The Sport Matrix: Friday 26 September 2014


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Lancashire’s fate decided today

Lancashire will avoid relegation from the First Division and send  Middlesex down if they beat them in today’s dramatic finale at Old Trafford. But Middlesex, who need only to draw, finished the day on 202-4 in their second innings, leading by 114. Sam Robson impressed by hitting 75.

‘Four-man’ bob may alter with women’s entry

The four-man bobsleigh may have to be renamed after the sport’s world body announced a ground-breaking move to allow women to compete alongside men in mixed gender teams.

“We follow the spirit and movements of our time. There is a strong belief in the FIBT that men and women can compete together in four-man,” said International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing federation president Ivo Ferriani.

An FIBT spokeswoman said mixed teams would have to qualify for events in the normal way but could compete in the World Cup and other events. There would also be nothing to stop all-women teams competing.

Poulter: my kids get scared at that pic

Ian Poulter’s passion for the Ryder Cup has endeared him to the European team, and he says even his children are frightened by that image of him celebrating wildly at Medinah in 2012. Asked if they were amazed at that sight, Poulter said: “No, I think they’re scared.” He is also flattered at being singled out by US captain Tom Watson as their main target. “For Tom to say that is amazing,” Poulter said.

Vos set for duel with Armitstead

Marianne Vos will look to defend her road race world title in Ponferrada, Spain, tomorrow in another potential head-to-head with Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead, whom she pipped to Olympic gold in London two years ago. “For  sure she’s a very big threat,” said 27-year-old Vos.

Johnson defends World Cup disaster

Martin Johnson has defended his spell as England’s manager, especially their disastrous 2011 World Cup, saying the coverage of the infamous drunken night out in Queenstown was distorted. “It wasn’t actually a true reflection, but you’re fighting a tidal wave at that point,” Johnson said.