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In Iraq town, Real fans gather in ‘challenge to IS’

BAGHDAD, May 30, 2016 - Wearing a pink Ronaldo tee-shirt, Ali Qais stares nervously at one of the Al-Furat cafe’s TV screens to watch his beloved Real Madrid in the Iraqi town of Balad. Facing a poster of Real coach Zinedine Zidane, the sofa he is sitting on has two bullet holes in its back. Two weeks ago, gunmen sprayed gun fire and tossed grenades inside the cafe during a raid officials said killed a total of 16 people, including at least 10 on the cafe’s premises. “Tonight, it’s much more than just watching a football match, it’s a challenge to Daesh,” said Qais, using an Arabic ...

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Jordan 2016 draw to be streamed live

AMMAN, May 30, 2016 - FIFA.com will be streaming live* on Monday 30 May 2016 as the official draw for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 takes place in Amman. The Jordanian capital’s Al Hussein Cultural Centre is to play host to the event, which will determine the path to glory for all 16 teams competing at this year’s global showpiece. The U-17 Women’s World Cup has already helped launch the career of several top women’s stars such as Crystal Dunn, Mana Iwabuchi, Alexandra Popp and Lucy Bronze, and this year it comes to the Middle East for the first time. Holders ...
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Ronaldo stabs decisive penalty to kill off Atletico as Real triumph for 11th time

By Keir Radndedge
MILAN, May 28, 2016 - Cristiano Ronaldo, largely anonymous throughout the entire two hours of the Champions League then stepped up like the winner he is to shoot home to decisive shootout kick which brought Real Madrid their record-extending 11th cup at the expense of bitterly luckless neighbours Atletico.At one point Real had appeared capable of winning comfortably within the 90 minutes after an early strike from skipper Sergio Ramos. But Atletico chased them down relentlessly, should have levelled 90 seconds into the second half when Antoine Griezmann missed a penalty then deservedly forved ...

PAKISTAN

Pakistan announces bid for hosting 2017 Kabaddi World Cup

By Ijaz Ahmad Khan
PESHAWAR, May 27,2016: Secretary General Asian Kabaddi Association and former international Kabaddi player Rana Muhammad Sarwar has said that Pakistan would host two major international outings comprising Asian Beach Kabaddi Championship in August this year and already bid to host Kabaddi World Cup next year. Kabaddi is a team contact sport that originated in ancient India and that has been growing in influence throughout the region and further. Rana Muhammad Sarwar, who is also Secretary General Pakistan Kabaddi Federation, announced the news in a Meet the Press Program of the KP Sports ...
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