Expresso National and International Sports News Update at 3:30 pm 23rd September, 2022

Expresso National and International Sports News Update at 3:30 pm on 23rd September, 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 this bulletin with Novak Djokovic hailing the retiring Roger Federer as one of the greatest athletes of all time and saying he would leave a lasting legacy for the world of tennis.

The 41-year-old Swiss great will play competitively for the last time at this week’s Laver Cup, turning out for Team Europe alongside Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Djokovic

Djokovic said, “His impact on the game has been tremendous, the way he was playing, his style, effortless, just perfect for an eye of a tennis coach, player or just a tennis fan. He has left a huge legacy that will live for a very long time.”

Roger Federer is all set to play his last match in professional tennis when he will team up with his longtime rival Rafael Nadal for Team Europe against the Team World doubles pairing of Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock later today.

But before his final swansong, the swiss maestro uploaded a video of himself – in his tuxedo. He captioned it: “Just a quick warmup before the gala.”

Federer is ending his playing days following a series of operations on his right knee. He hasn’t competed since a quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon to Hubert Hurkacz in July 2021.”
“Moving on,

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is fully fit and ready to play the second T20 International against Australia, Suryakumar Yadav confirmed on Thursday.

Yadav said in the pre-match press conference, “Everyone is fit and ready to play, including Jasprit Bumrah,”

India will face Australia in Nagpur for the second T20I today

India’s death bowling in the first T20I against Australia in Mohali was not up to the mark. With no Jasprit Bumrah, India’s frailties with the ball were laid bare as Australia comfortably shot down the 209-run target.
“Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia is excited about India’s tour of Vietnam and feels the matches there could help the team in the run-up to the Asian Cup. The two friendly matches are scheduled on September 24 and September 27.

The Blue Tigers have traveled to Vietnam to play the Hung Thinh Friendly Football Tournament against Singapore and host Vietnam.

Bhutia said, “I think it’s great for our national team that they are going to play some matches there. I think it will be a good tour. Vietnam is a very good team. So is Singapore. It’s going to be a useful experience for the players.
“Manchester United are set to reduce its activity in the transfer market in upcoming windows, one of the club’s senior executives said on Thursday, following an overhaul of the squad after the arrival of new manager Erik ten Hag.

United was one of the biggest spenders in Europe in the summer transfer window, with an outlay approaching $250 million on players

United chief financial officer Cliff Baty said, “Overall, we are ahead of schedule in our recruitment plans as envisaged at the beginning of the summer, and we do not anticipate the same level of activity in future windows.” “
“England, the team playing in the World Cup, take on Italy, the team who are not in Qatar 2022. But here in the UEFA Nations League clash between the two European powerhouses, the Azzurri are 3 points better off than the Three Lions. The England team, which is teetering on the edge of Nations League relegation, is unlikely to field their strongest XI here, just two months away from the World Cup.

With a spate of injuries already in their ranks with goalkeeper Pickford and Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips on the treatment table, coach Gareth Southgate would look to the best of the rest in this fixture. “
“In other news,

The number of field invasions in football matches in England and Wales last season soared by 127% compared to the last full campaign before the coronavirus pandemic, according to government statistics released on Thursday.

The data provided by the Home Office highlighted the growth in anti-social behavior at matches, which soccer authorities are trying to combat. On Wednesday, the Premier League announced that fans who run onto the field at matches, or use objects like smoke bombs and pyrotechnics, will receive automatic bans from clubs for a minimum of a year.

According to government statistics, there were 441 matches where field invasions were reported last season — more than double the number in the 2018-19 season.”
“And finally,

Here’s some great news for Brazil: Neymar is winning everyone over this season with his goals and attitude for Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

Neymar could enter the tournament in Qatar with the additional psychological boost of being Brazil’s all-time leading scorer. He’s currently on 74, behind only three-time World Cup winner Pelé’s record of 77. He has another chance of overtaking Pelé in a friendly against Tunisia next Tuesday at Parc des Princes, also the home of PSG. The last time Brazil played at the stadium was in 1992 when Neymar was six months old.”

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