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Summary

  1. Gabriel Jesus fractures metatarsal
  2. Champions League returns on Tuesday
  3. Leicester Tigers sign George Ford
  4. Bath's Freddie Burns moves in opposite direction
  5. When did you fall in love over sport?
  6. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Right, it's time for me to bring the shutters down on another Sportsday. Thanks for all your contributions for our Valentine's XI. A top effort by all concerned. 

Remember, the Champions League is back and we will have a live text on the BBC Sport website starting at 18:30 GMT. There's also another live text bringing you all the latest on a busy night of action from the EFL.

Until next time... 

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Ex-Leeds chief joins Penzance

David Haigh, the former managing director of Leeds United, has been appointed as a committee member at Cornish non-league side Penzance AFC.

Haigh, 39, left Leeds in April 2014 after Massimo Cellino bought the club.

"Penzance is a great grounding of a club, with an awful lot of potential to grow in the community," Haigh told BBC Radio Cornwall.

Penzance are bottom of the South West Peninsula League Division One West, the 11th tier of English football.

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Gareth's Valentine's Day message to you

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Look who's wanting to give you a farewell Valentine's Day reminder about something close to his heart (see what we did there?)...

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You can find out all about the FA People's Cup and how to sign up here.

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Here we go, in all its glory.

Outstanding work.

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McCarthy says bans should be a deterrent

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The threat of a ban from football should be enough of a deterrent without the need for drug testers, according to Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy.

McCarthy was responding to a BBC Sport study which found at least 39% of English Football League (EFL) players were not tested in 2015-16.

"To risk a career and getting banned for a couple of years, there really not ought to be any drug testers," he said.

The study also found no tests were carried out in the National League.

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Bale on his way back

Gareth Bale could return from injury for Real Madrid on Saturday.

The Wales forward, 27, has been out since having surgery to repair ankle tendon damage suffered in November.

Bale is not fit enough to be included in Real's squad for Wednesday's Champions League tie against Napoli but could feature in Saturday's La Liga match at home to Espanyol.

That would mean he would be fit for Wales' crucial World Cup qualifier with the Republic of Ireland on 24 March.

Read more here.

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Ashraf: Really surprised to see the news about Gabriel Jesus. I thought it was a minor knock. His reaction deceived me. Tough character.

McInnes 'focused on Aberdeen'

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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has stressed that his focus remains on his side after fielding questions about the managerial vacancy at former club Rangers.

The Dons boss stressed that he would not speak about "speculation" linking him with the job with his side's Scottish Premiership rivals.

"They are a strong club with a lot of tradition and there will always be people interested in that," said the former West Brom captain.

"My concern is for Aberdeen. I am fully focused on my job here."

More changes at Ulster?

What's this? Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss making headlines on Valentine's Day?

Former New Zealand player Jono Gibbes, 40, will take over as the province's head coach in the summer and Kiss has indicated that further appointments to the coaching team will be made in the coming weeks.

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Fighting talk from Bottas

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Valtteri Bottas believes he can beat Lewis Hamilton to the 2017 Formula One title after declaring he has not joined Mercedes to settle for second place. 

Hamilton will be partnered by the 27-year-old Finnish driver for the new season, which gets under way in Melbourne next month. 

"I feel it is possible," said Bottas when asked if he could get the better of Hamilton. "Nico Rosberg showed beating Lewis is possible." 

Mane says Reds can finish strongly

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Liverpool winger Sadio Mane says the confidence which has returned to Jurgen Klopp's team can propel them towards a strong end to the season. 

The Reds, who beat Spurs 2-0 on Saturday, are fifth in the Premier League table, three points behind second-placed Manchester City.

"We had three or four difficult weeks but we are out of that now," said Mane. "It's too early to speak about what's going to happen but the confidence is back in this team now."

No Gotze for Dortmund

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Injured Mario Gotze has not been included in the Borussia Dortmund squad for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg at Benfica.

The midfielder, 24, is struggling with a leg injury that kept him out of Dortmund's surprise 2-1 defeat at Bundesliga bottom side Darmstadt.

Dortmund's form has faltered since December, with the German side winning just two of their previous nine games in all competitions.

They have only lost once in that time but Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is hoping for a convincing win in Portugal to revive their campaign.

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Pressure on Emery

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Paris St-Germain boss Unai Emery will be all too aware of the importance of performing in Europe after last year's sacking of Laurent Blanc.

Frenchman Blanc won 11 of the 12 domestic trophies available during his three campaigns in Paris, but was fired after falling at the Champions League quarter-finals for a third consecutive year.

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PSG's Qatari owners hired Emery on the back of the three consecutive Europa League titles he won with Sevilla, but the Spaniard does not have a good record against Barcelona, with 16 defeats in 23 games.

"Knowing Unai, I know he will try to make our life complicated," said Barca boss Luis Enrique.

"He knows us perfectly, he knows exactly what we have to offer. Our goal will be to keep the ball and create space because they will be taking risks."

Champions League is back

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The Champions League returns later with the last-16 stage, with Barcelona's trip to Paris St-Germain the evening's stand-out match.

For PSG and manager Unai Emery, the tie is a daunting test of their place in Europe's elite, made more vital by the £600m spent on transfers since 2011.

Emery has won once in 23 games against Barca, whose striker Luis Suarez faces Uruguay team-mate Edinson Cavani. In Tuesday's other 19:45 GMT kick-off, Borussia Dortmund visit Benfica.

'My heart was always in England'

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Former Nigeria international Yakubu has revealed he wants to end his career in England after signing for League One Coventry.

The 34-year-old has a decade of experience in England but in the last five years he has played abroad apart from a brief spell at Reading.

He told BBC Sport: "I left to play in China, Qatar and Turkey, but my family and heart was always in England.

"I've always said I would love to end my career in England and that plan is still on track."

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How long will Jesus be missing?

Thanks Stephan. No doubt about the biggest football story of the day so far. But just how long will Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus be out for?

According to Press Association Sport, City are unsure about the exact time frame but there are fears he could be out for up to three months.

What do you think about the Jesus injury? Text 81111 or tweet using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

Neil Johnston will be keeping an eye on them - he's here to guide you through the rest of the day.

Jesus fractures metatarsal

On the subject of how long Jesus will be out, there's no word, but these injuries often take anything from six weeks to three months.

Is it a season-ender?

Jesus fractures metatarsal

A City statement said: "He will undergo further examinations in the coming days to establish the extent of his layoff.

"We wish Gabriel a speedy recovery and we will keep you updated on his progress via the Club’s official channels in the coming days."

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The 19-year-old scored three goals in his first two Premier League starts for City, but had to be substituted after 15 minutes on the south coast.

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Jesus fractures metatarsal

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus suffered a fractured metatarsal in last night's 2-0 win at Bournemouth.

There's no word from the club on how long he will be out for.

News, big news. Stand by...

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Jason Clugston: Don't know about players, but this team should definitely be wearing a Hearts kit.

Champions League

Has the return of the Champions League crept up on you? Did you not know that the screechy music was back?

Never fear. Read this. It's all you need to know about the return of the competition for the cup with the massive ears.

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Niall: Owner of the Valentines XI: Romance Abramovich.

Maybe Zakuani's partner is going out with Patrick Viera?

A few things here. Maybe Zakuani's partner is going out for dinner, just not with him. Maybe she knows he's been dropped before he does.

And isn't that a picture of Patrick Viera?

If true, the tweet coming up from Northampton Town defender Gabriel Zakuani is excellent...

O'Sullivan through in Wales

Defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is through the first round at the Welsh Open, beating fellow Englishman Tom Ford 4-1.

O'Sullivan has been speaking after the match, somehow resisting to put on his robotic voice this week.

You can watch all the action from Wales right here.

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Andyundefined: On our first date my wife arrived in a green shirt, green shorts and big gloves. I knew straightaway she was a keeper!

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That's a solid backline...

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James Finnigan: Don't know about football but you could have a good fourball in golf, Love, Rose, Couples and Chappell.

Andrew Males: Anthony Taylor can be the ref - he's given out the most cards!

Rugby Union

Scotland centre Mark Bennett will move from Glasgow Warriors to Edinburgh on a three-year deal this summer.

Bennett joined Glasgow from Clermont Auvergne in 2012 and made his international debut two years later.

The 24-year-old will follow Duncan Weir in moving east from the Warriors, the Scotland fly-half having joined Edinburgh last year.

Meanwhile, Glasgow have announced that forwards Josh Strauss and Gordon Reid will also leave this summer.

Blimey, 1896 is so long ago that we only have a drawing of George Lohmann. Imagine how long he had to stay still for...

On this day in ...

1896: George Lohmann took eight wickets for seven runs as England bowled South Africa out for 30 at Port Elizabeth. The innings total remained the lowest in a Test match for almost 60 years.

England and Surrey medium pace bowler, George Lohmann (1865 - 1901)
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Jilo: How about Peter Valentine? Defender who played for huddersfield & Bolton. Surely, he's gotta make the team!

Rajan Paudel: How about Teddy Sheringham? Teddy bears stand as the best memoir which can speak of your affection towards the other person.

Pasta at 3am, dodging cows & the secret route

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If your day job is riding a motorbike at speeds of up to 120mph in sand dunes, gravel tracks and riverbeds then falling off and suffering injuries are occupational hazards.  

"It was a rough time and a long 45-minute wait for a helicopter to come and take me away when I was lying there with my leg bent in half. The desert is not where you want major surgery and it was heavy for the mind. You think to yourself 'what am I doing to myself?"  

These are the outstanding words of the first British winner of the Dakar Rally, Sam Sunderland after he broke his leg in the middle of a Moroccan desert in 2015.

Read about his rise to the top here.