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USA coach Bradley excited over Egypt game

CAIRO: USA coach Bob Bradley is excited over his team’s match with Egypt, describing the Pharaohs as ‘extremely talented and competitive’. Both teams face each other in Cairo in a friendly game scheduled for February 9. It will be USA’s first-ever visit to Cairo. Bradley’s men downed Egypt 3-0 with ease in the 2009 FIFA …

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Al-Hadari pleads for Zamalek release

CAIRO: Zamalek’s want-out goalie Essam Al-Hadari urged his club to show leniency while negotiating with Merreikh over a possible summer deal for him. The Sudanese side announced on Monday they are not willing to offer more than $600,000 to sign Al-Hadari on a permanent basis, failing to fulfill the White Knights’ financial demands. The Cairo …

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Tennis program aims to keep players in the game

CAIRO: The Palm Aroussy Tennis Academy held its third National Junior Tennis Tournament over the weekend at the Palm Hills Club as well as the Play and Stay Festival as part of the official launch of Tennis 10s. Play and Stay is a fairly new program that was introduced to Egypt last year by Hassan …

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Cairo derby date moved again

CAIRO: The Cairo derby clash between Ahly and Zamalek will be played on Dec. 30 instead of Dec. 31, the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) announced on Sunday. The EFA website said that the match has been rescheduled for “security reasons” without specifying details. The highly-anticipated match has been originally scheduled for Nov. 28, but was …

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Shabana loses squash world title in defeat by Matthew

AL KHOBAR: Squash legend Amr Shabana lost his World Open title after being beaten by Nick Matthew in the semi-finals on Thursday, ensuring that an Englishman would win the title for the first time. Shabana, whose four world titles have only been exceeded by the two Pakistani greats, Jansher and Jahangir Khan, could not match …

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Hall’s 67 leads in Dubai; Injured Wie shoots 72

DUBAI: Lydia Hall of Wales shot a 5-under 67 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Anna Nordqvist of Sweden in the second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters. Michelle Wie limped around the back nine of the Emirates Golf Club because of a bad back and finished with a 72, six shots behind the …

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Gates take 2nd-round lead in the Australian PGA

COOLUM: Bobby Gates shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the Australian PGA, while fellow American John Daly had an 83 to miss the cut on the Coolum layout where he had one of his most famous career meltdowns. Gates, who earned a 2011 PGA Tour card with a 16th-place …

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Henin-Clijsters considering 2012 Olympic doubles

ANTWERP: Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are considering playing doubles together at the 2012 London Olympics. The Belgian stars said at a joint press conference on Thursday they are open to the idea but need to overcome scheduling difficulties. “Obviously for the Olympics, it would be beautiful,” US Open champion Clijsters said, adding 2012 also …

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ITF offers Sampras replica for Davis Cup wins

LONDON/ LOS ANGELES: The president of the International Tennis Federation has offered Pete Sampras a replica trophy from his two Davis Cup wins following the theft of much of his tennis memorabilia. Sampras, who won 14 Grand Slam titles, says most of his trophies and other memorabilia were stolen last month from a public storage …

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FIFA gives Ghana deadline to end govt interference

ACCRA: FIFA gave Ghana three days to end government interference in soccer or its national federation will be referred to its emergency committee and possibly banned from international competition. FIFA said Thursday in a statement to The Associated Press that it was informed by the Ghana Football Association of a raid on the GFA headquarters …

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Capello tips Allardyce and Redknapp for England

LONDON: Fabio Capello reckons Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp are the current leading two candidates to replace him when he steps down as England manager in 2012. The Football Association (FA) have indicated they would like to replace Capello with an Englishman when the Italian’s contract ends after the European Championships. Tottenham Hotspur manager Redknapp …

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Arsenal won’t fear anyone, says Wenger

LONDON: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger vowed his team had nothing to fear after they advanced to the knockout phase of the Champions League and a likely showdown with one of European football’s heavyweights. A below-par Arsenal were made to work hard for a 3-1 victory over Partizan Belgrade on Wednesday, with Theo Walcott and Samir …

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Barakat out of Ittihad trip, trio back

CAIRO: Ahly will be without influential midfielder Mohamed Barakat when they face Ittihad in Alexandria on Friday, while three key players are fit again after injury. Manager Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi ‘Zizo’ named 18 players for the league clash, making a number of changes to the squad that travelled to Smouha last week. Veteran Barakat, who hardly …

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Bani Obeid players promised extraordinary bonus

CAIRO: Bani Obeid players have been promised multiplied bonuses if they beat Zamalek in the Egyptian Cup round of 32 tie on Friday. The second-tier side visit the Premier League leaders in Cairo hoping to repeat their earth-shattering 1-0 victory two years ago. “Every player will get a total of LE 55,000 if we win …

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Gaultier’s pain brings Shabana’s survival

AL KHOBAR: Titleholder Amr Shabana came back from the brink of likely quarter-final defeat in the World Open as Gregory Gaultier’s hopes ended in pain, tears, noisy controversy, and a damaged hamstring here on Wednesday. The great Egyptian was three times within one blow of going two games down against the gifted Frenchman before Gaultier, …

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Squash world champion Shabana slams promoters

AL KHOBAR: World champion Amr Shabana has hit out at promoters on the Pro Squash Tour, claiming they have contributed to the spate of injuries at this week’s World Open. The Egyptian believes tough playing schedules around the world circuit are partly responsible for the premature exit of his two best known compatriots, world number …

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Ahly youth beat Zamalek

CAIRO: Ahly’s U-20s grabbed a morale-boosting 1-0 victory over bitter rivals Zamalek in crowd-less youth league match on Tuesday. Striker Abdul-Rahman Ahmed scored the only goal of the game after 30 minutes at Helmi Zamora Stadium. The match featured a number of first-team players at both ends, with Osama Hosni starting for Ahly before being …

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Al-Badri wants Al-Hadari at Merreikh

CAIRO: Essam Al-Hadari claims that newly-hired Merreikh manager Hossam Al-Badri is keen to sign him from Zamalek, who are more than willing to listen to the offer from Sudan. Despite playing down the Merreikh link last week, Al-Hadari said on his personal website on Tuesday that officials from Sudan have arrived in Cairo to talk …

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Zaki may require knee surgery

CAIRO: Zamalek striker Amr Zaki could be forced to go under the knife in order to treat a nagging knee injury, club doctor Mostafa Al-Monayeri revealed. The Egypt striker is currently in Germany for a rehabilitation program that could last for up to three weeks. However, should he remain struggling after the rehab, the 27-year-old …

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Squash: Darwish optimistic of repeating heroics

AL-KHOBAR: Karim Darwish, who caused a surprise by snatching the season-end number one ranking while winning the Saudi International on this court two years ago, signaled his belief he can win the World Open on it this week. The 29-year-old from Cairo did that by on Tuesday reaching the quarter-finals with an unexpectedly emphatic 11-4, …

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Zamalek football director denies Flavio talks

CAIRO: Zamalek’s football director Ibrahim Hassan denied that the Cairo giants sought to sign former Ahly star Flavio. Flavio’s agent Nader Shawki hinted on Sunday that the Angolan striker could move to Zamalek on loan when the transfer window re-opens in January. But a day later, Hassan said the White Knights have never contacted neither …

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Zamalek fined for ‘inappropriate’ fans celebrations

CAIRO: Zamalek have been fined LE 15,000 for their fans’ celebrations in the hard-fought 4-3 league win over Ittihad in Cairo last week. The competition committee, affiliated to the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), handed the White Knights a LE 5,000 fine because a number of fans ‘invaded the pitch’ after the winner. Another LE 10,000 …

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Close-shave Shabana begins title defense in style

By Richard Eaton / AFP AL KHOBAR: Amr Shabana began the defense of his World Open title with a familiar clean sweep in three games and a clean pate for the first time in his life. The four-time champion from Egypt was content with his performance during a well-paced 11-7, 12-10, 11-8 win over Chris Simpson, …

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Qatar puts Middle East football on map: official

  DOHA: Qatar, the tiny energy-rich Gulf Arab country that was picked on Thursday to host the 2022 World Cup, has placed Middle East football "on the world map," the head of its Olympic Committee said. Thousands of people converged on the corniche and other public areas in Doha in an outburst of joy after …

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Maradona finds another team he’d like to coach

BUENOS AIRES: Diego Maradona has found another job he’d like — coach of Boca Juniors. Almost five months after being released as Argentina coach, Maradona said he like to lead Boca Juniors, the Buenos Aires club where he became a star. The favorite to take over Boca is Banfield coach Julio Cesar Falcioni, but Maradona …

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World Cup losers cry foul

ZURICH: Defeated World Cup hopefuls vented their anger Friday over FIFA’s decision to name Russia and Qatar as the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups after a bitter bidding war tainted by corruption claims. As the questions were asked over how Russia would pay for the tournament and how teams would fare in …

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Qatar: From desert longshot to 2022 World Cup host

DOHA: It seemed a longshot at best when Qatar announced it was bidding for the World Cup. After all, the desert nation is located in one of the most volatile parts of the world. Temperatures soar to 48 degrees C (118 degrees F) in the summer. Entertainment for the most part begins and ends at …

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History made as World Cup heads to Qatar

ZURICH: Qatar on Thursday shrugged off fears of searing summer heat to become the first Arab, Middle Eastern or Muslim country to be awarded the right to stage football’s World Cup. The young bid team successfully swayed FIFA’s ageing grandees with promises of a glitzy, compact and carbon-neutral World Cup that will be held in …

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Yasser needs surgery: Zamalek doctor

CAIRO: Hussein Yasser needs to go under the knife in order to repair a dislocated shoulder despite insisting not to do so, according to Zamalek doctot Mostafa Al-Monayeri. The Qatar forward was injured in a Gulf Cup of Nations match with Saudi Arabia and was ruled out for up to three weeks. But the 28-year-old …

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Renard reveals ‘decisive’ stage in Ahly talks

CAIRO: Ahly-bound coach Herve Renard indicated that the Egyptian champions have the ball in their court as he hopes to take the team’s hot seat. The Frenchman has been admittedly linked with the job as Ahly are looking for an overseas manager to succeed interim boss Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Shafi ‘Zizo’. "Talks are ongoing and we are …

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