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BIRAHIM DIOP PATROLS SPORTING KANSAS CITY MIDFIELD

Monday, 03 October 2011 3:00 PM PST  
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Senegalese footballer Birahim Diop welcomed a new Muslim teammate to Sporting Kansas this season with the arrival of heralded striker Soony Saad. But Diop himself has been in Major League Soccer (MLS) for three seasons now. He originally began his career in Senegal with US Rail de Thiès. In one year at the club he appeared in 25 matches scoring 15 goals. He then went on to ASC Jeanne d'Arc and scored 12 goals and added 7 assists in his one year at the club.

In 2001 Diop moved to the United States and joined the New York/New Jersey MetroStars reserve squad. He then impressed the coaching brass to move up to the senior squad appearing in 4 league matches in 2002. Following his stay in New York, Diop moved to Colombian side Deportivo Pereira, before being re-united once again with his former coach in New York Octavio Zambrano at CS Tiligul-Tiras Tiraspol in Moldova. In his first season with CS Tiligul-Tiras Tiraspol Diop appeared in 15 league matches and scored 3 goals playing as a holding midfielder. In 2008 Diop returned to the U.S. and played for FDR United in New York City's amateur leagues, scoring 19 goals in 25 matches.

On March 17, 2010, Diop joined the Kansas City Wizards, as an addition to their midfield. Diop was reunited with coach Octavio Zambrano once again, as he was now an assistant coach for Kansas City. Diop scored his first two MLS goals on August 21, 2010 in a 4-1 victory over the New England Revolution. Diop than recorded the first hat trick of his career on October 23, 2010 in a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes. Diop enjoyed his best year in Major League soccer in 2010 with the Kansas City Wizards appearing in 14 league matches and scoring 5 goals.

This season, the 22 year old midfielder has yet to score a goal in 18 games played with Kansas City. He has, however, started eight games, and has recorded an assist. At 6’3” and 175 pounds, Diop is an imposing figure in the Sporting Kansas City midfield. And as a result of his size he often plays as a striker. But with Soony Saad part of the strikeforce nowadays, he and Diop could have the makings of quite a scoring pair moving forward.

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Cricket’s top performers to be awarded in London

Sunday, 11 September 2011 4:46 AM PST  
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Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Sachin Tendulkar battle for Cricketer of the Year award

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Maradona: Al Wasl need to improve defence

Sunday, 11 September 2011 3:30 AM PST  
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Diego Maradona discusses Al Wasl club's play prospects for the season

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Al Ahli coach Hasek has final team list in his mind

Sunday, 11 September 2011 2:37 AM PST  
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Al Ahli coach pleased with pre-season preps despite loss to Qatar champions Lekhwiya

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Zimbabwe win toss, opt to bat in 2nd Pakistan ODI

Sunday, 11 September 2011 1:29 AM PST  
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Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat in the second One Day International at Harare Sports Club here on Sunday.

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Djokovic downs Federer to reach US Open final

Saturday, 10 September 2011 2:20 PM PST  
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He will face either defending champion Rafael Nadal or Andy Murray in Monday's final

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Al Jahouri wins gold in European Open Endurance Championship

Saturday, 10 September 2011 12:29 PM PST  
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Al Jahouri completed the 160-km championship ride in 8 hrs, 38 mins, 10 secs

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Al Wahda stun Al Jazira to lift Super Cup

Saturday, 10 September 2011 11:13 AM PST  
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Al Wahda fully deserved the win though they missed a penalty during full time and lost a 1-0 lead to trail 2-1 before they leveled scores and clinched the etisalat Super Cup in the sudden death

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Salah Al Deen targets African crown

Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:37 AM PST  
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Egypt beat China in Shaikh Rashid International Championships

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It's a steep learning curve: Emirati driver Humaid Al Masoud

Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:37 AM PST  
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UAE;s leading representative in global circuit motor sport is confident of results

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Ghana striker snapped wearing Al Ain shirt

Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:37 AM PST  
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Twitter photo sends signal that Gyan will bolster 2003 Asian Champions League winners' firepower

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As usual, the show has to go on

Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:37 AM PST  
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And eventually it will be time for yet another coach to come and take over

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Mohammad vows to take League title to Al Ahli

Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:37 AM PST  
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The former Koln skipper had a lot of tongues wagging earlier this summer

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Misfir appointed interim UAE coach

Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:16 AM PST  
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Misfir replaces Slovenian Srecko Katanec whose contract was terminated by the UAE FA following the team's shock 3-1 loss to Lebanon in a 2014 World Cup qualifier last Tuesday

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England scrape past Pumas

Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:15 AM PST  
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Johnson's men need late youngs try to beat Argentina after rare off day for wilkinson

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Maradona chose Al Wasl over country

Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:15 AM PST  
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Football legend has not seen national team since World Cup 2010 loss to Germany

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Marsh, Hussey hit centuries before rain falls

Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:15 AM PST  
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Australia lead by 237 runs in first innings

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PCB happy with progress made on refurbishments

Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:15 AM PST  
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Sharjah Cricket Stadium facilities to be ready ahead of schedule

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Scotland survive huge scare

Saturday, 10 September 2011 9:05 AM PST  
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Danielli saves the day with Romania almost in reach of a shocking victory

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Asamoah Gyan signs up for Al Ain

Saturday, 10 September 2011 8:45 AM PST  
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Fan’s favourite leaves Sunderland after summer of speculation

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New Zealand look like anything but world champions despite win

Saturday, 10 September 2011 8:28 AM PST  
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All Blacks struggle to opening day victory over Tonga at Eden Park

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Italy decides on Cup game plan

Saturday, 10 September 2011 8:28 AM PST  
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The team faces Australia today which will be just as eager as them for a first match win

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Spain make it to quarter-finals, host Lithuania left struggling

Saturday, 10 September 2011 8:02 AM PST  
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Spaniards gain early 15-5 lead against disorganised Serbia

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Texas destroy Oakland with nine late runs

Saturday, 10 September 2011 8:02 AM PST  
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Athletics had led by two halfway through first

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It's not all black and white

Saturday, 10 September 2011 7:40 AM PST  
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The number of black coaches to have passed through the game in relation to black players is worryingly slim

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Sam seals Leverkusen victory

Saturday, 10 September 2011 7:40 AM PST  
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Scores twice as opponents Augsburg come close but fail to get a maiden Bundesliga win

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Hard work finally paying off for new Spurs midfielder

Saturday, 10 September 2011 7:40 AM PST  
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Parker is an overnight sensation — again

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Censoring staff is the Wembley way

Saturday, 10 September 2011 7:40 AM PST  
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Sport governing bodies, fearing skeletons in cupboards, resort to muzzling their members

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Sweaty marathon man runs out of puff

Saturday, 10 September 2011 7:05 AM PST  
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Isner finds his big serve deserting him in crucial tiebreak but feels Murray played better in points that mattered

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Roddick can't keep pace with feisty Nadal

Saturday, 10 September 2011 7:05 AM PST  
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Disappointment for one of the top seeds

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