Brock Edwards finishes 1-2 in extremely competitive singles field in Class 4A state tournament

first_imgBrock EdwardsSumner Newscow report —  Wellington High School tennis player Brock Edwards finished 1-2 in the Class 4A Tennis Tournament in Topeka. Edwards opened the tournament Friday with a first round victory over Kyle Hutley of Parsons 6-4, 7-5.That pitted him against three-time defending state champion Tommy Hunter of Topeka Hayden and was soundly beaten 6-0, 6-0. That sent him to the consolation bracket where he lost to Auggie Lange of Baldwin 9-5 and was eliminated.  Hunter went on to win the championship to become only the fourth person in Kansas history to win the state title four consecutive years.  “Class 4A had about eight remarkably talented singles players this year and Brock would have had to win his match against Lange and another match against Renton Williams from Andover Central in order to have the chance to compete for a top 12 finish who all received medals,” said Wellington head boys tennis coach Allen Keller. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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76ers coach Brett Brown thrilled to see Ben Simmons at power forward

first_img“He’s so dynamic,” Brown said Monday on a conference call with reporters. “Let’s just talk about running. There’s nobody faster in the NBA. So to always have the ball and dribble it up against five guys . . . to do that dilutes some of his potent weapons.MORE: Brown says no one has worked as hard as Embiid ahead of return”So, watching him fly up the floor, watching him and Joel [Embiid] play off each other, has been a really good look. I think they’ve been fantastic together.”Brown, whose 76ers (39-26) are sixth in the Eastern Conference, added: “You take somebody and say, ‘Here’s the ball.’ It’s not like Ben came in and we had Chris Paul on the team or Damian Lillard on the team. We were young, and really not that good, so it was my decision: ‘You take the ball. We’re going to make you the point guard.’ It’s not like there was an established point guard that he had to bump out.”[And] how has he responded to that? Like a star. Just a mature, ‘Whatever it’s going to take to get this team to be the best it can be with the pieces that we have that can be, I don’t know, just designed into a smooth thing’ . . . that is one of the pieces he has to offer. He’s been great accepting that, and really killing it in the environment that I just said.””We all have the same goal and I feel like everybody has been staying on task to make it happen.” @JoelEmbiid shares an update on the team. pic.twitter.com/uKyYKK6edo— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) July 14, 2020With the 76ers trying Simmons out the four, Shake Milton is set to replace the Australian as the team’s No. 1 point guard. The move also leaves Al Horford on the bench following his struggles since arriving from the Celtics.Milton has averaged 9.5 points, 2.2 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game in 2019-20. He scored a career-high 39 points against the Clippers prior to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent season delay in March. 76ers coach Brett Brown is thrilled with Ben Simmons at power forward as the team looks to change things up for the resumption of the NBA season.Simmons, who is averaging 16.7 points, 8.2 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game this season, is back to full fitness after a back injury sidelined him in February, and now he’s showcasing his ability at a new position after having played as a point guard. “He’s been amazing,” Embiid said of Milton. “He’s been the starting point guard, and I think he has a huge opportunity to help us accomplish what we believe we can.”He’s been doing an amazing job and he’s running the team and we’re going to need him to knock down shots, which he did, before the league got shut down. He was on a roll so we’re going to need him to keep it going. But it’s great.”The 2019-20 NBA campaign is set to restart via a 22-team format at the Disney World complex near Orlando, Fla., on July 30 after the season was postponed due to COVID-19 in March. Philadelphia will return to action against the Pacers on Aug. 1.last_img read more

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What channel is Pelicans vs. Jazz on today? TV schedule, start time for NBA’s 2020 restart

first_imgNaturally, the first game of the NBA’s 2019-20 season restart in Orlando will be presented on a national TV channel, and it will feature one of the game’s most intriguing young players. It works well considering Thursday night basketball has become synonymous with the NBA on TNT.Also in line with the norm in terms of TNT’s traditional NBA game presentation is that Pelicans vs. Jazz on Thursday night is part of a doubleheader, with Lakers vs. Clippers scheduled to follow on the same TV channel. To account for that second game, the start time for Thursday night’s Pelicans-Jazz game is a little earlier than usual. NBA POWER RANKINGS:What ‘Toy Story’ can tell us about every team in Disney bubbleThursday’s Pelicans-Jazz matchup marks the first NBA game since the league suspended its season March 11 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 22 teams were invited to resume the season at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, and each will play eight seeding games before the playoffs are scheduled to start in the same location in mid-August.Utah is safe in the NBA Western Conference playoff picture, but New Orleans, which entered the Orlando bubble a few games behind eighth-seeded Memphis in the West, will need to go on a bit of a roll in order to make the postseason. For the same reason is scheduled the Pelicans to play on national TV Thursday night (Zion Williamson), the NBA probably wouldn’t mind seeing New Orleans surge.Below is how to watch Thursday night’s Pelicans vs. Jazz game, the first in the NBA’s return from its coronavirus delay.What channel is Pelicans vs. Jazz on?Date: Thursday, July 30TV channel: TNTLive stream: Watch TNT | NBA League PassThe TV channel for tonight’s Pelicans-Jazz game is a natural fit for the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season, as TNT is the league’s home for Thursday night doubleheaders. TNT also will show Lakers vs. Clippers later in the evening.TNT is available on all cable providers in the United States, as well as satellite providers DirecTV (channel 245), Dish Network (channel 138) and Orby TV (channel 101).What time does Pelicans vs. Jazz start?Date: Thursday, July 30Start time: 6:30 p.m. ETThe start time for Thursday night’s Pelicans-Jazz game is a little earlier than your typical Game 1 of a TNT doubleheader. The league likely wanted to start the Lakers-Clippers game as early as possible both for viewership reasons and because it’s being played on the East Coast.The 6:30 p.m. ET start time for the Pelicans-Jazz game means it will tip off at 5:30 p.m. in New Orleans’ time zone and at 4:30 p.m. ET in Denver.Pelicans vs. Jazz live streamAnybody who has a cable or satellite subscription can access live TNT programming via the Watch TNT app on his or her mobile device. That should be the preferred viewing method for anybody who has such a subscription but is not able to get in front of a TV.For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are four major OTT TV streaming options that carry TNT — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV and AT&T Now. Of the four, Hulu and YouTubeTV offer free trial options.Below are links to each. SlingHulu (free trial)YouTubeTV (free trial)AT&T NowPelicans vs. Jazz — as well as all NBA seeding games played in Orlando — also will be available to steam via NBA League Pass at a reduced price ($28.99) since there are so few games left in the season. However, games on NBA League Pass are blacked out in local markets.NBA schedule 2020The full 2020 NBA regular-season schedule, including tip-off times and TV channels, is listed below by date.Times and TV channels for the final two days of seeding games have not yet been revealed.July 30GameTime (ET)National TVJazz vs. Pelicans6:30 p.m.TNTClippers vs. Lakers9 p.m.TNTJuly 31GameTime (ET)National TVMagic vs. Nets2:30 p.m.—Grizzlies vs. Trail Blazers4 p.m.NBA TVSuns vs. Wizards4 p.m.—Celtics vs. Bucks6:30 p.m.ESPNKings vs. Spurs8 p.m.—Rockets vs. Mavericks9 p.m.ESPNAug. 1 GameTime (ET)National TVHeat vs. Nuggets1 p.m.ESPNJazz vs. Thunder3:30 p.m.ESPNPelicans vs. Clippers6 p.m.ESPN76ers vs. Pacers7 p.m.—Lakers vs. Raptors8:30 p.m.ESPNAug. 2GameTime (ET)National TVWizards vs. Nets2 p.m.—Trail Blazers vs. Celtics3:30 p.m.ABCSpurs vs. Grizzlies4 p.m.—Kings vs. Magic6 p.m.NBA TVBucks vs. Rockets8:30 p.m.ABCMavericks vs. Suns9 p.m.—Aug. 3GameTime (ET)National TVRaptors vs. Heat1:30 p.m.NBA TVNuggets vs. Thunder4 p.m.NBA TVPacers vs. Wizards4 p.m.—Grizzlies vs. Pelicans6:30 p.m.ESPNSpurs vs. 76ers8 p.m.—Lakers vs. Jazz9 p.m.ESPNAug. 4GameTime (ET)National TVNets vs. Bucks1:30 p.m.NBA TVMavericks vs. Kings2:30 p.m.—Suns vs. Clippers4 p.m.NBA TVMagic vs. Pacers6 p.m.—Celtics vs. Heat6:30 p.m.TNTRockets vs. Trail Blazers9 p.m.TNTAug. 5GameTime (ET)National TVGrizzlies vs. Jazz2:30 p.m.—76ers vs. Wizards4 p.m.NBA TVNuggets vs. Spurs4 p.m.—Thunder vs. Lakers6:30 p.m.ESPNRaptors vs. Magic8 p.m.—Nets vs. Celtics9 p.m.ESPNAug. 6GameTime (ET)National TVPelicans vs. Kings1:30 p.m.NBA TVHeat vs. Bucks4 p.m.TNTPacers vs. Suns4 p.m.—Clippers vs. Mavericks6:30 p.m.TNTTrail Blazers vs. Nuggets8 p.m.—Lakers vs. Rockets9 p.m.TNTAug. 7GameTime (ET)National TVJazz vs. Spurs1 p.m.—Thunder vs. Grizzlies4 p.m.NBA TVKings vs. Nets5 p.m.—Magic vs. 76ers6:30 p.m.TNTWizards vs. Pelicans8 p.m.—Celtics vs. Raptors9 p.m.TNTAug. 8GameTime (ET)National TVClippers vs. Trail Blazers1 p.m.TNTJazz vs. Nuggets3:30 p.m.TNTLakers vs. Pacers6 p.m.TNTSuns vs. Heat7:30 p.m.—Bucks vs. Mavericks8:30 p.m.ESPNAug. 9GameTime (ET)National TVWizards vs. Thunder12:30 p.m.—Grizzlies vs. Raptors2 p.m.—Spurs vs. Pelicans3 p.m.ABCMagic vs. Celtics5 p.m.—76ers vs. Trail Blazers6:30 p.m.NBA TVRockets vs. Kings8 p.m.—Nets vs. Clippers9 p.m.NBA TVAug. 10GameTime (ET)National TVThunder vs. Suns2:30 p.m.—Mavericks vs. Jazz3 p.m.NBA TVRaptors vs. Bucks6:30 p.m.ESPNPacers vs. Heat8 p.m.—Nuggets vs. Lakers9 p.m.TNTAug. 11GameTime (ET)National TVNets vs. Magic1 p.m.—Rockets vs. Spurs2 p.m.NBA TVSuns vs. 76ers4:30 p.m.—Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks5 p.m.—Celtics vs. Grizzlies6:30 p.m.TNTPelicans vs. Kings9 p.m.TNTBucks vs. Wizards9 p.m.—Aug. 12GameTime (ET)National TVPacers vs. Rockets4 p.m.NBA TVRaptors vs. 76ers6:30 p.m.ESPNHeat vs. Thunder8 p.m.—Clippers vs. Nuggets9 p.m.ESPNAug. 13GameTime (ET) National TVWizards vs. CelticsTBDTBDTrail Blazers vs. NetsTBDTBDKings vs. LakersTBDTBDBucks vs. GrizzliesTBDTBDPelicans vs. MagicTBDTBDMavericks vs. SunsTBDTBDSpurs vs. JazzTBDTBDAug. 14GameTime (ET) National TV76ers vs. RocketsTBDTBDHeat vs. PacersTBDTBDThunder vs. ClippersTBDTBDNuggets vs. RaptorsTBDTBDlast_img read more

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Masks mandatory to ride on Mason City city buses starting today

first_imgMASON CITY — Today is  the first day that passengers of the Mason City Transit system are required to wear a face mask or alternative protective face covering. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says the city wants to protect their drivers from the risk of coronavirus.   “This is a very important service to make sure that people are able to move around our community and get to whatever appointments or whatever essential actions they need to do. Many people are still reporting to work and transit is an important component of that. Obviously we can’t have transit operate without drivers, and the most important thing is keeping them healthy and keeping each other safe through using that resource for our community. By making sure everyone is wearing masks, we just add that layer of protection to ensure that service can continue through this pandemic.” Burnett says people will need to provide their own masks to ride on the bus.   “If they aren’t able to get that resource, we’d encourage them to reach out to the city, we’d be happy to try and find them a mask and try to put them in touch with somebody, or reach out to public health and I think they’ll be happy to put them in touch with somebody else.” Burnett made his comments on Mayor Bill Schickel’s weekly social media update. For other questions about the Mason City Transit system, you can call 421-3616.last_img read more

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Leicester qualify for Champions League, eye EPL title

first_imgUnited’s defeat left them 19 points adrift of Leicester, with only a maximum of 18 available from their final six league games of the season.As a result, Leicester are now assured of a top-four finish.This means that, at worst, they will be assured of a spot in Champions League qualifying should they suffer a slump that sees them come fourth, although a place in the tournament proper is the far more likely outcome.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |Premier League leaders Leicester City qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history on Sunday.Leicester’s 2-0 win away to Sunderland allied to fifth-placed Manchester United’s 3-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur guaranteed the Foxes a top-four finish and with it one of the places on offer to English teams in European club football’s elite competition next season.Jamie Vardy’s second-half double at the Stadium of Light powered Leicester, 5,000/1 rank outsiders for the English title before the start of the season, to victory over relegation-threatened Sunderland.And in Sunday’s late kick-off match, United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League suffered a setback when they conceded three goals in six second-half minutes as second-placed Spurs maintained their title bid.last_img read more

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Flying start for City Oilers in FIBA Africa Zone 5 Champs

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp APR 45  KCCA 57Hawassa  43 Patriots 110KPA 108  Gondar 35UCU 108 Horseed 42Equity 70 Don Bosco 48City Oil 93 Savio 46Power 87 ABC 55MenGROUP A – City Oil – Uganda; Patriots – Rwanda; Savio – Tanzania; Hawassa City – EthiopiaGROUP B – Betway Power – Uganda; Gondar City – Ethiopia; A.B.C – Tanzania; K.P.A – KenyaWomen (round robin)UCU,  KCCA,  Equity, KPA,  Horseed , APR, Don Bosco Equity 56 KCCA 51UCU 69 KPA 68City Oil 111 Hawasa 419pm Power v GondarKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A game high 17 points from veteran Stephen Omony set defending champions City Oilers to a winning start as the FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Championships got underway in Kampala on Sunday.City Oilers got their campaign underway with an emphatic 93-46 victory over Tanzanians Savio at the Lugogo arena, as all Ugandan clubs registered victories on day oneThe hosts City Oilers were so dominant that they had a 30 point lead at the halfway point against Savio (49-19).In the women’s event, Uganda’s KCCA set the ball rolling with a 57-45 victory over Rwanda’s APR.Fifteeen clubs from five countries are battling for honours at this year’s FIBA Africa Zone 5 Club Championships hosted by Ugandan giants City Oilers Basketball Club and the sports governing body FUBA.The week-long tournament that started Sunday morning at Lugogo will also serve as regional qualifiers for the FIBA Africa Club Championship finals to be hosted in Casablanca, Morocco in December.FULL RESULTSDay 1 Africa Zone5 Champs 2017center_img Oilers in action at Lugogo. They got a winning start. PHOTO @cityoilersDay 1 SundayCity Oilers ?? 93  vs Savio 46Power 87 ?? ABC 55APR 45  KCCA ?? 57UCU 108 ?? Horseed 42DAY TWO MondayPatriots 79 Savio 50ABC 77 KPA 81last_img read more

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How City Oilers qualified for FIBA Africa Champions Cup 2017

first_imgFIBAShare on: WhatsApp Mayes amassed a game high 21 points while teammates shooting guard Robinson Opong Odoch and center Adarius Pegues added 15 and 14 points respectively to inspire City Oilers.In an exclusive interview with FIBA.basketball, City Oilers head coach Mandy Juruni said, “We assembled a good team that we thought would win this championship but also looking ahead at a team that can compete in Africa. I thought we started a little bit slow but we caught up as the tournament progressed.”“It was very important for the club to win this tournament because we organized it, are the defending champions and we wanted to go back to the FIBA Africa Champions Cup.”The women’s round robin contest was won by Kenya’s KPA.The top two teams will represent Zone 5 at the FIBA Africa Champions Cup Women 2017 set to be held in Angola from November 3-12. City Oilers will make their second straight appearance at FIBA Africa Champions Cup. PHOTO fiba.basketballKampala, Uganda | FIBA BASKETBALL |  City Oilers won their second straight FIBA Africa Zone 5 Clubs Championship trophy after seeing off Patriots of Rwanda 86-59 in the Final on Saturday.The victory saw the Ugandan side book a ticket to this year’s FIBA Africa Champions Cup which will take place from December 8-17 in the Tunisian city of Rades.In a repeat of the last Group A tie, many a fan expected a closely contested encounter as was the case on October 3, but Mandy Juruni’s side had other plans.The home side, who enjoyed the backing of a fully packed Lugogo Indoor Arena, got behind their side who led 22-20 at the end of the first quarter.Patriots tried to stay in the game but the Oilers led by eventual MVP Jordin Mayes were explosive on offense and lethal on defense to hold a 10-point lead at the half time break 48-38.The Rwandan champions tried everything on offense but their shots were off the mark and they paid for it when the Oilers made it count on the other end of the court.City Oilers established a 69-51 lead at the end of the third quarter and when they scored 15 points and limited Patriots to just five in the opening five minutes of the last quarter to lead 84-56, it was evident that the latter had succumbed to defeat.last_img read more

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Woods announces return to action in November

first_imgLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Tiger Woods will make his latest return from long-term injury at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas next month, the former world number one confirmed on Monday.The 14-time major champion has not played since February after a recurrence of back problems which forced him to miss the 2015-2016 season.“I am excited to return to competitive golf at the Hero World Challenge,” said Woods, who also made his last comeback at the tournament in Albany which benefits his charity foundation.Woods is included in an 18-man field which features many of world golf’s elite, including world number one Dustin Johnson and world number two Jordan Spieth.Woods has not played a competitive round since firing a 77 in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.Woods withdrew from the event the next day and underwent another back operation in April, his fourth back surgery in all, that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.Since then Woods has posted videos during his battle to regain fitness, most recently footage of him firing a “stinger” shot with a long iron. During his latest injury layoff, Woods served as a US team assistant captain at the Presidents Cup last month where said he was uncertain if he would ever return to competitive golf.The golf superstar has also battled demons in his private life, and was arrested for driving under the influence in May after being found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz by the side of the road near his home in Florida.Woods, who was found to have five drugs including the powerful opioid hydrocodone in his system, later revealed he underwent professional treatment to help him manage his medications.Woods last week pleaded guilty to reckless driving following the May incident.Under a plea agreement reached in Palm Beach County, north of Miami, Woods will avoid jail time unless he commits major violations of his probation.The plea deal requires Woods to spend one year on probation, pay a $250 fine, perform 50 hours’ community service, and complete “DUI (driving under the influence) school”.Woods, whose 79 career PGA Tour wins are three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record, has not won a major title since the 2008 US Open and has not won any event since the 2013 World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Zambia tops CHAN group B, Uganda 3rd

first_imgUgandan player Muleme in action in the draw with Ivory Coast on Monday. PHOTO CAFMEDIAFT: Uganda  ??  0 Ivory Coast ??  0Casablanca, Morocco | AFP |  Zambia fought back to draw 1-1 with neighbours Namibia Monday and top Group B at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco on goal difference.The Zambians and Namibians, who had already qualified for the last eight, finished with seven points.Uganda and the 2016 bronze medalists the Ivory Coast managed just one following a 0-0 draw in a match played simultaneously.Absalom Iimbondi put Namibia ahead direct from a free-kick on 12 minutes at Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca and Lazarous Kambole levelled off a cut-back on 24 minutes.It was the second goal for striker Kambole in a tournament restricted to home-based footballers, and the first for winger Iimbondi.Zambia will play Group A runners-up Sudan in the quarter-finals in Marrakech this weekend a few hours after Namibia confront Group A winners and title favourites Morocco in Casablanca.A Moroccan team backed by an expected 45,000 crowd are expected to reach the semi-finals at the expense of the Namibians, who have exceeded expectations by reaching the knockout phase.The clash between free-flowing Zambia and well-organised Sudan — countries who have finished third in previous editions of the Nations Championship — is difficult to predict.By failing to defeat Uganda in Marrakech, African football powerhouses the Ivory Coast bowed out without scoring a single goal.Prize Money Winners – $1.25mRunners-up – 700,000Semifinalists – 400,000Quarter-finalists – 300,000Third in the Group – 200,000Fourth in the Group – 175,000 Group BNamibia 1 (Iimbondi 12) Zambia 1 (Kambole 24)Ivory Coast 0 Uganda 0Final standings Zambia 3 2 1 0 6 2 7 – qualifiedNamibia 3 2 1 0 3 1 7 – qualifiedUganda 3 0 1 2 1 4 1Ivory Coast 3 0 1 2 0 3 1Note: Zambia play Sudan in Marrakech and Namibia meet Morocco in Casablanca this Saturday in the quarter-finalsShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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KCCA, Gor Mahia eye historic triumphs in CAF Champions League

first_imgKCCA’s young turks a step from big stage for club. PHOTO KCCA FC MEDIALugogo, SATURDAY 4PM:  ?? KCCA FC vs St. George ??  (1st leg 0-0)Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Botswana, Kenya, Swaziland, Togo and Uganda could have representatives in the lucrative CAF Champions League group stage for the first time after the last-32 second legs this weekend.Township Rollers of Botswana and Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland play at home holding 2-1 leads while Port of Togo travel with a 2-0 advantage.KCCA of Uganda and Kenyan side Gor Mahia both drew 0-0 in the first legs with the Kampala outfit at home and the Nairobi club away in the return matches.AFP Sport sets the scene as the five clubs seek places in the 16-club mini-league phase, where prize money of at least $550,000 (450,000 euros) kicks in.KCCAAfter coming tantalisingly close to making the last 16 a year ago, Kampala Capital City Authority are well-placed to go one step further after holding Saint George 0-0 in Ethiopia.Kampala Capital City Authority FC has held fancied St.George of Ethiopia to a goalless draw on Wednedsay in the CAF Champions League.The draw brought an end to successive away defeats on the continent the Kampala side in the past year, and puts them in a strong position to advance at home, where they have a perfect win record.Ugandan coach Mike Mutebi has three wishes: “We must draw a capacity crowd to our stadium, play attractive football and win the match.”Standing in KCCA’s way is an Ethiopian side that has always had high continental ambitions guided by Ugandan goalkeeper Robert Odongkara. The team are struggling to get back to their renown form after the arrival of a new coach, Portuguese Manuel Vaz Pinto. A result away in Kampala could announce their return to form. St George players take a break after training at Lugogo.  PHOTO ST GEORGE MEDIAGoalkeeper OdongkaraGor MahiaMalta-born coach Dylan Kerr is convinced Gor can create history despite being held 0-0 at home by two-time Champions League title-holders Esperance of Tunisia.“I walked up to my players after the first leg and told them that if they perform as well in Tunisia, we will qualify for the group stage,” he said.SwallowsSwallows last year became the first Swazi club to reach the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup group phase and more history beckons after shocking Zanaco 2-1 in Zambia.But home advantage is no guarantee of success as they slumped 3-1 to Lesotho visitors Bantu in the preliminary round having established a 4-2 lead on the road.PortAfter surprising 2012 CAF Confederation Cup winners AC Leopards of Congo Brazzaville last month, Port have a bigger scalp, twice Champions League runners-up Al Hilal of Sudan, in their sights.Hilal are used to comeback victories, however, as they lost away to LISCR of Liberia last month only to bounce back with a Mohammed Bashir brace inspiring a 3-0 triumph.RollersBotswana clubs have traditionally been CAF pushovers, making the achievements of Rollers in eliminating Al Merrikh of Sudan and defeating Young Africans in Tanzania remarkable.Serb coach Nikola Kavazovic is highly ambitious and looking beyond a group place: “We are on our way to becoming a giant, if not in Africa, at least in southern Africa.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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