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LONDON -- Mesut Ozil scored his first ever hat trick as Arsenal took a big step toward qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 6-0 rout of Ludogorets at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. Marco Belinelli Jersey .The 28-year-old German midfielder capped off an impressive display against the Bulgarian champions to earn the match ball with three goals in the space of 31 second-half minutes. Hes now scored six goals in 10 appearances for Arsenal this season.He looks like he gets the taste to score goals, said Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger, who was celebrating his 100th European victory in charge of the Gunners. We want him to be a provider and a scorer and it looks like hes slowly moving to that better balance.The victory over Ludogorets -- Arsenals seventh in a row -- means that the team is top of Group A of the Champions League at the halfway mark with seven points from three games. Arsenal has a superior goal difference over Paris Saint-Germain, which also has seven points following its 3-0 victory over Swiss side Basel on Wednesday. Ludogorets languishes in bottom place with just one point. Basel also has one point.We were fast and dangerous, added Wenger, whose team is second behind Manchester City in the Premier League standings. We are confident and we must stay focused in every single game.In the early stages of the game, Ludogorets posed a threat to Arsenal from its swift counter-attacking, but Arsenal took the lead in the 13th minute through Alexis Sanchez. Put through on goal by a well-timed pass from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez advanced onto the Ludogorets goal before chipping goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov in style.Ludogorets had chances to level, notably in the 32nd, but Wandersons 15-yard (meter) shot struck the base of Arsenals post.But that was as close as the Bulgarian side got to getting back on level terms. In-form striker Theo Walcott doubled Arsenals lead in the 42nd with a curling shot from 20 yards (meters) that went beyond the reach of the diving Stoyanov.With eight goals in 10 appearances, Walcott has been impressive this season after the disappointment of missing out on the England squad for the European Championship. Wenger said Walcott has become much more resilient and is playing with more freedom.Oxlade-Chamberlain put the game beyond any doubt within a minute of the restart, calmly slotting the ball past Stoyanov from inside the area after a low cross from Kieran Gibbs was diverted into his path.Then it was all about Ozil. The midfielder made it 4-0 in the 56th with another calmly taken goal after a long ball through the middle of the Ludogorets defense by Santi Cazorla.Ozil got his second in the 83rd minute with a side-footed finish from eight yards (meters) out. He capped off his -- and Arsenals night -- with a left-footed volley four minutes later.Brilliant team performance, Ozil said in a tweet after the game. And very happy about my first ever hat trick!Arsenal will now look ahead to a potential group decider against PSG next month. Timothe Luwawu Jersey . Jeff Green scored 13 points and Kris Humphries 12 for the Celtics, who nearly blew an 18-point, second-half lead. Sullingers 20-20 was the first by a Celtics player since Kevin Garnetts first game in Boston in 2007. Garnett was dealt -- along with Paul Pierce -- to Brooklyn during the off-season. Cheap Swingman 76ers Jerseys .Y. -- Jayna Hefford scored the winning goal Friday as Canada survived a scare with a 4-3 win over Sweden at the Four Nations womens hockey tournament. . The Australian is competing in his final season in Formula One and still looking for his first win this year. He will look to end Vettels run of six straight race wins on Sunday. Webber, who is fifth in the championship, earned his second pole from the past three races and 13th of his career. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Andre Drummond has his huge contract with Detroit, and an extra season of waiting seems to have worked out fine.The Pistons finalized their five-year contract for $130 million with the NBA rebounding leader, and they held a news conference with Drummond on Friday. Stan Van Gundy, Detroits coach and team president, said Drummonds willingness to wait a little while before receiving this deal gave the team the flexibility needed to acquire other players.I think it goes to Andres character, his true commitment to the Detroit Pistons -- beyond just getting the contract, Van Gundy said.Drummond was a restricted free agent, but the Pistons were able to keep him with this new maximum contract. Detroit could exceed the salary cap this offseason to sign Drummond because he was already playing for the Pistons -- but if they had given the 6-foot-11 center this deal last offseason, it would have used up valuable cap space.Detroit traded for Tobias Harris during the 2015-16 season and made the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Pistons have also signed free agents Ish Smith, Jon Leuer and Boban Marjanovic this offseason.Van Gundy said the Pistons couldnt have done all that if they hadnt been able to wait on Drummonds deal.We either, number one, wouldnt have been able to do Tobias Harris during the year, Van Gundy said. Or, if we had done Tobias, we wouldnt have been able to add the people that we added this summer.Detroit drafted Drummond out of UConn with the No. 9 pick in 2012, and he made an immediate impact with his size and athleticism. The 22-year-old Drummond led the league in rebounding last season and averaged a career-high 16.2 points per game.Its been clear for a while that Drummond could be a cornerstone for the Detroit franchise -- the type of player thats bbeen hard for the Pistons to acquire via free agency. James Young Jersey. . The question was when this type of contract would get done. There was some risk for Drummond in waiting, but he made it through last season healthy.I wanted to take that chance at making my team better, Drummond said. At the end of the day, the money will be there.Van Gundy said the relationship between Drummond and owner Tom Gores was an important factor in the way the situation unfolded.Its been a pleasure to watch Andre from the time he first came into the league to where he is today, having matured into this incredible talent. Beyond his evolution as a basketball player, its been equally rewarding watching him mature as a young man, Gores said in a statement. Andre has the character and dedication to help our franchise achieve greatness. Im proud of him and his family, the way theyve embraced Detroit and the way Detroit has embraced them.The only major problem with Drummonds offensive game is his sub 40 percent free throw shooting, which has caused Van Gundy to bench him late in games. The league is changing the rules on deliberate away-from-the-play fouls -- owners agreed to extend the prohibition on the fouls from the last two minutes of the game to the last two minutes of each period.Im going to try real hard not to get fined here, Van Gundy said. Ill just say, I dont think it changed a whole lot, and we never counted on it changing a whole lot.Game notes Van Gundy said second-round draft pick Michael Gbinije is still on track to compete at the Olympics for Nigeria despite a sprained right ankle that kept him out most of summer league.---Follow Noah Trister at ;Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '