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Djokovic celebrates third Grand Slam win this year, England defeated by Italy and more9 min read

July 14, 2021 6 min read

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Djokovic celebrates third Grand Slam win this year, England defeated by Italy and more9 min read

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Adithya G

The Top Two

And it went to Rome!

Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties after the teams finished 1-1 at the end of extra time in the final of Euro 2020 at the Wembley Stadium.

England got off to a flying start as in the second minute, wingback Kieran Trippier picked out Luke Shaw with an  accurate cross. The Manchester United player drilled a half volley past Italian keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to give England a 1-0 lead. It was the earliest goal scored in an Euro finals.

In the 68th minute, stalwart defender Leonardo Bonucci levelled the game by reacting quickly in set piece and tapping in from close range. Both teams were unable to find a winner at the end of regulation  and extra time.

In the penalty shootout, the England keeper Jordan Pickford did well to save two penalties, including one from Jorginho. However, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho both ended up missing their opportunities as the third and fourth players in the line up. Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka also missed, leading to England crashing out on penalties yet again.

This was the first European Championship final to be decided on penalties since 1976. The Three Lions are yet to win a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

Djokovic Joins Federer and Nadal with 20th Grand Slam win

Novak Djokovic’s magical run continued as he won the third Grand Slam of 2021, beating Matteo Berrettini 6-7 6-4 6-4 6-3 in the Wimbledon final.

The Serbian added to nine titles at the Australian Open, three at the U.S. Open, two at the French Open and to the previous five Wimbledon titles to equal his two rivals, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal for the most majors won by a man in tennis history – 20.

The chair umpire of the enthralling final between Berrettini and Djokovic also created history. Marija Cicak was the first female chair umpire for a men’s final at a tournament that began in 1877.

The only tennis player to ever achieve a Calendar Year Golden Slam — winning all four Grand Slams and an Olympic gold medal in the same year — was Steffi Graf in 1988. Novak Djokovic has his chance in 2021 but it remains unclear if he’ll participate in the Tokyo Olympics.

Football 

Messi’s Argentina wins Copa America

Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in the final of the Copa America to secure the country’s first title in 28 years.

Argentina’s winning goal at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro came in the 22nd minute after defender Rodrigo de Paul’s long pass was taken down beautifully and finished with aplomb by winger Angel di Maria.  It was only the third goal Brazil had conceded in the tournament.

Argentina held on to their slender lead to see out the victory. They became only the second team after Uruguay to defeat Brazil at the Maracana stadium.

Lionel Messi became the first ever player to have the most goals, most assists, be named player of the tournament and be part of the winning team at a major international tournament.

Tennis

Ashleigh Barty Wins Maiden Wimbledon Title

World number one Ash Barty became the first Australian woman to win the Wimbledon singles title in 41 years when she defeated Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 in the final.

The 25-year-old Barty emulated her idol Evonne Goolagong who claimed the second of her All England Club titles in 1980. This is her second grand slam title after she triumphed at the 2019 French Open.

Basketball

Nigeria shocks Team USA

Team USA were stunned by Nigeria in its first exhibition game before the Olympics, losing 90-87.

Nigeria had seven current NBA players and played an exceptional match against the American team that started five All-NBA players.

Nigeria made 20-of-42 3-pointers. Guard Gabe Vincent, who plays for the Miami Heat and goes by Gabe Nnamdi when playing for Nigeria, finished with 21 points. Caleb Agada, a star of the Israeli league, scored 17 points off the bench.

For Team USA, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant had 17 points, and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum added 15.

NBA

The Bucks fight back

After back-to-back defeats, Milwaukee Bucks made home-court advantage count to beat Phoenix Suns 120-100 in Game Three of the NBA Finals. With this win, they brought the deficit down in the best-of-seven series to 2-1.

The Suns came within four points midway through the third quarter, but Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday responded with a pair of three-pointers to help the hoe team wheel away.

During the game, Giannis Antetokounmpo became only the sixth player in NBA Finals history to score 40 points in consecutive games as his team won game three of the series. Antetokounmpo notched 41 points. 

The Bucks won their only NBA title in 1971, while the Suns have yet to win a title since joining the league in 1968.

Cricket

Windies take 2-0 Lead Against Australia

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The West Indies bowled out Australia twice in two games and sucessfully defended totals to take a 2-nil lead in the five-match T20I series.

Legspinner Hayden Walsh (3-23) and left-arm seamer Obed McCoy(4-26) orchestrated the collapse in the opening game as the visiting Aussies lost five wickets for 19 runs while chasing a modest target of 146.

In the second match, a superbly constructed century partnership between Shimron Hetmyer (61) and Dwayne Bravo (47*) was the cornerstone of an impressive West Indies performance. Hayden Walsh once again starred with the ball picking up three wickets for 29 runs.

Mitch Marsh has been the only bright spot for Australia so far. He has excelled in the No.3 role, scoring two half-centuries.

England trounce Pakistan in ODI series

England took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series against Pakistan. They bowled out Pakistan for 141 in the first match. New ball bowler Saqib Mahmood, playing only in his fourth match, picked up 4-42. The hosts chased down the target with 9 wickets and 28 overs to spare. David Malan and Zak Crawley scored unbeaten half-centuries.

In the second game, Pakistan were able to dismiss England for 247 thanks to a five-wicket haul from Hasan Ali. Their batting let them down once again as theyywere bundled out for 195.

Bangladesh win first away Test in 4 years

1st Innings: BAN 468 (Mahmudullah 150, Das 95, Muzarabani 4-94) 
 ZIM 276 (Kaitano 87, Taylor 81, Miraz 5-82) 

2nd Innings:
BAN  284/1 (Shanto 117*, Shadman 115*) ZIM  256 (Taylor 92, Tiripano 52, Miraz 4-66, Taskin 4-82)

Bangladesh recorded only its fifth away Test win in 59 matches, and its first since 2017 in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe.

From a precarious position of 132-6 in the first innings, Bangladesh came back to post 468, courtesy of an unbeaten 150 from Mahmudullah batting at No. 8.

The home team was all out for 256 in its second innings on the final day and well short of its target of 477 to win.

Bangladesh spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz claimed 4-66 in the Zimbabwe second innings for nine wickets in the match. Zimbabwe were bundled out for 256 and Bangladesh claimed victory by 220 runs.

Cycling

American Shines in Stage 15 of Tour de France

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US rider Sepp Kuss won the 15th stage of the Tour de France, a 191.3-km mountain trek from Ceret to Andorra.

The 26-year-old who hails from Colorado, held off the pursuing veteran, Alejandro Valverde on the final descent, to take a career-first win in the Tour.

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Author’s note: Adithya G is a freelance writer and a sports enthusiast.

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