Sports & Games Current Affairs - 2019

Latest Sports Current Affairs 2019 for National and International sports and tournaments, awards, trophies and cups related to cricket, football, tennis and other sports for UPSC, SSC, States, Civil services and other competitive examinations.

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Spain wins 2nd FIBA basketball World Cup title

Spain captured its second FIBA basketball World Cup title after defeating Argentina with 95-75 in the gold medal game held at Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China. The Spaniards won their 1st basketball World Cup title in 2006 in Japan.

Key Highlights

The Spaniards capped a dominant run as they finished undefeated at 8-0.

Point guard Ricky Rubio was named Most Valuable Player of the international competition. He led Spain with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He surpassed Pablo Prigioni of Argentina as World Cup assists leader since FIBA started recording all game statistics in 1994.

Marc Gasol won his 2nd championship in less than 3 months. He won NBA championship with Toronto Raptors and has become 2nd player to win an NBA title and FIBA World Cup title in same year. In 2010, Lamar Odom accomplished this feat for Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball.

Gasol who finished with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists was among 5 players named to FIBA World Cup 2019 All-Star Five. The other four are Rubio, Bogdan Bogdanovic of Serbia, Luis Scola of Argentina and Evan Fournier of France.

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IBSF World Billiards Championship: India’s Pankaj Advani wins title

The Bengaluru-based cueist Pankaj Advani increased his tally of world titles to 22 by winning a 4th straight final in the 150-up format at IBSF World Billiards Championship 2019 held in Mandalay, Myanmar. Pankaj Advani defeated Nay Thway Oo of Myanmar.

Key Highlights

With this win and another trophy in the bag, Advani extends his remarkable run of winning a global crown since 2003.

In the short format of billiards, this is Pankaj’s 5th title in last 6 years.

The 34-year-old is one of India’s most consistent sportspersons and has brought home a world trophy every year ever since returning from a professional stint in the UK in 2014. He has won more world titles in his sport than anyone else.

About IBSF World Billiards Championship

It is the premier, international, non-professional tournament for game of English billiards.

It was established in 1951 however, the event has been sanctioned by International Billiards and Snooker Federation since 1973.

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