Ivorian Elephants Trudge on Bafana Bafana

first_imgMorocco defeated Namibia 1-0 in Sunday’s Group D opener.Ivory Coast – who left Crystal Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha on the bench in Cairo – enjoyed the better of the openings and would have been disappointed not to go into half-time with a narrow lead.Forward Pepe, who scored 23 goals in 41 appearances for Ligue 1 runners-up Lille last season, rattled the crossbar with a curling free-kick after being tripped on the edge of the penalty area.Kodjia should have put the Elephants ahead moments later after latching on to Hlatshwayo’s poor clearance, but the 29-year-old fired straight at Williams with the goal gaping.Hlatshwayo missed Bafana Bafana’s best chance, heading Sifiso Hlanti’s cross wide of the mark with the score still goalless, while Williams tipped another goal-bound Pepe free-kick over the bar late on.Ibrahim Kamara’s side take on Morocco in their next Group D game on Friday (18:00 BST), while South Africa face Namibia later that day (21:00 BST).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia scored the only goal of the game as Ivory Coast’s Elephants edged past South Africa in their opening Group D encounter.Kodjia latched on to Max Gradel’s precise pass before side footing through the legs of goalkeeper Ronwen Williams.Nicolas Pepe struck the woodwork in the first half, while Thulani Hlatshwayo headed inches over the bar for South Africa with the score still goalless.last_img read more

Okpekpe Road Race Goes Live on SuperSport

first_imgThe sixth edition of the IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race will be live on television across the globe come Saturday, May 12, 2018.“This will be a live coverage with a difference,”Director of Organisation of the Okpekpe race, Zack Amodu, while revealing some of the innovations in this year’s edition, said that all arrangements have been concluded with SuperSport for a live telecast of the first ever IAAF silver label race in Nigeria nay West Africa. “We have sealed an agreement with our broadcast partner SuperSport for a live telecast of the event. SuperSport has been our broadcast partner since the start of the race in 2013 and what we have just done is to ensure the race goes live on television this time around to not only fulfill one of the key requirements of staging an IAAF silver label road race but also to ensure we get more people across the globe who have hitherto been limited by geographical constraint to watch the race live instead of waiting for a delayed broadcast,’Amodu further said, adding that SuperSport is already running the promo as one of its exciting packages sports lovers and non-sports lovers can look forward to in the month of May.SuperSport General Manager, Felix Awogu, confirmed that the race will indeed be live on television on race day.“We are delighted to be a strong part of the race and its success story. Okpekpe 10km Road Race has placed Nigeria on the map of the world and as a sporting destination of choice and we at SuperSport associate with events that have great impact on the lives of the people and the environment,” he said.Awogu assured stakeholders that the coverage of the race will have the usual SuperSport touch of excellence.”We broadcast so many marathon races on our channels. Just last weekend the IAAF Gold Label Paris and the Rotherdam Marathons were live on our channels with road race experts running the commentary. This is what will be done at the Okpekpe race. People at home will not only be watching the race for the $20,000 top prize money on offer but also follow the participants via the accompany commentaries that will give information about the athletes, their weak and strong points, personal and season’s bests as well as their major achievements on the road,” he concluded.The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race will be the first IAAF Silver Label 10km race of the year. It will hold a day before the IAAF Gold Label Tata Consultancy Services World 10K in Bangalore, India.The race is the only road race recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in Nigeria and it is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Tennis: Murray succumbs to injury in Rome

first_imgAndy Murray pulled out of the Rome Masters on his 26th birthday on Wednesday as the Scot succumbed to back and hip pain during a second-round clash with Marcel Granollers.Having lost the first set 6-3, the third seed fought back from 4-1 down in the second set to win a tie-break.But after levelling the match on his second set point, he promptly went to the net to shake hands.Murray, ranked second behind Novak Djokovic in the world, had been seen by the trainer for on-court hip and back treatment after the third game of the second set.The defeat marked the second straight year in Rome that Murray, a 2011 semi-finalist, has gone out early, following a third round exit a year ago.The Scot came to the court with a 2-0 margin over his opponent but never looked to be on his game. Murray now heads to the French Open, starting a week from Sunday, with just three clay wins this season under his belt, alongside as many defeats.Murray was joined on the sidelines on a cloudy day at the Foro Italico by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, with Polish underdog Jerzy Janowizc ripping off his shirt in celebration seconds after clinching the 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) win over the eighth seed.Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov got a free trip into the third round as Madrid finalist Stanislas Wawrinka quit before their meeting with a thigh injury which also bothered him last week.In women’s play, former Roland Garros winner and fifth seed Li Na won a battle with Chinese countrywoman Zheng Jie 6-3, 6-1 while Australian ninth seed Samantha Stosur, the 2010 beaten finalist in Paris, beat China’s Peng Shuai 7-6 (7/5), 6-0.Russian 12th seed Maria Kirilenko beat Varvara Lepchenko of the United States 6-3, 6-1. The 13th-seeded Roberta Vinci kept her home public happy as she beat compatriot Natassja Burnett 6-1, 6-4. Slovak 14th seed Dominika Cibulkova put out US qualifier Melanie Oudin 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. – Sapa-AFPlast_img read more

“Girls Running” – the Most Beautiful Race of the Year at “Vilsonovo Šetalište”

first_imgAt the race “Girls running“, can participate only the ladies of all ages and will take place in September for the first time in Sarajevo. Race will be held on the 22nd September at “Vilsonovo Šetalište”, starting from 18.00 pm. Participants will start in front of the hotel  “Bristol” and run two miles. “We want to invite all the ladies to apply for this race and to show that they are not only beautiful but also strong. Race is for all the ladies, regardless of whether they are already engaged in running or not. Men are certainly welcome, but of course only as supporters “, emphasized Sarajevo Marathon Association, which is the organizer of the race.The first three participants who pass the finish line will win medals, and all other participants will receive a T-shirt created for this occasion.All interested ladies can sign up and they will get a number for the starting race day at the starting area (near the hotel “Bristol”) between 16:30 to 17:55 pm.(Source:klix.ba)last_img read more

Wellington Compost Site to start winter hours on Nov. 29

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Beginning November 29, 2014, the Wellington Compost Site will be open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturdays only, through January 3, 2015.  The facility will be closed Monday-Friday.  The Compost Site will be closed from January 5, 2015 until March 2, 2015.last_img

Sumner County Court Docket: Nov. 20, 2014 report

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury unless specified otherwise. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••Chad Drew, born in 1974, of Wichita was charged with criminal carrying of a weapon, a Class A misdemeanor.On Nov. 9, 2014, Drew is accused of carrying brass knuckles in his jeans pocket when officers were called to investigate for pounding on windows trying to get into the residence at 1312 North A in Wellington.Drew had a court deposition on Nov. 20, at 9 a.m.•••••Mark McClure, born in 1970, of Wellington, was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Christian McCormick, born in 1992, of Wellington, was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.On Nov. 6, 2014, McCormick and McClure angrily fought with each other following an argument over a drink mix packet in the jail. They also engaged in brawling or fighting which alarmed the jail staff and possibly other inmates.Both McCormick and McClure are scheduled for court depositions on Nov. 20 at 1:30 p.m.•••••Dalton Gilmore, born in 1994, of Talala, Okla. was charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.Gilmore is accused on Oct. 25, 2014 of possessing a baggy of marijuana inside a pillow in the backseat of the vehicle where he was sitting and admitted to the trooper it was his marijuana.The case is continued to Dec. 4.•••••Jesse Fox, born in 1993, of Coweta, Okla. was charged of possession marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; transport of open container, a misdemeanor; and failure to affix a drug tax stamp, a level 10 felony.Fox is accused on Oct. 25, 2014 of having several bags of marijuana in his red and white cooler on the front passenger floor of the vehicle he was driving. He also allegedly had several bags containing marijuana and a metal marijuana grinder in the glove compartment of the vehicle.He also allegedly had an open bottle of Gentleman Jack Whiskey in the glove compartmentHe is also accused of possessing more than 28 grams of marijuana within the definition of a dealer and failed to have affixed the official stamps issued by the Kansas Department of Revenue show that tax is imposed by K.S.A. has been paid in full. No tax stamps were affixed to the roughly 90 grams of marijuana in Fox’s cooler in his vehicle.His court is continued to Dec. 4, at 9 a.m.•••••Tina Wheeler, born in 1969, of Wellington was charged with driving while suspended, a Class B misdemeanor; failure to provide proof of insurance, a Class B misdemeanor; possession of methamphetamine of at least 3.5 grams with intent to distribute, a level 2 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia for purpose of distribution, a level 5 drug felony.Wheeler is accused on Nov. 7, 2014 of driving a 1992 Buick Roadmaster on a public road on the 900 block of East K-53 at the time when her driver’s license was suspended or revoked. She also allegedly failed to show liability insurance and unlawfully possessed at least 3.5 grams of meth in the car seat beside her and four other packets of meth hidden on her.She also allegedly had 50 small, clear bags to facilitate and distribute of a controlled substance.Her court deposition was set for today.last_img read more

Saudis to open sports stadiums to women in reform push

first_imgSaudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next yearRiyadh, Saudi Arabia | AFP | Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move opening up three previously male-only venues to families.The ultra-conservative kingdom, which has some of the world’s tightest restrictions on women, has long barred women from sports arenas by strict rules on segregation of the sexes in public.The announcement is in line with powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious reforms shaking up the kingdom, including the historic decision to allow women to drive from next June.“Starting the preparation of three stadiums in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam to be ready to accommodate families from early 2018,” the General Sports Authority said on Twitter.Restaurants, cafes and video screens would be set up inside the venues, the authority added.Last month hundreds of women were allowed to enter a sports stadium in Riyadh, used mostly for football matches, in a one-off event to celebrate Saudi Arabia’s national day.Sunday’s announcement implies that women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed for the first time to attend sporting events inside stadiums alongside men.Under the country’s guardianship system, a male family member — normally the father, husband or brother — must grant permission for a woman’s study, travel and other activities.But the kingdom appears to be relaxing some norms as part of its sweeping “Vision 2030” plan for economic and social reforms as it prepares for a post-oil era.Last month a royal decree said women would be allowed to drive. The kingdom is also expected to lift a public ban on cinemas and has encouraged mixed-gender celebrations — something unseen before.– ‘Moderate’ Saudi Arabia – “First women driving, now stadiums. What’s next? Night clubs?” said one Saudi Twitter user, echoing a deluge of social media comments expressing surprise over the accelerating pace of reforms.In a rare public appearance last week Prince Mohammed pledged a “moderate” Saudi Arabia, long seen as an exporter of a brand of puritanical Islam espoused by jihadists worldwide.MBS, as he is well known, promised his kingdom will return to “what we were before — a country of moderate Islam that is tolerant of all religions and to the world”.His comment, while unveiling plans for a $500-billion development zone, chimes with his public image of a bold liberal reformer in a conservative country where more than half the population is under 25.But his vision for a new Saudi Arabia is fraught with risks and could trigger a backlash from conservatives, analysts warn.“Despite the bold statements, it is important to remember that the dominance of conservative thought since the late 1970’s cannot be quickly reversed,” said analysis firm Eurasia Group.“Ultraconservative and radical elements continue to pose risks.”The government appears to have clipped the wings of the once-feared religious police — long accused of harassing the public with rigid Islamic mores — who have all but disappeared from big cities.Some conservative clerics — who for years staunchly opposed more social liberties for women — have backpedalled and come out in favour of the decree allowing them to drive.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Jose Mourinho says he would not swap Tottenham for any other club

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO would not swap Spurs for any other club in the world.The Special One, speaking after Arsenal axed Unai Emery, was linked with the Gunners before taking over at Tottenham.2 Jose Mourinho couldn’t be happier at Tottenham HotspurCredit: PA:Press AssociationAsked if he would have been interested in the other North London vacancy, Mourinho said: “I’m so happy here I couldn’t even think about the possibility to go to another place.“You can put in front of me any club in the world now, I would not move.”Mourinho was claimed to have held talks with Gunners exec Raul Sanllehi before taking over at Tottenham last week. But the new boss added: “No, no, no. Of course, I never denied, because I never deny things.“But when it was written I was in a meeting with Mr Sanllehi it was not true.”Speaking about Emery’s sacking, Mourinho added: “It’s always sad news when a manager is sacked. I felt it as a kid when my dad was sacked as a manager, I felt it myself when I have been sacked previously.“There’s not one single sacking I’m happy with. So I’m sad, but that’s life.“Unai is a fantastic coach, not happy at Arsenal obviously, but a fantastic coach with a proven record.A little bit of a rest and another big club will come for him and his career will be back on track.“So no dramas mi amigo, keep going and you will get another club.”2Ironically, Mourinho’s predecessor Mauricio Pochettino is among the contenders for the Emirates hotseat.Asked if he relished the prospect of going head-to-head with Poch in North London, Mourinho said: “I never played against Pochettino in my life. Never.LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this year“As a manager, for Man United against Tottenham, yes. Tottenham against Chelsea, yes. But never me against Pochettino.“So if he goes to Arsenal or if he goes to, I don’t know which club, it will never be me against him. It will be me against his club.“So yes, I look forward to playing against Arsenal. I want to play against Arsenal. I know what it means for our fans. But with Mauricio or Emery or Ljungberg or whoever that’s no problem.” Premier League managers give their thoughts on Emery sackinglast_img read more

Jones: Tuilagi can be outstanding

first_imgTuilagi, who last represented England in the 2016 Six Nations, has been named in a 37-man squad that will meet up for a pre-season training camp this weekend.”It’s nice to see him back training and back into it. He was a player who demolished New Zealand,” said Jones of the Leicester Tigers back.”If his motivation and desire is right then he can be an outstanding player for us and add to the depth of the squad.”England will face Argentina, Australia and Samoa in November and are set to rest a number of players who were involved in the recent British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.As a result, further opportunities will come the way of fringe players who impressed as England won two Tests in Argentina in June, in the absence of various Lions representatives.”I think the Argentina tour definitely allowed us to develop the squad,” Jones added.”There were some players that came through that we knew about but probably didn’t realise were as close to being real contenders for a World Cup squad.”We’ve got two years until the World Cup so the next 18 months is crucial in finalising our squad. We’re probably 75 per cent down the road.”Many of the youngsters who starred against Argentina are in Jones’ latest training squad, while 18-year-old Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith is a new call-up.”He’s a good little player, takes the ball to the line, [has] a good pass selection, good running skills and [he is] a tough little guy,” said Jones.”We need another young stand-off and we want one putting pressure on George [Ford] and Owen [Farrell]. He’s the best one we’ve seen so far.” Photo Getty Images: Caption: Manu Tuilagi during an England training sessionlast_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgBolt, Fraser-Pryce miss out on Laureus awardsBERLIN, Germany (CMC):Three-time winner, Usain Bolt, missed out on a fourth Laureus Sportsman-of-the-Year Award as Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic repeated as winner for a second straight year here yesterday.The 29-year-old Bolt was one of four athletes up for the award but lost out to Djokovic, who won three of the four grand slams last year on the ATP Tour last year, to clinch his third Laureus Award overall.Barcelona’s Argentinian striker Lionel Messi and British Formula One ace, Lewis Hamilton, also missed out.Jamaican Bolt is the reigning World champion in both the 100 and 200 metres, having once again dominated at the Beijing World Championships last August.He is preparing for the defence of his sprint titles at the Rio Summer Olympics.American Serena Williams, meanwhile, captured the Sportswoman-of-the-Year Award, defeating Jamaican sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and American footballer Carli Lloyd.WI snub PCB offerLAHORE, Pakistan (CMC):West Indies will play all their games against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates as scheduled after turning down an offer from the host board to contest the two Twenty20 Internationals here. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Shaharyar Khan, said they had requested the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) play the two games here, but the Caribbean body had declined on the basis of security concerns.International cricket has not been played here since 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team bus en route to a game, killing seven policemen and injuring several players.”We wanted the Twenty20s to be played in Pakistan and made an effort, but the West Indies Cricket Board have refused saying they have security fears, so the full series will be played in (the) United Arab Emirates,” Khan was quoted as saying.The Windies are scheduled to play two Tests, five one-day internationals and the two T20s later this year in September and October.last_img read more