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24th Sep 2013

Athletics

 

 

Turkish double European 100-metre hurdles champ Nevin Yanıt, received a two-year ban last month from the Turkish Athletics Federation (TAF) after testing positive for banned performance enhancing drugs.

 

The ruling comes just weeks after 31 Turkish athletes, including Athens 2004 silver medal winning hammer thrower Eşref Apak, were banned for doping violations.

 

Meanwhile, Olympic 1,500m champion Aslı Çakır Alptekin, who already served a two-year doping ban received in 2004, was provisionally suspended in May following abnormalities in her biological passport. Her case is still pending review.

 

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele saw off double world and Olympic champ Mo Farah’s late surge to win the Great North Run in a thrilling sprint finish on Sept 15.

 

Farah chased down Bekele in the last 400m but was pipped to the line by one second.

 

Another Ethiopian, Haile Gebrselassie was third falling behind in the last of the 13.1 miles.

 

The sight of Farah and Bekele fighting it out in the last 200m was a fitting conclusion to what had been an eagerly anticipated race from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields.

 

Farah, Bekele and Gebrselassie – boast 12 world titles and seven Olympic gold medals between them.

 

 

Cricket

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[Former Test batsman Doug Walters (top right) and ex-Wallaby rugby union wing David Campese (bottom) have hit out at Fawad Ahmeds decision not wear a beer sponsor’s logo on his shirt.]

 

Australia’s Fawad Ahmed is unconcerned by the furore his move in not wearing a beer sponsor’s logo on his shirt has sparked, according to one-day vice-captain George Bailey.

 

Pakistan-born leg-spinner Ahmed, who became an Australian citizen in July, did not have the VB beer logo on his shirt during his international debut in last week’s T20 matches against England.

 

Cricket Australia (CA) agreed he could wear an unbranded shirt, but this led to criticism from former Test batsman Doug Walters and ex-Wallaby rugby union wing David Campese.

Walters said: “I think if he doesn’t want to wear the team gear, he should not be part of the team. Maybe if he doesn’t want to be paid, that’s OK.”

 

Campese tweeted in response: “Doug Walters tells Pakistan-born Fawad Ahmed: if you don’t like the VB uniform, don’t play for Australia. Well said Doug. Tell him to go home.”

Their comments were condemned as “bigoted” by CA chief executive James Sutherland.

 

Football

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[Mesut Ozil the Premier League signing of the summer when he completed a £42.5m move from Real Madrid to Arsenal]

 

Afghanistan has won its first international football trophy, beating India 2-0 in the South Asian Football Federation Championship final at the Dasharath Stadium in Kathmandu.

Afghanistan was already one goal up before half-time, with Sanjar Ahmadi doubling the lead in the second half. Afghanistan has only recently re-emerged on the world football scene after decades of war and insurgency.

 

September Transfers: Arsenal have completed the £42.4m signing of Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Mesut Özil to break their club record by £27.4m.  Özil, 24, has signed a five-year deal. “It will be great for my own personal development as a player and I am particularly looking forward to working with Arsene Wenger,” Ozil told Arsenal.com.

 

Plymouth have signed former Notts County midfielder Hamza Bencherif, 25. Bencherif started his career at Nottingham Forest and went on to play for Lincoln City and Macclesfield Town before joining Notts County in 2011. The Algeria Under-20 international was released by Notts County at the end of last season having made 40 appearances for the club.

 

Man City’s Ivory Coast international Abdul Razak, 20, has joined Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala on loan for the remainder of the season. The midfielder joined City from Crystal Palace in 2010 but has made only 7 appearances in total for the Blues since.

 

Morocco international Oussama Assaidi, 25, has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan from Liverpool.

 

Australian football was rocked on Sept 15 by news that 9 players and a coach from one team had been arrested after police uncovered a match-fixing syndicate operating in the top division of the Victoria state competition.

 

The 10 belong to the Victorian Premier League club Southern Star. Many of the players arrested were from Britain and playing in Australia in their off-season. They said they would be looking to prosecute members of an overseas syndicate, believed to have been operating throughout Europe.

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