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Sky Sports Today - Friday May 17

Sky Sports Today - Friday May 17

  • GOOD MORNING

    Welcome to Friday's Sky Sports Today, where we will bring you all the latest news, views and action from the sporting world. We have another packed day ahead so stay with us as we keep you up to date with all the top stories.
    5/17/2013 6:52:21 AM
  • [bn]Sir Bradley Wiggins has pulled out of the Giro d'Italia with a chest infection
    5/17/2013 6:53:00 AM
  • PAPER TALK

    [pt]The retirement of David Beckham takes up the lion’s share of column inches today, but here is a selection of other headlines that have caught our eyes this morning.
    • DAILY MIRROR: Tottenham are confident winger Gareth Bale, 23, will commit his future to the club next month by signing a new deal that will earn him £170,000 a week.
    • THE SUN: Manchester City are planning a move for Sevilla winger Jesus Navas, 21, who has a £29m release clause.
    • DAILY STAR: Frank Lampard believes Jose Mourinho is the man to turn Chelsea back into England's top team again.
    • DAILY MAIL: Arsenal have discussed a move for unsettled Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
    • DAILY EXPRESS: Manchester United face competition from Bayer Leverkusen as they target a move for £25m-rated Benfica midfielder Nicolas Gaitan.
    • DAILY TELEGRAPH: Hull could make a move for West Brom frontman Peter Odemwingie but will have to pay at least £3m for the Nigeria international.
    • THE TIMES: Chelsea and Tottenham have both made moves for 17-year-old Southampton left-back Luke Shaw.
    For the latest headlines, click here
    5/17/2013 7:07:38 AM
  • CYCLING

    Sir Bradley Wiggins has been withdrawn from the Giro d'Italia on the medical advice of the Team Sky doctor due to illness. Team Sky medical staff monitored the 33-year-old overnight following a difficult stage 12 that saw Wiggins slip off the back of the peloton in the closing stages. Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford said
    We monitored Bradley overnight and this morning we've withdrawn him from the Giro after consulting the team doctor. His chest infection has been getting worse and our primary concern is always the health of our riders.
    5/17/2013 7:11:16 AM
  • DARTS

    Michael van Gerwen claimed the Premier League title at London's O2 with a thrilling 10-8 triumph over Phil Taylor. The Dutchman - who had finished the round-robin stage of his debut season on top of the table and then defeated James Wade 8-4 in his semi-final - rallied from 5-2 down to see off the 16-time world champion. Victory was sealed in style with a 132 finish on the bull as Van Gerwen became just the fourth different champion in the event, as well as £150,000 richer.
    5/17/2013 7:13:25 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Brighton have confirmed that they have suspended Gus Poyet and his coaching staff pending an internal investigation. The Uruguayan is believed to have had a series of disagreements with the club's board over his transfer budget for the summer. A club statement read
    Brighton & Hove Albion has confirmed that it has suspended its manager, assistant manager, and its first team coach from their duties. The club will now follow its internal procedures with regard to this matter and will make no further comment at this time.
    5/17/2013 7:17:49 AM
  • The most recognisable footballer on the planet has called time on his career, David Beckham will retire from football on May 26th and tells Gary Neville why it's the right time.

    5/17/2013 7:22:37 AM
  • RUGBY UNION

    Sergio Parisse has urged Stade Francais to make history against Leinster in the Amlin Challenge Cup final in Dublin.
    The club has never won a European trophy and that is an historic objective for us.
    Remember you can watch the Amlin Challenge Cup final live and exclusive on Sky Sports 2 HD from 7.30pm tonight
    5/17/2013 7:27:10 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes the return of Jose Mourinho would help the Blues challenge for the Premier League title again. Real Madrid boss Mourinho is the red-hot favourite to fill the Stamford Bridge vacancy this summer with interim boss Rafa Benitez stepping aside after Sunday's Premier League finale with Everton.
    Challenging for the league again next season is a huge priority and if Jose does come back it will be a huge lift for this club. He's the greatest manager in Chelsea's history and changed the whole mentality of the place to turn us into a winning club.

    5/17/2013 7:35:09 AM
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  • FOOTBALL

    Bill Kenwright has assured Everton’s fans that the club's future is in good hands, as David Moyes prepares to call time on his Goodison Park career before moving to Manchester United this summer.
    Although we will miss him like there is no tomorrow, I promise you David, we will just maintain what you have started and I won't let you down.
    Moyes is also confident that Everton will continue to flourish after he leaves.
    This group of players is great - they police themselves, in training every day they demand it and they will not allow that to change, they know the standards and they know what is required.

    5/17/2013 7:52:19 AM
  • GOLF 

    Molinari, Rumford and Wood are all going well at the Volvo World Match Play in Bulgaria. Click here for the latest scores or watch live on Sky Sports 2 HD.
    5/17/2013 7:58:52 AM
  • A look ahead to the Amlin Challenge Cup final between Leinster and Stade Francais.

    5/17/2013 8:07:09 AM
  • Chiefs full-back Robbie Robinson takes on the Hurricanes defence - watch the action live on Sky Sports 4 HD

    5/17/2013 8:09:46 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke has insisted that unsettled striker Peter Odemwingie will not be sold cheaply in the summer. The Nigerian has repeatedly hit out at Albion over his treatment during the second half of the season, since famously turning up at QPR on transfer deadline day in January only for a deal to fall through, but Clarke is not willing to budge on a likely £4m price tag.
    Whoever wants him has to pay the market value. Is that the same as it was in January? Yes. We are not a charity.
    For all the latest transfer news and speculation, visit our dedicated Clockwatch.
    5/17/2013 8:12:29 AM
  • Sir Ian Botham says New Zealand edged the first day of the first Test against a nervous England.

    5/17/2013 8:24:00 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    England boss Roy Hodgson believes Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy deserves his call-up to the squad for the friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
    With Alex having done so well in the games I have seen him play and from the reports I have received of him, this is a good chance to bring him in behind Joe Hart and Ben Foster and see how he copes in the senior squad. 

    5/17/2013 8:31:17 AM
  • CRICKET

    [ssn]Mike Atherton has told Sky Sports News he is expecting more from England after a slow day at Lord's.
    It was certainly slow by any standards but it had its points of interest as well, particularly a good balance between bat and ball. I think the New Zealand seamers bowled with excellent discipline and control and got he ball swinging a little bit in the air. England were a bit timid and I think they will certainly try and ask more questions of the New Zealand bowlers than they did yesterday.
    5/17/2013 8:40:26 AM
  • [bn] Wigan winger Callum McManaman ruled out for three months with ankle injury and misses European U21 Championship.
    5/17/2013 8:45:33 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    [ssn] Bolton’s Dougie Freedman, Eddie Howe of Bournemouth and York boss Nigel Worthington have been named Managers of the Month for April in the Football League. 
    5/17/2013 8:46:52 AM
  • RUGBY UNION

    Leicester Tigers have announced the signing of Perpignan prop Jerome Schuster.
    5/17/2013 8:50:28 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    [ssn] Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is looking forward to his side’s final game against Sunderland but does not think it is his place to comment on whether the season can still be regarded as a success if Spurs miss out on Champions League qualification. 
    It is not up to me to judge. It is up to the board and the chairman to decide what will be considered a success or not. What we are striving to achieve is 72 points, which will be our Premier League highest and is already a considerable tally. But it shows you have to improve and gather more points next time.

    5/17/2013 8:51:33 AM
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    5/17/2013 8:56:22 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    We will be gearing up all day to the finale of the Premier League on Sunday, when Arsenal and Tottenham hope to grab the final Champions League place. Chelsea are virtually assured of a spot in the top four and the Gunners will join them if they can beat Newcastle in a match that can be seen live on Sky Sports 1HD. Tottenham’s clash with Sunderland will be on Sky Sports 2HD and they will be hoping for a slip-up from their North London rivals. Let us know what you think will happen on the final day of the season by getting in touch via Twitter - @skysports and use #skysportstoday.
    5/17/2013 8:59:04 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    [ssn] Arsene Wenger has insisted he did not pay much attention to Alan Pardew’s comments last week when he joked that he did not care whether Newcastle lost to Arsenal. The two sides meet on Sunday and Wenger is expecting a tough game at St James’ Park.
    I take that as a relief at being safe, and then reality kicks in and Newcastle will play their normal game. I think you have to take a distance with this kind of statement. They have been under a lot of pressure and got safe so of course there is euphoria.

    5/17/2013 9:12:13 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    [twtr] Here are some of your thoughts on whether Arsenal or Tottenham will finish in the top four.

    5/17/2013 9:17:10 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    [ssn] Andre Villas-Boas remains confident that Gareth Bale will remain at Tottenham next season.
    Our interest is for the player to continue here and we have made that very, very clear. Whatever is happening, the idea is for the player to be with us next season.
    Villas-Boas has also hinted he could make a summer move for David Villa but has dismissed speculation linking the club with the Croatian Ante Rebic.
    5/17/2013 9:28:45 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    [ssn] Sir Alex Ferguson admits the celebrations over the past few days have been some of the best he has ever experienced as Manchester United manager, having been presented with the Premier League trophy last Sunday and then enjoyed their victory parade around the city 24 hours later.
    Sunday was quite amazing, it was unbelievable. And the parade on Monday, I thought 99 could not be beaten, but this was incredible. 

    5/17/2013 9:33:10 AM
  • RUGBY UNION

    The Rebels are about to tackle the Stormers live on Sky Sports 4 HD. Click here for live commentary
    5/17/2013 9:41:40 AM
  • Andre Villas-Boas looks ahead to Tottenham’s crunch game against Sunderland.

    5/17/2013 9:44:18 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the Premier League club are in 'advanced' talks over Auxerre starlet Yaya Sanogo. There are several other interesting stories this morning making it into our Transfer Clockwatch, including lines on Andreas Weimann and Per Mertesacker.
    5/17/2013 9:51:03 AM
  • Mako Vunipola and Mike Phillips reveal everyone is enjoying being part of the British and Irish Lions set-up ahead of the tour to Australia.

    5/17/2013 9:55:13 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Arsenal have been linked with a  move for Wayne Rooney after he requested to leave Manchester United, but Arsene Wenger says they have not stepped up their interest as they are concentrating solely on the clash with Newcastle.
    I don’t know if Man United will sell Rooney. That is the best sign to show you that we have not made any approach for him because the first thing to do is to call Man United, which we did not do.  At the moment we are focused on Sunday.

    5/17/2013 10:11:18 AM
  • GOLF

    Our coverage of day two of the Volvo World Match Play Championship continues on Sky Sports 2HD from 1pm. In the meantime, click here to follow the latest scores.
    by Graeme Mairon May 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    5/17/2013 10:18:21 AM
  • CRICKET

    In addition to the Test match at Lord's, there is plenty of other cricket going on today, including seven games in the County Championship.
    by Graeme Mairon May 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    by Graeme Mairon May 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM
    Click here for the latest scores from around the country
    5/17/2013 10:25:04 AM
  • Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp looks ahead to the final day of the Premier League season as Arsenal and Tottenham battle for Champions League football.

    5/17/2013 10:27:25 AM
  • FORMULA ONE

    Lewis Hamilton wants Mercedes to remain focused on improving their race pace for Monaco despite the track's unique nature.
    by Graeme Mairon May 17, 2013 at 10:27 AM
    Click here to read the full story
    5/17/2013 10:28:47 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Sir Alex Ferguson was in good spirits as he looked forward to his 1500th and final game as Manchester United manager. Check out the full story from Ferguson ahead of United’s game against West Bromwich Albion, and watch the video of his news conference.
    5/17/2013 10:34:28 AM
  • We preview tonight's Super League action - including Warrington v Hull live on Sky Sports 3 HD from 7.30pm

    5/17/2013 10:37:24 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    [ssn] Bolton may have narrowly missed out on the Championship play-offs but Dougie Freedman, Manager of the Month for April, hopes they can push on next season and mount a stronger challenge for promotion.
    When I first came to Bolton we found ourselves in 17th position and had to get the confidence back in the group, so right now we are feeling very confident that we can get off to a good start and take the momentum into next season.

    5/17/2013 10:43:58 AM
  • TENNIS

    Serena Williams is on court against Carla Suarez Navarro at the Italian Open in Rome attempting to extend her winning streak to 22 matches. World number two Maria Sharapova, meanwhile, has withdrawn ahead of her quarter-final against Sara Errani citing "physical problems".
    by Graeme Mairon May 17, 2013 at 10:42 AM
    Click here for the latest and watch Benoit Paire v Marcel Granollers live on Sky Sports 3 HD now
    5/17/2013 10:45:00 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    [ssn] QPR will be another club desperate to win promotion to the Premier League next season, and manager Harry Redknapp admits he has a lot to do to get the squad ready.
    It is a busy summer for the club. We need to change things here to give ourselves a chance of trying to mount a challenge and give ourselves a chance of getting out of the Championship because it is not going to be easy. That is where all the hard work starts, trying to clear the decks and get some fresh blood in.

    5/17/2013 10:45:46 AM
  • Arsene Wenger discusses his interest in signing Yaya Sanogo before being questioned on the possibility of Wayne Rooney joining Arsenal.

    5/17/2013 10:52:34 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Reading striker Jason Roberts believes players were not consulted properly over the FA's decision to introduce a five-match minimum ban for racist or other discriminatory abuse. UEFA recently set a 10-game sanction for similar offences and Roberts feels the FA should have taken a similar stance.
    The last 18 months regarding equality at the FA has consisted of bad decisions, lack of will, lack of consultation and lack of leadership!
    5/17/2013 11:03:25 AM
  • Bairstow and Root digging in. Eng 183-4 off 92 overs. Root 37no, Bairstow 13no. #engvnz pic.twitter.com/PQyR6TRwxy

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