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Summary

  1. Borthwick, Farrell and Howley confirmed as Lions coaches
  2. Arsenal top Champions League group after 4-1 win in Basel
  3. Man City and Celtic draw dead rubber 1-1
  4. Spurs and Leicester in Champions League action tonight

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By Matt Davis and Emlyn Begley

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You can follow all of tonight's Champions League action online and on Radio 5 live.

There is also the Premier League Show on BBC Two at 22:00 GMT.

How boxing coach is tackling knife crime

Get Inspired

Get Inspired

Volunteer boxing coach Michael Harris took over the running of the Double Jab boxing club in Lewisham two years ago and - aged just 22 - has won this year's BBC Unsung Hero award for London. 

In an area troubled by gang violence and knife crime, he has helped 19 youngsters with minor criminal records to get into steady employment. 

And by offering training and facilities to more than 250 people who use the gym every week, he continues to provide a safe space for young people to channel their energy away from the street. 

If you want to find out more about getting into boxing, read our inclusive guide.

'Jab, don't stab' - how a London boxing coach is tackling knife crime

A 48-team World Cup?

Football

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

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Fifa’s president Gianni Infantino is understood to be in favour of expanding the World Cup to 48 teams.

 Fifa sources have told the BBC his preferred option for expanding the tournament is to now have 16 groups of 3 teams each.

 The top two teams would qualify into a knock-out round of 32. The tournament would then proceed entirely on a knock-out basis.

 Sources close to Fifa president have told the BBC he believes this format “shares the World Cup experience with the world” and offers more countries a chance to compete at football’s flagship event.

 A final decision will be made at a meeting of Fifa’s Council in early January in Zurich.

New Champions League regulations are 'crazy'

Football

Listen to Philippe Auclair's thoughts on the rich club/big league monopoly of the Champions League.

From the 2018-19 season, the four highest nations from Uefa's club coefficient rankings and their top four clubs will bypass the qualifying rounds and go straight in at the group stages.

Click here for the best of 5 live's sport coverage, insight and analysis.  

Philippe Auclair says Uefa's new plans only benefit the "richer clubs".

The Champions League is like being asked on a date by Cindy Crawford

FC Porto v Leicester City (19:45 GMT)

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator

I've never experienced the changes in emotions following Leicester City in one season. 

In the defeat at Sunderland, the Foxes simply weren't at it. Alan Shearer criticised the lack of effort in the team and I have to agree. It's been noticeable from day one in the loss at Hull that Claudio Ranieri's men aren't as 'in your face' as they were last term. 

They're not clicking, creating or charging on opponents as they did six months ago when they created the most incredible sport story ever. 

Troy Deeney recently claimed this of his Watford team: "When we played them, in November, we did things a bit differently and decided to start by going at them." Can't argue with that - the champions have been sussed out. 

The Champions League, though, is like being asked on a date by Cindy Crawford. You know it's not a long-term thing, it's a novelty, you want to impress and forget about all those domestic chores that need doing to go and have some fun. 

Well, that's what I'd imagine a date with Cindy Crawford would be like anyway (dear Cindy, we do a lovely cheese cob in Leicester, call me). 

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Amputee footballer wins goal award

One-legged footballer Tommy McKay has won the Scottish Professional Football League's goal of the month. 

The 32-year-old Dundee United fan scored during a half-time challenge at Tannadice in November. 

The goal has been viewed more than two million times after it was posted on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

A one-legged amateur footballer has been shortlisted for the SPFL's goal of the month.

IOC extend Russian sanctions

Doping sanctions against Russia have been extended until further notice by the International Olympic Committee.

Measures against the country were imposed in July after the first part of a World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada)-commissioned report found evidence of state-sponsored doping.

Part two of the McLaren report will be published on Friday.

Russian track and field athletes and weightlifters were banned from competing at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

'Coach would swear at us, then we'd pray'

BBC NFL pundit Osi Umenyiora recalls how bizarre it was when one of his coaches would shout and swear at them, before everyone in the locker room bowed their heads to pray.

'Coach would swear at us, then we'd pray'

Southampton news conference

Southampton v Hapoel Be'er Sheva (Thurs, 20:05 GMT)

Claude Puel has been speaking to the media ahead of Southampton's final Europa League group match against Israeli side Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Both teams are joint second in group K with seven points, meaning the winner will progress to the knock-out stages.

The Saints are already in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup after beating Arsenal in the last round.

"We have to give it our all, " said Puel. "We are at home and we have showed we are strong with the support of the fans." 

"The two teams have both got an opportunity in this game, because it is like a final.

"The semi-finals of the EFL Cup was one of our objectives. To reach the next round of the Europa League is another for us."

He added:"I'm confident my players can handle the pressure."

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Sanchez & Ozil want 'Pogba type money’ to stay at Arsenal

Football

Arsenal will need to pay Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil “huge money” in order for the duo to commitment their futures to the club, says journalist Neil Ashton. 

Click here for the best of 5 live's sport coverage, insight and analysis.    

Neil Ashton says the Gunners will need to pay the duo “huge money” for them to stay.

Hodgson open to management return

Former England boss Roy Hodgson wants to return to management.

The 69-year-old has not worked since leaving his England job after their Euro 2016 exit to Iceland.

"You do become a bit wiser with the years and you perhaps make a few less mistakes with dealing with players that you would have made when you were young, thought you knew it all and thought that you were invincible," he told Sky Sports. 

"I certainly don't feel that I couldn't handle the day-to-day work and pressures. 

"I just have to wait and see what comes along. I've not been in any particular rush. 

"I'm hoping that something will come along that will really interest me."

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India team news

Cricket

Adam Mountford

BBC Test Match Special producer

India have dropped Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth Test tomorrow with Manish Pandey coming into the squad in his place. 

Pace bowler Mohammed Shami remains a doubt with a knee injury with uncapped Shardul Thakur coming into the squad as cover. 

5 live’s Football Daily

Wenger: We can play without 'guilt' after winning group

Listen to reaction to Arsenal winning their group, Manchester City drawing with Celtic, again. Plus could Celtic cut it if they joined the English Premier League? 

Click here to listen.

London Welsh to liquidate

London Welsh are seeking voluntary liquidation.

The club are fifth in their second season back in the Championship following relegation.

Chairman Gareth Hawkins said: “The debts accrued have left the club with no alternative but to seek liquidation. 

“In the new year, it is the hope and intention of the board that London Welsh will be able to return to playing at Old Deer Park.

"However it will first be necessary to change the Club’s business model to a semi-professional set-up and form a new company, and then raise £300,000 so that the club can regain a position within the Championship."

'Welcome home, Robin'

Feyenoord host Robin van Persie's Fenerbahce tomorrow at 18:00 GMT in the final Europa League group game. Both sides can go through depending on the scoreline there and at Zorya Luhansk v Manchester United, another old club of the Dutch striker.

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Lewers 'shocked' at being dropped by GB

Two-time Olympian Iain Lewers says he is hugely disappointed at being dropped from the Great Britain hockey squad. 

The 32-year-old defender revealed he was not in the panel soon to be named by head coach Bobby Crutchley. 

Belfast-born Lewers made his GB debut in 2011, having originally played internationals for Ireland - winning over 200 caps between the countries.

Iain Lewers disappointed at being dropped by GB

Saracens sign Australia lock

Saracens have signed Australia forward Will Skelton on a short-term deal from Waratahs.

The 24-year-old, who is 6ft 7in and 22st, has won 18 Test caps for the Wallabies, mainly at lock.

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Minnows could play Hibs tie at Hearts

Bonnyrigg Rose chairman Charlie Kirkwood hopes the club can play their Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Hibernian at the home of Hearts.

The Rose, who are based a few miles outside Edinburgh, beat Dumbarton 1-0 in a third round replay and it is "unlikely" New Dundas Park can host cup holders Hibs.

"Three quarters of the team are Hearts fans - they're buzzing for the thought of playing Hibs at their holy ground of Tynecastle," said Kirkwood.

The junior club qualified for the competition through being East Super League champions in 2015-16.

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Williams' unexpected windfall

World Snooker have sent the prize money for the UK Championship to the wrong player. 

Mark Selby won the York event, but Mark Williams, who lost the quarter-final, has just been paid £165,750...

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'Jab, don't stab' - the London boxing coach tackling knife crime

Get Inspired - Unsung Hero

Meet Michael Harris, the young volunteer boxing coach who took over the running of the Double Jab boxing club in Lewisham two years ago and is this year's winner of the BBC Unsung Hero award for London. 

In an area troubled by gang violence and knife crime, he has helped 19 youngsters with minor criminal records to get into steady employment. 

And by offering training and facilities to more than 250 people who use the gym every week, he continues to provide a safe space for young people to channel their energy away from the street. 

Find out more about getting into boxing with our inclusive guide.

'We can't know where Celtic are going'

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland

Even if Nostradamus came back from the dead and applied all his psychic powers in the football world the chances are that he would hold up his hands and admit defeat if asked to forecast what lays ahead of Celtic in Europe under Brendan Rodgers.

We know that the Celtic of September in Barcelona is not the Celtic of December in Manchester, we know that as a team they have gained confidence, if not a lot of points, in a very short space of time in Europe's pre-eminent club competition.

Read more here.

Brendan Rodgers
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Chisora throws a table

Boxing

Chisora
Reuters

Dereck Chisora picked up and threw a desk as his pre-fight news conference with Dillian Whyte ended in chaos and farce.

The bad blood between the pair had already been evident throughout a 20-minute media session at a Manchester hotel as both fighters traded insults and swore repeatedly. 

Chisora eventually lost his temper and threw the top table off the ground, sparking scuffles involving various people in attendance, including security staff.

The two fighters are due to meet in the ring in a British heavyweight title fight and WBC eliminator on the undercard to Saturday's clash between Anthony Joshua and Eric Molina in Manchester. 

Chairman Jenkins accepts blame for Swansea demise

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins says he takes responsibility for the club's demise which has left them bottom of the Premier League.

The turmoil has been reflected off the field, with Bob Bradley becoming the Swans' fourth manager in three years.

Fans have turned on Jenkins and the board, accusing them of greed after selling most of their shares in July's American takeover.

"I fully understand their feelings, being a supporter myself," he said.

"When things don't go well somebody has to take the blame and I fully accept the responsibility.

Huw Jenkins
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Caddie named

Golf

The caddie who died after collapsing at the Dubai Ladies Masters has been named as 56-year-old Maximilian Zechmann.

He was was caddying for France's Anne-Lise Caudal when he collapsed on the 13th fairway. He was treated by medics but died in hospital.

Zechmann, who caddied on the European Tour for several players including Markus Brier and Marcel Siem, is survived by wife Elinor and three sons.

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Celtic charged by Uefa

Football

Uefa have opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic following Tuesday night's Champions League game at Manchester City.

The Scottish side have been charged with setting off fireworks and crowd disturbances.

This case will be dealt with by the Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on 23 February 2017.

Chisora throws a table

Boxing

The Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora news conference has ended in unusual circumstances....

Dereck Chisora
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Lowe could return to Bury

Bury have approached Crewe about bringing striker Ryan Lowe back to the club as a player-coach, reports BBC Radio Manchester.

The 38-year-old left the Shakers in the summer and has scored eight goals in 24 appearances for Crewe this season.

Chris Brass is currently in interim charge at Gigg Lane after David Flitcroft left the club last month.

Bury are 20th in League One after a winless run of 14 games in all competitions.

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England Women to face Scandinavian sides in Spain

England Women will play Sweden and Norway in friendlies in Spain in January.

Mark Sampson's side will face Norway on 22 January and Sweden two days later in Murcia.

England play at Euro 2017 next summer in the Netherlands.

Sampson said: “These matches will be a vital part of our preparation for the Euros on and off the pitch.

“Sweden and Norway are excellent sides who will both be considered contenders for European Championship."

Ronaldo and Messi are 'too old' for Leipzig

BBC Outside Source

The rise of RB Leipzig from the lower leagues to the top of the Bundesliga has intrigued fans across Europe.

Their sporting director says they'd never sign "too old" stars like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. 

Can they do a Leicester? Our resident expert in German football, Thomas Dahlhaus, explains why the Red Bull-backed club inspire envy and derision in equal measure.

The rise of RB Leipzig: Can they do a Leicester?

McBryde to coach Wales

Robin McBryde will coach Wales on their summer tour of the Pacific Islands.

Head coach Warren Gatland is leading the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand and has named interim coach Rob Howley as part of his backroom team.

Forwards coach McBryde assumes head coach responsibilities for the third time after leading Wales on tours in 2009 and 2013.

Robin McBryde
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McColgan granted funding after appeal

Athletics

Scotland's Eilish McColgan has been granted National Lottery funding by British Athletics after successfully appealing against losing her subsidy.

The 26-year-old, who reached the Olympic 5,000m final in Rio, has been added to the Olympic world-class performance programme (WCPP).

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said she had presented a "very strong case for her inclusion".

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Cricket: Vote result

We asked you if you thought sendings-off should be introduced into cricket. It was pretty close - 54% of you said yes, with 46% in team no.

On this day...

Football

In 2004 Glenn Hoddle was appointed manager of Wolves.

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Champions Nigeria stage sit-in for bonuses

Nigeria's women's team are continuing to refuse to leave a hotel in Abuja until they are paid allowances and bonuses for winning the Women's Africa Cup of Nations.

The Super Falcons, who clinched their eighth African title on Saturday with a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon, are protesting over the Nigeria Football Federation's failure to pay them £13,600 per player for their success.

"The plan is to stay here until we all receive the money because the moment we leave there will be no opportunity to get it again."

The protest began on Tuesday.

Read more here.

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Teddy bear toss

Ice Hockey

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Fans of Pennsylvania hockey team the Hershey Bears threw 20,662 teddy bears onto the ice after their team scored the opening goal against the Syracuse Crunch in the American Hockey League. The bears will all be donated to charity.

It's well worth a watch, just click on the Tweet below...

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'We will have a selection headache'

Rugby Union

We have heard from Andy Farrell, who has been announced as one of head coach Warren Gatland's three assistants for the British and Irish Lions' 2017 New Zealand tour.

Farrell, 41, was one of Gatland's assistants during the Lions' 2-1 Test series victory over Australia in 2013 and is now Ireland's defence coach.

He said: "It’s a fantastic honour and privilege. I’m super excited, it’s a big challenge ahead and can’t wait to get going. You look at the autumn series, Scotland had a fantastic win against Argentina, Wales had their most successful time since 2002 and England are going great guns at the moment so northern hemisphere rugby is in a great place. 

"We’re going to have a headache after the Six Nations because a lot of top players are going to be disappointed they are not going on the tour."

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Lewandowski reveals wife pregnancy with celebration

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski used a rather public forum to announce his wife was pregnant.

The 28-year-old scored a free-kick in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid, and as a celebration stuck his thumb in his mouth and put the ball under his shirt.

"It was always my dream to announce out on the pitch that my wife is pregnant," he said.

"The goal was for her and the baby in her belly. We are very happy." 

Robert Lewandowski
EPA

Vote: Should red cards be brought into cricket?

With the news that cricket is set to introduce sendings-off for the first time next year, we want to know if you approve?

You can vote on this page for if you think red cards be brought into cricket. Vote closes at 13:15 GMT, we'll bring you the answer after that.

Borussia Monchengladbach defender, 27, retires

Borussia Monchengladbach defender Alvaro Dominguez has retired at the age of 27 through injury.

The former Atletico Madrid player, who won two Spain caps, had not played for a year because of a series of injuries.

He said on social media he had “tried everything to get fit again".

Coach Andre Schubert said: “His career ending early has affected us all deeply, he definitely could have still played at a very high level for a few years to come."

Alvaro Dominguez
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Lions' assistants named

Rugby Union

Steve Borthwick, Rob Howley and Andy Farrell have been named as assistants to British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland for next year's tour of New Zealand.  

Howley, Wales' interim coach, and Farrell have toured with the Lions before, while Borthwick has impressed as England forwards coach.