Latest National and International Sports News Today Transcript at 4:30 PM on 8 December 2023
In top badminton news: India’s superlative shuttler PV Sindhu is looking to make Bangalore an extended training base under Prakash Padukone at his academy in the run-up to the Paris Olympics. She told The Indian Express: “I’ll be training in Bangalore with the whole set-up of support system – physio and trainer. Everybody needs to be together in one place and whenever time permits, I’ll be going and training in Bangalore.” Shot selection, variations, and bringing accuracy to her attack are on the agenda.
In top football news: Declan Rice snatched a last-gasp winner for Arsenal against Luton Town in the Premier League to hand them a 4-3 victory which sees them take a five-point lead on top of the standings. The Gunners currently have 36 points from 15 games while Liverpool are second with 31 points and defending champions Manchester City have 30 points. Both City and Liverpool have played one less game than the Londoners. Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya is in the spotlight for the performance against Luton, primarily after letting in two goals that he could have kept out. The pre-season recruit was at fault for Luton’s second and third goals.
Moving on to cricket news: Virat Kohli notched up his 80th international ton in front of his idol Sachin Tendulkar during India’s semifinal clash against New Zealand in the recently concluded 50-over World Cup. There is always an ongoing debate about whether the former will surpass the latter’s feat of 100 international tons. West Indian legend Brian Lara feels it is a very “tough job.” Lara told Anandabazar Patrika: “How old is Kohli now? 35, right? He has 80 but still needs 20. If he scores five centuries every year he’d need four more years to equal Tendulkar. Kohli will be 39 then. Tough job, very tough job.”
Pakistan’s recently appointed Test captain Shaan Masood revealed the chat he had with Babar Azam before taking over the reins and also mentioned that his goal would be to build a culture where there are many leaders in the dressing room. The 34-year-old also acknowledged that he was quite surprised when he was asked to take over the red-ball side. He said: “I was playing in the One-Day Cup when it happened, completely out of the blue. I was in Islamabad at the time, and I think I received a call from the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) that morning, saying that I should reach Lahore by noon.”
In an emotional video posted on his Instagram channel, S Sreesanth revealed what Gautam Gambhir said to him during their angry exchange at a Legends League match between Gujarat Giants and India Capitals. Sreesanth said: “I did not say a single bad word or an abusive word at him. I only kept saying ‘what are you saying?’ Then I laughed in a sarcastic way.” The incident had happened in the second over when Gambhir hit a six and a four against Sreesanth. Then, the bowler bowled a dot ball after which there was a flare-up between the two.
South Africa’s Faf Du Plessis has hinted that he is contemplating a comeback into the national team ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which will happen in the West Indies and USA next year. While Du Plessis had never officially retired from white-ball cricket, he did not make the cut for the South Africa teams in the last two editions of the T20 World Cup. It must be noted that Du Plessis captained South Africa during two T20 World Cup campaigns in 2014 and 2016. He indicated that he has held discussions with new South Africa white-ball coach Rob Walter about returning to the international side.
In hockey news: There was an eerie similarity to three of the four goals India conceded against Germany in the Pool C match of the FIH Hockey Women’s Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile on Thursday, 30 November. An Indian player lost the ball in their half, Germany pounced on possession, drove down the right channel, and eventually found the back of the net. India’s goalscorers were Annu, Ropni Kumari and Mumtaz Khan. For Germany, Sophia Schwabe, Laura Pluth, and Carolin Seidel were on the scoresheet. The 3-4 defeat came after India led the match 2-0 and then 3-2 hurt them as they slipped to the second place in the group and gave Germany a lifeline.
Lastly in some basketball news: NBA superstar LeBron James’ business partner Maverick Carter placed approximately 20 bets on football and basketball games over a year, with each bet ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. Carter also admitted that the bets were made on the matches through an illegal bookie, according to media reports in the USA. Maverick Carter has been a long-time friend-turned-associate for LeBron James. They have known each other since their Akron, Ohio days. Besides being LeBron James’ business partner, Carter also co-owns SpringHill Company, an entertainment and production company, with the NBA star. Maverick Carter is said to have made the revelation to federal investigators, according to a report in The Washington Post on Thursday, 30 November.