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Turkey detains Israeli footballer for showing support for hostages
ANKARA, Jan 15: Turkish authorities have detained soccer club Antalyaspor’s Israeli player Sagiv Jehezkel for questioning after he displayed solidarity with people held hostage by the Hamas militant organization during a top-flight league game.The player told police he was simply calling for an end to the war when after scoring a goal he displayed a bandage on his wrist with the words “100 Days 7.10” – in reference to Oct. 7, the day Hamas attacked Israel and the hostages were abducted – next to a Star of David.Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc said late Sunday that Jehezkel, a 28-year-old Israeli international, is under investigation over possible charges of “openly inciting the public to hatred and hostility.” Tunc maintained in a statement posted on X that Jehezkel had engaged in “an ugly gesture in support of the Israeli massacre in Gaza.” The gesture was deemed to be provocative in Turkey where there is widespread public opposition to Israel’s military actions in Gaza and overwhelming support for the Palestinians.Antalyaspor suspended Jehezkel from the team and announced that it was speaking to the club’s lawyers about the possibility of terminating his contract.During his questioning by police, the player denied accusations that he engaged in a provocative act, the private news agency reported. (PTI)

Atletico Madrid’s Correa and family robbed at gunpoint
MADRID, Jan 15: Atletico Madrid’s Argentinian international striker Angel Correa and his family were robbed at gunpoint in their home on Saturday night, according to Spain’s ‘Cadena Cope’ radio station.Four masked gunmen burst into the house and threatened the striker and his family at around 9 p.m. on Saturday night, according to the report.The radio network reported that the robbers “demanded all of the jewels and cash that was available in the house,” before leaving.The report added that “there was no personal damage suffered,” and the player informed the police of the robbery after the thieves had left, with an investigation now under way.Correa returned to Spain from Saudi Arabia on Thursday after playing in Wednesday’s Spanish Super Cup semifinal, which his side lost 4-3 to Real Madrid. (IANS)

Shooting: Yogesh wins double, Lakshay bags bronze in Kuwait
JAKARTA, Jan 15: Indian shooters’ gold rush continued in the Asia Olympic Qualifiers with Yogesh Singh winning the top prize in individual as well as team event of the men’s 25m centre fire pistol competition here on Monday.Yogesh claimed the individual gold medal after shooting 573, finishing ahead of silver winner Muad Al Balushi of Oman (570) and Indonesia’s Anang Yulianto (567).The other two Indian participants in the event, Pankaj Yadav (567) and Akshay Jain (564), ended fourth and sixth respectively.The Indian trio aggregated 1704 to bag the team gold ahead of shooters from Oman and Indonesia.In the qualifiers for shotgun in Kuwait City, Lakshay settled for the bronze medal after shooting 33 in the six-man final. He was placed fourth in qualification with a score of 119.Commonwealth Games gold medallist Shreyasi Singh ad to be content with a fifth-place finish in the final of women’s trap, having managed 19 points.Shreyasi had qualified for the final in fourth position with a total of 115 across five rounds. Taipei’s Wan-Yu Liu (44) won the gold medal in women’s trap The Indian trio of Shreyasi, Manisha Keer and Bhavya Tripathi, however, won the silver medal in the women’s trap team event with a total of 328, finishing behind China and ahead of Kazakhstan. (PTI)


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