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Refreshed Giroud can lead Euro bid says Wenger LONDON: Arsene Wenger believes Olivier Giroud's decisive contribution to Arsenal's vital 3-1 win over West Ham is a sign the France striker is back to his best in time to fire his side into the Champions League.Wenger's team climbed back above Everton into fourth place in the Premier League thanks to Giroud's inspired strike and a brace from Lukas Podolski at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.The Gunners had fallen behind to Matthew Jarvis's first half header, but Podolski equalised and Giroud then produced a brilliant first touch and lethal finish to put the hosts ahead soon after the break.Giroud's majestic piece of control was reminiscent of Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp at his best and Wenger hopes the forward's performance bodes well for the final four games of the season.Arsenal have no margin for error as they try to pip Everton in the race for a top-four finish and Wenger desperately ...

Golden boy Kewell leaves Aussies seeking new stars SYDNEY: The end of Harry Kewell's injury-blighted career has given another reminder of the contrast between Australia's "golden generation" and the more modest current squad as they head towards the World Cup.The gifted Kewell, 35, made an emotional farewell on Saturday in front of 10,000 fans at Melbourne Heart's final game of the season, ending a career which also took him to Leeds, Liverpool and Turkish side Galatasaray.As well as a relatively low-key finish for ...

Tennis Championship from April 21 ISLAMABAD: The Subh-e-Nau Earth Day National Ladies and Juniors Tennis Championship will be held from April 21 to 25 here at PTF Tennis Complex.Subh-e-nau has been working in the areas of environment, public health sports promotion and disability for the last two decades now. The tournament is first of its kind celebrating Earth Day and will be planting more than 500 trees in the vicinity of Islamabad.Mrs. Shahida Kauser Farooq, Chairperson Subh-e-Nau (SN) said that ...

Tearful Gerrard calls for Liverpool focus LIVERPOOL: An emotional Steven Gerrard urged Liverpool to maintain their focus after they secured a pivotal 3-2 victory over Premier League title rivals Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday."Nothing is ours yet," he told Sky Sports, after addressing a tearful on-pitch battle cry to his team-mates at the final whistle."The important thing now is not to get carried away with that result."Liverpool's win, secured by a 78th-minute Philippe Coutinho strike, left them seven points above ...

Terpstra takes surprise Paris-Roubaix victory ROUBAIX: Dutch rider Niki Terpstra attacked just over 6km from home to stun a host of favourites and win Paris-Roubaix at the end of 257km of racing on Sunday.The race had seemed set for a sprint finish among 11 riders but Terpstra took advantage of the marking of favourites Tom Boonen, Fabian Cancellara and Peter Sagan to go solo and win in the Roubaix velodrome after six hours nine minutes and one second.German sprinter John ...

Marquez cruises to 'boring' Texas triumph for second win AUSTIN: World champion Marc Marquez cruised to victory in the Grand Prix of the Americas on Sunday to register his second win in two races this season but he admitted it was a boring triumph.The Spaniard repeated his maiden Texas MotoGP success from 2013 when he also won from pole position.Marquez, who won the season-opener in Qatar last month despite breaking his leg four weeks earlier, finished 4.174sec ahead of Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa with ...

Terry admits red-card chat with referee SWANSEA: Chelsea captain John Terry said he'd spoken to referee Phil Dowd in the lead-up to the official's decision to send off Swansea's Chico Flores.Swansea had to play most of the match a man down after Flores was dismissed in the 16th minute for two reckless tackles at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.But it wasn't until the 68th minute that Demba Ba scored the only goal of the match Chelsea won 1-0 to stay second ...


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