Shuttle Time Dubai finalists confirmed

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Team Yonex advanced.

The 160 players from 15 teams have fought it out over the last three weeks for a shot at the second annual Club Championships title.

The teams have played off in two two pools of five teams in Group A and one pool of five teams in Group B, contesting five categories; Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Masters Doubles (40 and above).

The top four teams in Group A Level A faced off to decide the finalists, with the Group B semi-finals contested by the top two teams in Group A Level B and the top two teams in Group B.

Team Victor B oversaw Newbreed B 4-1 to secure the Level B finalist spot, where they will meet NSNL-SD B  beat Friday Smashers 3-2 in their semi-final.

In Group A, top team Team Yonex continuing their winning form, accounting for fourth placed NSNL-SD A 3-2, while second placed Prime Star beat third place Team Victor 3-2.

The finals will take place from 5pm on Friday 26 August at Dubai Sports World.

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On this day in 2011: England whitewash India

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Double centurion: England’s Ian Bell.

Before their triumph in the Oval Test against India on this day five years ago, the last time England had swept a Test series was seven years prior.

On this occasion, they were unstoppable as they defeated No1 Test-ranked India by an innings and eight runs.

After winning the toss, England chose to bat and Ian Bell played the star with his first double century, while also amassing a 350-run partnership with Kevin Pietersen.

England totalled 591 and forced India to follow on from their 300 score in the first innings, fuelled by Rahul Dravid’s century.

India were chugging along thanks to Sachin Tendulkar’s 91 and Amit Mishra’s 84, but the rest of the order flopped to end the series.

1957: Floyd Patterson KOs Pete Rademacher for heavyweight title.

1991: Krizstina Egerszegi swims the 100m backstroke in a world record 1:00.31.

2007: The Texas Rangers (below) beat the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, scoring the most runs by a team in modern MLB history.

2015: The 15th World Championships in Athletics open in Beijing.

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Today's birthdays: Yastrzemski, Wilander, Cobb

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(L-R): Yastrzemski, Wilander, Cobb.

Few baseball players have ever achieved a list of accomplishments as deep as the one Yastrzemski compiled by the end of his Hall of Fame career.

Born on this day, he man nicknamed as ‘Yaz’ was born on this day in 1939 and turned into one of the best outfielders ever.

Playing his entire 23-year career with the Boston Red Sox, the American was an 18-time All-Star, a seven-time Golden Glove winner and three-time American League batting champion.

He ranks second on the all-time list for most career runs batted in and third for total at-bats.

Yastrzemski’s finest moment came in 1967 when he led the Red Sox to the AL pennant, in the process winning the AL MVP and Triple Crown – a feat which was not repeated until 2012.

His No8 is retired by the Red Sox and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.

1941: Bill Parcells, American football coach who won two Super Bowl titles with the New York Giants (75).

1956: Paul Molitor, American manager for the MLB’s Minnesota Twins and former Hall of Fame player (60).

1964: Mats Wilander, Swedish former tennis player who was ranked No1 and won seven grand slam titles (52).

1990: Randall Cobb, American NFL player for the Green Bay Packers and 2014 Pro Bowler (26).

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