Latest National and International Sports News Today Transcript at 4:30 PM on 13 February 2024
In cricket news: The anticipation for the 17th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is mounting as fans eagerly await the commencement of the action-packed cricket extravaganza. The tournament is expected to kick off on March 22. Although the official schedule is yet to be released by the BCCI, the IPL 2024 promises a riveting clash of talent and skill. The tournament is set to clash with the upcoming general elections. A total of 70 league matches and four playoff matches will be held including the two qualifiers, the eliminator and the final. From the star-studded squads across 10 teams, the IPL is geared up to deliver electrifying performances.
In American football news: Kansas City Chiefs won back-to-back Super Bowls against the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 on Monday, 12th February. Taylor Swift was spotted with her Hollywood friends and chugging beer, while on the field with his boyfriend Travis Kelce. The Chiefs held their nerve as Patrick Mahomes threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman with 3 seconds left in overtime, becoming the first repeat Super Bowl champs in 19 years and ninth overall. The Chiefs join the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s, and the New England Patriots of the 2000s and 2010s as the only NFL teams to have won three Super Bowls in five years.
In hockey news: The Indian captain Harmanpreet Singh had a weekend to remember at the Kalinga Stadium as he marked his 200th senior appearance with a game-saving goal against the Dutch on Sunday, 11th February, after a brace against Spain. He posted on social media and said, “Whenever I wear Indian Jersey, it feels like I’m wearing it first time.” Rupinder Pal Singh said to The Indian Express, “I have seen him from the time he began his career, in the junior team, in the Hockey India League, and so on. Honestly, I am a fan of Harmanpreet, the way he has remained consistent and how he is there for the team every match 100 percent.”
India scored four goals and won against Spain at the FIH Pro League match on Saturday, February 10th. Harmanpreet Singh, the captain, found his range and scored from two virtually unstoppable shots, one a penalty corner in the 7th minute and a stroke in the 20th. The goalkeepers, Krishan Pathak and PR Sreejesh were brilliant. The penalty corner defence was watertight. Former captain Manpreet Singh was in a defensive role, forming a partnership with Harmanpreet. Jugraj was there to clean up whatever mess his teammates left inside the ‘D’ and the home team had enough bodies at the back to choke them for space. The only goal India conceded came from a penalty stroke following a defensive error.
In football news: A 35-year-old Indonesian player died during a friendly match between 2 FLO FC Bandung and FBI Subang after being struck by lightning at Siliwangi Stadium. As per the local media PRFM News, the footballer was still breathing after the incident and rushed to a local hospital, but died after suffering intense burns. According to the refereeing rulebook, the referee holds the interpretation of poor weather in most parts of the world. The Royal Netherlands Football Association said in a statement that, after discussions with clubs, police, and municipalities, it “concluded that because of the expected weather conditions the safety of supporters and players cannot be guaranteed.”
After Chelsea’s defeat to Wolves, Mauricio Pochettino shed light on the importance of maintaining focus amid distractions. He stressed football’s importance over distractions, likening his calm demeanour to players’ need for focus. Chelsea’s ownership transition from Roman Abramovich to Todd Boehly has brought about further instability, with managerial changes and shifting strategies adding to the club’s woes. While Pochettino was initially seen as a promising appointment due to his track record of developing young talent, the team’s struggles persist, highlighting the enormity of the task ahead. Despite his job security for now, Pochettino faces a significant challenge in reshaping Chelsea’s fortunes. With the team currently struggling to perform as a unit, pochettino’s task is undoubtedly a tough one
With the backlash over Lionel Messi not playing for Inter Miami in a match in Hong Kong simmers, an international friendly featuring the Argentina national team in China was cancelled. The Hangzhou Sports Bureau announced on its official social media account that they cancelled the match against Nigeria by stating, “Because of the reasons known to all, we’ve learned from supervising authorities that the conditions are immature for the match to go forward. Now it’s been decided that the match will be cancelled.” A week ago, Messi and owner Beckham were booed mercilessly in Hong Kong when the Argentine did not come off the bench due to an injury in a match against a local side.
Lastly, In boxing news: Nikhat Zareen won against her Bulgarian opponent to reach the final at the 75th Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia on Saturday, February 10th, leading the way as five other Indians followed suit. The two-time world champion was taking her time at the start against Zlatislava Chukanova, with the home fans in good voice. They cheered on every punch that Nikhat landed. The opening round was tough, going 3-2 in favour of the Indian. But she grew in confidence and timed her punches to perfection largely in the second and third rounds to emerge with a 5-0. win. The other Indians to reach the finals in their categories were Amit Panghal, Arundhati Choudhary, Barun Singh Shagolshem, Sachin, and Rajat.