The Sports Matrix: Monday 30 May 2011

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Trott heroics give England advantage

A double hundred from Jonathan Trott helped England into a commanding position after the fourth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka. Trott hit 203 as the hosts ended on 491 for 5, 91 ahead of the visitors’ first-innings total. Ian Bell is unbeaten on 98. MORE

Vettel continues early dominance

Defending champion Sebastian Vettel extended his lead in the driver’s championship with his fifth victory from six races this season. The German held off Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button to win the Monaco GP and extend his overall lead to 53 points. MORE

Swans face Royals in £60m play-off

Reading take on Swansea in the Championship play-off final at Wembley today, looking to secure a Premier League place for next season. The match is estimated to be worth up to £60m to the victors, and Brendan Rodgers’ side start slight favourites. MORE

Donald takes over at top after victory

Luke Donald replaced Lee Westwood as world No 1 after prevailing in a play-off against his compatriot at the PGA Championship at Wentworth. “It’s an amazing accomplishment and something I’m very proud of,” the 33-year-old said. MORE

Posh promoted after late show

Three goals in the final 12 minutes earned Peterborough promotion to the Championship, Darren Ferguson’s side beating Huddersfield 3-0 at Old Trafford. Tommy Rowe headed the opener, before Craig Mackail-Smith and Grant McCann confirmed the win. MORE

Murray to make late fitness decision

Andy Murray will make a decision today over whether or not he will be fit to continue his Roland Garros campaign. The Scot went over on his ankle during Saturday’s victory over Michael Berrer and could pull out of today’s tie against Viktor Troicki. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

In the foreseeable future, football belongs to Barcelona. They could not have annexed it more perfectly, and, in Messi, have a young champion against whom for some time there is unlikely to be a serious challenger. MORE

Guardiola to build next stage of Barça’s dynasty

Barcelona paraded their Champions League trophy in front of more than 100,000 supporters on the streets around their Nou Camp stadium last night after returning home victorious from London. Pep Guardiola’s side won the trophy for a fourth time, and third in five years, after overcoming Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening. The cup, secured by goals from Pedro, Lionel Messi and David Villa, follows the league crown the Catalan side secured earlier this month. Despite refusing to commit himself long-term to the club, Guardiola is expected to remain at the Nou Camp in a quest for a fourth successive La Liga title and to make further inroads on the nine European Cup wins of rivals Real Madrid. Meanwhile, beaten Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could be tempted to extend his 25-year spell in charge to try to overhaul Barcelona’s recent dominance. The 69-year-old is targeting a number of summer arrivals. MORE

Berbatov’s United future in doubt

Dimitar Berbatov’s future at Manchester United appears in doubt after Sir Alex Ferguson overlooked him for a squad place in favour of Michael Owen for Saturday’s Champions League final. The Bulgarian has scored twice in his last 16 appearances. MORE

Title win delights Saracens owner

Saracens chairman, Nigel Wray, has admitted to sleepless nights before Saturday’s Premiership play-off final win over Leicester. “There have been many doubts and sleepless nights,” he said. “But without failure, there is no success.” MORE

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