The Sports Matrix: Friday 21 September 2012


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Warren offers Harrison hope

Promoter Frank Warren says Scott Harrison "could end up fighting the winner" of tomorrow's WBO lightweight title fight between Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow. Harrison is on the bout's undercard. MORE

Interview: Steve Bruce

Bruce made sure to assess his time at Sunderland before accepting the Hull manager's job. He said: "I reflected on it and you look to make sure you don't repeat the mistakes in the future." MORE

£1bn TV deal will damage national side, says Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson said yesterday that the new Premier League television rights deal, worth £1bn a year, will make it even harder for English players to command first-team places at senior clubs, which will prove to the detriment of the national side at major tournaments.

Hodgson, above, said that the financial rewards of survival in the top flight of domestic football meant he and his assistants might have to do an increasing amount of their scouting in the new Reserve League.

"You could say the league is already wealthy and now that's going to double," Hodgson said. "You are going to get £70m, going up to £100m if you are [a] successful [team]. You won't have many English players who are going to get a chance.

"With Team GB we are talking about athletes who are born and bred in their own country and there are no complications with regard to any foreigners taking their place."

Hodgson added: "[Premier League teams] don't have many English players and that is going to be a problem." MORE

Wenger wary over Wilshere's return

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger was cautious about when Jack Wilshere would play after he returned to full training for the first time in over a year yesterday. "We have to give him a few training sessions to see how he copes and responds to it," Wenger said. MORE

Maritimo thwart unlucky Newcastle

Newcastle played out a frustrating goalless draw away at Portuguese club Maritimo. The visitors' chances proved in vain: Dan Gosling's effort hit the foot of the post while Shola Ameobi's curling shot struck the bar, after he had earlier seen a header pushed against the post. MORE

Liverpool survive scare to prevail

It took a late Jonjo Shelvey double for Liverpool to overcome Young Boys 5-3 in Berne last night. The Swiss side had been 3-2 up after 63 minutes, but Liverpool rallied – Sebastian Coates equalised four minutes later and then Shelvey's goals gave them victory. MORE

Lazio hold Spurs to goalless draw

Tottenham were held to a goalless home draw with Lazio in their opening Group J game last night. Spurs had two goals disallowed, but the second half was soured by monkey chanting against Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon from some Lazio supporters. MORE

England must keep their cool – Broad

England's Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad said his side must "keep cool" against Afghanistan in their opening Group A game today. He added: "It's important for us to be aware of the dangers of Afghanistan – and they are dangerous." MORE

Cook: 'Issues to be resolved' with KP

England's new Test captain Alastair Cook says there are "issues to be resolved" before Kevin Pietersen can play for England again. Cook has met with Pietersen and discussions between the player and management are ongoing. MORE

Big Bash sides target Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen is a target for Big Bash League side Melbourne Renegades, their chief executive Stuart Coventry confirmed. Coventry will assess his availability for the Australian T20 league. Their rivals, the Sydney Sixers, are also interested. MORE

Bath let Barkley join Racing Métro

Bath owner Bruce Craig has surprisingly allowed the England fly-half Olly Barkley to sign for the French Top 14 club Racing Métro, whom he will join before the end of this month. Barkley was out of contract at the end of the season. MORE