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

Tradewind Recruitment: KS2 Teacher

Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is a two form entry primary schoo...

Tradewind Recruitment: English Teacher

Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...

Tradewind Recruitment: Science Teacher

£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...

Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Primary Teacher

£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 19 June 2013

Tuilagi the latest Tour doubt as Lions suffer rare defeat

Doubts rose last night over the fitness of Manu Tuilagi as the British and Irish Lions approach Saturday’s first Test with Australia.

The 22-year-old, right, is struggling with a shoulder and neck injury, and is unlikely to feature this weekend, where he had been earmarked as an impact replacement. Coach Warren Gatland also has problems over Tommy Bowe, Jamie Roberts and George North.

Preparations for Saturday concluded with a dispiriting 14-12 defeat to ACT Brumbies yesterday. Two penalties apiece from Stuart Hogg and Owen Farrell were not enough to prevent a first provincial loss for the Lions in 16 years. MORE

Dawn Approach in thrilling Ascot win

Dawn Approach was victorious in the St James’s Palace Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot yesterday, beating Toronado in a photo finish and coming through a steward’s enquiry. Animal Kingdom came a miserable 11th in the Queen Anne Stakes. MORE

Cook: we are set for next Trophy test

Alastair Cook believes England’s victory against New Zealand last weekend can give his side confidence in today’s Champions Trophy semi-final against South Africa. “Cardiff was a good test,” he said, “to see where we were in terms of having to deliver under pressure.” MORE

Froome with a view on Tour leadership

Chris Froome admits Sir Bradley Wiggins’ withdrawal from the Tour de France has saved him from fielding endless questions regarding the Team Sky leadership. “A lot of people would have still been asking,” he said. “In that respect it’s made our lives a lot simpler.” MORE

Arrival casts doubt over Pardew future

Joe Kinnear was yesterday confirmed as Newcastle United’s director of football, putting manager Alan Pardew’s role in doubt. “Joe will report directly to the board as the senior executive in charge of all football-related matters,” the club said. “Pardew will report in to Joe.” MORE

McEnroe: Murray better when happy

John McEnroe feels a positive outlook has benefited Andy Murray’s game. “Murray’s first step was the right one: to clean up that part [the negative energy] and get away from that, not being so negative,” McEnroe said. “That has helped him.” MORE

De Villiers: England swing a concern

South Africa captain AB de Villiers has admitted England’s success in getting the ball to reverse swing has raised eyebrows. “If they are doing something funny with the ball, then it’s definitely a concern,” he said. “But we’ve got no proof of that.” MORE

Alberto closes in on Liverpool move

Liverpool are close to completing a £6m deal for Spanish midfielder Luis Alberto from Seville. Manager Brendan Rodgers is confident a deal will be done after the La Liga side’s sporting director, Ramon Verdejo, said an initial Liverpool offer was “very good”.

Sunderland owner in badge stunt

Sunderland owner Ellis Short has been pictured wearing a pin badge with an insulting message to Newcastle. Short was pictured with a badge with the initials FTM (F*** the Mags) on his suit when showing the Tanzania president around the training ground.

Five-time winner Venus out of SW19

Five-time champion Venus Williams has pulled out of Wimbledon because of a back injury. “I will not be able to participate,” the 33-year-old said last night. “I am extremely disappointed as I have always loved the Championships.”

Hannah England

I love this time of year. I’ve done a bit of international racing, now it’s home time. I love each time I pull on a GB vest. I make sure I appreciate that experience every time – you don’t know when it will be your last. MORE

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee