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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_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With young stars, Cubs likely not fading after NLCS loss Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Luka Doncic uncorks eight 3s to help Mavs fend off Blazers Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Isabela students make facemasks, bake pastries for Taal eruption refugees Kendrick Nunn continues to shine as Heat torch Thunder Grizzlies push streak to 7 wins after beating Cavscenter_img Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball gestures to teammates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Lonzo Ball barely missed a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in his second NBA game and the Los Angeles Lakers held on to beat the Phoenix Suns 132-130 on Friday night.The Suns had a chance to tie it with 1.2 seconds to play, but T.J. Warren missed the first of two free throws. That meant he had to miss the second intentionally and hope for a rebound, but the Suns couldn’t get a decent shot off before the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Ball, the No. 2 overall pick this year who is a week shy of his 20th birthday, took over down the stretch, scoring eight points in a 2 1/2-minute span. His final basket during that run, a floating layup, put Los Angeles ahead 130-122 with 1:35 to play.But the Suns came roaring back behind Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, whose 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left cut it to 131-130. Brandon Ingram made one of two free throws to give Phoenix one last chance and Warren was fouled by Ingram on an inbounds play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe free throw was off the back of the rim, though, and the Lakers survived.Bledsoe scored 29 points, 17 in the fourth quarter. Booker also flirted with what would have been his first career triple-double, finishing with 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Warren added 24 points, 17 in the second quarter. Ingram scored 25 points for Los Angeles. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Both teams were coming off of season-opening blowout losses.The Lakers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 108-92, and Phoenix was routed by Portland 124-79, the most one-sided loss in Suns history and most one-sided season opener ever in the NBA.From the opening tip Friday, it was a fast-paced, often sloppy, game with not much attention to defense.Phoenix used a 13-2 run to go up 55-49 with 7:09 left in the half and the Suns stretched it to 67-58 on another 3 by Booker with 3:34 left in the half. But the Lakers scored the next seven, five at the free throw line.Warren responded with consecutive baskets, but Ingram had the last laugh, a 3-pointer with eight seconds to play to cut Phoenix’s lead to 73-70 at the half.ADVERTISEMENT Hawks complete late rally to stun Spurs Booker was called for a flagrant one when he fouled Brewer hard on a layup with 6:02 left in the third quarter. Larry Nance Jr. jumped into the fray and put a shoulder into Booker, who responded with a shove. Booker and Nance both were assessed technical fouls.The play came during an 13-2 Lakers outburst that put Los Angeles on top 95-85 after Nance stole the ball from Booker with both players on the floor and flipped the ball to Lopez for a layup with 3:03 to play in the third quarter.The Lakers boosted the lead to 111-99 on Clarkson’s basket with 10:28 to go.TIP INSLakers: Luol Deng, who started Thursday’s opener, was inactive. … Ball had three points, nine assists and four steals in his debut Thursday night. … The Lakers locked arms as they stood for the national anthem.Suns: In the second quarter, Warren was 6 for 7 from the field and 5 for 6 from the foul line. … Booker was flattened under the Phoenix basket by Brook Lopez in the second quarter. He was slow to get up but stayed in the game. ..The Suns play their next five on the road. Their next home game is Nov. 6 against Brooklyn.UP NEXTLakers: Host New Orleans on Sunday night.Suns: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more