The Sports Matrix: Monday 21 January 2013


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Tevez ready to head home when contract runs out

Carlos Tevez has announced he will not seek a new contract at Manchester City when his current deal expires next year.

Tevez, below, told the media in Argentina that he would have preferred to be playing for Boca Juniors against River Plate rather than facing Fulham on Saturday, and that he plans to return home in the summer of 2014. Playing for Boca Juniors, where he began his career as a 16-year-old, would have obvious appeal for Tevez, who turns 29 next month.

"Boca's president has said the door is always open for me to rejoin them and I'm dying to pull their shirt on once more," said the 28-year-old.

This time last year Tevez was back in Argentina in the wake of his spectacular falling-out with the City manager, Roberto Mancini, after failing to warm up as a substitute against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

"I had lost the desire to play and spent a lot of time crying in my room," he said. "I am much better now and am winning people over."

Saracens progress in convincing style

Saracens beat Edinburgh 40-7 to secure a home tie with Ulster in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup. The win came in their final match at Vicarage Road, their home since 1997, as they prepare for the move into Allianz Park stadium. MORE

Early goals earn Chelsea vital win

Chelsea claimed their first home victory of 2013 with a 2-1 win over Arsenal. Juan Mata put them ahead early on, shortly followed by Frank Lampard's penalty after goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had fouled Ramires. Theo Walcott halved the deficit after the break. MORE

Spurs halt United with late leveller

Clint Dempsey scored a late equaliser for Tottenham to deny Manchester United victory with a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane yesterday. The American forced the ball over the line in time added on after Robin van Persie had headed the visitors ahead in the first half. MORE

Goals finally arrive in African Cup

After two goalless draws in the opening two fixtures of the African Cup of Nations, Ghana and Congo played out an entertaining 2-2 draw in Port Elizabeth yesterday. A late goal from ex-Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita also earned Mali a 1-0 win over Niger in the other Group B game.

Djokovic jubilant after epic victory

Novak Djokovic said he was "thrilled" after fending off Stanislas Wawrinka in a five-hour contest to reach the last eight of the Australian Open yesterday. The world No 1 came back from 6-1 5-2 down to win 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 12-10. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

The decision to leave Wayne Rooney on the bench suggested that Sir Alex Ferguson remains troubled by the form and the confidence of a player who was once so integral to all his hopes. page 52

US insurance firm to fight Armstrong

A Texan company is planning a lawsuit to recoup $12 million from disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. SCA Promotions insured bonuses paid out to Armstrong for three of his Tour de France wins. MORE

Leicester to face Toulon in last eight

Leicester will visit Toulon in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals after beating Toulouse 9-5 at Welford Road to win Pool Two. Toby Flood scored three penalties to give Leicester a 9-0 lead at half-time, before Yoann Huget reduced the deficit. MORE

Spanish treatment from Saints fans

Southampton fans have been urged to wave white handkerchiefs at tonight's home match with Everton to show their anger at the sacking of manager Nigel Adkins on Friday. Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino will take charge of the side for the first time.

Donaldson takes Abu Dhabi crown

Jamie Donaldson overturned Justin Rose's two-stroke lead to win in Abu Dhabi by just one shot yesterday. The Welshman finished on 14 under, ahead of Rose, Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and Portugal's Ricardo Santos. MORE