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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.

Sim Bhullar: First Indian-origin player in NBA also the tallest player in NBA at present

Sim Bhullar (21) has become the first player of Indian origin to join the National Basketball Association (NBA) after he inked a summer contract with the Sacramento Kings, a professional basketball team in the US.
Bhullar is originally from Canada but his parents hail from Punjab. He is 7.5 feet tall, weighs 360 pounds and is a centre from New Mexico State University. Bhullar is the tallest player in the NBA right now, and needs only to stand on his tiptoes to make a basket.

Interestingly, in 2013, the Kings became the NBA’s first team to have an Indian-origin majority owner – Vivek Ranadive. Since assuming the charge of the Kings, which was performing low in recent years, Ranadive has transformed the organization into one of the better ones in the association.

Mahela Jayawardene retires from Test cricket

The former skipper of Sri Lanka‘s cricket team Mahela Jayawardene has announced retirement from Test cricket.
The right-handed batsman has played 145 tests and his 11,493 runs shares 6th position, along with Kumar Sangakkara of the same team, on the list of highest scorers in the longest format of the game. He has 33 test centuries to his name and has a batting average of a little more than 50/innings.

Novak Djokovic overcomes Roger Federer to win Wimbledon men’s title

Novak Djokovic (Serbiabeat Roger Federer (Switzerland) in the final of 2014 men’s Wimbledon championship in a challenging contest. It was the first time since 2007 that Federer and Djokovic had met for a Grand Slam title. Djokovic, who had 6 major titles before this match had last won Wimbledon in 2011. Djokovic was beaten in 2013 by Andy Murray. Roger Federer’s last title at Wimbledon was in 2012.

Federer (Switzerland), along with Rafael Nadal (Spain), Djokovic (Serbia) and Murray (Scotland), have dominated the sport for nearly a decade.