The Sport Matrix: Monday 28 April 2014

 

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Gerrard gets Blues as Reds slip up...

Liverpool lost in the league for the first time in 2014 as a mistake from Steven Gerrard helped Chelsea to a 2-0 victory at Anfield. Demba Ba profited before a late second from Willian saw the title advantage wrestled away from Brendan Rodgers’ side. MORE

Wilkinson kicks Toulon into final

Jonny Wilkinson kicked 21 points as holders Toulon beat Munster 24-16 to move into the Heineken Cup final – where they will meet Saracens next month. In the Amlin Cup, Bath prevailed 24-18 at Wasps to secure a final date with Northampton. MORE

...leaving resurgent City to take box seat

Manchester City took full advantage of Liverpool’s slip, their 2-0 win at Crystal Palace moving them to within three points of the leaders with a game in hand. Yaya Touré crossed for Edin Dzeko’s early opener, and then curled home a fine second himself before the break. MORE

Owner angry as Salford crash out

Salford owner Marwan Koukash was angered after his side crashed out of the Challenge Cup with a 30-20 fifth-round defeat at home to Widnes. “I have done all I can,” he tweeted. “The players need to respect the shirt they wear.”

Wickham leads Black Cats to win

Connor Wickham continued his fine form as his two goals helped Sunderland move off the bottom of the Premier League after a  4-0 win over Cardiff. He has now scored five goals in three games taking Gus Poyet’s side out of the bottom three for the first time in two months. MORE

Bell tolls for Bears  at Trent Bridge

Ian Bell continued his fine start to the season to help Warwickshire take command against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. The England man hit 122 as the visitors were bowled out for 263, before Notts were restricted to 43 for six at the close. MORE

Opinion: Sam Wallace

Are two games enough to make a decision on Jack Wilshere’s fitness? It would seem Roy Hodgson has made up his mind, but if it goes wrong he can hardly say his predecessors have not been there before.

Reds trio named in PFA team of year

Liverpool strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were last night named in the PFA Premier League team of the year. The 50-goal partners were joined by colleague Steven Gerrard in the select XI, with Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Everton’s Seamus Coleman also included.

Marquez maintains perfect title defence

Marc Marquez won his third successive race to continue his fine defence of the MotoGP championship with victory in Argentina yesterday. The win made him the first driver in 43 years to win three races from pole at the start of a campaign.

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