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Ludogorets v Liverpool | Champions League - as it happened

Liverpool conceded early and late goals, but a draw in Bulgaria keeps their Champions League hopes alive*A gallery of the best pictures from the game 9.35pm GMT And that’s it. Liverpool end a sequence of three Champions League reverses in a row, and four losses on the bounce in all competitions, but this draw will feel like another defeat. “Another chuffing corner,” harumphs Matt Dony,

Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund | Champions League - as it happened

Arsenal secured their place in the last 16 thanks to goals in both halves from Yaya Sanogo and Alexis Sanchez 9.36pm GMT That’s your lot! Arsenal are through to the last 16 thanks to goals from Yaya Sanogo - yes, really - and Alexis Sanchez! They needed that win and showed plenty of tactical discipline when they went 2-0 up. Anyway that’s your lot. Thanks for reading. Good night. 9.33p

Dave Whelan’s controversial comments to be ruled on by FA by next week

• FA will make decision by Monday on Whelan’s remarks• Wigan chairman has responded to letter from FA• In the name of FA’s own sanity, don’t investigate MackayThe Football Association will decide by Monday whether the Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan’s recent comments about Jewish and Chinese people to the Guardian amount to racist or discriminatory language and misconduct.The FA confirmed

England lose to Sri Lanka in first ODI despite 72-ball Moeen Ali century

• Sri Lanka 317-6; England 292• Sri Lanka win by 25 runs and lead seven-match series 1-0• The Guardian’s over-by-over reportIt must now be official. England have resolved one of their World Cup conundrums: the identity of one of their opening batsmen in one-day cricket. Moeen Ali struck 119 from 87 balls in England’s unavailing pursuit of 318. He surely has to stay at the top of the order.

Phil Hughes still critical after brain scans

*Batsman in an induced coma after being hit by a bouncer*Australia captain Michael Clarke is at the hospital in Sydney*Whole round of Sheffield Shield games is abandoned*Cricket world rallies round Hughes*Counselling offered to all involved in incident*Dr Malcolm Tunnicliff: neck especially dangerousPhil Hughes remains in a critical condition on Wednesday after having more scans on

Qatar’s chances of hosting 2024 Olympics boosted by rule changes

• IOC expects ‘one or two bids’ from Middle East cities• Doha likely to mount Olympic Games bid for third time• Changes to rules would help countries in hot climates• Owen Gibson on the IOC’s bidding changesThe contest for the 2024 Olympic Games could feature two cities from the Middle East, including Qatar’s capital Doha, with their chances boosted by proposed changes to bidding rules.Th

Andy Murray proposes to girlfriend Kim Sears

Wimbledon champion’s agent confirms couple, who have been together for eight years, are engagedAndy Murray, the tennis player who last year ended a 77-year wait for a British men’s singles champion at Wimbledon, is to marry Kim Sears, his long-term girlfriend.The couple, who have been together for eight years, were engaged last Wednesday. Typically, Murray did not want to make a fuss with a

Chris Robshaw urges England to tackle their critics with Australia display

• Captain wary of Wallabies’ challenge at Twickenham• ‘If we lose we will view this as a poor campaign’• Sam Burgess set to make his bow for Bath• George Ford drives England home against SamoaChris Robshaw has urged his players to confound their critics against Australia on Saturday but admits England’s progress has stalled with less than 10 months to go before next year’s Rugby World Cup. E

2014 Guardian world netball top 10: England's Geva Mentor voted No 1

*Goal keeper pips Australia’s Laura Geitz to the top spot*Second annual survey dominated by Australian and NZ players*Guardian world netball top 10 -2013England’s Geva Mentor has been voted the world’s best netballer in this year’s annual Guardian world top 10 rankings.Mentor, a goal keeper who plays for Melbourne Vixens, pipped Australia’s Laura Geitz to the title but was the only Br

Alastair Cook thrilled but frustrated after Moeen Ali’s ODI century

• Only Ravi Bopara, with 65, offers support in loss to Sri Lanka• Cook’s poor form continues after dismissal for 10• England lose first ODI by 25 runsEngland lost the first game in their seven-match series against Sri Lanka but they discovered a one-day opener in the process. Moeen Ali, playing only his sixth ODI, struck 119 from 87 balls – the third-fastest century by an Englishman in this f

Tony McCoy dismisses 300-winners target after winning return at Fontwell

• Champion jockey enjoys successful return from injury• Rider highlights More Of That ride at Hennessy meetingTony McCoy, who returned from three weeks on the sidelines with a winner on his only ride here on Wednesday, said afterwards that he believes he is now “a million [to one]” to become the first jockey to ride 300 winners in a season.McCoy decided to take a break from race-riding on 5

Andy Murray’s split with coaching team the result of a poor year | Kevin Mitchell

The Scot failed to reach any Grand Slam finals this year as he has readjusted his game to life after back surgery• Andy Murray splits with long-time alliesAndy Murray’s split with Dani Vallverdu after five years together is, on the face of it, a curious one.The Venezuelan – whom he has known since they shared digs in Barcelona as teenagers at the Sánchez-Casal Academy – appeared to be the r

Sri Lanka v England: first ODI – as it happened

A brilliantly composed, technical and enterprising hundred from Moeen Ali and a resourceful fifty from Ravi Bopara weren’t quite enough to get England over the line, but, for the first time in a long time, they resembled a team 6.01pm GMT So, we’re back on Saturday. Welcome to your winter, and thanks all for your company and comments. 5.56pm GMT Both teams will be relieved after tha

Astana’s Artur Fedosseyev provisionally suspended by UCI for doping

• UCI said Fedosseyev tested positive for an anabolic steroid• Fedosseyev is fifth doping case linked to the Astana team• Nibali: ‘If cyclists are doping, they will be caught’The International Cycling Union has provisionally suspended the Kazakh rider Artur Fedosseyev in the fifth doping case linked to the Astana team.The UCI said Fedosseyev tested positive for an anabolic steroid on 16 Au

Sobering news for sports fans: Buccaneers stadium sells tinted water as tequila

Visitor to Florida venue says ‘tequila’ shots he bought were plain old H2O with a dash of dye as concession spokesman calls it ‘an honest mistake’As yet another Josh McCown pass sails over the head of a receiver and into the clear blue Florida sky, most Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans would be forgiven for seeking solace in alcohol. Unfortunately, they may have been denied this right over the weeke

Soft centre of Muhammad Ali, the love-bomb, at heart of touching film

Tribute to The Greatest shows very few do not love him and there were not many who escaped his reciprocal emotions• I Am Ali, the official trailer• Ali’s doctor plays down health fears“What’s your daddy’s name?” says the husky voice on the other end of the phone. “Muhammad Ali!” comes the little-girl response, but in the tone and lilt of a ring announcer, as if part of a never-ending show. Be

Andy Murray splits with long-time allies Dani Vallverdu and Jez Green

• Training partner and fitness coach axed after tough season• Pair angered by Amélie Mauresmo’s appointment as coachAndy Murray has split with his long-time training partner and friend Dani Vallverdu. Jez Green, who has looked after the player’s fitness programme for seven years, has also gone.“We sat down at the end of the season and decided that a change would be best for all of us,” Murr

Horse racing tips: Thursday 27 November

Newbury hosts the first day of the weekend Hennessy Gold Cup meetingNewbury 12.25 Jollyallan 1.00 Woodford County 1.35 Vazaro Delafayette 2.10 Southfield Theatre 2.45 Ned Stark (nb) 3.15 Daneking 3.45 Yanworth Continue reading...

A boy named Steve Collins Jr

He once related to the character in the Johnny Cash song but Steve Collins Jr is now revelling in his life as a young boxerIreland was a great place to be back in the mid-1990s. World Cup qualification and Eurovision hegemony appeared a given, while the roar of a green, white and gold Celtic Tiger was ushering in an unparalleled, though ultimately arenaceous, period of economic growth and pro

Washington to bench RGIII in favour of Colt McCoy

*Quarterback has endured torrid season*Long-term future still in balanceA tumultuous season for Robert Griffin III has hit another bump with the news that he will be benched by Washington in favour of Colt McCoy for this weekend’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. “My job is to do everything we can to win,” the Washington head coach, Jay Gruden, said on Wednesday. “At this time, I jus

Mohammad Hafeez hits unbeaten 178 to give Pakistan upper hand

• Hosts close on 281 for three against New Zealand• Tourists aiming to salvage three-match seriesMohammad Hafeez hit an unbeaten 178 to put Pakistan in charge on the opening day of their third Test against New Zealand in Sharjah.Hafeez, who missed the second Test through injury, compiled his seventh Test century as Pakistan closed the day on 281 for three. He hit three sixes and 23 fours in

Turf Club publishes report from banned Philip Fenton drugs hearing

• Trainer was less than truthful and uncooperative• Source of the substances could not be traced Full transcript of Irish ruling body’s investigationPhilip Fenton, who was banned from racing for three years on Saturday after being found in possession of 1kg of the powerful anabolic steroid Nitrotain, was “less than truthful” and “uncooperative” when interviewed by investigators according to t

LeBron attacks the Cavs, and the fascination of the 76ers | Hunter Felt

Are the Cavs really fragile?; the Rockets aren’t proper villains; the genius of Anthony Davis; Philadelphia’s comedy routineIt’s week four in the NBA! While it’s too early to stop saying “it’s too early,” there’s been enough time that we can start actually identifying trends. It helps that this season has been less topsy-turvy at this stage than it normally is. The good teams have been consis

Mark Cavendish: ‘I’ve never taken the Tour for granted. I missed it so much’

His Tour de France crash served as added motivation and now the Manxman has turned to the track to kickstart his 2015• Team Sky part of group out to lead cycling revolutionBritain’s former Tour de France green jersey and world road race champion Mark Cavendish has stepped back in time this week to follow old-school greats such as Eddy Merckx and Fausto Coppi by riding the Six-Days, the last ve

Serious Fraud Office considers criminal investigation into World Cup bids

• SFO may apply to see full Michael Garcia World Cup report• SFO discuss 2018 and 2022 bids with the FBI• Fifa president Sepp Blatter urged to publish full reportThe Serious Fraud Office could make an application to the Swiss authorities to see the full text of Michael Garcia’s controversial investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups as it considers whether to lau

Talking Horses: Wednesday’s best bets plus our tipping competition

Donald McCain will make a tentative return to the track at Wetherby with Dunowen PointChris Cook: Donald McCain has his first runner for 11 days on Wednesday when Dunowen Point goes to Wetherby for the 1.50pm race. That sort of hiatus is a most unusual event in the career of one of jump racing’s most prolific trainers, a man who dominates the winter game at Haydock yet somehow didn’t have a run

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer makes five changes for visit to Wales

• Meyer rings changes again with 25 players unavailable• ‘It’s a great testament to our depth … this is a great side’• Wales call up Rob Evans, but Gethin Jenkins may be fit • South Africa too strong for Italy in 22-6 victorySouth Africa may be without 25 players for their 14th and final match of the year against Wales on Saturday but 11 of the side that will feature in Cardiff started the v

Adam Scott home for Christmas and spurred on by Rory McIlroy

• Scott: ‘Rory raised the bar again, it’s good when people do that’• World No3 out for revenge in Australian Open• Why Rory McIlroy should win Sports Personality of the Year• Henrik Stenson wins World Tour Championship in DubaiAdam Scott is far too polite to publicly speak of revenge missions. Still, it is hardly a leap of faith to inferthe 2013 Masters winnerwill have precisely that on his

Sergio Agüero says points mattered more than Manchester City hat-trick

• Striker stars in Champions League against Bayern Munich• Sagna says team must follow Argentinian’s example• Match report: Manchester City 3-2 Bayern Munich• Manager Manuel Pellegrini hails ‘special’ strikerSergio Agüero played down the importance of his starring performance against Bayern Munich, saying that overall the victory was more important than his hat-trick for Manchester City.“

Champions League webchat

Andy Hunter was online to discuss Ludogorets v Liverpool 1.32pm GMT That’s all folks. Andy is off to have some lunch. If you have already eaten, or would like to read while you knock back your lunch, here are some more stories we have published today:Right, I'm done. I've not had anything to eat yet. Thanks for all your questions and apologies for not replying to them all. Tried to get

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