UAE national team shine on Day 1 of Jiu-Jitsu World Champish

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UAE national team shine on Day 1 of Jiu-Jitsu World Championship

UAE national team shine on Day 1 of Jiu-Jitsu World Championship

UAE national team shine on Day 1 of Jiu-Jitsu World Championship

The UAE dominated the opening day of the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship in Abu Dhabi. (Supplied)

UAE national team shine on Day 1 of Jiu-Jitsu World Championship

Host nation claim nine medals in the U-16 division as the 27th competition got underway at Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI: The UAE national team stole the spotlight on the opening day of the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship after taking nine medals in the U-16 competitions in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, was present at the Jiu-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City for the opening ceremony of the championship, which will run until Nov. 8.

The young Emirati fighters, sponsored by Mubadala Investment Company, took charge on Day 1 of the 27th championship to lead in the medal table with nine medals, including two gold, two silver and five bronze.

The Jiu-Jitsu Falcons, as they are affectionately known, produced a performance that suggested they are determined to defend the World Champions title secured last year.

Abdulla Al-Darmaki, who won silver in the +73kg division, kicked off the UAEs medal haul on the opening day.

I am thrilled to have taken home the silver medal in the world championships opening day. Moments like these, when you represent the UAE at an international competition and grab a medal, are ones youll cherish for a lifetime. Receiving the medal from His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan made today even more memorable, he said.

Leading the charge for the hosts was Ahmed Al-Shamsi, who secured the UAEs first gold medal by defeating Kazakhstans Umarov Islam in the -42kg category.

My first experience playing for the UAE national team began with the gold. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the UAEJJF, the coaches, and everyone else who helped us out by giving us access to top-notch facilities and training, he said.

I send my warmest wishes to all my brothers and sisters competing in the days to come.

Umarov Islam said that he had a good fight and was happy to have grabbed second place. I fought hard, even though I had to settle for second place. Jiu-jitsu contests in Abu Dhabi are always thrilling for me because I get to compete against and engage with the greatest athletes from across the globe.

Saturdays action also saw the UAEs Ammar Al-Hammadi secure gold in the -50kg weight division while Mansoor Al-Blooshi scooped silver in the -38 kg category. Manea Abdulrahman (+73 kg), Eysa A-Blooshi (-38 kg), Obaid Al-Ketbi (-46 kg), Mohamed Al-Sada (-55 kg) and Andeez Ahmed (-66 kg) won bronze medals, making the UAE side look strong on the inaugural day.

Sheikh Khalid presented the winners with their medals accompanied by Abdel Moneim Al Hashemi, chairman of the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, president of the Asian Jiu-Jitsu Union, and senior vice president of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation; and Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, president of the Jiu-Jitsu International Federation.

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Falcon tradition inspires passion in World Cup host Qatar

Falcon tradition inspires passion in World Cup host Qatar

Falcon tradition inspires passion in World Cup host Qatar

For centuries, Arabs across the region have used falcons to hunt and recited poems extolling their virtues

Even among the falcon-crazed, excitement about the World Cup the first ever in the Arab world looms large

DOHA: Qatar has become a focal point for soccer since winning the right to host the World Cup. But another sport is flying high in the historic center of the capital, Doha, as over a million foreign fans flock to the tiny emirate: Falconry.

At the bustling Souq Waqif, a 100-year-old labyrinth marketplace in Doha, shops selling spices and souvenirs give way to stores and even a state-of-the-art hospital filled with the famed birds that have long inspired passion among Bedouin tribes.

For centuries, Arabs across the region have used falcons to hunt and recited poems extolling their virtues. Today, the birds of prey serve as potent reminders of Qatari culture and tradition even as the skyscraper-studded city races to ready itself for the worlds biggest sporting event.

Of course, football is the mother of sports. But alongside football there are other, very important sports that we want foreigners to understand about Qatar, said Khalid Al-Kaja, a 45-year-old falconer originally from the Syrian countryside who moved to Doha with his family over two decades ago to breed the bird. The way that we deal with falcons says so much about our relationship with the desert, with nature. It brings us back to the basics of life.

Excited fans from around the world trickled into Souq Waqif on Saturday, a day before the World Cup opening ceremony, braving Dohas piercing autumn sun to wander through the stalls of perfume and incense and check the stock of squawking parrots and lovebirds.

In a dark alley, Al-Kaja expressed hope that the spotlight of the World Cup would boost global appreciation for the ancient pastime to which he has dedicated his life. Lines of falcons, tethered to perches, waited to be appraised on Saturday. For Qatari customers, the raptors serve as beloved pets, status symbols and ferocious hunters.

Qatar has this new infrastructure, the buildings, everything, Al-Kaja said, referring to the $200 billion that the energy-rich country has poured into the soccer tournament, building up vast air-conditioned stadiums, swanky hotels and even a metro system to whisk fans around the city. Just north of the historic Souq Waqif, the skyscrapers of West Bay glittered.

But we dont forget the past. Falconry is a passion that brings the whole region together, Al-Kaja said.

In recent years the popularity of falconry has soared, he added, as Qatari citizens and long-time Arab residents see rising value in cultural holdovers from a time before the emirate was even a country, let alone a hub of natural gas wealth and international business.

Falcon clubs, beauty contests and races have sprouted up in the desert of Qatar and across the Arabian Peninsula, causing falcon prices to surge, traders say. The finest in Al-Kajas store fetch as much as 1 million Qatari riyal ($274,680), he said.

Nowhere is the love of falcons more evident than Dohas nearby Souq Waqif Falcon Hospital an entire medical facility devoted to the expert treatment and care of the birds. Surgeons mend broken falcon bones, file their excessively long nails and conduct full-body bird X-rays.

But even among the falcon-crazed, excitement about the World Cup the first ever in the Arab world looms large. One Qatari falconer, Masnad Ali Al Mohannadi, advertises his beloved bird, named Neyar, as a psychic capable of choosing World Cup match winners.

Earlier this week in Al Khor, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Doha, he tied pigeon meat to the flags of Qatar and Ecuador the teams that will kick off the tournament on Sunday. Two drones pulled the flags into the sky. As they fluttered overhead, Al Mohannadi, in his aviator sunglasses and traditional white robe, asked his falcon to choose the winner.

Go for Qatar, go for Qatar! he pleaded as he unleashed his bird into the limpid desert air. Neyar rushed toward Qatars flag. But a moment later, the raptor plunged in the opposite direction, attacking the meat wrapped in Ecuadors national colors.

He chose Ecuador, said Al Mohannadi. Disappointment flickered across his face. God willing, Qatar will win.

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Leona Maguire makes up 7 shots to tie Lydia Ko for lead at LPGA season finale

Leona Maguire makes up 7 shots to tie Lydia Ko for lead at LPGA season finale

Leona Maguire makes up 7 shots to tie Lydia Ko for lead at LPGA season finale

Maguire had four straight birdies around the turn, added a pair of birdies late and had a 9-under 63

NAPLES, Florida: Lydia Ko is one round away from clinching LPGA player of the year and taking home the largest prize in the history of womens golf.

Leona Maguire showed Saturday that it wont be easy.

Maguire had four straight birdies around the turn, added a pair of birdies late and had a 9-under 63, allowing her to make up a seven-shot deficit and tie Ko going into the final day of the CME Group Tour Championship.

The hole was looking big, and I was trying to hit it as close as I could, Maguire said.

Ko had a five-shot lead to start the third round seven shots ahead of Maguire and made a mixture of birdies and bogeys that stalled her round. She fell one shot behind Maguire until chipping to tap-in range on the par-5 17th. She finished with a 70.

Maguire is too far back to win player of the year. Theres a lot more at stake than that.

Obviously, the $2 million, its a lot of money, said Maguire, who has made $1,262,831 in 23 tournaments this year on the LPGA. Were very lucky to be playing for that kind of money. So, yeah, try to make the most of the opportunity tomorrow.

They were at 15-under 201 in what shaped up as a two-player race. No one else was closer than five shots to them. Former US Womens Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 had a 68 and Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland had a 69. They were at 206.

Its never over until that last putt drops for every single player, and I dont think you can count anybody out, Ko said. Clearly the last three days have shown that somebody has shot a really low score. So who knows how far back you are for still be in contention.

I just want to play golf that I dont regret, golf that I feel confident and come at the end of tomorrow and say, Hey, you know, I did my best. And this is where I finish.

Adding to the pressure is the Sunday forecast for rain and 20 mph (32 kph) gusts.

Nothing Im not used to from Ireland, Maguire said when she finished her round. Well see where Lydia gets at the end of the day, but ultimately just go out and play as well as I possibly can, and especially if theres bad weather, thats all you can control. Looking forward to one last walk of the season tomorrow.

Brooke Henderson kept her slim hopes alive for player of the year. The Canadian, who had to withdraw last week with a back injury, had two eagles in her round of 65 and was at 9-under 207.

Henderson will have to win the CME Group Tour Championship and have Ko finish third or worse to win player of the year.

If I could have another day like this tomorrow, that would be really nice, she said.

Ko came into the week with a one-point advantage over Minjee Lee for player of the year. Lee, the Australian who won the US Womens Open and leads the LPGA money list, has fallen nine shots behind and is all but certain to be eliminated.

Ko is a lock to win the Vare Trophy for having the lowest scoring average. A victory would send her season earnings to over $4.3 million.

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The top-ranked McIlroy will battle US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick on Sunday for the Harry Vardon Trophy

DUBAI: Rory McIlroy is well-placed for another Race to Dubai title after his 7-under 65 on Saturday left him three shots off the lead heading into the final round at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Jon Rahm holds a one-stroke lead after a bogey-free 65 put the Spaniard at 15-under 201 overall at Jumeirah Golf Estates as he seeks to win the event for a third time.

The top-ranked McIlroy will battle US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick on Sunday for the Harry Vardon Trophy.

If Im able to go out there tomorrow and shoot a good score and get the job done, it would be a really nice way to end whats been a great year, said the Northern Irishman, who is trying to become the European tours leading player for the fourth time in his career.

Fitzpatrick trails Rahm by one shot after a 70 that included two bogeys on the front nine at the Earth Course, where he is a two-time winner.

The Englishman can clinch what would be his first Race to Dubai title if he wins Sunday and McIlroy finishes below second. A second-place finish would also be good enough for Fitzpatrick if McIlroy finishes lower than seventh.

It would mean the world, said Fitzpatrick, who lamented a slow start Saturday. Im going to need a lot of things going my way. Ive given myself a chance going into tomorrow and thats all you can do from the start of the week.

Alex Noren (68) is two shots off the lead, and McIlroy is tied for fourth with Tyrrell Hatton (72).

McIlroy went bogey-eagle-bogey on the first three holes and had seven birdies the rest of the way.

Overall, just hit it in the fairway a bit more today which made a big difference, he said. I was able to get control of my approach shots and hit them close and make some easy birdies. (I) just need to do more of the same tomorrow.

McIlroy is trying to win the FedExCup and Race to Dubai in the same year for the first time, having won each event on three occasions. His last Race to Dubai title came in 2015, having also won it in 2012 and 2014.

Rahm was pleased with his third round.

I dont think I could have shot any lower today, he said. (I) wasnt my best off the tee, but I was able to actually get some birdies out of some not-so-good situations. I didnt hit any of the fairways on the par 5s and still played them 3-under par. Ive had some good Sundays out here, so hopefully I can tidy up the mistakes off the tee and have a smooth round.

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Stuart at the double as England snatch dramatic 25-25 draw with New Zealand

Stuart at the double as England snatch dramatic 25-25 draw with New Zealand

This was the first meeting between the teams since Englands 19-7 win in a 2019 World Cup semifinal in Japan

TWICKENHAM, UK: Replacement prop Will Stuart scored two late tries as England came from behind to snatch a scarcely credible 25-25 draw against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.

The All Blacks twice led by 14 points, having caught England cold with two converted tries in the opening eight minutes through flanker Dalton Papalii and hooker Codie Taylor.

Rieko Ioanes superb try early in the second half made it 22-6 before Beauden Barrett added a drop-goal to put New Zealand a seemingly impregnable 19 points ahead.

England, however, hit back with three tries in the closing nine minutes, Stuart twice powering over either side of a try by full-back Freddie Steward.

Marcus Smiths conversions of those last two England scores helped seal only the second draw in 43 meetings between the two sides following a 26-26 all encounter at Twickenham in 1997.

They came out firing, we added errors on errors like the first game against Argentina, England captain Owen Farrell told Amazon Prime after his side started their Autumn Nations Series with a 30-29 defeat by the Pumas before thrashing Japan 52-13 last weekend.

Farrell, winning his 100th England cap, added: Were understanding each other a bit more. That got tested a bit today but we stuck together. That was brilliant.

This was the first meeting between the teams since Englands 19-7 win in a 2019 World Cup semifinal in Japan that ended the All Blacks eight-year reign as world champions.

Defeat on Saturday would have condemned New Zealand to their worst calendar year since 1998, when they lost five matches.

The All Blacks have lost this year to Ireland (twice), South Africa and Argentina and coach Ian Foster was left frustrated by the way the All Blacks let slip a win in their final match of 2022 ahead of a 2023 featuring a World Cup in France.

I am proud of the first 70 (minutes), we played the kind of rugby we have been searching for, he said. I think we are building strongly but we did not nail the last 10 minutes.

Foster had picked his strongest squad, the team resembling the side that thrashed Wales 55-23 in Cardiff a fortnight ago rather than the one that edged out Scotland 31-23 at Murrayfield last weekend.

New Zealand took just four minutes to open the scoring, with flanker Papalii intercepting a pass from novice England scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet before sprinting in unopposed from 45 meters for a try between the posts converted by Jordie Barrett.

In Yokohama three years ago, it was England who had made the barnstorming start, but New Zealand soon had their second try as they silenced a capacity Twickenham crowd of over 81,000.

New Zealand lock Retallick, winning his 100th cap, won a line-out and Taylor rumbled over for another converted score.

Ioane touched down in the 17th minute but French referee Mathieu Raynal, after consulting the television match official, disallowed the try for an illegal neck roll challenge by the center.

Farrell eventually got England on the scoreboard with a penalty.

New Zealand, however, restored their 14-point lead through Jordie Barretts penalty on the stroke of half-time.

Fly-half Smith, taking over kicking duties following a knock to Farrell, landed a penalty to leave New Zealand 17-6 ahead.

New Zealand then struck in style, with full-back Beauden Barretts cross-kick gathered by wing Caleb Clarke, whose inside pass let slip Ioane to sprint three-quarters of the length of the field for a try in the left corner.

Jordie Barrett couldnt convert but, with 10 minutes left, brother Beauden Barretts drop-goal appeared to have made the game safe.

Moments later, however, Beauden was sin-binned and England capitalized when Stuart was awarded a try after a lengthy TMO check.

A brilliant counter-attack and some slick passing sent Steward in at the corner before relentless forward pressure from England led to Stewarts second try and Smiths levelling conversion.

Smith then booted the ball dead on the last play, rather than chase a win, led to some jeers as an extraordinary match came to a tame end.

England finish their 2022 against world champions South Africa, fresh from a 63-21 rout of Italy on Saturday, at Twickenham next weekend.

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Host nation can take inspiration from Saudi Arabias march to knockout stages in 1994 on their first appearance

DOHA: The preparation for Qatar finally ends on Sunday when the team begin their World Cup campaign.

The match against Ecuador in front of 60,000 fans is not only their first ever at the tournament, but also the biggest game in the countrys history. It is crucial to their chances of making it out of Group A, with African champions Senegal and then the Netherlands to come.

However, there is a team from whom Qatar can take inspiration. Back in 1994, Saudi Arabia made their debut and shocked the world by getting to the last 16, thanks to a 2-1 win over Morocco and a memorable victory against Belgium in Washington, courtesy of a classic goal from Saeed Al-Owairan that took his team to a last-16 clash with Sweden.

The Green Falcons lost their opening game against the Netherlands in 1994 and bounced back to win the next two to go through, but it is hard to see Qatar managing to do the same if they crash to defeat against Ecuador, a side widely seen as the weakest of the three opponents that the hosts will face.

A defeat would mean that four points, at least, would have to be taken from the following two games. That would be a huge task, even though South Africa are the only nation thus far to have fallen at the first hurdle while on home soil.

Ecuador should not hold any fears for Qatar. They are ranked 44th in the world, a mere six places higher than Qatar, while the host nation showed their talent and promise when they strolled to the 2019 Asian Cup, scoring 19 goals and conceding just one when defeating Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Japan along the way.

The preparations for the World Cup could not have been more exhaustive. Qatar played in the 2019 Copa America, drawing 2-2 with Paraguay and then losing to Colombia and Argentina. However, they impressed local observers, and did the same when reaching the semifinals of the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup where they narrowly lost to the US.

Appearances in friendlies have provided the knowledge needed for the showpiece event.

Qatars squad, entirely selected from domestic clubs, may be short of international experience, but coach Felix Sanchez has had plenty of time with his players.

The Qatar Stars League finished last month, but the national team have been training together since June. Sunday will see the fruits of those months.

The biggest sporting event on the planet will provide a new environment, though, and one that friendly internationals cannot hope to replicate.

In addition, there is the huge pressure of having the world watching the opening game. There can be no getting ready for that, and no one knows how the players will react.

Some around the team feel that the Netherlands may have provided a better opener, and that it would have been more advantageous to get a difficult game out of the way first. The side could have then faced Ecuador with first-match nerves out of their system.

However, that is not what will happen, and although defeat would not mean the end of the road for Qatar, it would leave them with a mountain to climb.

Nevertheless, a win and then a draw against Senegal, now without star player Sadio Mane, may be enough. And it could be that the Dutch win their first two games and rest and rotate players for the final group game, against Qatar.

Saudi lost their first game in 1994, but Al-Owairan saved the day. Qatar have the talented Akram Afif and Almoez Ali in attack and would love to have one of those stars do something equally spectacular.

It may depend on whether the hosts can rise to such a big occasion. If they manage to settle quickly, then an Arab repeat of Saudi Arabias debut heroics are possible. If not, then an early exit is on the cards.

It is now time for Qatar to turn over the exam paper and show what they can do.

Sanchez said: We have made such a huge effort in this country. We have invested so much and are very motivated to take part. We have been waiting so long for this moment to arrive.

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