<![CDATA[rss-Sports]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Sports]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Egypt defeats Nigeria at 2018 African Handball Championship ]]>
Egypt dominated the game from the start, leading the first half with 12-10 and ending the second half of the game 27-22.

Egypt opened defeated Morocco 33-28 on Wednesday in their opening match of the tournament.

Egypt’s national team will rest for two days before meeting Angola on Sunday, January 21. The team will then play their last game in the first stage against the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday.
The draw was held in November and put Egypt in Group B alongside Angola, Morocco, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The best three teams in the tournament will qualify for the 2019 Men's World Handball Championship in Denmark and Germany.
Three Arab nations have dominated the winner podium since the tournament’s inception. Tunisia have won nine titles, Algeria have won seven titles and Egypt have won six titles.
Gabon hosts the 23rd edition of the tournament between January 17 and January 27, 2018.
1/18/2018 10:03:52 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek’s first victory under Ihab Galal ]]>
Zamalek’s Kabongo Kasongo opened the score in the first half after El-Dakhleya players failed to clear the ball from their area.

Zamalek doubled the score through Emad Fathi 15 minutes later in the second half. Fathi scored in his debut with Zamalek after he joined the club from Misr El-Mikassa.

El-Dakhleya scored their only goal in the game through Naser El-Mansi, 13 minutes before the final whistle.

El-Dakhleya players failed to equalize the score in the remaining minutes and the game ended 2-1 with a victory for Zamalek.

Ehab Galal who was appointed Zamalek manager on January 6. His first two games with the club were a 3-0 loss to Al Ahly in the Cairo Derby and two days later, a goalless draw against El-Entag El-Harby.

Zamalek missed their defender Ali Gabr who has been linked with a move to West Bromwich Albion this winter.
1/18/2018 8:48:12 PM
<![CDATA[Otamendi extends Man City contract until 2022]]>
The 29-year-old Argentina international has made 118 appearances for City since arriving at the Etihad Stadium from Valencia in 2015 and won the League Cup in his first season in England.

He has featured in 22 of City's 23 Premier League games this season, guiding the defensive line to help put Pep Guardiola's side 12 points clear at the top of the table.

"I've enjoyed my time at City since the first day I arrived and I'm really happy to have extended my stay here by a couple more years," Otamendi said in a statement.

"My only aim is to help the team and give all I can for this club. I am learning every day under Pep and enjoying my football and I feel I can still improve as a player."
1/18/2018 8:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Pique renews contract with Barcelona]]>
Pique, born in Barcelona, is one of the club’s academy products. He joined Barcelona when he was just 10 years old and he was promoted through the club rankings until he left the club at the age of 17 to join Manchester United.

Pique, 30, spent four years in England until he rejoined Barcelona in 2009 and has since established himself as one of Barcelona’s key players.

Pique has helped the club win many titles, including three Champions League titles, six Spanish League titles, five Spanish Cup titles, five Spanish Super Cup titles, three European Super Cup titles and three Club World Cup titles according to Barcelona’s official website.

Pique has worn the Barcelona jersey in 422 games scoring 37 goals for the club.

1/18/2018 7:31:10 PM
<![CDATA[Arsenal's Sanchez likely to join Man Utd: Wenger]]>
The Chilean international is out of contract at the end of the season and was also a target for Manchester City, but United appear to have stolen a march on their local rivals.

"I worked on transfers for 30 years so it is likely to happen, but at any moment it can break down ... If it doesn't happen, he will play on Saturday." Wenger told a news conference, adding that United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan could move in the other direction.

"I like the player. We played many times against him when he was at (Borussia) Dortmund. He appreciated the quality of our games ... The wages would not be a problem," Wenger added.

"This would be an exchange of players and I think one would replace the other," Wenger said, adding that he would still be in the market for more recruits.

Arsenal sold England international Theo Walcott to Premier League rivals Everton on Wednesday.

Armenia international Mkhitaryan has faded this season and has fallen down the pecking order under manager Jose Mourinho, who omitted the 28-year-old from United's squad for their 3-0 win over Stoke City on Monday.

City this week pulled out of the race to sign Sanchez after deciding that the player's wage and transfer fee demands were too high but United appear to have no such concerns.

British media reports say that United are prepared to pay the striker more than 350,000 pounds ($485,000) per week.

"I wouldn't like to come out on the numbers because that's Man United's problem," Wenger said. "I respect Man United because they generate the money they pay to the players with their own resources, so you have to respect that.

"He's 29 years old so the next contract will be, of course, very important for him.
1/18/2018 7:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[England's Stokes' court date clashes with potential comeback]]>
Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that the all-rounder is due to make for a first appearance to answer an affray charge at Bristol Magistrates' Court on Feb. 13. On the same day, England play New Zealand in a T20 in Wellington, their first game in a tri-series also involving Australia.

Earlier this week, Stokes was cleared by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to resume his England career in New Zealand although no date was set for his actual return.

Trevor Bayliss, England's head coach, hinted earlier on Thursday that England would like Stokes to gain some match practice before his comeback.

"Hopefully we can get him some cricket somewhere as part of his practice going into the New Zealand leg. That'll be up to him," Bayliss told the BBC.

The schedule will now have to be re-examined.

Stokes was left out of the party for this winter's Ashes series after being suspended from playing for his country as police decided whether to press charges following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September.

The 26-year-old is accused of affray alongside two other men.

Stokes' recall has received a mixed reception in England, with some observers questioning why he has been allowed to return when facing charges.

After England's tri-nation series, they remain in New Zealand to play five ODIs and two Tests against New Zealand.]]>
1/18/2018 6:48:36 PM
<![CDATA[Tennis-Struggling Wawrinka knocked out by Sandgren]]>
While the result was a huge shock, it was clear from the outset that the Swiss 32-year-old, champion in Melbourne in 2014, was hampered in his movement.

Watching him grimace and clutch at his knee it was a surprise he even made it to the end of the match.

World number 97 Sandgren, who had won only one grand slam singles match compared to the three grand slam titles Wawrinka owns, produced a rock-solid display to claim the biggest scalp of his career, offering up only two break points.

The Tennessee native, named after his great grandfather rather than the sport, remained focussed throughout and sealed victory with his 11th ace.

Wawrinka had right knee surgery in August and Tuesday's victory over Ricardas Berankis was his first match for six months, having only declared himself fit last weekend.

Despite clearly being way below 100 percent, 2014 champion Wawrinka remained positive.

"You don't enjoy matches like that, that's for sure. Never easy to feel that way on the court," he said.

"But I need to be still positive. I think the last 12 days was more than what I could have dreamed coming here.

"Even today my knee was feeling way better than two days ago. If I look the big picture, I know it's really positive."

Sandgren, who needed career-saving hip surgery in 2013 and has spent his career on the Challenger and Futures tours, claimed his first grand slam singles win against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the first round.

Now, with world number 94 Maximilian Marterer of Germany next to play, he has a great chance to reach the fourth round and is already guaranteed his biggest pay cheque of A$142,500 ($114,000) for reaching the third round.

Inevitably, the on-court interviewer could not resist calling his win a "good day for Tennys".

"I was really happy to get my first grand slam win here, and now I've got my second. I'll go for the third one and give my best," he said. "I was definitely aptly named.

"It was my great-grandfather's name. I had to be at least half decent at the sport. I think I've done that." ]]>
1/18/2018 6:29:24 PM
<![CDATA[5 most favored players worldwide according to fans]]>
At the end, the fans agreed on their favorite player of each team, even if this particular footballer plays for a rival team.

Football addicts appreciate every player who shows any kind of respect, not only for his team and his fans, but also for the rivals’ fans. The player’s non-related football activities are also influencing the fans’ opinion.

Here is a list of five footballers in the recent five years that most of the fans support:

• Fernando Torres

Soccer Football - Match for Peace - Al Ahly vs Atletico Madrid - Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt - December 30, 2017 Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres looks dejected at half time REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

One of the greatest footballers in the last recent ten years has started his career with Atletico Madrid and showed his ability to score amazing goals. He later joined the Premier League in the ranks of Liverpool where he made his name widely known all over the world. He then moved to Chelsea, AC Milan and finally returned back to Atletico Madrid to end his career in his home country.

• Andres Iniesta

Football Soccer - FC Barcelona v Celtic - UEFA Champions League Group Stage - Group C - The Nou Camp, Barcelona, Spain - 13/9/16 Barcelona's Andres Iniesta celebrates scoring their fourth goal Reuters / Paul Hanna Livepic

A Spanish talent appeared in the early 2000’s when he made his debut in 2002 at the age of 18, and since then Iniesta has been one of the most important players in the history of football; helping Barcelona to dominate Spanish football for more than 10 years from 2006 until now. Despite that, all the Spanish fans, including the Madrid fans, appreciate the Spanish midfielder.

• Marco Reus

Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus celebrates after scoring his second goal goal during the German Bundesliga first division soccer match against Werder Bremen in Bremen, October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

One of the German talents who plays for Borussia Dortmund, but his many injuries prevented him from gaining a name on the worldwide football stage.

• Phillip Lahm

Philipp lahm
Bayern Munich's Philipp Lahm reacts before their German Bundesliga soccer match against 1.FC Kaiserslautern in Kaiserslautern August 27, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Bohlen

Bayern Munich’s former captain was one of the footballers who won the respect of football fans. Whoever has doubts that Philipp Lahm is the top German footballer, he may just recognize the achievements of this player, who featured with his country in 113 international appearances.

He was the captain of Germany in the 2014 World Cup and played three Champions League finals and won the title in 2013. He also won the Bundesliga eight times; a record also held by Oliver Kahn, Schweinsteiger and Mehmet Scholl.

He also won the German Cup seven times and won the double (league and cup) five times.

It is widely known that defenders are the players who receive the yellow and red cards the most but Lahm was one of the few players who has not been sent off in 331 league games.

• Francesco Totti

Football Soccer - AS Roma v Chievo Verona - Italian Serie A - Olympic Stadium, Rome, Italy - 08/05/16 AS Roma's Francesco Totti during the match against Chievo Verona. REUTERS/Tony Gentile - RTX2DC73

The Italian legend, who retired last summer, was one of the most important players, not only in Italian football but around the world.

He left his marks with AS Roma, which is impossible to be erased from the history of the club.

Totti is the top club's historic scorer in various tournaments (307 goals, 250 of them in the Italian league).

His last season with Roma was his 25th season, equalizing the record of AC Milan’s legend Paolo Maldini, as the most active player in the Italian football seasons in Serie A.
1/18/2018 5:30:17 PM
<![CDATA[Leeds unite to fund 5-year-old fan's cancer treatment]]>
Five-year-old Toby Nye, who is battling neuroblastoma, will begin treatment next week after donations from Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani, the players, staff and supporters raised around 175,000 pounds ($242,830.00).

The final 25,000 pounds required for the treatment was donated by the Championship side's (second tier) Spanish midfielder Samuel Saiz this week.

"We talk about family and togetherness a lot at our club, it's a culture we have been determined to reinstate across everyone involved with Leeds and raising this money has truly been a team effort," Leeds managing director Angus Kinnear said.

"Staff, players, corporate partners and our supporters have united together to give Toby the best opportunity with further treatment and I am incredibly proud of everyone concerned."

The club have invited Toby to attend Saturday's game with Millwall at Elland Road.

Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery, who died aged six last July, also suffered from the rare form of cancer which spreads rapidly across the body. He became known nationally as he accompanied the team in taking to the pitch before matches.

He was often in the arms of England international striker Jermain Defoe, who described the child as his best friend.]]>
1/18/2018 4:47:22 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Meshref advances to last 32 of women's singles in ITTF World Tour]]>
Egyptian player Dina Meshref notched victory over Kinga Stefanska of Poland 4-0 and Renata Strbikova of the Czech Republic 4-1.

Meshref will meet World No.12 player Lee Ho-Ching of Hong Kong in the last 32 of the tournament. ]]>
1/18/2018 12:45:04 PM
<![CDATA[Ismaily lose to Arab Contractors in Egyptian League]]>
Ismaily had many chances to open the score through Karim Bambo and Ibrahim Hassan, but Arab Contractors’ goalkeeper, Mahmoud Aboel Souod, saved all their attempts.

Arab Contractors opened the score before half time through Taher Mohamed after a beautiful play between Arab Contractors players.

In the second half, Arab Contractors surprised their opponents after Mohamed Samir doubled the score for the hosts through a free kick to make the mission harder for Ismaily.

Ismaily players failed to score in the remaining minutes to end the game 2-0 and lose their second game this season in the league.

Ismaily stayed in the second position in the league with 41 points, only a point behind the leaders, Al-Ahly, who still have two postponed games.]]>
1/18/2018 11:33:30 AM
<![CDATA[Villa is looking forward to feature in World Cup ]]>
“I know that the manager, Julen Lopetegui, is watching me and that I'm one of the attacking candidates; what I will do is play well and train hard at the highest level to get the best out of myself," Villa told Efe on Wednesday.

Villa, 36, earned a call to play again with the Spanish national team on August 2017 following three years of international retirement after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but he picked up an injury during the training, which inhibited his comeback.

Villa added, “Injuries always seem to come at a bad time, but it was even more so in that case. But the reaction of people was very nice though. It was a nice experience, even though it ended badly with the injury."

Villa wore Spain’s national team jersey in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cup tournaments, and he played a great role in the 2010 World Cup victory with the national team, scoring five goals.

1/18/2018 5:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Walcott joins Everton ]]>
“I'm very ambitious and I've come here because I want the club to push to the next level, and with the players that have come in, I feel like the next level can be reached. I'm very excited to be starting a new chapter and I felt this was the right place for me to be,” Walcott told the club’s official website on Wednesday.

Walcott, 28, is a Southampton academy product and earned his debut with the club’s first team when he was just 16.
Walcott joined Arsenal one year later and has since then established himself as a starting player with the Gunners, but he had many long-term injuries in recent years that forced him to lose his position in the club and the English national team.

Walcott explained why he chose Everton over the other offers, saying, “The manager is very hungry and it's just what I need. I've had a couple of chats with him, and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me.”

Everton manager Sam Allardyce praised the new signing, saying, “I'm thrilled we've been able to secure a player of Theo's experience and quality.”

Walcott hopes to regain his form to be able to join England’s squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
1/18/2018 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Nadal says lower-ranked players need more money]]>
Nadal's comments follow media reports this week that Novak Djokovic, the president of the Players' Council, had urged players to unionise at a pre-Australian Open meeting and revolt over the way the revenues from the four grand slams are distributed.

The 30-year-old Serb denied any threat of a boycott on Tuesday.

Nadal, a former vice-president of the Players' Council, said tennis had improved "a lot" for lower-ranked players in recent years but felt more needed to be done.

"Just to be clear, at some point, I don’t know 100 percent about what's going on or not, but at some point, it's good that the players speak between each other about what we want or what we don’t want," he told reporters after winning his second round match against Argentine Leonardo Mayer on Wednesday.

‘That’s all. (It's) not about union or not union. Forget about this ... I believe that the tennis improved a lot the last couple of years for the lower ranking players.

"One sport is bigger not only when the top guys win a lot of money. It's bigger when a sport creates a lot of jobs.

"If there is 300 people living from tennis is better than if there is only 100.

"But that’s my opinion. The real thing is if we can help at some point to the players that needs more help, will be fantastic."

Tennis has been compared unfavourably with rival sports like soccer, golf and basketball in terms of the number of professionals able to make a living in the game and the overall share of wealth given to players.

But the Spaniard, who has earned $94,588,627 in prizemoney from the men's professional ATP tour, suggested such comparisons were unhelpful.

"You know what? The market is the market," said the 31-year-old, who will play Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur for a place in the fourth round at Melbourne Park.

"We cannot fight about the market.

"Probably our sport is more global than football.

"At the same time the sport is much bigger, football (more) than tennis, in terms of money, in terms of millions of fans.

"But we cannot compare the sports.

"We have to fight to make our sport better, bigger, and to have the best show possible for the crowd. Only like this we going to grow in all terms."]]>
1/17/2018 9:23:20 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt defeats Morocco at African Handball Championship ]]>
Egypt dominated the game from the start, ending the first half 17-15 in the lead, and they continued their dominance during the second half to end the game 33-28.

Egyptian national team player Eslam Hassan was named the best player of the game after his amazing performance that broke Morocco’s defense.

Egypt will face Nigeria on Thursday, and they will rest for two days before meeting Angola on Sunday, January 21. Egypt will then play their last game in the first stage against the Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday.

The draw was held in November and put Egypt in Group B alongside Angola, Morocco, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The best three teams in the tournament will qualify to the 2019 Men's World Handball Championship in Denmark and Germany.

Three Arab nations monopolized the gold medal since the tournament’s inception: Tunisia won nine titles, Algeria won seven titles and Egypt won six.

Gabon is hosting the 23rd edition of the tournament between January 17 and January 27, 2018. ]]>
1/17/2018 7:59:59 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool condemn Flanagan after assault sentencing]]>
Flanagan pleaded guilty to a common assault charge earlier this month after being arrested and questioned in the early hours of Dec. 22 following an incident in Liverpool city centre.

District judge Wendy Lloyd sentenced Flanagan at Liverpool Magistrates' Court to the community order, which includes 15 rehabilitation activity days and 40 hours of unpaid work.

"We condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the player's actions during the events that took place resulting in this criminal conviction," a spokesman for the Premier League club told the Liverpool Echo.

"It leaves his own reputation damaged and, through association, he has severely let down the club he had previously represented with distinction.

"We have expressed to him our disappointment and anger that he has failed to live up to the values of Liverpool Football Club, in this specific instance."

Liverpool also said that an internal investigation regarding Flanagan will be conducted to decide on further disciplinary action.

The Liverpool-born player has made 51 senior appearances for the Merseyside club but has struggled for game time in recent seasons, with his only appearance this campaign coming in the League Cup defeat by Leicester City in September.]]>
1/17/2018 6:46:42 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek’s Gabr to join Hegazi at West Brom ]]>
Ahmed Hegazi’s performance with his team since he joined the club last summer from Al-Ahly encouraged the club to strengthen their squad by signing his partner on the Egyptian national team’s defense.

Gabr, 29, has been followed by West Brom scouts during his participation with the national team in the 2017 African Cup of Nations, but the club decided to sign Hegazi, according to the club’s former manager, Tony Pulis.

“I liked the two Egyptian centre-halves – him (Hegazi) and the lad alongside him (Gabr). We followed it up and found out he'd most probably be the best and we've taken a chance. Hopefully it'll be a chance that has come off," Pulis told Birminghammail.co.uk.

Gabr is expected to replace the club captain, Johnny Evans, who has been linked with a move to Manchester City since the summer.
1/17/2018 5:51:36 PM
<![CDATA[Brazil great Ronaldinho to retire, says brother]]>
Ronaldinho has not played a competitive match since 2015 but had avoided calling a definitive halt to his career until now.

"He's stopped. It's over," Assis told the Rio de Janeiro newspaper O Globo. "We're going to do something pretty big, something cool, after the World Cup in Russia, probably in August."

The events, most likely farewell matches, will take place in Brazil, Europe and Asia, and could include a match with the national team, Assis said.

Ronaldinho, who will be 38 in March, began his career at Gremio and played for seven other clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Queretaro and Brazilian sides Flamengo, Atletico Mineiro and Fluminense.

But it was at Barcelona between 2003 and 2008 where he spent his glory years, turning in some of the greatest performances ever seen by the storied Spanish club, perhaps most memorably in a 3-0 win over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in 2005.

He helped guide the Catalan side to the Champions League in 2006, La Liga in 2005 and 2006 and won the Ballon D’Or in 2005.

Ronaldinho left for Milan in 2008 and won the scudetto there in 2011, before heading back to Brazil and taking Atletico Mineiro to their first Copa Libertadores title in 2013.

He never again reached the heights he scaled at Barca for prolonged periods, though he remained a captivating presence, known for his no-look passes, superb free kicks and free-wheeling style that typified the way Brazilians play the game.

He played 101 times for Brazil, scoring 35 goals including a 40-yard free kick that knocked England out the 2002 World Cup. ]]>
1/17/2018 5:47:00 PM
<![CDATA[Debutant Ngidi bowls South Africa to series win over India]]>
Test debutant Lungi Ngidi sensationally bowled South Africa to a series-clinching win on Wednesday, taking six for 39 as India were beaten by 135 runs on the fifth day of the second Test.

Ngidi, 21, did much of the damage as India lost seven wickets in an extended morning's play at SuperSport Park and were bowled out for 151 after resuming at 35 for three.

Rohit Sharma provided some Indian resistance, scoring 47 before falling to a diving catch at fine leg by AB de Villiers off Kagiso Rabada.

He shared an eighth wicket partnership of 54 with Mohammed Shami (28).

Outstanding South African fielding accounted for India's first two wickets of the morning.

Cheteshwar Pujara was run out for the second time in the match in the fourth over of the day when De Villiers chased a ball to third man and sent a pinpoint throw to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock as Pujara dived after attempting a third run.

Morne Morkel then held a sensational catch, running and diving at long leg after Parthiv Patel hooked a short ball from Kagiso Rabada.

Ngidi, who took the key wickets of Lokesh Rahul and Virat Kohli on Tuesday, followed up by having Hardik Pandya and Ravichandran Ashwin caught behind by De Kock.

Sharma's defiance ended at the scheduled lunch break but play was extended with a result in sight.

Shami fell to a mistimed pull shot against Ngidi, who finished the match by having Jasprit Bumrah caught at mid-off.

South Africa, ranked second in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, won the first Test in Cape Town by 72 runs.

The final Test of the three-match series will be played in Johannesburg from January 24 to 28.]]>
1/17/2018 5:23:14 PM
<![CDATA[Nadal mows down Mayer to reach third round]]>
Channelling his early years with a sleeveless shirt, the muscular Mallorcan threw Mayer like a rag-doll around the Rod Laver Arena court for two hours and 38 minutes, pounding the world number 52 with a barrage of top-spin bombs.

A masterful performance was blighted only by a late wobble, when Nadal was broken serving for the match at 5-4 in the decider.But the Spaniard found an extra gear in the tiebreak, wrapping up the match with a monster serve to the corner that Mayer battled to get a racket to.

Nadal’s bid for a 17th grand slam title continues against Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.
1/17/2018 4:27:46 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly tops table after defeating El-Gaish]]>
Al-Ahly succeeded to be on the top of the table for the first time this season.

The red devils controlled the game but wasted a lot of chances to raise the score because Walid Azzaro and Junior Ajayee were not in top form.

Mido Gaber took the lead in the 38th minute after he headed the ball inside El-Gaish’s goal, taking advantage of Bassem Ali’s cross.

Amr El-Soleya doubled the score in the 78th minute after a pass from Al-Ahly’s midfielder Abdullah El-Said.

The game witnessed the return of Marwan Mohsen, Al-Ahly’s striker, after nearly one year of absence due to his injury which he sustained in the game with the Egyptian national team against Morocco in the African Cup of Nations held in January 2017.

Now, Al-Ahly tops the table with 42 points from 17 games, with one postponed game less against Al-Mokawlon El-Arab. El-Gaish kept in the 8th place with 25 points.
1/17/2018 12:56:47 PM
<![CDATA[Benzema returns to training sessions]]>
After the El Clásico last December, Benzema underwent a medical examination in which he was diagnosed with a lesion in the biceps femoris muscle of the right leg, according to the club at the time.

On Tuesday, the Frenchman returned to the training for the second consecutive day and participated in the first part of the training with the group.

Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane also had youth team’s defender Álvaro Tejero and youth goalkeeper Moha in the training session.

1/17/2018 12:55:10 PM
<![CDATA[Ex-Wallaby Smith arrested in Tokyo for 'cabbie assault']]>
The 37-year-old flanker is suspected of running away from a taxi without paying roughly 10,000 yen (US$90) for the fare near his home in the small hours of December 31, according to Tokyo Metropolitan Police.

The driver chased Smith, who then allegedly punched the driver in his face, causing "injuries that require two weeks to fully heal," police spokesman Naoto Wakabayashi told AFP.

Smith, who is now playing for Japan's Suntory Sungoliath team, was drunk at the time and was arrested on the spot by a police officer, the spokesman said.

He denies the allegations, but is still in police custody, Wakabayashi said.

Smith, who won 111 caps, is seen as a Wallaby great and twice won the prestigious John Eales Medal for best Australian rugby player.

Beverage giant Suntory, which runs the team, apologised over the incident in a brief statement.

"We sincerely apologise to the victim and other parties concerned. We are also sorry for causing concern and trouble to many people in the public," Suntory said.

Suntory officials said they were not aware of further details about the case.]]>
1/17/2018 12:53:00 PM
<![CDATA[Ewan surges past Sagan to win second stage of Tour Down Under]]>
In a thrilling finish on the uphill climb into Stirling, Ewan clung to Sagan's wheel and pulled out with 100 metres to go, finishing too strongly for the Slovakian, who came in fourth behind Ewan, Daryl Impey and Jay McCarthy at the season-opening event.

Ewan's BMC Racing team brought a strong squad to the Tour Down Under with the aim of securing overall victory for Ewan's fellow countryman Richie Porte.

But Ewan's 10-second time bonus puts him into the leader's jersey, replacing German Andre Greipel, who was dropped from the peloton when the climb began, six kilometres from the finish line.

"It was a super tough finish and it was one that we were all so unsure about whether we'd make it over the top," Ewan said.

"But the boys put me in a perfect position again and they backed me 100 percent even after some results that we weren't hoping for.

"So for them to back me on a stage that probably doesn't even suit me, it means a lot."

Wednesday's race began in sweltering conditions in the inner-city Adelaide suburb of Unley and wound its way through the Adelaide Hills in temperatures reaching as high as 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit).

A group of four riders immediately broke away including the three who led Tuesday's break, Australian pair William Clarke (EF Education First-Drapac) and Scott Bowden (UniSA) and South African Nicholas Dlamini (Team Dimension Data). They were joined by Spaniard Jaime Castrillo (Movistar) and quickly opened a four minute lead over the peloton.

Dlamini dropped back when he claimed the King of the Mountain points after just 22 kilometres (13.6 miles).

But the remaining three stayed away until Clarke and Bowden dropped back after Clarke had picked up the bonus seconds for the two intermediate sprints, leaving Castrillo to make a long 70 kilometre run for home.

The peloton began to make its move with 40 kilometres to go and the Spaniard was eventually caught 13.5 kilometres from the finish.

The peloton split as the pace increased and Sagan surged clear, but the Slovakian couldn't hold off Ewan, who claimed his seventh Tour Down Under stage win.

The third stage is a 146.5 kilometre run from the beachside suburb of Glenelg to the town of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu Peninsula.]]>
1/17/2018 12:51:27 PM
<![CDATA[Aubameyang hands Dortmund a transfer request]]>
Dortmund is willing to let him go if he receives an offer of at least €70 million.

Aubameyang, 28 years old and with a contract until 2021, is Dortmund's top scorer but has had problems due to repeated acts of indiscipline.

As a result of Aubameyang's last incidence of indiscipline, the player was not included in last Sunday's match, in which Dortmund drew without goals against Stuttgart.

Dortmund coach Peter Stöger forced Aubameyang to participate in the training before the match and then informed him that he would not be in the squad.

In addition, Dortmund imposed on Aubameyang a fine of more than €100,000, according to the Bild.

Many reports have been spread that Arsenal is preparing an offer to sign the African striker. Arsenal offers their striker Oliver Giroud as part of the signing.]]>
1/17/2018 11:18:11 AM
<![CDATA[Russia readies supercomputer to improve World Cup weather forecasts]]>
With the World Bank's support, the world's largest country has been working to improve its weather forecasting capabilities and use standards closer to those of leading forecasting centres.

The need for timely and accurate weather information will be essential for the month-long tournament taking place across 11 cities, from Kaliningrad in the west to Ekaterinburg, 2,500 km (1,553 miles) away in the east, and Sochi on the Black Sea.

Roman Vilfand, the head of state weather forecaster Hydrometcentre, told reporters that the country's new supercomputer was expected to become operational in March. The tournament takes place from June 14 to July 15.

"Of course, we are preparing for this event (the World Cup)," he said. "We are currently discussing the regulations for the data to be supplied to the organising committee."

Vilfand, who did not disclose the cost of the World Bank-funded supercomputer, added discussions were taking place about when to release match-day forecasts and how much detail they should contain.

"I hope we will launch the first (weather forecasting) models with high resolution and then be able to describe weather in great detail," he said.

Vilfand stressed that additional forecasts will be needed for the 32 teams' training bases and for flight and road conditions between host cities.

Russian authorities expect three million to five million fans to travel in Russia during the World Cup.]]>
1/16/2018 10:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Buoyant Lambert calls for unity at struggling Stoke]]>
Lambert, who was named as Mark Hughes's replacement on Monday, watched from the stands as Stoke suffered a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United. It was the Potters' 13th loss in 23 league games and kept them 18th in the standings.

Stoke have also conceded the most goals in the league (50) and are winless in their last five games across all competitions but Lambert says he is not intimidated by the challenge ahead.

"I'm 100 percent sure that we have enough to stay up. The club shouldn't be in the position we are in. If we can get a togetherness with the team, as well as fans' backing, we should be fine," Lambert told a news conference on Tuesday.

"This is not new to me. I've played and managed at the highest level before and am looking forward to it again.

"... We win as a team, we lose as a team. As a team we have to be better. Going forward, I think we are really good. We have to be more aggressive off the ball, close people down a bit quicker and if we can do that we'll be all right."

Lambert also urged Stoke fans, who were vociferous in supporting their new boss on Monday, to stick with the team and back them through a tough period.

"From day one, the fans are going to be vital. At the same time we need to give them something to shout about. We need to be on the front foot. I'm sure the atmosphere will be different to what it has been of late on Saturday," Lambert added.

"If we win games, that is the most important thing. It's important the fans get behind the team and drive us on."

Stoke, in the final relegation place, are a point adrift of 17th-placed Southampton ahead of Saturday's home league game against 14th-placed Huddersfield Town.]]>
1/16/2018 8:20:00 PM
<![CDATA[Chelsea stadium plans cleared by local council]]>
The Crosthwaite family had taken out an injunction to stop the development because they believed the expansion to a 60,000-seater stadium would block sunlight into their home of 50 years.

However, Hammersmith and Fulham Council exercised statutory powers to enter into a temporary lease agreement with Chelsea which ensured the injunction was not valid, British media said on Monday.

The family will be entitled to statutory compensation but would need to look at other legal steps to try to stop the development going ahead, according to the reports.

The stadium development was given planning permission a year ago and has been signed off by the Mayor of London.

Chelsea, whose stadium currently holds 41,000, called on the local council to intervene and they have now taken advantage of planning laws to stop the injunction.

Chelsea expect to be playing at Stamford Bridge until the 2019-20 season and will then play at an alternative venue - likely to be Wembley Stadium - for up to four years while the stadium development is carried out.]]>
1/16/2018 7:05:42 PM
<![CDATA[Preview : El-Gaish vs Al-Ahly ]]>
Al-Ahly enters the game with high spirits after an amazing week, as they defeated Zamalek 3-0 at Cairo Derby on Monday and won the Egyptian Super Cup on Friday after defeating El-Masry 1-0.

Al-Ahly attacking midfielder, Abdallah el-Said failed to complete Al-Ahly's last training session and his participation in tonight's game is doubtable. Al-Ahly will start with Eslam Mohareb if Said is not fully recovered.

Al-Ahly depends on Walid Azarro to lead the attacking line as he is having a great time with the team after scoring Al-Ahly winning goal at the Super Cup.

Al-Ahly hope to return on top of the league table as they come in the second place with 39 points, two points behind the leaders, Ismaily. On the other hand, El-Gaish enters the game with 25 points at the 8th place.
1/16/2018 3:21:10 PM
<![CDATA[Shami takes three but South Africa move past 200-run lead]]>
The home side went to the interval on 173 for five, with captain Faf du Plessis (12 not out) and Vernon Philander (three not out) at the crease.

On a wicket more similar to Indian conditions than those typically found in South Africa, it has been a hard slog for the batsmen and the tourists will feel very much in the game.

There is variable bounce, plenty of turn and the pitch is still on the slow side as South Africa aim to protect a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

India’s rally came after an excellent spell of seam bowling from Shami whose figures were 3-38.

The home side resumed on 90 for two. Positive batting from AB de Villiers in the first hour took him to 80 before a rising delivery from Shami forced an edge to wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.

De Villiers had put on 141 for the third wicket with opener Dean Elgar, who rode his luck to a half-century before he found Lokesh Rahul in the deep with a well-timed pull shot off Shami to fall for 61.

Quinton de Kock (12) looks completely out of sorts and after edging three balls in a row past the slips for four, his luck ran out and he tickled a Shami delivery to Patel.

South Africa seamer Morne Morkel suggested on Monday evening that chasing anything over 250 would be difficult for India, but with visiting skipper Virat Kohli coming off 153 in the first innings and looking in such good form, the hosts will be looking at 300 and above.

Kohli will have to watch his behaviour for the rest of the test after he was fined 25 percent of his match fee and received one demerit point for repeatedly complaining to umpire Michael Gough about a damp ball following a rain delay on Monday. ]]>
1/16/2018 2:00:12 PM
<![CDATA[City drop Sanchez interest as Mourinho waits]]>
On Monday, the Manchester Evening News reported that City, long-term suitors of Sanchez, had decided to drop their interest in the Chilean after holding meetings with the club to discuss the financial aspects of the deal.

While City manager Pep Guardiola, who coached Sanchez at Barcelona, was keen to add the forward to his squad, his wage demands and transfer fee were considered excessive by the club given he is out of contract at the end of the season.

Mourinho confirmed that United were interested in Sanchez but said he was "neither confident nor unconfident" about securing his signature.

"I am just relaxed with the feeling that he is an Arsenal player, he can stay there, but also with the feeling that he can move and if he moves I think we have a chance," he told reporters after Monday's 3-0 win over Stoke City at Old Trafford.

"I think most probably a player like him has other big clubs interested. Who knows? I think him, Mr (Arsene) Wenger, Mr (Arsenal CEO Ivan) Gazidis, they are the ones that know really what is going to happen," added Mourinho.

Earlier speaking to the BBC, the United manager said: "He is an Arsenal player, if he stays it's great for Arsenal, if he comes to us, great for us, if he goes to another club, great for them."

Some media reports on Monday speculated that Chelsea could make an attempt to persuade Sanchez to stay in London rather than move to United while others have suggested that United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan may be part of negotiations to bring Sanchez to Old Trafford.

The Armenian was left out of the squad against Stoke but Mourinho said his future was unclear.

"I understand that with so much talk and so much speculation it is not easy for Mkhitaryan to play, to play at home with this feeling that it can happen, maybe doesn’t happen," said Mourinho.

"I prefer to protect him and protect the situation and at the end of the transfer market, if he stays here, he is a very good player, one that started this season very, very well and come a bit down. But last season did amazing things for us, helped us to win the Europa League being one of the most important players. Let's see what happens," he added.

Sanchez was left out of Arsenal's squad for their 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Sunday, with Wenger saying a decision on the Chilean's future was "imminent".

"Yes (it's imminent). Don't read too much in it because even I don't know which way it will go," said the Frenchman.

"He's being vague at the moment. The situation is not completely decided one way or the other, so I left him at home."]]>
1/16/2018 1:50:28 PM
<![CDATA[United deal with Stoke at Old Trafford amid Sanchez talk]]>
Two superbly taken first-half strikes, from Antonio Valencia and Anthony Martial, put United in command against a spirited Stoke side and Romelu Lukaku made sure of the win midway through the second half with a low drive.

It may not have been vintage United but after leaders Manchester City lost their unbeaten league record in a 4-3 reverse at Liverpool on Sunday, it was vital Jose Mourinho's side took the chance to close the gap at the top to 12 points.

Mourinho omitted winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan from the squad amid reports that Arsenal were interested in him as part of a swap deal for Chile forward Sanchez, who is no longer a target for Manchester City according to British media.

Full-back Valencia blasted United into a ninth minute lead after cutting inside on to his unfavoured - but still potent - left foot and hammering into the far corner, well beyond the reach of visiting keeper Jack Butland.

Stoke's new manager Paul Lambert, appointed earlier on Monday, watched from the stands, with the sacked Mark Hughes' former assistant Eddie Niedzwiecki in charge of the team.


Stoke's Stephen Ireland, making his first start since May 2016, then missed two good chances as the visitors showed plenty of attacking intent.

But seven minutes before the interval, United's French winger Martial made it 2-0 with a sweet first-time finish after being set up by Paul Pogba.

Stoke responded positively again, going in at halftime after Xherdan Shaqiri had tested keeper David De Gea with a low drive, but United got a firm grip on the game after the interval.

It was not until the 72nd minute though that the home side got the third goal - Lukaku wriggling to find enough space for a shot into the bottom corner after good work from Martial.

"Stoke bought players to play football, they were not afraid to play and they created us problems in the first half," said Mourinho.

Niedzwiecki said he was unclear whether he would remain at the club once former Norwich City and Aston Villa boss Lambert set up his own staff.

"Paul Lambert said a few words to the players in the hotel before the game but he showed me the respect, it was my team today. I enjoyed the experience but it has been incredibly difficult personally," he said.

"I will find out my future in the next 48 hours. I know how the game works."
1/16/2018 1:04:16 PM
<![CDATA[It was an unbelievable match: Lovren]]>

“We showed from the first minute that we deserved this win. It was an unbelievable match to play in. We showed our quality from the beginning, we believed from the first second," Lovren told Liverpool official website after the game.

Liverpool opened the score after nine minutes through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Leroy Sane equalized before the half time.

In the second half, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored three goals to render the score 4-1 before Man City scored two goals through Elkay Gundogan and Sergio Aguero to end the game 4-3.

Lovren spoke about the two goals they received in the last minutes. “In the last 15 minutes we shouldn’t have dropped too deep, maybe it was automatic as we were defending together. But we learned from previous games.”

Liverpool jumped to third place with 47 points and they decreased the gap with the leaders, Manchester City to 15 points.

1/16/2018 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Puel calms Leicester fans about Mahrez ]]>
“Of course we are in the transfer window and it's normal for all the best players to be linked with transfers, but I'm not afraid about this because there's a fantastic spirit and good attitude in this squad,” Puel told Skysports on Monday.

Mahrez, 26 joined Leicester in 2014, he played a significant role in Leicester’s 2016 Premier League title campaign in which they defied all expectations and won the trophy. Since then he has been linked with a move to a plethora of European giants.

Mahrez has been linked with a move to Liverpool this January to replace Philippe Coutinho who left the club to join Barcelona.

Puel praised Mahrez, “He has a fantastic influence on the team, a valuable player for the team. We can see he is enjoying his football and is happy with his team-mates and with us. It's important for us to keep our best players.”

Mahrez and his teammates found success under Puel’s command after they suffered a poor start this season under Craig Shakespeare. They are currently 8th in the League table with 31 points.
1/16/2018 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[New Salah chant goes viral amongst Liverpool fans]]>
The song lyrics to the tune of “Sugar, honey, honey” by The Archies are “Salah, Mane Mane and Roberto Firmino but we sold Coutinho but it doesn’t matter at all actually because we have got Salah, Mane Mane and Robbie Firmino.”

Liverpool fans started chanting the song during their 4-3 victory over Manchester City on Sunday at the Premier League.

Murphy became famous after the song was played on Soccer AM program on Sky Sports before being highly received by Liverpool fans against Manchester City.

Liverpool defeated Manchester City 4-3 to end their 23 game unbeaten stint in the Premier League.

Liverpool opened the score after nine minutes through Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Leroy Sane equalized before the half time.

In the second half, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored three goals to make the score 4-1 before Man City scored two goals through Elkay Gundogan and Sergio Aguero to end the game 4-3.

1/16/2018 5:10:00 AM
<![CDATA[Djokovic in action on day of returns in Melbourne]]>
Six times a men's singles champion Down Under, the Serbian will be joined in making a return at Melbourne Park by 2008 women's champion Maria Sharapova, who missed last year's tournament because of a doping ban.

Men's champion Roger Federer, women's top seed Simona Halep and Stan Wawrinka, whose 2014 triumph interrupted six years of Djokovic dominance and who is also returning from an injury layoff, are also in first round action.

While Federer begins his title defence against Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene in primetime on Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic and Sharapova will make their bows on Margaret Court Arena.

Federer made his comeback from an injury-induced spell on the sidelines at last year's tournament and went on to win his 18th grand slam title by beating his great rival Rafa Nadal in the final.

Djokovic, seeded 14th, will be hoping he can make a start on a similarly successful return when he takes on American Donald Young but admits to being uncertain how the elbow which forced an end to his season after last year's Wimbledon will hold up.

"If he's back playing you hope he's 100 percent or close to 100 percent, but you never know where the confidence is," three-times Melbourne champion Mats Wilander told Reuters.

"We don't know where he is physically. But he has to be 100 percent ready emotionally, not just physically, to have a chance to win the title."

Swiss Wawrinka admitted he was not yet free of pain from the knee injury which has also kept him out of action since Wimbledon ahead of his match against unseeded Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.

While Halep's match against local wildcard Destanee Aiava is also on the main showcourt, it is fair to say that Sharapova's clash with Germany's Tatjana Maria is probably the more intriguing match up, if only for how the crowd receives her.

Sharapova failed the dope test after her quarter-final loss to Serena Williams here two years ago and although her 15-month ban has done little to dim her appeal to tournament organisers, Melbourne fans might not be so forgiving.]]>
1/15/2018 10:22:58 PM
<![CDATA[Italy police report suspicious elements in AC Milan sale ]]>
The holding company, Fininvest, declined to comment.

Berlusconi, who leads the biggest political party on Italy's centre-right, denied a report on Saturday in La Stampa newspaper which said prosecutors had opened an investigation into alleged money laundering during the sale.

Milan's chief prosecutor Francesco Greco also said no investigation had been opened into the sale.

The four-times prime minister sold the club last April for 740 million euros ($907.76 million) and stepped down from his role as president that he had held for more than 30 years.

No investigation has been opened, the sources said on Monday, but the finance police delivered a report of around 10 pages to the prosecutor's office before Christmas, they said.

Financial institutions are obliged to notify the Bank of Italy of transactions in which there is "reasonable cause to suspect" financial crimes such as money laundering have been committed or attempted.

The central bank then sends these notifications to the finance police, which compiles a report that is sent to a prosecutor, who must decide whether to open a probe.

The report regarding the AC Milan sale contained three indications of suspicious operations, known in Italian by the acronym "SOS", the sources said.

Marina Berlusconi, the politician's daughter and chairman of Fininvest, said in a statement on Saturday it had "behaved absolutely transparently and correctly" throughout the negotiations for the sale of the club.
1/15/2018 10:14:40 PM
<![CDATA[Owen recalls his memories of leaving Liverpool ]]>
“I decided I had to go, but even so I was crying all the way from my house to the airport, a part of me never wanted to leave. When Real Madrid asked me to join them in 2004, a part of me felt flattered," Owen told Daily Mail on Monday.

Owen, born in Liverpool joined the club when he was just 12; he earned his debut with the first team at 17 and established himself as a starting striker at Liverpool before he decided to leave the club in 2004 to join Real Madrid.

Owen believes that former Liverpool Brazilian attacking midfielder, Philippe Coutinho had different feelings when he joined Barcelona on January 6 2018.

“Judging from the photos of Coutinho on his way to Barcelona, he didn't feel the same way I did. It seemed as if he were in utopia,” Owen Remarked.

Coutinho joined Barcelona after being linked with the club since the last summer.

1/15/2018 10:02:27 PM
<![CDATA[Sisi inaugurates Sports City of Port Said]]>
The sports city houses many facilities like an Olympic-size swimming pool, training swimming pool, indoor halls complex, hockey arena with stands, squash complex, social club, five-a -side football pitches, two tennis arenas and a football stadium.

The city, established between the El-Dawahi and El-Zohour districts on 76 square kilometers of land, cost LE 356 million and the facilities are expected to serve 5000 families.

The city was revitalized after 15 years of neglect, the development process started in 2016 after the president declared 2016 as the Year of Youth.

The Minister of Sports and Youth, Khaled Abdel Aziz followed the development process and revealed that the Sports City of Port Said is one of the biggest sports associations in the country and it is ready to host large sports events.

At the same time, President Sisi inaugurated projects in other governorates via video conference, including two hospitals in Banha, a military hospital in Shibin El-Kom, and the first complex of Zewail University, remarking that it is important to preserve good health projects.

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1/15/2018 9:59:53 PM
<![CDATA[Barca misses Dembélé for a month]]>
The team announced on its official website that Dembélé was suffering from a pain in his leg at the end of the match. After the medical team checked him they found that he had picked up a muscular injury in his left leg. However, the medical staff guaranteed that the injury won’t affect the surgery he had at the beginning of the season.

Aditionally, Andres Iniesta was suffering from muscular fatigue in his right leg after the game, the medical staff stated that his injury will be evaluated to find out if he’ll be ready to participate in the next games.
1/15/2018 7:00:49 PM
<![CDATA[Giggs is the new Wales coach]]>
Giggs was one of four candidates to take charge of his country's national team in the next Euro 2020, in which the Welsh team is aiming to reach an advanced stage after failing to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The 44-year-old former Welshman is on his first assignment as a head coach, having previously served as United's assistant coach for the 2013-2014 season.