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Sky Sports Today - Thursday March 21

Sky Sports Today - Thursday March 21

  • GOLF

    Play at the Maybank Malaysian Open has been abandoned for the day due to thunderstorms. The first round is now scheduled to resume at 7.45am local time on Friday. Latest leaderboard
    3/21/2013 9:57:25 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    There are some strong words from Richard Bevan, chief executive of the League Managers' Association, who has branded the sacking culture in English football an 'arrogant embarrassment'.
    That's over 100 people, 100 managers, 100 families. It takes two years to get back into the game and the volatility of the job is undermining the profession of coaching.
    Click here to read the full story as Bevan slams the sacking culture in English football.
    3/21/2013 9:58:54 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    David De Gea believes he has matured as a player and person since his move to Manchester United 18 months ago.
    I've changed a lot in Manchester. I've spent two years in their football culture and it makes you change.
    Click here to read the full story on Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea.
    3/21/2013 10:06:50 AM
  • RUGBY LEAGUE

    Bradford co-chairman Gerry Sutcliffe is confident the Bulls will be granted a full Super League licence for 2014 within the next fortnight.
    The indications the RFL are giving us is that they're happy with our progress and we don't expect there to be any problems.
    3/21/2013 10:20:22 AM
  • [bn]Former 200m Olympic champion and world record holder Pietro Mennea has died aged 60.
    3/21/2013 10:21:26 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    You can now watch video highlights from all this week's Football League action for free online. See all the goals from the victories for Oldham, Swindon, Bury and Crewe in League One, plus the six matches in League Two.
    3/21/2013 10:22:59 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Ed Chamberlin fears for Sunderland's Premier League future after their loss to 10-man Norwich on Super Sunday.
    Sunderland's performance against Norwich on Super Sunday was alarming and they look devoid of confidence and any momentum at just the wrong time and, as our studio guest Andy Cole explained after the game, they created virtually nothing in the 60 minutes against 10 men.
    3/21/2013 10:26:47 AM
  • [bn] Second leg of Chelsea's Europa League quarter-final against Rubin Kazan moved to Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
    3/21/2013 10:29:10 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    The Football League has announced the shortlist of nominees for their annual Player of the Year awards on Sunday.
    Championship
    • Thomas Ince (Blackpool)
    • Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace)
    • Matej Vydra (Watford)
    League One
    • Leon Clarke (Coventry)
    • Alan Judge (Notts County)
    • Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth)
    League Two
    • Jamie Cureton (Exeter)
    • Gary Jones (Bradford)
    • Tom Pope (Port Vale)
    Young player of the year
    • Thomas Ince (Blackpool)
    • Matej Vydra (Watford)
    • Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
    Join the debate on who you think should win the awards and have your say using the #skysportstoday hashtag
    3/21/2013 10:39:09 AM
  • 3/21/2013 10:44:04 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    The transfer window may be closed, but that does not stop the rumour mill which remains in full swing throughout the year. Our Transfer Clockwatch has updates on Luis Suarez, Edin Dzeko and Davide Santon, among others.
    3/21/2013 12:50:05 PM
  • RUGBY LEAGUE

    [ssn]Leeds half-back Rob Burrow has told Sky Sports News he is in favour of an increase in the salary cap.
    It is certainly a good idea. If it happens and when it happens I am not too sure but the NRL recently raised the salary cap in Australia and if we did that here we could possibly attract the biggest stars from over there, as well as keeping rugby league players in rugby league. I am sure it is a decision that they are talking about all the time. It certainly would stop people leaving the sport and get the best talent on the pitch.
    3/21/2013 12:53:58 PM
  • CRICKET

    [bobwillis] Remember, you can see the third Test between England and New Zealand live from 9pm on Sky Sports 1 HD tonight. 
    James Anderson is on the brink of taking 300 Test wickets and Bob Willis - one of only three English bowlers to pass the landmark - has said he'll buy the Burnley man a pint if he achieves the feat!
    Ian Botham and I know how much blood, sweat and tears it takes to take that many wickets and we will definitely buy him a drink when he gets there!
    3/21/2013 1:01:40 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    [peterbeagrie] Managerial comings and goings continue apace in The Football League. Check out Peter Beagrie’s views on the Venky’s, Dean Holdsworth and Lee Johnson to name but a few…
    I said these people, including football guru, Shebby Singh , could ruin Blackburn after years of stability and they have done nothing to change my opinion. The squad has underachieved and form, injuries and in-fighting has had a negative effect and now Gary Bowyer, who took 10 points from 12 in his caretaker spell earlier in the season, has been charged with steadying the ship until the end of the season and garnering enough points to fend off a devastating drop into League One, which, Peter, would constitute irreparable damage.
    Read Peter's column here...

    3/21/2013 1:03:01 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    Michael Owen’s decision to retire at the end of the season means Jack Butland will not have the chance to play alongside the striker when he links up with Stoke City in the summer, and the England U21 goalkeeper is sad to see him go.

    He is a fantastic player and he has proven over his career with his record that he is one of the best strikers that has ever played the game.

    Check out what else Jack Butland had to say about Michael Owen.

    3/21/2013 1:33:46 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    Celtic’s Joe Ledley is used to playing at Hampden Park and he is relishing the prospect of facing Scotland with Wales tomorrow night.
    I am not sure what reaction I am going to get but I am looking forward to it. I have had ups and downs at Hampden but it is a fantastic arena. Scottish fans will be behind them and so will our fans be behind us, so we are looking forward to it. 
    Watch Friday’s game, kicking off at 8pm, live on Sky Sports 2HD.

    3/21/2013 1:45:38 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    The permanent window might be closed until the summer but our Transfer Clockwatch still keeps you up to date with all the deals to keep an eye on. You can also take a look at all the speculation in our Rumour Room.
    3/21/2013 3:27:48 PM
  • BOXING

    [ssn]Ricky Burns is back in full training and looking forward to finally fighting on May 11 – his opponent will be announced next Tuesday at a press conference...
    I know Eddie Hearn has been working around the clock to get me in a big fight. I think it’s down to three names, but I do know it’s going to be a tough fight. I know the WBO are trying to insist I fight my mandatory challenger. If it’s that fight, I know it’s going to be hard.
    The Scotsman could face Adrien Broner somewhere along the line – and it’s an opponent he would definitely like to face…
    They’ve been talking about this fight for maybe a couple of years – it’s a fight I’m really up for. Obviously the way Eddie is talking, we will get a couple of fights in Scotland to build my profile then we’d have no problem getting him over to Glasgow. Me and my trainer have spoken about game plans if we did – I know what way I would fight him
    You can hear more from Burns on tonight's episode of Ringside, which first airs from 6pm on Sky Sports 2 HD
    3/21/2013 3:31:16 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    We have word of the Republic of Ireland team to play Sweden in their crucial World Cup qualifier.
    Republic of Ireland team: David Forde, Marc Wilson, John O'Shea, Ciaran Clark, Seamus Coleman, Paul Green, Glenn Whelan, James McClean, Robbie Brady, Shane Long, Robbie Keane.
    3/21/2013 3:37:02 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    Liverpool have announced Joe Allen’s shoulder surgery has been a success. The club’s head of performance, Glen Driscoll, remains confident the midfielder will be fit for the new campaign.
    He (Allen) should be 12 weeks from now, so he'll be fighting fit for the start of pre-season

    Stay with us for the full story
    3/21/2013 3:46:34 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    As part of Sky Sports' League One spotlight, Graeme Bailey catches up with Portsmouth midfielder Jed Wallace and discussing the potential points penalty for going into administration.
    Even if the 10 points come off and we get relegated, the size of Pompey is ridiculous - it is phenomenal
    Read the full League One spotlight with Jed Wallace
    3/21/2013 3:52:29 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell could be fit to be involved in the derby against Manchester United at the beginning of April as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.
    You can watch a potentially Premier League title-deciding Manchester derby live on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football on 8th April.
    3/21/2013 4:00:44 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    Our reporters are chasing stories throughout football and Sky Sports sources have revealed Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson is set to miss the rest of the season so he can undergo a back operation.
    3/21/2013 4:22:54 PM
  • RACING

    An update has been released on the condition of jockey JT McNamara following his serious fall at Cheltenham last week.
    JT McNamara remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. He is in a stable condition and his level of sedation is being reduced.  Whilst his vertebral damage remains serious, he has not suffered a brain injury. His wife Caroline and family very much appreciate all the messages, cards and letters that have been received. There will be no further update this week.
    3/21/2013 4:25:50 PM
  • RACING

    Alex Hammond says a John Gosden-trained horse will be the the steed to watch at Doncaster's Lincoln hurdle this weekend.
    Lahaag is a horse I'd rather be with than against. Although he is drawn relatively low, I hope he goes well for the Gosden camp. He has only had the four career starts, winning two of them and finishing second twice.
    Check out Alex's blog for Cheltenham reaction and weekend tips.
    3/21/2013 4:26:12 PM
  • [ssn] 

    FOOTBALL

    We are expecting to hear from England’s Roy Hodgson and Steven Gerrard in approximately five minutes. Hodgson will face questions about Rio Ferdinand. If you missed the story earlier today, the Manchester United star has defended a decision to fly to Qatar to work as a TV pundit.
    3/21/2013 4:26:28 PM
  • FORMULA 1

    The opening race of the season in Australia predictably threw up a host of questions ahead of the second round of the season in Malaysia this weekend. We have gone through all the key points ahead of the grand prix in Sepang.
    3/21/2013 4:36:32 PM
  • Tiger Woods (69) was outscored by playing partner Justin Rose (65) in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational today. The Englishman is currently three shots clear of the field.

    3/21/2013 5:34:08 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    Here's more from Roy Hodgson's England press conference, in which he cast doubt over Rio Ferdinand's international future. On Monday the England boss claimed he was "looking forward to hopefully selecting Rio for squads in the future", but asked again whether Ferdinand is part of his future plans this afternoon, the manager said: "We should just wait and see."
    Do you think Ferdinand has a future with England? Cast your vote in our poll and have your say on Twitter using the #skysportstoday hashtag
    3/21/2013 5:41:48 PM
  • 3/21/2013 5:42:47 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    [jamieredknapp] Following Hodgson's comments about Ferdinand, Sky Sports expert Jamie Redknapp has said he doesn't expect to see the Manchester United man in an England shirt again.
    For Ferdinand to pull out without an injury puts Hodgson in a position where he can't really rely on the Manchester United defender again in the future. A lot of players put club before country now and that's just the way it is. I broke my ankle twice and tore a hamstring playing for England. That cost me three or four years of my career, so more than anyone I can empathise with Ferdinand about his concerns in trying to get the most out of the playing time he has left.
    3/21/2013 5:54:54 PM
  • Jonathan Trott talks to Sky Sports' Nick Knight

    3/21/2013 5:54:58 PM
  • [bn]Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has extended his contract until 2016, the club have confirmed via Twitter
    3/21/2013 6:04:27 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni believes Leeds midfielder Paul Green could be his country's answer to Nobby Stiles. Trapattoni has preferred Green, not universally popular among fans and pundits, to Wigan's James McCarthy for his side's vital World Cup qualifier in Sweden on Friday.
    If we are to have this balance, if Seamus Coleman goes forward (from right-back), I said we must also push the defensive line. We have to stay in this position. Paul Green has the attitude. There are famous names - Gattuso. He was a player with character and attitude. He won the Italian league and Champions League. There have been players in England. Remember Nobby Stiles? They are players who were not full of class like Lionel Messi, but football is not only this.
    Trapattoni considers how Green could play a key role in Friday's clash
    3/21/2013 7:53:39 PM
  • FOOTBALL

    Fabio Capello insists he is committed to Russia's World Cup campaign and has no knowledge of any interest from Chelsea. The former England manager is among a number of coaches who have been linked with the Stamford Bridge hot-seat in the summer, when interim boss Rafael Benitez will leave the club.
    I know nothing about this (link to Chelsea). I am really happy with Russia and focused to qualify for the World Cup.
    3/21/2013 9:01:22 PM
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