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Sky Sports Today - Monday March 25

Sky Sports Today - Monday March 25


    Welcome to Sky Sports Today. We'll bring you all the latest news and views through the day including all the build-up to Tuesday’s World Cup qualifiers and the reaction to England’s troubles in Auckland.
    3/25/2013 7:33:32 AM

    England were left on the brink of a series defeat to New Zealand after a disappointing day in Auckland. Alastair Cook, Nick Compton, Jonathan Trott and Steven Finn all fell on day four to leave England on 90-4 – 391 runs adrift of an improbable win.
    Can England save the third Test? Get in touch via @skysports and use #skysportstoday
    3/25/2013 7:38:42 AM
  • GOLF

    Tiger Woods will have to wait until Monday to try and take the world No 1 spot after a fierce storm struck at Bay Hill.
    3/25/2013 7:39:24 AM

    Novak Djokovic made swift progress through to the fourth round of the Sony Open after dispatching Somdev Devvarman.
    3/25/2013 7:40:17 AM

    [pt]The morning papers are dominated by build-up to England’s World Cup qualifier and rumours of Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea but there are some other key lines.
    THE SUN: Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi reckons Billy Davies can be his Sir Alex Ferguson.
    THE MIRROR: Barcelona have Vincent Komapny and Sergio Aguero on their shopping list this summer.
    THE EXPRESS: Arsenal are in danger of being priced out of a move for striker Stevan Jovetic.
    THE STAR: Former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has said that he was not a Stamford Bridge flop.
    THE TIMES: Steven Fletcher may miss the rest of Sunderland's season with an ankle injury suffered while playing for Scotland on Friday.
    3/25/2013 7:41:46 AM

    Peter Fulton believes the dismissal of England captain Alastair Cook could be key to New Zealand's hopes of success.
    I think the third wicket of Alastair Cook was a massive one, really. He's shown he can bat for a long time. To pick him up was crucial, and to grab the nightwatchman there at the end as well was a nice little bonus.
    Can England save the third Test? Get in touch via @skysports and use #skysportstoday
    3/25/2013 7:43:34 AM

    We're building up to the next round of crucial World Cup qualifiers. England face Montenegro on Tuesday and Joleon Lescott has warned the home side that winding Wayne Rooney up over his 2011 red card in Podgorica would be foolish.
    Rooney was sent off during a European Championship qualifier and the three-match suspension - which was reduced to two on appeal - meant Rooney was short of match sharpness when he finally entered the fray in the tournament finals, which England exited with a defeat on penalties to Italy. Targeting Rooney is sure to be a tactic for the Montenegrins, but Lescott thinks such action would be unwise.
    We're all old enough to realise that there will be issues there, they'll try to wind us up, waste time and stuff like that, but I like to think we're all mature enough to deal with that and it could enhance (Rooney's) performance.There could be a backlash. On his day, Wayne is one of the best in the world so I doubt they will try to enhance his performance.
    3/25/2013 7:53:44 AM

    England and Manchester United teammate Tom Cleverley has also also had his say on Rooney ahead of the Montenegro test and said:
    He will just prepare the same way and want to win like everyone else. Wayne is a good character to have around for club and country. He gives you constructive things, offers you advice and tells you if he wants a bit more.
    3/25/2013 7:57:18 AM
  • Highlights from Auckland as New Zealand finished day four needing just six wickets for a series victory over England.

    3/25/2013 7:58:49 AM

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain believes England are capable of handling the hostile atmosphere that will confront them during tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro. The Arsenal midfielder knows the significance of the meeting with the group leaders Montenegro and said:
    It is the key game, definitely. It is good to win every game but, with them being top of the group, it is even more important. You can't look too far into it because you then start getting distracted, and it puts added pressure onto you. We know what we've got to do, it's a pressure game but they are all pressure games for us. It will be hostile but if you look around this squad, the players have experienced hostile environments before at club and international level.
    3/25/2013 8:10:58 AM
  • 3/25/2013 8:11:21 AM

    The Sky Sports F1 pundits suspect Sebastian Vettel's failure to obey team orders in the Malaysian GP will have far-reaching consequences for the harmony inside Red Bull and has the damaging potential to fester mistrust between the World Champion and Mark Webber. Assessing the likely fall-out from the explosive latest intra-team controversy at Red Bull, Sky Sports F1's Damon Hill believes a lack of trust from Webber towards Vettel was one likely damaging implication.
    There was clearly an understanding that they were on the edge with tyres so the team had to think about how hard they were going to push - and Sebastian wasn't playing to that card. I think Sebastian has taken the view that possession is nine tenths of the law, and we'll argue about it later. He's said sorry but what is that really worth? And if you get a situation where there's no trust between the drivers being the team that's quite corrosive.
    Fellow pundit Martin Brundle suggested it would naturally be difficult for Webber to fully control his true emotions.
    He's watched his team-mate win three consecutive World Championships in the same car with the same opportunity he's had and it must be very frustrating for him. Today, he had the edge - he definitely had the ability to win that race fair and square on pace - and he thought he'd been told 'your team-mate won't attack you'.
    To read more, click here
    3/25/2013 8:18:13 AM

    Chelsea defender David Luiz will be playing in familiar surroundings when Brazil take on Russia in an international friendly at Stamford Bridge tonight. In the build-up to that clash, the Brazilian has been speaking about his hopes for the season with the Blues - insisting a trophy double is not beyond them.
    I think we are not playing at the level expected from Chelsea and not doing so well this season but in any case I believe we are because we are still competing for three titles. We can still win the Europa League, are still in the FA Cup and fighting for a better position in the table so I think we can still get there and this season can still be very good.
    3/25/2013 8:30:03 AM

    The drama at the Malaysian GP has seen you contacting us with your views of Sebastian Vettel's decision to defy team orders and pass team-mate Mark Webber. Here is a selection of what you are saying...
    Tony is disappointed with Vettel's attitude...
    Vettel is like a lot of F1 drivers, arrogant beyond belief. Just because he is 3 times World champion he thinks the team should revolve round him. Button, Mansel and many other proved you don't have to be like him to become World champion. Red Bull should get rid of him before he ruins their reputation.
    Billy agrees...
    I don't like team orders one bit. I think it detracts from the spectacle of racing. Which is what F1 is supposed to be all about. Saying that I don't like paying taxes or going to the dentist but they are a necessity of life. While the rules allow teams to use team orders then they must be obeyed. Rosberg followed his team orders. He didn't like it but he followed them. Vettel is a spoilt brat. He has an attitude of it's mine , I want it , you can't have it. Team orders were clearly given to him and he ignored them. He should be told in no uncertain terms to listen. He has gone down greatly in my opinion.
    However Steve has come out in support of Vettel...
    I am not a fan of Vettel but the scrap with Webber was one of the highlights of the race. Vettel has proved time and again that he is faster than Mark so why should he settle for second place? The Mercedes situation was just embarrassing because Nico could easily have overtaken Lewis late on in the race without any danger to the team result. I watch F1 to see some wheel to wheel racing not some corporate procession!
    Was Vettel right to pass Webber? Get in touch via @skysports and use #skysportstoday
    3/25/2013 8:35:43 AM

    On-loan Werder Bremen midfielder Kevin de Bruyne says wants to be given a chance to impress at Chelsea but admits he is unsure what the Blues have planned for him. The youngster, who scored for Belgium in their win over Macedonia on Friday night, says it's a case of waiting to see what Chelsea decide.
    I want to show everyone at Chelsea that I can play there. But at the moment I don't know what Chelsea want to do with me, so it's difficult to say what's going to happen with me in the next year, or years. I have to just wait.
    3/25/2013 9:02:40 AM

    Stand-in Australia captain Shane Watson has preferred to highlight the positives from his country's 4-0 Test humiliation in India.
    It's been a big shot in the arm for all of us to really galvanise as a team. There's a bit of collateral damage with a few of us going down and missing a Test match but, in the end, what's come out of it is it's a very united group and that's exactly what we want going forward.
    3/25/2013 9:07:45 AM

    [davidlloyd]  England are on the brink of defeat in New Zealand and Bumble thinks he knows the reasons why...
    With the ball they've vanished up their own backsides and when they've come out to bat it's just a monumental block. Throughout the series I haven't liked the brand of cricket. If you're looking to be number one in the world then you've got to be more forceful and look to dominate the opposition. Get your cricket head on. Get your cricket brain in gear. England haven't done that.
    Read more of David's thoughts here and then see if England can save the third and final Test by tuning into day five, live from 9pm on Sky Sports 1 HD.
    3/25/2013 9:23:12 AM

    Rangers chief executive Charles Green has been speaking about the possibility of making the move into English football and believes the Old Firm could be playing south of the border within five years. Green is adamant that, under European law, Gers and arch rivals Celtic could not be stopped from plying their trade in England.
    Whether it is next week, because the English authorities change their mind, or in five to 10 years, Rangers and Celtic will leave Scotland. I would like to think within five years. I say to English clubs: Don't be afraid of the unknown. There will be cross-border leagues and that will change the face of European football. These doors are opening.
    3/25/2013 9:30:33 AM

    World sprint champion Becky James has told Sky Sports News she is backing plans from British Cycling to get a million more women riding bikes by 2020. 
    Not many women like to go out on to the roads as they don’t feel they are safe and also the cycling kit is not the most attractive thing to wear. But we are trying to encouraging more people to get out riding, not just elite level but every day riding so out riding with the family, riding the kids to school and riding to work.
    James believes the success of Team GB at the Olympics has helped more people get on their bikes.
    People get inspired when they see big events like that so that’s what we aim to keep doing and hopefully get 1million women on bikes by 2020.
    3/25/2013 9:38:27 AM

    [ssn]Former Manchester United winger Zoran Tosic has been speaking to Sky Sports News ahead of Serbia's World Cup qualifier with Scotland tomorrow night. Some of Serbia's home games have been marred by crowd trouble in the past but Tosic insists they have put that behind them ahead of the Group A encounter.
    We don't need to think about that because I think we have all turned to the other side and we're not thinking any more about that. We're trying to focus just on football and the supporters also. They're fantastic every game.
    3/25/2013 9:42:43 AM

    Sky Sports F1 presenter Tony Jardine has criticised Sebastian Vettel for defying team orders at the Malaysian GP. He told Sky Sports News Vettel shouldn’t have passed Mark Webber.
    I see a driver that thinks he is actually bigger than the tea, that has taken his own decision and I think he put the team in danger, in jeopardy, with this manoeuvre. 
    Jardine believes there are long-term issues between the two Red Bull drivers.
    I think there is still bad blood between the two of them, because he is still the favoured son. 
    3/25/2013 9:58:51 AM

    Joleon Lescott plans to address his Manchester City future at the end of the season in order to save his World Cup dreams. The centre-back has fallen out of contention at club level and his lack of playing time is risking his hopes of a place at Brazil 2014, if England qualify.
    Sitting here now, if you'd asked me (about my World Cup chances) last year then I'd have said, 'yeah, pretty good'. But you don't know. If I can play more regularly at club level, then I think I'll be there. Towards the end of the season, I'll address that. But for now, I'm fully focused on England.
    3/25/2013 10:05:59 AM

    West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell believes England boss Roy Hodgson has a tough call on his hands choosing between Joe Hart and Ben Foster for the No.1 spot, having played alongside both goalkeepers.
    I'd hate to be Roy in having to try to pick one of them! I am sure it will be a very good competition between them. It is phenomenal to think there is someone ahead of Ben, we have two such good goalkeepers who both deserve to play in every game.
    Who do you think should be England No.1? Have your say using the #skysportstoday hashtag on Twitter.
    3/25/2013 10:11:35 AM
  • 3/25/2013 10:13:02 AM

    [sundaysupplement]On yesterday's The Sunday Supplement, Matt Lawton spoke about the pressures Roy Hodgson faces as England boss and says concern will grow over his ability to manage the national side if they don't win in Montenegro in World Cup qualifying tomorrow night.
    Tuesday will determine how we feel about Hodgson [as England manager]. I don't think any sports editor will be calling for the FA to hit the nuclear button and get a new manager in to get us over the line, that would be an overreaction. But there would be a danger it could be a repeat of 2008 and a repeat of USA 1994 [when England failed to qualify for major tournaments].
    3/25/2013 10:24:49 AM
  • GOLF

    [skybet]The Arnold Palmer Invitational resumes at 2pm on Sky Sports 1 HD later today, with Tiger Woods heading the leaderboard, at least three shots better off than the rest of the field. Woods is 2/9 on with Sky Bet to go on to win the tournament, Rickie Fowler is 9/1 second favourite while Keegan Bradley is 12/1 to overhaul his lead. For more betting options, click here
    3/25/2013 10:29:27 AM
  • Sky Sports brings you a collection of the week's big blunders and embarrassing slip ups.

    3/25/2013 10:30:13 AM

    Mario Balotelli may not be in our headlines as much since leaving Manchester City for AC Milan, but he has enjoyed a bright start to life at the Serie A club and chief executive Adriano Galliani believes that the striker is destined for greatness, tipping him to win the Ballon d'Or in the future.
    I think that up front there are four players in the world who are a cut above: Messi, Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and Falcao but Balotelli is right behind them. He's young and has all the right ingredients. Milan have had eight Ballon d'Or winners, let's hope he'll be the ninth.
    3/25/2013 10:31:36 AM

    [stuartbarnes] Stuart Barnes has opened a fascinating debate for rugby fans on this Monday morning. Following the Dylan Hartley incident at the weekend, he asks if you agree with the logic of ONLY awarding tries when the referee or TMO is certain.

    I am pretty sure that Hartley did score but once Rose expressed doubt, proof was needed from the man in the truck. We should not be ever guessing or working on a hunch. To reiterate, this is not a criticism of Hughes or Rose (although the referee might think he should be in the right position to award the try as the ball is touched down) but a question aimed at the logic, thinking and phrasing of what passes between referee and TMO.
    3/25/2013 10:39:02 AM

    England batting coach Graham Gooch says losing the third Test and the series to New Zealand would be a "reality check" ahead of back-to-back Ashes series.
    Our performance is not up to the standard we've produced in the past, on a consistent basis - so we'll have to look at that.
    Watch the final day of the third and deciding Test between New Zealand and England in Auckland from 9pm on Sky Sports 1 HD.
    3/25/2013 10:40:41 AM

    Newcastle currently sit 13th in the Premier League but Cheick Tiote has warned his side they are not yet clear of relegation trouble, with just six points between them and the drop zone and a trip to Manchester City looming on Saturday.
    I think we have more work to do. You never know what can happen. The Premier League is so, so different to any other league in the world. Any team can win four or five games and get out of it. So that's what we will aim to do and then we will be safe.
    Should Newcastle be looking over their shoulders? Have your say - #skysportstoday
    3/25/2013 10:43:40 AM
  • Australia's stand-in captain Shane Watson gives his frank opinions following the 4-0 series defeat to India.

    3/25/2013 10:48:05 AM

    [ssn]Fresh from scooping the Young Player of the Year gong at the Football League awards, Blackpool winger Thomas Ince has told Sky Sports News he is happy to stay at Bloomfield Road despite ongoing speculation linking him with a Premier League move. 
    In the summer anything can change and I am happy where I am. If I am at Blackpool, my feet will be on the ground, and it is about timing - sometimes you can jump too soon. If I am still at Blackpool at end of season then great.
    For more transfer news and speculation visit our Transfer Clockwatch
    3/25/2013 10:53:32 AM
  • #Tiger stat that stands out the most if he wins today - he will have won over a quarter of all pro events on the #pgatour - 27.1%

    Ahead of England's World Cup qualifying clash in Montenegro tomorrow, defender Miodrag Dzudovic has claimed he did nothing to provoke Wayne Rooney when the Three Lions last met his side. Dzudovic believes Rooney suffered "a moment of weakness" when he was infamously sent off for kicking out at the stopper when their countries met in the Euro 2012 qualifier in Podgorica.
    I did nothing to provoke him (Rooney). We didn't say a single word to each other during the match. This was his moment of weakness. He is human, it can happen to anyone.
    3/25/2013 11:09:43 AM

    Ahead of Scotland's World Cup qualifier in Serbia tomorrow night, assistant manager Mark McGhee has told the squad they are playing for their international futures as well as the fans. The Scots' chances of qualifying appear all but over, sitting bottom of Group A with just two points from five games.
    There are five World Cup qualifiers still to play and it is a wonderful opportunity for the players as well to prove to the manager that they are ready to be in the next campaign, so we expect a committed performance.
    3/25/2013 11:22:19 AM
  • F1 BETTING [skybet] 

    Sebastian Vettel’s controversial win in Malaysia yesterday has seen his price for the Drivers’ Championship come in from 6/4 to 10/11 on with Sky Bet. Mark Webber is 13/2 to win the next race in China and a massive 20/1 shot to win the title. Despite retiring in the early stages at Sepang, Fernando Alonso remains 3/1 second favourite to win the championship for a third time.
    3/25/2013 11:31:12 AM

    Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova will return to Spain this week after undergoing two months of cancer treatment in New York, the Spanish club have announced in a statement on their official website. Vilanova’s assistant Jordi Rourda has been deputising in his absence. The club did not say whether the coach would be well enough to return to work.
    Tito Vilanova will this week leave the city of skyscrapers to return to the Catalan capital.
    3/25/2013 11:34:30 AM

    Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp believes it was an injustice for defender Robert Huth to be banned for "a flailing arm" while Wigan's Callum McManaman escaped punishment for his horror tackle on Massadio Haidara. The Potters centre-back was given a retrospective three-match suspension on the basis of video evidence after catching Fulham's Philippe Senderos in the face a month ago.
    Seeing him miss three games for a flailing arm - and then seeing nothing for what happened with the Wigan player - it adds to the injustice of it all.
    3/25/2013 11:41:56 AM

    Former Hull manager Phil Brown is set to be named as Southend manager today, 24 hours after Paul Sturrock was sacked. Chairman Ron Martin has said a new boss will be in place by the end of today as he attempts to salvage the club's League Two play-off hopes and Brown - out of work since leaving Preston in December 2011 - met the Southend players at the club's training ground this morning.
    3/25/2013 11:52:09 AM
  • Our pick of the weekend's best goals from around the world.

    3/25/2013 11:57:28 AM

    Wales hooker Richard Hibbard has laughed off England's complaints about the refereeing during their Six Nations decider in Cardiff. Read the full story here. 
    3/25/2013 12:05:14 PM

    [ssn]Montenegro boss Branko Brnovic has turned the rivalry up a notch in his comments ahead of the World Cup qualifier with England tomorrow. The manager has claimed "England are scared" of the encounter and has also reacted to reports of them scheduling international friendlies in November this year when the qualifying play-offs are scheduled. 
    Perhaps after tomorrow they’ll have to cancel them.
    Have your say on how you think England will fare in Montenegro - #skysportstoday
    3/25/2013 12:13:28 PM

    We're asking you to choose the ultimate PFA Player of the Year from the last four decades. After the first vote, Norman Hunter and Kevin Keegan made it to the final. But who gets your vote for Pot Two (years 1983-1992)? 
    The contenders are:
    Kenny Dalglish
    Ian Rush
    Peter Reid
    Gary Lineker
    Clive Allen
    John Barnes
    Mark Hughes
    David Platt
    Gary Pallister
    3/25/2013 12:30:16 PM

    It is fair to say it has been an eventful season for Blackburn Rovers. The Ewood Park club have now confirmed Gary Bowyer will take charge of the first team until the end of the season.
    We will approach the situation exactly as we did previously. There is plenty of work to be done and we will treat the challenge very much on a game-to-game basis, starting with Blackpool on Friday.

    3/25/2013 12:39:17 PM
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