single opportunity and scored a try. I feel for my players - they're dejected," Cunningham said.

Injury blow for Crewe goalkeeper


Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Ben Garratt, 20, has been

ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a fractured shin bone in Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Barnsley.

'Wind the cause of Alonso crash'

Formula 1

Fernando Alonso is making a "solid recovery" in hospital according to his McLaren team, who say mechanical failure was not the cause of his crash in testing in Barcelona.

Alonso was

air lifted to hospital after crashing into a wall on turn three at Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday and McLaren says "unpredictably gusty winds" caused the incident.

"We can categorically state that there is no evidence that indicates that Fernando's car suffered mechanical failure of any kind," says McLaren in a statement. "We can also confirm that absolutely no loss of aerodynamic pressure was recorded.

"Finally, we can also disclose that no electrical discharge or irregularity of any kind occurred in the car's ERS system, either before, during or after the incident."

Woods falls to 70


Tiger Woods
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Barely a week goes by without hearing of strife for Tiger Woods these days.

The 14-time major winner has

fallen to number 70 in golf's official world rankings. That is the 39-year-old's lowest mark since 1996, the year he turned professional.

Woods has withdrawn from three of his last eight competitive tournaments and said he would not return to competitive play until his game is "tournament ready".

Get involved


As you may well have noticed, we have a vote going on at the moment with six suggestions for who should win the sporting Razzie, awarded to the worst performance of 2014-15.

Sporting Razzie
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The options are...

1. Brazil losing 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup, 2. England failing to win a game at the World Cup, 3. Golfer Tiger Woods's drop in form, 4. Rugby union side London Welsh's failure to win in 15 Premiership matches, 5. Striker Radamel Falcao struggling at Manchester United, 6. Violinist-turned-skier Vanessa-Mae coming last in her event at the Winter Olympics.

We are also keen to hear of anyone else we should have included, and why. #sportingOscars

Defender Wootton extends Leeds deal


Leeds United defender Scott Wootton

has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2017.

Wootton, 23, joined Leeds from Manchester United in August 2013.

Not good Toffee


Everton midfielder James McCarthy says the club's players know what they are producing is "not good enough".

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The Toffees needed a late own goal to take a point from their home meeting with Leicester on Sunday and sit 12th, six points above the Premier League relegation zone.

"It has been a frustrating campaign, especially in the league," says McCarthy. "It's frustrating as a player. As a fan it's no good watching it either. "Every one of us knows that we need to address this. We know it is not good enough."

Roberto Martinez's side have one win in 10 league games.