Nominations for Donegal Sports Star Award to open at end of the month

first_imgNominations for the Donegal Sports Star Awards will open on Monday the 24th of October.It is now time for sporting organisations across the county to begin preparing information on significant achievements by individuals and teams in 2016.Remember it’s only successes during 2016 that will be considered. The only exception is school sporting achievements which are judged over the academic year 2015-2016.Nominations for Donegal Sports Star Award to open at end of the month was last modified: October 2nd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boxingDONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDGAAHURLINGRunningsoccerlast_img read more

ALL THE RESULTS FROM THE GAELTACHT LÁIR (FINTOWN) 5K

first_imgGaeltacht Láir 5K Fintown 02-06-12 Place   Time   No.  FirstName  Surname  Category  Club 1            17.08          55  Dominic                Bonner                  SM            Finn Valley A.C.2            17.21          52  Brian                   Ferry                   SM            Letterkenny A.C.3            17.54          42  Michael                O’Donnell              M40+         Individual4            18.09          29  Kieran                  O’Leary                 SM            Individual 5            18.33          22  Eunan                  Doherty                 JM            Individual6            18.50          49  Eoin                    Boyle                   SM            Individual7            18.51          48  Seanie                  McDevitt               SM            Individual8            19.07          47  Shaun Paul             Byrne                   M40+         Finn Valley A.C.9            19.34            8  Cathal                  Ellis                     SM            Individual 10            19.42            6  Kevin                   Toner                   M60+         Letterkenny A.C.11            19.48          78  Martin                  Regan                  SM            Individual12            19.51          38  Paddy                  Ward                   M50+         Individual13            19.59          77  Brendan                McDyre                SM            Individual 14            20.02          79  Darragh                Gallagher               SM            Individual15            20.04          45  Patrick                 McGlynn               SM            Individual16            20.51            7  Ciaran                  Brennan                JM            Individual17            21.01          36  Martin                  Anderson               SM            Finn Valley A.C.18            21.21          74  Colin                   Mooney                 SM            Individual19            21.31          26  Barry                   McMonagle            SM            Individual20            21.39          81  Ethan                   O’Donnell              JM            Individual21            21.52          59  Declan                 Brennan                M40+         Individual22            22.05          27  Johnny                 Ward                   M50+         Tír Chonaill AC23            22.33          69  Denis                   McGill                  SM            Individual24            22.35          54  Declan                 McElwaine             SM            Individual25            22.38          41  James                  Doherty                 M50+         Individual26            22.41          44  Kieran                  Kelly                    M40+         Finn Valley A.C.27            23.04          39  Gloria                  Donaghy                SW           Finn Valley A.C.28            23.25          72  Emily                   Bonner                  SW           Individual29            23.36          75  Nancy                  McNamee              W40+         Finn Valley A.C.02 June 2012 Place   Time   No.  FirstName  Surname  Category  Club30            23.41          40  Brian                   Duffy                    SM            Individual31            24.08          10  Marian                 Kerr                     SW           Letterkenny A.C.32            24.12          83  Ciaran                  Quinn                   JM            Individual33            24.22          73  Gerard                 Donerty                 JM            Individual34            24.42          24  Ultan                   Doherty                 JM            Individual35            24.44          53  Damien                O’Maonaigh            M40+         Individual36            24.49          15  Trevor                  Porter                   SM            Individual37            24.57          50  Aaron                   Gallagher               JM            Individual38            25.41            5  Fiona                   Deasley                SW           Individual39            26.04          58  Donal                   McElwaine             SM            Individual40            26.10          53  Damien                O’Maonaigh            M40+         Individual41            26.10            3  Stacey                  Blake                   SW           Individual42            26.15          76  Liam                    McDevitt               JM            Individual43            26.21          46  Marie                   McGlynn               SW           Individual44            26.24          57  Marie                   McColgan              W40+         Individual45            26.27          63  Michael                McKeown              SM            Individual46            26.37          62  Packie                  Bonner                  M40+         Individual47            27.07          51  Margaret               McGlynn               SW           Individual48            27.27            2  Fiona                   Quinn                   SW           Individual49            28.12          21  Padraig                 Boyle                   JM            Individual50            28.21          80  Leona                   McGee                 SW           Individual51            28.33          23  Margaret               Doherty                 SW           Individual52            29.03          67  Triona                  Coyle                   SW           Individual53            29.10          60  Breid Marie            Solon                   W40+         Individual54            29.11          61  Dympna                Bonner                  W40+         Individual55            29.17          30  Grainne                Duffin                   SW           Individual56            29.39         210  Sophie                  Kelly                    SW           Individual57            29.53          65  Michelle                Greene                 W40+         Individual58            29.56         207  Charlie                 McKelvey              SM            Individual59            30.12          34  AnnMarie              Gibbons                SW           Individual60            30.15          20  Edel                    Ellis                     JW            Individual61            30.23          66  Sarah                   Mullis                   SW           Individual62            30.30          43  Diane                   Byrne                   SW           Individual02 June 2012 Place   Time   No.  FirstName  Surname  Category  Club63            30.36          64  Lorna                   O’Donnell              W40+         Individual64            30.47          37  Carla                   Delaney                SW           Individual65            30.48          31  Marie                   McGill                  SW           Individual66            30.51            9  Linda                   Kennedy                SW           Individual67            30.59          82  Owen                   McGlynn               JM            Individual68            30.59          56  Phil                     McGeehan             JM            Individual69            31.22          68  Colleen                 NíChathmhaoil         SW           Individual70            31.30          35  Marie                   McFadden              SW           Individual71            32.11         224  Declan                 Kerr                     JM            Individual72            32.14         208  Grainne                McMonagle            SW           Individual73            32.26          32  Bernie                  Brennan                SW           Individual74            32.29         230  Patrick                 McMonagle            SM            Individual75            33.18          19  Caitriona               Boyle                   JW            Individual76            33.49          70  Maura                  O’Donnell              SW           Individual77            33.49          71  Peter                   McGee                 M40+         Individual78            33.52         223  Kathleen                O’Donnell              SW           Individual79            34.31          18  Carolyn                McMonagle            SW           Individual80            34.34         219  Roisin                  Rose                    SW           Individual81            34.54          28  Elisha                  Doherty                 JW            Individual82            36.31         222  Dolores                McMonagle            SW           Individual83            37.04         226  Zoe                     Campbell               JW            Individual84            37.05         225  Nabla                   Campbell               SW           Individual85            37.53          17  Lynn                    Porter                   SW           Individual86            38.48          33  Irene                    McFadden              SW           Individual87            39.54         215  Ann                     McGill                  SW           Individual88            41.21         206  Mary                   Gallagher               SW           Individual89            41.21         205  Imelda                  Gallagher               SW           Individual90            43.01         211  Patrichia               McGeehan             SW           Individual91            43.21          13  Fiona                   Gallagher               SW           Individual92            44.57         209  Brenda                 McGeehan             SW           Individual93            45.48         204  Amy                    Gibbons                JW            Individual94            45.49         228  Grainne                Quinn                   JW            Individual95            45.49         227  Rebecca               Wright                  JW            Individual02 June 2012 Place   Time   No.  FirstName  Surname  Category  Club96            46.08         201  Rose                   Molloy                  SW           Individual97            46.08         200  Shauna                 Molloy                  SW           Individual98            46.37         214  Ann                     Brennan                SW           Individual99            47.12          11  Ann                     Quinn                   SW           Individual100           47.12          12  Una                     Brennan                SW           Individual101           47.33          16  Grainne                Porter                   SW           Individual102           47.52         202  Siobhan                McDaid                 JW            Individual103           47.52         203  Edwina                 Rodgers                JW            Individual104           48.08         217  Conor                  McKeown              JM            Individual105           48.58         221  Pascal                  McGeehan             SM            Individual106           49.51         212  Jennifer                O’Brien                 SW           Individual107           49.51         216  Vicky                   Bonner                  JW            Individual108           50.09         220  Catherine              Deasley                SW           Individual109           50.09         218  Denise                 Rose                    SW           Individual110           50.49         213  Claire                  McElwee               W50+         Individual111           51.17         229  Kathleen                Quinn                   JW            Individual112           51.17         231  Mary                   Kells                    SW           Individual113           54.44         232  Aoife                    NiBhoill                 SW           Individual114           54.44         233  Evelyn                  Coll                     SW           IndividualTotal Runners:  114ALL THE RESULTS FROM THE GAELTACHT LÁIR (FINTOWN) 5K was last modified: June 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ALL THE RESULTS FROM THE GAELTACHT LÁIR (FINTOWN) 5Klast_img read more

Cell researcher resigns his post after fabrication

first_img “Based on these facts, the data in the 2005 Science paper cannot be some error from a simple mistake, but cannot be but seen as a deliberate fabrication to make it look like 11 stem-cell lines using results from just two,” the panel said. “There is no way but that Professor Hwang has been involved,” the university’s dean of research affairs, Roe Jung-hye, told a news conference. He said Hwang “somewhat admits to this.” However, Hwang maintained today that he had still created the technology to create patient-matched stem cells as he had claimed in the May article in Science. The investigating panel said DNA tests expected to be completed within a few days would confirm if the remaining two stem-cell lines it had found were actually successfully cloned from a patient. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean researcher Hwang Woo-suk resigned today from his position as a university professor after his school said he had damaged the scientific community by fabricating the results of at least nine of 11 stem-cell lines he claimed to have created. “I sincerely apologize to the people for creating a shock and disappointment,” Hwang told reporters as he was leaving his office at the university. “As a symbol of apology, I step down as professor of Seoul National University.” Earlier today, a university panel of investigators said Hwang’s fabrication was a deliberate deception that has undermined the credibility of science. The university’s announcement of results so far in its investigation into Hwang’s work were the first confirmation of allegations that have cast a shadow over all of his purported breakthroughs in cloning and stem-cell technology. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “This kind of error is a grave act that damages the foundation of science,” the panel said. The South Korean government, which has strongly supported Hwang and had designated him the country’s first “top scientist,” said today it was “miserable” over the investigation’s findings. In a May paper published in the journal Science, Hwang claimed to have created 11 stem-cell lines matched to patients in an achievement that raised hopes of creating tailored therapies for hard-to-treat diseases. But one of his former collaborators last week said nine of the 11 cell lines were faked, prompting reviews by the journal and an expert panel at Seoul National University, where Hwang works as a professor. The panel said today that it found that “the laboratory data for 11 stem cell lines that were reported in the 2005 paper were all data made using two stem cell lines in total.” To create fake DNA results purporting to show a match, Hwang’s team split cells from one patient into two test tubes for the analysis – rather than actually match cloned cells to a patient’s original cells, the university said. last_img read more

Gillespie Set To Compete at ITA All-American Championships

first_imgLast year at the ITA All-American Championship, Gillespie advanced to the second round of the qualifying draw after his 6-3, 6-2 first round win over North Florida’s Jefta Kecic. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake men’s tennis Vinny Gillespie will represent the Bulldogs in the main draw of the Saint Francis Health System ITA Men’s All-American Championship on Thursday through Monday in Tulsa, Okla. ITA Men’s All-American Championships Draws The Bulldogs will use the next two weeks to prepare for the ITA Central Regional Championships on Oct. 19-22 in Minneapolis, Minn. Story Links Gillespie, who is ranked 52nd in the ITA Preseason Singles Ranking, is coming off a strong performance at the Oracle ITA Masters event a week and a half ago. He advanced to the second-round in singles and to the quarterfinal in the mixed doubles draw.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Arcata girls win 5th-straight Big 5 crown with 62-40 victory over second-place Del Norte

first_imgArcata >> With all the talent on the Arcata High School girls basketball team it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Case in point: Tigers junior forward Kaylin Campbell, a solid starter that doesn’t put up the same eye-popping offensive numbers as some of her teammates. After Wednesday’s performance, nobody will overlook her again.Campbell hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points in leading the Tigers to a 62-40 victory over the Del Norte Warriors on Wednesday, earning Arcata an impressive …last_img read more

Photos: Oakland A’s pitcher Mike Fiers throws his second career no-hitter

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.Oakland A’s pitcher Mike Fiers threw the second no-hitter of his career in front of a crowd of 11,794 against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night at the Coliseum.Defensive plays by the A’s Jurickson Profar and Ramon Laureano saved the no-hit bid for Fiers. The A’s pitcher’s first no-hitter came in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers when he was a member of the Houston Astros.last_img

SA set for new weather radar network

first_imgSA weather radar network South Africa is to spend R240-million on a new weather radar network, incorporating 12 new Doppler radars, that will yield better prediction of severe weather, wind and dust movement across South Africa and some of its neighbouring countries. At the completion of the project, South Africa will have a total of 18 weather radar systems. Sonjica said the new radar system will ensure complete coverage of neighbouring countries such as Lesotho and Swaziland. 31 March 2010 The new weather radar network, consisting of 12 Doppler weather radars, will play a vital role in enhancing adaptation tools and products, such as the Severe Weather Forecast project and the Flash Flood Guidance System, that minimise loss of life and damage to property. Source: BuaNews “[W]e must ensure that the Weather Service remains at the cutting edge of meteorological technological development,” Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said in Pretoria this week. The three-year project by the South African Weather Service to upgrade its radar systems – currently over 30 years old – will create a substantially improved weather observation network that meets contemporary needs. The new radars will complement the weather service’s existing infrastructure network of 1 400 automatic weather stations, automatic rainfall stations, a sophisticated lightning detection network, computer infrastructure, satellite receiving equipment and weather radars. Although useful, the existing radars lack Doppler capabilities. With the introduction of Doppler radars, the movement of storms can also be detected, providing better “now-casting” during severe storms. “The new system is world-class, superior to most of the systems used in other Western countries,” she said. “We cannot afford to be left out of the scientific progress that will assist our communities in the long term, especially with the major concerns of climate change now upon us.” The system can also predict the path of a storm and issue warnings to the people in its path. It will also detect wind movement in clear air, as well as movement of dust in the air.last_img read more

Bed Head Superstar, always very pleased with the results

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Camels May Transmit New Middle Eastern Virus

first_imgEver since people in the Middle East started dying of a mysterious new infection last year, scientists have been trying to pinpoint the source of the outbreak. Now they may finally have found a clue in an unlikely population: retired racing camels.The Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) virus has sickened 94 people so far and killed 46 of them. While some patients have clearly been infected by others, there are also cases who have been nowhere near a known patient. So scientists suspect that one or more animal species harbor the virus and are transmitting it to people.Like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), MERS belongs to the coronaviruses, a group of viruses thought to originate in bats. Indeed, researchers investigating the new pathogen have found a closely related virus in bats in South Africa, and they have been able to grow the MERS virus in various bat cell lines. But direct infection by bats is unlikely because humans have very little interaction with them. Instead, researchers suspect that there is an intermediate host.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Now, an international team of scientists has tested the blood of various livestock species, including cattle, sheep, goats, and camels from the Netherlands, Spain, Chile, and Oman. They also tried to get samples from countries that have had human MERS cases, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, says Marion Koopmans, an infectious disease researcher at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands and one of the authors of the paper. But none of those countries cooperated.To find out if the animals had been exposed to the MERS virus, the team screened the blood for antibodies against part of an important protein called spike on the viral surface. In order to ensure that the antibodies were specific to MERS, the scientists also tested the spike proteins of SARS and OC43, a human coronavirus closely resembling one circulating in cows, sheep, goats, and camels.As expected, several animals had antibodies against OC43 in their blood, and none carried antibodies against SARS. But 50 dromedary camels from Oman that were tested all had antibodies against the MERS virus, the scientists report today in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. (This link will be live after 6:30 pm U.S. Eastern time.) “There is something circulating in dromedary camels that looks very much like MERS coronavirus,” Koopmans says. The camels are all female retired racing camels used for breeding, but they belong to different owners in separate locations.”That’s a really important paper,” says coronavirus researcher Matthew Frieman of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. “The fact that 100% of the Omanian camels are positive means that the result is highly significant and likely very real.” Ian Lipkin, a virologist at Columbia University who’s also searching for MERS in animal samples, says that the paper provides “compelling evidence that camelids [a group that includes camels, llamas, and alpacas] may be implicated.” But the search for other hosts needs to continue, he adds.Countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates produce and consume large amounts of camel meat. The authors of the paper point out that huge numbers of camels are imported to the Middle East from African countries as well as from Australia, where the animals were introduced in the 19th century and which now has an estimated 1 million feral camels. (Australia started exporting camels to Saudi Arabia for meat production in 2002.) That raises the possibility that African or Australian bats harbor the virus and camels carried it to the Middle East.That hypothesis needs to be followed up by investigating importation routes, Koopmans says. One possibility would be to study blood samples of imported camels that are taken in some Middle Eastern countries. “Qatar has that kind of collection, I’m told,” Koopmans says. Such samples would be ideal material to find out whether the animals come to the Middle East already infected or only come into contact with the virus once there.More information is also needed on the exposure that infected people had to animals, Koopmans says. A MERS patient from Abu Dhabi who died in a hospital in Germany in March owned racing camels and reported that he had close contact with a sick camel before falling ill, but the affected Middle Eastern countries have shared little information about other patients. A paper about an H7N9 influenza outbreak in China in this week’s issue of BMJ is a good example of the epidemiological data needed, Koopmans says. “Where do they live? Where are the markets? What kind of exposure did they have? That is the kind of information we need to get from the MERS patients as well.”The researchers also found MERS antibodies in 15 of 105 camels from the Canary Islands. Their antibody levels were lower, however, and the finding should not be overinterpreted, Koopmans says. “It may be due to exposure long ago,” she says. Only three of the animals were imported—from Morocco, more than 18 years ago.The researchers didn’t try to isolate the actual virus from the samples, so they can’t be 100% sure the camels were infected with MERS. They had only blood serum available, which is not a good starting material, Koopmans says, and besides, once an animal has high levels of antibodies, “you don’t expect much luck in finding the virus.”But now researchers have a better idea of where to look. One possibility would be to find herds where only some of the animals have antibodies; within these groups, the ones that have not yet developed an immune defense may harbor the virus, Koopmans says. And scientists should also try to get stool or respiratory samples, Koopmans says—”though it may be a challenge to do a nose swab in a camel.”last_img read more

Mesut Ozil shines as Arsenal crush PSG 5-1 in pre-season friendly

first_imgMesut Ozil returned to action after the World Cup for Arsenal as the North London club thrashed Paris Saint-Germain 5-1 in a pre-season friendly in Singapore.Ozil, who dramatically announced that he won’t play for Germany anymore citing “racism and disrespect” for his Turkish roots, scored the opening goal of the game for Arsenal. The German, who was supported and criticised alike for his announcement, looked calm and composed against a makeshift PSG side at the International Champions Cup.Arsenal fielded a relatively strong side with Ozil as their captain as coach Unai Emery looked to take control early against his former employers.Ozil did not need long to stamp his authority on the contest, side-footing past a stranded Gianluigi Buffon in the 13th minute after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had raced clear down the right and sent a pinpoint low cross into Ozil’s path.Welcome home, @MesutOzil1088It’s good to have you back with us #AFCTour2018 pic.twitter.com/NqA9BvBzcjArsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 28, 2018The Gunners were utterly dominant and should have added to their tally, but Buffon showed the brilliance that earned him 176 caps for Italy, saving well to deny Alex Iwobi, Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan when they were all clean through on goal.The French champions offered little in a tepid first-half display, midfielder Azzedine Toufiqui twice curling shots wide of Bernd Leno’s right-hand post before the German keeper stood firm to block Timothy Weah’s powerful shot in the 34th minute.Christopher Nkunku produced PSG’s best moment of the half shortly before the break when the French midfielder jinked past three Arsenal defenders before sending a rising shot just over the Arsenal crossbar.advertisementPSG made a much stronger start to the second half and Nkunku soon tested replacement goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez with a stinging free kick from the edge of the penalty area that the Argentine parried clear with a diving punch.Nkunku was not to be denied from the penalty spot, however, sending Martinez the wrong way with a spot-kick awarded on the advice of the assistant referee after Weah had tumbled spectacularly following a clumsy Sead Kolasinac challenge.The 60th-minute strike was reward for PSG’s endeavour but they were only level for seven minutes as substitute Alexandre Lacazette scooped a sublime finish over Buffon from close range to re-establish Arsenal’s advantage.The Frenchman needed just three more minutes to double his personal tally when Buffon missed a punch as PSG scrambled to clear, leaving an unmarked Lacazette to make it 3-1 with a free header that bounced in off the post.Defender Rob Holding and striker Eddie Nketiah rounded out the scoring in the dying minutes as a rampant Arsenal more than made up for a disappointing penalty shootout defeat to Atletico Madrid in the tournament opener on Thursday.Great workout – that’s what it’s all aboutIt ends Arsenal 5-1 PSG #ICC2018 x #AFCTour2018 pic.twitter.com/kgNVDwqBioArsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 28, 2018PSG, who will welcome back a raft of World Cup players next week, take on the Spanish Europa League winners in the final match of the event on Monday(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more