Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Senior Environmental Adviser - Maternity Cover

£37040 - £43600 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The UK's export credit agency a...

Recruitment Genius: CBM & Lubrication Technician

£25000 - £27500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides a compreh...

Recruitment Genius: Care Worker - Residential Emergency Service

£16800 - £19500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Would you like to join an organ...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Landscaper

£25000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: In the last five years this com...

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 18 September 2013

Rampant Rooney helps United open campaign in style

Wayne Rooney continued to work his way back into the affections of the Manchester United support scoring a brace as Bayer Leverkusen were beaten 4-2 in the opening Champions League group stage match last night.

The England forward, who came close to leaving for Chelsea in the summer, scored in either half as David Moyes’ side overcame a slow start before easing to three points.

Simon Rolfes equalised Rooney’s opener before Robin van Persie’s acrobatic effort put United ahead again. Rooney’s second, his 200th for the club, followed by an Antonio Valencia finish extended their advantage before Omer Toprak pulled one back. MORE

Dominant City canter to easy victory in Plzen

Manchester City put their stuttering domestic form to one side as they comfortably swept aside Viktoria Plzen 3-0 in their opening Champions League group match in the Czech Republic.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side, who have exited the competition at the group stage in each of the last two seasons, struggled to find a breakthrough before the interval only for Edin Dzeko to put them ahead three minutes into the second half.

Further strikes from Yaya Touré and Sergio Aguero before the hour mark confirmed the victory. “In the first half we had chances to score,” Pellegrini said. “But in the second half we played really well.” MORE

Leaders Blackpool beaten at Millwall

Blackpool missed a chance to pull clear at the top of the table, going down 3-1 at Millwall as the pressure on manager Steve Lomas  was eased with their first victory of the season.

The London side move off the bottom with the three points after recovering from Thomas Ince’s early opener. Goals from Liam Trotter - a penalty - Nicky Bailey and Steve Morison then stunned the in-form Seasiders to give Paul Ince’s side a first defeat which takes them out of the automatic promotion places and below Leicester and Queens Park Rangers, who host Brighton tonight. MORE

Halsey hits back over book criticism

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey has hit back at suggestions he was too close to leading figures in the game. “I am not a person who has ever been corrupt,” he said. “The rows I have had with managers show that.” MORE

Kevin Garside

Kimi Raikkonen’s appointment is not so much about what the returning Finn might bring to Ferrari but what he might bring out of Fernando Alonso, who, in the view of Il Presidente, needs to be more inclusive. MORE

Wiggins leads after taking trial verdict

Sir Bradley Wiggins moved top of the Tour of Britain standings after winning the stage three time trial. The 2012 Tour de France winner clocked 19min 54.2sec over a rain-lashed course that started and ended in Knowsley. MORE

Collingwood takes Durham nearer title

Durham moved closer to the County Championship title after bowling Nottinghamshire out for 78 on the first day of the penultimate match. The hosts ended their day’s reply on 207 for 8, with Paul Collingwood unbeaten on 53. MORE

World Cup plans put under threat

Foundations have been laid for a boardroom row that could disrupt the next World Cup. Chairmen and owners of Premiership clubs meet for discussions over a tournament that could bust the European game wide open. MORE

Latest stories from i100
SPONSORED FEATURES
Career Services

Day In a Page

The long walk west: they fled war in Syria, only to get held up in Hungary – now hundreds of refugees have set off on foot for Austria

They fled war in Syria...

...only to get stuck and sidetracked in Hungary
From The Prisoner to Mad Men, elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series

Title sequences: From The Prisoner to Mad Men

Elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series. But why does the art form have such a chequered history?
Giorgio Armani Beauty's fabric-inspired foundations: Get back to basics this autumn

Giorgio Armani Beauty's foundations

Sumptuous fabrics meet luscious cosmetics for this elegant look
From stowaways to Operation Stack: Life in a transcontinental lorry cab

Life from the inside of a trucker's cab

From stowaways to Operation Stack, it's a challenging time to be a trucker heading to and from the Continent
Kelis interview: The songwriter and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell and crying over potatoes

Kelis interview

The singer and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell
Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea