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  1. Make your Champions League choice


    Right then, I'm right out of footballers wearing Christmas jumpers and silly hats or eating Christmas dinner bread rolls, so time to bring Sportsday to a close but our Champions League coverage is just beginning.

    Head to the football section of the BBC Sport website and pick the game you wish to follow. Will it be Manchester City's tricky tie at Roma as they try to progress to the knockout stage, or already qualified Chelsea's home game against Sporting. The choice is yours.

    BBC Radio 5 live coverage will also get under way at 19:00 GMT with all the build up, before full match commentary on Roma v Man City at 19:45 GMT.

  2. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Will you be supporting Man City?

    Marc Dunn: Of course its better for English football, if the Italians catch up in the coefficents we'd lose a place in the CL.

    Adam Richards: Mixed feeling as an Arsenal fan. Glad we might get Basel over Bayern, but sad to see LFC out.

    Lomwe Montana: Total United fan. Liverpool's exit left me smiling for years, if City get knocked out tonight would be the perfect Xmas gift

    Is it better for English football to have Manchester City progress? Will you be cheering them on regardless of who you support? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  3. Pope not happy with Port Vale 's pay cut offer

    Port Vale striker Tom Pope says he cannot afford to take a pay cut to stay with his boyhood club.

    The 29-year-old Potteries-born forward, who has scored 66 goals in 177 appearances since initially joining Vale on loan in 2011, has been offered a new deal by the League One side.

    "I want to stay until the end of my career," he tells BBC Radio Stoke.

  4. Champions League

    Group G


    Premier League leaders Chelsea booked their place in the last 16 with a comfortable 5-0 win at German side Schalke in their penultimate group game.

    That means third-placed Schalke must beat Maribor, and hope Sporting Lisbon lose at Chelsea, to progress. If Schalke win and Sporting draw, then the Portuguese side will qualify courtesy of their superior head-to-head record.

    Maribor cannot finish in the top two, but would finish third and clinch a Europa League place by beating Schalke.

  5. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Will you be supporting Man City?

    Davey Jay: As a United fan, I want City to win so Roma won't need Strootman for champions league. He'd make a nice January signing!

    Mansoor Mahar: Chelsea fan here.. I support England; and clubs just use names of the countries but seldom represent. Hope City gets thrashed.

    Dave: Getting fed up of people wanting English clubs to fail I would much rather see an English club progress whoever it is.

    Is it better for English football to have Manchester City progress? Will you be cheering them on regardless of who you support? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  6. Time for the office Christmas party...

    Have you had your office Christmas party yet? Real Madrid have, supposedly a traditional Christmas meal too...

    Christmas meal

    ...all I am seeing is a lot of bread rolls, though...

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    ...Gareth Bale, there, showing Luka Modric what this Madrid meal is missing. Maybe.

    Gareth Bale
  7. Post update

    Best long-range strike you have seen

    Dan Walker

    BBC Sport

    Tony Yeboah

    "I see BBC Sport are discussing best ever long-range goals. Simple. TONY YEBOAH v Wimbledon or Liverpool #Thronkers"

  8. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Will you be supporting Man City?

    Craig Barlow: United fan here. I'm OK if City go through as still smiling ear to ear from Liverpool's exit yesterday!

    Hanz Maulwurst: Never thought I would hear myself say this...but #GoCity

    Lewis James Brown: As a Tottenham fan, I've learned the hard way that you should hope fellow English clubs fail in the champions league

    Is it better for English football to have Manchester City progress? Will you be cheering them on regardless of who you support? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  9. Post update

    Roma v Man City (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City

    A tough task ahead for Manchester City tonight in Rome, but a score draw could be enough for them to reach the Champions League knockout stage. We'll have live text commentary from 18:30 GMT, with BBC Radio 5 live build up and commentary from 19:00 GMT.

  10. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Mic Medeska: Sorry Mr Ogden [see 16:41], no chance I'll be cheering on City as a Utd fan. Hope they get thrashed, and good riddance to Liverpool.

    Cutting Mic, cutting

  11. Kieswetter set to miss 2015 season

    Somerset say wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter is unlikely to be fit for the 2015 campaign because of the eye injury he sustained last season.

    Kieswetter sustained the injury while batting against Northamptonshire last summer and has struggled to regain perfect vision.

    "It is really disappointing but my eye is not 100% and this of course is critical in maintaining the levels of performance that I expect of myself," says Kieswetter. "I need to make every effort to resolve the matter and have the best specialist help in that regard."

  12. Man Utd duo's festive cheer

    Manchester United

    This morning we had Christmas-jumper wearing QPR players singing a bit of Slade, now we have Manchester United's Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera getting into the spirit of things with some questionable Christmas hats...

  13. London Irish morale 'good' - Paice

    Rugby Union

    London Irish hooker David Paice says the mood at the club is good, despite a run of six consecutive defeats.

    The Exiles are second from bottom of the Premiership and face Cardiff Blues this weekend, needing victory to likely guarantee qualification in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

    When asked how morale was, Paice told BBC Radio Berkshire: "It's very good. We are confident in our ability and the way we play. We are on the up, we started the season strongly, we had a dip but are back on the way up."

  14. Give Man City your backing?

    Champions League

    "As champions of England, Manchester City deserve the backing of the nation when they face AS Roma in the Stadio Olimpico aiming to secure the result to take the club into the Champions League knock-out stages," writes Mark Ogden in the Daily Telegraph.

    "For one night only, City should be the country's team because losing two Premier League clubs from the Champions League in the space of 24 hours would suit nobody connected to English football.

    "City following Liverpool out of the Champions League would simply be bad for business for the Premier League and a sign that English football is losing touch with La Liga and the Bundesliga when it comes to competing for the major European honours."

  15. Europa League

    The Times sports reporter Rory Smith: Bizarre Pochettino press conference at the Ataturk. He's fine, but the brilliantly-bearded translator appears to have gone on strike.

  16. Pochettino wary of Besiktas


    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino knows it will not be easy for his side to secure the result they need at Besiktas on Thursday to qualify top of their Europa League group.

    Pochettino's side have already qualified for the last 32, but know a draw in Istanbul will see them finish top of the group and be seeded.

    "We expect a tough game," says Pochettino. "They're a good side. We want to finish top of the group. It is important to finish top. It's also a chance for players who haven't played in the last few games to show their quality."

  17. Ponting appointed Mumbai boss

    Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is appointed head coach of Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians.

    The 39-year-old, who retired from international cricket in 2012, previously captained Mumbai in a short spell with the team in 2013 and takes over from John Wright ahead of the new season, which starts in April next year.

    "We are delighted to have Ricky back with us and look forward to his contribution based on his experience and expertise," former India spin bowler Anil Kumble, who is part of the Mumbai Owners Group, says.

  18. Champions League

    Group F

    Champions League

    Barcelona and Paris St-Germain are already assured of their place in the knockout phase.

    The pair meet at Barcelona's Nou Camp in their final match tonight to decide who will finish as group winners. A win or draw will see the French champions finish top, but a home win will see five-time European champions Barca overtake them.

    Dutch champions Ajax know they will finish third with a win or draw against Apoel Nicosia at the Amsterdam Arena and qualify for the Europa League. But the Cypriot side will overtake them with a win.

  19. Lightning strikes Peruvian footballer

    A Peruvian footballer was struck by lightning during a cup semi-final, sustaining burns to his legs and causing the match to be abandoned.

    Joao Contreras, 21, of Sport Aguila was hit during his side's Copa Peru tie against Union Fuerza Minera. A linesman was also struck at the same time and both are now recovering in hospital.

  20. Podolski praises Gunners

    Lukas Podolski

    Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski on Instagram: Great performance from the whole team yesterday! No rest & focus on premier league now!

  21. Caterham in talks with three interested parties

    Formula 1

    Caterham's administrator says talks are ongoing with "three interested parties" as they look to get the team on the Formula 1 grid next season, reports BBC Sport's Lawrence Barretto.

    The team went into administration in October and made 230 staff redundant.

    Joint administrator Henry Shinners tells BBC Sport: "We want to give the team every chance of surviving so we are not setting a deadline."

  22. 5 live Sport

    Coming up

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch from 19:00 BST comes live from Rome where Manchester City take on Roma in the Champions League.

    There is full match commentary with John Murray, joined by former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane. Alistair Bruce-Ball has updates from Chelsea's home match with Sporting Lisbon and there is a round-up of all the other Champions League matches taking place this evening.

    Following the live action there is a Football Social section for you to air your views and there is also news of England's latest one-day international in Sri Lanka.

  23. Manchester City v Roma preview

    Sergio Aguero

    City's 1-1 draw with Roma in September was the first time the teams had met in European competition. Sergio Aguero (sorry City fans he has not made a dramatic recovery since the last time we told you he was out injured) put City ahead from the penalty spot before veteran Francesco Totti's cool finish earned Roma a point, the 38-year-old becoming the oldest player to score in the Champions League.

    In total City have played four European matches in Italy and have yet to record a win, losing two and drawing two.

  24. Champions League

    Group E

    Champions League

    With tonight's Champions League games fast approaching, we'll spend the next hour or so looking at the groups involved and who needs what. First up, Manchester City's group - Group E.

    Manchester City will progress to the last 16 if they beat Roma in Italy and CSKA Moscow fail to defeat group winners Bayern Munich in Germany. City can still progress if they secure a score draw and CSKA Moscow lose to Bayern. However, if both games end in a draw, then Roma progress.

    CSKA Moscow must beat Bayern, and hope Roma do not beat City, to qualify. If CSKA and City both win then the Russians will qualify because of their superior head-to-head record. Any of the bottom three sides could finish in the Europa League.

  25. Europa League preview

    Everton v FK Krasnodar (Thursday 20:05 GMT)

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been addressing the media ahead of tomorrow's Europa League match with FK Krasnodar.

    The Spaniard says John Stones, James McCarthy, Darron Gibson and Steven Naismith are still injured and it is not yet known if they will play against QPR on Monday.

    "Tomorrow is a great chance to also see a little bit into the future with some of the youngsters that I am excited to see play," he says, revealing that 22-year-old striker Conor McAleny and former Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz will feature.

  26. Sri Lanka-England rained off for the day


    The depressing scene in Pallekele

    Play has been abandoned for the day in the fifth one-day international in Pallekele. The teams will come back tomorrow when England will face their original target of 240 in 50 overs at 09:00 GMT.

  27. World Cup most tweeted event

    BBC Trending

    World Cup

    According to Twitter trends, the World Cup was the biggest Twitter event of the year with 672 million tweets sent about this year's finals in Brazil.

    The World Cup also figured on Facebook's list of top trends (for some reason top social media companies seem to discount the last three weeks of the year).

    Feats like Robin van Persie's famous header enthralled the social media world and resulted in bizarre spectacles such as BBC Trending's Anne-Marie Tomchak balancing on a traffic barrier in the middle of London.

    World Cup
  28. Jarvis facing six-week absence

    Rugby Union

    Wales prop Aaron Jarvis is expected to be sidelined for "around six weeks" after suffering a pectoral muscle injury in the 12-6 victory over South Africa at the Millennium Stadium 11 days ago.

  29. Sri Lanka v England


    Daily Mirror's Dean Wilson in rainy Pallekele, where there is still no prospect of a resumption between Sri Lanka and England: "It is still raining sadly. Every time the groundstaff make a tentative move towards the covers the rain seems to get harder."

  30. Who am I?

    Wednesday who

    Who am I?

    It is time for BBC 606's Wednesday who. Any idea? Tweet to @bbc606

  31. Accrington extend Rose loan deal

    Accrington Stanley extend the loan spell of West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Jack Rose until 17 January.

    The 19-year-old was brought in on a one-month loan deal in November and has gone on to make six appearances for the League Two club.

  32. What's behind door no.10?

    Forgot to open door number 10 on your calendar before heading off to work this morning? We can't promise you a chocolatey treat, but we can off you the next best thing because hiding behind our door is...


    ...well, we won't spoil the surprise but all we will say is it had Big Sam laughing. Check out the video to find out why.

    Sam Allardyce
  33. Liverpool set for another long wait?

    Champions League

    Brendan Rodgers

    "Liverpool waited five years to get back into the Champions League - and fell back out of it in a manner that proves they were nowhere near ready to return to a competition that makes up a significant part of the club's history," writes the Daily Mirror's Jim Boardman.

    "Given the club's awful form in the league so far this term it looks like being a good while before the Reds are worrying about playing in the Champions League again.

    "The sight of Liverpool using Gerrard up front, ending with Martin Skrtel up front, was a sight of desperation. Avoidable desperation."

  34. Basel the bogey team?


    Liverpool were knocked out of the Champions League on Tuesday after drawing with Basel, who are proving to be a bit of a thorn in the side of English teams.

    As the above Opta graphic shows only Real Madrid and Barcelona have a better points per game record against English teams in the Champions League than Basel.

  35. Touchline ban for Middlesbrough boss

    Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka will serve a one-match touchline suspension after admitting an FA charge of improper conduct.

    The charge is in relation to his behaviour during stoppage time at the end of the game against Blackburn Rovers on 29 November 2014.

  36. Collins keen on English side

    John Collins

    Celtic's John Collins would relish a meeting with an English side in the knock-out stages of the Europa League.

    But the assistant manager has mixed feelings about whether he would want it in the next round - the last 32. Liverpool dropped down to the Europa League after failing to qualify from their Champions League group.

    "There's quite a few English teams in it already, so it would maybe be nice to meet them further down the line," says Collins.

  37. Champions League preview

    Chelsea, who have already won Group G in the Champions League, host Sporting Lisbon tonight, and with the prospect of six games in 18 days, rest John Terry, Eden Hazard and Willian.

  38. What Man City need to progress

    Champions League

    Manchester City

    Confused by permutations? Prefer them in graphic form? Well, luckily for you, BBC Radio 5 live have put together the above image to explain what needs to happen for Manchester City to progress tonight.

    Commentary on City's game with Roma begins on 5 live at 19:00 GMT.

  39. Smalling blow for Man Utd?

    Chris Smalling

    Manchester United defender Chris Smalling will be out for two weeks after injuring his groin in Monday night's win at Southampton, according to the Daily Mail.

  40. Lizzy Yarnold column

    Lizzy Yarnold

    "I want to slide faster than I ever have before, be a better athlete and to try and win more gold medals. I am also the one to beat as the returning Olympic champion.

    "However, a less than perfect start to this year's pre-season training did put me out of step. It's always nice to experience a "first" - except when it's the first time you fall off the sled."

    Lizzy Yarnold won a skeleton gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and races for the first time in the new season in the World Cup at Lake Placid, USA, on Friday. However, in an exclusive column for BBC Sport, she reveals that not everything has gone to plan in pre-season.

  41. Sri Lanka v England


    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    It is still raining in Pallekele, where earlier England bowled out Sri Lanka for 239. Play needs to resume by 16:00 GMT when England would have a 20 over chase and require 148, or the match would be completed tomorrow.

  42. No plans to change bouncer law, say MCC


    The chief executive of cricket's law makers, the Marylebone Cricket Club has been a guest on the BBC's Test Match Special today and says there are not likely to be changes following the death of Phillip Hughes, who was struck by a short-pitched delivery in a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney.

    Derek Brewer said: "As far as the laws are concerned - it's law 42 which is the law which covers intimidatory bowling - there are no plans, certainly at the MCC, to amend that.

    "I think the view that we hold is held widely within the organisation, and it's that there is quite significant opportunity for the umpires it intervene should the need arise, and plenty of empowerment for them. So in that respect it's certainly our view at the moment is that's not something we're going to amend."

  43. Robshaw and Evans miss out for Quins

    Rugby Union

    England captain Chris Robshaw will be unavailable for Saturday's European Rugby Champions Cup match against Leinster at the Aviva Stadium because of a shoulder injury.

    Robshaw will have further assessments with a specialist and a further update is expected from Harlequins towards the end of the week. Nick Evans is also out through injury for Quins this weekend.

  44. Asprilla to leave home after threats

    Faustino Asprilla

    Former Newcastle United striker Faustino Asprilla says he will leave his home city in Colombia after being threatened by a gang of armed criminals trying to get money from him.

    Asprilla said masked men entered his homestead on the outskirts of Tulua in southwest Colombia where he had been living with his family.

    "They threatened me," he says. "They told me to contact their chief because if I didn't they would kill my family and me."

  45. Hereford suspended

    Hereford United and majority shareholder Alan McCarthy are suspended from all football and football activity with immediate effect, after failing to comply with the orders of the Independent Regulatory Commission.

    The club was thrown out of the Football Conference in June over unpaid debts and now plays in the Southern Premier League.

  46. Cricket

    The Sun's John Etheridge: "Reserve day for this match. If no more play today, England would have a full 50-over chase needing 240 to win, starting at 2.30pm local time."

  47. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday, BBC Sport Facebook

    Aaron Ramsey won our vote for the greatest long range strike, but here are a selection of your Facebook suggestions from the BBC Sport page:

    Darrel Earnshaw: Ronaldo for Man Utd v Porto

    Gareth Jamieson: Shearer vs Everton. His best ever goal

    Ollie Claydon: Super Barry Horne to keep Everton up in 94!

    Corey Dalton: Rose for Tottenham v Arsenal.

    Anthony Regan: John Macken's amazing halfway line lob over Nicky Weaver for Preston North End at Deepdale vs Manchester City, superb goal!

  48. European newspaper round-up


    Spanish sports daily Marca praises the performance of Real Madrid, stating that by beating Ludogorets 4-0, they have "racked up their 19th straight victory, surpassing Barcelona's 18 wins on the spin under Frank Rijkaard in the 2005-06 season."

  49. Sri Lanka v England


    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Just when England have a good chance of winning, it is raining. And raining very hard. The entire outfield is under cover in Pallekele and the fifth one-day international could see a revised a target for the tourists, or even a reserve day tomorrow. England, who trail 3-1 in the seven-match series, bowled out Sri Lanka for 239, with seamer Chris Woakes taking 6-47.

    Coverage, or chat at the moment, continues on 5 live sports extra.

  50. Man City's Roma task

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Manchester City travel to Roma in the Champions League tonight, a match you can hear live on 5 live from 19:45 GMT.

    Without star striker Sergio Aguero of course, Manuel Pellegrini's side will be knocked out if Group E rivals CSKA Moscow win away to Bayern Munich.

    A draw for Leonid Slutsky's side in Munich would mean City need to win in Rome to go through. But a score draw would be enough for Pellegrini's team if CSKA lost.

  51. Button future to be revealed on Thursday

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport chief F1 writer

    Jenson Button

    "McLaren will finally announce their 2015 driver line-up on Thursday.

    "The team have spent weeks trying to decide whether 2009 world champion Jenson Button or Dane Kevin Magnussen will partner double world champion Fernando Alonso."

    "Englishman Button, 34, said at an awards ceremony on Sunday: 'It's a strange situation but sometimes in life you find yourself in these situations. You just have to deal with it.'"

  52. Greatest long range strike vote result

    We have the results of our vote, and we don't have to cast our minds back too far to find the winner, who, with 29.3%, is Aaron Ramsey, with his strike for Arsenal last night.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic's incredible overhead kick for Sweden against England in 2012 was second with 27.6% and Cristiano Ronaldo's effort for Manchester United against Porto in 2009 third with 17%.

  53. Suspended Hafeez to work on action in Chennai


    Pakistan's suspended all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez will be sent to Chennai in India for remedial work and tests on his bowling action which was declared illegal this week.

    Pakistan are also without spinner Saeed Ajmal, who is also suspended for an illegal action, but both players were included in their preliminary 30-man World Cup squad in the hope they will receive clearance in time for the tournament, beginning in February.

  54. Sri Lanka v England


    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    England celebrate in Pallekele

    England have dismissed Sri Lanka for 239 after 49 overs in the fifth one-day international in Pallekele. Seamer Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 6-47, the first five-wicket haul by an England bowler in Sri Lanka. Kumar Sangakkara top-scored for Sri Lanka with 91 containing 10 fours.

    Coverage continues on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  55. Sporting birthdays

    Swansea striker Wilfried Bony

    Former world number one squash player Jahingir Khan, who won six world titles between 1981-1988, celebrates his 51st birthday today. Slightly younger is Swansea's prolific striker Wilfried Bony (pictured), who is 26 today. Boxer Gary Jacobs is 49 and Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam is 29. Happy birthday to all.

  56. Greatest long range strike

    Are you ready to cast your vote online for Sports Personality of the Year on Sunday? Well fear not, this Sportsday Live vote will get you ready.

    Following Aaron Ramsey's amazing goal last night, you have today been telling us about your favourite long-range strikes. We've turned that into a list of six of the most mentioned goals. Now you can vote for your favourite.

    By taking part you will need to sign in or register to the BBC website. This process is really simple - you just need to enter an email address and password.

    So, click here to sign-in or register and cast your vote.

    Voting will be open to UK readers until from midday until 1245 GMT. Terms and conditions can be found here. The result will be announced in this page after 1245 GMT.

  57. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Best long-range strike you have seen

    Andrew Neil: Cheick Tiote's strike against Arsenal to equalise at 4-4. The strike was pretty magical but the context made it awe inspiring

    Conor McMeekin: Essien against Arsenal, thumped off the post and in, perfection!

    Andrew Prince: That Cisse goal vs Chelsea has to be up there, a thing of wonder!

  58. Basel mock Liverpool, Chelsea & Spurs


    Swiss champions FC Basel celebrated their Champions League group-stage progression at Liverpool by taking a cheeky swipe at a host of their recent English victims.

    The Swiss Super League outfit drew 1-1 at Anfield to take four points from Liverpool in Group B, beat Chelsea twice in last season's competition and dumped Tottenham out of the 2012-13 Europa League.

    The hat-trick of successes over three of England's biggest club's prompted a witty Instagram post containing cartoon caricatures of a player from each of the London clubs carrying away a dizzied Liverpool counterpart.

  59. Bolton feels like home - Gudjohnsen


    Bolton forward Eidur Gudjohnsen says being back at the club after 14 years feels like coming home.

    The 36-year-old Iceland international has rejoined Bolton following a trial, having scored 27 goals for them between 1998 and 2000 before joining Chelsea for £4m, and could make his second debut against Ipswich on Saturday.

    "The opportunity came up and I couldn't find one negative reason not to, so it was a very simple decision really," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

    "It's a little bit like going back in time, but it's still got the friendly atmosphere as I remember it."

  60. Wembley hopefuls

    Earlier, after telling you how Walsall are now just two games away from a first-ever trip to Wembley, we said the Saddlers are one of only four current Football League clubs never to have played at the legendary venue and asked you if you could name the other three.

    The answers are: Hartlepool, Accrington and Crawley. (AFC Wimbledon is classed as the same club that won the FA Cup in 1988 before you ask!)

  61. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Best long-range strike you have seen

    erik edman

    Toddenham Hotspur: Erik Edman's 40-odd yard rocket at Anfield, the keeper never moved

    Haris Hameed: Ibrahimovic's bicycle kick vs England. Believe me nothing comes close. Although Beckham's lob vs Wimbledon has a case there.

    Soccer Bob: Scholes volley vs Villa. Technique, power and perfect placement. Incredible strike from out of the sky

  62. Sri Lanka v England


    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    There are 15 overs left of the Sri Lanka innings in the fifth one-day international in Pallekele and the hosts are 147-4, Kumar Sangakkara still there on 58. Sussex all-rounder Chris Jordan has had a hand in all four wickets, claiming two off his own bowling and two catches at slip. England trail 3-1 in the seven-match series.

  63. Travels of a trophy

    The Fa Cup

    In May next year, the FA Cup trophy will be held aloft by the winning team at Wembley but before then it goes on quite the adventure.

    Already it has been to the South Pole with adventure photographer, Martin Hartley.

    "The similarities between the adventures I go on and The FA Cup is clear to see. Both provide edge of seat moments, victory against the odds and heartbreaking moments of being so close, yet so far away," says Hartley.

    Keep track of where else the trophy will travel to on the FA's website.

  64. Campbell rejects Ajax coach rumour

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    "Following the reports in the Daily Mirror this morning about Sol Campbell becoming a coach at Ajax, I have spoken to Campbell, and he says the story is nonsense. He is spending the week with Ajax for one of the final modules of his coaching course.

    "This module requires candidates to immerse themselves in an overseas club, so he is doing training sessions, presentations, paperwork, meetings with the likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars and Edwin Van der Sar.

    "The Daily Mirror story suggests there's a link between Japp Stam possibly leaving and Campbell coming, but Campbell doesn't think Stam is leaving and says he is purely there for his badges, neither him or Ajax are thinking about anything else."

  65. No stopping Neymar


    How has Barcelona forward Neymar been preparing for tonight's Champions League game against PSG? By hitching a high-speed lift in a World Rally car, naturally...

    The Brazil ace was taken for a spin by double world champion Sebastien Ogier around the Montserrat mountain near the city.

    A new career post-football beckons for Neymar? Or maybe not.

  66. QPR's Christmas sing song

    QPR fc

    Tinsel, baubles, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Rio Ferdinand in a Christmas jumper. Yep, it is is Christmas time which, it seems, means it is time for QPR players and staff to pop on a woollen horror and belt out 'Merry Christmas Everybody'.

    And yes, it is as cringey as you think it is. Watch on the QPR website.

  67. Walsall on threshold of Wembley debut

    Walsall are now just two games away from a first-ever trip to Wembley, reports BBC WM.

    The Saddlers came back from two down to draw 2-2 with Tranmere Rovers in last night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Area semi-final at Prenton Park, before winning 5-4 in the penalty shootout.

    "This is a massive opportunity for us," said Walsall centre-half Paul Downing, who struck the winning penalty to put his side through to next month's two-leg regional final against Notts County or Preston.

    Walsall are one of only four current Football League clubs never to have played at Wembley. Can you name the other three? We'll tell you shortly.

  68. Walker in line for Spurs return

    Kyle Walker and Benjamin Stambouli

    Staying with Spurs, and the club have posted a picture of full-back Kyle Walker travelling to tomorrow's Europa League game in Besiktas. The 24-year-old England international has not played for the first team since March because of an abdominal injury.

  69. Spurs allow Adebayor home for personal reasons

    Tottenham confirm that striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been given permission to return home for personal reasons. The club's Twitter feed says: "This is a private matter and so we will not be providing any further comment."

  70. Get involved

    Best long-range strike you have seen

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    And speaking of Senor Ronaldo...

    Arthur Pickthorn: Has to be Cristiano Ronaldo's 39-yard stunner for Man Utd v Porto in 2009. Extraordinary strike.

    Martin Alan Tucker: Kenny Stroud for Swindon v Everton in 1977. Unstoppable shot out of the sand. YouTube it and see how footy used to be played.

    Jack Rendell: Darren Ambrose for Crystal Palace away at Old Trafford. Nothing comes close.

  71. Ancelotti hails Real stars

    Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti hailed his "extraordinary" team after they set a new Spanish record of 19 straight victories with Tuesday's 4-0 triumph over Ludogorets Razgrad.

    "It is a result we have achieved with extraordinary seriousness and an incredible amount of professionalism," the former Chelsea and PSG boss said. "I know that I have an extraordinary group of players.

    "I have a very good relationship with the players. I care a lot for them and I thank them for the work they're doing as much as I can."

  72. Celtic rest duo for Europa trip

    Captain Scott Brown and winger James Forrest have been left out of the Celtic squad for the final Europa League Group D game against Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia on Thursday.

    The Hoops have already qualified for the knockout stages and Brown is one booking away from a suspension while Forrest is still coming back to full fitness after injury.

  73. BBC coverage

    Coming up on Radio 1

    Radio 1

    With Christmas fast approaching, Scott Mills is once again worried about people getting dumped close to the big day. It's just TOO cruel to do that to someone.

    With that in mind, Scott has announced that Relationship Transfer Deadline is today at 15:00 GMT. Anyone in a relationship after that time must remain with their partner until Monday, 5 January 2015.

    They're live and interactive on BBC Radio 1 from 13:00 GMT so get involved by texting 81199, emaling or tweet to @bbcr1. using #R1TransferDeadlineDay

    Watch the trailer now on the Radio 1 YouTube channel.

  74. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Best long-range strike you have seen


    Mark Yeldham: Jon Harley (pictured) for Fulham v Villa in 2003! Moved all over the place

    Sadiq Faruk: As a Chelsea fan I've seen a few crackers but have to say Luiz Suarez's goal against Norwich from the half way line.

  75. Smith hails skipper Clarke


    Steve Smith and Michael Clarke

    Meanwhile, Steve Smith praised inspirational skipper Michael Clarke's "unbelievable" strength and courage after the pair scored centuries in Australia's 517-7 against India in Adelaide.

    Clarke was a close friend of Phillip Hughes, the Australian batsman who died two days after being hit by a ball in a match in Sydney and comforted the Hughes family, delivered a tribute at his funeral and acted as a pallbearer.

    "Just the strength and courage he has shown through those times was unbelievable," Smith said. "He must be mentally drained coming into this game but the way he played speaks the world of that guy. He came out here and tried to do something for Hughesy and he certainly did that."

  76. Sri Lanka v England


    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    All happening in Pallekele, Mahela Jayawardene is out third ball for two, caught at slip off Chris Woakes. Sri Lanka are now 59-3 in the 11th over and commentary continues on sports extra, with live text on the website.

  77. Sri Lanka v England


    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    A second wicket for England in Sri Lanka and Tillakaratne Dilshan has gone, edging on to his stumps off Sussex all-rounder Chris Jordan. It is now 54-2 in the 10th over. England need to win this one to keep the seven-match series alive.

  78. European newspaper round-up


    The front page of L'Equipe looks ahead to tonight's Champions League game between Barcelona and PSG, outlining the task facing the French side.

    The paper discusses the threat posed by Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, saying they are still to properly click as a front three, but nevertheless pose a dangerous attacking triumvirate.

  79. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday, BBC Sport Facebook

    Following Aaron Ramsey's spectacular effort for Arsenal in Galatasaray last night, this morning we're looking for the best long-range goal you've seen. Paul Gascoigne's unstoppable free-kick for Spurs against Arsenal at Wembley in 1991, Giovanni van Bronckhorst for the Netherlands in the World Cup against Uruguay, Steven Gerrard...a few to choose from with him, the 2006 FA Cup final against West Ham perhaps? They are just a few we have thought of. Putting aside club loyalties if you can, please let us know which you think is the best.

    Send them in to #bbcsportsday, the BBC Sport Facebook page and Google+.

  80. Get involved


    Phil Culverhouse: Ramsey's goal last night was a thing of beauty. Completely unstoppable forget other goals, that is the goal of the season.

    Glenn Sissen: Liverpool lack the fire power to win the Europa or finish fourth. A building season is the best possible, like Spurs last season.

  81. Gossip column

    You may also have seen at the top of the Mirror back page earlier that former Arsenal and England defender Sol Campbell, 40, is being lined up to launch his coaching career with Ajax. (Daily Mirror)

  82. Sri Lanka v England

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Early success for England in the fifth ODI in Sri Lanka, Steven Finn having Kusal Perera caught at slip by Chris Jordan in the first over. England trail 3-1 in the seven-match series. Commentary continues on 5 live sports extra and on the BBC website.

  83. Gossip column

    Time for a look at today's BBC Gossip Column and the Daily Telegraph reports that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is confident of signing Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman - although the move could be delayed until the summer if the 24-year-old helps Roma reach the Champions League knockout stages by beating Manchester City tonight.

    United are also thought to be in pole position to sign Benfica's £25m-rated Argentine midfielder Enzo Perez, 28, because Valencia cannot afford him, say Talksport.

    And Van Gaal is also hoping to bring Bayern Munich and ex-Chelsea winger Arjen Robben, 30, back to the Premier League in January. (Daily Express)

  84. UK back pages

    The Sun

    The Sun have an almost topical pun and Phil Thomas returns to the Gary Neville theme, opining: "The way Liverpool played last night - in that calamity-strewn first half at least - was an insult to pub teams across the land."

  85. UK back pages

    The Independent

    Back to the papers, and the Independent and Telegraph have similar pictures of a downcast Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard on his haunches following his side's elimination from the Champions League. The esteemed Henry Winter in the Telegraph wrote: "Unlike the excellent visitors, Liverpool lacked pace and cohesion for long periods. Unlike Paulo Sousa's lively, well-organised side, Liverpool lacked a workable game-plan too. Liverpool's midfield was too similar, too one-paced."

  86. England win toss in Sri Lanka

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    We'll just pause from our paper review briefly to bring you news of the toss at the fifth one-day international. England have won that - at least - and will bowl first against the Sri Lankans in Pallekele.

    The England team is: Cook, Moeen, Taylor, Root, Bopara, Morgan, Buttler, Woakes, Jordan, Tredwell, Finn. So Ben Stokes and Alex Hales are the men to make way for Alastair Cook and James Tredwell.

    Commentary is on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now, with live text on the website.

  87. UK back pages

    Daily Mirror

    Let's have a look what the papers made of last night and in the Daily Mirror, Dave Kidd said: "Post-Suarez, Liverpool do not have a team who belong in Europe's top sixteen."

  88. Australia v India


    Australia captain Michael Clarke

    Another emotional day at the Adelaide Oval, the first Test since the death of Phillip Hughes, with Australia captain Michael Clarke and Steve Smith making centuries to add to the one scored by David Warner on day one. The hosts closed the second day of the first Test with India on 517-7, Smith unbeaten on 162.

  89. Post update


    Have you seen the goal? What is the best goal you have seen this season? Does this one rival it? Which screen siren would you liken your favourite goal to? OK perhaps not the last bit, but what's your favourite goal of this season so far? Please send in your views to #bbcsportsday.

  90. Ramsey hits wonder strike in Arsenal win

    Wales international Aaron Ramsey scored for Arsenal with a spectacular 30-yard left-footed strike, prompting former Middlesbrough striker Jan Aage Fjortoft to call it "the best thing from Wales since, since....Catherine Zeta-Jones."

  91. Arsenal second in Group D

    Arsenal celebrate Aaron Ramsey's wonder strike

    There was better news for Arsenal as they beat Galatasaray 4-1. The Gunners were unable to claim top spot in Group D, however, and could face the likes of heavyweights Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in Monday's draw for the last 16.

  92. Champions League reaction

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty was at Anfield last night and he said: "This has been a wretched Champions League campaign for Liverpool, with only one win from six games. On that basis there can be no complaints from manager Brendan Rodgers or his players."

  93. Champions League reaction

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admitted after the 1-1 draw with Basel at Anfield: "We haven't been good enough over the course of qualification. There is disappointment, but now we have to fight for the rest of the season."

  94. Champions League reaction

    Liverpool will now be placed into the last 32 of the Europa League next year. The winners of that competition earn a place in next season's Champions League, so do you think the Reds have a better chance of achieving this than by finishing in the top four in the Premier League? Send in your views to #bbcsportsday.

  95. Champions League reaction

    Nothing from Mr Neville on Twitter yet regarding last night's proceedings but injured Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge wrote: "We fought hard man. Sat here devastated wishing I could have helped. We'll come back stronger from this and I'm working hard to do the same."

  96. Liverpool out of Champions League

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

    After Gary Neville likened Liverpool and Manchester United to pub teams it was last orders for Liverpool last night in the Champions League as a draw against Basel at Anfield was not enough to qualify for the knockout phase.

  97. Post update

    Hello and welcome along to another Sportsday from wintry Salford. We'll have Champions League news, with build-up to tonight's concluding round of fixtures, we'll hear from Everton boss Roberto Martinez and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino and we'll keep up to date with the latest match in England's one-day series in Sri Lanka, but we begin with a look back at last night's action.