The Sports Matrix: Wednesday 17 August 2011

Teixeira faces new corruption claims

The Brazilian football authorities have denied claims that their president Ricardo Teixeira was involved in embezzling funds from a friendly international three years ago. Teixeira is a key Fifa ally of Sepp Blatter and a contender to succeed him as president. MORE

Taylor hits a ton for England Lions

Promising Leicestershire batsman James Taylor hit another century yesterday as England Lions beat Sri Lanka A by 135 runs in a one-day game. Taylor hit 111, his second century in three games, rescuing England from 38 for 3 to post a total of 282. MORE

Swann hopes to do more at The Oval

Graeme Swann says that it “would be nice to play a little bit more of a role” in the fourth Test which starts at The Oval tomorrow. Swann has been less prolific than usual recently, taking just four wickets in the series. MORE

Glazers may sell 30 per cent of United

The Glazer family are considering the sale of up to 30 per cent of Manchester United to raise £600m. United are pursuing an IPO (Initial Public Offering) on the Singapore Stock Exchange, which would make the club more publicly accountable. MORE

Wiggins supported by two more Brits

Bradley Wiggins’ attempt to win the Tour of Spain will be supported by two fellow Britons after Team Sky yesterday confirmed their nine-man squad. Chris Froome and Ian Stannard will join him from Saturday in the Tour, which starts in Benidorm. MORE

Crouch reopens barber’s near Spurs

Tottenham striker Peter Crouch yesterday reopened a barber shop devastated during the riots in the area around White Hart Lane after a campaign to keep its 89-year-old owner in business raised £35,000. A signed picture of Crouch survived the riots. MORE

McGillvary pledges his future to Giants

Huddersfield Giants have tied up one of their promising players, Jermaine McGillvary, on a new five-year contract. McGillvary scored 20 tries last season. “For us to keep a local lad like Jermaine is wonderful,” said managing director Richard Thewlis. MORE

West Ham beat Watford with ease

West Ham United won their second straight game last night, prevailing 4-0 at Watford. Sam Allardyce’s team took an early lead through James Tomkins, and Joey O’Brien scored in first-half stoppage time. Carlton Cole and Scott Parker made it 4-0. MORE

Johnson defends England’s centres

Martin Johnson has rejected questions about England’s midfield. “We get questioned about the midfield all the time,” he said, “but they were good enough to win the Six Nations last season, good enough to win a Test in Australia last year.” MORE

Opinion: James Lawton

Manchester City, for all their talk of long-term plans, finally have their transforming moment. In Sergio Aguero, they have an authentically inspiring player, who has both the talent and self-belief to impose on any situation. MORE

Arsenal win but fail to convince

Arsenal beat Udinese last night in the Champions League play-off first leg, but will only take a 1-0 lead to Italy next Wednesday after a difficult night at the Emirates. Theo Walcott put Arsenal ahead after just four minutes, finishing at the near post from Aaron Ramsey’s low cross. But from that point onwards Arsenal struggled, and Udinese started to grow into the game. Wojciech Szczesny was often under pressure and he had to make saves, especially from Kwadwo Asamoah when the Ghanaian midfielder surged through and from an Antonio Di Natale free-kick. Another Di Natale free-kick hit the bar in the first half, while Pablo Armero also went close. Arsenal’s attempts to keep out Udinese were hindered when an injured Kieran Gibbs had to be replaced by Johan Djourou, and, within eight minutes, Djourou was replaced by Carl Jenkinson. In the last minute Walcott nearly scored a second but was denied by Samir Handanovic. MORE

Southampton take third game in row

Southampton maintained their perfect record at the top of the Championship last night with a 5-2 win at Ipswich Town, thanks to two goals each from Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. The Saintswere 3-0 up at the break and won easily. MORE

Twice Over good value at York

While Await the Dawn has progressed rapidly, he offers less value than some think in the Juddmonte International Stakes at York this week. Khaled Abulla’s horses Midday and Twice Over are both proven Group One operators and well priced. MORE