Sport Villas-Boas has promised that Jermain Defoe will not be sold in January

Following the confirmation of his move to MLS side Toronto FC, Defoe brings to an end a somewhat unfulfilled partnership with Spurs that often saw him - rightly or wrongly - overlooked

Gus Poyet has seen his Sunderland side thrive in the cups, having won just three times in the league

Sunderland v Manchester United: Gus Poyet tells Sunderland to stop Jekyll and Hyde act and seize big chance in Capital One Cup

Gus Poyet slowly rolled the fingers of his left hand into a fist. “When the opportunity to play in a cup final comes along, you must grasp it,” he said. At least when it comes to cup football, the players he took over in October have listened.

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 17 December 2013

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Draw for the last 32 has taken place in Nyon

Gareth Bale

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Jesus Navas takes on Andres Iniesta of Barcelona in his Sevilla days

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Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher, with Steven Gerrard in the background, after winning the Uefa Cup in 2001
ROYSTON DRENTHE: Everton’s Dutch midfielder has hit top form since the return of Steven Pienaar

Drenthe works hard to find way back from the wild side

Everton 2 Blackpool 0

Spurs and Manchester City flick the power switch

Canny spending, sound management and expansive play are changing the pecking order in the north-west and north London

Danny Murphy has played his best football at Fulham since his Liverpool days as main playmaker, and has been captain for four seasons

Old boys spurred on in the friendly derby

Jol and Fulham's former Tottenham contingent are keen to show their north London neighbours what they might be missing

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Levante captain Sergio Ballesteros was unable to keep his side top of La Liga

Little Levante finally brought back down to earth at Osasuna

It had to happen sooner or later. La Liga minnows Levante finally lost their first game of the season yesterday, 2-0 at Osasuna , ending their run of seven successive league wins, surrendering their position at the top of the table to Real Madrid, who battled to a 1-0 victory away at Real Sociedad on Saturday.

League round-up: Baldock at the double yet again

Sam Baldock scored twice for the second consecutive home match as West Ham United, second in the Championship, won 3-2 against a Leicester City adjusting to life after Sven Goran Eriksson. Baldock headed in his first after 21 minutes, and a minute later Julien Faubert fired in the second. Andy King reduced the deficit before Baldock struck again. King hit back after 74 minutes to set up a nervy finish. No word on a new Leicester appointment, but Kevin Keegan, Huddersfield's Lee Clark, Celtic's Neil Lennon, a former Fox, Mark Hughes, and, perhaps more fancifully, Rafael Benitez and Carlo Ancelotti have been mentioned.

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