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12-year-old Saudi boy wins U.S. tennis championship

A Saudi boy has won the U.S. Tennis Association Boys 12s National Championship this week. 12-year-old Saud Alhogbani beat 11-year-old opponent Benjamin Kittay in the final match of the tournament on Saturday. In a 6-3, 6-0 victory to Alhogbani, Kittay said his rival’s serves were “too good.” “They were just too good,” Kittay told Arkansas News. “I’m used to them, ...

Russia’s ban lifted for Olympic basketball qualifiers

Russia’s national basketball team will be allowed to take part in Olympic qualification after officials partially lifted a ban on the country’s basketball federation. The sport’s world governing body FIBA suspended the Russian Basketball Federation last month after infighting led to a series of legal battles, with president Yulia Anikeeva ousted by court order over allegations she took the post ...

Israel says badminton player can’t get visa for worlds

The Olympic Committee of Israel says Indonesia has denied one of their athletes a visa to participate in the upcoming Badminton World Championships in Jakarta, which start Monday. OCI secretary general Gili Lustig says badminton player Misha Zilberman has not been granted a visa to enter Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim country – because he is Israeli. Zilberman ...

Backlash against corporate boxes a warning for sports stadium redevelopment

Australian sports stadiums have been warned against devoting too much space to corporate boxes as fans claw back prime seats in European football grounds. FC Barcelona, one of the world’s wealthiest sports team, is considering bringing its members – known as “Socios” – back into the middle tier of its home ground “Camp Nou” when it renovates its 99,000-seat stadium, according to ...

Edmund closing in on world’s tennis elite

EAST YORKSHIRE’S Kyle Edmund has moved closer to tennis’s top 100 players after winning a title in New York. The Beverley ace beat Bjorn Fratangelo in straight sets to win the Binghamton Challenger event. Edmund, the British number four, won 6-2 6-3 in just over an hour to collect his second Challenger trophy of the year. Breaking twice in the ...

England players given strict Rugby World Cup social media guidelines by RFU

England rugby players have been issued a 24-point social media guide for the World Cup, including warnings not to use Twitter “after a tough loss” and not to “engage in arguments” online. The English measures come in a week when the perils of social media embarrassment were highlighted by Wallaby Quade Cooper’s expletive-filled rant at a critic on Twitter after ...

2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup bids – Philippines’ vision and concept

Here, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (the basketball federation of the Philippines) provides information about the vision and concept behind its bid. Philippines 2019 plans a “passionate, innovative and game-changing” FIBA Basketball World Cup that would stimulate the growth of basketball around the world. The Philippines has unveiled key details of its passionate, innovative and game-changing bid to host the 2019 ...

Eden Hazard could become the best player in the world

Eden Hazard could become the best player in the world if he heeds manager Jose Mourinho’s advice, according to new Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway. Hazard joined Chelsea from French side Lille in 2012 and has since developed into one of the world’s best players, playing a pivotal role in the club winning the Premier League and Capital One Cup ...

City prepared to meet Sterling’s $79 million valuation

Manchester City will meet Liverpool’s 50 million-pound ($79 million) asking price for Raheem Sterling, according to an exclusive report from British tabloid the Sunday Express. City previously failed with two bids in their attempts to prize away 20-year-old Sterling from Anfield, the latest a 40-million pound package that was flatly rejected by the Reds’ hierarchy Thursday. Liverpool’s American owners FSG ...

Nadal in clay-grass double in Stuttgart

STUTTGART, Germany: Rafael Nadal earned his second title of the season and his fourth on grass as he defeated Serb Viktor Troicki 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 Sunday to become the first man to triumph on both clay and turf at the Stuttgart Open. The Spanish top seed set another minor record, as he won the inaugural grass edition after taking clay ...