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first_imgAs you are probably aware, Kevin Harvick won this year’s NASCAR Championship.  He did so by winning the final race at Homestead, Florida, a week or so ago.  Of the 4 finalists, he actually was one of the year’s best drivers.  However, several multiple winners on this years circuit were eliminated earlier by the new format.  What was supposed to be a system that made winning count for everything did not work that way.  It is ironic that one bad race was able to eliminate several deserving drivers.Gordon, Johnson, and Earnhardt were in the top 5 in points most of the season.  One bad finish by each of these drivers eliminated them from the championship.  Jeff Gordon lost out by 1 point after winning as many races during the season as any other driver.  It is my opinion that they should still carry over points all during the playoffs and not start a new point total after 4 races.  I know the last race was made very exciting for the fans because it was a “winner take all” for the 4 finalists.  In 2 of the last 3 years the championship was decided before the last race, so the NASCAR hierarchy devised this new system to keep the championship race alive until the final lap.I hope they tweak it somehow to avoid elimination of the top drivers before the last race.  Under the old system, Pittsbor0, Indiana’s, Jeff Gordon would have been the champion.last_img read more

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Iwobi suffers hamstring injury

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Alex Iwobi has suffered a hamstring injury in Everton’s home game against Arsenal on Saturday. The 23-year-old, who was making his 16th Premier League appearance of the season, was replaced by Cenk Tosun in the 11th minute. He was cheered by the Gunners fans as he hobbled off the pitch for further treatment. Everton would be hoping the injury doesn’t keep the Super Eagles midfielder out of action for a substantial period as they are just three points away from the relegation zone.Tags: alex iwobiArsenalCenk TosunEvertonSuper Eagleslast_img read more

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Dillon ‘disappointed’ over TTCB move but confident of holding onto job

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Trinidad and Tobago head coach, Mervyn Dillon, says it was “disappointing” he was not formally notified that his job was being advertised by the T&T Cricket Board, but believes he still has an excellent chance of retaining the post.The former West Indies fast bowler’s contract expires at the end of April but earlier last week, the TTCB posted an advertisement for the position.“I am quite confident. I think I am probably in a better position than anybody else to retain the job,” he told the NewsDay here.“Funny enough I heard about it (advertisement) after one of the [media] guys called me [last Thursday] morning. That’s when I found out about it, which was kind of disappointing because even if it is being advertised I would think I would be one of the first people to be notified.”He added: “I spoke to the president (Azim Bassarath) and Mr (Dudnath) Ramkissoon (cricket operations officer). The president insisted that I was told that the job was going to be advertised, but I don’t think I am losing my memory.“That was not the case as far as I am concerned. I did not have that conversation.”In response, Ramkissoon conceded while Dillon had not been informed when the position was being advertised, he should have known based on the terms of his contract renewal last November.“The executive met recently and decided to send out the ad. He is correct, we did not tell him it was going out,” explained Ramkissoon.“But in November he knew because the letter he got advising him that his contract was extended until the end of April clearly stated at the end of one of the paragraphs ‘while your tenure will end in April you are free to apply for the job of head coach of the Red Force’.”The move to advertise the post comes on the heels of T&T Red Force’s best ever finish in the six-year professional era of the first championship, when they ended second behind champions Barbados Pride.With a single win after the first five rounds of the competition, Red Force rebounded to win two of the last three matches, before the tournament was abandoned following the eighth round due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.Red Force finished on 94.6 points from three wins, two defeats and three draws but were adrift of perennial bitter rivals Pride by a whopping 40 points, and only marginally ahead of joint third place finishers Guyana Jaguars and Jamaica Scorpions on 91.8.Dillon, who took over mid-season in the 2018-19 campaign, led Red Force to a fourth place finish then before guiding them to a semi-final spot in the Super50 Cup later that year.But tensions between Dillon and former West Indies and Red Force captain, Denesh Ramdin, boiled over during the just concluded season, leading to a public spat between the two.Ramdin, dropped after just two matches, accused Dillon of not wanting him around and disrespecting senior players, while revealing they hardly communicated with each other.Dillon, who played 38 Tests for West Indies between 1998 and 2004, responded by accusing Ramdin of telling “blatant lies”.Ramkissoon, who said the TTCB hoped to close the hiring process by next month, also made it clear Dillon would have to apply in order to be considered.“Once he applies [he is in contention]. I don’t know how many other people will apply, but you want the process to be transparent and fair.”last_img read more

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Falconets Beat Cameroon in Shoot out to Win Football Gold

first_imgThe Nigerian U-20 girls battled the Cameroonians to standstill in thekeenly-contested game between two teams that had settled for a 1-1 draw in a group phase match eight days earlier.The result was 0-0 after regulation and extra time at the Stade Boubker Aamar outside Rabat.In the ensuing penalty shoot-out, the Nigeria U-20 girls, one of only four teams to have featured in every edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup since the competition started 17 years ago, triumphed.The victory was the first gold for the Falconets at the African Games in 12 years, having not qualified for the 10th edition in Mozambique in 2011 and finishing outside the medals’ range in Brazzaville four years ago.It was also a fitting accomplishment to bid bye to the first captain of the Falconets team, Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine, whose remains were committed to mother earth in Lagos on the same day.Meanwhile, their male counterparts, 1973 champions Nigeria, will look to win their first gold in men’s football tournament of the African Games when they take on Burkina Faso in the final of the event in Rabat today.The seven-time African champions edged a memorable encounter with Mali in the semi finals, which went into extra time, penalty shoot-out and sudden death session before they could be separated.Burkina Faso’s U20 side also had to endure the gruel of penalty shoot-out to oust Senegal in the second semi final, and today’s battle for gold will be no contest for weak bones.In the men’s bronze medal match played yesterday, Mali defeated Senegal 4-3 in penalty shoot out to claim the medal. Regulation and extra time ended goalless.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 12th AFRICAN GAMES Flying Eagles also eye gold against Burkina FasoNigeria’s dominance of cadet football in the continent continued on Thursday as the Falconets defeated Cameroon 3-2 in penalty shoot out toemerge champions of the women’s football tournament of the 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco.last_img read more

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Syracuse football recruiting: Safety Devon Clarke joins Orange’s 2016 class after initial commitment in July wasn’t accepted

first_img Published on January 17, 2016 at 7:13 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe is ranked with three stars and as the 83rd best safety in the 2016 class by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. Clarke joins safety Scoop Bradshaw and cornerback Carl Jones as the three defensive backs in SU’s 2016 class.Syracuse’s previous coaching staff recruited the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Osceola (Florida) High School defensive back, but his commitment was turned down. On July 29, he tweeted that he’d verbally committed to the Orange but after it wasn’t accepted, he expressed his disappointment the next day. Class of 2016 safety Devon Clarke verbally committed to Syracuse, he confirmed to The Daily Orange on Sunday. Clarke is now the 14th member of the Orange’s 2016 class and the third defensive back.Clarke is the seventh player to commit since head coach Dino Babers was hired on Dec. 5. Clarke is on an official visit to SU this weekend. He announced his commitment via Twitter. Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: Devon Clarke tweets indicate safety won’t join Class of 2016New SU recruiting policy complicating management of scholarshipsSyracuse football recruiting: 3-star 2016 DE Kendall Coleman flips commitment from Western Michigan to SyracuseSyracuse football recruiting: 2016 athlete Sean Riley flips from Arizona to SyracuseSyracuse football hires Asil Mulbah as director of recruitingcenter_img “‘I don’t know where I want to go anymore because I really wanted to go to Syracuse,’” Clarke told The Daily Orange of what he recalled thinking. “But then they said, ‘We still want you. We just want you to come visit our campus.’ … I was like ‘alright, that’s fine.’”As of Jan. 6, Clarke didn’t have any contact with Syracuse’s new coaching staff and assumed it lost interest. But the next day, he was contacted and invited to take an official visit. As of 5:25 p.m. on Sunday though, he said had not even received an offer. Less than an hour later, he verbally committed.Syracuse allowed 256.7 passing yards per game last season, which ranked last in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Orange return defensive backs Antwan Cordy (sophomore), Rodney Williams (redshirt freshman), Chauncey Scissum (sophomore), Cordell Hudson (redshirt freshmen), as well as freshmen Kielan Whitner, Christopher Fredrick and Daivon Ellison.Clarke’s commitment is the third of the weekend, joining defensive end Kendall Coleman and athlete Sean Riley. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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USC focuses on perfection to prepare for Stanford

first_imgSenior Cam Smith is one of the captains on the USC defense. He will need to be a defensive role model against Stanford. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)On a gloomy afternoon at Howard Jones Field, the Trojans enjoyed a slightly relaxed practice after a heavy contact Tuesday of play. With the first road game of the season only days away, head coach Clay Helton emphasized third-down efficiency throughout Wednesday’s practice. “Be perfect,” Helton shouted as his receivers practiced one-on-one drills. “This is the key right here.”The rivalry has evolved since Helton arrived at USC, becoming one of the fiercest and earliest tests of each season for the team. Ahead of this year’s game, Helton reminisced on the classic battles he’s witnessed before — the triple-overtime loss, Andre Heidari’s 53-yard field goal, Andrew Luck’s last minute march down the field. After the pair faced off twice last season, he says that the rivalry has only grown stronger.“It has always been a close game,” Helton said. “It’s been some of my favorite memories and some of my favorite heart breaks. It just always seems like an extremely physical contest. Both teams take a lot of pride into this game.”Helton adjusts for Stanford attackThe defense shone as the first team closed out practice with a two-minute drill. Linebackers junior Jordan Iosefa and senior Porter Gustin forced freshman quarterback JT Daniels to backpedal into a sack to force a third-down situation, and cornerback Greg Johnson snagged a pick to close out practice. The sideline roared as the redshirt freshman crashed onto his back, celebrating the play, as Helton looked on with a grin.Against a team like Stanford, consistent defensive pressure will be key to grind down major offensive threats such as running back Bryce Love and quarterback K.J. Costello. Team captain Cam Smith emphasized the importance of creating long third down situations to force Stanford to push through every snap.“They’re more multidimensional than they have been,” Smith said. “They like to get the ball to the perimeter with their big guys. We always do a really good job of preparing against these guys. This game always means something more to us.”Love, who enters the season as the clear favorite for the Heisman, will be the first priority for the defense to shut down. But after flourishing last season as a sophomore, Costello also provides an arsenal of skill in the air, creating a dual threat for the defense to address. The secondary dedicated a solid period of practice to drills guarding corner routes, which Costello typically bombs 25 or 35 yards deep. Stanford also boasts a muscly offensive line, and Helton emphasized that the interior of the defensive line will be put to the test to apply pressure on Costello and plug Love at the line. Players who weigh over 300 pounds, such as Brandon Pili, will be key in balancing out the battle in the trenches.Injury reportTight end Josh Falo provided a bright spot on the sidelines for the Trojans on Wednesday, staying out of pads but practicing non-contact drills on his own as he continues rehabilitating a hamstring injury. Falo looked comfortable running sprints and practicing cuts in the open field, and Helton feels optimistic that he will be back to full speed soon. Center Toa Lobendahn also continues to look strong after returning to practice on Tuesday. After struggling to finish practice on Tuesday, defensive tackle Brandon Pili stuck to the sidelines with a wrist injury. His wrist remains tightly taped, but Helton said he expects the sophomore to play on Saturday against Stanford.Greg Johnson returned after sitting out with a 24-hour bug yesterday, but Isaiah Pola-Mao sat out with the same illness. Safety Bubba Bolden remains out of contention with an unaddressed suspension, and Helton had no comment on the sophomore’s status during Wednesday’s practice.last_img read more

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Employers inaccurately reporting employees hours

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich –Some employees in Michigan are almost working for free which has prompted an investigation.The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division paid over 49,000 in back wages to four employees.The department determined that the violations for the fire protection and law enforcement employees resulted from overtime requirements of the fair labor standards act.The city failed to recognize and pay overtime to the four employees.According to Spokesperson for WHD, Timolin Mitchell, employers must understand the laws that apply to their employees.For more information about the laws enforced by the wage and hour division, you can visit dol.gov/agencies/WHD.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Blue Cross Blue Shield extends benefits for membersNext Feast of Corpus Christi celebrated at the riverlast_img read more

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Duke, UNC deliver a trilogy fight that lives up to the hype

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Like the “Thrilla in Manila” almost 44 years ago, sometimes the third matchup between a pair of heavyweights is second to none.A faulty shoe starved the college basketball universe of a close fight in the first two bouts, but the return of the 6-7, 285-pound freshman basketball champion of the world — Zion Williamson — finally gave Duke the edge it needed to be able to rumble with North Carolina and avoid another early knockout. PRINTABLE BRACKET: Get ready for Selection SundayBoth teams proved capable of going the distance. Both teams proved worthy of earning a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. If that happens to be the case, then Duke-UNC the tetralogy is going to be one hell of a show.”We’re fighters,” Reddish said. “Regardless of the situation, regardless of who’s here and who’s not, we’re always going to keep pushing and keep fighting until the buzzer goes off.” “Back and forth, back and forth,” Blue Devils guard/forward Cam Reddish said of Duke’s 74-73 victory over UNC at Spectrum Center. “It was definitely a dogfight from start to finish. Our guys fought really hard and came out with a win.”The two ACC prizefighters exchanged blows for the entire 40 minutes. Just when one team appeared destined for a game-ending run, a counter was never far behind.MORE: ACC Tournament TV schedule, scoresUNC’s Cam Johnson came out of the gates red hot, scoring 14 points in the first 11 minutes to help the Tar Heels (27-6) build a 13-point lead. The Blue Devils (28-5) were rattled; they hit just six of their first 17 shots. Even Williamson, the Blue Devil panacea, started a mortal 2 for 5. A UNC blowout trilogy was in the making.But a Duke team loaded with copious five-star freshman phenoms had a pair of aces up its sleeve that weren’t seen in either of the two previous matchups: Jordan Goldwire and Antonio Vrankovic.The two role players applied lockdown defense and helped to spur a 24-11 run to end the half and even the score as the teams headed to the locker rooms.“Those kids gave us energy,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Instead of [R.J. Barrett and Williamson] giving energy to a teammate, they were getting energy from a teammate.”The second half brought back the superhuman Zion of 24 hours prior. He knocked down 3s, blocked shots and jammed tomahawk dunks in transition. The superstar finished with a game-high 31 points, including the go-ahead bucket with 31 seconds remaining to save Duke from a season sweep by the Tar Heels.”He put on his Superman jersey,” UNC coach Roy Williams said.MORE: Takeaways from Duke’s narrow victoryBarrett had a chance to ice the game with a pair of free throws with 12.4 seconds left, but he missed both of them. Coby White could only manage a contested shot against Tre Jones that bounced out as the horn sounded.”The way we got back into the game wasn’t strategy at all,” Jones said. “It was all heart, fight and how much we wanted it.”The victory sets up a championship game Saturday against Florida State, which upset top-seeded Virginia 69-59 earlier in the night. Duke beat FSU 80-78 on Jan. 12 on a Reddish 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds to go.Friday’s ACC semifinal between the Tobacco Road rival proved two things:First, Duke is everything everyone anticipated at the beginning of the year when it’s at full strength. Williamson doesn’t need to be perfect. His performance Friday was filled with grimaces, swearing and punching the basket structure, yet Duke still managed to prevail.Second, UNC is not in any way diminished. The Tar Heels had to listen to the “asterisk” talk about their two wins over the Blue Devils. Even with Williamson scoring 31 points, UNC had a chance to win on the final possession .last_img read more

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Samardzic: This is One of the greatest Results in my Career

first_imgAleksandra Samardzic won a silver medal at the World Judo Championship U21 that was held in Zagreb, and she is proud of one of the greatest results in her career so far.On the occasion of the silver medal, Aleksandra Samardzic and Arijana Jaha, the General Secretary of the Judo Federation of BiH and one of the coaches of women judo team, addressed the public at a press conference.Aleksandra stated that this silver medal from Zagreb represents one of the greatest results in her career and she is particularly pleased with the fact that she competed in the most massive category.“This result is definitely one of the biggest in my career, if not the biggest one. I came to this results through victories over the representatives of Italy, Germany, Kosovo, and Brazil, and I was defeated by the representative of Germany in the finals. I was leading at the beginning of that match, but I lost the chance to win the gold medal after a minor mistake. I am very pleased with this result because my category was one of the biggest and strongest in this championship,” stated Aleksandra Samardzic.After that, Arijana Jaha, who was the assistant coach in Zagreb, also addressed the public.“I am very proud of Aleksandra’s result, she gave her maximum and she was concentrated in every fight. She had the advantage in the final fight, but she lost control at one point and when her opponent took over the initiative, we lost the opportunity to win a gold medal. Since Aleksandra Samardzic is going out of the junior competition this year, this great medal will stay for history,” said Jaha.Aleksandra Samardzic owns ten European medals in different age categories and she is also the holder of the Olympic Silver Medal for youth from 2014.(Source: K. H./Klix.ba)last_img read more

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Cranes in Botswana for make-or-break AFCON match

first_imgOkwi (left) and Massa in Francistown. PHOTO BY FUFA.CO.UG2017 AFCON QualifierSaturdayBotswana vs Uganda  5pm (LIVE SS4)Francistown Sports ComplexStandings P W D L F A PtsB. Faso        4   2   1  1  3  1   7Uganda       4   2   1  1  3  1   7Botswana   4   2   0  2  3  4   6Comoros    4   1    0  3  2  5   3Uganda Cranes arrived in Botswana Friday morning from neighboring Zimbabwe, a short, smooth and straightforward two hour road journey across the border that is unlike the task they face on Saturday.With two games to the end of the qualification campaign for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Uganda’s Group D is so closely contested that Cranes need a result to stay in contention for a place in the Gabon Finals.Uganda are second to Burkina Faso  on goal difference, but a win will be a huge step to securing Uganda’s first appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations finals since 1978 – as group winner or runners-up.The 13 group winners qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, while the runners-up also qualify if they are one of the two runners-up with the best records when qualification ends in September.Cranes’ away record is nothing to pride in, but soccer governing body FUFA have always argued that it can change if the team is adequately prepared and travel well in advance or their travel is eased with a chartered flight.It has happened this time, with the Cranes in Zimbabwe early in the week, played a friendly, flew to Bulawayo, rested, then traveled the remaining road journey to their destination on Friday.Other than a health scare with Farouk Miya two days back, the rest of the team are in the right frame of mind to take on Botswana.The team has also benefited from the presence of Werder Bremen’s Melvyn Lorenzen.  Lorenzen will not be available yet for selection on Saturday but has been a very good addition technically to the team in training and at the trial match Uganda lost to Zimbabwe 2-0.It is end of the season, with many of the players having made a mark for their teams.Goalkeeper Denis Onyango just been voted best goalkeeper in South Africa, while Miya played regular football for the first time since moving to Standard Liege and tasted glory as his club won the Belgium cup.Miya has all it takes to deliver a result on Saturday.The team that travelled to Botswana: Denis Onyango, Robert Odongkara, Denis Iguma, Joseph Ochaya, Luwagga Kizito, Okwi Emma, Wasswa Hassan Mawanda, Juuko Murushid, Sekisambu Erisa, Kasirye Davis, Massa Geoffrey, Miya Faruku, Lorenzen Melvyn, Walusimbi Godfrey, Aucho Khalid, Lubega Idrisa,  Isinde Isaac, Tony Mawejje and Yassar Mugerwa. Africa Cup of Nations matchday 5 qualifying fixtures this week (all times GMT):Group ADjibouti v Tunisia 1230SundayLiberia v Togo 1600P W D L F A PtsLiberia       4 3 0 1 8 2 9Tunisia      4 2 1 1 9 2 7Togo          4 2 1 1 4 2 7Djibouti     4 0 0 4 1 16 0Group BSundayMadagascar v Democratic Republic of Congo 1130Central African Republic v Angola 1400DR Congo     4 3 0 1 6 4 9C.A.R.           4 2 1 1 5 6 7Angola          4 1 1 2 5 4 4Madagascar 4 0 2 2 3 5 2Group CSouth Sudan v Mali 1330SundayBenin v Equatorial Guinea 1600Mali              4 3 1 0 5 1 10Benin            4 2 2 0 8 4 8S. Sudan       4 1 0 3 3 8 3E. Guinea     4 0 1 3 1 4 1Group D SaturdayBotswana v Uganda 1400SundayComoros v Burkina Faso 1200B. Faso      4 2 1 1 3 1 7Uganda     4 2 1 1 3 1 7Botswana 4 2 0 2 3 4 6Comoros   4 1 0 3 2 5 3Group ESaturdayGuinea-Bissau v Zambia 1600SundayKenya v Congo Brazzaville 1200G. Bissau 4 2 1 1 4 4 7Congo      4 1 3 0 7 5 6Zambia    4 1 3 0 4 3 6Kenya      4 0 1 3 2 5 1Group FFridayLibya v Morocco 1800SaturdaySao Tome e Principe v Cape Verde 1530Morocco 4 4 0 0 7 0 12 – qualifiedC. Verde    4 2 0 2 9 5 6Libya         4 1 0 3 6 5 3Sao Tome  4 1 0 3 3 15 3Group GSaturdayTanzania v Egypt 1300Egypt       3 2 1 0 5 1 7  – qualifiedNigeria      3 0 2 1 1 2 2Tanzania  2 0 1 1 0 3 1Note: Chad withdrew after matchday 3 for financial reasonsGroup HSaturdayRwanda v Mozambique 1330SundayMauritius v Ghana 1100Ghana          4 3 1 0 11 2 10Rwanda       4 2 0 2 6 2 6Mauritius     4 2 0 2 3 12 6Mozambique 4 0 1 3 1 5 1Group ISaturdaySierra Leone v Sudan 1630I. Coast    3 1 2 0 2 1 5Sudan       3 1 1 1 2 2 4S. Leone   2 0 1 1 0 1 1Group JSeychelles 0 Algeria 2SundayLesotho v Ethiopia 1300Algeria    5 4 1 0 19 5 13 – qualifiedEthiopia     4 1 2 1 7 12 5Seychelles 5 1 1 3 4 9 4Lesotho     4 1 0 3 4 8 3Group KSaturdayBurundi v Senegal 1300Namibia v Niger 1500Senegal   4 4 0 0 9 2 12Burundi  4 2 0 2 7 7 6Niger      4 1 0 3 2 6 3Namibia 4 1 0 3 4 7 3Group LSundayZimbabwe v Malawi 1300Swaziland v Guinea 1300Zimbabwe    4 2 2 0 8 3 8Swaziland     4 1 2 1 5 8 5Guinea          4 1 2 1 4 4 5Malawi         4 0 2 2 4 6 2Group MFridayMauritania v Cameroon 1700SaturdayGambia v South Africa 1700Cameroon   4 2 2 0 4 2 8Mauritania 4 2 1 1 5 3 7S. Africa     4 0 3 1 3 5 3Gambia      4 0 2 2 1 3 2Note: 13 group winners and best two runners-up from 11 four-team groups qualify for 2017 Cup of Nations with hosts GabonShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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