The Sport Matrix: Thursday 29 May 2014


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Man United owner Glazer passes but club future secure

The owner of Manchester United, Malcolm Glazer, passed away last night, at the age of 86, although the club’s immediate future remains secure. The American businessman, (right) who had been in failing health since 2006 after suffering two strokes, also owned American Football outfit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and transformed the NFL side from a laughing stock to SuperBowl winners in 2003.

The Glazer family brought the Old Trafford club for £790m in 2005, amid raucous opposition from supporters as the takeover was financed using loans against the club’s assets. A breakaway club, FC United, was formed by supporters unhappy at the sale. The Glazers currently own 90 per cent of the club, with Malcolm’s sons, Joel and Avram, co-chairmen at Old Trafford.

“The thoughts of everyone at United are with the family,” the club said. United enjoyed good fortune on the pitch during his tenure, winning five Premier League titles, three League Cups and the Champions League - all under Sir Alex Ferguson. The Scot’s successor, David Moyes struggled to maintain that form, and Louis van Gaal was announced as his successor last week. MORE

Wilshere: 4-2-3-1 suits our game

Jack Wilshere believes England would do well to utilise the 4-2-3-1 formation he plays in at Arsenal. “I do like the 4-2-3-1 we play at Arsenal with the two in front of the back four,” the midfielder said ahead of tomorrow’s match with Peru. “I think that will suit a lot of players here as well.” MORE

Jordan deflates  Sri Lankan hopes

Chris Jordan was the inspiration as England turned the tables on Sri Lanka to take a 2-1 lead in their ODI series at Old Trafford yesterday. The Sussex bowler took five wickets for 29 as the tourists were bowled out for just 67 – a total England reached without loss for a 10-wicket win. MORE

Williams sisters crash out in Paris

Defending champion Serena Williams crashed out of the French Open in the second round yesterday, losing 6-2 6-2 to Spaniard Garbine Muguruza. Her sister, Venus, also exited at Roland Garros in Paris, going out in three sets to the Slovakian Anna Schmiedlova. MORE

Watson faces Romanian on rise

Heather Watson faces a tough challenge in the second round of the French Open today when she takes on fourth seed Simona Halep. The Romanian has enjoyed a remarkable rise in fortunes since her Paris exit last year, rising from 57th to fourth in the world rankings. MORE

Johnson eager to stay on front foot

Glen Johnson is looking forward to taking his attacking style to the World Cup. “It’s always been a big part of my game, to attack when I can,” the Liverpool man said. “Hopefully that will continue in Brazil. The coaches encourage you to get forward.” MORE

We’re ready for the world, say Brazil

Brazilian officials have insisted they are ready to host the World Cup, with the kick-off a fortnight away. “There is no panic,” government minister Luis Fernandes said. “We are absolutely confident and proud that we will deliver a fantastic World Cup.” MORE

Froch in happier place before bout

Carl Froch feels he is in a calmer state as he approaches his rematch with George Groves this weekend. “I’m guilty of not taking the first fight or George seriously,” the 36-year-old said. “That will not happen again and there is no crisis.” MORE

Hartley moving toward Test place

Dylan Hartley’s chances of playing in England’s opening Test with New Zealand next week are strong, with the hooker possibly ready for this weekend’s Premiership final. Alex Corbisiero is unlikely to be considered, despite his fine form. MORE

Durham draw

The weather consigned Durham to their fifth draw of the season at Trent Bridge, as Paul Collingwood’s side were frustrated against Notts. John Hastings’ arrival has again been delayed. MORE