Tamil Nadu clinches men’s crown

Tamil Nadu beat Services by 94-86, in the final to emerge the men’s champion of the senior National basketball championship at the Nehru indoor stadium.This is Tamil Nadu’s tenth title in the men’s category. Railways beat Chhattisgarh 100-71 in the women’s final for its 28th title in 32 years. Captain P.U. Navaneetha top-scored with 30 points.

Jo Jo White passes away

Basketball Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics and an Olympic gold medalist, has died.White, who won an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. team in 968, was a seven-time NBA All-Star. He averaged 17.2 points per game over 13 years, also playing for Golden State and the Kansas City Kings before retiring in 1981.

Gokul to be Signed by NBA G-League Side

28 : Gokul Natesan is the 97th pick in the NBA draft. He became the second Indian-origin player to be signed by an NBA G-League side. Natesan, 23, was picked by Canton Charge, a minor league affiliate team of Cleveland Cavaliers, completing a remarkable journey of the computer science graduate, who shuffled between playing college basketball and designing apps.

Flemming joins NBA India

National Basketball Association announced Scott Fleming, former India men’s national team head coach, has joined NBA India as Head of Basketball Operations Scott Fleming will oversee the league’s youth and elite basketball development in India. He was earlier head coach of the Crusaders Basketball team at the Northwest Nazarene University. He served as India men’s head coach from 2012-2015.

Amjyot Singh Becomes Third Indian in NBA

Chandigarh hoopster Amjyot Singh became the third Indian after Satnam Singh and Palpreet Singh Brar to walk into the National Basketball Association (NBA) league. Amjyot made it to the NBA’s minor league – the G-League. The Indian skipper was picked by Oklahoma City Blue. The OKC Blue is NBA development league affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder, an American professional basketball team.

India win 2nd SABA U-16 Championship

India has won 2nd South Asian Basketball, SABA, Under – 16 Championship. India remained unbeaten in its all four matches and accumulated 8 points. Bangladesh finished second and host Nepal third. India has now qualified for 2017 International Basketball Federation, FIBA, Under-16 Asian Championship to be played in Malaysia later this year.

Australia claim first FIBA Asia Cup

Australia defeated Iran 79-56 to claim the championship of the FIBA Asian Cup basketball tournament in Beirut. It was the first appearance for Australia in the tournament, while Iran is a three-time champion. This marked the first year that Oceania powers Australia and New Zealand were included in Asian basketball competition.

India wins FIBA Women’s Asia Cup

Indian women’s basketball team defeated Kazakhstan 75-73 in finals of FIBA Asia Cup 2017 held in Bengaluru. Both the undefeated league teams meet in finals for the first time in the tournament. With this win India are now promoted to Division A for the next edition of FIBA Women’s Asia Cup. Basketball Federation of India president Govindaraj announced a cash prize of Rs. 10 lakh for the squad.

NBA opens its first academy in India

The National Basketball Association has opened its first academy in India. An elite basketball training center at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex in Greater Noida was officially thrown open for the upcoming male and female talent of the country. 21 elite male prospects, who were selected following a three-month nationwide talent search, will receive scholarships and training.

NBA launches first basketball school

National Basketball Association announced the setting up of its first basket ball school, a network of tuition-based basketball development programmes, in Mumbai. The school, as part of a multi-year agreement announced with India On Track (IOT), is open to male and female players between ages 6-18.

Leander Paes wins first title of season

Leander Paes won his first title of the season, combining with Canadian Adil Shamasdin to lift the Leon Challenger Tour. With this win, Paes clinched his 20th ATP Challenger title. Paes has now won at least one title every year for the past 26 years. Paes’ last Grand Slam in the men’s doubles event came in 2013 with Radek Stepanek at the US Open.

Federer World’s Most Marketable Athlete

A study prepared by the London School of Marketing has revealed that Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer was the world`s most marketable sports person in 2016. According to the study, the former World No.1, currently ranked 17th, earned nearly $60.7 million last year . Federer is listed ahead of basketball player LeBron James ($53.8 million) & golf players Phil Mickelson ($50.2 million).

Jordan Highest-Paid Athlete of all Time:

Former basketball player Michael Jordan has been named the highest-paid athlete of all time by Forbes. Michael Jordan is closely followed by famous golfer Tiger Woods.
Since his debut in the North American professional league in 1984 & until the end of his career Michael Jordan won $1.7 billion. Most of the money came from sponsorship contracts, especially from the collaborations with Nike.

Palpreet Included in NBA D-League Draft

Palpreet Singh was selected 11th in the fourth Round of the NBA D-League Draft held in New York. He was winner of National Finals of ACG-NBA Jump, India’s first national basketball talent search program. The NBA is devoted to identifying and developing talent. Satnam Singh, who became the first Indian to be drafted into the NBA when he was selected 52nd overall in the 2015 NBA Draft.

66th Senior National Basketball Championship

The 66th Senior National Basketball Championship concludes in Mysuru. Indian Railways women and Services men capture the Gold medal, with Kerala women and Uttarakhand men finishing runners-up.

Current Events July 2015 – Sports

• India won the South Asian Basketball (SABA) Championship title defeated Sri Lanka in the final played at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, Karanataka-India (gold), Sri Lanka (silver) and Nepal (bronze).
• India won a record 156 medals,including 89 gold and 50 silvers, in the World Police and Fire games held in the suburb of the American Capital, Indian delegation competed in 7 categories: Athletics, Wrestling, Boxing, Judo, Archery, Swimming, Shooting. US won by 1,777 (700 golds),Canada finished second 430 medals.
• India dropped 15 places to be 156th in the latest FIFA rankings, Argentina (1st), Germany (2nd) and Belgium(3rd).
• Chennai Super Kings(Meiyappan) and Rajasthan Royals(Raj Kundra) were suspended from Indian Premier League for 2 years for the betting activities of their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season by three member committee headed by former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha.
• India thrashed Zimbabwe in the third and final cricket ODI to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.
• Bangladesh registered historic ODI series won by beating South Africa in the third and final ODI.
• Pakistani All Rounder Mohammad Hafeez banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months by ICC.
• Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced venues for the Men and Women ICC World Twenty20-will be held at iconic Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata. Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi will be the other venues along with Kolkata.
• Ms.Dhoni named as 9th most marketable sportsperson in the world ahead of the likes of football superstar Lionel Messi and sprint king Usain Bolt in a power list prepared by London School of Marketing. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer(1st) golfers Tiger Woods (2nd) and Phil Mickelson (3rd).
• India’s under-21 women hockey team has finished third at the Volvo Invitational tournament at Breda, Netherlands(1st), England (2nd).
• Ferrari’s driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany won the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix of Formula One (F1)-4th time.
• Wimbledon Championships 2015: London
Men’s Singles Title: Novak Djokovic from Serbia defeated Roger Federer.
Women’s Singles Title: Serena Williams defeated Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.
Men’s Doubles Title: Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) and Horia Tecau (Romania) defeated Jamie Murray (UK) and John Peers (Australia).
Women’s Doubles Title: India Sania Mirza Swiss partner Martina Hingis defeated the Russian pair Makarova- Vesnina.
Mixed Doubles Title: Indian tennis star Leander Swiss partner Martina Hingis pair defeated Alexander Peya and Timea Babos(Austrian-Hungarian).
Junior –Doubles Title Winners: India’s Sumit Nagal and Nam Hoang Ly defeated Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan

Indian-origin Sim Bhullar makes NBA history

Gursimran ‘Sim’ Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to play in the high-profile National Basketball Association (NBA) league as he made his debut for Sacramento Kings. The 22-year-old came on with 16 seconds remaining in the Kings’ 116-111 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Sleep Train Arena. The 7-foot-5-inch Canada-born had signed a 10-day contract to join the Kings’ roster.

Pros to train students and take sports to city slums

More than 300 students of Chennai Corporation schools will have a unique opportunity to learn basketball skills from NBA player Isaiah Thomas. Mr. Thomas will visit the Chennai School in Saidapet to train underprivileged students. The event is the first among a series of training sessions proposed to be held by the Corporation this year to improve standards of sports in slums.

India women basketbal team win FIBA Asia championship

After a gap of 23 years, India defeat Kazakhstan in women basketball in FIBA Asia championship to post their first-ever Level-1 win.

China wins FIBA Asia u-18 boys basketball championship

China emerge winners at the 22nd FIBA Asia u-18 boys’ basketball championship in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, beating South Korea in the final.

63rd National Junior Basketball championship

Chhattisgarh clinch both the boysand girls titles at the 63rd National Junior basketball championship in Puducherry. In the boysfinal, Chhattisgarh beat Punjab, while in the girls final, they beat Maharashtra.

Second FIBA Asia u-16 boys basketball championship

India finish tenth in the second FIBA Asia u-16 boys’ basketball championship in Vietnam.