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Michael Emons and Steve Canavan

All times stated are UK

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  1. 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.

  2. Goal-machines

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi

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

  3. 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.

    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..."

  4. New Hereford given ground lease


    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.

  5. D'Hooghe cleared


    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.

  6. Hendry drink-drive charge


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

    Colin Hendry

    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.

  7. Everything on course in Rio


    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.

  8. 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.


    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."

  9. 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

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

  10. Cellino not returning to Leeds


    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.


    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.

  11. Chelsea anger over FA's Matic decision


    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".


    "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."

  12. Matic ban reduced


    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

    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.

  13. 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

    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.

  14. Post update

    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).

  15. 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

    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.

  16. '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

    "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.

  17. Get involved

    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...


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

  18. 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.


    "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.


    "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."

  19. Rolland retires

    Alpine Skiing


    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.

  20. Post update

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Lionel Messi

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

  21. Post update

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    So then, not too long to go now until tonight's big Champions League game - Manuel Pellegrini's Man City against the mighty Barcelona.

    Barcelona are looking to reach an eighth-straight Champions League quarter-final as they bid for a repeat of last season's last-16 win over City.

    Pellegrini's team lost both legs at the same stage last time round - defeated 4-1 on aggregate - and are yet to progress to the last eight of the competition.


    "It is one of the games of the year, the most important until now," said Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique.

    It is going to be a cracker. Kick off is 19:45 GMT - and don't forget, there is commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and live text on the BBC Sport website

    Full match preview here.

  22. Duo's two-year ban for doping

    Rugby League

    Featherstone's Shaun Pick and South Wales' Ashley Bateman have been banned for two years for doping offences.

    Pick, 21, and Bateman, 25, were caught with anabolic steroids in their systems during out-of-competition tests.

    Both players have been suspended from all sport until December 2016.

    "The players perhaps thought they had a better chance of getting away with it as it was pre-season," UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) head of science and medicine Nick Wojek told BBC Sport.

  23. Sky Blues job attracts plenty of interest


    Coventry City have received more than 70 inquiries about the manager's job since Monday's sacking of Steven Pressley.

    Bobby gould

    One was from Bobby Gould, who previously managed his home town club from 1983-84 and 1992-93 and won the FA Cup when in charge of Wimbledon in 1988.

    "Despite the precarious position we're in, in the footballing world, Coventry are still a big club in people's eyes," chief executive Steve Waggott told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

    "We will not rush a permanent appointment. It's a decision that requires a fulsome process to avoid this situation in another two years."

  24. Get involved


    Some more of your suggestions for great sporting entertainers.

    Alex Higgins

    Tim Shapland: Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins the George Best of snooker. Or was George the Alex of football?

    Peerpresha: The Ghanaian team celebrating a goal, especially Gyan.

  25. Post update

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Opta Joe on Twitter: Barcelona are the only away team to keep a clean sheet at the Etihad Stadium in the Champions League. Pedigree.

  26. Figo is happy

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Portugal legend Luis Figo, who is standing in Fifa presidential elections later this year, backs Fifa's likely decision to move the Qatar World Cup to the winter of that year.

    "The FIFA Task Force recommendation is the right decision for the World Cup.

    "It has to be played in the best possible conditions for the fans and players who will enjoy a great World Cup atmosphere, and for Qatar who deserve to be put in the position to organise a great event. With good will and a sense of solidarity it is always possible to find the right solutions."

  27. Pakistan troubles worsen


    Pakistan's increasingly troubled World Cup campaign took another turn for the worse when chief selector Moin Khan was ordered home to explain the circumstances of his visit to a Christchurch casino.

    Former Test wicketkeeper Moin told his employers he had gone to the casino to have lunch with friends.

    Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan said: "Moin admitted he went to a casino in Christchurch. We have told him he should return home until we further probe the matter."

    Manager Naved Cheema will now chair the tour selection committee, with captain Misbah-ul-Haq and head coach Waqar Younis.

  28. Dyche questions Mourinho comments


    Burnley boss Sean Dyche has defended forward Ashley Barnes following his challenge on Nemanja Matic in Saturday's draw at Chelsea.

    Matic was sent off after reacting angrily to being struck on the shin by Barnes, with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho describing the tackle as "criminal".


    Barnes was not punished during the match and faces no FA action.

    Dyche said he found Mourinho's view "hard to believe", adding: "Please everyone look at the reaction from a bunch of expert footballers on the Chelsea side, like John Terry - a real warrior - and Kurt Zouma, big strong boys, and Branislav Ivanovic. They are right on top of it and no-one reacts, apart from Matic."

  29. Neville worried about impact on FA Cup

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    We brought you some quotes from ex-England international Phil Neville earlier. Here is some more quotes that he has told the BBC. And a winter World Cup in 2022 could be bad news for the FA Cup.

    FA Cup

    "The FA Cup worries me a little bit because you'll get to the point where something will have to give in the fixture schedule," says Neville.

    "The Premier League won't give, but maybe FA Cup replays will have to be sacrificed which would be a shame because it's a fantastic competition.

    "It's up to the Premier League and the FA to work out the best plan so that nobody suffers, so that everybody is getting everything they want in terms of the correct amount of fixtures, correct amount of time with their players and amount of time afterwards so players can recover."

  30. Get involved


    Some more of your suggestions for great sporting entertainers, after Chris Gayle blasted 215 for West Indies today, an innings that included 16 sixes.

    Naseem Hamed

    Ross Phillips: Chris Eubank, Prince Naseem Hamed, John McEnroe, Usain Bolt, Frankie Dettori, Cristiano Ronaldo, Eric Cantona.

    Andy Wood: Derek Randall of Nottinghamshire certainly added value to any cricket match he played in. Great guy, great game.

    Louis Parry: One main entertainer out there and thats gayle never fails to bring entertainment on a cricket field

    Anyone who vaults into the boxing ring, as Prince Naseem Hamed used to do, is definitely a worthy addition in our list of sporting entertainers.

    We want more of your suggestions. #bbcsportsday.

  31. Graves gets ECB top job


    Colin Graves has been confirmed as the England and Wales Cricket Board chairman for the next five years.

    The 67-year-old Yorkshire chairman, who is currently ECB deputy chairman, succeeds Giles Clarke in the role. He will officially take up the role at the ECB annual general meeting in May.

  32. 2022 World Cup to be reduced in numbers?

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Some more reaction to the news that the Qatar 2022 World Cup is likely to be staged in November and December of that year.

    Here is the reaction of Andreas Rettig, who is the managing director of the German Football League.

    He says: "The task force's proposal now provides clarity. It was obvious that it wouldn't be possible for the World Cup to be held in the summer. The health of the players and fans is of paramount importance.

    "The decision to hold the World Cup in Qatar in November and December places both an organisational and a financial burden on the European leagues. However, it is not sufficient merely to fix the dates.

    "Fifa must now specifically state what it plans to do to address all concerns. It's also necessary to consider the strain on the top players. A shorter match schedule cannot mean that the same number of matches must be played in a briefer period of time."

    Image caption: Will Germany have less matches to play in the 2022 World Cup?
  33. Young included in US Davis Cup team


    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    "Donald Young will join John Isner and the world's number one doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan in the US team to face Great Britain in the Davis Cup tie in Glasgow next week.

    "Young's only previous Davis Cup experience came in the defeat to Great Britain in San Diego last year, but he is in form having reached the final of the ATP event in Delray Beach last weekend."

  34. Post update

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester city v Roma
  35. BBC pundits preview Man City v Barcelona

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Dan Walker is joined by Martin Keown and James Beattie to preview the first leg of Manchester City's Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona.

    Manchester City v Barcelona

    The Catalan side visit the Etihad Stadium tonight, with City midfielder Yaya Toure unable to face his former side because of a suspension.

    "I'm not sure Barcelona feel they can win it," says Keown. "It's now time for Manchester City to stand up and be counted," adds Beattie.

    Manchester City travel to the Nou Camp for the return leg of the tie on March 18.

  36. Cardiff board boycott Wigan game


    There may be some ill-feeling behind-the-scenes at tonight's Championship match between Wigan and Cardiff, with the Welsh club's board boycotting the game.

    Cardiff chairman Vincent Tan

    At least two members of the board were planning to travel but owner Vincent Tan - who alleges that Wigan is a club owned and managed by racists - has instructed them not to and they are said to support his position.

    Wigan owner Dave Whelan was fined £50,000 for making racist comments about Jewish and Chinese people and served a six-week ban from football.

  37. No punishment over Rangers chants


    Rangers will escape punishment for fans' sectarian chants, the Scottish Professional Football League's chief executive Neil Doncaster has hinted.

    The chants, heard during the match against Raith Rovers on Friday, made up part of the match delegate's report.


    Doncaster said that if clubs can prove they did everything possible to prevent such singing, no action will be taken.

    But he expressed his frustration at the "distasteful, shameful and selfish actions of a mindless minority".

  38. Get involved

    We're asking for your favourite sporting entertainers. Here's what you're telling us....

    Sir: Who better to name than Ronaldinho? Everything you want in a footballer, he has it; both feet, samba dances, emotional celebration.


    Sakriya: Mario Balotelli. Never ceases to entertain us be it with his football, training ground incidents or anything else.

    Poochi: Build-up for Floyd Mayweather v Ricky Hatton was amazing, UK fans going nuts in USA for Hatton. Hatton is my biggest idol.

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday and remember to include your reasoning.

  39. Artificial pitch vote fails again


    Football League clubs have today voted not to reintroduce artificial pitches.

    QPR Loftus Road

    A vote on the issue in November 2014 ended in a tie but clubs were balloted again last week and decided against the use of plastic playing surfaces.

    A Football League spokesman said the "majority" of clubs "prefer to play their matches on grass pitches".

    The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) also welcomed the decision, which it said was in line with players' wishes.

  40. Gloucester sign Crusaders scrum-half

    Rugby Union

    Crusaders scrum-half Willi Heinz will join Premiership side Gloucester for the 2015-16 season.

    The 28-year-old has played 57 Super Rugby games for the Crusaders and captained Canterbury in the provincial ITM Cup in his native New Zealand.

    He is currently out of action after breaking his leg in January.

  41. Rutherford leads GB team


    Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford will lead a 39-strong Great Britain team into the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Prague next month.


    Rutherford has reversed an earlier decision to skip the event after setting an indoor personal best of 8.17 metres in Birmingham last weekend.

    Rutherford is joined in the team by new British women's long jump record holder Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who will compete in the pentathlon alongside 17-year-old Morgan Lake.

    But Dwain Chambers has missed out on selection with Richard Kilty preferred for the third men's 60m slot alongside Chijindu Ujah and Sean Safo-Antwi.

  42. Shakers move to the City


    League Two promotion hopefuls Bury have announced a five-year lease of Manchester City's former training ground in Carrington from 1 March onwards.


    Chairman Stewart Day said: "While we will have fond memories and attachments to our current base (at Lower Gigg), the centre was not sufficient to support our long term ambitions.

    "Being able to have a Premier League standard training facility as our base is a signal of our very real intent to provide our staff and players of all ages with the optimum facilities to support their development and training."

  43. Taylor keen to secure Magpies future


    Versatile defender Ryan Taylor is keen to secure his Newcastle United future and prove his value on his return from a niggling injury.

    The 30-year-old, who has been hampered by numerous knee injuries, came on as as a substitute in Saturday's 5-0 defeat by Manchester City.

  44. Get involved


    Our latest theme for discussion is sporting entertainers.

    JJ: Warnie, Michael Jordan and Usain Bolt, all great showmen and entertainers in their own right, Seve for Golf too.

    Stephen Craig: Always look forward to watching Mansour Bahrami in the invitational doubles at Wimbledon, true definition of entertainment.

    Seve Ballesteros

    John McEnerney: Watching Seve was pure entertainment, the sometimes erratic driving mixed with the unreal recovery shots & that character.

    Keep them coming in, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday and remember to include your reasoning.

  45. 'We don't want Rotherham's manager'


    Peterborough United will not approach Rotherham United boss Steve Evans over their vacant managerial post, says chairman Darragh MacAnthony.

    Steve Evans

    The 52-year-old, who took the Millers up to the Championship last season, had been linked with the job after Darren Ferguson's dismissal on Saturday.

    But Evans is contracted at Rotherham until 2017 and MacAnthony says he will not pay compensation for a new boss.

    "There's no way I'm paying a fee," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

  46. 'Best thing that's ever happened for England'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Ex-England international Phil Neville has been giving his views on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar potentially being staged in November and December of that year.

    Raheem Sterling

    "From an English point of view, we normally go into a World Cup at the end of a long, hard nine-month season where our players are dead on their feet," Neville tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "I think actually now for an English football team this might be the best thing that's ever happened. We're going into a World Cup about halfway into our own season and we can actually have a real chance of being fresh and doing well in a tournament."

  47. Parma's painful decline


    From winners of the Uefa Cup 20 years ago to the verge of extinction.


    Parma, a club where players like Italy international Gianfranco Zola and South American stars Faustino Asprilla and Hernan Crespo excelled, had to call off last weekend's home game against Udinese because they could not afford to pay for stewards.

    The club's players have not been paid all season and there is not even hot water for a post-training shower.

    "Time is running out," warned Parma captain Alessandro Lucarelli.

    There's a terrific feature on the sad situation written by BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko, which you can read here.

  48. Murray through in Dubai


    Andy Murray

    Britain's Andy Murray has begun his Dubai Championships campaign with a 6-4 7-5 win over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.

    The Scot came through in one hour and 45 minutes and will play Joao Sousa in round two, three weeks after beating the Portuguese at the Australian Open.

    British number two James Ward could not build on his two qualifying wins as he lost 6-4 6-4 to Spain's Feliciano Lopez, the world number 13.

  49. Get involved


    We have had some great comments on the story that Qatar may be hosting the 2022 World Cup in either November or December so thank you very much for that.

    Now it's time to turn our chat back to our original question this morning.

    Sporting entertainers

    Following on from Chris Gayle's incredible innings of 215 in West Indies' one-day game against Zimbabwe, we want to know your favourite sporting entertainers.

    Let us know who is the most entertaining figure in sport past or present and reasons why they are so. Use the hashtag #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  50. Leading one-day century-makers


    After Chris Gayle's achievement earlier today - the West Indies batsman hit the first double century in World Cup history in their Pool B victory over Zimbabwe at Canberra - here are the scorers of most centuries in one-day cricket internationals.

    49 - Sachin Tendulkar, India (463 matches)

    30 - Ricky Ponting, Australia/ICC (375)


    28 - Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka/Asia (445)

    22 - Virat Kohli, India (152); Chris Gayle, West Indies/ICC (266); Sourav Ganguly, India/Asia (311)

    21 - Herschelle Gibbs, South Africa (248); Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka/ICC/Asia (399)

    Not too many English lads on that list is there..?

  51. Featherstone sign international

    Rugby League

    Featherstone have completed the signing of France international Remy Marginet following a trial at the Championship club.

    The half-back, who scored the match-clinching drop goal in Rovers' 13-6 win at Doncaster, will stay with the club for the rest of the 2015 season subject to clearance from the French Rugby League Federation.

  52. Brown making encouraging progress

    Rugby Union

    England forwards coach Graham Rowntree has been talking to BBC Radio 5 live's Ian Robertson, and he has good news about the fitness of the full-back.

    Brown - a key figure in Stuart Lancaster's team - was stretchered off in the first half of England's 47-17 win over Italy at Twickenham on 14 February and has since suffered a setback in his recovery from concussion.

    England full-back Mike Brown receives treatment for a head injury

    But Rowntree said: "Browny completed a running-based session today. We'll see how he reacts to that overnight as to what part of a team session he could do tomorrow. Of course that would be a non-contact element of the team session he would be able to do.

    "We'll take it day by day, but it's pleasing to see him training again today."

    Asked if the outlook was much more encouraging now than it had been last weekend, Rowntree replied: "Yes, that's my understanding of it".

  53. Wiggins leads Belgium team

    Road Cycling

    Sir Bradley Wiggins will head up Team Sky's line-up at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday.


    The 34-year-old, who last competed in the Tour of Qatar earlier in February, will tackle the Belgian curtain raiser with Bernhard Eisel, Andy Fenn, Christian Knees, Salvatore Puccio, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard and Chris Sutton.

  54. Get involved

    More of your thoughts on a November/December World Cup in Qatar.

    Sakriya: Qatar might not have been best choice but i support winter world cup in Arab. Arab countries deserve World Cup in their country too.

    Richard Easton: European Football doesn't run world football. Winter World Cup gives clubs, fans and players a much needed break.

    Tarl Smith: European leagues can take a break? Er... won't our players be playing a gruelling shortened World Cup schedule in Qatar?

    Marknpablo: Winter World Cup = great idea. Winter Premier League break, summer free for family holidays, reasonable temperature for fans and players.

  55. 'The football family'

    With so much money in football, you, like us, are probably wondering what is meant by the 'football family'. Is it just a phrase spouted by politicians, with little interest in the fans?

    Maybe? Maybe not.

    This is what we like to think of when we hear the term 'football family'.

    Football family
  56. 'A difficult challenge for the football family'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Clubs Association, has released a statement in response to the decision that Qatar is set to host the World Cup in November and December of 2022.

    "Today's recommendation of the Task Force regarding the Fifa World Cup 2022 in Qatar does not come as a surprise; it was rather expected," says Rummenigge.

    "For the football family the rescheduling of the Fifa World Cup 2022 presents a difficult and challenging task. All match calendars across the world will have to accommodate such tournament in 2022/23, which requires everyone's willingness to compromise.

    "However, the European clubs and leagues cannot be expected to bear the costs for such rescheduling. We expect the clubs to be compensated for the damage that a final decision would cause."

  57. Newcastle sign sevens player Watson

    Rugby Union

    Newcastle Falcons have completed the signing of England sevens player Marcus Watson

    Marcus Watson

    The 23-year-old elder brother of Bath and England star Antony Watson came through London Irish's academy and has had a full-time England sevens contract since 2012.

    Watson, who plays on the wing, made two Premiership appearances for the Exiles.

  58. Get involved

    More of your thoughts on a November/December World Cup in Qatar.

    James Grandidge: So the European teams will have to start qualification for the Euros as preparation for the World Cup?

    James Gammons: Issue for me is nobody voted for a winter WC, they voted for a summer one, there has to be a revote if the proposal change.

    Dom Merrison: Lower league clubs may benefit from the break in live footy in the Prem/Champ as fans seek a 'live footy fix' at local clubs.

    Tim Little: At least a winter World Cup means players won't be burnt out after a long hard season. England might actually benefit.


    To avoid more scenes like this from Brazil Tim? We can live in hope...

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  59. Bronze for Moore


    Britain's Ben Moore has won bronze in the Snowboard-Cross event at the International Paralympic Committee Snowboard World Championships in La Molina, Spain.

    The 28-year-old from Plymouth competes in the upper limb impairment category after suffering nerve damage to his arm in a motorcycle accident nine years ago.

  60. Murray moves ahead


    Andy Murray takes the first set of his opening match in Dubai 6-4 against Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, although he needed four set points and had to save a break point before clinching it.

    Andy Murray

    Meanwhile, British number two James Ward trails Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-4 3-1.

    Follow the latest scores here.

  61. Heaslip in squad, despite back injury

    Rugby Union

    Jamie Heaslip has been included in the Ireland squad - despite suffering three damaged vertebrae after being kneed in the back by Pascel Pape, for which the France lock was later banned for 10 weeks.

    Jamie Heaslip

    It was originally thought Heaslip would miss the England match.

    Ireland are due to name their starting line-up on Friday,

  62. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Monaco (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Arsene Wenger admits there is a lot at stake when Arsenal face Monaco in the Champions League last-16 but says he relishes "these occasions".

    "I love pressure because there's lots at stake and those are the ones you want to be involved with as a manager and a player," the boss says.

    "We have had 17 consecutive seasons in this competition. 'Easy' is a word you need to ban in the Champions League.

    "But we can be confident because we've won our games. We have the right commitment and spirit - but these are hard games."

    That's it from Mr Wenger, but before we go - and for no real reason at all, other than we like it - here's a very artistic photo of Arsenal training earlier today. Nice tree.

  63. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Monaco (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    As you would expect, Arsene Wenger is being very complimentary about his old club.

    "It's an interesting game and I'm happy Monaco are back at the top level but now I'm focused on the game," he said.

    "They are a disciplined team who are very strong in defence, well organised and dangerous on the break."

  64. Wales go North

    Rugby Union

    Fit-again wing George North returns as Wales make four changes to the side that beat Scotland for Saturday's Six Nations game in France.

    George North

    Alex Cuthbert makes way for North, who missed the Murrayfield win after taking two blows to the head against England.

    Samson Lee, who was concussed in the defeat by England, reclaims the tight-head spot from Aaron Jarvis.

    Scott Baldwin takes over at hooker from Richard Hibbard, while Luke Charteris replaces Jake Ball at lock.

    To watch the Wales rugby news conference, hit the live coverage tab at the top of the page now.

  65. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Monaco (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Who's this suave-looking chap?

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger of course, when he was in charge at Monaco.

    That's who his Arsenal team face tomorrow in their last-16 Champions League first-leg tie against Monaco at the Emirates Stadium.

    The Gunners boss has been talking to the media ahead of the game and began by saying that Jack Wilshere is a doubt.

    Wilshere missed training today, though Wenger stressed the midfielder has not suffered a relapse after his recent ankle injury.

  66. Murray on court now


    Andy Murray is on court for his first match of the week at the Dubai Championships, where he faces Luxembourg's Gilles Muller in round one.

    Andy Murray

    Murray is up to three in the world rankings but must come through a field that includes Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer if he is to win the title.

    Follow the latest score here.

  67. Beckham's Arsenal disappointment


    Arsenal are not expected to offer Brooklyn Beckham a scholarship, Press Association Sport is reporting.

    The 15-year-old - son of former England captain David Beckham - has been playing within the club's Hale End academy set-up, and had his sights set on a two-year scholarship with the Gunners.


    However, PA Sport understands Arsenal will not be offering terms to Beckham, who plays right midfield and had been called up to the under-18s squad earlier this month.

    Beckham is set to remain at Arsenal for the remainder of the campaign, and could well look to continue his career at another club. Younger brothers Romeo, 12, and Cruz, 10, are also enrolled at Hale End.

  68. Get involved

    More of your thoughts on a November/December World Cup in Qatar.

    Lewis Kay: Still don't get why it has taken them four years after awarding it to Qatar to move it, when it should have been part of the bid originally.

    Baggiewire: So with the 2022 World Cup will disappear the last British football tradition: Christmas football. I bet it never returns.


    Sam J. Frampton: I think come 2023 we will look back and wonder why we made such a fuss about the winter World Cup.

    599Rick: Internationals to go to World Cup whilst domestic season continues in 2022 ... what better incentive for clubs to develop youth?

    Interesting point Rick, though not sure that's how the big clubs will view it...

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  69. Cipriani swayed by England recall

    Rugby Union

    Sale Sharks and England fly-half Danny Cipriani says his inclusion in the national set-up helped influence his decision to stay at the club.

    Danny Cipriani

    The 27-year-old former Wasps and Melbourne Rebels man was out of contract at the end of this season but agreed a new two-year deal with the Sharks.

    "The thing that swayed it was obviously the opportunity to play for England," said Cipriani, who has been on the bench for England's opening two Six Nations games.

  70. 'Too hot to leave hotel'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce continued: "But I came back from Mauritius from a Fifa Congress and I stopped overnight for two days in Dubai and this was the end of May, when I think temperatures were around 40C. I literally could not go out of the hotel.

    "You can air-condition stadiums but you can't air-condition a country.

    "The World Cup to me is the greatest sporting event in the calendar, not only for the players but for the thousands of spectators who will be going to the World Cup - and I think the conditions have got to be right for the players and the spectators.

    "Fifa set up a task force and it involved all the different stakeholders - the players, sponsors, virtually everyone connected with football - and they've come up with a winter World Cup. I think honestly that is the only solution."

  71. 'Absolutely the right decision'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Some more reaction from Britain's Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce to today's news that a Fifa task-force has recommended the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should take place in "late November to late December".

    World Cup

    Boyce said: "It's absolutely the right decision as far as I'm concerned - I've always been on record as saying that there is no way you can possibly play a World Cup in Qatar in June/July.

    "I was not there when the original decision to play the World Cup in Qatar (was made). I want to make that very clear."

  72. Bath sign Dragons scrum-half Evans

    Rugby Union

    Bath have agreed a deal for Newport Gwent Dragons scrum-half Jonathan Evans for next season.

    Jonathan Evans

    The 22-year-old former Wales Under-20 international made his Dragons debut at 17, making him the youngest player to ever represent the region.

  73. Get involved

    Your thoughts on a November/December World Cup in Qatar...

    Andy McGovern: If you have to change the heritage of the World Cup to accommodate for safety, then Qatar shouldn't have been considered.

    Patrick Jones: Completely ridiculous, this should have been sorted when Qatar made their bid, not after. what a mess from Fifa.

    Hywel Jakeway: The knock-on effect of the flawed decision will be seismic. I'm not sure the logistical implications are worth the trouble.

    Mark: 75% of players in the world cup play in Europe. How much does FIFA get from Uefa? Time for European leagues to play hardball.

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  74. Hazard the younger leaves Chelsea


    Thorgan Hazard, younger brother of Chelsea's Belgian star Eden, has decided to make his loan deal at Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach permanent.


    Hazard, 21, like his brother an attacking midfielder, arrived initially on a season-long loan from Chelsea, but has now signed a contract tying him to the German club until 2020.

  75. Aussies take the mickey


    While we're talking cricket, this is how Australian newspaper The Age reported England's World Cup win over Scotland.

    The Age

    How very dare they! Surely they realise we deliberately lost those first two matches against Australia and New Zealand by embarrassingly huge margins simply to lull everyone else into a false sense of security...

  76. Glorious Gayle


    Here's a breakdown of what Chris Gayle has achieved.


    And here's how he celebrated when he reached his famous double-century landmark.

    Chris Gayle

    Well done that man, a stunning achievement.

  77. Glorious Gayle


    West Indies batsman Chris Gayle hit loads of shots like this...

    Chris Gayle

    ... and this...

    Chris Gayle

    ...en route to smashing the first double century in World Cup history as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by 73 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

    The left-hander smashed 215 off 147 balls, including 16 sixes and 10 fours, in West Indies' 372-2 in Canberra.

    He added an ODI record 372 for the second wicket with Marlon Samuels, who made a relatively sedate 133 not out.

    Chasing a rain-revised target of 363 off 48 overs, Zimbabwe fell short as Gayle took two wickets and a catch.

  78. Murray brothers back in tandem


    Get set for scenes like this when Great Britain take on the United States in next month's Davis Cup World Group tie in Glasgow.

    Andy and Jamie Murray

    Andy Murray is set to partner brother Jamie in the doubles for the first time since 2011.

    Andy is expected to play on all three days, with James Ward the second singles player and Jamie's fellow doubles specialist Dominic Inglot completing the four-man line-up.

    Leon Smith's team will look for a repeat of last year's performance at the same stage, when they upset the US in San Diego to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1986.

  79. Tuesday's back pages

    The Mirror

    The Mirror

    Louis van Gaal makes the back page of The Mirror, though not for reasons he'll be pleased with - branded arrogant by a Swansea City director. There's also another photo of Lionel Messi ahead of tonight's big City-Barca Champions League game.

  80. Tuesday's back pages

    Daily Telegraph

    Daily Telegraph

    The Daily Telegraph says Barcelona's preparations for tonight's Champions League clash with Manchester City have been "thrown in to turmoil" with coach Luis Enrique "refusing to defend Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique's late night visit to a casino" less than 48 hours before Tuesday's game.

    It also says Chelsea are sending a dossier to the FA asking why their players are being treated differently to those at other clubs.

  81. Tuesday's back pages

    The Sun

    The Sun

    The Sun prints the referees' assessor's report from the Chelsea-Burnley game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, and reveals the assessor backed every decision made by the official Martin Atkinson - including the Ashley Barnes' challenge on Nemanja Matic, described by Jose Mourinho as "criminal".

  82. Tuesday's back pages

    Daily Express

    Daily Express

    The Daily Express focuses on tonight's big game between Manchester City and Barcelona and Samir Nasri's warning that Lionel Messi and co won't have things all their own way at the Etihad Stadium.

  83. Elsewhere in sport

    We will continue to gather all the best reaction to the news that the Qatar 2022 World Cup is set to be held in November and December, but now let's have a look at what else is making headlines in the sporting world.

    First up, a round-up of today's newspaper backpages.

  84. Get involved


    Philip: Just had a vote at work 79% loved idea of Christmas World Cup - women want final on Boxing Day so they can go shopping.

    Sale shoppers

    Krishan Korpal: I was fortunate enough to watch some World Cup games in Cuiaba last year. Winter World Cup is the only option - heat was unbearable for fans.

    Richard Easton: European Football doesn't run world football. Winter World Cup gives clubs, fans & players a much needed break

  85. 'Uefa supports recommendation'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent in Qatar

    A statement from Uefa, European football's governing body.

    "Uefasupports the recommendation made by the FIFA Task Force for the international match calendar 2018-24 to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar from late November to late December 2022.

    "Uefa believes that - for the benefits of players and fans - the event should be played in winter and now awaits the final decision from the FIFA Executive Committee meeting on 18/19 March 2015.

    "Uefa sees no major issues in rescheduling its competitions for the 2022-23 season, should the 2022 FIFA World Cup proposal be approved by the FIFA Executive Committee, and UEFA acknowledges that the competition may be shortened and thus that the release period of players be reduced."

  86. 'Too close to Christmas'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce, from from Northern Ireland, said: "I think (a 23 December final) is too close to Christmas - that's the only reservation I would have and I would like it a week earlier, but I want to wait until the FIFA executive committee meeting to hear all the details about the dates," he said.


    "I welcome the fact all the stakeholders have been involved and although this is not going to please everyone I think common sense has prevailed.

    "It will cause a lot of disruption but it is eight years away and people should have enough time to make it work."

    Today's recommendations for a November/December World Cup in 2022 will be taken to FIFA's executive committee meeting in Zurich on March 19 and 20 for a final decision on the dates.

  87. Moving World Cup 'common sense'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Britain's FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce says he will oppose any move to hold World Cup final as late as December 23.

    After a Fifa task force announced its recommendation for a "late November to late December" winter World Cup following a meeting in Doha, Boyce said moving the World Cup to the winter was a "common sense" decision.

    But he added that a final on December 23 - which is reportedly one of the options - would be too close to Christmas and the traditional festive matches.

  88. Concern for workers

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Human rights experts have expressed their concern for the conditions facing migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the World Cup in 2022.

    As BBC sports editor Dan Roan reports, a number of stadiums are under construction despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding the tournament.

    BBC Sport

    Amnesty International has previously accused Qatar of failing to tackle the abuse of migrants, with more than 180 workers dying in the country and a significant number believed to have suffered injuries as a result of unsafe working practices.

  89. Get involved

    Plenty of people voicing their opposition to a November/December World Cup - here's a few to redress the balance.

    Ivan Doherty: Why not? The European leagues can take a break during the season. It will brighten up those dull winter evenings.

    Philosophers Africa: People are scared of change. A December World Cup means I will be able to afford to watch all games because it will be holiday time.

    Leo: I don't see what the problem is, I would very much welcome a Christmas World Cup.

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  90. 2023 Africa Cup of Nations to be moved

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Junior Binyam, director of communications for the Confederation of African Football, says the dates of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, due to be held in January 2023 in Guinea, will be moved.

    Binyam says: "Caf is backing up 100% the proposals of task force and will adjust the calendar accordingly when a final decision will be made on the schedule of Qatar 2022‎."

  91. 'Disruption to three seasons'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "On BBC Radio 5 live a caller says World Cup 2022 is "only a month". But potential disruption is three seasons. Season before ends earlier - next starts later."

  92. 'Let down by Uefa'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    Richard Scudamore

    Premier League chief Richard Scudamore: "Very disappointed. The wrong decision. We were pretty much told. Let down by Uefa."

  93. Post update

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    John Bennett

    BBC World Service Sport

    Yaya Toure

    "With the World Cup in 2022 set to be in November or December, surely the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will have to move too or African players would be away nearly three months."

  94. Get involved

    More of your thoughts on a November/December World Cup in Qatar.

    William Kane: England, should they qualify, should pull out of the World Cup. We may get some support?

    Dave McManus: How will the Championship cope with a 46-game season if an eight-week break required in Nov/Dec? Will we see FL reduce size?

    Michel Platini

    George Odysseos: If Uefa had any bottle they would make a stance and boycott Qatar but remember Platini voted for them.

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  95. There are pros and cons - Valcke

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Fifa's general secretary Jerome Valcke says that holding the 2022 World Cup in November and December is the only solution to avoid heat problems.

    Speaking after a meeting of a Fifa task force in Doha, Valcke said the group "touched on all the options".

    He added: "It's clear there are pros and cons for all but there is one solution coming out from these discussions, which is November-December 2022."

    Drink break

    Drink breaks had to be held during the World Cup in Brazil because of high temperatures.

  96. 'A solution we believe can work for everyone'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, the man at the head of Fifa's taskforce that was set up to decide potential dates for the 2022 World Cup, has been talking.

    He says: "We are very pleased that, after careful consideration of the various opinions and detailed discussions with all stakeholders, we have identified what we believe to be the best solution for the 2018-2024 international match calendar and football in general.

    "It was a challenging task and I want to thank all members of the football community for their productive input and constructiveness in helping to find a solution that we believe can work for everyone."

    Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa

    Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa is pictured (left) with Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

  97. Avoiding a Winter Olympics clash

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Winter Olympics

    You may well be asking why the World Cup in 2022 cannot be staged in the early months of that year.

    Well, the Winter Olympics is the reason. The two bidding cities for the 2022 Winter Olympics - Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China - plan to hold the event from 4-20 February, 2022.

  98. Post update

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent in Qatar

    "This decision marks the end of a long consultation process designed to solve the puzzle of when the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played.

    Qatar Stadium

    "The options to switch from a traditional summer date have been slowly whittled down, principally to avoid any clash with the Winter Olympics that's due to start in February that year.

    "European clubs wanted it in May. But that option was swiftly rejected despite those teams supplying some 75% of the players at the last World Cup.

    "Fifa, for its part, has urged compromise given its desire to grow the game by taking it to new regions."

  99. 'It couldn't be more disruptive'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Peter Coates, chairman on Premier League side Stoke City, has given his views on a potential winter World Cup in 2022.

    Let's just say he is not too happy. The word "disaster" was mentioned.

    He told BBC Radio 5 live: "The only saving grace is that we don't have to think about it for a long time. The planning will go on and it will be incredibly difficult. It couldn't be more disruptive. It couldn't be more messy.

  100. Get involved

    Your thoughts on a November/December World Cup in Qatar.

    Liam Faulkner: If top clubs demand the African Cup of Nations be moved outside domestic season, surely they should be as flexible re WC dates

    Dave Gay: I remember that the Qatari bid promised air conditioned stadiums, if their bid is valid, their promises must be kept

    Jack Knightley: In other news FIFA are planning their annual staff BBQ in January #joke

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday and the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  101. 'As a player it would be fantastic'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Ex-England international Trevor Sinclair has been talking on BBC Radio 5 live about a potential winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022.


    "All the countries that were involved in the initial bids should get the option to bid again for a winter games as Fifa have moved the goalposts," said Sinclair.

    "That's unacceptable and it should end up in the courts. It stinks and it should never have been given to Qatar.

    "As a player it would be fantastic to play a World Cup in the winter - especially if it's a one off. I think playing in the winter would be especially great for the Premier League as our weather is so poor and it'd be a good respite for the players. Looking at that side of things, I think it's a great idea."

  102. Post update

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    BBC Sports editor Dan Roan: Wonder how much less than £5billion the Premier League would have got for their TV deal had one of the three seasons had a seven-week break in it?

  103. The temperature

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    The Qatar World Cup to be held in winter a bad idea?

    Well, Simon King, a weather presenter for BBC Radio 5 live, tweets: If I were a professional football player, I know what type of World Cup I'd prefer...

  104. Vote now

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    We have a vote up and running on this page now.

    It is a very simple one. Is a Christmas World Cup a good idea? Yes or no. Vote on the right-hand side of this page.

  105. 'It's not the end of the story'

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent in Qatar

    "It's not the end of the story by a long way, but organisers in Qatar will be hopeful that this is the start perhaps of building and planning for the 2022 World Cup for real."

  106. Post update

    Football - Qatar World Cup in 2022 to be held in winter?

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    "Europe's leagues and clubs knew this was coming, their battle now is for as much compensation as possible, a shorter World Cup and more power in return."

  107. Get involved


    We are more flexible than a gymnast here on Sportsday, so our chat about sporting entertainers can wait. Now, in light of the news that the Qatar World Cup may happen in November and December, we want your thoughts on the matter.

    Use the hashtag #bbcsportsday, and not get us sued. Thanks. All you Facebook fans can leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page as well.

  108. 'Changing the dates is a joke'


    David James

    Ex-England goalkeeper David James on Twitter: "As much as I believe any Fifa country should have the chance to host the World Cup, changing the dates of the competition is a joke."

    David James pictured playing for England in the 2010 World Cup, which was held in June and July.

  109. A Christmas World Cup?


    So who fancies a Christmas World Cup then? The European clubs were pushing for it to be held in early May. Lots of people and teams are not going to be happy.

    World Cup

    Let the debate and arguments begin.

  110. World Cup final on 23 December?


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent in Qatar

    "Hearing suggestions - not confirmed - Qatar 2022 task force will recommend World Cup starts November 26th. World Cup final to be played December 23.

    "Head of Fifa Qatar 2022 task force has reiterated November/December date is only option. Confirms World Cup shortened by few days."

  111. Get involved


    So, Chris Gayle's exploits lead in nicely with our first talking point of the day.

    We want to know who are your favourite sporting entertainers of all time?

    It can be any sport, from any time. Just tell us who you loved watching playing their sport and why they were so special.

    You know the drill. Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  112. 'I was scared at the first ball'


    Chris Gayle

    Some quotes from Chris Gayle, who was nearly out from the first ball of the match but survived a tight lbw decision, before he scored 215.

    "I struggled at the start and I was scared at the first ball," says Gayle.

    "There's been a lot of pressure, but so many people have wanted me to score runs and I'm glad I gave them something to cheer about. I'm happy to get my first double century on one-day cricket."

  113. Gayle smashes World Cup record


    Chris Gayle

    West Indies opener Chris Gayle hit the first double century in World Cup history in Tuesday's Pool B match against Zimbabwe at Canberra.

    The 35-year-old left-hander reached 200 off 138 balls, hitting Tendai Chatara for a boundary in the 46th over. His mark eclipsed the unbeaten 188 by South Africa's Gary Kirsten against the United Arab Emirates in 1996.

    Gayle hit a total of 16 sixes in 147 balls before he was out for 215 off the last delivery of his side's innings.

    West Indies scored 372-2, with Marlon Samuels scoring an unbeaten 133. Zimbabwe have reached 18-1 in reply, but it is currently raining.

  114. To the World Cup


    We will have more Manchester City-Barcelona chat throughout the day, but next off, let's head to the Cricket World Cup for an incredible individual performance.

  115. 'We are not going to be scared'

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Some more quotes from Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri.

    "We respected them too much last year," said Nasri. "We were not experienced enough to compete with a club like this, they know how to win the Champions League.

    Manchester City v Barcelona

    "It was too much of a big game for us but now we are not going to be scared."

    "We want to beat Barcelona because we want to go as far as possible not because of revenge. It is a different game and we are better physically than last year."

  116. 'We need to create history'

    Manchester City v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City have never got past the last-16 of the Champions League, and went out at the same stage last year, losing 4-1 to Barcelona on aggregate.


    City midfielder Samir Nasri, is just a little bit excited about tonight's game, which is the first leg of their last-16 tie.

    "We have had a lot of success in the Premier League so fans are really passionate," said the midfielder. "In the Champions League we need to create our history to have this special relationship with the fans. A game like Barcelona can be a big victory between us and the fans in the competition."

  117. Good morning

    Hello, how are you? Hope you're well. Thank you for joining us today for Sportsday. We will have all the build-up to the latest Champions League matches as Manchester city entertain Barcelona tonight.

    As always, we will have the best pictures, breaking news and other gossip.

  118. A chance for revenge

    Manchester City have had great success in recent times in the Premier League. They have won the title twice and finished runners-up once in the last three seasons.

    Manchester City

    But they have not been able to replicate that success in European football's biggest competition, the Champions League.

    Lionel Messi

    City also looked to be heading out of this year's competition, before they won their last two matches to reach the knockout stages.


    Now they face Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar and Barcelona. And it is a chance to get some revenge.