The Sports Matrix: Friday 25 January 2013


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Lance deserves everything he gets, says angry Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins last night rubbished Lance Armstrong's claim that he has not doped since 2005. Speaking about the Texan's TV confession last week, Wiggins accused Armstrong of being a "lying b*****d" for suggesting that he rode his final two Tour de France races clean.

After an initial sadness at seeing a man he portrayed as an inspiration confess to doping, Wiggins's emotions changed once Armstrong claimed he had not doped in 2009 or 2010, when Wiggins also rode the Tour. In 2009 Armstrong finished third, one place ahead of Wiggins.

"What upset me the most was [Armstrong talking] about 2009-10 – I thought you lying b*****d," said Wiggins, above. "Then I have to explain it to my son. But by the end I had the best feeling in the world when [Armstrong] starts welling up about his 13-year-old son having to ask what's this all about. I never have to have that conversation with my own son – his father has won the Tour clean. There was this element of being quite smug about it. Then I got quite 'you deserve everything you get' about it, and feeling no sympathy."

Hazard could face investigation

Eden Hazard could still face a police investigation after the South Wales force revealed they were following up three calls from "members of the public living in Sussex, Kent and West Wales" in relation to the Chelsea winger's kick at a Swansea City ballboy on Wednesday. MORE

Coloccini could face legal action

Fabricio Coloccini has been informed he will face legal action if he carries out his threat to walk out of Newcastle during the transfer window. Coloccini has told officials he would not play for the club again, with the defender desperate to return to Argentina. MORE

United monitor defender Zouma

Manchester United have identified Saint-Etienne's French centre-half Kurt Zouma, 18, as a potential acquisition and are taking an active interest in the player's current contract talks with his club. Zouma is seen as one of the brightest defensive talents in France. MORE

Williams: We must be history-makers

Ashley Williams has challenged his Swansea City team-mates to become history-makers and win the Capital One Cup final next month. "Now we're this far, we definitely want to win it," said Williams. "Hopefully people will look back on this team and say they made history."

Johnson's jibe angers England

Scotland interim head coach Scott Johnson's comment about having little sympathy for England's injuries riled coach Andy Farrell, who said: "We [England] won't be addressing it in public, but there'll be plenty said behind closed doors." MORE

Woakes picked for New Zealand tour

Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes has been included in England's 15-man Test party for the tour of New Zealand. Woakes replaces Tim Bresnan, whose elbow injury means he will return home after the current tour of India.

Murray draws faith from Olympic win

Andy Murray hopes to emulate his gold medal-winning display against Roger Federer in today's Australian Open semi-final. "The match at the Olympics was good for me mentally," said Murray ahead of his 20th confrontation with the Swiss. MORE

McCall handed Scotland role

Motherwell manager Stuart McCall has been named as an assistant coach to Scotland's new manager Gordon Strachan. McCall retains his club position and will work alongside Strachan and his assistant manager Mark McGhee.

Hamilton hopes to match Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton says he wants to emulate Michael Schumacher. The new Mercedes driver said: "Michael went to Ferrari as champion, which was more positive. I like to think I could do something similar." MORE

Opinion: Neil Warnock

I can't condone what Hazard, left, did, but I can understand his frustration. I still have a laugh with Steve Coppell about the time I was convinced the ballboys at Reading were working to a plan. MORE