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The Sports Matrix: Monday 16 January 2012

Wenger unhappy with 'dive' after Swansea defeat

The Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, was left blaming match officials after his side went down to a second successive League defeat, losing 3-2 at Swansea. Danny Graham's 70th-minute strike secured victory for Brendan Rodgers' side, but their first goal, from a penalty given for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Nathan Dyer, riled Wenger. "That was a complete imagination and a dive," the Frenchman said. "The game was decided by strange decisions, the penalty was a complete imagination." MORE

QPR are second Best in Hughes' opener

Mark Hughes' managerial career at Queen's Park Rangers began with defeat at Newcastle United, Leon Best's fine first-half goal consigning the London side to a 1-0 defeat. QPR twice hit the woodwork but remain in the relegation zone on goal difference. MORE

Platt defends City against critics

David Platt insists everything remains on track at Manchester City, amid mounting criticism of the team and players from around the game. "People can say what they want to say," the City assistant manager said ahead of tonight's trip to Wigan. MORE

Murray ready to seize the initiative

Andy Murray hopes to make a quick start when he opens his Australian Open campaign against the fiery Ryan Harrison. "I'll try and make him lose his temper early," Murray said of the American. "I'm going to make it as tough as I can for him." MORE

England prepared for Dubai challenge

England begin a three-Test series against Pakistan in Dubai tomorrow aware of the challenges the Gulf conditions will present. "We might be in the field for 100 overs-plus on more than one occasion," bowler James Anderson said. "We're ready for that." MORE

Ennis to give Glasgow a miss

Jessica Ennis will miss next week's Aviva International in Glasgow as she prepares for the Olympics and the defence of her world indoor pentathlon crown in Turkey in March. "We thought we'd start a little bit later this year," Ennis said. MORE

Barritt drives Sarries to victory

Saracens moved closer to a place in the knock-out stages after edging to a 20-16 win over Biarritz at Vicarage Road. An impressive showing from England hopeful Brad Barritt was the driving force behind the victory, while Owen Farrell hit five penalties. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

The latest example of bad tackling, which put Newcastle's gifted Yohan Cabaye out of the game, had consequences which you would like to think might just provoke the FA into something more resembling crisis mode. MORE

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