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Copa America: Messi-less Argentina beat Colombia to clinch record-breaking 16th title

Copa America: Messi-less Argentina beat Colombia to clinch record-breaking 16th title

Argentina have successfully defended their Copa America trophy with a 1-0 win over Colombia in the finals of the tournament at the Hard Rock Stadium to win the coveted title for record-breaking 16th time and its fourth in a row.

In a game where Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi injured his ankle and had to be subbed off in the second half of the game, La Albiceleste dug deep and held off their feisty opponents until extra-time where Golden Boot winner Lautaro Martinez scored his fifth and most important goal of the season to hand his side the victory.

'Captaincy brings out the best in me', says Gill after series win over Zimbabwe

'Captaincy brings out the best in me', says Gill after series win over Zimbabwe

After leading India to a 4-1 series win over Zimbabwe, Shubman Gill believes that captaincy "brings out the best in him" as he discovered the side of him that he really ejoyed on the field.

Gill, who narrowly missed selection for the T20 World Cup, was one of India's standout performers in their 4-1 series triumph over Zimbabwe, which concluded in Harare on Sunday. As opener and captain, the right-hander amassed a series-best 170 runs at an average of 42.50, performing admirably in both roles.

The Zimababwe series marked Gill's first time captaining India at the senior level, and the 24-year-old acknowledged he enjoyed the experience. As the search for Rohit's successor as skipper continues, Gill's leadership will be under consideration ahead of India's white-ball series in Sri Lanka later this month and the three home matches against Bangladesh later in the year.

Spain stun England to claim record fourth Euro title

Spain stun England to claim record fourth Euro title

Mikel Oyarzabal came off the bench and scored the winning goal in the 86th minute to help Spain beat England 2-1 in the Euro 2024 final in the Olympia stadium here late on Sunday night.

England played it safe from the outset, defending deep from the kick-off, while the Spanish side dominated possession. However, Spain couldn't find a way past England's defence and missed a few chances in the final third.

There weren't many goal-scoring opportunities in the first half. John Stones blocked a promising effort from Nico Williams, while the first clear-cut chance fell to England when Phil Foden tested Spain's goalkeeper Unai Simon from a tight angle in the dying seconds of the first half, reports.

The Spanish team started the second half on the front foot, with Daniel Carvajal passing to youngster Lamine Yamal before feeding Williams, who skillfully finished with a well-placed shot past England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford just 69 seconds in.

World Championship of Legends' final: India, Pakistan set for epic clash

World Championship of Legends' final: India, Pakistan set for epic clash

Indian Champions will take on arch-rivals Pakistan Champions in the grand finale of the World Championship of Legends at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium, here on Saturday.

This isn’t just a cricket match; it’s a colossal contest of skill, passion, and history. The rivalry between India and Pakistan is legendary, with memorable clashes that have enthralled fans for decades.

From the nerve-wracking encounters in the 2007 T20 World Cup to the dramatic games in the 2011 and 2019 ODI World Cups, these two teams have given cricket lovers countless moments to cherish.

The Indian team, featuring icons like Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, and the Pathan brothers, brings a blend of experience and aggressive flair. Their lineup, bolstered by the dynamic Robin Uthappa, promises a spectacle of high-octane cricket.

Brighton sign midfielder Malick Yalcouye from IFK Goteborg on long-term deal

Brighton sign midfielder Malick Yalcouye from IFK Goteborg on long-term deal

Brighton & Hove Albion have signed midfielder Malick Yalcouye from Swedish side IFK Gothenburg on a contract until June 2029.

The highly rated 18-year-old, who holds dual nationality with Mali and Ivory Coast, joined Goteborg last year after graduating through the academy at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, where he made his professional debut in the African Champions League.

Malick made his Goteborg debut in February in the Swedish Cup and his first league start against Djurgardens IF in April. He scored his first league goal for the club later that month against IF Brommapojkarna.

Jr men, women east zone hockey championship set to begin in Kolkata

Jr men, women east zone hockey championship set to begin in Kolkata

The 2nd Hockey India junior men & women east zone championship 2024 is all set to kick off at the Netaji Subhas Eastern Centre, Salt Lake in Kolkata from July 14.

Out of six men’s and women’s teams, two teams with the most points in each category after round robin matches will advance to the finals on July 21.

The member units participating are Hockey Jharkhand, Hockey Association of Odisha, Hockey Bihar, Hockey Bengal, Assam Hockey, and Manipur Hockey.

Manipur Hockey and Hockey Jharkhand will get the National Championship underway in the women’s category in Kolkata, followed by matches between Assam Hockey and Hockey Association of Odisha & Hockey Bengal and Hockey Bihar.

Diamond League: Jessica Hull breaks women's 2,000m world record

Diamond League: Jessica Hull breaks women's 2,000m world record

Jessica Hull showcased a fearsome form ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games as the Australian set a world record of five minutes and 19.70 seconds in the women's 2,000m at the Diamond League meeting, here.

The previous world record of this non-Olympic event was 5:21.56 achieved by Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi in September 2021. Having followed closely as the pacemakers led through the first 1,000m in 2:39.88, Hull stayed focused and the trackside lights indicating world record pace never left her side, reports.

42 Olympic champions lead Chinese delegation to Paris Olympics

42 Olympic champions lead Chinese delegation to Paris Olympics

China will send 405 athletes, including 42 Olympic champions, to the upcoming Paris Olympic Games as a 716-member delegation was officially announced here on Saturday.

The delegation includes 136 male and 269 female athletes, competing in 30 sports at the Games to be officially opened on July 26, reports.

Zhou Jinqiang, deputy director of China's State General Administration of Sport, announced the delegation list, adding that the average age of the competitors is 25, while 223 athletes will make their Olympic debut in Paris.

Gambhir approaches BCCI for Morkel's appointment as bowling coach: Report

Gambhir approaches BCCI for Morkel's appointment as bowling coach: Report

Former South Africa pacer Morne Morkel is believed to be in contention for India's bowling coach as head coach Gautam Gambhir approached BCCI for his inclusion in his support staff team, says a report.

As per the Cricbuzz report, Gambhir is believed to have requested the BCCI to consider Morkel for the position of bowling coach.

Morkel, who previously served as Pakistan's bowling coach during the ODI World Cup 2023, has been contacted for the same, the report added.

The former pacer has played 86 Tests, 117 ODIs, and 44 T20Is in a period between 2006 and 2018 for South Africa.

Copa America: CONMEBOL opens investigation into clash between Uruguay players and Colombia fans

Copa America: CONMEBOL opens investigation into clash between Uruguay players and Colombia fans

Ahead of the Copa America final, CONMEBOL, the South American Football Confederation, has launched an investigation into the altercation between Uruguay players and Colombia fans that occurred after semifinal match on Wednesday.

Following Uruguay's narrow 1-0 defeat to Colombia in the Copa America semifinals, a heated altercation erupted in the stands involving Uruguayan players and Colombian supporters.

The incident, which occurred after the final whistle on Wednesday evening, broke out in a section of the stadium where many family members of the Uruguay players were seated.

A number of Uruguayan players inclding the striker Darwin Nunez approached the stands, a confrontation with Colombian fans quickly escalated into a physical altercation. Punches were thrown, and objects, including beverages and food, were hurled between the two groups.

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