The Sports Matrix: Friday 27 January 2012


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Redknapp: I can barely write, let alone fiddle my tax

A court has heard Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp admitting that he had such a “problem” with handwriting that he had trouble filling in a team sheet, “wrote like a two year- old” and required an accountant to “run his life”. The 64-year-old was heard in a 2009 interview, played to Southwark Crown Court yesterday as part of his ongoing tax evasion trial, saying he had never written a letter in his life and that his wage slips were sent directly to his accountants. “I have a big problem, I can’t write, so I don’t keep anything,” Redknapp said. “I’m the most disorganised person in the world. I can’t work a computer, I don’t know what an email is, and I’ve never sent a text message. My accountant runs my life. I have not seen a wage slip in 10 years.” Redknapp is expected to take his place in the away dugout at Vicarage Road tonight as his Tottenham side travel to Watford for an FA Cup fourth-round tie. He will meet up with his players after leaving court. “He will meet us in the hotel and give the team talk,” assistant manager Kevin Bond said. MORE

Nadal overcomes Federer in classic

Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer in a closely fought battle to make only his second Melbourne final. The 2009 champion recovered from losing the first set to prevail 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 and will face either Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray in Sunday’s final. MORE

Prince looking to makesweet music

The £136m signing of Prince Fielder has helped the Detroit Tigers continue a family tradition, as his father Cecil also wore the club’s uniform. Nineteen-stone Fielder draws interest because of his size, but punches his weight with his heavy hitting. MORE

McIlroy makes the early running

Rory McIlroy’s putting made up for some erratic driving as the Ulsterman upstaged his playing partners Tiger Woods and Luke Donald to shoot 67 to share the first-round lead in the Abu Dhabi Championship with Robert Karlsson. Woods shot 70. MORE

Farrell: Son must earn Englandspot

Andy Farrell says his son Owen must prove his worth if he is to debut in nextweek’s Six Nations opener against Scotland. “We’ll discuss what’s right for the team, what fits with our philosophy,” England assistant coach Andy said. “And pick accordingly.” MORE

Late wickets give Pakistan hope

A flurry of wickets late in the day brought Pakistan into contention after England had had the best of the second day of the second Test. After Pakistan’s tail collapsed to 257 all out, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott put on 139 before England fell to 207-5. MORE

Jol: We can’t leave it all to Dempsey

The Fulham manager, Martin Jol, has admitted the club have become overly reliant on midfielder Clint Dempsey for goals in recent weeks. “I can’t deny Clint has been the difference,” the Dutchman said ahead of tonight’s FA Cup trip to Everton. MORE

Fixtures could be moved for Cup final

Premier League fixtures on the first weekend in May could be moved to the Sunday to avoid a clash with the FA Cup final. Last season, Manchester United’s clinching of the league title overshadowed neighbours City’s Cup win the same afternoon. MORE

Bellamy feeling the love at Liverpool

Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool are reaping the reward of a revitalised Craig Bellamy in his second spell at the club – thanks to the manager’s handling of the striker. MORE