Tweets of the week: Djokovic gives best Spartan impression, tennis world salutes Pennetta

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Star of the week: Novak Djokovic

Sport360 picks out the highlights from the sporting Twittersphere with Novak Djokovic, Flavia Pennetta, Serena Williams and Virat Kohli all featuring this week.

Novak Djokovic gave his best “This is Sparta” impression together with Gerard Butler, the star of the movie ‘300’, after defeating Roger Federer to win the US Open. 

Tennis world salutes ​Flavia Pennetta
Flavia Pennetta had the ultimate mic-drop moment as she announced her retirement during her victory speech at the US Open. The world was in shock and raced to send in their congratulations. Looks like her boyfriend, ATP player Fabio Fognini managed to get his hands on her trophy as well.

Drake faces the heat
After Serena Williams was stunned by Roberta Vinci in the semi-finals, the Twittersphere blamed rapper Drake, who was in her box during the match, for the world No1’s loss.

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Virat Kohli announced he is coowner of the UAE Royals tennis team in the IPTL which prompted Sachin Tendulkar to ask him if he could play for him. Meanwhile, Djokovic shows us his softer side and gets words of love from Entourage actor Jeremy Piven.

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Going Out: At Al Forsan International Sports Resort, excitement never stops

Jay Asser 19/09/2015
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Take aim: Indoor archery is extremely popular with visitors at Al Forsan.

Al Forsan International Sports Resort’s offering of activities extends into the fall season with even more sports to keep you busy and entertained.

Located in the nation’s capital and open seven days a week, Al Forsan has you covered with off-roading, extreme karts, indoor archery and even a sniper competition which runs through the month of September.

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The one-of-a-kind off-roading experience gives racers access to a Race of Champions style track, where you can prove your driving skills in various vehicles. Progress from the 24 horsepower Rage on the 14-turn track, to the 101 horsepower Can Am Maverick 1000R and then finally the 140 horsepower off-road monster Rage.

Participants will have the chance to take a couple of practice laps and be assured of safety with a four-point race harness and the steel roll cage. The thrilling experience can be had starting at Dh220.

If precision racing is more your taste, hit the karts track via either the 13 horsepower or 18 horsepower Le Mans Kart. The kart’s custom-built frame and wrap-around safety system means added safety to go with exhilarating fun. The price for extreme karts starts at Dh180.

You can test your aim in Al Forsan’s sniper competition or on their archery range. The sniper competition, organised by the Dubai Sports Council, challenges shooters to nail targets at 300m.

The off-roading experiences at Al Forsan is one of the star attractions of the resort.

To take part in the competition, all participants must be aged 21 and above and show ID for proof. The entry fee is Dh250, but even if you fail to hit the mark on your first shot, the cost to re-shoot .308 is Dh230 and Dh200 for .223.

With a trophy and Dh5,000 up for grabs, the shooting competition is the perfect place for firearm enthusiasts to showcase their skills.

For another challenge, head to Al Forsan’s new indoor archery range. The climate-controlled facility offers a venue for archers to let their arrows fly, with prices for range rental starting from Dh150 and recurve and compound bow rental starting at Dh100.

For more information about Al Forsan and details on the activities available, visit www.alforsan.ae.

Whether its on the track or on the range, there’s plenty of reason to get active at Al Forsan International Sports Resort this September.

What: Al Forsan International Sports Resort’s fall activities
Where: Al Forsan International Sports Resort, Abu Dhabi
When: Through the month of September, open seven days a week
Contact: Visit www.alforsan.ae or their Facebook page for details.

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Manning finds his comfort zone and eclipses 70000 passing yards

Jay Asser 19/09/2015
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In the groove: Peyton Manning.

Two games into the season, the Denver Broncos’ attack has been at its best with Peyton Manning orchestrating an offence similar to the one he’s directed for years.

Following a dismal Week 1 opener against the Baltimore Ravens and facing a 14-0 deficit to the Kansas City Chiefs thanks to his second pick-six of the season, Manning looked on the ropes.

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From that point on, however, the Broncos mostly eschewed new coach Gary Kubiak’s run-heavy, under-centre offence, deviating into Manning’s comfort zone of shotgun and quick passes.

The result was Manning finding his rhythm and coming back to life with three touchdowns, including an 80-yard, game-tying drive at the end of the fourth quarter.

Jamaal Charles’ disastrous fumble returned for a score seconds later earned Denver the 31-24 win, but it was Manning’s turnaround which flipped the game.

After a week of questions regarding how much the future Hall of Famer has left in the tank, he responded once settling into a familiar style of play.

Manning’s arm strength has clearly declined and he’s undoubtedly on the downside of his career, but finding the balance between leaning on him and providing him with run support will be crucial.

“We’re trying to help him, run the football better, do some things,” Kubiak said. “We also know what he’s very comfortable doing. We’re also trying to somehow find a meeting between the two; we think that would be good for our team.”

In the victory, Manning became the second quarterback in NFL history to eclipse 70,000 passing yards, joining Brett Favre who holds the record with 71,838 – a mark Manning is expected to cross this year.

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