The Sport Matrix: Friday 25 April 2014


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Tottenham show Sherwood the door

Tim Sherwood was yesterday sacked by Tottenham Hotspur after just five months in charge. The 45-year-old won 14 of his 28 games in charge but alienated players and fans. Mauricio Pochettino and Frank de Boer are among the favourites to succeed the former England midfielder. MORE

Jones must get tougher – Keane

Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane has called on current Old Trafford player Phil Jones to “toughen up” to fulfil his potential. “Every time I see him he is getting carried off,” Keane said. Defender Jones suffered a shoulder injury against Hull City last week. MORE

Cox helps send Orient to Wembley

Second-half goals from Dean Cox and Chris Dagnall took Leyton Orient through to the League One play-off final as they beat Peterborough 3-2 on aggregate. The O’s survived a late Conor Washington goal to secure a Wembley date with either Rotherham or Preston on Sunday week.

Frenchman wins sodden fourth stage

Torrential rain on the fourth stage of the Giro d’Italia caused several riders to slip in Bari. Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni won the 112-kilometre stage ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo and Tom Veelers as the riders agreed not to have a sprint finish due to the bad weather. MORE

Federer back week after twins’ birth

Roger Federer returns to action today a week after becoming a father for the third and fourth time. “The fact the twins arrived [last] Tuesday gave me a better chance to play,” the Swiss said ahead of his match with Jérémy Chardy at the Rome Masters. MORE

Mercedes bring back the noise

Championship leaders Mercedes are to trial a modified exhaust system in Catalonia at Bernie Ecclestone’s request. A megaphone attachment to the exhaust will amplify the noise, following complaints over the quieter races so far this season. MORE

England include Carberry, Bresnan

England included both Michael Carberry and batsman Tim Bresnan as they named their squad for this month’s limited-over matches with Sri Lanka. James Anderson and Harry Gurney were also selected, after missing the recent Australia loss. MORE

Bath hit Henson’s Wales recall hopes

Gavin Henson’s chances of making Wales’ summer tour to South Africa have been dented as Bath have not released him for a trial match. The 30 May game is not covered by regulations relating to international player release. MORE

Sam Wallace

Tim Sherwood was informed he had been too outspoken and too critical of the club in recent weeks, although he has done so in the knowledge that he has been a dead man walking for some time. MORE