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Arsenal destroy West Ham in record away win

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Arsenal secured their biggest Premier League away win with a ruthless dismantling of West Ham to move back to within two points of leaders Liverpool.

 

Mikel Arteta’s side stay third but are now behind second-placed Manchester City only on goals scored after wiping out a six-goal deficit on a stunning afternoon at the London Stadium.

 

It is West Ham’s heaviest home Premier League defeat and joint-heaviest of all time, along with a 8-2 loss against Blackburn in 1963-64.

 

An extraordinary first half saw the Gunners race into a 4-0 lead, thanks to goals from William Saliba, Gabriel, Bukayo Saka and Leandro Trossard, leaving the home side stunned.

Saka waltzed through a static Hammers defence to score his second after the break, before Declan Rice made it 6-0 with a rocket of a shot from distance against his former club.

Arsenal cruise to stunning victory
After the jubilation of last weekend’s win over Liverpool, Arsenal produced another statement performance to restate their title credentials.

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It is their joint-biggest margin of victory in an away league match and their first since a 7-1 win over Aston Villa in December 1935.

 

They had to wait 32 minutes to break the deadlock, when Saliba rose highest at the far post from Rice’s corner to nod home from close range.

 

West Ham had been defensively disciplined up to that stage, but completely lost their shape as Arsenal ran in three more goals before the break.

 

The second came from the penalty spot when Saka ran on to a ball over the top and was fouled by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. The England international, who missed from the spot against West Ham last season, converted this time for his 50th Arsenal goal.

Gabriel made it 3-0 with another close-range header from Rice’s free-kick, before Trossard curled superbly into the top corner in first-half stoppage time.

 

The pace of the game dropped after the break but Arsenal’s dominance remained, with Saka collecting Martin Odegaard’s pass inside the area before rifling into the near post.

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Rice then fired in a superb sixth from distance, though the England midfielder refused to celebrate on what was his second appearance back at his old club since his £100m summer move.

 

West Ham slump continues
West Ham fans streaming out of the London Stadium before half-time will be a worrying sight for David Moyes, who has come under pressure from some sections of the fanbase this season.

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The Hammers were looking to beat Arsenal three times in the same season for the first time in 99 years, after winning 3-1 at home in the EFL Cup in November and then 2-0 at the Emirates the following month.

 

But the Hammers have yet to win since that December night in north London, meaning they have begun a calendar year winless in their first seven games for the first time since 1997.

 

This game was lost in a disastrous 15-minute spell before half-time as West Ham’s previously stubborn defence disintegrated, with the half-time break failing to inspire any sort of response.

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With Moyes’ contract expiring at the end of the season, a result from a limp performance like this will only add to the uncertainty about his future.

 

The Scot will be hoping West Ham’s next four games, all against sides currently in the bottom seven, offer an opportunity to kick-start their faltering season.

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Oshoala, Nkwocha, Adesanya, Kamaru make ESPN’s best 25 African athletes list

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The Nigerian quartet of Asisat Oshoala, Israel Adesanya, Perpetua Nkwocha, and Kamaru Usman have been listed among the best 25 athletes from Africa in the 21st century by the prestigious US cable sports channel ESPN.

 

 

Oshoala and Nwokocha are female football players while Adesanya and Usman are mixed martial arts (MMA) male fighters.

 

Ethiopia’s long-distance runner Kenenisa Bekele, who dominated the 5,000 and 10,000-metre track races throughout the 2000s and held the world record in both distances until 2020, occupied the number one position on the list.

 

Oshoala secured the ninth spot, while Adesanya occupied the 15th position. Nkwocha and Usman took the 20th and 23rd spots respectively.

 

Oshoala was honoured for her exploits as a six-time winner of the ‘African Women’s Footballer of the Year’ award and for taking “African women’s football to new heights”.

 

Nwokocha was also recognized for her ruthlessness in front of goal. The attacker scored 80 goals in 99 appearances for the national women’s side, won the ‘African Women’s Footballer of the Year’ honour on four occasions, and is a five-time African Women’s Cup of Nations champion.

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Adesanya and Usman were recognized for their reign in the middleweight and welterweight divisions respectively for four years (2019 to 2022).  They also have similar records of being two-time champions with five successful title defences in the UFC.

 

Adesanya, based in New Zealand, had previously been predicted as the “next big thing” in MMA.

 

Other notable mentions on the list include Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, Sadio Mane, Casper Semanya, and Osi Umenyiora, an American football player of Nigerian descent who won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants.

 

 

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VIDEO: Falcons players rescued after getting stuck in elevator in France

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Some players of the Super Falcons of Nigeria escaped an elevator crisis in Bordeaux, France on Saturday.

 

In a now-viral video of the incident, at least seven players were trapped in the malfunctioned elevator awaiting help at Hotel Mercure in Bordeaux.

 

The Super Falcons are representing Nigeria at the Paris 2024 Olympics women’s football event.

The team arrived in Bordeaux on Thursday from Sevilla, Spain, where they had been fine-tuning preparations for the Olympics.

 

While returning to their hotel rooms, however, the players were stuck in the elevator for minutes due to a technical glitch.

 

“God abeg o,” a player retorted in pidgin English as they awaited an emergency rescue that arrived minutes into the video.

 

“If I survive this one, see that stares, if I no pieces am,” another player promised as they were being evacuated from the elevator.

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Asisat Oshoala, Tochukwu Oluehi, and Uchenna Kanu were some of the players identified in the footage.

 

The Paris 2024 Olympics will begin on June 26 with an opening ceremony on the Seine River in Paris. The Super Falcons will face Brazil in their opening match on the same day in Bordeaux.

 

Randy Waldrum’s Falcons are drawn in Group C alongside Brazil, Spain and Japan

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Argentina beat Colombia to win Copa America

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Argentina beat Colombia to win a record 16th Copa America but the game was marred by the kick-off being delayed by 80 minutes because of trouble outside the ground in Miami.

 

Lautaro Martinez struck in the second half of extra time from Giovani lo Celso’s through ball to secure the win.

 

Captain Lionel Messi was left in tears when he had to be replaced midway through the second half after injuring himself while chasing for the ball – but was celebrating his country’s third successive major tournament at the final whistle.

Kick-off was delayed because of chaos outside the Hard Rock Stadium.

 

Organisers said ticketless fans tried to get into the ground, leaving some fans waiting for hours in the Miami heat for the gates to open.

Fans and police officers and security clashed with several arrests made. Several supporters needed treatment from paramedics.

 

On top of that the half-time break lasted for 25 minutes because of a concert by Colombian popstar Shakira on the pitch, a move that was criticised by Colombia boss Nestor Lorenzo beforehand.

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It was a game of few clear chances in hot, humid conditions, with Colombia’s Jhon Cordoba hitting the woodwork in the first half.

 

Argentina thought they had taken the lead with 15 minutes to go but Nicolas Tagliafico’s effort was ruled out for offside.

 

Martinez would end up as the hero – and win the Golden Boot with five goals.

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