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1) India Beat Zimbabwe By Three Runs in Cliff-Hanger, Win Series 2-1.
  • India pipped Zimbabwe by three runs to win the three-match T20 series 2-1 at the Harare Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Kedar Jadhav (58 off 42 balls) was adjudged as the Man of the Match.
  1. Man of the series: Barinder Sran (an Indian bowler).
  2. By playing this game, Dhoni equalled Ricky Ponting`s record of captaining in 324 international matches to be at the top of the list alongside the Australian.
  3. Dhoni, who was appointed captain in 2007, has led India in 60 Tests, 194 ODIs and 70 T20 Internationals.

2) Andy Murray wins record fifth Queen`s Club title.
  • Britain`s Andy Murray has won the Queen`s Club Championship in London for a record-breaking fifth time. He beat Canadian Milos Raonic.
  • The 29-year-old had earlier won the Aegon Championships in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.
  • The victory was Murray`s 37th ATP career title and his second of 2016 and will help narrow the gap in the world rankings between him and World Number 1 Novak Djokovic.
3) Mary Kom denied wild card for Rio Olympics.
  • The chairman of AIBA and the ad-hoc committee, Kishen Narsi confirmed that veteran pugilist M.C. Mary Kom has been denied the wild card into the Rio Olympics.
  • In a last-ditch attempt to fetch Mary Kom a Rio Olympics berth, the Indian Olympic Association and the ad-hoc committee administering boxing in the country had sent a a wild card request for the celebrated boxer, who could not make the cut via qualifiers.
  • Mary Kom could not book an Olympic ticket after losing the second round of the World Championships.
4) India wins three match T20 series with Zimbabwe.
  • India pipped Zimbabwe by three runs to win the three-match T20 series 2-1 at the Harare Sports Club in Harare, Zimbabwe.
  • Riding on Kedar Jadhav`s brilliant 42-ball 58, India managed to post 138/6. In reply, Timycen Maruma`s 13-ball 23 not out almost helped Zimbabwe chase down the target but they fell short by three runs.
  • Needing 21 runs in the final over, Indian left-arm seamer Barinder Sran conceded 12 runs in the first two deliveries but came back strong .
  • Man of the series award won by Barinder Sran (an Indian bowler).
5) Andy Murray sets Queen`s Club record after re-uniting with Ivan Lendl.
  • Andy Murray took the coveted Queen`s Club title for a record fifth time to surpass a group of tennis greats including his final opponent Milos Raonic`s new coach John McEnroe.
  • The American legend is helping Raonic through Queen`s and Wimbledon and was watching on as world number two Murray recovered from a set down to beat his new charge in a gripping encounter.
  • In an added twist, Murray has just re-hired Ivan Lendl, a bitter rival of McEnroe in their playing days, to his coaching team.
6) Anju Bobby George resigns as Kerala Sports Council President.
  • Former India athlete and sports activist Ashwini Nachappa termed ace long jumper Anju Bobby George`s resignation from Kerala Sports Council as "unfortunate" stating that it again proved that there is "more politics in sport than in politics``.
  • The 1990 Asian Games silver medalist is of the view that drug menace has become rampant across sporting disciplines.
7) Russian hockey winger playing for the Chicago Blackhawks has won the 2015-2016 Calder Memorial Trophy.
  • The 24-year-old winger is the first Blackhawk to win the award since Patrick Kane in 2008.
  • Chicago Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin won the 2015-16 Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition``, it was announced at the NHL Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
  • Panarin led all rookies in scoring with 77 points, goals (30) and assists (47) in 80 games. The 24-year-old rookie tied Gostisbehere and three others with eight power-play goals.
  • The other two finalists were Edmonton Oilers` forward Connor McDavid, the top overall picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, and Philadelphia Flyers` defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere.
8) Harika wins Eurasian Blitz.
  • D. Harika added another feather to her cap by winning the women’s title in the Eurasian Blitz chess tournament in Kazakhstan.
  • The India No. 2 player picked up a cash prize of $2,500 and 60 Elo points to regain her position in the top 10.
  • Harika had won the best woman’s prize at the Zalakaros International Chess Festival in Hungary last week to jump to World No. 9 in the classical rankings list.
  • Harika win is particularly impressive as the elite field included World No.1 Hou Yifan.The 25-year-old had tied with Yifan with 12.5 points at the end of the tournament and ended up victorious in the tie-breaker.
9) Manoj Kumar and Vikas Krishan secure Rio 2016 Olympics berth.
  • Manoj Kumar and Vikas Krishan became the latest Indian boxers to qualify for Rio 2016 Olympics. Manoj won quarterfinal bout against Tajikistan’s Rakhimov Shakvakatdzhon to win 3-0 in the AIBA World Olympic qualification event in Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • Indian boxer Vikas Krishan has settled for a bronze medal in the 75 kg category at the International Boxing Association`s (AIBA) World Qualifying Tournament.At Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • Vikas was ruled out of the semi-final clash owing to a cut on his forehead. However, by reaching the semi-final, Vikas assured himself of an Olympic quota berth.
  • Three Indian boxers have qualified for the Olympic Games. Apart from Vikas and Manoj, Shiva Thapa (56 kg) has also made the cut, booking his berth in the Asian Qualifiers in March. 
10) BCCI to host mini IPL overseas in September.
  • BCCI has announced its plans to hold a mini-IPL in September 2016, using the window once allotted for the defunct Champions League Twenty20.
  • Anurag Thakur, the BCCI president, confirmed the development in Dharamsala, where the board is conducting its first annual cricket conclave, and that exact dates and venues will be determined later.
  • The IPL has traditionally been held in India - barring the 2009 edition when it moved to South Africa over security concerns surrounding elections - in the months of April-May.
  • The Champions League, which featured the leading T20 teams from major countries, used to held in the latter half of the year, around September-October. It was last held in 2014.
11) Dutee Chand awarded Rs. 50,000 for qualifying for Rio 2016 Olympics.
  • Dutee Chand became the first Indian female athlete in 36 years to qualify for 100m dash in Olympics as she booked a Rio berth.
  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated sprinter Dutee Chand for having qualified for Rio Olympics.
  • Describing Dutee’s Olympics qualification a historic achievement that brought glory for Odisha, Patnaik wished victory for her in Rio, according to a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office.
  • Odisha Athletic Association Secretary Asirbad Behera congratulated Dutee and announced Rs. 50,000 for her.
  • Joyed over her feat, Dutee told an Odia television channel that her success was the result of 14 years of hard work.
12) 4th edition of Pro Kabaddi league to kick starts.
  • The fourth edition of Pro Kabaddi league will kick start in Mumbai. The matches will be hosted across seven cities including Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Jaipur, Patna and Delhi.
  • Puneri Paltan will take on Telugu Titans in first match, followed by a clash between season 2 champions U Mumba and the inaugural season champions Jaipur Pink Panthers.
  • Season 2 champions U Mumba and rivals Puneri Paltan expressed confidence over their prospects in this season.
13) Jitu Rai wins silver in ISSF World Cup.
  • Champion Indian shooter Jitu Rai has preceded his Rio Olympics 2016 stint with a silver medal at the Men’s 10m Air Pistol Event at the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • He finished in second place behind Brazilian sport shooter Felipe Almeida Wu of Brazil; 24-year-old Wu is a silver medal winner at the Junior Olympics in his category.
  • Rai shot 199.5 in the finals for the silver medal finish. Although he finished at 10th in the men’s 50m air pistol, he made up for that finish in the 10m category.
  • Rai has been extremely successful at the ISSF World Cup, winning six medals at the tournament over the past three years, with the first of those coming at the 2014 World Cup in Munich, Germany.
14) Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after Copa America final loss to Chile.
  • Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star, announced his plans to retirement from international football.
  • The announcement from the foot balling great of his generation came just hours after he missed the penalty in the Copa America final.
  • His team, Argentina, faced a defeat from Chile in Copa America final at New Jersey in the US.
  • Argentina lost 4-2 on penalties to Chile after a 0-0 draw in MetLife Stadium.
15) Anju Bobby George & Pullela Gopichand taken as members of Khelo India.
  • Anju Bobby George and Pullela Gopichand were named as the members of Khelo India.
  • Khelo India is a national programme launched by the Union Government for the development of sports in the country.
  • George, India`s lone athletics World Championship medal winner and Gopichand, the chief national badminton coach are the two sportsperson who were included in the seven-member committee of Khelo India.
  • The committee is to be headed by Sports Secretary Rajiv Yadav.
16) Chile beat Argentina to win 2016 Copa America Football tournament.
  • Chile won the Copa America football tournament. In the final clash played at MetLife Stadium, Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 through penalties shootout.
  • This was second America title for Chile, it won the first title in 2015 after defeating Argentina 4-1 in a penalty shootout following a 0-0 scoreless draw at the end of regulation.
  • With this, Chile also became the first team to win the Copa America in back to back years since Argentina in 1946 and 1947.
Golden Ball: Alexis Sanchez (Chile)
Golden Boot: Eduardo Vargas (Chile)
Golden Glove award: Claudio Bravo (Chile)
Fair Play Award: Argentina
17) National inter-State senior athletics begins in Hyderabad.
  • 56th National inter-State senior athletics championships begin at the G.M.C. Balayogi Stadium (Gachibowli). It is a qualifying event for the Rio Olympics.
  • As many as 744 athletes, including 264 women from 26 states will take part in the five-day event.
  • A Sri Lankan relay team will also take part in the event in its bid to attain the Rio qualification standard. This is the fourth time that senior Nationals have returned to Hyderabad.
18) Rio-bound sprinter breaks 400m national record.
  • Indian women’s 4×100 relay team broke an 18-year-old national record which was set by Saraswati Dey, Rachita Mistry, EB Shyla and PT Usha at Fukuoka in 1998 Olympic final was 12 years ago in Athens.
  • The anchor leg was run by Dutee, who was preceded on the track by Srabani, Jyoti and Merlyn Joseph as the team clocked a timing of 44.03 seconds.
  • China won the gold and bronze as their `A` team clocked 42.65 and the `B` team was timed at 43.89. Japan took the silver with 43.81. 


19) Sanjeev Rajput wins silver in ISSF World Cup.
  • Ace shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinched the silver medal for India in men`s 50-metre rifle 3 position event of the ISSF World Cup in Baku (Ajerbaijan).
  • Rajput shot 456.9 to win the silver medal in the last World Cup before the Rio Olympic Games.
  • Croatia`s Petar Gorsa won the gold medal with 457.5, while Hyeonjun Kim of Korea bagged the bronze after he shot 445.5.
  • Rajput finished seventh in the qualification with a score of 1167 in kneeling, prone and standing position.

20) Argentina women win record seventh Champions Trophy title.
  • The Argentina women`s team has claimed a record seventh Champions Trophy title with a 2-1 win over reigning World and Olympic champions, The Netherlands, in the final at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
  • Argentina held on to win their third successive Champions Trophy title.
  • Argentina captain Carla Rebecchi, who as well as finishing the competition as top scorer with seven goals was also named as the competition`s best player.
  • In the bronze medal game, USA battled to a shootout victory over Australia, giving the team a first Champions Trophy medal since wining bronze at the 1995 event in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
21) Harmanpreet Kaur becomes first Indian cricketer to play in Women`s Big Bash League.
  • All-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur has become the first Indian women cricketer to be recruited by a foreign Twenty20 franchise as she signed up with Sydney Thunder, the reigning Women`s Big Bash League champions.
  • This is the first official signing since the BCCI cleared the women cricketers to participate in overseas leagues earlier this month.
  • On the final day of the Indian board`s working committee meeting in Dharamsala, the BCCI president Anurag Thakur confirmed that Harmanpreet has been signed by the Thunder.
  • Harmanpreet, India`s vice-captain, had received offer from three teams, including the Sydney Sixers, the runners-up in the inaugural season but she zeroed in on the Thunder.
22) India jumps to number 5 in world hockey rankings.
  • India’s men hockey team jumped to fifth position ahead of the likes of Belgium, Argentina and New Zealand when the Indian hockey team lodged a protest during the penalty shootout before finally settling for historic silver after the jury announced that the 1-3 result against Australia.
  • India now has 1689 points at the conclusion of the Champions Trophy, 56 points ahead of sixth-placed Belgium (1633) and just eight away from Great Britain (1697) on fourth.
  • India was previously ranked fifth in 2004 but since then it has been a downward slide.
  • This is the first time in more than a decade that India hockey team made has made it to the top five in world rankings since the International Hockey Federation (FIH) started the system in 2003.
  • Team India also created history as it was the first time that they played in the final of the Champions Trophy against Australia (in London).

23) Indore to host first ever Test in New Zealand series.
  • Indore is set to host its first-ever Test during the three-match series against New Zealand.
  • India will play three Tests against New Zealand from September 22 - October 12.
  • Virat Kohli will lead India in the Test series.
  • The two teams will play five ODIs from October 16 - 29.
24) Virat Kohli launches new startup Stepathlon kids to promote fitness among children.
  • Virat Kohli and technology-driven fitness platform Stepathlon Lifestyle has announced the launch of Stepathlon Kids – a company dedicated to children’s fitness programmes.
  • Through its annual 30 day virtual race, the venture will urge children to take 15,000 steps a day, helping them adopt a healthy lifestyle and increase awareness about health issues.
  • Targeting age groups from 8-12 years.
  • According to a study by World Health Organisation (WHO), as many as 22 per cent of children in India are either obese or facing health issues.
25) Amul signs up as official sponsor of Indian team to the Olympics.
  • India’s leading food products company Amul has signed up as the official sponsor for the Indian contingent to the Rio Olympics 2016.
  • The company will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and other dairy products to promote this association. Amul has embarked upon an ‘Eat Milk with Every Meal’ campaign.
  • The Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which sells its product under the brand Amul, will pay Rs. 1 crore to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) for the sponsorship.
26) Golf Back in the Olympics After 112 Years.
  • The 2016 Rio games will be the first Olympics after 112 years to host a Golf event.
  • the session of the 121st International Olympic Committee Session chose to re-introduce the sport for the games
  • Golf has been reintroduced for 2016 and 2020 Olympics.
27) BCCI mulls setting up its own stadium in Delhi to avoid shifting of matches.
  • The BCCI is planning to build a state-of-the-art cricket stadium in New Delhi.
  • The board has planned to buy land and build a cricket stadium, which will be owned and administered by BCCI, and does not belong to any state association.
  • The cricket control body will run the stadium and marquee games like World Cup finals, IPL finals will be hosted at this stadium.