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The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 12 February 2014

Anichebe leveller shocks Chelsea

Victor Anichebe headed in a late goal to earn West Brom a 1-1 draw with Chelsea. Branislav Ivanovic scored for Chelsea before Anichebe came off the bench to equalise with three minutes left. Meanwhile, Jose Fonte’s goal earned Southampton a 1-0 win at Hull. MORE

Hammers now four points off the drop

West Ham moved five points clear of the relegation zone with a 2-0 home win over Norwich, with James Collins and Mohamed Diame scoring late goals for Sam Allardyce’s side. Cardiff and Aston Villa meanwhile, played out a 0-0 draw at the Cardiff City Stadium. MORE

Özil told to score more by Wenger

Arsène Wenger has told record signing Mesut Özil that he needs to score more goals, ahead of Arsenal’s home league game against Manchester United tonight. When asked where Özil most needed to improve, the Arsenal manager was clear. “Goalscoring,” he said. MORE

Terry to discover England fate

England manager Roy Hodgson will announce today whether he intends to bring back defender John Terry ahead of the World Cup. Hodgson will be talking ahead of selecting his last squad before he names the 23 players he will take to the World Cup at the end of May. MORE

Warburton and Jenkins sent home

Wales flanker Sam Warburton and prop Gethin Jenkins will return to Cardiff Blues for this weekend’s game with Glasgow, following the loss to Ireland. Coach Warren Gatland said: “They’ve admitted the performance was below par.” MORE

KP tipped to break record IPL price

Kevin Pietersen will learn today which team he will represent in this year’s Indian Premier League when the seventh IPL auction is held in Bangalore. He should command a fee of between $2m (£1.2m) and a record $2.5m (£1.5m). MORE

Pellegrini rejects Jose’s mind games

Manuel Pellegrini says he is too experienced to be drawn into mind games by Jose Mourinho, who argued for Yaya Touré to be suspended. Manchester City’s manager said: “I don’t think any manager can be affected by those things.” MORE

Lukaku eager for Champions League

Romelu Lukaku has challenged Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho to bring him back to the club by saying he hopes to play in next season’s Champions League. Lukaku, on loan at Everton, said: “It is high time that I play in the Champions League.” MORE

Tidal weighs in for Grand National

The weights for this year’s Grand National were published yesterday, with Tidal Bay, second in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown, the top weight but 7lb well in compared to other handicaps. MORE

Pete Jenson

What Lionel Messi proved last Sunday with his two goals against Seville is that aged 26, and contrary to reports of his imminent demise, he is still in the right condition to play himself if necessary. MORE

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