Arsenal held by Spurs in derby draw

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

Back to her old role, Dimdim Pacres gives UST big lift

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—For the past couple of seasons, Dimdim Pacres was University of Santo Tomas’ diligent soldier.Pacres always played the role of support to established stars Cherry Rondina and EJ Laure in Season 79 being the Golden Tigresses’ third option on offense.ADVERTISEMENT Eya Laure, Tigresses win a big one for injured teammate Milena Alessandrini Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Same thing happened in Season 80 when Milena Alessandrini, who was named Rookie of the Year that season, paired with Rondina.Pacres was then, relegated to the bench in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament when Eya Laure arrived to form a troika with Alessandrini and Rondina, but the jolly spiker kept herself ready.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUST, though, still needed Pacres especially when Alessandrini suffered a knee injury on Saturday against Far Eastern University.Without Alessandrini, Pacres proved that she belonged and she promptly delivered in UST’s stunning three-set win over De La Salle, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, scoring eight points as the team’s third option. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Pacres said that she’s ready for whatever that lies ahead and she knows this season would be her redemption year.“I’m ready, I’m always ready,” said Pacres in Filipino after she finished with eight points and 13 digs for the Golden Tigresses. “Coach (Kung Fu Reyes) told me that I have to redeem myself, so for me it’s good to be back because I played terrible last season.”Pacres scored a total of 89 points in Season 80 playing as the team’s opposite hitter and her mark was actually the 29th best in the league, but she knew her performance wasn’t at par with what was expected of her.Reyes said he always pushes Pacres to do more and that it’s okay to entertain the crowd while playing but not forgetting to go about it seriously.“She had 13 digs but I still told her off,” said Reyes in Filipino. “I reminded her, and also her teammates, that it’s okay to be entertaining to the crowd but she has to remember that we’re here to compete and although she’s enjoying herself she should do things the right way.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more