The Sports Matrix: Monday 21 November 2011


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Woodward fearful of RFU 'mistakes'

Sir Clive Woodward has expressed his fears that English rugby will be reduced to a laughing stock as it seeks a new coach. "I have a serious fear that all the mistakes made at Twickenham are about to made again," the former England coach and World Cup-winner said. MORE

Blatter: Expect more departures

Fifa's president, Sepp Blatter, last night said further members of the body's Executive Committee could be forced out when details of the ISL bribe case are released next month. "It does look like some people won't be able to stay," the 75-year-old Swiss said. MORE

Pearson marks return with victory

Two long-distance strikes by Paul Gallagher helped Nigel Pearson begin his second spell in charge of Leicester with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace. Jermaine Beckford put the Foxes ahead on 55 minutes yesterday before Gallagher struck twice inside two minutes. MORE

Debutant Donald bolsters Bath

Bath kept their Heineken Cup hopes alive with a narrow 16-13 win over Montpellier. "If we hadn't won today we'd have been making up the numbers," said Stephen Donald, the All Black World Cup winner, who impressed in his first start for the club. MORE

England left with familar feeling

Gareth Ellis summed up the dejection felt by England following Saturday's Four Nations final defeat to Australia. "We feel like we've been here before," he said of the 30-8 loss. "Playing like we did and not giving the greatest account of ourselves is very disappointing." MORE

Federer avenges Wimbledon defeat

Roger Federer took revenge on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for his Wimbledon quarter-final defeat as he beat the Frenchman 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in yesterday's opening match of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena. Andy Murray faces David Ferrer today. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

For a while, the expression on Andre Villas-Boas's face spoke of more than a fleeting crisis. He looked not a little like a man who had been handed the challenge of his short, but so far brilliant, football life. MORE