25th EDP Lisbon Half Marathon (March 22): Mo Farah had an impressive victory in the Lisbon Half Marathon finishing with a time of 59:32. Farah was dropped early on in the race and more than 12 seconds back of the leaders at one point, but battled back for the win over Micah Kogo of Kenya. Farah’s time was a European and British record.
Transfer News: Manchester City may sell Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri this summer as the champions look to repair the damage of a disastrous title defence. City manager Manuel Pellegrini is under intense scrutiny following the 4-2 defeat by rivals Manchester United on April 12.
According to insiders Toure will be made available before his value in the market dwindles. Nasri, meanwhile, has barely played since his lame showing in the Champions League at Barcelona.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent has ruled out a potential move to the Premier League, with Mino Raiola instead claiming that he will remain in France despite recent events. Ibrahimovic was banned for four matches recently following an outburst after a 3-2 defeat to Bordeaux when he called France a “s**t country” and denigrated the nation’s referees.
The legendary Sweden star had been linked with a move to Liverpool as rumours grew regarding a possible departure from Ligue 1, where he has scored a remarkable 73 goals in 88 games for PSG.
Raiola says Ibrahimovic thrives on adversity and will only use the perceived injustice of his ban to fire him on next season
Pakistan Hockey Federation has turned down Hockey India’s offer for financial aid after it evoked strong reactions from a cabinet minister and former players. “We cannot accept this offer from Hockey India despite their polite gesture as this is purely an internal matter of the Pakistan Hockey Federation,” said PHF President Akhtar Rasool.
Defending champion Ramy Ashour claimed his third PSA World Championship crown after beating the World No.1, his compatriot Mohamed al-Shorbagy, 3-2 on April 10 in Egypt. The all-Egyptian final was held in Al-Gouna resort, Hurghada.
During the 90-minute game, Ashour took a commanding two-game lead before Shorbagy responded to take the third and fourth games forcing the match into a decider. In the fifth game, Shorbagy took a 10-6 lead missing 4 chances taking title as Ashour made 6 points in a row to become the 2015 El Gouna Champion. In the semi final, Shorbagy beat World No.3 Nick Matthew while Ashour beat World No.2 Gregory Gaultier 3-1 in a 64-minute game.
Sania Mirza created history on April 12 by becoming the first female tennis player from India to achieve the world number one rank in doubles, following her title win at the Family Circle Cup with partner Martina Hingis in Charleston, US.
The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair blew away the challenge of Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak 6-0 6-4 in just 57 minutes in the lopsided final of the $731,000 clay court event. Sania took 470 points from the win to take her tally to 7965 as she jumped past Italy’s Sara Errani (7640) and Roberta Vinci (7640) to sit atop the ranking table.
Iran beats the US to win the 2015 Freestyle Wrestling World Cup. Iran’s wrestling team managed to beat the Americans 5-3 on April 12 at the Forum in Los Angeles to win the prestigious international title for a fourth time in a row.
Behnam Ehsanpour and Meysam Mostafa Jowkar played a major part in Iran’s victory against the hosts while US Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs once again remained an untouchable target for Iranian wrestlers at 74 kilogram. Iran beat Belarus and Turkey 8-0 and 7-1, respectively before topping Azerbaijan 7-1 in the pre-final match.
Iran has won five editions of the international competition, including the three last rounds. The tournament, which has been held annually since 1973, features the top teams in the global ranking from the previous year of the competition.