How can I compare the multiple strings?

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I am unable to compare the multiple strings at once to produce the required output. I have tried the following code. Here I would like to compare the input string and print the result from statements.
function result = select(sports)
sports = {'hockey','tennis'};_
if strcmpi(sports,'hockey');x=1;end
if strcmpi(sports,'cricket');x=2;end
if strcmpi(sports,'football');x=3;end
if strcmpi(sports,'tennis');x=4;end
result
end
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BHARAT CHARAN GOUD MARUPALLI
Edited: BHARAT CHARAN GOUD MARUPALLI on 11 Jan 2021
Thanks for your response. Yes, the input is sports = {'hockey', 'tennis'} and I want the output as [1 4]. I am trying to assign the values to the multiple strings in a matrix form. I am able to do it for a single string, but I want to do it for multiple strings (but not all) at once.

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Image Analyst
Image Analyst on 10 Jan 2021
Is this what you want (using ismember to find the index of the sport in the list of all the sports?
% Test script:
fprintf('Beginning to run %s.m ...\n', mfilename);
allSports = {'hockey','tennis', 'cricket', 'football', 'racing', 'golf', 'Cody'};
thisSport = 'Football';
result = select(thisSport, allSports)
fprintf('%s is sport #%d.\n', thisSport, result);
fprintf('Done running %s.m.\n', mfilename);
%======================================================
function result = select(thisSport, allSports)
thisSport = lower(thisSport);
allSports = lower(allSports);
[~, result] = ismember(thisSport, allSports)
end
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BHARAT CHARAN GOUD MARUPALLI
Thank you Rik and Image Analyst, it solved my problem.

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