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July 1st Week 2015 Current Affairs
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July 1st Week 2015 Current Affairs

1) Sweden beat Portugal to win first Euro U21 title.

  • Goalkeeper Patrik Carlgren saved two penalties in a shoot-out to lead Sweden to victory over Portugal and their first European Under-21 title in Prague.
  • Portugal swept past Germany 5-0 in the semi-final, but Sweden`s defence proved a harder nut to crack.
  • Sweden last played an under-21 final in 1992 and Portugal last played there under-21 final in 1994.
 
 
2) Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Ajay Ratra retired from all forms of Cricket.
  • Hrishikesh Kanitkar and Ajay Ratra, cricketers of distinct style, achievements and fields, chose the same day to call curtains on their first-class careers, but looked ahead with a common goal. They would love to maintain their association with the game by becoming coaches. Kanitkar in East Zone and Ratra in South.
  • Kanitkar, a left-handed batsman and a right-arm off break bowler, played his last Test against Australia in Sydney. He played his last ODI against Australia in Perth in 2000.
  • Ratra, a right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, played his last Test match against England at the Oval. He played his last ODI against England at the Oval in 2002.

3) Hamilton gets his hands on a proper trophy.

  • Double world champion Lewis Hamilton was handed one of the sport`s most prestigious trophies.
  • The Mercedes driver received the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy, awarded annually since 1959 to the most successful British or Commonwealth driver in the previous year`s championship, at Silverstone.
  • A roll call of greats have won the trophy in the past, including Australian Jack Brabham, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, James Hunt, Nigel Mansell, Jaques Villeneuve and Damon Hill.
  • Hamilton won 11 races in 2014 on the way to his second championship.
 
 
4) Chile defeated Argentina to win 2015 Copa America Cup Football tournament.
  • Chile won its first Copa America Cup football tournament by defeating 14 time champion Argentina through penalties shootout in Santiago, Chile.
  • With this win, Chile ended its 99-year-long wait for a Copa America crown. It was also Chile`s first ever victory over Argentina in the Copa America cup.
  • Besides the Copa trophy, there were other awards to recognise both individuals and teams, and the winners in different categories they are
  • Santander Fair Play: Peru.
  • Kia Motors Golden Gloves: Claudio Bravo (Chile).
  • Claro Best Young Player: Jeison Murillo (Colombia).
  • Santander Top Scorer: Eduardo Vargas (Chile) and Paolo Guerrero (Peru) scored four goals each.
  • The Copa America Cup 2011 was won by Uruguay defeating Peru 3-0 in the final. The 2011 cup was hosted by Argentina.
 

 

5) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain won British Grand Prix title.

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain secured the 2015 Formula 1 British Grand Prix title by winning the final race held at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, England.
  • While his teammate Nico Rosberg stood second, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was in the third position. Both of them belong to Germany.
  • With this win, Hamilton became the second British driver since David Coulthard in 1999-2000 to post successive wins in the race.
  • It was third British GP win for the reigning world champion and his fifth in the 2015 season having won the titles in Australia, China, Bahrain and Canada.
 
6) India won 2015 South Asian Basketball Championship.
  • India won the South Asian Basketball (SABA) Championship title by defeating Sri Lanka in the final played at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, Karanataka.
  • It was 4th edition of the championships. India was the winner of third SABA Championship.
  • With this win, India qualified for the FIBA Asia Championship in China. FIBA Asia Championship will be played in September 2015.
  • Top three teams of the championships were India (gold), Sri Lanka (silver) and Nepal (bronze).
 
 
7) USA Wins the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
  • United States of America (USA) won the FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the final played at Vancouver, Canada, US defeated Japan.
  • This was third world cup title for the USA and first since 1999.
  • England finished on 3rd spot followed by Germany.
Awards won by players:
  1. Adidas Golden Ball: Carli Lloyd (midfielder of USA).
  2. Adidas Golden Boot: Celia Sasic (forward of Germany).
  3. Adidas Golden Glove: Hope Solo (Goalkeeper of USA).
  4. Hyundai YoungPlayer Award: Kadeisha Buchanan (Defender of Canada).
  5. Fair Play Award: France.
 
 
8) Mayweather Stripped of WBO Title He Won Against Pacquiao.
  • World Boxing Organization (WBO) stripped Floyd Mayweather Jr of the Welterweight title which he won by defeating Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.
  • He was stripped of the title after he failed to pay the 200000 dollar sanctioning fee required by the WBO after he won the belt at iconic MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The deadline to make the payment was 3 July 2015.
  • He has the chance to appeal against the decision until 20 July 2015.
  • According to WBO rules, a boxer should pay 3 percent of their purse to fight for a world title up to a maximum of 200000 dollars. The rules also prohibit WBO champions to hold any belts in any other weight divisions.
  • The fight at MGM Grand was the richest boxing fight of all time which made Mayweather richer by a reported 220 million dollars.
  • Mayweather is currently also the WBC and WBA champion at junior middleweight (154 lbs), as well as at welterweight (147 lbs).

 

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