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Summary

  1. Qatar World Cup must be played in winter - Platini
  2. Man City's Lampard could face CSKA
  3. Mourinho 'would not follow' Rodgers approach
  4. Rodgers defends Liverpool team selection
  5. England prop Cole set for Leicester return
  6. GET INVOLVED: Sport's oldest competitors? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer and Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right, that is all from me, but don't worry there is plenty of live sport on BBC Sport tonight.

    Our Champions League live text is getting underway now with Tom Rostance so, what are you waiting for, get involved.

    Enjoy.

  2. Ajax v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Football

    Lionel Messi

    Barcelona lost at Paris St-Germain in this year's Champions League, having been defeated by Atletico Madrid in last year's quarter-final. Surely they can't suffer a third away European loss on the trot can they?

  3. FA Cup on tour

    Football

    FA Cup

    The FA Cup is on a tour of the regions with the BBC and the FA. Pictured with the trophy is seven-year-old Bristol City fan Liam Hawkins.

    Being pictured with the trophy and supporting League One table toppers Bristol City? It has been a good season for you Liam.

  4. Kevin meets Bale

    Football

    Gareth Bale and Kevin Kilbane

    Former Republic of Ireland international and Match of the Day pundit met Real Madrid's Gareth Bale this week. See their interview in Saturday's Football Focus.

  5. Manchester City v CSKA (19:45 GMT)

    Football

    Yaya Toure

    Looks like something has to give tonight then.

    It is high time Manchester City ended their Champions League woes if they are to take their place among Europe's elite. Winless from three Group E matches hasn't been the best of starts but victory tonight could be the kick start they need.

  6. FA apprentice scores in Champions League

    Football

    Breel Embolo

    Breel Embolo became one of the youngest scorers in Champions league history last night but this morning he was back at his apprenticeship working as a clerk for the Football Association in Switzerland.

    The 17-year-old Basel scored the opener in Basel's 4-0 win over Ludogorets Razgrad.

    Florian Raz below, Sports Editor at the TagesWoche newspaper in Basel, told BBC World: "He went to school at 8 o'clock in the morning because he's doing a commercial apprenticeship.

    "He works some of the time as a clerk at the office of the Football Association and the odd time he's in school and then he plays football."

  7. A Winter World Cup

    Football

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Football's movers and shakers met in Zurich on Monday to discuss the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

    But are we any closer to finding out at what time of year the tournament will be played? Find out more here.

  8. How are free-kicks scored?

    Football

    Maths of the Day

    The FA Cup has seen some glorious free-kicks over the years - Nottingham Forest captain Stuart Pearce's 1991 stunner against Spurs (pictured above), Chelsea star Didier Drogba's winning dipper in the 2010 final, and Everton legend Kevin Sheedy's incredible twice-in-a-row effort against Ipswich in 1985, to name just a few. Many seem to defy logic, but can maths actually help explain how they were scored? Find out in BBC's iwonder guide to free-kicks here.

  9. Post update

    The FA ‏on Twitter: Aston Villa and Tottenham charged following Sunday's Premier League match.

  10. Warnock fined by FA

    Football

    Looks like Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock will have less 'spends' this week after being fined £9,000 by the FA.

    The fine comes following post-match comments about referee Craig Pawson after the 2-1 home Barclays Premier League defeat by Chelsea on 18October 18.

    The Eagles boss, 65, had said referee Craig Pawson was "influenced" by Chelsea players in the decision to send off Damien Delaney for a second yellow card.

    Warnock denied the charge and had requested a personal hearing, which was held on Wednesday.

  11. Latest gossip

    Football

    Liverpool are hoping to sign Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in January in a £4m deal from Malaga. (Liverpool Echo)

  12. Disability sport

    Jade Etherington

    Jade Etherington - Britain's most successful woman in Winter Paralympic history - has announced her retirement, along with her guide, Caroline Powell.

    The visually-impaired skier and Powell won four medals - three silver and a bronze - at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi earlier this year.

  13. Ajax v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Ajax

    Champions League ‏on Twitter: The famous Amsterdam Arena is ready for @AFCAjax_EN - @FCBarcelona with kick-off edging closer!

  14. Done deal

    Football

    Former Wolves and Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara joins Championship strugglers Blackpool FC on a short-term deal until 4 January.

  15. Ajax v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Football

    Barcelona fans

    FC Barcelona ‏on Twitter: Barca fans in Amsterdam, showing their support for the team. Three hours to go!

  16. 'I'd have thought about retiring if I was Gerrard' - Suarez

    Football

    Luis Suarez admits he would have considered retiring if he had slipped in the Chelsea game like Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard did.

    The Liverpool skipper allowed Demba Ba a free run at goal at Anfield, who scored, and Manchester City beat the Reads to the Premier League title

    Suarez, in his autobiography serialised in the Guardian, wrote: "If I had been in Stevie's shoes, I don't know if I would have been able to carry on playing.

    "Emotionally, it must have been very, very hard."

  17. Radford's rattler

    Football

    Ronnie Radford

    Just in case you haven't seen this goal enough, have another look.

    I'm sure Hereford fans could watch Ronnie Radford's stunner against Newcastle in 1972 all the time, but, for the Toon Army, I can only apologise.

    Here's the latest of our 50 memorable FA Cup goals.

  18. All Blacks game vital - Hill

    Rugby Union

    England rugby

    Former England flanker Richard Hill views Saturday's opener with New Zealand as the pivotal fixture of the QBE Series.

    "If I was involved with England I'd be looking at New Zealand because it's the game that will set the tone for November," Hill said.

    "It's the game that has the ability to galvanise supporters and provide a huge confidence boost going into a four-match series."

  19. Rowett enthused by Blues improvement

    Football

    What a difference a few days can make in football. Less than two weeks ago, Birmingham City were licking their wounds from an 8-0 home hammering by Bournemouth, but four points from two games under new manager Gary Rowett has lifted some of the gloom around St Andrew's.

    Blues remain in the Championship's bottom three despite last night's 2-1 win over previous leaders Watford, but Rowett has seen enough from his players to suggest they will soon be heading up the table.

    He told BBC WM 95.6: "What's greatly enthused me is that I've seen just a little bit of what I think the team can achieve. They certainly shouldn't be fearful about the rest of the games. We haven't achieved anything at all yet but it's a good start."

  20. Nadal out of hospital after surgery

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal

    Good news for Rafael Nadal fans. The world number three is out of hospital, two days after surgery to remove his appendix.

    The Spaniard, 28, confirmed on 24 October that he would not play again in 2014 as he required an operation.

    The 14-time Grand Slam title winner has played only seven matches since Wimbledon and began taking antibiotics in October to treat appendicitis.

  21. Maribor v Chelsea

    Football

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Chelsea

    "Here's my view at The Ljudski Vrt Stadium in Slovenia where Chelsea play Maribor tonight."

  22. Platini on 2022 Winter World Cup

    Football

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    Speaking during a tour of the Football Association's training base at St George's Park in Staffordshire, Platini said: "As president of Uefa, I have no problem whether it's in November, December, January or February.

    "I have no problem. For the competition of the Champions League, we have no problem.

    "Your clubs in England, your league (the Premier League) has a problem… but we have to find a compromise. Everybody has to lose something but in the end I think winter will be a good date.

    "It will not be in April, it will not be in May or June or July or September. It will be November, December or January."

  23. Platini wants 2022 World Cup to be in winter

    Football

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    Uefa president Michel Platini has told BBC Sport the 2022 Qatar World Cup must be played in winter.

    His stance puts him in direct opposition to some of Europe's biggest leagues and clubs, who want the event to be staged in May.

    The World Cup is usually held in June and July, but Fifa has been told that Qatar's searing summer temperatures will put players' health at risk.

    Platini said: "It'll never be in April, May or June. It will be in winter."

  24. Russell is Derby catalyst - McClaren

    Football

    Johnny Russell

    Manager Steve McClaren says Johnny Russell is providing the spark for much of Derby County's best attacking play.

    The 24-year-old forward has started the last five matches and scored his second goal in that run in Tuesday's 2-0 win over in-form Huddersfield Town to take Derby up to fourth in the Championship.

    McClaren told BBC Radio Derby: "He was fantastic. He has such energy and is the catalyst at the moment. He has done so well since he came into the team.

    "It was great to score but it is not just that, it's the work off the ball."

  25. Post update

    Michel Platini

    The FA: Platini meets England U17s coach John Peacock and @FA director of elite development Dan Ashworth @StGeorgesPark.

  26. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Akinpelu Kayode: Alessandro Costacurta and Paolo Maldini playing till 41 in top flight football. Hard to leave one out so I had to mention both.

    Tim Stubbs: Teddy Sheringham Colchester v Peterboro' FA Cup Jan08 Posh, a league below won 3-1 but at 41 he was the best player on the day.

    Chris Walsh: Frankie Smith stills turns out twice a weekend for fleckney village cricket club (leics) at the ripe old age of 68.

    Who is the oldest person you have watched or played alongside in sport? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  27. Liverpool fans deserve answers - Platini

    Football

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers needs to explain his team selection against Real Madrid to the fans, Uefa president Michel Platini said on Wednesday.

    Rodgers incurred the wrath of some Reds supporters on social media sites when he left Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Mario Balotelli and Philippe Coutinho out of the starting line-up, with an eye on the weekend's Premier League encounter with Chelsea.

    Platini said: "First of all he has to explain to his fans why he put this team - not to me, not to you. Are you sure it was not the best team? How can I say that? The coach of Liverpool, if I say something, he'll say, 'Oh, Michel Platini, I put my best team of the moment.' And I would be stupid."

  28. Maribor v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Football

    John Terry

    Chelsea look well on the way to winning their Champions League group once more. Two wins a draw from their first three games leaves them top of the pile. That's how you do it Man City.....

  29. Everton adjusting to European demands - Martinez

    Football

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez predicts Thursday's Europa League tie against Lille at Goodison Park will be "quite special".

    "The two away games so far have been phenomenal experiences, but playing at home under floodlights, facing French opposition for the first time in our history is going to be something quite special," the Spaniard said.

    "We really want to grow into this competition and be as strong as we can. But, the first objective is to get through the group.

    "Step-by-step, we're enjoying the demands of this season. The Europa League has brought a different challenge to our squad."

  30. Everton's Alcaraz out for 6-12 weeks

    Football

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    "Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed defender Antolin Alcaraz dislocated his shoulder during the 0-0 draw against Swansea on Saturday.

    "He's expected to be out of action between 6 to 12 weeks.

    "Martinez has no other new injury concerns ahead of their Europa League game against Lille tomorrow night."

  31. Barwick to become Conference chairman

    Football

    Former Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick is to become the new chairman of the Football Conference at the end of the season.

    Barwick, who previously held senior sport posts with the BBC and ITV, will continue in his role as non-executive chairman of the Rugby Football League.

    "I look forward to a long and positive relationship with one of football's most enduring competitions," he said.

    Barwick will succeed Brian Lee, who has held the position for eight years.

  32. Volvo Ocean Race

    Sailing

    Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

    The first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race is over and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have claimed the 6,487-nautical-mile opening stage from Alicante to Cape Town after just over 25 days at sea.

    Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

    Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing had been pursued for the past 48 hours by Chinese entry Dongfeng Race Team, who closed to within three miles but could not make up the gap in the South Atlantic chase into Cape Town.

    Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
  33. Carroll on the comeback

    Football

    Andy Carroll

    West Ham striker Andy Carroll played in a 60-minute training match today under the watchful eye of manager Sam Allardyce and his staff.

    The £15m signing has not featured for the first team this season following ankle surgery in July.

    He was joined in the Hammers side that faced Southend by Joey O'Brien, Matt Jarvis, Kevin Nolan and Ricardo Vaz Te. All five came through unscathed.

  34. Caroline & Serena - the ice queens

    Tennis

    Caroline Wozniacki (left) with Serena Williams

    Serena Williams has a hidden talent.

    The world's number one female tennis player went skating last night at the Rockefeller ice rink with pal Caroline Wozniacki, and the American impressed with some snazzy pirouettes.

    Wozniacki posted a video on Instagram, saying: "Great times. Serena Williams showing off her pirouettes. I'm just trying to stay on my feet lol."

  35. Villain on the run

    Football

    Marc Baylis

    So that's where he is hiding... Coronation Street Killer Rob, aka actor Marc Baylis, shows his true colours.

    With Aston Villa's recent record, maybe he should have kept running.

  36. Maribor v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Football stat attack

    Maribor are the only Slovenian side to have beaten English opponents in Uefa competition - which English club did they beat?

    The answer is - Wigan. Maribor beat the Championship side 2-1 at home in last season's Europa League group stage.

  37. Post update

    Bayer Leverkusen

    If the above photo tweeted by Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno is anything to go by, it looks like the Germans enjoyed last night's Champions League win at Zenit St Petersburg.

  38. Gloucester hand new deal to Moriarty

    Rugby Union

    Back-row forward Ross Moriarty has signed a new contract with Premiership side Gloucester.

    He has been an ever-present for the Cherry and Whites this season and has also represented England at Under-20s level.

    "He is still relatively young in rugby terms, but is already contributing hugely to what we are trying to achieve as a team," said director of rugby David Humphreys.

  39. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Andrew Priestley: Who could forget Tom Watson almost winning The Open at the age of 59 in 2009? Gary Player is still playing well at 78 too.

    MissIsles: We have a lady playing for @favhockey that turns 60 in December and runs rings around some of us younger players!

    Pete Berry: Ron Hill C'wealth & Euro marathon champion still racing at 76. Has run every day for 50 yrs 160,000 miles total.

    I live around the corner from Ron Hill Way Pete and, having met him a couple of times, he is indeed a legend...

    Who is the oldest person you have watched or played alongside in sport? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  40. Players plead with fans

    Football

    Galatasaray

    Galatasaray players pleaded with their fans to behave after their Champions League tie at Borussia Dortmund was twice stopped by firecrackers.

    Captain Selcuk Inan and midfielder Felipe Melo remonstrated with supporters who threw flares towards the corner flag in Germany on Tuesday.

    Dortmund fans had to protect themselves when explosives flung from the away section landed in the home stands.

    Galatasaray, who lost 4-1, were fined £40,000 over flares thrown at Arsenal.

    Galatasaray
  41. Sri Lanka to hold inquiry

    Cricket

    Cricinfo reports Sri Lanka Cricket will appoint a leading female lawyer to perform a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by officials around the Sri Lanka women's team.

    The directive was made by the country's sports minister.

  42. Another award for Ronny

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    I hope you have a big trophy cabinet, Cristiano?

    The Real Madrid man receives the European golden boot for scoring 31 goals in La Liga last season. He shares the accolade with Barcelona's Luis Suarez, who hit the same tally for Liverpool.

    I expect they get one each though...

  43. Rio the role model

    The Football Association says QPR defender Rio Ferdinand was harshly punished for comments he made on Twitter because he is a "role model".

    Ferdinand was banned for three matches and fined £25,000 for using the word "sket" - a promiscuous girl or woman.

    "With nearly 6m followers, Mr Ferdinand is clearly an experienced Twitter user and should know better," said the FA. "He is, without doubt, a role model for many young people. His responsibility is therefore that much greater."

  44. Boss Adams worried by Norwich slump

    Football

    Norwich boss Neil Adams admits he is "hugely" concerned by his side's loss of form following Tuesday's 4-0 defeat by Middlesbrough.

    The Canaries were top of the Championship in mid-October but have won only two of their last nine games and are now down to seventh.

    "After a heavy defeat and a performance that isn't good enough, we'll certainly be thinking about changes," Adams told BBC Radio Norfolk.

  45. England prop ready to return

    Rugby Union

    Leicester Tigers and England prop Dan Cole will make his return from a long-term neck injury in the LV= Cup against Sale Sharks at Welford Road on Sunday.

    The 27-year-old has been out since January and had surgery in the summer.

    Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester: "He will have some game time. He will play off the bench."

  46. 'It's John Terry on the phone'

    Football

    John Terry and Joe Davies

    What would you do if your phone rang and someone told you it was John Terry on the other end end of the line? Hang up before thinking which of your mates was pranking you? Yep, me too.

    Lucky Chelsea fan Joe Davies didn't do that when the Blues skipper phoned him for real, after he had written to his hero making the case for cheaper tickets at Stamford Bridge.

    Terry told him he would put his case to his bosses - I wouldn't hold your breath though Joe....

    Listen to Davies talking to BBC Sport here.

  47. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Richard Seals: There is a Canadian show jumped called Ian Miller who is well into his 60's and still competing and winning at the top of world show jumping. His CV boasts competing at 10 Olympics and he looking to make Rio his 11th

    Katherine Griffiths: I remember seeing a gentleman race at Rockingham when he was well into his 90's. He was still using the same car he raced at Brooklands before WW2

    Glenn Rogers: I played lawn bowls in Australia and my team made it through the first round of the club triples but we had to forfeit the second round as my lead passed away - he was 98.

    Who is the oldest person you have watched or played alongside in sport? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  48. Team spirit key to Boro - Bamford

    Football

    Forward Patrick Bamford believes there are similarities between Middlesbrough and the Derby side he helped to the Championship play-offs last season.

    Bamford, 21, is on loan at the Riverside from Chelsea, and had a similar spell with the Rams last term.

    Boro are now second in the table, winning nine of 16 games, including Tuesday's 4-0 victory against Norwich.

    "The big thing at Derby was the squad togetherness and it's the same here, if not better," Bamford told BBC Tees. "It's a bigger squad but we're in it together and united as a team."

  49. Bayern Munich v Roma (19:45 GMT)

    Dante

    Bayern Munich on Twitter: Three points tonight would see us wrap up first place in the group! Keep your fingers crossed!

    Bayern Munich entertain Roma this evening.

  50. West Indies trio set for the chop

    Cricket

    Reports in Barbados say the West Indies Cricket Board have decided to sack all three of their cricket captains.

    Denesh Ramdin, the Test captain, Dwayne Bravo, the ODI skipper and Darren Sammy, the T20I captain are to be officially dismissed on Thursday it is reported.

  51. Debut for Rokoduguni

    Rugby Union

    Semesa Rokoduguni

    Semesa Rokoduguni will make his debut for England at Twickenham on Saturday becoming the first serving British soldier to play rugby for England since Tim Rodber in 1999.

  52. Ajax v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Football

    Ronaldo v Messi

    Lionel Messi will become the Champions League's all-time top scorer this evening if he scores a hat trick against Ajax in the Netherlands.

    Ronaldo, who needed two goals to break Raul's record of 71 goals, missed his chance against Liverpool last night leaving the path clear for Barcelona's main man this evening.

    Anyone get the feeling this record will become a bit of a movable feast in the next few years? It's yours Lionel, no it's yours Ronny, back to you Leo.........

  53. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Bernard Hopkins

    Nate Williams: The oldest person I've watched in sport will probably be Bernard Hopkins. Fighting for world titles this Saturday at 49!

    Wez Blackett: At 21 I got smashed by a 68 year old in squash. I HAD run a marathon 3 days earlier - though he'd also had 2 hip recons.

    Andrew Neill: At 16 I played a club match for my golf club. My partner was 79. I believe it's still the record for the largest difference.

    Who is the oldest person you have watched or played alongside in sport? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  54. Hangover for Liverpool

    Football

    Hungover? That's what John Toshack thinks his former club Liverpool are after last season's Premier League near miss.

    Liverpool narrowly missed out on winning the Premier League title last term and have won six of their 16 games in all competitions this time round

    "I still think they're feeling the effects of that a little bit," Toshack, 65, said. "They went so close after being so long without winning that championship.

    "I still think there's a bit of a hangover there. I think there's a dark cloud hanging over Anfield."

  55. Happy birthday to...

    Rugby Union

    Ledley

    Erm, it's Ledley's birthday today. Ledley? Yes, Sam Warburton's dog who is named after former Tottenham defender Ledley King. The Lions and Wales captain has tweeted: Happy birthday to my boy Ledley!! Have a great day!!

  56. Protestors try to disrupt Blatter lecture

    Football

    Police in riot gear were deployed at a university in Zurich as protestors tried to force their way into a room where Fifa president Sepp Blatter was giving a lecture

    At least one smoke bomb was let off after between 60 and 100 students managed to enter the building on Tuesday night although they did not get into the room itself, media reports said.

  57. Tonight's Champions League fixtures

    Football

    Man City v CSKA

    Ajax v Barcelona

    Paris St G v Apoel Nic

    NK Maribor v Chelsea

    Ath Bilbao v FC Porto

    Shakt Donsk v BATE Bor

    Bayern Mun v Roma

    Sporting v Schalke

  58. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    On the back of former Wales international Mark Aizlewood possibly playing for Carmarthen Town aged 55, we want to know your stories about age in sport.

    Tell us your favourite stories about older people who have played sport. They can be well known or people at your local club. Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  59. Maribor v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Football

    Maribor coach Ante Simundza says Chelsea's injury worries will not weaken the Premier League leaders and doesn't expect the Blues will "hold off" during this evening's Champions League clash.

    Striker Loic Remy is sidelined with a groin injury while leading scorer Diego Costa is doubtful because of a hamstring problem.

    "In London, Chelsea played superbly and were better in every department. I am sure that Chelsea will not hold off and I know Jose Mourinho wants all three points here in Maribor," said Simundza.

    "Chelsea's injury situation is not so important. For me, all that matters is that we are competitive, that we make the most of our chances and take as many points as possible."

  60. Champions League action

    Football

    John Terry

    There is plenty of Champions League action for you to look forward to this evening and we will bring you the build up this afternoon.

    Chelsea and Manchester City are the English teams in action, while Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG are all also playing.

    Another night to hog the television control then?

  61. Suarez won't celebrate against Ajax

    Football

    Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has said he will not celebrate should he score against his former club Ajax in the Champions League this evening.

    "I love celebrating my goals, but out of respect for this city I won`t celebrate," says the Uruguayan, who is set to make his Champions League debut for the Catalans.

    "Going there was one of the best decisions of my career, They gave many things as a player and the opportunity to play in the Champions League."

    Luis Suarez
  62. The world's most powerful agent?

    Baseball

    Forbes have named Scott Boras as the world's most powerful sports agent.

    The magazine says: "Representing more than three rosters worth of Major League Baseball's top players, Boras has negotiated almost $2 billion worth of current player contracts, earning him approximately $100 million in commissions."

  63. Lallana keeps the faith

    Adam Lallana believes last night's Liverpool performance in the defeat to Real Madrid augurs well for their Champions League prospects.

    The Reds are third in Group B but, with games against FC Basel and Ludogorets to come, the midfielder thinks Liverpool will still qualify for the last 16.

    "We showed we have got fight and we are still in the competition," Lallana said in the Liverpool Echo. "We know we have to win our last two games and we know it will be tough but we are confident we can achieve it."

    You might have to show a little more attacking intent though Adam....

  64. Question of Sport

    Time to put the kettle on? Why not have a break from what you are doing and test your grey matter around this little teaser.

    Our colleagues at a Question of Sport ask: "Seven of the 92 teams in the @premierleague and @football_league end in an E, who are they?".

    No peeking, answers will be revealed later.

  65. More critics for Brendan

    Football

    Liverpool Echo reporter Ian Doyle is the latest to question Brendan Rodgers' decision to field a weakened team against Real Madrid last night.

    He said: "The last time Liverpool travelled to a Spanish giant as underdogs, the swinging of an imaginary golf club signified a job well done.

    "At the Bernabeu, however, it was the metaphorical raising of a white flag that symbolised an evening that could become a defining one for Brendan Rodgers.

    "His decision to field a largely second-string side against Real Madrid will be heavily debated for a long time to come. But while defeat to Real won't be terminal to Liverpool's hopes of progressing from Group B, their reputation in Europe has taken a bit of a knock."

  66. Lancashire reach £3m bond target

    Cricket

    Lancashire have hit a £3m bond target which will allow them to continue their development of Old Trafford.

    The Red Rose club can now move ahead with plans to replace Old Trafford Lodge with a new four-star hotel.

    In September, the Red Rose county launched the retail bond asking investors for at least £1,000, with the money being locked away for five years.

    Lancashire named Ashley Giles as cricket director after their relegation to Division Two of the Championship.

  67. Gossip

    Toto Wolff

    Lewis Hamilton declares 'war' on Nico Rosberg, Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff is back on his bike and Rosberg admits his title hopes are small. It's the F1 gossip.

  68. Wolves wait on Edwards knee injury

    Football

    Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards is an injury concern for Wales after suffering knee ligament damage.

    Edwards was hurt during the first half of Wolves' 2-1 defeat at Ipswich Town in the Championship on Tuesday and is likely to miss the Euro 2016 qualifier with Belgium on 16 November.

    His club will assess the problem further in the next couple of days.

    "It's a knee ligament injury, which isn't a good one," Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett told BBC WM 95.6.

  69. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Peter Collins: Had a 9am Sunday kick-off for a match filled with students. I think we threw in the towel the night before! (Lost 5-0).

    Thomas: Any occasion Audley Harrison has stepped into the ring.

    We are asking for moments in sport when you felt like throwing in the towel or when the metaphorical white flag has been raised. Let us know via #bbcsportsday or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  70. Who is the world's highest-paid athlete?

    Floyd Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather is the first athlete beside Tiger Woods to earn $100m in Forbes' annual tally of the world's highest-paid athletes. The boxer is top of the pile with earnings of $105m (£65m) this year.

    Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is second (total earnings $80m/£50m) and NBA's LeBron James is third (total earnings $72.3m/£45m).

    Here's the top 10: 1. Floyd Mayweather ($105m) 2. Cristiano Ronaldo ($80m) 3. LeBron James ($72.3m) 4. Lionel Messi ($64.7m) 5. Kobe Bryant ($61.5m) 6. Tiger Woods ($61.2m) 7. Roger Federer ($56.2m) 8. Phil Mickelson ($53.2m) 9. Rafael Nadal ($44.5m) 10. Matt Ryan ($43.8m)

  71. Murray gets humanitarian award

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    As well as being a mighty fine tennis player, it turns out Andy Murray is also a thoroughly decent chap.

    The British number one is awarded the title of the ATP's Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year.

    He has helped raise money for cancer research at Queen's Club in each of the past two summers: this year in memory of Elena Baltacha, who died of liver cancer in May. He has also helped raise awareness for the work of Unicef and Malaria No More.

  72. BCCI seek damages from West Indies

    Cricket

    Sanjay Patel, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket India, has told Press Association Sport there will be no backing down in the organisation's high stakes stand-off with the West Indies Cricket Board.

    The BCCI have claimed damages totalling around £26.2m from their Caribbean counterparts following the abandonment of the West Indies' recent tour with five matches unfulfilled.

    The cash-strapped WICB do not have the funds to meet such a figure and face an uncertain future should they be found liable, but Patel said the effect of the cancelled tour has been "direct, disastrous...irreparable" to Indian cricket and that the WICB is held "solely responsible for the entire episode".

  73. David James to auction memorabilia

    Football

    Here's a tale of a hard-up former footballer and model... Ex-England goalkeeper David James is to auction hundreds of items of football memorabilia collected during his career.

    James, who played for Liverpool, Aston Villa, West Ham, Manchester City and Portsmouth, was declared bankrupt in May.

    Among the items being sold through Kent-based auctioneer Hilco are 150 signed shirts, shorts and match balls.

    David James
  74. Lennon praises 'breathtaking' Bolton

    Football

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon praised his side's excellent performance as they comfortably beat Cardiff in the Championship last night.

    Wanderers midfielder Liam Feeney scored his first two goals for the club and captain for the night Matt Mills completed a 3-0 victory.

    After one win in their first 11 league games, Bolton have won three of their five Championship matches since ex-Celtic boss Lennon, 43, became manager.

    "Our quality of football at times going forward was breathtaking," he told BBC Radio Manchester. "We matched Cardiff all over the park. It was an outstanding team performance. It would be difficult to pick out individuals because they all played, more or less, at the top of their game."

  75. Belgian brilliance

    Football

    Anderlecht

    Anderlecht's players are still revelling in last night's second-half comeback at Emirates Stadium in the Champions League.

    "Reading the newspaper at London St-Pancras," Anderlecht tweeted, with photos of Anthony Vanden Borre (below) and Dennis Praet (above).

    If I was an Arsenal player this morning, I'd do my best to avoid the papers.

    Anderlecht
  76. Never again Arsenal

    Football

    Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta says the Gunners' second-half collapse to Anderlecht "can't happen again".

    Talking to Arsenal Player, he said: ""You can't afford to make mistakes like this and give any hope to any team in the Champions League because they have the quality to hurt you and that's what happened.

    "We are too upset [to say anything else], but we have to analyse what happened and it can't happen again."

  77. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    We are asking for moments in sport when you felt like throwing in the towel or when the metaphorical white flag has been raised.

    Anth Hubbard: When QPR went to Old Trafford earlier in the season, they didn't even try.

    Matt Connolly: 11-0 down with half an hour to go against top of the league, in the pouring rain, with only eight players? Had to keep going.

    We've all had one of them Matt......

  78. You do Ron Ron

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Bored of Cristiano Ronaldo picking up awards? Tough, he is receiving another one today.

    The Real Madrid and Portugal striker will get his hands on the European golden boot at Melia Castilla Hotel in Madrid. Sounds grand.

    Ronny shared the award with Barcelona's Luis Suarez after both hit 31 goals in their domestic league last season.

  79. New safety measures after death of Araldo

    Horse Racing

    Araldo at the Melbourne Cup

    New safety measures have been introduced at Flemington Racecourse after a "freak accident" led to the death of a Melbourne Cup horse.

    Seventh-placed Araldo was spooked by a flag being waved as he walked down a pathway to the mounting yard after Tuesday's race. The horse suffered a serious leg injury and was later euthanised.

    Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey said: "The incident involving Araldo was a freak accident and something that we have not seen previously. However, we have taken these interim measures for the remainder of the carnival and will discuss the long-term procedures with the VRC following its completion."

  80. A Baa Baa treat

    Rugby Union

    Stuart Broad

    Being as we're talking about rugby, it seemed an enjoyable evening was had by all at Welford Road last night as the Barbarians beat Leicester Tigers 59-26 in a match which hat 13 tries. England fast bowler Stuart Broad was at the match and he tweeted: We had a great time at Leicester Tigers last night proper rugby to watch! The Barbarian lads were on fire!

  81. Wales don't fear Aussies - Warburton

    Rugby Union

    Sam Warburton

    Wales have lost their last nine Tests against the Wallabies, but captain Sam Warburton says there is no "psychological barrier" to overcome if his side are to beat Australia in Cardiff on Saturday.

    "The first time I came into the squad was on the back of beating them in 2008, so you always have the belief," said the Cardiff Blues flanker.

    "You are not unlucky nine times in a row. Australia have obviously been that smidge better than we have been over those nine fixtures."

  82. Terrific Anderlecht

    Football

    DH

    You don't need to be fluent in Flemish to see what Belgian sports newspaper DH is getting at above. Deserved praise after their stunning second-half comeback at the Emirates.

  83. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Rubyshakes: After securing safety last season with 3 games left, West Brom hardly bothered turning up for their remaining fixtures.

    John McEnerney: Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran in the fight with Ray Leonard!

    When has the metaphorical towel been thrown in sport? Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on the BBC Sport Facebook.

  84. Life in the old legs yet?

    Football

    Remember Mark Aizlewood? The former Wales international could be about to set a pretty impressive record.

    The ex-Bristol City, Leeds, Charlton, Newport and Cardiff defender might make a playing comeback aged 55.

    Carmarthen Town's manager Mark Aizlewood is set to include himself in the squad for Saturday's Welsh Premier game at Rhyl because of an injury crisis.

    The current record holder in the Welsh league is former Carmarthen manager Tomi Morgan, who played aged 53. Stanley Matthews is the oldest player to play in England's top flight at 50.

  85. Al-Amin bowling action legal

    Cricket

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that the bowling action of Bangladesh fast bowler Al-Amin Hossain is legal following an independent test. The can continue to bowl in international cricket.

  86. Dan Walker's Song Title XI

    Football

    Dan Walker's Song Title XI

    Football Focus presenter Dan Walker asked for your #SongTitleXI for his Tuesday's team news - and the results are now out. "Too many for one side. Well done if you made it," tweets the presenter.

    Dan Walker's Song Title XI
  87. Kompany not for turning

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says that £60m and two Ferrraris would not be enough to convince him to join Arsenal.

    Don't take offence though Arsenal fans - it was only a tongue in cheek Twitter conversation with everyone's favourite celebrity fan Piers Morgan.

    The former editor, an Arsenal fan, asked Kompany what it would take for him to join the Londoners after last night's collapse to Anderlecht.

    But it seems the boy isn't for turning. "Those days have gone Pearsie, I play for glory," Kompany tweeted in reaction to Morgan's offer.

  88. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Ever felt like giving up? Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker accused Liverpool of 'throwing in the towel' last night after seeing Brendan Rodgers' team selection for their Champions League match against Real Madrid.

    That got us thinking about when the white flag has been raised in sport. Can you think of a time when someone has thrown in the metaphorical towel in sport? Maybe there has been a time when you felt like giving up in a sporting contest yourself?

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111, or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  89. Vlaar to Man Utd in January?

    Latest Gossip

    Manchester United are still debating whether to turn Colombia striker Radamel Falcao's loan move into a permanent deal. The Red Devils could sign the 28-year-old, who has scored one goal in five matches since arriving from Monaco, for £46m in the summer. (Sun - subscription required)

    Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal wants to sign Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar, 29, in January to help solve his defensive problems. (Daily Mirror)

    Southampton must pay more than their club-record £15m fee - spent on Italy striker Pablo Osvaldo in 2013 - if they want to sign Palermo's 20-year-old forward Paulo Dybala. (Daily Star)

  90. 'Clueless Arsenal'

    Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson twisted the knife into Arsenal's performance last night.

    He told Sky Sports: "If I'm being honest, I think they're tactically clueless. That's an honest opinion.

    "How you can be 3-0 up and be attacking? This is not the first time it's happened, this happens a lot of times. It's absolutely clueless."

  91. Deja vu for Gunners

    Arsenal

    Sorry to bring it up Gunners fans but remember this? Newcastle 4-4 Arsenal, after the Gunners were leading 4-0. At least last night wasn't as bad as that I suppose.....

  92. Dark cloud over Liverpool - Toshack

    Football

    John Toshack

    Former Liverpool striker and ex-Real Madrid manager John Toshack has been on BBC Radio 4 this morning. The Welshman says Liverpool "need to get some silverware" and believes there's a "dark cloud" over the club.

  93. Arsene's annoyance

    Football

    Arsenal

    Arsenal looked to be on easy street with half an hour left of their Champions League visit of Anderlecht last night.

    3-0 up and needing just a win to secure qualification, with two games left to play, nothing could go wrong. Right?

    Wrong. The Belgians broke Gunners hearts and left Arsene Wenger's men needing a point to qualify.

    "Annoyed? Yes. It is very disappointing. We were very poor," said Wenger.

    Annoyed? I'd be furious Arsene.

  94. Broad & Root in ICC team

    Cricket

    Moving away from Champions League football, England's Stuart Broad and Joe Root have been named in the International Cricket Council's Test team of the year.

    The team was selected by a panel chaired by the ICC cricket committee chairman and former India captain Anil Kumble,

    Root made three big hundreds in the English summer, scoring 200, 154 and 149, while Broad - one of the few bright spots down under - made contributions with both bat and ball and took 19 wickets as India were beaten 3-1.

    Stuart Broad (left) and Joe Root
  95. Get involved

    Ruhel Rahman: We all saw what these stars did against Newcastle. Drop them for the Chelsea game too.

    GARETH EVANS: could understand the reaction if Rodgers had changed a winning team. Strongest 11 didn't perform at Basel so why in Madrid

  96. In the papers

    Football

    Daily Express

    The back page of the Daily Express also focuses on Liverpool's 'reserves' losing 1-0 to Real Madrid, saying: "Reds reserves battle in the Bernabeu as Rodgers is left to rue resting big guns."

  97. Reaction to Rodgers's team selection

    Football

    The Guardian's Sid Lowe writes: "This is Europe's top competition and the Bernabéu arguably its grandest arena, but Rodgers had chosen what looked more like a Capital One Cup team."

    "Liverpool might easily have been Levante. It was attack against a well-manned defence," writes Pete Jenson in the Independent. "Madrid found themselves in La Liga mode, trying to find a way through the massed ranks while making sure they were not picked off on the counter-attack - which, with Lazar Markovic playing instead of Raheem Sterling, never looked likely."

  98. In the papers

    Football

    The Sun

    "Bren bashed after resting star men," says The Sun after Liverpool's 1-0 loss against Real Madrid. But The Mirror is a little kinder on the Liverpool boss, saying: "Weakened but brave Reds ensure Brendan Rodgers escapes an onslaught."

  99. Reaction to Rodgers's team selection

    Football

    Spanish TV presenter and former Liverpool player Michael Robinson on Twitter: "Incredible starting 11 for Liverpool. It's one thing to give players rest and another to not respect the contest. I think Rodgers has made a mistake. Thousands of Liverpool fans have come to the Bernabeu to see five key players on the bench. Rodgers has raised the white flag of surrender before the game has started."

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter on BBC Radio 5 live: "We can spin it either way and say that people like Kolo Toure and Alberto Moreno played well, but Liverpool leave here having slipped another place down the table and they have got to win their next two games. This was not the Liverpool way tonight."

    Anita Lovren's picture of her daughter at the Bernabeu
    Image caption: Dejan Lovren's wife Anita posted a picture on Instagram of their daughter at the Bernabeu with the caption "Why my daddy doesn't play????"
  100. Lineker on Twitter

    Football

    Gary Lineker tweet

    When Liverpool's team was announced, Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker accused Brendan Rodgers of throwing in the towel but after hearing the Liverpool manager's response, Lineker tweeted: "Rodgers intimating that many of his players were dropped for being awful at Newcastle rather than being rested. If that's true, fair enough."

  101. Post update

    Hello! Welcome to Sportsday. The Champions League continues at full speed this evening, but before we race ahead and look at Chelsea and Manchester City's ties, how about some early morning reflection?

    Let's start with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers who has defended his team selection for the Champions League loss at Real Madrid after being accused of "throwing in a white towel".

    "I didn't see this as a big showcase game where I had to play the so-called names," he says. "It might have seemed a gamble but for me it wasn't."

    Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli
    Image caption: M
  102. Post update

    Did Liverpool wave the white flag even before kick-off against Real Madrid? Did Arsenal blow their chance of finishing top of their Champions League group? Will Manchester City avoid another early group-stage exit? Will Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho follow Brendan Rodgers and rest key players? Maybe. Yes. Possibly. Who knows.