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Tanzania’s Yanga FC crowned champions of Kagame Cecafa Castle Cup

An extra-time goal gave Tanzania’s Young Africans victory over their great rivals Simba in the final of the Cecafa Club Cup on Sunday.

Young Africans, known as Yanga, claimed their first title in the East and Central African event since 1999.

Ghana’s Kenneth Asamoah rose unchallenged to head home a Rashid Gumbo cross in the 108th minute.

Asamoah plays in a team dominated by foreign players – a key part of Yanga’s strategy for success.

The Tanzanian champions are coached by Uganda’s Sam Timbe, who has won the title four times with four different teams in the last six years.

Yanga’s first choice goalkeeper Yaw Berko is also from Ghana , while strikers Davis Mwape and Hamis Kiiza are from Zambia and Uganda respectively.

Yanga also claim the US$30,000 prize donated by Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who is the competition’s main sponsor.

Simba get US$20,000 for finishing second, while Al Mereikh of Sudan, who beat St George of Ethiopia 2-0 in the third-place play-off earlier in the day, were given $10,000.

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Kenny Dalglish: Liverpool are no longer a two-man team

• Liverpool manager is pleased with attacking options
• Reds have taken 16 points from the last seven games

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    Kenny Dalglish takes his side to Fulham knowing victory will move Liverpool closer to European qualification. Photograph: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

    Kenny Dalglish insists Liverpool are no longer reliant on two players to carry the rest of the team, as they hope to take a decisive step towards European qualification at Fulham on Monday night.

    In their past two seasons most of their opponents operated on the principle that, if you stopped Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard, you stopped Liverpool. The pairing was responsible for 39% of their league goals in 2008-09 and 44% last season.

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‘Suarez gets the Liverpool way’

Kenny Dalglish has revealed the secret behind Luis Suarez’s blistering start to his Anfield career – an eagerness to embrace the Liverpool way.

The Uruguayan has established himself as a firm favourite on the Kop after hitting three goals and contributing countless assists in his 10 appearances since completing a switch from Ajax on January’s transfer deadline day.

Dalglish believes Suarez’s willingness to immerse himself in the culture and history of Liverpool has been a driving force behind his instant impact in England.

“Suarez has been fantastically enthusiastic, he walks about with a smile on his face in training, he enjoys training and is very good in amongst the dressing room,” Dalglish told reporters at Melwood.

“Because of his personality and approach to games, he’s got his reward – and the reward for us is a really exciting player who has made a contribution to the run we’re on and he has also settled in very quickly and become part of the football club.

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Maxi stars for Reds

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Maxi Rodriguez opens the scoring for Liverpool

A Maxi Rodriguez hat-trick inspired Liverpool to their biggest win of the season and further prove, if anyone was still in doubt, that Kenny Dalglish is the man to lead the club forward.

The little Argentinian was not necessarily brilliant but just put himself in the right places to capitalise on some impressive team play by a side brimming with the confidence instilled by the 60-year-old Scot.

There were positives all over the field with Dirk Kuyt scoring his seventh goal in six league matches while even substitute Joe Cole, who has endured a disappointing maiden season, got among the goals with a late deflected effort.

Five goals and all this achieved without £35million record signing Andy Carroll, who was unavailable due to an injury sustained in last Sunday’s draw at Arsenal which allowed Kuyt to move back up front.

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Kenny Dalglish has no case to Answer after putting Wenger in his rightful place

Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager, has escaped Football Association punishment despite being heard to swear at Arsène Wenger during an altercation in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.

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Hot head: Kenny Dalglish confronts Arsene Wenger on the touchline during Arsenal v Liverpool

Wenger had walked down the touchline to complain at the award of an equalising penalty to Liverpool in the 102nd minute of the match and was angrily waved away by Dalglish.

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Last-gasp Dirk to the rescue

Dirk Kuyt secured a point for Liverpool with the last kick of the game following a dramatic encounter at the Emirates.

The contest was set to end 0-0 until Robin van Persie fired an injury-time penalty. Minutes later referee Andre Marriner again pointed to the spot, with Kuyt converting to give the visitors a share of the spoils against the odds.

Earlier in the game Jamie Carragher (concussion) and Fabio Aurelio (thigh) had to leave the field – making Liverpool’s comeback all the more remarkable.

 

The result leaves them four points off European qualification, though rivals Tottenham have two games in hand. Arsenal, meanwhile, trail Manchester United by six points as Alex Ferguson’s men chase a record 19th title.

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Arsenal v Liverpool: Teams

Arsenal XI :Szczesny, Eboue, Koscielny, Djourou, Clichy, Diaby, Wilshere, Walcott, Fabregas, Nasri, Van Persie.

Liverpool XI: Reina, Flanagan, Aurelio, Carragher, Skrtel, Lucas, Spearing, Meireles, Kuyt, Suarez, Carroll. Subs: Gulacsi, Cole, Kyrgiakos, Shelvey, Ngog, Maxi, Robinson.

Subs: Gulacsi, Cole, Kyrgiakos, Shelvey, Ngog, Maxi, Robinson.








Apologetic Rio Ferdinand claims Mario Balotelli taunted United fans

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Rio Ferdinand was riled by Mario Balotelli’s taunts at Manchester United fans at the end of the FA Cup semi-final. Photograph: Tom Jenkins

Rio Ferdinand has criticised Mario Balotelli for taunting Manchester United fans after Manchester City‘s FA Cup semi-final win at Wembley but apologised for his spat with the Italian striker.

The Italian incensed Ferdinand after the final whistle on Saturday by reportedly thrusting the badge on his shirt in the direction of opposition supporters.

Ferdinand, writing on Twitter , said: “If you score a goal and give a bit to opposing fans I kind of accept that but at the final whistle [you should] go to your own fans and enjoy it, not opposing fans.”

Balotelli also winked at Ferdinand as the players left the field and the pair had to be separated by their team-mates. Ferdinand added: “If I offended anyone, I apologise, emotions obviously running high.” More >>

 

 








Dirk Kuyt agrees one-year extension to Liverpool contract

• Dutch forward to remain at Anfield until 2013
• ‘Since the day I first walked in, I felt welcome’

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    Dirk Kuyt has agreed an extension to his Liverpool contract until 2013. Photograph: Richard Sellers/Sportsphoto/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

    Dirk Kuyt has agreed a one-year contract extension to remain at Liverpool until 2013, his management company have announced.

    The 30-year-old Holland international, who arrived at Anfield from Feyenoord in 2006, was contracted until next summer but has been rewarded for his form this season. More >>