Goalkeeper scores penalty in last minute to rescue Platinum vs Vipers

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  Goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela was the unexpected two-goal hero as Platinum Stars of South Africa this weekend booked a CAF Confederation Cup play-offs place.The 31-year-old converted two penalties in a 3-1 victory over Vipers of Uganda that overturned a 1-0 away loss in the last-32 tie.Mzimela, who also scored from a spot kick in a midweek South African FA Cup victory, put Stars in front after only two minutes.Ndumiso Mabena doubled the lead from a fiercely struck free-kick before half-time in northwestern mining town Rustenburg.Milton Karisa scored for Confederation Cup debutants Vipers on 55 minutes to nudge his club in front on the away goal rule.Mzimela had the final say, however, converting another penalty a minute into stoppage time to rescue the South African club.Ulinzi Stars of Kenya overcame having a player sent off to whip Smouha of Egypt 3-0 in Machakos, but still exited the African equivalent of the Europa League.Smouha advanced 4-3 on aggregate having built a commanding first leg lead in Alexandria last weekend.Samuel Onyango scored twice in the opening half for the Kenyan armed forces side, who were reduced to 10 men on 55 minutes when John Kago was red-carded. Undaunted, Ulinzi grabbed a third goal 13 minutes from time through Omar Mbongi and rattled Smouha survived several late scares.Kenyans Jesse Were and David Owino scored for Zesco United of Zambia, who booked a play-offs place by drawing 2-2 with Le Messager Ngozi of Burundi in Bujumbura.Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Zesco equalised twice in the return match with Owino scoring in the final minute.JS Kabylie of Algeria, the most decorated club in the last-32 field with six CAF titles, left it late to eliminate Etoile of Congo Brazzaville.The only goal of the tie came a minute from time in northeastern city Tizi Ouzou with Mohamed Boulaouidet rifling a free-kick into the net.Moroccan sides MAS Fes, the 2011 Confederation Cup winners, and Ittihad Tanger progressed in contrasting ways.Fes took a 3-1 lead over SC Gagnoa to the Ivory Coast, where they lost 1-0 to a Martin Kossivi goal midway through the second half.Ahmed Hamoudan scored a hat-trick as Tanger triumphed 3-0 in Morocco against Kaloum of Guinea, who won 1-0 at home.Recreativo Libolo of Angola held Ngezi Platinum of Zimbabwe 0-0 in Harare to advance having built a 2-1 first leg advantage.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

For the prize: Forecasting MVP, Cy Young races

first_imgANDREW MCCUTCHEONFor the prize: Forecasting MVP, Cy Young racesby Mike FitzpatrickNEW YORK (AP)—As the season’s second half began to unfold Friday, an early forecast for baseball’s biggest individual awards:AL MVP—Hard to imagine anyone gaining enough ground to challenge Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera and Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis in what appears to be a two-man race. Look for Davis to drop off a bit while Cabrera keeps up his astounding pace and wins his second consecutive MVP. No Triple Crown this time, though, as Davis hangs on for the home run title.NL MVP—A wide-open scramble at the All-Star break, it comes down to Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Goldschmidt has the power numbers, but it might be difficult for the Diamondbacks to hold off the surging Dodgers in the NL West. After two decades of losing, the Pirates have staying power this time. McCutchen, an all-around dynamo who started their turnaround, gets rewarded for a clutch stretch drive when Pittsburgh makes the playoffs for the first time since 1992.AL CY YOUNG—Max Scherzer went 13-1 for Detroit in the first half to earn the All-Star start. Felix Hernandez is coming on strong in Seattle, however, and the 2010 winner takes home another prize.NL CY YOUNG—Second-year sensation Matt Harvey of the New York Mets got the early attention and started the All-Star game at home. Clayton Kershaw was even better in the first half, though. Kershaw should get more run support from Yasiel Puig and an improved Los Angeles lineup the rest of the way en route to his second Cy Young in three years.AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR—Nobody has really emerged yet. Tampa Bay has a pair of promising candidates who just got started in outfielder Wil Myers and pitcher Chris Archer. There’s also Boston infielder Jose Iglesias, Seattle second baseman Nick Franklin and Oakland pitcher Dan Straily. Look for Myers to bloom in the second half.NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR—The deep pitching class includes 20-year-old All-Star Jose Fernandez from Miami, Shelby Miller in St. Louis, Hyun-Jin Ryu of Los Angeles and Julio Teheran with Atlanta. But if Puig’s first six weeks in the majors are any indication, his electrifying talent will win him this award as the Dodgers take off toward a division title. Your comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more