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Sky Sports Today - Friday May 24

Sky Sports Today - Friday May 24

  • GOOD MORNING

    Welcome to Friday's Sky Sports Today. We have an action-packed day ahead, so we will be your one-stop shop for all the latest news, views and action from the sporting world.
    5/24/2013 6:19:31 AM
  • RUGBY UNION

    New Zealand lock Ali Williams has called time on his international career. He told Twitter
    Guys, I just want to let you know first that I'm retiring from international rugby. I'm hanging up the black jersey.
    5/24/2013 6:33:06 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Manchester City fought back from 3-0 down to beat Chelsea 4-3 in a thrilling friendly at a sold-out Busch Stadium in St Louis.
    5/24/2013 6:34:31 AM
  • CRICKET

    [ssn]Sky Sports reporter Richard Graves has told SSN that the start of the second Test between England and New Zealand could be delayed.
    The covers very much on the pitch, the rain is coming down and the forecast for the rest of the day isn’t great. I have spoken to some of the ground staff here and the forecast they have received has suggested that the rain may stop by around 11am.
    5/24/2013 6:41:13 AM
  • PAPER TALK

    • [pt]DAILY EXPRESS: Alan Pardew's jobs at Newcastle boss is safe but he has been told he must finish in the top 10 next season.
    • THE SUN: Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic is set to follow Tony Pulis out of the club - and sign for Liverpool.
    • DAILY MIRROR: Sergio Aguero is staying at Manchester City this summer - despite efforts from Real Madrid to lure him from Spain.
    • DAILY MAIL: San Lorenzo are stepping up their bid to take Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini back to Argentina.
    • DAILY STAR: Real Madrid aim to hijack Manchester City's bid to sign Malaga star Isco.
    For more of the latest headlines, click here
    5/24/2013 7:00:02 AM
  • Chelsea's Mikel John Obi trips Manchester City's Carlos Tevez during their friendly encounter. City won 4-3 having been 3-0 down.

    5/24/2013 7:07:50 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Christian Benteke insists he will leave Aston Villa if one of the Premier League's top clubs wants to sign him. Benteke was one of the stars of the season, scoring 19 goals to help keep Villa in the top flight.
    If Aston Villa say I must stay, I won't necessarily accept that. I do not in any way want to feel I didn't get the most out of my career. I try to get everything.
    Keep up to date with all the latest deals and speculation with our Transfer Clockwatch.
    5/24/2013 7:41:09 AM
  • RUGBY UNION

    For live text commentary from the Super Rugby encounter between the Chiefs and the Crusaders, click here. Alternatively you can watch the action live on Sky Sports 3 HD.
    5/24/2013 7:42:38 AM
  • [bn]Stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions
    5/24/2013 7:49:46 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has revealed that the Premier League club want to win five trophies over the next five years, having sacked Roberto Mancini after finishing second in the table and losing the FA Cup final this season.
    If next year we don't win, but progress our football and get to the semi-finals of the Champions League, finish second in the Premier League and lose the FA Cup final again, that will be fine.
    Check out the full story on Manchester City’s trophy target
    5/24/2013 7:54:13 AM
  • FEEDBACK

    [twtr] Here are a few of your thoughts on whether Christian Benteke will still be at Aston Villa next season. Get in touch via Twitter - @skysports and use #skysportstoday.

    5/24/2013 8:03:33 AM
  • [bn] Everton midfielder Leon Osman signs contract extension until 2015                 
    5/24/2013 8:06:57 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    We are just one day away from the biggest game of the European season and you can get in the mood for the Champions League final with all the latest news and features. Bayern Munich will start as favourites for the all-German affair at Wembley, which can be seen from 6pm on Sky Sports 1HD on Saturday, but Borussia Dortmund are not to be underestimated. Find out the thoughts of their boss with a Jurgen Klopp Q&A.
    5/24/2013 8:20:49 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Here is more on the news that Leon Osman has put pen to paper on a new contract at Everton. He says he is delighted to be staying at Goodison Park but will the club be able to keep hold of all their key players. Here are a couple of your views.

    5/24/2013 8:26:45 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Staying on the Everton theme, midfielder Marouane Fellaini has warned Manchester United's players they will not get an easy ride under new boss David Moyes.
    He is a decent man, a great manager, but believe me he can be tough. If you want to win something, to create a good team you have to be hard sometimes with the players - football is like this. He can be scary.

    5/24/2013 8:32:55 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has insisted the club have no intention of allowing Sergio Aguero to leave.
    This has gone on and on and on. We have had discussions with Sergio and his agent about several things and he has never expressed the willingness to go.

    5/24/2013 8:48:58 AM
  • CYCLING

    Friday's 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia has been cancelled due to bad weather. The stage had already been significantly amended after heavy snow and low temperatures on the Stelvio and Gavia passes made them unrideable.
    5/24/2013 8:51:12 AM
  • [bn]2007 Giro d'Italia winner Danilo Di Luca tested positive for EPO
    5/24/2013 8:53:37 AM
  • The scene from the commentary box at Headingley

    5/24/2013 9:08:17 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Manuel Pellegrini has insisted that he has no fear of failure, with the manager widely expected to be appointed at Manchester City in the near future.
    This doesn't mean I am not as demanding of myself, nor that I think I have nothing more to achieve. Quite the contrary - I am my own harshest critic. Everyone has fears, what is important is to overcome them and not to freeze.


    5/24/2013 9:11:20 AM
  • CRICKET

    Sky Sports pundit Michael Atherton is not impressed with the weather situation ahead of the second Test between England and New Zealand.
    It's miserable and rancid out there, there’s no other words for it.
    5/24/2013 9:12:57 AM
  • 5/24/2013 9:22:23 AM
  • [bn]Jockey Eddie Ahearn appeals his 10-year ban for corruption
    5/24/2013 9:23:01 AM


  • 5/24/2013 9:31:54 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Liverpool chairman Tom Werner says the club's board have been pleased with the efforts of manager Brendan Rodgers in his first season at Anfield. The Reds finished seventh in the Premier League this season - one place higher than in 2011/12 - but Werner believes they are well placed to improve on that next term.
    I think Brendan has made remarkable progress. He's a great strategist and has shown strong leadership as he has led the team through this season.

    5/24/2013 9:40:30 AM
  • GOLF

    George Coetzee clearly is not perturbed by the inclement weather at the BMW Championship. Two birdies in the first four holes, all pars since. A routine par at 10 keeps him at -5.
    Follow the action live on Sky Sports 2 HD, or join our live, interactive coverage by clicking here.
    5/24/2013 9:47:28 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    [ssn] Former England manager Steve McClaren, who had a spell in the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg, is well placed to provide analysis on Bayern Munich on Borussia Dortmund ahead of the Champions League final.
    I think Bayern have gone to another level. They can keep the ball as well as Barcelona but can also counter-attack as well as Dortmund, so they have the full game. I think Dortmund are limited to being compact, being organised, winning the ball and transitioning as quickly as possible. 

    5/24/2013 9:47:59 AM
  • RUGBY UNION 

    The RFU has appointed Joe Lydon as England's new head of international player development. The former England attack coach will move to Twickenham from his current role as head of rugby at the Welsh Rugby Union.
    5/24/2013 9:51:54 AM
  • RUGBY UNION

    Sky Sports expert Miles Harrison is looking forward to see England's youngsters take on the Barbarians on Sunday.
    I'm excited about seeing this England team and if the English youngsters get it right - we are in for some afternoon and a great send-off on tour, wherever that tour may be!

    5/24/2013 9:54:58 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Monday promises to be a huge day in the history of either Crystal Palace or Watford as they prepare to do battle in the Championship play-off final at Wembley for the prize of promotion to the Premier League, in a game which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1HD. Chris Burton considers the merits of both sides in our Premier pedigree feature.
    5/24/2013 10:00:57 AM
  • RUGBY UNION

    Bath hooker Rob Webber will lead a youthful England side in Sunday's non-cap international against the Barbarians at TwickenhamMatt Kvesic and Marland Yarde pull on a senior England shirt for the first time, while new faces Kyle Eastmond, Kearnan Myall, Haydn Thomas, Henry Thomas and  Billy Vunipola are on the bench. 

    5/24/2013 10:04:34 AM
  • FEEDBACK

    [twtr] Let us know your views on the Champions League final by getting in touch via Twitter - @skysports and use #skysportstoday.

    5/24/2013 10:04:52 AM
  • Bernard Hopkins is backing Carl Froch to overcome Mikkel Kessler and fancies taking on Froch himself.

    5/24/2013 10:06:18 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Wembley will host the first ever all-German clash in a European Cup final as Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening. It is a game which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1HD from 6pm tomorrow and our Champions League final preview is ready, detailing the background to what promises to be a thrilling game and giving the all-important team news.
    5/24/2013 10:09:44 AM
  • TENNIS

    British No 1 Laura Robson has been drawn against tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of the French Open.
    5/24/2013 10:10:45 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    The Premier League season may be over but there is no rest for the wicked. Manchester City and Chelsea played in a friendly overnight and Tottenham Hotspur have also been in action, against Jamaica in the Bahamas. A strong side featuring the likes of Michael Dawson and Jermain Defoe was held to a goalless draw at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium, and you can check out the match report.
    5/24/2013 10:23:21 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    UEFA have confirmed they will reward the winners of the Europa League from 2014/15 with a place in the Champions League. Let us know your views on the story by getting in touch via Twitter - @skysports and use #skysportstoday.
    5/24/2013 10:26:47 AM
  • Roger Federer says he is still enjoying playing tennis and has no plans to retire just yet

    5/24/2013 10:27:40 AM
  • FEEDBACK

    [twtr] We are also interested to hear if you think Watford or Crystal Palace will win the Champions League final.

    5/24/2013 10:28:57 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Newcastle defender Steven Taylor hopes his centre-back partner Fabricio Coloccini can be persuaded to stay at the club. The Argentine asked to leave during the January transfer window and the Magpies are likely to be faced with further interest in him from San Lorenzo.
    I've got a fantastic partnership with him, and hopefully that will continue.
    Visit our Transfer Clockwatch for news of all the latest deals and speculation.
    5/24/2013 10:37:54 AM
  • RUGBY LEAGUE

    Widnes utility player Rhys Hanbury has ended speculation about his future by signing a new three-year deal.
    It was an easy decision to stay at the club and in the Super League competition but returning home was definitely another big option for me and my partner.
    5/24/2013 10:39:20 AM
  • FEEDBACK

    [twtr] Here are some of your views on UEFA’s decision to award a Champions League spot to Europa League winners. The full details have yet to be confirmed, but it is understood that Europa League winners and Champions League winners will no longer take a place from the domestic leagues if they finish outside of the Champions League qualifying spots.

    5/24/2013 10:50:40 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists Christian Benteke needs a 'reality check' after reports claimed he was interested in joining a Premier League rival as he did not want to have any regrets at the end of his career.
    He's only a kid starting out and he's going to have ups and downs like everybody else. Once he starts to play 400 or 500 games you might think, 'yeah, he's right good player.

    5/24/2013 10:58:43 AM
  • TENNIS

    Novak Djokovic and seven-time champion Rafael Nadal have been drawn to meet in the semi-finals of the French Open. The 'King of Clay', who returned to action earlier this year following a lengthy lay-off, insists he did not want to miss out on Roland Garros.
    I am happy to be here at Roland Garros, it's one of the tournaments that I did not want to miss. I love this place. I am healthy to play here another time.
    5/24/2013 10:58:43 AM
  • Rafael Nadal: has won the French Open a record seven times

    5/24/2013 11:01:10 AM
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