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Andy Murray
18:21 GMT
Britain’s top player Andy Murray is keen to ensure his Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open quarter-final loss to teenager Borna Coric on Thursday will not affect his form going into a crucial Davis Cup tie next week.
Sepp Blatter
18:14 GMT
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has confirmed that the last date for the Qatar 2022 World Cup final should not go beyond 18th December, in an attempt to protect English football's traditional Boxing Day games.
Roger Federer
11:41 GMT
Defending champion Roger Federer will meet four-time champion Novak Djokovic in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open at the Dubai Tennis Stadium on Saturday.

February 27, 2015

Chelsea sign £40m-a-year Yokohama Rubber shirt sponsorship deal (picture courtesy of
15:36 GMT
The Blues' five-year shirt deal with the Japanese tyre giant is understood to be the second most lucrative in world football behind Manchester United's agreement with Chevrolet
Robin van Persie
14:52 GMT
The Manchester United boss has confirmed the Dutch striker faces a "long time" out of action and admits failing to finish in the top four would be a "big disappointment"
Europa League draw: Roma meet Fiorentina, Villarreal against Sevilla
13:44 GMT
There are two same country match-ups amongst the Round of 16 ties, while Inter face a tough clash with Wolfsburg
Fiorentina players celebrate Salah's goal
00:34 GMT
The Fiorentina coach is delighted with the player they brought on loan to Chelsea in exchange for the Colombian attacker following their Europa League win over Tottenham

February 26, 2015

Novak Djokovic
21:41 GMT
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer blew past a pair of hampered opponents on Thursday as three of the leading four seeds reached the semi-finals of the Dubai Classic.
Fiorentina 2-0 Tottenham (agg 3-1): Salah strikes as Spurs crash out
21:37 GMT
The Egyptian capitalised on a poor touch from Jan Vertonghen to send Vincenzo Montella's men into the last 16 of the Europa League after Mario Gomez broke the deadlock
Borna Coric
15:54 GMT
Andy Murray fell victim to 55 unforced errors as the third seed crumbled in a 6-1, 6-3 defeat with Croatian teenager Borna Coric reaching the semi-finals of the Dubai Classic on Thursday at the Scot's expense.
Michael Schumacher
14:34 GMT
As the stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher continues his painfully slow recovery at his Swiss lakeside home, his family have reportedly sold off their holiday home in Norway for a little less than 2 million pounds.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships logo
11:01 GMT
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships has received the ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year Award for an unprecedented and remarkable 11th time in 12 years. .

February 25, 2015

Arsenal 1-3 Monaco: Boos rain down as Gunners outclassed by Berbatov & Co
22:10 GMT
Arsenal's Champions League hopes were dealt a huge blow as Monaco secured a deserved victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Atletico Madrid: Calhanoglu stunner rocks 10-man Rojiblancos
22:08 GMT
Last season's Champions League runners-up have it all to do in the second leg after a disastrous night at the BayArena
Andy Murray
16:32 GMT
World Number Three Andy Murray eased his way past Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller in their first round encounter at the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open here on Tuesday.
Scudamore threatens to sue over 2022 winter World Cup
15:39 GMT
The Premier League is considering legal action against Fifa after its recommendation to move the 2022 World Cup to November and December threatened to wipe out the traditional English Christmas fixture list.
FIFA refuse club compensation for 2022 winter World Cup
14:23 GMT
FIFA will not offer to pay clubs compensation for staging the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in November-December, a leading official said in Doha on Wednesday.
Jerome Valcke
13:03 GMT
The 2021 Confederations Cup will not be held in Qatar, FIFA announced on Wednesday.

February 24, 2015

Manchester City 1-2 Barcelona: Suarez double leaves Pellegrini's men on the brink
22:08 GMT
The former Liverpool star struck twice in a dominant first half for the Catalan giants, who held on comfortably despite Sergio Aguero's second-half strike for the hosts
Juventus 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: Tevez and Morata give hosts the advantage
22:06 GMT
The Argentine saw his opener cancelled out by Marco Reus but the Italian side restored their lead in the first half and were able to hold on for the remainder of the game
Scudamore very disappointed at Fifa's announcement to hold 2022 World Cup in November or December
17:01 GMT
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said he was "very disappointed" at Fifa's announcement that the 2022 World Cup is to be held in "November or December".
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
16:28 GMT
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge called Tuesday on FIFA to compensate clubs if the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is moved to November and December.
2022 World Cup set for November start
16:02 GMT
The 2022 World Cup should be held in Qatar in November and December, a FIFA task force recommended Tuesday.
Roger Federer
15:50 GMT
World No. 2 Roger Federer showed no signs of rustiness as he produced a clinical 6-3, 6-1 win over two-time finalist Mikhail Youzhny before a near-capacity crowd on the opening night of the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open late on Monday.
FIFA mulls video replays for referees to eliminate on field mistakes
14:09 GMT
Chairman of FIFA's referees committee and Britain's vice-president of the world governing body, Jim Boyce, has claimed that he has changed his opinion about video replays and would back their use for penalty-area incidents.

February 23, 2015

Andy Murray
21:34 GMT
Andy Murray admitted he was struggling without his coach Amelie Mauresmo ahead of this week’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Mohamed Salah
17:56 GMT
Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah continued his perfect start in Italy after scoring his second Serie A goal in Fiorentina’s 1-1 draw with Torino on Sunday.
Egypt won't bid for hosting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations to instead support Arab neighbours Algeria in their bid
16:56 GMT
Egypt has announced it won't bid for hosting the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to instead support Arab neighbours Algeria in their bid.
Vincent Kompany
15:18 GMT
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insisted the Premier League champion does not fear Barcelona as the two teams prepare to face each other in the opening leg of their UEFA Champions League round-of-16 tie.
Roger Federer
14:01 GMT
Former World number one Roger Federer is hoping he can rediscover his form of the last six months of 2014 to stage a serious bid on defending his title at this week’s Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open.

February 22, 2015

Nabil Fekir
20:31 GMT
The 21-year-old attacker has been heavily linked with a summer move to North London, but insists he will only leave Lyon if he is guaranteed a place in their first XI
2022 Qatar World Cup logo
17:13 GMT
The heads of Europe's leading clubs and leagues, including Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore, will make a last-ditch stand this week to prevent the 2022 Qatar World Cup being switched to November and December, causing untold damage to the global calendar and potentially throwing television scheduling into chaos.
Rio Ferdinand
15:46 GMT
The former England captain says FIFA and UEFA have "let football down, time and time again" in failing to adequately address the issue of racism.
Ana Ivanovic
13:40 GMT
Dubai Duty Free, one of the UAE's leading airport retailers, and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) have re-signed this week global tennis stars Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki as brand ambassadors for Dubai Duty Free.
Mikhail Youzhny
08:46 GMT
Two-time semi-finalist Mikhail Youzhny will be looking to go at least one better as he makes his 14th successive appearance at the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open that starts at the Dubai Tennis Stadium from Monday.

February 21, 2015

ES Setif team
20:14 GMT
Egypt's Ahly scored deep in stoppage time to bring back to mind their memorable Confederation Cup triumph last year but their hopes were crushed after they lost 6-5 on penalties away to Algeria's ES Setif in the African Super Cup on Saturday.
Simona Halep
19:38 GMT
Top-seeded Simona Halep earned the tenth title of her career and made it a Gulf double by capturing the Dubai Open with a tenacious and skilful 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) win over Karolina Pliskova on Saturday.
Roger Federer
18:06 GMT
The defending champion of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships champion Roger Federer surprised guests at the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Burj Al Arab on Thursday evening.
Mo Farah
17:45 GMT
Double Olympic and World champion Mo Farah has claimed that after winning the European 10,000-metre gold, his Great Britain teammate Andy Vernon questioned his nationality.

February 20, 2015

Karim Bellarabi
13:05 GMT
The attacker has ended all speculation about his future by inking a new deal with the Bundesliga outfit until the summer of 2020
Indira Kaljo
12:47 GMT
Bosnian-American Indira Kaljo has successfully petitioned FIBA to allow the wearing of the hijab in domestic games, but not in international competition, yet
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships logo
12:41 GMT
Two more seeds fell by the wayside as Karolina Pliskova and Garbine Muguruza fought their way into the semi-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open at the Dubai Tennis Stadium on Thursday.
Manchester City team
12:34 GMT
Manchester City are taking their City Football School to Al Ain as part of the club’s commitment to junior football in the UAE.

February 19, 2015

Luis Figo
20:58 GMT
The Fifa presidential candidate has launched his manifesto which includes a potential expansion of the game's biggest international competition
CAF logo
16:53 GMT
True to their promise that they were going to sue CAF, the Moroccan football federation has deposited a complaint at the Court of Arbitration in Sports, CAS, over the decision by the latter to suspend the North African country from the next two editions of the Africa cup of Nations and a fine of one million dollars.
2022 World Cup to be held in November-December
14:52 GMT
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar November-December 2022, the US magazine Sports Illustrated reported late Wednesday.
The Africa Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) logo
13:32 GMT
The 2015 African Women's Volleyball Club Championship has been scheduled to hold from March 26 to April 6 in Cairo, Egypt, the Africa Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) announced on Wednesday.
Venus Williams
10:48 GMT
Defending champion Venus Williams was beaten 6-4 6-2 by Lucie Safrova in the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday.

February 18, 2015

Schalke 0-2 Real Madrid: Ronaldo and Marcelo give visitors the edge
22:04 GMT
The Portuguese star opened the scoring with a header in the first half before the left-back tied it up with a sweet strike from outside the box
Basel 1-1 Porto: Danilo rescues draw for Portuguese side
22:02 GMT
The Swiss side took the lead early on in the game but a penalty awarded in the 79th minute saw the visitors tie it up ahead of the second leg
Barcelona team
20:19 GMT
The Catalan club have denied upsetting their south-west Asian sponsors with their new television contract and revealed that Wifi will be installed at Camp Nou as part of the deal
Venus Williams
16:01 GMT
Defending champion Venus Williams has admitted that she has made things harder for herself while pushing the limits of women’s tennis.
2022 Qatar World Cup logo
13:38 GMT
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) for the 2022 Fifa World Cup launched the UAE leg of its ‘Challenge 22’ initiative on Saturday.
Caroline Wozniaki
11:03 GMT
Former champion Petra Kvitova joined ex-world number ones Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic in the third round of the Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open.

February 17, 2015

Cavani saves PSG
22:00 GMT
The Blues have a slim advantage going into the second leg of their Champions League encounter, though the defender's effort was levelled on the night by Edinson Cavani
Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich: Alonso sees red in scrappy stalemate
21:57 GMT
Chances were at a premium in Lviv as Mircea Lucescu's side frustrated the German champions, who had their Spanish midfielder sent off for two bookings
Paris Saint-Germain team
16:06 GMT
Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Bayern Munich complete the most passes on average in Europe, with the French champions leading the Huawei Team Ranking ahead of the Catalans and the Bundesliga side in third.
Yaya Toure
13:22 GMT
The 36-year-old believes the return of the midfielder will give the club a massive boost as they prepare to face Barcelona
Martina Hingis
09:06 GMT
Tennis legend Martina Hingis has turned the clock back to compete once more in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, eight years after her last appearance in the UAE.

February 16, 2015

Omar Gaber
22:33 GMT
Zamalek midfielder Omar Gaber has officially lodged a complaint against his club after it prevented him from attending Monday's training.
Wilfried Bony
16:08 GMT
The Ivorian made the switch to the Premier League champions in January for approximately €35 million but had been unable to train with his new team-mates due to a visa problem
Fatma al Nabhani
13:54 GMT
Oman's top player Fatma al Nabhani recorded one of the biggest wins of her career when she paired up with Mona Barthel of Germany to advance to the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships in UAE on Sunday.
Simona Halep
13:35 GMT
Simona Halep feels the field is wide open after Serena Williams pulled out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships through injury on Saturday.
Omantel Professional League shield
11:30 GMT
In a step to boost professionalism in Omani football, the Oman Football Association (OFA) announced on Sunday that it has signed an agreement with Dubai Sports Channel for the telecast of the ongoing Omantel Professional League (OPL) matches.

February 15, 2015

Zinedine Zidane
21:26 GMT
The Frenchman has worked closely with Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti but he is in awe of the Catalan's footballing philosophy
Italy team
15:46 GMT
Qatar will host another high-profile international football friendly when Italy take on Portugal at the Al Sadd Stadium on June 16 this year.
Jesualdo Ferreira
14:09 GMT
Former Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira will take charge of the 11-times Egyptian League champions Zamalek until the end of the season, the club said on Saturday.
Emirates Airline sponsors ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
13:49 GMT
Emirates Airline has launched a celebration of cricket with fans the world over, as the national teams from 14 countries commence their journey to compete for the glory and the title of world champions at the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Mohamed Salah
08:27 GMT
After bagging his first Serie A goal for the Viola, the Egyptian is now hoping to help take down Tottenham in the Europa League

February 14, 2015

Mohamed Salah
22:44 GMT
@22mosalah We don't give up. We fight to reach what we want. Thank God.
Salah celebrates his goal
22:34 GMT
Khouma Babacar scored a brace for Fiorentina in their 3-1 win at Sassuolo in Saturday's opening game of the Serie A weekend.
Novak Djokovic
22:28 GMT
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic cut a picture of someone who was simply trying to come to terms with his tiredness and physical fatigue at the Australian Open final last month.