The talk of Sky Sports

Last Updated: 19/04/13 9:32am

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For the best in up-to-the-minute sports analysis, look no further than skysports.com, your online home for expert opinion.

Whatever your sport, our team of pundits, columnists and bloggers are here every week to bring you the sharpest views and the shrewdest comments on the latest developments.

Some of the most respected names in the business, including Jamie Redknapp, Stuart Barnes, Stevo and Paul Merson deliver their views with their expert columns, while we also have blogs from the likes of David Lloyd and Jeff Stelling.

Here's a snapshot of what the experts have been saying over the last seven days...

"This year's Masters will be remembered for debates on rules in general, but it is best to remember the amazing introduction to the golfing world of Tianlang Guan and the manner in which Angel and Adam duelled on a Rainy Night in Georgia. Who could deny Adam his moment after the heart-breaking collapse at last year's Open Championship? He has been a fine player for a long time and it was fitting that he should be the one to give Australia its first win at Augusta National."
Ewen Murray reflects on a dramatic Masters featuring Tianlang Guan's arrival and a classic duel.
Taken from 'Shocks and awe'

"Olesen is no dumpling - he tied for ninth at the Open Championship last year - but for him to acclimatise so quickly in his first Masters bodes very well for the future and I can see him being a challenger at Augusta for years to come. The 23-year-old shot 70, 68 and 68 over the final three days to finish in a tie for sixth place, but could have recorded an even higher place on the leaderboard had it not been for an opening 78."
Rob Lee salutes Thorbjorn Olesen and Adam Scott, and slams the officials, in his Masters round-up.
Taken from 'Dane flowers'

"There's no doubt that Bairstow is a competitor and the selectors seem to like his attitude. He has clearly integrated into the side very well too but the fact of the matter is that it's not clear yet whether he can cut it at Test level. I did feel for him at Auckland, given that he went into that third and final Test having played just one first-class match in seven months, but that's the nature of the beast these days. The jury is out on whether he has the right temperament to handle the big occasion - something you can't say about Joe Root."
Jonny Bairstow must prove he's a big-game player in Kevin Pietersen's absence, says Bob Willis.
Taken from 'Bairstow's big Test'

"It would be very interesting to see just how effective we were at growing the game. This year offers us the chance to attract some new followers when the World Cup takes place in England and Wales. Let's hope there is a plan in place to capitalise on the opportunity. If we stand still for the next decade we might be overtaken by others who we'll never catch. Your glass can be half empty or half full whichever way you look at it. Whichever view you take, we need someone to start filling the rugby league one up soon."
Phil Clarke discusses the changes that fans are calling for to secure the future of rugby league.
Taken from 'Chance to change'

"Michael Hooper is starring in a struggling Waratahs team. I nominated him as Man of the Match when Australia beat England at Twickenham, he was outstanding then and continues to improve. And he has to because Liam Gill is putting the heat on him in no uncertain terms. The Reds flanker is a contender for the player of the tournament to date but ironically he would probably be eclipsed by the current form of one George Smith."
Stuart Barnes looks at the Australian talent that could run the British and Irish Lions ragged in June.
Taken from 'Wallaby warning'

"Dereck Chisora has courted a lot of controversy in his career but underneath all the bluster I think there is a pretty sound domestic heavyweight. I doubt he is good enough to achieve his dream of becoming a world champion but he will give anyone a run for their money, as he proved when he went the distance with Tyson Fury and, even more impressively, Vitali Klitschko. Chisora's antics have probably undermined his ability as a fighter, and if he can control himself I expect him to carve out a very successful career at British level."
Dereck Chisora can make people remember his fights and not his faux pas, says Glenn McCrory.
Taken from 'Redeeming quality'

"Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton still have so much to play for because the repercussions of not making the top four are massive. Not being in the Champions League can prevent you from attracting the top players to your club and I'm sure there are a lot of deals on hold at the moment with footballers waiting for this race for the top four to play out before committing themselves to a certain club. For Everton, finishing in the top four would be an incredible achievement."
Jamie Redknapp analyses the race for fourth and tips Spurs to take a big step by beating Man City.
Taken from 'Focus on fourth'

"Malky has succeeded where many managers have failed in the 51 long years since Cardiff were last in the top tier, and as a big club it's good to see them back there because a capital city needs to have representation in the Premier League. With League Cup winners Swansea doing themselves proud in the top flight, these are great times for football in south Wales - and what an atmosphere there will be when those two rivals go head-to-head next season!"
Jeff Stelling hails Malky Mackay's success and asks if relegated lower-league clubs get a fair deal.
Taken from 'Fair Play to Cardiff'

"Hoy, by pure chance, got his timing right: he was emerging on the international stage just as lottery funding was starting. He was one of the first cyclists to be signed up to the generously-funded 'World Class Performance Plan.' Another was Bradley Wiggins. He hasn't done too badly, either. Still Hoy's progress was gradual. He made incremental improvements: a team sprint silver medal at the 1999 worlds; same at the Sydney Olympics; a first individual world title in 2002, when he was 26; Olympic gold when he was 28."
As Sir Chris Hoy retires, Richard Moore pays tribute to his hard work and impeccable timing.
Taken from 'Mark of the man'

"Brian Rose faces the biggest test of his career so far when he takes on former world champion Joachim Alcine live on Sky on Saturday. The British light-middleweight champion has produced some really good performances recently but he steps up from domestic level this weekend against an experienced Canadian and his performance against Alcine will indicate whether he has what it takes to target world class opponents in the future."
Jim Watt tips Brian Rose to step up on Saturday after Britain's 'brightest talent' wins again...
Taken from 'Rose on the rise'

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