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Mo Salah’s kind gesture leaves young Liverpool fan in tears

[9/23/2018 3:51:55 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Egyptian football star Mohamed Salah made a young Liverpool fan cry tears of joy after handing him his jersey following the match won by the Reds 3-0 against Southampton at Anfield. The kind gesture was filmed by Wayne Dunlop, father of the young fan and a big supporter of the football club. The video, which went viral on social media, shows the young boy being filmed in the stands during the match holding a paper sign asking the Egyptian star, who scored in the game, for his jersey and shouting: “Please Salah…Please.” As soon as the game was over, the winger took off his shirt and handed it over to the young fan, before leaving. Immediately the boy was moved and in tears. The father tweeted about the moment, telling Salah: “I can not thank you enough MO… You made my son happy and we will not forget this day.” Salah replied with a tweet showing smiling faces and a heart. The game is the Reds seventh straight victory across all competitions, putting them ahead in the premier league. *Al Arabiya

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Arsenal beats Everton 2-0 for 5th straight win under Emery

[9/23/2018 3:49:19 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored in the space of three second-half minutes to lead Arsenal to a 2-0 win over Everton in the Premier League on Sunday. It was a fifth straight victory in all competitions for Arsenal, signaling the methods of new manager Unai Emery are starting to kick in after he took over from long-time coach Arsene Wenger. Lacazette curled a shot in off the far post to put Arsenal ahead in the 56th minute, before Aubameyang doubled the lead by slotting home from close range - albeit from an offside position following Aaron Ramsey’s flick-on. Everton had the better of the first half, with Brazil forward Richarlison - back after a three-match domestic ban for headbutting an opponent - proving dangerous down the left wing and forcing a good save from goalkeeper Petr Cech. It leaves Everton, also under a new coach in Marco Silva, with just one win in six games. For Arsenal, it was a first clean sheet under Emery despite center back Sokratis hobbling off in the first half. *AP

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Asia Cup cricket: India beats Pakistan by 8 wickets in Dubai

[9/19/2018 3:24:35 PM]

AMMONNEWS - India was rarely tested in a dominating eight-wicket win over traditional rival Pakistan in their group match of the Asia Cup Wednesday. At Dubai International Stadium, captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired when a disciplined Indian bowling attack wrapped up the Pakistan innings for a meagre 162 in 43.1 overs. India’s reply was led by its rampant captain Rohit Sharma, who raced to 52 in just 39 balls and added 86 runs in 13 overs with Shikhar Dhawan for the opening stand. They achieved the target in the 29th over, losing just the two openers. The result was inconsequential as both teams have already qualified for the round-robin Super Four stage following wins in their respective opening group matches against Hong Kong. If India’s opening bowling attack was sensational - Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah gave away just four runs and removed the two openers in the first five overs - the opening batsmen dazzled the sold-out crowd with their positive intent and a flurry of strokes. Sharma smashed six boundaries and three sixes, and was particularly severe on seamer Usman Khan in the bowler's fourth over. He hooked a bouncer for six, followed by a stylish pull off a no-ball on one leg for a four to the fine-leg boundary. He then pulled the free-hit delivery deep into the stand behind mid-wicket for another six. Audacious shots Sharma departed soon after reaching his half-century, misreading the first ball from spinner Shadab Khan and getting bowled off his pads. Dhawan, who scored 127 in India’s opening win over Hong Kong, wasn’t exactly a silent partner and he too played some audacious shots before cutting Faheem Ashraf straight into the hands of Babar Azam at backward point four runs short of a half century. Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik (both unbeaten on 31) then saw the defending champions home. Earlier, a third-wicket partnership of 80 between Azam (47) and Shoaib Malik (43) could not put Pakistan on the path to recovery. Azam was bowled with the score on 85 after he tried to step out to left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav and missed the line completely, and the next four wickets could only put together 56 runs as they struggled against the flattish off-spin bowling of part-timer Kedar Jadhav. back in the team after getting a rest against Hong Kong on Tuesday, did not give away a single run in his first two overs, and his partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar reaped the rewards as the suffocated Inam-ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman fell to ambitious shots. Kumar later returned to remove the tailender Hasan Ali and finished with figures of 3-15 in seven overs. Jadhav also took three wickets for 23 in nine overs. There was a bit of scare for India when all-rounder Hardik Pandya needed to be stretchered off the field after injuring his lower back while bowling the 18th over of the inning. India made two changes to the team that won against Hong Kong, with Bumrah and Pandya coming in for Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Ahmed. Pakistan fielded an unchanged eleven following their eight-wicket win over Hong Kong on Sunday. *AP

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What was Mo Salah doing? Watch his confusing reaction to Firmino’s goal

[9/19/2018 3:22:24 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Mo Salah appeared to throw a water bottle on the ground in the direct aftermath of Roberto Firmino's matchwinner against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday. Salah was hooked late on against PSG after his mistake led to their equalizer, and watched from the bench as Firmino’s goal led to a victory for Liverpool. While it appears that Salah was angry, there are images of the forward raising his arms to celebrate Firmino's goal before throwing the bottle – leading some to believe he was expressing his relief at the injury time matchwinner. *Al Arabiya

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Nadal to skip ATP Asian swing due to knee injury

[9/19/2018 3:18:42 PM]

AMMONNEWS - World number one Rafa Nadal said on Wednesday he would skip the Asian leg of the ATP tour to recover from the knee injury he picked up at the US Open, a decision that will boost Novak Djokovic's chances of ending the year top of the rankings. Nadal was forced to retire during his semi-final against Argentine Juan Martin del Potro at Flushing Meadows with what he later said was tendinitis in his right knee, and will now also miss next month's tournaments in Beijing and Shanghai. Djokovic, seeded sixth at the US Open, beat Del Potro in the final to claim his second Grand Slam title this year and rise to third in the rankings, behind Nadal and Roger Federer. “I had to retire from the semi-finals of the US Open and this past Monday I was with doctors in Barcelona to review the situation with my knee,” Nadal wrote on Twitter. “While my knee problems are nothing new, I have decided together with my medical and technical team not to participate in the Asian tour to recover.” The Spaniard tops the world rankings with 8,760 points, 1,860 ahead of Federer and 2,315 more than in-form Djokovic. With Federer cutting the number of tournaments he plays - the Swiss only took part in events in Shanghai, Basel and the ATP finals after last year's US Open - Djokovic is now favorite to unseat Nadal as world number one. *Reuters

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Relentless Liverpool sweep aside Tottenham to stay top

[9/15/2018 10:24:23 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Liverpool continued their perfect start to the season to stay top of the Premier League after a goal in each half gave them a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday. Georginio Wijnaldum picked the perfect time to score his first away goal in the Premier League when he headed Liverpool into a 39th-minute lead, before Roberto Firmino steered home a second early in the second half to ensure Liverpool made it five wins from five. In the time since Liverpool’s 4-1 defeat at Tottenham in October last year, they have had the best defensive record in the Premier League, having kept more clean sheets than any other team, but they were denied another in stoppage time by Erik Lamela. Lamela’s goal from a tight angle was deemed a mere consolation, though, as Spurs slipped to consecutive league defeats for the first time since the final two games of the 2015-16 season, meaning they remain outside the top four. *Reuters

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Former England captain Terry turns down Spartak Moscow move

[9/12/2018 4:23:52 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Former England captain John Terry has rejected a move to Spartak Moscow for family reasons, the 37-year-old defender said on Wednesday. Terry is a free agent after leaving Championship club Aston Villa when his contract expired at the end of last season. British media reported that Terry had a medical ahead of his proposed two-year deal with the Russian club. “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow,” Terry wrote on Instagram. “I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season. “They are an ambitious club and I have been very impressed with their professionalism. But after assessing this move with my family, we’ve decided this is not the right move for ourselves at this time.” Central defender Terry made 36 appearances for Villa in all competitions last season and captained them to the Championship playoff final, where they lost to Fulham. He made more than 700 appearances for Chelsea, winning five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League. *Reuters

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