Monday, 4 June 2007

What a Weekend !

Well well well ! If your weekend was like mine, I guess then you'll have not recovered from the schedule that was. The intensity in the weekend action in almost all the activities that were. And there was suprises and upsets galore, take a shot here.....
There were Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers where Kenya was among the teams playing. A draw against Swaziland gives Kenya a slim chance of qualifying as one of the 3 best losers (second-placed teams) in the groups. The next game features Eritrea with the last game having Kenya against Angola, who lead the group with 10 points. In an upset of sorts, Nigeria were pipped 1-2 by Uganda but still lead their group with 2 games in hand.
In international friendlies, England held Brazil to a 1-1 draw at the first international game held at Wembley stadium.
Image courtesy of IRB Sevens website
Kenya caused excitement at the IRB Sevens ,Emirates Airline Edinburgh Sevens,when they upset Australia 17-10 and later beat Portugal 22-7 in the third match of the series. However they were bundled out of the Main Cup by losing by a try to Samoa 14-12. They then lost 31-7 to Fiji in the Plate Final. Thus Kenya got 4 points to increase their tally to 22 points & finish just outside the top-10 bracket.
This will give the Kenyan team the much-needed impetus to play their hearts out in the upcoming Safari Sevens tourney in Kenya on June 8-10.
Image courtesy of Getty Images

Against all form books (well even my own expectations !) Cleveland Cavaliers recovered from a 2-0 deficit to take the Eastern Conference title against Detroit Pistons (Game 6 : 98-82). The heir apparent, Lebron James made a sweetsong for Cleveland who the last time they came closest was in 1992 when they lost to Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls. He led the team in rebounds and assists but got much help from rookie Daniel Gibson who has been pivotal in their attack of the championship. They are only the third team in NBA history to come from a 0-2 deficit to win the play-offs finals ( othes being 1971 Baltimore Bullets and 1993 Chicago Bulls).
They play San Antonio Spurs in game 1 on Thursday.
In the test of the 4x4 machines on Kenyan real rugged terrain in the Rhino Charge held at Baringo on June 2nd, Ian Duncan emerged the winner.Mahesh Bahtti, the 2007 Rob’s Magic Quattro Charge winner took second overall,1999 winner Alan McKittrick in a Land Cruiser was third. The winner is usually the team that covers the least ground to reach all the checkpoints.
Photo courtesy of EA Standard
Ian Duncan driving his Toyota KTM Cruiser,visited all the 13 checkpoints in the shortest distance of 58.167km within the cut off time of 10 hoursThere are several prizes up for grabs for the winners. But more important than winning is the taking part in the event and helping raise funds for the Rhino Ark foundation that is building an electric fence around the Aberdare Conservancy.A total of 68 chargers participated in this year’s event that raised Sh68 million.
WRC Acropolis Rally-Greece
Image courtesy of BBC

In the Greek Acropolis Rally, Marcus Gronholm held on to the lead to beat Sebastien Loeb and win the Rally. He now leads the championship standings by 9 points as they head to the Rally of Finland which Gronholm has won consistently over recent years. Here's how they finished on Sunday;
1.Marcus Gronholm (Fin) Ford 3hr 49min 22.6sec
2.Sebastien Loeb (Fra) Citroen at 38.6sec
3.Petter Solberg (Nor) Subaru at 1min 34.1sec
4.Mikko Hirvonen (Fin) Ford at 2:41.3
5.Henning Solberg (Nor) Ford at 4:52.7
6.Chris Atkinson (Aus) Subaru at 6:31.7
7.Jan Kopecky (Cze) Skoda at 8:15.8
8.Manfred Stohl (Aut) Citroen at 8:56.2
9.Guy Wilks (GB) Ford at 9:53.2
10.Matthew Wilson (GB) Ford at 10:39.6

Athletics action had the Prisons Provincial Games held at Nairobi where top athletes representing the Prisons department were having their day at Nyayo National Stadium. Catherine Ndereba,Edith Masai are but a few of the athletes involved in the meet.
In the French Open, Serena Williams kept the US hopes alive by beating D.Safina and set up a meet with Justine Henin-Hardenne. Maria Sharapova saved two match points before beating Patty Schnyder a quarter-final game yesterday.
In the men's court, Roger Federer made history again by equalling John McEnroe's record streak of 11 consecutive straight-sets win in Grand Slams. Though not at his utmost best, it was enough to beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia in the French Open fourth round. In what might be a main match today Rafael Nadal faces Lleyton Hewitt in round 4 of the Open.
Image courtesy of BBC

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