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Steve Canavan and Matt Davis

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  1. Good night

    That's your lot from us tonight.

    Remember we have live commentary of Leicester and Chelsea (kick-off 20:00 GMT) on Radio 5 live and right here on the BBC Sport website.

    Until tomorrow have a very good evening.

  2. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    There is live commentary as Leicester City host Chelsea in the Premier League on  BBC Radio 5 live tonight, with coverage starting at 19:00 GMT with the The Monday Night Club and then the match at 20:00 GMT.

  3. Obama congratulates Williams

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  4. Leicester v Chelsea, 20:00 GMT

    Football

    Leicester fans at the King Power Stadium will find a special message on their seat tonight from record breaking striker Jamie Vardy.

    Vardy thanks the fans for their support in helping the Foxes challenge for the title.

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  6. Juventus get festive

    Football

    Staying with the Christmas theme, here is Gianluigi Buffon and the rest of the Juventus squad as you have (probably) never seen them before.

    The team, dressed in Christmas jumpers, have performed a special 'Juventus' version of Jingle Bells.

    You can watch the masterpiece here.

  7. Hasselbaink gives QPR freedom

    Queens Park Rangers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants his new side to play "with freedom".

    They drew 0-0 with Burnley in his first game in charge and are four points outside the Championship play-off places.

    "We want to give our players as much room as possible to be able to express themselves," he told BBC Radio London.

    Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
  8. Blue Christmas

    Football

    Earlier we showed you this City player disguised as Santa.

    It was of course former striker Darius Vassell.

    Darius Vassell
  9. Bulgarian champions could quit league

    Football

    Could you imagine if this happened in the Premier League?

    Bulgarian champions Ludogorets say they could quit the league after claiming that referees are favouring title rivals Levski Sofia.

    On Saturday, Levski were losing 1-0 against Litex Lovech but the game was abandoned when Litex players walked off the pitch in protest after a second red card and a penalty against them.

    Levski are set to be handed a 3-0 win.

    "We'll probably quit the championship if such precedents in favour of Levski continue," said Ludogorets' owner.

  10. Leicester v Chelsea, 20:00 GMT

    Football

    We are building up to Chelsea's visit to Leicester in the Premier League tonight.

    And here is the team news:

    Leicester welcome back on-loan winger Nathan Dyer, who was ineligible against parent club Swansea last weekend.

    The Foxes have no new fitness concerns but Ritchie de Laet remains out with an ankle problem, while Matt James lacks match fitness after a long-term injury.

    Chelsea have reported no injury problems, although Radamel Falcao is short of fitness and unlikely to feature.

    The Blues could be unchanged from Wednesday's 2-0 win against FC Porto.

  11. Leicester v Chelsea, 20:00 GMT

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    Head-to-head

    • Chelsea have won their last eight league and cup games against Leicester, scoring a total of 25 goals.
    • The Foxes' last win against the Blues came in February 2001. Muzzy Izzet and Gary Rowett scored in a 2-1 victory at Filbert Street. Claudio Ranieri was Chelsea manager.

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    • The Foxes have lost just one of 19 league games (W12, D6) since losing 3-1 to Chelsea on 29 April.
    • They have won 10 points from losing positions this season - the highest total in the Premier League prior to the latest round of matches.
    • Jamie Vardy has scored or assisted in 13 consecutive Premier League games.
  12. Leicester City v Chelsea (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

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  13. Leicester v Chelsea, 20:00 GMT

    Football

    Leicester City's form has Jose Mourinho thinking twice about whether the Foxes can win the league.

    "I said a couple of weeks ago I don't believe they [Leicester] can be champions. Maybe I have to think twice before saying that again.

    "One thing is to be top of the league in September after a beautiful start. Another thing is to be top of the league in December.

    "It would be something magnificent, something to impress the football world, but sometimes these things can happen and why not happen with them?"

  14. Truro fans' 170-mile home game

    Football

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    This is the mammoth170-mile round tripthat Truro fans face next season to watch their team at 'home.'

    That's because the National League South side are to share Torquay United's Plainmoor ground.

    The groundshare has occurred because Truro's new stadium has been delayed.

    They had hoped to move into the new stadium by next season after selling their Treyew Road ground to developers.

  15. Leicester v Chelsea, 20:00 GMT

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    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Before the weekend's other games, this was first versus 14th in the Premier League - and not the way round you'd most likely have thought in August.

    Leicester are favourites. Aren't they? From the betting markets to the hugely contrasting yet career-intertwining managers,  this is a clash of glorious fascinations in so many ways.

    Many expect Leicester's very real title challenge to fall apart at some point, whilst feeling that Chelsea will shake themselves into a run that the team's quality demands.

    Neither have shown much sign of happening yet, but could this game be the one that tips the see-saw?

    Monday night football meets Monday night melodrama.

  16. Williams honoured

    Tennis

    Over to America now and Serena Williams has been named Sports Illustrated's sportsperson of the year.

    World number one Williams won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2015.

    It is the first time an individual woman has received the honor in more than three decades.  

    And this is the magazine's cover...

  17. Happy Birthday Bernabeu

    Football

    It is one of Europe's greatest stadium and today marks 68 years since the Bernabeu opened.

    On 14 December 1947 the home of Real Madrid, the Bernabeu played host to its first match as Los Blancos beat Portuguese side Os Belenenses 3–1.

    Spanish striker Sabino Barinaga scored the first ever goal at the stadium.

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  18. Leicester v Chelsea (20:00 GMT)

    Football

    Is this a new low in the half-and-half scarf?

    Appears it's not just the clubs now but the managers too...

  19. Messi investigation dropped

    Football

    A Spanish court has dropped a tax fraud investigation into Lionel Messi and his foundation linked to six friendly matches.

    A Barcelona court said it was satisfied neither the Argentinian footballer nor the Lionel Messi Foundation were involved in trying to defraud Spain's tax office in this instance.

    Spain's Prosecutor had asked the court to investigate possible tax offenses over games held between June 2012 and July 2013 in the United States, Mexico, Colombia and Peru.

    It is one of three cases of unpaid taxes that Messi has had to face.

  20. Leicester v Chelsea (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Football

    In-form Leicester have gone from relegation favourites to title contenders in a matter of months, but can their fairytale start to the 2015-16 campaign really have a Hollywood ending?

    History suggests not - the last time a true outsider went the distance in a title race was in the Premier League's first season, 1992-93. Norwich City led for longer than anyone else and topped the table as late as April, but finished third.

    So, can Claudio Ranieri's side copy the Canaries, or even out-do them?

    Chris Sutton, a teenage centre-half turned striker in that Norwich team, has done this article for BBC Sport, advising Leicester on what they need to do next - and what could go wrong.  

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  21. Leicester v Chelsea (Mon, 20:00 GMT)

    Football

    Right then, it's not too long until tonight's big Premier League game ...Chelsea's visit to high-flying Leicester.

    A win for the Foxes will put them back at the top of the Premier League. A defeat for Chelsea ... well, it would be normal wouldn't it? (Sorry Chelsea fans, below the belt).

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    Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, who will face his former club said: "Chelsea for me means a lot because I worked there for four years. I'm very proud to have been their manager. But that's an old story and now my focus is on Leicester."

    "Their record does not mean anything as Chelsea are Chelsea and Mourinho is Mourinho. I'm sure at the end of the season they will be in the top four."

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  23. On unfriendly terms

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    Jurgen Klopp and Tony Pulis are unlikely to be exchanging Christmas cards this year.

    Klopp did not shake hands with the Baggies boss at the end of Liverpool's 2-2 draw with West Brom and was involved in a confrontation with a member of the visiting team's backroom staff as he went onto the pitch to celebrate with his players. 

    "I didn't see (Pulis) after the game. I can say nothing," Klopp said. "We had some words in the game; sometimes it takes more than a few seconds to cool down.

    "Usually I shake hands, I did not today because it was not a friendly game."

    Merry Christmas and peace and love to one and all.

  24. Nakhid bid denied

    Football

    Fifa presidential hopeful David Nakhid has lost his appeal against being excluded from the election contest for filing invalid nomination papers.

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its panel dismissed Nakhid's case and will gives its reasons for the verdict "within days".

  25. 'Apologise'

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    Sussex's Pakistan-born batsman Ashar Zaidi says Somerset bowler Craig Overton should apologise for allegedly swearing at him during a match.

    Overton, who allegedly also told 34-year-old Zaidi to "get back to your own country", received a two-game ban.

    Zaidi did not hear the alleged comments which were reported by non-striker Michael Vardy and umpire Alex Wharf.

    Overton has denied the claims but Zaidi said: "For the sake of the game he should apologise to me."

  26. Toure to make it five in a row?

    Football

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    Yaya Toure could continue his unprecedented domination of the African Footballer of the Year accolade after being named as one of three finalists for the 2015 award.

    Manchester City's midfield powerhouse will go up against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andre Ayew, the Confederation of African Football announced.

    Last year Toure, who captained Ivory Coast to the African Nations Cup title in February, became the first player to win the Footballer of the Year award four times.

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  28. The Only Way Is Shearer

    Football

    There's a Sir Alex Ferguson Way in Manchester, the Brian Clough Way between Derby and Nottinghamshire, even Trescothick Close in Marcus' home town of Keynsham. And now.... 

  29. Banning fans 'not the answer'

    Dynamo Kiev v Man City

    Manchester City fans have expressed their frustration after learning they will not be able to attend the away leg of the Champions League last-16 tie against Dynamo Kiev.

    The match on February 24 will be the second of two the Ukrainian club have been ordered to play behind closed doors by European governing body UEFA for the misbehaviour of supporters.

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    A spokesman for City fans organisation 1894 Group said: "Banning innocent fans is not the answer. In the 70s and 80s in England we didn't shut whole stadiums down. We targeted the minority and removed them.

    "By closing down a whole stadium the trouble-causers feel they have achieved something. It actually gives them publicity."

  30. Latest at Swansea

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  31. Bolton players 'could opt to leave'

    Neil Lennon

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon has warned that players could choose to leave the club if they are not paid this month.

    Wanderers, who are £172.9m in debt, did not pay players in November and they are entitled to give two weeks' notice if it happens again.

    "I remember being in Glasgow when it happened to Rangers and players used their right to leave Rangers and go and play in England," said former Celtic boss Lennon. 

  32. Barca to retain Champions League?

    Vote results

    Barcelona celebrate winning the Champions League

    Many thanks to everyone who took part in our vote on who would win the Champions League. 

    Perhaps unsurprisingly, Barcelona was the overwhelming winners, with 38% of the vote. 

    Bayern Munich were second favourites, ahead of Arsenal

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  33. Changes were expected

    Rugby Union

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    Eddie Jones was appointed England coach on 20 November, agreeing a four-year deal to replace Stuart Lancaster.

    His first match will be England's Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield on 6 February as he looks to resurrect England's fortunes after their failed World Cup campaign.

    Jones - England's first ever overseas coach - had been widely expected to make changes to his coaching team, and the axing of Rowntree, Catt and Farrell has not come as huge shock.

  34. Catt, Farrell and Rowntree leave England

    Rugby Union

    Andy Farrell has been England backs coach since 2012, and was assistant coach for the British and Irish Lions in 2013. He was first team coach at Saracens from 2011, taking them to their first Premiership title. 

    Graham Rowntree has been involved with the senior England set up since 2008 after beginning work with the national academy in 2007. He was part of Martin Johnson's backroom staff, becoming forwards coach in 2011. 

    Mike Catt became backs coach in summer 2012, becoming skills coach a few months later. 

    Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree, Mike Catt
  35. Catt, Farrell and Rowntree leave England

    Rugby Union

    In a statement on the RFU website, new England head coach Eddie Jones said "we felt it was the right time to make changes.

    "They are all experienced guys and have contributed greatly to this England team over recent years and I know everyone at the Union is appreciative of their hard work and commitment.

    "On behalf of the players that have benefited from their coaching and RFU, I wish them the very best for the future.”

    Mike Catt, Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell
  36. BreakingEngland part terms with coaching trio

    Rugby Union

    Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt have left their coaching positions with England, the RFU has announced.

  37. Finn flies in ahead of warm-up

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  38. "Sorry about the slip, boss, it was the algae..."

    Football

    What's the worst excuse you've heard for your team's defeat? The infamous grey kit? A curse on the team? 

    How about too much algae? That, apparently, is why Plymouth lost at home to Cambridge United at the weekend, according to boss Derek Adams. 

    A late slip by defender Peter Hartley gifted Cambridge all three points, when players were struggling to stay on their feet all match. 

    "It has an algae on the pitch, it has to be treated and hopefully that will be sorted in the week," said Adams. "That is the reason (for Hartley's slip)."

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  39. Steve Finn called up to South Africa tour

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  40. England 'have got no Bale'

    Euro 2016

    Former Wales striker Iwan Roberts has tipped Wales to beat England when the two sides meet in Group B in Lens on 16 June.

    "We are a good side. We are capable of beating any nation on our day," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "England haven't got a Gareth Bale. We know that.

    "I would fancy us to beat them and I'm not just saying that because I'm Welsh."

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  42. Espanyol sack manager

    Football

    Espanyol have sacked coach Sergio Gonzalez after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Celta Vigo left the Barcelona-based club hovering three points above the La Liga relegation places. 

    Gonzalez, 39, a former Espanyol and Deportivo La Coruna player, was in his second season in charge after he was promoted from B team manager and led the club to a 10th-place finish in Spain's top flight in his debut campaign. 

  43. Centre Walton joins Wildcats

    Rugby League

    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed centre Jason Walton after he was released from his contract with London Broncos.

    The 25-year-old has agreed a one-year deal, with an option for a second.

    "His rugby talents and strong physical attributes suggest that Jason will make a real contribution," said coach Brian Smith.

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  45. 'He deserves more credit'

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says striker Olivier Giroud deserves more credit after playing a key part in a "perfect week" which saw the Gunners move top of the Premier League.

    The Frenchman opened the scoring with a penalty in Sunday's 2-0 winat Aston Villa, his 50th Premier League goal.

    He also netted a hat-trick at Olympiakos on Wednesday to help Arsenal reach the Champions League last 16.

    "He is at the top of his game, but is sometimes questioned," said Wenger. "Finally the numbers get people to realise he is a good player."

  46. Ain't no dive

    Football

    Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha appears to be making a point on Instagram.

    Zaha

    Zaha posted the above picture with the caption 'Diving again ain't I'.

    The Eagles man came in for a bit of stick during a recent game against Newcastle when he was booked for diving, though Zaha later claimed he slipped.

  47. FC Midtjylland v Manchester United

    Europa League draw

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  48. 'We have a small chance'

    FC Midtjylland v Manchester United

    FC Midtjylland chairman and Brentford co-director of football Rasmus Ankersen told BT Sport: "We're a small club with a small budget. We can't win by outspending the competition so we have to out-think them and I think that's why we've been successful competing so far in the Europa League.

    "There is not a huge chance for us to beat Manchester United but there is a chance and we'll take up the challenge.

    "We beat an English team already this season in Southampton. Here's another big challenge for us and we're ready to take it on."

  49. 'Get ya hands up'

    American Football

    He could have been anywhere in the world but he was in the St Louis Rams dressing room. 

    Rapper Jay-Z joined the St. Louis Rams in their dressing room to celebrate their win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

    The connection? Well, Jay-Z's Roc Nation sports agency represents Rams running back Todd Gurley.

  50. Santa has the blues

    Football

    It is only 10 days until Christmas and Manchester City have come up with this fun game.

    I mean what else gets you in the festive spirit more than a City player mocked up as Santa Claus?

  51. Arsenal v Barcelona

    Champions League draw

    Germany and Barcelona goalkeeper Marc ter Stegen will face his national teammates when he plays Arsenal.

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    This Midtjylland fan sounds confident...

  53. Fiorentina v Totteham

    Europa League draw

    Tottenham and Fiorentina have recent history having faced each other at the same stage of the competition last season.

    On that occasion the Fiorentina won 3-1 on aggregate.

    Fiorentina are second in Italy's Serie A and qualified as a runner-up for their Europa League group which included Basel.

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  55. VOTE: Who will win the Champions League?

    Football

    We've seen the draw. We know who is facing who. But who do you think will lift the trophy in Milan in May? 

    Have your say by taking part in our vote above. 

    For our full terms and conditions, click here.

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  56. Augsburg v Liverpool

    Europa League draw

    So then, Liverpool face German club Augsburg in the Europa League round of 32.

    Here are a few titbits about them:

    *They were promoted to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history as recently as 2011.

    *In the first two seasons, they narrowly avoided relegation - but finished fifth last season to secure Europa league qualification.

    *Augsburg is the third-largest city in Bavaria - after Munich and Nuremburg - with a population of 284,000 citizens 

    *And a highbrow fact to finish... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's father Leopold was born in Augsburg in 1719. He was a skilled composer and violinist and was known as a hardman central midfielder for the local football club (Ok, so we made the last one up).

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  57. Dynamo Kiev v Man City

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  58. FC Midtjylland v Manchester United

    Europa League draw

    This is Finland midfielder Tim Sparv....

    Sounds like he might bring his autograph book with him.

  59. Arsenal v Barcelona

    Football

    Arsenal secretary David Miles says the draw against Barcelona is the last thing fans would have wanted. 

    The Gunners have beaten the defending champions just once in seven meetings and even that was not enough to prevent an aggregate defeat in the knockout stages in 2011, their most recent encounter. 

    "On the back of the great win in Athens we were hoping for a good draw today and I think it's the tie of the round," Miles told BT Sport. "It's not going to be easy and it's the team that most Arsenal fans would have wanted to avoid at this stage but it's up to us to make a good fist of it. 

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  61. Stat and a half

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    Here is a fact to blow your mind...

    FC Midtjylland were founded in 1999, just a month before Manchester United won the treble.

    Mind blown.

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  63. FC Midtjylland v Manchester United

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    This is FC Midtjylland's Twitter feed, a picture of a desolate wasteland and 6, 732 followers...

    FC Midtjylland

    Then you have Manchester United with 6.56m followers...

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  64. Europa League draw

    They sound excited...

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  66. FC who?

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    FC Midtjylland.

    Louis van Gaal's side are off to the northern tip of Denmark for their Europa League tie against FC Midtjylland.

    Here are a few facts about the Danish side:

    • They beat Southampton in the qualifying round in August to reach the group stages.
    • This is the furthest they have progressed in the competition.
    • They play at the MCH Arena, which has a capacity of just 12,000.
    • They are the current Danish champions.
  67. Midtjylland v Manchester United

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  69. Fiorentina v Tottenham

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  70. Augsburg v Liverpool

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  72. Europa League draw

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  73. Europa League draw

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    Uefa says the first legs of the Europa League round of 32 will be played "in principle" on 18 or 25 February at 18:00 or 20:05 GMT but it will confirm the exact dates after the draw.

    The second legs are scheduled for 10 and 17 March.

  74. Europa League

    Football

    And that's your lot from Gianni Infantino, he wishes us all a Merry Christmas and with that the draw is over.

    So what did Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United fans make of that?

    Happy with the draw? Let us know via Twitter on #bbcsportsday

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  76. Saint-Etienne v Basel

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  77. Villarreal v Napoli

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  78. Sporting Lisbon v Bayer Leverkusen

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  79. Sevilla v Molde

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