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Sky Sports Today - Thursday May 9

Sky Sports Today - Thursday May 9


    Welcome to Thursday’s Sky Sports Today, where we will bring you the latest news, views and action from around the sporting world. We will be right across the situation at Old Trafford - with Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and Wayne Rooney’s transfer request - and any potential departure of David Moyes from Everton.
    5/9/2013 6:18:57 AM

    [pt]Sir Alex Ferguson and talk of his successor at Manchester United dominates the headlines today, but there is plenty of other news in the papers.
    • DAILY MIRROR: Paolo Di Canio says Sunderland turned down his resignation during the controversy over his political views.
    • THE SUN: Andre Villas-Boas admits Tottenham's Champions League hopes are teetering on the brink after last night's 2-2 draw at Chelsea.
    • DAILY STAR: Arsenal, Tottenham, West Brom, Fulham, Aston Villa and Swansea are believed to be keeping an eye on the contract situation of Manchester City's 22-year-old midfielder Abdisalam Ibrahim.
    • DAILY MAIL: An astonishing day at Manchester United took an incredible twist last night when it emerged Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Old Trafford at a time when the club are close to securing the return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
    • DAILY EXPRESS: Keeper Costel Pantilimon believes Saturday's FA Cup final could be his last game for Manchester City.
    • THE INDEPENDENT: Football Association chairman David Bernstein has cast doubt on an immediate England return for John Terry, saying that he considered the former captain still to be in retirement.
    For the latest headlines, click here
    5/9/2013 6:22:55 AM

    Sky sources understand Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Manchester United with the club insisting he is not for sale. Rooney is understood to have suggested it would be better if he made a fresh start away from United in an informal chat with Sir Alex Ferguson a couple of weeks ago. United, though, have rejected the idea out of hand
    Wayne Rooney is not for sale.
    5/9/2013 6:26:20 AM

    Troubled Australia back Kurtley Beale has been 'stood down' following another breach of club discipline. Beale will now miss the game with the Blues after his latest indiscretion. A statement from the Rebels read
    Kurtley has breached behavioural guidelines that were set by the ARU, Rebels, and RUPA, which were agreed to in full by Kurtley. The relevant parties will meet to discuss any future course of action in relation to Kurtley.
    5/9/2013 6:37:42 AM

    Exeter Chiefs have confirmed the signing of Tonga winger Fetu'u Vainikolo on a two-year deal. Vainikolo, a member of the Tonga squad at the Rugby World Cup in 2011, makes the move to Sandy Park from Connacht. Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter said
    He was maybe off a few people's radar, but he's a high-quality player. He's a guy who's scoring tries and having game-breaking moments without always seeing that much of the ball.
    5/9/2013 6:41:43 AM
  • Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has told Sky Sports News that he expects manager David Moyes to take charge of Everton against West Ham this weekend.

    5/9/2013 6:46:27 AM

    There are plenty more tributes coming in for Sir Alex Ferguson. Global football icon Pele has joined the praise of the outgoing Manchester United manager upon the news of his retirement, claiming the Scot is his idol.
    Sir Alex, you were my idol for a coach, and you are an example for all future generations.
    5/9/2013 6:50:54 AM

    [ssn]Sky Sports News' Hayley McQueen is at Old Trafford to bring us all the latest on Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, news on his successor and any further developments following news Wayne Rooney is considering leaving Manchester United.

    5/9/2013 7:04:16 AM

    [ssn]Alan Myers is Finch Farm for Sky Sports News as Everton start to look towards life after David Moyes. Wigan's Roberto Martinez is Sky Bet's early favourite for the post should Moyes make the move to Old Trafford.
    5/9/2013 7:12:08 AM
  • Manchester United insist Wayne Rooney is not for sale amid speculation he has again asked to leave the club.

    5/9/2013 7:13:32 AM

    Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is the hot favourite to succeed David Moyes at Goodison Park but his chairman Dave Whelan questions whether Everton would be a big enough step up and said:
    It's a battle that I will lose and Wigan will lose, I've no question on that. But would Roberto choose to go to Everton or would he wait for one of the really big clubs? I'm not degrading Everton in any way, shape or form - they're a great club with great supporters - but is Everton regarded as one of the top European clubs? Well, unfortunately they're not.
    5/9/2013 7:17:14 AM

    Graeme Smith will play no part in next month's ICC Champions Trophy. Smith's English county Surrey revealed on Wednesday he is returning home for surgery to repair a stress fracture of the ankle. And it could be six months before the opening batsman is back on a cricket pitch.
    It's a big blow for me personally to be missing out on the Champions Trophy next month. The ODI squad is creating something special and I was looking forward to being part of that family.
    5/9/2013 7:24:51 AM
  • GOLF

    Masters winner Adam Scott makes his return to golf this week but has reluctantly left his prized Green Jacket behind. In a bid to get back down to work and "take my head out of the clouds", he's left the iconic jacket at his home in the Bahamas.
    I walk in the closet and I put the Green Jacket on every morning ... I do. I've missed it the last couple of days. It's the first couple of days I haven't had it with me. It's been a lot of fun just wearing it around the house.
    5/9/2013 7:54:42 AM
  • The F1 Insider goes behind the scenes at Sky Sports F1, follow our mole on twitter @SKYF1INSIDER

    5/9/2013 7:56:01 AM

    There's a big game in the Championship tonight with Leicester hosting Watford in the first leg of their play-off semi-final.
    Gianfranco Zola must raise his players after the disappointment of missing out on automatic promotion but believes his players are ready for the challenge.
    We have no regrets. We tried everything. What happened to us was very unfortunate. That is why we are here. We are starting again and are full of confidence. All the players are prepared for this.

    Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel reckons it will be difficult for the Hornets players to bounce back but is still expecting them to be on top of their game.
    It must be difficult but they'll pick themselves up and I'm sure there'll be more than up for the game. Just like we will.

    5/9/2013 8:00:00 AM
  • Ahead of the opening day at Sawgrass, Rory McIlroy says anyone can win the Players Championship.

    5/9/2013 8:13:11 AM
  • Former Manchester United hero Mark Hughes is backing David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Old Trafford.

    5/9/2013 8:20:11 AM

    Glenn Hoddle says the current Tottenham squad is not as good as the one that finished fourth under Harry Redknapp.
    Spurs finished in the top four last season, but were denied a Champions League position after Chelsea won the tournament and Andre Villas-Boas was brought in to lead the team's push for Europe this year. But Hoddle is unconvinced.
    Players that have come in - people like Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Holtby in particular - are decent players, don't get me wrong, but are they really the quality that's needed to kick the squad on?

    5/9/2013 8:25:52 AM
  • GOLF

    Some selected tee-times (UK) for the opening round of the Players Championship at Sawgrass. You can get the times for the entire field here. Play begins at 12.15pm.
    Starting at hole 1
    6.28pm Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose
    6.49pm Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker
    Starting at hole 10
    1.39pm Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Steve Stricker
    5/9/2013 8:33:23 AM

    Costel Pantilimon has suggested that his appearance in the FA Cup final for Manchester City, could be his last.
    The Romanian international has played in all of City's FA Cup games this season but is growing increasingly frustrated by a lack of league action.
    I don't know if Saturday will be my last game for the club it depends on what happens. I am only sure that I want to play, that is what is best for me. I am young, I'm not 35 or something, waiting to finish my career.

    5/9/2013 8:34:47 AM
  • As we continue to look back at the career of Sir Alex Ferguson, here's a chance to relive the astonishing 1999 Champions League final.

    5/9/2013 8:37:00 AM

    Mike Tindall has extended his playing career by another season after signing a new contract with Gloucester. The 34-year-old centre was initially released by the Cherry and Whites last summer before agreeing to a dual player-coach role.
    It's been a great year and a year that I've really enjoyed, especially on the playing side. To be able to combine the two roles for another year is great for me.

    5/9/2013 8:40:19 AM

    Graeme Souness says Sir Alex Ferguson has left a tremendous legacy at Old Trafford, but also made his mark across English football.
    Souness, who managed Liverpool from 1991 to 1994, also revealed that the Anfield club were always wary of Manchester United getting their act together.
    When I first got the Liverpool job, Peter Robinson was the CEO and regarded as the best around. He said to me that that their big fear is that if 'that lot' down the East Lancs road ever get their act together - that is exactly what they did under Ferguson.

    5/9/2013 8:41:49 AM
  • [bn] Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has retired from football.
    5/9/2013 8:50:57 AM
  • A look at the weather ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. Temperatures in Barcelona are set to be much warmer than they were in pre-season testing.

    5/9/2013 9:03:00 AM
  • Petrov: The continued support of family, friends and great people I have come to know will make it easier. #AVFC #Petrov

    Roberto Martinez says it would be "a waste of time" for Everton to approach him while Wigan are still fighting on two fronts this season.
    The most important thing is to be as ready as we can for Saturday and then the two other finals we have in the league after that. It is the peak time for us. We want our fans to be proud of us and that is what we are fighting for. What goes around on the outside doesn't affect us. We won't lose any focus.

    5/9/2013 9:12:00 AM
  • "I wish Stiliyan Petrov all the best for this new chapter in his life. It's sad to see a great captain and a great man retiring in his prime." - Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany via Twitter

    Silverstone has taken a step closer to gaining a £9 million grant to create a visitor attraction to pay homage to the rich history of the British GP venue. Stuart Rolt, the British Racing Drivers' Club's Chairman, said:
    The BRDC and Silverstone have played an important part in the history of British motor sport, and the Silverstone Heritage Hub will give us an opportunity to share this with motor sport fans from around the world.

    5/9/2013 9:17:21 AM

    Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has announced he is quitting football to set up a charity for leukaemia sufferers.
    The Bulgarian is in remission from the disease which was diagnosed in March 2012 after he complained of feeling fatigued during a game at Arsenal.
    Since being diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012, I have come to understand and appreciate the way in which this disease impacts the lives of so many people. I can help and I want to help and, in setting up a foundation to help address the issues involved when people are diagnosed with this illness, I hope to make a difference.

    5/9/2013 9:19:40 AM

    Mark Hughes has refused to rule himself out of the running for the Everton job should David Moyes leave for Manchester United.
    I think when one manager leaves there are opportunities for other managers who are currently out of work, which includes myself. It's a great club; it's a club that I had the fortune to play for and really enjoyed my time there.

    5/9/2013 9:27:00 AM
  • Plenty of you wishing Stiliyan Petrov well for the future following the news of his retirement. A quick reminder that you can get your comments to us in the box above or share your thoughts on Twitter using the #skysportstoday hashtag.
    5/9/2013 9:32:47 AM
  • GOLF

    This is the famous 17th hole Sawgrass and you'll be seeing it featured heavily in Sky Sports' coverage of the Players Championship which starts today (SS1 6pm).
    Sky Bet have a market on how many balls will go in the water and to help you guess, there are stats from the last 10 years in our full Players Championship guide where we look at the leading contenders for victory.
    by dave.tindallon May 9, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    5/9/2013 9:33:01 AM

    Many of you out there are thinking of Stan Petrov following the sad news of his retirement.

    Can't imagine there is anybody who hasn't been touched by what's happend to #Petrov. Health/Family will always come before football.Adam Kemshallvia Twitter at 10:36 AM

    Thanks for everything Stan. The honour was all ours. Enjoy what the future brings. #avfc #petrovRichard Ingramvia Twitter at 10:34 AM

    5/9/2013 9:40:54 AM

    And of course there are many still digesting all the developments at Old Trafford. Keep all your comments coming to us via Twitter using the #skysportstoday hashtag.

    No ones bigger then the club Rooney should be focus in getting back where he was 5 years ago world class player #mufc #skysportstodayLee Constable Wilsonvia Twitter at 10:33 AM

    We don't want moyes, never will, simple......... #SkySportsTodayronnie rawlinsonvia Twitter at 8:02 AM

    5/9/2013 9:43:15 AM

    We have five County Championship matches resuming today, including the Division One game at Headingley where Somerset are 92-1 in reply to Yorkshire's hefty 505-9. A tweet this morning from Yorkshireccc:
    Sunny morning at Headingley, but pretty cold. Looks like we'll get away on time at 11am.
    You can follow all the action via our live scorecards
    5/9/2013 9:44:01 AM

    Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has poured cold water on suggestions he could leave the club this summer.
    Alonso has been linked with a move to Chelsea if, as has been widely speculated, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho quits the Spanish giants and returns to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.
    Of course I'm going to be here next season.

    5/9/2013 9:47:42 AM

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    5/9/2013 9:48:14 AM

    If David Moyes does indeed join Manchester United just what legacy will he leave at Everton, asks Matt Stanger. There's no doubting the job he's done on Merseyside but there are question marks over whether he's a short or long-term planner...
    If Everton struggle next season, then it will be because of both Moyes's successes and failures at the club.

    5/9/2013 9:56:39 AM

    Fabricio Coloccini says he is desperate to help keep Newcastle in the Premier League despite rumours surrounding his future at the club.
    I heard that I wouldn't play because I wanted to leave and that I don't give 100 per cent. I love playing football. I don't think about what happens in my future - I just want to play.

    5/9/2013 10:05:40 AM

    Fast start for Yorkshire as Tim Bresnan removes Nick Compton lbw for 33 with only the second ball of the day at Headingley to reduce Somerset to 92-2.
    by dave.tindallon May 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM
    You can follow all the action via our live scorecards
    5/9/2013 10:07:01 AM

    Javier Hernandez has become the first current Manchester United player to pay full tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson.
    When I retire it will be satisfying to say that I was one of Sir Alex Ferguson's boys. But it's more than an anecdote for me. I see it as an achievement and a blessing. It's a source of pride to say I was with one of the best coaches in history.

    5/9/2013 10:07:39 AM
  • Alan Curbishley talks us through Sir Alex Ferguson's best ever Manchester United XI

    5/9/2013 10:12:41 AM

    Christian Benteke appears ready to commit his future to Aston Villa after declaring himself "very happy" at the club.
    The supporters are with us all the way and I'm very proud. I think Paul Lambert is a very good manager. We have a young squad and he is always behind us.

    5/9/2013 10:20:51 AM
  • Anthony Davison talks you through Lewis Hamilton's lap of Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya

    5/9/2013 10:22:25 AM
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