Van Gaal’s United draw with Chelsea, Arsenal go top, Tottenham leave it late

first_imgManchester United put in an improved display against Chelsea but Louis van Gaal’s side were unable to find the back of the net in a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford.United, whose manager Van Gaal has been under intense pressure, enjoyed the better of the first half with Juan Mata and Anthony Martial both seeing efforts bounce back off the woodwork.In the second half, David De Gea made a superb save to deny Pedro before up the other end Thibaut Courtois somehow kept out Ander Herrera’s close-range shot.Chelsea then had a golden chance to open the scoring as they broke from a corner, but Nemanja Matic was guilty of a horrendous miss as he blazed over when through on goal.The draw ended United’s four-game losing streak in all competitions, though Van Gaal’s side are still without a win since Nov. 21, a span of eight games — six in the Premier League and two in the Champions League. Arsenal climbed above Leicester to go top of the table as they saw off Bournemouth 2-0 to bounce back from their 4-0 Boxing Day loss at Southampton.Mesut Ozil’s 16th Premier League assist of the season saw Gabriel Paulista powerfully head home from the Germany international’s corner on 27 minutes.Ozil then got his name on the scoresheet after playing a one-two with Olivier Giroud and then nudging the ball past goalkeeper Artur Boruc, putting the Gunners above Leicester who play Manchester City on Tuesday.A late goal from Son Heung-Min earned Tottenham Hotspur a 2-1 win over 10-man Watford to lift the club to third in the Premier League table Spurs went in front on 17 minutes following a mix-up in midfield that allowed Erik Lamela to pounce and slip the ball beyond goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.Odion Ighalo scored for a sixth top-flight game in a row to make it 1-1, showing good strength before prodding the ball past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.Watford were reduced to 10 men on 62 minutes after a high challenge by Nathan Ake on Lamela.Tottenham clinched all three points when Son backheeled through Gomes’ legs with a minute of normal time remaining. Marko Arnautovic’s injury-time penalty secured Stoke City a thrilling 4-3 victory over Everton at Goodison ParkStoke took the lead in the 16th minute when Arnautovic squared for Xherdan Shaqiri, who found the corner to beat goalkeeper Tim Howard.Everton hit back just six minutes later with Romelu Lukaku scoring his 10th goal in as many games in all competitions thanks to James McCarthy’s smart assist.The visitors retook the lead just before half-time with Shaqiri netting his second of the game, half-vollleying in a superb effort that looped over Howard.It was 2-2 in the 64th minute when Lukaku grabbed his second of the game, Tom Cleverley finding the Belgian who made no mistake with a powerful finish. Everton went in front thanks to Gerard Deulofeu, who slotted in from Ross Barkley’s square pass.Stoke responded when Joselu came off the bench to make it 3-3, thumping in a loose ball after Arnautovic’s cross was not dealt with.A dramatic winner came for Stoke when Arnautovic was brought down in the box by John Stones, with the Austrian scoring from the spot.Norwich City condemned bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa to a 13th league defeat of the season as the Canaries triumphed 2-0 at Carrow Road. Jonny Howson broke the deadlock on 24 minutes with a volley at the back post after Villa failed to clear Nathan Redmond’s cross.The points were sealed by Dieumerci Mbokani who nodded in from Wes Hoolahan’s delivery with three minutes left on the clock.Darren Fletcher was the match-winner for West Brom as they beat Newcastle United 1-0 at The Hawthorns.After Paul Dummett and Victor Anichebe had hit the woodwork for both sides, West Brom finally broke the deadlock in the 78th minute via Fletcher following Claudio Yacob’s cross. Elsewhere, Crystal Palace and managerless Swansea City played out a goalless draw at Selhurst Park to leave Alan Pardew’s men unbeaten in their last six league matches.Patrick Bamford wasted a golden chance to score his first Crystal Palace goal, blasting straight at a grateful Lukasz Fabianski and spurning his side’s finest chance to secure victory.Andy Carroll helped West Ham United record a 2-1 victory as the Hammers came from a goal down to beat Southampton at Upton Park.Southampton went in front on 13 minutes when Dusan Tadic’s shot from close range deflected in off Hammers defender Carl Jenkinson.West Ham levelled in the second half when Victor Wanyama’s clearance bounced off Michail Antonio and beyond goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.The turnaround was completed with 11 minutes left when Carroll headed in a rebound after Antonio’s initial effort had hit the bar.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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LA Lakers pull off surprising 112-95 win over Warriors

first_imgThe star point guard dazzled on the court with an endless flurry of 3-pointers and nifty passes. His team forced turnovers and pushed the pace toward easy baskets. And its opponent appeared dazed as it slogged up the court.It sounded like just what anyone would expect between the Western Conference’s worst (Lakers) and the Western Conference’s best (Golden State Warriors). Except it wasn’t The Lakers secured a surprising 112-95 victory over the Warriors on Sunday at Staples Center by doing something they could not pull off in their previous three regular-season games. Then, the Lakers lost by an average of 24.3 points.“Our guys played about as hard as they played all season long,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “It was the best game we played against the best team.” “Bigs tend to be lazy defensively, especially in transition because it’s hard for bigs to run the floor and get into the paint,” Bryant said. “The problem is you’re coming back and protecting the paint and Draymond Green is pushing the ball. So now you’re back in the paint. But all of a sudden, boom, here comes a dribble handoff with Steph and there’s nobody there.”The Lakers did not need to worry about that from happening. Instead, the Lakers (13-51) played like a championship contender while the Warriors (55-6) played like a lottery team. The Lakers forced 17 turnovers, while posting 46 points in the paint. Seven players cracked double digits in scoring, including Clarkson, Russell, Bryant, Brandon Bass (13 points), Nick Young (13 points), Julius Randle (12 points, 14 rebounds) and Marcelo Huertas (career-high 10 points and nine assists). Scott called Huertas the game’s “MVP.” Perhaps the 12:30 p.m. start against an inferior opponent lulled the NBA defending champions into complacency. Perhaps the Lakers responded to Scott’s pre-game speech where he was “almost challenging their manhood.”“Every now and then, you’re probably going to have a little complacency,” said Scott, reflecting on his time with the Showtime Lakers. “One thing that you always want to try to guard against when you’re playing lesser opponents, you don’t want to have that letdown. But it might create another run for them.”Russell feared that run would happen any moment until Warriors coach Steve Kerr yanked his starters with 4:37 left. Scott reported only feeling comfortable until the final minute. But before then, the Lakers offered hope for their future. “For the young guys, it’s extremely important to see the results,” Bryant said. “When you pay attention to little details, good things happen. As they grow, they start trusting that more and more.” Despite the concern on last year’s NBA regular-season MVP, Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell had enough ice in his veins to top Warriors guard Stephen Curry in points (21-18), shooting clip (6 of 14, 6 of 20), 3-pointers (3 of 7, 1 of 10) and assists (5-4). Russell also added a career-high four steals. “When you first come into the league, you’re fans of people, As the season goes on, they become just another player,” Russell said. “He’s just another player out there for me.”Even if he nursed a strained tendon in his left knee that sidelined him for a game, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson beat Warriors guard Klay Thompson in points (25-15), shooting clip (10 of 21, 7 of 20) and 3-pointers (4 of 6, 0 of 8). “If you want to get measured or get talked about being a young backcourt that has a chance to be very good, then you’ve got to measure up against these two guys,” Scott said. “I thought they took the challenge.” And despite posting 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting in 25 minutes while nursing a sore right shoulder, Kobe Bryant contributed in his last game against Golden State by providing endless tips from the bench. Bryant reported adding pointed feedback to the Lakers’ post players. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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