The Sport Matrix: Monday 19 January 2015


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Palace’s Bolasie inspires DR Congo

Yannick Bolasie stole the show on day two of the African Cup of Nations, the Crystal Palace man scoring the equaliser to earn DR Congo a point in a 1-1 draw against Zambia. The 2012 champions had taken the lead in the first minute. Tunisia drew 1-1 with Cape Verde in the second Group B match last night. Today’s game kick-off Group C, with Ghana facing Senegal and Algeria taking on South Africa.

Masterful Murphy crushes Robertson

Shaun Murphy last night became the 10th man to win the sport’s Triple Crown as he stunned Neil Robertson 10-2 at Alexandra Palace to win the Masters.

World no 1 Robertson had eased past Ali Carter and Ronnie O’Sullivan but struggled from the start against Murphy, trailing 5-0.

Murphy had two 127 breaks and four more over 60 as he added to his 2005 World Championship and 2008 UK Championship.

De Villiers blitzes ODI century record

AB de Villiers struck a record 31-ball century as South Africa thrashed West Indies in the second one-day international in Johannesburg. The batsman struck a total of nine fours and 16 sixes as he made 149, one of three South African batsmen on century duty in the hosts’ total of 439 for two. The West Indies were restricted to 291 for seven in response, going down to a 148-run defeat.

Vonn equals Möser-Proll’s win record

Lindsey Vonn matched the World Cup’s all-time record for wins yesterday. She skied through thick fog and soft snow to win a demanding downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo and tie Annemarie Moser-Pröll’s 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup victories, capping a comeback from two knee surgeries that kept her out of last year’s Sochi Olympics.

“Lindsey made history today,” said US Alpine director Patrick Riml. “She’s the greatest skier in the world and she will be for a long time.”

At the finish, Vonn collapsed to the snow in a scene of relief, then used her ski poles to pick herself back up, flashed a big smile and received a hug from overall World Cup leader Tina Maze, who finished fifth.

Vonn was on track to smash the record two years ago before she crashed at the world championships and tore up her right knee, requiring serious surgery. She attempted to return for Sochi but re-injured her knee two months before the games and had to have surgery again.

Brilliant Bath sprint out blocks

A fine first-half display helped Bath claim a bonus point as they overcame Toulouse 35-18 in the European Champions Cup yesterday. Matt Banahan, Chris Cook and Jonathan Joseph went over before the break against the Pool Four leaders before holding off a French fightback.