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Venus Williams signs autographs after defeating Alison Riske during the Western and Southern Open on August 15, 2017 in Mason, Ohio. PHOTO/AFP
Venus Williams signs autographs after defeating Alison Riske during the Western and Southern Open on August 15, 2017 in Mason, Ohio. PHOTO/AFP
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NAIROBI, Kenya- Record Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia FC coach, Dylan Kerr, said Thursday he was optimistic his side can upset Tunisian giants Esperance and qualify for the second round of the 2018 CAF Champions League despite a barren draw in the first leg on Wednesday.

Still in football, Arsenal FC silenced the haters with a brilliant performance in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, beating AC Milan 2-0 on Thursday and putting one foot into the quarters.

In the NBA, DeMar DeRozan exploded for 42 points as the Toronto Raptors clinched their place in the NBA playoffs with a 121-119 overtime victory against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Nancy Kiprop will return to defend her title at the Vienna City Marathon on April 22, facing one of the strongest women’s fields ever assembled for this IAAF Gold Label road race, compatriot Gabriel Kirwa returns to the April 8 Hamburg Marathon, an event with IAAF Silver Label listing in a bid to hold on to the crown he won last year in Germany.

Lastly, Venus Williams on Thursday said that she would like to follow the footsteps of her younger sister Serena and become a mother as well.

Here are the top five stories from Friday compiled by SportPesa News:

Kiprop, Kirwa Penned For Vienna, Hamburg Title Defences

VIENNA, Austria- Nancy Kiprop will return to defend her title at the Vienna City Marathon on April 22, facing one of the strongest women’s fields ever assembled for this IAAF Gold Label road race. At the same time, compatriot Gabriel Kirwa returns to the April 8 Hamburg Marathon, an event with IAAF Silver Label listing in a bid to hold on to the crown he won last year in Germany. READ MORE

Kerr Optimistic Gor Can Upset Esperance In Tunis

NAIROBI, Kenya- Gor Mahia FC head coach, Dylan Kerr, believes his side has a chance to qualify for the second round of the 2018 CAF Champions League despite their barren draw with Tunisian giants, Esperance de Tunis in the first leg of their tie on Wednesday. Kerr saw his side spurn guilt-edged chances to fashion a crucial first leg advantage at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos and the Briton urged his charges not to feel scared when they head to Tunis for the return fixture of their Champions League first round in 10 days. READ MORE

DeRozan Fires Raptors To Play-Offs, Cavs Tame Nuggets

LOS ANGELES, United States- DeMar DeRozan exploded for 42 points as the Toronto Raptors clinched their place in the NBA playoffs with a 121-119 overtime victory against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. DeRozan added six assists and four rebounds in a virtuoso performance that hauled the Raptors back from the brink of what would have been an upset loss against the Pistons. READ MORE

Assist King Ozil Thrives As Arsenal Leave AC Milan Reeling

MILAN, Italy- Ten years after becoming the first English team to beat AC Milan in the San Siro, Arsenal FC repeated the trick with a performance packed full of heart and desire in a 2-0 victory on Thursday night in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League round of 16. The result – secured after first-half goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey – gives the Gunners the huge advantage heading into next week’s second leg and will be a huge fillip to Arsene Wenger and his players. READ MORE

I Wish To Be A Mother Too, Tennis Star Venus Declares

INDIAN WELLS, United States- Venus Williams says she hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of her younger sister Serena and experience motherhood. “I hope I can do that if I ever get there,” said the 37-year-old Venus. READ MORE


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