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Michael Emons and Jonathan Jurejko

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  1. Post update

    On that note it is time to hand over to my colleagues on the football desk.

    They will continue the build-up to tonight's two Champions League ties, then talk you through every pass, shot and tackle until the final whistles peep in England and Germany. So head over here now.

    And remember Sportsday is the place to be for all the reaction and fall out tomorrow, along with the build up to the Europa League action involving Everton, Tottenham, Liverpool and Celtic. See you later!

  2. Stat attack

    Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid (19:45 GMT)


    Spanish champions Atletico Madrid haven't conceded a goal for 467 minutes in the Champions League.

  3. Champions League action

    Bayer Leverkusen v Atletico Madrid (19:45 GMT)

    Diego Simeone

    As well as the showdown between Arsenal and Monaco, there is also the small matter of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid's trip to Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League last 16.

    Diego Simeone's Atletico travel to an out-of-form Bayer Leverkusen confident of extending impressive away record in the competition.

    The Spanish side, runners-up to Real Madrid last year, have lost just one of their nine away games in the competition since September 2013.

  4. Babb parts company with Hayes & Yeading


    Former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Phil Babb has left his job as manager of Conference South club Hayes & Yeading by mutual consent.

    The 44-year-old departs after almost two years in charge, with the team just one place above the relegation zone following Tuesday's defeat by Gosport Borough.

    "Sometimes things don't work out and changes need to be made," chairman Tony O'Driscoll told the club website.

  5. Spurs name Europa League squad


    Tottenham leave striker Emmanuel Adebayor, defender Younes Kaboul and midfielder Etienne Capoue in London for the Europa League last-32 tie at Fiorentina.

    The trio were absent from the 21-strong squad which travels to Florence after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

    Spurs squad: Lloris, Vorm, McGee, Walker, Rose, Davies, Chiriches, Fazio, Dier, Vertonghen, Bentaleb, Mason, Paulinho, Stambouli, Dembele, Lamela, Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli, Soldado, Kane.

  6. Stat attack

    Arsenal v Monaco (19:45 GMT)

    Monaco have not won any of their seven away games in the Champions League knockout stage, drawing two and losing five.

  7. Arsenal and Monaco enjoy Twitter #bantz


    Arsenal and Monaco have enjoyed a light-hearted exchange on their official Twitter accounts ahead of tonight's match, starting with Gunners asking who the French Ligue 1's dangerman will be in the absence of Radamel Falcao...

    Arsenal v Monaco

    The principality club responded with the name of a certain former Tottenham striker...

    Arsenal v Monaco

    But Arsenal, like Nicklas Bendtner in the Gunners' 2-1 win in 2007, had the final word...

    Arsenal v Monaco
  8. Chelsea's Baker makes MK Dons move


    MK Dons sign Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker on loan until the end of the season, including the play-offs.

    England Under-21 international Baker, 19, helped Chelsea win the Under-21 Premier League last season and scored 26 goals for club and country.

  9. Buffon sad about "surreal" Parma news


    Gianluigi Buffon

    Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has expressed his sympathy for cash-strapped former club Parma, who will face a bankruptcy hearing next month after failing to pay players' salaries all season.

    Two-time Uefa Cup champions Parma had to cancel Sunday's home Serie A match against Udinese because they were unable to pay stadium stewards.

    Italy international Buffon, who spent several years with Parma during their 1990s heyday when they also finished second in Serie A, said: "I'm reading more and more surreal news every day about Parma. For what it counts, I'd like to express my full solidarity with everyone who works at the club."

    Read more about Parma's plight in our feature.

  10. Get involved


    Following Brentford's 42-shot, 74% possession and 4-0 battering of Blackpool last night, we have been asking you all day for your memories of one-sided sporting contests.

    Tiger Woods

    David Hughes: Tiger Woods at the 2000 US Open - 12 under nobody else below par - didn't just beat one, obliterated the field!

  11. Wenger's league record

    Arsenal v Monaco (19:45 GMT)

    Arsene Wenger

    Our number-crunching friends at Opta have produced this little number to outline Arsene Wenger's time at both Arsenal and tonight's opponents Monaco.

  12. No sentiment for Wenger


    Arsene Wenger Arsenal Monaco
    Image caption: Arsene Wenger in 1992, during his spell in charge of Monaco

    Most people look back doe-eyed, and with a fluttering heart, on the place where they made their big career break.

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may feel the same about Champions League opponents Monaco, where he made his name in the late 1980s.

    But he insists there is no room for sentiment when he meets the French Ligue 1 club later.

    "I am happy that Monaco is back at the top level after being in the second division," says the Frenchman.

    "It was my first chance at a big club but I have been manager of Arsenal for 18 years now and I am focused only on qualifying for the quarter-finals against a good side."

  13. Afternoon headlines

    About to head home from work? Catch up on the headlines at 17:00 GMT (or whatever time it is wherever in the world you are)....

    Top story: Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has left hospital following Sunday's crash in testing.

    Top video: BBC sports editor Dan Roan explains all you need to know about the first winter World Cup.

    Top tweet: Is Hollywood actor Russell Crowe mulling over a bid to buy Leeds United?

    Russell Crowe
  14. Scotland's Russell sees ban upheld

    Rugby Union

    Finn Russell

    Fly-half Finn Russell will miss Scotland's Six Nations clash against Italy after his appeal against a two-week ban was thrown out by tournament bosses.

    A Six Nations appeal committee rejected Scotland's appeal against Russell's ban for tackling Dan Biggar in the air in the 26-23 defeat by Wales on 15 February.

    The appeal committee upheld the original decision to suspend Russell for two weeks, despite considering submissions from the 22-year-old at a London hearing.

  15. Get involved


    NeeOrg: Newcastle 5-0 Man Utd, a day when Man Utd were torn apart by pure genius, Philippe Albert chip at the end was glorious!

  16. 'Johnson has a clear vision'


    Lee johnson

    A statement from Barnsley on new head coach Lee Johnson says: "He met the selection criteria established and also produced a specific plan for the club for his first 100 days in charge. This included a playing strategy, specific tactics, identified current weaknesses and credible recruitment targets to strengthen our team.

    "The board believe everyone will like Lee's personality. He is honest, passionate and a good communicator. He believes strongly in fan engagement, is ambitious and has a clear vision for the development of our club going forward. Let's give him our full support."

  17. Johnson leaves Oldham to take over at Barnsley



    Oldham Athletic confirm that first-team manager Lee Johnson has left the club to become Barnsley's head coach after compensation was agreed between the two clubs.

    Johnson ends a two-year tenure with Latics after taking over the club in March 2013.

    After guiding the club to safety in the 2012-13 season, Johnson's first full campaign ended with a 15th-placed finish in League One. He has signed a contract that keeps him at Barnsley until 2018.

  18. Jazz feeling the Fulham groove


    Swansea full-back Jazz Richards extends his loan spell at Championship side Fulham until the end of the season.

  19. Nicholls cutting Cheltenham squad

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    Paul Nicholls
    Image caption: Nicholls, based in Somerset, has been champion trainer eight times

    Paul Nicholls is cutting his 2015 Cheltenham Festival squad by a third and will run "around 25" hopefuls at next month's big meeting.

    But supporters of jump racing's eight-time champion trainer - the winner of 34 races at Festivals over the years - need not worry that his challenge is being diluted.

    "Thirty-six [runners] last year was too many," he said. "I don't want to be taking horses there just for a day out, so it's a more select team.

    "And it's probably as good as we've had for a while, since we had those good horses of the past, like Kauto [Star], Denman and Master Minded

  20. Stones and Lennon out for Everton

    Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

    Earlier we heard from Everton boss Roberto Martinez, who indicated goalkeeper Tim Howard would start the Toffees' Europa League second leg against Swiss side Young Boys.

    Now we have a bit more early team news for you. England defender John Stones (suspended) and on-loan Spurs winger Aaron Lennon (cup-tied) are not available for selection.

    Provisional squad: Howard, Robles, Alcaraz, Jagielka, Distin, Coleman, Baines, Garbutt, Besic, McCarthy, Barry, Barkley, Gibson, Osman, Pienaar, Mirallas, Naismith, Lukaku, Kone.

  21. Birmingham must knuckle down - Rowett


    Birmingham manager Gary Rowett has urged his players to stick together after failing to win in their last nine games.

    Rowett lost only two of his first 13 games in charge after taking over last October, but their current run has cost them any chance of a place in the play-offs.

    "We take it on the chin as a unit. We have got to knuckle down, not feel sorry for ourselves and crack on," said Rowett.

  22. Wenger welcomes Champions League pressure

    Arsenal v Monaco (19:45 GMT)

    The pressure on Arsenal as favourites for their Champions League last-16 tie with Monaco is welcome, says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

    The North London side have exited the competition at this stage in each of the last four seasons.

    "The French might give us the status of favourites. It doesn't bother me," said Wenger before Wednesday's first leg at Emirates Stadium.

    Arsene Wenger
  23. Get involved


    John Roberts: As long as Crowe walks onto the pitch after each home win and yells "Are you not entertained?!" to the fans, he can buy Leeds.

  24. Reds leave quartet behind



    Liverpool pair Jordon Ibe and Daniel Sturridge share a joke as they board a plane bound for Istanbul, where the Reds face Europa League opponents Besiktas on Thursday.

    But, according to the Liverpool Echo, they have not been joined on the plane by Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Glen Johnson and Mamadou Sakho.

    England midfielder Henderson has an ankle injury, right-back Johnson is suffering with illness and France centre-back Sakho has not shaken off a hip injury.

    But it is unclear why Brazilian attacking midfielder Coutinho has been left at home.

  25. Wolves can reach top two - Jackett


    Wolves boss Kenny Jackett believes automatic promotion is still within reach after their second home win in four days.


    Tuesday's 3-0 victory over Fulham followed a 5-0 thrashing of Rotherham, but they are still nine points behind Middlesbrough, who are second in the Championship.

    "I understand that people need to fall away, but nine points is still doable. Right from the start of the season, promotion has been our aim," Jackett told BBC Sport.

  26. 'Low has bright Scotland future'

    Rugby Union

    Exeter prop Moray Low will gain "plenty more Scotland caps", according to the club's head coach Rob Baxter.

    Low, 30, who has 29 caps to date, has been named in his first call-up since a year ago.

    "He's very diligent in what he does, and has real ambition in the game, so I'm sure he'll gain plenty more Scotland caps," Baxter told BBC Sport.

  27. Get involved


    More of your comments on one-sided matches or sporting events. #bbcsportsday

    Baz: Liverpool 9-0 Crystal Palace in 1989. Beardsley, Barnes and Rush at their best.

    Tobi Adepegba: Daniel Ricciardo v Sebastian Vettel last season. Four-time world champion was owned by a team mate with no titles.

    Daniel Leach: One sided sports events - Most of the time Michael Schumacher drove for Ferrari. Nearly destroyed F1 as a spectacle.

    Michael Schumacher
  28. Bolton chairman in court over transfer dispute


    Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside and former manager Sammy Lee appear in court on charges stemming from a 2007 transfer deal dispute.

    They are accused of perjury in a private prosecution brought by football agent Tony McGill, who says he was cut out of a £1m deal in which Gavin McCann moved from Aston Villa.

    Mr McCann and seven others from the football world have also been charged.

    No pleas were entered in the hearing at Newcastle Magistrates' Court.

  29. Commander of the Armies of the North (Leeds)?


    Russell Crowe

    A few Championship chairmen might fancy themselves as tough cookies - but would they take on this man?

    Because there is a chance that Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe, best known for his role in Gladiator, could do battle with them in Football League meetings.

    BBC Sport has learned New Zealand-born Crowe would consider buying Leeds United if he was approached and had the backing of fans.

    Boyhood Leeds fan Crowe has asked his Twitter followers whether it would be a good idea to buy the club.

  30. Europa League tie as important as cup final - Pochettino

    Fiorentina v Tottenham (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he will be treating the second leg of their last-32 Europa League tie against Fiorentina as seriously as Sunday's League Cup final against Chelsea.

    The first leg against Fiorentina ended 1-1, with the second leg taking place in Florence on Thursday.

    Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane

    "We need to focus on Thursday's game first," says Pochettino. "It's important, just like the cup final. Thursday is like another final.

    "We have played two very tough games against Fiorentina and West Ham and we need to decide the best team to play so we can go into the next round. We know we need to score but we are confident and ready."

  31. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

    Everton midfielder Gareth Barry agrees with Toffees boss Roberto Martinez that the 2022 World Cup must be held in winter.

    "I played a friendly in Qatar in really tough heat and the level of football wasn't there because of it," says the ex-England international.

    "Let's be positive towards it and be excited about something different."

  32. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

    There is "no debate to be had" about switching the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter, says Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

    "If there is a World Cup in Qatar it has to be played in the winter. To enjoy the World Cup you need to have a temperature that you can be outdoors and enjoy games in that manner.

    "In football we have to adapt to whatever the decision is.

    "We went to Qatar not long ago and I don't think there is a debate. Once Qatar was given the World Cup, it had to be in November/December."

  33. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez seems to indicate American goalkeeper Tim Howard will start Thursday's second leg against Swiss side Young Boys.

    Tim Howard

    Howard, 35, was criticised by some fans for a shaky performance in the 2-2 draw against Leicester on Sunday, where he was arguably to blame for both of the away team's goals.

    "He's come back from injury, needs to play and get his match fitness," says Martinez.

    "Tim is a very experienced footballer and you need this sort of experience in moments like tomorrow."

  34. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez on the threat of complacency as they hold a 4-1 advantage from the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie against Swiss side Young Boys.

    "Complacency is a huge problem but we won't look at the game in any other manner to how we approached it last week," says Martinez.

    "We are concentrating on being ourselves and winning the football game and trying to look at the opportunity of getting into the last 16 of this prestigious competition."

  35. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez on Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku's return to form:

    Romelu Lukaku

    "Rom is 21, he's still learning but to have the impact he has had is a big asset.

    "When Rom is at full pace, fully fit and refreshed he is a handful for any defender. The amount of chances he creates pleases me. He has been a real threat in recent matches."

  36. Everton can win Europa League - Barry

    Everton v Young Boys (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

    Everton can go all the way and lift the Europa League trophy, says veteran midfielder Gareth Barry.

    The Toffees hold a 4-1 first-leg lead in their last-32 tie against Swiss side Young Boys before Thursday's second leg at Goodison Park.

    Gareth Barry and Tim Howard

    "Winning the Europa League is our target. If we win it then we will go into the Champions League so it's a massive target," says the ex-England international.

    "We've shown we are more than capable of going all the way. We have shown we can compete against the best in Europe. We know on our day we can beat anyone."

  37. Post update

    Formula 1 - Alonso leaves hospital

    Fernando alonso

    We mentioned that Fernando Alonso is out of hospital, three days after a crash in testing. Well, this is the picture that proves it. And he's looking well.

  38. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    The Greek government has suspended professional football in the country indefinitely in a crackdown on violence.


    The move follows violence at a match between rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, as well as a brawl between club officials at a board meeting on Tuesday.

    The Greek league has already been suspended twice this season because of violence.

  39. A fantastic opportunity - McNamara

    Rugby League

    England coach Steve McNamara, talking about the prospect of playing at the Olympic Stadium in London, says: "The schedule for the Kiwi series is very exciting and it is fantastic that we have this opportunity to play an historic international at an iconic venue like the Olympic Stadium.

    "Playing New Zealand always brings out the best in the England players and the chance to be involved in the match at the Olympic Stadium will provide additional incentive for everyone.

    "Coming from Hull, I'm also looking forward to the opening match at the KC Stadium, where the atmosphere is guaranteed to be electric, while we're assured of a rousing reception at Wigan in front of some of the most passionate fans in the world."

  40. Olympic Stadium to host England Test

    Rugby League

    England will play one match of their three-Test series against New Zealand in the Olympic Stadium in London on Sunday, 7 November.

    It will be the first rugby league fixture at the 54,000-capacity venue.

    A match at Hull's KC Stadium will kick off the series on Saturday, 1 November, while Wigan's DW Stadium stages the final Test on Saturday, 14 November.

    Olympic Stadium
    Image caption: This is what the Olympic Stadium looked like in 2012
  41. Must-not-miss videos

    Arsenal v Monaco

    Football: Dan Walker is joined by Martin Keown and James Beattie to preview Arsenal's Champions League tie against Monaco. Keown says it is a dream draw for Arsene Wenger, the former Monaco boss, and believes the Gunners will get through.

    Cricket: All the stats as West Indies batsman Chris Gayle records the World Cup's highest individual score (215) as his side beat Pool B rivals Zimbabwe in Canberra.

    Formula 1: BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie rounds up the stories from Formula 1's second pre-season test in Barcelona.

    Rugby league: Joe Burgess scores the try of the week for Wigan Warriors in their 14-12 defeat by Brisbane Broncos.

    Try of the weekend
  42. Derby must protect Thorne - McClaren


    Derby County boss Steve McClaren says he must protect George Thorne after the midfielder was replaced during Tuesday's 2-0 win against Charlton.

    The former West Brom man, 22, was playing just his second game since returning from a serious knee injury.

    "It's just a couple of bangs he's got, but we need to protect him because you saw in that first hour how vital he is for us," McClaren told BBC Radio Derby after his table-topping Championship side extended their unbeaten run to seven league matches.

  43. Mahrez cannot contemplate relegation


    Winger Riyad Mahrez says he does not even want to contemplate the chance he could be playing Championship football with Leicester City next season.

    The Foxes are bottom of the Premier League, four points from safety with 12 games remaining.

    Mahrez told BBC East Midlands Today: "I played six months in the Championship but it is too long with 46 games. I don't want to think about that. I want to walk out for my team and think we can stay in the Premier League."

  44. Alonso returned home for 'rest and recuperation'

    Formula 1 - Alonso leaves hospital

    McLaren issue the following statement about Fernando Alonso:

    "Following his testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last Sunday, we are pleased to confirm that Fernando Alonso has now left hospital. He has returned to his family's home in Spain for further rest and recuperation.

    "As a result, he will sit out this week's final winter test, at which he was due to share driving duties with Jenson Button. Kevin Magnussen, McLaren-Honda's test and reserve driver, will replace him.

    "Jenson will be testing the McLaren-Honda car tomorrow (February 26), and the team will confirm the full day-to-day running order in due course."

  45. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Formula 1

    McLaren driver Fernando Alonso leaves hospital in Barcelona, three days after crashing in pre-season testing.

  46. Cunningham rules out 'panic' changes

    Rugby League

    St Helens head coach Keiron Cunningham rules out "panic and rash decisions" after their 39-0 defeat by South Sydney Rabbitohs in the World Club Challenge.

    St Helens

    Cunningham's side return to Super League action on Friday, when Castleford Tigers visit Langtree Park.

    "We lost to the best side in the world. Just because of a one-off game, it would be quite foolish of me to try and make wholesale changes," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

  47. Get involved


    Good stuff so far. We have asked for your one-sided matches or sporting events.

    Here are a few more memories.

    Chris Carr: 1989 Snooker World Championship final. Steve Davis 18-3 John Parrott. Didn't even get into the evening session of day two.

    Woods and Ames

    Andrew Neill: Tiger Woods's 9 & 8 victory over Stephen Ames in the 2006 Accenture Match Play. It's the quickest possible victory.

    Ali Bratt: Cardiff Blues 104 Rovigo 12 in the European Challenge Cup last month, most one-sided I have seen.

    Remember, your suggestions can be from any sport and any time. #bbcsportsday

  48. Monaco team news

    Arsenal v Monaco (19:45 GMT)

    Dimitar Berbatov

    This familiar face is likely to start for Monaco later.

    But while Dimitar Berbatov is fit and raring to go, the French Ligue 1 side have injury worries over left-back Layvin Kurzawa and winger Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.

    Ex-Chelsea centre-back Ricardo Carvalho is out, along with fellow defender Andrea Raggi plus midfielders Jeremy Toulalan and Tiemou Bakayoko.

  49. Arsenal team news

    Arsenal v Monaco (19:45 GMT)

    Arsene Wenger

    Some early team news ahead of tonight's Champions League last-16 tie.

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere looks set to be rested for Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg against Monaco after ankle surgery.

    Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Mikel Arteta (ankle), Abou Diaby (calf) and Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder) are unavailable.

    Maybe that's why Arsene Wenger could barely be able to watch training...

  50. Proud Hasselbaink's love for Burton


    Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he "loves his players to bits" and they will not over-react to the 1-0 loss at Accrington Stanley - their first loss in 14 games.

    The Brewers have only lost twice since Hasselbaink replaced Gary Rowett in November and remain top of League Two.

    "I am very proud of them and how they have been since I have been here," Hasselbaink told BBC Radio Derby. "I love them to bits because they show courage and keep on going until the last minute. I cannot fault them."

  51. Get involved


    Some more of your one-sided matches or sporting events that you have seen.

    Martin Offiah

    Paul Lyon: 1992 RL Premiership semi. Wigan 74 Leeds 6, Martin Offiah scored 10 tries. Absolute class

    RivieresHairdo: French Open final 2008, Nadal hammering Federer 6-1 6-3 6-0... Changing of the guard there.

    John McEnerney: All Blacks 60 Ireland 0 in June 2013, doesn't get more ruthlessly one sided than that!

  52. Englishman earns Manor drive

    Formula 1

    Englishman Will Stevens is named by Manor - the former Marussia team - as their first race driver for the new season.

  53. Karanka to analyse 'worst' display


    Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka says his team's performance in the 1-0 win against Bolton was "one of the worst" displays of his tenure.

    The result kept second-placed Boro in touch with Championship leaders Derby and three points above Ipswich.

    "We have played one of the worst games since I came here, and we have won," Karanka told BBC Tees.

    "The important thing is we got the three points, and we have to analyse the game. I didn't recognise some players and it is difficult for me to understand what went on."

  54. One o'clock headlines

    About to tuck into your Wednesday lunch? Here are the headlines at 13:00 GMT (or whatever time it is wherever in the world you are)....

    Top story: England full-back Mike Brown is ruled out of Sunday's Six Nations match in Ireland with concussion.

    Top video: BBC sports editor Dan Roan explains all you need to know about the first winter World Cup.

    Top tweet: Is Hollywood actor Russell Crowe mulling over a bid to buy Leeds United?

    Russell Crowe
  55. Get involved


    Ken Smith: Oh dear, Goode and Nowell in the England rugby back three! Too defensive and too slow for international rugby.

  56. Keeper Smithies signs new Huddersfield deal


    Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies signs a contract extension at the Championship club until 2018.

    The 24-year-old, who made his debut as a teenager in December 2007, was previously out of contract at the end of the 2015-16 season.

    "Keepers get better with age and experience and we are seeing that with Alex," Terriers boss Chris Powell tells the club's official website.

    "24-year-old goalkeepers don't usually have 250 first-team games under their belts. Alex is in a class of his own on that front."

  57. 'Brown working on return to full health'

    Rugby Union

    More from England head coach Stuart Lancaster on full-back Mike Brown missing the potentially decisive Six Nations match in Ireland:

    "Mike and our medical staff have been diligent during every step of the graduated return to play protocol and they will continue to work to get him back to full health. The most important thing is Mike's welfare."

  58. Goode to replace Brown - Lancaster

    Rugby Union

    Alex Goode

    Saracens full-back Alex Goode will start for England against Ireland following Mike Brown's withdrawal, says head coach Stuart Lancaster.

    "We are, of course, disappointed to lose Mike but Alex is an experienced international and in great form for Saracens," he adds.

  59. England's Brown ruled out

    Rugby Union

    BBC Sport's Chris Jones: "Mike Brown has been unable to progress beyond stage three of the return to play protocol following a concussion sustained against Italy.

    "Brown had a mild headache this morning having completed his running session (stage three)."

  60. England's Brown ruled out

    Rugby Union

    Mike Brown

    England full-back Mike Brown is ruled out of the Six Nations match against Ireland after failing to recover from concussion.

    Brown, 29, was taken off on a stretcher in the first half of England's 47-17 win over Italy at Twickenham on 14 February.

  61. Get involved


    Some more of your one-sided matches or sporting events that you have seen.

    Everton striker Andy Gray

    Peter Hatch: 1985 ECWC Final, Everton v Rapid Vienna, as one-sided a European final as you'll see. Rapid booed off by both sets of fans

    Chris Carey: Middlesbrough 8-1 Manchester City- I was there and it was amazing

    Sean Brown: Australia 31-0 American Samoa World Cup Qualifier 2001

  62. France drop Bastareaud for Wales clash

    Rugby Union

    Mathieu Bastareaud

    Explosive France centre Mathieu Bastareaud has been dropped to the bench for Saturday's Six Nations clash against Wales in Paris.

    Bastareaud is replaced by Remi Lamerat as Les Bleus coach Philippe Saint-Andre makes five changes following the 18-11 defeat by Ireland.

  63. Harlequins sign back-row Talei

    Rugby Union

    Premiership side Harlequins sign back-row forward Netani Talei on a deal until the end of the season.

    The 31-year-old Fiji international has been with Quins on a short-term deal and has featured in their last three games.

    Talei was a free agent after leaving Newport Gwent Dragons in October following a foot injury.

  64. All US need is Love...


    Here's one you might have missed...

    Davis Love

    Davis Love III has been named United States captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota.

    Love, 50, led the United States team beaten by a stunning Europe comeback in the 'Miracle of Medinah' of 2012.

    "I am here with the same goal as in 2012 but not as the same captain," said Love.

    Europe, who defeated the US 16½-11½ at Gleneagles to retain the cup last autumn, named Darren Clarke as skipper for 2016 last week.

  65. Oldham eyeing up Scholes?


    Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes is seen regularly as a television pundit these days - but could he soon be spotted in the dugout?

    The 40-year-old's affinity with hometown club Oldham has been well documented and now the League One club are thought to be interested in appointing him as their new manager, according to the Daily Mail.

    The Latics are set to lose current boss Lee Johnson to divisional rivals Barnsley.

  66. Alonso remains in hospital

    Formula 1

    Fernando Alonso was world champion for Renault in 2005 and 2006
    Image caption: Fernando Alonso was world champion for Renault in 2005 and 2006

    McLaren driver Fernando Alonsoremains in hospital in Barcelona following Sunday's accident in pre-season testing that left him with concussion.

    McLaren initially said the incident was a "normal accident" but the length of the two-time world champion's stay has raised questions about his condition.

    The Spaniard, 33, has spent three nights in hospital and there has been no information on his likely release.

    McLaren have not said whether he could drive in this week's final test.

  67. Wins 'mean world' to Norwich boss


    Norwich City boss Alex Neil says he and his players are proving their desire to win games.

    The Canaries came from behind to win 2-1 at Blackburn on Tuesday and register a fifth successive victory.

    "It means the world to me. I'm here to win games and do the best I can for Norwich and my group of players," Neil told BBC Radio Norfolk.

    "I know it means a lot to the fans, but I can assure you, it means everything to this group of players."

  68. Get involved

    On the BBC Sport Facebook page

    Scotland v Estonia

    We are talking one-sided matches today on Sportsday.

    Katie Beveridge: Scotland vs Estonia (October 1996) match abandoned after three seconds because of Estonia not turning up.

    In one of the most farcical moments in world football, Scotland kicked off without any opponents after Estonia were unhappy that the game had been moved forward by more than three-and-a-half hours because the floodlights were judged to not be good enough for an evening game.

    Scotland kicked off and celebrated as they thought they would be given an automatic 3-0 win. They were not celebrating though when Fifa ordered the game to be replayed in Monaco - and, with Estonia present this time, it ended 0-0.

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  69. Brighton fined for agent rule breach


    Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion have been fined £90,000 by the Football Association after admitting to a breach of the FA's agent regulations over their purchase of midfielder Dale Stephens from Charlton in January last year.

    The Seagulls have also been warned about their future conduct.

    Three football agents - Alex Levack, Matthew Kleinman and Ali Rahnama - have been sanctioned and warned after also admitting a breach of rules.

  70. McNulty analyses City loss


    Manchester City v Barcelona

    Do Manchester City look out of place against the elite European clubs? And can they upset the odds and beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp?

    These are two of the questions examined by BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty following City's 2-1 first-leg defeat in Manchester.

    Grab a drink and take five minutes out to read Phil's analysis.

  71. Blues confirm Hammett exit

    Rugby Union

    As BBC Sport Wales revealed about an hour ago, Cardiff Blues announce director of rugby Mark Hammett is leaving his post after just six months.

    The ex-New Zealand hooker, 42, was appointed at the start of the season on a three-year deal.

    Blues say Hammett had asked to leave his role and "return home with his family at the earliest opportunity, citing personal reasons".

  72. Ireland win again


    Great news for Irish cricket fans. Ireland have managed to scrape a two-wicket win over United Arab Emirates in the Cricket World Cup with two balls to spare.

    UAE had posted a score of 278-9 off their 50 overs and Ireland, who beat West Indies earlier in the competition, fell to 97-4 in their reply.

    But 80 from Gary Wilson and 50 from Kevin O'Brien helped them to 279-8 and their second win of the tournament.

  73. Get involved

    On the BBC Sport Facebook page

    We are talking one-sided sporting events on Sportsday today. Here is one comment from the BBC Sport Facebook page.


    Allan James Marsh: Getting up at silly o' clock to watch Cassius Clay knock out Sonny Liston, then having time to go back to bed for a lay-in.

    This is the reaction Liston got when he called his opponent Cassius Clay. Muhammad Ali had changed his name after their first fight and before the second. Liston was knocked out in the first round of their second meeting in 1965.

  74. Blackpool extend Maher loan deal


    Blackpool have extended the loan deal of Bolton Wanderers defender Niall Maher until the end of the season.

    The 19-year-old full-back has played three times for bottom-of-the-table Tangerines since joining from their Championship rivals last month.

  75. England to announce Kiwi dates

    Rugby League

    England Rugby League: Coming up at 2pm today we will be announcing the dates and venues for our three-match series against New Zealand.

    We will bring you the details on Sportsday as soon as they are announced...

  76. Murray coasts through in Dubai


    Andy Murray

    Less than an hour's work for Andy Murray in the Middle East sunshine.

    The British number one breezes past Portugal's Joao Sousa in just 57 minutes - winning 6-0 6-2 - in the Dubai Championships.

    Next up is either Croatia's Borna Coric or Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who play later today, in the quarter-final.

  77. Neilson devastated by Panthers loss

    Ice Hockey

    Nottingham Panthers coach Corey Neilson says the reigning Challenge Cup champions' semi-final defeat against Sheffield Steelers feels like a "dagger in the heart".

    Panthers led 3-1 after the first leg in the home of their fierce rivals but Steelers won the second leg 6-4 at the National Ice Centre and then triumph 1-0 on penalty shots.

    "We weren't good enough. I wasn't good enough. It's a dagger in the heart," Neilson told BBC Radio Nottingham.

    "We didn't execute all that well I don't think we dealt with the emotion of the game and the highs and lows that well."

  78. Get involved


    Some more of your one-sided matches or sporting events that you have seen.

    Jermain Defoe

    The Lanky One: Spurs 9-1 Wigan in 2009, Jermain Defoe scored the second fastest hat-trick in Premier League history.

    Danny Steel: A 9-0 win for Celtic against Aberdeen, fans booed at the final whistle after chants of 'we want 10'.

    Gary: Chelsea v West Ham in the Premier League season 2013-14. One of the most one sided games I've seen but ended 0-0.

  79. Murray edging towards victory


    Joao Sousa sticks a couple of games on the scoreboard - but anything other than a comfortable straight-sets win for Andy Murray at the Dubai Championships would be a huge surprise. A surprise on the same level as Bobby Beale being unveiled as the Eastenders killer in fact.

    World number three Murray, after winning 6-0 in the opener, is serving for 4-2 in the second set...

  80. Tense for Ireland


    A tense finish for Ireland in their World Cup game against UAE. Kevin O'Brien has just been dismissed after a thrilling 50 off only 25 balls.

    Ireland, winners over West Indies earlier in the tournament, are now on 243-6, chasing 279 to win, with 36 balls remaining.

    Follow our live text commentary for all the latest action.

  81. Sporting headlines

    Just woke up and missed the headlines so far? Then get out of bed. Some of us have been up for hours.

    This is what you may have missed so far. Here is the sporting news at 11.

    Football: Fifa says it will not pay compensation to clubs and leagues unhappy about plans to play the 2022 World Cup in November and December.

    Golf: Davis Love III has been named United States captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in Minnesota.

    Ireland cricket

    Cricket: Ireland are chasing a target of 279 to beat UAE in the Cricket World Cup. They are on 219-5 with seven overs left.

    Rugby union: Exeter's Jack Nowell is in line to start on the wing for England in Sunday's Six Nations match with Ireland in Dublin.

  82. Kane ready to fly high



    Tottenham Hotspur: Here's Harry Kane ready to fly as we head to Florence for the second leg of our Europa League round of 32 match.

    Spurs take on Italian side Fiorentina on Thursday.

  83. Troughton takes Bears coaching role


    Former Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton, who retired at the back end of last season, is to return to Edgbaston in a new coaching role.

    The former England one-day international will supplement the Bears' backroom staff as fielding coach. Troughton, 35, was the Bears' skipper when they won the County Championship in 2012.

  84. Murray enjoys breakfast bagel


    Andy Murray

    While most of us are hard at work in the office, or slaving away on the shop floor, Andy Murray is having an easy day at work.

    The British number one is coasting through his second-round match of the Dubai Championships, winning 6-0 in the first set against Portugal's Joao Sousa.

    Anyone else had a bagel for breakfast?

  85. Blues boss Hammett to leave

    Rugby Union

    BBC Wales Sport: Cardiff Blues to announce in the next half hour that director of rugby Mark Hammett is leaving his post after just six months at the helm.

  86. Olympic champion Campbell back in action


    Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell will return to action on 7 March at the Ice Arena in Hull after withdrawing from a fight earlier this month because of his father's poor health.

    An opponent has not yet been named for the 27-year-old lightweight boxer, who has won all nine of his bouts since turning professional in 2013.

    Luke Campbell

    "After talking with my dad and my family I've decided to box on March 7," said London 2012 gold medallist Campbell.

    "It's been a difficult time for me but everyone wants me to crack on and succeed. I want to keep my momentum going as I approach an important phase of my career."

  87. Irish make one change for England

    Rugby Union

    Ireland make one change for Friday's match against England in the third round of the Women's Six Nations.

    Winger Hannah Tyrrell returns after missing the 10-5 defeat by France two weeks ago.

    Ireland starting XV: Niamh Briggs, Hannah Tyrrell, Jenny Murphy, Katie Fitzhenry, Alison Miller, Nora Stapleton, Larissa Muldoon; Ruth O'Reilly, Gillian Bourke, Ailis Egan, Sophie Spence, Marie Louise Reilly, Paula Fitzpatrick, Claire Molloy, Heather O'Brien.

  88. 'The Old Lady in love with Morata'

    Juventus 2-1 Borussia Dortmund


    Big things were expected of Alvaro Morata when he arrived at Italian champions Juventus in a £15m-plus deal from Real Madrid last summer.

    The young Spain international needed time to settle but, after netting three goals in his last three starts, the 'Old Lady' is starting to love him - according to Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport at least.

    Last night, Morata's precise finish handed Juve a slender 2-1 first-leg lead in their Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund.

  89. Johnson set for Barnsley job


    League One side Barnsley are set to appoint Oldham manager Lee Johnson as their new boss, BBC Radio Sheffield reports.

    Johnson, 33, was in the crowd at last night's 1-0 win over Scunthorpe, and the "minor details" of a compensation package are being finalised.

    Barnsley have been without a manager since sacking Danny Wilson on 12 February.

  90. Get involved


    Manny Pacquiao

    Here are some of your early suggestions for our talking point of the most one-sided match or sporting event.

    Poochi Van Poetsch: Emotional one for me, my idol Ricky Hatton getting demolished in two rounds by Manny Pacquiao.

    Jazz Bassoon: Spain 10, Tahiti 0, Confederation Cup 2013. A match-up so unfair I'm amazed it went ahead. Tahiti gave it a good go, though.

    Remember, it can be any sport, from any time. Tweet us #bbcsportsday.

  91. Arsenal are favourites - Berbatov

    Arsenal v Monaco (19:45 GMT)

    Domitar Berbatov

    You would think Dimitar Berbatov should be used to the chilly north London weather following his time at Tottenham. Not so. The Monaco striker hid under this thick snood as the principality side trained before tonight's Champions League tie at Arsenal.

    And 34-year-old Berbatov, who has first-hand experience of Arsene Wenger's men from his spells at Tottenham, Manchester United and Fulham, admits the French Ligue 1 team are the underdogs.

    "Arsenal are favourites, but we've come here to get a good result," says the Bulgarian. "Each match is different. We'll have a good chance if we play as a team. We'll have to be very switched on to exploit any mistakes they make."

  92. What the Spanish media says

    Mundo Deportivo (Spain)

    Luis Suarez

    Unsurprisingly, Luis Suarez's mug is also hogging most of the front page of Spanish daily tabloid Mundo Deportivo.

    "Recital con indulto!" screams the headline. A popular internet translation tells us that it means "Recital with pardons".

    In everyday English, we'd suggest that means something along the lines of ex-Liverpool striker Suarez earned redemption on his return to England with an excellent performance.

  93. What the Spanish media says

    Sport (Spain)


    Now our Catalan isn't the greatest - but we understand that the headline in Sport - Barcelona's daily sports newspaper - is hailing Luis Suarez's clinical finishing against Manchester City.

    Wham, bam, Suarez....

  94. Get involved


    So, that brings us on nicely to our first talking point of the day.

    We have all turned up to a ground optimistic, thinking that today is the day for victory. And then watched as our team got absolutely hammered, completely played off the park and humiliated.

    So we want to hear about the most memorable one-sided games or sporting events that you have ever seen.

    It can be from any sport, at any time, and we will post the best messages on this page throughout the day.

    Get involved on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  95. Shoot on sight


    Shots on target

    It may look like a toddler has gone crazy with the crayons, but this graphic shows the incredible amount of shots that Brentford had during their Championship game against Blackpool last night.

    The home side definitely opted for a shoot-on-sight policy, with an incredible 42 efforts pinged at Joe Lewis's goal. Fourteen of those were on target, and four ended up in the back of the net as Brentford thrashed Blackpool, who had a player sent off at the end of the first half, by a 4-0 margin.

    Have you ever seen more incredible stats than these?

  96. No compensation for clubs after Qatar switch


    Fifa says it will not pay compensation to clubs and leagues unhappy about plans to play the 2022 Qatar World Cup in November and December.

    It also said no apology was necessary for the scheduling of the tournament, which will disrupt a number of leagues. A Fifa taskforce has recommended the 2022 World Cup take place in winter to avoid Qatar's hot summer temperatures.

    "There will be no compensation," said Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke. "There are seven years to reorganise."

  97. 2023 African Cup of Nations to move


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent in Qatar

    Yaya Tour

    "Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke questions why clubs should be paid compensation. Confirms African Cup of Nations will be moved to June because of 2022 winter World Cup."

    The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations was expected to be held in Guinea in January 2023.

  98. No apologies from Fifa


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent in Qatar

    Qatar meeting

    At the Qatar 2022 organising committee media briefing in Doha.

    "Fifa's Jerome Valcke says "no apologies" needed after task force switches Qatar World Cup 2022 from summer to winter.

    "Fifa confirm World Cup 2022 to be shortened from 32 to 28 days. No confirmation on exact dates of tournament other than late November to late December."

  99. Luck of the Irish


    There has already been an incredible incident in the Ireland v UAE match as Irish batsman Ed Joyce looked like he was out when the ball brushed the off stump.

    The bails, which light up when the stumps have been hit, illuminate, but then fall back into the grooves at the top of the stumps and the wicket remains intact, with Joyce allowed to carry on.

  100. World Cup action now


    We have live cricket at the moment as Ireland are playing United Arab Emirates in the latest match of the Cricket World Cup.

    Ireland v UAE

    UAE made 278-9 off their 50 overs, with Ireland, who beat West Indies earlier in the competition, currently on 65-1 in reply.

    We have live text commentary available for over-by-over news.

  101. The best thing for England?


    The 2022 World Cup set to move to the winter, but ex-England defender Phil Neville thinks it could give the national team a better chance of winning the tournament.

    "We normally go into a World Cup at the end of a long, hard, nine-month season when our players are absolutely dead on their feet," Neville, who won 59 caps for his country, told BBC Sport.

    "For an England team, this might be the best thing that's ever happened."

    The former Manchester United and Everton defender added that he would be "licking my lips" if he was England boss Roy Hodgson because "we'll have the freshest ever national team going to a World Cup".

    Image caption: England have won the World Cup in 1966, will they have more success in the winter of 2022 in Qatar?
  102. What's the impact of a winter World Cup?


    BBC sports editor Dan Roan explains the reasoning behind the recommendation by football's world governing body Fifa that the 2022 World Cup should take place in the winter.

    Qatar World Cup

    "Fifa say the soaring summer temperatures mean that football's showpiece event needs to be move from its traditional summer slot," says Roan.

    Key football officials on a Fifa taskforce met in Doha to discuss a number of options following concerns that a summer event would endanger the health of players and fans because of high seasonal temperatures.

    The recommendation is expected to be ratified by Fifa's executive committee in Zurich on 19 and 20 March.

  103. Qatar World Cup dates latest


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "Further to yesterday's hints about a December 23rd 2022 World Cup final, a schedule was discussed by the Fifa task force at its meeting in Doha.

    "The opening game of the competition would be November 26.

    "It was not agreed upon but those dates are under active discussion. It's expected that an exact schedule will be announced by the end of this year."

  104. Today's newspapers



    The lead story on the Independent story is again Luis Suarez, but the paper also gives good coverage to the story we were focusing on so much in yesterday's Sportsday - that the Qatar World Cup in 2022 will be staged in November and December of that year.

    The paper says Richard Scudamore, chief executive of the Premier League, may take legal action against Fifa as the winter World Cup could damage "one of the English game's great traditions" - the matches over the Christmas and New Year.

  105. Today's newspapers

    The Guardian


    The Guardian go on similar lines with their lead story. They also talk about Chelsea's Nemanja Matic, who has had his ban for his sending off against Burnley reduced to two games from three games, after they showed that the player was provoked.

    Burnley's Ashley Barnes produced a horrible-looking challenge on Matic, which the midfielder reacted to and pushed his opponent over.

  106. Today's newspapers

    Daily Mirror

    There is a constant theme shown in the national newspapers today. Luis Suarez scored twice against Manchester City yesterday and there are teeth or bite puns in almost all of the papers, after the Uruguayan's history of biting opponents.

    One of the best efforts came from the Mirror.

  107. 'Barcelona did what they wanted'


    Chris Waddle

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "If you're going to play 4-4-2, you've got to hound the ball. City didn't do that and Barcelona just did whatever they wanted in the first half. Aguero and Dzeko, from the off, didn't pressurise people. Nasri got subbed and Silva didn't have the legs.

    "Give credit to City, they stuck at it but you have to say Barcelona are far superior. Against 10 men, the visitors should have been thinking about going for another goal and Messi will be absolutely devastated with his penalty miss. He's a perfectionist."

  108. 'We were much better than Man City'


    Barcelona boss Luis Enrique refused to blame Lionel Messi, who has converted 44 of the 57 penalties he has taken for the La Liga club, for failing to find the net against Manchester City on Tuesday.

    Lionel Messi

    "Players who take penalties will always miss some, but we have full confidence in Messi," said Enrique.

    "We played a very complete game and we should be very satisfied with that. This was a very good display from our team. We were much better than our opponents."

  109. 'It would've been very difficult at 3-1'


    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said without Joe Hart's penalty save they would have been facing almost certain elimination from the Champions League.

    "It was a very important save," said Pellegrini. "It would have been very difficult at 3-1. It's not the best result to lose at home, but we will go to Barcelona to try to win. We still have the chance to do it.

    "If we go to Barcelona and play in the way we normally do, like we did in the second half, then we will have chances.

    "If we play the way we can, we can do it. When we have the ball, we must be the team we are every week in the Premier League."

  110. Tricky for City


    So, let's begin in Manchester, on what proved to be another tricky night for Manuel Pellegrini in the Champions League.

    Luis Suarez dented Manchester City's hopes of reaching the Champions League quarter-finals with two goals as Barcelona secured a last-16 first-leg victory at Etihad Stadium.

    The former Liverpool striker drove home a rebound before stabbing in a second as Barcelona dominated the first half.

    Sergio Aguero's powerful finish after the break gave City hope. The hosts were reduced to 10-men when Gael Clichy was sent off before Lionel Messi had a late penalty saved and, facing an open goal, headed the rebound wide.

    Lionel Messi
  111. Good morning

    Morning. You well? Welcome and thanks for joining us for another Sportsday. It promises to be another busy day. We will have all the reaction from Etihad Stadium, we will look ahead to tonight's Champions League as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger goes up against his former club Monaco.

    There is also going to be a lot of Europa League, Six Nations and Cricket World Cup chat, as well as the best pictures and latest gossip from social media. So get comfortable. Here we go.

  112. They still have hope

    With 30 seconds left Manchester City's Champions League hopes looked over.

    Champions League

    Trailing 2-1 at home to Barcelona in the first leg of their last-16 tie, Lionel Messi, a four-time World Footballer of the Year, was about to take a penalty to kill off City.

    Lionel Messi

    But England goalkeeper Joe Hart saved the spot-kick before Messi headed the rebound wide.

    Joe Hart

    The Premier League champions still have a tough task in the second leg in Spain on 18 March. But at least they still have one thing. They still have hope.

    Manchester City