SPORT BRIEF

24th Dec 2014

Boxing
Amir Khan produced a dominant performance to secure the WBC Silver welterweight title in unanimous points victory against American Devon Alexander in Las Vegas on Dec 14. After Khan, 28, dominated the early rounds, 27-year-old Alexander offered little until the eighth, when he managed to land a series of hooks. But the clinical Bolton fighter remained in charge, and all three judges scored heavily in his favour.


Amir Khan won in a unanimous decision over Devon Alexander in Las Vegas

Cricket
Taijul Islam became the first bowler to take a hat-trick on his one-day international debut as Bangladesh went in search of a series whitewash against Zimbabwe at Mirpur on Dec 1.
Islam’s hat-trick, spun Zimbabwe out for 128 and spurred Bangladesh to their second 5-0 series win. The home side won with 25.3 overs and five wickets to spare, with Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman unbeaten on 52 and 13 respectively.

Football
Palestine FA president Jibril Al Rajoub called on FIFA to sanction Israel and show them “the red card” after Israeli soldiers stormed his organisation’s offices earlier last month.
Al Rajoub, speaking after collecting the Asian Football Confederatio’s National Team of the Year award on Nov 30, said three armoured cars turned up at his offices and that he notified FIFA President Sepp Blatter of the incident. He said he will meet the Swiss in Morocco on Dec 17 to discuss the matter.

FIFA November World Ranking: FIFA world raking for November has been announced, with no major changes at the overall ranking level. Germany, Argentina and Colombia are still leading the world. At the African level, despite losing 3 places worldwide, Algeria is leading for the sixth consecutive month (18th worldwide), followed by Tunisia (22) who has been impressive in the AFCON qualifiers without any loss recorded, Tunisia jumped 9 spots. Bosnia and Herzegovina dropped 3 spots from last month and now stand at 29th, while fellow Europeans Turkey sink to 48th, down two rankings.

Transfers: Nov 26 – League Two Bury have signed Bristol City defender Adam El-Abd on loan. El-Abd, 30, capped seven times by Egypt, moved to the Robins in January from Brighton but has featured just twice in League One this season. League One side Gillingham have signed QPR defender Max Ehmer, 22, on loan until Jan 3. The German centre-back has made one appearance for QPR which came as a substitute in February 2013. Nov 17 – Port Vale signing of former England U19 defender Aziz Deen-Conteh on a 2-and-a-half-year deal. The 21-year-old made seven appearances for Greek side FC Ergotelis last season. Real Madrid have signaled their intent to let Sami Khedira leave next year by making a £9.5m offer for Cruzeiro defensive midfielder Lucas Silva. Madrid have identified the 21-year-old as the perfect replacement for the German after he refused to sign an extension to his contract, which expires at the end of the season.

Olympics
A 28-sport cap has been dropped for future Olympic Games as part of a 40-point action plan to revamp the sporting showpiece. Potential hosts will also find it easier and cheaper to bid under the “Olympic Agenda 2020” reforms. The changes are being voted on by the International Olympic Committee over two days at a meeting in Monaco. The IOC has also agreed to allow future events to be held outside the host country or city. The dropping of a 28-sport limit will see the Games instead restricted to 10,500 athletes and 310 events.
The changes mean sports such as baseball/softball and squash, which have previously not been added to the Olympic programme, could be part of future Games. However, that would require an existing Olympic sport, which enjoys multiple competitions, to reduce the number of its events.

 

Squash
PSA World Squash Championship: Doha, Qatar, (Nov 14 – 21): Egypt’s Rami Ashour defeated fellow countryman Mohamed Elshorbagy in an epic World Championship final. World number four Ashour needed 90 minutes to beat world number one Elshorbagy 3-2 (13-11, 7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 14-12) in what is being dubbed the greatest World Championship final. Ashour who recently recovered from an injury, came back from 2-1 down and sealed the win on his seventh match ball. “It was dramatic and brutal,” said Ashour. “It was a fight and we tried to get inside each other’s game. We both tried to produce the best of our best squash.” Ashour and Elshorbagy reached the final in Qatar after beating Frenchman Gregory Gaultier and Nick Matthew of England respectively.


The 2014 world squash champion Ramy Ashour kisses the trophy

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