By Euro Weekly News Media • 27 February 2012 • 11:52
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FOOTBALL – There’s always a shock (or three) in the FA Cup – and Leicester took the scalp of Premiership Norwich, Birmingham drew at Chelsea and gritty Stevenage held Spurs.
Elsewhere, Sunderland dumped out Arsenal (it’s seven years since the Gunners last won a trophy and Arsene’s under pressure!), Everton beat Blackpool, Bolton won at Millwall, Liverpool (helped by three own-goals, whipped Brighton 6-1) and 10-man Stoke defeated Crawley.
The quarter-final draw is: Liverpool v Stoke, Birmingham/Chelsea v Leicester, Stevenage/Spurs v Bolton and Everton v Sunderland.
Chelsea played the first leg of their last 16 Champions League game in Napoli.
In the Europa League, Manchester City should have knocked out FC Porto, while Ryan Giggs could make his 900th appearance for Manchester United who surely will beat Ajax but Stoke might struggle in Valencia.
Portsmouth who slipped into administration for the second time in two years, are now in the Championship’s relegation zone, well below neighbours Southampton, West Ham and Cardiff who are at the top end.
Meanwhile, Charlton lead League One by a mile and Southend, Cheltenham and Swindon are cracking on in League Two.
In Scotland, Rangers, docked 10 points for going into administration, fell further behind Celtic after losing to Kilmarnock, watched by their biggest home crowd this season, 50,268.
The Bhoys (5-0 winners at Hibs) are 17 points clear of the ‘Gers (68-51).
* Managers Lee Clark (Huddersfield) and Martin Allen (Notts County) have been sacked. Neil Warnock has taken charge at Leeds while Keith Curle is favourites to take charge at Meadow Lane.
* Manager of Russia’s Anzhi Maka FC, Yuri Krasnozhan, has resigned without taking charge of a single game! He was appointed last December but due to the winter break, never bossed Anzhi on the field.
* Johann Cruyff is back in control of Ajax after the Dutch club’s board resigned! * Ex-Sheffield Wednesday player Tom McAnearney had died, aged 79.
* There are three derbies this weekend – Arsenal v Spurs, Everton v Liverpool and West Ham v Crystal Palace. Also, Premiership leaders Manchester City play Blackburn and second-placed Manchester United travel to Norwich.
CRICKET – England, with a Kevin Pietersen century and another 80 runs from Alastair Cook, clinched the ODI series with Pakistan by winning the third game (of 4) by nine wickets. “We’re back on track” said skipper Cook.
BOXING – Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko beat Dereck Chisora to retain his WBC heavyweight crown but after the fight Chisora and Britain’s ex-champion David Haye got involved in a brawl.
Chisora was arrested and later released by German police but Haye has yet to be interviewed.
CYCLING – Sir Chris Hoy won two gold medals at the World Cycling Championships at London’s Olympic Velodrome – in the individual sprint and with GB’s four-man pursuit relay team.
ATHLETICS – Heptathlete Jessica Ennis ran the fastest 60m hurdles this year to win gold at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham.
Pole-vaulter Holly Bleasdale, long jumpers Shara Proctor and JJ Jegarde, 400m runners Shana Cox and Nigel Levine and high jumper Robbie Grabarz also claimed victories but Mo Farrah came second over two miles.
RUGBY – Harlequins beat Worcester 14-10 to stay top of the Aviva Premiership as second-paced Saracens lost to Leicester. Leeds beat Australian champions Manly 26-12 in Rugby League’s World Club Challenge.
DID YOU KNOW? Thierry Henry wants to install a 5,500 gallon, four-storey fish tank at his £5.9 London mansion.
Holding 300 fish, it will cost £250,000 to build, £50 an hour to run and he’ll have an annual maintenance/food bill of £12,000.
Aston Villa’s Stephen Ireland has a £100,000 shark tank under his kitchen while Maradona, David Beckham, Joe Hart and Micah Richards all own huge fish tanks.
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