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The Sport Matrix: Friday 23 August 2013
Lehmann fined for radio rant as Smith celebrates century
Darren Lehmann, the Australia coach, has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee by the International Cricket Council following his outburst at England bowler Stuart Broad for failing to walk in the first Test. Lehmann, right, admitted a charge of publicly criticising and making inappropriate comments about Broad, including accusing him of cheating and urging the Australian public to harass him at every turn when England arrive Down Under this winter. On the field at The Kia Oval yesterday, Steve Smith struck an unbeaten 138 – his first Test century – as Australia continued their dominance in the final Test.
Australia declared on 492-9 and England were 32-0 at the close of a rain-affected second day. England bowling coach, David Saker tried to defend England’s bowling line-up, which included debutants Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan, unused yesterday.
“Two days into a five day game its harsh to say we haven’t got it right,” said Saker. “If Simon Kerrigan bowls us to victory on day five it will be a feel-good story.” MORE
‘Time for business’ warns Murray
Andy Murray cannot wait to begin the defence of his US Open title next week. The 26-year-old Britain will play Michael Llodra in the first round and the Scot said: “I’ve enjoyed my tennis the last few weeks, but now it’s time for business. This is a huge tournament for me.” MORE
Injured Sharapova ends on sour note
Maria Sharapova has been forced to pull out of next week’s US Open because of a shoulder injury. The world No 3 had been planning a temporary change of name to publicise her Sugarpova confectionery business during the tournament. MORE
Spurs outclass Dinamo Tbilisi
Tottenham beat Dinamo Tbilisi 5-0 in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying play-off tie. Roberto Soldado scored twice and Andros Townsend, Paulinho and Danny Rose were also on target. Spurs were last night still confident of signing forward Willian. MORE
Swansea enjoy easy victory
Swansea defeated Petrolul Ploiesti 5-1 in the first leg of their Europa League qualifying play-off tie. Wayne Routledge impressed with two goals, while Michu and Alejandro Pozuelo also scored and Petrolul Ploiesti’s Peterson Pecanha put the ball into his own net. MORE
Raikkonen ducks Red Bull questions
Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, yesterday ducked the routine press conference ahead of this weekend’s Belgium Grand Prix. It meant the Lotus driver evaded questions about his future after speculation of a possible move to Red Bull. MORE
Southgate named England U-21 coach
Gareth Southgate has been appointed by the FA to succeed Stuart Pearce as England Under-21s coach.He saw off competition from Steve McClaren and Michael Appleton to land the role and has been given a three-year contract. MORE
Anelka allowed to miss Everton game
West Bromwich striker Nicolas Anelka has been given permission to miss tomorrow’s game at Everton on “compassionate grounds”. The withdrawal was due to the death of his long-time agent Eric Manasse. MORE
Evans laughs off Jose ‘mind games’
Manchester United’s Jonny Evans has dismissed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s claim that Sir Alex Ferguson’s final Premier League winning team lacked style. “It’s just mind games,” said Evans ahead of the clubs’ game on Monday. MORE
Robshaw signs new Quins contract
Chris Robshaw has signed a contract extension at Harlequins which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2015-16 season. He will also continue as Quins captain for the forthcoming season. MORE
Gareth Southgate’s appointment as England’s new U-21 manager at least demonstrates a faith in English coaches, considering only five Premier League clubs have English managers. MORE
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