The Sport Matrix: Monday 27 May 2013


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Arsenal Ladies continue hot streak

Arsenal Ladies won the Women’s FA Cup for the 12th time in 20 years, beating Bristol Academy 3-0 thanks to goals from Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs and Ellen White. Elsewhere, Celtic’s men won the Scottish FA Cup, beating Hibernian by the same score at Hampden Park. MORE

Cook and Swann put hosts in boxseat

England took total command of the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley, ending the day with their second-innings on 116 for 1, a lead of 296, Alastair Cook still there on 88. The tourists were earlier bowled out for just 174, Graeme Swann taking four wickets. MORE

Westwood lets final day lead slip

Despite a strong start to the day, Lee Westwood failed to make the most of his efforts on Saturday as he missed out on the PGA Championship. The Englishman led after four holes but eventually finished three shots behind the winner, 20-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero. MORE

Froch beckons Ward for big fight

Carl Froch urged Andre Ward to fight him after he edged a brutal IBF defence against Mikkel Kessler at the O2. “I want Ward over here next time,” Froch said. “He can’t draw a crowd like me, he needs to fight here; to leave his safety zone to be considered a true champion.” MORE

Federer content with low-key start

Roger Federer said he was happy with his low-key Sunday opening to the French Open as he strolled past Pablo Carreno-Busta in the first round yesterday. “I told them if they wanted me to play Sunday, I’m fine with it.” the Swiss said. MORE

Hull KR furious over illegal try

Hull KR have dismissed the Rugby League’s apology for a wrongly allowed try as “inadequate” and “an insult to our fans”. Chris Green’s late score for Hull was allowed, despite the player appearing to be in an offside position. MORE

Cool Cavendish gains redemption

Mark Cavendish completed a Grand Slam of category victories in the three main tours as he sealed a last-minute triumph in the Giro d’Italia. The Briton overcame an 11-point deficit to make amends for missing out by a point last year. MORE

Rosberg wins the Monaco Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg won from pole in an incident-packed Monaco Grand Prix yesterday. The German overcame two crash stoppages to move up to sixth in the standings. Champion Sebastian Vettel came second, with Mark Webber in third. MORE

Al Kazeem takes Curragh honours

The patience and faith of Roger Charlton with Al Kazeem were justified yesterday as the five-year-old beat last year’s 2,000 Guineas and Derby hero Camelot to take the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Even those of us who craved victory for the glowing young Borussia Dortmund and their messianic manager Jürgen Klopp had little to mourn when Arjen Robben delivered Bayern Munich their Cup. MORE