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Passion Islam I February 2010 SPORT I 19
UAE sheikh denies he
est W
plans to buy Spanish team
Yorkshire
Muslims
Spanish daily reported Sheikh Mansour
was preparing to buy Real Madrid. up for
A UAE sheikh has denied a report in a
Spanish magazine that he was preparing awards
to buy football giants Real Madrid for $1
billion, the UAE’s official news agency
Keighley’s Ambreen
WAM reported late.
Sadiq and Heaton’s Adil
Citing a source close to Sheikh Mansour
Rashid are among the
bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who owns Britain’s candidates short-listed
Manchester City football club, WAM said for a British Asian Sports
the news was “unfounded” and “lacking Award.
credibility.”
Eastburn Amateur
The source stressed that Sheikh
Boxing Club member
Mansour was totally focused on upgrading
Sadiq has been selected
Manchester City and turning it into one of
by judges for the female
the Premiere League’s top clubs.
junior sports personality
The source also said the sheikh
of the year.
appreciated Real Madrid’s experience and
She was crowned
suported the twinning agreement, signed
Amateur Boxing
in 2005 between the Spanish giants and
Abu Dhabi’s Al Jazira Club, of which the
Association schoolgirls’
sheikh is president.
national champion last
The report in question was published
was subsequently picked up by various
June, aged 15.
by Spanish sports daily AS on Dec. 27 and
press agencies.
Cricket all-rounder
Rashid, who has
continued to impress for
Tennis stars rally in
Yorkshire and broke into
the England one-day and
Twenty20 squads last
aid of Haiti victims
year, is nominated for
An Invitation
the Most Up and Coming
Personality of the Year.
special fundraising event among those at the event,
They are invited to
to raise money for the which began at 2pm local a glamorous awards
Haiti earthquake victims at time. Entrance was $10 for
ceremony on Saturday,
to add us
Melbourne Park. adults and free for children
February 6 at the
Despite being the eve under 12 and all proceeds
Grosvenor House Hotel
before play commenced at went to the earthquake
in London.
this year’s first Grand Slam, fund.
Federer had put aside “I think it’s something as
They will each be
thoughts of his preparation, a tennis family we’re very
up against two other
and encouraged an happy to do,” said Federer.
candidates in their
entourage of fellow stars “I know it’s on the eve of
categories, with the
to play a special mixed- the first Grand Slam of the public being asked
doubles event in the Rod season, so it’s for some not to vote to decide the
Roger Federer and Rafael
Laver Arena. so easy maybe mentally to
winners.
Nadal were among several
Novak Djokovic, Andy separate, you know, a few
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of the world’s top tennis
Roddick, Kim Clijsters, and things – but I think it’s a
for more details.
players starring in a Serena Williams were also great initiative.”
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