Shaker Ali wins Ramadan Bowling tournament at Zayed Sports City

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Emirati Shaker Ali reaffirmed his position as the nation’s best bowler, beating a strong field in the Ramadan Bowling Tournament at Zayed Sports City.

Supported by ADNOC, Ali held firm in the well-contested Open division throughout the duration of the tournament, entering into the semi-final in fifth position but exiting atop the leaderboard.

Challenged by Omani Hassan Al Kharousi and young UAE national Khamis Al Shamsi, Ali widened his lead further with 1358 points scored across the last six games to take home the trophy and Dh25,000 in cash. Despite a stronger showing in the finals, Al Shamisi’s 1285-point effort could not overcome his semi-final deficit, placing him third below Al Khaousi. Al Shamsi also won second place in the Youth division title days earlier, behind champion Nahyan Al Qubaisi. Uella Marcial of the Philippines was the top female bowler of the tournament.

The Graded division, aimed at amateur bowlers with an average of 185 or below as verified by league play, wrapped up days earlier on 5 June, with Tristan Mananghaya of the Philippines winning the top title, having averaged 202.8 across the final.

Emirati Abdulla Al Mulla (197.7 average) and Filipino Louie Sindayen (197.5 average) followed in second and third place, respectively.

 The Determination Division, which debuted in 2015, continued to motivate people with special needs to overcome their personal obstacles and allowed them to become further integrated into the community through sport this year. With team and singles divisions, 33 participants joined the category.

Abu Dhabi athlete Adnan Saif Al Jabri won the top prize with a score of 813, followed by Ali Al Jaber (804) and Tarek Murad (760), both of Dubai. Dubai’s two squads placed atop the team rankings with Dubai A routing the competition with 2601 points, followed distantly by Dubai B (2377) and Al Ain A (2290).

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Hello, David Cooper here with everything you need to know on Sunday evening…

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Neymar marked his return to the starting line-up with another brilliant goal as Brazil eased to a 3-0 win over Austria in Vienna on Sunday in their final friendly ahead of the World Cup.

Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho netted either side of Neymar’s strike at the Ernst Happel Stadion, as the world’s most expensive player confirmed his return to fitness following a foot operation three months ago.

It was an encouraging way for Tite’s side to complete their preparations before their departure for their base in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

Read our ratings and talking points from the game.

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Neymar was reportedly spotted in discussion with a Real Madrid representative in Liverpool last week, according to Marca.

The PSG superstar, who starred during Brazil’s pre-World Cup friendly victory over Croatia at Anfield last Sunday, apparently met with a Los Blancos emissary ahead of the game.

Elsewhere, Mohamed Salah has hailed the team spirit instilled by Egypt manager Hector Cuper as one of the side’s biggest strengths going into the World Cup.

“We play differently with Hector Cuper than with our previous coach [Shawky Gharib],” the 25-year-old talisman said in an interview with Marca.

Read more from that interview, here.

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England pace bowler Jimmy Anderson is to miss Lancashire’s next two matches as he rests a long-standing shoulder injury ahead of the forthcoming Test series with India.

Anderson will sit out the games against Worcestershire and Hampshire as part of a six-week period of rest in a bid to be ready to face the tourists in a five-match series which starts on August 1.

Elsewhere, Ishant Sharma’s maiden stint in county cricket has come to an end and it has been one which has been highly fruitful for the India pacer.

Here, we look at why the Sussex bowler could prove to be a real handful for English batsmen with the upcoming five-match Test series on the horizon. Ashish Peter has more.

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Ahmed Raza believes the Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) new franchise T20 league is the ‘best thing ever’ to happen for UAE cricket that will not only help the senior national members but also benefit the younger generation.

Our reporter Denzil Pinto brings you the interview, here.

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TOPSHOT - Romania's Simona Halep poses with her trophy, after winning the women's singles final match against Sloane Stephens of the US, on day fourteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 9, 2018. (Photo by Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

First Grand Slam title: Simona Halep.

Simona Halep‘s long wait for a grand slam title is over after she won a thrilling French Open final against Sloane Stephens.

The world number one finally got her hands on the coveted Coupe Suzanne-Lenglen four years after her first appearance in the final at Roland Garros.

She sealed the title with an unreturnable serve before covering her face with her hands in disbelief following a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory.

She did it the hard way, though, falling a set and a break behind to Stephens, who was hunting a second major title to add to her triumph at last year’s US Open.

Read our tennis reporter Reem Abulleil’s comment piece on the Romanian’s success.

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Mohamed Salah, superhero.

Mohamed Salah is hoping to be fully fit for the World Cup.

Mohamed Salah has hailed the team spirit instilled by Egypt manager Hector Cuper as one of the side’s biggest strengths going into the World Cup.

“We play differently with Hector Cuper than with our previous coach [Shawky Gharib],” the 25-year-old talisman said in an interview with Marca.

Read more from that interview, here.

Mistake: Hugo Lloris.

Mistake: Hugo Lloris.

Meanwhile, France were held last night against USA in their final pre-World Cup friendly after Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made an uncharacteristic error.

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TAUNTON, ENGLAND - MAY 22: Ishant Sharma of Sussex bowls during the Royal London One-Day Cup match between Somerset and Sussex at The Cooper Associates County Ground on May 22, 2018 in Taunton, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Pace ace: Ishant Sharma is enjoying his time on the south coast.

Ishant Sharma’s maiden stint in county cricket has come to an end and it has been one which has been highly fruitful for the India pacer.

Here, we look at why the Sussex bowler could prove to be a real handful for English batsmen with the upcoming five-match Test series on the horizon. Ashish Peter has more.

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Thumbs up: Ahmed Raza

Thumbs up: Ahmed Raza.

Ahmed Raza believes the Emirates Cricket Board’s (ECB) new franchise T20 league is the ‘best thing ever’ to happen for UAE cricket that will not only help the senior national members but also benefit the younger generation.

Our reporter Denzil Pinto brings you the interview, here.

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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JUNE 09: Mohamed Elshorbagy of Egypt poses with the trophy after winning the men's final match of the PSA Dubai World Series Finals 2018 at Emirates Golf Club on June 9, 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

World beater: Mohamed Elshorbagy.

Following his PSA World Series Finals success on Saturday night, Niall McCague pays tribute to Egyptian star Mohamed Elshorbagy.

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