The Sports Matrix: Monday 12 December 2011


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Bath beaten by Sexton's kicking

Leinster extended their lead at the top of Pool Three yesterday with an 18-13 win over Bath at the Recreation Ground, Jonathan Sexton kicking six penalties. Having lost two of their three pool games so far, Bath are struggling to progress. MORE

Clermont see off unruly Tigers

Clermont Auvergne beat Leicester 30-12 yesterday, moving to the top of Pool Four. Wesley Fofana scored two tries, and Morgan Parra kicked three penalties. Leicester's Manu Tuilagi and George Chuter were sin-binned in the second half as they struggled. MORE

Balotelli breaks City curfew

Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was seen socialising in a Manchester restaurant until the early hours of yesterday morning, breaching a club curfew. Players must not be out within 48 hours of a game and City play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight. MORE

Khan loses titles amid controversy

Amir Khan lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles after a shock points defeat to Lamont Peterson on Saturday night, leaving him hoping for a 2012 re-match. Khan was critical of the referee who docked him two points for pushing. MORE

Donald tops US and Europe money lists

Luke Donald has become the first man to top the European and US money lists in the same season after finishing third at the Dubai World Championship. The world No 1 earned £4.19m on the US circuit and £3.63m on the European Tour. MORE

Ainslie sorry after media boat row

Ben Ainslie was disqualified from two Finn races at the World Championships for confronting a media boat that was impeding his race. "I overreacted to what I thought was a situation where I felt my performance was being severely hindered," he said.

Opinion: James Lawton

On Saturday night, Lionel Messi ridiculed the idea that he and Cristiano Ronaldo are now operating on roughly the same level. Messi's commitment to his team was absolute, Ronaldo's will was often feckless. MORE