man city stays strong in record trophy hunt
LONDON — Manchester City remained in the hunt for a record trophy quadruple after a hat trick from teenager Kelechi Iheanacho helped them demolish Aston Villa 4-0 in England's FA Cup on Saturday.
Fringe players such as Iheanacho got their chance in fourth-round games throughout the day, which also saw wins for Cup holder Arsenal and Tottenham, while Liverpool was held to 0-0 by West Ham in the late kickoff.
The bookmakers already make City the favorite to win the Premier League, where it lies second behind surprise leader Leicester City, and also to beat Liverpool in the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Feb. 28.
That leaves the Champions League, where City has a place in the last 16, and the FA Cup.
Arsenal got a 2-1 home victory over second-tier side Burnley.
Visiting Tottenham cruised to a 4-1 victory over third-tier Colchester United after a clash of teammates' heads in the opening minutes left one of Colchester defenders in the hospital. Alex Wynter suffered a deep cut in his mouth and was slightly disorientated but "otherwise doing okay" after colliding with a teammate, the team said.
Spain: Host Barcelona took a big step toward successfully defending its league title when Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez led its fightback to beat nine-man Atletico Madrid 2-1. Atletico self-destructed when Filipe Luis earned a direct red card for sticking his studs into Messi's knee seconds before halftime. Messi writhed on the turf for a few moments but was soon on his feet. Barcelona opened a three-point lead over second-place Atletico.
alpine skiing: Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg, the 2010 Olympic champion, overcame a huge mistake early in the final run to win her second straight women's World Cup giant slalom as overall leader Lindsey Vonn didn't finish her second run in Maribor, Slovenia. Vonn lost her balance and slid into the safety netting. She wasn't hurt. The American stayed the overall Cup leader with 900 points, 45 ahead of Switzerland's Lara Gut.
horses: Mohaymen remained unbeaten, winning the Grade II Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach for his fourth victory in four starts to move closer to a Kentucky Derby berth. Awesome Banner improved to 3-for-3 in his career, taking the Grade II Swale for 3-year-olds. Richie the Bull, whose ownership group includes Steve and Ron Ballou of Tarpon Springs, was third. … Sunny Ridge moved into the Kentucky Derby picture with a win over Vorticity in the $250,000 Withers Stakes for 3-year-olds at Aqueduct in New York.