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GAYLE WINDS LAY WASTE TO ZIMBABWE

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:09 PM PST  
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West Indies batsmen Chris Gayle and Martin Samuels set a One Day International cricket partnership record with 372 runs as the West Indies defeated Zimbabwe by 73 runs at the ICC Cricket World Cup. Gayle accounted for 215 runs, while Samuels added 133. The 372 total was derived using the Duckworth Lewis calculation.

Muslim bowler Sulieman Benn, pictured to the right, is on the West Indies 2015 World Cup team, but did not play in this game.

West Indies currently sits in second place in Group A behind India, with 4 points after 3 matches played. Zimbabwe sits in fifth place in Group A with only 2 points after 3 matches. The 2015 ICC World Cup is taking place throughout Australia and New Zealand.

 

Athlete Tag: Sulieman Benn
Author: Parvez Fatteh

AMEER ABDULLAH SOLIDIFIES STOCK AT NFL DRAFT COMBINE

Monday, 23 February 2015 5:58 PM PST  
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University of Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah faced the ultimate job interview this past week. 32 of them to be exact. He is finishing up his senior year in college and is awaiting the National Football League draft in late April. This past week he took part in the NFL Draft Combine, where he ran, jumped, and talked, in front of scouts from all 32 NFL teams. While his 40 yard dash time of 4.6 seconds may have been slightly disappointing, he still overall acquitted himself well. And the consensus remains that he is the third or fourth best running back coming out of college this year, and a very likely 2nd round draft pick. And listen to this impressive nugget about Ameer, courtesy of NFL.com:

"He has the highest overall character grade I've ever given to a prospect, and includes both football character and off-the-field..."said an AFC North scout. What could be more impressive than that?!

University of Nebraska Pro Day (for individual workouts) or "Husker Day" takes place on March 5th. The NFL Draft takes place Thursday April 30th through Saturday May 2nd.

 

Athlete Tag: Ameer Abdullah
Author: Parvez Fatteh

SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD OUT FOR THE YEAR

Monday, 23 February 2015 1:31 AM PST  
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Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Shabazz Muhammad was making great strides in his second National Basketball season. But he'll take no further strides this year, as his season has come to an end: cut short by surgery to the middle finger of his left hand, his shooting hand.

Muhammad barely played during his rookie season. But he took that as a wake-up call and spent last summer losing weight and working on his game. The work paid off in the form of much improved production this season: 13.5 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game.

This was but one of several key injuries for the Wolves in what is now a lost season. But Muhammad, and his Muslim teammate Gorgui Dieng, are key young pieces for an organization that still holds great promise for the future.

Athlete Tag: Shabazz Muhammad
Author: Parvez Fatteh

MOEEN ALI AND ENGLAND SQUAD TROUNCE SCOTLAND AT ICC WORLD CUP

Sunday, 22 February 2015 11:02 PM PST  
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All-arounder Moeen Ali led the English National cricket team's demolition of Scotland on Sunday at the ICC World Cup. England won by 119 runs, 303 to 184. Ali was the Player of the Match, accounting for 128 runs at bat, on 107 balls. Ali also put forth a solid effort as a bowler, giving up 47 runs in 10 overs, with 2 wickets obtained.

Ali's Muslim counterpart on the Scotland team, Majid Haq, had a more quiet afternoon, as did most of his teammates. Haq gave up 51 runs in 10 overs as a bowler, with only 1 wicket bagged. He accomplished even less at bat, accounting for only 15 runs on  24 balls.

England still sits in 5th place in Group A, however, after 3 matches played. Scotland, meanwhile, remains in dead last in Group A, as they are winless thus far in the tourney.

Athlete Tag: Moeen Ali
Author: Parvez Fatteh

PARNELL AND SOUTH AFRICA CRUSHED BY INDIA AT ICC WORLD CUP

Sunday, 22 February 2015 4:41 PM PST  
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It was a bad day all around for the South African cricket team at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, including their Muslim contingent of players. Left-handed bowler Wayne Parnell, who converted to Islam in 2011, was lit up for 85 runs in 9 overs, with only 1 wicket taken. His fellow Muslim bowler, Imran Tahir, had a somewhat better day, with 48 runs given up in 10 overs, with 1 wicket taken. But the Proteas were simply no match for the rampaging Indian team, who won 307 runs to 177.

It was no better a day for the South African Muslims on the batting side. All-everything batsman Hashim Amla was held to 22 runs on 28 balls. Parnell contributed 17 runs and was not out. Tahir achieved only 8 runs before an lbw.

India sit atop Group B having won both of their matches thus far (including their opening day victory over Pakistan). South Afrca currently are 5th in Group B with a 1-1 record, followed by UAE in 6th and Pakistan in 7th. Afghanistan is in 5th place in Group A. But the tournament remains in its early stages, being only the start of the 2nd of 6 weeks of play.

Athlete Tag: Wayne Parnell
Author: Parvez Fatteh

DEAH BARAKAT HONORED BY STEPH CURRY AT NBA ALL-STAR GAME

Saturday, 21 February 2015 1:50 PM PST  
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Slain Muslim dental student Deah Barakat was known by all of his friends and family to be a huge fan of Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry. So when Curry heard about this, not only did he provide his condolences on Twitter, but he honored Barakat by writing an homage on the sneakers that he wore for the All-Star festivities in New York City this past weekend. Curry, like Barakat, is a North Carolinian, and he went on to star at Davidson College, located north of Charlotte, NC, before being drafted by Golden State of the National Basketball Association.

There was a disturbing twist to the story, however, before the All-Star events took place, when Curry's shoes were reported missing. It was not known if this was an act committed in order to upstage Curry's homage to a murdered Muslim, but one cannot help but wonder if this was the case. Nonetheless, Curry was able to inscribe a new pair of shoes before going on to win the All-Star Three-Point competition, thus completing his tribute to Barakat.

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Author: Parvez Fatteh

SULAIMON DISMISSED FROM DUKE SQUAD

Sunday, 15 February 2015 1:52 AM PST  
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.Duke University junior men's basketball player Rasheed Sulaimon became the first player ever dismissed from the program in head coach Mike Kryzewski's 35 year tenure. Sulaimon had expressed growing disenchantment over his dwindling playing time. And this came on the heels of numerous scoldings from Duke coaches for poor body language and bad attitude.

Sulaimon was a highly-touted prep prospect out of the Houston, Texas area. But he very quickly demonstrated a surly disposition. When he got major minutes at the shooting guard position, and when his shots were falling, then all was well. But by this, his junior season, he was relegated to coming off the bench. And his attitude was once again unleashed.

Sulaimon's immediate plans are not known, although it is a possibility that he would transfer to a school close to Houston. Texas A & M is one such possibility, as this was a school that he had strongly considered coming out of high school.

Athlete Tag: Rasheed Sulaimon
Author: Parvez Fatteh

EPHRAIM SALAAM ON THE AMAZING RACE.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:48 PM PST  
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Former National Football League offensive lineman Ephraim Salaam returned to television via the hit television reality show The Amazing Race. Salaam partnered with fellow NFL alumnus Chester Pitts to compete in the show's 23rd season which just ended last month.

You can read about Salaam's exploits on The Amazing Race here.

Salaam was originally drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 7th round of the 1998 NFL Draft after starring in football and basketball at San Diego State University. He ended up starting for the Falcons against the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl in his rookie season. He went on to a 13 year NFL career.

In 2013 he was interviewed by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the U.S. Department of State as part of an event honoring Muslim athletes. Also in 2013 Salaam began work as an analyst for Fox Sports 1.

Athlete Tag: Ephraim Salaam
Author: Parvez Fatteh

MUNDINE SHOCKS THE WORLD!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:55 PM PST  
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Sometimes a hero comes completely out of nowhere. Australian boxer become just that type of hero when he rose from worldwide obscurity to shock World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley last month, with a Sixth Round Technical Knockout (TKO). The 42-year-old Mundine has made plenty of headlines in his home country of Australia during his two-sport career. But the world had never really heard his name until now.

Read more about this controversial Muslim athlete in my article for MuslimMediaNetwork.com.

Athlete Tag: Anthony Mundine
Author: Parvez Fatteh

AZ-ZAHIR'S LITTLE BROTHER JOINS JETS

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 10:48 PM PST  
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Remember the speedy Az-zahir Hakim of the St. Louis Rams? He was a part of what was known as the National Football League's "Greatest Show On Turf." Well now his younger brother Saalim is following in his footsteps as a professional football player. He went to Palomar college, but went undrafted before bouncing around the league. Last month he finally was picked up by an NFL team during the regular season and he saw his first live action.

Read more about Saalim Hakim's NFL debut in my article for MuslimMediaNetwork.com.

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England level series despite Clint McKay hat-trick

Saturday, 14 September 2013 11:05 AM PST  
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Buttler’s fluent half-century sets up decider against Australia

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English Premier League: Mesut Ozil impresses as Arsenal win at Sunderland

Saturday, 14 September 2013 10:03 AM PST  
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Gareth Bale-less Tottenham continue good start to season

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Sharjah shock Al Wasl on opening day

Saturday, 14 September 2013 10:02 AM PST  
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Emirates win at Al Dhafra as newly promoted side get off to a flier

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Al Ain to open campaign without a coach

Saturday, 14 September 2013 10:02 AM PST  
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Champions sack Uruguayan Fossati 48 hours before first game

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Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney combine to sink Palace

Saturday, 14 September 2013 7:33 AM PST  
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Big hitters net as Moyes earns first Old Trafford win as Manchester United boss

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Kerala’s leading sportsmen protest Sreesanth’s ban

Saturday, 14 September 2013 7:33 AM PST  
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Usha, Vijayan feel officials go unpunished in most cases

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UAE hopeful of staying in Davis Cup Group III

Saturday, 14 September 2013 7:09 AM PST  
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Behroozian frustrated as stomach injury limits performance in Davis Cup

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Abu Dhabi set to host 9-ball championship

Saturday, 14 September 2013 7:07 AM PST  
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World’s top players expected to join competition to be held from November 23-30

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Vietnam coach sends team jogging at midnight

Saturday, 14 September 2013 7:03 AM PST  
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Move a ‘punishment’ for losing to Cambodia

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Shaikh Khalid Al Qasimi raises hopes of best showing this season

Saturday, 14 September 2013 6:18 AM PST  
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Six testing stages await the Emirati driver on final day

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Sad homecoming for shattered Sreesanth

Saturday, 14 September 2013 6:17 AM PST  
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Srinivasan’s credibility questioned after issuing of life ban

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Canada level semi-final after Novak Djokovic victory

Saturday, 14 September 2013 6:17 AM PST  
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Milos Raonic outguns Janko Tipsarevic in second match as Czechs take control against Argentina

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Jim Furyk hits extraordinary 59 at BMW championship

Saturday, 14 September 2013 5:58 AM PST  
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American joins Brandt Snedeker at top of leaderboard after hitting 11 birdies and an eagle

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Australia edge Argentina to move off bottom

Saturday, 14 September 2013 5:23 AM PST  
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Wallabies gain first win under McKenzie by just one point at Perth

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A wonderful feeling, Zimbabwe skipper says

Saturday, 14 September 2013 5:23 AM PST  
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Hosts turn the tables on fancied Pakistan to end series 1-1

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All Blacks down Springboks in fiery Test

Saturday, 14 September 2013 5:17 AM PST  
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South Africa’s Du Plessis sent off as hosts top Rugby Championship standings

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Andre Villas-Boas: Arsenal ‘paid heavily’ for Mesut Ozil

Saturday, 14 September 2013 5:11 AM PST  
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Tottenham boss claims his club and Manchester City did best summer business

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ICC whistle-blower ‘sad’ that worst fears are coming true

Saturday, 14 September 2013 4:58 AM PST  
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De Speville had warned of corruption with arrival of T20

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Brendan Rodgers: Daniel Sturridge could return against Swansea

Saturday, 14 September 2013 4:56 AM PST  
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In-form forward set to play despite missing back-to-back England matches

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Marouane Fellaini seeks to emulate Manchester United greats

Saturday, 14 September 2013 4:52 AM PST  
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Belgian midfielder hopes to follow Eric Cantona, Roy Keane and David Beckham’s success

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