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Sky Sports Today - Wednesday April 24

Sky Sports Today - Wednesday April 24


    It's lunchtime in all six of Wednesday's county cricket matches. Derbyshire are 69-4 at Derby against Notts. Yorkshire made a bright start against Durham, but the hosts (72-2) have responded. Surrey are 58-1 after losing the early wicket of captain Graeme Smith. In Division Two Gloucestershire are struggling having reached just 70 for the loss of five wickets. An impressive 62 from Michael Carberry sees Hampshire well placed on 127-1. The pace is slow going in Manchester as Kent are 53-1 against Lancashire. Click here for the full scorecards.
    4/24/2013 12:13:30 PM

    Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho reckons there is nothing to separate the sides when his team travel to take on Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion tonight.
    It's a semi-final in which it is difficult to predict [who will reach] the final. I would say the chances of winning the tournament are currently about 25 per cent for Borussia Dortmund and 25 per cent for Real Madrid.
    4/24/2013 12:27:58 PM

    Seventh seed Caroline Wozniacki lost 7-6 (8/6) 6-1 to Carla Suarez-Navarro in the first round of the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart.
    4/24/2013 12:35:21 PM

    Ding Junhui reached the second round of the World Championship with a 10-5 win over Alan McManus. Click here for a full report of Wednesday morning's action at the Crucible.
    Ding is bidding to become the first Chinese world champion 
    by Graeme Mairon Apr 24, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    4/24/2013 12:40:57 PM
  • [bn]Steven Gerrard likely to have shoulder surgery in summer
    4/24/2013 2:33:39 PM

    Keep your reaction to the Suarez ban coming in. Here are more of your comments:
    I think the FA should take a leaf out of the book from Super Nanny and he should be made to sit on the naughty step until he's had a jolly good think about it ! That would teach him !SlightyApr 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM
    I think the ban is fair. He has previous form for biting opponents and that ban was 7 games, he has bitten someone again so clearly the punishment didn't work last time. The same thing happens when you get a red card for a bad tackle. One red = 3 match ban, 2 reds in a season equals a longer ban (4 games). Suarez has done other extreme things which should not be done on a football pitch. Perhaps this punishment will make him think about his behavior and ensure that he does not do things such as this again. Mike Tyson got a years ban and a massive fine for what he did to Hollyfield (i know his was more severe than Suarez) But this will send out the right message that this sort of behavior is not on.AnonApr 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    4/24/2013 2:35:35 PM
  • In case you are one of the few people who doesn't know what all the fuss is about, here is a reminder of the original incident between Luis Suarez and Branislav Ivanovic.

    4/24/2013 2:36:47 PM

    ... And a timeline showing the major controversies of Luis Suarez's career can be found here.
    4/24/2013 2:38:49 PM

    [ssn] Former FA compliance officer Graham Bean has already come out and questioned the 10-game ban for Luis Suarez.
    I think it is over the top, to be honest. I think a ban of seven games would have been a true reflection.
    4/24/2013 2:41:57 PM

    [martintyler] Which player's goals and assists account for more than half his team's goals this season? Gareth Bale? Luis Suarez? Robin van Persie? Christian Benteke? Martin Tyler's back with some more mind-boggling stats...
    Van Persie has directly been involved in 41 per cent of their strikes. That's higher than Bale who has contributed to 38 per cent of Tottenham's goals this term, but lower than Suarez who has been involved in 46 per cent of Liverpool's goals. However...

    4/24/2013 2:42:00 PM

    [twtr]Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy has given his reaction on Twitter to news of the Luis Suarez ban:
    10 games for biting, 8 games for racism?! All the work done this season for anti-racism gone in one foul swoop! John Ruddy via Twitter at 3:40 PM

    4/24/2013 2:43:07 PM

    [nasserhussain] Nasser Hussain has blogged on Australia's Ashes squad - and he thinks they've chosen wisely...
    Sometimes John Inverarity, Australia's chairman of selectors, comes up with something a little left-field but this time they've not tried to be clever and have picked well.
    Read Nasser Hussain's blog here.

    4/24/2013 2:44:23 PM

    Keep your comments coming in after Luis Suarez received a 10-game ban. Here is more of what you've been saying:
    This ban is ridicolous, McMananan nearly broke someones leg and nothing was done, Aguero jumped on David Luis and nothing was done Jermain Defoe bit Javier Mascherano, nothing was done. I think a 5 game ban would be about right but 10 games is a jokejoeApr 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM
    I think Liverpool are a disgrace people are asking for him to be gone from football so this 10 match is fair. He's not bigger then Liverpool massive let downGavApr 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM
    I believe the 10 match ban is fair and justified. Suarez had already gotten a 7 match ban in the Dutch League for biting so he knew what he was doing! The FA must have looked into his previous altercations with previous Football Associations. Liverpool must feel hard done by but they knew he was capable of wrong doing prior to his signing and then even after the Suarez Evra affair Liverpool football club could have sanctioned him with a more severe punishment to prevent any further altercations. Solely justified I believe!Sean O BrienApr 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    4/24/2013 2:47:47 PM

    More details here on the news that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is likely to need an operation on his shoulder this summer, according to Reds first-team coach Mike Marsh.
    He has been playing with a shoulder injury for quite a while now. We'll try to find the right time for him to get it fixed properly. If it needs repairing, it needs repairing.
    4/24/2013 2:50:39 PM

    The battle for McCoy's Premier League Darts play-off places continues in Birmingham on Thursday, with Phil Taylor, Simon Whitlock, Adrian Lewis and Robert Thornton facing crucial nights in their bids for a top-four finish. Taylor is relishing the chance to shine in the Midlands.
    It was a difficult night in Dublin and it will be tough again in Birmingham, but I'm looking forward to the challenge. I've not been at my best recently but I'm doing a lot of work to improve my game. I'm trying a few things and it's not quite right yet, but I'll keep trying.
    4/24/2013 3:00:34 PM

    Top seed and world No 4 David Ferrer was dumped out of the Barcelona Open by qualifier Dmitry Tursunov on Wednesday. The Russian recently hit the headlines when he was stunned by Britain's James Ward in the Davis Cup.
    4/24/2013 3:03:25 PM

    [twtr]More of your Twitter reaction to the Luis Suarez ban
    Think it's right to ban him for ten games , there's no need to bite people on the pitch #skysportstoday adam gilmore via Twitter at 3:48 PM
    Joey Barton got a worse punishment for less than what Suarez did. #Liverpool need to just move on and stop complaining #skysportstoday Michael Hakim Byrne via Twitter at 3:55 PM
    I think it's a fair ban, although I think he is lucky to get away with 10 games, Barton got 12 games for violent conduct.MillsyApr 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    4/24/2013 3:05:07 PM

    Tottenham should not be bullied into selling Gareth Bale this summer, says their former striker Paul Walsh.
    Daniel Levy has been quite hard-nosed on a couple of other occasions in the past so I don't think Tottenham are just going to roll over.
    4/24/2013 3:08:35 PM

    Sheikh Mohammed was "appalled and angered" to learn that samples from 11 of the Godolphin horses trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni were found to have contained traces of anabolic steroids. Click here for the full story.
    I have been involved in British horse racing for 30 years and have deep respect for its traditions and rules. I built my country based on the same solid principles. There can be no excuse for any deliberate violation.
    4/24/2013 3:11:09 PM
  • Kolo Toure tells Sky Sports he is set to leave Manchester City.

    4/24/2013 8:23:48 PM

    You can't keep the name Suarez out of the news today, this time it's clay court specialist Carla Suarez who has caused a shock in the WTA Stuttgart event by dumping former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki out in the first round with a 7-6 6-1 defeat.
    4/24/2013 8:36:51 PM
  • Darts - Warm up for tomorrow night's Premier League with our exclusive 'Off the Oche' preview.

    4/24/2013 8:39:41 PM
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