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Summary

  1. Champions League: Build-up to Man City's trip to Barcelona
  2. City only English team left after Arsenal's exit at Monaco
  3. Trott, Rashid, Lyth and M Wood in England Test squad for Windies tour
  4. Sam Vokes returns to Wales squad for Israel qualifier
  5. GET INVOLVED: What is your team's most annoying habit?

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By James Gheerbrant and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Vincent Kompany
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Right, some sad news - it is time to wave goodbye to Wednesday's Sportsday. But will Vincent Kompany and his Manchester City colleagues be waving farewell to the Champions League?

Find out with

our dedicated live text commentary of all the action from the Nou Camp.

And don't forget, Sportsday will return at 08:00 GMT on Thursday to bring you all the reaction. See you later!

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Why have English clubs struggled in the Champions League this season? You have been telling us all day - and the final (three) word(s) goes to this Twitter follower...

Eaby Aire: Three words. Not. Good. Enough.

Iniesta focused on City

Barcelona v Man City (19:45 GMT)

Iniesta
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It is easy to work out what Barcelona's mantra is tonight - and that is one word. Focus.

Never mind Sunday's El Clasico, midfielder Andres Iniesta says the Spanish leaders are focused solely on tonight's match.

"It is important we are totally concentrate. We had a good result in the first leg but this is the Champions League," says the 30-year-old Spanish World Cup winner.

"Manchester City have great players that are capable of turning the situation upside down."

Countdown to kick-off

Barcelona v Man City (19:45 GMT)

  • Manchester City are making only their second last-16 appearance, Barcelona are competing at this stage for the 11th season in a row.
  • Four-time European champions Barcelona are seeking a record eighth successive quarter-final appearance.
  • City have won four of their last seven away games in the Champions League.

Countdown to kick-off

Dortmund v Juventus (19:45 GMT)

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri
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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says his side will not sit back and defend their slender first-leg lead against Borussia Dortmund.

The Italian champions take a 2-1 advantage to the Westfalenstadion in their Champions League last-16 tie.

"We go into the game with an advantage, but we know the difficulties of the task ahead of us," says Allegri.

"I am confident it will be an interesting game and I don't expect it to end 0-0. We need to score at least once and if we could score twice it would be great."

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Stephen Shaw: Luis Enrique: "You can't qualify just by playing one of the two games very well" - you can if you're up against Arsenal!

Murray due on court

Tennis

Here's something you already know - California is a wonderful setting to be playing tennis.

And the sun is shining at a palm tree-lined Indian Wells where Andy Murray goes through his final warm-ups ahead of his last-16 match.

The fourth seed takes on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Bhagiman Lingden: Lack of self belief is the most prominent factor behind English clubs' struggles in the Champions League this season....

Why have English clubs struggled in the Champions League this season? Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

Countdown to kick-off

Barcelona v Man City (19:45 GMT)

Barcelona v Manchester City
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Manchester City fans appear to be enjoying the Barcelona sunshine - but here are a few numbers to dampen the spirits.

Barcelona's record at home to English clubs: won 16, drawn 11, lost 2.

Manchester City's record in Spain: won 1, drawn 1, lost 4.

Liverpool boosted by Lucas return

Football

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva returns to training after missing the past six weeks with a groin injury.

The Brazil international, 28, has not featured since limping off 16 minutes into the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on 7 February.

Earlier he posted this picture on his Instagram account, with the caption: "Back in full training."

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Countdown to kick-off

Barcelona v Man City (19:45 GMT)

Luis Enrique
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Barcelona's minds will not be wandering towards Sunday's El Clasico against arch-rivals Real Madrid when they face Manchester City tonight, coach Luis Enrique says.

The Spanish leaders hold a 2-1 first-leg advantage against last-16 Champions League opponents City, before hosting Madrid in a potentially decisive La Liga title clash at the Nou Camp.

"There's only one match on our minds and that's the one against City. Not the Clasico," Luis Enrique says.

"It would be dangerous to play a cagey match. Our objective is to win and play better than our opponents. You can't qualify just by playing one of the two games very well."

Good riddance says Murray

Tennis

British number one Andy Murray is not one for mincing his words. And the Scot's latest Tweet appears to be letting his feelings known about Wayne Odesnik's 15-year ban for doping...

Andy Murray
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Former world number 77 banned for doping

Tennis

American tennis player Wayne Odesnik receives

a 15-year ban after a second doping violation.

Odesnik, 29, tested positive for several banned substances, including steroids, in out-of-competition urine tests in December and January.

The 15-year ban means the former world number 77 will not be eligible to return until January 2030 - when he will be aged 44.

Saints youngster Isgrove joins Wednesday

Football

Southampton winger Lloyd Isgrove joins Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on loan until the end of the season.

Isgrove, 22, extended his Saints contract until 2017 on Tuesday and will now head north to Hillsborough on a temporary basis.

"We hope he will showcase his talent and return to us as a genuine prospect for first-team football next season,"

says Saints executive director of football Les Reed.

However, Premier League might not be able to send out their young players on loan at this stage next season.

Find out why in this story.

Countdown to kick-off

Dortmund v Juventus (19:45 GMT)

Borussia Dortmund
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Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has called for an "exceptional game" from his side as they bid to stay in the Champions League.

Dortmund hope to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit against Juventus to progress to the last eight.

Klopp's side are unbeaten in their last six Bundesliga games, helping them to climb off the bottom up to 10th.

"Juventus are a clever side, but they are not invincible. We know we need an exceptional game," Klopp said.

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Shane Daly: Because none of them have the desire to win it, all previous finalists had the desire as a team to go and take risks to win.

Why have English clubs struggled in the Champions League this season? Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

FA charge Hull for surrounding ref

Football

Hull City have been charged by the FA for 'failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion' during Saturday's 0-0 draw at Leicester.

The allegation relates to an incident in the 68th minute when Hull players surrounded referee Jonathan Moss after defender Alex Bruce was booked for a foul.

The East Yorkshire club have until 18:00 GMT on Monday to respond to the charge.

Schumacher's son 'crashes in Formula 4 testing'

Formula 4

The 15-year-old son of F1 legend Michael Schumacher has suffered a crash on his first day of Formula 4 testing,

German newspaper Bild reports.

Schumacher Jr's car apparently left the track and hit the barriers at speed at the Lausitzring. He was reportedly unhurt.

Formula 4 is an open-wheel racing car category for junior drivers. Championships are hosted by individual nations rather than on a global basis.

The 5 o'clock news

Just before you leave work - or as you sit down on the train and recover from that mad dash to the station - it is time to recap Wednesday's headlines....

Top story: Kevin Pietersen is "not part" of England's plans despite the batsman's efforts to earn a recall.

Top video: Barcelona striker Luis Suarez gets a (friendly) kicking from team-mate Neymar.

Top feature: Is there any hope for Manchester City at Barcelona tonight?

Top Tweet: England cricketer Steve Finn reacts to not being named in the Test squad.

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Oscar Harman: Naivety, we all expect to be better than other teams in Europe because of the hype and money in our league. Quality is there.

Why have English clubs struggled in the Champions League this season? Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

Women's Super League ready for kick-off

Football

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Sunderland lifted the Women's Super League Two title in 2014

It is a major night of football tonight - and not just in the Champions League. That's because the 2015 Women's Super League kicks off later.

Two WSL 2 fixtures start the season, while WSL 1 begins next Wednesday. Double the chances of promotion, add a sprinkling of international talent and you have the recipe for a bigger and better WSL 2 season -

here's the full lowdown.

There is live commentary of Aston Villa v Everton on

5 Live Sports Extra tonight, with England and Birmingham striker Karen Carney providing expert analysis.

Montsho gets two-year ban

Athletics

Former 400m world champion Amantle Montsho is banned for two years by her native Botswana Athletics Association.

Montsho, 31, tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine at last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Montsho, who finished fourth at the London Olympics, has indicated she will appeal the sanction.

Edinburgh duo extend deals

Rugby Union

Scotland full-back Greig Tonks extends his contract at Pro 12 side Edinburgh for another two seasons.

Tonks, 25, who can play at full-back or fly-half, won his third Scotland cap in last weekend's loss to England.

Botswana-born back row Roddy Grant, 28, who was captain for the 2010-11 season, also agrees a new deal until next summer.

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Ross: Domestic losses - Chelsea 2, Barcelona 4, Real Madrid 5, City 5. It is down to quality and nothing else.

Why have English clubs struggled in the Champions League this season? Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

Pellegrini calm over City future

Barcelona v Man City (19:45 GMT)

Manuel Pellegrini
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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is not the sort of man whose emotions can be easily detected.

But even the chilled Chilean seems to have been feeling the pressure recently as the Blues slipped further behind Chelsea in the Premier League title race.

However, he claims his job is not under threat as City prepare to face Barcelona for a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

"I don't think my seat is in danger. We're second in the table, still strong and are going to fight," says the 61-year-old.

Countdown to kick-off

Barcelona v Man City (19:45 GMT)

Sergio Busquets
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Sergio Busquets injured his ankle in the Copa Del Rey semi-final against Villarreal on 4 March

Only one big name missing for the Spanish leaders tonight - and that is Sergio Busquets.

The Spain midfielder injured his ankle earlier this month and is also a doubt for Sunday's El Clasico against Real Madrid.

Long-term hamstring injury victim Thomas Vermaelen is still sidelined, with goalkeeper Jordi Masip, centre-back Martin Montoya and right-back Douglas also out.

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Martyn Wooles: Liverpool drew 1-1 with Besiktas, Arsenal drew 3-3 with Monaco, Chelsea drew 3-3 with PSG, hardly getting hammered are we!!

Why have English clubs struggled in the Champions League this season? Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

Trouble ahead for McLaren?

Formula 1

Jenson Button (left)
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Last weekend's Australian Grand Prix saw a disastrous result for McLaren, with Jenson Button finishing last and Kevin Magnussen failing to make the starting grid.

So just how serious are the problems at McLaren, and how long could they take to fix? Our F1 correspondent Andrew Benson has been running the rule over the situation.

You can read his conclusions in

this feature.

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Sunderland lift Johnson suspension

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson will return to training after the Premier League announce his suspension following arrest has been lifted.

The 27-year-old England international's police bail

has been extended following his arrest on suspicion of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

Johnson is available to play in the Black Cats' visit to West Ham on Saturday.

Kylie not so lucky

Rugby League

Leeds Rhinos prop Kylie Leuluai is ruled out of Friday's Super League match against Wigan Warriors.

The 36-year-old Kiwi suffered a rib injury during

last weekend's 18-6 loss at Warrington, which ended the Rhinos' 100% winning start to the new season.

Early Man City team news

Barcelona v Man City (19:45 GMT)

Barcelona v Manchester City
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Some early team news from the Manchester City camp ahead of tonight's trip to the Nou Camp - and there is a big positive for Manuel Pellegrini.

Former Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure returns from suspension after missing the last three Champions League games following his red card against CSKA Moscow.

City - who trail 2-1 after the first leg and must score twice - are without left-back Gael Clichy after his red card in the first game.

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Samuel Maiwada: Premier League clubs lose a lot domestically and so therefore are suffering from a losing mentality which affects them in Europe.

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Barcelona v Man City (19:45 GMT)

Barcelona v Manchester City
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Who says Manchester City fans don't care about the Champions League? These three Blues look happy enough to be soaking up the atmosphere in sunny Barcelona. Surely beats a cold Wednesday night in Gillingham...

But Manuel Pellegrini's side must do something that no other team has done since 1984 - and that is stopping Barcelona progressing in a two-legged Uefa competition tie after winning the first match.

Countdown to kick-off

Barcelona v Man City (19:45 GMT)

Champions League
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With exactly four hours until kick-off, it is time to divert our attention to tonight's tantalising Champions League action.

Manchester City travel to Barcelona aiming to overturn a 2-1 deficit and prolong English Premier League interest going into the Champions League quarter-finals.

The other tie sees Borussia Dortmund facing exactly the same task. The German side host Italian champions Juventus, who hold a 2-1 advantage from the reverse fixture in Turin.

Stay tuned for early team news, pre-match statistics and images from the build up in both cities...

NZ final hit by sledging controversy

Cricket

We've all heard of a bit of harmless sledging on the cricket field, but it seems that one club side in New Zealand

took things too far.

Lansdowne are accused of delivering "an intolerable level of personal abuse" after their opponents Greytown abandoned their club final,

Stuff.co.nz reported.

Greytown say some of their players were close to tears at the "ugly personal attacks and abusive behaviour".

Lansdowne say they are taking the matter seriously, and are "keen to remedy this issue".

N Ireland add Paton and Lafferty

Football

Pau Paton
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Dundee United midfielder Paul Paton and Rotherham left-back Daniel Lafferty, who is on loan from Burnley, have been added to the Northern Ireland squad for their upcoming matches against Scotland and Finland.

The duo replace Kilmarnock's Sammy Clingan and Rangers' Shane Ferguson, who have both been ruled out with knee injuries.

Northern Ireland have also named a new assistant manager. Cowdenbeath boss Jimmy Nicholl will be number two to Michael O'Neill.

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Matt Flecknoe: If KP found himself scoring buckets full of runs in all forms for Surrey and IPL the ECB would have something to think about.

FA and Fifa to discuss emergency loan extension

Football

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FA and Fifa to discuss emergency loan extension

Football

Ravel Morrison
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Ravel Morrison helped QPR win promotion to the Premier League after joining on emergency loan last season

The Football Association will talk to Fifa this week about extending the emergency loan system which many lower league clubs believe is vital to their existence.

World governing body Fifa plans to end the system, which allows clubs to sign players outside of the two transfer windows, at the end of this season.

The FA hopes to persuade Fifa to extend emergency loans to the end of 2015-16.

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De Jong set for training return

Football

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Newcastle midfielder Siem De Jong is set to return to training on Thursday following his recovery from a collapsed lung.

The 26-year-old Dutch international has played only three times since his £6m summer move from Ajax.