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New form of water fun: Stand Up Paddling

Balancing on the board uses the core muscles and the paddling itself engages every muscle in the upper body. SUP is a complete workout on the water, even a gentle paddle at a leisurely pace burns calories, yet it does not feel like any kind of exercise.

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Cruising in Cairo

Cruising presents the opportunity to unwind after a long work week. For Sayeed, it means more: this time with friends represents one of the few choices that exist in his life, and indeed, one of the only avenues of self- expression available to him.

Daily News Egypt

Squash tournament returns to Egypt after troubles

By AP CAIRO: One of the world’s leading squash tournaments will return to Egypt this weekend after it was dropped last year because of the revolution, raising hopes of a sporting revival in the troubled country. Professional Squash Association chief executive Alex Gough says he’s “delighted” that the El Gouna International Squash Open, which starts …

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Al Jazeera sees sporting chance of global media brand

By Leila Abboud, Gwénaëlle Barzic and Keith Weir / Reuters PARIS: Al Jazeera, best known for its Middle Eastern news coverage, is taking aim at Europe’s pay-TV market, using sport to build a global media brand, just as owner Qatar is raising its profile by hosting the 2022 World Cup. The broadcaster is racing to launch …

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FIFA must specify regions for World Cup bids: Richards

By Regan Doherty / Reuters DOHA: Soccer’s ruling body FIFA should specify regions where it would like to stage World Cups so that nations outside those locations do not waste money on losing bids, said English Premier League chairman Dave Richards. “I believe England didn’t understand the ground rules when we went in – and paid …

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El Gouna International Squash Open to kick off on April 5

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: Professional squash players from 16 different countries are coming together next month for the Second International Squash Open held in Gouna, aiming to bring Egypt’s tourism industry back on track. El Gouna Second International Squash Open is scheduled for April 5-13. “We are delighted to be hosting for the second time the …

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Egypt season canceled in wake of match violence

By AP CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association has canceled the rest of this season’s league matches in the wake of rioting at a match last month that killed 71 people and injured hundreds of others. The league was suspended less than halfway through the season after the deadly stampede on Feb. 1 in Port Said …

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Despite hardships, Palestinians train for Olympics

By Ibrahim Barzak and Mohammed / AP GAZA CITY: Darting down the bumpy streets of Gaza wearing a cheap pair of sneakers, Palestinian runner Bahaa Al-Farra dodges potholes and traffic as he trains to compete against the world’s best athletes at the London Olympics. Although an Olympic medal is a near impossibility, the 400-meter runner takes …

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Mainz’s Zidan fined for anti-Kaiserslautern chant

By AP BERLIN: Mainz striker Mohamed Zidan has been fined €6,000 ($7,900) for joining fans in a chant containing a mild expletive against local Bundesliga rival Kaiserslautern. The German Football Federation imposed the fine Wednesday for Zidan’s “unsporting behavior” after Mainz’s 4-0 derby win over Kaiserslautern on Feb. 28, when the Egypt international joined the …

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FIFA lifts headscarf ban on female players

By Rob Harris / AP BAGSHOT, England: The International Football Association Board annual meeting took a step toward clearing the way for female Muslim players to wear hijabs during games, five years after banning the headscarves because of safety reasons. FIFA Vice President Prince Ali on Jordan gave a presentation to show how headscarves can be …

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Dortmund wary of returning Mainz striker Zidan

By Ciaran Fahey / AP BERLIN: Mohamed Zidan has been in good scoring form since leaving Borussia Dortmund, and the Bundesliga leader will hope it doesn’t continue when he visits with current side Mainz on Saturday. Zidan has netted in four consecutive games for Mainz since his winter transfer. The 30-year-old Egypt striker aims to become …

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Hassan ready to end doubts over record 179th cap

By Osama Khairy / Reuters CAIRO: Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan was determined to wipe out any doubts about whether he is the most capped international in world soccer by playing against Niger in Wednesday’s friendly in Doha. Football’s governing body FIFA was unable to immediately confirm on Tuesday whether Hassan had already earned a record …

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Football league could resume in empty stadiums

CAIRO: The Egyptian Football Association says the domestic league could resume in empty stadiums after the mourning period ends on March 15 for the 71 people killed in the country’s worst football violence. Association spokesman Azmy Megahed said on Wednesday that the final decision lies with the prime minister and security officials. But Megahed said …

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Egypt plummets, Zambia soars in FIFA rankings

ZURICH: Egypt plummeted 25 places in the FIFA rankings, as Zambia soared after winning the African Cup of Nations in monthly standings published Wednesday. Egypt dropped to No. 61 in the rankings, which weigh results over a rolling four-year period. The three-time defending African champions failed to qualify for the tournament. Zambia rose 28 places …

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Bradley committed to Egypt job despite turmoil

LONDON: Bob Bradley insisted he is “totally committed” to coaching Egypt’s national team despite the turmoil in the country following the riot at a game last week that left more than 70 dead. The federation president who hired Bradley last year and his board were dismissed by the prime minister in the aftermath of Wednesday’s …

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Blatter wants to reinstate Egypt football leaders

ASUNCION, Paraguay: FIFA President Sepp Blatter said he will seek to reinstate fired Egypt football federation leaders, calling their dismissal "direct interference" by the Cairo government. Blatter spoke Sunday in the Paraguay capital, where he attended a special congress of South American football officials aimed at toughening up rules against government intervention in football in …

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Sudan make quarterfinals for 1st time since 1970

MALABO: Reaching the African Cup of Nations quarterfinals with an entirely home-based squad is Sudan’s brightest footballing moment in more than 40 years. Sudan beat Burkina Faso 2-1 on Monday to climb above Angola and snatch a last-eight place with cup favorite Ivory Coast from Group B. The result not only advanced Sudan, it was …

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Egypt on list of African Cup absentees

JOHANNESBURG: African Cup leading scorer Samuel Eto’o tops a list of high-profile absentees at this year’s tournament after former winners Cameroon, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa all surprisingly missed out in qualifying. The 30-year-old Eto’o won’t be able to add to his 18 African Cup of Nations goals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, and his …

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Jonas Oliveira gives Brazil 2-0 win over Egypt

DOHA: Jonas Oliveira scored once in each half Monday to give Brazil a 2-0 win over Egypt in a friendly in Qatar. The Valencia striker struck in the 39th and 59th minutes at Al Rayyan Stadium in a match held to raise money for famine victims in Somalia. It was Brazil’s second victory in a …

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Handball federation president faces bribery probe

GENEVA: The president of the Swiss-based International Handball Federation is facing bribery and corruption allegations in a scandal over television contracts. Prosecutors in Hamburg, Germany, said Friday that they suspect Hassan Moustafa improperly received €602,000 ($830,000) in apparent consulting fees in 2007. Moustafa is suspected of "bribery and corruption and irregularities in the marketing of …

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Atletico too good for celebrating Zamalek

CAIRO: Atletico Madrid almost spoiled Zamalek’s centennial celebrations with an easy 4-1 victory over the Cairo club. Argentine striker Eduardo Salvio gave his side a two-goal cushion early in the first half before Mido reduced the arrears via a controversial penalty on 24 minutes. The Spanish side compounded their opponents’ woes via another brace from …

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Yaya Toure, Drogba up for African player award

CAIRO: Ivory Coast trio Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and Gervinho were among 10 footballers nominated for the African Player of the Year award on Wednesday. The three English Premier League players were joined by 2010 winner Samuel Eto’o and Ghanaian internationals Andre Ayew, Asamoah Gyan and Kevin-Prince Boateng on a list announced by the Confederation …

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Spain extends lead in FIFA world rankings

ZURICH: Former US coach Bob Bradley vaulted over his old team, leading African champion Egypt up seven places to No. 29, while Spain extended its lead at the top of FIFA’s monthly world rankings on Wednesday. The 2012 European Championship qualifying group winners also Greece and Denmark entered the top 10. Spain won its two …

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Tarragona edges Alexandria for 2017 Mediterraneans

By AP TARRAGONA, Spain: The Spanish city Tarragona says it has edged Egyptian counterpart Alexandria for the right to host the 2017 Mediterranean Games. Tarragona, located on the Mediterranean coast south of Barcelona, says on its town hall website it edged Alexandria in Saturday’s vote held in Mersin, Turkey. Tarragona will be the third Spanish …

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Morocco replaces Egypt as host for CAF qualifiers

CAIRO: The Confederation of African Football says Morocco will replace Egypt as host for the continent’s Olympic football qualifying tournament after an upsurge in violence in Cairo. CAF says on Thursday the cities of Marrakech and Tangiers will be the main venues for the eight-team under-23 competition. Additional stadiums are available in Rabat and Fes. …

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Violence moves Olympic qualifiers out of Egypt

CAIRO: Egypt’s football association says it has informed the Confederation of African Football that it cannot host an Olympic qualifying tournament because of a surge in violence in Cairo. EFA official Azmy Mejahed tells The Associated Press on Monday that the federation has apologized to CAF after it was told by Egyptian authorities that it …

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Bob Bradley signs as coach of Egypt national team

CAIRO: Former United States coach Bob Bradley signed a contract to take over the Egypt national team on Saturday, charged with reviving the fortunes of a side that recently failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations. The 53-year-old Bradley agreed a deal worth $37,000 a month until after the 2014 World Cup in …

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Libya beats Mozambique 1-0 in African qualifier

CAIRO: Playing its first match since the fall of Moammar Qaddafi, Libya’s national team beat Mozambique 1-0 Saturday in an African Cup of Nations qualifying match. The Libyan players wore a new white jersey with the three colors of the pre-Qaddafi flag used by the rebels. Rabie El-Lafi scored in the 30th minute with a …

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