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Early goals from Bernard Ovoke and Frederick Obomate helped Nigerian representative in the CAF confederations cup, Rivers United back to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Ugandan side Kampala City Council Authority, KCCA in the match-day 4 encounter at the Yakubu Gowon stadium Port Harcourt.

Rivers United had the upper hand from the kick off and the advantage saw Bernard Ovoke capitalised on the sloppy KCCA defence to head home the first goal in Just 54 seconds after kickoff before Frederick Obomate connected a pass and with all the composure and calm slotted home beyond the goalkeeper despite the pressure from the KCCA defence in the 15th minute of the game.

the goal jolted the Ugandan side to life with Geofrey Serunkuma profiting from a defensive lapse by Rivers united to reduce the deficit just before half time.

The second half saw KCCA grow in confidence but could not convert the dominance to goals before they were reduced to 10 men when Kavuma received a  second booking for a foul on Bolaji Sakin in the 89th minute.

The victory moves Rivers United into second spot in group A of the with 6 points from 4 games.

 

Stuart Baxter, coach of the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, has mocked Nigerian Super Eagles after their 2-0 loss in Uyo on Saturday in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

 

The Englishman said that much as the Super Eagles controlled the match, especially in the early stages, the team lacked the required quality upfront.

 

 

Speaking to South African media on Sunday, Baxter noted that with good cutting edge in front of goal, the score line would not have been bad for the Super Eagles.

 

“We are still relishing that result and it is good that we win. I am so happy because I just joined the team back and it is good we start well for the AFCON qualifiers.

 

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“I will still say kudos to the Nigerians because they stretched us and made some dangerous movements. But if I may sound very respectful and modest, their attack was not the very best they could have presented.

 

 

“They were without quality frontline, otherwise, they could have scored in the early exchanges but like I said earlier, it is good that my players responded very well in the match,” he said.

 

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Nigeria is currently third in the qualifying group behind leaders, Libya, and South Africa and will play Seychelles, who lost 1-5 to Libya in their next encounter.

Derrick Nsibambi scored twice for Uganda's KCCA to earn them a 2-1 win over Nigeria's Rivers United in Kampala on Saturday.

He scored KCCA's first after 15 minutes before Bolaji Sakin fired into the roof of the net 18 minutes later to equalize for Rivers.

Nsibambi scored what proved to be the winner with a shot from inside the area with 19 minutes left to play.

Despite the win KCCA coach Mike Mutebi felt his side should have won by more.

"We should have got more goals because we created the chances, but now we return to the drawing board for the away game in Nigeria on June 20th," he said.

His Nigerian counterpart Stanley Eguma was not happy with his defence.

"My boys tried to play a good game, but the early goal was our problem. We also didn't defend well," he said.

The other match in Group A was played on Friday and Morocco's FUS Rabat came from behind to beat visiting Club Africain of Tunisia 2-1.

Algerian Ibrahim Chenihi gave the Tunisian's the lead after 19 minutes before FUS drew level early in the second half through a penalty by Mohammed Fouzair.

Ayoub Skouma found the net in injury time to give the Moroccans all three points.

The results mean that after three group matches FUS and KCCA both have six points while Rivers and Club Africain are on three.

Also on Saturday in Group D there was a 1-0 win for Guinea's Horoya away in Gabon against Mounana.

Seydou Camara with the only goal of the match after 72 minutes.

The result puts Horoya onto five points from three matches while Mounana are still searching for the first one of the group stage.

On Sunday holder TP Mazembe of DR Congo host SuperSport United of South Africa in the other Group D encounter both sides are on four points from two games.

On Friday in Group B Swaziland's Mbabane Swallows earned a goalless draw with visitors Mouloudia Alger of Algeria.

The draw keeps Mouloudia at the top of Group B with five points and Mbabane second a point behind.

Three-time winners CS Sfaxien can overtake both teams if they beat South Africa's Platinum Stars in Tunisia on Sunday evening.

THE NBA DRAFT OF 2017

Written by Richie Emeruwa

The NBA draft is coming up, and the date is set for the 23rd of june,2017, meaning all hopefuls, both seniors and freshmen alike all have until the 23rd of this month to get their act together and prove to the teams and the coaches that they are worthy of Having their names go down in history.

THE MOCK DRAFT; the mock draft of the NBA is a visual simulation of the NBA draft and how it might go down,(hopefully if you ask me) the draft below is only a simulation (meaning its fake in lay mans terms) so don’t get your hopes up!

2017 Mock Draft

Updated: 6/19/17 8:17 am

# Team Player H W P School C

1 Philadelphia         Markelle Fultz 6-4 190 PG Washington         Fr.

2 LA Lakers         Lonzo Ball         6-6 190 PG UCLA         Fr.

3 Boston Josh Jackson 6-8 205 SG/SF Kansas Fr.

4 Phoenix De'Aaron Fox 6-3 170 PG Kentucky Fr.

5 Sacramento Jayson Tatum 6-8 205 SF Duke Fr.

6 Orlando Jonathan Isaac 6-10 210 SF/PF Florida St. Fr.

7 Minnesota         Dennis Smith 6-2 195 PG NC State Fr.

8 New York         Frank Ntilikina 6-5 190 PG France Intl.

9 Dallas Malik Monk         6-3 200 SG Kentucky Fr.

10 Sacramento Zach Collins         6-11 230 C Gonzaga Fr.

11 Charlotte         Lauri Markkanen 7-0 230 PF Arizona Fr.

12 Detroit Luke Kennard 6-6 195 SG Duke So.

13 Denver John Collins         6-9 225 PF/C Wake Forest So.

14 Miami Donovan Mitchell         6-2 210 SG Louisville So.

15 Portland        Justin Patton 6-11 230 C Creighton Fr.

16 Chicago Jarrett Allen 6-10 235 C Texas Fr.

17 Milwaukee         Bam Adebayo 6-10 245 PF/C Kentucky Fr.

18 Indiana Kyle Kuzma 6-9 225 PF Utah Jr.

19 Atlanta Justin Jackson 6-8 200 SF North Carolina Jr.

20 Portland         TJ Leaf 6-10 225 PF UCLA Fr.

21 Oklahoma Cty Ivan Rabb         6-10 220 PF/C California So.

22 Brooklyn         Harry Giles         6-10 230 PF/C Duke Fr.

23 Toronto Terrance Ferguson 6-7 185 SG USA Intl.

24 Utah          DJ Wilson         6-10 235 PF Michigan Jr.

25 Orlando Jawun Evans 6-0 185 PG Oklahoma State So.

26 Portland         Jordan Bell         6-8 225 PF/C Oregon Jr.

27 Brooklyn         Caleb Swanigan 6-9 250 PF/C Purdue So.

28 LA Lakers         Wesley Iwundu 6-7 195 SG/SF Kansas State Sr.

29 San Antonio Frank Jackson 6-3 200 PG/SG Duke Fr.

30 Utah         Isaiah Hartenstein 7-0 250 PF Germany Intl.

# Team            Player            H     W P School C

31 Atlanta Ike Anigbogu 6-10 250 C UCLA Fr.

32 Phoenix OG Anunoby 6-7 235 SF/PF Indiana So.

33 Orlando Tony Bradley 6-10 250 C North Carolina Fr.

34 Sacramento Semi Ojeleye 6-6 240 SF/PF SMU Jr.

35 Orlando Tyler Lydon 6-9 215 PF Syracuse So.

36 Philadelphia         PJ Dozier 6-6 200 PG/SG South Carolina So.

37 Boston Johnathan Motley 6-9 240 PF Baylor Jr.

38 Chicago Dwayne Bacon 6-6 220 SG/SF Florida St. So.

39 Philadelphia         Damyean Dotson 6-6 205 SG/SF Houston Sr.

40 New Orleans Josh Hart 6-5 210 SG Villanova Sr.

41 Charlotte         Derrick White 6-4 190 PG/SG Colorado Sr.

42 Utah         Sindarius Thornw 6-5 210 SG South Carolina Sr.

43 Houston Tyler Dorsey 6-4 185 SG Oregon So.

44 New York         Cam Oliver 6-8 240 PF Nevada So.

45 Houston Anzejs Pasecniks 7-1 220 C Latvia Intl.

46 Philadelphia         Mathias Lessort 6-9 235 PF France Intl.

47 Indiana Jonah Bolden 6-10 235 PF Australia Intl.

48 Milwaukee         Dillon Brooks 6-6 220 SF Oregon Jr.

49 Denver Vlatko Cancar 6-8 210 SF Slovenia Intl.

50 Philadelphia         Alec Peters 6-8 235 PF Valparaiso Sr.

51 Denver Jaron Blossomgame 6-7 220 SF Clemson Sr.

52 Washington         Aleksandar Vezen 6-9 225 SF/PF Bulgaria Intl.

53 Boston Frank Mason 6-0 190 PG Kansas Sr.

54 Phoenix Monte Morris 6-2 175 PG Iowa St. Sr.

55 Utah         Edmond Sumner 6-5 175 PG/SG Xavier So.

56 Boston Isaiah Hicks 6-8 235 PF North Carolina Sr.

57 Brooklyn         Wesley Da Silva 6-6 190 SG/SF Brazil Intl.

58 New York         VJ Beachem 6-7 195 SF Notre Dame Sr.

59 San Antonio Charles Cooke 6-5 190 SG Dayton Sr.

60 Atlanta Kobi Simmons 6-4 170 PG/SG Arizona Fr

Players from Rivers Hoopers and Hoops & Read Basketball clubs dominated the list of 12 players selected by the Nigeria Basketball Federation's head coaches for the 2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League All - Star Game in Kano.


Hoopers Solomon Ajegbeyi who has had a stellar season in his first year at Port Harcourt based Rivers Hoopers will be joined by teammate Emmanuel Balogun with both making their fifth All-Star game appearances while Oghenetano Emuhowo who has been shortlisted for a second straight All-Star Game completes the trio of the KingsMen heading to Kano this weekend. Komonibo Victor, Oriakhi Oween and Jide Ogunsemore are their counterparts from Hoops & Read after the debutants had a wonderful season with their club so far.

SOLOMON AJEGBEYI OF RIVERS HOOPERS


Rivers Hoopers head Coach Ogoh Odaudu will be the coach in charge of the Atlantic Conference and will be hoping to lead the Conference to victory after the Atlantic Conference lost the All-star game to the Savanna conference last season.


Players from other teams in the Atlantic Conference include:
David Godwin – Kwara Falcons
Okiki Michael - Customs
Mojuba  Oyeleye– Kwara Falcons
Seun Akinwale – Customs
Kevin Odoh – Oluyole Warriors
Kamal  Ayanlere – Police Batons


The 2017 All-Star game is set for Saturday, 17th June at the indoor sports Hall of the Kofomata stadium, Kano.

Warriors' Kerr still out indefinitely -- Golden State has enjoyed its 11-day layoff, kicking back and preparing for the Western Conference semifinals while it waited for the winner of the Utah Jazz-LA Clippers series. As Game 1 of Jazz-Warriors looms tonight (10:30 ET, TNT), Golden State may be rested but it will still be without coach Steve Kerr. Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com has more on how Kerr's health is faring of late:

 

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr will continue to have medical tests and procedures this week at Stanford. He remains out indefinitely.

 

Kerr has been sidelined by symptoms, including migraines and nausea, related to complications from the back surgery he had almost two years ago.

 

Assistant coach Mike Brown will continue to act as head coach of the Warriors for Game 1 against the Utah Jazz on Tuesday, as he did for Games 3 and 4 of the Warriors' first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

 

"I think the way we look at it is plan on him [Kerr] not coming back," Warriors forward Draymond Green told reporters. "That's the way we're approaching this thing ... Mike Brown is our coach, we have the rest of our staff, and that's who we're rolling with."

 

"We're gonna hope and pray that Steve gets better and can get back," Green said. "But at the end of the day, his health is more important than anything ... We know how bad he wanted to be here and how bad we would love for him to be here. But at the end of the day, he needs to take care of what he has to take care of.

 

"And whether that's this year or next year, then you know, we're ready. But we're gonna approach this entire thing as 'Steve isn't coming back.' And that's our approach for this entire playoffs until we hear otherwise."

 

The Starters discuss the looming series between the Warriors and Jazz.

 

After making it more than clear he plans to play in Game 2, Markieff Morris says he'll be a game-time decision tonight. 

Pamodzi Sports Marketing,organisers of the Okpekpe international 10km road race has thanked sponsors and donors who provided the over N150m financial and other logistic support towards the success of the fifth edition of the race held penultimate Saturday in Okpekpe,Edo state.

 

”The Okpekpe road race since inception in 2013 is a private sector driven event and this is why we are grateful to corporate Nigeria who have stood by us in terms of their financial support to see that the race did not only grow but also become certified by the world governing body for the sport,the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which accorded it a bronze label status in 2015,’said Mike Itemuagbor,promoter of the race and CEO of Pamodzi Sports Marketing.

 

‘We are grateful for the support Ecobank Nigeria, a subsidiary of the Ecobank Group has given us since we became a bronze label race in 2015.In fact this year the bank increased its financial support as official bank of the race,’revealed Itemuagbor who also thanked such banks as Access Bank and Keystone bank for their donation as well as a consortium of insurance companies who provided cover for the race.

 

‘Cornerstone Insurance,Sovereign Trust and Leadway insurance also contributed to the success story the Okpekpe race has become today,’he further said.

 

Itemuagbor is especially grateful to His Excellency,the executive governor of Edo state,Godwin Obaseki whose interest in the race attracted some of the donors who made some substantial donations to the race.

 

‘I want to thank the governor,the government and the good people of Edo state for their support.Edo state government provided the fantastic infrastructure that made the race possible in the first place.Without the road constructed from Auchi to Okpekpe I don’t think the idea to have a 10 kilometre race there would have even crossed our minds.’I also thank the governor and government of Edo state for also providing the enabling environment as well as helping with the payment of the prize money to make the race a success.I want to call on more corporate Nigerians and government to come on board and partner with us as we prepare to announce another race in another sate in due course,’Itemuagbor added.

 

‘The Okpekpe race has aided sports development in the state and any rational mind would undoubtedly agree that sports development in Edo and Nigeria is something that we should pursue vigorously. To do so, it requires investment, it requires government commitment and that’s what Edo government led by Godwin Obaseki provided’.

African Champions, Cameroon, will seek to strengthen their hope of qualifying from the group stage, in their second game against Australia at the on-going FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at the Saint Petersburg Stadium 18:00 local time.

Cameroon is taking nothing for granted, after losing the Indomitable Lions' first game against South American giant Chile, by 2 goals to nothing.

Goals by Arturo Vidal and Eduardo Vargas in the 81st and 90th minutes respectively won the game for the Chilean after they had a goal disallowed for offside by the Video Assistant Referee.

For Cameroon to achieve their aim, they will need goalkeeper Ondoa and striker Aboubakar to be at their best.

Also coming from a shock 2 - 3 loss to a "depleted" German side, the Australian are also hoping to get the maximum point in order to keep their hope alive.

 

Possible Line-Ups

Cameroon: Ondoa; Mabouka, Auguissa, Teikeu, Ngadeu; Moukandjo, Aboubakar, Bassogog; Siani, Djoum, Fai.

Australia: Ryan; Degenek, Milligan, Leckie, Wright; Juric, Mooy, Behich; Sainsbury, Luongo, Rogic.

 

 

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to appear for his post-match press conference following Portugal's draw with Mexico.

The European champions opened their Confederations Cup campaign with a 2-2 draw in Kazan.

Ronaldo, who set up Ricardo Quaresma for Portugal's opener, was named the official FIFA man of the match for the encounter.

Players given the award are obliged to speak at the post-match press conference.

But Ronaldo didn't take questions amid reports he was "undergoing treatment" and only spoke to FIFA's official channel about the game.

He said: “It was not the result we wanted, the team had the game almost won and we conceded a goal in the last minutes, but that is football    .

“We are calm and thinking about the next game. There are no alarm bells ringing.”

Ronaldo continues to be tipped to leave Real Madrid this summer after being accused of tax evasion.

He reportedly wants out of Spain with a return to Manchester United mooted for the Portugal skipper.

Hector Moreno secured a point for Mexico in Russia as he cancelled out Cedric's strike for Portugal.

Javier Hernandez had earlier levelled following Quaresma's opening goal.

Ten-man Italy beat Zambia 3-2 after extra-time in a thrilling encounter to advance to the semi-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017.

Patson Daka scored his second goal of the tournament inside the first four minutes to give the Junior Chipolopolo an early lead. Emmanuel Banda found Daka with a carefully-weighted and perfectly-timed through pass, and the forward finished the move with aplomb, chipping his shot past Andrea Zaccagno.

The Italians responded with wave after wave of attack, but failed to find the crucial breakthrough. The match then took a significant turn right before half-time when, after a video assistant referee review, Giuseppe Pezzella received a straight red card for a shove on Edward Chilufya that denied an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

Against all odds, Italy scored an equaliser within five minutes at the start of the second half. Riccardo Orsolini scored his fourth of the tournament when he guided home a header from the back post after a cross by Giuseppe Panico

Fashion Sakala then matched Orsolini with his fourth of the tournament in the 84th minute with a well-placed strike into the top corner from 12 yards. Zambia thought they were through, but substitute Federico Dimarco had other ideas.

The substitute curled in a superb free-kick inside Zambia's left post to send the match into extra-time. Zambia nearly scored in extra-time when substitute Kenneth Kalunga fired just wide of goal after neatly juggling the ball past Italy's defence. The Africans would be made to rue that missed opportunity.

In the 110th minute, two substitutes combined to score the winning goal as Dimarco's corner kick found Luca Vido eight yards from goal and he headed in from close range to send the Italians into the U-20 World Cup semi-finals for the first time.

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