The Sports Matrix: Tuesday 4 September 2012


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Rodgers rejects bringing Owen back to Anfield

The Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, below, has decided against approaching Michael Owen about a return to Anfield, despite the club's desperate need of striking reinforcements.

The prospect of a free agent being brought in has not been ruled out, though a return now for Owen would be dependent on the club receiving a highly incentivised pay-as-you-play proposal which would limit their exposure if fitness problems rendered him unable to play. Liverpool, who as of yesterday afternoon had not had contact from Owen, would be unlikely to match the imaginative £10-15,000 a week deal Manchester United struck with the 32-year-old.

Though Owen is looking for a club commutable from his North Wales home and still holds Liverpool in huge affection, the £30,000-a-week, two-year offer from Stoke City looks far more likely. MORE

Super Simmonds seals second gold

Swimmer Ellie Simmonds yesterday won her second gold of the Games, after she powered to victory in the 200m individual medley SM6 with a world-record time of three minutes, 5.39 seconds. Simmonds had also defended her 400m freestyle title on Saturday. MORE

Hodgson to make midfield decision

Ahead of Friday's opening World Cup 2014 qualifier in Moldova, England manager Roy Hodgson has insisted he could play Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard together in midfield. Left-back Ashley Cole has now withdrawn from the squad with a minor ankle injury. MORE

Tevez is happy and hungry at Man City

Carlos Tevez has returned to Argentina despite not being called up for international duty. But while out there, he has spoken of his hunger for glory at Manchester City. "I am focused on my club," he said. "This is what I wanted – to have this hunger for success back again." MORE

Bushell upgrades from silver to gold

In the wheelchair men's T53 100m final, Great Britain's Mickey Bushell improved on his silver from Beijing four years ago to storm to gold. "I nearly cried coming across the line," the 22-year-old said. "I'm really happy with that."  MORE

Fish pulls out to leave only Roddick

With Mardy Fish withdrawing yesterday from his scheduled fourth-round match against Roger Federer for undisclosed health reasons, Andy Roddick - who is retiring after the tournament – is now the last American left in the men's singles.

RFU ends dispute with Thomas

The Rugby Football Union yesterday closed a long-running dispute with one of its own, the former management board chairman and acting chief executive Martyn Thomas, by publicly withdrawing allegations about him. MORE

Buttler added to England squad

Somerset batsman Jos Buttler has been called up to the England squad for tomorrow's final ODI of the series against South Africa as cover for Jonathan Trott, who remains a doubt with an injured, but not fractured, right hand.

Opinion: James Lawton

The apology from Oscar Pistorius, left, was merely to do with the timing of his protest in that it took away attention from the gold medal winner Alan Oliveira's moment of glory. MORE

Baker turns up the heat for victory

Dressage rider Natasha Baker won her second gold medal of the Games in the Grade II

freestyle. While Lee Pearson, who has won 10 Paralympic gold medals, had to settle for bronze in the Grade Ib freestyle. MORE