Grand Prix Equidia Life to Ahmad Saber Hamcho at Gucci Paris Masters




It was Ahmad Saber Hamcho who raced to victory in the two star Grand Prix Equidia Life on Sunday. The Syrian rider was one of eleven riders that made it to the jump-off, after clearing the first round thirteen fence track that included a tricky triple combination at 8abc with an oxer - vertical - oxer and a combination at 12ab as the penultimate challenge.

German rider Alois Pollmann-Schweckhorst was first to go in the jump-off on the lovely 8 year old Balermo (Baloubet du Rouet x Silvio I). Unfortunately the second fence fell to the ground, and Alois was left with four faults. The first clear came two riders later from Ahmad Saber Hamcho, who produced an incredible fast round on the sky-high jumping Quintus 81 (Quick Star x Grannus) - racing to the final fence and crossing the finish line on a lightning fast 36.76 seconds.

Nobody could match the time set by Ahmad; Albert Zoer came the closest on Wollie Bollie (Cantos x Zuidhorn) with a clear round at 38.14 seconds - ending as runner-up. French rider Anne Sophie Godart was pushed down to third by the Dutch rider, she produced a clear round at 38.53 seconds on Carlitto van´t Zorgvliet (Burggraaf x Cheenook).

It is worth noting that Hamcho was the first ever Syrian equestrian to participate in the 2012 Olympic Games which was staged in London.

Hamcho achieved remarkable results in the said event especially in the first round.





Dream ending for David Beckham at Los Angeles Galaxy


David Beckham was basking in the glory of ending his six-year stint in the United States with back-to-back MLS titles after helping the Los Angeles Galaxy defeat Houston 3-1 in the final.

"It's a dream ending," the former England captain told Sky Sports News.

"I didn't want to speak about it before the game because I didn't want to jinx it. But it doesn't get much better than this.

"My last year at Manchester United I won the championship, my last year at Real Madrid I won the championship and my last year playing with the Galaxy I won the championship.

"It's emotional. I have got my family here, my friends here, people that have worked with me for the last six years over here, the backroom staff at the Galaxy, the fans - everyone involved at this club has been exceptional. Today is a great day."

Beckham has no plans to retire from playing just yet and is looking for one final challenge in his career.

He said: "I'll be alright for a while more and I will continue to play. I am going to get some rest over Christmas and decide where I am going to go and what I am going to do."

There have also been suggestions the 37-year-old could return to the MLS as a franchise owner in the future.

He said: "There is a chance of me being involved in the MLS going forward. We will see where I will be."


Mohamed Diame and Maiga fire West Ham to 3-1 victory over Chelsea

Mohamed Diame and Modibo Maiga fired West Ham to a 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Upton Park to increase the pressure on new Blues manager Rafael Benitez just three games into his reign at Stamford Bridge.

The Hammers were second best throughout the first half and were fortunate to be only 1-0 down after Juan Mata scored the first goal of Benitez's tenure, but Sam Allardyce's men were transformed after the break and levelled through Carlton Cole before half-time substitute Diame and late arrival Maiga found the net in the last five minutes.

Chelsea made the perfect start when they took the lead with only 13 minutes on the clock as Victor Moses received possession out on the right and threaded a pass through the West Ham defence for Fernando Torres, with the Spain international advancing to the goal-line before cutting the ball back into the path of Mata to clinically side-foot into the bottom corner.

 Man of the match: Mohamed Diame. His influence turned the game on its head when he arrived from the bench at half time. He added a much-needed urgency to West Ham and really inspired their comeback, netting a goal for his troubles as well.

Goal of the match: Juan Mata. The link up play between Chelsea's forwards was outstanding and the Spaniard finished precisely after wonderful work from Moses and Torres.

 Attempt of the match: Mata's curling free-kick agonisingly struck the post before West Ham cleared. It was a lovely effort from the playmaker that left Jaaskelainen no chance.

  Save of the match: Jussi Jaaskelainen made a superb double save to keep out Eden Hazard's long-range drive and then Torres' close-range shot.

Moment of the match: Diame's goal turned the game around as Chelsea crumbled in the latter stages with West Ham the only team looking capable of leaving Upton Park with three points.

Talking point: Rafael Benitez's reign continues to begin acrimoniously and Chelsea fans will no doubt be livid at their side's collapse after looking so strong in the first half.

The Blues could have doubled their lead when Ramires intercepted Guy Demel's sloppy pass out of defence, bursting into the box and finding Moses, but he failed to make a clean contact. There was another opportunity in the 25th minute when a swift break found two Hammers defenders facing four Chelsea players, but Ramires' pass to Torres was not the best and the striker's shot was weak and over the bar.

Jussi Jaaskelainen was then called into action to make a superb stop from Mata, with the Spaniard's powerful shot from 12 yards after excellent work from Moses on the left expertly parried by the goalkeeper before Joey O'Brien slid in to block the follow-up.

Cech escaped with only a yellow card as he strayed outside his area to punch clear above Gary Cahill and Matt Jarvis before being forced into his only real save of note on the stroke of half-time as Nolan headed goalwards after Collins' free-kick had looped up off the wall.

There was renewed purpose from West Ham at start of second half with Allardyce sending on Diame and Matt Taylor for Gary O'Neil and James Tomkins and they pressed forward with greater intensity, forcing a series of corners, with Cahill needing treatment for a bloodied nose after stooping to head clear and taking the full force of Carlton Cole's boot in his face.

And the Hammers were back on level terms in the 63rd minute when Jarvis' cross from the left looped up into the air and Cole clambered all over the back of Ivanovic to divert his header beyond a bemused Cech at the near post, with Chelsea's players awaiting a whistle which never came and John Obi Mikel booked for his continued protests.

In the 86th minute, Jarvis clipped the ball into the box for Carlton Cole to lay it back to Diame to drill home from 15 yards with Ivanovic offering only weak resistance, before Ashley Cole's blunder in defence allowed Maiga to play in Taylor, whose shot was parried by Cech only for the Mali forward to gobble up the rebound.

Rafa: We're Chelsea not Barcelona

Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez claims he is under no pressure from Roman Abramovich to bring a Barcelona-style swagger to Stamford Bridge.

Benitez has been parachuted in to save Chelsea's season, after the Blues sacked Roberto Di Matteo following a run of disappointing results,according to Soccer Net.

The Spaniard's connection to Fernando Torres from their days together at Liverpool has seen him field questions about the misfiring striker.

Torres is central to Benitez's plans, but those plans do not involve imprinting the Barcelona method on Chelsea.

"He (Abramovich) sees how we work and he knows it'll take some time to fix everything," Benitez said. "But he knows we can do it.

"Roman says he wants to see the team playing well but not with the Barcelona style. He knows we don't have Messi, Xavi or Iniesta - who have been working together for years.

"We have different players and we can play attacking and defensive football together. We have to find the balance."

Fuleco wins name game

The wait is over: the Official Mascot of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ has a name, with more than 1.7 million people voting for Fuleco™.

The three-month public voting campaign, supported by FIFA, proved to be popular as the Brazilian public came out in force to cast their votes. More than 48 per cent voted for Fuleco™, ahead of Zuzeco (31 per cent) and Amijubi (21 per cent), making it the unanimous winner.

Ever since being introduced to the public, Fuleco™ has been making his presence felt by touring the host country and getting to know the people of Brazil. The latest results from FIFA’s independent brand tracking research indicate that he is fast becoming popular in Brazil.

Communicating the importance of the environment and ecology is a key objective of the next FIFA World Cup. Recent results from FIFA’s 2012 public opinion tracker in Brazil also confirm the importance of the topic of sustainability and the environment among fans in the host country. Over 90 per cent of Brazilians believe that Brazil 2014 should be environmentally friendly.

As one of the most high-profile ambassadors of the event and a member of a vulnerable species, the Official Mascot can play a key role in driving environmental awareness. The name Fuleco™ is a fusion of the words 'futebol' and 'ecologia'. This seamlessly represents the way in which the FIFA World Cup can combine the two to encourage people to behave in an environmentally friendly way. In voting for the name Fuleco™, the Brazilian population has clearly demonstrated an affinity for both themes that the name epitomizes.

Part of FIFA’s brand tracking study also investigated the key characteristics of Fuleco™ that resonate among the public. The results are encouraging as 'Brazilian', 'nature', 'friendly' and 'passion for football' come out top in terms of traits that best describe him. This clearly shows that Brazilians already recognise the significance of the armadillo as an important ambassador for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and his role in inspiring fans all over the world with his passion for the sport and his country.