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Episode 550 June 27, 2022

Expresso National and International Sports News Update at 3:30 pm on 27th June 2022

You are listening to the Expresso Sports Update. Here is the latest news from the world of Indian and International Sports brought to you by The Indian Express.
“Let’s begin with some Tennis news

Rafael Nadal returns to Wimbledon for the first time in three years but it will feel a little odd for the Spaniard who, for the first time at the All England Club, will not have sparring partner Roger Federer for company.

Their epic rivalry includes three successive Wimbledon finals from 2006, the first two won by Federer and the last by Nadal in unforgettably in five sets, in 2008.

But the Swiss master will be absent this year as the 36-year-old Nadal seeks to continue his quest for the calendar-year Grand Slam, having won the Australian Open and French Open to take his haul of majors to a record 22.”
“Meanwhile,

Two time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova tuned up for the Grand Slam tournament by overpowering Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 to win the Eastbourne title on Saturday.

Taylor Fritz outlasted Maxime Cressy 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4) in an all-American men’s final for his second Eastbourne title.

Kvitova earned her first grass-court title in four years, and 29th trophy of her singles career, after breaking Ostapenko, the defending champion, early in both sets of the final and feasting on the Latvian’s second serve.

Kvitova saved five break points in the fourth game of the second set to stay in control of the match at 3-1.”
“Defending champion Novak Djokovic says he will be extra motivated to claim a fourth successive Wimbledon title as it could be his last Grand Slam action of the year.

The 35-year-old Serb missed the Australian Open after being deported for not having been vaccinated against COVID-19 and will not be allowed to compete at the U.S. Open for the same reason.

With Australia enforcing strict entry criteria, it is likely that Wimbledon could be Djokovic’s last Grand Slam event until next year’s French Open.

The Serbian star said, “As of today I’m not allowed to enter the States under these circumstances. I’m aware of that. That is an extra motivation to do well here,””
“Meanwhile,

Wrestler Bajrang Punia on Saturday said he would compete in both, the postponed Asian Games and the World Championships next year, if there is a gap of at least one month between the two competitions, with the Asian Games being postponed to this year because of Covid-19

The World Championship, set to be held in Russia in September 2023, will be an Olympic qualifying event.

Bajrang said, The 2023 is an important year. The focus is on qualifying for the Paris Games through the World Championships. We don’t know as yet what is going to be the gap between Asian Games and the Worlds, but if we have one or one-and-a-half-month cushion between the two, I would compete in both.””
“Moving on,

Florentin Pogba, World Cup winning footballer Paul Pogba’s brother has opened up about his move to Kolkata’s legendary club ATK Mohun Bagan.

Speaking to the club’s in-house media after finalizing his transfer from French club FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, the Frenchman said, “I need to know a lot more about the Indian Super League. But I have heard about Indian football from legendary footballers like Nicolas Anelka and Robert Pires who plied their trade here,”

His brother Paul, who left Manchester United for Juventus, wished him well, posting on Instagram: “I wish you all the best at your new club ATK Mohun Bagan.”

Florentin, a 31-year-old left-sided centre-half, has played in the United States and Turkey, apart from his native France.”
“Premier League champions Manchester City have agreed to sell their Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal. Both the clubs have reached a full verbal agreement. There is still work to do to finalise the deal, including medical and personal terms but the fee is understood to be £45m.

The North London club has narrowly missed out on a place in next season’s Champions League when they finished two points behind Tottenham Hotspur in the English top-flight in 2021-22.

The signing will put an end to Arsenal’s search for a new striker which has dragged on since January. Jesus’ move comes after Manchester City signed Erling Haaland, who is perhaps the most sought-after striker in the footballing world right now. ”
“We end the bulletin with news from former Real Madrid forward and Wales captain Gareth Bale, who has joined MLS side Los Angeles FC on a free transfer.

Earlier this month, Bale led Wales to the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 64 years by beating Ukraine 1-0 to take the final European spot in Qatar.

Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham for a then-world-record fee of £85.1m in 2013 and often had a fractious relationship with fans and the hierarchy at the La Liga club.

This included high-profile fallings out with Zinedine Zidane, a redemption in the 2018 Champions League final featuring a spectacular overhead kick goal, and a year on loan at former club Tottenham Hotspur in 2021/22.”

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Expresso National and International Sports News Update at 3:30 pm on 27th June 2022You are listening to the Expresso Sports Update. Here is the latest news from the world of Indian and International Sports brought to you by The Indian Express. "Let's begin with some Tennis news Rafael Nadal returns to Wimbledon for the first time in three years but it will feel a little odd for the Spaniard who, for the first time at the All England Club, will not have sparring partner Roger Federer for company. Their epic rivalry includes three successive Wimbledon finals from 2006, the first two won by Federer and the last by Nadal in unforgettably in five sets, in 2008. But the Swiss master will be absent this year as the 36-year-old Nadal seeks to continue his quest for the calendar-year Grand Slam, having won the Australian Open and French Open to take his haul of majors to a record 22." "Meanwhile, Two time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova tuned up for the Grand Slam tournament by overpowering Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2 to win the Eastbourne title on Saturday. Taylor Fritz outlasted Maxime Cressy 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4) in an all-American men’s final for his second Eastbourne title. Kvitova earned her first grass-court title in four years, and 29th trophy of her singles career, after breaking Ostapenko, the defending champion, early in both sets of the final and feasting on the Latvian’s second serve. Kvitova saved five break points in the fourth game of the second set to stay in control of the match at 3-1." "Defending champion Novak Djokovic says he will be extra motivated to claim a fourth successive Wimbledon title as it could be his last Grand Slam action of the year. The 35-year-old Serb missed the Australian Open after being deported for not having been vaccinated against COVID-19 and will not be allowed to compete at the U.S. Open for the same reason. With Australia enforcing strict entry criteria, it is likely that Wimbledon could be Djokovic’s last Grand Slam event until next year’s French Open. The Serbian star said, “As of today I’m not allowed to enter the States under these circumstances. I’m aware of that. That is an extra motivation to do well here,”" "Meanwhile, Wrestler Bajrang Punia on Saturday said he would compete in both, the postponed Asian Games and the World Championships next year, if there is a gap of at least one month between the two competitions, with the Asian Games being postponed to this year because of Covid-19 The World Championship, set to be held in Russia in September 2023, will be an Olympic qualifying event. Bajrang said, The 2023 is an important year. The focus is on qualifying for the Paris Games through the World Championships. We don’t know as yet what is going to be the gap between Asian Games and the Worlds, but if we have one or one-and-a-half-month cushion between the two, I would compete in both.”" "Moving on, Florentin Pogba, World Cup winning footballer Paul Pogba's brother has opened up about his move to Kolkata's legendary club ATK Mohun Bagan. Speaking to the club's in-house media after finalizing his transfer from French club FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, the Frenchman said, “I need to know a lot more about the Indian Super League. But I have heard about Indian football from legendary footballers like Nicolas Anelka and Robert Pires who plied their trade here,” His brother Paul, who left Manchester United for Juventus, wished him well, posting on Instagram: “I wish you all the best at your new club ATK Mohun Bagan.” Florentin, a 31-year-old left-sided centre-half, has played in the United States and Turkey, apart from his native France." "Premier League champions Manchester City have agreed to sell their Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal. Both the clubs have reached a full verbal agreement. There is still work to do to finalise the deal, including medical and personal terms but the fee is understood to be £45m. The North London club has narrowly missed out on a place in next season’s Champions League when they finished two points behind Tottenham Hotspur in the English top-flight in 2021-22. The signing will put an end to Arsenal’s search for a new striker which has dragged on since January. Jesus' move comes after Manchester City signed Erling Haaland, who is perhaps the most sought-after striker in the footballing world right now. " "We end the bulletin with news from former Real Madrid forward and Wales captain Gareth Bale, who has joined MLS side Los Angeles FC on a free transfer. Earlier this month, Bale led Wales to the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 64 years by beating Ukraine 1-0 to take the final European spot in Qatar. Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham for a then-world-record fee of £85.1m in 2013 and often had a fractious relationship with fans and the hierarchy at the La Liga club. This included high-profile fallings out with Zinedine Zidane, a redemption in the 2018 Champions League final featuring a spectacular overhead kick goal, and a year on loan at former club Tottenham Hotspur in 2021/22." "You were listening to the Expresso Sports Update by The Indian Express. Ask your digital assistant device to play the latest sports news from the Indian Express to stay up to date with the most accurate and reliable updates in the world of Sports."
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