Second-tier Blackburn surprises Arsenal
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.
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.