66, of Bayonne passed away on February 9, 2018. He was a member of American Legion and of the Army. He is predeceased by his parents, Ted and Anne (nee: Vaszely) Michalski; and his brothers, John and Tommy Michalski. Robert is survived by his wife, Elaine (nee: Dickman) Michalski; his step-daughter, Sherri LaMantia; his brother, Edward and his wife, Bonnie Michalski; his grand-daughter, Alexa; and by his many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Funeral arrangements by DZIKOWSKI, PIERCE & LEVIS Funeral Home, 24-32 E. 19th St.
Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko, just back from an injury lay-off, burst clear on 20 minutes and towards the Arsenal penalty area, only to send a poor chipped effort horribly wide. Sissoko was then somewhat fortunate to only be shown a yellow card by referee Neil Swarbrick for pulling back Giroud as he burst clear just inside the Newcastle half. Justice was served, however, when Santi Cazorla floated in a deep free-kick which bounced through to the six-yard box, where Koscielny stabbed it past Krul to put Arsenal ahead on 26 minutes. The France defender picked up a caution for his celebrations, kicking the ball high into the Clock End. It was almost 2-0 soon after as another good dead-ball delivery from Cazorla was headed goalwards by Lukas Podolski, which Krul turned away at point-blank range. Newcastle briefly threatened to rally when Cheick Tiote drilled a 25-yard effort goalwards, which Szczesny held. It was only a brief respite, though, as Arsenal took control of the match with a second just before half-time. Giroud timed his run to beat a high Newcastle offside trap and raced into the penalty area. Krul was out quickly and twice made a good save, before the ball bobbled out to Ozil at the far post, who gratefully tapped it in. Things could have been worse for the Magpies when Krul beat away an angled drive from Cazorla following lovely footwork from the diminutive Spaniard at the edge of the Newcastle penalty area. It as 3-0 and game over on 66 minutes. Again Ozil was the architect, collecting a pass from Ramsey to ghost down the left side and chip over the perfect cross for Giroud to head home his 15th league goal of the season. The Newcastle fans again vented their frustrations on Pardew, whose relationship with the Toon Army may well have now reached tipping point – many holding banners against the man who not so long ago had taken the club into a fifth-place finish and Europa League. Arsenal fans, though, were left to reflect on their continued faith in Arsene Wenger who, despite a period of intense scrutiny earlier in the season, could well oversee the most successful campaign in a decade. The Gunners are now four points ahead of Everton in the race to secure a top-four finish, with just two matches remaining, as club-record signing Mesut Ozil delivered an inspired display, scoring one and creating another. Newcastle, though, continue their slide down the Barclays Premier League following another lacklustre performance – which left the 2,000-strong travelling support venting their anger on Pardew, whose long-term future is in doubt. Press Association Arsenal showed the greater intent during the opening stages, with an angled drive from Ozil bouncing just wide before Laurent Koscielny stabbed in a deep free-kick from Santi Cazorla on 26 minutes. Newcastle briefly rallied, but were soon chasing the game again and fell further behind three minutes before half-time when Ozil swept home after Olivier Giroud twice had shots blocked by busy keeper Tim Krul. The visitors, who last won on March 22, had a great chance to reduce the arrears just before the hour when Yoan Gouffran sprinted clear, but Wojciech Szczesny was out quickly to save. Arsenal rounded off the victory when Ozil’s inch-perfect cross was headed in by Giroud. The massed ranks of the Toon Army had endured enough and turned on their manager, whose relationship with the hardiest of supporters is now strained at best. Arsenal, though, look all set to finish in the Champions League places again as they chase a place at Europe’s top table for a remarkable 17 straight campaigns ahead of their FA Cup final date with Hull at Wembley. Pardew was back on the touchline after his seven-game touchline ban for headbutting Hull’s David Meyler in March came to an end, but it did little to lift his side as Arsenal started brightly. Ozil was at the centre of things, and saw his angled drive bounce into the ground and fly just wide of Krul’s right-hand post. Arsenal closed in on another shot at Champions League qualification with a 3-0 win over Newcastle to inflict a sixth straight defeat on under-pressure manager Alan Pardew, who returned to the dugout following a lengthy touchline ban.
Home runs: 13 Slugging percentage: .831 Jaw hasn’t dropped yet? How about the 19-game hitting streak she went on from April 2 through May 12 last season? Or her 13 multiple-hit games? Or when she hit home runs in four straight games from April 12-15? Suffice it to say, Peek is expected to lead the Matadors’ offense this season. She insists that she’s not feeling any pressure. “I really don’t think about having to back up what I did last year,” Peek said. “I just go out, work hard and have a good time. “We have a really strong team this year. Our offense and defense are really good and I think we can go far.” All in all, that analysis is spot on. The Matadors scored 14 runs in their first five games this season, which should be plenty for any college softball team. But questions remain in the circle because last year’s ace, former San Fernando High standout Selena Salazar, is redshirting the season because of personal reasons. Fortunately, former Royal of Simi Valley High standout Mercedes Lovato transferred to the program over the summer. Lovato has the skills to become the staff ace – she was 17-11 as a freshman at Illinois-Chicago in 2005 – but the rest of the staff is unproven. Junior Samantha Schroeder was 9-9 last year, but had a 4.83 earned run average. Freshman Amanda Pitzenberger has shown promise, but struggled with her control in three appearances at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., over the weekend. Selden back for Bruins: UCLA has no such concerns in the circle with All-American Anjelica Selden back for her senior season. The 5-foot-9 right-hander was 35-7 with a 1.06 ERA as a junior last season. In her career at UCLA, Selden has always carried most of the pitching load. This year should be no different. But junior Lisa Dodd and freshmen Megan Langenfeld and Whitney Baker are also expected to see time. This year, Selden will be throwing to someone other than catcher Emily Zaplatosch, who graduated in June, but she has a good relationship with senior catcher Jaisa Creps (Valencia High), so the transition should be smooth. Freshman Kaila Shull should also see time behind the plate. Creps is regarded as the superior defensive catcher, but Shull is regarded as stronger offensively, so look for her to get into the lineup in other spots when Creps is catching. The biggest hole UCLA needs to fill is at third base following the graduation of Andrea Duran, last season’s Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year. Former Valencia High standout Ashley Herrera earned the nod at third to open the season, but suffered a serious knee injury in the first game and could miss significant time. Freshman Julie Burney is next in line. Senior Jodie Legaspi, a four-year starter at shortstop, will anchor the infield. Legaspi hit .349 with 15 home runs as a junior. ramona.shelburne @dailynews.com (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! College recruiters weren’t exactly lining up to sign Amanda Peek out of Crescenta Valley High in 2004, but plenty probably wish they could take a mulligan on that now. Some would say Peek “made an impact” in her freshman year for the Cal State Northridge softball team. That doesn’t quite do her justice, though. Frankly, she was more like an earthquake. Name an offensive category and Peek was at the top of it. Batting: .408