Today's letter from the Editor
Today's Matrices
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Senior Digital Marketing Consultant

£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...

Recruitment Genius: Assistant Stores Keeper

£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...

Recruitment Genius: Claims Administrator

£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...

Recruitment Genius: Software Developer - C# / ASP.NET / SQL

£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...

The Sports Matrix: Thursday 20 December 2012

Five-star Chelsea fight back to coast into semi-finals

Chelsea recovered from a goal down to ease into the last four with a 5-1 victory at Leeds United last night. In their first match since their return from the Club World Cup in Japan, Chelsea went behind against the run of play through Luciano Becchio, above. Juan Mata's tame shot equalised straight after the break, before Branislav Ivanovic and Victor Moses scored twice within three minutes just after the hour. Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres added some gloss to the scoreline in the final 10 minutes.

"We only got back from Japan on Monday so maybe there was not enough time to rest but we showed the desire to win," Mata said. "The first 30 minutes were so difficult, because [Leeds] are a physical side." MORE

British clubs set to discover fate

Arsenal, Celtic and Manchester United will this morning discover their opponents in the last 16 of the Champions League. Arsenal could draw Barcelona for a third season in four, while United have nine-time winners Real Madrid as possible opponents. MORE

Balotelli drops City case to save career

Mario Balotelli has backed down from his move to challenge a £340,000 club fine at a Premier League tribunal, in a final attempt to salvage his career at Manchester City. The 22-year-old is determined to repair his relationship with manager Roberto Mancini. MORE

Sturridge move stalls over wages

Liverpool's move for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge is in danger of falling through with the player's representatives making demands the club are unwilling to meet. A £12m fee has been agreed but discussions over a sell-on fee are stalling any potential deal. MORE

Houghton happy with 'surreal' year

Steph Houghton says she does not want 2012 to end after enjoying a fine year. "I'm running out of superlatives for 2012," Houghton, who impressed for Great Britain at the Olympics this summer, said. "It is surreal. I don't think I've kept a smile off my face all year." MORE

Grass-court season set to lengthen

Wimbledon's decision to start a week later from 2015 has resulted in several clay-court tournaments around Europe seeking to convert to grass. Men's competitions in Hamburg, Stuttgart and Gstaad have shown interest in filling the gap. MORE

London chosen for 2017 world games

London has been awarded the 2017 Paralympic athletics world championships, giving the city the chance to recreate the magic of the 2012 Games. The event will be held before the Olympic Stadium hosts the IAAF world athletics championships. MORE

Morgan seeks to make T20 mark

Stand-in England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan hopes to use today's T20 match against India to push for a Test recall. "I'll do things that are going to put me in the right direction," he said. "And hope they move me up the pecking order." page 47

Gillespie praises Root for Test debut

Jason Gillespie has praised Joe Root for his impressive start to Test cricket. "He took the opportunity with both hands, which is the mark of a really good player," the Yorkshire coach said of his county player. "He has a good head on his shoulders." MORE

Former WBA player charged

Former West Bromwich Albion defender Neil Clement and Flat jockey Eddie Ahern were among six people charged with corruption by the British Horseracing Authority. A hearing has been scheduled for April. MORE

James Lawton

Trevor Hicks might be given a knighthood, not for his celebrity or a career in politics or the civil service, but for standing up, year after year, for the innocent, the abused and his idea of an implacable truth. MORE

Latest stories from i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk