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Daily Nation : February 7th 2014
DAILY NATION Friday February 7, 2014 67 SPORT VOLLEYBALL | Botswana also show intent with straight sets victory over Zambia Kenya make short work of Cape Verde in opener Victory sets up host team against African champions Eygpt in a make or break encounter BY DAVID KWALIMWA @kwalimwadavid email@example.com World Championship qualifiers got underway yesterday at the Kasarani gymnasium in Nairobi. Kenya displayed a combination of K some exciting and lacklustre display, but still managed to easily outclass minnows Cape Verde 3-0 in straight of 25-14, 25-17, 25-15 in the opening match for both teams. “We are very happy with our per- formance, but this result shouldn’t excite us because in all honesty the standards of the opposition were very low,” team captain Phillip Maiyo told journalists after the match. Ironically, the visitors took the lead in all the three sets of the match only for Kenya to bounce back and take control of the proceedings. The Turkish based Maiyo and Joseph Ndungu, who plies his trade in Italy, were the architects of Kenya’s victory. The trio of Kiptoo Daniel, Cor- nelious Kiplagat and Nyangau James meanwhile provided vital blocks to enya and their Botswana counterparts assumed pole positions as the FIVB Pool “U” keep the islanders at bay as the home team romped to a comfortable win in the opening set. The hosts seized the initiative, by grabbing a 7-2, 9-7 and 10-8 lead on their way to clinching the second set with a comfortable 8-point margin in a match that was attended by a sizeable crowd including members of the Egyptian national team. Poor services A series of poor service and re- ception from Kenya in the final set allowed Cape Verde to take a 6-3 lead, but coach Gideon Chenje arrested the situation with a quick technical timeout coupled with the introduction of James Ontere. The Cyprus-based attacker steadied the ship as Kenya recovered to easily clinch the third set. “Those mistakes will not happen when we play against Egypt tomorrow (today). Take my word,” Chenje said. Earlier at the same venue, Botswana hit Zambia in similar straight sets of 25-19, 25-13 and 25-11. Action continues at the same venue this afternoon, as Cape Verde takes on Zambia while Kenya clash with African champions Egypt in a potential thriller that has been dubbed the match of the tournament. The Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) has announced free entrance for the match. Today’s fixtures: Cape Verde v Zambia 2pm, Egypt v Kenya 4pm RUGBY Nambian Rugby Union chief says Kenya Vodacom Cup debut will come with advantages and disadvantages. P.69 Spurs work overtime to down Wizards Washington It took two overtime periods to do it, but the San Antonio Spurs extended their dominance of NBA rivals Washington on Wednesday with their 16th straight win over the Wizards. Tim Duncan (pictured) poured in a game-high 31 points in the 125-118 double-overtime triumph. Duncan also contributed 11 rebounds and five assists before he fouled out early in the second overtime period. Patty Mills and Danny Green took up the slack. Mills finished with 23 points and Green chipped in 22 for the Spurs, who won their third straight game. 125-118 San Antonio Spurs overtime victory over Washington Wizards Marco Belinelli added 14 points off the bench in the victory. Spurs point guard Tony Parker MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION Kenya coach Gideon Chenje gives instructions to his charges during the 2014 FIVB World Championship qualifying match against Cape Verde at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani yesterday. Kenya won in 3-0. Double-ton New Zealand rule day one against India Auckland Centuries for Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson lifted New Zealand off the ropes and into a position of command on the opening day of the first Test against India. Captain McCullum posted his eighth Test hundred soon after tea on Thursday and Williamson followed two overs later with his fifth as New Zealand progressed to 329-4 at stumps. CRICKET Shamsur Rahman and Imrul Kayes hit maiden centuries as Bangladesh finally showed their batting talent in the second and final Test against Sri Lanka in Chittagong yesterday. COPA DEL REY 3-0 Real Madrid’s semifinal, first leg win over local rivals Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Williamson was eventually removed for 113 and at stumps McCullum was unbeaten on 143 with Corey Anderson on 42 in a 78-run stand for the fifth wicket. McCullum and Williamson came together when New Zealand were in trouble at 30-3 after being sent into bat on a bowler-friendly Eden Park wicket. The heavy cloud cover and green- topped wicket were ripe for the Indian bowlers who made the most of the OLYMPIC SPIRIT Jamaica’s bobsleigh team in ‘stop cash’ plea Jamaica’s Olympic bobsleigh team yesterday pleaded with their adoring fans to stop sending money to fund their Sochi fairy tale while also dreaming of converting Usain Bolt from sprint to snow. Pilot Winston Watts admitted that the Internet campaign to fund their trip had been such a success that he and brakeman Marvin Dixon feared they would be damned as greedy opportunists if they didn’t call a halt. “The donations were just coming on and on. We had to stop them. We’ve called a press conference to do it,” said Watts after almost $80,000 (about Sh6.9 million) poured into the empty Jamaica coffers. conditions and runs proved difficult to obtain as New Zealand struggled to reach 54-3 by lunch. Track flatted out But when the sun broke through after the break and the track flattened out into a good batting strip, McCullum and Williamson stole the initiative away from India in a 221-run stand for the fourth wicket. “It was tough initially, which you expect with the new ball and certainly it got very good to bat on after lunch,” Williamson said.” “They’ve got very good seamers and they showed that. They had us in a bit of trouble early on and it was nice to bat through that.” Ishant Sharma, the pick of the Indian bowlers, doubted India could have done better once the sun came out. “We were still bowling in the right areas but you have to give credit to the batsmen. The wicket got better as the day progressed,” he said. (AFP) RUGBY England unchanged for Scotland England coach Stuart Lancaster named an unchanged side yesterday for the Calcutta Cup Six Nations clash away to Scotland in Edinburgh tomorrow. Lancaster kept faith with the same matchday 23 that suffered a 26-24 defeat by France in England’s Six Nations opener in Paris last weekend. Scotland, well-beaten 28-6 away to Ireland on Sunday, were due to name their side later yesterday. Chris Robshaw will captain the English team. had just four points and five assists with four turnovers, playing less than 19 minutes before departing at halftime with tightness in his lower back. He was expected to miss Thursday’s game at Brooklyn. Last week, Parker had an MRI exam to assess the seriousness of hip and abdominal soreness. He has also battled shin and finger injuries this season, but the 31-year-old said recently that he was determined not to miss this month’s All-Star game. John Wall scored 29 points to pace the Wizards, who had won two straight going into the contest. Bradley Beal had 19 points, Trevor Ariza had 15 points with 10 rebounds and Nene added 12 points for the hosts. In Cleveleand, Steve Blake, in his second game back from an elbow injury, notched a triple-double on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Lakers beat Cleveland 119-108 to snap a seven-game NBA skid. (AFP) TENNIS Defending champions Italy will field a weakened side against the United States in Cleveland in the first round of the 2014 Fed Cup this weekend. Deprived of top singles players Sara Errani and Flavia Pennetta, the Italians, will instead look to 40th world ranked Karin Knapp and 84th ranked Camilia Giorgi.
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