QPlay: Jhajharia Wins Paralympics Gold; Messi Sets Hattrick Record
All the latest results from the Champions League, Rio Paralympics and more.
1. Javelin Thrower Devendra Jhajharia Wins Rio Gold
India’s Devendra Jhajharia bettered his own world record to win gold in the men’s javelin throw F46 event at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Devendra won gold in the javelin event at the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a record throw of 62.15 metres, becoming only the second gold medalist at the Paralympics for his country, and improved upon it with an attempt of 63.97 metres at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao) on Tuesday.
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2. Messi Sets Hat-trick Record as Barca Hit Celtic for Seven
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar combined to devastating effect as Barcelona swatted Celtic aside 7-0 at the Nou Camp to lay down a marker in Champions League Group C on Tuesday.
Messi produced a stunning display, hitting a record sixth hat-trick in the competition.
He smashed home a pass from Neymar in the third minute and the Argentine maestro struck again in the 27th after Celtic’s Moussa Dembele had a penalty saved by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Messi then grabbed his third goal, overtaking Real Madrid greats Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas to reach six European Cup trebles.
4. Sanchez Rescues Arsenal After PSG Scores in 44 Seconds
Arsenal recovered from a nightmare start to salvage a 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain after Alexis Sanchez scored a late equalizer in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.
The Chile forward converted a rare chance for the unimpressive visitors with 12 minutes left in the Group A match, after Edinson Cavani scored PSG’s opener with just 44 seconds on the clock.
Sanchez scored from a rebound against the run of the play after PSG keeper Alphonse Areola parried Alex Iwobi’s powerful shot, sparing the Gunners a third consecutive loss in their opening game in the competition.
5. Bayern Thrash Rostov for New Record
Five-time champion Bayern Munich gave Russian debutant Rostov a rude welcome to the Champions League on Tuesday, winning 5-0 in a record 13th consecutive win at home in the competition.
Goals from Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller on his 27th birthday, two from rising star Joshua Kimmich and another from Juan Bernat gave Carlo Ancelotti’s team a perfect start in Group D and maintained the side’s winning start to the season.
Last season’s beaten finalist Atletico Madrid won 1-0 at PSV Eindhoven in the other group game.
6. Sharapova Appeal Verdict Set for October
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said it would deliver an appeal verdict on the two-year doping ban for Maria Sharapova in early October.
The 29-year-old Russian tested positive for the banned medication meldonium during January’s Australian Open. In a severe blow to her reputation, the infringement was revealed in March.
The original ruling had been expected by July 18, with Sharapova hoping a successful appeal would allow her to spearhead the Russian tennis team in Rio. Delays have been caused by both parties carefully preparing defences of their position as Sharapova seeks a reduction of the Tribunal’s decision to sanction her with a two-year period.
7. Nadal Says Special Things Can Happen in Davis Cup
The pain of not living up to the favourites tag in the previous ties still rankles the Spanish Davis Cup team as Rafael Nadal said “special things” can happen for lower-ranked Indian players in the World Group play-off tie.
It’s a complete mismatch with Spain boasting world-class performers in this tie against an Indian side, which does not have a single player in top-100.
The Indian players will play in front of their crowd with conditions they chose. And in Davis Cup, special things can happen. It has happened in the past. We lost a couple of confrontations (contest) that we believed we were favourites and were in good position. There is respect for India, they have good players, good double team.Rafael Nadal
(With agency inputs)
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