Week of firsts: Cleveland Cavaliers win NBA title, India clinch hockey Champions Trophy silver and more

Past week saw plenty of 'firsts' in the world of sport ranging from cricket, hockey to NBA and golf.

Written by Tanuj Lakhina | New Delhi | Updated: June 21, 2016 12:15 pm
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The week of 13th June, 2016 saw multiple ‘firsts’ in sports culminating in the final two days of the week. Some were surprises and some were in the making for quite a while and eventually pieces of the puzzle came together on the weekend.

Let’s have a quick look:

Cleveland Cavaliers win first NBA title

Cavs had come close to lifting the prized trophy twice in their 46 year history but lost in 2007 to San Antonio Spurs and last year to Golden State Warriors. After four games, it looked like their fate in the finals would continue as they found themselves 3-1 down to the Warriors.

But a superb comeback to win three games in a row thereafter, including two on the road, drew them back to lift the trophy. Plenty of credit for that goes to Finals MVP LeBron James who finished with a triple double in the last game and led throughout the series in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

In the process, Cavs also became the first team in NBA history to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the Finals in a 7-game series.

India enter final of Champions Trophy for first time, bag silver medal

India went down 1-3 to Australia in the Champions Trophy final shoot-out. (Source: FIH/Getty Images) India went down 1-3 to Australia in the Champions Trophy final shoot-out. (Source: FIH/Getty Images)

Four years back in London, Indian hockey team finished a miserable 12th at the Olympics. Fast forward to Saturday and India were set to play Australia in the final of the Champions Trophy at the same venue. Roelant Oltmans managed India were through to the final, on the back of good luck, their first venture into the last game of the tournament.

Last time India contested for a medal in the Champions Trophy was in 1982 in Amsterdam.

This time, India went one better and admirably held Australia from scoring in regulation time and lost out in the shoot out.

Dustin Johnson wins US Open Major

Dustin Johnson, nicknamed DJ, had been knocking on the door of lifting a Major for some time now. He finished tied second at the US Open last year and at The Open in 2011.

But on Sunday, he finally lifted a Major trophy despite a controversial finish that had penalised a shot for moving the ball – which was criticised by fellow professionals Rory McIlroy and Jordan Speith. At the end, he finished four-under and three shot in the lead from Jim Furyk, Shane Lowry and Scott Piercy.

Andy Murray becomes first to win five titles at Queen’s

This is a combination of a first and a fifth. Andy Murray, like Cleveland Cavaliers, was up against the wall in the final. Playing Canada’s Milos Raonic in the final at the grass court tournament in the tune-up to Wimbledon, Murray was a set and 3-0 down. He was having difficulty returning Raonic’s serve which would quicken upon hitting the line.

But that is when Murray finally got hold of his return game and clawed back into the match. He eventually won 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-3 to become the first man to win the historic tournament for a record fifth time. In the process he gets past a list of four-time winners Roy Emerson, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, and John McEnroe – with McEnroe courtside to see Raonic play in his new role as a consultant to the Canadian.

First pink ball Test in India

India finally embraced the use of pink ball in a day night Test being played at Eden Gardens in the CAB Super League final between Mohun Bagan and Bhowanipore Club.

On the international calendar, there has only been one day night Test when Australia hosted New Zealand at Adelaide in 2015. But more recently, many boards have been negotiating shift to the new format in the game. BCCI was reported to be in talks with New Zealand and Australia for day night Tests this and next year respectively.

Albania score first goal, pick first win at Euro 2016 

Albania beat Romania 1-0 in their final group fixture at the Euro 2016 to keep their slender hopes of progressing to the next stage alive.

In the first two matchday, goals weren’t coming for the Gianni De Biasi managed side but he maintained that they will eventually come – and was he right.

After enduring pressure for first 20 minutes vs Romania, Albania started creating their own chances and Armando Sadiku scored the solitary goal of the game in Lyon.

Honourary mention: Lizzie Armitstead becomes first British cyclist to win Aviva Women’s Tour.

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