Sports headlines-April 18 2017 Arsenal back to winning ways

Sports headlines-April 18 2017 Arsenal back to winning ways

Arsenal back to winning ways

Arsenal kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premier League with a narrow victory at second-bottom Middlesbrough. A dull opening was brought to life when Alexis Sanchez’s superb free-kick gave Arsenal the lead just before the break.

Middlesbrough responded soon after the restart when Alvaro Negredo volleyed in Stewart Downing’s pinpoint cross. However, Mesut Ozil secured the much-needed three points for Arsenal with a first-time strike at the near post.

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The win – only Arsenal’s third in their past nine league games – moves the Gunners up to sixth, seven points behind fourth-place Manchester City and with a game in hand.

Alexis Sanchez scores from a sublime free-kick to give Arsenal the lead

Geoffrey Kirui wins men’s Boston Marathon

Geoffrey Kirui of Kenya won the 2017 Boston Marathon, charging past American Galen Rupp around the Mile 22 mark, finishing in dominant fashion. His final time was an unofficial 2:09:37.

The men’s pack shuffled big time in the second half of their race. Around Mile 14, Geoffrey Mutai was in the lead, and then he gave way to Abdi Abdirahman.

Kirui, 24, produced a devastating sprint with four miles to go to settle an enthralling tactical battle with Rupp, the 2016 Olympic bronze medallist.

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Geoffrey Kirui cuts the tape to win the men’s edition of the 2017 Boston Marathon on April 17

Elsewhere Edna Kiplagat produced a jaw-dropping performance to win the women’s Boston Marathon on her debut in 2:21:52.

The 2011 and 2013 world marathon champion has now added the Boston Marathon to her list of titles that includes wins in Los Angeles and New York City in 2010.

Kirui and Edna Kiplagat hold the trophy marking their successes at the Boston Marathon

 

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