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Sky Sports Today - Friday March 29

Sky Sports Today - Friday March 29


    Another Saturday clash that could have repercussions at both ends of the table is Southampton's game with Chelsea at St Mary's. Having taken four points from their last two Premier League games Southampton have slowly edged their way away from the drop zone but with Chelsea in hot pursuit of Manchester City in second, it's unlikely Rafa Benitez's side will do the Saints any favours. Read the full match preview here for team news.
    3/29/2013 10:53:43 AM

    It's a battle between two out-of-form sides at the Liberty Stadium as Tottenham travel to Swansea City on the back of three consecutive defeats in all competitions. After what has been an impressive first campaign at the helm for Andre Villas-Boas the Portuguese will be desperate his charges don't stumble at the final furlong. For full build-up to what should be an easy-on-the-eye encounter read our full match preview
    3/29/2013 11:03:01 AM

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says the abusive chanting aimed at Rio Ferdinand during England's match in San Marino is a reflection of the times. The Scot seems almost resigned to the fact supporters sing and say whatever they like, regardless of whether it causes offence.
    "That is the modern society I am afraid, we see a lot of that. Supporters react to many things, I don't think we can change that."
    3/29/2013 11:08:46 AM

    Manchester United can move a step closer to wrestling back the Premier League crown they lost to neighbours City last season when they travel to Sunderland at the weekend. If they're not careful Martin O'Neill's Black Cats could be sucked into a relegation scrap, with a winless run in seven top flight matches not boding well for Saturday, in a game that can be seen live on Sky Sports HD2. Read the full match preview here.
    Steven Fletcher being ruled out for the rest of the season has come as a body blow to Sunderland 
    by skysportsaldunnon Mar 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM
    3/29/2013 11:17:11 AM
  • Castleford legend Dean Sampson is the guest on the latest Super League Superstars

    3/29/2013 12:03:17 PM

    As ever it is a bumper day of Super League derbies on Good Friday. You can watch a double-bill of Wigan v St Helens and Hull FC v Hull KR on Sky Sports 1 HD, while Salford play Huddersfield and Widnes face Warrington in 3pm kick-offs.
    3/29/2013 12:10:56 PM

    [soccersaturday]  We've got exclusive interviews with Reading chairman Anton Zingarevich, Man City star Javi Garcia and Newcastle boss Alan Pardew on this week's show - as well as all of the goal news from across England and Scotland first!

    3/29/2013 12:13:45 PM
  • World Champion Phil Taylor received a hostile reception and was spat on walking to the oche in Glasgow.

    3/29/2013 12:18:06 PM
  • For those of you that like a flutter you could do worse that read our indispensable Numbers Game. The Numbers Game's Famous Last Words provided three odds-against winners from three selections last time out with Peterborough (100/30), Colchester (19/10) and Brighton (11/8) all winning. The Banker also returned a winner with Leyton Orient (21/20) sinking Carlisle
    This Easter weekend sees @MattPBriggs plump for the 7/4 Canaries to win (draw no bet) at Wigan. The Banker is a real value punt too with in-form Bristol Rovers a tasty-looking 19/20 to beat York, while all the usual stats and pointers return. Read it in full and win a shedload of cash to spend on Easter eggs here.
    3/29/2013 12:20:32 PM

    [pt]For a round-up of all the best gossip and news from the afternoon papers check out our Regional Paper Talk. Here's a selection of some of the best lines:
    • The Sentinel - Michael Laudrup has admitted Alberto Botia is on Swansea City's list of summer targets - but has once again batted away talk of Ashley Williams leaving the Liberty.
    • The Pink 'Un - Kick It Out chairman Lord Ouseley today called on the Football Association to take a stance on the 'vile' and 'abusive' chants by England fans aimed at Rio and Anton Ferdinand.
    • Express & Star - Angry West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke today accused Peter Odemwingie of stealing the limelight from the Baggies' stellar Premier League season.
    3/29/2013 1:48:58 PM
  • Josh Charnley is mobbed after his try for Wigan in today's Super Rugby clash with St Helens

    3/29/2013 1:50:09 PM
  • Felipe Massa joins Martin Brundle at the Skypad, analysing his qualifying lap that earned him second place on the grid at the Malaysian GP

    3/29/2013 1:52:04 PM

    Manchester United return to the place where they suffered final-day heartbreak in the Premier League title race last year when they visit Sunderland this weekend but Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side are over that disappointment.
    These things are hard to take. For about 20 seconds we thought we had won it and it was snatched away from us. But what we have done well this season is dusted ourselves down and made a real good challenge of the league.
    Read our preview of Sunderland v Manchester United, which is live on Sky Sports HD2 at 12.45pm tomorrow.
    3/29/2013 1:57:37 PM

    Derbyshire have conformed talented all-rounder Chesney Hughes has signed a new two-a-half-year contract.
    I am really looking forward to the new campaign. There is a positive vibe around the whole club and we as players are raring to get the season started. 
    3/29/2013 1:58:20 PM

    With Manchester United looking set to win the Premier League by a landslide, why there is the reluctance to hail them? Adam Bate compares this unsung vintage to the much-loved teams of the past and wonders whether we're guilty of nostalgia.
    Have your say on United's season using the #skysportstoday hashtag
    3/29/2013 2:04:06 PM

    Northampton and Leicester clash in Saturday's mouth-watering clash on Sky Sports 1 HD (from 2.30pm). The Tigers won the reverse fixture 16-12 at Welford Road and another enthralling encounter is expected.
    Northampton boss Jim Mallinder knows his side face a difficult challenge
    We've got a close rivalry and playing Leicester is a massive test, no matter where you're from. They've been at the pinnacle of European rugby for a long time and we know they're coming here to test us once again.
    Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill is relishing the derby encounter
    We have a lot of respect for Saints and their supporters, we obviously know each other very well and a healthy rivalry is good for both us.
    To read the preview in full, click here
    3/29/2013 2:08:21 PM

    Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has admitted that Sevilla defender Alberto Botia is on his summer wishlist, although he is by no means their only target.
    He may be on a list but it's a long list.
    Read more on Sevilla defender Alberto Botia, and keep up to date with all the latest deals and speculation in our Transfer Clockwatch.
    3/29/2013 7:09:19 PM
  • [bn]Jockey JT McNamara paralysed after suffering neck injury in fall at Cheltenham Festival
    3/29/2013 7:16:00 PM

    Reading owner Anton Zingarevich believes the Royals need to win five of their eight remaining games to avoid relegation.
    It's a tall order, but if you look back a couple of games, we had a good chance of staying up. It changes.
    3/29/2013 7:18:46 PM

    JT McNamara is reported to be in a "very positive" frame of mind despite suffering a serious neck injury which resulted in paralysis at the Cheltenham Festival.
    A statement has been issued jointly by Dr Adrian McGoldrick, Irish Turf Club Senior Medical Officer and Lisa Hancock, CEO, Injured Jockeys Fund, on behalf of the McNamara family:
    JT McNamara remains in the Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. Whilst he suffered a serious neck injury resulting in paralysis, he has made progress in the last week and is in a very positive frame of mind.
    3/29/2013 7:24:36 PM

    FULL-TIME: Crystal Palace’s play-off hopes have taken a dent following a crushing 4-0 defeat at home to Birmingham. Coming up next on Sky Sports 1HD is Leicester against Millwall. Follow updates from all tonight’s action, including the other Championship game between Derby and Bristol City, with the Sky Sports Score Centre.

    3/29/2013 7:26:57 PM

    Blackpool manager Paul Ince felt the result was a fair reflection of the game after his side drew 1-1 with Blackburn at Ewood Park.
    The first half was poor really, the players got involved in the occasion rather than actually playing the game - it was all about headers and tackles and getting knockdowns.
    Blackburn caretaker manager Gary Bowyer praised his players after they battled back.
    There's a lot of respect there for Michael Appleton and it was a decision that shocked the players. To their credit they got on with their work and had a right good go.
    3/29/2013 7:55:33 PM
  • GOLF

    Rory McIlroy will have one extra tournament to hone his game for The Masters after entering next week's Valero Texas Open.
    McIlroy is only just set to make the cut in Houston this week after rounds of 73-70 and wants to get more competitive rounds under his belt.
    3/29/2013 10:12:30 PM
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