AFC Leopards slay Mathare in KPL duel

first_imgThika United’s poor form continued as the relegated bound side succumbed to a 3-1 loss at the hands of Sony Sugar, Nzoia Sugar was held to a goalless draw by Wazito FC while Kariobangi Sharks were stunned 2-1 by a 10-man visiting Zoo FC.Ten-man AFC Leopards found their goals from Wyvonne Isuza and Marvin Omondi while defender James Situma scored the consolation for Mathare United in a lively encounter that saw both sides create many chances.AFC Leopards head coach Radolfo ZapataAFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata heaped praise on his charges, revealing that they had to change their strategy after Isuza was sent off.“My coaching philosophy is attacking and my players just did that today, but I had to change tactics when my player received a red card and my players responded well. I am so proud of my team,” Zapata said after the match.AFC, who were the better side, dominating possession in the better part of the match, were reduced to one man down after Isuza picked a second yellow card on the 62nd minute for retaliation on Mathare’s Ahmad Ahmed.Mathare custodian David Okello was the busiest having to come off his live severally to keep his team on the game.Tusker FC comes off his line to clear danger. Photo/Mathare United FacebookAs early as on the 4th minute, Okello put his body on the line, coming off his line to clear the effort before AFC’s speedy attacker Ezekiel Odera reached on the ball for a fruitless corner.Ingwe’s attacking and quick moves finally paid of on the half hour mark when Isuza stepped up to convert a controversial penalty that saw Okello dive on the right direction to have a touch on the ball but it was too powerful to stop it from entering in.The penalty was awarded after Situma tackled Jaffari Odenyi from behind in what looked from the live broadcast replay as a foul at the edge of the box, but the center referee Yassin Badr pointed at the spot that gifted Isuza his 11th goal of the season.Three minutes later, Mathare squandered a glorious opportunity that could have seen level the scores when Clifford Alwanga failed to get a touch on the ball from a defence splitting pass from Ahmed.Mathare United lost 2-1 to AFC Leopards. Photo/Mathare United FacebookHowever, lapse in concentration from the AFC back-lined cost the team, enabling Situma to make the amends by slamming the ball home on the stroke of half time and see both sides share spoils at the breather.The goals came after Isuza hacked down Alwanga to pick his first yellow card that proved costly to the team. Mathare United captain George ‘Wise’ Owino, coming from injury took the set-piece that found Situma on the right side.Just at they started in the first half, AFC drew the first blood in the last half, forcing Okello to come off his line to rescue Mathare after Isuza’s pass was miscued the Mathare United defence on the 56th minute.But that matted less after Marvin Omondi tapped in an empty net after a fine build up in the midfield where Odenyi exchanged a 1-2 pass with Edward Seda who in turn put Odenyi through, before seeing his effort punched away by Okello but lady luck falled on Omondi was in the perfect position to tap in the second goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards fans along Moi Avenue.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.MACHAKOS, Kenya, Aug 5 – AFC Leopards climbed third on the Kenyan Premier League table following their 2-1 win over Mathare United on Sunday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos County.In other results, Sofapaka climbed up to second in the standing after downing Ulinzi Stars 1-0 thanks to a Umaru Kasumba’s goal in the stoppage time.last_img read more

Ronaldo gets one-game CL ban, free to face Man Utd

first_imgHe risked a potentially lengthy suspension, but instead the 33-year-old will only sit out his team’s game at home to Swiss champions Young Boys next week.Juve then play Jose Mourinho’s United at Old Trafford on Tuesday, October 23, before hosting the English club in Turin on November 7 in Group H.Ronaldo, a five-time Champions League winner, first won the competition with United in 2008 before leaving for Real Madrid a year later.He moved to Juventus in July after nine years in the Spanish capital, and has so far scored three goals in Serie A for his new club.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldo was consoled by his teammates after being sent off in the first half of his Champions League debut for JuveNYON, Switzerland, Sep 27 – Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to face his old club Manchester United in the Champions League next month after UEFA handed the Juventus forward a one-game ban on Thursday.The Portuguese superstar was sent off in the first half of Juve’s 2-0 win away to Valencia last week after a clash with Jeison Murillo.last_img read more

UCLA handles Belmont with ease in NCAAs

first_imgSAN DIEGO (AP) – Once the UCLA Bruins started scoring, the Belmont Bruins never stood a chance. Freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a career-high 17 points and UCLA routed the small Nashville school 78-44 Thursday in a first-round NCAA tournament matchup of similarly nicknamed teams. Ryan Hollins added 10 points for No. 2 seed UCLA (28-6), which won its seventh straight after holding 15th-seeded Belmont to 21 second-half points. Belmont (20-11) had averaged 81.8 points. UCLA’s backcourt duo of Jordan Farmar and Arron Afflalo combined for 15 points. The Bruins of Nashville raced out to their largest lead of the game, 18-12, while UCLA missed 10 of its first 15 shots. The game was tied four times before UCLA recovered with a 23-5 run _ including 13 in a row _ to end the half ahead 35-23. Moute scored seven points and Darren Collison added six. Belmont committed a slew of its 10 turnovers during UCLA’s spurt, including two consecutive by Andy Wicke that led to baskets by Collison. Its shooting also dipped to 35 percent from the floor by halftime. UCLA’s offensive tear continued into the second half, when the Bruins outscored Belmont 10-2 and extended their lead to 45-25. They then ran off 13 straight points for a 60-28 lead as Belmont came up empty on possession after possession. Hare’s struggles epitomized how bad things got _ he tossed up an airball, then missed two free throws. UCLA has held seven straight opponents to 60 points or less. Belmont rarely got a second shot on any possession, and even when it did, UCLA defenders had their arms in the air disrupting shots. The huge lead allowed Howland to clear his bench with about eight minutes remaining. Even then, Belmont couldn’t hang with the West Coast Bruins’ reserves.160Want 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 MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Justin Hare, who came in averaging 15.9 points, Boomer Herndon and Andrew Preston had six points each for Belmont, which had its No. 1 fan, country singer Vince Gill, in the front row. UCLA coach Ben Howland earned his first NCAA tournament victory since taking over in Westwood three seasons ago. Last year, the Bruins lost in the first round to Texas Tech. They advanced to the second round for the first time since 2002 and will play 10th-seeded Alabama on Saturday in the Oakland Regional. The victory was UCLA’s 86th all-time in its 40th tournament appearance, trailing only Kentucky’s 95 and North Carolina’s 88. It was the school’s biggest win since 2000, when the Bruins beat Maryland 105-70 in the second round. Before things got ugly, Belmont didn’t flinch in the early going of its first NCAA tournament appearance. last_img read more

Garamendi has heart-valve surgery

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event SACRAMENTO – State Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi underwent surgery Monday to repair a heart valve after he experienced discomfort while working at his Sierra foothills ranch over the weekend, aides said. Doctors scheduled the surgery for Monday afternoon after finding a problem with the commissioner’s mitral valve, spokesman Byron Tucker said. But there was no word by early Monday evening on the outcome. Tucker, reading a prepared statement, said Monday morning that Garamendi’s surgeon “anticipates a swift and full recovery.” Garamendi, 61, is one of three people running for the Democratic nomination to succeed Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, who is barred by term limits from seeking a third term. 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

Tottenham issue new request on home matches for next season

first_img 1 Spurs would like to play their first home game at Wembley – where they played in the 2017/18 season They thought they would have to ask for their first three matches to be played away from home in order to give them breathing space for the stadium to be ready.But further delays to the construction of their old White Hart Lane home has led to Spurs going back to the league with a new request.Spurs would like to play their first home game at Wembley before playing their remaining 18 home fixtures in their new venue.However, current Premier League rules prevent a side using more than one ground as a home pitch in a season unless they are given special written permission.The club have registered their plea but will have to wait for a verdict headed by the three-strong Premier League board headed by chief exec Richard Scudamore.The board are not scheduled to meet until later in June.center_img Tottenham have requested the Premier League to let them play their first four matches of next season away from their new stadium – including one at Wembley.The club were hoping they would be able to move into their new £750million ground being built in time to fit in with the new fixture list that is being announced on Thursday.last_img read more