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Newcastle blow up Arsenal’s Champions League dream



Mikel Arteta castigated his Arsenal facet for throwing away a season’s work in a limp 2-0 defeat at Newcastle that appears set to see the Gunners miss out on Champions League soccer for a sixth successive season.

Tottenham stay two factors above their north London rivals in fourth place within the Premier League.

Spurs now realistically solely want a draw away to already-relegated Norwich on Sunday to safe a top-four end due to their superior objective distinction.

Arsenal’s defeat additionally assured third-place Chelsea’s place within the Champions League subsequent season.

Ben White’s personal objective and Bruno Guimaraes’ late strike was the distinction between the edges.

However the method of the Newcastle efficiency was much more spectacular as Eddie Howe’s males despatched a message they might be difficult for a top-four end themselves subsequent season.

“A extremely troublesome evening to swallow,” mentioned Arteta. “Newcastle deserved to win comfortably. They have been significantly better from the primary minute, we had nothing within the sport.

“They have been significantly better than us in all the pieces {that a} soccer match requires. We couldn’t cope tonight with the sport we needed to play right here.”

Arteta’s males have been within the driving seat with three video games to go as they lead Spurs by 4 factors.

However Tottenham’s 3-0 derby win on Thursday cranked up the strain on the younger Gunners who failed to reply.

“Newcastle have been 10 occasions higher than us and the efficiency was nowhere close to what we have to play within the Champions League,” added Arteta. “We weren’t on the races.”

Solely Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool have gained extra Premier League factors than the Magpies in 2022 since they started to splash to wealth of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund within the switch market.

Extra huge cash signings are anticipated to reach at St James’ Park within the coming months, however Arsenal’s funds within the switch market might be severely dented by once more lacking out on the riches of the Champions League.

“It was an excellent all-round efficiency. It was entrance foot, we by no means let up and that’s probably the most pleasing factor,” mentioned Howe.

“We have now to enhance and work extremely onerous to enhance all the pieces in regards to the group over the summer time. It’s a large membership, we have now huge ambitions, however I’ve to concentrate on how we do it fairly than discuss.”

Newcastle’s upturn underneath Howe had been missing a scalp in opposition to one of many Premier League’s conventional high six.

However they acquired that and extra as Arsenal have been fortunate to flee with no extra complete defeat.

Aaron Ramsdale was almost embarrassed when Miguel Almiron blocked his clearance early on.

However the England worldwide saved his facet within the sport with an excellent save to disclaim Allan Saint-Maximin at his close to put up.

The hosts’ strain was lastly rewarded when Joelinton’s harmful low cross simply evaded Callum Wilson and flew into his personal objective off the unlucky White.

Newcastle are firmly rooted in mid-table, however regarded just like the facet with extra on the road as they continued to storm ahead.

Wilson fired over from Guimaraes’ cross after which despatched an audacious effort from 40 yards floating inches previous the put up.

In between occasions Ramsdale produced one other huge cease from a one-on-one with Jacob Murphy.

A second Newcastle objective appeared solely a matter of time and it duly arrived 5 minutes from time when once more Wilson was denied by Ramsdale, however Guimaraes swept residence the rebound for his fifth objective since a January transfer from Lyon.

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Siraj’s heroics energy India to successful Asia Cup 2023 for eighth time



COLOMBO: Mohammed Siraj’s six-fer demolished Sri Lankan batting lineup as India lifted the Asia Cup 2023.

Set to chase a meager 51, India comfortably accomplished the pursuit in 6.1 overs with out shedding a single wicket to carry their eighth Asia Cup title.

India’s new opening pair of Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan carried the momentum and dominated the Sri Lankan bowlers to script a press release victory for the previous champions.

Gill top-scored for India within the Asia Cup 2023 closing with a 19-ball 27 which featured six boundaries whereas Kishan scored 23 not out in 18 balls.

Opting to bat first, the Sri Lankan batting lineup failed utterly and was bundled out for a paltry 51 within the sixteenth over.

The house aspect misplaced their opener Kusal Perera (0) within the first over with only one run on the board.

What adopted was a complete annihilation by Mohammed Siraj who picked up 4 wickets — Pathum Nissanka (2), Sadeera Samarawickrama (0), Charith Asalanka (0) and Dhananjaya de Silva (4) — within the fourth over to depart Sri Lanka reeling at 12/5.

Sri Lanka did not recuperate from Siraj’s demolition and he got here again so as to add additional to their distress by dismissing skipper Dasun Shanaka in his subsequent over and finishing his five-fer.

Wicketkeeper batter Kusal Mendi, who held on for Sri Lanka then placed on the very best partnership of the Asia Cup 2023 closing for the house aspect with Dunith Wellalage earlier than Siraj struck once more.

Kusal Mendis remained the top-scorer for Sri Lanka with a 34-ball 17 which featured three boundaries.

Following Siraj’s dominance, Hardik Pandya put the ultimate nail within the coffin by eliminating the Sri Lankan batting tail.

He eliminated Dunith Wellalage (8) earlier than wrapping up Sri Lanka’s dismal innings in his subsequent over by dismissing Pramod Madushan (1) and Matheesha Pathirana (0).

Younger all-rounder Dushan Hemantha remained unbeaten with a 15-ball 13 and remained the one Sri Lankan batter to amass double figures beside Kusal Mendis.

Notably, Sri Lanka’s 50-run whole is now the bottom whole within the Asia Cup historical past, breaking the earlier document held by Bangladesh, who had been dismissed for 87 runs towards Pakistan in 2000.

Moreover, Sri Lanka’s 50-run whole is the bottom in males’s ODI historical past in a match closing. Additionally it is the third time this 12 months that Sri Lanka have been bowled out for lower than 100 in ODIs.

Mohammed Siraj led the bowling assault for India within the Asia Cup 2023 closing with a 6/21, adopted by Hardik Pandya’s 3/3 whereas Jasprit Bumrah had a wicket to his title.


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Cricket fever in China choosing tempo forward of upcoming Asian Video games Asian Video games



HANGZHOU: Cricket fever in China goes excessive forward of upcoming Asian Video games set to happen in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8.

A “Friendship Cup” was organized by Chinese language firm Guangdong YaJiaSiTechnology (YJS) and Beijing Cricket Membership (BCC) on the Cricket area of Dulwich Faculty Beijing, Gwadar Professional reported on Friday.

The purpose of the occasion is to share the eagerness for sports activities, improve friendship between the folks of taking part nations in addition to to advertise the sport of cricket in China.

The match was nicely attended by the diplomatic workers and groups from totally different embassies, faculties, and universities, notably gamers from China, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, the UK, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh, and Nepal which gave a possibility to show the cricketing abilities.

Cricket is without doubt one of the most enjoyable sports activities on the earth and is now slowly however absolutely getting a spot in sports activities in China.

The upcoming Asian Video games to be held in Hangzhou is without doubt one of the greatest examples the place Pakistan males’s and girls’s Cricket groups will probably be taking part in.

Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque additionally congratulated China for internet hosting the Asian Video games 2023 in Hangzhou and hoped that this may promote not solely sports activities competitions but additionally people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges.

Bilal Ahmed, a Cricket Participant from Pakistan, advised Gwadar Professional that Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Dalian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Tianjin, and Jinan are the hub of cricket in China.

Greater than 150 faculties and universities have been concerned within the sport of cricket. Again-to-back cricket tournaments by totally different Chinese language firms and organizations in several cities and particularly the holding of a grand sporting occasion comprising each males’s and girls’s T-20 Cricket in Asian Video games 2023 in Hangzhou exhibits China’s keenness to unfold the sport of Cricket at its faculties and universities stage.

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198 Pakistani athletes to take part in Asian Video games, being held in China from Sep 23



BEIJING: Pakistan is sending a crew of 198 athletes to compete within the nineteenth Asian Video games, set to be held in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to eight October.

This spectacular delegation is ready to showcase their abilities and convey pleasure to the nation on the grand stage of the Asian Video games, in response to a report revealed by Gwadar Professional.

The Asian Video games, sometimes called the “Olympics of Asia,” is a multi-sport occasion that brings collectively athletes from throughout the continent to compete in varied sports activities disciplines.

It serves as a platform to foster friendship, understanding, and sportsmanship amongst Asian nations whereas celebrating the unimaginable expertise and dedication of athletes.

Pakistan’s participation within the nineteenth Asian Video games will span a variety of sports activities, together with athletics, boxing, swimming, tennis, wrestling, and so on.

The Pakistan Olympic Affiliation (POA) has been offering the athletes with the required help and assets. They’ve organized coaching camps, teaching workers, and superior gear to organize the athletes for this prestigious occasion.

The athletes have additionally acquired medical and psychological help to make sure they’re in peak bodily and psychological situation.

Talking in regards to the contingent, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Syed Arif Hasan, President of the Pakistan Olympic Affiliation, mentioned, “Our athletes have put in large effort and dedication to achieve this degree, and we imagine they’ve what it takes to compete at their highest degree. We hope to see them on the rostrum, making Pakistan proud.”

The Asian Video games additionally present a singular alternative for Pakistani athletes to achieve beneficial expertise and publicity on the worldwide stage, which could be essential for his or her future careers in sports activities. It’s an event for the nation to unite and help its athletes as they attempt for excellence.

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