SPORTS - 2018 JULY

July 1

India falters in shoot-off again to lose second straight Hockey Champions Trophy final to Australia.
World Champions Australia defeated India 3-1 via shoot-off after both teams were locked at 1-1 in regulation time to clinch its second consecutive Champions Trophy hockey title.
It was a keenly-contested battle between the two finalists of last edition but once again Australia came out on top in the shoot-out to clinch its 15th Champions Trophy title.

July 2

Vizag to host Pro Masters Badminton League.
More than 96 shuttlers including former national and international players and Arjuna awardees from across the country in six teams will compete for the Pro Masters Badminton League (PMBL) title in Visakhapatnam.
The three-day tournament for master players, aged 35 or above, will begin on July 30 and witness more than 100 matches. The event will be hosted by the Laqshya Badminton Academy in the port city.
As many as 60 players per team were selected by the owners of six teams Wristy Masters, Shining Stars, Rhino Smashers, Himalayan Tigers, Sunrises and Hyderabad Warriors in an auction.

July 3

Aaron Finch smashes T20I world record with 172 off 76 balls.
Australia captain Aaron Finch led from the front to propel his team to a 100-run victory against Zimbabwe while himself setting a new world record in the 3rd T20 international of the tri-series in Harare.
Finch slammed 172 off just 76 balls to set the record for the highest individual score in T20 international cricket, bettering the previous best of 156 which he himself had set five years ago against England in Southampton.
Finch's swashbuckling knock at the top of the order included 16 boundaries and 10 sixes as he forged a 223-run partnership with D'Arcy Short for the opening wicket which is also a new world record.

IOA clears 523-strong contingent for 18th Asian Games
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) released an approved official list of 523 athletes (276 men and 247 women) across 36 disciplines for the upcoming 18th Asian Games, including football and the men’s basketball team.
Interestingly, while the IOA list had 52 athletes in track & field making it the largest group of all sports, the list by name announced by the Athletics Federation of India has only 51 names.

July 4

ICC approves stricter sanctions for ball-tampering.
A player guilty of ball-tampering could now be banned for up to six tests or 12 one-days after the International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced harsher sanctions at its five-day Annual Conference in Dublin.
Tougher punishments for ball-tampering have been on the cards since incidents during this year’s third test between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town.
They resulted in Cricket Australia banning its team captain Steve Smith and Vice-captain David Warner for a year and batsman Cameron Bancroft for nine months.
The ICC’s code of conduct was previously far less severe, having handed a one-test suspension to Smith and three demerit points to Bancroft for their conduct in Cape Town.

July 5

Shot-putter Inderjeet Singh gets four-year ban; testing lab and NADA pulled up.
Shot putter Inderjeet Singh has been banned for four years for testing positive for anabolic steroids but the anti-doping disciplinary panel pulled up the National Anti-Doping Agency and the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) for departures from standard protocol with regard to collection and analysis of samples.
Inderjeet was one of the first athletes to qualify for the Rio Games, but was provisionally suspended on July 26, 2016 after he tested positive for banned substances - androsterone and etiocholanolone.

July 6

Bajrang claims gold at Tbilisi Grand Prix, Deepak wins bronze.
Bajrang Punia emerged champion at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in the 65kg category after outplaying Iranian wrestler Mehran Nasiri in the final in Georgia.
The 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist recorded a comfortable 9-3 win over the Iranian, whom he had beaten at the 2017 Asian Championship in New Delhi as well.

Asian Games 2018: Rani Rampal to lead Indian women’s hockey team.
Striker Rani Rampal will lead a strong 18-member Indian women’s hockey team at the Asian Games to be held in Indonesia.
While the team will be led by Rani, who had successfully captained India to its ninth women’s Asia Cup title victory last year, experienced goalkeeper Savita has been named as the vice captain.
Rajani Etimarpu has been named as the reserve goalkeeper for the prestigious event, where India will vie for the gold to get a direct qualification for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

July 7

MS Dhoni becomes third India cricketer to play 500 international matches.
MS Dhoni added yet another milestone to his glittering career after completing 500 international games when playing in the second T20I against England at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
Dhoni is now the ninth player in the history of cricket and only the third Indian player, after Sachin Tendulkar (664 matches) and Rahul Dravid (509), to complete 500 international games.
So far Dhoni has featured in 92 T20Is, 90 Test matches and 318 One Day Internationals. In 499 international matches so far, he had taken 602 catches and effected 178 stumpings.

July 8

Dipa Karmakar wins gold in Gymnastics World Cup.
India’s premier gymnast Dipa Karmakar clinched the gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey. This is Dipa’s first medal in a World Challenge Cup.
The 24-year-old from Tripura, who had finished fourth in vault event in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

England sets India 199 to win series-decider 3rd T20.
Rohit Sharma’s elegant unbeaten century made it a walk in the park for India as it cruised to a seven-wicket win over England to clinch the three-match T20 International series 2-1.
The Indian vice-captain made a target of 199 look ridiculously easy on a small Bristol ground after the visiting bowlers did a commendable job at the back end to restrict the hosts to a manageable score.
The series win set the right tone for the gruelling challenges ahead with the three-match ODI series up next, starting from July 12.

July 9

T20 rankings: India move up to second place, Rahul rises to career-high third spot.
In-form India batsman KL Rahul has jumped nine places to reach a career-high third spot in the latest ICC T20 rankings while his team has gained a place to be second in the team standings following the series win against England.
Rahul’s scores of 70, 101 not out, 6 and 19 have made him India’s highest-ranked batsman. Rohit Sharma in 11th rank (up by two places) and captain Virat Kohli in 12th rank (down by four places) are the next highest-ranked India batsmen.
Australia opener Aaron Finch became the first player in the history of T20 Internationals to break the 900-point mark as he moved up three places to finish the tri-series in Harare against Pakistan and Zimbabwe as the top-ranked batsman in the shortest format of the game.

July 10

P.R. Sreejesh to lead Indian squad at 2018 Asian Games.
Goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh will lead the 18-member Indian Men's Hockey Team at the 18th Asian Games, slated to be held in Jakarta.
Midfielder Chinglensana Singh Kangujam has been named the Vice Captain for the tournament and he will be joined by the experienced Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh and Vivek Sagar Prasad in the midfield.

July 11

Croatia beat England 2-1, their first ever World Cup final.
Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute to send Croatia to their first-ever World Cup final. England drew first blood with Kieran Trippier scoring in the first five minutes of the match with a brilliantly taken free kick.

July 12

Hima Das brings home India’s first ever track gold at the Worlds.
India’s long wait for a track gold at an IAAF World Championships is over. Hima Das, who virtually went into the final as the top seed, lived up to that billing taking the women’s 400m gold at the World under-20 athletics championships.
The 18-year-old from Assam, who had clocked the fastest times in the two earlier rounds at Tampere, once again produced a strong finish to bring the historic gold in 51.46s.

July 13

Mohammad Kaif retires from all form of cricket.
Indian cricketer Mohammed Kaif has officially retired from all forms of cricket. He began his two-decade-long first-class career in 1997-98.
In an international career that spanned six years (2000-2006), he played in 13 Tests and 125 One Day Internationals. He played his last international game for India around 12 years ago, during the South Africa tour in 2006.
He even captained India's U-19 team in their first-ever World Cup win in 2000.

July 14

MS Dhoni 4th Indian after Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid to score 10000 ODI runs.
MS Dhoni became the fourth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid to score 10,000 ODI runs in the 2nd ODI against England at Lord's.
Overall, Dhoni became only the 12th player in ODI history to reach the 10000-run club.

Hima Das campaigns for change in Assam’s indigenous heartland.
The historic feat of an 18-year-old sprinter has fuelled hopes for the future of athletics in India. But it means much more in her birthplace, Dhing that has been running from an “ominous” present after losing the race to save its golden past.
Hima Das became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal at a global meet: the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Championship 2018 at Tampere.

July 15

France overpowers Croatia 4-2 to win FIFA World Cup 2018.
France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium to lift the trophy for the second time in 20 years.
The French, playing their third World Cup final, were made to sweat initially and were lucky to go ahead when Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic headed an Antoine Griezmann free kick into his own net in the 18th minute, the first own goal in a World Cup final.
Belgium beat England 2-0 in the World Cup third-place play-off to secure their best ever finish at a World Cup.

FIFA awards for the 2018 World Cup:

Golden Boot: Harry Kane (England), six goals
Golden Ball: Luka Modric (Croatia)
Golden Glove: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
Young Player: Kylian Mbappe (France)
FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Spain
Man of The Match (Final): Antoine Griezmann (France)

July 16

Youth Championship: Indian boxers clinch 17 medals.
Indian boxers took Serbia by storm when they struck 17 medals including seven gold, six silver and four bronze medals for the best haul in recent times in the 36th Golden Glove of Vojvodina.
Of the seven gold medals, men accounted for four while three went the way of women boxers even as they shared three silver medals each. As for bronze, the women boxers stepped up themselves to finish with three and their counterparts with a lone bronze.

Tennis - Wimbledon Championships 2018 Winners.
2018 Winners List he 132nd edition of Wimbled on Championships Tennis tournament 2018 was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, United Kingdom.
Men's Singles: Novak Djokovic (Serbia)
Women's Singles: Angelique Kerber (Germany)
Men's Doubles: Mike Bryan (United States)/ Jack Sock (United States)
Women's Doubles: Barbora Krejčíková (Czech Republic)/ Kateřina Siniaková (Czech Republic)
Mixed Doubles: Alexander Peya (Austria)/ Nicole Melichar (United States)

July 17

India jump one place to 5th in latest men's hockey world rankings.
India jumped one place to the fifth position in the men's hockey world rankings issued by the International Hockey Federation (FIH).
Champions Trophy winners Australia remained on top of the chart. Australia (1906 points) sit 23 points ahead of second-ranked Argentina (1883) and are followed by Belgium (1709) and Netherlands (1654).
With 1484 points, India has pushed Germany (1456) to sixth from the fifth spot.

Clinical England punishes India, sweeps the decider.
England scripted a remarkable turnaround by clinching the three-match One-Day International series against India 2-1 after cantering to a facile eight-wicket win in the third One-Day international match.
Man of the series is Joe Root. This is also the first victory for the host in limited-overs cricket over India since 2011.

July 18

Neeraj Chopra bags gold at the Sotteville Athletics Meet in France.
India's star javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra clinched the gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France. he clinched the gold with the 85.17m throw earlier improved his own national record with a throw of 87.43 metres at the IAAF Diamond League.
Moldova's Andrian Mardare threw a distance of 81.48m to take the silver while Edis Matusevicius (79.31m) of Lithuania settled for bronze.
Even as his score of 85.17m came in his fifth attempt, he came close to his eventual winning mark in his third attempt.

July 19

Kohli retains top ODI spot, Root shoots to No. 2.
India skipper Virat Kohli held on to his No.1 spot with his career-best rating points: 911 in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen, but had a new man just after him with England Test skipper Joe Root vaulting to the No. 2 spot at the end of the three-match rubber.
There were no changes in the top five - Jasprit Bumrah, Rashid Khan, Hasan Ali, Trent Boult and Josh Hazlewood - but Kuldeep soared eight spots following his chart-topping nine wickets in the series to get to No. 6.

July 21

Indian sprinter Muhammed Anas Yahiya breaks own national record in 400m.
Star sprinter Muhammed Anas Yahiya once again entered the record books as he broke his own national record to win the 400 metres race at the Cena Noveho Mesta nad Metuji meet in Czech Republic.
Anas set a time of 45.24 seconds to break his own record of 45.31 seconds which he had set during the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast earlier this year.

July 22

Fakhar Zaman overtakes Viv Richards, becomes fastest to 1000 ODI runs.
Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman became the fastest batsman in history to complete 1000 runs in ODI cricket during the fifth match against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo.
Fakhar Zaman beat the likes of Viv Richards (West Indies), Kevin Pietersen (England), Jonathan Trott (England), Quinton de Kock (South Africa) and compatriot Babar Azam to clinch the top spot in the list.
All the above mentioned batting greats reached the milestone in their 21st innings but Fakhar Zaman bettered them all by getting in his 18th innings.

Wrestling: Rathi, Punia break gold drought.
India ended its title drought on the final day of the competition with two gold and as many bronze medals to finish second in the freestyle tally at the Junior Asian Wrestling Championships.
The contrast between the two golds, however, couldn’t have been more stark. If Sachin Rathi rode on a vociferous crowd support and mental strength to overturn a huge deficit and win by pinning his Mongolian opponent in the final of the 74 kg, Deepak Punia, displaying technical superiority, had an easy 10-0 win in the 86 kg category.

July 23

Araby retains girls crown.
With four match-points in her pocket in the third game, Egypt's Rowan Reda Araby, the top seed, was already ''thinking of winning the title''. at the World junior squash championships.
Fortunately, the lapse in concentration didn't prove too costly as the defending champion came back to win the final in four games against second seed and compatriot Hania El Hammamy.
Mostafa Asal, the second seed, as expected, played a dazzling game to beat the defending champion and top seed Marwan Tarek to emerge a clear-cut win in the boys’ final.

Rafael Nadal sitting pretty atop ATP rankings.
Rafael Nadal remains top of the ATP tennis world rankings with the 32-year-old 17-time Grand Slam winner enjoying a comfortable margin over his eternal rival the Swiss Roger Federer.
Serb Novak Djokovic is in 10th position, after turning round from a long slump as a swathe of American tournaments swing into view ahead of the US Open starting late August.

July 24

Jadeja, Ashwin static at 3rd and 4th spot in ICC Test rankings.
India's spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin held on to the third and fifth position respectively in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers, which was headed by England pacer James Anderson ahead of the five-match Test series starting in Birmingham.
In the ICC Test ranking for batsmen, Virat Kohli was at the second position, while Cheteshwar Pujara was placed at the sixth spot.
Joe Root was the only England batsman in the top 10 which is still being headed by Steve Smith, who is currently serving a 12 month ban due to his involvement in ball tampering.
Two Indian and as many English players found a place in the top 10 of ICC ranking for all-rounders with Jadeja and Ashwin at the second and fourth place respectively.

Mannu Attri-Sumeeth Reddy win Lagos International Badminton title.
The senior national badminton champions Mannu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy won the men's doubles title at Lagos International Badminton.
The defending champions retained the title after thrashing their Indian counterpart S. Vaibhav and Prakash Raj in the final match.
In another all-India final Kuhoo Garg and Ria Mukherjee defeated Krishma Wadekar and V Harika in women's doubles event.
In mixed doubles final, Indian pair Manu Attri and Manisha combined to beat Kuhoo Garg and Rohan Kapoor of India, clinching gold for the country.
Indian shuttler Sree Krishina Priya had to settle for silver after losing to Russia's Ksenia Polikaprova in a thrilling final of the women's singles event.
Meanwhile, in men's singles event, Misha Zilberman of Israel claimed the title after defeating Ramdam Misburn of Malaysia.

July 25

Vishnu Priya, Dhanvir Singh set meet records on final day of Youth Nationals.
Punjab shot-putter Dhanvir Singh and Kerala 400m hurdler Vishnu Priya set new meet records on the final day of the 15th National Youth Athletics Championships en route to gold medals in their respective events in Vadodra.
Dhanvir threw 19.69m in his fifth attempt to erase the earlier meet record of 19.34m set by Navtejdeep Singh in 2011.

July 26

Steyn to retire from limited overs after 2019 World Cup.
Veteran South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn is aiming to retire from limited overs cricket after the 2019 World Cup in England.
Steyn is hopeful that his huge experience would help him earn a place in that UK bound World Cup squad.
If you look at the (SA) batting line-up, top six have played 1,000 games, but lower half - from eight to eleven who are currently playing - not even 150 games.

July 27

Six-match ban for Sri Lanka opener Gunathilaka
Sri Lanka's cricket board slapped a six-match ban on batsman Danushka Gunathilaka for breaching player rules as police investigated the alleged rape of a Norwegian woman in his hotel room.

July 28

Indian women’s compound archery team reach top ranking.
The Indian women’s compound archery team created history by scaling to the top of the world rankings, which is bound to give a big boost ahead of next month’s Asian Games in Indonesia.
With their twin silver medal-winning effort in the Antalya and Berlin World Cups, the Indian women’s compound team lead the chart with 342.6 points, six points ahead of second-placed Chinese Taipei.

Indian paddlers clinch 15 medals at Jordan Junior and Cadet open.
India's junior paddlers continued their purple patch on the international circuit, notching up 15 medals including two gold, three silver and ten bronze at the 2018 Jordan Junior and Cadet Open in Jordan.
Suhana Saini scored a comprehensive win against Cyprus' Foteini Meletie to bring home India's first gold medal in the mini-cadet girl's singles category.
The second gold came courtesy the cadet boy's doubles pair of Deepit Patil and Dev Shroff as they defeated the much-fancied Taipei pair of Hsin-Yu Li and Guan-Ru Wang.

July 29

Baker breaks 100m backstroke world record.
Kathleen Baker set a world record of 58.00 sec to win the 100m backstroke at the US swimming championships.
Baker, silver medalist in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, improved on the world record of 58.10 set by Canadian Kylie Masse at the World Championships in Budapest on July last year.

Kapil Dev to represent India in Golf at 2018 Asia Pacific Seniors.
Aapil Dev will represent India in the 2018 Asia Pacific Seniors golf tournament after a string of good performances in the All India Senior Tournament.
He had finished third in the All India Senior Tournament, which was held at the JP Greens Golf Course in Noida in July.
Kapil, who guided India to their maiden cricket World Cup victory in 1983 and retired from the gentleman's game 10 years later in 1994, is all set to represent his country again.

July 30

Bajrang Punia, Pinki win gold in wrestling at Yasar Dogu International.
India's star wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Pinki won gold medals at the Yasar Dogu International in Istanbul, Turkey. Indian wrestlers bagged 10 medals with women winning seven of those.
CWG champion Bajrang, who won a gold at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in Gerogia early this month, did not have to break a sweat as his opponent in the final bount Andriy Kvyatkovskyy from Ukraine withdrew from the 70kg final due to an injury.
In the 61kg final, Sandeep, who was the last Indian to grab a place in Indian men's Asian Games squad, lost 2-8 to Iran's Mohammadbagher Yakhkeshi.

July 31

Neeraj Chopra wins gold in javelin throw at Savo Games.
Neeraj Chopra won gold in men's javelin throw at the Savo Games in Lapinlahti, Finland. Achieved a throw of 85.69 metres to finish on top of the standings and bag the top prize. Chao-Tsun Cheng of Chinese Taipei took silver with an attempt of 82.52m.
His best so far has been a 84.60m effort earlier this month in Sweden. Neeraj has a personal best and national record of 87.43m which he did during the first leg of the Diamond League Meeting in Doha in May.


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