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Vincenzo Nibali wins 101st Tour de France

Italian Vincenzo Nibali won the 101st edition of Tour de France, becoming the first Italian in 16 years to win the championship.

Nibali’s triumph comes after 2013 champion Chris Froome and two-time winner Alberto Contador crashed out with injuries in the first half of the Tour.

Nibali is only the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours – France, Italy and Spain. The last Italian to win the Tour de France was Marco Pantani in 1998.

The 2014 Tour de France began in Yorkshire, England, and guided riders over 3,664 kilometers (2,277 miles) including cobblestones, wind-swept flats and climbs in the Vosges, Alps and Pyrenees.

20th edition of Commonwealth Games begin at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland

The 2014 Commonwealth Games kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony that witnessed some enchanting performances by singers Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and violinist Nicola Benedetti at the Celtic Park, Glasgow (Scotland). The British Queen Elizabeth II declared the Games open after the enthralling opening ceremony that was participated by some 2,000 cast members and 4,500 athletes from 71 countries and territories. Albeit there are 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, 71 teams participate in the Commonwealth Games, as a number of dependent territories compete under their own flag. 

The players’ parade was led by India, by the virtue of being the previous hosts. London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar led the Indian contingent as he proudly carried the tri-colour. 

The Commonwealth Games (known as the British Empire Games from 1930–1950, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games from 1954–1966, and British Commonwealth Games from 1970–1974) is an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. Only six teams have attended every Commonwealth Games: Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales. 

Cricket: India registers historic test victory at Lord’s against England

India bagged their first Test victory at the historic Lord’s in nearly three decades as they rode on Ishant Sharma’s inspired spell of fast bowling to flatten England by 95 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the five match series being played in England.

The tall pacer, whose consistency has always been questioned, played a pivotal role as he grabbed a career-best 7 for 74 to bowl out the home team for a 223 chasing a competitive victory target of 319.

It took 28 long years for India to win a Test match at the ‘Home of Cricket’ after ‘Kapil Dev’s team achieved the feat back in June 1986 winning by five wickets.

The victory also marked Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s first major victory as Test captain outside the sub-continent. The last time India won a Test match outside the South Asian region was back in 2011 when they defeated West Indies in a 1-0 series win.

German World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm retires

Philipp Lahm, the captain of Germany’s football team, announced his retirement from international football. His retirement announcement comes just five days after Germany led by him bagged its fourth football World Cup defeating Argentina in the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil.

Lahm is the country’s fourth most-capped player behind Lothar Matthaus (150), Klose (137) and Lukas Podolski (116).He is also the 4th Mannschaft captain to win the World Cup Trophy, after Fritz Walter in 1954, Franz Beckenbauer in 1974 and Matthaus in 1990.

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