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The Sport Matrix: Thursday 20 June 2013

More drama at Newcastle as Carr considers quitting

Graham Carr's future at Newcastle United was in doubt last night after another dramatic day at the club. Carr, the influential chief scout who was given an unprecedented eight-year contract this time last year, is considering following managing director Derek Llambias out of the door at St James' Park.

Llambias announced his own resignation yesterday morning as a result of the appointment of former manager Joe Kinnear as the club's new director of football. "I have had an incredible journey during my five years at the club, including some challenging times," he said. "I will reflect with great fondness on my time in the North-east."

The Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew has, as i revealed on Tuesday, vowed to fight to hold on to his position. Pardew gave his first public statement since Kinnear's appointment when he said yesterday: "I am staying, to take the club up the league." His resolve has hardened in light of Kinnear's appointment and how his position has been undermined, with the director of football set to be given an office at the club's Benton training ground. MORE

Neymar stars in Brazilian victory

Neymar's stunning volley and Jo's late goal ensured Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in Group A at the Confederations Cup yesterday. Neymar struck from just inside the area in the ninth minute before Jo came off the bench to find the net and ensure Brazil's second straight victory.

Carragher defends Suarez's conduct

The retired Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has defended Luis Suarez amid talk of a move to Real Madrid. "It would be pretty naïve to think that no club would be interested in him," he said. "If you read his quotes, they are not as controversial as has been made out." MORE

Australia name team for first Test

Australia have named uncapped trio Ben Mowen, Christian Leali'ifano and Israel Folau in their team to play the Lions in Saturday's first Test in Brisbane. Leali'ifano will start at inside centre with Folau on the wing and Mowen will play at blindside flanker. MORE

Howley demands better refereeing

Lions attack Rob Howley was unhappy with the refereeing in their match with the Brumbies and hopes for better officiating in Saturday's first Test. He said: "I'd like to think that with Craig Joubert and Romain Poite running the touch this weekend, it will be different." MORE

Cook confident of England triumph

Alastair Cook believes England can win the Champions Trophy on Sunday after beating South Africa by seven wickets in the semi-final. England captain Cook said: "Can we win [on Sunday]? Without a doubt, and it would be a massive achievement." MORE

Dhoni hopeful for India in semi-final

MS Dhoni hopes his India team continue to surprise him in today's Champions Trophy semi-final against Sri Lanka at Cardiff. "We never have expectations of doing well over here," he said. "We just came here to play some good cricket." MORE

Button aims for victory – next year

Jenson Button, who is yet to finish a grand prix in better than fifth place this year, is already looking ahead to next season. "This has been a difficult year," he said. "Next year we will start the season looking to win the World Championship." MORE

Froome in talks on new deal with Sky

Chris Froome is in discussions over an extension to his Team Sky contract that could have implications for his team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins, whose future has been the subject of conjecture since he withdrew from the Giro d'Italia. MORE

Delighted Doyle celebrates treble

Jockey James Doyle had an 891.5-1 treble at Royal Ascot yesterday, including a win on 11-4 shot Al Kazeem in the Group One Prince of Wales's Stakes. "It's magical," Doyle said. "It leaves you speechless." MORE

James Lawton

We can be sceptical about Alastair Cook's England because yesterday they turned something promising no less than the evisceration of South Africa into some kind of passing drama. MORE

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