The Sports Matrix: Monday 19 March 2012


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United go four points clear after thrashing Wolves

Manchester United heaped the pressure on neighbours City, easing to a 5-0 win at Wolves to take a four-point lead over Roberto Mancini's side. Jonny Evans volleyed the champions ahead after 20 minutes, before the hosts had Ronald Zubar sent off for two quick bookings. Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck strengthened United's lead before the break and Javier Hernandez added two more to leave Wolves propping up the table. Elsewhere, Papiss Cisse's goal was enough to give Newcastle a 1-0 win over Norwich. MORE

Torres ends drought in Chelsea romp

Fernando Torres scored his first goals in over 24 hours of play as Chelsea eased past Leicester 5-2 to reach the semi-finals. Elsewhere, Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing found the net for Liverpool as they overcame Stoke City 2-1 at Anfield. MORE

Devasted Bolton may pull out of Cup

Bolton are considering pulling out of the FA Cup following Fabrice Muamba's collapse at Tottenham. The prospect of returning to White Hart Lane so soon after the weekend's events may be too much to bear. Tomorrow's trip to Aston Villa has been postponed. MORE

Capello: I was right to quit England

Fabio Capello has maintained that he made the right decision in resigning as England manager last month over the John Terry captaincy issue. "One is innocent until proven guilty," he told Italian TV. "Why should I [have taken] the armband off Terry?"

Brilliant Button begins year in style

Jenson Button made the perfect start to the season with a comfortable victory at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. The 2009 champion beat Lewis Hamilton to the first corner and pulled clear to take his third victory on the Albert Park track.  MORE

Gatland looks to southern challenge

Warren Gatland says his Wales side have already turned their attentions to bigger things after securing the Grand Slam. "Our aim is to be consistent in beating southern hemisphere sides," he said. "We have a young enough side that we can do that." MORE

Hamilton run gives Leicester the spoils

A terrific try from Scott Hamilton helped Leicester overcome Northampton 26-14 to win the trophy at Sixways. The wing ran 80 metres after intercepting a pass to ultimately give Leicester the win, despite a barrage of late Northampton pressure.

Opinion: James Lawton

The heart of the Fabrice Muamba story is personal and tragic. It is about the vagaries and frequent injustices of human life. Whether it will make football a more compassionate place is, of course, an entirely different story. MORE