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Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan, Emlyn Begley and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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  1. Joe Root

    This week's sport on the BBC includes the London Anniversary Games, England v Pakistan Test cricket and the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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  2. Goodbye

    Right, that's it from us on Sportsday. But there's plenty more to get your teeth into on the BBC Sport website this evening. The live text on Arsenal v Barcelona is beginning shortly, so stay tuned for that. Until tomorrow, goodbye.

  3. 'Absolutely buzzing'

    Arsenal v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Ex-England defender Rio Ferdinand has had some great nights in the Champions League, and is "absolutely buzzing" for tonight's game.

  4. 'Make history'

    Arsenal v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

  5. Not many goals

    Arsenal v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    German football legend Lothar Matthaus is not expecting to see many goals in tonight's Champions League games.

    We will have live commentary of the Arsenal v Barcelona match on BBC Radio 5 live later on. Their preview programme begins at 18:30 GMT.

  6. History against the Gunners?

    Arsenal v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

  7. Arctic Fire to miss Cheltenham

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    Last year’s runner-up Arctic Fire will miss next month’s Cheltenham Festival through injury, says trainer Willie Mullins.

    The news comes just days after the 2015 winner, and stablemate, Faugheen was ruled out of the race. 

  8. 'We never tire of winning'

    Football

    Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said: "I'm delighted to be part of this team, which never tires of winning. It is very easy to coach these players. Everyone is aware of what the objectives are."

    On Messi, Suarez and Neymar, midfielder Ivan Rakitic added: "Having this front three fills me with pride. The rest of us do what we can to make them better."

    Luis Enrique
  9. Question of Sport teaser

    Football

    Earlier today our Question of Sport teaser was...

    The answers are...

  10. Controversy in Under-19 Champions League shootout

    Football

    Extraordinary scenes in the Under-19 Champions League tie between Chelsea and Valencia. The match went to penalties after finishing 1-1 in normal time.

    Valencia's first penalty appeared to go in and hit a bar inside the net, only for the referee to signal no goal. That was the only penalty missed as Chelsea won 5-4. G-Nev wasn't having it...

  11. Balance is key - Wenger

    Arsenal v Barcelona (19:45 GMT)

    Ahead of tonight's Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed he found it more difficult to prepare his side for the FA Cup match against Hull.

    "We need to find the right balance between being audacious, because that is what you will need to be against Barcelona, and being strong defensively as a unit," he said.

    "The difficulty of the task is completely different but it is more difficult to prepare against Hull than Barcelona.

    "Against Barcelona everyone is naturally focused. It is more to create belief and confidence."

    Arsene Wenger
  12. It's now or never - Infantino

    Football

    Gianni Infantino

    Fifa presidential hopeful Gianni Infantino says it is "now or never"falsefor the future of football's world governing body.

    Infantino is hoping to succeed Sepp Blatter at Friday's election after the 79-year-old Swiss was banned for eight years on corruption allegations.

    Fellow candidate Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has made an official request for the election to be suspended.

    But Infantino told the BBC it is almost certain to go ahead as planned.

  13. Get Involved - Champions League wildcards

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    Paul Gilligan: This is what is wrong with football today, big clubs believe they have the right to dictate the game. The Champions League should be the champions of each nation only.

    Jordan MacDonald: What a ridiculous idea. This just angers me so much. Money has completely ruined football. It's not about talent these days, it's about how much bigger your club's pockets are from another. I feel so sorry for teams outside the top leagues.

    Chris Wallace: That's ridiculous. It is an honour for a club to qualify for the Champions League and has to be fought for, the punishment is just not being good enough to qualify ...  

  14. Reds youngster Stewart signs new deal

    Football

    Liverpool youngster Kevin Stewart has signed a new four-year deal at Anfield, the club have confirmed.

    Stewart, 22, made his debut against Exeter in the FA Cup last month and has since made four more appearances for the Reds.

    The defensive midfielder is currently out with an ankle injury.

    Kevin Stewart
  15. Please stay Guus

    Football

    John Obi Mikel

    Midfielder John Obi Mikel wants interim manager Guus Hiddink to extend his stay at Chelsea beyond the current season, despite the Dutchman confirming his intention to leave the club in May.

    "Definitely I want him to stay," Mikel, who has featured in 11 games for Hiddink after falling out of favour under Mourinho.

    "It is the choice of the owner, the club and the board... but if you speak to the players, 98 or 99 percent of them want him to stay."

  16. All heart

    Football

    Uli Hoeness

    Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness, who is set to finish his prison sentence for tax evasion on Monday, says he has donated his entire salary from his day-release work to Bayern's charity fund.

    The 64-year-old has served 21 months of his three-and-a-half year sentence after being convicted in March 2014 of having evaded paying at least £22.2m in taxes.

    He resigned as Bayern president the day after being convicted and has served the last 14 months of his sentence on day release, working in Bayern's youth academy, then returning to prison each evening. 

  17. Blatter to publish book

    Football

    Sepp Blatter

    Sepp Blatter, the dethroned FIFA president, is preparing to publish a personal account of his near 18 years at the head of football's world governing body.

    A Swiss firm is to release the book titled 'Sepp Blatter: Mission Football', written by his official spokesman, Thomas Renggli.

    The publicity blurb says Blatter "repeatedly had to put up with harsh reviews and prejudices" and details how the 79-year-old "learned to deal with the hostility" during his lengthy tenure as FIFA president, which came to a swift end last June.

  18. Flintoff starts new role

    Cricket

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    Former England skipper Andrew Flintoff has been named the new president of the Professional Cricketers' Association.

    The 38-year-old, elected at the PCA's annual general meeting held in Birmingham on Tuesday, will succeed fellow Lancastrian and ex-England player and coach David 'Bumble' Lloyd.

  19. Get Involved - Champions League wildcards

    Have your say on the MOTD Facebook page

    Julian Edwards: Since this is all about the money, let's have Champions League qualification by silent auction. Every club in Europe's top leagues puts in their bid and the richest bids win a place. All the money goes in the pot for the final prize. That's fair isn't it?

    falseMatt Thompson: From a business perspective, this would be a good idea. Would people watch a Champions League final if it was played between Leicester City and Dynamo Kiev? The majority answer would be no. Teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Man United, Juventus, PSG, Arsenal, etc all bring in loads and loads of money. I would hate to see this implemented and don't agree with it at all, but I can understand since money is a huge factor in today's game.

  20. Home (not so) sweet home

    Arsenal v Barcelona (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    This isn't an encouraging stat.