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The Morning Score: Tuesday

Stick the kettle on. Here’s all the sports news you need to know this morning.
Aug 21st 2012, 9:00 AM 576 0

1. #PREMIER LEAGUE Might as well just give the Premier League to Manchester City; the title race is over already.

Marouane Fellaini bossed proceedings and scored a second-half winner as Manchester United stumbled to a 1-0 defeat against Everton in the first Monday Night Football of the new season.

Not even the introduction of debutant Robin van Persie as a second-half sub could save United, who haven’t lost on opening weekend since 2004. They didn’t win the league that season either.

2. #DOMESTIC MATTERS At home, Sligo Rovers stretched their lead at the top of the Airtricity League Premier Division with a 3-0 win against UCD at the Showgrounds, the goals coming from Mark Quigley, Pascal Millien and Romo Boco.

With Drogheda coming out on the wrong side of a 3-2 thriller against Cork in Turner’s Cross, Sligo now have an eight-point advantage and a game in hand over the chasing pack.

In Dalymount Park, Bohemians drew 2-2 with Shelbourne; Sean O’Connor got the game’s only goal as St Pat’s beat Dundalk 1-0; and Bray Wanderers and Derry City played out a scoreless draw at the Carlisle Grounds.

3. #CATS Kilkenny’s Michael Rice is a major doubt for next month’s All-Ireland hurling decider against Galway after he picked up a serious hand injury in the win against Tipperary, the Irish Independent reports.

Yesterday, the GAA announced that Westmeath referee Barry Kelly will take charge of the final on 9 September.

4. #CRICKET South Africa confirmed their place as the world’s top test cricket side with a 2-0 series win against England in Lord’s yesterday.

Wicketkeeper Matt Prior led a final-session fightback for England before Vernon Philander took two wickets with consecutive deliveries to seal a 51-run win in the third and final test.

5. #LANCE The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is free to proceed against Lance Armstrong after a federal judge in America dismissed the  seven-time Tour de France winner’s lawsuit yesterday.

6. #VUELTA Spain’s Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won Monday’s thrilling third stage of the Vuelta á Espana, outsprinting Joaquim Rodriguez and Christopher Froome to the line. Valverde leads by 18 seconds in the race for the red jersey.

‘I think a lot of people forgot that Everton are a good team as well’ – Moyes

Kilkenny ‘must stay grounded’ after Croke Park high – Brian Hogan

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