The Sports Matrix: Friday 03 February 2012


FA takes legal advice over Terry

The Football Association is considering the legal ramifications if it decides to remove John Terry (right) from his position as England captain ahead of Euro 2012, as the controversy over his July trial over allegations of racial abuse continues. The FA is not bound to delay its own investigation into the allegations until after the tournament, but has been cautioned by the Crown Prosecution Service about the perils of prejudicing the trial. A decision over Terry’s captaincy may be announced as early as today. MORE

Thorpe advice to counter spinners

England begin the third and final Test of their series against Pakistan this morning, needing to bat far better against Pakistan’s spinners. “If you don’t get your composure right you can all fall down,” said former England batsman Graham Thorpe. MORE

Lancaster puts faith in national pride

Caretaker head coach Stuart Lancaster believes England can tap into national pride if they begin the Six Nations well. “The spirit that binds the nation together is the most powerful force. We have to harness it by giving the public a team they can cheer.” MORE

Pienaar delight at Everton reunion

Steven Pienaar says he was desperate to rejoin Everton after a frustrating year in and out of the Spurs team. “All I could think of was rushing to the secretary’s office to sign the papers,” he said of the late completion of his loan move to Everton this week. MORE

Redknapp defends lying to reporter

Harry Redknapp has claimed he was justified in lying to a reporter days before his Spurs side were to play a Cup final. “I wanted Mr Beasley out of the way,” he told the court of the former News of the World writer. “It would have been embarrassing.” MORE

Rule changes to boost new season

The 12th Super League kicks off tonight with a number of rule changes set to come into play. Corner flags have been removed in order to encourage more spectacular try-scoring, while the amount of substitutions has been dropped from 12 to 10. MORE

Daly wants to play on European Tour

John Daly intends to compete on the European Tour this season, because he is not playing enough in America. “The problem with my golf is, I get starts in quite a few tournaments in the States, but there’s too far a gap between them,” he said. MORE

Boxing: Angelo Dundee

In the ring and in the gym Angelo Dundee was a brilliant and skilled motivator with a lifetime of black arts in the boxing business, which employed him for 70 years. He told Muhammad Ali stories but never the same one twice. MORE