ABU DHABI: The UAE national team stole the spotlight on the opening day of the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship after taking nine medals in the U-16 competitions in Abu Dhabi.
Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, was present at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City for the opening ceremony of the championship, which will run until Nov. 8.
The young Emirati fighters, sponsored by Mubadala Investment Company, took charge on Day 1 of the 27th championship to lead in the medal table with nine medals, including two gold, two silver and five bronze.
The Jiu-Jitsu Falcons, as they are affectionately known, produced a performance that suggested they are determined to defend the World Champions title secured last year.
Abdulla Al-Darmaki, who won silver in the +73kg division, kicked off the UAE’s medal haul on the opening day.
“I am thrilled to have taken home the silver medal in the world championship’s opening day. Moments like these, when you represent the UAE at an international competition and grab a medal, are ones you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Receiving the medal from His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan made today even more memorable,” he said.
Leading the charge for the hosts was Ahmed Al-Shamsi, who secured the UAE’s first gold medal by defeating Kazakhstan’s Umarov Islam in the -42kg category.
“My first experience playing for the UAE national team began with the gold. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the UAEJJF, the coaches, and everyone else who helped us out by giving us access to top-notch facilities and training,” he said.
“I send my warmest wishes to all my brothers and sisters competing in the days to come.”
Umarov Islam said that he had a good fight and was happy to have grabbed second place. “I fought hard, even though I had to settle for second place. Jiu-jitsu contests in Abu Dhabi are always thrilling for me because I get to compete against and engage with the greatest athletes from across the globe.”
Saturday’s action also saw the UAE’s Ammar Al-Hammadi secure gold in the -50kg weight division while Mansoor Al-Blooshi scooped silver in the -38 kg category. Manea Abdulrahman (+73 kg), Eysa A-Blooshi (-38 kg), Obaid Al-Ketbi (-46 kg), Mohamed Al-Sada (-55 kg) and Andeez Ahmed (-66 kg) won bronze medals, making the UAE side look strong on the inaugural day.
Sheikh Khalid presented the winners with their medals accompanied by Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi, chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, president of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union, and senior vice president of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation; and Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, president of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation.
Saturday saw the first day of action following the previous night’s spectacular opening ceremony of the Saudi Games 2022 in Riyadh. Here are some of the highlights across all competitions.
Para Games: Goalball
Prince Fahd bin Jalawi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, vice president of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and director of the Saudi Games, awarded Al-Baha the gold medal for winning the goalball competition at the Saudi Games 2022 at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Olympic Complex.
Al-Baha defeated Riyadh 11-1 in the final, while third place and bronze went to Al-Rass after they beat Asir 8-2.
In addition to being honored by Prince Fahd, the medallists were also congratulated by Majid Al-Usaimi, president of the Asian Paralympic Committee, governing board member of the International Paralympic Committee and UNICEF national ambassador.
A full day of swimming heats and medal events took place at the SAOC Complex, starting off with the men’s 50m freestyle, in which Emadaldeen Basim Zaben took gold with a time of 23:88 seconds. He was followed in second place by Yousif Buareesh (23:91 secs), while Faisal Al-Shilaty claimed bronze with a time of 24:57 seconds.
In the men’s 100m backstroke, Ali Alessa won gold with a time of 58:98 seconds, silver went to Mohammed Boksmati (1:00:81) and bronze to Mohamed Agendi (1:02:76).
The third finals of the day saw Suktan Alotaibi take gold in the men’s 50m breaststroke with a time of 29:72 seconds. Loai Tashkandi won silver (29:89 secs), while Mahomoud Khalid Yacoub took bronze (30:68 secs).
The men’s 400m freestyle gold was claimed by Ahmed Ali AL-Hashim with a time of 4:16:92, while Zaid Al-Sarraj took bronze with 4:20:00. Hassan Al-Bagshi came in third place in a time of 4:20:79.
The winners in all categories were awarded their medals by Ahmed Al-Kudmani, president of the Saudi Swimming Federation, and Abdullah Al-Yami, executive director of the Saudi Swimming Federation.
Three weightlifting events took place at the Al-Riyadh Club Main Court, starting off with the women’s 71 kg category, which saw Al-Ahli Club’s Amal Al-Sharani take gold with a total lift of 147 kg.
Alanoud Al-Khelaifiwon silver (139 kg), while Lilia May claimed bronze (136 kg).
In the men’s 89 kg category, Ismail Al-Swyleh took first place and the gold medal after lifting 329 kg. With a lift of just two kilograms less, Ali Al-Abandi secured silver, while Nawaf Alaid took bronze with 319 kg.
The final weightlifting competition of the day was the men’s 102 kg, with Ali Al-Othman taking gold (332 kg). Silver went to Khalil Al-Hamqan with 317 kg, and bronze to Jehad Al-Ghazwi with 316 kg.
The winners received their medals from Mohamed Ahmad Alharbi, president of the Saudi Arabian Weightlifting Federation and member of the International Weightlifting Federation, and Ali Dhafir Hakami, vice chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Weightlifting Federation.
Taking place over two days at the Riyadh Golf Club, the men’s golf competition saw the participation of 38 players, with Faisal Al-Sahlab coming out on top.
Saud Al-Sharif took silver, and Othman Al-Mulla bronze.
The winners were awarded their medals by Mohamed Al-Muhanna, board member of the Saudi Golf Federation.
The men’s and women’s individual road race cycling events concluded in Riyadh on Saturday, with the men’s event taking place over 126 km, and the women’s totalling 56 km.
Gold in the men’s individual road race went to Mohammed Al-Jaber, who finished in 2:50:20. Taking second place and silver was Fahad Al-Ghamadi (2:50:22), while Hassan Al-Ibrahim (2:50:52) secured bronze.
The women’s individual road race was won by Mishael Al-Hazmi with a time of 1:47:10. Silver went to Monirah Al-Draiweesh (1:47:20) and bronze to Erika Martinez (1:47:28).
The medallists were honored by Princess Mashael Bint Faisal, head of the women’s committee of the Saudi Arabian Cycling Federation, as well as Abdullah Alwathlan, president of the Saudi Arabian Cycling Federation, and board member Amin Al-Halili.
The women’s doubles competition concluded with Areej Fareh and Sarah Salhab taking gold after defeating Alexia Tashbaeva and Samaher Kurdi, who had to settle for silver. The bronze medal went to Najwa Salhab and Noura Al-Soliman.
The medals were presented by Khalid Alsaad, president of the Saudi padel committee, and managing director, Munirah Al-Barrak.
The women’s basketball group matches continued on Saturday at Al-Hilal’s Main Court with the following results:
Abha 56-41 Al Hilal
Al-Wehda 50-44 Al-Ittihad
Riyadh 36-31 Al-Nassr
Three group matches in the men’s handball took place at KSU Arena’s Center Court with the following outcomes:
Al-Khowildiah 30-30 Al-Trraji
Al-Wehda 43-37 Al-Adalah
Al-Safa 25-21 Al-Ahli
Five group matches took place at the SAOC Complex today.
In the women’s groups, Al-Etihad beat Al-Taraje 3-0, while Al-Hilal overcame Alanka 3-1. Finally, Al-Nasser beat Al-Nahda 3-0.
In the men’s group matches, Al-Ahli beat Abha 3-0 and Al-Hilal defeated Al-Nassr 3-0.
The latest results from the men’s preliminary group matches:
Al-Nassr 5-5 Al-Qadisiyah
Riyadh 3-3 ALula
Musadaa 16-2 Amjaad
For the latest results, please visit https://results.saudigames.sa/#/nsg2022/schedule/days/2022-10-29.
NEWCASTLE: Eddie Howe believes it is “outrageous” to talk about Newcastle United as Champions League contenders, that despite another rampant win on Tyneside.
The swaggering Magpies eased to a 4-0 win over Aston Villa at St. James’ Park, a victory that kept Howe’s side in the Premier League top four.
And while United have already played more than a third of their games this campaign, and suffered just one defeat, Howe still refuses to acknowledge anyone talking about Newcastle breaking the top flight top four.
“That’s an outrageous question. We’re just happy where we are,” said the head coach when asked whether he considers his side as possible Champions League qualifiers come May.
“We’re trying to win every game. I’ll let you write the headlines. For me, it’s about keeping the players very level and very driven to win the next game.”
One player doing everything to make sure United stay up there at the moment is Miguel Almiron.
The Paraguayan netted his seventh goal of the season, his best season tally for United after just 13 games, which was his sixth goal in his last six games in the Premier League.
Callum Wilson got another two and Joelinton also bagged his first of the campaign.
Howe admits he’s running out of superlatives to describe the performances and the finishing of Almiron.
“I’m running out of words to describe his goals,” said Howe.
“I don’t know which one is the better one, the last three have just been so good. Today, he used the defender’s body really well.
“He’s obviously identified the top corner but to hit with the speed and accuracy he did, was brilliant. Full credit to Miggy, it was another tireless performance.”
While Howe smiled from ear to ear in his post-match analysis in the bowels of St. James’ Park, he was not 100 percent satisfied with the overall show.
“First-half was a difficult half for us because it was stop-start, we couldn’t get any rhythm. Aston Villa are very competitive,” said Howe.
“Teams will come here and try to disrupt us in different ways and I felt they did. We struggled to build consistent pressure.
“The first goal is so important in any game and today we got it, probably from our best move of the half.
“The second-half was totally different, that’s the football and the style that we want to see on a consistent basis here.
“I stood back and enjoyed the second-half. I thought we were really good.”
Brazil manager Tite was present on Tyneside to witness yet another Bruno Guimaraes masterclass in the middle, even if he was marked to a man by compatriot Douglas Luiz, as well as Emi Buendia.
And Howe thinks the manager will have been impressed with what he saw from the midfielder ahead of the World Cup in Qatar next month.
“Bruno’s an important part of our team, there is no doubt about that but I think there are relationships and partnerships forming in other areas of the team that are equally important,” said Howe.
“The balance of the team at the moment is very good, both attacking and defending as a unit. Very pleased with all aspects of the team, especially in the second-half. The subs came on and showed their quality as well. A good day for us.”
Newcastle United travel to Southampton next Sunday, looking to make it six wins in seven in the Premier League, before taking on Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup, then rounding off the first-half of the season by hosting Chelsea.
VIENNA: Daniil Medvedev made short work of his last-four match against Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday to reach the final of the ATP tournament in Vienna.
The former world No. 1 did not face a single break point in a dominant 6-4, 6-2 victory.
Medvedev will face Denis Shapovalov on Sunday as he bids to win his second title of the season.
The Russian’s only tournament success this year came in an ATP 250 event in Mexico in August, which ended a run of five straight final defeats.
“There were a few moments in the match where I thought I should have done just a little bit better, to go in front earlier and try to build the pressure earlier,” said Medvedev.
“Then I managed to stay consistent and, in the most important points, managed to raise my level. That was enough today, and I’m really happy with my level.”
He had lost his previous meeting with Dimitrov at Indian Wells last year but had no such problems this time around, securing victory by winning the last five games of the match.
Medvedev is edging closer to securing his place at the ATP Finals which get underway in Turin on Nov. 13.
The 26-year-old, who won the season-ending event in 2020, sits fifth in the standings.
Canadian Shapovalov reached his second final of the month, after losing the Korea Open title match to Yoshihito Nishioka, by downing the in-form Borna Coric 7-6 (7/4), 6-0.
Shapovalov, who still has not won an ATP tournament since his first title in 2019, has won two of his five meetings with Medvedev, but lost the last three.
The 23-year-old edged a tight opening set in a tie-break, but Cincinnati Masters champion Coric fell away in the second as Shapovalov romped into the final.
ABU DHABI: The Saudi Arabia national team concluded their preparations Saturday for their friendly match against Honduras on Sunday evening at Al-Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The match comes as part of the third phase of the Green Falcons’ preparatory program for the FIFA World Cup 2022, which begins next month in Qatar.
The match against Honduras will be the third friendly match during the current training camp and follows matches with Albania and North Macedonia.
It comes before two more friendlies agains Iceland and Panama.
The players held a training session on Saturday at the Emirates Palace Stadium, under the supervision of coach Herve Renard.
Salman Al-Faraj did not participate in the training because he is ill, while Yasser Al-Shahrani returned to the camp.
NEWCASTLE: If anyone in the Premier League remained in any doubt after last week, Newcastle United underlined to their rivals that they are very much part of the top flight party.
For far too long the Magpies have been passengers in the Premier League — present but not a threat to anyone, and all too happy to just exist.
But with the Public Investment Fund now at the helm, and Eddie Howe at the wheel, those days are long gone.
And it is becoming every bit more obvious by the week just why the established, so-called “big six,” and others with aspirations, fought so hard to make sure that the PIF did not get their hands on Newcastle.
Their wings were once clipped, but now the Magpies are flying high — and doing so with real purpose.
This was a rampant win, one done at a canter — and one that left many Newcastle fans flooding the city center on Saturday evening asking “is this what it feels like to actually be good?”
Callum Wilson netted twice against the Villains, who were 4-0 winners themselves last weekend, and Miguel Almiron made it seven for the season, with Joelinton getting a well-deserved first, as Newcastle made it five wins in six.
But for a narrow Spurs win over Bournemouth, the Magpies would be sitting in third place. As it stands, though, they had to settle for fourth — a remarkable statement in itself, given recent footballing history on Tyneside.
With England and Brazil bosses Gareth Southgate and Tite watching on from the stands — a first for St. James’ Park — Howe picked an unchanged team from the XI who beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 last weekend.
And in usual style, the Magpies started the game very much on the front foot.
After just three minutes, Newcastle swarmed down the right as Almiron found skipper Kieran Trippier, making his 300th English league appearance. The right-back chipped on to the head of Wilson, who peeled away from his man, but the effort went over. It was an early warning shot that the visitors did not heed.
It took Howe’s men until the 45th minute, plus five added minutes, to break the deadlock after a rather disjointed half of football, punctuated in the most part by injuries to Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia.
United threatened first with a sweeping move down the right as Trippier found Almiron, and Robin Olsen, on for Martinez minutes earlier, saved well with his outstretched leg.
Just minutes later, a similar move, with Newcastle clearly targeting left-back Ashley Young, broke down the stubborn Villa defense as Almiron was again teed up and his curling effort, bound for the far corner, was stopped by the outstretched arm of Young.
Wilson made no mistake, putting his penalty straight down the middle, giving Olsen no chance. Southgate take note.
Wilson had the ball in the net again moments later, this time rounding Olsen, but the offside flag denied him.
He was not to be denied for too much longer, though.
Just after the break a Trippier corner was taken short to Almiron, who produced a sumptuous back flick to the England right-back, whose chip was nodded in via the post from Wilson, who is proving to everyone this season that he is one of the best English strikers in the Premier League.
Like a swarm of bees, Newcastle hunted in packs — and you could tell that they smelled blood. Villa did their best to roll over under the pressure, too.
Joelinton made it 3-0 when he tucked in on the break after Wilson’s shot was saved by Olsen, before the most improved player in the top flight this season, Almiron, curled in what is becoming a trademark goal with his left, cutting in from the right for 4-0.
Instead of taking their foot off the gas, the relentless Magpies continued their assault on the Villa goal with a bar preventing Wilson getting a first Newcastle hat-trick and a post denying the impressive Jacob Murphy a goal off the bench.
The relentless assault on the established elites on and off the field is sustained, targeted and conducted with real purpose — a far cry from the Newcastle who used to just exist alongside the top flight.
And the biggest fear for those in their ivory towers in English football is that Newcastle United is only just getting started. The ceiling, as Jurgen Klopp referenced recently, is a long, long way from being reached.