$10,000 is top IMCA Modified prize at Marshalltown’s World Nationals

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – World Nationals wraps up the season at Marshalltown Speedway Sept. 12-14, with the IMCA Modified winner going home with a hefty $10,000. The Thursday, Sept. 12 Cookies BBQ Sauce Kickoff to the World Nationals practice session runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. both nights. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMods both race for $1,000 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $500 to win during Friday and Sat­urday, Sept. 13 and 14 programs. Friday spectator admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors. On Saturday, admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Kids 10 and under get in free and pit passes are $30 both days. center_img Saturday’s Modified feature is a qualifying event for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and E3 Spark plugs State points will be awarded.  Camping is $20 a night and showers and limited electri­cal hookups will be available. More information is available from promoter Toby Kruse at 515 231-5444. The track website is www.marshalltownspeedway.com.last_img read more

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Guyana to open Women’s U-20 World Cup qualifier against Nicaragua on Feb 23

first_img..CONCACAF announced changes to championship GUYANA will open their CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship campaign against Nicaragua on February 23, at the Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez in the Dominican Republic, as the confederation announced some major changes yesterday. The Guyanese women are placed in Group D alongside Mexico and Puerto Rico.Following confirmation from FIFA that Costa Rica and Panama will co-host the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, in August of 2020, and that Concacaf has been awarded one additional slot (four in total), the Confederation announced changes to its World Cup Qualifying tournament, to be hosted in the Dominican Republic between Feb 22 – Mar 8, 2020.The CONCACAF Council has determined that Costa Rica and Panama, as host countries of the World Cup, will automatically qualify for the World Cup and will no longer participate in the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship. The two remaining slots in the World Cup will be determined via the 2020 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship.For the group stage of the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, to be played at the Felix Sanchez Stadium and Panamericano Stadium, in Santo Domingo and San Cristobal, respectively, Guyana (top ranked team in qualifying Group A) and Saint Kitts and Nevis (top ranked team in qualifying Group B) will be replacing Costa Rica and Panama for the group stage of the final championship. In Group C, the United States, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Cuba will go head-to-head, while Group E is set with Canada, Jamaica, Guatemala and El Salvador. Group F comprise Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Cayman Islands.For the Round-of-16, Bermuda (third-place finisher in qualifying Group A) and Barbados (third-place finisher in qualifying group B) will occupy the positions vacated by Guyana and Saint Kitts and Nevis.All knockout round matches (round of 16, quarter-final, semi-final and final) will be played in a single match elimination format, with the finalists qualifying for the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup 2020.last_img read more

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F1: Raikkonen Takes Monaco GP Pole, Hamilton 14th

first_imgKimi Raikkonen is on pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton took 14th at Formula 1’s biggest race. The 37-year-old Finn is at the front of the grid for the first time in nine years – his last pole was the 2008 French Grand Prix.Raikkonen edged out team-mate Sebastian Vettel by 0.043 seconds, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas 0.002secs further back. Jenson Button will start from the back after qualifying ninth on his return to F1 because of a grid penalty. Hamilton struggled with a lack of grip, and had to abort two laps after almost crashing, and then came across another crashed car on his final lap. The Mercedes driver had been struggling since second practice on Thursday afternoon and, despite setup changes for yesterday morning, he was still struggling going into qualifying. He was 10th in the first session, 0.3secs off Bottas, but the second session began unravelling from the start.Meanwhile Ferrari face a dilemma. As their main title contender, Vettel will start as a strong favourite for victory today, but Bottas is in the same place on the grid as he was when he won in Russia a month ago. Ferrari have never said that Vettel has number one status but it is widely believed within the paddock that he does.Ferrari therefore face a conundrum – do they let the two drivers race and potentially have Raikkonen win, or engineer a situation that enables Vettel to take the flag and maximise his points gain against Hamilton, who is six points behind heading into the race?Raikkonen said: “We know what we are doing. We are racing for the team. We have certain rules. We are allowed to fight but we cannot take each other off. People expect it to be something different from the last two years. Nothing has changed. People just try to make a stupid story out of nothing.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Euro 2016 concludes this evening

first_imgDidier Deschamps’ side have the chance to match the triumph of Euro 1984, when Michel Platini scored a tournament record nine goals on route to lifting the trophy.They face a Portuguese side looking to win their first major tournament, having lost 1-0 to Greece in their only other appearance in a European Championship final, in 2004.They kick-off in Paris at 8pm.last_img

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifier: India Draw Nepal, Qualify for 2nd Round on 2-0 aggregate

first_imgIndia on Tuesday held a dominant Nepal to a goalless draw in their 2018 FIFA World Cup football qualifying round one second leg match to advance to the second round on 2-0 aggregate here.India, who had beaten Nepal 2-0 in Guwahati on March 12 in first leg, were clearly the inferior side at the Dashrath Rangasala Stadium. They were put under severe pressure by the Nepalese, especially in the second half, but came out unscathed at the end.Indian captain and goalkeeper Subrata Paul and the back four gave a brilliant display to thwart a spirited Nepalese attack on several occasions, with the upright coming to the rescue of the visiting team once.Robin Singh put the ball into the Nepal net in the 57th minute but the referee disallowed the goal as it was clear that the Indian striker had used his hand.On the day of the first leg in Guwahati, India had slumped to their worst ever FIFA rankings at 173rd but they are expected to gain places in next month’s chart after a win and a draw over Nepal — ranked 180th — over the two legs.Englishman Stephen Constantine thus begins his second stint as India coach on a happy note but a tough road lies ahead for him and his boys as more fancied nations of the continent await in the next rounds.India and other five round one winners will join the 34 highest-ranked teams of the continent in the second round. The 40 nations will be drawn into eight groups of five teams and compete according to a double round robin format. The round two qualification matches will be held between June 11 and March 29 next year. The group winners and four best runners-up (total 12 teams) of round two will advance to the final round of qualifying for 2018 World Cup (as well as 2019 Asian Cup finals as it’s a joint qualification process for 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup.Enjoying a two-goal cushion, India appeared to play safe, slow down proceedings, and at the end it paid off.Nepal though dominated the match but could not break free and that added to their frustration. They did earn a series of free kicks in the first half and even hit the post in the 68th minute but the back four and the last line of defence was there to absorb almost everything.India had a couple of chances. The introduction of Cavin Lobo in place of Lenny Rodrigues in the 46th minute helped India regain composure. In the 60th minute, Lalrindika Ralte’s corner was headed out for a corner and off the resultant corner, Nepal recovered fast to counter attack.In the 68th minute, striker Sunil Chettri dribbled past three in the rival box but his placement missed by a whisker with rival goalkeeper Limbu Kiran beaten. Coach Constantine was a satisfied with the result.”It is nice to leave with a happy result. Result always matters and we achieved what we intended.””We came here to win but they put us under pressure. They gave everything they had and that speaks of the character of the Nepali people,” he said at the official post-match media interaction.However, Constantine did make a mention of the pitch which wasn’t “up to the mark”.”This is not an excuse but the pitch outside is not suitable for football. You can’t play good football on such a pitch and we were not able to play it either. The pitch on which we played in Guwahati was of very high quality,” he further stated. “We have to accept that didn’t play our best game and we need to do better. We’re trying to build a good team for the future and I promise that we will.”Meanwhile, midfielder Dhanpal Ganesh became the eighth player to debut for senior Indian team in the two matches played under Constantine.last_img read more

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One of these decades, ‘Peanut Man’ Roger Owens could come out of his shell … maybe this World Series

first_imgJust some arthritis from years of tossing bags behind the back, under the leg, two at a time overhand from distances that you’d have thought by now wouldn’t be easily attainable.Regular back pain from a bulging disc is eased by a couple of ice bags and some Advil at his home in Torrance after each night’s command performance. An ongoing case of vertigo may also pop up to make climbing the concrete stairs a bit of a challenge.That Owens has made it to this point as the ultimate loge level wandering minstrel covering the territory from home plate to third base and back again, energized and efficient as he twists through the aisles and embraces spectators coming at him from all sides for selfies and autographs and joke swapping … it just doesn’t seem possible.Yet no one takes him, or his routine, for granted.“It’s my love for my job, and my love for the fans — it’s just a passion,” Owens explains about what could possibly motivate him at this point to keep hoisting eight-ounce bags at $6.25 a pop.It’s not just for the tips, which this postseason have been rather sizable as enthusiastic fans want to include him in their celebratory mood.“I don’t know what else I’d do from April through every high note in October,” he says. “No matter how many steps it takes up and down. I know the fans appreciate me year after year and I’m grateful.”Equally humbled fans who Owens has become friends with over the years will talk about how they shell out money before each season to make sure that they, or whomever is in their seats, get Owens to personally deliver their peanut requests in Hollywood fashion. They could easily go up to the concession stand and add the cost of the nuts on their credit card, but they have established this tradition that goes back to the days when Owens’ special tosses were the two-to-a-bag paper bags balled up.Owens found himself in Section 101 visiting with Brian Martin, a businessman from Lake Forest, during the first inning of Monday’s Game 1 when, in the middle of a sentence, Chris Taylor launched the first pitch into the left-field pavilion for a home run.“We started hugging and jumping up and down together,” said Owens.“It’s such a privilege. The people in that loge section, they’re like my family, and now they’re into the third and fourth generation. That just blows our minds.”Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner will tell you that when he was a kid in Long Beach and his dad brought him to Dodgers’ games, Owens was the one everyone knew at Chavez Ravine.National anthems still give Owens goosebumps and tears. Kids who try and try again to catch the bags he throws their way before they finally catch on make Owens laugh. Games that are tight in the late innings make him sweat as much as his stair-climbing workout, he insists.“I might have my back to the field while I’m working, but I’ll hear the crack of the bat, and turn around to see Puig making some kind of crazy catch or sticking his tongue out, and it’s all worth it,” Owens said.Celebrities may come and go at Dodger Stadium, but history counts Owens among those worthy of throwing out a season-opening ceremonial first pitch — as he did from the loge level down to home plate once.He’s been in a movie (a peasant peanut pitcher in Mel Brooks’ 1993 “Robin Hood: Men In Tights”) and his TV appearances on NBC’s “Tonight” show goes back to the Johnny Carson days.His bobblehead was created by Ontario-based Ultimate Pastime Sports Collectibles, and the story of his audacious life, “The Perfect Pitch,” from foster care to grind-it-out discovery of his talents, written by his late nephew, has been in circulation since 2004.The stories he brings home to wife Sharon and his dog Casey III are fortified by whom he reconnects with on a nightly basis.A fan may watch Rich Hill walk the first batter he faced Tuesday night and scream to Owens, “You should be out there!”Owens has a stock reply.“You know, the Dodgers have talked to my agent and offered me $300,000 to pitch in August, September and October — which sounds like a lot, but who wants to take a pay cut? Besides, my EBA — Earned Bags Average — is below one.”And the fan will respond: “You just enjoy working for peanuts.”Six decades later, Owens must agree with the peanut gallery. Of the Dodgers’ 19 franchise World Series appearances, Roger Owens has now pitched in the more than half of those — 10, including the current Fall Classic.Although before Tuesday, “The Peanut Man” wasn’t completely sure. Sitting up in Dodger Stadium’s reserved level some seven hours prior to the end of the Dodgers’ 7-6 11-inning Game 2 loss to the Astros, perhaps the sport’s world most recognized peanut vendor flipped through a newspaper story about the Dodgers’ postseason history and started checking off the dates off, going back to 1959 when he was a teenager at the Coliseum.Yup, it’s 10.No, really, it’s 10.Boy, he must be nuts. Fifty-nine years of this.“And I don’t even have peanut elbow,” the hurler who’ll turn 75 next Valentine’s Day humbly bragged.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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March Madness 2019: Purdue’s Carsen Edwards’ 28 3-pointers sets tournament record

first_imgPurdue’s national title chances are over for this season, but Carsen Edwards’ stellar performance has etched him in NCAA Tournament history.The junior joined special company in the No. 3 Boilermakers’ run to the Elite Eight, which ended in heartbreak for the team as they lost in overtime to No. 1 Virginia, 80-75. Carsen Edwards’ #Elite8 highlight tape is one for the ages. 👏#MarchMadness | @BoilerBall pic.twitter.com/Vz3v41c0PA— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019With those 139 points, Edwards also surpassed former Davidson star Stephen Curry with the most points in the first four games in tournament history. During Davidson’s 2008 run, Curry scored 128 points in the first four games.Unreal pic.twitter.com/NbTKKx17zc— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 31, 2019Edwards is the first player in the tournament to have multiple games of eight or more 3-pointers. In the Sweet 16, he had nine 3’s against Villanova.Other accolades for the Purdue star include:Edwards is tied with Kimble for the most points in an Elite Eight game (42). He’s tied for ninth with the most averaged points scored in tournament history (34.8).Edwards tied for fourth with the most 3’s scored in a tournament game with 10.He’s the eighth player in tournament history to record five straight 25-point games and is the first to do so since Curry in 2008. Related News March Madness 2019: Gonzaga’s Josh Perkins takes blame for loss to Texas Tech Edwards scored 28 3-pointers in the first four games of the tournament, surpassing the previous record of 27 3s, which was set by Michigan’s Glen Rice in 1989. That feat was achieved in six games.On top of that, Edwards scored 139 points in those four games, with 42-point performances coming from his last two games. He became the first player with more than one 40-point games in tournament history since Bo Kimble’s effort with Loyola Marymount in 1990.last_img read more

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Former Winfield Police Chief Larry Dobbs dies on K-96 Highway in Wichita Monday

first_img 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 comments By Shane Farley, Newscow.net — Former Winfield Police Chief Larry Dobbs was struck and killed by a truck in an accident that occurred on K-96 Highway in the Wichita area Monday afternoon.The 61-year-old Dobbs, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol, had stepped out of his vehicle to pick up debris on the roadway.Another vehicle had lost a load of drywall on the road around 3 p.m. and Dobbs was helping to pick it up, according to Wichita-area news reports.He was standing in a median when a 2006 Mack truck swerved to avoid hitting the vehicles that had come to a stop on the shoulder of the highway. He was struck by that truck and died at the scene.Dobbs was currently living in El Dorado, according to the highway patrol report. He has family who continue to live in Cowley County.Dobbs served as Winfield chief in the early 2000s and was succeeded by Jerry DeVore.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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They acquit a former Arandina player and reduce the sentence to the other two convicted

first_imgThe Civil and Criminal Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Castilla y León, regarding the appeals filed by the defenses of the three former soccer players in Arandina, convicted by the Provincial Court of Burgos for crimes of sexual assault, has agreed to acquit R.C.H. and has reduced the sentences to C.C.S (‘Lucho’) and V.V.R. (‘Viti’), who remain in four and three years in prison, respectively.The Chamber, which has seen the appeals of the three convicts, each of whom had been sentenced to 38 years in prison, has understood that the facts constitute a crime of sexual abuse, committed in the person of a minor, and has appreciated as mitigating factors the closeness of age and proximity in the degree of maturity with the victim.On the one hand, the Chamber has totally excluded R.C.H, who has already been acquitted by the Provincial Court of the events that occurred in his room, arguing the same reasons, although it also acquits him of what happened in the living room of the house.On the other, eThe Court has lowered the guilt of C.C.S. and V.V.R. and has sentenced them to four years in prison for the first and three years in prison for the second, as well as jointly and severally indemnifying the minor with the sum of 10,000 euros, sources from the TSJCyL Press Office informed Europa Press.The sentence indicates that the declaration of the minor -valued jointly with the rest of the evidence, witnesses, experts and documentaries (video, conversations and telephone messages) – It enjoys full credibility regarding the reality of the events that occurred in the living room of the apartment, but it lacks it regarding the way in which they occurred.Specific, the Chamber does not consider the existence of intimidation to be proven, when appreciating the contradictions that are revealed between his statement – in which he attributes what he did with the three convicts (masturbate and practice fellatio on all three) to the blockade caused by fear – and the behavior observed both in the previous moments -in which he exchanged messages of sexual content with one of them and agreed to accompany him to his house the next day-, as in the immediately following ones -in which he left the room, to voluntarily maintain a complete sexual relationship with one of them in a adjoining room (fact declared proven in the judgment of the Hearing that has not been contested) and after what happened boast before his friends.These contradictions, according to the resolution, show cracks in the credibility of the declaration which is also not corroborated by the peripheral elements to it, since neither the witness statements transmitting what the minor herself told them nor the crossed telephone messages at first, allow us to affirm that in the living room of the house she acted against her will when being gripped by fear, a version that she later transmitted to her parents and to the counselor who treated her in Madrid later.Consequently and in use of its faculties, the Court has modified the proven facts, removing the reference to bullying, and has classified them as a crime of sexual abuse to a child under 16 years of age, whose consent has no legal significance since the reform of the Penal Code of 2015, which raised the age of consent from 13 to 16 years. Regarding the criminal responsibility of the appellants, the judgment considers that it should not be appreciated that they did not know the age of the minor, nor did they ignore that sexual acts with a minor under 16 years of age are punishable by law.What the Chamber does value is the closeness of age and the proximity in the degree of maturity with the least, accredited by means of psychological expert evidence, to acquit RCH – who had already been acquitted of the sexual relationship maintained in his room with the girl immediately after the events, prosecuted for understanding that they were both close in age and of a similar degree of maturity- – as well as to mitigate the responsibility of CCS and V.V.R. when evaluating the relative proximity of their ages with that of the victim and their lack of maturity.Updating penaltiesSo that, The Court has sentenced C.C.S. to four years in prison. and three years to V.V.R, with the accessories of special disqualification for the right to vote; prohibition on communicating by any means or computer or telematic instrument, written, verbal or visual contact with the minor; prohibition to approach her, her home, school and any other that is frequented by the victim at a distance of less than a thousand meters and for a period of eight years; probation for a period of five years; and special disqualification for any profession or trade, whether or not paid, that involves regular and direct contact with minors for a period of more than three years than the duration of the sentences of deprivation of liberty imposed respectively.In addition, the Chamber has ordered them to jointly and severally pay civil liability, set at 10,000 euros, and the proportional part of the costs, including those of the private prosecution.The former players, “excited” with the “overturn” of the caseTwo of the three former players of Arandina, Raúl Calvo and Víctor Rodríguez, Viti, have been “excited” by the ruling of the TSJCyL that acquits the former and reduces the sentence of 38 years in prison to Viti and Carlos Cuadrado, Lucho, to three and four years, respectively.Rafael Uriarte, lawyer for Calvo and Viti, explained to the EFE Agency that his clients are “excited” with the judgment of the High Court, which is “much fairer” since the evidence provided by all parties has been valued.The attorney has acknowledged that are “more satisfied with this sentence”, assuring that it is noted that it is made “by a professional of the Law” while in that of the Provincial Court of Burgos the influence of social pressure was noted.Uriarte has highlighted that the evidence provided by both parties has been taken into account, assessing the expertise of mobile phones or the maturity tests of footballers.However, he regretted that the witness testimony of the only eyewitness to the events, a fourth footballer who was in the home when the events happened, was hardly affected.The lawyer has not wanted to rule yet on whether to appeal this new sentence before the Supreme Court, postponing this decision until the new sentence is studied in depth.In this sense, in addition, he has indicated that the terms, due to the special circumstances that are caused by the isolation by COVID-19, are not so rigid, so they will have more time to think about it.last_img read more

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Stars hold Ethiopia to go top of Group F

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars attacking midfielder Eric Johannah tries to tackle Ethiopian midfielder Gatuoch Panom during their 2019 AFCON Qualifier at the Bahir Dar Stadium on October 10, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 10 – Harambee Stars moved top of Group F in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers after holding hosts Ethiopia to a barren draw at the Bahir Dar Stadium on Wednesday evening.The result means Stars go to four points having beaten Ghana last month and a win on Sunday in the return leg at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani will see Kenya inch closer to an AFCON qualification for the first time since 2004. Stars withstood a tough second half surge by the home side pushed on by a full-to-capacity stadium to pick up the points that pushes them closer to Cameroon.CAF is yet to decide whether or not results picked by teams against Sierra Leone – who are under FIFA suspension – will stand in the road to qualification.Sierra Leone were scheduled to play Ghana on Thursday but the game has since been called off.-Two changesHead coach Sebastien Migne made two changes from the team that won 1-0 against Ghana last month, skipper Victor Wanyama slotting straight into the starting team for Ismail Gonzalez who started off the bench.Harambee Stars duo of Eric Johannah and Ovellah Ochieng pair up on an Ethiopian player during their 2019 AFCON Qualifier at the Bahir Dar Stadium on October 10, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyDefender Brian Mandela who was returning to the squad after serving his one match suspension went into the heart of defense to partner Musa Mohammed in the absence of Joash Onyango who is suspended having been sent off against Ghana.Though Harambee Stars had a conservatist approach to the match, they had the best chances especially in the opening 45. They should have gone to the break 1-0 up but Michael Olunga’s 43rd minute goal was cancelled as referee Bakary Gassama adjudged him to have fouled an Ethiopian defender before scoring.It was the Ethiopians who threatened first, Getaneh Kebede having a second minute chance turned behind for a corner by Patrick Matasi after some good change of passes on the left.On the turn, Olunga forced Ethiopian keeper Samson Asefa to turn the ball out for a corner after he rose high at the back post to connect to an Abud Omar cross from the left.Ethiopia kept the possession as Kenya played behind the ball and they had a chance on the quarter hour with a freekick from range but Gatuoch Panom shot just wide.-Stars chancesHarambee Stars fans cheer on the team during their 2019 AFCON Qualifier against Ethiopia at the Bahir Dar Stadium on October 10, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesyStars had two brilliant back to back chances which should have been buried in the least.In the 20th minute, Eric Johannah sent Olunga away on the left but the striker’s effort was saved by Asefa. Five minutes later, Skipper Wanyama sent Johannah through with a brilliant defense splitting pass, but the Sweden based midfielder curled the ball wide with only the keeper to beat.A minute later, another chance presented itself when Johannah sent Ovellah Ochieng through on the right but Asefa was on point once again to make a super block at his near post.Having thrice dodged bullets, the Walias sought more urgency, looking for that one goal to send the fully packed Bahir Dar Stadium buzzing.In the 29th minute, another neat interchange of passes between the Ethiopians saw Bekele break into the box, but the diminutive midfielder’s final shot came off the side netting.-Two substitutionsMigne started the second half by pulling out Johannah who had struggled to make hgis presence felt and in his place came Ismail Athuman Gonzalez. The change meant Gonzalez and Dennis Odhiambo paired in midfield while Wanyama stepped upfront.Harambee Stars left back Abud Omar tries to clear the ball as Ethiopian rightback Abdulkerim Mohammed attempts to block during their 2019 AFCON Qualifier at the Bahir Dar Stadium on October 10, 2018. PHOTO/CourtesySeven minutes into the half, Migne would be forced to another change with Omar coming off with a suspected groin injury and his place taken by Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma.The Ethiopians pinned Kenya in their own half, playing dangerous balls into the box but their finishing left a lot to be desired.They came very close in the 66th minute when Bekele took a shot on the first time volley after a long ball from deep in defense found him inside the box, but his shot came off the outside of the upright, a let off for Stars.Migne’s side kept defending deep with Olunga left an isolated man upfront, not much of balls coming his way. After 72 minutes, the French tactician decided to spice up things in attack by bringing in speedy winger Paul Were.-Good save MatasiBut still, the home side kept pressing and in the 82nd minute, Matasi was forced into a good save to keep away a shot from Kebede from distance.The home side thought they had scored in the 83rd minute when Abebo Reshad tapped in at the back post from an Abdulkerim Mohammed cross but the second assistant referee had his flag up for offside.Stars had to manage the game with Ethiopia increasing the pressure and keeper Matasi played his role by slowing down play.0Shares0000(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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