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

KS1 Primary Teacher

£100 - £150 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Qualified KS1 Supply Teacher re...

KS2 Teaching Supply Wakefield

£140 - £160 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Qualified KS2 Supply Teacher r...

Year 1/2 Teacher

£130 - £160 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Qualified KS1 Teacher required,...

Primary Teachers Needed for Supply in Wakefield

£140 - £160 per annum: Randstad Education Leeds: Qualified KS1&2 Supply Te...

The Sports Matrix: Friday 16 December 2011

 

Arsenal and Chelsea await European fate

Arsenal and Chelsea, England's two remaining teams in the Champions League, will learn their last 16 opponents at lunch-time today. The two sides both won their groups, and so are in a favourable pot along with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. They will face group runners-up, the strongest of which are Italian sides Milan and Napoli. "There are a lot of top teams also in those runners-up spots," Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas said. "One team with seven European titles [Milan] and, for sure, those will be the ones to try to avoid." An hour after the Champions League draw, Stoke, Manchester City and Manchester United will learn their Europa League opponents. MORE

Spurs out despite Dublin victory

Tottenham's European campaign ended last night despite a 4-0 win at Shamrock Rovers. Steven Pienaar, Andros Townsend, Jermain Defoe and Harry Kane all scored, but as Rubin Kazan drew 1-1 against PAOK Salonika Spurs finished third and go out. MORE

England support to dwindle at Euros

England supporters are unlikely to take up their full allocation for next summer's European Championship following the shortage and expense of Ukranian hotel rooms. Usually one of the best supported teams, many England fans will settle for watching on TV. MORE

Uruguay deny helping Suarez

A decision is expected today on the racism charge hanging over Liverpool's Luis Suarez relating to the match with Manchester United in October. The Uruguay embassy has strongly denied rumours that it attempted to aid Suarez's case. MORE

No decision on new Lampard contract

Andre Villas-Boas would not confirm yesterday that Frank Lampard would be offered a new Chelsea deal. He said that the midfielder's agent had contacted the club regarding a new one, but also that: "I'm not sure of the situation, we've not decided yet." MORE

Steyn races to Test bowling milestone

South African Dale Steyn yesterday became the second fastest bowler to reach 250 wickets as the hosts assumed control of the first Test against Sri Lanka. Playing his 49th Test, Steyn reached the milestone by snaring Tillakaratne Dilshan in the fifth over. MORE

Westwood cards 60 but rues missed putt

Lee Westwood remained disappointed after the opening round of the Thailand Golf Championship, despite carding a career-low 60. The Englishman missed a 15-footer on the penultimate hole to miss out on the magical 59. "It wasn't mean to be," he mused. MORE

Wheldon died after hitting post

IndyCar officials have determined Dan Wheldon was killed by blunt force head trauma after colliding with a post during a Las Vegas race in October. The double Indianapolis 500 winner was involved in a multiple pile-up during the final race of the 2011 campaign. MORE

Doncaster delay Cooke return

Doncaster have chosen to delay making a decision over Paul Cooke until the new year. The 30-year-old has been absent from the game for over a year but is keen to return and is seen by the Dons as a potentially key component of their promotion campaign. MORE

Froch out to restore British boxing pride

Carl Froch admits he is "the last man standing" following a poor month for British boxers. "There seems to be pressure on me to restore the pride in British boxing," he said ahead of tomorrow's fight with Andre Ward. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

After the decision to appoint Chris Foy – who handled Stoke v Tottenham atrociously – to a Premier League game tomorrow, it is impossible to know what it would take to persuade the authorities to embrace TV technology. MORE

Career Services

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam