SHEFFIELD, England - Christian Eriksen added a late goal to his sublime early free kick to help Tottenham scrape a 2-2 draw wit

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SHEFFIELD, England - Christian Eriksen added a late goal to his sublime early free kick to help Tottenham scrape a 2-2 draw with third-tier Sheffield United on Wednesday and secure a place in the League Cup final against Chelsea. Eli Apple Jersey .Tottenham advanced 3-2 on aggregate and will play in its first cup final in six years.Spurs were a goal ahead, through Eriksens pinpoint free kick into the top corner in the 28th minute, and coasting when substitute Che Adams scored in the 77th and 79th minutes.With the score at 2-1 on the night and 2-2 on aggregate, extra time was looming at a snowy Bramall Lane but Eriksen ran on to a through-ball from Harry Kane and coolly slotted a left-foot finish into the corner in the 88th.Its a big relief on everyones faces, Eriksen said.The final takes place at Wembley Stadium on March 1 and is a repeat of the 2008 showpiece match, which Spurs won 2-1. Chelsea will also be out to avenge a 5-3 loss to Tottenham in the Premier League last month.United surprisingly beat Premier League teams West Ham and Southampton on the way to the last four, emulating its run to the FA Cup semifinals last season and earning the club a reputation as a cup specialist and so-called giant-killer.However, the team managed by former England forward Nigel Clough looked out of it when Eriksen curled his free kick across the goalkeeper and in off the far post, adding another spectacular goal to his collection this season.Its one of the top free kicks Ive taken, the Denmark playmaker said.The 18-year-old Adams double only minutes after he came on as Uniteds last substitute changed the dynamic of the game and Spurs nearly went behind on aggregate when United midfielder Lewis Reed shot just over the crossbar.Im incredibly proud of the players, Clough said. It was just a bit of quality that made the difference. Eriksens two goals were superb. Eriksens two goals tonight were superbIt was the fourth time Eriksen has scored a goal in the 88th minute or later this season. The first three won league games for Spurs and the fourth has sent them to an eighth League Cup final.Its 1-1 between us this season, Eriksen said of Tottenhams record against Chelsea. Its a decider if you like and theres no better place for it than Wembley.I am incredibly proud of the players and what they gave over the two games. It was just a bit of quality that made the difference. Eriksens two goals tonight were superb. Jonathan Vilma Jersey Sheldon Rankins Jersey .C. -- Gleason Fournier scored the shootout winner as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Abbotsford Heat 4-3 Friday in American Hockey League action. http://www.customsaintsjersey.com/custom-tom-myers-jersey-large-1572e.html . Parnell will be out much longer if it turns out he needs surgery. But first, he will try resting for two weeks before beginning a throwing program that could last up to a month, general manager Sandy Alderson said.CINCINNATI - The Reds acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd and cash from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday for a minor league pitcher, filling the biggest hole in their lineup.The Reds tried to get a left fielder through free agency but failed, prompting them to trade for the 37-year-old Byrd. He played centre field and right field during his major league career, but came up through the minors as a left fielder.Hopefully its going to be like riding a bike, Byrd said during a conference call. Im going to have to put a little extra work on it this off-season.Byrd is the latest veteran traded for prospects as the Phillies rebuild. Theyve also sent 2007 National league MVP Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers and left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates. The Phillies have missed the playoffs three straight years after winning five straight NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series.Byrd gets $8 million next season. Theres an $8 million team option for 2016 at $8 million that becomes guaranteed if Byrd gets 509 at-bats next season. He had 591 at-bats last season with the Phillies and batted .264 with 28 doubles, 25 homers and 85 RBIs. He also fanned a career-high 185 times.I know people are going to say he struck out a lot he struck out last year more than he has, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. He had 28 doubles, 25 homers and 85 RBIs, and thats something we definitely need on our club. Hopefullyy we can get him to cut down on the strikeouts. Mike McKenzie Jersey. eft field has been a trouble spot for the Reds since Ryan Ludwick suffered a shoulder injury on opening day 2013. He returned last season and batted only .244 with nine homers and 45 RBIs. The Reds decided to pay a $4.5 million buyout after the season rather than bring him back on a $9 million option.You know the theme weve been talking about a lot here, thats been having somebody that can really go out there on a daily basis and play the game the right way, manager Bryan Price said.The Reds were interested in Byrd during the 2013 season. Byrd wound up going from the Mets to the Pirates, who reached the playoffs with his help.The Phillies got right-hander Ben Lively, who was the Reds minor league player of the year for 2014. Lively, 22, went a combined 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA in Class A and Double-A last season. The Reds agreed to give up one of their better pitching prospects when the Phillies agreed to include money to cover some of Byrds salary.Yes, its a tough decision to give up a young pitcher, but it really is a strength of our organization, especially right-handed pitching, Jocketty said. They are paying a significant amount of his salary this year, which is the only way we would have been able to do this deal.___AP Sports Writer Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia contributed to this report.___Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay ' ' '

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