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Late goal flurry earns Tottenham Cup win at Wycombe

Tuesday, 2021-01-26 09:30:39
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Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fourth Round - Wycombe Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur - Adams Park, High Wycombe, Britain - January 25, 2021 Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho shakes hands with an assistant referee after the match. (Photo: Reuters)
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Harry Winks and Tanguy Ndombele struck late goals as Tottenham Hotspur survived an FA Cup scare to reach the fifth round with a 4-1 victory at Wycombe Wanderers on Monday (Jan 25).

* Former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has joined Olympiakos Piraeus on a deal until the end of the 2022-23 season, the Greek Super League champions said on Monday. The Greece international last week had his Arsenal contract cancelled by mutual consent with six months left.

* Ferrari began five days of testing at their Fiorano track on Monday with new signing Carlos Sainz on hand before his first laps with the Formula One team later in the week. The Spaniard, who has joined from McLaren, will drive the 2018 SF71H on Wednesday and Thursday morning, giving him a chance to work with his race crew and engineers for the coming season.

* Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has described his West Bromwich Albion counterpart Sam Allardyce as a "genius" for his ability to guide struggling Premier League clubs away from relegation danger. West Brom appointed Allardyce following the sacking of Slaven Bilic in December and the former England boss was given the target to retain the club's top-flight status having recorded just one win in their opening 13 league games.

* Former Brazil and Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has left Cruzeiro by mutual consent after a brief three months in charge during which he saved the Serie B club from the threat of a second consecutive relegation. Scolari, who also coached Chelsea, Gremio and Palmeiras, took over at the troubled side in October last year when they were 19th in the 20-team league, with just 12 points from 15 games.

* Welsh rugby has secured a 13.5 million pounds (US$18.48 million) funding package from the government that will help soften the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Welsh Rugby Union's chief executive Steve Phillips has said.

* Mercedes Formula One team boss and co-owner Toto Wolff has revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 and had to isolate in Austria this month but is now out of quarantine.

* Chelsea dismissed Frank Lampard following 18 months in charge on Monday after the man at the heart of much of their greatest success as a player failed to deliver as coach despite spending over 200 million pounds (US$273.28 million) in the close season. Former Paris St Germain manager Thomas Tuchel is the favourite to replace Lampard, British media reported.

* Former Formula One world champion Jenson Button will race for his own team when the new Extreme E off-road all-electric series begins later this year, the Briton said on Monday.

* Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will undergo a scan on his knee after experiencing discomfort during Sunday's 3-2 FA Cup fourth-round victory against Liverpool, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

* Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he expects defender Eric Garcia to leave the club at the end of the season. Spain international Garcia is in the final year of his contract at the Premier League side and has been linked with a switch back to his boyhood club Barcelona.

* Europe's elite soccer clubs are expected to miss out on over 2 billion euros (US$2.43 billion) in revenue by the end of the 2020-21 season due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Deloitte's Football Money League. The report published on Tuesday said the figure includes amounts missed in 2019-20 when the top 20 highest-earning clubs in Europe earned 8.2 billion euros of combined revenue, which was down 12per cent on the previous season.