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Arsenal whip six past Blackpool

Theo Walcott was back to his scintillating best with an impressive hat-trick as Arsenal thrashed 10-man Blackpool 6-0 to bring the promoted side crashing back to Premier League reality.

sports Updated: Aug 22, 2010 00:05 IST
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Theo Walcott was back to his scintillating best with an impressive hat-trick as Arsenal thrashed 10-man Blackpool 6-0 to bring the promoted side crashing back to Premier League reality on Saturday.

Walcott scored two in the first half then added a superb third while an Andrei Arshavin penalty and goals by Abou Diaby and Marouane Chamakh piled on the agony for the visitors, who won their opener 4-0 at Wigan Athletic last week.

Blackpool defender Ian Evatt was sent off after half an hour when the score was 1-0 for bringing down Chamakh, leading to Arshavin's penalty.

Gareth Bale got two, the second a superb volley, as Tottenham Hotspur won 2-1 at Stoke City helped by a controversial late decision that the ball had not crossed the goalline that left Stoke fuming.

Bolton Wanderers won 3-1 at West Ham United, Birmingham City beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 and West Bromwich Albion beat Sunderland 1-0.

Argentina pick Zanetti, Cambiasso

Buenos Aires: Argentina coach Sergio Batista put his stamp on the post-Diego Maradona era by recalling World Cup absentees Javier Zanetti, Esteban Cambiasso and Andres d'Alessandro to the national squad on Friday.

Batista, the interim coach hoping to be confirmed permanently later this year, also named Barcelona defender Gabriel Milito in a 23-man squad for a Sept. 7 friendly against World Cup winners Spain at River Plate's Monumental stadium.

Ukraine team coach quits over fixing row

Kiev: Ukraine head coach Myron Markevych resigned from the post in protest on Saturday over the football federation's decision to punish his club Metalist Kharkiv for match fixing. On Tuesday, the Ukraine Football Federation ruled a 2008 match between Metalist and Karpaty Lviv had been fixed and punished a number of officials and players, although Markevych was not implicated.

First Published: Aug 22, 2010 00:03 IST