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Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Liverpool: Jason Cummings scores twice in fightback - BBC Sport
League One Shrewsbury Town earn an FA Cup fourth-round replay at Anfield.

Shrewsbury boss Ricketts jokes how much they rattled Liverpool - Football365
”We just said to the lads, ‘You could have won it, but you all wanted to go back to Anfield didn’t you?’”

Solskjær finds FA Cup respite as Manchester United hit Tranmere for six | The Guardian
Manchester United ran out 6-0 winners over Tranmere to give their under-fire manager a much-needed boost.

Reading’s Matt Miazga stretchered off with apparent ankle injury | SBI Soccer
Miazga started on Saturday, but left in the 66th minute with an apparent ankle injury.

25 years on: How Alex Ferguson talked Eric Cantona back from the brink | FourFourTwo
On January 25, 1995, the Manchester United striker launched a kung-fu kick at a Crystal Palace fan.

Tottenham is still a happy camp, insists Toby Alderweireld | Football | The Guardian
Toby Alderweireld has rejected suggestions that Spurs’ players are unhappy under José Mourinho, joking that if anything the squad is ‘too nice’.

Aston Villa job feels right and I hope it helps other women into leading roles | Eni Aluko | Football | The Guardian
Villa’s women are going places and, with the buzz of playing gone, guiding them into the WSL back in the city where I fell in love with football is a logical next challenge.

Manchester United’s Ed Woodward: admired by Glazers, despised by fans | The Guardian
The frontman for the unpopular Glazer family is the target for hateful chants, now that the manager no longer doubles as a human shield.


St Mirren 0-0 Aberdeen: Visitors remain four points adrift of third - BBC Sport
Aberdeen fail to significantly cut the gap on third-placed Motherwell after a turgid draw with St Mirren.

Torino 0-7 Atalanta: Josip Ilicic hat-trick in seven-goal thrashing - BBC Sport
Atalanta deal a seven-goal thrashing to Torino, as Josip Ilicic scores a remarkable goal from the halfway line.

Boss over celebrates goal in 9-year-olds match
The coach of a Spanish junior soccer team has been warned about his behaviour after celebrating a goal too much in a match between nine-year-olds.


Chicharito says he is eager to show he’s one of best players in world | Pro Soccer USA
Chicharito is the center of the Galaxy now, and he is thrilled.


Kobe Bryant, daughter among the dead in helicopter crash | LA Times
It’s been a long time since I’ve been a serious basketball fan, but to the extent that I paid attention to the league at all after about 2008, Kobe Bryant was a big part of why.

The Club World Cup is not about football – it's about making the rich even richer | Jonathan Wilson | Football | The Guardian
The Club World Cup will begin in its new expanded format in summer 2021 and already it has forced the Africa Cup of Nations to be re-rescheduled.

Scott Parker: ‘I don’t see as much resilience in players any more’ | Football | The Guardian
Fulham’s manager understands the effects toxic social media can have on his players.

Landon Donovan on what it means to be a coach | Soccer Today
The story of a famous player turned coach is always interesting, but Landon Donovan brings a special and unique quality to coaching,

What is life like for a manager after being sacked following Premier League failure? - BBC Sport
What happens when you get sacked and your dreams are left in tatters?

Inside the push to stop female footballers suffering so many ACL injuries | Football | The Guardian
Female athletes are far more susceptible to cruciate damage, and one man is particularly determined to find a solution.