On this day - 1951: Boxing legend Joe Louis' final KO victory at MSG

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In 1951 Joe Louis knocked out Lee Savold at Madison Square Garden.

In 1951 American boxing legend Joe Louis fought Lee Savold in what was the first professional prizefight carried to theaters on closed circuit TV.

The 'Brown Bomber' knocked out Savold in 2 minutes 29 seconds of the sixth round at Madison Square Garden in what was to be his last victory by KO.

Other memorable events on this day:

1948: Donald Bradman is out for a duck against England in the fifth Test of the Ashes series at The Oval. Australia still won the match by an innings and 149 runs to complete a 4–0 series win.

1954: UEFA was founded in Basel, Switzerland after consultation between the Italian, French, and Belgian associations. Initially, the European football union consisted of 25 members which number doubled by the early 1990s.

2011: Boston Bruins beat Vancouver Canucks 4-0 to take a 4-3 series win in the Stanley Cup finals.

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Netball added to Dubai Rugby Sevens schedule

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Dubai Netball League players at The Sevens stadium.

The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is this year promises to be an even bigger event with the announcement of an inaugural netball tournament that will run alongside the rugby.

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The three day annual event, being held this year from 3-5 December, is now in its 46th year and attracts the world’s best players vying for honours in the Men’s and Women’s Sevens World Series, as well as over three thousand players in 250 teams in the Invitation Tournament.  In a decision which reflects the growth and diversity of the event, joining them at the Sevens this year will be over 16 netball teams playing for the inaugural netball trophy.

Gary Chapman, President Group Services and dnata, Emirates Group said today “The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is not just about the rugby, although of course that is the centrepiece of this iconic event. It is a celebration of sport and plays an important role in attracting visitors from around the region and around the world, and the addition of the netball tournament will increase the appeal and reach of the event even further.

Dubai Netball League players training at The Sevens

"We are pleased to announce the inclusion of the netball tournament which we believe is an important step in providing even more opportunities for involvement in this wonderful event.” Chapman added.

Invitation Tournament Manager Jill Conlon said “The Invitation Tournament is one of the most prestigious in the world and last year we had a record 223 teams competing across 15 divisions, and we anticipate that the netball tournament will also be extremely popular, both locally and internationally.”

Orders can be placed now on the tournament website for Corporate Hospitality and reserved seating for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, with general admission tickets available from early August.

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Going out: Have fun and compete at Elite Squash Festival

Denzil Pinto 14/06/2015
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Wide range of squash-related activities on offer.

Whether you sign up as a player or attend as a spectator, the Elite Squash Festival will provide plenty of excitement and fun in an event not to be missed.

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The festival, to begin on Thursday, will see adults and juniors compete in the knockout tournament while there will be plenty of entertainment off-court as the finalists battle for title glory two days later. 

Squash may not be as popular as football, cricket or tennis in the UAE, but organisers, Elite Squash, are keen to see the profile of the sport grow and attract as many competitors.

There are different categories to choose from: amateur, intermediate and experienced. In the juniors category, there are U-9, U-13, U-15 and U-19 age groups for boys while there will be girls champions in the U-11 and U-15 divisions.

Knockouts will take place at Fitness First Community Clubs at Lakes and Town Centre in Dubai while the final will be at Meadows branch on Saturday.

There will be free coaching demonstrations at the festival.

Besides witnessing some thrilling final games, spectators can look forward to a wide range of activities and entertainment. Two inflatable squash courts, free coaching demonstrations and a Kids Zone are just some of the things that will keep you occupied.

“This is the first time the Elite Squash Festival is happening and we are looking to make this an annual event in our sporting calendar,” said Neil Young, CEO of Elite Squash UAE.

“We want to help squash grow in the UAE because it is a very exciting and challenging sport to play in.

“Whether people come to watch or play, there is something for everyone as all our activities are squash-related so they will get to see how the sport is played as well as a hands-on experience.” 

Two current PSA players will compete in an exhibition match while there will also be a complimentary Iftar buffet.

Already 30 players have registered and Young, who has organised many squash tournaments, expects that number to grow for what promises to be an exciting competition. “The other tournaments I have organised have been a success and I’m sure this will be another one,” he said.

“I want people who attend the Elite Squash Festival to see that squash can transform somebody’s life not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

“People should sign up because squash can prepare you for all the challenges and you can make a lot of friends and remain fit.

“The matches will be highly competitive and fun.

“Although winning is important, taking part is equally important and I hope that people who do attend the Elite Squash Festival will be inspired by what they see and hopefully take up the sport because squash is an extremely fun sport to play regardless of how old you are and whether you’ve played the game or not.”

Player registration closes at midnight on Monday. Entries cost Dh185 for adults and Dh85 for juniors. Each person who registers will receive a free T-shirt as well as a free 45-minute Elite Squash lesson, valid until August 30.

What: Elite Squash Festival
Where: Fitness First Community Clubs – Lakes and Town Centre (June 18 and 19), Meadows – June 20 (Dubai). When: June 18 to 20. (Finals on Saturday includes entertainment and is free admission)
Contact: Register by visiting www.elitesquash.ae. Player registration deadline is midnight Monday. You can also call +971 55 553 14 99

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