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From the back pages, January 28: Oldham keep FA Cup shocks coming

Ian Bell crafted a patient and classy century

Ian Bell crafted a patient and classy century

Matt Smith chose the perfect occasion to score his first goals at Boundary Park as his first-half double helped Oldham Athletic produce an FA Cup fourth-round upset against Liverpool. (The Times)

Leeds were rewarded for their victory over Tottenham with a trip to Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup. (The Express)

Chelsea’s hapless boss Benitez is under more pressure — thanks to Marcello ‘Del Boy’ Trotta and brilliant Brentford. The on-loan Fulham striker gave the League One side the lead in an embarrassing FA Cup fourth-round draw for the Blues at Griffin Park. (The Sun)

Didier Drogba has signed an 18-month contract at Galatasaray, according to reports in Turkey. The former Chelsea striker is currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast but Eurosport and official Turkish League broadcaster LigTV are reporting that Drogba has found the time to agree a move to Turkey from Shanghai Shenhua. (Daily Mail)

Andy Murray failed in his bid to win back-to-back Grand Slams this morning as Novak Djokovic completed a hat-trick of Australian Open titles. Suffering from a blister on his right foot, the British No 1 lost an attritional battle 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 in three hours and 40 minutes. (The Mirror)

At least this consolation came with a view. England’s one-day tour of India ended with a dead-rubber victory at this picture-postcard ground in the Himalayan foothills, as Ian Bell crafted a patient and classy century. (The Telegraph)

The Vendée Globe record for sailing solo round the world has been well and truly smashed by François Gabart, crossing the finishing line today to become the youngest ever winner in a time of 78 days, 2hrs 16mins 40secs. (The Times)

 

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