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Host Gabon out of African Cup
LIBREVILLE---Gabon is out of
the African Cup of Nations,
with the hosts' fate sealed by
a 0-0 draw against Came-
roon and Burkina Faso's 2-0
win over Guinea-Bissau in the
final round of Group A games
Gabon only had themselves
to blame after Pierre-Emerick
Aubameyang's awful early miss
in Libreville while Denis Bouan-
ga hit the post in stoppage time.
The hosts drew all three games
to finish third in the group.
President Ali Bongo had visit-
ed the squad before the game and
they responded with a lightning
start where they should have gone
Bouanga had already missed
a fine opening before Borussia
Dortmund's Aubameyang blew
an glorious chance after four
Bouanga's low cross found the
striker at the far post but with the
goal gaping he somehow prodded
Robert Ndip Tambe, Michael
Ngadeu-Ngadjui and Adolphe
Teikeu were then off target for
Cameroon - with Teikeu missing a
fine chance at the far post - while
Aaron Appindangoye also headed
over for Gabon.
The hosts failed to register a
shot on target in the first half
and Cameroon turned the screw
after the break and Didier Ovono
turned Ambroise Oyongo's low
free kick onto the post.
Gabon struggled to break
down Cameroon but could have
snatched victory at the death
when Bouanga's cross clipped
the post and Sunderland's Didi-
er Ndong could not beat Fabrice
Ondoa from the rebound.
Bouanga also wanted a late
penalty when he went down in
the area but Gabon's appeals were
The 2013 runners-up were
guaranteed a place in the knockout
phase if they came away from the
Stade de Franceville with a victory,
which they secured thanks to an
own goal from Rudinilson and a
Bertrand Traore strike.
...scores on 100th appearance
Costa returns to Chelsea side
LONDON---Still to clear
up the ambiguity over last
weekend's absence from the
Chelsea team, Diego Costa
did his talking on the pitch
Costa marked his return to the
side for his 100th Chelsea ap-
pearance by scoring the opener
in a 2-0 victory over Hull that
sent the Premier League leaders
eight points clear.
After netting his 52nd Chel-
sea goal from close range at the
end of the first half, the league's
joint-top scorer alluded to all
the speculation surrounding his
Chelsea future by performing a
chatter gesture with his hands
Publicly, Chelsea said Costa
missed last Saturday's game
at Leicester due to a back in-
jury. What manager Antonio
Conte did not dispute was that
the striker was dropped over a
dispute with the coaching staff
amid suggestions of a big-mon-
ey offer from China.
"It's important Diego played
a good game," Conte said. "I
hope with this game to finish
the speculation about him,
about Chelsea, about me and
him. We showed we are a team
with great unity."
Costa's 15th goal of the cam-
paign came in the seventh min-
ute of stoppage time, the result
of a lengthy delay after a clash
of heads between Chelsea cap-
tain Gary Cahill and Ryan Mason
which led to the Hull midfielder
being carried off on a stretcher
as oxygen was administered be-
fore being taken to the hospital.
Cahill was able to remain on
the field and he headed in Chel-
sea's second in the 81st minute
after getting on the end of a free
kick from Cesc Fabregas.
While Hull is next from bot-
tom in the standings after a
ninth straight away loss, Chel-
sea opened up an eight-point
advantage over Arsenal, who
won 2-1 against Burnley.
that witnessed two penalties in
stoppage time and Arsenal man-
ager Arsene Wenger appearing
to push the fourth official.
Arsenal went into additional
time leading through Shkod-
ran Mustafi's header but with
10 men after Granit Xhaka was
sent off for a two-footed lunge
on Steven Defour in the 66th
Wenger's heated confron-
tation with the fourth official
came as he tried to watch the
rest of the game from near the
tunnel after being sent off.
"I regret everything. I should
have shut up, gone in and gone
home," Wenger said. "I apolo-
gise for that."
That came as Andre Gray
looked to have snatched a point
when he netted from the spot
after substitute Francis Co-
quelin tripped Ashley Barnes.
Wenger's mood was lifted in
the seventh minute of stoppage
time when Arsenal was awarded
a penalty for Ben Mee's high foot
challenge on Laurent Koscielny.
Leicester has mounted the
most feeble defense of a Pre-
mier League title and is now in
a relegation dogfight.
Having lost half of their 22
games, Claudio Ranieri's play-
ers are sitting only five points
above the drop zone after a 3-0
loss to Southampton. Not since
Manchester City in 1938 have
the topflight title winners been
relegated the following season.
MELBOURNE---AndyMurrayand Angelique Kerber
had much in common heading into the first Grand
Slam of the season as the No 1 seeds.
They shared an unwanted link yesterday, though,
when both were upset in the fourth round of the Aus-
By the end of a chaotic first week at Melbourne Park,
five-time finalist Murray had extended his Australi-
an drought following a 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 loss to No
50-ranked Mischa Zverev a matter of hours before
defending women's champion Kerber lost 6-3, 6-2
to CoCo Vandeweghe in an upset that finished at six
minutes past midnight.
Novak Djokovic, who beat Murray in finals to win
four of his record six Australian titles, didn't make it
past the second round. Multiple major winners Roger
Federer and Rafael Nadal, both returning from injury
layoffs, needed come-from-behind wins to advance to
the second week.
Another six-time champion, Serena Williams, is still
on track for a record 23rd major title and will get the
second week started on center court.
It was tough at the top yesterday for Murray and
"Right now I'm obviously very down because I wanted
to go further in this event," Murray said. "I've had tough
losses in my career in the past. I've come back from
them. This is a tough one."
Kerber said: "Of course, they are new experiences ...
new challenges," Kerber said. "I can learn from all the
other stuff which is new for me."
Against Vandeweghe, she said she was "trying
everything, but I missed a lot and I make a lot of un-
forced errors---this was not my game."
Vandeweghe had never been past the third round at
the Australian Open, and lost in the first round here last
year. But she pounded Kerber with a powerful forehand,
clubbing 13 of her 30 winners from that side.
After match point, she shrugged her shoulders in
a "so-what" motion after moving into a quarterfinal
against French Open winner Garbine Muguruza.
Kerber saved a match point in the first round last
year before winning her first major title, beating Serena
Williams in the final. She replaced Williams atop the
rankings after winning the US Open. Now Williams can
regain the top spot---if she wins the title here.
Murray rebounded last year from his Australian and
French Open finals defeats to replace Djokovic at No 1.
He was undone by some old-school serve and volley
from Zverev, who played the match of his life. Zverev
will now meet 17-time major winner Federer in the
It's the first time since 2002 that the top two seeds
in the men's draw haven't reached the Australian Open
quarterfinals, and the first time at a Grand Slam since
the French Open in 2004.
In their absence, US Open champion Stan Wawrinka
is a growing contender after beating Andreas Seppi 7-6
(2), 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4). He'll play a quarterfinal against
2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who
beat Dan Evans 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
In the bottom half of the draw, 14-time major winner
Nadal is the only remaining contender who has won a
Grand Slam title.
The top half of the women's draw is open, too. Venus
Williams returned to the quarterfinals for the ninth time
with a 6-3, 7-5 win over No 181-ranked Mona Barthel.
The seven-time major winner next plays No 24-seed-
ed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who beat No 8 Svetlana
Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3.
Muguruza beat Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-3 and will next
play Vandeweghe --- they're both in the quarterfinals
here for the first time.
Kerber's loss continued a poor run since she won the
US Open last September. She's played seven tourna-
ments without winning a title, only reached one final,
and was 5-7 against top-50 players. (AP)
Chelsea's Diego Costa celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English Premier League
football match against Hull City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. Chelsea won 2-0.
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PICK TWO SELECTIONS
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS Monday, January 23, 2017
4 6.30 pm
30 (House Cat) 6.30 pm
16 (Jamette) 10.30 am
11 (Corbeau) 4 pm
20 (Dog) 1 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
29 (Opium Man)
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN
05 PARSON MAN 1
15SICKWOMAN0 1 0 0
18WATERBOAT 3 0 1 0
Times played this year
10.30am 1pm 4pm 6.30pmTotal
27 LITTLESNAKE 0 0 0 1
28 RED FISH
29OPIUMMAN 1 0 0 0
30HOUSECAT 0 0 0 1
31 PARSONWIFE 0 1 2 0
34BLINDMAN 0 1 0 0
35 BIG SNAKE
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