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Sky Sports Today - Monday April 1

Sky Sports Today - Monday April 1


    Welcome to our Bank Holiday Sky Sports Today, where we will bring you the best sporting news and action.
    4/1/2013 6:45:11 AM

    Western Force half-back Chris Eaton has returned to his native New Zealand after his wife died in a car accident. A statement from the Force read
    Players and staff at RugbyWA and the Emirates Western Force extend our deepest sympathies to Chris, his family and friends and will continue to provide any necessary support to help them through this period.
    4/1/2013 6:52:05 AM
  • GOLF 

    DA Points sank a superb 13-foot putt on the 18th to clinch victory in the Houston Open. Points had been having a terrible year coming into the event, missing seven cuts in his last nine events. However, he closed with a six-under 66 in the final round, saving par on the last two holes at Redstone Golf Club to outlast Masters-bound Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel.
    It's been a really tough year. To have a putt to win, you always want that starting out every week.
    Final-round leaderboard
    • -16 D.A. Points
    • -15 B Horschel
    • -15 H Stenson (Swe)
    • -14 D Jounson
    • -14 B Crane
    4/1/2013 6:55:39 AM

    Paolo Di Canio has been appointed as the new Sunderland head coach on a two-and-a-half year deal - and chairman Ellis Short has high hopes for the Italian.
    Paolo is hugely enthused by the challenge that lies ahead of him. He is passionate, driven and raring to get started.
    4/1/2013 6:57:56 AM
  • 4/1/2013 6:58:34 AM

    Former senior Labour party MP David Miliband has stepped down from his role at Sunderland following the appointment of Paolo Di Canio as head coach because of the Italian's political views.
    I wish Sunderland AFC all success in the future. It is a great institution that does a huge amount for the North East and I wish the team very well over the next vital seven games. However, in the light of the new manager's past political statements, I think it right to step down.
    4/1/2013 7:06:15 AM

    Paul Nicholson pulled off a stunning comeback to keep his hopes alive at the European Darts Trophy in Germany. Nicholson was 5-1 down against Colin Lloyd but fought back superbly to win 6-5 win to join big guns Michael van Gerwen, Wes Newton and John Part in the last 16 in Sindelfingen.
    I keep winning 6-5 - I did it against Ronny Huybrechts in the first round too, and I don't want to keep doing that. I don't know how I won that but it's great to be through.
    4/1/2013 7:07:50 AM

    [pt]It is April Fool’s day but it is no joke that Di Canio’s appointment dominates the nationals. There are plenty of other tales, though, so we bring you the best of the rest. 
    THE SUN: Alex Ferguson insists he has no interest in selling Javier Hernandez.
    DAILY MIRROR: Newcastle want Celtic's giant English centre-half Kelvin Wilson - as fears grow over the future of Fabricio Coloccini.
    DAILY STAR: Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm is a shock summer target for Barcelona.
    For more of today's headlines, click here
    4/1/2013 7:28:08 AM

    Racing at Fakenham goes ahead today after a planned inspection was cancelled.
    4/1/2013 7:29:11 AM

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admits Samir Nasri's inconsistency makes him wish he could 'punch' the Frenchman.
    I would like to give him a punch, because a player like him should play like this always. Every game. Maybe one game sometimes he can play badly.
    4/1/2013 7:32:50 AM

    Sky Sports presenter Alex Hammond's tip of the day is Rich Revival in the Irish National at 4.50 at Fairyhouse.
    4/1/2013 7:56:02 AM

    Australian captain Michael Clarke was taken to hospital on Sunday following a bout of gastroenteritis
    4/1/2013 7:59:23 AM

    Tottenham steadied the ship with a 2-1 victory at Swansea on Saturday and top scorer Gareth Bale was delighted to see them get back to winning ways to keep their bid for a top-four Premier League finish on track. Spurs have returned to third place in the table after leapfrogging Chelsea.
    It was important for us to get a win. We had lost our last three games in all competitions, so it was important to stop the rot and try to kick on. We're still in the running for our objectives and hopefully we can fulfil them. We're in a great position now for Champions League qualification and that's the most important thing.
    4/1/2013 8:10:48 AM

    Following Paolo Di Canio's appointment as Sunderland manager, we look back at his career to date in the ex-Swindon boss' factfile, from his playing days with Lazio to his successful spell with the Robins.
    Have your say on Di Canio's appointment using the #skysportstoday hashtag in your tweets
    4/1/2013 8:15:10 AM

    There's plenty of Easter Monday football lined up this afternoon, with the stand-out clash at 12.30pm when Chelsea host Manchester United in their FA Cup sixth-round replay. We'll be bringing you live text commentary of that encounter, which you can preview here. There's also a full schedule across the Football League, while later today Fulham go head to head with QPR in the Premier League, with the Monday Night Football showdown live on Sky Sports HD1.
    4/1/2013 8:26:01 AM

    Ahead of this weekend's enthralling Heineken Cup encounters, Sky Sports assesses the eight teams aiming to succeed Leinster as champions. Remember you can catch all of the action live on Sky Sports. 
    • Clermont v Montpellier, Saturday, Sky Sports 1 HD (3.15pm)
    • Saracens v Ulster, Saturday, Sky Sports 1 HD & Sky 3D (6pm) 
    • Harlequins v Munster, Sunday, Sky Sports 2 HD (1.30pm)
    • Toulon v Leicester, Sunday, Sky Sports 2 HD (4pm)
    4/1/2013 8:27:51 AM

    Arsenal forward Gervinho played a key role in the Gunners' 4-1 win over Reading on Saturday, scoring the opener and notching two assists. Manager Arsene Wenger does not consider him to be "clinical" in front of goal but feels he would score more if he relaxed.
    Honestly, he is not a clinical finisher. When he is completely relaxed, he's quite good. He rushes his finishing because when he arrives in front of the goal he wants to get rid of it. The big goalscorers just pass it in and that's what he has to learn.
    4/1/2013 8:30:59 AM
  • A round up of all the action from Sunday night's games in the NBA.

    4/1/2013 8:33:47 AM

    [twtr]Paolo Di Canio's appointment at Sunderland has been dominating the headlines this morning and you've been having your say on how he will fare on Wearside via Twitter:
    @SkySports #skysportstoday legend as a player and will bring the right no nonsense approach we need and have needed for some time! #safc Lars Herrem via Twitter at 9:26 AM
    I think he will liven the PL up #skysportstoday Ash Grundy via Twitter at 9:17 AM
    @skysports paolo di canio is not d right 4 sunderland since steve bruce left sunderland everything has totaly gone wrong#skysportstoday gerrard bonaven via Twitter at 9:13 AM
    Goood appointment from Sunderland to be fair! #skysportstoday #paolodicanio Jaycøb via Twitter at 9:40 PM yesterday
    Join the debate using the #skysportstoday hashtag in your tweets
    4/1/2013 8:36:17 AM

    Andre Villas-Boas says Tottenham dream of lifting the UEFA Europa League trophy after reaching the quarter-finals, but knows finishing in the top four of the Premier League is the most important thing for Spurs this season.
    Now we are in the Europa League quarter-finals we can only dream of winning the trophy. It has the same importance as every game we play, although I understand that it is always the league position that determines the success of the season.
    4/1/2013 8:47:45 AM

    Everton saw off Stoke 1-0 on Saturday to leave them four points outside of the Premier League top four places and Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard believes a UEFA Champions League spot is not beyond David Moyes' men this season.
    We are right there, we are breathing heavy down a few people's necks. We need a little bit of luck for those around us to drop points. But maybe we are in a position to make our own luck. People say it's daunting but it's an opportunity for us.
    4/1/2013 8:58:49 AM

    We're asking our readers to help us choose the ultimate PFA Player of the Year from the 40-year history of the awards. This year we're asking you to choose your favourite winner from between 1993 and 2002. The contenders are:
    Paul McGrath
    Eric Cantona
    Alan Shearer 
    Les Ferdinand
    Dennis Bergkamp
    David Ginola
    Roy Keane
    Teddy Sheringham
    Ruud van Nistelrooy
    4/1/2013 9:05:38 AM

    Fulham v QPR is live on Sky Sports HD1 this evening, kicking off at 8pm, and you can look ahead to the Premier League clash in our preview. Here are some facts as we build up to the West London derby:
    • Fulham have won fewer points (8) than any other side in Premier League London derbies this season, but defeated Spurs in their last match.
    • QPR have won just one of their last seven competitive meetings with Fulham (L5 D1), but this victory came earlier this season (2-1) at Loftus Road.
    • Dimitar Berbatov has scored in three successive Premier League appearances for the first time since December 2011. He has never netted in four successive PL apps.
    4/1/2013 9:07:40 AM
  • 4/1/2013 9:08:35 AM

    In case you missed any of the Premier League action over the Easter weekend, you can look back on some of the biggest talking points in our Reporters' Notebook, with all nine matches up for discussion.
    Have your say on the weekend's action - #skysportstoday
    4/1/2013 9:16:04 AM

    There's plenty of Championship action coming up this afternoon, with eight games lined up in the second tier, one of which is our televised clash Leeds v Derby, live on Sky Sports HD1 from 5pm. Alongside that encounter there are crucial matches at either end of the table - including leaders Cardiff's visit of Blackburn - which you can preview here.
    4/1/2013 9:23:54 AM

    Big day of action in the Super League, with seven matches to whet you appetite. You can catch Catalans Dragons take on the Leeds Rhinos live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 5pm.
    4/1/2013 9:46:13 AM

    Relegation-threatened Wigan grabbed what could prove to be a crucial 1-0 victory over Norwich on Saturday as in-form Arouna Kone snatched a late winner. That strike marked his sixth goal in as many games and team-mate Emmerson Boyce has paid tribute to the Ivorian, who has now netted 12 goals this season.
    When you're in this sort of situation, you need someone like Arouna who can score a crucial goal. Getting into double figures in this league is no mean feat and he's come into great form at the right time of the season, just when we needed him to.
    4/1/2013 9:46:50 AM
  • GOLF

    [ewenmurray] Ewen Murray savours the finest moments from 'the greatest golfing show on Earth' - the Masters - in his latest blog. 
    In this country, we swoon over the "Old Lady" at St Andrews and for those who have been fortunate to travel, there is Pebble Beach, Valderamma and many other famed and fabled courses to enjoy. But then there is Augusta: majestic and unique.
    Read Ewen's blog here - and find out what his favourite Masters moment is.
    4/1/2013 9:55:02 AM

    [ssn]Paolo Di Canio has arrived at Sunderland for his first day in charge as he begins his quest to keep the club in the Premier League. The volatile Italian, a shock replacement for sacked Martin O'Neill, was driven into the club's Academy of Light training ground shortly before 9am this morning and is expected to meet his new squad this lunchtime, before overseeing his first training session.

    4/1/2013 10:02:56 AM

    Today's Super League clash between the Bradford Bulls and Salford City Reds at the Provident Stadium  has been given the go-ahead following a pitch inspection.
    4/1/2013 10:10:58 AM

    Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho feels he has adjusted quickly to life at Liverpool and is looking to end the season on a high after moving to Anfield in January from Inter Milan.
    I have been very well received here, everyone has treated me really well and the club is like a family, even with so many great idols playing here. We have the goal of winning as many games as possible to try and catch up with the top teams.
    4/1/2013 10:25:22 AM

    [skybet]Sky Bet have made new Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio 14/1 to claim the April manager of the month award after he was named as Martin O'Neill's successor at the Stadium of Light. They're also offering odds of 8/1 that Di Canio’s first victory comes at Chelsea or against Newcastle (7/2), Everton (11/2), Aston Villa (5/1), while it’s 13/2 that they don’t win again this season. Visit Sky Bet for all the latest odds.
    4/1/2013 10:30:44 AM

    Wesley Sneijder has been speaking about Galatasaray's UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie with Real Madrid, the first leg of which is live on Sky Sports HD2 on Wednesday, and says he will be going up against his 'second father' in former boss Jose Mourinho.
    Mourinho is like a second father to me. In football we have powerhouses who are players, and ever since I met Mourinho, we can say that there are powerhouses who are managers. And he certainly is, without any doubt at all. He is a very special person for me.
    4/1/2013 10:36:59 AM

    Newcastle suffered a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday to leave them just three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone but Steven Taylor is adamant the Magpies are looking up the table, rather than down at a basement battle.
    I look around the dressing room at the players who I train with every day, and I am sat around top-class. This definitely makes me believe we are going to do well. We are not looking down, we are looking up. We are looking at who we can catch and chase.
    4/1/2013 10:46:52 AM

    Former Sunderland player Michael Gray is currently on Soccer Extra on Sky Sports 1 HD and has been talking about the appointment of Paolo Di Canio.
    He is bonkers but great for the Premier League and I hope he gets it right. "It's going to be entertaining if nothing else and if he can get a win in the Tyne-Wear derby it could be like Jose Mourinho running down the touchline. There are seven games to go and they are all going to be huge, but they have a lot of injuries - Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole are out for the season - and it is going to be difficult.
    4/1/2013 10:47:52 AM

    The teams are in for the FA Cup sixth-round replay between Chelsea and Manchester United, kicking off at 12.30pm, with no Wayne Rooney in the Red Devils squad:
    • Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole, Ramires, Mikel,Hazard, Mata, Oscar, Ba.
    • Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Nani, Hernandez, Welbeck.
    Have your say on the line-ups using the #skysportstoday hashtag in your tweets.
    4/1/2013 10:49:18 AM

    Our live text commentary of Chelsea v Manchester United in the FA Cup is underway and you can follow it here. The latest on Rooney's absence from the squad is that the United striker has fallen foul of a groin injury.
    4/1/2013 11:06:22 AM
  • You may think being a referee is a thankless task in football, but there's one man who loves it so much he's been doing it for 57 years. Harry Hardy is nearly 90 - but has no plans to blow the whistle on officiating just yet.

    4/1/2013 11:09:02 AM

    About to get underway in League One, live on Sky Sports HD1, is the top of the table clash between Doncaster and Swindon. Rovers are currently top of the standings but only four points ahead of the fourth-placed Robins and will be keen to get their title push back on track after losing at Coventry last time out. 
    4/1/2013 11:12:24 AM

    [johnnynelson]Johnny Nelson has given his reaction to the draw between Tony Bellew and Isaac Chilemba and says he's not sure where the Liverpool fighter goes next.
    He has called for an immediate rematch but it doesn't always work like that in boxing. Doors may open for Chilemba now - or the WBC champion Chad Dawson may give one of them a shot if, after watching their fight on Saturday night, feels he could take care of them. We'll have to wait and see where Bellew goes from here.
    Johnny also gives his reaction to the draw between Derry Mathews and Anthony Crolla
    4/1/2013 11:20:37 AM

    Paris St Germain chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi claims he is planning to hold talks with David Beckham regarding a contract extension, with the former England captain's current deal set to expire in the summer.
    We are going to talk with him about it. But frankly, we really want to keep him with us next season. He's fantastic, on and off the pitch. Signing David has been one of my best decisions.
    For more transfer news and speculation visit our Transfer Clockwatch
    4/1/2013 11:22:21 AM
  • 4/1/2013 11:27:27 AM
  • [bn]Wayne Rooney suffered a groin injury playing for England in Montenegro last week and it is hoped he will be fit for the derby against Manchester City next Monday, according to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
    4/1/2013 11:30:12 AM

    Steve Clarke says Peter Odemwingie has not disrupted the West Bromwich Albion dressing room and remains part of his plans despite the striker pushing for a move away from The Hawthorns in January and later taking to Twitter to criticise the club.
    Peter has been part of my squad since the start of the season. The episode in January was obviously difficult for all concerned but we left the door open, we got him back in the squad and he still has to be part of the squad.
    4/1/2013 11:34:18 AM
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