Sport Brief.

30th Aug 2013



[Mohammad Asif apologised and admitted his guilt for the first time his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal]


Nine people were charged in relation to match-fixing by the ICC. The alleged offences occurred during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League season.


“[The charges] relate to an alleged conspiracy with Dhaka Gladiators franchise to engage in match-fixing and spot fixing activity,” the International Cricket Council said in a statement.


Seven of the accused are charged with match-fixing whilst the other two are in violation of the rules by failing to report the corruption.


Disgraced Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif on August 14 apologised for his role in a notorious 2010 spot-fixing scandal, admitting his guilt for the first time and accepting a five-year ban.


The 30-year-old is the last of three players to come out with a confession, after team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Aamer admitted their part and presented themselves for rehabilitation.


The net in Bangladesh cricket’s corruption scandal widened on August 13 as the ICC announced that seven people had been charged with match-fixing.





[Muslim medalists Athletics World Championships:  T (L-R) Dalilah Muhammad (USA), Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (FRA), Rakieem Salaam (USA) Ibrahim Jeilan (ETH), Mohammed Aman (ETH), Ayanleh Souleiman (DJI), Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) and Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)]


The 14th World Championships Moscow, Russia August 10-18:


Men’s 800m: Ethiopian Mohammed Aman won the men’s 800m, the first ever medal for the country in the two-lap event. Aman clocked a season’s best of 1min 43.31sec, with American Nick Symmonds taking silver in 1:43.55. Djibouti’s Ayanleh Souleiman claimed bronze (1:43.76), the first medal for the east African country since Ahmed Salah’s silver in the marathon in the 1991 worlds in Tokyo.


Men’s High Jump: Ukrainian Bohdan Bondarenko’s display of steely gamesmanship paid off handsomely as he dominated the men’s high jump. Bondarenko confirmed his staggering season form with a well-timed path to gold ahead of Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim, who claimed silver at 2.38m magaging to improve on his bronze medal in the London games and seeing of Canada’s Derek Drouin.


Women’s Pole Vault: Russian pole vaulter Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva missed out on a world record but claimed her third world title in a thrilling final in Moscow. Before the biggest crowd of the championships, she cleared 4.89m but was unable to set a world best of 5.07.


Other Muslim medalists: Men’s 10,000 metres: Mo Farah (GBR) – Gold +  Ibrahim Jeilan (ETH) – Silver. Men’s 5,000: Mo Farah (GBR) – Gold. 3000 metres steeplechase: Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad (FRA) – Bronze. Men’s 4 × 100 metres relay: Rakieem Salaam (USA)- Silver. Women’s 400 Metres hurdles: Dalilah Muhammad (USA) – Silver.






Light heavyweight titlist Bernard Hopkins’ mandatory defense against Karo Murat, scheduled for Oct 19, has been pushed back to Oct 26, still at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersy, Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer confirmed August 8.


Schaefer said one reason for moving Hopkins-Murat was to avoid going head-to-head with Showtime rival HBO, which has a significant fight Oct 19 when all-action junior welterweights Mike Alvarado and Ruslan Provodnikov meet in Alvarado’s hometown of Denver in a much-anticipated bout that many expect to challenge for fight of the year honors






Transfers: Newcastle United midfielder Mehdi Abeid has joined Greek side Panathinaikos on a season-long loan deal.


The 20-year-old has made just five first-team appearances for the Magpies since joining from French club Lens in July 2011. He made 13 appearances for Scottish Premier League outfit St Johnstone while on loan last term, helping the club to a third-place finish.


Nottingham Forest have signed Algeria winger Djamel Abdoun for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £1.55m. Abdoun, who has 11 caps, joins on a three-year deal from Olympiakos and says he turned down offers from the Premier League and across Europe.


Abdoun, who spent time on loan with Man City in 2007, was in the Algeria squad at the 2010 World Cup and has been playing in Greece since the start of the 2010/11 season.


Dundee United have signed forward Nadir Çiftçi on a two-year deal, subject to international clearance. The former Turkey Under-19 player has previously played for Portsmouth, Kayserispor and NAC Breda.


Watford have confirmed the permanent signings of seven players from sister club Udinese, including Swiss Albanian Almen Abdi.



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