The Sport Matrix: Thursday 5 December 2013


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Misery for Moyes against old club as Suarez hits four

Manchester United manager David Moyes suffered the ignominy of defeat to his old club Everton at Old Trafford last night.

The Scot never won at United during his long reign at Everton, but watched his successor, Roberto Martinez, achieve success at the first time of asking as Bryan Oviedo slotted home at the far post in the 86th minute.

Lewis Holtby’s late strike eased the pressure on Andre Villas-Boas as Spurs came from behind to beat Fulham 2-1 at Craven Cottage.

Luis Suarez scored four goals against Norwich as Liverpool ran out easy 5-1 winners at Anfield, while Chelsea had to work hard to beat West Bromwich 4-3 at the Hawthorns. Arsenal stayed four points clear at the top with a 2-0 win over Hull, in which Nicklas Bendtner scored. MORE

Morris: England can stay at the top

Outgoing managing director of England cricket Hugh Morris is confident the side’s success can be sustained. He said: “We have the systems, the programmes and, most important, the people in place to make sure that [success] continues.” MORE

Three races are dropped for 2014

Races in New Jersey, Mexico and South Korea have been dropped from F1’s 2014 calendar, with the season staying at 19 races instead of 22. New Jersey’s GP, which was left out for financial issues this year, has still not made the list. MORE

McIlroy set for California finale

Rory McIlroy will feature in this week’s Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in California,  in what amounts to the final week of the year for the main players. The line-up also includes Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood. MORE

Ennis-Hill’s coach back in the fold

Jessica Ennis-Hill’s coach Toni Minichiello has returned to work for British Athletics, a year after losing his job as Olympic coach. His role is still solely to coach Ennis-Hill at their Sheffield base as she recovers from her Achilles injury. MORE

Five-year doping ban for Butler

Gerard Butler has been banned from racing for five years after nine horses in his care tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid. The BHA said the trainer was guilty of an “appalling” dereliction of his duties. MORE

Pete Jenson

Manchester City have beaten Barcelona to the signing of  14-year-old Brahim Abdelkader, dubbed the “new Messi”, from Malaga. It is a rare victory for the Premier League over Spain’s La Liga.  MORE