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Sky Sports Today - Thursday April 4

Sky Sports Today - Thursday April 4


    Aleksandar Kolarov has raised the temperature ahead of Monday's Manchester derby by claiming City are a better side than United, before conceding that the Red Devils deserve to land the Premier League title.
    They are confident in this moment and it will be a different game but - if we play like we know, if we are all at 100 per cent - I think we are better than them.
    4/4/2013 3:31:28 PM

    Elsewhere in the Premier League, Steve Bould has revealed that Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott could return to action for Arsenal for their fixture with Norwich next Saturday.
    We have good news with both of them. Jack and Theo are outside running and have an outside chance of being involved against Norwich a week on Saturday.
    4/4/2013 3:34:47 PM

    There is also good news for Swansea player Neil Taylor. Michael Laudrup says the full-back is close to making a first-team return after being out of action since September. Taylor broke and dislocated his ankle in a challenge with Sunderland's Craig Gardner but despite being expected to miss the rest of the season, the 24-year-old could return before the summer.
    Physically he is quite close to being back. He has trained with us for some weeks, but we all know match fitness is a different level and only by coming back will he get that.
    4/4/2013 3:43:43 PM

    Being the age the manager is and not having any real coaching experience, being his first job, I think it's always a risk, but somebody has got to take that risk for someone to do well. Hopefully the risk in appointing him will be good for the club.
    4/4/2013 3:50:29 PM
  • [bn] Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure signs a new four-year contract.
    4/4/2013 3:51:05 PM

    Here is the story on the news that Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has committed his future to the club by signing a new four-year contract.
    This is where I want to be. When I first arrived at City, every time I went to sleep I would dream about us winning something. Now, it is about us being the best team in whatever competition we take part in
    4/4/2013 4:18:03 PM

    [ssn] Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has told Sky Sports News that he believes Wojciech Szczesny is struggling for form because of his age.
    It sometimes happens with young goalkeepers. You get ups and downs rather than consistent top performances.
    4/4/2013 4:24:32 PM

    Paul Lambert has played down speculation surrounding the future of Aston Villa star man Christian Benteke.
    We gave Christian the opportunity to go and perform and he has been excellent with the way he has performed and led the line. He has been excellent for us. What is he worth now? You'd have to have quite a lot of money to try and get him. In the modern day market, it can be whatever it wants.
    4/4/2013 4:32:41 PM

    Coventry City have appealed against the 10-point deduction they were levied last week for going into administration.
    Coventry City Football Club (Holdings) Ltd has submitted an appeal to the Football League to have the 10 points deducted last week reinstated. The points were deducted following the administration of CCFC Ltd. The club will keep supporters informed of the progress of the appeal.
    4/4/2013 4:58:43 PM

    There are two Amlin Challenge Cup quarter-finals taking place on Friday night. Both can be seen on Sky Sports 2 HD - Wasps v Leinster is on live while the all-French clash between Perpignan and Toulouse can be watched via the red button. Read our previews for both games
    4/4/2013 5:05:46 PM

    The new county cricket season is nearly upon us. Sky Sports duo Dominic Cork and David Fulton give their thoughts ahead of the summer (weather permitting), as well as running the rule over all 18 first-class counties.

    Read their preview on the 2013 season ahead
    4/4/2013 5:10:04 PM

    [dominiccork] Corky's also been having his say on England's provisional 30-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy - and he reckons the selectors have made a mistake by overlooking Matt Prior.
    England have the likes of Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow in that squad who can perform the wicket-keeping duties but I would have liked to have seen Prior in there. Prior is a senior batsman and I think England have missed an opportunity.
    4/4/2013 5:15:39 PM

    Mauricio Pochettino does not feel guilty about the way he replaced Nigel Adkins at Southampton ahead of the two managers' Premier League meeting this weekend.
    Nigel has my full respect for the job that he did here. The only thing I can say is that I hope to see him on Saturday to say hi, introduce myself and shake his hand. It will be a pleasure for me to meet him.
    4/4/2013 5:16:48 PM

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits he will wait until the end of the season to discuss the long-term future of Andy Carroll at Anfield.
    We've monitored it very closely. We've had representatives from Liverpool at most of the games.
    4/4/2013 5:18:40 PM

    As part of Sky Sports' League One spotlight, Rachel Griffiths catches up with Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Steve Phillips.
    I've been lucky enough in my career that this will be my fourth time playing in the Football League Trophy but it's as exciting as if it were my first time. These types of occasions are the ones you put in your pocket for a long, long time.
    4/4/2013 5:27:34 PM

    Joe Allen says he has a lot more to show Liverpool fans ahead of his return to full fitness. The 23-year-old, who joined the club from Swansea in August 2012, has suffered from a shoulder injury for much of 2013 which has now been operated on.
    It's no secret that recent months haven't gone great for me. I am confident and faithful that next season I can perform a lot better. Unfortunately this season's a write-off in regards to the injury but the plan is, and I've got a bit of time, to make sure it's right over the summer break in time for pre-season.
    4/4/2013 5:44:29 PM

    As you must have heard by now, tonight is Judgement Night in the Premier League. Brighton is the venue as two players get set to depart the tournament after finishing the first nine rounds of the season in the 'relegation zone'. But who will it be?

    Find out with our
    live blog from the venue
    4/4/2013 5:55:23 PM

    The Europa League quarter-finals kick-off at 20:05 and you can follow all the action in our Score Centre. There are three Premier League teams in action.
    4/4/2013 6:15:10 PM

    Chelsea take on Rubin Kazan and the first leg is as Stamford Bridge. Our live and interactive text commentary is underway and you can follow it here.
    4/4/2013 6:16:46 PM

    Tottenham have their first leg at home too as they host Basel at White Hart Lane. Our live and interactive text commentary for that game is also underway and you can follow it here.
    4/4/2013 6:23:40 PM

    And Newcastle travel to Benfica. We've got Pete O'Rourke on live commentary duty for that one and you can follow the updates here.
    4/4/2013 6:39:34 PM

    Ray Wilkins on Sky Sports News is not too worried about Chelsea playing their third game in six days. 
    Not concerned. They are extremely fit these young men. They don't want to be rotated. They just want to play football.
    4/4/2013 6:46:28 PM

    Mick Quinn is watching Newcastle as they face Benfica. A reminder that you can catch live and interactive text commentary here
    Great to see Tim Krul. He has been fantastic this season. Newcastle look quite solid at the back.
    4/4/2013 6:50:29 PM

    AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has rejected reports linking them with a move for Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
    Julio Cesar is a very good goalkeeper but I deny negotiations with him or with the Queens Park Rangers.
    4/4/2013 6:53:56 PM

    There was an exciting finish in today's IPL game. The Royal Challengers Bangalore held on for a two-run win over Mumbai Indians, who had Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting opening the batting for them but failed to get the 10 they required off Vinay Kumar's final over.
    4/4/2013 6:58:54 PM

    Goal! Papiss Cisse has put Newcastle ahead away to Benfica. Crucial away goal. You can follow live and interactive text commentary here or stay updated on all the games in our Score Centre.
    4/4/2013 7:20:35 PM

    And Chelsea are ahead against Rubin. Fernando Torres on the scoresheet. Follow it in the Score Centre.
    4/4/2013 7:25:11 PM

    Goal! Rodrigo with an equaliser for Benfica. That's 1-1 now against Newcastle in Lisbon. Follow live and interactive text commentary here.
    4/4/2013 7:33:22 PM

    Goals! Stocker has put Basel ahead against Spurs at White Hart Lane.  Follow live commentary here. But there is better news for Chelsea. Moses has doubled their lead against Rubin and you can follow that game here.
    4/4/2013 7:39:33 PM

    Tottenham 2-0 down now! And Basel have just missed another great chance. Details here.
    4/4/2013 7:43:11 PM

    Plenty of goals around! Tottenham have pulled one back against Basel thanks to Adebayor, but the news isn't so good for Chelsea as Rubin have halved the deficit from the penalty spot.
    4/4/2013 7:51:22 PM

    Wes Newton is the first man to be knocked out in the Premier League, a 7-5 defeat at the hands of Andy Hamilton sealing his early exit from the tournament. Who will be other player to bow out after week nine of the season?

    Join our live coverage on Judgement Night in Brighton
    4/4/2013 8:05:14 PM

    The Europa League quarter-finals are back underway after the break. Follow all the second-half action in our Score Centre.
    4/4/2013 8:11:31 PM

    QPR owner Tony Fernandes revealed he wants Harry Redknapp to remain at the helm even if the club are relegated.
    I want stability more than anything. I wanted it with Neil Warnock and Mark Hughes, so it's third time lucky with Harry. I think he is the man. We understand each other well and he knows how committed the shareholders are.
    4/4/2013 8:18:49 PM

    Back in the Europa League, Tottenham are now level at 2-2 with Basel thanks to a Gylfi Sigurdsson strike. You can follow live commentary of that one here, while all the games are in the Score Centre as well.
    4/4/2013 8:27:00 PM

    Scott Quigg is waiting to find out just who and when he will be fighting next. The 24-year-old is heading back into camp in the hope of being back in action in June. Trainer Joe Gallagher is hoping for an update in the near future
    I'm hoping that in five or six weeks something will have developed by then. But we've got to start now and if nothing happens by then he's going to be one unhappy bunny. He'll be looking to move on to pastures new

    4/4/2013 8:32:42 PM

    It's all going badly wrong for Newcastle now. A disastrous backpass from Davide Santon and a needless handball by Steven Taylor have seen Benfica score two quickfire goals. Follow live text commentary here. But things are looking better for Chelsea - Fernando Torres has scored again.
    4/4/2013 8:35:42 PM

    Biarritz scored five tries, including two for Teddy Thomas, during a 41-31 victory over Gloucester at Kingsholm in the quarter-finals of the Amlin Challenge Cup.
    4/4/2013 9:14:55 PM

    All the Europa League games are over and we have the match reports up on the site now. News of Tottenham 2 Basel 2 is here, while Chelsea's 3-1 win over Rubin Kazan is here and details of Newcastle's 3-1 defeat at Benfica can be read here
    4/4/2013 9:16:42 PM
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