The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 9 April 2013


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Superb Aguero provides City with derby day delight

A fine run and finish from substitute Sergio Aguero, below, helped champions Manchester City to a 2-1 victory against neighbours United at Old Trafford. City now trail the leaders by 12 points, with seven games remaining for both teams.

James Milner put the visitors ahead from the edge of the area early in the second-half, before a Vincent Kompany own goal levelled matters on the hour. MORE

Ronaldo confident of reaching semis

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is confident his side will progress to the last four of the Champions League as they defend a 3-0 lead in Galatasaray tonight. "If we go with the ambition to score a goal, we will go through fine," the Portuguese international said.

Spurs feel pressure, admits Dempsey

Clint Dempsey has admitted to a nervousness around the Tottenham squad as they stumble in their bid for a top-four finish. "It's been tense," he said. "That's kind of what the atmosphere's been. It's something that's been there. It's been noticeable in the last three home games." MORE

Johnson: Reds are better than last year

Glen Johnson believes Liverpool are enjoying a better campaign than last year, despite last February's League Cup triumph. "It is clearly a better season," the defender said. "Look at the squad, the feeling around the place, the football we are playing. It has to be better." MORE

Fillol faces 11-week ban in spitting case

Stade Français scrum-half Jérôme Fillol faces an 11-week suspension for spitting in the face of Bath's Peter Stringer after being cited for the offence last night. A disciplinary hearing into the incident, which took place last weekend, will be held in Dublin on Thursday. MORE

Team GB in line for tough World draw

Great Britain face a potential Davis Cup tie with either Rafa Nadal and Spain or Roger Federer's Switzerland in tomorrow's draw for the World Group play-offs in September. Britain staged a fine recovery to beat Russia last weekend. MORE

Hamstring injury rules Clarke out

Darren Clarke was last night forced to withdraw from this week's Masters after tearing his hamstring. The 2011 Open champion suffered the injury playing tennis with his sons. "It was just one of those freak injuries," he lamented. MORE

Harris hungry for success at Lord's

James Harris is looking forward to his debut season with Middlesex after departing Glamorgan following seven seasons. "We've got the nucleus of a young, up-and-coming team," the 23-year-old said. "I'm hopeful this group can stay together." MORE

National winner set to leave hospital

Grand National winner Ryan Mania is likely to leave hospital today after a precautionary scan. The 23-year-old, who won with Auroras Encore on Saturday, suffered a hurdles fall at Hexham on Sunday. MORE

Rashid prepared to look elsewhere

Adil Rashid has admitted he is prepared to leave Yorkshire to further his England ambitions. "If I don't feel I've been treated well, I'll go," the 25-year-old all-rounder said. "I need to be playing, and I know there are teams willing to take me." MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Both Rory McIlroy's driver and putter have come back to life, something for Tiger Woods to reflect upon as he celebrates the reanimation of his own putter but frets over his work off the tee. MORE