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first_imgTen touchdowns against Austin Peay last Saturday and Badger fans were once again reminded of the immutable truth that 330-pound athletes can bully 250-pound athletes up and down the field all day long.Lucky us.But this isn’t another diatribe about the cupcake-scheduling culture. I’ll leave that to the mainstream columnists in the Dairy State. The blatant money-grab that is all Austin Peay-type games might leave some feeling robbed of a full-priced ticket, but the athletic department has to maintain a self-sustaining budget somehow, and anyways, UW should probably charge double for Ohio State coming to Camp Randall, so it all works out in the end.No, this is a question of sound marketing principals. See, it appears that head coach Bret Bielema has been ignoring the good hippies of the Capitol Square farmers’ market. Bielema went all the way to Tennessee to buy a team willing to be run over (John Clay) and around (James White) for fair compensation – reportedly in the neighborhood of $300,000 – when a perfectly suitable product could be bought locally.It’s true the Badgers are the only Division-I football team in Wisconsin and there isn’t even an FCS school in the fine Dairy Land.But there is a national championship-winning program just an hour southwest of Madison. And though Wisconsin-Whitewater is probably busy preparing for its sixth straight trip to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (or D-III National Championship), I am sure they would be willing to take some time to make a trip up to Camp Randall.Because if all you require for a tune up game for the Big Ten season is an athletic mismatch on which to pour 70 points on the scoreboard, then why not host Wisconsin-Whitewater for one Saturday?This may sound tongue-in-cheek, but I am as serious as the perennially miserable Bob Bostad.Why not Wisconsin-Whitewater?On Saturday, Austin Peay allowed 10 touchdowns on the first 11 drives of the day before the Badgers graciously agreed to run out the clock on the game’s final drive. Is anyone claiming UW-Whitewater, a program at the very top of its division, couldn’t do better than 70 points allowed?So, if the competition wouldn’t be appreciably worse – and it would be hard to be worse, short of the Austin Peay Governors subbing in a few elected officials into the game – then the romantic benefits alone should tip the scales in Whitewater’s favor. Of the Warhawks’ 99 players, 77 come from high schools in Wisconsin. That makes 77 different guys who likely grew up wanting to play for the Badgers, but ended up being a tad too small or slow to make the team. Is there any reason to deny them one chance to play in front of 80,321 fans for once in their life?Speaking of the fans, the reported attendance for Saturday’s exhibition matchup with Austin Peay was 77,224 and that number was reduced to an eighth of that size by the time the fourth quarter rolled around. Bringing an in-state team to Camp Randall would ensure not only that the stadium fills completely up, but some fans might actually stick around for the entire game, not just until Jump Around has played. Plus, the tailgating experience of Wisconsin citizens coming from all over the state would be fantastic. So we would have that going for us, which is nice.Look at the sheer economics of the issue as well. Instead of forking over hundreds of thousands of dollars to a school few had heard of and fewer care about, either give that money to a fellow state school that is always searching for athletic funds (everyone wins!) or pocket the money (UW wins!). The financial details of scheduling Whitewater matter little, because the simple fact UW won’t have to pay Austin Peay to barely show up can only be a good thing.Bielema is convinced a tasty cupcake before sitting down for the real meal only helps his team. Key starters can be rested, minor injuries are given another week to heal, confidence is built, scheduling is a complicated process, yada yada yada. No one can convince him to stop scheduling FCS opponents each year. As Nick Toon likes to say during Ask the Badgers, “It is what it is.”Bring in Whitewater for just one year, however, and all the griping of inferior competition and inferior games will go away. Then he becomes a scheduling savant who cares about the fans and state citizens.Living in the most liberal city in the state, Bielema should see the bumper sticker everywhere: “I Buy Local.”OK, Maybe it was a little tongue-in-cheek. Think Whitewater is unfeasible? Let Michael know at or follow him on twitter @michaelbleach.last_img read more

first_imgAfter losing all three of their matches against Penn State last season, Wisconsin’s volleyball team failed to turn their bad fortune around with another loss in University of Wisconsin’s Field House Wednesday night.No. 3 Penn State (13-1, 1-0 Big Ten) significantly outplayed No. 5 Wisconsin (9-2, 0-1 Big Ten) in front of a sold-out crowd. The Nittany Lions swept the Badgers in straight sets because of their impressive defensive game plan, aggressiveness at the net and balanced offensive attack.Senior right-side hitter Courtney Thomas, who racked up a combined 32 kills over the weekend against Washington and USC, was nearly nonexistent in the offensive game. She managed only one kill Wednesday.“They shut down Courtney Thomas,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “Their defensive game plan was probably a little bit better than what ours was.”Penn State made it a point of emphasis to keep one of Wisconsin’s biggest hitters quiet. They would often send two players to Thomas’ side of the court when she was about to hit, disrupting her shots. PSU out-blocked UW 16-14 in the match.Sheffield said that Penn State was determined to take away, not only Thomas’ part of the court, but the slides to the middle as well, making life rather difficult for the Badgers.The constant hands from the Nittany Lions in Thomas’ face caused her to hit an alarmingly low .167. As a team, Wisconsin only hit .148, compared to Penn State’s .288 hitting percentage. Thomas also had four errors throughout the match.Wisconsin senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman had a game-high 13 kills, one of the few bright spots for the Badgers. She said it was a combination of Penn State’s mobile back-line defense and net presence that led to the Badgers’ offensive woes.“I think both areas of their game are really solid,” Chapman said. “They’re blocking was really solid and they were getting a lot of hands and a lot of touches on everything, and that just made it harder for the hitters on our team to get kills.”“They have a really good backcourt, they were making some plays that I thought were down, and someone would just come out of nowhere and get it up.”One of the plays like the one Chapman mentioned was a long rally early in the first set. Several times it looked like Wisconsin had finally forced an error on Penn State, but the Nitanny Lions managed to get the point after many diving saves and stops. That rally was symbolic for the rest of the evening, with Penn State simply doing more than Wisconsin.Offensively, Penn State wisely avoided junior libero Taylor Morey. She was coming off a weekend in which she had 29 digs in both matches. Against the Nittany Lions, she had only nine.“They weren’t hitting to Taylor Morey, they were going to other areas of the court,” Sheffield said.Penn State senior setter Micha Hancock was effective against Wisconsin the entire evening, as she racked up 38 assists. But that wasn’t what made her a thorn in UW’s side. She tallied nine kills throughout the match, and only freshman outside hitter Simone Lee had more kills for the Nittany Lions with 12.Hancock would often catch the Badgers flat-footed, faking a set pass then quickly spiking the ball over the net before Wisconsin could react.A positive for the Badgers was the home crowd. A sellout was announced before the game, and the entire inner bowl of 6,012 people at the UW Field House was full by first-serve.“To walk in and see a full house and it being sold out prior to match time is just awesome,” Sheffield said. “It means so much to our program to have that kind of support.”The crowd got behind the Badgers when they fell behind early on in the sets. In the second and third sets, that confidence from the crowd got Wisconsin back in the game when they tied it up in the second and took the lead at one point in the third.“It makes me really disappointed that we didn’t win this match for them,” sophomore setter Lauren Carlini, who had 33 assists, said. “They got really loud at points, and they’re a very intelligible crowd when it comes to we’re starting to lose a little bit, they need to get louder.”Fans and fellow student athletes:You are truly amazing, and we love having your support. Stick with us, and we promise you won’t regret it.— Lauren Carlini (@laurencarlini) September 25, 2014 In those sets though, UW was never able to build and maintain a lead, something Sheffield attributes to the play of Penn State.“Every time we got close, they answered,” Sheffield said.Penn State was also able to bury the Badgers late in sets because Wisconsin’s fatigue began to show, according to Sheffield.“I thought we looked a little bit tired,” Sheffield said. “Anytime you see that from your team, that’s on the coaching staff. That’s on us.”Despite his team’s disappointing performance Wednesday, Sheffield hopes it does not discourage the fans from coming back and supporting the Badgers.“We were really excited by the energy in the crowd, we were really excited about the numbers in the crowd,” Sheffield said. “We hope that they continue to come back.”Unbelievable energy in the Field House last night. Thanks for the awesome support! Team will continue to get better. See you Sunday vs OSU!— Kelly Sheffield (@KellyPSheffield) September 25, 2014 We have the best fans around, it’s a marathon not a sprint so stick with us this year we need yall #onwisconsin— Haleigh Nelson (@haleighnelson1) September 25, 2014last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 12, 2019 at 11:38 pm Contact Eric: No. 31 Syracuse entered the road bout with No. 4 Duke 2-8 against ranked opponents, losing eight of those last nine. The Orange (12-10, 5-8 Atlantic Coast) couldn’t end that trend in Durham, North Carolina, as the Blue Devils (20-2, 12-1) dominated SU 6-1.No. 90 Sofya Golubovskaya and Sonya Trescheva fell 6-3 to Duke’s No. 23 ranked paring to start off doubles. While the No. 56 pairing of Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez defeated Duke’s No. 69 duo 6-4, the Orange couldn’t hold on for the doubles victory as on Court 3, Guzal Yusupova and Masha Tritou lost 6-4. With the doubles loss, Syracuse has still not won a doubles point since March 15 against Virginia Tech.The Blue Devils got off to a hot start on the backcourts in singles. Libi Mesh fell 6-0 in her first set at fifth singles, as did Dina Hegab at sixth. Their respective second sets did not go much better as they each lost 6-2. Before Hegab’s match ended, however, No. 100 Ramirez had also lost. She put up a fight in the first set losing only 6-4, but No. 32 Kelly Chen won the second 6-1.Already up 4-0, Duke won the fifth point when Yusupova lost 6-3, 6-3. The remaining sets went to pro-set tiebreakers in lieu of a third set. Golubovskaya, after winning 6-2 then losing 6-2, lost the tiebreaker 10-8 to No. 18 Meible Chi. However, the Orange won their first point as No. 19 Knutson defeated No. 13 Maria Mateas 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8).The Orange will close out the regular season on the road on Sunday against the Clemson Tigers. Syracuse will look to build up momentum it can bring into the ACC tournament which begins on Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

first_imgBradley carded six birdies, four of which came on the back nine. At one point he pulled within one stroke of Reavie but a double bogey on the par-4 17th hole dropped Bradley back down the leaderboard.Reavie responded with his lone birdie on the back nine a hole later.First birdie on the back nine for Chez Reavie, and he heads to his final hole with a four-shot lead @TravelersChamp.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 23, 2019Bradley finished in a tie for second place (13 under) with Zack Sucher. Vaughn Taylor climbed into a top-five after he carded six birdies on the back nine alone to make up for an up-and-down start. Taylor finished in fourth place (12 under) for his best results of the year. Lee Westwood responds to spectator’s ringing phone with simple tutorial Travelers Championship: Zack Sucher has 2-stroke lead over field after Round 2 Travelers Championship: Chez Reavie in control after Moving Day He finished the day at 1-under 69 and 17 under for the tournament.A victory 11 years in the making.Chez Reavie is back in the winner’s circle with a 4-shot victory @TravelersChamp. It’s his first win since 2008.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 23, 2019Reavie seemingly had a comfortable lead entering the final round and was sitting six-strokes in front of the rest of the field. But, Keegan Bradley managed to put the pressure on the Kansas native.  Related News Chez Reavie didn’t have his best round of the week Sunday, but he was able to get the job done.Reavie, who had not won on the PGA Tour since July 2008 prior to his start at the Travelers Championship, held on to his 54-hole lead and hoisted a trophy for the first time in over a decade. Paul Casey, Joaquin Niemann and Kevin Tway rounded out the top five. The trio finished 11 under for the week.There was a sizable tie for eighth place (10 under) that included Bryson DeChambeau, Jason Day and Abraham Ancer.last_img read more

first_imgQuite arguably the best junior featherweight in the world returns to the ring on Saturday, July 13 when Rey Vargas puts his WBC title on the line against Tomoki Kameda at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., live and exclusively on DAZN.Vargas (33-0, 22 KOs) looks to defend the championship for the fifth time after capturing the vacant strap against Gavin McDonnell in February 2017. Most recently, Vargas beat Franklin Manzanilla in February by unanimous decision.  Rey Vargas record and bioName: Rey VargasNationality: MexicanBorn: November 25, 1990Height: 5-7 ½ Reach: 70 ½ inches  Total fights: 33Record: 33-0 with 22 knockoutsTomoki Kameda record and bioName: Tomoki KamedaNationality: JapaneseBorn: July 12, 1990Height: 5-7 ½ Reach: 67 inches  Total fights: 38Record: 36-2 with 20 knockoutsVargas vs. Kameda fight cardMatchupClassBeltRey Vargas vs. Tomoki KamedaJr. FeatherweightWBCDiego De La Hoya vs. Ronny RiosJr. Featherweight…Joet Gonzalez vs. Manuel AvilaFeatherweight…Eduardo Hernandez vs. Roger GutierrezJr. Lightweight…Alexis Rocha vs. Berlin AbreuWelterweight…Ruslan Madiyev vs TBAJr. Welterweight…Jousce Gonzalez vs. Jorge PadronLightweight…Jonathan Esquivel vs. Gregory ClarkSuper Middleweight… Kameda (36-2, 20 KOs), the former WBO bantamweight champion, comes into this weekend’s affair on a tear, having won five consecutive fights. The 27-year-old earned a crack at Vargas by defeating Abigail Medina by unanimous decision in November. Watch Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kamada on July 13 on DAZNCan Vargas continue his run and put himself into a position for bigger fights on the horizon? Or will Kameda make the trek from Japan and spoil Vargas’ plans?Here’s a complete guide to the Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kameda fight — which is available exclusively for streaming on DAZN rather than traditional pay-per-view — along with updated betting odds, who’s on the undercard and more.What time is the Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kameda fight?Undercard: 7:00 p.m. ETMain card: 9 p.m. ETMain event: 11 p.m. ET (approximate)The undercard for Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kamada will start at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 13. Vargas and Kameda are expected to make their ring walks at about 11 p.m. ET. How to watch, live stream Vargas vs. Kameda?The Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kameda fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view. Instead, fans in North America can watch the fight by streaming on DAZN.DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via ABOUT DAZN•  Meet DAZN, the first dedicated live sports streaming service•  What sports are live-streamed on DAZN?•  How much does DAZN’s live sports streaming service cost?How much does Vargas vs. Kameda fight cost?A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan. Where is Vargas vs. Kameda taking place?Rey Vargas and Tomoki Kameda will fight at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., marking the second time Vargas fights at the venue while Kameda makes his debut at the arena.Watch Rey Vargas vs. Tomoki Kamada on July 13 on DAZNlast_img read more

first_imgThe team will, then, to travel to Brazil. “Opponent is known, he is a participant of the World Championship. This will be another good test for us. The result is not in the foreground, but above all, we want to keep the level of the game that we have. In addition, we want to try to save some of the options for Brazil. I hope that audience will be satisfied as well,” said the team captain Emir Spahić. Before the tomorrow match with Mexico, the football team of Bosnia and Herzegovina has performed training at the stadium of the University of Illinois.  A game with the best Central American selection will be complete the main part of the preparations in the United States of America.center_img (Source: read more

first_img*Any WHS Student who would like to go to the state basketball game on Wednesday, there will be a bus available for $5.00 per student. You will be responsible to take enough money to pay the $7.00 admission fee into the game and if you want, concession food money. The bus will leave the high school at 12:30 p.m. The WHS boy’s basketball game will start at 3:00 p.m. Please bring your $5.00 into the counselor’s office by tomorrow at the end of the day.*There will be a Coffeyville Community College representative in the Ag Shop on March 23 during 2 and 3rd periods. Students interested in pursuing an Ag degree will need to get their agendas signed by their teacher in order to attend.*SENIOR GIRLS: Remember to turn in your completed Beta Sigma Phi Scholarship on or before March 12 to Mrs. Yates.*It’s time for the Project Prom T-Shirt Logo Contest! The contest is open to Juniors and Seniors. The winner will receive $50. Entries must be received by March 25. Stop by the office to pick up the contest rules.*Crusaders of the Stage present the Grounds Table Coffee Shop open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:15-7:45 in the commons. All proceeds go to the Crusaders of the Stage trip to Nationals. Come early and get your coffee!*Attention Seniors: Your pictures for the Senior Graduation video are due by March 13th. A baby picture and a senior picture are required and elementary school to present pictures are recommended. If no pictures are submitted, you will not be in the video. Also, your senior picture does not have to be a formal picture. We DO accept selfies.*Seniors: Don’t forget to stop by the Counselors office to check out what scholarship applications are available.College visits during lunch:Tuesday, March 24th – Emporia State UniversityToday is:National Barbie DayNational Meatball Day National Get Over it DayNational Napping Day.Follow us on Twitter. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Monday, March 9, 2015:Monday• Band and Choir Concert 6:30 p.m.• Cheer Try-Out Clinic 5:30 to 7 p.m.Tuesday• Parent/ Teacher Conf. 4:10-7:30 p.m.• Cheer Try-Out Clinic 5:30-7 p.m.Wednesday•STATE- Boys Basketball at 3 p.m. in SalinaThursday•Parent/Teacher Conf. 4:10 to 7:30 p.m.FridayNo SchoolCheer Try-Outs 10 a.m.Lunch menu:Monday: Taco soup, tortilla chips, fresh broccoli, chilled pears, snickerdoodle.Tuesday: Crispito/red sauce, lettuce and tomato, golden corn, chilled peaches, cheesy peaches.Today’s News•The powerlifting team traveled to Clay Center this Saturday for the state powerlifting meet, here are the results.Dietra Sober- fourth overall in the women’s 105 class.Baylee DeJarnett- second overall, bench and clean in the women’s 156 class. Together Dietra and Baylee scored enough team points to place fifth as a women’s team out of 15 teams.Jon Ryberg -third overall and bench in the men’s 140 class.  Jayden King -third overall in men’s heavyweight class. WHS has a new state champion roaming the hallways. Jayden King placed first in squat, making him the best heavyweight squatter in 4A!Also in attendance were Remington Gilkey, Candi Easterly, Joey Lewallen, Jared Oathout, and Matthew Mason.Congratulations powerlifters on a great season! 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 Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close 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 Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… 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. 0 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 283 weeks ago How much did he squat and what is the heavyweight weight class specs? I assume there is a weight range like wrestling. Just curious!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 283 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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! 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first_imgEdinson Cavani is going to be one of the stars of the summer. PSG striker ends contract this summer and does not intend to renew, aware that with Neymar junior, Mauro Icardi (they are expected to incorporate it in property) and Kylian Mbappé, you will not have as many opportunities in the starting eleven of Thomas Tuchel as he would like. 9 It is difficult to find a nine of such a level and surely there are several teams that fight to convince him. The Uruguayan was very close in winter to sign for the Atlético de MadridBut the negotiations broke down at the last moment. Now, L’Equipe echoes the Uruguayan media to explain that Boca Juniors is following in the footsteps of the footballer.center_img The idea is for him to play alongside Carlos Tevez on the front xeneize and the player would be reduced to return to South America to be closer to home. In addition, he has repeatedly dropped that he would like to wear the Boca Juniors shirt: “Boca is a team that shoots me, I like it.” To make matters worse, his partner Leandro Paredes said last month that the Uruguayan would like to play in the Argentine club.last_img read more

first_imgTwenty-two-year-old Preston Skeete of South Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie, Linden; and also of Victory Valley, Wismar, Linden, was on Wednesday remanded to prison by Magistrate Annette Singh for the offence of attempted murder.It is alleged that he wounded 25-year-old Kevin Valladores, a labourer, of Central Amelia’s Ward, Linden on September 6, 2018 with intent to murder him. The incident occurred at about 19:00h at Victory Valley, Wismar. According to reports, Valladores was at a shop in Victory Valley imbibing along with Skeete and othersRemanded: Preston Skeetewhen an argument ensued between the two. Skeete is alleged to have choked the victim, before allegedly pulling out a knife and slitting his throat. He then made good his escape. Following the alleged incident, Valladores placed a rag to his throat, which was reportedly bleeding profusely and ran East along Sunflower Street, Wismar. He was picked up by a public-spirited citizen in a motorcar but subsequently exited the vehicle while at Mackenzie/Wismar Bridge while awaiting the traffic light.Valladores reportedly then ran in the direction of the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) holding onto his throat. He was reportedly then placed into another car by public spirited citizens and rushed to the LHC where he was treated for an eight-inch laceration to his neck. Skeete, who later went into hiding, was apprehended by Police and charged in connection with the offence. The case will continue on January 11, 2019.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Western Stima captain Wesley Kembou goes down under a challenge from Sofapaka’s Soter Kayumba during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on January 2, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Jan 2 – Sofapaka picked their third consecutive Kenyan Premier League 2018/2019 season draw after playing to a 1-1 stalemate with unbeaten Western Stima at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Thursday.In Nakuru, AFC Leopards finally picked up their first three points of the season with a 2-0 win over Posta Rangers who were under new coach John Kamau. Robinson Kamura scored a first half brace for Ingwe who moved their tally for the season to six points after picking three draws and a loss in their opening four games of the campaign.Meanwhile, Mathare United remained top of the standings with a 2-1 victory over winless Kenya Commercial Bank at the Kasarani Stadium.Cliff Nyakeya scored from the spot for his fourth goal of the season early in the first half before Clifford Alwanga doubled the tally for the slum boys five minutes to the break. Chris Onyango scored from the spot in the 92nd minute for KCB’s consolation.Nzoia Sugar and Tusker FC meanwhile also picked up identical 2-0 wins over Ulinzi Stars and Vihiga United respectively. Henry Ochieng scored twice for Nzoia against the soldiers while Sidney Ochieng grabbed a brace for Tusker at Ruaraka taking his season tally to three.In Awendo, Sony Sugar beat Kakamega Homeboyz 2-1 while Bandari and Zoo Kericho played to a barren stalemate in Kericho.Earlier, Mount Kenya United picked their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw at home against Kariobangi Sharks.At the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, captain of the day Elli Asieche scored the equalizer for Batoto ba Mungu to earn them a point against hosts Stima who had gone ahead via a Vincent Odongo goal.Coming off the backdrop of identical 2-2 draws, Sofapaka knew they needed to pick a win if their title credentials were to be taken seriously.After a slow start occasioned by the sweltering heat in Kisumu, Sofapaka showed signs of hunger and in the 12th minute, Asieche tried his luck with a shot from range which flew straight to keeper Samuel Odhiambo’s arms.In the 26th minute, Luke Ochieng pulled a brilliant tackle to sweep the ball off Umaru Kassumba’s feet as the Ugandan raced to a through ball from Mike Oduor.Stima should have gone ahead on the half hour mark when the Sofapaka backline was caught napping and Johanna Mwita sneaked behind them, but keeper Richard Aimo bailed out his defenders with a brilliant save with his foot.Three minutes later, Aimo had to make another great save to deny Odongo after Mwita’s cross had landed on his path isolated on the left.Coming back into the second half, Sofapaka were stunned because of lack of concentration, a quick throw-in catching the defense line in sixes and sevens and Odongo saw space with keeper Aimo out and swung the ball into the far left corner.Sofapaka though gave a response on the hour mark when Asieche swung the ball in from the edge of the six yard box after the Stima defense had failed to clear an Oduor cross.But Stima were already high in confidence and the introduction of Baron Oketch in attack had added some pace into the game. The former Ulinzi Stars and Gor Mahia man came close in the 66th minute when he left his marker for dead on the right but his shot was punched away by Aimo.Quarter of an hour to the end, John Avire who had been shushed by the Stima defense found a way through into the box sent in by another great Oduor ball, but his shot didn’t have enough power behind it, Stima keeper Odhiambo picking it easily.Ten minutes to the break, the hard working Oduor was unlucky to be denied by the bar when he cut in from the right to shoot with his weaker left foot.Despite increased pressure, Sofapaka could not change the color of the game with head coach Melis Medo growing extremely frustrated on the touchline.Sofapaka have now drawn three of their five games, winning one and losing the other.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more