Arsenal hang on for victory

first_img Press Association Steven Fletcher had earlier passed up a glorious opportunity to level, but even after Jenkinson’s departure, Arsenal had chances and Theo Walcott was unfortunate to see a 75th-minute effort come back off the post. However, goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny spared Per Mertesacker’s blushes three minutes later when he blocked Fletcher’s shot after he had charged down the defender’s attempted clearance and the visitors managed to see the game out amid a frenzied conclusion. In a promising start, Black Cats midfielder Alfred N’Diaye looped a first-minute header over Szczesny’s crossbar, and only seconds more had elapsed when Walcott forced Mignolet to make the first of what proved to be a series of important saves. Mignolet threw himself to his left to turn away Aaron Ramsey’s stinging 32nd-minute drive, but the respite proved only temporary. The visitors finally took the lead three minutes later when Jack Wilshere and Walcott combined to set up Cazorla on the edge of the box, and he drilled a low shot past Mignolet. Wilshere’s 50th-minute departure after he was fouled by N’Diaye removed one threat for the home side, but added Abou Diaby’s physicality to the mix. Olivier Giroud pushed a left-foot shot just wide of the far post with 56 minutes gone, but Sunderland should have been back on terms two minutes later. Ramsey was caught in possession on halfway to allow Stephane Sessegnon to race upfield and lay the ball into Fletcher’s path. The Scotland international looked odds-on to take his tally to the season to 11, but uncharacteristically sliced his left-foot effort wide of the post. However, Sunderland received a boost seconds later when Jenkinson, who had been booked for a ninth-minute foul on Jack Colback, scythed Sessegnon down and received a second yellow card. Santi Cazorla fired 10-man Arsenal to a 1-0 win at Sunderland as Arsene Wenger saw his side survive a late onslaught.center_img The Spaniard struck 10 minutes before the break to give the Gunners a deserved lead as Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet turned in another fine display to otherwise keep them at bay. However, the 62nd-minute dismissal of defender Carl Jenkinson, who was only included after Laurent Koscielny injured himself during the warm-up, for a second bookable offence left the Londoners hanging on in front of a crowd of 46,402. last_img read more

VIDEO: Comoros here for Uganda Cranes clash

first_imgVIDEO: Comoros might have nothing to play for but pride but that has not dampened the spirit of the players and fans alike. At the arrival of the first of the contingent to the country, they were welcomed by singing and dancing by their fans plus a promise to give it their best on Sunday 4th September at Mandela National stadium. Share on: WhatsApplast_img

HEAVILY FAVORED MIDNIGHT HAWK IMPRESSIVE $60,000 ALLOWANCE WINNER UNDER ESPINOZA; BAFFERT TRAINEE WINS BY 1 ½ LENGTHS AND GETS FLAT MILE IN 1:36.77

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2015)–Heavily favored Midnight Hawk seized command turning for home and rolled to an impressive 1 ½ length win in Friday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita, getting one mile under Victor Espinoza in 1:36.77.Trained by Bob Baffert, Midnight Hawk, who was a well beaten ninth by superstar Shared Belief in the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, rated kindly mid-pack around the Club House turn, eased to the lead a quarter mile from home and despite running a tad greenly, won in-hand for his first win since taking the Grade III Sham Stakes eight races back on Jan. 11, 2014.“This was a big drop in class for him,” said Baffert. “It was good to stretch him out today. You could tell he was loaded at the quarter pole and he won under wraps…He was ducking in there again, but he’s perfect in the mornings. For some reason when he makes the lead in the afternoon, he does that.”Off at 6-5 in a field of eight older horses, Midnight Hawk paid $4.40, $3.20 and $2.80. Owned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. (John Sikura), Kitchen, Mike Pegram and partners, Midnight Hawk, a 4-year-old grey colt by Midnight Lute bred in Kentucky by Pegram, improved his record to 10-3-3-2. With the winner’s share of $36,000, he hiked his earnings to $490,700.“The extra distance helped,” said Espinoza, who also rode Midnight Hawk in the Malibu. “Last time I rode him we went seven eighths and the pace was too fast for him…Bob and I both felt it would be better to go a little longer and he could follow a slower pace and keep up with them but also finish better.”Second place finisher Cool Samurai flew from off the pace to just get up for the place under Tyler Baze. Off at 9-1, he finished a head in front of Airfoil and paid $7.60 and $5.20.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Airfoil, who broke from the far outside, was five-wide turning for home, gained the place a sixteenth out, but couldn’t quite hold it late. Off at 10-1, he paid $4.80 to show.First post time for a nine race card that includes the Grade II, $500,000 San Antonio Invitational, featuring Horse of the Year California Chrome and 2013 Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Shared Belief, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more