The Sports Matrix: Friday 23 December 2011


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Sturridge secures draw for Chelsea at Tottenham

Daniel Sturridge's equaliser earned Chelsea a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane last night, keeping Spurs just two points ahead of their rivals. After eight minutes, Emmanuel Adebayor converted Gareth Bale's ball to put Tottenham in front. Sturridge equalised 15 minutes later, finishing Ashley Cole's cross despite claims of handball against the left-back. Ramires missed a late header, and neither side could find a winning goal. MORE

Cavendish wins BBC Sports prize

Cyclist Mark Cavendish won the BBC Sport Personality of the Year award last night, after winning the Road Race World Championships and the Tour de France green jersey in 2011. "For me it's a landmark in cycling," he said. "I take this on behalf of cycling." MORE

Cahill targeted by Chelsea and Spurs

Gary Cahill is likely to be able to choose between moves to Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur next month, as he goes into the January transfer window with just six months remaining on his deal. The Bolton centre-back could be available for just £7m. MORE

Blackburn cannot afford Kean pay-off

Steve Kean's position as Blackburn Rovers manager appeared to be safe last night, with owner Anuradha Desai apparently of the view that she cannot afford to sack him having handed him a £1.5m-a-year deal last month, despite wanting a new coach. MORE

Boost for United over Jones' injury

Phil Jones may be available for Manchester United's game against Wigan on Boxing Day, after scans to the face injury he suffered at Fulham on Wednesday showed soft tissue damage rather than any serious impact on his jaw or cheekbone. MORE

Drewett named new ATP president

Former Australian player Brad Drewett was hired yesterday as the new head of the men's professional tennis tour, as executive chairman and president of the ATP. Drewett reached a career-high ranking of 34 in singles, and won two tournaments.

My England career is over, says Hape

England centre Shontayne Hape believes a new era will end his international career. "It is time to start rebuilding for the next World Cup," he said. "It is time for the young guys to step up and take charge and get that experience of playing in big games." MORE

Pietersen to stay at 'fantastic' Surrey

Kevin Pietersen will remain a Surrey player for the remainder of his England career, the county announced yesterday. "Surrey is a fantastic club," the 31-year-old batsman said. "I have been really impressed with the environment and work ethic in place." MORE

Everton favourites now for Donnelly

Everton look set to win the race for Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly after making a formal offer believed to be higher than Swansea's £100,000 bid last week. Cliftonville want a deal for the Northern Ireland Under- 21 international agreed today. MORE

Noseda has his eyes on Kentucky

Jeremy Noseda hopes that horse Harvard N Yale might be able to race in the Kentucky Derby in May. "This is a horse we like, and one I think might be ideally suited by American-style racing," he said yesterday. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

John Terry avoided the worst possible disaster last night, on an evening when no defeat could be countenanced. As he blocked Emmanuel Adebayor's late shot, he showed he remains one of life's most dedicated survivors. MORE