<![CDATA[rss-Sports]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Sports]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Aguirre picks 11 foreign based players for game against Tunisia ]]>
Aguirre’s chosen players are Mohamed Salah, Mohamed Awad, Ahmed Hegazi, Mohamed el-Neny, Sam Morsy, Aly Ghazal, Ahmed el-Mohamady, Amr Warda, Amr Tarek, Hussein el-Shahat and Mahmoud Hassan known as Trezeguet.

Olympiacos striker, Ahmed Hassan known as Koka, who was among Aguirre’s list for the last international duty, was ruled out of the game after he picked an injury.

Egypt and Tunisia secured qualification for the tournament since the last round after Egypt achieved an away 2-0 victory over eSwatini, while Tunisia defeated Niger 2-1 in Niamey.

Tunisia leads the group with 12 points from four consecutive victories, three points ahead of Egypt that comes second, while Niger and eSwatini share the bottom with one point each.

Aguirre hopes to continue his amazing run with the national team as he achieved three victories in three official games since he was appointed national team manager following Egypt’s world Cup early exit.

The game is scheduled for Friday, November 16 at Borg El-Arab Stadium, Alexandria.

10/23/2018 3:14:59 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly hopes to kill off Setif’s comeback dreams]]>
Al-Ahly defeated ES Setif 2-0 at the first leg in Cairo thanks to two goals from Walid Soliman and Eslam Mohareb.

The Algerian team will count on their fans and the tough atmosphere at the stadium to achieve a historic comeback over Al-Ahly and reach the final.

Al-Ahly winger, Mido Gaber, is ready to support his teammates after he missed the first leg in Cairo due to an injury. Ahmed Fathy has also recovered from the injury he picked at the last training session in Cairo.

“All the players are ready for the game and they all participated in the training session in Algeria,” Al-Ahly's doctor, Khaled Mahmoud, said on Monday night.

Al-Ahly’s expected line-up for the game consists of: Mohamed el-Shenawy, Ahmed Fathy, Saad Samir, Salif Coulibally, Ayman Ashraf, Hossam Ashour, Amr el-Solia, Mido Gaber, Walid Soliman, Ahmed Hamoudi and Walid Azarro.

Al-Ahly fans put their hopes on the players to reach the final and achieve the title after they lost last year’s final to Wydad Casablanca.

The game starts at 9 p.m.
10/23/2018 3:13:55 PM
<![CDATA[Ibrahim Hassan praises Veta Club ahead of Wednesday's clash ]]>
“They have a very good squad with many talented players. They also have good players on the bench who can make difference at the game when they play,” Hassan told ON Sport on Monday.

Al-Masry has a historic chance to reach an African competition final for the first time in their history when they face Veta Club in Congo.

The first leg in Port Said ended with a goalless draw after a fine display from both teams, who created many chances but failed to score.

Hassan added, “The first leg draw made our mission harder, but we achieved an away victory in Algeria at the quarter finals and we can do it again in Congo.”

Al-Masry defeated USM Alger at the quarter finals of both games, with the same result of 1-0.

Hassan continued, “We came here to win and we will do everything we can to achieve our dream to reach the final.”

The game is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at 6:00 P.M.
10/23/2018 2:08:55 PM
<![CDATA[Isco defends Lopetegui following sacking rumors ]]>
“It would be crazy to change the coach; we have to work and we should throw ourselves forward. It is not only about the coach, and I am confident that together we can have a great season," Isco said on Monday.

Lopetegui is going through the toughest time since he was appointed the club manager last summer, as many rumors linked him with leaving the club following recently poor results.

Real Madrid have had a disastrous run at the League this season as they lost three games, ended two games with a draw and achieved only four victories to end up staying at 7th position with 14 points.

Isco added, “It's not easy to understand this bad run, but we have always known how to come back and have always taken criticism.”

Isco has known Lopetegui since 2012, when they worked together at the Spain U 21 National team and managed to win the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2013. ]]>
10/23/2018 2:07:38 PM
<![CDATA[Gross announces Zamalek squad for El Entag El Harby clash ]]>
Mahmoud Hamdy, known as El Wensh, was named on the list although he could not participate at the team’s training session on Sunday.

El-Wensh is expected to be out for two weeks, but the manager added him to the list to follow his recovery process during the camp session .

Moroccan striker Hamid Ahaddad was ruled out of the list beside Mohamed Abdel Salam, Ahmed Madbouli and Mohamed ‘Kamacho’ Ahmed.

Gross’ chosen squad for the game consisted of:

Goal keepers : Emad el-Sayed, Omar Salah, Mahmoud ‘Gennesh’ Abdel Rahim
Defenders: Mohamed Abdel Ghani, Hamdi Nagguez, Bahaa Magdy, Mahmoud Hamdy, Ahmed Fattoh, Hazem Imam, Mahmoud Alaa
Midfielders : Mahmoud Abdel-Aati, Mohamed Antar, Ayman Hefny, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Mohamed Hassan, Abdallah Gomaa, Ibrahim Hassan, Mahmoud ‘Kahraba’ Abdel-Monem, Tarek Hamed, Ferjani Sassi, Mohamed Ibrahim
Forward : Kabongo Kasongo, Youssef Obama and Omar el-Said.

The game will be take place on Tuesday at 6:00 P.M at Alexandria Stadium.

10/23/2018 2:06:14 PM
<![CDATA[Emery praises ‘Captain’ Ozil ]]>
Ozil captained the Gunners line-up from the start for the first time and his manager Unai Emery praised him after the game.

“We have very clear captains and each one is important, but I think Ozil can play every match with his commitment and his quality,” Emery said after the game.

Ozil scored Arsenal’s first goal, gave a key pass to Arsenal’s second goal and provided an assist for Arsenal’s third goal at the game.

Emery added “Ozil had a very good performance today. We are going to push to demand more from ourselves and from him also.”

Arsenal achieved their seventh consecutive victory at the Premier League to share the second position with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs 21 points each, two points behind the Leaders, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Ozil and his teammates hope to achieve the Premier League title for the first time since 2004.

10/23/2018 2:06:10 PM
<![CDATA[We will do everything to reach the final, Coulibaly ]]>
“I always prefer to play the second leg at home but we played a good game at the first leg and won 2-0 which gives us an advantage before the battle in Setif,” Coulibaly told press on Monday.

Al-Ahly defeated ES Setif 2-0 at the first leg in Cairo thanks to two goals from Walid Soliman and Eslam Mohareb.

“We came here with high spirits and we will do everything we can to reach the final and make our fans happy,” the Malian added.

Coulibaly joined Al-Ahly last July and since then he established himself as a key player at Al-Ahly squad.

The defender played a great role in Al-Ahly’s run at the CAF Champions League and he scored two goals at the group stage against Township Rollers and Kampala City.

Al-Ahly fans put all their hopes on their players to reach the final and achieve the title after they lost last year’s final to Wydad Casablanca.

10/22/2018 1:51:00 PM
<![CDATA[Carteron expects a tough atmosphere in Setif ]]>
“They are a very good team and their enthusiastic fans will do everything to help their team win,” Carteron said on Monday, Oct.22.

Carteron is used to the atmosphere in Setif as he faced their local team twice during his time as TP Mazembe manager and he could not achieve a single victory in both games.

The first game in 2013 at CAF Confederation Cup ended with a 1-1 draw and he lost 2-1 at the second game one year later at the CAF Champions League semi-finals.

Carteron added “We are focusing on our team and making the players ready for the game. We will play with big ambitions to reach the final.”

Al-Ahly defeated ES Setif 2-0 at the first leg in Cairo thanks to two goals from Walid Soliman and Eslam Mohareb.

Al-Ahly fans put all their hopes on their players to reach the final and achieve the title after they lost last year’s final to Wydad Casablanca.

10/22/2018 1:48:58 PM
<![CDATA[Presentation Sports wins sponsorship rights of Al-Ahly SC]]>
Presentation Sports has issued a contract with Al-Ahly's Media Production Company after the latter bought Al-Ahly's sponsorship rights from its board of directors headed by club President, Mahmoud el-Khatib.

It is worth mentioning that the Saudi Advertising and sports marketing agency, Sela, has terminated its sponsorship contract with Al-Ahly months ago.

It is reported that Presentation's contract with Al-Ahly has exceeded LE 500 million in the next four years.

Khatib, president of Al-Ahly SC, said that the contract signed with Presentation Sports is one of the most important resources to complete the writing of Al-Ahly's history.

"Al-Ahly is happy to deal with Presentation Sports because it's a professional company," Khatib added.

"Presentation has a strong presence in the Egyptian market. I hope that the two parties will succeed in this partnership," Al-Ahly's legend concluded.

"If I die now, I will be satisfied," Presentation Sports' President, Mohamed Kamel, started his talk with those words.

"We did not know we would get the sponsorship contract until Saturday at 8:30 p.m.," he said.

"I thank all the Egyptian clubs for standing with us," he concluded.

The Egyptian FA sold the sponsorship rights for the next five years after agreeing on a LE 405.5 million ($22.3 million) deal.

This deal means that Presentation has exclusive sponsorship of the Egyptian national team, Egyptian league and cup, allowing them, among other things, to make deals with other media outlets to air the matches.
10/22/2018 11:17:22 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Masry's delegation heads to DR Congo]]>
Al-Masry ended the first leg at Port Said stadium with a goalless draw and they are looking to decide the second leg by scoring goals.

A scoring draw between the two sides will see Hossam Hassan’s Al-Masry advance to the final on away goals rule.

Hossam Hassan’s team depends on their enthusiasm and speed, along with the experience of some elements in the team such as Kofi, Farid Shawki, Amr Moussa, Ahmed Shukry and Ahmed Jumah.

And the elements of speed and strength represented in Islam Issa, Turek Jibrin, Mahmoud Wadi and Grindo. The coaching staff knows well that their journey to Congo won’t be easy as they have to defeat the African team or at least get back to Egypt with a draw.

Port Said’s club fans dream of the first qualification in the history to the final of CAF Confederations cup. No Egyptian team has done it before except Al-Ahly when they achieved the first title for Egypt in 2015.
10/21/2018 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Trezeguet shines in Kasimpasa 5-0 victory]]>
Trezeguet scored his team first goal in the 56th minute before providing an assist for the third goal.

Trezeguet continued his brilliant start this season as he scored four goals and provided three assists in just nine games in the Turkish Super Lig.

KasimPasa are now placed third with 18 points after the leader Galatasaray and the 2nd placed Istanbul Basaksehir.

Trezeguet helped the Egyptian national team to qualify for the 2019 AFCON when he scored a goal against eSwatini in the third round of AFCON qualifiers.

Turkish Football club, Kasimpasa S.K., officially refused the offer to transfer Egyptian player Mahmoud Trezeguet to Al-Rayyan SC before the start of the season.

Trezeguet is an Al-Ahly academy product. He joined the club when he was 9 and got promoted through the club youth rankings till he joined the first team at 19.

He played four years for Al-Ahly before leaving in 2016 to Anderlecht that loaned him to Mouscron and Kasimpasa.
10/21/2018 10:23:00 AM
<![CDATA[Russia's Kasatkina wins Kremlin Cup]]>
The 21-year-old Kasatkina was runner up here last season and this year she had to battle back from a set down to win 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 in two hours two minutes to chalk up her second win over the Tunisian 24-year-old in as many meetings.

"I remember 10 years ago when I was a kid I came here and was dreaming that (some day) I would stand on this central court holding the trophy aloft," Kasatkina said at the award ceremony.

"And now here I am. The dream came true."

Kasatkina also showed her class when she praised Jabeur for her performance at the event.

"I think it was a good week for you," she said.

"It was very tough and I saw you gave everything today and that's what sport is all about. I really appreciate I had this match with you today. I'm sure that it's not the last final for you."

The opponents traded breaks at the start then held their serves until the sixth game when Kasatkina suddenly lost her nerve allowing Jabeur to break twice again to take the opening set in 23 minutes.

In the second set tiebreak Kasatkina, ranked 14th in the world, was slightly more accuracy to level the match at one set all after one hour 25 minutes on court.

In the deciding set Jabeur, who was playing her eighth match in eight days, looked obviously tired.

As the set wore on she suffered cramp in her leg and was almost unable to run allowing Kasatkina to produce the deciding break in the 10th game to wrap up the victory.

Jabeur said she was pleased with her performance and promised to come back to Moscow next year.

"I really enjoyed playing here this week," the Tunisian said. "This is the first WTA premier final for me. Hopefully I will do more here next year."]]>
10/21/2018 9:13:00 AM
<![CDATA[US Open champion Osaka says fame won't affect her game]]>
The 21-year-old stunned 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in a controversial final at Flushing Meadows in September.

After becoming the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title, Osaka has received several lucrative endorsement deals and featured prominently in the media, including an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US.

Osaka said her life had changed since the US Open but vowed to remain focused on tennis.

"With the recognition part, I do feel a bit different," she told reporters in Singapore.

"Like before it was only Japan I felt like people knew me. But now like... in the airports and stuff... I just think that's (the attention) kind of funny.

"For me, I can't change who I am. I haven't really thought about changing my personality. I just focus on my matches, so I just play tennis and I leave the rest up to everyone that I trust.”

Since winning in New York, the world number four has fallen short in Tokyo and Beijing. At the China Open, she required treatment to her lower back during her semi-final defeat to unseeded Anastasija Sevastova.

But Osaka has a chance to finish a memorable year on a high in Singapore, which starts on Sunday.

The rising star is the youngest player in the draw and she starts the round-robin event on Monday against American Sloane Stephens, who won the US Open in 2017.

In her WTA Finals debut, Osaka has been drawn in the tough red group alongside Stephens, Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, who qualified after world number one Simona Halep pulled out due to injury.

"I'm not really used to round robins. But I also think it's a really good thing, because if you happen to lose a match, it doesn't automatically mean you're out of the tournament," Osaka said.

The white group features defending WTA Finals champion Caroline Wozniacki, Czech players Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova, and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.]]>
10/21/2018 8:12:00 AM
<![CDATA[Title-chasing Hamilton shines in Texas rain]]>
The 33-year-old Briton, who will clinch his fifth world title on Sunday if he outscores nearest rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari by eight points, sat out the opening half of the 90 minutes before dominating the rest of the action.

Hamilton clocked a best lap in one minute and 47.502 seconds as the asphalt at the Circuit of the Americas dried out, a time that lifted him clear of the field as he showed the class and raw pace that has made him a clear favourite to triumph in Sunday's race.

After heavy rain overnight and in the morning, the circuit was wet and challenging for the drivers as they adjusted to the conditions.

Bottas was second fastest, after pitting when he seemed set to improve his lap time, ahead of the two Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Renault-bound Daniel Ricciardo, who was half a second adrift of his Dutch team-mate.

The Ferrari duo of four-time champion Vettel and Sauber-bound Kimi Raikkonen were back in fifth and sixth places after struggling with the slippery surface.

Vettel had two tricky moments when he managed to avoid going off the track at Turns One and Ten during the session and wound up nearly two seconds slower than the in-form Hamilton.

Carlos Sainz was seventh for Renault ahead of Romain Grosjean of Haas, Ferrari-bound Charles Leclerc of Sauber and his team-mate Marcus Ericsson.

The session was completed with only one major incident that came when Leclerc spun at Turn Nine and brought gravel on to the circuit.

The session was red-flagged for 10 minutes to allow the track to be cleared.]]>
10/21/2018 7:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[NFL to celebrate 100th season in 2019 with logo, events]]>
The historic celebration will salute the sport's fans, highlight the game's unifying impact on communities and bring together past generations of NFL heroes while looking ahead to the league's future.

A special "NFL 100" logo will feature the league's regular shield crest beside a large blue 100 with red and white motion streaks behind a blue football. It will be featured on fields in stadiums and in NFL Network programs during the 2019 100th season celebrations.

"For nearly 100 years, the NFL has been part of the fabric of America, unifying communities and bringing fans together to support their favorite teams and players," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. "Next year, we will join our fans in celebrating what this incredible game means to each of us."

The "NFL 100" campaign will kick off at Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta and continue at the NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, and enshrinement ceremonies at the American Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. The celebration intensifies ahead of the 2019 season kickoff next September and extends through the season before Super Bowl 54 in 2020 at Miami.

Fan festivals will be staged in the NFL cities while the league will produce television shows to celebrate 100 seasons.

A panel of former NFL players, coaches, general managers, historians and media will select an All-Time Team as well as the 10 greatest coaches in NFL history.]]>
10/21/2018 6:09:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ignore Mayweather-Nurmagomedov talk says UFC boss: report]]>
"Don't pay attention to it," White said. "The Mayweather team has not approached us at all. Khabib is under contract with the UFC. We haven't talked to anybody from the Mayweather team. Floyd is very good at getting his name back out there when he's ready."

Russia's Nurmagomedov, 30, defended his UFC lightweight crown with a submission victory over Ireland's Conor McGregor two weeks ago in the top-selling UFC fight ever, improving his record to 27-0.

American Mayweather, 41, came out of retirement last year to box McGregor and stopped him in the 10th round in Las Vegas to raise his career record to 50-0.

Nurmagomedov told Mayweather adviser Leonard Ellerbe in an online video that "We have to fight" while Mayweather told TMZ earlier this week his team can "make it happen."

The Russian's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told ESPN his fighter would "respect the contract" with UFC but added, "we're open if Floyd wants to box Khabib."

"You have a guy who is 50-0, a guy who is 27-0 -- both have never tasted defeat. Khabib brings 2.5 billion Muslims around the world, some of the richest countries in the world, and they're behind him. Floyd Mayweather is a megastar. Floyd 'Money' Mayweather. If the two forces clash, that's a real fight."

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has suspended Nurmagomedov temporarily for his post-fight actions after being McGregor, climbing out of the octagon and fighting members of the Irishman's entourage. A disciplinary ban into next year is possible.]]>
10/21/2018 5:07:00 AM
<![CDATA[Thai cave survivors train with Galaxy, Ibrahimovic]]>
The Wild Boars team, who earlier this month were guests at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, were given a tour of the Galaxy's StubHub Center stadium before training with members of the MLS team at a nearby pitch.

The Thai youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, were retrieved from the Tham Luang cave complex in July after a dramatic rescue effort.

Friday's visit to the Galaxy was set up by US television star Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted the team on her show on Monday.

Former Sweden international Ibrahimovic had also appeared as a surprise guest to meet the team on the show.

"I thought I was brave, but these kids, this team, is more braver than me... This is probably the best team in the world," Ibrahimovic said.

The team became the centre of global media sensation as the world watched and waited for news of their rescue in June.

The rescue effort claimed the life of a rescue diver, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan.]]>
10/21/2018 4:06:00 AM
<![CDATA[Jerebko nets winning basket in Warriors see-saw win over Jazz]]>
Kevin Durant scored 38 points and Stephen Curry tallied 31, while Sweden's Jerebko came off the bench to score 10 and the game winner in a wild contest in front of a crowd of 18,300.

"My teammates knew this was a big game for me coming back here. I wanted to win and told them I really wanted this one," said Jerebko.

The Jazz built a big lead by scoring 47 points in the second quarter but Golden State clawed their way back into it with a strong second half, led by Curry.

The defending NBA champion Warriors are favoured to win their third title in a row but many wondered how they would do Friday against the Jazz's lockdown defence at the Vivint Smart arena.

Utah was the only team last year to beat Golden State three times.

Journeyman Jerebko, who also played for the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons, joined the Warriors in the offseason after being let go by the Jazz.

"He had a little bit of juice and fire coming here to Utah to show up his old teammates," said Curry of Jerebko.

On the Warriors' final possession of the game, Durant attempted a jump shot from the free-throw line which rattled off the rim but Jerebko was right there to outmuscle Rudy Gobert for the winner.

"I took the ball out, so I knew I was going to give it to K.D. and I knew he was going to shoot it, so I just tried to get to the rim," Jerebko said.

Durant wished he had made the shot but he was also pleased for Jerebko.

"Jonas was there in the right place at the right time," Durant said. "It was very fitting that he comes back here and gets the game-winning tip. We were very excited for him."

Australia's Joe Inglis led the Jazz with 27 points while Donovan Mitchell, who was runner-up for rookie of the year last season, scored 19 in the loss.

Mitchell launched a desperation shot at the buzzer but there wasn't enough time on the clock to properly execute the catch-and-shoot play.

Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds as Milwaukee Bucks tried out their new long-range attack in their home opener Friday to beat the Indiana Pacers 118-101.

Khris Middleton delivered 25 points for the Bucks who attempted a franchise record 47 shots from beyond the arc.

First year Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said they are trying to be aggressive and create space for three-point attempts.

"If there's going to be rotations, there's going to be helps, there's going to be shifts, and there's opportunities to shoot threes, then we'll take those," he said.

Victor Oladipo scored 25 points and Doug McDermott added 14 for the Pacers in the loss.

The Bucks stretched their lead to 93-76 at the end of the third quarter after leading 62-53 at the half.

Milwaukee ranked 25th in the NBA last season with 24.7 three-point attempts per game. They finished 17 of 47 on Friday, with Antetokounmpo missing all seven he launched.

Milwaukee drained 14 of 34 three point attempts as they beat Charlotte 113-112 in their season opener on Wednesday.

Antetokounmpo said the long-range assault is part of their game plan now.

- 'Keep shooting' -

"That comes from the coach," said Antetokounmpo. "He wants to shoot the ball. Like, I was zero for seven today, but I'm going to keep shooting."

In Toronto, Kawhi Leonard had 15 of his 31 points in the third quarter to power the Toronto Raptors to a 113-101 victory over the Celtics.

Leonard grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds for the Raptors who are undefeated in the new 2018-19 NBA season.

Serge Ibaka had 21 points, while Kyle Lowry had 15 points, six assists and five rebounds.

In Minneapolis, Jimmy Butler, who has been the object of scorn from Timberwolves fans for saying he will not resign for next season, scoring 33 points to lead the Minnesota past the Cleveland Cavaliers 131-123.]]>
10/21/2018 3:05:00 AM
<![CDATA[Five-goal Jovic shows 'world class potential' after haul]]>
The Serbian striker needed just 55 minutes to score his Friday night haul, becoming the youngest player in Bundesliga history to achieve the feat.

The Serbia international is also the first Frankfurt player to score five in one league match since Eintracht was founded in 1899.

"You always have to be careful with superlatives, but for me, he has the potential to become a world-class striker," enthused Frankfurt coach Adi Huetter.

Having also scored in each of his two previous league games, Jovic now has seven goals to make him the top scorer in the Bundesliga so far this season.

His stunning haul put him in the same company as Robert Lewandowski, Jurgen Klinsmann and Gerd Mueller, who all scored five in a single German league game.

He was taken off on 86 minutes, but Jovic later admitted he was unaware he had been just one short of matching Dieter Mueller's record of six goals in a single German league game.

"It was not a priority for me, the only thing that counted for me was the team's victory," said Jovic, who also scored five in a youth team game as a 12-year-old.

"I have always shot from anywhere on goal, it just paid off today," he added.

Jovic, on loan from Benfica, only got his chance after Frankfurt's first-choice striker Ante Rebic was injured at the start of the season.

Now Frankfurt are considering signing him permanently.

Television pundit Matthias Sammer rates Jovic as worth more than the 10 million euros ($11.5 million) asking price.

"He has a good movement, anticipation and technique, he is the complete player," ex-Germany midfielder Sammer told Eurosport.

Jovic thanked both Huetter "for the space he gives me" and also the Austrian's predecessor Niko Kovac, who left at the end of last season to take charge of Bayern Munich.

"He really helped me to develop as both a player and a person," Jovic said of current Bayern boss Kovac.

"It was because of him that I persevered and developed into an absolute professional."]]>
10/21/2018 2:02:00 AM
<![CDATA[Barcelona reveal plans for 'Espai Barca' project]]>
The video shows how the Nou Camp's capacity will be raised from 99,000 spectators to 105,000 and the installation of a roof covering the whole arena. Currently three sides of the stadium are exposed to the elements.

Building work on the stadium will take place in the post-season over three years, beginning in 2019, so that the team can continue to play at the ground without disruption.

Work on the new stadium is set to be completed by the 2023/24 season, with the club stating it will cost 360 million euros ($414.47 million).

The club has already begun work on a new stadium for its youth and reserve teams, which is to be named after Dutch great Johan Cruyff and will be at the site of its training ground.

'Espai Barca' will also see the construction of a new arena for the club's basketball team and green spaces around the Nou Camp.]]>
10/21/2018 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[City go top with 5-0 crushing of Burnley]]>
Unbeaten City took the lead in the 17th minute when Sergio Aguero slotted home from close range after clever play from Leroy Sane and David Silva. The Argentine has now scored seven goals in seven games against Burnley.

City should have doubled their lead just before the break but Burnley keeper Joe Hart, facing his former club for the first time, produced a superb one-handed save to keep out a David Silva header and Aguero missed with the follow-up from point-blank range.

Burnley stuck at their task until the 54th minute when they gifted City a second goal. Sane's appeal for a penalty was turned down but the Clarets' defence stopped, apparently thinking a spot-kick had been given, and David Silva passed to an unmarked Bernardo Silva for a simple finish.

Two minutes later City put the game beyond Burnley when the visitors' attempt to clear a corner fell to the Brazilian and he thumped the ball home from outside the box.

City manager Pep Guardiola responded by bringing on Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who hasn't played since the opening game of the season due to a knee injury, much to the delight of the home crowd.

A superb curling shot from Riyad Mahrez into the top corner made it 4-0 seven minutes from the end and Sane turned in a late fifth.

10/20/2018 6:25:48 PM
<![CDATA[Lewandowski double hands Bayern first win in five games]]>
The Poland striker opened his account on the half hour and doubled it four minutes after the re-start to give embattled Bayern a much-needed boost, a day after club bosses launched a scathing attack on the media while backing coach Niko Kovac and his players despite their dip in form.

The game looked to be turning for the hosts in the 57th minute when Bayern winger Arjen Robben was sent off after a second booking. It was the Dutchman's first dismissal in more than seven years.

The Wolves then cut the deficit through Wout Weghorst six minutes later and launched an all-out offensive in search of the equaliser before James Rodriguez stunned the home crowed with a curling shot following a Lewandowski pass.

Bayern, whose president Uli Hoeness and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Friday accused the media of unfair and "shameful" reporting of their team's current form, are now in second place on 16 points, four behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.]]>
10/20/2018 6:00:30 PM
<![CDATA[Salah signs jerseys for Indonesia Tsunami Appeal]]>
Liverpool’s official website published pictures of their players while signing jerseys worn during the game against Napoli.

They will now be donated to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Indonesia Tsunami Appeal.

Moreno signs jerseys for Indonesia Tsunami - Liverpool's official website

Arnold signs jerseys for Indonesia Tsunami - Liverpool's official website

Firmino signs jerseys for Indonesia Tsunami - Liverpool's official website

Fabinho signs jerseys for Indonesia Tsunami - Liverpool's official website

The island of Sulawesi was devastated by a powerful earthquake and a tsunami on September 28, which left a trail of destruction throughout the region.

More than 2,100 people have died as a result of the disaster, at least 2,500 are seriously injured and hundreds more remain missing.

Salah was absent in Egypt’s game against eSwatini which ended by a 2-0 victory for the Pharaohs in the fourth round of AFCON qualifiers.

The Egyptian King is set to play with Liverpool against Huddersfield Town in the 9th round of the English Premier League on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Liverpool places third in the standings after Manchester City and Chelsea.
10/20/2018 4:58:22 PM
<![CDATA[Carteron announces 20-player squad to face ES Setif]]>
Al-Ahly is set to face Algeria’s ES Setif in the second leg of CAF Champions league’s semi-final on Tuesday at 9:00 p.m.

The red devils defeated Algeria’s champions 2-0 in the first leg through Islam Mohareb and Walid Soliman.

Carteron announced on Saturday the 20-player squad which included Ahmed Fathy despite his injury.

FILE - Islam Mohareb

The squad included:

GOAL KEEPERS : Mohamed el-Shenawy, Aly Lotfy

DEFENDERS: Ahmed Fathy, Ayman Ashraf, Salif Coulibaly, Saad Samir, Sabry Raheel and Mohamed Hany.

MIDFIELDERS : Hesham Mohamed, Hossam Ashour, Ahmed Hamoudy, Karim Nedved, Walid Soliman, Amr el-Soleya, Mido Gaber, Ahmed Hamdy and Islam Mohareb

FORWARDS : Walid Azzarou, Salah Mohsen, Marwan Mohsen

Al-Ahly looks to achieve the 9th African title after they failed to reap the title last season when got defeated against Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca in the final.
10/20/2018 4:44:19 PM
<![CDATA[Real slump to third straight loss despite ending record goal drought]]>
Jose Luis Morales put Levante ahead in the seventh minute after a defensive slip from Raphael Varane while Roger Marti doubled the lead in the 13th from the penalty spot after a handball by Varane, with the spot-kick awarded after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR).

Real created a number of chances down the other end but hit the woodwork three times and had a strike by Marco Asensio ruled out by VAR for offside and early in the second half they broke an unwanted club record of 464 minutes without scoring.

Marcelo finally snapped their long spell without a goal by smashing into the net midway through the second half, scoring the club's first goal in 482 minutes.

But despite creating a glut of further chances Real slumped to a third straight loss in all competitions to pile the pressure on under-fire Lopetegui.

Real, who were booed by their fans, are fifth in the La Liga standings, three points behind leaders Alaves.

Champions Barcelona play at home to second-placed Sevilla later on Saturday.

Real were in dire need of a win after losing to CSKA Moscow and Alaves in their last two games and they were boosted by the return of influential figures Isco and Marcelo although Gareth Bale could only start on the bench after recovering from injury.

Madrid conceded the first goal for the seventh time in 11 games in all competitions when Varane failed to clear the most routine of through passes and forward Morales stole the loose ball and rounded goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to score.

Levante stunned the home fans into silence when they were awarded a penalty in bizarre circumstances for a handball by the hapless Varane on the line of the penalty area, which was finally given after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR) just as the visitors were about to take a free kick.

Courtois guessed the right way but Marti's penalty was too powerful for him.

VAR was called into action five minutes later to cancel out a goal for Real from Marco Asensio for offside, the first of a flurry of chances for the home side which saw Mariano hit the crossbar and Levante's former Barcelona goalkeeper Oier Olazabal make a string of impressive saves.

Olazabal made another superb save after the interval to thwart substitute Bale while fellow sub Benzema hit the post after Marcelo had reduced the deficit to a single goal.

Mariano thought he had found a leveller late on when he converted from close range but the goal was ruled offside]]>
10/20/2018 3:59:22 PM
<![CDATA[Barkley salvages last-gasp point for Chelsea against Man Utd]]>
Two goals from Anthony Martial had appeared to have earned Mourinho's Manchester United a comeback win after they went 1-0 down in the first half.

United, who had never won nor even scored a goal under Mourinho at his former club, went behind in the 20th minute when Germany defender Toni Rudiger strode away from marker Paul Pogba and rose to head home a Willian corner.

Chelsea had most possession and looked in control until Martial thumped in the equaliser in the 55th minute against the run of play after Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had kept out a close-range Juan Mata shot.

The goal galvanised the visitors and Martial made it two in the 73rd minute after a fine breakaway move between former Chelsea midfielder Mata and Marcus Rashford.

At the other end David De Gea was forced into fine diving saves from David Luiz and N'Golo Kante but was powerless as Barkley hammered home after Luiz's header hit the post.

Mourinho, who won three titles with Chelsea, has been touted as the next Premier League managerial sacking after his side's uncertain start to the season. ]]>
10/20/2018 3:55:12 PM
<![CDATA[Henry sees Guardiola as reference in football management ]]>
During his first press conference, Henry revealed to press that his former manager in Barcelona, Pep Guardiola, is his reference as football manager.

“Pep is the reference for me. I'm not saying for everyone. I re-learned how to play the game when I went to Barcelona under him,” Henry told press.

The French played two years under Guardiola’s command and he was a key player at the squad that won six titles in 2009.

Henry formed an attacking partnership with Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto’o. The trio dominated the European football in 2009 and produced a new kind of football commonly known as Tiki Taka.

Henry added “You guys know some of the inventions Guardiola has had in the game. He's way ahead of the game."

Henry will experience being the first team head coach for the first time as he spent two years working as an assistant manager for Roberto Martinez at Belgium national team.
10/20/2018 3:53:36 PM
<![CDATA[Defeating Spain was better than World Cup semis: Shearer]]>
“In ten years, people will continue talking about that night in Seville; it was something I haven't seen in an England team for a long, long time,” Shearer told The Sun.

England had a fine display against the group leaders in front of their fans; the display that led to their victory which Shearer believes was better than World Cup semi-finals.

“Reaching the semifinal of the World Cup gave us all hope, but achieving such a performance in Spain has reinforced it," Shearer added.

England revived their hopes after the away victory and they gained 4 points reaching the second place, two points behind the leaders, Spain.

Spain will travel to Zagerb to face Croatia on November 15 and the English team hopes for a Croatian victory to reach the semi-finals before the group’s last game against Croatia in London three days later.
10/20/2018 3:52:04 PM
<![CDATA[Davis shines as Pelicans rout Rockets in season opener]]>
Davis also had 16 rebounds and eight assists and Payton finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Pelicans, who led wire-to-wire.

"I am just taking what the defence gives me," said Davis. "It is only game one. It is a good win but we still got a lot of work to do.

"To come out with a win against a team like that after the season they had and coming off the season we had, we wanted to come out and set a tempo."

The Pelicans' dominating win in front of a crowd of 18,000 at Toyota Center arena in Texas was one of 11 games in the first full night of the 2018-19 NBA season.

League Most Valuable Player James Harden flirted with a triple double, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Rockets failed to match New Orleans' season-opening intensity, especially on defence.

Nikola Mirotic delivered 30 points and 10 rebounds in the blowout as the Pelicans led by as many as 29 points.

Payton and Julius Randle were the two biggest additions in the offseason. And with DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo moving to other teams, the Pelicans are going to have to develop a new personality this season.

"We are not going to shoot the ball this well every night but tonight we did a great job imposing our will on defence which led to a lot of fast break opportunities," said Davis. "We executed our game plan to the T. When we play like this we will be tough to beat."

Many thought the Pelicans' 2017-18 season was done when Cousins went down in mid-season with an Achilles injury. New Orleans rallied together and swept Portland in the first round of the playoffs.

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni expected more on opening night from his experienced squad. Houston was the most prolific three-point shooting team in the NBA last season when they finished with a franchise record 65-17 win-loss record.

They took the NBA by storm and many consider them a legitimate threat this year to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.

"It is the first game of 82. We will right the ship today, tomorrow, and the next day," said D'Antoni.

"We kind of let go of the rope at the end of the first half. We obviously have some things to work on. We've got to get our legs and then go after it."

Eric Gordon scored a team-high 21 points. Chris Paul and PJ Tucker had 19 points each for the Rockets, who are trying to replace outgoing defensive specialists Trevor Ariza and Mbah a Moute with aging veteran Carmelo Anthony and journeyman James Ennis.

Reserve Anthony, who bristled in the past about the idea of having to come off the bench, finished with nine points on three of 10 shooting in 27 minutes of playing time.

- Leonard wins in debut -

Elsewhere, Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in his Toronto debut as the Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 in the season opener for both teams.

"It's one game," Leonard said. "I can only see what's in front of me right now .... it's about right now and what I need to do to be the best player for the Raptors."

Fred VanVleet added 14 points, while Pascal Siakam finished with 13 as Nick Nurse made his head coaching debut for the Raptors.

Kevin Love scored 21 points for Cleveland who are rebuilding after losing LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The win was a modest measure of revenge for Toronto who were eliminated from the playoffs by Cleveland the last three seasons.

San Antonio forward DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points in his Spurs debut Wednesday after he was acquired from Toronto for Leonard in the offseason.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 21 points and 19 rebounds as the Spurs defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-108.

In other games, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Hornets' 113-112, while Devin Booker scored 19 of his 35 points late in the fourth as the Phoenix Suns dominated the Dallas Mavericks 121-100.]]>
10/19/2018 12:55:00 PM
<![CDATA[Vidal fined 800,000 euros for Munich nightclub fight]]>
Munich district court fined the Chile international based on 80 days worth of wages, calculated to be 10,000 euros per day for the Barcelona player, who left Bayern Munich in August after three years with the German giants.

The 31-year-old was not in court in Munich to hear the judge's verdict as he played in Chile's 1-0 win over Mexico on Wednesday, which "professionally prevented" his appearance in Bavaria, his lawyer said.

Vidal and his half-brother were both found guilty after attacking another man at Munich's Crowns Club in September 2017, which was reportedly caught on security camera.

Vidal's half sibling Sandrino, 25, was fined 18,000 euros, based on 120 days salary at 150 euros per day -- a higher penalty because he also threw a glass during the incident.

Since joining Barcelona Vidal has struggled for game time in the star-studded midfield, only twice being included in the starting line-up in eight Spanish league matches.]]>
10/19/2018 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sprint king Bolt rejects Malta football offer]]>
The eight-time Olympic champion has been on trial with A-League club the Central Coast Mariners since arriving Down Under in August.

He scored two goals in a pre-season friendly last Friday but is yet to be offered a deal, with cashed-up Valletta dangling a two-year trial-free contract to entice him away earlier this week.

But Bolt's agent Ricky Simms said he had opted against a move to the Maltese Premier League team, which is backed by a group of investors from the Sanban Group in the United Arab Emirates.

"There is a lot of interest in Usain playing football," he told ESPN.

"We regularly receive similar approaches. I can confirm Usain does not wish to pursue this opportunity in Malta."

Valletta chief executive Ghasston Slimen told the broadcaster: "We wish Usain Bolt all the best with his football career. The Valletta FC offer is always on the table."

Australia's domestic A-League season starts this weekend, with the Mariners in action on Sunday away to Brisbane Roar. With no contract, Bolt is not eligible for selection.

Club chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said this week the Jamaican "will continue his indefinite training period ... until any further notice".

Reports suggest the Mariners are waiting for governing body Football Federation Australia to decide whether it will contribute to a potential Aus$3 million (US$2.1 million) offer to the 100m world record holder.

Sydney's Daily Telegraph on Thursday reported Bolt and Mielekamp sat down for a coffee in the wake of the Malta offer for clarity on his future.

It said the 32-year-old, who regards Australia as a second home, might consider accepting less money if it means locking in a contract.

Coach Mike Mulvey was reluctant Thursday to talk about Bolt, saying he was not involved in contract negotiations.

"I'm really not interested in it (contract speculation) to tell you the truth," he told reporters.

"He's been great among the guys and I was very happy for him last week with the two goals he scored, but we move on."

Mariners captain Matt Simon dismissed suggestions the chronicles of Bolt were distracting the squad ahead of their A-League opener.

"He's been here for a couple of months now, so everywhere we go with Usain, everyone's talking about him," Simon said.

"We've just been down to business, concentrating on the season and putting into practice what we've been doing at training for the last 12 weeks."

Bolt, who retired from athletics last year, has previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway to no avail.]]>
10/19/2018 9:56:00 AM
<![CDATA[Natural disasters saddle Swiss Re with $1.1 bn claims]]>
Swiss Re said in a statement that it chalked up around $1.1 billion (955 million euros) in preliminary claims from natural disasters alone during the third quarter.

Typhoon Jebi, which killed 11 people and injured 600 when it hit Japan in early September and was the most powerful typhoon to strike the country in a quarter of a century, caused around $6 billion in insured losses, Swiss Re said.

The Swiss reinsurance company said its share of claims from that disaster alone was expected to tick in at around $500 million.

The claims burden from Hurricane Florence, which devastated parts of the mid-Atlantic US coast in mid-September meanwhile caused some $4 billion in insured losses, Swiss Re said, adding that it expected to be saddles with around $120 million of those claims.

Among other disasters weighing down the company's balance sheet with an additional $500 million in claims during the third quarter was Typhoon Trami, which hit Japan in late September, and the Carr wildfire that ravaged parts of northern California in August.

"While the third quarter losses are large for an individual quarter for Swiss Re, the cumulative losses for the first nine months are broadly in line with year-to-date expectations," the company said.

Swiss Re said also recorded "a significant increase in man-made losses" during the quarter.

It said "multiple man-made disasters ... either occurred or deteriorated" during the three-month period, including the Genoa motorway bridge in Italy and the Ituango dam flooding in Colombia, which together landed it with some $300 million in claims.]]>
10/19/2018 8:53:00 AM
<![CDATA[Pochettino happy with Spurs squad despite no signings]]>
Spurs, who became the first side not to make a summer signing since the transfer window was established, have equalled their best-ever start in the Premier League, with 18 points from eight games.

Chairman Daniel Levy hinted this week in a meeting with the Tottenham fans that he was content with the club's summer activity and Pochettino agreed with him.

"It was difficult to achieve the player we needed," Pochettino said. "That was impossible. I was happy and am happy with the squad that I have, 25 players.

"We have no regrets, we are happy. When we started the season with three games that we won and we were up at the top of the table people were talking in a different way, 'Oh how clever are Tottenham because they keep all the squad from last season'.

"After we lost some games all the alarms started to make a big impact in the perception. But I need to remind everyone that this is our best start after eight games, it is the best start in the Premier League for Tottenham."

Tottenham resume their Premier League campaign with a trip across London to West Ham on Saturday and Pochettino's injury problems appear to be easing.

Midfielders Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele are fit again but Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Jan Vertonghen are still missing.

"It was a good time for us (the international break) because we are going to recover a few players like Christian and Mousa Dembele," Pochettino said.

"Still maybe 10 days more for Dele Alli and Danny Rose is the same, one week more. Jan Vertonghen is a little bit longer.

"But the most important thing is that we start to recover players. It will be a tough month of competition for us."]]>
10/19/2018 6:48:00 AM
<![CDATA[England's Shaw extends Man Utd contract to 2023]]>
Shaw, 23, was in the final year of the deal he signed four years ago when joining from Southampton as the world's most expensive teenager at the time.

"I am very proud to sign my new contract and continue my stay at this great club," said Shaw.

"I want to thank everybody that has stood by me and shown me huge support - the management, my team-mates and the fans."

Shaw has been rewarded for an excellent start to the season after a difficult few years at Old Trafford.

He admitted last month he considering retiring after a horrific leg break in 2015 that could even have seen his right leg amputated.

On his return to fitness, Shaw has often been publicly criticised by United manager Jose Mourinho.

However, Mourinho has been won over this season and insisted Shaw was deserving of his new deal.

"Luke fully deserves this contract. He understood his development process, he has worked really hard at every level and he always believes in himself which is a great attribute to have," said Mourinho.

"Luke is still young and is improving all the time and he must feel very proud of himself.

"I am delighted that we are keeping such a talented young English player with a bright future ahead of him."]]>
10/19/2018 6:02:00 AM
<![CDATA[Real outlines opposition to La Liga's Miami game in letter to Fed]]>
A spokeswoman for the federation confirmed to Reuters that it had received the letter, which was widely quoted by local media on Wednesday.

The Miami match, pencilled in for Jan. 26, would be the first game to take place as part of a 15-year deal struck between La Liga and entertainment company Relevent.

"First of all we would like to declare that Real Madrid were never informed that La Liga had requested to play the game nor of the intention to make the request, and we were never asked our opinion on it," Real said in the letter, signed by the club's Director General Jose Angel Sanchez.

"Nor, obviously, did La Liga obtain Real Madrid's agreement, despite the fact that this game affects a competition in which we participate."

A spokesman for La Liga reiterated on Wednesday that no club would be forced to play in the United States and that it was entirely voluntary.

The Federation has told La Liga it cannot approve the proposal, which also requires the green light from UEFA, CONCACAF and the United States soccer federation, until it receives more information.

Federation President Luis Rubiales has expressed his opposition to the move while the Spanish footballers' union has also protested the plans.

Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has spoken out against it while the club's coach Julen Lopetegui has said: "every team (in the league) should play at every ground".

Real's letter addressed the same concerns.

"We cannot forget that the national league is a competition in which 20 teams participate, not two, and that it is fundamental that every team plays each other twice, home and away and at each stadium, as that guarantees the integrity and the equality of the competition," it said.

"As a consequence, Real Madrid manifests its opposition to the request made to play the game at the Hard Rock stadium in Miami as it affects the integrity and equality of the competition."

La Liga President Javier Tebas told Reuters earlier this month there were many things that could threaten the integrity of a competition but the Miami game was not one of them.

"In a World Cup a team playing a ... semi-final on Tuesday has a greater advantage in the final than the team playing on Wednesday,” Tebas said.

“Teams have also played at other stadiums while their grounds are being renovated or in order to generate more revenue. If we really believe in this sporting puritanism then we would need to make many changes in football.” ]]>
10/19/2018 4:46:00 AM
<![CDATA[Arsenal boss Emery not worried about Ozil's motivation]]>
Ozil quit international soccer shortly after returning from the World Cup in Russia. He had been widely criticised for posing with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a photograph in May. The 30-year-old said he had also faced "racism and disrespect" because of his Turkish roots.

Wenger, who left Arsenal in May after 22 years in charge, said earlier this week that Ozil should come out of international retirement because otherwise he "loses a bit" of his drive.

"His motivation is very clear. We need every player with a big motivation every day, in training, with continuing improving and helping us with his quality," Emery told a news conference ahead of Monday's Premier League clash against Leicester City.

"The same with Mesut as any other player. We want every day to find this in every player."

Ozil, who missed Arsenal's 5-1 victory at Fulham earlier this month with a back spasm, is available for Monday's game.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech is also close to a return to training after sustaining a hamstring injury last month.

Arsenal's demolition of Fulham at Craven Cottage extended their winning run in the league to six games and left them fourth in the table with 18 points, raising optimism among supporters that the club can return to their glory days.

Emery, however, said there was still plenty of room for improvement.

"The supporters can enjoy it with us but also we're speaking with our reality every day. We need to improve... the Fulham match was a good result and a good game for 90 minutes. But in the first 45 minutes we needed to do better," Emery added.]]>
10/19/2018 2:44:00 AM
<![CDATA[Tennis star Wozniacki signs deal to launch her own crypto token]]>
Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX) lists Pacquiao and Owen as private investors in the company, alongside a member of Abu Dhabi's ruling family, Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

Singer Jason Derulo also signed a deal to launch a token with the firm earlier this year.

GCOX says the tokens will give buyers exclusive merchandise and interactions with their favourite celebrities, and that the celebrities will receive proceeds from the token sales.

"To be the first female athlete to have her own token is really cool...I am looking forward to expanding that before other people start getting into it," Wozniacki told Reuters in an interview on the sidelines of an event to sign the deal in Singapore.

GCOX CEO Jeffrey Lin told Reuters the first celebrity token was likely to be launched next year.

He said "if everything goes well, first quarter of 2019 will be the first celebrity token and it could be Michael's, it could be Manny's, I am not sure yet."

To buy the celebrity tokens, prospective buyers must first acquire GCOX's own tokens called ACM, the sale of which has only recently started. Lin declined to say how many ACM tokens had been sold, but said "in theory we are trying to raise $300-600 million".

Wozniacki, who claimed her maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January, also said she was looking to carry the momentum of a strong end to the season through to a second successive WTA Finals title triumph in Singapore next week. ]]>
10/19/2018 1:15:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt Futsal youth team made history, secure Bronze medal in Youth Olympics]]>
Egypt Futsal Youth Team defeated Argentina 5-4 at the third and fourth places match in the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics at Buenos Aires.

Egypt achieved the Bronze medal for the first time in the history of Futsal game in the third edition of the Youth Olympics and it became the first Olympic medal for any Egyptian team in the history.

Argentina started the game in an amazing way when they lead the match 3-0 as Ezequeil Ramirez scored two goals while Augastin Ragatti scored one goal.

In the second half, Egypt made the history when Mohamed Talaat scored four goals and Salman Mohamed Ahmed scored one goal.

Egypt Futsal Youth Team’s amazing run at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics came to an end when they lost 3-1 to Russia at the semi-finals.

Egypt secured qualification to the semi-finals as the group leaders with three victories over Panama, Iraq and Slovakia and a draw at the opening game against the host nation, Argentina.

10/18/2018 8:12:06 PM
<![CDATA[Higuain says Juventus made him leave]]>
Higuain moved to Milan on loan in August after two seasons at Juventus, where he won two Serie A and Coppa Italia titles and scored 55 goals in 105 appearances in all competitions.

His departure, which he said was not his decision, came shortly after the Turin side signed five-times world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.

Higuain told Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published on Thursday that he felt something was amiss when he was left on the bench for the Coppa Italia final against AC Milan in May.

"That day, I had the feeling inside may that maybe something had broken down. And then they signed Ronaldo," he said.

"The decision to leave was not mine. I gave everything for Juventus, I won several titles, after which Cristiano arrived.

"The club wanted to make a leap in quality and they told me that I could not stay and that they were trying to find a solution. The best solution was Milan ".

Still, he said there were no hard feelings.

"Mine is a feeling of affection because they treated me very well," he added. "Companions and supporters have given me huge affection. But I did not ask to leave. Basically, everyone says it, they sent me away."

Higuain, who will take part in his first derby against Inter Milan on Sunday, has scored four goals in his first nine games for Milan.

"Milan have given me something more after a World Cup which wasn't great," he said. "I found what I was looking for."]]>
10/18/2018 4:34:26 PM
<![CDATA[Rubin Kazan handed one-year ban from UEFA competition]]>
Europe's soccer governing body said in a statement the ban would come into effect if Rubin Kazan qualified for European competition in the next two seasons.

"The club is excluded from participating in the next UEFA club competition for which it would otherwise qualify in the next two (2) seasons," UEFA said.

UEFA introduced FFP rules to try to prevent rich club owners from buying success by pumping unlimited funds into clubs.

Under the rules, clubs are barred from spending more than their generated revenue.

Clubs who break the rules generally reach so-called settlement agreements with UEFA, where they accept restrictions on transfers and squad size for a given number of seasons.

UEFA said the decision to ban Rubin Kazan was made "due to breach of the Settlement Agreement" but did not give any further details.

The club said it could appeal against the ban.

"This decision can be appealed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport," the club said in a statement. "Rubin is currently assessing the possibility and expediency of such an appeal."]]>
10/18/2018 4:26:39 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool's Mane undergoes hand surgery]]>
Mane missed Senegal's 1-0 win over Sudan on Tuesday in African Nations Cup qualifying and joined a growing list of injured players at Liverpool ahead of Saturday's league trip to Huddersfield Town.

"Liverpool Football Club can confirm Sadio Mane today underwent a procedure on a hand injury sustained while on international duty with Senegal," Liverpool said.

"The surgery, conducted at a north-west hospital and supervised by club medics, was successful. Mane's recovery will be monitored over the next couple of days."

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita went off with a suspected muscle strain in Guinea's 1-1 draw against Rwanda on Tuesday while forward Mohamed Salah had to be taken off with a groin injury when Egypt beat eSwatini 4-1 in Cairo on Friday.

Defender Virgil van Dijk was withdrawn from the Netherlands squad for Tuesday's 1-1 friendly draw with Belgium as he was still feeling the effects of a rib injury that he suffered when playing for the club against Southampton last month.

Third-placed Liverpool will look to extend their unbeaten start to the league season at Huddersfield. Juergen Klopp's side entertain Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League next week. ]]>
10/18/2018 3:25:11 PM
<![CDATA[Youth min. honors Egypt's delegation coming from Argentina]]>
Sobhy was keen to be in contact with the Egyptian delegation, headed by Abdelaziz Ghoneim, which achieved more than 11 medals.

Egypt placed 1st in the Arab and African rankings and 19th in the world rankings. The Pharaohs are looking to repeat their achievement in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Egypt reaped three Gold medals, two Silver medals and six Bronze medals. The Egyptian Olympic heroes are:


Yasmine Nasr

Salma Ayman

Ahmed Osama el-Gendy


Neama Saeed

Rawan Ayman


Eyad Barakat, Abdelrahman Sameh, Mazen el-Araby, Abdallah Galal, Ahmed Mahmoud Khalil and Ahmed el-Sawy
10/18/2018 3:23:00 PM
<![CDATA[Wenger expects to be back in work by January]]>
Wenger, who left Arsenal in May after 22 years in charge, said he did not know what his next job would be but he felt rested and am ready to work again.

"I believe (I will) start again on Jan. 1. I don't know (where) yet," the Frenchman told German newspaper Bild in an interview published on Wednesday.

"There are associations, national teams, it could be also in Japan," added the 68-year-old who coached Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight before joining Arsenal.

"From my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world."

Wenger won three Premier League titles at Arsenal but his final years at the north London club were more turbulent.

He endured a barrage of criticism from fans and pundits in the latter part of his reign for his tactical approach and perceived failings in the transfer market as the London club went 14 seasons without lifting the Premier League trophy.

Wenger also said that Germany need Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil to come out of international retirement.

Ozil announced the end of his Germany career shortly after returning from the World Cup in Russia.

He had been widely criticised for posing alongside Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a photograph in May which also featured Germany team mate Ilkay Gundogan.

Ozil, a member of the 2014 World Cup-winning team, said he had faced "racism and disrespect" because of his Turkish roots.

"I believe that Germany needs Ozil. I hope that (manager) Joachim Loew can convince him that he will come back," Wenger said.

"Ozil is a super football player, was not the worst in the World Cup. I did not love that he left the German national team.

"I love it when the players are as good as possible. He loses a bit if he does not play at an international level."]]>
10/18/2018 3:08:49 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt may face Brazil, hosts Tunisia at Borg Al-Arab]]>
EFA, headed by Hani Abo Reida, has requested an official offer from Brazil to approve the offer and manage the schedule.

EFA announced the date for the match between Egypt and Tunisia in the fifth round of Group 10 of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers. It will be on Friday, November 16th at Burg Al-Arab stadium.

Egypt and Tunisia have guaranteed qualifying to the 2019 AFCON, hosted by Cameeron, as both have defeated eSwatini and Niger, 2-0 and 2-1 respectively, in the fourth round of the qualifiers.

Egypt defeated eSwatini 2-0 earlier on Tuesday thanks to Ahmed Hegazi and Marwan Mohsen’s goals. While Firas Chaouat scored Tunisia’s two goals at the game and Youssouf Oumarou scored the hosts’ only goal.

10/18/2018 3:02:08 PM
<![CDATA[Henry starts dream job at Monaco]]>
Henry faces a big task to revive the club where he started his glittering playing career, with Monaco, French champions and Champions League semi-finalists in 2017, languishing 18th in the 20-team standings after winning one of their first nine games.

“This club will always have a big place in my heart," Henry told reporters on Wednesday. "So to be able to come here and start again, it is a dream come true. There is a lot of work to do, as you can imagine - but I am more than happy to be here.”

The 41-year-old replaced Portuguese Leonardo Jardim who was sacked less than six months after leading Monaco to second place in the standings following their first league title since 2000.

Henry was assistant coach of the Belgium team who finished third at this year's World Cup after losing to France in the semi-finals.

Forward Kylian Mbappe, who started his career at Monaco, will be back in action for champions Paris St Germain at home to Amiens on Saturday after scoring a late penalty to earn France a 2-2 draw with Iceland and helping them beat Germany 2-1.

PSG have won their first nine league games of the season and lead the standings by eight points from Lille who travel to Dijon on Saturday.

Sixth-placed Olympique Lyonnais host Nimes on Friday and Nice entertain local rivals Olympique de Marseille, third in the standings, on Sunday. ]]>
10/18/2018 2:45:36 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Nasr wins Karate gold at Youth Olympic Games]]>
Nasr defeated her Japanese rival in the final game 2-1.

Earlier, Nasr overcame her Iranian counterpart 5-0 in the semifinal.

Egyptian boxer Ahmed El-Sawy on Wednesday won the bronze medal in the 91 kg competition at the ongoing 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Argentina.

He crushed his rival of Canada 5-0.]]>
10/18/2018 2:38:16 PM
<![CDATA[Pakistan in control after Abbas wrecks Australia order]]>
Having dismissed Australia for a paltry 145 in their first innings, Pakistan stretched their lead to a daunting 281 by stumps on day two with Zaman's 66 and an unbeaten 54 by Ali taking them to 144-2.

After Mohammad Hafeez fell for six off the bowling of Mitchell Starc, opener Zaman picked up from where he left off in the first innings, smashing seven boundaries en route to his second half-century of the match.

However, the 28-year-old fell when his flat drive off Nathan Lyon was plucked out of the air by the bowler. Ali was joined at the crease by Haris Sohail and the pair ensured Pakistan did not give their rivals any more joy.

Earlier, Abbas produced a deadly spell of pace bowling in the morning as Australia were reduced to 91-7 at lunch.

Resuming on 20-2, Australia batsman Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh struggled to cope with the moving ball as Abbas and Mir Hamza choked the scoring rate in the opening hour.

Abbas, who removed in-form opener Usman Khawaja and nightwatchman Peter Siddle on the first day, grabbed his third wicket when he dismissed Marsh for three after he edged a delivery to Haris Sohail at first slip.

The 28-year-old right-arm quick tested Finch with some sharp inswingers but it was his partner Travis Head (14) who cracked under pressure, gifting a catch to Asad Shafiq to leave Australia reeling at 56-4.

Mitchell Marsh came in with a positive mindset and added 13 runs before he edged one from Yasir Shah to Shafiq.

Finch soon followed Marsh back to the pavilion when he gloved to short leg for 39, handing off-spinner Bilal Asif his first breakthrough of the match.

Four overs later, Asif trapped Australian captain Tim Paine leg before for three. Marnus Labuschagne was run out after the lunch break and Nathan Lyon soon followed him.

Starc smashed two sixes but was dismissed lbw by Abbas for 34, with the bowler claiming his fifth wicket of the innings.

With the momentum going their way, Pakistan look set to deny Australia a first series win in Asia since 2011.

Paine's side sealed a battling draw in the first test.]]>
10/17/2018 7:25:19 PM
<![CDATA[Curry guides Warriors past Thunder in opener]]>
Kevin Durant dropped in 27 points for the Warriors, who overcame 7-for-26 shooting from 3-point range to win on opening night for the first time in three seasons.

Paul George had a team-high 27 points and Dennis Schroder made his Oklahoma City debut with 21 points. They helped the Thunder hang tough with the two-time defending champions while Westbrook watched from courtside, still rehabbing a surgically repaired knee.

Curry's three-point play came after the Thunder, down by 14 in the first half, had closed within 99-97 when Steven Adams converted the second of two free throws with 1:57 to go.

Durant added a hoop, two free throws and an assist in the final 1:06, helping Golden State hold on.

George scored 13 points in the first 3:56 of the third period, leading a 21-10 Thunder flurry that produced Oklahoma City's first lead of the game at 67-66.

Two free throws by Thunder forward Jerami Grant tied the game at 87-all with 9:21 to go before two free throws by Durant nine seconds later gave Golden State the lead for good.

Curry, who hit 11 of 20 shots and 5 of 9 3-point attempts, also found time for nine assists and eight rebounds.

Kevon Looney recorded a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double, while Draymond Green grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who split the four-game season series with the Thunder last season.

Adams had a double-double for the Thunder with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Warriors led for the first 28 minutes, with Curry propelling them to an early 31-19 advantage by making his first two 3-point attempts.

A free throw by Durant with 3:04 left in the half gave Golden State a 53-39 lead, which the Thunder trimmed to 57-47 by halftime.]]>
10/17/2018 7:09:14 PM
<![CDATA[Fellaini should be fit for Chelsea clash - Martinez]]>
The 30-year-old was not involved in the 1-1 draw against Ronald Koeman's Dutch side in Brussels on Tuesday, with Martinez confirming Fellaini was not "100 percent fit".

"He should be fine, it's just he wasn't 100 percent," Martinez told reporters.

"He's got an important game at the weekend and this wasn't the game to use players who weren't 100 percent. We expect he should be fine in the next couple of days."

United, eighth in the standings on 13 points after eight matches, will be hoping to carry the momentum from their comeback win over Newcastle United in their last fixture to Stamford Bridge as they bid to make up ground on the top four.]]>
10/17/2018 7:06:21 PM
<![CDATA[England must always take fight to opposition, says Dier]]>
England stunned their hosts 3-2 in Seville on Monday after Dier had set the tone for a brilliant first half performance from the visitors with some feisty challenges on Sergio Busquets and Sergio Ramos in the opening 15 minutes.

Dier was shown a yellow card for his lunging tackle on Spain captain Ramos but the Tottenham midfielder said it was important to ensure Spain were knocked out of their rhythm early on.

"Once we start the game, it's every man for himself and we have to put our foot down, put a marker down," Dier told British media. "We have to be aggressive, be on the front foot and show that nothing is going to intimidate us.

"Ramos is a great example. He does everything so well but at the same time he puts his foot down and he's not going to be bullied. We have to be the same way."

Southgate's side are building a reputation as a possession-based outfit but Dier reckons the ability to win physical battles will be equally as important to their long-term prospects.

"It's just a question of being smart at the right times," Dier added. "Obviously it was frustrating Spain, frustrating the crowd. I think it's just maturity, really, knowing when to win fouls, when to take your time."]]>
10/17/2018 7:03:24 PM
<![CDATA[Knicks free up 'max' cash by delaying Porzingis extension]]>
Porzingis could get an extension next summer, when he will be a restricted free agent and the Knicks are projected to have just more than $30 million available under the salary cap.

New York is within striking distance of a max contract, which would command $32.7 million in cap space for a player who has 7-9 years experience.

The 2019 free agent crop currently includes Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, Golden State Warriors teammates Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler and Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard. Irving has said he wants to sign a long-term deal to remain in Boston.

As for Porzingis, he might not play until February as he continues to recover from a left knee injury.

"I'm hungry," Porzingis said at the team's media day. "I want to be on the court as soon as possible. It's good that I have a good team around me, holding me back when I need to be held back, telling me I need to be patient. It's a long process, already 7 1/2 months.

"I'm getting itchy. But it won't happen until I am 110 percent and medically cleared."

The 7-foot-3 Latvian wouldn't rule out missing the entire season, offering only "it's hard to say" when asked about the possibility.

Porzingis injured his knee in February and missed the remainder of last season. The team has been steadfast about not rushing him back, and team president Steve Mills reiterated that stance last month, saying, "We're not taking any risks with him."

The 23-year-old Porzingis said he is not thinking about a potential contract extension.

In 48 games last season, Porzingis averaged 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Entering his fourth season, he has career averages of 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.]]>
10/17/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Lacazette misses French League atmosphere ]]>
“I miss the atmosphere in Ligue 1. In England, the fans are more spectators than supporters, there is a better atmosphere in French stadiums," Lacazette told press during a visit to his hometown in France.

Lacazette, born in Lyon, joined the local team when he was seven and got promoted through the club rankings until he joined the first team in 2010.

The French moved from his childhood club, Lyon, to join Arsenal in summer 2017 and since then he has established himself as the starting striker for the North London club.

Asked about his successful partnership at Arsenal attacking line with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, he said “He is good; he's like my brother. We speak every day and love working together."

Following a frustrating start at the Premier League with two losses, Arsenal achieved six consecutive victories, recording 18 points, two points behind the League leaders, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea. ]]>
10/17/2018 9:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Less running, less possession paid off for France at World Cup]]>
The report also showed that the French scored once in every six shots on goal -- compared with once in 36 shots for Germany, who were knocked out in the first round. The two sides meet in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday night.

As expected, the FIFA report showed that Spain enjoyed the most possession at an average of 69 percent, but the style of play that brought them great dividends from 2008 to 2012 proved their undoing in Russia as they were knocked out in the second round.

France ranked a modest 19th out of the 32 teams in terms of possession, controlling the ball an average of 49 percent of the time in their games, behind Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Peru among others.

They also ran an average of 101 kilometres per match -- the fifth-lowest figure at the tournament ahead of only Argentina, Mexico, Nigeria and Panama.

Serbia, who covered nearly 113 kilometres per match, ran more than any other team but went out in the group stage. "France went out to win the matches in the most appropriate way for the talents they had," former Scotland coach Andy Roxburgh, a member of FIFA's technical study report team, told Reuters by telephone.

"They didn't play high intensity pressing football, it was very much contain and counter attack."

But he said it would be very unfair to say France were dull.

"They scored four goals in the World Cup final and they were incredibly entertaining in the counter attacks. There was so much quality in the team to admire," he said.

If there were a prize for entertainment value, however, it would likely to go to top scorers Belgium for their bold tactics in the 2-1 quarter-final win over Brazil.

"You are entertained if you see people take a risk, and Belgium versus Brazil was without doubt the most interesting game tactically," said Roxburgh, referring to Belgium's decision to leave three players in attack.

"I spoke to Belgium's coach (Roberto Martinez), and what they decided to do was so high risk it took them two days to persuade the players."

Roxburgh said one of the attractions compared with club football was that teams still maintained their own identities and style of play -- even though most of the top players are now based in Europe.

"If you look at the Champions league right now, you can probably identify three different basic schools of football coming from individual coaches from certain regions," he said.

"The great thing about international football is that there is still definitely a style element, a way of playing... You can tell a Colombian team, a Brazilian team, or a Japanese team."

"Clearly, players based in Europe are going to bring that (influence) back home... But if you've been brought up in a certain way of playing, and mentality, then you usually retain that."

"There is no transfer market so you use the players who are available to you, and those players are brought up in home territory with the kind of philosophy and attitudes and mentality which come from there," he added.

"That's why people love international football." ]]>
10/17/2018 7:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Suns' Booker set to return from hand surgery for opener]]>
On Sept. 10, Booker had an operation to repair the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his shooting hand. The team estimated his recovery time at six weeks, but he will beat that projection.

"Devin's going to play on Wednesday," Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said Monday. "There's no secret. He's ready, he's playing, he's excited. He's our big rock."

Kokoskov added, "Devin is doing great. He's in a good place. Very vocal, very active, looks healthy."

Booker hasn't played in the preseason, and he has been practicing with his right pinkie and ring finger taped together.

Phoenix forward Ryan Anderson said of Booker, "It's just a completely different game when he's in. I'm really excited for Wednesday, for him to get ... a little bit more experience outside the practice court. We're going to have to build chemistry like everybody else.

"Book's going to have to obviously get his timing back, get everything back, but he's such a great talent. Just having him back on the court it's -- I'm really, really excited about it for myself. It just feels good to have the full team back at it."

Booker, who turns 22 on Oct. 30, signed a five-year, $158 million contract extension this summer. He averaged more than 22 points per game in each of the past two seasons for Phoenix.

The former Kentucky star produced a career-best 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game in his third NBA season in 2017-18.

The Suns selected Booker with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.]]>
10/17/2018 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt Futsal Youth team loses to Russia at Olympics ]]>
Egypt secured qualification to the semi-finals as the group leaders with three victories over Panama, Iraq and Slovakia and a draw at the opening game against the host nation, Argentina.

The Egyptian team conceeded two early goals from Igor Cherniavskii and Maxim Okulov but Egyptian hopes at the game were revived when Belal el-Sayed scored the first goal for Egypt.

Russia scored the third goal minutes before half time by Danil Karpiuk and they kept their lead until the end of the game.

At the other semi-final, Brazil defeated their arch rivals, Argentina, 3-2 in front of their fans to secure their place at the final.

Egypt will battle Argentina for the Bronze medal game, while the Russians will face Brazil at the final.

Russia hopes for a better result against Brazil as the Brazilian team defeated Russia at the group stage 6-1. ]]>
10/16/2018 9:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Mourinho charged by FA over abusive language]]>
The Portuguese coach was reported to have directed an insult in his native language towards a camera which was live tracking him down the touchline after his side's 3-2 comeback win at Old Trafford.

"It is alleged that his (Mourinho's) language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper. He has until 6pm on 19 October 2018 to respond to the charge," the FA said in a statement.

Mourinho's punishment, if found guilty, could include a touchline ban, which would mean him sitting in the stands for the game against his former club Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. ]]>
10/16/2018 7:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisia’s victory over Niger qualifies Egypt for AFCON ]]>
Firas Chaouat scored Tunisia’s two goals at the game while Youssouf Oumarou scored the hosts’ only goal.

Tunisia’s victory means that Tunisia and Egypt secured their spots at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Cameroon with two matches to spare. Both teams accompanied Madagascar, the first African team to qualify.

Tunisia leads the group with 12 points from four consecutive victories, three points ahead of Egypt that comes second, while Niger and eSwatini share the bottom with one point each.

Egypt’s remaining games at the group will be against Niger in Niamey before hosting their Arab rivals, Tunisia, in the qualifiers’ last game.

“Our preparations for the tournament start with achieving victory over Tunisia at the last game. We want to keep our amazing run, win the last two games and improve our ranking before the African Cup of Nations’ draw,” Egypt captain, Ahmed el-Mohmady, told press on Tuesday.

Egypt defeated eSwatini 2-0 earlier on Tuesday thanks to Ahmed Hegazi and Marwan Mohsen’s goals. ]]>
10/16/2018 7:24:53 PM
<![CDATA[Madagascar qualifies for 2019 African Cup of Nations for 1st time]]>
Madagascar’s winning goal came after 42 minutes by Njiva Rakotoharimalala and the Malagasy team became the first to qualify for the tournament.

Following the victory, Madagascar reached 10 points to lead the group with two matches to spare; they are three points ahead of Senegal who will face Sudan at the other group game.

Madagascar played in Group A alongside Equatorial Guinea, Senegal and 1970 African Cup of Nations champions, Sudan.

They started their journey with an away 3-1 victory over Sudan and then they secured a 2-2 draw at home against their toughest opponent in the group, Senegal.

The islanders, led by French manager Nicolas Dupuis, achieved back to back victories over Equatorial Guinea to win their first qualification.

Madagascar squad includes Misr Lel Makasa striker, Paulin Voavy, who has been a key player to the team during the qualifiers. ]]>
10/16/2018 7:19:54 PM
<![CDATA[England showed courage against Spain says Southgate]]>
England ran riot to take a 3-0 halftime lead through Raheem Sterling's double and a Marcus Rashford strike although Spain substitute Paco Alcacer netted just before the hour and captain Sergio Ramos headed a last-gasp goal for the hosts.

"The quality of the performance was great, we played with courage, we used the ball with courage," Southgate told a news conference.

"When you come to an opponent with the quality of Spain, and try to outplay them, they'll unpick you as they did in the last seven minutes. We showed real quality, quality on the counter and quality in our finishes."

Although England defied expectations to reach this year's World Cup semi-finals, they have a poor record against stronger teams in competitive games -- their last major success having been a 5-1 win away to Germany in a World Cup qualifier in 2001.

"I think this is a great reference for the young players, you need wins and positive experiences to give you confidence for the future," added Southgate, who fielded England's youngest starting side this century.

"This helps with the ability to be able to talk to other players who come into the squad. We won't get carried away, we know there's lots to work on, we conceded two really poor goals but I think it will give them huge belief.

"It's one less question we have to answer. The World Cup was a brilliant experience for us, we've made a big step and we had an unprecedented run of fixtures after the tournament. We've played some of the top teams in the world and with a win against Spain and a draw against Croatia, we've made progress."

Rashford took part in England's run to the last four at the World Cup in Russia but ranked the win over Spain, which followed a goalless Nations League stalemate in Croatia on Friday, as his greatest victory with the national team.

"That’s the biggest win for us, it’s a great feeling, it has a huge effect on us," the Manchester United striker said.

"The key was to stay close together, which was very tough with them having a lot of the ball. In the first half we managed that, in the second not so much. There were a lot of positives but also some stuff we need to work on." ]]>
10/16/2018 6:41:50 PM
<![CDATA[Turkish prosecutor seeks 12-year jail term for Turan]]>
Turan has been accused of sexual harassment, unlicensed possession of weapons and causing intentional injury over the fight with singer Berkay Sahin, Anadolu news agency said.

Basaksehir said they had fined the 31-year-old 2.5 million Turkish lira ($431,000) over the incident.

"The alleged acts committed by our football player during the 3-day leave given to him for national team matches are in no way consistent with the ethical and professional understanding of the club," Basaksehir said in a statement.

Turan will continue to fulfil his professional obligations until a judicial decision is reached, the Istanbul club said.

He was summoned to a police station last week to give a statement about the incident, which took place at an Istanbul nightclub and reportedly left Sahin with a broken nose.

Sahin has also been charged by prosecutors who are seeking a jail sentence of up to two years for him.

Turan has not played this season due to a 16-match ban for shoving and verbally abusing a linesman during a game at the end of last season.

He joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid for 34 million euros ($39.4 million) in 2015, winning six trophies, making 55 appearances and scoring 15 goals for the Catalan club.

Turan has played for Turkey 100 times and scored 17 goals for his country. ]]>
10/16/2018 6:37:08 PM
<![CDATA[Hegazi, Mohsen lead Egypt to defeat eSwatini ]]>
Egypt national team manager, Javier Aguirre, picked Hussein el-Shahat to replace Mohamed Salah who missed Egypt's journey to eSwatini due to his injury.

Egyptian defense were under pressure at the first 10 minutes of the game and the home team had two clear chances to score but Egypt’s goalkeeper, Mohamed el-Shenawy, stopped all their attempts to score.

Egypt defender, Ahmed Hegazi, opened the score for his team after 18 minutes from the start by a header after he received a wonderful cross from Amr Warda.

Marwan Mohsen added the second goal at the second half after he dribbled two eSwatini defenders and put the ball in the back of the net to secure Egypt’s third victory at the group.

Egypt reached 9 points and they hope for Tunisian victory over Niger at the other group game to secure qualifucation to 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Egypt’s remaining games at the group will be against Niger in Niamey before hosting their Arab rivals, Tunisia, in the qualifiers’ last game. ]]>
10/16/2018 5:52:03 PM
<![CDATA[Aguirre picks El-Shahat to replace ‘injured’ Salah in eSwatini clash]]>
Aguirre picked Hussein el-Shahat to replace Mohamed Salah who missed Egypt's journey to eSwatini over his injury.

Salah led the national team to defeat eSwatini 4-1 on Friday and scored the fourth goal at the last minute of the first half from a direct corner kick. Salah picked a muscle injury and left the pitch two minutes before the final whistle.

West Bromwich Albion defender, Ahmed Hegazi, returned to the squad after he missed the first game in Cairo for yellow card accumulation.

Aguirre’s chosen squad for the game consists of: Mohamed El-Shenawy; Ahmed Hegazi, Ayman Ashraf, Baher El Mohamady, Ahmed El Mohamady; Mohamed Elneny, Amr Warda, Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Hassan known as Trezeguet, Hussein El-Shahat and Marwan Mohsen.

Aguirre, who was appointed national team manager on August, led the national team to achieve two home victories over Niger 6-0 and eStwani 4-1.

Egypt plays in Group J alongside Tunisia, Niger and eSwatini and is at the second position at the group after two victories and a loss against Tunisia.
10/16/2018 2:58:46 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisian referee for Zamalek, Al Ittihad clash ]]>
Anouar Hmila and Yamin Al- Malushi will be the assistant referees of the game.

Zamalek fans have known Srairi since 2015 as he has officiated Zamalek game against Moroccan club, FUS Rabat, at 2015 CAF Confederation Cup round of 16 that ended with 3-2 victory for Zamalek.

The Tunisian referee has also officiated Zamalek clash against Algerian club MO Béjaïa at CAF Champions League round of 16 that ended with a 1-1 draw.

Al-Ittihad hopes to continue their surprises at the competition and eliminate Zamelek after they knocked out Tunisia’s giants, Esperence, at the first round.

On the other hand, Zamalek, who achieved the title once in 2003, will count on their experienced players to reach the quarter finals.

Zamalek will play a friendly game against Porto Suez on October 21 to prepare for the game against Al-Ittihad.

UAFA Referees Committee has also selected Jordanian referee Adham Makhadmeh to officiate the Al-Ahly game against Emirati club Al-Wasl and Kuwaiti referee Ali Mahmoud for Ismaily clash against Raja Casablanca.
10/16/2018 12:45:24 PM
<![CDATA[Koscielny announces International retirement ]]>
“Deschamps called me once for my birthday in September. Otherwise, Lots of people disappointed me. Not only the coach," Koscielny said on Monday.

The player suffered a serious injury at the final stage of the last season that forced him to miss France’s campaign at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Captain added, “When you are in good form, you have lots of friends. When you are injured, after a certain period of time, you are forgotten about.”

Koscielny has been a key player at France national team since his debut in 2011, and he has participated with the team in two UEFA EURO competitions and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He continued, “I think I gave the France team what I could. I have a new state of mind; there will be the Laurent before and the Laurent after injury. I want to continue to Arsenal, and I want to return quickly. I want to fight."

Koscielny’s last participation with France’s team was on March at a friendly game against Russia.

10/16/2018 12:43:58 PM
<![CDATA[U.S. to defend Women's World Cup title after securing qualification]]>
In the other semi-final in Texas, Canada also grabbed their spot in next year's tournament in France with a 7-0 victory over Panama with captain Christine Sinclair scoring twice.

The top three teams from the Americas-region championship qualify for the World Cup. The U.S. play Canada in the final on Wednesday after Jamaica and Panama have fought it out for the other qualification spot in the third-place playoff.

The loser of that match will still have a chance to reach France, but will have to get past Argentina in an intercontinental playoff.

The U.S. are the most successful national team in women's soccer, having won the World Cup three times.

Canada reached the semi-finals of the tournament in 2003 and went out to England at the quarter-final stage on home soil in 2015]]>
10/15/2018 10:20:00 PM
<![CDATA[Aston Villa boss Smith keen to tap Terry's experience]]>
The Championship (second-tier) side last week named former Brentford manager Smith as head coach following the sacking of Steve Bruce. Former England skipper Terry was handed his first senior coaching role as Smith's assistant.

The club said on Monday that the pair would be joined by O'Kelly, who has worked with Smith at Walsall and Brentford.

"He (Terry) will be involved in everything I do and I have told him that ... that's how he will learn," Smith told Aston Villa TV.

"I spoke to him at length, with what he's done in the game and the coaches he's worked under ... for him to want to work under me is really good for me. I can tap into his knowledge."

Smith said O'Kelly would make the group stronger.

"He knows how I work. He's a good coach, good person and he challenges me, Smith added.

"Being a head coach, what you have to do constantly is make decisions and you won't always get them right but it's important you learn from them and Richard will challenge me. He'll be good for the group."

Villa are 15th in the Championship with three wins in 12 games. They face Swansea City on Saturday.]]>
10/15/2018 9:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly handball team prepares for African competition in Morocco ]]>
The competition draw put Al-Ahly in Group A alongside Mali’s USFAS Bamako, Cameroon’s FAB Yaoundé, Gabon’s phoenix and the host team Red Star from Ivory Coast.

Al-Ahly signed the national team winger, Mohamed Aboul Fotouh, known as Hammasa, on loan from Smouha to support the team at the tournament.

“Our goal, as usual, is to achieve the title. This competition is important for our fans and we will do everything we can to win it.” The delegation head and former Al-Ahly handball captain, Gohar Nabil, told Al-Ahly official website on Monday, Oct. 15.

Al-Ahly is set to arrive in Ivory Coast on Thursday, Oct. 18 to prepare for the opening game of the competition on Friday, Oct. 19 against Cameroon’s FAB Yaoundé.

Nabil added “We are expecting a tough tournament but we have many experienced players and I trust their ability to win the title.”

Al-Ahly arch rivals, Zamalek, participate in the competition in Group B and both Egyptian teams are the main contenders for the title. ]]>
10/15/2018 8:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt to have Amr Tarek, Elneny ready for eSwatini clash ]]>
Amr Tarek suffered an injury during the first game on Friday and left the pitch injured, while Elneny suffered from muscle fatigue after the game.

Ahmed Hegazi, who missed the first game for yellow card accumulation, is ready to support the national team on Tuesday, while Mohamed Salah will miss the game for injury.

Salah led the national team to defeat eSwatini 4-1 and scored the fourth goal in the last minute of the first half from a direct corner kick. Salah picked a muscle injury and left the pitch two minutes before the final whistle.

National team manager Javier Aguirre is expected to give a chance to many newcomers like Mohamed Sadek, Mohamed Hamdy and Mahmoud “Gennesh” Abdel Rahim.

Aguirre, who was appointed national team manager on August, led the national team to achieve two home victories over Niger 6-0 and eStwani 4-1.

Egypt plays in Group J alongside Tunisia, Niger and eSwatini and are at the second position at the group after two victories and a loss against Tunisia.]]>
10/15/2018 7:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Butler will play in Timberwolves' season opener]]>
"Yes," Thibodeau replied when asked if the four-time All-Star would play against the Spurs.

Butler missed most of training camp and the preseason after requesting a trade earlier this summer.

"At the end of the day, I just wanna go out there and win basketball games," Butler said Sunday, per the team's Twitter account.

He returned last week for a heated practice in which he reportedly called out teammates, coaches and front office personnel. "You can't win without me," he told general manager Scott Layden, according to ESPN reports.

Asked if he's expecting fans to react negatively toward him, Butler didn't shy away.

"Sure," he said. "Go ahead, boo me. It ain't going to change the way I play. That's going to make me smile more. So please, come on with it."

The Timberwolves were reportedly close to a deal with the Miami Heat last week, but the negotiations have broken down, according to multiple reports. ESPN reported earlier this week the Heat intend to make another effort.

Butler joined Minnesota last season after six seasons with the Chicago Bulls. In 59 games, he averaged 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game.]]>
10/15/2018 6:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Aguirre calms fans over Salah absence ]]>
“Salah is a world-class player and he is very important to us; we will miss him at the game, but we have many talented players that can replace him.” Aguirre told press on Monday.

Salah led the national team to defeat eSwatini 4-1 and scored the fourth goal at the last minute of the first half from a direct corner kick. Salah picked a muscle injury and left the pitch two minutes before the final whistle.

Aguirre added, “We scored 10 goals at the last two games and we are the top goal scoring team at the qualifiers, but it does not mean we will score many goals tomorrow. It is a tough game and both teams want to achieve victory.”

Aguirre, who was appointed national team manager on August, led the national team to achieve two home victories over Niger 6-0 and eStwani 4-1.

Egypt plays in Group J alongside Tunisia, Niger and eSwatini, and they are at the second position at the group after two victories and a loss against Tunisia.
10/15/2018 5:46:30 PM
<![CDATA[Barca defensive problems mount with Vermaelen injury]]>
The Catalans were already short-staffed in central defence due to the prolonged absence of France international Samuel Umtiti, who is out with a knee problem and with no date set for his return.

"Medical tests carried out this Monday confirmed that Barca defender Thomas Vermaelen has suffered an injury to the biceps femoris of his right leg. He will be out approximately six weeks," Barca said in a statement.

"The injury happened on Friday, when Vermaelen had to come off during Belgium's UEFA Nations League match versus Switzerland. Vermaelen will miss Belgium's coming match versus The Netherlands in Brussels, as well as upcoming Barca matches."

Barcelona only have two natural centre backs in Gerard Pique and Frenchman Clement Lenglet available for a demanding run of games starting with a top-of-the-table clash against Sevilla on Saturday at the Nou Camp.

Barca visit Inter Milan in the Champions League next Tuesday and play arch-rivals Real Madrid in the "Clasico" on Oct. 28.

Barca are second in the La Liga standings, one point behind Sevilla, although they are in the midst of a poor run of domestic results, having lost one and drawn three of their last four games.]]>
10/15/2018 3:17:32 PM
<![CDATA[Despair turns to optimism as Mancini's Italy take shape]]>
Italian media agreed the performance was one of the best in the last few years as Roberto Mancini's new-look side dominated the match in Chorzow and created chances almost at will.

It was very different to the mood after Italy were outplayed by Portugal, prompting Gazzetta dello Sport to publish the headline "Italy always going downwards".

On Monday, the same paper boomed: "This is Italy".

"Finally, Italy win and convince," it added.

A headline in Corriere dello Sport, meanwhile, simply read: "Bellissima."

Mancini was appointed with the job of rebuilding Italy following their failure to qualify for this year's World Cup, the first time they have missed the tournament in 60 years.

It was never going to be an easy task for the former Manchester City and Inter Milan coach.

Italy no longer produce world-class players in abundance and teams such Juventus, Napoli and AS Roma are dominated by foreigners, as Mancini pointed out last month.

But Mancini said there was still enough talent around to make Italy great again, even if it was going to take time.

It was a case, he said, of putting faith in younger and lesser-known players and having patience.

There were certainly some interesting choices in Sunday's line-up.

Left back Cristiano Biraghi, who scored the winning goal, was relegated with Pescara two seasons ago and was making his third appearance for Italy at the age of 26.

With Italy struggling to break the deadlock, Mancini chose to bring on Kevin Lasagna for his international debut at the age of 26 rather than Lazio's prolific marksman Ciro Immobile.

Lasagna, whose flick on at the near post set up the goal, has little more than two seasons of Serie A experience.

"Five years ago I was playing in Serie D (the fourth tier) and now, I'm making my debut for Italy," Lasagna said.

"I put Kevin and not Immobile because he's stronger in the air and we needed a few centimetres," said Mancini

Another surprise choice was Cagliari's 21-year-old midfielder Nicolo Barella who made his debut in last Wednesday's 1-1 home draw with Ukraine and excelled on Sunday.

Mancini sent the team out in a 4-3-3 formation with no recognised striker.

Marco Veratti and Jorginho took control of the midfield and the attacking trio of Federico Chiesa, Federico Bernardeschi and Lorenzo Insigne caused Poland many problems.

"I wanted a team that plays at home and away with the same mentality," Mancini said.

"We are starting a new chapter but, in football, you need time and there are no magicians. We have simply started working and getting to know the players."]]>
10/15/2018 3:15:32 PM
<![CDATA['confident' Spain to host England at UEFA Nations League ]]>
Spain leads the group table with six points from an away victory over England and a victory at home over Croatia; they are five points ahead of both teams who share the bottom with one point each.
The Spanish team needs a victory to be the first team to secure a spot at the semi-finals.

Both teams met at the opening game of the group in Wembley, London and the visitors achieved a 2-1 victory thanks to two goals from Saul Niguez and Rodrigo Moreno.

England fans put their hopes on their striker, Harry Kane, to lead their squad to achieve a victory and revive their chances to reach the next round.

Harry Kane is facing a tough time on the international level as he didn't score a single goal in the last six games with England. However, Spain's captain, Sergio Ramos, believes that Kane is England’s most dangerous player.

“Kane is physically a fantastic striker but technically he surprises you. He surprises a lot of people, but not me.” Ramos said on Monday.

England's manager, Gareth Southgate, trusts his team’s ability to defeat the Spaniards. He told Marca “We need to put a lot of pressure on their midfield, and we can't come to defend for 90 minutes. By the end of the match at Wembley, we understood better how to play them.”

The game will start at 8:45 (C.L.T). ]]>
10/15/2018 3:12:13 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek confirms participation at CAF Confederation Cup ]]>
The club board previously said that they will boycott all African competitions after CAF banned club president, Mortada Mansour, for one year from all football-related activities.

Zamalek qualified to the Confederation Cup after achieving the Egyptian Cup title defeating Smouha by penalty shootout.

Zamalek had a tough participation at the Confederation Cup this season as they were knocked out at the first round by Ethiopia’s Welayta Dicha.
Zamalek lost the first game 2-1 in Ethiopia and they won 2-1 in Cairo but lost the game by penalty shootout.

On the other hand, Zamalek will play a friendly game against Porto Suez on October 21 to prepare for the clash against Al-Ittihad Alexandria at Arab Club Championship.

Zamalek reached this round after they knocked out Kuwaiti club, Qadsia SC, while Al-Ittihad qualified after knocking out Tunisian giants, Esperence.

Both teams met at the Egyptian League this season and Zamalek won the game 5-0. ]]>
10/15/2018 1:19:43 PM
<![CDATA[Bartra reveals Enrique’s impact on Spanish squad ]]>
“Luis Enrique has reminded us of our hunger and ambition and we show it in every game. He has given us confidence; the happiness we feel is real and when you get on well it carries onto the field," Bartra told press on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Bartra has known Enrique since 2009 as he has worked under Enrique's command at Barcelona second team for two years. They reunited in 2014 when the coach returned to Barcelona as the first team coach and Bartra was then a key player at the squad.

Bartra added “I've known him since I was 17 years old and at Barcelona B, he has won titles and his concept of football here is very similar to the way we played at Barcelona when we won so many titles.”

Bartra left Barcelona in 2016 to join Borussia Dortmund after he won two league titles, two cup titles and the 2015 UEFA Champions League title under Enrique.

Spain will host England on Monday, Oct. 15 at UEFA Nations League at Estadio Benito Villamarín; the Spaniards need a victory to secure their qualification to the Nations League semis. ]]>
10/15/2018 1:17:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt Youth Futsal Team reaches Olympics semis ]]>
Egypt secured qualification to the semi-finals as the group leaders with three victories over Panama, Iraq and Slovakia and a draw at the opening game against the host nation, Argentina.

Argentina accompanied Egypt to the semi-finals after they secured the second place in the group.

Egypt are set to face Russia on Monday Oct.15, while Argentina will face their arch rivals, Brazil.

Russia achieved three victories out of four games at the group stage and their only loss came against Brazil by 6-1.

The Egyptian team, led by Saleh Hashem, consists of: Abdel Rahman al-Garwany, Ragab Ramadan, Ahmed Karam, Mohamed Morsy, Mohamed Ahmed known as Hammo, Mohamed Talaat, Belal el-Sayed, Mohamed Ali, Moustafa Abdel Magid and Youssif Mohsen.

10/15/2018 11:07:49 AM
<![CDATA[Klopp desperate to end Liverpool trophy drought]]>
The German manager celebrated his three-year anniversary at Anfield this week but has not tasted success despite taking the club to three finals.

He has lost his past six finals since winning his first with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.

At his presentation as Reds boss in October 2015 he pledged to win a "title" within four years. But after three trophy near-misses, the last in May's Champions League final against Real Madrid, he admits he does not know when that claim will come to fruition.

Liverpool's last major trophy was the League Cup in 2012 but they have not been English champions since 1990.

"I have said it a few times: I have no idea when we will win something but I'm sure this club will win something," he said in an interview with Premier League Productions.

"I don't know when so let's have the best times of our lives until then."

Klopp added: "Nobody wants to look back in 10 or 20 years and say 'So the best time we had without winning anything was when Klopp was here. It was so funny and all that stuff."

Liverpool have been touted as Manchester City's closest challengers for the Premier League this season and are currently level with Pep Guardiola's side and Chelsea on 18 points after eight matches, having yet to be defeated in the league.

"If you think about it, we are maybe in the best moment for ages but a few other clubs are the same and they made the same steps so that makes it really hard," Klopp said.

"It looks like we are really on a good way and the only thing I can guarantee is that we constantly develop."

But he warned fans that he is not a miracle-worker.

"As I said in my first press conference here, if anybody thinks that I can perform wonders then it could become really difficult in the future, because I can't."]]>
10/14/2018 8:05:00 AM
<![CDATA[Sprint legend Bolt hits first goals in football bid]]>
The 100 metres world record-holder, who has been bidding for a professional contract since he retired last year, recovered from a painful kick in the groin to grab a double against Macarthur South West United in Sydney.

Bolt, 32, finished with his left foot after some slack marking on 55 minutes, celebrating with his trademark 'Lightning Bolt' pose in front of more than 5,000 fans -- a rare turnout for a pre-season game.

The Jamaican, wearing number 95 on his shirt in a nod to his 100m world record time of 9.58secs, then capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score his second on 69 minutes before being substituted six minutes later with the score at 4-0.

It was the first game Bolt has started since joining the A-League club in August for an indefinite trial.

"I'm just happy that I got a chance and I'm proud of myself," Bolt told host broadcaster Fox Sports after the game.

"It was a big deal... first start and scoring two goals. It was a good feeling. This is what I worked towards. I try to get better and I am on the way to doing that."

Bolt said he had a "lot more to learn" and was keen to join the Mariners on a professional contract.

"I'm keen, that's why I'm here to play my best and to try and get into the team," he added.

The superstar, a massive Manchester United fan, was handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in order to pursue his boyhood dream of becoming a professional footballer.

Whether he signs for the Mariners appears still up in the air, but the brace bolstered his case after a difficult first-half where he missed chances and appeared to struggle with the pace and movement of the game.

"They've seen me in training, they've seen what I'm capable of and so, they need to analyse and say, 'Is he good enough for this club?' and they will tell me that," Bolt told reporters after the game.

"I just did what I had to do and that's as far as I can go."

Recently installed coach Mike Mulvey said he was focused on the first game of the season for the Mariners, who finished bottom of the table last season, but heaped praised on the eight-time Olympic champion for his goals.

"You've got to be so happy for the guy, haven't you?" Mulvey told reporters.

Bolt appeared to appeal for game time, saying he would improve as he gained more understanding of his teammates and what they wanted.

He has previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway to no avail.

The Mariners have been giving him one-on-one sessions on top of the squad's training in a bid to turn him into A-League material for when the season starts a week from now.

The Mariners will face Brisbane Roar, the club Mulvey was sacked from in 2014, in their first game next Sunday.]]>
10/14/2018 7:07:00 AM
<![CDATA[Bans coming Monday for McGregor, Nurmagomedov: reports]]>
Bob Bennett, executive director of the commission, said a temporary ban would be put into place Monday ahead of the group's October 24 meeting, which would feature a hearing on whether or not the mixed martial arts fighters should be indefinitely suspended pending the results of an investigation into the aftermath of the UFC melee October 6.

Unbeaten Russian Nurmagomedov retained his UFC lightweight crown, beating McGregor by fourth-round submission, then climbed out of the Octagan to fight with a member of McGregor's entourage who had been taunting him. McGregor also exchanged punches with members of Nurmagomedov's team.

Nurmagomedov, who has yet to receive his full prize money for the fight, is expected to be punished for starting the post-fight melee, but UFC president Dana White says he will keep his title.]]>
10/14/2018 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Carrick hails Mourinho as managerial 'great' alongside Ferguson]]>
The former midfielder, 37, took up a coaching role at the end of last season after a distinguished playing career at West Ham, Tottenham and United.

Mourinho will be hoping last weekend's thrilling 3-2 comeback win against Newcastle sparks a revival after a dismal run of results saw United slip well off the pace in the Premier League and exit the League Cup.

Carrick told Britain's Press Association that the most striking thing about the Portuguese boss was his track record in winning trophies over many years.

"He's managed to win trophies at United," said Carrick. "We're striving now to get back to it, but as a manager you can't hide from the fact about what he's done. It's up there with the very best.

"Fortunately for me, you look at the best managers over the last 25-30 years. You're picking the top three, top five -- two of them you'd say Jose or Sir Alex are right up there.

"I've been lucky enough to experience that and take what I can from both of them."

Carrick is hoping to become a manager in his own right and said he was trying to "learn from the great Jose Mourinho at close quarters".

Carrick's contemporaries Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard have already embarked on managerial careers.

"You look at Frank (Lampard at Derby) and I know Stevie (Gerrard) has done a year with the younger lads at Liverpool, but he's gone straight in at Rangers and it looks like it comes natural to them.

"I'm in my position as I am at the moment and it feels good for me, so we'll see what the future brings."]]>
10/14/2018 5:08:00 AM
<![CDATA[Snowstorm kills nine climbers on Nepal peak]]>
The bodies of eight climbers -- four South Koreans and four Nepali guides -- were spotted near the wreckage of their camp by a rescue team Saturday morning, but strong winds were hampering the search effort.

A fifth South Korean climber was initially reported missing, but officials later confirmed he was at the camp when the deadly storm hit Friday and also perished.

"A mountain expedition of five South Korean nationals and four foreigners were swept off by strong winds at the base camp during their climb to Mount Gurja. (They) fell off a cliff and died," the South Korean foreign ministry said in a statement.

Helicopter pilot Siddartha Gurung was among the first people to reach the site after the deadly storm and described a scene of total destruction.

He said all the tents had been flattened, reduced to a tangled mess of tarpaulin and broken polls, and the climbers' bodies were scattered across a wide area, including some in a river bed some 500 metres (1,640 feet) away from the main camp.

"Everything is gone, all the tents are blown apart," Gurung told AFP.

Gurung landed a helicopter just above the expedition team's camp and attempted to descend to the campsite with a group of local villagers, but icy and unstable conditions meant they were unable to retrieve any of the bodies.

Rescue officials tried to send a second helicopter to the site but it was unable to fly due to strong winds, police spokesman Sailesh Thapa told AFP.

Another attempt will be made Sunday, he added.

- Deadliest incident -

The storm is the deadliest incident to hit Nepal's mountaineering industry since 18 people were killed at Mount Everest's base camp in 2015 in an avalanche triggered by a powerful earthquake.

The previous year, 16 Sherpas were killed on Everest when an avalanche swept through the Khumbu Icefall during the busy Spring climbing season. Then in October, a freak blizzard killed more than 40 tourists and their guides in the Annapurna region, a disaster that was largely blamed on poor weather forecasting and lacklustre safety standards in Nepal's poorly regulated trekking industry.

Mountain weather is known for being unpredictable with strong winds capable of throwing a person off balance.

In April, an Italian climber died after he was blown off Mount Dhaulagiri, the world's seventh highest peak which neighbours Mount Gurja. But the Italian was at 6,900 metres when his tent was swept off the mountain, whereas the South Korean team were below 4,000 metres when they were hit by powerful winds.

"The fact that they were so low when it happened is unusual," said experienced German climber Billi Bierling, who was forced to call off her own summit bid on Dhaulagiri last month because of heavy snowfall and high winds.

The South Korean team had been on 7,193-metre (23,599-foot) Mount Gurja since early October, waiting for a window of good weather so they could attempt to reach the summit.

Feted South Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, who in 2013 became the fastest person to summit the world's 14 highest mountains without using supplemental oxygen, was leading the expedition, according to a government-issued climbing permit seen by AFP.

The permit listed four South Korean climbers, but a fifth member had joined the team later, according to Suresh Dakal of Trekking Camp Nepal, the expedition organiser.

A sixth South Korean national was staying in a village in the valley below the mountain when the powerful storm struck and survived, according to a local police report.

Rarely-climbed Gurja was first summited in 1969 by a Japanese team but no one has stood on its summit for 22 years, according to the Himalayan Database.

The South Korean team were planning to scale the mountain via a never-climbed route, the Korean Alpine Federation said.

Four climbers have previously perished on Gurja's flanks and a total of 30 have successfully reached its peak -- a fraction of the more than 8,000 people who have summited Everest, the world's highest mountain.

Thousands of climbers flock to Nepal each year -- home to eight of the world's 14 highest peaks -- creating a lucrative mountain tourism industry that is a vital source of cash for the impoverished country.]]>
10/14/2018 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[1968 Olympics, symbol of turbulent times, turn 50]]>
At a moment of revolt and upheaval, the Mexico City Olympics brought the worlds of sport and politics crashing together -- and broadcast the collision live around the globe on color television for the first time.

It was the year that Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated. A year of student protests that exploded in Berlin and Paris and spread around the world. The year the US began to truly question the Vietnam War, and the USSR crushed the Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia.

At the Olympics, it was the year of George Foreman, Mark Spitz, Dick Fosbury and his "Fosbury Flop," Bob Beamon's "Leap of the Century," Tommie Smith and John Carlos with their iconic Black Power salute -- and so many more.

Fosbury and Beamon returned to the Olympic stadium Friday to take part as veterans of the 1968 Games marched in formation to form the Olympic rings.

Mexican sprinter Enriqueta Basilio, the first woman to light the Olympic cauldron, then symbolically re-lit the flame to a burst of applause.

The man who organized the opening ceremony, Luis Armida, recalled the moment five decades ago when Basilio did the same.

"This tall, slim girl appeared. She wasn't running, she was flying. Every step looked like a gazelle's," he told AFP.

Now aged 70, Basilio -- like all the athletes -- was a bit less gazelle-like, but gamely waited atop the steps leading to the cauldron as a succession of torch-bearers passed the flame up to her.


- Fraught memories -

The anniversary has brought fraught memories for Mexico, where the winds of change were also blowing in 1968.

At the time, capitalizing on the international attention brought by Latin America's first Games, Mexican students took to the streets to call for democracy after four decades of one-party rule.

On the night of October 2, 10 days before the opening ceremony, army troops opened fire on 8,000 peaceful demonstrators in Mexico City, killing between 300 and 500 people.

- Powerful platform -

Hushed up by the Mexican government, the massacre is little-remembered abroad.

But it was certainly noticed by the generation of young, politicized athletes making their way to Mexico City.

Smith and Carlos cite it as one of the influences for their defiant protest atop the podium on October 16, 1968, after Smith won gold in the men's 200m -- becoming the first person to run the race in under 20 seconds -- as Carlos claimed bronze.

On the podium, the African American athletes thrust their black-gloved fists into the air as the national anthem played, a defiant protest against racism in the United States and human rights violations worldwide.

"I came to Mexico City to make a statement. Not to win medals," Carlos said recently after returning to the stadium.


- Records shattered -

Other protests included that by Czechoslovakian gymnast Vera Caslavska, who won silver in the floor exercise and defiantly bowed her head as the Soviet anthem played for gold medalist Larisa Petrik -- recalling how Moscow's tanks had crushed her country's nascent opening.

But the Games were also stunning as pure sport.

Mexico City's high altitude -- 2,300 meters (7,545 feet) -- led to scores of broken records in the thin air: 30 world records and 76 Olympic records.

The most impressive may be American Beamon's 8.9-meter long jump -- still an Olympic record.

Or perhaps it was his compatriot Fosbury's 2.24-meter high jump, using the "backward" technique that was mocked at the time -- but revolutionized the sport.

"When I discovered this new way to go backwards, I could jump higher and I could be a better competitor," Fosbury told AFP.

"I didn't know that any other jumpers could use it, but here in Mexico City 50 years ago, I showed it to the world and today it's universal."​

10/14/2018 3:17:00 AM
<![CDATA[Arnautovic fires Austria as Northern Ireland crash again]]>
West Ham striker Arnautovic netted in the second half in Vienna to give Austria their first win in the new competition.

Success in the Nations League could secure a place at Euro 2020, but Northern Ireland are a long way from that target, sitting bottom of a three-team group that also includes Bosnia.

They now need to win Monday's match against Bosnia in Sarajevo to remain in the hunt for first place.

Michael O'Neill's side were toothless without Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty, who started the loss against Bosnia last month but pulled out of the squad at short notice, claiming an injury before the Austria match.

"Marko Arnautovic has that quality and it is a good finish. We have played better but I thought the referee didn't do us any favours to be honest," O'Neill said.

"Maybe I am a little biased but in the first half we didn't seem to get anything.

"The challenges tended to drop on the side of the home team. I did feel like it disrupted things a little bit."

Northern Ireland were under pressure early on when goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell picked up Jonny Evans' back-pass in his area to gift Austria an indirect free-kick.

Arnautovic fired straight into the wall, but the initial error was indicative of Northern Ireland's sloppy performance.

Northern Ireland had a rare sight of goal when Ollie Norwood found the run of Millwall winger Shane Ferguson, but he headed high and wide.

Peacock-Farrell denied Arnautovic and Marcel Sabitzer in quick succession, while Steven Davis wasted Northern Ireland's best chance when he dragged a shot wide after surging clear.

Arnautovic wanted a penalty in the 65th minute when he tried to cut in past Jamal Lewis, but the referee showed no interest.

He wasn't left to rue that decision however as Austria took the lead in the 71st minute.

Beating Northern Ireland's offside trap with a well-timed run, Arnautovic collected Peter Zulj's pass and slotted past Peacock-Farrell.

O'Neill sent on Kyle Vassell for his Northern Ireland debut and also introduced Will Grigg in the closing stages.

Grigg came close to salvaging a point in the 84th minute when he met McNair's corner with a header that bounced off the far post.]]>
10/14/2018 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Irresistible Djokovic schools Zverev to reach Shanghai final]]>
Celebrating his 1,000 match in style, the 14-time Grand Slam winner was clinical as he lined up a potential title showdown on Sunday with reigning champion Roger Federer.

Top seed Federer plays 13th seed Borna Coric of Croatia in the other semi-final.

Djokovic will be up a place to second in the world -- overtaking 20-time Grand Slam champion Federer -- when the rankings are released on Monday.

He is desperate to take injured Rafael Nadal's number one spot before the year is out, and on this evidence, he will.

The 31-year-old Serbian is in imperious form and this was his 17th ATP victory in a row, as he taught rising German star Zverev a harsh lesson.

Djokovic, who had elbow surgery in February but recovered to win Wimbledon and then the US Open last month, said: "Being number two after this tournament is also a great achievement, considering the first four, five months of the year and considering I had the surgery.

"And where I was about four months ago and where I am today is quite an extreme opposite.

"I'm just cherishing that achievement and every moment spent on the court."

The 21-year-old Zverev made an iffy start, beginning his first service game with a double-fault.

The world number five -- who beat Djokovic in their only previous meeting, last year in the Rome Masters final -- recovered his poise for a time.

The first set went with serve, and some big serves at that, until Djokovic grabbed the break to go 4-2 up.

Zverev threatened to unravel and conceded the set in barely 30 minutes after landing a routine smash into the net, to gasps from the arena.

The fourth seed, who is yet to win a Grand Slam despite his undoubted talent, angrily threw his racquet at the start of the second set as Djokovic ramped up the pressure.

An increasingly exasperated Zverev issued more punishment to his racquet at 3-1 down, earning a code violation and tossing the battered piece into the crowd.

Zverev was dismissed brutally in exactly one hour.

He called it a "weird" match and said he was never close to his best.

But he had fulsome praise for Djokovic, saying: "He's probably the best player in the world right now.

"He's definitely at the highest level he's maybe ever been, or maybe equal to it."]]>
10/14/2018 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Teenager Sancho impresses England team mates in brief debut]]>
The 18-year-old came on for Raheem Sterling in the Nations League game in Rijeka played behind closed doors as punishment for racist offences by Croatia fans in Euro 2016 qualifying.

Sancho was unable to help England find a breakthrough as the match ended 0-0 in an eerie atmosphere but the winger showed the quick attacking quality that convinced Borussia Dortmund to lure him from Manchester City last year.

"He's great. Big congrats to him for his debut. I thought he came on and made an impact as well," England captain Harry Kane told Sky Sports.

"He's been great in training and he has just got to keep working hard and playing games and I'm sure he will have a very bright future."

Sancho's debut made him the first player born in this millennium to play for the England senior side.

At 18 years and 201 days old, he also became the second youngest England player to win his first cap in a competitive game behind the late Duncan Edwards, who was 18 years and 183 days old in April 1955 when he played against Scotland.

Eric Dier, who along with his Tottenham Hotspur team mate Kane hit the woodwork in Friday's stalemate, hoped that Sancho would be in the national team for a long time to come.

"I think he was fantastic when he came on," said the midfielder. "He was direct and technically he's very gifted. Hopefully he can be a big part of England in the future if he keeps working hard."

The result leaves both teams on one point in Group 4 of the top-tier League A, behind Spain who have six points.

Sancho may get another chance to impress his team mates when England face Spain in the Nations League in Seville on Monday. ]]>
10/13/2018 10:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Salah breaks Hossam Hassan's historic record ]]>
Salah reached his 13th goal at the qualifiers and he broke Hossam Hassan’s record of 12 goals.

Salah also reached his 38th International goal and he became Egypt’s third highest goal scorer alongside Mohamed Aboutrika and El-Sayed El-Dhizui.

Salah led the national team to defeat eSwatini 4-1 and he scored the fourth goal at the last minute of the first half from a direct corner kick.

The winger will not be available for the national team clash against eSwatini at 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The national team manager, Javier Aguiree, ruled the winger out of the team journey to eSwatini after he suffered a muscle injury during the first game against eSwatini in Cairo on Friday night and he left the pitch two minutes before the final whistle.

Egypt plays in Group J alongside Tunisia, Niger and eSwatini and they are at the second position at the group after two victories over Niger and eSwatini and a loss against Tunisia.
10/13/2018 9:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[We are focused on Setif game, Mohareb ]]>
“We are focused on the semi-finals second leg against ES Setif. It is our dream to achieve the title and qualify to FIFA Club World Cup.” Mohareb told Al-Ahly official website.

Al-Ahly defeated ES Setrif 2-0 at the first leg in Cairo and Mohareb scored Al-Ahly’s second goal in the game.

Mohareb added “The victory in Cairo is a great step towards the final and we will do everything to achieve a good result in Algeria to reach the final and make our fans happy.”

Al-Ahly had a tough week at the domestic level as they lost 4-3 to Ittihad Alexandria at the League on Sunday and they reached Egypt Cup second round after defeating second division club, Tersana, 3-2 on Wednesday.

“We bounced back against Tersana and reached the cup second round after the disappointing loss against Ittihad.” Mohareb added.

Al-Ahly will travel to Algeria on October 21 to get ready for the semi-finals second leg against Setif on October 23 at 8 May 1945 Stadium in Sétif.]]>
10/13/2018 7:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Lukaku double lifts the mood in Belgium]]>
Belgium's second win in the group means they have won 11 of their last 12 matches, the only blemish being the World Cup semi-final defeat by France in July.

Lukaku broke the deadlock just before the hour mark, finding himself unmarked on the right as Thomas Meunier set him up for a left-foot shot that squeezed under the body of Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

But the Belgian defence were caught ball watching with about 15 minutes left as Xherdan Shaqiri’s free kick was headed back into the danger zone by Nico Elvedi and finished off from close range by substitute Mario Gavranovic.

Belgium defender Vincent Kompany went close with a headed opportunity from a corner and Lukaku blasted over from close range after being set up by substitute Nacer Chadli.

But the Manchester United striker made amends with the 84th- minute winner at the end of a flowing move which involved captain Eden Hazard and a deft pass from Dries Mertens to set Lukaku up for another left-foot finish.

Lukaku’s double, which lifted him to 45 goals in 78 internationals, ensured a bright end to a bad week for Belgian football in which 19 people, including two referees, soccer agents and the coach of champions Club Bruges, were charged on Friday with fraud or match-fixing.

Belgium play the Netherlands in a friendly in Brussels on Tuesday while the Swiss go to Iceland for their next Nations League game on Monday.]]>
10/13/2018 6:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Maradona lashes out at Messi in greatest player debate]]>
Maradona, who along with Brazil's Pele is widely held to be one of the best players of all time, said Messi was one player at his club Barcelona and another with the national side.

"We shouldn't deify Messi any longer," Maradona said in an interview with Fox Sports. "He's Messi when he plays for Barcelona. Messi is Messi when he wears that shirt and he's another Messi with Argentina."

"He's a great player but he's not a leader. It's useless trying to make a leader out of a man who goes to the toilet 20 times before a game."

The reference was believed to be in connection with Messi's extreme nerves before games that have seen him vomit ahead of some important matches.

Messi, 31, has claimed every possible honour with Barcelona and has won the FIFA World Player of the Year award five times.

But he has struggled to reproduce the same scintillating form when wearing the blue and white shirt of Argentina.

Messi has been on the losing side in all four of his finals with Argentina – three in the Copa America and at the 2014 World Cup – and has not scored in four World Cup knockout stages.

After another disappointing tournament in Russia this year, where Argentina failed to get past the last 16, Messi opted to take a sabbatical from international football.

Maradona, who made his comments from Sinaloa, where he recently took over as coach of local side Dorados, said he believed Messi's break was a sensible one.

"I wouldn't call him up right now, but never say never. We have to take the pressure off him," he said.

Argentina beat Iraq 4-0 on Thursday with a new-look side, taking their unbeaten run since Russia to three games.

A sterner test will take place on Tuesday when they face Brazil in Saudi Arabia - without Messi. ]]>
10/13/2018 5:02:53 PM
<![CDATA[Three Egyptians in the Squash U.S Open's final, history to be made]]>
The Squash U.S Open takes place at Philadelphia, USA, the final ends on Saturday night.


Nour el-Sherbini faces her compatriot, Renim el-Welily at 11:00 p.m. El-Sherbini reached this stage after beating Camille Serme 3-1. The two players have faced each other a total of 18 times on the PSA Tour with El Sherbini leading the wins narrowly by 10-8.


On the other hand, Renim el-Welily beat Wales’ Tesni Evans 3-1 in a tough game. Egypt’s Nour el-Tayeb is the only Egyptian player to win this tournament.


In the Men’s competition, Simon Rosner defeated World’s No. 2 the Egyptian Ali Farag 3-1. But there is Mohamed el-Shorbagy who will be the Egyptian pole in the final after beating Paul Coll 3-1.


Ali Farag beat el-Shorbagy in the last year’s edition to reap the title for the first time in his career.]]>
10/13/2018 4:55:35 PM
<![CDATA[Injury rules Salah out of eSwatini clash ]]>
The national team manager, Javier Aguiree, ruled the winger out of the team journey to eSwatini after he suffered a muscle injury during the first game against eSwatini in Cairo on Friday night and he left the pitch injured two minutes before the final whistle.

Salah led the national team to defeat eSwatini 4-1 and he scored the fourth goal at the last minute of the first half from a direct corner kick.

“We hope a quick recovery for Salah but we have many players that can replace him at the second game.” Egypt national team coach, Hany Ramzy, told press after the game.

Amr Tarek, national team defender, also suffered an injury during the game and Aguiree blamed the condition of El Salam Stadium’s pitch for the players’ injuries at the press conference after the game.

Egypt plays in Group J alongside Tunisia, Niger and eSwatini and they are at the second position at the group after two victories and a loss against Tunisia. ]]>
10/13/2018 4:52:25 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt smashes eSwatini 4-1, Salah scores amazing goal]]>
Javier Aguirre, Egypt’s new coach, continued planting his philosophy in the Egyptian players’ minds as they presented an amazing performance, especially in the first half, and scored four goals after scoring six goals in the previous game against Niger.

Egypt now placed second in Group 10 with 6 points after the leader, Tunisia with 9 points.

The pharaohs started the game pressing eSwatini’s back-line which led to the first goal from Aston Villa’s Egyptian right-back, Ahmed el-Mohammady. He followed the ball came from Al-Ahly’s striker, Marwan Mohsen’s header from a corner kick in the 7th minute.

In the 10th minute, el-Mohammady provided a cross to Amr Warda who put the ball amazingly in eSwatini’s net.

In the 30th minute, Kasim Pasa’s winger, Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet, scored his first international goal with Egypt’s first team.

Liverpool’s winger, Mohamed Salah, brought joy to the fans in the 45th minute when he scored the fourth goal directly from corner kick.

In the second half, Egypt slowed down the tempo and played a poor 45 minute which led to eSwatini first goal in the 85th minute.

Egypt is set to face eSwatini in the 4th round next Tuesday, 16 October.
10/13/2018 4:52:09 PM
<![CDATA[Lukaku strikes twice as Belgium battle past Switzerland]]>
When Lukaku found the net with an angled drive on 58 minutes, it looked like Roberto Martinez's men would be giving French World Cup winner Thierry Henry a winning send-off in his final match as Belgium assistant coach ahead of an imminent move to Monaco.

The World Cup semi-finalists took their eye off the ball on 76 minutes, and the King Baudoin Stadium was stunned when Mario Gavranovic poked the ball past Thibaut Courtois from close range in after the Real Madrid 'keeper had been drawn by Nico Elvedi heading Xherdan Shaqiri's floated cross back into play.

But in a busy final period that saw the hosts turn the throttle Lukaku had his second six minutes from time.

Belgium's second win of the fledgling tournament keeps them flying high in League A Group 2 following an opening 3-0 win in Iceland.

Fresh from their own 6-0 win over Iceland, Switzerland gave Belgium a run for their money in a fairly balanced opening half in which the hosts mainly flattered to deceive.

A Shaqiri effort on two minutes was no trouble for Courtois but Belgium threatend a minute later when Youri Tielemans completed a slick one-two to drive a rasping low shot inches wide of Yann Sommer's left upright.

Yannick Carrasco's header was off-target and then Eden Hazard was allowed to cut in from the left to set up Carrasco for a decent swipe at goal that inched just wide on 25 minutes.

Lukaku showed power and agility to hold off his markers, pivot and complete a one-two with Axel Witsel before testing Sommer's reflexes via a deflection off Fabian Shar's leg.

On 58 minutes Lukaku finally beat Sommer, from the right of the area after an assist from Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Meunier.

From a quickly-take Hazard corner, Mertens' curling drive was spot on but pushed to safety by Sommer at the far post just after the hour.

Minutes later Arsenal's Granit Xhaka fired just wide of Courtois's post.

Barcelona defender Thomas Vermeulen hobbled off to be replaced by Derdryck Boyata on 73 minutes.

Minutes later, the Belgian defence were nowhere when Gavranovic poked past the stranded Courtois for a 76th minute leveller.

Swiss hopes of a draw crashed when series of passes found Lukaku in space in the area and the big United striker bundled an awkward ball past the splayed Sommer for an 85th minute winner.]]>
10/13/2018 4:10:06 PM
<![CDATA[Croatia hold wasteful England in empty stadium]]>
Eric Dier and Harry Kane headed against the woodwork for the visitors while Marcus Rashford spurned two clear opportunities as England missed out on a first win in the new competition.

The result inside the near-deserted stadium left both sides with one point from two games behind runaway leaders Spain, who have six points and host England in Seville on Monday.

England manager Gareth Southgate was disappointed with the outcome, saying: "Second half we were by far the better team and if we had taken our chances we would have won the game.

"There would be more concern if we weren’t creating chances. We showed good endeavour and creative play. We have to keep getting in those situations."

Without any fans present as Croatia served the second game of a crowd ban for racist offences by their fans in Euro 2016 qualifying, the instructions from both benches echoed around the eerily empty ground in a tepid first half at the Rijeka stadium.

Midfielder Dier reflected on the first match England had ever played behind closed doors, although he noted the presence of a handful of England fans on a hill overlooking the ground.

"It was strange, the first experience of it for all of us," Dier told Sky Sports. "A couple of fans got up on the hill but once the game started it was in the back of our minds. We could easily hear the ones on the hill, they were the only ones here."


The game was built up by some English media as a chance for the visitors to avenge Croatia's 2-1 World Cup semi-final win in Russia in July but the game failed to produce any fireworks.

The only chance in the first half fell to Dier, who glanced his header against the far post after a Jordan Henderson corner.

Chants of 'God Save the Queen' from England supporters who had gathered outside the ground seemed to lift Gareth Southgate's side after the break but the woodwork and some dreadful finishing by Rashford denied them a goal.

Kane headed a Henderson free kick against the bar before Manchester United forward Rashford served up a pair of astonishing misses in the space of two minutes.

He scuffed a feeble shot at Dominik Livakovic from eight metres when clear on goal and the keeper then denied him again with a superb reflex save from an almost identical position.

Croatia's Ivan Perisic forced a good save from Jordan Pickford with a stinging low shot and Ante Rebic, playing in an unfamiliar lone striker role, fired inches wide with a long-range effort for the revamped home side.

England's Jadon Sancho, Borussia Dortmund's exciting 18-year old winger, produced a darting run late on after coming off the bench to replace Raheem Sterling and make his international debut before the match fizzled out in the final few minutes.

Sancho became the second youngest England player to win his first cap in a competitive game, behind Manchester United's Duncan Edwards who died at the age of 21 as a result of the injuries he suffered in the Munich air crash of 1958.]]>
10/13/2018 2:23:00 PM
<![CDATA[Brazil fail to sparkle in 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia]]>
Brazil had scored 16 goals in their four previous wins against the Saudis but the home side matched the visitors, particularly in midfield, for most of the game.

Brazil had the better of the first half and Jesus finally broke the deadlock just two minutes from halftime when he ran on to an inch-perfect pass from Neymar and slotted the ball home from an angle.

Forward Neymar was again Brazil's best player but his team mates let him down with their finishing as Saudi Arabia came into the match more in the second period.

The hosts could not score, however, and it fell to Sandro to give the scoreline a more realistic look when he headed home Neymar's corner in the sixth minute of stoppage-time.

Brazil also had two efforts disallowed for offside and Saudi keeper Mohammed Al-Owais was sent off five minutes from time after VAR confirmed he handled the ball outside the box.

"We're aware we need to get better, that we can do better," Sandro said. "Obviously the climate was influential, we have new players who need to fit in, but we deserve congratulations."

Brazil's next game is against Argentina in Jeddah on Tuesday.

The Argentines beat Iraq 4-0 on Thursday to extend their unbeaten run since the World Cup to three games. ]]>
10/13/2018 1:42:53 PM
<![CDATA[Henry given first job as head coach by Monaco]]>
Henry, who started out playing for Monaco and went on to enjoy a stellar club career with Arsenal and Barcelona, has been working as assistant coach for the Belgian national team since 2016 but has never been in charge of a team in his own right.

Henry, 41, played for Monaco for five seasons, winning a league title with them in 1997.

"I thank AS Monaco for giving me the opportunity to coach the team of this club which is so special to me," said Henry, who had previously been linked with Girondins Bordeaux and English second tier side Aston Villa.

"I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco and extremely determined to meet the challenges ahead. I cannot wait to meet the players to start working together."

AS Monaco, last season's runners-up, are 18th in the 20-team Ligue 1 table after winning one of their first nine games. They have also lost their opening two games in the Champions League.

But Jardim, who was sacked on Thursday, will still be a hard act to follow as Monaco never finished lower than third during his four-year spell in charge and won Ligue 1 in 2016-17 when they also reached the Champions League semi-finals.

"(Henry's) knowledge of football, his passion for the game, his high standards and his commitment to our colours make his nomination a reality," said Monaco's chief executive Vadim Vasilyev.

"Thierry is both aware of the task ahead and eager to start his new job. He can count on our trust and all our support to bring a new dynamic to the team and carry out the mission.”

After leaving Monaco, Henry had one season at Juventus before moving to Arsenal where he won two English Premier League and two FA Cup titles in eight seasons.

He then moved to Barcelona for three seasons, winning a Champions League title along the way, and finished his career at New York Red Bulls.

He scored 51 goals in 123 appearances for France and played at four World Cups, including 1998 when they won the tournament for the first time.]]>
10/13/2018 1:22:02 PM
<![CDATA[4th Arab Rugby 7s Championship kicks off in Cairo]]>
Under the theme "Zayed Cup", Assistant Youth Minister Amr Haddad and Secretary Seneral of the UAE Rugby Federation inaugurated the tournament.

Haddad welcomed the Arab delegations participating in the tournament, stressing Egypt's keenness on hosting the Arab championships with a view to boosting inter-Arab relations.

Dhalai, for his part, expressed his happiness for holding the tournament in Cairo, thanking Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi.

The opening match will be between Egypt and Iraq.

The first edition of the championship was held in El Gouna]]>
10/12/2018 7:04:30 PM
<![CDATA['Forget about me,' Benzema asks French football president]]>
"Monsieur Le Graet, I ask you to forget about me." the Real Madrid striker, who has not played for France since 2015, tweeted.

Le Graet had said in an interview with French newspapers that the 30-year-old Benzema's time with Les Bleus "was finished."

Benzema's answering tweet went on: "France are world champions and that's the essential thing, the rest is just futile. Thankyou," before adding the French and English hashtags: "CaSuffit" ("That will do") and "GiveMeABreak".

Benzema, who has 21 goals and 81 caps for France, was not selected for the World Cup and has not figured in a national squad since he was charged for his alleged role in the blackmail of fellow international Mathieu Valbuena.

"I have nothing against Karim," said Le Graet. "He has always carried himself well in the French team, but I think Les Bleus are over for him, especially since he may be less fit than before."

In May, after Le Graet said in an interview with AFP that the striker was "ancient history", Benzema again responded on Twitter.

"Monsieur Le Graet, with all the respect that I owe you, you have missed an opportunity to shut up," he wrote.

Benzema is awaiting a ruling from a Paris court on whether he has a case to answer in the long-running Valbuena "sex-tape" affair.]]>
10/12/2018 12:21:00 PM
<![CDATA[Sports industry gears up for virtual reality revolution]]>
"It's going to disrupt all aspects of sport that you can imagine," virtual reality expert Michael Ludden told the two-day Leaders Sport Business Summit at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium.

Ludden said that virtual and augmented reality -- together known as mixed reality (MR) -- would transform sport for professionals, amateurs and spectators.

"American footballers are already using VR to better train their minds, read the field," allowing quarterbacks to hone their skills without risking injury, he said.

"You can train with a real baseball bat that's tracked in virtual reality against real pitchers using data from those pitchers... giving you advanced analytics on how the swing is," added Ludden, who has worked for IBM and Google.

With the price of headsets such as Facebook's Oculus Rift falling, MR also promises to allow amateurs the experience of facing a 100 mph pitch from the safety of their living room.

While MR immerses the user aurally and visually, other developing technologies are beginning to recreate the physical reality of top-level sports, opening up a whole new world of spectator experience.

Canadian company D-BOX Technologies, which designs and manufactures moving seats found in cinemas and theme parks, is now moving into sports, showing off their Formula One simulator at the London event.

The seats mimic the G-Force and every judder as F1 champion Lewis Hamilton races around the Monaco circuit.

The simulation seat uses pre-programmed data but could use real-time information sent by the car, allowing spectators to pick their driver and experience their full Grand Prix adventure, said Veronique Maheu, director at D-BOX.

"You would need... data sent straight from the car -- tyre slip ratio, suspension, acceleration -- we can take this minimal information and transform it.

"They could broadcast live content through a network in pop-up theatres around the world," she said, adding that the company intended to roll out the experience at fan zones on the F1 circuit.

- Augmented stadiums -

The technology can be adapted to help train athletes in other sit-down sports such as rowing, and Maheu said she had received interest from members of the horse-racing industry.

Telemetric sensors could also be placed on sports fields, balls and on players to remotely recreate the visceral reality of NFL, football or baseball, or even enhance reality.

"If you want to have the stress of the baseball player while he gets to the plate, you can have a heartbeat added to the sensation on the seat and then you can feel it, boom, boom," she explained.

"When he swings and hits the ball, you can have an impact."

The seats currently cost $10,000 each, putting them out of the reach of the armchair fan.

However, headsets and the development of VR suits hold out the possibility that fans around the world could one day physically experience every tackle, touchdown and goal from their favourite player in real time.

VR expert Ludden also said that current and near-future technology could create "augmented stadiums" for live spectators.

Panasonic pitched their "Smart Venue" plans at the CES technology fair in Las Vegas, which included the overlaying of graphics, advertisements, player statistics and replays on the field of play at an NFL game.

"If you are sat in the nose-bleeds (cheap seats), I can see this being really useful," he said.

MR could also revolutionise half-time entertainment by allowing fans to join in stadium-wide games, using the pitch as a platform, he added.]]>
10/12/2018 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ronaldo insists sex was "completely consensual"]]>
"Ronaldo is forced to break his silence," said the Juventus and Portuguese star's lawyer Peter Christiansen in a statement released through Gestifute, the company which manages the player's affairs.

"Once again, for the avoidance of doubt, Cristiano Ronaldo's position has always been, and continues to be, that what happened in 2009 in Las Vegas was completely consensual."

Police in Las Vegas announced last week that they were reopening an investigation into allegations made by a former model, Kathryn Mayorga, relating to an incident in 2009.

Ronaldo has vehemently denied the rape accusations.

"I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me," the 33-year-old said in a statement.

"Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in."

Mayorga claims she was pressured into signing a non-disclosure agreement in 2010 to keep the alleged rape secret and is seeking at least $200,000 in penalties and damages.

"Cristiano Ronaldo does not deny that he agreed to conclude an agreement," added Christiansen.

"This agreement is by no means a confession of guilt. What happened was simply that Cristiano Ronaldo merely followed the advice of his advisers in order to put an end to the insulting accusations made against him in order to avoid attempts, such as those now witnessed, to destroy a reputation built thanks to intense work, great athleticism and ethically impeccable behaviour."

Christiansen added "documents that allegedly contain statements by Cristiano Ronaldo and were reproduced in the media are pure invention".]]>
10/12/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Abdel Rahman Sameh bags bronze in Youth Olympic Games]]>
Sameh claimed bronze in 22.43 in the men's 50 meter freestyle event.

Egypt won two bronze medals in the same championship via Mazen el Araby and Ahmed el Naggar in fencing and equestrian games. (MENA)]]>
10/12/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hazard rules out January move to Real Madrid]]>
The 27-year-old was speaking at a press conference on national team duty with Belgium, broadcast on Sky Sports News.

It was put to Hazard that to win the Ballon d'Or -- as the world's best player -- he would have to play in Spain.

"That's why I want to go, maybe," said Hazard, smiling.

Asked if that move might happen in January, he added: "No."

Hazard has been instrumental in Chelsea's unbeaten start under Maurizio Sarri, scoring eight goals in all competitions.

The Belgian was selected the second best player at the World Cup and, after leading his country to third place in Russia, said it "might be time" for a fresh challenge, with Madrid his preferred destination.

Speaking after Chelsea's 3-0 victory at Southampton on Sunday, he said: "Real Madrid is the best club in the world. I don't want to lie today. It is my dream since I was a kid. I was dreaming about this club.

"We will see. I don't want to talk about this every day. I don't have time but we will talk about my future soon."

Hazard, whose Chelsea contract runs until June 2020, was asked on Thursday whether he is the world's best player on form and he answered with an unequivocal "yes."

"The team is helping me a lot also," he said. "I can improve for sure. We can always improve in football. We can score more goals, more assists."]]>
10/12/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Vidal 'lacked respect' for teammates, says Barca manager]]>
Chilean international Vidal has started only two games for the Catalan giants since his summer move to the Nou Camp from Bayern Munich.

The former Juventus man is up against Croatia's Ivan Rakitic and Brazilian trio Philippe Coutinho, Arthur and Rafinha for places in a quality-packed Barca midfield.

He recently took his frustration out by posting messages on his Instagram account featuring angry or frustrated emojis, notably following Barca's 4-2 Champions League win over Tottenham.

Segura, speaking to the Catalan daily Sport, said: "A professional has to show respect for his team-mates, for the dressing room and for the coach even if the decisions that are taken are not always the ones he expects."

"Vidal knows he's made a mistake and that he's lacked respect for his teammates. I'm sure he will make amends."

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, meanwhile, suggested he was not aware of Vidal's complaints.

"We're a team," Valverde said at the weekend.

"I don't know what the players are putting on social media but no one tells me anything.

"Maybe Arturo is angry because of a domestic accident, what do I know?"]]>
10/12/2018 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Germany's Kroos relishing shot at redemption against Dutch, French]]>
"Those games sound good to the ear and we hear the ringing of six points," quipped the Real Madrid midfielder.

"We're motivated, we want two wins."

A goalless draw against France in Munich last month leaves Germany second in Group One of the Nations League, three points behind leaders France.

Having finished bottom of their group in Russia following a shock defeat to South Korea, victories over the Dutch in Amsterdam on Saturday and against the French next Tuesday in Paris would go a long way in helping coach Joachim Loew repair the damage to his hitherto unblemished reputation.

Kroos insists "three games at the World Cup will not change what we've been building for years", although claiming six points over the coming days should help ease the pressure on Loew, who has faced criticism in the German media.

On Thursday, former Germany star Michael Ballack said he was "surprised" the 58-year-old Loew had kept his job after the World Cup debacle.

"Maybe he wanted to take over...," Kroos replied tongue-in-cheek to Ballack's comments as he jumped to Loew's defence ahead of the coach's 168th international in charge on Saturday.

"New stimuli can also come from a coach who has been involved for a long time," insisted Kroos, 28.

"He (Loew) asked himself after the World Cup whether he can still perform to his best.

"I think he deserves the chance and I think we will sort ourselves out with him."

Nevertheless, the away matches in Amsterdam and Paris present a huge challenge.

As assistant coach Marcus Sorg put it "in the Nations League, you can't afford a defeat, then you don't have matters in your own hands any more.

"That is an incredibly high demand."

Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, a surprise omission from the World Cup squad, is set to start on the left flank with Loew's first-choice Marco Reus missing with a knee injury.

Injuries elsewhere have forced Loew to make further changes. Kevin Trapp, Antonio Ruediger, Leon Goretzka, Kai Havertz and Reus have dropped out of the original 23-man squad and been replaced by Emre Can, Serge Gnabry and Bernd Leno.]]>
10/12/2018 5:39:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ismaily club pays US$ 550,000 to Ghana's Dreams FC over John Antwi transfer]]>
The move aimed at avoiding a FIFA fine and deduction of six points.

The Egyptian club defaulted in paying 30% of the transfer fees paid by Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab in 2015 for the services of the striker.

Dreams FC dragged the club to FIFA but Ismaily board chairman Ibrahim Osman has supervised the payment to the Ghana top-flight side. (MENA)]]>
10/11/2018 7:19:45 PM
<![CDATA[It’s time to win the Champions League title: Allegri]]>
In an event of Samsung, the Italian coach alleged that this season they go with everything to the Champions league title after winning seven 'Scudetto' (Italian league) and four Italian Cups.

Juventus had a great beginning in the 2018/2019 season as they managed to be the only club in Europe which won their first ten games of the season.

The Bianconeri reached the final of the Champions League in 2015 and 2017, but were defeated by the Spanish clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively.

However, this year they have the help of the Portuguese legend, Cristiano Ronaldo, winner of five Champions titles, to forge a new era in the history of the club.

Ronaldo has been the center of talks recently as the allegations of rape turned to be on the top of the table again after nine years.

Ronaldo, 33, denied assaulting Kathryn Mayorga at a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

Mayorga says she was attacked by the Portuguese footballer in a hotel room in the US city that year.

"I think he should be calm, as always, and I want to let him know that we are with him, as I said in my press conference," Allegri backed the five time Ballon d`Or winners.
10/11/2018 6:37:39 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek faces Minya Samnoud in Egypt Cup]]>
The white knights eye the title as they were title holders for the 5 times out of the last six editions.

Zamalek expects an easy game against Minya Samnoud and wants not to repeat Al-Ahly and Pyramids mistakes when they suffered against second division clubs.

Al-Ahly on Wednesday beat Tersana 3-2 in the last minutes thanks to Ahmed el-Sheikh goal. Meanwhile, Pyramids FC suffered also against Tanta and won by the same result, 3-2.

Zamalek’s history in Egypt’s Cup was full of surprises as they were knocked out against Al-Kannah club in 2001, Goldy in 2003, Tersana in 2004 and Beni Ebeid in 2008.

Zamalek recently beat Saudi club Al-Hilal 2-1 in the Egyptian-Saudi Super Cup (President AbdelFatah al-Sisi Cup) which was held in Saudi Arabia.
10/11/2018 5:46:58 PM
<![CDATA[2026 World Cup could lead to combined north American league - Liga MX chief]]>
The 'United 2026' bid beat Morocco in the vote at FIFA's Congress in June to host the first 48-team World Cup.

Although the majority of venues are proposed to be in the U.S., it is Mexican teams who have dominated on the continent, winning all 10 editions of the CONCACAF Champions League.

Liga MX also remains the most watched soccer league in the U.S. and attracts average crowds of more than 26,500.

However, revenues for global TV rights and sponsorship across north America pale in comparison to the top leagues of Europe. Bonilla believes that is something that could be changed with a new combined continental top-flight division.

"It's a possibility, a North American league. We have to determine how and see the pros and cons but I think that's a way to grow and to compete again," Bonilla told reporters at the Leaders summit at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium.

"If we can make a World Cup then we can make a north American league or a north American cup. The main idea is that we have to grow together to compete. If not, there is only going to be the rich guys in Europe and the rest of the world."

"We think this opportunity with the World Cup in 2026 opens the door for us to make a lot of things different and better," he added.


Earlier this year, the MLS in the U.S. and Liga MX launched a partnership which included the introduction of the Campeones Cup, a match between the winners of each respective leagues.

The inaugural edition was played at the end of last month at Toronto FC who lost 3-1 to Mexico's Tigres UANL.

Plans have also been discussed to play an All-Star game between the two leagues.

Despite plenty of leading clubs from Europe boosting their profile with transatlantic pre-season tours, Bonilla said that distances and a lack of resources made trips in the other direction more challenging for Mexican clubs.

"We need to get out of our region... We have to go out more. The problem that we have is distance. Coming to Europe is quite difficult for our teams in getting there, and going down to South America is a long way also," he said.

"So, it's quite difficult and what we have to do is we have to join forces with the MLS to get stronger together and then we can think of competing with Europe.

"Then we can have a strong market that can give us the resources to compete with the big financial market that is Europe."

The 2018-19 Liga MX regular season, the Apertura, is about to enter its closing stages. Defending champions Santos Laguna are third behind Club America on goal difference, with both teams trailing leaders Cruz Azul by two points.]]>
10/11/2018 4:42:37 PM
<![CDATA[Chelsea to consider sending racist fans to Auschwitz - reports]]>
British newspaper The Sun reported Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who is Jewish, has spearheaded the new initiative which will offer the fans the chance to attend education courses at the camp in Poland where the Nazis murdered more than 1.1 million people, 90 percent of them Jews.

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck believes it is a step towards changing the attitudes of the supporters instead of imposing bans from attending matches at the Premier League club.

"If you just ban people, you will never change their behaviour," Buck told the Sun.

"This policy gives them the chance to realise what they have done, to make them want to behave better."

Chelsea criticised a number of their own fans for anti-Semitic chanting against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in September last year.

Tottenham have historically had a substantial support base among London's Jewish community, and fans of the club have been targeted by rival fans with anti-Semitic chants for years.

"In the past, we would take them from the crowd and ban them, for up to three years," Buck said of fans caught chanting racist slurs. "Now we say 'You did something wrong. You have the option. We can ban you or you can spend some time with our diversity officers, understanding what you did wrong'."

Chelsea did not immediately respond to a request to comment from Reuters. ]]>
10/11/2018 4:36:49 PM
<![CDATA[Monaco fire coach Jardim after poor start to season]]>
The 44-year-old Portuguese had been in charge for just over four seasons during which the team had performed consistently well with the high point in 2016-17 when they won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

But, after winning 3-1 at Nantes on the opening day of the season, Monaco failed to win any of their subsequent eight league games and lost to Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Champions League Group A, which also includes Club Bruges.

After going down 2-1 at home to Rennes in Ligue 1 on Sunday, they are stuck in the relegation playoff spot with six points, one more than bottom side Guingamp.

"Monaco have ended their collaboration with Leonardo Jardim," the club said in a statement. "The entire club wish Leonardo and his coaching staff all the best for the next stage of their careers."

Jardim said: "I am grateful and proud to have trained AS Monaco for more than four years. I always gave my best and worked with passion. We had some great victories together and I will always keep those memories."

French and British media have reported that former France international Thierry Henry is the favourite the replace him.

Jardim previously coached Camacha, Chaves, Beira-Mar and Sporting in Portugal and Olympiakos Piraeus in Greece.

Born in Venezuela to Portuguese parents, he was appointed by Monaco in June 2014 and led them to third place finishes in his first two seasons in charge.

In 2016-17, Monaco upstaged big-spending Paris St Germain to end the capital club's run of four successive titles, before finishing second last term.

"I want to congratulate Leonardo... for all the work he has done. Leonardo established himself as a reference point in Europe and left a very positive balance," said Monaco vice-present Vadim Vasilyev.

"His time here will remain as one of the most beautiful pages in the history of the club. Leonardo will always be part of the AS Monaco family." ]]>
10/11/2018 4:30:16 PM
<![CDATA[Barca's Umtiti may require knee surgery - reports]]>
The France centre back has not played for the La Liga champions since their shock 2-1 defeat by Leganes on Sept. 26, with Barca saying was out of action due to discomfort in his left knee.

Barcelona-based newspaper Sport said on Thursday the injury is taking longer to clear up than expected, and Umtiti and the club must decide whether to opt for knee surgery, which would leave him on the sidelines for several months, or to undergo treatment to regenerate the cartilage.

Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo said Umtiti is expected to miss Barca's top-of-the-table clash with Sevilla on Oct. 20 and the "Clasico" against Real Madrid on Oct. 28, as well as the Champions League home game against Inter Milan on Oct. 24.

Barcelona did not immediately respond to a request to comment from Reuters.

Barca are second in the La Liga standings but have the worst defensive record of the top eight teams in the league, having shipped nine goals in eight games. They have conceded 12 goals in 11 matches in all competitions.

Ernesto Valverde's side are without a win in their last four league games.]]>
10/11/2018 4:28:38 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt Futsal team defeats Panama at Youth Olympics ]]>Mohamed Talaat scored a goal and Belal el-Sayed scored twice to make the score 3-0 for Egypt after 15 minutes from the start.

Panama returned in the game by two goals from their star, Daniel Arevalo, but the Egyptian team bounced back at the second half, scoring four goals from Sayed, Moamen Morsy and Youssif Mohsen who scored twice to make the score 7-2.

Joel Victoria scored Panama’s third goal in the game, while Mostafa Abdel Magid scored for Egypt seconds before the final whistle to end the game 8-3 for Egypt.

Egypt are leading the group table with four points alongside Iraq who defeated Slovakia earlier on Tuesday 5-0.
The draw put Egypt in Group A alongside Iraq, Panama, Slovakia and Argentina.

Egypt started their participation at the tournament with a 2-2 draw against the host nation, Argentina on Monday, Oct. 8.

Egypt is set to face their Arab rivals, Iraq, on Wednesday, Oct. 10 and they will end their group stage games on Friday, Oct. 12 against Slovakia.

The Egyptian team, led by Saleh Hashem, consists of: Abdel Rahman al-Garwany, Ragab Ramadan, Ahmed Karam, Mohamed Morsy, Mohamed Ahmed known as Hammo, Mohamed Talaat, Belal el-Sayed, Mohamed Ali, Moustafa Abdel Magid and Youssif Mohsen.
10/11/2018 3:50:56 PM
<![CDATA[Salah joins national team camp on Oct. 10 ]]>
Salah should have joined the camp on Tuesday, Oct. 9 but he postponed his arrival for personal issues.

The winger participated at Liverpool's goalless draw against Manchester City on Oct. 7. The draw allowed both clubs alongside Chelsea to share the top of the league table with 20 points each.

Also, West Bromwich Albion defender, Ahmed Hegazi, joined the camp on Wednesday morning; the defender is suspended for the first game due to yellow card accumulation.

Swaziland national team arrived in Cairo on Wednesday morning and they will train on Thursday night at Al-Salam stadium where the game will be played.

Egypt are second in the group with three points, three points behind the leaders, Tunisia, while Swaziland are sharing the bottom of the group alongside Niger with one point each.
The first game is scheduled for Friday Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo, while the second will take place four days later at Manzini, Swaziland.

10/11/2018 3:46:21 PM
<![CDATA[World Cup expectations a 'sufferance' for Argentina, Messi]]>
Argentina were tipped as possible winners of the tournament in Russia but were eliminated at the knockout phase following a tense 4-3 defeat to eventual champions France.

Even before they squeezed into the second round, Argentina flattered to deceive, drawing 1-1 with Iceland, losing 3-0 to Croatia and squeezing past a plucky Nigeria 2-1 in the group stages.

Sampaoli said expectations that Argentina would win the tournament emanating from the country's football federation stifled the creativity and success of Messi and his fellow players.

"The best player in the world (Messi) was devoted" to the Argentina cause, Sampaoli said in comments to Spanish sports daily Marca.

"At his club (Barcelona) he has great stability. But when he comes to the national team a collective hysteria takes over and it's like we're expected to win.

"This is not possible. If we don't win, it's him (Messi) who cops all the criticism. So you can't play, and you can't enjoy it."

He added: "The weight of expectation on this team was too heavy. We all felt pushed by the obligation to win, which meant it was difficult for us to express our talents.

"It was difficult to work in those conditions because there was only one available option: to be world champions.

"Putting that kind of obligation ahead of the match itself made everything much more complicated."

Although Sampaoli pledged to hang on to his job following their elimination, he soon resigned from his post.

The Argentinian federation have appointed Lionel Scaloni, their former under-20 coach, as Argentina coach.

Sampaoli, 58, offered him some advice: "We need to find a balance so that this obligation to win doesn't generate even more anxiety.

"Every match (at the World Cup) was a sufferance."

Messi's future with the national side has been in doubt since Argentina's elimination.

According to reports, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner asked not to be considered for selection for a series of friendlies in September and October.]]>
10/10/2018 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Real striker Benzema suffers hamstring injury]]>
"Following tests carried out today on our player Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid medical team, he has been diagnosed with an injury to his right hamstring," the European champions said in a statement without giving a timeframe for his return.

He was injured early in the second half of Saturday's 1-0 Liga loss at Alaves in which Real conceded a late goal.

Benzema joins Marcelo, Isco and Dani Carvajal on the sidelines at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Real having gone four games without scoring in all competitions, but he should return before the Clasico against Barcelona on Oct. 28.

The 30-year-old has netted five goals this season but has failed to score in his last seven appearances. ]]>
10/10/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Vidal unhappy with lack of playing time at Barcelona]]>
Vidal joined from Bayern Munich this summer, but has had just two starts for the Catalans - and been substituted both times.

"How can I be happy if I don't play, and me of all people?" Vidal told reporters after joining up with his national team, according to the Diario Sport on Tuesday.

"I am somebody who has always fought, been at the best teams in the world, won everything and who wants to continue winning at Barcelona," Vidal said.

Coach Ernesto Valverde has opted to start young Brazilian midfielder Arthur in the team in recent matches, with Vidal not playing at all in Barca's 1-1 draw at Valencia in La Liga on Sunday and appearing for just three minutes against Tottenham in the Champions League last week.

"I am fine physically and happy. In the past few games I have been a bit annoyed but that is how it is, we will keep battling. There are a lot of important games ahead and we will see," Vidal was quoted as saying. ]]>
10/10/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ronaldo's not easy to replace, says Juve sporting director]]>
Ronaldo, 33, joined Juventus from Real Madrid last summer for 100 million euros ($115 million).

The Spanish club have lost three and drawn one of their last four matches and are currently fourth in La Liga.

"Ronaldo is probably the best player in the history of the game so he isn't easy to replace," Paratici told journalists at the Manlio Scopigno ceremony at Rieti in central Italy after receiving a "Manager of the Year" award.

Paratici revealed that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner had been keen from the outset to join Juventus.

"We talked about it initially, and straight away we got the feeling he wanted to join us, which was a huge advantage," he said.

"Real Madrid had a gentleman's agreement with him, the ownership kicked things off and negotiations began."

Paratici stressed Juventus's support for the Portuguese star Ronaldo, currently embroiled in damaging rape allegations.

"Cristiano is a very simple person and an excellent professional, he has all our support," said Paratici.

The Juventus sporting director ruled out a return of French World Cup winner Pogba, who played for the Turin side from 2012 to 2016.

The 26-year-old Pogba has been told he will not captain United again after reportedly falling out with United manager Jose Mourinho.

"We love him very much," said Paratici.

"We want him to do well since we are close to him but he isn't a Juve player anymore.

"We're connected to him, but we've never thought about it and we're not going to think about it."

Pogba joined United from Juventus for a then world record fee of £89 million in 2016.

Paratici, 46, also denied a move for Lazio's Serbian midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, saying: "He's a great player, but we haven't spoken to him or Lazio".

Paratici is set to have more responsibility within Juventus after the departure of general manager Giuseppe Marotta.

"Up to now I was happy with my position but things will now probably change a little.

"My goal will always stay the same, to make Juve as strong as possible. I want to dedicate the award I won today to Mr. Marotta who was like a father to me."]]>
10/10/2018 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Mourinho has backing of Man United fans and club, says Moyes]]>
Mourinho reportedly faced the sack regardless of the outcome of Saturday's fixture with Newcastle but is still in position after the team roared back to win 3-2 after trailing 2-0.

Moyes, who succeeded Alex Ferguson in 2013, was dumped by United while in the first year of a six-year contract and his replacement, Louis van Gaal, was axed after winning the FA Cup.

But the former Everton boss said he believed United would give Mourinho time even though they are languishing in eighth spot in the Premier League.

"I think the club are firmly behind the manager, and he's been a winner, Jose, throughout his career, so I don't see why that should suddenly change," the Scot, 55, told Britain's Press Association.

"It was a great result -- any team that comes from 2-0 down. But the one thing that happens at Old Trafford is the crowd gets right behind you, and is always supportive of the manager and the players."

Derby manager Frank Lampard, who recently masterminded a League Cup victory at Old Trafford and played under Mourinho at Chelsea, believes that after Saturday's comeback the onus should be on the players to raise their standards.

"Sometimes things are hard and you have to make difficult decisions, try and influence people around you, influence your players to try and get the best out of them," he said. "I think he's got all those attributes so I hope that it turns around for him."

Former United captain Wayne Rooney, who now plays in the United States, has also called on the players to stand up and be counted, saying Mourinho is an easy target.

"The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season," the D.C. United player said in comments reported by Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper.

"I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better."]]>
10/10/2018 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Nour el-Sherbini, Mohamed el-Shorbagy qualify to quarter finals of US open]]>
World’s No. 1, Sherbini, beat English Alison Waters 3-0 (11/6, 11/8,11/8) in a 31-minute game. Sherbini is set to face her 21-year-old compatriot, Yathreb Adel.

Mohamed ElShorbagy (right) Simon Rösner (left) at El Gouna International Open Squash – Courtesy of PSA World Tour’s official website

In the Men’s competition, Mohamed el-Shorbagy beat Indian Saurav Ghosal 3-0 (11/5,16/14,11/9). Shorbagy has to face Egyptian Aboul Ghar to reach the semi-final.

A large number of Egyptian squash stars compete in the Men and Women competitions, including three Squash players Ali Farag, Renim Al-Welily and Noran Gohar in the 2018 American Squash championship held in Philadelphia, USA, from October 6 to 13.

10/10/2018 6:03:00 AM
<![CDATA[Nurmagomedov returns to hero's welcome, blasts 'dimwit' McGregor]]>
"Khabib! Khabib!" a crowd of some 20,000 fans chanted to welcome the unbeaten champion in an arena in the town of Kaspiysk, 14 kilometres from Dagestan's main city of Makhachkala.

Excited by Nurmagomedov's appearance, hundreds of his compatriots broke through lines of stewards and pushed their way onto the pitch, trying to get as close as possible to the champion.

"Thank you, brothers," replied Nurmagomedov, who showed off his champion's belt to the crowd.

On Saturday Nurmagomedov defended his Ultimate Fighting Championship world title after putting McGregor in a brutal chokehold and forcing the Irish superstar to 'tap out' during a fourth round submission.

It took his unbeaten professional record to 27-0 and 11-0 in UFC bouts.

"I'd prayed to the Almighty every day not to have injuries, for it all happen," Nurmagomedov said.

"I wanted to shut up that dimwit up to prove the difference between our people and his people.

"Nobody can break us, our people have a great history," he boasted. "Hopefully, I've justified your expectations."

Although eventually awarded his championship belt, the Russian is still awaiting confirmation of whether he will receive 1.5 million dollars prize money following a post-fight fracas that saw him jump over the octagon and attack one of McGregor's training partners, Dillon Danis.

A dramatic free-for-all ensued, with members of Nurmagomedov's entourage jumping into the octagon to attack McGregor as stunned officials battled to restore order.

It proved a dramatic climax to weeks of media posturing between the bitter rivals, during which the brash Irishman stoked the flames through a series of insults about Nurmagomedov's family and his Muslim religion.

As security tried to quell the chaos in the crowd, the exhausted McGregor eventually departed in a huddle of security personnel.

Nurmagomedov was also hustled out surrounded by security officers as the pro-McGregor crowd jeered and threw drinks at him.

The UFC chief Dana White refused to hand Nurmagomedov his belt in the Octagon, saying he feared it would further inflame the crowd.]]>
10/10/2018 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Youth min. honors Reem Ahraf for breaking longest dive record ]]>
FILE - Youth and Sports Minister, Ashraf Sobhy with Egyptian diver, Reem Ashraf

Fourteen-year-old Reem succeeded to stay for two days and seven hours (55 hours) under water in the Gulf of Aqaba, Sharm El-Sheikh.


The youth and sports minister expressed his happiness with the achievement of the Egyptian girl. Reem wrote her name in the Guinness World Records after surpassing the Australian, Christine Coyle, who also had a brilliant number (15 hours).


Reem started the contest in Sharm El-Sheikh on Wednesday, Oct. 3 and ended it on Friday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. She was eating, drinking water, sleeping and even playing at a depth of 8 meters.

10/9/2018 8:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Carragher defends Salah against criticism ]]>
“Remember, it’s on the back of the World Cup; three players that have gone to the World Cup. The focus is on Salah a lot, but the other two aren’t firing at all. I think (Roberto) Firimino’s got one goal in five now, (Sadio) Mane’s got one in six or seven,” Carragher told skysports.

Salah is struggling to regain his last season’s form when he scored 44 goals for his club, including 32 goals at the League, which crowned him PFA Player of the year.

The former defender added, “For Liverpool, to be level top of the league, after eight games, with the front three not firing, it’s massively positive.”

Liverpool are sharing the top of the Premier League table with Manchester City and Chelsea with 20 points each.

Liverpool fans put all their hopes on the attacking trio’s shoulders to achieve the league title after 29 years of absence as they last won the title in 1990.
10/9/2018 6:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Chelsea winger Hazard reiterates Real Madrid dream]]>
The Belgian's contract at Stamford Bridge ends in June 2020 and the Blues want to renew his deal, although Hazard said he would like to move to the Spanish giants.

"Real Madrid is the best club in the world," Hazard was quoted as saying by ESPN. "I don't want to lie, it is my dream since I was a kid.

"I don't want to talk about this every day. I don't have time, but we will talk about my future soon.

"In my head, sometimes I wake up in the morning and think I want to go. Sometimes I think I want to stay. It is a hard decision. It is my future. I am 27 and I will turn 28 in January.

"It is also when you have a dream and you want to make it happen. It is like I have said a lot of times, if I leave I will be happy, I know if I stay I will be happy."

In July Hazard said he wanted to move away from west London but ended up staying. He is the Premier League's top scorer with seven goals.

Chelsea beat Southampton 3-0 in the Premier League on Sunday and are level on 20 points with leaders Manchester City and Liverpool after eight games.]]>
10/9/2018 4:36:13 PM
<![CDATA[Ali suffers muscle injury, leaves national team camp ]]>
The player will not be fit for both games against Swaziland on October 12 and 16 at the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The national team manager, Javier Aguirre, hopes Al-Ahly striker, Marwan Mohsen, is ready for the game as the player suffered an injury during Al-Ahly game against Al-Ittihad at the Egyptian League.

The only available striker to feature in the game is Ahmed Hassan known as Koka after Al-Ahly’s Salah Mohsen missed the camp for injury.

On the other hand, Liverpool Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, postponed his arrival to the national team camp for personal issues and he is expected to join the camp on Oct. 10.

Egypt are second in the group with three points, three points behind the leaders, Tunisia, while Swaziland are sharing the bottom of the group alongside Niger with one point each.

The game is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo and they meet four days later at Manzini, Swaziland.
10/9/2018 4:18:09 PM
<![CDATA[Guardiola apologizes to Jesus after Mahrez’s penalty miss ]]>
Jesus wanted to take the penalty but the manager picked the Algerian who missed the penalty 7 minutes before the final whistle.

“Jesus wanted to take it. I apologize to him, it was my decision,” Guardiola said after the game.

Manchester City returned from Liverpool with a goalless draw and both teams kept their positions on top of the League table alongside Chelsea with 20 points each.

Guardiola added, “During the training sessions, every day I see Mahrez taking the penalties and it gave me a lot of confidence. It will be a good experience for him, next time it will go in.”

Mahrez does not have a good record in penalties as he missed four out of his previous seven attempts from 12-yards.

Jesus commented on the incident, saying “Pep spoke with me. This is part of football; sometimes these things happen. I will support Riyad if the manager chooses him again."

Mahrez joined Man City last summer from Leicester City for $78 million and since then he established himself as one of the key players at the team.

10/9/2018 11:25:52 AM
<![CDATA[Salah among nominees for Ballon d’Or award]]>
Salah is the first Egyptian player ever to be nominated for the award.

Salah won the nomination after an amazing season with his club, Liverpool, having scored 44 goals, including 32 goals in the league to be the Premier League top goal scorer.

He also led the Egyptian national team to the 2018 World Cup in Russia for the first time since 1990 in Italy but the shoulder injury he picked at the UEFA Champions League final affected his performance at the tournament.

Salah is nominated for the award alongside his teammates in Liverpool, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Allison Bicker.

Luka Modric, FIFA player of the year and UEFA player of the year, was named among the nominees alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronalo, who won the award five times each.

The nominees for the award are:

Barcelona: Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic

Real Madrid: Modric, Rafael Varane, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Thibaut Courtois and Isco.

Atletico Madrid: Diego Godin, Antoine Griezmann and Jan Oblak.

Liverpool: Salah, Mane, Firmino and Allison

Tottenham Hotspurs: Harry Kane and Hugo Lioris

Paris Saint Germain: Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr and Edinson Cavani.

Juventus: Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic.

Manchester City: Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne

Manchester United: Paul Pogba

Chelsea: Eden Hazard and Ngolo Kante

The winner will be announced in a ceremony in Paris on December 3.
10/9/2018 11:21:23 AM
<![CDATA[Grisha to officiate Zimbabwe’s clash against Congo ]]>
Both teams are sharing the top position of group G at the qualifiers with four points each.

Zimbabwe opened the qualifiers with a 3-0 victory over Liberia at home before securing a 1-1 away draw against Congo.

On the other hand, DR Congo picked their four points from a 3-1 victory at home over Congo and an away draw against Liberia.

Grisha was among 36 referees, including six Africans, chosen to officiate at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

He took charge of England’s game against Panama at the group stage that ended with a 6-1 victory to England.

Grisha, who received his international stripes in 2008, is one of the African continent’s experienced referees.

He refereed at the 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017 African Cup of Nations tournaments, 2015 CAF Champions League final, 2016 Olympic Games and 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

10/9/2018 11:17:52 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly's Carteron calms fans after loss to Al-Ittihad ]]>“It was a difficult night for us. The players did everything they can and they created many chances to equalize the score but we were unlucky,” Carteron told Al-Ahly official website after the game.

Al-Ittihad opened the score by an own goal from Al-Ahly defender, Ayman Ashraf, after 20 minutes from the start.

Al-Ahly striker, Marwan Mohsen, received an amazing pass from Salif Coulibaly that allowed him to equalize the score for his team.

Al-Ahly missed their captain Ahmed Fathy in the game due to injury and he was replaced by Mohamed Hany.

“Losing a veteran player like Fathy had a major effect on the team.” Carteron added.

Al-Ittihad regained their lead when Khaled Kamar scored after a wonderful play from his Ivorian teammate, Razack Cissé, to end the first half 2-1.

In the second half, Al-Ittihad extended their lead by Didier Koré through a penalty to make the score 3-1 but Walid Soliman scored the second goal for Al-Ahly by a header to keep Al-Ahly fans’ hopes alive.

Al-Ahly had many chances to equalize but Al-Ittihad defense broke all their attempts.

Mohamed al-Alfy made the score 4-2 for Al-Ittihad two minutes before the final whistle and Mohamed Sherif scored Al-Ahly's third goal seconds before the final whistle to end the game 4-3 for Al-Ittihad.

Carteron continued, “We will work with the players to solve our defensive mistakes.”

Al-Ahly lost their first game in the league this season to stay at the ninth position with 11 points, while Al-Ittihad reached the sixth position with 14 points.
10/9/2018 11:05:34 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt Futsal Youth Team secures a draw against Argentina]]>
Egyptian players dominated the first half of the game and opened the score after 12 minutes by Mohamed Morsy.

The Egyptian team doubled the score 5 minutes later by Belal el-Sayed who made the score 2-0.

The Egyptian team was about to achieve their first victory but the hosts returned in the game by scoring two goals in the last 3 minutes of the game by Alan De Candia and Joaquin Hernandez to end the game with a 2-2 draw.

The draw put Egypt in Group A alongside Iraq, Panama, Slovakia and Argentina.

Egypt is set to face Panama on Tuesday, Oct. 9 before facing their Arab rivals, Iraq, on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The Egyptian team will end their group stage games on Friday, Oct. 12 against Slovakia.

The Egyptian team, led by Saleh Hashem, consists of: Abdelrahman al-Garwany, Ragab Ramadan, Ahmed Karam, Mohamed Morsy, Mohamed Ahmed known as Hammo, Mohamed Talaat, Belal el-Sayed, Mohamed Ali, Moustafa Abdel Magid and Youssif Mohsen.

10/8/2018 3:24:31 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt, Argentina futsal match ends with 2-2 draw]]>
The match is held within the framework of the Youth Olympic Futsal Tournaments Buenos Aires.

Argentina snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw with 46 seconds of play remaining in their hotly contested encounter with Egypt. ]]>
10/8/2018 12:13:57 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt beats Azerbaijan in YOG table tennis games]]>
On Monday, Abdel-Aziz will face players of Romania and New Zealand.]]>
10/8/2018 12:09:10 PM
<![CDATA[Six Egyptian players qualify for Round 2 of US Open Squash]]>
The Egyptian players are Zeina Mickawy, Nada Abbas, Nadeen Shaheen, Hania El Hammamy, Mariam Metwali and Yathreb Adel. ]]>
10/7/2018 12:52:14 PM
<![CDATA[Hamilton romps to Japan win to close on world title]]>
The Briton dominated at Suzuka after starting on pole, stretching his lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to 67 points with just four races left as the German's hopes were dashed by a collision with Red Bull's Verstappen.

Valtteri Bottas held off Verstappen to take second almost 13 seconds behind Hamilton in a breathless 53-lap race at the fast-flowing Japanese circuit.

"Woo-hoo! I love you guys!" Hamilton screamed over team radio after his sixth win in the last seven races.

"I hope you guys are not getting bored of this -- because I'm definitely not."

Vettel realistically needed to win to keep alive his fading title hopes but, despite making up four places in a frantic start after starting on the fourth row, spun off on lap eight in a shower of sparks after a risky lunge on Verstappen.

The German, who began from eighth in qualifying, survived the scrape but found himself back in 19th and could only finish sixth, dealing a hammer blow to his slim title hopes.

Hamilton will retain his world title if he wins the next race at Austin and Vettel fails to finish second.

- 'One step at a time' -

"It's a great one-two for Mercedes and a true showing of the strength in depth we have," said the Briton after his fifth Japan victory and ninth of the season.

"I can't wait to unleash this beast in Austin," he added, pointing at his car. "We've gone from strength to strength this year as a team but I'm taking it one step at a time."

Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for Red Bull after starting way back in 15th with Kimi Raikkonen fifth after Ferrari opted not to switch his position with Vettel for the sake of two extra points.

Vettel was left wondering what might have been after a ruining an electric start with an ill-advised attempt to duck inside Verstappen at turn 13.

"In that corner you can't overtake," shrugged the Dutchman, who had earlier received a five-second penalty for nudging Raikkonen off the track.

"I even gave him space but he understeered into my car."

Red Bull boss Christian Horner put it even more bluntly when asked to assess Vettel's rush of blood.

"It was a bit late and obviously opportunistic," he said. "You know with Max, he's never going to give an inch and it's cost Sebastian dear today. That's probably the end of his championship."

Further down the order, Sergio Perez took seventh for Force India ahead of Romain Grosjean's Haas.

The second Force India of Esteban Ocon came in ninth with Renault's Carlos Sainz Jr rounding out the top 10.]]>
10/7/2018 11:52:32 AM
<![CDATA[Kuldeep five-for helps India close in on big win]]>Spinner Kuldeep Yadav claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket to put India on the cusp of a big win against West Indies in the first Test on Saturday.

Following on, the tourists were 185 for eight at tea on day three, needing another 284 runs to avoid an innings defeat in Rajkot. They were dismissed for 181 in their first innings in response to India's 649-9 declared.

Opener Kieran Powell fought a lonely battle to score 83 runs before becoming Kuldeep's fifth victim in another disappointing batting show by the former cricketing powerhouse.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich was batting on 13 after Devendra Bishoo fell for nine at the stroke of tea. The world's top Test side were two wickets away from taking a lead in the two-match series.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who returned figures of 4-37 in West Indies' first innings, had sent back stand-in skipper Kraigg Brathwaite for 10 before lunch and then got Bishoo.

Kuldeep soon took control with his left-arm wrist spin in the afternoon session to rattle West Indies' top and middle order. He is playing just his fourth Test since making his debut last year against Australia.

India's batsmen ensured the world's number one side dominated the match after centuries by 18-year-old debutant opener Prithvi Shaw, skipper Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja.

10/6/2018 1:06:01 PM
<![CDATA[CAHB demands canceling Zamalek club head’s signature ]]>
In an official memo, Aremou sent to the African Handball Confederation (CAHB) Secretary General Charles Omboumahou, he explained that his demand comes following Mansour’s offensive comments towards the president of the International Handball Federation, which considered to be jeopardizing to his honor and the respect.

And here is the full memo Aremou sent to CAHB’s Secretary General

In the document attached below, the President of the Egyptian Handball Federation has informed me of the sanctions taken against Mr.Mortada Mansour, President of Club Zamalek, following the excessive and offensive comments he made towards the President of the International Handball Federation.

In my humble opinion; such comments, made public in the media and addressed to a personality in charge of a high mission, are bound to jeopardize his dignity, his honor and the respect due to the office he holds.

Therefore, pending consultation with the Executive Committee members on the subject, | ask you to no longer credit the signature of Mr Mortada Mansour and consider as null and void any correspondence from the person concerned.

10/5/2018 5:32:39 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool don't have the key to beating City - Klopp]]>
Liverpool beat City 4-3 in a Premier League thriller in January before enjoying a 3-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Anfield.

At City's Etihad Stadium, Klopp's side won 2-1 in the return leg but the German doesn't want to read much into those results.

"We beat City three times last season and not once after any of those games did we go into the dressing room and think 'now we know how to beat them'," said the Liverpool manager.

"We have to be spot on, on our best to keep them away from our goal and create chances in front of our goal. They have my respect, for sure. It will be hard work, no problem with that, everybody knows it."

While the pair are level on 19 points at the top of the table, Klopp does not view the game as a title battle.

"I don't think it makes too much sense at the moment to think about the title, but it's a home game against Man City and it's tough. Man City is always tough, even when we won 3-0 in the Champions League.

"In the 4-3 they were really good. They never gave up even at 4-1 down," he said.

The Reds lost to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday and after a draw at Chelsea in the Premier League and the home loss to the London club in the League Cup, Liverpool have gone three games without a win.

Klopp says the losing feel can help his team focus on the challenge of beating City.

"We want to show a reaction. I didn't want to lose at Napoli but if you ask the best preparation mood wise, it's losing a game. We felt it now, we don't want to have that feeling again," he said.

Midfielder Naby Keita is an injury doubt for Sunday's game although his back injury is not as bad as initially feared.

"He had a back spasm and so we have to wait a little bit. He will be in today. If he can do something on the training ground, I don't know. Tomorrow (Saturday), we have to decide. It didn't look too serious so there's a chance."]]>
10/5/2018 4:38:54 PM
<![CDATA[Pyramids satellite channel stops broadcast]]>

The general manager of Pyramids Sports, Osama El Sheikh, said the channel stopped broadcast due to technical difficulties with the satellite.

El Sheikh added that current attempts are being made to re-launch the channel, refuting all reports of an expected closure of the channel and employees’ laid off, “No such a thing exists, we protect our staff,” added El Sheikh in press statements.

Recent rumors alleged that the channel owners will stop the broadcast and fire the employees after they – the owners- has terminated the channel’s contract with Presentation advertising agency, the main sponsorship of the Egyptian Football League.

10/3/2018 1:07:14 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Handball Federation launches competition to design logo for 2021 world championship]]>
The logo should reflect the Egyptian culture and identity using handball tools, the federation said Tuesday.

Those interested should send their designed logos via email to info@handballegypt2021.com, the federation said.

It added that the deadline for receiving the logos is October 15.]]>
10/2/2018 11:36:48 AM
<![CDATA[Akinfeev calls time on his international career]]>
Akinfeev, 32, said after 15 years with the national side he had decided to give way to his younger colleagues and to focus completely on his club duties.

"Every story has its beginning and its end. So, my story with the national team has come came to its logical conclusion," he said in a statement on CSKA's site.

"It was a great honour for me to captain Russia's national side at the home World Cup. I haven't even dreamt it could happen. But it has happened and it has probably been the peak of my career.

"I leave with a clear conscience. A young and promising generation (of players) appeared in Russia," he added. "We must believe in our youth and support them."

At the World Cup, Akinfeev played every minute of Russia's matches as they confounded pre-tournament predictions by reaching the last eight, where they were beaten by eventual finalists Croatia in a penalty shootout.

Akinfeev saved a penalty from Iago Aspas in the last-16 shootout against Spain that secured Russia a place in the quarter-finals.

He made his debut for Russia in 2004. He was a member of the national squad which reached the last four round of the 2008 European championship and played for Russia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.]]>
10/1/2018 2:43:33 PM
<![CDATA[Sports minister witnesses CAF general assembly meeting]]>
Addressing the meeting, Sobhi described sports as one of the important bridges to enhance interaction and interrelation among nations. It is also one of the meas for spreading peace, accepting the other and rejecting hatred and fanaticism, he added.

The minister asserted Egypt's confidence in CAF's vision to achieve more progress and prosperity for the African football, appreciating CAF's decision to increase the number of African teams to 24 instead of 16 ahead of holding the upcoming round of the African Championship in summer.

Meanwhile, CAF President Ahmed Ahmed said it was a right decision to hold CAF's general assembly meeting in Sharm El Sheikh for the first time, extending his greetings to FIFA president over the success of the World Cup Championship held in Russia.

Ahmed also said he is keen on leaving a lasting impression on the visitors over the new methods of CAF while taking serious decision that would define the future of African football.

The meeting is likely to discuss the fate of the 2019 African Cup of Nations scheduled to be held in Cameroon.

The status of the Lagardere contract with CAF will also be tabled while the election of a representative on the FIFA Council of the Anglophone bloc of CAF will also be chosen.]]>
9/30/2018 1:03:04 PM
<![CDATA[Del Potro savours 'amazing year' after injury hell]]>
The strapping but softly spoken 30-year-old is the favourite in Beijing with reigning champion and world number one Rafael Nadal out injured and Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer also absent.

The man fondly known as "Delpo" is ranked fourth in the world behind that trio and while there has never been any doubt about his ability, his career has been blighted by wrist injuries.

Del Potro, the 2009 US Open winner, was beaten by Djokovic in the final at Flushing Meadows in early September.

But that did nothing to dispel the notion that Del Potro is a man enjoying his tennis again having painstakingly rebuilt his career.

"This could be one of the best seasons of my career," Del Potro, a popular figure in the locker room, said ahead of his assault on the China Open.

"I won my first Masters 1000, at Indian Wells, I got my highest ranking ever this season (three) and another Grand Slam final after nine years.

"It's an amazing year for me, but I also want to keep going because I like to pressurise myself, and I'm excited about that."

- Looking deep within -

Del Potro, who faces Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his Beijing opener, will head to the Shanghai Masters immediately after the China Open and is also chasing a spot at the season-ending ATP Finals.

The Argentine, whose outsized 6ft 6in (1.98m) frame belies his gentle nature, is savouring being largely pain-free after multiple wrist surgeries.

He was unable to defend his US Open title in 2010 and reached a low point in 2015, playing just four ATP matches.

He has previously admitted that he was close to quitting tennis.

"You have to find deep in your body the strength to be with the pain and injuries," Del Potro said of advice he would give to players struggling with injury.

He credits friends and others close to him for keeping him going in those dark days.

"Now I'm here living the best moments ever of my career," he told reporters in Beijing.

The fourth member of tennis's "Big Four", Andy Murray, has endured injury problems of his own and pulled out of the China Open with an ankle complaint.

The Briton is scrapping his way back to form and fitness after hip surgery in January.

That leaves upcoming young star Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov as Del Potro's chief threats in Beijing.

The women's draw has been similarly hit by the high-profile absence of Serena Williams.

No reason was given for her withdrawal from the WTA Tour mandatory event, but the American has been in the spotlight since accusing an umpire of lying and sexism in losing the US Open final.

Simona Halep, the top seed, was to start her tilt at the China Open later on Sunday against qualifier Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.

Naomi Osaka, who stunned Williams in the New York final, is among those aiming to stop Halep.]]>
9/30/2018 12:57:01 PM
<![CDATA[Smith knocks out Groves to rein as WBA super champion]]>
Smith, 28, knocked out the 30-year-old Groves -- who has held the WBA super middleweight title for 16 months -- in the seventh of 12 rounds, capping a winning streak in his 25th bout, with 18 knockouts overall.

Groves has won 28 out of 32 fights this season, with 20 knockouts.

Smith's height worked to his advantage at Friday night's bout in Jeddah: the Liverpudlian, who stands 191 cm tall to Groves' 182.1 cm, towered over the the title defender as he delivered fast right-hand hooks, met with a quick left-handed punch by Groves.

But Smith caught Groves with a left hook off the temple nearly two minutes into the seventh round, followed by a fast flurry as Groves stumbled into the ropes and hit the floor.

Referee Luis Pabon made a full 10-count with Groves still on his knees.

A victorious Smith fell to his knees on the canvas, visibly moved, as his three brothers rushed into the ring to congratulate him.

"I waited so long. It just means everything," Smith said from the ring.

"I'm not a man who shows a lot of emotion. You never see me ecstatic, but you can see tonight... it's a lifetime of work, all gone into one.

"I'd like to wish (Groves) good luck in whatever he does."

Smith was handed the Muhammad Ali Trophy by the boxing legend's daughter Rasheda Ali. He also now hold the RING Magazine title.

Both Smith and Groves had expressed surprise with the choice of venue, telling reporters they would have preferred to fight closer to home to give their family and fans a chance to attend the fight.

Friday night's bout, which opened at 11:00 PM Jeddah time (2000 GMT), is the first international boxing event to be hosted by Saudi Arabia, the ultraconservative kingdom that has launched a massive campaign to clean up its image.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of the Saudi king, was appointed heir to the throne in June 2017 and has since spearheaded a campaign aimed at modernising his country, including ending a ban on women driving and allowing women to enter sports stadiums.

The western city of Jeddah has long had a reputation as more tolerant than the Saudi capital and this year hosted a WWE event, headlined by US wrestling star John Cena.]]>
9/29/2018 11:36:52 AM
<![CDATA[Motivate yourselves, Mourinho urges under-performing United]]>
United begin the weekend sitting seventh, eight points off the top of the Premier League, after defeats to Brighton and Tottenham and being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Wolves last Saturday after three straight wins.

That was followed on Tuesday by elimination from the League Cup on penalties at home by Championship side Derby County after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

"I sometimes feel frustrated because with the work we do, I?m always expecting more," said Mourinho on Friday.

?It looks that when we feel we are really improving and playing better and having a good run of results there is always a little going down in terms of the focus or the motivation. I feel that.?

Mourinho has also had the distraction of a clash with midfielder Paul Pogba having stripped the Frenchman of his role as vice-captain on Tuesday, and seen video footage of a standoff between the pair at training on Wednesday go viral.

The Portuguese insisted that Pogba will return to his starting line-up at the London Stadium having impressed with his attitude in training this week.

And unlike in recent times when Mourinho has been criticised for his negative outlook, he backed his side to beat a West Ham side on the up having won at Everton and held Chelsea in their last two league outings.

?I expect to win tomorrow. I expect to play very well tomorrow. We worked very, very well ? especially on Wednesday and Thursday, so tomorrow I expect a very good performance and I expect to win a very difficult match," said Mourinho

?I don?t come here and say the training session was not very good, that the players are not committed and that I have a bad feeling.?

Mourinho's problems with Pogba are just the latest in a series of fall outs he has had with members of the United squad in just over two seasons in charge.

Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial have previously been in the firing line, but he refuted suggestions his players are struggling to deal with the demands of representing the 20-time English champions.

?I don't think any player is afraid to play for the club," added Mourinho.

?If I put myself in the position of a journalist, maybe people think that sometimes the boys are not committed, maybe people can think the manager doesn?t demand enough from them, maybe people think on the training ground we don?t train enough this area or that area. That?s quite frustrating.

?But I repeat that tomorrow I think we are going to play very well, I think we are going to win a very difficult match against a very good opponent, an opponent with great investment, an opponent with a champion manager (Manuel Pellegrini) with lots of experienced players and lots of very talented players.?]]>
9/29/2018 11:35:00 AM
<![CDATA[Unsocial network: Guardiola warns City stars of social media dangers]]>
Jose Mourinho's strained relations with Paul Pogba at Manchester United came under the spotlight again this week after posts placed on Instagram by the controversial France star.

Across Manchester, Guardiola has his own issues with social media and off-field behaviour after admitting he had to remind Benjamin Mendy of his responsibilities when the City defender arrived late for treatment to an injury on Sunday.

Mendy, who has now missed City's last four games, has a bruised metatarsal in his foot, yet the France international posted photographs of himself late on Saturday at Anthony Joshua's title fight at Wembley in London.

Guardiola confirmed he had no problem with Mendy travelling to London for the bout despite his injury.

But the Spaniard is clearly frustrated by Mendy's absence after he missed nearly all of last season with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

"I don't know (when he will return). I think soon, but I don't know," Guardiola said.

"When a guy comes here and is injured for seven months or arrives here and plays two or three games and after one month is injured it's always a problem.

"It's always a problem to be involved in the way we want to play and the meetings and correcting mistakes. That's why it's so important. Hopefully this injury can be the last."

The situation between Guardiola and Mendy appears nowhere near as combustible as the clash of the egos between Mourinho and Pogba.

However, Guardiola admits that social media, and the scrutiny that comes with it, has become a problem and, tellingly, he has already issued Mendy a polite suggestion this season that he should tone down his behaviour in that area.

"Characters are quite similar or the same," he said. "Competitors are competitors. Nice guys are nice guys. The egos are the same.

"The only difference is social media. Now it's more popular. Before, nobody knew what the players did inside the locker room or outside.

"Now everybody knows everything. Years ago they were human beings, they are human beings now too.

"With fears and good things and bad things. So it's quite similar. Now the media are more involved.

"Ten years ago nobody expected to make a documentary about what happened inside the locker room and now we made a documentary about what happened inside the locker room.

"Now everybody outside knows what happens inside, so we have to adapt. Human beings are the same. It was the same before."

- 'I spoke with him' -

Still, Mendy has been told, in no uncertain terms, that arriving late for training is unacceptable by the City manager.

"The players should be here and he knows it. I spoke with him," Guardiola said.

"I'm unhappy at every player arriving late. They have to be on time. Normally when you arrive on time you arrive on time in the game.

"At the high level when you arrive late you arrive late in the game.

"But I have no problem (going to London). Boxing is so important in England. In Spain nobody cares."

Meanwhile, Guardiola confirmed he would like to see City captain Vincent Kompany, who was this week awarded a testimonial, be given a new contract when his current one expires in June.

Kompany is in talks over a testimonial match to be played in August and Guardiola said: "Yes, that is my wish.

"Hats off! Ten years is a lot. It's incredible. He played the League Cup this week like it's the final of the Champions League. That means a lot to me.

"If he plays five minutes then they are going to be the best five minutes in his life."]]>
9/29/2018 11:33:30 AM
<![CDATA[Monaco slump again ahead of Champions League date]]>
Monaco, runners-up in Ligue 1 to Paris Saint Germain last season, remain third from bottom of the table with just one victory -- achieved on the opening day of the campaign -- to their name.

Friday's loss was Monaco's second defeat of the week after they went down 1-0 to Angers on Tuesday.

That embarrassment prompted under-fire coach Leonardo Jardim to make seven changes to his starting line-up but the radical surgery had little effect.

Radamel Falcao wasted a handful of chances before Saint Etienne took a grip on the game.

Tunisian midfielder Wahbi Khazri opened the scoring four minutes before half-time when he latched on to a cross from Norwegian teammate Ole Selnaes to beat Monaco goalkeeper Diego Benaglio.

Khazri added a second in the 54th minute for his 40th career goal in Ligue 1 and his fourth of the season.

Saint Etienne are now second in the table, six points behind PSG who have a perfect seven wins in seven games.]]>
9/29/2018 11:30:26 AM
<![CDATA[Duda strikes again as Bayern suffer shock defeat in Berlin]]>
Berlin were deservedly 2-0 up at half-time at the sold-out Olympic Stadium in front of 74,669 fans, stunning Bayern thanks to a Vedad Ibisevic penalty before Slovakia's Duda, the league's top-scorer, added a stunning second.

Niko Kovac suffered his first defeat in nine games as Bayern's head coach.

It also came at his old club and at the worst possible time with a Champions League game at home against Ajax taking place on Tuesday.

Hertha coach Pal Dardai celebrated his first win over Bayern -- the club's first victory against Munich since 2009 at the 15th attempt.

Berlin climbed to second, level on 13 points with Bayern but the Bavarian giants could be knocked off the top on Saturday if their rivals win on the road.

Borussia Dortmund, who are at Bayer Leverkusen, and Werder Bremen, who are at Stuttgart, are only two points behind.

Borussia Moenchengladbach, three points adrift of Bayern, also have a chance when they play Wolfsburg away.

Bremen and Dortmund are now the only unbeaten teams in Germany's top flight.

Bayern were that crucial half a metre short of where they needed to be while Hertha snapped up every chance on Friday.

It was the first time Bayern found themselves 2-0 down at the break in a Bundesliga game since November 2017, when losing 2-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Kovac made five changes from the side which conceded a late equaliser in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at home to Augsburg.

Jerome Boateng, Thiago Alcantara, James Rodriguez, Franck Ribery and Robert Lewandowski came into the starting line-up.

Yet even with their stars, Bayern could not break the Berlin defence.

Hertha made their first clear chance count when Duda played a superb diagonal ball into the area.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer parried Ibisevic's header, but the ball bobbled out to Salomon Kalou, who was brought down on the right side of the box by Jerome Boateng.

The referee pointed to the spot and Hertha captain Ibisevic converted the penalty with 22 minutes gone.

The second Hertha goal was simple and brutally effective.

Kalou put a pass in behind the defence to left-back Valentino Lazaro, who produced a close-range cross which Duda slammed into the net on 44 minutes.

Such was the speed of the shot that neither Bayern centre-back Niklas Suele nor Neuer had time to react.

In an effort to turn things around, Kovac brought on Germany forward Thomas Mueller for Arjen Robben and winger Serge Gnabry for Renato Sanches.

It just was not Bayern's night and even a long-range attempt from their free-kick specialist David Alaba flew harmlessly wide.

With time running out, Kovac opted for two strikers with Sandro Wagner replacing James Rodriguez to partner Lewandowski, but Hertha's defence held firm.]]>
9/29/2018 11:28:02 AM
<![CDATA[Mo Salah icon of Egyptians, source of happiness: min.]]>
In a statement on Tuesday, the Minister lauded Salah's wining of Puskas award as an honor to all Egyptians.

Salah's achievements gave a positive impression about sports in Egypt, Sobhi said, highlighting Salah's sublime morals.

The minister said that Salah made history that would be added to the Egyptian sports record.He referred to the ministry's efforts to support promising athletes in various governorates.]]>
9/25/2018 2:32:02 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Salah wins 2018 FIFA Puskas Award]]>
The award was announced during The Best FIFA Football Awards ceremony held in London.

Salah beat out a star-studded list of 10 nominees that featured the likes of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi for his solo effort in the Merseyside derby against rival Everton. ]]>
9/25/2018 12:05:39 PM
<![CDATA[Pogba takes aim at Mourinho's negative tactics]]>
The 25-year-old French World Cup winning midfielder said there were no excuses for not attacking in home games.

The draw -- played out in front of legendary former manager Alex Ferguson who made his first appearance at a match since undergoing emergency brain surgery in May -- left United in seventh, eight points behind leaders Liverpool.

"We are at home and we should play much better against Wolves. We are here to attack," Pogba told the media after the match.

"When we play like (that) it's easier for us."

Asked what is stopping United attacking more, Pogba said: "I can't tell you because I'm a player. It's not me."

Pogba's criticism comes shortly after it appeared that he and Mourinho were mending their rift, with the Portuguese manager saying on Friday that success at the World Cup had sparked Pogba into performing well.

Pogba, who hasn't lived up to expectations since his then world record £89 million ($116 million) move from Juventus in 2016, had been angered by Mourinho's remarks in July that he had played much better at the World Cup because he was not surrounded by his entourage.

"I think teams are scared when they see Manchester United attacking and attacking. That was our mistake," said Pogba.

"Maybe the attitude should be better and we should play better because, again, we are at Old Trafford and we should just attack and press like we did against Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal last season."

Pogba laughed when it was put to him were United lacking pace and mobility.

"I'm not the manager, I cannot say that," he said.

"Obviously we should show more options but I cannot say that because I?m a player.

"That's my way of thinking ? we should move better, yeah."]]>
9/24/2018 1:03:49 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt wins title of 2018 African handball championship in Marrakesh]]>
On Friday, Egypt achieved a 36-24 victory on Guinea in their fifth game of the tournament.]]>
9/23/2018 1:11:56 PM
<![CDATA[Smith, Warner make smashing return to Australian cricket]]>
Former captain Smith looked as though he had not a missed beat, with a classy 85 of 92 deliveries for Sutherland against Mosman in New South Wales grade cricket.

He was greeted with loud applause from hundreds of fans when he walked out to the pitch at Sydney's Glenn McGrath Oval, supporters delighted to see a return of his trademark fidgeting at crease.

"It's awesome to see him playing," Sutherland teammate Shane Watson told Cricket Australia's official website.

"I'd prefer him to be playing for Australia, but the support that he got, the warm applause when he scored runs and also when he got out shows that everyone is supporting him."

Some 30 kilometres (19 miles) north at Coogee Oval, former Australian vice-captain Warner smashed a century from 98 balls in his Australia return for club side Randwick-Petersham against St George.

The impressive innings included a huge six hit out of the ground, to the delight of hundreds of onlookers crammed into the small ground.

"It's great to have him back," cricket fan Kim Perry told AFP. "He's a great entertainer for Australian cricket."

Both players took time out in between innings to pose for photos and chat with fans, on a charm offensive as they seek redemption for their part in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa in March.

The pair are serving one-year suspensions from international and state cricket for the scandal, while opener Cameron Bancroft was banned for nine months.

"I think they will probably welcome them (Smith and Warner) back after they've done their time. Not before," said 82-year-old cricket fan Don Sounders.

Smith and Warner are expected to spend more time at their respective grade-level clubs in New South Wales this summer if they decide not to join the new Twenty20 competition in the UAE.]]>
9/22/2018 2:34:20 PM
<![CDATA[By Giorgi! Japan's Osaka romps into Tokyo final]]>
Third seed Osaka needed just 71 minutes to complete her 10th straight win after capturing a historic US Open title earlier this month.

Former world number one Pliskova beat Croatia's Donna Vekic 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 but took well over two hours to get the job done.

Osaka, however, made quick work of a dangerous opponent who had knocked out top seed and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, breaking twice in a one-sided first set which she took with a blistering forehand down the line.

The 20-year-old, who has climbed to seventh in the world rankings since her stunning victory over Serena Williams in New York, piled on the pressure in the second.

A brutal Osaka forehand forced a break in the fifth game, before a vicious backhand return forced Giorgi to whiff a shot beyond the baseline on match point.

"I was pretty nervous because I really wanted to get to the final," said 2016 runner-up Osaka, who fired down nine aces in a dominant display.

"She was playing really well and I felt like I was just trying to survive. But I served really well and that got me out of a lot of trouble today."

Fourth seed Pliskova took just 12 minutes to secure a 4-0 lead before closing out the first set with one of her 11 aces.

Vekic hit back to take the second as Pliskova's serve imploded, the world number eight blotting her copybook with seven double-faults, many of them coming on key points.

But Pliskova snaffled an early break in the decider and hung on to reach her first Tokyo final, a forehand rocket ending her opponent's spirited resistance.

"That was tough and I was lucky to win," admitted Pliskova, who is chasing an 11th career title.

"I've never been in a final in Japan and the last one is always the toughest. But at least you know you can put everything into it. You don't get to play a final every week so I want to enjoy it."

Osaka will be aiming to scoop her third WTA Tour singles crown after her breakthrough at Indian Wells in March and remarkable US Open victory.]]>
9/22/2018 2:32:34 PM
<![CDATA[Badminton star Lee has cancer, in Taiwan for treatment]]>
The country's most successful Olympian ever, who enjoys superstar status in his homeland, was responding well to treatment, they said.

But the illness will nevertheless be a devastating blow for the 35-year-old, coming after he clawed his way back up the rankings following a doping ban to play some of the best badminton of his life.

Speculation had been swirling about his health since he stopped turning up for training in July, and the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) announced that he was pulling out of the World Championships and Asian Games.

Subsequent reports said the three-time Olympic silver medallist had travelled to Taiwan for treatment but officials remained tight-lipped about what he was suffering from.

In a statement Saturday, BAM president Norza Zakaria said "that the player has been diagnosed with early-stage nose cancer.

"(Lee) is currently in Taiwan seeking treatment and I am pleased to inform you that he is responding well to his treatment and is currently resting and recuperating amongst family and close friends.

"BAM is in constant contact with (Lee) and we will offer any support we can to our legend."

Missing the World Championships in July and August was a particular blow for the former world number one as the tournament's top honour is one of the major awards missing from his trophy cabinet.

Badminton is hugely popular in Malaysia and one of the few sports where the country's athletes perform well at the highest levels.

Lee's unsuccessful attempts to capture Malaysia's first ever Olympic gold medal at three consecutive editions of the Games were followed avidly back home, as was his long-running rivalry with Chinese superstar Lin Dan.

His last shot at Olympic gold at Rio 2016 ended in failure when the Malaysian lost out to China's Chen Long in a nail-biting final.

Lee, currently ranked number four in the world, had said Rio would be his last Olympics.

Lee had fought his way back to the top of the rankings after returning from a doping ban in 2015.

He tested positive for a forbidden anti-inflammatory drug at the 2014 world championships and many feared it would end his career, but he bounced back strongly.]]>
9/22/2018 2:27:32 PM
<![CDATA[ Barça eyes highest record in latest Catalan derby against Girona]]>
Ernesto Valverde, Barça’s coach, has gained four wins from four games so far, through offensive heroes Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele, who opened the league in flying form. Girona visitors are looking forward to their very first ever expected victory at Nou camp, as they occupied the sixth rank in La Liga Stander standings by the beginning of the weekend.

Real Madrid, which ranked in the second place, will lead their opponents in the rankings for at least 24 hours, only if Espanyol is defeated at home by Julen Lopetegui’s side. However, being defeated for nearly 22 years by the Santiago Bernabeu, Espanyol have shown noticeable improvement under new coach Rubi.

Diego Simeone, who had gave an impressive performance as a manager throughout his career, was beaten by Getafe with a margin of two points for the Spanish club. The Argentinean manager gained 11 wins, two draws, and 13 clean sheets in 13 derby confrontations, which in turn augurs Atlético Madrid.

The strongly anticipated match starts on Friday evening, when new boys Huesca welcome Real Sociedad at El Alcoraz stadium where La Real last visited in 2010 when the two teams were playing as 1l2l3 in La Liga.
For the first time since March 2002, Rayo Vallecano hosts Alaves in a La Liga Santander in Saturday, when the coaches of both teams Michel and Abelardo Fernandez were still playing for their own clubs.

Celta Vigo and Real Valladolid have not met in La Liga for five seasons, so both hope that Saturday’s afternoon game at Balaidos aids in getting their 2018/2019 campaigns back on track.

Saturday at midday witnesses the meeting of Eibar and Leganes in Eibar’s home, which basically combines two small clubs together, who have already met multiple times in the lower classes, and who are now illuminating symbols of how smaller clubs can reach up to La Liga’s top flight.

Levante hosts Sevilla at the Ciutat de Valencia on Sunday at lunchtime, when the two teams seek to begin a new winning streak after facing difficult confrontations and results recently. Levante’s city competes with Valencia before travelling to regional neighborhoods such as Villarreal, which has had the luck of carrying five wins from their latest six La Liga matches.

9/21/2018 5:30:08 PM
<![CDATA[Marwan Mohsen to participate in the game against Nejmeh SC]]>
Mohsen has recently shown noticeable improvement in his health status, as he has performed the running trainings around the playground during the last period perfectly, stated Mahmoud.

However, the Egyptian striker will not join his team in the upcoming match with the Guinness Horoya AC on September 22 at Al-Salam stadium at 9 p.m.

Mohsen will participate in Al-Ahly’s final trainings after Guinness Horoya AC match and will join his team in the match against Nejmeh SC on September 27 in Beirut in the quarterfinals of the African Champions League.

This comes after Egypt’s football team coach Javier Aguirre’s decision to exclude the Egyptian player from the next matches in Swaziland on September 18 due to his second-degree injury during the game with Niger on September 9, 2018
9/21/2018 11:54:20 AM
<![CDATA[Messi and Dembele shine but work still to do for Barcelona]]>
It was his eighth treble in the competition, taking him above the record of seven he shared with Cristiano Ronaldo to sit unmatched at the top of the list.

Messi marked other milestones too. He has now scored in 14 different Champions League campaigns, with only Raul and Ryan Giggs ahead of him on 15 and 16 respectively. Three times, Messi has hit hat-tricks in his opening game.

"He makes the extraordinary look ordinary," said Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde.

"Messi is a man of his word," wrote Marca. "He said he wanted this Champions and he led by example."

The first goal was impressive enough. Ousmane Dembele had earned a free-kick, the reward for a weaving run forward, a yard outside of the penalty area and slightly right.

PSV's wall edged forward, desperate to close the gap, but Messi arced the ball over all of them, spinning it away from Jeroen Zoet's left hand and into the top corner.

"He has an incredible left foot," Ivan Rakitic said. "A lot of the time when he takes free-kicks you may as well go directly to the place where you?re going to celebrate them."

Marca described it as a "Maradonian touch". Eight free-kicks converted this year, another personal record broken.

If the World Cup proved anything, however, it is that Messi cannot do it alone and Barcelona will need others to shine if they are to end their Champions League hiatus.

After three straight quarterfinal exits, the last a humbling collapse against Roma, this was a clean slate, a chance, at least to start to put things right.

- Turbulent debut season -

Andres Iniesta has gone but he was not too much missed on this occasion at the Camp Nou, where Philippe Coutinho sparkled and could have had his own hat-trick had his shooting been more precise, while Dembele might have been man of the match before Messi stole the show.

With a turbulent debut season, blighted by injury, behind him, Dembele looks like a player back on track.

He won the free-kick for Messi but his goal was a peach too. Turning between two PSV midfielders, he drove into the space and curved the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

"In a team there is room for everyone, good passers and also for those that can break through," said Valverde. "That's where we need Dembele."

The 21-year-old has five goals, already one more than his total last term. "He was dazzling," wrote AS. "Those five goals in six games have buried the worst year of Dembele's life."

Messi, Dembele, Coutinho, and Luis Suarez too, caused havoc but four goals still flattered Barcelona. "4-0 is too heavy," PSV's coach Mark van Bommel said afterwards, and he was right.

They had three good chances to take the lead and Hirving Lozano might have equalised in the second half too, had Gerard Pique not made a scrambling last-ditch block.

Too easily opened up on the counter-attack, Barca will be punished by better teams later in the tournament. For now, this was an important win, to expunge the memories of Rome, and for morale.

"We're still not 100 percent," Rakitic said. "We keep working."]]>
9/19/2018 1:55:10 PM
<![CDATA[Anger management: ruffled Azarenka posts Tokyo win]]>
The Belarusian, who has tumbled down the rankings following a messy custody battle over baby Leo, ironed out the glitches just in time with Nara threatening to force a deciding set in Tokyo.

Currently ranked 63rd and contesting the tournament as a wildcard, Azarenka smashed her racquet on the court in fury at her wastefulness before converting her fourth match point with a thumping cross-court backhand after an hour and 52 minutes.

"It was definitely a little tougher than it should have been," said Azarenka.

"I had so many opportunities to close the match earlier but she's a great fighter," added the former Australian Open champion, who blew a kiss to Leo and promised to bring him to Tokyo next year.

"But a win is a win so I'm happy."

Earlier, Croatia's Donna Vekic took advantage of a litany of errors from American Sloane Stephens, the tournament's fifth seed, to topple last year's US Open champion 6-4, 6-4.

Johanna Konta showed glimpses of the form that made her a top-five player last year by crushing Canada's Gabriela Dabrowski 6-2, 6-0.

The Briton reached a career-high fourth in the world last year when she reached the Wimbledon semi-finals but has since slipped to 43rd in the rankings after a wretched run of form.

"It was a tough match, the scoreline didn't show the quality of it," insisted Konta, although she was fooling nobody after an embarrassingly lopsided contest.

"She definitely played really well in parts and I had to really raise my level to come through that."

Australia's Ashleigh Barty ousted American Coco Vandeweghe, who partnered her to the US Open doubles title earlier this month, the seventh seed coming through 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

Eighth seed Barbora Strycova negotiated a potentially tricky opener against Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas with a solid 6-4, 6-4 victory, sealed with a fifth ace belted down the centre line.

Elsewhere, American Alison Riske upset fellow qualifier Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-4, 6-4 to reach the last 16 of a tournament whose list of former champions includes tennis greats Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Kimiko Date and Martina Hingis.]]>
9/19/2018 10:41:10 AM
<![CDATA[Late Firmino strike gives Liverpool 3-2 win over PSG]]>
PSG had come back from two goals down with Mbappe equalising in the 83rd minute, but then Firmino, who started on the bench due to an eye injury, drilled home a low shot in the final seconds.

Daniel Sturridge, in for Firmino, had opened the scoring for an impressive Liverpool in the 30th minute with a fine header from an Andy Robertson cross.

Six minutes later last season's Champions League runners-up doubled their lead when PSG defender Juan Bernat tripped Georginio Wijnaldum in the area and James Milner slotted home the penalty.

The Parisians got themselves back into the game though five minutes before the break when Robertson failed to clear and Thomas Meunier drove home a first-time effort.

Then Mbappe stunned the raucous Anfield crowd with a clinical finish only to see Firmino grab the glory.
9/18/2018 11:23:56 PM
<![CDATA[Youth minister receives women squash team after retaining World Team Squash Championship]]>
Egypt defeated England in the final match of the championship that was held in China.

This is the fourth time for the Egyptian team to snatch the title.

Egyptian world's sixth-ranked squash player Nouran Gohar played in the opening match against England’s Alison Waters.

Gohar raced to a two-game lead, but Waters bounced back to level the match.

It took just 55 minutes Gohar to win 11-9, 11-9, 6-11, 7-11, 11-7 for Egypt’s opening point.

In the battle of former World No 1s, Egypt’s Raneem El Welily defeated Laura Massaro 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3 in 36 minutes for the title. ]]>
9/18/2018 12:05:58 PM
<![CDATA[Legendary Ibrahimovic scores his 500th goal]]>
The Los Angeles Galaxy player scored his goal in a match against the Toronto team in the 43th minute before the half time, when the 36-year-old player got a long and high pass from his teammate right before performing an eye-catching flying kick with his heel, resulting in him scoring the first goal for his team during the match versus 3 goals from Toronto.

However, Los Angeles Galaxy lost the match with a final result of 3-5.

“I'm happy for Toronto, because they’ll be remembered as my 500th victim,” Ibrahimovic told the press after the match. He also stated that his number of goals exceeded the total number scored by players during the last match.

As a reaction to his achievement, David Beckham congratulated Ibrahimovic through his official Twitter account, saying that “500 goals! That makes you really, really old!”

Paul Pogba, a French footballer at Premier League club in Manchester United, congratulated his ex-teammate for his achievement through Pogba’s official Instagram account. “I tell you to play football and you watch too much Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Bruce Lee,” Pogba commented on Ibrahimovic’s last goal.

Ibrahimovic is the 28th player to score over 500 goals during his career, and the third player running player to score 500 goals after Cristiano Ronaldo (678 goals) and Lionel Messi (648 goals).
9/18/2018 10:44:49 AM
<![CDATA[Mendy misses Man City match due to knee problem]]>
The left-back missed much of last season with a knee ligament injury sustained against Crystal Palace last September.

He returned to action in April, in time to make France's squad for their World Cup-winning campaign in Russia, where he played once, in the final group match against Denmark in Moscow.

But Guardiola revealed that Mendy, 24, missed Saturday's 3-0 win at the Etihad with a knee problem.

"I don't know how many days he will be out," said the Spaniard, whose side play Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Guardiola said Mendy could be missing for "weeks or days and maybe longer," according to the Metro newspaper.

The manager is demanding improvement from City despite the victory against Fulham that keeps them on the coat-tails of Premier League pacesetters Chelsea and Liverpool.

The City boss's frustration was evident throughout the game as he showed his irritation on the touchline with what he saw as sloppy play.

"When a guy has a simple ball but they make an extra pass, an extra dodge and they miss the pass, I'm angry, I'm upset with my players," said Guardiola. "They know that, we spoke many times.

"If they miss the goals or assists, I don't care. If they are dribbling and lose the dribbling it doesn't matter."]]>
9/17/2018 2:10:01 PM
<![CDATA[Kenya’s Kipchoge breaks marathon world record in Berlin]]>The Kenyan defended his title in the German capital, pulling ahead of his competitors early on amid perfect running conditions.

He broke the previous world record set in Berlin by fellow Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014 by 1 minute and 18 seconds.

Race organizers initially timed Kipchoge a second slower, but later corrected the time.

Berlin debutant Amos Kipruto came second in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 23 seconds, followed by a third Kenyan, former world-record holder Wilson Kipsang, who was 25 seconds behind.

"I lack words to describe this day," Kipchoge said after winning the race.

"They say you miss two times but you can't miss the third time," he said in reference to his two previous failed attempts to break the world record in Berlin.

Shogo Nakamura of Japan narrowly missed setting a new national record with a time of 2 hours, 8 minutes and 16 seconds.

Gladys Cherono won the women's race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 11 seconds, a new women's record for the Berlin marathon.

The Kenyan finished ahead of Ethiopians Rutia Aga and Tirunesh Dibaba.]]>
9/16/2018 3:08:01 PM
<![CDATA[Allegri predicts Ronaldo will break his duck in next game]]>
Although Juve have won their first three games and lead Serie A with nine points, five-times World Player of the Year Ronaldo has yet to hit the back of the net since his move from Real Madrid in July.

"In his first games, Cristiano Ronaldo has had so many shots and hasn't found the goal," Allegri told reporters. "But he has been working well and I think that tomorrow he will score against Sassuolo."

Allegri then talked at length about playmaker Paulo Dybala, who has started the last two games on the bench.

"He hasn't played because I made some technical choices," Allegri said.

"There's no doubt about Paulo's quality but it's also a matter of balance. If he, Ronaldo and Mario Mandzukic play together, then it needs a great sacrifice, otherwise we will struggle in defence.

"Paulo must win back his place in the starting line-up by working on the pitch. There's no other way... When you have this much talent in the squad, someone has to sit out."

Allegri said Dybala was between a rock and a hard place.

"I don't like the pressure that is put on him because if he plays tomorrow and doesn't do so well, he will be massacred (by the media)... The media are the first to demand he plays and then tear him apart when he does."]]>
9/15/2018 6:50:00 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool punish sloppy Spurs for fifth straight win]]>
Jurgen Klopp's side avenged last season's 4-1 thrashing at Tottenham with a large helping hand from their error-prone hosts.

Wijnaldum opened the scoring late in the first half at Wembley after a mistake from Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm.

Firmino wrapped up Liverpool's fifth successive win soon after the interval when the Brazil forward tapped in after more sloppy defending and another Vorm misjudgement.

Erik Lamela got one back for Tottenham in stoppage-time, but it was too late to rescue an undeserved draw.

This mature display was a real statement of intent by Liverpool, who have made their best start since 1990-91 as they chase a first English title since 1989-90.

Not for the first time this season, the Reds triumphed through hard work, a superbly drilled defence and opportunistic finishing rather than replicating the kind of swaggering play that took them to the Champions League final last season.

But Klopp, a winner at Wembley for the first time, won't be complaining after securing a rare away victory at one of their top six rivals, proving they are likely to be the biggest threat to champions Manchester City.

For Tottenham, this was a dispiriting second successive defeat that served as a major blow to their own title ambitions.

Mauricio Pochettino had accused Tottenham of treating their 2-1 loss at Watford like a "testimonial".

Challenging his players to show a killer instinct, Pochettino was expecting a fired-up response.

But instead Tottenham almost fell behind after less than 60 seconds.

When James Milner swung a cross into the Tottenham penalty area, Firmino and Sadio Mane were both allowed to make unchecked runs by Pochettino's sleepy defence.

Firmino, in an onside position, cleverly flicked his shot across Vorm and towards the far corner, only for Mane to be ruled offside as he tried to get the last touch.

Tottenham's lethargy wasn't restricted to their defenders and England midfielder Eric Dier was fortunate to get away with a terrible backpass that gifted a chance to Mohamed Salah.

Salah sprinted through on goal, but he delayed too long, allowing Jan Vertonghen to pressure him into a shot that was too close to Vorm.

- Good fortune -

It was the kind of gilt-edged opportunity Salah would have buried during his record-breaking 44-goal campaign last season.

But Tottenham were careless from start to finish and they paid the price in the 39th minute.

Christian Eriksen's wayward header gave away a corner and from Milner's set-piece, Vorm, deputising for the injured Hugo Lloris, made a hash of his attempt to punch clear.

Dier tried to avert the danger, but his weak header only went as far as Wijnaldum and the Dutch midfielder nodded back towards goal, where Vorm got his angles all wrong, allowing the ball to cross the line before he could palm it away.

Liverpool briefly switched off when Lucas Moura almost conjured an equaliser with a low shot that cannoned off a post.

But as well as admonishing his players for their Watford loss, Pochettino was forced to defend Harry Kane this week amid mounting concern about the England striker's fatigued displays.

Once again, Kane was a peripheral figure and, with Dele Alli missing through injury, Tottenham were toothless.

Liverpool scented blood and doubled their lead in the 54th minute as Tottenham fell apart at the back.

Mane made a good run that caught Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier out of position before sending over a low cross that Vertonghen diverted against his own post.

Vorm, wrong-footed by Vertonghen's intervention, was prone on the turf as the ball rolled through his out-stretched arms to Firmino, who couldn't miss from on the goal-line.

Lamela lashed home in the final moments, putting a flattering gloss on a scoreline that didn't reflect Liverpool's dominance.]]>
9/15/2018 4:25:55 PM
<![CDATA[Relentless Liverpool sweep aside Tottenham to stay top]]>
Georginio Wijnaldum picked the perfect time to score his first away goal in the Premier League when he headed Liverpool into a 39th-minute lead, before Roberto Firmino steered home a second early in the second half to ensure Liverpool made it five wins from five.

In the time since Liverpool's 4-1 defeat at Tottenham in October last year, they have had the best defensive record in the Premier League, having kept more clean sheets than any other team, but they were denied another in stoppage time by Erik Lamela.

Lamela's goal from a tight angle was deemed a mere consolation, though, as Spurs slipped to consecutive league defeats for the first time since the final two games of the 2015-16 season, meaning they remain outside the top four.]]>
9/15/2018 3:43:47 PM
<![CDATA[Springboks doubter Mallett says 'humble pie never tasted so delicious']]>
"Humble pie never tasted so delicious," said the SuperSport pundit after the biggest Test upset this year, having predicted South Africa would do well to lose by less than 20 points.

"There was absolutely no pre-match evidence that South Africa would win," said the 61-year-old who guided the Springboks to third place at the 1999 Rugby World Cup.

"They were shocking in away losses to Argentina and Australia recently, hence my prediction that they would do well to lose by less than 20 points.

"But after winning in Wellington they have raised the bar to new heights, and that is where it must stay," he said of the Rugby Championship fourth-round triumph.

"Let us not, under any circumstances, drift back to those performances in Mendoza and Brisbane. Let us build from what we achieved in Wellington."

Mallett called the performance by the seventh-ranked South Africans against the world champions "brilliant" and "magnificent".

"New Zealand have scored an average of 35 points when beating us in recent years so we had to get at least 36 -- and that is exactly what the team did.

"A key factor was putting the All Blacks under pressure -- it is not a situation they are used to dealing with.

"The bounce of the ball also favoured us at times, but we deserved some luck, and the goal-kicking of Handre Pollard was another plus."

Pollard shrugged off woeful recent goal-kicking form to succeed with five of six shots while opposite number Beauden Barrett converted only two of six.

"I also thought New Zealand erred at the end of the game as they sought a match-winning score by going for a try rather than a drop goal.

"The South African defence was magnificent during those closing stages -- all 23 players were heroes."

Despite the shock loss, New Zealand remain favourites to win the Rugby Championship for a sixth time in seven attempts.

They lead South Africa by six points and can clinch first place by securing a bonus-point victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires this month.

South Africa host New Zealand in Pretoria on October 6 in the final round with the 52,000 tickets sold out two months ago.]]>
9/15/2018 3:40:20 PM
<![CDATA[Madrid coach Lopetegui against plans for U.S. fixture]]>
The league asked on Tuesday for permission from Spain's football federation to hold Girona's fixture against champions Barcelona in Miami on Jan. 26.

"I am not in favour of it happening," Lopetegui told a news conference. "It does not benefit the equality of the competition. All the teams should play in the same stadiums."

Madrid, who are joint league leaders with Barcelona, continue their campaign at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, looking for a fourth consecutive win to maintain their 100 percent record.]]>
9/14/2018 3:19:04 PM
<![CDATA[Elite Champions League; biggest horse jumping championship in Egypt ]]>
The championship is organized by Cadres Agency under the supervision of the Egyptian Equestrian Federation in cooperation with the Armed Forces Equestrian Club.

More than 400 riders will be competing in six different levels:

1. New Comers Level
2. Beginners Level
3. Juniors Level
4. Seniors Level
5. Professionals Level
6. Masters Level

The prizes amount to LE 1million, including the grand prize in Masters Level which is a car. The Elite Champions League is considered the biggest jumping championship in Egypt.
9/13/2018 5:39:19 PM
<![CDATA[Saleh Gomaa to return to Al-Ahly]]>
Gomaa terminated his contract after he had carried out financial clearances with the Saudi Arabian football club.

Officials of Al-Ahly confirmed that Gomaa informed them that he ended his contract with the administration of Al-Faisaly to return to Al-Ahly SC. The player cannot be registered before the upcoming winter transfer window. The Egyptian club can loan him to any of the leagues during the transfer window.

Egyptian professional footballer Gomaa was born in August 1, 1993. He played for Saudi club Al-Faisaly, on loan from Al Ahly. He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2013 African U-20 Championship.

When he was 19, he played at the 2013 African U-20 championship in Algeria and won The Player of the Tournament Award.

Gomaa appeared competitively for the first time in 2011 when he was promoted to Enppi SC first team.
9/13/2018 4:26:53 PM
<![CDATA[Kasimpasa S.K refuses to transfer Trezeguet to Qatar]]>
Al-Rayyan delegation received the official refusal from the Turkish club to transfer Trezeguet to Qatar for €5 million.

Trezeguet is considered one of the main players at Kasimpasa S.K.; therefore the team’s management is not ready to dismiss the player, as he will support them to qualify for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League next season.

Kasimpasa is leading the Süper Lig with 12 points from four consecutive victories, three points ahead of the 2017-2018 champions, Galatasaray.

Trezeguet is an Al-Ahly academy product. He joined the club when he was 9 and got promoted through the club youth rankings till he joined the first team at 19.

He played four years for Al-Ahly before leaving in 2016 to Anderlecht that loaned him to Mouscron and Kasimpasa.
9/13/2018 4:23:25 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly SC clashes with Horoya AC in quarter-finals]]>

"Horoya AC has a very complicated task against Al-Ahly SC. Everyone wanted to avoid facing Al-Ahly, one of the most successful clubs in the world, but you have to face such teams if you want to go far in the CAF Champions League," Patrick M'Boma stated in Guineefoot newspaper.

“Horoya AC has to overcome Ahly if they want to put their name on the map of African football," M’Boma added.

The Egyptian club is leading with 13 points in Group A while Horoya follows in second place with nine points in Group C.

The second leg match will be played in Egypt on September 22, 2018.
9/13/2018 4:19:21 PM
<![CDATA[Monreal in contract talks with Arsenal]]>
Monreal has one year left on his present deal and the Gunners are willing to extend the Spain defender's stay at the Emirates Stadium.

The 32-year-old has made 165 Premier League appearances for Arsenal since joining from Malaga in 2013.

"At the moment we are talking with the club. I've always said I am really happy, I feel very happy playing for Arsenal," he told the London Evening Standard.

"I came six years ago. I have a good relationship with them.

"We are in contact in any moment so don't worry about that. I am happy here. That is the most important thing."

Monreal has been a useful member of an Arsenal defence that new boss Unai Emery hopes to strengthen after their error-strewn displays in the final years of Arsene Wenger's reign.

In the latter stages of his career, Monreal is keen to be a big part of Emery's rebuilding process.

"My idea is to play in football until my body says, 'Nacho, so sorry but that's the end'. But I think it is far away," Monreal said.

"I hope so. You never know because your body, sometimes you start with some problems, some injuries and you can't continue giving 100 per cent.

"But at the moment I feel good so I am not thinking of my retirement."]]>
9/12/2018 4:40:03 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly football mission highly secured ahead of Guinea’s Horoya clash]]>
Egyptian Consul to Guinea Mahmoud Reda said Al Ahly team requested special protection as long as they are in Guinea.

The Red Devils were drawn against Horoya AC in the draw that was held for the CAF Champions League quarterfinals after they ended their group stage campaign as Group A winners ahead of Esperance Sportive de Tunis, Kampala City and Township Rollers, while Horoya qualified as Group C runner ups behind title holders Wydad Casablanca with nine points. ]]>
9/12/2018 1:07:16 PM
<![CDATA[Football match provokes diplomatic crisis between Algeria, Iraq]]>
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry in its first official reaction expressed its anger and condemnation of the behavior of Algerian fans who attended the match as part of the Arab Championship. Such shameful attitude threatens the deep relationship between the two Arab countries, according to the Iraqi statement.

The ministry called onthe Algerian authorities to clarifythe events ofthe match, where the Algerian spectators chanted the name of executed President Saddam Hussein.

The Iraqi foreign minister informed the Algerian Ambassador to Baghdad Abdul Qader bin Sha’aof the Iraqi government’s resentment against the chants and emphasized Algeria’s responsibility to protect Iraqi citizens in its territories. The minister asked bin Sha'ato end all provocative and sectarian actions during football matches.

The Iraqi Ministry of Youth and Sports issued a statement asking its Algerian counterpart to condemn the events of the match held in Algiers and to apologize to the Iraqi Air Force club mission.

For his part, the head of the Iraqi Football Federation, Abdul KhaliqMassoud,resigned from his post as vice-president of the Arab Union for Football, and announced the withdrawal of Iraqi clubs from the Arab championship in case the Arab Football Federationdoes not take a firm stance against Algeria.

The Iraqi Air Force Club withdrew from match on Sunday at the Omar Hamadi Stadium during the Arab Club Championship.

The crisis occurred in the 72nd minute when the Iraqi Air Force team withdrew due to sectarian chants against the Iraqi people and cheers for the former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

The Emirati referee Mohamed Abdullah was forced to wait 15 minutes (the legal deadline)to confirm the withdrawal of the Iraqi Air Force team and announced the end of the game with the victory of the Algerian club which was qualified for the next round.

The Iraqi club’s website announced that "The Air Force club bus was besieged after the game and could not get out."

Waleed al-Zaidi, the vice-chairman of the Iraqi Air Force Club, stated: "the club will submit a formal complaint to the Arab Football Union against the team of the Algiers Capital Union."

Despite the absence of previous diplomatic crises provoked during football games between Algeria and Iraq, such incidence occurred before between the Algerian Football Team and the Egyptian National Team.

There were disturbances before and after the two matches between Egypt and Algeria in November 2009, leading to serious diplomatic tensions between Egypt and Algeria. The matches were in group C of the CAF qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The first match took place in Cairo on November 14, with Egypt winning 2–0. The result left Egypt and Algeria tied for the first place in Group C, necessitating a playoff match in a neutral country. This took place in Omdurman, Sudan on November 18, with Algeria winning 1–0 and thus qualifying for the World Cup in South Africa in June 2010.
9/11/2018 3:36:01 PM
<![CDATA[United and Fenerbahçe S.K. fight for Ozil]]>
According to the Sun newspaper, Ozil’s future has become unknown especially after receiving warnings from Arsenal’s coach, Unai Emery, due to a fall down in his performance which caused Emery to change his position- Ozil- in the team’s lineups.

The player has been thinking of leaving the Gunners during the January window transfers after receiving warnings from his coach, ozil did not guarantee his presence with the team during the current season.

The 29 year old joined Arsenal in 2013 after playing for the Spanish club Real Madrid. He played 199 matches and scored 37 goals so far.
9/11/2018 2:54:34 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Raneem el-Welily claims China Open title]]>
World Champion and 2015 winner Raneem defeated French player and World No.5 Camille Serme in China Open women’s final on Sunday. She won three games to one; 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5. This was the second time for Raneem to reach the China Open final and claim the title.

In the semi-finals Raneem faced Egyptian player and World No.3 Nour el-Tayeb and won three games to one; 11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8.

While Camille knocked out World No.1 Nour el-Sherbini and ended the match with three games to two; 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 8-11, 13-11.

Welily won a total of 18 titles including earlier this year’s tournament in El Gouna. Welily won El Gouna International Championship and defeated current No.1 Nour el-Sherbini. The two players also met in Manchester Open where Raneem claimed the title.
9/9/2018 4:30:20 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt beat Guinea at African youth handball championship]]>
This is the second win of the Egyptian team after it beat Nigeria 39/27.

The tournament also serves as qualifiers for the Youth World Championship.

Egypt, Morocco, Guinea, Tunisia, Algeria, Nigeria and Angola are competing at the tournament. ]]>
9/9/2018 10:47:05 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt defeats Niger 6 to 0 in African Cup qualifiers]]>
The goals were scored by Mohamed Salah (twice), Marwan Mohsen, Ayman Ashraf, Salah Mohsen and Mohamed Elneny.

Egypt temporarily top Group J with three points from two matches ahead of Tunisia, scheduled to play Swaziland Sunday. ]]>
9/8/2018 11:09:21 PM
<![CDATA[Nishikori runs out of gas against Djokovic]]>
"It was very good," he said of his two weeks in Flushing Meadows. "Maybe not today, but the last couple of matches I played great tennis, beat a couple of good guys.

"I'm really happy to be in the semis again. Could have been better playing the final again, but maybe the my next chance."

Nishikori made history in reaching the 2014 US Open final, but said he could hardly bring himself to watch last year's tournament as he battled a wrist injury that brought his 2017 season to a premature close.

He has slowly made his way back in 2018, gradually gaining confidence with a quarter-final run at Wimbledon and his last-four appearance here.

He dug deep for a five-set victory over Marin seventh-seeded Cilic in the quarter-finals, and may have still been feeling the effects against Djokovic.

"I think I was just tired from the last couple of matches," he said after his 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 defeat to Djokovic.

"I tried to give 100 percent but he was playing very solid.

"Maybe if he wasn't Novak I might have had a chance, but he was playing great tennis today. Serve, return, groundstrokes -- he was playing aggressive and I didn't have much energy to stay with him."]]>
9/8/2018 11:10:17 AM
<![CDATA[Del Potro buoyed by boyhood friends in quest for second US Open title]]>
A dozen friends from del Potro's hometown of Tandil have gained fame in Flushing Meadows, their serenade of "Ole, ole, ole -- Del-Po, Del-Po" an infectious accompaniment to his every match.

Despite Del Potro's affectionate post-match teasing, they're more than a boozy bunch of boyhood friends.

They're the people who helped him through when it seemed recurring wrist injuries would end his career.

The nadir came in 2015, when multiple surgeries had failed to produce a solution.

"They are very important for me to be in this stage at the moment because they were behind me in that year, trying to keep my mind positive to never give up during my wrist problems," said Del Potro after reaching the final when defending champion Rafael Nadal retired injured after dropping the first two sets.

"I didn't know if I will be a tennis player again or not. But I'm here. I'm excited to keep surprising the tennis world, as I did with myself."

Del Potro looked headed for stardom when he beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in succession to win the 2009 US Open.

Instead years in the wilderness followed. But Del Potro, resurgent this season with his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells and a title in Acapulco, is on the threshold of another Grand Slam triumph.

"I cannot believe that I will have a chance to play another Grand Slam final here, which is my favorite tournament," Del Potro said.

His resurgence hasn't been just a matter of getting healthy. His wrist injuries required him to make changes to his game, adding a slice backhand option to his armoury.

"I mix it up a lot, my backhands with the slices, drop shots (because of) my wrist problems. But it's working good," he said.

He knows he'll need every weapon at his disposal in Sunday's final against Novak Djkovic, who claimed his 13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon.

Djokovic has won 14 of their 18 career meetings, including in the quarter-finals of the 2012 US Open.

American John Isner, beaten by Del Potro in the quarter-finals, said the Argentine is playing "some of the best tennis ever right now for him".

And Del Potro, who'll turn 30 on September 23, is relishing every minute of it as the memory of his "worst moment" recedes.

"Now I'm having a good present, looking forward for the future. I didn't expect to get these kind of emotions playing tennis again. Reaching finals, winning titles, having my highest ranking ever -- everything is almost perfect."]]>
9/8/2018 11:08:55 AM
<![CDATA[Nadal looks within to find way past Thiem]]>
He didn't cast his eyes toward the support team in his box, or send his racquets out to be restrung.

"When these things happen, normally I am not the guy that looks at the string or looks at the box or looks at the racquet," said Nadal, who absorbed a 6-0 loss of the opening set, winning just seven points as Thiem rode roughshod over him in 24 minutes.

"I am the guy to look at myself," Nadal said. "I needed to move forward, to change that dynamic, and I did. But the first step to change that dynamic is not to find an excuse on the racquet or on the string or on something that is not the truth. The only truth is that you have to do things better to be able to fight for the point and fight for the match."

That's just what the 17-time Grand Slam champion did over the course of a 4-hour 49-minute epic that concluded at 2:04 a.m. on Wednesday.

When it was all over, Nadal was happy to be in a seventh US Open semi-final, but even happier that he'd done everything he could to turn the match around.

"I played a lot of long and tough matches in my career. That's one more today," he said after his 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5) win.

"In some way when you give everything that you have, win or lose the personal satisfaction when you give everything and you play with the right attitude is the same."]]>
9/5/2018 10:44:01 AM
<![CDATA['Defeat will stay with me forever,' says devastated Thiem]]>
Defending champion Nadal downed battling ninth seed Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5) to reach the semi-finals for the seventh time.

In a gripping 4-hour 49-minute contest, which concluded at 2.04 a.m. on Wednesday, world number one Nadal won through to keep his bid for a fourth title in New York and 18th Grand Slam crown on track.

"It's going to be stuck in my mind forever. Forever I'm going to remember this match, for sure," said Thiem after his first ever hard court match against Nadal.

"Tennis is cruel sometimes because I think this match didn't really deserve a loser. But there has to be one.

"It ended up in the fifth set tiebreaker, there it's 50/50. He made one more point than me."

Thiem handed Nadal, against whom he lost in the Roland Garros final in June, just his fourth ever 'bagel' set at the Slams.

That was wrapped up in just 24 minutes with Nadal winning only seven points.

Thiem was also 5-3 ahead in the third set and 4-2 in the fourth before he was reeled in by Nadal, the three-time champion in New York.

Nadal said he had told Thiem he was sorry for the result although the Austrian laughed off that consolation from his close friend.

"I don't think he's really sorry," said the 25-year-old.

"I mean, he's a great guy. I don't want to lose against anybody. But now I wish him the title the most, that's for sure.

"I think we almost all the time have great matches. I hope that we have many more in the future -- with a different end."

The semi-final will pit Nadal against third seed and 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro for the second successive Grand Slam tournament.

At Wimbledon, Nadal came back from two sets to one down to win in five in a quarter-final which stretched to almost five hours.]]>
9/5/2018 10:42:44 AM
<![CDATA[Youth minister intervenes to solve dispute between Salah, EFA]]>
Sobhi described the dispute as fierce, saying that he contacted the EFA to know the reasons behind the dispute. Sobhi said that he intervened in the issue following Salah’s post on Twitter, adding that Salah and his lawyer's speech was professional, except for calling on the EFA board to resign.

Salah’s lawyer, Ramy Abbas, used a strong language to put forward the demands he said were discussed with Salah before being sent. On August 23, Abbas sent an email to President of the EFA, Hany Abo Rida, asking him to meet seven demands or Abbas- as Salah’s lawyer- will call for the immediate resignation of the EFA board.

The Youth Minister said that he contacted Salah, adding that his mentioned demands are all legal. Sobhi said that he had met Salah a week after the former took office, and that he pledged his support to the international player.

Abbas said that the EFA must confirm that it shall ensure that:

1) Two security guards are present outside Salah’s hotel room at all times, and another security guard is placed at the lifts of the floor in which his room is located.

2) All phone calls to Salah’s hotel room are blocked.

3) Salah will not be expected to be made available for any promotional appearances, interviews, meets and greets, sponsor events, official visits, “VIP” visits, picture sessions, or anything, by anyone on behalf of the EFA. All such appearances must be discussed with Abbas in advance as the sole director of MS Commercial (Cayman) LTD.

4) Whenever Salah travels for international duty, the EFA must ensure that he is picked up from the airplane and taken directly to his hotel room in the most discrete manner possible. All the staff involved in this must be made acutely aware that they are not to ask for pictures or autographs, or delay him in any way.

5) Salah must always be accompanied by two security guards at least and must be safely and comfortably transported to and from the training ground.

6) No one working for the EFA, or connected to the EFA (including, without limitation, guests of the EFA) may ask Salah for autographs or pictures. There will be a time and place for everything and this will be decided by MS Commercial (Cayman) LTD, and never by the EFA.

7) The image of Salah is never used by the EFA or by any sponsor of the EFA, without the written consent of MS Commercial, regardless of whether the image of Salah is used alone, or alongside other players of the Egyptian National Team (this request is made by Abbas on behalf of MS Commercial (Cayman) LTD in his capacity as director).

Earlier in September, state-owned Akhbar al-Youm revealed that the EFA decided to meet with Salah to end the clash and voice its rejection of Abbas’s actions on September 3, few days before a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Egypt and Niger.

The Egyptian footballer who is currently nominated for FIFA's player of the year, along with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Croatia's Luka Modric, arrived at Cairo International Airport on Sunday to join the Egyptian national team in preparing to play Niger next Saturday.

Read more details about Salah’s dispute with the EFA:

Salah's dispute with EFA escalated

CAIRO – 28 August 2018: Egypt Today engaged in the detailed correspondences between Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah’s lawyer, Ramy Abbas, and the Egyptian Federation Association EFA in the light of the current dispute over the player’s image rights.

9/4/2018 3:48:16 PM
<![CDATA[Emotional Murray opts out of Glasgow Davis Cup date]]>
With the change of Davis Cup format meaning fewer home ties, next week's clash could have been the Scot's final chance to play a competitive match in his own country.

Two-time Wimbledon winner Murray, who crashed out of the current US Open in the second round, will instead stay in the United States for further rehabilitation on his right hip.

The 31-year-old has played in only one Grand Slam since last year's Wimbledon as he struggles to return to peak form following his long injury lay-off.

In a long message on Instagram, Murray, who won the Davis Cup with Britain in 2015, said sorry for his absence from the tournament.

"I just wanted to write a quick message to apologise to the British davis cup team and all the fans who are coming to watch in Glasgow and support on tv," Murray wrote.

"I have genuinely loved competing in this Davis cup format over the course of my career and have had some of the most memorable and special moments of my career competing for my country.

"With this possibly being my last chance to compete in Scotland as a professional I really wanted to be there with team and found this decision emotionally quite challenging.

"If I don't get the chance to compete in Scotland again I just want to say thank you so much to all the fans who have come along to watch and support the team over the years. You have created some incredible atmospheres for me and the team to play in and I will always remember that.

"Having been born in Glasgow and growing up in Scotland I would never have imagined I would see such passionate fans packing out stadiums for tennis matches. Playing with my Big Bro in those stadiums has been very, very special."]]>
9/4/2018 12:28:26 PM
<![CDATA[Salah, Ronaldo, Modric compete for FIFA best player award]]>
The nominees were revealed by FIFA, the football's world governing body, on Monday.

The winner will be announced on September 24 in London during the FIFA annual awards ceremony.]]>
9/3/2018 4:17:15 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt crowned at Africa Karate championship]]>
Egypt copped 26 medals at the tournament: 16 gold, three silver and seven bronze.

Twenty-three countries took part in the competition with about 465 participants.]]>
9/3/2018 1:50:34 PM
<![CDATA[Former champ del Potro eases into US Open quarter-finals]]>
The third-seeded Argentine, who lifted the trophy in Flushing Meadows in 2009, is in the quarter-finals for a third straight year and sixth time overall, reaching the last eight without dropping a set.

He will take on American John Isner for a semi-final berth.

Isner, seeded 11th, defeated Canadian Milos Raonic in a battle of big-servers 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Del Potro has won seven of 11 prior matches with Isner, including a straight-sets victory in the fourth round of the French Open this year.]]>
9/3/2018 12:04:33 PM
<![CDATA[Folau back as Wallabies look for opening win]]>
ACT Brumbies Player of the Year Rory Arnold as well as Queensland Reds pair Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Caleb Timu will also join the Wallabies squad.

Folau, who missed the second round match against New Zealand last weekend, only ran on his injured ankle for the first time last Friday.

Although rated just a 50-50 chance of starting against South Africa in Brisbane next Saturday coach Michael Cheika rushed him back into the squad as the Wallabies search for their first win after back-to-back losses against the All Blacks.

South Africa and Argentina have a win and a loss each after sharing the honours in their home and away matches.

Arnold, who last played for Australia in the 2017 Rugby Championship, has been brought back into the fold following stand out physical performances in recent club matches.

Paenga-Amosa and Timu both played against Ireland in the June Tests but did not appear against the All Blacks last month.

Prop Taniela Tupou, while included in the squad, has a question mark over his name because of a hamstring strain.

Wallabies squad:

Forwards: Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Folau Fainga?a, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (capt), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Pete Samu, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Caleb Timu, Lukhan Tui, Taniela Tupou.

Backs: Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Jack Maddocks, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Matt Toomua]]>
9/2/2018 11:08:37 AM
<![CDATA[Brazilian Ronaldo close to buying Spanish club: newspaper]]>
El Norte de Castilla, which is based in Valladolid said Ronaldo was paying 30 million euros ($34.8 million) and would complete the deal next week.

"The Brazilian star reached an agreement with Carlos Suarez, owner of more than 60 per cent of the shares of the company, on Thursday evening," the newspaper wrote.

Ronaldo's press secretary, David Espinar, told AFP by email that he was not prepared to comment on the story.

The Spanish media have been reporting the former Real Madrid and Barcelona striker's interest in Valladolid round the time the club won promotion back to the Spanish first division in May.

The newspaper said Ronaldo was attracted by the way the club is being run and that the takeover would not "lead to great changes in the club structure" and that Suarez, who has run the club for 17 years, would continue as president and Sergio Gonzalez would remain head coach.

"Ronaldo does not want to be the visible head and prefers to stay in the background," the newspaper wrote.

The report said the two sides had tried to negotiate as discretely as possible to avoid having an impact on the club's dealings in the summer transfer window, which closed on Friday.

Ronaldo, who is 41, was the tournament's top scorer as Brazil won the World Cup in 2002 and was also part of the winning squad in 1994. His long list of individual honours include winning the FIFA player of the year three times and the Ballon D'Or twice. "Il Fenomeno" retired in 2011.]]>
9/1/2018 3:35:36 PM
<![CDATA[Klopp pleased with Liverpool's squad depth]]>
When Liverpool, who visit Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday, return from the international break, they will face a run of seven matches over 23 days.

These include Champions League games against Paris St Germain and Napoli and league encounters against Chelsea and Manchester City.

Chelsea will also visit Anfield in the League Cup during this period.

When asked to assess his squad depth, Klopp, who spent around 160 million pounds ($207 million) in the recent transfer window, said: "Today it's good, but it needs to stay good.

"We've started now three times in a row with the same starting lineup. That will not happen too often from now on in the future.

"It's probably not possible, but hopefully we have the choice as well."

Liverpool invested heavily in the transfer window, spending the money they received from the sale of Philippe Coutinho in January to sign goalkeeper Alisson from AS Roma, midfielders Naby Keita from RB Leipzig and Fabinho from AS Monaco and forward Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke City.

Liverpool have scored seven goals and kept three clean sheets in a spotless start to the league campaign, and Klopp is hopeful of another spirited display when they visit Leicester.

"We need a good result tomorrow and a good result in all the other games, and for that we need all the players," he said.

Klopp criticised Simon Mignolet for going public over the club's decision to prevent the goalkeeper from going out on loan.

Mignolet told Belgian media that it was "bizarre" that fellow goalkeeper Loris Karius was allowed to join Besiktas on a loan deal, while he was asked to stay as backup to new signing Alisson.

"In general, discussing your individual problems in public doesn't make too much sense," Klopp said.

"It's always better to speak to each other, I'm a big believer in that.

"He's a top professional, a top goalkeeper, and of course he is not happy to be number two. But there are worse things in the world that being number two -- and you are pretty well paid at Liverpool." ($1 = 0.7712 pounds)]]>
8/31/2018 4:33:53 PM
<![CDATA[Ronaldo's overhead kick against Juventus wins UEFA goal of season]]>
The former Real Madrid striker beat competition from 11 nominees for the award in honour of his goal in last season's Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin.

"Thanks to everyone who voted for me. Will never forget that moment, specially the reaction of the fans in the stadium," the 33-year-old Portuguese superstar said on Twitter, using the hashtag #SpecialMoment.

Real Madrid were already leading against the Italian champions thanks to Ronaldo's opener after just two minutes when he acrobatically blasted in Dani Carvajal's cross on 64 minutes.

Ronaldo said it was "the best goal" of his career and it helped Real to a 3-0 win on the night and moved them a step closer to an eventual quarter-final victory over Juve. The Spanish club went on to win the competition for the third consecutive season.

The striker said the crowd's reaction -- a standing ovation from the Juventus fans -- played a part in his decision to move to Turin in a 100 million-euro deal last month.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is the all time top scorer in the Champions League with 120 goals.]]>
8/29/2018 12:12:29 PM
<![CDATA[Vardy and Cahill call time on England careers]]>
The 32-year-old, who featured at the World Cup in Russia, said he had spoken to England manager Gareth Southgate about his decision but remained available to help should the team face injury problems.

"To be honest with you, this has been on my mind for a while," Vardy told the Guardian.

"I’m not getting any younger and you can see, to be fair to the gaffer, he wants to make it more youthful, which obviously had its benefits during the World Cup – we got to the semi-finals and finished fourth, which is equal to the furthest we have ever been on foreign soil.

"So I just said to Gareth that I think it’s probably best from now on, especially with the way he wants to go, to bring youngsters in who he thinks have got the ability and start nurturing them into international football," he said.

Vardy was restricted to the bench for most of the World Cup in Russia and said his lack of playing time had influenced his decision.

"When you get selected, you want to be playing. If you’re playing week in, week out for your club, you want to be going to England to play as well. And if it’s not happening, then for me personally now it’s better to be at home, spending that time with my family and training with my club, preparing for the next game after the international break.

"I thought I could have helped a bit more if I had more minutes. You know that you can hurt opponents in certain ways, in the way you play. But it wasn’t to be. And you have to respect the manager’s decisions.”

Vardy said he had expressed his intention to Southgate shortly after the World Cup and confirmed it in a recent phone calls.

"We’ve not shut the door completely. If the worst came to happen and everyone was injured, then obviously I wouldn’t say no," he said.

Chelsea central defender Gary Cahill has also announced his decision to take a "step back" from England duties after a similar conversation with Southgate.

The 32-year-old defender, who has won 61 England caps, has struggled to force his way into the first-team under manager Maurizio Sarri this season.

"I think it’s time that I take a step back now. It’s the right moment to do that," Cahill said.

"I've been hugely proud of what I've achieved, over 60 caps, I’ve captained my country on a few occasions, which has been a huge honour.

"At the same time, in your football career you never want to shut a door completely and if I’m ever needed, I'm there."]]>
8/28/2018 4:50:09 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly eyes top spot in CL group against Kampala ]]>
Al-Ahly needs to achieve victory to secure top spot at the group to avoid tough clashes with other group leaders at quarter finals.

Al-Ahly and Espérance secured their spots at the Champions League quarter finals.

Al-Ahly is set to miss the team wingers, Walid Soliman for accumulation of cards and Mido Gaber for injury.

Ahmed Hamoudi and Eslam Mohareb are expected to replace Soliman and Gaber.

Al-Ahly players bounced back at CAF Champions League and they are leading their group after a frustrating start.

Al-Ahly started the group stage with a goalless draw at home against Tunisia’s Espérance and they lost 2-0 away to Kampala City.

Al-Ahly returned to the right track by two straight victories over Botswana’s Township Rollers at home and in Botswana before defeating Espérance 1-0 in Tunisia.

The game starts at 9 p.m. ]]>
8/28/2018 4:31:31 PM
<![CDATA[South Korea's extra-time win keeps alive Son’s gold medal hopes]]>
After Hwang Ui-jo completed his hat-trick in the 75th minute to take the match into extra-time, Hwang Hee-chan secured the win in the dying minutes of extra time by coolly finding the back of the net with his spot kick.

With so much riding on that penalty, Son was unable to watch the unfolding drama.

Son, who is missing the start of Tottenham’s Premier League campaign to be in Jakarta as one of the over-aged players in the under-23 competition, needs South Korea to win the gold medal to gain exemption from two years of military service.

Korean law states that every able-bodied man must report for national service for 21 months before their 28th birthday. Aged 26, time is fast running out for Son to gain the exemption offered to all Olympic medallists or Asian Games champions.

Things started well for the Koreans, the reigning champions, with Hwang Ui-jo putting his team ahead in the fifth minute.

After Uzbekistan’s Jaloliddin Masharipov swept in an equaliser in the 17th minute, Hwang Ui-jo scored his second goal to give South Korea a 2-1 halftime lead.

However, the tie turned during three frantic second half minutes when a strike from Ikromjon Alibaev and a deflected own goal off South Korean defender Hwang Hyun-soo gave Uzbekistan a 3-2 lead in the 56th minute.

The lethal Hwang Ui-jo then latched on to a pass from Son to fire in his third goal to take the game into extra-time.

As both sets of players tired and tempers boiled-over, Alibaev was sent off in the second half of extra time after pushing one of the Koreans.

But after Hwang Ui-jo was hauled down by defender Rustamjon Ashurmatov in the 118th minute, substitute Hwang Hee-chan kept a cool head to convert the penalty that secured the win. ]]>
8/28/2018 6:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Wolves will be match for anyone, says Kompany]]>
Wolves, who finished top of the Championship last season to earn promotion, drew 1-1 with the champions on Saturday. They drew with Everton and were beaten by Leicester City in their other two league games to start the season.

"They don't behave or play like a Championship team that has just been promoted," Kompany told British media. "I'm confident that they will take points off our competitors.

"They're the typical type of team who is geared up to get big scalps because they have enough quality to play themselves out of situations when they are under pressure ... their key players work hard and that's always a good mix," Kompany added.

Wolves' next league game is on Saturday at West Ham United, who have lost all three of their matches so far. ]]>
8/28/2018 4:40:00 AM
<![CDATA[Petkov becomes oldest player in Bulgarian top flight]]>
"I don't pay attention to these things," said Petkov, who secured his place in the record books on Sunday at the age of 42 years, five months and 12 days.

He broke Cherno More Varna keeper Yordan Filipov's record by a day. Filipov set the previous benchmark when he played in the league game against Lokomotiv Plovdiv in 1988, statisticians said.

"I'm trying to be focused and help the team. I think I can still help the team if I stay safe and sound," Petkov, who won four Bulgarian league titles with Levski Sofia and helped Slavia win the Bulgarian Cup in May.

Petkov's last appearance for Bulgaria was in 2009 but he has not given up hope of playing for the national team again.

"Gosho Petkov is available if the national team needs him," he said.

In 2013 Prime Minister Boyko Borissov became the oldest footballer to appear for a Bulgarian professional club when, aged 54, he played in Vitosha Bistritsa’s goalless draw against Rakovski in the second division. ]]>
8/27/2018 3:06:41 PM
<![CDATA[Ashraf, Hamoudy ready for Kampala City clash ]]>
Both players suffered minor injuries during Al-Ahly 2-0 victory over Haras El-Hodoud at the Egyptian League on Friday.

Al-Ahly players bounced back at CAF Champions League and they are leading their group after a frustrating start.

Al-Ahly started the group stage with a goalless draw at home against Tunisia’s Espérance and they lost 2-0 away to Kampala City.

Al-Ahly returned to the right track by two straight victories over Botswana’s Township Rollers at home and in Botswana before defeating Espérance 1-0 in Tunisia.

Al-Ahly and Espérance secured their spots at the Champions League quarter finals.

Al-Ahly manager, Patrice Carteron, asked the fans to pack the stadium and support their team against Kampala City.

“I am looking forward to see our fans at Borg El-Arab. They are the main motivation for the players to do everything they can to achieve the victory,” Carteron told press on Monday.

The game starts on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Borg El-Arab Stadium. ]]>
8/27/2018 2:09:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt loses to Mali at FIBA Basketball African Championship ]]>
The competition draw put Egypt in Group A alongside Libya, Mali, DR Congo, Guinea and Uganda.

Egypt started their run at the competition with a 115-38 victory over Libya before defeating Guinea 111-61.

Egypt comes in the third position in the group behind Mali and DR Congo.

The Egyptian team is looking to win their sixth title in the history of the tournament and their first title since 2014 when they achieved the title in Madagascar after defeating Tunisia at the final.

Egypt reached the final in 2016 but lost to Angola 86-82.

Egypt will face Congo on Tuesday night at the fourth round of the group stage.

8/27/2018 2:07:52 PM
<![CDATA[Zverev primed for 'tough' Grand Slam path]]>
The 21-year-old German, ranked fourth in the world, is part of the highly-touted "NextGen" crop of 20-somethings who are making an impact on the ATP Tour.

Yet to break through at a Grand Slam, Zverev says he's eager to prove himself on the game's biggest stages against its biggest stars.

"You want to win a Grand slam in the tough way," he said as he prepared for the start of the US Open on Monday. "You want to play and compete with the best players in the world."

Zverev is therefore delighted to see top-ranked defending champion Nadal, five-time champion and world number two Federer, 13-time Grand Slam winner Djokovic and three-time Slam winner Andy Murray all in the field - a first since Wimbledon of last year.

Scotland's Murray isn't expecting much as he returns from hip surgery in his first Grand slam since then.

But Nadal, Federer and Djokovic have shared the major spoils so far this year, a feat Zverev calls "amazing".

"They all won a Slam. They all won Masters Series. It's great to see them play at the level they are. Tennis is waiting for this for a long time.

"Having them back, having them all playing the best tennis again is what makes it special for all the ones that haven't won it yet."

In his bid to upset the established order, Zverev has added former Grand Slam winner Ivan Lendl to his team.

Zverev, who has made it to just one Grand Slam quarter-final and never made it past the second round at the US Open in two prior appearances, said Lendl has offered invaluable advice on how to tackle the top players.

"There's a lot of tactical work, a lot of tactical talk," he said. "Against all sorts of players, not only the big four. He's a smart man, a great guy. Done it as a player, done it as a coach so he knows what it takes.

"He knows how to make the best players even better. This is why I took him," added Zverev, who said he also considered hiring German great Boris Becker.

Zverev is also refining his approach to the frenetic atmosphere of the US Open, saying he is spending his time with a few friends and members of his team, focusing on tennis and not getting caught up in the New York "vibe".

"I've never really played my best tennis here," he said. I'm trying to change that. Last year I was a little burned out.

"Last year I played a lot, I won a lot. Mentally it was tough for me because everybody saw me for the first time as a favorite. That was new for me. Expectations got ahead of me a little bit."]]>
8/27/2018 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Late Newcastle own goal makes it three wins for Chelsea]]>
Eden Hazard had blasted Chelsea ahead in the 76th minute from the penalty spot after Swiss defender Fabian Schar had tripped Marcos Alonso, allowing the visitors a breakthrough after they had monopolised possession.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez had played a dogged 5-4-1 formation in an effort to shut out his former club. They created little at the other end, but they drew level when Spanish forward Joselu headed in at the near post in the 83rd minute. Chelsea got back in front with a fortuitous goal four minutes later from Yedlin, who had stretched his foot out to block a shot from Alonso which had looked to be going wide.

Chelsea join Liverpool and Watford at the top of the table on nine points after three games while Newcastle have one.

Hazard took the first of several painful knocks in the very first minute but remained a threat as Chelsea achieved almost 80 percent of possession in the first half and increased that figure in the second.

Newcastle, although pushed back, had one excellent chance before halftime when Salomon Rondon, on loan from West Bromwich Albion, headed wide.

He was replaced by Joselu after little more than quarter of an hour of the second half and after Chelsea also changed a striker, Olivier Giroud replacing Alvaro Morata, the game boiled up in the last 20 minutes.

Newcastle protested with some justification that Schar played the ball in his challenge on Alonso but Hazard nervelessly converted the penalty.

Chelsea were equally upset with the equaliser, claiming Giroud had been elbowed before Yedlin crossed for Joselu's fine header.

Then Yedlin became the fall-guy, deflecting Alonso's shot in for the winner.

"When they scored, I think everyone was thinking of a draw," Hazard said.

"But we are Chelsea, we never give up. We created a lot of chances and did very well today."

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez felt his side were hard done by.

"The penalty was soft and changed everything as we had to be more open.

"We had five players out and thought if we were compact we could maybe frustrate them. We wanted to stay in the game and try to take our chances and we were very close."

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri was surprised that Newcastle played with five at the back.

"I have never seen a Rafa Benitez side play with five defenders," he said. "I think it is very difficult to play here for every team -- not only us. We were a bit unlucky when they scored to make it 1-1."]]>
8/27/2018 12:30:00 AM