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The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 15 April 2014

The title race: who will be victorious?

It is the final furlong of a thrilling season, but who is in best shape to cross the finish line and win the Premier League? Tim Rich selects an argument for each of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City as one of the tightest title races in history draws to a close. MORE

Rodgers: families’ fight inspires me

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers declared ahead of today’s 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster that the relentless work ethic of those who have campaigned for the 96 has inspired him. Rodgers will address the Memorial Service at Anfield this afternoon. MORE

Pirlo’s story: Italy legend reveals all

Idolised as one of the ‘coolest’ footballers on the planet, Andrea Pirlo speaks candidly in his new autobiography, I Think Therefore I Play. The midfielder remembers the 2005 Champions League final, a ‘panenka’ penalty against Joe Hart, and his PlayStation obsession. MORE

Top four the focus for weary Gunners

With an FA Cup final place finally secured, Arsenal must now turn their attention to West Ham with the hope of bolstering their top-four ambitions. The Hammers visit the Emirates tonight well rested, though Arsenal may have to make do without several star players. MORE

Cook and Bell find form with centuries

On a rare day of encouragement for English cricket, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell hit centuries for their county sides, Essex and Warwickshire, finishing the day unbeaten on 139 and 144 respectively, against Derbyshire and Sussex. MORE

Ritchie: World Cup can only be positive

Premiership clubs may need convincing, but RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie insists the 2015 World Cup will benefit the sport in the UK. Ritchie has emerged from the turf war over European club rugby with a reputation as a skilled negotiator. MORE

Phelps eyes Rio as return nears

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, is to return to the pool with a view to swimming at the 2016 Rio Games. The American, who has not competed since the 2012 London Olympics, will race in Arizona later this month.

Foolish to dismiss ‘subtle’ Watson

The tendency has been to dismiss Bubba Watson as a Florida backwoodsman but, after his second Masters win in three years on Sunday, he proved he is a player of real substance. There is subtlety in his hands and strategy in his thinking. MORE

Domenicali quits Ferrari team role

Stefano Domenicali has surprisingly stepped down as Ferrari team principal. The “nice guy” of Formula One had been expected to see out the year in charge, but Marco Mattiacci replaces him. MORE

Ian Herbert

The journey from Histon to the Manchester United first team had taken six weeks, but Giuliano Maiorana and Alex Ferguson did not get on. The midfielder retired under the radar aged 24. MORE

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