Striker Tommy Smith scored after 15 minutes to give Sunderland a 1-0 home win over fellow first division side Sheffield United in their FA Cup quarterfinal on Sunday. \nSunderland, who as a second division side memorably upset Leeds United in the 1973 final for their second victory in the competition, go into the semifinal draw with holders Arsenal and league champions Manchester United. \nFirst division Millwall and Tranmere Rovers of division two will replay their quarterfinal on March 17 after they drew 0-0 in London earlier on Sunday. \nSunderland manager Mick McCarthy, asked who he would prefer to meet in the semifinals, said: "I saw Arsenal yesterday and they were awesome, I guess we all want to avoid Arsenal." \nArsenal crushed Portsmouth 5-1 away on Saturday to reach the semifinals for a record 24th time and stay on course to become the first club ever to play in four successive finals. Manchester United beat Fulham 2-1 at home. \nMan-of-the-match Smith joked: "As long as we keep away from Arsenal and Man United, that narrows it down a bit." \nSheffield United manager Neil Warnock praised Sunderland's defense after his side had had the better of the second half. "They're really good at the back," he said. \nSunderland went ahead when Argentine Julio Arca launched an attack down the left and George McCartney crossed to the middle where Smith controlled the ball, turned and hit a left-footed shot in off the far post past the diving Patrick Kenny. \nIt was Smith's fifth goal of the season and fourth in the FA Cup for Sunderland, who last reached the last four in 1992 when they went on to lost to Liverpool in the final. \nSheffield United could have equalized early in the second half but Sunderland's Estonian international goalkeeper Mart Poom saved well at close quarters from midfielder Phil Jagielka. \nIn London earlier, Australia defender Kevin Muscat missed a penalty as Millwall, seventh in the first division, failed to overcome Tranmere, who are 16th in division two and looking for their first ever semifinal. \nMuscat's 65th-minute spot kick was tipped over the bar by Tranmere's Dutch goalkeeper John Achterberg following a foul by defender Ryan Taylor on Australian midfielder Tim Cahill. \n's last appearance in an FA Cup semi-final was 1937, against Sunderland, who went on to win the trophy for the first time that year.
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Growing concern over health standards in e-sports has prompted a new federation to pledge to address the problem, as players fall victim to conditions ranging from wrist injuries to obesity, stress and diabetes. The retirement of top Chinese player Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming handle “Uzi,” sent tremors through the booming sport, whose revenues are predicted to reach US$1.1 billion this year, according to industry analyst Newzoo. The 23-year-old, hailed as an “icon” of the League of Legends game, stepped away from e-sports in June, saying that “chronic stress, obesity, irregular diet, staying up late and other reasons” had given