Priinits 'will do everything' he can to win in Dubai

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The fifth MKFA International Epee Cup takes place in Dubai this weekend, attracting fencers from over 15 countries.

Olympic champion Park-sang young of South Korea will be one of the star names competing for glory on UAE soil, with defending champion Sten Priinits and two-time world champion Nikolai Novojiolov also in action.

Despite having a mixed season to date, Priinits is confident he can pick up his form ahead of the competition.

Speaking to Sport360, he said: “I always want to win every competition. But to come here as a defending champion, it’s an honour for me, to take this kind of thing more seriously. I will do everything I can to win again on Saturday.”


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On this day in 2013: Man City and Arsenal share nine goal thriller

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In a season of bonkers matches between the big guns, this ranks as the craziest. Arsenal started the game top of the league with the best defensive record, having shipped just 11 goals in their first 15 matches.

Sergio Aguero volleyed City into an early lead before Theo Walcott equalised.

City retook the lead through Alvaro Negredo, and with Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny hobbling off the visitors looked less stable at the back.

Fernandinho swept home a third before Walcott pulled one back, but David Silva made it 4-2 just minutes later.

A frantic end saw Fernandinho slot in a fifth for City, Per Mertesacker head in Arsenal’s third and Yaya Toure tuck in an injury-time penalty.

Utter madness.

More memorable events on this day:

1947: The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is founded in Daytona Beach, Florida.

1987: Allan Border scores 205 against famous rivals h to become Australia’s highest run-scorer.

1988: The Miami Heat defeat the LA Clippers 89-88 to record the franchise’s first-ever NBA win after a run of 17 straight defeats. They finished the season with a 15-67 record.

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Today's sporting birthdays: Blaszczykowski, Owen, Burgess

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Blaszczykowski is one of Poland’s most capped and recognisable footballers, yet the fact the ex-Borussia Dortmund winger has enjoyed a stellar career at all is a miracle in itself.

When he was 10 he witnessed his father murder his mother, which led to him turning his back on football.

He was persuaded to return by uncle Jerzy Brzeczek, himself a former Poland captain, and his grandmother, who he credits with his success.

Turning 31 today, Blaszczykowski started his career with Wisla Krakow before joining Dortmund in 2007, scoring 32 goals in 252 games and winning two Bundesligatitles and the DFB-Pokal.

Blaszczykowski was named Polish Footballer of the Year in 2008 and 2010 and has won 89 Polish caps, scoring 18 goals.

He captained them as they co-hosted Euro 2012 and was part of the Euro 2016 squad.

More sport star birthdays on this day:

1946: Stan Smith, former World No1 American tennis player and two-time grand slam singles champion (70).

1956: Hanni Wenzel, former alpine skiier. An Olympic, World Cup and world champion from Liechtenstein (60).

1979: Michael Owen, ex-footballer who played for Liverpool and Man United, and won 89 England caps (37).

1988: Sam Burgess, English rugby league player for NRL’s South Sydney Rabbitohs. Dual code international (28).

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