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Sky Sports Today - Wednesday March 27

Sky Sports Today - Wednesday March 27

  • GOLF 

    With the row over anchored putters continuing, Ernie Els will try out a short putter in Thailand this week in his final outing before the Masters.
    3/27/2013 1:30:12 PM

    [skybet] Our betting friends at Sky Bet are taking each-way bets on the top five finishes for the Grand National at Aintree a week on Saturday. Willie Mullins' On His Own is currently the 7/1 favourite - more news and tips on our extensive Racing Section.
    3/27/2013 1:45:18 PM

    Newcastle have announced they have recorded an overall profit for the second successive year after revealing their financial figures for the year ending June 2012 - but it is a substantially lower figure than 12 months ago.
    After making significant strides towards meeting and exceeding UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations last season, the Club has recorded an overall profit for the second successive year. While last year's figures, which included an overall profit of £32.6m, were significantly boosted by the £35m sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool, this year's figures give a clearer indication of the Club's positive performance overall with profit after player amortisation standing at £1.4m.
    3/27/2013 1:50:35 PM

    [ssn]Former England midfielder Ray Parlour has been speaking to Sky Sports News about the Three Lions' 1-1 draw in Montenegro last night. The ex-Arsenal man believes Roy Hodgson's side can still qualify despite the setback.
    I think it was a very good performance in the first half but in the second it seemed to change. In the end we were holding on. They probably deserved the equaliser and Joe Hart made some really good saves to keep England going away with a point. I still think they can do it. It’s going to be tough, they’ve still got some really big games coming up.
    Have your say on England's qualifying hopes using the #skysportstoday hashtag
    3/27/2013 2:06:09 PM

    Sunderland winger Adam Johnson has defended his form this season but admits he had hoped for a better debut campaign on Wearside. The Black Cats are in danger of slipping into relegation trouble, sitting just four points clear of the drop zone in 15th place.
    I know the fans aren't happy, but I have scored four goals this season. I've put in more crosses than anyone else and I've had assists for 11 goals too. Those are the stats I prefer to concentrate on, because they help give you confidence. I still look at things and know I could have done better myself. I could have set up more goals with better crosses or finished better and I do think I could improve my general play too.
    3/27/2013 2:11:11 PM

    [theffshow]The gloves will be off tomorrow night when three goalkeepers enter The Footballers' Football Show studio. David Jones will be joined by Tottenham custodian Brad Friedel, former Sunderland and Hearts stopper Craig Gordon, and Charlton legend Dean Kiely who now serves as West Brom's goalkeeping coach. You can watch the show tomorrow at 10pm on Sky Sports HD1 and preview it here.
    3/27/2013 2:33:51 PM
  • Giovanni Trapattoni says the Republic of Ireland showed character to come from a goal behind in the 2-2 draw with Austria.

    3/27/2013 2:36:58 PM
  • [bn]Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher will miss the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage, while Lee Cattermole's season has also been cut short after knee surgery
    3/27/2013 2:38:01 PM
  • 3/27/2013 2:39:15 PM

    England and Australia's cricketers are making their way back home after unsuccessful trips abroad. The next Test match they will contest will be the 2013 Ashes opener at Trent Bridge on July 10! Read how one Aussie journalist has been left in a 'world of pain' by the plight of the Australian cricket team
    3/27/2013 2:41:47 PM

    [ssn] Tony Bellew says Isaac Chilemba will be in for a tough night on Saturday when the two men clash in what is a final eliminator for the WBC light heavyweight title in Liverpool.
    He's in for a world of pain on Saturday night - it's one thing watching me on tape but its totally different getting me in the ring and facing my power. I'm desperate to become a world champion and I will do anything it takes to win on Saturday.
    3/27/2013 2:46:26 PM

    England boss Andy Flower has rejected any talk of his team letting complacency creep in during their difficult drawn series in New Zealand.
    3/27/2013 2:52:30 PM

    [peterbeagrie] Peter is back to answer YOUR Football League questions. Could Rangers really join the English Football League? And just how good is Henri Lansbury? 
    Lansbury has grown with each club he has played for and not, like a lot of young players, moved on too early for big money and failed to fulfil his potential, and when he gets back to the Premier League he will be a regular starter and not a bit-part player.
    3/27/2013 2:52:31 PM

    Sunderland have announced the loss of Steven Fletcher and Lee Cattermole for the season in a statement on their official website. They also revealed Fletcher could require surgery after suffering ankle ligament damage in Scotland's defeat by Wales.
    Cattermole underwent an operation on his knee earlier today and Fletcher sustained ankle ligament damage whilst on international duty with Scotland. It is not known at this stage if Fletcher will require an operation, with the injury requiring further assessment in the coming weeks. Both players will play no further part in the Black Cats 2012-13 Barclays Premier League season.
    3/27/2013 2:53:22 PM

    Newcastle have published their financial figures for the year ending June 2012 today and they reveal a substantial drop in overall profits - from £32.6million to £1.4m - while turnover increased to £93.3m, 5.4% up on the previous year. Read the full story on their financial report.
    3/27/2013 3:05:48 PM

    Robin van Persie has admitted he could end his career at Manchester United. Speaking to Dutch magazine Voetbal International, the 29-year-old Holland striker says the fact United have a track record in valuing older players such as Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes may persuade him to see out his playing days at Old Trafford.
    For the next few years I will be at Manchester United - and maybe longer. United could be my last club.
    3/27/2013 3:13:20 PM

    It's Easter derby time in Super League - with the Leeds Rhinos taking on Bradford Bulls on Thursday night live on Sky Sports. We've got team news and comments in our big match preview
    3/27/2013 3:13:24 PM

    Our new Podcast is available for a listen, with Roy Hodgson's failure to react in England's draw in Montenegro at the centre of our panel's debate, while Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland are also up for discussion. Listen to the latest edition.
    3/27/2013 3:19:46 PM

    England captain Steven Gerrard has praised Wayne Rooney after he netted the Three Lions' opener in last night's 1-1 draw in Montenegro. The skipper is backing Rooney to score the goals that will secure a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
    Wayne is a fantastic player and a great goalscorer. If the lads in the team can create the service for Wayne, we know he will score goals. He also deserves credit for that goalscoring record. Hopefully he will get more goals and fire us to the World Cup.
    3/27/2013 3:28:05 PM

    Nacho Monreal has urged his Arsenal team-mates to ignore the critics as they step up their bid for a top-four finish. With just one defeat in their last seven league games, the Gunners are four points behind arch-rivals Tottenham, but crucially with a match in hand.
    We have to use our energy for the matches. If you are thinking of what people are saying, you are wasting that energy. You have to concentrate on the next match.
    3/27/2013 3:41:09 PM

    [pt]Check out the best lines of gossip and speculation from the evening press in our Regional Paper Talk feature. Here are some snippets from today's edition:
    • THE JOURNAL - Alan Pardew made a flying visit to Paris on Tuesday to take in France's crunch World Cup qualifier with Spain, as Newcastle United's preparations for next season step up a gear.
    • EXPRESS & STAR - Wolves are trying to push through at least two beat-the-deadline loan signings to boost their depleted squad for the Championship relegation run-in. Boss Dean Saunders is looking to boost his goalkeeper, midfield and striking options.
    • THE SENTINEL - Chris Coleman has hinted he may walk away from Wales once the current World Cup qualification campaign is over.
    3/27/2013 3:56:44 PM

    Ricky van Wolfswinkel is looking forward to getting his Norwich career going next season after revealing he feels the club is "going places". The 24-year-old Holland international will leave Sporting Lisbon for Norfolk this summer after the clubs sealed a reported £8million deal and he agreed terms on a four-year contract.
    The club is in the middle of the table and very ambitious, this summer they will be debt free and will get on strong. The plan is also to bring in an attacking midfielder and two wide players this summer. With that, Norwich can look to play in the top half of the table.
    3/27/2013 4:10:54 PM

    QPR are staring relegation in the face this season but first-team coach Joe Jordan is confident they have the fire-power to clamber out of the Premier League drop zone before the end of the campaign.
    When we arrived here we could only really play in a certain way, but that has changed now. Performance-wise, we are improving all the time and there is a belief in the camp, because we are playing well.
    3/27/2013 4:18:42 PM
  • 3/27/2013 4:22:30 PM

    In the latest edition of the series, Chris Burton chats to Peterborough captain Tommy Rowe about finding form, managerial stability and personal achievements with the Posh. Darren Ferguson's side are currently third-bottom of the Championship as they battle relegation this season.
    As much as those in League One will be looking at who comes down, we are hoping that we will be the team that proves everyone wrong. Everyone has written us off from day one in this division and said we will be relegated. For us, it's about proving people wrong and, more importantly, proving ourselves right that we have the capability of staying in this division.
    3/27/2013 4:33:27 PM

    With the Major League season about to start again in America, we've got a full in-depth preview for the new campaign, with predictions, ones to watch and big story lines to follow throughout the summer.
    3/27/2013 4:35:58 PM

    [ssn]Dunfermline's interim administrator Bryan Jackson has been speaking to Sky Sports News and has revealed the club's staff are facing redundancies, with cuts expected as early as tomorrow. 
    The feeling that I have is that we will have to make some fairly quick and unfortunately brutal cuts. I’m going to be working on it as soon as I get started and work on it tonight. Tomorrow is my best estimate.
    3/27/2013 4:43:56 PM
  • [bn]Bernie Ecclestone tells Sky Sports News Sebastian Vettel was right to ignore team orders in Malaysia Grand Prix win
    3/27/2013 4:48:53 PM

    [jimwatt] Tony Bellew will earn a mandatory shot at champion Chad Dawson if he beats Isaac Chilemba in Saturday's WBC world title eliminator. Ahead of Saturday’s great match-up – a fight you can see on Sky Sports 1 HD from 9pm – Jim Watt assesses whether Bellew has what it takes to win…
    Bellew showed in his last fight, when he was badly cut early on against Roberto Bolonti and boxed superbly at range to win comfortably on points, how well he can keep his discipline and box to instruction - and he may need to do that again on Saturday. 

    3/27/2013 4:50:25 PM

    [twtr]You've been having your say on whether rock-bottom QPR can sidestep relegation from the Premier League this season:
    @SkyFootball #skysportstoday I doubt it much because one thing I realized in the EPL is the fact that Luck counts!when its against,its over! S. N. G via Twitter at 4:58 PM
    @SkyFootball #skysportstoday qpr lack the proper experience and commitment shown by clubs like Wigan to have a good chance of staying up Owen Herman via Twitter at 4:54 PM
    #SKYSPORTSTODAY i strongly believe QPR can make it out of that drop zone!! Alasei frank via Twitter at 4:46 PM
    Join the debate - use the #skysportstoday hashtag in your tweets
    3/27/2013 5:02:13 PM

    Steven Naismith insists Scotland's players will be battling for their international careers in the remaining World Cup qualifiers after a 2-0 defeat to Serbia last night officially ended hopes of booking a place for Brazil 2014.
    We've got very tough games but the players are playing for their future international careers. I said earlier in the week that I think we've got to grow up in terms of digging in and being mature about when we need to sit in and soak up the pressure and when we need to expand and try to go for the goals.
    3/27/2013 5:14:36 PM

    [ssn] F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is behind Vettel after his tainted win in Malaysia, and can understand why he went all out to win the race.
    What you have to do is think very carefully – show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser, Sebastian’s not a loser he’s a winner.

    3/27/2013 5:24:43 PM

    A new team but the same old Mark Cavendish as he takes a sprint victory in the Three Days of De Panne race. 
    3/27/2013 5:32:19 PM
  • [bn] Notts County have confirmed Chris Kiwomya as the club's permanent manager on a three-year contract.
    3/27/2013 5:54:30 PM
  • Bernie Ecclestone has his say on the Red Bull saga in Malaysia

    3/27/2013 5:58:35 PM

    Mark Selby agonisingly missed out on a maximum 147 break on the very last black. He still went on to win his match against Mark King though, 5-1.
    3/27/2013 6:13:07 PM

    Papiss Cisse is hoping for a positive end to the season for Newcastle United, and he is targeting a top-10 finish in the Premier League and a place in the Europa League final. Newcastle face Benfica in the first leg of the quarter-finals next Thursday.
    We have the Europa League still. We are now into the important stages of the competition. Nobody knows if we'll win it. But the aim is to get to the final and I think that we can achieve that.
    3/27/2013 6:26:03 PM

    [niallquinn]Former Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has been speaking to Sky Sports News after striker Steven Fletcher and midfielder Lee Cattermole were ruled out for the rest of the season. Fletcher was hurt during Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Wales last Friday.
    When Fletcher went down, we feared the worst. In terms of Cattermole, it's a blow as his strength and energy, when he does get a run of games, is of vital importance. It's a very worrying development for Sunderland because of the predicament, but it's up to other players now to take a deep breath and take the mantle.
    3/27/2013 6:39:18 PM

    Notts County chairman Ray Trew has been outlining some of the reasons behind the decision to hand Chris Kiwomya a three-year contract to become the club's permanent manager.
    Chris has showed in the short time that he has been in charge of the first team that he has a great passion for the game, is tireless in his endeavours, communicates extremely well with the Board, sharing our vision.
    3/27/2013 6:55:19 PM

    It's Aston Villa v Liverpool live on Sky Sports 1 on Sunday and the visitors are likely to have goalkeeper Jose Reina and defender Jamie Carragher available for selection. Liverpool are also confident that the players who have been away on international duty have come through the fixtures unscathed and will be ready for the trip to Villa Park.
    3/27/2013 7:18:55 PM

    Arsenal Ladies moved just one step away from an appearance in May's Champions League final at Stamford Bridge as they completed an impressive last-eight triumph over Italian side ASD Torres. After a 3-1 home win put them in firm control of the tie, new head coach Shelley Kerr's team were 1-0 victors at the Stadio Vanni Sanna in the Sardinian city of Sassari this afternoon to seal a 4-1 aggregate success.
    3/27/2013 7:25:13 PM

    Shay Given has acknowledged it has been a difficult season after making just two Premier League appearances and losing his place to Brad Guzan. However, the experienced goalkeeper says it is all about ensuring Aston Villa are still in the Premier League next season.
    It is a tough one for the manager to pick one of us. He has gone with Brad this season and it has been difficult for me at times because when you work hard all week and come match day you are not playing, it is hard.
    3/27/2013 7:42:55 PM
  • GOLF

    Having lost his world No.1 ranking to Tiger Woods on Monday, Rory McIlroy can get it back by winning this week's Shell Houston Open. 

    Check out our in-depth betting preview and tips for the PGA Tour event at Redstone.
    3/27/2013 8:10:21 PM

    [ssn]Former Everton and Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers has been talking to Sky Sports News about his recent move to Accrington Stanley and he sees it as a chance to prove his doubters wrong.
    A lot of people wrote me off, people I know in the game. They were not willing to give me a chance, probably, because I have not played much football. It is important I get my name back out there and get playing. You never know where these things take you.
    3/27/2013 8:16:43 PM

    New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder is reported to be critical in a Christchurch hospital after being attacked.

    A tweet on the New Zealand Cricket Twitter feed read: "The whole NZC team's thoughts are with @DijaRyder this morning."

    3/27/2013 8:54:38 PM

    [niallquinn] Republic of Ireland's 2-2 draw at home with Austria on Tuesday put a dent in the team's bid to secure a World Cup qualifying play-off spot. There has also been speculation about the future of Giovanni Trapattoni and former Ireland striker Niall Quinn told Sky Sports News that he thinks things are 'not right' under the Italian coach.
    There's a real, negative feeling around about Trapattoni. He's done well at times and you look at the squad. I buy into the argument that we don't have players at the top clubs in the Premier League like we used to. But it's not right. If he steps down and walks away, he may be held in higher regard by people for doing that. Maybe the draw was just about enough to stop the FAI from demanding it, combined with the severance demands for leaving which would hurt.
    3/27/2013 9:07:29 PM

    Quotes from Yaya Toure's agent last week raised question marks over the midfielder's future and Paris St Germain were subsequently linked with a summer bid. Toure, though, has no thoughts of leaving City for PSG and is focused on a positive end to the season for his club.
    No, I don't think of PSG. You know that with the approach of the transfer window, there are many things that are said in the newspapers.
    3/27/2013 9:32:29 PM

    Maria Sharapova booked her place in the last four of the Sony Open in Miami with a straight-sets win over Sara Errani.
    3/27/2013 9:35:15 PM

    Queen of the South have clinched the Second Division title after a 6-0 thrashing of Brechin City away from home. The result secured top spot in the table, with Queen of the South a whopping 27 points clear of second-placed Alloa Athletic.
    3/27/2013 9:52:17 PM

    That's all for Sky Sports Today. Be sure to join us again on Thursday morning for all the latest from the world of sport.
    3/27/2013 10:01:18 PM
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