CANBERRA, Australia, June 25, 2018 (News Wires) — The Australian soccer team competing at the World Cup is called the Socceroos. But a different kind of soccer-roo has dominated a pitch for half an hour in Canberra during a women's match.
The misguided marsupial made its first appearance on the stadium soccer field during the half time break on Sunday afternoon in a match between Canberra's two top teams — Capital Football Club and Belconnen United, Capital official Amber Harvey said on Monday.
The male eastern gray kangaroo bounded back during the second half, indifferent to efforts to drive him away and delaying play for 32 minutes, Harvey said.
"It was just a real menace," Harvey said.
"A few people came close to it to see if they could maybe get it to move on. It stood up pretty tall. I think it was just over 6 feet (183 centimeters), so they backed off pretty quickly. But I don't think anyone was alarmed too much by it," she added.
Players and officials tried to drive the unexpected pitch invader away by kicking balls at him with little impact. Video showed it apparently using his long hind legs and powerful tail to deflect balls from the goal area.
"It didn't react. It just kind of lay down," Harvey said.
A coach in a pickup truck eventually chased the roo from the stadium through a break in the fence into a car park from where it disappeared, apparently injured by its experience.
Although the match was played in the exclusive inner suburb of Deakin, kangaroos can be found almost anywhere in Canberra, the national capital.
The suburbs are set in large tracts of woods and grassland. Kangaroos usually doze among the trees by day and wander the streets at night to graze on watered lawns.
By Youssra el-Sharkawy
When Egypt was defeated by Portugal in a friendly football match last March (Portugal 2 – Egypt 1), surprisingly, Egyptians didn’t feel too sad over the loss. They were very happy that football star Mohamed Salah scored the only goal.
Egyptians love Salah unconditionally. They keep sharing his news and photos with great admiration. Even during the recent presidential elections, photos of some invalid votes went viral on social media as some Egyptians crossed over the names of the two candidates – President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Head of Al-Ghad Party Moussa Moustafa Moussa, and wrote the name of Mohamed Salah on the voting cards suggesting he becomes Egypt’s president.
In a football-mania country like Egypt where people gather in large numbers at coffee shops to watch matches, Salah occupied the hearts of people – not just because he is a skillful player but for many other reasons including his kindness, charity activities and much more.
“He is a talented footballer and a good example for a successful Egyptian outside his country,” Ahmed Hassan, 40-year-old accountant told the Mail.
But, some people even love the Liverpool football player although they don’t watch football matches.
“I don’t love football or watch it, but I love Salah,” Ayat Mohamed, a 22-year-old university student told the Mail. “He is a real human. He feels the pain of other people and try to help them as much as he can,” She added.
Local media have been following Salah’s news which highlights his charity work. He donated money to buy hospital equipments, renovate schools, and help young people to marry by paying all wedding expenses in the village he was born in.
“Salah is a role model. He is respectable and gives charity to people in need. I hope all young people to be like him,” said Hanaa Mohamed, a young woman and employee at a governmental institution.
Born in 1992 to a poor family in a small village in the Nile Delta governorate of el-Gharbiya, Salah faced many challenges throughout his life. His father, a salesman, was unable to afford higher education for his son, so Salah decided to pursue his dream of becoming a football player. As a teenager, Salah had to take over two hours everyday to commute from his village to get to El-Mokawloon football club in Cairo. During his life journey, sometimes he faced rejection, sometime he faced criticism, but all these hardships not only made him the bright name he enjoys today, but also made millions of Egyptians see him as one of them.
He was also keen on participating in social ads which urge young people to avoid drugs.“He urges young people to look forward to the future, work for it, avoid up drugs and he gives people hope,” said Ahmed Atef, a young man and employee at state-run organisation.
Known as the Egyptian King and Egypt's fourth pyramid, the Football star scored, last October, the penalty (against Congo) that sent Egypt to the World Cup finals for the first time in 28 years. People of Egypt were anticipating this goal and their happiness were doubled because Mohamed Salah was the one who did it.
The rising of Salah was much earlier than this goal as his marvelous skills has generated widespread reactions not only in Egypt but worldwide.
In Egypt, Many shops put large posters of Salah alongside Lionel Messi from Barcelona and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, the world's two outstanding players of the past decade. Also some, retail shops started to sell T-shirts with name and photos of Salah on them. At the same time, some street artists also painted morals for Mohamed Salah on the walls of streets of Cairo and other governorates.
“We are proud of Salah. He is an international player who cherishes his Egyptian roots,” said Amira Ragab, a journalist.
Not only Egyptians, but, also some Liverpool fans (the football club which Salah plays for now), chanted that they will convert to Islam if ‘Mo Salah’ continues to shine and scores more goals, and have no objections to going to a mosque. They sang “If he’s good enough for you, he’s good enough for me.. If he scores another few then I’ll be Muslim too.. He’s sitting in a mosque, that’s where I want to be.”
Salah has won different awards for his outstanding performance. Last year, he was crowned as BBC’s Best African Footballer of the Year and received several other awards.
LONDON, March 15, 2018 - Mo Farah’s long-awaited duel with Usain Bolt has been confirmed… but not in the sport most of us were hoping.
The athletics superstars will swap spikes for boots and go head-to-head in a charity football match at Old Trafford in June.
Farah, who will play for England, cheekily told his Jamaican rival via Twitter: “Remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint”. Bolt will represent Soccer Aid World XI.
The match (Soccer Aid for Unicef) takes place just four days before the World Cup gets underway in Russia, with legends from sport and entertainment joining forces to raise money to help vulnerable children around the world.
Farah and Bolt have previously discussed having an exhibition race over 600 metres, although it has yet to materialise.
The British four-time Olympic champion ditched the track to pursue a career on the road this season, while eight-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt retired from athletics following the World Championships in London last summer.
CAIRO, March 12,2018 (MENA) - Egypt's futsal youth team defeated Sunday evening Mozambique team by six goals.
The match, played at Cairo stadium, is part of the African final qualifications for Argentina Youth Olympics 2018.
In the first leg, Egypt also defeated Mozambique 4-3 in the match that was played on February 24.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. , March 9, 2018 (AP) - Walking on court for the first match of her latest comeback, Serena Williams allowed herself a rare smile. This time, tennis is different for the 23-time major winner. What didn't change is Williams winning.
She beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open Thursday night after a 14-month layoff for the birth of her first daughter.
"I almost cried before the match," Williams said. "I texted Alexis, I was like, is it normal that I want to cry? I really missed her, but playing at night really helped because I know she goes to bed and she goes to sleep. I can't like play with her right now."
With new husband and Reddit co-found Alexis Ohanian looking on, Williams played from behind until breaking Diyas in the 11th game of the first set. Diyas netted a forehand and Williams yelled, "Come on!" as the crowd cheered.
"Right now, for this particular tournament, I'm really just trying to take it easy and not put so much pressure or stress or expectation on myself," she said. "I feel like it's one of the few times I've been able to do that."
Williams has been away since winning the 2017 Australian Open early in her pregnancy. She gave birth to Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. six months ago.
Williams is playing at Indian Wells under a protected ranking of 22nd. She hasn't been unseeded at a tournament since 2011 in Cincinnati.
"I'm playing with nothing to lose, I only can gain," she said. "For me, it's a real joy to be out here."
The half-full stadium warmly greeted Williams, with many fans giving her a standing ovation as she entered.
Williams served a love game capped by a 100-mph ace in her first service game. She had break points in the first and fifth games but couldn't convert. She started hitting harder and her familiar grunting returned when she tied the set 5-all.
Diyas and Williams traded service breaks early in the second set. Williams then broke her opponent again en route to winning the final five games in front of the half-full stadium. She smiled as she walked to the net, and her family gave her a standing ovation.
"It definitely wasn't easy," Williams said on court. "We always have a couple tight sets. It was good. I'm a little rusty, but it doesn't matter. I'm just out here on this journey and doing the best I can."
Also in Williams' box were her mother Oracene, sisters Lyndrea and Isha, her agent, and her coach Patrick Mouratoglou. Older sister Venus watched from a balcony seat in an upper-level box on a 68-degree night in the Southern California desert.
Ohanian bought four billboards along Interstate 10 outside Palm Springs in tribute to his wife. Now she's traveling the tour with her baby and sometimes her husband, when he isn't off working.
"I've never done this before," she said. "I know I'll make mistakes and I'm OK with that."
Williams' only competitive appearances since the birth came in December at an exhibition in Abu Dhabi, a Fed Cup doubles match with sister Venus last month and an exhibition in New York on Monday.