Share on: WhatsApp Standings P W D L F A PtsEgypt 1 1 0 0 2 1 3Ghana 1 0 1 0 0 0 1Uganda 1 0 1 0 0 0 1Congo 1 0 0 1 1 2 0LIVE FEED#MujjeTulumbe Tweets LIVE: CRANES LIKELY LINE-UP: 1 Robert Odongkara (GK), 12 Denis Iguma, 2 Joseph Ochaya, 4 Murushid Jjuuko, 5 Isaac Isinde, 6 Tony Mawejje, 8 Khalid Aucho, 13 Moses Oloya, 10 William Luwagga Kizito, 17 Farouk Miya, 11 Geoffrey Massa (C).Group ESaturdayUganda v Congo Brazzaville 4pmSundayEgypt v Ghana 7pmUganda Cranes, already off to a great start to their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign, face a nervy 9o minutes against Congo Brazzaville today without their first choice goalkeeper Denis Onyango.Other than Onyango, Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is expected to maintain the squad that stunned Ghana by holding them 0-0 away in their opening match last month.
The teams the Steelers are battling with are the Broncos (8-6), Ravens (8-6), Jaguars (7-7), Dolphins (7-7), Jets (7-7), Texans (7-7) and Titans (7-7).The Ravens looked impressive as they easily defeated the Bears 31-7 to stay ahead of the Steelers and make this weekend’s showdown at Heinz Field enormous for both teams. This has become one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL and no game has been bigger for these two teams than this weekend, which will just about eliminate the loser. Who knows, maybe all the other contenders will lose, again.The Dolphins have been one of the hottest teams in the league of late but they ran into an even hotter team in the Titans and went down to a 27-24 overtime loss. The Titans after starting 0-6 with Vince Young on the bench having gone 7-1 since the owner forced the coach to start him. This is a team no one wants to see in the playoffs.The Steelers almost had their typical fourth quarter meltdown as the Packers came roaring back to take a 36-30 lead with only minutes left, after outscoring the Steelers 22-6 in the fourth quarter to that point. The offense put together one of its most impressive drives of the season, a 12- play, 86-yard drive, ending with the sensational 19-yard touchdown reception by Mike Wallace from Roethlisberger that looked a lot like the play in which Santonio Holmes helped win the Super Bowl. The Steelers ended the game much like they began, with a touchdown pass to Wallace. They opened the game with a 60-yard strike to Wallace who outran his defender, but still had to come back for the under thrown ball for the touchdown. He only had two catches in the game, both for scores.“He made plays when given the opportunity, not that he’s had a bunch of opportunities and sometimes, it’s like that,” said coach Mike Tomlin. “It’s about what you do with them when you get them. He played big. He played older than a rookie for us today which was needed.”It took the best game of the season from Roethlisberger for the Steelers to pull it off. The defense faltered, and Tomlin decided to try an on-side kick, that failed, deep in Packer territory, which led to a Green Bay score that most thought was the game.The 503 yards racked up by Roethlisberger was a Pittsburgh record. He was 29 of 46 with three touchdown passes. The running game was all but abandoned with Rashard Mendenhall picking up 38 yards on just 11 carries and Willie Parker 22 yards on just six carries. However, Mendenhall was very active in the passing game as he had six receptions for 73 yards. Of the six players grabbing those 503 yards, Hines Ward led the way with seven catches for 126 yards, which put him over 1,000 for the year for the sixth time in his career; Heath Miller had seven catches for 118 yards, a personal best, and he also broke the record for tight end receptions for a single season. Holmes had three catches for 77 yards.Aaron Rodgers, who’s rapidly becoming one of the brightest young quarterbacks in the league, picked the Steelers defense apart for 383 yards on 26 of 48 passing and three touchdowns. Young Greg Jennings had eight catches for 118 yards, including an 83 yard touchdown catch that erased the 60-yarder by Wallace, pulling the Packers even, and tight end Jermichael Finley had nine catches for 74 yards. The defense held running back Ryan Grant to just 37 yards on eight carries.Once again the defense looked weak, primarily the secondary with rookie Joe Burnett playing in place of William Gay. It would be hard to play any worse than Gay has in the past eight games.The win ended the Steelers five-game losing streak Right now the Indianapolis Colts (14-0), San Diego Chargers (11-3), Cincinnati Bengals (9-5), and New England Patriots (9-5) pretty much have the divisions sewn up. Only the Bengals could possible fall, if they lose both of their remaining games and the Ravens win both of theirs. Stranger things have happened, especially when dealing with the Bengals. The Steelers were able to avoid a fourth quarter collapse to keep their slight glimmer of a playoff birth alive with a last second touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Mike Wallace giving them a thrilling 37-36 victory over the 9-5 Green Bay Packers. Now they must prepare for conference rival Baltimore (8-6).With the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos all losing, the Steelers stayed alive, but they will have to win out against the Ravens and the Dolphins, and hope the teams ahead of them for the wild card berth continue to lose. PLAY OF THE GAME— Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Mike Wallace catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in front of Green Bay Packers’ Josh Bell (26) with time running out in the fourth quarter Dec. 20, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 37-36.
JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Martin Pedroza10511171110%$479,420 Thomas Proctor3064320%$461,350 Ron Ellis3782622%$291,580 AMERICAN PHAROAH TO MAKE 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN REBELEclipse Award winner as male 2-year-old champion of 2014 American Pharoah workedsix furlongs under Martin Garcia Saturday in 1:12.40, after which Bob Baffert said the son of Pioneerof the Nile would make his 3-year-old debut in the Grade II, $600,000 Rebel Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth at Oaklawn Park on March 14.Baffert had also been considering the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes, at 1 1/16 miles also, at Santa Anita a week earlier, on March 7.“He went an easy three-quarters,” Baffert said of the bay colt owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat. “I got him in like (one) 13.”Baffert also worked Bayern, the Breeders’ Cup Classic winner going four furlongs withGarcia up in a leisurely 50 seconds flat.“Bayern went real slow,” Baffert said.Also Saturday morning: two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked four furlongs in company with Moulin de Mougin, each being clocked in 48 seconds. “It was a nice, easy half,” trainer Richard Mandella said. “Both of them looked great.”At Los Alamitos, Horse of the Year California Chrome worked four furlongs under regular rider Victor Espinoza in 48.40 as he prepares for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 28.Trainer Art Sherman said everything was on course for the California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, owned and bred by Steve Colburn and Perry Martin. The colt is scheduled to depart for the Middle East on March 17. Jerry Hollendorfer10221141421%$2,058,940 Martin Garcia8614131216%$1,153,530 A. C. Avila2261327%$149,974 Richard Mandella3886721%$402,536 Kent Desormeaux11623221320%$1,322,730 Fernando Perez108912108%$448,612 Victor Espinoza10820221419%$1,323,610 Brandon Boulanger845586%$161,336 Tyler Baze16923161714%$1,318,314 James Cassidy4475816%$263,330 “He’s won twice sprinting on turf before,” pointed out Maldonado, who won yesterday’s first race by five lengths aboard A Colt Following for trainer Jeff Bonde, who also trains Distinctiv Passion. “The distance of six and a half will fit him perfectly and there’s no reason he shouldn’t like going down the hill.” . . . Met Mile winner Sahara Sky worked four furlongs Friday in 52.80 as he prepares for his return to the races. The 7-year-old trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned in part by Kim Lloyd has the Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend at seven furlongs June 27 as a major long-range goal, Lloyd said. “We’ll get him ready, try to find a little prep and point to the Triple Bend,” said Lloyd, a former trainer in his own right and current General Manager of Barretts Sales, which will offer its selected 2-year-olds in training sale starting 2 p.m. Monday at Hinds Pavilion in Pomona . . . Firing Line, two-time tough beat runner-up to unbeaten Dortmund, worked four furlongs in 48.20 for Simon Callaghan, who has the Sunland Derby on March 22 or the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 in mind for the son of Line of David owned by Arnold Zetcher . . . Santa Anita Handicap candidate Imperative worked four furlongs for George Papaprodromou in 49 flat . . . With two wins yesterday before departing for the Fair Grounds where he rides Chandelier winner Angela Renee for Todd Pletcher in the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, Rafael Bejarano opened a commanding 39-23 lead over runners-up Kent Desormeaux and Tyler Baze . . . Apprentice jockey Brayan Pena has been suspended three racing days (Feb. 26, 27 and 28) for causing interference on his mount, Preordained, in Sunday’s fourth race, while journeyman Saul Arias has been banished for the same period for interference on Triunfo in Sunday’s sixth race. (Current Through Friday, Feb. 20) Corey Nakatani791381216%$683,368 Elvis Trujillo13314171011%$919,652 Jeff Bonde2260327%$212,040 John Sadler738131111%$573,206 Philip D’Amato4598720%$438,810 Mark Glatt4578616%$362,324 Peter Eurton51108720%$482,758 Richard Baltas4386319%$328,038 Rafael Bejarano16139252124%$1,816,124 PHAROAH, BAYERN, BEHOLDER, CHROME DRILLGOLDEN PICK 6 PAYS $363,424 AT GOLDEN GATEPOTENTIALLY BIG PAY DAYS ON BIG ‘CAP DAY Felipe Valdez2966521%$146,298 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Brice Blanc2951317%$198,262 Bob Baffert631214919%$1,197,298 Edwin Maldonado71831011%$290,796 Gary Stevens60118918%$880,522 $1 MILLION LATE PICK 4 GUARTANTEE ON BIG ‘CAP DAYShared Belief is expected to rule a prohibitive favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but that won’t prevent fans from trying to land a game-changing score.There will be huge guaranteed pools that day, including a $1 million Late Pick 4 and a $150,000 Pick 6, in addition to three other graded stakes besides the Big ‘Cap, with Triple Crown hopefuls spotlighted in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes.Also, there will be a Beerfest and live music in the infield. First post time will be 12 noon; gates open at 10 a.m.FINISH LINES: Distinctiv Passion is a committed front-runner, and Edwin Maldonado does not plan to alter strategy on the Florida-bred son of With Distinction in Sunday’s $75,000 Joe Hernandez Stakes for older horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill turf course. Distinctiv Passion is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade II Palos Verdes on Jan. 31, but is no stranger to the grass.-more-2/2/2/2 Drayden Van Dyke12815151812%$812,716 Tiago Pereira78971112%$299,334 Hector Palma2163129%$128,650 Doug O’Neill95910129%$534,756 Santiago Gonzalez5654109%$169,974 PERFECT GOLDEN PICK 6 TICKET PAYS $363,424The 20-cent Golden Pick 6 was hit for $363,424 Friday at Golden Gate Fields when only one ticket nailed all six winners in races two through seven. The bargain basement ticket was purchased on-track for just $9.60A jackpot-style wager held on the final six races each day, the Golden Pick 6 is only paid in full when there is just one perfect ticket with all six winners. When there is more than one ticket with all six winners, 70 percent of the net pool is paid to those handicappers going six-for-six. The remaining 30 percent of the pool is carried over to the next racing day.Since it was hit for $8,391 on Dec. 27, the second day of the winter/spring meet, there had been 31 consecutive racing days without a single winning ticket.The drought ended Friday when one player correctly selected the following winners: Princess Ofst.jude ($61) in the second race; Awesome Silver ($9.20) in the third; Kat Proof ($7) in the fourth; Prince Charmant ($14) in the fifth; Kimnjet ($9.20) in the sixth; and Global Harbor ($9) in the seventh.There were no winning favorites in the sequence.Although fans across the country can play the Golden Pick 6 via simulcast wagering, it’s likely a Bay Area resident got the money, since the winning ticket was purchased at Golden Gate Fields. Flavien Prat74109614%$501,466 Mike Smith7215141121%$1,337,491 Mark Casse4175517%$599,748 Joseph Talamo14115142411%$1,075,894 Michael Pender2964221%$155,720 Peter Miller941819819%$1,017,858 -30-