Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson

In English Premier League football action, 

Clint Dempsey's equaliser in the final minute of stoppage-time, denied Manchester United victory as Tottenham Hotspur forced a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane this morning. 

It looked as if Robin van Persie's 18th league goal of the season, which was a header in the 25th-minute, was going to secure all 3 points for United. 

But in the 3rd and final minute of stoppage time, Dempsey struck after Red Devils goalkeeper David de Gea failed to catch the ball in the box. 

The draw meant United's advantage at the top of the table over 2nd-placed Manchester City was reduced to 5 points. 

And Spurs are now just 4 points adrift of 3rd-ranked Chelsea after their London rivals beat Arsenal 2-1 at a snow-covered Stamford Bridge. 

Juan Mata gave the Blues a 6th minute lead before Frank Lampard made it 2-nil from the penalty spot 10 minutes later. 

And although Theo Walcott brought Arsenal back into the match in the 58th minute with his goal, Chelsea held on for their 3rd home win since interim manager Rafa Benitez took charge of the club.

Over to tennis, 

And it took more than 5 hours for Novak Djokovich to reach the quarterfinals in the Men's Singles of the Australian Open. 

At close to 2 o'clock this morning at the Rod Laver Arena, the defending champion outlasted Stanislas Wawrinka in an epic 5-set thriller. 

With the victory, the Serb has now won 18 successive matches at Melbourne Park. 

25 year old Djokovich, who is trying to become the 1st man since the Open era began in 1968 to win 3 successive Australian titles, will meet Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. 

The 5th seed took down South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-2, 7-6. 


David Ferrer ended Asia's challenge by beating Japan's Kei Nishikori 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. 

The 4th seed will face Nicolas Almagro in an all-Spanish quarter-final. 

Almagro advanced after Janko Tipsarevich retired with an injury in the 2nd set. 

Onto badminton action, 

Lee Chong Wei has won the Malaysian Open Men's Singles title for a record 9th time. 

Yesterday in Kuala Lumpur, the world number 1 beat Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-7, 21-8 in under 35 minutes. 

And with the win, Chong Wei surpassed the previous record of 8 Malaysian Open titles held by the late great, Wong Peng Soon.