Arsenal v Chelsea ratings

first_img Nacho Monreal: Did well against Willian, but unable to make much of an impact. 5. Per Mertesacker: Sent off after being caught on the wrong side of Diego Costa after just 18 minutes. 3. Laurent Koscielny: Steady, but fortunate to avoid conceding a penalty for a body-check on Cesc Fabregas. 5. Mathieu Flamini: Missed a gilt-edged chance to equalise on the stroke of half-time and another late in the game. 5. Aaron Ramsey: Tried to impose himself on proceedings, but support was lacking. 7. Mesut Ozil: A subdued performance from the mercurial German. 6. Olivier Giroud: Withdrawn after Mertesacker’s dismissal, a decision booed by the home supporters. 5. Theo Walcott: Captain for the day, 10 years after signing for the Gunners, made the linesman work more than Chelsea’s defence. 5. Press Association Joel Campbell: Showed flickers of danger for the Gunners. 6. SUBSTITUTES: Gabriel (for Giroud, 22 minutes): Allowed Costa in at the near post to score. 5. Alexis Sanchez (Campbell, 57): Attempted to rejuvenate the Gunners, but ran out of support. 6. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Walcott, 75): Provided fresh legs but could not find the breakthrough. 5. CHELSEA: Thibaut Courtois: Barely called upon by the 10 men of Arsenal. 6. Branislav Ivanovic: A disciplined performance from the man who this week signed a new contract. 6. Cesar Azpilicueta: Kept Arsenal’s wing-men quiet and provided an option down the left. 6. Kurt Zouma: Another solid display against the Gunners from the Frenchman. 7. John Terry: Resolute against Arsenal’s short-handed attack. 7. Nemanja Matic: A few stray passes and still not the dominant performer of last season. 5. John Obi Mikel: Did what is expected of him, including a clumsy challenge on Sanchez. 6. Oscar: Still to find a consistent level of performance. This was another quiet one. 5. Diego Costa: Troubled Arsenal without playing football in the reverse fixture; this time he excelled. 8. Cesc Fabregas: The boos appeared to spur on the former Gunners captain in a display full of guile. 8. Willian: Collective performances are improving, but the Brazilian remains one of the brightest players no matter what. 7. SUBSTITUTES: Loic Remy (for Costa, 68): Offered fresh legs and an outlet, but the tide was going the other way. 5. Eden Hazard (for Oscar, 77): Had little chance to impress on his return from a groin injury. 5. ARSENAL: Petr Cech: Made some good saves against his former employers. 7 (out of 10). Hector Bellerin: His forays forward were tempered by the sending off. 5. last_img read more

61st Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships

first_imgGuyanese women suffer heartbreak to settle for Silver, Men cop bronzeTHE Guyana national men’s and women’s teams played their hearts out yesterday when action in the 61st Senior Caribbean Table Tennis Championships continued at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) in front of a full house.For their valiant efforts, the women’s team settled for Silver, losing out to the Dominican Republic (DR) in their final round-robin match while the men’s team, after losing a hard-fought battle in the semi-final to Puerto Rico, managed to defeat Barbados in their third-place match-up to claim Bronze.First, Chelsea Edghill and Trenace Lowe faced the DR’s duo of Yasiris Ortiz and Esmerlyn Castro; that match proved to be a classic five-setter. In the opening set, Edghill and Lowe found themselves on the losing side of things, conceding it 6-11. However, they fought back to claim the second 11-9, but the DR duo claimed the next one 7-11 before the Guyanese dug deep to claim the last two sets at 13-11 and 12-10.Natalie Cummings was full of heart during the Women’s team competition in which the Guyanese women copped Silver medal. (Carl Croker Photo)It was up to Natalie ‘Speedy’ Cummings who faced Eva Brito next, they produced another five-setter which went in favour of Brito, who won 7-11, 11-8, 4-11, 15-13 and 5-11 in a nail-biter.With proceedings level at 1-1, the DR seized the advantage with Ortiz defeating Lowe in yet another five setter at 11-7, 12-10, 11-2 and 13-11. It was then heartbreak for the Guyanese women when Cummings conceded the game to Castro in sets of 7-11, 3-11 and 5- 11 for the DR to clinch Gold.Earlier, the men’s team of Christopher Franklin, Joel Alleyne, Shemar Britton and Nigel Bryan showed tremendous heart and mental fortitude to take a 3-2 win over Barbados to claim Bronze in their category.Alleyne and Franklin handed Guyana the advantage when they came from a set down to defeat Mark Dowell and Kevin Farley in sets of 7-11, 11-9, 11-7 and 11-3 in the doubles match.Meanwhile, Britton could not hand Guyana a 2-0 lead, losing to Tyrese Knight in sets of 5-11, 4-11, 12-10, 8-11. However, Alleyne then bounced back to defeat Farley 11-6, 4-11, 11-6, 11-8 while Knight pulled Barbados level by defeating Franklin 11-8, 13-11,11-8.Britton then closed in on the Bronze for Guyana by relegating Mark Dowell to a 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, and 11-8 defeat.last_img read more

Offensive woes continue as losing streak reaches 5

first_imgJanelle Gabrielsen (6) lets out her frustration during UW\’s loss to Minnesota.[/media-credit]Kill percentage in volleyball can often times be compared to batting average in baseball. Just like a .300 average is an indication of a good baseball player, that same number is a mark of quality for a volleyball player as well.But Sunday afternoon at the Field House, the Wisconsin volleyball team didn’t come close to that mark, hitting a measly .026 in its three-set loss to the rival Golden Gophers.The loss pushes the Badgers’ season-high losing streak to five games, and in three of those matches, Wisconsin was unable to take a set from its opponent.Evidently, the Badgers’ biggest problem has been their inability to convert on the attack. Against Minnesota, Wisconsin tallied 36 kills — one more than the Gophers — but once again, the Badgers’ attack errors were devastating in the Minnesota sweep. The Badgers had 33 attack errors compared to only 16 from the Gophers.“Our ball control was not with us today,” UW head coach Pete Waite said. “I think over the course of the entire match, you look at our hitting percentage and it’s way too low to compete in the Big Ten. So, we have to come together here in the next couple of matches coming up and clean things up.”But not only was the ball control lacking Sunday but over the past five games. That fact can only be exemplified by the team’s losing streak, something it had yet to experience before losing to Ohio State on Nov. 7. Before that loss, the Badgers had not lost more than two games in a row all season, but that trend has abruptly ended.“Somehow, I think the group needs to find a way and find the leaders who are going to step up and do that, because it’s something that, this late in the season, we should be playing better ball than we played today,” Waite said.The first set was all Minnesota, as the Gophers quickly got out to a 6-0 lead and led by as many as 14 points at 23-9. Throughout the set, the Badgers committed 11 errors and had only eight kills. Making things even more difficult was the Gophers’ superb blocking, which tallied seven stuffs in the first set.Sophomore setter Janelle Gabrielsen believes the team’s poor serve-receive affected her passing ability, which in turn led to Minnesota blocks and Wisconsin unforced errors.“It made me set to a certain spot that the blockers knew, because I could only set to one option,” she said. “It’s kind of hard for hitters to go against two blockers with the double block, so I guess it did affect us.”The Badgers had a bit more energy in the second and third sets, scoring 21 and 22 points, respectively. However, they were never able to put a halt to the relentless Minnesota attack, which was led by a match-high 14 kills from junior Lauren Gibbemeyer. The blocks also kept coming from the Gophers, who ended with 16 for the game compared to the Badgers’ four.“[Gibbemeyer] is a great athlete,” UW junior Allison Wack said. “She’s always been the type of player who can take her team on her back. … She’s a gamer. She shows up all the time, and you have to find a way to stop her.”Also making things more difficult for the Badgers was the ineffectiveness of freshman Kirby Toon, who had been a strong force on offense until the losing streak. According to Waite, the knee injury Toon suffered last season is finally starting to take a toll on the young athlete’s ability to perform.“I think late in the season here, her knee is really starting to tire, so we want to be careful and cautious,” Waite said. “I think it’s affected her first step to the ball, and she knows that. She would love to be out there, but physically, it’s not time for her right now.”While Toon’s injury may be a factor in the Badgers’ slide from fifth place in the Big Ten, the Badgers’ poor performance has truly been a result of the entire team’s struggles. Against Minnesota, the Badgers’ first-set troubles were reason enough for Waite to abandon the 5-1 offensive scheme in favor of the 6-2, which was used last season.“We’re just trying to find a way for things to start clicking for them right now, for them to get into a rhythm and find some people who can swing and score, and Nellie is generally very good at that,” Waite said. “We gave her the opportunity today and she stepped up a number of times and had some good shots. We just need more people stepping up their games.”With only four games remaining in the regular season, the Badgers’ NCAA Tournament hopes have all but disappeared. However, despite the team’s struggles, Waite is confident in its ability, and he believes its recent results are not a reflection on the talent level of the team but rather its inability to consistently perform well against strong conference opponents.“We played like crud. Bottom line,” Waite said. “We have to play better, and that’s a team we can beat.”last_img read more

Tipp star a doubt for Fitzgibbon clash

first_imgTipperary’s John McGrath and Waterford’s Austin Gleeson are both doubts for WIT ahead of tonight’s Fitzgibbon cup final replay with UL in Pairc Ui Rinn.McGrath damaged his ankle playing for the Premier County against Clare in the League last weekend while Gleeson has a hamstring injuryClare corner back Jack Browne is expected to start for UL tonight having missed the drawn game through suspension.last_img