The Sports Matrix: Thursday 27 October 2011

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Touré in line to contest City charge

Kolo Touré is set to become the latest former Manchester City captain to fight the club as he plans to battle any potential punishment levelled at him over his drugs suspension. The centreback faces an internal disciplinary panel next week. MORE

Robson triumphant in British battle

Laura Robson beat Heather Watson in the first meeting of the British teenagers in the Aegon GB Pro-Series in Barnstaple. Robson strolled to the first set and went 2-0 ahead in the second before Watson fought back. Robson recovered to win 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. MORE

England unchanged for Nations opener

England coach Steve McNamara has named an unchanged line-up for Saturday’s Four Nations opener against Wales. “It’s an opportunity to rectify some of the errors we made,” he said of the 17 who faced France last week. MORE

Terry set to retain England captaincy

John Terry will remain England captain while he awaits the outcome of a Football Association inquiry into his alleged racist abuse of Anton Ferdinand. England coach Fabio Capello plans to pick Terry for matches with Spain and Sweden next month. MORE

Flower: We weren’t good enough here

Andy Flower has admitted to failures in England’s preparations for the ODI series in India, which the hosts won 5-0. “Obviously we all weren’t good enough,” the coach said. “We’ve got to look at our selection, our training methods and take lessons from that.” MORE

“I’d rather have been accused of murder”

Former Cardiff manager Dave Jones admits the criticism he got when wrongly accused of child abuse was so bad that he “would rather have been accused of murder”. “Of all things you could accuse me of, this was the worst,” he said of his 2000 arrest. MORE

Donald slams US voting change

Luke Donald has all but accused American officials of delaying Player of the Year voting to allow someone else a better chance of winning the award. “Why suddenly change the rule?” the world No 1 questioned. “It doesn’t make much sense to me.” MORE

Feature: Beijing revisited

Amid lingering doubts over the future of London’s Olympic Stadium after next year’s games, Paul Newman pays a visit to Beijing to discover how some of their iconic venues have been adapted since the 2008 Games. MORE

City continue on goal trail to storm into quarter-finals

Manchester City picked up where they left off on Sunday, thrashing Wolves 5-2 last night to make the quarter-finals of the League Cup for the third time in five seasons. Nenad Milijas put Wolves ahead after 18 minutes only for City, making 11 changes from the side that won 6-1 at Manchester United, to score three times in four minutes through Adam Johnson, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko. An own goal and a second for Dzeko extended the lead, before Jamie O’Hara pulled a goal back. A late equaliser from Louis Saha took Everton and Chelsea into extra time at Goodison Park, after Salomon Kalou had put the visitors ahead with a fortuitous first half strike. Chelsea also suffered a third red card in two matches as Ross Turnbull was dismissed for fouling Saha. Substitute Petr Cech saved Leighton Baines’ resultant penalty. MORE

Suarez at double as Reds defeat Stoke

Two Luis Suarez goals helped Liverpool beat Stoke 2-1 and inflict the hosts’ first home defeat in 10 games. Kenwyne Jones had opened the scoring. Newcastle scored twice in injury-time to force extra time at Blackburn, the tie level at 2-2 after 90 minutes. MORE

F1 circus ready to roll into India

Formula One heads into the unknown this weekend as the Indian GP marks the first race on the subcontinent. Doubts persist over the suitability of holding a race in a country where poverty is rife, but large crowds are expected all weekend. MORE