The Sports Matrix: Monday 2 July 2012


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Bopara and Bell see off Australia

England went 2-0 up in the five-match one day international series against Australia after a comprehensive six-wicket victory at The Oval yesterday. Ravi Bopara hit 82 off 85 balls, and Ian Bell 75 as England recorded their eighth successive ODI victory. MORE

Lendl OK Murray is on Court One

Andy Murray's coach Ivan Lendl is content that the British No 1's fourth-round tie with Marin Cilic today is second on Court One and not on Centre Court. "It's going to be a factor if it rains," said Lendl. "But I don't see it as a problem. It [Court One] looks wonderful." MORE

Murray v Cilic

Marin Cilic always had the potential but there comes a time when that has to become something more solid. His record in the Grand Slams isn't great. MORE

Britons win silver medals on last day

Both Jo Pavey and the men's 4x400m relay team won silver medals for Britain on the final day of the European Championships in Finland. Three-time Olympian Pavey finished the 10,000m behind Portugal's Ana Dulce Felix. MORE

Late tries ensure thrilling Hull win

Two late tries from centre Kirk Yeaman snatched a 28-24 victory for Hull FC at the end of a pulsating contest against Huddersfield Giants at the KC Stadium. It was the first win Hull have managed in five Super League fixtures. MORE

History makers Spain thrash Italy

Spain created history last night by becoming both the first team to win three consecutive major international tournaments, and successfully retain the European Championship, by comfortably defeating Italy 4-0 in Kiev. It was the highest winning margin recorded in a World Cup or European Championship final. Manchester City's David Silva put Spain ahead in the 14th minute with a rare header from a Cesc Fabregas cross. Jordi Alba, a former Barcelona youth player who has recently re-signed for the club, doubled Spain's lead before the end of the first half, after a fine run and finish after collecting a defence-splitting pass from Xavi. Fernando Torres, who came on as substitute in the 75th minute, scored their conclusive third, and created the fourth, a late tap-in for his Chelsea team-mate Juan Mata, above. MORE

Forest purchase being 'finalised'

Reports from Kuwait say that businessman Fawaz al Hasawi is "finalising the purchase" of Championship club Nottingham Forest. Al Hasawi recently stepped down as president of Kuwaiti Premier League side Qadsia.

Sagan charges to debut stage win

Slovakia's Peter Sagan, 22, was victorious in his first ever stage of the Tour de France yesterday. Bradley Wiggins remains second in the general classification, seven seconds behind Fabian Cancellara going into today's 207.5 km second stage between Visè and Tournai. MORE

Spurs close to AVB announcement

Tottenham expect to receive confirmation from Andre Villas-Boas today that he has accepted their offer to succeed Harry Redknapp as their manager at White Hart Lane. An announcement is expected this week, after the Portuguese impressed the club in his interview. MORE

Donaldson seals Irish Open title

In his 255th European Tour event and after a career afflicted by a genetic spine problem, the Welshman Jamie Donaldson finally tasted victory in the Irish Open, winning at Royal Portrush by four shots yesterday. MORE