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Nine-man Uganda hold Ethiopia 1-1 to reach semis

first_imgUganda midfielder Allan Kyambadde tussles for the ball with Ethiopia fullback Bune Butako in their match staged at the Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega. PHOTO KFF-MEDIANairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Derrick Nsibambi was the hero for Uganda, as the Cecafa Challenge Cup holders came from behind to hold Ethiopia 1-1 and reach the semi-finals in Kakamega on Sunday.Nsibambi rescued the 14-time champions, who were in danger of being knocked out of the tournament after falling behind to a 23minute Abubakher Sanni’s goal when he scored the equalising goal in the 87th minute.Uganda were already down to ten men after Isaac Muleme was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence when he brought down Dawa Hetessa just outside his box in the 79th minute.The champions, who had dominated ball possession in the second half were reduced to nine men deep in injury time after Timothy Awany received a second yellow for time wasting.Ethiopia needed to win the match to stay in contention but were left to rue two missed opportunities in the first half.Hetessa, who initiated the opening goal, was once again involved in Ethiopia second goal but Abede Yalew’s effort was waved off for a foul by the referee.Second-placed Burundi are now favourite to take the second semifinal place from Group B when they face lowly South Sudan on Monday.The second team to join Zanzibar from Group A will also be decided on Monday.Hosts Kenya will face Tanzania while Zanzibar wound up against guest side Libya.Both matches will be played at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos. UGANDA CRANES AT CECAFA: Standing (L-R) – Nico Wakiro Wadada, Hood Kaweesa, Ibrahim Sadam Juma, Allan Kyambadde, Timothy Denis Awany and team captain Bernard Muwanga. Front Row (L-R) – Muzamiru Mutyaba, Derrick Nsibambi, Benjamin Ochan, Milton Karisa, Isaac Muleme. Nsibambi scored crucial goal. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAUganda Starting XIIsmail Watenga (GK), Benard Muwanga (C), Isaac Muleme, Timothy Awany, Joseph Nsubuga, Juma Ibrahim Sadam, Allan Kyambadde, Muzamir Mutyaba, Tadeo Lwanga, Hood Kaweesa, Derrick NsibambiSubstitutesBenjamin Ochan (GK), Tom Ikara, Daniel Opolot Isiagi, Shafiq Bakaki, Nicholas Wadada, Aggrey Madoi, Paul Mucureezi, Nelson Senkatuuka, Milton Kaliisa, Allan KatereggaEthiopia Starting XITimariam Balcha (GK), Bune Butako Abebaw (C), Feyissa Abebe, Tediros Bekele, Amaye Temesgen, Biruk Kelbore, Tsegaye Birhanu, Firew Selemon, Abubeker Sani, Dawa Hetessa, Abel YalewSubstitutesBereket Amare Kidanu, Tariku Getinet, Henok Adugan, Girma Bekele, Amsalu Telahun, Adis Giday, Samson Tilahum, Gebre Albrachew, Kenean Meleko, Aregawi Amanuael, Kena Kebede, Sorure AbedrahmanShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Pittsburgh Beats Howard 84-52

first_imgHoward’s Oliver Ellison, left, and Pittsburgh’s Lamar Patterson, right, fight for possession in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/John Heller)by Nate BarnesAssociated Press WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) – Head coach Kevin Nickelberry wanted to limit Pittsburgh forward Talib Zanna’s impact against his Howard Bison in Sunday’s game.And limit Zanna the Bison did, but that didn’t help in the game’s outcome as Pitt beat Howard 84-52.“We had to just battle him,” Nickelberry said. “We just wanted to use our two-headed monster and try to get him in foul trouble.”Nickelberry’s two-headed monster is 6-foot-9-inch Oliver Ellison and 6-foot-10-inch Marcel Boyd. They were the largest players Zanna faced yet this season, after he dominated an undersized and undermanned Fresno State front line Tuesday with a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double.The Bison cared so much about surrounding and harassing Zanna that they played a zone defense for the first time this season.“Bigs can’t beat us tonight,” Nickelberry told his team. “The guards have to beat us. And their guards killed us.”Zanna got in foul trouble early, according to Nickelberry’s plan, and played just six minutes in the first half. Zanna scored only four points on three shot attempts, and pulled in just three rebounds.It was Pitt’s guards, led by Lamar Patterson, who did in the Bison.Patterson helped Pitt to jump out to a 9-0 lead when he fed freshman forward Michael Young for a dunk and later sank a three-pointer.Patterson shot 4-of-4 from deep in the first half, 5-of-6 overall, and entered halftime with a game-high 16 points. His performance led the best shooting percentage in a half in school history, as Pitt made 81 percent of its field goals and opened up a 48-24 halftime lead.“Last game we just couldn’t find the touch,” Patterson said. “Today, we found it. That’s just how it is, some games it goes in, some games it doesn’t.”Patterson finished with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, next to five rebounds and four assists.“I’m a versatile player,” Patterson said. “I like to show different aspects of my game every time out.”Also on the perimeter, guards James Robinson, Cam Wright, Durand Johnson and Chris Jones combined to score 32 points.“It was a really good performance by us,” Dixon said. “The starting guards especially. James, Cameron and Lamar were really good.”Good shot selection proved to be a key.“I think we took a lot of bad shots in the last game and missed some open ones,” Dixon said. “Tonight we took almost all the good threes, and I think that was a big part of it. It usually comes down to shot selection.”The Panthers cooled off in the second half, but still shot 58 percent from the field. Defensively, Pitt held Howard to only 17 field goals and 36.2 percent shooting.Michael Young found the most success of any “big” Sunday, with 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting. Other than Young, though, it was the play of Pitt’s perimeter assets that helped counter the Zanna’s ineffectiveness.“We tried to cut off what we thought was the head of the dragon,” Nickelberry said. “But obviously there were more parts to the dragon than I thought.”last_img read more

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