Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky, making a first start of the season, swept in a second on the break before Charlie Austin set up a tense finale when he converted a penalty with 11 minutes left. Unlike at Liverpool last weekend, Arsenal held on under late pressure to move within two points of Southampton and one behind fifth-placed West Ham, whom they play on Sunday. Arsenal, who had lost only one of their 17 previous Boxing Day Premier League matches, made an electric start and were awarded an early penalty when former Gunners defender Armand Traore tripped Sanchez. The Chilean held onto the ball, and Santi Cazorla, who scored from the spot here against Newcastle, gave way. However, Sanchez’s effort lacked any real pace towards the bottom right corner, and Robert Green got down to make the save. Arsenal’s tempo dropped after the penalty miss, but the home side remained dominant in possession nevertheless as the conditions worsened. Onuoha looked to have wrestled Danny Welbeck to the ground just inside the QPR penalty area, but this time referee Martin Atkinson was not interested. Rio Ferdinand, making his first start since October, pulled back former United team-mate Welbeck to concede a free-kick 25 yards out in a central position and was cautioned. The Gunners were in cruise control following Alexis Sanchez’s 10th league goal on 37 minutes, the Chilean having seen a tame early penalty saved. However, a rush of blood from France striker Giroud at the start of the second half reduced Arsenal to 10 men. The Frenchman charged into Nedum Onuoha, the defender hitting the ground in front of the referee. Press Association Arsenal survived the sending-off of striker Olivier Giroud for a reckless headbutt to beat QPR 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium and close back up on the top four of the Barclays Premier League. Giroud whipped the ball over the wall, but Green made a smart diving save. QPR, who had lost all eight of their Premier League away matches so far, continued to defend deep, with six men sitting around the edge of the 18-yard box. The visitors’ rearguard was, though, breached on 37 minutes. Cazorla pushed the ball out to Kieran Gibbs on the overlap down the left. The defender looked up before chipping a cross back through the six-yard box, where no-one had picked up the run of Sanchez as the diminutive Chilean guided a cushioned header into the far corner. Arsenal were reduced to 10 men on 53 minutes following a moment of red mist by Giroud. The France striker was bundled over by Onuoha on the edge of the area as they chased a long ball forwards. Giroud, incandescent with rage, scrambled to his feet to confront the defender, pushing his forehead into the defender’s face. Onuoha went to ground and the referee, who was right on the spot, reached for his back pocket to brandish a red card. The Arsenal striker, who will now serve a three-match suspension, knew what was coming and headed straight down the tunnel as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger glared on. Arsenal looked to respond by continuing their pressure, but QPR had been handed a lifeline and manager Harrry Redknapp made a change on 62 minutes as Karl Henry was replaced by Leroy Fer and Traore by Junior Hoilett. The Gunners, though, soon doubled their lead. Sanchez made another penetrating run to the edge of the QPR penalty area, where he played in Rosicky on the overlap and the Czech midfielder dispatched a low, first-time shot past Green. QPR then grabbed a lifeline with 11 minutes left after Mathieu Debuchy tripped Hoilett just inside the penalty area, with the referee again expertly placed although replays suggested the defender did get a touch on the ball. Austin made no mistake from the spot, blasting the ball down the centre for his 12th goal of an impressive season. Wenger sent on defender Calum Chambers for the closing stages, replacing Rosicky, and Mathieu Flamini bundled a goal-bound effort off the line as the Gunners battled to victory.
EMPORIA, KANSAS — NIACC men’s basketball player Deundra Roberson has signed with Emporia State University. The six-foot guard was a two-time first-team All-Region XI selection who averaged 20.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.4 steals in 29 games as a sophomore after putting up 16.6 points and 2.2 assists per game as a freshman. Emporia State is an NCAA Division II program based in Emporia Kansas that plays in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. WATERLOO —- There has been no official announcement but the Waterloo Bucks hope to start an abbreviated Northwoods League schedule next month. The collegiate summer baseball league was unable to open the season on May 26th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.KGLO News · 6 – 19 – Dcorbin – 1That’s Bucks General Manager Dan Corbin who says the league will be divided into pods for competition.KGLO News · 6 – 19 – Dcorbin – 2Corbin says pod play will keep travel costs in check.KGLO News · 6 – 19 – Dcorbin – 3The club will be holding a job fair this weekend to fill a number of roles at Riverfront Stadium. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dalvin Cook logged off from virtual team activities with the Minnesota Vikings. He’s no longer willing to participate until he has secured a new contract. His situation is the latest standoff between an NFL team and a star running back. There’s the possibility of several more in the coming year in a league that has steadily driven down the financial value of the position. A person with direct knowledge of Cook’s decision confirmed to The Associated Press he would not report to training camp without a new deal. Cook made the Pro Bowl last season. — high school softball scores from ThursdayCentral Springs 9, North Butler 4Iowa Falls-Alden 8, St. Ansgar 7Osage 3, Hudson 2 MASON CITY — Newman jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings on their way to a 10-2 victory over Riceville in non-conference softball last night. Paige Leininger was 3-for-4 from the plate with seven runs batted in, socking two doubles and a triple. She also picked up the win in the circle, striking out two. Newman is now 4-0 on the season and travels to Nashua-Plainfield tonight. IOWA FALLS — A North Central Conference baseball team has temporarily suspended their season after a player tested positive for COVID-19. The Iowa Falls Times-Citizen reports that Iowa Falls-Alden athletic director Pat Norem notified players and parents on Thursday morning that the season would be suspended for the next 14 days after learning of the positive case. That means the varsity team will not be able to gather or practice until July 1st, with the first possible date the team could resume playing being July 6th. Norem said the player who tested positive for COVID-19 attended the team’s practice on Tuesday. Iowa Falls-Alden played at Clear Lake on Monday night and on Wednesday at St. Edmond. Earlier this week Aplington-Parkersburg cancelled their game against South Hardin after learning some of its players had been exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19. The Waterloo Courier reported that Thursday night’s softball doubleheader between Cedar Falls and Waterloo West was postponed as a precautionary measure after a member of the Cedar Falls junior varsity team had potentially been exposed and was awaiting test results. NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — There will be some spectators in the stands for the two IndyCar races at Iowa Speedway. About 5,000-6,000 tickets will be available each night for the July 17 and 18 races on the short oval at Iowa, where there are more than 25,000 permanent seats. Groups will be separated by at least six feet. There were no spectators for the season-opening June 6 race at Texas, and won’t be any July 4 at the road course in Indianapolis. Spectators will first be allowed the weekend before Iowa, for two races at Road America, a four-mile, 14-turn road course in Wisconsin. UNDATED (AP) — Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sanó says he’s being blackmailed in his native Dominican Republic. The El Nuevo Diario newspaper reported that Odalis Ramos, a lawyer, has accused Sanó and three of his friends of kidnapping, beating and threatening to hang his client. Ramos said the incident took place last month in San Pedro de Macoris. Sanó told the newspaper it’s not true. He said Ramos requested money to drop the accusations. Sanó said the lawyer’s client was involved in a sexual assault of a young relative of Sanó’s. No charges have been filed related to any of the accusations. — high school baseball scores from ThursdayClear Lake 10, New Hampton 2Hampton-Dumont-CAL 18, Central Springs 5AGWSR 3, West Fork 2Lake Mills 7, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 2 TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com — Mason City High baseball vs. Dowling — doubleheader at 5:00 PM
It was a tone of voice I’ve grown all too accustomed to hearing in the classroom. Insolent and obnoxious, it could only have come from a certain creature: The Child Who Knows No Limits. I was enjoying some frozen yogurt at a local store in the Westside, far from the schools in South Los Angeles where I teach, when a boy of perhaps 12 years suddenly screamed out, “I said chocolate sprinkles!” The demand was not accompanied with the magic word and was expressed with the same amount of disdain one should reserve for terrorists. If you can judge people by how they treat those who serve them, well, this boy was a certifiable brat. “Please tell me his father is reprimanding him,” I said to my sister, who, unlike me was facing the proceedings. She shook her head. It turned out that the only adult in the picture was the college-age employee who had committed the unforgivable sin of confusing chocolate sprinkles with chocolate chips. As she told the boy that there was no need to yell, I wondered why his father couldn’t do the same. Instead, the father paid for the yogurt and mockingly thanked the woman in his best mentally challenged voice. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gave his son a high-five the moment they were out the door. I see the answer every day in the classroom: Children with no self-control and an appalling lack of respect for others. Their outward show of defiance is usually a subconscious plea for structure in their lives. Unfortunately, when their dear ones are finally disciplined, angry parents often express more disapproval with the teachers or administrators who “could have let it happen” than with their own progeny. And friends of mine who teach in private schools in more upscale neighborhoods tell me stories of parents of the “let the children explore by drawing on the walls” persuasion who are far more challenging to deal with. This is a problem that crosses class lines. What can be done if parents don’t want to be parents? I’m not sure, but maybe Aerosmith could announce a national tour of bar mitzvahs and birthday parties. In their permanent quest to be cool, parents might experience a moment of self-reflection when, while singing along with their kids to one huge hit from the band, they realize the truth behind these lyrics: “My, my, baby blue. Yeah, you’re so jaded – and I’m the one that jaded you.” Aaron Hanscom, a freelance writer in Los Angeles, has taught in the LAUSD since 2001.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita If only we had been at the Chicago cafe “A Taste of Heaven,” this entire incident might have been avoided. The eatery has been in the national news of late because of a sign on its door reminding “children of all ages” to use their indoor voices when they are – get this – inside. The ensuing boycott of the cafe by overly permissive and indulgent parents reminds me of my students stamping the floor in anger during a time-out. Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that parents are acting more and more childish at a time when they are striving so hard to become their children’s best friends. The tragic irony is that precious childhood seems to have been replaced by premature adulthood. To put it another way: Our kids are losing their innocence all too soon. What’s to blame for this? In a 2004 City Journal essay titled “Who Killed Childhood?” Theodore Dalrymple observed that “overindulgence in the latest fashions, toys, or clothes, and a television in the bedroom are regarded as the highest – indeed only – manifestations of tender concern for a child’s welfare.” This trend reached its apogee late last year with a $10 million bat mitzvah for the daughter of a New York defense contractor, at which performers such as Don Henley, Aerosmith and 50 Cent performed. What happens when children are given everything their little hearts desire? When the only boundaries they are aware of are those they cross on a summer trip to Europe? When they never hear the word “no” or have to utter the word “please”?