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Summary

  1. Arsenal v Barcelona play at 19:45 GMT
  2. Great Britain name Davis Cup squad
  3. Wales make three changes for France game
  4. Debate and vote result: Champions League wildcards

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan, Emlyn Begley and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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This week's sport on the BBC includes the London Anniversary Games, England v Pakistan Test cricket and the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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Goodbye

Right, that's it from us on Sportsday. But there's plenty more to get your teeth into on the BBC Sport website this evening. The live text on Arsenal v Barcelona is beginning shortly, so stay tuned for that. Until tomorrow, goodbye.

'Absolutely buzzing'

Arsenal v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

Ex-England defender Rio Ferdinand has had some great nights in the Champions League, and is "absolutely buzzing" for tonight's game.

Anyone else absolutely buzzing for the Barca game tonight? Cant wait..tried for a power nap..no chance.. #messi & co - entertain us please!

'Make history'

Arsenal v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

It was nice to see the boys from my old club @FCBarcelona yesterday but it's time to step up and make history tonight @Arsenal #COYG

Not many goals

Arsenal v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

German football legend Lothar Matthaus is not expecting to see many goals in tonight's Champions League games.

Predictions for tonight's @ChampionsLeague: @Arsenal 0:1 @FCBarcelona @juventusfc 1:1 @FCBayern #ARSFCB #JuveBayern #UCL

We will have live commentary of the Arsenal v Barcelona match on BBC Radio 5 live later on. Their preview programme begins at 18:30 GMT.

Arctic Fire to miss Cheltenham

Horse Racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Last year’s runner-up Arctic Fire will miss next month’s Cheltenham Festival through injury, says trainer Willie Mullins.

The news comes just days after the 2015 winner, and stablemate, Faugheen was ruled out of the race. 

'We never tire of winning'

Football

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said: "I'm delighted to be part of this team, which never tires of winning. It is very easy to coach these players. Everyone is aware of what the objectives are."

On Messi, Suarez and Neymar, midfielder Ivan Rakitic added: "Having this front three fills me with pride. The rest of us do what we can to make them better."

Luis Enrique
EPA

Question of Sport teaser

Football

Earlier today our Question of Sport teaser was...

Today’s #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Name the 8 players that Barcelona have signed from Arsenal since Arsene Wenger has been manager?

The answers are...

Answers to today’s #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Vermaelen, Song, Fabregas, Hleb, Henry, van Bronckhorst, Overmars, Petit

Controversy in Under-19 Champions League shootout

Football

Extraordinary scenes in the Under-19 Champions League tie between Chelsea and Valencia. The match went to penalties after finishing 1-1 in normal time.

Valencia's first penalty appeared to go in and hit a bar inside the net, only for the referee to signal no goal. That was the only penalty missed as Chelsea won 5-4. G-Nev wasn't having it...

Scandolous!!! Can't believe what I've just seen.... twitter.com/valenciacf/sta…

Balance is key - Wenger

Arsenal v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

Ahead of tonight's Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed he found it more difficult to prepare his side for the FA Cup match against Hull.

"We need to find the right balance between being audacious, because that is what you will need to be against Barcelona, and being strong defensively as a unit," he said.

"The difficulty of the task is completely different but it is more difficult to prepare against Hull than Barcelona.

"Against Barcelona everyone is naturally focused. It is more to create belief and confidence."

Arsene Wenger
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It's now or never - Infantino

Football

Gianni Infantino
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Fifa presidential hopeful Gianni Infantino says it is "now or never"for the future of football's world governing body.

Infantino is hoping to succeed Sepp Blatter at Friday's election after the 79-year-old Swiss was banned for eight years on corruption allegations.

Fellow candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has made an official request for the election to be suspended.

But Infantino told the BBC it is almost certain to go ahead as planned.

Get Involved - Champions League wildcards

Have your say on the MOTD Facebook page

Paul Gilligan: This is what is wrong with football today, big clubs believe they have the right to dictate the game. The Champions League should be the champions of each nation only.

Jordan MacDonald: What a ridiculous idea. This just angers me so much. Money has completely ruined football. It's not about talent these days, it's about how much bigger your club's pockets are from another. I feel so sorry for teams outside the top leagues.

Chris Wallace: That's ridiculous. It is an honour for a club to qualify for the Champions League and has to be fought for, the punishment is just not being good enough to qualify ...  

Reds youngster Stewart signs new deal

Football

Liverpool youngster Kevin Stewart has signed a new four-year deal at Anfield, the club have confirmed.

Stewart, 22, made his debut against Exeter in the FA Cup last month and has since made four more appearances for the Reds.

The defensive midfielder is currently out with an ankle injury.

Kevin Stewart
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Please stay Guus

Football

John Obi Mikel
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Midfielder John Obi Mikel wants interim manager Guus Hiddink to extend his stay at Chelsea beyond the current season, despite the Dutchman confirming his intention to leave the club in May.

"Definitely I want him to stay," Mikel, who has featured in 11 games for Hiddink after falling out of favour under Mourinho.

"It is the choice of the owner, the club and the board... but if you speak to the players, 98 or 99 percent of them want him to stay."

All heart

Football

Uli Hoeness
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Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, who is set to finish his prison sentence for tax evasion on Monday, says he has donated his entire salary from his day-release work to Bayern's charity fund.

The 64-year-old has served 21 months of his three-and-a-half year sentence after being convicted in March 2014 of having evaded paying at least £22.2m in taxes.

He resigned as Bayern president the day after being convicted and has served the last 14 months of his sentence on day release, working in Bayern's youth academy, then returning to prison each evening. 

Blatter to publish book

Football

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Sepp Blatter, the dethroned FIFA president, is preparing to publish a personal account of his near 18 years at the head of football's world governing body.

A Swiss firm is to release the book titled 'Sepp Blatter: Mission Football', written by his official spokesman, Thomas Renggli.

The publicity blurb says Blatter "repeatedly had to put up with harsh reviews and prejudices" and details how the 79-year-old "learned to deal with the hostility" during his lengthy tenure as FIFA president, which came to a swift end last June.

Flintoff starts new role

Cricket

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Former England skipper Andrew Flintoff has been named the new president of the Professional Cricketers' Association.

The 38-year-old, elected at the PCA's annual general meeting held in Birmingham on Tuesday, will succeed fellow Lancastrian and ex-England player and coach David 'Bumble' Lloyd.

Get Involved - Champions League wildcards

Have your say on the MOTD Facebook page

Julian Edwards: Since this is all about the money, let's have Champions League qualification by silent auction. Every club in Europe's top leagues puts in their bid and the richest bids win a place. All the money goes in the pot for the final prize. That's fair isn't it?

undefinedMatt Thompson: From a business perspective, this would be a good idea. Would people watch a Champions League final if it was played between Leicester City and Dynamo Kiev? The majority answer would be no. Teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Man United, Juventus, PSG, Arsenal, etc all bring in loads and loads of money. I would hate to see this implemented and don't agree with it at all, but I can understand since money is a huge factor in today's game.

Home (not so) sweet home

Arsenal v Barcelona (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

This isn't an encouraging stat.

3 - Arsenal have lost their last three CL knockout games at home, after losing only two of the previous 17. Downturn.

The Emirates is ready

Football

The Emirates pitch looks in fine condition. Compliments to the groundsmen.

The calm before the storm at Emirates Stadium... #AFCvFCB
The calm before the storm at Emirates Stadium... #AFCvFCB
The calm before the storm at Emirates Stadium... #AFCvFCB

The calm before the storm at Emirates Stadium... #AFCvFCB

'I'm sorry'

Rugby League

Mitch Garbutt
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Leeds Rhinos prop Mitch Garbutt has apologised for the punch that earned him a red card in Sunday's World Club Challenge defeat by North Queensland Cowboys.

Garbutt, 26, was sent off nine minutes from the end of the Super League champions' 38-4 loss for punching Australian Test front rower James Tamou.

Garbutt said: "It was a silly thing that I did. It's not something that I am about, I don't condone violence and it's not something I want kids watching the game to see.

"Everyone that knows me knows I'm not the sort of person that does those things. I sought James out after the game to apologise and we sorted things out, and there were no hard feelings."

Get Involved - Champions League wildcards

#bbcsportsday

Will: Even as a United fan I wouldn't want European wildcards. Qualification irrespective of league position would breed complacency

Antony: Wildcard entries for top three coefficient non-CL qualifiers this season would have promoted Napoli, Fiorentina & Dnipro

Philippa Dasher: Don't get why people are saying Chelsea & Man Utd are the teams that would benefit from wild cards and want them the most. No-one has mentioned the English team that would be the obvious beneficiary & case in point for a wildcard system - Liverpool 

A very green place

Dynamo Kiev v Man City (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Kiev
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By the way, did you know that Kiev is known as the most green city in the world?

It has a green zone area which covers 43,600 hectares, of which more than half of which is taken up by woods, public gardens, parks and tree-lined boulevards.

So if the City players fancy a stroll to loosen their legs ahead of the game tomorrow, they should have no trouble finding a decent play to have a walk...

Manuel Pellegrini news conference

Dynamo Kiev v Man City (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

And some final words from Pablo Zabaleta. "We’ve played a lot of games in January and February but I think that tomorrow we will see players who’ve had a rest last weekend. Physically and mentally we must be fresh for tomorrow and play at 100%.

“We know we’ve been playing against the best teams in Europe. In the last four years we’ve been learning a lot about the way you must play in these games.

“We played the best team in the world at this stage for the last two years – I’m not going to say that tomorrow is going to be easy, they have the mentality to play in these types of games as they’ve played in this competition before many times.”

And that's it, all done and dusted in Kiev. Until tomorrow that is...

Manuel Pellegrini news conference

Dynamo Kiev v Man City (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Manuel Pellegrini: "The important thing is the performance of our important players tomorrow. It’s the first 90 minutes of a 180 minute match, no matter what happens, it’s not over tomorrow.”

Manuel Pellegrini news conference

Dynamo Kiev v Man City (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Pellegrini is asked about picking a weakened side in the 5-1 FA Cup mauling at Chelsea and defends his selection.

“We had to make a difficult decision against Chelsea but it was the only choice we could make in this moment. We had just 13 players so it was our intention to continue in all competitions and we couldn’t do that," he said.

“This is absolutely different – we will try to continue knowing we have a difficult game tomorrow."

Hammers win Kouyate appeal

Football

West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate has had his one-match suspension for being sent off against Blackburn overturned.

He had been dismissed for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity,

Cheikhou Kouyate sent off
PA

Manuel Pellegrini news conference

Dynamo Kiev v Man City (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

The boss is speaking now and he says the squad is almost the same as that which faced Chelsea ... which might not exactly be music to the ears of City fans.

PELLEGRINI: “We have a similar squad that played in the last game against Chelsea, the only player to recover was Mangala.”

PELLEGRINI: “The important thing is to have a good performance, I’m not thinking about the future.” #kyivvcity

Manuel Pellegrini news conference

Dynamo Kiev v Man City (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Zab
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Pablo Zabaleta is still doing the talking and he has warned that now not might be a good time to face a Kiev side who are relaxed and fresh after a bit of feet-up time.

“They have had a long break, time to have a good rest and recover some injured players, but we don’t need to think about this," he says.

"It’s not going to be an easy game. Kiev are a great team and have played in the Champions League before. We'll have to be at our best.”

Manuel Pellegrini news conference

Dynamo Kiev v Man City (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Well, what a treat.

It's not only the boss answering questions from the media in Kiev but trusted defender Pablo Zabaleta too.

"Going from a big defeat on Sunday against Chelsea, now we are 100% focused on the game tomorrow. It is another chance to take a step forward," the Argentine says.

"This is a big chance for us to go on the next round. Tomorrow we need to perform well and see if we can get a result.”

Manuel Pellegrini news conference

Dynamo Kiev v Man City (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Pellegrini & Zabaleta talking to the media in Kiev. #MCFC #BBCFootball

Pellegrini & Zabaleta talking to the media in Kiev. #MCFC #BBCFootball

'It's behind us'

Football

White
The FA

Liverpool Ladies have put last year's dismal campaign behind them, says striker Rosie White.

The club started the 2015 season as Women's Super League champions, but finished second from bottom, five points above relegated Bristol Academy.

Since then, Scott Rogers has replaced Matt Beard as manager and the squad has seen nine players leave and another nine come into the squad.

"The mood's completely different," 22-year-old White told BBC Sport. "There's a new vibe, new energy, new players and new personalities."

Valencia 'believe' in Neville

Football

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Valencia president Layhoon Chan insists the players are fully behind Gary Neville and the club did not consider sacking him as manager during a poor run of form.

Neville was appointed boss in December but went nine Primera Division matches without a win - before Sunday's 2-1 win over Granada made it three wins in the space of a week.

"You cannot dismiss a coach for a poor run when the players believe in him - they believe in Gary Neville," Chan told Spanish sports daily AS.

"I do understand the football culture in Spain, but we have belief in what we are doing and we will continue in the direction which we believe is the right one."

No Payne, no gain

Rugby Union

Jared Payne
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Jared Payne appears increasingly unlikely to face England in Saturday's Six Nations encounter at Twickenham after missing training today.

Ireland remain "hopeful" the Ulster centre can still overcome his hamstring problem in time to start the clash in London, but the 30-year-old must prove his readiness on Thursday.

Get Involved - Champions League wildcards

#bbcsportsday

Rory William Forrest: UCL wildcards will only increase the financial imbalance in the game! Barca president came off very poorly! #greedisgood 

Tom Guy: Wildcards are absolute nonsense, what's the point of Tottenham, West Ham, Leicester etc trying if they've got no chance?

Sid Dodia: If wildcard comes with some ground rules like team reaching semi's five year streak and next season finishing out of top four

Becks backs Van Gaal

Football

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has backed under-fire manager Louis van Gaal. 

Beckham told Talksport: "He is an experienced manager with a great reputation in the game. Sometimes it takes time. It is not easy being manager of Manchester United. 

"I only hear great things about him as a person, as a manager, as a coach. I have met him once before and he treated me unbelievably well. 

"He is manager of Manchester United so there is always going to be criticism."

David Beckham
AP

VOTE RESULT

Football

We asked you to vote on whether big clubs should get Champions League wildcards. The vote is over now and, perhaps unsurprisingly, 85% of you said no to wildcards.

Club in jeopardy because of car park

Football

Millwall say their future will be in jeopardy if land the club leases for a car park at The Den is sold.

Lewisham Council has plans to redevelop an area around the ground in conjunction with property developer Renewal, and rename it New Bermondsey.

Click here to watch BBC London's Jim Wheble speaks to Lions chief executive Andy Ambler and Jordana Malik, a director at Renewal, about the regeneration plans.

Millwall
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