The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 18 June 2014


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Cavendish sprints to stage victory

Mark Cavendish edged out Juan Jose Lobato and Peter Sagan in a thrilling final sprint to win the fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse. There was more bad news for Sir Bradley Wiggins, though, as he crashed with 26 kilometres left, lying 14 minutes behind leader Tony Martin. MORE

Draxler rejects Arsenal move

Arsenal’s transfer plans were undermined when their long-term target, the Germany midfielder Julian Draxler, said he will be staying at Schalke next season. He said he turned down a move to Arsenal in January, adding: “I want to play one year more in Schalke.” MORE

Cipriani shines against Crusaders

Danny Cipriani shone as Stuart Lancaster’s England XV beat the Crusaders 38-7. Cipriani helped set up Joe Gray’s try – one of England’s six – and kicked three conversions. Owen Farrell, meanwhile, is out of the third Test with a knee injury. MORE

Azarenka upbeat despite early exit

World No 8 Victoria Azarenka’s preparations for Wimbledon suffered a setback, losing 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to Camila Giorgi in the first round of the Aegon International. “There are a lot of positive things that I can take from what happened,” she insisted. MORE

McEnroe: Murray has less pressure

John McEnroe believes Andy Murray will feel less pressure this year as the Scot bids to defend his Wimbledon title. “I am not going to say it will be easier for Andy to win it a second time but there will be less pressure overall,” said McEnroe. MORE

Kingman eclipses Night of Thunder

Kingman beat Night of Thunder to win the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Kingman had been beaten by Night Of Thunder in the 2,000 Guineas after thumping him in the Greenham Stakes. MORE

England’s puzzle

After the Lord’s thriller, questions linger about England. They haven’t found a successor to Graeme Swann, opener Sam Robson looks unconvincing – and what now for Ben Stokes? MORE

Hodgson set to give Rooney No 10 role against Uruguay

Wayne Rooney is set to return to the No 10 central role for England against Uruguay, with Roy Hodgson giving him a full run-out in that position in training.

Having moved Rooney to the left for the loss to Italy it now looks like the Manchester United man will return to a more familiar position, with Raheem Sterling moved to the wing.

In training, Hodgson played with Sterling on the right and Danny Welbeck on the left, two days before England face Uruguay in Sao Paulo.

On Monday, Rooney had not warmed down with the main group of outfield players who started the match on Saturday. He responded angrily to what he perceived as suggestions that this might mean he could be left out of the team tomorrow, writing on his Facebook page yesterday that it had been done at his own request. MORE

Mexico hold on to draw with Brazil

Brazil were held to a goalless draw by a dogged Mexico side. The hosts enjoyed more possession but Mexico stood strong, helped by their brilliant goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who repelled Neymar and Thiago Silva as Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side attacked in vain. MORE

Fellaini scores in Belgium comeback

Belgium came from behind to defeat Algeria 2-1. The north African side took a shock lead through Sofiane Feghouli’s penalty after being fouled by Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen. But Marouane Fellaini headed Belgium level before Dries Mertens hit the winner late on. MORE

Van Gaal’s next test  

Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands take on Australia today as they look to build on their stunning 5-1 win over defending champions Spain, with their recent shift from a 4-3-3 formation to 5-3-2 so far paying dividends. MORE