28 SPORT Gulf Daily News Thursday, 29th January 2015 Email: [email protected] Top names set to tee off at Dubai Desert Classic DUBAI: Three of the top- five ranked players in the world will head a stellar field assembled for Dubai Desert Classic, which tees off today. World number one Rory McIlroy (2009) and number two Henrik Stenson (2007) have already won the tournament once before, while number five Sergio Garcia will be searching for his first triumph at the Emirates Golf Club. European Ryder Cup regulars Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood would be playing their first event of the new year, while Germany’s world number 12 Martin Kaymer is attempting to make a comeback from his unexpected final-round meltdown in Abu Dhabi a couple of weeks ago, when he lost despite leading the tournament by 10 shots at one stage. Scotland’s world number 34 Stephen Gallacher is the twice defending champion. A win on Sunday will not only tie him with Ernie Els as the most successful player in the 26-year-old history of the tournament, but also make him only the sixth player on the European Tour to win the same tournament in three consecutive years. n Shaikh Nasser showjumping set n The Bahrain Tennis Federation (BTF) held the draw for the Bahrain Batelco Tennis League in the presence of event director Adnan Kamal and other BTF officials. A total of 16 teams will compete in this year’s league and they are divided into two group of eight each. Group A teams are Al Fares ‘A’, GPIC ‘A’, Public Security ‘B’, Janahi, Bahrain Tennis Club ‘B’, Bapco ‘B’, Jesus ‘B’ and Filipino Club ‘A’, while Group ‘B’ consists of Public Security ‘A’, Alba, GPIC ‘B’, Al Fares ‘B’, Bahrain Tennis Club ‘A’, Bapco ‘A’, Jesus ‘A’ and Filipino Club ‘A’. Batelco are the sponsors of this year’s and next year’s leagues. Above, BTF officials conducting the draw. Manama edge past Hala l Muharraq see off Nuwaidrat MANAMA defeated Al Hala 86-70, while Muharraq crushed Nuwaidrat 103-62 during round 10 of the Bahrain Zain Basketball Men’s League at the Bahrain Basketball Association Sports Hall in Um Al Hassam last night. Manama won the first quarter 22-21 while Al Hala clinched the second 2515. Manama went on to take the last two quarters 20-9 and 29-15. American’s Josh Boone led the scoring for the winners with 26 points, along with Mohammed Hussain and Mohammed Kuwayyed who scored 14 points each. Al Hala’s top scorer was American Justin Howard who took 28 points while Ahmed Jamal scored 12 points. Manama, coached by American Sam Vincent, have thus registered their eighth straight victory in the league to bag 16 points. They are the only team to remain unbeaten so far. Al Hala lost their first match this season under coach Ali Abdulghani, but they have remained on top of the table with 17 points from eight victories and one defeat. In the other match, Muharraq secured a dominant win over Nuwaidrat. The quarters scores of the game were 33-18 (Muharraq), 31-16 (Muharraq), 19-18 (Muharraq) and 20-10 (Muharraq). This was Muharraq’s fourth victory in six matches which gave them 10 points on the table. The team need only OAKLAND, California: n BBK tennis scheduled THE Bahrain Tennis Club will be organising the 20th BBK Juniors Tennis Championship at its club premises in Juffair from February 7 to 18. The sponsors of the event are Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait. BTC president Khamis Muqla thanked BBK’s chief executive Abdul Karim Bucheery for supporting the tournament for the 20th successive year. Competition will be held in unisex eight years and under singles; unisex 10 years and under singles; boys 12 and under singles; boys 14 and under singles; boys 16 and under singles; girls 18 and under singles; boys 14 and under doubles and boys 16 and under doubles. The last date to receive entries is Saturday, 6pm. Draws and order-of-play will be released on February 3 at 8pm and will be displayed on the club notice board and available on the club website bahraintennisclub.com n Al Hekma tennis AL Hekma International School with the cooperation of Bahrain Tennis Federation (BTF) will organise the 13th Al Hekma International Tennis Tournament from February 24 to 27 at the BTF premises in Isa Town. Competition will be held in various age groups for boys and girls. The last date to receive entries is February 21 and the draw will be made the next day. For more information contact Essam Abdula’al on 39677989. n Shaheen Group win SHAHEEN Group beat Dapoli 11 by 93 runs in the HPL Cricket League. Bating first, Shaheen Group scored 157 runs in 16 overs for the loss of four wickets. In reply, Dapoli 11 were all out for 64 runs in 13 overs. Nasrul (52) top scored for Shaheen Group. n Action from Muharraq’s match against Nuwaidrat one victory to secure a seat in the top six tournament which will be played right after the end of cup competition. Nuwaidrat, with 14 points from three defeats and five victories, have already secured a spot in the top six. Muharraq’s top scorer was Ahmed Hassan Al Derazi with 26 points, while Ali Abbas scored 19 points and Bader Malabes made 18. Nuwaidrat’s top scorers were Hassan Abbas (21 points) and Eugine Spates (20). Bulls end Warriors’ home streak with overtime win Chicago’s Derrick Rose hit a step-back jumper with 7 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Bulls a thrilling 113-111 win against Golden State on Tuesday, ending the Warriors’ franchise-record 19-game home winning streak. The Bulls maintained a 3-1/2 THE Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Showjumping Championship will be held on Saturday at the Military Sports Field in Al Riffah. It is being organised by Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) under the patronage of Supreme Council for Youth and Sports chairman and Bahrain Olympic Committee president Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Shaikh Nasser expressed his appreciation for the support and sponsorship of Ahli United Bank. Shaikh Nasser also welcomed the riders participating in the championship. game lead atop the Central Division, while two other divisional leaders – Memphis and Toronto – had more comfortable victories. Rose dribbled to his left and created space to get the shot off over Klay Thompson, skipping around the court in delight after the Warriors called timeout. Rose finished with 30 points, and his final basket overshadowed a night when he committed a career-worst 11 turnovers and made just 13 of 33 shots. Thompson misfired on a running bank shot as time expired to finish off Golden State’s first loss at Oracle Arena in more than two months. The Warriors had forced overtime on Draymond Green’s tying tip-in with 1.4 seconds left in regulation. Dallas suffered a thirdstraight defeat for the first time this season, beaten 109-90 by Memphis. Zach Randolph had 22 points and 10 rebounds, while Marc Gasol added 15 points and a game-high six assists for the Grizzlies, who won have won eight of nine to move two games clear atop the Southwest Division. Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis scored 19 apiece to lead the Mavericks, who failed for the third time to get coach Rick Carlisle his 600th career victory. Toronto set a new franchise record for wins before the All-Star break, notching their 30th victory with a 104-91 win at Indiana. Other results: Star 11 59 all out in 11 overs lost to Kerala Cobras 60-3 in 9 overs by seven wickets. Sai Cricketer 93-8 in 16 overs lost to Chennai Challenger 95-7 in 15 overs by three wickets. APL CC 124-8 in 16 overs lost to Raising Sun 126-4 in 15.2 overs by six wickets. Team Utility 100 all out in 15.1 lost to Kokan CC 101-3 in nine overs by seven wickets. Waxing Moon 100 all out in 15.1 overs lost to Friends Group 101-3 in nine overs by seven wickets. n Strikers beat Asma CC STRIKERS CC scored a sixwicket victory over Asma CC in the BFC-sponsored Cricket Bahrain (BCL-CBA Division) Premier League T20 Tournament. Batting first, Asma CC were bundled out for 93. Aamir scored 24 runs while Jobi (3-13) and Sundar (3-15) were the successful bowlers for Strikers. In reply, Strikers reached the target losing four wickets and in 13.3 overs. Deepak Nair top scored with a fine 56 while Najaf (2-17) and Aftab (2-22) were the successful bowlers for Asma CC. Other results: KIA-RKCT 211-6 in 20 overs (Guru Prasad Shetty 125; Rizwan 2-37) bt Combined White 149-8 in 20 overs (Nasir 34, Zamaan 24; Arun Shetty 2-30) by 62 runs.
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