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Sky Sports Today - 10th December

  • [sunny]GOOD MORNING
    Welcome along to Sky Sports Today on Tuesday 10 December. On the agenda today is Champions League action with Manchester United facing Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City away to Bayern Munich. We'll also be across the latest on the recent match-fixing developments as a meeting is called by the Sports Minister in London with senior officials from five leading sports. Of course, there'll also be plenty of Ashes chat too as we look ahead to the third Test between England and Australia.
    12/10/2013 9:03:31 AM
  • [cricket]FLOWER POWER
    Andy Flower has been defending his England players ahead of the third Ashes Test at the WACA in Perth (the action gets underway at 2.30am UK time on Friday, live on Sky Sports 2). The tourists have come in for heavy criticism after losing the first two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide but Flower says the 2-0 scoreline is not due to a lack of heart...

    Usually in sporting contests, when there are losses - especially heavy losses - one of the first areas people look at is lack of fight, or the other side wanted it more. That's quite a simplistic view.

    Andy Flower: Addressing the media at the Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide 
    12/10/2013 9:18:33 AM
  • PAPER TALK [football]

    Here are the key lines from today's back pages

    • Roy Keane has accused Sir Alex Ferguson of still trying to take control at Man Utd due to his "massive ego." (The Times)
    •  Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is interested in signing QPR keeper Julio Cesar. (Daily Mail)
    • Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will recall Ashley Cole for Wed’s Champions League with Steaua Bucharest (Daily Express)
    • Defender Sylvain Distin is set to be offered a new 12-month contract at Everton. (The Sun)

    12/10/2013 9:27:29 AM
  • [cricket]REST LOOMS FOR ENGLAND TRIO
    Kevin Pietersen, Jimmy Anderson and Graeme Swann have been told they will be rested for England's limited overs encounters with Australia after the main Ashes Test business concludes. There are five ODIs and three T20 matches scheduled for January and February. Alastair Cook says...

    Guys like Anderson and Pietersen are in their early 30s now and prized assets - and we need to look after our prized assets.
    Swann, Pietersen and Anderson: Will be taking a break 

    12/10/2013 9:32:37 AM
  • [audio]Monday Night Football pundit Jamie Carragher discusses players celebrating against former clubs, following Danny Graham's goal for Hull against Swansea last night.

    12/10/2013 9:40:00 AM
  • [cricket]FLOWER BACKS ENGLAND
    England's team director Andy Flower says the team can bounce back after back-to-back defeats left them 2-0 down in the current Ashes series.

    12/10/2013 9:41:32 AM
  • [fl72]NEW BEES BOSS
    Surprise appointment down at Griffin Park - League One outfit Brentford have named Mark Warburton, who was working as sporting director, as their new manager following the departure of Uwe Rosler to Wigan.


    12/10/2013 9:43:43 AM
  • [fl72]BENAYOUN JOINS QPR
    One for QPR fans - Yossi Benayoun, who has been training with the R's, has signed a short-term deal with Rangers. That's a decent signing for Harry.


    12/10/2013 9:49:34 AM
  • [rugby-union]MANDELA REMEMBERED
    A memorial service is being held at the FNB Stadium in rainy Johannesburg today as world leaders and thousands of South Africans remember former president Nelson Mandela - live coverage is available on Sky News. Mandela's sporting ties are well known - here's an iconic moment in rugby union history from 1995...

    Nelson Mandela hands the World Cup trophy to South Africa skipper Francois Pienaar at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, in June 1995
    12/10/2013 9:50:44 AM
  • [fl72]BENAYOUN JOINS QPR
    QPR boss Harry Redknapp is happy to get Yossi Benayoun...

    Yossi is a good footballer, a top-class player. I think he will be a fantastic addition to the squad.

    12/10/2013 9:54:16 AM
  • [fl72]BENAYOUN JOINS QPR
    Yossi is a happy chappy to be at QPR...


    12/10/2013 9:58:23 AM
  • [fl72]BENAYOUN JOINS QPR
    The QPR love-in continues as Joey Barton gets in on the act and welcomes his new team-mate Yossi Benayoun.


    12/10/2013 10:00:11 AM
  • [skysportsnews]COMING UP ON SSN
    Fifteen minutes until the start of Sportswomen. Christine Ohuruogu joins Vicky Gomersall in the studio and we'll have speed skater Elise Christie and Arsenal Ladies star Alex Scott talking about their futures as well. Christine will be answering your questions on Twitter from around 11am. tweet your questions to @SkySportsNews using #SportsWomen

    Christine Ohuruogu coming up shortly on SSN 
    12/10/2013 10:18:35 AM
  • [mondaynightfootball]LET REFS HAVE THEIR SAY
    Gary Neville says it's time referees were allowed to explain their decisions after Hull City were denied what seemed a certain penalty in their draw with Swansea.

    12/10/2013 10:28:25 AM
  • [fl72]BRENTFORD APPOINT WARBURTON
    More now on the Football League's newest managerial appointment. Mark Warburton has agreed to Brentford owner Matthew Benham's request to step up from his role as sporting director and take the job of Bees boss, at least until the end of the season. Club chairman Cliff Crown says:

    We believe Mark will offer continuity at a key time and enable us to build on the past two and a half years.

    12/10/2013 10:31:03 AM
  • [supersunday]MORE LIVE SKY GAMES
    Sky Sports has just announced nine Premier League fixtures to be screened live in February - six of them are Super Sunday affairs, while there is also a mouth-watering Monday Night Football clash between title contenders Manchester City and Chelsea on the 3rd of the month. Here are the games:

    • Sun Feb 2: West Brom v Liverpool (1.30pm); Arsenal v Crystal Palace (4pm).
    • Mon Feb 3: Manchester City v Chelsea (8pm).
    • Sat Feb 8: Swansea v Cardiff (5.30pm).
    • Sun Feb 9: Tottenham v Everton (1.30pm); Manchester United v Fulham (4pm).
    • Sat Feb 22: Newcastle v Aston Villa (5.30pm).
    • Sun Feb 23: Crystal Palace v Manchester United (1.30pm); Norwich v Tottenham (4pm).
    12/10/2013 10:40:56 AM
  • [liverpool]BEST EVER?
    Jamie Carragher wonders if Luis Suarez is the most naturally gifted footballer to ever play for Liverpool. You'd think some of the older generation might argue the likes of Peter Beardsley, John Barnes and of course King Kenny Dalglish perhaps?

    Luis Suarez: Is he Liverpool's best? 
    12/10/2013 10:43:12 AM
  • [skysportsnews]PAPER REVIEW
    The Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis joined Sky Sports News' Mike Wedderburn in the Sky Cafe earlier for the Paper Review. Roy Keane's feud with Sir Alex Ferguson dominates the back pages as he claims the former Manchester United boss is still trying to exert "control and power" at the club. Elsewhere, there is the latest on the spot-fixing scandal, with further arrests...

    Keane lays into Sir Alex Ferguson and the latest on spot-fixing - Paper Talk Dec 10th
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    12/10/2013 10:43:53 AM
  • [celtic] MJALLBY: CELTIC RIGHT TO ACT

    Assistant manager Johan Mjallby says the club had no option but to take action against the fans whose behaviour marred last Friday night's win over Motherwell. Celtic suspended 128 fans from their games and relocated 250 season-ticket holders after smoke bombs and flares were thrown and seats were damaged at Fir Park.

    You don't want to have mayhem, you can't have this disruption inside sports grounds so we have to get together to support the club in the best  way. It is a distraction I don't like.The club has reacted in the best way.

    12/10/2013 10:44:10 AM
  • [manchesterunited]'THE FURY HAS GONE'
    Gary Neville fears Manchester United's title dreams are already over and he feels they failed to take enough risks in the early part of the Premier League season. Is it down to the change of manager?

    It's the same team that Sir Alex Ferguson picked - Fellaini wasn't out there on Saturday - and it's just not good enough at the moment. They really are struggling in a lot of areas. The big thing for me is the goals. The goals have shut down - and if you go into more detail they are not passing the ball forward, the crossing is poor and there isn't that fury at the end of games.
    Dejected United players troop off after defeat by Newcastle
    12/10/2013 10:50:26 AM

  • 12/10/2013 11:05:46 AM
  • [skysportsnews]SPOT-FIXING SUMMIT MEETING
    Senior sports officials are meeting Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Maria Miller in Whitehall today to discuss the latest developments in the spot-fixing investigation. The meeting follows the arrests of several footballers in the last 48 hours; they have since been bailed. Amy Lewis is reporting from DCMS Headquarters for Sky Sports News...

    The meeting so far has lasted for more than an hour, and is due to run for at least another hour. Miller has invited the heads of various sporting bodies - from football, cricket, rugby union, rugby league and tennis. At the moment, many sports operate a 24-hour hotline in which people can report their concerns but there have been calls to go even further, such as setting up an integrity unit within football.

    12/10/2013 11:08:40 AM
  • [championsleague]CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: FIVE TO WATCH
    This week, it's Matchday Six in the Champions League group stages - and our man Daniel Storey reports that it's very much 'squeaky bum time' for several clubs. He's selected five key games which are deserving of your attention:
    • Galatasaray v Juventus - a winner-takes-all affair in Group B in Istanbul
    • Schalke v Basel - the Swiss club must avoid defeat in Gelsenkirchen to qualify
    • Atletico Madrid v Porto - the visitors are on the verge of elimination, and Atletico are flying
    • AC Milan v Ajax - can the Amsterdam club cap a phenomenal comeback in Group H?
    • Napoli v Arsenal - a draw would be enough for the Gunners, while Benitez's side must sweat
    12/10/2013 11:40:00 AM
  • [fl72] BRENTFORD'S NEW MANAGER TAKES CHARGE
    Mark Warburton takes training on his first day in charge as the new manager of League One side Brentford.


    12/10/2013 11:49:05 AM
  • [football]BALLON D'OR CONTENDERS
    Great pic of the Ballon d'Or nominees - Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery - reflected in the trophy at the Mellerio jewelery workshops in Paris. The winner will be announced at the FIFA World Player gala in Zurich on Monday, 13 January.

    12/10/2013 11:51:08 AM
  • [cricket]ASHES LATEST
    The England camp has now moved west from Adelaide to Perth and there's just two days before the Ashes action begins all over again... can they bounce back and restore some pride?

    First view of the WACA from the England team hotel! #Ashes #cricket
    by England Cricket via Instagram
    12/10/2013 11:53:47 AM
  • [manchestercity]CITY FACE THE CHAMPIONS
    Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester City striker Niall Quinn joined Sky Sports News Radio earlier to look at the task facing Manuel Pellegrini's men in Germany tonight. Quinn gives his opinion on whether City will go gung-ho to win by three goals against Bayern or whether they'll pick a weakened team with Saturday's Premier League clash at home to Arsenal in mind.

    12/10/2013 11:59:33 AM
  • [olympics]GREEN TAKING BREAK
    Olympic 400 metre hurdles semi-finalist Jack Green will spend 2014 out of athletics after a battle with depression. Hopefully we'll see him back at full strength in 2015.

    Athletics at the top level requires an application that I had, disappointingly, not been able to give it in recent times, which made life both on and off the track extremely difficult for me and I need to step back for a period of time.

    Jack Green: Taking 2014 off to get back to 100% 

    12/10/2013 12:01:37 PM
  • [skysportsnews]SPOT-FIXING MEETING
    FA general secretary Alex Horne has been speaking to Sky Sports News' Amy Lewis outside DCMS Headquarters in Whitehall after a 90-minute meeting with Maria Miller about developments in the spot-fixing investigation was brought to a close.

    It was a very positive meeting.. it was a 'where are we all at?' and 'what do we think?' We're never complacent, and there's a lot we can learn from other sports. The general consensus around the room says this isn't a wide-scale issue, but we really welcome the recent impetus from the National Crime Agency. Criminal activities must not be underestimated.

    12/10/2013 12:07:42 PM
  • 12/10/2013 12:14:53 PM
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    12/10/2013 12:17:59 PM
  • [football]POLL RESULTS
    Earlier, we asked you where you thought Manchester United would finish in the Premier League this season, after Gary Neville voiced his fears that the 'fury' has gone out of the Red Devils. Here's the results:

    Fifth or sixth place - 24%
    Top-half also-rans (6th to 10th) - 21%
    Third or fourth - 20%
    Champions again - 15%
    Bottom half of table - 12%
    Runners-up - 8%
    12/10/2013 12:22:29 PM
  • [chelsea]MOURINHO IN NEXT HOUR
    Chelsea have been in training at Cobham this morning ahead of their Champions League Group E clash at home to Steaua Bucharest tomorrow. Blues boss Jose Mourinho is due to hold his pre-match press conference at 1pm.

    Eden Hazard and David Luiz: At Chelsea training today 
    12/10/2013 12:29:41 PM
  • [formula-one]F1 CHANGES
    There have been proposed changes to the 2014 F1 season, with the possibility of double points on offer in both the drivers' and the constructors' championships for the final race of the season. Sky Sports F1 expert Ted Kravitz explains more...

    12/10/2013 12:31:52 PM
  • [newspaper]REGIONAL PAPER TALK
    Key lines from the regional papers...
    • Liverpool suffer a major blow with the news that Steven Gerrard will be out for up to six weeks (Liverpool Echo)
    • Tottenham will not let Jermain Defoe leave in the January transfer window (Evening Standard)
    • Celtic striker Georgios Samaras has emerged as a shock transfer target for MLS side Toronto FC (The Scotsman)
    • Hull City are monitoring Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi (Newcastle Chronicle)
    12/10/2013 12:52:07 PM
  • [added-minutes] LUNCHTIME QUIZ
    1. How many times have Real Madrid won the Champions League/European Cup?
    2. How old is new UK snooker champion Neil Robertson?
    3. From which Yorkshire city will the Tour de France depart in 2014?
    4. Which tennis player won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in 1997
    5. Who is the world's number-two ranked male golfer?
    12/10/2013 1:00:07 PM
  • MURRAY SIGNS NEW DEAL [rugby-union]
    Good news for Irish rugby fans -  Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray will be staying with Munster after signing a new two-year with the Irish side.


    12/10/2013 1:00:39 PM
  • [barcelona]ADIOS CAMP NOU?
    Could Barcelona decide to leave their famous Nou Camp home? The club's board of directors will come to a conclusion in January on whether to expand the stadium into a 105,000-seater arena or submit plans for a new development on Diagonal in the city.

    Nou Camp: Barcelona's home 
    12/10/2013 1:02:24 PM
  • [calendar] ON THIS DAY - DEC 10
    • 1998: The Champions League was formally increased to 32 teams by UEFA, who also confirmed the UEFA Cup and the European Cup Winners' Cup would be merged into one tournament from the start of the 1999-2000 season.
    • 2007: Jose Mourinho ruled himself out of contention for the vacant England managerial position.
    • 2009: Three-time Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins signed for Team Sky on a four-year deal ahead of their debut season in cycling.
    12/10/2013 1:13:33 PM
  • [chelsea] MOURINHO PREZZER
    Jose Mourinho speaking ahead of Chelsea's Champions League Group E clash at home to Steaua Bucharest tomorrow.

    12/10/2013 1:20:58 PM
  • [boxing] MY SPECIAL DAY
    My Special Day with Carl Froch is on Sky Sports News tomorrow morning, don't miss it.


     


    12/10/2013 1:23:32 PM
  • [everton]DEULOFEU HAPPY TO WAIT
    Everton fans will be happy to hear Gerard Deulofeu is enjoying his time at Goodison Park and the chance is there he could be back in 2014-15 as well. But they won't know until the end of the season according to the player and his Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino.
    Gerard Deulofeu is enjoying his time in the Premier League 
    12/10/2013 1:35:25 PM
  • [chelsea] MOURINHO PREZZER
    Some more lines from Jose Mourinho's press conference. Remember, Chelsea have to beat Steaua tomorrow to finish top of Group E.

    12/10/2013 1:43:16 PM
  • [cricket] WILLIS: DROP SWANN
    Bob Willis believes Monty Panesar should play ahead of Graeme Swann in the third Test in Perth while he also wants to see a recall for paceman Steven Finn.
    12/10/2013 1:48:45 PM
  • [cycling]WIGGINS KNIGHTED
    We've known him as Sir Bradley Wiggins for a while now - now it's official as he meets The Queen at Buckingham Palace to be knighted for his services to cycling. Afterwards he talked about the ceremony and his future.

    It was quite nerve-wracking actually. I'm just incredibly uncomfortable in those circumstances.I'm still shaking now, to be honest. I'm glad it's over. The Queen asked what I'm doing now, and it was an incredible summer last year.

    I mean it's quite humbling, really, being here. I was just talking to some of the other people getting stuff, and asking them what they've been honoured for, and they're historic things, ground-breaking sciences or whatever. 

    Sir Bradley Wiggins: Knighted at Buckingham Palace 

    12/10/2013 1:48:53 PM
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