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Sky Sports Today - Thursday April 4

Sky Sports Today - Thursday April 4


    Welcome to Sky Sports Today, where we will bringing you all the latest news, views and top live sport. We will have all the reaction to the Champions League, while we will be building up towards a big night in the Europa League.
    4/4/2013 7:11:08 AM
    In case you missed it last night, Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho praised his side's defensive showing as they secured a 3-0 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League.
    I think we played seriously. The Spanish press are not so respectful to Galatasaray but we are respectful of them.
    4/4/2013 7:14:20 AM

    Clermont Auvergne coach Vern Cotter has become the latest man to rule himself out of the running for the Ireland job. You can see who we believe are the likely contenders to sure the post!
    4/4/2013 7:18:41 AM
  • Ronaldo - Goal of the night

    4/4/2013 7:20:16 AM

    Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Wayne Rooney should join the French club if he decides it is time to leave Manchester United.
    Only he knows the decision he is going to make in the summer but the project we are trying to build here is clear.
    Check out the full story from Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Wayne Rooney.
    4/4/2013 7:24:44 AM

    Wigan Warriors forward Scott Taylor has promised the club's fans that there is still a lot more to come from him.
    Over the last three or four weeks I'm getting up to playing how I know I can, and I want to kick on from here.
    4/4/2013 7:25:13 AM

    Jose Mourinho believes the Spanish press are writing off Galatasaray after their heavy first-leg defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals. And one of the Special One’s players, Xabi Alonso, also says Real Madrid still have work to do ahead of the second leg. Watch the video and read the full story from Xabi Alonso.
    4/4/2013 7:36:41 AM

    New Zealand Cricket condemns report into decision to replace Ross Taylor with Brendon McCullum as captain.
    The allegations raised by John Parker and the anonymous group of critics are divisive, untrue and reflect poorly on them rather than the players they have wrongly attacked.

    4/4/2013 7:39:26 AM

    Rafa Benitez is hoping to land another job in the Premier League when his spell as interim boss at Chelsea comes to an end.
    I have a top side now and I'd like to stay with one next season. In England? Why not?
    Who might be an option for Benitez? Have your say @SkyFootball with #skysportstoday.
    4/4/2013 7:40:16 AM

    [pt]We have been around the national newspapers to pick the best lines which are making the headlines
    THE SUN: Rio Ferdinand once branded Paolo Di Canio "an absolute idiot" for making a fascist salute.
    DAILY MIRROR: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to offer Andy Carroll a way back in at Anfield.
    DAILY STAR: Tottenham Hotspur want £15million Aston Villa ace Christian Benteke, with both Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor facing the chop.
    DAILY MAIL: David Beckham has not ruled out spending another season at Paris Saint Germain.
    All the stories are in our expanded Paper Talk.
    4/4/2013 7:48:16 AM
  • #skysportstoday Benitez is a bit late for April Fools Day John Gregson via Twitter at 9:01 AM
    Aston villa could be one of the clubs interested in benitez after lamberts poor first season #skysportstoday Muneet Lakhani via Twitter at 8:55 AM
    #skysportstoday maybe at Spurs? Toby via Twitter at 8:52 AM
    @SkySports #skysportstoday Liverpool Stoke West Ham Fulham Phil Baker via Twitter at 8:50 AM
    [twtr] Reaction to Benitez's hopes of staying in the Premier League
    4/4/2013 8:05:22 AM

    Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic feels the Red Devils deserve more credit for their domestic dominance this season after opening up a 15-point lead at the top of the Premier League.  Sir Alex Ferguson's men are already the first side to record 25 wins in their first 30 fixtures and it is possible that they could end the campaign with the most points, most victories and biggest winning margin.
    If you have those stats, you cannot argue. I feel we have played well this year. Okay, maybe we can improve certain things but, if you look at the team performance this year, I think it is better than any other season.
    4/4/2013 8:10:05 AM

    [alexhammond] The Grand National meeting gets underway today and Alex Hammond reckons Grandouet can scoop the Aintree Hurdle.
    Grandouet is the main threat to the favourite and he has been well backed since Barry Geraghty gave him the vote of confidence.
    Here's Alex Hammond's Thursday tips.
    4/4/2013 8:11:42 AM

    Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell is considering his future at the club in the wake of Easter Monday's hammering by the Wigan Warriors.
    It was, without doubt, the lowest point of my tenure at the club to date and left me reflecting on many things, including my ongoing commitment.
    4/4/2013 8:16:47 AM

    The Boston Red Sox beat their fierce rivals the New York Yankees for the second consecutive game in the MLB.
    4/4/2013 8:18:23 AM

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been speaking about the upcoming Manchester derby, which is live on Sky Sports HD1 on Monday night, and insists the showdown will have plenty riding on it, with local bragging rights still at stake despite the Premier League title race appearing over.
    A derby is a derby. I don't think we could care less about the league in that game. It is about who is going to be champions of Manchester - that is all it is.
    Vincent Kompany: Insists plenty still rests on Manchester derby 
    by Rachel Griffithson Apr 4, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    4/4/2013 8:23:44 AM

    [dewimorris] Dewi Morris casts his eyes over the Amlin Cup quarter-finals and says Gloucester can overcome Biarritz.
    If Gloucester don't make mistakes and keep hold of the ball then they should win this one. I would not say comfortably as Biarritz do have some form, and will really attack Gloucester's pack who have had a few scrummaging issues, however I think Gloucester will hold out.
    Read Dewi Morris' preview here.
    4/4/2013 8:29:57 AM
  • The Valero Texas Open golf starts tonight on Sky Sports, hopefully no-one will repeat Kevin Na's nightmare from a couple of years ago.

    4/4/2013 8:33:04 AM

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced that Theo Walcott will soon rediscover his touch in front of goal and has rejected suggestions the winger has become complacent since signing a new deal at the club.
    He didn't play well and had not signed a contract, then people would say the opposite. I don't think that is linked, especially with the fact that he has signed a contract or not. Because you can say as well he is more secure, he can express himself. At Bayern he didn't have the greatest game, but he still brought the goal. He will come back.
    4/4/2013 8:39:23 AM

    [skybet] It's Heineken Cup quarter-final weekend and we've got all the latest betting updates from Sky Bet's Jordan Fiddies on where the smart money is going.
    Home advantage is key in the quarter-finals and for all four to win at home, you can get odds of nearly 3/1, which we've seen people opt for early on.

    4/4/2013 8:47:17 AM

    Three Premier League sides are in action in the first legs of their UEFA Europa League quarter-final ties this evening - with Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle still flying the English flag in Europe. We've put together scouting reports on their three opponents:
    • Newcastle face arguably the toughest tie of all the English clubs in the quarter-finals with a trip to Portugal beckoning to face local champions Benfica.
    • Tottenham fans will have been pleased with their draw against Europa League rank outsiders Basel, but the Swiss club have the potential to cause an upset.
    • In amongst their FA Cup and Premier League fixture congestion, Chelsea face a daunting trip to Russia to face Rubin Kazan, who have already knocked out holders Atletico Madrid.
    4/4/2013 8:48:58 AM

    It's the start of the Grand National meeting at Aintree today, and Alex Hammond is here to mark your card on who the big winners will be today.
    4/4/2013 8:58:10 AM

    [graemesouness]Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness has been speaking to Sky Sports News about last night's UEFA Champions League action. He does not believe Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos were deliberately seeking yellow cards against Galatasaray in the quarter-final first leg in order to miss the second leg and arrive clear of cards for the semi-final.
    I don’t think so. I think that would be a high-risk strategy. I think, even though Real Madrid were 3-0 up, that’s a pretty high-risk strategy if you’re going down that road. It’s impossible to prove. 
    Out of the teams left in Europe's top club competition, Souness feels four-time winners Barcelona have the edge, but admits defensive weaknesses could hinder them. 
    There’s always something to enjoy about Barcelona, whenever they play. For me, Lionel Messi is the best that’s ever played the game. Deep down I’ve got to believe it’s Barcelona, but I do worry about them defensively.
    Souness also looked towards Newcastle's UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg with Benfica this evening and insists Alan Pardew's men must keep one eye on their Premier League campaign, with safety not yet guranteed.
    They find themselves in difficult situation because they’ve got to be looking over their shoulder, they’re not safe yet. But at the same time they’ve got a glamorous tie with Benfica. They have to have one eye on keeping their Premier League status. That would be a disaster for them to drop out of that league.  
    4/4/2013 9:00:18 AM

    Australian seamer James Pattinson will miss the IPL due to abdominal surgery, but is hopeful of being available for the Ashes this summer.
    4/4/2013 9:03:45 AM

    [twtr]We've had more reaction coming in to Rafael Benitez's admission that he wants to land another Premier League post once his spell as Chelsea interim boss comes to an end.
    @SkySports #skysportstoday Newcastle.. Ben Carter via Twitter at 9:43 AM
    #skysportstoday Well I don't want him back at Liverpool he ruined us he sold everyone e.g Xabi Alonso, Mascherano, Riera, Risse. Sunny Jim via Twitter at 9:08 AM
    @SkySports #skysportstoday Newcastle man city wok via Twitter at 9:05 AM
    Have your say - #skysportstoday
    4/4/2013 9:07:11 AM
  • 4/4/2013 9:10:28 AM

    Reading are rock-bottom of the Premier League and eight points adrift of safety but Hal Robson-Kanu has warned the Royals' relegation rivals the fight for survival is not over yet.
    The season doesn't end at 31 games, it ends at 38. We need to make the most of every single one, and that starts on Saturday.
    New manager Nigel Adkins has pleaded for patience from the fans as he looks to implement his ideas on the pitch, asking them to lay off the players.
    I want the players to pass the ball and to do that there needs to be no reprisals if they give the ball away. It is a decision-making process to pass it and sometimes the ball will go astray. They've got to know they can do that with the supporters being appreciative of the way they want to go and play and being supportive of them. I know we'll get that because everyone - if you're a Reading supporter, you just want Reading Football club to do well.
    4/4/2013 9:20:17 AM

    With three English clubs involved in the UEFA Europa League action this evening, we look ahead to the quarter-final first legs in our individual previews:
    4/4/2013 9:25:46 AM

    Dominic Cork is freezing cold as he’s out at his former side Derbyshire today on their pre-season media day.
    It’s absolutely freezing here, with the wind chill it must be about minus three, and with just six days to go until the start of the new season.
    We'll have more throughout the day from Derbyshire as the build-up to the new season continues - Check out our Cricket Section for all the latest.
    4/4/2013 9:41:32 AM

    Tony Pulis has urged Stoke City supporters to put their feelings towards him to one side and get behind the players. The Potters have endured an alarming dip in form since the turn of the year, with just five points collected from 11 fixtures in 2013.
    Our supporters have made the Britannia the place it is and I know they will carry on doing that because they love their club so much. What they think of me does not matter now, it's what they think of the team that counts.
    4/4/2013 9:46:10 AM
  • GOLF

    Rory McIlroy may not have been in the best form this year - but he's not bothered one bit as long as he gets another major title under his belt.
    I don't care if I miss ten cuts in a row and win a major a year. I don't care. I mean that's what it's all about, winning the big tournaments.
    McIlroy will tee it up in Texas tonight in his final Masters prep, live on Sky Sports 3 from 8pm.
    4/4/2013 9:50:45 AM
  • The men accused of attacking cricketer Jesse Ryder have appeared in court today - here's the latest.

    4/4/2013 9:57:22 AM

    For the Moneyball generation, analytics has become cool. But what happens next? Adam Bate was at the Sports Analytics Innovation Summit in London last month to discover how those at the centre of the industry believe the revolution is progressing.
    4/4/2013 10:02:30 AM

    Audley Harrison has suggested he will walk away from boxing for good if he loses to Deontay Wilder on April 27.
    Lose and it's over, win and I'm in the top ten for sure, eligible to challenge for the world title. Biggest risk for the biggest reward. It can't get any better than that.
    4/4/2013 10:08:41 AM
  • [bn] England have four uncapped players named in their initial 30-man party for the ICC Champions Trophy in June.
    4/4/2013 10:11:21 AM

    [graemesouness]Here's more from Graeme Souness on last night's UEFA Champions League action, with the Sky Sports pundit critical of Galatasaray's defending in their 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid last night, particularly Emmanuel Eboue's role in the opening goal.
    It was all too easy for them. After nine minutes they were 1-0 down and you're thinking the worst because this Madrid team, when they get on top, can put you to the sword. But what was Eboue doing for that opener? There was no one wide of him so he should get in and hold hands with his centre back. But that was downright poor defending.
    Read more on what Graeme, Jamie Redknapp and Alan McInally had to say on last night's European action
    4/4/2013 10:16:50 AM
  • NFL

    [simonveness] Simon Veness says he can see Jacksonville becoming a major player ahead of the NFL Draft.
    Owner Shahid Khan and general manager David Caldwell have maintained something of an inscrutable smile about their low-key dealings so far, with only faint hints of the overall plan to (possibly) build a new offence around Blaine Gabbert or (possibly) go in a new direction altogether. It will be fascinating watching come April 25, when the Jags have seven picks to play with.
    4/4/2013 10:19:10 AM

    [glennhoddle]Glenn Hoddle has been speaking to Sky Sports News about the role David Beckham played in Paris St Germain's 2-2 draw with Barcelona on Tuesday night. The former England captain failed to impress the French media but ex-Three Lions boss Hoddle, who gave Beckham his England debut in 1996, believes he did well in the 68 minutes he played.
    The one thing I love about David Beckham is he’s still got the eagerness and the love of the game and the enthusiasm to play. He loves football. That’s the main ingredient for him. He did very well the other night, he sustained it for 68 minutes. Barcelona are vulnerable against set plays so you’d imagine that David would start in the second leg as well.
    Hoddle has identified Barca and Bayern Munich as the teams to watch in the competition as it reaches its conclusion.
    Barcelona showed what they can do against AC Milan in the second leg, which was a real test for them, being 2-0 down. When they’re pushed to the extreme, they can do it. For me as well, Bayern Munich. They look very strong, defensively, physically and technically. They do look as if they can take Barcelona on.
    4/4/2013 10:23:13 AM

    [twtr]Here's the latest Twitter reaction to Rafael Benitez's claim he wants to continue to manage in the Premier League when he leaves Chelsea:
    Possibly a job at Newcastle after Alan Pardew's poor season considering his financial support and his squad? #skysportstoday Rèné du Toit via Twitter at 10:19 AM
    @SkySports im thinking if laudrup leaves swansea, i could benitez goin after that job, they do have european football #skysportstoday t@nnnnn____e via Twitter at 10:07 AM
    Have your say - Tweet @skysports #skysportstoday
    4/4/2013 10:37:13 AM

    Marseille coach Elie Baup says Joey Barton remains a key member of his squad despite the midfielder having angered club chiefs by labelling Paris St Germain defender Thiago Silva an "overweight ladyboy" in an online tirade.
    I am the coach of OM and I have to intervene (only) on larger matters. The communication of individual players is their own responsibility. I have a boss and a direction. Barton holds an important place in the team and I make decisions in the game - for example, that he (Barton) did not start against Nice (last weekend). That is my responsibility. Beyond that, it does not concern me.
    4/4/2013 10:42:50 AM

    Wigan have clambered out of the Premier League bottom three on goal difference but manager Roberto Martinez says they will not be under-estimating fellow strugglers QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday, live on Sky Sports HD1.
    People are talking about the results QPR have had and the points they have and I don't feel it gives a true representation. You look at the performances they have had since January, when they renewed the squad, and it's not a squad that deserves to be where it is in the table.
    4/4/2013 10:52:12 AM

    Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien expects to be back at Stamford Bridge next season, with his loan deal at Real Madrid set to expire in the summer. The Ghana international could potentially be working under former boss Jose Mourinho again, as speculation continues to link him with a second spell at Chelsea.
    I have a contract at Chelsea and at present I am only on loan here, so nothing has changed.
    For the latest news and rumours visit our Transfer Clockwatch
    4/4/2013 11:01:01 AM
  • [bn]Sir Alex Ferguson news conference coming up on Sky Sports News
    4/4/2013 11:01:35 AM

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton admits his side's results in their remaining home games will be the key to avoiding relegation after seeing the Canaries sucked into the dog fight at the bottom of the Premier League.
    Our season was always going to be based on the three points you can get at home and then anything else you get away. Our destiny was always going to be about the results at home. We have four home games and we have to look after ourselves.
    4/4/2013 11:10:06 AM

    [ssn] At a chilly Edgbaston, Ian Bell has been speaking to us and he says he does not think Australia’s recent woes will have any impact on this summer’s Ashes series, which he believes will still be as tough as ever.
    Australia are always going to be tough, the Ashes is different to other bits of Test cricket, we’ll just be working as hard as we can as a group to be ready for that series. 
    4/4/2013 11:14:29 AM
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