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In English football action, 

Manchester City beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 to stay 2 points behind leaders Manchester United in the Premier League. 

Playing at home, City came from behind to beat Spurs with substitute Edin Dzeko lashing home their 88th-minute winner. 

And that was after Sergio Aguero had cancelled out Steven Caulker's first-half header for the visitors. 

Meanwhile, 

Chelsea lost ground in the title race when they could only draw 1-1 at home to Liverpool. 

Over at Stamford Bridge, skipper John Terry headed them in front after 20 minutes of his return from a 4-match domestic suspension. 

And that's before he was carried off with a knee injury, following an accidental collision with Reds striker Luis Suarez 19 minutes later.

Speaking of Suarez, the Uruguayan headed home the equaliser 17 minutes from time for his 8th league goal of the season. 

With the draw, the Blues are in 3rd place and 3 points behind United while Liverpool are in 13th position. 

And over at St James' Park, 

Sam Allardyce, who was sacked by Newcastle United in 2008, enjoyed a winning return as his West Ham United side were 1-nil winners. 

Former Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan scored in the first half, for the Hammers to stand in 6th place while the Magpies remain in 10th position.

Onto local football news, 

Brunei DPMM's Vjeran )\ Simunich won the 2012 Coach of the Year title at the annual S-league Awards presentation ceremony. 

Held at the ITE College East campus yesterday, the Croatian beat fellow contenders V.Kanan of Geylang United and Balestier Khalsa's Darren Stewart for the coveted prize. 

Brunei DPMM had every reason to cheer this year, after finishing 2nd in the S-league and their League Cup title victory earlier this season. 

Among the other big winners last night were Harimau Muda's Wan Zack Haikal, who grabbed both the Young Player of the Year and the People's Choice Awards. 

And 42 year old Aleksander Duric won the Player of the Year title, after leading Tampines Rovers to their 2nd straight S-league championship, while Frederic Mendy was the top scorer this season with 20 goals for Home United.

Swinging over to golf, 

Italian teenager Matteo Manassero has won the 2012 Barclays Singapore Open title. 

At Sentosa's Serapong course yesterday, the 19 year old sunk a 10-foot eagle putt on the 3rd extra hole to beat South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen ( Louie Oos-thay-zen) in a playoff for the title. 

The South African shot a 67 to top the leaderboard and Manassero 30 minutes later, carded a final round 69 to finish at 13-under par and forced the playoff at the 18th hole. 

And with the winner's cheque of 1 million US dollars, 19 year old Manassero became the youngest 3-time winner on the European Tour and the youngest ever winner of the 
Singapore Open. 

Meanwhile World number 1 Rory McIlroy ( Ma-cle-roy) finished in 3rd place on 10-under par to wrap up the European Tour money title race. 

And former Singapore Open champion Adam Scott finished in 5th place while the Republic's best showing came from Mardan Mamat who shared 41st position.

Staying with local sports, 

Japan's Noriko Higuchi won the Elite 21-kilometre category in the 2012 edition of the Great Eastern Women's Run. 

Yesterday morning, the 27 year old won Asia's largest women's only race in a time of 1 hour 19 minutes and 35 seconds. 

Noriko beat 13 others in the Elite category to win $10,000. 

The 21km route took runners past the Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay, the Merlion Park and the finish line near The Float@Marina Bay. 

Now, Taiwan's Chen Yu-Hsuan was 5 minutes slower and settled for a 2nd place finish while Indonesia's Marie Mariana Paijo took 3rd position. 

Close to 15,000 participated in this year's event which, was also an opportunity for them to raise awareness and funds for health issues closely associated with women.