Mo Farah will race over 1500 metres at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix in June, organisers have announced. The double Olympic champion over 5,000m and 10,000m will step down in distance for the Diamond League event on June 7 as he looks to hone his finishing speed ahead of the World Championships in Beijing in August.
Former Yugoslavian player, Luka Pavićević, has been named as the new coach of the Iran’s national basketball team. Pavićević arrived in Tehran last month to finalise his contract with Iran’s Basketball Federation.
The Pakistan Cricket Board announced on May 9 it expects bilateral series with India to resume in the UAE in December but there was no confirmation. The series in the UAE will feature three Tests, five one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals, PCB chair Shaharyar Khan said after meeting Indian board chief Jagmohan Dalmiya. India cancelled bilateral cricket series with their neighbour after Pakistani terrorists killed 166 people in Mumbai in 2008 but hosted Pakistan in 2012-13 for a short limited-overs series.
Franck Ribery’s agent says there is no chance of the winger reversing his retirement international football. The forward missed the World Cup with a back problem before deciding to call time on his international career, much to the disappointment of UEFA President Michel Platini, who argued players did not have the right to refuse the call of duty from their countries.
However, Ribery’s agent, Jean-Pierre Bernes, argued that he was unfairly criticised throughout his France career. “He made a choice and he is going to stick with it until the end. In France, we were not always very kind to him. In life, one is not obliged to attack a person. Franck is very emotional guy and the climate of permanent criticism was not good for him.”
Mesut Özil has been selected as one of the nominations for the PFA Fans’ Player of the Season award. Arsenal have a total of three players in the top 10 list, Santi Cazorla, Alexis Sanchez and Özil.
Mohamed Diame underwent knee surgery on May 12 and is out for the rest of the season.
Steve Bruce has confirmed the Hull midfielder will not feature for Hull in their final three games. The 27-year-old has been sidelined since September with the exception of two brief substitute appearances last month, will undergo an operation in France.
Top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis suffered their second defeat since joining forces as they lost 7-6 (5) 3-6 9-11 to Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova, at the Madrid Open. The defeat means the Indo-Swiss pair has surrendered the number one spot to Mattek-Sands. When the new team rankings are issued on May 11, Mirza and Hingis will be placed second.
25th Asian Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships Qatar, Doha:
66kg: Gold: Hansu Ryu (kor) bt Mohammad Geraei (iri), 5-0; Bronze: Demeu Zhadrayev (kaz) bt Asror Muhitdinov (uzb), 10-1; Bronze: Pan Zheng (chn) bt Hak Won Ri (prk), 8-0.
75kg: G: Hyeonwoo Kim (kor) bt Atabek Azisbekov (kgz), 9-2; Bronze: Dilshodjon Turdiev (uzb) bt Khalil Rabbia (ple), 8-0; Bronze: Payam Payani (iri) bt Daulet Zhaxilykov (kaz), 9-0.
80kg: Gold: Yousef Qaderian (iri) bt Aisha Aishan (chn), 13-6; Bronze: Jonibek Otabekov (uzb) bt Jinhyeok Kim (kor), 4-6; B: Zhassulan Koshanov (kaz) bt Narsingh Pancham Yadav (ind) by injury.
98kg: Gold: Mehdi Feizabadi (iri) bt Di Xiao (chn), 6-0; Bronze: Margulan Assembekov (kaz) bt Beksultan Makhmudov (kgz), 2-1; Bronze: Norikatsu Saikawa (jpn) bt Arslan Saparmammedov (tkm), 9-1.
130kg: Gold: Nurmakhan Tinaliyev (kaz) bt Qiang Meng (chn), 3-2; Bronze: Morodjon Tuychiev (tjk) bt Arata Sonoda (jpn), 4-0; Bronze: Bashir Babajanzadeh (iri) bt Naveen Naveen (ind), 11-0.