Daily Sports Headlines December 19, 2022
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Argentina vs France, World Cup 2022 Final:
After a 3-3 thriller across 120 minutes, Argentina bested France 4-2 on penalties to win their third World Cup, after 36 years. Earlier, while Argentina took a 2-0 lead via Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria, it was Kylian Mbappe, who got France back with a brace inside 97 seconds in the second half. Messi would find the net once again in extra time but France hit back via another goal from Mbappe from the spot. France coach Didier Deschamps reverted to his preferred lineup after centre back Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot shook off a virus that had ruled them out of the semi-final against Morocco. Upamecano starts alongside Raphael Varane after the Manchester United defender also recovered from a virus, while Olivier Giroud starts up front flanked by Kylian Mbappe on his left and Ousmane Dembele on his right.
India climb World Test Championship standings after triumph over Bangladesh
India have boosted their chances of appearing at next year’s ICC World Test Championship final with a comprehensive 188-run victory over a gritty Bangladesh in Chattogram on Sunday. Despite a strong rear-guard action from Bangladesh veteran Shakib Al Hasan (84), the hosts’ last four wickets all fell prior to lunch on the final day as India drew first blood in the two-match Test series. Spinners Axar Patel (4/77) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/73) did the majority of the damage as they shared seven Bangladesh wickets in the second innings between them and India climbed the World Test Championship standings as a result.
Wrestling veteran Jim Cornette said he understands why WWE released Mandy Rose from her WWE contract.Last week, NXT fans were left stunned when Roxanne Perez defeated Mandy Rose, thereby ending her 413-day reign as champion. While many fans believed that Mandy was getting promoted to the main roster, the truth was far different from the case. Following NXT, it was revealed that Mandy Rose was released from her WWE contract, which shocked fans. The reason for her release was due to the content she was posting on her fansite.
‘Potentially unsafe’ Gabba pitch under scrutiny
The Gabba pitch could come under scrutiny after producing the second shortest Test match in Australia. South Africa captain Dean Elgar revealed he had approached the umpires in the closing stages to question when conditions would be deemed to have become dangerous although Pat Cummins had no qualms about the surface. “I did ask the umpires when KG [Rabada] got [Travis] Head out down leg, I said ‘how long does it go on for until it potentially is unsafe?’,” Elgar said. “And then [Anrich] Nortje was bowling those short ones that were flying over our heads. I know the game is dead and buried, it was never to try and change or put a halt to the game. That’s where the umpire’s discretion comes into play, not us as players.
Emma Raducanu attends the FIFA World Cup Final between Argentina and France, meets fellow Brit David Beckham
Emma Raducanu was in attendance during the FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and France in Lusail, Qatar.The 20-year-old recently competed at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi where she lost 5-7, 6-3 10-8 to Ons Jabeur. She then traveled to Qatar to attend the World Cup final.
She met compatriot David Beckham during the final, posing with the legendary footballer and brand ambassador of this year’s tournament for a photo. Bekham has openly been a fan of Raducanu for some time now, posting about her on his social media several times since her historic US Open win in 2021.
Describing India as the ‘spiritual home of world cricket’, star Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry believes the Women’s Indian Premier League (WIPL), which is scheduled for March next year, will be the next frontier for the women’s game. WIPL is tentatively scheduled for March 2023 and the BCCI had recently floated the tender to award the tournament’s.
Rhea Ripley reacts to an incredible throwback moment from before her WWE main roster debut
Former RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley recently took a trip down memory lane to a time when she won the NXT Women’s Title for the first time. In August 2019, The Nightmare came to NXT and confronted former NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler. She then led the NXT Women’s Team to victory at Survivor Series. Team Ripley also defeated Team Baszler in the TakeOver: WarGames. Finally, in December 2019, she won the NXT Women’s Championship by defeating Baszler.
In response to a recent Twitter post from Scott Fishman, the former NXT Women’s Champion replied with a Goblin emoji.
EA successfully predicted World Cup winners fourth time in a row as Argentina lift trophy after nail-biting Finals
In the action-packed FIFA World Cup Finals, Messi proved EA’s predictions to be accurate by getting Argentina’s third World Cup win after the Latin American team beat the defending champions in penalty shootouts. This is the fourth time in a row that the developers have correctly predicted the tournament’s winners, having declared Spain, Germany, and France as the victors of the last three World Cups. Last month Electronic Arts ran a detailed simulation in FIFA 23 and correctly foretold that the Argentine squad would take home the Cup, granting Messi the long-coveted trophy. However, that is about all that EA got right because most of the knockout stages played out quite differently in real life compared to what the developer had thought would happen. While the predicted Final was between Latin American giants Brazil and Argentina, it was the French side that took on La Albiceleste in real life. The match saw a nail-biting finisher after Mbappe’s hat trick took the game into the penalties.
Marco Cecchinato has said that Carlos Alcaraz reminds him of the latter’s illustrious compatriot Rafael Nadal, especially because of Alcaraz’s penchant to hit an early forehand winner. The 19-year-old Alcaraz is the youngest World No. 1 in ATP history, ascending to the top of the rankings following his US Open triumph three months ago. It was the Spaniard’s maiden Grand Slam win as he joined Pete Sampras as the only teenagers in the Open Era to triumph at Flushing Meadows.
The Spaniard has had a breakout 2022 campaign, winning a joint tour-leading five titles, including two Masters 1000s.
India wins FIH Women’s Nations Cup, earns berth for 2023-2024 Pro League
India scored a solitary goal win over hosts Spain in the final match of the FIH Hockey Women’s Nations Cup in Valencia on Sunday evening to earn a berth for the 2023-2024 edition of the FIH Pro league. Gurjit Kaur scored the match-winner in the fifth minute through a penalty corner as she was successful in beating Spanish keeper Clara Perez.
Thereafter, the Indian team held on to a slender one-goal lead until the long whistle, denying hosts Spain the chance to clinch the trophy.
Roger Federer congratulated Lionel Messi and Argentina on winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The South American nation won their third World Cup after edging out France in a soccer match for the ages. Lionel Messi scored two goals while Kylian Mbappe scored a hattrick as the scores were 3-3 after regular and extra time. Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was the hero in the penalty shootout as they won 4-2 to lift the FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1986.
Roger Federer took to Instagram to congratulate La Albiceleste on their World Cup triumph.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting reckons a ‘poor’ rating for the Gabba pitch used for the first against South Africa following a two-day finish. While the Tasmanian expressed surprise at how green the pitch was, he criticized the excessive seam movement off the deck.
Australia won the first Test against South Africa at the Gabba in Brisbane by six wickets in one and a half days. It was the shortest Test match in Australia since 1931 as it lasted only 143.4 overs, with 34 wickets falling. The Proteas had set a mere 34 to win in the fourth innings; however, Australia lost four batters before reaching the target.
French president Emmanuel Macron consoled a heartbroken national football team after it lost to Argentina in the FIFA World Cup final nail-biter.
The Lionel Messi-led team edged managed to edge past the French team in penalty shootouts after French striker Kylian Mbappe’s historic hat-trick brought them back in the match. The French President also shared a video from the football team’s dressing room in which he is seen speaking to the team members. He captioned the video, “Fiers de vous” – meaning “Proud of you”. He is seen speaking to the team members, crushed by the defeat.
In an earlier tweet, he congratulated Argentina for its victory and praised the fighting spirit of the French players. “You have thrilled the Nation and supporters around the world,”
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