Ammon News, Sports

Lionel Messi enjoys family vacation in Dubai, bumps into Pogba

[11/17/2018 2:42:58 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Argentinian football player Lionel Messi was spotted enjoying a day at the Dubai Parks and Resorts theme park with his family on Friday. The Dubai Media Office shared photos on Twitter of the footballer on a visit to one of the city’s most famous theme parks. Messi was also seen catching up with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba at Salt Bae’s Turkish steak house. *Al Arabiya

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Salah, Egypt’s ‘superman’ again with last-minute winner against Tunisia

[11/17/2018 2:41:26 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Mohamed Salah scored in the last minute to give Egypt a 3-2 win over Tunisia in African Cup of Nations qualifying on Friday, taking the forward’s tally to 10 goals in his last eight games for his country. Salah slipped through the Tunisian defense right at the end after a one-two with Salah Mohsen and finished neatly with his left foot to settle a North African derby where the teams were playing for pride more than anything else - both have already qualified for next year’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon. In the other two games on Friday to start the penultimate round of qualifying, Morocco and Burundi took big steps toward booking their places at the continental championship, with Burundi on course for its first appearance. Burundi would join debutant Madagascar, which qualified last month for its first African Cup. Mauritania is another team closing in on a maiden appearance at a tournament expanded from 16 to 24 teams for the first time next year. Mauritania could make sure with a win over Botswana on Saturday. ‘Salah superman’ Salah has been Egypt’s superman recently, scoring the goal that took the Pharaohs to the World Cup in Russia, and now collecting four goals in the four games he’s played in Egypt’s successful African Cup qualifying campaign. His winner against Tunisia at home in Alexandria prompted the Arabic television commentator, breaking momentarily into English, to declare: "Yes you can, yes you can, Salah superman!" Salah celebrated by removing his shirt and whirling it around with his left hand before being mobbed by teammates behind Tunisia’s goal. His latest strike gave Egypt victory at the end of a seesaw game, where Egypt trailed to an early Naim Sliti goal, led 2-1, and then was pegged back by a second from Sliti for 2-2. It also ended Tunisia’s winning run in qualifying and put Egypt level with the Tunisians at the top of the group with one game to play. A sweet response After Egypt’s winning game, Salah tweeted a sweet response to a photo of a young football fan who was carrying a poster that said, “Salah please score, I want to go home, I have homework.” The Egyptian star tweeted, “I really tried to let you go home early, and sorry to have kept you here until the last minute. I hope your teacher tomorrow understands the situation.” Morocco 2, Cameroon 0 Morocco is more or less there after a 2-0 win over Cameroon, the reigning African champion, which is guaranteed a place at the African Cup as the host. Cameroon is playing in the qualifiers for match practice and may need it after struggling this year under new coach Clarence Seedorf. Hakim Ziyech scored both goals for Morocco, which will qualify if Malawi doesn’t beat Comoros on Saturday. Even if Malawi does win that game, Morocco needs just a draw in its last game in Malawi to qualify. Even a narrow loss would be good enough. *AP

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Misk Global Forum hosts football legend Ronaldinho on the importance of teamwork

[11/14/2018 2:05:35 PM]

AMMONNEWS - At the Misk Global Forum conference held in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, football legend Ronaldinho spoke to young guests on the importance of teamwork. “Football is a team sport, so we play together as a team. As players, we understand that we depend on each other, we understand our strengths and weaknesses, and that we succeed together,” Ronaldinho said during the final session of the forum’s first day. “You cannot always win. You have to always take a lesson from the defeats, from the hard moments,” he said. “Regardless of your profession, you have to put in the efforts, because without hard work you won’t go anywhere.” The Misk Global Forum is an ongoing platform that brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together with established global innovators to explore, experience and experiment with ways to meet the challenge of change. The two-day forum is being organized by the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (“Misk”), a non-profit philanthropic foundation established Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy. *Al Arabiya

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Former Egypt forward Aboutrika handed jail sentence for tax evasion

[11/13/2018 2:46:12 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Former Egypt forward Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the country's most famous sportsmen, has been sentenced to a year in jail on charges of tax evasion, local media reported on Tuesday. A commercial and financial crimes court in Cairo passed the sentence against Aboutrika in absentia on Monday, the state-run al-Ahram newspaper reported. The court found Aboutrika guilty of evading taxes on earnings of 710,000 Egyptian pounds ($40,000) for doing advertisements for a soft drinks and a telecoms firm. The paper said the court ordered the former player who now lives in Qatar to pay 20,000 pounds as a bond to turn the prison term into a suspended sentence. Aboutrika, 40, played 100 times for Egypt from 2001-13, scoring 38 goals and helping his country win the African Nations Cup in 2006 and 2008. *Reuters

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Sublime Kevin Anderson thrashes Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-1 at ATP Finals

[11/13/2018 2:42:14 PM]

AMMONNEWS - An inspired Kevin Anderson came within a whisker of a rare “double bagel” at the ATP Finals when he trounced Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-0 6-1 at the 02 Arena on Tuesday. The 32-year-old debutant at the ATP’s blue riband event won the first 11 games of the round-robin clash before a relieved Nishikori finally got on the scoreboard with an angled winner. Normal service was quickly resumed though, as Anderson finished off a glum-faced opponent just past the hour mark. Only six-times champion Roger Federer has enjoyed a 6-0 6-0 victory at the season-ending tournament, that coming in 2005 in Shanghai against unfortunate Argentine Gaston Gaudio. Anderson, the first South African to qualify for the eight-man event since 1995, made it two wins from two round-robin matches with a stunning display. What made it all the more impressive was that Nishikori had beaten Federer in straight sets on Sunday and that Anderson had trailed the Japanese 3-5 in their head-to-head record. Anderson, who opened with a straight sets win against Dominic Thiem, tops the Lleyton Hewitt group and will reach the semi-finals if Thiem beats Federer later. Another defeat for Federer would see the Swiss fail to reach the semi-finals for only the second time in his record 16 appearances at the tournament. Anderson signalled his intent early and broke serve in the second game as Nishikori sent a backhand long under pressure. The South African could do no wrong, dominating the baseline rallies and winning all but one of his 12 first service points as he took the opening set in faultless fashion. He kept his foot on the accelerator in the second set and Nishikori, who qualified as a result of Juan Martin del Potro withdrawing with an injury, looked lost as the games ticked by and humiliation loomed. When Anderson won the first point with Nishikori serving at 0-5 it looked ominous for the Japanese player. But he hit back to snatch a game at the death, earning sympathetic round of applause from the large afternoon crowd. Despite this humbling defeat, Nishikori could still reach the semi-finals for a third time by beating Thiem in his final round-robin match on Thursday. “I try to forget about today. Something was wrong. I’ve got to fix it tomorrow and try to be positive for the next one,” the 28-year-old world number nine told reporters. *Reuters

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Wayne Rooney’s farewell drives Wembley ticket rush

[11/13/2018 2:39:07 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Football Association has sold more than 20,000 tickets for England’s friendly against the United States since former captain Wayne Rooney’s one-off international comeback was confirmed, an FA spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Rooney, England’s record scorer with 53 goals, is expected to be brought on as a substitute to claim his 120th cap in the charity game at Wembley on Thursday. Rooney’s involvement has led to a late rush for tickets over the past week, with an attendance of about 60,000 now predicted. The charity match will raise funds for the Wayne Rooney Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged children. “Looking forward to meeting up with the @England squad later today, always a huge honour. An exciting week for @FoundationWR!,” Rooney wrote on Twitter before joining Gareth Southgate’s squad on Monday. Rooney, who began his career at Everton, spent 13 seasons at Manchester United. After a season back at Everton, he moved to the United States to join D.C. United, helping them to the MLS playoffs in his first campaign. Southgate is expected to give his first-choice players some rest against the United Stated ahead of a Nations League clash against Croatia on Sunday. *Reuters

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England flanker Curry out of November tests with ankle injury

[11/6/2018 3:19:25 PM]

AMMONNEWS - England flanker Tom Curry has been ruled out of the three remaining November internationals due to an ankle injury, forwards coach Steve Borthwick said on Tuesday. Curry, 20, was the latest in a long line of players tasked with filling the openside flanker role for England and enhanced his reputation with three excellent displays in the 2-1 series defeat in South Africa in June. He kept his place for last Saturday's match against the Springboks at Twickenham, which England won 12-11, but looked in a good deal of pain when limping off two minutes into the second half. England coach Eddie Jones could replace Curry with Sam Underhill against the All Blacks, while Mark Wilson, who was named man-of-the-match against the Springboks having started at number eight and switched to the flank in the second half, is another option. After facing New Zealand, England play Japan on Nov. 17 before facing Australia on Nov. 24. *Reuters

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