Liverpool looking forward to meeting Zenit in Europa League

In football news, 

Liverpool have been drawn against Russian side Zenit St Petersburg in the last 32 of the Europa League. 

The Reds secured their place in the last 32 by winning Group A ahead of another Russian club, Anzhi.

And that experience will bode well for the club, as according to Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers. 

Meanwhile in other selected fixtures, 

Newcastle United will play Metalist Kharkiv of Ukraine, while Chelsea face Sparta Prague. 

And the tournament's defending champions Atletico Madrid take on Rubin Kazan, while Ajax Amsterdam are paired with Steaua Bucharest. 

And Tottenham Hotspur take on Olympique Lyon. 

The Europa league last 32 campaign gets underway in mid-February.

Still on football, 

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been named the African Player of the Year for a 2nd time. 

Toure beat fellow Ivory Coast star and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba into 2nd place with former Arsenal midfielder, Alex Song in 3rd spot. 

Toure won the 2012 poll in a vote of head coaches or technical directors of countries affiliated to the Confederation of African Football.


Onto motorsports news, 

Thailand reportedly look set to host a Formula 1 night race in 2015. 

That's according to F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. 

Local Thai media reports claim that Bangkok will be ready to host in 2014, but Eccelstone is planning for the year after.