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The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 7 August 2013


La Liga duo face loss of privileges

Barcelona and Real Madrid face relinquishing their privileged statuses as member-owned clubs following an investigation by the European Commission. The clubs are likely to become plcs, losing key advantages behind the country’s recent dominance of the domestic and international scene. MORE

Flower: ICC need to stay calm over DRS

England coach Andy Flower has called on the ICC to make better use of the DRS system following a number of controversial calls in the Ashes series. “The people in charge have to make calm, clear decisions,” he said. “Just being smart about how we use [it]. That’s the thing the ICC need to get right.” MORE

Tweddle opts to step out of the gym

Beth Tweddle has became the latest star of London 2012 to announce her retirement. “It’s been a hard decision,” the 28-year-old, who won bronze at last year’s games, said. “Gymnastics has been a massive part of my life. I can’t commit to the hours and training to remain at the top.” MORE

Woods: my major chances will come

Tiger Woods remains convinced his five-year wait for a major title will end soon. “I’ve had my share of chances,” the American said ahead of the US PGA Championships, which starts tomorrow. “The key is to keep giving myself chances, and eventually I’ll start getting them.” MORE

Injury-hit Greene heads to Worlds

Dai Greene says his injury worries continue to cloud his preparation for the World Championships. “I won’t know how it feels until I start running on Monday,” he said of his calf complaint. “We’ll see how it reacts to a full race. It’s not ideal preparation. I want to give it the best shot I can.”

Rooney looks abroad as Chelsea saga drags on

Wayne Rooney is willing to contemplate a move abroad should his move to Chelsea fail to materialise Jose Mourinho’s side failed with a second bid for the England international, right, thought to be in the region of £25m, last weekend, with Rooney’s options limited.

Manager David Moyes has concerns over the possibility of Rooney joining a title contender. French side Paris Saint-Germain were also initially interested in the 27-year-old, who missed last night’s friendly in Sweden with a shoulder injury, although  Laurent Blanc’s side have since moved for Napoli’s Edinson  Cavani. MORE