The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 10 September 2013

 

Williams is not the retiring kind

Serena Williams's victory in the US Open takes her to within five Grand Slam singles title of the 22 won by Steffi Graf, which is a record for the Open era. But she has no intention of hanging up her racket. Williams said: "I can tell you this: I don't see myself retiring any time soon." MORE

Ukraine's coach keeps mouth shut

The Ukraine coach, Mykhailo Fomenko, is biting his tongue ahead of tonight's game against England. Asked if this would be the game of his life, the taciturn former defender replied: "Not just my life," adding that his knowledge of Rickie Lambert was "a secret". MORE

England fans in trouble warning

England supporters in Kiev have been urged to be on their guard before and after tonight's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. Three England fans were released from hospital yesterday after being ambushed by up to 30 men outside a bar in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday night.

Trap close to the door for Ireland

Giovanni Trapattoni will lead the Republic of Ireland against Austria tonight for what should be one of the final games of his tenure. "I don't expect after this campaign to go again with Ireland," the 74-year-old said, with his side unlikely to reach the World Cup finals. MORE

Raikkonen set to replace Massa

Despite finishing fourth in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday, Felipe Massa is expected to be told this week that his services won't be required in 2014. Sources close to Ferrari add that Kimi Raikkonen, expelled in 2009, will replace him.

Flying Scotsman bids to break record

Cyclist Graeme Obree, who fought mental health issues for years, is positive he can achieve success as he bids to become the fastest self-propelled athlete on earth. The Scotsman will attempt to hit 83mph on the desert flats of Battle Mountain, Nevada. MORE

Blatter says Qatar may be a mistake

Fifa may have made a "mistake" in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, according to president Sepp Blatter. Asked about awarding Qatar the tournament in the summer heat, he told Insideworldfootball.com: "It may well be that we made a mistake at the time."

Southgate's young lions fail to impress

Saido Berahino saved England Under-21s' blushes against Finland, scoring the equaliser in a 1-1 draw on a night when captain Andre Wisdom was sent off. England went behind when goalkeeper Jack Butland was caught out of position at a free-kick. MORE

Blatter says Qatar may be a mistake

Fifa may have made a "mistake" in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, according to president Sepp Blatter. Asked about awarding Qatar the tournament in the summer heat, he told Insideworldfootball.com: "It may well be that we made a mistake at the time."

Cap O'Rushes on course for St Leger

Godolphin's racing manager Simon Crisford has offered Cap O'Rushes as the best-value option of the trio bidding to win his team a sixth St Leger on Saturday. Libertarian and Secret Number are also running.

Steve Bunce

Ricky Burns fought from round three with a broken jaw against Raymundo Beltran on Saturday. His coach, Billy Nelson, refuses to entertain any suggestion that he should have pulled Burns out.