Liverpool overcame fourth-tier Exeter City 3-0 on Wednesday to set up an FA Cup fourth-round clash with West Ham United, while Tottenham Hotspur won 2-0 at Leicester City.
Liverpool had required a 73rd-minute equalizer from Brad Smith to snatch a 2-2 draw at Exeter in the teams’ first meeting and the League Two side gave another good account of themselves in the reunion at Anfield.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s team prevailed in the third-round replay courtesy of a 10th-minute Joe Allen strike and first Liverpool goals for 18-year-old substitute Sheyi Ojo and Joao Teixeira.
Exeter’s 6,000 traveling fans saw their team fall behind early on when Allen tapped in at the near post after Smith had exchanged passes with Christian Benteke and cut the ball back from the byline on the left.
Jordon Ibe seemed on a personal mission to score Liverpool’s second goal, notably seeing a rasping shot hit the bar and bounce on the line, before admitting defeat and teeing up Ojo to curl home in front of the Kop in the 74th minute.
Portuguese midfielder Teixeira got in on the act eight minutes later, finishing coolly from Benteke’s pass.
In further positive news for Liverpool, home-grown full-back Jon Flanagan made his comeback as a second-half substitute after 18 months out with a knee injury.
At Leicester’s King Power Stadium, South Korea forward Son Heung-min produced a brilliant goal and assist as Tottenham won 2-0 to secure a trip to third-tier Colchester United in the fourth round.
In the teams’ third encounter in 11 days — the 2-2 draw in the first FA Cup meeting having been followed by Leicester’s 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in the league — the hosts made nine changes and visitors Spurs eight.
Son broke the deadlock in breathtaking style in the 39th minute, flashing a rocket of a shot past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel from the right-hand apex of the penalty area.
After home debutant Demarai Gray had seen a curler clawed away by Michel Vorm, Son’s beautifully weighted pass freed Nacer Chadli to stroke a left-foot shot beneath Schmeichel in the 66th minute.
Home manager Claudio Ranieri sent on talisman Jamie Vardy for Nathan Dyer with 18 minutes remaining, but Spurs held firm to avenge their 2-1 loss to Leicester in last season’s fourth round.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
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