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Man arrested after English soccer player reports homophobia

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TRANMERE, England — A footballer in England’s third tier reported being subjected to homophobic abuse from the stands, leading to police making one arrest.

Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop told the referee of the abuse at halftime of the League One soccer game at Tranmere as his team won 2-0.

Tranmere says it is very disappointed to learn of a homophobic comment made.

In a statement, Merseyside Police condemned abhorrent incidents.

Police Chief Inspector Jason Crellin added that “hate crime has no place in our communities, and not least at a showcase sporting event attended and watched by many people.”

FA Cup wrap: A day for the underdogs, though Man City, Chelsea cruise

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Lower league sides Oxford United, and Lincoln City joined Wolverhampton Wanderers as clubs to earn memorable FA Cup wins during Saturday’s fourth round.

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Wycombe Wanderers nearly made the headline of the day when they led Spurs 2-0 and 3-2 at White Hart Lane, but Heung-Min Son took advantage of a baffling amount of stoppage time to earn a 4-3 win for Spurs.

Liverpool had fallen to Wolves earlier, setting the tone for the day. One more Saturday match remains: Southampton vs. Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Wycombe Wanderers

Paul Hayes scored twice in the first half, the second on a questionable penalty given away by USMNT prospect Cameron Carter-Vickers, as Wycombe built a shock 2-0 lead at White Hart Lane. Yet a Heung-Min Son 60th minute goal and a Vincent Janssen penalty four minutes later knotted the tie.

All set, right? Wrong. Garry Thompson scored with just minutes to spare, only to see Spurs substitute Dele Alli knock in an equalizer. Son scored again in the sixth minute of stoppage time to set Tottenham up for the fifth round, and save Spurs a trip to Buckinghamshire.

Crystal Palace 0-3 Manchester City

Selhurst Park again found little joy, as Sam Allardyce‘s reign refuses to turn over. Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane, and Yaya Toure scored for City.

Chelsea 4-0 Brentford

Brentford has moments for the visiting crowd, but never looked like it would force a replay. Willian, Pedro, and Branislav Ivanovic scored as the Blues cruised into the fifth round. Michy Batshuayi converted a late penalty to provide the final score line.

Oxford United 3-0 Newcastle United

Rafa Benitez‘s Magpies trotted out a variety of young prospects and second-choice players, and the League One hosts relished the spoils. Kane Hemmings and Curtis Nelson scored for the U’s.

Kane Hemmings (bottom) of Oxford United celebrates scoring the opening goal  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Full schedule

Friday
Derby County 2-2 Leicester City — RECAP

Saturday
Liverpool 1-2 Wolverhampton — RECAP
Middlesbrough 1-0 Accrington Stanley
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Blackpool
Burnley 2-0 Bristol City
Rochdale 0-4 Huddersfield Town
Lincoln City 3-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

12:30 p.m. EDT
Southampton 0-5 ArsenalWelbeck goes off

Sunday
Millwall vs. Watford — 7 a.m. EDT
Fulham vs. Hull City — 7:30 a.m. EDT
Sutton United vs. Leeds United — 9 a.m. EDT
Manchester United vs. Wigan Athletic — 11 a.m. EDT

FA Cup: Spurs trail League Two side Wycombe 2-0 at half

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First Liverpool, now Spurs?

League Two side Wycombe Wanderers have a shock 2-0 lead over Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round match at White Hart Lane.

[ FOLLOW: All FA Cup action, scores ]

Spurs young backs Josh Onomah and Cameron Carter-Vickers, the latter a USMNT prospect, have helped put the hosts in their hole. Onomah mishit a clearance that Paul Hayes volleyed home, and CCV conceded a penalty that Hayes finished for the 2-0 lead.

Moussa Sissoko, Heung-Min Son, and Eric Dier are among the regulars on the pitch for Spurs.

Elsewhere, Chelsea leads Brentford 2-0 on goals from Willian and Pedro. Raheem Sterling has Man City leading Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park, Burnley is up 1-0 on Bristol City, and Blackburn has a 2-0 lead on Blackpool.

Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion also lead, while several matches are 0-0.

Saints and Arsenal finish the day’s slate at 12:30 p.m. EDT.

Wycombe Wanders 1-1 Aston Villa: Garde still winless after suspect PK

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  • League Two side earns replay
  • Richards scores for Villa
  • Ayew, Veretout sub on late

With 20 minutes to go, the fans at Adams Park launched into a chorus of boos as Aston Villa boss Remi Garde went to his subs bench for answers in the form of Jordan Ayew and Jordan Veretout.

All the Jordans. Surely, this is not how Garde planned his FA Cup match against Wycombe Wanderers would go, as the League Two’s Chairboys held their Premier League foes in a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

[ FA CUP: Exeter City holds youth-heavy Liverpool 2-2 ]

Micah Richards scored a first-half goal into the side netting, but Wycombe won and converted a PK early in the second half to earn a replay at Villa Park. Villa will regret the replay’s congestion of its Premier League survival slate nearly as much as the draw.

The first of the day’s FA Cup third round matches, the penalty was soft and Villa was right to feel toyed with by referee Michael Oliver. Ashley Westwood left his feet to charge into Matt Bloomfield as the Wycombe man headed a ball inside the 18. Bloomfield headed the ball and Westwood’s trailing arm made contact with his opponent.

Penalty given, and Joe Jacobson beat Villa back-up backstop Mark Bunn, who was playing in place of USMNT keeper Brad Guzan.

Villa had the better of the play all match long, showing the speed gap between PL players and three divisions down, and Ayew came close to giving his team a 2-1 lead in 80th minute. Exeter City drawing a team of Liverpool reserves was one thing. Villa had a team that should’ve easily handled its business.

Monitoring the match online, I let our dogs out into the backyard early in the second half. While thinking of how I’d frame this post  — “Can being on the winning end of a match jumpstart Villa?” — I returned to the TV to see that Wycombe had scored.

Suspect penalty or not, Saturday did very little to inspire confidence that Villa can summit their massive mountain to climb in the Premier League.