Sport Brief

27th Feb 2015

Mo Farah has been confirmed as one of the participants in the Lisbon Half Marathon on March 22.

It will be the first time that the 31-year-old has taken part in the event, which will also be the opening run of his outdoor season.

The Olympic and world 5,000 and 10,000m champion will compete with the African quartet of Stephen Kibet, Silas Kipruto, Guye Adola and Aziz Lahbabi, all of whom have significantly faster personal bests over the distance.

World Cup, Australia & New Zealand (Feb 14 – Mar 29)­­:Results as of February 17 – POOL A: New Zealand 331/6 (50 overs) v Sri Lanka 233 (46.1 overs), New Zealand won by 98 runs. Australia 342/9 (50 overs) v England 231 (41.5 overs), Australia won by 111 runs. Scotland 142 (36.2 overs) v New Zealand 146/7 (24.5 overs), New Zealand won by 3 wickets.

POOL B: South Africa 339/4 (50 overs) Zimbabwe 277 (48.2 overs), South Africa won by 62 runs. India 300/7 (50 overs) v Pakistan 224 (47 overs), India won by 76 runs. West Indies 304/7 (50 overs) v Ireland 307/6 (45.5 overs), Ireland won by 4 wickets.

Africa Cup of Nations, Equatorial Guinea (Jan 17 – Feb 8): Hundreds of thousands of supporters at the airport and on the streets of Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan welcomed home the national football team after its victory at the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

The West African state won its first Nations Cup title in nearly a quarter of a century, edging neighbour Ghana 9-8 in a dramatic penalty shootout after extra time ended in a goalless draw. Manchester City midfielder and Ivory Coast captain Yaya Toure had looked more relieved than elated after lifting the trophy for the first time at the sixth attempt, breaking his duck at international level.

“When you win with your club, it’s quite amazing but with your country, it’s something unbelievable,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for so many years now. I’ve been dreaming of this. It’s difficult right now to describe the feeling as captain, it’s something special.”

AFC Asian Cup, Australia (Jan 9 – 31): The United Arab Emirates overcame 10-man Iraq 3-2 in an action-packed Asian Cup third-placed playoff to complete an impressive tournament for Mahdi Ali’s side on January 30. Ahmed Khalil netted twice before Ali Mabkhout converted a second-half penalty for his fifth of the tournament to take him top of the scorers’ chart.

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, New York (Jan 16 -23): Raneem El Weleily, 26, has made Egyptian squash history, becoming the first Egyptian woman to win the Tournament of Champions, an annual international squash championship held in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.

Weleily, world number 2, clenched the throne after defeating the UK’s Alison Waters in an intense battle for the championship.  “Winning the first tournament after losing that World Championship means a lot,” said Welily, referring to her loss at the World Open in 2014. “Back home, everyone is really happy.”

Meanwhile, Egyptian Mohamed El-Shorbagy, 24, reinforced his position as the world’s top squash player after defeating the UK’s Nick Matthew and claiming his fourth major PSA World Series title.

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The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

The Muslim News Awards for Excellence 2015 was held on March in London to acknowledge British Muslim and non-Muslim contributions to the society.

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