<![CDATA[rss-Sports]]> All Rights Reserved for The Cairo post <![CDATA[Sports]]>]]> 100 29 <![CDATA[Hard-working Halep learns from past meetings with Garcia]]>
Garcia became the last qualifier for Singapore with back-to-back titles in China, including victory over Halep in a Beijing final on Oct. 8, a day after the Romanian had secured a triumph that guaranteed her top spot in the rankings.

Halep stressed she was keen to learn from both that defeat and a win over the Frenchwoman she enjoyed in Canada two months ago ahead of the showdown in Singapore as the pair opened Red Group play with a high-class baseline tussle.

"She's very difficult to play against and I knew how the match was going to be because we played two weeks ago," Halep told reporters.

"But also I had in mind the match from Toronto when I won against her, and today I think I played similar to that match," she added of the Canadian Open quarter-final that she also won 6-4 6-2.

"I just felt that in the beginning she's very consistent and very strong, but then in the second set, I started to feel that I dominated the match and I got more confidence."

Halep is not armed with the most powerful of serves so her strongest assets remain movement around the court and retrieving abilities, skills she utilised to full effect in the 88-minute triumph over Garcia.

"My footwork is really important and today I was really strong on the legs," the 26-year-old added.

"I stayed very low because she hits it pretty flat, and the ball here on this court doesn't jump too much. So I had to stay low. And also, I was running very well.

"I work more on this when I'm home but I don't exaggerate. I just have it naturally but the most important thing is to be fresh before any tournament."

Halep will take on Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, who opened with a 6-2 6-0 win over Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, in her next round-robin match on Wednesday. Garcia will play Svitolina the same day.]]>
10/23/2017 6:36:24 PM
<![CDATA[Ex-Milan defender elected new mayor of Tbilisi]]>
Kakhaber Kaladze, well known as Kakha Kaladze, joined Milan in 2001, coming from Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine. Kaladze spent nine years full of success with AC Milan, as he achieved with the team two Champion League titles (2003, 2007), an Italian Cup title (2003), an Italian League title, a UEFA Super Cup title (2008), and the 2008 FIFA Club World Cup.

The 39-year-old retired in 2012 and decided to leave the football world to devote himself to politics, joining the campaign of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili against then-president Mikheil Saakashvili.

The former defender engaged quickly with his political career, becoming the minister of energy in the same year as his football retirement, after Bidzina’s coalition won the parliamentary elections over Saakashvili’s party.

Kaladze decided to resign from the ministry in July 2017 to be able to run for the mayor seat of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, and he succeeded in winning Sunday’s municipal elections with 51 percent of the vote.

Paolo Maldini, the former legendary AC Milan captain who played alongside Kaladze, posted on Kaladze's official Facebook account to congratulate him for his new position.

10/23/2017 4:42:34 PM
<![CDATA[Everton sack manager Koeman]]>
Dutchman Koeman took over 16 months ago and spent a significant amount of money overhauling the squad in the last transfer window, but Everton have won two out of nine league games in their worst start to a season since 2005-06.

"Everton Football Club can confirm that Ronald Koeman has left the club," Everton said in a statement on Twitter.

"Chairman Bill Kenwright, the Board of Directors and Major Shareholder Farhad Moshiri would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months and for guiding the club to seventh place in last season’s Premier League campaign."

Koeman arrived from Southampton in 2016 amid huge expectations and was granted the resources to revamp the squad in the last transfer window with a net spend of 54 million pounds ($71.1 million).

But Everton have won two games in 13 in all competitions and produced another lacklustre performance against Arsenal, a defeat that led to boos and many fans leaving before the end.

Beyond the poor results, Everton's supporters have been discouraged by a series of muddled displays with formations and players frequently switched as Koeman, an increasingly distant figure, struggled for cohesion.

"I haven't seen a worse Premier League side this year," said former player and BBC pundit Steve Claridge. "It feels like it's stale, the players here aren't of the quality needed, there's not a set system, not a pattern of play."

No wonder Kenwright was pictured with his head in his hands in the directors' box on Sunday. Alongside him, Moshiri took the decision to sack his second manager in 16 months following the departure of Roberto Martinez.
10/23/2017 4:07:30 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian National Karate U21 Team travels to Spain for championships]]>
The Egyptian delegation for the World Championships consists of 36 players, in addition to head of the Egyptian Karate Federation Ayman Farghaly, as head of the mission.

The players are: Karim Waleed, Mohamed Salah, Yousef Mowafi, Ali Usama, Rowan Gamal, Ahmed al-Ketbi, Mostafa Mohamed al-Ghobashi, Mahmoud Amr, Abdallah Hisham, Omar Ashraf, Taha Tariq, Asmaa Magdy, Shahd Ehab, Toqa Hisham, Menna Shaban, Malik Gomaa Salama, Abdallah Mamdouh, Mohamed Omar, Aya Hisham, Ferial Ashraf, Aisha Abdel Rahim, Ahmed Ayman, Abdel Rahman Hatem, Nourhan Mohamed Sweidan, Yasmin Nasr al-Juwaini, Habiba Mohamed Abdel Aziz, Yousef Mahmoud Abdel Razek, Ziad al Gharib, Reem Ahmad Ramzi, Salma Nessem al-Shafei, Nour Ashraf, Ziad Mohamed Abdel Rahman, Mo'men Ahmed Said, Ahmed Ragab al-Masry, Radwa Sayed, Aya Salah, and Israa Nabil.

The mission is scheduled to arrive in Madrid at 3 p.m., and will then take another three hours to Santa Cruz where the mission's residence is.
10/23/2017 2:47:11 PM
<![CDATA[Hamilton wins U.S. GP but made to wait for title]]>
Hamilton, presented with the winner's trophy by former U.S. president Bill Clinton, now looks sure to finish off the job and become Britain's first four times world champion in Mexico next weekend.

The Mercedes driver's fifth victory in six years at Austin's Circuit of the Americas extended his lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who finished second, to 66 points.

There are a maximum of 75 points still to be won from the three races remaining.

"I love this track, I think this track is now my favourite to be honest," said Hamilton, interviewed by Usain Bolt on the podium and joining the Olympic sprint champion's signature victory pose.

"A big congratulations to the team. They work so hard back at the factory and here."

The victory was the 62nd of Hamilton's career and his ninth of the season.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took third, despite finishing fourth at the flag, after Red Bull's Max Verstappen -- who had passed the Finn with a great overtaking move -- was hit with a five second post-race penalty that dropped him to fourth.

"It is an appalling decision. They have robbed all of the fans here," raged Red Bull principal Christian Horner as Verstappen left the pre-podium room.

"It was a great grand prix and they have screwed it up."

Hamilton had started on pole position, waved away for the formation lap by Bolt after an extended pre-race presentation reflecting the sport's new U.S. ownership and desire to jazz things up.

Celebrity boxing title fight announcer Michael Buffer gave his long and resonant call of 'Let's get ready to rumble', after announcing the drivers to the crowd one by one, and the battle was on.

But it was Vettel who struck the first blow from second place on the grid, beating Hamilton into the first corner as the Briton moved across and squeezed him as tight as he could without making contact.

Six laps later and Hamilton was back in front and this time he stayed there.

"At the start it was looking good, we got past Lewis, but we had to realise we couldn't go at his pace," said Vettel.

"We were then in no-man's land and were not quite sure. We decided to pit again, with a fresh set of tyres, and it was a bit more exciting but overall it was not the result we needed."

The German dropped down to fourth after his second stop but passed Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas with five laps to go and team mate Raikkonen obligingly let him pass.

Bottas finished fifth with French driver Esteban Ocon sixth for Force India and Carlos Sainz, on his Renault debut after leaving Toro Rosso, seventh.

Mexican Sergio Perez was eighth for Force India with Brazilian Felipe Massa ninth in a Williams and Russian Daniil Kvyat taking a point for Toro Rosso.
10/23/2017 2:29:25 PM
<![CDATA[Neymar sent off but Cavani salvages PSG draw at Marseille]]>
The Uruguay striker levelled one minute into stoppage time with a superb 20-metre free kick after Neymar had been dismissed in the 87th minute for two yellow card offences in quick succession.

Neymar had earlier cancelled out Luiz Gustavo's opener before halftime but lost his cool in the closing stages after Florian Thauvin had put the home side ahead in the second half, threatening to inflict PSG's first defeat of the season.

Then Cavani, who has often been criticised for supposed lack of efficiency, netted his ninth league goal of the season to earn the draw that puts PSG on 26 points from 10 matches.

"It's an important goal because the game was almost finished but at least we salvaged a point," said Cavani.

Monaco are second, four points behind on 22 points after beating Caen 2-0 on Saturday.

Marseille are fifth on 18 points as they were leapfrogged into fourth on 19 by Olympique Lyonnais, who hammered Troyes 5-0 away with a Memphis Depay hat-trick.

In a boiling hot Velodrome, Marseille went ahead on 16 minutes when Gustavo beat Alphonse Areola with a 25-metre strike to give Marseille a deserved advantage after a solid start.

Cavani squandered an opportunity to equalise one minute later when he missed the target from close range from a Layvin Kurzawa cross.

Neymar levelled with his first opportunity in the 33rd as he collected a clever cross from Adrien Rabiot to beat Steve Mandanda with a left-footed shot.

PSG had the upper hand but the hosts defended well to preserve the score until halftime.

Kylian Mbappe was handed a yellow card for protesting after a Jordan Amavi handball in the box as PSG's frustration grew.

In the 78th minute, Clinton Njie, who came on for Konstantinos Mitroglu in the 65th, grabbed the ball from Rabiot on the right flank and Thauvin latched onto his cross to put the home side ahead.

Neymar was booked in the 85th minute for dissent and two minutes later reacted angrily after being fouled, only to be shown the red card. He will miss next weekend's home game against Nice.

In his absence, there was no debate about who would take the final free kick in injury time as Cavani preserved the leaders' unbeaten record.]]>
10/23/2017 12:40:32 PM
<![CDATA[Hamilton wins U.S. Grand Prix, Mercedes take title]]>
The Mercedes driver won the U.S. Grand Prix for the fifth time in six years at Austin's Circuit of the Americas to extend his lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to 66 points with three races remaining.

Hamilton looks likely to finish the job in Mexico City next weekend with Vettel, who came home second on Sunday, needing to score 17 points more than the Briton in that race to keep the championship open.

The victory was the 62nd of Hamilton's career and ninth of the season. ]]>
10/23/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Emad Mouteb praises Walid Azzarou]]>
He stressed that the decision to participate for a long or short time is a technical point of view which he must respect.

Emad Mouteb participated in Al-Ahly’s great 6-2 victory over Etoile du Sahel in the CAF Champions League semi-final on Sunday.

Mouteb said, “Ali Maaloul’s first goal was very important as it gave us confidence and helped us in scoring more goals.”

He praised Walid Azzarou, the protagonist of the African clash, saying, “It was his best match with Al-Ahly, I am very happy for him. I told Azzarou that he will score and he did.”

Al-Ahly will meet Wydad Casablanca in the final; Wydad Casablanca defeated USM Alger (3-1) in the semi-finals' second leg in Morocco after a goalless draw in Algeria in the first leg.
10/23/2017 9:37:03 AM
<![CDATA[Badry: I believed in winning the semi-final]]>
Al-Ahly crushed Etoile du Sahel 6-2, 7-4 on aggregate, on Sunday in CAF Champions League semi-final at Borg el-Arab Stadium.

Badry, after the amazing victory, told the press, “I took advantage of the weakness points in Etoile du Sahel; it leads to this great victory.”

Badry praised Walid Azzarou, who scored three goals in the African clash, by saying, “Azzarou gave all what he has in this match; he deserves this hat-trick.”

“I did not want to risk by starting Abdullah El Said, Al-Ahly’s midfielder, in this tough match. Ramy Rabeaa proved himself well and performed a great match as well,” he added.

“Actually, all the players were in a good form today and we are looking forward to the Final,” He ended his talks by praising all the fans that attended the match at the stadium.

Al-Ahly will meet Wydad Casablanca in the final. Wydad Casablanca defeated USM Alger (3-1) in the semi-finals' second leg in Morocco after a goalless draw in Algeria’s first leg.
10/23/2017 9:35:29 AM
<![CDATA[Awesome Asensio helps Madrid romp past Eibar]]>
The forward forced an own goal and scored the second as Madrid moved into third with 20 points, one behind second-placed Valencia and one ahead of Atletico Madrid, who beat Celta Vigo 1-0 earlier on.

Asensio, picked ahead of Karim Benzema to partner a subdued Cristiano Ronaldo up front, sparkled as Real made light work of the visiting Basque side, who are 16th.

Eibar's Paulo Oliveira headed Asensio's cross into his own goal in the 18th minute before the forward volleyed home the second goal 10 minutes later from Isco's ball.

Substitute Marcelo added the third in the 82nd with a low drilled effort into the far corner to wrap up the victory.]]>
10/23/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Walid Azzarou wants to play both World Cups]]>
Al-Ahly crushed Etoile du Sahel 6-2, 7-4 on aggregate, on Sunday in CAF Champions League semi-final at Borg el-Arab Stadium.

Azzarou told the media; “Definitely, I want to score goals every match, thank God that I have scored today.”

Azzarou scored his first hat-trick with Al-Ahly, and he was lucky to score it in an important match like CAF Champions League semi-final.

He continued: “I broke the gauntness that had been with me throughout the last period, and of course I did not intend not to score. I want to thank all the fans that supported us today; we want to bring the joy to them.”

“My biggest dream is to play the 2018 World Cup in Russia with my National team, Morocco. Also, of course, I want to play the Club World Cup in United Arab of Emirates with Al-Ahly.” He added.

Al-Ahly will meet Wydad Casablanca in the final; Wydad Casablanca defeated USM Alger (3-1) in the semi-finals' second leg in Morocco after a goalless draw in Algeria in the first leg.
10/23/2017 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Khedira scores hat-trick as 10-man Juve hit six]]>
Big-spending AC Milan were also a man down before the half hour after captain Leonardo Bonucci was sent off for elbowing but their game ended very differently with a 0-0 draw at home to lowly Genoa.

Hapless Benevento became the first side in Serie A history to lose their first nine games of the season as they were sunk 3-0 at home by Fiorentina while AS Roma recorded their 11th successive away league win, 1-0 at Torino.

Juve, who had taken one point from their previous two games, went behind to a Stipe Perica goal after eight minutes.

The champions quickly hit back as Udinese's Samir headed a corner into his own net in the 14th minute and Khedira headed the visitors ahead after 20 minutes.

Five minutes later, Juve forward Mario Mandzukic was booked for clashing with Ali Adnan, then insulted the referee and was immediately sent off.

Juve appeared to be on the rack when Danilo equalised for Udinese in the 48th minute but instead Daniele Rugani headed them back in front four minutes later.

That opened the floodgates, with Khedira scoring twice more before Miralem Pjanic completed the rout to leave third-placed Juventus three points behind leaders Napoli and one behind Inter Milan.

AC Milan, who were jeered off by their own fans after their stalemate, dropped to 11th with 13 points from nine games despite having spent more than 200 million euros ($235.66 million) in the transfer market in the summer.

"It's an unusual moment," said Milan's under-pressure coach Vincenzo Montella. "We created more chances even when we had a player less. We've stayed united and that is how we will be for the next game."

Milan were already struggling to break down Genoa when Bonucci lashed out at Aleandro Rosi with his elbow at a Milan corner, leaving the Genoa player with a deep cut on his face and needing treatment which took several minutes.

During that time the referee consulted the video replay and showed Bonucci the red card.

To their credit, Milan continued to take the match to Genoa even after they were a man down, creating numerous openings, and their spirited performance could just be enough to save Montella.

But it could also have been much worse for the hosts if Genoa, who have six points, had taken one of several chances at the other end.

Roma moved up to fifth on 18 points after Aleksandar Kolarov scored with a 25-metre free kick in the 69th minute.

Marco Benassi, Khouma Babacar and Cyril Thereau, with a penalty, scored Fiorentina's goals as they added to bottom club Benevento's misery.

Chievo came from behind to beat 10-man Verona 3-2 in their derby, with Sergio Pellisier scoring the winner in the 73rd minute after Roberto Inglese had grabbed a first-half brace.

Verona's Argentina midfielder Bruno Zuculini had a miserable afternoon, as he was booked for giving away the free kick which led to Inglese's first goal, conceded the penalty which led to his second and was sent off seven minutes before halftime.

Sassuolo won 1-0 at SPAL despite missing a penalty and having a player sent off.

Matteo Politano scored after 45 seconds for Sassuolo before Domenico Berardi missed a late penalty and Francesco Cassata was dismissed for a late tackle just three minutes after coming on for his Serie A debut. (Reporting by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ian Chadband)
10/23/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly to CAF Champions League final!]]>
It is the biggest score for Etoile du Sahel to be defeated with and also the biggest score for Al Ahly in the semi final of the CAF Champions League.

Al Ahly started the game by: Sherif Ekramy (GK); (DEF) Mohamed Hany, Mohamed Naguib, Saad Samir, Ali Maaloul; (MID) Ramy Rabeaa, Amr El Soleya, Moamen Zakaria, Saleh Gomaa; (ATT) Walid Azzarou, Junior Ajaye.

Al Ahly vs Etoile du Sahel - Borg El Arab Stadium, Borg El Arab, Egypt - October 22, 2017 Fans REUTERS-Amr Dalsh

Ali Maaloul took the lead at the 2nd minute for Al Ahly who tricked the goalkeeper and scored from a wide freekick. The Egyptian players kept pressing the Tunisian backline which led to the second goal in the 23rd minute by Walid Azzarou. Azzarou headed the ball after Moamen Zakaria perfectly crossed from the left.

At the 30th minute, Saleh Gomaa got injured then he came off and replaced by Walid Soliman.

Azzarou again scored the third goal for his team and the second for himself as he amazingly headed Ali Maaloul`s cross inside Al Mathlouthy`s, Etoile du Sahel goalkeeper, net.

Al Ahly vs Etoile du Sahel - Borg El Arab Stadium, Borg El Arab, Egypt - October 22, 2017 Fans with flares REUTERS-Amr Dalsh

Glorious chance for Al Ahly as Azzarou fails to chest the ball down in the box. Junior Ajayi’s subsequent shot is blocked by the defense.

In the second half, everything was the same as Walid Azzarou scored his third goal and the fourth for his team when Momen Zakaria squared the ball to Azzarou in the box and the Moroccan made no mistake by scoring from point blank.

Rami El Bedwi, Etoile du Sahel`s player, scored the first goal for the Tunisian opponent to decrease the gap. But in the 59th minute, Walid Soliman caused trouble for Etoile`s defense who put the ball wrongly into the net to make it 5-1.

Rami Rabeaa, Al Ahly`s defender, took a bow and scored the sixth goal for Al Ahly. He unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner of the goal.

Al Ahly vs Etoile du Sahel - Borg El Arab Stadium, Borg El Arab, Egypt - October 22, 2017 Fans REUTERS-Amr Dalsh

Al Ahly players played some amazing football in Etoile`s box which ended up with huge missed chances for the Red giants. Sherif Ekramy, Al Ahly`s goalkeeper, had his moment when he saved amazing shot from a freekick.

When all the fans thought that the match will end with this score, Iheb Msakni scored the second goal for Etoile du Sahel to end the game with 6-2 score.

Al Ahly will meet Wydad Casablanca in the final; Wydad Casablanca defeated USM Alger (3-1) in the semi-finals' second leg in Morocco after a goalless draw in Algeria in the first leg.

10/22/2017 9:49:01 PM
<![CDATA[Kane scores twice as Tottenhamcrush Liverpool]]>
In front of 80,000 fans, the biggest ever Premier League attendance, Kane took his league tally to eight for the season with the first and fourth goals in a clinical Spurs display.

Son Heung-min and Dele Alli were also on target for the impressive hosts, who led 3-1 at the break after a breathless first half, while Mohamed Salah's reply had briefly given Juergen Klopp'sLiverpool side hope.

Tottenham's fourth consecutive victory, and first in the Premier League against Liverpool for five years, put them level on 20 points with second-placed Manchester United and five behind rampant leaders Manchester City.

Liverpool dropped to ninth on 13 points and have conceded 16 goals -- their highest total after nine games since 1964.

"The whole game the whole result was all our fault -- Tottenham were good, they needed to be good, but we made it much too easy for them," said Klopp, who reacted by hauling off hapless defender Dejan Lovren after 31 minutes.

Both sides were buoyed by superb midweek results in the Champions League with Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham team fresh from a 1-1 draw away to European champions Real Madrid and Liverpool having scored seven goals at Maribor.


It was the home side who began in razor-sharp fashion in front of watching Argentina great Diego Maradona though, albeit aided by a porous Liverpool rearguard.

In the fourth minute, Spurs defender Kieran Trippier played Kane into acres of space and the England striker cleverly dinked the ball around goalkeeper Simon Mignolet with his right foot before guiding a shot home with his left.

Tottenham were two goals up inside 12 minutes, this time Lovren inexplicably failed to cut out Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris's long throw to allow Kane to advance and calmly square for Son to stroke the ball home left-footed.

Liverpool's defence parted again to allow Son in on goal soon afterwards but his fierce effort struck the crossbar.

Tottenham's defence dozed off in the 24th minute, enabling Salah to get between them and latch on to Jordan Henderson's pass. With Lloris slow to narrow the angle, the Egyptian scuffed his shot in off the post.

The visitors then began to enjoy the lion's share of possession but their defence continued to creak and Lovren was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It made little difference though as Spurs took advantage of more woeful defending in first-half stoppage time.

Christian Eriksen floated in a free kick which Joel Matip could only head tamely straight to Alli who volleyed past Mignolet from inside the area.

In the 56th minute, Mignolet flapped at Trippier's inswinging free kick, Jan Vertonghen's shot was cleared off the line by Roberto Firmino but it fell to the lurking Kane who steadied himself before drilling into the corner.

There was no way back for Liverpool, although Lloris did have to pull off an incredible one-handed save to push Philippe Coutinho's powerful effort against the bar and later blocked a Salah shot with his legs. ]]>
10/22/2017 8:56:25 PM
<![CDATA[Half time: Al Ahly thrashes Etoile du Sahel by 3 goals]]>
This is the live update on @Egypttodaymag official account on twitter

2': Goal for #AlAhly scored by Ali Maloul vs #ÉtoileduSahel

Dangerous chance from #AlAhly by Junior Ajayee after he shots the ball but it goes to a goal kick

10': #EtoileduSahel goalkeeper prevented another goal after a shot by Moamen Zakaria

23': Goal for #AlAhly by Walid Azzarou header to make it 2-0 against #ÉtoileduSahel

26': Saleh Gomaa from #AlAhly is injured and to be replaced

29': Mohamed Hany from #AlAhly booked the first Yellow card

30': Walid Soliman replaces Saleh Gomaa in the first substitution for #AlAhly

37': Alaya Brigui from #ÉtoileduSahel is booked the second yellow card

38': Goal; for #AlAhly by Walid Azzarou header to make it 3-0

44': Sherif Ekramy blocked dangerous header from Alaya Brigui from
10/22/2017 8:00:08 PM
<![CDATA[Arsenal thrash 10-man Everton to pile pressure on Koeman]]>
It all started so well for the hosts as Wayne Rooney curled a stunning 12th-minute opener into the net to give his side the lead -- the strike coming almost 15 years to the day since a 16-year-old Rooney announced himself to the world with a remarkably similar goal against the same opposition.

Despite trailing, Arsenal dominated from then on, mustering 17 shots on goal in the first half alone, one of which was Nacho Monreal's equaliser from close range five minutes before the break.

Arsenal continued on the front foot after the interval and took the lead in the 53rd minute via the head of Mesut Ozil.

Idrissa Gueye was dismissed 15 minutes later after collecting a second yellow card, before a goal from Alexandre Lacazette in the 74th minute and late strikes from Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez, coming either side of an Oumar Niasse consolation, capped a victory that movesArsenal up to fifth but piles the pressure on under-fire Everton boss Ronald Koeman.

The match could not have got off to a better start for Koeman as Rooney, deployed in a deeper role, picked up a loose ball before curling it past the despairing dive of Petr Cech to send Goodison into raptures.

However, with Ozil orchestrating things for the Gunners, it was only a matter of time before the visitors restored parity, with Jordan Pickford keeping them at bay for much of the first period.

The pressure told as Monreal reacted quickest to another Pickford save to level, before Ozil got on the scoresheet himself with a well-timed header on the end of a pinpoint Sanchez cross.

Any chance of an Everton fightback got much harder with Gueye's dismissal for two needless challenges -- the fourth dismissal in the last five meetings between these two sides -- with the Toffees falling apart in the final 22 minutes.

Lacazette finished off a sweeping counter to make it 3-1, before Ramsey had all the time in the world to make it four in the 90th minute.

There was still time for Niasse to capitalise on some poor Arsenal defending to salvage some pride, before Sanchez got the goal his all-action display deserved, inciting boos from all around Goodison as the Everton faithful grow more impatient with Koeman. (Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Clare Fallon)
10/22/2017 6:40:57 PM
<![CDATA[Etoile du Sahel delegation arrives at Borg Al Arab stadium]]>
The Tunisian delegation consists of players, medical staff and coaching staff. They are checking Borg Al Arab stadium and taking memorial photos with the large number of Al Ahly spectators that are filling the seats.

Al Ahly`s team has also arrived after the Tunisian team and are now preparing themselves for the pre-match warm up.

Al-Ahly faces the Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel Sunday night at the second leg of the CAF Champions League semifinals at Borg al-Arab stadium in Alexandria. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. (CLT).

Al-Ahly players hope to win this match in order to qualify to the finals as the team lost the first leg in Tunisia (2-1). Around 60,000 fans are waiting to support Al-Ahly in this game.
10/22/2017 6:39:06 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly’s lineup]]>

Al Ahly faces Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel, in CAF Champions League semifinals on Sunday 7:00 p.m. Cairo Local Time (CLT) at Borg Al Arab stadium in Egypt.

Al-Ahly players hope to win this match in order to qualify to the finals as the team lost the first leg in Tunisia (2-1). Around 60,000 fans are waiting to support Al-Ahly in this game.

Line-up: Sherif Ekramy (GK); (DEF) Mohamed Hany, Mohamed Naguib, Saad Samir, Ali Maaloul; (MID) Ramy Rabeaa, Amr El Soleya, Moamen Zakaria, Saleh Gomaa; (ATT) Walid Azzarou, Junior Ajaye.

Al Ahly hasn’t won the tournament in four years, and are growing restless heading to the Mediterranean coast.

Al Ahly faced Etoile du Sahel eight times which ended with two wins for Al-Ahly, four draws and two losses.
10/22/2017 6:24:47 PM
<![CDATA[Wolves top the EFL Championship]]>
Wolverhampton had a great run in the competition this season, the team collected 29 points out of 39; they lost only two games against Cardiff City and Sheffield United, and they ended their games against Brentford and Bristol City with a draw.

The man behind Wolverhampton's success this season is their new veteran Portuguese coach, Nuno Espírito Santo, who was signed to the club in summer 2017. Santo, who also coached Valencia and Porto, promised Wolverhampton's fans to do his best to take them to the Premier League; fans thus far are happy with the team's results.

Nuno signed two strikers after his arrival to the club: Diogo José Teixeira who played under Nuno's command in Porto, and Leo Bonatini from the Saudi Arabian club, Al-Hilal.

Both players shined in the league this season as they scored seven goals; each forming a great partnership in the attacking line.

On Tuesday, the championship leaders, Wolverhampton, will travel to Manchester to meet Premier League leaders, Manchester City, at the Football League Cup round of 16. The Wolves hope to show their fans that they are ready now to compete with the Premier League giants.
10/22/2017 6:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Napoli drop first points of season in 0-0 draw with Inter]]>
Napoli, who had won their opening eight league games, could find no way past the Slovenian as both teams remained unbeaten, with the hosts on 25 points and Inter on 23.

It was the first time since a 2-0 home defeat by Atalanta in February that Napoli had failed to score in a league match and their first failure to win one since a 2-2 draw at Sassuolo in April - a club record 13 games.

Maurizio Sarri's side played their usual flowing football in midfield but Inter's defence held firm as coach Luciano Spalletti's cautious approach paid off.

"We played really well today and we could have done even better," said Spalletti. "People will continue to say that we're lucky but my real good fortune is to be able to coach these players."

"Napoli do incredible things with the ball, they move it around at a whirlwind speed, and it's not easy to challenge them," he added.

Handanovic made a superb double save to parry a Jose Callejon shot and then block Dries Mertens' effort from the rebound and also frustrated Lorenzo Insigne when he was given a free header by Marek Hamsik's diagonal pass.

Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina made two saves just before halftime when he blocked Mauro Icardi's shot at the near post and punched Borja Valero's volley over the crossbar.

Matias Vecino nearly gave Inter the lead early in the second half after running half the length of the pitch and exchanging passes with Icardi but his chip from a narrow angle was cleared off the line by Raul Albiol.

The final 20 minutes were nearly all Napoli as Insigne sent a shot flashing past the post, then Handanovic stopped Piotr Zielinski's drive and prevented team mate Miranda from scoring an own goal with a reflex save from point-blank range.
Earlier, Sampdoria maintained their perfect home record when they thumped hapless Crotone 5-0, with five players sharing the goals.

Defender Gian Marco Ferrari began the rout by heading in from a free kick in the third minute against his former club and Fabio Quagliarella drilled home a penalty eight minutes later after Duvan Zapata was hauled back in the area.

Colombian Zapata also set up the third in the 38th minute when he held off a challenge to reach the byline and provide an easy chance for Gianluca Caprari to turn the ball in at the far post.

Karol Linetty put the finishing touch to a well-worked move in the 71st minute and substitute Dawid Kownacki pounced on a poor clearance by Crotone goalkeeper Alex Cordaz five minutes later to complete the scoring.

Sampdoria, who have won four out of four at home, moved up to fifth with 17 points from eight games while Crotone, who pulled off a great escape to avoid the drop last season, are 16th with six.

"Sampdoria had six shots and scored five goals," said Crotone coach Davide Nicola. "This season is going to be even easier than the last one." (Writing by Brian Homewood in Berne; Editing by Christian Radnedge and Pritha Sarkar)
10/22/2017 5:56:03 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly`s record in the semifinal ]]>
The 1988 edition was the only time Al Ahly had lost the semifinals in front of their fans when they faced ES Setif and lost 2-0 in Algeria before returning and winning in Cairo with the same result, but was dismissed from the tournament by a penalty shootout.

Al-Ahly faces Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel on Sunday night at the second leg match of the CAF Champions League semifinal at Borg al-Arab stadium in Alexandria. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. (CLT).

Al-Ahly players hope to win this match in order to qualify to the finals as the team lost the first leg in Tunisia (2-1). Around 60,000 fans are waiting to support Al-Ahly in this game.
10/22/2017 5:35:58 PM
<![CDATA[FIFA: Al Ahly unbeaten in 40 Egyptian League games]]>
According to the FIFA website, in a report issued by the most important records last week, Ahly played 40 games without losing in the Egyptian Premier League.

The report described the "Red giants" are still far from their own unbeaten record in the Egyptian league, which is one of the largest unbeaten streaks in the world.

Ahly was also unbeaten in 71 games between 2004 and 2007.

Al Ahly is set to face Etoile du Sahle in the CAF Champions League semifinal’s second leg on Sunday at Borg Al Arab Stadium.
10/22/2017 5:34:11 PM
<![CDATA[Ramadan Sobhy supports Al Ahly from England]]>
The former Ahly player tweeted on his Twitter account saying, “All Al Ahly`s players are always real men..God be with you today, Heroes.”

Al-Ahly faces Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel on Sunday night at CAF Champions League semi finals’ second leg at Borg al-Arab stadium in Alexandria. The game starts at 7:30 pm (CLT).

The winner will meet Wydad Casablanca in the finals. Wydad Casablanca defeated USM Alger (3-1) in the semi-finals' second leg in Morocco after a goalless draw in Algeria in the first leg.
10/22/2017 5:31:58 PM
<![CDATA[Marwan Hisham is optimistic about the African clash]]>
Al-Ahly faces Tunisian club, Etoile du Sahel on Sunday night at CAF Champions League semi finals’ second leg at Borg al-Arab stadium in Alexandria. The game starts at 7:30 pm (CLT).

Hisham talked with the radio through “Al Hadaf Stadium” program. He said, “Players and the technical staff are ready for this clash, and we have great confidence as a board of directors in the team and their ability to win and come back from their loss in the first leg in Tunisia."

Hisham continued, "We must be optimistic ahead of the game but with limits. We trust the capabilities of the team, and then the victory will come for sure."

"We will not rush in the issue of special bonuses for the teams like some people said , we do not talk about events before it happens, and certainly the board will give the team everything."

Al-Ahly players hope to win this match in order to qualify to the finals as the team lost the first leg in Tunisia (2-1). Around 60,000 fans are waiting to support Al-Ahly in this game.
10/22/2017 5:20:56 PM
<![CDATA[Wagner: Beating United is a special moment ]]>
“I am totally aware that this is a very special moment. I am happy and proud of it,” Wagner told reporters after the game.

Huddersfield town last defeated Manchester United in 1952, when Manchester United won the league at the end of the season while Huddersfield town relegated.

Wagner added; “I am totally aware that this is a special moment. I live in Huddersfield, so I know a little bit about how huge this result is for the town, for the supporters, for the chairman and for the board. I am happy and proud of it.”

Wagner’s team will play another top game against Liverpool on Saturday, October 28, at Liverpool’s historic stadium, Anfield.

Huddersfield town reached 11th place with 12 points after three victories, three defeats and three games ending with a draw.
10/22/2017 5:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Security procedures taken at Borg el-Arab Stadium for Al Ahly clash]]>
Around 50,000 tickets have been sold in the past week for the match, and a huge turnout of fans are expected to attend.

Fans in Borg El Arab stadium from Al Ahly vs Etoile du Sahel match, Egypt Today

Security forces are spread out across all roads to the stadium, and at its entrances to prevent any kind of chaos.

At the same time, the Ministry of Health has set a health insurance plan for the match, the spokesman of the Ministry of Health and Population Khalid Mujahid said in a statement on Sunday.

Around 25 well-equipped ambulances inside and outside the stadium are on standby for the match and civil clinics have been established with all necessary medical equipment in the stadium, added Mujahid.

Public hospitals, especially in Amereya and Borg el-Arab, have been preparing and doctors in all medical specializations will be available in these hospitals. ]]>
10/22/2017 4:39:36 PM
<![CDATA[Wembley hosts Tottenham/Liverpool clash]]>
Tottenham used Wembley Stadium for their home games this season after they left their historic stadium, White Hart Lane, at the end of last season.

Liverpool enters the game without their Senegalese winger, Sadio Mane, who suffers from a hamstring injury, but Jurgen Klopp hopes that Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho cause damage to Tottenham's defense.

Tottenham enter Sunday's match with high spirits after they ended their game against Real Madrid on Tuesday with a 1-1 draw; earning a point and sharing the top rank of their group with Real Madrid.

Tottenham has a chance to share the second place with Manchester United if they manage to win against Liverpool and amass 20 points. On the other hand, Liverpool hopes to improve their position as they are in eighth place with 13 points.]]>
10/22/2017 1:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Valverde backs Suarez against criticism ]]>Suarez has been suffering since the season began; scoring only three goals after nine fixtures in the Spanish League.

“The more chances Suarez misses, the better; it means he is always in the right place," Valverde told the press on Saturday.

Suarez failed to score for Barcelona in their 2-0 victory over Malaga, despite many opportunities.

“Suarez is such a good player and the best thing about our strikers is that they always get a lot of opportunities, he wants a goal and he will get one in the end,” Valverde said.

Valverde substituted Suarez five minutes before the final whistle and he gave Paco Alcacer the chance to play.

Barcelona tops the Spanish League with 25 points after nine fixtures; they are four points away from the second-placed Valencia.]]>
10/22/2017 1:00:00 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt faces Niger at Men's African Volleyball Championship]]>
Egypt plays in Group A alongside Congo and Niger, while Tunisia plays in Group B alongside Ghana, Kenya and Libya.

Group C includes Nigeria, Cameroon, and Morocco, and Algeria plays in Group D alongside Chad, Rwanda and Botswana.

Egypt’s Volleyball Federation President, Khaled Nassef, decided to postpone the opening ceremony of the competition to be on Monday instead of Sunday.

The opening ceremony was scheduled to be on Sunday, but Al-Ahly’s game against Etoile Du Sahel in the CAF Champions League semi-finals would have been played on the same day; thus distracting Egyptian fans.

Egypt, the reigning champions, hope to win their seventh title in a row to be the nation with the highest number of titles in this competition. Egypt and Tunisia share the top rank with eight titles each.

Egypt hosts the 2017 Men's African Volleyball Championship from October 22 to 29 for the eighth time.
10/22/2017 12:30:00 PM
<![CDATA[Sandra Samir to final of Egypt F29 Women's Future for Tennis]]>
Samir, the tournament's No. 2, will face Russia's Anastasia Pribylova, the tournament's No.1, in the final Sunday.
10/22/2017 12:08:48 PM
<![CDATA[Shorbagy, Farag to meet again in Channel VAS Championship final]]>
In their last faceoff, Farag beat Shorbagy 3-0 (12-10, 11-9, 11-8) in men's US Open Squash Champion final.
10/22/2017 11:59:27 AM
<![CDATA[Baseball-Astros beat Yankees in Game Seven to reach World Series]]>
The Astros, who rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the best-of-seven series, will face the Los Angeles Dodgers when the World Series begins on Tuesday.

Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton threw five shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out five.
10/22/2017 11:24:21 AM
<![CDATA[Al-Ahly eyes CAF CL final when they meet Etoile]]>
Al-Ahly players hope to win this match in order to qualify to the finals as the team lost the first leg in Tunisia (2-1). Around 60,000 fans are waiting to support Al-Ahly in this game.

Al-Ahly’s coach, Hossam al-Badry, depends on a massive attacking line of Moamen Zakaria, Saleh Gomaa, Walid Azzaro and Junior Ajayi, while Etoile du Sahel depends on their Egyptian striker Amr Marei.

Al-Ahly enters the game without two of their veteran players; Hossam Ashour who is injured, and Ahmed Fathy who is suspended.

“I trust my players and their desire to win and make our fans happy,” Badry told the press on Saturday.

The winner will meet Wydad Casablanca in the finals; Wydad Casablanca defeated USM Alger (3-1) in the semi-finals' second leg in Morocco after a goalless draw in Algeria in the first leg.]]>
10/22/2017 10:26:56 AM
<![CDATA[Future of Ronald Koeman in hands of Arsene Wenger]]>
The defeat of Everton against Olympique Lyon (1-2) on Thursday in the Europa League, has not only fueled rumors about a possible dismissal of Koeman. The bookmakers point to the former FC Barcelona coach as the favorite to be the next dismissed coach in the Premier League after Tuesday`s departure of Craig Shakespere, Leicester`s coach.

Everton, with an investment of €158.2 ($186.5) million for transfer, according to Transfermarkt, started at the beginning of the season as one of the teams called to fight for the Europa League title and the top four teams in the Premier League.

But after eight games, Everton are 16th in the Premier League, with 8 points out of 24, just two ahead of Leicester's final downhill.

An Everton defeat against Arsenal at Goodison Park, combined with a Leicester win at the Swansea Field, would put the Blues in a relegation position to the Championship, and most likely Koeman in destitution.

Everton has a short-term poisoned calendar. In addition to playing against Arsenal on Sunday, three days later they will visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the League Cup.

The next two matches will be against Leicester, a direct rival in the fight for permanence, and in Lyon, in the Europa League, where Koeman's team is group descendant with only one point in three games.]]>
10/22/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[I do not feel that I am the best: Zidane]]>
“I feel lucky to be here, in the best club in the world, with these players,” pointed out Zidane. “I do everything to be a coach confirmed. I am trying. What I do, I like it. When you are doing things with passion, inevitably you will get better. I am like the others, I’m improving day by day,” he concluded.

“To answer the question and be sincere, if it gives me (this award), I take it with great pleasure. But if the question is: ‘Is it that I am the best coach in the world?’ No, and I’m sure,” said the Frenchman in a press conference.

Zidane is set to meet, with Real Madrid, Eibar in the 9th round of the Spanish League (La Liga). He is looking forward to decreasing the 5-point gap behind Barcelona, who has not yet lost a match in La Liga this season.]]>
10/22/2017 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Salma Hany qualifies for Carol Weymuller]]>
Earlier in the day, Egypt's Nour El Sherbini also beat Nour el Tayeb 3-1 to qualify for the tournament's same round.]]>
10/22/2017 5:20:00 AM
<![CDATA[Alves reveals his role in Neymar`s transfer]]>
Barcelona`s fans suffered a great disappointment with the player. Months later, another ex-Barca player, Dani Alves, revealed, in an interview with Le Parisien, his role in the decision of the striker to leave the Catalonian club.

Alves said, "I already knew that Neymar wanted other things and that he had decided to leave the club.”

In fact, it was in the beginning of June, during a rally with the Brazilian national team, that Neymar told him that he had decided to change his plans, even before Alves himself left Juventus for PSG.

"We are passionate about the challenges and the novelty. I told Neymar that he was free to do it, to leave, but he began to doubt when he returned to Barcelona," he says.
Neymar returned in mid-July to rejoin Barcelona, and Alves thought that Neymar had changed his mind.

"At the time, I thought we could not play together on a team that was not Barcelona. But in the end, it worked. He came here, and I'm very happy," concluded the Brazilian defender.]]>
10/22/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[ Al-Ahli beat Al Ittihad in the absence of Abdel-Shafy]]>
Kahraba started the game in his traditional left wing position, while Mohamed Abdel-Shafy missed the Jeddah Derby.

Both teams failed to score until the referee blew the halftime whistle.

Five minutes after the second half started, Omar Al Somah gave his side the lead, as he shot a volley into the top of the net.

Just five minutes later, Leonardo doubled Al-Ahli’s lead as he placed the ball into the top left corner.

In the dying moments of the game, Omar Al Somah doubled his tally as he accurately placed the ball past Al Ittihad’s goalkeeper, making it 3-0 for Al-Ahli.

Following the win, Al-Ahli tops the league table with 16 points, while Al Ittihad sits in seventh position with eight points.
10/22/2017 2:00:10 AM
<![CDATA[Abdel Nader hopes to help Egypt embrace basketball]]>
Abdel Nader was added to the Celtics’ roster ahead of the 2017/2018 season opener, after being named NBA-G League Rookie of the Year for the 2016/2017 season.
As one of the first Egyptian players in the NBA, Abdel Nader believes that he can help Egypt embrace the sport more.

“I think it is getting there. I know the national team has gotten better over the last couple of years. It still has a long way to go. I think I can really help it with that, by being one of the first Egyptian basketball players to be in the NBA. Hopefully I can influence more kids to pick up the game of basketball,” Nader revealed to the Egyptian Basketball National Team.

“I was thinking about going back this summer to open up some camps, doing some basketball camps there and seeing how that goes. It would be great to stay tied up with the community there and seeing how that works out. I’ll gladly do whatever I can to help for any reasons. I haven’t really looked into that yet, though,” Abdel Nader expressed.
“If I could influence a kid to improve his life with basketball and get him to the United States, to make a better life for himself, I am all for that,” he answered in response to how he could inspire more players from Egypt to come play in the USA.

“The way social media is now these days, it is really easy to communicate to people of different regions and different parts of the country and world. A lot of people reach out through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. It is a special kind of feeling to know that I have support around the world like that,” Abdel Nader reflected.

“For the most part, the whole organization does a great job, from the staff to the players. Al Horford is really influential to all the young players. Kyrie is on us all the time about getting better, being professional, and things like that. Jaylen, even though he has only been here a year, has been a great mentor for me. He’s been through it. He knows what to expect, things like that. It is a blessed situation. I am glad to be here,” Abdel Nader pointed out.

“Even though I was not in his era, I was a big Michael Jordan guy. I watched films on Michael Jordan. Even though they were not live games, I watched a lot of films on Michael Jordan – ESPN Classic games. Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, guys like that that fit like my type of body, the way I would kind of play in the NBA,” Abdel Nader concluded.]]>
10/22/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Manchester United loses first time this season in Premier League]]>
Huddersfield’s last victory came two months ago when they won 1-0 against Newcastle United. It seems that Huddersfield’s team has reunited again with this victory against the Red Devils.

Aaron Mooy took the lead in the 28th minute when he stole the ball from Juan Mata, Manchester`s midfielder. He took advantage of the rejection of Manchester`s goalkeeper David De Gea.

This goal broke the 45-minute struggle of his team to score a goal. Also, it ended the run of the Red Devils; however, they did not concede any goal for three games.

The goal of the Australian international did not cause any reaction at United. Shortly after, the long shot of Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield’s goalkeeper, portrayed Lindelof, Manchester`s defender, badly. He failed to reject the ball, putting Laurent Depoitre in the face of De Gea, beating him without problems to score the second goal in the 33rd minute to make it 2-0.

Mourinho, Manchester`s coach, waved to Mkhitaryan and Rashford to take their chance in the game. Marcus Rashford shortened the distance, finishing a perfectly great cross from Romelu Lukaku to make it 2-1 in the 77th minute.

This loss knocked down Manchester United, who closed Saturday in the worst way. They are now down to five points behind rivals Manchester City, who used this loss in a perfect way by beating Burnley in the same round 3-0 at Ettihad Stadium.]]>
10/21/2017 8:49:20 PM
<![CDATA[Mali reaches U-17 World Cup semi-finals]]>
The U-17 World Cup is held in India, with Ghana, Guinea, Mali and Niger representing Africa after finishing as the top four in the 2017 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations.

Ghana, Mali and Niger qualified for the round of 16, where Mali defeated Iraq 5-1 and Ghana knocked out Niger, winning 2-0.

The quarter-finals saw another all-African encounter, as Mali faced Ghana in a repeat of the U-17 AFCON final, and Mali won again, qualifying for the semi-finals after its 2-1 win.

Hadji Dramé opened the scoring for Mali after 15 minutes, before Djemoussa Traoré doubled his side’s lead with a long-range effort in the 61st minute. Ghana’s Kudus Mohammed scored a goal, but it wasn’t enough, as the match ended 2-1 for Mali.

African champions Mali secured a second appearance in the semi-finals and will face Spain or Iran on Wednesday.]]>
10/21/2017 8:06:22 PM
<![CDATA[Florentino Perez to offer Mayoral & Bale for Harry Kane]]>
The president of the White club is willing to do anything to enable them to sign No. 9.

Kane is the one that will ensure a number of goals similar to that of Cristiano Ronaldo.

For this, according to The Transistor, Florentino would be willing to include players in the operation to reduce the high price of the Englishman. The price for him may reach €200 million imposed by Daniel Levy.

Real Madrid`s president is clear that this amount is unfeasible for Madrid, especially since he is not among the five best in the world. In order to reduce those astronomical figures, Florentino would have given the Mayor of Tottenham the names of Borja Mayoral and Gareth Bale on the table.

Mayoral would be priced around €30 million. However, Bale would not want to enter the operation and would prefer to leave for Chelsea or Manchester United. What seems certain is that if Kane finally arrives, Florentino will be forced to sell the Englishman in order to finance his transfer.]]>
10/21/2017 7:21:06 PM
<![CDATA[We are ready for the semi-final: El Badry]]>
El Badry believes that the 2-1 defeat in Sousse, Tunisia will not be a barrier in the road to the CAF final. He prepared for this match in every possible way to bring joy to his fans.

El Badry assured, “All the players are waiting for this match. Abdullah El Said, Hesham Mohamed and Walid Soliman are ready for the African clash.”
El Badry warned the players from making mistakes and also asked them to be calm and not to rush, especially inside the box.

He continued, "Everyone is doing the exercises in a high spirit in order to reserve a place in the team's line-up. They believe that the goal is to get the ticket to the final."
El Badry’s chosen squad for the game includes Sherif Ekrami, Ahmed Adel, Mohamed El Shennawy, Mohamed Hani, Saad Samir, Ramy Rabia, Mohamed Naguib, Sabri Rahil, Hussein El Sayed, Ali Maaloul, Hisham Mohamed, Amr El Souleya, Walid Soliman, Karim Nedved, Moamen Zakaria, Ahmed El Sheikh, Ahmed Hamoudi, Mido Jaber, Saleh Jumaa, Abdullah Al-Saeed, Emad Meteb, Walid Azzaro and Junior Ajayi.
Al Ahly’s expected line-up for the game is Sherif Ekrami, Saad Samir, Ramy Rabia, Ahmed Fathi, Ali Maaloul, Hisham Mohamed, Amr El Souleya, Saleh Gomaa, Moamen Zakaria, Walid Azzaro and Junior Ajayi.

Al Ahly enters the game without their captain Hossam Ashour, who will miss the game due to an injury. ]]>
10/21/2017 7:02:35 PM
<![CDATA[Chelsea`s comeback secures late victory over Watford ]]>
Chelsea broke a run of three games without a win, two defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace, and a draw with AS Roma in the Champions League.
A late victory over Watford, a team who deserved at least one point, did not convince the fans or anyone. Watford ended up losing a match because of bad fortune in attack and in defense.

Pedro took the lead for Chelsea in the 12th minute by a superb shot. Then Abdolaye Doucoure leveled the score for Watford in the last minute of the first half to make it 1-1.
Roberto Peryera surprised Chelsea with the second goal for Watford in the 48th minute in the second half.

Chelsea played a bad second half, which turned into a nightmare after Peryera`s goal. It showed the crisis that Antonio Conte has faced in the recent matches.

Michy Batshuayi came onto the field in the 61st minute as a substitution for Alvaro Morata. The Belgian turned the match upside down. He scored the equalizer for Chelsea in the 71st minute and made a lot of trouble for Watford`s defense.

Cesar Azpilicueta brought the good news to Chelsea fans in the 87th minute by scoring the third goal for his team by a header to make it 3-2.

The drama turned into a party and destroyed the great work of Watford, who could no longer recover from Azpilicueta`s goal and received the fourth goal from Batshuayi, who ended the match by a 4-2 score.]]>
10/21/2017 6:46:50 PM
<![CDATA[Aguero's milestone goal leads Man City to easy win]]>
City were not at their all-action best early on as Burnley looked comfortable at the back, but the game turned on a penalty decision that incensed the visitors when Bernardo Silva was adjudged to have been brought down by Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope just before the half hour.

Aguero stepped up to score the goal that moved him level with Eric Brook on 177 City goals, before a 73rd-minute Nicolas Otamendi header and a smart Leroy Sane finish made sure of victory in the Manchester rain.

With Manchester United slipping to a surprise defeat at Huddersfield, City now sit five points clear at the top of the table, and remain very much the team to beat. Burnley stayed seventh.]]>
10/21/2017 6:44:39 PM
<![CDATA[Dortmund waste two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Frankfurt]]>
Midfielder Nuri Sahin took over as centre forward to slot the ball in from a Marc Bartra cutback for the lead in the 19th minute.

Bundesliga top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should have added another in the 51st, but his shot from 10 metres flew over the bar.

The 23-year-old Maximilian Philipp made amends a little later, underlining his status as one of the rising stars in German football with his fifth goal of the season.

Dortmund looked on track for a comfortable win after losing to RB Leipzig last week and then going on to draw at APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League, but Frankfurt turned the game around in four minutes.

Sebastien Haller converted a penalty in the 64th minute and Marius Wolf brought the hosts level when he fired in off the post in the 68th as Dortmund were left stunned by the rapid turnaround.

Leipzig moved into second place on 19 points, one behind Dortmund, after edging past VfB Stuttgart 1-0. Champions Bayern Munich, in third on 17, can take over top spot if they beat Hamburg SV by a big goal margin later on Saturday.

Bayer Leverkusen fell a goal behind but then scored five times with five different players in the second half to crush Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-1 and climb to ninth on 12. ]]>
10/21/2017 6:30:16 PM
<![CDATA[Egypt's Omar Assar loses in table tennis world cup]]>
Assar is ranked 21st in the table tennis world ranking, the best ranking ever for an Arab or an African player, while the Chinese player is considered the world champion and the tournament favorite.

10/21/2017 6:09:35 PM
<![CDATA[Napoli, Inter Milan face off for Serie A lead]]>
Maurizio Sarri`s team, Napoli, is trying to increase the gap over Luciano Spalleti`s Inter Milan, who are looking towards the first place.

Juventus has yielded a single tie and a defeat in eight rounds in Serie A, which allowed Inter Milan and Napoli to look at their clash as an important match in their journey towards the title.

In the previous eight rounds, Napoli enjoyed a perfect score – the third in this century after eight wins (24 points) in Serie A. Only Juventus in 2005 and Roma in 2013 had added 24 points in eight games. They must defend the first position against a tough opponent.

Inter Milan, champion for five consecutive seasons between 2006 and 2010, has only yielded a draw (1 -1 in Bologna) and has 22 points, two less than the lead. Inter Milan has matched its best start of this century, which occurred in the 2002-03 season, with Hector Cúper as a coach on the bench and Christian Vieri as an attacker.

Napoli, however, enjoys a new feeling as a leader. Every day that passes adds new arguments about the dream of winning the title, which may be achieved for the second time in history and the first time since 1990.
10/21/2017 5:40:15 PM
<![CDATA[Conte-Mourinho feud returns again]]>
"I never talk about injuries; others are just crying and crying when a player is injured," Mourinho told press after the game.

Mourinho added, “I can cry for the next five minutes if you like. We don't have Zlatan, Pogba, Fellaini and Marcos Rojo.”

The words of the Portuguese coach reached London quickly, where Chelsea had just ended their game against Roma with a 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Conte replied to Mourinho’s statements, saying, "If those words refer to me, I think he should first think about his team, not others," Conte said.

The Italian coach added, "Mourinho often looks at what is happening at Chelsea. He already did it last season; so he should focus on what happens on his team."

Mourinho is one of the historic managers of Chelsea, but he was sacked in 2016 after a poor start. Conte started managing Chelsea in the 2016 summer and led the club in his first year to win the Premier League title.]]>
10/21/2017 5:40:06 PM
<![CDATA[Astros stay alive with 7-1 win over Yankees]]>
Houston ace Justin Verlander pitched another post-season gem and the Houston offense came alive at home after the Astros dropped three straight games in New York.

Verlander threw seven scoreless innings for the Astros, allowing five hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.

He extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings in elimination games to 24 and passed Hall of Famer Randy Johnson for sixth place on the career post-season strikeouts list.

Verlander now has 134 career playoff strikeouts to the 132 Johnson recorded over 121 post-season innings.

Brian McCann and Jose Altuve drove in runs in a three-run fifth inning for the Astros that chased Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino.

Altuve added a solo home run, his fourth of these playoffs, to lead off the eighth -- when the Astros added four more runs.

Before the Astros stretched their lead, Verlander had worked out of trouble in the sixth and seventh, leaving two Yankees baserunners stranded in the sixth and notching his eighth strikeout in the seventh in a 10-pitch duel with Aaron Hicks.

Verlander was clearly tiring in the seventh. After his battle with Hicks, New York's Todd Frazier sent a fly ball to deep center field, but George Springer leapt for the catch and Chase Headley then grounded out on Verlander's final pitch of the night.

"Those things are game-changers," Verlander said of defensive plays like Springer's. "These guys make it a lot easier for me to go out and trust my stuff."

The Astros will host game seven on Saturday.

The winner of the series takes on the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series starting on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

"I know both teams are going to go out and leave everything they have because this (will be) the last game for the one that loses the game," Altuve said of the looming game seven.

While Verlander allowed a hit in each of his first three innings, Severino kept the Astros without a hit until Carlos Correa lined a two-out single to right center field in the bottom of the fourth.

Severino escaped the inning, but the Astros soon had his number and were able to produce runs in support of Verlander.

"Severino was going really good early," Verlander said. "You just knew it was going to be one of those ballgames where the first person to blink was likely going to come up a loser."

In the top of the eighth, Aaron Judge's towering home run off Astros relief pitcher Brad Peacock trimmed Houston's lead to 3-1.

But fears that Houston's bullpen wouldn't be able to maintain after Verlander's departure proved unfounded.

"Nothing is over yet," Altuve cautioned. "Not for the Yankees, not for us. We've got to go out there and play the game tomorrow."

10/21/2017 12:47:05 PM
<![CDATA[Kane dreams of Ballon D`or]]>
Kane, the only British candidate for the award, said that being nominated alongside other great footballers such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar is "wonderful", in an interview with the BBC's Football Focus program.

"It's great to be on the roster. Being named with all those big names is fantastic," said Tottenham`s striker. "I think I still have a lot of work to do up there and fight for the trophy, but I do not think it's that far," he said.

"If you look at the year I've had, you can see that it has been fantastic. Now, what I have to do is improve every year; I will not hide that winning the Ballon D`or one day would be a dream,” said Kane.

The 24-year-old England international has scored 43 goals in 37 matches in 2017 between his club and the national team.
10/21/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Mesut Özil told his teammates he would move to Manchester United ]]>
Özil, who lost his starting position at Arsenal, ends his contract with the Gunners at the end of this season.

The player, at the time, asked for a salary of 390,000 euros per week to renew his contract. The club offered him a salary of 305 thousand euros per week, and there was no agreement. This was an offer that now seems to have cooled because the club could opt to transfer to the next market in January, rather than lose it in June without receiving any financial compensation.

In fact, last week, Arsene Wenger admitted the possibility of ending up selling Özil in January, as it may happen with Alexis Sánchez.

These talks open the door to the possibility that the German player might end up in to one of Arsenal's biggest rivals, such as Manchester United.

Man United are favorites to reach an agreement in January for the signing of Özil, of whom Jose Mourinho has publicly stated that he considers him as the best 10 players in the world.

Mourinho coached Özil for three seasons at Real Madrid, and their relationship has been amicable over the last few years. And it should not be forgotten that for Mourinho, the hiring of Özil would also mean a direct setback to Wenger, with whom he does not have a good relationship.
10/21/2017 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Man City striker Aguero ready for Burnley clash, says Guardiola]]>
The 29-year-old missed the last three Manchester City games and both of Argentina's World Cup qualifiers earlier this month following his road traffic accident in the Netherlands.

"For the game against Stoke he (Aguero) had just one training session. He was fit before Napoli and is ready for tomorrow," Guardiola told a news conference on Friday.

"Normally when we play international games, I make decisions the night before or the same day to see how the players feel."

Aguero has scored six goals in six league appearances this season but there was no indication from Guardiola on whether the Argentine will start ahead of Gabriel Jesus, who has also found the net six times.

The manager added that club captain Vincent Kompany has not recovered from a calf injury he suffered on national duty with Belgium against Gibraltar in August.

League leaders City have netted 17 goals in their last three home matches, including one of the most ruthless attacking displays of the season when they thrashed Stoke City 7-2 last weekend.

Guardiola, however, remains wary of seventh-placed Burnley, who are unbeaten on the road and have collected eight points from a possible 12 at Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

"We have a lot of respect for what they have done. With the same people and same manager they had problems winning away last season," he said.

"But they've taken points at Anfield, Tottenham and Everton. We have to try and be dynamic and quick."

Sean Dyche's Burnley have returned with a point from two of their last three trips to the Etihad Stadium
10/21/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Stade de Lyon hosts final of 2017/2018 Europa League ]]>
The Stade de Lyon, also known as Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Parc OL, Grand Stade OL and Stade des Lumières, has a capacity of 59,186 and is located in Décines-Charpieu, near Lyon, ten kilometers east of the third most populous French metropolis.

Opened on January 9, 2016, with a construction cost of 480 million euros, the stadium belongs to Olympique Lyonnais and replaces the previous OL stadium, Stade Gerland.

Their opening coincided with the match between Olympique Lyon and Troyes, which ended 4-1 to the former, corresponding to Round 20 of the Ligue 1. Alexandre Lacazette scored the first goal in the new stadium.

The Parc OL was also one of the venues for Euro 2016 and has hosted six matches, including the semi-final between Portugal and Wales (2-0). It will also host the opening match and the final of the 2019 Women's World Cup.
10/21/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Laporte to represent Spain instead of France ]]>
“I have been in Spain for eight years and I will play for them if they are interested," Laporte told press on Friday.

Laporte, 23, represented France in the youth level and won the silver medal with the French team in the 2013 UEFA European U-19 Championship; however, he never played a game with the French first team.

Laporte added, “I have always said that my country is France, but if I am not selected, then there is an alternative.”

Laporte unveiled reasons behind his absence from the French national team, saying, “I am with Athletic, a club that may not be sufficiently valued in France. We have players who go to the Spanish national team, and if I was at another club, I would be more likely to play for France.”

Laporte, born in Agen, France, is an Atletic Bilbao academy product, as he joined the club when he was 16. He got promoted through the club youth rankings until he joined the first team in 2010.
10/21/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Egypt wins 3 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze medals in Arab Kickboxing ]]>
More than 100 athletes from nine Arab countries; Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen, and Jordan took part in the tournament.

The host country topped the championship, snatching 16 gold, eight silver, and seven bronze medals.

Just four Egyptian athletes competed in the tournament, the national team's coach told MENA.]]>
10/21/2017 12:19:20 AM
<![CDATA[Review: Smouha 3-0 Zamalek ]]>
Both teams started the game searching for the first goal to have the upper hand in the game. Zamalek created a real chance to score the first goal, but their striker Kabongo Kasongo failed to score the first goal.

Smouha striker Mohamed Hamdy Zaki succeeded in scoring the first goal for his team before the first half final whistle.

A feud started in the game after Smouha scored the first goal, when Zamalek substitute goalkeeper, Mahmoud Gennesh, refused Hamdy Zaki’s celebrations of the first goal.

In the second half, Zamalek tried to equalize the score, but Mahmoud Abdel Aziz scored the second goal for Smouha in the 67th minute.

Smouha scored the third goal through Patrick Malo after a counter attack in the last minute of the game.

Smouha comes in third place after the victory, with 12 points, while Zamalek is placed sixth with 9 points.
10/20/2017 11:02:21 PM
<![CDATA[El Badry announces Al Ahly squad for Etoile clash ]]>
El Badry’s chosen squad for the game includes Sherif Ekrami, Ahmed Adel, Mohamed El Shennawy, Mohamed Hani, Saad Samir, Ramy Rabia, Mohamed Naguib, Sabri Rahil, Hussein El Sayed, Ali Maaloul, Hisham Mohamed, Amr El Souleya, Walid Soliman, Karim Nedved, Moamen Zakaria, Ahmed El Sheikh, Ahmed Hamoudi , Mido Jaber, Saleh Jumaa, Abdullah Al-Saeed, Emad Meteb, Walid Azzaro and Junior Ajayi.

Al Ahly needs to win the game to qualify to the CAF Champions League final, as the team lost 2-1 in the first leg in Tunisia.

Al Ahly’s expected line-up for the game is Sherif Ekrami, Saad Samir, Ramy Rabia, Ahmed Fathi, Ali Maaloul, Hisham Mohamed, Amr El Souleya, Saleh Gomaa, Moamen Zakaria, Walid Azzaro and Junior Ajayi.

Al Ahly enters the game without their captain Hossam Ashour, who will miss the game due to an injury.
10/20/2017 10:05:07 PM
<![CDATA[Neymar needs time to become Messi, Emery]]>
“He needs to be given time to adapt to his teammates and to our style of play. He needs to handle his opponents' aggression towards him. However, he has individual quality and talent,” Emery told press on Friday.

Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona in summer 2017, and since then, he formed a great partnership with Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani that led PSG to top the French League table with 25 points from nine games.

Emery added, “We are working with him with videos to look at what he can improve, how he can position himself better, work the transitions a bit better and stuff like that. He likes footwork. It is a process and it is certain that he will improve.”

Neymar prepares with his team for his first “Classico”, when PSG travels to meet Marseille in their stadium, Vélodrome.
10/20/2017 9:33:14 PM
<![CDATA[Wolfsburg coach sets unusual role]]>
Schmidt asked his players to wash their teeth immediately after the training sessions.

“At the end of the training, acidity is created inside of the mouth; this attacks the gums and ends directly in the blood, so brushing the teeth helps to recover energy better and prevent acidity,” Schmidt told press on Friday.

Schmidt added, “Therefore, players are required to brush their teeth immediately after the end of their physical effort, even before returning home."

Schmidt, born in Switzerland, started managing Wolfsburg in 2017 after he managed Mainz for two years.

Wolfsburg managed to collect only 8 points after eight games, placing 14th in the German League, Bundesliga.

Wolfsburg hosts Hoffenheim on Sunday at Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg. Schmidt hopes that his new role will make a difference to be able to win the game.
10/20/2017 9:31:29 PM
<![CDATA[Salah is man of Egypt: Klopp]]>
“He is the man in Egypt. I am always a little bit afraid when they are away, different pitches, long trips and stuff like this, but so far, it went well and hopefully it stays like this,” Klopp told press on Friday.

Salah led Egypt to qualify to the 2018 World Cup in Russia after he scored the two goals in Egypt’s 2-1 victory against Congo on Sunday, October 8.

Klopp spoke about Salah’s transfer to Liverpool this summer, saying, “It was a fantastic job of the scouting department. It’s not that I didn’t know Mo Salah; everybody knew him. I’ve known him since he was at Basel.”

Salah started his journey in Europe with Switzerland’s Basel in 2012. He shined there before moving to Chelsea in 2014.

Klopp praised Salah’s ability to adapt with the club, saying, “He is a fantastic boy, and always it helps if you settle as a person very quickly; perhaps you then settle as a player. I don’t think he needed even half an hour to settle in the team; that was fantastic from the first day.”
10/20/2017 9:16:24 PM
<![CDATA[ Zamalek handball team wins its opening game in Champions League]]>
The Whites ended the first-half 20-9 and were able to seal the game in the second half, extending their lead to 38-24.

Al-Ahly’s and Zamalek’s handball teams flew on the same plane to Tunisia for the African Handball Champions League in Hammamet, Tunisia. The championship runs from October 20 to October 30.

Zamalek plays in Group B along with Ivory Coast’s Red Star, Morocco’s Widad Smara, Libya’s Al-Ittihad and Gabon’s Phoenix.

Al-Ahly plays in Group C alongside Libya’s, Congo’s HC OKA, Cameroon’s FANZ HB, and the host team, AS Hammamet.

Zamalek’s next game will be against Al-Ittihad on Saturday, October 21, at 5 p.m. Cairo time. They will then face Phoenix and Widad Smara on October 23 and 24, respectively.

It is worth mentioning that Al-Ahly are the African tournament’s title holder after they managed to beat Esperance 26-23 in the final of last season.

Zamalek manager’s, Magdi Abo El Magd, chosen squad for the tournament consists of Hassan Yousri, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Mohamed Abdel Salam, Hisham El-Sobki, Mustafa Tamer, Mostafa El Sayed, Karim Ayman, Ali Hisham, Mohamed Ali Abdel Muttalib, Yehia Khaled, Ali Hazem, Mohamed Ramadan, Alaa Emad, Mohamed Alaa, Mahmoud Khalil, Akram Yusri, Wissam Samy and Massoud Barkos.
10/20/2017 8:59:05 PM
<![CDATA[ Leicester City search for an experienced coach like Ancelotti]]>
The number one on the list, the desired coach above the others, is Carlo Ancelotti. Leicester will try to persuade him to take over the project of the team, which is already in danger.

The former Milan, Chelsea, PSG, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich coach, however, deems that he is not really willing to accept the challenge, since after his dismissal from Bayern Munich, he has made it very clear that his intention is to take a vacation.

If Ancellotti is not a possible candidate, the choice for the owner of Leicester is Wales’ coach, Chris Coleman. He failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia with Wales; he should not have many problems, at least during this time, to take the reins of the Foxes.

Other alternatives have surfaced: David Wagner coach of Huddersfield, Sean Dyche coach of Burnley, Roy Hodgson coach of Crystal Palace, Ryan Giggs or Martin O'Neil.
10/20/2017 8:31:23 PM
<![CDATA[Keylor Navas suffers another injury]]>

Navas’ situation has been confirmed as he suffered an injury in the right adductor. Although Real Madrid has not been informed of the approximate time the goalkeeper will be down, it is estimated that he will be out between 10 and 15 days.

This is the same area of injury in which he had suffered when he returned from the Costa Rican team.

Navas will be out for the next match on Sunday against Eibar in the Santiago Bernabéu. His position will be occupied by Kiko Casilla, while Mohamed Ramos will be the second goalkeeper.

An injury that could provoke a new misunderstanding between Real Madrid and the national team of Costa Rica since Navas has a friendly commitment to Spain next November 11 and his presence is at the moment in check.

Real Madrid hopes for Navas’ quick recovery, specifically for the match against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League at Wembley.
10/20/2017 8:27:03 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek faces Smouha at Petro Sport ]]>
The team in fourth place in the Egyptian Premier League, Zamalek, will meet Smouha, ranked fifth, at 8 p.m. Cairo local time. Zamalek and Smouha have nine points each out of five matches, but Zamalek is above Smouha in the rankings because of the goal difference.

Zamalek has tied with Smouha last season in the first leg match, while in the second round, Smouha won 2-0, scored by Ahmed Nabil and Ahmed Hassan.

Official line-up of Zamalek:

Goalkeeper: Ahmed EL Shenawy.

Defenders: Mo’ayed Al Ajan, Mahmoud Alaa, Ali Gabr, Hazem Emam.

Midfielders: Mohamed Ashraf, Tarek Hamed, Salah Ashour,Abdallah Gomaa.

Forwards: Kasongo Kabongo, Bassem Morsy.
10/20/2017 6:27:09 PM
<![CDATA[Roma charged by UEFA over monkey chants in Chelsea match]]>
The 24-year-old, capped 20 times by Germany, joined the Premier League side in 2017 after a two-year stint at Roma. He made a total of 72 appearances for the Serie A club.

European soccer's governing body said in a statement on Friday that it had opened proceedings against the Italian side under Article 14 of its disciplinary regulations.

UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body will deal with the case on Nov. 16.

A spokesman for Roma said the club would not comment on the charges at the moment.]]>
10/20/2017 3:53:15 PM
<![CDATA[UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against Everton]]>
Merseyside Police are also investigating the brawl on the pitch between players from both teams, while Everton have banned one individual.

"Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Everton FC and Olympique Lyonnais (1-2), played on 19 October in England," UEFA said in a statement on Friday.

The governing body added that the English club had been charged with "Aggressions by supporters against players" under Article 16 (2) (H) of its disciplinary regulations.

Everton captain Ashley Williams sparked off the trouble in the 64th minute when he shoved Anthony Lopes into the advertising hoardings after the Lyon goalkeeper had collected the ball from a corner.

An all-out melee ensued with players from both sides getting involved, while at least one fan behind the goal was caught on video throwing punches at a Lyon player before stewards intervened.

Everton issued a statement saying they had banned an individual from future matches after reviewing footage of the incident and would be making a formal complaint to Merseyside Police.

The force said its detectives would review footage and speak to witnesses to establish what, if any, offences had been committed.


Everton manager Ronald Koeman said on Friday that Williams had acted out of frustration born partly from Wales's failure to qualify for the World Cup and needed to control his emotions better.

"I understand his situation yesterday," the manager told a press conference ahead of Sunday's Premier League home game against Arsenal.

"His personal situation, it was difficult after (being knocked) out of the World (Cup following the qualifiers) with Wales. He had some mistakes that cost a goal but I like that mentality.

"From frustration you get maybe more aggression and that's not bad. But you need to control yourself."

The defender, who scored an equaliser for Everton minutes after the incident, and Lyon striker Bertrand Traore, who got the winner for his side, received yellow cards for their parts in the struggle.

Koeman also praised his skipper for his leadership on the pitch.

"He showed his face yesterday, he played well," he added. "He was a captain on the pitch and of course in the situation of the brawl he needs to control himself.

"But okay, on one side I understand frustration, disappointment, because everybody was disappointed."

The loss increases scrutiny of Koeman, whose team sit bottom of their group with no wins in three Europa League games and on a two-game winless streak in the Premier League, where they are 16th in the standings.]]>
10/20/2017 3:48:08 PM
<![CDATA[Bibo applies for Al Ahly presidency]]>
Khatib, commonly known as Bibo, is running against several other candidates in the upcoming eelection, slated for November 30.

Other candidates inclue Al Amri Farouq (vice chairman), Khalid Al Darandli (treasurer), Rania Alwani, Khaled Murtaji, Ibrahim Al Kafrawi, Tareq Qandil, Mohamed Al Damati, Gohar Nabil (overage members), and Mohamed Al Garhy, Mohamed Serag Eldin and Muhannad Magdy (underage members).

Bibo was one of the greatest players who wore the red Al Ahly jersey and the Egyptian national team in the seventies and the mid-eighties. He is the most talented Egyptian player to wear the number 10 jersey.
10/20/2017 2:49:54 PM
<![CDATA[Maradona praises Mohamed Salah]]>
Maradona appeared in a video on ‘ON Sport’ channel, stating “Mohamed Salah is a very fast and smart player, he is able to play with his head and also both his feet, he knows how to move to the right and the left.”

Salah played in Italy for more than two years with Fiorentina and AS Roma. Maradona believed that “he learned how to be professional in football from his time Italy; this is the style of the Italian League.”

Salah is living his best days in the world of football. He featured in 13 matches with Liverpool scoring eight goals and provided three assists in all the competitions.

The 25-year-old also helped his national team to qualify to the 2018 World Cup after he scored two goals in the historic match against Congo on October 8.

Maradona mentioned the Egyptian national team`s achievement and said “I hope the Egyptian team enjoy playing in the World Cup, qualifying to World Cup is the dream of every country. Egypt has a great team.”]]>
10/20/2017 2:44:34 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Salah Champions League Player of the Week]]>
Salah managed to score two goals and provided an assist to Roberto Firmino, Liverpool`s attacker. The Egyptian international was the highest-voted player in a poll on the European Football Association's (UEFA) official website among eight players as the best of the Champions League’s third round, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Salah topped the list with many elite players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Eden Hazard, but he was competing with the Turkish player from Besiktas, Cenk Tosun. Salah collected 51 percent of UEFA’s public votes, while Tosun got 33 percent of the votes.

It’s the second time in this campaign the Egypt forward has claimed the prize, having also done so for his performance in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Sevilla on Matchday one.]]>
10/20/2017 2:19:06 PM
<![CDATA[Richarlison: “playing Chelsea is easier than a gun pointed at my face”]]>
“I remember when I was growing up in Brazil; a guy once pointed a gun at my face because he thought I was a drug dealer trying to steal his distribution point, that was my life. After that, playing Chelsea seems much easier!" Richarlison spoke during an interview with the Guardian.

Richarlison, born in Novo Venecia, is playing in Europe for the first time as he joined Watford this summer from the Brazilian club Fluminense.

Richarlison, 20, added “that sort of thing was natural in my life, so I was not scared at all. It was a pretty rough area: I saw drugs in front of me every day and gunshots as well."

Richarlison has an amazing start with his new club, Watford scoring three goals in the Premier League to lead Watford to fourth place with 15 points.]]>
10/20/2017 11:03:10 AM
<![CDATA[Hayward suffers terrible fracture during Cavaliers–Celtics game ]]>
The team had not gone six minutes into the game when Hayward fell down after bumping into LeBron James.

Hayward broke down, and his screams echoed all over the track. He had broken his leg.

After seeing Hayward’s ankle, Dwayne Wade from Cavaliers knelt down, put his hand to his head and prayed as the team doctors attended to check the Celtics’ player.

Cavaliers’ and Celtics’ doctors examined Hayward in the locker room and announced it was an ankle fracture, according to CBS Sports.

Then Brad Stevens pointed out that Hayward had dislocated his ankle and suffered a tibia fracture.

On July 2017, the Celtics signed Hayward, a 27-year-old, with a $128 million, four-year contract. His downfall leaves the Celtics out of the way and is likely to be a team with maximum aspirations for the title. Hayward might have said goodbye to the season.]]>
10/20/2017 10:28:14 AM
<![CDATA[Messi’s coach at Barcelona Academy highlights player’s first steps ]]>
“I’d never seen a player like him before,” Hoyos told FIFA on Thursday.

Messi joined Barcelona when he was just 13 after the club scouts in Argentina recommended him to the club. Messi turned out to be the most successful player in the club’s history.

Hoyos added, “how he enjoyed running with the ball. It gave me pleasure, and it still does today. That’s why he is what he is. He’s still that kid who just plays and plays, who’s in love with the sport.”

Hoyos spoke about the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, which will be presented on Monday, he said. “I’d give it to Leo for what he gives to the world, for his values too. That’s also part of the game,” he added.]]>
10/20/2017 10:13:41 AM
<![CDATA[Sigurdsson: we can reach the knockout stage in Russia ]]>
“We’ll have to see what sort of group we get, but I think we’ll have a good chance of making it through the group stage, “Sigurdsson told FIFA website.

Sigurdsson revealed his feelings after the qualification: “it was a fantastic feeling. It’s something we’ve all been waiting to see happen to Icelandic football to actually go to the World Cup."

Sigurdsson, 28, spoke about the leap in Icelandic football in the last few years by saying, “I think over the last four or five years we’ve been playing in really big games. With the play-offs for the World Cup in Brazil, the games leading up to the EURO, then the EURO itself and now as well. It seems like all the games we’ve been playing lately have been important for us.”

Iceland lost in the 2014 World Cup playoffs to Croatia, but they took their revenge in 2018 when they qualified directly to the World Cup, leaving Croatia in second place.]]>
10/20/2017 10:09:39 AM
<![CDATA[FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-finals preview ]]>
Mali enters the game after defeating the only Arab team in the tournament, Iraq, with a score (5 -1), Mali depends on their top goal-scorer, Lassana Ndiaye, who scored five goals in the tournament.

Ghana hopes to continue their dominance over African teams in the tournament as they qualified to quarter finals after beating Niger (2-0) in the previous round.

In the second game of the day, USA hopes to continue their amazing run in the tournament when they meet England.

USA defeated Ghana, and India in the group stage, and lost to Colombia in their last game in the group before defeating Paraguay (5-0) in the round of 16.

England depends on their wonder kid, Phil Foden, who led England to the quarter finals without losing any point.

Spain will meet Iran on Sunday, and they hope that their striker, Abel Ruiz, continues with his amazing performance.

Iran defeated Guinea, Costa Rica and Germany in the group stage to qualify to round of 16 as the leader of their group; they also defeated Mexico in the round of 16.

Germany faces Brazil in the last game of the quarter finals in a tough game between two of the contenders for the title.

Brazil depends on Brenner Souza and Lincoln Corrêa while the Germans put all their hopes on their striker, Jann-Fiete Arp.

10/20/2017 10:07:41 AM
<![CDATA[Salah chosen among World Cup squad ]]>
“Egypt qualified via a last-gasp penalty from Mohamed Salah, a stroke of the ball that reduced the lead commentator on the game to tears. Anyone who can withstand that pressure and shoulder that responsibility is welcome in this squad,” Bleacher Report said.

Another Arabic name appeared in the list was Saudi Arabian forward Nawaf El Abed, who was chosen after his amazing performance during the qualifiers.
World Cup Squad, Bleacher Report - facebook page
“The player to watch in their ranks is Al-Hilal forward Nawaf Al Abed, their chief source of spark and creativity in attack,” the article said.

The other 21 names chosen in the list are Guillermo Ochoa, Jaime Penedo, Keylor Navas, Diego Godin, Jordi Alba, Toby Alderweireld, Kyle Walker, Davinson Sanchez, Mario Fernandes, N'Golo Kante, Toni Kroos, Nemanja Matic, Wilfred Ndidi, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Heung-Min Son, Robert Lewandowski, Sardar Azmoun and Shinji Okazaki.]]>
10/20/2017 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Neymar praises Ronaldinho and Mbappe]]>
A goal that he scored from a foul was similar to one Ronaldinho once scored with FC Barcelona. Neymar put the ball under the barrier of the Anderlecht players.

Neymar, when asked in the mixed press zone about the execution of the foul, said "Ronaldinho must be happy. I always learn from the best."

"Ronaldinho was very intelligent, but I did not think about him in the match, and then I realized that my fault was very similar to the one he pitched, almost the same: the barrier. But at the last minute, I decided to change," explained Neymar after the game.

In the same interview, Neymar again praised his partner Kylian Mbappé, scorer of another goal. "He is a golden child, who is at a high level. He's a great player; he has all the qualities to become a big name in the world of football. I'm a big fan of him and I'll help as much as possible. I hope I can do for him the same as Messi did for me," Neymar said.]]>
10/20/2017 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Hazard: I have no chance to win the Ballon D’or]]>
The nomination is the recognition of the impeccable contribution of Hazard to Chelsea in the past period, when the Blues won the Premier League.

Along with Kanté, the 26-year-old Belgian was one of the best players of last season, after scoring 16 goals in the English Premier League.

However, Hazard has confessed that he "has no chance" to claim the trophy and believes that his team should win all the titles available to claim their individual honor and be thus recognized.

"I have no chance [to win]," said the midfielder to Sky Sports. "I think there are a lot of players better than me, but I'm happy to be on the list. If I'm among the 30 nominees, it's thanks to Chelsea and my teammates, who help me every day to give my best."
The Belgian rebalanced the game against Roma 3-3 with a second goal in the second part of the match.]]>
10/20/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[‘beIN Sports’ evades prosecution probes in France]]>
The Swiss general prosecution is investigating beIN Sports and its chairman and CEO, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, for their involvement in illegal negotiations with former Secretary-General of FIFA Jérôme Valcke.

The French prosecution inspected the company’s headquarters in Paris, to which a spokesman of the prosecution said the company did not facilitate the process for inspectors while they attempted to find information stored in its headquarters in Qatar.

Prosecutors in France confirmed that this refusal is unusual in such cases, and they are currently looking to expand international cooperation to enable the investigations to be conducted in a smoother manner.

Valcke was sacked in January 2016 from his position as FIFA’s secretary-general on claims of corruption. The ongoing investigations regarding beIN Sports show that the channel has allegedly bribed a businessman, whose name was not revealed, to grant it exclusive rights to show the World Cup.]]>
10/19/2017 9:56:19 PM
<![CDATA[Alonso renews his contract with McLaren ]]>
“With Fernando, there is no doubt that we have a driver who can help us achieve our goal of winning again in F1 and, believe me, we are all keen to do that, it always made sense for us to continue our journey together," McLaren’s Executive Director, Zack Brown, told the press on Thursday.

The two-time Formula One champion Alonso was said to leave McLaren to join Mercedes or Red Bull, but in the end Alonso “followed his heart.”

Alonso revealed his happiness after the deal; he told McLaren’s website, “It’s fantastic to be able to continue my relationship with everybody at McLaren. It was always where my heart was telling me to stay, and I really feel at home here.”

Alonso added; “The last three years have given us the momentum to plan and build for the future, and I’m looking forward to that journey.”]]>
10/19/2017 8:55:45 PM
<![CDATA[Cuper to play the reserves against Ghana]]>
Egypt guaranteed their participation in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as the team tops the group with 12 points; four points ahead of the second-placed Uganda.

The Egyptian national team hopes to beat Ghana on their land to avenge the 6 -1 loss to Ghana in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers; a game many current national team players participated in.

Cuper will grant many players, who were not featured enough during the national team’s qualifiers, the opportunity to show their talents. These players include Saad Samir, Karim Hafez, Ahmed al-Shenawy, Ahmed al-Mohamady, Sam Morsy and Ali Gabr.

Egypt’s camp for the Ghana game will start on October 6. The national team will also play a friendly game against the United Arab Emirates on October 9, before travelling to Ghana to play their team on October 12. ]]>
10/19/2017 6:05:04 PM
<![CDATA[Egyptian Premier League resumes ]]>
While Europe is hosting 24 matches in the UEFA Europa League in several countries, the most exciting championship in Egypt resumes with its sixth round.

On the first day of the round;
-Al-Nasr faces Al-Assiouty at 2:45 p.m. (CLT)
-Al-Geish faces Tanta at 2:45 p.m.
-Misr al-Maqasa will meet Enppi at 5 p.m.
-Al-Ittihad al-Sakandary game will play against Al-Entag al-Harby at 7:30 p.m.

The second day of the sixth round of Egypt’s Premier League will feature much stronger matches;
-Zamalek SC will face Smouha SC at 8 p.m.
-Ismaily will host Al-Dakhleya at 5 p.m.
-Al-Raja Marsa Matruh vs. Al-Masry at 2:45 p.m.
-Petrojet vs. Wadi Degla FC at 2:45 p.m.
10/19/2017 5:58:30 PM
<![CDATA[Injured Lin set to miss season, say Nets]]>
Guard Lin has been diagnosed with a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee.

He sustained the injury on a drive to the basket during the fourth quarter of the Nets' 140-131 road loss to the Indiana Pacers. He limped back to the locker room under his own power after initially being assisted.

Before exiting the game, Lin had totaled 18 points and four assists in 25 minutes. He is in the second season of a three-year, $36 million contract he signed with Brooklyn before last season.

The Nets General Manager Sean Marks said: "Jeremy worked tremendously hard during the offseason and in training camp and was excited for the prospects of the team this season.

"We feel awful that the injury will cost him the season, however our entire organization will be there to support Jeremy in every way possible throughout his recovery. Jeremy remains an important part of this team and will continue to contribute in a leadership role."
10/19/2017 5:17:55 PM
<![CDATA[Napoli fear European hangover ahead of Inter clash]]>
Leaders Napoli have won all eight league matches this season, while second-placed Inter, fresh from a derby win over AC Milan, have won seven and drawn one, making the fixture one of the most eagerly anticipated of the season.

However, while Inter have had all week to prepare, Napoli had to travel to the home of Europe's most in-form team for a Champions League tie they lost 2-1 on Tuesday.

In a move that is unlikely to have won him any friends at European soccer body UEFA, Sarri made it clear that Saturday's Serie A game would be his priority.

The logic behind his thinking -- that City will win all their group matches and that Tuesday's match was one he could afford to lose -- may also have struck a chord with those who feel the Champions League has become too predictable.

"City are the strongest team in the group and will probably win all six matches. Other matches will be decisive for us," he said.

In the event, Sarri rested midfield duo Allan and Jorginho in favour of Amadou Diawara and Piotr Zielinski. However, winger Lorenzo Insigne suffered a muscular injury which leaves him doubtful for Saturday.

"I am not diminishing the importance of the Champions League but I will rest players every now and then when they need it," said Sarri, adding that Diawara and Zielinski were more than adequate replacements.

"If we changed two players and weren't competitive, that would be a problem. I kept getting criticised for playing the same team, and now I'm criticised for changing too much."

Sarri, whose side also visited AS Roma the previous weekend, took a swipe at Serie A organisers for the timing of Saturday's match.

"Somebody at the league got it wrong when they drew up the fixture list," he said. "It's impossible to play on Saturday against AS Roma, away to Manchester City three days later and at home to Inter another four days after that."

He also foresaw future problems.

"In December, we will play our last (Champions League) group game against Feyenoord and a few days later, we face Juventus," he added. "It's not a good situation for us when we are representing Italy in Europe."

The Italian league could not immediately reached for comment.

Inter, by contrast, missed out on Europe altogether after finishing seventh in Serie A last season, considerably easing their fixture list.

"It'll be an important advantage that we can rest midweek without European commitments," forward Ivan Perisic said after Sunday's 3-2 win over Milan.

"Napoli are the best side in Italy at the moment, but we are Inter."
10/19/2017 2:30:58 PM
<![CDATA[Salah highest voted best player of CL third round ]]>
Egyptian international Mohamed Salah was the highest voted player in a poll on the European Football Association's (UEFA) official website that aimed to title one of eight players as the best of the Champions League’s third round, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Salah was on the list after leading his team to a 7-0 victory over Maribor, who scored two goals and made a third.

The eight players also running for the title alongside Salah are: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Cenk Tosun (Besiktas), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).
10/19/2017 2:23:39 PM
<![CDATA[Champions League winner Park to be first South Korean to carry Games flame]]>
Park, 36, who won a string of titles with Manchester United and Eindhoven before retiring, will be the second torchbearer in Olympia, site of the ancient Greek Olympics, after Greece’s Nordic skier Apostolos Aggelis at the start of the Greek relay.

The ceremony, where a torch is lit by the sun’s rays using a parabolic mirror, will start the countdown to the Feb. 9-25 Games and South Korean organizers will receive the flame in a handover ceremony in Athens on Oct. 31.

The flame will then travel to South Korea for the Games torch relay run across the country.

The Pyeongchang Olympics will be Asia’s first Winter Olympics staged outside Japan and the first of three consecutive Summer and Winter Games on the continent.

Tokyo will host the Summer Games of 2020 and Beijing will stage the 2022 Winter Olympics.

South Korean preparations have been hampered by delays and an escalating crisis with North Korea.

Tensions have soared following a series of weapons tests by North Korea and a string of increasingly bellicose exchanges between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
10/19/2017 12:24:21 PM
<![CDATA[Barca banner calls for "dialogue and respect" amid crisis]]>
The Champions League game against the Greek side was the first at the Nou Camp since the La Liga clash with Las Palmas on Oct. 1 which was played behind closed doors in what the club said was a protest at police crackdowns on the banned referendum on independence in the region that day.

"This is the same message that was transmitted by Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu on Oct. 5, which called for a process of dialogue and negotiations to find solutions to the current political situation in Catalonia," Barcelona said in a statement.

As the banner was unveiled on a rainswept evening at the Nou Camp, Barca fans chanted "freedom" in response to the jailing of senior secessionist figures Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez on Monday pending an investigation into alleged sedition.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged on Wednesday Catalonia’s regional leader Carles Puidgemont to “act sensibly” and renounce the independence bid to head off a threat by Madrid to impose direct rule. ]]>
10/19/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Kaka, legend who dwarfed Messi, Ronaldo ]]>
He was a handsome young man when he left his country searching for glory in Europe. Kaka joined Milan in 2003 after he lifted the World Cup in Korea and Japan in 2002. He was not a regular player in a squad of magicians like Ronaldo Nazario, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho Gaucho.

Kaka in 2002 World Cup, Twitter
Kaka’s transfer to Milan was the most important step in his life. He got the opportunity to learn from the masters like Paolo Maldini, Andriy Shevchenko, Filippo Inzaghi and Andrea Pirlo.

Kaka with Ac Milan , Reuters
Kaka felt important in Milan. The fans gave him everything, and he paid them back during his time with the club. He led his team to win the Champions League title in 2007, providing two assists in the final to Inzaghi.

Kaka’s performance in 2007 named him the Ballon D’Or winner, and he was the only player to be with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in a personal competition. In the end, he won against them.

Kaka with the Ballon D' Or award, Reuters
Kaka felt that his time in Milan came to an end, so he left the club to join Real Madrid and form the dream team with Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil, Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema.

Kaka’s days with Madrid were not like his old days in Milan. He could not live with wearing a different shirt than the red and black of Milan.
He then left Madrid to join Milan, where he played another year before taking the decision to leave Europe and go play in USA, paying back the game by increasing its popularity.

Kaka put his name among the greatest; he is a Brazilian football killer with the face of an angel.]]>
10/19/2017 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Otamendi highlights Guardiola way ]]>
“Pep is on top of everything; not only talking to us about football, but making sure we are ok with our family and things like that," Otamendi told Fox Sports on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola started managing Manchester City in 2016 and he failed to achieve any title in his first year, but the second year seems to be promising, as the club tops the Premier League and their group in the Champions League.

Otamendi, 29 years old, added, “Pep is demanding about food and also that we study English, as every meeting is in that language. In December, I even have an exam.”

Otamendi revealed the impact of Guardiola’s ways on the team, saying, “Pep has everything in hand so that when the game comes around, everything flows well. It's all designed for the team to function perfectly. Nothing is left to chance."

Otamendi joined Manchester City in 2015 from Valencia, and since then he booked a regular place on the club’s defense. ]]>
10/19/2017 4:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Ashour to return in a month]]>
The 31-year-old suffered a muscular injury during Al Ahly’s win over Al Raja in the Egyptian Premier League and was ruled out of his side’s crucial clash against Etoile du Sahel.

Ashour will miss at least five games for Al Ahly (Etoile du Sahel, Al Assiouty, Misr El-Maqassa, Al Nasr and El-Entag) and could miss Egypt’s fixtures against the UAE and Ghana next month.

This is a major blow for Hossam El-Badry, who will look to replace Ashour with the likes of Abdallah El-Said, Hesham Mohamed, Rami Rabiaa or Akram Tawfik.

Al Ahly managed to record their second league win of the season with a 4-1 victory over Al Raja last Monday, but they will be up for a tough challenge at Borg El Arab Stadium when they face Etoile du Sahel in the return-leg of the CAF Champions League semi-finals.]]>
10/19/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Injured Mane picked for Senegal squad ]]>
“In my mind, there's no doubt he will be with us for the double header against South Africa and that he will be 100 percent fit," Cisse told Senegalese press on Wednesday.

Mane was injured during Senegal’s 2-0 victory against Cape Verde, and he was substituted 3 minutes before the final whistle. Mane’s injury is expected to rule him out for six weeks.
Cisse added, “Until now, he has been doing some individual training - running in straight lines - but beginning next week, he is going to train harder and start working with the ball."

Senegal tops Group D in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with eight points, two points ahead of Burkina Faso and Cape Verde, who share the second place, while South Africa has four points to stay in the bottom.]]>
10/19/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Jordan's Shadia Bseiso is first Arab woman to join 'WWE']]>
“I am honored to be the first woman from the Middle East to contract with WWE,” she said. “I've been to the training center in Orlando and I was at the Mae Young Classic. I saw personally the power of WWE and the passion of its fans, and I am waiting to begin my career to become one from the WWE stars.”

Bseiso, a Brazilian Jujutsu expert, was attracted by WWE's talent selection in Dubai earlier this year after sending invitations to specific people.

The talents included 40 men and women from the Middle East and India, all of whom had a variety of sports backgrounds. They included weightlifting athletes, rugby players and footballers, amateur wrestlers, MMA amateurs, and fitness experts.

Bseiso, thanks to her athletic abilities and self confidence, has the opportunity to begin her training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida in January.]]>
10/19/2017 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Struggling Atletico held by spirited Qarabag]]>
Despite claiming one point from their opening two games against AS Roma and Chelsea, Diego Simeone's Atletico side -- finalists in two of the last four seasons -- were expected to make light work of unfancied Qarabag.

Yet the Spanish side lacked a clinical edge, with Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann missing good chances in the first half before the Frenchman had an effort disallowed for offside after the break.

Azeri side Qarabag looked dangerous on the counter-attack but their late push for an unlikely winner was all but ended when Dino Ndlovu was dismissed having received a second yellow card for a dive in the 75th minute.

Chelsea lead Group C with six points and host second-place AS Roma, on four points, later on Wednesday. Atletico are two points adrift in third and can ill-afford to lose any more ground on the top two sides.]]>
10/18/2017 11:26:34 PM
<![CDATA[Messi joins 100-goal club in Europe as Barca stroll to victory]]>
Gerard Pique was sent off two minutes before halftime for two bookings, one for tugging an opponent's shirt and the other for slapping the ball into the net, but Barca were barely threatened after the break by a hopeless Olympiakos side who are badly underperforming in their defence of the Greek top flight.

Barca took the lead in the 18th minute on a rain swept evening at a sparsely attended Nou Camp when visiting defender Dimitrios Nikolaou turned Gerard Deulofeu's cross into his own net.

Messi struck his landmark goal in Europe from a free kick in the 61st minute to double Barca's lead. It was his 97th goal in the Champions League, while his other three strikes in Europe came in the UEFA Super Cup.

The Argentine then carved his way through the hapless visiting defence moments later to tee up France left back Lucas Digne to score his first goal in the Champions League for Barca.

Greek defender Nikolaou put the ball in the net for the second time in the game by heading home from a corner at the other end to give Olympiakos a scantly deserved consolation goal in the 89th minute.]]>
10/18/2017 11:25:24 PM
<![CDATA[Chelsea and Roma share spoils in six-goal thriller]]>
Edin Dzeko scored twice for Roma as the Italians stormed back from 2-0 down to lead 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining, only for Eden Hazard to salvage a point for Group C leaders Chelsea.

David Luiz's curler put Chelsea ahead in the 11th minute and Hazard doubled the home side's advantage in the 35th.

Aleksandar Kolarov fired Roma back into contention before the interval and Dzeko's double in the space of six minutes, the first a scorching volley, looked to have earned Roma only their second win in 16 attempts on English soil.

Hazard's equaliser kept Chelsea top with seven points from three games with Roma on five -- three ahead of Atletico Madrid.]]>
10/18/2017 11:10:38 PM
<![CDATA[Juve recover from bizarre own goal to snatch late win]]>
Four days after their two-year unbeaten home run was ended by Lazio, Juve were in more trouble when goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saved at foot of Gelson Martins but the ball hit Alex Sandro and went straight into the net.

Miralem Pjanic levelled with a superb free kick in the 29th minute and, just as Sporting seemed set to frustrate the hosts, Mario Mandzukic scored the winner with a superb diving header in the 84th minute.

The win left Juventus with six points from three games in Group D and Sporting with three. ]]>
10/18/2017 11:09:17 PM
<![CDATA[Freak Rashford goal gives Man United 1-0 win at Benfica]]>
The result left United top of the section with a maximum nine points from three games, three ahead of second-placed Swiss side Basel who won 2-0 at CSKA Moscow.

Belgian Svilar became the youngest keeper to make his Champions League debut and after enjoying a sound opening hour, he gifted United victory with a calamitous error which highlighted his lack of experience.

Rashford drove an innocuous-looking long range free kick from the left touchline straight at the youngster, who caught the ball but back-pedalled with it beyond the goalline with his arms outstretched.

The result flattered United's toothless performance which was almost a carbon copy of Saturday's 0-0 Premier League draw at Liverpool but it extended their unbeaten run in both competitions this season under manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese, who had a short stint at Benfica as an assistant and then head coach in 2000 in the early stages of his managerial career, fielded an adventurous formation but the home side looked more likely to score in the opening 30 minutes.

Looking disjointed and bereft of ideas with a two-man midfield of Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, the visitors carved out their first chance in the 36th minute when Svilar did well to block Matic's angled shot from 10 metres.

The son of former Serbian goalkeeper Ratko Svilar also denied Anthony Martial in the closing stages but all his good work was overshadowed by the howler which left Benfica rooted to the bottom of the group with no points from three games.

Benfica were reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when defender Luisao was sent off after receiving his second yellow card.]]>
10/18/2017 11:07:17 PM
<![CDATA[PSG attacking trio on target in thumping win at Anderlecht]]>
Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar all netted, while Angel di Maria added a fourth with a late strike, in a win that maintains the Ligue 1 side’s 100 percent record in the group stage with three wins from three.

They head the standings with nine points from second-placed Bayern Munich, who have six. Celtic are in third with a single victory to their name, while Anderlecht are still searching for their first points.

PSG should have won by a greater margin as they spurned a number of chances and will be confident of victory when the teams meet again in their next fixture in the group in Paris on Oct. ]]>
10/18/2017 11:05:11 PM
<![CDATA[Bayern beat Celtic 3-0 as Heynckes makes winning European return]]>
First-half goals from Thomas Mueller and Joshua Kimmich put them in the driving seat and Mats Hummels grabbed a third in the 51st minute to round off a dominant performance in which the 72-year-old Heynckes became the oldest coach in the competition's history.

Celtic were no match for the aggressive Bavarians, who were out to get their European campaign back on track after their 3-0 loss to Paris St Germain last month that prompted the sacking of coach Carlo Ancelotti and the return of treble-winning Heynckes.

Bayern are now second outright on six points from three matches, three ahead of Celtic and three behind leaders PSG.

The hosts pressed high from the start and Celtic had a lucky escape after six minutes when Bayern's Thiago Alcantara put the ball in the net. The effort was ruled out, however, as Robert Lewandowski’s cutback was incorrectly ruled to have gone out of play.

Bayern, who also crushed Freiburg 5-0 in Heynckes' first league match on Saturday, completely overran the Celtic defence.

It was only a matter of time before Bayern scored, which they did in the 17th minute when Kimmich floated in a deep cross, Lewandowski's header was palmed wide but Mueller came in at the far post to drill home.

They did not let up and Kimmich got onto the scoresheet 12 minutes later with a clever, looping header from 14 metres.

Hummels, making his first Champions League appearance this season, added a third six minutes after the restart with a powerful header that gave Celtic keeper Craig Gordon no chance.

The defeat for Brendan Rodgers's team means Celtic have now failed to win any of their 11 matches in Germany.]]>
10/18/2017 11:00:10 PM
<![CDATA[Efficient Basel win 2-0 at CSKA Moscow]]>
Midfielder Taulant Xhaka sped past CSKA's sluggish backline and unleashed a powerful low drive that beat veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev in the right corner to put Basel up in the 29th minute.

Basel thought they had scored another early in the second half when Albian Ajeti's drive beat Akinfeev, but referee Bjorn Kuipers ruled offside. Dimitri Oberlin added another for Basel in the 90th minute.

Basel climbed to second place in the group on six points, three behind leaders Manchester United. CSKA are third on three.]]>
10/18/2017 10:57:01 PM
<![CDATA[Rabah Madjer is new head coach of Algerian national team By ]]>
It is expected that the new head coach and his assistant will be presented at a press conference at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning at the Sidi Mousa National Center.

Rabah is the first African and Arabic player to score a goal in the Champions League final.
Madjer played for Porto in 1987 and participated in the final against Bayern Munich. Madjer scored the equalizer in the 77th minute and he also scored an assist for Porto’s second goal three minutes later.

Porto won the match 2-1 and became the Champions League winner for the first time.
Algeria lost its hopes in qualifying to the 2018 World Cup in Russia after they collected only one point in five matches during the World Cup qualifiers.]]>
10/18/2017 9:08:35 PM
<![CDATA[Ex-Uruguay defender Lopez named Cagliari coach]]>
The 43-year-old Lopez played for the club for 12 seasons from 1998 to 2010, and previously coached the Sardinian outfit from 2013 to 2014, with a spell also in charge of the youth teams.

Lopez -- who also briefly coached Palermo in Serie A last season and Bologna when they were in the second division -- signed a contract until June 2019, the club said.

Cagliari are currently 14th in Serie A after four straight defeats, most recently losing 3-2 at home against Genoa.

Rastelli, 48, took over in the 2015-2016 season, guiding Cagliari into the Italian top flight after winning Serie B in 2016.

Last season the club finished 11th but this term are struggling with just two wins in eight games, against relegation rivals Crotone and SPAL.

Rastelli was the first Serie A coach sacked this season with coaching assistants Nicola Legrottaglie and Dario Rossi also dismissed in the clearout.]]>
10/18/2017 8:35:21 PM
<![CDATA[Nuzman charged in Rio Games vote-rigging probe]]>
According to prosecutors, Lamine Diack, the former head of world athletics, and his son Papa Massata Diack were also accused of participating in an international network of vote-buying worth $2 million.

The indictment said that Nuzman, 75, and the former governor of Rio, Sergio Cabral, "directly solicited" from a businessman "the payment of $2 million" to Papa Massata Diack, the son of Senegalese IOC member Lamine Diack, "to secure votes for the election of Rio".

Cabral -- already serving a 15-year prison sentence -- and the businessman in question, Arthur Soares -- who is on the run -- have also been indicted, as has Leonardo Gryner, ex-right-hand man of Nuzman.

Soares, nicknamed "King Arthur", a top contractor for Cabral's administration, allegedly delivered the payment three days before the vote which took place in 2009.

Rio beat bids from Chicago, Madrid and Tokyo to host the 2016 Games.

Nuzman resigned as Brazilian Olympic Committee (BOC) chairman last week following his arrest.

The International Olympic Committee responded by suspending the BOC and stripping Nuzman of his honorary membership, while also removing him from the coordination committee for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

He has been held in prison since his arrest.]]>
10/18/2017 8:28:40 PM
<![CDATA[Sampson made 'ill-judged' racial remarks: report]]>
Sampson, who guided the team to the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and this year's European Championships, was sacked last month after FA chiefs were alerted to what it termed an "inappropriate" relationship he had with a player in a previous job.

That followed weeks of speculation about his position after it emerged he had already been the subject of two FA investigations into allegations of discrimination made by Chelsea striker Eni Aluko.

Independent barrister Katharine Newton concluded in her final report -- published on Wednesday -- that Sampson was not racist, but that he twice made "ill-judged attempts at humour" towards the players.

Newton was called in by the FA in December 2016 to follow up an internal investigation into claims made by Aluko against Sampson.

Aluko issued several allegations but the two central claims were that he made discriminatory remarks to her ahead of an England-Germany game in 2014 and her Chelsea team-mate Drew Spence at a players' meeting in 2015.

Newton's first review, completed in March, backed the FA verdict that there was insufficient evidence to say whether Sampson made the remarks, and cleared him of Aluko's other claims of bullying and racism.

In the conclusion to her reopened investigation into Aluko's claims, Newton said: "I have concluded that on two separate occasions, (Mark Sampson) has made ill-judged attempts at humour, which, as a matter of law, were discriminatory on grounds of race within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010.

"However, that is not the same as concluding that (Sampson) is racist. In fact, I consider it fundamentally important to emphasise that I have not concluded (Sampson) is a racist."

- 'It's career death' -

Newton said she had re-examined all of Aluko's other complaints about Sampson discriminating against her.

On these matters, Newton has not changed her mind and continues to believe Sampson was innocent of bullying or picking on Aluko.

In a statement, FA chief executive Martin Glenn, due to give evidence to the House of Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee on Wednesday, said: "On behalf of the Football Association I would like to sincerely apologise to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence.

"Based on new evidence submitted to independent barrister Katharine Newton, she has now found that they were both subject to discriminatory remarks made by an FA employee. This is not acceptable."

Aluko, who previously accepted compensation of £80,000 ($105,000) from the FA, said she felt "vindicated".

The player, speaking to lawmakers at the Commons hearing, said: "My overwhelming emotion is relief. It has been a long process getting to this point.

"I've been put in this situation, and was always honest and truthful about those comments and other comments I made about the culture under Mark Sampson.

"I feel vindicated and relieved, It suggests it was all worth it."

FA Chairman Greg Clarke told the Committee he had never thought about resigning over the affair.

Glenn had received a vote of confidence from the FA Board over his handling of the sacking of Sampson.

"There were systemic, historic failings which contributed to this mess," said Clarke.

"When I took the job, there was one other decent applicant.

"It's career death. I'm willing to risk my reputation to make it better. If it doesn't get better it's my fault."]]>
10/18/2017 8:08:23 PM
<![CDATA[US gymnast Maroney reveals abuse by team doctor]]>
Maroney, 21, said in a statement on Twitter that Nassar, who is facing trial on more than 20 counts of sexual assault, began molesting her at the age of 13 and it continued throughout her gymnastics career.

"Dr. Nassar told me that I was receiving 'medically necessary treatment that he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,'" Maroney wrote.

"It started when I was 13 years old, at one of my first National Team training camps, in Texas, and it didn't end until I left the sport.

"It seemed whenever and wherever this man could find the chance, I was 'treated,'" she said.

She said the abuse even occurred during the London 2012 Olympics, where Maroney was a member of the "Fierce Five" US squad who won the team gold medal.

"It happened in London before my team and I won the gold medal, and it happened before I won my silver (in vault in London)," Maroney wrote.

Maroney posted her statement with the #MeToo hashtag, the campaign encouraging women to denounce experiences of sexual abuse that has swept across social media in the wake of the wave of allegations targeting Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

"Everyone's words over the past few days have been so inspiring to me," Maroney said in the statement on her Twitter account @McKaylaMaroney.

- 'Not just happening in Hollywood' -

"I know how hard it is to speak publicly about something so horrible, and so personal, because it's happened to me too," she said.

Maroney is the most high-profile US gymnast to speak out so far about sexual abuse by the former team doctor.

"People should know this is not just happening in Hollywood," Maroney said. "This is happening everywhere.

"Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be a potential for abuse," Maroney said.

"I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there were unnecessary and disgusting," she said.

Maroney, from Long Beach, California, said one incident of abuse occurred during the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo.

She said Nassar gave her a sleeping pill "and the next thing I know I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a 'treatment.'"

"I thought I was going to die that night," she wrote, adding that she hoped her statement would encourage others to speak out.

"Silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it's time to take our power back," she said.

Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country's gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games.

His case was part of a wide-ranging scandal which forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny last year.

Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations.

More than 350 gymnasts were reportedly abused according to an investigation by the Indianapolis Star.]]>
10/18/2017 7:53:11 PM
<![CDATA[Real Madrid loses its strongest weapon this season]]>
It is a common practice that emerged strongly last season, in which the Royal Club depends heavily on crosses and headers, which scored a lot of goals; however, the numbers prove that their weapon has been lost since the beginning of the season.

Real Madrid has scored 40 goals from headers in the last season, unlike the current season, when the team failed to score any goal from a header.

According to Marca newspaper, the team made 93 crosses and made 120 corner kicks without scoring any goals by headers. There was a serious chance in the last Champions League game, with a header by Benzema, which Hego Lloris responded to brilliantly.

On the other hand, it is the worst start for Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu since 1998. The last match ended with a draw against Tottenham 1-1 in the Champions League.

The team has played 14 games this season; it tied in three and lost one. They recorded 29 goals, but in the last season, in 14 games, the team scored 43 goals.]]>
10/18/2017 7:17:12 PM
<![CDATA[Betis concerned by impact of Barca potentially leaving Liga]]>
La Liga president Javier Tebas, a former member of a far right group and strong opponent of Catalan independence, has repeatedly threatened to banish 24-times champions Barca and all other teams in the region if Catalonia were to secede.

In the latest sign of the Catalan independence drive impacting sport, Tebas has delayed negotiations to renew the league's international television rights deal due to unrest in the wake of Catalonia's disputed Oct. 1 independence vote.

Betis general manager Ramon Alarcon said kicking out Barca would have huge ramifications on Spanish soccer and negatively affect clubs like his.

"The unease that Catalan society could break from Spain affects every sector, including football, and the departure of Catalan teams would be a real shame because they are clubs with a lot of tradition," Alarcon told Reuters in Madrid.

In addition to Barcelona, Catalonia is home to two other La Liga clubs: Girona and Espanyol, as well as a host of clubs in lower leagues.

"La Liga is not just Real Madrid and Barca. But if Barca left the other teams would have to work a lot harder to fill that gap if La Liga were to remain the best in the world."

Barca, which is owned by more than 140,000 club "members", says it respects their diversity of opinion by not taking a position for or against independence, but supports the right of the people of Catalonia to decide their own future.

On Oct. 1, the day of the banned referendum, the team played its match with Las Palmas at the Nou Camp behind closed doors, which club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said was to show opposition to police violence against voters.

After the referendum, the club said in a statement it would not speculate on the future, but was "not planning for any other scenario than playing in the Spanish league. The club is competing in this competition and wants to win it."

Tebas has said Barca's hypothetical departure would see the value of La Liga's television rights drop by 20 percent.

Alarcon has no doubt losing Barca would seriously damage the league's brand and hurt other Spanish teams such as Betis.

"Having a global brand like La Liga logically helps us, and obviously the success of Real Madrid and Barcelona helps the brand of Spain and La Liga," he said.


Betis, Liga champions in 1935, are one of the best supported clubs in Spain, with 50,000 season ticket holders. They are ranked fourth, behind Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in social media engagement.

The Seville club are ninth in the standings after making their best start to a season since returning to the top flight in 2015 and beat champions Real 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in September.

Alarcon called Betis "a sleeping giant" and hopes they can harness their huge fan base to become one of the top teams in Spain again, but is wary of the impact the current political uncertainty in the country could have on his club.

"Tebas has said that [Barca staying in the league if independence were declared] wouldn't be legal, so logically it couldn't happen. But sincerely I think Barcelona will stay in the Spanish league and we'll come to an understanding over this situation, which is very painful for everyone." ]]>
10/18/2017 6:58:34 PM
<![CDATA[Argentina, Uruguay, France bid offers to meet Egypt ]]>
“We are living a different stage now; we received many offers to face Argentina, Uruguay and France,” the president of Egypt national team sponsor Presentation, Mohamed Kamel, said on Wednesday.

Egypt faced the three teams before in friendly games, losing to Argentina 2-0 in 2008 and to Uruguay with the same result in 2006, while they lost 5-0 to France in 2003.

Kamel added, “We haven’t decided whether we will play our last friendly game in Europe or in Russia. We are now among the biggest teams in the world.”

Egypt qualified to the 2018 World Cup in Russia after beating Congo 2-1 on October 8, ending 28 years of absence from participating in the competition, as Egypt last played in the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Egypt played in Group E in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, alongside Congo, Ghana and Uganda.]]>
10/18/2017 6:55:47 PM
<![CDATA[Nadal withdraws from Basel with knee problem]]>
With the ATP Finals coming up next month, Nadal said on his Facebook page he had made the decision to pull out of next week's Basel tournament after getting medical advice.

Nadal's 16-match winning streak was ended in the Shanghai Masters final on Sunday by world number two Roger Federer, who will now have the chance to make up some ground in the rankings chase.

"I sadly announce that I have to pull out of the Swiss Indoors Basel, after seeing my doctor in Spain just after landing from Shanghai," said Nadal on Tuesday.

"I am suffering from an overstressing of the knee and the problems where already present at the tournament in Shanghai which now forces me to take a time off on advice of my doctor."

Nadal, 31, leads Federer by 1,960 points in the rankings but the 36-year-old Swiss can gain 500 points if he wins at Basel with another 1,000 up for grabs at the Paris Masters.

Their battle for the year-end top spot could go down to the wire with the winner of the season-ending ATP Finals, which will be held from Nov. 12 to 19 in London, to receive up to 1,500 points.

Nadal and Federer have each won six titles this year, splitting the four grand slams between them. ]]>
10/18/2017 6:54:21 PM
<![CDATA[British lawmaker misses parliamentary debate to monitor Messi]]>
Ross, who was elected for the governing Conservatives in June's parliamentary election, faced criticism on Wednesday when it emerged he would miss the debate and vote to be an assistant referee in Barca's Champions League clash with Olympiakos.

Scottish National Party (SNP) lawmaker John McNally raised the issue in parliament by waving a red card and asking Prime Minister Theresa May why Ross, who represents a Scottish constituency, had been granted permission to miss the debate.

"What signal does she think this sends to hard working members of the public who are expected to turn up for their day jobs or face sanctions?" he said.

The Prime Minister defended Ross, who also missed a debate last year to officiate Real Madrid's game against Sporting Lisbon.

"The Scottish Conservative members are doing more for the interests of Scotland in this parliament than the Scottish Nationalists have ever done," May said.

Several members of May's party are expected to side with the opposition Labour Party during the symbolic debate in parliament and demand a halt to the implementation of the new payment system, known as "Universal Credit" which has been dogged by design problems.

A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives also defended Ross, saying: "Despite what the SNP thinks, the people of (his constituency) Moray are right behind Douglas and his refereeing, as they showed decisively when they elected him as their MP just a few months ago." ]]>
10/18/2017 6:52:37 PM
<![CDATA[Brilliant De Villiers steers South Africa to series win]]>
De Villiers smashed his highest ODI score of 176 from 104 balls as South Africa posted 353 for six in their 50 overs having been asked to bat, before restricting the visitors to 249 all out in 47.5 overs in their reply.

De Villiers was involved in a third wicket partnership of 136 with Hashim Amla (85 from 92 balls) and 117 for the fourth with JP Duminy (30 from 30 balls) as he thumped 15 fours and seven sixes, making batting look easy on a slow wicket.

He was eventually caught at deep midwicket by Sabbir Rahman off the bowling of Rubel Hossain having looked on course for a double ton.

Bangladesh made a good start to their reply as Imrul Kayes (68 from 77 balls) and Mushfiqur Rahim (60 from 70 balls) tried to keep up with the rate, but were strangled by career best figures from seamer Andile Phehlukwayo (four for 40) and the wily spin of Imran Tahir (three for 50).

The final match of the series will be played in East London on Sunday. ]]>
10/18/2017 6:49:46 PM
<![CDATA[Men's African Volleyball opening ceremony to be postponed ]]>
The opening ceremony was scheduled to be on Sunday, but Al Ahly’s game against Etoile Du Sahel in the CAF Champions League semi-final second leg will be played on the same day, which will attract the attention of the Egyptian fans.

Egypt hosts the 2017 Men's African Volleyball Championship from October 22-29 for the eighth time.

Egypt, the reigning champions, hopes to win their 7th title in a row to be the nation with the highest amount of titles in this competition, as Egypt and Tunisia share the top with 8 titles each.

Egypt depends on their veteran players Abdullah Abd El Salam and Ahmed Salah to lead the team to win the title.]]>
10/18/2017 6:45:52 PM
<![CDATA[Preview: Chelsea vs. Roma ]]>
Chelsea tops group C with six points after beating Qarabag 6-0 at home and Atletico Madrid 2-1 in Madrid.

On the other hand, Roma has four points after the 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid and defeating Qarabag 2-1.

Chelsea enters the game after a disappointing result in the Premier League, as the Blues were stunned by a 2-1 defeat against bottom-placed Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is expected to start the game after he missed Saturday’s game for a hamstring injury.

In the other game in the group, Qarabag hosts Atletico Madrid at Baku National Stadium.

Atletico needs to win this game to increase their chances to qualify to the second round, as the team picked only one point after a 0-0 draw against Roma in Italy and lost 2-1 to Chelsea at home.]]>
10/18/2017 6:41:43 PM
<![CDATA[Salah man of the match against Maribor ]]>
Salah, 25, scored 2 goals and provided an assist to lead his team to destroy their opponent 7-0.

Liverpool tops group E with 5 points, as the Reds had draws in the first two games in the group against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow before achieving their first win on Tuesday.

Liverpool’s Twitter account chose Salah as the “man of the match”, posting his photo to celebrate one of his goals, with a comment saying, “He only needed less than an hour.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp substituted Mohamed Salah in the 57th minute when Liverpool was leading 5-0 and as the team already secured three points.

Mohamed Salah joined Liverpool this summer from Italian club Roma, and since then, he had an amazing performance with the team, scoring 8 goals in all competitions. ]]>
10/18/2017 6:37:08 PM
<![CDATA[Perez reveals his opinion about Catalonia independence ]]>
“To tell you the truth, that is what I have seen over the past few games. I cannot imagine a Spain without Catalonia and La Liga without Barcelona,” Perez told press on Wednesday.

Rumors linked Barcelona with leaving the Spanish League alongside all the Catalan clubs if independence happened.

Perez spoke about Barcelona defender Gerard Pique’s future with the Spanish national team, saying, "I think that the best players should be in the national team and that they should be surrounded by a good atmosphere."

Spanish fans asked Spanish national team manager Julen Lopetegui to exclude Pique from the squad, as the player is backing Catalonia's independence referendum.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are the most successful teams in Spain, and they have a big rivalry with each other.
10/18/2017 5:33:36 PM
<![CDATA[Al-Hilal to face Urawa Red in AFC Champions League finals ]]>
In their match against Shanghai SIPG, Urawa started the game well in the presence of their fans and it did not take the Japanese too long to score the first goal with their Brazilian striker, Rafael da Silva.

Shanghai tried to equalize the score, but all attempts from Oscar dos Santos and Givanildo Vieira, also known as Hulk, were aborted by Urawa's goalkeeper.

Urawa will meet Al-Hilal in the finals, and they are looking to win the title for the second time after obtaining it for the first time in 2007. On the other hand, Al-Hilal aims to win the title for the third time as they won it in 1991 and 2000.

The first leg of the AFC Champions League finals is scheduled to take place on November 18 in Saudi Arabia, and the second leg will be on November 25 in Japan.
10/18/2017 3:52:07 PM
<![CDATA[Spanish Olympic high jump champion Beitia announces retirement]]>
"I've spent many years putting my body to 100 percent on many occasions and putting it to the limit on others," Beitia told a news conference in her home city of Santander, accompanied by her coach Ramon Torralbo.

"The situation we find ourselves in today is to tell you that we are calling time on our sporting life."

Beitia, who won the high jump competition at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year, is the only Spanish female athlete to have won an Olympic gold.

She has combined her sporting exploits with a career in politics since she was elected to the regional parliament of Cantabria with the ruling PP party in 2011.

"I will take everything that sport has taught me, everything I have learned from Ramon with me into other aspects of my life. Sport will always remain with me," she added.

Beitia, 38, limped to last place in the World Championships in London in August as she struggled with injuries which marred her season, a year after a near-perfect campaign in which she took first place at the European championships in Amsterdam in addition to her Olympic triumph.

She was given the fair play award by the IAAF in London, however, for consoling her Italian rival Alessia Trost when the latter failed to get through the qualifiers.

Beitia briefly retired from athletics in 2012 after narrowly missing out on a medal at the London Olympics but returned to training two months later.

"The greatest athlete in Spanish history has retired," said Raul Chapado, president of the Spanish athletics federation.

"She has always been an example on and off the track. She has inspired athletics and inspired young boys and girls."

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10/18/2017 2:20:26 PM
<![CDATA[Video: Mourniho congratulates Salah]]>
The video from the official Facebook page of the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) shows that Mourinho waited for Salah to come out from the dressing room, and then he gave him a very warm congratulation in the Anfield corridor.

Salah scored the two goals in Egypt’s 2-1 victory over Congo, securing Egypt’s qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The qualification came after 28 years of absence. Egypt last qualified to the World Cup in 1990 in Italy.

Jose Mourinho coached Salah back in 2014 with Chelsea when he insisted on signing the Egyptian youngster from FC Basel.
Salah featured in 19 matches (879 minutes), scored two goals, and provided 4 assists with the Blues.]]>
10/18/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Zebina sentenced to two years in jail for tax fraud]]>
Zebina, who is 39 years old, will also have to pay a fine of €10,000 ($11,767.50), said the public prosecutor in Avignon, Philippe Guémas.

Judged by the Court of Appeal in Avignon (southeast), the tax authorities demanded the payment of taxes from between 2011 and 2013.

Zebina was born in Paris on July 19, 1978, and after forming with Cannes made the leap to Italy. He began first in 1998 with Cagliari and then in the summer of 2000 with AS Roma.

His Italian stage continued with Juventus Turin and Brescia, from where he returned to France in 2011 with Stade Brestois. He continued with Toulouse and finally with Avignon until 2014, when he retired as a professional.

He wore the Blue shirt with France once in 2005, in a friendly match against Sweden.]]>
10/18/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Totti believes Ronaldo will be the ‘Best’]]>
Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar are the three candidates for the award, and in the opinion of the Italian ex-international, the Portuguese player of Real Madrid is the favorite.

"I have to say that we have always respected each other on and off the pitch, but I think Ronaldo is above all others; he has had an impressive season and he has scored all his goals with the most prestigious team there is,” says Totti.

As for the prize for best coach, the Italian also believes that the coach of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidan, will get it.

"Despite the extraordinary work of Conte and Allegri, I think Zidane is the favorite for the same reasons as Cristiano Ronaldo, because he won it all last year," said the Italian.
Finally, the choice for the best goalkeeper is no secrets for Totti. "Gianluigi Buffon has a lot of chances to win the best goalkeeper," he concluded.

Goalkeepers have a lot of influence on the game, but they do not know what they should be.]]>
10/18/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[City make it three out of three with win over Napoli]]>
Raheem Sterling put City ahead in the ninth minute, finishing with his left foot after Kyle Walker's attempt to convert a David Silva pull-back was blocked.

Four minutes later, the in-form Kevin De Bruyne created the second, powering down the right flank and delivering a pinpoint low cross to Gabriel Jesus, who made no mistake.

Belgian midfielder De Bruyne fired a long-range shot against the bar in the 25th after a swift City counter-attack and then Jesus had a goalbound effort cleared off the line by Kalidou Koulibaly.

Napoli had an opportunity to narrow the deficit in the 38th minute after Kyle Walker gave away a penalty but City's Brazilian keeper Ederson produced a fine save to keep out Dries Mertens' kick.

The Italians were given a second chance from the spot in the 73rd minute, this time Amadou Diawara firing home after Faouzi Ghoujlam was tripped by Fernandinho.

Despite some late pressure from Maurizio Sarri's side, City held on to secure their third straight win and leave them on top of the group with nine points. Napoli are third on three points, three behind second-placed Shakhtar. ]]>
10/18/2017 2:50:00 AM
<![CDATA[NBA is back! ]]>
The Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics have been reinforced with elite players to try to overthrow the current champions.

The Golden State Warriors are looking for their third title in the last four years, and it does not seem that any of the teams that have been strengthened this summer, especially the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in the West, and the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics in the East, can face the potential and versatility of the Warriors.

They maintained the structure of last year, reaffirming their stars with millionaire contracts, and that does not seem to stop their desire to continue adding titles.

Andre Iguadola & Stephen Curry celebrating, NBA Official website
The 82 regular-season games will mark the way for the play-offs, but there seems no doubt that the Warriors, with their starring pair (Stephen Curry-Kevin Durant), will be back in the Western finals, and possibly fighting for the title in the Eastern Conference.

Everything seems to indicate that they will be the same as last year, with the Celtics and Cavaliers both remodeled, but without the options to face the champions.

Kevin Durant's arrival to the Warriors last year meant a clear imbalance in the League and the fierce Western Conference.

In the West, Oklahoma is portrayed as the “big threat” with a first-rate trio. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) award-winner Russell Westbrook will get extra help from newcomers Paul George (ex-Indiana) and Carmelo Anthony (New York).

Also in the West, the Rockets supported James Harden with Chris Paul to revive the team.

Minnesota has also taken the lead with trio Karl Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, but they need a little more time to become a serious contender.

James LeBron with Cleveland Cavaliers in the final against Golden State Warriors, NBA Official website

In the East, they have not changed things too much, although some of the determining players have made opposite ways.

LeBron James wants to return to the finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which could be the last attempt of their star to win another ring for Ohio before going to the Lakers, as rumored.

They have added Isaiah Thomas from the Boston Celtics, although his hip injury will not allow him to debut, possibly until December.

With Kevin Love, Tristan Johnson or JR Smith from the bench, the Cavaliers are a fearsome team in the East. However, they may not have enough weapons.

While the Boston Celtics have lost Isaiah Thomas on their way to their big rival, they have acquired two high-profile pieces: Kyrie Irving, who wants to lead the “Greens” after LeBron's guardianship ends, and Gordon Hayward, the star of Utah Jazz.]]>
10/17/2017 11:06:10 PM
<![CDATA[Heynckes on Rodriguez: He will bring a lot to the Bavarian side]]>
"I know James Rodríguez from his time in Monaco and Real Madrid; he played very well in the World Cup. In Colombia he is a famous player; he has a very good sense of goal and is a good ball handler. He will bring a lot to the club," Heynckes said.

Heynckes, however, did not want to anticipate whether Rodriguez will play on Wednesday or if he will start the game on the bench.

"Logically I will not say now which line-up is going to start tomorrow," he said.
However, in recent days Heynckes had said that at the moment he did not intend to resort to the rotations. So, it is expected that the base of the team is the same that began the duel against Freiburg last Saturday, in which Bayern won with a score of 5-0.
In that match James Rodriguez, who had trained only on Friday due to his commitments with his national team, was on the bench.

Prior to Celtic's game, the only change that is expected is forced by an injury to Javi Martinez, Bayern`s midfielder, in his shoulder.

"I'm not in favor of resorting to players who have injuries. First of all, because they cannot fully perform, and secondly because they can get injured again, so I decided, after talking to the doctors, that Javi will not play the next two matches and then we will see,” he said.

The position of Javi Martinez in the center of the field could be occupied by the Chilean Arturo Vidal who is coming back and recovering from a muscular injury.

"Arturo trained yesterday and today and is willing to play, but the decision will be taken tomorrow," said the coach.

Other candidates to fill the vacancy left by the Spanish player are the French Corenthin Tolisso and the German Sebastian Rudy, who replaced Javi Martinez after his injury in the match against Freiburg.]]>
10/17/2017 10:31:14 PM
<![CDATA[Hossam Ashour to miss African semi-final ]]>
Etoile Sportive du Sahel ended the first leg with a valuable 2-1 victory over Al-Ahly.

Al-Ahly midfielder and captain Hossam Ashour will not be able to play the next game because of a muscular injury he suffered from during the previous match against El Raja in the Egyptian League.

The medical staff confirmed that Ashour’s injury is in the connective muscle; consequently, it will officially prevent him from supporting the Al-Ahly midfield during the important match to be held on Sunday evening.

Also, Walid Soliman and Abdullah El Said have recovered from their injuries, and they will be drafted for the African clash.

Al-Ahly defeated El Raja 4-1 on Monday in the Egyptian League after a great performance by Al-Ahly players.]]>
10/17/2017 10:25:28 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool faces Slovenia’s Maribor]]>
Both Liverpool and Maribor are looking for their first win in Group E. Liverpool has picked up two points from their opening two group matches against Spartak Moscow and Seville which ended with a draw. However, Maribor has one point after its draw against Spartak Moscow and loss against Seville in their last match.

The last time Liverpool faced a Slovenian team, was Olimpija Ljubljana in 2003. It was Steven Gerrard’s first game as the Reds’ captain.

This will be the first game between Maribor and Liverpool. However, Maribor has won only one of their eight games against the English opposition in all competitions. Liverpool failed to win their last seven Champions League games.

10/17/2017 10:23:03 PM
<![CDATA[Marcelo accused of half a million euro tax fraud]]>
The tax authorities believe Marcelo hid 490,917 euros ($578,000) earned from his image rights using a network of shell companies outside of Spain.

According to court documents, Marcelo earned 1,168,764 euros from his image rights in 2013, which were ceded to a Uruguayan company but should have been declared to the Spanish authorities.

Marcelo is just the latest in a series of star players based in Spain to be accused of tax fraud on income related to image rights in the past few years.

Real Madrid's all-time leading scorer Cristiano Ronaldo appeared in court in July over accusations he evaded 14.7 million euros worth of tax between 2011 and 2014.

Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Javier Mascherano received 21-month and one-year suspended sentences respectively after being found guilty of tax fraud over their image rights in 2016.

However, five-time World Player of the Year Messi's sentence was later replaced by a 252,000 euro fine.]]>
10/17/2017 6:43:51 PM
<![CDATA[Qatar Gulf Cup boycott is over Kuwait's FIFA ban: UAE FA]]>
Qatar is hosting in December the Gulf Nations Cup, a tournament that usually involves Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Yemen.

At the competition's draw in Qatar last month, which was boycotted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, organisers said the UAE and Bahrain had requested the tournament be postponed.

Neither country's representatives replied to Reuters' requests for explanation of their absence at the time.

UAE FA President Marwan bin Ghalaita told Reuters in Dubai on Tuesday that his federation has informed organisers that "the Gulf Cup cannot be played without Kuwait", adding that the request was "nothing political". Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in June, including banning their citizens from visiting the fellow Gulf Arab state, over accusations that Qatar supports terrorism. Doha denies the charges.

FIFA banned Kuwait’s national soccer federation in 2015 over alleged government interference and said recently that the suspension would be lifted "only when the Kuwait Football Association (KFA) and its members (the clubs) are able to carry out their activities and obligations independently". Asked if the UAE would compete in Qatar if Kuwait's FIFA ban was lifted, Bin Ghalaita said: "If Kuwait played, this would solve a lot of things".

The Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation (AGCFF) has said the tournament would go ahead, though at least five teams are needed under the competition's current format.

The tournament, which rotates hosts, could be an early test for Qatar which has spent billions of dollars preparing to be the first Arab country to host the World Cup in 2022.]]>
10/17/2017 6:15:14 PM
<![CDATA[PL and Serie A leaders clash on Champions League]]>
Manchester City is the leader of Group F with six points after two wins with clean sheets in matches against Feyenoord and Shakthar Donetsk. Napoli has three points after losing against Shakhtar and defeating Feyenoord.

Man City faced Napoli twice in the Champions League in 2011, drawing 1-1 at home before losing 2-1 away at Stadio San Paolo.

Man City and Napoli are two of the highest-scoring teams in Europe’s top five leagues. Pep Guardiola's men are undefeated in their last 16 games since suffering a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on April 5.

The game will be open, thrilling, and tactical between Pep Guardiola and Maurizio Sarri Napoli’s coach.
10/17/2017 5:50:46 PM
<![CDATA[Italy faces Sweden for the World Cup ticket]]>
The participating teams in the draw are the best eight teams occupying the second place in their groups of the European qualifiers for the World Cup and those teams are: Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland.

The draw was held at FIFA Headquarters at Zurich, and the following teams will face each other:

Northern Ireland vs. Switzerland

Croatia vs. Greece

Denmark vs. Ireland

Sweden vs. Italy

The first leg matches will be held from November 9-11 at the stadiums of the countries mentioned first, and the second leg will be from November 12 - 14.

10/17/2017 5:33:23 PM
<![CDATA[Leicester sack manager Shakespeare - reports]]>
Shakespeare assumed a caretaker role in February after Claudio Ranieri, who led Leicester to a stunning Premier League title triumph in 2015-16, was dismissed with the club mired in relegation trouble.

The 53-year-old led Leicester away from trouble and steered them into the Champions League quarter-finals where they lost narrowly to Atletico Madrid.

Leicester have won only one of their eight Premier League games this season and are third-bottom of the table.

Shakespeare's last game in charge was Monday's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion. ]]>
10/17/2017 5:31:23 PM
<![CDATA[Madrid hosts the Spurs ]]>
The 12 time title holder, Real Madrid, will host Tottenham Hotspur at Santiago Bernabeu at 8:45 p.m. (CLT).

The two teams \played and won two matches against two other teams in group H, where Real Madrid defeated APOEL Nicosia 3-0 in the first round, and Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the second round. Tottenham Hotspur beat Dortmund 3-1 in the first round and APOEL 3-0 in the second round, so with these results Madrid and the Spurs come in the same rank, with six points each and no goal difference between them.

In the history of Tottenham, they had faced Real Madrid four times, but never won any of the matches. The first time was on March 6, 1985 at UEFA Cup and ended with a 1-0 victory for Madrid, followed by a negative draw in the same year and month. The third and fourth times were at UEFA Champions League season 2010/2011, where the first leg match ended with a four goal victory for Madrid with no reply from Tottenham, and the second leg, at Tottenham’s stadium, also ended with the home team’s loss (1-0).
10/17/2017 5:03:22 PM
<![CDATA[Frazier, Judge power Yankees over Astros]]>
After dropping the first two games of the best-of-seven series in Houston, the Yankees bounced back before a sell-out crowd of 49,373 at Yankee Stadium to trim the Astros' series lead to 2-1.

Aaron Judge, the rookie sensation and AL Most Valuable Player candidate, broke out of his playoff slump with a two-out, three-run home run off of Astros relief pitcher Charlie Morton that highlighted a five-run fourth inning.

Judge came up big defensively as well, with a leaping catch into the right field wall in the top of the fourth that denied Yuli Gurriel at least an extra base hit and possibly a home run.

Judge's diving catch of a ball hit by Cameron Maybin gave the Yankees their first out of the fifth.

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia pitched six gritty, scoreless innings.

Frazier gave Sabathia some early breathing room with a two-out, three-run homer off of Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton in the bottom of the second inning.

Judge came into the game in a 4-for-31 slump in these playoffs -- including 19 strikeouts -- said he was pleased to provide support for Sabathia.

"It felt good to put a couple more runs on the board for CC," Judge said of his home run. "He was working his butt off, did a great job tonight, and just to add those extra couple of runs was huge for us."

Sabathia allowed three hits in six scoreless innings, striking out five. He's 10-0 this season when pitching following a Yankees defeat.

The 37-year old pitcher was making his 22nd post-season start, and produced his first scoreless playoff outing.

"It's weird," he said. "Me being 37, smoke and mirrors, getting a shutout. "I wanted to come out and try to give it everything I could to throw strikes and have a good performance."

New York took the lead in the second. Starlin Castro sparked the two-out rally with an infield single. Aaron Hicks followed with a single to left-center before third baseman Frazier smacked a fastball that was down and outside into the right field stands.

"That home run I hit, it was unorthodox, but I'll take a hundred like it," he said.

'Swing happy' -
While the Astros' big bats struggled -- Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa were a combined 1-for-8 at the plate -- Houston avoided being blanked when they posted their lone run in the ninth on a bases-loaded walk by Alex Bregman.

"CC was really good because he didn't make a lot of mistakes," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "He can pitch with the elevated fastball. He's got a pretty good breaking ball, especially when he gets you in the swing mode.

"We were a little swing happy tonight against him and he took advantage of being able to pitch to the outer parts of the strike zone."

The Yankees will try to level the series when they host game four on Tuesday.

The winner of the series will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or Chicago Cubs in the World Series.

The Dodgers lead the reigning champion Cubs 2-0 in the National League Championship Series with game three on Tuesday in Chicago.]]>
10/17/2017 1:03:25 PM
<![CDATA[Al Hilal eyes AFC CL Final]]>
Al Hilal enters the game with a strong offense that consists of Omar Kharbin, Carlos Eduardo and Salem Aldossari, but the team will miss their biggest star, Nawaf El Abed, for muscle injury.

“We are ready, and we seek to win tomorrow’s match to qualify for the final. We performed well in the first leg though we were missing a player in the second half, and we have the desire to play tomorrow at the same level,” Al Hilal manager, Ramon Diaz, told press on Monday.

On the other hand Persepolis fans seek for a comeback against Al Hilal though they are missing their top scorer, Mehdi Taremi.

It is worth mentioning that Al Hilal defeated Persepolis 4-0 in the first leg. Omar Kharbin scored three goals, while Yasser El Shahrani scored the fourth.]]>
10/17/2017 10:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Jenas: Lallana should be in the starting line-up instead of Salah]]>
The Egypt international has been a standout player for Liverpool this season following a summer move from Roma. He has scored 6 goals and registered 2 assists in his first 12 games with the Merseyside club.

“If I think about Liverpool’s best team, he’s in it. I’d leave Salah out,” Jenas told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Lallana was able to help his team return to the Champions League after scoring nine goals and making eight assists in the Premier League last season.

“There were games where Lallana dragged Liverpool through games and got important points. They saw their best of Adam Lallana last year. The only problem is he doesn’t stay fit long enough,” he added.

Liverpool currently sits sixth in the league table with 13 points, and their next game will be against NK Maribor in the Champions League on Tuesday.]]>
10/17/2017 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Guardiola refuses to compare De Bruyne with Messi ]]>
“The best is just one. I wouldn't help him (De Bruyne) comparing to Messi. Messi is apart. He is a guy who scored 60 goals a season," Guardiola told press on Monday ahead of Man City’s game against Napoli in the UEFA Champions League.

Guardiola coached Lionel Messi in Barcelona for four years from 2009 to 2012.

Guardiola praised Kevin De Bruyne, saying, “He is an amazing player; a humble guy. All his teammates love him. He wants to play every game and fight until the end.”

Guardiola added, “If you want Kevin to be considered one of the best, he has to win titles. We are here to help him achieve that.”

Kevin De Bruyne scored a goal and provided five assists to lead Manchester City to top the Premier League with 22 points after eight games. ]]>
10/17/2017 1:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Lion bite rugby player Baldwin feared he could lose his hand]]>
The 28-year-old -- who was described as 'stupid' by his Ospreys coach Steve Tandy following the biting incident at a game reserve prior to their Pro14 match with the Cheetahs -- was told by a doctor treating him his hand might have to come off because it had been infected.

"The infection was the major issue," he told the BBC on Monday.

"The next day it started tracking up my arm. The surgeon said there was a chance I could lose my hand.

"The bite went straight through the other side of the hand, but I was really lucky it didn't hit any tendons or ligaments.

"The surgeon said it was like winning the lottery, he said it was the best possible outcome considering I had been bitten by a lion."

Baldwin, who became a social media sensation when video of the incident surfaced, underwent two operations before being allowed to fly back to Wales.

"The first day our doctor cleaned it out and stitched it up," he said.

"But the following day we went to the hospital after it had become infected.

"I had my first operation on the Thursday, second operation on the Friday, and then I was allowed to fly home Saturday on the understanding I had an IV drip and went straight to hospital when I got back.

"I was transferred to Morrison hospital in Swansea to see a plastic surgeon, and he cleaned it out once more.

"Because they had packed it with all stuff to stop the infection, my skin was so loose he didn't have to take a skin graft, so I was really fortunate there."

Baldwin, who has been with Ospreys since 2009 and has won 34 caps, says he hopes he could be back in action even this weekend in their Champions Cup clash with two-time champions Saracens.

"I've had the stitches out, and hopefully will be back in training sometime in the coming week," he said..

"I'm hoping to be available for this week, if all things go well. But that's my thought process, I don't know about the coaches and medical teams, but that's what I've got in my head.

"Steve Tandy has said we just need to get past it now. It is what it is, we just need to move on now."]]>
10/17/2017 12:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Why is Napoli the hardest test for Guardiola?]]>
The match is awaited by many, as the two teams are examples of fast attacking football, with a team that scored 26 goals in Seria A and the other reached a number that has not been achieved for more than 120 years with 29 goals in the English territory.

Manchester City has become more sophisticated and more reflective of their coach's ideas than last season. Gradually, Mauricio Sari has reaped the fruits of years of working with the poor of the south to get his fans to think about the Diego Maradona age again.

But it may be the most important station for Pep Guardiola at this stage of the season, the station that will put his ideas on a real test from a team that offers ideas that are closely related to his ideas; a test that could give a bigger push forward towards the Champions League title.

The Spanish coach acknowledges the difficulty of the match and explains that the difference in the style between English teams he has encountered in the league and the style of the Partenopei is the real reason for his fear of this confrontation.

“We have to adapt to Napoli style; they have a style of play that is different from what we see in the English Premier League. Napoli does a lot of things, and they do it perfectly,” he said.

“Napoli is able to put pressure on our goalkeeper; they can kill you with high pressure,” he said in a previous statement.

This leads us to a quick comparison between the two sides in terms of numbers. Both teams have an accurate pass rate, which reached 90 percent with Napoli and almost the same with Manchester City, which reached 89 percent.

On the possession side, Guardiola's men are up to 63 percent, and Napoli is 4 percent less. But in terms of opportunities, Napoli made 122 chances against 117 chances for Manchester City.

Numbers are close between the two teams and the difference is not great.

The other fact is that the defense of both teams is solid and has quality. Four goals were received by goalkeeper Ederson and five goals received by Pepe Reina, but the most important fact is that Man City has not faced such a quick and strong team as Napoli.

Despite the strong performances of Manchester City in the English Premier League, no one can ignore the fact that Guardiola has not faced a team that put high pressure on his defense yet.

When Man City played against Chelsea, Antonio Conte was forced back to defend and depended on the counterattack, as was his habit, and he scored six points from Man City last season.

Liverpool’s match, despite a five-goal win, cannot be ignored, because the game was a contest between the two sides until the 37th minute, when Sadio Mane got a red card and things turned upside down. Another fact is that Liverpool's defense, which received 12 goals, is not as strong as the defense of Sarri sons.

And even the only team - Shakhtar Donetsk - which Guardiola sees that their play is in a manner similar to Napoli, City achieved a hard victory over Shakhtar with two goals, and the second goal scored in the last seconds of the match, which saw the goalkeeper Ederson Moraes shining on more than one occasion.

Despite Guardiola's fear, he expressed confidence in his players, saying, “I will show Napoli how well my players are.”]]>
10/16/2017 10:30:39 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly destroys El Raja before Etoile clash ]]>
Al Ahly entered the game well, as Ahmed Fathi scored the first goal after six minutes with a great strike from outside the area.

Al Ahly waited 14 minutes to score the second goal by Moamen Zakaria, while the third goal came from Junior Ajayi after a great assist from Walid Azaro to end the first half 3-0.

Ahmed Said scored El Raja’s only goal in the game in the 54th minute, but Saad Samir scored the fourth goal for Al Ahly only five minutes later.

Al Ahly captain Hossam Ahour got substituted after a muscle injury during the game, which could rule him out of the Etoile clash.

Al Ahly plays against Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel on Sunday, October 22 at Borg El Arab Stadium in the CAF Champions League semi-finals second leg. Al Ahly lost the first leg in Tunisia 2-1.]]>
10/16/2017 9:42:45 PM
<![CDATA[Germany, USA qualify to FIFA U-17 WC quarter-finals]]>
Germany started the game well, and Jann-Fiete Arp scored the first goal for Germany six minutes from the start after a fatal mistake from the Colombian goalkeeper.

Yann Aurel Bisseck scored the second goal for Germany with a header in the 39th minute to end the first half 2-0 for Germany.

John Yeboah scored the third for Germany in the 48th minute, while the fourth goal came from Jann-Fiete Arp in the 64th minute.

The USA team destroyed Paraguay 5-0 after a great performance from their winger, Timothy Weah.

Weah opened the scoring for USA in the 18th minute, and he scored the second goal from a great shot in the 53th minute.

USA’s third goal in the game came from Andrew Carleton, while Josh Sargent scored the fourth goal, before Weah ended the game by scoring the fifth goal for USA in the game.

India hosts the FIFA U-17 World Cup from October 6-28. ]]>
10/16/2017 9:05:30 PM
<![CDATA[Benzema, the man behind Diaz's transfer to Lyon]]>
The Spanish-born Dominican, Diaz has a great start with Lyon this season as the player scored 7 goals in 9 games with Lyon to be the club’s top goal scorer.

Diaz, 24, played alongside Benzema in 2017 in Real Madrid but the French performance affected Diaz participation with the team and he decided to leave the club to join Lyon.

“Mariano is great and I am thankful for the person [Benzema] who suggested that he'd be the ideal player for us,” Lyon’s President, Jean-Michel Aulas told the press on Monday.

Benzema, born in Lyon, is a die-hard Lyon fan. He joined the club when he was 9 years old and got promoted through the youth rankings till he represented the first team in 2004 and played there for 5 years before joining Real Madrid in 2009.]]>
10/16/2017 8:30:45 PM
<![CDATA[Pochettino urges Kane to become Tottenham's Totti]]>
Former Italy forward Totti spent 24 years in Roma's first team, making his debut in 1993 and retiring last May aged 40. He played 786 games and scored 307 goals for the Serie A side and was reduced to tears after an emotional 3-2 win over Genoa in his final game at the Olympic Stadium.

Kane, 24, has scored 13 times in his last nine matches for club and country and has been the focus of media attention before Tuesday's blockbuster clash in the Champions League between Spurs and Real Madrid, and was featured on the cover of newspaper Marca on Monday.

Speaking at a news conference, Pochettino was asked if one day Kane could be tempted to move to 12-time European champions Real, but the coach instead urged the player to remain a one-club man.

"He (Kane) was really emotional when he watched Totti's last game with Roma and maybe it could inspire him. Maybe Harry could have the same type of career with Tottenham," Pochettino said.

"The most important thing is that he is happy in Tottenham, who knows what will happen tomorrow, but he's identified with the club where he grew up, he's a player who loves scoring goals he loves putting on the shirt."

Pochettino likened going to Real's Santiago Bernabeu as a footballing baptism and Tuesday will be the first time Kane plays at the famous stadium.

The England striker also received high praise from Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.

"He is a fundamental player for Tottenham, he is very good in every aspect, but the best thing about him is that he's always got the goal on his mind," said Zidane, who has won the Champions League as a player and twice as a manager with Real.

"He's a very complete player even though he does not look it, but he always turns up when he needs to."

Kane's Spanish teammate Fernando Llorente meanwhile said the striker "turns everything he touches into a goal".


As well as encouraging Kane to remain at Spurs, Pochettino said he himself would be happy to extend his stay at the club, whose fortunes he has radically transformed since taking over in 2014, helped by Kane's explosive rise from the academy.

Asked if he could one day be tempted to succeed Zidane and take charge of Real Madrid, he added: "I'm very happy here. Daniel Levy (Tottenham chairman) has said he'd be happy to offer me a 15-year contract here. If he did, I'd be ready to sign it."]]>
10/16/2017 8:29:15 PM
<![CDATA[Ronaldinho reveals real reason behind his departure from Barcelona]]>
The press reports indicated that Ronaldinho had left Barcelona in 2008 and joined AC Milan because of Guardiola's decision then to dispense with the Brazilian star alongside Deco and Samuel Eto'o.

But in Ronaldinho's interview with the Catalan channel “TV3”, he said, “My departure from Barcelona was my personal decision, because I achieved everything with the team and I was looking for a new challenge.”

He added, “I have a good relationship with Pep Guardiola, because my brother was working with him at Nike.”

“It was clear to everyone that I wanted to take on a new challenge somewhere else, and Barcelona would always be my favorite place,” he said.

“When he joined the first team he was very young and I loved him very much, and now we are friends, and I was happy after I assisted his first goal,” he said when asked about assisting the first goal for Lionel Messi.

When he asked about his former coach Rijkaard, he said, “He was the best coach I've ever worked with. He was calm, and everyone did not feel the timing of his presence as coach.”

“I reject the comparison between Rijkaard and Guardiola,” he said, adding, “In both cases, Barcelona won titles and was at good form.”

It is noteworthy that Ronaldinho participated with Barcelona in 207 appearances, and he scored 94 goals.]]>
10/16/2017 8:26:47 PM
<![CDATA[On this day - Al Ahly crowned sixth African Champions League title]]>
Al Ahly played the game on November 16, 2008 at Stade Omnisport de Garoua, Cameroon, in the second leg of the African Champions League final, after winning the first leg 2-0.

The match saw Al Ahly advance through Ahmed Hassan’s goal in the 38th minute of the first half, before Coton equalized with a goal by Lasana Abdalkarim in the 45th minute.

The cotton players managed to score the second goal in the 63rd minute through Ousmaila Baba, before Shady Mohammed scored the equalizer through a penalty in the 89th minute.

Al Ahly played the game with legendary midfielders, with the presence of Mohammed Aboutrika next to Mohammed Barakat and Ahmed Hassan behind the striker Flávio Amado.]]>
10/16/2017 8:02:20 PM
<![CDATA[Ahly, Zamalek to Tunisia for African Handball Champions League ]]>
Zamalek plays in Group B along with Red Star from Ivory Coast, Widad Smara from Morocco, Al-Ittihad from Libya, and Phoenix from Gabon.

Zamalek manager, Magdi Abo El Magd’s chosen squad for the tournament consists of Hassan Yousri, Ahmed Al-Ahmar, Mohamed Abdel Salam, Hisham El-Sobki, Mustafa Tamer, Mostafa El Sayed, Karim Ayman, Ali Hisham, Mohamed Ali Abdel Muttalib, Yehia Khaled, Ali Hazem, Mohamed Ramadan, Alaa Emad, Mohamed Alaa, Mahmoud Khalil, Akram Yusri, Wissam Samy and Massoud Barkos.

Al-Ahly plays in Group C alongside Al Ahly Tripoli from Libya, HC OKA from Congo, FANZ HB from Cameroon and the host team, AS Hammamet.

Ahly manager, Assem Hammad’s chosen squad for the tournament consists of Hadi Refaat, El Sayed Mohamed, Mohamed Essam, Mohamed Abdel Wareth, Mohamed Ibrahim, Omar Haggag, Mostafa Khalil, Mamdouh Taha, Amr El Kalioubi, Mahmoud Zaki, Mahmoud Fayez, Omar El Wakil, Mahmoud Assem, Ahmed Hossam, Ibrahim El Masry, Islam Hassan, Ahmed Abdel Rahman and Abdel Hamid El Sayed.]]>
10/16/2017 7:59:33 PM
<![CDATA[Mike Ashley puts Newcastle United up for sale]]>
"As one of the Premier League's oldest and best supported football clubs - and for the benefit of its many fans and supporters in the UK and across the world - Newcastle United requires a clear direction and a path to a bright and successful future," the club said in a statement.

"To give the club the best possible opportunity of securing the positioning and investment necessary to take it to the next level, at what is an important time in its history, its present ownership has determined that it is in the best interests of Newcastle United and its fans for the club to be put up for sale."

The club said they were willing to listen to offers that would be capable of "delivering sustained investment" towards achieving their ambitions in the top flight.

Newcastle have been relegated twice since Ashley took charge in 2007. After winning promotion to the Premier League last season, Rafa Benitez's side are ninth in the standings with 11 points from eight games.]]>
10/16/2017 7:55:43 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly to play every 2 days if it wins CAF Champions League ]]>
“We allowed every team to add 30 players to their list to be able to play in different competitions,” Hussein told Egypt Today.

Hussein added, “We have to end all domestic competitions by May 20 to afford Egypt’s national team proper time to prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.”

Al Ahly plays against Tunisian club Etoile du Sahel on Sunday, October 22 at Borg El Arab Stadium in the CAF Champions League semi-finals second leg. Al Ahly lost the first leg in Tunisia 2-1.

Al Ahly, if it qualifies to the CAF Champions League final, would play the final in November, and if the team won the title, it would participate in the FIFA Club World Cup in UAE from December 6-16.]]>
10/16/2017 6:52:39 PM
<![CDATA[Cuper was not EFA’S first choice to manage national team]]>
Allam was EFA president when they appointed Hector Cuper to replace Shawky Gharieb as Egypt manager in 2015.

“The French manager, Alain Giresse, was our first choice, and Hassan Shehata was the second choice, but at the end we appointed Cuper,” Allam told El Hadaf Radio program.

Allam added, “Cuper’s lawyer arrived in Cairo to negotiate with us. He asked for €120,000 ($141,727) a month, but at the end we agreed on $65,000 a month.”

Cuper, 61, managed to lead Egypt’s national team to the 2017 African Cup of Nations final, when Egypt lost to Cameroon 2-1.

Cuper’s biggest achievement with the Pharaohs is leading them to the 2018 World Cup in Russia after 28 years of absence, as Egypt’s national team last played in the World Cup in 1990 in Italy.]]>
10/16/2017 6:44:24 PM
<![CDATA[Supreme Council of Culture to host Farida Osman ]]>
Osman (The Golden Fish) will talk about her swimming journey and how she manages her time between training and studying.

She also will speak about training and her victories in sports.

This year, Osman managed to get the first medal in swimming competitions for Egypt in the history.

Fragmented from a promotional material [Photo: Event Official Facebook page]
The lecture is a part of the second season of “Al-Molhem” (The Important).

“Al-Molhem” is a collaboration cultural project between the Supreme Council of Culture and Tahrir Lounge.

“Al-Molhem” project aims to host a number of Egyptian and German authors, thinkers and scientists to enhance young people's creativity and critical thinking. ]]>
10/16/2017 6:19:34 PM
<![CDATA['Revolutionary' Nowitzki suits up for 20th season with Mavericks]]>
Nowitzki brought a new quality to the NBA two decades ago -- a big man as comfortable hitting an outside jump shot as banging the boards -- and in doing so forced other teams to adjust the way they defended.

“He’s revolutionary,” Chuck Cooperstein, the Mavericks' play-by-play radio announcer, said in a telephone interview.

“The concept of the stretch forward did not exist until Dirk appeared. Until then you wanted your seven-footers to be close to the basket, posting up and drawing fouls.

“This is a credit to Don Nelson, Dirk’s first coach here in Dallas.

Don saw a particular skill, that singular ability to shoot the ball that really could change the geometry of the floor.”

The 7-foot (2.13 metres) Nowitzki, who won league most valuable player honors in 2007, is one of very few tall players with a career shooting percentage approaching 50 percent from the floor, 40 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the foul line.

He is the highest non-American scorer in NBA history, ranked sixth overall with 30,260 points during the regular season at an average of 21.7 per game.

And Nowitzki has done it all with the Mavericks. When he starts the new season on Wednesday, he will become only the second player after Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) to play 20 seasons with the same team.

It has been quite a journey for Nowitzki, who played tennis and handball as a youngster before switching to basketball, a sport compatible with his height.

He was the ninth overall pick in the 1999 draft, taken by the Milwaukee Bucks and immediately dealt to Dallas.

The architect of the Mavericks’ only NBA championship in 2011, he signed a one-year guaranteed $5 million deal that had some observers saying he was too nice a guy for not maximizing his value.

"Dirk has been criticized in some quarters for not holding a billionaire (owner Mark Cuban) over a barrel,” Cooperstein said.

“Dirk has never used a super agent. He’s never been part of that culture. He’s left a lot of money on the table to allow the Mavericks the ultimate flexibility to do whatever they want.”

Not that Nowitzki will have to worry about bouncing a check any time soon.

“The man has still made over $240 million over his career,” said Cooperstein. “He’s not going hungry.”

Nowitzki’s down-to-earth personality in a league full of large egos has been well documented, and Cooperstein has seen it first hand, including the time he saw the player help the team’s equipment personnel unload luggage from the team bus at 2 a.m. during a road trip.

Why has Nowitzki remained so grounded?

“I think it’s his background,” said Cooperstein. “Coming from Germany, which did not have a huge basketball culture, he didn’t grow up in the (American college) pipeline, being told from the age of 13 he’d be the next big thing.

“He gets it on every imaginable level. He’s never sold shoes, appeared in commercials, because that’s never been his thing but he’s adored by the players.

“The stars around the league have a tremendous respect for how he plays and for his contribution to the game.”]]>
10/16/2017 5:21:56 PM
<![CDATA[ Egypt retains 30th place in October FIFA ranking]]>
Despite retaining the 30th rank, Egypt lost the top rank in the list of the Arab and African teams in the monthly classification published Monday by the International Federation of Football Association "FIFA." Egypt is expected to be in the third classification in the draw of the 2018 World Cup, held on December 1 at the Russian capital, Moscow.

Egypt beat Congo Brazzaville 2-1 on October 8 in Group E of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, securing its seat at the World Cup after a 28-year absence before the final round of the qualifiers.

Tunisia jumped three places to be the 28th in the world ranking, and to top the list of Arab and African teams, while Senegal comes in the 32nd place in the world ranking and occupies the third place in the African teams list.

As usual the World Cup consists of eight groups, each group includes four teams from each classification, and Egypt is now in the third classification and will be in a group with a first, second and fourth classification teams. Let’s review the qualified teams in their classifications:

First classification: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Poland, Belgium, France.

Second classification: Spain, Peru, Switzerland 'in case of qualifying', England, Colombia, Italy (if it qualifies), Mexico, Uruguay.

Third classification: Egypt, Tunisia (if it qualifies), Costa Rica, Iceland, Croatia (if it qualifies), Denmark (if it qualifies).

Fourth classification: Senegal (if it qualifies), Iran, Nigeria, Serbia, Australia (if it qualifies), Japan, Morocco (if it qualifies), Saudi Arabia.

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10/16/2017 4:08:16 PM
<![CDATA[Indonesia on track for 2018 Asian Games: OCA]]>
With under a year until the opening ceremony, Indonesia is racing to renovate stadiums and secure major sponsors for the event, which is larger than the Olympics both in terms of the number of sports and competitors.

The cities of Jakarta and Palembang on the island of Sumatra plan to welcome around 10,000 athletes from 45 countries, competing in 40 sports from August 18 to September 2, 2018.

OCA President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah said Monday he was pleased with Indonesia's progress.

"We are moving in the right direction for the Games," he told AFP after meeting Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

"I feel more comfortable that the Games is going in the right way."

Indonesia was awarded the Games in 2014 after the original host Vietnam withdrew due to financial problems, but the late decision meant the Indonesians had four years to prepare instead of the usual six.

When the OCA visited in March it said the country faced huge challenges, raising concerns about a lack of coordination.

Observers also questioned the suitability of the athletes' village and transport to and from venues in a city notorious for traffic congestion.

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said Sunday there was no issue with preparation.

"The sponsorship from within and outside of Indonesia has been progressing well and therefore we hope the event will go well," he said at a press conference.

Indonesia last hosted the Asian Games in 1962 in Jakarta and for many Indonesians the Games will be a chance to showcase the country's sporting and economic success.

10/16/2017 3:25:11 PM
<![CDATA[Motorcycling-Dovizioso holds off Marquez in Japanese thriller]]>
In a white-knuckle battle in appalling conditions at the Twin Ring circuit, Dovizioso snatched the lead from championship leader Marquez in a dramatic last lap after the swashbuckling Spaniard made a rare mistake when rounding a corner.

The Italian's nerve-jangling win by 0.249 seconds trimmed the Honda rider's lead to 11 points with three races left in the season.

Danilo Petrucci finished third on a non-works Ducati, his fourth podium for the season, while Maverick Vinales' faint title hopes were all but extinguished after a disappointing ninth for Yamaha.

Spaniard Vinales heads to Phillip Island in Australia 41 points adrift of three-times MotoGP champion Marquez, who improved to 244 points in the title race.

The dogged Dovizioso was beaming, however, having completed a brilliant race from ninth on the grid and fended off the series' most fearsome competitor.

Defending champion Marquez looked to have it won after he burned past Dovizioso with three laps left but he gave up precious momentum on the final lap with a slide at turn eight.

Thrown from his seat and all but crashing, Marquez did well to regain control but the error allowed Dovizioso enough ground to mount a final daring raid.

"The rear tyre was completely gone," Dovizioso said track-side after grabbing his fifth win of the season.

"But he did a mistake so I was able to catch him and I did a perfect corner at turn 10."

Marquez all but brushed Dovizioso's rear wheel as he attacked at the last corner but could find no way through.

"It was an amazing race, I mean the two guys that are fighting for the championship are fighting to the last corner," said Marquez without a trace of disappointment.

"I did a few mistakes especially at turn eight, I lose a lot."

Suzuki savoured an encouraging weekend, with Andrew Iannone and Alex Rins finishing fourth and fifth respectively.

Three-times MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo fought to the front briefly in the early laps but faded to sixth for Ducati, while Italian great Valentino Rossi's forgettable weekend ended mid-race with a fall.

Alex Marquez won the Moto2 category for Kalex, with Honda's Romano Fenati claiming the Moto3.]]>
10/16/2017 3:14:22 PM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly faces El Raja in week 3]]>
The champions of the previous version of the Egyptian Premier League, Al Ahly, are going to meet El Raja, the team that recently joined the Premier League from the second division, in a delayed match from the third week of the Egyptian League.

Al Ahly has played only two matches in the local league because of the national breaks, as the league stops during the African qualifiers to the World Cup, in addition to Al Ahly’s matches in the African Champions League. Al Ahly is now in 13th place with four points.

Meanwhile, El Raja is in last place, as the team has no points from the four games it had played. The team was expected to have good results with the start of the competition because of its coach Emad El Nahas, who had great results with Aswan SC when he had managed the team.

Hossam El Badry, Al Ahly’s head coach, has chosen 20 players for the game: Mohamed Al Shenawy, Ahmed Adel, Ali Maloul, Ramy Rabiea, Saad Samir, Moamed Hany, Ahmed Fathy, Hossam Ashour, Mo’men Zakaria, Junior Ajayi, Walid Azarou, Ahmed Hamoudy, Ahmed El Sheikh, Mohamed Naguib, Karim Walid, Ahmed Yasser Rayan, Amr Al Soulaya, Mohamed Gaber, Hussein El Sayed, Saleh Gomaa and Akram Tawfiq, according to Youm7.

Egypt Today chose the eleven most expected to represent the red shirts of Al Ahly as follows:

Goalkeeper: Mohamed Al Shenawy.

Defenders: Ali Maloul, Ramy Rabiea, Saad Samir, Moamed Hany.

Midfielders: Amr Al Soulaya, Hossam Ashour, Saleh Gomaa.

Forwards: Ahmed Hamoudy, Junior Ajayi, Walid Azarou.
10/16/2017 3:07:15 PM
<![CDATA[Napoli owner wants top players rested against Man City]]>
Napoli lead Serie A after winning their first eight games and De Laurentiis suggested that Saturday's home league match against second-placed Inter Milan was just as important.

"I think that in this game, the players with more playing time should be rested in order to preserve them," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"The Inter match is around the corner and it is just as important. We have to approach the Inter match in a more considered way," he added.

"In Europe, we should only worry about getting to the next stage, not about winning every match."

City lead Group F with six points from two games, followed by Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk who have three each while Feyenoord have lost their opening two matches.

The top two in each group qualify for the last 16.

"I say that we need to evaluate everything and adopt the right strategy," De Laurentiis added. "I'm lucky to have a coach who's a great strategist.”]]>
10/16/2017 3:01:51 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool's Ox struggling to find his feet]]>
The 24-year-old England international, who signed from Arsenal in August for 35 million pounds ($47 million), has yet to begin a Premier League game for his new team.

Against Manchester United on Saturday he was granted a forgettable 12 minutes, following on from nine at Newcastle United and 12 against Burnley and Leicester City. He came on at halftime against Manchester City when Liverpool were two goals and a man down.

Oxlade-Chamberlain's only start was in the League Cup defeat by Leicester and he has chalked up less than 200 minutes on the field since becoming one of Liverpool's most expensive signings.

Juergen Klopp's decision not to unleash him on United said much about Oxlade-Chamberlain's lack of progress. With Sadio Mane injured, he could have played on the wing but the manager opted to push Philippe Coutinho wide and bring Emre Can into midfield.

Klopp justified his decision by suggesting that Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has 30 England caps and been playing at the top level for seven years, needed more time to adapt to the Liverpool way.

"We play different to Arsenal, that's clear," the German said. "It doesn't mean we play better or worse, just different."


By contrast, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool's other main summer signing, has fitted in seamlessly even though he arrived with much less Premier League experience.

Oxlade-Chamberlain hardly helped himself by missing a close-range chance against Newcastle, but it is not the start he was hoping for after rejecting a new contact at Arsenal and the chance to join Chelsea because he was keen to work under Klopp.

Ironically, part of the problem may lie with his versatility, which is probably what attracted Liverpool in the first place. Since making his debut as a precocious 16-year-old with Southampton, Oxlade-Chamberlain has struggled to establish himself in one position.

He said he wanted to become a central midfielder "like Steven Gerrard" at Liverpool but he faces stiff competition for places with England's Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana, Germany's Can and Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum vying for two slots alongside Coutinho. Guinean Naby Keita has also been signed for next season.

Klopp's challenge is to harness Oxlade-Chamberlain's raw pace and power and make him a more consistent performer, but former Liverpool winger John Barnes is among those calling for patience.

"We're too quick to judge. When players come in and do well we say they are fantastic. And if they aren't in the team and don't start, we say it's a disaster. It's not," Barnes told the Evening Standard.

"I think he's a fantastic player. He's probably a reflection of the team. He's come to be part of a good team and because the team has been inconsistent, maybe he's been inconsistent."

A place in the starting line-up against Slovenian side Maribor would be a welcome opportunity for Oxlade-Chamberlain to showcase his ability. ]]>
10/16/2017 2:05:07 PM
<![CDATA[Red-hot Kane gives Spurs cause for Real optimism - Llorente]]>
England striker Kane leads the scoring charts in Europe's elite competition with five goals in Spurs' games against Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia, one more than Cristiano Ronaldo.

Kane has also six strikes in the Premier League and has scored 13 times in his last nine matches for club and country, but the acid test will come against Real at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

"We have great players who are capable of playing very good football and we have Harry Kane, who at the moment is turning everything he touches into a goal," Spaniard Llorente said in an interview with Marca newspaper.

"There isn't a great deal of difference among the top teams in Europe and I'd count Tottenham among them."

Real have flattered to deceive in La Liga this season as they bid to defend the Spanish title for the first time since 2008, dropping points in four of their eight games, but like Spurs they have won both Champions League matches, convincingly beating APOEL and Dortmund.

They sit third in the domestic standings, five points behind leaders Barcelona and scraped an unconvincing 2-1 win at Getafe on Saturday thanks to a late strike from Ronaldo.

Llorente, who helped Juventus knock Madrid out of the 2014-15 Champions League semi-finals, recognised that Zidane's side are one of the top teams in the world but he believes Spurs can still find chinks in their armour.

"You have to keep their best players under control, you can't just try and take the ball off them because they are much better in possession now and when they don't have it they are still very dangerous on the counter-attack," added Llorente, who has also played for Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, Swansea City and the Spanish national team.

"Madrid can kill you off easily because they have more quality and are more effective than most teams, but they always give you a chance.]]>
10/16/2017 1:24:40 PM
<![CDATA[Dele Alli wants to be the highest-paid in Tottenham]]>
Currently, Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris are the highest-paid Tottenham players, earning £100,000 a week.

However, the young English striker wants to move from £50,000 to £120,000 a week, a substantial increase in the record despite still having four years left on the contract he signed last year.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are very keen to sign the English footballer. The Whites are also interested in signing Kane, and Barcelona have him in their sights in case the team fails to sign Philippe Coutinho.

10/16/2017 9:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[FIFA to investigate Paris Saint-Germain’s president]]>
They accusehim of corruption in the allocation of broadcast rights to the World Cups of 2026 and 2030 for the Middle East and North Africa.

Paris Saint-Germain`s President, who also chairs the powerful television network “BeIn Sports,” met this weekend in Doha, Qatar with his legal advisers, reinforced by the famous French lawyer Francis Szpiner. Szpiner is known for having defended, among others, French President Jacques Chirac.

The president of Paris Saint-Germain is being investigated by the Public Prosecutor of the Swiss Confederation. He, along with the former general secretary of FIFA, Jérôme Valcke, are under investigation for alleged corruption and disloyal management in the management of television rights in the world of football.

Jerome Valcke - Reuters

The private investigation was opened on March 20, 2017, but the prosecution did not report until Thursday October 12. That was the day Valcke testified before the investigators, according to a statement from the Public Prosecutor's Office.

The office of the Prosecutor suspects that a number of crimes may have been committed, including corruption, unfair administration and fraud.

Specifically, the statement indicates that it suspected that Valcke accepted bribes after granting the television rights in several countries of the world-wide ones of 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030.

In the case of beIN Sports` president, the bribes would relate to the World Cup in 2026 and 2030.

In the framework of the investigation, simultaneous registrations were carried out in Spain, France, Greece and Italy.

The Ministry thanked the judicial authorities of these countries for their collaboration.
The office of the Prosecutor recalled that there is another open investigation against Valcke and that elements discovered during the investigations allowed a glimpse into enough illegal behaviors to open the second investigation.]]>
10/16/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[GOT stars' favorite football teams ]]>
The stars in the show appeared defending for their families’ pride but these people in real life have another thing to have passion for, football.

1- Sean Bean, played Eddard Stark role in the show is a die-hard Sheffield United fan and he has a tattoo on his left shoulder that reads “100% blade,” which is the nickname of Sheffield United.

Bean, born in Sheffield was one of Sheffield United board of directors to help the club he loves.

In 1996, Bean starred in a movie “When Saturday Comes,” which talks about a player coming from non-league to make history with Sheffield United.
Sean Bean, Twitter

2- Joe Dempsie, plays Gendry in the show has another thing to do in the real life than making swords in the show.

Dempsie supports one of the historic teams in England, Nottingham Forest. The man who did not know he has a royal blood in most of the show really knows the great history of the team he loves as Nottingham Forest won two Champions League titles in a row in 1979 and 1980.
Joe Dempsey, Twitter

3- The Danish actor, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Jaime Lannister in the show. The man who misses his right hand and his ability to fight in the show also misses watching his beloved team, Leeds United in the Premier League.

Leeds was a great team in 90s with high reputation that reached Denmark where Nikolaj was born and raised.
Nikolaj CosterWaldau, Twitter

4- Kit Harington plays Jon Snow role in the show, the man who wants to unite the seven kingdoms to stop the White walkers in the show, supports Manchester United.

The man, decided once to wear the black in the show, always wore the red in real life.
Kit-Harington- Twitter

5 – John Bradley west played Samwell Tarly in the show, and he is the closest friend to Jon Snow in the show and he always takes his side and when it comes to football, he did the same as John is a die hard Manchester United fan like his friend.
John Bradley west, Twitter

6 - Alfie Allen played Theon Greyjoy is one of the unluckiest characters who suffered the most in the show. Allen feels more pain off the show as he is supporting Arsenal who is not a good team to support in this time as the team failed to win the Premier League since 2004.

Allen who does not have much to be happy for in the show but recalling the past is doing the same in real life with his beloved team
Alfie Allen, Twitter

7 - Iwan Rheon played Ramsay Bolton in the show and enjoyed Torturing Alfie Allen “Theon Greyjoy” is enjoying making fun of him in the real life as Iwan is a Manchester United fan and his team has an obvious priority over Allen’s team, Arsenal in the recent years.
Iwan Rheon, Twitter

8 - Iain Glen, played Jorah Mormont in the show and Conleth Hill, played Lord Varys are Manchester United fans and they were happy to meet all the team in USA when they were preparing for this season.
Iain Glen and Conleth Hill ]]>
10/16/2017 6:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[FAF appoints Rabah Saadane national technical director]]>

The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) announced at the same time that Boualem Charef was appointed director of the national teams.

FAF said in an official statement that “the installation took place in the middle of the morning at the Sidi-Moussa National Technical Center in a family atmosphere.”

The FAF president and his two interlocutors agreed on all the details of the contract and the objectives to be achieved in the short-, medium- and long-term.

Saadane, 72, has already led the Algerian national team five times, the last time between 2007 and 2010.

These nominations are part of a broader movement of "renewal for Algerian football" and the nomination of Rabah Madjer as coach should follow in the coming week.

FAF announced on October 12 the dismissal of the Spanish coach Lucas Alcaraz. He will no longer coach the Algerian team in the clash against Cameroon in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers on November 6.

Algeria lost its hopes in qualifying to the 2018 World Cup in Russia after they collected only one point in five matches during the World Cup qualifiers.]]>
10/16/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[The fate of footballers ]]>
They focus heavily on their career until their retirement. After retirement they realize that they have to start from zero in another career.

They have to find another way to earn a living after they stop receiving large salaries.

Most football players decide to continue working in the field they love and know best. They choose different roles, work as pundits, commentators, agents or decide to share their experience in the game with new generations.

Some of them start coaching at their clubs or run their own football academies.

This article highlights many examples of career paths taken by former football players beyond the pitch.

Fitness clubs

Aly Mazhar is the official face of fitness in Egypt. he is the founder of BeFit Egypt, a Polar Fitness ambassador, and the Middle East’s first KT Tape-sponsored athlete. Mazhar started his football career with Al Ahly.

He represented the club in his youth until he got a scholarship to study at Rutgers University in New Jersey where he represented its football team.

He returned to play for Arab contractors for two years where his teammates were former Egyptian stars like Mohamed El Neny and Mohamed Salah. However, the political situation forced him to retire, so he decided to start a new career.


Former Al Ahly players Mohamed Barakat and Sayed Moawed, despite everything, are still working in football.

Barakat is a pundit and Moawad is working as an Al Ahly assistant coach. They found a way for themselves out of football.

Together they run a famous restaurant named “Marasy” in Zahraa El Maadi in Cairo.

Former Zamalek stars, Hazem Imam and Ahmed Hossam, (Mido), also opened “Faraya” restaurant together in Heliopolis, Cairo.

Automotive Industry

Investment in the automotive industry was another way footballers used their fame to market their new projects.

Egypt’s former Captains Hossam Hassan and Ibrahim Hassan opened a “Cars gallery” in their birth place, Helwan.

Furniture Industry

Essam is a famous Egyptian goalkeeper born in Damietta. Demietta is a city where most people work in the furniture industry. Essam decided to secure his future after retirement by opening up a furniture gallery in his hometown, Kafr el Battikh.

Often footballers try different kinds of businesses with the hopes of maintaining the same lifestyle football afforded them.]]>
10/16/2017 2:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Inter kill Milan by Icardi's hat-rick]]>
Inter Milan Captain Mauro Icardi was the star of the game with a hat-trick to lead his side to victory.

Icardi is the first player to score a hat-trick in the derby since Diego Milito in 2012, who also scored a hat-trick against AC Milan.

Inter Milan currently have 22 points are in second place, two points behind Napoli, while AC Milan have 12 points and currently stand in tenth place.

The match saw dramatic events. Inter always scored first, before AC Milan managed to equalize, and Icardi snatched the win with a penalty in the 90th minute.

The player scored in the 28th minute first, bringing the first half to a 1-0 score.

In the 57th minute, Suso scored the equalizer; but after six minutes, Icardi made it 2-1.
Bonaventura equalized the result in the 80th minute, the last goal before Icardi’s penalty kick.
10/16/2017 1:27:18 AM
<![CDATA[Al Ahly refuses to play friendly game with Atletico Madrid]]>
Nader Khalil, the marketing manager of Al Ahly, said the reason for this was Al Ahly's involvement in several matches in the Egyptian league, which would not be in line with Atletico's schedule.

Khalil said that Al Ahly was trying to take part in a world championship for the U19 team with Bayern Munich and Guangzhou Evergrande of China, with a prize of $2.5 million, which exceeds the amount of other competitions.

Al Ahly played a friendly game last year against Roma in UAE and won 4-3.
It is worth mentioning that Al Ahly will play against Etoile du Sahel at the second leg of the CAF Champions League semi-finals on Sunday, October 22. Al Ahly lost the semi finals’ first leg 2-1 in Sousse.
10/15/2017 11:13:51 PM
<![CDATA[Sacachispas players thank Messi]]>
Argentina’s captain, Messi, scored all three goals in Argentina’s 3-1 victory over Ecuador to secure a place for Argentina in the World Cup after the team suffered during the qualifiers.

Sacachispas players
Argentina’s press was divided about Messi’s performance before the game; many of them attacked the player saying he is not playing with the national team like he plays with his club, Barcelona, while the other side supported Messi saying he is the only hope for the national team to qualify for the World Cup.

Messi never won a major tournament with Argentina’s first team and the player hopes to lead the team to a World Cup victory in Russia.

Argentina played three finals in the last 4 years, but lost all of them; they lost the 2014 World Cup final 1-0 to Germany, lost the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals to Chile by penalties. ]]>
10/15/2017 10:04:34 PM
<![CDATA[Ghaly defeats Hadry in Saudi lands]]>
In the 38th minute Pereira scored Al-Nassr’s first goal as he went past Hadary and shot the ball into the back of the Egyptian’s net.

Just five minutes later, Al-Hadji Kamara scored the equalizer for Al-Taawoun from a close range following a ground cross by Jehad Al-Hussain, making it 1-1 in the dying moments of the first half.

Seven minutes after the break, Pereira doubled the result as he unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the box, which could not be stopped by Hadary.

Both teams failed to score further goals until the match ended.

Following the match, Al-Nassr currently occupies the 5th place with 12 points, while Al-Taawoun sits 10th with 5 points only.

It is worth noting that Al-Nassr will face Ohod on the 19th of October, while, Al-Taawoun will face Al-Faisaly on the 20th of the same month.]]>
10/15/2017 9:50:43 PM
<![CDATA[EFA opposes Egyptian participation at CHAN ]]>
CAF announced recently that Morocco replaced Kenya as the hosts of the 2018 CHAN after Kenya was stripped of the rights to host the competition.

Following the designation of Morocco as hosts, Egypt, which was beaten by Morocco in the Northern Zone playoffs, qualified for the tournament.

Egypt’s unexpected qualification to the tournament raises concerns of the impact the championship will have on local leagues.

“We don’t want problems with club presidents as they will use this tournament to blame us for any bad results,” Kordy said.

Kordy also said that there are two options for this situation; one is to participate in the tournament with a strong team and to put the local league on hold.

The Egyptian League is meant to end on May 25 while CHAN will run from January 12 to February 4.

“As for the second option, if there are no fines imposed on teams that withdraw from the tournament, I am against participating in CHAN,” he added.

“Taking part in this competition will put us in a complicated situation especially given that we have a chance to perform well in the World Cup.”]]>
10/15/2017 8:09:17 PM
<![CDATA[Maria Sharapova wins Tianjin Open ]]>
The 30-year-old Russian played her seventh event since she returned to the tour in April due to a 15-month drug ban.

Sharapova was denied a wildcard for the French Open, missed Wimbledon through injury and reached the US Open’s fourth round as a wildcard before losing to Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova.

Sharapova won her first title since the Italian open two years and five months ago. The Russian, who began the week ranked 86th in the world, received a wildcard for the event in China. After this title Sharapova moved up to number 57 in the world rankings.

10/15/2017 8:05:29 PM
<![CDATA[Indonesian goalkeeper dies after collision with teammate]]>
Choirul Huda, 38, was pronounced dead after being rushed to hospital with head and neck trauma following the accident with teammate Ramon Rodrigues.

The goalkeeper rushed off his line to smother an attacking move from the opposition, but was unable to avoid his defender who was rushing back to clear his lines.

The goalkeeper rushed off his line to smother an attacking move from the opposition - screen shoot
Medical staff rushed to his aid and quickly escorted him from the field on a stretcher and to a local hospital.

Persela coach Aji Santoso confirmed after the game that Huda, a much-loved figure at the club who had played there his entire career since 1999, had lost his life.

A video from the match

“All of the players finished the game and went to the hospital, where it was announced that Choirul Huda had died," he said.

“The loss of Choirul Huda has hit us all hard,” one player said.

"We did not have time to a see a doctor, only to see his body,” another of Huda’s colleagues mentioned.

Dr Zaki Mubarok later revealed details of his injuries, saying that Huda had died as result of head and neck trauma, Goal.com reports.

Persela`s official account on Twitter

10/15/2017 7:45:26 PM
<![CDATA[Federer wins Shanghai Rolex Masters ]]>
Federer raised his titles this year to six after winning the Australian Open, BNP Paribas Open, Miami Open, Halle Open, Wimbledon and Shanghai Rolex Masters.

This is the second time that Federer has won the Shanghai Masters title after beating Gilles Simon in 2014. He was the oldest champion lift the trophy back in 2014 and has maintained that record.

Nadal has never won this tournament and this is the second he has lost in the final. In 2009 Nikolay Davydenko clinched the title after defeating Nadal.

Federer has now won 94 career titles.
10/15/2017 7:38:54 PM
<![CDATA[Hertha Berlin takes a knee]]>
"A huge and important gesture," The Bundesliga tweeted. This was the first protest of its kind in the German league.

With this, Hertha players reproduced the symbolic gesture extended a few weeks ago among National Football League (NFL) athletes during the national anthem and in protest against President Donald Trump's policies.

“The idea came from the team in full,” said the player Salomon Kalou, from Ivory Coast, as a shared signal against racism.

In addition to the players, coach Pal Dardai and club manager Michael Preetz also knelt down.

The gesture took place before the game against Schalke, where Hertha lost 2-0. ]]>
10/15/2017 7:03:27 PM
<![CDATA[Preview: Inter Milan v AC Milan ]]>
The Nerazzuri, Inter Milan`s nickname, have made amazing start this season under new manager Lucanio Spalletti, and will be looking to continue that on Sunday evening. Inter picked up 19 points from a possible 21, the team unbeaten this season, won 6 matches and drew once.

AC Milan are looking to win this match, after they loss 2-0 against Roma at home before the international break , AC Milan have only 12 points after the seventh round in Serie A. They won four and lost three matches.

AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella is under considerable pressure and hoping to win Sunday’s derby to repair his situation with fans.

10/15/2017 6:45:36 PM
<![CDATA[Mohamed Shawky, the Egyptian Caesar]]>

Shawky was born in Port Said, Egypt in 1981. He started his football career at Al Masry club where he managed to play as a defensive midfielder.

He received the bronze medal at the FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Egyptian national team.

His amazing performance with Al Masry and the national team encouraged Al Ahly to sign him in 2003 where he became famous for his strong shots.

He won four Egyptian Leagues, three 3 CAF Champions Leagues and participated in five matches at the FIFA Club World Cup with Al Ahly.

Shawky helped the Egyptian national team win the African Cup of Nations two times as he played every minute in the 2006 African competition.

In 2007 he preferred to join the Premier League with Middelsbrough but was hampered by injuries.

Shawky reached his peak with the Egyptian national team in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa. He managed to score the second goal against Brazil in the match which ended 4-3 to Brazil.

He put in a solid, hard-working shift in midfield and did his utmost to help ensure his side didn't get overrun by the Brazilians.

He also helped his team to achieve a valuable 1-0 victory over Italy.

In 2015, he decided to retire and pursue a coaching career after a long journey with foreign and Egyptian clubs.]]>
10/15/2017 6:39:14 PM
<![CDATA[Henry: “Salah is a special player”]]>
“I think for me he is special, he has something special and I think he is a special player and will be a special player for Liverpool,” Henry said on Saturday ahead of Liverpool’s clash against Manchester United that ended with a nil-nil draw.

Henry added; “I like the fact that he’s direct, we don’t have a lot of players like that in the game anymore.”

Henry defended Salah against criticism from the press, saying; “some people will say he needs four opportunities to score a goal. But when he’s able to finish all the opportunities that he has, he will be more than lethal for this club.”

Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer in the Premier League with four goals.
10/15/2017 4:14:23 PM
<![CDATA[Cuper wants 3 friendly matches]]>
“We will try to arrange friendly games in this period to give players the chance to prove themselves,” Egypt’s national team director Ehab Lehita told the radio program the Goal.

Lehita added; “We will have 25 days to prepare before the World Cup and we will have many matches in this period but everything depends on our draw in the World Cup.”

On the other hand, Egypt’s national team decided to travel to Ghana on November 10 for the last game in the group which will be a good opportunity for many players.

Egypt defeated Congo 2-1 on Sunday, October 8, to secure their qualification to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years. Egypt last played in the World Cup in 1990 in Italy.
10/15/2017 3:51:25 PM
<![CDATA[Suarez: “We deserved more than a point” ]]>
Barcelona striker, Suarez, scored a goal for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid on Saturday to help his team equalize the score board, but Suarez believed that Barcelona deserved more than a point.

Atletico Madrid scored the first goal of the game 20 minutes in, with a strike from Saul Niguez, while Luis Suarez managed to score the equalizing goal at the 82nd minute.

Suarez added, “It also comes against one of our rivals that will be fighting for the league."

Suarez, 30, praised Atletico Madrid’s performance, saying “everyone knows that Atletico defends very well and has a great goalkeeper that shows up in every game."

Barcelona stayed on top after the draw with 22 points, and Atletico Madrid placed third in the table with 16 points.
10/15/2017 3:01:04 PM
<![CDATA[Dovizioso wins last-lap thriller to cut Marquez MotoGP lead]]>
The Italian pipped Marquez's Honda on the final lap after a classic dogfight in the wet at Motegi to cut the Spaniard's championship lead to 11 points with three races left this season.

Dovizioso made a blistering start from ninth on the grid as he joined Marquez in chasing down early leader Danilo Petrucci.

The title rivals blew past Petrucci's Ducati midway through the race and went toe to toe in a dramatic game of cat and mouse.

Dovizioso twice roared past Marquez and twice Marquez produced daring overtaking moves to recapture the lead, the triple world champion entering the penultimate lap ahead.

But just when it looked as though Marquez would hang on for this third successive victory, Dovizioso flashed past him on the final lap to snatch a breathtaking win and trigger wild celebrations in the Ducati garage.

"I knew I had a last chance at the back straight, turn 11 but he was pushing and the tyres were finished," said Dovizioso.

"I did a perfect corner at turn 10 and he made a mistake so I was able to catch him."

Marquez, who is chasing a fourth world title in five years, paid tribute to the winner.

"It was amazing today," said the Spaniard. "The two guys that are fighting for the championship fighting until the last corner."

"On the last lap I saw there was a small advantage but I did a few mistakes," he added.

"I knew the Ducati was faster on the back straight, even in the braking point. At this circuit I knew he would be very, very strong."

Petrucci finished third, ahead of Suzuki's Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins with former champion Jorge Lorenzo's Ducati sixth and Aleix Espargaro seventh on his Aprilia.

French rookie Johann Zarco finished back in eighth for Yamaha after a dismal start from pole, while Maverick Vinales saw his fading title hopes suffer a further blow after finishing ninth.

Seven-time champion Valentino Rossi, who is continuing his return from a double leg fracture, dumped his Yamaha in the gravel early in the race, ending his involvement.]]>
10/15/2017 12:30:38 PM
<![CDATA[Charlo KOs Lubin to retain WBC crown]]>
Charlo won the battle for bragging rights in the 154-pound division in a matchup of unbeaten fighters as he floored Lubin out with a vicious short right hand at 2:41 of the opening round.

Charlo, 27, improved to 30-0 with 15 knockouts in the second defence of his super welterweight title.

The 22-year-old Lubin suffered the first loss of his career, falling to 18-1 with 13 KOs.

In the first of three consecutive title fights on Saturday, Jarrett Hurd made his first title defence by retaining his International Boxing Federation belt with a 10th round stoppage of veteran Austin Trout.

The unbeaten Hurd kept his record of never fighting past the 10th round alive as the doctor stopped the fight before the opening bell to start the 11th round with Hurd dominating Trout.

Hurd finished southpaw Trout off with a series of stinging lefts late in the final round that had the defenceless challenger staggering around the ring.

"I always come on strong at the end of the fight," Hurd said.

Hurd improved to 21-0 while fellow American Trout, who has a win over Miguel Cotto on his resume, drops to 30-4.

Hurd fought with his hands down around his waist for a portion of the fight but he still managed to land blows when he had to. Hurd suffered a cut above his left eye from a head butt in the seventh round.

World Boxing Association title holder Erislandy Lara squares off against Terrell Gausha in the third title fight.]]>
10/15/2017 12:27:14 PM
<![CDATA[Ali Farag wins US Open Squash Championship]]>
Farag saw off his fellow squash player Mohamed Shourbagy, 2016 title holder after defeating him 3-0.

Farag is the husband of squash player Nour el Tayeb who won the same championship.

Farag and Tayeb become the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day.]]>
10/15/2017 11:03:29 AM
<![CDATA[Guardiola is disappointed by Pochettino`s statements]]>
"I think Pochettino has made a mistake. Never in my career have I disrespected any companion by profession. May be when someone attacks my team or my club I have respond, but I have never wanted to criticize what Pochettino or Tottenham have done,"said Guardiola.

Pep wanted to deny that his words, defining the Tottenham Hotspur as "the team of Harry Kane," were intended to disrespect the whole team. "I know perfectly well that Tottenham is not just Kane. I think that last year the person who appreciated and praised his way of playing the most was me, "he said.

Pochettino and Guardiola have met as rivals in their stages as players, in Espanyol and Barça respectively, and now they do again from the bench.]]>
10/15/2017 8:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Edinson Cavani clashes with Luis Suarez]]>
The tension started during a play in which Cavani claimed to Suarez, Barcelona striker, a pass after finishing the play. Cavani`s gesture did not please Suárez who asked for explanations, raising the tone.

The scene reminded the fans of the disagreement that also happened between Cavani and Neymar in Paris Saint-German.

The disagreement did not end here; because after one of the two goals of Suárez, his teammates went to congratulate the striker of the Barça. Among them was not Cavani who simply moved towards the midfield, ignoring the celebration.

Uruguay beat Bolivia 4-2 and confirmed the qualification to the 2018 World Cup. It is worth mentioning that Argentina also qualified to the World Cup, and it pleased Suárez a lot, who acknowledged having been in contact with Messi in recent days. ]]>
10/15/2017 7:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Nour el Tayeb 1st Egyptian to win US Open Squash Championship title]]>
She defeated her fellow Raneem El Welily 3-2 in the final game.

Tayeb passed England's world No. 4 Laura Massaro 3-1 in the semi-final, and world No. 1 Nour El Sherbini in the quarter-finals. ]]>
10/15/2017 6:30:00 AM
<![CDATA[Juan Mata launches a charity initiative in India]]>
He decided to join the organization and become the leader of the project “Common Goal” which invites players from the football world to donate one percent of their salary to make the football community give back, creating impact all around the world.

"It is not a simple task" he acknowledged. "I believe in the unique power of football to change the world; change is possible and change is real because I have seen it in India," said the Spanish player.

"Common Goal" is the initiative of "street football world" which supports more than 120 organizations worldwide using football as a tool for change, Mata added. Some other players also joined the project like Mats Hummels, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Giorgio Chiellini, Gnabry, Aogo, and the last signing was the Australian Alex Brosque, captain of Sidney FC and first player of Oceania.

This can be considered the best goal for Juan Mata outside the stadiums. It is worth mentioning that Mata played 503 official matches in the elite since he made his debut with Real Madrid Youth; then he made his way up to Valencia under the command of Ronald Koeman, and ended up becoming one of the game's references of the Premier League.]]>
10/15/2017 3:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Watford kills the Gunners in extar time]]>
Elneny tried to take the lead for the Gunners; however, his strike from outside the box went inches above the crossbar in the 27th minute.

After five minutes, Arsenal came close to scoring again, but Danny Welbeck was unable to collect Lacazette’s pass following an amazing teamwork display.

Arsenal managed to take the lead in the 38th minute, as Mertesacker’s header found the back of the net.

Six minutes after the break, Watford’s Richarlison tried a powerful shot but to no avail.
Ten minutes later, Alex Iwobi’s shot was saved by Watford’s goalkeeper following a smart move by Ozil.

Twenty minutes to fulltime, Troy Deeney scored, making it 1-1.

In the last moments of the game, during the extra time, Tom Cleverley followed up a loose ball and slotted it past Petr Cech, winning the game for the home side.

Following the loss, the Gunners currently occupy the sixth league spot with 13 points and are set to face FK Crvena Zvezda on October 19 in the UEFA Europa League.]]>
10/14/2017 10:50:57 PM
<![CDATA[Zidane puts Alaba in spotlight]]>
The Spanish giants kept breaking records, as they set a La Liga record by achieving 13 successive victories. Also, Zidane coached his 100th match with Real Madrid.

Real Madrid is still suffering from the injuries in this season. The injuries of Carvajal, Marcelo and Theo have forced Nacho to play on the left side.

Zidane has been forced to debut Achraf Hakimi, a young player who recently joined the first team. For that reason, according to reports, the French coach might put Bayern Munich`s left back, David Alaba, under the spotlight.

His ability to play on the side, center, and even in the middle makes him one of the perfect defenders on the scene.

Nevertheless, despite the injuries of the two sides of the first squad, the fact is that Zidane already has the position very well covered with Theo and Marcelo. Even so, the incorporation of Alaba would add a plus to the rear of the team chaired by Florentino Perez.

The continued annoyances of Raphael Varane and Vallejo are orphaning the center of the back-line and could require the signing of another center back that can also act on the left flank.

Real Madrid's interest in the Bayern player is not new. Real Madrid has been targeting Alaba during several market seasons.]]>
10/14/2017 10:19:11 PM
<![CDATA[Drogba leads Côte d'Ivoire against Morocco in qualifiers]]>
Côte d'Ivoire national team needs to win against Morocco, while Morocco needs to achieve equivalent only, to reach Russia 2018 World Cup.

The elephants need the bilateral experience of Drogba and Toure in their crucial match with Morocco in the final round of the World Cup qualifiers, according to sportmania website.

Drogba participated in 104 meetings, scored 65 goals with the national team and has retired from international duty after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Côte d'Ivoire comes in second place with eight points and Morocco tops the group with nine points.

Drogba currently plays for Phoenix Rising FC, where he scored seven goals and assisting in two others in 12 games.]]>
10/14/2017 10:17:27 PM
<![CDATA[Zamalek: withdrawal from the league is impossible By ]]>
The source added that not withdrawing from the league does not mean that the board will leave Zamalek’s rights; the matter will surely be escalated with Egyptian Football Association in different forms in the few coming days, as Zamalek’s board prefers to wait for the arrival of Hany Abu Reda, head of EFA to Cairo within hours.

It is worth mentioning that Murtada Mansour, the president of Zamalek, has announced that the team will not play the rest of the league's matches after the events of Tanta match on Friday October 13 in Ghazal Al-Mahalla Stadium. In the match, the referee, Mahmoud Bassiouni, counted two penalty kicks that were both regarded as a wrong decision from the refree's side; especially that the second penalty was the reason of the equalizing goal for Tanta, leading the game to end in a 1-1 draw.]]>
10/14/2017 7:27:13 PM
<![CDATA[Salah participates in Liverpool goalless draw ]]>
Jose Mourinho, Manchester United coach, again played with defensive tactics to get to the point he wanted from the Reds; Manchester United only created two chances, while Liverpool created 11 chances to score the winning goal.

Liverpool were without Sadio Mane, who picked up a hamstring injury while on international duty with Senegal.

Manchester United were also missing key man Paul Pogba, but both teams still named strong starting lineups.

Mohamed Salah, who helped the Egyptian national team to qualify to the 2018 World Cup, tried to help the Reds but could not score any goals in David De Gea`s net.

Liverpool have 13 points from eight matches and could conclude the weekend in ninth position.

United will be no lower than second place but they are waiting for Manchester City`s stumble against Stoke City.]]>
10/14/2017 7:26:06 PM
<![CDATA[Man City's seven-goal super show puts them clear at the top]]>
Pep Guardiola's title favourites looked irresistible as goals from Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and David Silva in the opening half-hour put the seal on their dazzling football and made a sixth straight league win a seeming formality.

Yet against all odds, Mame Biram Diouf pulled one back just before the break and soon after halftime his header deflected off Kyle Walker's thigh into the net.

City then went into overdrive, with Jesus's second -- his seventh goal this season -- Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva getting in on the act to ensure they scored at least five goals at the Etihad for the third successive league match.

They also became the first English top-flight team to score 29 goals in their first eight league games of the season since Everton achieved the feat in 1894-95.]]>
10/14/2017 6:37:12 PM
<![CDATA[Liverpool could never be as defensive as United says Klopp]]>
"Manchester United came here for a point and got it," the German said in a TV interview. "For sure you could not play this way at Liverpool but it's OK for Manchester United."

Asked later at the post-match press conference to expand on his thoughts about Mourinho's tactics, the German, whose team still trail United by seven points, was more diplomatic.

"I said it was obvious they had a more defensive approach, I think that was obvious, but that’s completely fine," he said.

"After the game, it looked to me like they wanted a point; if they could get three, they would take it of course, but we wanted three.

"So they are happy and we are not happy. That’s easy. But it’s a home game so we should be dominant. I’m OK with the performance. It’s not my job to judge the Manchester United performance," he added.

Klopp said that while he was disappointed not to pick up all three points, he was pleased with the way his team performed against one of the title favourites.

"For me, a team who can become champions this year was at our stadium and it was not a world apart from us. It’s not that we play on different planets, it’s not that they are really good and we don’t find the entrance of the stadium. It’s OK and we will carry on," he said.

"If you watch the game and you have an idea of football, you cannot expect that we create 20 chances against Manchester United – it’s just simply not possible. Barcelona on the best day would not do it.

"You will see, United will not lose a lot of games in this season," he added.

"If you want to be happy today you can be happy, but if you think, ‘OK, again not too bad...’ – which is probably my view on it – then you can be in this mood and carry on," said Klopp.]]>
10/14/2017 5:19:17 PM
<![CDATA[Big round in Serie A this weekend]]>
Juventus hosts Lazio in the Juventus Stadium to continue its race in defending the title. Juventus, in second place with 19 points, scored 20 goals this season while Lazio, in fourth place with 16 points, netted 19 goals.

Lazio are hoping to record their first win over Juventus since 2003 when they travel to Turin on Friday.

Napoli, at the top of the League with seven wins from seven matches, are looking to give their title credentials a major boost when they travel to take on Roma. Roma, in fifth place with 15 points, have won five consecutive matches and are looking to make it six in a row.

Napoli, standing firm in first place with 21 points, could finally be ready to win their first Scudetto (Italian League) since 1990. They scored 25 goals in their opening seven games.

San Siro stadium will host the clash of the rivals; Inter Milan and AC Milan. Inter Milan, third place in the league with 19 points, have six wins and one draw from their first seven matches which make them a contender for the Italian League title. AC Milan, currently seventh in the league with 12 points, suffered from three defeats in their opening seven matches, and another bad result this weekend could spell the end of the Italian coach.
10/14/2017 3:25:54 PM
<![CDATA[Australia defender Jurman suspended for 'bribe' gesture]]>
Suwon Bluewings centre back Jurman approached Jeonbuk Motors' Lee Dong-gook and "rubbed his fingers together" as the veteran striker prepared to take a spot kick after earning a penalty late in the Oct. 1 match, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing the K-League's discipline committee.

The committee also said that Lee heard Jurman saying "how much", Yonhap said. He was fined two million won ($1,600).

Jurman, who started in Australia's 2-1 win over Syria in Sydney on Tuesday, told reporters after the 1-1 draw with Jeonbuk he had said "you will miss" to Lee, the news agency added.

Jeonbuk were disqualified from defending their Asian Champions League title in January following revelations that one of their scouts had bribed referees in 2013.

The scout, who was given a six-month suspended jail sentence in September last year, was found dead at Jeonbuk's home stadium in June.

Jurman's suspension may imperil his selection for Australia's intercontinental World Cup playoff against Honduras next month, with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou often reluctant to pick players lacking match fitness.

Australia play Honduras in a two-leg playoff for a place in the 32-team finals in Russia next year.
10/14/2017 1:18:22 PM
<![CDATA[Redzel wins world's richest turf race The Everest]]>
With Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle, the five-year-old gelding hit the lead with 100 metres to go at Royal Randwick to collect Aus$5.8 million (US$4.6 million) in winnings.

The Craig Williams-ridden Vega Magic was second with Brave Smash third and the world's top rated sprinter and favourite, seven-year-old Chautauqua, fourth.

"So privileged to be riding this horse. He's so patient this fella," said an elated McEvoy.

"It's still early in his career and he's paying the dividends now.

"It's so exciting to be part of this, such a huge buzz."

The race over 1200 metres (3/4 mile or six furlongs) brought together the 12 best sprinters in Australia, angling for a slice of a whopping Aus$10 million in prize money.

The winnings eclipsed the prize money offered in Australia's iconic Melbourne Cup, where tens of thousands of punters gather in November to watch world champion thoroughbreds race for Aus$6.2 million.

The Dubai World Cup and newly-introduced Pegasus World Cup in the United States carry more prize money, but they are raced on dirt.

Despite the lure of so much cash, the race failed to attract any overseas entrants, controversially clashing with Melbourne's Caulfield carnival, which a host of internationals opted for instead.

But it was still a cracking field with the runners boosting countless titles.

Houtzen came out of the gates quickest and was the early leader but the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Redzel, who was always sitting on his outside in the high-tempo race, sprinted to the lead with 100m to go.

Under the innovative concept, buyers were invited to purchase a Aus$600,000 slot in the race and do a deal with owners and jockeys to secure the top horses.

Those who splashed the cash were required to commit for three years, ensuring the race's future, but able to sell, lease or joint venture their slots prior to the entry date.

Those on board included private enterprises like Sydney's Star Casino and betting operator Tabcorp. Racing identities such as Max Whitby and Damion Flower also bought in, as did several cashed-up stud farms.]]>
10/14/2017 12:25:25 PM
<![CDATA[Gavrilova sweeps into Hong Kong final]]>
The Russian-born Australian sped through the first set in 22 minutes, dropping just four points on her own serve as her American opponent looked overawed in her first WTA Tour semi-final.

"I feel like today was my best performance since I've been in Asia," said a delighted Gavrilova, who broke the American's serve seven times on the way to a dominant win.

Brady, the world number 70, looked like being blown away on a blustery autumnal day in Victoria Park after winning just 11 points in the first set.

But she managed to regroup and hold her serve at the fourth time of asking to get on the scoreboard at the start of the second set.

Gavrilova's stuttering quarter-final win against world 155 Lizette Cabrera on Friday night had been laced with 16 double faults and 20 unforced errors in the second set alone.

She had promised to practise her serve after that and her morning's work paid off handsomely as she gave away only two double faults in the match.

"I did hit a lot more second serves today than usual (in practice)," she admitted.

"I just made it more clear in my head where I was going to hit the second serve, actually making a smaller target than just hitting it anywhere."

Gavrilova showed her only touch of frailty when failing to serve out for the match at 5-4, but given a second opportunity at 6-5 she gathered herself and closed out emphatically to love.

And she finished the contest with the shot of the day, a sliced backhand dropshot winner from back on the baseline.

"I'm really excited to be in the final here," she said in her third appearance at the Hong Kong Open.

"I've reached the quarters, the semis and now the final."

The Australian world number 22 is now eyeing a second WTA title after winning her maiden tour crown at New Haven in August on the eve of the US Open.

To achieve that she will need to get past either number sixth seed and world number 21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or China's world number 41 Wang Qiang, who were due to meet in the second semi-final later Saturday.

"I'll watch a bit of the second semi-final and depending who I'll be playing I'll prepare for them as I always do," Gavrilova said.]]>
10/14/2017 12:20:47 PM
<![CDATA[Preview: Barcelona v Atletico Madrid ]]>
Barcelona enters the game with high spirits as the team has yet to lose against Atletico Madrid’s manager Diego Simeone in their last 11 La Liga encounters. Barcelona won eight games and three games ended with a draw.

Barcelona hopes to be the first Spanish team to defeat Atletico in their new stadium as Atletico won their first two games at Wanda Metropolitano against Malaga and Sevilla but they lost 2-1 to Chelsea at UEFA Champions League.

Barcelona was the first Spanish team to defeat Atletico Madrid at their former stadium, Vicente Calderon. Barcelona won 1-0 in 1966.

Barcelona’s manager Ernesto Valverde depends on his biggest star Lionel Messi to break Atletico defense while Simeone hopes that Antoine Griezmann could give him the first victory over Barcelona in the league.
10/14/2017 11:00:00 AM
<![CDATA[Fekir's late goal leads Lyon to beat Monaco ]]>
The game started very well for Monaco, which got an advantage of the massive support from its fans to score its first goal after 11 minutes by Mariano Diaz after a great cross from Nebil Fekir.

Monaco scored the equalizing goal only six minutes later by Rony Lopes after a great pass from Keita Baldé.

Nabil Fekir scored the second goal for Lyon at the 23rd minute after a shot from inside Monaco’s area, but the latter managed to equalize the score again by Adama Traore’s strike in the 34th minute to end the first half 2-2.

Both teams tried to score the winning goal at the second half, but they failed until Nabil Fekir stood up to grant the three points to Lyon when he scored from a free kick seconds before the final whistle to lead Lyon to a 3-2 victory.

After the victory, Lyon jumped to third place with 16 points, while Monaco remained in second place with 19 points.
10/14/2017 9:17:18 AM
<![CDATA[Aguero to play against Stoke]]>
“Of course, his condition is not 100 percent, but he recovered quite well. We will see. We are happy he is back in training," Guardiola told press on Friday.

Sergio Aguero, 29, missed City’s 1-0 victory over Chelsea because of a broken rib from a car accident two days before the game.

About City captain Vincent Kompany’s injury, Guardiola said, “he's much, much better, but he is still injured. Hopefully, it is the last part.”

Guardiola added, "it depends on him and when he will come back."

Manchester City will face Stoke City on Saturday at Etihad Stadium in the Premier League. The team hopes to continue their amazing run as the team shares the top of the league alongside their neighbors, Manchester United.
10/14/2017 9:15:09 AM
<![CDATA[FPL: Hazard regained his fitness, Kane ready to take the lead]]>
The eighth round of the English Premier League will be exciting because its matches are not easy at all. It will be difficult for coaches to pick some players because of the inconvenience of some players and frustrate some of them because they are not qualified for the World Cup, most notably Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez and Sead Kolašinac.

The next round is expected to see a lot of changes for the difficulty of some matches, such as Liverpool’s match against Manchester United at Anfield. Some games will be difficult because of injuries and suspensions of some players, and the psychological state of others. Arsenal players will meet Watford in the absence of Mustafi and Koscielny, and there is a possibility Kolašinac will be absent. As for Alexis Sanchez, another of Arsenal’s players, his morale is very low after Chile did not qualify to the 2018 World Cup.

Another game that looks very easy is that between Crystal Palace and Chelsea, but the absence of scoring for Crystal Palace players after seven weeks may put a lot of pressure on players to achieve their first goal of the season, especially as the game is at home and among their fans. Álvaro Morata is expected to be absent because of injury.

Tottenham also wants to gain the first win at Wembley, where they did not win this season. The Spurs will face Bournemouth, while Manchester City will meet Stoke City.

Everton needs a win; it has only won two games this season in seven rounds, lost four and drew once. West Ham must also win to keep Croatian coach Slaven Bilić in his position.

Players that may shine in the next game:

- Richarlison

- Eden Hazard

- Virgil van Dijk

Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham are also advised to rely on their defenders because they will not receive a large number of goals in that round.

Captain Candidates:

- Hary Kane

- Eden Hazard

Some effective absences for the next round are due to suspension and injury. Those include Sadio Mané, Danny Welbeck, Paul Pogba, Danny Rose, Shkodran Mustafi and Laurent Koscielny.
10/14/2017 9:12:32 AM
<![CDATA[Preview : Liverpool vs Manchester United ]]>
Liverpool enters the game without their left winger Sadio Mane who is suffering from a hamstring injury. Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp depends on a massive offense of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool’s Egyptian winger, Mohamed Salah, will experience playing in the North-West Derby for the first time. The player enters the game with high spirits as he led his nation to the World Cup after 28 years of absence, scoring the two goals in Egypt’s match against Congo on Sunday, October 8, which ended 2-1.

Manchester United enters the game against Liverpool with high spirits as the team shares the top of the league with their neighbors, Manchester City, each with 19 points. Manchester United’s manager, Jose Mourinho, will depend on the great form of his Belgian striker, Romelu Lukaku, to break Liverpool’s defense.
10/14/2017 9:10:15 AM
<![CDATA[Ali Abou Al-kassim wins a gold medal in artistic gymnastics in Hungary]]>
The tournament is being played by Abou Al-kassim, Nada Ayman and Ahmed Ashraf.

Abou Al-kassim has succeeded in adding a new special movement on the still rings apparatus, which is registered in his name in the International Gymnastics Federation Act in 2013 World Championship.

Abou Al-Kassim, 28, is one of the best players in the national team. He achieved many achievements of Egyptian gymnastics, the most important ever to get the gold medal on the still rings at the World Cup in Hungary in 2016, the first precedent in history.

In addition, he has been the owner of the Arab and African title for the last five years.
10/14/2017 9:08:40 AM
<![CDATA[Fear of fans’ voices forces Werner to miss Borussia clash ]]>
Werner, 21, is suffering from blockages in his cervical spine and the temporomandibular joint that connects the jaw to the ear, and he is unable to focus or play in high noise.

Werner got substituted against Besiktas at the UEFA Champions League after only 30 minutes as he couldn’t stand Besiktas’ fans, known for their loudness.

Timo Warner during Besiktas game, Twitter

Borussia Dortmund stadium, Signal Iduna Park, is known for the loudness of its fans in the stands called The Yellow Wall.

The Yellow Wall, Twitter

Leipzig is in fourth place with 13 points in the German League known as Bundesliga after four victories, one loss and two draws, while Borussia Dortmund tops the league with nine points after six victories and a draw.]]>
10/14/2017 9:06:40 AM