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Sky Sports Today - Tuesday March 26

Sky Sports Today - Tuesday March 26


    Welcome to Sky Sports Today. We'll bring you all the latest news and views through the day, including all the build-up to tonight's World Cup qualifiers and the reaction to England’s superb draw in Auckland.
    3/26/2013 7:31:40 AM

    A sensational century from Matt Prior and dogged resistance from Ian Bell and Stuart Broad helped England save the third and final Test in Auckland. England had started the day on the back foot - with New Zealand needing just six wickets to win and claim a 1-0 series victory. However Prior finished with an unbeaten 110, while Bell's brave 75 and a defiant six off 77 deliveries from Broad saw England to 315-9 and left New Zealand cursing their luck.
    3/26/2013 7:33:15 AM
  • GOLF

    Tiger Woods is eagerly looking forward to the remainder of the season after returning to the world No 1 spot with his victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
    3/26/2013 7:35:53 AM

    [kelvintatum]Swindon and Poole are the teams to beat in this year's Elite League Speedway, says Kelvin Tatum as the revs of the engines grow louder...
    The champions have a good-looking side again as they set about defending the crown.
    To read the rest of Kelvin's preview to the new season, click here
    3/26/2013 7:39:04 AM

    Matt Prior hailed a "phenomenal effort" from England as the tourists saved the series against New Zealand in Auckland.
    It is still setting in to be honest. I am not really one to celebrate draws but to escape with that was a phenomenal effort.
    3/26/2013 7:40:57 AM
  • Matt Prior's innings helped save the third Test for England against New Zealand, but how did he survive here?

    3/26/2013 7:41:57 AM

    It is widely accepted that England cannot afford to lose in Montenegro on Tuesday night, but Roy Hodgson has attempted to play down the importance of a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Podgorica.
    If we can do it the easy way, that's great. But if we have to do it the hard way, then I am pretty sure we can dig in and do that.
    3/26/2013 7:56:48 AM

    [pt]Jose Mourinho and the build-up to England’s clash with Serbia once again dominate the headlines, but there are plenty of other eye-catching stories across the papers.
    • THE SUN: Sam Allardyce has been warned not to price himself out of a new deal at West Ham.
    • DAILY STAR: Real Madrid last night upped the stakes in their £45million bid to land Sergio Aguero from Manchester City.
    • DAILY MIRROR: Arsenal have joined the hunt for Birmingham's Koby Arthur. 
    • DAILY MAIL: Bayern Munich are leading Juventus and Barcelona in the race to sign Luis Suarez this summer.
    • DAILY TELEGRAPH: Nigel Adkins has been promised a £1.5million survival bonus and substantial transfer funds for this summer if he takes over at Reading.
    To read more, click here
    3/26/2013 7:58:35 AM

    Australia captain Michael Clarke should be fit for this summer's Ashes series despite suffering from a lower back injury, according to Cricket Australia's chief medical officer Justin Paolini.
    Michael is having intensive rehabilitation for both his back and hamstring but is still seven-10 weeks away from returning to training and playing. We are confident that it will not affect his Ashes preparation but will know more over the coming weeks.
    3/26/2013 8:01:48 AM

    England captain Alastair Cook admitted it was an uncomfortable experience watching his side salvage a dramatic draw against New Zealand in Auckland.
    There were a lot of nerves. I managed to watch pretty much all the day until the last 18 balls. You'd much rather be out in the middle than to be a hopeless spectator.
    3/26/2013 8:07:09 AM
  • An exhausted Matt Prior is hugged by Stuart Broad following his heroics at Eden Park

    3/26/2013 8:09:19 AM
  • [bn]Nigel Adkins confirmed as the new Reading manager.

    3/26/2013 8:16:52 AM
  • 3/26/2013 8:17:21 AM

    Tuesday afternoon's National Hunt meeting at Fontwell goes ahead after the track passed a morning inspection.
    3/26/2013 8:19:58 AM

    England travel to face Montenegro tonight - but there may be a few things you don't know about the former Yugoslav republic.
    1. Water polo is considered the national sport of Montenegro. Montenegro won the European title in 2008 with a 6-5 win over Serbia.
    2. One of Montenegro's national dishes is krap - a form of carp from Skadar Lake prepared with dried plums, apples and quince.
    3. Montenegro are ranked 28th in the latest FIFA rankings, seven places above neighbours Serbia.
    4. Part of the James Bond film 'Casino Royale' was purportedly set in Montenegro. However, the scenes were actually shot in the Czech Republic.
    5. Montenegro has never reached the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Its 2013 entry is a song called 'Igranka' by hip-hop duo Who See.
    3/26/2013 8:29:00 AM

    You have been letting us know you views on a dramatic final day's play in Auckland as England salvaged a draw with New Zealand.
    who-ar-ya praised the attitude of the England players
    Great never say die spirit is wonderful as it finishes a learning curve series on a positive note.
    Prad was full of praise of England hero Matt Prior
    Woke up to this stunning news. I was sure Matt Prior is now "GOD" ...he must be the biggest hero in his team today. Given England Inspiration again. One of the best last wicket keeper / tail end innings ever.
    Ian, though, has questioned Brendon McCullum's captaincy
    Very well played by Matt Prior but New Zealand should have had this one won if Brendon McCullum had only enforced the follow on. Must be his worst decision in his role as captain.
    Let us know what you think of the events in Auckland via @Skysports using #skysportstoday as your hashtag
    3/26/2013 8:33:44 AM

    Mirko Vucinic is likely to pose the biggest threat to England in Montenegro, and he claims to have found a weak link to exploit.
    I certainly do see that as a source of weakness because, if they do not play for their own clubs, I don't see why their national coach should pick them for the team.
    The Juventus striker appears to be in confident mood, but who is he talking about?
    3/26/2013 8:34:12 AM

    LeBron James finished one rebound short of a triple-double as the Miami Heat took their winning streak to 27 matches by beating the Orlando Magic 108-94. James had 24 points, 11 assists and nine boards to help the Heat continue their pursuit of the NBA record of 33, set by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1971-72 season.
    3/26/2013 8:40:53 AM

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has hit back at Red Bull as the row over team orders at the Malaysian GP shows no sign of abating.
    We don't have a one and two here. I have always said, from the moment I was speaking to the team, that I wanted equality and that I didn't want to be favoured.
    3/26/2013 8:53:03 AM
  • Sir Ian and Bumble give their opinion on the nailbiting end to the final Test of the series between New Zealand and England.

    3/26/2013 8:57:50 AM

    [davidlloyd] After escaping in Auckland, Bumble wants to see England bat with more strut in this summer’s Test series. 
    England haven't had a batting head on and they've lacked any sort of aggression or energy. They've been out-thought and out-manoeuvred by New Zealand for long spells. I'd like to see more strut, more swagger and more arrogance from our players. It seems to be in the mind; we seem to have got into a monumental block situation and they've found it difficult to get out of that.
    3/26/2013 9:01:58 AM

    [ssn]We are expecting Nigel Adkins to be unveiled as the new Reading boss at a 9.15am press conference. Stick with us to hear from the new Royals manager who is sure to be asked if he thinks he can keep Reading in the Premier League.
    What do you think of the appointment? Let us know via @skyfootball and use #skysportstoday
    3/26/2013 9:03:05 AM

    It is heartbreaking, obviously. We played some brilliant cricket throughout the series but especially in this Test match, and dictated terms from day one and we gave it every chance to force the result.
    3/26/2013 9:05:05 AM

    [ianbotham] More reaction to England's draw in Auckland, this time from Sir Ian Botham, who says Matt Prior has shown great quality to dig England out of a hole.
    What more can you say about Matt Prior? He is an exceptional cricketer now. He was absolutely magnificent and Stuart Broad, after a very shaky start, settled in and hung around. It was a top, top effort. A draw sums this series up - the pitch wins in the end. The pitches have been, to be honest, too flat. England kept on trying to make it a bit harder for themselves but they showed great character.
    Beefy and Butch react to the drama of the final day of the third Test
    3/26/2013 9:23:05 AM
  • [ssn]New Reading boss Nigel Adkins on Sky Sports News right now.
    3/26/2013 9:32:55 AM

    Nigel Adkins delighted to have stepped back into football management at Reading. The former Southampton boss is looking forward to facing the challenges which await him at the Madejski Stadium.
    It’s a good football club. We are in the Premier League and we have to make sure we stay in the Premier League. I’m excited about the prospect of being here.
    3/26/2013 9:34:59 AM

    Adkins’ first home match in charge of Reading will see him pitched into combat against Southampton. That promises to be some occasion, but the new man in charge of the Royals is reluctant to get carried away.
    I am looking forward to the next game in charge, which is
    the Arsenal game.
    Then we will move onto the next game.
    3/26/2013 9:37:33 AM

    Reading owner Anton Zingarevich claims Nigel Adkins will be given funds to strengthen the side in the summer, regardless of the division the club find themselves in. He also concedes that former boss Brian McDermott was not offered enough support in the transfer market.
    We will see what we need to do. We will wait until the end
    of the season.
    There was always a budget. I think we should have done more in
    We have tried to sign players.
    3/26/2013 9:41:42 AM

    Nigel Adkins has earned himself an opportunity at Reading after proving his worth at Scunthorpe and Southampton. He already has three promotions on his managerial CV and will be hoping to add a successful Premier League survival bid to his roll of honour. Here at Sky Sports we have trawled the archives to tell the story of his career to date in picture form.
    3/26/2013 9:56:37 AM

    Sky Sports' Alex Hammond has revealed her Tip of the Day for Tuesday, going for Thorpe Bay in the 3.10 at Southwell. Yesterday's tip, Mubtadi, was a winner in the 5.10 at Lingfield.
    3/26/2013 10:00:23 AM

    The controversy surrounding Sebastian Vettel's victory in the Malaysia Grand Prix shows now signs of dying down. New onboard footage from the German's car has been released showing Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber aggressively cutting across him shortly after the finish of the race. Webber was leading the race but Vettel overtook him after ignoring a request to hold position.
    3/26/2013 10:10:36 AM

    England head to Montenegro knowing that their hopes of securing automatic qualification for the 2014 World Cup could rest on 90 minutes of action in Podgorica. Roy Hodgson is expected to make changes to the side which hammered San Marino 8-0 on Friday, with skipper Steven Gerrard among those pushing for a starting berth in a crunch clash.
    3/26/2013 10:19:13 AM

    Gordon Strachan tasted defeat in his first competitive game a Scotland manager, against Wales on Friday, but he and his side get the opportunity to put things right when they travel to Serbia. Scotland sit bottom of Group A heading into the game and desperately need to start rebuilding fragile confidence.

    3/26/2013 10:21:13 AM

    We have the full story on Nigel Adkins' appointment as the new man in charge at Reading, complete with video from a press conference broadcast live on Sky Sports News. He has thanked those involved in his recent past and expressed his excitement at what the future may hold.
    3/26/2013 10:25:32 AM

    [ssn]Although England barely escaped with a draw in their three-Test series with New Zealand, things looks even bleaker for Australia ahead of the Ashes. Australia were recently whitewashed 4-0 by India and have now lost captain Michael Clarke to a 10-week injury lay-off. Former England bowler Angus Fraser told Sky Sports News:
    It’s certainly a major blow in the short term - there is other cricket that Australia will be playing before they take on England in the Ashes. The Aussie dressing room doesn't seem a happy place at this moment in time and I think a lot of England supporters will take a lot of satisfaction in that because for quite a number of years the boot was most certainly on the other foot.
    3/26/2013 10:35:08 AM

    Northern Ireland saw their World Cup qualifier with Russia over the weekend fall foul of the inclement conditions in Britain, and snow is now threatening to frustrate Scotland. It would appear that the weather in Serbia is as bad as it is here and delegates are due to meet at lunchtime and make a decision on whether the proposed clash in Novi Sad can go ahead. Further updates as we get them.
    3/26/2013 10:36:01 AM

    Another of the Home Nations that will be in World Cup qualifying action tonight are Wales, with Chris Coleman's side due to play host to Croatia. Gareth Bale is available to Coleman for a Group A clash you can catch live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.30pm.
    3/26/2013 10:40:24 AM
  • Ian Botham reacts to an exciting end to the series in his final video blog from England's tour of New Zealand

    3/26/2013 10:44:27 AM

    Stevan Jovetic is expected to cause the England defence plenty of problems when he takes to the field with Montenegro tonight, and he could soon be giving the likes of Chris Smalling and Joleon Lescott a domestic headache. The Fiorentina forward has revealed that he would be open to the idea of turning out in the Premier League at some stage in the future.
    I've heard about Arsenal's interest. It's a big pleasure for me to be on the radar of such a big club. I am happy about that.
    3/26/2013 10:53:40 AM

    Mark Webber's father Alan has been addressing the speculation over his son's future in F1 following the Malaysia Grand Prix controversy. Alan insists that his son will not walk away from the sport straight away and has revealed that Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz sent the Australian driver a text assuring him of position in the team.
    3/26/2013 10:55:06 AM
  • [skybet]Another angle on Nigel Adkins, with the new Reading boss quoted at 7/1 by Sky Bet to keep the Royals in the Premier LeagueAdkins faces a testing start to his reign with a visit to Arsenal on Saturday and is 10/1 to open with a victory. His first game in charge at the Madejski Stadium brings him face-to-face with former employers Southampton, and Reading are 7/4 to grab a win that day.
    3/26/2013 10:57:02 AM

    Update on the prospect of tonight's World Cup qualifier between Serbia and Scotland going ahead. The Scottish FA have taken to their Twitter account to reveal that heavy snowfall is yet to force an abandonment. 

    MATCH UPDATE: Serbia v Scotland on as it stands. Serbian FA clearing pitch of snow. We will provide updates if the situation changes.

    3/26/2013 11:11:52 AM
  • GOLF

    Tiger Woods is back on top of the world rankings after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational and says he is playing better than he has for several years ahead of next month's Masters.
    It's been a few years since I've felt this good. I've turned some of the weaknesses that I had last year into strengths. I'm really excited about the rest of this year.
    3/26/2013 11:14:38 AM

    From the outside it appeared as though Yohan Cabaye took in a debut season to enjoy at Newcastle in 2011/12, but the French midfielder has revealed that he found it tough to adjust to life in England following a summer switch from Lille.
    Depression? I am not afraid to say that. It was that. I asked myself a lot of questions. As long as you didn't experience it you cannot understand. But I was not worried.
    3/26/2013 11:19:51 AM

    Coventry City's case at the High Court is due to be heard at 2pm. It is increasingly likely that the football club will be forced into administration, meaning the League One outfit will be stung with a 10-point deduction. Further updates to follow.

    3/26/2013 11:27:30 AM
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