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From the back pages, January 27: Supersub Scott Rendell scores winner as Luton humilate Norwich in FA Cup.

Scott Rendell

Scott Rendell

Supersub Scott Rendell fired in a late winner for Conference side Luton as they humiliated Premier League Norwich at Carrow Road. The ex-Wycombe striker had been on the field for a matter of minutes when he shot past Declan Rudd to dump Chris Hughton’s listless side out of the FA Cup. (The Sun)

The list of humiliations suffered by Queens Park Rangers this season is so extensive that it is difficult to know precisely where this galling humiliation at the hands of MK Dons ranks, while at least Harry Redknapp could take solace that this was far from his strongest side. (The Guardian)

Pablo Zabaleta lightens the gloom for Manchester City. Stoke 0 Manchester City 1: Poor game sees City win at Stoke for first time in seven attempts but lose Kompany to injury. (The Independent)

Wayne Rooney was stripped of penalty-taking duties by Manchester United but found the net anyway as they sauntered past Fulham to book an FA Cup fifth round place. After his latest miss, Rooney was passed over in favour of Ryan Giggs to take United’s third-minute spot-kick. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool appear to have run the race to sign Philippe Coutinho. Reports on Saturday morning suggested the Reds had re-structured their offer for the Inter Milan playmaker in a bid to stave off interest from Southampton. The ploy worked as the Serie A side are now understood to have now accepted the bid. (The Mirror)

On a night of nerves, of tremulous tennis, of pyrotechnics, twists and a little head-banging, Victoria Azarenka retained her Australian Open title in a manner of one woman against the world. That is often what it is like when you are at the top, a lonely place that not everyone has the strength to occupy. (The Times)

Lance Armstrong has been give until Feb 6 to come completely clean about his past doping activities if he wishes to negotiate a reduction of his lifetime ban. (The Telegraph)

 

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