The Sports Matrix: Wednesday 16 November 2011


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Sacking Tevez may bring City just £17m

Manchester City would be likely to recoup only £17m if they sacked Carlos Tevez and sued him for compensation – which is probably why Tevez is so dismissive of City's demands that he return to training. City may feel they must sell him in January. MORE

Woods is up for Williams face-off

Tiger Woods would be happy to face Adam Scott and his former caddie Steve Williams should they been drawn together in the Presidens Cup. "If it happens, it happens," Woods said. "Whoever you're paired against, you've got to earn your point." MORE

Deadlock could end NBA season

The entire NBA season appears unlikely to go ahead after the players' union rejected the latest labour contract proposal from owners. The regular season was originally scheduled to start a fortnight ago. MORE

Pienaar: No regrets over Spurs move

Steven Pienaar has told i he has no regrets about leaving Everton, despite failing to establish himself at Tottenham since joining this summer. "In life you have to make decisions," he said. "I made this one as a footballer and I don't have any regrets. Not at all." MORE

Murray handed tricky Finals draw

Andy Murray has been handed a tough draw for the ATP World Tour Finals, being placed in Group A with world No 1 Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych, who has won their last three meetings. Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer are in Group B. MORE

Croatia and Czechs make it through

Despite being held to a goalless draw by Turkey, Croatia made it through to next year's finals with a 3-0 aggregate victory. The Czech Republic will join them in Poland, as will Ukraine, Petr Jiracek's late goal completing a 3-0 aggregate win over Montenegro. 

Newlands to host Saracens match

The South African Rugby Union has announced that Saracens' Heineken Cup pool match against Biarritz in January, planned to take place in Cape Town, will be held at Newlands, a 45,000-capacity stadium which hosts the Stormers in Super Rugby. MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Both Phil Jones and Jack Rodwell last night sensed they were obliged to make statements of professional significance. And they did, both showing flashes of the sort of authority a coach like Fabio Capello yearns for. MORE

Own-goal gift gives England Swede dreams at Wembley

A first-half own-goal was enough to give England a second 1-0 victory in three days at Wembley last night, Fabio Capello's side beating Sweden for the first time in 43 years. Gareth Barry's header from a Stewart Downing cross glanced off Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic and past Andreas Isaksson after 23 minutes as England recorded a first win over their visitors since 1968. Capello made a number of changes from the side that overcame World and European champions Spain at the weekend, with Kyle Walker, Jack Rodwell and Bobby Zamora making full debuts. Playing in midfield, Manchester United's Phil Jones rolled wide after a fine run, while Rodwell hit the post. Sweden improved after the break but a dismal second half failed to yield much of interest, in front of a crowd of just 48,876 – England's lowest at the new Wembley. MORE

Ireland complete qualification job

The Republic of Ireland finished what they started in Tallinn, beating Estonia 5-1 on aggregate in Dublin to qualify for their first major tournament in a decade. Stephen Ward gave the hosts the lead, before Konstantin Vassiljev made it 1-1 on the night. MORE

Lockyer ready to take his final bow

Australia captain Darren Lockyer says he is looking forward to bringing the curtain down on his career in Saturday's Four Nations final against England at Elland Road. "It's a nice place to finish," he said. "I've got some good memories of it." MORE