The Sport Matrix: Friday 21 February 2014


Spurs suffer loss at sombre Dnipro

Tottenham suffered a 1-0 defeat at Dnipro in the first leg of their round-of-32 tie, which took place against the backdrop of unrest in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. Spurs’ Roberto Soldado missed from just five yards out, before Yevhen Konoplyanka struck a late penalty for Dnipro. MORE

Swansea share the spoils with Napoli

Swansea were held to a goalless draw with Napoli in the first leg of their round-of-32 tie at the Liberty Stadium. Garry Monk’s Swansea went close through Nathan Dyer’s chipped effort and Wilfried Bony’s two drives, while Ashley Williams’ header was tipped over. MORE

Magath targets six wins to stay up

Fulham’s new manager Felix Magath insists the club must win six of their last 12 games to stay in the Premier League. Magath has attracted criticism for his demanding style but he said: “I am one of the most successful coaches of Germany. Why should I change?” MORE

Pellegrini to face Uefa charge

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be charged this morning by Uefa for improper conduct over his verbal attack on the Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson, which came in the aftermath of Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League. MORE

Allams may end Hull quit threat

Hull owners Assem and Ehab Allam may withdraw their threat to sell the club if refused the right to change its name to Hull Tigers. But if they are refused that name change, they may raise season ticket prices by nearly 50 per cent. MORE

Vidic’s Inter deal is ‘90 per cent done’

Internazionale are on the verge of signing Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic, after the Italian club’s president, Erick Thohir, claimed the deal was close. He said: “I can’t saying anything other than the deal for Vidic is 90 per cent done.” MORE

Wood: England must show pride

England’s Tom Wood wants “people to look at us and see what it means to be proud of being English” in tomorrow’s match with Ireland. Head coach Stuart Lancaster has made one change; prop David Wilson in for the injured Dan Cole. MORE

‘Relief’ as women win curling bronze

Britain’s women won curling bronze yesterday, sealing a 6-5 victory over Switzerland. “Relief is an understatement,” said skip Eve Muirhead afterwards. Meanwhile, Britain’s men face Canada for curling gold in the Ice Cube today. MORE

Shock as Certify’s unbeaten run ends

Certify’s unbeaten record went up in smoke as the Godolphin-owned filly came home a  disappointing fourth behind L’Amour De Ma Vie in the District One-sponsored Balanchine at Meydan. MORE

Jamie Roberts

Dropping Mike Phillips for Rhys Webb was a big call by Wales head coach Warren Gatland for tonight’s game against France. But his big calls over the years have been proved right. MORE