The Sport Matrix: Thursday 27 March 2014


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Nervy Liverpool remain in title hunt

Liverpool held off a spirited fightback from Sunderland to maintain their Premier League title challenge, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge earning a 2-1 win. Ki’s late consolation ensured a nervous finale, but the hosts held on to move a point off leaders Chelsea. MORE

West Ham edge closer to safety

West Ham took a massive step towards Premier League safety as they secured a fortunate 2-1 win over Hull. The hosts went ahead through Mark Noble’s penalty after Allan McGregor was dismissed, before Nikica Jelavic levelled. James Chester’s own goal then decided matters. MORE

England face tough T20 challenge

Sri Lanka are heavy favourites to win today’s World Twenty20 match against England in Chittagong, a result which would leave Stuart Broad’s side on the brink of elimination. Sri Lanka have won their last 14 limited-overs matches, while England have lost 11 of 15. MORE

Battling Murray bows out in Miami

Andy Murray was last night beaten by Novak Djokovic at the Miami Masters, losing 7-5 6-3 at the quarter-final stage. The defending champion suffered from some questionable umpire calls and will now slip further down the world rankings from his current position of sixth. MORE

Celtic ease to title after win at Partick

Celtic secured a third Scottish Premiership title in succession last night after thrashing Partick Thistle 5-1. Anthony Stokes scored twice at Firhill as Neil Lennon’s side won the earliest title since Rangers’ triumph 85 seasons ago. MORE

United to stand by Moyes – for now

Manchester United will not immediately review the position of manager David Moyes, despite Tuesday’s defeat to Manchester City deepening his woes and former players lining up to add their criticism of the situation at Old Trafford. MORE

Bath and Exeter worried by injuries

Bath coach Mike Ford fears Francois Louw could miss the rest of the season as he awaits updates on the ankle injury he suffered at London Irish. Exeter have concerns over Jack Nowell, who could be out for a while with a shoulder problem. MORE

Bulls look forward after takeover

Francis Cummins has begun planning for the Bradford Bulls’ future after local businessman Marc Green finalised a deal to buy the Super League club. “I’ve got all kinds of lists,” the coach said. “I’ve been almost playing fantasy football.” MORE

Froome moves up to fifth in Pyrenees

Tour de France champion Chris Froome took fifth place on the first mountain stage of the Tour of Catalonia yesterday, moving up to fifth overall. Stage winner Joaquim Rodriguez now holds the overall lead. MORE

Anthony Ogogo

“Boxers aren’t always portrayed as well as they should be and I wanted to challenge that. All boxers aren’t thick, all boxers aren’t school dropouts, all boxers don’t get arrested for beating up their wives.” MORE