SPORT BRIEF

28th Aug 2015

Athletics
Mo Farah has been questioned by the US Anti-Doping Agency as part of an investigation into allegations surrounding his coach Alberto Salazar.
The Sunday Mirror said Farah, who was not implicated, spoke with USADA in a hotel in London on July 25 for five hours in what is being described as a routine scheduled interview. Farah’s questioning came a day after he won the 3,000 metres in a Diamond League meeting at London’s Olympic Stadium.
The BBC aired allegations in June that US-based Salazar, encouraged athletes to break doping rules. Salazar has since published a detailed denial. Farah will then defend his 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the World Championships in Beijing in August.

Football
Arsenal have gone back in with a £35million bid for Karim Benzema after Real Madrid rejected their previous offer. It is understood Real are holding out for £40m the 27 year old. But Arsenal hope they can strike a deal for the France international before the season begins, claim the Telegraph.
July (The Championship) Transfers: Brighton have signed Finland Under-21 international Vahid Hambo from FC Inter Turku for an undisclosed fee. The 20-year-old, who has scored 14 goals in 13 appearances this season, has agreed a two-year contract with the Championship club.
“Vahid has a good goalscoring record this year in Finland and we hope that is something he can replicate here,” Seagulls boss Chris Hughton said.
Charlton Athletic have signed Algeria international Ahmed Kashi from French club Metz for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old midfielder has signed a three-year contract with the Championship club.
Charlton Athletic have signed Morocco international Zakarya Bergdich. Bergdich has joined from Spanish side Real Valladolid for an undisclosed fee and has signed a four-year deal with Charlton. The left-back, 26, spent the second half of last season on loan at Genoa.
Bergdich, who spent three years with Lens before moving to Valladolid in 2013, has won 17 caps for Morocco.

Squash
Malaysia’s Nicol David celebrates her ninth year as world squash number one but her chances of making it a decade of dominance are under severe threat from Raneem El Welily.
The Egyptian won her third major title of the year at the Alexandria International at home earlier last month, closing to within 50 points of David.The Malaysian, who lost in the last four of the British Open in May, also went out in the semi-final in Alexandria to Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy.

Tennis

Sania Mirza created history when she become the first female player from India to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam trophy as she clinched the Wimbledon title with Swiss partner Martina Hingis on July 11.
28 year old Mirza laid hands on her first women’s doubles Major title when she and Hingis beat second seed Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7 7-6(4) 7-5 in a thrilling final.
Already having a long list of firsts, Mirza had become India’s first woman player to win a Grand Slam when she won the Australian Open with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 2009. She later added French Open (2012 with Bhupathi) and US Open (2014 with Bruno Soares) to her mixed doubles collection.

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