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Roy Hodgson learnt a lot from his England side on a spectacular night in Berlin, but for the Sky Sports News HQ crew this was also a test of our Euro 2016 credentials. Julio Jones Falcons Jersey . SSNHQ chief football reporter Nick Collins, cameraman Ben McNamara and production manager Steve Bone, together with myself as the producer, have followed England on their journey to France, and will be there with them in June, so this was just as much of a friendly challenge for us as it was for the players.The start of the trip was a test of stamina for Ben and I, as we met at Heathrow at 5.30am to fly out for the traditional news conference and training session the day before the game (Nick and Steve had travelled the previous day to see the German news conference and carry out recces). Heathrow was a hive of activity even at this early hour, but rather than flights being filled with people on business trips, Good Friday meant our fellow travellers were mostly off on holiday for the bank holiday weekend.As soon as we landed we were straight to it, filming at traditional tourist landmarks around the city to form part of the piece that would run on SSNHQ the following morning. These filming opportunities are often the best way for us to see the cities we visit, as there isnt much downtime. It was also a chance for me to educate Ben on Berlin a little, as I described Brandenburg Gate as Berlins equivalent of the Arc de Triomphe and told him the characters on their pedestrian crossings are famous...although I couldnt explain why. Gemma got straight down to filming with the rest of the Sky Sports News HQ crew following their arrival in Berlin We then went to see England arrive at their hotel - a beautiful five-star haven in the city centre with a doorman dressed in a traditional beefeater costume to welcome the visitors from England. At Roy Hodgson and Gary Cahills news conference Nick pressed Roy on what sort of line-up he would be selecting the following evening, but he wasnt keen to reveal many details. Unbeknown to Nick, as he was busy quizzing Roy on his options, Steve, Ben and I were being sent messages from back at SSNHQ querying the poor sound quality of the news conference. Unfortunately as this was from a single feed to all of the TV crews in the room there wasnt anything we could do about it. Thanks to the magic of the editors back at Sky, viewers wouldnt have been able to notice the problems once the clips made it to air.The team trained at the Olympic Stadium in the early evening and SSNHQ took the first few minutes live. Nick introduced the session and stepped out to show the players going through their warm-ups as he recapped some of the key lines Hodgson had told us in the news conference. A doorman dressed in a traditional beefeater costume welcomed England as they arrived at their hotel One of those newslines was that Theo Walcott had suffered a dead leg and would not be training. However, as Nick had progressed to talking about the battle between Butland and Forster to start in goal, I spotted Walcott in the group of outfield players, participating in the warm-up. I frantically grabbed a piece of paper and scribbled THEO across it before holding it in front of Nick whilst pointing to the area that Walcott was in. It might not have made seamless TV (live training rarely does as its difficult to predict where the players will be at any one time), but Nick managed to divert off topic to inform the viewers that Theo Walcott was now training with the group and we suspected this would just be for the beginning of the session (we later confirmed with the FA that this was the case).Open training lasted just 15 minutes, but that late change wasnt the only story we had to adapt to. The FA press officers informed us that during the embargoed news conference that Roy holds with the newspaper journalists, the England boss had indeed revealed his starting 11 and it would be appearing in the newspapers that went online around 2230. Roy Hodgson was given nothing away at his pre-match press conference Given that Hodgson had been so adamant with us that he would not be naming his team in advance, he had requested that the media officers informed us of what he had said, but under the same embargo. He also wanted to have a quick word with Nick on camera so we would have something fresh to run in the morning about the team. Cue a mad scramble to do a quick interview with Hodgson on the touch line at training, trying to hide from the prying eyes of other crews.Matchday usually allows us a lie-in before we make our way out around lunchtime to film shots of England fans in the city centre and conduct a few quick interviews with the supporters who have made the trip. We then head to the stadium around five hours before kick-off to do lives previewing the game. We were greeted on Saturday with airport-style security at the media entrance, with body scanners, police dogs and checks on all of our equipment. This was being trialled given events in Paris and Brussels. England comeback stuns Germany England came back from two goals down to beat Germany 3-2 on Saturday. During the game itself we send pictures and snippets of information to the online blog (when stadium wifi allows!), but in the main, as were non-rights holders, the match is actually the quietest part of our day. But this one was anything but quiet...You dont need me to tell you what happened in that 90 minutes, although Steve and Ben did need me to tell them about the final 10 or so, as they had to leave the game early to hold our spot in the post-match mixed zone. As theyre both Tottenham fans they were delighted to hear about Eric Diers winner!My route to reach them to tell them the news was somewhat convoluted as I took a wrong turn and ended up in the corporate hospitality area and someone from the German FA kindly volunteered to take me to the mixed zone...via the changing room area! So I walked in from the same direction as the players would for their interviews. I was greeted by the cameras expectantly awaiting the teams...I must have been somewhat of a disappointment. Nick Collins speaks to the England fans in the city centre ahead of the match We had quite a wait for England players to come out and do media as they all had waited in the dressing room, just savouring the moment. But when we did hear from them, it was a moment to savour for us. What a refreshing situation to be in a Roy Hodgson post-match news conference where journalists cant help but praise decision making and execution.This is Englands final away match before they travel to Marseille to face Russia in Euro 2016 (their May warm-ups will be in Manchester, Sunderland and Wembley), and if that trip is half as eventful as this the tournament will have got off to a flying start for England.Lets just hope Im writing about a dramatic win over a dominant European force on July 11, the day after the final of the Euros. Also See: Hodgson hails best night Rooney wont start at Euros England player ratings Butland suffers injury RaShede Hageman Falcons Jersey . 3 seed Phillip Kohlschreiber from Germany. Defending champion Marin Cilic also reached the semifinals -- his fourth in Zagreb -- defeating fellow Croat Ivan Dodig. German qualifier Bjorn Phau beat Dudi Sela of Israel to reach his first semifinals in nearly five years. Jake Matthews Falcons Jersey . Kyle Shanahan was hired as offensive co-ordinator Monday after spending the previous four years in the same role with the Washington Redskins.PHILADELPHIA - Kyle Lowry lifted the Toronto Raptors from what appeared would be a loss — and coach Dwane Casey still wasnt happy.Lowry scored 17 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead Toronto to a 91-86 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.Im glad we came back, but we cant rely on that if we are serious about competing in this league, Casey said. Weve got an air of complacency and I dont like it. Its everybody collectively. We have to come out with a better effort. We cant come out and perform like that.It was just the fourth win in the last 12 games for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who gave up the first 15 points, trailed by as many as 16 early and had to overcome a nine-point deficit with 5 1/2 minutes remaining against the hapless 76ers.I feel like we need every win we can get, Lowry said. We cant let games like this slip away from us. Thats a hard-playing team, but we have a bigger goal.Patrick Patterson added 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors.Lowry, selected Thursday as a starter for the All-Star game, entered the final period with four points on 2-for-9 shooting before heating up late when the Raptors desperately needed him.Robert Covington scored 18 points to lead six 76ers in double-figures. It was the fourth straight loss and sixth in seven games for Philadelphia, which dropped to 3-18 at home.Philadelphia played without leading scorer Tony Wroten for the sixth straight contest. The team announced before the game that Wroten will be sidelined indefinitely due to a partially torn ACL that will require surgery.Philadelphias Nerlens Noel returned to the lineup after missing Wednesdays 98-91 loss to the Knicks due to sickness. It was the first time Noel and Michael Carter-Williams were on the court together since Noels critical comments of the Philadelphia point guard following Mondays 111-76 defeat at Washington.The duo provided a Philadelphia highlight early in the fourth quarter when Carter-Williams whipped an over-the-shoulder pass to Noel for an easy dunk that tied the game at 68 with 9:09 left.The 76ers then went ahead 70-68 on Luc Mbah a Moutes jumper with 8:11 remaining, giving Philadelphia its first lead since early in the second quarter. Two straight baskets by Noel followed by Mbah a Moutes three-point plaay put Philadelphia up 77-69 with 5:39 to play. Devonta Freeman Falcons Jersey. owry, a Philadelphia native, then heated up, scoring all 13 points during a 13-4 Toronto run over the next three minutes and his third 3-pointer during the stretch knotted the game at 81 with 2:48 left.I just didnt want us to lose tonight, Lowry said. I think my teammates were counting on me and we needed somebody to pick up the energy. And I felt like it was my time to pick up the energy and go out there and do my job.The Raptors went up 85-81 on Demar DeRozans layup and Lowrys two free throws, but Carter-Williams hit a 3 with 1:03 left and then stripped Lowry and converted a breakaway layup to give the 76ers an 86-85 lead with 42.1 seconds left.Greivis Vasquez put Toronto back in front 87-86 with a layup with 25.9 seconds remaining.The 76ers had a chance to go in front, but Carter-Williams pass attempt inside to Noels was denied. He then committed a foul and Jonas Valanciunas made both free throws with 10.6 seconds left, and Philadelphia couldnt convert on its possession.As theyve done all season, Philadelphia remained positive with a long-term look at yet another defeat.Games like that go a long way for us as a young team, Noel said. And as we continue to grow and be in certain situations like that, well only get better with our defensive and offensive execution and just being able to close out games like that.DOUBLE DOWNNoel finished with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, giving him six double-doubles on the season. That marks the most among rookies.HOLD THEM DOWNToronto improved to 9-0 this season when holding teams under 90 points and have won 18 straight dating to last season when keeping opponents under that mark.TIP-INSRaptors: Lowry is the third Raptors player to earn an All-Star game start, joining Chris Bosh (2007) and Vince Carter (2000-04). ... Toronto won its seventh straight against Philadelphia, including three this season.76ers: Mbah a Moute returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with a left knee injury. ... Philadelphia failed to reach 100 points for the 20th consecutive game, marking the longest such streak for the club since doing it 25 straight times in the 2003-04 season.UP NEXTThe 76ers visit Memphis on Saturday night.Toronto hosts Detroit on Sunday. Cheap Jerseys From China wholesale jerseys ' ' '