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  1. Champions League: Porto 5-0 Leicester, Tottenham 3-1 CSKA Moscow
  2. Europa League: Zorya Luhansk v Man Utd, Maccabi Tel Aviv v Dundalk (both 18:00 GMT), Southampton v Hapoel Be'er Sheva (20:05 GMT)
  3. Get Involved: Great sporting debuts #bbcsportsday

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By Elizabeth Hudson and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK


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Rooney and Ibrahimovic start for Man Utd

Zorya Luhansk v Manchester United (18:00 GMT)

Here’s how we’ll line up tonight against Zorya… #MUFC

Here’s how we’ll line up tonight against Zorya… #MUFC

'Robson let out primal scream and it scared me!'


Robbie Williams takes on Mark Lawrenson in Premier League predictions

Pop star Robbie Williams, who takes on Mark Lawrenson in this week's Premier League predictions, tells BBC Sport about the time his boyhood idol Bryan Robson let out a morale-boosting roar in the changing room before a Soccer Aid match.

Firmino not taking the mickey...


Roberto Firmino has left us speechless on a number of occasions this season for his scinilating forward play alongside Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, but this picture has really left us lost for words. 

The Liverpool forward donned the same outfit as his wife, Larissa, as they held a Disney themed party for their daughter Valentina, and posted evidence on Instagram. 

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Dyche unconcerned at losing run

Burnley v Bournemouth (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has been speaking at a news conference and is asked if he is worried at his side's three-game losing run.

He replies: "We have already had our fair share of ups and downs, only three games it is not a big thing for teams that have just been promoted.

"It is about keeping the team in the division in the first season and then build on that for the second one."

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FA ban Leeds owner Cellino for 18 months


More on Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, who has been suspended from all football activities for 18 months and fined £250,000. 

He is also to attend and complete an education programme covering "the duties and responsibilities of an owner and director of an English football club". 

Agent Derek Day has been fined £75,000. The sanctions relate to the transfer of Ross McCormack from Leeds to Fulham in 2014.

Read the full story here.


'What doesn't kill us makes us stronger'


Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha has offered his support to former Eagles team-mate Yannick Bolasie, after the midfielder, now at Everton, suffered a serious knee injury.

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Great sporting debuts

Olumuji Olaoluwa Taiwo: Wayne Rooney's debut in the Champions League in 2004 against Fenerbache.

Fraser T Thorburn: Max Verstappen winning his maiden GP on his first outing for Red Bull.

Omeje Emmanuel C: Demba Ba, two goals on his debut for Chelsea. 

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BreakingLeeds owner Cellino banned


Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has been banned for 18 months - effective from February 1, 2017 - for breaking the Football Association's agent regulations, the governing body has announced.

Cellino's suspension prevents him from being a director or shadow director of any club, while he and Leeds have each been fined £250,000.

He was charged with breaching the FA's football agent rules over the sale of Ross McCormack to Fulham in 2014.  


On this day...


In 2015 Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League following a 3-2 defeat at Wolfsburg. Louis van Gaal's side went into the Europa League but lost to Liverpool in the last 16.

Louis van Gaal and assistant Ryan Giggs show a look of dejection
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Zorya Luhansk v Manchester United (18:00 GMT)

We've arrived at Chornomorets Stadium for tonight's @EuropaLeague game! #MUFC

We've arrived at Chornomorets Stadium for tonight's @EuropaLeague game! #MUFC

Manchester United only need a draw in Ukraine to advance into the last 32 of the Europa League.

Vote results

Who will be the next English team to win the Champions League?

We asked you to vote on who you thought would be the next English team to win the Champions League.

It was very close, with Manchester City getting 24% of the vote, compared to 23% from Chelsea. Elsewhere, both Liverpool and Manchester United got 17% each, Arsenal 13%, and Tottenham and Leicester 3% each.

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Each game becoming harder - Monk

Brighton v Leeds (Friday, 19:45 GMT)

Leeds manager Garry Monk is focused on dealing with growing expectations before Friday's Championship clash at Brighton. 

Monk, who was appointed Leeds boss in June, has engineered a revival of fortunes at the Yorkshire club after a slow start to the season, with Leeds currently fourth after winning five of their last six league games. 

"Each game for every club becomes harder and more important now, because teams tend to find out now what they are fighting for this season," Monk told Leeds' official website.

"It will be another massive test for us and our young group, but one we want to see the team come through with a good performance."

Garry Monk
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Watch Oxford v Cambridge now

Rugby union

We are into the second half of the Varsity rugby match between Oxford and Cambridge, with Cambridge leading 10-6 with just under half hour remaining.

You can watch coverage of that match here.

Earlier today, Oxford beat Cambridge 3-0 in the Women's Varsity Match.


US Open controversy leads to rule change


Golf officials have altered the controversial rule that cost Dustin Johnson a one stroke penalty during his US Open triumph this year.

As a result of the incident that significantly overshadowed the final day at Oakmont, the United States Golf Association (USGA) was heavily criticised.

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Rooney and Bailly set to return for Manchester United

Zorya Luhansk v Manchester United (18:00 GMT)

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set to feature after returning from suspension while defender Eric Bailly, an unused substitute at Goodison Park on Sunday, is also in the squad having recovered from a knee injury.

Midfielder Michael Carrick and full-backs Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian - who all started Sunday's 1-1 draw at Everton - have been left at home, with Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin also overlooked for United's trip to Ukraine.

United have to avoid defeat in Ukraine to progress to the last 32.

The match is set to go ahead following a pitch inspection at the Chornomorets Stadium on Thursday morning.

Jesse Lingard and Wayne Rooney
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Tadic could play in mask

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

Southampton forward Dusan Tadic could play in a facemask during his side's Europa League group game against Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

Tadic, 28, has not featured since breaking his nose while playing for Serbia against Wales in November.

Saints will finish second in their group and reach the last 32 with a win or a goalless draw. But a win for Hapoel, or a score draw, would see the Israeli side progress to the knockout stage.

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Great sporting debuts

Cardiff McCardiffian: The Beast himself Jon Parkin on debut for Cardiff scored an absolute worldie volley from outside the box against Norwich.

Kingken Mok: Marcus Rashford! Scored on his Premier league, Manchester Derby, Europa league, league cup, England senior and U-21 debuts.

Alex Shcnopple: Lewis Hamilton, the almost-very-nearly-despairingly-close debut. Lewis finished third in his first GP at Melbourne.

Lewis Hamiton
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Koeman wants more from Barkley

Watford v Everton (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has said midfielder Ross Barkley needs to do more to secure a regular spot in the first team. 

The England international did not feature in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Manchester United and Koeman said: "He played a lot, he did not play last weekend and that is the competition we have in the squad. 

"If you like to play you need to show that to the manager during the whole week and he is trying to do his best. We know he is one of the players who needs to bring more productivity and that is the talk we had about his situation. 

"Sometimes it can be a tactical reason, sometimes I expect more from Ross Barkley but I expect more from other players offensively."


No reviews in first Fifa game to use video technology


Kashima Antlers beat Auckland City 2-1 in the Club World Cup preliminary round tie as video technology made its debut in a senior Fifa competition.

For the first time in a Fifa tournament, the match featured so-called Video Assistant Referees who are allowed to pass information from television replays to the referee on the pitch if requested.

The system, which also allows the referee himself to look at match-changing incidents on pitchside monitors, is being trialled by Fifa, who hope to use it at the 2018 World Cup, although the referee did not have to call for any reviews.

Goals from Shuhei Akasaki and Mu Kanazaki took the Japanese side into the quarter-finals, where they face African champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

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'Coleman OK for Watford game'

Watford v Everton (Saturday 12:30 GMT)

Everton defender Seamus Coleman should be fit to face Watford on Saturday. 

Coleman collided with Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the weekend, with the Swedish striker landing awkwardly and catching him on the face with his boot. 

But Everton boss Ronald Koeman said: "Seamus Coleman is OK, he trained as normal today. He had pain at the start of the week. Everyone else is OK."  


On this day...


In 1991 Germany captain Lothar Matthaus became the first official World Footballer of the Year following a poll of FIFA coaches.

Lothar Matthaus
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Boss, I'm leaving... to drive for Mercedes

Formula 1

A rather significant job advert from @MercedesAMGF1 appears in tomorrow's issue of Autosport magazine... #F1……


We have to defend better - Bradley

Swansea v Sunderland (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

It has not been a good start as Swansea manager for Bob Bradley, who has only won once in seven games with his side thrashed at Tottenham 5-0 last time out.

"When you are a manager it (the pressure) goes with the territory," says Bradley. "It is work as usual, knowing from the beginning when I got here that it would be a big challenge, and it is.

"When you see a scoreline like that it is easy to jump on us. We are not going to survive if we keep on conceding goals like this."

Tottenham v Swansea
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Happy birthday to you...

Sir Geoff Hurst (football) - England's hat-trick hero in the 1966 World Cup final, born in 1941, is celebrating his 75th birthday today.

Brian McClair (football) - The former Manchester United and Scotland forward, born in 1963, is 53 today.

Amir Khan (boxing) - Olympic silver medallist and former two-time world champion, born in 1986 is 30 today.

Raheem Sterling (football) - Manchester City and England winger, born in 1994, is 22 today.

Raheem Sterling

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Great sporting debuts

Andy Koilpillai: Favourite debut I witnessed; Allan Border century vs India in the 1979 Chennai (Madras) test.

Toniwater: Eddy Merckx Tour de France debut in 1969 won yellow jersey, polka dot jersey, green jersey, winning margin 18mins! The Cannibal.

Dan Rowley: Tony Cottee Everton v Newcastle 1988 hat trick on his debut for Everton.

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Tony Cottee
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'Many people want me to fail'


Some more from British IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, talking about his title defence against American Eric Molina.

"For as many people that want me to win, there are as many people that want me to fail," Joshua told Sky Sports. "I still have to be very careful and perform to the best of my ability.

"He has a one-punch return which he thinks is going to shock the world. It it time to cement my legacy and fight by fight I am going to write my name in the record books. I'm going to make him look like a kid, I'm going to play with him and feed him to the lions."

Molina added: "I have been in the ring with other big names and hurt them. I'm extremely confident and ready to go and give everything I have got. Every fight I have got better."

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Bolasie absence 'a big loss' for Everton

Watford v Everton (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has just started talking to the media today and he has been talking about Yannick Bolasie, who faces surgery after a serious knee injury

Ronald Koeman on @YannickBolasie #EFC "It's a big loss. He's travelling to London to have a 2nd opinion. Think operation will be next week."

Yannick Bolasie
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Vote now

Who will be the next English team to win the Champions League?

We have been talking about the Champions League all day and now is your chance to vote on who you think the next English Champions League winners will be.

You have seven options - including Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester City, who are all in the last 16. If you don't think there will be an English winner this year, then hit one of our four other options - Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United or Tottenham.

You will need to sign in and get a BBC ID, a process that is quick and free.

The results will be announced shortly after the vote closes at 15:30 GMT.

Football League clubs to benefit from new scheme


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League One and Two clubs are set to be the major beneficiaries of a scheme aimed at increasing the number of young English players in the Football League.

The EFL is paying £750,000-a-season into its Futures scheme which rewards clubs who name home-grown players, eligible for England - or Wales in the case of Cardiff and Newport - under the age of 21 in their starting line-ups.

So far this season, 8% of starters - 185 different players - have met the criteria.

The money will be paid on a pro-rata basis, with the EFL projecting this season's split will be £150,000 in total to Championship clubs and £300,000 each to League One and Two clubs.

Heaton set for return

Burnley v Bournemouth (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Good news for Burnley fans with manager Sean Dyche confirming at his news conference that goalkeeper Tom Heaton should be in contention to return this week.

Heaton has missed the last two games through injury with veteran Paul Robinson replacing him, but he could return for the game against Bournemouth.

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Women's participation at all-time high

Women in sport

The number of women playing sport has reached an all-time high of 7.21m, research published by Sport England shows.

The Active People Survey found the number of participants has increased by 250,000 since the organisation launched its This Girl Can campaign in 2014.  

The Women's Elite Start gets underway during the 2009 London Marathon
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'Bringing respect back to the division'


Some quotes from IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, who defends his title against American Eric Molina on Saturday.

"Training has gone well, hard, but well. I'm getting more experience so understand the importance of training hard," said Joshua. "I'm physically in the best shape I could be.

"Of course he has to train so I'm not worried what he is doing. I'm glad he is healthy, God willing I manage to do my job and crush him. It is a breaking down job, everyone is sharp in rounds one, two three, but it is about being clever. Later on in the rounds I will start breaking him down.

"We are bringing currency back to heavyweight boxing, and respect back to the division and everyone wants a piece of it. Training is not about preparing for Eric, it is only going to get tougher so we train as if we are preparing for five fights' time. I will make him look like a novice."

Anthony Joshua
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When Gary met Slaven


Catch up with the latest edition of the Premier League Show as Gary Lineker travels to the London Stadium to meet West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.

Gabby Logan is joined by former England international Joe Cole and comedian Iain Stirling to go over all of the talking points of the Premier League.

Molina talks up chances against Joshua


It's a big night of boxing in Manchester on Saturday and both Eric Molina and Anthony Joshua are facing the media.

Outsider Molina believes he can beat reigning champion Joshua in their IBF heavyweight title bout.

“I’ve had to deal with a lot of tough things and face a lot of hard things that Anthony Joshua has no idea about," said the American. “These are things that make me a stronger and more dangerous fighter.

"All of Britain and him will be surprised on Saturday night. Very surprised."

Eric Molina

Snooker winnings email sent to wrong player


Mark Williams (l) and Mark Selby
Mark Williams (left) saw a small fortune pass him by when sent the prize money comfirmation

Snooker officials have been left pink with embarrassment after sending notification of UK Championship winnings to the wrong player.

McGhee given three-game ban


Motherwell manager Mark McGhee has been given a three-match touchline ban by the Scottish FA, with one game suspended to the end of the season, for verbally abusing a match official.

The incident happened during last month's game against Dundee.

Mark McGhee
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De Bruyne pops the question


Congratulations go to Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne and his girlfriend Michele Lacroix.

Lacroix posted on her Instagram page earlier: "Today is my birthday and 4 days ago I got the best pre birthday surprise. I'm going to marry my best friend, partner in crime, love of my life. #MrsDeBruyne."

Michele Lacroix on Instagram

Jesus keen to make impact at City


Manchester City newcomer Gabriel Jesus is targetting the number 33 shirt ahead of his January move to the Etihad, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Brazilian starlet signed for Pep Guardiola's squad in the summer, but remained with Palmeiras to help them to their first title triumph for 22 years.

Gabriel Jesus
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