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Portsmouth Wins First FA Cup Title In 69 Years

Defender Sylvain Distin and midfielder Sulley Muntari celebrate Portsmouth's first FA Cup victory in nearly 70 years.
Defender Sylvain Distin and midfielder Sulley Muntari celebrate Portsmouth's first FA Cup victory in nearly 70 years.

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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Nwankwo Kanu scored a first-half goal yesterday and Portsmouth beat Cardiff, 1-0, in London to win the FA Cup final for the first time since 1939.

The Nigerian striker took advantage of a fumble by Cardiff goalkeeper Peter Enckelman in the 37th minute of the 127th FA Cup final to give Manager Harry Redknapp his first major trophy in 25 years of coaching.

"Fantastic. For everybody, especially my family," said Redknapp, whose sister-in-law, Pat Lampard -- mother of Chelsea's Frank Lampard -- died of cancer last month.

Cardiff, which plays in the second-tier League Championship division, was bidding to become the first lower-league team to win the famous trophy since West Ham beat Arsenal in 1980.

ยท MLS: Host Toronto and Columbus tied 0-0. Columbus (6-1-1) hasn't lost in six games; Toronto (3-2-2) is unbeaten in five. . . .

Danleigh Borman's late goal sent New York to a 1-1 tie with Kansas City in East Rutherford, N.J. Jimmy Conrad of Kansas City (3-3-2) scored in the 20th minute. The Red Bulls (3-1-3) extended their unbeaten streak to five. . . .

Bobby Boswell scored in the 82nd minute as Houston (2-2-4) beat host Chicago, 2-1, handing the Fire (5-2-1) its second home loss. . . .

San Jose's James Riley headed a ball into his own net and the Revolution (5-3-1) earned a 2-0 win over the visiting Earthquakes (1-5-1).


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