SPORTS - 2019 FEBRUARY

February 1

ICC roped in Coca-Cola as official sponsor
The International Cricket Council (ICC) signed a five-year global partnership deal with beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola Company.ICC and Coco-cola’s partnership will be continue till 2023.
Five years sponsorship includes all ICC events like the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 in England, Wales, the ICC men ’s and women’ s T20 World Cups in Australia in 2020, the ICC Women ’s World Cup 2021 in New Zealand and the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India in 2023.
ICC also signed sponsorship with Alcobev brands, Royal Stag and Bira 91.
Mithali Raj Becomes First Woman Cricketer To Play 200 ODIs
India’s women’s cricket team captain Mithali raj has become the first woman to play 200 matches in the ODI format when she played against New Zealand in Hamilton.
She already holds the record for being the most capped woman in one-day internationals.
Mithali made her ODI debut back on 25 June 1999 against Ireland in Milton Keynes, scoring 114* as India won by 161 runs.
She is the leading run-scorer in ODIs. Currently, she has 6622 runs against her name.
G. Sathiyan surpasses Sharath Kamal to become highest-ranked Indian at 28, Manika Batra breaks into top-50
Indian paddler G Sathiyan achieved a new career rank of 28 in the world rankings.
He surpassed Sharath after he gained three spots in his recent game.

February 2

Qatar stun Japan to win the AFC Asian Cup for the first time
Qatar defeated four-time champions Japan 3-1 in the final to win their first ever Asian Cup. Qatar forward Almoez Ali broke the record of most goals in a single Asian Cup after netting his ninth goal.
This was the first time that Japan lost in an Asian Cup final.
South Korean footballer Ki Sung-yueng announces retirement
Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng on Wednesday announced his retirement from the South Korean national team.
The midfielder had hinted at retirement after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but decided to compete in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, currently being held in the United Arab Emirates, at the insistence of the new national team coach Paulo Bento.
Vani Kapoor becomes first Indian to grab Australian LPGA card
Vani Kapoor finished tied-12th in the first-ever Australian LPGA Qualifying Tournament to earn playing rights for the Australian Ladies PGA Tour.
Total 81 players participated in the Qualifying tournament out of which top-20 earned the card for LPGA.
Diksha Dagar, Astha Madan and Ridhima Dilawari also participated in the qualifying tournament but they could not grab the Card of LPGA.

February 3

INS Dronacharya wins Kochi Area Pulling Regatta 2019
INS Dronacharya team won Regetta trophy (also called The Cock) in Kochi Area Pulling Regatta 2019 conducted by Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command (SNC) and held in Ernakulum Channel, Kerala.
Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) School & Diving School secured runners up position.
The Boat Pulling Regatta Six teams, formed from all major units of South Naval Command participated in the regatta, in which boats had to cover a distance of 1.6 km of the navy.
Haryana Hammers beat Punjab Royals to win PWL-4 title
Haryana Hammers defeated defending champions Punjab Royals by 6-3 in the summit clash at the Gautam Buddha University indoor stadium, Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh to claim the fourth edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL).
Punjab’s Bajrang Punia who is Asian Games Gold Medalist and Padma Shri Awardee scored an impressive 11-0 win over Haryana’s Rajneesh but could not make his team the winner of the tournament.
Haryana Hammers defeated Punjab Royals in the first five bouts of the summit class to clinch the title.
Ukraine’s Aleksandra Khotsianivski playing for Haryana defeated Canadian Korey Jarvis who was representing Punjab by 3-0 in the 125 kg super heavyweight bout.
Nepal's Sundeep Jora youngest man to hit T20 International fifty
Nepal’s cricketer Sundeep Jora, who made his debut in T-20 International, against UAE, became the youngest man to score a half-century in T20 Internationals at the age of 17 years and 103 days and entered the book of records.
Earlier, Rohit Paudel of Nepal had scripted history by becoming the youngest man to score a half-century in international cricket. At 16 years and 146 days. He scored 55 against UAE in the second ODI surpassing Sachin Tendulkar.

Greg Chappell set to retire as Australia National Selector after Ashes 2019
Greg Chappell has played 87 Tests for Australia.
After his retirement in 1984, he worked as Team selector in three separate regimes, from 1984 to 1988, 2010 to 2011, and 2016 to the present.
He was also appointed as national talent manager in 2010.

February 4

ICC ODI Rankings: Smriti Mandhana becomes No.1 batswoman in world
Smriti Mandhana has moved up three spots to attain the number one rank in the updated ICC ODI batting rankings, released on Saturday.
After scoring her fourth ODI century and an unbeaten 90 in the three-match series against New Zealand, Mandhana now sits above the Australians Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning.
In the ODI Bowler’s ranking, veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami is fourth, with Poonam Yadav at eighth and spinner Deepti Sharma at ninth.
Whereas, Deepti Sharma is fourth in the All-rounders rank and is the Indian cricketer to be the top-10 list.
Sana Mir becomes first Asian woman cricketer to play 100 T20Is
Former captain of the Pakistan women team Sana Mir became the first Asian woman to play hundred T20Is.
She achieved this milestone, while playing against West Indies during the final of T20I that was held in Karachi.
Sana Mir is the sixth woman in the world to complete 100 T20Is,whereas Daendra Dottin of West Indies lead the list with 110 T20Is
India vs New Zealand 5th ODI: India beat New Zealand by 35 runs to win five-match series 4-1
Ambati Rayudu was conferred with Player of the Match title as he scored 90 runs off 113 balls which include 4 sixes and eight fours in the pressure situation.
He is also the highest run scorer of the series as he scored 190 runs in 5 ODIs with an average of 63.33.
Indian Pacer Mohammed Shami was conferred with the Player of the series title for his brilliant bowling in the series. He Claimed 9 wickets in the four matches with an economy of 4.76.
New Zealand’s Trent Boult is highest wicket taker of series with 12 wickets.

February 5

Tandon wins Seattle Open title
Indian squash player Ramit Tandon defeated Egyptian Mohamed El Sherbini in the finals to win the Seattle Open, a PSA challenger squash Tour event here.
Ramit Tandon who belongs to Kolkata won by 11-4, 11-7, 2-11, 11-2 for his first PSA title. Ramit Tandom rose to his career best ranking of 58 in the latest list released in February 2019 by World Squash Federation.
Jacques Fountaine is president of World squash federation which is headquartered at East Sussex, England.

February 6

Azerbaijan GP extends F1 deal to 2023
The Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku will continue at least until 2023 after the organizers of the event renewed their contract.
This is the first renewal of 2019, the organizers from Belgium, China, Germany, Japan and Singapore has already extended their deals over the previous two years.
This renewal will help the organizers of Azerbaijan GP to maximize commercial revenues through new sponsorship approach and enhanced fan activities.

India bids to host next hockey World Cup
India is among the six countries that have presented bids to host the next edition of the hockey World Cup, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced.
India has proposed conducting the event for either men or women in the January 13 to 29, 2023 window.
India has hosted themen's World Cup thrice, the latest being last year in Bhubaneswar, but has never hosted the women's World Cup.
Pakistan Cricket Board confirms Sarfraz Ahmed as captain for World Cup 2019
Sarfraz Ahmed, who was banned for four ODIs by the ICC over remarks to South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, will take the reigns as Pakistan captain at the upcoming World Cup tournament.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani confirmed that wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the side as captain at the upcoming World Cup tournament starting May 30, 2019.

February 7

Smriti Mandhana scores India’s fastest-ever T20I fifty
Smriti Mandhana struck a half century in just 24 balls in the 1st T20I against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
New Zealand’s Sophie Devine holds the record of the quickest half-century in women’s T20Is. She set the record in 2005 against India when she hammered an 18-ball fifty.

Ranji Trophy finals: Vidarbha reasserts its domestic supremacy
Vidarbha defeated Saurashtra by 78 runs to retain Ranji Trophy 2018-19 edition at the Vidarbha Cricket Association in Nagpur.
Left-arm spinner Aditya Sarwate (Vidarbha), with eleven wickets in the match to steer Vidarbha to domestic glory.
The Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship cricket associations.

February 8

Mirabai Chanu notched up gold at EGAT Cup in Thailand
World champion Indian weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu notched up a gold medal at the EGAT Cup in Thailand.
Chanu won the 48 kg category gold with an effort of 192 kg in the silver level Olympic qualifying event.
Making a strong comeback from the lower back injury that kept her out of action for nearly nine months, the 24-year-old Manipuri lifted 82 kg in snatch and 110 kg in clean and jerk to finish on top of the podium.

FIFA Rankings: India drop outside top-100, Belgium remain top
With the end of AFC Asian cup in UAE,the world ranking list had some changes, in which India is dropped out of the top 100 ranks, but Belgium ‘s pole position remained same.
India has dropped six places in the latest FIFA Rankings released on February 7 (Thursday) and the first of the year.
India’s points tally has gone from 1240 to 1219 which has seen the Blue Tigers slide to 103rd in the rankings.

February 9

Ricky Ponting appointed Australia’s assistant coach for 2019 World Cup
Cricket Australia announced three-time World Cup winning former captain Ricky Ponting's appointment as assistant coach to Justin Langer for the 2019 tournament.
Cricket Australia also stated that the appointment will help batting coach Graeme Hicks focus on the preparation for the Ashes which will be held in England after the World Cup.
He is going to replace David Saker.
IPC lifts Russia's doping ban
The International Paralympics Committee (IPC) today said that it will conditionally readmit Russia by next month, lifting a suspension imposed over a doping scandal.
A Kremlin spokesman responded by saying Russia is delighted.
The IPC says the ban will be lifted by 15th, providing the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) adheres to strict criteria.
In August 2016 the IPC suspended the RPC because it was necessary and proportionate to the situation they faced and essential to ensure a clean sport.

February 10

Corentin Moutet clinches Chennai Open ATP Challenger title
In Tennis, France’s Corentin Moutet has clinched the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tournament title after beating Andrew Harris of Australia 6-3, 6-3 in the singles final.
It was the second Challenger title for Moutet, who received $7,200 and 80 ATP points, while Andrew received $4,240 and 48 ATP points

MS Dhoni scripts massive record in Hamilton, becomes first Indian to play 300 T20 matches:
He achieved the milestone during the third and final T20I match between India and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Rohit Sharma is the second Indian on the list with 298 T20 matches 
Out of Dhoni's 300 matches, he played 95 for India, 185 for Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings and the remaining 20 for presently-defunct Rising Pune Supergiants.
He scored 6134 runs his T20 career at an average of 38.57 which includes 24 half-centuries. For India, he scored 1546 runs at 37.7 and in IPL he managed to amass 4016 runs at an impressive average of 40.16 which includes 20 half-centuries.

Shane Warne named Rajasthan Royals brand ambassador
Warne, who led Rajasthan Royals to its first and only IPL title in 2008, was the mentor of the side last season
Shane Keith Warne is an Australian former international cricketer, and a former ODI captain of the Australian national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game.
He retired from international cricket in January 2007, at the end of Australia’s 5–0 Ashes series victory over England.
He played in the first four seasons (2008-2011) of the Indian Premier League for the Rajasthan Royals, where he played the roles of both captain and coach.

February 11

Railways lift Senior Men's National hockey title at Gwalior.
They dished out a scintillating performance to stun defending champions Punjab 3-2 and claim the gold medal.
Harsahib Singh (35', 45') scored a brace while Dilpreet Singh (57') struck late for the winners. Punjab’s goals came from Rupinder Pal Singh (23') and Ramadeep Singh (60').
Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) beat Punjab & Sind Bank 4-1 to clinch the bronze medal.

India's young paddlers clinch four medals
In Table Tennis, India's young paddlers clinching four medals, including gold, at the Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open tournament in Manama. Besides the gold, India won two silver and a bronze.
India fielded three teams in the cadet girls' team event and swept all the three medals on offer
India A team won the gold, the India B the silver and the India C the bronze
In the final, the India A team of Suhana Saini and Anargya Manjunath proved too strong for India B and clinched the gold medal.

Rohit Sharma becomes the first Indian batsman to smash 100 sixes in T20Is
The stand-in captain also holds the record for hitting most international sixes against an opponent who also broke Chris Gayle’s record in the Australia series
The smashed the second six against New Zealand, he completed 100 sixes in T20I international thus makes him first Indian to join the list along with Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle.
It almost took 9 years for him to smash 50 sixes in T20I it didn't take much time for him to reach next 50 sixes as it came in just three years

February 13

Prajnesh Gunneswaran rises to career-best 97 in ATP rankings
Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who had a brilliant 2018 season, reached the semi-finals of the ATP Chennai Challenger last week to ensure his entry into men's singles top-100.
Prajnesh is only third Indian player to break into the top-100 barrier in the past decade after Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri.
The gritty left-hander, who had a brilliant 2018 season, reached the semi-finals of the ATP Chennai Challenger last week to ensure his entry into the coveted bracket.
He is now placed 156 behind Ramkumar Ramanathan, who rose to 128 with a jump of five places. At number four, is Saketh Myneni (255, +5) and following him is another talent from the South Sasi Kumar Mukund, who jumped 22 places to reach career-best 271.
India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I: New Zealand beat India by four runs, win three-match series 2-1
New Zealand’s wicket keeper-batsman, Tim Seifert, won the player of the series award.
He scored 138 runs at a strike-rate of 173.75 and an average of 46.33 on the 3 matches. He also picked 3 catches as the wicketkeeper.

February 14

Clouded Leopard will be mascot for National Games 2022 in Meghalaya
Meghalaya's state animal Clouded Leopard will be the mascot for the National Games 2022 coinciding with the 50th year of the creation of the state.
This decision was taken at the first National Games 2022 executive committee meeting chaired by Meghalaya Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh.
Clouded leopard is one of the wild cats that live throughout the forests of Garo, Khasi and Jaintia Hills.
The Sports and Youth Ministry in the meeting of Executive Committee of the National Games 2022 has chosen the Smiling Clouded Leopard to be the Mascot for the National Games 2022.

SAI win women's national hockey title
Sports Authority of India Won 9th Hockey India Senior Women National Championship (B Division) held in Hisar, Haryana. They defeated Hockey Chandigarh by 4-1 in the final.Sarabdeep Kaur was the line scorer for Chandigarh in the final.
In 9th Hockey India Junior Women National Championship (A-division) Hockey Jharkhand beat Hockey Haryana for 2-1 in the final. The event concluded at Kollam Hockey Stadium, Kerala.
Steel Plant Sports Board beat UCO Bank for 1-0 and secured third place in the match.

February 15

Derrick Pereira named coach of India U-23 football team
Derrick Pereira was named head coach of the IndiaU-23 team for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qualifiers slated to be held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from March 22.
He will take charge from the preparatory camp in Goa that begins on 2nd March.
A friendly match between Qatar U-23 and India U-23 is also scheduled in Doha on 11th March 2019.

Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap, Sourabh Verma enter semifinals of Senior Nationals
Defending champion Saina hardly broke a sweat to get the better of former India number one Neha Pandit of Mumbai 21-10, 21-10 in a lop-sided quarterfinal contest.
Defending champion Saina hardly broke a sweat to get the better of former India number one Neha Pandit of Mumbai 21-10, 21-10 in a lop-sided quarterfinal contest.
Kashyap, a 2012 winner, prevailed 21-18, 21-16 over Bodhit Joshi, who had reached the finals of Iceland International last year. The former world no 6 from Hyderabad will face Lakshya Sen in the semifinals later in the day.

February 16

Vidarbha Retain Irani Cup after Draw With Rest of India
Vidarbha capped off a fairtytale 2018-19 season by defending their Irani Cup title at the Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur against Ajinkya Rahane-led Rest of India on virtue of first-innings lead.
The Ranji Trophy champions remained unbeaten through the season and showed plenty of heart as they chased a 280-run target on the final day.
The home side became the first team since Karnataka in the 2014-15 seasons to defend their Irani Cup title.

February 17

Dale Steyn Breaks Legendary Kapil Dev's Record Of 434 Test Wickets
He broke Kapil Dev's record with a brilliant 4-wicket haul in the 1st Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka in Kings Mead, Durban.
Steyn, who had 433 Test wickets to his name before the match, stood just two wickets away from overtaking Kapil Dev's tally of 434 Test wickets.
Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan tops the list with a record 800 scalps in the longest format of the game.

Senior Badminton Nationals: Saina wins Women's singles Title; Sourabh Verma bags Men's singles crown
Saina Nehwal won her fourth title at the Yonex-Sunrise 83rd Senior Nationals, defeating P.V.Sindhu convincingly 21-18, 21-15 in Guwahati.
Sourabh Verma completed a hat-trick of titles, claiming the men's singles crown after defeating young Lakshya Sen.
The pair of Pranab Jerry Chopra and Chirag Shetty outclassed top seed duo Arjun M.R. and Shlok Ramachandran in straight games clinch the Men's Doubles title.

February 19

Elise Mertens beats Simona Halep in Qatar Open final for biggest title of career
Elise Mertenfrom Belgium beat Simona Halep to win the Qatar Open held in Doha, Qatar. This is said to be the biggest title of her career.
The Belgian beat two other top-10 players this week, Kiki Bertens and Angelique Kerber
This is her first WTA Premier-level crown and fifth title of her overall career. 

India hosts first-ever World Mallakhamb Championship in Mumbai
The traditional sport Mallakhamb is characterized by athletes performing a variety of yogic and gymnastic poses while suspended from a rope or on a pole.
Its name comes from the words Malla which means Wrestler and Khamb which means Pole.
15 countries participated in the event.

Virat Kohli maintains top spot in ICC Test rankings, Cheteshwar Pujara in third spot
India captain Virat Kohli remained on top while teammate Cheteshwar Pujara managed to hold on his third position in the latest ICC Test rankings, Where Sri Lankan Kushal Perera made a quantum leap of 58 places.
Kohli is leading the chart with 922 rating points ahead of New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (897 points) and Pujara (881 points).
Besides Kohli and Pujara,no other Indian players in the top 10 list.

February 20

Nikhat Zareen and Meena Kumari Devi wins Gold medals at the Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament.
Nikhat Zareen and Meena Kumari Devi became the 1st Indian women boxers to win Gold medals at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In the 51 kg category Manju Rani settled for silver after going down to another Filipino in Josie Gabuco in a split 2-3 verdict.
2. Indonesia submit bid to host the 2032 Olympics.
After hosting The Asian Gamessuccessfully last year, Indonesia has submitted a bid to host the 2032 Olympics.
If Indonesia wins the opportunity to host the summer Olympics, it would become the 4th Asian country to do so after Japan, South Korea and China.

February 21

ICC Hand UAE-Based Coach Ansari 10-year Ban for Corruption.
International Cricket Council (ICC) banned UAE (United Arab Emirates)-based coach Irfan Ansari for a period of 10 years, from all forms of Cricket as he was found guilty of making a corrupt approach to Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed in 2017.
ICC Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him guilty of breaching three counts of the Anti-Corruption Code during a hearing.

ISSF Shooting World Cup inaugurated by The Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
The Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore inaugurated the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi.
Various events in the world cup will start from February 23rd and end on the 27th.
Hosts India is fielding a 23-member squad with 11 shooters in the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score category.
The ISSF World Cup is crucial for Indian shooting as it has 16 quotas up for grabs for Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification.

February 22

Paris proposes Break dancing for 2024 Olympics.
The organizing committee of Paris 2024 Olympics (summer) has proposed that Break dancing should be included as a new sport in the Games.
Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing, which will all make their debut in 2020 Tokyo Olympics, have also been invited to return for the Paris Games.

BCCI likely to request ICC to Ban Pakistan from 2019 World Cup.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has prepared a draft letter asking International Cricket Council (ICC) to ban Pakistan from the 2019 World Cup following the Pulwama attack, in which 44 CRPF jawans were martyred.

According to CoA, No Opening Ceremony for IPL 2019.
The Committee of Administrators (COA) running the Indian cricket decided to not have opening ceremony for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.
To allocate that money (Around Rs. 15 crore) for the families of the CRPF personnel killed in Pulwama terror attack.

February 23

Srilanka Becomes First Asian cricket team to win Test Series in South Africa.
Sri Lanka defeated South Africa in the 2nd Test at Port Elizabeth to complete a 2-0 series whitewash.
Sri Lanka became the 1st Asian team to win a Test series on South African soil.
Fernando made 75 (106 balls) and Mendis scored 84 (110 balls) made Sri Lanka chased down a victory target of 197 at lunch of day 3.
History has been made in South Africa with the visiting Sri Lanka simply decimating their rivals in one of the biggest series wins of all time.

Andhra Pradesh thrash Nagaland and recorded Biggest ever T20 Win.
Andhra Pradesh defeated Nagaland by 179 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to register the biggest ever victory in T20 cricket.
Andhra put up a total of 244/4 with the help of Ricky Bhui's unbeaten 108-run knock before dismissing Nagaland for 65 runs.
Ricky Bhui scored an unbeaten 108 from 42 balls and become the joint 2nd fastest century of Syed Mushtaq Ali.
The previous record was set by Sri Lanka in 2007 when they defeated Kenya by 172 runs in a World T20 group match.
Chris Gayle breaks Shahid Afridi's record for most sixes in international cricket.
West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle toppled Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi to top the list of most international sixes during the 1st ODI between West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Gayle broke the record with 477 sixes (in 444 matches), which was held by Shahid Afridi who had a total of 476 sixes (in 524 matches) in international cricket.
India's Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni come in fifth and sixth on the list with 349 and 348 international sixes, followed by AB de Villiers, who has 328 international sixes. In third and fourth respectively New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum with 398 sixes and Srilanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya with 352 sixes.
Gayle has announced that he will retire at the end of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England & Wales.
Shreyas Iyer smashes highest T20 score by an Indian Batsman.
Shreyas Iyer etched his name in the history books by slamming the highest ever T20 score by an Indian batsman.
The 24-year-old batsman struck 55-ball 147 with 15 sixes and seven fours for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Group C match against Sikkim in Indore.
With this score, he has broken his Delhi Capital’s teammate Rishabh Pant‘s record of 128*(63) as the highest T20 score by an Indian.

February 24

India’s Apurvi Chandela Smashes World Record To Win Women's 10m Air Rifle Gold.
Apurvi Chandelawon gold medal at the ISSF World Cup 2019 by winning gold in the women's 10-metre air rifle event at the DrKarni Singh Shooting Range in NewDelhi.
The prolific Indian shooter set a new world record by registering a score of 252.9 points in the final.
In the ISSF World Cup 2019 for India, this is the first medal.
China's Zhao Ruozhu and Xu Hong, who bagged twin Olympic quotas for their country, won silver and bronze with scores 251.8 and 230.4, respectively.

Chennai Spartans wins the inaugural Pro Volleyball League Title.
Chennai Spartans defeated Calicut Heroes 3-0 to win the inaugural edition of the Pro Volleyball League.
By virtue of this victory, Chennai Spartans have also qualified for this year's FIVB Asian Men's Club Volleyball Championship.
This is the first season of Pro Volleyball League.

February 25

Saurabh Chaudhary breaks World Record to Win Gold in 10m Air Pistol Event, Secures Olympic Quota.
Saurabh Chaudhary won a gold medal in men's 10m Air Pistol event at the ongoing ISSF World Cup 2019 at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.
Chaudhary- a Common Wealth Games, Asian Games and Youth Olympic Games gold medalist firmed up his position at the top to finish a world record score of 245.0.
It is India's second gold in the World Cup.

Olympic Committee suspends India from hosting Olympic qualifying events.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have suspended all Indian applications to host future events and urged international sports federations not to stage competitions in the country after two Pakistanis were denied visas to compete in New Delhi.
The denial of visas for two shooters due to the February 14 Pulwama terrors attack that led to the martyrdom of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers. 
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board also decided to suspend all discussions with the IOA (Indian Olympic Association) and government regarding the potential applications for hosting future sports and Olympic-related events in India.
The Indian Olympic Association last year laid out an ambitious road-map to host the Youth Olympics in 2026, the Asian Games in 2030 and the Summer Olympics for the first time in 2032.
T20 World Cup 2020, which will be held on 8th March, 2020 at MCG, coinciding with International Women’s Day.

February 26

Afghanistan post highest ever T20 total after Hazratullah Zazai's 162.
Batting first against Ireland in the second T20I in Dehradun, Afghanistan posted 278 for three, going past Australia's 263 for three against Sri Lanka a little more than two years ago.
Hazratullah Zazai scored an unbeaten 162 from 62 balls, hitting 11 fours and 16 sixes. He became the first player from Afghanistan to score 150 or more runs.
Zazai put on a 236-run opening stand with Usman Ghani, who scored 73 from 48 balls.
Afghanistan, which became the 12th Test-playing nation last year, added another feather to its cap by recording the highest team total in Twenty20 International.

Rashid Khan became first bowler in T20I history to pick 4 wickets in 4 balls.
Afghanistan Leg-spinner Rashid Khan claimed a hat-trick in the final Twenty20 International against Ireland and became the first bowler to bag four wickets in four deliveries in T20Is.
Rashid's impressive bowling performance in the third and final game also helped Afghanistan sweep the T20I series against Ireland in Dehradun.
He became the seventh bowler in the T20I history to bag a hat-trick and in the process also completed his second five-wicket haul in the format.
Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta lifts Cannes International Open Trophy.
Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta finished with 7.5 points at the Cannes International Open to win the tournament.
Abhijeet Gupta won the Cannes International Open after taking an easy draw with Pier Luigi Basso of Italy in the ninth and final round that concluded in Cannes.
He registered 6 wins and three draws at the Cannes International Open.
He will also gain some important rating points that will see him back in the 2600 rating club and won his first solo International tournament victory.
Suresh Raina becomes first Indian to score 8000 runs in T20s.
Veteran Indian batsman Suresh Raina has scored 8001 runs in 300 T20s at an average of 33.47.
He achieved this feat against Puducherry in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
The Uttar Pradesh batsman Raina has scored the sixth most runs in T20s. He is behind Chris Gayle (12298 runs), Brendon McCullum (9922), Kieron Pollard (8838 runs), Shoaib Malik (8603 runs) and David Warner (8111 runs).
M.S. Dhoni is the only other Indian to have played 300 T20s so far.
Chelsea handed transfer Ban by International Football Association for breach of rules.
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) disciplinary committee has banned the English Premier League club Chelsea from signing players in the next two transfer windows.
The decision came after the club was found to have breached FIFA rules relating to international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.
The club has been fined with USD 599,535 and is given 90 days to regularize the situation of the minor players concerned.

February 27

Manu Bhaker, Saurabh Chaudhary Win Gold in 10m Air Pistol Mixed Shooting Team.
India's pair of Manu Baker and Saurabh Chaudhary clinched a gold medal in the 10m Air Pistol mixed team event of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup at the Dr Karni Shooting Range in New Delhi.
Ranxin Jiang and Bowen Zhang of China won silver while the Republic of Korea pair Minjung Kim and Daehun Park got the bronze.
The pair registered a total score of 483.5 to finish on the top in the mixed team event.
This is India's third medal at the World Cup as Saurabh Chaudhary and Apurvi Chandela won a gold medal each.

Hungary's Veronika Major wins gold medal in 10m Air Pistol Shooting event.
In shooting, Hungary's Veronika Major won a gold medal at the ongoing International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi.
She bagged a medal in 10m air pistol event, with 245.1 points in the tournament at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi.
Taipei's Chia Ying Wu won a silver medal, with 238.4 points Korean Bomi Kim came third, with 218.3 points.

Officially Alastair Cook receives Knighthood from the Queen.
Former England captain Alastair Cook received knighthood for his services to cricket from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Sir Alastair Cook is the first cricketer since Ian Botham in 2007 to receive the knighthood.
Overall, Cook is the 11th Englishman to be knighted for services to cricket.
He scored 12,472 runs from 161 Tests and is leading run-scorer for England in the longest format of the game and has 33 centuries and 57 half-centuries in Tests. He played 92 ODIs and four T20Is, scoring 3271 runs in the limited-over formats.

February 28

Sanath Jayasuriya Slapped With 2-Year Ban From All Forms Of Cricket For Breaching Anti-Corruption Code.
Legendary batsman Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned for two years by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching the cricket body's Anti-Corruption Code.
Srilankan left hander was handed the ban after he refused to co-operate with investigations surrounding corruption activities in Sri Lanka.


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