Sky Sports Today - Sept 17
Reaction from the Champions League and previews of tonight's action as well as much, much more...
Cricket update for you: Despite the best efforts of Eoin Morgan (82) and Toby Roland-Jones (77), Middlesex were bowled out for 223 in their first innings against Somerset. They have been asked to have another go at Taunton. Meanwhile, in Division Two, Hampshire are fighting hard with the bat against, reaching 313-9 in their clash with Kent. They still, though, are in danger of having to follow-on...Eoin Morgan: Made 82 for Middlesex
Here's the full presser with Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley... enjoy.
TO THE MANOR BORN
England's Lee Westwood, Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Welshman Jamie Donaldson are the quartet from McGinley's 12-man team teeing it up in Wales while the field also includes last week's KLM Open champ Paul Casey, whose win came too late for Ryder Cup selection...Here's Westy honing his game during a practice round at a very picturesque @TheCelticManor, ahead of the #WalesOpen http://t.co/RfvR9OEgHWSep. 16, 2014
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MANOR FROM HEAVEN
McGinley has given his four players who appearing in this week's Wales Open the perfect preparation for the next week, setting up the Celtic Manor course to match what will be in place at Gleneagles next week...
When I got the job, quite a while ago now, I was aware when the schedule came out. I’m delighted that the guys who played in America have got a week off. We didn’t have that in Medinah, and they suffered because of it with fatigue. The guys who are playing this week, I wanted to align the set-up of this golf course (Celtic Manor) to Gleneagles. They will be preparing for the examination paper that is next week, but doing it in a competitive environment.We are live to Celtic Manor to hear from Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley #SSNHQ http://t.co/39snqI7Z9b
RYDER CUP COUNTDOWN
It's almost here - the 2014 Ryder Cup is fast approaching and European captain Paul McGinley is at Celtic Manor to talk to some members of his squad ahead of the clash with the United States at Gleneagles. He admits that preparations are going well...
We are in good shape. We are all very excited; it’s not far away now. A lot of the players are resting, particularly the ones who played in America the last few weeks. Obviously rest is the most important thing for them. Others are playing this week, and I’m having dinner with them tonight. Some guys are preparing on their own, in various parts of the world. But we are all looking forward to travelling on Sunday or Monday to Gleneagles to get stuck inPaul McGinley: Set to meet with some of his squad
MAGATH FUTURE IN DOUBT
Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not the only Championship manager, recently relegated from the Premier League, who finds his job under serious threat. Fulham boss Felix Magath has been told he could be sacked if his side lose to Nottingham Forest tonight. Magath's Whites are bottom of the Championship and haven't won a game yet this season. Forest, meanwhile, could return to the top with a win at the City Ground. The omens then do...err... not look good.
SOLSKJAER IN CARDIFF TALKS
Sky sources: Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in London in an emergency meeting with owner Vincent Tan about his future. He did not take training this morning
IVANOVIC FOCUSED FOR SCHALKE
You can hear what both Jose Mourinho and Branislav Ivanovic said to the media ahead of tonight's opening Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge against Schalke, right here via Sky Sports News Radio.
MILLS BACKS CHELSEA
Former England defender Danny Mills has told Sky Sports News Radio he believes Chelsea are in incredible form so far this season and is backing them to get a comfortable win over Schalke.
CHELSEA V SCHALKEMourinho's record in the Champions League is formidable... Alongside his two titles, he has won 60 of 113 Champions League games, losing only 25...that's less than a quarter. He's also been in the semi-finals or better in every tournament since 2009 - his first season with Inter. But it's about the now, isn't it? Here's how his new Chelsea side and Schalke have started their respective league seasons....Here is how Chelsea and Schalke have started in their respective leagues. Comfortable win in store for #CFC? #SSNHQ http://t.co/QT2fLUcizL
MOURINHO EYES THIRD CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Also tonight, Chelsea take on Schalke at the Bridge in their opening game, and it's our featured game on Sky Sports 1HD from 7pm. Jose Mourinho is targeting an historic third Champions League with a different club, having won it with Porto and Inter in previous years. He is trying to play that down, of course....
"Do I want to try to win it again? Of course. What drives me is to try to win. I work for my club, for my players and for the club supporters. I don't work for myself. If I win it once more, to win with three clubs is unique. But even if I don't do it, how many top managers in the world have only one or even not a single one? The greatest in our country, Sir Alex Ferguson, he won it twice. If at the end of my career I've achieved that situation, then good, but it's far from being an obsession and it's not something that I think about a lot." - Jose Mourinho.