Al Ahly lift African trophy
Egypt’s Al Ahly SC won an eighth African Champions League trophy when they beat Orlando Pirates of South Africa 2-0 in the second leg of the final in Cairo on Sunday. Al Ahly won 3-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 stalemate in the first leg. The Red Devils pocketed the cash prize of US$1.5 million and will also represent Africa at the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco next month. “I’m very happy we won. It was a difficult game and a good test for us,” Al Ahly coach Mohamed Youssef said. “Orlando Pirates are a strong side having eliminated Esperance [de Tunis] and TP Mazembe on their journey to the final.” Pirates coach Roger de Sa admitted the Egyptians had been the better side over the two legs. “Their experience showed in the game. We knew it was going to be difficult. We lost the tie when the first leg ended 1-1,” De Sa said.
Stromsgodset IF claim title
Two goals by Ola Kamara, and one each from Stefan Johansen and Oyvind Storflor sparked scenes of wild jubilation as Stromsgodset IF beat FK Haugesund 4-0 to win the Norwegian title on Sunday. Stromsgodset started the day one point ahead of Rosenborg BK and knew a home win would secure them a first title since 1970 and only the second in their history. Rosenborg did what they could to take the race down to the wire by taking an early two-goal lead away to Lillestrom SK, as Stromsgodset struggled during a goalless first half, but when Kamara started the party with a cool finish eight minutes into the second half, there was no looking back. Nine minutes later Johansen doubled the advantage with a superb solo goal and in the 69th minute Storflor steered in a third to put the match — and the title — beyond doubt. Kamara put the icing on the cake when his deft left-footed finish looped over the goalkeeper.
Yamanaka defends his title
WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka defended his title for a fifth time with a ninth-round knockout of Mexican Alberto Guevara on Sunday in Tokyo. Japanese southpaw Yamanaka hit the challenger with a left 25 seconds into the ninth round to end the contest, improving his unbeaten record to 20 wins, two draws and 15 knockouts. Yamanaka floored Guevara four times in the eighth round, breaking open a cagey fight in which the champion had led on points. It was Guevara’s second career defeat and takes his record to 18 wins, two losses and six knockouts.
Scotland advance to quarters
Scotland advanced to the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup as winners of Group C on Sunday as a result of Italy’s 16-0 loss to Tonga. The Azzurri would have topped the group on points difference with a win by any margin in Halifax, but Tonga came through thanks to tries by Willie Manu, Daniel Foster and Peni Terepo Scotland play reigning champions New Zealand on Friday in the first quarter-final. In Sunday’s other match, the Cook Islands beat Wales 28-24, condemning their beaten opponents to a third straight defeat in Group D.
First one-dayer washed out
Bad weather forced the first one-day international between Sri Lanka and New Zealand to be abandoned in Hambantota, Sri Lanka, on Sunday, cutting short an impressive display by the hosts. New Zealand were 13-1 from 4.2 overs in reply to Sri Lanka’s 288-9 when rain lashed the city and wiped out the rest of the match.