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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India’s Divij Sharan clinches St. Petersburg doubles title

Divij Sharan of India and partner Igor Zelenay of Slovakia, clinched Men’s Doubles Title at ATP Tour Tennis Tournament held in St. Petersburg in Russia. In the final, the duo defeated Italian pair of Matteo Berrettini and Simone Bolelli (with 6-3, 3-6, 10-8).

Key Highlights

It was the 3rd title of season for Divij, who had won US $125,000 Ningbo Challenger a fortnight ago with Australia’s Matthew Ebden. The 49th-ranked Divij has so far won 16 Challenger and 19 Futures doubles titles, apart from 5 Tour titles.

It was also the 5th Tour doubles title for 33-year-old Divij Sharan, who had started the season brightly by winning Maharashtra Open ATP title in Pune, Maharshtra with Rohan Bopanna.

Divij and Bopanna, who had won Asian Games gold in 2018 in Palembang, had tried to compete together in professional circuit in 1st quarter of season, but opted to partner others later in an attempt to get into bigger events. The duo Divij and Bopanna had beaten Italian pair of Berrettini and Bolelli for the only success in Davis Cup tie against Italians on grass in Kolkata earlier in the season.

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.