Al Ahly, Wydad Set for CAF Champions League Final

first_imgBoth sides were made to work for their place in the final, especially Wydad, who played out a goalless draw with USM Alger in the first leg of their semi-final before recording a hard-earned 3-1 win in the second. For their part, Al Ahly overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit against Etoile Sportive du Sahel with an emphatic 6-2 victory in the return.Wydad have scored just the one win on the road in the competition so far, at Coton Sport. Their five other away matches yielded that solitary draw at USM Alger and four defeats, including a 2-0 reverse away to Al Ahly in the group phase. The Moroccans will need to turn that shaky form around if they are to come away from Egypt with a result that keeps their trophy hopes intact.Al Ahly have registered four wins and two draws in six matches in front of their fans. Their frontline has been in fine form of late, scoring twice away to Esperance de Tunis in the quarter-finals and once at Etoile Sportive du Sahel in the semis, before putting six past Etoile in the return. The Egyptians will be anxious to keep the goals flowing on Saturday as they bid for yet another African title.Both finalists have each been indebted to a Moroccan player in their campaigns, with Walid Azaro of Al Ahly and Achraf Bencharki of Wydad both scoring four goals along the way. The duo are now gunning to end the competition as its leading scorer. Azaro boosted his tally with a hat-trick in his side’s second-leg demolition of Etoile in the semis, while Bencharki struck a brace in Wydad’s return against USM Alger.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After a long journey that has taken in the length and breadth of Africa, the 2017 CAF Champions League is about to reach its conclusion, with two teams from the north of the continent set to fight it out for the trophy saturday.Lining up on one side is Al Ahly of Egypt, the most successful team in the competition’s history, with Wydad Casablanca, one of Morocco’s oldest clubs, facing them on the other.last_img read more

Track sweeps weekly Pac-12 Field Athlete awards

first_imgThe Trojans swept the Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Week awards this week, taking home the honors for both male and female athletes.It was the second consecutive honor for redshirt junior Eric Sloan, who took home men’s field Athlete of the Week for his victory in the triple jump at last weekend’s Beach Invitational in Long Beach. In order to notch the win, Sloan beat out an Olympian and a former U.S. triple jump champion with a 16.42m finish in the event. The jump was more than two feet longer than any Pac-12 finish this season, and placed Sloan second among all NCAA athletes for this season. He now holds the top distances for the long jump and the triple jump for the Pac-12 this season.Sophomore Margaux Jones finished first among the collegiate athletes at the Beach Invitational, placing third overall in the long jump. Her finish of 6.31m was a season-best and also set a new record for the Pac-12 this season. She finished behind two non-collegiate competitors — a 2015 Pan American Games gold medalist and a former Pac-12 champion.The Trojans now have seven Pac-12 weekly awards under their belts for the track and field season. Other winners include redshirt junior Nick Ponzio, junior Deanna Hill, redshirt senior Just’N Thymes and junior Kendall Ellis. Next up, the Trojans head to San Diego for the Triton Invitational at UCSD. The men’s team is now ranked No. 11 in the country, while the women’s team is staying steady in their slot at No. 5.last_img read more

Jazz’s Bojan Bogdanovic on game-winner: Coaches trusted me despite my bad night

first_imgMORE: Blazers’ Lillard frustrated with Jazz’s Mitchell, officials after controversial loss👀 every angle of Bojan Bogdanovic’s #TissotBuzzerBeater for the @utahjazz win! #ThisIsYourTime #TakeNote— NBA (@NBA) February 10, 2020The forward finished with eight points in 32 minutes on 2-of-7 shooting as Utah improved to 34-18.Bogdanovic praised Utah’s coaching staff for giving him the chance despite his below-par performance.”First of all, I wasn’t supposed to be on the court on the last play the way I played the whole game,” he told AT&T SportsNet. “But that’s the coaching staff, they believe in me, they gave me the opportunity to shoot the game-winning shot.”I stayed confident, I know that I’m able to hit all shots and at the end of the game, it’s a very important W for us.”James Harden finished with a triple-double of 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Rockets, while Russell Westbrook had 39 points. Bojan Bogdanovic said he should not have even been on the court to produce his game-winner for the Jazz against the Rockets on Sunday.Bogdanovic had struggled for much of the contest, but he hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to lift the Jazz to a 114-113 victory. “That was our game plan, to take the ball out of James’ hands. We did a great job the whole game,” Bogdanovic said. “Rudy [Gobert] was guarding, big time, Russell Westbrook all game.”Bogdanovic also talked up the importance of the win for Utah (34-18), which now leads Houston (33-20) by 1 1/2 games for fourth place in the Western Conference.”Like I said, big and really important victory for us,” he said.last_img read more