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Sky Sports Today - Thursday May 23

Sky Sports Today - Thursday May 23


    Welcome to Thursday’s Sky Sports Today, where we will keep you across all the latest news, opinion and action.

    5/23/2013 7:09:24 AM

    [pt] Check out the latest headlines making the tabloids and broadsheets this morning. Here are just a few of the best lines.
    DAILY TELEGRAPH: Manuel Pellegrini is expected to start work at Manchester City on June 3.
    DAILY STAR: Jose Mourinho will fly to London on June 2 and sign a four-year deal with Chelsea worth £250,000 per week.
    DAILY MIRROR: PSG are planning a £100million deal to land Wayne Rooney.
    THE SUN: Arsenal will listen to £5million bids for Thomas Vermaelen.
    5/23/2013 7:32:13 AM

    The big news today could revolve around the future of Wigan manager Roberto Martinez. Chairman Dave Whelan revealed yesterday that he expected a decision within the next 24 hours as speculation continues to link the Spaniard with the vacant positions at both Stoke and Everton.
    5/23/2013 7:46:57 AM

    Juan Mata would welcome the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Chelsea’s new manager and says they must aspire to win the Premier League.
    Jose is one of the best. He won everything in every country he was – in Portugal, in Italy, in London with Chelsea, and in Spain as well.
    5/23/2013 7:49:40 AM

    On a similar theme of a potential new manager earning praise, Pablo Zabaleta has hailed Manuel Pellegrini and backed him to bring success to Manchester City if he is named as Roberto Mancini’s replacement. Pellegrini is widely expected to come in at the Etihad Stadium after it was confirmed he is to leave Malaga at the end of the Spanish season.
    He likes to play attractive football. What I saw with Malaga, whenever they played they played to win. This is something important for a top team. Wherever you go to play, you play to win.
    5/23/2013 7:56:06 AM

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits he expects Andy Carroll's future to be decided long before the end of the transfer window. The Reds have agreed a fee with West Ham for Carroll after the striker enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Upton Park this season.
    At the start of the season the whole thing was about going and getting games because he wasn't going to be a starter here. We will talk again with him and the club to see how it all evolves. It's one of those situations where it will probably be resolved a lot quicker than that for both parties.
    Check out all the latest transfer stories with our dedicated Clockwatch.
    5/23/2013 8:06:22 AM
  • Juan Mata says Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world and would be welcomed back in the Chelsea dugout.

    5/23/2013 8:14:32 AM

    [twtr] Keep letting us know if you think Roberto Martinez will be staying at Wigan.

    5/23/2013 8:31:18 AM
  • Australia batsman David Warner issues an apology after being fined for his Twitter rant

    5/23/2013 8:35:06 AM
  • 5/23/2013 8:39:05 AM

    Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano has denied the club are chasing the signatures of Radamel Falcao and Neymar, whilst also insisting that Sergio Aguero will not be going anywhere. 
    Neymar and Falcao? [These reports are] false, they have never been on our agenda. The first thing I want to emphasise is that we have never thought of selling Aguero. El Kun will be happy to stay with us this year.
    Keep track of all the latest deals and speculation with our Transfer Clockwatch.
    5/23/2013 8:58:25 AM
  • GOLF

    It's been a steady first couple of hours at Wentworth where attention has finally turned to the golf. We have live and interactive commentary from the course for the BMW PGA Championship and the latest leaderboard moves here.
    5/23/2013 9:03:30 AM

    Don't miss a Ringside special tonight when David Haye joins Adam Smith and the boys at the O2 Arena ahead of Saturday's clash between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler. Haye knows what it's like to fight at the O2 having knocked out Enzo Maccarinelli there many years ago.
    5/23/2013 9:10:46 AM

    What's Phil Jones' best position for England? The versatile Manchester United youngster has already been used in several different roles in the five senior international outings he has made thus far. Find out what Roy Hodgson thinks about Jones ahead of next week's friendlies.
    5/23/2013 9:15:41 AM

    [edchamberlin] Sky Sports presenter Ed Chamberlin has been looking at the best bets for the weekend and is struggling to oppose Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final.
    Bayern are such a well-oiled machine with strength in every department. Their back five is immense and in Javi Martinez and Bastian Schweinsteiger they have the best central midfield partnership in club football. To add to that organisation and efficiency, Bayern also have plenty of flair with Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben and also keep an eye on how hard Jupp Heynckes has got them working for the team. 

    5/23/2013 9:18:29 AM
  • We look back at the best goals from this season's Champions League.

    5/23/2013 9:26:49 AM

    The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Telescope will not take part in the Investec Derby on Saturday week after failing to impress in a workout at Lingfield yesterday. 
    5/23/2013 9:34:09 AM

    It promises to be a thrilling UEFA Champions League final at Wembley on Saturday as Bayern Munich take on Borussia Dortmund, but where will the game be won and lost? Our man Daniel Storey has been considering some of the key battles. Have a read and let us know your thoughts by using the #skysportstoday hashtag.
    5/23/2013 9:48:36 AM

    Nico Rosberg set the pace in Practice One for the Monaco GP as Mercedes go in search of their fourth pole in a row.
    5/23/2013 10:05:49 AM
  • Former Stoke defender Dominic Matteo believes the time is right for a change at the club.

    5/23/2013 10:13:35 AM
    Where next for Roberto Mancini? The former Manchester City manager has been linked with a return to his old job at Inter Milan. Find out what Nerazzurri owner Massimo Morratti had to say about the rumours.
    5/23/2013 10:18:26 AM
  • Gianfranco Zola says his Watford team are in good shape ahead of the Championship Play-off final.

    5/23/2013 10:33:03 AM

    Can Crystal Palace reach the promised land of the Premier League on Monday? Sky Sports' Chris Burton has been checking out the Eagles - and Wilfried Zaha in particular - ahead of the Championship play-off final...
    5/23/2013 10:42:36 AM

    ... and Chris Burton has also profiled Palace's play-off final opponents Watford, with the focus on their danger man Matej Vydra. Don't forget you can watch live and exclusive coverage of Monday's Championship showdown at Wembley on Sky Sports 1 HD, with coverage underway from 2pm.
    5/23/2013 10:52:06 AM

    Along with Chelsea's Oscar, Malaga attacking midfielder Isco has two entries in our UEFA Champions League goal of the season poll - make sure you vote for your favourite. Isco's been linked with a move to Manchester City, but Real Madrid are also interested. According to Malaga director Francesco Aguilar, the starting price is £30million...
    "If he leaves Malaga, it will be to a big club and it will be to the benefit of the coffers at Malaga. Clubs that want him will have to meet his buy-out clause."

    5/23/2013 11:02:02 AM
  • [bn]The SFA announces that Celtic boss Neil Lennon is free to sit in the dugout for Sunday's Scottish Cup final against Hibernian after receiving a suspended one-match ban.
    5/23/2013 11:15:18 AM
  • GOLF

    Oliver Fisher holds the clubhouse lead at the BMW PGA Championship. The Englishman fired a two-under score of 70 after teeing off this morning at 7.20am.
    It was pretty cold out there this morning and the wind has been pretty strong. Wentworth is one of those tracks that you just have to get through the front nine, the first 12 or 13 holes, you just have to keep plugging at it. I finished well, with three birdies in the last four.

    Get live updates on the opening round of Wentworth - or watch LIVE right now on Sky Sports 1 HD
    5/23/2013 11:20:05 AM
  • Swede Joel Sjoholm proudly displays his country's colours - and a liking for Chelsea FC - at Wentworth

    5/23/2013 11:22:17 AM
  • See how Mario Balotelli used boxing training to ensure he was in top condition ahead of his transfer to AC Milan.

    5/23/2013 11:23:13 AM

    Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund in an all-German Champions League final - but does the German dominance of this year's competition represent a more profound shift in power? Let us know your thoughts by tweeting on the #skysportstoday hashtag.
    5/23/2013 11:27:55 AM
  • [bn]The 2015 UEFA Champions League final will be held at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. The 2015 Europa League final will be held at the National Stadium in Warsaw.
    5/23/2013 11:29:26 AM
  • GOLF

    Oliver Fisher wasn't leading the way for too long in the clubhouse at Wentworth - Mikko Ilonen is now heading the pack at five under. The key to his score of 67? Patience...
    It was pretty nippy in the morning when we started, and still is. I could have been more aggressive on holes like 13 and 16 to advance it a bit more, but I took my medicine and chipped it out, trying to make my pars that way. Staying patient out there is the key. It hasn’t been the best of places for me but I’ve always enjoyed coming here – the tournament is first class.

    Continue to keep up to date with the opening day of action at a rather chilly BMW PGA Championship with our live commentary and leaderboard
    5/23/2013 11:35:31 AM
  • 5/23/2013 11:52:38 AM

    [ssn]It now appears unlikely that there will be a decision today on Roberto Martinez's Wigan Athletic future. Sky Sports News' James Cooper reports that Latics owner Dave Whelan has given the Spaniard until next week to consider his options.
    5/23/2013 12:06:10 PM

    Holders Spain are the latest nation to announce their squad for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Israel next month. Manchester United's David De Gea is among the 23-man party - you'll be able to watch live and exclusive coverage of the tournament on Sky Sports from June 5.
    5/23/2013 12:09:31 PM

    The UEFA Congress is currently underway in London. Today, European football's governing body has decided on the venues for their 2015 club competition finals. Tomorrow, they will rule on whether or not the Europa League winners should qualify automatically for the following season's Champions League.
    5/23/2013 12:23:29 PM
  • GOLF

    Rory McIlroy was still able to take some positive from his round of 74 at the BMW PGA Championship, despite dropping five shots over his last six holes...
    For the first 12 holes I played really, really well. It was just one of those rounds that got away from me. I just didn't get a lot out of the round - even when three under through 12 I felt things could have been a lot better.

    Mikko Illonen continues to lead the way at Wentworth on five under - get the latest scores and live commentary on the opening round.
    5/23/2013 12:23:31 PM

    [martintyler]Martin Tyler's stats and facts column is here! This week, Tyler's Teaser has a Champions League theme, and he's also answered questions on West Brom's extraordinary 5-5 draw with Manchester United, Liverpool's woodwork woes and Tottenham's failure to win a penalty this season.
    5/23/2013 12:37:23 PM
  • [bn]Rio Ferdinand confirms he has signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester United.
    5/23/2013 12:37:46 PM

    New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori has been ruled out of the second Test against England after he was unable to guarantee his fitness over five days. It means the tourists will go into the match at Headingley with four frontline seamers, Doug Bracewell the man to be drafted into the XI. As for England, they are looking to complete a series sweep ahead of the Ashes
    5/23/2013 12:51:46 PM

    [jamieredknapp]Jamie Redknapp is currently hosting a live web chat ahead of Saturday's UEFA Champions League final at Wembley. Join him now to have your say on the big game between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
    5/23/2013 1:03:02 PM
  • [bn]Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf has been withdrawn from duty at the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy after media reports indicated he was under investigation by police in Mumbai, the International Cricket Council has announced
    5/23/2013 1:07:29 PM

    Millwall are one of several clubs looking for a new manager - they insist they have no preferred candidate amid speculation that former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel is set to get the job.
    5/23/2013 1:11:39 PM

    Titus Bramble's leaving Sunderland, Clarke Carlisle's hanging up his boots and Stevan Jovetic could be staying put at Fiorentina - catch up on all the latest comings and goings in our Transfer Clockwatch.
    5/23/2013 1:29:14 PM
  • Carl Froch relaxes in London ahead of his fight with Mikkel Kessler (picture courtesy of Lawrence Lustig)

    5/23/2013 1:30:08 PM
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