Venus Williams involved in car crash that led to fatality, police say
Venus Williams, the world’s former top-ranked tennis player, was the driver at fault in a two-car crash in Florida on June 9, 2017 that killed a passenger in the other vehicle, according to the initial police report on the incident released on June 29, 2017.News of the fatal wreck near Williams’ home in Palm Beach Gardens surfaced in media accounts on June 29, 2017, days before the 37-year-old athlete was planning to compete at Wimbledon.
India vs West Indies: For Virat Kohli & Co, life’s a beach
THIS IS off-season for tourism in Antigua. Ironic that, when you consider the bright sunshine that those visiting these parts generally from the USA seek is available in abundance at this time of the year. This is also hurricane season in Antigua though. It doesn’t take much for that sunshine to suddenly disappear for long periods. Like has been the case since Wednesday night, once it starts raining, it doesn’t stop. They call it a murmuring shower in these parts, one that will keep at you incessantly. And it rained right through Thursday, the eve of the third ODI of the already rain-affected five-match series, leaving the Indian team stuck at their hotel.
Lendl confident Murray will be fit to defend Wimbledon title
Andy Murray’s coach Ivan Lendl is “not at all” concerned that injury would prevent the world number one from defending his Wimbledon title next week. Murray has twice pulled out of matches at a grasscourt exhibition tournament in London this week because of a hip problem but Lendl said the 30-year-old Scot was likely to resume practice at Wimbledon on Friday. “We’ll see what the weather is like,” Lendl told the British media. “If the weather is good, I am sure we will practise.”
Super Smriti guides India to easy victory over West Indies
Opener Smriti Mandhana made amends for missing out on a hundred against England with a scintillating unbeaten 106 guiding India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory against West Indies in the ICC Women’s World Cup on Thursday. Chasing a modest target of 184, the Indian team won with as many as 45 balls to spare, courtesy another superlative performance from the left-handed opener Mandhana.
Ahead of Tamil Nadu Premier League auction, another BCCI missive
Ahead of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) player draft, scheduled on Friday, the BCCI has sent a letter to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), reiterating its stand that the local T20 tournament can’t have outstation players on board even if they are registered to play the Tamil Nadu cricket league. The cricket board cites a clause set by its working committee in 2009, when N Srinivasan was the BCCI secretary, to deny permission to the TNCA. It is learnt that the BCCI also consulted with Justice (Retd.) BN Srikrishna on the matter.
Goretzka quickfire double sets Germany on way to final
Germany’s Leon Goretzka scored two expertly-taken goals in the opening eight minutes to set his side on the way to a 4-1 win over Mexico in their Confederations Cup semi-finals on Thursday. Timo Werner added the third just before the hour as Germany’s young, experimental team took advantage of the wide open spaces in the Mexico defence and punished them with ruthless finishing.
Viswanathan Anand among the elite for 26 years…and counting!
In any individual sporting discipline, being a top-10 player in the world brings certain bragging right with it. More the number of participants, more difficult it is to be among the elite. That’s the reason why top-10 players in tennis and golf earn more respect, and money, than their counterparts, say in, table tennis or badminton.
Usain Bolt fires to win as Wayde Van Niekerk stars
Usain Bolt racked up a straightforward 100m victory on the European bow of his farewell season, but likely successor Wayde van Niekerk stole the headlines in Ostrava with a world record in the little-run 300m. Bolt struggled with a stiff back and a pedestrian start to beat a weak field. For the briefest of moments, Cuban Yunier Perez thought he might have got the better of the towering Jamaican.
Mary Kom pep talk inspires Indian eves ahead of HWL semis
Battling against odds has been the hallmark of her illustrious career and that’s precisely what MC Mary Kom told the members of the Indian women’s hockey team as they embark on their journey to qualify for 2018 World Cup to be held in London. Five-time world champion and London Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom had a surprise session with Indian eves on Wednesday ahead of their departure for the FIH Hockey World League Semi-Final to be held in Johannesburg from July 8 to 23.
Renjith and Nayana sets records
It was a jump that shocked the world. What is he taking, asked many as Kerala triple jumper Renjith Maheswary produced the 17.30 m biggie in Bengaluru that made him the world’s fourth best jumper last year and fetched him a ticket to the Rio Olympics. But Arpinder Singh, whose record Renjith broke, was not rattled that day.
Odisha CM welcomes Asian Athletics Championship mascot Olly
Olly belongs to the Olive Ridley sea turtles which travel thousands of miles and arrive in large numbers every year at the Rushikulya and Gahirmatha beaches of the state for their annual nesting. This is the third time that the Asian, Athletics Championships are taking place in India. They previously held in New Delhi in 1989 while in 2013, they took place in Pune.
Aussie cricketer Steve Smith announces his engagement
Australian cricket team captain Steve Smith on Thursday announced his engagement with partner Dani Willis through social media. “Today I got down on one knee and @dani_willis said YES,” Smith posted on Instagram. The 28-year old batsman, rated one of the best in the world, was at New York City’s Rockefeller Centre rooftop. After Australia’s early exit from the ICC Champions Trophy in England, Smith has been holidaying. He visited Monaco, London and New York, where the right-hander has been fine-tuning his baseball skills, Cricket Australia reported.
Vedika sets two National marks
Vedika Amin and Sanjit Saha both clocked 28.90s to create a National record in the girls’ under-10 50m freestyle event of the 34th sub-junior National aquatic championship at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex on Thursday. Neena Venkatesh of Karnataka won the bronze in 29.86s. Vedika continued her phenomenal performance, breaking the 100m breaststroke record twice in the day. She clocked 1m 20.85s in the heats and returned in the evening to better it, clocking 1:18.63.
Sourav Ganguly to attend MCC’s World Cricket Committee meeting at Lord’s
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is set to leave for London to attend the MCC’s World Cricket committee meeting which will take place at Lord’s on July 3 and 4. The WCC meeting will be addressed by Dave Richardson where the matters such as revenue sharing agreements, expansion of Full Membership to Afghanistan and Ireland (plus ICC Global Event qualification). The inclusion of T20 cricket in 2024 Olympics, Australian players’ pay dispute and the idea of four-day Tests would be discussed in the meeting. The ICC Chief Executive had already said that the time is right for T20 cricket for Olympics bid.
Andhra CM announces Rs 50 lakhs for Kidambi Srikanth
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced cash prize of Rs 50 lakhs to shuttler Kidambi Srikanth for winning men’s singles titles at the Indonesian Open Super Series Premier and Australian Open Super Series.At a felicitation held at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram Vijayawada, the Andhra Pradesh CM congratulated the shuttler’s efforts and offered him a Group 1 officer post as well in the state. Srikanth’s coach, Dronacharya awardee Pullela Gopichand, was also given Rs 15 lakh. Srikanth presented a badminton racket to CM on the occasion.
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Sports News 16/6/2017
Sports News 16/6/2017