SPORTS - 2018 MAY

May 1

Hockey India names Harendra Singh as head coach of men’s team, Sjoerd Marijne back as women’s coach.
Harendra Singh has been appointed as the chief coach of Indian Men’s Hockey team. He will take over the position from Dutchman Sjoerd Marijne, who will be back as the coach of the national women’s team.
Recently, the men’s hockey team had a disappointing outing at the Commonwealth Games as the team failed to win a medal after losing to England in the bronze medal match. It was their worst ever performance since 2006 at the Commonwealth Games.
On the other hand, women’s team lost to Australia in the semis before being thrashed by England in the bronze medal match.

May 2

Justin Langer confirmed as new Australia head cricket coach.
Looking to move on from one of the darkest periods in its 140-year history, Cricket Australia has chosen Justin Langer as its new head coach, hoping the 105-test veteran will lead the national team out of the fallout from the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Langer takes over for Darren Lehmann, who resigned after the embarrassing ball-tampering episode in March that saw Australia’s two leading players captain Steve Smith and Vice-captain David Warner banned by Cricket Australia for 12 months.

England overtake India to reclaim top spot in ICC ODI rankings.
England have overtaken India to seize the top spot in the ICC ODI team rankings following the annual update.
The 2014-15 season has been dropped from the latest calculations while those from the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons are weighted at 50 per cent. England had a forgettable 2014-15 season which saw them winning only seven out of 25 ODIs against other Full Members.
England, who last topped the ODI rankings in January 2013, have gained eight points and moved to 125 points.

May 3

India's Neeraj Goyat is WBC Asia Boxer of the Year.
Neeraj Goyat has been conferred with the WBC Asia Boxer of the Year.
Neeraj is the current WBC Asia champion in welter weight category. Neeraj has won nine fights including two knockouts.
Neerav Tomar, promoter of IOS Boxing Promotions which manages Neeraj and Vijender Singh, was bestowed with 'WBC Asia honorary Promoter of the year 2017' by the Asian Boxing Council at WBC Asia and WBC Muaythai annual awards presentation ceremony in Bangkok.

May 4

Kohli officially signs for Surrey, set to miss Afghanistan Test.
India captain Virat Kohli officially inked his deal with top English county Surrey in his bid to prepare for the tour of England.
While Kohli joining the London-based team was an open secret, the county officially announced the deal on their official website.

May 5

Neeraj Chopra breaks national record at Doha Diamond League.
World junior champion Neeraj Chopra shattered his own national record with an impressive 87.43m effort at the Diamond League season-opener.
The 20-year-old World No. 6, also the Commonwealth Games and Asian champion, bettered his previous best, the 86.48m that broke the under-20 World record and brought him the junior World gold in 2016, by nearly a metre!
Neeraj finished fourth with Germany’s Olympic champion Thomas Rohler (91.78m), World champion Johannes Vetter (91.56) and Andreas Hofmann (90.08) taking the top three medals.

May 6

Priyadharshini and Aman clinch gold.
Haryana’s 400m hurdler Aman and Tamil Nadu triple jumper Priyadharshini Suresh came up with personal bests as they struck gold in the South Asian junior athletics championships.
While Aman’s time of 52.56s (qualifying standard: 53s) helped him qualify for this July’s under-20 World championships in Finland.

May 7

India retains overall title; pocket 50 medals at South Asian Junior Athletics Championships.
Indian junior athletes clinched overall title in the 3rd South Asian Junior Athletics Championships (SAJAC) which concluded at Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo. At the end of two-day meet, they bagged 20 gold, 22 silver and eight bronze medals to put India on top of the medals table.
Hosts Sri Lanka (12-10-19) and Pakistan (0-1-1) took second and third positions. Bangladesh (two bronze medals), Maldives (one bronze medal), Nepal, Bhutan were the other competing countries.

May 8

Tim Paine confirmed as Australia's captain as ODI, T20 squads announced.
Tim Paine has been appointed captain of Australia's one-day squad to tour England next month, while a shake-up of the Twenty20 side has seen an influx of new faces - and team leaders.
Australian selectors unveiled the new-look one-day squad, which is missing banned stars Steve Smith and David Warner.

Taro Daniel beats Malek Jaziri, wins maiden ATP title.
Japan’s Taro Daniel grabbed his first ATP title after beating Tunisian Malek Jaziri in the Istanbul Open.
Daniel, who entered the tournament ranked 114th, and Jaziri ranked 78th, were both competing in their first ATP final.

Sachin Tendulkar, Anurag Thakur launches 'Khel Mahakumbh'.
BJP MP Anurag Thakur and cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar launched 'Khel Mahakumbh' in the presence of 1500 athletes.
The event aims to attract participation of at least one lakh youth from Thakur's Hamirpur constituency. The athletes will compete in volleyball, basketball, cricket, football, kabaddi and athletics.
To ensure that the participation is not limited and the remotest of the village resident gets a fair chance to excel, the initiative has been designed in a manner that it seeks participation from youth across 5000 villages and 800 panchayats.
Thakur added that over Rs 1 crore will be invested in the project over the next five years.

May 9

Rahane to captain India for Afghanistan Test, recall for Karun Nair.
Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in Virat Kohli’s absence in next month’s one-off Test against Afghanistan.
Kohli will miss the Afghanistan Test while he turns out for Surrey in the English County Championship as preparation for India’s long tour later this year, a decision that has Prasad’s endorsement.
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma, who are playing for Yorkshire and Sussex respectively.

May 10

Ireland set for Test debut.
William Porterfield will captain of Ireland in its inaugural Test proud of the years of campaigning that have led to match against Pakistan.
Ireland, which famously knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup, will become the 11th men’s Test nation when the coin is tossed at the Malahide ground.
Although both Ireland and Afghanistan were granted Test status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year, neither of the newcomers can expect to be involved in full-length Test series any time soon.

May 11

Rishabh Pant's 128* highest individual score by an Indian in IPL.
Rishabh Pant became the highest scoring Indian in the history of the Indian Premier League as Delhi Daredevils took on the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.
Pant slammed his hundred off 56 balls and then finished off with an unbeaten 128 off 63 balls. He overtook Murali Vijay's 127 for Chennai Super Kings versus Rajasthan Royals in 2010.

May 12

Nadal breaks record, wins 50th consecutive set on clay.
Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe’s record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface by beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the Madrid Open.
Nadal extended his winning streak to 50 consecutive sets on clay, eclipsing the mark McEnroe established on carpet in 1984.


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