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Sky Sports Today - Monday April 8

  • Good Morning and welcome to Sky Sports Today - your one-stop shop for all the latest news, views, features and videos from around Sky Sports.
    4/8/2013 6:50:28 AM
  • 4/8/2013 7:19:02 AM

    Ahead of the Manchester derby, United have stressed they will never sell the naming rights to Old Trafford following confirmation present shirt sponsors AON have agreed an eight-year contract to put their name to the Carrington training ground.
    From July 1, Carrington will be known as the 'AON Training Complex' and forms a central part of a wide-ranging deal that also includes sponsorship of United's training kit, their annual summer tours and, for the first time, friendly matches.
    No figures are being put on the contract but it is thought to be less than the £20million annual sum AON agreed to pay when they became United's shirt sponsors in a deal that will expire in 2014.
    4/8/2013 7:25:37 AM
  • Why not start your day with a few laughs and watch our Fails of the Week video, see who got it all wrong this week...

    4/8/2013 7:32:54 AM

    We're counting down to Monday Night Football all day and ahead of this titanic clash, Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has stoked the fires by saying his side are the equal of local rivals Manchester United, despite the fact they are well off the pace in the fight for the title. Second-placed City trail Premier League leaders United by 15 points ahead of Monday's derby showdown at Old Trafford but Mancini refuses to accept their inferiority and said: 
    We know we can beat them because they are not better than us. This is sure, 100 per cent. We deserved to win the game at the Etihad (in December, which United won 3-2 with a stoppage-time winner). Like them, we are a strong team. There is no difference.
    4/8/2013 7:33:13 AM
  • GOLF

    Butch Harmon has revealed his tips for the Masters. He thinks Rory McIlroy will have a good tournament but says Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the men to beat:
    Tiger and Phil are always going to be the two favourites because the course lends itself to them and they have extensive knowledge of it. 
    Read Butch Harmon's thoughts on The Masters here.

    Sky Sports will show all four days of the Masters (April 11-15) live and in high definition, while there will also be special 3D coverage for certain portions of the event. Check out our Augusta microsite here for more details, as well as news, features, blogs, player profiles, and videos.
    4/8/2013 7:35:31 AM

    [pt]The papers are dominated by the build-up to the Manchester derby but here are some more key lines:
    DAILY TELEGRAPH: Roberto Mancini's position as Manchester City manager will be reviewed at the end of the season, even if the club win the FA Cup.
    THE SUN: Bayer Leverkusen are ready to listen to offers for Chelsea target Andre Schurrle.
    DAILY MIRROR: Swansea could make Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas their first signing in the summer on a free transfer. 
    DAILY EXPRESS: QPR boss Harry Redknapp has called Shaun Maloney's injury-time equaliser for Wigan "his worst moment in football".
    4/8/2013 7:44:17 AM

    Manchester City head into their Monday Night Football clash trailing local rivals United by 15 points and with little but pride to play for. When City won the Premier League title last May, some were predicting a power shift but the trophy is all but certain to be heading back to Old Trafford. As the teams prepare to do battle again on Monday, Adam Bate looks at the reasons why City's momentum was halted.

    4/8/2013 8:00:08 AM

    Worrying news about Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania, who suffered a heavy fall at Hexham just 24 hours after his Aintree triumph. He's in hospital but the hope is that the injuries are not as bad as first feared.
    4/8/2013 8:01:45 AM

    The Heineken Cup semi-finals are set after the weekend's quarter-final action, with Saracens v Toulon and Clermont v Munster the line-up. We've got all the reports and reaction in our Heineken Cup section.
    4/8/2013 8:07:18 AM

    Manchester United's 6-1 demolition by rivals City last season is inspiring Sir Alex Ferguson for Monday night's Premier League Sky live showdown at Old Trafford.
    We were the better team until they scored right on half-time. Then we had a man sent off just after half-time and we still kept chasing the game. That was us playing with the history books instead of our brains. It will be different this time.
    4/8/2013 8:11:41 AM

    Some news from across the pond - the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins are the first two NHL teams to book their places in the play-offs - and Pittsburgh didn't even have to play on Sunday to make it.
    4/8/2013 8:19:15 AM
  • It's Masters week on Sky Sports, and Kirsty Gallacher is live at Augusta tonight with Special Report including an in-depth interview with Lee Westwood on his new life in Florida.

    4/8/2013 8:27:12 AM
  • [twtr]
    “@SkySports: So are #MCFC & #MUFC equals? Roberto Mancini thinks so. Read what City boss has to say & join #skysportstoday debate" #15points Picko via Twitter at 8:59 AM

    “@SkySports: So are #MCFC & #MUFC equals? Roberto Mancini thinks so. join #skysportstoday debate” 15 points? #BenHall via Twitter at 8:52 AM

    4/8/2013 8:33:54 AM

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has aimed a further dig at Manchester City by claiming Robin van Persie was never going to move to the Etihad Stadium.
    It's hypothetical, he was never going to City.
    4/8/2013 8:42:42 AM
  • [ssnradio]
    Danny Mills and David May are on Sky Sports News Radio from 11 o’clock building up to tonight's Manchester derby. Listen online at
    4/8/2013 8:52:21 AM

    There is much more to the Premier League this season than just the title race, and Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky is looking for the Gunners' good run to continue to fire them above Tottenham and into the Champions League places after another pivotal weekend.
    The fans are desperate to end the season above Tottenham and we are as well. We're on the same page as that.
    4/8/2013 8:58:37 AM
  • [bn]
    St Mirren to vote against proposed Scottish League reconstruction plan
    4/8/2013 9:01:48 AM

    St Mirren have announced they will not be voting in favour of the proposed restructuring of the Scottish League at next Monday's meeting of SPL clubs.
    The concept of playing 22 games prior to breaking into three leagues of eight, including the middle eight losing their points gained in the first series of games, is not a system we see as taking the game forward in the long term. You will be aware that other countries have tried this system and have since rejected such a set up.

    4/8/2013 9:07:41 AM
  • GOLF

    The Masters is approaching, but the first women's major of the year has already been won by South Korean Inbee Park - as she clinched her second major title in style with a four-shot win at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
    4/8/2013 9:15:46 AM

    Andy Murray didn't play for Great Britain as they produced a remarkable win over Russia after being 2-0 down in their tie. But Novak Djokovic turned out for Serbia in American as they beat the USA to make the semi-finals, although the world number one was struggling with an ankle problem.
    4/8/2013 9:18:07 AM

    After a pulsating weekend of Heineken Cup action, our chief rugby writer Tony Curtis has picked out some names that could be wildcard picks for the upcoming Lions tour to Australia, including a certain resurgent World Cup winner.
    It seems impossible to consider that a player of the stature of Jonny Wilkinson could be a wildcard for the Lions, however it is 18 months since his last international appearance. Wilkinson, though, has been enjoying some of the best form of his career with Toulon and with the Lions short on options at No 10, he could be the perfect cover for Jonathan Sexton and Owen Farrell.

    4/8/2013 9:27:42 AM

    [skybet] Sky Bet have installed Tottenham manager Andre-Villas Boas as the favourite to be the next Real Madrid boss following a run of notable bets. Some significant stakes on Sunday evening saw the Portuguese manager cut from 25/1 to evens to replace Jose Mourinho, who is widely expected to leave the Bernabeu this summer and 1/3 to return to Chelsea. Click here to see the latest odds.
    4/8/2013 9:32:13 AM

    If Manchester City leave Old Trafford on Monday night with their tail between their legs and trailing neighbours United by 18 points more questions than ever will be asked of Roberto Mancini. Daniel Storey ponders over whether the Italian deserves such scrutiny here
    Does Roberto Mancini deserve to have his role as City boss questioned by his critics?
    by skysportsaldunnon Apr 8, 2013 at 9:33 AM
    4/8/2013 9:34:55 AM

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    4/8/2013 9:42:48 AM

    What a fine head of hair! Former England midfielder Ray Wilkins left Manchester United for AC Milan in 1984 and saw the Italian giants transform into a team that would dominate Europe before the decade was out. Sky Sports caught up with him to find out more about his experiences abroad in our latest Brits Abroad series. 
    Do you remember when Ray was gracing Serie A with his economic but always precise passing? 
    by skysportsaldunnon Apr 8, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    4/8/2013 9:49:00 AM
  • We're at Augusta for the Masters, and once again that man Tiger Woods is the big name everyone is talking about.

    4/8/2013 10:01:54 AM
  • Post-weekend blues? Need a Monday morning pick-me-up? What better way to ease yourself back into the world of work than by watching a collection of the weekend's best goals from around the globe...

    4/8/2013 10:05:09 AM
  • 4/8/2013 10:08:35 AM

    We teased you earlier with our snap of a hirsute Ray Wilkins and now you can actually read our latest edition of Brits Abroad by clicking this link, which in no way did we forget to include in the last post...
    4/8/2013 10:13:06 AM
  • GOLF

    Back to the Masters, which will be taking over the golfing world this week, and after a fine display in Texas, Rory McIlroy is delighted he opted to play in the event at the last minute and will now head to Augusta with confidence after a bad start to 2013.
    You know, to finish off this tournament with a round like today is obviously great going into Augusta. I feel like my game's in really good shape going into next week. A round like that today gives me a nice little bit of confidence. I didn't quite get the win, but everything that I wanted to accomplish this week, I accomplished. I feel really good going into next week.
    Keep up to date with all the latest Masters news and see all the different ways you can watch it all live on Sky Sports on our Masters Section.
    4/8/2013 10:14:52 AM
  • [bn] Sky Sports News reports Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania will remain in hospital for another 24 hours after suffering back and neck injuries in a fall at Hexham on Sunday
    4/8/2013 10:19:04 AM

    Interesting quotes from Reading striker Adam Le Fondre on the back of his side's defeat to Southampton at the weekend. He's not happy with Saints hit-man Jay Rodriguez, who he believes should have been sent off for his challenge on Adam Federici that led to him to opening the scoring.  
    You would have thought it would have been a red card, wouldn't you? It's that little bit of luck that you get. The referee did not see it, Rodriguez went straight through Feds and they get a goal.
    4/8/2013 10:23:48 AM

    Roberto Mancini claims Robin van Persie has been the difference in this season's title race and it would be hard to argue given the Dutchman leads Manchester United's scoring charts and isn't too far behind in assists either. We've broken his season down in terms of goals to give a taste of what has been a brilliant debut campaign at Old Trafford
    Has RVP been the difference between the two Manchester clubs this season? 
    by skysportsaldunnon Apr 8, 2013 at 10:29 AM
    4/8/2013 10:30:29 AM

    We're celebrating 40 years of the PFA Player of the Year Awards. This week we want you to vote for your favourite winner from 2003-2012. The contenders are:

    Thierry Henry, John Terry, Steven Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale
    and Robin van Persie.
    4/8/2013 10:39:21 AM

    The county season gets under way on Wednesday. Check out our team-by-team guides to Division One and Division Two, plus get the expert view from David Fulton and Dominic Cork.
    Warwickshire are the defending county champions
    by Graeme Mairon Apr 8, 2013 at 11:06 AM
    4/8/2013 10:57:10 AM

    Decent little transfer line in The Sun this morning. Bayer Leverkusen director of sport Rudi Voller remains relaxed amid continuing speculation linking Chelsea with midfielder Andre Schurrle
    It's totally normal for there to be enquiries for such a great player, even from London.
    He might be relaxed but it certainly sounds as though he's readying himself for a call from West London over the summer.

    4/8/2013 10:59:52 AM

    Cover your ears now Nigel Adkins as Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana says they've become a better side since Mauricio Pochettino took over as manager.
    We've got a different manager who's got a different culture about him.He's got different methods and he's gradually getting them across to the players

    4/8/2013 11:26:44 AM
  • Owen Hargreaves gives his take on the Manchester derby having played for both clubs

    4/8/2013 11:29:41 AM

    They'll be a few who will jump ship if/when QPR drop down into the Championship but Jermaine Jenas won't be one of them. The one-time England player wants to repay the faith Harry Redknapp has shown in him this season by staying at Loftus Road and helping them back into the top flight at the first time of asking (should they go down).
    4/8/2013 11:46:58 AM
  • Good Week/Bad Week

    It's been another action-packed week of sport around the globe, Great Britain defied the odds to come back against Russia, Villa boosted their survival prospects while Jonny Wilkinson proved he remains a key player.

    QPR now need nothing short of a miracle to survive their battle against the drop, Heather Watson takes a break from tennis while the Salford City Reds picked up no points from two Super League games.
    4/8/2013 12:00:08 PM
  • Niall Quinn gives his take on tonight's Manchester derby from Old Trafford

    4/8/2013 12:13:13 PM

    [skybet] Rory McIlroy's second place in Texas has seen his odds to win the Masters shorten from 11/1 to 8/1 with Sky Bet - who report that Tiger Woods is still the man everyone wants to back.
    In his two previous Major titles, the Northern Irishman came fifth both weeks prior to winning, evidence of the importance of finding some form heading to Augusta. However, Woods remains the man attracting the majority of the backing with a McIlroy triumph, something which we usually fear, a good result for us as things stand.

    4/8/2013 12:26:17 PM

    Novak Djokovic admits to being concerned about the ankle injury he suffered in the Davis Cup on Sunday. The world No 1. went over on his ankle early in his singles clash with Sam Querrey.
    If I had not been playing for Serbia with my team beside me, I am not sure I would have carried on.
    4/8/2013 12:32:41 PM

    We've got loads of lunchtime reading for those of you looking forward to tonight's Manchester derby. For team news, betting tips etc read our comprehensive match preview here. Next up is a look at Robin van Persie's goals this season as we ask 'is he the difference?' If you're of a blue persuasion look away now or be scarred for life. We've also got a piece on Roberto Mancini's performance this season and another on why the changing of the guard in Manchester hasn't proved so straightforward for City. 
    Roberto Mancini points the way to a host of features on Sky Sports 
    by skysportsaldunnon Apr 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    4/8/2013 12:33:45 PM
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