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Raheem Sterling s first goals
since mid-September helped
Liverpool beat Bournemouth 3-
1 to end a miserable seven days
with a place in the Capital One
In the other match, Tottenham
thrashed Newcastle 4-0 as they
stylishly secured their place in
the semi-finals. They got goals
from Nabil Bentaleb (18), Nacer
Chadli (46), Harry Kane (65) and
Roberto Soldado 70th minute.
For Liverpool, Sterling had
endured a 22-game goal drought
for club and country until he set
Liverpool on their way to victory
with a close-range header.
Lazar Markovic, fresh from his
controversial red card as the Reds
exited Europe, grabbed the sec-
ond before a trademark Sterling
run ended with his fifth of the
season to put the smiles back on
the faces of supporters after their
Old Trafford defeat.
Dan Gosling, who memorably
netted a cup winner to beat Liv-
erpool in his Everton days, pulled
a goal back and then rattled a
post as the Championship lead-
ers relinquished their 12-game
The majority of the sold-out
crowd arrived with expectations
that their Sky Bet Championship
table-toppers could pile more
misery on Brendan Rodgers and
they almost took an early lead
against a strong Liverpool line-
up.Left-back Adam Smith, one
of six Bournemouth changes,
saw an effort blocked by Martin
Skrtel before Callum Wilson
side-footed wide having done
all the hard work to create an
After those escapes Liverpool
began to kick into gear, with
Adam Lallana forcing his former
Southampton team-mate Artur
Boruc into a fine save from 20
Baily Cargill is yet to make a
Championship start but Cherries
boss Eddie Howe kept faith with
the youngster, a regular during
this competition, and he caught
the eye with a fine block to deny
Sterling after he had scampered
through the hosts half.
The visitors were beginning
to pin Bournemouth in their own
half and that sustained pressure
eventually told in the 20th
minute when Jordan Henderson
headed Markovic s delivery across
goal for Sterling to nod in.
It was no surprise when Liv-
erpool doubled their lead seven
minutes later. Philippe Coutinho s
low near-post shot was kept out
by Boruc but the ball fell straight
to Markovic, who calmly chalked
up his first Liverpool goal.
carved out a huge chance to cut
the deficit with the game s next
move---only for Yann Kermor-
gont to fire his effort over the
Having struggled with
Cardiff s aerial presence in Sat-
urday s 5-3 victory,
Bournemouth s defence were
facing a completely different
threat with Rodgers nippy play-
makers swarming around behind
Rodgers false nine showed his
electric pace to create a chance
for himself just before the break,
only for the diving figure of
Boruc to deny Sterling.
The England player would,
however, only have to wait until
the 51st minute to double his
tally. Picking up a pass from Lal-
lana he twisted and turned past
Cherries captain Tommy Elphick
and found the bottom corner.
Reds goalkeeper Brad Jones
had enjoyed a quiet evening on
his second successive start in
place of the dropped Simon
Mignolet until the 57th minute,
when the goalkeeper failed to
cover himself in glory as the
Cherries pulled a goal back.
Gosling cleverly stepping
through two challenges before
squeezing a shot past the Aus-
Bouremouth's Eunan O'Kane tangles with Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho during yesterday's Capital One
match. Liverpool won 3-1. AP PHOTO.
Super Sterling puts
Liverpool into semis
Radamel Falcao would love to stay
at Manchester United but admits a
permanent move to Old Trafford is
likely to depend on how much he
plays from now until the end of the
United thought they had pulled off
a major coup by signing Falcao from
Monaco on deadline day, but so far
the Colombian has not lived up to his
Thanks partly to injury, Falcao has
struggled to find form and has scored
just once in 11 appearances.
Despite his struggles, Falcao is keen
for United to exercise their option to
buy him for £43.5million.
The former Porto striker concedes
his chances of remaining at Old Traf-
ford hinge partly on the amount of
playing time he gets for the remainder
of the campaign, though.
"I am very happy in this city, in this
club and I am enjoying it here. I really
want to stay," the United striker said.
"From my point of view, I d like to
carry on but obviously I have to analyse
the situation, see if I play more and
see what decision the board takes."
Falcao has not started a game since
he scored his only United goal against
Everton on October 5.
A calf injury ruled the player out
for a month but since he returned he
has made three brief appearances off
the bench, the latest one being a 12-
minute cameo in the 3-0 win over
Liverpool which kept United third in
The striker, who cost Monaco
£52million when they signed him from
Atletico Madrid 18 months ago, admits
he would prefer to play more, but is
willing to be patient.
"Every footballer wants to play, no
one is happy when they are not play-
ing, when they are on the bench, but
whenever I am given the opportunity,
whether it be for five, 10, 20 or 90
minutes, I have to give my best," he
"I feel ready for the moment that
the team needs me. Whenever I have
the opportunity to come on I try to
do my best for the coach and I try to
help the team."
When asked whether he had spoken
to manager Louis van Gaal about his
lack of playing time, Falcao said: "We
talk a lot.
"He has a philosophy that I respect.
I have had an injury, and I have had
to wait for the opportunity to play.
"I am not playing many minutes at
the moment but I am sure that there
will more opportunities to play."
NAIROBI---Former marathon world-record
holder Wilson Kipsang accused Kenya s
athletics federation yesterday of smearing
his name by disclosing that he missed an
out-of-competition doping test last month.
Athletics Kenya said it was notified by
the International Association of Athletics
Federations of the unsuccessful attempt to
test the 2014 New York Marathon champion
on Nov 11.
No sanction will be imposed against Kip-
sang because it was his first missed test,
Athletics Kenya said.
Kipsang was made aware that he would
be in violation of anti-doping rules if he
misses three tests within an 18-month peri-
od, the Kenyan federation said.
Kipsang called the Athletics Kenya state-
ment a "breach of privacy with malicious
target to soil my name and efforts."
Kipsang said he was aware of the IAAF
"I have submitted all necessary required
details and the matter was settled accordance
to the governing law," he said in a state-
The athlete said, on the day of the test,
he was in South Africa to attend a global
athletics conference where he was the
Kenyan and African representative. He said
Athletics Kenya was aware of his where-
"Missing unwillingly a single test, in fact
for the first time cannot amount to issuing
a press statement by a national federation,"
Kipsang said. "I am not the only athlete
who misses a test. I am not the first one in
Kenya, neither in the whole world. Then,
why Kipsang?" He said he would seek legal
action against the "unprofessional miscon-
duct" of Athletics Kenya.
Kipsang s missed test comes amid a recent
spike in doping cases involving Kenyans.
Eighteen Kenyan runners failed doping tests
in 2012 and 2013, according to a doping
report released earlier this year, a rate of
nearly one per month. That compared with
18 Kenyan doping cases in the 19 years before
2012, the report said.
According to the report, banned substances
have become easily available to runners in
the East African country, where there are
no effective doping controls.
Recently, marathon runner Rita Jeptoo
tested positive for the blood-boosting drug
EPO. David Okeyo and Jackson Tuwei, who
are vice presidents of Athletics Kenya, said
that Jeptoo s "A sample taken in an out-
of-competition test in Kenya on Sept. 25
showed traces of the drug.
The 33-year-old Jeptoo, one of the highest
profile Kenyan athletes to fail a doping test,
won her second straight title in Chicago on
Oct 12. She was set to be named the winner
of the World Marathon Majors series before
it was revealed that she had failed a doping
The failed test was about two weeks before
her victory in Chicago.
Athletics Kenya said testing of Jeptoo s
"B sample is being conducted this week.
On Monday, Athletics Kenya banned
marathoners Viola Chelangat Kimetto and
Joyce Jemutai Kiplimo for two years for test-
ing positive for the prohibited substance
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