Sports News 16/6/2017
Champions Trophy: India decimate Bangladesh to enter final
India booked a date with Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy after brushing Bangladesh aside here on Thursday.The gulf in class was evident at Edgbaston as India achieved a nine-wicket semifinal victory with the minimum of fuss. Rohit Sharma, who scored his 11th one-day century, and Virat Kohli put on a commanding, unbroken 178-run (153b) partnership, ensuring India cantered to the target of 265 with nearly 10 overs to spare.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates PT Usha Academy, says India needs to create an ecosystem to nurture talent
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new world class synthetic track at the Usha (PT Usha) School of Athletics via video conference on Thursday. Speaking on the sidelines of the event he said that India’s attitude towards sport is taking a positive turn as people across the country are taking it up as a full-time career.
India beat Scotland 4-1 in Hockey World League Semi-Final opener
India conceded a surprise early goal but made a fine comeback by pumping in four quick goals to beat minnows Scotland 4-1 in their opening match of Hockey World League Semi-Finals on Thursday. Scotland captain Chris Grassick struck as early as the sixth minute to stun the Indians who trailed 0-1 till the end of the first two-quarters. India, however, recovered and scored four times in the third quarter to run away with full points in the Pool B match. Ramandeep Singh (31st, 34th), Akashdeep Singh (40th), Harmanpreet Singh (42nd) were the goal scorers for India.
Champions Trophy: Dhoni made a key move during the semifinals, says Kohli
Captain Virat Kohli on Friday said that the game-changing decision to bring in Kedar Jadhav was jointly taken by him and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Jadhav dismissed set batsmen Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim after their 121—run stand to get India back on track in the second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy here. India won the match by nine wickets. Kohli said that he wanted to restrict and wickets from Kedar were bonuses.
Kamui Kobayashi record lap puts Toyota on pole at Le Mans
Former Formula One driver Kamui Kobayashi smashed the Le Mans lap record on Thursday as Toyota swept the front row in qualifying for the 24 Hour sportscar race and left Porsche trailing. The Japanese, sharing the number seven TS050 hybrid car with Britain’s Mike Conway and Frenchman Stephane Sarrazin, went round the Circuit de la Sarthe in three minutes 14.791 seconds during the day’s second session.
Wayne Rooney in focus as China transfer window opens
Some of the football’s biggest names remain linked with a move to China but a 100 percent tax on transfer fees looks likely to hit spending when the country’s transfer window opens on Monday. Wayne Rooney, Diego Costa, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are among the stars rumored to be considering big-money moves to the Chinese Super League (CSL), which has been smashing spending records in recent seasons. Brazilian international Oscar moved to Shanghai SIPG for 60 million euros ($67 million) as Chinese clubs splashed an unprecedented 388 million euros the January-February window.
Saina beats Ratchanok to enter second round of Indonesia Open
Three-time champion Saina Nehwal edged out Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in a thrilling opening round to make a rousing start to her campaign at the Indonesia Super Series Premier in Jakarta on Tuesday. Saina, who has slipped out of the World top-10 for the first time in seven years, rallied her way to a 17-21 21-18 21-12 win over the eighth-seeded Thai player, who is a former world champion. Saina, who had a 7-5 head-to-head record against Ratchanok, will face another Thai player Nitchaon Jindapol in the next round and is likely to clash with World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the quarters.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Shane Warne wears England jersey after losing bet to Sourav Ganguly
Shane Warne came good on his promise and on a bet lost to Sourav Ganguly during the England vs Australia game in the ICC Champions Trophy. In a picture shared on hi Facebook page, Warne posted a picture wearing the England shirt and a caption of: “I’m in a world of hurt wearing this shirt right now, but a bet’s a bet soon with the England.Former Aussie leg-spinner had claimed that Australia will go through to the knockouts.
Rickie Fowler surges clear as big-hitters flop at US Open
Rickie Fowler produced a record-equalling low-scoring round to take a one-shot lead at the US Open on Thursday as the big-hitters failed to fire. Fowler, the world number nine from California, reveled in benign conditions at Erin Hills Golf Course to reel off seven birdies and 11 pars in a superb 65. The 28-year-old’s seven-under-par total matched the lowest to par score ever carded in the opening round of a US Open, a record shared by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf since the 1980 tournament.
Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry lead Warriors to NBA finals win
Kevin Durant capped his spectacular first season with the Warriors by bringing home that coveted NBA championship he joined Golden State last July so determined to get, scoring 39 points in a fast-and-furious, finals-clinching 129-120 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Stephen Curry added 34 points, 10 assists and six rebounds as Golden State took the seven-game series 4-1, closing out its second title in three years after squandering a 3-1 lead a year ago to the Cavs to miss a repeat. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors around earlier with Oklahoma City.
Portugal hoping Cristiano Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia
Portugal is hoping a red-hot Cristiano Ronaldo can continue his sparkling form and help the European champions show that their victory at Euro 2016 wasn’t a fluke. With Ronaldo looking at the peak of his game, Portugal trained for the first time in Russia on Thursday ahead of its Confederations Cup debut against Mexico on Sunday.
Birthday girl Dafne Schippers loses and wins in Oslo
World champion Dafne Schippers’s 25th birthday celebrations almost fell flat Thursday when the Dutch sprint star was disqualified twice from the 200m at the Oslo Diamond League before successfully appealing her exclusion. Schippers, the 2015 world champion and silver medallist at the Rio Olympics last year, was originally disqualified for a false start. She was then allowed to run under protest, taking an impressive victory in 22.30sec before she was disqualified again after the race.
In early 2014, I wrote a comment piece titled “India should not let Virender Sehwag fade away”. I never imagined that a time might come when I would be wishing the opposite. But it clearly has. I must state upfront that I am a mega fan of Sehwag. He is was to me what Sachin Tendulkar is to most Indians. On multiple occasions, I have risked life and limb to argue in public that Sehwag is a much greater talent than Sachin Tendulkar, and I still stand by that assessment.
Bayern Munich play Liverpool, Napoli to face Atletico Madrid in Audi Cup
Bayern Munich will take on Liverpool and Atletico Madrid will face Napoli in the pre-season Audi Cup in Munich on Aug. 1, the German champions said on Thursday. The four-team tournament will be played over two days with the winners of the pairings advancing to the Aug. 2 final.
Players understood my message at half time: Oltmans
India rallied from one goal down to beat minnows Scotland 4-1 in their opening match of the Hockey World League Semi-Finals on Thursday and their head coach Roelant Oltmans attributed the win to the changes made after the half time. “At halftime,I told them a few things and they understood the message. I am not aggressive, from my point of view, the key is to improve and I asked them to change a few things and they did,” Oltmans said after the match.
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