Daily Sports Headlines December 15, 2022
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FIFA World Cup 2022, France vs Morocco:
Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani provided France with major breakthroughs as they defeated Morocco 2-0, in the semi-final match of the FIFA World Cup 2022, at the Al Bayt Stadium on Thursday (IST). France, hence, became the first defending champions to qualify for consecutive World Cup finals since Brazil did it in 1998. France will now face Argentina in the summit clash of the tournament on Sunday.
India vs Bangladesh Highlights, 1st Test Match, Day 1: Shreyas Iyer was unbeaten on 82 as India posted 278 for 6 on the opening day of the first Test match against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram. Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara scored 90 runs, stitching a 149-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer for the fifth wicket. Taijul Islam claimed three wickets while Mehidy Hasan Miraz struck twice. Khaled Ahmed got the remaining one wicket that fell on the first day. India’s stand-in skipper KL Rahul had won the toss and opted to bat against the Shakib Al Hasan-led side. Regular India skipper Rohit Sharma misses the game due to a thumb injury therefore KL Rahul is captaining the side.
India Women vs Australia Women 3rd T20I Highlights: India Women crashed to a 21-run defeat vs Australia Women in the third T20I of their five-match series, at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. After the win, the visitors have gone 2-1 up in the series. Chasing a target of 173, India reached 151 for seven in 20 overs, with Shafali Verma smacking a knock of 52 runs off 41 balls. Darcie Brown and Ashleigh Gardner were in top form for Australia, bagging two wickets each. Meanwhile, Megan Schutt and Nicola Carey bagged a dismissal each. Initially, a knock of 75 runs off 47 balls by Ellyse Perry helped Australia set a target of 173 runs.
The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League is just a few months away, and all ten franchises will be trying to get the best players in their squad to build a stronger team for the forthcoming season. With the IPL auction being scheduled on December 23, the teams would have already started planning and strategizing. Before the IPL 2023 commences, the inaugural SA20 is set to take place in January. Most of the franchises at the South Africa-based T20 League tournament are owned by the IPL franchises, and thus there are high chances of the IPL teams getting players who are already a part of their SA20 franchise.
Transfer-specialist Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano, confirmed that Ronaldo has been training at the Real Madrid sports center to remain in top physical shape. It isn’t often that you see the term ‘free-agent’ being associated with Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward is presently without a club, having seen his contract at Manchester United being terminated prematurely, although there was a mutual agreement between the player and the club to do so. But, as Ronaldo continues to wait before his next destination is decided, he has reportedly started to train at the Real Madrid sporting center. But, that doesn’t mean Ronaldo is close to re-joining the Spanish giants.
New Zealand Cricket made the announcement that Williamson was stepping down on Thursday morning, with an eye to the Test team’s tour of Pakistan. Williamson is statistically the best Test captain in New Zealand’s history, winning 22 of 40 matches at the helm, as well as eight draws and just 10 defeats.
He led the team to the inaugural World Test Championship title in 2021, defeating India in the final in Southampton.
The upcoming mini-auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 has already created a tremendous buzz on social media. The highly-anticipated auction will be held in Kochi on December 23. After Viacom 18 bagged the digital rights of the IPL, the auction will be live-streamed on the Jio Cinema App. The platform has roped in AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Suresh Raina and Anil Kumble for their expert panel for the mini-auction.
Tyson Fury offers undercard spot to Jake Paul on Usyk fight
Boxing. Showtime ‘absolutely’ wants a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Jake Paul
Ever since Jake Paul started this surreal career as a celebrity boxer, he’s always had his sights set on fighting Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Back when he started, nobody took Jake Paul seriously because he was only regarded as a Youtuber. He knew that he needed to create his own prestige as a boxer and he’s done a fairly good job so far. Currently, Paul remains undefeated and he is fighting increasingly more difficult opponents each time.
Argentina vs France. Lionel Messi vs Kylian Mbappe. King vs heir to the throne. Script writers could hardly have come up with a better World Cup final storyline. The game represents Messi’s final chance of international immortality as he looks to win the trophy Mbappe won as a teenager in Russia four years ago.
The player widely regarded as the greatest of his generation will face the man expected to be the best of his generation in a mouth-watering battle for football’s top prize on Sunday night in Qatar. And it promises to be a fascinating battle between the two Paris Saint-Germain teammates.
The NBA recently announced that they have a new trophy that will be granted to the season’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). The trophy is dubbed the Michael Jordan Trophy despite not resembling the Chicago Bulls legend in any way. The trophy, which reads, “an MVP’s endless search for greatness” measures 23.6 inches and weighs 23.6 pounds and was meant to be a homage to Michael Jordan, who himself was a five-time MVP.
WWE veteran and Bloodline member, Paul Heyman, took to Twitter to send a message to Cristiano Ronaldo. In the tweet, Heyman referenced his Bloodline leader Roman Reigns. Few days ago, Ronaldo’s FIFA World Cup 2022 run ended, as his national side Portugal bowed out of the tournament with a loss to Morocco. The 2016 European Champions suffered a 1-0 loss in a game that Ronaldo started from the bench.
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently 37 and isn’t expected to represent his national side in the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This was his last shot at winning the biggest and the single most prestigious in Football.
WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray believes the altercation between Bobby Lashley and Adam Pearce on RAW could lead to a showdown between the two. This week on the red brand, The All Mighty took on Seth Rollins in a #1 contenders match, The Visionary picked up the win after countering a Spear with a Pedigree. After the bout, Lashley got into an altercation with a couple of officials which led to Adam Pearce coming out to calm him. The former WWE Champion then pushed the official into a barricade which led to Pearce firing him.
Sasha Banks is feeling good ahead of her reported appearance at Wrestle Kingdom 17 on January 4.
The Legit Boss hasn’t wrestled a televised match since she and her partner Naomi walked out on WWE back in May over the treatment of the women’s tag team division under Vince McMahon. But it appears that’s about to change.
Karim Benzema could feature for France in the World Cup final against Argentina, despite missing the rest of the tournament through injury.
Benzema was ruled out of the World Cup after picking up a thigh injury in training in Qatar on the eve of the tournament. He flew back home to Madrid to begin work on his recovery and that appeared to be the end of his chances of playing in the tournament.
That’s all for now. Thank you for your attention.