SPORTS - 2018 SEPTEMBER

August 1

Hamilton wins 6th Hungarian Formula 1 GP.
Reigning Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton of Britain (Mercedes) won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the sixth time of his career, increasing his lead in the 2018 driver standings to 24 points ahead of his German rival Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).
Four-time world champion Hamilton started from pole and finished with a commanding lead over Vettel. (Kimi Raikkonen Carlos Sainz Spaniards Fernando Alonso Daniel Ricciardo Valtteri Bottas)

August 2

10-year-old named Clark Kent breaks record held by Michael Phelps for 23 years.
Ten-year-old swimmer Clark Kent Apuada of California placed first in all seven events at the Far West International Swimming Championship and broke Olympian Michael Phelps record.
A 10-year-old named Clark Kent beat a record that Michael Phelps held for 23 year. In the 100 meter butterfly, he broke a record set by Olympian Michael Phelps at the same meet back in 1995. He broke the records by 1.1 seconds.

August 3

Indian women blitz to gold in Asian Nations Cup.
The Indian teams came back strongly to reach the podium at the Asian Nations Cup chess tournament. The men won the silver and the women the bronze.
The men, comprising B. Adhiban, S.P. Sethuraman, K. Sasikiran, Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Abhijeet Gupta, finished with 10 points to take the runner-up spot behind Iran Green (13 points). In the final round, India thrashed Iran White 3.5-0.5.
The women’s squad, featuring D. Harika, R. Vaishali, Eesha Karvade, Padmini Rout and Aakanksha Hagawane, took its tally to eight points after drawing with Iran Green 2-2 in the final round. It was third behind China (13) and Vietnam (10).
The women struck gold in the blitz event, scoring 13 points, pushing Vietnam (12) to second. The men had to settle for the fourth spot.

August 4

Kohli's 22nd ton propels him to the top of ICC Test rankings for batsmen.
India skipper Virat Kohli topped the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, riding on his brilliant century against England in the opening Test at Edgbaston.
Kohli thus became the seventh India batsman and first since Sachin Tendulkar (in June 2011) to be ranked the number one Test batsman in the latest ICC ranking released.
Kohli scored 149 and 51 in India's 31-run defeat and has gone up by 31 points, which have helped him to end Steve Smith's 32-month reign as the top-ranked batsman and reach the top of the summit for the first time in his 67-Test career.

August 5

Gaganjeet Bhullar claims maiden European Tour title at Fiji International.
A brilliant chip-in eagle at the 17th hole propelled Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar to claim his maiden European Tour title with a one-stroke win over a charging Anthony Quayle of Australia at the Fiji International.
The 30-year-old fired a sizzling six-under 66 in the final round but it was his eagle at the second last hole which earned him the lead over Quayle, who broke the course record with a nine-under 63 at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.
It was Bhullar’s first win on the European Tour, ninth Asian Tour and 10th crown overall. He thus became the most successful Indian player on Asian Tour and the first Indian to win on Australasia Tour.

August 6

Women’s Hockey World Cup: Netherlands blank Ireland to win 8th title
Ireland’s first Women’s World Cup field hockey final ended in defeat as the Netherlands retained the title with an emphatic 6-0 victory.
Ireland, the second-lowest ranked country in the tournament, was unable to produce a fairy-tale ending at Lee Valley Hockey Center.

Paddler Swastika wins bronze at Hong Kong Open.
Young Swastika Ghosh annexed a medal in the Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open table tennis meet, claiming the bronze in the junior girls doubles along with Singapores Jingyi Zhou.
The pair began on a high note, beating their Taipei opponents Pei-Ling Su and Yu-Chin Tsai in the round-of-16.

Badminton World Championships: PV Sindhu loses to Carolina Marin in final, settles for silver again.
PV Sindhu once again faltered at the final hurdle losing to Carolina Marin 19-21, 10-21 in the BWF World Championships. With this victory Marin created history as the only woman to win three World titles.
This is Sindhu's second silver and fourth medal at the Worlds. Indians have won eight medals at the Championships so far.

August 7

India U-20 football team stun Argentina U20 team 2-1 in COTIF Cup. Under16 Indian team won the WAFF 2018 title
India’s under-20 football team won over Argentina under-20 in the final group stage match of the COTIF Cup by 2-1 held in Valencia’s Els Arcs Stadium .
Floyd Pinto was the coach of the Under 20 team appointed by AIFF.
Under-16 team of India defeated under-16 champion’s team of Iraq by 1-0 in the West Asian Football Federation Cup at the Amman, Jordon.

Indian men’s hockey team jumps one spot to 5th in latest FIH rankings.
An impressive silver-medal finish at the Champions Trophy has helped the Indian men’s hockey team jump one spot to fifth in the latest FIH rankings.
India, which is defending its title at the upcoming Asian Games, is the only team which registered an upward movement among the top 10 teams. The Indian team, which now has 1484 points in its kitty.
World champion Australia maintained its top spot with 1906 points, ahead of Olympic champion Argentina (1883), Belgium (1709), the Netherlands (1654) and India.
In the women’s rankings also, the Indian team gained one spot to rise to ninth. The Indian women’s team is the ranked highest in Asia, ahead of the likes of Korea (10th), China (11th) and Japan (14th).

August 8

British duo create history at European Championships; Djokovic defeats lucky loser Basic.
Britain registered an historic sprint double at the European Championships, winning the gold medal in the men’s and women’s 100 m races at the same edition of the event for the first time.
After Dina Asher-Smith won the women’s race in a time of 10.85 seconds, Zharnel Hughes took gold in the men’s section with a Championship record of 9.95 seconds.

August 9

Swastika Ghosh wins bronze at int’l TT tournament in Hong Kong.
Close on the heels of winning a gold and bronze medal at the ITTF World Circuit Cadet and Junior Table Tennis Championship held at Amman in Jordan, 15-year-old Swastika Ghosh won a bronze medal at the 2018 Hang Seng Hong Kong Junior and Cadet Open Table Tennis.
Ghosh won the medal in the junior doubles event. India’s junior number one and internationally ranked 70.

August 10

Y. Pranjala and Rutuja Bhosale won the women’s doubles title in the ITF tennis tournament in Thailand.
Third-seeded Indian duo of Y. Pranjala and Rutuja Bhosale shocked top-seeded pair of Naiktha Bains of Australia and Barbora Stefkova of Czech Republic 2-6, 6-0, [10-6] in the women’s doubles final of the ITF $25,000 tennis tournament at the National Tennis Development Centre.

August 11

Saina Nehwal out of top 10, Srikanth at 8th spot in BWF ranking.
Owing to their poor run of form at the badminton World Championship, Saina Nehwal dropped out of the top 10 while Kidambi Srikanth slipped two places to eighth in the latest BWF singles rankings. Saina lost a place to be ranked 11th now.
P.V. Sindhu, who clinched her second successive silver medal at the World Championship, remained static at the third spot. H S Prannoy, who also lost in the second round at Nanjing, remained steady at the 11th place. A quarter-final finish at the World championship saw B Sai Praneeth improve two places to the 24th place, while Sameer Verma dropped two places to world no. 21st.

August 12

ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament in Indonesia.
India’s Niki Poonacha beat Australia’s Michael Look 6-3, 6-1 in the final and won the men’s singles title of ITF men’s Futures tennis tournament in Indonesia.
This was his first singles title. He is 23 years old, his rank is 1111 and he has won 3 doubles titles including one with Davis Cup winner Ramkumar Ramanathan.
Men’s doubles won Indonesia’s Justin Barki and Christopher Rungkat.

Viraj Madappa becomes youngest Indian golfer to win on Asian tour.
Indian golfer Viraj Madappa won his maiden title on the Asian Tour at Take Solutions Masters in Bengaluru as he carded a four-under 67 in the fourth and final round to claim a two-shot victory.
Madappa, who is three months short of his 21st birthday, became the youngest Indian to win on the Asian Tour. The earlier record was held by Gaganjeet Bhullar, who won the Indonesia Invitational, when he was 21 years and three months, while Shubhankar Sharma won Joburg Open when he was 21 years and five months old.

August 13

Rafael Nadal downs birthday boy Stefanos Tsitsipas to win Toronto Masters.
Rafael Nadal held off a late surge from Stefanos Tsitsipas to claim the 80th title of his career with victory at the Toronto Masters.
The win gave the 32-year-old Spaniard a record-extending 33rd trophy at the elite Masters level as well as his 80th title.

James Anderson becomes 1st bowler to take 100 wickets at Lord's.
England fast bowler James Anderson became the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets here at the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground.
Anderson is only the second bowler, after legendary Sri Lankan spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan, to have claimed 100 Test wickets at a single venue, who has achieved the same feat on three different cricket grounds in Sri Lanka.

August 14

Chess player Vaishali is now a Woman Grandmaster.
Seventeen-year-old R. Vaishali became a Woman Grandmaster, completing her final norm in the Riga Technical University Open chess tournament in Riga, Latvia.
Vaishali had acquired her second WGM norm at the Gredine Open (Italy) - the same tournament where her brother became a GM.

August 15

Nihal Sarin becomes 53rd chess Grandmaster from India.
International Master Nihal Sarin became the 53rd Grandmaster of India despite losing his final round game to Richard Rapport of Hungary in the ninth and final round of Abu Dhabi Masters.
The 14-year-old Nihal tallied 5.5 points out of a possible nine and the final GM norm came the Kerala boy’s way with one round to spare.
Daniil Dubov of Russia won one of the strongest Asian open thanks to a better tiebreak with a splendid score of 7.5 points out of a possible.

August 16

Asian Games 2018: Veteran Tennis star Leander Paes pulls out.
Miffed at not getting a “specialist” men’s doubles partner, veteran tennis star Leander Paes pulled out of the 18th Asian Games.
The 45-year-old Indian, winner of 18 Grand Slams, was asked to team up with struggling singles player Sumit Nagal after All India Tennis Association (AITA) agreed to pair country’s top doubles players Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan in the men’s doubles.
Paes was already miffed at his exclusion from TOP Scheme but had made himself available for the Asian Games, where he has won eight medals, including five gold.

August 17

India's Esow Alben wins silver at World Junior Track cycling C'ship.
Teen cyclist Esow Alben has scripted history by claiming India's first ever medal silver at the UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships in Aigle, Switzerland.
The 17-year-old from Andaman and Nicobar put enormous pressure on Czech Republic's Jakub Stastny in the final sprint before settling for the silver medal. Kazakh cyclist Andrey Chugay won the bronze medal.
Esow finished just 0.017 seconds behind gold medallist Stastny in the thrilling photo-finish of a race. In the first round, he had topped his heat with a 200m timing of 10.851 seconds.
Esow was also in action in the men's team sprint event alongside Mayur Pawar and James Keithellakpam Singh but the trio failed to qualify for the finals, after producing a timing of 15.957s in 200m and 26.914s in the 400m events.

Asia Cup 2018: BCCI hands over hosting rights to Emirates Cricket Board.
The decks were finally cleared for the Asia Cup as BCCI officially handed over its hosting rights to the Emirates Cricket Board.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board signed an agreement for the United Arab Emirates to host the 2018 edition of the Asia Cup.
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will take part in the tournament. They will be joined by a sixth team - the winner of the Asian Cricket Council qualifier event. The tournament will be held from September 15 to 28 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

August 18

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson announces retirement from all forms of cricket.
Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson was retiring from all forms of cricket as his body was 'starting to shut down', almost three years after he stepped down from the international game.
From the coastal Queensland city of Townsville, Johnson made his first class debut with the state in 2001 before getting his start in the Test team in 2007. His best haul was 8-61 against South Africa, at the WACA in 2008.
Described by long-time mentor Dennis Lillee as a "once in a generation" bowler, the former ICC Cricketer of the Year played 73 Tests for Australia, claiming 313 wickets. He also claimed 239 wickets in 153 ODIs, and 38 wickets in 30 T20Is for Australia.
Johnson joined the Scorchers following his retirement from international cricket. In the IPL, he had stints with the Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab.

August 19

Bajrang punia opens India’s gold account in 18th Asian Games at Jakarta Palembang.
Wrestler Bajrang Punia clinched India's first gold medal in the 18th Asian Games after defeating Takatani Daichi of Japan in the men's 65 kg freestyle title.
Bajrang, who came into the Asian Games as favourite to win the gold in this category.
The 24-year-old Indian had won three consecutive gold medals - CWG (Gold Coast), Tbilisi Grand Prix (Georgia) and Yasar Dogu International (Istanbul) - ahead of the Asian Games.

Asian Games 2018: India opens medal count with bronze in rifle mixed team.
India opened its account in the 18th Asian Games with a bronze medal after Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar cracked under pressure to finish third in the rifle mixed team shooting event.
The strong Chinese pairing of Ruozhu Zhao and Haoran Yang ended with a score of 492.5. Chinese Taipei’s Yingshin Lin and Shaochuan Lu claimed the gold, scoring 494.1.

August 20

Indian girls crowned SAFF U-15 champions.
Indian girls clinched the SAFF U-15 title after defeating defending champions Bangladesh by a solitary goal in the final played at the Changlimithang Stadium here.
In the previous edition last year, India had finished runners-up. Sunita Munda's strike in the 67th minute made all the difference between the two teams. It was a hard-fought victory with both teams having hit the woodwork once.
Bangladesh went all out in attacking but the Indian defence stood firm. The Indian U-15 team scored 16 goals in four matches, including the final and semi-final, and conceded just one all throughout the championship.

Vinesh Phogat crowns herself in style.
Two years back, when Vinesh Phogat was stretchered out of the arena writhing in pain and crying inconsolably at the Rio Olympics, it was anybody’s guess if she would ever be able to fight again.
Her image of wheeling herself to receive the Arjuna award was one of the most poignant moments that year. she was again lifted off the mat this time in celebration after claiming India’s and wrestling’s second gold medal at the 18th Asian Games.
overpowering Japan’s Yuki Irie 6-2 in the 50kg final to end her losing streak to her opponent - this was the fourth meeting between the two with Irie having the upper hand every time before this.

August 21

Teen shooting sensation Saurabh Chaudhary claims Asiad gold on debut.
Saurabh Chaudhary, all of 16, only the fifth Indian shooter to claim gold in the Asian Games history, beating a field of multiple world and Olympic champions in the 10m air pistol finals. Chaudhary, son of a farmer based in Kalina Village in Meerut
Chaudhary, competing in his first senior event, showed maturity and calmness well beyond his age to snatch the lead from 2010 World Champion Tomoyuki Matsuda on the penultimate shot in the 24-shot final.

August 22

Odisha to launch Hockey World Cup build-up campaign.
Ahead of the 2018 Mens Hockey World Cup Tournament in the state, Odisha government has decided to launch a build-up campaign in 17 cities from August 29.
The campaign will be organised in Rourkela, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bhubaneswar and other important cities and hockey playing states. A number of internationally-acclaimed sports celebrities will take part in promotion of the mega event.
Odisha is organising the Men's Hockey World Cup tournament for the first time. The tournament will begin on November 28 and will continue till December 16 at the Kalinga stadium.

August 23

A wise investment in a good coach pays off for Rahi Sarnobat.
This has been a season of first for Indians at the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia. After Bajrang Punia emerged from behind the giant shadows of the iconic Sushil Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt to become the “new face of Indian wrestling”, the next three gold medallists - Vinesh Phogat in women’s wrestling, Saurabh Chaudhary, shooting and now Rahi Sarnobat.
If Saurabh became the youngest Indian to win a gold at the Asian Games, Vinesh became the first Indian woman to strike gold in wrestling and two days later Rahi Sarnobat has become the first Indian woman to win an Asian Games gold in shooting.

Hockey: India hammers Hong Kong 26-0; betters 86-year-old record.
Indian men’s team recorded its biggest ever win in international hockey by annihilating Hong Kong China 26-0 in a Pool B match of the Asian Games. The huge gulf between the two sides was evident as India bettered its 86-year-old record when it defeated USA with a 24-1 margin in Olympics.
The record for biggest win in international hockey remains with New Zealand, who beat Samoa 36-1 in 1994. Such was India’s dominance of India that with seven minutes to go, India took its goalkeeper off the field. It was always expected to be a lop-sided affair between world no. 5 India and world no. 45 Hong Kong China.

August 24

Dominant Bopanna-Divij duo adds to India’s gold collection.
Top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan notched up their maiden men’s doubles gold medal at the Games, dominating the final clash with a thoroughly clinical performance.
Bopanna and Divij defeated Aleksander Bublik and Denis Yevseyev of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4 in 52 minutes.

Asian Games 2018: Neeraj to lead India’s charge.
Four years ago he was not anywhere on the country’s sporting radar but now as he makes his Asian Games debut, Neeraj Chopra is one of the biggest stars around.
The young javelin thrower, who carried the Indian flag at the opening ceremony. Neeraj will be competing in three premier events over the next few weeks, but the Commonwealth Games champion explained where his priorities lay.

August 25

Kajal wins combined Swiss league at WC.
It was woman power to the fore as 20-year-old Kajal Kumari tamed a 86-member field, that included 55 men, by scoring a maximum of 14 points from seven rounds in the Swiss league of the fifth Carrom World Cup.
In topping the league, with all rounds played through the course of a day, Kajal beat the reigning World Champion Chamil Cooray of Sri Lanka, and also the India No.1 Riyaz Akbarali.

August 26

Japan wins its first FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title in France (Football).
Japan won first FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title at the La Rabine Stadium in Vannes, France.
Japan defeated Spain 3-1 in the final and won its first FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. England defeated France 4-2 and finished in the third position.

Sebastian Vettel Won Belgian Grand Prix 2018.
Sebastian Vettel won the Belgian Grand Prix 2018 at Spa-Francorchamps Track in Belgium.
Sebastian Vettel Won Belgian Grand Prix 2018. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel beat Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton who tops the driver standings by a 17-point lead, and secured the first position.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton finished in the second position. He was followed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the third position.

August 27

North Korea to host 2019 Asian youth weightlifting championships from Oct 27, 2019.
North Korea announced that it would be the host for the 2019 Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships that will commence from October 27, 2019.
The Asian Weightlifting Federation and North Korea’s Sports Minister Kim Il Guk signed an agreement for the championship to be held in capital Pyongyang.
The Asian Cup and Interclub Junior and Senior Weightlifting Championship was held in North Korea.

Pakistan’s Mohammed Irfan bowls 23 Dot Balls, sets record for Most Economical Spell in T20 history.
Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Irfan set the world record for the most economical four-over bowling figures in the history of T20 cricket.
This feat was achieved while playing for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League 2018. He bowled 23 dot balls in a row, picking two wickets in the process.
This record was previously shared by South Africa’s Chris Morris and Sri Lanka’s Chanaka Welegedara.

August 28

Manu Ginobili, four-time NBA champion with San Antonio Spurs, retires at 41 (basketball).
Manu Ginobili, Argentine basketball player, announced his retirement from basketball.
Manu Ginobili is 41 years old. Ginobili helped the Spurs win NBA titles in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. He also was a gold medalist with Argentina in 2004 and won EuroLeague Finals most valuable player honors in 2001.
He has played in 23 seasons in his professional career. He was a two-time All-Star and was the league’s Sixth Man of the Year for the 2007-08 season.

Asian Games 2018: Indian men’s and women’s compound archery teams settles for silver.
Indian women’s compound archery team consisting of Muskan Kirar, Madhumita Kumari and Jyothi Surekha Vennam, lost 228-231 to South Korea and won silver medal.
Indian men’s compound archery team comprising Abhishek Verma, Rajat Chauhan and Aman Saini, tied with South Korea at 229-229. In the shoot-off, South Koreans won and secured the gold. The Indian men’s compound archery team received the silver medal.

August 29

Manjit Singh wins gold, Jinson Johnson gets silver in Men’s 800 metres.
Manjit Singh won gold medal in the men’s 800 metres event by finishing the race in 1:46.15 minutes.
Jinson Johnson won silver medal in men’s 800 metres event by finishing in 1:46.35 minutes.
This is India’s only second one-two finish in 800m at the Asian Games after Ranjit Singh and Kulwant Singh achieved the feat at the inaugural edition held in New Delhi in 1951.

Arpinder Singh wins gold in men’s triple jump.
Arpinder Singh made a best jump of 16.77m in his third attempt and won gold medal in the men’s triple jump event.
This is India’s first men’s triple jump gold medal in 48 years after Mohinder Singh Gill won it in 1970.

August 30

Swapna Barman Wins Landmark Gold in Women’s Heptathlon.
Swapna Barman won gold medal in the women’s heptathlon event with a score of 6026 points. She has crossed the landmark of 6000 points mark in Heptathlon.
She has won the first gold medal for India in the women’s heptathlon event at the Asian Games.

Jinson Johnson wins men’s 1500 metres gold.
Jinson Johnson won gold medal in the men’s 1500m event. He finished in 3:44.72 sec. Manjit Singh finished in fourth position with a timing of 3:46.57sec.

Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill Retires from England international Football Team.
Jamie Vardy and Gary Cahill announced their retirement from England international Football Team.
Jamie Vardy is a striker with Leicester City team. He is 31 years old. He entered international football in 2015. He had scored 7 goals in 26 appearances for England.
Gary Cahill is a defender in the Chelsea team. He is 32 years old. He made his international debut in 2010.

August 31

Indian women's 4x400m relay team wins gold for fifth time on trot at Asian Games.
India's 4x400m women's relay team clinched its fifth consecutive gold medal in the Asian Games to maintain a remarkable domination in this event in the continental showpiece.
The Indian women's quartet of Hima Das, M R Poovamma, Saritaben Gayakwad and Vismaya Velluva Koroth ran 3 minute and 28.72 seconds to claim the gold. Bahrain (3:30.61) and Vietnam (3:33.23) took the silver and bronze respectively.

Virat Kohli becomes second fastest Indian to reach 6000 Test runs.
Virat Kohli becoming the second fastest Indian to reach 6000 Test runs. Kohli reached the milestone in 119 innings which is quicker than legendary Sachin Tendulkar (120) and Sir Vivian Richards (120). Sunil Gavaskar is the fastest after he did so in 117 innings. Playing in his 70th Test match and 39th as captain, Kohli reached 6000 runs with a streaky boundary.
The fastest man to 6000 runs is still Sir Donald Bradman (68 innings). Earlier this year, then Australia captain Steve Smith levelled Sir Garfield Sobers in second place on the list (111 innings).


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