The Sports Matrix: Friday 18 November 2011


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Forward-thinking Federer in the mood

Roger Federer has moved to quash retirement talk as he prepares to defend his ATP World Tour Finals title in London. "I look more than a year ahead of time at what's coming towards me," he said. "I had a Nike meeting yesterday about clothes for 2013." MORE

Heavy defeat puts Woods in shade

Tiger Woods's President's Cup campaign got off to a poor start in Melbourne yesterday, his partnership with Steve Stricker suffering a heavy 7&6 foursomes defeat to Adam Scott – caddied by Woods' former employee Steve Williams – and K J Choi. MORE

Kallis milestone followed by slump

Despite Jacques Kallis becoming the fourth batsman to pass 12,000 Test runs, South Africa collapsed to 266 all out in the first innings of the second Test against Australia in Johannesburg after having been 241 for 4 at one stage. MORE

RFU have not yet given up on Mallett

The Rugby Football Union are to speak with the South African Nick Mallett in an attempt to get him to reconsider accepting the England manager's vacancy. Eddie Jones, the former Australia coach, yesterday hinted he may be interested in the position. MORE

Tomkins content to stay a league apart

Sam Tomkins can complete a fine tournament by inspiring England to victory in tomorrow's final against Australia. The full-back watched brother Joel switch codes last week but has no plans to follow suit. "I don't think it affected me," the 22-year-old said. MORE

Rooney to make personal appeal

England striker Wayne Rooney is to appeal to Uefa in person next month in an attempt to get his three-match ban reduced. The hearing has been brought forward to allow the forward to attend following a Champions League match with his club. MORE

Britton: Rodgers is a pass master

Leon Britton believes the Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers can take credit for his sides' easy-on-the-eye passing game. "It's what he always bangs on to you about," the midfielder told i. "[You should] Be embarrassed if you lose the ball." MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

With the moral antennae of the average Arctic musk-ox, Sepp Blatter, who understands everything about the value of money and nothing about the meaning of racism, should be driven out into the wind and the sand. MORE

Spurs deny phone tapping claims

Tottenham Hotspur have denied allegations they employed a firm of forensic accountants to carry out any form of spying or illegal practice on Karren Brady or other West Ham board members at the height of the club's battle over the Olympic Stadium. MORE

Uruguay FA backs Suarez as Blatter fallout continues

Luis Suarez's case against claims he racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during last month's league meeting with Liverpool could be strengthened by the weight of the Uruguayan Football Association and compatriot Gus Poyet. Suarez's defence will claim linguistic nuances led to confusion over what was said, with the Uruguay FA seeking help from the country's London embassy and its own foreign office. Brighton and Hove Albion manager Poyet also spoke up in defence of his countryman. "I played for seven years in Spain and was called everything," he said. "I never went out crying like a baby, like Evra. I'm really sad about this because it's going to become too easy; why are we going to take one person's word over another?" Fifa president Sepp Blatter's own comments on racism this week continue to attract controversy, with a number of players speaking out and foreign media also picking up on the furious reaction to Blatter's words. The Fifa president was even moved to explain a picture of himself with "black man" Tokyo Sexwale, a former South African government minister. MORE

Martinez blames cultural divide

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes the act of spitting is not as frowned upon overseas as it is in the English game. Latics defender Antolin Alcaraz is serving a ban after spitting at an opponent. "It is not seen in the same manner," Martinez said. MORE