Champions League team news - Roma v Chelsea

Ashley Cole and Ricardo Carvalho will miss Chelsea's Champions League trip to Italian side Roma tonight at the Stadio Olimpico.

Left-back Cole picked up a calf injury during Saturday's 5-0 victory over Sunderland, with blues boss Luiz Felipe Scolari replacing him with Wayne Bridge.

Carvalho continues his spell on the sidelines after being injured in Chelsea's 1-0 home defeat to Liverpool, as Brazilian defender Alex, who scored in Chelsea's weekend win, replaces Carvalho.

Champions League team news - Liverpool v Atletico Madrid

Fernando Torres will miss tonight's Champions League match with Atletico Madrid at Anfield, after the striker's hamstring injury means Robbie Keane will start instead.

Torres, who has missed the last five matches through injury, is not even on the bench for Rafael Benitez's side, who will qualify for the last 16 if they beat the Spaniards and if PSV Eindhoven fail to beat French team Marseille.

Sergio Aguerro starts for Atletico, after he scored in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on the 23rd October.

 

Sports Personality

With 2008 reaching its climax and no more really important sporting events left to go, I was just wondering what everyone thought about this years Sports Personality of the Year Award.

I expect the leading contenders will be: Chris Hoy for his epic achievement in the cycling at the olympics, Rebecca Adlington in the swimming who I think was the favourite, Andy Murray for his rise up the ATP Rankings and of course the hero of the weekend Lewis Hamilton. You MIGHT include Theo Walcott, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry and maybe Ryan Giggs for his achievements this year.

The 24-minute news cycle

The 2008 Presidential Campaign gives Time magazine's James Poniewozik the chance to expound his theory that the 24-hour news cycle is dead. In its place, thanks to digital technology and the 'unofficial media', is the 24-minute news cycle.

"If you follow campaign news, you'll see this cycle in action several times a day, with stories sprouting, blooming and dying like flowers in time-lapse photography," he says.

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