Arsenal’s first game in the Europa League started with a bang, having defeated FC Koln 3-1 in a night to remember.
On Thursday badminton stars P V Sindhu and Sameer Verma kept the Indian flag flying high by making it to the quarter-finals of the Korean Super Series with sweeping straight wins.
Even though Parupalli Kashyap’s performance waned in the second round after an unlikely defeat in Seoul, Rio silver medalist Sindhu made up for it when she got the better of Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol. Sindhu beat her with an impressive 22-20 21-17 and will soon play opposite 2014 World Championships bronze medallist Minatsu Mitani of Japan. Mitani had defeated Saina Nehwal in the 2012 French Open finals to win the title. Last year, World Championships silver medalist Sindu improved her 1-1 record against World No.16 Jindapol, who had beaten hear at the Syed Modi International.
On the other hand, Sameer defeated Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong scoring 21-19 21-13 within 41 minutes thus setting up a tough fight in the quarters against the famous Son Wan Ho.
Inorder to beat Son Wan Ho, Sindhu and Sameer will have to gain leverage in the game against him. Earlier, Son Wan Ho had ended Indian shuttler Kashyap’s Korea Super Series campaign by defeating him 21-16 17-21 21-16 in an hour and 16 minutes to reach the last-eight stage.
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A six month ban on Mohammad Irfan ended on Thursday, as the pace bowler confessed that the last few months were the toughest in his life. He allegedly failed to report approaches by bookmakers, following investigation into the match fixing scandal that plagued the second edition of Pakistan Super Leauge (PSL). The 35-year-old had his central contract suspended for six months and was fined Rs 1,00,000 after he admitted to his crimes. However, he was made aware that his ban would be shortened if he could follow guidelines which he subsequently did, making him free to resume his carrier.
Standing at 7’1”ft,he is one of the tallest player to play First class as well as international cricket. A three-member tribunal was formed by Pakistan Cricket Board(PCB) to hear the case against batsmen Khalid Latif and Sharjeel Khan who have been charged with spot-fixing in the PSL were involved with bringing in other players into the racket as well. “I am formally asking the nation for their forgiveness and hope that I will be pardoned by them.”said Irfan after his ban ended. He has played four Tests and 20 Twenty20 internationals along with 60 one-day internationals, with a record of 83 wickets at an average of 30.71.
Red Bull and Renault have reportedly broken up causing new complications on the Formula circuit. This is predicted to leave Red Bull with no foreseeable option other than forcing to shift to engines made by Honda. Red Bull and Honda already have a tied association with each other in Moto GP and this should ideally give Red Bull an opportunity to leverage a financial deal that allows them to no longer pay for their engines. They might also receive considerable funding from Honda which should make Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz happy.
In a unique double allocation, Paris was awarded the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and Los Angeles the 2028 Games by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Paris, having hosted the Games twice before, will stage the Olympics 100 years after its last Games in 1924. Los Angeles, too, will organise its third Summer Olympics after 1932 and 1984. Both cities, after London, will have hosted the multi-sporting extravaganza three times.
The votes were a mere formality since no other cities had bid for the 2024 and the 2028 Games. Votes for the both cities were “unanimous” said IOC President Thomas Bach.
Earlier this year in July, the IOC decided to award both Games at the same time, following the withdrawal of four of the six cities bidding for the 2024 Olympics. The reasons cited were cost, size, and complexity of organising the world’s largest sporting event.
“In the coming seven years we will prepare the Olympic Games with all our energy,” said French President Emmanuel Macron having personally campaigned for the bid. The French capital celebrated the announcement by unveiling a giant set of interlaced rings, the symbol of the Games, on the Trocadero Sqaure against the backdrop of a glittering Eiffel Tower.
“This is a momentous day for the people of Los Angeles and the United States. For the first time in a generation, we are bringing the Games back to the City of Angels,” said Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles.
Allegations of corruption and embezzlement surrounded the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Tokyo, the 2020 host of the Summer Olympics, has also had to fend off such allegations.
In the latest FIFA ranking, Germany has replaced Brazil to be the number one team. The German team has risen to the top after defeating Czech Republic (2-1) and beating Norway 6-0 in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Brazil is in the second spot, while Portugal has climbed up three places to third.Argentina and Belgium are the other two teams that have secured their spots in the Top 5 FIFA ranking.
Spain stays at 11th position, England has dropped to 15th and Italy slipped five places to 17th.
However, Indian football team is no more in the top 100 ranking; and has dropped down to 107th position out of 211 countries. In May, this year India was placed at 100th spot, from where it rose to 96 in July, and 97 in August.
Cape Verde is the highest climber, moving up 47 places to 67th position, and Guatemala, on the other hand, are the biggest fallers, falling 31 places to 131st post. Additionally, teams of Peru (12th), Northern Ireland (20th) and war-torn Syria (75th) have reached record-breaking spots this time.
The next FIFA world rankings will be released on October 16, 2017.
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