Al Kass Cup to kick off today
DOHA THE FIRST edition of the Al Kass International Cup U-17 kicks off on Sunday where the world's top U-17 football teams will compete in an exciting 10-day tournament running from January 8 to 17.
|Serena, Federer hurt before Australian Open |
|BRISBANE,(AUSTRALIA) SERENA Williams has a badly sprained left ankle, Roger Federer an aching back and Kim Clijsters a sore left hip.
Add in a limping ‚ but "I'll be OK" ‚ Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal playing with a sore left shoulder from the end of last season and the advance tournaments for this year's Australian Open are beginning to look like a star-studded sports injury clinic.
Williams' injury seems to be the most serious of the bunch, and could affect her chances of winning the singles title for the sixth time at Melbourne Park.
She rolled over on it badly in the second round at the Brisbane International and pulled out of the tournament several hours later.
In her first tournament since losing the US Open final in September, Williams was serving for the match against Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia when she twisted her ankle and crashed heavily to the court.
After receiving medical attention, she limped through the end of that game and the next to complete a straight-sets win. She later withdrew after medical scans "confirmed that I have a left ankle sprain (and) that I probably shouldn't play on." On Saturday,Williams sounded optimistic in a brief message to her nearly 2.4 million Twitter followers.
|Kharaitiyat beats Ahli, clinches first win |
|DOHA QATAR Stars League defending champion Lekhwiya strengthened its lead at the top of the table after a 2-1 home win over Al Rayyan at the Al Gharafa Stadium on Saturday.
Lekhwiya has 22 points from eleven matches, while Rayyan stays in fourth place with 16 points.
Aruna Dindane and Madjid Bougherra were the scorers for the host in the 50th and 52nd minute. Rayyan's only goal came from Yong-Hyung Cho on the hour mark Elsewhere, Al Kharaitiyat crushed Al Ahli 4-1 at the Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium to clinch its first win of the season. Two goals from Yahya Keipi, one goal each from Mohammed Abdulrahman and Tico Okonkwo completed the rout.
It was Al Ahli's second successive loss following their 3-0 thrashing last week at the hands of Lekhwiya.
The action in week 11 continues on Sunday with three matches scheduled.
In the first match, Qatar SC takes on Al Arabi at Suheim bin Hamad Stadium, while Al Jaish play Al Wakra at Al Wakra Stadium.
|Di Canio's Swindon knocks Wigan out of FA Cup race |
|LONDON PREMIER League strugglers Wigan were the highest profile casualties as the FA Cup third round lived up to its fabled giant-killing tradition on Saturday.
Wigan crashed out 2-1 at League Two outfit Swindon as the Latics' troubled season took another miserable turn.
Calum McManaman had put Wigan 1-0 up but Swindon, managed by Italian Paolo Di Canio, struck back to claim a famous win with goals coming from Alan Connell and Paul Benson.
Bolton narrowly avoided becoming another Premier League casualty as it was forced to come from behind to scramble a 2-2 draw at Macclesfield, the League Two side who are 64 places below Wanderers.
Ivan Klasnic had fired Bolton ahead on seven minutes at Macclesfield's Moss Rose ground before the minnows hit back through Colin Daniel and Arnaud Mendy to take a 2-1 lead.
David Wheater equalised for Bolton 13 minutes from time.
QPR — who have not won an FA Cup tie since 2001 — also left it late before