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The Sport Matrix: Thursday 24 July 2014

Wiggins calm as he goes for first gold

Bradley Wiggins spoke of his confidence as he seeks a first Commonwealth gold. “I feel really good,” the cyclist said ahead of the team pursuit. “I’ve really come on the past couple of weeks. I’m stronger than I used to be, which is one of the things the road has given me.” MORE

Scots trio relishing Thunder Thursday

Robbie Renwick, Hannah Miley and Michael Jamieson could impress in the Tollcross Swimming Centre tonight to help hosts Scotland get the Games off to a flyer. Miley goes first, in the 400m, along with Renwick, while Jamieson takes part in the 200m breaststroke. MORE

Jonny wary of brotherly love

Jonny Brownlee has admitted his brother is favourite for the triathlon, which takes place at Strathclyde Country Park today. Alistair is very fit,” he said. “This course definitely suits him. It’s a very hard bike ride and that suits his aggressive racing. I’ll try my best.” MORE

Laity injury gives Welsh more woe

Eloise Laity dealt a further blow to Welsh hopes on the eve of the Games when the 20-year-old withdrew from the women’s hockey squad after an injury in training. She will be replaced by Sophie Clayton. “Everyone wishes her a speedy recovery,” team chief Brian Davies said.

United chiefs at odds over tours

Chief executive Ed Woodward will attempt to convince Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal of the merits of pre-season tours. The Dutchman has made no secret of his disklike for the toll that arduous trips take on preparations for the season. MORE

Nibali strengthens hold on Tour lead

Vincenzo Nibali strengthened his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey with a third place on stage 17, though the rest of the podium remains unresolved. Polish rider Rafal Majka took the day’s honours for his second win this year. MORE

Peloton faces two arduous climbs

Today’s 18th stage of the Tour is the final day in the Pyrenees – representing the hardest and most dramatic section of the race thus far. Two enormous climbs are squashed in – riders facing a race up the Col du Tourmalet and Hautacam. MORE

Red faces but no Estimate scandal

It is quite clear that, though an embarrassment to all concerned, the Estimate case is nothing like previous cases. There is no suspicion of foul play. Traces of morphine came from horse feed accidentally contaminated with poppy seeds. MORE

Iron men show vulnerable sides

An increasing number of players are seeking help for psychological problems as the pressures of the game take it toll. Tony Adams’ Sporting Chance Clinic has seen more and more players pass through its doors. MORE

Stars to watch for

The 20th Commonwealth Games are under way but who are the names who will make the headlines? From Kemar Bailey-Cole to Alicia Coutts, Robin Scott-Elliot marks your card. MORE

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