The Sport Matrix: Monday 27 August 2012


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Liverpool pegged back twice as City show mettle

Champions Manchester City twice recovered from going a goal behind at Liverpool yesterday to rescue a 2-2 draw and maintain their unbeaten start. Martin Skrtel powered in the opening goal on 34 minutes, before Yaya Touré capitalised on poor defending to level just after the hour. A free-kick from Luis Suarez, right, gave Liverpool the lead again minutes later. Then Skrtel's poor back-pass let in Carlos Tevez, who secured a share of the points. MORE

Misfiring Gunners fail to find spark

Arsenal continued to struggle to adapt to life after Robin van Persie as their goalless start to the season continued with a 0-0 draw at Stoke City. The visitors enjoyed more of the ball but were unable to find a cutting edge to beat a resolute Stoke defence. MORE

Barton pleads for Marseilles move

QPR midfielder Joey Barton last night made another plea to his club to allow him to complete a move to Marseilles. "I am hopeful things will be sorted out soon," he tweeted. "Other clubs are in but I only want to play in Marseilles. This is the place for me. My heart is already in the Vélodrome."

Cavendish thanks Team Sky for win

Mark Cavendish praised his Team Sky colleagues after claiming the last stage of the Tour of Denmark. "The team controlled the race the whole way," he said. "The lads had great faith and delivered me to the line perfect. I'm happy to repay their hard work." MORE

Olazabal to reveal Ryder Cup picks

Padraig Harrington and Nicolas Colsaerts will today discover which of them has been chosen by European captain Jose Maria Olazabal as his final wild card for next month's Ryder Cup. England's Ian Poulter is favourite for the first pick, leaving one place to be filled. MORE

Warrington old guard beat Rhinos

Veteran Warrington players Adrian Morley and man of the match Brett Hodgson looked in the prime of their life as they helped their side overcome Leeds at Wembley on Saturday – inflicting the Rhino's sixth straight final defeat. MORE

Henman: Olympic win to spur Murray

Tim Henman feels Andy Murray can use his home Olympics win as inspiration at the US Open. "[Novak] Djokovic played a home Davis Cup final, won it and went on to win everything," he said. "I don't see why that couldn't be the same for Murray." MORE

Grabarz jumps closer to riches

British high-jumper Robbie Grabarz took the honours at the Birmingham Grand Prix yesterday, beating Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov with a clearance of 2.32m. He is now on course to win a Diamond League jackpot of £25,300. MORE

Father Farah wins but misses record

Mo Farah laboured to the two-mile title at the Birmingham Grand Prix, 48 hours after his wife gave birth to twins. "I haven't had much sleep," he said after failing to break the British record. "Coming up here hasn't been easy." MORE

Opinion: Sam Wallace

Billionaire employers of elite footballers – like Manchester City's Sheikh Mansour – are all well and good, but it should not be mistaken as a substi-tute for the regeneration of jobs and communities. MORE

Briggs backed for Twenty20 impact

Dimitri Mascarenhas says England should take Danny Briggs to the ICC World T20s. "He'll be a huge asset," he said. "If he gets the chance he will do very well. What sets him apart is the intelligence he bowls with." MORE