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December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Haroon Khan who won silver at 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi for Pakistan, is
the cousin of Lancashire and England cricketer Sajid Mahmood

Mahmood made his test debut for England against Sri Lanka in 2006, getting Kumar
Sangakarra as his first test wicket

Sangakarra spent the 2007 cricket season with English county Wawrickshire as an
overseas player and another former overseas player for Wawrickshire was West
Indies legend Brian Lara who is one of three cricketers to have won the BBC
Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award

As of 2010, only boxing legend Muhammad Ali and 6 time Wimbledon champion
Roger Federer are the only two to have won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of
the Year award 3 times

Federer won his first ever grand slam title at Wimbledon in July 2003, the same year
that Wimbledon lost their football league team as Wimbledon FC moved to Milton
Keynes in September 2003

Wimbledon changed their name to the MK Dons in 2004 and this season the MK
Dons became Nantwich Town’s first ever opponents in the FA Cup First Round


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December 5, 2011 Leave a comment

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Michael Crocker agreed to join Hull FC in 2009 before
he wasn’t provided with a UK visa and signed instead for South Sydney from the
Melbourne Storm

Crocker played in the victorious Melbourne Storm side in the 2007 NRL grand final
(scoring a try) against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles helping the Melbourne team
coached by Craig Bellamy to the NRL title.

The Welsh footballer who shares the same name as the Melbourne Storm coach
Craig Bellamy is now back at Liverpool where he was a runner up in the 2006-
2007 Champions League, helping the Anfield club on their way to the final with the
equaliser against Barcelona in their 2-1 first leg win in their first knockout round tie
after Brazil born Portugese international Deco had given Barcelona the lead at the
Nou Camp

Like Deco, another Portugese sports star born outside of Portugal is Francis Obikwelu
who won the silver medal in the men’s 100m at the 2004 Olympics in Athens

Another silver medal hero from the 2004 Olympics in Athens was Amir Khan who
won the silver medal in the lightweight division in the boxing event

Haroon Khan is the brother of Amir and has become a successful amateur boxer
himself, winning bronze for Pakistan in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi