Kuwait dis­abled team aim to win GCC cham­pi­onship

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Kuwait’s Na­tional Dis­abled Team is aim­ing to win the ti­tle of the 8th GCC Wheel­chair Bas­ket­ball Cham­pi­onship, set to kick off later in Abu Dhabi. The Kuwaiti team is look­ing for­ward to win the tour­na­ment for the 8th time in a row, de­spite the fierce com­pe­ti­tion from other Gulf teams who seek to win their first ti­tle, Chair­man of Kuwait Dis­abled Sports Club (KDSC) Shafi AlHa­jri told KUNA. The open­ing match be­tween Kuwait and the UAE will be tough, he noted, ex­pect­ing the win­ning team to achieve the cham­pi­onship’s ti­tle. The Kuwaiti team went un­der a strict train­ing camp for the event, host­ing six friendly matches against the Egyp­tian team be­fore head­ing to Turkey for fur­ther prepa­ra­tion, Al-Ha­jri said.

Barca ready to make Messi best paid BARCELONA:

Barcelona pres­i­dent Josep Maria Bar­tomeu in­di­cated the Span­ish cham­pi­ons are pre­pared to make Lionel Messi the world’s high­est-paid player to keep the Ar­gen­tine su­per­star at the club. “Leo Messi is the best (player) in the his­tory of foot­ball and we want him to stay with us,” Bar­tomeu told re­porters yes­ter­day. “There will be ne­go­ti­a­tions... but even if I don’t want to talk about fig­ures, if he’s the best player in the world it makes sense that he is so from all points of view.” Af­ter ex­tend­ing the con­tracts of Ney­mar and Luis Suarez un­til 2021, Barca are des­per­ate to keep hold of the five­time World Player of the Year, whose deal ex­pires in 2018. “He’s at home here... I be­lieve Leo is fully con­vinced he’s in the best place he can be,” said Bar­tomeu.It’s been a tu­mul­tuous year for Messi off the pitch though, with him and his fa­ther sen­tenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud.

Shelvey banned for racial abuse

Eng­land in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder Jonjo Shelvey has been banned for five games af­ter he was found guilty of us­ing racially abu­sive lan­guage by an in­de­pen­dent panel yes­ter­day. The 24year-old-who won the last of his six caps in 2015 — was also fined £100,000 ($123,000, 118,000 eu­ros) for abus­ing Moroc­can mid­fielder Ro­main Saiss dur­ing his side New­cas­tle United’s 2-0 de­feat by Wolves in their sec­ond tier Cham­pi­onship clash in Septem­ber. Shelvey, who has been in­stru­men­tal in New­cas­tle’s drive for an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Pre­mier League, was re­ported to the match ref­eree by Saiss’s team-mates but he strongly de­nies mak­ing any such re­marks. “Jonjo Shelvey has been given a five-match sus­pen­sion and £100,000 fine af­ter an FA mis­con­duct charge against him was found proven,” read the FA state­ment.

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