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February 20, 2017

The five-time Ballon D'or winner’s planned visit to Cairo was postponed twice
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Barcelona star Lionel Messi will arrive in Egypt on Tuesday for a one-day visit to promote the country’s Tour n’ Cure medical tourism campaign, trip organizers Prime Pharma announced on Monday.
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Esteghlal of Khuzestan has defeated hosting FC Al-Fateh of Al-Hasa, Saudi Arabia in the first day of Group B on Monday.
The 41-year-old official had agreed a move to the Middle East but will now definitely take charge of at least one more game in England's top flight
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The 41-year-old official had agreed a move to the Middle East but will now definitely take charge of at least one more game in England's top flight
Chirag Suri (Photo: Pankaj Sharma/Gulf News)
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Iran’s Esteghlal Khuzestan started the 2017 AFC Champions League with a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia’s Al Fateh on Tuesday in Group B on Monday.
Another 21 were acquitted. Charges ranged from premeditated and attempted murder to theft and vandalism.
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Ten defendants in a 2012 Egyptian football stadium riot, in which 74 people were killed, saw their death sentences upheld by an Egyptian court Monday.
Belgium's Ben Hermans (C-R), from BMC Racing Team, raises an arm in celebration as he wears the red jersey of the overall winner of the tour, while standing between Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (R) from Team Katusha Alpecin wearing the green jersey of the best sprinter, Eritrean Merhawi Kudus (C-L) from Team Dimension Data wearing the white jersey of the best youg rider, and Belgian Aime De Gendt from SVB team wearing with the dotted jersey of the most agressive rider, during the victory ceremony after the 6th and final stage of the 8th edition of the cycling Tour of Oman between on February 19, 2017.
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Ben Hermans of BMC Racing Team clinched his first major title of his career on Sunday when the Belgian safeguarded his lead in the general classification on the sixth and final stage of the 2017 Tour of Oman that concluded at Muttrah Corniche.

February 19, 2017

The former Liverpool skipper paid a visit to the Mall of the Emirates where he interacted with several fans. (Photo: goal.com)
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The former Liverpool skipper paid a visit to the Mall of the Emirates where he interacted with several fans…
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Jordan Cup titleholders Ahli will play an away match against Syria’s Jeish on Monday, while reigning Jordan Professional Football League champs Wihdat will host Lebanon’s Nijmeh on Tuesday, as Round 1 of the 14th Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup kicks off.
Winners of various categories of the Muscat Open Golf Championship at the awards ceremony at the Ras al Hamra Golf Club (Photo: Muscat Daily)
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Sam Hobday of the UK emerged as the champion after two days of action in the Muscat Open Golf Championship 2017 at Ras al Hamra Golf Club (RAHGC) recently.
Sonny Bill Williams
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A rugby star from New Zealand has been named among 2017's most influential Muslims around the world, according to a leading Islamic research centre.
All set for main draw action with organisers confident event will get even better with time (Photo: Gulf News)
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All set for main draw action with organisers confident event will get even better with time

February 18, 2017

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Two Egyptian squash players, Youssef Ibrahim and Mohamed Saied, represented Egypt in the 2017 Squash Open D’Italia.
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic poses for a picture with the winner's trophy after winning against Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during their final tennis match in the WTA Qatar Total Open on February 18, 2017, in Doha. Karolina Pliskova beat Caroline Wozniacki for the first time in her career to claim the Qatar Open title.
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Karolina Pliskova beat Caroline Wozniacki for the first time in her career to claim the Qatar Open title on Saturday.
Reza Shekari Qezel Qayah (Photo: presstv.ir)
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Iranian midfielder Reza Shekari Qezel Qayah has concluded an agreement to join Russian professional football club FC Rostov, which currently plays at the Russian Premier League.
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Sharjah Ladies Club, SLC, has announced that more than AED100, 000 worth of prizes will be at stake for this year’s Sharjah Ladies Run, taking place on February 24.

February 17, 2017

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DDF to continue as premier sponsor of global women’s tennis
The Real Madrid star will start filming on a series based on a Syrian family fleeing the civil war as refugees, alongside the world-famous actress
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The Real Madrid star will start filming on a series based on a Syrian family fleeing the civil war as refugees, alongside the world-famous actress
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The National Olympic Academy will hold a four-day course called "The Future of Sport in the UAE," which will provide an academic perspective.
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Iran’s national squad of freestyle wrestlers defeated the US rivals at the final to crown the World Cup for the sixth consecutive time.

February 16, 2017

Gap in the fixture schedule next week means Guardiola’s men will have a few days away
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Gap in the fixture schedule next week means Guardiola’s men will have a few days away
The Real striker scored his first goal in over a month against Napoli on Wednesday, easing the pressure on him from supporters
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The Real striker scored his first goal in over a month against Napoli on Wednesday, easing the pressure on him from supporters
Suhail Azzam, who will represent Jordan at the Asian Winter Games next week, in an undated photo (Photo: JOC Media Service)
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Jordan will send two skiers to the 8th Asian Winter Games taking place in Sapporo, Japan, from February 19-26, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service.
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@ahdaafme: OFFICIAL: Mark Clattenburg will quit his job in English football to take up a new refereeing role in Saudi Arabia. #DawryJameel
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A UAE newspaper has said that the second National Sports Day serves as a reminder of the important role of sport and other physical activities in our lives.
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The French junior football team defeated the Moroccans 11-10 in penalty shoot-out as the full time of the final of the third edition of the international Jeem Cup ended in 2-2 draw.

February 15, 2017

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The Dead Sea Ultramarathon is to return and continue to be sponsored by LG Electronics, according to Run Jordan, the sole entity dedicated to bringing together different marathon events and races in Jordan under one umbrella.
The Egyptian Athletics Federation president Walid Atta supported the athlete, saying that Abdelrahman is the victim of personal conflicts between the federation and others.
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Egyptian javelin thrower Ihab Abdelrahman has been suspended for two years by the World Anti-Doping Agency after failing two doping tests.
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi looks on during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona on February 14, 2017 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
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Barcelona star Lionel Messi has postponed a medical tourism campaign visit to Egypt following his side’s 4-0 defeat against Paris St-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The Ghana international attacker is one of more than 40 players to have been punished for the crime
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The Ghana international attacker is one of more than 40 players to have been punished for the crime
Turkish Football Federation headquarters
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Turkey has announced its candidacy to host the European football Championship in 2024, joining Germany in the running.

February 14, 2017

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In a latest development, a study has revealed that work-hard, play-hard culture may put elite athletes at higher risk of substance abuse.
Jordan’s Qusai Hubbub has his eye on the big time in fencing (Photo: JOC Media Service)
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Fourteen-year-old Qusai Habboub has big ambitions, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service.
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The sixth edition of Qatar Sports Day Kicked off Tuesday. The event launches in the second Tuesday of February of every year in compliance with an Emiri decision.
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Jordan finished the West Asian Table Tennis Championships with four gold, four silver and five bronze medals after a glorious final day in Aqaba, according to the Jordan Olympic Committee News Service.
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UAE Rugby is hosting 4 touch-rugby festivals across the Emirates as part of celebrations for UAE National Sports Day on Thursday, February 16th.

February 13, 2017

Manny says April bout will be in UAE, but Horn’s camp adamant on Australia plans
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Manny Pacquiao revealed on Sunday that his April fight against Jeff Horn will be in the UAE, but Horn’s promoters are adamant it will still be in Australia as initially planned.
Oman Hockey Association chief Talib Al Wahaibi (Photo: Times of Oman)
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Oman has been granted the rights to host the hockey qualifiers for the 2018 Asian Games as well as the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) congress later this year, according to Talib al Wahaibi, the chairman of the Oman Hockey Association (OHA).
Russian has finished second three times in 13 appearances in the emirate
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Russian has finished second three times in 13 appearances in the emirate
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Tunisia won the bronze medal of the Women's 1st World Championship of the Sport-boule lyonnaise, Sunday in Saint-Vulbas (France) after conceding defeat to China 0-6 in the semi-final.
Late Iranian wrestler Nasser Hosseinpour rests as Iranian wrestler and two-time World Champion Reza Yazdani visits him at his house in the city of Juybar, northern Iran, in this undated picture. (Photo: Press TV)
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Iran’s veteran wrestler Nasser Hosseinpour has died of colon cancer after suffering a nearly three-long battle with the malady that had invaded other parts of his body, and had even struck him with a brain hemorrhage.

February 12, 2017

The Gunners are feeling assured ahead of their upcoming game in Europe on Wednesday, according to their midfielder
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The Gunners are feeling assured ahead of their upcoming game in Europe on Wednesday, according to their midfielder
Roma's Bosnian forward Edin Dzeko (R) celebrates after scoring with teammate Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah during the Italian Serie A football match FC Crotone vs AS Roma on February 12, 2017 at the Ezio Scida Stadium, in Crotone.
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As Roma coach Luciano Spalletti lavished praise on Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian winger led Roma to a 2-0 win over Crotone on Sunday.
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Manny Pacquiao has confirmed his next fight against Australia’s Jeff Horn will be held in the UAE.
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Muscat Rugby Football Club (MRFC) came up with a dominant display to outplay the visiting Doha side for a 47-0 victory in a crucial match of the Gulf Rugby League at Muscat rugby field on Friday.
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Sharjah Women's Sports Foundation, SWSF, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with Sharjah Equestrian and Racing Club to advance women's competitiveness and professionalism in equestrianism and to enhance their presence at regional and international sporting events.

February 11, 2017

The Swedish striker has been in prolific form for Manchester United and makes life tough for his colleagues in training, says one of them
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The Swedish striker has been in prolific form for Manchester United and makes life tough for his colleagues in training, says one of them
The former Napoli and Juventus defender says his old teammate has embraced the Italian defensive philosophy to make Real Madrid successful again
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The former Napoli and Juventus defender says his old teammate has embraced the Italian defensive philosophy to make Real Madrid successful again
German faces one of the strongest fields ever with seven of the top ten players in the fray
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German faces one of the strongest fields ever with seven of the top ten players in the fray
Zamalek's players celebrate after winning the Egyptian Super Cup football match against Al-Ahly, on February 10, 2017, at Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi.
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Zamalek SC heartened its fans after it defeated its rival Al-Ahly 3-1 on penalties in the Egyptian Super Cup, which was held at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) capital of Abu Dhabi.

February 10, 2017

The Wales international, who has been suffering with an ankle tendon problem, is back in individual training and desperate to return to action
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The Wales international, who has been suffering with an ankle tendon problem, is back in individual training and desperate to return to action
The Foxes boss has sought to get two key figures firing again, with the reigning Premier League champions enduring a torrid defence of their crown
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The Foxes boss has sought to get two key figures firing again, with the reigning Premier League champions enduring a torrid defence of their crown
Al Kaabi with the trophy on the podium (Photo: Khaleej Times)
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UAE's national team and Elite Club shooter Khaled Al Kaabi has clinched the Gold Medal of Cyprus Grand Prix in the Double Skeet Shooting, having beaten the Russian veteran Musin Vasila, who boasts of a great record in the game.
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Fatima Al Ali is no stranger to the frozen floor. But she was a stranger to the Washington Capitals, until this week. Al Ali, who is from Abu Dhabi, showed off her skills Wednesday at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

February 9, 2017

Kuwait and Brazil junior football teams before the match (Photo: KUNA)
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Kuwait's junior football team defeated Brazil on Thursday, 3-1, in the ongoing third edition of the international "Jeem Cup".
Egypt's performance in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations raised the Pharaohs to 23 in FIFA's global rankings
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Egypt's performance in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations raised the Pharaohs to 23 in FIFA's global rankings
The event is held every four years. Japan is the reigning champion.
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Jordan plays Algeria in two friendlies this month as part of preparations for the 2018 AFC Women's Football Championship.
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The General Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare (GAYSW) and the Bahrain Ministry of Youth and Sports, signed a schedule of agreement for 2016 to 2018 to activate an MoU...
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Ahmed Yasin Mal Allah, founder and leader of the Kuwait University Cycling team, cycled 500km for an entire week through the UAE.

February 8, 2017

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The beautiful game returns to war-torn Aleppo, as Kuwait welcomed an Iraqi player for the first time in 30 years.
Qatar's Al-Sadd failed to advance to AFC Champions League's group stage
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The line-up of the AFC Champions League group stage is almost complete as Ulsan Hyundai, Shanghai SIPG, Gamba Osaka, Al Fateh, Bunyodkor, Esteghlal, Al Wahda and Brisbane Roar all sealed their places on Tuesday and Wednesday following two days of play-off action.
Sheikh Salman Humoud Al-Sabah
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Kuwait’s emir yesterday issued a decree accepting the resignation of the information and youth minister who quit before facing a confidence vote over an international sports ban.
Swiss set for another crack at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title
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With a little over three weeks left until the men’s finals of the 25th anniversary of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, defending champion Stan Wawrinka is hoping to repeat his victory in Dubai and hold the trophy aloft again.
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Bahrain’s first-ever national sports day was a big success as citizens and expatriates participated with great enthusiasm, in a variety of sports and entertaining activities held across the nation yesterday.

February 7, 2017

Joji Takeuchi (M) of Japan is challenged by Oshin Sahakian (R) and Hamed Haddadi of Iran during their FIBA Asia Basketball championship match in Changsha, China's Hunan province on September 23, 2015. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO
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A mixture of Iranian experienced and young basketball players will travel to Tokyo to play two friendly matches with Japan.
Ahly lead this seasons league table with 45 points, 11 ahead of Zamalek who still have two matches ahead of them
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Ahly and Zamalek international players headed Tuesday to the United Arab Emirates to join the two teams' current training camps amid preparations for the Egyptian Super Cup match on 10 February.
A delegation from Beirut's Municipality meet NGO GAME in Danish capital of Copenhagen (Photo: GAME)
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Beirut municipality is on the hunt for a space to house a public indoor youth sports facility after teaming up with Danish NGO GAME to engage children of all backgrounds across the capital in sports.
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The UAE will soon add another feather to its cricketing cap by hosting the 2017 World Indoor Cricket Federation (WICF) World Cup.
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@EmpireFiles: Tel Aviv soccer fans unfurl huge banner honoring Trump––Israelis love Trump because he shares their disturbing vision of ethno-nationalism
Sheikh Salman Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah
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Information and Youth Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Hmoud Al-Sabah yesterday submitted his resignation to the Cabinet two days before a scheduled no-confidence vote against him following a grilling over Kuwait’s sports ban.