<![CDATA[rss-Sports]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Sports]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Morata must prepare for hostile reception at Atletico: Courtois]]>
Chelsea's record signing Morata joined from Real in the close season and has made a flying start to life at Stamford Bridge. The striker hit his first hat-trick for the club as Chelsea beat Stoke 4-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.

Courtois, who spent three seasons on loan at Real's rivals Atletico, said his team mate at the other end of the pitch would have to prepare for a "big game" at the Estadio Metropolitano.

"He will get a different one from me. Alvaro played a lot of games against Atletico. I think he scored, I am not sure, so for him it will be a big game against his rivals," Courtois told the Chelsea website (www.chelseafc.com).

"For me it will be more friendly but between the 90 minutes we are playing there will be rivalry for me as well because they want their team to win.

"We know he is a top striker. We know he has this ability and we're very happy for him that he scored his hat-trick... a striker lives on goals and he has already scored a few important ones this season."

Courtois was looking forward to meet striker Diego Costa, who recently left Chelsea to rejoin Atletico after falling out with coach Antonio Conte.

Costa will be eligible to play for Atletico from Jan. 2 when the Spanish transfer window opens and the club's transfer ban ends. FIFA had banned the Madrid side for illegal transfer of minors.

"He is a very good friend and it will be nice to see him there. I am happy that until the New Year we don't have to face him and I hope we continue in the Champions League," the Belgian, 25, added.

Chelsea beat Qarabag 6-0 in their Champions League Group C opener while Atletico were held 0-0 at Roma.
9/26/2017 12:59:03 PM
<![CDATA[27 medals for Pharaohs in modern pentathlon championship]]>
The tournament was attended by 500 players from 21 countries: Egypt, Spain, Georgia, South Africa, Russia, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Belarus, England, Germany, Portugal, India, Lithuania, Latvia, France, Ukraine, Russia, Greece and Ecuador.

It is worth mentioning that the Egyptian team participated in the tournament with 33 players from 8 to 21 years old. The team was accompanied by Eng. Hussein Gamal, treasurer of the mission; Adel Abdel Samia; Coach Ayman El Gammal; Coach Arafa Mahmoud for running; Coach Khalid Asfour for swimming; Coach Khalid Samir for shooting; Coach Tamer Murad for running; and Coach Haitham Sabri for fitness.
9/26/2017 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Barry writes a new page in Premier League's history ]]>
Barry, 36, surpassed Manchester United’s legend, Ryan Giggs, who featured in 632 games in the Premier League.

Barry’s journey in the Premier League started many years ago. He played his first game in the Premier League with Aston Villa in 1998.

Gareth Barry captained Aston Villa, Liverpoolecho.co

Aston Villa is considered the club of Barry’s life, as he played for the club for 12 years, playing 365 games and scoring 41 goals for the club.

Barry moved from Aston Villa in 2009 to join the blue side of Manchester, Manchester City, representing the club for four years.

Barry played 132 games with Manchester City, scoring six goals. He touched the glory with Manchester City when he won the Premier League title with the club in 2012.

Gareth Barry with Man City, Reuters

Barry, the voyager, moved from Manchester to Liverpool City, where he played four years for Everton, representing the club in 131 games and scoring five goals.

Gareth Barry played for Everton, Reuters

Barry’s last station was in West Midlands with West Bromwich Albion. He joined the club this summer, playing five games with the club, and his last one against Arsenal was his date with history.

Barry had a long journey with the Premier League, playing games more than any one, and he still has a lot to show the football fans.
9/26/2017 9:32:36 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Futsal team falls in deadly time in front of Bahrain ]]>
Bahraini team opened the scoring with a goal through Ali Saleh, and then the Egyptian team tied through Mustafa Eid, and provided the Pharaohs for a second goal through Ibrahim Eica, equivalent for Bahrain scored by Salman Al-Mulla to end the first half with a positive draw 2-2 between the two teams.

The second half saw Bahrain scored a third goal through Jassam Saleh, and then Egypt drew through Ahmed Homs and in the last seconds Bahrain scored a deadly goal through Saleh to end the match with a 3-4 victory for Bahrain.

The coaching team of the Futsal team led by Hisham Saleh, the head coach, is looking for the best way to reach the optimal configuration before the finals of the African Nations under the plan of the device to build a new team.
9/26/2017 9:26:27 AM
<![CDATA[Neny's Arsenal defeats Hegazi's West Brom]]>
Arsenal started the game well, trying to score the first goal to have the upper hand in the game, and that is what Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette did when he scored the first for Arsenal in the 20th minute to end the first half 1-0 for Arsenal.

West Bromwich tried to equalize the score in the second half, but Arsenal’s defense prevented them from scoring.

In the 67th minute, Arsenal got a penalty, from which Lacazette managed to double the score for Arsenal. The penalty came after a tackle against Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

Arsenal gained three points to reach seventh place with 10 points, while West Bromwich stayed with 8 points in 12th place.

Neny and Ahmed Hegazi played the whole game. Hegazi got a rating of 7.1, while Neny got a rating of 6.7, according to whoscored.com
9/26/2017 9:24:56 AM
<![CDATA[Carvajal never doubts Ronaldo’s abilities ]]>
“No one doubts him. Every training session is a spectacle, and if he keeps getting chances, he will score, because he always does," Carvajal told press ahead of Real Madrid’s clash against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Saturday.

Ronaldo failed to score any goal in two matches in the Spanish League. He did not participate in the first four games in the league, as he was banned due to offensive behavior against the referee in the Spanish Super Cup first leg against Barcelona.

Carvajal also spoke about his competitor in his position, the Moroccan Achraf Hakimi. He said, “Achraf is a fantastic guy; he is learning fast and he will have the opportunities this season to improve.”

Asked about the effect of the competition with Hakimi on him, Carvajal said, “I do not need to feel competition to improve; the best competition for me is myself."

Real Madrid prepares to face Borussia Dortmund at the UEFA Champions League. They won their first game in the group 3-0 over Apoel Nicosia from Cyprus, while Dortmund lost 1-3 in London to Tottenham.
9/26/2017 9:19:45 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian duo occupies fifth place in World Rowing Championship]]>
The tournament saw on Sunday the appointment of Amr Tamraz, adviser to the Development Committee of the International Federation, after being selected by the officials of the Union because of his experience.

It is worth mentioning that Tamraz is the director of sports activities of the association at Sharjah UAE Club. He has also trained several clubs inside and outside Egypt.

This appointment was based on his distinguished sports biography. He holds a master's degree from Oslo’s National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in the field of sports training, physiological sciences and psychological sciences. He also works as a physical training teacher at the Norwegian Police College and a researcher at the Physical Training Center of the Norwegian Armed Forces.
9/26/2017 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Karim Hendawi stars in Champions League with Beşiktaş]]>
In a match against Metallurg, Hendawi was a main reason for a 31-27 win. Thanks to several crucial saves from the Egyptian goalkeeper, the team defeated their competition.

The win over Metallurg was a historic result. It was Beşiktaş’s second win away at the Champions League.

The official Champions League handball page on Facebook considers his saves as one of the top five saves in the second round of the tournament.

Hendawi moved to Beşiktaş at the start of the season after his contract with Zamalek ended.

Hendawi is one of the key players in the national handball team, crowned with the Pharaohs in the 2016 African Cup of Nations, and he participated with the Pharaohs at the 2017 World Cup in France.
9/26/2017 2:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[Karim Mamoun 227th in tennis players’ world rankings]]>
Egypt Today shows Egyptian players’ rankings according to the official site for ATP in the following report:

1. Karim Mamoun, 26 years old, is in 227th place with 224 points.
2. Mohammed Safwat, 27 years old, is in 249th place with 204 points.
3. Yousef Hossam, 19 years old, is in 334th place with 144 points.
4. Issam Al-Taweel, 28 years old, is in 771st place with 25 points.
5. Sherif Sabri, 31 years old, is in 909th place with 15 points.
6. Mazen Osama, 22 years old, is in 989th place with 11 points.
Karim Hossam, 23 years old, is in 1140th place with 7 points.
8. Akram Al-Salali, 19 years old, is in 1251st place with 5 points.
9. Samy Gerik, 18 years old, is in 1323rd place with 4 points.
10. Mustafa Hatem, 22 years old, is in 1768th place with a single point.
11. Mohammed Abu Al-Qasim, 19 years old, is in 1877th place with a single point.
12. Mohammed Abdul Aziz, 18 year old, is in 2042nd place.
9/26/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Fabregas praises Costa ]]>
“In recent years there has not been a pure striker better than him; he understood my game, read my passes and most importantly he could score from them,” Fabregas told press on Monday.

Fabregas added, “With Diego, it is not just what he gives you on the pitch, but it is his character, too; he brings a lot to the group."

Costa will not be able to play with Atletico Madrid till January, as FIFA banned the club from signing players this summer.

Fabregas, 30, commented on Costa’s situation, saying, “Diego knew that if he signed for Atletico, he could not play for a few months. It has been a difficult situation for both him and for Chelsea; it has been wrong."

It is good to mention that Costa, 28, left Chelsea to rejoin his former club, Atletico Madrid, after he had troubles with Chelsea’s current coach, Antonio Conte.
9/25/2017 10:19:26 PM
<![CDATA[Mathieu insults Barcelona board]]>
When asked about how he would celebrate if he scored against Barcelona, Mathieu answered, “I don't know. I have a lot of respect for my ex-teammates and the fans. If I celebrate, it will be because of [club president] Josep Maria Bartomeu and [technical secretary] Robert Fernandez, because I think the way they treated me was very harsh."

Mathieu, 33 years old, joined Barcelona in 2014 and stayed three years with the club, where he won many titles before leaving the club this summer to join Sporting Lisbon.

Mathieu spoke about his time in Barcelona, saying, “I played a lot; I won titles; and the only sad thing is that people say I did not play a lot. In my first season, I played 58 percent of games and scored important goals; in the second I played less, say 53-54 percent, which is also not bad, and in the final year it was difficult with the injuries and the lack of confidence from the coach, but that's the way it was."

Mathieu won many titles with Barcelona. He won two Spanish League titles, three Spanish Cup titles and the 2015 UEFA Champions League title.
9/25/2017 10:03:21 PM
<![CDATA[Guardiola praises Aguero]]>
“Sergio is in no doubt one of the best strikers in the world. I hope as soon as possible he can achieve that record so at least we stop talking about that. I am pretty sure that in the next game it is going to happen," Guardiola told press on Monday.

Guardiola added, “Last game, again, he scored a goal and had two or three chances more, so that is essential for a striker – that you have (chances).”

Sergio Aguero booked a starting position in Manchester City’s line-up with a stunning performance this season. He scored six goals to share the Premier League “top scorers” with Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata.

Aguero, 29 years old, joined Manchester City in 2011 from Spanish club Atletico Madrid. He managed to score 176 goals in all competitions, including 128 goals in the League, according to Premierleague.com.

It is good to mention that Eric Brook is the current top goal scorer in Manchester City’s history, with 177 goals.]]>
9/25/2017 7:59:16 PM
<![CDATA[Al Hilal prepares for Persepolis clash in Abu Dhabi ]]>
Al Hilal chose Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium to host the decisive game.The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) decided to move the games and clubs from Saudi Arabia and Iran to neutral venues.

Al Hilal players will not miss their fans, because Al Hilal fans are expected to travel to the UAE to support the club, along with the expected support from Emirati fans.

Al Hilal played alongside Persepolis at the group stage. They played two matches, both of which ended in a draw.

Al Hilal depends on a massive attacking scheme consisting of Omar Kharbin, Carlos Eduard and Nicolas Milessi, while the team will miss Nawaf El Abed due to an injury.

It is good to mention that the second leg is scheduled for October 17 at Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex in Muscat, Oman.]]>
9/25/2017 7:20:35 PM
<![CDATA[EFA refuses to host 2018 African Nations Championship ]]>
EFA officials refused CAF’s request to host the championship after it was revoked from Kenya for lack of organization. CAF has given African nations 10 days to apply to host the championship, Super Kora reported.

A member of the board of EFA said that Egypt’s participation in the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers was one of the reasons they rejected to host the competition. If Egypt would have to host the 2018 ANC, it would have to stop the Premier League for a month, which would create a crisis for the league and players looking to prove themselves worthy of playing in the national team.

The domestic national has also not qualified to the ANC, after it lost 4-1 to Morocco in the championship’s qualifier.]]>
9/25/2017 4:43:04 PM
<![CDATA[NBC says Sunday night NFL ratings down from last year]]>
NFL teams staged a show of solidarity with protesting players before Sunday's games by kneeling, linking arms or staying off the field during the U.S. national anthem, defying President Donald Trump's call for owners to fire those who refuse to stand.

9/25/2017 4:42:07 PM
<![CDATA[Depleted Spartak must play Liverpool without fear – coach]]>
The Russian champions face a confident Liverpool in their second Group E match in Moscow, with the English side coming off a 3-2 Premier League win at Leicester City.

Spartak will be without Dutch striker Quincy Promes who sustained a calf injury in the 2-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar in the Russian Cup last week.

The hosts will also miss captain Denis Glushakov, striker Ze Luis and midfielder Jano Ananidze due to injuries.

"We will have 11 players on the pitch, others will go in, and we will play our game," Carrera told a news conference on Monday.

"We know that we are playing a strong team with quality players. Our job is to play our game without fear."

Spartak won their first Russian Premier League title in 16 years last season but have made mediocre start to this campaign, lying seventh in the standings with three wins from 11 matches.

The club last week avoided the possibility of playing Liverpool behind closed doors after UEFA fined them 60,000 euros ($71,000 and imposed a ticket ban for their next away match in European competition over a flare incident during the 1-1 draw against Slovenia's Maribor this month.

Spartak called on fans to refrain from such behaviour during their match against Liverpool who drew their opening group match 2-2 at home to Sevilla.

"The use of flares during the next match can lead to much more serious sanctions for Spartak, including hosting Champions League home matches behind closed doors," they said in a statement.
9/25/2017 3:41:26 PM
<![CDATA[Qatar holds tournament draw without boycotting states]]>
Requests by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain to delay December's Gulf Nations Cup had been rejected, however, the Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation (AGCFF) said.

"The tournament is going ahead on time," AGCFF General Secretary Jassim al-Rumaithi told reporters after the draw.

Saudi, Emirati and Bahraini officials did not attend the draw. The other nations scheduled to play in the tournament are Iraq, Oman, Yemen and Qatar. Kuwait, who have featured in past competitions, can play only if a suspension by FIFA is lifted in time.

In June, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and other Arab states cut political and economic ties with Qatar over accusations that Qatar supports terrorism -- a charge Doha denies.

Al-Rumaithi said Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahraini had not confirmed their participation in the tournament, and that the competition needed at least five teams under the current format.

Hamid al-Shaibani, chairman of the competitions committee, said teams that chose not to compete could face financial sanctions.

The Gulf Nations Cup is being held in Qatar as the state spends billions of dollars on preparations to host the 2022 World Cup, and also as Saudi Arabia get ready to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq and Yemen have been drawn in Group A, with Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE in Group B. Kuwait will join Group B if their FIFA suspension is lifted.

FIFA banned Kuwait's national soccer federation last year over alleged government interference in the running of the body.

Oman Football Association general secretary Said Othman al-Bulushi said that delaying the Gulf Nations Cup would be damaging for regional football.

"It will be a negative for the sport in the Gulf countries but we hope that the three countries, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain, will be participating, inshallah (God willing)," he told Reuters.

In June, FIFA said a Qatari referee had been removed from officiating a 2018 World Cup qualifying match between the UAE and Thailand "for sporting reasons and in view of the current geopolitical situation”.]]>
9/25/2017 3:35:54 PM
<![CDATA[Abdel Aziz honors Egyptian champions ]]>
Abdel Aziz will honor the U23 and U19 volleyball national teams, in addition to the U19 taekwondo national team, and the Egyptian swimmer Omar Hegazy, on Tuesday 6 p.m. at a hotel in Cairo International airport.

The minister will honor Egyptian players after the U23 volleyball team won fifth place at the World Championship held in Cairo International stadium from August 18 to 25, while the U19 volleyball team won sixth place at the World Championship hosted by Bahrain from August 18 to 25 as well.

The taekwondo national team won six medals in the U19 Taekwondo World Championships held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from August 24 to 28. Hegazy, a swimmer with a disability, will be honored for achieving a new record by crossing the Gulf of Aqaba from, Egypt to Aqaba, Jordan. The 10 kilometer swim took eight hours.
9/25/2017 3:02:27 PM
<![CDATA[Federer leads Team Europe to victory in first Laver Cup]]>
Despite cruising through the first two days, the Europeans needed the last match to finalise the victory and show the dominance expected from a team featuring five of the world's top seven players.

Federer delivered in a tight 4-6 7-6(6) 11-9 win over world number 20 Nick Kyrgios, with the Australian pushing to the final point as he sought a win that would have forced an overtime doubles match to decide the tournament.

But Kyrgios squandered a chance at match point and then smashed the ball into the net to end the battle, spurring Federer's European team mates, led by top-ranked Rafael Nadal, to leap off the bench and embrace the Swiss at the net.

"I was ready to go. I had to be. That is what a team member does. The boys played fantastic all weekend but we knew it could change very quickly on Sunday," Federer said.

"I was looking at getting ready maybe for doubles at the end... But I got it done."
An earlier victory from big-hitting German Alexander Zverev also helped fight off the last-day comeback from Team World, which entered the day 9-3 down after dropping six of the first eight matches.

With matches worth three points on Sunday - versus two on Saturday and one on Friday - the group battled back with Americans John Isner and Jack Sock downing Croatian Marin Cilic and Czech Tomas Berdych, who was playing in front of the hometown crowd at Prague's O2 Arena.

The American duo limited the hard-serving Europeans to three aces in a 7-6(5) 7-6(6) victory.

Zverev, the youngest player in the top 10 at age 20, then faced Team World's highest ranked player at number 16, Sam Querrey. He broke the American's serve midway through the first set and never looked back en route to a 6-4 6-4 win.


That left Nadal to face Isner, winless in six career meetings with the Spaniard. But the world number 17 rattled Nadal from the beginning and delivered a barrage of 23 aces and several forceful winners and drop shots.

"I walked to the court like I had absolutely nothing to lose and I just went for it," Isner said.

Federer then played hero, battling back after dropping the first set to Kyrgios who had looked to keep Isner's giant-killing momentum going.

The Laver Cup, named after Australian tennis hero Rod Laver, has won plaudits from the players. Matches were close despite fears they would be little more than an exhibition.

Federer and Nadal, the game's top two players who split this season's four grand slams, teamed up on Saturday, putting aside a long-running rivalry to play doubles competitively for the first time, giving fans an eagerly anticipated treat.

With next year's play moving to Chicago, a John McEnroe-captained Team World will look to bounce back against Bjorn Borg's Team Europe.

"We were so, so close to pulling this off," McEnroe said.

9/25/2017 2:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Federer leads Team Europe to victory in first Laver Cup]]>
Despite cruising through the first two days, the Europeans needed the last match to finalise the victory and show the dominance expected from a team featuring five of the world's top seven players.

Federer delivered in a tight 4-6 7-6(6) 11-9 win over world number 20 Nick Kyrgios, with the Australian pushing to the final point as he sought a win that would have forced an overtime doubles match to decide the tournament.

But Kyrgios squandered a chance at match point and then smashed the ball into the net to end the battle, spurring Federer's European team mates, led by top-ranked Rafael Nadal, to leap off the bench and embrace the Swiss at the net.

"I was ready to go. I had to be. That is what a team member does. The boys played fantastic all weekend but we knew it could change very quickly on Sunday," Federer said.

"I was looking at getting ready maybe for doubles at the end... But I got it done."

An earlier victory from big-hitting German Alexander Zverev also helped fight off the last-day comeback from Team World, which entered the day 9-3 down after dropping six of the first eight matches.

With matches worth three points on Sunday - versus two on Saturday and one on Friday - the group battled back with Americans John Isner and Jack Sock downing Croatian Marin Cilic and Czech Tomas Berdych, who was playing in front of the hometown crowd at Prague's O2 Arena.

The American duo limited the hard-serving Europeans to three aces in a 7-6(5) 7-6(6) victory.

Zverev, the youngest player in the top 10 at age 20, then faced Team World's highest ranked player at number 16, Sam Querrey. He broke the American's serve midway through the first set and never looked back en route to a 6-4 6-4 win.


That left Nadal to face Isner, winless in six career meetings with the Spaniard. But the world number 17 rattled Nadal from the beginning and delivered a barrage of 23 aces and several forceful winners and drop shots.

"I walked to the court like I had absolutely nothing to lose and I just went for it," Isner said.

Federer then played hero, battling back after dropping the first set to Kyrgios who had looked to keep Isner's giant-killing momentum going.

The Laver Cup, named after Australian tennis hero Rod Laver, has won plaudits from the players. Matches were close despite fear

9/25/2017 1:22:06 PM
<![CDATA[Japan police plan for sarin attack at 2020 Games]]>
Anti-terrorist forces rushed to a Tokyo rugby venue in a scenario where terrorists had planted a bomb in a nearby building and released the lethal nerve gas sarin inside the stadium.

Local media said about 1,000 people, including bomb disposal experts, took part in the drill, which was also designed to protect venues for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

A bag supposedly containing an explosive device was removed with a robotic arm, while special forces trained to deal with biological and chemical agents disposed of the sarin gas before decontaminating the endangered area.

Japan is rapidly developing advanced crime-prevention systems to guard against attacks at the Tokyo Olympics, such as hi-tech gates that can detect tiny explosive particles in a matter of seconds.

The Japanese government and Olympic organisers have also promised to cooperate with overseas law enforcement to tighten borders before the 2020 Games.

Local police are strengthening security at soft targets such as including sports venues, schools and shopping malls to ensure the Tokyo Olympics and the Rugby World Cup a year earlier are hosted safely.

Brazilian police arrested 10 people before last year's Rio Olympics on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack.

Japan prides itself on being one of the world's safest countries but its confidence was badly shaken in 1995 when a doomsday cult released sarin on packed rush-hour subway trains, killing 13 people and injuring thousands.]]>
9/25/2017 12:22:50 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Marei leads Etoile du Sahel to Ahly`s clash ]]>
Étoile du Sahel and Al-Ahli Tripoli crossed swords in a 2017 CAF Champions League second-leg, quarterfinal showdown at the Stade Olympique de Sousse on Sunday evening.

Amr Marei was the protagonist as he scored twice for his Tunisian side and helped them to qualify to the semi-final in the African Champions League.

The game started with some waves of attacks from the Tunisian side as they play in front of their fans. Successfully, Marei headed the first goal in the net after a beautiful cross from his teammate in the 14th minute.

He doubled the score for him and his team in the second half from another stunning header inside Ahli`s net.

The first match was held at Borg Al Arab stadium in Egypt on Sunday, September 6. The match ended with a goalless draw 0-0. The Tunisian side preferred to get back to Tunisia without conceding any goal to make their job easier.

Etoile du Sahel is set to face Al-Ahly in the Stade Olympique de Sousse in the first leg of the African Champions League.

The match will be held in one of the following days (September 29, 30 or October 1). The second leg will be at Borg El Arab stadium in one of the following days (October 20, 21, 22).
9/25/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Milik is undergoing another knee surgery ]]>
The Napoli forward was forced off the pitch at the second half during his club's 3-2 win over SPAL 2013. He was recently sent for a knee scan on Sunday.

The results of the scan showed Milik has ruptured the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his right knee, meaning a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

He suffered a similar injury last season on his left knee, which sidelined him for nearly six months and 21 games of the season. The injury is making his desperate to return to his team again.

The striker was hoping for a good start in his season with Napoli, however after the previous injury have affected him a lot.

Milik moved to Serie A from Ajax at the start of the last season 2016. The 23-year-old was featured with Napoli in four matches. He has scored two goals at club level in all competitions this season during the Serie A and the Champions League.
9/25/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt officials sell 60,000 tickets for Congo`s clash]]>
Tharwat Swelam, executive manager of the Egyptian Football Association, announced on Sunday that 60,000 tickets will be available for fans on October 2 and 3.

The national team will host Congo on Sunday, October 8 at Borg El Arab atadium in Alexandria at 19:00 CLT, while Uganda will be up against Ghana on Saturday, October 7 at Mandela National stadium in Kampala.

Egypt revived their hopes to reach the World Cup on Saturday, September 5, when they won over Uganda 1-0, thanks to Mohamed Salah’s goal.

Egyptian fans played a great role in Egypt’s two games at home in the qualifiers, they helped the national team to defeat Ghana 2-0 and Uganda 1-0.

On the other hand, Congo lost any hope to qualify to the World Cup in Russia as the team collected one point from four games.

Egypt tops group E with nine points, two points ahead of Uganda who comes second, while Ghana placed third with five points and Congo at the bottom with only one point.
9/25/2017 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Kung Fu team heads to Russia]]>
The tournament will be held in Russia from September 26 to October 6.

The Egyptian delegation included twelve players headed by the team manager, Hussein Abdel Mawgod.

Egypt officials have handled their travel procedures through the Turkish Airways. They will land in Istanbul, Turkey, then they will take another flight to Russia.

Egypt won the 6th African Wushu Kung Fu Championship and ranked first in Wushu Sanda and Taolu – martial art styles, at the African championship held in Benin on July 19 to July 24.

Wushu Sanda is a martial art which was originally developed from the study and practices of traditional Kung Fu. It is considered one of the two components of Chinese martial arts training and is often taught alongside Wushu Taolu – or forms of training.
9/25/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ghazal, an Egyptian success story abroad ]]>
Ghazal, born in Aswan, joined the Canadian club Vancouver Whitecaps in July. Egypt Today interviewed him to speak about his journey with football and his ambitions with his new club.

“I started playing football at El Seka El Hadid club in Cairo, then I joined Wadi Degla Club when I was 14-years-old. I stayed there for five years before joining Nacional Madera in Portugal.” Ghazal told Egypt Today about his beginnings.

Ghazal, 25-years-old continued, “I had a great time there and I was the Captain of Nacional Madera.”

Ghazal captained Nacional Madeira, Ghazal Official Facebook page

Ghazal shined with Nacional and he was one of the best players in the league, Ghazal said, “I received many offers to join the biggest clubs in Portugal, but Nacional Madera refused to release me many times.”

He added, “I had great seasons in Portugal and I left the club with great memories and a legacy to be remembered by.”

Many Egyptian players accompanied Ghazal in the Portuguese League, but most of them left quickly. Ghazal has an opinion about their experience. He said, “Each player has his own circumstances, some of them failed to adapt and others were already stars in Egypt. They found a different situation in Portugal so they decided to return.” Ghazal stated.

Ghazal received an offer from China, and Nacional agreed to let him go. He further explained, “The club finally allowed me to leave when they received an offer from the Chinese club Guizhou Zhicheng. Nacional suffered from a financial crisis and they had to sell their biggest players.”

Ghazal in China, Ghazal Official Facebook page

He was asked about why he chose China. Ghazal answered, “I decided to go to China and have a new experience, but two days before joining Guizhou Zhicheng, the Chinese football federation decided to decrease the foreign players for each team. This decision affected my participation with the club so I had to leave.”

Ghazal added, “I had many offers after leaving Guizhou Zhicheng, three offers from Portugal, another offer from Turkey, and an offer from Vancouver Whitecaps.”

Aly Ghazal with Vancouver Whitecaps, Ghazal Official Facebook page

Ghazal experienced playing for the Egypt National Team, but he was not among the national team’s manager, Hector Cuper’s plans.

Egypt Today asked Ghazal if his new step in MLS would help him to rejoin the national team. He answered, “It doesn’t matter where I am playing, I was in Portugal and I was not playing on the national team.”

His beginning went well with Vancouver. He played three games and missed only one. They acquired 10 points after three victories and a draw.

Vancouver Whitecaps tops the Western conference of MLS with 48 points after 29 games, and they will use Ghazal’s experience to continue far into the competition.

Finally, Ghazal spoke about his ambitions with his new club. He said, “I joined Vancouver Whitecaps because I wanted to play in MLS, it is a growing league and many great players are playing there, it is a great opportunity for me to play there.”
9/25/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Zaferes takes first women's Super League title]]>
Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt won the men's event, with Britain's double Olympic medallist Jonny Brownlee finishing second and Richard Murray, the South African who won the inaugural Super League competition in Australia in March, third.

Super League was launched with only a men's event and proved popular with athletes and fans as short-distance races, a shake-up to the traditional swim-bike-run order and new ideas such as an eliminator race gave the sport a new, and lucrative twist over a two-day competition.

The second event in Jersey featured men's and women's races, with Zaferes following a consistent season on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) circuit by taking home the top prize of $18,000 - a considerable drop from the $100,000 scooped by Murray on Hamilton Island.

Zaferes's compatriot Summer Cook took second spot ahead of Switzerland's 2012 Olympic champion Nicola Spirig - also the finishing order in Sunday's final eliminator race.

"It’s just so cool, it’s a different style of racing," said Zaferes. "It’s a fun style but it is so painful and you cannot hide anywhere. I would love to do more of these.”

On the men's side Blummenfelt, who has also enjoyed a stand-out ITU season, was in dominant form all weekend as he took top spot in five out of six stages to keep Brownlee behind him and take the $18,000 pot.

"Kristian was far better than us all the whole weekend and I was absolutely nowhere near him today," said Brownlee, whose double Olympic champion brother Alistair missed the event through injury.

"Well done, and well done to Richard as well. It’s great fun, it’s great racing and hopefully everyone’s enjoyed it.
9/24/2017 10:38:52 PM
<![CDATA[Allegri: Higuain does not have to obsess about scoring]]>
Higuain has only scored two goals in the last eight matches in all competitions this season. His most recent goal was against Chievo on September 9 in the Italian League (Serie A). Allegri explained his decision to bench the player in a post-match interview.

After match, Allegri told Mediaset Premium: "Higuain was on the bench because there are many games and I preferred to give him a rest. He's an important player for us; there are moments when things work better at one time than another.

"There will be times when everyone gets time out; otherwise we won't be able to maintain our consistency,” Allegri said.

Allegri went on to praise his entire team for their effort on the night, in which they maintained their perfect start to the season and kept pace with Serie A leaders Napoli, who lead on goal differential for first place in the league.
9/24/2017 7:34:17 PM
<![CDATA[Gibbs returns to Emirates ]]>
Gibbs left Arsenal this summer to join West Browich Albion after the club signed the Bosnian left back Sead Kolašinac, which made his participation with the team unguaranteed.

Gibbs departure from Arsenal hurt Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger. Wenger told the press on Sunday “It was a difficult decision but on the other hand when a guy has given you so many years you have to accept that if he is not sure to play.”

Kieran Gibbs is an Arsenal academy product, Reuters

Wenger praised Gibbs when he arrived in Arsenal, saying “when he arrived he was a left-winger. I transformed him into a full-back, I saw something in him that was very intelligent, with pace, that made me feel he could make it as a left-back.

Gibbs, born in London joined Arsenal when he was just 15. He got promoted in youth rankings until he joined the first team in 2007. Gibbs has been an Arsenal player ever since, save for a one-year loan to Norwich City in 2008.
9/24/2017 7:33:03 PM
<![CDATA[Roma, Napoli, Juventus show good form in Seria A]]>
Roma opened the day with victory over Udinese .In the 10th minute, Dzeko scored a goal for Roma. Before the break, Stephan El Shaarawy, Roma`s winger, scored two beautiful goals and gave his teammates a relief. In the second half, The gap could have gotten wider but Diego Perotti, Roma`s attacker, missed a penalty in the 89th minute and in the 90th minute, Jens Larsen from Udinese scored the consolation 3-1.

SPAL 2013 almost took Napoli by surprise. They had the lead with Pasqual Schiattarella's goal, although only a minute later Lorenzo Insigne equalized for Napoli. Jose Callejon put Napoli ahead 2-1, until moments later SPAL 2013 player Federico Viviani equalized. By the end of the match it was Napoli who triumphed, with a game defining goal by Fawzi Ghoulam.

In 'Derby della Mole' between Juventus and Torino, the 'Bianconeri' imposed their law by winning 4-0. Paulo Dybala, Juventus`s talent, opened the scoreboard in the 16th minute with a marvelous left foot shot. Torino players’ lack of concentration led Daniele Baselli, Torinos’s midfielder, to be removed from the game.

With a player down Torino’s defnse collapsed and by the end of the first half Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic scored the second goal of the match. The second half of the match was fairly one-sided, with Juventus scoring two more goals by Alex Sandro and Dybala in the 57th minute and 90th minute respectively.

On Sunday, AC Milan faced Sampdoria while Inter Milan hosted Genoa.

AC Milan was defeated by Sampdoria 2-0 after an underwhelming performance by the football giants. Duvan Zapata, Sampdoria’s striker, scored the opening goal of the match in the 72nd minute. While AC Milan tried to equalize, Sampdoria midfielder Ricardo Alvarez scored the team’s second goal and dashed Milan’s hopes of a victory.

Inter Milan secured a valuable three points with a late win in the 87th minute by Danilo D`Ambrosio, assisted by Joao Mario.
9/24/2017 6:35:36 PM
<![CDATA[Benzema escapes a car accident]]>
According to Spanish sports daily, AS, the Frenchman's vehicle was seriously damaged when he hit another car while travelling in Madrid’s suburbs, but the player was not hurt.

The ambulance arrived to check both Benzema and the other driver, but they were not injured. The police also carried out alcohol tests, to make sure they were not driving under influence.

Real Madrid announced on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement with their French striker Karim Benzema to extend his contract with the club until 2021.

Benzema’s great performance with Lyon attracted Real Madrid’s attention. He joined the club in 2009 and was a great addition to the club, as he has scored 171 goals with the club.

Benzema won three Champions League titles in 2014, 2016 and 2017. He also won two La Liga titles in 2012 and 2017.
9/24/2017 6:26:25 PM
<![CDATA[LIorente extends his contract with Real Madrid]]>
“I am thrilled to extend my contract with Real Madrid. I dreamed of playing here when I was little and it is the club of my life and all of my family,” LIorente said after signing his contract extension.

LIorente is a Real Madrid academy product, he joined the club when he was just 13, and he was promoted through the youth rankings till he joined the first team in 2015.

LIorente added to Real Madrid’s website: “I cannot wait to grow with this club but I must be patient. I am young and I know there is strong competition here, I am hoping to learn as I go.”

LIorente, 22, left the club in 2016 to join Deportivo Alaves on a one year loan and he returned to the club this season.

Real Marid’s manager, Zinedine Zidane, started counting on LIorente this season; the Spanish appeared on three La Liga games with the club.
9/24/2017 6:02:24 PM
<![CDATA[Maaloul, another hero for another battle in Rades]]>
Rades stadium in Tunisia is the favorite field for Al Ahly players to leave their mark. The team has made many great memories in this stadium and Saturday’s victory over Esperance will always be remembered by one player, the Tunisian magician in Al Ahly’s defensive lineup, Ali Maaloul.

Maaloul left his club CS Sfaxien to join Al Ahly in 2016 for € 700,000 ($836,570), which was considered too much for a defender. Since then, Maaloul booked a regular place in the squad but failed to shine like his old days in Sfaxien and was criticized by the Egyptian media. Maaloul proved on Saturday his greatness as a player and his mental strength as a person.

Al Ahly faced Esperance on Saturday in Rades at the CAF Champions League quarterfinals’ second leg only a week after a 2-2 draw in Alexandria; Maaloul was on the starting 11.

Al Ahly players started the game searching for their goal to qualify to the semi-finals, from the beginning it seemed that Al Ahly’s left flank with Ali Maaloul and Walid Soliman will have a great role in the game.

However, Maaloul made a huge mistake at 37th minute as he failed to return the ball to his goalkeeper, Sherif Ekramy, which led to a penalty from which Taha Yassine scored the first goal for Esperance and made the mission even harder for Al Ahly.

Many players would lose their concentration after such a mistake, but Maaloul’s experience and mental strength allowed him to shine like he never did in the second half.

Five minutes from the second half start, Ali Maaloul was inside Esperance’s area to score the first goal for Al Ahly after a mistake from Esperance’s defense.

The second goal was a pure piece of magic from Maaloul when he moved himself to the right flank after a great run; he looked to his teammates to find the right spot from which to cross, which subsequently allowed Junior Ajayi to score the second.

Ali helped Al Ahly’s defense keep the ball away from their area to end the game 2-1 and write a new page in Al Ahly’s history of dramatic victories.

Maaloul proved on Saturday that he has Al Ahly genes despite being born in Tunisia.

9/24/2017 5:21:10 PM
<![CDATA[Cycling-Sagan claims third straight road race world championship title]]>
Norway's Alexander Kristoff was second and Australian Michael Matthews took third place.]]>
9/24/2017 5:15:09 PM
<![CDATA[Trump urges fans to consider NFL boycott over player anthem protests]]>
In an early morning post on Twitter, Trump pressed ahead with his feud about players who refuse to stand for the anthem in what began last year as a form of protest over excessive use of force by police against African-Americans.

"If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast," Trump wrote on Sunday. "Fire or suspend!"

In a second tweet, Trump, who is spending the weekend at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, said that the "league should back" fans who are upset about the protests.

In 2016, then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick put one knee to the ground during pre-game renditions of the "Star Spangled Banner". Several players have since made similar gestures of protest before games.

At a political rally in Alabama on Friday, Trump suggested any protesting football player was a "son of a bitch" and should lose his job.

On Sunday morning, New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, who has dined with Trump and who the president considers a friend, criticized Trump and defended players' right to protest.

"I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the president on Friday," Kraft said on a statement posted on Twitter. Kraft said he supports his players' "right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner they feel is most impactful."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Trump's comments in Alabama revealed an "unfortunate lack of respect" for the NFL and its players.

As commissioner, Goodell reports to NFL owners, some of whom have supported Trump. New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, a major Trump presidential campaign donor, was confirmed by the Senate last month as Trump's pick to serve as U.S. ambassador to Britain.

The union representing professional football players also rejected Trump's comments, saying it would defend their right to freedom of expression.


National Basketball Association players also struck back against comments by the president on Saturday after Trump clashed with one of the biggest stars in the NBA.

In an early morning Twitter message on Saturday, the president rescinded a White House invitation to Stephen Curry, who had said he would "vote" against the planned visit by the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.

"Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!" Trump tweeted.

Curry told a news conference in Oakland, California: "It's beneath the leader of a country to go that route."

The Oakland-based Golden State Warriors said in a statement the team had intended to meet to discuss the potential visit at the first opportunity on Saturday morning.

Singer Stevie Wonder appeared to evoke protests by Kaepernick and other athletes when he put one knee to the stage during a concert at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City on Saturday.

"Tonight, I'm taking a knee for America," Wonder told the audience as his son, Kwame Morris, helped him down.

Wonder then put his other leg down so that he was kneeling and facing the cheering crowd, with his son doing the same.

"I’m taking both knees," Wonder said. "Both knees in prayer for our planet, our future, our leaders of the world and our globe."]]>
9/24/2017 4:57:56 PM
<![CDATA[Sports min. congratulates Egyptian Taekwondo player on silver medal]]>
In a post on his Facebook page, the minister expects that Egyptian Taekwondo players Essa and Hedaya Malak, who scored the bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will compete for a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olyampic Games.

The 19-year-old Egyptian Taekwondo player has snatched the silver medal after losing in the final by 6-7 to Ivorian Player Cheick Sallah Cisse in the men's-80kg division at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix.
9/24/2017 3:34:40 PM
<![CDATA[NFL-National Football League roundup]]>
The 26-year-old Verrett, who had an MRI on the surgically repaired knee last week, suffered the latest knee injury in the season opener against the Denver Broncos.

Verrett suffered a season-ending ACL in Week 4 last season.

After surgery to repair the issue, Verrett went through extensive rehab to work his way back onto the field. He was held out of offseason work on the field before slowly increasing his workload during training camp, playing in just one preseason game.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell signed a multi-year contract extension with the Lions in the spring, it was reported Saturday by the NFL’s website.

Caldwell and the Lions had previously declined to discuss the deal. The coach’s original contract with the Lions was set to expire after the season.

Caldwell has been with Detroit since 2014 and taken the team to a pair of playoff appearances.

The announcement comes as the Lions are off to a strong 2-0 start to the season.]]>
9/24/2017 3:29:46 PM
<![CDATA[Uruguay cancels Sunday football after referees attacked]]>
"Given the resolution by the Uruguayan Association of Football Referees to not take charge of games, the AUF has suspended all activities for this Sunday (24/9) in all disciplines and categories," the AUF said in a statement.

The decision means the cancellation of five first division matches as well as others at lower levels. The decision came after two officials, one of them a woman, were attacked by spectators on Saturday during an under-19 game between Platense and Basanez.
9/24/2017 3:13:28 PM
<![CDATA[Alba praises Valverde’s system ]]>

“The coach is managing the squad to perfection, we are all getting a chance to play; the truth is that the coach is working with us very well," Alba told press after Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Girona.

Valverde follows a rotational system between the players, most of the squad participated in Barcelona’s six games in the Spanish League “La Liga.”

Alba added, “We are responding to his methods, and whilst there is a lot of football to be played, I feel as though everyone has a positive feeling."

Alba booked a regular place in Barcelona’s starting 11 under Valverde’s command, after he struggled last season when Luis Enrique was managing Barcelona.

Barcelona won their first six games in the Spanish League to top the league with 18 points; they also won their first game in the Champions League with a score 3-0 against Juventus.]]>
9/24/2017 2:33:56 PM
<![CDATA[Ireland bank on star power in 2023 World Cup race]]>
France and South Africa have hosted the tournament before but Ireland are pushing to host it in full for the first time. They held some matches at the 1991 and 1999 events.

The World Rugby Council will hear the presentations and the Rugby World Cup Board will make its recommendation on October 31 before the final decision on who will host the 10th edition is made on November 15.

France - Proven track record

France has a proven track record in hosting major events, most recently Euro 2016, together with impressive infrastructure. But the French federation was made to issue a humiliating public apology by World Rugby for tweeting they were the best of the trio based on the world governing body's figures.

Dark clouds too surround federation president Bernard Laporte, who is under an investigation ordered by the French Sports Minister Laura Flessel for allegedly putting pressure on the federation's appeals board to reduce punishments imposed on Top 14 side Montpellier, whose club owner Mohed Altrad is the biggest contributor to the 2023 campaign.

Laporte has admitted his company signed a contract with Altrad worth 150,000 euros, which has been openly criticised by other club presidents.

It appears neither French President Emmanuel Macron nor Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will travel to London, which has been interpreted by some as distancing themselves from Laporte, though Macron will send a message by video.

France-based New Zealand legend Dan Carter announced late in the week he would not be present for Monday's event in London though he has maintained his support for the bid.

Ireland - Star appeal

The Irish are bidding to host their biggest-ever sporting event -- and will be emboldened by their successful staging of the women's version this year. They will hope the problems being encountered with Japan do not affect their appeal to open up the hosting to new blood.

Japanese organisers were warned this month to accelerate their preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, with training venues a key area of concern.

The Republic of Ireland's Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar will be in the presentation team with rock star Bono and actor Liam Neeson as well as Bob Geldof. Neeson has done the voiceover for a video and Geldof recites a poem.

The key message is that with a worldwide diaspora of 70 million, an Irish bid can attract countless new followers to the sport and help crack the North America market, with 35 million Irish Americans in the United States.

The main downside could be over public transport infrastructure.

South Africa -- Football World Cup legacy

Like France, South Africa has a proven track record in hosting major events including the 2010 football World Cup and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which also left them a valuable legacy in stadium facilities. The country entertains huge swathes of tourists every year, making it look an attractive contender.

It has a notoriously high crime right although, unlike France, has not been a target of terror attacks. The government has belatedly swung behind the bid, only coming on board in mid-2017 because they felt racial transformation targets had not been met.

The South Africans have pledged £160 million -- the highest of the three bidders -- but a struggling domestic economy, which could affect home fans' attendance, and a poor rail network could count against them. They will hope familiarity does not breed contempt as this is their fourth successive bid]]>
9/24/2017 12:04:05 PM
<![CDATA[Latvia's Ostapenko wins Korea Open tennis]]>
The 20-year-old French Open champion from Latvia rallied from a set down to beat the debutante finalist 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4, in a match that lasted two hours and 15 minutes.

"I'm really happy to win my second title here and in my career," Ostapenko said after the match. "I enjoyed playing here and to also see so many Latvian flags is amazing."

Sunday's win was Ostapenko's first hardcourt title since her upset victory over third-seed Simona Halep at the French Open in June.

Despite her defeat, Haddad Maia said competing in her first Women's Tennis Association finals had been a good experience.

"This match today was really tight. Both of us were playing very well," she said.

Ostapenko, the first Latvian to win a Grand Slam tournament, was a huge crowd favourite in Seoul throughout the week-long tournament.

The final match drew around 9,000 spectators, Yonhap news agency said, the tournament's first sellout since it began in 2004.]]>
9/24/2017 12:01:06 PM
<![CDATA[Alvarez-Golovkin bout 2 in the works]]>
Golovkin, who was making his Las Vegas debut, and Alvarez fought to a draw on Saturday in a evenly-matched bout that lived up to its hype as a showdown between the top two middleweights in the world.

Both the 27-year-old challenger Alavarez (49-1-1, 34 KOs) and the 35-year-old Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) said they wanted a rematch.
9/24/2017 11:59:51 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt to host U-23 African Nations Cup]]>
This came during the African Football Confederation’s meetings currently being held in Accra, the capital of Ghana.

The Egyptian Football Federation, headed by Engineer Hani Abu Reda, applied for Egypt to organize the tournament in May in coordination with Minister of Youth and Sports Khaled Abdul Aziz, who announced Egypt's full readiness to organize the tournament.

Abdel Aziz doubled the award for the U-23 volleyball team on August 26. He was set to award each player LE 3,000 ($170) after the team was able to come in fifth place in the U-23 Volleyball World Cup that was held in Egypt. However, the minister decided to raise the prize to LE 6,000 in response to the great achievement of the players.
9/24/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly defeats Esperance and Rades’ dilemma continues ]]>
Al Ahly started the game strong, with massive waves of attack as Mo’men Zakaria threatened Esperance Sportive at the second minute of the game with a dangerous shot which Moaz Bin Sharefya, Esperance’s goalkeeper, succeeded to save. Esperance reordered its lines to control the ball, which made the team reach 54% possession the ball. At the 38th minute, Al Ahli’s left back Ali Ma’loul made a mistake after which he returned a long ball from Esperance to his goalkeeper, albeit very weekly. This put Esperance’s striker in front of Sherif Ekramy, Al Ahly’s goalkeeper, who tackled the striker to give the opponent a penalty kick and a yellow card for Ekramy, Taha Yassin Khenisy, Esperance’s attacking star didn’t fail the fans and managed to score from the penalty kick with a strong unstoppable shot, which put Esperance in the lead at the 39th minute of the game to end the first half 1-0 for Esperance.

Egyptian champion Al Ahly refused to continue the match as a loser and recovered the soul of the champion, managing to score the equalizing goal by Ali Ma’loul after he translated a cross from Ahmed Fathi which Bin Sharefya failed to intercept at the 50th minute of the game. To continue Al Ahly’s legacy in Rades stadium to win every critical game in the African Champions League, as substitute Junior Ajayi scored the second and winning goal for Al Ahly after a fast counter attack made by Ali Ma’loul. He had made a long sprint before crossing the ball to Ajayi who didn’t fail his teammate and the fans to put the Egyptian giant in the lead at the 62nd minute of the game.

Despite the error in the first half, which resulted in a penalty kick for Esperance, Egypt Today Staff has chosen Tunisian left back Ali Ma’loul the man of the match given his great performance. Al Ahly now qualifies to the semifinal of CAF African Champions League.
9/24/2017 9:47:35 AM
<![CDATA[Kane's first goal in West Ham took only 5 seconds]]>
Kane's first goal came in the 34th minute, within just 5 seconds of Christian Eriksen's pass in 33.48 to Dele in the 33.52 minute, which he then passed directly to Keane, who put his head in the minute (33.53). The ball took only 5 seconds from the midfield to the net.

Kane (1)

Alvaro Morata scored an early goal for Chelsea in the second minute of the game against Stoke City in the sixth round of the Premier League.

Morata scored the goal after just 13 seconds after Tiémoué Bakayoko’s pass at the midfield of the Blues team in the 1.09 minute. The Chileans passed among them for several passes before Morata scored the goal in the 1.22 minute to give his team the lead.


Leroy Sane opened the scoring for Manchester City in the match against Crystal Palace, which is held at Etihad Stadium in the sixth round of the Premier League in the 44th minute.

The goal came as a result of a wonderful transfer of the ball between the players of the City (10 passes) started with Kyle Walker in the minute (43.21), until it reached Sane legs after only 21 seconds.

9/24/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ceballos leads Real Madrid to a hard victory over Alaves]]>
Dani Ceballos, Real Madrid midfielder, ended up being the great protagonist, as he scored his team`s two goals.

Ceballos, former Real Betis player, took the lead in the 7th minute as Pacheco, Alaves goalkeeper, failed to deal with a cross after hitting a teammate, which allowed Ceballos to score the first goal.

Manu Garcia, Alaves midfielder, leveled the score as he headed Alaves striker Munir El Hadadi`s beautiful cross in the net to make it 1-1.

Three minutes later, Ceballos doubled the score for him and his team by following a blocked shot from Pacheco.

The second half was strange, as a lot of chances from both teams didn`t find their way to the net. Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo became the main player of the second half because of the accumulation of opportunities that he missed. He crashed with the post and with Pachecó again and again, ending up in despair. Up to two shots crashed into the wood. He could not believe it.

Real Madrid was lucky as Alaves players crashed the post and the wood two times.
Real Madrid is now ranked 4th with 11 points, waiting for Barcelona to stumble in the next matches.
9/24/2017 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Tottenham Spurs crash West Ham]]>
Nothing can stop Harry Kane, Tottenham`s striker, when the curtain of a London derby rises. “Hurricane”, Harry`s nickname, strikes with all his strength whenever it comes to Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace or West Ham.

West Ham is Kane’s favorite victim, despite that he has never made a mark on them in their stadium. He has scored 7 goals in the last six official matches.

Tottenham’s 3-0 win at the Olympic Games takes its stamp. Kane scored two goals, which could have been four.

Christian Eriksen, the Danish international, has now scored more goals (33) than any other Danish player in Premier League history.

Five minutes later, Javier Hernandez Chicharito scored his third goal this season. It was hard for the rest of the match, as Serge Aurier was sent off after he got his second yellow card in the match.

A late goal by Cheikhou Kouyate was scored in the 87th minute, which made the Spurs suffer until the referee whistled without any sorrow for the fans.

It did not matter. The “9” of the Spurs had already left his seal with a double that extends his legend in the derbies. His trajectory against London opponents in the Premier is tremendous: he has scored 21 goals in 29 games.

In fact, only Thierry Henry, Arsenal`s legend - marked 43 goals in 59 derbies - exceeds him in all history. Henry - got one goal every 114 minutes - is also the only one that exceeds Kane's ratio (120) among players who have scored 10 or more goals in the derbies. This is almost nothing if we consider that “Hurricane” is only 24 years old.
9/23/2017 7:21:49 PM
<![CDATA[Nedved returns to football for a single game with Czech club ]]>
Skalná is the club where the Czech star started his career at the age of five, remaining there until his the age of 13.

The Czech club has published a copy of Nedved's symbolic contract with the club, which will allow him to play only one match with Skalná’s U-18 team.

The match will also be played by Nedved's son, who is confined to the club's youth team. However, he is living with his father in Italy, who is currently vice-president of Juventus, and that makes him not able to participate with him on a continuous basis, participating with them only when he is located in Czech Republic.

Nedved retired following the 2008–09 season, after a 19-year professional career.
9/23/2017 7:15:04 PM
<![CDATA[Antonio Conte praises Morata]]>
“Tactically, physically, technically, he’s very committed during the training sessions; his behavior is always fantastic. He is a very polite player; I like this. Also, I like that he’s a good finisher, and he feels the goal in every moment,” Conte said, according to Goal.com

Despite the good words that he dedicated to the striker, he believes that he lacks aggressiveness, saying, “He is a really good guy; a polite person. However, this is a process for him. When I speak about a lot of room for improvement, it also means this aspect – to be more aggressive.”

The Italian coach also talked about Morata's education off the field, and he would not mind being a part of his family. “He’s very good in understanding which is the best position in the box to receive the ball and to anticipate where the ball is going. He’s a really good guy. He’s the sort of guy who you would let a daughter marry,” he joked.

"I'm not interested in talking about the past," Conte replied when asked about Diego Costa. "I think the past is not important - for every player, the past stays there; if you did well in the past, okay," he added.
9/23/2017 7:12:07 PM
<![CDATA[The official line-up for Al Ahly vs. Esperance Sportive]]>
Al Ahly faced off against Esperance Sportive last week at Borg Al Arab Stadium in the first leg match of the CAF Champions League’s quarter-finals, which ended with a 2-2 draw.

Here are the players: (GK) Sherif Ekramy; (DEF) Ali Maaloul, Mohamed Naguib, Rami Rabeaa, Ahmed Fathy; (MID) Hossam Ashour, Amr El Soleya, Abdallah El Saieed, Walid Soliman, Moamen Zakaria; (ATT) Walid Azzaro.

The last match between the two giants ended in Rades, Tunisia with a score of 1-0 for Al Ahly. They met on Saturday, June 28, 2017.
9/23/2017 6:44:48 PM
<![CDATA[NBA-National Basketball Association roundup]]>
The Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to win their second championship in three seasons. The team has not yet been invited to visit the White House.

Several members of the team, including stars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, have criticized President Donald Trump's actions during the campaign and in office. The Warriors visited President Barack Obama in early 2016 after winning the 2015 Finals.

Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris underwent sports hernia surgery and is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks, the team announced.

The timetable means Morris will miss at least the first six games of the 2017-18 season and perhaps up to month.

The Wizards said in a statement that the surgery "went as expected."

The Charlotte Hornets promoted Stephen Silas to associate head coach and hired Eddie Jordan as an assistant coach, the team announced.

Silas, 44, is in his eighth season on the Charlotte bench and 17th in the NBA, coming to the Hornets after spending the previous 4 1/2 seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors.

Jordan, 62, played seven seasons in the NBA from 1977-84 with four different teams, helping the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA championship during the 1981-82 season.

The Philadelphia 76ers agreed to terms with guard Jacob Pullen.

Pullen, 27, most recently played for BC Khimki of the VTB United League in Russia. Across VTB and Eurocup play, he appeared in 40 games and averaged 9.5 points and 1.9 assists.

Since 2011, Pullen played professionally in Italy, Israel, Spain and Croatia in addition to his most recent season in Russia.]]>
9/23/2017 5:56:02 PM
<![CDATA[Costa watches Griezmann fire Atletico into second]]>
Costa's drawn out move back to Atletico from Chelsea was finally agreed on Thursday, but the striker isn't allowed to feature until the January transfer window opens.

However, the man who fired Atletico to La Liga in 2013/14, could still have a vital part to play in Atletico's title challenge as they maintained an impressive start to the season despite the difficulties of a ban on registering new players and with their first three league games of the season away from home as a new 68,000 capacity home was completed.

Sevilla travelled to the Spanish capital unbeaten so far this season and came close early on when Pablo Sarabia's shot was deflected onto his own post by Stefan Savic.

At the other end Filipe Luis then smashed the underside of the bar from Yannick Carrasco's cutback in Atletico's best effort of a first-half short on clear-cut chances.

However, it took less than a minute of the second-half to break the deadlock when Carrasco showed great awareness and pace to latch onto a short back pass from Steven N'Zonzi to beat Sergio Rico to the ball, round the keeper and slot into an empty net.

Griezmann then made the game safe 20 minutes from time as the French international won a tackle inside the Sevilla box before lifting himself off the floor to receive Luis's pass and drill through Rico's legs.

Diego Simeone then quickly withdrew Griezmann and Carrasco to keep them fresh for Wednesday's visit of Chelsea in the Champions League.

But Atletico comfortably saw out the final stages to move to within a point of La Liga leaders Barcelona, who travel to Girona later on Saturday.

Real Madrid are also in action later at Alaves as they aim to close a seven-point gap on Barca following a shock 1-0 home defeat to Real Betis in midweek.]]>
9/23/2017 4:50:27 PM
<![CDATA[West Ham auctions derby shirts for Mexico earthquake victims]]>
It is reported that it will double the profits obtained, which will be donated to the initiative “YoXMexico”, whose purpose is to deliver food and supplies through the “Red Cross and Los Topos”, an organization specializing in the cleaning of debris.

"We have all been moved by the news and the devastating effects of Tuesday's earthquake in Mexico. While disasters such as this may seem far away, it is important that we continue to help where we can," said David Sullivan, West Ham’s co-chairman told West Ham`s website.

"Javier has joined forces with Miguel Layún to raise funds to help his compatriots in this time of need, and we are confident that this auction will be able to raise a significant amount for his initiative," he added.

"Although it is only a small gesture of the club, we will double any amount obtained by the auction, which we hope may make a small difference for the people of Mexico," he stressed.

Some shirts that the players will wear in the meeting are already on sale, such as the “Chicharito” shirt, which today is valued at auction at £2,500 pounds ($3,374).

The Mexican international wrote on Instagram: "It's time to help, and I would like to announce the initiative @YoXMex. Only together can we move forward. People around the world, I would ask you to help the people of my country. We need a lot of help after what happened. You can donate in the link in my bio. Thank you all!”

"Being so far away from Mexico and seeing the suffering of our compatriots in the distance has been very painful. So, after talking about it, we decided to take the initiative for Mexico and help our people," Chicharito said.
9/23/2017 4:00:30 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan in Stoke starting line-up ]]>
Ramadan took part in three league games this season, the last of which was against Newcastle United in the last round. All of them participated as a substitute. Stoke hosts Chelsea in the sixth round of the league.

Stoke is 13th in the Premier League, while Chelsea sits at third.

Sobhi played his first match with Stoke City as part of the U23 team.and then he made his first appearance in the Premier League in a match against Manchester City. It was a big challenge for him. He wore Stoke City’s jersey in 19 matches without scoring any goals in the last season, but he had two assists for that team. Sobhi is now one of the key players for Stoke City.
9/23/2017 3:54:23 PM
<![CDATA[The expected line-up for Esperance Sportive against Al-Ahly]]>
Al-Ahly faced off against Esperance Sportive last week at Borg Al Arab Stadium in the first leg match of the CAF Champions League’s quarter-final, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

The expected players to start the match are: Ali El Gamal (GK), Khalil Chemmam, Ihab M'barki, Chams El Din Dhaouadi, Ali Machani, Frank Kom, Fosiny Coulibaly, Fergani Sassi, Ghilane Chalali, Anis Badri and Yassin Taha Khenissi.

Yassin Khenissi, Esperance Sportive`s striker, is the best striker in Tunisia nowadays. He is the one who scored the winning goal against Egypt in their last match in Tunisia, which ended 1-0. Egypt met Tunisia in the qualifiers for the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. He also scored the first goal in the first leg of Al-Ahly Clash.

Esperance Sportive qualified to the quarter-final of the CAF African Champions League after they topped their group over Mamelodi Sundowns, the South African giants.
9/23/2017 3:40:35 PM
<![CDATA[Tennis-Team Europe jumps ahead in inaugural Laver Cup]]>
The Europeans, the clear favourites with five of the world's top seven players, jumped ahead 3-1 on the opening day of the three-day competition that is aimed at injecting a new jolt of excitement into tennis but joins a crowded calendar.

Playing on a sleek black hardcourt at Prague's O2 Arena, Croatia's Marin Cilic, Austria's Dominic Thiem and Germany's Alexander Zverev got the European team off to an excellent start, winning all three of their matches.

That set Nadal and hometown Czech Berdych up for a clean sweep with the crowd behind them, but the pair started slowly and were eventually beaten 6-3 6-7(7) 1-0 (10-7) with the encounter decided in a 10-point match tie break.

"The first set they were better than us, but later it was close. We started to return more and be more aggressive," Nadal said.

"I am just happy the way the day went... Happy to go to bed 3-1."

Cilic beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 7-6 in the first match and Thiem swatted aside a challenge from another American John Isner 6-7(15) 7-6(2) 1-0(10-7).

Zverev then fought off Denis Shapovalov 7-6(3) 7-6(5), but all eyes on the first day were on Nadal.

The Spaniard headlines the event with his long-time rival and world number two Roger Federer, who helped conceive the competition with his sports management company Team8.

That raises the chance of the two greats playing together over the weekend with lineups announced each day.


Team Europe are overwhelming favourites against Team World, which has no player inside the top 15 and no grand slam titles, compared to a combined 36 for the European side.

The teams are captained by Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, whose own rivalry starting in the 1970s featured a contrast in temperament and style that made their matches the kind of must-watch events that Laver Cup organisers hope to showcase.

As in their storied on-court battles in their playing days, McEnroe painted an animated figure courtside as he frequently sprung from his chair to rally his players while Borg remained mostly seated.

His calm demeanour, however, belied his nerves.

"I was more nervous today than when I was playing because, I mean, of course when you play you have control," Borg said.

The tournament, which will rotate between Europe and the rest of the world each year, features three singles and one doubles match each day. A win was worth one point on Friday and will count for two on Saturday and three on Sunday.

An extra doubles match will be played if the teams are tied on points after all matches are over.]]>
9/23/2017 3:18:01 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Salah in starting line-up against Leicester City]]>
Salah will be in Liverpool’sline-up after being excluded from the last game in the third round of the English Football League. The newspaper pointed out that the presence of Algeria'sRiyadMahrez in Leicester City’s starting line-up in today's match, while his compatriot Islam Slimaniwill be on the bench.

Liverpool sits in eighth place on the Premier League table with eight points. Leicester is 15th with four points.

Salah won Liverpool`s Player of the Month award for August. He played a key part in a strong start in all the competitions by scoring three goals and providing two assists.
9/23/2017 2:56:46 PM
<![CDATA[Esperance Sportive de Tunis vs Al-Ahly preview]]>
Al-Ahly faced off against Esperance Sportive last week at Borg Al Arab stadium in the first leg match of the CAF Champions League’s quarterfinal, which ended with a 2-2 draw.

The eight-time African champions, who last won the competition in 2013, need to win or at least draw 3-3 to book a spot in the semifinal of Africa’s biggest club competition.

Hossam El-Badry, head coach of Al-Ahly, said in the press conference on Friday that “the style of play of Al Ahly and all big teams does not change overnight. We will enter the game with our usual approach and I have confident in the abilities of all the players.”

Badry said that the team has good memories in Tunisia, pointing out that the game between Al-Ahly and Esperance on Saturday is an “early final” of the African Champions League.

On the other hand, The coaching staff and the officials of Esperance reject overconfidence, as they will face a big team like Al-Ahly which has previous precedents in stealing hopes from the Tunisian teams in the Champions League especially at Rades.

Esperance will be without their main goalkeeper, Moez Ben Cherifa, as he had a surgery on Wednesday. He is expected to return to his team in the next two weeks.

Badri announced his team's list to face Esperance which will be as follows:

The list includes 25 players:

Goalkeepers: Sherif Ikrami, Ahmed Adel Abdel Moneim, Mohamed El Shennawy.

Defenders: Saad Samir, Rami Rabia, Mohammed Nagib, Ahmed Fathi, Mohammed Hani, Ali Maaloul, Sabri Rahil, Hussein Al Sayed.

Midfielders: Hossam Ashour, Amr Soulia, Hisham Mohamed, Abdullah Al-Saeed, Saleh Gomaa, Karim Nedved.

Forwards: Walid Sulaiman, Mo'men Zakaria, Ahmed Hamoudi, Ahmed El Sheikh, Walid Azaro, Emad Meteb, Junior Ajayi, Mido Jaber.
9/23/2017 2:29:42 PM
<![CDATA[That's my boy - Real boss Zidane faces son Enzo]]>
Midfielder Enzo, 22, left Real's reserve team in the close season in search of first-team football at Alaves, where he has made two La Liga appearances so far.

But with his side already seven points behind early league leaders Barcelona and in desperate need of points, Zinedine will put his job over family ties.

"I hope he (Enzo) doesn't score, we've got to look after our interests," said the 1998 World Cup winner.

"I don't know if it'll be strange to be up against him but I'm happy for him because he's doing a good job.

"I haven't thought about it much. I'll have my own feelings but the match is Alaves against Real Madrid, that's the most important thing for me."

For all Real's early seasons struggles, Enzo has had it worse as he has played just 71 minutes despite Alaves failing to register a point or even score a goal so far this season.

Veteran Italian coach Gianni De Biasi takes charge for the first time against the European champions following the sacking of Luis Zubeldia.

And Enzo is hoping Alaves' can kickstart their season, even if it comes at the expense of the club coached by his father and who he played for from the age of eight until just a few months ago.

"It is a special game, it is against my team since I was young," Enzo told Alaves' website.

"It will be strange, but also beautiful. I am desperate to play and let's see if we can take a point off them."

Zidane's 19-year-old son Luca is also in the Real squad as third-choice goalkeeper, and like Enzo, he has played for the French Under-19 team, while his younger brothers Theo (15) and Elyaz (11) also play in Real youth sides.

Former Ballon d'Or winner Zidane said that he has not had a hands-on approach with Enzo's career since he left the Santiago Bernabeu, after giving him his Real debut in a Copa Del Rey match last year, in which he scored.

"Enzo is very competitive, as am I. I'm watching his development as a player but I speak to him as a dad," he added.

"I'm not his coach, I'm his dad and I don't have to give him anything in terms of football. When we speak, it's nothing more than a father-son relationship."

Enzo admitted his first role model was his dad, but that it is the skills of Madrid midfielder Luka Modric he now tries to emulate.

"As a reference I have always had my dad because he is my dad and he was a great player," he added.

"But of the current players my reference is Modric. He makes football look beautiful, I had the luck to share a dressing room with him last year to see him up close and learn from him."]]>
9/23/2017 1:03:00 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek SC stuns Al Masry]]>
Al-Masry hosted Zamalek at Borg Al Arab Stadium in the third round of the Egyptian Premier League.

After the victory, Zamalek has seven points, putting it at the top of the league’s table with Al-Moqawloon Al Arab.

Al-Masry, with six points, is in third place after losing their first game in the league.

Al-Masry scored first in the match through Islam Abu Salima in the 15th minute.

Zamalek equalized the result by Mohamed Ashraf 'Roqa' with a powerful shot in the 52nd minute. Ahmed Madbouli scored the second and last goal of the match with another powerful shot in the 67th minute.

Among the 24 times Al-Masry scored first against Zamalek in history, this is the sixth time Zamalek succeeds in winning the match.
9/23/2017 12:03:37 PM
<![CDATA['Lady Beast' fights for girl gamers in Japan]]>
In real life, she is Yuko Momochi, a 31-year-old slender Japanese woman with short hair dyed light brown, who is hoping to encourage more girls into the male-dominated world of professional gaming.

A former car saleswoman, Momochi got her break in competitive gaming in 2011 after she defeated a previously invincible character in a Street Fighter match, earning her a sponsorship offer from an American team.

She was Japan's first female professional gamer and now also spends her time hosting events and searching for female talent who could one day turn pro.

"My parents wanted me to be a civil servant," she laughs at an interview with AFP on the sidelines of the Tokyo Game Show, one of the world's largest. "A girl raised by steady parents has turned out like this!"

Visitors to the Tokyo Game Show are left in little doubt they are entering a male-dominated world.

Only a handful of female players are in evidence in the loud atmosphere and scantily-clad women in exhibition halls greet the 250,000 mostly male visitors expected to attend the fair.

The violent world of online gaming also tends to appeal more to men, Momochi told AFP.

"When I started going to game arcades, I was playing fighting games, which meant it's all men around you. It was tough to get in there alone," she recalled.

As they are so small in number, female gamers stand out and attract attention, not always positive, she said.

"You often hear names like 'bitch'. It's fine if you can take it but normally you'd be hurt," she said.

'Street Fighter V' -
Momochi started gaming at a young age, playing Donkey Kong and other video games with her brother.

She recalled how her mother would unplug the computer after a few hours. Up until recently, her parents disapproved of her career, only softening their opposition slightly in recent years.

Momochi tasted some success in the competitive world of gaming, clinching second place in a Singapore competition in 2011 and getting into the top eight at a Tokyo Game Show event in 2013.

And now she has launched a group -- "Project Gaming Girls" or P2G -- to encourage women and girls players, whether professional or amateur.

"I want to share the joy you can get from gaming. Gaming itself was fun but socialising with my opponent after the fight was also fun," she said.

One of the women in the P2G group, a nurse from central Japan who gave her name only at Harumy, travels hundreds of kilometres to compete in online game battles.

She lost her "Street Fighter V" battle on the big stage but vowed to improve. "I've liked fighting games since I was five or so. From the very first moment I played them, I was so impressed and I've been playing ever since."

Mika Sawae, an art director at a Tokyo firm, took a day off to join some 40 other players -- including just a few women -- for a simultaneous play battle.

She said she was seeing more and more women at gaming events.

"I think it's because the industry is more open to women compared to before when games were designed for core fans," she said.

A co-fighter, Yuka Sugiyama, agreed: "What was not accepted as being played by women is accepted now ... I grew up being told not to be aggressive but I enjoy playing (fighting games) now."]]>
9/23/2017 11:38:25 AM
<![CDATA[Wozniacki smashes Muguruza to reach WTA Tokyo final]]>
The Danish former number one will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as she chases a third Tokyo title after the Russian toppled Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-7, 6-4 in a see-saw first semi-final.

Top seed Muguruza, playing her first tournament since reaching the top of the women's world rankings, was blown off court in just under an hour in a stunningly lopsided match.

"I didn't feel that fresh," the Spaniard told reporters.

"I felt my energy was a little bit low and I didn't make the important shots. I'm very disappointed, but she just played better."

Third seed Wozniacki tore through the first set, sealing it when Muguruza wafted a routine forehand badly wide.

Muguruza cut a forlorn figure as she trudged back to her seat but things went from bad to worse for the Wimbledon champion in the second set.

A dipping forehand pass gave Wozniacki an early break, consolidated after another wild Muguruza backhand in the fourth game.

Wozniacki, a two-time Tokyo winner and finalist in 2014, put Muguruza out of her misery by forcing the Spaniard into another whiffed backhand on match point after just 59 minutes.

Seventh seed Kerber, another former world number one, looked in danger of being fed the dreaded "double bagel" after losing the first eight games in the Tokyo sunshine.

But the German recovered from 6-0, 5-2 down to pinch the second-set tiebreak as Pavlyuchenkova suddenly tightened up, the Russian slamming her racquet to the ground in disgust.

Kerber, who has slipped back to 14th in the world since winning last year's Australian and US Open titles, clinched the breaker 7-4 with a fierce serve down the middle.

The 29-year-old Kerber, a former Tokyo finalist, then quickly raced to a 3-0 lead in the deciding set, only to be pegged back once more.

But Pavlyuchenkova seized the decisive break in the seventh game with a superb backhand drive volley, the same bludgeoning shot she unleashed to seal victory after a little over two hours.]]>
9/23/2017 11:25:42 AM
<![CDATA[Bayern loses two points at home ]]>
Bayern started the game in the offensive, resulting in a penalty kick goal at the 33rd minute by Robert Lewandowski.

Arjen Robben scored the second goal for Bayern only three minutes before the first half final whistle.

Wolfsburg started the second half well as Sasa Cicarevic scored the first goal after only eight minutes into the second half. The equalizer came seven minutes after that and was scored by Daniel Didavi

Bayern has had a disappointing run in the last few Bundesliga matches, losing against Hoffenheim in the third round of the league.

Bayern Munich with 13 points shares top of the table with Borussia Dortmund who plays on Saturday against Borussia Monchengladbach.
9/23/2017 10:06:22 AM
<![CDATA[Zidane: La Liga is a very long competition]]>
Zidane has spoken in a press conference prior to the match against Alaves in the sixth round of the Spanish league.

“It's a very long competition, and we're going to keep working hard. Every team will go through a bad patch and we'll be there or there abouts,” Zidane said, according to Real Madrid’s official website.

Marcelo is ruled out of the next matches because of his injury against Real Betis. Real Madrid stated in an official statement that “following tests carried out on Marcelo at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a grade 2 tear in his left bicep femoris muscle. His recovery will be monitored.”

He is expected to be back after two weeks. On this issue, Zidane said that “injuries are always frustrating for a coach, but there's nothing we can do about it. That can happen over the course of a season, and we have to deal with it. We lost the last game, and we want to change things.“

“I focus on the fact we had 27 shots. [The ball] just didn't want to go in. We didn't perform brilliantly, but it wasn't that bad either. I'm only thinking about the Alaves game and doing all we can to win it. We can't change what happened. That's football,” he added.

Real Madrid is looking to get back on track and secure three important points against Alaves. The Spanish giants placed 8th in the table with eight points, seven points shy of Barcelona.
9/23/2017 9:45:50 AM
<![CDATA[We have good memories in Tunisia: Al-Badry]]>
Al Ahly will meet Esperance at 8:00 pm on Saturday at Rades Stadium in the quarter-finals of the African Champions League. The first leg ended with a 2-2 draw.

Al-Badry said during the press conference on the match that the match is very important for both teams, especially that it is the match to resolve the semi-finals of the championship, hoping that the match is appropriate for the two teams.

The head coach of Al-Ahly that there is a state of concentration and determination of the great players to win and qualify.

Al-Badry added that the style of playing is constant and does not change overnight, revealing that the team will play in its usual style against Esperance and that he is fully confident of the capabilities of the players.
9/23/2017 9:44:35 AM
<![CDATA[Goalkeepers compete for Puskás Award]]>
Arsenal's French striker Olivier Giroud, with a goal against Crystal Palace, is at the top of the list of candidates for the award.

The list also includes Juventus's Mario Mandzukic, with a goal against Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League, and the goal of Deyna Castellanos, the Venezuelan player, against Cameroon at the World Cup.

The award, which was won last year by Malaysian Mohd Faiz Subri, is due to be delivered next month in London.

The following are the top ten candidates for the prize:

Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana/Las Palmas/10.23.2016)

Alejandro Camargo (Argentina/Universidad de Conception/12.04.2016)

Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela/Venezuela U-17 Women national team/10.24.2016)

Moussa Dembele (France/Celtic FC/02.05.2017)

Olivier Giroud (France/Arsenal/01.01.2017)

Aviles Hurtado (Colombia/Tijuana Xolos/04.01.2017)

Mario Mandzukic (Croatia/Juventus/06.03.2017)

Oscarine Masuluke (South Africa/Baroka FC/11.30.2016)

Nemanja Matic (Serbia/Chelsea/04.23.2017)

Jordi Mboula (Spain/ FC Barcelona Youth/02.22.2017)
9/23/2017 9:42:22 AM
<![CDATA[Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar are nominated for Best FIFA award]]>
Messi and Cristiano are repeating their candidacy, while Neymar is taking the podium instead of Gianluigi Buffon, who is nominated this time for best goalkeeper of the year.

FIFA announced the names of the finalists in the different categories of the “Best” awards. In the Best Coach category is Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane with two Italians, Antonio Conte (Chelsea) and Masimiliano Allegri (Juventus).

Here are the nominees for each award from FIFA:
Best FIFA Player/Men:

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid / Portugal), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona / Argentina) and Neymar Junior (PSG / Brazil).

Best FIFA Player/Women:

Deyna Castellanos (Santa Clarita Blue Heat / USA), Carli Lloyd (Manchester City / USA) and Lieke Martens (FC Barcelona / Netherlands).

Best FIFA Men's Football Coach:

Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid), Masimiliano Allegri (Juventus) and Antonio Conte (Chelsea).

Best FIFA Women's Soccer Coach:

Nils Nielsen (Denmark), Gerard Precheur (Olympique Lyon / France) and Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands).

Best FIFA Goalkeeper:

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus / Italy), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid / Costa Rica) and Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich / Germany).
9/23/2017 9:40:10 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian diver spends 100 hours under water]]>
Killany was seeking to break a new underwater record to stay for 120 hours or five days.

The captain of the diving operation, Captain Samir Darwish, said that Killany has passed 100 hours, pointing out that he sleeps and prays and has food and drinks under water.

He said that Saddam's health is very good, and his morale is high, as he has achieved a new record as his determination to achieve the longest dive in history. The biggest challenge is to break the final world record: 154 hours.

Killany uses a full-face mask so that he can breathe during sleep and puts weights on his body during sleep and sleeps over a net to control his body under water.
9/23/2017 9:36:54 AM
<![CDATA[Copa Libertadores semi finals decided ]]>
River Plate qualified to the semi finals after a stunning comeback at their stadium, Monumental in Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, against Bolivian club C.D. Jorge Wilstermann.

River Plate lost the first leg in Bolivia 3-0, but they managed to win the second leg 8-0. River striker Ignacio Scocco scored five goals in the match.

North of the capital, Lanus defeated their neighbors San Lorenzo 4-3 in a penalty shootout. The latter won the first leg, but Lanus managed to equalize the score with the same result in the second leg.

In Brazil, Lucas Barrios led Gremio to the semi finals after beating Botafogo at home 1-0, the first leg ended 0-0.

Barcelona S.C. returned from Brazil with a ticket to the semi finals as they won over Brazilian club Santos 1-0, thanks to Jonathan Alvez’s goal. The first leg in Ecuador had ended 1-1.

It is worth mentioning that River Plate won the title three times, and Gremio won it twice. Barcelona S.C. and Lanus never did.
9/23/2017 9:25:37 AM
<![CDATA[Costa: Atletico Madrid is my home, and here I am]]>
He called Atletico Madrid his home and added that he is glad to be back wearing red and white. "Atletico Madrid is my home, and here I am," he said upon his arrival at Madrid's airport.

About the negotiations, he said, “it went on for too long, but there was a happy ending in the end.”

Costa said about his teammates, “now I'm waiting to see my teammates and to train.”
"You always become a little nervous when time drags on, but Miguel Angel Gil put in lots of effort, and I'm grateful," Costa said to MARCA.

"I don't want to have an ungrateful attitude towards Chelsea, because I was also very happy there and played in a great team," he told MARCA.
9/23/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Morata will fill Costa void for Chelsea, says Shevchenko]]>
Premier League champions Chelsea agreed to sell Spain international Costa back to Atletico Madrid on Thursday -- ending a standoff between the 28-year-old and the club for whom he was top scorer in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge.

Morata signed from Real Madrid in July for a reported fee of 58 million pounds ($78.45 million) and has quickly picked up the pace of English football, even if his style is less combative than Costa's.

The 24-year-old has scored three league goals already and Shevchenko, who never replicated his superb goalscoring record for AC Milan in three subsequent years at Chelsea, believes there is much more to come from the Spaniard.

"They have found a very good player in Morata," Shevchenko told reporters at the Best FIFA Football Award ceremony in London on Friday when Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar were the three players shortlisted.

"He has adapted very well. They are two very different players. Costa wasn't happy so you couldn't keep him. You have to replace him and I think the club were very patient in the market and found the right player that they were looking for."

While Costa is a bulldozing centre forward never slow to go to war with central defenders, Morata goes about his business in a more refined manner, relying on stealthy movement and an ability to find space in the opposition penalty area.

A quiet game against Arsenal in the 0-0 draw last weekend led to suggestions that Morata lacked the physical presence required for the weekly Premier League combat.
Shevchenko disagrees with that assessment.

"I've been surprised that Morata has found the right chemistry with his team mates so quickly," he said.

"Of course he knows Pedro very well and (Eden) Hazard's type of game suits him very well. Morata is very good in the box and scores a lot of goals with his head.

"Chelsea create so many chances around the box, always crosses coming in from left and right and he has been clinical so far and this is a good sign for him to be successful."

Shevchenko, who is now focussed on trying to lead Ukraine to the World Cup finals as coach, acknowledged that Costa would be missed, but said a move back to Madrid was right for him.

"I think if the motivation of the player is to leave the club, it would have been unfair for the club to keep him," the 40-year-old who scored more than 100 goals for Milan, said.

"He did a great job for the club. He won two titles and was happy to be here. But he felt it was the right decision to leave the club so they were right to let him go."
Morata will be in action at Stoke City on Saturday.
9/22/2017 11:06:05 PM
<![CDATA[The line-up for both Zamalek and Al Masry ]]>
Zamalek’s manager, Nebojša Jovović, announced his line-up for the expected match as follows:
(GK) Ahmed El-Shennawy; (DEF) Moayed El-Agan, Ahmed Magdi, Mahmoud Alaa, Hazem Emam; (MID) Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Rouka, Ahmed Daouda; Ahmed Madbouli, Abdullah Gomaa; (FWD) Kasongo.

Al Masry`s manager, Hossam Hassan, enters this match with the best line-up he has:
(GK) Mahmoud El Sayed; (DEF) Mohamed Hamdy, Islam Salah, Islam Abu Selema, Ahmed Salem Safy; (MID) Amr Mousa, Farid Shawky, Sheikh Mekoro, Alaa Aly; (FWD) Ahmed Gomaa, Aristide Bance.
9/22/2017 6:58:16 PM
<![CDATA[FPL: Kane's anger, Aguero's desire to enter history]]>
In the Fantasy Premier League, the game that dazzled everyone was the last round, in which Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were astonishing. Sergio Aguero got a striking 20 points this week, while Harry Kane is still a mystery as he failed to score in Swansea's goal.

In this round at St. Mary's Stadium, Manchester United meets Southampton, in a game that is always strong between the two teams.

Dream team of GW 5:


General tips and nominations for the 5th round of Fantasy:
Teams expected to get a clean sheet: Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle and Manchester City.

Captain Candidates: Gabriel Jesus, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.
Egypt Today team for GW 6:


9/22/2017 6:55:05 PM
<![CDATA[Phil Neville praises Marcus Rashford]]>
Neville is working as a pundit for Sky Sports’ coverage of Manchester United`s game against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup. Rashford scored a double and helped his team to qualify to the next round of the Cup.

"Everybody praises Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe, but nobody talks about Rashford in this country," Neville said following the game.

"Because he's English, we just say 'he plays on the left wing, he's OK.' He is up there with Dembele and Mbappe, who also play on either wing. People say you have to play Rashford as a centre-forward, but you can play him anywhere because he is good enough,” Neville stated.

"Rashford is in the same bracket as those two - £100m-£150m players. He is every bit as good as those two and can be in the future, because he is improving every season," Neville added.

Barcelona signed Ousmane Dembele to be their club record signing this summer, while Kylian Mbappe will become the most expensive youngster when he completes his move to Paris Saint Germain next summer.
9/22/2017 6:33:18 PM
<![CDATA[Cuper rejects offer to coach domestics]]>
The Football Association is now waiting for the decision of the African Football Confederation CAF, scheduled to be produced on Saturday, about the host country of the African Nations Championship, as CAF is studying to move the tournament from Kenya to Morocco. In case of moving the tournament to Morocco, Egypt will be qualified automatically, as Egypt and Morocco played a match of two legs in the qualifiers for the tournament to determine which one of the teams will book its seat. So if Morocco hosts the tournament, it will be qualified as a host country and Egypt will take its seat from the qualifiers.

Some of the board members of EFA suggested assigning the task of coaching the domestic national team to Cuper to lead the same group of players who faced Morocco, after the apology of Hamada Sedqi, the coach of the U-18 national football team, but Cooper rejected this.
9/22/2017 6:11:22 PM
<![CDATA[4 Egyptians in Macau Open Semifinals.]]>
Four players representing Egypt participated in the Macau Open. Mazen Gamal left the tournament in the first round after losing to Saurav Ghosal from India, while Omar Mosaad succeeded in the first round but failed to win his match in the second round after he lost to German Simon Rosner, ranked number one in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Omar Abdel Meguid and Mohamed Abouelghar managed to win in all their matches in Macau to qualify for the semi-final scheduled for Saturday and book an Egyptian seat in the final of the tournament, which will be played on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, Egypt is represented by seven players: Raneem El Welily, Yathreb Adel, Nadine Shahin, Mariam Metwally, Mayar Hany, Rowan Elaraby and Nouran Gohar.

Nouran Gohar, the world’s number two, managed to win in all her matches in the Macau Open. The last of them was against Wales’s Tesni Evans, which Nouran won by a 3-0 victory to qualify for the semi-final to face Annie Au from Hong Kong on Saturday. Also, another Egyptian reached the women’s semi-finals, as Yathreb Adel defeated Hong Kong’s Joey Chan 3-0, and she will now face Joelle King of New Zealand on Saturday.
9/22/2017 6:08:27 PM
<![CDATA[Al Masry vs Zamalek SC Preview]]>
Zamalek’s manager, Nebojša Jovović, is aiming to continue his astonishing performance following the team’s last match against El Dakhleya, which they won 3-0. He wants to secure the second victory in the Egyptian League over Al Masry.

On the other hand, Al Masry club (1st place - 6 points) is looking to obtain its third win in the Egyptian League, as it won the first two matches against Wadi Degla and Petrojet.

Hossam Hassan, Al Masry`s coach, insisted that he wants to stay on the top of the table. He is confident of the ability of his team to continue their race in the Egyptian League and win the title.

The new coach for Zamalek SC (5th place – 4 points), Montenegrin Jovovic Nebosja, has settled on the players who will participate in the match against El Dakhleya’s on Sunday. The squad list is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed Al-Shenawy, Mahmoud Abdul Rahim “Ginsh”
Line of defense: Mahmoud Alaa, Mohamed Magdy, Moayad Al Ajlan, Hazem Emam
Midfield: Tarek Hamed, Abdullah Gomaa, Mohamed Ashraf 'Roqa', Ahmed Madbouli, Ahmed Dawooda, Ahmed Tawfiq, Marouf Youssef, Mahmoud Abdel Aaty “Dunga”
Offensive: Kabongo Kasongo, Basem Morsi, Khaled Amar, Salah Ashour, Youssef Ibrahim “Obama”, Razak Cisse.
9/22/2017 3:37:20 PM
<![CDATA[UEFA approves regulations for League of Nations]]>
The competition, which will be held from September to November 2018 (pool stage) and June 2019 (Nations League Finals), will also serve as part of the qualification process for UEFA Euro 2020.

Only the 55 European national teams will compete in this competition. Some tickets for the UEFA EURO 2020 and a number of friendly matches will be reduced.

The UEFA Executive Committee put the final touches on its start-up, which will be in September 2018. It is designed with the aim of improving the quality and prestige of national football.

For its development, the 55 teams will be divided into four divisions (A, B, C and D) according to UEFA's classification, after finishing the qualifying phase for the 2018 World Cup on October 11.

The League of Nations will be played in six games, with double clashes scheduled for September, October and November of next year.

The A and B leagues will each include four groups of three teams, who will be the best placed in that UEFA classification. League C will consist of four groups, the first one with three teams and the other three groups with four teams. League D will include four groups of four teams.

The winners of each group of League A will play the final four to be resolved by the champion of the competition in June 2019. This will be played in an eliminatory format, with semi-finals that will be determined by a lottery.

The venue for this final phase, which will be held in June 2019, will be chosen by the Executive Committee in December 2018 among the candidate countries.

The last group of each league will descend to the next tournament to be played in 2020 (the last of league A will fall to League B, and same for the other leagues) and the first of leagues (B,C,D) will be promoted to the above league.

The draw of the group stage of the League of Nations will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on January 24, 2018. The committee will also reveal the trophy of the competition.
9/22/2017 3:15:48 PM
<![CDATA[River Plate destroys Wilstermann with 8 goals in Copa Libertadores]]>
Jorge Wilstermann won 3-0 on Friday, September 15 in the first leg in Bolivia; however, River Plate had a remarkable rematch in Buenos Aires by scoring four goals in each period. Ignacio Scocco, 32 years old, the new striker from Newell's Old Boy, scored five goals for his team to be named “Man of Match”.

In the other quarter-final of the evening, Lanus succeeded to qualify over San Lorenzo in the 100% Argentinean derby. They tied in the aggregate score, as each team won 2-0 in its leg. Lanus won the penalty kicks 4-3.

River Plate is set to meet Lanus in the semi–final, and the second match will be between Gremio from Brazil and Barcelona from Ecuador.
9/22/2017 2:52:15 PM
<![CDATA[Costa's Chelsea exit a 'real shame' for Premier League, says Hughes]]>
Costa, a key figure in Chelsea's two Premier League title wins in last three seasons, appeared to have sealed his inevitable exit from Chelsea after they agreed to sell the 28-year-old back to Atletico Madrid.

"Costa was brilliant at taking it up to the line and then stepping back, affecting opposition teams," former striker Hughes told reporters before Stoke welcome Chelsea in the league on Saturday.

"Maybe they don't have that ability with the dark arts right on spec at the moment.

"I don't know the whole circumstances, but from a football fans' point of view I think he's a loss to the Premier League."

Hughes said Stoke face the prospect of hosting champions Chelsea with just one centre back available for selection.

Kurt Zomba is ineligible to play against his parent club while Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron remain on the sidelines.

It leaves then with Bruno Martins Indi as their only regular central defender, who could be paired alongside full back Glen Johnson and Erik Pieters if they continue to field three at the back.

"We're struggling a little bit defensively," said Hughes.

"There's a major doubt on Kevin Wimmer - he's touch-and-go and we'll have to see how he is this (Friday) morning."

Stoke, currently placed 13th in the league, are on a three-game winless run since their 1-0 victory over Arsenal last month.
9/22/2017 2:04:20 PM
<![CDATA[Ittihad Jeddah -Al Hilal draw with Kahraba in Saudi Derby]]>
The first goal of the league came in the 12th minute through star Fahd Mawled’s wonderful shot from inside the penalty area, after a perfect pass from the Egyptian international star Mahmoud Abdel Moneim Kaharba, who participated in the full game, and got a yellow card in the 35th minute.

In the last period of the first half, especially in the second minute of lost time, Al Hilal managed to draw through Eduardo, ending the first half with a 1-1 draw between the two teams.

During the second half, the two teams missed the opportunity to score a goal, through many of the attacks that have been for them, most notably Kahraba’s opportunity when he had a chance in the 80th minute, but he shot the ball easily, to save the keeper, to end the game with a draw.

With this draw Al Hilal lifted its balance to 10 points, to take the lead temporarily, waiting for the match against Al Ahly, which includes Egyptian Mohamed Abdel Shafy, on Friday, while lifting the Crescent to score 4 points, and rose to ninth.
9/22/2017 11:57:06 AM
<![CDATA[Zamaleklist: Nebojša adds 'strike force' to face Al Masry]]>
The list included 20 players:
Goalkeepers: Ahmed Al-Shenawy, Mahmoud Abdul Rahim “Ginsh”
Line of defense: Mahmoud Alaa , Mohamed Magdy , Moayad Al Ajlan , Hazem Emam
Midfield: Tarek Hamed , Abdullah Gomaa ,Mohamed Ashraf 'Roqa', Ahmed Madbouli , Ahmed Dawooda, Ahmed Tawfiq , Marouf Youssef,Mahmoud Abdel Aaty “Dunga”
Offensive: Kabongo Kasongo, Basem Morsi, Khaled Amar , Salah Ashour ,Youssef Ibrahim “Obama” , Razak Cisse.

The Zamalek White Castle had a horrible previous season, which prompted Mortada Mansour, president of the club, to make sweeping changes to the player lineup. Mansour made many replacements after more than 10 players left the team.
9/22/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Roma, Juventus, Milan and Napoli win in the Serie A]]>
The capital giants, Roma thrashed newly promoted Benevento 0-4, thanks to Edin Dzeko double and two own goals by Benevento players, Fabio Lucioni and Lorenzo Venuti.

In Torino, Juventus managed to beat Fiorentina 1-0 thanks to Mario Mandzukic header at 53th minute. This victory helped Juventus to keep their amazing run and share the top of the league with Napoli.

In Lazio - Naploli clash, Maurizio Sarri, Napoli`s coach, managed to reverse the 1-0 that the Lazio team signed by Stefan De Vrij in the first half-hour of the match.

Perhaps the talk of Maurizio Sarri in the dressing room was most encouraging, because in just five minutes José Callejón, Kalidou Koulibaly and Dries Mertens scored three goals and Jorge Luiz known as Jorginho scored a late penalty so that the marker finished with 1-4.

Thanks to this comeback, the Neapolitans are placed leaders of the Serie A, with the same points with Juventus.

AC Milan managed to win 2-0 at Spal, both goals came from penalty; Ricardo Rodríguez took the lead in the first half and Franck Kessie scored the second one in the second half.

Juventus and Napoli share the top of the League with 15 points while Inter placed third with 13 points.]]>
9/22/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Olympic boxing champion André Ward retired]]>
The 33-year-old attributed his decision to the physical burden of the sport. “I'm leaving boxing because my body can no longer meet the physical burden of this sport, and my desire to continue fighting is no longer the same,” Ward said in a statement on his personal website.

He added, “If I could not give my family, my assistant team and my fans all that I have, retirement is the right decision.”

Ward, who won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics, made a remarkable 32 victories without a defeat, including 16 knockout victories.

His last match was in June when he defeated Sergei Kovalev to keep the three world lightweight titles.]]>
9/22/2017 7:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Navas, 400th Sevilla game and and more is yet to come]]>
Navas, born in Sevilla joined the club when he was just 15, it took him just three years to win his first participation with the first team against Espanyol, the game that Sevilla lost 0-1.

Navas, since then became a regular player at Sevilla first team and he continued occupying the right flank of his team.

Navas left Sevilla in 2013, he joined the blue side of Manchester, Manchester City in 2013 and he stayed there for four years but he couldn’t be away from Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán more, so he returned to his beloved city in 2017.

Navas was the only player from Sevilla FC among the Spanish squad who won 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Navas is the Sevilla player with the most titles as he won six titles with the club including two UEFA Cups in 2006 and 2007 during the Golden era of the team, when the team consisted of Luis Fabiano, Adriano Correa, Dani Alves, Frederic Kanoute beside Jesus Navas.

Navas would be the Sevilla player with highest caps this season as he is only 15 games away from the player on top of the table, Pablo Blanco.

Navas shared Sevilla’s dressing room with Sergio Ramos, Dani Alves, Seydou Keita and Alvaro Negredo. They all left the club searching for their dreams, but he was different as his 4 years away proved that his dreams only set to be achieved in Sevilla.
9/22/2017 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Omar Gaber is back on the national team squad against Congo]]>Cuper had previously excluded Omar from the list of players who will play abroad and face Congo on October 8.

The 25-year-old had fine displays for Basel in the last two games as a starter, which apparently convinced the Argentinean coach and made him reconsider his decision by including him in the Pharaohs’ list.

Egypt is currently on the top of Group E in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with nine points out of four games, with the upcoming game against Congo potentially proving decisive in the case of Egypt’s victory. This would be the first time the Egyptian national team to join the World Cup since 1990.

9/22/2017 4:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Catalonia witnesses a new derby in Girona ]]>
Girona, located in the eastern part of Catalonia witnesses Barcelona biggest stars in an official game for the first time as the club experiences the Top division games for the first time this season.

Girona became the eighth Catalan team to play in the Spanish Top Division after FC Barcelona, RCD Espanyol, Gimnàstic de Tarragona, UE Lleida, CE Sabadell FC, CE Europa and CD Condal.

Girona started the season well with a 2-2 draw against the veterans, Atletico Madrid and a 1-0 victory over Malaga away.

However, Girona lost two games against Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla and their last game against Leganes ended with a 0-0 draw.

Girona midfielders, Marc Muniesa and Carles Planas will meet their former teammates as both players represented Barcelona B, both players played alongside Barcelona stars, Sergi Roberto and Gerard Deulofeu at Barcelona youth rankings.

It is good to mention that the game comes amidmajor political developments in Catalonia as the Catalan take further steps for independence from Spain.]]>
9/22/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Moez Ben Cherifa is ruled out of Al-Ahly clash]]>
Al Ahly faces Esperence in Rades, Tunisia at the African Champions League quarter finals second leg. The first leg ended with a 2-2 draw in Alexandria on Saturday, September 16.
It is reported that the Tunisian international had a surgery on Wednesday, 20 September and he will be back to his team after 10 days from now.

Moez was one of the best players in the 1st leg clash as he saved his team from real chances which could change the final score of the match.

The 26-year-old has won the Tunisian league for two times (2010-2011). He also won the Tunisian cup with Esperance in 2011. Finally, he won the CAF Champions league trophy in 2011.

9/22/2017 12:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[ Finally, Costa rejoins Atletico Madrid ]]>
“Atlético Madrid and Chelsea have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa. The agreement is pending the formalization of the contract between our club and the Spanish international forward,” Atletico Madrid’s statement said.

Costa, 28, will return to play for Atletico Madrid after three years in London playing for Chelsea where he won two Premier League titles in 2015 and 2017.

The Spanish club statement added, “the English club gave the Spanish an international permission to travel to Madrid in the coming days to take his medical exam and finalize his contract with our club.”

Brazilian-born Spanish Costa joined Atletico Madrid in 2007, and he went to multiple loans before settling in Atletico Madrid’s first team in 2010 and played for the club until moving to Chelsea in 2014.

It is worth mentioning that Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte informed Costa via a text message that he doesn’t want him for the new season, so the player decided to leave the club.

Costa will be unable to represent Atletico Madrid until January 2018, as FIFA banned the club from transfers this summer. ]]>
9/21/2017 11:27:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Premier League returns]]>
The third week of the Egyptian Premier League started with Petrojet and Enppi’s match, which was held at Petro Sport Stadium. Petrojet managed to win the three points of the game by winning 2-0. Shimelis Bekele scored the first goal for his team on the 44th minute of the game, before Ahmed Younis added the second goal for Petrojet.

The second game was between Smouha SC and Al Nasr at Alexandria’s stadium in Smouha. The home team started the score by Al Sayed Farid’s goal at the 69th minute of the game, while Al Nasr managed to equalize with a late goal at the 93rd minute of the game through Mohamed Hassan Mido, ending the game 1-1.

Day one of the third week of the Egyptian league was concluded at Al Salam Stadium, the home of Al Entag Al Harby, which hosted Masr Al Makassa Thursday evening. The two teams did not score until the 80th minute when Al Entag’s player Omar Al Saied scored the winning goal for his team, placing Al Entag Al Harby on the third place of the table with five points.
9/21/2017 11:26:13 PM
<![CDATA[Jake LaMotta passed away]]>
LaMotta gained fame with a new generation because of the 1980 film based loosely on his autobiography from a decade earlier. De Niro won an Academy Award playing the troubled boxer – violent both inside and outside the ring – in a Martin Scorsese film that several critics have ranked as among the top 100 movies ever made.

“Jake LaMotta was a champ,” said Scorsese. “He was, as they say, larger than life. He lived a tough life, with a lot to overcome, but that’s exactly what he did. I’m glad to have had the chance to know him.”

LaMotta`s career was astonishing as he won 83 times, defeated 19 times and 4 draws.
LaMotta fought the great Sugar Ray Robinson six times, handing Robinson the first defeat of his career in 1943 and losing the middleweight title to him in a storied match on Feb. 14, 1951, at Chicago Stadium.

“I fought Sugar Ray Robinson so many times; it’s a wonder I don’t have diabetes,” LaMotta said according to CBS.
9/21/2017 11:20:27 PM
<![CDATA[Chelsea player Bakayoko has traffic accident after training]]>
Tiémoué Bakayoko, the new blues player, suffered a traffic accident on his way home from training near the English city Chobham at around 3:30 pm on Thursday, the Sun reported.

The police were called to the scene in the afternoon.The French star did not accuse anyone of causing the accident, the newspaper said, stressing that the incident was minor and the Chelsea star was not injured and went home to relax.

The 22-year-old Bakayoko began his career with Stade Rennais F.C.; he played in it 2013-2014 season, during which he participated in 28 matches in all competitions and scored one goal before moving to Monaco in 2014. He played 3 seasons with Monaco. He played 92 games and scored 5 goals. He won the French league title with Monaco last season after a 17-year absence, Bakayoko played one match with the French national team.
9/21/2017 11:04:46 PM
<![CDATA[Police lock fans inside ground after clashes erupt outside]]>
Fans battled outside the ground immediately following Ecuadorean side Barcelona’s 1-0 win, forcing police to lock the gates to stop more fans getting involved, according to local media.

Video footage on Globo’s sports channel showed fans outside the ground running from the fighting as police fired percussion grenades to disperse the crowds.

Globo also said fans inside the ground tried to get into the Santos dressing room to remonstrate with the side after the surprise quarter-final defeat to a Barcelona team that had two players sent off.

Barcelona won the two-legged tie 2-1 after a 1-1 draw in Guayaquil last week and face another Brazilian side Gremio in the semi-finals next month.
9/21/2017 8:21:25 PM
<![CDATA[Mexican F1 track undamaged by quake, race to go ahead]]>
Marketing head Rodrigo Sanchez told reporters that the Hermanos Rodriguez circuit in the southeast of the city was not damaged.

“It’s been inspected twice already from the track surface and also the buildings, and it’s OK,” said Sanchez, who was in Mexico City when the 7.1 magnitude quake struck on Tuesday afternoon.

“We’ll continue doing the assessments as we go but so far there’s really no concern (about the facilities). We’ll have a race.”

The grand prix, the 18th round of the 20 race season, is scheduled for Oct. 29 on the weekend before Mexico’s annual ‘Dia de Muertos’ (Day of the dead) holidays.

Some 135,000 spectators attended on race day last year, second only to British circuit Silverstone’s 139,000, with about 30 percent of them foreigners.

The race is backed by the government, which pays the hosting fees to Formula One and sees it as an important driver for tourism and Mexico’s image abroad.
Sanchez said the immediate focus was on helping relief efforts and mobilizing international support.

“We’re trying to put out there all the information relevant to how people can help. Right now the concern is really getting everything back to moving from the city perspective and supporting any way we can,” he said.

“If things stay the same, we’ll just keep working on what we’re doing. The track is fine so we just need to re-focus and get this show done.”

Mexico’s only current Formula One driver, Force India’s Sergio Perez, has said he is donating 3 million pesos ($168,000) towards the relief effort.

The Carlos Slim Foundation, set up by the telecoms billionaire whose companies have backed Perez throughout his racing career, will add five for every peso donated.

The quake has killed at least 102 people in Mexico City and 135 from five surrounding states. Fifty-two buildings collapsed in Mexico City alone, according to mayor Miguel Angel Mancera.

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) postponed on Wednesday the world para swimming and powerlifting championships that had been due to be held in Mexico City this month.]]>
9/21/2017 7:19:41 PM
<![CDATA[Ekramy is ready for Esperence clash ]]>CAIRO - 21 September 2017: Al Ahly goalkeeper, Sherif Ekramy, stated on Thursday that he is ready to play on Saturday against Tunisia’s Esperence at the African Champions League quarter finals second leg.

“I totally forgot the mistake against Esperence and I am ready for the Saturday game,” Ekramy told Egypt Today from Tunisia.

Ekramy couldn’t save an easy shot from Esperence’s midfielder, Ghailene Chaaleli that led to Esperence’s second goal.

Ekramy added, “Al Ahly players can win the game on Saturday and qualify them to the semi finals.”

Al Ahly club invited their fans to attend Wednesday’s training session.

Al Ahly fans supported Ekramy and asked him to forget what happened in the first leg, focusing on the next game.

Al Ahly faces Esperence in Rades, Tunisia at the African Champions League quarter finals second leg. The first leg ended with a 2-2 draw in Alexandria on Saturday, September 16.

It is good to mention that Egyptian ambassador in Tunisia, Nabil El Habashy, welcomed Al Ahly’s delegation at Tunis Airport on Thursday morning.
9/21/2017 3:57:12 PM
<![CDATA[London-born Abraham rejects England to play for Nigeria]]>
Abraham, 19, is available to play for Nigeria’s senior team as he didn’t play any game with England’s first team.

Pinnick used his good relation with the striker’s father to convince him to play for Nigeria; Pinnick said, “I had a very honest and productive discussion with Tammy and his father last week.”

Pinnick added, “It’s been a long process but I can tell you authoritatively that he has agreed to play for Nigeria and not England. He and his parents have started the necessary documents to affect the switch.”

Abraham, who was born in South London district, Camberwell, is a Chelsea academy product; he joined the club when he was nine and he rose through the club rankings till 2016, when he went to Bristol City on a loan. In 2017, the club loaned him to Swansea City after signing a new contract with Chelsea.

Pinnick explained why Abraham took Nigeria’s side and he said, “Clearly he understands he stands a better chance playing for the Super Eagles. With his talent, he has the ability to fight for a place in the Nigeria squad, by God's grace we make it to Russia, then he would contest for a chance to represent his fatherland.”

Abraham represented England in U18, U19 and U21, he was among the English squad who participated in UEFA European Under-19 Championship on July 2016 in Germany and UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Poland on June 2017.]]>
9/21/2017 3:35:39 PM
<![CDATA[City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton all qualified]]>
Manchester City did not give up the first round of the English League Cup and overcame an intense second half by beating West Bromwich with two goals from Leroy Sané, City`s winger.

However, City’s Manager, Pep Guardiola benched his biggest stars, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Kevin DeBruyne, Benjamen Mendy and Nicolas Otamendi, and started with a strong line-up consisting of Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane, and City’s wonder kid, Phil Foden.

In the other matches of the day, Manchester United defeated Burton Albion 4-1 at Old Trafford, while Chelsea found it easy to qualify to the second round by beating Nottingham Forest 5-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal won over Doncaster 1-0 thanks to Theo Walcott’s goal, while Everton returned to their form after poor performances in the Premier League by beating Sunderland 3-0.

However, Liverpool didn`t make it because they lost to Leicester City in Leicester’s stadium, King Power. Liverpool’s suffering continued and their manager, Jurgen Klopp has to focus on his team if he wanted to hold a title at the end of the season.

The draw for Round Four of the Carabao Cup has been made, and these are the eight ties that will take place during the week commencing Monday, October 23, 2017.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham

Bristol City vs. Crystal Palace

Swansea City vs. Manchester United

Arsenal vs. Norwich City

Chelsea vs. Everton

Manchester City vs. Wolves

Leicester City vs. Leeds United

Bournemouth vs. Middlesbrough
9/21/2017 2:30:47 PM
<![CDATA[‘It is a joy to play with Messi:’ Rakitic ]]>
Ivan Rakitic, who joined Barcelona in 2014 to play alongside Lionel the magician, spoke on Thursday about his feelings when he plays with Messi.

“It is a joy for me, just as a fan of pure football, to be able to play with him every day,” Rakitic told Daily Express.

Rakitic added, “As a playmaker, I am blessed to play with the greatest attackers in the world, with Messi, for example, the whole world sees his brilliance in the games, but you have to multiply that by 20 or 50 for what he’s doing in the training sessions.”

Rakitic praised Barcelona’s style of play saying, “There is a rhythm to the way we try to play; it’s like a big machine.”

Rakitic joined Barcelona from Sevilla and since then he became one of the regular players in Barcelona’s squad. ]]>
9/21/2017 1:43:52 PM
<![CDATA[Zidane: There are a lot of games still to come]]>
Real Betis beat Real Madrid in the fifth round of LaLiga with a single goal at the deadly minute on Wednesday in Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid are now seven points behind Barcelona which will make Los Blancos race for the title very hard as the tough matches are yet to come.

Zidane appeared in the press conference after the match, and he said: "The way we see it, is that the ball just didn't want to go in [the net] today. We had 26 or 27 attempts and in the end, it hasn't gone in. That's football."

“We love playing at home. We created chances and we ran a lot. Maybe we didn't deserve to win it, but it hurts to concede a goal right at the end after the effort we put in. This is a long-run thing and the league has only just started, even if we are 7 points behind. We'll keep on with the work we're doing” he added on the seven points gap.

All of that meant Madrid failed to score after scoring in all of their previous 73 matches. Madrid missed the opportunity to surpass the record set by Pele's Santos side in the 1960s.]]>
9/21/2017 1:42:32 PM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid loses to Real Betis in 5th round of LaLiga]]>
Antonio Sanabria scored the only goal in the 94th minute, bringing Betis in sixth place with nine points against Real Madrid’s seventh place with its eight points.

Real Madrid did not score for the first time in 512 days — since April 2016 — in 73 consecutive games.

Real Madrid failed to win their first three games in LaLiga for the third time in their history after the 69-70 and 95-96 seasons, when they finished the season in sixth place.

Despite the return of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo from suspension, the team was not in its best form.

9/21/2017 10:01:25 AM
<![CDATA[Al Hilal travels to Jeddah to meet Al Ittihad ]]>
Saudi Arabian football fans anticipate this game every year as Al Hilal and Al Ittihad are the most popular teams in Saudi Arabia.

Al Hilal sits at the top of the league table alongside Al Baten with nine points, while Al Ittihad is placed tenth with three points.

Al Hilal enters the game with good spirits as the team qualified to the Asian Champions League semifinals after beating the Emirati club Al Ain.

Al Hilal depends on their attacking line consisting of Nawaf El Abed, Carlos Eduardo and Omar Kharbin.

On the other hand, Al Ittihad depends on their Egyptian winger Mahmoud Abdel Monem, known as Kahraba, and the Chilean midfielder Carlos Villanueva, as their biggest star Fahd El Mowalad will miss the game due to an injury.

Saudi Arabian football is living its best days as the Saudi Arabian national team qualified to the 2018 World Cup after missing the past three editions.
9/21/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Arsenal qualifies for round 16 of EFL with Nenny's help]]>
The only goal for Arsenal came from Theo Walcott at the 25th minute after a game from Nenny, who passed to Alexis Sanchez, to pass a long volley to Walcott who finally scored the goal.

The game was played by Nenny for 90 minutes, with Jack Wilsher, who is taking part with Arsenal for the first time in the starting lineup this season, after returning from loan to Bournemouth.

The Egyptian midfielder had joined the Gunners Arsenal in January, participated with the team in 40 occasions in all tournaments, assisting and creating three goals and scoring a single goal in the last season.
9/21/2017 9:53:39 AM
<![CDATA[Zaki out of Taekwondo Grand Prix after cruciate ligament injury]]>
The injury caused the absence of the Egyptian player to travel on Wednesday evening with the team to Morocco and his absence from officially participating in the Grand Prix.

The team includes seven players: Saif Issa, Moaz Nabil, Youssef Al Sayed, Rawan Al Refai, Nour Hussain, Maison Ehab, Radwa Reda.

The Egyptian Taekwondo team has won six medals at the Junior World Championships held last month in Sharm El-Sheikh.

The tournament — composed of 221 players from 55 countries — will be held for the first time in Africa and under the patronage of King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

9/21/2017 9:16:36 AM
<![CDATA[England unsure of best Ashes line-up, admits Strauss]]>
But he insisted Joe Root could join him as a victorious England captain "Down Under" despite the lack of "absolute clarity" regarding the composition of the side just a week ahead of an expected squad announcement.

England may have enjoyed series wins over South Africa (3-1) and West Indies (2-1) but they ended their home Test campaign pretty much where they started it -- with doubts over the identities of numbers two, three and five in their batting order.

Tom Westley has yet to convince at number three, having made five successive single-figure scores prior to a 44 not out in a modest and victorious run chase against West Indies at Lord's this month.

Dawid Malan has fared better at number five without nailing down a place while Mark Stoneman is the 12th opening partner Alastair Cook has had since Strauss himself retired five years ago.

"There are going to be opportunities there in Australia for guys to make a very strong case for a long-term England career based on performing well when it really counts in Australia," Strauss, the England and Wales Cricket Board's director of England cricket told reporters at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

"I?d be lying if I said we were going to Australia with absolute clarity on what our best XI is. We?re just not in that position at the moment."

Turning to the problems England have had in filling his old position, Strauss said: "I would resist any narrative that says we have been chopping and changing willy-nilly.

"I think the reality is the secret to a long England career is not how good you are, it is how consistent you are and those guys have not been consistent enough," he added.

Nevertheless, Strauss -- who led England to a 3-1 Ashes triumph in Australia in 2010/11 -- is adamant Root, for whom the Australia tour will be his first overseas assignment as a Test captain, could match his achievement.

England will be desperate to exact revenge for the 5-0 drubbing they suffered in Australia in 2013-14, even though they wrested the Ashes back on home soil in 2015.

Australia too have concerns about the make-up of their side, both when it comes to their batting and the fitness of some key fast bowlers.

"The reality is there are two teams with really strong assets and some vulnerabilities," said Strauss.

"Our challenge is to start the tour well. If we start well, hit the ground running and some of those guys who have not played a lot of Test cricket get an early score, then I think we are in a great position to win."

- 'Biggest challenge' -

As for what lies in store for Root in Australia, Strauss said: "It?s the biggest challenge an England captain will ever have.

"There?s all sorts of reasons for that. A lot of them are off-field. You are living in this incredible bubble for a long period of time, everything is directed towards you as England captain in terms of being responsible for what?s happening on the pitch.

"But also the conditions in Australia are very changeable from one venue to another, to different periods in the game, and you need to be able to adapt to those conditions you see in front of you.

"That is why at the back end if you are able to win -- certainly for me it was my greatest moment as an England captain, and I think Joe will be incredibly motivated to do that early in his captaincy career.

"He's got a great chance, he's got his own way of thinking about the game and that will stand him in very good stead in Australia."

The first Ashes Test takes place in Brisbane from November 23, with further matches to follow in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.]]>
9/21/2017 8:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Vodafone Park to host 2019 European Super Cup ]]>
At a general assembly meeting in Switzerland, Čeferin said the decision was made to give Turkey the honor of hosting the 2019 European Super Cup for the first time in its history.

Čeferin added that Wanda Metropolitano, the stronghold of Atletico Madrid, will host the 2018 Champions League final and that the Olympic Stadium in Baku, Azerbaijan, will host the European League final for the same year.

The Champions League final will take place in the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv on May 26, 2018, while the final of the European League 2018 will be held at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon.

Paris Saint Germain manager Unai Emery said, “I have told them to sort it out between themselves. The penalties are to be struck by a few players – one is Cavani and the other is Neymar," according to Goal.com

"Afterwards, we will arrange internally for the penalties that are coming in, because I think both are able to score them, and I want the two to alternate in this exercise,” Emery said.

Neymar has reportedly unfollowed Cavani on Instagram after this clash.

Everything escalated quickly, as Neymar has asked PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi for Cavani to be transferred.

The PSG president knows that if he does not resolve this row, the problem could escalate; and with Neymar being the most expensive signing in football history, he will have to handle this matter delicately.

On the other hand, Cavani is an established player on the team and also occupies a prominent place in the starting lineup.

Neymar wants Cavani to leave PSG sooner rather than later, and the future of the Uruguayan striker, who was highly sought after by Atletico Madrid earlier this year, is up for speculation.]]>
9/19/2017 8:50:15 PM
<![CDATA[Theo Hernandez suffers shoulder dislocation]]>
"Following tests carried out on Theo Hernandez at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a partial dislocation of the right shoulder. His recovery will continue to be assessed," Real Madrid confirmed in an official statement.

Real Madrid is lucky as Marcelo will be back on time for Wednesday`s clash against Real Betis, after a one game suspension.

Cristiano Ronaldo will also be back from a five games suspension. The Portuguese is keen to make his debut in the Spanish League (La Liga).

Zinedine Zidane is still missing his defender Jesus Vallejo, his midfielder Mateo Kovacic and his main striker Karim Benzema.

"The first team held the last training session at Real Madrid City before the game against Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday in match week five (10pm CEST). Tejero, from the Castilla squad, joined Zidane's men for a session that began with the players divided into two rondos," the Spanish giants said through their official website.]]>
9/19/2017 7:21:24 PM
<![CDATA[Welbeck and Coquelin out for three weeks]]>
Danny Welbeck pulled out of Sunday's 0-0 draw at Chelsea and Mesut Ozil didn't feature due to an inflammation in his knee.

"Danny has a scan today, we don't know how bad his groin injury is but he will certainly be out until the international break," Wenger told reporters in his pre-conference for the Doncaster match.

Welbeck will not be able to return to Arsenal until the end of October.

Wenger also confirmed that Francis Coquelin would not return until after the international break after he suffered a hamstring injury.

Welbeck and Coquelin will miss Wednesday's Carabao Cup game against Doncaster, Premier League games against West Brom and Brighton and the Europa League clash at BATE Borisov.

Wenger added “Mesut is training again, but for tomorrow no (he will not feature). He has an inflammation in his knee.”

Mathieu Debuchy is recovering slowly and was ruled out at least for the Doncaster game.

Arsenal is set to meet Doncaster club in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, September 20.]]>
9/19/2017 7:20:30 PM
<![CDATA[Leicester City hosts Liverpool in Carabao Cup]]>
Both teams are looking to this clash to undo their poor performance recently in the Premier League. Liverpool have drawn two matches and had one defeat while Leicester city have lost two matches and drew one game from their last three.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to make his debut with Liverpool as he didn`t start any of the last three games. Chamberlain joined Liverpool from Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

"It's a fantastic opportunity now for Alex. He had an impact when he came on," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

"We have enough games for the players to get rhythm. It's not easy early in the season," Klopp added.

"It's just because we play different to Arsenal," Klopp said, explaining why it is hard for Alex to develop with Liverpool.

Leicester has had a hard time at King Power stadium against Liverpool as they failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 12 League Cup games.

Moreover, Jamie Vardy, Leicester`s striker, is a major doubt for this clash as he had an injury in the draw at Huddersfield in the Premier League.

A lot of substitutes in both teams are expected to feature in this clash as it is a great opportunity for both managers to test their bench strength.
9/19/2017 7:19:06 PM
<![CDATA[African Women’s Handball Championship winners arrive in Cairo]]>
The president of the Egyptian Handball Association, Khaled Hamouda, was awaiting the delegation at the airport alongside hundreds of friends and relatives of the junior national team and a number of reporters, to honor the team after the glorious victory.

The women’s junior national handball team won the African Handball Championship in Ivory Coast and qualified for the World Cup after winning all its matches against Senegal, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Tunisia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Egyptian team was led by coach Ahmed Abdel Halim and the players were: Farah Osama, Nada Magdy, Salma Abdel Razek, Rana Rady, Suhaila Khaled, Toqa Alaa El Din, Samira Rifaat, Habibatallah Hassan, Shahad El Shawarby, Leila Haitham, Yara Abu Dahab, Dalia Adel, Nada Mamdouh, Aya Tarek, Farida Hani and Yasmin Emad.
9/19/2017 6:34:38 PM
<![CDATA[South Africa's court to hear state's appeal against Pistorius in November]]>
The state will argue that six years in jail is too lenient a sentence for the murder by Pistorius of Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend, in 2013.

“The state, in the papers, we stipulate clearly that the sentence imposed is shockingly low,” said NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku.

“The presiding officer has the discretion to deviate from the minimum prescribed sentence when compelling and substantial circumstances exist. But... with this matter, the presiding officer exercised that discretion in a very lenient manner.”

Women’s rights groups in a country beset by high levels of violent crime against women say Pistorius has received preferential treatment compared to non-whites and those without his wealth or international celebrity status.
The SCA told state prosecutors and the defence in November that they would need to argue their cases in court before it would rule on the matter.

State prosecutors, led by advocate Gerrie Nel, say the sentence was too lenient as the jail term was less than half the 15 years they had sought. In his arguments at the trial, Nel said Pistorius had shown no remorse for the 2013 shooting.

Lawyers for the gold medallist, known as the “Blade Runner” for his carbon-fibre prosthetics, say he did not deliberately kill model and law graduate Steenkamp.

The athlete was originally convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in jail. That conviction was increased to murder by the SCA in December 2015 and his sentence increased to six years by trial Judge Thokozile Masipa.

She dismissed in August 2016 a request by Nel to appeal Pistorius’ sentence, saying she was not persuaded that there was a reasonable prospect of success at another court.

Nel then launched his case at the SCA, in Bloemfontein, 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Johannesburg.

9/19/2017 5:34:49 PM
<![CDATA[Sports min. attends signing of contract to sponsor Egyptian swimmer]]>
Vice-Chairman of Steel Company Mohamed Gamal El Garhy signed a contract with Osman to sponsor her in swimming competitions.

This step comes within the framework of the private sector's interest in sponsoring Egyptian athletes and aiding the state in developing sports in Egypt.

A number of sports officials witnessed the signing of the contract in the civil education center.

Meanwhile, Osman promised to do her best to win a gold medal during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Osman represented Egypt in a number of swimming competitions, including the Junior African Championship, 2012 Summer Olympics and 2013 World Aquatics Championships, winning a bronze medal in 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships.

9/19/2017 4:33:23 PM
<![CDATA[Ali Gabr could participate in upcoming Zamalek SC match]]>
Gabr missed Zamalek's first two matches of the Egyptian Premier League after being injured in the last national team training for the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers against Uganda. As a result, he missed two matches against Uganda and two matches with Zamalek SC against Al Entag Al Harby and Al Dakhleya in the first two weeks of the Egyptian League.

At the moment, Gabr is currently completing the final phase of his rehabilitation program and could be fit enough to be included in Zamalek’s upcoming match against Al Masry. Whether or not he is selected in the starting team depends on his rehabilitation and fitness level.

9/19/2017 3:24:30 PM
<![CDATA[Al Shorouq warns Esperance of premature celebrations]]>
Al Ahly faced off against Esperance Sportive last week at Borg Al Arab stadium in the first leg match of the CAF Champions League’s quarterfinal, which ended with a 2-2 draw.

The newspaper said returning from Egypt with a precious draw against Al Ahly might prompt Esperance Sportive fans to think they will easily land in the semifinal. Officials and the team’s coaching staff however have warned fans of being overconfident as teams such as Ahly have in the past dashed the hopes of Tunisian teams in this competition, particularly in matches played at Rades.

The coaching staff and the officials of the team refuse the over confidence, as Esperance will face a big team like Al Ahly which has previous precedents in stealing hopes from the Tunisian teams in the Champions League especially at Rades.
9/19/2017 3:16:42 PM
<![CDATA[NFL-Stafford's two TD passes help Lions beat Giants]]>
Detroit rookie Jamal Agnew returned a punt 88 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes to help the Lions earn a 24-10 win over New York on Monday night at Met Life Stadium.

Agnew’s punt return, the fifth longest in team history, broke open the game. The touchdown gave the Lions (2-0) a 14-point lead.

“We put this game on me,” said Giants coach Ben McAdoo, who saw his team flop not just on special teams but on offense and defense as well while falling to 0-2.

“We talk about playing complete, complementary football, but by no stretch of the imagination did we get that done tonight. We put ourselves in a hole. We have to find a way to get better and better in a hurry.”

Stafford finished 15 of 21 for 122 yards with no interceptions. Both his touchdown passes came on third-and-long plays in the first half and gave his team a 17-7 halftime lead.

The Giants, who have now gone eight consecutive games scoring fewer than 20 points, got a third-quarter, 25-yard field goal by kicker Aldrick Rosas, cutting the deficit to 17-10.

New York might have had more on that possession, but after driving all the way to the Lions 1-yard line, the Giants had a series of miscues that began with left guard Brett Jones being flagged for holding.

The Giants made up most of the penalty yardage, getting back to the 2-yard line, but on fourth down with the offense prepared to go for it, quarterback Eli Manning was flagged for a delay-of-game penalty. That led to the field goal.

New York did have opportunities to keep it closer but failed to cash in.

In the second quarter, the defense forced and then recovered a fumble by Stafford, who was sacked and stripped of the ball by defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. But on the ensuing possession, the Giants gave the ball right back to the Lions when Manning’s pass intended for Evan Engram was picked off by Tahir Whitehead.

The biggest missed opportunity for the Giants came in the fourth quarter. Receiver Brandon Marshall, who had his man beat on a long pass that would have put the Giants deep into Lions territory, dropped the ball. After the Giants failed to extend that drive, Agnew scored his punt-return touchdown.

“That was the biggest play of the game,” Marshall said of his drop. “I got an opportunity to make a big play and change the momentum, and I lost it.”

Marshall said that he lost the ball momentarily in the stadium lights.

”It was a perfect pass and I beat the guy,“ he said. ”I knew the ball was coming but lost it in the light and then I picked it back up and I dropped it when it came down.

“That can’t happen. When you get a big opportunity in a big game like this, in that situation when you’re down and you have an opportunity to go down the field and score, that can’t happen.”

Stafford, who was 12 of 17 for 107 yards at the half, connected with tight end Eric Ebron on a 7-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The drive was set up when by the Whitehead interception.

Manning finished 22 of 32 for 239 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Ebron was Detroit’s leading receiver, catching all five of his first-half pass targets for 42 yards and a touchdown. He did not have any receptions in the second half.

The Lions also managed to sack Manning five times, three of which were recorded by defensive end Ziggy Ansah, who abused Giants left tackle Ereck Flowers.

“I think anytime you end up getting that kind of pressure and getting five sacks against a very explosive offense with weapons they have, it’s a good thing,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said. “We were not only able to get pressure consistently, but push the pocket, but they’re a tough team to handle.”

9/19/2017 3:09:50 PM
<![CDATA[France to play Davis Cup final against Belgium in Lille]]>
The tie will be played on a hard court indoor surface with the roof closed.

The stadium is home to Ligue 1 soccer club Lille with a capacity of more than 50,000 but that is reduced for the tennis, with a court set at one end, to seat 27,500.

France beat Serbia 3-1 at the weekend at the same stadium, on a clay surface, to secure their place in the final.

The Lille stadium was also the venue last time France played in the final, with the hosts losing to Roger Federer’s Switzerland in 2014 on clay.

Nine-time champions France last won the Davis Cup in 2001.

Twice runners-up Belgium, who secured their place in the final by beating Australia 3-2 in Brussels, are chasing their first title after being losing finalists in 2015 and 1904.
9/19/2017 1:21:14 PM
<![CDATA[Baseball-Highlights of Monday's MLB games]]>
Marlins 13, Mets 1

Giancarlo Stanton drilled his major-league-leading 55th homer to lead the Miami Marlins to a 13-1 win over the New York Mets on Monday.

It was Miami's first game at Marlins Park since Sept. 6, with three contests were moved to Milwaukee due to Hurricane Irma. The Marlins won for just the fourth time in their past 21 games.

Stanton's homer traveled 455 feet and was clocked at 114 mph. He went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. After not going deep since Sept. 9, Stanton has now launched the most homers by a National League player since Ryan Howard hit 58 for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2006.

New York's Matt Harvey (5-6) took the loss after allowing a season-high 12 hits, two walks and seven runs in four innings.

Yankees 2, Twins 1

Aroldis Chapman recorded the final five outs after Dellin Betances loaded the bases in the eighth inning as New York held to beat Minnesota.

Chapman entered after Betances was booed off the mound for hitting Robbie Grossman with a pitch and issuing walks to pinch hitter Max Kepler and Brian Dozier. Chapman struck out Joe Mauer on three pitches and retired Byron Buxton on a harmless fly ball to right, then threw a hitless ninth for his 16th save.

Aaron Judge hit his 44th homer.

Red Sox 10, Orioles 8 (11 innings)

Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run single off Miguel Castro in the top of the 11th inning, giving Boston a come-from-behind win over Baltimore.

Matt Barnes (7-3) posted the victory thanks to a scoreless 10th inning. Carson Smith closed it in the 11th for his first save.

Boston, which is 14-3 in extra-inning games, overcame a 6-1 deficit and maintained its three-game lead over the Yankees for first place in the American League East.

Phillies 4, Dodgers 3

Aaron Altherr hit a sixth-inning grand slam off Clayton Kershaw, lifting Philadelphia to a win over Los Angeles.

The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead with back-to-back home runs by Chris Taylor and Justin Turner to open the first inning.

Kershaw (17-4) gave up just two hits through the first five innings. However, two walks and a single loaded the bases in the sixth for Altherr, who hit his second career grand slam and the first ever allowed by Kershaw.

Brewers 3, Pirates 0

Ryan Braun homered, and Neil Walker drove in a run and scored one against his original club as Milwaukee shut out Pittsburgh.

Five Brewers pitchers kept the Pirates off the board despite giving up eight hits. They combined to strike out 11 and walk none. Milwaukee moved to within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.

Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 for Pittsburgh, which has lost six in a row and 11 of 12.

Athletics 8, Tigers 3

Matt Olson homered for the fourth consecutive game, and Jed Lowrie drove in three runs, leading Oakland to a victory over Detroit. Olson has hit 14 homers over the past 20 games.

The Athletics' scheduled starter, Jharel Cotton, sustained a right groin strain while warming up and was a late scratch. Emergency starter Raul Alcantara held the Tigers scoreless for 3 2/3 innings.

Ian Kinsler had two hits, including a solo homer, and drove in two runs for Detroit. Nicholas Castellanos was 3-for-4, extending his career-high hitting streak to 15 games.

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 2

Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges homered, and Luis Perdomo was effectively wild as San Diego defeated Arizona.

Renfroe's three-run, first-inning blast came on the day the rookie was summoned from Triple-A El Paso. He smacked 20 homers before being sent down on Aug. 18. Hedges' solo shot in the second was his 18th on the season.

Perdomo (8-10) saw his streak of pitching at least six innings snapped at 10 straight starts. In his 5 1/3 innings, he walked six and gave up four hits. But the Diamondbacks, who left nine runners on base, got to Perdomo for just two runs.]]>
9/19/2017 12:50:32 PM
<![CDATA[Ronaldo back for Real Madrid, Deulofeu in for Dembele]]>
Cristiano Ronaldo returns from a five-match ban for Real Madrid 24 hours later at home to Real Betis, whilst Atletico Madrid face a daunting trip to Athletic Bilbao.

Here, AFP Sports highlights five things to look out for in this midweek's fifth round of La Liga fixtures.

Dembele opens door to Deulofeu

Dembele's prolonged absence hands Gerard Deulofeu a chance he could only have dreamed about when resigning for his boyhood club in June.

At the time Deulofeu was seen as able deputy to back up a front three of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

But the 23-year-old has already enjoyed over three times as many minutes in his second spell at Barca than his first due to Neymar's departure and Dembele's misfortune.

Deulofeu now has the chance he craved of a run in the Barca side until the new year and could even cement his place in the Spain squad for next year's World Cup if he turns his potential into consistent performances.

Eibar reboot for Suarez

A Suarez was back on the scoresheet for Barca at the weekend, but it was Denis who netted off the bench as Luis endured another 90 minutes to forget.

The Uruguayan has scored just once this season having rushed back from an expected month-long knee injury layoff in just two weeks.

Suarez looks slow, cumbersome and miles off the player who scored 59 goals two seasons ago.

The visit of Eibar could be just what he needs to reboot, though, as he has bagged five in five games against the Basques and scored in all of his last four matches against them.

'Persecuted' Ronaldo returns

"I hope it is for the last game this season," said Zinedine Zidane at the prospect of missing Ronaldo for Sunday's vital 3-1 win at Real Sociedad as the European champions got back to winning ways in La Liga.

The World Player of the Year's "persecution", as he described his ban, is over as he will be free to make his first league appearance of the season against Betis on Wednesday.

His absence was most keenly felt in profligate Madrid displays in dropping points at home to Valencia and Levante.

Ronaldo showed Real what they were missing with a double against APOEL Nicosia last midweek.

But his enforced absence could yet benefit Madrid as it did last season when a delayed start to the campaign through injury meant a fresher Ronaldo hit top form in the final months of the season, scoring 10 goals in the Champions League from the quarter-finals on.

Are Atletico for real?

A trip to Bilbao is often a litmus test for whether Atletico can mount a serious title challenge.

It was after victory at San Mames in their title winning campaign in 2013/14 that Diego Simeone admitted for the first time his side could beat Madrid and Barca to La Liga.

Atletico's unbeaten start to the season will be severely tested over the next week with Sevilla and Chelsea also visiting the Wanda Metropolitano.

However, already trailing Barca by four points, Atletico can't ill afford that gap to grow if they are to maintain hope of a serious title charge.

Mel or Michel next for the chop

Luis Zubeldia became La Liga's first managerial casualty of the season after just four games in charge of Alaves without a point or even a goal.

Malaga are the only other side yet to register a point and Michel could be next to go with another defeat at Valencia on Tuesday.

Pepe Mel's position at Deportivo la Coruna is also in danger should the Galicians fail to get their first win of the season by inflicting more pain on Alaves.



Valencia v Malaga (1800), Barcelona v Eibar (2000)


Leganes v Girona, Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid (1800), Deportivo la Coruna v Alaves (1900), Real Madrid v Real Betis, Sevilla v Las Palmas (2000)


Villarreal v Espanyol (1800), Celta Vigo v Getafe (1900), Levante v Real Sociedad (2000)]]>
9/19/2017 12:08:06 PM
<![CDATA[Former Manchester United star turns into boxing ]]>
Ferdinand, who works as a Premier League analyst on a television channel, will announce on Tuesday at a news conference about his entering the boxing world at the age of 38, just 2 years after his retirement from football.

Ferdinand, who finished his career after a season with Queens Park Rangers, will receive a boxing license and hopes to complete his football successes, but this time in the world of boxing.

One of the most visible signs that Ferdinand will enter the world of boxing is the personal image he puts on his own Twitter account, where he holds the boxing belt, as well as his image with famous boxer Anthony Joshua, world heavyweights champion, as well as videos posted by his account on Instagram, and he practices boxing.

Dodging Rain Drops.... Reaction Drill... Keep Moving!! 💧🎾 @chrisvarnavas

A post shared by Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) on

9/19/2017 9:16:27 AM
<![CDATA[120 firefighters to control a fire at White Hart Lane]]>
The fire broke out in the warehouses of the Spurs Stadium, where black smoke covered the sky, the Daily Express newspaper said. Officials had begun investigating the causes of the fire, which witnesses described as “terrifying.”

About 20 fire engines and about 120 firefighters were sent to the burned-out stadiums to try to put out the fire, the newspaper said.

London Ambulance Service said one patient had been taken to hospital with burns to the hand.

Local residents have not been told to leave their homes, despite the proximity of the fire.

Tottenham Hotspur will play this season at Wembley Stadium until the end of renovations and expansion at White Hart Lane, which began in May.

White Hart Lane Stadium was founded in 1898 in the English capital, London, and the new stadium are expected to expand to host 61,000 fans.

9/19/2017 9:08:24 AM
<![CDATA[Spieth eyes FedEx jackpot at Tour Championship]]>
Spieth heads into Thursday's first round at East Lake Golf Club in pole position to claim the $10 million bonus on offer to the winner of the FedEx Cup series, leading second placed Justin Thomas by 340 points.

That healthy points cushion means Spieth could afford to finish second in Atlanta this week and still win the title, provided none of the other players in the top five win this week's event.

Mathematically, Spieth could even take the FedEx Cup title with as low as a 29th-place finish, depending on the performances of his rivals.

The 24-year-old Texan however insists he will not be tempted into trying to play for position when the action begins on East Lake's 7,385-yard par-70 layout.

"If you start playing for position that's when you take your foot off the gas pedal a little bit, and that's not how we normally play," Spieth said.

"I'm comfortable at East Lake, and I'm in a great position."

Spieth, who won the FedEx Cup two years ago, has not yet registered a victory in the playoffs this year.

He would be the first player to win the title without winning a tournament if he takes the FedEx Cup this week, and only the second player after Tiger Woods to win the title twice.

- Conserving energy -

Spieth finished 10 shots behind BMW Championship winner Marc Leishman on Sunday, but a final round 65 has left the three-time major winner confident heading into the season finale.

"I was pumped to have the round I did on Sunday, to gain some momentum, to maintain the number one spot," Spieth said. "I was a little bit off at the start of the week in my striking. But I feel pretty close right now to where I was in the first two playoff events. Things feel good. If this were a major championship I'd be pretty pleased with how things are feeling on the Tuesday."

Spieth said the key to a successful final event of the year has been learning to conserve energy.

"In 2014 and 2016 I remember being completely worn out by the time I got to the Tour Championship," Spieth said Tuesday.

"There's a lot on the line. It's essentially a major after coming off a pretty hectic schedule in the last six or seven weeks."

Spieth will partner close friend Thomas in the first round. The latter is aiming to crown a successful season with victory in Atlanta after recording five wins this year including a maiden major title at the PGA Championship.

Like Spieth, Thomas could win the FedEx Cup title with a top-three finish this week, depending on how his rivals fare.

World number one Dustin Johnson meanwhile will aim to make up for his near-miss last season, when he was pipped to the title by Rory McIlroy.

Johnson won the opening leg of the FedEx Cup when he beat Spieth in a playoff at the Northern Trust in New York last month. Since then though Johnson has failed to challenge, tying for 18th at the Dell Technologies before settling for a share of 33rd at the BMW Championship last weekend.]]>
9/19/2017 5:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Tennis-Electronic calls to replace line judges at Next Gen Finals]]>
For the first time at an ATP event, the chair umpire will be the only official on court, with 'Hawk-Eye Live' technology used to judge whether shots are in or out.

Decisions will be final with players unable to challenge calls as they do at most tournaments via Hawk-Eye playback.

Marginal calls will, however, still be accompanied by a visualisation on video screens around the stadium.

Foot-faults, usually called by judges positioned in line with the baseline, will be determined by a 'review official' who will monitor the feet of servers via cameras.

The Next Gen ATP Finals in November, which will be contested by the top eight players aged 21 and under, will feature a range of new innovations including a shot clock and short sets.

Electronic line calling, however, raises the possibility of judges being phased out for good -- ending the ritual of players scowling at officials when decision go against them.

"This could be a landmark moment for officiating in our sport," Gayle David Bradshaw, executive vice president of the ATP's Rules and Competition department, said.

"Our athletes work incredibly hard and they deserve the very best and most accurate officiating we can offer. The technology is now in a place where we feel comfortable trialling this new system in a real tournament environment.

"The Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan is the perfect place to do this, and we look forward to monitoring the results and assessing the merits of this new system."

Hawk-Eye Live technology has been tested for 18 months and Sam Green, Director of Tennis at Hawk-Eye, believes it will become "the future of tennis officiating".

"Working with the ATP has allowed us to refine the system to not only improve the quality of line calling, but the overall fan experience," he said in a statement.]]>
9/19/2017 5:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Big Ramy wins second place at Mr. Olympia ]]>
Big Ramy was so close to snatching the title away from the American Phil Heath. Mamdouh is not the only Egyptian to participate in this year’s Mr. Olympia. Eslam Elmasry participated as well and won the title of the competition for the under 100kg weight class. Eslam and Big Ramy are considered the first two Egyptians to represent their country in the biggest bodybuilding competition.

Heath won first place and the Arnold Classic bodybuilding competition title, which was hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the presence of the famous American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This is Heath’s seventh consecutive title, matching that of legendary bodybuilder, actor, and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.
9/18/2017 8:15:19 PM
<![CDATA[FIFA to announce best players of the year]]>
The awards will take place at Bloomsbury Hall in London on October 23. A number of football legends such as Roberto Di Matteo (Italy), Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria), Alex Scott (England), Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine) and Peter Shilton (England) will reveal the three candidates for each of the following awards:

1 - The Best FIFA Men’s Player

2- The Best FIFA Women’s Player

3 –The Best FIFA Men’s Coach

4 –The Best FIFA Women’s Coach

5- The Best FIFA Goalkeeper

6. The FIFA Fan Award

The candidates for the FIFA Puskás Award for best goal of the year will also be unveiled. Votes can be cast by FIFA.com users from around the world once the ten-goal shortlist is announced.]]>
9/18/2017 6:59:46 PM
<![CDATA[Neuer out of action for months to come]]>
The German newspaper said in its report that Bayern’s keeper will undergo surgery in the next few days.

Sport Bild confirmed that the Bavarian club had failed to confirm the timetable for the absence of the player, but he will not participate for at least three months, which means he will be away until early next year.

Manuel Neuer had missed Bayern's opening matches this season.

Some believe that Manuel Neuer deserves to be number one in the world, Neuer is always successful in communicating with his team's defenders, and is better in a one-to-one position on the goal. Moreover, he can build the attack with a long pass.

9/18/2017 5:59:21 PM
<![CDATA[Mercedes must not drop the ball now, warns Wolff]]>
Hamilton's seventh win of the season fell into the Mercedes driver's lap after title rival Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen collided with Red Bull's Max Verstappen at the start.

With six races remaining, and seven wins in 14 now under his belt, the Briton is the clear favourite to take a fourth title this year.

But he also knows, as much as Vettel, how fickle the championship can be.

Last year Hamilton was leading from pole in Malaysia - the race after Singapore - when his car's engine expired.

The triple champion went on to win four of the last five races but the damage was done and now-retired German team mate Nico Rosberg won the championship by five points.

"We mustn't drop the ball," team boss Toto Wolff told reporters on Sunday.

"We just need to continue and get on with the job," added the Austrian. "There's lots of time for cheering when we've actually done it."

That said, even Hamilton found it hard to come to terms with the dramatic twist that turned damage limitation -- after he qualified fifth with Vettel on pole -- into something of a miracle.

"I don't know why but it's not sinking in just yet," he said of the 60th win of his Formula One career. "And also the gap, it's kind of hard to believe.

"I definitely went into today thinking it was about damage limitation, it was trying to minimise the loss somehow. So, to come out the complete other direction, for sure it's a shock."

Singapore offered Vettel the best chance of striking a blow against Hamilton and the four times champion knows Mercedes are unlikely to be so far off the pace at upcoming circuits.

The German may come to look back on Singapore as the defining moment of a campaign that has already had several flashpoints.

With six races remaining, Hamilton could before long find himself in a position where he doesn't need to win another race this season.

"Championship-wise it's a big step forward," said Wolff, who expressed some sympathy for Ferrari's plight.

"You can kind of feel for Ferrari. I've been in the situation of losing both cars, and you can relate how awful that feels for them. But I guess we're not here to take prisoners."
9/18/2017 5:46:15 PM
<![CDATA[Griezman: It is the best stadium I`ve played in]]>
He led his team to secure the three points by winning the game over Malaga with his single goal.

He was very happy to be the man who brought the joy to the fans; he expressed this by his words to the press.

"We really wanted to win, we trained here on Thursday but something was missing, the No. 12 (the fans) was missing," he explained to the assembled press.

"The truth is, it is the best stadium I've played in, and not just because it's our home." "I really wanted to get back to running and working hard for the team, I am very happy to be able to do this again," he added.

Diego Simeone praised his French player after the victory.

"Griezmann is returning to being the club's most decisive player, it was a wonderful goal," he explained to reporters.

"I am left with the sensation created by this goal," he admitted. "I will always remember celebrating it with (assistant coach) German Burgos."

Atletico Madrid used their old stadium, Vicente Calderon to play home games from 1966 until 2016.
9/18/2017 4:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Court bans Rooney from driving after DUI incidents]]>According to the BBC, Rooney was arrested on September 1 in Wilmslow, Cheshire, when he was found to be over three times the legal limit.

The judge sentenced Rooney to 100 hours of community service and suspended his license for two years.

According to Sky Sport, Rooney’s team Everton fined him £320,000 ($434,048) after he was convicted of drunk driving.

Rooney announced last month that he was retiring from national team duty, ending a 14-year stint in which he became the country's top scorer with 53 goals.

In July, Rooney returned to Everton, his boyhood club, after 13 years with Manchester United. He has scored twice so far this season for the Merseyside team.

Rooney is England’s top scorer with 53 goals across 119 games.
9/18/2017 3:39:17 PM
<![CDATA[Slovenia wins 2017 EUROBASKET]]>

Serbia started the game well, leading in the first quarter 22-20, but Slovenians controlled the second quarter with a great performance on Goran Dragic’s behalf. Slovenia took the lead in the second quarter, ending the first half 56-47.

In the second half, Serbia failed to make a comeback. While they scored more points in the third quarter than Slovenia, by the end of the fourth quarter Slovenia was in the lead 93-85.

Dragic won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award after leading his country to the title by scoring 35 points in the game.

Dragic, 31, was included in the tournament’s All Star Five alongside his teammates in the national team, Luka Dončić, Bogdan Bogdanović from Serbia, Alexey Shved from Russia and the Spanish veteran, Pau Gasol.

On the other hand, Spain won the Bronze medal after beating Russia 93-85.

Turkey, Greece, Finland and Israel hosted the tournament’s group stage, while Turkey hosted the knockout stages of the event.
9/18/2017 3:23:43 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian team excludes Omar Gaber ]]>
Essam El-Hadary (Altaawoun F.C.)

Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa)

Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al-Ahli Saudi F.C.)

Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich Albion F.C.)

Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal F.C.)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool F.C.)

Ahmed Hassan Kouka (S.C. Braga)

Mahmoud Kahraba (Al-Ittihad Club)

Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits F.C.)

Mahmoud Hassan Trézéguet (Kasımpaşa S.K.)

Karim Hafez (R.C. Lens)

Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City F.C.)

Mostafa Fathi (Altaawoun F.C.)

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic F.C.)

Omar Gaber, who is playing for Basel, has been excluded from the match. He had been previously selected for the matches against Uganda.
9/18/2017 3:18:54 PM
<![CDATA[Zidane praises Madrid’s youngster Mayoral]]>

"We know that Real will get you into trouble if you leave space in the defensive line, they make things difficult but we put good players in our defensive line and managed to stop them," Zidane told the press after the victory.

Asked about Mayoral’s performance in the game, Zidane said: “Mayoral is here with us and has a role to play, he’s shown that today. He was given a chance and he’s done a great job. Not just with his goal, he put in a complete performance. I’m happy for him because he’s got a part to play for this team. It wasn’t an easy place to come, they’re tough opposition and we played a great game.”

Mayoral, 20, scored two goals in Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Real Sociedad at San Sebastian. The player led his team to victory after two straight draws against Levante and Valencia.

Mayoral is a Real Madrid academy product. He was promoted through the club ranks until 2016, when he went on loan to the German club, VfL Wolfsburg. His unsuccessful year at the German club ended with his return to Real’s first team this summer.
9/18/2017 3:12:08 PM
<![CDATA[Cologne set to protest over controversial VAR goal]]>
Cologne were crushed 5-0 at Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund on Sunday which left them bottom of the German league after four straight defeats.

But Cologne's bench were furious after Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos scored just before the half-time break in controversial fashion to make it 2-0.

In the build-up to the goal, Sokratis pushed Cologne defender Dominique Heintz, who knocked into goalkeeper Timo Horn, which caused him to fumble the ball from which Sokratis scored.

The referee Patrick Ittrich allowed the goal to stand after consulting with the VAR.

However, replays show the goal was scored after the ref had blown his whistle for the foul, which is against the rules.

"We want a clarification of the legal situation," said Cologne's director Joerg Schmadtke after an internal meeting on Monday.

"You can assume that we are protesting, because the rules were broken.

"We can not just pretend that nothing happened."

Despite the heavy scoreline, Cologne say the controversial goal was a key factor in their defeat, but Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke accused them of being 'bad losers'.

"If they want to protest, they should, but that is grotesque, almost ridiculous," added Dortmund's director of sport Michael Zorc.]]>
9/18/2017 3:03:34 PM
<![CDATA[Kerlon from the top to the forgotten]]>
The history of football is full of players who never achieved their potential, but there are some whose stories developed and Kerlon is one of these. It is not unusual for a player to have such an amazing development in his age, especially in their home country. However, since the days of Ronaldinho the Brazilian press hadn’t given such tribute to a player save for Neymar. More importantly, the tribute was for a good reason; this young man seemed to be the real deal.

When he scored eight goals in seven games and scored a victory with Brazil at the 2005 South American U17 Championship, the young player had already been making waves with Cruzeiro, where he had made a few appearances for the first team and already tried his ‘seal’ dribble. The seal dribble may have made him an internet sensation, but it was his technique, balance, skill, vision and unfailing ability from a dead ball situation which made him seem like a surefire future football sensation.

Scouts from the world’s big clubs were at the youth tournament. Kerlon had teammates who were also stellar such as Marcelo, Denilson and Anderson, but after two games the tournament would only have one star. Brazil’s head coach Nelson Rodriguez told his players to pass the ball to Kerlon as often as they could, such was his control. The attacking midfielder scored eight goals in seven games, including free-kicks and solo dribbles.

At the end of the tournament, Kerlon was the talk of the hour. Cruzeiro rejected an offer of £18 million ($24.4 million) from Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. The following year, Kerlon didn’t have the impact Cruzeiro had hoped. He played 26 times for the club, but was plagued by injuries. The seal dribble resulted in Kerlon being elbowed or hacked down. In 2007, Brazilian right-back Coelho suffered a five-game ban after a cruel elbow on Kerlon, who was making the seal dribble.

The following season, at the end of 2008, he signed with Inter Milan, which lent him to Chievo Verona. He played four matches, didn’t start in any one of them and did not score. What followed was a major drop in his performance, running through a series of clubs that chose not to sign him such as Ajax, Paraná, Nacional, Fujieda, Miami Dade and clubs from Barbados, the Caribbean, playing for Weymouth Wales and Villa Nova.

In December 2016, he went to Slovakia to play for Spartak Trnava. He failed to make a single appearance after eight months.
9/18/2017 3:01:06 PM
<![CDATA[Highlights of Sunday's National Football League games]]>
Falcons 34, Packers 23

The Atlanta Falcons built a big lead over the Green Bay Packers and, unlike in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots last season, held on for a victory this time.

The Falcons led by 24 points after three quarters and didn't wilt after two fourth-quarter touchdown passes by the Packers' Aaron Rodgers in a 34-23 victory Sunday night in the opening regular-season game at the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Atlanta's Matt Ryan completed 19 of 28 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown. Julio Jones had five catches for 108 yards, and Devonta Freeman rushed for 84 yards and two short touchdowns for the Falcons (2-0).

Patriots 36, Saints 20

Tom Brady threw for 302 of his 447 passing yards in a 30-point first-half explosion and New England rebounded from a season-opening loss to Kansas City with a rout of New Orleans.

Brady connected on 19 of 25 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns in the first half alone as New England (1-1) raced to a 30-13 lead and coasted to the win over the Saints (0-2).

It was the first time in Brady's career -- spanning 273 games -- that he threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter. He hit three different players - running back Rex Burkhead for 19 yards, tight end Rob Gronkowski for 53 and wide receiver Chris Hogan for 13 - and finished 30 of 39 for 447 yards.

Broncos 42, Cowboys 17

Quarterback Trevor Siemian shook off a pair of costly turnovers to throw for four touchdowns, and the Denver Broncos dominated the Dallas Cowboys in a game that was suspended for about an hour due to the danger of lightning strikes.

Denver's defense capped its performance with a flourish as cornerback Aqib Talib returned an interception 102 yards for a touchdown, stepping in front of Dak Prescott's end-zone pass intended for Dez Bryant and sprinting down the sideline for the score.

Siemian completed 22 of 32 for 231 yards and had touchdown passes of 10 and 6 yards to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, along with a 16-yard scoring pass to C.J. Anderson and 2 yards to tight end Virgil Green.

Chiefs 27, Eagles 20

Two second-half touchdowns from running back Kareem Hunt on runs of 53 and two yards helped Kansas City (2-0) pull away from Philadelphia (1-1).

The second gave the Chiefs a 27-13 lead.

Kansas City had gone ahead for good with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to tight end Travis Kelce that put the Chiefs up 20-13.

Raiders, 45, Jets 20

Derek Carr threw three touchdown passes to wide receiver Michael Crabtree, running back Jalen Richard scored on a 52-yard run and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson had a 43-yard scoring run as Oakland (2-0) rolled to an easy victory over New York (0-2).

Running back Marshawn Lynch carried 12 times for 45 yards and scored on a 2-yard touchdown in his first home game with the Raiders.

Panthers 9, Bills 3

The Carolina Panthers relied on relentless defense and three Graham Gano field goals for a victory over the Buffalo.

The Bills (1-1) put together a potential winning drive, moving to the Carolina 32 in the final minute before quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw incomplete to rookie receiver Zay Jones at the Carolina 2 on fourth down with nine seconds left.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton completed 20 of 32 passes for 228 yards. The Panthers (2-0) lost tight end Greg Olsen to a first-half injured right foot.

Steelers 26, Vikings 9

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 23 of 35 passes for 243 yards and two first-half touchdowns for Pittsburgh (2-0).

Roethlisberger threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant to cap the Steelers' second possession and found JuJu Smith-Schuster for a four-yard shovel pass in the second quarter as Minnesota fell to 1-1.

Seahawks 12, 49ers 9

Russell Wilson's nine-yard touchdown pass to Paul Richardson with just over seven minutes remaining sent the Seahawks past San Francisco (0-2).

Wilson overcame a poor passing performance on a rainy afternoon to put together a 10-play, 82-yard drive that included several scrambles for first downs before throwing the go-ahead touchdown pass to Richardson.

Cardinals 16, Colts 13 (overtime)

Phil Dawson's 30-yard field goal with 8:02 remaining in overtime rallied Arizona (1-1) from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit at Indianapolis (0-2)

Dawson kicked the winner after free safety Tyrann Mathieu intercepted Indianapolis quarterback Jacoby Brissett at the Colts 22 on the first play of overtime.

Dolphins 19, Chargers 17

Cody Parkey kicked his fourth field goal, a 54 yarder with 65 seconds remaining, to send Miami (1-0) past the Los Angeles Chargers (0-2)

Charger rookie Younghoe Koo's 44-yard field goal with five seconds left was off the mark. It was the second straight week Koo had failed to win or tie a game in the closing seconds,.

Buccaneers 29, Bears 7

Tampa Bay (1-0) led 26-0 at halftime against the Bears (0-2) who had four first-half turnovers.

The Bucs turned two of the takeaways into touchdowns -- a 13-yard pass from quarterback Jameis Winston to wide receiver Mike Evans and a 1-yard run by Jacquizz Rodgers.

Bears quarterback Mike Glennon completed 31 of 45 passes for 301 yards, but was haunted by a pair of critical second-quarter errors.

Ravens 24, Browns 10

Joe Flacco threw a pair of touchdown passes and Baltimore (2-0) forced five turnovers in the victory over Cleveland (0-2).

Flacco completed 25 of 34 pass attempts for 217 yards and an interception.

Cleveland rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer left with a migraine midway through the second quarter but returned.

Titans 37, Jaguars 16

Tennessee (1-1) forced three turnovers and scored on their first five drives of the second half to defeat Jacksonville (1-1).

The Titans had four straight touchdowns - by running back Derrick Henry, tight ends Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith and fullback Jalston Fowler.

Redskins 27, Rams 20

Kirk Cousins' 11-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Grant with 1:49 remaining lifted the Washington Redskins over the Los Angeles Rams.

The Redskins jumped to a 13-0 lead and never trailed. The Rams caught up to tie it, 20-20, in the fourth quarter, but never led. ]]>
9/18/2017 1:53:28 PM
<![CDATA[Sugita win keeps Japan in Davis Cup world group]]>
Celebrating his 29th birthday, world number 42 Sugita thrashed Monteiro 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to give the home side an unassailable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five tie after Brazil had given themselves a lifeline by winning the doubles.

Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares overpowered Yasutaka Uchiyama and Kiwi-born Ben McLachlan 7-6 6-4 6-2 in a rubber delayed by 48 hours because of heavy rain at the weekend with Japan on the brink of victory.

But Sugita, who became only the third Japanese man after Shuzo Matsuoka and Kei Nishikori to capture an ATP tour title in Turkey two months ago, produced a clinical display to dash Brazilian hopes of a comeback in the reverse singles.

Japan took a 2-0 lead after Friday's opening singles when Sugita beat Guilherme Clezar 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 and Go Soeda squeezed past Thiago Monteiro in five sets.

The teams agreed to scratch Soeda's dead rubber against Clezar.]]>
9/18/2017 12:30:48 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt wins silver medal in African Junior Championship U-12]]>
Egypt Youth team has been represented by Hady El Kordy, Ahmed Shebl, Abdelrahman Amr, Lina Osama, Jermeen Sherif, Leila Shokry.

Tunisia has won the Golden medal and Morocco won Bronze in the same tournament.
The ITF/CAT African Junior Championship for 14 years and Under on Clay Courts (AJCCC) will take place in Egypt from September 25-30, 2017.

This Championship is open to African players of both genders, playing under the jurisdiction of their National Federations affiliated to the ITF and the CAT, holding a passport from an African country, born between the January 1, 2003 and December 31, 2006 and reached their 11th birthday before the Championships starting date September 24, 2017.
9/18/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Nebosja leads Zamalek SC to first victory ]]>
Nebosja started the game with a mixed line-up between the experienced and the new players. The line-up was (GK) Ahmed El-Shennawy; (DEF) Moayed El-Agan, Ahmed Magdi, Mahmoud Alaa, Hazem Emam; (MID) Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Rouka, Ahmed Daouda; Ahmed Madbouli, Abdullah Gomaa; (FWD) Kasongo.

Zamalek`s first half was not on the level of expectations. El Dakhleya pressed Zamalek`s back line and tried to score the first to surprise the guests.Kasongo, Zamalek`s striker, was the most dangerous player from the White Knights in the first half. It ended with a draw 0-0.

The second half started with a promising performance from Zamalek as they made more than real chance.

Successfully, Abdullah Gomaa, Zamalek`s new player, got a penalty as he was pushed inside the box from El Dakhleya`s defender. Mohamed Rouka took the lead by scoring Zamalek`s first goal in the 59th minute from the penalty spot.

El Shenawy, Zamalek`s goalkeeper, saved his team from a huge chance which made his team mates feel the danger.

In the 65th minute, Abdullah Gomaa doubled the score after a brilliant assist from Ahmed Madbouly.

Rouka was in form as he scored the second goal for him and the third for his team after some beautiful passes from his teammates.

A good performance was given from new Zamalek players, especially in the midfield as Abdullah Gomaa was one of the most notable players of the game because he made what Zamalek’s midfielders failed to do the last season, which is to be the link between the defense and the offense. This might give the new coach, Nebosja, a push forward to continue working in renewing blood in Zamalek and rebuilding the white castle again to compete in all competitions in Egypt and Africa.
9/18/2017 9:07:32 AM
<![CDATA[CAF Champions League`s quarter-final review ]]>
The first match was between Clube Ferroviário da Beira from Mozambique and USM Alger from Algeria. The match ended with a draw 1-1 in the first leg match at the Estádio do Chiveve in Beira on Saturday.

The guests open their way to the semi-finals by scoring an important away goal in Ferroviario by the Algerian international, Oussama Darfalou. But the hosts had another opinion and they equalized in the 89th minute through Fabrice Kanda.
The return leg will be held at Stade du 5 Juillet 1962 stadium in Algeria on Saturday, September 23.

Al-Ahly hosted Esperance Sportive de Tunis in a North African clash and it was the most important match in Africa this week.

Al Ahly tied with the Tunisian team on Saturday evening at Borg Al Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt with two goals for each team in the CAF African Champions League’s quarter-final.

Al-Ahly midfielder Abdallah el-Saied scored an early goal for Al-Ahly with a penalty kick in the 11th minute. Then Taha Khenissi scored the equalizing goal for Esperance in the 21st minute, and Ghilane Chalali added the second goal in the 47th minute. But Walid Azaro had another opinion and scored the second goal for Al-Ahly in the 67th minute.

The return leg will be held at the Rades Olympic stadium near the Tunisian capital, Tunis on Saturday, September 23.

On Sunday 17 September, Mamelodi Sundowns FC, the defending Champions, from South Africa faced Wydad Casablanca from Morocco at Lucas Moripe stadium in South Africa.

Yannick Zakri's goal was enough to lead Sundowns to a 1-0 victory over Wydad Casablanca, giving them an advantage before of the away leg in Morocco next Saturday, 23 September.

The last match was held at Borg Al Arab stadium in Egypt on Sunday between Al-Ahly Tripoli from Libya and Etoile du Sahel from Tunisia. The match ended with a goalless draw 0-0. The Tunisian side preferred to get back to Tunisia without conceding any goal to make their job easier.

The return leg will be held at the Soussa Olympic stadium, Tunisia on Sunday, September 24.
9/18/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Paris Saint-German sells 120K shirts of Neymar in August]]>
According to the Daily Mail, PSG have had a 75 percent increase in sales compared to this time last year.

There are now real fears that the club cannot restock the Brazilian shirt for another two months. It is believed that the French side has made up to £7.8 million ($9,3 million) in just Neymar shirt sales alone.

PSG will need the 25-year-old to continue his fabulous form when they face an early test in their race for the French League (Ligue 1) title against Lyon on Sunday evening.

Neymar won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2015, the Spanish league (La Liga) twice in 2015 and 2016, the Spanish cup (Copa del Rey) twice in 2015 and 2016.

PSG won their first five games in the French League, and they won their first game in the Champions League on September 12.
9/18/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Lewandowski leads Bayern Munich to victory over Mainz]]>
Robert Lewandowski effectively secured the points by converting a magnificent cross from Muller. Lewandowski doubled his efforts and scored his team’s fourth goal.

Bayern Munich haven't lost any of the 75 the Bundesliga games in which Thomas Muller has scored at least one goal.

"That's why we won today," said Robert Lewandowski. "We had a lot of room to play in and were very flexible going forward, which was so fun to play in. We were not static and created a lot of chances."

9/17/2017 10:21:47 PM
<![CDATA[Dybala: I don`t want to be the new Messi ]]>
Paulo led Juventus to secure the three points against Sassuolo by winning 3-1 at the Stadio Citta Del Tricolore.

"Lionel Messi has history, he has done things that no one has done before and won five Golden Balls," said Dybala after the match.

"I want to make my story only, if they want to make comparisons, do them", insisted the Argentinian striker.

Indeed Dybala is happy at Juventus, where this Sunday has secured his second hat trick in Seria A so far this season. "I wanted to score a goal and I made three to help the team again and stay in the top of the standings," said Dybala.

Dybala, who now leads the dorsal '10', the same as Messi, has said he is very comfortable. "My team gives me confidence and the coach gives me freedom in the field, he lets me play wherever I want. We left behind what happened in Barcelona and now we only think about improving," said Dybala after Juventus and Sassuolo’s match.
9/17/2017 9:47:43 PM
<![CDATA[Manchester United humiliates Everton ]]>
Antonio Valencia took the lead with a wonderful shot to make it 1-0 for Manchester in the first half.

Everton started to press United`s back line and made some real chances but De Gea was there defending his net.

Three goals in the final seven minutes from Manchester United by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Anthony Martial blew Everton away in a 4-0 win on Wayne Rooney's return to Old Trafford.

Antonio Valencia, who scored a stunning opener for United, has been named man of the match.

Romelu Lukaku is the fourth youngest player in history to score 90 Premier League goals.

Manchester United`s stats at Old Trafford so far this season are huge. They won four matches and managed to score fourteen goals without conceding any goal.

"We could have scored more in the first half. We weren't clinical enough. Everton created problems in midfield and the manager gave us tips at half-time on how to sort it," Romelu Lukaku told Sky Sports after the match.

"In the second half, Everton had a lot of control but quality was the difference in the end."
Manchester United have now beaten Everton 34 times in the Premier League, more than any other team in England.
9/17/2017 8:38:23 PM
<![CDATA[Preview: Zamalek SC vs. El Dakhleya ]]>
Zamalek’s manager, Nebojša Jovović, is aiming to achieve the first victory in the Egyptian League over El Dakhleya.

Zamalek SC has played a single match against Al Entag El Harby in their opening match of the Egyptian League. The match ended with a draw with one goal for each team.

The most notable players that Nebojsa has excluded from the squad are Ayman Hefny & Mohamed Ibrahim due to injury; also Ahmed Refaat & Mahmoud Dunga for technical reasons.

The new coach for Zamalek SC, Montenegrin Jovovic Nebosja, has settled on the players who will participate in El Dakhleya’s match for Sunday. The squad list is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Ahmed El-Shenawy, Mahmoud Genesh.

Defenders: Hazem Emam, Mohamed Magdy, Mahmoud Alaa, Moyed Ajan.

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed, Mohamed Ashraf, Ahmed Daouda, Muruf Yusuf, Ahmed Tawfik, Abdallah Gomaa, Ahmed Madbouli, Youssef Obama.

Forwards: Razack Cissé, Kabongo Kasongo, Khaled Kamar, Bassem Morsy.
9/17/2017 6:09:54 PM
<![CDATA[Dramatic Derby ends in goalless draw]]>

The first half started with dominance from the host, Chelsea, while Arsenal looked to stop Chelsea’s attacks. Eventually, the Gunners’ Arsenal had several chances that were brilliantly saved by Chelsea’s defense and their goalkeeper.

The last minutes of the first half saw several opportunities from both teams to score the opening goal but the score remained 0-0.

The second half saw both teams looking to clinch the three points through scoring a precious goal. However, both teams continued to miss many chances and the last ten minutes of the match saw a dramatic ending after Mohamed El Neny, Arsenal’s Egyptian midfielder, entered the pitch.

Chelsea’s defender David Luiz received a red card after tackling Arsenal’s left wing back. Arsenal then took the opportunity and attacked Chelsea, but last year’s Premier League winners remained solid in defense and ended the match in a goalless draw.

With this result, Chelsea comes in third with 10 points while Arsenal is in the 12th position with seven points.
9/17/2017 5:58:38 PM
<![CDATA[France reach Davis Cup final after Tsonga beat Lajovic]]>
Playing on clay at Lille's Pierre Mauroy stadium, Les Bleus did not have it easy in their semi-final against a team deprived of former world number one Novak Djokovic as they set up a meeting against Australia or Belgium.

France were the heavy favourites against Serbia and they delivered despite unexpectedly losing the first point when Lucas Pouille lost to Lajovic on Friday.

French number one Tsonga, however, played solid tennis against Laslo Djere and Lajovic to give Les Bleus two points while grand slam champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won their doubles against Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic.

"It was an exciting tie and the mindset was perfect," said France team captain Yannick Noah.

"There were ups and downs but let's enjoy it. Being in the final was a dream."

France played their last final in 2014, losing in Lille to Roger Federer's Switwerland.]]>
9/17/2017 5:15:50 PM
<![CDATA[El-Badry defends Ekramy from criticism]]>

“I reject the criticism against Ekramy or any other player in my team, he is not responsible for the result alone,” Badry told Egypt Today on Sunday.

Ekramy failed to block what was a relatively easy shot from Esperance’s midfielder Ghailene Chaaleli, which resulted in a draw.

“We are all responsible for the result and mistakes can happen from any player, we have to forget what happened and start concentrating on the second leg in Tunisia,” Badry said.

On the other hand, Ahly’s assistant coach praised the Moroccan striker Walid Azaro saying, “he had a great performance and he can improve.”

Al Ahly hopes to achieve a better result when both teams meet again on Saturday, September 23, in Tunisia.
9/17/2017 4:39:14 PM
<![CDATA[Carvajal agrees to extend Madrid stay to 2022]]>
The right back has established himself as a key player for Madrid after they bought him back from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013.

"Real Madrid and Dani Carvajal have agreed an extension to the player's contract, binding him to the club until the 30th of June 2022," said Madrid in a statement.

Carvajal, who has lifted three Champions League trophies and one La Liga title since returning, amongst other silverware, is the third player to sign a new deal with Madrid this week, after Marcelo and Isco.]]>
9/17/2017 4:38:05 PM
<![CDATA[Barcelona loses Dembele for 4 months due to injury ]]>

“The tests have come back following first team player Ousmane Dembélé's injury; the French player ruptured his tendon in the femoral bicep in his left thigh and will be operated on by Dr. Sakari Orava in Finland this week,” The Barcelona statement said.

Dembele, 21, got substituted 29 minutes into the Getafe game by Gerard Deulofeu after he complained of an injury in the thigh.

Ousmane Dembele is the highest transfer in Barcelona history when the club signed him from Borussia Dortmund for €105 million ($125 million) this summer.

Barcelona’s statement added, “He is expected to be out for between three and a half months and four months.”

Barcelona tops the Spanish League with 12 points after beating Getafe on Saturday 2-1.

9/17/2017 4:34:57 PM
<![CDATA[Motor racing-Vettel out of Singapore GP as Hamilton leads]]>
The German had started on pole position on a wet track but retired with a badly damaged car in an incident that also claimed Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who led Vettel by three points before the start, jumped into the lead from fifth place on the grid.

Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo was in second place as the safety car was deployed.]]>
9/17/2017 3:58:48 PM
<![CDATA[Tunisia wins 2017 AfroBasket ]]>

The game started well for Nigeria, who won the first quarter 14-8 but the Tunisians returned to the game winning the second and third quarter 17-10 and 27-16 respectively. They ended the fourth quarter with a 25-25 draw to win the game 77-65 as their fans witnessed.

Tunisian players Mohamed Hadidane and Mourad El Mabrouk were included in the tournament team alongside Nigerian players Ikenna Iroegbu and Ike Diogu as well as Senegalese player Gorgui Dieng. Nigerian Ike Diogu won the title of the most valuable player in the competition.

Senegal achieved the Bronze Medal after beating Morocco 73-62.

Tunisia co-hosted the event group stage with Senegal from September 8 to 16, but the knockout stages played in Tunisia.

Tunisia achieved their first title in the competition in 2011 after beating Angola in the final.
9/17/2017 3:52:15 PM
<![CDATA[Preview: Real Madrid heads north to face Sociedad]]>

Real Madrid fans have to trust the team’s young players as the team misses their biggest stars in such a tough game, Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo Vieira are banned while Toni Kroos and Karim Benzema are suffering from injuries.

Real Sociedad had an amazing start in the Spanish League's new season, the team won their first three games in the competition, they won two away games against Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruna, and they also defeated Villarreal at home.

Real Madrid depends on their youngsters, Marco Asencio and Francisco Alarcon known as Isco to achieve the victory against such a tough opponent.

Real Sociedad collected nine points to place second in the league table while Real Madrid with five points after a victory and two draws stay in the eleventh place.
9/17/2017 2:09:41 PM
<![CDATA[Pogba could be out for three months - report]]>
The hamstring injury suffered by the 24-year-old -- an £89.3 million ($121 million, 105 million euros) signing from Juventus last year -- after just 18 minutes in Tuesday's Champions League match with Basel is worse than was thought originally according to a club source.

The source said he faced sitting on the sidelines of anything from six to 12 weeks.

"The injury is really bad," a United source was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

However, the club believe Pogba's injury was a result of the player overdoing his personal training outside of the club's supervision.

"It's not normal for a player respecting our training programme," the source said.

According to the newspaper, Pogba is keen to go to the United States to undergo treatment and rehabilitation with a group of personal trainers he used while on holiday there in the close season.

Should United's worst fears be realised Pogba would miss five Champions League games plus Premier League meetings with Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City.]]>
9/17/2017 1:51:49 PM
<![CDATA[Fabregas: Wenger is like a father ]]>
“I love Arsene, the man. I love him of course as a coach too. This is a decision he made. I always said that he is like a father to me, and he will always be," Fabregas told the press before Chelsea’s clash against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.

Fabregas, 30, left Spain when he was 16 to play for Arsenal under Wenger’s command, and then he left Arsenal in 2011 to join Barcelona where he stayed three years before deciding to return to London but through the blue side of the city, Chelsea.

Fabregas explained why he did not join Arsenal again after leaving Barcelona; “Once I made the decision to leave Barcelona, Arsenal had the first option, and Barcelona had the obligation to contact Arsenal first; then they had a week to basically respond yes or no to the buy-out clause.”

He added, “The week passed, Arsenal never responded, never contacted me either, so I took it as them having enough players in their squad, so I made my move to Chelsea.”
9/17/2017 1:40:00 PM
<![CDATA[Mahut, Herbert put France ahead in Davis Cup semi]]>
Herbert and Mahut, who have won two grand slam doubles titles together, lost only two points on serve in the first set and were barely troubled in a one-sided match on indoor clay at Pierre Mauroy stadium.

They did lose their focus in the third set after opening up a 5-2 lead, but played a near perfect tiebreak to seal the win on their first match point.

“I will never forget it. I had never experienced so many emotions in my career,” Mahut said.

Serbia took the first point in the tie when Dusan Lajovic beat Lucas Pouille in four sets before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga leveled it up by beating Laslo Djere in straight sets.

Tsonga is set to face Lajovic in a potentially decisive reverse singles on Sunday.

Belgium are hosting Australia in the other semi-final.

France are bidding to win the Davis Cup for the first time since 2001. They have reached three finals since, the most recent in 2014 against Switzerland.
9/17/2017 12:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Ginting wins all-Indonesian men's badminton final]]>
Ginting, ranked 24th in the world, won the first game 21-13 but dropped the second 19-21 to compatriot and 22nd-ranked Christie.

Ginting -- who upset world number one and local favourite Son Wan-Ho a day earlier -- fought back to take the third 22-20 and clinch the title.

The women's singles saw a repeat of last month's World Championship final, but this time it was India's Pusarla V. Sindhu who came out on top, beating Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in a pulsating match.

Sindhu, the Olympic silver medallist and fifth seed, edged the eighth-seeded world champion Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 after an 83-minute battle.]]>
9/17/2017 11:24:40 AM
<![CDATA[Wallabies braced for Springbok 'retribution']]>
Australia fought back from 13-10 down at half-time to score five second-half tries in a resounding 45-20 victory over the Pumas in Canberra on Saturday.

They next face a daunting challenge against the chastened South Africans in Bloemfontein.

South Africa were hammered 57-0 in a record loss to the All Blacks in Auckland, and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is expecting the Springboks to hit back hard against his team on September 30.

"What I do know is that when we get to the Highveld, it's going to be on," Cheika told reporters Sunday.

"They're going to be looking for some retribution on someone and that's most likely going to be us and we've got to be ready for that."

The Springboks are vowing to take it out on Australia after the humiliation of conceding 57 unanswered points to New Zealand -- a South Africa record losing margin, eclipsing the 53-3 defeat to England in 2002.

South Africa had previously held the Wallabies to a 23-23 draw the week before in Perth on their way to New Zealand, and lie second in the Rugby Championship standings three points ahead of Australia.

"I thought South Africa would go there and perform but no one knows better than us how the game can get away from you against New Zealand," Cheika added.

Australia trailed 54-6 against New Zealand before losing 54-34 in Sydney last month.

The Wallabies have won twice in four Tests against South Africa at Bloemfontein, including a 41-39 thriller in 2010.

Cheika said he had a couple of team changes in mind. "I think that's been a good balance but it's the competition for the spots," he said. "There's a couple of other chaps brewing in the background that we are looking to get a game in the back row."

Those in line include Queensland Reds duo Adam Korczyk and Lukhan Tui, while NSW Waratahs flanker Jack Dempsey was impressive coming off the bench against the Pumas.

The Wallabies finish their Rugby Championship campaign with two Tests on the road: South Africa in Bloemfontein on September 30 followed by Argentina in Mendoza on October 7.

Cheika was annoyed by the Wallabies' flat first half against Argentina and they had trailed at half-time.

"There was a lack of intent, lack of urgency in the first half. I'm not sure why. You're playing in a Test match for Australia," Cheika said.

"But they sorted themselves out in the second half and that was better rugby from us."]]>
9/17/2017 11:18:43 AM
<![CDATA[Boxing: Golovkin retains titles in thrilling draw with Alvarez]]>
The 35-year-old Golovkin, making his Las Vegas debut, kept hold of the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation belts in front of a crowd of 22,358 at the T-Mobile Arena.

Judge Dave Moretti scored the tense battle 114-114. Dan Trella saw it 115-113 for Golovkin but Adalaide Byrd had it one-sided, 118-110, for Alvarez.

Byrd's lopsided score didn't reflect the explosive drama of a bout in which Golovkin moved forward aggressively while challenger Alvarez was the counter-puncher with sometimes faster hands.

"This was a real drama show," Golovkin said. "I want to thank all my fans for supporting me.

"Of course I want the rematch. This was a real fight."

Asked if he thought he won, Golovkin said, "Look I still have the belts and I am still the champion."

The baby-faced champ from Kazakhstan with the steel jaw is considered one of the fittest athletes in boxing, but Alvarez was also well-prepared for the 160-pound fight which both needed to validate their places in history.

"This is one of the best fights we have seen in recent years," said promoter Oscar De La Hoya.

Asked if he wanted a rematch Alvarez said, "Absolutely. If the fans want to see it again, why not?"

Despite the draw this was Alvarez's coming out party in the higher weight class as he delivered a performance that established himself as a bona-fide middleweight. He had won seven straight fights since losing his only fight to Floyd Mayweather in 2013.

- 'Not the monster' -

"He has a different power than others I have faced," Alvarez said of Golovkin. "But he is not the monster everybody is talking about. I didn't feel that."

Alvarez, who is eight years younger than Golovkin, is entering his prime and will certainly move up on the pound-for-pound list.

"We used the ring. We used the ropes and we fought in the centre of ring. We did exactly what we prepared for," he said.

Golovkin won most of the early rounds but then got hammered a few times with Alvarez's uppercuts and right hands and seemed to be the more tired of the two near the end.

Golovkin established himself early with his stinging jab, all the while effectively cutting off the ring. There was no feeling-out process in this one as both fighters came to fight from the opening bell and tried to land big punches early.

Golovkin said he expected Alvarez's game plan to include a few surprises and the former two-time champion Alvarez didn't disappoint.

In the fourth round, Alvarez tried to press the attack, but he paid for it as Golovkin got the better of those exchanges.

There were very few clinches in the fight as both did damage in close. In the eighth round they each landed sharp uppercuts that snapped their opponent's head back.

The 27-year-old Alvarez's best round was the 10th, when he stunned Golovkin with a vicious right hand to the head about 30 seconds in. Alvarez tried to finish him off but Golovkin survived and once he shook off the cobwebs the two continued their brawl on the ropes and in the centre of the ring.

"I wanted to finish him off but he was a stong opponent with a lot of experience. It didn't unfold the way I wanted it too," Alvarez said of the round.

By the time they reached the final 12th round, both boxers looked exhausted. Alvarez charged out of his corner looking for the knockout and Golovkin finished the round with a wild flurry of lefts and rights.

Alvarez moved to 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts and Golovkin remained undefeated at 37-0-1 with 33 knockouts after a fight that was two years in the making.

- 'Be a war' -

Golokin's trainer Abel Sanchez said Alvarez fought the way they expected him to.

"No surprises. We knew going into this would be a war. Canelo was very resilient," Sanchez said.

Boxing fans will be hoping the contest is the launching point of a boxing trilogy like those of Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera and Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti.

Byrd's one-sided score was heavily criticized by Golovkin who called it "unbelievable".

De La Hoya though insisted there was nothing shady going on.

"I can assure you there was no influence," he said. "I don't understand 118-110. I can understand 115-113. But I can assure you there is no influence whatsoever."]]>
9/17/2017 11:17:21 AM
<![CDATA[Confident Vettel leaves Hamilton needing 'miracle']]>
Vettel's chances of a fifth win under Singapore's floodlights rose inexorably when he pulled out a stunning lap of 1min 39.491sec to seize pole ahead of Red Bull teenager Max Verstappen, with Hamilton down in fifth.

It gives the Ferrari driver a gilt-edged chance to reclaim the world championship lead from Hamilton, who edged three points ahead by winning this month's Italian Grand Prix.

Seven of the nine editions of the night race have been won from pole position, and Vettel is the master of the Marina Bay street circuit after his wins in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.

"We have a long race and a lot of things can happen. Certainly grid position is king or crucial, but still it's a long race," said the German.

"I'm confident. For the others? Max is next to me, so first of all I guess I'm racing him and then Daniel (Ricciardo) and so on and so forth. So not too bothered where other people are."

The Red Bulls of Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo, who was third quickest, look the most likely to upset Vettel's plans, but it could be a long night for Hamilton on the tight, corner-heavy circuit where overtaking is notoriously tough.

"Fifth place is definitely not good compared to first," said the Mercedes driver. "I am going to have to figure out how to pull a miracle out of somewhere."

- 'The gaps are too big' -

Hamilton added: "I got everything I could out of the car. I am happy with my performance, I am just frustrated we weren't able to be quicker and compete with the Ferraris.

"That's a seriously healthy gap. It's strange how it goes from one track to another. Hopefully the next races are more in our direction."

The Singapore race, which starts at 1200 GMT, falls at a key moment of the season, which is now into its final third and heading into two more Asian legs in Malaysia and Japan.

The teams then travel to the Americas for races in the United States, Mexico and Brazil, before the season finale in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.

Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen is fourth on the grid while Hamilton is on the third row beside his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

The Finn also struggled in qualifying and he said reaching the podium would be a significant achievement for the Mercedes.

"Definitely, the gaps are too big for us," Bottas said after qualifying. "From two weeks ago at Monza it was pretty good for us, and now we're really struggling.

"We know the car is not quick enough for the podium -? that's a fact. We need to get all the other areas right and maybe it's possible."]]>
9/17/2017 11:15:32 AM
<![CDATA[Sergio Aguero reaches his 200th goal in Europe]]>
The Argentinean also scored his 10th hat-trick for Manchester City and the sixth in the Premier League since he joined the English club in 2011 for €36 million ($43M).

The 29-year-old managed to score 74 goals with the Spanish giants Atletico Madrid before he succeeded to score 126 goals with the Citizens.

Aguero won with Atletico Madrid the UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010. Then he won with Manchester City the Premier League title and the English League Cup for two times both. He also won the English Super Cup for a single time.

Sergio managed to score five goals and provide two assists for Manchester City this season, which helped the Citizens to be at the top of the Premier League.
9/17/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Omar Gaber in the starting lineup against Chiasso]]>
Omar Gaber took part in Basel's 2-0 win over FC Wettswil-Bonstetten in the August 13 match in the preliminary round of the Swiss Cup.

Omar Gaber participated throughout the 90 minutes in that match to score in his first official appearance with Basel this season, after he received many offers from various European clubs wishing to sign him during the last summer transfer period, most notably Brighton, Valencia and Bursaspor.

Basel’s administration rejected all offers for the Egyptian star, despite the absence of the player to participate in matches, due to the conviction of the head coach of the player’s capabilities.

Basel lost to Manchester United 3-0 on Tuesday, September 12 in the first round of the UEFA Champions League with the absence of Omar Gaber.
9/17/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hurghada hosts Great Reunion to support tourism]]>
The race, organized by “Gharda’a Al Khair” (Hurghada Charity) Foundation, will include the teams of Hurghada Cruise, Family Packer and Sinbad Village. The race will be sponsored by the Red Sea governrate. More than 100 motorcyclists from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Egypt are taking part in the race to send a message to the world that Hurghada is a safe place to visit.

The Great Reunion starting point will be in front of the monument next to the Red Sea governorate building. The race will take place after reading Surat al-Fatihah (the opening chapter of the Quran) for the souls of the martyrs, and then the riders will pass through Corniche Road to the tourist walkway, visiting some schools with special needs and some of the elderly houses, as well as some charities in Hurghada.
9/17/2017 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Eslam Elmasry is first Egyptian named “Mr. Olympia Vegas”]]>
In addition to obtaining the professional card, Elmasry is the first Egyptian and Arab to obtain the title.

It is worth mentioning that Ramy El-Sebaie “Big Ramy”, the bodybuilding champion will be competing with Mr. Olympia next Friday. Big Ramy is considered one of the candidates to win the first place in this world championship organized by the International Bodybuilding Federation.

Al-Sebaie was crowned the champion of the Arnold Classic, which was hosted in Rio de Janeiro in the presence of American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Big Ramy won the 7th place in the 2017 Mr. Olympia, beating the American Victor Martinez, who won 8th place.

“We want to achieve what every Arab aspires, which is a good rank and a good performance,” Big Ramy said in his official Instagram account.
9/17/2017 5:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[I will be back stronger than before: Ibrahimovic]]>

Zlatan scored 28 goals in all competitions last season with Manchester United. He won three titles with the new manager, Jose Mourinho.

The 35-year-old suffered damaged knee ligaments in April during the Europa League quarter-final match against Anderlecht. He was not expected to sign a new contract with the club this summer at the end of his one-year deal.

However, Ibrahimovic has rejoined Manchester United on a one-year contract with the Swede, though he didn`t start the training with his teammates after undergoing knee surgery in the United States. He is expected to return in the New Year.

"I feel good. I have trained every day since I had my knee operated on, and there is no vacation,” Zlatan told Inside United.

"When I come back to play football on the field, I will be better than before. I am not coming back because I am the one I am, I am coming back to be a better version of the old one,” he stated.

"I feel good and I feel my movements are there. If it was up to me, I would like to play football today, but it doesn't work like that,” he added.
9/17/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egyptian players’ achievements in game week 5 of Premier league]]>
Burnley took the lead by Arfield’s goal in the 27th minute, and Liverpool player Mohammed Salah scored the equalizer for Liverpool in the 30th minute. Liverpool has 8 points, equal to Burnley, and Liverpool lost 5-0 to Manchester City in the last round, to continue their “point bleeding” series, which threatens their hopes of winning the English Premier League title for the first time since 1990.

Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian national team player, has become Liverpool's top scorer in all English and European competitions this season. He has scored five goals for Liverpool this season, an achievement no other Liverpool player has achieved so far.

West Bromwich Albion drew against West Ham United 0-0. Hegazi helped his team to get a clean sheet. By this result, West Brom has 8 points and is in 8th place. West Ham United has four points and is in 18th place.

International star Ramadan Sobhi participated in the loss of Stoke City from Newcastle 2-1 in the match at St. James Park. With that result, Stoke has 5 points and is in 13rd place, while Newcastle has 9 points and is in 4th.
9/17/2017 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Amr Gamal continues to shine at South Africa]]>
Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the goal of Kaizer Chiefs in the 53rd minute, and Amr Gamal tied in the 93rd minute to end the game in a wonderful way. Nazeer Allie received a red card in the 40th minute.

Amr Gamal took part in the full game, with Bidvest Wits finishing 14th with 2 points, while Kaizer Chiefs finished 8th with 5 points.

Bidvest Wits will face AmaZulu FC in the next round on Wednesday.

Amr Gamal’s goal is his second goal in the South African League, after scoring the only goal for his team aganist Lamontville Golden Arrows in the match that ended 3-1 for Lamontville Golden Arrows in the last round.
9/16/2017 10:11:54 PM
<![CDATA[Amr Gamal continues to shine at South Africa]]>
Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the goal of Kaizer Chiefs in the 53rd minute, and Amr Gamal tied in the 93rd minute to end the game in a wonderful way. Nazeer Allie received a red card in the 40th minute.

Amr Gamal took part in the full game, with Bidvest Wits finishing 14th with 2 points, while Kaizer Chiefs finished 8th with 5 points.

Bidvest Wits will face AmaZulu FC in the next round on Wednesday.

Amr Gamal’s goal is his second goal in the South African League, after scoring the only goal for his team aganist Lamontville Golden Arrows in the match that ended 3-1 for Lamontville Golden Arrows in the last round.
9/16/2017 10:11:42 PM
<![CDATA[Vettel on pole in Singapore with Hamilton fifth]]>
Hamilton, who leads the German by three points with seven rounds remaining, qualified his Mercedes only fifth for Sunday’s night race with team mate Valtteri Bottas set to start alongside in sixth.

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen will start second for Red Bull, after going fastest in the first two phases of qualifying, with Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo third and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth.

Vettel, who lost the lead to Hamilton at the previous race in Italy, is a four times winner in Singapore and the pole was also his fourth in the city state as well as the 49th of his Formula One career.

It was also his third of the season but he had to put everything on the line when it really mattered to beat the Red Bulls in a close-run session, lighting up the timing screens with a lap of one minute 39.491 seconds.

“I’m still full of adrenaline so maybe whatever I say doesn’t make any sense,” a breathless Vettel, who let out a loud whoop of joy over the team-radio, said after he stepped out of the car.

“The car was tricky but it came alive and it was getting better and better as the night progressed, so I‘m really happy that we got it done.”
9/16/2017 10:09:07 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly ties with Esperance Sportive]]>
Al Ahly hosted Esperance at Borg Al Arab Stadium in the first leg match of the quarter-final, which ended 2-2. Al Ahly midfielder Abdallah El Saied scored an early goal for Al Ahly with a penalty kick in the 11th minute. Then Taha Khenissi scored the equalizing goal for Esperance in the 21st minute, and Ghilane Chalali added the second goal in the 47th minute. But Walid Azaro had another opinion and scored the second goal for Al Ahly in the 67th minute, resulting in a 2-2 draw.

Esperance's second goal came from a disastrous mistake by Sherif Ekrami, who failed to deal with a weak free kick and turned it into the net.

Next week at Stade Olympique de Radès, Esperance will host Al Ahly in the second leg match and the latter need to win or draw more than 2-2 to reach the semi-finals.
9/16/2017 9:53:04 PM
<![CDATA[Dembélé injured and Paulinho scored the winning goal ]]>
In the 24th minute, Dembélé fell to the ground without any intervention, complaining of an injury behind the left thigh muscle. A medical device was used to help him, but to no avail.

Ernesto Valverde was forced to replace the young Frenchman after Barça played 4 minutes with 10 players while Ousmane Dembélé received treatment, before Gerard Deulofeu took the lead against Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

Dembélé is the most expensive player in the history of the Catalan club after joining this summer, coming from Borussia Dortmund for €105 million ($125M).

Barcelona beat Getafe 2-1 in game week 4 of La Liga. Denis Suárez and Paulinho scored for Barcelona in the 62nd and 84th minutes. Gaku Shibasaki scored for Getafe in the 39th minute. By this result, Barcelona came in first with the full marks, 12 points from four matches.
9/16/2017 6:53:34 PM
<![CDATA[Morata revealed why he preferred Chelsea]]>
Alvaro joined the English club this summer from the Spanish giants Real Madrid for €62 million ($74M).

"I had various offers this summer, not only Chelsea and Manchester United, but also from different leagues," he told the Daily Mail. "It was a good situation for me.”

"At the start of the summer, I didn't know that Chelsea were interested in me. I thought they were in for a different player, maybe Lukaku or maybe someone else, I don't know. I didn't think the option of Chelsea was open,” Morata stated.

"I always wanted to play for him after that. It was only two months with him, but it felt like I'd known him forever. When I knew he wanted me this summer, I didn't think twice. I did everything I could to make the move happen," he added.

"When I spoke to Conte last summer, I said 'If I'm going to leave Real Madrid, it will only be for Chelsea'.”

The 24-year-old featured in five matches for Chelsea this season. He managed to score three goals and provided two assists, all of them with his head.
9/16/2017 6:50:05 PM
<![CDATA[The official line-up for Al-Ahly against Esperance Sportive]]>
Here are the players: Sherif Ekramy (GK), Ali Maaloul, Saad Samir, Rami Rabeaa, Ahmed Fathy (DEF), Hossam Ashour, Amr El Soleya, Abdallah El Saieed, Ahmed El Sheikh, Junior Ajayi (MID) and Walid Azzaro (ATT).

The last match between the two giants ended in Tunisia with a score of 1-0 for Al-Ahly. They met on Saturday, June 28, 2017.
9/16/2017 6:34:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt loses to Slovenia in 2017 FIVB Women's U-23 World Championship]]>
The women's team lost on Sunday in their first match against the Dominican Republic 4-2, before losing to China with the same result on Monday in their second match, and then the team beat Thailand in the third match, before getting a rest on Wednesday and losing to Argentina on Thursday.

The team includes Rahma Hassan, Sara Amine, Lina Tarek, Du'aa El Ghobashy, Mariam Tharwat, Nour Yassin, Alaa Hamdy, Farida El Asqalani, Aya El Shamy, Aya Khaled, Mariam Mostafa and Duaa Mohamed, under the leadership of Majed Mostafa and Ahmed Fathy.

The mission is headed by Hisham Badrawi, the general supervisor of the women's sector, following the apology of Hwaida Mandi, a member of the Interim Committee for Special Conditions after her return from the Hajj.
9/16/2017 5:45:45 PM
<![CDATA[The expected Line-up for Esperance Sportive against Al-Ahly]]>
The expected players to start the match are: Moez Ben Cherifia (GK); Khalil Chemmam, Ihab M'barki, Chams El Din Dhaouadi, Ali Machani; Frank Kom, Fosiny Coulibaly, Fergani Sassi, Ghilane Chalali; Anis Badri, Yassin Taha Khenissi.

Yassin Khenissi, Esperance Sportive`s striker, is the best striker in Tunisia nowadays. He is the one who scored the winning goal against Egypt in their last match in Tunisia which ended 1-0. Egypt met Tunisia in the qualifiers of 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Esperance Sportive qualified to the quarter-final of CAF African Champions League after they topped their group over Mamelodi Sundowns, the South African giants.
9/16/2017 4:58:55 PM
<![CDATA[Verstappen sets pace in final F1 practice]]>
The 19-year-old Verstappen, second fastest on Friday behind his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, clocked 1min 41.829sec late in the dusk session on the downtown Marina Bay lay-out.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, the world championship leader, was third quickest, 14-hundredths off the pace, ahead of McLaren pair Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.

Ricciardo, who timed sixth, had trouble late in the session when he hit a barrier and was called back into the pits -- one of a number of drivers to make contact on the closely confined street circuit.

Vettel sent chips of paint flying as he brushed a wall en route to a 1:43.237, setting the early pace, before Hamilton timed 1.44.230 for temporary second.

Kimi Raikkonen and Lance Stroll of Williams also kissed the barriers before Verstappen went top with 1:42.249 halfway through the hour-long session.

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson lost his rear end on a right-hander and ploughed backwards into a wall, forcing a temporary halt as marshalls cleared debris from the track.

Vettel came out flying after the resumption, going top ahead of the two Red Bulls, before Verstappen clocked his 1:41.829 to lead the timesheets with six minutes to go.

But suddenly there were problems for the Red Bulls as Ricciardo hit a barrier and had to limp back to the pits, and Verstappen also had to box with a gears problem.

However, Verstappen came back out with two minutes left in the session, indicating no serious issues ahead of qualifying, which starts at 1200 GMT.

Qualifying has often been crucial in Singapore, where seven of the nine races so far have been won by the driver who started from pole positions.

Hamilton -- who has a world-record 69 pole positions -- leads the standings by just three points from Vettel, who has won four times in Singapore and is considered the man to beat.
9/16/2017 4:20:18 PM
<![CDATA[All Blacks thrash Springboks by record 57-0]]>
The eight-try victory eclipsed the previous best 57-15 victory in Durban last year.

It was only the fifth time in the 94-Test history between the fierce rivals that the Springboks have been kept scoreless.

With the backline standing slightly deeper than they have in recent weeks, the All Blacks eliminated many of the handling errors that had been plaguing them.

It was a performance that showed when the All Blacks click there is a huge gulf between the first and third ranked sides two years out from the next World Cup.

The Springboks opened with a typically physical start in which they bossed the All Blacks for the first quarter hour, until in the space of four minutes the New Zealanders turned the game with back-to-back tries by Rieko Ioane and Nehe Milner Skudder.

With forwards running like backs, the All Blacks added further tries by Scott Barrett and Brodie Retallick in the countdown to half-time to turn with a 31-0 lead.

Milner-Skudder, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Lima Sopoaga and Codie Taylor scored in the second half.

The win kept the All Blacks unbeaten after four rounds of the Rugby Championship and lifted them eight points clear of South Africa with only away matches against Argentina and the Springboks remaining.

Handling errors -
Despite the lop-sided scoreline, the opening stanza belonged to South Africa when Eben Etzebeth, Jean-Luc de Preez and Uzair Cassiem led a muscular approach.

They won penalties off the first two scrums, stole the All Blacks' first line out and drove through holes close to the ruck.

But their dominance was hindered by a succession of handling errors and a chance to put points on the board via a penalty by the usually reliable Elton Jantjies fell short.

Instead, it was the All Blacks who scored first from a Beauden Barrett penalty, the first of eight successful shots at goal as the fly-half rediscovered the kicking radar that abandoned him last week against Argentina.

Then came the tries as the All Blacks responded with lineout steals and scrum penalties of their own.

Aaron Smith took a quick penalty on halfway and chipped the ball towards the corner with Ioane winning the race for the ball.

Milner-Skudder's first try came from his intercept in New Zealand territory and he finished off the move after some classy interplay with Beauden Barrett to beat the cover defence.

As the All Blacks dug further into their bag of tricks, hooker Dane Coles leaped high to tap a Beauden Barrett cross kick into the arms of replacement flanker Scott Barrett who scored the third try.

Coles was on hand again to play the link man between Ioane and Retallick.

The Springboks started the second half strongly but once the initial drive wore off the All Blacks returned to their try-scoring ways, bringing up the record with Taylor's try from a lineout drive on full-time.]]>
9/16/2017 4:06:56 PM