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Sky Sports Today - 26th November

  • [recommend]GOOD MORNING
    Welcome to Sky Sports Today on Tuesday, 26 November. As is becoming customary, we'll be kicking off the day with a trip Down Under to catch up with the latest news from England's Ashes Tour, plus bringing you up to speed on all the other big stories making the sports headlines.
    11/26/2013 9:04:09 AM
    England have now moved on to Alice Springs ahead of Friday's tour match against a Central Australia Chairman's XI.

    Alistair Cook leads his side off the plane 
    11/26/2013 9:08:46 AM
  • [cricket]SLEDGING
    Sledging remains very much in the news agenda this morning. Australia bowler Peter Siddle has made it clear that Michael Clarke's fine will not deter either side from engaging in verbal warfare on the field for the remainder of the series.
    11/26/2013 9:09:16 AM
    It's hot hot hot in Alice - the thermometer hit 39 degrees Celsius at the weekend at the Traeger Park Oval, where England will begin a two-day match on Friday (UK start time is 11.30pm GMT on Thursday).

    England arrive in Alice Springs 
    11/26/2013 9:14:55 AM
    The England squad have opted to close ranks following the events of the last few days. At Brisbane airport, a number of players refused to answer questions, with Kevin Pietersen making a particular point of declaring he couldn't hear reporters with his earphones in.
    11/26/2013 9:16:34 AM
  • [football]BENDTNER IN BOTHER
    Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been cautioned by police following his arrest on suspicion of criminal damage. The 25-year-old had been held by police in Hertfordshire yesterday in connection with damage to an apartment building where he lives in the Bushey area.
    11/26/2013 9:20:32 AM
    Not sure England are entirely deserving of a guard of honour at the moment, but that's apparently what this water truck at Alice Springs airport was trying to deliver... it was aimed away from the tour party, by the way...

    A jet of water from a fire truck welcomes England to Alice Springs
    11/26/2013 9:28:08 AM
  • [football]GIGGS 40
    Most players' boots are well hung-up by the time they reach 40. Not Ryan Giggs', though. He hits the milestone on Friday. Here is what he had to say to Sky Sports News Radio...

    11/26/2013 9:30:18 AM
  • [everton]BAINES BLOW
    Bad news for Everton (and fantasy football managers). England left-back Leighton Baines will be out for up to six weeks after fracturing his toe against Liverpool at the weekend.

    Leighton Baines: Makes way for Deulofeu on Saturday 
    11/26/2013 9:35:22 AM
    The breaking news is coming thick and fast this morning. The fixtures for the 2014 County Championship have just been released. On April 6th, Nottinghamshire face Lancashire and Sussex play Middlesex. Champions Durham will begin their season in the second week of April, against Northamptonshire.
    11/26/2013 9:38:54 AM
  • [cricket]The Ashes Verdict panel convened on Monday night - Jonathan Trott's departure from England's tour of Australia was one of the talking points.

    11/26/2013 9:42:40 AM
    There will be a number of changes this season, with most games starting on a Sunday, most t20 matches taking place on Friday nights and 40-over matches becoming 50-over affairs. In addition, teams get five points for a draw as opposed to three in the County Championship
    11/26/2013 9:43:11 AM
  • [cricket]COUNTY CHANGES
    There's a lot to get your head around this morning if you're a county cricket fan, with the NatWest T20 Blast and Royal London One-Day Cup competitions now on the schedule. Fortunately the ECB have created a handy video guide to the changes...

    Domestic cricket 2014 - key changes
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    11/26/2013 9:58:54 AM
  • [cricket]TROTT'S DEPARTURE
    As you'd expect, the Aussie press have had plenty to say about Jonathan Trott's stress-related departure from the Ashes tour. Fox's Ben Way summarises for us...

    11/26/2013 10:10:45 AM
  • [championsleague]CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    It's Matchday Five in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and you can see Chelsea and Celtic in action live on Sky Sports tonight. Here's our schedule...

    4.55pm: Zenit St Petersburg v Atletico Madrid (Sky Sports 2 HD, kick-off 5pm)
    7pm: FC Basel v Chelsea (Sky Sports 2 HD)
    7.30pm: Celtic v AC Milan (Sky Sports 4 HD)
    7.30pm: Ajax v Barcelona (Sky Sports Xtra - also available via red button on Sky Sports 4 HD)
    7.45pm: Borussia Dortmund v Napoli, FC Porto v Austria Vienna, Steaua Bucharest v Schalke (all available via red button on Sky Sports 4 HD)
    10pm: Champions League Goals (Sky Sports 2 HD)
    11/26/2013 10:12:28 AM
  • [cricket]SLEDGING
    Australia coach Darren Lehmann is in no mood to make the Ashes a warm, cuddly affair. In response to questions about whether he would hold talks with England coach Andy Flower following the controversies of the first Test, he had this to say...

    From my point of view, Andy looks after his side, and I look after my side. That's what you do in the game of cricket. I played cricket with Andy - I know him and I talk to him all the time. But at the end of the day, he's in control of the England cricket team - and we have to try to get the Ashes back.

    11/26/2013 10:21:41 AM
  • [boxing]FROCH v GROVES
    Everyone's still talking about Saturday night's big fight. Will we see a rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves? The latter has warned Froch that his credibility "will be shot" if he doesn't agree to another bout. On Twitter, @SkySportsBoxing asked for your thoughts...

    11/26/2013 10:21:59 AM
  • [skysportsnews]SPORTSWOMEN
    Coming up next on Sky Sports News HD - Rimla Akhtar from the Muslim Women's Sports Foundation is in the Cafe with Vicky... and don't forget our Sportswomen of the Year awards will be held on Thursday 5 December.

    11/26/2013 10:28:36 AM
  • [everton]BAINES BLOW
    Everton manager Roberto Martinez lost a big player for up to six weeks after it was revealed left-back Leighton Baines had fractured a toe. Here is what the Toffees boss had to say...

    It could mean anything from missing six weeks to being back in 10 days because it depends how the fracture heals. Gareth (Barry) slotted in during the game and when you have got a player with that experience, he can play anywhere. We have got other players at the football club who can play in that position

    11/26/2013 10:34:15 AM
  • [skysportsnews]SPORTSWOMEN
    Rimla Akhtar, from the Muslim Women's Sports Foundation...

    We need to look at how we are creating opportunities for women, how open we are and how flexible to the needs of this community. Simple things like creating an all-female environment, which is perfect for these women to feel comfortable in. It is difficult and that is why we go in and help organisations achieve that

    11/26/2013 10:40:47 AM

    11/26/2013 10:40:55 AM
  • [mondaynightfootball]Ed, Gary and Jamie analyse Aston Villa's comeback to salvage a 2-2 draw at West Brom after they went behind by two goals in Monday Night Football.

    11/26/2013 10:46:31 AM
  • [chelsea]NO MATA
    Chelsea take on Basel in the Champions League tonight, but manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he is struggling to fit last year's club player of the season Juan Mata into his first XI...

    11/26/2013 10:47:28 AM
  • [skysportsnews]SPORTSWOMEN
    Female golfer Charley Hull, who helped Europe win the Solheim Cup...

    I get a bit more recognised by people. I've had a few golfers saying well done to me. It is really good because you feel like you can inspire other people. The main thing for my success is my dad as he has never been pushy. I wouldn't give advice to a teenager, but to the parent: just let them do it off their own back

    11/26/2013 10:56:55 AM
  • [football]SACK RACE
    We're closing on Christmas - a time when Premier League chairmen's trigger fingers might start to twitch. It appears as though a few people fancy Tottenham's Andre Villas-Boas or Fulham's Martin Jol to be the next to get the bullet, according to the latest odds from Sky Bet.
    11/26/2013 11:07:52 AM
  • Last week, Andre Villas-Boas was 33/1 to be the next PL manager to leave. He's now been backed into 9/4. ->
  • [championsleague]FIVE TO WATCH
    There are some tasty encounters to keep an eye on in the penultimate round of UEFA Champions League group-stage games this week. Our man Matthew Stanger has picked out five for your consideration...

    • Celtic v AC Milan - the Hoops could feasibly still snatch second spot in Group H, and Milan have been rubbish on the road
    • Borussia Dortmund v Napoli - the Germans are depleted defensively, so Rafa Benitez's men will fancy their chances
    • Arsenal v Marseille - home banker? the Gunners can't afford to be cocky as l'OM have talent in their ranks
    • Bayer Leverkusen v Manchester United - revenge on the agenda for Sami Hyppia's side against a United team looking toothless in Europe
    • Juventus v FC Copenhagen - the Old Lady is surprisingly behind the Danes in the race for qualification out of Group B.

    For more on these games, read our full Five to Watch feature.
    11/26/2013 11:12:30 AM
  • [manchesterunited]
    Happy birthday Danny Welbeck! The #mufc striker turns 23 today. Have a good one, Welbz.
    by Manchester United via Instagram
    11/26/2013 11:16:45 AM
  • [skysportsnews]PAPER REVIEW
    The Sun's Shaun Custis joined Mike Wedderburn in the Sky Cafe on Sky Sports News HD earlier to discuss the morning editions. The futures of Joe Hart and Andre Villas-Boas were both under scrutiny - you can read all the headlines in our Paper Talk feature.

    Joe Hart to Stoke? AVB on the brink? - Paper Talk - 26th November
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    11/26/2013 11:23:22 AM
    The ECB's professional game managing director Gordon Hollins has been explaining the thought process behind the changes to the county cricket set-up.

    There is a huge latent demand for county cricket, huge interest throughout the country. Whilst that exists, people just didn't know when matches were being played. So what we've tried to do with this schedule is de-clutter it.

    11/26/2013 11:37:01 AM
  • [cricket]SLEDGING
    England coach Andy Flower says his side and Australia must "draw a line" to ensure the acrimonious scenes during the first Ashes Test in Brisbane are not repeated...

    I think there are standards of behaviour that individuals and teams must set themselves. The competition should be intense. It's played between two proud cricketing nations. But I think we need good leaders, who know where to draw the line, and they need to be good role models.
    11/26/2013 11:39:06 AM
  • [formula-one]F1 SEASON REVIEW
    Sky Sports' Pete Gill has been taking a look back over the 2013 Formula One season and picking out some of his highs and lows. His favourite Grand Prix was the second-round race in Malaysia, where Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag ahead of Marc Webber. If you don't know the importance of the phrase "Multi-21" to Red Bull Racing, read on...

    Malaysian Grand Prix: Started in damp conditions 
    11/26/2013 11:48:50 AM
  • [manchestercity]CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    Joe Hart is back in action on the training field ahead of his return to the Manchester City side for their Champions League game at home to Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday...

    Joe Hart dives to make a save during City training 
    11/26/2013 11:50:16 AM
  • [formula-one]A look back at the 2013 Formula One season in a little over three minutes...

    11/26/2013 11:54:22 AM
    Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has used his Instagram account to explain how he managed to get arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage...
    by nicklas bendtner via Instagram
    by nicklas bendtner via Instagram
    11/26/2013 12:02:55 PM
  • [formula-one]BUTTON BUZZING FOR 2014
    Jenson Button and his McLaren team didn't have as good a season as they would like in 2013, but the driver is already looking forward to 2014, during which he is expecting improvements...

    We've learnt a lot this year. We've also [experimented] more than normal. If you're in a championship-fighting car you're scared to get away from the set-up you know. We've been places that we would never have thought of in the past. That has really helped us. Everyone is excited about next year. Changes are great for everyone apart from Red Bull.

    11/26/2013 12:05:43 PM
    After Week 12 of the 2013 NFL season, the Seattle Seahawks continue to lead the way in the NFC, while the Denver Broncos top the AFC standings. Simon Veness has filed his last Power Rankings, and he reckons the Seahawks may struggle when Drew Brees and the second-placed New Orleans Saints come visiting in their next fixture on 3 December.

    Seahawks duo Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond: The latter is set for a four-match suspension 
    11/26/2013 12:22:44 PM
  • [manchesterunited]ON THIS DAY IN SPORT
    The Football Museum in Manchester are remembering one of the most important transfers in Premier League history, which occurred 21 years ago today...

    11/26/2013 12:26:20 PM

    [fl72]Burton will name 50-year-old goalkeeping coach Kevin Poole in their squad for tonight’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Mansfield. The former Derby and Leicester stopper will act as cover for Dean Lyness following the recall of on-loan Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford.

    11/26/2013 12:28:57 PM
  • [skysportsnews]SPORTSWOMEN

    11/26/2013 12:42:57 PM
  • [audio]Ray Wilkins and Andy Walker will both be joining James Burford on the Afternoon Update on Sky Sports News Radio from 1pm as we look ahead to Chelsea and Celtic's Champions League group games tonight.

    11/26/2013 12:46:08 PM
  • [formula-one]F1 FEEDBACK
    The @SkySportsF1 Twitter account posed the question - who was driver of the year? Here's some of your responses.

    11/26/2013 12:53:10 PM
  • [manchestercity]IN GOOD KOMPANY
    Here is a sight that will cheer all Manchester City fans - the sight of Vincent Kompany training. The central defender has been missed during his spell out injured...

    Vincent Kompany joins in Manchester City training 
    11/26/2013 1:13:04 PM
    Rory Best faces a race against time to be fit for next year's Six Nations after the Ireland hooker was ruled out until January with a fractured arm. Ulster confirmed that Best underwent successful surgery this morning.
    Rory Best is a doubt for next year's Six Nations

    11/26/2013 1:14:05 PM
  • [manchestercity]NO HART LOAN
    Back to Manchester City, and manager Manuel Pellegrini has ruled out the prospect of goalkeeper Joe Hart being sent out on loan in January. The England number one has recently fallen behind Costel Pantimilon in the City pecking order.
    11/26/2013 1:26:16 PM
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