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The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 26 February 2013


Bale's stunning late strike ensures Spurs triumph

Gareth Bale's stunning last-minute goal earned Tottenham Hotspur a 3-2 win over West Ham at Upton Park last night.

Welshman Bale, right, put Spurs ahead before Andy Carroll's penalty levelled for the hosts. Joe Cole scored after the break but Gylfi Sigurdsson drew Spurs level before Bale scored his eighth goal in six games. MORE

Arsenal announce profits of £17.8m

Arsenal yesterday announced a profit of £17.8m in the club's latest half-yearly results, achieved by the sales of Robin van Persie and Alex Song. The Arsenal Supporters' Trust said the figure highlighted the need for the club to spend more money on team strengthening. MORE

Montgomerie livid with putter row

Colin Montgomerie is concerned about the dangers the sport faces after the PGA Tour has said it is against the proposed ban on anchored putters. "This has opened up a whole new can of worms," he said.

Murray buys top hotel in Scotland

Andy Murray has bought Cromlix House Hotel, which is near his home in Dunblane. The venue, which closed last year, is said to have cost nearly £2m and the Scot plans to convert the mansion into a luxury 15-room five-star hotel. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

There is reason to believe that Michael Laudrup might linger a little longer at Swansea. His players plainly adore him and the club have become paragons of well-ordered football management. MORE

Burns in frame for Gloucester return

Gloucester's Freddie Burns, who impressed for England in the win over New Zealand, is under consideration for his club's Premiership derby at Bath on Friday. It would be his first outing after damaging knee ligaments in mid-January. MORE

Sutton: GB heading for 'greatness'

British cycling head coach Shane Sutton believes his team "is heading towards greatness in four years' time". Britain won five golds, two silvers and two bronze medals to top the medals table at the World Track Cycling Championships. MORE

Root pleased to be England's 'Aussie'

Joe Root appreciated New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's comment that there was something Australian about the way he handled himself at the crease. "I'll take it as a compliment," said the 22-year-old England batsman. MORE

Redknapp happy to forgive Bosingwa

QPR manager Harry Redknapp says he has now forgiven Jose Bosingwa following a mid-season bust-up that had exiled the defender for almost three months. Redknapp, who started Bosingwa in Saturday's 2-0 loss to Manchester United, said: "The issue is resolved." MORE

Dyer: We'll survive if Laudrup leaves

Nathan Dyer insisted after Swansea City's Capital One Cup triumph that if manager Michael Laudrup did leave, it would not be the end of their club's impressive progress. Dyer said chairman Huw Jenkins "will find the right man to take it [the club] forward." MORE

'Ridiculous' fixture list angers Cahill

Gary Cahill believes a "ridiculous" fixture list is endangering Chelsea's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester City was Chelsea's 46th match of the campaign. Cahill said: "It's not an excuse, but fatigue has to play a part." MORE