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The Morning Score: Thursday

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1. #CARLING CUP Liverpool came away from the Etihad Stadium with a one-nil win over Manchester City in their Carling Cup semi-final, first leg last night.

Steven Gerrard converted a first-half penalty before Kenny Dalglish shut up shop. Gerrard and City boss Roberto Mancini were left on opposite sides of an arguement when the Italian claimed a Glen Johnson’s tackle was worse than the one that landed Vincent Kompany with his four-match ban.

Here’s how the game unfolded at Eastlands.

In the Premier League meanwhile, Spurs stayed on a track with a 2-0 win over Everton.

2. #LONDON 2012 Ireland had another Olympic qualifier yesterday as Kieran Behan became the second ever gynmast to secure a place while representing this country. The 22-year-old finished 34th in a competition which the top 35 went through to the main event in London later this year.

3. #BETFAIR PAY-OUT The gambling exchange have announced that some of the punters who bet on the Christmas Hurdle in Leopardstown will receive payment following a meeting with the Gibraltar Gambling Commission.

Those with in-play winning positions in the win and place markets prior to the technical fault will have their accounts credited.

4. #SIX NATIONS England’s interim coach Stuart Lancaster gave the squad a major shake-up yesterday when he named a new look 32-man squad ahead of next month’s Six Nations. Mike Tindall, Nick Easter and Mark Cueto were all casualties while there were nine uncapped players named.

5. #OPEN LETTER After an unsuccessful appeal to the red card he received in last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Manchester United, Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany posted an open letter entitled ‘A Moment of Reflection’ on his Facebook page.

In it, he oddly praised English referees before asking for common sense to prevail in the future in regards to sendings off for challenges such as the one he made.

6. #RIP Tributes have poured in for the former Munster, Ireland and Lions player Colm Tucker, who died yesterday aged 59.

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