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  • UEFA champions league draw 16 European club fixtures

    Representatives from Manchester United and Tottenham gathered in Switzerland today to find out who they would be facing in the next round of the Europa League.

    Manchester United were drawn against St-Etienne, which happens to be the club that Paul Pogba's brother Florentin plays for.

    As for Spurs, they were handed a tie against Belgian outfit KAA Gent. Here is the draw in full:

    • Athletic Bilbao vs Apoel FC
    • Legia Warszaw vs Ajax
    • Anderlecht vs Zenit
    • FC Astra Giurgiu vs KRC Genk
    • Manchester United vs St-Etienne
    • Villarreal vs AS Roma
    • Ludogorets vs FC Copenhagen
    • Celta Vigo vs Shakhtar Donetsk
    • Olympiacos vs Osmanlispor
    • KAA Gent vs Tottenham
    • FC Rostov vs Sparta Prague
    • Krasnodar vs Fenerbahce
    • Borussia Monchengladbach vs Fiorentina
    • AZ Alkmaar vs Lyon
    • Hapoel Be’er Sheva vs Besiktas
    • PAOK FC vs Schalke

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  • Abe Gashahun And Fotyen Tesfay , Surprise Winners At The 16th Great Run

    Making their bids to rise from the crowded ranks of their nation’s deep well of distance talent, junior runners Abe Gashahun and Fotyen Tesfay were the surprise winners at the 16th Great Ethiopian Run 10km road race in Addis Ababa on Sunday (20).

    Gashahun, 18, won one of the closest finishes in the race’s 16-year history, just edging Kenyan Jerome Lumbasi by one second in 28:53.

    Four athletes entered the final home straight locked together before Gashahun clinched victory just a few metres from the finish.

    Gashahun, who is coached by Haji Ajilo comes from Debre Birhan, 120 kilometres northeast of Addis Ababa, and had travelled to the capital yesterday for this race.

    “I hope that my win today will give me more opportunities to compete in international races abroad,” said Gashahun, who finished eighth at the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China, and fifth over 5000m at the African Junior Championships that same year, also in Addis Ababa.

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  • Three-time Olympic champion, Kenenisa Bekelle, excluded from Rio 2016 Olympics

     

    Three-time Olympic champion, Kenenisa Bekele, was left out of Ethiopia’s Rio 2016 Olympics marathon team.

    In addition to Kenenisa, Yemane Tsegay, a record holder of Ottawa marathon, Canada, was excluded from the team even though, he was named in the reserve team.

    In the men’s side, Ethiopia will be represented in the Rio 2016 Olympics by Lemi Berhanu, Tesfaye Abera, Feyisa Lelissa and Lelisa Desisa.

    Similarly, Tigist Tufa, Mare Dibaba, Tirfi Tsegaye and Aberu Kebede were included in Ethiopia’s women marathon team.

    About 12 athletes, including Kenenisa Bekele, submitted complaints to the Ethiopian Athletics Federation (EAF), expressing their dissatisfaction with the selection criteria.  

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