South Africa blitz Shujaa into second Hong Kong loss

first_imgShujaa dropped to the bottom of the table ahead of the final group match against France who are also winless having lost to Canada.Kok opened the floodgates from a smooth South African move, gliding under the posts after the South Africans started their offense from a well taken line-out. Branco du Preez knocked home the conversion for a 7-0 lead.Shujaa’s crazy tactic to kick the ball upfield saw the South Africans take the lead to 14-0 after winning back possession. From deep in their own half, Kenya kicked the ball up, lost possession with du Preez again touching down under the posts.The South Africans made it 21-0 with Philip Snyman sneaking in a try after they won the ball off a penalty and pressurized the Kenyans to opening up the defense.At the stroke of half time, the returning Dennis Ombacho who has been Kenya’s stand-out player reduced the deficit after Kenya’s display improved with the introduction of Brian Tanga and Sammy Oliech.Some good passing from the Kenyans saw Tanga spread the ball to Ombachi who side stepped his marker before bursting into space and touching down. Oliech failed to add in the extras as Kenya went to half time 21-5 down.At the start of the second period, Kenya had a perfect start Oyoo taking the scores to 21-10 after winning the ball at kick off. Tanga once again was the provider, spraying the ball wide for Oyoo to dot down his 22nd Sevens Series career try.But the South Africans quickly bounced back from kick off, Werner showing some good strength to wade off a challenge from Oyoo to touch down on the left before completing his hatrick with a minute left, having been given so much space on the right.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sammy Oliech breezes past a Chilean opponent during the Las Vegas Sevens in the United States of America on March 4, 2017NAIROBI, Apr 8 – Kenya will drop to the Challenge Trophy having lost their second straight match on day two of the Hong Kong Sevens after going down 35-10 to series leaders South Africa on Saturday morning.The South Africans who have never won the Hong Kong Main Cup sunk in five tries, all converted with Werner Kok hitting a hatrick as the Blitzboke ran over the Kenyans.last_img read more

Bowl pressure cuts both ways

first_imgMIAMI – Go ahead and ask Colts quarterback Peyton Manning about pressure and Super Bowl and how he will handle it. Maybe Lola would know. Manning signed up for a musical theater class in eighth grade, and learned a week later – to his chagrin – that he’d be cast in a play called “The Boyfriend.” His character’s name was Miguel. His tango partner was Lola. “That was some pressure,” Manning said Wednesday. “We have the same amount of pressure,” Grossman said. “I know he gets a lot of attention and it might seem like there’s more pressure, but this is the biggest game of both our lives. No matter what we’ve done in our careers to this point … this is the biggest game of our lives.” Manning said he’s spoken with a number of quarterbacks who possess Super Bowl experience in recent days. He has picked their collective brains as he prepares for his first appearance in the NFL’s biggest game. CBS analyst Boomer Esiason, it turns out, was not among Manning’s brain trust. “My only advice to him would be to talk to quarterbacks that won the Super Bowl,” Esiason said, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, “not the ones that lost.” Staked near the entrance to Chicago’s Super Bowl hotel is a large sign. It’s a to-do list, with three check marks: Play Angry. NFC Champions. Win Super Bowl. There’s a large check mark to the left of each of the first two entries. “I don’t know how the sign ended up here,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “But we won a game, so evidently the person thinks that’s the reason why we won.” The Super Bowl parties will really begin picking up over the next few days, with Playboy, Maxim, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Drew Rosenhaus and Sean “Diddy” Combs among those set to host soirees between now and Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img He survived that play, of course, and now is facing another tango of sorts against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, with an NFL title on the line. Manning, a starting quarterback in the NFL for nine seasons, has spent much of that time trying to shake the notion he’s unable to win “the big one.” As for his counterpart, Rex Grossman? He’s in his first year as Chicago’s full-time starter and perpetually was rumored to be headed for the bench. So while it would seem Manning may be under more pressure to deliver a Super Bowl championship, Grossman said both quarterbacks are in exactly the same place. last_img read more

Award-winner Kagere eyes treble

first_img0Shares0000Kester Shimonyo (SportsPesa), right and Moses Margi (LG Electronics) hand Gor Mahia forward, Meddie Kagere (centre) a 42-inch flat screen television after he was named September SportsPesa/SJAK Player of the Month on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.NAIROBI, October 13- Gor Mahia forward, Meddie Kagere, is determined to help the SportsPesa Premier League champions clinch the treble as he continues to enjoy his purple patch after joining the team at the beginning of the season.The Ugandan-born former Rwanda international has been instrumental in Gor’s unbeaten charge to a third successive league title and was crowned the SportPesa/Sports Journalist Association of Kenya Player of the month of September on Tuesday morning. Kagere won the award ahead of Nairobi City Stars striker, Emrima Sanneh, after scoring two goals and providing three assists as K’Ogalo wrapped their third league crown in succession besides progressing in the Top 8 and GOtv Shield competitions.“I thank my fellow players because I didn’t do this alone. I celebrate this award with my team. September was one of my best and I’m happy I achieved what led to this award.“There is time a player is in top form and scoring comes naturally but it depends on the type of team we are playing against. I’m focusing on the knockout games because our target is to win the GOtv Shield and Top 8.“Winning the Premier League unbeaten was my biggest achievement and I’m hoping we will not lose the remaining two games,” Kagere, whose one year contract lapses at the end of the season, stated.The 29-year-old who has scored 13 this season, believes he can topple Tusker FC forward, Jesse Were’s 19 in the top scorer charts and win the race for the Golden Boot.With K’Ogalo settling for a barren draw with Ulinzi Stars in their first league match in September, Kagere was influential in their next fixture against Sony Sugar, providing the assist for winger, Innocent Wafula to score the winner.It was the result that confirmed a third league title in a row for K’Ogalo.The powerful forward affectionately referred to as ‘Luanda Magere’ went on to score a brace in their 3-2 win over Ushuru FC in the GOtv Shield Round of 32 before netting the opener in their 3-0 victory over Muhoroni Youth in the KPL Top 8 quarters.Assistant head coach, John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla was not surprised when Kagere was rewarded with Sh50,000, a 42-inch LG smart TV and a trophy engraved with his name on Tuesday.“Journalists are doing a good job because they encourage the players to work hard.“With Gor’s splendid performance, I think you should be coming here every month and I’m happy it’s the third time the award is coming to K’Ogalo,” Ogolla, a former Harambee Stars and Gor midfield general said.“We are hoping this will help us improve the league competition and encourage players to work hard. We promise by the ends of the season more awards will be given. The players will be motivated and hope the performance will impact the national team,” LG Marketing Manager, Moses Marji declared.Title sponsor, SportPesa Chief Marketer, Kester Muhanji said, “We are here to nurture and contribute towards talent development. We are hoping to have a grand and better one at the end of the year that will have more awards.”Inaugural winner and midfielder Ali Abondo and Burundian defender, Karim Nizigiyimana are the other Gor players who have bagged the monthly honour.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: ‘£19m’ Manchester United and Chelsea target nets for France

first_imgManchester United and Chelsea target Raphael Varane proved he’s not just a brilliant defender on Wednesday as he scored the winner for France against Sweden.With seven minutes left in the game, which was edging towards a 0-0 draw, the Real Madrid starlet trotted upfield and powered a free header from Antoine Griezmann’s corner beyond the reach of Andreas Isaksson.Adding this prowess in the air to his already numerable defensive skills makes him one of the most promising defenders in the world and it makes the ridiculously low £19million he could reportedly be available for (if you believe certain tabloids), look a real snip.You can see Varane’s impressive header for France against Sweden above…last_img read more

Brodeur up to No. 5 on win list

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Avalanche 5, Maple Leafs 3 : Milan Hejduk scored a pair of power-play goals 34 seconds apart to lift Colorado to its eighth straight win and into a tie for the Northwest Division lead. Rookie Marek Svatos scored his 27th goal of the season, best in the Western Conference, to help Colorado match its longest winning streak since Oct. 10-28, 2000. The Maple Leafs lost their third straight. Islanders 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT ): Oleg Kvasha beat goalie Adam Munro off a rebound at 3:02 of overtime, and Rick DiPietro made 34 saves as New York edged Chicago. Hurricanes 4, Flyers 3 (SO): Erik Cole scored on a breakaway with 3:58 left in regulation, and after a scoreless overtime, Rod Brind’Amour scored in the fourth round of a shootout to lift Carolina to its eighth straight victory. “Every time you pass somebody who made history in hockey, you’ve got to feel pretty good about yourself,” Brodeur said. “I’ve got a lot of accomplishments. If I keep winning and I keep going forward and being focused on what I need to do they’ll be there for me, so that’s nice.” Brodeur has 424 victories to pass Esposito on a career list for the second time this month. The New Jersey star recorded his 77th career shutout Jan. 9 against Philadelphia, good for seventh on that list. Martin Brodeur climbed another rung on the victory list, even if he wasn’t his usual dominant self. After surrendering a three-goal lead, Brodeur finished strong to break a tie with Hall of Famer Tony Esposito for fifth place on the NHL’s career victory list in the New Jersey Devils’ 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. Brodeur made 14 of his 26 saves in the third period. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Confirmed teams! Koscielny starts – Leicester and Arsenal line ups are in

first_img Rob Holding, signed in the summer, again starts for the Gunners 1 Defending champions Leicester City host Arsenal at the King Power Stadium this evening, and it’s live on talkSPORT, kick off 17:30 BST.CLICK HERE TO STREAM LIVE COMMENTARY OF LEICESTER V ARSENAL IN THE PREMIER LEAGUEMuch has been written over the Gunners’ vulnerable defence at the beginning of the new campaign, of which Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez will hope to expose further.But Mesut Ozil, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud, who were rested in the opening defeat to Liverpool, could be available for selection. And the teams have now been confirmed for today’s meeting.Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Mendy, Albrighton; Okazaki, VardySubs: Hernandez, Musa, King, Amartey, Zieler, Gray, UlloaArsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Holding, Koscielny, Monreal, Walcott, Xhaka, Coquelin, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, AlexisSubs: Ospina, Gibbs, Wilshere, Giroud, Ozil, Chambers, Elnenylast_img read more

Outgoing city leader honored

first_imgWHITTIER – After 30 years, Ruth B. Shannon stepped down Thursday as chairwoman of the Whittier Beautiful Committee. Husband and wife entertainers Howard and Leslie Fisher took over as the new co-chairs at Shannon’s final meeting as chairwoman during a luncheon at Parnell Park Senior Center. Shannon reminisced how she and the late Lee Owens, former owner of the Whittier Daily News, became co-chairs in 1976 of Whittier Beautiful and how Whittier Beautiful became a committee of the Whittier Area Chamber of Commerce during the community’s centennial in 1987. Mayor Cathy Warner presented Shannon with an official city commendation for her long service and Chamber President-elect Christopher George presented her with a gift of appreciation. The committee tentatively changed the schedule of its Whittier Beautiful bus tour, held every two years, from November to February. Shannon said while she is stepping down as chairwoman, she will continue on the committee. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe meeting continued in its normal format with reports being given by committee members. City Manager Steve Helvey said city officials Tuesday will tour the existing Central Library and the police station as part of an ongoing effort to determine how to fund and where to locate those city operations in new quarters. He also reported on the state’s hiatus on allowing Nelles Correctional Facility to be sold to a private developer. Various committee members urged a continued community campaign to convince the state to permit the property to be sold for private development. Assistant City Manager Nancy Mendez reported that while the rate of graffiti in Whittier has continued to grow this year, it is growing at a slower pace. Bonnie Webber gave a report about attractions and modifications of the Central Library’s upcoming “Lunch at the Library” programs for the next several months. Community Services Director Fran Shield announced coming projects in the art-in-public-places program. last_img read more

‘He’s been magnificent’ – Allardyce, Redknapp and Seaman hail outgoing PFA chief

first_img BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ben Purkiss is currently chairman of the PFA, but Taylor tried to oust the 34-year-old by claiming he was no longer eligible for the role having become a non-contract player PFA chairman Gordon Taylor, pictured in 2012, is reported to have received a £2.2million salary in 2016-17 REVEALED 3 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 3 no dice Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Harry Redknapp, Sam Allardyce and David Seaman have rallied together in support of Gordon Taylor, as he prepares to step down as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association.Taylor has confirmed he will resign from his post after 38 years in charge once an independent review of the PFA has been completed.He has been a highly-controversially figure in English football and has faced criticism in recent years for the incredible wages he has earned during his time in the job. REPLY RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won center_img huge blow Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS “In fact, a boy who used to play for me is struggling, he’s got a big health problem and he’s been on a waiting list for two years to get an operation, and I rang Gordon personally and asked if he could help.“He came back, he got straight on to the lad and he’s arranged for him to get the treatment he needs.“One of my old coaches also needed help a few years ago, and he’s always got on the case and done it for me, so I can’t say anything bad about him whatsoever.“You can only take people in life as you find them. Everyone has different opinions about people, but my opinion of Gordon when I dealt with him is he’s been top class.” Taylor is the highest-paid trade union boss in the world. He has reportedly earned more than £20million over the past 12 years, and was said to have been paid an annual salary of a staggering £2.2million in 2017.He has also been accused by many for failing in his duty to protect and aid players after their retirement from the game, with particular focus on the lack of funding for research into head injuries.But Redknapp insists the chief has ‘always come up trumps’ for him whenever he has approached Taylor with a problem.“I’ve never had to use them an awful lot, but whenever I have called Gordon he has always been the same, he’s always come up trumps for me,” the former Tottenham manager told talkSPORT. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “I’m the same as you, Harry,” replied ex-England goalkeeper Seaman.“Whenever I’ve had dealings with the PFA or Gordon, he’s just been brilliant. Like you, I have not had to use them a lot, but I’m sure they are there for a lot of players when they need them.”Allardyce also backed the PFA chief, saying Taylor ‘never shirked his responsibility’ and always tried to help as many people as he could with the resources available to him.Also speaking on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast, the former England manager said: “Gordon has been magnificent. He stands the criticism he gets extremely well in a high-ranking position and he focuses on only what his job is, to help players past and present. 3 REVEALED Gordon Taylor has come under heavy fire for his running of the PFA Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ADVICE “Everybody recently had talked about him in a bad light, but when you look over the many, many years and what he’s set up and achieved as the chief exec of the players’ union, he’s done an absolutely brilliant job. He’s never shirked his responsibility.“It all becomes about funds. Unfortunately you haven’t got enough funds to help everybody. There had to be a line drawn somewhere by the PFA and Gordon, but he would try to help anybody as much as he could.“You’ve also got to remember that when the Premier League started he negotiated ten per cent of the money that came in from the TV, which was one hell of a negotiation. Obviously since then it’s not ten per cent anymore, but they still get a pretty good slice to continue to help players past and present and protect them when they need to.”Listen to Harry Redknapp, David Seaman and Sam Allardyce’s views on Gordon Taylor IN FULL abovelast_img read more

Zaha staying at Crystal Palace, but Hodgson confirms ‘beef’ with the board

first_img LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty Wilfried Zaha will stay at Crystal Palace for at least one more season, but it appears as though all is not well in south London, according to Roy Hodgson.The Ivory Coast international informed the club of his desire to leave for a Champions League club at the start of the summer.However, no sides playing in Europe’s elite competition came in with offers for the 26-year-old and domestic interest soon became apparent. West Ham vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTLeeds vs Nottingham Forest (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Aston Villa (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Arsenal and Everton both made moves for Zaha, but neither side were able to meet the demands of Palace chairman Steve Parish.Indeed, when the Toffees made a cash offer with Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy, the Eagles informed their Premier League rivals they were holding out for close to £100million.And despite Zaha handing in a transfer request on Wednesday afternoon, Palace resisted the urge to cash in.But it seems as though there is real unrest between the player and the board. 1 Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Roy Hodgson has confirmed Zaha will stay at Crystal Palace “Yes, he’s staying, we are pleased about that,” Hodgson said ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.“He’s an important player for the club. We are looking forward to him doing this season, what he’s done for the last two seasons.“He wasn’t really in the right frame of mind today, so I sent him home today which is understandable.“It’s been well documented that he’s wanted to leave but it has not worked out for him in that respect. He’s a professional and has got a good contract with us. He’s very much a player we respect and I believe he respects us.“We expect him to come back and do what he does and we’re looking forward to a season with him again. Everyone here has a good relationship with him. There’s not a problem with that. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:12Loaded: 98.22%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Wilfried Zaha always wanted to join Arsenal and has supported the club from a young age “His beef is with the chairman and owners of the club because he’s wanted to leave and they haven’t received the offer that they think is sufficient to allow him to leave.“He has to come to terms with that, when you sign long term contracts you are expected to honour them and we expect him to do that.“I don’t have any issues with him. Today wasn’t the right day so I’m looking forward to seeing him tomorrow and hopefully he’ll have come to terms with the fact he’s got another season with Crystal Palace.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever.last_img read more

Tommy Wright: Ticket fiasco example of how SPFL treat smaller clubs

first_img“If you do that, people on the outside and people that are involved might respect you a bit more.”The club were also upset at an SPFL video that showed St Johnstone star Michael O’Halloran, the subject of failed transfer bids from Rangers, in a picture mocked up to portray him in a Rangers kit.That incident, along with the ticketing issue, left Wright bemused and he claimed that the league “wouldn’t dare” to act in the same manner with “bigger clubs”.“It’s something that we’re getting used to,” he said. “We know our place and we’re well down the pecking order.“We’re quite adapted to proving people wrong on the pitch and playing to a level that’s perhaps not equal to the size of the club.“We will use every means that we can to motivate the players.“There’s two things that have happened this week: the ticket thing and you have Michael O’Halloran being superimposed on a Rangers kit. I don’t think that’s very fair on St Johnstone.“But it’s ok to do it to a small club. It wouldn’t happen to any of the bigger clubs. They wouldn’t dare do that to any of the bigger clubs.“It’s not just football, in all walks of life when you’re down the ladder a little bit you tend to get trampled on at times.” Tommy Wright has voiced his displeasure with the SPFL, saying bigger clubs than St Johnstone would be treated better by the league governing body.The club learned that they would not be granted further tickets for the League Cup semi-final against Hibernian at Tynecastle just five days before Saturday’s fixture.The Perth club had originally been told they would receive around 500 tickets for Tynecastle’s Main Stand should they sell their allocation for the ground’s Roseburn Stand. However segregation issues have led to those tickets to be handed to Saturday’s opponents Hibernian instead.St Johnstone chairman Steve Brown called the SPFL’s decision “outrageous” and manager Wright added to the criticism. “The chairman’s put a very strong statement out this week and I totally back that statement,” he said.“I think it’s unfortunate that when a promise is made it’s not kept. “The timing of it, if it wasn’t going to happen, the information should have been out earlier. I think it’s another example of the smaller clubs getting the rough end of the stick and it’s something that shouldn’t have happened.“A promise was made and it wasn’t kept. I think in situations like this it should have been dealt with quicker and also, sometimes it’s quite good if someone comes out and says ‘sorry, we’ve made a mistake here’ and hold your hand up.last_img read more