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first_imgLONDON (AP): Kieran Gibbs was Arsenal’s unlikely rescue act after coming off the bench in the north London derby yesterday, scoring his second-ever Premier League goal to recover a 1-1 draw against Tottenham. The defender’s first league goal since March 2012 came in the 77th minute, three minutes after surprisingly replacing forward Joel Campbell with Arsenal trailing. “He gets in good positions,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “Maybe he lacks a bit of belief he can score.” The provider was less of a surprise, with Mesut Ozil’s high ball to Gibbs at the back post his 10th assist in 11 league games. “We are struggling with a lot of injuries at the moment so we don’t have a lot of options,” Gibbs said. “(My goals) don’t come often but when they do hopefully it’s enough to help the team. In these games you can never give up.” He canceled out Harry Kane’s first-half opener and denied Tottenham a first win at the Emirates Stadium in five years, despite Spurs dominating much of the game. Arsenal missed a chance to go top, staying behind leaders Manchester City, which were held 0-0 by Aston Villa earlier, due to their inferior goal difference. “We had a great mental response and showed we were determined not to lose,” Wenger said. Tottenham, unbeaten in the league since the opening day, are five points back in fifth and were the more aggressive team throughout the first half, with Erik Lamela shining as he harried the hosts who were bruised by a mid-week loss at Bayern Munich. Arsenal’s defense, as so often, was spongy in the first half and was easily penetrated in the 32nd minute by a resurgent Kane scoring his sixth goal in four games. Danny Rose’s deep ball down the left flank went straight between Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and Kane slid the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech, rather than hesitating as he was prone to doing earlier in the season. “It was a great ball between the two centre halves,” Kane said. “I had a little look and I wasn’t offside.” Arsenal appeared transformed in the second half after Mathieu Flamini replaced Santi Cazorla, with Wenger saying the Spain midfielder was dizzy and “not at the races.” Only a diving save by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at full stretch tipped away Campbell’s shot. Although Olivier Giroud was repeatedly left unmarked, the Arsenal forward could not find the target with headers from Ozil deliveries – first hitting the crossbar and then missing from six metres. Finding the net was equally problematic for Tottenham, with midfield dynamo Dele Alli slicing way over after Christian Eriksen’s shot was parried by Cech. Then after Eriksen played through to Kane, the England forward dragged a shot wide. Gibbs ensured the points were shared in the 82nd north London derby but Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino wasn’t too downbeat after a grueling spell ahead of the two-week international break. “We played three matches in six days and we have always one day less to recover,” Pochettino said. “We showed great character and personality … it was an unbelievable effort.” MISSED OPPORTUNITYlast_img read more

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first_imgStrait’s hit “Give It Away” won Song of the Year. “You all been letting me do this for 50 years, and I love you,” said Bill Anderson, who co-wrote “Give It Away” with Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson. Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” won Single of the Year. Other early winners included Tracy Lawrence, featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney, for Musical Event for “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”; dobro great Jerry Douglas of Union Station as Musician of the Year; and Paisley’s “Online” for Music Video. “This was something that we all wanted to sing,” Lawrence said of the hit. “It was something that was in our wheelhouse. I think we all related to it.” Paisley performed “Online” with the Brentwood, Tenn., High School marching band. Other performers were Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Strait, Swift, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Big & Rich, Rodney Atkins, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland, Martina McBride, Keith Urban and the Eagles. Vince Gill introduced the Eagles, who played their single “How Long” and received a standing ovation. “For 35 years or more, these next guys have been writing songs like we wished we could write,” Gill said. Rascal Flatts opened the show with the title track to its latest album, “Still Feels Good,” while a montage of country stars flashed on large screens behind them, including a photo of Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner. Wagoner died last week of lung cancer. Dwight Yoakam also paid tribute to Wagoner, calling him a pioneer and a groundbreaker to the end. The show was broadcast live on ABC and was hosted by James Denton of “Desperate Housewives,” Kate Walsh of “Private Practice” and Kimberly Williams-Paisley – Brad Paisley’s wife – of “According to Jim.” — Winners at Wednesday’s 41st annual Country Music Association Awards: – Entertainer of the Year: Kenny Chesney – Single: “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood. – Album: “It Just Comes Natural,” George Strait. – Song: “Give It Away,” Bill Anderson, Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson. – Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood. – Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley. – Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts. – Vocal Duo: Sugarland. – Musical Event: “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” Tracy Lawrence with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. – Musician: Jerry Douglas. – Music Video: “Online,” Brad Paisley. – Horizon Award: Taylor Swift.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sugarland won Vocal Duo of the Year, breaking Brooks & Dunn’s long-standing lock on the award, and 17-year-old Taylor Swift won the Horizon Award for newcomer at the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday. Rascal Flatts won top Vocal Group, and George Strait took Top Album for “It Just Comes Natural.” “If we’re standing up here, we have this lofty view because we’re standing on the shoulders of giants who’ve come before us,” said Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles. Brooks & Dunn had won the duo category 14 of the last 15 years, including the last six in a row. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Swift gave a tearful speech in which she joked, “This is definitely the highlight of my senior year.” Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox thanked country radio for “being our mouthpiece.” “What we do means nothing if no one gets to hear it,” he said. Strait had said that of his five nominations, which tied him with Brad Paisley for the most of the night, he wanted to win the album trophy the most. “When we made this album it was incredible,” Strait said afterward. “We had great material and just kept knocking them out. We ended up with 15 songs and never intended to put 15 songs on the record, but when I started going through the songs there was none I could take off.” last_img read more