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Adams double not enough as brave Blades crash out of cup

A stunning Che Adams-inspired Sheffield United comeback was not enough as Christian Eriksen's 88th minute goal saw Tottenham win 3-2 on aggregate in the Capital One Cup Semi-Final.

Che Adams (centre) celebrates but his two goals were not enough to see the Blades to the final Credit: Press Association

Nigel Clough's cup specialists had rescued a seemingly impossible position in the tie as substitute Adams scored twice within five minutes of coming on at Bramall Lane to level the aggregate score at 2-2.

But Eriksen, who had opened the scoring on a night of snow and hail with a brilliant free-kick, had the final say just as the Blades began to entertain hopes of another remarkable cup win.

League One United had gone into the game having beaten five Premier League teams over the previous year and they sensed another scalp despite trailing 1-0 from the first leg.

Adams, 18, gave them hope just when it seemed Spurs had it won, but the Premier League class eventually told.

Spurs had the first opening when Erik Lamela fired wildly over but it was the

Blades who had the first serious chance when visiting goalkeeper Michel Vorm fumbled a cross under pressure.

Jamie Murphy was quick to pounce but former Blade Kyle Walker got back to block on the line.

The game had a nice tempo to it and both sides looked to attack, although quality was initially lacking.

Jamie Murphy fired a cross into the Spurs area but Marc McNulty could not get near while Harry Kane shot straight at Mark Howard at the other end.

Ryan Mason also shot at Howard before Kane found the side-netting with another attempt.

Spurs claimed a seemingly decisive edge in the tie just before the half-hour after Benjamin Stambouli was brought down on the right.

There was little doubt Eriksen would go for goal from the set-piece and he did not disappoint, curling a delicate shot over the wall and in off the far post.

Spurs immediately pushed for a second and Kane, who might have had an early hat-trick on another night, saw a low shot beaten away by Howard after a good run into the area.

But United were far from being run ragged and McNulty created an opportunity for himself as he flicked up and volleyed from 20 yards but Vorm was not tested.

Spurs looked like taking a firm grip early in the second half as Lamela and Kane caused further problems for the home defence, and there was a let-off when the latter slipped as he threatened to shoot.

Kane extended Howard again with another long-range shot and Eriksen, to a feeling of anti-climax in the away end, hit a free-kick into the wall. Mason was then denied a shooting chance by a fine Jose Baxter tackle.

But just as it seemed the tie was drifting away from the Blades, Clough turned it on its head by sending on Adams for Jamal Campbell-Ryce after after 74 minutes.

Within three minutes he had levelled the score on the night as he appeared in the box at the right moment to turn in a low cross from Ryan Flynn.

Two minutes later the teenager was at it again. This time Murphy got to the byline and pulled the ball back for Adams to strike a shot that took a deflection off Eric Dier and flew in.

The stadium was rocking at this point and the hosts sensed a famous victory.

Their hopes almost came through six minutes from time as another substitute, Louis Reed, bust through - only to fire narrowly over from the edge of the box.

The possibility of extra time began to loom but Eriksen came to the fore again to rescue the London side.

Kane picked him out with a superb pass and the Dane showed great footwork and composure to finish with a low shot and send Spurs to a Wembley date with Chelsea on March 1.

Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen broke Blades hearts with his 88th minute winner Credit: Press Association

Ann Maguire killer to appeal sentence

The schoolboy who stabbed Leeds teacher Ann Maguire to death at Corpus Christi High School will appeal his sentence tomorrow.

Will Cornick was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for killing Ann Maguire

A panel of judges headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas will hear the application on behalf of 16-year-old Will Cornick, who stabbed Mrs Maguire, 61, seven times from behind as she taught a Spanish class at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds in April last year.

The appeal relates to the least time Cornick must spend in custody before he is eligible to apply for parole.

Whilst passing his sentence back in November, Mr Justice Coulson warned Cornick, who was 15 at the time, that he might never be released from prison as he passed sentence at Leeds Crown Court.

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Unions call on government to 'Stand up for Steel'

Unions representing the region's steel workers have today launched a campaign urging the government to "Stand up for Steel" and safeguard the livelihoods of thousands of local families.

There's uncertainty at the moment for more than 4 and a half thousand people employed at Scunthorpe's Tata Steel works because it's been put up for sale by the firm.

But unions say Ministers need to do more to back one of the region's most important industries at a critical time in its history.

Jon Hill reports:

Young Muslims honoured for £340k contribution to charities

Young Muslims from Yorkshire will be hosted at the Houses of Parliament by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, to mark their contribution to charitable causes and volunteering in the British society.

They, along with Muslims from across the country contributed to a total of £340,000 raised for various charities such as British Red Cross, Humanity First, Macmillan Cancer Support as part of an event called 'Mercy for Mankind'

Young Muslims at House of Commons Credit: AMYA
Young Muslims honoured for charitable work Credit: AMYA

Charity work is a large part of Islam and it’s important for our youth to give back to the society in which they live.

Recent events have placed the spotlight on young Muslims and their role in British society. AMYA has shown that not only are young Muslims proud of their country, they go out of their way to make sure they do their bit to contribute.

– Kamal Aftab, Regional Youth leader Yorkshire
Lord Ahmed welcomes young Yorkshire Muslims in London Credit: AMYA

Woman attacked whilst horse riding recovering in hospital

A mother of two was left unable to walk, speak or eat after she was thrown from her horse when yobs pelted it with stones.

Lindsey Broomhead has been in hospital ever since since the attack last May which left her suffering brain injuries and a stroke. To date, nobody has been arrested.

Today Lindsey's family invited the cameras to her hospital bed to show the devastating consequences of what happened that day.

They say her courage and spirit continue to defy the thugs who left her for dead.

Martin Fisher reports:

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