The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 15 May 2013


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Goal rush boosts Arsenal – and sends Wigan down

Three goals in eight second-half minutes helped Arsenal to a 4-1 win over Wigan, taking Arsène Wenger’s side back into the top four and relegating their FA Cup-winning opponents in the process. Shaun Maloney had equalised Lukas Podolski’s opener with a fine free-kick, but the German’s second after the interval, sandwiched between Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey strikes, secured the points for Arsenal. MORE

Post-Mancini City coast to victory

Manchester City began life after Roberto Mancini with victory last night, goals at the end of each half from Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko securing a 2-0 win at Reading. The visitors dominated throughout to secure second place. MORE

Cech: Cups mean more than stability

Petr Cech has questioned whether stability always equals success as he seeks an 11th trophy in nine years with Chelsea tonight. “We can say we’d have liked more stability,” he said. “But we always seem to get a trophy.” MORE

Serena recovers to overcome Robson

Laura Robson, despite breaking the 15-time Grand Slam winner’s serve in the opening game, went down 6-2, 6-2 to Serena Williams in the second round of the Rome Masters. The Briton, who beat sister Venus in the previous round, served seven double-faults.

Wiggins slips on mixed day for Sky

Stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia produced mixed results for Team Sky yesterday, with Rigoberto Uran taking a spectacular win while Sir Bradley Wiggins slid further behind overall leader Vincenzo Nibali. “I’m still fighting to finish on the podium,” the Briton insisted. MORE

Fulton admits to growing pains

New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton has admitted that his height may count against him. “Whether it would be easier for me if I wasn’t as tall I’m not sure,” he said before the start of the first Test against England tomorrow. “A lot of the world’s best have been shorter, so maybe there is something.” MORE

Stoute left waiting after setback

A setback yesterday meant that Sir Michael Stoute was unable to declare Telescope for tomorrow’s Betfred Dante Stakes, leaving the colt’s participation in the Investec Derby in the balance. The performance of Liber Nauticus in today’s Tattersalls Musidora Stakes has obtained new significance. MORE

Ohuruogu reveals home discomforts

Christine Ohuruogu has admitted that the pressure of competing in last year’s home Olympics weighed heavily on some of the British competitors. “For a lot of athletes, no matter how they did, it’s nice to come out the other end and say, ‘There is life after 2012,’” she said. “It is a relief, almost.” MORE