The Sports Matrix: Tuesday 18 September 2012


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Super-sub Ba's double denies Everton victory

Minutes after Everton had taken the lead, Newcastle substitute Demba Ba scored his second of the game in the 90th-minute to make it 2-2 at Goodison Park last night.

Nigerian striker Victor Anichebe, who also came on off the bench, had made it 2-1 to the Toffees with just two minutes remaining. The England fullback Leighton Baines, above, opened the scoring for the home side. MORE

Mancini says City now in fast lane

The Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, has talked up the possibility of a power shift taking place at the Bernabeu tonight. "If you drive a Ferrari you can win," said Mancini. "We used to drive a Fiat Cinquecento and then it's not so easy; now we are driving a Ferrari." MORE

Wenger to place faith in Bould

Banned from the touchline for tonight's away fixture at Montpellier, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger says he has will put his faith in assistant Steve Bould. "We'll talk before the game and from there I'll leave it to Steve Bould, who's very experienced," said Wenger. MORE

PFA's Taylor warns of 'mafia feud'

The row over Anton Ferdinand's refusal to shake John Terry's hand could descend into a "mafia feud", according to Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor.

The row dominated the build-up to the draw between QPR and Chelsea on Saturday.

Johnson set for lengthy lay-off

Andrew Johnson, the Queen's Park Rangers striker, will miss most of the season after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in Saturday's goalless draw with Chelsea. The 31-year-old moved to Loftus Road at the start of the summer after failing to agree a new deal at Fulham. MORE

Seve spirit lives on in his son Javier

A good omen in the week before the Ryder Cup starts: the son of the great Seve Ballesteros, Javier, claimed a prestigious Spanish amateur title at the weekend. "My father always told me that you have to play with what you got," he said. MORE

Sri Lanka plan to be home winners

The Sri Lanka captain, Mahela Jayawardene, is unfazed that a host nation has never won the World Twenty20 tournament, which begins today with his side playing Zimbabwe. "There's always a first time, isn't there?" Jayawardene said. MORE

Hales inspires England victory

England beat Australia in a warm-up match before the World Twenty20 tournament by nine runs yesterday. Alex Hales was England's top scorer with 52 runs. England begin their campaign to retain their title against Afghanistan on Friday. MORE

Young Cummins gets Bradford job

Francis Cummins was yesterday promoted from assistant to become the Bradford Bulls' new coach. His promotion follows a recommendation from the departing Mick Potter that the 35-year-old was the man to succeed him. MORE

Froome withdraws from time trial

Chris Froome, runner-up in the Tour de France and Olympic bronze medallist, has withdrawn from tomorrow's time trial at the World Championships to focus on Sunday's road race. MORE

James Lawton

Is it just me or were Roberto Mancini's relentless tributes to the historic weight of Real Madrid getting just a shade obsequious before tonight's engagement at the Bernabeu? MORE