14 teams will participate in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, out of which 7 automatically qualified and the 7 remaining will be determined after four regional qualification tournaments. Lebanon is playing in the Middle East/Africa region and needs to defeat South Africa to qualify. The Cedars team has already beaten Malta easily and is performing strongly at the moment.
We’ve already missed out on the last two World Cups but Lebanon seems well placed this year to make it to qualify so let’s keep our fingers crossed! Lebanon will play South Africa on 30 October 2015 in Dubai.
For Rugby fans, you can check out their game against Malta [here].
Lebanese point guard and Riyadi (Sporting Beirut) player Wael Arakji has reportedly entered the 2015 NBA draft after his performances caught one of the NBA scouts’ attention. The news came after @DraftExpress tweeted the news and stated that Wael’s stats aren’t super impressive, but he looks interesting on film as he’s big for a point guard and very quick.
Arakji is only 20. He’s 6’4 and has been playing with Riyadi for 4 years now. Arakji is averaging 7.5 points and 3 assists per game. This is great news for Wael and I hope we will see him next year in the NBA League!
If you like biking and nature, Haig Melikian is definitely someone worth following in Lebanon. I’ve been following Haig since Day1 and I love all his pictures. Whether it’s really hot or freezing cold, Haig is always on his bike and sharing the most amazing pictures wherever he goes. His videos are also pretty cool.
I used to love biking during spring and I remember we used to take trips from Hrajel to Afka where the cave and the waterfalls are. It’s a lot of fun and makes you discover amazing places in Lebanon. Unfortunately, it’s been a while since I went on a bike trip and seeing Haig’s pictures makes me miss it more.
I shared some of Haig’s pictures below (with his permission of course), and you can check out his profile [here].
The largest basketball stadium in Lebanon will be inaugurated this summer in Zouk Mikhael yet basketball teams in Keserwan are all suffering financially. In fact, Tadamon, Kahraba and Centrale have been struggling for years due to the lack of funds and sponsors and haven’t been able to compete for the championship.
This being said, I don’t understand why we’re spending millions on a huge stadium when all we need is a couple of millions to support a local team and compete for the championship. Why can’t we settle for a smaller stadium and allocate more money to encourage young talents and local teams? Who’s gonna fill up all these seats in the stadium? Even the Hekmeh and Riyadi fans are not that numerous.
Speaking of Tadamon, check out this nice tribute to Tony Madisson, one of the best basketball players that ever came to Lebanon. I wonder where he is now.
“For better or for worse, you’ve come to personify all that’s wrong with many people’s belief about the escalation of violence in sports,”. That’s what the judge told Bassel Saad after he sentenced him to at least eight years in prison on Friday for a punch that killed a
Detroit-area referee. Saad apparently has already assaulted a soccer player back in 2005 and faced a second-degree murder charge. He told the court he “was so sorry” for what happened but his apology won’t bring back referee John Bieniewicz, a happily married man and a father of two.
USA today are saying that he could face deportation for what he did. All I know is that he’s a disgrace to sports and to Lebanese in the US.
Every time I see such videos, I wonder why doesn’t anyone give a call to the ISF or the Lebanese Army and have these people arrested? There’s always a policeman on the Kaslik roundabout which is 2 minutes away from where this video is taken and there’s an army base also 3 minutes away if not less.
Since the Lebanese authorities want to implement a new traffic law, let’s start by monitoring the highways and stopping the crazy bikers and dangerous drivers pulling stunts, as well as idiots like this guy playing football and blocking the road!
Brazilian-Lebanese F1 Driver Felipe Nasr finished 5th on his F1 debut and gave Sauber their first points since 2013.
Sebastian Vettel also finished 3rd in his Ferrari debut which is encouraging news but Mercedes is still far behind and Rosberg & Hamilton weren’t really battling it out today. Let’s hope the season won’t turn out to be as boring as last year and Ferrari catches up after few races.
I am honestly sick of writing about Sagesse Riyadi games that end with a fight but I want to make one thing clear. Those who are arguing about who started the fight are missing a very important point. Fights do happen in all sports even in the NBA and players get suspended accordingly. It doesn’t matter if Stoglin hit Mahmoud first or not, they got engaged in a fight and should have been suspended immediately.
Having said that, the real problem are these IDIOTIC individuals who quickly join the fight and make things worse. There are cops and officials responsible for such incidents so let them do their job and stay away! I think it’s about time the Lebanese Basketball Federation forces teams to set up fences for the fans and make sure no one is allowed to step on the basketball court during a game.
On a side note, I was honestly surprised by Ali Mahmoud’s reaction as I thought he was a rather calm and rational player but mistakes do happen and he might have lost his temper. Again it’s not a big deal as it happens in all leagues all over the world and players and teams get fined and suspended.