The Sports Matrix: Friday 27 July 2012


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Britain's men's come up short against Sengal

Great Britain's men's football side could not join their female counterparts in getting their Olympic campaign off to a victorious start after they were held to a 1-1 draw with Senegal at Old Trafford last night. Craig Bellamy put Britain ahead in the 20th minute with a half volley from a Ryan Giggs free-kick, but Moussa Konaté equalised for the Africans in the 82nd minute with a calm finish past Jack Butland. Elsewhere, one of the favourites to win the competition, Spain, suffered a shock 1-0 defeat by Japan. They were reduced to 10 men after Inigo Martinez was dismissed. Brazil ran out 3-2 winners over Egypt, Manchester United's Rafael, and Santos forward Neymar were among the goal scorers. MORE

Lightening Bolt could try for four

In addition to running the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt said yesterday he is tempted to also take on the 4 x 400m relay. "It would be about how I felt after the 200m," Bolt, who won three gold medals in Beijing said. "If I feel fresh - why not?" MORE

Full house for opening ceremony

Tonight's spectacular opening ceremony at the London Olympics will be performed in front of a full house in the Olympic Stadium. A number of the most expensive tickets for the ceremony remain on sale but organisers will look to ensure any seats not sold will be occupied. MORE

Team Miley ready for the Games

Coached by her father, Patrick, swimmer Hannah Miley takes to the pool at the Aquatics centre tomorrow. "I know everyone has had to sacrifice a lot to support me and my dad," the 22-year-old said. "So the fact I can go in as Team Miley gives huge pride." MORE

Godfrey aims for flying start

The archery competition gets under way this morning, with British archer Larry Godfrey hoping to get Team GB off to a flying start. "Let's hope me or one of the other guys in the team can get a British record first up," Godfrey said ahead of the event at Lord's today. MORE

Murray primed for stern Swiss opener

Andy Murray was handed a difficult draw for his opening match for the tennis tournament. He will take on the Swiss world No 25 Stanislas Wawrinka. Murray could also face Wawrinka's compatriot Roger Federer in the final. MORE

Mancini fumes at lack of additions

Roberto Mancini yesterday gave vent to his frustrations over Manchester City's lack of activity in the transfer market this summer, indicating possible difference's with City's football administrator Brain Marwood, who handles the deals. MORE

Capello takes aim at 2014 with Russia

The former England head coach Fabio Capello yesterday signed a two-year deal to become coach of Russia. "We have to work towards the 2014 World Cup," the Italian said. "It's a new challenge for me." Capello will be based in Moscow. MORE

Terry just wants to focus on football

Chelsea defender John Terry said he just wants to "concentrate on the football" after making his first start since being acquitted of racially abusing the Queen's Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand, in a pre-season friendly in America. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Next Tuesday night, in slightly less than an hour, Michael Phelps will have opportunities to win medals to carry him past Soviet gymnast Larissa Latynina's total of 19. MORE