The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 18 March 2014


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Mourinho: Drogba here to hurt us

Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea must look out for the “top quality” of former player Didier Drogba when Galatasaray visit in the Champions League tonight. Asked if the striker could shut out everything else and focus on the football, Mourinho said: “He can, he can, he can.” MORE

Moyes accused of ignoring youth

David Moyes was “never interested” in youth players during his time at Everton, according to the club’s youth coach Kevin Sheedy. “Moyes was never interested in our youth team or players,” Sheedy tweeted. “In my seven years Moyes showed no interest in our youth team.” MORE

Rose: Spurs’ home form unacceptable

Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose believes the club’s home form has ruined their bid to qualify for next season’s Champions League. “We might have to look to next season now,” he said. “Some of the games we have lost and drawn at home, it’s been unacceptable.” MORE

FA set to block Hull ‘Tigers’ rebranding

Hull City owner Assem Allam’s controversial attempt to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers is set to be blocked by the Football Association. The FA Membership Committee is understood to have advised the FA Council to reject the proposal when it makes its decision next month. MORE

Happy St Patrick’s day for the Irish

Ireland won their dramatic World Twenty20 opener against Zimbabwe yesterday with a bye off the final ball. Paul Stirling hit 60 off 34 balls as Ireland looked as if they would reach the total of 164 comfortably, but they lost two wickets in the last over. MORE

Tough summer for home nations

With the World Cup coming up next year, Chris Hewett considers if England can give New Zealand a game, what the Irish will do without O’Driscoll, Wales’s need to freshen up against the Springboks and the prospect of more Scottish gloom. MORE

Red Bull confident of successful appeal

Christian Horner is “extremely confident” of overturning Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix. The local boy had celebrated a podium finish. “It’s no fault of Daniel’s,” Horner said. “And I don’t believe it’s the fault of the team.” MORE

Cavendish storms to Italian victory

Mark Cavendish sealed his 111th career win with an impressive stage victory at the Tirreno-Adriatico race yesterday. The Brit stormed across the line more than four bike lengths clear, and looks in top form ahead of Sunday’s Milan-San Remo Classic.

Klitschko fight for Fury or Chisora

The winner of the Dereck Chisopra and Tyson Fury fight will go on to face IBF, WBA and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko, according to promoter Frank Warren. They will meet in Manchester on 26 July. MORE

Glenn Moore

It is still not clear what David Moyes’ grand plan is. Manchester United were not just outplayed by Liverpool, but their manager was also utterly out-thought by Brendan Rodgers. MORE