QPlay: Hyderabad Beat Mumbai; Djokovic, Serena Win Laureus Awards
1. Warner, Sran Shine as Sunrisers Hyderabad Beat Mumbai Indians
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s skipper, David Warner led from the front with a scintillating unbeaten 90 as Hyderabad thrashed Mumbai Indians by seven wickets to notch their first win of the IPL at their home ground on Monday.
Chasing a target of 143, Warner anchored the Sunrisers innings with a masterclass effort after his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (2) was out in the first over as the home side romped home with 15 balls to spare at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Warner hit seven fours and four sixes in his 59-ball unbeaten knock as he carried his bat through the innings to help the Sunrisers bounce back after losing their last two matches. The swashbuckling Australian curbed his aggressive intent initially before hitting a flurry of lusty blows towards the end.
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2. Djokovic, Serena Win Top Laureus Awards
World number ones, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams completed a clean sweep for tennis as they won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards on Monday.
In a glitzy ceremony in the German capital, hosted by US actor Bill Murray, Serbia’s Djokovic beat Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, sprinter Usain Bolt and Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton among others for the top men’s award at the annual ceremony.
Djokovic and American Williams, who fought off competition from footballer Carli Lloyd and Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce among others, were rewarded for dominating their sport last year, with each winning three of the four grand slams.
3. Gymnast Dipa Karmakar Qualifies for Rio Olympics
Top Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar made history in the final qualifier of the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro as she gave a strong show, becoming the first ever Indian woman to qualify for the Olympics in gymnastics.
Her first vault, the difficult Produnova, gave Dipa 15.066 points, the highest among 14 competitors. But a poor show in the uneven bars took her points down as she collected 11.700, the second worst among the 14 participants.
The Tripura girl secured 13.366 and 12.566 points in beam and floor exercises.
Hours after creating history by becoming the first Indian woman gymnast to qualify for the Olympics, Dipa Karmakar clinched the gold in vaults finals at the test event of the Rio Games on Monday.
4. Inzamam Quits as Afghan Coach, Set To Take Pakistan Selector Job
Pakistan batting legend and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has resigned as the coach of Afghanistan and is set to be named his country’s chief selector.
Inzamam resigned after almost eight months before his contract expires with the Afghanistan Cricket Board, the country’s cricket board said on Sunday.
According to a statement by Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), Inzamam resigned from his post considering his national obligations, pointing towards upheaval in Pakistan cricket.
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5. Tottenham Hotspur Thrash Stoke City 4-0
Tottenham Hotspur took a large bite out of Leicester City’s Premier League lead with two goals apiece from Harry Kane and Dele Alli earning them a 4-0 victory at Stoke City on Monday.
The visitors took complete advantage of Leicester’s 2-2 home draw with West Ham United on Sunday and closed the five-point gap with four matches remaining.
Leicester remain favourites with 73 points but Tottenham’s fourth victory in five games, achieved with a real flourish, means the title race is back on the boil.
6. KKR’s John Hastings Ruled Out of IPL
According to ESPNcricinfo, Australian and Kolkata Knight Riders all-rounder, John Hastings has gone back home due to an ankle injury and will not take any part in the remainder of the 2016 IPL.
Hastings hurt himself while warming up, ahead of KKR’s match against Mumbai Indians last week. He went on to play the game with the injury and emerged as the most economical bowler for his side which lost by six wickets.
He bowled through a fair bit of pain. He had a fair bit of scans after that, and he has flown back to Australia. It’s a shame to see his campaign end prematurely. He had fitted in really well into the team, and he had performed well in a couple of games. Yeah, unfortunately, he’ll be doing a lot of rehab instead and working towards getting fit for the West Indies tour of Australia.Simon Katich, Assistant Coach, Kolkata Knight Riders