SPORTS - 2018 JUNE

June 1

CWG gold medallist weightlifter Sanjita Chanu fails dope test: IWF.
Indian weightlifting as two-time Commonwealth Games champion Sanjita Chanu tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and was provisionally suspended by the international federation.
International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) website that Sanjita, who had won a gold in the women's 53 kg category in the recent Gold Coast CWG.

June 2

Nepal, Scotland among four new teams added to ICC ODI rankings.
The ICC included Nepal, Netherlands, Scotland and the UAE in their ODI rankings list apart from the 12 existing countries.
Scotland has been ranked in 13th on 28 points – 10 points behind 12th ranked Ireland – while the UAE are another 10 points behind on 18 in 14th position.
The Netherlands have 13 rating points. Nepal and the Netherlands will need to play four matches more in order to get into the table.
The table is headed by England, who will host next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup. India is ranked second, three points behind England, while ICC Champions Trophy winners Pakistan are in sixth place.

June 3

Rabada wins South Africa's top player prize.
Kagiso Rabada, the world's number one Test bowler, was named South Africa's Cricketer of the Year.
The award came at the end of a 12-month period during which Rabada 23, was a consistent match-winner and subject of disciplinary hearings.
Rabada took 72 wickets at an average of 19.52 in 12 Tests going back to a series in England. He missed one Test in England because he was banned after reaching a demerit points threshold.

June 4

Ariya survives rollercoaster round to win US Women's Open: golf.
Ariya Jutanugarn survived a back-nine meltdown to win the 73rd US Women's Open and claim her second career major title in a playoff.
The 22-year-old from Bangkok parred all four playoff holes at the Shoal Creek, Alabama course for her second win of the 2018 LPGA Tour season to go with the Kings mill Championship.

June 5

Rashid Khan sets world record Khan became the world’s fastest cricketer to reach 50 wickets in T20I.
Afghanistan’s 19-year-old spinner Rashid Khan became the world’s fastest cricketer to reach 50 wickets in T20 cricket
After reaching the milestone with a wicket on his first ball of the match against Bangladesh. Rashid, who bettered Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal’s record.

June 6

Virat Kohli takes his place at Madame Tussauds.
Virat Kohli joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Usain Bolt in the sports zone of the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum as the Indian captain’s statue was unveiled.
The statue has been placed in cricket ground setting with the iconic Dharamshala stadium as the backdrop and former captain Kapil Dev bowling to Kohli.

June 7

Mithali becomes first Indian to score 2000 T20I runs.
Star batswoman Mithali Raj became the first Indian cricketer to amass 2000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals (T20I).
Mithali is the seventh woman to reach 2,015 runs in 75 matches, a list which is being headed by Charlotte Edwards (2,605), followed by Stafanie Taylor (2,582) and Suzie Bates (2,515).
Interestingly, India men's team captain Virat Kohli (1,983) is the next Indian on the list, followed by Rohit Sharma (1,852) and Suresh Raina (1,499).

Rashid Khan Brilliance gives Afghanistan one-run win, whitewash Bangladesh 3-0.
In-form leggie Rashid Khan continued to cast doom on Bangladesh as Afghanistan clinched the series 3-0 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

June 8

Harry Kane is the most valuable player of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
The lead striker from the English National Team, Harry Kane is named as most valuable player for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, which is set to begin from June 14.
In the list, Kane is 201 million Euros followed by Brazilian ace player Neymar, who is worth 197.5 million Euros and Kylian Mbappé worth 186.5 million Euros. Lionel Messi from the Spanish club FC Barcelona is at the fourth position with estimated transfer value at 184.2 million Euros.
The 25-year-old Egyptian player Mohammad Salah, who represents Liverpool completes the top five and is worth 171.3 million Euros.

Asian Junior Athletics Championships: Jakhar claims hammer gold.
India got their campaign at the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships off to a strong start winning four medals a gold, a silver and two bronze on the first day of the four-day event in Gifu, Japan.
Ashish Jakhar was the star of the opening day, as he set a new national record en route to winning a gold medal in the men's hammer throw event. He threw the 6kg iron ball and chain to a distance of 76.86m at the Gifu Nagaragawa Stadium.

June 9

New Zealand women score world record 490/4 in ODIs.
New Zealand women's cricket team posted the highest ever total in one-day cricket by scoring an incredible 490 for four in the first match against Ireland in Dublin.
The visitors bowled out Ireland for 144 to win the match by 346 runs.
In men's cricket, the highest total in ODI is 444 for three, made by England against Pakistan in August 2016 at Nottingham.
New Zealand women team bettered their own 21-year old world record of 455 for five against Pakistan at Christchurch in January 1997.

Bopanna is IOC’s icon of the year.
Rohan Bopanna’s disappointment in losing the French Open men doubles quarterfinals stood largely negated by the joy of receiving the “Sports Icon of Year” award at the conclusion of the Sports Conclave.
The doubles specialist and mixed doubles winner at Roland Garros last year flew down from Paris to be part of an elite gathering of around 60 sportspersons to receive the coveted award from Indian Oil.

Anu Kumar wins gold, Arpandeep bronze.
For a youngster who has a personal best of 1:50.60s, Anu Kumar was more than three seconds slower in the biggest 800m race of his life. That, however, did not matter as Anu won gold in the 18th Asian junior athletics championship.
The Uttarakhand athlete - a silver medallist at the World School Games in France earlier - clocked 1:54.11s. He was faster in the heats in the morning.

June 10

Bangladesh beat India to lift maiden Women's Asia Cup T20 title.
Bangladesh stunned India by three wickets in a last-ball finish to win their maiden Women's Asia Cup T20 title at the Kinrara Academy Oval, Kuala Lumpur.
This was the second occasion that Bangladesh defeated India in the tournament after stunning them earlier in the league stage. Thus, India's run of six straight Asia Cup titles (four ODIs and two T20s) came to an end with Bangladesh claiming their first ever.

French Open 2018: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 11th title.
French Open 2018 Men’s Rafael Nadal clinches his 11th Roland Garros title after beating Dominic Thiem in straight sets. Nadal extended his grand slam titles tally to 17 and now stands just 3 behind Roger Federer who had chosen to skip the tournament on clay for a second straight year.
Nadal just dropped one set – against Diego Schwartzman – before going unbroken in the subsequent two matches. In the final as well, Nadal faced little trouble dispatching Thiem who had gotten the better of him twice in the last two years and the only player to have beaten him on clay going into the clay major.

June 11

Milestone man Sunil Chhetri helps India beat Kenya 2-0 to clinch Intercontinental Cup title.
Twin strikes from Sunil Chhetri and two timely blocks from Gurpreet Singh were the key as India beat Kenya 2-0 to win the four-nation Intercontinental Cup.
Sunil Chhetri equals Messi’s record; joint second highest scorer with 64 goals among active players.

Vettel makes it 50 career wins with victory in Canada; Neymar’s Brazil touchdown in Russia.
Vettel takes championship lead with his 50th career win and Ferrari’s first in Canada since 2004, Sebastian Vettel moved to the top of the F1 standings this season.

Scotland beat England for the first time in a one-day international.
Scotland's cricketers pulled off the greatest victory in their history to beat England for the first time amid scenes of disbelief and jubilation at the tiny Grange ground in Edinburgh.
England were all out for 365 after Scotland made 371 for five, their highest total in a one-day international.

June 12

Satish’s stunning show in 5000m.
M. Satish Kumar of Coimbatore came up with a stunning show in the men’s 5000m in the just concluded 91st Tamil Nadu State senior athletics championship at Tirunelveli.
A plus two student of Rathinapuri Corporation HSS, Satish stopped the clock at 15:15.30s for the gold.
He further added the 10,000m silver to make it doubly sweet for his coach S. Vairavanathan of the Genesis Sports Foundation.

June 13

The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico after their joint bid.
The 'United 2026' bid was selected by Fifa member nations, winning 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco.
The 2026 tournament will be the biggest World Cup ever held - with 48 teams playing 80 matches over 34 days.

June 14

Saweety Boora strikes gold at Russian boxing tournament in Kaspiysk.
Saweety Boora was the lone Indian boxer to clinch gold, while two others signed off with silver medals in the Umakhanov Memorial Tournament in Kaspiysk, Russia.
In the men’s draw, Brijesh Yadav (81kg) and Virender Kumar (91kg) lost their respective summit clashes to end with silver medals.

June 15

Shikhar Dhawan is first Indian to score century before lunch.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan became the first Indian opener to have scored a century before lunch on the first day of the one-off test against Afghanistan in Bengaluru.
The first batsman to do so was Australia’s V.T. Trumper against England in 1902.

June 16

Smriti Mandhana to become first Indian to play in England's Kia Super League.
India Women's Cricket team opener Smriti Mandhana will become the first Indian player to appear in Kia Super League - the women's cricket super league in England.
Smriti was signed by Western Storm and will represent them in the upcoming edition of the tournament that features six teams.

June 17

New Zealand's teen Amelia Kerr sets world record in ODI.
New Zealand's teenage player Amelia Kerr snapped a world record in the women's ODI cricket by hammering a scintillating unbeaten knock of 232 runs in 145 balls during a match against Ireland in Dublin. She became the highest individual scorer in women's ODI.
With the feat, Kerr broke the 21-year-old record held by Australian Belinda Clarke, who scored unbeaten knock of 229 against Denmark in 1997.

June 18

Brooks Koepka Wins 2nd US Open Golf Title 2018.
Brooks Koepka told anyone within earshot this week that no one was more confident than he was when the field of 156 arrived at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club for the 118th edition of the U.S. Open.
Koepka became the seventh to win the national championship in back-to-back years. Koepka, who won his first major in the 2017 U.S. Open at wide-open Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

June 19

England thrashes Australia after posting ODI record total of 481.
England created history when they blasted the highest total ODI world record in men's cricket of 481/6 and thrashed Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge. England also took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Skipper Eoin Morgan tucked into the scoring feast with a 21-ball half century -- the fastest by an England batsman in ODIs.

June 20

Indian cricket team to start World Test Championship with West Indies series.
The ICC released the men’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) from 2018-2023. The inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) will run in two cycles – 2019-2021 and 2021-2023 and feature nine top-ranked Test teams. It will run from July 15, 2019 to April 30, 2021 and the top two ranked teams will play the final at Lord’s in June.
Teams will play six series in the two-year cycle on a home-and-away basis against opponents mutually selected.
India will follow their Caribbean series by hosting South Africa (3 Tests) and Bangladesh (2 Tests) in Sept-Oct, 2019 with a two-game away series against New Zealand in early 2020 in the next competition as part of the Test championship cycle.

Sri Lanka captain Chandimal gets one-Test suspension for ball tampering.
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended from his side's third and final Test against the West Indies after he was found guilty of ball tampering during the second day's play of the second Test.
During a hearing held at the end of the St Lucia Test, in which video evidence was used in the presence of the Sri Lanka team management as well as the match officials, Chandimal admitted putting something in his mouth but wasn't able to recall what it was.

June 21

ICC Test rankings: Jadeja rises to No. 3, Vijay and Dhawan top gainers.
India's all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has risen a spot to No. 3 in the Test rankings for bowlers after his tremendous performance against Afghanistan in a one-off Test last week.
Jadeja had picked up six wickets in the match played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Fast bowlers Ishant Sharma gained two places to 25th while Umesh Yadav also moved up two places to 26th.

June 22

Kidambi Srikanth wins Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year award for 2017.
The Commonwealth Games 2018 gold-medal winning shuttler Kidambi Srikanth was adjudged as the Sportsperson of the Year for 2017 by the Sports Illustrated India magazine.
The eight annual Sportsperson of the Year awards took place at the Roseate House, Aerocity in New Delhi, where the badminton ace, who recently rose to the No. 1 in World Rankings, was given the prestigious honour.

June 23

Heena Sidhu tops selection trial at KSS Shooting.
Former World No.1 Heena Sidhu of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) topped the charts for the selection trials 5 in the 10M Air Pistol Women category. Sidhu scored 240.9 to top the charts.
Para-shooter Rubina Francis from Madhya Pradesh clinched a gold and silver medal in the senior and junior category of the 10M Air Pistol (IPC) Championship women.
The competition was held at the Dr. Karni Shooting Range in the 18th KSS Memorial Shooting Championship.


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