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Sky Sports Today - Thursday June 13

Sky Sports Today - Thursday June 13

  • GOOD MORNING

    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
  • CRICKET

    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
  • RUGBY UNION

    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
  • CRICKET

    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
  • RUGBY UNION

    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
  • TENNIS

    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
  • FOOTBALL

    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
  • RUGBY LEAGUE

    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
  • TRANSFER NEWS

    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
  • FOOTBALL

    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
  • FOOTBALL

    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
  • FOOTBALL

    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
  • FOOTBALL

    [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
  • FOOTBALL

    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
  • TRANSFER NEWS

    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
  • TRANSFER NEWS

    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
  • FOOTBALL

    [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
  • FOOTBALL

    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
  • RUGBY UNION 

    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
  • OLYMPICS LEGACY

    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
  • TRANSFER NEWS

    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
  • FOOTBALL

    A little bit of transfer news has just come in. Sky Sports understands that Swansea want to make Jonathan De Guzman's loan move permanent but have yet to make an offer to Villarreal. Read the full story here. The scheming midfielder was one of the Swans' best performers last season so it's no surprise they're keen to wrap up a deal. Whether any other top flight club noticed his performances in the centre of the field is another matter...
    6/13/2013 2:50:25 PM
  • WHITE FEATHER UPDATE

    Fans of Italian football and Middlesbrough will be delighted to hear of Fabrizio Ravanelli's return to the game as Ajaccio manager. The Italian takes over the French Ligue 1 outfit with no managerial experience but with grand plans for the future. Read about it here
    The White Feather will cut his managerial teeth at Ajaccio 
    by skysportsaldunnon Jun 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM
    6/13/2013 2:56:53 PM
  • FOOTBALL
    Our man in Israel, Jon Holmes, looks at how the Premier League's youth quota rule has proven itself ineffective for the England team. Having seen all of all England's games at what proved to be a disastrous European U21 Championship he's better placed than most to deliver a verdict on what's gone wrong. Read his latest blog here
    6/13/2013 3:03:17 PM
  • Sky Sports' Matt Le Tissier runs the rule over Europe's most in-demand strikers

    6/13/2013 3:05:39 PM
  • TRANSFER NEWS

    La Liga champions Barcelona are getting ready to splash the cash on Fernando Torres, Graham Hunter told Sky Sports News. It was reported on Thursday in some newspapers that the Spanish giants were set to offer £17m to Chelsea - £33m less than the British record transfer fee that Liverpool received two years ago from the London club.
    6/13/2013 5:21:20 PM
  • [bn]Celtic sign striker Amido Balde for £1.8m from Vitoria Guimaraes
    6/13/2013 5:24:09 PM
  • US OPEN

    Ian Poulter is among a three-way tie for the lead on two under at Merion after play resumed following a weather delay. Watch live on Sky Sports 2HD and follow online.
    6/13/2013 5:44:33 PM
  • TRANSFER NEWS

    Liverpool are being linked with a £9million bid for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. The Sky Sports Transfer Centre has all the details and updates on Edinson Cavani, Tom Ince and Fernando Torres.
    6/13/2013 7:29:34 PM
  • [bn]Liverpool agree deal in principle to sign Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo
    6/13/2013 7:35:48 PM
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