Sportsday Wednesday 11 December as it happened

Arsenal, Chelsea and Celtic in action after Galatasaray beat Juventus, Europa League team news and Australia v England.

11 December 2013 Last updated at 07:59

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    Mathematics can muddle even the most of sharpest brains. Footballers will rarely have to think about algebra, trigonometry and quadratic equations - but permutations is something that should be at the forefront of their minds.

    Number crunching is a necessary skill for those involved in the group stages of competitions as players, managers and coaches frantically try to work out whether they have done enough to qualify. And it appears Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini could have done with Carol Vorderman by his side in Germany....

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    Hello and welcome to Wednesday's Sportsday! Before we wrap our minds around another action-packed day of sport, let's start with Manchester City's superb 3-2 win over European champions Bayern Munich.

    The Blues battled back from a 2-0 deficit to shock the Germans on their own patch. However, City boss Pellegrini seemed not to realise his team were only one goal away from claiming top spot in Champions League Group D - therefore potentially avoiding the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain in the last 16.

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    Manchester City

    City striker Alvaro Negredo had a late effort saved by Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer - which prevented the Premier League side from finishing top and then possibly playing the likes of Olympiakos or Bayer Leverkusen. But it did not take any of the gloss off of a brilliant win against a Bayern Munich side which had not previously lost this season.

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    What made City's win even more impressive was the fact Pellegrini rested a number of his first-choice players with Saturday's match against Premier League leaders Arsenal in mind. Bayern counterpart Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, played a full-strength side including Ballon d'Or nominee Franck Ribery.

    So, on the back of a memorable European evening for City, we want you to share your memories of other impressive away performances by British clubs against continental opposition. Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or post on our Facebook page. Nice one.

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    But City were not the only British club in action on Tuesday - neighbours Manchester United were aiming to avoid a third straight home defeat as they faced Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk.

    The Premier League champions were already assured of a Champions League last-16 spot but clinched Group A's top spot with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford. Phil Jones scored a second-half winner to ease the pressure on manager David Moyes.

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    BBC World Service's John Bennett in Germany: "Disbelief here that Bayern lost - headline in Bild: 'Now it has caught Pep! You read that right: Bayern has really lost'."

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    CRICKET

    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior says the tourists must "come out fighting" and not "sulk, moan or whinge" if they are to turn around the Ashes series.

    The third Test starts on Friday in Perth with England already trailing 2-0 to Australia.

    Asked if England can still win the Ashes, Prior said: "Absolutely, 100%. One thing I do know about this team is that when we get to this place we come out fighting. You have no option."

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    BBC TMS: "Wednesday morning. Lord's in London...."

    Australia v England

    "Wednesday morning at the WACA in Perth..."

    Australia v England
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    FORMULA 1

    Another big overnight story which you might have missed comes from the world of Formula 1.

    World champion Sebastian Vettel has criticised plans to award double points for the final race of the season from 2014.

    The winning driver of next year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will earn 50 points instead of 25 under the proposals.

    "This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season," said the 26-year-old, who won the final nine races in 2013. "Drivers, fans and experts are horrified."

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    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Ex-England hooker Matt Diskin is to continue as Bradford Bulls' captain for the 2014 Super League season.

    The 31-year-old has shared the job for the last two seasons with Heath L'Estrange, but will now be the sole skipper after the Australian left the club.

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    Sal Patel: What is interesting is that Man City are so good away in the Champions League but not the Premier League. It's just unbelievable!

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    So what sporting delights have we got in store today? It is the final round of Champions League group games, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Celtic all in action.

    Premier League leaders Arsenal need just a point at Rafael Benitez's Napoli to reach the last 16, while already-qualified Chelsea are guaranteed to finish top of Group E by beating Steaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge.

    But only pride is at stake for Scottish champions Celtic when they face Spanish giants Barcelona at the Nou Camp. Neil Lennon's men are already eliminated from Group H.

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    Football is not the only sport on our radar today. Cricket also takes centre stage as the build up to the third Ashes Test between Australia and England cranks up a notch, while we will provide updates from New Zealand v West Indies (Test), South Africa v India (ODI) and Pakistan v Sri Lanka (T20).

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    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Super League side Catalan Dragons say they have completed their 2014 recruitment with the signing of Sydney Roosters winger Michael Oldfield.

    The French club have announced the signing of the ex-Manly player, 23, on a two-year deal.

    "Michael is a young and fast player and his pace will be a great value in our backline next season," says Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous. "We have lacked pace in the past seasons and the addition of this player will allow us to fill this gap."

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    ON THIS DAY
    Geoff Boycott batting for England in Australia in 1979

    In 1979, BBC TMS pundit Geoff Boycott recorded his one and only hundred in one-day international cricket for England against Australia in Sydney.

    Not exactly renowned for scoring rapidly, the Yorkshire opener threw off the shackles to hit 105 from 124 balls off an Australian attack that included Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson and Max Walker.

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    So, on the back of Manchester City's memorable Champions League win at Bayern Munich, we want you to share your memories of other impressive European away performances by British clubs. Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

    James Cattermole: Barcelona vs Chelsea in the 2011/2012 Champions League. Ramires with a sublime chip and Gary Neville's reaction to Torres scoring. OOOOHH!!!

    James Ofori: Milan v Arsenal at San Siro in 2007/2008 Champions League last 16. Arsenal needed to win after a goalless draw at the Emirates.

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Manchester United manager David Moyes says his team are among the favourites for the Champions League but need to improve.

    The three-time European champions have suffered from indifferent form in the Premier League, but finished top of Champions League Group A after a 1-0 home victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.

    "I think we could be classed as one of the favourites," says Moyes. "We'll have to improve in order to progress. A club like Manchester United has to be trying to win the trophy."

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    HORSE RACING

    Champion jockey AP McCoy pays tribute to former Champion Hurdle winner Binocular, who has retired with a heart problem.

    The nine-year-old, trained by Nicky Henderson, won 11 of his 22 races. McCoy rode Binocular in all but two of his outings, including the 2010 Champion Hurdle victory at Cheltenham.

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    Galatasaray v Juventus

    Galatasaray's vital Group B game against Juventus will resume at 13:00 GMT today after being abandoned because of snow.

    The sides were taken off after 32 minutes of play - with the game goalless - because the lines on the pitch were not visible following heavy snowfall in Istanbul.

    Italian champions Juventus need a point to claim to qualify as group runners-up, while their Turkish opponents require a victory to progress.

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    Anon, via text: Re greatest European away performances. Nottingham Forest in 1979 were pegged to a disastrous 3-3 draw at home to Cologne and everyone thought they would be out after the away leg. Ian Bowyer scored a header and Peter Shilton kept them out in a famous 1-0 win over the German champions.

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    FOOTBALL

    Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock is ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

    Blackstock, 27, had been on loan with Leeds United but has now returned to his parent club and will undergo surgery.

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini was delighted with his side's 3-2 victory at Bayern Munich - although it seemed neither he nor his players had been aware that winning by just one more goal would have secured them top spot in Champions League Group D.

    Pellegrini said afterwards: "For our team, it is very important to be first in the group, but not the most important thing. It was difficult to score two (more) goals."

    And midfielder James Milner added: "We didn't know if 4-2 would be enough or if we would need 5-2. We thought it needed to be 5-2 to be honest."

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri: Snowstorm currently in Istanbul. Galatasaray-Juventus could be postponed further!

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    WORLD CUP

    The BBC will show England's first group match against Italy on 14 June, after the split of live matches for the World Cup in Brazil was announced on Tuesday.

    ITV will screen England's games against Uruguay and Costa Rica, and the opener between Brazil and Croatia on 12 June.

    The BBC's live coverage starts with Spain v Netherlands on 13 June. For a full TV schedule, head to the BBC Sport website.

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    LATEST GOSSIP

    Monaco are set to test Manchester City's resolve to hold on to Belgian defender Vincent Kompany, 27, in January by making a £17m offer for the player's services. Full story: Daily Express

    City are believed to be ahead of Manchester United and Inter Milan in the race for Argentine midfielder Bruno Zuculini, 20, currently with Racing Club de Avellaneda in his home country. Full story: Sun (subscription required)

    Stoke are plotting a January move for Dutch striker Luuk de Jong, 23, and manager Mark Hughes has not given up hope of getting a work permit for American forward Juan Agudelo, 21. Full story: Daily Mirror

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    ASHES
    England in Australia Ashes

    It may well be misty in areas around the UK at the moment but it is glorious weather in Australia as Matt Prior and Joe Root of England take part in a fielding drill during an England nets session at WACA.

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    MEANWHILE, IN ENGLAND
    Wycombe Wanderers

    Wycombe Wanderers's players have been greeted by this sight this morning ahead of training, with the club tweeting: There's a training ground there somewhere!

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    On the back of Manchester City's memorable Champions League win at Bayern Munich, we want you to share your memories of other impressive European away performances by British clubs. Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

    Jamie Makepeace, via text: Liverpool beating Barcelona 2-1 at the Nou Camp in 2007. After going a goal down, two goals from Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise ensured a shock win for the Reds. To cap it all off Craig Bellamy golf swing celebration.

    Craig, Fulham fan, via text: One of the best away performances in Europe I've ever seen was Fulham at Shakhtar. Backs to the wall defending and nicked a 1-1 draw.

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    CYCLING

    Lizzie Armitstead is targeting glory on the track and the road at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    The 24-year-old Yorkshirewoman won silver in the London 2012 Olympic road race and is a multiple world medallist on the track, where she favours the bunch races which will be included in the Commonwealth programme but are not part of the Olympics.

    "I'm aiming for the track as well (as the road) because it's the events I enjoy and have had some success in," Armitstead said.

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    ASHES

    Legendary Australia batsman/wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist says the Baggy Greens could feel the pressure of expectation as they look to regain the Ashes for the first time in four attempts.

    Australia, who are leading 2-0 in the series, know they will win the famous urn by beating England in the third Test which starts on Friday in Perth.

    "It is a challenge for the Australian team, they are so close," says Gilchrist. "This group of players have not been in this scenario at any stage in their careers, most of them, so there will be a challenge for them to maintain that standard. That might be something for England to draw on."

    Visit BBC Sport's cricket index to find out all the coverage details of the third Test.

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    ASHES

    Adam Gilchrist says he does not believe the level of sledging between Australia and England players during the current Ashes series has overstepped an acceptable mark.

    "I have not seen anything that has been out of line or different to anything historically over the course of Test cricket," says the ex-Australia star. " If anything, it is probably a sign of respect. If you have someone challenging you, you feel threatened."

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    HOW'S STAT?
    Ashes

    In a stat among stats for a sport which places extraordinary value on centuries and numbers, opposing captains Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook will each earn their 100th test caps in the third Ashes match of the series.

    Clarke's Australian team leads the five-test series 2-0 and are hoping to regain the Ashes in Perth. Cook's team has won the past three Ashes series but after going through a year without defeat, have suddenly slumped to back-to-back defeats in this series.

    The 32-year-old Clarke made his debut in India in 2004, late in Australia's prime period in modern cricket, and has scored 7,940 runs at an average of 52.58. Cook, who will turn 29 later this month, made his debut in India in 2006 and has scored 7,883 runs at an average of 47.20, the kind of return that his deputy believes already puts him on the path to greatness.

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    Michael Lumb will pass up the chance to return to the Indian Premier League after signing a new contract with Nottinghamshire.

    The England Twenty20 opener has put pen to paper on a new three-year deal with the county he joined in 2012 from Hampshire and, having played for both Rajasthan Royals and Deccan Chargers in the IPL, is now focused on the longer format domestically.

    "I've played in the IPL and I feel as though I've ticked that off my list and now I want to win more trophies with Nottinghamshire," says Lumb.

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    FOOTBALL

    Danny Graham says he is yet to talk with Sunderland boss Gus Poyet over the possibility of returning to the Stadium of Light in January, reports the Sunderland Echo.

    Graham, on loan at Hull, broke an 11-month barren run when he scored at former club Swansea on Monday night - his first goal since the Welsh club's Capital One Cup semi-final with Chelsea in January.

    "At the minute I am just concentrating on doing well for Hull," says Graham. "I think it is a season-long loan, but if there is an option then we will have to see what happens."

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    LATEST GLOBAL GOSSIP

    While the English press are dishing out the superlatives about Manchester City's 3-2 win at European champions Bayern Munich, you are wondering what the German press have been saying aren't you? Go on, admit it. Luckily, our colleagues at BBC Monitoring have been finding out.

    Some German newspapers feel that Bayern lost focus after taking an early 2-0 lead through Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze. Die Welt says the Bavarians "showed their human side" and singles out centre backs Dante and Jerome Boateng for criticism, saying international opponents will have spotted weaknesses in the team's rearguard.

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Tom Cleverley praises Phil Jones' goalscoring instincts after his Manchester United team-mate's second goal of the season proved enough to beat Shakhtar Donetsk in the final Champions League Group A game on Tuesday.

    Jones swept home a volley from Robin van Persie's corner to see off the Ukrainians.

    "He took it like a striker," Cleverley tells MUTV. "I think he scored a similar one a few weeks ago. He's a bit of a fox in the box from corners and he did well for us both defensively and in midfield."

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    LATEST GLOBAL GOSSIP
    Bayern Munich v Manchester City

    The Frankfurter Allgemeine says Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich's "efficiency and consistency" declined as the match against Manchester City went on, resulting in the "carefree" defending which allowed the Blues back into the game.

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri: Seems Galatasaray-Juventus will be resumed at the scheduled 13:00 GMT. Decision to be made official any minute, officials now on pitch.

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    Simon King, BBC Radio 5 live weather forecasterCHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    On the outlook in Istanbul ahead of Galatasaray v Juventus: "The average temperature in Istanbul is around 10 degrees Celsius in December, but the city is no stranger to snow over the winter months when there might be around 10 days with snow falling.

    "Over the last couple of days the temperature has been below average due to a very cold north-easterly wind coming from Russia. During Tuesday, this cold wind picked up a lot of moisture from the Black Sea and as a result produced a snow storm through Istanbul."

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    Jordan Forster: Great Euro away days? Man United in Turin in 1999 semi final. Epic. No, not a United fan but you had admire them that night.

    Max Reading: Arsenal's 2-0 win over Bayern Munich. It sparked Arsenal into life and we had/are having an excellent year since that game.

    Kevin Boulter: Liverpool 3-0 down at half time against AC Milan and fought back and won on penalties CL Final 2005! Enough said!

    Following Manchester City's memorable Champions League win at Bayern Munich, we want you to share your memories of other impressive European away performances by British clubs. Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

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    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Time for a tea break? Good. Then get your mind around this little beauty of a #QSTeaser from our colleagues at Question of Sport.

    Which five drivers that competed in this year's F1 World Championship failed to score a point?

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger believes his Arsenal side are showing few signs of fatigue as they embark on a run of fixtures which will test their hopes of progressing both in Europe and in the Premier League.

    The Gunners begin a run of six matches in some 21 days when they take on Napoli in the Champions League later on Wednesday, where a draw will be good enough to secure first place and with it seeding for the knockout stage.

    "We will [try] to rotate a little bit at times, but never more than two or three players because the stability of the side is so important," said Wenger, "When you play so many games, sometimes in one game you have a feeling the legs are a bit tired, but sometimes the game after they surprise you again and everybody has recovered."

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    RUGBY UNION

    London Irish call a press conference for Thursday where they will confirm the Premiership club has been taken over by a group of Irish businessmen.

    Three of those involved in the consortium will be present along with director of rugby Brian Smith.

    One of the big issues for the new owners will be whether to move away from their current home at the Madejski Stadium in Reading.

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    WEIGHTLIFTING

    Welsh weightlifter Michaela Breeze comes out of retirement in an attempt to win a medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    The gold medallist from the 2002 and 2006 Games retired after a silver medal in Delhi three years ago.

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    CRICKET

    Experienced trio Katherine Brunt, Heather Knight and Anya Shrubsole return to England's Test, ODI and T20 squads for the Women's Ashes series in Australia in the New Year.

    The three players, who all missed the tour of the West Indies through injury, are named in 15-strong squads for both the Ashes Test and the three-match One-Day series.

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    CRICKET

    England Women's Ashes Test and ODI squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain) (Kent), Arran Brindle (Sussex), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Kathryn Cross (Lancashire), Georgia Elwiss (Sussex), Lydia Greenway (Kent), Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire), Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire), Amy Jones (Warwickshire), Heather Knight (Berkshire), Natalie Sciver (Surrey), Anya Shrubsole (Somerset), Sarah Taylor (Sussex), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Danielle Wyatt (Nottinghamshire).

    The Women's Ashes Test starts on Friday 10 January at the WACA in Perth. The one-day internationals take place on Sunday 19 January (Melbourne), Thursday 23 January (Melbourne) and Sunday 26 January (Hobart). BBC Sport will have commentary on every ball.

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    CRICKET

    England Women's Ashes T20 squad: Charlotte Edwards (captain) (Kent), Arran Brindle (Sussex), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Natasha Farrant (Kent), Georgia Elwiss (Sussex), Lydia Greenway (Kent), Jenny Gunn (Nottinghamshire), Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire), Amy Jones (Warwickshire), Heather Knight (Berkshire), Natalie Sciver (Surrey), Anya Shrubsole (Somerset), Sarah Taylor (Sussex), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Danielle Wyatt (Nottinghamshire).

    The Twenty20 matches take place on Wednesday 29 January (Hobart), Friday 31 January (Melbourne) and Sunday 2 February (Sydney).

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    Following Manchester City's memorable Champions League win at Bayern Munich, we want you to share your memories of other impressive European away performances by British clubs. Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

    James Arthur: Great Euro away results? Look no further than Lyon 0-3 Rangers in 2007! At the time Lyon were a formidable European force!

    Graham Downes: In 1981, Ipswich annihilated one of the strong teams of Europe, St Etienne, at their place. Platini et al.

    Bryan Knights: Surely Norwich City's win over Bayern Munich in 1993, 2-1 at Munich and 1-1 at home. Biggest upset ever.

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    BBC Sport chief sports writer Tom Fordyce in PerthASHES
    Australia v England

    "Temperatures of 42 C are being predicted for spells of the third Test in Perth. Hard to imagine? After the tour match in Alice Springs, I can tell you it feels like this: burning ears if outside at 7am, weariness tying shoelaces at 10am, and inability to think straight, let alone bowl straight, at 2pm. Fun in the sun it is not."

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    FOOTBALL

    Wales have opened the door to hosting the 2026 World Cup in a possible joint bid with England, reports the South Wales Echo.

    First Minister Carwyn Jones and Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford have revealed an attempt to host the is a future goal.

    Ford says: "It's a great future ambition. We know where the World Cup is going in 2018 and 2022, but the process thereafter has yet to be determined. I absolutely support the First Minister in having a good ambition."

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Chelsea midfielder Andre Schurrle stresses the importance of the Blues beating Champions League visitors Steaua Bucharest later on Wednesday to clinch top spot in Group E.

    "A club like Chelsea always needs to be at the top of the table in the group stage of the Champions League because almost all the other big teams are first in the group, like Bayern and Barcelona,' Schurrle tells the official Chelsea website.

    "It's an important game that we need to win to be top of the table."

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    FORMULA FUN
    Lotus 'rules'

    The Formula 1 season is over but Lotus F1 keeps things entertaining as they produce an alternative list of rules for 2014. Particular favourites are bans on saying 'for sure' in news conferences and the regulation on eating donuts. See the full list on Lotus's Twitter feed.

  53. 1210: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS

    Tennis legend Martina Navratilova accuses the International Olympic Committee of "putting its head in the sand" over the issue of gay rights.

    February's Winter Olympics take place in Russia, where a law banning 'gay propaganda' was passed this year.

    "The IOC needs to stand up better for their athletes," says 18-time Grand Slam winner Navratilova, who came out as gay in 1981.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Representatives from Welsh rugby's four regions will meet the Welsh Rugby Union later on Wednesday in an attempt to resolve their differences.

    Ospreys, Blues, Scarlets and Dragons have stated they want to play against English clubs rather than be forced by the WRU to compete in the Heineken Cup.

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    FOOTBALL

    Sunderland are interested in signing Hartlepool United's in-demand centre-back Jack Baldwin, according to The Journal.

    The Black Cats watched the 20-year-old defender impress in the weekend FA Cup clash with Coventry City, along with Premier League rivals Stoke and Championship pair Blackburn and Huddersfield.

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    FOOTBALL
    Tottenham training

    Tottenham defender Danny Rose has returned to first-team training and could make his long-awaited comeback in Thursday's Europa League match against Anzhi Makhachkala.

    Rose has been sidelined since he hobbled out of Tottenham's win over Tromso on 19 September with a toe injury. But the left-back was training with his team-mates on a foggy Wednesday morning in Enfield and could feature against Anzhi on Thursday night at White Hart Lane.

    Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is speaking in a pre-match news conference at 1230 GMT and we will have the quotes here in Sportsday.

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    Following Manchester City's memorable Champions League win at Bayern Munich, we want you to share your memories of other impressive European away performances by British clubs. Tweet using #bbcsportsday, text on 81111 or post on our Facebook page.

    Steve: Galatasaray 0-5 Chelsea in 1999. Our first season in the Champions League and we completely outclassed the eventual Uefa Cup winners.

    Matthew Lane: Feyenoord 2-3 Newcastle in 2002. Last minute Bellamy winner to send Sir Bobby Robson's side into the second round!

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    CRICKET

    Ross Taylor scores his 10th Test century and surpasses 4,000 career runs to anchor New Zealand's 307-6 against the West Indies on Wednesday.

    Taylor, who scored a career-best 217 not out in the drawn first Test at University Oval in Dunedin, was caught at deep backward point for 129 shortly before the close of the first day's play of the second Test.

    See the full scorecard from Wellington here.

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    CRICKET

    South Africa win the toss and elect to bat as they attempt to pull off a series whitewash over India in the third and final one-day international at Centurion on Wednesday.

    Having already beaten India by 141 runs and 134 runs in the first two games, the Proteas rested test cricket stars Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel ahead of next week's first test at the Wanderers.

    Batsman Henry Davids, seamer Wayne Parnell and spinner Imran Tahir came into the home side. India made just one change, with Yuvraj Singh coming back into the team for Ajinkya Rahane.

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    COMING UP

    Galatasaray's vital Champions League Group B game against Juventus will resume at 13:00 GMT and we will have live text commentary of the game here in Sportsday.

    The sides were taken off after 32 minutes of play on Tuesday because the lines on the pitch were not visible following heavy snowfall in Istanbul.

    As it stands Juve will go through. They need a point to claim second place in Group B while their Turkish opponents require a victory - and the match was goalless when play was halted.

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    BBC Sport chief sports writer Tom Fordyce in PerthASHES

    "England's record at the Waca might be a horror story - just one win there in their history, and that against a World Series-weakened Australia. But the impossible has happened before, when the team led by Mike Atherton went to Barbados in 1994 3-0 down in the series v the West Indies, having just been bowled out for 46 and not having won at the venue in almost 60 years. They won by 208 runs. Miracles can happen."

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    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Here are the teams for the Group B tie between Galatasaray and Juventus which is set to resume shortly...

    Galatasaray: Muslera, Chedjou, Kaya, Zan, Eboue, Felipe Melo, Inan, Riera, Sneijder, Burak Yilmaz, Drogba. Subs: Ceylan, Gulselam, Nounkeu, Bulut, Bruma, Kurtulus, Colak.

    Juventus: Buffon, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Lichtsteiner, Vidal, Pogba, Marchisio, Asamoah, Llorente, Tevez. Subs: Storari, Caceres, Ogbonna, Giovinco, Padoin, Quagliarella, Isla.

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    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    The pitch has been cleared in Istanbul, but it is snowing once again as the Galatasaray and Juventus players stroll out at the Turk Telecom Arena. The Turkish club's staff have been working hard to clear the surface - but it does not look pleasant out there. Think boggy Hackney Marshes on a cold December morning...

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    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus
    Roberto Mancini

    It is an odd situation in Istanbul, but this decisive Champions League Group B clash is back underway with 32 minutes already gone on the clock.

  65. 1305: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    Football purists look away now - this game is not for you. But if plenty of long balls, mis-placed passes and comedy defending is your thing then you are certainly in the right place. Juventus right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has the first sight of goal as his effort is deflected wide of the Turkish goal.

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    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    The abandonment of Tuesday's original game caused plenty of logistical problems for Italian champions Juventus - they were forced to find a new hotel after checking out of their Istanbul base. But they have put that behind them and enjoyed the best opportunities so far. Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal fires wide before ex-Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez loses his footing and skews into the stands.

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    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini looks as snug as a bug with his trademark woollen scarf - in the red and yellow colours of the Turkish champions of course - wrapped around his neck. He looks unhappy with his team's display since the restart, although a pitch covered in patches of white snow and brown sludge is making attacking play very difficult.

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    Galatasaray

    It really is terrible conditions in Istanbul. The pitch is muddy, snow is falling and unsurprisingly it is having an impact on the quality of the game. What is the worst conditions you have seen a sporting event take place in? Let us know via #bbcsportsday and on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  69. 1316: 
    HALF-TIME- Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    After 13 minutes of kick and rush, referee Pedro Proenca blows for half-time to a chorus of boos from the Turkish fans. Not sure what they are unhappy with. Perhaps they were expecting a full 45 minutes of action....

  70. 1319: 
    HALF-TIME- Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    As soon as the whistle leaves the pursed lips of referee Proenca, Juventus boss Antonio Conte - clad in a gangster-style puffa jacket and a grey beanie perched on top of his bonce - storms on to the pitch to remonstrate with the official. Don't think he fancies this one much and with a place in the last 16 at stake, I don't blame him.

  71. 1320: 
    TOTTENHAM TEAM NEWS

    Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen and defender Danny Rose are available for Thursday's Europa League game against Anzhi Makhachkala after overcoming their respective ankle and toe injuries.

    Centre-backs Vlad Chiriches (knee), Younes Kaboul (quad) and Jan Vertonghen (ankle) are unavailable while striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been left out of the squad even though he is fit.

    Youth team players Shaquile Coulthirst, Ryan Fredericks and Laste Dombaxe are in the squad and should feature as Spurs are already guaranteed top spot in Group K.

  72.  
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    James Anthony Finn: Loving this unexpected afternoon Champions League football. Shocking pitch though. Lots of long balls today.

    Matt Barron: The pitch looks less playable now than it did before it was abandoned! I've played on better on Sunday mornings in Northampton.

  73. 1328: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    Bet Galatasaray's former Manchester City boss Bobby Manc feels like he is back in the north-west of England with the miserable weather in Istanbul. Wonder what the Italian and his compatriot Antonio Conte are talking about in their respective dressing rooms? Their game plans surely can't have changed from about half an hour ago...

  74.  
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    Sagar: The ground looks terrible to play. Nepal's Everest Base Camp is far more better to play then this shocker.

  75. 1331: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    Let's not forgot amid the silliness of these treacherous conditions, that there is some serious stuff at stake here. Galatasaray know they need to win to leapfrog the Italian champions and clinch Group B's second spot to reach the knockout phase. That, of course, means Juventus simply need to avoid defeat. The Old Lady kick off the second half.

  76. 1335: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus
    Carlos Tevez

    Carlos Tevez, who spurned the best chance of the restarted first half when he slipped in front of goal, slips and skids into another ex-Premier League player Emmanuel Eboue. Moments later, ex-Manchester United Paul Pogba tries his luck from distance but sees his shot held by home stopper Fernando Muslera.

  77. 1338: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    At the risk of sounding like a cliched Sunday League player, I would be yelling at my team-mates to "test him". Him being the opposition goalkeeper and being forced into dealing with long shots from all angles. Shooting from distance has got to be the key surely.

  78. 1341: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    Decent chance for Galatasaray. Dutch maestro Wesley Sneijder - that seemingly perennial Manchester United transfer target - picks up a Didier Drogba knockdown, only to slice wide from the edge of the Juventus penalty area.

  79.  
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    Philadelphia v Detroit

    Mark Chiverton: Worse conditions. Did you guys see Philadelphia vs Detroit on Sunday past? Amazing game in amazing weather. Soccer is awful!

    See a gallery of some of the worst weather conditions sport has been played in on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  80. 1345: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    The conditions might be freezing - but the tempers are boiling. Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal crashes into Galatasaray powerhouse Felipe Melo to spark a little melee. It quickly thaws out before Didier Drogba gets the Turkish crowd excited again by forcing a brilliant save by Gianluigi Buffon. The veteran Juve goalkeeper shows reflexes belying a man of his advancing years to drop low to his right and push Drogba's shot away from danger.

  81. 1348: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    A sense of anticipation from the Galatasaray fans as home striker Burak Yilmaz stands over a 20-yard free-kick. But he is unable to wrap his right foot cleanly around the florescent orange ball and it flies over Gianluigi Buffon's crossbar.

  82.  
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    Ben, Norwich, via text: Gala v Juve game is a mere flurry compared to Tromso v Chelsea game in 97 Cup Winners Cup!

  83. 1351: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    Roberto Mancini's Galatasaray are starting to dominate possession and territory now as they search for the vital breakthrough. The Turkish champions must win to advance to the last 16 of the Champions League remember. The big lads from the back go up to attack another free-kick but Selcuk Inan's set piece is overhit and drifts out for a Juve goal-kick. Poor.

  84. 1355: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus
    Galatasaray v Juventus

    After Juventus's Kwadwo Asamoah sees an attempt saved at the other end, Galatasaray's Emmanuel Eboue sticks the ball under his shirt and gives it a good rub before launching a Rory Delap-style long throw into the Juve danger zone. The Italians scramble clear for a corner which eventually falls to Eboue - who fires hopelessly into the stand behind the goal. The Ivorian was never going to score from there...

  85.  
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    Mustafa Yilmaz: I'm at the game. Juve doing everything to slow game down with fouls and time wasting.

    James Anthony Finn: All this game is missing now is a few hilarious sound effects as players miss hit passes and slide about everywhere. Comical.

  86. 1401: 
    FINAL FIFTEEN- Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    Carlos Tevez twists and turns to leave two Galatasaray defenders more bamboozled than Bamber Boozler on the right touchline, but he cannot pick out his team-mate Fernando Llorente. The Argentine does win a corner, however, although that is cleared by the Turkish side's defence. Fifteen minutes to go - Galatasaray must score.

  87.  
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    Adam Waygood: F1 2011 Canadian grand prix started dry but then there was a torrential downpour they red flagged the race for a very long time!!!!

    Jason Brent Jones: Springboks vs france, 1995 world cup rugby, semi-final. Torrential downpour!! Kings park stadium, Durban.

    Darren King: When Chelsea beat Charlton on the beach pitch in 2003.

    See a gallery of some of the worst weather conditions sport has been played in on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  88. 1405: 
    FOOTBALL

    Japan playmaker Keisuke Honda will leave CSKA Moscow to join AC Milan in January.

    Honda, whose contract at CSKA ends in December, will be a much-needed reinforcement for Milan who are ninth in Serie A, having managed four wins in their first 15 league matches.

    "Keisuke Honda will be a Milan player from 3 January," says chief executive Adriano Galliani. "We have already filed the contract, although we've been keeping it secret."

  89. 1406: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    Galatasaray are staring Champions League group-stage elimination in the face. Juventus, who need a draw to progress to the last 16, are doing all the running and Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio almost puts the Italians ahead with a stinging strike.

  90. 1408: 
    TEN TO GO- Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    Here's the substitution that the Gala fans have been crying out for. Turkey forward Umut Bulut trots on in place of defender Emmanuel Eboue as Roberto Mancini goes for broke. All or nothing now...

  91.  
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    Jay: All set up for Tevez to grab a late winner and follow it up with a 'golf shot' celebration in front of the Galatasaray bench

  92. 1410: 
    Galatasaray 0-0 Juventus

    But the attacking change for the Turkish champions has done nothing to halt Juventus's momentum. Arturo Vidal sees a low shot blocked before Giorgio Chiellini heads over.

  93. 1411: 
    GOAL- Galatasaray 1-0 Juventus - Wesley Sneijder (85 mins)
    Wesley Sneijder

    Huge drama! Galatasaray know they need to win and they may just have done exactly that. Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder pops up to steer a Didier Drogba across Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon and into the bottom corner. Sensational scenes as the Turk Telecom Arena erupts!

  94. 1414: 
    Galatasaray 1-0 Juventus

    Can Juventus provide another twist in this remarkable tale? They have got three minutes, plus injury time, to snaffle an equaliser and a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Now Carlos Tevez stands over a free-kick on the edge of the Gala area...

  95. 1416: 
    Galatasaray 1-0 Juventus

    Huge cheers of relief from the home stands - and boss Roberto Mancini - as Carlos Tevez's free-kick clips the Galatasaray wall. Then, the Turkish champions almost seal the match as they break clear on the counter, only for Umut Bulut's prodded effort to roll wide. Three minutes of injury-time...

  96.  
    GET INVOLVED

    James Anthony Finn: Really hope the Galatasaray players celebrate by making snow angels if they win this.

    Mustafa Yilmiz: What a goal schneider! place is rocking now!

    Charlie: Sneijder's most important Gala goal?

  97. 1421: 
    FULL-TIME- Galatasaray 1-0 Juventus

    Galatasaray scorer Wesley Sneijder, who has mud plastered all over his face, trudges off to a standing ovation as Roberto Mancini shuts up shop with seconds remaining. Burak Yılmaz almost prods in a second but it matters little as Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca blows his whistle. Galatasaray are through to the last 16!

  98.  
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    Tunde Akere: Drogba is just getting better, never looks tired. And Sneijder will be good for the Premiership too.

  99. 1423: 
    FULL-TIME- Galatasaray 1-0 Juventus
    Group B

    The final whistle sparks wild celebrations in Istanbul as the Turks progress at the expense of their Italian visitors. Serie A champions Juve have the scant consolation of a Europa League spot after finishing third in Group B. Roberto Mancini - a boyhood Juve fan - almost breaks into a wry smile as he shakes hands with opposing boss, and former Italy team-mate, Antonio Conte.

  100. 1424: 
    Galatasaray 1-0 Juventus

    Former England striker Michael Owen: Unbelievable scenes in Istanbul. Galatasaray knock The Old Lady out of The Champions League.

  101. 1429: 

    Anyone else fancy starting an online petition to make lunchtime Champions League games compulsory? The drama certainly brightened up a snowy afternoon in Istanbul - and hopefully kept you lot entertained while you sat in the office or trudged around the streets doing Christmas shopping.

    But the fun does not end there. Oh no. Stay with us throughout the rest of the day as we bring you all the reaction from the Galatasaray and Juventus camps. We will also be previewing tonight's other Champions League ties and telling you all the breaking sports news as it happens.

  102. 1436: 
    HORSE RACING

    The rest of Wednesday's meeting at Lingfield is abandoned due to fog.

    Two races of a scheduled seven were run in thick fog but visibility worsened and officials were forced to call an early end to the meeting.

    The third race was initially delayed by 15 minutes, but that stretched to half an hour before a further inspection was held and the meeting was abandoned.

    A tweet from Lingfield said: "Racing Abandoned. Fog lifted in places to allow two races to go ahead, conditions have worsened and won't allow racing to continue."

  103. 1441: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY

    Sixty years of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show, which sees the 2013 winner crowned on Sunday, will be marked in a TV documentary on Wednesday night.

    Gary Lineker hosts the programme, on BBC One from 2100-2200 GMT, which features contributions from previous award winners including Sir Bradley Wiggins, Zara Phillips, Paula Radcliffe, David Beckham and Sir Steve Redgrave.

    Sports Personality co-presenter Clare Balding remembers the moment when racehorse Red Rum was brought into the studio, while Wiggins calls the trophy the "most iconic in sport".

  104.  
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    Jay, via text: Yep I can see why United fans do not want Sneidjer. Cleverley poses so much attacking threat by passing the ball backwards.

  105. 1444:  
    BBC Sport chief sports writer Tom Fordyce in PerthASHES
    The Waca

    "If the Adelaide Oval is the scenic one, the MCG the enormous one and the SCG the copper-roofed one, the Waca still feels like the 1970s one: lots of concrete, floodlights with legs so thick they look like egg-flippers and much of it wide open to the weather, all the better to work on your tan. All of that, and Mitchell Johnson sporting his Village People handlebar. Although the only flares on display might be the distress ones fired by England's tail if Mitch gets at them again."

  106. 1451: 
    FOOTBALL

    Everton left-back Leighton Baines says he hopes to return to action in time for his club's busy festive fixture schedule.

    The 29-year-old, who is bidding to oust Ashley Cole as England's first-choice left-back at next year's World Cup, has not played since breaking a toe in Everton's 3-3 draw with Liverpool on 23 November. Manager Roberto Martinez estimated that he would be out of action until early January, but Baines is hoping to recover before the end of the year.

    "The manager said early on it's quite a broad timeframe that you can be looking at," he says.

  107. 1501: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United winger Ashley Young insists the players have to take their fair share of responsibility for their recent poor form.

    The Red Devils avoided the ignominy of a third successive home defeat - which has not occurred for 51 years - after a 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk allowed them to top Group A in the Champions League.

    "Of course. We are the players who go out on the pitch," he said when asked whether they felt responsibility should be shared. "Everyone is in it together; manager, staff and players. We win together, we lose together."

  108. 1508: 
    COMMONWEALTH GAMES

    Wales' 15-member lawn bowls team for next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is announced.

    The women's team will comprise Anwen Butten, Lisa Forey, Kelly Packwood, Kathy Pearce and Caroline Taylor, while the men's team features Mark Harding, Paul Taylor, Jonathan Tomlinson, Robert Weale and Marc Wyatt.

    Fully integrated into the lawn bowls programme are two para-sport events for bowlers who are visually impaired or have a physical disability. Rosa Crean and Gilbert Miles will compete in the visually impaired mixed pairs, while Chris Gibson, Dave Powell and Kevin Woolmore will contest the triples for bowlers with a physical disability.

  109. 1516: 
    TENNIS

    Cathie Sabin is confirmed as the first female president of the Lawn Tennis Association.

    The vice-president stepped up to replace outgoing figurehead Peter Bretherton, being sworn in at the LTA's annual general meeting at the Roehampton National Tennis Centre in London on Wednesday.

  110. 1523: 
    FOOTBALL

    Swansea's preparation for their final Europa League group match against St Gallen was disrupted as their departure was severely delayed on Wednesday.

    The Premier League side had planned a 1000 GMT departure from Cardiff Airport but fog meant that was not possible. A subsequent technical issue with the aeroplane Swansea had been due to leave on pushed back the departure time even further.

    Club officials confirm the team are not expected to leave until 1630 GMT at the earliest.

  111. 1527: 
    RUGBY UNION

    London Irish are set to announce a takeover of the club by a group of Irish businessmen on Thursday.

    The club have called a news conference at their training ground in Sunbury for 10:30 GMT, where they will announce further details of the takeover.

    Three members of the consortium will be present at the news conference, along with director of rugby Brian Smith.

  112. 1532: 
    RECORD-BREAKING RONALDO
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Another day, another record broken by Cristiano Ronaldo. On Tuesday, the Portuguese forward became the first player in the history of the Champions League to score nine times in the group stage as his 26th goal of the season helped Real Madrid to a 2-0 victory at Copenhagen to wrap up Group B.

    "We're first in the group, the team played very well on a very bad pitch," Ronaldo said. "I scored a goal and I'm happy that I can help the team."

  113. 1541: 
    CRICKET

    Quinton de Kock became the fifth batsman to hit three centuries in three successive one-day internationals as South Africa eased to another strong total in the third and final match of its series against India.

    De Kock followed up his 135 and 106 in the first two games by hitting 101, while AB de Villiers hammered 109 as South Africa posted 301-8 at Centurion.

    The 20-year-old De Kock's innings made him the first wicketkeeper to achieve the feat of three tons in as many games, and also gave him the record for most runs in a three-match bilateral series.

  114. 1545: 
    FOOTBALL

    More on Swansea's delayed flight to Switzerland where they face St Gallen in a Europa League tie on Thursday.

    BBC Sport Wales: "The Swans were due to fly from Cardiff Airport at 16:30 GMT - six and a half hours late - their chartered plane was delayed by fog and then a technical problem meant another aircraft had to be sent from Southend.

    "Tonight's planned training session in Switzerland has been scrapped but manager Michael Laudrup will hold a news conference at 17:00 GMT - he's arrived because he travelled separately from Denmark."

  115.  
    GET INVOLVED

    We have been asking for your suggestions of the worst weather conditions sport has been played in over the years. Here's a selection of your posts on the BBC Sport Facebook page, where you can also see a photo gallery of some famous examples.

    Daniel Thompson: The 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. Torrential and incessant rain made the golf tough and standing behind the ropes even tougher.

    Pawel Kubalewski: How about Poland v England last year in WC qualifiers when the match was cancelled because stadium turned in to swimming pool.

    Chris William Merlin Root: Playing rugby on an already waterlogged pitch the referee had to stop the game at half-time. He couldn't tell who was who, (from blue and gold vs black and white hoops). The only time I've had a cup of tea at halftime.

  116. 1600: 
    SWIMMING

    British Swimming head coach Bill Furniss insists taking swimmers out of their "comfort zone" will help turn around the sport's national fortunes.

    GB suffered a 14.9%, or £4m, funding cut after missing their London 2012 medal target of five to seven medals.

    As a result Furniss has overseen a drastic cut in the number of funded swimmers and has insisted on more regular competition

  117. 1609: 
    FOOTBALL
    Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes

    Former Manchester United captain Bill Foulkes will "stand proud" alongside the footballing greats of the Old Trafford club, Sir Bobby Charlton tells mourners at his funeral.

    Foulkes, who played for United in their 1968 European Cup win, died last month aged 81. A service was held at St Vincent de Paul RC Church in Altrincham, Cheshire, on Wednesday.

    Charlton, 76, also spoke of Foulkes' heroism in returning to the wreckage of the 1958 Munich plane crash to help fellow passengers on the icy runway in Germany.

  118. 1616: 
    SPORTS PERSONALITY

    Sixty years of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show, which sees the 2013 winner crowned on Sunday, will be marked in an hour-long TV documentary.

    Ahead of the programme, you can see Gary Lineker, Sue Barker, Steve Redgrave, Wayne Rooney and Jessica Ennis discuss what SPOTY means to them.

    Watch the full programme on Wednesday (2100 GMT) on BBC One.

  119. 1624: 
    CRICKET

    Rain is delaying the one-day international between South Africa and India in Centurion.

    Quinton De Kock's 101 - his third successive one-day century - and a 109 from AB de Villiers helped South Africa post 301-8 in their 50 overs, before the weather prevented India from starting their response.

    Check out the full scorecard here.

  120. 1629: 
    FOOTBALL

    New York City FC - the Major League Soccer franchise formed between Manchester City and the New York Yankees baseball side - have named Jason Kreis as their first head coach.

    Kreis took Real Salt Lake to the MLS Cup this year where they lost to Sporting Kansas City. NYCFC will enter the MLS in the 2015 season.

    "Jason is one of the true pioneers of Major League Soccer, and a leader any team would be proud to have at the helm," says NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna.

  121. 1635: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    AC Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri insists his side will be "aggressive and competitive" in their crucial Group H tie against Ajax later.

    The Italian side know they need just a point at the San Siro to reach the knockout phase at the expense of their Dutch opponents.

    "We will approach the match in a determined manner," says Allegri. "A draw will be enough for us, but our aim is to win. The stakes are very high so we'll need to concentrate - we can't afford to play for a draw."

  122.  
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    Daniel Capurro: All of those City fans blaming Mancini for never getting out of group stages need to think again now.

  123. 1645: 
    DARTS

    Ever wondered what pillow talk with 16-time world darts champion Phil Taylor would be like? BBC Sport's Ben Dirs does. He spent an hour interviewing 53-year-old Taylor about his 27-year career - in Taylor's hotel room in West Yorkshire town Batley. Read Ben's account of their unusual meeting here.

  124.  
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    Adam Stephen Orton: Re Daniel. No City fan I know blames Mancini for not getting out of CL group stages. We were in two very difficult groups.

  125. 1656: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE

    Manager Andre Villas-Boas is looking for Tottenham to ensure they finish the group stage of the Europa League with a 100% record when they host Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday.

    Spurs top Group K with 15 points after five wins from five, and Villas-Boas said: "We're looking for another win. It would be brilliant to complete the run in the group and finish with 18 points.

    "It's completely different to last season, when we had a much more competitive group and struggled to find the initial wins."

  126. 1705: 
    ATHLETICS

    Four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson believes it is "unrealistic" to think athletics will ever be drug-free.

    Six Jamaicans, including former 100m world-record holder Asafa Powell and 2004 Olympic sprint relay champion Sherone Simpson, tested positive for banned substances earlier this year.

    "Athletics is a microcosm of real life," says American Johnson. "In real life you will always have people who cheat. It's unrealistic to expect athletics to be drug-free."

  127. 1710: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1937

    The biggest win in the Scottish league in the 20th century was recorded by Second Division side East Fife, who beat Edinburgh City 13-2.

  128. 1718: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hull City have formally applied to the Football Association to change their playing name to "Hull Tigers" from next season, reports BBC Radio Humberside.

    Owner Assem Allam wants to rebrand the Premier League club to appeal to a wider international audience. Allam announced in August that the company name had already been changed to Hull City Tigers.

    Unhappy Hull supporters have set up the "City Till We Die" protest group to oppose the plans.

  129. 1722: 
    EUROPA LEAGUE

    Winger James McClean misses Wigan's final Europa League group game against Maribor on Thursday through suspension.

    The Republic of Ireland international is one of several players who have not travelled to Slovenia, with striker Grant Holt left at home by new manager Uwe Rosler to prepare for Sunday's Championship derby against Bolton.

    Manchester United loanee striker Will Keane and defender Ivan Ramis are ineligible while playmaker Shaun Maloney (hip), goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi (knee).

  130. 1731: 
    HORSE RACING

    Wednesday evening's card at Kempton has been abandoned due to fog.

    Clerk of the course Brian Clifford conducted three inspections before finally being forced to admit defeat following a 1640 GMT check.

    Fog also caused the Lingfield meeting earlier in the day to abandoned with five of the two races remaining.

  131. 1738: 
    FOOTBALL
    Luis Suarez

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was credited with his 15th Premier League goal of the season on Wednesday following a review of his side's 4-1 win over West Ham United.

    The Uruguay international played a key role in Liverpool's fourth goal in last weekend's game at Anfield with a long-range strike that took a deflection off West Ham defender Joey O'Brien and was recorded as an own goal. However, the Premier League's dubious goals panel has now ruled that the goal should be credited to Suarez, who also scored earlier in the match.

    It means that Suarez's lead at the top of the scoring chart has increased to three goals, with nearest rival Sergio Aguero of Manchester City having found the net 12 times this term.

  132. 1740: 
    HORSE RACING

    Racehorse trainer Gerard Butler is to appeal against the findings of a disciplinary panel after he was given a five-year ban for injecting horses with banned drugs.

    The 47-year-old was found to have injected four horses with Rexogin, which contains the anabolic steroid stanozolol and is designed for use in humans. He also used the Sungate product on another five horses at his stables.

  133. 1744: 
    FOOTBALL

    Barnsley will conduct their search for a new manager in private and have given a clear indication caretaker boss Micky Mellon will be afforded the chance to make the position his own.

    The Tykes, who prop up the Championship table, are on the lookout for a new boss having sacked David Flitcroft at the end of November, with assistant Mellon currently in temporary charge.

    Chief executive Ben Mansford says: "We want to do our business in private, in football terms it is the best way to do it. We are getting on with what we feel is right for the football club."

  134. 1753: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ipswich Town defender Aaron Cresswell signs a new contract until the summer of 2017.

    The 23-year-old left back joined the club in 2011 and has been a regular in the first team ever since.

    "I had about 18 months to run on my contract so obviously I'm delighted to have extended that," Cresswell says.

  135. 1803: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hearts have been hit with a major blow after confirming attacking midfielder Ryan Stevenson could be out of action for as long as six weeks.

    The former Ipswich forward hobbled off 15 minutes from the end of Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Dundee United after pulling up with a hamstring problem.

    He underwent a scan on Tuesday and Hearts boss Gary Locke's worst fears were confirmed on Wednesday when it emerged that the talisman has a tear on his hamstring, which means another spell on the sidelines.

  136. 1808: 
    WORLD CUP

    Spain have chosen Atletico Paranaense's Caju training centre in the south of Brazil as their base for next year's World Cup as they prepare to retain the trophy they won in South Africa.

    Mild temperatures at the Alfredo Gottardi Centre, known locally as Caju, attracted Spain to Curitiba even though they have to play matches in heat and humidity, including their opening game against the Netherlands in Salvador on 13 June.

    "Caju in Curitiba will be the headquarters at the World Cup," says a Spanish federation spokesperson.

  137. 1818: 
    GOLF
    Nelson Mandela Championship

    England's Daniel Brooks led the way with an eight-under-par 62 after a waterlogged course and a seven-hour delay to the start played havoc with the opening day of the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban on Wednesday.

    The 26-year-old who has never finished in the top 10 on the European Tour, held a one-shot lead over Frenchman Francois Calmels.

    Brooks had a bogeyless round with four birdies on both the front and back nine and finished just before play was halted.

  138. 1825: 
    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    Group F

    Arsenal take on Napoli in the Champions League later (1945 GMT). A draw for the Gunners would secure Champions League qualification and top spot in Group F.

    Meanwhile, Chelsea play Steaua Bucharest and Celtic face Barcelona. Live text commentary on all the action will be on the BBC Sport website from 1830 GMT, with build up and commentary on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900.

  139. 1830: 

    OK, that is all for Sportsday. Galatasaray's win over Juventus provided a bit of midday excitement, didn't it! Can we have a lunchtime midweek game every week?

    Join us, as always, 0800 GMT sharp on Thursday morning for all the reaction to Wednesday's Champions League games as well as all the latest sports news. Goodbye for now.

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