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Summary

  1. Fifa taskforce recommends November start for 2022 World Cup
  2. Recommendation to be ratified by Fifa executive committee next month
  3. Manchester City v Barcelona in Champions League (19:45 GMT)
  4. West Indies' Chris Gayle hits first World Cup double century
  5. England women's cricket team beat New Zealand by five wickets
  6. Get involved: Great sporting entertainers #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons and Steve Canavan

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight all

Right, that is almost that.

Many thanks for joining us today - what with the Qatar 2022 news and what's looking almost certain to be World Cup that ends a couple of days before Father Christmas comes down our chimneys, it's been a lively one.

But the entertainment on the BBC Sport website is not over. Far from it.

There is a live text commentary starting right now on Manchester City's Champions league last-16 tie with Barcelona. And not content with that, we'll also bring you live coverage of tonight's other Champions League game - Juventus v Borussia Dortmund. Kick off in both matches is 19:45 GMT.

Sit back and enjoy. As for us, see you tomorrow from 08:00 GMT.

Goal-machines

Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi
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Luis Suarez (7), Lionel Messi (37) and Neymar (24) have 68 goals between them for Barca this season. Gulp.

Street traders doing good business

Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko in Manchester: "Barcelona are expected to be backed by about 1,100 hardy souls who have managed to get the time off work/college/looking after the kids and travel north from Catalonia.

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BBC Sport

"Those who haven't packed a warm scarf might end up visiting street trader Colin Downes, who is perched on Market Street - the city's main shopping avenue.

"Colin, who like most Manc men of a similar age says he is named after City hero Colin Bell, tells me that trade has been brisk in the past few hours - meaning 'the cupboard is already a bit bare'.

"Anyone needing a half and half best get there quick then..."

New Hereford given ground lease

Football

Hereford FC have been

granted a lease to play at Edgar Street, the former ground of Hereford United, who were wound up last year.

The decision by Herefordshire Council means the new club can register with the Football Association in time to ensure football is played at the ground in the 2015-16 season.

D'Hooghe cleared

Football

Fifa's longest-standing executive committee member, Belgian doctor Michel D'Hooghe, has been cleared of four allegations of wrongdoing in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.

Fifa says the judging chamber of its ethics committee "is satisfied that no further investigation is needed."

D'Hooghe, who joined FIFA's ruling board 27 years ago, denied any misconduct in the bidding contests, in which his native Belgium was a losing candidate.

Hendry drink-drive charge

Football

Former Blackburn Rovers and Scotland footballer Colin Hendry has been charged with a drink-drive offence.

Colin Hendry
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Lancashire Police said Mr Hendry was stopped by police officers in a blue Ford Focus on Church Road, Lytham at 01:15 GMT on Saturday.

Mr Hendry, of Coopers Row, Lytham was charged and bailed to appear before Blackpool Magistrates on 4 March.

Everything on course in Rio

Olympics

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has said he is "very satisfied" with Rio de Janeiro's preparations to host South America's first Olympic Games in 2016.

Bach's upbeat comments came just 10 months after IOC vice-president John Coates described Brazil's organisation as the "worst ever".

That prompted the IOC to create a task force to more closely oversee preparations.

Charter for Change launch

BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson in London: "The Houses of Parliament is the impressive venue for the launch of the English Federation of Disability Sport's new Charter for Change.

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BBC Sport

The aim of the charter is to get more disabled people active by encouraging sports centres, gyms and clubs to make themselves more accessible.

Representatives from sporting organisations are in attendance here, as well as 11-time Paralympic champion Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson and Gerry Sutcliffe MP."

Messi on a different level

Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

Will Manchester City be a little scared of Lionel Messi and his vast bag of tricks and skills? Well, maybe a little if Samir Nasri's pre-match comments are anything to go by.

"Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, they play on a different galaxy," said Nasri.

Sergio Aguero
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But the City midfielder added: "The rest, Suarez and Neymar, are the same level as Sergio (Aguero)."

Cellino not returning to Leeds

Football

Leeds United president Massimo Cellino has announced

he will not return to the club when his Football League ban ends in April in order to clear his name as an independent citizen.

Cellino
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The Italian was disqualified in January from having anything to do with the running of the club until 10 April.

At the time, the 58-year-old indicated he intended to return to Elland Road when his disqualification period ended.

"I will not do so," he said in a statement on the club website.

Cellino intends to appeal against the legality of his ban.

Chelsea anger over FA's Matic decision

Football

Despite getting Nemanja Matic back a game sooner, Chelsea have posted a statement on their website saying the club is "extremely disappointed and frustrated" the suspension has not been reduced to" the maximum extent permitted under FA rules".

Mourinho
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"There has been universal condemnation of the reckless challenge made by Ashley Barnes on Matic and it is the club's view that he has been unjustly punished with a two-match ban for his reaction to a career-threatening tackle," said the statement, attributed to the Chelsea board.

"It is Chelsea's opinion that referees and the football authorities must do more to protect players at all levels of the game from dangerous challenges.

"This decision also clearly demonstrates a need for consistency and fairness in the disciplinary process."

Matic ban reduced

Football

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic's three-match ban for his red card against Burnley on Saturday, has been reduced by a game.

The FA announced its decision at a Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today, after Chelsea had appealed on the grounds that the ban was excessive.

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic (fourth from left) pushed Ashley Barnes to the ground
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Matic will miss Chelsea's next two games - the League Cup final against Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday and the Premier League match at West Ham.

But he will now be available for Chelsea's crucial Champions league last-16 tie with PSG on 11 March.

Team-man Suarez

Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

Much of the focus tonight will be on Luis Suarez, who looks set to play his first match in England since leaving Liverpool to join Barca in the summer.

Luis Suarez
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The striker - who, lest we forget, finished last season as the Premier League's leading scorer by 10 clear goals - has claimed only seven goals in his first 22 games in Spain.

But despite that slightly underwhelming record, the Argentinean has established himself as a key member of the team.

Less goal machine, he has instead become a hard-working, selfless team player whose primary function is to service the considerable talents of his team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar rather than find the back of the net himself - as his 12 assists for the season illustrate.

Read this piece by our Spanish football writer Andy West.

Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

Opta Joe on Twitter: Barcelona have only won one of their last seven away games in the Champions League knockout stages (D2 L4), (v Man City Feb 2014).

Pistorius lawyers launch legal bid

Lawyers for jailed South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius have launched a legal bid to prevent prosecutors from appealing against his acquittal on murder charges.

Oscar Pistorius pictured on 17 October 2014
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Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled in December that prosecutors could appeal against the acquittal.

She had sentenced Pistorius to five years in prison for the lesser charge of culpable homicide, or manslaughter.

Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.

Full story here.

'We are not favourites' - Barca

Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

Barcelona are not clear favourites to beat Manchester City and reach the Champions League quarter-finals, says coach Luis Enrique.

The Catalan club are aiming to reach the last eight for a ninth straight season, while City have never gone beyond the last 16.

Luis Enrique of Barcelona
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"I don't think there is a favourite," said Enrique, ahead of Tuesday's first leg at Etihad Stadium. "t is dangerous to speak of favourites in the Champions League - you have to demonstrate yourself on the field."

Barca beat City 4-1 on aggregate at the same stage last season.

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Some more of your suggestions for great sporting entertainers.

Matt Dillon: How has no one mentioned Mohammed Ali yet? Truly the greatest entertainer ever.

Glad you've raised that Matt, gives us an excuse to use the pic...

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Azizur: Has anyone mentioned Roger Federer, and Nadal on clay? Absolutely majestic.

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Atmosphere hotting up

Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko in Manchester: "The gusty wind might be biting cold in the city centre, but the atmosphere is starting to warm ahead of Manchester City's Champions League tie against Barcelona.

Barca
BBC Sport

"A healthy throng of Catalans have arrived, most wrapped in thick overcoats, thermal hats and replica scarves, as they gather for a pint outside of one of Manchester's most historic pubs.

Barca
BBC Sport

"Most fans I spoke to reckon their team will bounce back from a shock home defeat by Malaga and take an advantage back to the Camp Nou."

Rolland retires

Alpine Skiing

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French skier Marion Rolland, the 2013 downhill world champion, announced her retirement on Tuesday following a series of injuries that saw her miss the 2014 Olympics and defence of her world title in 2015.

Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

Lionel Messi
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Neymar has scored 17 league goals and made another four, while Luis Suarez has only netted four times but created eight other goals.