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THURSDAY, APRIL 20

Monte Carlo Masters

From 12:00, ATP, beIN Sports

Novak Djokovic will be among the stars on show.

Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians

18:30, IPL, OSN Sports Cricket HD

In-form Kieron Pollard will be the threat for the visitors.

Man United v Anderlecht

23:05, Europa League, beIN Sports

The quarter-final second leg tie is all square at 1-1.

Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21

Monte Carlo Masters

From 12:00, ATP, beIN Sports

Quarter-finals are on the agenda.

Kolkata Knight Riders v Gujarat Lions

18:30, IPL, OSN Sports Cricket HD

The two-time champions are next for Suresh Raina and Co.

Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan.

Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

Monte Carlo Masters

From 13:00, ATP, beIN Sports

Nadal is the defending champion.

Chelsea v Tottenham

20:15, FA Cup semifinal, beIN Sports

The EPL title rivals clash for a place in the final.

Rising Pune Supergiant v Sunrisers Hyderabad

18:30, IPL, OSN Sports Cricket HD

David Warner comes up against Steve Smith.

Steve Smith and David Warner.

Steve Smith and David Warner.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

Monte Carlo Masters

From 13:00, ATP, beIN Sports

Which player will be the king of clay?

Arsenal v Manchester City

18:00, FA Cup semifinal, beIN Sports

Plenty to play for at the iconic Wembley.

Real Madrid v Barcelona

22:45, La Liga, beIN Sports

Definitely one not to miss with all eyes on the Bernabeu for this big one.

Who will win El Clasico?

Who will win El Clasico?

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Fifth edition of SPIAs honour the region's best

Denzil Pinto 13/04/2017
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At the Fort Island in Madinat Jumeirah, the gala on Tuesday night, organised by Sport360°, saw the region’s leaders, facilities and organisations recognised for their efforts to the development of sport over the last 12 months.

A total of 202 entries were registered across the 16 categories. Each submission went through a rigid and transparent judging process, overseen by a judging panel of 18 of the region’s experts, and facilitated by Deloitte and Touche.

During his opening speech, Sport360° CEO, Steve McLaughlin, said: “The SPIAs was created by Sport360° with you in mind. The professionals who make sport exciting for the fans.

“Every year you are the ones who raise your game, who astound us with your passion, dedication and professionalism and with the ever-increasing quality of your applications.
“Most importantly, this event would not be possible without everyone here tonight, the contestants, the shortlisted finalists and the industry professionals.”


Among the winners was Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, who won the Best Live Experience at a Professional Sports Event for the first time. Kahn Luthiger, public events and marketing manager at Yas Marina Circuit, was delighted to take home the prestigious award.
In safe hands: SPIA celebrated its fifth anniversary. In safe hands: SPIA celebrated its fifth anniversary.
“The best part of this award is that it’s voted by the public and it is the biggest event Abu Dhabi has seen,” he said.
“All we want to do is put the best possible experience and we continue to do that.”
Among the big winners Adidas and Light Blue, who won both the Best Integrated Sports Marketing Campaign of the Year and Best Sports Brand, Retail or Product Activation of the Year for their First Never Follows campaign.
Sameena Ibrahim, newsrooms and PR manager of Adidas MENA, said: “It feels amazing and when it’s an industry award, it’s very satisfying to win. We never do campaigns to win awards. The reason we do it is for our consumers and fans and that’s the reason why we come out with fantastic products.”
ADIB Future Champions League, run by ADIB/IMG won the Best Sport CSR Initiative of the Year.
Petr Klimes, head of global marketing at ADIB, said: “It’s a fantastic feeling and the whole team
deserves it.
“We are really happy that we can work with kids that could hopefully be future champions in football.”
Other winners included Kickers, who claimed the Best Sport F&B Venue of the Year accolade and IMG (Best Sport Agency or Organisation of the Year).
The event was sponsored by Dubai Sports City, Lacoste and SMG Insight.


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WATCH: Jaw-dropping XDubai stunts

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Stunning stunts: The places to be in Dubai.

Breaking new ground, Mercedes-Benz Cars Middle East has teamed up with XDubai to capture some of the world’s most exciting athletes and thrill seekers undertake never-before-seen stunts for the creation of its latest film – featuring Mercedes-AMG’s venturesome A 45 4MATIC, the CLA 45 4MATIC and the GLA 45 4MATIC.

In the film, recently launched online but filmed earlier this year, stuntman Damien Walters showcases just why he is a Hollywood favourite, world-renowned skydiver and base jumper Noah Bahnson astonishingly taunts gravity, and Nick Jacobsen, kiteboarding and kitesurfing champion, shows the true meaning of adventure with a record-breaking and world-first feat from the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s iconic helipad.

In the record-breaking stunt, Jacobsen drives the stylish and sporty Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC to the world’s most luxurious hotel, before fearlessly launching from the famed landmark’s helipad with only his kiteboarding gear. In doing so, Jacobsen completes the highest kiteboarding jump on record – an incredible 210m above the water, smashing his own previous world-record of 90m.

Commenting on the groundbreaking stunt, the XDubai athlete and champion kiteboarder said: “Standing on the top of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah helipad was a once-in-a lifetime opportunity and launching from it, a global first. It took a lot of planning, precision and safety measures, but it all worked well in the end, and the experience was amazing.”

Along with the unprecedented accomplishment, world record-breaking wingsuit and base jumper, Noah Bahnson also performs a unique stunt that includes an extremely low altitude launch off a Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 4MATIC compact SUV.

Set against the dazzling backdrop of Dubai Marina, the SUV effortlessly pulls Bahnson into the air with a parachute, reaching a height of 131m before he releases himself into a breathtaking freefall towards the sea – opening his parachute nimbly at a mere 67m before floating to the ground.

Not to be outdone, Hollywood stuntman and YouTube sensation, Damien Walters is showcased inside the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC – the world’s most powerful mid-sized car – at Port Rashid, before impressively climbing out of the car at full speed onto the sunroof and leaping to grab a rope hanging from a crane.

With the Burj Khalifa in the background, Walters swings side to side as the car drifts back, allowing him to deftly jump back into the speeding car in ultimate style. Along with showcasing Walters’ skills, the stunt also highlights the A 45 4MATIC’s modern athletic design with dynamic curved surfaces and the ultimate confidence of this speed machine.

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