Hellen Obiri Sets New Record at New York City Half Marathon

World 10,000 metres silver medallist Hellen Obiri won the New York City Half Marathon in a new course record on Sunday in the American city.

Obiri was locked in a duel with Ethiopia’s 2015 world silver medallist Senbere Teferi for much of the race but broke away from the just before 15km to triumph in a course record of 1:07:21

Teferi settled for second place after clocking 1:07:55 while European cross-country champion Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal came through for third place in 1:09:53.

“I’m so grateful to have won this race,” said Obiri, the 2019 world cross-country champion. There was a lot of wind, but I tried to push the pace after 15km,”Obiri said

“My mind was just on winning and not the time, because it is a hard course. I still wanted to run sub-70, so I’m happy to have done that and to have won today.”

Manchester United Defeats Manchester City

Manchester United defeated Manchester City 2-1 at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Jack Grealish had put City ahead after jumping off the bench but late goals from Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford grabbed the win for United.

The equalizer from Fernandes was very controversial as Rashford was stood in an offside position and although he didn’t touch the ball he looked to be clearly impacting play.

The Red Devils have now won nine-straight games in all competitions and five-straight in the Premier League.

They have 38 points and are just one point behind second-place Manchester City and six points behind leaders Arsenal.

Erik ten Hag’s side are in this title race, while Pep Guardiola’s reigning champs have lost two games on the bounce to be dumped out of the League Cup and now beaten in the Manchester Derby. They just don’t look like themselves.

Former Chelsea Boss Grant Named as Zambia’s New Coach.

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant was on Thursday named as the new coach of Zambia and ordered to take the country back to “the elite of the African game”.

Grant was also coach to West Ham and the Ghana national team, signed a two-year contract and succeeds Aljosa Asanovic who quit over a pay dispute.

His  first task is to qualify Zambia for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations having missed out on the last three editions.

Zambia, who were African champions for the only time in 2012 and are currently ranked at 88 by FIFA, are in the same qualifying group as Ivory Coast, Comoros and Lesotho.

“I am very happy to be here.I think Zambia has potential,”Grant said

Asad Khan Rally Driver Dies after Alleged Assault by Girlfriend.

Asad Khan renowned  rally driver was pronounced dead on Sunday  after he was  allegedly  assulted by his girlfriend Maxine Wahome who is also a rally driver.

Asad’s brother Adil confirmed that the rally driver was dead.

“Yes, my brother Asad has finally left us. We had been at his bedside ever since he was admitted in the hospital with stab wounds. It is really sad,” Adil said

Adil said that the his brother Asad  lost a lot of blood following the domestic altercation with Wahome on Monday, December 12.

Khan died at Avenue Hospital Days after an alleged assault by his celebrity girlfriend Maxine Wahome.

According to reports,Asad and her girlfriend Maxine got into a fight after Maxine returned home drunk from a dinner party she had attended the previous day.

 

Asad’s girlfriend, Wahome, was released on a Ksh.100,000 cash bail pending investigations into the alleged assault incident.

She was arrested on December 12, 2022 at his apartment in Kilimani after Asad’s brother, Adila Khan, reported the matter to the police after being informed of the incident by the management of the residence.

Family and friends of the renown rally driver took to social media to mourn him .

Messi Wins World Cup Title as Argentina Beat France in the Finals.

Argentina crowned  the world champions for the World Cup  2022  on sunday again for the first time since 1986.

Argentina beat  France, 4-2 in penalty kicks after the teams played to a 3-3 tie through 120 minutes, in a coronation that became an all-time classic.

And just like that 1986 victory in Mexico that was the pinnacle for Diego Maradona, this tournament will go down in history for an all time player  Messi stating his case to be the best ever.

 

“I knew,” said Lionel Messi, “that God was going to give it to me.”

Whatever your theory on destiny, this was a game worthy of the heavens — one that seemed to tilt, turn and gasp along with everyone watching as it shaped up into a complete madness of a finish.

“These players play for their country, for Argentina fans,” coach Lionel Scaloni said.

“That’s what I’ve been saying about them. There are no rivalries in the team, they play for each other, everyone pushing in the right direction. They have so much pride to play for their country — the players broke their backs,”he added.

Morocco to Face France in the 2022 World Cup Semi-Finals.

Morocco to face France in the 2022 World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday 14 December with both sides hoping to meet Argentina in Sunday’s showpiece final at the Lusail Stadium.

France are the reigning champions and the bookmakers’ favourites to win the tournament in Qatar.

Morocco is  the first African team to ever reach this stage of a World Cup and have already topped a group that included Croatia and Belgium, as well as stunning Spain.

The match will  kick off at 10pm local time, which means it will start at 7pm in the UK, which is 2pm EST and 11am PT.

Morocco Faces Portugal in Fifa World Cup Quarters.

Cristiano Ronaldo starts on the bench once more in Portugal’s World Cup quarter-final clash against Morocco on Saturday.

Coach Fernando Santos dropped the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for the last 16 win over Switzerland and maintained a similar line-up against the North Africans.

Goncalo Ramos, who scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 victory, leads the line again, with support from Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva and Joao Felix.

Ruben Neves replaces William Carvalho in defensive midfield for Santos’s only change, while Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo also remains on the bench with Ronaldo.

Morocco have been forced into two changes in defence, with Nayef Aguerd and Noussair Mazraoui both unable to play because of injury problems.

Jawad El Yamiq steps in at centre-back in place of the West Ham defender while Yahya Attiat-Allah plays at left-back in place of the Bayern Munich man.

Morocco maintain the same midfield and attack which helped them see off Spain in the last 16 and qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

American Basketballer Brittney Griner Arrives in the USA after Released from Russian Custody in a Prisoner Exchange.

American basketball star  Brittney  Griner has safely returned to the United States  on Friday after released from custody  in a prisoner exchange.

She was detained by Russian authorities in February,

 

Griner, 32, “arrived at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas early Friday … and was taken to Brooke Army Medical Center for a routine evaluation,” a State Department official said.

According to US officials who met Griner said she was “in good spirits” and “incredibly gracious,”

The basketball star landed at Kelly Field shortly after 5:30 am in the morning.

“So happy to have Brittney back on US soil. Welcome home BG!” tweeted Roger Carstens, a State Department official traveling with Griner, Friday morning.

Brittney was released after prisoner exchange between US and Russia that involved international arms dealer Viktor Bout.

Viktor Bout  was arrested in 2008 in Thailand and extradited to the US in 2010.

The exchange  was finalized when US officials sawa Griner which happened on Thursday at Abu Dhabi tarmac .

President Joe Biden had signed Bout’s official commutation on December 2, the document posted on the Justice Department website shows.

 

Cabinet Approves Kenya’s Bid to Host 2027 AFCON.

 

The Cabinet  on Tuesday approved the proposal for to Kenya host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations alongside other East African nations.

The Cabinet  which was chaired by President William Ruto said Kenya hosting the continental fiesta will go a long way in helping Harambee Stars achieve its ambitious target of qualifying for the 2030 Fifa World Cup.

Sports CS Ababu Namwamba also said  that the government will invest strategically to propel Harambe Stars to the 2030 World Cup edition.

“In a bid to revive the prospects of Kenyan football, Cabinet sanctioned the revitalisation of football as a key cog of our nation’s social fabric. The national effort will encompass the rebuilding of the national men’s team, Harambee Stars, and the rebuilding of the women’s national team, the Harambe Starlets.

“As a stepping stone towards the target of Harambee Stars qualifying for the Fifa World Cup in the year2030, Cabinet approved the proposal to host the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in 2027, alongside EAC partner states. Cabinet noted that the joint bid would deploy the power of sports in furthering regional integration,” part of the Cabinet’s resolutions read.

Uruguay Beats Ghana but Exit World Cup on Goals Scored.

Uruguay crashed out of the World Cup on Friday despite beating Ghana 2-0 after South Korea scored a late winner in the other Group H match to leapfrog the South American side.

Giorgian De Arrascaeta netted twice in quick succession in the first half, with 35-year-old Luis Suarez having a hand in both goals.

However, Suarez finished the match on the bench in tears as he news came in of South Korea’s last-gasp victory over Portugal, which meant the Asian side had moved above the Uruguayans into second place in Group H on goals scored.

Veteran striker Suarez had been at the centre of the pre-match build-up because of his infamous handball in the 2010 quarter-finals, which helped eliminate Ghana.

His name was booed loudly by the Ghana fans when it was read out by the stadium announcers and he got the same treatment every time he touched the ball.

He was also leading the protests when Ghana were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute.

Ghana never recovered from the sucker punch of that missed penalty and the quickfire De Arrascaeta brace, as Uruguay saw out the second half with relative comfort.

News of South Korea’s winner filtered into the stadium five minutes before the end of the match, forcing Uruguay onto the offensive once again.

However, the breakthrough never came and Uruguay exits the World Cup at the group stage for the first time since 2002.

It will come as some small comfort to Ghana that Luis Suárez, the villain from its 2010 clash, was reduced to tears at full time as Uruguay’s players lost their composure, surrounding and manhandling the officials as they walked off the pitch.