Happy Birthday: Ramsey, Lloris, Blake

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Festive birthdays.

Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey turns 26.

The former Cardiff City star helped his country to the Euro 2016 semi-finals and has been a key player at club level for the Gunners over the years, arguably producing his best form during the 2013-14 campaign.

He also scored the winning goal against Hull City in the FA Cup final that same season.

Arsenal Wenger has labelled Ramsey as a “real box-to-box player” and he is known for being able to influence the game at both ends of the pitch.

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Other sport stars born on this day

1975: Marcelo Rios, Chilean former tennis player who became the first Latin American world No1 (41).

1986: Hugo Lloris, French goalkeeper who has won 85 caps and plays club football for Tottenham (30).

1989: Yohan Blake, Jamaican 100 and 200m sprinter. Twice won 4x100m Olympic gold (27).

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Sport this week in the UAE

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Football and tennis dominates the sporting landscape over the festive period in the UAE over the next seven days.

From the visit of Egypt’s Mohamed Salah to Dubai for the Globe Soccer Awards in the city – to the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi – there is no shortage of events going on.

And of course there is a big clash between Al Ahli and Al Ain in the President’s Cup, as well as the return of Meydan Racing.

Are you going to any of these events?

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DUBAI INTERNATIONAL SPORTS CONFERENCE

Tuesday, December 27 – Wednesday, December 28

FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Roma attacker Mohamed Salah are just some of the marquee names who will feature at the Dubai International Sports Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The annual event has become a key date in the Middle East’s footballing calendar, attracting prominent figures for more than a decade.

This tradition is set to continue at Madinat Jumeirah, with the first night also featuring the seventh edition of the Globe Soccer Awards.

WHERE: Madinat Jumeirah
MORE INFO: Global Soccer Awards

MUBADALA WORLD TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
Thursday, December 29 – Saturday, December 31

With the New Year approaching, it’s almost time for this year’s edition of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

The world’s top tennis stars, including World No.1 Andy Murray, World No.3 Milos Raonic, 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, Czech powerhouse Tomas Berdych, Belgian David Goffin and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Activities start from midday each day, except for finals day, on Saturday, where it begins at 10am.

WHERE: The International Tennis Stadium, Zayed Sports City
MORE INFO: mubadalawtc.com

PRESIDENT’S CUP
Monday, December 26 – Tuesday, December 27

The President’s Cup returns with an exciting fixture list, which sees Al Ain at home to Al Ahli and Al Jazira away to Kalba.

There is a full schedule of fixtures, with matches being played across Monday and Tuesday.

RACING AT MEYDAN

Thursday, December 29

Take in all the action from a busy card at Meydan Racecourse this Thursday.

The last race of 2016 is expected to be a highly competitive Meydan meet and the action begins at 6.30pm.

General admission is free at the venue while there are hospitality options to sit in the GrandStand.

WHERE: Meydan Racecourse
MORE INFO: Dubai Racing Club

The action continues at the prestigious racing venue.

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IN PICS: 10 best athletes embracing Christmas

Sport360 staff 25/12/2016

Sports stars spend most of their time practicing, preparing, working out in the gym and competing, such is the life of a professional athletes.

Their competitiveness and high fitness requirements grow each year but that doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy some of the festive fun even if they can’t pound through turkey like the rest of us.

Christmas is that time of the year when those celebrating can spend time with family and friends, some able to take time out of their busy schedule.

Some more than others truly embrace the Christmas fun and, here, we look at ten athletes who have willingly sported the seasonal garms through the years..

From Andy Murray to NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal, get ready for a surprise Santa visit.

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