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Sports Current Affairs may 2nd week 2016
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Sports Current Affairs may 2nd week 2016

1) Novak Djokovic Wins 2016 Mutua Madrid Open.

  •  Serbian Tennis player Novac Djokovic (World No. 1) won the 2016 Mutua Madrid Open title in the men’s single category.
  •  Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to conquer the Mutua Madrid Open title in Madrid, Spain.
  •  With his win, Djokovic has moved ahead of Spain’s Rafael Nadal with a record 29 ATP Masters 1000 titles. It was also Djokovic’s fifth win in the last 6 ATP 1000 competitions.
  •  Romanian tennis player Simona Halep (World No. 6) has won the women singles title of the Madrid Open.
  •  In the final match played at Madrid (Spain), she defeated Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia by 6-2, 6-4 score. This was her third Madrid title and first title of 2016 season.
About Novak Djokovic:
 
  1.  Novak Djokovic was born on 22 May 1987 is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men`s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
  2.  He is generally considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
  3.  Djokovic has won numerous awards, including the 2012, 2015, and 2016 Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsman of the Year. 
2) Indian Boxers Fetch 4 Medals From Asian Youth Championship.
  •  Indian boxers won four medals at the 7th Asian Youth Championshipsby finishing third in the overall standings with three silver and a bronze medal in the tournament held in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan.
  •  National champion Ankush Dahiya (60 kg), Ashish Kulhirya (64 kg) and Reyal Puri (81 kg) fetched silver medals for the contingent, while Manjeet Singh (+91 kg) contributed the solitary bronze.
  •  Kazakhstan topped the medal tally with 6 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals followed by Uzbekistan at second position with 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.
  •  The best boxer of the National Youth Championships, Ankush Dahiya lost to Uzbekistan`s Bilolbek Mirzarakhimov with the score of 0-3 while Ashish Kulhirya lost to Kazakhstan`s Ayatulla Takizhanov by the same margin.
  •  Reyal Puri was beaten 0-3 by Uzbekistan`s Sanjar Tursunov.
  •  Earlier in the semifinals, Manjeet lost to Nurdaulet Ulanuly of Kazakhstan by 0-3, thus settling for bronze. 
 
3) Stephen Curry to be named MVP for second straight season.
  •  Golden State superstar Stephen Curry was named the NBA`s Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the second straight year.
  •  It is the first time in the National Basketball Association`s 61-season history that a player has been the blanket first pick for the award.
  •  No player, not even Michael Jordan has been a unanimous choice for MVP.
  •  Curry is the 11th person to win back-to-back MVP awards and joins an illustrious club which includes the likes of James, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

 

4) Charlotte Edwards, England Women’s Cricket Captain, Retires From International Cricket.

  •  England women`s captain Charlotte Edwards has retired from international cricket.
  •  In her 20-year cricket career, she captained England for 10 yrs and became one of the most influential women in British Sport.
  •  She has scored more than 10,000 runs in all forms of cricket. 
  •  She is the most successful England captain having won the Ashes, World Cup and ICC World.
  •  Edwards took the decision following England`s 2016 World T20 campaign, where they lost in the semi-finals against Australia.
  •  The 36-year-old, Edwards will continue to play at domestic level including the first edition of the forthcoming Women’s Super League. 
5) ICC lifts suspension on Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Kusal Perera.
 
  •  The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that it has lifted the provisional suspension imposed on Sri Lanka wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera.
  •  The decision was taken after withdrawal of the disciplinary charges against Perera that were made in December 2015.
  •  Perera`s urine sample was provided for a random test by the International Cricket Council during the home series against Pakistan in May 2015.
  •  However, the cricketer stated that he took some medicines for a leech bite.
  •  After the A sample became positive, he himself with the help of Sri Lanka Cricket Board asked for the testing of B sample, which was tested at Qatar.
  •  The pronouncement came after the WADA-accredited laboratory in Qatar withdrew its original Adverse Analytical Finding following further investigations.
  •  As a result, Perera can now return to domestic and international cricket with immediate effect.
6) Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri, Babita Kumari bag Rio Olympic berths.
 
  •  For the first time two women wrestlers from India have qualified for the Olympics.
  •  Wrestlers Ravinder Khatri and Babita Kumari have secured spots at the upcoming Rio Olympics after their rivals failed a dope test, taking the total number of quota places from India to eight.
  •  Ravinder Khatri was awarded the place in the Greco-Roman 85 kg after Kenzheev Zhanarbek of Kyrgystan tested positive at the Asian Olympic qualifier.
  •  Babita gets a shot at competing in Rio with Mongolian wrestler Sumiya Erdenechimeg failing the dope test in 53 kg freestyle, also at the Asian qualifier.
  •  While Vinesh won a gold in 48 kg category, Sakshi bagged a silver in 58kg class as they booked a Rio Games quota place each for the country.
7) Anil Kumble retained ICC Cricket Committee head, Rahul Dravid made member.
 
  •  India captain Anil Kumble has been re-appointed ICC (International Cricket Council) Cricket Committee chairman for the second term of 3-years.
  •  A right-arm leg spin (leg break googly) bowler, he took 619 wickets in Test cricket and remains the third-highest wicket taker only behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne as of 2015.
  •  Earlier he was appointed as the chairman for his first term in 2012 and now he will continue to head the panel until 2018. Anil Kumble is all-time highest wicket-taker for India.
  •  Former India captain Rahul Dravid and ex-Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena have been appointed to the ICC Cricket Committee.
  •  Rahul Dravid and Mahela Jayawardene have played 1,161 international matches between them from 1996 to 2015, and each was appointed for a 3-year term.
  •  Former Australia off-spinner Tim May has been elected as current player representative and shall replace Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, who has completed his three-year term. 
  •  Three-time ICC Umpire of the Year Richard Kettleborough also has been appointed as umpires’ representative in the committee.

 

8) Rwanda cricketer bats for 51 hours straight to create world record.
  •  Rwandan national captain Eric Dusingizimana, has set a new Guinness world record by batting out a straight 51 hours.
  •  Earlier the longest individual net session, beating the record set last year by India`s Virag Mane, who had batted a straight 50 hours.
  •  Pakistan`s Hanif Mohammad, who batted over a period of three days during his epic match-saving knock of 337 against West Indies in 1958, is currently the record holder for batting the longest period of time in a cricket match.
  •  He had spent a total of 16 hours and 10 minutes at the crease.
9) 18-Yr Old Max Verstappen Becomes Youngest Ever F1 Winner.
 
  •  Max Verstappen of Red Bull became Formula One’s youngest race winner at age 18 with a victory at the Spanish Grand Prix 2016.
  •  He was able to win the Spanish Grand Prix by maintaining lead position after Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Roseberg crashed into each other in the 1st lap of race.
About Max Verstappen
 
 He was born on 30 September 1997 in Hasselt, Belgium.
 He is the son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen.
 He had entered 2015 F1 season with Italian team Toro Rosso. In 2016 season, he was promoted by Red Bull as a replacement for Daniil Kvyat. 
 
10) Vijender Singh Triumphs Over Andrzej Soldra Via TKO For Sixth Straight Pro Boxing Win.
 
  •  Indian boxing star Vijender Singh registered his sixth straight professional boxing victory with a Technical Knockout over Poland`s Andrzej Soldra in a Super Middleweight contest at Boltan in UK.
  •  Soldra is the most experienced opponent Vijender has faced so far with 12 wins out of the 17 bouts he has fought so far.
  •  Vijender Singh had previously won all his five fights by technical knockouts in only 14 rounds of action.
  •  Vijender Singh will now contest for the World Boxing Organisation`s (WBO) Asia title on his home turf in Delhi.
11) British number one Andy Murray wins 2016 Italian Open title.
  •  Britain’s Andy Murray (World No. 3) has won the 2016 Italian Open title of Tennis in the men’s singles category held in Rome, Italy.
  •  It was Murray’s first Italian Open title.
  •  Andy Murray defeated Novak Djokovic (World No. 1) for the first time on the clay court by 6-3, 6-3 score.
  •  Andy Murray is second British male tennis player to win Italian Open title after George Patrick Hughes who had won it in 1931.
Women’s Single Title
 
  •  Serena Williams (World No. 1) from United States has won the 2016 Italian Open title of Tennis in the women’s singles category and she defeated Madison Keys by 7-6, 6-3 score.
Men’s doubles Title
 
  •  Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan pair from United States has won the the2016 Italian Open title in the men’s Doubles category. In the final match, they defeated pair of Vasek Pospisil (Canada) and Jack Sock (United States) by 2–6, 6–3, [10–7] score. 
 
12) Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis capture season`s fifth title.
 
  •  India’s Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis (World No. 1 pair) have won the2016 Italian Open title in the Women’s Doubles category.
  •  In the final match, the World Number One pair defeated the 7th seeded Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina by 6-1, 6-7, 10-3 score.
  •  This was the season`s fifth title for the Indo-Swiss pair after Sydney, Brisbane, Australian Open and St Petersburg.
13) Sudha Singh sets national record in 3,000m steeplechase.
 
  •  Indian athlete Sudha Singh has created history by breaking the national record in women`s 3,000m steeplechase event in the Diamond League Meet in Shanghai.
  •  Guangzhou 2010 Asian Games gold medalist and London 2012 Olympian as well, Sudha Singh clocked 9 minutes, 26.55 seconds to finish a creditable eighth.
  •  This is a far and fair improvement from her stint at the Federation Cup, where she had clocked 9 minutes, 31.86 seconds to make the cut for Rio 2016.

 


 

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