The Sports Matrix: Monday 26 December 2011


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Part gridiron, part gymnastics

Try doing this on a stomach full of Christmas turkey and pudding – in a remarkable turn of athleticism, the Cincinnati Bengals' receiver Jerome Simpson flipped over Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington to score a touchdown during the NFL game on Christmas Eve in Cincinnati.

Dalglish: Bellamy is treated unfairly

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has suggested Craig Bellamy is treated unfairly by referees due to his fiery reputation. "He has been booked four times [in four matches] and hasn't deserved any of them," the Scot said. "You would hate to believe there is an agenda." MORE

Mancini: City must sell to buy players

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that the club must sell players if they are to bring in any January signings as they seek to build on the Christmas top spot. "We need to sell two or three players and then we'll see," the Italian said ahead of today's trip to West Bromwich. MORE

Bresnan happy to be 'lucky charm'

Tim Bresnan admits he revels in his role as England's lucky omen, having won each of his first 10 Test matches for his country. "I must be a lucky charm," the 26-year-old said. "I feel very lucky to be part of this Test side; sometimes you have to pinch yourself about how lucky." MORE

Diamond Harry ready to sparkle

Among the legendary names of Kauto Star – going for an unprecedented fifth victory – and the 2010 champion Long Run, Diamond Harry looks the value bet in today's King George VI Chase at Kempton. Ridden by Barry Geraghty, the 16-1 shot is good each-way value. MORE