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MANCHESTER, England -- Jose Mourinho got his own back on great managerial rival Pep Guardiola as Manchester United beat a weakened Manchester City 1-0 in the fourth round of the English League Cup on Wednesday, with Juan Mata scoring the second-half winner. Lee Smith Angels Jersey .Six weeks after Citys 2-1 win at Old Trafford in the Premier League, United got a measure of revenge as Mourinhos decision to play a virtually full-strength team paid off.Mata sidefooted home a low shot from 10 meters in the 54th minute following a lay-off by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, ensuring City is now winless in six games under Guardiola -- the worst run of the Spaniards distinguished coaching career.Guardiola rested most of his key players -- starting 19-year-olds Aleix Garcia and Pablo Maffeo among his fringe players -- and City faded after a decent start, failing to have a shot on target in an error-strewn match.No regrets, Guardiola said, referring to his team lineup.It was Mourinhos fourth win in 18 meetings with Guardiola and an important victory psychologically for United, coming three days after a 4-0 loss to Chelsea in the Premier League -- Mourinhos heaviest loss in English soccer.It was a big defeat and numbers that the history of this club does not deserve, Mourinho said, adding: We had to give something back.Uniteds more physical and powerful players had more of an impact as the match wore on. Paul Pogba, who was relatively quiet again, had a left-foot shot tipped onto the post by City goalkeeper Willy Caballero five minutes before Mata made the breakthrough.The titleholders are out -- although Guardiola said the League Cup was the least of his priorities this season and that was reflected in his starting lineup. Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling were brought on as substitutes in the second half, but to little effect.Vincent Kompany, Citys injury-prone captain, started for the second straight game but was substituted at halftime.He told us he is tired and not ready to play the second half, Guardiola said.Heres a look at the other games Wednesday that completed the last 16:---WEST HAM 2, CHELSEA 1Objects were thrown and there were scuffles between both sets of fans behind one of the goals at London Stadium as West Ham advanced in this derby match.There has been crowd trouble at previous matches this season at the stadium, West Hams new home following its move from Upton Park. For this game, supporters faced enhanced security checks and a larger police presence than normal.West Ham is starting to look more at home on the field after this second win there in four days.Cheikhou Kouyate headed in Mark Nobles cross in the 11th minute and Edimilson Fernandes added a second in the 48th to see off a weakened Chelsea lineup.Gary Cahill scored a late consolation goal for the visitors.---SOUTHAMPTON 1, SUNDERLAND 0Sofiane Boufal scored the winner for Southampton in the 66th minute on his first start since his club-record move from Lille in August.The Morocco midfielder found the top corner from 25 meters (yards).Sunderland was looking for some respite from the Premier League, in which the team is bottom on just two points from nine games.---DRAW FOR QUARTERFINALSLiverpool vs. LeedsManchester United vs. West HamHull vs. NewcastleArsenal vs. Southampton Rickey Henderson Angels Jersey .com) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to halt their longest losing streak of the season when they host the struggling New York Islanders in tonights clash at the Bell Centre. Joe Garagiola Jersey .com) - The Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks both take aim at their first wins of the season on Saturday, as the Canucks open their home slate at Rogers Arena. . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. A year ago tonight was the most terrifying hour of NBA referee Billy Kennedys life.It wasnt the night Rajon Rondo called him a m-----f---ing f----t. Nor was this the moment Kennedy released a statement a few days later acknowledging, to a big audience for the first time, I am proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man.Kennedy then did something that evening he has done literally since elementary school: He put on a refs uniform and prepared to call a game. This night though, for the first time, he took to an NBA court as someone new, feeling the full weight of being true to himself. How would fans react? Would a player humiliate him? What if someone ran onto the floor and tried to stab him?The route from locker room to court during warmups is the most familiar terrain in Kennedys life. In any NBA arena Kennedy could complete the walk blindfolded. But the most lonely place in the world can be a building packed with 19,000 strangers, with your friends a thousand miles away. Kennedy admits he was a wreck that night.This game happened to be in San Antonio, which at first seemed to matter not at all. But a few steps down the hall Kennedy bumped into Spurs executive R.C. Buford. Buford asked if Kennedy was OK, and Kennedy surprised them both by hugging the general manager. To Kennedys even bigger surprise, Buford didnt let go.At the most vulnerable moment of Kennedys life, Buford had several options. He couldve offered a pleasantry -- just enough to clear the threshold of compassion. He could have stressed the optics of one teams general manager offering aid and comfort to a person who can swing his teams fortunes. He could have shrunk from the sheer awkwardness in a professional setting of being pulled into the body of a man he didnt really know. Instead, Buford just hugged him.On the court, Utahs Trevor Booker -- now the Brooklyn Nets starting power forward -- saw Kennedy standing in a daze alone near the scorers table. Booker took the opportunity to breeze over to Kennedy. Much respect to you, Booker said with a nod, then was on his way.It was the right thing to do, Booker says looking back.Like just about every player in the NBA, Booker has no relationship with Kennedy. By edict of the league, Booker and Kennedy arent even allowed to exchange pleasantries should they run into each other at a restaurant. For Booker, the decision to acknowledge Kennedys achievement wasnt inspired by political conviction or any great affinitty for Kennedy. Albert Pujols Jersey. What inspired Booker was empathy for someone enduring a life experience of incredible magnitude.Eventually the house lights dimmed for introductions. Thats when Spurs coach Gregg Popovich approached Kennedy and delivered a pep talk that Kennedy swears he remembers verbatim.You have more guts, you have more balls than anybody I know, Popovich told him. You have more courage than anybody I know. Now, go out there and kick ass.When Kennedy later called fellow NBA referee Scott Twardoski and shared Popovichs words with his friend, I could tell he was smiling as he was saying it. Through the phone I could tell how much that interaction meant. It was like, if you can have a smile and a tear in your eyes at the same time, thats how he came across on the phone.Three and a half minutes into the game, Kennedy whistled Rodney Hood for a shooting foul on LaMarcus Aldridge underneath, but Hood hadnt made contact with Aldridge. At the first opportunity, Kennedy walked over to Utah head coach Quin Snyder to acknowledge the error.I said, Hey, I kicked the play. Its an absolute wrong call, says Kennedy. [Snyder] looked at me and he goes, We dont get them all right. Youre OK.Like Buford, Snyder had any number of reactions available to him -- a simple nod of muted appreciation, a few grousing words under his breath, an imperative to Kennedy to make it up to the Jazz later in the game, silence. Presented with a full menu of options, Snyder composed a message that spoke to Kennedys professional pride, something Kennedy values as much as anything. To a man who was alone in the world that night, Snyder used the first person plural -- We dont get them all right.Kennedy has been the beneficiary of similar interactions this season from the likes of Blake Griffin, Steve Kerr and Mike Breen, each of whom made a point to approach Kennedy and honor his personal achievement. Those individuals, like Buford, Booker, Popovich and Snyder, exhibited awesome acts of generosity and it didnt cost them anything other than a mindful awareness of another mans burden. Isolation is a force multiplier of lifes struggles. Recognition, bearing witness and a little human contact can bring real relief. A touch, a few words, an expression of empowerment, a willingness to let something go. Small acts of generosity that play big. ' ' ' 
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