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There is still much for Siakam to improve in his game — the Warriors have harassed him into a couple of untimely turnovers, and they were likely to foist all-defensive team forward Draymond Green on him more often. But having already dealt with the defence of Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo in the last two rounds of the playoffs, it’s not going to rattle Siakam. Sports 

Bullet In Their Arsenal: Raptors Pascal Siakam

  How the Raptors’ Pascal Siakam sheds playoff pressure like opposing defenders   For all his frenetic play — the spin moves around the basket to create space where it seems none exists, to the grab-it-and-go rebounding style that adds a much-needed dimension to the Toronto Raptors offence — the mind of Pascal Siakam remains calm and analytical.In this breakout season, the 25-year-old third-year forward has emerged as a true force throughout the NBA because he’s always been able to figure things out and meet whatever challenge he sees. The…

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Lesotho could not hold back and they probed for an equaliser, and their efforts were rewarded in the 32nd minute through midfielder Jane Thabantso. The Zimbabweans continued to push for a win and their efforts were eventually rewarded when Leeroy Mavunga made it 2-1 in the hour mark, but their lead was short-lived. Sports 

Bafana Bafana Successfully Defend COSAFA Cup

The 2019 Cosafa Cup action continued on Friday, where the hosts South Africa were looking to defend their Plate trophy against Malawi at Moses Mabhida Stadium. In a clash that got underway at 17:00, coach David Notoane’s men were chasing for an improved performance following a loss to Botswana in the quarter-finals, and a win on penalties over Uganda during the week. Notoane made changes in his starting line-up and brought back the likes of Reeve Frosler, Grant Margeman as well as Tercious Malepe for experience, yet they could still not…

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There have been rewards for the Ghana U-23 trio of centre-back Musah Nuhu, midfielder Yaw Yeboah and striker Kwabena Owusu following their fine showing in the 2019 Caf U-23 Africa Cup of Nations/2020 Olympic Games qualifiers. There were, however, no places for Leicester City's Daniel Amartey, Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp, Udinese's Nicholas Opoku and Columbus Crew's Harrison Afful, due to injury. Sports 

Ghana Black Stars Name Provisional Squad

Out-of-retirement Asamoah Gyan headlines Ghana’s provisional squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which starts next month. The inclusion of the 33-year-old Kayserispor striker is undoubtedly the biggest talking point of the 29-man roster, having rescinded a decision to quit the national team on Wednesday after being stripped of the captaincy two days earlier. Fenerbahce midfielder Andre Ayew, who is rumoured to be named the new substantive skipper, is also on the list, just as younger brother Jordan Ayew, Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Teye Partey and Inter Milan…

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“I’m just running around on the field,” he said. “They have to trust me, I’m a player on the team. They have to trust me. I’m a striker for them. “Sometimes it makes me angry because since I came to the U.S. I see that every time — two or three times — I try and make a run, it’s difficult. So sometimes you have to be fast. When you see me going, you’ve got to give the ball, you’ve got to trust me. They brought me here and if I come here, they have to trust me. Sports 

Liberian Striker Wants Ball At Real Salt Lake

Even when training it’s difficult for me to get the ball from them,” the Liberian striker said.   Real Salt Lake forward Sam Johnson, after a goalscoring performance on Saturday in the club’s 2-1 loss to the Portland Timbers, described his unhappiness with the state of the club. “I’m not really feeling happy,” he told a TV reporter following the conclusion of the match, according to RSL Communications. “I have to express myself now. I’m just doing a run around for the guys. Even when training it’s difficult for me…

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Caster Semenya: I am a woman and I am fast

“I am Mokgadi Caster Semenya. I am a woman and I am fast.” So said the reigning Olympic champion in the women’s 800-meter last year, in a statement challenging rules that could threaten her athletic career. The rules, issued by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), require some female runners whose bodies produce high levels of testosterone to take medication to lower those levels. Many saw the rules as a direct effort to target Semenya, who is believed to have a condition that produces high testosterone. The runner appealed…

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Liberian Roots Shaped Redskins Pick Kelvin Harmon

    Newly drafted Washington Redskins wide receiver Kelvin Harmon does not remember much about his time in Liberia — he came to the United States when he was four years old — but he points to his Liberian ancestry for teaching him to work hard and be spiritual, two things he prides himself on. He also credits his father for helping instill the values of commitment and sacrifice in him as the family struggled culturally and financially upon moving to the U.S. These experiences and lessons have shaped Harmon,…

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The Senegalese thought that would be the case after a wildly successful debut 16 years ago that came with a freewheeling style of play and memorable celebrations. A national holiday was declared after the victory over France, and it's still considered among the best performances by an African team. Cameroon (1990) and Ghana (2010), neither of whom qualified for the tournament in Russia, are the only other African teams to reach the quarterfinals. News Sports 

World Cup 2018: Senegal Lions

    DAKAR, Senegal — When the World Cup trophy tour reached Senegal, President Macky Sall got the taste of being a champion. It’s an experience he hopes is real in Senegal one day. Sall optimistically turned to Senegal coach Aliou Cisse that day and said: “It won’t be long.” That’s some pressure for a team making only its second World Cup appearance. But that first appearance, in 2002, was memorable. A team of relative unknowns led Senegal to the quarterfinals in a run that began with a 1-0 victory…

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Form guide: Egypt have lost their last two friendlies, against Portugal and Greece, as Cuper looked to experiment. The team, who reached the African Nations Cup final last year, have two wins, a draw and two defeats in their last five matches. News Sports 

Russia 2018 World Cup: Egyptian Pharods

    FIFA ranking: 46 (till June 7) Previous tournaments: Egypt have appeared in two World Cups — in 1934 and 1990 — and have never won a match in the tournament. The Pharaohs became the first African nation to qualify for a World Cup in 1934, but were beaten 4-2 by Hungary in their only game. They finished bottom of their group at the 1990 tournament with two draws and a defeat. Coach: Hector Cuper: The 62-year-old spent a decade managing clubs in Spain and Italy, including Inter Milan…

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Usman’s last attempt for the ABU featherweight title was against Edward Kakembo of Uganda in 2015 which the Nigerian lost via a unanimous decision. News Sports 

Waidi “Skoro” Usman vs. Michael “Shaka” Nyawade

By James Agbereb Nigeria’s Waidi “Skoro” Usman will hope to be second time time lucky when he takes on Michael “Shaka” Nyawade of Kenya for the African Boxing Union (ABU) featherweight title at the 14th GOtv Boxing Night, reports. The bouts were announced during a press conference by the organisers in Lagos on Tuesday. The 14th edition will take place inside the Indoor Sports Hall, National Stadium, Lagos on April, 14. Usman’s last attempt for the ABU featherweight title was against Edward Kakembo of Uganda in 2015 which the Nigerian lost…

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Le Clos, Van Der Burgh to Headline SA Commonwealth Games Trials

  Johannesburg – Olympians Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh will be among Mzansi’s aquatic stars who will be taking to the water at the KwaZulu-Natal Aquatics Premier Championships, doubling as the official Commonwealth Games Trials, taking place at the Kings Park Aquatics Centre in Durban, from 16 – 22 December 2017. Four hundred and sixty (460) swimmers will compete to secure a place in the final team that will be selected to represent SA in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia from 4th to 15th April 2018. Straight from…

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