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Sky Sports Today - Friday April 26

Sky Sports Today - Friday April 26


    Transfer talk has already begun to ramp up and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he is "afraid" of Chelsea's potential summer spending spree under a new manager. Chelsea are expected to appoint a new boss at the end of the season with interim boss Rafa Benitez unlikely to stay on at Stamford Bridge and Blues owner Roman Abramovich is likely to give his new manager substantial funds to bolster the squad. Wenger is expecting big moves from Chelsea with the likes of Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao strongly linked with a transfer and the Gunners chief fears how strong their London rivals could become with more additions in the summer. He said:
    I'm afraid of what Chelsea can do in the summer. We have to be prepared for them to be one of the biggest movers in terms of investment once the window opens. Even though they already have a great base to their squad, notably their young players such as Oscar, Juan Mata, Ramires and Eden Hazard, I think they will be busy during the transfer window. We've heard a lot of talk about Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao. Some people say it's already a done deal, but I've heard nothing.
    Who do you think will be the summer's biggest spenders? Join the debate using the button above or send your comments to the @skysports Twitter account.
    4/26/2013 7:39:24 AM

    Wigan Warriors winger Pat Richards will leave the club at the end of the season to re-join NRL side Wests Tigers. The 31-year-old Australian has admitted it was a difficult decision.
    This has been a difficult decision to make as I have thoroughly enjoyed my eight seasons with Wigan but the time has come for my family and I to return home.
    4/26/2013 7:44:43 AM

    [ssn]Tony Gale has been discussing the Luis Suarez situation and admits he is surprised that Liverpool have taken issue with the severity of the punishment.
    I've never quite seen anything like it but when you have done that kind of thing when you have been playing abroad you just can't have it on a football pitch. I just don't think Liverpool can have any grumbles. That was just ridiculous. Everyone was appalled.
    Should Liverpool appeal the 10-match ban for biting? Join the debate using the comment button above or get involved via the @skyfootball Twitter account.
    4/26/2013 7:56:36 AM
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    4/26/2013 8:06:56 AM

    After revealing yesterday he is considering his future at Manchester City, Kolo Toure has expressed his frustration at his lack of chances at the club.
    The last two years have been really tough for me. I haven't had a lot of games and was working really hard every day. The only chance I got to play was when someone was injured. Now I just want to go somewhere to play football and the competition will be right.
    4/26/2013 8:11:29 AM

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    4/26/2013 8:15:53 AM

    The future of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini remains shrouded in speculation but Toffees boss David Moyes is hopeful the Belgian will be at Goodison Park next season.
    He is a big part of our squad not only because of his size but also because of how important he is to us and he is someone that we will be more than happy to see here again next year at Goodison. 
    Keep up to date with all the latest news and rumours via our Transfer Clockwatch
    4/26/2013 8:21:06 AM

    [twtr]After Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger voiced his fears over Chelsea's potential spending spree under a new manager this summer, we asked who you thought would be splashing the cash. Here's some of what you've had to say:
    @skysports @chelseafc big spending doesn't make the team but rather team work

    william johnson

    via Twitter at 8:59 AM
    @SkySports I think @MCFC are going to buy the spend the most on player there a big club now #fact LION£HEART£ARNOLD!!
    via Twitter at 8:58 AM
    @SkySports could be chelsea if they win the europa league. But also Man Utd could be spending a lot but to whom??? L.T The D0N Himself
    via Twitter at 8:55 AM
    @SkySports But why?... We don't care about #Chelsea in all honesty... #noiseyneighbours #smallclubfromwestlondon Mr Arsenal
    via Twitter at 8:53 AM
    Join the debate - use the #skysportstoday hashtag or tweet @skysports
    4/26/2013 8:26:23 AM
  • Ronan O'Gara laces his boots for a record 10th Heineken Cup semi-final this weekend. Check out this interview.

    4/26/2013 8:31:37 AM

    Some more notable news from the transfer world this morning is that the agent of Bayer Leverkusen attacker Andre Schurrle is hopeful of a Chelsea deal being concluded in the next few days.
    I am waiting for information from either Leverkusen or Chelsea, but there could be some positive news by the end of this weekend. 
    Visit our Transfer Clockwatch for all the latest news

    4/26/2013 8:40:59 AM

    We look at the profile of disgraced trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni following his eight-year ban.
    4/26/2013 8:41:50 AM
  • Highlights from day one of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where Ricky Barnes leads after an eight-under 64.

    4/26/2013 8:43:58 AM

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been speaking ahead of Sunday's visit of Premier League champions Manchester United and has called on the Gunners fans to respect former striker Robin van Persie amid speculation he will be greeted with a hostile reception at Emirates Stadium - as well as reports fans could turn their backs on United's guard of honour.
    We respect Van Persie like every other player who has left and comes back. I want the player to be respected. I want the traditions of English football to be respected.
    Wenger, whose side are fighting for a top-four finish, believes it will take a special display to see off their rivals. 
    They have been remarkable, especially at home. They've won it in a convincing way. What we know is that we will need a great performance to beat Manchester United. That's what we will focus on.

    4/26/2013 8:48:36 AM
  • Warren Gatland is pleased to have selection problems ahead of the Lions squad announcement on Tuesday.

    4/26/2013 8:54:55 AM

    [theffshow] Sporting Chance CEO Colin Bland was a guest on last night's The Footballers' Football show when he explained that a record number of people with drink, drugs, gambling and other issues sought help in 2012. Encouragingly, though, he says that footballers are now more willing to seek help for their addictions.
    It could well be that education has improved, people are now more aware of how to step forward and the pathways to treatment are becoming better.

    4/26/2013 8:56:20 AM
  • [bn]Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal will form a guard of honour for Manchester United on Sunday
    4/26/2013 9:04:14 AM

    British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland insists nobody will find out about his squad prior to the official announcement on April 30 - even the players themselves.
    They're going to find out with the rest of the rugby world when the squad is announced. The positive thing is we have so many choices, in certain positions there are three or four players we could select. We are not worrying about who we are going to select but who we are going to leave out.
    4/26/2013 9:04:52 AM

    Bayern Munich have released a statement on their official website denying reports that a contract has already been agreed with Borussia Dortmund for striker Robert Lewandowski. Widespread speculation in the German media suggested that Lewandowski - a reported Premier League target - had agreed to join Bayern either this summer for a transfer fee or in 2014 when his Dortmund contract expires.
    4/26/2013 9:12:14 AM

    Here's more on Arsene Wenger's confirmation that Arsenal will form a guard of honour for their former striker Robin van Persie and his title-winning Manchester United team-mates at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
    You always miss a big player but now we are stabilised. We are on a very strong run. We have a good level of confidence and a great desire.
    4/26/2013 9:16:12 AM

    [skybet]Manchester United striker Robin van Persie returns to former club Arsenal on Sunday (Sky Sports 1 HD at 4pm). Check out his goalscorer odds from Sky Bet.
    by dave.tindallon Apr 26, 2013 at 9:13 AM
    4/26/2013 9:18:40 AM

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp has been speaking ahead of his side's trip to fellow relegation candidates Reading this weekend and insists Rangers will continue to push for points despite their predicament, sitting second-bottom of the Premier League and 10 points adrift of safety with four games remaining.
    It's important we go to Reading and play well. We'll take loads of fans and we need to play well for them. We've just got to keep going and collect as many points as we possibly can.
    Redknapp says he is already looking ahead to next season and intends to shake up his squad in the summer.
    I'm already thinking about next year. The players need to show me they want to play for us. It's a big summer for us. We need to get the right people in here to help us out. We'll only let those players go that we want to.
    4/26/2013 9:20:57 AM

    [milesharrison] Miles Harrison says Clermont may be favourites to win the Heineken Cup but don't write-off Munster!
    Clermont were my tip for the Cup if they could get past Leinster which they have done, so I am not about to say that they are not my favourite to go through this weekend. But, Munster have a fighting chance and sometimes that is all they need because they can fight alright.
    4/26/2013 9:25:46 AM

    Check the latest scorecard
    The Sky Sports cameras are in position at a sunny, but chilly Taunton, where day two of Somerset v Warwickshire is due to start at 11am 
    by dave.tindallon Apr 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    4/26/2013 9:44:01 AM

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been speaking about the 10-match ban handed to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez for biting Branislav Ivanovic and believes the punishment is harsh on the Uruguayan.
    In my personal opinion, 10 games is too long. Sometimes the FA make strange decisions, but 10 games is too much. 
    Mancini has also responded after United secured their 20th league title on Monday, admitting City's neighbours went on a better run.
    They did better than us. They won a lot of games in a row, though they lost points against us and West Ham, but they did well. Of course we have made mistakes and we have to learn from them. But if another team does better than you, you can do nothing.
    4/26/2013 9:44:44 AM
  • 4/26/2013 2:37:28 PM

    Audley Harrison insists his life will be complete if he fulfills his dream of capturing a heavyweight world title. His bid for another title shot continues with a comeback fight against Deontay Wilder on Saturday night.
    I'm a nice family man - the playboy, the narcissist guy has gone to the side now. My life is a perfect beautiful life and the final thing I need to sort out is my boxing career. It got mended a bit with Prizefighter and on Saturday I'm right back in the heavyweight picture.
    4/26/2013 2:59:14 PM

    Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has refused to comment on transfer speculation linking him with a move this summer, preferring to concentrate on matters on the pitch. The Poland international has previously been linked to Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Juventus.
    The media write a lot about me, but that's just their duty. It's hard for me to say now what will happen when the season ends. 
    4/26/2013 3:00:47 PM
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    4/26/2013 3:03:19 PM

    Click here for latest scorecards from today's County matches
    Yorkshire's Ryan Sidebottom in action at Durham. 
    by dave.tindallon Apr 26, 2013 at 3:15 PM
    4/26/2013 3:15:54 PM

    The Football Association’s regulatory commission has published in detail its reasons for handing out a ten-match ban to Luis Suarez for biting Branislav Ivanovic, concluding that the purpose of the decision should ‘not only be a punishment  for the offence committed, but must also send a strong message that such deplorable behaviours do not have a place in football'.
    In considering the factors and submissions by both parties, we were sure when taking all into consideration that the circumstances of the incident of the bite are truly exceptional. We, therefore upheld the claim made by the FA that this standard punishment would be clearly insufficient. 
    4/26/2013 3:19:47 PM
  • [bn]Hurricane Fly, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Ruby Walsh, won the Rabobank Champion Hurdle at Punchestown for the fourth successive year.
    4/26/2013 4:45:21 PM
  • [bn]Danish Kaneria has failed in his appeal to get his lifetime ban from cricket overturned
    4/26/2013 4:46:59 PM

    It's not just the FA and the general public having their say on Luis Suarez. Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has waded into the debate too.
    It's something that looks strange. It can't kill him, but it's something not really good to watch.
    4/26/2013 4:47:56 PM

    Defending champion Rafael Nadal made light work of having to play twice at the Barcelona Open on Friday, sweeping past Benoit Paire and Albert Ramos to reach the semi-finals. Nadal is going for his third straight title at the event and eighth in total.
    by Graeme Mairon Apr 26, 2013 at 4:56 PM
    Click here to read the full story
    4/26/2013 4:56:46 PM
  • Louis Oosthuizen manages to send a drive out 500 yards! Albeit thanks to a nice bounce off a cart path...

    4/26/2013 5:06:36 PM

    There is a big game in the Championship tonight. Hull can be promoted to the Premier League if Watford are beaten at Leicester.

    4/26/2013 6:57:52 PM

    Team Sky's Tour de France hopeful Chris Froome remains in the lead at the Tour de Romandie after surviving another flurry of late attacks on on stage three. Gianni Meersman sprinted to his second win of the race but it is Froome who remains six seconds in front in the general classification.
    4/26/2013 6:58:18 PM

    Your Super League Friday night action returns tonight, with Widnes Vikings v Wakefield Wildcats your live action on Sky Sports 2 HD. Also remember we've got our interactive blog for you to get involved in which also covers tonight's other match - Hull FC v Wigan Warriors.
    4/26/2013 7:01:36 PM
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