India beat Australia by 24 runs to secure World Cup semifinal spot 

India beat Australia by 24 runs to secure World Cup semifinal spot 
India players congratulate each other after defeating Australia during the ICC men's Twenty20 World Cup 2024 Super Eight cricket match between Australia and India at Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia on June 24, 2024. (AFP)
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Updated 24 June 2024
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India beat Australia by 24 runs to secure World Cup semifinal spot 

India beat Australia by 24 runs to secure World Cup semifinal spot 
  • Australia on brink of World Cup elimination, need Bangladesh to beat Afghanistan in upcoming fixture 
  • Indian skipper Rohit Sharma sinks Australia with blistering 92-run knock, Arshdeep Singh returns 3-37 figures 

Gros-Islet, Saint Lucia: India beat Australia by 24 runs in St. Lucia on Monday to reach the semifinals of the T20 World Cup.
India captain Rohit Sharma led from the front with a blistering 92 — from 41 balls, including seven fours and eight sixes — as his side posted a total of 205-5.
Australia were then held to 181-7, opener Travis Head top-scoring with 76 in an innings where left-arm paceman Arshdeep Singh took 3-37.
India will now play defending champions England in Thursday’s semifinal in Guyana.
Australia will fail to reach the last four if Afghanistan, who defeated them by 21 runs in a stunning upset last time out, beat Bangladesh in the concluding Group One game of the Super Eights stage later Monday.
South Africa, unbeaten in the tournament, have qualified alongside England for the semifinals out of Group One.


Former Tottenham boss Redknapp joins forces with UAE-based ‘Green Goals’ campaign

Former Tottenham boss Redknapp joins forces with UAE-based ‘Green Goals’ campaign
Updated 22 July 2024
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Former Tottenham boss Redknapp joins forces with UAE-based ‘Green Goals’ campaign

Former Tottenham boss Redknapp joins forces with UAE-based ‘Green Goals’ campaign
  • The initiative by company Fuelre4m looks to harness the power of football to drive sustainability and environmental change

DUBAI: UAE-based clean-fuel technology firm Fuelre4m have announced a partnership with Harry Redknapp — former Tottenham, Portsmouth and West Ham football manager — as part of their “Green Goals” campaign.

The initiative aims to utilize former football stars to raise awareness and action for sustainability.

“With the global football industry emitting over 30 million tonnes of carbon dioxide each year, more top players need to join in to make a bigger impact,” Redknapp said recently.

“Football’s carbon footprint is massive, and players do have a responsibility to help. They can do more by getting involved in green campaigns, pushing for eco-friendly stadiums and clubs, and using social media to spread awareness and influence fans.”

“Football has the power to inspire millions,” he added. “If we can use that influence to promote sustainability, we can make a real difference. That’s why I’m excited to be part of Fuelre4m’s ‘Green Goals’ campaign.”

Rob Mortimer, managing director of Fuelre4m, highlighted the significance of Redknapp’s support.

“Having Harry Redknapp on board is a game-changer. His influence in the football world is immense, and his support for our campaign underscores the importance of sustainability in sports,” he said.

“Harry’s involvement will undoubtedly motivate players and fans to take action, amplifying our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuels.”

FuelRe4m has developed a fuel-reforming technology that enhances the combustion process in engines, the company stated.

By breaking down impurities and complex hydrocarbons in liquid fossil fuels, the Re4mx technology is aimed at ensuring a more efficient and cleaner burn.

This results in increased power output, lower fuel consumption, and a significant reduction in harmful emissions.


Neymar revels in Esports World Cup action in Riyadh

Neymar revels in Esports World Cup action in Riyadh
Updated 22 July 2024
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Neymar revels in Esports World Cup action in Riyadh

Neymar revels in Esports World Cup action in Riyadh
  • Al-Hilal’s Brazilian superstar was avid spectator at the largest gaming and esports festival in the world

RIYADH: Neymar, the Brazilian superstar footballer who plays for Al-Hilal in the Saudi Pro League, was a delighted spectator in Riyadh at the inaugural Esports World Cup, the globe’s largest gaming festival.

The No. 10 joined packed crowds to watch the action at Boulevard Riyadh City, as teams in the “Dota2 Riyadh Masters” and “Counter-Strike 2” contests battled it out in the finals.

He also met Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, chairman of the Saudi Esports Federation.

The world event features a unique cross-game structure pitting the top clubs and players against one another across 22 global competitions in 21 leading games.

Held at the 8,000-capacity SEF Arena at Boulevard Riyadh City, the event runs until Aug. 25, and has a tournament prize pool of $60 million, the largest in the history of esports.

More than 1,500 players, of over 60 nationalities, are participating at the Esports World Cup.

As well as the “Dota 2 Riyadh Masters,” week three of the competition featured elite action in the “Counter Strike 2” and “PUBG Mobile” contests.

 


Diogo Jota says Riyadh Esports World Cup ‘a truly amazing experience’

Diogo Jota says Riyadh Esports World Cup ‘a truly amazing experience’
Updated 22 July 2024
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Diogo Jota says Riyadh Esports World Cup ‘a truly amazing experience’

Diogo Jota says Riyadh Esports World Cup ‘a truly amazing experience’
  • Liverpool and Portugal star, an avid gamer and investor, watched all the ‘Dota2 Riyadh Masters’ and ‘Counter-Strike 2’ action, and met esports players

RIYADH: Diogo Jota, the Liverpool and Portugal footballer, who attended the Esports World Cup in Riyadh on Sunday, has declared the globe’s largest gaming festival “a truly amazing experience.”

Jota, an avid gamer and investor in multinational esports organization Galaxy Racer, watched all the action at Boulevard Riyadh City as teams contested the finals of the “Dota2 Riyadh Masters” and “Counter-Strike 2” competitions.

The eight-week Esports World Cup features a unique cross-game structure pitting the top clubs and players against one another across 22 competitions in 21 leading games.

Held within the 8,000-capacity Saudi Esports Federation Arena at Boulevard Riyadh City, it runs until Aug. 25 and has a tournament prize pool of $60 million, the largest in the history of the sport.

The attacker, who has 42 caps and played for Portugal at the UEFA Euro 2024 this summer, met participating stars, including from Saudi Arabia’s Team Falcons, and happily swapped gaming and esports stories.

Jota said: “Being here at the inaugural Esports World Cup is a truly amazing experience. The organization and scale behind this event are truly impressive, even more than I anticipated.

“I’ve always believed in the potential of esports, even before starting my own team, and EWC is proof that this scene is evolving rapidly. This level of investment and infrastructure is exactly what esports needs to grow and reach a wider audience.

“I’m excited to see how EWC continues to evolve and push the boundaries of competitive gaming.”

Jota, who wears the No. 20 for Liverpool, was ranked world No. 1 in FIFA 21’s Champions Leaderboard. A regular streamer on Twitch, he also won an invitational series of FIFA matches, run by the Premier League, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Then a Wolverhampton Wanderers player, Jota defeated future Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold in the final.

Last year, Jota’s own esports organization, Diogo Jota Esports, was rebranded to Luna Galaxy — coming under the Galaxy Racer umbrella.

Prior to this, Diogo Jota Esports participated in the FIFAe Finals at Gamers8, organized by the Saudi Esports Federation, at Boulevard Riyadh City last summer, with Daniel “DFernandes” Fernandes finishing in the top 16.

More than 1,500 players, of over 60 nationalities, are battling it out at the inaugural Esports World Cup. Week three of the competition features action in the “Dota2 Riyadh Masters,” “Counter Strike 2,” and “PUBG Mobile” contests.


Gaimin Gladiators celebrate ‘Dota 2 Riyadh Masters’ triumph at the Esports World Cup

Gaimin Gladiators celebrate ‘Dota 2 Riyadh Masters’ triumph at the Esports World Cup
Updated 22 July 2024
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Gaimin Gladiators celebrate ‘Dota 2 Riyadh Masters’ triumph at the Esports World Cup

Gaimin Gladiators celebrate ‘Dota 2 Riyadh Masters’ triumph at the Esports World Cup
  • Canadian club earn tournament’s top prize of $1.5m after defeating Team Liquid 3-0 in the final

RIYADH: Gaimin Gladiators celebrated a deserved “Dota 2 Riyadh Masters” triumph on Sunday night at the Esports World Cup after whitewashing Team Liquid 3-0 in the final.

After nearly two weeks of “Dota 2 Riyadh Masters” competition at Boulevard Riyadh City, Gaimin Gladiators took the lion’s share of the $5 million tournament prize pool — earning a cool $1.5 million.

Team Liquid claimed $800,000 for finishing second, and Saudi Arabia side Team Falcons earned $600,000 for coming third.

Gaimin Gladiators had qualified for the Grand Final after defeating Team Liquid 2-0 in the Upper Bracket Final earlier on Sunday.

Team Liquid then earned a rematch after beating Team Falcons 2-0 in the Lower Bracket Final — but to no avail as the Canadian club brought their A-game when it mattered most.

Speaking at the post-final press conference, Quinn, Gaimin Gladiators’ Solo Middle player, said: “I think it’s nice to prove to ourselves that we can grind from the bottom back up to the top again.

“We had a tough year with some issues, so just to grind back up to the top was nice. It’s cool, it’s satisfying.”

Coach Cy added: “We want to always be the best. We try to be the best. As long as we’re together in this roster we should be aligned with that idea. It’s okay if we don’t achieve that but we have to put in the work to try and achieve that.”

tOfu, the Support player for Gaimin Gladiators, praised the organization at Boulevard Riyadh City for the Esports World Cup. “Everything went super smoothly.”

The Gaimin Gladiators’ lineup consists of: Coach Cy (Aske Larsen, Denmark), dyrachyo (Anton Shkredov, Russia), Quinn (Quinn Callahan, US), Ace (Marcus Hoelgaard, Denmark), tOfu (Erik Engel, Germany), and Seleri (Melchior Hillenkamp, Netherlands).

The “Dota 2 Riyadh Masters” was just one of the many incredible tournaments at the eight-week long Esports World Cup.

The world event features a unique cross-game structure pitting the top clubs and players against one another across 22 global competitions in 21 leading games.

Held at the 8,000-capacity SEF Arena at Boulevard Riyadh City, the event runs until Aug. 25, and has a tournament prize pool of $60 million, the largest in the history of esports.

More than 1,500 players, of over 60 nationalities, are participating at the Esports World Cup.

As well as the “Dota 2 Riyadh Masters,” week three of the competition featured elite action in “Counter Strike 2” and “PUBG Mobile” contests.


Porsche’s Wehrlein takes Formula E title in London

Porsche’s Wehrlein takes Formula E title in London
Updated 22 July 2024
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Porsche’s Wehrlein takes Formula E title in London

Porsche’s Wehrlein takes Formula E title in London

LONDON: Porsche’s Pascal Wehrlein clinched the electric Formula E championship at the final round of the season in London on Sunday as the hopes of Jaguar duo Mitch Evans and Nick Cassidy were dashed.

The German former Formula One driver had started the day three points clear of Evans and seven ahead of Cassidy but the New Zealanders failed to make up the ground in the season 10 finale.

Wehrlein finished second to Nissan’s race winner Oliver Rowland at London’s ExCel with Evans taking third and Cassidy retiring with a puncture.

Jaguar won the teams’ title, their first, while Porsche took the inaugural manufacturers’ championship.