The Sports Matrix: Monday 9 April 2012


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Flower says top six may be changed

The England coach, Andy Flower, said "not one player owns a position in the batting order" after the conclusion of the tour of Sri Lanka with an eight-wicket win in the second Test, in Colombo. The victory meant that England stayed on top of the world Test rankings, ahead of summer series against West Indies and Sri Lanka. MORE

'Hoydini' produces incredible escape

Sir Chris Hoy won gold at the World Track Cycling Championships in Melbourne in the keirin, after being fourth on the last bend. Jason Kenny won bronze and there were silvers elsewhere for Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift and Wendy Houvenaghel. Jess Varnish won a bronze. MORE

Sarries well beaten by Clermont

Saracens, the Premiership champions, were outplayed by Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup quarter-final at Vicarage Road. The French club will play Leinster, who beat the Cardiff Blues, in the semi-finals while Ulster, conquerors of Munster, face Edinburgh. MORE

City's title hopes go up in smoke

Mikel Arteta scored for Arsenal and the Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli was sent off in a match at the Emirates Stadium that seems to have ended City's Premier League title hopes. The defeat left Roberto Mancini's struggling team eight points behind the leaders, Manchester United, with six matches left to play. MORE

United cruise past QPR to extend lead

Wayne Rooney converted a penalty and Paul Scholes scored a second as Manchester United beat Queen's Park Rangers 2-0 at Old Trafford, extending their lead over Manchester City at the top of the table. Questions about refereeing standards dominated post-match discussion. MORE

Pulis backs Crouch for England return

The Stoke City manager, Tony Pulis, said the striker Peter Crouch was "absolutely desperate to play for England" at Euro 2012 this summer. Crouch scored in Stoke's win over Wolves on Saturday, lifting them to 11th in the Premier League, and will play today at Aston Villa. MORE

Opinion: Sam Wallace

Jack Wilshere should play for Team GB at the London Olympics this summer – not strain to make the plane to Poland and Ukraine for Euro 2012 with England or Arsenal's pre-season tour to the Far East. MORE