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Sky Sports Today - Wednesday April 3

Sky Sports Today - Wednesday April 3

  • GOOD MORNING

    Welcome to Sky Sports Today, where we will bringing you all the latest news, views and top live sport. The Champions League is again in the spotlight, while we will be building up towards a big weekend in the Heineken Cup.
    4/3/2013 6:32:33 AM
  • CRICKET

    Australia have added six names to last year's list of centrally-contracted players ahead of this summer's Ashes series. Top order batsmen Ed Cowan and Phil Hughes, Twenty20 captain George Bailey, all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner and fast bowler Clint McKay are the players brought in.
    4/3/2013 6:37:30 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    We have all the fall-out from last night's dramatic Champions League quarter final in Paris where PSG drew 2-2 with Barcelona. Gallery and player ratings here. Blaise Matuidi scored the late equaliser that gives the French side hope and David Beckham is certainly optimistic ahead of the second leg.
    In the first half, especially in the first 10 minutes, we had a few very good chances and if we'd have put one of those away it might have been different. Then obviously they got their goal, then it was an uphill battle, but I think we deserved the draw. It's better than it was at 2-1. We go there, it's going to be difficult but there's no reason we can't go there and get a result.
    4/3/2013 6:39:09 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    David Beckham was a surprise starter last night and lasted until the 70th minute before being withdrawn. PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti praised the contribution of the former England captain.
    Beckham played well. He had a good pass at the beginning and for 30 minutes had good control of our play. After that he had a knock on his ankle and was not able to continue.
    4/3/2013 6:42:02 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Barcelona are sweating on the fitness of star man Lionel Messi after he limped out of the game following a first-half injury. A hamstring problem means the Argentine forward is unlikely to feature in the return leg. Barca team-mate Cesc Fabregas admits Messi is disappointed.
    He is down, obviously, because he is injured. He hasn't been injured for many years and has played a lot of football for the last five years, so he is sad obviously. I know him very well, so he will just want to recover as soon as possible.
    4/3/2013 6:45:21 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    There is an exclusive interview with Didier Drogba on Sky Sports ahead of Galatasaray's trip to Real Madrid this evening. The Ivory Coast international has backed Jose Mourinho as the ideal replacement for Rafa Benitez and says it would be "special" to see him return to Chelsea this summer. The story is here.
    I don't know the other options, but the only man I know is Jose and if there's a possibility for him to come back I think it would be great for the club. And for the fans because everybody loves him there and everybody respects him. We know he's got something special.
    4/3/2013 6:54:31 AM
  • PAPER TALK

    [pt]Di Canio again dominates the headlines in the nationals, however there are still plenty of other stories to keep you busy.
    THE SUN: Romelu Lukaku will ask Chelsea to loan him out again next season - but to a club playing European football.
    THE TIMES: Brendan Rodgers expects Pepe Reina to stay at Liverpool next season.
    DAILY MIRROR: Mark Hughes has been lined up to replace Neil Warnock at Leeds.
    DAILY MAIL: PSG have admitted they would be interested in signing Wayne Rooney as it is understood Manchester United would consider bids in excess of £20m.
    DAILY STAR: Swansea have signed John Hartson's 10-year-old son Joni.
    For all of the headlines, click here
    4/3/2013 6:55:26 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Elsewhere, goals in either half from David Alaba and Thomas Muller put Bayern Munich in control of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Juventus with a 2-0 first leg victory. Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said his side's preparation paid off, while Juve boss Antonio Conte believes the result highlighted the distance between his side and the top teams in Europe.
    We must be honest. They are a really strong side and they have beaten us. These are matches that let us understand the distance between us and these top sides.
    4/3/2013 7:05:23 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    In the Championship, Watford closed the gap on second-placed Hull to just one point after they secured a 1-0 victory at the KC Stadium. Meanwhile, Sky sources understand that former Reading manager Brian McDermott is on the shortlist to take charge at Championship side Leeds.
    4/3/2013 7:18:14 AM
  • TENNIS

    Just in case you missed the news last night, British tennis will have a new women's No 1 after Laura Robson won her first round match at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston. Robson beat Spain's Estrella Cabeza Candela 6-2 6-2 and will now move above Brit rival Heather Watson in the world rankings. Next up for Robson in Charleston will be a second round clash against qualifier Eugenie Bouchard of Canada.
    4/3/2013 7:25:40 AM
  • RUGBY UNION

    Manchester United have pulled Old Trafford from the list of venues for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
    4/3/2013 7:40:27 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    There is more Champions League action this evening as Real Madrid host Galatasaray at the Bernabeu. We have plenty of features on this as Adam Bate examines the fervent adoration Jose Mourinho inspires in ex-players Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, while Pete Fraser looks at the potential for Burak Yilmaz to eclipse Cristiano Ronaldo.
    4/3/2013 7:41:17 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    In tonight's other quarter final, Malaga take on Borussia Dortmund. The hosts boast one of the world's most talented youngsters in the shape of Spain international Isco and Sky Sports takes a look at why he is getting the biggest clubs on the planet so excited about him. We also examine the reasons why Nuri Sahin is showing signs of getting back to his best for BVB after a difficult 18 months away from the Westfalenstadion.
    4/3/2013 7:47:23 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    skysports.com has teamed up with the PFA to celebrate 40 years of the PFA Player of the Year Awards - and we want you to vote for your favourite players to have won the prestigious prize.

    Spurs' David Ginola won the 1999 award. He told skysports.com:
    I think it was probably one of the best achievements of my entire career. It meant a lot to me because when you arrive in a new environment, at a new football club, at a new 'everything', you have to adjust and the award meant that I had succeeded in adapting to my new life.
    Read the rest of our interview with David Ginola and find out how to vote for your favourite PFA Player of the Year Award winner here.
    4/3/2013 7:53:42 AM
  • RUGBY UNION

    [ssn]Leicester and England flanker Tom Croft has told Sky Sports that the Tigers will head to Toulon for their Heineken Cup quarter-final full of confidence.
    If you look at their sheet they have some big names, some ‘rock stars’ but we have got some world-class players from 1 to 23 as well. 
    You can watch Toulon v Leicester live on Sunday on Sky Sports 2 HD from 4pm.
    4/3/2013 8:03:43 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    We have got the latest on the Paolo Di Canio furore and the news Chris Powell believes the controversial new Sunderland boss should be allowed to get on with managing the club after the storm over his politics.
    There's a lot of talk about what's gone on but I think now everyone should move on with the football. He was a team-mate of mine, he wore the shirt at Charlton many years ago and he was very good. The fans loved him. Whatever he wants to talk about in his personal life with regards to politics, I think he's the one you should ask.
    4/3/2013 8:09:39 AM
  • RUGBY UNION

    Elsewhere on Heineken Cup quarter-final weekend, Ulster travel to Twickenham to take on Saracens. However, despite playing at the home of English rugby, Ulster head coach Mark Anscombe is counting on the club's raucous away support to make the clash feel like a home game.
    Hopefully they'll be 20-odd thousand Ulster supporters there. We know from experience they're good travellers, they make a lot of noise and get very supportive - so it's exciting.
    You can watch Saracens v Ulster live on Saturday on Sky Sports 1 HD from 6.30pm
    4/3/2013 8:13:21 AM
  • RACING

    It's Grand National week of course and to get you in the mood for Saturday's race here is Sky Sports News presenter Alex Hammond's tip of the day. Today Alex is going for Handiwork in the 4.30 at Lingfield... good luck if you're getting on! 
    4/3/2013 8:20:27 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Transfer news: Brendan Rodgers has dismissed speculation linking Pepe Reina with a move away from Liverpool by insisting their relationship is strong. And at Rodgers' former club, Swansea assistant Alan Curtis claims they could swoop for up to six players in the summer as they aim to build on their successful season. We've got that and more in our Transfer Centre.
    4/3/2013 8:22:57 AM
  • 4/3/2013 8:28:52 AM
  • CRICKET

    [ssn]Hard to believe given it still feels like we're in the depths of winter, but the County Cricket season is just one week away from starting again! With a huge few months of cricket ahead for England (including those back-to-back Ashes series), Essex's Ravi Bopara is hoping to impress for his county in the weeks ahead to push his international claims. Bopara told Sky Sports News...
    Hopefully I'll be knocking on the door, but I've got to perform well and score a lot of runs, a lot of big runs. I've got to be more consistent, I can do special things on the day, I can play special knocks as I've done in the past, I've just got to do it more consistently.
    4/3/2013 8:30:49 AM
  • CRICKET

    Lancashire head coach Peter Moores admits the unseasonably cold weather could cause problems, especially for bowlers who are likely to find themselves more at risk of picking up injuries.
    The bowlers are the main injury risk all the time with pulled hamstrings and stuff like that. We can look after it a little bit in training, but come the real stuff in a week's time there's no way we can control it the same then, they're out there for six hours at a time.
    For all the latest ahead of the new county season, head to our cricket page
    4/3/2013 8:41:26 AM
  • BASKETBALL

    After their 27-match unbeaten run was ended by the Chicago Bulls last week, Miami Heat have now lost for the second time in four games following a 102-90 defeat against the New York Knicks. But it was a bit of a one-man show from the Knicks with Carmelo Anthony registering a career-best 50 (yes, fifty!) points for the New Yorkers.
    4/3/2013 8:52:30 AM
  • CRICKET

    [ssn]Bullish talk from Australian spinner Nathan Lyon ahead of this summer's Ashes series. He insists that, despite the recent 4-0 hammering by India, he and his team-mates are full of belief heading into this summer's showdown against England.
    We feel that we're heading in the right direction. It's a young group, it's a whole new culture starting again, but we've got the confidence and we know we have the skills to take it to England.
    4/3/2013 9:00:19 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Paolo Di Canio has spent his first days in charge of Sunderland facing off-field questions but it won't be long before the football is underway and the Italian is turning his attention to on-field matters.
    It's difficult as there are only seven games left but I am sure we can come through that situation.
    4/3/2013 9:04:55 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    More on Malaga v DortmundMuch has been made of Borussia Dortmund's creative triumvirate of Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Jakub Blaszczykowski, and of their prolific target man Robert Lewandowski, but the real key cog in their team has been almost ignored on these shores, writes Oliver Todd. He has his eyes firmly on Ilkay Gundogan
    4/3/2013 9:16:53 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    And more on last night's games too after Ray Wilkins slammed Juventus for playing 'tippy-tappy football' as they slipped to defeat in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich.
    4/3/2013 9:32:26 AM
  • FORMULA 1

    Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has admitted that Kimi Raikkonen could be a candidate for a 2014 seat at the team, although he insists Mark Webber could well end up staying for another year despite the recent team orders controversy at the Malaysian GP.
    Kimi is cool and fast and always a candidate.
    Read the full Red Bull story here
    4/3/2013 9:35:57 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    [raywilkins] Ray Wilkins says Juventus contributed to their own downfall as they slipped to defeat at Bayern Munich.
    Juventus tried this tippy-tappy football when Bayern were pressing high and could smell blood, especially in the second half, and they gave the Germans possession in good areas.
    Read more of Ray Wilkins' thoughts on the Champions League clash between Bayern Munich and Juventus here.

    4/3/2013 9:39:51 AM
  • There's only one more spot on offer for next week's Masters and that goes to the winner of this week's Valero Texas Open. With Rory McIlroy having entered the tournament in a bid to sharpen up his game it promises to be an interesting week. Here's a preview of the action...

    4/3/2013 9:52:28 AM
  • CRICKET

    Some very positive news... Jesse Ryder has been released from hospital and allowed to go home to Wellington less than a week after that vicious late-night assault in Christchurch. The 28-year-old has made a remarkable recovery from injuries that included a fractured skull and is now hopefully on the road to a complete recovery.
    4/3/2013 10:07:14 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    You can watch both remaining Champions League quarter-final first legs live on Sky Sports. Previews of Real Madrid v Galatasaray and Malaga v Borussia Dortmund are now on the site.
    4/3/2013 10:15:58 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    The Fantasy Football Club is the brightest and funniest show on Sky Sports - and you can be part of it! Hosted by Fenners and Paul Merson, our live Friday night extravaganza brings you chat, laughs and all sorts of surprises with top guests from the world of football and beyond. This week we're offering you the chance to attend the filming of the show where you'll get to meet current Wales boss Chris Coleman. Find out more here.
    4/3/2013 10:30:53 AM
  • RUGBY UNION

    Bath have agreed a deal to sign versatile London Irish forward Matt Garvey at the end of the season. Bath head coach Gary Gold is delighted to have secured his man, stating...  
    Matt is an excellent player and one we are extremely happy to have secured. He is a big unit and can do the rough stuff, but he can also offer a real threat in attack.
    Read the full story on this one here

    4/3/2013 10:35:55 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    The latest Brits Abroad interview is on the site. Pat Heard enjoyed a successful career with the likes of Everton, Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Newcastle United and Middlesbrough. But his adventures really began when he moved to Brunei. Cue catamaran trips through the jungles of Borneo and battles with match-fixers. Read the full interview here.
    Six of us had to catch a plane to an island off the coast of Brunei and then catch a catamaran that took us through the jungle back to Brunei via the rivers and tributaries. Very different to crossing the Pennines via the M62 on a late night!
    4/3/2013 10:36:09 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova and veteran defender Eric Abidal are back to lift the Catalan giants to even greater things, Graham Hunter has told Revista de La Liga.
    Now that he's back, I think that along with Abidal, it's huge. It's not very fashionable to talk about spirit and family bonds within a team. It's more about talent and money, incentives and glory. But since Pep Guardiola took over, it's very much been based on spirit.
    4/3/2013 10:48:04 AM
  • Australian spinner Nathan Lyon talks up Australia's Ashes chances and insists they have the skills to hurt England

    4/3/2013 10:51:51 AM
  • [bn]Carlos Tevez given 250 hours of community service for driving while disqualified and without insurance
    4/3/2013 10:58:02 AM
  • [bn]Wolves striker Sylvain Ebanks-Blake has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a cracked bone in his left leg
    4/3/2013 10:59:54 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    Here's that story on Carlos Tevez. The Manchester City striker has been sentenced to 250 hours of community service after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.The 29-year-old, who appeared before Macclesfield Magistrates' Court, was also handed a further six-month driving ban and a £1,000 fine.
    4/3/2013 11:06:14 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    And here's the story that Wolves must fight for Championship survival without Sylvan Ebanks-Blake after the striker was ruled out for the season. Scans have confirmed Ebanks-Blake suffered a broken fibula and a sprained ankle at Birmingham on Easter Monday.
    Obviously I'm bitterly disappointed to be missing the last five games, but I'll be right behind the lads.
    4/3/2013 11:12:23 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    I think he's loving his football at the minute, is scoring quite regularly at the moment and when Gabby gets a run at you, there are not many people going to catch him.
    4/3/2013 11:30:15 AM
  • GOLF

    With only a week to go until the season's first major, here's the chance to whet your appetite for a bit of Masters action... watch our Sky Sports Golf team play some of Augusta's most iconic holes on the Shot Centre.
    Watch the Masters live and exclusively on Sky Sports with all four days of action in HD & 3D with Red Button options of Amen Corner & 15th & 16th starting at 7pm on April 11
    4/3/2013 11:38:12 AM
  • CRICKET

    [ssn]Tim Bresnan has reported that he is making good progress as he continues his recovery from an elbow injury. The Yorkshireman was forced to sit out England's tour of New Zealand, but is hopeful of being back in action in a couple of weeks.
    I'm coming back strong now. I'm back bowling in the nets against the lads, so I'm looking forward to getting back out there and playing some cricket.
    4/3/2013 11:48:48 AM
  • FOOTBALL

    There are confident noises coming out of both camps after the 2-2 draw between PSG and Barcelona last night. Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura insisted the result was still a good one ahead of next week's return leg at the Nou Camp but PSG forward Lucas Moura is optimistic over his side's chances.
    They are the favourites but we no doubt had a good game. We attacked them and showed courage. We were able to draw the game and I think we have the chance to get an even better result next week.
    4/3/2013 11:57:32 AM
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