The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 1 April 2014

 

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Diame strike sinks sorry Sunderland

West Ham defeated Sunderland 2-1 at the Stadium of Light last night, sending them deeper into relegation trouble. Andy Carroll gave the visitors the lead before Mohamed Diamé made it 2-0. Adam Johnson struck to revive Gus Poyet’s side but they failed to force an equaliser. MORE

Giggs: I have no issue with Moyes

Ryan Giggs has dismissed suggestions of a rift with Manchester United manager David Moyes over the club’s direction, ahead of the club’s Champions League quarter-final first leg with Bayern Munich at Old Trafford tonight. “There’s not been a problem,” said Giggs. MORE

Barça’s Alves fears Costa’s team spirit

Barcelona defender Dani Alves heaped praise on Atletico Madrid’s in-form striker Diego Costa ahead of tonight’s Champions League quarter-final first leg between the teams. “It’s not just for his goals,” said Alves yesterday. “It’s the way he works so hard for the team.” MORE

Sterling confident for title run-in

Raheem Sterling says he is feeling more assured in the Liverpool side as they try to win their last six games to take the league title. “As the season has been going on, we have had a bit more belief,” Sterling said. “My work rate and confidence have improved.” MORE

Howard sweet on revenge for Cup

Everton’s Tim Howard wants to make amends for their 4-1 loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup when they meet on Sunday. “We still have a sour taste in our mouths from what happened at the Emirates,” he said. “We will try and put that right at home.”

England humbled by Netherlands

England’s dismal winter finished on a new low with a 45-run defeat by the Netherlands at the World Twenty20. The Dutch made 133 for 5 before England were all out for 88. “It was unacceptable and embarrassing,” said coach Ashley Giles. MORE

Finn on the way back, says Fraser

Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser feels Steven Finn is gradually rediscovering his form, after he was sent home from the one-day series against Australia. “He’s making his way back and is making some decent progress,” Fraser said. MORE

Teaforthree heads National hopes

Sunnyhillboy, the 2012 Grand National runner-up, was among eight taken out of this year’s Aintree race yesterday. The 65 acceptors ahead of Thursday’s final declarations included the ante-post favourite Teaforthree and top weight Tidal Bay.

Massa: I was right to ignore orders

Felipe Massa was unrepentant after refusing to obey orders to let team-mate Valtteri Bottas overtake in the Malaysian GP on Sunday. “I heard everything but it was not clear,” he said. “What I did was correct.” MORE

Ian Herbert

Brendan Rodgers should know that he has delivered to Hillsborough families, who were hearing new inquests into the tragedy, a little source of optimism with Liverpool top of the table. MORE

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