LONDON (AP): Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth yesterday, while Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said there was “not any reason” for him to resign despite a 0-0 draw with Chelsea extending his team’s winless run to eight matches. Gabriel Paulista and Mesut Ozil led Arsenal to the top – for 24 hours at least – with goals in each half, while goalkeeper Petr Cech set a Premier League clean-sheet record with his 170th shutout. The victory was an authoritative response from Arsenal after losing 4-0 to Southampton on Saturday. Arsenal are a point clear of second-place Leicester and four points above Tottenham and Manchester City. Leicester can replace Arsenal at the top by beating City today. “We were focused from the start,” Arsenal manager ArsÈne Wenger said. “It took us a while to get going, but (we) were in control of the game and did very well.” UNITED’S ATTACKING DISPLAY At Old Trafford, United produced an attacking display against Chelsea to end their four-match losing run, but missed good chances for a first league win since November 21, against Watford. Juan Mata and Anthony Martial hit the crossbar and the post, while Thibaut Courtois denied Ander Herrera from point-blank range, and Wayne Rooney missed from six yards late on. Chelsea also had chances to score, with David De Gea turning John Terry’s header over the bar, before making an impressive double save from Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta early in the second half. The draw leaves United five points behind the Champions League positions, but Van Gaal, who said he could resign as manager after defeat at Stoke two days ago, was encouraged by his team’s display. “When the players can give such a performance, when there is a lot of pressure, then it is not any reason to resign for me,” Van Gaal told BT Sport. “I shall not do that. It is not a question of staying, it is a question of fulfilling my contract.” Elsewhere, Tottenham won their third straight league match to provisionally go third with a late 2-1 victory over 10-man Watford, while Stoke beat Everton 4-3 with a last-minute penalty from Marko Arnautovic. Tottenham will be dislodged from third if City get at least a draw against Leicester. Also yesterday, Norwich beat last-place Aston Villa 2-0, West Bromwich Albion defeated Newcastle 1-0, and Crystal Palace drew 0-0 against Swansea. West Ham also came from a goal behind to beat Southampton 2-1 and move seventh in the standings, a point behind United.
HOUSTON, Texas (CMC):Reggae Boyz forward, Giles Barnes, scored on his return from injury, but Houston Dynamos conceded deep in stoppage time at the end, as Seattle Sounders claimed a point in a 1-1 draw in the MLS here Sunday.The 27-year-old Barnes, who has been sidelined for the last few weeks with hamstring problems, showed no effects from the lay-off as he put the hosts ahead in the 35th minute at the BBVA Compass Stadium.Houston appeared set for full points with time winding down, but Chad Marshall netted in the fourth minute of injury time to break their hearts.They lie eighth in the 10-team western conference, with five points from as many outings.Barnes said the loss was a difficult one to take, but there were positives to be taken from the defeat.”It’s bitter, but I’m always proud of my team no matter what we do,” said the Jamaican international, who was substituted in the 89th minute.”We controlled the game for most of the parts; it’s just that last little bit, that last per cent we need to get ready, need to get right; and once we do that, we’ll be fine.”- CMC
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC): Jamaica Tallawahs have named South African speedster Dale Steyn to replace Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who has been ruled out of the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) through injury. The 32-year-old Steyn is one of the world’s leading Test bowlers but has already made his mark in the shortest form of the game, claiming 58 wickets from 42 Twenty20 Internationals at an economy rate of 6.71 runs per over. He was a member of the South Africa side at the recent Twenty20 World Cup in India and is currently representing Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League. “It is a great privilege to feature in the CPL for the first time, and I am proud and delighted to sign up for the Jamaica Tallawahs for the forthcoming CPL season,” Steyn said. “The CPL is one of the strongest Twenty20 leagues in the world game and it’s a tournament that’s on the rise.” Steyn will join overseas stars Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara and Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan, along with Jamaican big names Chris Gayle and AndrÈ Russell, forming a formidable squad for this season’s campaign. The 32-year-old Malinga, who has in the past played for Guyana Amazon Warriors, has failed to recover from a knee injury sustained last November.