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Sky Sports Today - Thursday June 13

Sky Sports Today - Thursday June 13


    Welcome to Thursday's Sky Sports Today. We have an action-packed day ahead with the start of the US Open, England against Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy, all the latest from the Lions, the top transfer stories and so much more.
    6/13/2013 6:46:29 AM
  • [pt]PAPER TALK

    • THE SUN: Manchester United hope an £85m move from Real Madrid for Tottenham frontman Gareth Bale will pave the way for them to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo from the Spanish club.
    • DAILY MIRROR: Everton's Belgium international Marouane Fellaini wants a move to London - but Arsenal are unwilling to meet a £23m release clause.
    • DAILY STAR: Fernando Torres is seeking showdown talks with new boss Jose Mourinho about his future at Chelsea.
    • DAILY MAIL: Liverpool hope to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for £8m in the next week. They have bid £7m for the 25-year-old but the Wearsiders are holding out for nearer £10m. 
    • DAILY EXPRESS: Tottenham are planning a £4m bid for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry as they look to replace Scott Parker. 
    • DAILY TELEGRAPH: Paris St-Germain are prepared to pay £10m compensation to Tottenham for manager Andre Villas-Boas. 
    • THE TIMES: West Ham United are hoping to sign Chelsea striker Demba Ba, 28, and Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, 20, on loan for next season. 
    • THE GUARDIAN: Real Madrid will compete with Chelsea and Manchester City for Napoli forward Edinson Cavani after the Spanish club held preliminary talks with the 26-year-old Uruguayan's representatives.
    For all the latest headlines, click here 
    6/13/2013 6:58:11 AM

    Sky Sports will dedicate an entire channel to cricket this summer, providing coverage of men's, women's and youth matches including this summer's Ashes series. Sky will commit one channel - Sky Sports Ashes HD - to cricket offering 63 days of action between June 30 and August 31, including exclusively live ball-by-ball coverage of the Investec Ashes. The channel will also screen live county fixtures, highlights and various support shows as Sky Sports 2 HD is transformed and dedicated to cricket with no extra cost to customers. For full details, click here
    6/13/2013 6:59:38 AM

    Simon Zebo will get his chance to stake a late claim for a place in the Test team when the British and Irish Lions take on the Waratahs on Saturday. The Ireland winger has only just teamed up with the Lions, having played against the US Eagles on Saturday before getting a call to provide cover for injured compatriot Tommy Bowe. However he will now look to throw down a marker to play Australia in the first Test on June 22.

    British and Irish Lions: 15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Jonny Sexton, 9 Mike Phillips; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Tom Youngs, 3 Adam Jones, 4 Alun Wyn Jones, 5 Paul O'Connell, 6 Tom Croft, 7 Sam Warburton, 8 Jamie Heaslip. Replacements: 16 Richard Hibbard, 17 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Rob Kearney.
    6/13/2013 7:09:48 AM

    Australia batsman David Warner will soon learn whether he loses his Ashes place after an "unprovoked physical attack" on Joe Root. Warner will hear his fate at a hearing this morning after breaking Cricket Australia's code of conduct regarding 'unbecoming behaviour'.
    6/13/2013 7:11:31 AM
  • Robert Lee and Butch Harmon look ahead to the US Open.

    6/13/2013 7:18:56 AM

    British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton claims the squad are all determined to put in a good performance against the Waratahs on Saturday.

    I think players are always trying to impress. It doesn't matter what game it is or when, you always want to have a good game. All the players naturally put pressure on themselves. Nobody is reading into anything, there is still plenty to prove and a couple of games to go so the players will try to take this opportunity.
    6/13/2013 7:20:40 AM
  • GOLF

    Paul Casey cannot wait for the US Open to get started and expects Merion to provide a "brutal" test of golf. Casey has fallen from third to 168th in the world over the last four years after struggling with form and fitness, but came through qualifying at Walton Heath last month thanks to rounds of 74 and 64.

    It's the first time I've had to qualify so I am taking the approach that I am just enjoying playing in another US Open and I worked very hard to get here.
    6/13/2013 7:22:21 AM

    Laura Robson insists she will need to spend more time on the practice courts with new coach Miles Maclagan if she hopes to make an impact at Wimbledon.

    It's good so far and we've only had less than a week together so there's no miracles yet, but in general my serve is looking a bit better than it was and I'm feeling pretty good on court.

    6/13/2013 7:31:24 AM

    Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp, who came close to inheriting the national reins prior to Roy Hodgson's appointment, claims England 'do not know how to play football' and has called for an overhaul at all levels.
    We do not know how to play football. We just boot the ball up the pitch and it gets us nowhere. We don't have the kids coached the same way - the right way - from a young age. As a result we have a senior team that is greatly underachieving.
    6/13/2013 7:33:18 AM

    Captain Kevin Sinfield believes England's clash against the Exiles will be similar to a bruising encounter with Australia or New Zealand.

    It will certainly be Test-match standard, in terms of the ball being in play, the physicality Friday will bring and the speed of the game. It will be just like playing Australia and New Zealand.
    6/13/2013 7:38:15 AM
  • British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland takes training at the North Sydney Oval

    6/13/2013 7:39:33 AM

    Marco van Ginkel says playing in the Premier League is an ambition but he will not talk about his link with Chelsea until after his involvement with Holland at the U21 European Championship comes to a close.
    The Premier League is a very good league, I think every young player wants to play there.
    6/13/2013 7:52:23 AM

    Michael Laudrup claims he is planning to stay at Swansea despite his agent severing ties with the Premier League club.
    The only thing I'm interested in his having the best players available in the next season.
    6/13/2013 7:57:05 AM

    Danny Rose believes expectations placed on the England team are too high and has called for a sense of perspective. The Tottenham Hotspur full-back was part of the U21 squad that suffered three straight defeats at this summer's European Championship to crash out at the group stage.
    We last won the World Cup in 1966 so I don't know why people put this expectation on England at all. The expectation should drop a little bit, definitely.
    6/13/2013 8:00:45 AM

    Brendan Rodgers claims adding 'depth' to his Liverpool squad is a top priority as he presses ahead with his recruitment plans.
    You can flip it about, but we just need to build up the depth of the squad. I want people who might be disappointed because they're not on the bench. At the minute we probably don't have that so it's competition we want to get.
    6/13/2013 8:03:46 AM

    [glennhoddle]Glenn Hoddle insists the Football Association must make major changes after England's humiliating European Under-21 Championship exit - but denied Stuart Pearce should take the blame.
    Whether it is Stuart re-signing or a new person coming in, if the FA don't change the structure and help the coach why would anyone want to take the job?
    Click here to see what else Glenn has had to say on the England set-up.
    6/13/2013 8:11:09 AM
  • Who are the most coveted strikers in Europe? Matt Le Tissier runs through the names on everyone's lips.

    6/13/2013 8:24:49 AM

    Former Sunderland chief scout Bryan 'Pop' Robson has warned his old club over their policy of signing foreign players.
    I fear it might happen that Sunderland will concentrate solely on the overseas market.
    6/13/2013 8:32:20 AM
  • Phil Edwards looks at the Lions squad to face Waratahs

    6/13/2013 8:37:29 AM

    Cesc Fabregas insists speculation linking him with a summer move away from Barcelona is 'absurd'. The midfielder is said to be interesting Manchester United and former employers Arsenal.
    I've always said that I'm happy at Barca. Whoever says that I'm leaving doesn't know me and has never spoken with me.
    6/13/2013 8:45:56 AM

    Former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has ruled out a return to Stamford Bridge - for this season at least. The Serbia international is currently impressing for Benfica and has been linked with a move back to the Premier League.
    Of course, someone like Jose Mourinho wanting me to go back to London would be an opportunity to prove that I can play in the Premier League, but I want to achieve more at Benfica.
    6/13/2013 8:53:43 AM
  • It's one year until the 2014 World Cup starts in Brazil and many of the facilities will be tested at the Confederations Cup which starts on Saturday.

    6/13/2013 8:58:36 AM

    [martintyler]Martin Tyler blogs from the European U21 Championship in Israel on Alan Smith's insatiable appetite and an empty feeling after England's exit.
    We have been left here in Israel with plenty of food for thought. For one of our number though, thought for food is just as important!
    Click here to see what else Martin has had to say.
    6/13/2013 9:12:45 AM

    Newcastle forward Papiss Cisse has been granted backing from the PFA if he refuses to wear the new club shirt featuring the Wonga logo. Alan Pardew's side will wear the shirts for the first time in a pre-season friendly at Motherwell on July 16.
    If someone feels very, very strongly that it's not compatible with their beliefs, then some sort of solution should be found.
    6/13/2013 9:20:30 AM

    Mako Vunipola is hoping he has done enough to convince British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland that he is worthy of a place in the Test team.

    The coaches wouldn't have brought them in if they didn't feel they were good enough. So for me it's just the same, keeping my head down, keep working hard.
    6/13/2013 9:22:43 AM
  • Lionel Messi and his father are being investigated in Spain for tax fraud.

    6/13/2013 9:33:08 AM
  • [bn]Hearts to consider offers for all players in bid to stay afloat.
    6/13/2013 9:34:19 AM

    The latest Active People survey has shown the legacy of London 2012 is still boosting participation in grassroots sport. The findings for the six months to April are that 15.3m people are still playing sport once a week, every week - 1.4 m more than 2005 when London won the vote to host the Olympic games.
    6/13/2013 9:35:50 AM
  • Miami Heat trail San Antonio Spurs two-one in the NBA finals but Lebron James has vowed to do much better in game four tonight. Dwyane Wade, Tony Parker &Tim Duncan also give their views

    6/13/2013 9:39:34 AM

    Germany keeper Ron-Robert Zieler admits he has the desire to return to England and play in the Premier League. The 24-year-old former Manchester United youth player, who is under contract with Hannover until June 2015, has been linked with Liverpool in the past.
    The people over there are totally keen on football and I am definitely able to imagine coming out for a club in their league in the future.
    6/13/2013 9:51:11 AM

    [ssn]It may only be 13th June, but Walsall are already back in pre-season training. They hope an early start will have them well set to mount a League One promotion push in 2013/14. Club captain Andy Butler has been speaking to Sky Sports News about the club's ambitions.
    We know how good we are, and we'll back ourselves to beat any team in this division.
    6/13/2013 9:57:04 AM

    Connor Wickham believes his England U21 pain will spur him on to secure a regular spot in the Sunderland side.
    For now, it is just back to the club, work as hard as I can and try to get into that Sunderland team. Now obviously there is nothing we can do about this tournament - it has gone.
    6/13/2013 10:07:15 AM

    Here's the full story on the news we brought you earlier that Hearts will listen to offers for all their players as the troubled club attempts to ease its serious financial problems. A statement from the board has confirmed the Edinburgh team's desperate plight and Hearts are willing to sell a string of their top players in a bid to cover a shortfall in funding.
    Given that the revenues for season tickets has dried up and no other realistic income is available quickly enough, the club will consider offers for the players of the current squad, including the most promising talent in order for the most necessary and important payments to be made.
    6/13/2013 10:12:57 AM
  • [bn]David Warner suspended until first Ashes Test and fined AU$11,500
    6/13/2013 10:15:28 AM

    Former Goldman Sachs trader Kieran Prior claims he is set to become Ibrox's biggest single shareholder as he sits on the brink of buying a stake in Rangers.
    My motivation is simple. I want to see a club with a great heritage and one I've supported from a distance since I was a child grow as an institution.
    6/13/2013 10:22:00 AM

    Douglas's agent has confirmed that his client has a number of options, including in the Premier League. The Brazilian-born Dutch centre-half is available on a free transfer this summer as his contract with FC Twente is due to expire on July 1 and Newcastle United have a long-standing interest in the player.
    There is interest in England, Germany, Turkey and Russia so we are going to discuss all the opportunities.
    6/13/2013 10:30:27 AM

    Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani looks set to join Dynamo Kiev following speculation linking him with three Premier League clubs in England. Newly-promoted Hull City reportedly had a bid of €8million rejected by the Belgian club, while West Brom and Fulham were also said to be keen on securing the 27-year-old's services.
    I hope Anderlecht and Kiev quickly find an agreement, because I really want to go to Kiev.
    6/13/2013 10:34:32 AM
  • Graham Hunter brings news of potential transfers involving Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres.

    6/13/2013 10:39:10 AM

    Sky Sports understands a host of clubs from the Premier League and the continent are chasing Wigan Atheltic defender Antolin Alcaraz. The 30-year-old is out of contract at the DW Stadium and is set to leave the club following their relegation from the top-flight.
    6/13/2013 10:44:07 AM

    St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown is seeking urgent advice in the battle to secure the services of Richie Brittain from Ross County.
    I'm really disappointed, quite unbelievable really because they knew that he'd signed a pre-contract with St Johnstone.
    6/13/2013 10:52:00 AM

    The second major of the year is just about to get underway at Merion in Pennsylvania. The opening trio have just teed off and you can follow all the action with our interactive live blog here.
    Notable tee times:
    12.11 Phil Mickelson (USA), Steve Stricker (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA)
    17.52 Luke Donald (ENG), Lee Westwood (ENG), Martin Kaymer (GER)
    18.03 Jim Furyk (USA), Graeme McDowell (NIR), Zach Johnson (USA)
    18.14 Tiger Woods (USA), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Adam Scott (AUS)
    18.36 Webb Simpson (USA), a-Steven Fox (USA), Ernie Els (RSA)
    6/13/2013 10:56:58 AM

    Iago Aspas' move to Liverpool is expected to be completed soon despite a delay over red tape. The Celta Vigo striker had a medical at Liverpool's Melwood training ground on Tuesday, but flew back to Spain the following day with the transfer yet to be completed.
    There should be no problems. Now only bureaucratic issues remain unresolved.
    6/13/2013 11:01:23 AM

    [jeffstelling]Soccer Saturday presenter Jeff Stelling has joined two ex-Middlesbrough stars in climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for charity. The Finlay Cooper charity was set up by former Boro and England defender Colin Cooper following the death of his son Finlay, who passed away in a tragic choking accident before his second birthday.
    6/13/2013 11:07:22 AM

    Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan plans to name a successor to Roberto Martinez in the next 48 hours.
    I still have two more lads to see but I expect to announce something tomorrow.
    6/13/2013 11:22:56 AM
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