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31st Jan 2014

Athletics
Mo Farah will face world record holder Wilson Kipsang in a strong field competing at the 2014 London Marathon. British double Olympic and world champion Farah ran half the race in 2013 and will make his full debut in the event on  April 13.

The 30-year-old will also face Olympic and world marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich over the 26.2-mile course.“I am expecting it to be one of my toughest races and a real learning experience,” said Farah.

Cricket
Dav Whatmore’s tenure in charge of Pakistan national side ended with an unlikely Test victory over his native Sri Lanka on Jan 20, with fielding coach Julian Fountain also departing after the 1-1 series draw.

Pakistan have been operating without a dedicated batting coach but have also advertised for that position, with a deadline on all three posts of February 6.

Football
Franck Ribery has expressed his deep regret at missing out on the Ballon d’Or award on Jan 13. The current UEFA Best player in Europe was beaten into third place by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the FIFA award, despite winning five trophies in the calendar year with his club Bayern Munich. “What more could I have done other than to win absolutely everything with Bayern? ” said the Frenchman to the Bild newspaper.

Nevertheless, Ribery says he is unconcerned at missing out on an award which would mean little compared with the trophies he has been winning for Bayern. “Whether I finish second or third makes no difference. I’m no egoist and this title is not my aim – I’d rather win everything with Bayern all over again and then win the World Cup. That’s important.”

Man City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has been named the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Footballer of the Year. It is a third straight title for Toure, who also won December’s BBC African Footballer of the Year award. He was up against fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba, of Galatasaray, and Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi.

The Qatar 2022 World Cup will not be played in the summer months, FIFA’s governing body secretary general Jérôme Valcke announced on Jan 8.

President Sepp Blatter had already said the tournament could only take place in November and December if it was to be moved from its traditional slot in June and July to avoid the searing heat in the Gulf, as he promised the event would not clash with that year’s Winter Olympics – which are likely to be held in the February.

However, Qatar 2022 had remained hopeful that it could host the World Cup in the summer with the introduction of air-cooling technology in each venue.

But Valcke has now completely ruled out the prospect, insisting that the matches will be played between November 15 and January 15. FIFA did, however, play down Valcke’s comments, claiming that he had only been expressing his view.

 

Squash

Technifibre British Junior Open Squash, Sheffield (Jan 2 -6)

Girls: Under 13s: Aifa Azman (Malaysia) bt Jana Shiha (Egypt) 3-2. Under 15s: Siv Subramanian (Malaysia) bt Hania El Hammamy (Egypt) 3-2. Under 17s: Habiba Mohamed (Egypt) bt Hana Basem (Egypt) 3-0. Under 19s: Yathreb Adel (Egypt) bt Mariam Metwally (Egypt) 3-1.

Boys: Under 13s: Mohamed El Shamy (Egypt) bt Moustafa Assal (Egypt) 3-2. Under 15s: Youssef Ibrahim (Egypt) bt Moustafa Montaser (Egypt) 3-0. Under 17s: Youssef Soliman (Egypt) bt Ng Eain Yow (Malaysia) 3-1. Under 19s: Ahmad Alsarai (Jordan) bt Diego Elias (Per) 3-1.

Damir Dzumhurs dream Australian Open was over at the 3rd round but the young Bosnian left Melbourne safe in the knowledge he made history when he came through qualifying to become the first player ever to represent Bosnia in the main draw of a grand slam.

The 21 year old did not stop there, beating Jan Hajek in the first round and then reaching round three when his Croatian opponent Ivan Dodig was so incapacitated by cramp that he had to retire.

That win earned Dzumhur a match on Melbourne Park’s second stadium, Hisense Arena, against seventh seed Tomas Berdych. He matched his illustrious opponent for much of the first set but, once Berdych broke serve in the 10th game, the Czech was not in any danger, running out a 6-4 6-2 6-2 winner.

Dzumhur said: “There was all the crowd, a big stadium, which I’d never played on before, so it was a big opportunity for me and I hope I used it. I know I couldn’t play my best because I was a bit stressed but definitely I hope the people who watched enjoyed the match.”

Progress of other Muslim players Australian Open:

Men’s  Singles qualifiers: Round 2: Marsel Ilhan (Turkey) lost (6:1 | 6:7 ) to Wayne Odesnik (USA).  Round 1: Mohamed Safwat (Egypt) lost (6:4 | 6:4 ) to Alessandro Giannessi (Italy). Mirza Basic(Bosnia) lost (6:4 | 6:7 ) to Peter Polansky (Canada).

Women’s  Singles qualifiers: Round 1: Aravane Rezai (France) lost (6:4 | 6:2) to Alla Kudryavtseva (Russia). Akgul Amanmuradova (Uzbekistan) lost (7:5 | 6:2 ) to Shelby Rogers (USA). Nigina Abduraimova (Uzbekistan) lost (6:3 | 6:2) Mathilde Johansson (France).

Men’s Doubles: Round 3: Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan) & Rohan Bopanna (India) lost (7:6 | 6:4) to Treat Huey (Philippines) &; Dominic Inglot (UK).

Women’s Doubles: Quarterfinals: Sania Mirza (India) & Cara Black (Zimbabwe) lost (6:2 | 3:6 | 6:4) to Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci (Italy).

Mixed Doubles: Quarterfinals: Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan) & Julia Goerges (Germany) lost (6:3 | 6:4 ) to Sania Mirza (India) & Horia Tecau (Romania).

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