Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth: Mesut Ozil scores and assists as Gunners return to winning ways to go top of Premier League

first_imgArsenal bounced back from a heavy Boxing Day defeat to beat Bournemouth 2-0 and return top of the Premier League.The three points means Arsenal could be top going into 2016, depending on tomorrow’s meeting between Leicester and Man City.Arsene Wenger will have wanted to see a reaction from his Gunners side after the 4-0 drubbing at Southampton and they certainly provided that.Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista – starting for the first time in over a month – opened the scoring after heading home Mesut Ozil’s corner – yet another assist for the German playmaker.Another German in Per Mertesacker should have doubled Arsenal’s tally as he headed the ball wide from point-blank range.Ozil was then on the scoresheet in the second half, when he combined well with Olivier Giroud before finishing superbly past Artur Boruc.Defeat for Bournemouth also ends their run of six matches unbeaten, as Eddie Howe’s side boosted their chances of Premier League survival.Arsene Wenger made four changes to the side that lost 48 hours earlier at St Mary’s, with Calum Chambers, Gabriel, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs coming into the XI.Eddie Howe’s resurgent Bournemouth, meanwhile, went into the tie full of confidence after most recently beating Chelsea, Man United and West Brom and drawing with Swansea.The Cherries’ Josh King was denied with an early shot at Petr Cech, after a quiet start at the Emirates.The home side began to grow into the game and Oxlade-Chamberlain, who looked lively after being restored to the line-up, made an exciting run down the wing to earn the Gunners a corner.Ozil took the resulting set piece to deliver his 16th assist of the season, putting a floated ball to the edge of the six-yard box for Gabriel, 25, to score his first Arsenal goal.Wenger’s men dominated after the goal and they pushed for a second, very nearly adding to their tally when Ozil’s corner came in and Boruc tipped a header onto the post. It ricocheted off the frame and straight at Mertesacker, whose face quickly connected with the ball and trickled past the post from three yards.Bournemouth ventured forward early in the second period, but Cech was on hand to grab Adam Smith’s cross, with the Czech goalkeeper determined to keep a clean sheet after Saturday’s showing.It was then 2-0 after 63 minutes, as Ozil played a one-two with Giroud, getting the return ball inside the box, controlling and finishing well into the far corner, low past the goalkeeper.Arsenal had the ascendancy and nearly grabbed a third when Ramsey pulled the ball back for Giroud, who has scored six goals in his last five Arsenal games, but the Frenchman could not get the ball out of his feet quick enough.Giroud then tested Boruc, who saved well and parried but Walcott could not convert the follow up, as Arsenal ran out comfortable winners in the end. Mesut Ozil 1last_img read more

History made as Ireland bring home Bowls Trader World Cup

first_imgIreland have come out on top in the 2016 Bowls Trader World Cup after beating Sweden 5-1.The Irish team included Captain PJ Gallagher, Joe Beattie, Tony Bell, and Pauline Beattie.Dungloe man Captain PJ Gallagher being presented with the World Cup by Steven BroomeHistory has been made as Ireland has never brought back the Bowls Trader World Cup before.Well done all! History made as Ireland bring home Bowls Trader World Cup was last modified: August 21st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bowls trader world cupchampionshipirish bowlsshort mat bowlslast_img read more

Swimming: Phelps collects 19th Olympic gold

first_img COMMENT For his relay team mates Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Held, it was their first Olympic medal. August 08, 2016 Michael Phelps picked up his 19th gold medal on a second night of world records in the Olympic pool, with Katie Ledecky cruising to women’s 400 metres freestyle victory and Britain’s Adam Peaty running away with the men’s 100 breaststroke.Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom extended Saturday’s record spree in winning the 100 metres butterfly, and Peaty and Ledecky followed suit in the next two finals before the U.S. men’s team, with Phelps swimming second, took the 4×100 freestyle relay.Six swimming world records have now fallen in two days of competition, and the United States moved level with Australia on two gold medals each.Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, now has 19 golds, two silvers and two bronzes. For his relay team mates Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Held, it was their first Olympic medal.London Olympics 100 freestyle champion Nathan Adrian swam the final leg for the Americans, touching first ahead of France and Australia.“On the block I thought my heart was going to explode, I was so hyped, so excited,” said Phelps, competing in his fifth Olympics.Ledecky, the rising U.S. swimming sensation, shaved 1.91 seconds off her own world record on the way to the 400m gold, the first stage of a rare treble she hopes to complete along with the 200m and 800m.“It’s pure happiness,” the 19-year-old told reporters.“I wanted the first 200 to hurt as little as possible and I really felt like I could build into it and really explode that last 50,” she added after leading the race from start to finish.“Where is everybody?”Britain’s Peaty set his second world record in consecutive days, and seemed surprised by the margin of his victory – 1.56 seconds – over defending champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa.“I touched the wall and looked around and thought ‘where is everybody?’ Peaty told reporters.The last British man to win an Olympic swimming gold was Adrian Moorhouse in the same event in 1988, six years before Peaty was born. On a big night for the British team, Jazz Carlin won a silver medal behind Ledecky.In the butterfly, Sjostrom became the first Swedish woman to win an Olympic gold medal, with Canada’s 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak taking silver. American Dana Vollmer, the 2012 champion, clinched bronze.“The feeling is totally crazy. I didn’t realise it was a world record,” Sjostrom said.“I knew I was the big favourite. I was under pressure, so I tried to focus on no disasters. Before the start I said to myself: ‘It’s just a pool. It’s nothing. I know what to do.'”In a reminder of the doping controversies that dogged the build-up to the Olympics, there were loud boos for Russian breaststroker Yulia Efimova and the men’s relay team.Efimova, who has served two doping suspensions, succeeded in an appeal last week against being banned from Rio.She was one of a number of Russians who argued successfully that excluding them from the Olympics would be punishing them again for the same offence.She qualified second for Monday’s 100 breaststroke final, 0.02 seconds behind Lilly King of the United States. × COMMENTS sport RELATED Video: Michael Phelps gets 19th gold medalcenter_img Michael Phelps (USA) of USA, Caeleb Dressel (USA) of USA, Nathan Adrian (USA) of USA and Ryan Held (USA) of USA pose with their gold medals in Men’s 4X100 freestyle Relay at 2016 Rio Olympics.   –  Reuters Michael Phelps (USA) of USA, Caeleb Dressel (USA) of USA, Nathan Adrian (USA) of USA and Ryan Held (USA) of USA pose with their gold medals in Men’s 4X100 freestyle Relay at 2016 Rio Olympics.   –  Reuters null SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger Published onlast_img read more