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Michael Emons and Luke Reddy

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  1. Goodbye

    That was steady for a Monday.

    Chelsea and Burnley's charged encounter on Saturday gave us plenty to nibble on, Manuel Pellegrini was relaxed ahead of Manchester City's meeting with Barcelona and his opposite number Luis Enrique was pretty chilled too.

    Good news on Fernando Alonso. England are brilliant at cricket again (until their next game). Coventry City have no manager.

    See you at 08:00 GMT on Tuesday where among other things, the USA will reveal their Ryder Cup captain.

    Enjoy a peaceful Monday night.

  2. Vote result

    And the Razzie goes to...

    Barcelona's never-ending news conference has delayed us in telling you the result of our vote on who deserves a sporting Razzie for the last year.

    For those of you wondering, a Razzie is the unwanted award handed out to rubbish films and performers on the same day sought-after Oscars are dished out.

    We can reveal your Razzie goes to the England football team (33.1%) for their 2014 World Cup display where they amassed a total of one point from three games. Brazil - thumped 7-1 in the semi-final on home soil, came in second (29.6%).

    Thanks for all your votes.

  3. Barcelona news conference


    And that is that from camp Barcelona. Talking over, not time for business in the first leg of their last-16 meeting with Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.

    What can we take from those words? There is a respect for Sergio Aguero. Questions on late-night casino visits by Barca players did not go down well. Rumours of Luis Enrique's job being under threat are uncalled for according to Pique. And there are no favourites tomorrow if you listen to Enrique.

  4. Barcelona news conference


    This is turning into a mammoth of a news conference and next on the agenda is Neymar. A question on his form and diving accusations.

    "Neymar has improved on his first year," says Enrique. "It's always difficult to adapt but he's a top quality player. His stats are better this year. As for diving, every player has their own profile, some players are lighter and fall over more easily - the spectacular dribbling players can stumble easily, but he's very attractive to watch - a very good player."

  5. Barcelona news conference


    Luis Enrique

    Luis Enrique, like Gerard Pique gets a bullet of a question about the defender being pictured out at a casino with Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas in the early hours of this morning.

    "What did the player say? responds Enrique to a Guardian journalist. "It is part of his private life yeah? Then the question is answered. I talk about football, gossip is no interest to me."

    That's that then.

  6. Barcelona news conference


    Luis Enrique is asked by BBC Sport about the contribution Luis Suarez has made at Barcelona since his move from Liverpool.

    "Very positive considering this is his first season at the club. He is one of the leading players in attack. There are a lot of characteristics with his play which benefit us. A natural goalscorer, he is very good at finding space behind the defence and I am sure he is going to do a lot of good things for us."

  7. Barcelona news conference


    Barcelona manager Luis Enrique feels there is no favourite in his sides' last-16 Champions League meeting with Manchester City.

    "This is a week where I've hardly had tie to train with the team," says Enrique. "After losing, it's good to have a game three days later and in a stadium like this against one of the other favourites to win the Champions League it's more than enough motivation."

  8. Barcelona news conference


    Gerard Pique is asked why Manchester City have struggled to replicate their domestic form in the Champions League in recent seasons and believes luck has played a large part.

    "I think they had really bad luck in the draw," he says. "Last year they had to play us and two years ago they had a difficult group stage. They have a lot of quality players, showing they are one the best teams in the world. Maybe not this year but in years to come they will be fighting for this title."

    Pique exits the stage, here comes Luis Enrique.

  9. Barcelona news conference


    Luis Enrique

    Gerard Pique is asked another loaded question about the future of Luis Enrique.

    The acoustics in the room are not great, but it is something along the lines of what impact will this result have on the future of the team and manager?

    The former Manchester United player is having none of it and states he does not think anything extra is at stake when they face Manchester City on Tuesday.

    Barcelona sit second in La Liga, four points behind Real Madrid.

  10. Barcelona news conference


    Gerard Pique fields a question on his private life and is then followed up with a question on confidence in manager Luis Enrique.

    Some reports in Spain have stated Barca's players have lost faith in their boss.

    "No there's no lack of confidence in the manager we have a great connection with him," says Pique. "When we won 11 games in a row, nobody spoke about him. Don't dig too deep. There are two teams playing in a game of football and one of them wins. The only way is to keep playing and show the team is united."

  11. Barcelona news conference


    Gerard Pique

    Barcelona will relish the chance to put Saturday's shock 1-0 loss at home to Malaga behind them when they meet Manchester City on Tuesday, according to defender Gerard Pique.

    "When you play for a big club and play games every week you don't have time to think about things and just focus on your next game," says Pique. "So it's an advantage to play a game quickly afterwards and put things behind you.

    "You never forget losing at the Nou Camp but it will be good to get a good result here, a boos for our confidence.

    "When you play for a big club whenever you lose a game there will be doubts. We have just won 11 straight games. We just have to concentrate on our work. Our level is very good at the moment."

  12. Barcelona news conference


    Barcelona Gerard Pique is asked if he thinks Tuesday's meeting will be similar to Barcelona's win over City in last year's competition: "I think it will be a similar game. Two teams who like to play the ball. The sending off of Demichelis was important last year because that game could have ended 0-0. But we attacked well, Leo lost his marker and got the goal at the end.

    "We will be trying to play a similar game tomorrow. We know they are a very strong forward line and they play the game well so we have to make the most of any spaces they play at the back."

  13. Barcelona news conference

    The microphone screeches at Barcelona's news conference and Pique shudders with fright. It's not like Shakira's singing...

  14. Barcelona news conference


    Gerard Pique is in place for Barcelona's pre-match news conference ahead of their meeting with Manchester City...

  15. 200 up for Edwards


    Charlotte Edwards will captain England for the 200th time when they take on New Zealand in a Twenty20 fixture later tonight.

    The 35-year-old took the captaincy in 2005 and has led her country in all forms of the game and she expects to still be in place for the 2017 World Cup.

    "To captain England was the ultimate honour. To be on the verge of doing it for the 200th time is unbelievable," says Edwards. "I'm not saying I'm going to retire in 2017, but playing in that World Cup is a huge goal for me."

  16. Juventus v Borussia Dortmund (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)


    Jurgen Klopp

    The Champions League anticipation is ramping up but any hope the Italian media had of some Borussia Dortmund tactical news ahead of their meeting at Juventus on Tuesday has been squashed.

    Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp tells his news conference: "We care a lot about tactics too and our tactic is that we won't give away our tactics the day before the matchday."

  17. £20m for 19-year-old talent


    The Boston Red Sox have reportedly signed prized Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada, a switch-hitting infielder coveted by a host of Major League Baseball teams, to a record £20m signing bonus.

    The league's officials website,, announced the deal for the 19-year-old Moncada, citing an industry source.

    Moncada's deal eclipses the £5,3m bonus record for an international amateur under the current guidelines, which was given in January to pitcher Yoan Lopez by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  18. Barca coming up


    A reminder that in around 20 minutes we expect to hear from Barcelona manager Luis Enrique before the small matter of their Champions League meeting with Manchester City on Tuesday.

  19. Lionesses gear up for Cyprus


    England Women head coach Mark Sampson names his 23-player squad for the Cyprus Cup.

    Chelsea's Claire Rafferty returns in the only change to the squad that faced USA on 13 February.

    Squad in full:

    Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County)

    Defenders: Laura Bassett (Notts County), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)

    Midfielders: Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)

    Forwards: Eni Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns).



    In the aftermath of the Oscars, where the cream of the crop are rewarded with glittering trophies, we have run our own awards in Sportsday today.

    Our final offering is the Razzie - an award given to the worst in a category. So who was the worst performance of the last 12 months. Tweet #sportingOscars.

    Tim Sherwood

    Michael Hincks: Aston Villa. Pick whatever game you like.

    Calamity: The US Ryder Cup teams melt down and finger pointing after their defeat to Europe.

  21. Did you know?


    Mikhail Youzhny might well look to the sky.

    Mikhail Youzhny

    Only two head-to-head winning streaks are longer than Federer's over Youzhny.

    Ivan Lendl's 17-match run against Tim Mayotte and Rafa Nadal's recently broken one against Tomas Berdych - 18.

  22. Federer in cruise control


    Roger Federer eased to a 16th consecutive victory over Russia's Mikhail Youzhny to begin his quest for a seventh title at the Dubai Championships on Monday.

    Roger Federer

    The Swiss world number two looked revitalised during a 6-3 6-1 stroll - his first competitive match since a surprise third round defeat by Andreas Seppi at the Australian Open.

  23. No Moore quit job


    Hartlepool United manager Ronnie Moore is not considering his future, despite Saturday's defeat by Bury leaving them eight points adrift in League Two.

    The 62-year-old took charge in December on the same day that TMH 2014 Limited announced their takeover of the club.

    That has since collapsed, and Pools are now two points further from 22nd place than when Moore was appointed boss.

    "I've no intention of leaving Hartlepool, I love every minute of my job, it's a big job," he tweeted.

  24. Edwards wants Roberts homecoming

    Rugby Union

    Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards says Jamie Roberts will "hopefully" return to play in Wales ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

    Racing Metro's Roberts is reported to be leaving the French club, opening the prospect of a dual contract in Wales.

    Roberts' Racing team-mate Dan Lydiate returned to Wales - with Ospreys - this season, and the duo are expected to be named in coach Warren Gatland's team to face the French at Stade de France on Saturday.

    "We want all our players back in Wales, but I haven't spoken to Jamie about it," said Edwards.



    A Brazil fan eats his flag

    In the aftermath of the Oscars, where the cream of the crop are rewarded with glittering trophies, we have run our own awards in Sportsday today.

    Our final offering is the Razzie - an award given to the worst in a category. So who was the worst performance of the last 12 months. Tweet #sportingOscars.

    Isa Zina: Manchester United in the league cup against MK dons were absolutely fantastic!

    Dons thumped United 4-0 in the League Cup in August.

    Stonewall Sid: Brazil national teams horrific display against Germany wins by a mile.

    Who could forget this one? 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final.

  26. No ref action for Atkinson


    Martin Atkinson

    Referee Martin Atkinson, who was at the centre of the controversial sending off of Chelsea Nemanja Matic on Saturday, will not take charge of a match this weekend.

    Atkinson was in the spotlight for his decision not to take action against Burnley's Ashley Barnes for a studs-up challenge on Matic, and his subsequent dismissal of the Serb, who bundled Barnes to the ground in the aftermath.

    With a reduced Barclays Premier League fixture list, due to the Capital One Cup final between Chelsea and Tottenham, Atkinson is required only for fourth official's duty at Manchester United versus Sunderland on Saturday.

    He will be back on the pitch three days later, taking charge of Crystal Palace's trip to Southampton.

  27. O'Brien pleased at Tendulkar's Ireland support


    Ireland's Niall O'Brien has welcomed a call from Indian great Sachin Tendulkar for associate nations to be given more opportunities at international cricket's top level.

    Sachin Tendulkar

    Tendulkar wants nations such as Ireland and Afghanistan to be able to play more games against full member countries, while Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene has also criticised cutting teams at the next World Cup to 10 from 14.

    "Great to see Sachin getting behind Ireland," O'Brien tweeted.

    Tendlukar had said: "To play against them every four years is not enough and we need to look into it and look to encourage them more by making them play international games against the top sides."

  28. Give Diego 10 - Tiago


    Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago has urged the club to offer manager Diego Simeone a 10-year contract.

    Diego Simeone

    "We have seen what has been published in the media and we are very pleased," said the former Chelsea midfielder. "The talk is of five years but we would like it to be 10."

    Atletico have won the Europa League, the Copa del Rey and their first La Liga title in 18 years since Simeone took charge in 2011.

    His current deal ends in 2017 and his side face Bayer Leverkusen in the last-16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

  29. Sutton has total confidence


    British cycling technical director Shane Sutton has just told BBC Radio 5 live Drive he has total confidence the nation's cycling fortunes will improve ahead of Rio 2016.

    After dominating the sport for years, Great Britain left the Track World Championships on Sunday without a single gold medal for the first time in 14 years.

    "Expectation is always going to be high when you've achieved what we have," says Sutton. "That's off the back of the great athletes like the Pendletons and the Hoys. I think at this moment in time the athletes feel they have to perform and be ready, there's a pressure. I am sure we will get it right. I'm confident in the team.

    "It's good to see all the other nations stepping up. Competition is healthy and we have to be on top of our game at all times. It is good for the sport, the medals are spread but I'd like to see a lot more coming our way before Rio."

  30. More great videos

    Here are some more of the best videos currently available to watch on the BBC Sport site.

    Russell Crowe

    Rugby league: Hollywood star Russell Crowe tells BBC Sport how he rejected the chance to present an award at this year's Oscars to watch the South Sydney Rabbitohs win the World Club Challenge.

    Football: After being fouled by Stockport's Charlie Russell, Worcester City's Shab Khan responds by picking him up and throwing him to the ground in a wrestling style.

    Cricket: All the stats from England's 119-run victory over Scotland in the Cricket World Cup.

    Football: Match of the Day 2 Extra pundit Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester United forward Robin van Persie is "taking the mickey" and not doing enough for the team.

    Cycling: Watch highlights as Australia's Annette Edmondson wins gold in the omnium with Britain's Laura Trott taking silver at the Track World Championships in Paris.

  31. Halifax v Eastleigh off


    FC Halifax's The Shay ground

    FC Halifax's home Conference game against Eastleigh on Tuesday evening has been postponed.

    Judging from the picture of Yorkshire club's stadium above, it doesn't take much deduction to work out it is because of a waterlogged pitch.

  32. Football in danger - Bright


    Former Sheffield Wednesday and Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright is seemingly dismayed at the news Ashley Barnes has escaped Football Association punishment.

    Mark Bright

    The FA have stated Burnley's Barnes will face no action for the tackle which provoked Chelsea's Nemanja Matic into pushing him on Saturday.

    Matic was sent off but Chelsea have announced they will appeal the red card which would see him miss Sunday's League Cup final meeting with Tottenham.

  33. Toon going nowhere - Keegan


    Former Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan says the club are "going nowhere".

    Kevin Keegan

    A 5-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday left the Toon Army 11th in the table and afterwards, Keegan, working as a television pundit, spoke of his confusion with the club's direction.

    "It hurts me to say it but Newcastle are a club going nowhere," Keegan told BeinSports. "John Carver is valuable to have around the place but he won't be manager next season."

    Carver has been put in temporary charge until the end of the season.

  34. Cunningham praises clinical Souths

    Rugby League

    Keiron Cunningham praised the ruthlessness of South Sydney Rabbitohs after they beat St Helens by a record margin in the World Club Challenge.

    The Saints head coach watched on as his team were overpowered by the National Rugby League champions 39-0.


    The Australian side ran in seven tries with Saints unable to score a point.

    "They're a great side, they took every single opportunity and scored a try. I feel for my players - they're dejected," Cunningham said.

  35. Injury blow for Crewe goalkeeper


    Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Ben Garratt, 20, has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a fractured shin bone in Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Barnsley.

  36. 'Wind the cause of Alonso crash'

    Formula 1

    Fernando Alonso is making a "solid recovery" in hospital according to his McLaren team, who say mechanical failure was not the cause of his crash in testing in Barcelona.

    Alonso was air lifted to hospital after crashing into a wall on turn three at Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday and McLaren says "unpredictably gusty winds" caused the incident.

    "We can categorically state that there is no evidence that indicates that Fernando's car suffered mechanical failure of any kind," says McLaren in a statement. "We can also confirm that absolutely no loss of aerodynamic pressure was recorded.

    "Finally, we can also disclose that no electrical discharge or irregularity of any kind occurred in the car's ERS system, either before, during or after the incident."

  37. Woods falls to 70


    Tiger Woods

    Barely a week goes by without hearing of strife for Tiger Woods these days.

    The 14-time major winner has fallen to number 70 in golf's official world rankings. That is the 39-year-old's lowest mark since 1996, the year he turned professional.

    Woods has withdrawn from three of his last eight competitive tournaments and said he would not return to competitive play until his game is "tournament ready".

  38. Get involved


    As you may well have noticed, we have a vote going on at the moment with six suggestions for who should win the sporting Razzie, awarded to the worst performance of 2014-15.

    Sporting Razzie

    The options are...

    1. Brazil losing 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup, 2. England failing to win a game at the World Cup, 3. Golfer Tiger Woods's drop in form, 4. Rugby union side London Welsh's failure to win in 15 Premiership matches, 5. Striker Radamel Falcao struggling at Manchester United, 6. Violinist-turned-skier Vanessa-Mae coming last in her event at the Winter Olympics.

    We are also keen to hear of anyone else we should have included, and why. #sportingOscars

  39. Defender Wootton extends Leeds deal


    Leeds United defender Scott Wootton has signed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2017.

    Wootton, 23, joined Leeds from Manchester United in August 2013.

  40. Not good Toffee


    Everton midfielder James McCarthy says the club's players know what they are producing is "not good enough".

    Everton v Leicester

    The Toffees needed a late own goal to take a point from their home meeting with Leicester on Sunday and sit 12th, six points above the Premier League relegation zone.

    "It has been a frustrating campaign, especially in the league," says McCarthy. "It's frustrating as a player. As a fan it's no good watching it either. "Every one of us knows that we need to address this. We know it is not good enough."

    Roberto Martinez's side have one win in 10 league games.

  41. Taking in the local side

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Richard Conway sits among fans

    "Welcomed into away end with the Al Arabi fans at Al Sadd match in Doha. Unfortunately they're losing 2-0. Midas touch."

    Richard is in Doha ahead of a Fifa taskforce meeting on Tuesday which will focus on a potential date for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

  42. Get involved


    We've had some great entries for our #sportingOscars. But not everyone can win an Oscar. For every Sergio Aguero, there is a Jozy Altidore. For every Alexis Sanchez there is an Ali Dia.

    The Oscars highlight the best of the acting world, The Razzies the worst.

    So we are after your suggestions for the worst performance of 2014 / 2015. Who would win a sporting Razzie? Tweet us using #sportingOscars or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  43. Alonso gives thumbs up

    Formula 1

    Some good news as Fernando Alonso's manager tweets an image of the McLaren driver sat up in his hospital bed.

    Fernando Alonso

    The two-time world champion was injured in a testing crash in Barcelona on Sunday.

    "Lunch time. Thank you for your support!" tweets Luis Garcia Abad.

  44. Nene will make Hammers debut


    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce will hand Nene his debut against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    The 33-year-old Brazilian forward arrived last week on a free transfer but was not deemed ready for a place in the squad for Sunday's 2-2 draw at Tottenham.

    "Nene would have probably featured anyway but he will definitely be involved now because we're down to the two strikers with Andy Carroll's injury and Carlton Cole's new hamstring problem," says Allardyce.

  45. Garth Crooks's team of the week

    Garth's Team of the Week

    This is the Premier League team of the week from our analyst Garth Crooks.

    Read our feature on the football page to see Garth's reasoning and find out just which two players are "football's equivalent of Morecambe and Wise".

    Morecambe and Wise
    Image caption: Morecambe and Wise
  46. Hazard to leave Chelsea


    News coming from Chelsea where Hazard has agreed a deal to leave...

  47. Carlisle players call PFA over fine


    Carlisle United's Billy Paynter and Gary Dicker have appealed to the Professional Footballers' Association over a fine for refusing to do extra training, reports BBC Radio Cumbria.

    Midfielder Dicker, 28, has not featured for 13 weeks and 30-year-old striker Paynter last played in early December.

    Carlisle boss Keith Curle has said that he could not comment on 'internal issues'.

  48. Barnes in the clear - FA


    The Football Association confirms there will be no further action taken against Burnley striker Ashley Barnes for the challenge which led to Nemanja Matic's red card for Chelsea on Saturday.

    In a series of tweets, the FA outline the protocol in place for not re-refereeing incidents which the match official has seen.

    "In the vast majority of challenges for the ball, no retrospective action is taken as the incident has been seen by the match officials," tweet the FA.

    "Retrospective action introduced as deterrent for 'off the ball incidents' [e.g. kicks, stamps etc.] committed out of sight of officials.

    "Whole game in agreement that, in vast majority of cases, match officials are best-placed to deal with incidents to avoid re-refereeing."

    Football Association
  49. Boss supports Khan over 'body slam'


    Worcester City boss Carl Heeley has backed "mild-mannered" Shab Khan following the defender's 'body slam' at Aggborough, claiming that he acted in self-defence.

    The video clip of Khan's angry response to Charlie Russell's challenge in Saturday's Conference North win over Stockport has gone viral on social media, with more than 10 million views.

    "The football club in no way condones reactions like that," said Heeley. "But there had been extreme provocation and we can certainly understand it."

    If you haven't seen the video yet, it's well worth a watch...

  50. Get involved


    We have been asking for your #sportingOscars all day. At the moment we are after your nominees for the best team performance (best picture).

    Here are some suggestions

    Nick Whitton: Got to be Mercedes F1, Best car on the grid, best rivalry on the grid and a season that went down to the wire.

    Frederik Faerch: Atletico Madrid. Truly a brilliant team performance in a game dominated by individuals.


    Sakriya: Afghanistan cricket team. Their story would surely win an Oscar.

    Alex Canning: Bradford's 4-2 win at Stamford Bridge. 2-0 down coming back to win 4-2 is worthy of every award possible.

  51. MK Dons hit by Alli ankle injury


    MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli will miss up to six weeks of the League One promotion race with an ankle injury.

    Dele Alli

    The 18-year-old has scored 14 times in 36 games for Karl Robinson's second-placed side this season.

    He will receive treatment at his parent club Tottenham, who he joined in January before returning to MK on loan until the end of the season. Alli was injured in last week's 1-0 win over Colchester United, and is unlikely to be available until late March.

  52. 2022 World Cup to be in December?


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "The head of a Fifa taskforce has told BBC Sport that he sees November or December as the likely months in which the 2022 Qatar World Cup will be staged.

    "Shaikh Salman will head up a meeting of the taskforce on Tuesday and when asked if the tournament could possibly be held in May, said: "I don't think so. When you look at May, I don't think there's a difference between May and June.

    "The purpose is to play it during winter time - personally, I think it's going to be November/December or January/February of '22. And we all know that during the early '22 there's the Winter Olympics and we don't want it to collide during that period. The only option that I see is November/December."

  53. Stags fined for player breach


    The Football League fine Mansfield Town for fielding an ineligible player in their League Two defeat to Exeter City on 17 January.

    Bermudan midfielder Reggie Lambe played in the match on 17 January, which Mansfield lost 3-2.

    The Stags have been fined £6,000, with £4,500 of the sum suspended for 12 months.

  54. Sprinter is tip-top for Queen Mother

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    "Trainer Nicky Henderson, trainer of star chaser Sprinter Sacre, has spoken hopefully about the nine-year-old regaining the Queen Mother Champion Chase prize at next month's Cheltenham Festival.

    Sprinter Sacre

    "Having won the race in 2013, a heart condition ruled the horse out of last year's running, and he only returned to action after an absence of more than a year when runner-up in a race at Ascot in January.

    "Henderson said: 'We're as good as we've been for a very, very long time [with him]. He's right there, spot on. The better the ground the better.'

    "Sprinter Sacre is 3-1 favourite, ahead of 2014 Champion Sire De Grugy at 7-2 for the March 11 race."

  55. Get involved


    Jordanne Whiley

    Some more of your nominations for the best female in the #sportingOscars. You can tweet us your suggestions and also leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Yuones Laghzali: Jordanne Whiley. Five Grand Slam titles in a row with her doubles partner.

    Tom: Serena Williams - possibly the best athlete that has ever lived.

    Serena Williams

    If you're wondering about the picture, this is what Serena Williams wore to the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday night.

    Time to change direction again. This time we are after the #sportingOscar for best team performance (best picture).

  56. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

    James Milner

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirms James Milner is "100% fit" for Tuesday's meeting with Barcelona.

    The England international sustained a knee-ligament injury in training, forcing him out of Saturday's 5-0 win over Newcastle.

  57. Today's F1 gossip

    Formula 1

    Today's Formula 1 Gossip features an image posted on twitter by Lewis Hamilton on Sunday showing the double world champion perched on the wing of a plane at Barcelona Airport after pre-season testing with Mercedes.

    He tweeted:"Hope you're all having an amazing Sunday. Heading home to rest so I can be at 100%."

    Lewis Hamilton

    Elsewhere, Jenson Button claims McLaren's test programme is "43% complete" and not 50% as suggested by team boss Eric Boullier.

    Lotus technical director Nick Chester also says the most encouraging aspect of the final day of the second test in Barcelona was the mileage completed rather than Romain Grosjean posting the fastest time.

  58. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

    Manchester City won 5-0 against Newcastle on Saturday, in Yaya Toure's first game back after he helped Ivory Coast win the Africa Cup of Nations, while Toure's international team-mate, Wilfried Bony, also made his debut for the club in that game.

    "I always prefer to play with Yaya in my team, but we can play without him also," says boss Manuel Pellegrini. "We played without him against Roma and Bayern Munich.

    Wilfried Bony and Yaya Toure

    "Bony arrives into our squad and I think he will have an important participation in or team. We needed a fourth striker and I think he will be important here for us."

  59. Samir Nasri news conference

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

    Samir Nasri

    Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri tells a news conference the club have to make their own history in the Champions League.

    City meet Barcelona on Tuesday in the first-leg of their last-16 tie. Barca beat Manuel Pellegrini's side 4-1 on aggregate in last season.

    "This year is totally different," says Nasri. "We will respect them but we won't be scared.

    "Barca has a great philosophy of football. "It can be fun if you play your game, but if they have possession it's not fun."

  60. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

    More from Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who says: "At this stage of the competition when you play over 180 minutes it is very important to win the first game. After that, try not to concede goals here at home. If you can't, draw, but 0-0 is better than 1-1.

    "Our team is also demonstrating we are playing better away than we did last year.

    "I don't think that last year we changed our style. Maybe we couldn't do what we tried to do. As I say, we had played 19 games in two months. So we tried to play another way.

    "The main thing for our team is to try to fight for the possession of the ball, that's very important. We need to have the ball as long as we can. After that, give good distribution to take Barcelona as near to their box as we can."

  61. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City only picked up two points from their first four Champions League matches this season, before two wins saw them reach the knockout stages.

    "We never thought we were out of the Champions League," says boss Manuel Pellegrini. "We had the trust to continue to fight until the end. This team will always try to do it.

    "We didn't play well, especially here at home against Roma and CSKA Moscow but our team showed the personality and quality to qualify."

  62. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, whose side lost 4-1 to Barcelona on aggregate in the last 16 of the Champions League in 2013-14, says: "Last year was different to this year.

    "We arrived at this stage of the Champions League after playing 19 games in two months but I hope this year we will do it as we are not playing so many games.

    "We're in a good moment but must recognise we are playing against a strong team."

  63. Barcelona are here

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

    Barcelona have arrived in Manchester, before the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against Manchester City on Tuesday.

    Lionel Messi

    Pictured is forward Lionel Messi, who is getting the man-marking treatment from a couple of local police officers. Will City be able to keep this close to Messi tomorrow?

    Speaking of that game, we are expecting to hear from City manager Manuel Pellegrini and midfielder Samir Nasri shortly. As always, we will bring you the best of what they have to say.

  64. Police contacted about anti-Semitic singing


    Video footage has emerged of a group of men, thought to be West Ham fans, chanting anti-Semitic abuse on the London Underground.

    Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has contacted police over the footage, filmed on Sunday.

    The video appeared on social media showing fans on the way to the 2-2 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

    It comes after an incident of alleged racism by Chelsea supporters on the Paris Metro, when footage showed a black man being pushed from a train.

  65. Mackay braced for Cardiff return


    Wigan Athletic manager Malky Mackay takes his side to Cardiff City on Tuesday, his first visit to his former employers who sacked him in December 2013.

    Malky Mackay and Vincent Tan

    The Scot endured a tumultuous end to his reign at the Cardiff City Stadium where he guided the Bluebirds to promotion to the Premier League in 2013.

    "Managers get the sack - that happens, but there are some really good people that work there and I enjoyed my time down there and I was very proud of a lot of people down there," Mackay tells his news conference. "You make friends and you have special moments at every club you're at. They are the things you hold on to."

    Mackay confirmed Jermaine Pennant will be in his squad after the 32-year-old joined until the end of the season.

  66. Parma struggle for transport


    Fabio Cannavaro, Lilian Thuram and Gianfranco Zola are just a few of the greats to have played for Parma, but this week the club's players could face the harsh reality of having to pay for their own transport.

    Serie A's bottom club are in dire straits financially. Their players have not been paid all season and the club, which has changed hands twice in two months, is in danger of not finishing the campaign.

    Parma fans

    Their home match against Udinese was called off on Sunday as they could not afford to pay for stewards or police and some of the fans protested at the way the club is being run.

    "It's like being in a film. We've seen everything you could possibly imagine, with four different presidents this season," club captain Allessandro Lucarelli told Radio Anch'io.

    "Today, we are starting our preparations for the match against Genoa and if there isn't a bus we'll get five or six cars together and travel in them."

  67. Gilsenan signs Exiles extension

    Rugby union

    Back-row forward Conor Gilsenan has signed a two-year contract extension with London Irish.

    The 22-year-old former Ireland Under-20 captain has made eight appearances for the Exiles since his summer move from Leinster.

  68. Yeovil boss 'turned away for penalty'


    Yeovil acting manager Terry Skiverton has revealed he could not watch Adam Morgan take the penalty which secured his side a point against Gillingham.

    Morgan, 20, was recalled by Skiverton on Saturday after an 11-month exile from the squad and in injury time stepped up to score his first senior goal to earn the struggling Glovers a 2-2 draw.

    "He was a brave lad for stepping up at that moment," said Skiverton. "I actually walked down the tunnel, I couldn't watch it. And when Adam picked the ball up I walked even further. I thought 'I'm not turning back'. "But the lad's got self-confidence. Morgan picking the ball up was a good decision."

  69. Coaching new boy at Villa


    Aston Villa announce the appointment of Tony Parks as goalkeeper coach.

    The former Tottenham, Oxford and West Ham shot-stopper will work with Brad Guzan, Shay Given and Jed Steer, having filled a similar role at Norwich City.

  70. Beast is bitten

    Rugby Union

    Martin Castrogiovanni

    Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni is set to miss Saturday's Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield after being bitten on the nose by a friend's dog, the Ansa news agency reported on Monday.

    The Italian rugby federation said Castrogiovanni had suffered a "slight domestic incident" and been left out of the provisional squad.

    Ansa said the Argentine-born 33-year-old had been playing with the dog which turned on him and caused a wound requiring 14 stitches.

  71. Higgins welcomes new high


    John Higgins claimed his first tournament since 2012 with victory at the Welsh Open on Sunday.

    In beating Ben Woollaston 9-3 the Scot, 39, sealed his fourth win at the tournament.

    "I've always been the sort of player that after every high there's going to be a low," said Higgins.

    "I was hoping there was going to be another high again and that's what keeps you going."

  72. Change of structure in women's game

    Rugby Union

    Simon Middleton

    England announce Simon Middleton will fill a head coach role for both the women's sevens and XV teams.

    He already oversees the Sevens team, but in a change of structure, will now take charge of both sides with help from three coaches who will report to him.

  73. Coventry sack Pressley


    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire have been getting reaction to news of Steven Pressley's parting with Coventry City.

    A poll on Twitter sees the majority of supporters back the decision to get rid of the manager, who took charge of his 100th game on Saturday:

    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

    Some fans have been tweeting suggestions for Pressley's replacement, with Nigel Adkins gaining some support.

    Coventry sit in the League One relegation zone.

  74. Diarra joins Charlton


    Charlton Athletic have signed France international midfielder Alou Diarra on a deal until the end of the season.

    The 33-year-old, who could make his debut at derby on Tuesday, was released by West Ham last summer.



    Charlotte Dujardin

    It is BBC Sport's morning of sporting Oscars and we are currently on the 'best female' category. Who for you has stood out over the last year? Tweet us on #sportingOscars.

    C'est moi: Charlotte Dujardin definitely deserves a sporting Oscar for her achievements.

    Niall McCaughan: Stephanie Roche considering she was robbed of the FIFA Puskas award!

    Dujardin (pictured) already has an OBE. Roche was beaten to the Puskas award - a Fifa honour given to the best goal of the year - by James Rodriguez but you can still see her stunner of a strike on the BBC sport website.

  76. Crying after a worldie


    Nani celebrates

    Now we all want players to celebrate the right way when the score - or to not do so at all if they once represented your club - but crying? Is that too far?

    Manchester United winger Nani started blubbing after a stunning strike in Sporting Lisbon's 2-0 win against Gil Vicente on Sunday.

    It was an eighth goal in 24 appearances for Sporting since he returned to the club where he started his career on loan from United.

  77. Alonso will be ready

    Formula 1

    Fernando Alonso's manager sees no reason the McLaren driver will not be fit to start the Formula 1 season after a heavy crash in testing.

    The Spanish driver, 33, hit a wall on the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona on Sunday and spent the night in hospital where he is undergoing tests.

    After the accident, his manager Luis Garcia Abad was asked if the two-time world champion will be ready for the 15 March, when the new season starts: "He is well and I don't think there will be any problems," said Abad.

    "The impact was quite strong but fortunately, it was nothing. He was conscious and able to speak."

  78. Today's newspapers

    Daily Express

    Daily Express back page

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho accused Burnley striker Ashley Barnes of a "criminal" tackle on Nemanja Matic in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday and claims in the Daily Express that it could have been "career-threatening".

    Inside, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce accuses referee Jonathan Moss of applying "NFL" time after Spurs' Harry Kane equalised in the fifth minute of stoppage time in the 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

  79. Brentford extend Long's loan deal


    Championship side Brentford have extended Everton forward Chris Long's loan spell at Griffin Park by a month.

    Long, 19, scored in the Bees' 3-1 win against promotion rivals Bournemouth on Saturday - his first goal in his five games since joining in January.

  80. Foreign newspapers

    Gazzetta dello Sport

    AC Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi has improved his relationship with owner Silvio Berlusconi after a 2-0 win against Cesena on Sunday.

    La Gazzetta dello sport

    Inzaghi has come under pressure for Milan's stuttering league campaign making the victory crucial according to the paper.

    His side are still only eighth in the table, nine points off the Champions League places.

  81. Best videos

    Right, it's that time to show you some of the best videos available to watch on the BBC Sport website.

    Noel Gallagher

    Football: Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher delivers a stinging assessment of Jose Mourinho during this week's Match of the Day 3, claiming the Chelsea boss is having a "breakdown."

    Cycling: British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton says he is not worried about his athletes' prospects at the 2016 Olympics, but asks for time to 'rebuild' the team.

    Athletics: Britain's Mo Farah sets a new indoor two-mile world record of eight minutes 3.40 seconds at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix.

    Diving: Tom Daley says it was a 'solid start' to the season after winning a fifth individual 10m platform title at the British Diving Championships.

    Tom Daley
  82. Fifa gather for Qatar debate


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "Fifa are gathering in Doha ahead of a task force meeting to look at the dates for the Qatar 2022 World Cup. They do so amid continuing concerns for the welfare of workers working on projects connected with the World Cup.

    Qatar stadium

    "In a statement, the Premier League has reiterated their belief the tournament should not be moved to winter.

    "It reads: 'The Premier League's position remains unchanged. The 2022 FIFA World Cup was bid for and awarded to Qatar as a summer tournament. The prospect of a winter World Cup is neither workable nor desirable for European domestic football.'"

  83. Champions add fire power

    Rugby Union

    Aviva Premiership champions Northampton have announced the signing of former Cornish Pirates scrum-half Tom Kessell.

    The 25-year-old will join Saints in time for next season after completing a short-term stint with the Pirates' Championship rivals Bristol.

  84. Get involved


    Speaking of Oscars...

    We have been asking for your suggestions for best male in our #sportingOscars. You haven't let us down. Here are a few more suggestions.

    StoneWall Sid: Harry Kane's unbelievable performance against Chelsea. Made the role his own.

    Adam Smith: Cesc Fabregas for Best Supporting Player. 15 assists this season means this is a lock down for the win.

    Sir chris Hoy

    Nitheshsagar: Surely Sir Chris Hoy for his marvellous achievements.

    Right, let's move it on a bit now. Which woman deserves the best female #sportingOscar? Tweet us or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  85. The glitz and glamour of St Helens

    Rugby League

    So where would you rather be? St Helens in the cold or at the Oscars ceremony in Hollywood?

    For actor and big rugby league fan Russell Crowe, it was a simple decision. So on Sunday, Australian Crowe, who co-owns South Sydney Rabbitohs, watched his side secure a 39-0 win against Super League champions St Helens.

    Russell Crowe

    Besides, Crowe has been to the Oscars before. Here he is pictured below at the 2001 ceremony with his best actor Oscar for his role in Gladiator, along with best actress Julia Roberts, who won her award for her performance in Erin Brockovich.

    Roberts was not at St Helens on Sunday.

    Julia Roberts and Russell Crowe
  86. Murray up a place


    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray has moved up to third place in the world rankings at Rafael Nadal's expense.

    Nadal lost his first semi-final on clay for 12 years this weekend with defeat to Fabio Fognini as he dropped down a spot to fourth in the world rankings.

    Murray, 27, spent a spell at world number two in 2013 but dropped as low as 12th in September of 2014.

    He is in the draw for this week's Dubai Duty Free Championships where he is seeded third and takes on Luxembourg's Gilles Muller in the first round.

  87. A training camp - not a holiday


    This image may as well be Joey Barton and Charlie Austin sharing an ice lolly.

    A couple on the beach

    Why? Because Queens Park Rangers head coach Chris Ramsey is set to take his squad away on a training camp.

    "We're looking into taking them away - not as a reward, for a training camp," says Ramsey. "The grounds are not very good here at the moment and our training pitch gets flooded despite the efforts of the groundsmen,"

    Rangers, one place above the relegation zone, do not play again until they face Arsenal on 4 March.

  88. Casey and Johnson's play-off woe


    James Hahn

    American James Hahn claimed a first PGA Tour win of his career with play-off victory over Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson at the Northern Trust Open.

    All three ended the tournament - at Riviera Country Club, California - on six-under-par but Casey exited the play-off at the second extra hole and Hahn clinched victory with birdie on the next.

    It would have been a first PGA Tour victory in five years for Casey and a first for Johnson since he took time out of the game to confront "personal challenges" in August.

  89. Coventry sack Pressley


    In a statement on the club website, Coventry's chief executive Steve Waggott said: "This has been a very difficult decision from a personal and professional point of view, and we would like to place on record our thanks to Steven for his efforts over the last two years.

    "But results over recent weeks and months, and our precarious position in the league table, means that a change of direction at first team level is needed."

  90. BreakingBREAKING NEWS


    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    "Chelsea will be appealing against the red card shown to Nemanja Matic for his reaction to a challenge by Burnley's Ashley Barnes in Saturday 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

    "The Blues have until 13:00 GMT on Tuesday to submit their evidence to the Football Association.

    "Matic's appeal will then go before an independent three-person disciplinary commission before Chelsea's League Cup final against Tottenham on Sunday.

    "Meanwhile, the Chelsea board are understood to be comfortable and completely supportive of manager Jose Mourinho's comment about Barnes and referees on Sky programme Goals on Sunday yesterday.

    "Contrary to reports, the club insist Mourinho was invited on to the programme after a long-standing request was granted on Saturday evening - and not the other way round."

  91. BreakingBREAKING NEWS


    Manager Steven Pressley has parted company with League One side Coventry City.

    The Sky Blues have not won a league game since 3 January and are 21st in the table, a point from safety.

    Neil MacFarlane and former Leeds head coach Dave Hockaday have been placed in temporary charge.

  92. One off, three on

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    "Racing at Lingfield on Wednesday is off because the course is waterlogged."

    Ayr, Wolverhampton and Plumpton get the go ahead.

  93. Alonso faces further tests after crash

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport chief F1 writer

    "McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will have further medical checks on Monday before doctors decide whether to release him from hospital.

    Fernando Alonso

    "The two-time champion is in intensive care after crashing during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday.

    "Alonso suffered concussion in the accident but is "fine", according to McLaren. His presence in intensive care is normal protocol in such circumstances and no reason for concern, sources said, adding that he is speaking freely."

  94. 'Moeen playing like Garry Sobers'


    Geoffrey Boycott says Moeen Ali "was playing shots like Garry Sobers" during England's 119-run victory over Scotland in the Cricket World Cup.

    Garfield Sobers

    Moeen scored 128 and shared 172 for the first wicket with Ian Bell, as England posted 303-8.

    Scotland are the lowest-ranked one-day international side in Pool A and slip to the bottom of the table following the three-wicket defeat by New Zealand in their opening game.

    Listen to more clips and download the Test Match Special podcast.

    West Indies cricketer Garry Sobers is regarded as one of the greatest all-rounders of all time. He broke the record for the highest Test score of 365 in 1958, a record that lasted until 1994 when Brian Lara scored 375. Lara's 400, made in 2004, is the highest Test score ever made.

  95. Foreign newspapers

    Marca (Spain)

    Barcelona's unlikely slip-up at home against Malaga on Saturday was duly punished by Real Madrid on Sunday as they edged to a 2-0 win at Elche.


    It was, as most games seem to be, another landmark outing for Cristiano Ronaldo. He netted the second goal, his 290th goal for Los Blancos, making him the club's third-highest scorer of all time.

    Just 33 more to go for CR7 as he pursues Raul's club record.

    Real are now four points clear of Barca at the top of La Liga.

  96. Foreign newspapers

    Sport (Spain)

    Spanish newspaper Sport leads with some potential Barcelona team news ahead of Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Manchester City.

    Luis Enrique's side suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Malaga on Saturday and the Barca boss will bring Javier Mascherano and Ivan Rakitic into his side to offer more strength according to the paper.

    'Muscle against City', reads the front page.

    Javier Mascherano on the pages of Sport
  97. Get involved


    Some more of your nominations for #sportingOscars. Our first category is best male perfomance.

    Wayne Rooney

    Jon Evans: Rooney's dive against Preston, top-notch acting. Convinced the ref and the television commentators at least.

    Matt Alexis Williams: Manuel Neuer for Best Male. Everyone talks about Messi and Ronaldo but keepers are unfashionable. What a year.

    Hole in the head: Arsene Wenger for wardrobe/costume award, Jose Mourinho for playing the affable victim.

  98. Today's newspapers

    Daily Record

    Monday's Daily Record

    In Scotland's Daily Record, Celtic's Kris Commons reckons Inter Milan are there for the taking in the Europa League last-32 second leg at the San Siro on Thursday after the injured midfielder saw enough in the 3-3 draw in the first leg to believe the Italian side's defence is weak.

    Elsewhere, Aberdeen's new striker Kenny McLean has warned Celtic to look over their shoulder after the second-placed Dons took their tally to 35 points from a possible 39 with a comfortable 3-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday.

  99. Wrestlemania comes to Worcester


    Angry player 'body slams' opponent

    There were some incredible reactions from players over the weekend.

    But the most remarkable of all came in the Conference North when Worcester City's Shab Khan channelled his inner WWE wrestler as, after a shocking challenge from Stockport's Charlie Russell, Khan picked him up and threw him to the ground in a wrestling style.

    If you have not seen the footage, then watch it on the BBC Sport site now.

    Apparently, this guy is going to be the club's next signing, to bring in a bit of experience.

    Hulk Hogan
  100. Five back in business for Scots

    Rugby Union

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter adds five capped players to his squad for Saturday's Six Nations meeting with Italy at Murrayfield.

    Chris Cusiter, Moray Low, Adam Ashe, Alex Allan, David Denton

    All of the additions are capped players. Scrum-half Chris Cusiter (Sale) and Adam Ashe (Glasgow), recover from knee and neck injuries respectively for a recall. David Denton (Edinburgh) is also fit again after sustaining a calf tear before the tournament.

    Props Moray Low (Exeter) and Alex Allan (Glasgow) are direct replacements for Jon Welsh (hand) and Gordon Reid (knee), who were injured in the previous match against Wales.

    Scotland have been beaten by France and Wales in their two Six Nations outings so far.

  101. Get involved


    We are asking for your #sportingOscars, and the first category is the best male performance. Here are some of your suggestions.

    Mike Jones: Louis van Gaal for his impression of a manager that knows what he is doing.

    Jack Hector: Alexis Sanchez, great performer, great professional and outstanding hair.

    Chris Robshaw

    Dave English: Chris Robshaw for his performance against Wales specifically the 26 tackles.

    Who Let The Drog Out: Jose Mourinho for his rant on Goals of Sunday. Top performance right there.

    Keep them coming in to us on Twitter, using #sportingOscars or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  102. Today's back pages

    The Sun

    The Sun - back page

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman features on the back page of The Sun appealing for referees to get help when making the big decisions after the Saints were denied three penalty claims in the 2-0 defeat by Liverpool on Sunday.

    Elsewhere, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim makes the claim that Manchester United do not need to sign loan striker Radamel Falcao on a permanent deal in the summer because they already have Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

  103. Headlines

    Here are some of the top stories on the BBC Sport website at the moment.

    Cricket: England claim their first win of the 2015 World Cup as a record opening stand helps them to a 119-run victory over Scotland.

    Football: An ex-police officer and Chelsea fan has apologised for his part in an alleged racist incident on the Paris Metro - but has denied he is a racist.

    Rugby League: South Sydney Rabbitohs, co-owned by Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, secured a record World Club Challenge victory over Super League champions St Helens.

    Cycling: Britain's cyclists can still have a successful Rio 2016 Olympics, despite failing to win any gold medals at the Track World Championships, says British Cycling's technical director Shane Sutton.

  104. Some might say Mourinho's a whinger


    Noel Gallagher

    One man less than impressed with Jose Mourinho's comments is singer Noel Gallagher.

    The former Oasis lead guitarist, a Manchester City supporter, was a guest on BBC's MOTD3 over the weekend and called the Chelsea boss 'a whinger'.

  105. Arsenal underachieving, says Mourinho


    In his wide-ranging interview with Sky Sports, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho also said third-placed Arsenal were underachieving.

    Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho

    "I don't understand why they are not up there with Chelsea and Manchester City," said Mourinho.

    "Arsenal are a team I like very much. They have very good players and Alexis Sanchez is a very important player to add to what they have got. They are a team for more.

    "Arsene Wenger has a dream job. Everyone would love to have the security he has of being manager year after year after year."

  106. Today's back pages

    The Independent

    The Independent

    Here are some of Monday's back pages starting with The Independent, which focuses on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's appearance on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday.

    The Portuguese was outspoken in his 37 minutes on air accusing referee Martin Atkinson of making "four mistakes" in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday, also criticising Ashley Barnes for his "criminal challenge" on Nemana Matic that led to the Chelsea player being sent off for retaliating.

  107. 'It could have ended Matic's career'


    One of the main talking points from Saturday's games was Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic's red card after he reacted to an awful challenge from Burnley's Ashley Barnes during the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

    Jose Mourinho

    In an incredible interview on Sky Sports, Mourinho said: "It could be the end of Matic's career. A criminal tackle. Matic is a very lucky guy," Mourinho said. "Another club would have the power to appeal Matic's red card.

    "Football is about emotions and clearly Nemanja Matic had a reason to lose his emotions. What are the consequences of his push? Nothing. The consequence for Matic from the tackle? It could be the end of his career.

    "If you call Diego Costa's actions against Liverpool a crime, the minimum you have to say is this is a criminal tackle."

  108. Today's back pages

    Daily Mirror

    Daily Mirror back page

    The Daily Mirror carry a back page image of Philippe Coutinho after his wonder goal in the 2-0 victory over Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday.

    Accompanying the image, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers criticises Southampton fans for a lack of respect to former Saints stars Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

    Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany also gets a mention after insisting that the Premier League champions do not fear Barcelona in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 match at the Etihad and claiming playing Stoke can be tougher.

  109. Get involved


    British actor Eddie Redmayne was celebrating in Hollywood overnight as he won the best actor Oscar for The Theory of Everything, and his portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking, who has motor neurone disease.

    Eddie Redmayne

    So, that has got us thinking about who deserves to win the #sportingOscars

    Let us know your nominations, and why they should be nominated and we will have a vote to decide the winner. We are asking for the winners in five categories throughout the day. First up, who should win the best male performance award.

    Tweet us, using #sportingOscars, leave a message on BBC Sport Facebook page and we will put in the best and funniest messages on this page.

  110. 'England will feel they are in with a chance'


    Geoffrey Boycott

    BBC Test Match Special

    "England will wake up tomorrow relieved. They have played below par, but now they will feel they are in with a chance. All they have to do is win a couple more matches and get through to the quarter-finals.

    "I think they have a good chance of beating Sri Lanka as I don't think they are the force they used to be. Scotland need to improve their bowling. They can't bowl at medium pace like that. It is not good enough at this level."

  111. England thrash Scotland


    Moeen Ali

    Twice in the morning recently Sportsday has brought you miserable news of a heavy England defeat at the Cricket World Cup.

    Well, not today. After being thrashed by Australia and New Zealand, England's World Cup campaign is up and running as they have recorded a 119-run victory over Scotland.

    Moeen Ali (pictured) was the star player for England, scoring 128 and then taking 2-47.

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