Arsenal ended Leicester City’s brief stay at the top of the Premier League on Sunday despite being held to a 0-0 draw at Stoke City after Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney struck late for a 1-0 win at Liverpool.Arsenal moved ahead of Leicester City, who drew 1-1 at Aston Villa to take first place on Saturday. Both teams have 44 points from 22 matches but the London side’s goal difference is three better than the Foxes.Manchester United also moved up the table from sixth to fifth after Rooney’s 78th minute volley gave them victory at arch-rivals Liverpool in a drab north-west derby which improved slightly after the break following a poor first half.Rooney struck after a header by Marouane Fellaini rebounded straight to him off the bar and the United skipper gave keeper Simon Mignolet no chance with his ferocious strike.Arsenal, who have not won at Stoke for six years, came close to scoring three times but were thwarted by Jack Butland who made important saves from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud, twice. Arsenal keeper Petr Cech, the Man of the Match, was far busier in the second half, denying Marko Arnautovic twice, Bojan Krcic and Joselu as Stoke poured forward looking for a third successive home league win over the Gunners.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
The high-stakes drama of last season’s postseason division series was long passed, the champagne from the visitors clubhouse scrubbed away to the last inch, and the lingering tensions seemingly put at ease, but it was again the New York Mets who dealt the Dodgers a forceful blow in their home ballpark.The teams met for the first time since last October, and the Dodgers fell short against their National League East foes, 4-2.The Mets, who went on to the World Series, eliminated L.A.in the fifth game of the series, 207 days earlier at Dodger Stadium on a go-ahead solo home run by Daniel Murphy.On Monday night, the baseballs again jumped off the Mets’ bats and carried into the outfield bleachers. This time it was early, at the expense of Scott Kazmir, who was not on the mound in their last showdown. He joined the Dodgers as a free agent in the offseason.Curtis Granderson hit the first pitch he saw from Kazmir, a fastball left up in the strike zone, to right-center field for a leadoff home run in the first inning. Kevin Plawecki followed up with another solo shot in the second.Entering the series, the Mets had hit a major league-leading 47 home runs in 30 games.The Dodgers fell back to .500 after their 16th loss, but stayed in a first-place tie atop the NL West as San Francisco lost to Toronto.Kazmir left the game in the top of the sixth inning after he gave up an RBI double to the Mets’ pitcher, Steve Matz, who turned on a first-pitch changeup. The groundball rolled down the third-base line. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The inning was extended after a two-out fielding error from Howie Kendrick let Plawecki reach first base and allowed Wilmer Flores to advance to second.Over 5 2/3 innings, Kazmir gave up four runs after letting 10 batters reach base. He struck out three. It was the fourth time in his eight starts this season that he had not made it through the sixth inning.Matz’s double gave the Mets a cushion and the Dodgers a deeper hole.Trayce Thompson had earlier trimmed the deficit in the bottom of the fourth when his two-run home run traveled 340 feet, falling inside the foul pole in right field. It was the third home run Thompson has hit in his last 10 games.The offense otherwise saw just five hits and continued a slow home start, as the Dodgers have scored 37 runs in 14 games at Dodger Stadium.It did not help that the Dodgers were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position, including 0 for 2 in the eighth inning, when they had runners on second and first with one out.Jim Henderson came into the game to face Yasiel Puig, who struck out, and Thompson, who popped out to first.In their last five-game road trip at Tampa Bay and Toronto last week, the Dodgers averaged 5.4 runs per game, scoring as many as 10 runs against the Rays.