Arsenal beats Chelsea 2-1 to seal League Cup final with City

first_img“We might have got our formation wrong … but we came back into it and showed great character,” Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. “We showed our quality going forward.”Unlike Chelsea. A recovery rarely looked on the cards from Antonio Conte’s disjointed side in a derby that exposed the visitors’ shortages in the squad.Chelsea’s attacking threat was sapped by the loss of Willian in the first half with a hamstring problem, and Conte was forced to bring on Ross Barkley for his debut.The new recruit from Everton was lacking sharpness in his first match since being injured May. But Conte was forced to deploy the midfielder as a “false nine” at times. It was little wonder the goal threat was so lacking from a side that won the Premier League last season.Chelsea’s hopes of defending that title faded long ago, with Man City 15 points ahead of the third-place champions. Arsenal is languishing in sixth place but Wenger is still through to a fourth domestic final in five seasons.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For once, it’s not the FA Cup providing cover for Wenger. Arsenal’s defense of the more prestigious domestic cup ended at the first hurdle in an embarrassing loss to Nottingham Forest earlier this month. But a first trip to the League Cup final since 2011 gives Wenger a chance on Feb. 25 to add the only piece of domestic silverware missing in more than 21 years at Arsenal. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi controls the ball during the English League Cup semifinal second leg soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at the Emirates stadium in London, Wednesday, Jan.24, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — Two fortuitous goals helped Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 on Wednesday and seal a League Cup final meeting with Manchester City, providing a glimmer of joy in a gloomy domestic campaign.Both Arsenal goals received a helping hand from Chelsea defender Antonio Ruediger as the semifinal meeting of London rivals came to life after a sterile, scoreless first leg two weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Antetokounmpo says Kidd helped him grow into dominant player NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Chelsea raced into a seventh-minute lead through Eden Hazard but Arsenal quickly fought back. Nacho Monreal’s free header from a corner ricocheted off the heads of Chelsea duo Marcos Alonso and Ruediger before flying into the net in the 12th minute.Arsenal took the lead on the hour when Alexandre Lacazette’s cross was inadvertently diverted by Ruediger into the path of Granit Xhaka, who poked the ball past goalkeeper Willy Caballero.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“In the first half we gave them too much respect, maybe, and we suffered from that,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “In the second half we rectified that.”In part thanks to Wenger’s shift to a three-man defense in the second half.last_img read more

Team Lakay aspiring for Manny Pacquiao’s longevity

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Eduard Folayang, the current ONE lightweight king, said winning titles across different divisions the way Pacquiao did is near impossible to pull off in MMA.“Boxing and mixed martial arts are two different sports, so it will be hard to replicate his success in being a world champion in as many weight classes,” Folayang said. “There’s a huge gap in weight in each division in mixed martial arts.”But aiming to have the same staying power as Pacquiao’s is tough but achievable for Folayang. “What I hope to accomplish instead is to be a world champion for as long as he is. He encourages me to stay healthy, long enough to compete in a world championship at 40,” said Folayang.“Everything he is right now is a result of his hard work and perseverance. His story inspires all of us in Team Lakay.”ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments NorthPort teammates blown away by Robert Bolick: ‘He’s not even a rookie’ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA, Indonesia—Team Lakay doesn’t have to look far for an added source of motivation in its fighters’ bid to remain as world champions for as long as they could.Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has been one of the best boxers of his generation for the longest time and although, he’s not the same fighter he once was when he conquered one division after another, he’s still a world champion even at age 40.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ That longevity is what the warriors of Team Lakay are aspiring to emulate on the MMA stage.“Manny Pacquiao is an inspiration to all of us in Team Lakay. We all saw how he rose from from poverty to superstardom,” said Team Lakay headmaster Mark Sangiao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“If we can, we would love to replicate the duration of his title reign. We also hope to compete at that level on a global stage at 40 years old.”  Pacquiao won his first world title as a flyweight in 1998 then, went on to claim seven more major belts to become the sport’s only eight-division champion after dismantling Antonio Margarito for the WBC light middleweight crown in 2010. On Sunday (Manila time), the fighting Senator is defending his WBA (regular) strap against Adrien Broner in Las Vegas. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Its mounds of mud everywhere in two Kerala villages ravaged by landslides

first_imgKavalappara/Puthumala (Kerala): Mounds of mud and uprooted rubber and aeracanut trees are the remains of two scenic green spots of Kavalappara and Puthumala villages in Kerala which have almost been wiped out in massive landslides that buried several people alive four days ago.The villages, in nearby districts of Malappuram and Wayanad, two of the badly hit in the heavy rains, now have no signs of any habitation as the houses have been buried under the huge mounds of earth and roads have gone missing. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Those lucky to have escaped from the disaster are looking for missing kin and neighbours as rescue operations by multi-disciplinary personnel were stepped up on Sunday following some respite in rains. Kavalappara, was a bustling 10 acre settlement near Nilambur in Malappuram district until four days ago but now been covered by mud and slush, which had got deposited in the area to a depth of about 12 feet. Local people said there were 35 houses with around 65 people at Kavalappara which always resonated with the happy sounds of children laughing and playing. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn the fateful day – on August 8 night, when the landslide occurred, some of the lucky ones managed to run to safety, but around 60 people were feared buied alive. A woman who rushed home to fetch her sleeping child was among those who could not make it, a man said. An army official, who had come home a day before the incident, is among those missing with his family, they said. Nine bodies were recovered on Saturday and two so far on Sunday morning from the area. The heavy rains, which lashed the area on August 8, had triggered a massive landslide between two mountain valleys bringing down boulders and huge mounds of earth. Relatives of people missing are also helping in the search operations. The cries of a child was heard four days ago. The entire areas is a “graveyard” now, a local man said adding “we hope their remains are recovered as early as possible”. Sunil, who lost eight members of his family, said: ” I heard a loud sound… only my daughter and me could make it to safety… I have lost 8 family members. There was a massive sound as the landslide occurred.” Eight earth movers would be brought to the area on Sunday to remove the loose soil, officials said. Puthumala, located about 20 kms from district headquarters of Kalpetta in Wayanad, was a scenic plantation village with number of houses, buildings, a temple and a mosque until it was struck by series of landslides when a hill came tumbling down on August 8 night. According to revenue officials, search operations with around 250 people from the Army, NDRF and fireforce personnel have begun in the area on Sunday morning. Eight people from Puthmala are confirmed missing, the revenue official said.last_img read more