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Sri Lanka beat India to win its maiden Cricket World Cup T20 title

Sri Lanka lifted their maiden World Twenty20 title by beating India in the finals held at Mirpur , Bangladesh. Sri Lanka 132-4 (17.5 overs) beat India 130-4 (20 overs) by 6 wickets. Sri Lanka finally managed to break their jinx of losing the finals of global events, having gone down in the decider of the 50-over World Cup in 2007 and 2011 and T20 World Cup in 2009 and 2012.  

Dreams of India to become the first team to hold all three limited-overs trophies, were shattered by the 52 not out knock from Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara. Sri Lanka’s  Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene both aged 36, had announced their plans to retire from T20 international cricket just before start of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

India’s Virat Kohli, won the World Twenty20 player of the tournament award.

Australia beat England to win Women’s Cricket T20 World Cup (2014) title

Australia lifted their 3rd World Twenty20 title by beating Australia in the finals held at Dhaka , Bangladesh. Australia 106 for 4 beat England 105 for 8 by six wickets. It was Australia’s third T20 triumph in succession. England medium-pacer Anya Shrubsole was named as the Women’s Player of the Tournament of the ICC World Twenty20. The 22-year-old grabbed 12 wickets at an average of 5.75 in the lead her team(England) up to the final.

For the ICC Women’s Cricket World Twenty20 (2014):

  • Australia captain: Meghann Moira Lanning
  • England Captain: Charlotte Marie Edwards
  • Indian Captain: Mithali Raj

“Walk Again Project”: World Cup Soccer 2014, Brazil

Screenshot_1Wearing a sophisticated mind-controlled exoskeleton, a paralysed teenager will start off the World Cup Soccer 2014, to be held in Brazil, with a ceremonial kick.

The Walk Again Project is a nonprofit, international collaboration whose researchers have created the first real-time Brain-Machine Interface (BMI) which uses the concurrent electrical activity, produced by thousands of brain cells located in the primate cortex, to directly control the movements of a variety of robots, including a multi-degree of freedom prosthetic arm.

How the Mind-Controlled Exoskeleton made by the Walk Again Project works?

The Patient wears a cap fitted with 32 electrodes that pick up Electro-Encephalo-Graphy (EEG) signals from the brain. The Computer in backpack converts brain signals into commands for the exoskeleton. Battery and hydraulics system in backpack move the exoskeleton’s limbs. The battery can power the exoskeleton for 2 hours. The Gyroscopes on the exoskeleton keep it balanced. The Sensors on the foot plates detect footfalls and give sensory feedback to patient through the sleeve of their shirt.

The exoskeleton is made from alloys and polymers to make it light and flexible.

Novak Djokovic clinched 2014 Miami Masters title by defeating Rafel Nadal in the finals

Novak Djokovic clinched his 4th Miami Masters title by defeating World No:1 Rafael Nadal by 6-3, 6-3 in the men’s singles final.

Other winners of 2014 Miami Masters title

  • Womens’ Singles: Serena Williams (USA) won by defeating Li Na (China).
  • Men’s doubles: United States players Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan won by defeating Colombian players Juan Sebastián Cabal & Robert Farah.
  • Women’s doubles: Martina Hingis & Sabine Lisicki won by defeating Ekaterina Makarova & Elena Vesnina.

Miami Masters

Miami Masters is a yearly Tennis tournament for men and women held in Miami, Florida. It is an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for the men’s tour and a Premier Mandatory event for the women’s tour, played on hard court.