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The Sports Matrix: Monday 3 December 2012
West Ham land Cup clash with United
Manchester United will visit West Ham United in the FA Cup third round, while Premier League champions Manchester City entertain Watford. Arsenal travel to Swansea and QPR face West Bromwich Albion. Chelsea, managed by former FA Cup winner Rafael Benitez, above, visit Southampton, Newcastle go to Brighton and Tottenham host Coventry.
Canaries hold on to evade Black Cats
Norwich City held off spirited resistance from Sunderland to record a 2-1 win that extends their unbeaten run to nine matches. Sébastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington put the hosts ahead before Craig Gardner replied with a speculative shot from distance. MORE
Vokes rescues a point for Burnley
Sam Vokes scored a last-minute equaliser to give Burnley a share of the spoils in the east-Lancashire derby with Blackburn at Turf Moor. A diving header from Jordan Rhodes put the visitors ahead but Vokes's glanced finish made it 1-1, to earn the Clarets a deserved point. MORE
Embattled Pardew has board backing
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew retains the backing of his board as the club struggle for form. "They've given me massive support," he said after seven matches without a win ahead of tonight's visit of Wigan. "Unfortunately we've had a real turn of events in terms of injuries." MORE
Late goal gives MK Dons win over AFC
An improvised injury-time backheel from Jon Otsemobor helped MK Dons defeat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 to earn a trip to Sheffield Wednesday. Stephen Gleeson's opener for the Dons was equalised by Jack Midson. Leyton Orient won 4-2 at non-league Alfreton. MORE
Bell tolls for Jonny over Test position
Ian Bell is favourite to be chosen for the final batting spot in the England team for the third Test with India, which starts on Wednesday. "If I get the nod, that's great," said the new father, who is likely to be chosen ahead of Jonny Bairstow. MORE
Anxious England await 2015 fate
Despite Saturday's superb win over world champions New Zealand, England will be in the second pot of seeds for today's draw for the 2015 World Cup. They will either be drawn with the All Blacks again, or face France, Australia or South Africa. MORE
Halfpenny all-clear after neck scare
Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny was yesterday discharged from hospital with his neck injury not as severe as was first feared. The 23-year-old suffered the scare in attempting to stop Australia's winning try at Cardiff on Saturday. MORE
Trump dumped out by world No 50
Judd Trump was a surprise casualty in the opening round of the UK Championship yesterday, losing 6-5 to world No 50 Mark Joyce. Trump led 5-2 after an early century break before Joyce reeled off four frames in succession to cause a major upset. MORE
Kaymer ends 2012 with first victory
Martin Kaymer won his first tournament of 2012 in Sun City yesterday, pocketing a $1.25m cheque after taking the Nedbank Golf Challenge by two shots. Home favourite Charl Schwartzel was second. MORE
The future is now and it is one in which England captain Chris Robshaw and his men have to live by a new standard. They can hardly complain, not after slaughtering the All Blacks. MORE
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