The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 14 August 2012


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Record-breaking McIlroy extends 'feel-good' factor

Rory McIlroy has said he was delighted to cap Great Britain's "feel-good" fortnight with his second victory in a major. The Northern Irishman's stunning US PGA victory at Kiawah Island on Sunday followed a fortnight of success as London hosted the Olympic Games.

"There is a huge feel-good factor in Great Britain and in Ireland," said McIlroy after his eight-shot victory. "I am happy to cap it off with a win." McIlroy's success came after a similarly stunning victory at last year's US Open.

"I've won my second major at the same age as Tiger [Woods]," the 23-year-old added. "But he went on that run. I'd love to tell you I'm going to do the same, but I don't know." MORE

Moynihan to step down as BOA chief

Colin Moynihan is to step down from his position as chair of the British Olympic Association in the wake of Great Britain's spectacular success at hosting the Games. "I strongly believe that this is the right time," Moynihan, who will remain in the post until November, said.

ECB face tough Pietersen poser

England face big decisions in the upcoming days over the future of Kevin Pietersen. The batsman has been dropped for the third Test against South Africa, and management must decide whether to include him in their world Twenty20 squad for next month's tournament. MORE

Butland eager for Hart-breaking role

Jack Butland is eager to use England's friendly with Italy to put pressure on Joe Hart for the goalkeeping jersey. "I want to challenge him," the 19-year-old said. "Being the No 1 is something I have dreamed of. My target for the coming years is to be as big a challenge as I can." MORE

Terry set for group stage after appeal

John Terry will be free to play in Chelsea's Champions League group stages after having a suspension reduced on appeal. He was sent-off in last season's semi-final, but will now only have to sit out the Super Cup at the end of this month before returning to contention. MORE

Shot-putter loses gold for doping

The Belarusian shot-putter who won the women’s gold in London has had her medal taken away after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Nadzeya Ostapchuk’s samples returned positive results for the steroid metenolone.

Owls take flight to make second round

Two goals from substitute Chris O'Grady helped Sheffield Wednesday overturn a two-goal deficit to beat Oldham 4-2 in the first round last night. Elsewhere, Nottingham Forest won 1-0 at Fleetwood and Preston North End beat Huddersfield 2-0.

Anita nearing Newcastle switch

Newcastle are nearing the capture of Ajax's Vurnon Anita, with a £6.7m free agreed and negotiations to take place this week. "I have to reach an agreement with Newcastle," the midfielder said. "I have an offer, but I can't say more about this." MORE

Gunner Miyaichi loaned to Wigan

Wigan Athletic have secured the loan services of Arsenal's Ryo Miyaichi for the forthcoming season. The Japan midfielder made just two League Cup appearances for Arsène Wenger's side last season before a similar loan move to Bolton Wanderers.

Balding 'delight' at Channel 4 move

Clare Balding has spoken of her delight at agreeing a move to Channel 4 to front their coverage. "Racing is my 'home' sport," she said. "And I am delighted I will still be part of its coverage on TV." MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Lord Sebastian Coe struck a triumphant note when the Olympic flame was doused. No one could argue when he declared that London, with the support of the country, had "done it right". MORE