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The Sports Matrix: Tuesday 10 May 2011
Rodriguez scores hat-trick in rout
Maxi Rodriguez scored a hat-trick as Liverpool thrashed Fulham 5-2 last night. He scored twice early before Dirk Kuyt fired the third. Moussa Dembélé pulled one back before Maxi struck again and Luis Suarez made it five. Steve Sidwell added a late consolation. MORE
Belgian rider killed on Giro
Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt died yesterday after injuries sustained in a bad crash on the Giro d’Italia. He was the first rider to die in a major tour since Fabio Casartelli in the 1995 Tour de France. Weylandt had taken two stages in grand tours. MORE
Djokovic can go to No 1 in Rome
Novak Djokovic can go to the top of the world rankings on Monday. If he wins his seventh successive tournament at the Rome Masters, and Rafael Nadal does not reach the semi-finals, the Serb will overtake him. MORE
Villas-Boas in mix to replace Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti is highly unlikely to survive the summer at Chelsea after failing to retain the title this season. Andre Villas-Boas, Porto’s 33-year-old coach, is currently being assessed, though Chelsea prefer Guus Hiddink, who is now manager of Turkey. MORE
Troubled Henson given Wales spot
Gavin Henson has been selected in the 24-man Wales squad for the game against the Barbarians at the Millennium Stadium next month. The centre has not played for Wales since the 2009 Six Nations and was recently suspended by Toulon. MORE
Sky wants Neville for Barcelona final
Sky Sports hopes to use new co-commentator Gary Neville for Manchester United’s Champions League final against Barcelona on 28 May. They want to start him on Saturday against Blackburn, where United could seal their 19th league title. MORE
Brown charged over comments
The Huddersfield coach, Nathan Brown, has been charged over remarks made after their recent defeat of Leeds. Brown said that he would encourage his players to take the law into their own hands if the Giants’ players were not better protected by referees. MORE
Holloway upset by fighting players
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway had to intervene in an argument between D J Campbell and Charlie Adam on Saturday night, after they disagreed over penalty-taking duties. “It is a little bit upsetting for me,” he said “but that is how much they care.” MORE
Canford odds-on for the Lockinge
Canford Cliffs was yesterday installed as 4-5 favourite for Saturday’s Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, ahead of his Richard Hannon stablemate Dick Turpin. “He has done exceptionally well from [age] three to four,” Hannon said yesterday of the colt. MORE
Opinion: James Lawton
Carlo Ancelotti has been left in the same place as Avram Grant once was at Chelsea. He is rendered desperately exposed to the worst the game can do, a lonely figure with little prospect of changing his quick-fix club. MORE
City one win from Champions League
Manchester City have the chance to leave Tottenham in their wake tonight, after being frustrated by them at the same stage last season. Champions League football has been the goal at Eastlands since the takeover 982 days ago, and City can secure it with a win tonight. Even a draw would put them in a very strong position. Spurs denied City, taking fourth, with a 1-0 win last May. City and Roberto Mancini are already planning for next season, as chief executive Garry Cook watched Udinese’s Alexis Sanchez last weekend, while City may also look to add Napoli’s Edinson Cavani and Bolton’s Gary Cahill. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has rued the funds at City’s disposal. “They’ve got a strong squad which is only going to get better,” he said. “They’ve got unlimited funds to buy anybody, and can pay the wages. They’ve got players earning £200,000 a week. It’s crazy, isn’t it?” MORE
Warnock: Players cried at promotion
Neil Warnock writes in i about the feeling when he heard QPR would not have points deducted, and when he told the players. “The relief was unbelievable,” he writes. “They were all jumping up and down and hugging each other, half of them were in tears.” MORE
New TV deal gives clubs more money
The Premier League will pay out record sums in TV money this season, with the bottom club guaranteed at least £37m, and the champions earning £57m. The new overseas deals mean clubs will earn on average nearly £5m more than last season. MORE
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