Sainsbury Grand Prix Diamond League – Birmingham, England (June 30):
Double Olympic champ Mo Farah came through his toughest test of the season to win the men’s 5,000m in Birmingham. Farah impressively won in 13 minutes 14.24 seconds to end a successful day for Britain at the Diamond League.
The 30-year-old’s final 200m burst pushed Ethiopian pair Yenew Alamirew and Hagos Gebrhiwet into second and third respectively.
Sergey Kovalev has vowed to renew his pursuit of a showdown with Bernard Hopkins after his bout with Nathan Cleverly on August 17. Unbeaten Russian Kovalev is the mandatory challenger for Hopkins’ IBF light-heavyweight belt, but opted to fight Cleverly for his WBO strap when the American’s team stalled.
Kovalev is adamant that he will return to the negotiating table with Hopkins, and intends to turn up with a world title to entice the 48-year-old into the ring.
Devon Alexander Manager, Kevin Cunningham, has made it very clear that they have no intention of facing Amir Khan in Dubai in a much-discussed December 7 fight. Khan continues to say that his father and Richard Schaefer are speaking to “the right people” to put the fight in Dubai, but Cunningham said, “We don’t have a deal to fight Khan and we don’t have any plans on going to Dubai.”
It’s still believed that Alexander and Khan could fight on the December 7 date.
27th Men’s Asian Amateur Boxing Championships – Amman, Jordan (June 30-July 9):
Medal count: Kazakhstan 8; India 4; Uzbekistan 4; Kyrgyzstan 4; Jordan 3; Mongolia 3; Thailand 3; Tajikistan 2; Iran 3; Iraq 2; Japan 2; China 1; Syria 1.
The acting Chair of Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi, has vowed to make all affairs of the board more transparent and to have a new code of conduct for players and officials.
Despite being issued with a high court notice on July 9 directing him to only take decisions allowed to an interim head of the board, Sethi said that the new code of conduct would be soon put in place.
But Sethi said he was working as per orders of the Islamabad High Court, which had given him 90 days to hold re-elections in the board and recognise things.
Kolo Touré has spoken of his honour at being chosen as the replacement for Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.
In his first press conference since joining Liverpool on a free transfer after his contract with Manchester City expired, Toure spoke of what it means to move to the five-time European champions, labelling it as an “unbelievable” opportunity.
“Liverpool has to look for someone to replace him (Carragher),” Toure said. “It is a big honour. To be chosen as Jamie Carragher’s replacement is unbelievable. He’s been a fantastic player for England and this football club. He is a great leader. It will not be easy but I will do my best.”
Other July European transfers: English League: French striker Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre (FRA) to Arsenal, Sierra Leonean defender Mustapha Dumbuy afrom Crawley to Notts County, French midfielder Mohamed Coulibaly from Grasshoppers (SUI) to Bournemouth , French midfielder El Hadji Ba from Le Havre (FRA) to Sunderland.
Dutch First Division: Dutch midfielder Anouar Kali from Utrecht to Roda, Dutch midfielder Adam Maher from AZ Alkmaar to PSV Eindhoven .
Belgian First Division: Egyptian midfields Hossam Ghaly From El Ahly (EGY) to Lierse.
Portuguese Super Liga: Guinean striker Salim Cissé from Academica Coimbra to Sporting.
Spanish Primera Liga: Algerian defender Essaid Belkalem from Udinese (ITA) to Granada.
4th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games – Incheon, South Korea (June 26-July 6) medals:
South Korea 67, China 52, Kazakhstan 31; Vietnam 27; Thailand 22; Chinese Taipei 20; Hong Kong 17; Japan 15; Iran 11; Uzbekistan 10; Indonesia 8; Turkmenistan 7; Kyrgyzstan 6; Singapore 5; Jordan 5; Tajikistan 4; Mongolia 4; Iraq 4; Philippines 3; Malaysia 3; UAE 3; Afghanistan 3; Myanmar 3; Syria 3; Kuwait 2; Laos 2; Lebanon 2; Palestine 1; Qatar 1
Mediterranean Games – Mersin, Turkey (June 20-30) medals: Italy 186; Turkey 126; France 95; Spain 82; Egypt 67; Greece 59; Slovenia 35; Serbia 34; Croatia 27; Algeria 26; Tunisia 48, Morocco 28, Albania10, Cyprus 7; Montenegro 5; Malta 2; San Marino 5; Syria 2; Macedonia 5; Bosnia & Herzegovina 4; Lebanon 2.
2013 FIVB World League, July 7: Iran defeated host Cuba for the second time in the space of a day in Pool B. The Iranians began the game in Havana on a high note but it was Cuba which bagged the first set 25-22. The Iranian team, however, went on to stage a comeback in the second set 25-20. The Iranian never looked back and won the two remaining sets 25-18 and 25-22.