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Summary

  1. Alonso leaves hospital three days after crash
  2. Arsenal v Monaco in Champions League (19:45 GMT)
  3. Europa League news conferences - Everton, Celtic, Tottenham, Liverpool
  4. Latest Six Nations interviews and team news
  5. Fifa will not pay compensation to clubs or leagues after Qatar 2022 switch
  6. Get involved: The most one-sided contests in sport #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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On that note it is time to hand over to my colleagues on the football desk.

They will continue the build-up to tonight's two Champions League ties, then talk you through every pass, shot and tackle until the final whistles peep in England and Germany.

So head over here now.

And remember Sportsday is the place to be for all the reaction and fall out tomorrow, along with the build up to the Europa League action involving Everton, Tottenham, Liverpool and Celtic. See you later!

Stat attack

Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid (19:45 GMT)

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Spanish champions Atletico Madrid haven't conceded a goal for 467 minutes in the Champions League.

Champions League action

Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid (19:45 GMT)

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As well as the showdown between Arsenal and Monaco, there is also the small matter of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid's trip to Bayer Leverkusen in

the Champions League last 16.

Diego Simeone's Atletico travel to an out-of-form Bayer Leverkusen confident of extending impressive away record in the competition.

The Spanish side, runners-up to Real Madrid last year, have lost just one of their nine away games in the competition since September 2013.

Babb parts company with Hayes & Yeading

Football

Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Phil Babb has

left his job as manager of Conference South club Hayes & Yeading by mutual consent.

The 44-year-old departs after almost two years in charge, with the team just one place above the relegation zone following Tuesday's defeat by Gosport Borough.

"Sometimes things don't work out and changes need to be made," chairman Tony O'Driscoll told

the club website.

Spurs name Europa League squad

Football

Tottenham leave striker Emmanuel Adebayor, defender Younes Kaboul and midfielder Etienne Capoue in London for the Europa League last-32 tie at Fiorentina.

The trio were absent from the 21-strong squad which travels to Florence after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

Spurs squad: Lloris, Vorm, McGee, Walker, Rose, Davies, Chiriches, Fazio, Dier, Vertonghen, Bentaleb, Mason, Paulinho, Stambouli, Dembele, Lamela, Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli, Soldado, Kane.

Stat attack

Arsenal v Monaco (19:45 GMT)

Monaco have not won any of their seven away games in the Champions League knockout stage, drawing two and losing five.

Arsenal and Monaco enjoy Twitter #bantz

Football

Arsenal and Monaco have enjoyed a light-hearted exchange on their official Twitter accounts ahead of tonight's match, starting with Gunners asking who the French Ligue 1's dangerman will be in the absence of Radamel Falcao...

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The principality club responded with the name of a certain former Tottenham striker...

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But Arsenal, like Nicklas Bendtner

in the Gunners' 2-1 win in 2007, had the final word...

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Chelsea's Baker makes MK Dons move

Football

MK Dons sign

Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker on loan until the end of the season, including the play-offs.

England Under-21 international Baker, 19, helped Chelsea win the Under-21 Premier League last season and scored 26 goals for club and country.

Buffon sad about "surreal" Parma news

Football

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has expressed his sympathy for cash-strapped former club Parma, who will face a bankruptcy hearing next month after failing to pay players' salaries all season.

Two-time Uefa Cup champions Parma had to cancel Sunday's home Serie A match against Udinese because they were unable to pay stadium stewards.

Italy international Buffon, who spent several years with Parma during their 1990s heyday when they also finished second in Serie A, said: "I'm reading more and more surreal news every day about Parma. For what it counts, I'd like to express my full solidarity with everyone who works at the club."

Read more about Parma's plight in our feature.

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Following Brentford's 42-shot, 74% possession and

4-0 battering of Blackpool last night, we have been asking you all day for your memories of one-sided sporting contests.

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David Hughes: Tiger Woods

at the 2000 US Open - 12 under nobody else below par - didn't just beat one, obliterated the field!

Wenger's league record

Arsenal v Monaco (19:45 GMT)

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Our number-crunching friends at Opta have produced this little number to outline Arsene Wenger's time at both Arsenal and tonight's opponents Monaco.

No sentiment for Wenger

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Arsene Wenger in 1992, during his spell in charge of Monaco

Most people look back doe-eyed, and with a fluttering heart, on the place where they made their big career break.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may feel the same about Champions League opponents Monaco, where he made his name in the late 1980s.

But he insists there is no room for sentiment when he meets the French Ligue 1 club later.

"I am happy that Monaco is back at the top level after being in the second division," says the Frenchman.

"It was my first chance at a big club but I have been manager of Arsenal for 18 years now and I am focused only on qualifying for the quarter-finals against a good side."

Afternoon headlines

About to head home from work? Catch up on the headlines at 17:00 GMT (or whatever time it is wherever in the world you are)....

Top story: Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has left hospital following Sunday's crash in testing.

Top video: BBC sports editor Dan Roan explains all you need to know about the first winter World Cup.

Top tweet: Is Hollywood actor Russell Crowe mulling over a bid to buy Leeds United?

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Scotland's Russell sees ban upheld

Rugby Union

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Fly-half Finn Russell will miss Scotland's Six Nations clash against Italy after his appeal against a two-week ban was thrown out by tournament bosses.

A Six Nations appeal committee rejected Scotland's appeal against Russell's ban

for tackling Dan Biggar in the air in the 26-23 defeat by Wales on 15 February.

The appeal committee upheld the original decision to suspend Russell for two weeks, despite considering submissions from the 22-year-old at a London hearing.

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NeeOrg: Newcastle 5-0 Man Utd, a day when Man Utd were torn apart by pure genius, Philippe Albert chip at the end was glorious!

'Johnson has a clear vision'

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A statement from Barnsley on new head coach Lee Johnson says: "He met the selection criteria established and also produced a specific plan for the club for his first 100 days in charge. This included a playing strategy, specific tactics, identified current weaknesses and credible recruitment targets to strengthen our team.

"The board believe everyone will like Lee's personality. He is honest, passionate and a good communicator. He believes strongly in fan engagement, is ambitious and has a clear vision for the development of our club going forward. Let's give him our full support."

Johnson leaves Oldham to take over at Barnsley

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Oldham Athletic confirm that first-team manager Lee Johnson has left the club to become Barnsley's head coach after compensation was agreed between the two clubs.

Johnson ends a two-year tenure with Latics after taking over the club in March 2013.

After guiding the club to safety in the 2012-13 season, Johnson's first full campaign ended with a 15th-placed finish in League One. He has signed a contract that keeps him at Barnsley until 2018.

Jazz feeling the Fulham groove

Football

Swansea full-back Jazz Richards extends his loan spell at Championship side Fulham until the end of the season.

Nicholls cutting Cheltenham squad

Horse Racing

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Nicholls, based in Somerset, has been champion trainer eight times

Paul Nicholls is cutting his 2015 Cheltenham Festival squad by a third and

will run "around 25" hopefuls at next month's big meeting.

But supporters of jump racing's eight-time champion trainer - the winner of 34 races at Festivals over the years - need not worry that his challenge is being diluted.

"Thirty-six [runners] last year was too many," he said. "I don't want to be taking horses there just for a day out, so it's a more select team.

"And it's probably as good as we've had for a while, since we had those good horses of the past, like Kauto [Star], Denman and Master Minded

Stones and Lennon out for Everton

Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Earlier we heard from Everton boss Roberto Martinez, who indicated goalkeeper Tim Howard would start the Toffees' Europa League second leg against Swiss side Young Boys.

Now we have a bit more early team news for you. England defender John Stones (suspended) and on-loan Spurs winger Aaron Lennon (cup-tied) are not available for selection.

Provisional squad: Howard, Robles, Alcaraz, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman, Baines, Garbutt, Besic, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Mirallas, Naismith, Lukaku, Kone.

Birmingham must knuckle down - Rowett

Football

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett has

urged his players to stick together after failing to win in their last nine games.

Rowett lost only two of his first 13 games in charge after taking over last October, but their current run has cost them any chance of a place in the play-offs.

"We take it on the chin as a unit. We have got to knuckle down, not feel sorry for ourselves and crack on," said Rowett.

Wenger welcomes Champions League pressure

Arsenal v Monaco (19:45 GMT)

The pressure on Arsenal as favourites for their

Champions League last-16 tie with Monaco is welcome, says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

The North London side have exited the competition at this stage in each of the last four seasons.

"The French might give us the status of favourites. It doesn't bother me," said Wenger before Wednesday's first leg at Emirates Stadium.

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John Roberts: As long as Crowe walks onto the pitch after each home win and yells "Are you not entertained?!" to the fans, he can buy Leeds.

Reds leave quartet behind

Football

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Liverpool pair Jordon Ibe and Daniel Sturridge share a joke as they board a plane bound for Istanbul, where the Reds face Europa League opponents Besiktas on Thursday.

But,

according to the Liverpool Echo, they have not been joined on the plane by Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Glen Johnson and Mamadou Sakho.

England midfielder Henderson has an ankle injury, right-back Johnson is suffering with illness and France centre-back Sakho has not shaken off a hip injury.

But it is unclear why Brazilian attacking midfielder Coutinho has been left at home.

Wolves can reach top two - Jackett

Football

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett

believes automatic promotion is still within reach after their second home win in four days.

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Tuesday's 3-0 victory over Fulham followed a 5-0 thrashing of Rotherham, but they are still nine points behind Middlesbrough, who are second in the Championship.

"I understand that people need to fall away, but nine points is still doable. Right from the start of the season, promotion has been our aim," Jackett told BBC Sport.

'Low has bright Scotland future'

Rugby Union

Exeter prop Moray Low will gain "plenty more Scotland caps", according to the club's head coach Rob Baxter.

Low, 30, who has 29 caps to date, has been named in

his first call-up since
a year ago.

"He's very diligent in what he does, and has real ambition in the game, so I'm sure he'll gain plenty more Scotland caps," Baxter told BBC Sport.

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Baz: Liverpool 9-0 Crystal Palace in 1989. Beardsley, Barnes and Rush at their best.

Tobi Adepegba: Daniel Ricciardo v Sebastian Vettel last season. Four-time world champion was owned by a team mate with no titles.

Daniel Leach: One sided sports events - Most of the time Michael Schumacher drove for Ferrari. Nearly destroyed F1 as a spectacle.

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Bolton chairman in court over transfer dispute

Football

Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside and former manager Sammy Lee

appear in court on charges stemming from a 2007 transfer deal dispute.

They are accused of perjury in a private prosecution brought by football agent Tony McGill, who says he was cut out of a £1m deal in which Gavin McCann moved from Aston Villa.

Mr McCann and seven others from the football world have also been charged.

No pleas were entered in the hearing at Newcastle Magistrates' Court.

Commander of the Armies of the North (Leeds)?

Football

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A few Championship chairmen might fancy themselves as tough cookies - but would they take on this man?

Because there is a chance that Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe, best known for his role in Gladiator, could do battle with them in Football League meetings.

BBC Sport has learned New Zealand-born Crowe

would consider buying Leeds United if he was approached and had the backing of fans.

Boyhood Leeds fan Crowe has asked his Twitter followers whether it would be a good idea to buy the club.

Europa League tie as important as cup final - Pochettino

Fiorentina v Tottenham (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he will be treating the second leg of their last-32 Europa League tie against Fiorentina as seriously as Sunday's League Cup final against Chelsea.

The first leg against Fiorentina ended 1-1, with the second leg taking place in Florence on Thursday.

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"We need to focus on Thursday's game first," says Pochettino. "It's important, just like the cup final. Thursday is like another final.

"We have played two very tough games against Fiorentina and West Ham and we need to decide the best team to play so we can go into the next round. We know we need to score but we are confident and ready."

Roberto Martinez news conference

Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Everton midfielder Gareth Barry agrees with Toffees boss Roberto Martinez that the 2022 World Cup must be held in winter.

"I played a friendly in Qatar in really tough heat and the level of football wasn't there because of it," says the ex-England international.

"Let's be positive towards it and be excited about something different."

Roberto Martinez news conference

Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

There is "no debate to be had" about switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter, says Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

"If there is a World Cup in Qatar it has to be played in the winter. To enjoy the World Cup you need to have a temperature that you can be outdoors and enjoy games in that manner.

"In football we have to adapt to whatever the decision is.

"We went to Qatar not long ago and I don't think there is a debate. Once Qatar was given the World Cup, it had to be in November/December."

Roberto Martinez news conference

Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez seems to indicate American goalkeeper Tim Howard will start Thursday's second leg against Swiss side Young Boys.

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Howard, 35, was criticised by some fans for a shaky performance in the 2-2 draw against Leicester on Sunday, where he was arguably to blame for both of the away team's goals.

"He's come back from injury, needs to play and get his match fitness," says Martinez.

"Tim is a very experienced footballer and you need this sort of experience in moments like tomorrow."

Roberto Martinez news conference

Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez on the threat of complacency as they hold a 4-1 advantage from the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie against Swiss side Young Boys.

"Complacency is a huge problem but we won't look at the game in any other manner to how we approached it last week," says Martinez.

"We are concentrating on being ourselves and winning the football game and trying to look at the opportunity of getting into the last 16 of this prestigious competition."

Roberto Martinez news conference

Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Everton boss Roberto Martinez on Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku's return to form:

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"Rom is 21, he's still learning but to have the impact he has had is a big asset.

"When Rom is at full pace, fully fit and refreshed he is a handful for any defender. The amount of chances he creates pleases me. He has been a real threat in recent matches."

Everton can win Europa League - Barry

Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Everton can go all the way and lift the Europa League trophy, says veteran midfielder Gareth Barry.

The Toffees hold a 4-1 first-leg lead in their last-32 tie against Swiss side Young Boys before Thursday's second leg at Goodison Park.

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"Winning the Europa League is our target. If we win it then we will go into the Champions League so it's a massive target," says the ex-England international.

"We've shown we are more than capable of going all the way. We have shown we can compete against the best in Europe. We know on our day we can beat anyone."

Formula 1 - Alonso leaves hospital

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We mentioned that Fernando Alonso is out of hospital, three days after a crash in testing. Well, this is the picture that proves it. And he's looking well.

BreakingBREAKING NEWS

The Greek government has

suspended professional football in the country indefinitely in a crackdown on violence.

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The move follows violence at a match between rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, as well as a brawl between club officials at a board meeting on Tuesday.

The Greek league has already been suspended twice this season because of violence.

A fantastic opportunity - McNamara

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England coach Steve McNamara, talking about the prospect of playing at the Olympic Stadium in London, says: "The schedule for the Kiwi series is very exciting and it is fantastic that we have this opportunity to play an historic international at an iconic venue like the Olympic Stadium.

"Playing New Zealand always brings out the best in the England players and the chance to be involved in the match at the Olympic Stadium will provide additional incentive for everyone.

"Coming from Hull, I'm also looking forward to the opening match at the KC Stadium, where the atmosphere is guaranteed to be electric, while we're assured of a rousing reception at Wigan in front of some of the most passionate fans in the world."