Gambhir slams Kashmiri leader on Twitter
Slamming Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for his congratulatory tweet to Pakistan for their ICC Champions Trophy win over India, seasoned cricketer Gautam Gambhir suggested that he celebrate the win in Pakistan rather than in Kashmir. Gambhir's strong reaction came after the Hurriyat leader on his Twitter handle expressed his joy at Pakistan beating India by 180 runs in the Champion's Trophy final at The Oval in London on Sunday. "Fireworks all around, feels like an early Eid here. Better team took the day. Congratulations team #Pakistan," Farooq tweeted. To this, the famed left-handed Indian opening batsman not only slammed Farooq, but also indirectly took a dig at China's increasing 'colonisation' of Pakistan. "A suggestion @MirwaizKashmir why don't u cross the border? U will get better fireworks (Chinese?), Eid celebs there. I can help u wid packing," Gambhir wrote in his tweet.
Vijender to meet Chinese star in next pro bout
Boxing star Vijender Singh will meet Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China in his next professional bout in Mumbai in August. The bout between WBO Asia Pacific Super middleweight champion Vijender Singh and WBO Oriental Super middleweight champion Zulpikar Maimaitiali will be a double title affair. Both the boxers will put their respective titles at stake and the winner will go home with his defended title as well as the opponent's title. Maimaitiali has fought eight professional bouts with 24 rounds under his belt. The 22-year-old undefeated Chinese star has won seven bouts of which five were knockouts and one a draw. Maimaitiali debuted in 2015 and won the WBO Oriental Title last year in July. Vijender, who recently retained his WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title, also made his debut in 2015. He has eight wins under his belt with seven of them coming via knockout while one was by unanimous decision. He has played 30 rounds, which puts him a few rounds above his next opponent. The Haryana boxer won his maiden title last year in July after defeating Kerry Hope of Australia. He was challenged by Francis Cheka of Tanzania last December but successfully defended his title.
Sardar questioned by UK police
India hockey player Sardar Singh was called for questioning by the police reportedly in connection with a year-old sexual assault case, barely hours after his side thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan 7-1 in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals in London. The team management in London was told that Sardar should come to Leeds for questioning by the Yorkshire police. Sardar, a former captain, was last year accused by British-Indian hockey player Ashpal Bhogal, who had claimed to be his fiancee, of rape and assault both in India and UK. Understandably, the team management is upset about the fact that Sardar was called up for questioning in the middle of a big international tournament without any prior information. Former Hockey India chief and current International Hockey Federation president Narinder Batra slammed the move by the UK authorities to question Sardar in such a manner and termed it "uncalled for".
Indian Wushu team clinches six medals at BRICS Games
India won six medals—two golds, two silvers and two bronzes—in the Wushu competition of the BRICS Games, which concluded in Guangzhou, China. Indian Wushu players gave tough competition to Wushu powerhouses China and Russia with other two teams being Brazil and South Africa. On Sunday, M. Gyandas won gold medal in Taijiquan/Taijijian, M. Bidheswari Devi won silver and L. Sanatgombhi Chanu won bronze in Taijiquan/Taijijian event. On Monday, the second and final day of Wushu events, the Indian team won three more medals—one gold, one silver and one bronze in the Five-Nation Wushu completion. Anjul Namdev clinched the gold medal in Changquan overall event, Ng. Toshibala won silver in Women's Changquan event, and Sajan Lama settled for bronze medal in Nanquan all-round event.
Tania Sachdev guides India to win over USA
International Master Tania Sachdev crashed through the defences of US champion Sabina Foisor to guide the Indian women team to a 2.5-1.5 victory in the second round of world women's team chess championship, in Khanty Mansiysk, Russia. On what turned out to be a successful day after a draw with higher-ranked Georgia in the opener, the other three boards ended in a draw. D. Harika signed the peace treaty early against Anna Zatonskih, Padmini Rout salvaged what was a worse endgame against Katrina Nemcova while S. Vijayalakshmi got lucky and survived against Akshita Gorti. The victory took the Indian ladies to joint second spot on three points, coming from one draw and a victory. In the open section, the Indian men missed out their chances and lost to China 1.5-2.5.
Shah Rukh acquires Cape Town franchise
Shah Rukh Khan and the co-owners of Kolkata Knight Riders and Trinbago Knight Riders came together to own Cape Town franchise of T20 Global League, a Cricket South Africa (CSA) initiative. The new franchise will be called Cape Town Knight Riders, CSA President Chris Nenzai and CEO Haroon Lorgat made the announcement at a London five-star hotel. South African batsman JP Duminy has been allotted as the marquee player for the Cape Town Knight Riders.
Chile defeat Cameroon, Mexico snatch draw against Portugal
Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal gave Chile their 2-0 win over Cameroon in a Group B Confederations Cup football match in Moscow. Although neither team had found the twine by the break, Sanchez's entry into play 15 minutes after play resumed was the key in La Roja's victory, given that he helped manufacture both goals for his squad.
Meanwhile, a late header from Hector Moreno produced a 2-2 draw for Mexico against Euro 2016 champions Portugal. Argentine referee Nestor Pitana disallowed a goal by Portugal's Pepe in the 21st minute of the first half after consulting the video assistant referee. Ricardo Quaresma opened the scoring for Portugal in the 34th minute on a magical assist from Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo. Just eight minutes later, Javier Hernandez scored the equaliser for Mexico. In the second half, Cedric Soares scored the second goal for Portugal just four minutes before the end of the game. But a late header from Moreno secured the 2-2 draw in injury time, giving a precious point to Mexico. With this draw, Portugal and Mexico are in second and third place, respectively, in Group A with one point each. Host Russia top the group with three points after defeating New Zealand 2-0 in the opening match on Saturday.