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Sports Current Affairs June 3rd Week 2016
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1) Saina clinches second Australian Open title.

  • Shuttler Saina Nehwal received a huge boost ahead of the Rio Olympics as she clinched her second Australian Open Super Series title after defeating China’s Sun Yu in a thrilling three-game final in Sydney.
  • London Olympics bronze medallist Saina, who had beaten two world champions Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon (2013) and China’s Yihan Wang (2011) in the quarterfinals and semifinals, thus clinched her maiden title of the season.
  • It is Saina’s second Australian Open victory, having clinched the title in 2014 as well.

About Saina Nehwal:

  • Saina Nehwal is the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics.
  • She is also the first Indian after Prakash Padukone and the first Indian woman to become world number 1 badminton player.
  • She is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships and was also the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament, by clinching the Indonesia Open 2009.

2) Usain Bolt registers 2016`s 2nd best 100m timing.

  • Usain Bolt gave an emphatic demonstration of his readiness for an Olympic three-peat by running 9.88 (1.0m/s) to win the 100m at the JN Racers Grand Prix in Kingston.
  • Bolt clocked the second fastest time of the year behind Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut’s 9.86.
  • Bolt is pursuing a hat-trick of 100m, 200m and 4x100m triumphs for the third time, the feat is in jeopardy after Carter, his sprint relay team-mate in Beijing and London.

3) Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 Canada Grand Prix of Formula One.

  • Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton clinched pole at the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
  • Canada Grand Prix was the seventh race of the 2016 season and was held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
  • It was the 53rd pole of Hamilton`s career and his fifth at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and gives him a good chance of reducing Rosberg`s 24-point lead in the title race.
  • Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel was third for Ferrari ahead of Australian Daniel Ricciardo and his Red Bull team-mate Dutch teenager Max Verstappen with Kimi Raikkonen taking sixth place on the grid in the second Ferrari.

4) USA women win third straight FINA world league super final gold medal.

  • The USA Women’s Senior National Team won gold at the FINA Women Water Polo World League Super Final. The team defeated Spain in the championship match in Shanghai, China.
  • The U.S. women have made it to the gold-medal match all but two times, in 2005 when they did not medal at all, and in 2013, when they won bronze.
  • This victory marks the United States’ third straight FINA World League Super Final title and 10th overall.
  • Australia defeated China in the bronze medal match.

About FINA World league

  1. The FINA Water Polo World League is an international water polo league organized by FINA, which plays annually.
  2. League play features continental tournaments for men and women, from which the top teams emerge to play in the Super Final where the league champion team is crowned.
  3. Men`s league play began in 2002 and the women’s league was added in 2004, based on growing interest in women`s play.

5) Indian men break 18-year-old national record in 4×400m relay.

  • The Indian men`s 4×400m relay team has created a new national record, clocking 3:02.17 at the International Sprint and Relay Teams Cup at Erzurum, Turkey.
  • It was previously record of 3:02.62 set at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok.
  • The Indian women`s 4×400m relay team clocked 3:30.16 and jumped to world No 13th in the rankings. In the 2016 South Asian Games, the women`s relay team finished the race with a timing of 3:35.44 to win the gold.
  • The 4×400 metres relay or long relay is an athletics track event in which teams consist of four runners who each complete 400 metres or one lap.

6) India set to play maiden U-17 Futsal World Cup.

  • India are set to make their maiden appearance in next month’s Under-17 Futsal World Cup, after being invited by the sport’s governing body, the Association Mundial de Futsal (AMF), as a wild card to take part in the event.
  • The competition, among futsal’s biggest global events, is to be held from July 11-20 in Paraguay, with India one among a total of 12 competing countries.
  • India have been drawn in Zone ‘A’ which pits them against hosts Paraguay, Catalonia and Kazakhstan. Colombia, Belgium, Brazil and Australia make up Zone ‘B’, whereas Argentina, Uruguay, Morocco and Curazo complete the line-up in Zone ‘C’.
  • The final decision is to be taken during the FAI-AGM which will be held on the sidelines of the National Championship in Haryana.

7) India beats Zimbabwe; clinches series win.

  • The One Day International (ODI) tour of India’s to Zimbabwe has done and dusted with the visitor’s dominant in the all the departments over the hosts in all three games that held at Harare Sports Club is a cricket ground in Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • The Skipper M.S. Dhoni became the first Indian captain to lead the team in three ODI series whitewashes.
  • The skipper and stumper became the first Indian wicket keeper-batsman to complete 350 dismissals in 50-overs cricket.He has taken 261 catches and effected 89 stumpings.
  • He also became the 2nd most successful ODI skipper with 107 wins. He is joint second with Allan Border, and behind Ricky Ponting (165).

8) M.S. Dhoni becomes 1st Indian keeper to complete 350 ODI dismissals.

  • Limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first Indian wicketkeeper and fourth in the world to complete 350 dismissals in One-Day International (ODI) cricket.
  • There were two milestones that he achieved from the series. With 107 wins as captain, he equalled Allan Border for the second highest number of wins in ODI history behind Ricky Pointing (165).
  • The Ranchi stumper achieved the feat during the ongoing third and final ODI against Zimbabwe, when he caught Elton Chigumbura off medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the 33rd over.
  • Playing in his 278th match, Dhoni has taken 261 catches and affected 89 stampings.
  • Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara leads the list with 482 dismissals followed by Australian Adam Gilchrist and South African Mark Boucher with 472 and 424 dismissals respectively.

9) Rio 2016 unveils official slogan for Olympic and Paralympic Games.

  • The Rio 2016 organising committee revealed the official slogan for the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in South America - "A new world" - while also unveiling the medals, 52 days from the start of the quadrennial extravaganza.
  • Along with the Olympic torch, the medals and the mascots, the slogan plays a major part in creating the unique identity of each Olympic Games.
  • For Rio 2016, the core values of the slogan and the manifesto are unity, respect for diversity and the will for change, reports Xinhua.
  • Earlier in the day, the curtain was lifted on the designs of the medals for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, nearly 2,500 gold, silver and bronze medals produced according to strict sustainability criteria.

10) India enter Champions Trophy final for 1st time.

  • India’s only podium finish until now was a bronze medal, won way back in 1982 in Amsterdam.
  • Indian men’s hockey team had their date with history as they clinched a maiden appearance in the final of the prestigious 36th Hero Champions Trophy Hockey tournament against formidable Australia after hosts Great Britain held Belgium to 3-3 draw in a final round robin match.
  • This will be India’s first appearance in the summit clash in 36 years since the inception of the blue-riband six-nation tournament.
  • India would thank Great Britain, who rallied from a two goal deficit to hold Belgium 3-3 in a cliffhanger at the Lee Valley Hockey Centre late last evening. This was after India lost 2-4 to title favourites Australia in their last round robin encounter.
  • The draw between Great Britain and Belgium meant both of them finished behind India in the round-robin league, paving the way for India to play World champions Australia in the tonight’s title encounter.
  • Australia topped the league standings with 13 points from five games, while India ended on seven points. Great Britain ended on six points and Belgium were left on four points.

11) Brazil declares financial emergency, requests funding for Rio Olympics.

  • The governor of the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro declared a state of financial emergency, requesting federal funds to help fulfill obligations for public services during the Olympics, which start Aug. 5.
  • The state`s revenue has slumped in the last two years as global oil prices have collapsed. Rio state`s debt has been downgraded several times.
  • Fitch Ratings knocked Rio`s debt rating to B- from B+, saying the state was suffering "a fast-deteriorating liquidity position``.
  • Since late last year, the state has been forced to delay pension and salary payments and shutter some schools and hospitals, where crucial supplies, including medicines and syringes, are lacking. Brazil is also facing an outbreak of the Zika virus.

12) World Champions Australia beat India in shootout to clinch 14th Champions Trophy title.

  • India was pipped by reigning world champions Australia 1-3 via penalty shoot-out to settle for their maiden silver medal in the Hockey Champions Trophy.
  • After the 60 minutes of regulation play remained goalless in the final, Australian goalkeeper Tyler Lovell denied S.K. Uthappa, S.V. Sunil and Surender Kumar in the penalty shoot-out to drive Australia to their 14th Champions Trophy title - most by any side.
  • Mandeep Singh created the first potent chance in the ninth minute as his speedy run on the right caught the Australians off-guard.

13) 106 year old woman becomes oldest Olympic torch bearer.

  • Three years after becoming the world`s oldest skydiver, Aida Gemanque became the oldest Olympic torch bearer.
  • She carried the flame in the Amazonian city of Macapa, aged 106.
  • Gemanque broke the record formerly held by Alexander Kaptarenko, who was 101 when he took part in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics relay, Xinhua news agency reported.
  • The 95-day torch relay will pass through 325 Brazilian cities and involve some 12,000 runners before ending at Rio`s Maracana Stadium for the lighting of the Olympic cauldron on August 5.

14) BCCI tightens noose on fund distribution to states.

  • In its attempt to prevent a repeat of the Goa Cricket Association (GCA) alleged fraud, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to switch to electronic methods to distribute funds to all state associations.
  • Goa Police had recently arrested three top-ranking GCA officials, including its president Chetan Desai, secretary Vinod Phadke and treasurer Akbar Mulla.
  • for allegedly encashing a Rs 3.13 crore cheque from the BCCI in 2006-07.
  • In the wake of such incidents, the BCCI has now decided to tighten the screws while distributing funds to the state associations.
  • In future all payments from BCCI to state associations will be made to a designated account. That account will have to be confirmed by the current secretary and treasurer of the association.

15) World`s oldest professional footballer sets new goal record.

  • Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura, the world’s oldest professional footballer, has beaten his own record as the oldest goal scorer in J-League history.
  • The 49-year-old, who is in his 31st season as a professional, netted a header as his side Yokohama FC succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at home to FC Gifu in the Japanese second division.
  • Miura, who goes into record as being the oldest footballer and oldest goal scorer in Japan’s professional league, is arguably Japan’s first superstar in football.
  • Miura then became the first Japanese footballer to play in Italy, joining Genoa C.F.C in the 1994–95 Series A season.

16) Shaminda Eranga suspended for illegal bowling action.

  • International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Sri Lanka’s fast bowler Shaminda Eranga from bowling.
  • He was suspended after an assessment of his bowling action. The assessment revealed that all deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations.
  • Sri Lanka’s Eranga was reported to ICC for a suspect action after the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street on 31 May.
  • Eranga can’t bowl in any international match or in any domestic match in a foreign country save for Sri Lankan domestic cricket subject to approval by their board.

17) Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe.

  • Mercedes German driver Nico Rosberg won the European Grand Prix at the Baku City Circuit, tightening his hold on the top spot in the Formula One driver`s standings.
  • To win the title, the Mercedes driver overcame Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany in the final race.
  • For Rosberg, it was the first European title and the 5th title in 2016 season as he stood as the champion in Austria, Bahrain, China and Russia also.
  • Overall, it was the 19th title since the beginning of his career in 2006.

18) Cavaliers Defeat Warriors to Win First N.B.A. Title.
For the first time, the Cleveland Cavaliers are NBA champions. The Cavs defeated the Golden State Warriors to win the title.

  • It`s the city`s first major sports championship since the Browns won the NFL championship in 1964.
  • Led by hometown star LeBron James, who won MVP honors for the third time in his career, the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to overcome a 3-1 game deficit and win the championship.

19) Silver Medal Won by India at Archery World Cup in Antalya.

  • The Indian mixed recurve team of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das has won the silver medal at the Archery World Cup held in Antalya, Turkey.
  • In the final match played at Konyaalti Beach Park, the Indian team lost to South Korea
  • Deepika Kumari is an Indian athlete who competes in the event of Archery, is currently ranked World No. 5 and is a former world number one.
  • Atanu Das is an Indian archer. He is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest. He represents India in the Recurve Men’s Individual and Team events.