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Mabkhout sets sights on Cup; Al Wahda ready: Reghecampf
DUBAI: Last season’s Arabian Gulf League top goalscorer Ali Mabkhout has his eyes on winning Year of Zayed Arabian Gulf Super Cup title, as his Al Jazira team-mates strive to beat rivals Al Wahda and lift the trophy. Al Jazira will face Al Wahda at Baniyas Stadium on Saturday at 8pm. The Pride of Abu Dhabi lost the 2016-17 Super Cup to Shabab Al Ahli, and Mabkhout wants to make up for that defeat to bring joy to Al Jazira fans.
 
 
Al Nasr sack Prandelli, Jovanovic reinstated
Dubai club Al Nasr on Friday sacked Italian coach Cesare Prandelli amid a disappointing season, reinstating Serb Ivan Jovanovic who was previously in charge from 2013 to 2016. “Al Nasr football company has decided to relieve Italian Cesare Prandelli from the post of technical director,” read a tweet from the club in the wake of a defeat in the President’s Cup on Wednesday. Jovanovic, who helped the team become UAE league
   
Double delight for Ameen at Dubai Show Jumping
DUBAI: The 20 year old Abdul Rahman Ahmed Ameen, of the UAE repeated his first day heroics to win the opening Class of the day – Dhs49,564 Emirates Equestrian Centre Speed Stakes CSI2* on second day of the Dubai Show Jumping Championship 2018, at the Emirates Equestrian Centre in Dubai. The local rider completed the course in 53.05 seconds, but one fault meant he was penalized four seconds, for a final tally of 57.05 seconds,
 
 
Seemar quartet formidable in Meydan feature
DUBAI: Racing at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday is highlighted by a fascinating 1200m turf handicap, the Al Naboodah Electrical, in which the main protagonists will be hoping to advertise their 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival claims. Satish Seemar saddles four of the 15 runners with stable jockey Richard Mullen electing to partner Riflescope, who was an excellent second over this course and distance last February. Fourth over 1400m
   
UAE Road Cycling Championship on Jan.26
Dubai: Only 7-days until UAE Cycling Federation holds the opening-stage in their Inaugural Dubai Eye 103.8 UAE Road Cycling Championship. To be held on Friday Jan.26, the Daman Active Life opening-stage will be raced over 55 kilometers along the Abu Dhabi corniche, and will see amateur UAE-based cyclists compete against fellow emirati and expatriate cyclists for stage-one glory, while at the same time competing for valuable
 
 
Too and Berihun take top honours at Muscat Marathon
MUSCAT: The record-breaking 2018 Al Mouj Muscat Marathon was hailed a huge success as thousands of runners filled the streets of Al Mouj from the early hours on Friday morning. A large international contingent of athletes welcomed the near perfect conditions, which saw many runners achieve personal best performances. The centrepiece Al Mouj Muscat Marathon event was won by Kenya’s Moses Too who completed the 42km course in 02:
   
Iniesta tackles new role
DUBAI: Andres Iniesta is used to tearing soccer defences apart, but the Barcelona playmaker shows there’s a first time for everything as he dodges American Football defences in the new UFX.com commercial. Leading online broker UFX.com has revealed its new ad campaign with the aim of encouraging viewers to ‘try something new’, which sees brand ambassador Andrés Iniesta in a different role as he takes on a team of American
 
 
Sainz stays on course for Dakar Rally title
Argentina: Carlos Sainz lost nearly 16 minutes to his chief rival in Thursday’s 12th stage of the Dakar Rally, but the Spaniard holds a comfortable lead with just two days until the finish in Argentina. The veteran Sainz, champion in 2010, finished ninth on the stage from Chilecito to San Juan but more importantly avoided any serious trouble to remain just under 45 minutes clear of closest challenger Stephane Peterhansel.
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