The Sports Matrix: Tuesday 9 August 2011

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Arsenal buy young Saints winger

Arsenal completed the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton last night, for an initial fee of £12m. Arsène Wenger said that the young winger is “an exciting young player”, who will provide “creativity and offensive quality”. MORE

Bopara knows he must produce

Ravi Bopara knows that tomorrow’s third Test represents his final chance in the England team. “It is not rocket science that Jonathan Trott will come back, he is a class player,” he admits, “but this window of opportunity for me is to prove myself.” MORE

Lancashire make it to T20 finals

Lancashire reached the finals day of this season’s T20 competition with a 20-run defeat of Sussex last night. Lancashire scored 152 for 8 before holding Sussex to 132 for 8, with Farveez Maharoof taking 2 for 14 from his four overs.

City edge closer to Nasri signature

Manchester City’s attempts to bring SamirNasri to the Etihad stadium could be successful by the end of the week. French newspaper L’Equipe reported yesterday that the Arsenal midfielder had agreed a deal worth £185,000- a-week to move to City. MORE

Johnson waits on Moody injury

Martin Johnson does not believe that Lewis Moody’s knee injury will rule him out of next month’s World Cup. “There’s more good news than bad,” Johnson said of his captain, “in that I don’t think it will rule him out of the tournament, but we’ll see.” MORE

Mancini could sack Tevez as captain

Roberto Mancini is considering stripping Carlos Tevez of the Manchester City captaincy despite the player’s return to preseason training yesterday. Mancini is trying to convince the board to swap Tevez for Internazionale forward Samuel Eto’o. MORE

McIlroy chose US dueto attention

Rory McIlroy’s move to the US Tour next year was in part because of attention in Ireland, he says: “I have had security guards at my house every night since I won the US Open. There have been people driving up the driveway, which isn’t very nice.” MORE

England game in doubt after riots

The Football Association will hold discussions with the Metropolitan Police today as to whether tomorrow’s England friendly at Wembley against the Netherlands can take place, as rioting spread across the capital. The police will have the final say. MORE

Woods hits back at caddie’s claims

Tiger Woods’ camp denied claims by former caddie Steve Williams thatWoods had lied about sacking him face to face. “Tiger felt strongly about meeting face to face,” said Woods’ manager Mark Steinberg. “Assertions to the contrary are simply false.” MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

The glance directed from Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak to Roberto Mancini may have demonstrated the pressure the manager is under; City still looked like more signings would not do the trick. MORE

Cleverley to be offered new deal

Tom Cleverley, called into the England squad for tomorrow’s friendly with the Netherlands, will soon begin discussions on a five-year deal at Manchester United worth £40,000-a-week. The 21-year-old midfielder shone in Sunday’s Community Shield. MORE

Mellars leaves to join Wakefield

Vince Mellars has become the latest Crusader to find a new home for next season. The New Zealand-born wing has agreed a three-year deal with Wakefield following the collapse of the Welsh club; Mark Bryan and Michael Witt have also left. MORE

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