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Arteta hopes Arsenal boosted by Cup win LONDON: Mikel Arteta believes Arsenal's dramatic FA Cup semi-final victory over Wigan can provide a springboard to save his club's season.Arsene Wenger's side survived a scare against the holders, equalising eight minutes from full-time through Per Mertesacker before finally winning 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time at Wembley.Gunners goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski was the hero in Saturday's shoot-out, with his two saves from Gary Caldwell and Jack Collison while Arsenal converted all four of their spot-kicks.Spanish midfielder Arteta was one of those successful penalty takers and he hopes the relief of reaching Arsenal's first FA Cup final since 2005, when they defeated Manchester United to win the club's last trophy, will give a much-needed morale boost to a squad low on confidence."It gives us confidence and a little bit of enthusiasm and something to look forward to at the end of the season," Arteta said."I don't think ...


Santoso shocks Lee to win Singapore Open SINGAPORE: Unseeded Indonesian Simon Santoso pulled off a major shock when he thrashed badminton's world number one Lee Chong Wei to win the Singapore Open for the first time on Sunday.The 28-year-old, considered a rank outsider against Malaysia's imperious Lee, upset the form book in style with an emphatic 21-15, 21-10 victory in just 48 minutes in the Singapore final.Santoso reeled off nine straight points to stifle Lee's second-game revival and take the match, dropping ...

Cricket stars among team owners in new India league NEW DELHI: Cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid are among the owners of teams in a new India football league set to start this year, organisers said Sunday.The Indian Super League, featuring foreign and Indian talent in teams based in eight cities, is due to start nationwide in mid-September and run until the end of November. Organised by the All India Football Federation, the league is being backed ...

Kipsang sets London Marathon record LONDON: World record-holder Wilson Kipsang won the men's London Marathon in a course record two hours, four minutes and 29 seconds on Sunday as Britain's Mo Farah found life tough on his debut over the distance.Kipsang's smashed the previous London record of 2:04:40 set by fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai in 2011.It was a second London victory for Kipsang, the 2012 champion, who outpaced compatriot Stanley Biwatt in the finishing straight. Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, last ...

Records under threat in London Marathon LONDON: Near-ideal sunny and clear conditions greeted the first runners to start the London Marathon with fans hoping for a fast pace by British favourite Mo Farah in his debut over the distance.Farah, the reigning Olympic and world 5,000 metres and 10,000m champion, was to take his place in an elite men's field due off at 10:00am 0900 GMT).Among his competitors will be Kenya's Wilson Kipsang, who set the world marathon record of two hours ...

Philippines celebrates comeback of boxing hero Pacquiao MANILA: The Philippines united in celebration on Sunday as its boxing hero Manny Pacquiao cemented his comeback by avenging his 2012 loss to American Timothy Bradley to regain the World Boxing Organization welterweight world title.Crowds watching the fight, which was broadcast live from Las Vegas in several parks, squares and public stadiums around the archipelago, erupted in cheers as Pacquiao was declared winner in a unanimous 12-round decision."The people of the nation are united in ...

Red Bull look to overturn Ricciardo penalty PARIS: World champions Red Bull believe they can overturn Daniel Ricciardo's Australian Grand Prix disqualification on Monday and reinvigorate their 2014 challenge.The FIA's International Court of Appeal will meet in Paris to decide whether or not to reinstate Ricciardo's second-place finish in Melbourne.He was stripped of his place after the team were found guilty of breaching fuel flow regulations.A reinstatement would be worth 18 points which would lift the driver into third spot in the ...


 



 
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