The Sport Matrix: Thursday 25 July 2013


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Suarez to demand Arsenal talks after £40m plus £1 bid

Luis Suarez's desperation to leave Liverpool will lead to him today telling manager Brendan Rodgers that he wishes to speak to Arsenal over a move. Arsène Wenger's side made a bid for the Uruguayan striker of £40m and £1, which the player believes meets a clause in his contract obliging Liverpool to sell. He and agent Pere Guardiola are mystified as to why the bid was rejected, particularly as the club failed to reach the Champions League last season.

Suarez played for Liverpool yesterday in a pre-season friendly at Melbourne Victory, setting up the second in a 2-0 win.

One of Arsenal's other targets, forward Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, passed his medical at Napoli yesterday, along with goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who joins on loan from Liverpool. MORE

Hahn wins gold in world-record time

Sophie Hahn, 16, claimed gold in the T38 100m in a new world-record time at the IPC World Championships in Lyons last night. The Briton ran 13.10 seconds in claiming Great Britain's 10th gold of the games. "I can't believe it," she said. "It's amazing."

Wiggins to make comeback in Poland

Sir Bradley Wiggins was yesterday included in Team Sky's six-man team for the Tour of Poland. The Briton will make his comeback from the injury and illness that prevented him defending his Tour de France title – after quitting the Giro d'Italia with a knee injury and chest infection. MORE

Cook the perfect recipe, says Trott

Jonathan Trott has praised Alastair Cook's capabilities as a captain during the Ashes. "Alastair is very good at asking guys for information," Trott said. "I feel comfortable giving him a few options and a bit of advice. He is good at taking it and thinking about it." MORE

Lampard will be rested, says Jose

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the club will choose Frank Lampard's matches carefully in the coming season. "The time to recover from match to match is not the same for a man of 35 as for a man of 25," he said. "We have to analyse the fixtures and make a few choices." MORE

Farah excited over Olympic reunion

Mo Farah says he can't wait to make a competitive return to the Olympic stadium this weekend, a year after winning two gold medals at the venue. "It will be quite emotional," the 30-year-old admitted. "But it will be great to go back and win." MORE

A-Rod could face drug suspension

The latest drugs affair hitting the sport, which saw Milwaukee Brewers' slugger Ryan Braun suspended earlier this week, could claim the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez. He is said to have lied about using drugs and interfered in an investigation. MORE

Keothavong quits for career in TV

Anne Keothavong has confirmed her retirement from the sport to concentrate on a career in television. "I believe this is the right time to move on to the next stage of my career," the 29-year-old said. "I think I am leaving tennis in excellent shape." MORE

Vertonghen carried off for Tottenham

Spurs were dealt an injury worry last night as Jan Vertonghen was stretchered off during a 3-1 friendly defeat to Sunderland in Hong Kong. The defender landed awkwardly on a sodden pitch made precarious by a pre-match downpour. MORE

Leading Light St Leger favourite

Ruler of the World and Trading Leather were notable absentees at yesterday's entry stage for the St Leger. Leading Light and Galileo Rock have been installed as 5-1 joint favourites for the meet. MORE

James Lawton

The game has changed, the market sharpened, along with agents in pursuit of the main chance, but sufficiently for Arsène Wenger to see Luis Suarez, of all people, as the redeemer of Arsenal's lost years? MORE