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Daily Nation : February 9th 2014
SUNDAY NATION February 9, 2014 Sport Bowl consolation for Kenya 45 ATHLETICS Lang’at and Chepkemoi win men and women’s title at inaugural Mau-Egerton Cross Country P.46 IRB WORLD SERIES | New Zealand make light work of South Africa to claim victory in Main Cup Hill, West power Pacers over Blazers Indianapolis George Hill (above) scored a career-high 37 points to lift the Indiana Pacers over Portland 118-113 in overtime Friday, as the NBA’s top defensive team beat its top-scoring squad. Hill (abover) added nine rebounds and eight assists while David West scored 30 points on 13-of-16 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pacers, who improved the NBA’s best record to 39-10 and the league’s top home mark to 24-2. Portland led 85-77 late in the fourth quarter before the Pacers rallied to take the lead, then again to force overtime. “Knowing that we fought back PHOTOS | AFP Kenya celebrate after beating Scotland during the Bowl Final of the New Zealand Sevens in Wellington yesterday. Below: Daniel Sikuta scores a try against Portugal. Treu’s charges overcome Scotland in final but drop to eighth in table standings BY AYUMBA AYODI firstname.lastname@example.org K enya Sevens won the consolation Bowl at the Wellington Sevens in the fifth leg of the IRB World Series in New Zealand yesterday. In the Main Cup final, New Zealand beat South Africa 21-0 to claim victory. Paul Treu’s charges collected eight points from their 24-14 victory against Scotland in the Bowl final but dropped one place to eighth in the standings with 47 points. Kenya reached the Plate final at Gold Coast then lost in Plate semis in Dubai and South Africa before dropping to lose in Bowl final at USA Sevens. Skipper Collins Injera led from the front, touching down a brace of tries for his total of five tries from Wellington Sevens as they down the Scottish for their clean run on the last day. Injera’s feat brought his all time tally to 176 tries in the Series and is now placed fourth behind Santiago Gomez Cora (Argentina) 230, Ben Gollings (England) 220 and Fabian Juries (South Africa) 179. “It feels good, after our day one, it wasn’t quite what we wanted,” said Injera adding CRICKET Former England allrounder Andrew Flintoff believes that Kevin Pietersen has been made a scapegoat for England’s Ashes whitewash after having his international career brought to an end. PREMIER LEAGUE 5-1 that they were focused and run on the final day to salv after a disastrous prelimin lost to Samoa 12-24 and and their 40-7 win over T spur them as they dropped was different this year, w keep adapting and ticking we do we will come a long have the strength and speed it,” said Injera. Oscar Ayodi, who a scored five tries in Welling ton, orchestrated Kenya’ ascendancy with a powerful run down the left flanks to catch the Scots asleep. It was Sevens heaven fo Injera to increase the ta getting in on the act to glide in the pouring rain. Darren finishes a fine quick passin in on the angle. Struan De minute later and the Scots ity. Right on the hooter, Injer his chip and charge and g Kenya hit hard into the Scots systems and there was finally a break through when Horace Otieno finished a brilliant passing move under the posts for the victory. Earlier they proved too strong for France in their semi-final with Daniel Sikuta scoring two tries in their 24-7 win while Alex Glashan scored a hat-trick as Scotland TENNIS Liverpool’s resounding victory over Arsenal at Anfield Stadium yesterday Serena says no to Indian Wells again World number one Serena Williams has withdrawn from next month’s WTA tournament at Indian Wells, an event which she entered last month after boycotting it since 2001. The move came only a few hours after the 17-time Grand Slam singles champion withdrew from next week’s $2.4 million WTA event in Doha, Qatar, due to a back injury she suffered at the Australian Open. Williams, however, did not cite her injury as a reason for deciding against playing at Indian Wells in March. in this game, being down, we said we’re in it for a reason and we have to take advantage of our opportunities,” Hill said. “Once we got (into overtime), we knew a couple of stops would change the complexion of the game.” Indiana’s two NBA All-Star Game players struggled with Paul George having 17 points and seven assists while shooting only 5-of-23 from the field, and Roy Hibbert managing only four points. Big night The Pacers also were without guard Lance Stephenson due to a lower back injury that he suffered in an 89-85 win over Atlanta on Tuesday. Stephenson averages 14.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists. “No pressure at all,” Hill said of his big night when others were absent or struggling. “Every time we have got a man down we have another man stepping up. That’s what this team is built on.” Damian Lillard scored 38 points and passed off 11 assists to lead Portland while LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and nine rebounds in a losing cause. Wesley Matthews scored all 19 of 24-14 Kenya’s victory over Scotland in the Bowl final of the Wellington Sevens booked their place in the Bowl final by beating Wales 28-0. In the quarters, Oscar Ouma and Injera both scored twice in Kenya’s 34-0 defeat of Portugal. Treu has work cut out on his hands as he tries to work on a formula that will instill confidence in his squad that has been hit hard in their defensive systems. ATHLETICS Bolt won’t decide on Glasgow until June World record-holder Usain Bolt will not decide until the Jamaican championships in June whether or not he will compete in the Commonwealth Games a month later, his coach Glen Mills said. The Kingston meet from June 19 to 22 will determine the athletics squad for the Commonwealth showdown in Glasgow, Scotland, where the athletics events will be staged from July 27-August 2. “It’s on the table,” Mills said of the Commonwealth Games. his points in the second half for Portland, while Robin Lopez contributed 17 points and 14 rebounds. George missed nine shots in a row, and 13 of his first 15, before a 3-pointer put Indiana ahead 100-99. Matthews put Portland back on top with a fadeaway jumper and Frenchman Nicolas Batum added two free throws to put the Trail Blazers ahead 10-3-100. (AFP) GOLF Tiger Woods has made it official, confirming on his website that he’ll skip the WGC Match Play Championship this month. The world number one announced that his next tournament will be the US PGA Tour’s Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, February 27-March 2.
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