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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A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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