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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Summary

  1. Gabriel Jesus fractures metatarsal
  2. Champions League returns on Tuesday
  3. Leicester Tigers sign George Ford
  4. Bath's Freddie Burns moves in opposite direction
  5. When did you fall in love over sport?
  6. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

Fighting talk from Bottas

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Valtteri Bottas believes he can beat Lewis Hamilton to the 2017 Formula One title after declaring he has not joined Mercedes to settle for second place. 
Hamilton will be partnered by the 27-year-old Finnish driver for the new season, which gets under way in Melbourne next month. 
"I feel it is possible," said Bottas when asked if he could get the better of Hamilton. "Nico Rosberg showed beating Lewis is possible." 

Mane says Reds can finish strongly

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Liverpool winger Sadio Mane says the confidence which has returned to Jurgen Klopp's team can propel them towards a strong end to the season. 
The Reds, who beat Spurs 2-0 on Saturday, are fifth in the Premier League table, three points behind second-placed Manchester City.
"We had three or four difficult weeks but we are out of that now," said Mane. "It's too early to speak about what's going to happen but the confidence is back in this team now."

No Gotze for Dortmund

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Injured Mario Gotze has not been included in the Borussia Dortmund squad for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 first leg at Benfica.
The midfielder, 24, is struggling with a leg injury that kept him out of Dortmund's surprise 2-1 defeat at Bundesliga bottom side Darmstadt.
Dortmund's form has faltered since December, with the German side winning just two of their previous nine games in all competitions.
They have only lost once in that time but Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is hoping for a convincing win in Portugal to revive their campaign.
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Pressure on Emery

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Paris St-Germain boss Unai Emery will be all too aware of the importance of performing in Europe after last year's sacking of Laurent Blanc.
Frenchman Blanc won 11 of the 12 domestic trophies available during his three campaigns in Paris, but was fired after falling at the Champions League quarter-finals for a third consecutive year.
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PSG's Qatari owners hired Emery on the back of the three consecutive Europa League titles he won with Sevilla, but the Spaniard does not have a good record against Barcelona, with 16 defeats in 23 games.
"Knowing Unai, I know he will try to make our life complicated," said Barca boss Luis Enrique.
"He knows us perfectly, he knows exactly what we have to offer. Our goal will be to keep the ball and create space because they will be taking risks."

Champions League is back

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The Champions League returns later with the last-16 stage, with Barcelona's trip to Paris St-Germain the evening's stand-out match.
For PSG and manager Unai Emery, the tie is a daunting test of their place in Europe's elite, made more vital by the £600m spent on transfers since 2011.
Emery has won once in 23 games against Barca, whose striker Luis Suarez faces Uruguay team-mate Edinson Cavani. In Tuesday's other 19:45 GMT kick-off,Borussia Dortmund visit Benfica.

'My heart was always in England'

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Former Nigeria international Yakubu has revealed he wants to end his career in England after signing for League One Coventry.
The 34-year-old has a decade of experience in England but in the last five years he has played abroad apart from a brief spell at Reading.
He told BBC Sport: "I left to play in China, Qatar and Turkey, but my family and heart was always in England.
"I've always said I would love to end my career in England and that plan is still on track."
Read more here.

How long will Jesus be missing?

Thanks Stephan. No doubt about the biggest football story of the day so far. But just how long will Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus be out for?
According to Press Association Sport, City are unsure about the exact time frame but there are fears he could be out for up to three months.
What do you think about the Jesus injury? Text 81111 or tweet using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.
Neil Johnston will be keeping an eye on them - he's here to guide you through the rest of the day.

Jesus fractures metatarsal

On the subject of how long Jesus will be out, there's no word, but these injuries often take anything from six weeks to three months.
Is it a season-ender?

Jesus fractures metatarsal

A City statement said: "He will undergo further examinations in the coming days to establish the extent of his layoff.
"We wish Gabriel a speedy recovery and we will keep you updated on his progress via the Club’s official channels in the coming days."

Jesus fractures metatarsal

The 19-year-old scored three goals in his first two Premier League starts for City, but had to be substituted after 15 minutes on the south coast.
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Jesus fractures metatarsal

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus suffered a fractured metatarsal in last night's 2-0 win at Bournemouth.
There's no word from the club on how long he will be out for.
News, big news. Stand by...

Valentine's XI

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Jason Clugston: Don't know about players, but this team should definitely be wearing a Hearts kit.

Champions League

Has the return of the Champions League crept up on you? Did you not know that the screechy music was back?
Never fear. Read this. It's all you need to know about the return of the competition for the cup with the massive ears.

Valentine's XI

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Niall: Owner of the Valentines XI: Romance Abramovich.
Maybe Zakuani's partner is going out with Patrick Viera?
A few things here. Maybe Zakuani's partner is going out for dinner, just not with him. Maybe she knows he's been dropped before he does.
And isn't that a picture of Patrick Viera?

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