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Football Association Challenge Cup

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Due to the brilliant performance of Yaya Touré, Manchester City has won ‘The FA Cup’ for the first time since 1969, and their first piece of silverware in 35 years. The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup and first held in 1871-72, is a knockout cup competition in English football and is the oldest association football competition in the world and its current sponsored name is The FA Cup with Budweiser. Yaya Touré, is an Ivorian footballer who currently plays as a box-to-box midfielder or a Second striker for Premier League club Manchester City and the Côte d'Ivoire national side.

Samuel Wanjiru

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“Sammy” Wanjiru of Kenya, winner of the marathon in the 2008 Olympics, died after jumping from a balcony at his home in central Kenya. Wanjiru made history at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when his winning time of 2 hours 6 minutes 32 seconds destroyed the 24-year-old Olympic record of 2:09:21 set in 1984 by Carlos Lopes of Portugal. It gave Kenya its first Olympic marathon gold. After Beijing, Wanjiru had won the London marathon in 2009 and Chicago in 2009 and 2010.


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Brazil Open: Former world no. 1 Rafel Nadal defeated David Nalbandian (Argentina) by 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Brazil Open in Sao Paulo, for his first trophy since returning from a seven month layoff to treat a left knee injury. It was his 51st career title, but his first since he won his seventh French Open championship in May, 2012.

Qatar Open: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka (Belorussia) defeated Serena Williams by 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open final, earning her 16th career title and ending a nine match losing streak against the American.

Dubai Open: Sania Mirza and her American partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik in the title clash of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The unseeded Indo-American duo prevailed over the Russian-Slovenia combo 6-4 2-6 10-7 in a tightly-contested final.

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament:
Juan Martin del Potro beat Julien Benneteau 7-6 (2), 6-3 to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament (Rotterdam Open). After Guillermo Vilas, Del Potro became the only Argentine to triumph Rotterdam open tournament. The first edition of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament was held in 1974 which was won by Dutch tennis ace Tom Okker. Winners in the intervening years include illustrious players such as Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Björn Borg, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg. Since then, stars such as Roger Federer, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Murray have all lifted the trophy. The tournament celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. 

RACING : Spanish GP

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Red Bull’s Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel has won the Spanish Grand Prix by defeating McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton who finished second, just 0.6 seconds behind. Vettel’s fourth win in five races this season was the first in 11 GPs at the Catalunya Circuit from a driver not starting on pole.

HOCKEY : Azlan Shah Cup

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Australia defeated Pakistan 3-2 to record its sixth win and in this process, Australia overtook India’s record of five titles.  Both sides were teams were tied 2-2 at the end of regulation period, with Australian goals coming from Ciriello (11th minute) and Glenn Turner (44th) and Pakistan scoring through Sohail Abbas (31st) and Rehan Butt (62nd). The Azlan Shah Cup was the only title Australia did not win in 2010, when they became the first team to win the World Cup, Champions Trophy and Commonwealth Games in one year. India, who had emerged champions in 2009 and joint champions in 2010, was placed at the sixth position in the tournament.
Final positions: 1.Australia, 2. Pakistan 3. Great Britain 4.New Zealand, 5.Korea, 6.India, 7. Malaysia.
Player of the tournament:Shakeel Abbasi (Pakistan); Player of the final: Christopher Ciriello.
Top scorers:6-Sohail Abbas (Pakistan) and Rupinder Pal Singh (India).

Obaidullah Gold Cup

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has won its maiden title in the 65th All-India Obaidullah Gold Cup Hockey Tournament by defeating BPCL 3-2. Skipper Deepak Thakur was adjudged man-of-the-match and Air India and ONGC were third and fourth in the tournament respectively

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