Ghana 1-1 Mali: Sako levels after Agyemang Badu opener

first_imgGhana’s Black Stars drew 1-1 with Mali in the team’s second international friendly game in France on Tuesday night.A converted penalty by Bakary Sako cancelled out Emmanuel Agyemang Badu’s goal, as both teams went at each other with gusto. Christian Atsu started brightly for Ghana and he troubled Mali’s stand in captain Adama Tamboura in the first half.Richmond Boakye Yiadom led the line well and he was always looking to bring his team-mates into play. Mali was also dangerous, with Modibo Maiga’s vicious shot cannoning off the cross bar with Fatau Dauda well beaten.Seven minutes after the restart, Ghana got its break through. Agyemang Badu made a run past Boakye Yiadom, who set him up.The Udinese midfielder slipped the ball past goalkeeper Soumbeila Diakite and fired home for the opener. Mali fought back but Ghana was well in control.The equalizer came as a result of an unnecessary foul by Boakye Yiadom. Mali had a corner kick and Boakye Yiadom jumped all over a Malian attacker, leaving the referee with no option than to point to the spot. Bakary Sako duly converted with a cheeky penalty to level the scores.Boakye Yiadom almost made amends but after a defensive mistake, his shot beat the goalkeeper and hit the post. Several changes were made that disrupted the rhythm of the game, with both sides settling for a 1-1 draw.Ghana XI v Mali: Fatau Dauda – Harrison Afful, Daniel Amartey, John Boye/Edwin Gyimah, Jeffrey Schlupp – Emmanuel Agyemang Badu, Rabiu Mohammed – Christian Atsu/Kwesi Appiah, Andre Ayew/Mubarak Wakaso, Frank Acheampong/David Accam – Richmond Boakye Yiadom/Jordan Ayew.FRIENDLY RESULTSGhana 1-1 MaliJapan 5-1 UzbekistanSouth Korea 1-0 New ZealandSingapore 2-2 GuamChina 1-1 TunisiaLiechtenstein 1-0 San MarinoTajikistan 2-3 SyriaMauritania 2-0 NigerEstonia 1-1 IcelandSwitzerland 1-1 USAIraq 1-0 DR CongoRussia 0-0 KazakhstanSweden 3-1 IranUkraine 1-1 LatviaLuxembourg 1-2 TurkeySlovakia 1-0 Czech RepublicItaly 1 – 1 EnglandNetherlands 2-0 Spainlast_img read more

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CRICKET: Cheema blasts Canada to opening day victory over Uganda

Canada captain Nitish Kuma and Uganda cricket captain Karashani hold the trophy pre-event. PHOTO ICCWorld Cricket League Division 3Canada 234/8 in 42 overs( Rizwan Cheema 91(44), Nitish Kumar 43(43), DN Pathirana 35(72), Henry Senyondo 1/48 in 9 overs, Charles Waiswa 2/42 in 7 overs) beat Uganda 168/10 in 38.2 overs (Mohammed Irfan 31(23), Deus Muhumuza 30(54), Cecil Pervez 4/44 n 8 overs, N. Dutta 2/14 in 6 overs) by 66 runsLugogo, Uganda | UGCRICKETcom| Uganda had set up a very strong display of bowling and fielding led by left arm spinner Henry Ssenyondo and a brilliant run out by Charles Waiswa but a costly drop of Canada’s Cheema reminded the hosts that no mistake goes unpunished at this level.Rizwan Cheema smashed 10 sixes to take the game away from Uganda after hosts had Canada in trouble on Day One of the World Cricket League Division 3 at Lugogo.Cheema was eventually caught at deep sqaure leg by Ukani Shehzad diving forward and the Canada innings ended for 234 in their allotted overs.Uganda’s run chase was dented early on by the swing of Cecil Pervez who picked openers Arthur Kyobe and Hamu Kayondo. Uganda eventually fell short by 66 runs. Share on: WhatsApp Uganda takes on Singapore in Entebbe today hoping for better luck.The eight-day tournament ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3  involves Canada, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, Uganda and USA. These are six of the 26 teams who still remain from the 83 Members on the road to the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Source: UGcricket.comREAD FULL STORY HERE (click) read more

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Steelers attempting to remain upbeat

first_imgThe Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin, conducts a practice session, at the Wasps rugby training ground, in London, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) by Dale GrdnicAssociated Press WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — Their quarterback basically has a dislocated right index finger, their best remaining offensive lineman suffered a sprained right pectoral muscle and they’re 0-4.But the Pittsburgh Steelers remained a confident group Tuesday heading into a bye week.Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit his right hand off a defensive lineman’s hand after a touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery in the fourth quarter during Sunday’s 34-27 loss to Minnesota, but he didn’t expect the injury to be anything long-term.“The doc said it was a subluxation, whatever that is,” Roethlisberger said Tuesday, as he only had tape on his right forefinger. “Yeah, it (hurt). It was kind of uncomfortable. It was pretty painful.”It’s a good bet that Roethlisberger won’t do anything too strenuous this week, and neither will left offensive guard Ramon Foster. An MRI Monday revealed that Foster suffered a minor sprain of the right pectoral muscle during the first half. Foster isn’t concerned about missing any time.Neither of those health issues, nor their worst start in 45 years, have deterred the Steelers. However, Roethlisberger still believed that as one of the NFL’s four winless teams — along with Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and the New York Giants — the Steelers were among the league’s worst.“I was talking record-wise, and if I’m not mistaken we’re one of the — I don’t know how many teams are winless, and I’m a big believer in wins and losses and not numbers — but I would say that record-wise, we’re one of the worst teams in the NFL,” Roethlisberger said. “I don’t think that’s a far stretch.“I take pride in winning football games, more than any numbers. So, that’s what I’ve based my career on so far, wins and losses. So, it definitely stings. (And) it’s painful to lose games, but I’ll put that on myself.”So, is there anything to feel good about during this bye week?“The people that we have in here, they’re good players,” Roethlisberger said. “Obviously, we’re down, and we’re disappointed. It hurts, but I don’t think our confidence is low.”Maybe, but the Steelers find themselves in the unique position of playing second fiddle in their own city to the playoff-bound Pittsburgh Pirates.The Pirates were to make their first postseason appearance in 21 years on Tuesday night against Cincinnati. Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel, who has a pair of Super Bowl rings, advised the Pirates to “continue to do what you’ve been doing all year to get to this point. Don’t change the team that you have. Don’t change the way that you’ve been preparing. Just keep doing the things that you’ve done up to this point.”Was that his message to his own teammates as well?“I don’t know,” Keisel said. “We’re going to continue to work and find a way. We’re going to continue to fight. When you’re 0-4, you’re always looking for things to try to figure out how to get a win.“And we’re going to continue to do that around here.’__NOTES: Rookie running back Le’Veon Bell, who ran for 57 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in his first NFL game, said he “tweaked his (right) foot, but it’s not giving me any issues right now. And I don’t think it’s going to cause me any problems next week.” … The Steelers will practice Thursday morning before taking four days off. … Pittsburgh will return to action on Oct. 13 vs. the New York Jets.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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