‘Marked man’ Farah romps home at Prefontaine

first_img“It’s hard trying to maintain it year after year. But I know what I have to do — eat sleep and train properly. But that’s what it takes if you want to win medals.”Farah said he plans to race in Usain Bolt’s farewell meeting in Kingston next month before heading to Europe to run in Ostrava. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Mo Farah (R) shakes hands with Uganda’s Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei at the Rio Olympics last year. Mo Farah won in Eugene in 13:00.70 with Cheptegei 4th in a season best 13:02.84Eugene, United States | AFP |  Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah fired a warning shot to his rivals with the fastest time of the year after powering to victory in the 5,000m at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday.The British long distance king, racing in a track meeting on US soil for the last time, produced another flawless tactical display to come home in 13min 00.70sec at Eugene’s Hayward Field in Oregon.The 34-year-old star, who completed an unprecedented ‘double-double’ of 5,000m and 10,000m gold at last year’s Olympics in Rio, crossed ahead of Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha in second and Kenya’s Geoffrey Kamworwor in third.Afterwards Farah, who plans to retire from the track after August’s World Championships in London, said he had been determined to send a message to his main rivals in Oregon.“For me it wasn’t about time. It was just a matter of telling the boys ‘Look, I’m ready’,” Farah told reporters.“A lot of the boys talk a lot. A lot of guys saying ‘I’m going to do this or that.’ But I don’t like to do that. I just want my running to do the talking and get on with it.”Farah, who is also the reigning world champion over 5,000m and 10,000m, said he had got used to being regarded as the man to beat.“I’ve got a target on my back,” Farah said. “I’ve been on the top of my game for the last five years and everyone wants to beat me. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Athletics: South Africa top World U-18 for first time

first_imgChina finished second in the medals table on five gold, two silver and four with Cuba, in third on eight medals – five gold, two silvers and a bronze.Hosts Kenya finished a disappointing fourth, but with the highest number of medals, 15 – their lowest position in the biennial championships.A capacity crowd of over 60,000 spectators had turned out at the Kasarani stadium to cheer the Kenyan runners win the boy’s 2000m steeplechase and girl’s 800m races, but poor team tactics put paid to the hosts’ hopes of a third world title when they lost the decisive boys’ 3000m to arch-rivals Ethiopia.Ethiopia’s world under-20 5,000m champion Selemon Barega beat two Kenyans to add the 3000m title to his collection.IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017-Medal Table by The Independent Magazine on ScribdShare on: WhatsApp South Africa dominated the 200 meters final with Retshidisitwe Mlenga (Gold) and Tshenolo Lemao (Silver).Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | South Africa completed a clean sweep in the boy’s sprints to top the medals table for the first time at the World Under-18 athletics championships in Nairobi on Sunday.South Africa, fifth in 1999 and 2005, amassed ten medals including five golds over the five-day championships.They started the final day with a 1-2 in the men’s 200 metres won by Retshidisitswe Mlenga in a season’s best time of 21.03.The 17-year-old Mlenga, who already held the best time at altitude of 21.14secs, held off compatriot Tshenolo Lemao in a reverse result to the men’s 100m.“I came in very focused, having made a mistake in the 100m finals that happens to be my favourite race,” said Mlenga.“I listened to my coaches’ instructions this time, and I am happy to have won the gold medal.”Lemao, who won South Africa’s first ever gold in the 100m, took silver in a personal best 21.12 while Germany’s Luis Brandner (21.23) was third.last_img read more

Silver for Cheptegei as Mo captures 10th successive global title

first_imgCheptegei leads with 2000m to tapeWith 2000m to the tape Cheptegei led the field but was then passed by the fastest man in the world this year Ethiopian Abadi Hadis, who looked in ominously good shape.With two laps to go Farah moved up to the shoulder of Hadis, passing him down the back straight, and as the bell rang he looked up at the big screen to see how his rivals were behind him.Despite the two clippings Farah held his nerve and was able to repel one final challenge from the relentless Cheptegei to cross the line with fireworks going off to celebrate his feat.Prior to the race Farah had come onto the track waving his arms in the air urging the spectators to up the volume.Introduced as they lined up for the start to the crowd they responded with a deafening roar — but nothing compared to what greeted their champion as he crossed the line in glory half an hour later.MEDALS TABLE RANKCOUNTRY GSBTOTAL 2UGANDA0101 1GREAT BRITAIN & N.I.1001 Britain’s Mo Farah wins the final of the men’s 10,000m athletics event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Kirill KUDRYAVTSEVLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | British athletics legend Mo Farah won his 10th successive global title on Friday winning the 10,000 metres world crown at the London Stadium where he won Olympic gold in 2012.The 34-year-old, who will bid to add a third successive world double in the 5000m later in the championships, had a narrow escape from disaster on the final lap when he was clipped twice but somehow kept his balance to prevail.Ugandan youngster Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda took silver and Paul Tanui of Kenya claimed bronze with Farah having once again foiled their respective nations’ tactics.“It makes me proud to be British. It’s been a long journey, it’s been incredible,” said Farah who was accompanied by his family on a lap of honour.“It’s been hard but I’m just mentally strong I guess.”He added: “It was amazing tonight, I had to get my head around it. I got a bit emotional at the start and then I just had to get in the zone. It has all been amazing.“I knew at 12 laps to go when they went hard from there I knew it was going to be tough. It was about believing in my sprint finish and knowing that I have been in that position before. It helped a lot having that experience.”Uganda and Kenya strategy fails to break MOThe Ugandans and the Kenyans deployed their strategy of ‘surging’ with them alternating the lead pace so as not to allow Farah to get into a rhythm.Two-time world cross-country champion Geoffrey Kamworor took up the pace with over 21 laps to run — Farah was seventh from the back but looking comfortable.Kamworor exchanged the lead with Cheptegei, the 20-year-old performing the same role as he had in the Olympic final in Rio.Farah moved along in around 12th as Kamworor and compatriot Tanui injected more pace up front and the trio of Ethiopians loomed large on the scene.However, Farah decided with 14 laps remaining to show them he was unaffected by their tactics accelerating down the finishing straight to briefly head the field.The Kenyans resumed their control up front soon afterwards and upped the pace recording a lap of 61 seconds with the Ugandans tucked in behind them and Farah 11th.However, each time they thought they had him on the ropes Farah also sped up although Kamworor deliberately slowed it down recording a lap of 67 seconds.With nine laps to go the pace setting was taken up by young Eritrean Aron Kifle but despite the constant changing of pace Farah despite being elbowed looked comfortable. 3KENYA0011 Cheptegei says race was tough“The race was a really tough race, you know. I feel like my preparations were enough; my last lap was really poor but I feel like I’m coming good, I just need to do some more training,” Cheptegei said.“The plan was to run a hard race. The opening lap was not a problem – I thought I was going at 65 (seconds), but I saw it coming at 61 and it was fine. I’m not upset about the loss because I am still young.”About his disastrouse IAAF World Cross Country Championships earlier this year, Cheptegei said: “Now I feel happy because I have a medal in the senior race. I feel Kampala was just not my day, I was really in shape but it wasn’t my day.”Men’s 10,000m: 1. Mo Farah (GBR) 26min 49.51sec, 2. Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 26:49.94, 3. Paul Tanui (KEN) 26:50.60, 4. Bedan Muchiri (KEN) 26:52.12, 5. Jemal Yimer (ETH) 26:56.11, 6. Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) 26:57.77, 7. Abadi Hadis (ETH) 26:59.19, 8. Mohammed Ahmed (CAN) 27:02.35, 9. Shadrack Kipchirchir (KEN) 27:07.55, 10. Anamlak Belihu (ETH) 27:08.94RELATED: RACE PREVIEW#london2017: Uganda’s Cheptegei has what it takes to be World Athletics Champion https://t.co/Fw3DfwkuhE pic.twitter.com/AeGitUInyt— The Independent (@UGIndependent) August 4, 2017Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Coe and IAAF behaviour ‘inhumane’: Gatlin’s agent

first_imgJustin Gatlin.– ‘The legend is OK with it’ –Nehemiah, who won the 1984 Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers, said Coe and the IAAF should be more gracious and accept their rules allowed athletes like Gatlin to get a chance at redeeming themselves.“Lord Coe’s a part of the IAAF who set the rules, who set out the punishments, and when you serve the punishment you are supposed to be reinstated, which these athletes who have offended and abused some of these rules have, and if you don’t want them in you should change the rules,” said Nehemiah.“You don’t allow them in and then still condemn them,” said the 58-year-old.Coe has always been a hardliner on doping, believing second time offenders like Gatlin should have life bans — however that view has fallen foul of the legal system when athletes have gone to court to challenge such punishments.Gatlin — who reacted to the crowd’s booing of his victory by placing a finger to his mouth — served a four-year ban from 2006-10, reduced from eight years and also served a prior ban whilst a student, although that was also reduced as it was ascertained that he had taken medication for his Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).Nehemiah, who missed out on his chance of an Olympics due to the US boycott of the 1980 Games in Moscow over the invasion of Afghanistan, said if Bolt could accept graciously that Gatlin was justified in being there, then it should be good enough for anybody.“If it’s good for Bolt it should be good enough for everyone else,” said Nehemiah, who observed that when Gatlin competed and won bronze at the 2012 Olympics in London he was not booed.“If the king, the legend is OK with it we should all be OK with it.”Share on: WhatsApp Athletics chief Sebastian Coe.London, United Kingdom | AFP | Athletics chief Sebastian Coe and the IAAF’s treatment of controversial 100 metres world champion Justin Gatlin is ‘inhumane’ and ‘unsportsmanlike’, the athlete’s agent told the BBC in a blistering attack.British athletics legend Coe — a two-time 1500m Olympic champion — had told the BBC on Sunday two-time drugs cheat Gatlin’s victory in the sport’s most high profile event in London, which was watched by over eight million viewers in Britain, was not the ‘perfect script’.Gatlin, 35, had been loudly booed throughout the 100m rounds and the verbal abuse was ratcheted up a few notches when he won the final, denying Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt a 12th world title in his last individual final. The 60,000 plus spectators jeered Gatlin whilst chanting bronze medal winner Bolt’s name as if he were the champion.Coe — who had said prior to being elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) he felt ‘queasy’ about dopers returning and winning titles — remarked he wasn’t very excited about the prospect of placing the gold medal around Gatlin’s neck.“I’m not eulogistic that someone who has served two bans has walked off with one of our glittering prizes,” said the 60-year-old.However, Gatlin’s agent Renaldo Nehemiah, a former 110m hurdles world record holder, was scathing about Coe’s remarks.“I take offence to, with all respect, Lord Coe,” he told the BBC.“I don’t condone doping but Justin Gatlin is not the poster child for it.“He’s done his time, he plays by the rules, the IAAF reinstated him. They said if you come back we should accept that.“So to put a narrative out that it’s just Justin Gatlin and he’s the bad guy, it’s really not fair.“It’s inhumane. It’s unsportsmanlike.”last_img read more

Aguero lifts City in FA Cup, Hughes’ Stoke crash

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Sergio Aguero fired Manchester City to a 4-1 win over Burnley in the FA Cup, while Mark Hughes is fighting to remain Stoke boss after a 2-1 loss at minnows Coventry on Saturday.While City strolled into the fourth round, Chelsea face an unwanted replay after being held to a 0-0 draw at Championship side Norwich.City boss Pep Guardiola named a strong team including Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling at Eastlands, but the runaway Premier League leaders fell behind in the 25th minute.Ashley Barnes blasted into the top corner after City defender John Stones sliced his attempted clearance.However, Burnley hadn’t won at City since 1973 and Argentina striker Aguero ensured that run continued.City, who last tasted defeat in domestic competition in their FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in April, were level in the 56th minute when Aguero fired home from Ilkay Gundogan’s pass.Aguero then finished off a superb backheeled pass from Gundogan in the 58th minute.Sane prodded home to put the result beyond doubt in the 71st minute and Bernardo Silva made it four in the 82nd minute.Hughes could face the sack after fourth tier Coventry rolled back the years with a memorable cup result at their Ricoh Arena,.With Stoke in the relegation zone, it was reported this week that the club’s hierarchy had considered dismissing Hughes and whether he can survive any longer must now be in doubt.Coventry have fallen on hard times since winning the FA Cup in a classic 1987 final against Tottenham and now reside in League Two — their first time at that level since the 1950s — after a spell having to play their home matches in Northampton due to a stadium row.Jordan Willis put the underdogs ahead in the 24th minute with his first goal in a year.Willis conceded a 52nd minute penalty with a foul on Ramadan Sobhi and Charlie Adam stepped up to equalise.But Coventry right-back Jack Grimmer weaved his way through Stoke’s defence and side-footed past Jack Butland in the 67th minute.– Bournemouth escape – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte made nine changes at Carrow Road, with Eden Hazard rested and Alvaro Morata only used as a substitute for last season’s FA Cup runners-up.The result was a disjointed display from the Blues, who now face an extra match that will add to Conte’s frustration after his recent complaints about the draining effects of fixture congestion.The only flash-point in a tame tie saw Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger square up to a fan after the supporter threw away the ball when the defender tried to retrieve it.At the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe made eight changes as he prioritised Premier League survival and it needed a second half revival from his understudies to rescue a 2-2 draw against Wigan.Northern Ireland forward Will Grigg gave Wigan a fourth minute lead from close-range and there was worse to come for Howe in the 29th minute when Emerson Hyndman’s own goal doubled the visitors’ lead.Yet Lys Mousset reduced the deficit for Bournemouth in the 55th minute and League One leaders Wigan, who won the FA Cup in 2013, were denied a surprise win by Steve Cook’s goal two minutes into stoppage-time.Newcastle had been tipped as potential upset victims, but they swept away fourth tier leaders Luton with a 3-1 win at St James’ Park.West Bromwich Albion won for the first time in 21 games in all competitions, 2-0 at fourth tier Exeter giving boss Alan Pardew his first victory since replacing the sacked Tony Pulis.Salomon Rondon’s long-range drive put Albion ahead in the second minute and Jay Rodriguez added the second goal in the 25th minute.Watford avoided more cup misery against giant-killers Bristol City with a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road.City had also won at Vicarage Road in the League Cup this season, but Watford avoided another embarrassing loss thanks to goals from Andre Carrillo, Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue.Southampton won 1-0 at Fulham, Huddersfield beat Bolton 2-1, Swansea drew 0-0 at Wolves and Leicester were held to a 0-0 draw at third tier Fleetwood. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Dutch Arsenal connection gunning for World Cup glory

first_imgVivianne Miedema, number 9, and Dominique Bloodworth, number 20, form part of a core of Arsenal players in the Netherland’s teamParis, France | AFP |  The Netherlands stand one step away from their first ever women’s World Cup final thanks to a core of players aiming to conquer the world after taking Arsenal back to the top in England.Vivianne Miedema’s thumping headed opener in their 2-0 quarter-final win over Italy on Saturday helped give her side a last four clash with Sweden on Wednesday. It was her third in France after scoring an astonishing 31 goals in 28 games for the Gunners as they won their first Women’s Super League in seven years.Lining up behind her, for both club and country for the past two years, have been attacking midfielder Danielle van de Donk, centre-back Dominique Bloodworth and goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal, and Miedema recognised the impact having same players form the spine of both teams.“Obviously it’s really easy, we’ve been playing together for two years, we play as goalie, centre back, number 10 and me and it’s the same at Arsenal so you get to know each other a lot better,” Miedema said after beating the Italians.“I just need to look at Dominique Bloodworth and I know where’s she’s going to play the ball. It’s the same with DVD (Van de Donk), we just have that connection. It helps me a lot and it helps our team a lot, and I’m happy that we’ve got that.”Saturday’s strike also increased 22-year-old Miedema’s total as her country’s top scorer to 61 in 80 matches for an international side considered relative minnows until very recently but who in the last three years have surged to the highest reaches of the women’s game.Since taking charge, initially as interim coach, in 2016, Sarina Weigman has led the Dutch to just their second ever World Cup two years after winning every match, and plaudits for the way they played, in the European Championships.“I didn’t expect to be in the semi-finals of this World Cup,” sais Miedema, whose team have shown they know how to battle.– ‘I know exactly what they’re doing’ –The Dutch have struggled to express themselves in France but have won two matches in the dying seconds, including their 2-1 last 16 win over Japan, and have scored the majority of their goals in the final 20 minutes. “We’ve been complaining a lot that we’ve not played the best football but in the end we’re in the semis, we’ve done amazing and we can be really proud,” Miedema added.Jill Roord has just joined Arsenal, a move which would have further strengthened the Gunners’ Dutch link had Bloodworth and Van Veenendaal not left pre-tournament.However, both departing players agree with Miedema that the connection between the four Dutch dynamos is hugely important to their success.“I think it’s very important. I realised on the pitch that Daniela and Viv are in front of me and I know exactly what they’re doing,” said Bloodworth.“I think we are all in the core of the team so I think it’s important that we’re so fluent in working together.”The 27-year-old Van de Donk has been crucial for Arsenal, scoring 13 times for the London club in their charge to the title last season and also winning the 2016 FA Women’s Cup.She scored in the 3-0 Dutch hammering of potential final opponents England in the semi-finals of the Euros —  her only goal of that tournament — and has proved to be a player for the big occasion.Van Veenendaal said the Arsenal quartet “feel each other” when they’re out on the pitch.“We’re all playing through the middle of the game and we know what we’re doing and we know from each other what we’re doing,” she said. “I think that will definitely help.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Serena routs Sharapova in US Open start, ‘rusty’ Federer wins

first_img“The body is good,” she said. “My back is a lot better. I’m excited. This is going to be fun.”– Djokovic cruises –Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the second round while French Open champion Ashleigh Barty and third seed Karolina Pliskova struggled but advanced.Serbian star Djokovic, who has won four of the past five Grand Slam singles titles, dispatched Spain’s 76th-ranked Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.“Getting out of the blocks, it takes time for you to feel comfortable on the court,” Djokovic said. “I’m quite pleased with my performance and looking forward to the next one.”Djokovic, trying to become the first back-to-back US Open winner since Federer won from 2004-2008, will next face Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero.Djokovic owns 16 Grand Slam titles, four off Federer’s record and two back of Spain’s Rafael Nadal. Together the “Big Three” have won the past 11 Slam titles and are again heavy favorites.Australian second seed Barty overcame a horrible start to oust 80th-ranked Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.Barty made 19 unforced errors to drop the first set in 28 minutes, but took nine of the last 11 games to book a date with American Lauren Davis.Pliskova, a 2016 US Open runner-up, edged 138th-ranked Czech compatriot Tereza Martincova 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) after exchanging service breaks over the first six games.“Not my best performance,” Pliskova said. “Not happy that I lost three breaks of serve in a row.”Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev, an ATP winner at Cincinnati, beat India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in 85 minutes. He faces Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien next.“I can’t say I’m feeling amazing about my game but to win by that score in the first round is great,” Medvedev said.Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, won 6-1, 4-1, when Argentine qualifier Marco Trungelliti retired with a back injury.“I’m happy with the way I played,” said Nishikori, who gets American Bradley Klahn next.Share on: WhatsApp Serena Williams ripped Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 in her first-round match Monday at the US OpenNew York, United States | AFP | Serena Williams overwhelmed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-1 on Monday to reach the second round of the US Open in search of her 24th Grand Slam title while “rusty” Roger Federer rallied past Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal.Six-time US Open champion Williams crushed the five-time major winner from Russia in only 59 minutes, beating Sharapova for the 19th consecutive time and improving to 20-2 in their all-time rivalry.“Whenever I play her I bring out some of my best tennis,” Williams said. “When you play her you have to be super focused.”Williams, who next plays 121st-ranked US wildcard Caty McNally, blasted five aces and 16 winners while Sharapova made 20 unforced errors.“She served really well. Found her spots really well,” Sharapova said. “I think that’s where she hurt me a lot.”Williams is hoping to match the all-time record of 24 Slam singles titles won by Margaret Court.Swiss third seed Federer, who has a men’s record 20 Slam titles, dropped the opening set in 36 minutes, then returned to form and defeated Nagal 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.“I played like my beard today. I was rusty,” Federer said.The shock first set was a wake-up call, a 38-year-old legend who was 61-0 in Grand Slam first rounds since the 2003 French Open trailing a 22-year-old from New Delhi who is ranked 190th and fell to 0-5 in tour-level matches.“Just tried to forget it, play tough, stay with him. It was a tough first set for me,” Federer said. “He came back and played really strong. I was missing a lot of balls and trying to cut back on unforced errors.“It all came back just in time.”Sharapova, the 2006 US Open winner who defeated Williams in the 2004 Wimbledon final, upset Simona Halep in the first round two years ago but could not revive that magic.The 37-year-old American said that after learning she would face Sharapova, “every practice after that was super focused and super intense.”Eighth-seeded Williams rolled through the first set in 24 minutes then broke to open the second. She denied Sharapova on two break points to hold in the fifth game, an impressive backhand winner ending the threat.“That was definitely a big point for me,” Williams said. “You can’t let her get any momentum.”Williams broke again to 4-1, rescued three break points in the sixth game to hold serve and broke again to advance, showing no sign of the back spasms that limited her pre-Open play.last_img read more

Arsenal starts 2020 strongly, blows away Man Utd

first_imgArteta celebrateS first win. PHOTO ARSENAL MEDIAArsenal blow away Man Utd to hand Arteta first winLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Mikel Arteta got everything he asked for in his first win as Arsenal manager with a rampant first 45 minutes from the Gunners earning a 2-0 victory over Manchester United at the Emirates.Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored the goals to secure just a second win in 16 games.Arsenal started the game three times as many points off the top four as the relegation zone, but a first home win in 87 days hauls Arteta’s men up to 10th and within four points of United in fifth.“I am very pleased with the performance, I’m even more pleased with the result,” said Arteta after his third game in charge. “Everything I wanted to see on the pitch, I saw tonight.”There were signs of encouragement for Arsenal in Arteta’s home debut against Chelsea on Sunday when only a late collapse saw a 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 defeat.However, this time the hosts saw the game through as a dismal United performance raised fresh questions over their chances of finishing in the top four.“At the moment we are suffering to maintain that level of intensity of the first halves,” added Arteta.“That will come, but as well I really liked the resilience they showed. I liked to see them suffer together.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were again shorn of Paul Pogba, who faces another month out after an operation on a troublesome ankle injury that has kept him out for the majority of the season.Pogba’s absence is still evident in United’s inability to create when denied the chance to counter-attack and they failed to recover after falling behind early on.“After they scored the first goal, it seemed like they got loads of energy,” said Solskjaer. “They were the better team. They were aggressive, they regained the ball and it was hard to get the ball off them.”For the first time Arsenal started with all of Pepe, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil together in attack and Arteta’s bold choice paid dividends eight minutes in.Pepe scored just his second Premier League goal from open play since a £72 million move from Lille when he swept home Sead Kolasinac’s cross at the back post.The Ivorian was suddenly brimming with confidence as he twisted and turned Luke Shaw before crossing for Aubameyang to volley just over.Lacazette then rolled Harry Maguire easily in a night to forget for the world’s most expensive defender before pulling his shot across goal.David de Gea is another of United’s more experienced stars suffering an alarming dip in form and a poor clearance from the Spaniard offered another sight of goal to Pepe, whose long-range strike came back off the post.Arsenal’s first half dominance was rewarded with a second goal before the half-time interval as De Gea could only palm Lacazette’s header from a corner back into the danger area and Sokratis pounced to fire into the roof of the net.As the hosts’ energy levels dipped from a frantic first 45 minutes, United were allowed to dictate the game but did not have the guile to make their possession count.Andreas Pereira had the best chance to give United a lifeline but fired into the side-netting from Nemanja Matic’s clever reverse pass.“We have to be honest and admit physically we are not ready, but you have to show heart and this team is ready to change a lot of things,” said Arsenal defender David Luiz.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Barcelona always dangerous, says Lewandowski

first_img“It’s not a goal for me. We have few more games in the knockout round and I am just happy when I score and create goals,” said Lewandowski.The final tournament of the Champions League will be played in Lisbon. The clash between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich is scheduled for August 14.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Robert LewandowskiKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski emphasized that he is fully focused on the clash against FC Barcelona after the German champions trashed Chelsea 4-1 on Saturday to advance into the Champions League quarterfinals.The Pole led the Bavarians to a massive win after he scored twice. Lewandowski needed just 10 minutes to break the deadlock as he converted the penalty, while in the closing stages he made it 4-1 through a stunning header after Alvaro Odriozola’s perfect cross from the right wing. Bayern crushed Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate to secure their place in the Champions League quarterfinal.“The important thing is that we played well in attack, scored goals and had fun on the pitch,” Lewandowski told Sky Sports after the game.In the quarterfinal, Bayern will face Barcelona after the Catalans beat SSC Napoli. “Barcelona are always dangerous. They play great football. We should show our quality from the first minute. We have to remember this is just one game,” added Lewandowski.The Polish forward is on the way to becoming the Champions League top scorer as he leads with 13 goals. The 31-year-old has a chance to break the record set by Cristiano Ronaldo, who found the net 17 times in the 2013/14 season.last_img read more

Body of two-year-old found during search for missing child

first_imgAuthorities in Montana are reporting that they may have found the body of a 2-year-old boy who was reported missing after his parents were found dead of an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday.The body of a child believed to be Aiden Salcido was located Sunday in a remote area of Montana where his parents Daniel Salcido and Hannah Janiak were found days earlier.“Positive identification has not been made, however the decedent was located in the same area that Hannah Janiak and Daniel Salcido were seen by several witnesses days earlier,” the news release said.According to police, the couple had been convicted on burglary charges in 2018 and Janiak was expected to start serving her sentence on June 11th but when she did not show up, authorities issued felony warrants for the couple’s arrest.Officials reported that with the help of witness reports, they were able to locate the couple who was homeless and would camp along a greenway in Medford. Authorities conducted a trafficstop, however, the couple fled the scene.  Authorities perused the couple but when they finally caught up with them, the couple was dead in an apparent murder-suicide.Investigators than began searching for the couple’s two-year-old son who was pictured with the couple when they made a purchase at Walmart for two camping gear items on June 2nd.Authorities also found a Walmart receipt for the day of the couple’s death. Surveillance showed that the two-year-old was not with the couple at that time.An autopsy has been scheduled to identify the child’s body and time of death.last_img read more