Daily Sports Headlines December 18, 2022
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Croatia edge Morocco 2-1 to clinch third spot
Croatia beat injury-hit Morocco 2-1 in the World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday to leave Qatar on a high after again surpassing expectations following their run to the final in 2018. Despite defeat, Morocco also leave with heads aloft after becoming the first African side to reach a World Cup semi-final. A bronze medal may have served as nothing more than consolation after both sides endured disappointment in the semi-finals, but Croatia and Morocco looked eager to make amends after losing to Argentina and France respectively.
Australia completed a seven-run win over India in the fourth Twenty20 international to clinch a series win at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.
Ellyse Perry top-scored for Australia with 72 not out from 42 balls as they posted 188-3 from their 20 overs.
In reply, wicketkeeper Richa Ghosh led a late counter-attack with 40 from 19 balls but India fell just short.
Australia take an unassailable 3-1 lead into the final match of the series on Monday, at 13:30 GMT at the same venue.
The upcoming match will be Argentina vs. France, beyond Messi vs. Mbappé,”
The 64th and final match of the 2022 World Cup will pit two-time winner Argentina against two-time winner and defending champion France, but it will bask in an opulence of individual star power so bright it could occlude even the illness that had tormented the French. Somehow, onto the same pitch in the city of Lusail, in a stadium that looks sort of like a gilded bathtub on approach, the final will manage to cram both 35-year-old Lionel Messi of Argentina and 23-year-old Kylian Mbappé of France.
Bangladesh vs India, 1st Test: Bangladesh need 241 runs to win the Chattogram Test
India need 4 wickets to win the first Test
Shakib Al Hasan stayed unbeaten on 40
Renowned commentator Athar Ali Khan reckoned that Bangladesh would do exceptionally if they somehow manage to draw their opening Test against India, captained by KL Rahul, at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram.
Chasing 513, the Tigers are currently at 272 for the loss of six wickets at the close of play on day four. Even as India need four more wickets to secure victory and take a 1-0 series lead, Bangladesh require 241 runs to go past the finish line.
Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2022 Final:
World No. 8 Andrey Rublev will aim to make it back-to-back titles at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship when he meets fourth-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
For Tsitsipas, this is his second trip to the grand finale of this high-profile exhibition tournament. In 2019, he was involved in an enthralling three-set summit clash with Rafael Nadal, which ended in the Spaniard’s favor. This year, too, he has looked sharp in his two outings so far in the ongoing Middle Eastern event. Tsitsipas swatted aside Cameron Norrie 6-1, 6-4 on Friday before brushing aside Casper Ruud 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals on Saturday.
In the gaming industry, Genshin Impact 3.4 banner leaks: Yelan, Hu Tao, Xiao, and weapon rerun.
First’ leak comes from the above Reddit post. Alhaitham and Xiao will supposedly be on the first phase of the Genshin Impact 3.4 banners, which is expected to be released around January 18, 2023. It is vital to mention that this leak hasn’t been confirmed to be accurate yet. Some other Genshin Impact 3.4 leaks point to Alhaitham being on the first phase, but they don’t mention Xiao being there. It’s possible that the Xiao part is false, but Travelers won’t know for certain until HoYoverse announces the actual banners. This leak would also point to Light of Foliar Sanction and Primordial Jade-Winged Spear being the featured 5-star weapons for Epitome Invocation. No featured 4-star characters or weapons are known yet.
Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Puneri Paltan: pro kabaddi grand finale.
That’s it, ladies and gentlemen. After 72 days and 137 games, the exuberating action of Pro Kabaddi League Season 9 has come to an end. The evening might feel empty for a few days to the die-hard fans of the sport. But that is how it will be. The winners and the runners-up have been honoured with medals. The night will be long for the Jaipur Pink Panthers as party is expected to continue until the morning. We will sign off for the moment. Until next season, then! Good night and have a good time.
WWE Superstar Kevin Owens was reportedly supposed to be present for the SmackDown tapings this week but couldn’t make it due to travel issues. The Prizefighter has been a thorn in the side of The Bloodline for the last few weeks. Owens was the mystery partner for The Brawling Brutes and Drew McIntyre during their Survivor Series WarGames match. He almost managed to pull off an incredible win for his team before his former friend Sami Zayn prevented the referee from making the three count.
Emma Raducanu sets her goals for the 2023 season, says she would like to win a title to add to the US Open:
Emma Raducanu’s one and only title on the WTA Tour so far has been the 2021 US Open, but the Brit would like that to change by 2023. Setting her plans for the upcoming season, the teenager revealed that she wanted to end the year with at least one more piece of silverware to her name, something that eluded her this year. Speaking to reporters during her commitment at the Mubadala World Tennis Championships, where she lost to Ons Jabeur in a three-set thriller, Raducanu touched on her fitness levels, another goal for her next season.The World No. 80, who had a lackluster and injury-riddled 2022, remarked that she wanted to improve physically in the new year, to the point where she did not want to worry about finishing off matches quickly just to keep out exhaustion.
India down Spain 1-0 to win FIH Women’s Nations Cup
India clinched the inaugural FIH Women’s Nation’s Cup title with a 1-0 win over Spain in the summit clash in Valencia on Saturday
The win confirmed India’s berth in the 2023-24 Pro League. Gurjit Kaur scored the all-important goal in the sixth minute from the penalty corner as the Commonwealth Games bronze medalists ended the eight-nation tournament with five wins on the trot. The Janneke Schopman-coached side had beaten Ireland 2-1 via shootout in the semifinals on Friday. India were ranked a spot below Spain (seventh) in the FIH chart. By virtue of winning the Nations Cup, the Indian team has been promoted to the 2023-24 FIH Hockey Women’s Pro League, a key event ahead of next year’s Asian Games and 2024 Paris Olympics.
Karim Benzema has rejected an invitation from French President Emmanuel Macron to attend the World Cup final, sources told ESPN.
Benzema suffered a thigh injury days before France’s first game of the competition, which led to him flying home. Like the other players injured, Benzema was given the opportunity to join the presidential plane to travel to Doha for the final but, alongside Laurent Blanc, Zinedine Zidane and Michel Platini, he did not accept the invitation.
Rafael Nadal’s outfit for Australian Open 2023 revealed.
Rafael Nadal will be the defending champion at the 2023 Australian Open, and the Spaniard’s outfit for the tournament has been revealed to fans. Nadal, who won the Melbourne Major last year clad in purple and white, will be donning an orange shirt Down Under this time around, with a blockpattern similar to all the Nike outfits he wore in 2022. The shorts stay the same white color, partnered with a light blue jacket. The shoes are also in a similar shade of blue, with a brilliant orange swoosh adding a tinge of color
IPL 2023 Auction: After failing to make the playoffs last year, Delhi Capitals will aim to turn the tide around and strengthen their outfit in the mini-auction. One of the strongest teams on paper, Rishabh Pant’s side failed to convert the same on the field last year. Now with the new season coming, Delhi have a few chinks in its armour to fill. Head coach Ricky Ponting has already shown his admiration for Aussie stalwart Cameron Green. Shardul Thakur was traded, and a replacement for him will also be on the cards.
Top WWE Superstar reacts to Roman Reigns booking an impulsive match after rumored real.
WWE legend John Cena has finally confirmed his return for this year’s match, which is scheduled for SmackDown’s final show of the year.
Roman Reigns made his first appearance on SmackDown since The Bloodline’s big win at Survivor Series WarGames. He insisted on a tag team match in which he would partner up with Sami Zayn to take on Kevin Owens and a superstar of the latter’s choosing. KO fired back by inviting John Cena to compete with him and the legendary superstar accepted. The 16-time world champion confirmed his return during the show’s main event.
Football master Steve Nicol has urged Liverpool to sign Moroccan midfielder Sofyan Amrabat after an exceptional campaign during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Amrabat’s robust presence was one of the main reasons why Morocco enjoyed a stellar campaign in the World Cup. He helped the team achieve a fourth-spot finish. The Atlas Lions were eliminated after a 2-0 loss to France in the semi-final. However, they managed to provide a stern test to the defending world champions.
The WWE Universe couldn’t get past this week’s SmackDown main event, which confirmed a big match. But it was Sami Zayn’s mistake that raised eyebrows.
This week’s episode of SmackDown saw Roman Reigns make his first appearance on television since The Bloodline’s victory at Survivor Series WarGames. The Tribal Chief was reportedly unhappy with Kevin Owens slapping him during the match.
Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova praise WNBA star Brittney Griner for expressing solidarity with US’ spying-accused Paul Whelan:
Tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert recently reacted to former WNBA star Brittney Griner’s safe return to the US and wished for her well-being, also praising her for selfless act upon landing on American shores. Earlier this month, the American, who had been put behind bars in Russia for possession of drugs, was released in a prisoner swap and reached her hometown on Saturday after almost 300 days in custody in a Russian prison. The basketball star expressed her gratitude towards US President Joe Biden and also said that she would advocate for the release of compatriot Paul Whelan, who is also detained in Russia on charges of spying.
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