New Delhi, April 16 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the plea of artistic freedom could not be advanced to justify attribution of vulgar and obscene expletives to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.
It said it was the collective responsibility of the nation to respect Gandhi.
"Is it not a collective responsibility of the nation to respect Mahatma Gandhi. You cannot respect an ideal but vulgarise the man who gave the ideal in the garb and guise of artistic freedom," the apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C. Pant said.
SHILLONG, April 16: In yet another case of ostracization, a resident of Umsaw village in West Khasi Hills (WKH) district was thrown out from the village by the dorbar shnong on the grounds that he was practicing witchcraft.
Maksing Wahlang aged around 64 years was also allegedly made to write a letter to the dorbar shnong that it was his personal decision to leave the village.
Three years have passed since the dorbar shnong took this decision to ostracize Wahlang where he is prohibited to enter the village’s territory.
TURA, April 16: Amidst controversy raised over the alleged ‘postponement’ of the elections to the apex body of the Garo Students’ Union (GSU), Chief Executive Committee (CEC), the president of the union, Tengsak G Momin on Thursday has clarified that the apex body of the NGO is still him as president and John Miltu A Sangma as general secretary along with other office bearers.
TURA, April 06: Despite the West Garo Hills (WGH) administration putting up a blanket ban on check gates that had sprung up on the National Highways as well as the PWD roads, some private operators have continued to flaunt the ruling even under the nose of the police department which was supposed to ensure that the ban is enforced.
The Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC) gates in Garobadha and Chibinang, whose operation was banned by the district administration, are still collecting money from vehicles that ply on the AMPT road. Interestingly, the gates now operate without any banners of the GHADC as if to show they do not even exist.
TURA, April 06: Ampati, barely on its feet from the continuous call for shutdown, is set to witness the same once again with the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) refusing to call off its shutdown call within the town. The town will once again go back to its shutdown routine after 5 days of relaxation called by the outfit in view of the Easter celebrations.
The indefinite shut down in the town of Ampati is set to continue from Tuesday after the state government failed to respond to the outfit’s demands.
The outfit further stated that an emergent meeting held between themselves, had made a few resolutions and any one not living up to these resolutions would have to bear the consequences.
TURA, April 06: The Shyamnagar Higher Secondary (HS) School, one of the oldest in the Garo Hills, already in the eye of the storm due to the allegations of fund misuse under the MPLAD scheme, became the focus of attention once again after allegations of illegally appointing a teacher without even an interview being conducted.
The allegations surfaced after job seekers complained of being completely side-lined to make way for one candidate preferred by the members of the School Managing Committee, led by its president Danieldas N Marak.
SHILLONG, April 06: The ever busy and bustling Police Bazaar on Monday took a breather and enjoyed some great dance moves when the students of Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) took to the streets to perform a surprise Flash Mob and started dancing to the famous and popular tune, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.
TURA, April 05: Strong winds, followed by rains and hailstorm in some places, ravaged the whole Garo Hills region causing extensive damage to houses and trees. While there has been no loss of life reported throughout the region, damages totalling lakhs of rupees in various parts of the region have been reported.
Scores of villages in the district of South West Garo Hills (SWGH) have been affected by cyclone that hit the region on Saturday night. Strong winds accompanied by rains bearing hailstones damaged houses, electric poles as well as crops and plantations.
SHILLONG, April 05: The store room of the historic Shillong Golf Course, also known for its scenic beauty, was ýgutted by fire in the wee hours of Saturday night. The reason for the fire is yet to be ascertained though speculations are rife that the cause was explosion of a gas cylinder, even as police is investigating the source of this tragic incident.
TURA, April 05: The state government has at length spoken of the potential that tourism has in getting the state into the world map of tourism. Places like Shillong, Cherrapunji, Mawsynram amongst other have already put the state of Meghalaya into the ‘places to visit’ map of many within the country and outside. However, the neglect of the Garo Hills region, including natural wonders like Balpakram, Nokrek and Siju, is in very stark contrast to what is portrayed by the state government.
Mumbai: Mumbai Indians, the most talked about team in the Indian Premier League (IPL), gear up for the eighth edition of the cash-rich tournament as one of the favourites to clinch the title for the second time.
The 2013 champions are all set to take to the 22 yards under newly-appointed coach Ricky Ponting, whose aggression and experience would be a big plus to the squad.
Last year, led by hard-hitting Indian opener Rohit Sharma, the team reached the play-off stages where they lost to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the eliminator by 7 wickets.
But after the 2015 IPL auctions the team looks more formidable even before the start.
Among the notable buys were Australia’s World Cup-winning opener Aaron Finch, who was bought for Rs.3.2crore. The Victorian, part of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL last season, has played 22 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia and scored 756 runs.
New Zealand’s Mitchell McClenaghan is another crucial purchase. With his ability to pick up wickets, the left-arm pacer is considered a limited overs specialist, who has turned out in 16 Twenty20 Internationals for his national side claiming 17 wickets. Mumbai Indians have done well to get him for Rs.30 lakh.
India’s spinner Pragyan Ojha bowled with guile during the team’s triumphant run in 2013. In the February 16 auction he was roped in for Rs.50 lakh. During his seven-year IPL stint, the Odisha born has got 89 wickets in 91 matches.
The 2011 and 2013 Champions League T20 winners have retained bulk of the team they fielded last year and that allows for continuity. Leading from the front will be Rohit, who would be gunning to better his lacklustre show last year when he managed just 390 runs from 15 games. (IANS)
SHILLONG: Almost after 200 years since the Legendary Khasi freedom fighter, U Tirot Sing began a siege against the invading British forces; as many as 300 archers from 13 Himas (Khasi states) on Saturday got together and unleashed a volley of arrows.
The 4th of April marks the first awakening of the Khasi states against the tyranny of a foreign invader under the leadership of its King, U Tirot Sing (The King of Hima Nongkhlaw).
Observing this day in a befitting matter, the Apphira Archery Committee (AAC) organised its 26th archery competition entitled ‘Ka Rong Biria Ki Hima Ka Ri Hynniewtrep’ at Second Ground, Polo.
“The significance of this event lies not on the competition but on our history dating back to 1829 when our King fought bravely against the tyranny of the British rule,” organising secretary of the AAC and also renowned columnist, Sumar Sing Sawain said.
The event saw the participation of archers from different villages representing their respective Himas. Bows and arrows were not used by the elderly and young archers alone but the same finds its place in the hands of the little ones who performed enthusiastically all through the competition.
A 5-year-old archer who took part in this competition, Shortstar Ranee said that archery is more or less a family sport which is passed on to him from his father, Tailang Nongbet.
“I learned this sport from my father and my elder brothers and this is my first time here in this competition, and like my brothers, I too desire to become a great archer,” Ranee said.
Ranee along with his brother, Wankitlang Ranee (6) were first timers in the competition.
“We were impressed with the way the arrows are shot and the most fascinating part was when the arrows hit its target,” Ranee said.
Ranee was one of the many young archers who performed on this day. Seeing the enthusiasm of these little archers, the AAC have decided to provide them a platform to perfect their skills and also to recommend them to the Sports Authority of India where they will avail not only training but also educational benefits.
“We won’t want the talents of our young archers going waste which is why we have decided to recommend the names of a few talented archers to SAI for further training,” Sawain said.
This event also saw the participation of girl archers hailing from various Khasi States.
As always, the competition started off with a prayer service performed by Kwor Marbaniang (one of the elders of the indigenous Khasi belief, Ka Seng Khasi).
Marbaniang offered prayers to God-‘Ka Mei Hukum’ while seeking his blessing on this day.
It may be mentioned that each team consisted of 2 archers with 5 arrows each. The winning team was awarded with the ‘Stieh Khun’ (a replica of the shield belonging to legendary Khasi chief, U Bor Manik Syiem) along with a cash prize of Rs 23,000 while the runner up was awarded with a cash prize of Rs 3000.
SHILLONG: Led by mercurial Trinidad and Tobago striker Cornell Glen, Shillong Lajong trounced Mumbai FC 6-0 in a Hero I-League clash at the Cooperage Ground, Mumbai on Friday.
The 33-year-old Trinidadian world cupper fired home the north easterners’ first (21’) and fourth (51’) goals, while Penn Orji (25’) and Zodingliana Ralte (47’) scored once each in regular time.
To add insult to injury, Brazilian Ulliams Souza Silva (90+’) and Milan Singh (90+’) came off the substitutes bench in the second half to fire home a goal each in added on time to complete Mumbai FC’s total humiliation.
Lajong now are at the ninth spot in the standings, with 10 points in their kitty.
The most fiercely contested I-League tie
Meanwhile, Royal Wahingdoh FC and Bengaluru FC played out a six-goal thriller at the Kantheerava stadium in Bangalore on Friday. The Hero I-League game ended in a dramatic 3-3 draw as both sides fought hard in what was arguably the most fiercely contested battle in the tournament so far.
The second and third placed teams brought out the best in themselves as a goal-fest saw the visitors rue missed opportunities to secure all three points.
For the Royals Kim Seong-Yong (15th, penalty), Godwin Franco (44th) and Reagan Singh (74th) scored while Robin Singh (39th), Shankar Sampangiraj (58th) and Joshua Walker (70th, penalty) scored for the hosts.
Post the encounter, Bengaluru and RWFC continued at the second and third spots respectively with 21 points each in their kitty.
The match witnessed plenty of drama and the end result was in suspense until the final whistle. Wahingdoh, who had lost 0-4 at home in the reverse fixture, were keen on avenging the defeat and looked the better side for much of the game as they teased and tormented a shaky home defence.
That the Royals held 62 per cent of the possession in the first half and continued to dominate in the second speaks volumes of the effort put in place by Santosh Kashyap’s boys against the most organised side in the I-League. RWFC also had 33 shots aimed at the nets as against only 12 by Bengaluru.
On the other hand, Bengaluru too kept their nerves and come back twice and even take a 3-2 lead only to see the visitors draw level. Though unable to dominate their opponents, the Blues still created several chances.
Kim Seong opened the account for the Royals in the 15th minute, converting from the spot after a penalty was awarded following a Joshua Walker handball.
Just as the half was dying out Bengaluru’s Robin Singh got his name onto the score sheet thanks to a couple of fortunate deflections. The Blues had a flurry of corners leading up to the goal, which Eugeneson Lyngdoh had a huge part to play with a perfect delivery. However, barely four minutes later, the hosts were stunned by a thumping effort from Godwin Franco which saw the visitors take the lead once again.
Anxious to catch up, the Blues showed a lot of urgency in the second-half and eventually drew level when Shankar Sampangiraj, who had just then come off the bench, leapt high to head home Eugeneson Lyngdoh’s curling free-kick.
More drama unfolded as Wahingdoh goalkeeper Prem Kumar conceded a penalty as he hacked down Sean Rooney who had broken through on a long ball. Walker converted to give Blues a 3-2 advantage with still 20 minutes left in the game.
Four minutes later, Reagan Singh made it 3-3 for the visitors with a blistering right-footer after a speedy attack to keep the interest alive. Both teams survived some anxious moments in the last quarter as also the three minutes of stoppage time as the long whistle came as a massive relief for the adversaries. (With inputs from agencies)
Wellington:Martin Guptill has been recalled to the New Zealand Test squad for the two-match tour of England after the top-order batsman finished top scorer at the recent 50-over cricket World Cup.
Guptill, whose last Test was also in England two years ago, scored 547 runs in nine matches at the event co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia, earning him a place in the squad announced by selectors on Saturday.
New Zealand lost to Australia by seven wickets in the World Cup final on March 29.
“This is a stable, established test side but there will be opportunities for contenders,” coach Mike Hesson said on the New Zealand Cricket website (www.blackcaps.co.nz).
“Martin’s a classically styled batsman and there’s really no reason why he can’t be as influential in the longer game as he is in the short,” Hesson added of a player who averages just 29.62 in 31 Test appearances.
Brendon McCullum has been named captain of the 15-player squad but will miss the two warm-up matches ahead of the opening Test at Lord’s on May 21 due to domestic cricket commitments, with wicketkeeper BJ Watling taking charge of those contests.
Paceman Matt Henry is the only player in line to make his Test debut on the tour, the right-armer called up to replace injured all-rounder Jimmy Neesham after also impressing at the World Cup as a late replacement.
“It’s another step up for Matt but we’ve been impressed by the maturity and skill-set he’s already shown in the ODI format,” Hesson added. Fast bowler Adam Milne, who was ruled out of the World Cup due to a heel injury and replaced by Henry before the semi-final against South Africa, has been picked in the limited-overs side along with uncapped all-rounder Mitchell Santner.
Headingley will host the second Test from May 29 before a five-match one-day series begins on June 9, ahead of the only Twenty20 game of the tour at Old Trafford on June 23. (Reuters)
Karachi: Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal on Saturday said he was delighted his eight-month “torture” which saw him suspended for an illegal bowling action was finally over after being recalled to the national side.
The 37-year-old was named to the squad for all three formats of the game for Pakistan’s upcoming tour of Bangladesh, eight months after his action was reported as suspect in Sri Lanka.
Ajmal was subsequently suspended from all international cricket after a biomechanical analysis showed his action transgressed beyond the 15-degree tolerance limit allowed by the International Cricket Council.
“It was torture living without cricket,” Ajmal told AFP from his hometown Faisalabad via telephone.
“I have endured eight months of pain and it was the most difficult time of my life.” Ajmal underwent remedial work on his action with the help of former Pakistan great Saqlain Mushtaq before being cleared following a reassessment test in February.
He was unable, however, to join the national team for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where Pakistan made it to the quarterfinals before being ousted by eventual champions Australia.
“I watched the World Cup on television and for 45 days I wanted to enter the television and play alongside my teammates and do my part,” he said.
“I felt they were missing me as I was always effective in the batting power-plays when I used to pick up wickets and that was missing from our game.”
“I was in regular touch with skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and was always trying to pump him and the other players up through my good wishes, but it was tough to be away from the team,” said Ajmal. Ajmal credited his family and friends for helping him through the ordeal, and voiced hope he would return to the form that made him the linchpin of the Pakistani bowling attack.
“I did my rehab and remedial work with the support of my family, friends and the Pakistan Cricket Board and now I am quite hopeful that I will be able to bowl as effectively as I used to before the suspension,” he said. “I see no problems with my remodelled action as I have done enough work on it.”
Before his suspension in August, Ajmal was ranked the number one bowler in the world in one-day cricket, and has 178 Test, 183 one-day and 85 Twenty20 wickets to his name.
The off-spinner, who admitted Pakistani cricket was going through a difficult phase, nevertheless insisted the country, which hoisted the World Cup in 1992, had enough talent to recover. (AFP)
Shillong: Boys of Gorkha defeated Bigvory by 45 runs in the Second Division Knock Out Cricket Tournament 2015 organised by the Shillong Cricket Association at the SCA Cricket Ground, Polo, on Saturday.
Gorkha scored 165 runs losing 5 wickets in 20 overs, after electing to bat first. Ajay Ram top scored with 84 runs off 67 balls and Sameer Ali scored 43 runs off 37 balls. Mona Prasad took 2 wickets for 22 runs and S.N Ranee took 1wicket for 37 runs for Bigvory.
In reply, Bigvory scored 120 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs.
S.N Ranee top scored with 26 runs off 26 balls and Kamailang Ranee 18 runs off 22 balls. Summit Thapa took 4 wickets for 33 runs and Wasim Siddique took 2 wickets for 15 runs for Gorkha.
In the second match, Y.A.W.S defeated Aparijita by 8 runs.
Electing to bat first YAWS scored 118 runs losing 8 wickets in allotted 20 overs. Vickey Das scored 25 runs off 14 balls and Akhil 17 runs off 16 balls. Nandu Das took 2 wickets for 16 runs and Kunal Dey took 1 wicket for 10 runs for Aparijita.
In reply, Aparijita scored 110 runs losing 7 wickets in 20 overs.
Manish Halder scored 37 runs off 26 balls and Balaji Choudhury 23 runs off 25 balls. Ramesh Sharma and Sumit bagged 1 wicket each for YAWS.
Kuala Lumpur: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal will lose her world no. 1 ranking after her gallant fight against Olympic champion Li Xuerui in the semifinals ended in heartbreak at the USD 500,000 Malaysia Open Super Series Premier badminton tournament, here on Saturday.
World number one Saina squandered a one-game advantage as she lost 21-13 17-21 20-22 to world number three Li in a gruelling semifinal that lasted one hour and eight minutes at Putra Stadium.
Saina, who won the India Open Super Series last week, once again failed to come good against Xuerui, who has now beaten the Indian nine times in 11 meetings.
The girl from Hyderabad, who has been on a rampaging run ever since winning the China Open last year, played out of her skin in a match where fortunes fluctuated too often but in the end it was Li, who emerged victorious.
Saina became the world no. 1 for her exploits at the India Open triumph last week and a semifinal finish here will give her 7700 points but Li reaching the finals means the Chinese will regain her no 1 ranking.
Saina, who had beaten Li only on two occasions at the 2010 Singapore Open and 2012 Indonesia Open, started the match on a confident note as she broke off at 6-6 to gradually increase the lead with straight bursts of points.
The Indian led 11-6 at the break and soon moved to 15-7 after the interval. Li’s movement seemed to be a little slow, probably due to the injury she suffered in her right knee. The Chinese tried to reduce the gap but Saina kept her tosses as accurate as possible as they landed just on the baseline. Soon the Indian pocketed the game comfortably to lead 1-0.
The second game was a close contest as lead changed hands too often right from the start after Saina had a narrow 3-1 advantage. After changing to the fast side of the court, Saina found the going tough as Li clawed back quickly and was neck and neck till 10-10, before managing to grab three points at 18-17 to bounce back.
In the decider, Saina grabbed an early 12-7 lead but Li used her height and reach to good effect and soon reeled off five straight points to catch up with the Indian. It then turned out to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller as Saina and Li fought tooth and nail for each point.
Li played some lovely overhead shots and was also good at the nets. The change of side at the break brought Saina back to the fast side and the drift once again affected the game as the match turned into a battle of nerves.
Saina was 19-18 up but Li eventually showed better nerves in a battle of attrition to grab a place at the finals. (PTI)
BARCELONA: Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is fit for for Sunday’s trip to Celta Vigo in La Liga after a scare over a possible foot injury, coach Luis Enrique said on Saturday.
Messi, the top scorer in Spain’s top flight with 32 goals, did not feature in either of Argentina’s friendlies during the international break after sustaining a blow to his right foot which caused swelling and inflammation.
“He is perfectly fine, in perfect condition from what we have seen during training,” Luis Enrique told a news conference.
“Players are used to it and Leo and the rest of the strikers know that it is a part of their career in football,” added the former Spain and Barca midfielder.
“This kind of knock can develop positively so that the pain disappears in two or three days or it can get more complicated.But he has been fine since he arrived back. The knock is still there but he has recovered,”said Luis Enrique.
When they run out at Celta, Barca could see four-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid in La Liga on Sunday. (Reuters)
Players must remain vigilant to avoid fixing menace: Dravid
Ahmedabad: Former India captain Rajasthan Royals mentor Rahul Dravid on Saturday said that the franchise had put in place systems to prevent a repeat of the 2013 fixing scandal, but the players too need to remain on their guard to avoid any kind of shady approaches. “We do follow the rules of IPL strictly. The rules laid down by the ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of IPL). There are some protocols in place. There is a system in place which try and prevent a lot of these things from happening again,” Dravid said during a promotional event at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera. “The IPL took a lesson from the issues of match-fixing and spot-fixing. RR is alert and on vigil and we will try our best to stop such menace. Also there is responsibility of the individuals and they also have to be (on) vigil and alert against such issues,” he said. Three players including the former India pacer S Sreesanth were arrested for alleged role in spot-fixing in IPL in 2013. Sreesanth was also banned for life by the BCCI. (PTI)
United can overtake City and finish second: Mata
Manchester: Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata says his team can overtake arch-rivals Manchester City and claim the English Premier League (EPL) runners-up place. Back-to-back wins against Tottenham and Liverpool in the league have put fourth-placed United two points behind second-placed City. “We are one point and two points from City and Arsenal and I think we can do it,” Mata was quoted as saying by BBC on Friday. “We can even be second if we win the direct games against them,” he said. United host strugglers Aston Villa on Saturday, before welcoming local rivals City on April 12. Arsenal visit Old Trafford stadium in the penultimate game of United’s season on May 17. (IANS)
Sunil Narine again skips KKR practice session
Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders’ star spinner Sunil Narine, who underwent a repeat test for his suspect bowling action in Chennai, skipped the Indian Premier League (IPL) team’s practice session for the second consecutive day on Saturday. Narine, who checked in the city on Thursday after his test at the International Cricket Council (ICC) accredited centre, Sri Ramachandra University for his suspect action, was missing on the turf as his teammates led by skipper Gautam Gambhir slogged hard at the Eden Gardens nets. “He has skipped the nets not because he is barred or anything like that. Since it’s an optional practice, and probably he is jet lagged. So he chose to give it a miss,” a KKR official said. Both the KKR official and a Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) office bearer refused to comment about the outcome of the test, whose report is yet to be submitted to the BCCI. The West Indies cricketer was banned during 2014 Champions League Twenty20 for suspect bowling action. He has been cleared by the ICC after he underwent a test at the University of Loughborough last month. But the BCCI insisted that he undergo another test in Chennai. KKR have been on the warpath with the BCCI on the issue, and threatened to pull out of the IPL if Narine was not allowed to play. (IANS)
Indonesia settles Olympics logo row ahead of Asian Games
Jakarta: An Indonesian sports body has agreed to stop using the Olympic rings logo, an official said, after the country faced the threat of losing the right to host the 2018 Asian Games. The International Olympic Committee sent a letter in January warning Indonesia that it could lose its role in IOC-sanctioned events, including the Asian Games, after the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) used the interlocking Olympic rings as its symbol. After legal wranglings over the use of the symbol, KONI relented this week and said it was looking for a new logo different to the Olympic rings design. “We have formed a working group to re-design our logo,” said Tono Suratman, the head of KONI. The Olympic Council of Asia in September approved Indonesia as the hosts of the Asian Games, after Vietnam decided to withdraw due to rising costs. The Indonesian Olympic Committee (KOI), which as an IOC national committee member is allowed to use the Olympics logo, welcomed the move. “By KONI dropping the IOC logo, all sports stakeholders in Indonesia can work together to host the 2018 Asian Games and use this event for the revival of Indonesia’s sports development,” said Ade Lukman, head of the sports commission of KOI. The 17th Asian Games took place in South Korea last year. (AFP)
LONDON: Arsenal delivered a brutal lesson in fast-paced Premier League football to beat Liverpool 4-1 on Saturday, maintaining their faint title aspirations and almost certainly dashing their opponents’ hopes of a top-four finish.
While Liverpool’s defending was catastrophic at times, Arsenal fizzed with intent and three goals in eight first-half minutes from Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and a late curler from Olivier Giroud secured a 10th Premier League win in 11 matches.
That moved them above Manchester City into second place on 63 points, four behind leaders Chelsea, who will be looking over their shoulders at their in-form London rivals even though Jose Mourinho’s side have two games in hand.
Fifth-placed Liverpool, who netted a penalty through Jordan Henderson before Giroud’s effort, now look out of the running in the battle for Champions League qualification after a second consecutive defeat.
A miserable afternoon for the visitors was capped off by a late red card for Emre Can and the result meant the gap to fourth place could be extended to eight points if Manchester United beat Aston Villa later on Saturday.
While much of the pre-match debate had focused on Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling’s on-going contract impasse, within minutes of kickoff it was clear that more pressing issues lay with the visitors’ defence.
Liverpool’s back-three spent the opening minutes regularly gifting the ball to the hosts in dangerous areas and their only chance of the half was inexplicably wasted by Lazar Markovic, who tried and failed to pass to Sterling when through on goal.
The breakthrough came after 37 minutes when Bellerin was allowed time to cut inside the Liverpool box before curling a superb finish past Simon Mignolet.
Given their defending on the day it seemed remarkable that it was the first goal Liverpool had conceded on the road in more than nine hours after keeping six successive clean sheets. Arsenal doubled the lead two minutes later when Ozil stepped up to curl a free kick around the wall and into the net and Sanchez smashed home from outside the box to make it 3-0. (Reuters)