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Sky Sports Today - Wednesday April 3

Sky Sports Today - Wednesday April 3


    With Ireland confirming yesterday that they will not be renewing coach Declan Kidney's contract, speculation has already started as to who will replace him.'s rugby union writer Tony Curtis takes a look at some of the leading candidates for the job...
    4/3/2013 12:29:51 PM

    Andre Villas-Boas has been speaking about Jermain Defoe's injury, admitting it is a "big blow" that the Tottenham striker will miss the club's next three games.
    Jermain has a muscle injury which is probably going to take him out of the next two games definitely and maybe Basel away. If he can't make Basel away he should be fit for Man City. It's a big blow. It's on the same muscle that he had a small tear last month. It's on the other side now and it's a big miss as he represents a lot for us and he will be a big miss.
    How will Defoe's absence affect Spurs' run-in? Have your say - #skysportstoday
    4/3/2013 12:34:31 PM

    [ssn]Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez has been speaking in a press conference on Sky Sports News ahead of tomorrow night's UEFA Europa League clash with Rubin Kazan and says he expects left-back Ashley Cole to be out with a hamstring injury for "around two weeks". The boss also spoke about the Blues' gruelling fixture list and how Monday's FA Cup win over Manchester United has lifted the side.
    Today we worked on some tactics, little things, because we cannot push [the players] too hard with this number of games. We proved against Man Utd we can compete against anyone. It was an important game for us.
    4/3/2013 1:41:58 PM

    A couple of rugby league lines... Huddersfield Giants prop Eorl Crabtree will miss his first Super League match of the season at the weekend after accepting a one-match ban for a dangerous throw during the defeat at Salford last week.

    Meanwhile, Leeds Rhinos' preparations for Sunday's clash with Warrington have suffered a blow after the theft of a laptop from the car of conditioning coach Richard Hunwick. The computer contained important data about the players' training routines and the club have made an urgent appeal for the return of the item.
    4/3/2013 1:43:51 PM

    We've picked out the best performers in the Championship over the last few days to form our Team of the Week, with Wolves' Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Nottingham Forest's Lewis McGugan among those to make the cut. 
    Agree with our selections? Have your say - #skysportstoday
    4/3/2013 1:47:07 PM

    Hamilton Academical have released a statement following the news manager Billy Reid has left the club with immediate effect after almost eight years at the helm.
    The club would like to thank Billy for his almost eight years in charge - a period which has seen the club at its highest level in almost 80 years, with three seasons in the SPL - including a 7th place finish - three Scottish Cup quarter finals and two Ramsdens Cup Finals. The decision to separate was an amicable one. Billy felt he needed a fresh challenge, and the club was like-minded. It was simply and naturally felt that it was the right thing to do at the right time.
    4/3/2013 1:48:54 PM

    Here's the full story on the news Paolo Di Canio has attempted to draw a final line under the controversy surrounding his appointment as Sunderland head coach by denying he supports fascism.
    New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has attempted to draw line under storm over his political views 
    by Rachel Griffithson Apr 3, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    4/3/2013 3:58:30 PM

    British number one Heather Watson has been diagnosed with glandular fever. The 20-year-old reached the third round of the Australian Open in January but has since struggled for form and, after losing in the first round of the recent tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, returned home to Guernsey for blood tests and has been told to rest.
    I had to do some blood tests after Miami and the results have shown that I have traces of glandular fever in my system. There is no prescription for this other than complete rest but the good news is that the doctors have told me I am at the tail-end of the fever. This means I have been trying to compete through the symptoms for some time.
    Heather Watson told to rest after being diagnosed with glandular fever 
    by Graeme Mairon Apr 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM
    4/3/2013 3:59:38 PM

    Team Sky's Sergio Henao claimed the race lead at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco with victory on stage three. Full report and gallery.
    by Graeme Mairon Apr 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    4/3/2013 4:41:51 PM
  • GOLF

    [roblee] Will an American win this year’s Masters – and could that American be Keegan Bradley? Rob Lee has his say…
    I reckon the 26-year-old could win in Georgia again in a week and a half's time, because he has bags of distance off the tee and the ability to rectify things if he gets slightly out of position. Bradley also relishes the big occasion; not only has he won a Major, but he also defeated excellent company to win last year's WGC-Bridgestone invitational.
    4/3/2013 4:50:55 PM

    [paulmerson] Wales manager Chris Coleman joins Merse and Fenners on Friday’s Fantasy Football Club, plus AP McCoy reveals his one2eleven
    4/3/2013 5:21:15 PM

    [ssn] Harlequins' Ugo Monye has been speaking with Sky Sports News ahead of their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster on Sunday.
    For Harlequins this is our biggest home game ever so massively excited.
    Click here for the full interview and video.
    4/3/2013 5:37:57 PM
  • [bn]Rangers have announced they have terminated the contract of striker Francisco Sandaza following an investigation into a hoax phone call.
    4/3/2013 6:17:55 PM

    Eoin Morgan hit the winning runs as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Daredevils by six wickets in the opening match of the Indian Premier League season.
    by Graeme Mairon Apr 3, 2013 at 6:31 PM
    4/3/2013 6:22:39 PM

    Newcastle United face Benfica in the Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday night and Alan Pardew has been seeking advice from Celtic boss Neil Lennon. Celtic played Benfica in the UEFA Champions League group phase and Newcastle manager Pardew is keen to be as prepared as possible.
    We have good contacts regarding this team. I know this city quite well and I have some contacts here who know Benfica well. There is also Neil Lennon who we have been in contact with. I think it is important to get as much information as you can - as I'm sure Benfica have done with us.
    You can read more of what Alan Pardew has to say here
    4/3/2013 6:50:19 PM

    There's been a goal at the Santiago Bernabeu and it's perhaps no surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo has given Real Madrid the lead against Galatasaray. Mesut Ozil played in Ronaldo and he took a touch before lifting a delightful shot over the Gala keeper Fernando Muslera.
    4/3/2013 6:56:06 PM

    Surely looks like game over, not just at the Santiago Bernabeu, but in the tie as a whole as Real Madrid go 3-0 up against Galatasaray. Xabi Alonso curled in a free-kick from the left and substitute Gonzalo Higuain glanced a header beyond Muslera.
    4/3/2013 8:16:46 PM
  • That's it for today. Thanks for your company and we'll be back for more tomorrow morning. Good night.
    4/3/2013 9:07:37 PM
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