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Northampton 2 Cardiff 1

Northampton 2 Cardiff 1: Last year's beaten finalists booted out in first round

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UPDATED:

22:01 GMT, 14 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Alex Nicholls booked Northampton's place in the next round of the Capital One Cup after they came from behind to beat Cardiff at Sixfields.

Last season's runners-up fell at the first hurdle this time and can have no complaints after the League Two side overcame the early setback of going behind to the Championship outfit.

It took just four minutes for new signing Heidar Helguson to get off the mark on his Cardiff debut.

Good start: Heidar Helguson scores from the spot

Good start: Heidar Helguson scores from the spot

The former QPR striker sent keeper Dean Snedker the wrong way from the penalty spot after defender Kelvin Langmead had been harshly penalised for impeding Helguson.

Cobblers responded well with David Artell heading just wide from Chris Hackett's corner and Luke Guttridge firing over from long range.

In between, Joe Mason fired straight at Snedker following a neat turn on the edge of the box.

Spectacular: Sixfields looked good, even if Cardiff didn't

Spectacular: Sixfields looked good, even if Cardiff didn't

Northampton finally got back on level terms in the 37th minute when Ben Tozer's long throw-in found Artell whose header beat the diving Joe Lewis and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

Ben Harding missed a great chance to put the Cobblers in front three minutes later but he could only shoot wide after seizing on a weak punch from Lewis following another testing Tozer throw-in.

But the home side took the lead three minutes after the restart when Lewis failed to deal with an inswinging corner from Harding and Nicholls nipped in to head home at the far post.

More misery: Cardiff lost to Liverpool in last season's final

More misery: Cardiff lost to Liverpool in last season's final

Langmead almost increased Northampton's lead five minutes later when he turned well in the box but Lewis did well to block his close-range effort.

Guttridge was denied on the hour when his low drive was blocked by Ben Nugent with Lewis well beaten.

Cardiff offered little in the final third apart from a Joe Ralls long-range effort which flew over.

Nicholls went close to a second goal in the 83rd minute, his neat flick going just wide from a Henoc Mukendi cross.

London 2012 Olympics: Australian OC ban sleeping pills

You snooze, you lose! Australian shooter Mark angry at ban on sleeping pills

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UPDATED:

13:32 GMT, 4 July 2012

Australian shooting champion Russell Mark says his country's decision to ban athletes from using strong sleeping pills in the lead up to the London Games will cost medals.

AOC president John Coates said Australian athletes will be banned from using insomnia treatments after champion swimmer Grant Hackett revealed he became dependent on sleeping pills during his career.

Mark said he had used sleeping pills for 20 years to ensure he overcame jetlag in the lead up to competitions.

Shooting off: Russell Mark is angry at the AOC decision to ban sleeping pills

Shooting off: Russell Mark is angry at the AOC decision to ban sleeping pills

Affected: Grant Hackett revealed he became dependent on sleeping pills

Affected: Grant Hackett revealed he became dependent on sleeping pills

'If John Coates tells me I can only use
my sleeping pills for three nights while I'm in London, it will have an
effect on my performance,' he added.

'I'm going to fly over to England on the
July 16. I'm going to land there at 5.30am on July 17. At 9am the next
day, I'm actually officially training. If I don't get a good night's
sleep it's not worth me going.'

Mark won gold in double trap-shooting at the 1996 Atlanta Games and will compete in the same event at London.

Coates has said he had no choice but to act after Hackett's revelation he had become addicted to the sleeping treatment Stilnox.

'I have to acknowledge this only really came to my attention when I read Grant Hackett's revelations,' Coates said. 'We have decided that we would amend our team medical manual to make it absolutely unequivocal that we do not condone and indeed prohibit the use of Stilnox by our athletes and other related drugs.'

Coates said the prescribed sleeping drug Temazepan would be provided to athletes in extreme circumstances.