Sec­ond-tier Black­burn sur­prises Ar­se­nal

The Washington Post Sunday - - WPSPORTS -

Ar­se­nal sank to an­other low Satur­day with a 1-0 loss at home to sec­ond-tier Black­burn in the fifth round of the FA Cup, leav­ing Man­ager Arsene Wenger fac­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of an eighth straight sea­son with­out a tro­phy.

Knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Brad­ford in the quar­ter­fi­nals two months ago, Ar­se­nal was jeered by its fans af­ter Colin Kazim-Richards scored for Black­burn in the 72nd minute.

In 17 sea­sons with the Gun­ners, Wenger had never lost to a low­er­di­vi­sion team. . . .

Lionel Messi scored twice to pass 300 goals for his ca­reer, ex­tend­ing his record-set­ting Span­ish league scor­ing streak to 14 games as Barcelona ral­lied for a 2-1 win at Granada.

Odion Ighalo put the hosts ahead in the 26th minute, and Messi tied it in the 50th when he scored on a re­bound for his 300th com­petive goal for Barcelona. Messi curled in a free kick in the 73rd for his 17th multi­goal game of the sea­son.

Barcelona (21-1-2) opened a 15point lead over sec­ond-place Atletico Madrid (16-5-2). De­fend­ing cham­pion Real Madrid (145-4) is 19 points back, its largest deficit since May 1996. . . .

Amer­i­can for­ward Jozy Alti­dore scored his ca­reer-best 21st goal of the sea­son, help­ing AZ Alk­maar to a 2-2 draw at Roda Kerkrade in the Dutch league.

TRACK AND FIELD

Bernard La­gat re­gained the Amer­i­can record in the in­door two-mile run with an­other vic­tory at the Mill­rose Games in New York.

La­gat, 38, fin­ished in 8 min­utes 9.49 sec­onds at the Ar­mory, low­er­ing Galen Rupp’s mark by .23 of a sec­ond. La­gat now owns the Amer­i­can in­door records at 1,500 me­ters, one mile, 3,000 me­ters, 5,000 me­ters and two miles.

La­gat has won a record eight ti­tles in Mill­rose’s sig­na­ture event, the Wana­maker Mile.

TEN­NIS

A day af­ter se­cur­ing the No. 1 rank­ing, Ser­ena Wil­liams beat Maria Shara­pova for a 10th straight time, 6-3, 6-2, to reach the Qatar Open fi­nal in Doha.

Wil­liams faces Vic­to­ria Azarenka, whom she will re­place at the top in Mon­day’s rank­ings. Azarenka beat Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska, 6-3, 6-3, in the other semi. . . .

Rafael Nadal out­lasted Martin Alund of Ar­gentina, 6-3, 6-7 (7-2), 6-1, at the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, mak­ing it to his sec­ond straight fi­nal af­ter a long lay­off to treat his ail­ing left knee.

The Spa­niard next plays Ar­gentina’s David Nalbandian, who beat Si­mone Bolelli of Italy, 6-3, 7-5, to make it to his first fi­nal since be­ing dis­qual­i­fied for in­jur­ing a line judge at Queen’s Club last year. . . .

In San Jose, Calif., Tommy Haas reached the fi­nal of the SAP Open with a 6-3, 6-4 win over John Is­ner. In his 25th ca­reer fi­nal, the 22nd-ranked Haas, 34, will play Mi­los Raonic, who up­set third­seeded Sam Quer­rey, 6-4, 6-2. ...

Juan Martin del Potro and Julien Ben­neteau won their semi­fi­nals in straight sets and will play for the ti­tle of the ABN AMRO World Ten­nis Tour­na­ment in Rot­ter­dam, Nether­lands.

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