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Squash: World championship results -- 1st update

Results from world squash championships at Manchester on Wednesday (x denotes seeding): 3rd rd James Willstrop (ENG x3) bt Borja Golan (ESP x9) 11-4, 11- 8, 11-6 Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY x6) bt Simon Rosner (GER x12) 11-1, 11-9, 11-7 Ramy Ashour (EGY x1) bt Cameron Pilley (AUS x14) 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10 Nick Matthew (ENG x4) bt Omar Mosaad (EGY x11) 11-4, 11-7, 11-13, 11-4 Amr Shabana (EGY x8) bt Miguel Angel Rodriguez (COL x16) 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Henrik Mustonen (FIN) 5-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-2 afp

Harry Potter's Radcliffe to play Coe in athletics film

Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe is to play British athletics great Sebastian Coe in a film about his rivalry with fellow middle-distance runner Steve Ovett, filmmakers announced on Wednesday. "Gold" will examine the tussles between countrymen Coe and Ovett, who exchanged titles and world records during the early 1980s. Ovett beat Coe over 800 metres at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, but Coe claimed revenge in the 1,500m final six days later and successfully defended his title at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Squash: Ashour reacts positively to 'slap in the face'

Egyptian Ramy Ashour, the squash genius who is unbeaten in 47 matches and almost 18 months, reckoned he had recovered from "a slap in the face" as he reached the last 16 of the World Championships. The titleholder's words of relief matched his deeds in a second round encounter in which he overcame his 19-year-old Fares Dessouki 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 with a much more convincing performance than on Monday. Then Ashour was within one good blow of going two games down against the Dutchman, Laurens Jan Anjema.

Squash: World championship results -- 2nd update

Results from world squash championships at Manchester on Tuesday (x denotes seeding): 2nd rd Cameron Pilley (AUS x14) bt Nafizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-9, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6 James Willstrop (ENG x3) bt Tom Richards (ENG) 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 Borja Golan (ESP x9) bt Cesar Salazar (MEX) 11-4, 11-6, 11-3 Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY x6) bt Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt Alister Walker (BOT x15) 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7 Henrik Mustonen (FIN) bt Peter Barker (ENG x7) 2-11, 4-11, 11-6, retired

Squash: Ashour reacts positively to 'slap in the face'

Egyptian Ramy Ashour, the squash genius who is unbeaten in 47 matches and almost 18 months, reckoned he had recovered from "a slap in the face" as he reached the last 16 of the World Championships. The titleholder's words of relief matched his deeds in a second round encounter in which he overcame his 19-year-old Fares Dessouki 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 with a much more convincing performance than on Monday. Then Ashour was within one good blow of going two games down against the Dutchman, Laurens Jan Anjema.

Cycling: WWI tribute for Tour de France 2014 - organisers

The Tour de France will pass through the scene of some of the worst fighting of World War One next year, organisers revealed on Wednesday, as they unveiled a route likely to challenge champion Chris Froome. One hundred years after the start of the Great War, cycling's most famous race will pay tribute to the millions killed in one of history's bloodiest conflicts, visiting towns and countryside devastated by four years of fighting.

Froome faces tough defense in treacherous 2014 Tour

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Britain's Chris Froome must successfully navigate a number of traps lurking around a tricky 2014 Tour de France route if he is to retain his title in cycling's most prestigious stage race. Starting in northern England on July 5, the Tour features stretches of cobbled roads in northern France, a treacherous crossing of the Vosges mountains and only one time trial - a favorite discipline of Team Sky leader Froome.

Cycling: WWI tribute for Tour de France 2014 - organisers

The Tour de France will pass through the scene of some of the worst fighting of World War One next year, organisers revealed on Wednesday, as they unveiled a route likely to challenge champion Chris Froome. One hundred years after the start of the Great War, cycling's most famous race will pay tribute to the millions killed in one of history's bloodiest conflicts, visiting towns and countryside devastated by four years of fighting.

Swimming: France break eight-day mixed world record

France broke the eight-day-old mixed 4x50m medley relay world record on the opening night of the Doha leg of short-course World Cup on Sunday. The French quartet of Jeremy Stravius, Giacomo Perez Dortona, Melanie Henique and Anna Santamans used the strategy of opening a lead with both male swimmers first up, and it worked out well. The final time of 1:39.54 seconds slashed 2.16sec from the previous mark set by Russia in Moscow last weekend.

Swimming: Japan set mixed freestyle world record

Japan broke the only world record of the Dubai leg of the World Cup, slashing half a second from the previous mark in the mixed 4x50m freestyle on Friday. Russia had set the previous record less than a week ago in Moscow's third leg, but that did not remain intact for long as Japan, represented by Shinri Shioura, Satyaka Akase, Kenta Ito and Kanako Watanabe, finished in 1min 32.52sec, ahead of second-placed Brazil and China. Russia's timing last Sunday was 1:33.01.
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