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The CAF Champions League 2009 is the 45th edition of Africa’s premier club football tournament run by the Confederation of African Football. It is an annual international club football competition, and is the 13th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. It is the premier club football competition on the continent and is equivalent to the UEFA Champions League. This year round, Al Ahly of Egypt are the defending champions for the trophy. They have proved themselves as the most successful team in the competition, having won the trophy on six different occasions in 1982, 1987, 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2008. Founded in 1907, they have been widely regarded as Africa’s most successful soccer club.

 

The first leg of matches will be played on the weekend coming on 31 January 2009 to 1 February 2009. A total of 21 matches are scheduled to take place between 42 soccer teams which are listed as follows: Primero Agosto from Angola vs. Renaissance Aiglons from Congo, Canon Yaounde from Cameroon vs. AS Inter Star from Burundi, AS Douanes from Senegal vs. Sierra Leone team TBC, Kano Pillars FC from Nigeria vs. Elect Sport from Chad, Club Africain from Tunisia vs. SC Bafata from GBS, Djoliba from Mali vs. Casamance from Senegal, Ferroviario Maputo from Mozambique vs. Kampala CC from Uganda, SuperSport United from South Africa vs. Curepipe Starlight from Mauritius, Heartland from Nigeria vs. Black Star from Liberia, FAR Rabat from Morocco vs. SC Praia from Cape Verde, Petro Atletico from Angola vs. Royal Leopards from Swaziland, Etoile Filante from Burundi vs. Heart of Lions from Ghana, Al Ahly from Libya vs. Police from Nigeria, Al-Ittihad Khemisset from Morocco vs. Wallidan from Gambia, ASO Chlef from Algeria vs. Fello Star from Guinea, Daring Club Motema Pembe from Ivory Coast vs. Mangasport from Gabon, Zimbabwe team TBC vs. Miembeni from Zanzibar, Young Africans from Tanzania vs. Etoile d’Or Mirontsy from Commores, Academie Ny Antsika from Madagascar vs. Stade Tamponnaise from Reunion, Zambia Team TBC vs. Mathare Utd from Kenya and the last match between Al-Merreikh from Sudan vs. Atraco from Rwanda.

 

The preliminary round 1st leg will be followed by second leg, also to be held in February 2009. The next round is scheduled from 13 March to 15 March 2009, followed by the deciding tie from 3 April to 5 April 2009. The other important events to take place under this championship are the African Youth Championship to be held in Rwanda from 18 January to 1 February 2009 which takes place every 2 years, followed by 1st African Nations Championship (Cote d’ Ivoire) from 22 February 2009 to 8 March 2009 and the CAF Under-17 Championship 2009 in Algeria scheduled from 19 March 2009 to 3 April 2009 which also takes place every 2 years. CAF Super Cup in Cairo will take place on 6 February 2009.

 

You might want to update your soccer scores from ScoresPro for this exciting championship where top club sides from Africa’s football leagues participate in the competition.

One of the keys to winning a fantasy football league is the ability to draft Sleepers. “Sleepers” are NFL players who are drafted in much lower rounds than their ending statistics warrant. In shopping terms, this is getting a bargain price for a valuable product. The estimated draft position is taken from the Maximum Fantasy Sports Mock Draft found on their home page. The Mock Draft was formulated using the generally accepted “standard” league configuration.

2009 Fantasy Football Sleepers

QB: Kyle Orton (Denver) – Orton was brought to Denver in the off-season trade for Jay Cutler. He is leaving an offense in Chicago that limited his passing attempts and had few receiving threats. In Denver, Coach Josh McDaniels will want to give Orton the opportunity to prove his controversial trade of Cutler was a smart move. With Brandon Marshall (maybe), Eddie Royal, Tony Sheffler, and others as his receiving options, Orton will put up fantastic numbers for the 16th QB off the board at the projected last pick of the 11th round.

RB: Derrick Ward (Tampa Bay) – Ward skipped out of New York into a situation in Tampa where the QB position is up for grabs. This scenario almost always favors the running game. While Ward was second fiddle in New York to Brandon Jacobs, he still put up a quiet 1000 yards (5.6 ypc). There is talk of a platoon situation with Earnest Graham in Tampa, but that is what is driving his draft position down. Ward will be the feature back and will receive the majority of carries throughout the year. Picking up a 1A running back in a tandem as the 30th RB off the board in the projected mid-7th round is a steal.

WR: Josh Morgan (SF) – Morgan is the true definition of a Sleeper. Isaac Bruce receives the attention due to his surprising results from last year and Michael Crabtree gets the press due to his high-profile college career, draft position and current holdout. Crabtree will sign before the season starts as it is asinine to expect Top-5 rookie money as the 10th overall pick. However, his holdout, rookie status and lingering ankle injury will cost him playing time this year and Isaac Bruce will slow down as the Niners work some youth in at the WR position. This will be Morgan. He is projected to be available at the start of the 12th round – a very nice place for a receiver that you can start every week.

TE: Ben Celek (PHIL) – Tight End is a position that is very deep and turns out Sleepers year-in and year-out. With that in mind, you can let other managers spend high draft picks on Tony Gonzalez, Jason Witten and Antonio Gates. Celek turned it on at the end of 2008, especially during the playoffs. The Eagles let long-time McNabb favorite, L.J. Smith, go since they have his replacement in Celek. With Philly’s plethora of wispy receivers, McNabb needs someone to make the tough catches and hold onto the ball without leaving the field on a cart. Celek will fill that role nicely as a 16th round pick.

D: San Diego Chargers – The Chargers defense gave up 347 points last year but were missing Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips for most of last year. They are back and healthy this year. The Chargers also added Larry English in the middle of the defense. The schedule is very favorable (how can it not be when playing 6 games against AFC West teams?!) and the offense will be dominant once again, which is helpful in assisting the defense with additional sacks and interceptions. The Chargers are projected as the 18th defense off the board in our fantasy football Mock Draft, which will occur in the 16th round.

K: Garrett Hartley (NO) – After the Saints came to their senses and dropped Martin Gramatica and replaced him with Hartley, Hartley promptly went 13-13 on FGs and 28-28 on extra points. While kickers rarely get much attention in the fantasy football world, any kicker that is accurate, kicks in a dome over half the year (including a road game in Atlanta) and kicks for a team that puts a load of points on the board is worthy of drafting in the very last round of your draft as your only kicker.

Bill Parsons is the owner of Maximum Fantasy Sports and a rabid fantasy sports participant. He began creating his own football and baseball fantasy leagues at the ripe old age of seven; tracking stats and standings on paper. Bill decided to create a real-time fantasy football league website that includes all of the best features and some of which have never been attempted at any other website. Maximum Fantasy Sports offers Free pools and fairly priced Private Fantasy Football leagues as well as Public Leagues with cash payouts.

Unemployment is the highest it’s been in three decades. The housing mortgage fiasco has contributed to the dramatic growth of homelessness. Tent cities across the United States are growing and are populated not only by the chronically homeless but also with educated and middle class citizens who have lost their jobs and/or lost their homes.

The number of homeless veterans is growing, too, with 200,000 currently “on the streets.” As the incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is growing in recognition, treatment is not keeping up with the need. When these walking wounded return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the stigma associated with PTSD as well as the lack of compassionate and therapeutic care abandons them to find their own way down a hopeless street. Many commit suicide. Others join the chronically homeless.

Reminiscent of the Great Depression and the era following the Vietnam War, the stories of America’s middle and working class and its returning veterans are resurfacing as exercises in frustration and defeat although the heart of America still beats with hope.

Like John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and Travels with Charlie, and more recently like the stories of Charles Kerault, there are stories to be told about the American people who are daily struggling to live and re-establish their dreams. They are important stories to be told, not only to re-ignite compassion and understanding but, like post 911, to inspire America’s heart as a nation to work together in assuring a quick recovery to a state of greater strength, mutual support and decreased greed.

Books about the general concept of homelessness have been written such as the three-volume Homelessness in America, by Robert Hartmann McNamara, published in 2008. However, to my knowledge, no books have yet been published focusing on individual stories, especially from 2009. The dramatic increase in homelessness as a result of the economic recession is still too new.

You-Tube holds a great number of videos about tent cities and the subject of homelessness but does not chronicle the depth of each individual story. Print articles may appear in local papers, however only the result of homelessness is typically covered rather than the individual stories. When written with a constructive objective rather than simply reporting, these stories could help rebuild lives.

With regard to homeless veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes the issue but cannot keep up with the influx. According to National Adjutant Arthur H. Wilson, “We saw thousands of Vietnam veterans who ultimately became homeless, and we may be facing a new national crisis with the veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.” In 2006, one in four homeless were veterans. That number has climbed.

As the trend in increased unemployment and homelessness lags the projected economic recovery, there are many stories to be discovered and told in 2009. As this trend continues, the number of people who know or who have a degree of connection to the issue is dramatically increasing.

The current coverage of the issue of homelessness in connection with the economy takes national attention. Good Morning America has it AmeriCAN series to highlight people who are taking action to help others. Each day, snippets of stories are seen in the media. However, few are in depth.

The publication and distribution of a series of books can take an important step. It can record, in greater depth, these unseen and unheard stories of individuals who have experienced the worst and who survive. It can provide a written history giving their plight a sense of purpose by calling the nation together to help one another. In the end, hopefully, it will provide future generations inspiration and pride in their heritage rather than shame.

As a source of inspiration for future generations as well as a sobering history to ground the nation’s leaders in the reality experienced daily by the people, this book series is important. These stories can generate a timeless image of our nation by having not only the heart but also the courage to take action by finding and telling these stories.

There is a need for the nation to unite in a national movement to Employ The Unemployed. With the American people addressing the issue of unemployment head on, without waiting for legislation and political process, the economy will immediately improve.