The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 25 March 2014


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F1 fears revolt over new ‘silent’ engines

The sport has been warned that races will leave as a result of the quieter engines introduced this season. The V6 models have attracted criticism for lacking a high-pitched scream. “The sound is a disgrace,” said the Australian GP chairman, Ron Walker. “It’s going to turn fans away.”

Moyes: Our time will come again

Manchester United’s manager, David Moyes, believes it is only a matter of time before they. regain top form. “I don’t think I would have said we were the only club in Manchester. Football does change,” he said of comments made by City manager Manuel Pellegrini. “It goes in cycles.”

England women defeated in opener

England began their Women’s World Twenty20 campaign in defeat yesterday, losing to West Indies by nine runs in Sylhet. Stafanie Taylor hit 56 as the Windies made 133 for 7. England could only reach 124 for 9 in reply, with Deandra Dottin taking 4 for 12. MORE

Serena and Maria remain on course

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova remain on course for a semi-final meeting at the Sony Open in Miami after both recorded fourth-round victories. Williams overcame Coco Vandeweghe inside 80 minutes while Sharapova beat Kirsten Flipkens in three sets.

Leeds in peril as Cellino bid blocked

Leeds United moved closer to the threat of administration last night as businessman Massimo Cellino was barred from taking over the club by the Football League. He has reportedly given the club £6m in funding, which they may have to repay. MORE

Wenger moves on from heavy defeat

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger insists he will not allow the club’s season to be derailed by last weekend’s thrashing at Chelsea. “An accident has happened,” he said ahead of tonight’s visit of Swansea. “That doesn’t mean you’re not a good driver.”

Steyn supreme as Dutch are smoked

Dale Steyn bowled a fine final over to help South Africa beat New Zealand by two runs in a thrilling World Twenty20 match in Chittagong. Elsewhere, the Netherlands were bowled out for a record low of 39 as Sri Lanka cruised to a nine-wicket win. MORE

Jones agrees switch to Bristol

Former Wales captain and Lions Test forward Ryan Jones is to join Bristol, the 33 year-old leaving Ospreys at the end of the campaign. “It’s the toughest  decision I’ve had to make,” he said. “This move offers me longer-term security.” MORE

Pitt-Brooke takes SJA writer award

Jack Pitt-Brooke, sportswriter for i, was last night named the Young Sports Writer of the Year at the Sports Journalists’ Association awards in London. He joined in 2010 and won the award for articles on football and cricket.

Manchester derby

The usual pre-derby conversation about Manchester’s balance of power was almost entirely absent, lost in the fog of United’s lonely war. David Moyes looked like a man who knows he is still in a dark place. MORE