The Sport Matrix: Monday 8 June 2014


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Hodgson: England can keep their cool

Roy Hodgson has said that his England players are ready to handle any provocation that might be thrown at them in the World Cup finals this month. His side kept their cool on Saturday night in the face of an aggressive Honduras team, who had Brayan Beckeles sent off.

Beckham in battle over stadium plan

David Beckham has appealed for support for his plans to build a Major League Soccer stadium in Miami and insisted he does not want public money and will create “something special”. His plans have so far been met with local resistance.

Mauresmo seeks success for Murray

Amélie Mauresmo, who will become the first woman other than a family member to coach a Grand Slam champion when she starts work with Andy Murray this week, is fully aware of what the Scot wants to achieve. “He wants to win more Grand Slams,” Mauresmo said.

Cameroon miss plane over dispute

Cameroon’s World Cup squad refused to board the plane due to take them to Brazil yesterday because of a dispute over bonus payments for the tournament. Cameroon players have been in dispute with their federation for more than a month.

Nadal overjoyed with ‘amazing’ title

Rafael Nadal was overcome with joy after he won his ninth French Open title, beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4. It was the 28-year-old Spaniard’s 14th Grand Slam title of his career so far. “For me, this is amazing, an emotional day,” enthused Nadal.

Van Gaal plays down Dutch hopes

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has played down his side’s World Cup hopes. “The chances of reaching the quarter-finals are 20 per cent,” said the soon-to-be Manchester United manager. Spain, Chile and Australia are in their group.

Interview: Matt Fitzpatrick

British teenager is set to mix it with the big boys at the US Open this week, in his last outing as an amateur golfer. But only last year he was mistaken as a member of Tiger Woods’ support team.

Ricciardo clinches victory in Canada

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo overtook Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes with three laps to go to win an enthralling Canadian Grand Prix. Rosberg came second ahead of Sebastian Vettel, aided by a final-lap safety car after a crash between Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa.

Froome flourishes with time-trial win

Chris Froome recorded a stunning time-trial victory on stage one of the Critérium du Dauphiné, giving the Briton momentum ahead of his Tour de France defence. “I’m very, very happy with my performance,” enthused Froome.