The Sport Matrix: Monday 2 June 2014


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Arsenal secure 13th FA Cup

Arsenal's ladies team followed their male counterparts in capturing the FA Cup yesterday, completing a silverware double for the club. Kelly Smith and Yukari Kinga scored in each half as the Gunners beat Everton 2-0 at Milton Keynes to retain the trophy. MORE

Hodgson wants XI on song in Brazil

Roy Hodgson has called on his England players to join in with the national anthem before World Cup games, after watching opponents do so with vigour. "You rarely play an international against opponents [who] haven't got hands on hearts singing as loud as they can," he said. MORE

Buttler content to wait for Test call

Jos Buttler has insisted he is not ready to step up to the Test arena. "That's my honest opinion," he said after his ODI ton against Sri Lanka at Lord's. "Test cricket is a completely different format. If I wasn't playing one-day I doubt I would be in the forefront of anyone's mind." MORE

Marathon man Andy does it again

Andy Murray finished what he had started in Paris late on Saturday night, returning to Roland Garros to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10. The Scot won five of yesterday's eight games to set up a fourth round French Open meeting with Fernando Verdasco.

England leaving little to chance

England assistant manager Ray Lewington hopes the side benefits from using British Cycling's "marginal gains". "I've never seen an operation like it," he said of the influence of Dr Steve Peters. "We've gone up to a new level. It's an amazing operation."

Victorious Froch eyes Vegas debut

Carl Froch could make his next world title defence in Las Vegas against Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr after knocking out George Groves in their rematch at Wembley. The 36-year-old had childhood dreams of a title fight at a sold-out Vegas venue.

Cafu backs hosts to deliver sixth cup

Double World Cup winner Cafu is confident his present-day counterparts will deal with the pressure and secure a sixth title for Brazil. "It's going to be tough," he said. "But these boys are ready to handle it. Can they win it? There is no doubt about that." MORE

Saracens remain bitter over TV trial

The Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths has criticised the influence of video referees after Saturday's Premiership final defeat. "It's a complete shambles," he said. "They almost make it up as they go along. We need clarification." MORE