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Sky Sports Today - 5th December

  • [recommend]A warm welcome to Sky Sports Today. We've lots to catch up on after day one of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide and some sensational action in last night's Premier League matches. Stay with us throughout the day for all the news, reaction and latest happenings in the world of sport.
    12/5/2013 8:59:53 AM
  • [football]PAPER TALK
    Some of the main lines from this morning's newspapers...
    • DAILY MIRRORAshley Young and Anderson will head the January clear-out at Manchester United.
    • DAILY MAIL: Roy Hodgson is considering playing Phil Jones as a defensive midfielder at the World Cup to give Steven Gerrard more freedom.
    • THE SUN: Arsenal and Chelsea are both chasing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
    For more football news and gossip, check out our full Paper Talk feature.
    12/5/2013 9:07:01 AM
  • [cricket]THE ASHES
    Let's get straight on with some Ashes news and reaction. A quick synopsis of day one: Australia won the toss, batted, made 273-5 at the close and England were left to rue three dropped catches.
    12/5/2013 9:12:08 AM
  • DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS [cricket]
    If you didn't stay up through the night, catch up with the day one events in Adelaide here.
    12/5/2013 9:21:01 AM
  • ADELAIDE REACTION [cricket]
    England spinner Graeme Swann said the tourists are 'fairly pleased' having reduced Australia to 273-5 on day one of the second Test in Adelaide.
    12/5/2013 9:26:52 AM
  • CATCHES WIN MATCHES [cricket]
    Will England rue their three missed chances during the first day in Adelaide? Nasser Hussain, David Gower and Bumble discuss.
    12/5/2013 9:30:08 AM
  • AUSSIES FANCIED [cricket]
    Australia are the 5/4 favourites with Sky Bet to win the second Ashes Test in Adelaide after closing day one on 273/5. England are out to 7/2 to win the match, with the draw priced at 13/8.
    12/5/2013 9:46:45 AM
  • 400 TARGET [cricket]
    After making 72 to help Australia close on 273-5, Australian opener Chris Rogers reckons 400 "would be a good score".
    12/5/2013 9:59:45 AM
  • ASHES REACTION cricket]

    12/5/2013 10:19:05 AM
  • PAPER TALK [football]
    Today's back pages pile the misery on David Moyes, while lauding Everton, Liverpool and in particular Luis Suarez, after his four stunning goals against Norwich.
    12/5/2013 10:23:07 AM
  • PREMIER PASSION
    There was a packed night of Premier League football last night, with the nine games producing 32 goals, some shock scorelines, personal milestones and adding even more drama to an already enthralling title race. You can check out our review of last night's action in our Premier League round-up, while the latest table also makes interesting reading, with Arsenal still leading the way after 14 games. [football]


    12/5/2013 10:26:56 AM
  • [football]Arsene Wenger salutes Nicklas Bendtner after the Arsenal striker made the most of his rare start by finding the net against Hull City.

    12/5/2013 10:31:23 AM
  • SIMPLY THE BEST?
    Luis Suarez was in simply stunning form last night, scoring four breathtaking goals as Liverpool brushed Norwich aside 5-1 at Anfield. The Uruguay international's display led Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas to suggest that he is on course to overtake Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool's greatest ever player. [liverpool]
    If he continues to play for Liverpool for another couple of seasons I think you're potentially looking at the best player ever in a Liverpool shirt. He really is. He takes my breath away.
    12/5/2013 10:41:39 AM
  • [football]Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was quick to pay tribute to Suarez in the wake of his latest goal spree against Norwich.

    12/5/2013 10:42:51 AM
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  • MELLOR ON SUAREZ [liverpool]
    Ex-Liverpool striker Neil Mellor has told Sky Sports News Radio that Luis Suarez is the best player in the Premier League but says he must stay at Anfield if he is to emulate Kenny Dalglish as a Liverpool great.
    12/5/2013 11:17:27 AM
  • MISSING MIDFIELD
    Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith watched Manchester United suffer a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Everton last night and believes that, with his current squad, David Moyes will not be able to bridge the 12-point gap to current Premier League leaders Arsenal.[manchesterunited]
    If you look at Everton, they've got Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley, Steven Pienaar and James McCarthy - and all of those lads would improve Manchester United's midfield.
    12/5/2013 11:18:49 AM
  • MISERY FOR MOYES
    Manchester United boss David Moyes accepts his side are now playing catch up in the title race after losing further ground on Arsenal.[football]
    12/5/2013 11:42:17 AM
  • PICTURE PERFECT [football]
    Some of the most eyecatching images from last night's Premier League action.
    Luis Suarez smashes in Liverpool's opener 
    Everton celebrate their first win at Old Trafford since 1992 
    Mesut Ozil slots home Arsenal's second goal against Hull 
    12/5/2013 11:55:28 AM
  • [westham]HAMMER HORROR
    Some Luis Saurez stats to strike fear into Saturday's visitors to Anfield, West Ham.
    • Suarez (13) has scored one more Barclays Premier League goal than West Ham have as a team (12) this season.
    • 10 of Suarez’s 13 Premier League goals this season have come at Anfield.
    12/5/2013 12:02:08 PM
  • STADIUM OF DELIGHT
    Manchester United's defeat and Luis Suarez's individual display understandably hogged the headlines last night, but there were seven other Premier League games, with Chelsea involved in a seven-goal thriller against Sunderland which left Jose Mourinho very impressed with his side. [chelsea]
    It was by far our best performance away from home. We played fantastic football. We created, we were dynamic, we had someone special in Hazard, and Mata and Willian played a fantastic match.


    12/5/2013 12:03:43 PM
  • [chelsea] JUBILANT JOSE
    Here's Jose Mourinho waxing lyrical about his Chelsea side following their 4-3 success at the Stadium of Light.
    12/5/2013 12:05:53 PM
  • RELAX? DON'T DO IT
    There was another goal-feast at The Hawthorns, with Manchester City forced to hold on for a 3-2 success against West Brom having looked firmly in control at 3-0 up. Manuel Pellegrini admitted his side took their foot off the gas too early. [manchestercity]
    It was not as close a game as the scoreline says. But perhaps all of us were thinking about the next game.

    12/5/2013 12:18:36 PM
  • ANOTHER IDIOT ABROAD [cricket]
    Forget Karl Pilkington, our very own inquisitive Lancastrian David 'Bumble' Lloyd is challenged by Nasser Hussain to swim with the sharks...
    12/5/2013 12:20:59 PM
  • [added-minutes] QUIZ TIME
    1. Manchester United have lost four times in the Premier League this season. How many times did they lose in the PL last season?
    2. How many Premier League goals has Luis Suarez scored this season?
    3. Which two Premier League teams have scored most away goals this season?
    4. Which goalkeeper has conceded most goals this season?
    5. In what year did Everton last win away at Arsenal (their opponents on Sunday)?
    We'll have answers to our football quiz at 13:30 
    12/5/2013 12:38:58 PM
  • ASHES PODCAST [cricket]
    Sir Ian Botham, Michael Atherton and Greg Blewett reflect on day one of the second Test in Adelaide.
    12/5/2013 12:45:31 PM
  • PICK OF THE DAY [cricket]
    If you're just joining us, we've packaged up all the reaction and comment to the opening day of the second Ashes Test. Australia closed day one on 273-5.
    Michael Carberry's dropped catch was one of the big talking points 
    12/5/2013 12:58:17 PM
  • [westham] ON THE ROAD BACK
    Andy Carroll returned to training at West Ham’s Chadwell Heath base on Wednesday.

    12/5/2013 1:23:45 PM
  • [manchesterunited] NO RETURN DATE
    David Moyes maintains that Robin van Persie's groin injury is 'nothing desperately serious' but does not know when he will be back.
    I want you back: Van Persie has missed United's last four games 
    12/5/2013 1:28:35 PM
  • [added-minutes] QUIZ ANSWERS
    Did you get all 5?
    1. Manchester United have lost four times in the Premier League this season. How many times did they lose in the PL last season? 5
    2. How many Premier League goals has Luis Suarez scored this season? 13
    3. Which two Premier League teams have scored most away goals this season? Arsenal and Man Utd (14)
    4. Which goalkeeper has conceded most goals this season? John Ruddy of Norwich (28)
    5. In what year did Everton last win away at Arsenal (their opponents on Sunday)? 1996
    January 1996: Craig Short helps Everton beat Dennis Bergkamp's Arsenal 2-1 
    12/5/2013 1:37:20 PM
  • [newcastle] POINT TO PROVE
    Alan Pardew expects a reaction from both Newcastle and Manchester United when the two clubs meet on Saturday.
    12/5/2013 1:56:59 PM
  • [liverpool]WORLD-CLASS
    Steven Gerrard claims Luis Suarez is getting closer and closer to the level of Messi and Ronaldo after the Uruguayan produced a magical four-goal display over Norwich on Wednesday.
    12/5/2013 2:07:30 PM
  • MAJOR GOAL [golf]
    Lee Westwood hopes 2014 can finally be the year when he wins his first major. Sky Bet make him 10/1 to do so.
    12/5/2013 2:29:29 PM
  • [golf] TIGER BID
    Tiger Woods says he is still desperate to overtake Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major wins. The world number one is currently stuck on 14.
    12/5/2013 2:33:10 PM
  • [everton] PICTURE TELLS A STORY
    He's only on loan. He didn't even score the goal. But Romelu Lukaku's reaction to Everton's winner at Old Trafford shows just how committed he is to the Toffees' cause.
    12/5/2013 2:41:12 PM
  • [england] WORLD CUP DRAW
    England will learn their World Cup fate on Friday - and Sky Sports will bring you live coverage of the draw, both on television and online. Our special programme will air on Sky Sports News HD and Sky Sports 1 HD from 4pm.
    12/5/2013 2:49:40 PM
  • [liverpool] LFC's GREATEST
    The message is clear. Despite his current heroics, Luis Suarez has a long way to go before he's regarded as Liverpool's greatest ever player. We've been running a Twitter retweet poll and the overwhelming winner with 78% was skipper Steven Gerrard. In second with 12% was Kenny Dalglish while Suarez polled 10%.
    Steven Gerrard: Inspired Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005
    12/5/2013 3:13:17 PM
  • It's such a great achievement to be here, that was our goal, that was our aim. We had to work very hard, 10 tough qualification games and all along there was a carrot we were looking to enjoy at the end of it that we were looking to enjoy and that was of course being in the final tournament. We can't wait until we see who we get; we respect everybody, we don't fear anybody as such. Whatever group we get we think it will be a tough one but we're just happy to be there in a group and playing whatever opponents the draw pulls out for us.
    Roy Hodgson tells Sky Sports News in Brazil that he is looking forward to Friday's World Cup draw.
    12/5/2013 3:22:43 PM
  • LUCK OF THE DRAW [england]
    Ahead of Friday's World Cup draw, Sky Bet have a host of special markets relating to England's fate. They offer 750/1 that Roy Hodgson's men are drawn in a 'Group of Death' with Brazil, Italy and the United States.
    12/5/2013 3:26:16 PM
  • I'm more than happy that whoever we find ourselves, whatever pot we find ourselves, whoever we are asked to play; I'm just so happy we are here and I think we will give a good account of ourselves when he get here.
    Roy Hodgson says he is not worried if England get switched from pot four to pot two, which could result in being drawn in a 'Group of Death'
    12/5/2013 3:32:25 PM
  • [golf]TEEING OFF IN DUBAI
    Melodie Bourdy of France plays her tee shot at the par 5, 10th hole during the second round of the 2013 Dubai Ladies Masters. American Stacey Lewis holds a one-shot lead after round two.
    Melodie Bourdy of France at the Dubai Ladies Masters 
    12/5/2013 3:41:07 PM
  • [golf]RORY'S LEARNING CURVE
    It has been a tough year for Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, with his first victory of 2013 only coming a few days ago. But the world number six says he has learned plenty about himself over the last 12 months...
    12/5/2013 3:48:13 PM
  • [liverpool]LFC'S GREATEST
    He may not be Liverpool's greatest ever player right now (at least according to our poll), but Luis Suarez has the potential to be just that according to manager Brendan Rodgers. "He has the potential to be one of the club's greatest ever players," said Rodgers. "This club has been blessed with many number sevens, like Kenny Dalglish the greatest player Liverpool has ever had, and many others who have been brilliant. But I think if Luis Suarez stays here for his career then he is certainly going to challenge them."
    Luis Suarez celebrates scoring against Norwich 
    12/5/2013 4:05:56 PM
  • [nfl] NFL PODCAST
    Neil Reynolds and Jeff Reinebold talk about Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s big fine, ticket details for the three Wembley games next season and preview the big games coming up in Week 14.
    12/5/2013 4:09:08 PM
  • [cycling]DI LUCA LIFE BAN
    Italian former Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca has received a life ban after being found guilty of a third career doping offence.
    Danilo Di Luca competing in the Giro d'Italia
    12/5/2013 4:10:12 PM
  • [celtic]VAUGHAN HEADING NORTH?
    Huddersfield striker James Vaughan has been linked with a move to Scottish champions Celtic. However, Terriers boss Mark Robins says Neil Lennon is wasting his time pursuing the former Everton forward...
    12/5/2013 4:29:16 PM
  • [england]NO FEAR
    Worry? About other teams? Not a chance. England boss Roy Hodgson is simply revelling in the joys of being one of the teams included in Friday's World Cup draw. He says he is not concerned by who his side have to play in the finals...
    12/5/2013 4:38:13 PM
  • [cricket] CAPTAINS VIEW
    On Sky Sports News Radio from 5, listen to the Captains’ View as Sir Ian Botham and Michael Atherton look ahead to day two of the second Ashes Test for Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke. Sneak preview here:
    12/5/2013 4:41:24 PM
  • [football]WORLD CUP SECURITY
    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been addressing the media to calm fears over security at next year's World Cup in Brazil...
    12/5/2013 4:54:34 PM
  • [tennis]BLAST FROM THE PAST
    Former British tennis player Greg Rusedski takes on 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic in the Statoil Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall...
    Rusedski serves to Ivanisevic 
    12/5/2013 5:06:39 PM
  • [football]MATCH-FIXING
    Michael Boateng and Hakeem Adelakun from Conference South side Whitehawk FC have been charged with conspiracy to defraud as part of an investigation into match-fixing. Boateng and Adelakun are the third and fourth people charged in connection with the investigation into an alleged international illegal betting syndicate.

    12/5/2013 5:17:38 PM
  • That is all for Sky Sports Today, er, today. Remember you can watch the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards on Sky Sports 1HD from 8pm this evening. You can also follow all the action via our live blog.
    12/5/2013 5:24:42 PM
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