The Sports Matrix: Monday 22 October 2012


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Own-goal gives Sunderland share of derby day spoils

A late own-goal by Demba Ba handed Sunderland a point at the Stadium of Light yesterday as they drew 1-1 with Newcastle. Yohan Cabaye put the visiting side ahead before Ba deflected John O'Shea's header into his own net. Newcastle had been reduced to 10 men inside half an hour after Cheick Tioté was sent off, which left manager Alan Pardew perplexed.

"I was surprised to see the red," he said. "It would have been one of the greatest ever victories if we had held on but we tired and couldn't keep the ball." The match was marred by Sunderland fans' chants of "We wish you were dead" towards Newcastle's Steven Taylor. "If that is what they were singing it would be in very poor taste," Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill said. "If I had heard that I would have been disappointed."

The day's other match also ended 1-1, Everton holding on at QPR after Steven Pienaar was dismissed. Junior Hoilett put the hosts ahead before Sylvain Distin's header went in off Julio César. MORE

Ferguson holds Rio talks over T-shirt

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has held talks with Rio Ferdinand over the player's decision not to wear a 'Kick It Out' T-shirt before Saturday's match with Stoke. A number of players followed suit at yesterday's QPR v Everton match at Loftus Road. MORE

Jones calls on fans to 'police their own'

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has asked for fans to help identify troublemakers as a man was arrested in connection with the attack on Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland. "It's going to take the majority to sort it out," Jones said. "You've got to police your own clubs." MORE

McCall left upset over penalty claim

Stuart McCall bemoaned his Motherwell side's failure to win a penalty after they went down 1-0 at Hearts. "I'm not one to whinge but it does look as if a penalty would have been a fair decision," he said. Danny Grainger's strike handed the visitors their first away loss of the season. MORE

Inter canter home to keep up pressure

Internazionale kept up the pressure on leaders Juventus in Serie A yesterday, easing to a 2-0 victory over Catania thanks to goals from Antonio Cassano and Rodrigo Palacio. Andrea Stramaccioni's side sit fourth, behind Lazio on goal difference and four points off the summit.

Jonny be good – Brownlee takes title

Briton Jonny Brownlee became world champion in Auckland after securing the required top-three finish yesterday. The Olympic bronze medallist, 22, ended the grand final in second, ensuring top place in the end-of-year rankings. MORE

Wozniacki takes Kremlin honours

Caroline Wozniacki lifted her 20th career singles title after beating Sam Stosur to win the Kremlin Cup yesterday. The former world No 1 prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 for her second title of the season after last month's Korea Open.

Wilkinson kicks Cardiff to defeat

Jonny Wilkinson proved the difference in Wales, the former England international hitting 17 points as Toulon edged out still winless Cardiff 22-14. Leigh Halfpenny went over early but a Steffon Armitage try and Wilkinson's boot swung the match. MORE

Leicester come from behind to win

Leicester staged a comeback to beat Ospreys 39-22 for their first win in this season's Heineken Cup. The visitors led through a Ryan Jones score before two tries from Manu Tuilagi and fine kicking from Toby Flood turned the tide. MORE

Fabulous Frankel signs off in style

As Tom Queally rode Frankel back after winning the Champion Stakes at Ascot on Saturday on his final start, hundreds sprinted to cheer the unbeaten colt who had overwhelmed his rivals one last time. MORE

Comment: Sam Wallace

Incidents as regrettable as the attack on Chris Kirkland at Hillsborough often provoke a sharp lurch to the right. Yet the legislation introduced to deter football disorder is already draconian. MORE