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Steve Canavan and Phil Dawkes

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  1. Thank you and goodnight

    That is all from Sportsday for today. Be sure to keep across our football page from 18:30 GMT onwards, though, for live text commentary of tonight's Champions League games, including Manchester United's crunch Group B game at Wolfsburg.

    You can also follow the action on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Sportsday will return at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday.

  2. Ancelotti backs Neville


    Gary Neville

    Gary Neville embarks on his managerial career on Wednesday night as his Valencia side take on Lyon in the Champions League. And he has received a boost ahead of the game, courtesy of support from three-time European Cup winning manager Carlo Ancelotti.

    “It’s a very interesting project for Gary Neville, but I respect his decision to take a big challenge in a new country,” said Ancelotti. “He is learning from Roy Hodgson with England and will have learned so much from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, so it is good to see a young, English coach like Gary test himself like this. I wish him great success." 

  3. Oxford's 'winning culture' can overcome Swansea


    Oxford United

    Oxford United chief executive Mark Ashton says hosting Premier League side Swansea is a fantastic FA Cup third-round draw for the League Two leaders and he believes the U's winning mentality can help them cause an upset.

    Michael Appleton's side are unbeaten in their last nine matches.

    "It is great news for the club and great news for the supporters. I think it is always good to get higher league opposition," Ashton told BBC Radio Oxford after Monday's draw.

    "I'm sure Michael will want to pit his wits against Premier League opposition and he will be going out to win the game."

  4. 'United must take their chances'


    Rene Meulensteen

    Former Manchester United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen has just been on BBC Radio 5 live Drive, talking about his ex-team and their Champions League chances against Wolfsburg on Wednesday. Here is what he had to say:

    “I still think overall over the last few weeks, when I’ve seen Manchester United play, there’s still plenty of quality there without a doubt. I just miss some sort of freedom at times in the attacking third.

    “They have to take their chances tonight. I don’t think it’s going to be a very open game from the start but United will get the chances and if they do they need to take them.”

  5. Arsenal press conference


    One final bit from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on his side's crucial Champions League group game at Olympiakos:   

    "If we get through we will be dangerous for sure. You only have to look at the numbers in the group stage so far. We played with 10 men against Zagreb, we scored an own goal in our first home game, we have had 70% possession in every game.

    "There are three super favourites. Anyone who goes through will have to chase them."

  6. Arsenal press conference


    More from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on his side's crucial Champions League group game at Olympiakos:  

    "We have won everywhere in Europe so we know we can do it. The best way to do that is with a top quality performance.

    "We are playing against a side who will be motivated but one who is not yet qualified. They can lose what they have and that can create a fear factor."

  7. Arsenal press conference


    More from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on his side's crucial Champions League group game at Olympiakos:

    "What is at stake is that we can qualify for the last 16 in Europe. We just want to give everything we have to qualify tomorrow. When you want to jump over a hurdle, you do not think what will happen if you miss the hurdle. If you fall down, then you respond."

  8. Arsenal press conference


    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is addressing the media ahead of his side's crunch Champions League group game at Olympiakos.

    The Gunners must win by two clear goals or beat Olympiacos on the head to head after the Greeks won 3-2 in London  

    "It is important that we focus on the performance and the goals will come. When the goal will come, I do not know. But when we play well we have a chance to score," said Wenger. 

    "We might need to be patient. We must go into the game with the desire to win, knowing that we have to get both parts of the game - attacking and defending - well."

  9. #Onemomile


    British distance runner Mo Farah has published a message on his Twitter feed as he embarks on another training session in a wet and windy Portland. As he himself says, #onemomile.

    Mo Farah
  10. Debuchy wants to play


    Mathieu Debuchy and Arsene Wenger

    It would appear that Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy is not a happy man, chiefly because he's not getting enough first-team football. And with Euro 2016 looming, the France international wants to chat to boss Arsene Wenger about it.

    "We talked about my situation in pre-season, I haven't talked to him recently, but we'll talk before the transfer window," Debuchy told French radio station RMC. 

    "I really need to play. [France manager] Didier Deschamps didn't call me for the last two games, so it's obvious, I've got to play more than I do, that's why I want to talk to Wenger soon. 

    "You can't be fit and mentally focused. And if I have to leave permanently or on loan to play, I will." 

  11. Arsenal eye striker

    Football gossip


    Arsenal have made an enquiry about the availability of Celta Vigo forward Nolito, according to today's The Mirror.

    The 29-year-old Spanish international - who is also a target for Barcelona - has scored eight La Liga goals this season.

  12. Ospina set to leave Arsenal?


    David Ospina

    David Ospina could be about to depart Arsenal and join Besiktas, according to the Turkish sports newspaper Fanatik. The goalkeeper is behind Petr Cech in the Gunners pecking order and could be about to leave, initially on loan, with a view to a permanent deal.

  13. Get Involved


    What do you think about the abuse of referees in football?

    Open Flanker: I referee rugby, but could never referee football. Why would you sign up for something where referee abuse is institutionalised?  

    Will123bay: For me the answer is simple. The FA must give clear direction (of which they have failed to do so far). If ANY player abuses the referee in any way it is a straight red card offence. No ifs, buts or maybes.

    Suprbull: Football referees are overrated. Some of them have never played football, and then wonder why they get abuse when they make appalling decisions.  

  14. 'United have to accept playing a certain way'


    Louis van Gaal

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal continues to court criticism for the style of his side's play, but he also has his supporters. Former Red Devils keeper Peter Schmeichel is currently in the latter camp.

    "When we picked someone like Louis Van Gaal, who has a very big ego and personality, we also picked his way of playing football," said Schmeichel. "It is clear that for a certain period of time, while he is rebuilding the team, we have to accept playing in a certain way which perhaps isn't the Manchester United way.

    "The objective of Van Gaal's first season in charge was to get back into the Champions League and he achieved that. This season, the goal was to do better and the team are doing better. Although the fans keep asking the team to attack, attack, attack, they understand that they need to give Van Gaal time." 

  15. York Barbican to stage 2016 UK Championship


    The UK Championship will return to the York Barbican for a sixth successive season in 2016. Snooker's second biggest tournament has been on a rolling one-year contract at the Barbican since it was first staged there in 2011.

    A spokesman for the sport's governing body World Snooker told BBC Sport: "The event was a big success, with increased ticket sales and a great atmosphere."

    The tournament, which was won by Neil Robertson on Sunday, was previously held in York from 2001-2006 and returned in 2011 after being held in Telford for four years.

  16. Barnsley extend Hammill contract


    League One's bottom club Barnsley have extended the contract of winger Adam Hammill until June of next year. 

    The 27-year-old, who had a two-year spell at the club from 2009 before joining Wolves, had been on a short-term contract since November.

  17. Front row seat for Hamilton

    Formula 1/Basketball

    We're guessing it's not Nico Rosberg under that costume...

  18. Eley retires

    Speed skating

    Three-time British Olympic short track speed-skater Jon Eley has ruled out a bid for a fourth Games and has retired from the sport.

    Eley, who was the Team GB flag-bearer for last year's Sochi Games, made his Olympic debut at Turin 2006 and twice won World relay bronze medals as part of the GB team.

    He cites being a new dad to daughter Grace and "not wanting to just make up the numbers" at the next Games in Pyeongchang 2018 - as being behind the decision.    

  19. Lukaku targeting next milestone



    Everton forward Romelu Lukaku is already targeting his next milestone after scoring his 50th goal in 100 appearances for the Toffees against Crystal Palace on Monday.

    "That is the standard I've set myself since I was 16," said the Belgium international. "I always had one out of two so you always put your standard there, but if you can do better you have to do better. 

    "I don't feel the pressure now because I am in a flying high moment."

  20. O'Sullivan lines up Wigan appearance


    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Five-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan will play his first competitive match since April when he takes part in the German Masters qualifying event in Wigan later this month.

    The 39-year-old faces world number 123 Hamza Akbar at the Robin Park Sports Centre between 17 and 20 December and needs to win two matches to reach the final stages of the event in Berlin in February.

  21. Man City keen to finish top

    Man City v Borussia Monchengladbach (19:45 GMT)

    Despite losing home and away to Juventus, Manchester City have safely secured passage from Group D and will be hoping for a helping hand in a bid to finish top. After being knocked out by Barcelona in each of the last two seasons, Manuel Pellegrini will be keen to win the group and avoid another big hitter.

    To finish top, City need to beat Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad and hope that Sevilla beat last year's finalists Juventus in Spain. Any other combination of results will see the Italian side take top spot.

    Read more here

  22. Tense night for Man Utd

    Wolfsburg v Man Utd (19:45 GMT)


    Manchester United have left themselves with a lot of work to do to qualify from a wide-open Group B.

    United face Wolfsburg needing a win to secure qualification, with a draw not enough if PSV Eindhoven beat CSKA Moscow in the night's other game. The only way a point will be enough for Louis van Gaal's side to progress is if PSV do not win at home to CSKA.

    Wolfsburg will top the group if they beat United, but will also qualify with a draw regardless of results elsewhere. A United win could see the German side eliminated though.

    Read more here

  23. Get Involved


    We've been talking about referees being abused...

    Gary Hopkins: 99% decisions correct + 1% decisions wrong = 100% abuse Still love it though.

    Jonathan Hales: The most disruptive youth teams are led by the most disruptive managers. It all starts at the top.

    Dr Jamie Cleland: One of main concerns in the research findings was the lack of communication from some county FAs once an incident was reported.

  24. Cool Neville relishing heat of the Mestalla

    Valencia v Lyon (19:45 GMT)


    Gary Neville says he will not be nervous when he takes charge of Valencia for the first time on Wednesday. Lyon are the visitors to the Mestalla on Wednesday in the Champions League, a game Valecnia have to win to stand any chance of advancing.

    "I don't know if it's dangerous but I don't feel anxious at all," Neville, who was appointed last week, said.

    "Maybe that's good, maybe that's bad. Obviously, I've been a coach with England and I don't feel anxious before England games either. Maybe I did as a player a little bit, but as a coach I've never felt that way working under Roy [Hodgson] with England and I don't feel that way today."

  25. Test of knowledge


    A Question of Sport Teaser

    You may remember that we asked you earlier on to tell us the five footballers who have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. 

    The answers? Bobby Moore, Paul Gascoigne, Michael Owen, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs.

  26. SPFL left clubs in the dark - Budge


    Richard Wilson

    BBC Scotland

    Ann Budge has criticised the SPFL for not informing clubs about the changes to the Scottish League Cup format.

    The Hearts owner says she only learned about the details of the changes when she read about them in the media on Tuesday, albeit clubs were made sent copies of the plans on Monday afternoon.

    "I would liked to have known a little bit more about them before they were publicly announced," she said.

  27. Crunch time in the Champions League



    Nine teams are through and there are another 13 in the running for the seven remaining spaces in the Champions League knockout stages.

    Premier League sides Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea all have work to do to join Manchester City in the next stage.

    But what exactly do they have to do. It's all here on the BBC Sport website.

  28. Stumped

    BBC World Service

    Andrew Flintoff

    Retired England cricketerAndrew Flintoffdelights in taking the Tube and doing his washing as he gives up on replacing the buzz of playing the game.  

    Listen to a clip here

  29. Players in Greece set to strike


    Players in Greece are to go on strike indefinitely from next week, the Greek Professional Soccer Players' Association (PSAP) say.

    The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) and top two leagues -- The Super League and The Football League -- have failed to keep to an agreement made two years ago to create a special relief fund to compensate players who have been released by financially-troubled teams, PSAP said in a statement. 

    The strike action will begin with the Greek Cup third round matches from 15-17 December and continue with the next rounds of Super League and second division which are scheduled to take place from 19-21 December.

  30. 'Mourinho living on past glories'



    Jose Mourinho has only kept his job as Chelsea manager because of past glories he has achieved at Stamford Bridge, according to former Blues assistant Ray Wilkins.

    Chelsea have lost four of the last six Premier League games and need a point from their meeting with Porto at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to secure a place in the last 16.

    Mourinho has won three Premier League titles in two spells at Chelsea.

    "Any other manager would have gone, there are no two ways about it," Wilkins told beIN Sports."Mourinho is only still there, purely and simply, for what he’s done in the past."

  31. Whitehawk manager bans Everton talk


    Whitehawk celebrate

    Whitehawk manager Steve King says he will ban all talk of a potential FA Cup tie at Everton.

    The Brighton-based National League South club will play at Goodison Park in the third round if they beat League Two Dagenham & Redbridge in a replay.

    "I will ban the name Everton around the dressing room and around the club," he told BBC Sussex. 

  32. 'Biggest game in Eastleigh history'


    Eastleigh striker James Constable says the National League club will relish the enormity of their FA Cup home tie against Championship side Bolton Wanders.

    Constable scored as the Spitfires, who play in England's fifth-tier competition, got past fellow non-league side Stourbridge 2-0 to reach the third round for the first time.

    "It will be the biggest game in the club's history," Constable told BBC South Today.

  33. Liverpool to sign Grujic?


    Are Liverpool close to strengthening their midfield? The Reds have held talks with Red Star Belgrade's midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, over a £5m move, according to Tuesday's Liverpool Echo.

    "The Reds are keen to sign Grujic during the January transfer window but the young midfielder wants to see out the rest of the season with Red Star before moving on," adds the report.

  34. Casual look

    Bayer Leverkusen v Barcelona (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)


    A boy band on their way to the next gig? A group of lads heading for a holiday? Actually it's European champions Barcelona arriving in Germany ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game with Bayer Leverkusen.

  35. Neville makes his mark

    Valencia v Lyon (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)


    New Valencia boss Gary Nevilleis already making his mark on the team, installing high-angle cameras to record training sessions from above,according to the Daily Mail.

    The report claims Neville was seen directing a high-angle camera before the session ahead of Wednesday's Champions League game with Lyon, which then recorded his players' movements on the training field.

    Valencia must beat Lyon to have any hope of qualifying from Group H, and also hope Gent slip up against Zenit St Petersburg in Belgium.

  36. Schweinsteiger likely to contest FA charge


    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    The word on the street is that Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will contest his Football Association violent conduct charge for an alleged elbow on West Ham defender Winston Reid.

    Schweinsteiger, 31, caught the Hammers defender with his left arm as they contested a free-kick in the 40th minute of Saturday's 0-0 draw.

    The Germany international will face a three-match ban if found guilty.

  37. 'Something needs to change at Swansea'


    Garry Monk

    Things are looking dire for the Swansea City career of Garry Monk. Speculation has been building since the weekend defeat to Leicester that he would be sacked. And now club chairman Huw Jenkins has dropped a big hint with these ominous words:

    "We all feel at the club that something needs to change to get things back on a positive note as quickly as possible and get us back to the levels of performances we have got to have to win games at the Premier League level."

    Jenkins is in London on Tuesday and so Monk's sacking is unlikely to happen until later in the week.

  38. Neville urges Valencia to stay focused

    Valencia v Lyon (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Gary Neville

    New Valencia head coachGary Nevillesays his players must not be distracted by what is going on elsewhere when they face Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday.

    Neville must win his first match in charge and hope Gent don't win at home to Group H winners Zenit St Petersburg to progress.

    "Not everything is in our hands, but we have to focus on what we do control," said Neville, who wasappointed last week. "If we don't have the result in the other game we want, that's life. The most important thing for us is focusing on our players, our direct opponent." 

  39. Liverpool line up January target

    Football gossip


    Italian website Ita Sport Press is reporting that Liverpool are considering an £18m move for former Manchester United forward Giuseppe Rossi.

    Rossi, 28, now plays for Italian side Fiorentina, with Liverpool set to make an offer for the frontman when the January transfer window opens.

  40. Get Involved


    Following the publication of a survey indicating that one in five referees in England has suffered physical abuse and nearly two-thirds experience verbal abuse on a regular basis, we asked for your stories on the topic.    

    Baemie Vardy: If refs want less abuse perhaps they should consider making less awful decisions.

    Crofty: I just tell them at the start of the game that I'll take no nonsense and will go straight to cards. Job done.

    Mike Linwood: I got chased round the pitch after sending someone off for calling me a **** I've not ref'd since.

  41. 'Focusing on staying calm'

    Valencia v Lyon (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)


    Gary Neville takes charge of Valencia for the first time on Wednesday and the former Manchester United defender says he is counting down the hours to his first game at the Mestalla.

    Valencia host Lyon in the Champions League needing a win to stand any chance of advancing to the knockout stage. 

    "Someone said it's the first day of the rest of my life tomorrow," England coach Neville said on Tuesday. "I'm focusing on staying calm. It's impossible to get everything into the players in the next 48 hours."

  42. Neymar wins award


    Neymar has been named the La Liga player of the month for November in Spain.

    This is not surprising as the Brazilian is on fire for Barcelona at the moment with 14 goals.

    What is surprising is it is the first time that a Barcelona player has won the award, I mean last year they won the treble!

    In summary Cristiano Ronaldo has won it twice in the three seasons it has been handed out but Lionel Messi, well he has never won this award.

  43. FA seek clarity over clash


    Ashley Williams and Riyad Mahrez

    Swansea and Leicester have been asked by the Football Association to provide details about a tunnel clash between Ashley Williams and Riyad Mahrez on Saturday.

    Swans skipper Williams, 31, and Foxes winger Mahrez had to be separated outside the home dressing room after Leicester's win at the Liberty Stadium.

    Williams then attempted to follow Mahrez, 24, on to Leicester's team bus.

  44. 'Villa survival would be career highlight'


    Joleon Lescott

    Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott says if the club avoid relegation from the Premier League this season it will be one of the highlights of his career.

    Lescott captained Villa against Southampton on Saturday and scored in the 1-1 draw at St Mary's, but the Midlands club remain bottom of the table and are seven points from safety.

    "If we do avoid the drop - and I'm very confident we can - it would be one of my greatest achievements," Lescott, 33, told BBC WM 95.6.

  45. Travel with trepidation

    Olympiacos v Arsenal (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Phil Wye

    BBC Radio 5 live


    Purposefully poor pun klaxon... 

    Off to Athens, fear Arsenal's Champions League tilt will come Acropo(lis). They've never won away to Olympiacos and the Greek champions have a 100% domestic record this season (P13, W13). Only Bayern Munich have beaten them.

    Yellow card for that pun, Phil.

  46. Slade to miss Six Nations

    Rugby Union

    Henry Slade

    Bad news for newly-installed England head coach Eddie Jones...

    Exeter and England centre Henry Slade will be out injured for around four months so will almost certainly miss the Six Nations. He suffered a broken leg and ankle during the Chiefs’ 41-27 win over Wasps at the weekend.

  47. Uncertainty at Swansea


    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Sport Wales

    Garry Monk

    Swansea City manager Garry Monk seems to have been on the precipice since Saturday’s 3-0 defeat by Leicester but, as things stand, he is still clinging on to his job.

    The 36-year-old took charge of training of on Tuesday, with speculation mounting about his future.

    Chairman Huw Jenkins is in London to receive an OBE, having had what he called a “usual chat” with Monk on Monday.

    Former Swans boss Brendan Rodgers is among those to be touted as a potential successor to Monk but, for the time being, the former Swansea captain remains in charge at the Liberty Stadium.

  48. Get Involved


    Following the publication of a survey indicating that one in five referees in England has suffered physical abuse and nearly two-thirds experience verbal abuse on a regular basis, we asked for your stories on the topic.  

  49. Grealish makes first-team return


    Jack Grealish

    It appears as though Jack Grealish's exile from the Aston Villa first team is coming to an end. The young midfielder has returned to training with the big boys after a spell with the Under 21s.

    How Villa need a flying Grealish as well. Remi Garde's side are six points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League and next host Arsenal on Sunday.

  50. Gray given Fulham role


    Stuart Gray

    Managerless Fulham have appointed former Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray as "senior coach" but insist the hunt for a new head coach continues.

    Strange times.  

  51. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho

    And finally it comes to an end.

    That was quite remarkable. We've watched a lot of Jose Mourinho news conferences and rarely has the manager been so amenable and chatty with the media.

    Maybe it's a new tactic. Or maybe he just woke up in a good mood.

    Who knows. Either way, there was plenty of interesting stuff during that press conference - it's up to the team to do the business on the pitch now tomorrow.

  52. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho is asked why he is so convinced owner Roman Abramovich will stick by him, and once again he gives a long, friendly answer...

    "Because I think I did lots of good things for this club," he says. "He believed in me twice: one, when he brought me back to the club, and the second time when he gave me a new four-year contract.

    "I don’t think the owner is a person to change with the wind. I know the wind of results is an important wind and I know this wind is really strong because the results in the Premier League are really bad."

    So, it's all about the wind. Got that?

  53. Most unpredictable Premier League?


    BBC Radio 5 Live

    We are currently in the middle of one of the most unpredictable Premier League seasons ever. Something we have discussed at length in a feature on this very site.

    BBC Radio 5 live will be continuing this discussion in a few minutes as part of 5 Live daily with Adrian Chiles.

  54. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho is in a talkative mood, isn't he?

    Now he is discussing how Chelsea's bad run has changed and affected him as a manager.

    "It is making me better - I never thought I’d be so strong and so highly motivated," he said. "Another defeat and the next morning I wake up with more desire to go to work. So it has made me know myself better and I have found myself stronger than I thought. 

    "When you win all the time and always have happiness with results it is a wonderful life. When you have bad results it is more difficult and I have found myself really strong. So it is good experience.”

  55. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 GMT)


    Jose Mourinho on Chelsea's troubles: "Statistics are statistics, but if you analyse the numbers you can get some good information.

    "Match after match we have beaten Chelsea records of high intensity work. In the last three matches we beat the record three times. So we run and work more than ever. 

    "Our levels of ball possession are much higher than before. Our chances are higher than ever. But our number of goals is lower than ever. So football people like you are intelligent. You have the numbers, you can draw conclusions."

  56. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Will Chelsea be in the Champions League next term? They are currently 14 points adrift of the top four with the season nearing its mid-point but could also qualify by winning the Europa League/

    "If you are knocked out of Champions League you should go home and focus on domestic competitions," Jose Mourinho said. "But because the rules say third in the group goes into the Europa League it is a good way for teams knocked out of the Champions League to win the competition and be back in the Champions League next season. 

    "But we don’t want that, we want to be in the Champions League and to be playing Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. To do that, we have to win tomorrow."

  57. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Diego Costa

    Jose Mourinho is now dissecting his side's ills in front of goal...

    "We are having so many situations where you just need a tap in or one touch and we are not having that, that is for sure."

    How do you solve that, Jose?

    "It’s what I am trying all the time. Sometimes collective as a group sometimes with the individuals players that should be in those positions. I feel our work is really good. There is a contradiction between our work and what is happening on the pitch."

  58. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Journalist: If you lose your next game at Leicester, do you expect to lose your job?

    Mourinho: There are no ifs. I win, or draw, or lose.

    Journalist: But what about..

    Mourinho: You are a pessimist guy, I am an optimist guy.

    Journalist (trying again): Let’s say you lose, if that happens do you expect to lose your job?

    Mourinho: There are no ifs.

    End of exchange.

  59. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson

    Mourinho: “For me it’s another match. One more in the Champions League.

    "I am behind Sir Alex Ferguson and maybe a couple more in my record in the Champions League. I am playing against a team I worked for. This is a group phase match which is a knockout match.”

    Chelsea must avoid defeat to confirm their place in the last 16.

  60. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    The second question is a long rambling one, essentially along the lines of, 'Jose, do you think you have lacked leadership on the pitch?'

    No, responds Mourinho.

    'Not at all?' says the journalist.

    No, says Mourinho.

    That clears that up then.

  61. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Chelsea's Portuguese manager is having his answers translated for the Portuguese journalists. Could Jose not just speak in his native tongue as well as English?

  62. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho is asked about Sir Alex Ferguson's comments in the last 24 hours, where the former Reds manager publicly supported the Chelsea boss.

    “I didn’t read Sir Alex Ferguson's comments," he says. "Some people told me about it and that is the difference between the friends and the fake friends and the ones that are not even fake friends – ones that immediately show feelings towards you.

    "Sir Alex is my friend and they are nice words, he doesn’t say the words because he likes somebody, he is honest and I thank him.”

    Aw, that's lovely isn't it.

  63. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Porto (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Jose Mourinho is in the house and speaking to the media ahead of Chelsea's big Champions League tie against Porto.

    We'll bring you what he says. Should be interesting...

  64. SBW visits refugee camp

    Rugby Union

    Rugby World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams has been visiting a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon for Unicef.

    The All Black is in the country to raise awareness about the plight of Syrian refugees.

    William said: "I came here and what I've heard, what I've seen, I've just been shocked and it's just made me realise how ignorant I was."

  65. Test of knowledge


    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Five footballers have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. Can you name them?

  66. Get Involved


    Following the publication of a survey indicating that one in five referees in England has suffered physical abuse and nearly two-thirds experience verbal abuse on a regular basis, we asked for your stories on the topic.

    Niall Gurhey: Qualified at 14, gave up at 21, became resigned to the fact kids mirror parent's abuse, and it is seen as amusing by all.

    Alex Haworth: Also qualified at 16, gave it up for a weekend job in a supermarket. Similar pay for longer retail hours but far less stress.

    Jack Connor: Some abuse is merited-I forgot to restart watch for 2nd half reffing at youth level. Coach comment - "that half went quickly"

  67. Crunch time


    Jesse Lingard and Wayne Rooney

    The group stage of the Champions League comes to an end this week and 13 sides are in the running for the seven remaining spaces in the knockout rounds.

    If you want to head into tonight's action fully clued up about the permutations, then you best have a read of our group-by-group guide.

  68. Assessing the damage


    Worrying times for Carlisle United and its staff, with Brunton Park underwater following the floods.

    Jon Colman, football writer at the local paper, the News & Star, is on Twitter with the latest.

  69. Reprieve for Monk?


  70. Suarez in stamp row


    It's been a while since Luis Suarez has been at the centre of footballing controversy, but the moment has cometh again.

    This time, for a change, it's not his teeth in the spotlight, but his studs.

    Aymen Abdennour

    Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour posted the above pictures on his Instagram account with the simple message #suarez after clashing with the Barcelona striker during a game at the weekend.

    It prompted Suarez to respond: “I did not stand on Abdennour's foot on purpose. I turned around, I stepped on him and that is why I apologised."

  71. Stretching it out



    Granted it looks a bit like a pilates session on your local playing field, but don't be fooled - this is Chelsea going through their preparations for Wednesday's Champions League tie with Porto.


    To say it's a big game for the club is putting it mildly. Defeat and failure to qualify for the knockout stages and, according to the papers, Jose Mourinho's reign at Stamford Bridge may well come a shuddering halt.

    Kick-off tomorrow is 19:45 GMT - live coverage, as always, on the BBC Sport website.

  72. Cup draw stops traffic


    Julian Tagg

    Yesterday's third-round FA Cup draw is literally stopping traffic in Exeter. The city's team, who ply their trade in League Two were drawn against Premier League Liverpool. And Grecians chairman Julian Tagg has revealed the ends City fans are going to to try and obtain tickets...

    "I was stopped at the traffic lights this morning and the person in front got out, came back and we started to have a discussion about tickets.

    "We're owned by the supporters and run off a massive amount of volunteers and love for the club so the draw for them is massive."

  73. Get Involved


    Following the publication of a survey indicating that one in five referees in England has suffered physical abuse and nearly two-thirds experience verbal abuse on a regular basis, we asked for your stories on the topic.

    Russell Lambert: Qualified as a ref at 16, gave it up by 20. Final straw was a match where I had to give penalty to away team in first minute of both halves. Was surrounded by fully grown men, screaming at me. Fair play to those who stuck it out, but not for me.

    Lewis Dutton: Spent a few years refereeing youth football (under 9 to u15) - parents were the worst offenders for verbal abuse.

  74. On this day


    Harry Redknapp

    In 2004, Harry Redknapp was appointed manager of Southampton, two weeks after leaving his job at Portsmouth.

  75. Whitehead out for up to eight weeks


    Dean Whitehead

    Huddersfield Town midfielder Dean Whitehead has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury.

    The 33-year-old former Stoke City, Sunderland and Oxford United man was forced off hurt in the second half of Saturday's 2-0 win at Birmingham City.

    He could miss as many as nine Championship games before February.

  76. Get involved


    As our piece on this very website suggests, you've got to be a sucker for punishment to be a football referee, haven't you?

    A recent survey indicates that one in five refs in England has suffered physical abuse and nearly two-thirds experience verbal abuse on a regular basis.

    So what we would like are your tales of referee abuse, or even instances of referees biting back against an abuser.

    You can get in touch via Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  77. McClaren 'is the best we can get right now'


    Georginio Wijnaldum & Steve McClaren

    How about this for a glowing endorsement?

    Newcastle UnitedmidfielderGeorginio Wijnaldumno doubt thought he was doing Steve McClaren a favour when he blamed the club's poor form on himself and his team-mates. However, the Dutchman instead somehow ended up denigrating his manager.

    "I don't think it's the fault of the trainer that we've performed badly," Wijnaldum said. "I think for this club, he's the best that we can get right now."

  78. Wenger the last of a dying breed


    Carlo Ancelotti, Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger

    Carlo Ancelotti is out of work. You can tell because his name is in the papers. A lot. He has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs in recent weeks, including Chelsea and Manchester United.

    However, he has also had his say on Arsenal and their current boss Arsene Wenger, who he feels could be the last of the long-term managers.

    "When Wenger decides to finish at Arsenal, I do not think we will ever see a manager stay at the club for so long again," said Ancelotti in an interview with the Independent.

    "They built a new stadium and Wenger did a fantastic job during that time in this sense. It is not all about the results, there are other things, and this is the right way."  

  79. Lanzini sidelined for six weeks


    Manuel Lanzini

    Some breaking news from West Ham of an injury nature... Manuel Lanzini could be ruled out for up to six weeks with a quadriceps injury.

    The Argentinian attacking midfielder, who is currently on a season-long loan from UAE-based Al-Jazira Club, suffered the thigh injury in training ahead of Saturday’s Premier League draw at Manchester United.

    The 22-year-old has scored four goals for the Hammers this season.

  80. Planes, trains and penalty shootouts


    Michael Carrick

    Ever wondered what it is like to take a penalty in a Champions League final shootout? Or the feeling of training with Manchester United? Or what players get up to on long flight and train journeys?

    This fascinating interview with England midfielder Michael Carrick gives you that insight.

  81. Blatter in the spotlight ... again



    For those who missed it, BBC One's Panorama special on Fifa on Monday was a fascinating watch.

    Reporter Andrew Jennings set his sights on Sepp Blatter, currently serving a provisional 90-day suspension from Fifa.

    His report included an FBI investigation, Qatar's World Cup bid and how much Blatter knew about corruption.

    Trust us, it's well worth checking out..

    You can watch it here.

  82. Test player granted bail


    Bangladesh cricketer Shahadat Hossain has been granted bail after being detained over allegations of beating a child maid.

    The country's court bailed Shahadat until 31 March but deputy attorney general Moniruzzaman Kabir said his office was preparing to lodge an appeal to the supreme court.


    Shahadat, who has played 38 Tests for Bangladesh, has been in custody since 5 October when he handed himself into police, a day after his wife Nritto Shahadat was arrested in the same case. She was granted bail last week.

    Both face charges of assaulting a child and employing a minor.

  83. Schweinsteiger charged


    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after clashing with West Ham United's Winston Reid.

    Schweinsteiger, 31, caught the Hammers defender with his left arm as they contested a free-kick in the 40th minute of Saturday's 0-0 draw. The Germany international will face a three-match ban if found guilty.

    He has until 12:00 GMT on Thursday to reply to the charge.

    In the meantime, he has other things to concentrate on, namely the small matter of United's crucial Champions League tie at Wolfsburg tonight.

  84. Ancelotti drops United hint


    The reason for mentioning Carlo Ancelotti?

    In an interview with the Independent, the Italian described the Premier League as "the best in the sense of atmosphere and ambience" and hinted that he would relish the chance to take charge of Manchester United.

    The three-times Champions League winner, who has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid in May, said: "Of course, for every manager, they would all think of managing Manchester United.

    "But let us see next summer. I will not take a job in mid-season, but I would like to work again next summer.

    "If I don't find a club with a good project, I can wait."

  85. Football daily

    BBC Radio 5 live

  86. Monk on the brink


    Garry Monk

    According to Tuesday's Guardian, "it remains a question of when and not if Garry Monk loses his job as Swansea manager on the back of a dismal run of results that has left the club one point above the relegation zone."

    The paper says that the only thing delaying his inevitable sacking is that the man who will make the call, Swans chairman Huw Jenkins, is due to be in London on Tuesday collecting his OBE.

  87. Pray for Monk


    Garry Monk (left)

    We are in sacking season in the Premier League and, if the papers are to be believed, the next man for the chop isGarry Monk, who has led Swansea to just one win in their last 11 matches, the most recent of which saw them brushed aside at home by surprise league leaders Leicester.

    On Monday, Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkinssays he has had a "usual chat" with Monk, who was described as"sounding like a beaten man"falseby former Wales striker Ian Walsh after Saturday's loss.

  88. Thousands watch Neville session



    Thousands of fans turned up to watch Gary Neville's first training session as Valencia head coach on Monday.

    Ex-Manchester United and England defender Neville, 40, waved to the crowd before the session. He takes charge of his first game, against Lyon in the Champions League, on Wednesday.

    Fans and the media had been invited to watch at Valencia's training ground.

    "Thousands of Valencian supporters wanted to welcome @GNev2,"tweeted the club.

  89. Success for Biggar

    Rugby Union


    Wales rugby player Dan Biggar is BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality 2015.

    The Ospreys fly-half succeeds cyclist Geraint Thomas, who won in 2014.

    Results of a public vote were revealed at the Wales Sport Awards in Cardiff where BBC Cymru Wales and Sport Wales celebrated Welsh sporting success.

    The Wales football team were named team of the year award after qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals and their manager Chris Coleman is the elite coach of the year.

  90. Get involved


    Here's an odd one... David Hasselhoff appears to have declared himself a Partick Thistle fan. The former Knight Rider and Baywatch actor is currently in pantomime in Glasgow, which perhaps explains why he is trying to curry favour with the locals.

    But it got us thinking, which famous person would you like to support your club and why?

    Let us know at #bbcsportsday and on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  91. 'I don't agree' - Pellegrini



    Manuel Pellegrini insists Manchester City are not over reliant on captain Vincent Kompany.

    The skipper has missed the last five games with a calf injury.

    In the 10 games Kompany has started this season, City have kept seven clean sheets and only lost once - but they have failed to shut out the opposition in 13 matches without the Belgian.

    "I don't agree with your conclusions," Pellegrini told reporters. "Last season, we finished the last six games without Vincent Kompany, we won the six and had four clean sheets."

    Kompany will again be missing for tonight's final Champions League group game against Borussia Monchengladbach.

  92. Football Daily

    BBC Radio 5 live

  93. Pardew makes his points



    Palace boss Alan Pardew described the point at Everton as "a fair result".

    "We showed all the qualities that we have as a team," he said. "We have got discipline, we're dogged and we have quality on the break when we are an away side.

    "We played a team in top form and we still almost won."

  94. Pistorius granted bail


    Some breaking news... Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail while he waits to be sentenced for murdering his girlfriend in 2013.

    That hearing should take place next year on 18 April.

    He is being asked to pay 10,000 rand ($700, £450) for his bail.


    Pistorius will be under house arrest and will be electronically tagged, but can leave the house between 7am and midday, though only to go within a 20km radius.

    He also has to hand over his passport.

    He is facing a minimum 15 year sentence - though the judge can exercise some discretion.

  95. Lukaku 'is vital in everything'



    Only Jamie Vardy, the Premier League's top scorer with 14, has scored more league goals than the £28m Romelu Lukaku.

    He is on course to become the first Everton striker to net more than 20 league goals since Gary Lineker in 1985-86

    The Belgian has consistently been a threat, missing only 39 minutes of action this campaign, and was a menace against Palace before levelling with his 50th goal in a century of Everton appearances.

    Martinez describe his striker as sensational, adding: "It was a big moment. One hundred games is a landmark and 50 goals is a remarkable return. He is in a very good moment of his career. He is vital in everything we are trying to do."

  96. Sharing the spoils



    Time to turn our attention to Monday night's Premier League action, where Everton and Crystal Palace fought out a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

    It was an odd game, fairly pedestrian for an hour before bursting into life.

    Romelu Lukaku struck late, scoring his sixth goal in five league games, to cancel out Scott Dann's header.

    The result leaves the table looking very much like this.

  97. Bolton's problems mount



    Financially troubled Bolton expect to receive further bad news in the next few days in the form of a winding-up petition from Revenue & Customs.

    Bolton owe about £600,000 in unpaid taxes and have £172.9m of debt.

    The Championship's bottom club did not pay senior players in November and need £15m to get to the end of the season.

    Takeover talks have been held with four parties but unless a deal is done, they face the threat of administration and a 12-point deduction.

  98. 'Three months before I can eat an apple'


    Ronda Rousey says it may take six months to fully recover from the injuries she sustained in her Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight title defeat by Holly Holm in November.

    Holm, 34, ended her fellow American's unbeaten 12-fight streak with a second-round knockout in Melbourne.


    "It might be three to six months before I can eat an apple, let alone take an impact," Rousey, 28, told ESPN.

    However. the Expendables 3 star added she was hoping to reclaim her title.

  99. All smiles


    Speaking of the FA Cup, we've just come across this picture, taken during the open-top bus parade following Arsenal's victory over Aston Villa in the final at Wembley in May.


    Blimey, Arsene Wenger and Laurent Koscielny look ecstatic don't they.

    This one's more like it.

  100. FA Cup third round draw


    Arsenal v Sunderland, Birmingham v Bournemouth, Brentford v Chesterfield/Walsall, Bury v Bradford City, Cardiff City v Grimsby/Shrewsbury, Carlisle v Yeovil, Chelsea v Leyton Orient/Scunthorpe, Colchester v Charlton, Doncaster v Stoke City, Eastleigh v Bolton.

    Everton v Dagenham & Redbridge/Whitehawk, Exeter City v Liverpool, Huddersfield v Reading; Hull City v Brighton, Ipswich v Portsmouth, Leeds United v Rotherham, Manchester United v Sheffield United, Middlesbrough v Burnley.

    Newport County v Blackburn, Northampton v MK Dons, Norwich v Manchester City, Nottingham Forest v QPR, Oxford United v Swansea, Peterborough v Preston, Salford City/Hartlepool v Derby.

    Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham, Southampton v Crystal PalaceTottenham v LeicesterWatford v NewcastleWest Brom v Bristol City, West Ham v Wolves, Wycombe v Aston Villa.

    All ties to be played 8-11 January.

  101. Up for the Cup


    Take it you saw the draw for the FA Cup third round?

    What's that? You missed it. Noooo.


    But, hey, don't fret - here's a reminder of who drew who, including holders Arsenal facing Sunderl