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Summary

  1. Leicester v Chelsea (20:00 GMT, commentary on 5 live Sport)
  2. Arsenal to face Barcelona in Champions League
  3. PSG v Chelsea; Dynamo Kiev v Man City
  4. VOTE: Who will win the Champions League?

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's your lot from us tonight.

Remember we have live commentary of Leicester and Chelsea (kick-off 20:00 GMT) on Radio 5 live and right here on the BBC Sport website.

Until tomorrow have a very good evening.

BBC Radio 5 Live

There is live commentary as Leicester City host Chelsea in the Premier League on  BBC Radio 5 live tonight, with coverage starting at 19:00 GMT with the The Monday Night Club and then the match at 20:00 GMT.

Obama congratulates Williams

Tennis

When Michelle Obama tweets about you...

Congrats @SerenaWilliams on being named @SInow Sportsperson of the Year! Girls everywhere are dreaming bigger because of you. -mo

Leicester v Chelsea, 20:00 GMT

Football

Leicester fans at the King Power Stadium will find a special message on their seat tonight from record breaking striker Jamie Vardy.

Vardy thanks the fans for their support in helping the Foxes challenge for the title.

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Tonight title chasing Leicester play relegation battling Chelsea! Didn't expect to say that at the start of the season. #bbcsportsday

Juventus get festive

Football

Staying with the Christmas theme, here is Gianluigi Buffon and the rest of the Juventus squad as you have (probably) never seen them before.

The team, dressed in Christmas jumpers, have performed a special 'Juventus' version of Jingle Bells.

You can watch the masterpiece here.

Qui il testo di JBells: juve.it/VR9I1 Mandateci i vostri video in cui cantate la canzone, hashtag #JXmas!

Qui il testo di JBells: juve.it/VR9I1 Mandateci i vostri video in cui cantate la canzone, hashtag #JXmas!

Hasselbaink gives QPR freedom

Queens Park Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants his new side to play "with freedom".

They drew 0-0 with Burnley in his first game in charge and are four points outside the Championship play-off places.

"We want to give our players as much room as possible to be able to express themselves," he told BBC Radio London.

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Blue Christmas

Football

Earlier we showed you this City player disguised as Santa.

It's #citysanta time! Who's dressed in festive disguise today? ❄️ #mcfc

It's #citysanta time! Who's dressed in festive disguise today? ❄️ #mcfc

It was of course former striker Darius Vassell.

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Bulgarian champions could quit league

Football

Could you imagine if this happened in the Premier League?

Bulgarian champions Ludogorets say they could quit the league after claiming that referees are favouring title rivals Levski Sofia.

On Saturday, Levski were losing 1-0 against Litex Lovech but the game was abandoned when Litex players walked off the pitch in protest after a second red card and a penalty against them.

Levski are set to be handed a 3-0 win.

"We'll probably quit the championship if such precedents in favour of Levski continue," said Ludogorets' owner.

Leicester v Chelsea, 20:00 GMT

Football

We are building up to Chelsea's visit to Leicester in the Premier League tonight.

And here is the team news:

Leicester welcome back on-loan winger Nathan Dyer, who was ineligible against parent club Swansea last weekend.

The Foxes have no new fitness concerns but Ritchie de Laet remains out with an ankle problem, while Matt James lacks match fitness after a long-term injury.

Chelsea have reported no injury problems, although Radamel Falcao is short of fitness and unlikely to feature.

The Blues could be unchanged from Wednesday's 2-0 win against FC Porto.

Leicester v Chelsea, 20:00 GMT

Full commentary on 5 live Sport (UK only)

Head-to-head

  • Chelsea have won their last eight league and cup games against Leicester, scoring a total of 25 goals.
  • The Foxes' last win against the Blues came in February 2001. Muzzy Izzet and Gary Rowett scored in a 2-1 victory at Filbert Street. Claudio Ranieri was Chelsea manager.

Leicester City

  • The Foxes have lost just one of 19 league games (W12, D6) since losing 3-1 to Chelsea on 29 April.
  • They have won 10 points from losing positions this season - the highest total in the Premier League prior to the latest round of matches.
  • Jamie Vardy has scored or assisted in 13 consecutive Premier League games.

Leicester City v Chelsea (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

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Leicester v Chelsea, 20:00 GMT

Football

Leicester City's form has Jose Mourinho thinking twice about whether the Foxes can win the league.

"I said a couple of weeks ago I don't believe they [Leicester] can be champions. Maybe I have to think twice before saying that again.

"One thing is to be top of the league in September after a beautiful start. Another thing is to be top of the league in December.

"It would be something magnificent, something to impress the football world, but sometimes these things can happen and why not happen with them?"

Truro fans' 170-mile home game

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This is the mammoth170-mile round tripthat Truro fans face next season to watch their team at 'home.'

That's because the National League South side are to share Torquay United's Plainmoor ground.

The groundshare has occurred because Truro's new stadium has been delayed.

They had hoped to move into the new stadium by next season after selling their Treyew Road ground to developers.

Leicester v Chelsea, 20:00 GMT

Full commentary on 5 live Sport (UK only)

Guy Mowbray

BBC Match of the Day commentator

Before the weekend's other games, this was first versus 14th in the Premier League - and not the way round you'd most likely have thought in August.

Leicester are favourites. Aren't they? From the betting markets to the hugely contrasting yet career-intertwining managers,  this is a clash of glorious fascinations in so many ways.

Many expect Leicester's very real title challenge to fall apart at some point, whilst feeling that Chelsea will shake themselves into a run that the team's quality demands.

Neither have shown much sign of happening yet, but could this game be the one that tips the see-saw?

Monday night football meets Monday night melodrama.

Williams honoured

Tennis

Over to America now and Serena Williams has been named Sports Illustrated's sportsperson of the year.

World number one Williams won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2015.

It is the first time an individual woman has received the honor in more than three decades.  

And this is the magazine's cover...

The cover? Serena's idea, intended to express her own ideal of femininity, strength & power on.si.com/1SWZixt

The cover? Serena's idea, intended to express her own ideal of femininity, strength & power on.si.com/1SWZixt

Happy Birthday Bernabeu

Football

It is one of Europe's greatest stadium and today marks 68 years since the Bernabeu opened.

On 14 December 1947 the home of Real Madrid, the Bernabeu played host to its first match as Los Blancos beat Portuguese side Os Belenenses 3–1.

Spanish striker Sabino Barinaga scored the first ever goal at the stadium.

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Leicester v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

Football

Is this a new low in the half-and-half scarf?

Appears it's not just the clubs now but the managers too...

Half-and-half managers' scarf at #lcfc v #cfc double-sided £10

Half-and-half managers' scarf at #lcfc v #cfc double-sided £10

Messi investigation dropped

Football

A Spanish court has dropped a tax fraud investigation into Lionel Messi and his foundation linked to six friendly matches.

A Barcelona court said it was satisfied neither the Argentinian footballer nor the Lionel Messi Foundation were involved in trying to defraud Spain's tax office in this instance.

Spain's Prosecutor had asked the court to investigate possible tax offenses over games held between June 2012 and July 2013 in the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Peru.

It is one of three cases of unpaid taxes that Messi has had to face.

Leicester v Chelsea (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

Football

In-form Leicester have gone from relegation favourites to title contenders in a matter of months, but can their fairytale start to the 2015-16 campaign really have a Hollywood ending?

History suggests not - the last time a true outsider went the distance in a title race was in the Premier League's first season, 1992-93. Norwich City led for longer than anyone else and topped the table as late as April, but finished third.

So, can Claudio Ranieri's side copy the Canaries, or even out-do them?

Chris Sutton, a teenage centre-half turned striker in that Norwich team, has done this article for BBC Sport, advising Leicester on what they need to do next - and what could go wrong.  

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Leicester v Chelsea (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

Football

Right then, it's not too long until tonight's big Premier League game ...Chelsea's visit to high-flying Leicester.

A win for the Foxes will put them back at the top of the Premier League. A defeat for Chelsea ... well, it would be normal wouldn't it? (Sorry Chelsea fans, below the belt).

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who will face his former club said: "Chelsea for me means a lot because I worked there for four years. I'm very proud to have been their manager. But that's an old story and now my focus is on Leicester."

"Their record does not mean anything as Chelsea are Chelsea and Mourinho is Mourinho. I'm sure at the end of the season they will be in the top four."

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#bbcsportsday For Man U fans struggling to pronounce Midtjylland. Don't worry - it sounds just like "Mid-tier-land".

The only way for Arsenal to knock-out Barcelona is to play 7-1-2 formation. Ozil in the middle behind Sanchez and Walcott #bbcsportsday

On unfriendly terms

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Jurgen Klopp and Tony Pulis are unlikely to be exchanging Christmas cards this year.

Klopp did not shake hands with the Baggies boss at the end of Liverpool's 2-2 draw with West Brom and was involved in a confrontation with a member of the visiting team's backroom staff as he went onto the pitch to celebrate with his players. 

"I didn't see (Pulis) after the game. I can say nothing," Klopp said. "We had some words in the game; sometimes it takes more than a few seconds to cool down.

"Usually I shake hands, I did not today because it was not a friendly game."

Merry Christmas and peace and love to one and all.

Nakhid bid denied

Football

Fifa presidential hopeful David Nakhid has lost his appeal against being excluded from the election contest for filing invalid nomination papers.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its panel dismissed Nakhid's case and will gives its reasons for the verdict "within days".

'Apologise'

Cricket

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Sussex's Pakistan-born batsman Ashar Zaidi says Somerset bowler Craig Overton should apologise for allegedly swearing at him during a match.

Overton, who allegedly also told 34-year-old Zaidi to "get back to your own country", received a two-game ban.

Zaidi did not hear the alleged comments which were reported by non-striker Michael Vardy and umpire Alex Wharf.

Overton has denied the claims but Zaidi said: "For the sake of the game he should apologise to me."

Toure to make it five in a row?

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Yaya Toure could continue his unprecedented domination of the African Footballer of the Year accolade after being named as one of three finalists for the 2015 award.

Manchester City's midfield powerhouse will go up against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andre Ayew, the Confederation of African Football announced.

Last year Toure, who captained Ivory Coast to the African Nations Cup title in February, became the first player to win the Footballer of the Year award four times.

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#bbcsportsday Trouble pronouncing Midtjylland? Try to ask a non-English speaker to pronounce Middlesbrough...

The Only Way Is Shearer

Football

There's a Sir Alex Ferguson Way in Manchester, the Brian Clough Way between Derby and Nottinghamshire, even Trescothick Close in Marcus' home town of Keynsham. And now.... 

.@OneRovers legend @alanshearer unveils 'Alan Shearer Way'.
.@OneRovers legend @alanshearer unveils 'Alan Shearer Way'.

.@OneRovers legend @alanshearer unveils 'Alan Shearer Way'.

Banning fans 'not the answer'

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Manchester City fans have expressed their frustration after learning they will not be able to attend the away leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Dynamo Kiev.

The match on February 24 will be the second of two the Ukrainian club have been ordered to play behind closed doors by European governing body UEFA for the misbehaviour of supporters.

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A spokesman for City fans organisation 1894 Group said: "Banning innocent fans is not the answer. In the 70s and 80s in England we didn't shut whole stadiums down. We targeted the minority and removed them.

"By closing down a whole stadium the trouble-causers feel they have achieved something. It actually gives them publicity."

Latest at Swansea

Football

AEK Athens say they have not had an approach from Swansea for manager Gus Poyet, who they say will stay in charge until at least next summer

Bolton players 'could opt to leave'

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Bolton manager Neil Lennon has warned that players could choose to leave the club if they are not paid this month.

Wanderers, who are £172.9m in debt, did not pay players in November and they are entitled to give two weeks' notice if it happens again.

"I remember being in Glasgow when it happened to Rangers and players used their right to leave Rangers and go and play in England," said former Celtic boss Lennon. 

Barca to retain Champions League?

Vote results

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Many thanks to everyone who took part in our vote on who would win the Champions League. 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Barcelona was the overwhelming winners, with 38% of the vote. 

Bayern Munich were second favourites, ahead of Arsenal

Vote results
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Vote results
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Changes were expected

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Eddie Jones was appointed England coach on 20 November, agreeing a four-year deal to replace Stuart Lancaster.

His first match will be England's Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield on 6 February as he looks to resurrect England's fortunes after their failed World Cup campaign.

Jones - England's first ever overseas coach - had been widely expected to make changes to his coaching team, and the axing of Rowntree, Catt and Farrell has not come as huge shock.

Catt, Farrell and Rowntree leave England

Rugby Union

Andy Farrell has been England backs coach since 2012, and was assistant coach for the British and Irish Lions in 2013. He was first team coach at Saracens from 2011, taking them to their first Premiership title. 

Graham Rowntree has been involved with the senior England set up since 2008 after beginning work with the national academy in 2007. He was part of Martin Johnson's backroom staff, becoming forwards coach in 2011. 

Mike Catt became backs coach in summer 2012, becoming skills coach a few months later. 

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Catt, Farrell and Rowntree leave England

Rugby Union

In a statement on the RFU website, new England head coach Eddie Jones said "we felt it was the right time to make changes.

"They are all experienced guys and have contributed greatly to this England team over recent years and I know everyone at the Union is appreciative of their hard work and commitment.

"On behalf of the players that have benefited from their coaching and RFU, I wish them the very best for the future.”

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BreakingEngland part terms with coaching trio

Rugby Union

Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt have left their coaching positions with England, the RFU has announced.

Finn flies in ahead of warm-up

Cricket

Bowler @finnysteve will be flying out to join up with the Test squad in South Africa this evening, having recovered from a foot injury.

Senwes Park, Potchefstroom - setting for England's first warm-up on Tuesday ahead of the South Africa Test series.

Senwes Park, Potchefstroom - setting for England's first warm-up on Tuesday ahead of the South Africa Test series.

"Sorry about the slip, boss, it was the algae..."

Football

What's the worst excuse you've heard for your team's defeat? The infamous grey kit? A curse on the team? 

How about too much algae? That, apparently, is why Plymouth lost at home to Cambridge United at the weekend, according to boss Derek Adams. 

A late slip by defender Peter Hartley gifted Cambridge all three points, when players were struggling to stay on their feet all match. 

"It has an algae on the pitch, it has to be treated and hopefully that will be sorted in the week," said Adams. "That is the reason (for Hartley's slip)."

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Steve Finn called up to South Africa tour

Cricket

Essential bit of hand luggage packed for the flight to Joburg. Looking forward to meeting up with the guys out there

Essential bit of hand luggage packed for the flight to Joburg. Looking forward to meeting up with the guys out there

England 'have got no Bale'

Euro 2016

Former Wales striker Iwan Roberts has tipped Wales to beat England when the two sides meet in Group B in Lens on 16 June.

"We are a good side. We are capable of beating any nation on our day," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"England haven't got a Gareth Bale. We know that.

"I would fancy us to beat them and I'm not just saying that because I'm Welsh."