The Sport Matrix: Thursday 9 January 2014

City make plans for Wembley after hammer horror

Thomas Hitzlsperger with the Germany team

Sam Wallace: Fans in Britain would be supportive of a gay player - just as most have been for Thomas Hitzlsperger

The former Aston Villa midfielder and Germany international has reignited the debate about homophobia in the game

Thomas Hitzlsperger during his time at West Ham

Comment: Thomas Hitzlsperger has made a giant stride in moving the debate about homosexuality in football forward

The former Germany international has already begun to influence opinions as well as helping show the overwhelming support within the game

Thomas Hitzlsperger with the Germany team

Thomas Hitzlsperger reveals he is gay, with the former Aston Villa and Germany international declaring: 'I have never been ashamed'

Hitzlsperger also played for West Ham and Everton during his career

David Moyes shows his frustration on another difficult night for the United manager

Comment: Manchester United's fragility and despair was apparent after a minute of Capital One Cup defeat to Sunderland

David Moyes saw his side lost the first leg of the semi-final 2-1

Iago Aspas scored the opening goal in Liverpool's 2-0 FA Cup win over Oldham Athletic

Iago Aspas describes first Liverpool goal as 'wonderful' after scoring in FA Cup tie

The Spaniard netted in the third round tie against Oldham

Yeovil celebrate after James Hayter scores against Leyton Orient

Yeovil 4 Leyton Orient 0 match report: Yeovil reach fourth round for the first time in nine years with crushing defeat of Orient

Russell Slade's injury-hit side could not cope with cope with the Championship side

Grimsby players look dejected after conceding a late goal to Huddersfield that saw them knocked out of the FA Cup

Grimsby Town 2 Huddersfield 3 match report: Mariners sunk by cruel own-goal

Full-back turns in own goal to hand Huddersfield victory after heroic fightback by Conference side

Sam Carruthers of MK Dons battles with James Perch of Wigan

Wigan Athletic 3 MK Dons 3 match report: Holders taken to replay in six-goal epic

Last season's FA Cup winners were guilty of not putting the game to bed when they should've as Dons clawed their way back in

Ipswich Town 1 Preston North End 1 match report: Controversial Kevin Davies goal sees Preston comeback to force replay

Davies was played onside by an injured Tyrone Mings to run through on goal and draw Preston level

Transfer news: West Ham give up chase for Diego Milito as Inter Milan star opts for Racing switch

The Hammers had hoped to add to their attacking line up with the Champions League winner

Ashley Young goes down under the challenge of Hugo Lloris, but a penalty was not given

Collision with Hugo Lloris sees Ashley Young ruled out 'for some time', reveals Manchester United manager David Moyes

The Tottenham keeper took Young out in United's latest defeat at Old Trafford

Chelsea midfielder Oscar was booked for this dive

Watch out Oscar, Ashley Young and Luis Suarez - Fifa president Sepp Blatter talks tough on diving

There has been a recent spate of high profile play acting

Tom Huddlestone produced a midfield 'masterclass' for Hull

Steve Bruce backs Tom Huddlestone to take short cut to Brazil after midfield 'masterclass' against Fulham

Tom Huddlestone produced a midfield ‘masterclass’ for Hull

Jake Livermore of Hull City celebrates scoring

Premier League: Hull City v Fulham match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s match at the KC Stadium

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Davis says: 'My career has been about filling a niche - there were fewer short actors and fewer roles – but now I'm being offered all kinds of things'
PeopleWarwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
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A Russian hunter at the Medved bear-hunting lodge in Siberia
Save the tigerWildlife charities turn to those who kill animals to help save them
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Frank Lampard will pass Billy Wright and equal Bobby Charton’s caps tally of 106 caps against
sportFormer Chelsea midfielder in Etihad stopgap before New York contract
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The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
booksHow reading Harry Potter helps children grow up to be gay-friendly
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A scene from Aladdin is performed at the Tony Awards in New York in June
theatreBrit producer Lythgoe makes kids' musical comedy a Los Angeles hit
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Usain Bolt of Jamaica smiles and shakes hands with a competitor after Jamaica won their first heat in the men's 4x100m relay
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Chancellor George Osborne, along with the Prime Minister, have been 'complacently claiming the economy is now fixed', according to shadow Chancellor Ed Balls
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Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

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Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
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The best swim shorts for men

Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup