The Sports Matrix: Friday 18 May 2012


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Broad puts Windies to the sword but Chanderpaul shines

Stuart Broad gave England the advantage on the opening day of the first Test at Lord's against West Indies yesterday, leaving the tourists already facing an uphill task to rescue the match. The 25-year-old took six wickets – his fifth Test haul of five or more – to reduce the visitors to 243-9 at the close. Only veteran batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul provided any sort of resistance for the tourists, remaining unbeaten on 87.

Put into bat by the hosts, West Indies lost two quick wickets to James Anderson, Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards falling to the bowler who now sits equal fourth in Test wickets at Lord's. The loss of Adrian Barath left the score at 86-3 and signalled the entrance of Chanderpaul. The 37-year-old's measured display, which took him to ninth in the all-time Test scoring list, helped the tourists see out the day, his best partnership was 81 with Marlon Samuels. MORE

Liverpool move to replace Dalglish

Liverpool continue their search for a new manager, with plans in place to approach at least seven managers. Wigan have granted the Anfield side permission to speak to Roberto Martinez, while Fabio Capello and Pep Guardiola are among the options. MORE

Fans warned over Euro racist abuse

Black and Asian England supporters have been warned to "take extra care" when travelling to Ukraine for the European Championship. The Foreign Office has warned fans of the likelihood of trouble, while some supporters have cancelled trips. MORE

Injury problems mount for Murray

Andy Murray crashed out of the Rome Masters at the third-round stage yesterday, going down 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 to Frenchman Richard Gasquet in a match lasting almost three hours. The Scot remains concerned over a back injury ahead of the French Open. MORE

Woakes adds to Lancs' problems

Lancashire continued to struggle on the second day at Warwickshire, slumping to 61-5 in reply to the hosts' total of 557-6dec. Rikki Clarke (123) added to Varun Chop-ra's century before the returning Chris Woakes took two wickets in the champions' reply. MORE

Vieira: Arsenal need Van Persie

Patrick Vieira believes it is imperative for Arsenal to keep former team-mate Robin van Persie if they are to remain in contention for trophies. "If Robin leaves, who is behind?" Vieira said. "If he leaves it's going to be difficult to keep the top players." MORE

Cheltenham make it to final furlong

Cheltenham prevailed 2-1 at Torquay in the semi-final second leg at Plainmoor to reach next Sunday's final. Jermaine McGla-shan and Marlon Pack secured a 4-1 aggregate win to take Mark Yates' side through to a meeting with Crewe at Wembley.

Stoner announces surprise retirement

Casey Stoner yesterday stunned the sport by announcing his retirement at the age of 26. The Australian – who will see out the season – remains the reigning world champion, but cited a lack of passion for bike racing as the reason behind his decision. MORE

Yachvili out to spoil Wilkinson's party

Biarritz scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili presents the main barrier to Jonny Wilkinson's chances of success in tonight's Amlin Challenge Cup final with Toulon. Without the Frenchman, Biarritz border on hopeless; with him they are as formidable as any side. MORE

Interview: Nolan's message

West Ham captain Kevin Nolan says leading the side in tomorrow's play-off final will count for nothing if the team do not win. "It will be amazing to lead the team out," he said. "But it won't be remembered unless we win." MORE