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Sky Sports Today - Wednesday April 24

Sky Sports Today - Wednesday April 24


    Welcome to Wednesday's Sky Sports Today, where we will bring you the latest news, views and action from the sporting world.
    4/24/2013 6:26:10 AM

    Wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has been named as Australia vice-captain for the upcoming Ashes series tour to England. Haddin replaces Shane Watson, who stepped down as Michael Clarke's deputy after the troubled tour on India. Seamers James Faulkner and Ryan Harris and 35-year-old batsman Chris Rogers have also been included.
    Speaking about Haddin's recall, Australia selector John Inverarity said:
    We feel it's important to have a senior, seasoned player support Michael at this time. When Shane Watson advised of his decision to stand down, the NSP (national selection panel) viewed Brad as the exceptional candidate to step into this leadership void.
    4/24/2013 6:35:55 AM
  • PAPER TALK[pt]

    • DAILY MIRROR: Sir Alex Ferguson will build on Manchester United's 20th title triumph with a £50m spending spree in the summer with Radamel Falcao, Robert Lewandowski and Leighton Baines all targets.
    • THE SUN: John Terry expects to open contract extension talks with Chelsea this summer.
    • DAILY EXPRESS: Bolton's Kevin Davies could be set for a move across the Atlantic after talks with the MLS about joining Toronto.
    • DAILY MAIL: Steven Gerrard faces an operation on his shoulder that could rule him out of the friendlies with Brazil and the Republic Of Ireland.
    • DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini was left reeling after he found out Edinson Cavani is set to snub Manchester City for PSG.
    • DAILY TELEGRAPH: Manchester City face the dual challenge this summer of repelling Real Madrid's interest in Sergio Aguero and overcoming PSG's attempts to complete a £50m deal for Edinson Cavani.
    For more headlines, click here 
    4/24/2013 6:43:57 AM
  • [bn]Rangers have appointed Craig Mather as interim chief executive
    4/24/2013 6:44:51 AM

    Saracens scrum-half Ben Spencer claims the club have learned from their 2012 Heineken Cup loss to Clermont. Saracens face Toulon at Twickenham on Sunday (live on Sky Sports 2 HD) for a place in the final - and Spencer insists past experiences will stand the club in good stead.
    When we look back at last year we were good through in the group stages and then came up against Clermont in the last eight in front of a big crowd at Vicarage Road but we came unstuck. The club and players have learned from this. It is a difficult step up, so it is a big week as we know we will have to put the work in and train twice as hard.
    4/24/2013 6:49:25 AM

    [ssn]Mikkel Kessler has told Sky Sports that he will hang up his gloves if he loses his world super-middleweight title fight against Carl Froch in London next month.
    If I lose I am going to quit. If I lose fair and square, I am out of here I am sorry. But I am not going to lose, I am going to win.
    4/24/2013 6:58:40 AM

    With Luis Suarez today set to find out his punishment for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the club are right to stick by the striker. Carragher cites examples - including himself, Graeme Souness, Robbie Fowler and Jan Molby - of players who Liverpool had backed to their benefit following various misdemeanours and told the Daily Mail:
    The way things are now being pitched is that Liverpool have got to do something about the rotten apple in their midst. It is as if Luis is the only player to have represented Liverpool who has ever been embroiled in controversy. That simply isn't the case. Every one of the players I mention regretted what happened and Luis is the same. More importantly, the club stood by every one of them.
    What punishment should Suarez face? Get in touch via the feedback button above or Tweet us @skysports.
    4/24/2013 7:04:37 AM

    Lionel Messi has insisted he was fit to face Bayern Munich and has vowed to help Barcelona respond to their heavy defeat in Germany.
    I felt good. I was well enough to play. We have to lift ourselves for the second leg and La Liga. We will bounce back.
    We have got all the reaction to Barcelona's defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
    4/24/2013 7:17:12 AM
  • 4/24/2013 7:19:05 AM

    [ssn]Former captain Steve Waugh is tipping Australia to win the Ashes this summer despite their recent troubles.
    I can't see any reason why we can't win the series. I believe we can win although a lot of people don't believe we can. If we can get off to a good start, I am expecting us to do really well and I'll go for 2-1 Australia's way.
    Australia have named Brad Haddin as vice-captain, as well as calling up James Faulkner, Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers for the trip to England - and Waugh is pleased with the make up of the squad.
    It is good that Brad Haddin is back in the mix as vice-captain. I think that adds solidarity to the team. Chris Rogers is an interesting selection but he gives us some depth in the batting. I like our bowling attack and there is plenty of potential there.
    4/24/2013 7:21:42 AM

    Bit of early reaction to the Australia Ashes squad announcement. Sky Bet have the tourists 7/2 to win the series and reclaim the urn - but they're not proving a popular price.
    @SkySports no chance. I think the Derbyshire squad could do a better job. Nath Pedley via Twitter at 8:33 AM
    Bob Willis joins Sky Sports News at 10am to give his verdict on the Australia squad.
    4/24/2013 7:41:39 AM

    [ssn]A report by the London Assembly has criticised the pricing and allocation of tickets during the 2012 Olympics.
    Some of the key findings in the report..
    • Average price for men's 500m final - £333
    • 58% who bought a ticket for the men's 100m final paid more than £294
    • Average price for men's platform diving final - £203
    • Less than half Olympic track cycling tickets allocated to the UK public
    • No tickets for swimming, track cycling and athletics cost less than £50
    As a result, the report has recommended..
    • Ticket arrangements should be more transparent
    • More consistent approach to pricing
    • Ballots should be used to allocate tickets
    4/24/2013 7:42:31 AM
  • Australia have named their squad for this summer's Ashes - and they've re-instated wicketkeeper Brad Haddin as vice-captain.

    4/24/2013 7:48:22 AM

    Robin van Persie hopes the Premier League title is just the first of many trophies at Manchester United after developing a taste for silverware.
    From now on this is our new standard and we want to be champions every year. We want to win more. You could tell from day one that everyone wanted this and we did well.
    Read the full story from Robin van Persie.
    4/24/2013 7:49:09 AM

    [SSN]Sky Sports presenter Alex Hammond has named Nadiya De La Vega, which runs in the 6.40pm at Punchestown, as her tip of the day.
    4/24/2013 7:55:49 AM

    Recalled Brad Haddin has been talking about his return to the Australia team as vice-captain for this summer's Ashes series and has emphasised the fundamental need for solidarity. Australia endured a miserable tour of India both on and off the field when a demoralising 4-0 series defeat was accompanied by dissension behind the scenes. Haddin told Fox News:
    I know if I am playing at the best of my ability I am the number one in my position. From that point of view it has been an exciting day today: there is nothing more exciting in this game of cricket than being involved in an Ashes campaign. We've picked 16 guys now who are going to go over there and we've got one thing in mind which is to come together as a team and win. We need everyone going in the same direction and come together as a team and that is as simple as it is going to get, and the result in that is we will win the Ashes.
    4/24/2013 7:59:02 AM

    It is Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid in this evening’s Champions League semi-final first leg. Who will take the advantage on the road to Wembley? You can watch all the action live on Sky Sports 2HD from 7pm. Or, if you do not have Sky Sports, Get the Sky Sports Day Pass.
    4/24/2013 8:03:22 AM

    Bayern Munich 'destroyed' Barcelona 4-0 because their players were superior in every position, says David O'Leary.
    Without a doubt [it's all over]. I don't see Bayern Munich going to the Nou Camp, being the team they are - and they are a really, really good side - and conceding five goals. I don't see Barcelona scoring five 'clear' goals either and, even if they did, I definitely think Bayern will score against Barcelona. They know that. We know Barcelona are fantastic on the ball and going forward but their weakness is at the back.
    Check out the full analysis from David O’Leary.
    4/24/2013 8:08:48 AM

    [ssn]We will bring you all the latest on Luis Suarez throughout the day. A Commission is set to decide the Liverpool striker’s fate today, with Football Association expecting more than a three-match ban. We will have the breaking news and reaction as it happens. Sky Sports News chief news reporter Bryan Swanson will be on set throughout the day to provide updates.
    4/24/2013 8:19:10 AM
  • [twtr] Some of your thoughts on Liverpool backing Luis Suarez.
    @SkySports Naturally, if Utd backed Cantona and Keane after far worse offenses, @LFC should certainly back Luis Suarez! #LFC #skysportstoday Niels Menezes
    via Twitter at 9:25 AM
    #skysportstoday of course there right to back Suarez any club would back there best player #LFC Tim stannard
    via Twitter at 9:31 AM
    #skysportstoday Carragher is as bad as Suarez. Always arguing with referees and questioning FA decisions, as well as defending Suarez. Charles Orchard
    via Twitter at 9:29 AM
    @SkySports He's right and evry @LFC fan in his right mind will show support. We don't mind what opposition fans think. YNWA #skysportstoday Supar Ernie
    via Twitter at 9:31 AM
    Keep your opinions coming via Twitter with #skysportstoday @SkySports.

    4/24/2013 8:33:37 AM

    Manchester United have confirmed they will celebrate their latest Premier League triumph with an open-top bus parade through the city on 13th May. We have all the reaction to United’s title success plus videos and top pundit analysis.
    4/24/2013 8:43:13 AM

    Sky Sports’ David Fulton believes Australia have a good blend of youth and experience after naming their squad for this summer’s Ashes against England in July. Fulton is backing Middlesex captain Chris Rodgers to impress against Andy Flower’s men.
    Chris Rogers is the interesting one for me. I think a belated selection, a great selection. He averages 50. He’s scored over 19,000 runs. It’s an interesting selection. It’s a selection for now. They got a useful blend of youth and experience. It’s a good selection.
    Meanwhile, Dominic Cork disagrees and believes the Aussies are running scared having decided to recall experienced wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, stating they are a team in decline.
    I disagree with David Fulton. I actually think this is now an Australian side that is panicking. They are trying to bring back experience. Their average Test per player is only 22, so that shows even with the likes of Clarke and Watson who are solid players. They are having to go backwards to go forwards. I think it’s good news for England.
    4/24/2013 8:54:25 AM

    Manchester United chief executive David Gill expects Manchester City to come back fighting next season following their failure to defend the Premier League title.
    I am sure all the clubs who missed out this season will be doing business in the summer - as we will be - with a view to come back all guns blazing next year.
    4/24/2013 8:56:38 AM
  • [bn]Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill return to the Chelsea squad for the Europa League semi-final first leg against Basel.
    4/24/2013 8:57:29 AM

    If you missed any of last night's drama at the World Championship in Sheffield then read about how last year's semi-finalist Stephen Maguire was stunned by Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng at the Crucible. Maguire had few complaints after the defeat.
    It just wasn't meant to be for me. Take nothing away from him, he made some great breaks all through the match and luck favours the man who plays well and he played better than me.
    4/24/2013 8:59:39 AM
  • Mikkel Kessler will quit boxing if he loses to Carl Froch in their rematch at the O2 Arena next month

    4/24/2013 9:08:33 AM

    [revista] Spanish football expert Graham Hunter insists it isn't all doom and gloom for Barcelona after their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich - but admits the club's blueprint will need a tweak or two! 
    Barcelona have been buying badly they spend a hundred million euros on Fabregas, Song and Alexis only one of whom played last night. They need to buy better and mimic the fact that Bayern put a premium on players who are big and tall and strong but who can also play.
    Get Graham's view...

    4/24/2013 9:10:42 AM

    [ssn]Sky Sports News chief news reporter Bryan Swanson has brought us the state of play over Luis Suarez’s situation as the Liverpool striker waits to discover his punishment.
    The big question now is whether or not the ban will be longer than three games. Does he miss the final game of the season against Queens Park Rangers? Does he possibly get banned into next season? That is what an independent commission is now deciding. Three people are on that panel – a lawyer, a former player and a member of the FA council. They are meeting via video link to discuss the sanction.
    Have your say on Luis Suarez with #skysportstoday via Twitter @SkySports.
    4/24/2013 9:18:03 AM
  • [twtr] More of your opinions on Luis Suarez.

    #skysportstoday I think Liverpool should support suarez however he shouldn't have done what he did, suarez has real passion for lfc Ryan Hopton via Twitter at 9:53 AM
    #skysportstoday Why would LFC want to sell there best player, MUFC didnt get rid of Cantona after his famous kung fu kick, 10 game ban Ian Muddell via Twitter at 9:46 AM
    @SkySports If I bit somebody at my place of work I'd get sacked, simple as that. #LFC #skysportstoday JustBeingPete via Twitter at 9:44 AM

    4/24/2013 9:31:03 AM

    [bobwillis] Sky Sports’ Bob Willis has added his ten penneth on Australia's Ashes selection. He believes the selection of the inexperienced Chris Rogers highlights batting issues. Click here to see who made the Australia squad.
    There’s a hint of desperation about the selection. Bringing back Haddin as vice-captain is a clear message to try and instil some experience and discipline back into the squad after the shambles which was Australia’s tour of India. Chris Rogers, who’s been a journeymen in county cricket for five or so years with Derbyshire and Middlesex, brought back after not playing Test cricket for five years shows what a problem Australia have in their batting department.
    4/24/2013 9:37:15 AM
  • [bn]Norwich City's Ryan Bennett has been charged with misconduct for Twitter comments, the FA has confirmed.
    4/24/2013 9:44:11 AM
  • Orla Chennaoui discusses the findings of London 2012 ticketing reports published on Wednesday

    4/24/2013 9:49:32 AM

    Here is the full story of fit-again Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill travelling with the Chelsea squad to Basel ahead of Thursday's Europa League semi-final first leg. We will bring you minute-by-minute coverage of tomorrow’s match and all the post-game reaction.
    4/24/2013 9:51:35 AM

    Tosses of the coin have taken place up and down the country ahead of the latest round of county fixtures. Notts captain Chris Read has won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling first in their derby clash with Derbyshire. England’s Stuart Broad will grab the ball shortly. Click here for today's county scorecards. Read said:
    Happy to win the toss. There’s quite a lot of grass and some overhead cloud so hopefully we can make some early inroads.
    4/24/2013 9:59:37 AM

    Surrey have also won the toss and will bat first at a gloriously sunny Kia Oval. Click here for the latest scorecards. Skipper Graeme Smith said:
    The wicket played extremely well last week, there is a little bit more grass on this surface and we are expecting some better carry so we’ve gone in with an extra seamer in Chris Tremlett so it will be exciting to see how he goes.
    4/24/2013 10:04:59 AM

    When Thomas Muller steered in a fourth for a rampant Bayern Munich against a punch-drunk Barcelona on Tuesday evening, it is fair to say Pep Guardiola may just have been thinking 'how do I top this?' Matt Stanger looks at what the Spaniard may have to do to be considered a success at the Allianz Arena.
    4/24/2013 10:06:52 AM

    We're also on Ashes watch for England and it's good news for Yorkshire as Tim Bresnan makes his first County Championship match of the season. The 28-year has already struck against Durham and he's removed Keaton Jennings for a duck at Chester-le-Street. Click here for today's latest country cricket scores.
    4/24/2013 10:11:15 AM

    Fans, stadium, success... why are Borussia Dortmund not seen as European giants?
    Borussia Dortmund is a club of paradoxes; the huge stadium and fanbase belies their financial insecurity; their tremendous recent domestic and European success belies the inferiority complex that seems to persist about the club
    4/24/2013 10:12:36 AM

    [ssn]We have been getting a bit of insight into the reaction in Germany to Bayern Munich’s stunning 4-0 win over Barcelona. Sky Deutschland’s Uli Koehler has been speaking to us live from Bayern’s training ground.
    They have in mind to dominate. Maybe last night we saw the end of an era and the start of a new era. There are some new things coming up. As you, know Pep Guardiola will arrive here in the next season. Plus, yesterday, Bayern Munich bought the most talented player in Germany from Borussia Dortmund. It shows Bayern are not at the end of what they have in mind. They want to dominate the game for the next couple of years.
    4/24/2013 10:17:56 AM

    Surrey have suffered a blow at the Kia Oval as captain Graeme Smith has departed for just three runs. James Anyon has struck with Ben Brown taking the catch behind. Surrey are 7-1 from 4.3 overs. Click here for today's scorecards.
    4/24/2013 10:20:45 AM

    Norwich City's Ryan Bennett has until 4pm on Friday to respond to a Football Association charge of misconduct over comments he made on the social network Twitter. Here is the full story.
    4/24/2013 10:23:23 AM

    Bradford Bulls winger Jamie Foster will be out for up to 12 weeks with a shoulder injury. Head coach Francis Cummins has lamented the loss of the former Hull FC and St Helens man.
    Jamie's injury has turned out to be bad one. He's going to be out for a significant period of time and we're in a situation now where we just have to regroup.
    4/24/2013 10:24:19 AM
  • GOLF

    [roblee] Rob Lee looks back at the RBC Heritage and previews this week's Sky Live action at the Ballantine's Championship - where he believes Paul Casey will deliver - and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
    Paul Casey was top 16 in Valencia, while he has plenty of experience of Asia and, because he has played Augusta enough, knowledge of roly-poly greens, too. I am going for him in the Ballantine's Championship, while in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans I will tip Nicolas Colsaerts.
    4/24/2013 10:29:00 AM

    Match preview: Real Madrid will be hoping this year will be third time lucky when they travel to Borussia Dortmund in the opening leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final. Jose Mourinho has led his charges to the last four stage of Europe's top club competition for the past two seasons only to see them crash out at the hands of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Watch the game live on Sky Sports 2HD or, if you do not have Sky Sports, get the Sky Sports Day Pass.
    4/24/2013 10:31:13 AM

    In-form Harlequins full-back Mike Brown claims it would be a "dream come true" to get the chance to represent the British and Irish Lions. Click here for the full story.
    I would love to get that phone call. As a rugby fan since I was five, I've grown up watching the Lions so it would be a dream come true to be involved.
    4/24/2013 10:31:17 AM
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