The Sports Matrix: Monday 14 November 2011


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Hamilton wins after Vettel puncture

Lewis Hamilton took advantage of double world champion Sebastian Vettel's early puncture to win the penultimate race of the season in Abu Dhabi. The Briton held off Fernando Alonso to take the flag, compatriot Jenson Button finishing in third place. MORE

Marquez may quit after 'robbery'

Juan Manuel Marquez is contemplating retirement after claiming he was "robbed" in a majority decision defeat by Manny Pacquiao in their WBO title fight in Las Vegas. "I need to sit down and make a decision about continuing," the 38-year-old said. MORE

England cut to Chase to make final

England's Rangi Chase admitted he found it tough against the country of his birth as New Zealand were beaten 28-6 on Saturday. "It was hard not to react," he said. "But I regained my cool and got on with it." England face Australia in Saturday's final. MORE

Woods relieved after return to form

Tiger Woods expressed his relief at being in contention to win a tournament again after nearly claiming the Australian Open yesterday. "I was close to finding it but it wasn't quite there," the world No 58 said. Woods finished third, two shots off the lead. MORE

Farrell flourishes as Saracens prevail

Premiership champions Saracens claimed a 42-17 bonus-point win over Italian side Treviso at Vicarage Road yesterday. Owen Farrell helped Saracens prevail, the 20-year-old converting four tries – including one of his own – and posting three penalties. MORE

Swann's shock at jailed cricketers

Graeme Swann admits he was surprised to see three Pakistan cricketers jailed this month. "I was in a fantasy world," he tells i. "I thought the trial was about banning them from playing. I didn't realise what was happening mattered enough to be a criminal offence." MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

It is reassuring that England's triumph over Spain is being seen for what it is: encouraging evidence that with the passing of that mythic golden generation, an increasing emphasis is being placed on pure competitive character. MORE

Capello insists England keep up the good work

Fabio Capello has warned his England squad that Saturday's victory over world champions Spain will count for little unless they also beat a less formidable Sweden team at Wembley tomorrow night. Capello will pick John Terry as captain and the Chelsea defender is sure to fulfil his obligations to give a captain's press conference this lunchtime, although he will be unable to comment on the police investigation into allegations he racially abused Anton Ferdinand. Capello has also promised to give a debut to the Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, as well as pledging that the likes of Jack Rodwell, Bobby Zamora and Kyle Walker will all feature. The England manager believes his team's greatest challenge will be shifting from the role of underdog against Spain to favourites against the team ranked 14th in the world. "The important thing when you think opponents are better than you is you have to play at the top [of your game]," the Italian said. "Your concentration is at that level, but what is difficult is when you play a team who thinks you are better than them. Now, after we have beaten Spain, they will come here thinking we are good, at the next level, so they know they have to play better. This is the next step, that we have to take to go forward." match. MORE