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1. ISSF Junior World Cup 2018 Germany- Complete Highlights. 

The ISSF Junior World Cup 2 concluded in Suhl, Germany, where 761 junior shooters gathered and competed in 22 Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun events — both individual and team. They represented 61 countries, piling up the impressive total of 1544 starts: the highest number in the history of the Junior World Cup. Manu Bhaker shot 242.5 points and won the gold medal in 10m air pistol event.  She created a junior world record.

India and the People’s Republic of China battled all along the competition for the top position in the medal board, which was eventually taken by the Indian National Team with 26 total medals: 15 golds, two silvers and nine bronzes. The People`s Republic of China took 2nd place with 21 podiums: six golds, nine silvers and six bronzes.


2. Australia Wins Hockey Champions Trophy Final 2018.

India lost 1-3 to Australia in shootout in the summit clash of Champions Trophy hockey in Breda, the Netherlands. India had managed to play a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in their final round-robin game on Saturday to set-up the Hockey Champions Trophy final against Australia. Mandeep Singh (47th minute) scored for second-placed India, while Thiery Brinkmann (55th) scored for the third-placed Netherlands as the two teams ended the round-robin stage with eight and seven points respectively. The Netherlands will meet Olympic champions Argentina in the bronze-medal playoff on Sunday after the South Americans defeated Australia 3-1 to take their points tally to seven -- same as the European team. But Argentina are in the fourth spot due to an inferior goal difference. Australia topped the table with 10 points. The final will be a repeat of the 2016 edition when Australia got the better of India via a controversial penalty shootout. India needed at least a draw against the Dutch to keep the opponent away from the place in the final. Both teams showed urgency but India created a goal-scoring opportunity first with youngster Dilpreet Singh making the right call to ask for a video referral. The video umpire ruled in India` favour for a dangerous ball in the striking circle, though Harmanpreet Singh`s powerful flick was brilliantly parried away by Dutch goalkeeper Sam van der Ven. Immediately though, the home team launched a quick-fire counter with Seve van Ass taking a shot on goal. But with an in-form PR Sreejesh continuing his outstanding form at the goalpost made it difficult for the Dutch to convert.


3. Lee Chong Wei Wins Malaysian Open Badminton Singles Title.

Malaysian shuttler Lee Chong Wei defeated Japan’s Kento Momota 21-17 23-21 on Sunday to secure a historic 12th Malaysia Open title. Lee, who was dominant from the start, completed the rout in 71 minutes. With this victory, Momota’s 21-match winning streak has also come to an end. In the women’s singles final, top seed Tai Tzu Ying from Taiwan saw off China’s He Bingjiao 22-20, 21-11.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Lee admitted that he was under pressure to dleiver. “There was some pressure for me to win this tournament.”

“Now I have won the Malaysia Open for the 12th time. I hope this will encourage me to do well at the world championships and Asian Games.” The world number six Lee left Momota hapless with his sharp overhead drives to take the opening game 21-17 in 30 minutes backed by a raucous home crowd.

Momota was full of praise for Lee. “Even though he is 12 to 13-years older, he is a strong player and still dominates men’s badminton.”



Men’s singles: Lee Chong Wei defeated Kento Momota- 21-17, 23-21.

Mixed doubles: Zheng Siwei-Huang Yaqiong defeated Wang Yilyu-Huang Dongping- 21-19, 21-18.

Women’s doubles: Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi defeated Chen Qingchen-Jia Yifan- 21-12, 21-12.

Women’s singles: Tai Tzu-ying defeated He Bingjiao  22-20, 21-11

Men’s doubles: Takeshi Kamura-Keigo Sonoda defeated Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe- 21-8, 21-10.


4. Max Verstappen Won Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton Retires.

Were any further evidence required that this season’s Formula One world championship may come down to the last man standing, the Austrian Grand Prix was surely enough to silence any doubters.

Max Verstappen may have won Red Bull’s home race but with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas both failing to finish for Mercedes it dealt the team a body blow. Hamilton’s title lead has disappeared and the British driver now faces the herculean task of refocusing and bringing his best to the British Grand Prix next weekend.

Nobody could deny Verstappen deserved the victory, the first time Red Bull have won at the Red Bull Ring; he ran the race to perfection. As he showed exemplary control, pace and skill while managing his tyres, others suffered from blistering that severely hampered their races.

But he did so while Mercedes fell to pieces in more ways than one on a day described by the team as cruel and brutal. Bottas, who had started from pole, retired on lap 14 with a hydraulic problem linked to the steering while Hamilton ground to a halt on lap 63 with a drop in pressure in the fuel system. Hamilton saw his lead of 14 points swing to a single-point deficit to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who finished in third, behind his teammate Kimi Räikkönen.


5. Aaron Finch Posts Highest-Ever T20 Individual Score.

AARON Finch shattered the record books with a century against Zimbabwe in Harare.

Finch hammered 172 off 76 balls, continuing his hot form by posting the highest score in T20I history.

At the 125-run mark he had broken Shane Watson’s record for the highest score by a T20I captain but he was far from finished.

The stocky Victorian went on to break his own record for the highest score in a T20I, bettering the 156 he scored against England in 2013 by 16 runs.

Finch fell three runs short of Chris Gayle’s record for the highest score in a T20. Gayle scored an unbeaten 175 for Bangalore against Pune in 2013.

Remarkably, four of the five highest scores in T20I cricket belong to Australians.

Below are the five highest T20I scores

Aaron Finch — 172 off 76 balls — Australia v Zimbabwe, Harare 2018

Aaron Finch — 156 off 63 balls — Australia v England, Southampton 2013

Glenn Maxwell — 145 not out off 65 balls — Australia v Sri Lanka, Pallekele 2016

Evin Lewis — 125 not out off 62 balls — West Indies v India, Kingston 2017

Shane Watson — 124 not out off 71 balls — Australia v India, Sydney 2016


6. ICC Introduces Stricter Sanctions For Ball-Tampering.

Players found guilty of ball tampering could face bans of six Test matches or 12 one-day internationals under new rules approved by the ICC on Monday.

As part of proposals put forward at the governing body`s annual conference in Dublin, changing the condition of the ball has been upgraded to a level three offence.

That would mean heftier punishments for those found guilty, something that had been expected following the incident in South Africa that saw Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft punished by Cricket Australia.

Monday`s decision will see the ICC take a stronger stance on future cases, something chief executive David Richardson welcomed.

"I`d like to thank the Cricket Committee and the chief executives for their commitment to improving player behaviour in the game and supporting the introduction of new offences and great sanctions," he said in a statement.

"There is a clear desire here to reclaim cricket`s unique proposition as a game that people can trust in and for us all to live the spirit of cricket in a way that is relevant in the 21st century."

Anyone found guilty of personal abuse, disobeying an umpire or "audible obscenity" will also be punished after they were added to the list of offences. To deal with the latter, stump microphone guidelines have also been changed, with the audio now allowed to be broadcast at any time.

The ICC also intends to help Zimbabwe Cricket "stabilise its business", while threatening Sri Lanka Cricket`s membership if they do not hold elections within six months.


7. Tbilisi Grand Prix, Georgia: Bajrang Punia Wins Gold, Deepak Bronze.

Indian wrestler Bajrang Punia won the gold medal at Tbilisi Grand Prix of V. Balavadze and G. Kartozia in Georgia with a 9-3 win over Iran’s Mehran Akbar Nasiriafrachali in the 65kg category final.

He reached the summit clash after defeating Yones Aliakbar Emamichoghaei of Iran (3-1) and Russia’s Murshid Mutalimov (6-5) in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively. He overcame Gor Ogannesyan from Ukraine in the pre quarterfinal, winning 14-4 on technical superiority.

Meanwhile, Deepak Punia won the bronze medal in the 86kg category by defeating Turkey’s Osman Gocen 5-3.

Deepak bowed out in the quarter-final stage after losing to Saba Chikhradze of Georgia. However, his opponent’s progress to the final saw Deepak enter the repechage round, where he defeated Uzbekistan’s Umidjon Ismanov 3-1 before his bronze medal playoff.

Earlier, Sushil Kumar lost his first bout in more than four years, when he lost 4-8 to Polish grappler Andrzej Piotr Sokalski in the 74 kg category.