The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 12 March 2014


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Arsenal hold the holders but go out

Arsenal departed the Champions League despite holding the holders Bayern Munich to a 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena. Bastian Schweinsteiger’s opener was levelled by Lukas Podolski but Bayern held on to progress 3-1 on aggregate. Atletico Madrid beat Milan 5-1 on aggregate.  MORE

Leicester improve promotion hopes

Leicester City moved 15 points clear of the play-off places at the top of the Championship last night after beating Barnsley 3-0 at Oakwell. Elsewhere, Derby were held at home by Bolton, QPR went down 2-0 at Brighton and Reading were 4-2 victors at Leeds United. MORE

Windies secure Twenty20 series

West Indies wrapped up the Twenty20 series with England, easing to a five-wicket win in Bridgetown to go 2-0 up in the three-match series. The visitors posted 152 for 7, Jos Buttler hitting 67 and Krishmar  Santokie taking 4 for 21, before the Windies romped home with seven balls to spare. MORE

Death of Our Conor eclipses Jezki win

Jezki and Barry Geraghty won the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival yesterday – ahead of My Tent Or Yours and The New One – although the race was overshadowed by the fatal fall of Our Conor. The five-year-old suffered a back injury and was later put down. MORE

Kompany calls for title-winning belief

Vincent Kompany has called on Manchester City to invoke the spirit of their title-winning victory over QPR as they try to beat Barcelona. “If anything gives you belief in chasing late causes then it should be that,” the captain said. MORE

Pardew hit with seven-game ban

Newcastle United manager  Alan Pardew has been banned for seven matches following his  head-butt on Hull midfielder David Meyler earlier this month. The 52-year-old has accepted the  Football Association charge, after also being fined £60,000. MORE

Powell out, Riga in for Charlton

Chris Powell was yesterday sacked by Charlton Athletic, with the club bottom of the Championship. The former England defender has been replaced by former Standard Liège manager Jose Riga, who has also worked with Milan. MORE

Etherington sets up medal Friday

Visually impaired skier Jade Etherington and guide Caroline Powell all but guaranteed a medal in the super combined in Sochi yesterday. The pair only need to finish Friday’s super-G segment to win a medal.

Jenson Button

“My dad was always the last person who gave me a high five or cuddle before I got in the car. Even if I was trying to concentrate he would always make sure he gave me that last hug. I’m going to miss that.” MORE