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Sky Sports Today - 3rd December

  • [recommend]GOOD MORNING
    Welcome to Sky Sports Today on Tuesday, 3 December. We'll be bringing you all the latest from England's Ashes tour of Australia as we continue to gear up for the second Test in Adelaide, plus there'll be plenty of Premier League press conference activity as we look forward to a bumper midweek programme. We also have Friday's World Cup draw on our minds - not long now until we find out who England will face in Brazil next summer. Stick with us throughout the day for all that, plus breaking news...
    12/3/2013 8:56:21 AM
  • [cricket]BRESNAN READY TO GO
    At 11pm UK time tomorrow night, the Ashes action will be underway again as England meet Australia in the second Test at the Adelaide Oval. Tim Bresnan hasn't featured for his country since the fourth encounter of the summer Ashes series, but he says he's raring to go if - as expected - he replaces Chris Tremlett in the side.

    It's been quite frustrating travelling with the guys and doing all the prep, but knowing I probably wasn't going to play any of the warm-up games. But I'm relishing the chance if I do get one at Adelaide.

    Bresnan: Speaking to the media 
    12/3/2013 9:11:23 AM
  • [skysportsnews]NEW BRISTOL CITY BOSS
    Former Burnley and Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill is set to be confirmed as the new boss of League One strugglers Bristol City later this morning.


    12/3/2013 9:13:37 AM
  • [football]MORNING PAPER TALK
    Here's some of the big football stories making headlines on the back pages today...
    • THE INDEPENDENT: Former Sheffield United boss Neil Warnock is a shock contender to replace Dave Jones at Sheffield Wednesday.
    • DAILY EXPRESS: Arsenal have agreed to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata on a six-month deal in January.
    • DAILY STAR: Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan is the favourite to become the next Wigan boss.
    For more from the papers, read our full Paper Talk feature.
    12/3/2013 9:24:44 AM
  • [cricket]NO RULES BROKEN - ECB
    England trio Stuart Broad, Kevin Pietersen and Jonny Bairstow spent Sunday evening at the Zhivago nightclub in Adelaide, prompting the Sydney Daily Telegraph to splash pictures of them out on the town on the front and back pages of their Tuesday edition. However, the ECB insists there was no breach of team protocol...

    12/3/2013 9:28:29 AM
  • [southampton]POCHETTINO PRESSER
    Let's kick off our coverage of today's Premier League press conferences with injury-hit Southampton, who take on Aston Villa at St Mary's tomorrow night. Kelvin Davis, Gaston Ramirez, Danny Fox and Guly do Prado are out, but two key players in particular will be sorely missed...


    12/3/2013 9:38:46 AM
  • [cricket]PITCH REPORT
    Adelaide groundsman Darren Hough advises batting first in the second Test. A drop-in pitch is being used on what is traditionally a great track for a good knock.

    We're trying to produce a typical Adelaide Oval pitch, something that is going to be good to bat on and something that will hopefully spin as the game goes on.

    Rain clouds gather over the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday 
    12/3/2013 9:38:54 AM
  • [cricket]ASHES PAPER TALK
    Apart from Pietersen, Broad and Bairstow's night out, here are some of the other stories which have been making the headlines in the Australian Press ahead of the second Test.
    • HERALD SUN: The secret to Australia's first Test success has been revealed. It was the steak dinner bowling coach Craig McDermott knocked up for the team's pacemen before the Gabba's opener.
    • THE AUSTRALIAN: Despite rumours Ryan Harris would be rested for Adelaide, the Australian paceman intends to bowl in the second Test until he drops.
    • ADELAIDE NOW: Australia were given a minor scare over the fitness of Michael Clarke, with the skipper tweaking his ankle at training on Monday.
    • THE WEST AUSTRALIAN: Australia are considering dropping one-Test batsman George Bailey for one-Test wonder James Faulkner for Adelaide.
    For the rest of the news from Down Under, head to our Paper Talk feature.
    12/3/2013 9:51:07 AM
  • [southampton]POCHETTINO PRESSER
    After losing at the Emirates and Stamford Bridge, Mauricio Pochettino hopes his Southampton side can get back to winning ways on Wednesday against a dangerous Aston Villa outfit.


    12/3/2013 9:54:08 AM
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    12/3/2013 9:56:44 AM
  • [arsenal]WORDS FROM WENGER
    Next up on the Premier League press conference circuit is Arsene Wenger, whose table-topping Arsenal team host Hull City on Wednesday night. It seems everyone wants to hear from the Gunners boss...


    12/3/2013 9:59:28 AM
  • [arsenal]WORDS FROM WENGER
    Arsene Wenger says Carl Jenkinson is set to replace Bacary Sagna for Arsenal at home to Hull, who he believes can afford to play with a certain freedom at the Emirates...


    12/3/2013 10:06:53 AM
  • [skysportsnews] SALLY'S HERE
    Coming up at 10:30 on Sky Sports News, Sally Gunnell joins Vicky Gomersall for Sportswomen where they will preview Thursday's Sunday Times/Sky Sports Sports Women of the Year Awards. Here they are preparing in the Sky Studios first floor cafe.

    Join Vicky Gomersall and Sally Gunnell for Sportswomen on SSN at 10:30 

    12/3/2013 10:15:12 AM
  • [skysportsnews]PAPER REVIEW
    Sports journalist Patrick Barclay joined Mike Wedderburn in the Sky Cafe earlier to go through the morning editions. Roy Hodgson has angered Liverpool fans according to the back pages after revealing he played an injured Daniel Sturridge, while on England duty, to test his resolve. There's also discussion about Tom Daley's personal announcement.

    Roy Hodgson faces wrath of Liverpool fans over Daniel Sturridge - Paper Talk Dec 3rd
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    12/3/2013 10:16:20 AM
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    12/3/2013 10:18:57 AM
  • [nfl]SEAHAWKS CELEBRATE
    It's taken until week 13 but the Seattle Seahawks have become the first team to qualify for the NFL play-offs. Their impressive run of form continued on Monday night with a superb 34-7 win over the New Orleans Saints, a result inspired by three touchdowns from quarterback Russell Wilson.

    Russell Wilson making Seahawks into genuine Super Bowl contender 
    12/3/2013 10:23:27 AM
  • [fl72]CRAWLEY GO FOR GREGORY
    John Gregory is back in management with Crawley Town. His last job in this country was at QPR, whom he left in 2007, but the 59-year-old has since managed in Israel and Kazakhstan.


    12/3/2013 10:25:15 AM
  • [cardiff]AWAY DAYS FOR CARDIFF
    Cardiff have back-to-back away games this week - first up is a Wednesday night encounter at Stoke, followed by a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Malky Mackay's been talking to the media this morning...


    12/3/2013 10:30:21 AM
  • [cricket]ENGLAND DUO UP FOR GONG
    A confidence boost for two of the tourists ahead of the second Ashes Test against Australia in Adelaide - England duo Alastair Cook and James Anderson have both been nominated for the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year award. There's also recognition from the ICC for Joe Root and Graeme Swann, while Charlotte Edwards and Anya Shrubsole are up for the Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year prize.

    12/3/2013 10:39:00 AM
  • [audio]SKY SPORTS NEWS RADIO
    Former Crystal Palace boss Iain Dowie has been talking to SSNR this morning about the task ahead for Tony Pulis at Selhurst Park - he insists there's one thing that the former Stoke manager has to try and change immediately. Also worth checking out is last night's Cricket Special - Anthony McGrath, Liam Plunkett, Chris Silverwood and Ian Harvey were all on hand to give their thoughts and opinions in an hour-long show ahead of the second Ashes Test.

    12/3/2013 10:45:54 AM
  • [chelsea]CESAR'S SPANISH LESSON
    It seems Chelsea and Spain right-back Cesar Azpilicueta must have grown tired of people mispronouncing his surname, as he's taken to YouTube today to deliver his own guide on how to say it properly!

    ATH PILLY KWETA
    by Jon Holmes via YouTube
    12/3/2013 10:57:23 AM
  • [fl72] EVANS FOCUSED ON MILLERS
    Much speculation in recent days about Steve Evans' future with Rotherham United, amid links with the vacancy at Sheffield Wednesday. But the Scotsman remains focused on his role at the New York Stadium...

    I can confirm I was called to a meeting with my chairman Tony Stewart and chief operating officer Paul Douglas this morning. The meeting was primarily to discuss a matter which relates to the press speculation over the last 24 hours. in that meeting I reiterated my commitment to Rotherham United FC and the project I started some 18 months ago.

    Sky Bet still have Evans as their 4/6 favourite to take over from Dave Jones with Neil Warnock at 5/1 and Stuart Pearce 7/1 (odds subject to change)

    Steve Evans not looking to end his Rotherham project 
    12/3/2013 10:58:08 AM
  • [recommend]HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    Many happy returns to Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, 31 today, and also Atletico Madrid and Spain ace David Villa, who's 32.


    12/3/2013 11:04:23 AM
  • [fl72]BRISTOL CITY CONFIRM COTTERILL
    The news broken earlier this morning is now official as Steve Cotterill takes over from Sean O'Driscoll at Ashton Gate. His first test is an FA Cup second-round tie against Tamworth on Sunday.


    12/3/2013 11:06:41 AM
  • [cricket]ASHES ADVENTURES
    Our intrepid reporter Joe Drabble has filed his latest Ashes Tour Diary from Down Under. He's gone from the serenity of the golf course to shark-infested waters off the coast of Adelaide! Read all about it on Joe's blog, which include plenty of amusing pictures of Bumble and Nasser too...

    A Great White Shark! See more on Sky Sports 2 HD from 11pm on Wed 
    12/3/2013 11:21:12 AM
  • [chelsea]JOSE'S UPDATE
    As Chelsea prepare to take on old boy Gus Poyet's Sunderland on Wearside tomorrow, Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been delivering some team news...


    12/3/2013 11:33:59 AM
  • [rugby-union] SHERIDAN SADNESS
    Former England prop Andrew Sheridan might have to retire because of a neck injury according to Toulon coach Bernard Laporte. He was a Heineken Cup winner with the Top 14 side last season.

    Andrew Sheridan's career could be over 

    12/3/2013 11:37:45 AM
  • [paulmerson]MERSON'S PREDICTIONS
    Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson recorded a very successful set of Premier League predictions for the 13th round of fixtures last weekend, nailing seven correct results and three perfect scorelines (Cardiff 0 Arsenal 3, Newcastle 2 West Brom 1, Chelsea 3 Southampton 1). How will he fare for the midweek games? Kicking off proceedings on Tuesday is Crystal Palace v West Ham, which he believes will end 1-1.

    West Ham, after their 3-0 win at Fulham, will go to Selhurst Park and make sure they don't lose. West Ham will be thinking 'if we don't get beat, we'll be alright'.

    12/3/2013 11:45:29 AM
  • [fl72] GREGORY'S STILL GOT IT!


    12/3/2013 11:47:26 AM
  • [chelsea]JOSE'S UPDATE
    More from Jose Mourinho's press conference ahead of Chelsea's trip to Sunderland. There's a four-point gap between Arsenal and the Blues at the top of the Premier League and the Portuguese is determined to close it. Remember, the two London clubs meet in a Monday Night Football clash live on Sky Sports on December 23.


    12/3/2013 11:56:57 AM
  • [skysportsnews]MY SPECIAL DAY
    Make sure you tune into Sky Sports News on Wednesday for the first of our festive 'My Special Day' films. In Episode 1, young England fan Lewis Marshall - who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - receives a special invitation from Wayne Rooney via SSN to train with the Three Lions squad. Our cameras followed him for an unforgettable experience... don't miss it...

    12/3/2013 12:06:32 PM
  • [boxing] BARKER BULLISH
    Darren Barker is back in action, live on Sky Sports 1 on Saturday from 9pm, when he faces Felix Sturm in the defence of his IBF middleweight title. The Barnet fighter is in confident mood as well.

    Darren Barker and Felix Sturm setting up Saturday's big fight 
    12/3/2013 12:23:51 PM
  • [star]ON THIS DAY IN SPORT
    We're rewinding six years to 2007, when Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan claimed a then world-record 709th Test wicket by bowling Paul Collingwood in the first Test against England at Kandy.

    Jumping for joy: Murali celebrates landmark wicket on 3 December, 2007 
    12/3/2013 12:27:57 PM
  • [rugby-union] FLOOD PRIMED FOR CUP
    The Heineken Cup returns on Sky Sports this weekend and Toby Flood joined us on Sky Sports News to talk about his hopes for Leicester's clash with Montpellier.

    They are as tough as it gets. They are no mugs, They were second in the Top 14 going into the break and they are an outstanding side. They have recruited really well and for us it's a case of managing them. The frustrating thing on their side is they lost to Ulster at home so if we can go out there and get a good result this weekend it might take away some of their enthusiasm for the tournament. It should be a tremendous game.

    Toby Flood has his sights on a win over Montpellier this weekend 

    12/3/2013 12:36:18 PM
  • [manchesterunited]THE IMPORTANCE OF RAFAEL
    An ankle ligament injury has limited Manchester United's Brazilian right-back Rafael to just eight appearances so far this season - and the Red Devils have won six and drawn two of those games. His value to David Moyes both in attack and defence might not be apparent at first glance, but our man Adam Bate has delved deeper into the stats and it makes for interesting reading...

    Moyes and Rafael: Manager needs his right-back fit and in form
    12/3/2013 12:41:16 PM
  • [football] REGIONAL PAPER TALK
    Here's the big football stories making the headlines... 
    • LONDON EVENING STANDARD: Jose Mourinho today admitted Ashley Cole is unhappy at being frozen out of the first team.
    • LONDON EVENING STANDARD: Arsene Wenger denies reports linking Arsenal with Alexandre Pato and Alvaro Morata.
    • MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS: Yaya Toure believes Vincent Kompany's return will be a huge help to Manchester City in a busy spell of fixtures
    • LIVERPOOL ECHO: Brendan Rodgers has defended his transfer dealings this summer and said he had to invest in the club's long-term future.
    For all the back-pages around the country, check our regional paper talk feature
    12/3/2013 12:42:23 PM
  • [boxing]FEEDBACK
    Can Darren Barker successfully defend his IBF middleweight title against Felix Sturm in Germany on Saturday? We asked for you opinions via @SkySportsBoxing.



    12/3/2013 12:56:59 PM
  • [recommended] CHAMPIONSHIP GOALS NOW
    Tonight on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports News from 7:30pm, watch all the goals from the Championship as they go in. Guests Paul Jewell, Iain Dowie, Tony Cottee and Matt Murray will be in the studio with Julian Warren to keep you updated.

    19:30 - SS1 and SSN are the places to be for Championship Goals Now 


    12/3/2013 12:59:45 PM
  • [hull] BRUCE BACKS OWNER

    Steve Bruce admits he is fed up with all the talk about Hull City's potential name change and wishes the headlines had been dominated by his side's win over Liverpool at the weekend. And he thinks Assem Allam's comments about the club's fans have been misconstrued.

    12/3/2013 1:12:01 PM
  • MORE MANAGER NEWS...

    12/3/2013 1:16:46 PM
  • [fl72] WILDER TO POMPEY?
    Even more manager news...
    Oxford United have agreed to let their manager Chris Wilder speak to Portsmouth about their managerial vacancy
    Is Chris Wilder the answer to Portsmouth's prayers? 
    12/3/2013 1:19:20 PM
  • [rugby-league] GOOD NEWS FOR BRONCOS?
    Sky Sports understands that London Broncos are involved in "positive talks" with regard to securing a home for next season as they look to avoid going into administration.

    Will the Broncos play next season? If so, where?


    12/3/2013 1:25:52 PM
  • [manchestercity] KOMPANY BACK
    Some positive news for Manuel Pellegrini as captain Vincent Kompany returns to the Manchester City squad for Wednesday's trip to West Brom in the Premier League. Kompany has been out for nearly two months with a thigh injury and his return will bolster their defensive options.

    Vincent Kompany has been out for two months but could return Wednesday 

    12/3/2013 1:43:44 PM
  • [football] GOALS!
    Make sure you check out the best of last week's strikes from around the world of football with the latest edition in our Goals! series.
    12/3/2013 1:46:09 PM
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    12/3/2013 1:49:57 PM
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