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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011
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                                                                                                              NBK victorious team pose with officials

                  KFH bag Watani Trophy
Kuwait Finance House registered their name             to 10 overs each side. Bastaki won the toss for     boundaries. Faraaz and Irfan Mohd. chipped             not out on 14 saw three wickets falling to                  Nazareth, Mohd. Sarwar, Arif Bhatti, Arshad
over the coveted Watani Rolling Trophy beat-           AUB and put KFH into bat first which turned         in 13 and 11 runs respectively taking the KFH          Faheem who took 3 wickets for eleven runs.                  Mahmood and Khalid Arshad. KOC’ CC GS
ing Ahli United Bank by 24 runs in the finals          out to be a blessing for KFH. Their openers         total to 119. Dinesh took 2 for 26, Aby took 2            Jerzy Laczeyski, Executive Manager                       Iqbal Vanoo thanked Ibrahim Dabdoub,
played at KOC’s Unity cricket ground at                Irfan Bhatti and Zahid plundered 72 runs in 5       for 26 and Bastaki took 1 for 2. AUB in their          International Banking of NBK gave the tro-                  Group CEO, NBK for his continued support
Ahmadi.                                                overs. Irfan made 45 with the help of four huge     reply lost Dinesh without score. Jagath (27)           phies to KFH captain Faraaz and AUB cap-                    for over a decade to cricket for Bank Teams
  The umpires Mahmoud and Yusuf short-                 sixes and two boundaries while Zahid scored         and Nabeel (20) took the total past 50 but after       tain Mahmood Bastaki .Prizes to the teams                   and also the NBK Management for sponsor-
ened the match due to unplayable conditions            42 runs in which he had three sixes and two         their departure Saud Qamar who remained                were given by Andrew Pinho, Richard                         ing NBK Trophy.

         Jack charged

Anthony joins
Knicks: report
                                                                                                                                    Djokovic makes fine
NEW YORK, Feb 22, (Agencies): The
New York Knicks beat out the rival New
Jersey Nets to win the Carmelo Anthony
sweepstakes by agreeing to a trade with
the Denver Nuggets on Monday, a person
                                                                                                                                    start at Dubai Open
familiar with the deal told The Associated
Press.                                                                                                                                                     Federer, Davydenko advance to 2nd round
   The deal that would finish the season-
long trade speculation involving Denver’s
All-Star forward and send him to his                                                                                                DUBAI,     United    Arab                          are stronger. But, look, I’ve never            and Leander Paes 6-4, 6-1. Djokovic
desired destination can’t be finalized until                                                                                        Emirates, Feb 22, (AP):                            played him before, so the last thing I         was expected to play doubles in
Tuesday during a conference call with the                      The captain of NBK receiving the winners trophy                                                                         was going to do was underestimate              upcoming Masters tournaments,
NBA office. Assuming it goes through, it                                                                                            Roger Federer won his first                        him.”                                          including with Andy Murray at
puts Anthony          alongside Amare                                                                                               match since losing in the                            Djokovic, the two-time defending             Miami.
Stoudemire in a potentially explosive                                                                                               Australian Open semifinals                         champion in Dubai but seeded sec-                 “It’s not easy after playing 23
frontcourt — at a heavy cost to the Knicks,
who hoped in July to sign two top stars but                                                                                         by comfortably beating                             ond to Federer, also had an easy time          years from the baseline. You want to
came away with only one.                                                                                                            Indian wild card Somdev                                                                           step into the court and go to the net a
   The person provided no other details of                                                                                                                                                                                            little bit,” Djokovic said. “But I’m
who was in the deal, which was first
                                                                                                                                    Devvarman 6-3, 6-3 in the                                                                         working on that variety in my game,
reported Monday by The Denver Post. The                                                                                             first round of the Dubai                                                                          using the serves well, and I did well
person spoke to the AP on condition of                                                                                              Championships on Tuesday.                                                                         today.”
anonymity because he was not authorized                                                                                               Novak Djokovic, who beat Federer                                                                   Also, seventh-seeded Marcos
to comment publicly on the trade.                                                                                                   in Melbourne and went on to his sec-                                                              Baghdatis of Cyprus retired against
   The Post, citing a league source, said                                                                                           ond Grand Slam title, won his Dubai                                                               Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan
the Knicks would send Wilson Chandler,                                                                                              opener against Michael Llodra of
Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari,                                                                                                                                                                                                     because of the flu while trailing 4-0
Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round                                                                                               France by the same score.                                                                         in the first set.
draft pick to the Nuggets, who would get                                                                                              Federer, a four-time winner of                                                                     Baghdatis called for the trainer
additional picks and cash.                                                                                                                                                                                                            after he went down 3-0 to the 44th-
   Along with Anthony, New York would                                                                                                                TENNIS                                                                           ranked Golubev. He played one more
acquire Chauncey Billups, Shelden                                                                                                                                                                                                     game before retiring, becoming the
Williams, Anthony Carter and Renaldo                                                                                                                                                                                                  second seeded player in two days to
Balkman, according to the Post.                                                                                                     Dubai, had his share of unforced                                                                  withdraw.
   ESPN later reported it was a three-way                                                                                           errors but was never really in trouble                                                               On Monday, fifth-seeded Ivan
deal with Minnesota, which would acquire                                                                                            in his first match with Devvarman.
Eddy Curry and Anthony Randolph from                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ljubicic of Croatia withdrew in the
the Knicks for Corey Brewer. The Nuggets                                   The triumphant ABK team                                  He saved the only two break points                                                                second set with a leg injury against
have explored an Anthony trade since he                                                                                             he faced and often brought a packed                                                               Ukrainian qualifier Sergei Bubka.
refused to sign the three-year contract           ABK wins bowling tourney                                                          center court crowd at the Aviation                                                                   The 20th-ranked Baghdatis said he
extension worth nearly $65 million they                                                                                             Club to its feet with some stunning                Switzerland’s Roger Federer returns            has been in bed with a high tempera-
offered him last summer. They appeared                                                                                              shots.                                             the ball to India’s Somdev                     ture for the past five or six days and
                                               For the second consecutive year, Al        League teams competition after its                                                           Devvarman during the second day of
on the verge of sending him to the Nets on     Ahli Bank of Kuwait achieved first         fifth week, with a total of 41 points.       “I’ve had some tough ones over the                                                             had been on the practice court for
multiple occasions, but the Knicks                                                                                                                                                     the Emirates Dubai ATP Tennis
                                               place in trio event within the Bowling     The win was highly commended by           years here actually in the early round.            Championships in Dubai, United Arab            only about 10 minutes. He said he
                                               Championship for Kuwait Banks Club.        ABK’s management who wished the           That’s why I don’t judge my first                         Emirates, Feb 22. (AP)                  felt better heading into the match but
            BASKETBALL                         This victory comes at a time when
                                               ABK was already leading the National
                                                                                          team good luck and success in the
                                                                                          competitions to come.
                                                                                                                                    rounds too harshly or whatever,”                                                                  then “had no energy” once he started
                                                                                                                                    Federer said. “It’s about coming                   with Llodra, losing his serve only             playing.
increased their offer enough to land                                                                                                through and giving yourself a second               once.                                             “I think I came here to give it a try.
Anthony, who was believed to prefer New                     Oly park venue ready for Games                                          chance the next day and then kind of                  “I have to say I’m happy with the           Why not come here and try, you
York all along.                                                                                                                     move on in the draw. Then if you’re                performance today,” said Djokovic,             know?” Baghdatis said. “I just could-
    “All trades for coaches are sad, there’s                                                                                        in the quarters or the semis, this is              who was beaten by Llodra in                    n’t.”
happy and sad. I’m glad it’s over, I’m glad
it’s an opportunity to reinvent,” Denver
coach George Karl said as he got into his
SUV outside the Pepsi Center on Monday.
                                               London unveils Velodrome                                                             when I expect myself to play much
                                                                                                                                       Federer praised the game of
                                                                                                                                                                                       November at the Paris Masters. “I
                                                                                                                                                                                       think he didn’t serve as well and as
                                                                                                                                                                                       fast as our last match in Paris. But
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Nikolay Davydenko of Russia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      also advanced, beating Guillermo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-0,
                                                  LONDON, Feb 22, (AP): London            can’t wait.” Given Britain’s domi-        Devvarman, who is ranked 79th and                  still, I was managing to return a lot of       while Philipp Kohlschreiber of
“I think everybody handled it as classy as                                                                                          is the only Indian singles player in               balls back and making him play an              Germany upset Viktor Troicki of
you can handle it. There’s some sadness to     organizers unveiled the velodrome          nance in Beijing, the country is
it, there always will be. In the same, it’s    for the 2012 Games on Tuesday, the         counting on another big medal haul        the top 100.                                       extra shot.”                                   Serbia 6-1, 7-6 (2). Yen-hsun Lu of
time to move on, reinvent.”                    first venue completed in the Olympic       in cycling in 2012. Tickets for the          “First rounds, honestly, I always                  Djokovic also said he was working           Taiwan retired due to an undisclosed
    Meanwhile, New Orleans Hornets’            Park and the arena where the home          cycling events are expected to be         expect tough matches,” he said. “Not               on his serve-and-volley and played             illness after falling behind 5-0 in the
reserve guard Jarrett Jack has been            nation expects to win a stack of           among the highest in demand.              that I expect easier ones in the quar-             doubles on Tuesday with his brother            first set against Feliciano Lopez of
charged with drunken driving in an Atlanta     medals.                                      Building work on the velodrome          ters, because usually the opponents                Marko, losing to Mahesh Bhupathi               Spain.
suburb, police said on Monday.
    Jack was pulled over early on Sunday          The 6,000-seat, 94-million-pound        began in March 2009. Tuesday
after an officer in Snellville, Georgia,       ($152 million) track cycling venue         marked the handover of the venue
clocked Jack driving 66 miles per hour (106    was officially opened, 17 months           from the Olympic Delivery Authority                                           Best of the Rest
kph) in a 45 mph zone northeast of Atlanta.    ahead of the Olympics.                     to the London 2012 organizing com-
The officer charged Jack with driving under       The velodrome has a distinctive         mittee.
the influence of alcohol, speeding and fail-   sweeping roof design that will make          The next step is to install the tem-
ure to stay in one lane, according to          it one of the signature venues of the                                                                                                    Ennis is also in the team and will compete   Jordan. (RTRS)
Snellville police chief Roy Whitehead.                                                                                                  Farah, Chambers to run for Britain:
    “He (the officer) stopped the vehicle
                                               Olympic Park in east London.                           OLYMPICS                          Defending champion runners Mo Farah             in the pentathlon.                                         ❑ ❑ ❑
                                                  Organizers said the timber track,                                                     and Dwain Chambers                                 The championships will be held March
and smelled an odor of an alcoholic bever-                                                                                              will compete for Britain                        4-6 at the Bercy arena. (AP)                 I’m no provocateur Lievremont:
age on the driver. He gave the driver field    made of Siberian pine, is the fastest                                                                                                                                                 France coach Marc Lievremont has denied
                                               in the world.                              porary facilities, including lighting         at next week’s                                                   ❑ ❑ ❑
sobriety tests and he failed,” Whitehead                                                                                                European Indoor                                                                              he was out to provoke England ahead of
said in an email.                                 The facility was being tested out       and scoring equipment.                        Championships in Paris.                         All-Star game highest ratings:               their Six Nations showdown at
    Jack, 27, went to Georgia Tech and was     Tuesday by members of the British            London 2012 chairman Sebastian                 Farah, who won the                           Kobe Bryant’s on-court drama for the         Twickenham on Saturday.
drafted in the first round of the 2005 NBA     team that won seven track cycling          Coe described the velodrome as “a             3,000 meters two years                          West team brought TNT its highest rated         The former back row player said at the
Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played                                                                                                  ago in Turin, Italy, is                         NBA All-Star Game since 2003.                weekend that he “disliked” the “insular”
                                               gold medals at the 2008 Beijing            stunning venue built for champions.”                                                             The Sunday night game delivered 9.1
with the Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana       Games.                                       It took a team of 26 carpenters eight       also the European out-                                                                       English and said his views were shared by
Pacers and Toronto Raptors before joining                                                                                               door champion at the                            million total viewers and six million        every other participating nation in the tour-
the Hornets in 2010.                              Among those on the track were           weeks to install the track. More than         5,000 and 10,000.                               households. It was second most-watched
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     nament — Scotland, Wales, Ireland and
                                               Chris Hoy, a four-time Olympic             350,000 nails were used on its surface        Chambers won the 60              Farah          NBA game on television during the 2010-
              ❑     ❑      ❑                                                                                                                                                            11 season to date.                           Italy.
                                               champion, and fellow Beijing gold          made of 56 kms (35 miles) of timber.          in Turin and reached the                                                                        His comments were shrugged off by
Noah will return for Bulls: Chicago                                                                                                     100 final at the 2009 worlds in Berlin, fin-       Bryant won MVP for the West team
                                               medalists Victoria Pendleton and             After the Olympics, the velodrome                                                           which pulled out a dramatic victory over     English counterpart Martin Johnson as
Bulls center Joakim Noah, who has missed       Jason Kenny. Hoy worked with               will be used by elite athletes and the        ishing sixth in the race that Usain Bolt set                                                 part-and-parcel of the hype that comes
                                                                                                                                        a world record of 9.58 seconds.                 the LeBron James-led East team.
30 NBA games after surgery on his right        designers and architects in preparing      local community and will include a                                                            Rihanna performed at the half-time show      with such a big game as Saturday’s clash
thumb, will return on Wednesday when                                                                                                       Chambers, who was stripped of his                                                         which is expected to decide who will win
                                               the venue.                                 coffee shop, bike rental and cycle            European 100-meter gold medal from              before taking a courtside seat next to
the Bulls play at Toronto, Bulls coach Tom                                                                                                                                              Justin Bieber, who was named MVP in          this year’s tournament.
Thibodeau told ESPN on Monday.                    “It’s amazing to see the velodrome      workshop facilities. Other venues             2002 for doping, says he has “worked hard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lievremont said he had read Johnson’s
                                                                                                                                        over the winter and am in better condition      the Celebrity All-Star game on Friday
   Thibodeau said Noah was cleared to          finally completed, and to be able to       nearing completion in the park                                                                night.                                       reactions and insisted that he had not been
                                               have ridden on it today gives me a         include the 80,000-seat main stadi-           than last year.”
play last week but was rested until after                                                                                                  World heptathlon champion Jessica               The 2003 All-Star Game was the final      out to stir up bad feeling ahead of the
the break for the NBA All-Star Game on         feel for what it’s going to be like in a   um, the aquatics center and basket-                                                           appearance by NBA superstar Michael          match. (AFP)
Sunday.                                        year-and-a-half’s time,” Hoy said. “I      ball and handball arenas.

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