Fawad Jumeirah storm into NAS futsal tournament’s last eight

Jay Asser 7/07/2014
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Big draw: The futsal tournament has encouraged vast players to take part.

Fawad Jumeirah continued their domination at the Nad Al Sheba Ramadan Tournament by closing out the final futsal group game with a convincing win over Julmood.

Despite already qualifying from Group B for the last eight, Jumeirah throttled Julmood 15-0 with Brazilian star Thiago de Almeida leading the way with four scores in each half and Fahad Abdulrahman adding a brace.

Meanwhile, X-Cat beat Al Amid 7-2 in the other Group B game and earned the second qualifying berth.

In another game, Al Joker prevailed in a defensive battle in Group A with a 1-0 victory over Al Esar as Omar Abdullah Saleh provided the lone score.

Expo2020 responded to losses in their first two Group A matches by beating Al Khowaneej 2-0.

In padel tennis, Hennie Mouton and Tom Praming defeated Francisco Lopez and Francisco Javier in the men’s open category, 7-6, 6-0, 10-7.

In the second match, Hassan and Eisa Sharif beat Juan Calles and Sergio Lopez 6-4, 6-2, 10-6.

Zayed Abbas and Ali Al Qaiwani were successful in the UAE National category, edging out Ahmed Sharif and Ahmad Al Kitbe to set up a meeting with Omar Behroozian and Abdularahman Al Janahi.

Hala Madrid fought back after dropping the opening set to overcome Valencia 2-1 in the teams’ competition.

The squash competition saw Amir Khan ease past Nitin Ramchandani with a 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 victory, while Faheem Khan beat David Eadie 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 as both advanced to the third round.

The NAS Tournament, which kicked off with the opening ceremony on June 29, will run for three weeks with prize money of over Dh7 million on offer to more than 3,000 participants in six different sporting disciplines.

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Shuttle Time Dubai celebrates BWF and DSC partnership

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Well received: Over 600 fans attended the launch at Dubai Sports World.

Some of the world’s best badminton players showed off their skills at Dubai Sports World to mark the launch of Shuttle Time Dubai, the BWF’s grassroots initiative that forms part of the emirate’s recent four-year partnership with the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

Led by Dubai Sports Council and facilitated by Falcon and Associates, Shuttle Time Dubai aims to promote badminton as a fun and social way of being active, regardless of age, ability and fitness level.

Initially targeting 40 schools, Shuttle Time Dubai will train more than 80 teachers on how to deliver safe and enjoyable badminton lessons to cater to more than 3,000 male and female students in Dubai between the ages of 8 and 16.

Schools will be supplied with all required equipment, including rackets, nets, suggested lesson plans and interactive learning material.

Dr Ahmad Al Sharif, Secretary-General of Dubai Sports Council, commented on the launch, saying: “Shuttle Time Dubai underlines our ongoing commitment to engage with the local community and to promote sport at a grassroots level.

"The programme has already enjoyed immense success in over 65 countries across the world and is a pathway to develop promising young athletes into world-class competitors who participate at international events, including World Championships and the Olympic Games.”

BWF Secretary General Thomas Lund, who led a delegation from the international federation to the launch, added: “Everyone is understandably excited about the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals coming here in December, but Shuttle Time is a key feature of this partnership with Dubai Sports Council.

"It’s the platform through which we can really grow badminton in Dubai and galvanise interest in and passion for the sport.

The visiting players gave the more than 600 fans in attendance a demonstration of the level of skill it takes to be the best in the world and featured incredible drills and training sessions.

Fans were also given the opportunity to have their picture taken with P.V. Sindhu (India), Kenichi Tago (Japan), Pi Hongyan (France), Mohammed Ahsan (Indonesia) and Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia).

P.V. Sindhu, the first Indian woman to win a singles medal in the World Championships in 2013, said: “In order to become a world-class player it is critical to have a good grassroots scene to help a child develop the necessary skills.

"It’s great to be a part of the launch and I hope to return to Dubai for the BWF Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals in December to give a good performance and to see how the programme has developed.”

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WWE ‘Diva’ Arrested In Hartford

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Current WWE Diva Emma, real name Tenille Dashwood, was reported to be arrested in Hartford, Connecticut Monday, the site of last night's episode of RAW.

Tenille Dashwood of Winter Park, Fla., was charged with sixth-degree larceny after police say she stole an item from the Wal-Mart store on Flatbush Avenue, police said. The alleged theft was reported to police about 1 p.m

Word of the incident had been making its way around the internet, with people saying they saw the report on the local Hartford news. A copy of the Hartford police record, confirming the arrest and larceny charge, can be viewed on the Hartford.gov website police blotter under the "Arrest Log" tab. You can also view the specific section naming Dashwood's arrest in the image below:

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