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Sky Sports Today - 2nd December

  • [recommend]GOOD MORNING
    It's been a busy morning already, and there is plenty coming up to look forward to. In Australia, Tim Bresnan is back in the England Test squad and looks set to play in Adelaide. And Graham Gooch confirms that it's a straight choice between Joe Root and Ian Bell to bat at No 3. In footie, it's all about AVB and his bust up with the Mail. We'll be across the Premier League press conferences today ahead of the midweek matches, and there's the draw for the PDC World Darts Championships from 11.30....
    12/2/2013 9:21:17 AM
  • [football]PAPER TALK
    Here's the big football stories making headlines today - and they're all manager related...
    • THE SUN, DAILY MIRROR: Sheffield Wednesday are set to appoint former England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce as their new manager.
    • DAILY MAIL: John Gregory is in the frame to take the managerial reins at Crawley Town, after Richie Barker was dismissed.
    • THE SUN: Martin Jol is set to receive an £820,000 pay-off after his dismissal from Fulham on Sunday.
    For more football news and gossip, check out our full Paper Talk feature.
    12/2/2013 9:26:26 AM
  • [skysportsnews]WIGAN SACK COYLE
    Wigan Athletic have now confirmed the dismissal of manager Owen Coyle. The 47-year-old had only been in the job six months.


    12/2/2013 9:28:28 AM
  • [westham]PRESS CONFERENCES
    We'll be on top of all the Premier League managers' press conferences today ahead of the midweek action. West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is about to arrive to speak to the media at Chadwell Heath - the Hammers travel to Crystal Palace tomorrow.

    The cameras are ready for Big Sam's press conference. #COYI
    by West Ham United via Instagram
    12/2/2013 9:37:22 AM
  • [cricket]ASHES LATEST
    Graham Gooch addresses the media this morning in Adelaide. Main theme? It's Joe Root or Ian Bell to replace Jonathan Trott at No 3 for England in the second Test.

    Gooch: England expects, whether it's Bell or Root. 

    12/2/2013 9:39:26 AM
  • [tottenham]AVB HITS OUT
    Andre Villas-Boas has hit back at journalists for a lack of respect after he was criticised following Tottenham's 6-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend. Villas-Boas has also accused former Spurs owner Lord Sugar of having an agenda against him.

    12/2/2013 9:41:30 AM
  • [everton]MARTINEZ WITH THE MEDIA
    Everton are riding high in fifth spot in the Premier League table after Gerard Deulofeu inspired Saturday's 4-0 home win over Stoke. Their next assignment is Wednesday's trip to Manchester United for a meeting with former boss David Moyes. Here's what Toffees boss Roberto Martinez had to say at his morning press conference...

    12/2/2013 9:45:33 AM
  • [cricket]ASHES PAPER TALK
    Here's what our friends in the Australian media have been saying this morning...
    • DAILY TELEGRAPH: Michael Conn says England are planning to 'bore' their way back into the series.
    • SYDNEY MORNING HERALD: Michael Vaughan tells the paper that Mitchell Johnson's bowling is the most hostile he has seen since Dale Steyn four years ago.
    • THE AUSTRALIAN: Simon Wilde believes Gary Ballance will play in place of Jonathan Trott in Adelaide.
    • COURIER-MAIL: Robert Craddock says England need to learn how to leave Mitchell Johnson and force him to change his length, pointing out that only 10 of the left-hander's 229 balls in the first Test would have hit the stumps.
    For more, click on Ashes Paper Talk.
    12/2/2013 9:51:35 AM
  • [manchesterunited]NO ROONEY RUSH
    Wayne Rooney has been in excellent form of late and was on the scoresheet again on Sunday as Manchester United drew 2-2 at Tottenham in the Premier League. The England forward has only 18 months to run on his current contract, but David Moyes doesn't know when talks on a new deal will commence...

    I think we are fine. We are just moving on from the summer. It will be done in good course. The appropriate people will talk when the time is right.
    Two goals and another influential display all over the pitch made Wayne Rooney the #mufc man of the match in the 2-2 draw with Spurs. #rooney
    by Manchester United via Instagram
    12/2/2013 9:56:30 AM
  • [cricket]ASHES BUILD-UP
    The Australia team have been out in the middle at Adelaide. Michael Clarke turned his ankle in practice but is, by all accounts, fine. 

    The Aussies limber up ahead of practice in Adelaide 
    12/2/2013 9:58:51 AM
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  • PAPER REVIEW
    Sports journalist Paul McCarthy joined Mike Wedderburn and Alex Hammond in the Sky Sports News studio this morning for the Paper Review. Andre Villas-Boas' comments after Tottenham draw with Manchester United, demanding to be shown some respect, is the main topic of conversation...
    André Villas-Boas: "Show me some respect" - Paper Talk - 2nd Dec
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    12/2/2013 10:07:26 AM
  • Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris tells us why he wants to see Ian Bell bat at No 3 in Adelaide....

    12/2/2013 10:11:12 AM
  • [cricket] ANNOUNCER-GATE LATEST
    An angry David Nixon hits back over allegations of slur he used towards Monty Panesar during England's clash with the Chairman's XI in Alice Springs last week.

    It comes as a complete surprise to me to be at the centre of a controversy about racial slurring, and I absolutely refute any allegation that I feigned an Indian accent. "'There's a change of bowler at the Traeger Avenue end... its Montyyy!' That was it. I fail to see how anyone could interpret my introduction of Monty Panesar as racial slurring. I am certainly responsible for what I say, but not what people hear.

    Monty Panesar: No complaints from England spinner or the ECB 
    12/2/2013 10:28:03 AM
  • [audio]REACTION TO COYLE SACKING
    Following Owen Coyle's dismissal by Wigan Athletic, former Latics defender and one-time caretaker manager Colin Greenall has been speaking to Sky Sports News Radio about his shock at the news.

    12/2/2013 10:29:46 AM
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  • [westham]BIG SAM MEETS THE MEDIA
    West Ham travel to face Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday. Sam Allardyce is expecting a tough test against Tony Pulis' Eagles at Selhurst Park, but hopes to build on the win over Fulham last time out.


    12/2/2013 10:46:56 AM
  • [golf] STENSON'S TREBLE
    Henrik Stenson earns another award at the end of a fine season as he is named European Tour Golfer of the Month for November. He secured overall victory in the Race To Dubai by winning the season-ending DP World Tour Championship earlier this month. He was also golfer of the month in August and September.

    12/2/2013 10:50:06 AM
  • [fulham]MEULENSTEEN'S MESSAGE
    Rene Meulensteen says Fulham need to improve their work rate and discipline, starting on Wednesday at home against Tottenham.

    12/2/2013 10:52:22 AM
  • [golf] JIMENEZ TAKES CHARGE
    Miguel Angel Jimenez will captain Europe at the inaugural EurAsia Cup in March. The Spaniard already knows his first four players, who qualified through the Race To Dubai standings - Victor Dubuisson, Jamie Donaldson, Graeme McDowell and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.
    Miguel Angel Jimenez hoping to win inaugural EurAsia Cup in March
    12/2/2013 10:58:19 AM
  • [olympics]DALEY SPEAKS FROM THE HEART
    Great Britain Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley has this morning issued a video message via YouTube. The 19-year-old explains that he wants to put an end to rumours about his relationships, which he hasn't felt comfortable talking about before.

    Right now I'm dating a guy and I couldn't be happier.
    Tom Daley: Something I want to say...
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube

    Tom's brave video is already attracting huge support on social media - we'll keep you posted on some of the reaction throughout the day.
    12/2/2013 11:00:51 AM
  • [skysportsnews] COMING UP LIVE AT 11:30
    We're joined in the studio by Michael Van Gerwen for live coverage of the draw for the first round of the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship. Reigning champion Phil Taylor was due to be with us as well, but he's not 100%. Get well soon champ!

    12/2/2013 11:05:11 AM
  • [chelsea]MOURINHO UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
    After Chelsea's 3-1 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Jose Mourinho continued his policy of downplaying his team's Premier League title ambitions. Our man Adam Bate has been taking a closer look at the Blues manager's media approach this season - and it makes for fascinating reading.

    Jose Mourinho: Directing operations on Sunday 
    12/2/2013 11:26:43 AM
  • [darts] LADBROKES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW
    Some of the stand-out ties from today's first-round draw...

    1-PHIL TAYLOR v Robert Szabo or Ian Moss
    2-MICHAEL VAN GERWEN v Zoran Lerchbacher or Ben Ward
    3-ADRIAN LEWIS v Dennis Smith
    4-SIMON WHITLOCK v Ross Smith
    5-ANDY HAMILTON v Julio Barbero or Andree Welge
    6-JAMES WADE v Darren Webster
    7-DAVE CHISNALL v John Henderson
    8-WES NEWTON v Gino Vos or Ting Chi Royden Lam
    9-ROBERT THORNTON v Max Hopp
    10-RAYMOND VAN BARNEVELD v Jamie Lewis
    11-JUSTIN PIPE v Aaron Monk
    12-KIM HUYBRECHTS v Ronny Huybrechts
    25-JOHN PART v Mareno Michels

    Phil Taylor will face a qualifier in the first round at Alexandra Palace later this month 
    12/2/2013 11:30:24 AM
  • [olympics]REACTION TO DALEY VIDEO
    Tom Daley has been receiving plenty of positive support after revealing he's currently dating a man.

    12/2/2013 11:45:55 AM
  • [nfl]AMAZING 108-YARD TOUCHDOWN
    Kansas City Chiefs' Knile Davis set a franchise record with a 108-yard kick-off return for a touchdown on Sunday - but the Denver Broncos ran out 35-28 winners to take control of the AFC West.

    12/2/2013 11:55:53 AM
  • [manchesterunited]SCHOLES: STILL GOT IT
    Paul Scholes may have hung up his boots professionally speaking, but he's still turning out for his local five-a-side team Chadderton Park Legends (playing in yellow) - and he came up with this superb long-range effort in a clash against Chaddy Park Vets, who pass the ball around for around 30 seconds before Scholes steals the ball and has a pop...

    Paul Scholes Goal from own half, Chadderton Park Legends v Chaddy Park Vets
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    12/2/2013 12:15:58 PM

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  • [darts] MVG TALKS PDC DRAW
    Michael van Gerwen's reaction to the first round draw for the Alexandra Palace tournament before he posed with his new friend from Monsters Inc (below). 

    The first guy (Zoran Lerchbacher), I have never heard of him. He is an overseas qualifier. Ben Ward, he is a youth player, and has come through the rankings I think. You don't do that for nothing so I have to be aware of that and sharp. You need to play the board not the opponent. You just need to win the game. I have a lot more experience but you still have to show it on the day.


    12/2/2013 12:28:15 PM
  • [liverpool]STURRIDGE SAD
    Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge has posted an update on Twitter after learning he is set to be sidelined for around eight weeks due to an ankle injury.


    12/2/2013 12:34:01 PM
  • [westbrom] NEW DEAL FOR BERAHINO
    Saido Berahino has emerged as a bona fide Premier League talent for West Brom this season and he has been rewarded with a new deal at The Hawthorns - it keeps him tied to the club until the end of the 2016-17 season.


    12/2/2013 12:38:36 PM
  • [fl72] GRAY LEADS OWLS
    First-team coach Stuart Gray will be in charge of Sheffield Wednesday for their Sky Bet Championship clash with leaders Leicester City on Tuesday. Gray is in temporary command while the Owls seek a replacement for Dave Jones, who departed Hillsborough on Sunday.

    They have also confirmed Jones' assistant Paul Wilkinson has left the club.

    Stuart Gray - the man for Sheffield Wednesday...for now 
    12/2/2013 12:45:35 PM
  • [cricket]BELL OR ROOT AT THREE?
    Over on the @SkyCricket Twitter feed, they're keen to know who would be your choice to bat at number three for England in the second Ashes Test against Australia in Adelaide - Joe Root or Ian Bell? Vote now!

    Joe Root and Ian Bell: Who will bat at three? 
    12/2/2013 12:49:41 PM
  • [crystalpalace] JEDINAK COMMITS
    Palace warned us on Twitter there was big news coming...so here it is. Mile Jedinak has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal.

    I'm ecstatic to put pen to paper on a new contract, I've been a part of this football club for two and a half years and I've enjoyed every moment of that. The first season was great and the second obviously ended in us getting promoted and now we're in the Premier League where we want to be, so I'm really happy here and pleased that I've done this.


    Aussie midfielder Mile Jedinak staying with Palace in the long-term 
    12/2/2013 1:00:07 PM
  • [tottenham]RIGHT TO REPLY?
    Our man Adam Bate was at the Tottenham v Manchester United game on Sunday and was in the post-match press conference with Andre Villas-Boas too. The discussion got rather heated when the Spurs boss voiced his opinions on recent articles written by Sunday Supplement host Neil Ashton and his fellow Daily Mail scribe, Martin Samuel. Read Adam's take on events at White Hart Lane on Sunday...

    Andre Villas-Boas: Heated press conference 
    12/2/2013 1:03:13 PM
  • [cricket]ASHES FEEDBACK
    Here's some of your reaction via Twitter to our debate on who should play at three for England - Ian Bell or Joe Root.

    12/2/2013 1:09:24 PM
  • [fulham]FULHAM APPOINT COACH
    Following Martin Jol's departure from Fulham on Sunday, the struggling Premier League club have announced the appointment of a new First-Team Coach to work alongside Head Coach Rene Meulensteen. Jonathan Hill has previously coached at both Manchester clubs, Norwegian outfit Tromso and also the Jordanian Football Association.


    12/2/2013 1:16:09 PM
  • [olympics]DALEY REACTION
    British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes has given his reaction to Tom Daley's decision to reveal he's currently in a relationship with a man.

    Everybody within British Swimming supports Tom and his announcement. It’s a very private matter and doesn’t change the very positive way in which we will continue to work with Tom. Tom is one of the world’s leading athletes and has achieved success at every level of competition including Olympic bronze and World gold. I hope the media will give Tom the privacy he deserves to allow him to continue to focus on performance as he continues to be an inspiration and role model to millions around the globe.

    12/2/2013 1:20:31 PM
  • [golf] RORY REFLECTS
    At last, Rory McIlroy has a first win of 2013 after pipping Adam Scott in the Australian Open on Sunday. Prior to that event, Sky Sports' Paul Higham spoke to the Northern Irishman on his season. As you can hear, Rory felt a win was imminent.
    12/2/2013 1:28:46 PM
  • [darts] THE BEST ONE
    Reigning champion Phil Taylor did make it to the Sky Sports News studio to discuss the first round draw for the 2014 Ladbrokes World Darts Championship - here's what he had to say about the Alexandra Palace event...

    It's the best one for sure. There's certain venues that I love - I love Blackpool and Dubai is a beautiful venue - but the World Championships is the World Championship. You are in the big arena then. It's like going to Manchester United's football ground, you can't get any bigger. It's the one everybody wants, the trophy and it's a £250,000 to the winner.

    Phil Taylor would love to be doing this again early next month 
    12/2/2013 1:35:02 PM
  • [added-minutes] QUIZ TIME
    1. Which Russian club was Rene Meulensteen in charge of for just 16 days earlier this year?
    2. Which two teams have conceded fewest goals in the Premier League this season?
    3. Which England batsman scored most runs in the first Test defeat against Australia?
    4. How many tournaments has Rory McIlroy won in 2013?
    5. How many Rugby League World Cups have Australia won?
    (Answers at 14.30)
    12/2/2013 1:48:25 PM
  • [fulham] FUL-SOME PRAISE
    Michael Carrick praises departed Fulham boss Martin Jol while Gary Neville has a good luck message and some advice (don't look at Twitter!) for new manager Rene Meulensteen.

    12/2/2013 1:57:40 PM
  • [football] CUP DRAW
    The draw for the fifth round of the Scottish Cup has just been made. The highlights are:
    Celtic v Aberdeen
    Rangers v Ayr/Dunfermline
    12/2/2013 2:11:58 PM
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