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Sky Sports Today - Monday April 8


    If that's not enough to keep you sated, here's Wayne Wayne Rooney offering his view that Manchester United cannot afford a slip-up against City, despite their commanding lead in the Premier League title race.
    One bad game and everything could fall and so we go out and play each game with a positive attitude. We have to stay focused. We have to make sure we keep doing our job and keep our concentration.

    4/8/2013 12:38:18 PM
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    Bubba Watson heads into the defence of his Masters title this week determined not to become a one-major wonder. Watson starred at Augusta last year, beating Louis Oosthuizen on the second hole of a play-off courtesy of an escape from the trees that went down as one of the game's greatest shots.
    You don't want to be known for the one tournament. You want to go out there and compete.
    4/8/2013 12:38:37 PM

    After the furore came the football. Rob Parrish looks at how Paolo Di Canio's bow as Sunderland manager ended in a narrow defeat to Chelsea and what the future holds for the Wearside outfit under the Italian. 
    Can Sunderland's maverick new manager keep them in the Premier League? 
    by skysportsaldunnon Apr 8, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    4/8/2013 12:42:02 PM
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    [chriskamara] Are Stoke going down and will Tony Pulis leave the club at the end of the season? Kammy has his say...
    For probably the first time since they were promoted to the Premier League, you are looking at Stoke and thinking there are in a bit of trouble. They are just three points above the relegation zone and really need to stop the slide. Tony might look at things at the end of the season and decide that he has outstayed his welcome because all managers have sell-by dates.
    4/8/2013 12:49:07 PM

    West Ham defender James Collins has revealed his tactics on how he kept Liverpool ace Luis Suarez at bay during his side's goalless draw at Anfield.
    I thought if I could get as tight as possible and tackle him as high up the pitch as possible, even if I fouled him there it was better than him running into the box.
    4/8/2013 12:53:43 PM
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    Scotland's Martin Laird has jumped back into the world's top 100 following his stunning victory at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday. The 30-year-old climbed 61 places from 117th to 56th in the latest round of rankings.
    4/8/2013 1:15:52 PM
  • [bn]Tony Bellew will face Isaac Chilemba again on the undercard of Carl Froch's rematch with Mikkel Kessler on May 25 
    4/8/2013 1:28:34 PM

    As you can see from the breaking news strap, Tony Bellew will get a rapid chance to put the record straight against Isaac Chilemba. The pair met in a WBC light-heavyweight title eliminator last month and Bellew was hugely frustrated when the fight was adjudged a draw. The good news for the Liverpudlian is that his rematch with the Malawian will retain the same status, so if he does prevail this time around he will still secure a crack at champion Chad Dawson. Bellew's promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the news, telling Sky Sports News...
    Both guys need to put to bed this fight. They were both reasonably poor on the night; Tony has got a lot to prove in the rematch, so has Chilemba, and the winner will have to fight Dawson.
    Read the full story on this one here
    4/8/2013 1:37:47 PM

    Port Vale striker Lee Hughes leads the attack in our League Two Team of the Week. To see if any of your club's players made the cut click here
    Lee Hughes bagged a hat-trick in Port Vale's thumping of Burton 
    by skysportsaldunnon Apr 8, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    4/8/2013 2:01:00 PM
  • In League One it's Bournemouth striker Lee Pitman who is picked as the main man up top, alongside Hartlepool forward Andy Monkhouse. Click here to see who else made our League One Team of the Week.

    Remember you can watch every goal from the Football League here
    4/8/2013 2:15:48 PM
  • [bn] FA to tell FIFA they have found no evidence of racist chanting by England fans in San Marino.
    4/8/2013 2:35:24 PM

    Leeds entertain Castleford and St Helens' trip to Hull KR are the two all-Super League Challenge Cup fourth round draws. Click here to see Monday's full draw.
    4/8/2013 2:54:42 PM
  • Jamie Redknapp previews tonight's Manchester derby

    4/8/2013 2:55:47 PM

    The Football Association have found no proof any England supporters sang racist songs during last month's World Cup qualifier against San Marino. FIFA asked for an official response from the FA after campaign group Fans Against Racism in Europe (FARE) reported England over an alleged chant about Rio Ferdinand and his brother Anton during the 8-0 win. FA chief Adrian Bevington had the following to say...
    We've been asked by FIFA to make a submission by Tuesday. We've spent the time since the game in San Marino going through the video evidence that we obtained from our security team. We have not been able to identify any individuals or any recorded evidence of racial abuse or abuse of a particular nature being sung. I do want to make clear that that is not to dispute the reports of journalists who have acted with faith and integrity - and in saying that it's important we respect the right of people to report what they have heard in good faith.
    4/8/2013 3:02:42 PM

    Sky Sports rugby union writer Tony Curtis assesses the case for Paul O'Connell to be part of the Lions squad. The Munster lock is on the comeback trail after injury and played a starring role in his side's Heineken Cup quarter-final win over Harlequins.
    4/8/2013 3:04:17 PM

    Lions hopeful Jonathan Sexton could make his return from a foot injury when Leinster meet Munster in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Saturday. The Ireland fly-half has not played since suffering a hamstring injury in the Six Nations defeat against England, with a tendon tear in his left foot further extending his spell on the sidelines. But Leinster say Sexton has "stepped up his rehabilitation in recent days", and could be involved at Thomond Park.
    4/8/2013 3:17:58 PM

    Tottenham forward Clint Dempsey knows there is little chance of the tension around White Hart Lane dissipating between now and the summer but has called for calm in North London as Spurs chase a UEFA Champions League place. Click here to read the American's thoughts in full...
    4/8/2013 3:18:09 PM
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  • [bn]Darren Clarke has withdrawn from the Masters due to a hamstring injury.
    4/8/2013 3:23:14 PM

    [guillembalague] In his blog this week Guillem Balague looks at the dynamics at Barca and Real.
    It is clear that Vilanova might not be strong enough to lead Barcelona from the forefront, but he will make it look like he can as he thinks that is what the team needs.
    Read the rest of his blog - and his answers to YOUR questions here.
    4/8/2013 3:33:34 PM
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    A few more details on Darren Clarke's decision to pull out of The Masters. He suffered a hamstring injury while on holiday in the Bahamas last week and, despite intensive rehab, accepted he will not be ready to tee it up at Augusta National. Clarke will instead remain on the Caribbean island for further treatment.
    It is with deep regret that I will not be able to play at Augusta this year. Playing in The Masters is one of golf's greatest pleasures and I am very disappointed to be missing out.
    4/8/2013 3:38:42 PM

    Some international football news for you and former Kilmarnock and Plymouth manager Bobby Williamson has been sacked as the national team coach of Uganda. Williamson had been in charge of Uganda since 2008, but failed to secure qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations during his time at the helm. A Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) statement read:
    FUFA hereby informs the public that a notice of termination of contract has been given to the Cranes' head coach Robert 'Bobby' Williamson. The Emergency Committee of FUFA sitting today took the decision of notice in compliance with the contract of employment and other relevant labour laws of Uganda including the Employment Act 2006. The technical committee will later next week convene to discuss more details that will be made public at an appropriate time if found necessary.
    4/8/2013 3:57:59 PM

    [garyneville]Gary Neville has been talking to Sky Sports News ahead of tonight's Monday Night Football and the Manchester derby. Neville believes that, if Manchester United lost to Manchester City, some of the gloss would be taken off their likely title triumph. He also expects both teams to go for the win.
    They will want to do it in style and, in some ways, it's an occasion where they could have a party if they win today. But it would take the gloss off it if City won and that's what City are there to do. They will want to go and put a show on, and show what they're capable of. I think they'll both go for it.
    4/8/2013 4:08:03 PM

    [ssn]Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has been talking to Sky Sports News ahead of the eagerly-anticipated derby tonight. Robson believes United will be determined to complete the double over Manchester City this season and will be focused on trying to win the title by a record points margin, with the two rivals currently separated by 15 points.
    The Manchester United players need to have a focus of where you can perform really well and see the season out in great style. A lot of people are saying the title is more or less won, but you've got to finish it off the right way and to finish it off in style. That's doing the double over City, winning the title by a record amount of points and going about it the right way. 25 wins in 30 games is a great record.
    4/8/2013 4:14:01 PM

    Rangers chief executive Charles Green has been criticised by a campaign group for using "racist and offensive language". An article in Sunday's Scottish press quoted Green using a racial term widely regarded as derogatory, although he claimed it was a "light-hearted" greeting taken out of context. That explanation has not appeased the Show Racism The Red Card group, whose chief executive Ged Grebby said: 
    For the CEO of Rangers to use the term in any context is not helpful as it sends out the wrong message to young people. The comments of Charles Green are very ill-advised and someone in his public position should really know better than to use this kind of racist and offensive language.
    4/8/2013 4:22:06 PM

    Rangers chairman Charles Green later responded to the comments from Show Racism The Red Card and accused the group of a "knee-jerk reaction", adding: 
    In the interview, I referred to the fact we are now living in a politically correct world where words and phrases that were once used are no longer acceptable. I deplore racism and sectarianism and this football club does a huge amount of work in this area to help eradicate these problems.
    To read the full story on this subject click here
    4/8/2013 4:23:39 PM

    Borussia Dortmund have received an injury boost ahead of tomorrow night's UEFA Champions League quarter-final, second leg against Malaga. Centre-half Mats Hummels and midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski have been passed fit to play, while forward Marco Reus and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller have shaken off knocks. The tie is finely balanced after a 0-0 draw in Spain last week and Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said:
    We want to continue our voyage. We have a good chance but there are no guarantees. Those who want to see guarantees in football should keep their eyes shut over 90 minutes tomorrow. Everything is ready for a good game tomorrow, including our opponents.
    4/8/2013 4:47:45 PM
  • Middlesex's Steven Finn talks to Sky Sports News ahead of the new county season

    4/8/2013 5:00:56 PM

    Double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott has told Sky Sports that she will not find it hard to stay motivated despite achieving such huge success at London 2012 at just 20 years of age.
    I found after the Games hard because I didn't expect that to happen. Obviously, I dreamt that I might win two [gold medals], but I never sat there in bed thinking, 'You know, If I win two then I'm going to get sponsors, I'm going to get pulled to this party, that party'. You don't think that, so afterwards I think I found it hard initially, because it was just mad and I didn't expect it. When the [2013] World Championships came around I was just like, 'I want to win, I want to win everything'. I was gutted that I didn't win the omnium.
    To read our full interview with Laura Trott, click here
    4/8/2013 5:18:07 PM

    [ssn]Former Manchester City striker Paul Dickov has been talking to Sky Sports News and he believes the reigning Premier League champions will have a point to prove at Old Trafford tonight. Dickov also pinpointed the importance of Yaya Toure after the midfielder signed a new contract at City last week.
    They've got a massive point to prove as I'm sure nobody thought at this stage of the season there would be a 15-point gap. I think they missed Yaya Toure and their form has coincided with him coming back in. Looking to the future, City will be up there challenging for titles again and to keep players of the calibre of Yaya in the team will help to keep the better players here, and help you go out and get better players as Yaya is one of the best in the world.
    4/8/2013 5:22:04 PM

    Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott insists the Super League champions will not be underestimating the Castleford Tigers in this month's Challenge Cup meeting.
    We don't have to get up and down for potentially lower-division teams and it keeps us sharp because Castleford have already beaten us this year.
    4/8/2013 5:31:57 PM

    There's just under 90 minutes to go until kick-off in the Manchester derby, but we've already kicked off our live commentary on the game.
    4/8/2013 5:34:47 PM

    Malaga defender Martin Demichelis has confirmed coach Manuel Pellegrini will be in the dugout for tomorrow's UEFA Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund. Pellegrini had returned to Chile after Saturday's game against Real Sociedad to attend his father's funeral. Malaga drew 0-0 at home in the first leg of the quarter-final and Demichelis said the players want to go through for their coach.              
    He will be with us tomorrow and we will try everything to advance for him. We would like to win this one for him. First our coach did not tell us about his father passing away, that shows his greatness.
    4/8/2013 5:47:54 PM

    The first bit of team news is in for tonight's Manchester derby as we bring you the Manchester City starting line-up:
    Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Barry, Y Toure, Milner, Silva, Nasri, Tevez
    4/8/2013 6:06:57 PM

    And now the Manchester United team news is in, with Phil Jones starting at centre-half in the absence of the injured Jonny Evans and Nemanja Vidic.
    De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra; Young, Carrick, Giggs, Welbeck; Rooney, Van Persie.
    4/8/2013 6:11:54 PM

    Some news from Major League Soccer and New England Revolution have confirmed defender Kevin Alston is taking an indefinite leave of absence to undergo leukemia treatment. Alston has been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia, a rare but treatable form of blood cancer. Revolution general manager Michael Burns offered the club's support to the 24-year-old.
    The Revolution fully supports Kevin as he begins treatment. Right now, the most important thing for Kevin, and his family, is to concentrate on returning to full health. Kevin has had a tremendous attitude since the diagnosis and his positivity is an inspiration for all of us.
    4/8/2013 6:31:15 PM

    Sir Alex Ferguson is confident that Manchester United can cope with the injuries that have hit their defence tonight, with Phil Jones making a rare start at centre-half alongside Rio Ferdinand. The United manager also told Sky Sports 1 ahead of kick-off how he expects the game to pan out.
    I think it could change if a goal is scored as it could see-saw after that. At the moment, probably both teams will try and get hold of the ball, keep possession and get themselves settled. In a derby it doesn't matter if the two teams are bottom of the league. There is intensity, bragging rights. For people working together who support both teams, they want to get in the next day hoping their team's won.
    4/8/2013 6:37:03 PM

    There were some big games in the Championship over the weekend, and we've taken a look back over them and picked our Team of the Week for the division. There were lots of important contributions at both ends of the pitch and you can see who made the final XI for the weekend here.
    4/8/2013 7:06:08 PM

    There have been 10 minutes gone in the Manchester derby and it's 0-0 after a frenetic start. Both teams seem to be going for it and there's no holding back.
    4/8/2013 7:13:08 PM

    Defending Elite League speedway champions Swindon Robins are in action tonight against Peterborough Panthers. The Robins currently lead 18-12 with five of the 15 heats gone. You can catch all the action live on Sky Sports 2 HD now.
    4/8/2013 7:14:27 PM

    News from Sweden where today's game between Mjallby and Djurgarden was abandoned after 37 minutes. Mjallby's Gbenga Arokoyo was hit by an object thrown by Djurgarden fans following a contentious goal. Arokoyo appeared to be hit in the stomach by a bottle thrown while Mjallby celebrated Robin Stromberg's goal which was scored after Djurgarden felt they should have had a free-kick. Referee Tobias Matsson took the two teams off the pitch at the Stockholm Stadion and the match was then abandoned almost 45 minutes later.
    4/8/2013 7:26:15 PM

    [garyneville]Gary Neville reviewed the Premier League's weekend games on Monday Night Football and there was plenty to focus on in the battle to avoid relegation. Neville reviewed QPR's 1-1 draw at home with Wigan Athletic, assessed the impact of Stoke City's home defeat by Aston Villa and also reflected on Paolo Di Canio's first match as Sunderland manager.
    4/8/2013 7:36:20 PM

    It's half-time in the derby at Old Trafford and it's Manchester United 0 Manchester City 0. It's been an open, end-to-end game so far, but neither keeper has had a difficult save to make. There have been a few meaty challenges, while Rafael struck the outside of the post on the stroke of half-time.
    4/8/2013 7:48:08 PM
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    Chinese player Guan Tianlang, who this week will make history as the youngest ever competitor at the Masters, will certainly not go into the event short of preparation. As well as playing a total of seven practice rounds, the 14-year-old will compete in the pre-tournament Par-Three competition with three-time Green Jacket winner Nick Faldo.
    I'm really excited in the morning when I come out on the course and there's many people here and I'm really looking forward to the tournament. I'm not going to push myself too hard and I'm going to enjoy my game. Hopefully I can play well.
    4/8/2013 7:49:52 PM

    Younes Kaboul's return to first-team action moved a step closer tonight when he played an hour of Tottenham's Under-21 league game against West Ham. The France defender has not played for Spurs since he aggravated a knee injury following the opening match of the season at Newcastle. He played 60 minutes of tonight's game in front of around 300 fans at Upton Park.
    4/8/2013 8:08:00 PM

    There's been a goal at Old Trafford and it's Manchester City who've taken the lead. Ryan Giggs was careless in possession and the ball eventually broke for James Milner on the edge of the box. Milner's shot took a deflection off Phil Jones and flew past David de Gea.
    4/8/2013 8:09:49 PM

    Manchester United have equalised just eight minutes after falling behind. Robin van Persie curled in a free-kick from the right and Phil Jones' header goes in off the back of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany. Not sure how Jones didn't head home himself as he was just two yards out. But it's 1-1.
    4/8/2013 8:16:50 PM
  • Netbusters: Catch up with the weekend's football news with all the goals from the npower Championship, npower League One and npower League Two.

    4/8/2013 8:29:28 PM

    Defending Elite League champions Swindon Robins continued their strong start to the new season with a dominant 54-38 victory over Peterborough Panthers. Skipper Hans Andersen was in fine form as he won all five heats he participated in to score a maximum 15 points on the evening. Elsewhere in the Elite League tonight, Wolverhampton Wolves defeated Poole Pirates 45-44 and Belle Vue Aces saw off  Coventry Bees 52-41.
    4/8/2013 8:34:33 PM

    Manchester City are back in front and it's substitute Sergio Aguero who's done it with a stunning individual goal. Aguero ran across the face of the penalty area before firing a shot high into the roof of the net.
    4/8/2013 8:36:35 PM

    It's full-time in the Manchester derby and Manchester City have beaten Manchester United 2-1. James Milner's deflected strike gave City the lead before Vincent Kompany's unfortunate own goal drew United level. The game was settled, though, by a superb individual effort from Sergio Aguero 12 minutes from time. The result means City are now 12 points behind United with seven games left to play.
    4/8/2013 8:53:45 PM
  • That's it for Sky Sports Today. Thank you for joining us and we'll be back again on Tuesday morning.
    4/8/2013 9:11:25 PM
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