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The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 16 July 2013


Flower refuses to be critical of Broad for staying put

Andy Flower, England's head coach, yesterday supported Stuart Broad for his decision not to walk after being caught at slip in England's first Test win over Australia.

Broad, on 37, went on to make 65, a difference of 28 which proved vital in a pulsating contest England won by 14 runs at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

While the players of both England and Australia appeared relaxed about the issue, Flower, above, stood up for his bowler and admitted he has made the decision not to walk regularly in the past. "When I played cricket I didn't walk if I'd edged it, so I'd be a hypocrite to say all other players should walk," he said. "Most players leave it to the umpires to make the decision and I don't think there's anything wrong with that."

Darren Lehmann, Australia's coach, said: "The DRS has improved the decision-making process. Both sides have the same issues. We've got to get better at using it."

The decision of the umpire Aleem Dar to give Broad not out was not reviewed by Australia because they had already used their two permitted referrals.

Froome furious with doping talk

Tour de France leader Chris Froome has spoken of his frustration at questions regarding doping. Froome holds a four minute and 14 second lead ahead of today's 16th stage, but insists he is clean. "Lance [Armstrong] cheated," he said. "I'm not cheating. End of story." MORE

Adidas drop Gay after drugs shock

Adidas have dropped Tyson Gay after the American sprinter tested positive for performance-enhancing drug oxilofrine. An Adidas spokesperson said: "Even if we presume his innocence until proven otherwise, our contract with Tyson is currently suspended." MORE

United make £25m bid for Fabregas

Manchester United have made a £25million bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, but former club Arsenal have first refusal on him at the same price. United manager David Moyes has been quick to act after losing out on Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich. MORE

Duggan equaliser gives England hope

England's women are still in with a chance of qualifying from their Euro 2013 group following a 1-1 draw with Russia. Toni Duggan's 93rd-minute equaliser earned Hope Powell's side their first point of the campaign, but they must beat France to stand a chance of qualification.

England keep faith in winning squad

England have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the second Ashes Test on Thursday at Lord's. There are questions regarding Steven Finn's place in the starting XI, with Tim Bresnan or Graham Onions potential replacements. MORE

Gerrard signs new two-year contract

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has signed a new two-year contract at Anfield. The 33-year-old, who has made over 600 appearances in 15 years for the club, said: "It lets me know the club thinks an awful lot of me and want me here."

Northern Ireland meet US at Open

Rory McIlroy has been grouped with Phil Mickelson for Thursday's Open Championship at Muirfield. Graeme McDowell is grouped with Tiger Woods, while US Open champion Justin Rose plays with Ernie Els and Brandt Snedeker. MORE

Wigan stroll into Challenge last four

Wigan progressed to their third straight Challenge Cup semi- final with a 48-4 win over Widnes at the DW Stadium last night. Josh Charnley's first-half try hat-trick helped the hosts on their way to the last four, where they will meet London Broncos.

Williams' Wolff to have first full test

Susie Wolff will have her first full Formula One test at the wheel of a Williams in Friday's 'young-driver' test at Silverstone. Wolff, 30, is currently the development driver for Williams. MORE

James Lawton

The sports authorities have come up with a thousand promises in the war against drugs. The reality is that sport has never been involved in anything resembling hand-to-hand conflict. MORE